Workshops Fall 2019

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Fall season registration opens August 1, 2019.

Winter and Spring workshop registration opens by October 25, 2019.    

*Students enrolled in "Full-time Afterschool" receive a 25% discount on the price of enrichment workshops; use the code "FTAS" at checkout.

*Enrichment workshops typically do not conflict with Middle School sports.

*All students must be registered to attend an enrichment workshop. Full up-front payment for workshops is required prior to attendance.
 

Have an idea for a new workshop? Contact Director of Enrichment Tessa Anable at enrichment@waynflete.org.

Meeting after school weekly each fall, winter, and spring season, Enrichment Workshops connect students to passionate instructors from the Portland community for an afternoon of exploration. Workshops include: arts, drama, dance, film, sports, science, and technology.

For more information, contact the Enrichment Office at enrichment@waynflete.org or 207-774-7863.
Emily Norris, Enrichment Assistant, ext. 1355 
Tessa Anable, Director of Enrichment, ext. 1379

**For Middle School Parents:
Middle School athletic practices take place during the school day and do not overlap with enrichment workshops. Please be aware that most Middle School athletic offerings include games after school. In the fall, soccer, tennis, and cross country teams typically compete on Mondays and Thursdays, and there will likely be competitions on other days due to scheduling challenges like weather and holidays. If you sign up for an enrichment workshop and there are athletic conflicts, the School will not reimburse you for the cost of the missed workshop.

 


Fall 2019 Workshops

*Workshops are listed by day of the week

monday: GRADES 5–8
**SOLD OUT FOR FALL**

Robotics Team
Instructor: James Gregg

September 23–December 9, 2019
Mondays 3:15–5:00 p.m.
*No class October 14 and November 11
$232 (10 classes)

Location: CHM-24 (MS second floor)
Pickup: 5:00 p.m. on the tetherball court

In this enrichment workshop, we will be building and programing EV3 Lego robots. Join a team of fellow science enthusiasts to learn the language of coding, engineer innovative robots and compete at the Maine Lego Robotics Track Meet in May 2020.

Our robotics team will construct entries for seven engineering and robotics challenges to be judged with entries from over 20 other teams at the meet. Events such as "Fastest Robot," "Slope Climber" and "Bridge" will explore concepts like friction and grip, power transfer and gearing, center of gravity and structural stability. Join our team as we explore and innovate, building on the knowledge and experience we gained through our participation in our first track meet last May. No experience required, just your enthusiasm to explore new scientific endeavors!

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MONDAY and WEDNESDAY: Grades 4–8 

Drama Club presents Charlotte's Web 
Instructor: Tiki Fuhro 

Monday, September 9–November 22, 2019
Two afternoons per week:
Mondays 3:15–4:45 p.m. and 
Wednesdays noon–2:30 p.m.
$386
*No Class October 14 and November 11

Location: Drama Room, Franklin Theater
Pickup: 4:45 p.m. (Mondays) and 2:30 p.m. (Wednesdays) on the tetherball court

Charlotte's Web is a wonderful piece that will serve our multi-age group with a large and flexible cast. Although it is not a full-fledged musical, there will be some singing! Read more about Charlotte's Web.

The Enrichment Drama club is a place to work on theatrical skills in the company of like-minded peers. We value playfulness, creativity, and collaboration. There is no better way to achieve this than by putting on a show! Sessions will include games, warm-ups, exercises, and rehearsals. We look forward to developing acting skills, exploring movement and singing for the stage, and building an ensemble. No experience necessary.

Additional Rehearsal dates:
Saturday, November 16: 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Monday, November 18: 3:15–5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 19: 3:15–5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 20: noon–4:00 p.m., final technical/dress rehearsal

Performances:
Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, November 22 at 2:00 p.m. (school day audience)
Followed by cleanup, cast party, and closure. Dismissal at 4:30 p.m.

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monday: GRADES 2–3

2-3 Creative Dance
Instructor: Susan Nelson

September 16–May 18, 2019
Mondays 3:15–4:30 p.m.
$556 Full Year (28 classes) 
half year 2-payment option (available at registration)
 - $260 Fall season: September 16–December 16 
 - $346 Spring season: January 6–May 18  
*No class October 14 and November 11

Location: Dance Studio
Pickup: 4:30 p.m. on the tetherball court

Basic dance wear is required for classes.
**Special costumes are included.**

Susan inspires and motivates students to be confident, creative, and expressive through dance. Each class encourages young movers to build skills, expand movement awareness, and make dances through playful exploration, games, imaginative improvisation, and short movement studies.

Lower School Enrichment Dance Program Concerts are scheduled for December 11, 2019 and May 13, 2020. More information will be provided to workshop participants. Questions, contact Susan at snelson@waynflete.org


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TUESDAY: GRADES 5-8 

Electronic Music Production (beginners welcome!)
Instructor: Chris Child "Kodomo"

September 24–November 12, 2019
Tuesdays 3:15–4:30 p.m.
$270

Location: LS Klingenstein Library Conference Room
Pickup: 4:30 p.m. on the tetherball court

In this Enrichment Workshop, students will learn to record, create, and edit sounds from scratch, and gain a foundation for creating electronic music. Chris welcomes beginners and anyone who wants to explore new ways to create electronic music.  View course curriculum outline and the fall syllabus

Chris Child, Emmy-winning composer and electronic musician Kodomo, will share his experience, teaching campers the basic elements of electronic music production: 1) sampling, 2) synthesis (using different wave forms to create sound), 3) arrangement, and 4) production.

Listening to and recording new sounds will heighten musical listening ability. Chris will help students maximize their use of Garage Band software, introducing students to new layers and depth within the software. Equipment will be provided, including a MIDI keyboard, groove pad, microphones and synthesizers. Each student should bring a good pair of music headphones. 

Listen to a track created by a Middle School student

 

TUEsday: Grades 6–8

6-8 Dance Choreography
Instructor: Susan Nelson

September 17–May 19, 2020 
Tuesdays 3:30–5:00 p.m.
$773 Full Year (32 classes) 
Half Year 2-payment option (available at registration):
 - $379 Fall season: September 17–December 17 
 - $475 Spring season: January 7–May 19 

Location: Dance Studio
Pickup: 5:00 p.m. on the tetherball court

Basic dance wear is required for classes.
**Special costumes are included.**

Students in this workshop will study and practice dance theory, expand technical skills, explore compositional tools, and choreograph short dance pieces. Dancers are guided through the process of creating, designing, and performing their own works in the Enrichment Dance Program Concert on December 11, 2019 and the Waynflete Dance Collective Concert on May 14, 2020. 

Experienced dancers in Grade 5 may also be eligible to join this class. Contact Susan Nelson directly at snelson@waynflete.org.

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Tuesday: GRADES 3-5 

Engineering Games 
Instructor: Susan Wiemer

September 24–November 12, 2019
Tuesdays 3:15–4:30 p.m.
$195 (8 classes)

Location: Lower School Art Studio

Pickup: 4:30 p.m. on the tetherball court

Who knew that physics could be so much fun? Let’s build giant dragons and learn about simple machines and mechanics. Towers and bridges will teach us how design influences and creates structural integrity. As we transform 2D patterns into 3D buildings, we will build a miniature village and expand our spatial reasoning. 

Then, logic and strategic thinking intertwine with imaginative play as we immerse ourselves, literally, into a life-size game of chess!

The purpose of Engineering Games is to combine STEM principles with artistic expression, goal setting and teamwork. Let’s roll!

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Wednesday: Grades K–1

K-1 Creative Dance
Instructor: Susan Nelson

September 18–May 13
Wednesdays 12:15–1:15 p.m.
$585 Full Year (30 classes) 
Half Year 2-payment option (available at registration):
$260 Fall season: Sept. 18–December 18 
$390 Spring season: January 8–May 20  
*No class November 27

Location: Dance Studio
Pickup: 1:15 p.m. on the tetherball court

Basic dance wear is required for classes.
**Special costumes are included.**

Susan inspires and motivates students to be confident, creative, and expressive through dance. Each class encourages young movers to build skills, expand movement awareness, and make dances through playful exploration, games, imaginative improvisation, and short movement studies. 

Lower School Enrichment Dance Program Concerts are scheduled for December 11, 2019 and May 13, 2020. More information will be provided to workshop participants. Questions, contact Susan at snelson@waynflete.org

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WEDNESDAY: GRADES 4–8

Indoor Tennis at APEX Racket and Fitness Center
Instructor: APEX tennis pro Kyle Mercereau (read bio)

September 25– November 13
Wednesdays 12:00–2:45 p.m. 
Pick up at Waynflete "Loop" at 2:45 p.m.
$445 (8 classes; transportation included)

Clinic Location:
APEX Racket and Fitness Center
2445 Congress Street, Portland

APEX tennis pros employ proven current teaching techniques, including the use of “low compression” tennis balls, to propel clinic participants to the next level of racket skills and game play. Kids will practice forehands, backhands, serves and volleys, while learning game scoring, court position and ball placement through fun games and drills. This clinic is geared to the intermediate tennis player. 

Transportation is provided to and from APEX Racket and Fitness Club. Lower School students will be picked up at dismissal from the 4-5 classroom. MS students should meet the tennis instructor/driver (Susan) at the MS Office at dismissal. Pick up after the tennis workshop is at the Waynflete "loop," by the tetherball court. Bring a lunch and water bottle. Rackets are available to borrow, or bring your own.

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WEDNESDAY: GRADES K–3

EXUBERANT PLAY! 
Instructor: Michael Schwartz,
Health and Fitness Educator

September 25–November 20
Wednesdays 12:00–2:00 p.m. 
$210 (9 classes)

Location: Sills Gym and/or outdoors
Pickup: 2:00 p.m. on the tetherball court

This fun after school program will creatively channel each child's physical exuberance and curiosity. We will enhance fundamental movement skills such as running, jumping, climbing, catching, throwing, kicking, rolling, and crawling through a series of team-building games and playful exercises. We will explore our physical environment through movement. This open format design allows the participant to experience and enjoy a range of activities, from parkour to tag to martial art style movements---while gaining greater understanding of how their body works.

Children will be picked up at their classrooms at the noon dismissal. Please send a lunch with your child. 

Michael Schwartz is an experiential health educator. For over thirty years, Coach Schwartz has taught martial arts, physical education, self defense; created group exercise classes and trained and certified teachers and trainers; worked with an eclectic mix of physical therapy, injury prevention, and performance enhancement clients; and provided leadership and team building consulting for corporate clients.

Michael welcomes questions about his "Exuberant Play!" workshops for young kids at workout.schwartz@gmail.com.

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Thursday: Grades 1–4

Red Cross Swim Lessons at Reiche Aquatic Center

September 26–November 21 
Thursdays 3:15–4:45 p.m.
$244 (8 classes; transportation included)
*No class October 31

Location: Reiche Community Pool

Waynflete Enrichment offers swim lessons through Portland Parks & Rec so that students can improve swimming skills and water safety.

Red Cross-trained instructors provide two swim class levels - beginner and intermediate - to best meet students’ learning needs. Enrichment staff walk students from Waynflete to Reiche Pool at dismissal, supervise boys and girls locker rooms, remain on site during swim lessons, and supervise the return trip to campus. Swimmers will arrive back on campus for pick up by 4:45 p.m.

4:45 p.m. Pick up at Waynflete "Loop" by the tetherball court. Students signed up for Afterschool will be walked to their respective programs. 

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Thursday: Grades 4–5

4-5 Creative Dance
Instructor: Susan Nelson

September 19–May 21, 2020
Thursdays 3:15–4:30 p.m.
$585 Full Year (30 classes) 
Half Year 2-payment option (available at registration):
 - $260 Fall season: September 19–December 19 
 - $390 Spring season: January 9–May 21  
*No class October 31, November 28

Location: Dance Studio
Pickup: 4:30 p.m. on the tetherball court

Basic dance wear is required for classes.
**Special costumes are included.**

Susan inspires and motivates students to be confident, creative, and expressive through dance. Each class encourages dancers to build skills and expand their movement awareness through playful exploration, imaginative improvisation, and short movement studies. This workshop introduces students to beginning dance technique and basic skills for dance composition and choreography.

Lower School Enrichment Dance Program Concerts are scheduled for December 11, 2019 and May 13, 2020. More information will be provided to workshop participants. Questions, contact Susan at snelson@waynflete.org

Note: Experienced dancers in fifth grade may also be eligible to join the 6-8 Choreography class, which meets on Tuesdays. Contact Susan directly at snelson@waynflete.org.

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THURSDAY: GRADES 6–8 

Dungeons and Dragons
Instructor: Mike Dank

September 19–December 12
Thursdays 3:30–4:30 p.m.
$144 (12 classes)

Location: Morrill 21
Pickup: 4:30 p.m. on the tetherball court

Join your friends around the table to dive into a world of your own design!

At its core, Dungeons and Dragons is a game of collaborative storytelling. Students will each take on the role of a character in a fantasy story, and will need to work as a group to uncover treasure, solve puzzles, and accomplish their goals.

Upper school mentors and more experienced students will help newer players learn the basic rules, and often the best stories are made by those who are new to the game!

What path you choose is up to you...but know that the world is full of both danger and adventure...

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THURSDAY: GRADES EC4-1

Stories to Stage 
Instructor: Hannah Daly

September 26–November 21
Thursdays 3:15–4:30 p.m.
$176 (8 classes)
*No class October 31

Location: Lower School Music Room
Pickup: 4:30 p.m. on the tetherball court

In the Stories to Stage program, children will learn the basic components of musical theater and how to bring a story to life for an audience through stage presence and simple line delivery. Aspiring actors will play improv games, sing songs, practice creative movement, learn to project their voice and express themselves on stage, and more! On the last day of the program, students will present a short performance for family and friends. 
 

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