Workshops - Winter 2020

Meeting after school weekly during the fall, winter, and/or spring trimesters, Enrichment Workshops connect students to passionate experienced instructors and teaching artists from the Portland community for an afternoon of exploration. Workshops include: arts, acting, dance, sports, cooking, technology and musical exploration. 

Waynflete Workshops are open to the broader community. We welcome students from all schools to participate in our Enrichment programs! 

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.

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*Students enrolled in full-time Afterschool receive a 25% discount on the price of Enrichment Workshops.

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

*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.

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

 

 

Winter 2020 Workshops:

 

MONDAY: Grades 5-8

Robotics Team
Instructor: James Gregg

January 13–March 16, 2020
Mondays 3:20–5:00 p.m.   
(*No Class: 1/20, 2/17)
$198 

Location: M-24 (Morrill)
Pick up: 5:00 p.m. at the Tetherball Court/Loop.


The Robotics Team will build and program EV3 Lego robots to accomplish specific engineering challenges. Our goal will be to compete in robot track meet events - such as Fastest Robot, Slope Climber, and Bridge - this spring. Students will explore concepts like friction and grip, power transfer and gearing, center of gravity and structural stability. No experience is required. Participants who continue into the spring term of this workshop will have the option to join fellow team members to compete in the Maine Robotics Track Meet* in South Portland on May 9, 2020.

*To participate in the Maine Robotics Track Meet, students must be attending the Robotics Team workshop during the spring term, which starts on 3-23-20.  

**Additional team practice sessions may be offered after school prior to the Maine Robotics Track Meet; attendance is optional.

 

monday: GRADES 2–3

Creative Dance
Instructor: Susan Nelson

January 6–May 18, 2020
Mondays 3:20–4:30 p.m.
(*No class: 1/20, 2/17, 3/30, 4/20)
$346 per half year

Location: Dance Studio, Arts Center
Pick up: 5:00 p.m. at the Tetherball Court/Loop.

Susan inspires and motivates students to be confident, creative, and expressive through dance. Each class encourages movement awareness, skill building, dance making, and playful exploration through games, short studies, learning activities, and imagination.

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

 

Monday: Grades 3-6

Stage Acting
Instructor: Hannah Daly

January 13
March 16, 2020
Mondays 3:20–4:30 p.m.
(*No class: 1/20, 2/17)
$198
 
Location: Lower School Music Room
Pick up: 4:30 p.m. at the Tetherball Court/Loop

In this new stage acting program for students in Grades 3-6, Hannah Daly, professional Teaching Artist (Portland Stages) and Waynflete alum, offers a context for students who wish to gain acting experience and explore creative expression. Students will be challenged to think in fresh ways about characterization and the thoughts, actions and emotions driving character interactions and/or conflicts. We will learn to develop authentic character roles so that we can convey a powerful story. Imagination and collaboration will fuel our acting drills and sessions. Our goal is to produce a final scene to perform; however, we will emphasize process over product.  
 
 

TUEsday: Grades 6–8

Dance Choreography
Instructor: Susan Nelson

January 7–May 19, 2020
Tuesdays 3:30–5:00 p.m.
(*No class: 2/18, 4/21)
$475 per half year

Location: Dance Studio, Arts Center 
Pick up: 5:00 p.m. at the Tetherball Court/Loop

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.

A schedule of class meetings will be sent to program families.

View Bio for Susan Nelson, Director of Dance. 

 

TUESDAY: GRADES 5-8 

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

January 14–March 17, 2020
Tuesdays 3:20–4:30 p.m.
(*No class 2/18)
$270

Location: LS Klingenstein Library Conference Room
Pick up: 4:30 p.m. at the Tetherball Court/Loop

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 syllabus. This program will be progressive so that students who begin in fall will continue to develop new skills throughout the year. 

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 2-4 

Engineering Games 
Instructor: Susan Wiemer

January 14–March 17, 2020 (8 classes)
Tuesdays 3:20–4:30 p.m.
(*No class: 2/18 )
$198

Location: Lower School Art Studio
Pick up: 4:30 p.m. at the Tetherball Court/Loop

Who knew that combining simple physics and ART could be so much fun? Throughout the year (fall, winter and spring workshops), we will build moving puppets and giant dragons, working through the process of creating the moving parts. We will 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!

 

Wednesday: Grades 2-5

Learn to be a Songwriter (no experience necessary)
Instructor: Emilia Dahlin

January 15–March 4, 2020
Wednesdays 12:10–2:00 p.m. 
(*No class: 2/19)
$238

Location: Lower School Music Room
Pick up: 2:00 p.m. at the Tetherball Court/Loop

We are delighted to offer this opportunity for Waynflete students to work with a professional songwriter. Students in this songwriting workshop will author their own song and create collaborative songs with the help of local, award-winning songwriter, Emilia Dahlin (read her bio). Emilia is renowned in Maine and New England for her talents as a musician, songwriter and premier teaching artist, and she performs internationally. 

Join fellow music-lovers to explore theme, melody and form as well as literary tools to build strong lyrics and imagery. Through embodied play, word games, and listening exercises, we'll build songs that span genres and discover what building blocks make for a hit tune. Feel the magic of singing your own song! This workshop is for the experienced songwriter or curious student. No singing experience or instrument know-how is needed (though welcomed).

 

Wednesday: Grades K–2

Karate
Instructor: Kyoshi Andy Campbell

January 15–March 4, 2020
Wednesday 1:20–2:05 p.m.
(*No class: 2/19)
$198

Location: Sills Gym
Pick up: 2:05 p.m. at the Tetherball Court/Loop.

This winter, Kyoshi Andy Campbell, will teach traditional karate in a modern way. Weekly drills and class time will develop students’ focus, respect, self-control and self-discipline, while laying a strong foundation in basic karate skills (beginner or intermediate, depending on age and experience). Two Wednesday classes will provide age-appropriate differentiation for K-2 and for Grades 3-5 to participate in this lively skill-building adventure.

Kyoshi Andy Campbell is an 8th degree black belt in Shotokan karate. He owns and runs his own dojo, Dragon Fire Martial Arts, in South Portland. With 38 years of training and 34 years of teaching under his belt, he has competed in karate matches all over the world and is a 23-time world champion. Notably, Kyoshi Andy was an instructor of Tarah Frederick, Waynflete's former karate Sensei, when Tarah was a karate student progressing to the level of an international competitor.  

With two back-to-back karate classes on Wednesdays, Waynflete offers special discounts on the Afterschool program so that karate students may remain at school until their workshop begins, after it ends, or attend Afterschool while a sibling is in a workshop:  

*Afterschool-Workshop combo discount: The Afterschool Program is available for a student or sibling who needs to remain at school before or after the karate workshop for the discounted rate of 50% OFF of a 10-day drop-in pass. Email enrichment@waynflete.org to receive this discount.

*Sibling discount: A sibling may attend Afterschool on the same afternoon as their sibling is attending a workshop for the discounted price of 50% OFF a 10-day drop-in pass. Parents, you can pick up all your children at the same time! Please call the Enrichment Office at 774-7863 ext. 1355 for this option, or email enrichment@waynflete.org. 

 

wednesday: Grades 3-5

Karate
Instructor: Kyoshi Andy Campbell

January 15–March 4, 2020
Wednesdays 12:10–1:15 p.m.
(*No class: 2/19)
$198

Location: Sills Gym
Pick up: 1:15 p.m. at the Tetherball Court/Loop.

This winter, Kyoshi Andy Campbell, will teach traditional karate in a modern way. Weekly drills and learning time will develop students’ focus, respect, self-control and self-discipline, while laying a strong foundation in basic karate skills (beginner or intermediate, depending on age and experience). Two Wednesday classes will provide age-appropriate differentiation for K-2 and for Grades 3-5 to participate in this lively skill-building adventure.

Kyoshi Andy Campbell is an 8th degree black belt in Shotokan karate. He owns and runs his own dojo, Dragon Fire Martial Arts, in South Portland. With 38 years of training and 34 years of teaching under his belt, he has competed in karate matches all over the world and is a 23-time world champion. Notably, Kyoshi Andy was an instructor of Tarah Frederick, Waynflete's former karate Sensei, when Tarah was a karate student progressing to the level of an international competitor.  

With two back-to-back karate classes on Wednesdays, Waynflete offers special discounts on the Afterschool program so that karate students may remain at school until their workshop begins, after it ends, or attend Afterschool while a sibling is in a workshop:   

*Afterschool-Workshop combo discount: The Afterschool Program is available for a student or sibling who needs to remain at school before or after the karate workshop for the discounted rate of 50% OFF of a 10-day drop-in pass. Email enrichment@waynflete.org to receive this discount.

*Sibling discount: A sibling may attend Afterschool on the same afternoon as their sibling is attending a workshop for the discounted price of 50% OFF a 10-day drop-in pass. Parents, you can pick up all your children at the same time! Please call the Enrichment Office at 774-7863 ext. 1355 for this option, or email enrichment@waynflete.org. 

Wednesday: Grades K–1

Creative Dance
Instructor: Susan Nelson

January 8–May 20, 2020
Wednesdays 12:15–1:15 p.m.
(*No class: 2/19, 4/22)
$390 per half year

Location: Dance Studio, Arts Center
Pick up: 1:15 p.m. at the Dance Studio, or after 1:15 at the Tetherball Court/Loop

Susan inspires and motivates students to be confident, creative, and expressive through dance. Each class encourages movement awareness, skill building, dance making, and playful exploration through games, short studies, learning activities, and imagination.

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

View Bio for Susan Nelson, Director of Dance

 

Wednesday: Grades 4-8

Winter Cooking Class

Instructor: Phil Moss

January 15
March 4, 2019
Wednesdays 12:10–1:45 p.m.
(*No class: 2/19)
$238

Location: Emery Kitchen (Upper School)
Pick up: 1:45 p.m. at the Tetherball Court/Loop.

Middle School students are invited to beat the cold this winter by cooking, baking and trying some more unusual new recipes. Starting in January, Phil Moss, former attorney and avid cook, will share with students his enjoyment of cooking fun, easy-to-make dishes from various cultures. Meals will be simple, including many favorite dishes, with opportunities towards the end of the term to become more creative with our cuisine. Student chefs will learn to prepare and cook a variety of recipes, including burritos, Arroz con Pollo, guacamole, futo maki (vegetable sushi rolls), ramen noodles with beef and ginger lime dressing, and more. Bring your favorite recipes and ideas!

Phil Moss was formerly an arbitration and mediation attorney, a professor at Maine Law School, volunteer mediator and published author. Phil now spends less time in his law office and more time cooking, trying new recipes and teaching kids to cook. Read about Phil's recent teaching award.

 

WEDNESDAY: GRADES 6–8

Middle School Ski Trips
Faculty Leaders: Cathy and Matthew Douglas

January 8–March 4, 2020
Wednesdays 12:10–6:30 p.m.
(*No Trip: 2/19)

Location: Shawnee Peak, 
119 Mountain Rd, Bridgton, ME 04009
Shawnee Peak Phone: (207) 647-8444

*Required permission forms are listed below and must be turned in for your child to ski. 

*Read the Parent Information Letter.

For more than 20 years, Waynflete’s Middle School Ski Program has given our students an opportunity to get outside and build friendships on winter Wednesdays.

This year, Cathy Douglas, Middle School teacher, and her husband Matthew Douglas, will lead the program. Cathy and Matthew will provide supervision for our MS students on the bus ride to Bridgton each Wednesday. They are joined by three parent volunteers who will join the skiers at Shawnee Peak. 

In this program, we welcome all levels of skiers—the group typically includes novices and experts, and everything in between. The program requires that all participants wear a helmet while skiing/boarding. If you don’t currently own a helmet, you may rent one from Shawnee Peak for $74 for the season.

Lessons: If your child enrolls in skiing or snowboarding lessons, the lessons run for the first five weeks of the program. The lesson groups consist only of Waynflete participants and are led by Shawnee Peak Snow School staff members.

Places are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, so please register soon. Sign up on the enrichment website. 

Prices are as follows:

Transportation and lift: $376
Transportation, lift and lesson: $489
Transportation, lift and rental: $489
Transportation, lift, lesson, and rental: $589
Helmet rental (transportation not included): $74
Transportation only: $236

Register through your household enrichment account online

*REQUIRED FORMS - must be completed for your child to ski:
Click here for the student permission slip (must be completed for all students)
Click here for the rental waiver (please complete if your child is planning on renting equipment)
Click here for the lesson waiver (please complete if your child will be taking lessons)
Click here for the adult waiver (please complete if you will be a parent volunteer chaperone) 

Return completed forms to Carrie Turner in the Middle School Office, or scan and email forms to enrichment@waynflete.org. Please read the Parent Information Letter for more details. 

 

Thursday: Grades 4–5

Creative Dance
Instructor: Susan Nelson

January 9–May 21, 2019
Thursdays 3:20–4:30 p.m.
(*No class: 2/20, 4/23)
$390 per half year

Location: Dance Studio
Pick up: 4:30 p.m. at the Tetherball Court/Loop

Susan inspires and motivates students to be confident, creative, and expressive through dance. Each class encourages movement awareness, skill building, dance making, and playful exploration through games, short studies, learning activities, and imagination.

In this class, beginning dance technique and choreography are introduced.

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. A schedule of class meetings will be sent to program families.

View Bio for Susan Nelson, Director of Dance

 

THURSDAY: GRADES 6–8

Dungeons and Dragons
Instructor: Mike Dank

January 16– March 19, 2020
Thursdays 3:30–4:30 p.m.
(*No class: 2/20)
$182

Location: Morrill 21

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...

 

Thursday: EC4-1

Stories to Stage
Instructor: Hannah Daly

January 16–March 19, 2020
Thursdays 3:20–4:30 p.m.
(*No class: 2/20)
$198

Location: Lower School Music Room
Pick up: 4:30 p.m. at the LS Music Room, or after 4:30 at the Tetherball Court/Loop

In the Stories to Stage acting 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.