Thursday, January 9, 2020

Belle Sherman Enrichment:Winter 2020


Sign up for K-1 classes at: https://bit.ly/2ZY7M2b
Sign up for 2-5th grade classes at: https://bit.ly/2FsDhYE


Registration is now open, and will close on January 17 at 4pm.  
If enrollment is over the maximum class size, spots will be filled by lottery for everyone who enrolled by the deadline.

What’s New: 
Classes are offered only Monday, Tuesday and Thursday!
• Bus riders can take the 3pm late bus home (be sure to mark it on the on-line registration form)!
All classes meet for 6 weeks!

K-1 Classes:

Monday:

Paint and Create!
Students will learn how to use color and shape to create interesting and exciting works of art.  Students will be guided through projects but will also be encouraged to experiment. All materials will be provided.
Be sure to bring a smock or wear appropriate clothing that you do not mind getting paint on. Allison currently works as an educator of studio art classes in Ithaca and is a professor of art history at SUNY Cortland, find out more at www.allisondedominick.com.
Grades: K–1st
Instructor: Allison DeDominick
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Annex Art Room
Dates: Monday: Feb. 3, 10, 24, March 2, 9, 16.
Cost: Full-Tuition= $73 / Free & Reduced Lunch= $20

Tuesday:
Chemistry is Fun (for k-1)
“Chemistry is Fun” classes encourage exploration and discovery through hands-on experiments and activities. Children will be introduced to basic science concepts such as classification, observation, and hypothesis formulation. Experiments include: using cabbage juice as an indicator understanding chemical reactions experimenting with mixtures (make your own lava lamp) polymer exploration density, and more! Ewa Pillardy is a former high school chemistry teacher. 
Grades: K–1st
Instructor: Ewa Pillardy
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Annex Art Room
Dates: Tuesday: Feb. 4, 11, 25, March 3, 10, 17.
Cost: Full-Tuition= $72 / Free & Reduced Lunch= $20

Cursive Writing the Alphabet 
Learn cursive writing while you master the alphabet with fun and exciting activities. Children will be introduced to the basics of cursive writing with fluid strokes, progressing through upper and lowercase alphabet letters, and then simple high frequency words. Each lesson will include arts & crafts projects that showcase different alphabet letters and words. Jenny Kao-Kniffin studies soil at Cornell and plans to use soil (in the form of sand tracing, clay etching, and mud painting) as writing media for kids to practice cursive.
Grades: K–1st
Instructor: Jenny Kao-Kniffin
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Mr. Steve’s Room
Dates: Tuesday: Feb. 4, 11, 25, March 3, 10, 17.
Cost: Full-Tuition= $55 / Free & Reduced Lunch= $20


Thursday:

Clay Kids
Students will learn how to work with hand-built clay. They will learn how to do coil work, slab building, and pinch pots. All materials will be provided. Be sure to bring a smock or wear appropriate clothing, clay can be messy. Jennifer is a retired nurse that has been working with clay for 15 years and is currently teaching a clay class at Lifelong. 
Grades: K–1st
Instructor: Jennifer Brown
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Annex Art Room
Dates: Thursday: Feb. 6, 13, 27, March 5, 12, 26.
Cost: Full-Tuition= $70 / Free & Reduced Lunch= $20 

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2-5th Classes:

Monday:
Pathfinder Role Playing Game
Have you ever wanted to play the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons?  A version of D&D, Pathfinder involves picking an identity (you can be a dragon-born sorcerer, an elf rogue, a half-orc fighter, or something else altogether) and going on magical quests to search for treasure, fight dangerous enemies, and more. You and your fellow gamers will be led by expert game master Jeffrey Witty on an ongoing campaign set in the mythical kingdom of Hibernia. Dice, maps, and other adventure tools provided. You may even level up! This class is offered on 2 different days, choose your level.
Grades:  3-5  
Instructor:  Jeffrey Witty
Time: 2:00–3:00 pm                                                    
Location:  *See specific locations for each day below:
Dates:
A) Monday: For Expert Players: Castle Room #203: Monday: Feb. 3, 10, 24, March 2, 9, 16.
B) Thursdays: FOR BEGINNERS: Willow Room #120: Thursday: Feb. 6, 13, 27, March 5, 12, 26. 
Cost: Full-Tuition= $60 / Free & Reduced Lunch= $20

Basics of Chinese language
Students will have fun as they learn some basics of Chinese language. At the end of the session, students will be able to greet, count and tell 12 zodiac animals in a Chinese song. Chinese character writing will also be introduced. Students will also understand the pictorial origin of some basic Chinese characters.
Students will have a calligraphy lesson at the end of the session if time allows. Cindy Chen is a professional teacher with years of experiences in teaching Chinese as a foreign language and as a second language.
Grades: 2-5
Instructor: Cindy Chen
Time: 2:00 -3:00 pm
Location: Oak Room #100
Dates: Monday: Feb. 3, 10, 24, March 2, 9, 16.
Cost: Full-Tuition= $50 / Free & Reduced Lunch= $20

Terrarium Making Workshop
The students will have the opportunity to embark on a unique learning experience, a hands-on metaphor for creation, care, compassion and resilience, while learning science and being creative. They may create a beach, an island, a tropical forest, or their own backyard! By the end of the lessons, each student will bring one enclosed terrarium to their homes, 2 cleaning tools and the knowledge to care for it!
Cintia Hotta Orsi is the mother of Aline (4th grade), Amanda (K), Emily (future BS) and Erick (former BS). Passionate for the development of plants and people, she is a terrarium maker and serves and supports people as a Life Coach. She is an Associate Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation and a PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics by Cornell University.
Grades: 3–5
Instructor: Cintia Orsi
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Art Room
Dates: Monday: Feb. 3, 10, 24, March 2, 9, 16.
Cost: Full-Tuition= $86 / Free & Reduced Lunch= $20

Tuesday:
Woodworking (*Held over from FALL session. This class is already full!)
Students will learn to measure, mark, cut, glue and nail wood. Students will make a few planned projects, such as a cajon (box drum), a catapult, and a wooden car. Students will also be able to create their own projects such as a toolbox, doll house furniture, a helicopter, or almost anything from their imagination. Paints will be available to decorate projects as well.
Grades: 3-5th grades only (Students enrolled in the Fall Session will be automatically enrolled).
Instructor: Adam Jacobstein
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm 
Location: Band Room
Dates: (*8 weeks) Tuesday: Feb. 4, 11, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
*This class is full, and can not be registered for on-line.

Knitting 101
Knitting 101 will teach students the basics of knitting (cast on, knit, purl, cast off, etc.). Knitting has
benefits for boys and girls—it teaches fine motor skills, focus, and patience. It also lets kids feel a sense of accomplishment and lets them express themselves creatively. Students will complete two projects: a head
warmer and a pair of fingerless gloves. Materials will be provided and knitting needles can be kept by the students for creating projects at home. Classes will be taught by Katarina Goodge, a Masters student in Fiber Science at Cornell.
Grades: 3-5
Instructor: Katarina Goodge
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Tree House Room #114
Dates: Tuesday: Feb. 4, 11, 25, March 3, 10, 17.
Cost: Full-Tuition= $67 / Free & Reduced Lunch= $20

Chess: The Royal Game 
Learn the Royal Game! Beginners to experts are welcome to learn the rules and strategies that will put you on the road to chess mastery. Learn the techniques to deliver checkmate with various types of pieces. Learn the many tactical elements which will enable you to outwit your opponents even when they don’t make obvious blunders. And above all, gain an appreciation of the beauty of a well played game, hopefully one of yours!
Each session will start with a brief lesson on the above topics, followed by an opportunity to put this knowledge into use by one-on-one play. Robert Weinberg is life-long chess player who has achieved the ranking of National Master. He’s coached the chess clubs at Belle Sherman Elementary and DeWitt Middle Schools for several years, and have organized field trips to several scholastic tournaments in the Central New York Region. 
Grades: 2-5
Instructor: Robert Weinberg
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm 
Location: Lake Room #205
Dates: Tuesday: Feb. 4, 11, 25, March 3, 10, 17.
Cost: Full-Tuition= $60 / Free & Reduced Lunch= $20


Karaoke Kids
Calling all pop-stars and crooners! Come let your inner-rocker shine in this Karaoke class. Whether you’re a shy beginner, or a seasoned performer—come and have fun in a supportive environment. Get comfortable performing in front of a group, and practice good audience skills such as patience, positive feedback, and of course plenty of applause! Bring your own cds, Cd+G’s, or use those provided. Costumes are welcome! 
Wendy Kenigsberg is a graphic designer, with a Masters in Art Education. While she can’t carry a tune, she enjoys sharing the joy of music.
Grades: 2-5
Instructor: Wendy Kenigsberg
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Art Room
Dates: Tuesday: Feb. 4, 11, 25, March 3, 10, 17.
Cost: Full-Tuition= $50 / Free & Reduced Lunch= $20

Music for Music Lovers
Have you ever noticed that musicians listen to music differently? In this enrichment class, we’ll learn to listen to music like musicians do. We’ll learn about the basic elements that make up a song: rhythm, melody, harmony, and lyrics. With a better understanding of how songs are written, students will be able to appreciate music in a deeper way. They’ll also be able to better express their own ideas about what makes a song good or interesting. There will be lots of hands-on activities to illustrate the points we’ll be learning: bucket drumming, scatting, mad-lib song writing and much more! Liam Lawson is a guitar teacher, open mic host, bandleader and musician in the Ithaca area. He has played in bands of all kinds since he was a child and wants to share his love of music and the power of rock and roll!
Grades: 2-5  
Instructor: Liam Lawson
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm 
Location: Music Room
Dates: Tuesday: Feb. 4, 11, 25, March 3, 10, 17.
Cost: Full-Tuition= $60 / Free & Reduced Lunch= $20


Thursday:

Chemistry is Fun (for 2-5)

“Chemistry is Fun” classes encourage exploration and discovery through hands-on experiments and activities. Children will be introduced to basic science concepts such as classification, observation, and hypothesis formulation. Experiments include: using cabbage juice as an indicator understanding chemical reactions experimenting with mixtures (make your own lava lamp) polymer exploration density, and more! 

Ewa Pillardy is a former high school chemistry teacher. 

Grades: 2-5

Instructor: Ewa Pillardy

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm 

Location: Art Room

Dates: Thursday: Feb. 6, 13, 27, March 5, 12, 26.

Cost: Full-Tuition= $72 / Free & Reduced Lunch= $20



American Sign Language
Learn to communicate with American Sign Language! In this class you’ll learn the signs for the ABC’s, colors, numbers, and sport signs. You’ll learn to tell a story in sign language, and how to introduce yourself to someone who is deaf.  

Valerie Horn grew up in Ithaca area and is a native ASL Speaker.  Being Deaf, she also uses a Cochlear Implant. She graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology and currently works at Finger Lakes Independence Center as an Advocacy Specialist. Valerie is looking forward to teaching students ASL! Amy Jo DeKoeyer worked in the field of special education with hard of hearing and Deaf students over 16 years. She has been at Finger Lakes Independence Center as the Student Transition and Deaf Services Coordinator for over 4 years. She enjoys teaching students about Deaf Culture and American Sign Language (ASL).

Grades: 2-5
Instructor: Amy Jo DeKoeyer and Valerie Horn, Finger Lakes Independence Center

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm 

Location: Star Room #A21

Dates: Thursday: Feb. 6, 13, 27, March 5, 12, 26.

Cost: Full-Tuition= $50 / Free & Reduced Lunch= $20

Running to Places (r2p) Theatrific
Join Running to Places founder Joey Steinhagen and discover why there’s no business like show business! Explore a little bit of everything in this theatre sampler platteroriginal plays, theatre games, improvisation, music, and movement are just some of the activities included in this fun-filled intro to theatre.
Joey Steinhagen is the founder and artistic director of Running to Places Theatre Company. He has been teaching and directing theatre for and with young people for over 25 years.
Grades: 2-5
Instructor: Joey Steinhagen, R2P
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm 
Location: Music Room
Dates: Thursday: Feb. 6, 13, 27, March 5, 12, 26.
Cost: Full-Tuition= $60 / Free & Reduced Lunch= $20

A Word about Tuition and PTA Scholarships:
The PTA is committed to making enrichment classes available to every student in our community regardless of financial situation. To support this mission of equity, families who qualify for free or reduced lunch may pay $20 for their class. Full PTA scholarships available based on need, contact us at belleshermanenrichment@gmail.com.  


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