Friday, March 23, 2018

Cool School Food and Role Playing

Hello Families!

Two new classes!  Titles should be linked to sign up forms!


Cool School FoodLearn to cook delicious nutritious dishes from around the world - based on recipes that are served weekly in our school cafeterias.  Each week we will prepare a different recipe from our Cool School Food entrees, learning important kitchen skills and the value of plant-based whole food nutrition.  Good for your body, good for the planet! We will also introduce students to a world of delicious beverages -- fruity non-caffeinated teas (no sugar!) Presented by the Coalition for Healthy School Food. 

Grades:  2-5 (preference given to higher grades)                                                  Instructor:  TBD
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM                                                                                    Location: Main Building Cafeteria (Kitchen)
Dates: Tuesdays April 3, 10, 17, 24 May 1, 8, 15, 22                                Cost:  $95 Full    $25-$90 Reduced (sliding scale)
**NOTE:  This class is 1½ hours (90 minutes).  Pickup is at 3:30**
**NOTE:  Class will walk together to the ANNEX KITCHEN.  Pickup will be at ANNEX KITCHEN**

If you do not have internet, you may sign up by calling Bob at 607-339-5192

Some additional enrichment classes may be posted only on the Belle Shermaan Folks Listserv.  Please sign up by sending an email with the subject SUBSCRIBE to:


Role PlayingCome and play a Dungeons & Dragons style role-playing game.  Create your own character and go on adventures in a world of magic.  Practice your math and reading skills in a fun way.  Due to the popularity of the Wednesday class, a second class is being offered on Mondays.

Grades:  2-5                                                                                                                                 Instructor:  Jeffrey Witty
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM                                                                                    Location: Art Room
Dates: Mondays  April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30  May 7, 14
Cost:     $80 Full    $25-$75 Reduced (sliding scale)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

K-1 Cooking Matters

Lottery Deadline is Monday 2/19 at noon


Cooking Matters for Kids - Cooking Matters for Kids empowers youth with the knowledge and confidence to have fun in the kitchen, prepare healthy, tasty snacks at home, and make smart food choices wherever they go- at school, out to eat, or at the store. Cooking Matters uses the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate as the foundation for interactive nutrition and cooking lessons. The six lesson topics  are: You're the Chef, Colorful Fruits & Veggies, Whole Grain Goodness, Smart Snackers, Super Shoppers, and Kitchen Heroes. Participants will receive a Cooking Matters for Kids booklet, filled with nutrition tips for the family and healthy, affordable recipes. We will prepare a recipe from the booklet every session, which caregivers are welcome to sample at pick-up. In addition, families will receive weekly surprises related to nutrition and active play, such as kid-friendly cutting boards and beach balls. 

Grades:  K-1
Instructor:  Maggi Szpak
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM                                                                                    
Location:  Annex Art Room
Dates:  Mondays  Feb 26      Mar 5, 12     April  2, 9, 16                                  
Cost:     $80 Full    $25-75 Reduced Sliding Scale

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Winter Registration

Registration will be for only a few classes at a time.  Here are the current registration links:

2-5 Tennis

2-5 Karate

K-1 Tennis

Checks can be made out to "Belle Sherman PTA"   Please wait until TUESDAY 2/6 for enrollment confirmation before paying.

Enrollment will be by lottery if overfilled.  First-come-first-served after 2/6 at noon for any remaining slots.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

2nd Session Enrollment!

Enrollment continues after the deadline on a first-come-first-served basis.  Click below for enrollment forms:


ALL K-1 classes are FULL

(still space in Shakespeare, Double Dutch, Knitting, Karate, Ukulele Pathfinder RPG)

Here are the class descriptions and info about sign-up procedure:

K-1 Class Descriptions

2-5 Class Descriptions

EXTRA 2-5 OFFERINGS!  - Cooking Matters and Pathfinder RPG Descriptions

Enrichment Info and FAQ

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Locking: Special Class Offering

Special Offering! 

Sign-Up Has Now Ended - Thank You!! 

Fridays (5 Weeks)

Funk Dance:  Locking - Locking is a style of funk dance, which is today also associated with hip hop. As the name suggests, it is based on locking movements, which means freezing from a fast movement and "locking" in a certain position, holding that position for a short while and then continuing in the same speed as before.

In this class, students will learn the basics of locking and use them to create short dance routines that they will perform for each other.  They will develop important dance skills involving rhythm, balance and body control.

Grades:  2nd – 5th                                                                                Instructor:  Joanne Lee
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM                                                             Location:  Music Room
Dates:  Fridays  Oct 20,  Nov 3, 17,  Dec 1, 8
Cost:  $50                  Full Tuition
            $25-$45           Reduced Tuition (sliding scale available to families qualifying for free or reduced lunch)


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Session 1 Enrollment Update 9/22

Enrollment for session 1 is just about wrapped up, and it has been a huge success.  Thank you everyone who has supported the PTA and the enrichment program.  I hope you all have wonderful experiences in your classes!

The following classes STILL HAVE SPACE:

-        2-5 Needle Felting  (3)
-        K-1 Autumn’s Harvest with Ithaca Children’s Garden (3)
-        2-5 Autumn’s Harvest with Ithaca Children’s Garden (4)
-        K-1 Amazing Animals  (1)
-        2-5 Seishi Karate (4)
-        3-5 Ukelele (3)

The enrollment and wait-lists are CLOSED for all other classes for this session!

If you are on a wait list for a class from session 1, you may be curious about the proposed dates for session 2:

Session 2 Proposed Class Dates:

Monday:  Dec 11, 18, January 8, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12  (6-Week)
Tuesday  Nov 28, Dec 5, 12, 19, Jan 2, 9, 16, 23
Wednesday  Nov 29, Dec 6, 13, 20, Jan 3, 10, 17, 24
Thursday  Nov 30, Dec 7, 14, 21, Jan 4, 11, 18, 25
Friday  Dec 15, 22, Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 9

I'm curious what you think!
Please see the next post below for the original class listings and forms for session 1.  If you still wish to sign up, send in your completed sign-up form, medical release form, and payment ASAP!  Please don't send checks for any classes that are full.
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fall 2017 Enrichment Program

Belle Sherman Fall 2017 Enrichment Program
All sign-ups for session 1 will be paper.  Please send the completed forms and payment in to your child's teacher or to the PTA mailbox in either the main or annex office.  Please make checks out to "Belle Sherman PTA" and be sure to write your child's name and enrichment class name on the check!  Payments must be received by Friday 9/15 to be in the lottery for enrollment!

Questions?  See something wrong with a link or form?  Suggest a future class?
Contact Bob Hutko at: