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Enrichments

Enrichments are after school classes run by Gordon as supplements to the school’s curriculum. Small groups of students explore projects and activities led by teachers drawn from Gordon faculty as well as the community beyond Gordon.
  
 
Enrichment classes follow the same three-season schedule as the Middle School athletics program.

Mondays this spring

nine afternoons

March 27
April 3, 10, 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15, 22
 
Junior chemistry workshop full! wait list only!
Young Kindergarten to first grade, $180
with the famous Mr. D, aka Gary Deslaurier aka Professor Gizmo
What happens when milk runs into vinegar? How do you make a gummy worm dance? Do you know how to turn an egg silver? These and many more questions will be answered with the experiments we'll try in Junior Chemistry! Join Professor Gizmo (Mr. D) in exploring the fascinating world of chemical reactions! 

WeDo robotics
Second and third grade, $180
taught by third grade’s Rosemary Colt
WeDo is an exciting LEGO tool that blends building LEGO models with basic programming concepts. We will be doing creative project-based activities that integrate science, technology, engineering and math skills. Children will work in pairs to create and program a wide variety of models that will appeal to all. 

Design squad global
Fourth to eighth grade, $180
taught by Gordon’s academic technology specialist Noelle Walters
Are you interested in taking on design challenges while getting to know students in another part of the world? We will explore engineering through fun, high-energy, hands-on activities. Come problem solve, design and build and then share your work with our partner DSG teams in Accra, Ghana and London, England! Have fun while learning about the design process, engineering and other people and places. Originally developed by PBSKids and now available to all.

Tuesdays this spring

ten afternoons

March 28
April 4, 11, 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Crack Pop Art!!!
Second to fifth grade, $200
taught by TC Rogers, Gordon parent and JWU professor
This class was inspired by last season’s wonderful Crack Pop Boom writing enrichment. The Gordon students who were involved with that designed this spin off. This course will introduce students to popular children’s literature and different to aspects of art as inspired by these works. Each week each week for students to then write or draw or act. Students will have the opportunity to work on a new piece each week or continue on longer works each week, after exploring a new piece of literature/art. Special snacks will be provided to help that creative energy flow.

Hip Hop 
Second to fourth grade, $200
taught by Krissy Phillipino, owner of Krissy’s Dance & Fitness Studio
No previous dance training required. High energy class that uses the latest music, with movements influenced by today’s top video choreographers and dancers. Each class begins with stretching exercises designed to strengthen muscles, achieve flexibility and gain agility and balance. The rest of the class entails learning fun hip hop combinations.

Play with your food full! wait list only!
Young Kindergarten to first grade, $200
taught by chef Barbara Pezzulli
In this fun, interactive and hands-on activity, children will learn how to make sweet and savory treats that they can make at home for everyone. During the course, they will learn about and sample different tastes and textures to create delicious edibles on a plate! 

Wednesdays this spring

ten afternoons

March 29
April 5, 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Intro to STEM
Young Kindergarten to second grade $300 (runs until 5pm)
Taught by a Play-Well instructor
Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as Trains, Helicopters, Tree houses, Motorcycles, Airplanes, Monorails and Beam Bridges. Then use special pieces to create your own unique design! New and returning students can explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. 

Second grade basketball full! wait list only!
Second grade, $200
coached by Gordon’s Health and Wellness Director Veronica Jutras
This enrichment is designed to introduce second graders to the FUNdamentals of basketball in a nurturing and supportive atmosphere. Students will dribble, pass, shoot, play games, and engage in cooperative activities that emphasize teamwork and sportsmanship. 

Kick ball and wiffle ball has been cancelled

Thursdays this spring

ten afternoons

March 30
April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25
June 1

FIRST LEGO League Jr.
third and fourth grade, $200
Taught by Gordon faculty Nick Terry and Rosemary Colt
FIRST LEGO League Jr. is designed to introduce STEAM concepts to kids while engaging them through the use of LEGO, robotics, programming and engineering. Space is extremely limited per FIRST LEGO League Jr. regulations, so two teams of six fourth graders guided by Nick and Rosemary will explore a real-world scientific problem. They will then create a "Show Me" poster that will illustrate their journey of discovery and highlight their team. They will also construct a motorized model of what they learned using LEGO elements. In the process, teams learn about teamwork, the wonders of science and technology, and the FIRST LEGO League "Core Values", which include respect, sharing, and critical thinking. At the close of the season, the two teams will gather with all the other Rhode Island FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams at an expo hosted at Gordon to share what they have learned, celebrate, and have fun!

Basketball 
Third to fifth grade, $200
coached by Veronica Jutras, Irene Horton and Gordon parent Deb Smith
Whether you are new to the sport or have experience, come and play basketball with us this spring! Through small-sided games, group and individual instruction that is designed to be fun and engaging, you'll hone the fundamental skills of basketball in a supportive environment. 

Young Rembrandts 
Nursery to first grade, $200
taught by artist Annie Deslaurier 
A studio art class for the young artists. Students will study artwork by famous artists and illustrators such as Dale Chihuly and Leo Lionni and create art inspired by what they have seen or heard. A variety of materials will be available and explored for them to express their own creativity while learning about other artists.

Knitting circle
Third to eighth grades (Caregivers are welcome too), no charge
taught by Gordon parent volunteer Kerrin Callahan
Open to students of every level. Students will learn basic knitting skills: making a slip knot, casting on, and making the two basic stitches: knit and purl. Students already knitting are welcome to bring their own projects. The circle will provide a positive, creative and social environment as students encourage and lend support to one another while they work on their projects. Supplies will be available, but students are encouraged to bring their own needles and yarn as it is more fun to pick out your own! Recommended: worsted weight yarn and a pair of US 8-9 wooden knitting needles.

Fridays this spring

seven afternoons

ZOOmobile full! wait list only!
Nursery to Kindergarten, $140
taught by a Roger Williams Zoo education specialist
Join our friends from the Roger Williams Park Zoo each week at Gordon as we investigate the natural world through interactive games, activities, crafts and interactions with live animals. The Zoomobile brings small animals, biofacts (bones, fur, feathers) and other learning tools for students to explore. Through interaction and discussion, students are encouraged to participate actively in noticing and conserving elements of nature that most of us miss. It’s ok if your child was on the ZooMobile in the past – the instructors will be introducing new animals and activities.

Dance!
Nursery to Kindergarten, $140
taught by Krissy Phillipino, owner of Krissy’s Dance & Fitness Studio
Krissy will continue to teach ballet, but in addition she will be teaching ZUMBA, a fusion of Hip hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. Ballet prepares students for the physical requirements of dance technique by working on classical poses, barre work, steps, gestures and grace. ZUMBA lets them release their wild side exploring new moves and music. Krissy will break down the steps, add games, activities and cultural exploration elements into the class structure. 

Storytime yoga
Nursery to Kindergarten, $140
taught by a certified children’s yoga instructor from Create Power Yoga
These classes are a combination of movement and stories. Yoga poses and ideas are learned through reading, acting, dancing and music. We will practice playful breathing, fun group and partner activities while learning tools to calm and quiet our bodies and minds. Yoga is a fun and playful way to support social, emotional, and physical well-being. Regular practice can improve behavior and focus, increase strength, flexibility, balance, and promote self-regulation. The instructors bring years of experience teaching dance, movement, yoga and a love of theater and storytelling to create a unique experience for children. 

Soccer 12:30 session is full! wait list only!
first to fourth grade, 2:30-3:30, $140
coached by Sheldon Townsend and Mario Goncalves
Children will learn fundamentals of the “beautiful game" with guidance from our resident soccer coaches. They will discover through small group play the value of teamwork, develop their skills and build confidence all in a fun, dynamic and energetic environment. Students new to the sport are encouraged to join as well as experienced children who want to build on the foundation they built during the fall enrichment. 

Flag football full! wait list only!
Third to fifth grades, $140
coached by Gordon parents Anthony Rust and Steve Craddock
Come have fun learning all about flag football. This enrichment is designed to introduce young athletes to the game and to assist more experienced players to further develop their talents. The program emphasizes learning skills, drills and playing games. The enrichment is run in a dynamic, competitive and safe environment.

Baseball
Fifth to eighth grades, $140
coached by Gordon Middle School teacher Greg Carson
Students will learn and practice the fundamentals of baseball while enjoying the camaraderie of being part of a team. Each class will focus on some specific skills, such as hitting, throwing, catching, or base running. Students will also scrimmage during each session with an emphasis on fun, learning, and sportsmanship.
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