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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 fall

ten afternoons

September 11, 18, 25
October 2, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20
 
Printing and silkscreening
Young Kindergarten to third grade, $200
taught by artist Annie Deslaurier
Spread your ink! Roll it onto your printing plate and print, print print! Have fun carving your own printing blocks and designing rubber stamps. Explore creative relief techniques to make beautiful three color reduction monoprints and try your hand at silkscreening! Each child shall bring home their own hand-printed artwork and a unique collection of printing blocks.

Basketball
first and second grades, $200
coached by a One on One instructor
Whether you are new to the sport or have some experience, come and play some fall hoops in this fun and engaging (and exhausting) program. Players will develop the fundamental skills of basketball through group and individual instruction in a supportive and encouraging environment. Half court games will emphasize the importance of working together as a team. 

Tuesdays this fall

eleven afternoons

September 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 21

Bay animals and biodiversity
Young Kindergarten to second grade, $220
taught by a Save the Bay education specialist
An opportunity for students to discover their local ecosystems through hands-on experience to improve environmental literacy and introduce them to scientific processes. Over the course of the eleven weeks, students will learn about classification, crustaceans, mollusks, seals, squids and watersheds. These marine explorers will take an imaginary field trip to a local beach and discover there is more to it than just sand and water. They will also have the opportunity to do some dissection (if they want to)!

Hip hop 
second to fourth grades, $220
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. Have fun with this style of dance in a “JUDGEMENT FREE ZONE”.
 

Wednesdays this fall

ten afternoons

September 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15

Intro to STEM with LEGO Materials
Young Kindergarten to second grade, $300
taught by a Play-Well TEKnology instructor Harry Blakely
Ratchet up your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as: fire trucks, space stations, tugboats, and the Eiffel Tower. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. There are no prerequisites for this course. Runs until 5pm

Leave them laughing 
first to fourth grade, $200
taught by local playwright and director Brien Lang 
This course will explore a variety of comedic performance styles and traditions. Students will have the opportunity to play off of each other in a fun, relaxed and supportive environment. By the final class students will have created their own original comic revue incorporating elements of what they have discovered and explored throughout the course.

Basketball
third and fourth grades, $200
coached by a One on One instructor
Whether you are new to the sport or have some experience, come and play some fall hoops in this fun and engaging (and exhausting) program. Players will develop the fundamental skills of basketball through group and individual instruction in a supportive and encouraging environment. Half court games will emphasize the importance of working together as a team. 

Thursdays this fall

nine afternoons, except Learning to eat in Italian which only meets eight

September 14, 28
October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16

Gizmos & Gadgets Jr.
Young Kindergarten to first grade, $180
taught by Gary Deslaurier aka Professor Gizmo
For the younger builders who are ready to move beyond Ultimate Construction, comes Gizmos & Gadgets Jr! We’ll build magnetic cars to move around a mini city, create our own labyrinth style game, buzzing bee noisemakers, and more! Lots to do for little fingers!

Learning to eat in Italian
second to fourth grades, $240
taught by chef Barbara Pezzulli and Suzanne Pezzulli, Gordon Spanish and French teacher
This class in Italian cooking is the first of our 3 part cooking series: Young Chefs in the Kitchen . Children will learn how to cook tasty Italian dishes for their families! During the course, they will learn how to prepare both savory and sweet dishes with local fresh and organic ingredients. Through interactive food games, children will also learn to speak some beginning Italian! Children will receive a recipe and Italian language e-book complete with audio clips in Italian and photos. 
Runs until 5pm.
Starts September 28th

Kickball and wiffleball
second to fourth grades, $180
coached by a One on One instructor
Each week a skilled and dedicated coach will combine instructions to build both physical skills and what it means to be on a team. Some games will be played by traditional rules and some interesting variations will be introduced to make these classic games even more fun. 
 

Fridays this fall

eight afternoons

September 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20
November 3, 17

ZOOmobile
Nursery to Kindergarten, $160
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.

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. Kids will explore the wonders dance in a “JUDGEMENT FREE ZONE”.

Storytime yoga
Nursery to Kindergarten, $160
taught by certified children’s yoga instructor Petra Lehman 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. Petra brings years of experience teaching dance, movement, yoga and her love of theater and storytelling to create a unique experience for children. 
 
Soccer
Nursery to Kindergarten, 12:30-1:30 and first to fourth grade, 2:30-3:30, $160
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 team work, 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
second to fourth grades, $160
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.
 
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