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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 winter

ten afternoons

November 28
December 5, 12
January 9, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 27
March 6
 
Dramatic Play full! wait list only!
Preschool to Kindergarten, $200
taught by local playwright and director (and Gordon Summer Theater teacher) Brien Lang
Join us to play some games where we use our imaginations and our bodies to tell stories! We will make up songs, plays… maybe make some puppets, too… maybe we'll put them in a musical… a wonderful introduction to improvisation and theater for our young characters!

Woodworking full! wait list only!
first to third grades, $200
with the famous Mr. D, aka Gary Deslaurier aka Professor Gizmo
"Mr. D's Woodshop: In this workshop we'll be building some cool and unusual projects made mostly of wood! Build some cool games, a challenging balance board, a grabbing claw, and more! We'll be using tools and paints, so be prepared to get working!"

Crack Pop Boom! 
second to fifth grades, $200
taught by TC Rogers, Gordon parent and JWU professor
Is there a poet or short story writer within you? This energetic enrichment will bring alive the imagery and sound in children’s poetry and short stories. Through hearing, seeing and discussing the magic of poems and short stories, participants will develop their style and voice in writing, focusing on imagery and sound. The culmination is a published chapbook, including one poem or short story from each writer.

Winter Fitness (will meet Monday and Wednesday)
fifth to eighth grades, $100 
price covers both Monday and Wednesday, a total of twenty-three sessions

with Gordon parent and cross country and track and field coach Sydney Montstream-Quas
Want to get ready for your spring sport or just stay active while having fun this winter? Join Coach Q for winter fitness where we will move a lot, including playing games, jumping rope, sledding, running, plyometrics, yoga, conditioning, obstacle courses, and much more! Except for extreme weather conditions (think Antarctica), all sessions will be outside, so please dress appropriately for the weather.
 

Tuesdays this winter

thirteen afternoons

November 29
December 6, 13
January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 7th

Shadow puppets gain STEAM
Kindergarten to fourth grades, $260
taught by the Joukowsky Family Library's Frances Martindale 
Shadow puppetry, with its bold shapes, vivid colors, and dramatic movement, is a highly engaging art form that provides rich opportunities for exploration in early childhood and lower school settings. Perfect for narrative stories, shadow puppetry also naturally lends itself to exploring poetry, music, science, math, and socialization themes. This semester, Indonesian shadow puppets will be introduced to the workshop and students will perform a brief scripted play based on the Ramayana as well as their own show. Join Ms. Martindale in exploring and creating new worlds in this unique class. 

Tutti a tavola full! wait list only!
first to fourth grades, $390
runs until 5pm

taught by chef Barbara Pezzulli
In this fun, interactive and hands-on activity, children will learn how to cook simple and 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. During the final class, there will be a cooking competition during which the children will make and present a dish from those dishes they learned how to make during the course! Recipe book with photos and certificates are awarded to the young chefs at the end. There will be new items on the menu so even if a young chef has taken this class in the past, they are encouraged to expand on their previous skills and knowledge.
Venite tutti a mangiare!

Wednesdays this winter

thirteen afternoons

November 30
December 7, 14
January 4, 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 1, 8

Bay Animals and Biodiversity full! wait list only!
Kindergarten to third grade, $260
taught by a Save the Bay education specialist
An opportunity for students to discover their local ecosystems through hands-on experiences that will improve their environmental literacy and introduce them to scientific processes. Over the course of the nine weeks, students will learn about classification, crustaceans, mollusks, seals, squids and watersheds. They may even get to do some dissection! 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. 

Lift Off canceled

Winter Fitness (will meet Monday and Wednesday)
fifth to eighth grades, $100 
price covers both Monday and Wednesday, a total of twenty-three sessions
with Gordon parent and cross country and track and field coach Sydney Montstream-Quas
Want to get ready for your spring sport or just stay active while having fun this winter? Join Coach Q for winter fitness where we will move a lot, including playing games, jumping rope, sledding, running, plyometrics, yoga, conditioning, obstacle courses, and much more! Except for extreme weather conditions (think Antarctica), all sessions will be outside, so please dress appropriately for the weather.
 

Thursdays this winter

thirteen afternoons

December 1, 8, 15
January 5, 12, 19, 26
February 2, 9,16, 23
March 2, 9

Animal Antics canceled

SCRATCH! full! wait list only!
first to third grades, $200
taught by Gordon parent Tom Callahan
Scratch is an innovative program to start young minds coding. You use blocks—preprogrammed tools—to move characters around the screen. You learn the important ideas behind computer programming in any language, without having to learn any complicated coding. In this enrichment, kids can make games, ads, animations, and so much more. You don’t have to have any coding experience to take this enrichment.

Hip Hop 
third to fifth grades, $260
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.
 
Knitting Circle
starts January 5th
fourth to eighth grades, no charge 
parents and guardians are welcome too

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 winter

ten afternoons

December 2, 9 
January 6, 13, 20, 
February 3, 10, 17, 24
March 10

ZOOmobile
Nursery to Kindergarten, $200
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.

Ballet
Nursery to Kindergarten, $200
Taught by Krissy Phillipino, owner of Krissy’s Dance & Fitness Studio
A classical dance form characterized by grace and precision of movement. This class will prepare students for the physical requirements of dance technique by working on classic ballet poses, steps and gestures. A variety of gross and fine motor skills will continually be introduced and developed. Students will begin to learn the fundamentals of ballet in a fun environment and a judgement-free zone.

Storytime Yoga
Nursery to Kindergarten, $200
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, $200
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. 
 
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