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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 26
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14, 21
 
Fashion, Fabric and Jewelry Design
full! wait list only!
Young Kindergarten to third grade, $200
taught by artist Annie Deslaurier aka Mrs. D
Stuffed animals on a fashion parade! Each young fashion designer will be given their own bunny to model their clothing creations. Silkscreen, print your own fabric, and design outfits for your furry friend. Work with oven bake clay, shrinkable plastic, and felting fibers to create jewelry for your little buddy and get ready to hit the fashion runway! At the end of the session, each child will bring home their bunny with a complete fashion wardrobe. 

Basketball
full! wait list only!
first and second grades, $200
Coached by Gordon’s Health and Wellness Director Veronica Jutras
This enrichment is designed to introduce first and 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. 

FIRST LEGO League Jr.
full! wait list only!
third and fourth grades, $200 
Coached by Gordon's Academic Technology Specialist Noelle Walters 
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 third and fourth graders 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. On June 2nd, the two teams will gather with all the other Rhode Island FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams at an expo hosted by Gordon to share what they have learned, celebrate, and have fun! Due to small class size there is another section open on Thursdays. Please do not sign your child up for both – you must choose either Monday or Thursday.

SCRATCH!
third and fourth grades, $200
taught by Gordon parent and web developer and designer 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.
 
Drone Education and Enrichment Program (DEEP)
fifth to eighth grades, $245
seven classes - starts April 9th
taught by Gordon's Director of Technology Marlon Henry and Brennon Viola of Ethereal Views Aerial Photography
Drone Education and Enrichment Program (DEEP) is a multi-week hands-on learning opportunity for students interested in deepening their understanding and skills in drone flight and aerial photography. The program is designed for small classes of six students. Each student will be provided a dedicated drone and all necessary flight and curriculum materials for the duration of the program. Our goal is to share the joy of learning and developing skills integral to drone flight and photography while emphasizing safety and respect for individuals, property, and privacy. Space is extremely limited.

Tuesdays this spring

ten afternoons

March 27
April 3, 10, 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Yoga
first to fourth grades, $200
taught by a certified children’s yoga instructor from Create Power Yoga
Kids can benefit greatly from yoga. They become more flexible and build physical strength and body-awareness. As for adults, yoga can calm kids, enhance concentration, and reduce stress. Yoga practice also builds self-esteem by instilling confidence with new challenges and experiences in a compassionate environment. Our kids classes teach yoga basics, such as the importance of compassion rather than competition, deepening self-awareness, and practicing making choices. Our classes keep kids focused through age-appropriate play, acting out poses and vinyasa (flow).

Knitting Circle
second to eighth grades, no charge
taught by Gordon parent 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.

Debate Club
fifth to eighth grades, $150
taught by Erica Winter, Gordon parent and two time participant at the World Debate Championships
Ever try to convince someone to do something? Ever felt that great feeling of success when you did? Come learn how to argue for fun. Light topics, philosophical questions, and current news will all be in the mix as you learn strategies for convincing a listener that you are completely totally right. Stretch your brain as you learn how to argue for the opposite side of what you believe, the better to hone your skills to convince people of your true views. Regular attendance not required. Who knows? If we get good enough at this, maybe we could form a competitive team! Come see what's up, and join in debate! 

Wednesdays this spring

ten afternoons

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

Drumming Circle
Young Kindergarten to second grade, $200
taught by professional musician and master percussionist Luis Arias
In this exciting new class students will warm up by learning how to count to the beat of the music. They will train their ears through a call and respond exercise. They will learn different kinds of African and Caribbean rhythms. Eventually classes will include jam sessions where students will create and improvise. No previous experience required.

Tennis
full! wait list only!
first and second grades, $200
coached by Jacques Faulise, USPTA Elite Professional and Gordon parent
Learn all the basics of tennis: strokes, volleys, and serves right in our own field house. Smaller racquets, foam balls and just the right size court and nets have made learning easy and fun for younger children. Player development will include footwork, racquet skills, fitness and learning how to score. A wonderful introduction to the game of tennis for new players as well as the opportunity for older players to build on their existing skills. 

Basketball
full! wait list only!
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. 

Drone Education and Enrichment Program (DEEP)
fifth to eighth grades, $245
Wednesday class is cancelled

Thursdays this spring

ten afternoons

March 29
April 5, 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
 
Junior Chemistry Workshop
full! wait list only!
Young Kindergarten to first grade, $200
taught by the famous Mr. D aka Gary Deslaurier 
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 Mr. D in exploring the fascinating world of chemical reactions! Learn while having some great fun! 

Outdoor Kick Ball and Wiffle Ball
canceled! sorry!

FIRST LEGO League Jr
full! wait list only!
Third and fourth grades, $200 
Coached by Gordon's Academic Technology Specialist Noelle Walters 
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 third and fourth graders 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. On June 2nd, the two teams will gather with all the other Rhode Island FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams at an expo hosted by Gordon to share what they have learned, celebrate, and have fun! Due to small class size there is another section open on Mondays. Please do not sign your child up for both – you must choose either Monday or Thursday.

La Cucina da competizione!
full! wait list only!
second to eighth grades, $300 (runs until 5pm)
taught by chef Barbara Pezzulli and Suzanne Pezzulli, Gordon modern language teacher
This class,, which translates to “competition in the kitchen” is the third in the series: Young Chefs in the Kitchen. It is open to those who have taken cooking class in the past (either this year or previous year). Students will compete in teams to prepare both savory and sweet dishes as they test their Italian food knowledge. Teams will have different challenges each week and teams will win points at the end of class. The Young Chefs will receive an e-cookbook complete with recipes and photos! Venite tutti a fare la competizione da cucina!

Fridays this spring

seven afternoons

April 6, 13, 27
May 4, 18, 25
June 1
 
ZOOmobile
Nursery to Kindergarten, $160 12:30 – 1:30
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.

Printing and Paperworks Jr.
full! wait list only!
Nursery to Kindergarten, $160 12:30 – 1:30
taught by artist Annie Deslaurier aka Mrs. D
A studio art class for the youngest artists. Create your own homemade paper, discover the fun of printing with found objects, natural materials, styrofoam, even food! We’ll mold with paper clay and marbleize with shaving cream. A sensory class to enhance the imagination and explore the many ways to have fun with paper!

Storytime yoga
full! wait list only!
Nursery to Kindergarten, $160 12:30 – 1:30
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
both are full! wait list only!
Nursery to Kindergarten, 12:30 – 1:30 and 
first to fourth grade, 2:15 – 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
full! wait list only!
second to fourth grades, $160 2:15 – 3:30
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.

Drone Education and Enrichment Program (DEEP)
fifth to eighth grades, $245 2:15 – 3:30
taught by Gordon's Director of Technology Marlon Henry and Brennon Viola of Ethereal Views Aerial Photography
Drone Education and Enrichment Program (DEEP) is a multi-week hands-on learning opportunity for students interested in deepening their understanding and skills in drone flight and aerial photography. The program is designed for small classes of 6 students. Each student will be provided a dedicated drone and all necessary flight and curriculum materials for the duration of the program. Our goal is to share the joy of learning and developing skills integral to drone flight and photography while emphasizing safety and respect for individuals, property, and privacy. Space is extremely limited.
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