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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 27
December 4, 11
January 8, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 26
March 5 
 
Bay animals and biodiversity
Young Kindergarten to third grade, $200
taught by a Save the Bay education specialist
This is 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, and even have opportunity (if they want) to do 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.  
a peek at this enrichment from last year

Winter fitness 
meets Monday and Wednesday
fifth to eighth grades, $200 (this price covers both days – total of seventeen sessions)
coached by Sydney Montstream-Quas, Gordon cross country and track and field coach
Want to get ready for your spring sport or just stay active while having fun this winter? Join Coach Q for Winter Fitness where you 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.
starts January 3rd 
 
Robotics
January 8th – April 2nd  
fifth grade, $180
Learn, play and explore with Lego robotics! This enrichment is exclusive to fifth grade students and will meet once a week to explore introductory to more advanced concepts in Lego robotics engineering and programming. Participants will explore how to utilize the vast array of sensors to complete a number of fun, noncompetitive challenges; including how to make a robot move without wheels! The enrichment will end with participants showing off all their hard work at Rhode Island Students of the Future Robot Block Party hosted at Brown University on Saturday, April 7th!

Tuesdays this winter

thirteen afternoons

November 28
December 5, 12
January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6 

Mythical magical art
Full! Wait list only!
Young Kindergarten to third grade, $260 
taught by artist Annie Deslaurier aka Mrs. D
Enter a world of magic and enchantment! Do you love dragons, unicorns, and wizards? Fairies and gnomes? Create your own imaginary mythical creatures with a wire armature and a variety of fabrics, paint, ribbons, netting, feathers, beads and magical embellishments. Add wings, tails, giant eyes, and as many arms and legs as you want! We’ll make wands, fairy and troll houses, and all sorts of magical art! 

Knitting Circle
second to eighth grades (parents and caretakers 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 colors.
starts January 2nd 

Hip hop dance
Young Kindergarten to second grade, $260
taught by Krissy Phillipino, owner of Krissy’s Dance & Fitness Studio
No previous dance training required. This high-energy class 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.  


taught by Krissy Phillipino, owner of Krissy’s Dance & Fitness Studio
No previous dance training required. This high-energy class 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 winter

thirteen afternoons

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

Intro to STEM II
Young Kindergarten to second grade, $390 (runs until 5:00pm)
taught by Play-Well TEKnology instructor Harry Blakely
Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as trains, helicopters, treehouses and beam bridges. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. There are no prerequisites for this course. The projects are different from what was offered in the fall. 

Drumming circle
second to fourth grades, $260
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-Caribbean rhythms. Eventually classes will include jam sessions where students will create and improvise. No previous experience required. 

Winter fitness 
meets Monday and Wednesday
fifth to eighth grades, $200 (this price covers both days – total of seventeen sessions)
coached by Sydney Montstream-Quas, Gordon cross country and track and field coach
Want to get ready for your spring sport or just stay active while having fun this winter? Join Coach Q for Winter Fitness where you 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.
starts January 3rd 
 
Making the scene cancelled! sorry!
fifth to eighth grades, $260 

Thursdays this winter

thirteen afternoons

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

Woodworking
wait list only!
Young Kindergarten to second grades, $260
taught by Gary Deslaurier aka the famous Mr. D
Make it roll, make it float, make it fly… and make it out of wood! You'll build a variety of cool projects in Mr. D's Woodshop to bring home and share, including a car, boat, catapult and more! Using hand tools, glue and paint, you'll create toys and gifts to keep and give, like a fun game and a cool crayon caddy! Join the fun! 

Hip hop Thursdays cancelled but check Tuesday!

Cooking series II
wait list only!
second to eighth grades, $390 (runs until 5pm)
taught by chef Barbara Pezzulli and Suzanne Pezzulli, Gordon Spanish and French teacher 
On fait la cuisine ensemble… Cucinando insieme... Let's cook together... Our Young Chefs in the Kitchen series continues. Children will learn how to cook tasty both French and 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, songs and videos, children will also learn to speak some beginning French and Italian!  

Fridays this winter

ten afternoons

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

12:20–1:30  
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. 

12:20–1:30  
Intro to drumming cancelled! sorry!

12:20–1:30  
Young Rembrandts 
wait list only!
Nursery to Kindergarten, $200
taught by artist Annie Deslaurier aka Mrs. D
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. 

12:20–1:30  
Storytime yoga
full! wait list only!
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.  

12:20–1:30 
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 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.  

2:15–3:15 
Mesozoic shadow puppets 
Full! Wait list only!
Kindergarten to fourth grades, $200
taught by Gordon librarian Frances Martindale 
Calling all dinosaur fans. Come to the library to create the world of dinosaurs through shadow puppets that swim, fly and or move about on land. We will explore ancient seas and their inhabitants, the various time periods from Cretaceous to Cambrian. Come build your favorite dinosaurs and set them in amongst the ferns, volcanos or the ocean reefs of early animal life.       
 
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