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Imagine and Express: Circus Arts

Grades 3,4,5

After warming-up with theatrical games and team-building exercises, students will be introduced to juggling techniques, and practice balance with: stilts, rola bolas, spools, balance beam, and unicycles. Poi spinning, ribbon dancing, and partner/group acrobatics will allow students to creatively express themselves by creating unique performance routines. Students should come in stretchy, comfortable clothing that allows for big movements, and supportive shoes with good traction. Grades 3,4,5 

Instructor: Suzanne Mielke


Move and Do: Children's Yoga

Grades 2,3

This yoga class designed to explore social and interpersonal themes such as: friendship, courage, acceptance, and gratitude through yoga poses, games, songs, and stories. Students will practice age-appropriate calming techniques, and will make their own “stress toy” and eye pillows to bring home after the class ends so that they can continue to practice these skills beyond the class. Grades 2 and 3

Instructor: Kasey Hayden

Make and Create: Song-Writing on Keyboards 

Grades 4,5

Students will receive instruction on basic keyboard mechanics: simple chord progressions, moving back and forth between rhythms, and other skills essential to making original music. Once students have these introductory "tools" at their disposal, they will explore how to write songs and match lyrics chord progressions. This class will culminate in an opportunity for students to share their creations by performing for their classmates.  Grades 4 and 5 

 Instructor: Brian Risling

Make and Create:               3D Paper Art

Grades 3,4,5

Students in this class will use a variety of weights and types of paper to create fun, interactive 3- dimensional paper crafts. By folding, sculpting, glueing and sewing paper into mobiles, books, sculptures, and games, students will learn skills to keep inventing crafts with paper beyond this class.  Grades 3, 4, 5 

Instructor: Samar Dawisha


Move and Do:              Soft-Tipped Archery

Grades 3,4,5

Students in this class will use specialized archery gear designed for maximum safety (including rubber-tipped arrows). Each session will build on the development of archery skills, beginning with safety, proper use and care of archery equipment, form, technique, breathing, concentration, focus and precision. Each participant will have plenty of opportunity to develop their shooting skills at a variety of fun, creative targets. Playing on the idea of both real and figurative trajectory, each student will have the opportunity to make their own personal goal-based “vision target” which they will present at their last session. Grades 3,4,5 

Instructor: Lloyd Canty

Think and Reflect: Strategies and Tactics in Chess

Grades 3,4,5

The game of chess can teach critical thinking, enhance respect for peers, and convey important principles that apply outside the game. This class will introduce students to the basic rules, principles, and etiquette of chess, after which they will play one-on-one games while receiving some coaching and direction. Some familiarity with chess is helpful, but not required. Grades 4 and 5

Instructor: Ed Hirsch

Tech and Tinker:      Chain-Reaction Contraptions

Grades 3,4,5

Students will learn to use ordinary materials to design and build  “Rube Goldberg machines” (contraptions in which produce a domino effect triggering the next device in the sequence). Fun and amazing, humorous and delightful, these contraptions teach basic physics and engineering concepts while inspiring creative problem solving. Students will work individually, in pairs, and in teams to participate in “challenges” to create chain-reactions like domino mazes and marble runs, and then hook them all together in one epic sequence to perform a simple task. Grades 3,4,5 

Instructor: Ash Friend

How do I know which class is right for my child?

Before we selected our course offerings, we thought about bigger umbrella categories that cover a variety of activities. You can use the descriptions below to think about your child’s personality and preferences and then find the classes that best fit your student. 

Think & Reflect -  These classes are for more introspective students who like to intellectually explore solo or partnered activities that teach creative and critical thinking skills.

Imagine & Express - These courses are for more extroverted students who like to explore fantasy, imaginative play, and creative thinking and engage in performance.  

Move & Do - Classes for active students who enjoy engaging in play and learning in an activity-based environment. 

Explore & Experience - These classes are for curious students who like to experience the world around them using the five senses and learn about other people and cultures.

Make & Create - Courses for creative students who like to design and experiment with materials to produce functional and/or decorative items.