Enrichment classes are offered to provide children with a variety of fun and engaging learning opportunities that they may not have access to during their regular school day.
 
Each class is held once per week, for 6-10 week sessions. Enrichment classes are operated by outside vendors. Class sizes vary, as well as age/grade requirements.
 
Classes are held from 3:15-4:30. Students who are not picked up by 4:30 will be signed into the Extended Day program at the drop-in rate of $30.
 
Limited scholarships are available. Please contact Ken for more information. Note: Enrichment classes are not part of the Extended Day program.
After-school Enrichment class offerings and information for Fall 2014 are below:  
 
 
**Please send an after-school snack for your child when s/he is enrolled in an enrichment class.** Children who are also enrolled in Extended Day will be served snack prior to going to their Enrichment class.**
 

SPRING SESSION

Chess4Life Spring Session (Grades K-5)
Instructor(s): Brian Opalewski
Mondays, 3:15-4:30 (Room 10)
March 23-June 1 (No classes on April 13 and May 25)
9 sessions
Cost: $12.50 per session/$112.50 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: Chess4Life is committed to bringing an excellent program with a positive learning environment to Giddens. Chess study has shown to increase math skills, concentration, memory, and self-confidence. Classes are tailored to the level of competency exhibited among the students. All students, of any skill level, are welcome.” 
*min students: 10/max students: 20
For more information about this program, please visit http://www.chess4life.com
 
Next Generation Yoga Spring Session (Grades Preschool-1)
Instructor(s): Nicole Koleshis
Mondays, 3:15-4:30 (Big Room)
March 30-June 1 (No classes on April 13 and May 25)
8 sessions
Cost: $12 per session/$96 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “Yoga comes to life in these fun and creative classes designed to stimulate children’s growing curiosity! Playful Yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques are sprinkled with music, art, books, and educational and sensory elements to create a unique learning experience. Next Generation Yoga classes with Nicole will spark children’s natural enthusiasm and joy while supporting language and social development, motor skills and play skills. Classes are an equal balance between active and passive poses, song and dance, and time for sharing and reflection. Sample NGY class themes include: “I am a Superhero”, “Gratitude is Our Attitude”, “Outer Space Blast Off”, “Peace Begins with Me”, “Every Day is Earth Day”, “African Safari”, “Partner Yoga” and “The Great Magnificent Ocean.”
*min students: 6/max students: 15                 
For more information about this program, please visitwww.NextGenerationYoga.com and www.facebook.com/NGYwithNicole
 
Creative Computing with Scratch Beginner!  Spring Session (Grades 2-5)
Instructor: Jordan Dill
Mondays, 3:15-4:30 (Rooms 9 and 10)
March 23-June 1 (No classes April 13, May 4 and 25)
8 sessions 
Cost: $23 per session/$185 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “Join us in Creative Computing to learn and play with Computer Science! Design your own wold, then bring it to life with Scratch, an interactive programming language developed at MIT. Through creating a maze and a first person target shooting game you wil learn the fundamentals of programming, including variable, loops and conditional statements. We believe that learning CS should be fun for everyone, so expect to learn through games, movement, and collaboration. Finally you will use your new skills to create your very own game that you can share with friends and family!
 
Pre-requisite: No previous programming experience is required, but you should feel comfortable using a computer and a web browser. You do not need to purchase any software or textbook."
*min students: 6/max students: 16
 
Social Skills Play Group Spring Session (Grades K-3)
Instructor: Karrin Grutz 
Tuesdays, 3:15-4:30 Room 9)
April 28-June 2 
6 sessions
Cost: $19 per session/$114 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “Coached play and cooperative games.  Giddens Play Groups are intended to help increase children’s confidence and competence in social play.  Each class will highlight an important friendship skill such as turn taking, trading, problem solving, and social thinking skills.  Children will be coached in play and engaging activities to support the generalization of friendship skills while having fun and connecting with their peers.  After more than 20 years of conducting social skills therapy groups, this instructor has decided that coached play is the key to helping children to obtain real practice negotiating real social situations.”
*min students 4/max students 8
For more information about this program, please contact: karrin@comcast.net
 
 Hero’s Quest Spring Session (Grades Preschool-1)
Instructor(s): Michael LoSasso
Tuesdays,  3:15-4:30 (North Room)
March 31-June 2 (no classes on April 14)
9 sessions
Cost: $12 per session/$108 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “Outwit the dragon, trick the Pirates into giving you their map, or dive deep underwater to find the lost artifact, a new and exciting adventure is waiting for you every week! Come along and discover how to create new characters using our voices and bodies, proving that the only limitation is one’s imagination.”
*min students:6/max students 15
For more information about this program, please visit www.yestheatre912.org
 
 
Origami Beginnings Spring Session (Grades K-5)
Instructor: Malaki Stahl
Wednesdays, 3:15-4:30 (Room 10)
March 25-June 3 (No classes April 15 and May 13)
9 sessions 
Cost: $15 per session/$135 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “Children will learn how to fold a paper by making a folded model, origami terms and definitions, and the different types or subgroups of the art of origami. The children will practice making suggested forms, or for more advanced folders, I will assist them in following directions they researched. We hope it inspires a love for the art and science of folding (and crushing!) paper for years to come.”
*min students: 7/max students: 14
For examples of work, please visit: http://www.blurb.com/b/1305236-preliminary-folds
 
 
Beginning Ukulele Spring Session (Grades K-1)
Instructor: Zach Burba
Wednesdays, 3:15-4:30 (North Room)
March 25-June3 (No class on April 15)
10 sessions 
Cost: $18 per session/$180 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “Ukuleles have the perfect sound, size, and feel for young musicians. All you need is a ukulele (soprano, concert, or tenor size). We’ll work on easy chords, popular songs, note reading, and singing along with our strumming.” 
Book can be ordered online or purchased locally (call Capitol Music or Kennelly Keys to check stock): Hal Leonard Ukulele for Kids
 
 *min students: 3/max students: 12
For more information about this program, please visitwww.metermusicschool.com
 
Beginning Ukulele Spring Session (Grades 2-5)
Instructor: Zach Burba
Thursdays, 3:15-4:30 (North Room)
March 26-June4 (No class on April 16)
10 sessions 
Cost: $18 per session/$180 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “Ukuleles have the perfect sound, size, and feel for young musicians. All you need is a ukulele (soprano, concert, or tenor size). We’ll work on easy chords, popular songs, note reading, and singing along with our strumming.” 
Book can be ordered online or purchased locally (call Capitol Music or Kennelly Keys to check stock): Hal Leonard Ukulele for Kids
 
 *min students: 3/max students: 12
For more information about this program, please visitwww.metermusicschool.com