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.**
 

FALL SESSION

Chess4Life Fall Session (Grades K-5)
Instructor(s): Brian Opalewski
Mondays, 3:15-4:30 (Room 10)
October 6-December 15 (No class on November 10)
10 sessions
Cost: $12.50 per session/$125 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 Fall Session (Grades Preschool-1)
Instructor(s): Nicole Koleshis
Mondays, 3:15-4:30 (NorthRoom)
September 8th (Free Trial Class)-November 17 (No classes on October 13 and November 10)
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 visit www.NextGenerationYoga.com and www.facebook.com/NGYwithNicole

Hero’s Quest Fall Session (Grades K-1)
Instructor(s):: Yvette Zaepfel
Tuesdays, 3:15-4:30 (North Room)
September 16–December 16
14 sessions
Cost: $12 per session/$168 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

Pre-Engineering using LEGO Fall Session (K-1)
Instructor(s): Kyle Wollman
Wednesdays, 3:15-5:00 (Room 8)
September 16-December 9
13 sessions
Cost: $16 per session/$208 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO®! Build engineer-designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars, and use special pieces to create your own unique design! Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. This is an ideal way to prepare young builders for the challenge of Engineering FUNdamentals.”
*min students: 11/max students: 16
For more information about this program, please visit: http://www.play-well.org/index.shtml
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waPIc884dYo

Social Skills Play Group Fall Session (Grades K-1)
Instructor: Karrin Grutz
Wednesdays, 3:15-4:30 (Room 10)
October 1-November 5
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 visit wallysclub.com

Robots 5 Fall Session (Grades K-5)
Instructor(s): To be announced from Clay Animation Network
Thursdays, 3:15-4:30 (North Room)
September 25-November 13
8 sessions
Cost: $17.50 per session/$140 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “Gear up, wire down, spin your servo all around. This is your one stop hip hop robot shop. Let’s all make a robot sound. Students use iPads (C.A.N provides) to create stop-motion videos based on the class theme. Set, character and story construction will be taught while integrating subjects like math/science and visual/language arts. C.A.N is not affiliated with LEGO®.”
*min students: 5/max students: 20
For more information about this program, please visit: http://www.cancancancan.com/#!robots5/cruw

Creative Computing with Scratch! Fall Session (Grades 4-5)
Instructor(s): Jordan Dill
Thursdays, 3:15-4:30 (Rooms 9 and 10)
October 2-December 18 (No class November 27)
11 sessions
Cost: $20 per session/$220 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “Join us to learn how to use computer code to create cool projects! We will teach you how to write a program that makes characters act just the way you want. You can choose from tons of characters in the program’s library or draw your own. Then you can make your characters do whatever you want them to do: go through a maze, chase each other, make them disappear, have them dance, talk, and sing. The possibilities are endless. It’s up to you to create your story and decide what happens to your characters on the screen. We will show you how it works and help you create your own game or animated story.”
*min students: 5/max students: 10

Mandarin Chinese Program Fall Session (Grades K-5)
Instructor(s): Richard Ko
Fridays, 3:15-4:30 (Room 8)
September 19-December 19 (No classes Oct 10, Nov 7, 14, 28, and Dec 5)
9 sessions
Cost: $13.12 per session/$118 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “Mandarin Experts is offering a fun and tailored Chinese lesson to children K-5. Flash cards, songs, games and many other activities are used to make the course especially effective for young learners. Students will be able to quickly and easily remember words and be able to make simple dialogue with the teacher, in addition to learning basic characters and Chinese cultures, which will give them a natural affinity and love for the Chinese language.”
*min students: 6/max students: 12
For more information about this program, please visit www.madarinexperts.com

Imaginary Creatures Fall Session (Grades Preschool-PreK)
Instructor(s): Yvette Zaepfel
Fridays, 3:15-4:30 (North Room)
September 19-December 12 (No classes on October 3, November 7, 14, and 28, and December 5)
8 sessions
Cost: $12 per session/$96 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “Put your imagination into action! Join us as we create our own magical creature-characters and weave together our own, one-of-kind story play. We will use creative movement, theatre games, improvisation, storytelling, and music to play our way to a “sharing” on the final day.”
*min students 6/max students 15
For more information about this program, please visit www.yestheatre912.org