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 are below:  
 

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SPRING SESSION

Capoeira Spring Session (Grades K-5)
Instructor(s): Contra Mestre Fenix (Thyago da Cruz) and Água-viva (Jen Hobbs)
Mondays, 3:15-4:30 (Big Room)
March 14-June 10 (no classes April 11and May 30)
11 sessions
Cost: $15 per session/$165 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “Children love learning Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art which combines fitness, music, and acrobatics. Capoeira instills the values of responsibility, self-confidence all while awakening creativity through the development of self-expression. Through fun games, drills, and exercises, children learn to “play Capoeira” with an understanding of limits and respect for each other. Classes will keep your child physically fit and mentally engaged. Students will learn the movements of Capoeira along with the music and songs traditionally used in the sport.”
*min students: 10/max students: 30
For more information about this program, please visit http://www.fitnesscapoeira.com

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Next Generation Yoga Spring Session (Grades Preschool-1)
Instructor(s): Nicole Koleshis & Kara-Lee Ruotolo
Mondays, 3:15-4:30 (North Room)
March 14-May 23 (No class April 11)
10 sessions
Cost: $15 per session/$150 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 infused with music, art, books, sensory exploration and learning points to create a unique learning experience. Next Generation Yoga classes spark children’s natural enthusiasm and joy, while supporting physical and social developmental skills. Classes are an equal balance between active and passive poses, song and dance, and time for sharing and reflection. NGY class themes include: “Dream BIG”, “Dino-mite Yoga!”, “Gratitude is Our Attitude”, “Outer Space Blast Off”, “Peace Begins with Me”, “Every Day is Earth Day”, “Yoga Sports”, “Yoga Makes Us Smarter” and “The Great Magnificent Ocean.” Most of all, Next Generation Yoga classes are FUN!”
*min students: 6/max students: 10
For more information about this program, please visit
www.NextGenerationYoga.com

Zeno Math—Geometry Spring Session (Grades 1-2)
Instructor: Kenneth Maldonado
Mondays, 3:15-4:30 (Room 7)
March 14-May 23 (no class April 11)
10 sessions
Cost: $15 per session/$150 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “We'll be learning all about Identifying, Classifying, Building and Transforming Shapes and Solids.”
*min students: 8/max students: 15
For more information about this program, please visit www.zenomath.org

Exploring Clay Spring Session (Grades K-5)
Instructor: Angela Larsen
Tuesdays, 3:15-4:30 (Art Room)
March 15-May 24 (no class April 12)
10 sessions
Cost: $18 per session/$180 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “Students will learn a variety of hand-building techniques to create unique clay art pieces. Students will learn the process of firing and glazing clay pieces, as well. ”
*min students: 6/max students: 15
For examples of work, please visit: angelalarsen.net

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Machine Sewing Spring Session (Grades K-5)
Instructor: Cecil Sefaros
Tuesdays, 3:15-5:00 (North Room)
March 15-June 7 (no class April 12)
12 sessions
Cost: $18 per session/$216 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “Students are invited to learn a skill they will use for a lifetime and a hobby they will forever enjoy….sewing! No experience necessary for children to learn the basics and beyond. Beginning students will learn machine safety and beginner sewing techniques, while the more experienced students can expand on skills they already have. Students will advance at their own pace to more exciting and challenging projects throughout the session. Projects include backpacks, phone cases, clothing, accessories, bags, games, and stuffed animals.”
Students must be enrolled by the first class in order to attend.
*min students: 4/max students: 9
For examples of work, please visit:
http://www.little-hands-creations.com/

Acting for the Camera Spring Session (Grades 2-5)
Instructor(s): Michael LoSasso
Tuesdays, 3:15-4:30 (Room 10)
March 15-June 7 (no class April 12)
12 sessions
Cost: $15 per session/$180 total. Plus a $15 lab fee (dvd + digital download and editing. The digital download allows the user to view the video on smartphones, tablets or streaming).
For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “An on-camera class where the Y.E.S. students learn the fundamentals of screen acting through a series of acting exercises using improvisation and physical tasks. The students will become familiar with screen acting terminology, and experience the difference between screen and stage techniques. Each class begins with a vocal and physical warm-up, and the course ends with a DVD of students’ work.”
*min students: 6/max students 12
For more information about this program, please visit www.yestheatre912.org

Social Skills Play Group Spring Session (Grades K-3)
Instructor: Karrin Grutz
Wednesdays, 3:15-4:30 (Room 7)
March 16-May 25 (no classes April 13, and May 4)
9 sessions
Cost: $20 per session/$180 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 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 12 (please note: 4 spots will be reserved for older kids (grades 2-3) as interns or helpers).
 

Rhythm & Percussion with Sound Math Spring Session (Grades K-5)
Instructor: Michel Navedo (206) 707-1255
Wednesdays, 3:15-4:30 (North Room)
March 16-June 8 (no class April 13)
12 sessions
Cost: $25 per session/$300 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: "Hand-percussion is much simpler than piano or guitar and allows the student to make music right away. Percussion allows for brain hemisphere balance by using both hands equally which translates well into other areas. Hand-percussion, rather than drumming with sticks, develops increased sensitivity and fine-motor coordination. Percussion simplifies learning music and allows for whole body engagement and emphasis on both the musician and the music. We teach in an ensemble format where students learn to connect to the whole group thereby aiding social emotional development. We address the math involved in rhythm which strengthens what the children learn in other classes. Rest and space are integral parts of music and our participants learn how to actively calm and focus themselves for music performance and everyday life. We will have an incredible performance on the last day of class, which culminates all of the material learned.”
*min students 4/max students 8
For more information about this program, please contact:
Kim Bell at (303)746-3039 or soundformation@gmail.com
Video Link- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gaNkGlg3tc

Mini Kickers Spring Session (Grades Preschool-PreK)
Instructor: Challenger Sports Instructor
Wednesdays, 3:15-4:30 (Big Room)
March 16-May 25 (no class April 13)
10 sessions
Cost: $15 per session/$150 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “MiniKickers is a FUNdamental Introduction to the game of soccer for players aged 2–5. Players learn the introductory skills of soccer through fun games.”
*min students: 5/max students: 10
For more information about this program, please visit: www.challengersports.com

Construction Vehicles and Machines using Lego Spring Session (Grades K-3)
Instructor(s): Eric Page
Thursdays, 3:15-4:30 (Room 10)
April 21-June 9
8 sessions
Cost: $17 per session/$136 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “Dig into engineering with big trucks, construction vehicles and super machines. Explore the engineering terms, concepts, and vocabulary behind large scale building machines. Build and learn about steamrollers, bulldozers, wrecking balls, tower cranes, and more while building with your favorite building system.”
*min students: 11/max students: 16
For more information about this program, please visit http://www.playwell.org

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Giddens Giants Youth Soccer League Spring Session (Grades K-3)
Coach: Murphy Campbell
Thursdays, 3:15-4:30 (Big Room & Field)
March 31-June 2 (no class April 14)
9 sessions
Cost: $5 per session/$45 total. (cost for practices only)
Please note that in order for your child to participate in league games, an additional game fee (for 10 games) of $132.50 will be required. Additionally, if you are a first time participant, membership and team gear fees of $85 are required.
For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “Join the Giddens soccer teams! This program is designed to give children the opportunity to practice playing the sport and to participate in an indoor youth soccer league at Arena Sports Magnuson on weekends. Giddens School will try to accommodate all children who enroll in this program, but final team composition will need to accommodate league rules regarding ages and number of players.”
*min students: 10/max students: 25
Spaces are limited, and preference will be given to league players For more information about this program, please visit: arenasports.net, then Youth Leagues (U9) or Soccer Skills Institute Leagues (U6-U8).

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Origami Beginnings Spring Session (Grades K-5)
Instructor: Malaki Stahl
Thursdays, 3:15-4:30 (Room 7)
March 17-June 9 (no class April 14)
12 sessions
Cost: $15 per session/$165 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “Children will learn the basic folds of traditional Japanese paper folding, and according to interests and skill level, they will be assisted in pursuing the completion of many paper models.”
*min students: 7/max students: 15
For examples of work, please visit:
http://www.blurb.com/b/1305236-preliminary-folds

Creative Computing with Scratch I B Spring Session (Grades 3-5)
Instructor: Spence
Fridays, 3:15-4:30 (Room 10)
March 18-June 10 (no classes March 25, April 8 & 15, and May 20 & 27)
8 sessions
Cost: $23 per session/$185 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: Scratch Intro: “In this class, students design their own world and then bring it to life with Scratch, a visual drag-and-drop programming language developed by MIT. Through creating animations and developing interactive games, students learn the fundamentals of programming, including initialization, looping, and conditional statements. Students of all learning styles are captivated by the use of games, movement, and collaboration in the classroom. Instructors provide personalized help so students progress at their own pace as they experiment with fun new challenges.”
*min students: 10/max students: 16
For more information about this program, please visit www.computingkids.com

Kidscreate!—The Art of Stories Spring Session (Grades 1-5)
Instructor: Nadine Smith
Fridays, 3:15-4:30 (Art Room)
March 18-June 10 (no classes April 1, 8, & 15, and May 20 & 27)
8 sessions
Cost: $15 per session/$120 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “Come join teaching artist, Nadine Smith, on this art adventure as we create art in story form. In this art series, we’ll make story books out of fabric and wood, melt pastel on paper to create magical story scenes, build story characters out of wire, fabric and clay, design collaborative circle story art work, and sculpt imaginary pinch pot critters out of clay! What a tale we’ll have to tell!”
*min students 8/max students 12
For more information about this program, please visit: www.kidscreate.org

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Chess4Life Spring Session (Grades K-5)
Instructor(s): Brian Opalewski
Fridays, 3:15-4:30 (Room 7)
March 18-June 3 (no classes April 1, 8, & 15, and May 20 & 27)
7 sessions
Cost: $15 per session/$105 total. For scholarship information, contact Ken.
Program Description: “Chess4Life brings an excellent program with a positive learning environment to Giddens. Chess study has shown to increase math skills, concentration, memory, and self-confidence. All students, of any skill level, are welcome.”
*min students: 10/max students: 20
For more information about this program, please visit
www.chess4life.com

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