Enrichment Classes

Enrichment Classes


Enrichment Programs for the Fall 2019-20

Poughkeepsie Day School’s Enrichment Program presents students of all ages with opportunities to learn new skills in a joyful and supportive environment. The program is scheduled parallel to After-School care, so children can join their peers in After for a healthy snack prior to attending class and have the option to re-join them for some downtime when class ends. The fee for After is waived for PDS students on days that they take an enrichment class.

Enrichment Programs are open to the public.

Fall Enrichments
September 16 – January 18

(Mondays, Wednesdays) The Wizard of Oz, Musical Production, Grades 2-8

September 23, 2019 – January 18, 2020 : Meets Mondays and Wednesdays : 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Join Directors Dorothy Luongo and Todd Hulet on a theatrical adventure down the yellow brick road. Participants will come together as a team to tell the classic story of Dorothy, The Scarecrow, The Tin Woodsman, the Lion, (and Toto too!) as they seek their dreams on the other side of the rainbow. Defeat a Wicked Witch, befriend the Munchkins, reveal the Wizard’s humbug origins, and find the magic within yourself. Each student will have vocal instruction, dance practice, and learn about performance technique as part of the experience. We welcome students of any experience level, although principal roles will be given to older and more experienced young performers.

Contact Gillian Eames with any questions.
geames@poughkeepsieday.org


Instructors :
Dorothy Luongo
Todd Hulet
Dates : September 23, 2019 – January 18, 2020 : Meets Mondays and Wednesdays
Times : 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 20 seats available
Fees : $575.00
Registration

(Mondays) Upside Down & Inside Out (Up-cycling creations), Grades K-5

October 7, 2019 – December 9, 2019 : Meets Mondays : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM


Instructor :
Li Pipman-Denaut
Dates : October 7, 2019 – December 9, 2019 : Meets Mondays
Times : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Seats : Unlimited seats available
Fees : $245.00
Registration

(Tuesdays) Stop Motion Animation, Grades 4-8

October 8, 2019 – December 10, 2019 : Meets Tuesdays : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Ever wonder how movies like Missing Link, Kubo and the Two Strings, and Fantastic Mr. Fox were made? During this course, we will explore the fascinating process of making our very own animated films, using the technique of stop motion video. Experimenting with the KomaKoma stop motion app, students will discover how to make toys, clay, found objects, paper, and sometimes green screening come to life on the screen. We will design our own sets and characters as a team and on solo projects.Students as stop motion artists will also hone skills in visual storytelling and development as they brainstorm ideas using storyboarding for each animation.

This course is geared to students in Grades 4-8, but there is flexibility on either end, depending on the student’s level of interest. No experience is needed. Only imagination and enthusiasm is required. At the end of the course, students will share their original creations and short films in a special movie screening presentation with family and friends. Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the ClayTime enrichment students.

About the instructor:
Marilyn Almonte is the technology coordinator and a media teacher at Poughkeepsie Day School. She has been teaching media and maker camps for several years. She is passionate about teaching and making film and media projects with others. In her free time, Marilyn loves to read, enjoys the outdoors, and tries different flavors of vegan ice cream. Coconut is a favorite!


Instructor :
Marilyn Almonte
Dates : October 8, 2019 – December 10, 2019 : Meets Tuesdays
Times : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 8 seats available
Fees : $245.00
Registration

(Tuesdays) ClayTime!, Grades 3-6

October 8, 2019 – December 10, 2019 : Meets Tuesdays : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

This enrichment course will be all about creating with clay. Artists will use moist low fire clay during the first 4 sessions and Model Magic during the second 4 sessions, to create an assortment of clay artwork. A review of clay hand-building and finishing techniques will be given. Come create a mug and bowl, a menagerie of animals or sea creatures, for example! There will be opportunities to work side by side with the Stop- Motion Animation enrichment group, creating figures for animation.
This course is geared to students in Grades 3-6, but there is flexibility on either end, depending on the student’s level of interest.

About the instructor:
Debby Brooks has been teaching art to children for over thirty years. She is passionate about getting students to experience the joys of art making and feeling that amazing sense of accomplishment in the process. In her spare time, Debby especially enjoys working with paint and clay, and walking the many trails in the Poughkeepsie area with Gracie and Spencer, her dogs, and with Gerry, her husband.


Instructor :
Debra Brooks
Dates : October 8, 2019 – December 10, 2019 : Meets Tuesdays
Times : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 8 seats available
Fees : $255.00
Note : $10 additional material fee
Registration

(Tuesdays) Chess, Grades 2-5

October 8, 2019 – January 14, 2020 : Meets Tuesdays : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Students will progress from beginner to more advanced in the compelling game of Chess.The course will begin with a review of chess basics to assess experience levels, and move quickly on to solving chess problems and group discussions of solutions.The remainder of each class will be followed by match-ups of students for informal play. During game time, the instructor will observe and interject, when necessary, with possible alternate moves to help improve the students’ knowledge of the game.

About the instructor:
Over the past 25 years, Robert Wehrle, USCF Expert and former IBM-er, has volunteered to teach chess to youth groups, local elementary schools, NY prisons, and college chess clubs. Robert has won numerous chess tournaments and championships across New York State and Connecticut. He is dedicated to the game and looks forward to igniting that passion in students this fall.


Dates : October 8, 2019 – January 14, 2020 : Meets Tuesdays
Times : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 10 seats available
Fees : $245.00
Registration

(Wednesdays) Bake Me a Cake, PreK-Grade 2

October 2, 2019 – December 4, 2019 : Meets Wednesdays : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

“Chef Gabe” welcomes the youngest cooks in our community to this fun and age-appropriate foray into the art of baking. Learn to crack eggs, mix batters, knead dough, and decorate with frosting. Each class will concentrate on making and baking one kind of delicious baked good for students to take home or, if they can’t resist, to eat on the spot! Cookies, cupcakes, galore! Buns and breads, and more!


Instructor :
Gabriel Smiley
Dates : October 2, 2019 – December 4, 2019 : Meets Wednesdays
Times : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 7 seats available
Fees : $245.00
Registration

(Wednesdays) The Power of Persuasion (or, Debate Club): an Introduction, Grades 6-8

October 2, 2019 – December 4, 2019 : Meets Wednesdays : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

In this course, students will uncover the art of persuasion by learning how to confidently speak their minds and make a difference in others’ perspectives by presenting thoughtful, effective, well-reasoned, and fairly-balanced arguments. We will also consider what it really means to “win” a debate and reflect on what we learn through the process of debating others. Each session features a short lesson, training activities, and one mini-debate with peers. Geared toward grades 6-8. (Note: Those with experience debating are encouraged to sign up, even though the class is considered an introduction.)

About the instructor:

Malorie Seeley-Sherwood teaches middle school English at Poughkeepsie Day School, in addition to advising middle school students. She loves encouraging students to make meaningful, personal connections with the texts they read, and believes it is one of the first steps toward civic engagement. In her spare time, Malorie enjoys writing poetry, reading, and hiking all over the Hudson Valley.


Instructor :
Malorie Seeley-Sherwood
Dates : October 2, 2019 – December 4, 2019 : Meets Wednesdays
Times : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 8 seats available
Fees : $245.00
Registration

(Thursdays) Parkour, Grades 3-6

October 3, 2019 – December 5, 2019 : Meets Thursdays : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Parkour is best described as the method of mindfully, curiously exploring the physical challenges one is capable of meeting already, refining and improving one’s technique in those challenges, and carefully, incrementally adding new items to that list. It tends to involve running, jumping, crawling, climbing, swinging, vaulting and all other natural movement patterns innate to human beings. The process of parkour is totally personalized to where each individual’s abilities and interests lie and the creative aspect of imagining how one might move through a given terrain is highly emphasized, making it a satisfying source of self-expression in addition to a highly functional physical training system. Innate Movement Parkour prioritized careful risk-management as the fundamental aspect of all training, and the development of this mindset keeps practitioners safe as they slowly build confidence in their ability to move with quality.

Founder and Head Coach Dylan Johanson holds an ADAPT Level 2 certification in parkour teaching. This certificate is not given out lightly; it must be earned through demonstrating a high level of coaching ability, physical and mental conditioning, technical proficiency, and knowledge of the discipline. Simply put, there aren’t very many parkour coaches in the world who have attained ADAPT Level 2. Dylan has trained with many world-renowned practitioners including three of parkour’s founders- Chau Belle, Laurent Piemontesi, and Yann Hnautra- as well as Dan Edwardes, Andy Pearson, Chris ‘Blane’ Rowat, Frederico Gato Mazzoleni, Mikkel Thisen, Jesse Danger, Sasa Sevo, Max Henry, Juho Kuusisaari, Ryan Ford, Amos Rendao, and many others.

To learn more please visit InnateMovementParkour.com. Often the best way to understand parkour is to see it, and we have many videos on our website as well as our Facebook and Instagram that will give you a sense of what we do.


Dates : October 3, 2019 – December 5, 2019 : Meets Thursdays
Times : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : Unlimited seats available
Fees : $245.00
Registration

(Fridays) Coding and Programming, an Introduction, Grades 4-8

October 4, 2019 – November 22, 2019 : Meets Fridays : 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

What is the most powerful language in the world that most people don’t understand? Answer: the programming code that dictates how computers, mobile phones and, increasingly, even our cars and coffee makers work. This is a class for non-IT based thinkers and users. It takes a conversational, plain-English (not jargon heavy) approach to communicate technical information. Topics include the components of software development: end-user requirements, coding, programming, user interface with graphics and, finally, testing and modifying the application itself. Students progress line by line through fundamental concepts of coding and programming, concluding with a real-world application they can use on their computers, phones or tablets.

About the instructor:
Ben Pousada graduated from Marist College with a degree in Psychology / Elementary Special Education. He places a large emphasis on student choice and group decisions in the classroom so that everyone is able to take charge of their own learning. Ben has taught Coding and Programming at PDS Summer Programs for the past five years. In his free time, Ben enjoys making delicious meals and having compelling conversations with students.


Instructor :
Ben Posada
Dates : October 4, 2019 – November 22, 2019 : Meets Fridays
Times : 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 8 seats available
Fees : $245.00
Registration