Enrichment Classes

Enrichment Classes


Enrichment Programs for the Spring 2018-19

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.

Spring Enrichments
April 1 – June 7

(Tuesday) Yoga for Very Young People, PreK-Grade 2

April 2, 2019 – May 21, 2019 : Meets Tuesday : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Come and play yoga together in this creative and fun class for young children! Through songs, games, and storytelling, we will explore concepts of yoga including breathing, focus, and awareness. Go on imaginary adventures, create animal shapes out of yoga postures, and learn to relax together in class. Through “yoga play”, children will make positive connections within themselves and to yoga at an early age.

About the instructor:
Marnie (Medha) McKnight-Favell is a healer, homeopath, and yoga instructor who has been teaching yoga classes for over 13 years. She works with adults, babies and kids of all ages, and prenatal yoga students, providing a classical approach to yoga instruction. She teaches classes regularly at The Yoga Way in Wappingers Falls, and sees clients in private practice, Dragonfly Holistic, LLC. Marnie lives in Poughkeepsie with her husband, their PDS student Violet, and three cats.


Instructor :
Marnie McKnight-Favell
Dates : April 2, 2019 – May 21, 2019 : Meets Tuesday
Times : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Dance Studio
Seats : 0 seats available
Fees : $245.00
Registration Closed

(Tuesdays) Spring into Green Screen, Grades 3-8

April 9, 2019 – June 4, 2019 : 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Things are not always what they seem when movies involve green screens! From live action to stop motion animation, students will experiment and create video projects using green screens to transform themselves and their environment into unlikely combinations.

Come learn the magic of green screening, digital filmmaking, and editing. Participants will share finished projects with family and friends during a movie screening as a culminating event.

No experience necessary. All skill levels are welcomed.


Instructor :
Marilyn Almonte
Dates : April 9, 2019 – June 4, 2019
Times : 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : Unlimited seats available
Fees : $245.00
Registration

(Wednesday) Art Studio 22, Grades 3-8

April 10, 2019 – June 5, 2019 : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Continuing from the Winter term, this course provides an opportunity for students to explore their artistic and creative ideas with a variety of media. Students can choose to work with just one medium for eight sessions, or experiment with different media each week. Similarly, students may explore an idea or theme in depth for all eight sessions, or try out new ones weekly.

About the instructor:
Debby Brooks has been an art teacher for over 30 years and currently teaches Art in the lower and middle school at PDS. In addition to a lifelong love of art and children, she believes strongly in the philosophy that everyone has an artist within waiting to be discovered.


Instructor :
Debra Brooks
Dates : April 10, 2019 – June 5, 2019
Times : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Art studio 22
Seats : 0 seats available
Fees : $255.00
Note : The cost for participation includes an additional fee for materials.
Registration Closed

(Wednesday) The Power of Persuasion, Part III, Grades 8-9

April 10, 2019 – June 5, 2019 : Meets Wednesdays : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

In this course, students will continue to uncover the art of persuasion by deepening their confidence with public speaking; honing their research skills; and crafting fairly-balanced arguments that incorporate skillful use of logic, credibility, and emotional appeal. We will also continue to work on our timing, ability to express ourselves clearly and concisely, and the degree to which we reflect on what we learn through the process of debating others as a way of refining our craft. Each session features training activities and one mini-debate with peers.
NOTE: While this course is designed for students who already have some experience with debate, newcomers should feel free to enroll. We’ll quickly catch you up on the foundational skills.
Geared toward grades 8-9.

About the instructor:
Malorie Seeley-Sherwood teaches sixth grade humanities and seventh & eighth grade English at Poughkeepsie Day School, in addition to advising eighth grade 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 : April 10, 2019 – June 5, 2019 : Meets Wednesdays
Times : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 0 seats available
Fees : $245.00
Registration Closed

(Thursdays) Intro to Coding and Programming, Grades 3-8

April 4, 2019 – May 30, 2019 : 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Do you like playing video games? Have you ever been interested in making one yourself? Then this is the course for you! You don’t need any previous knowledge of game design or any computer programming experience. All you need is a sparkling imagination and a drive to create a game of your own.

This course will use a program called GameMaker Studio which uses a drag and drop system (buttons with pieces of code attached to them) in order to introduce students to programming at a basic level. The program also has the ability to use raw code for students who are at a more advanced level and don’t want to stick to the introductory buttons. In eight Thursday classes students will make an adventure maze game which will give them an introduction to programming. The course will also give them a rudimentary understanding of coding which, with some independent work could be expanded into fluency.


Instructor :
Ben Posada
Dates : April 4, 2019 – May 30, 2019
Times : 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 0 seats available
Fees : $245.00
Registration Closed

(Thursdays) Dungeons & Dragons: The Adventure Continues, Grades 6-9

April 4, 2019 – May 30, 2019 : 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Learn to play Dungeons & Dragons/Pathfinder: part battle game, part theater-at-the-table, and all adventure story where you play the main characters. Enter a world of fantastical imagination and wonder: explore the forgotten ruins of another age, fight foul monsters, uncover lost treasures, harness powerful magics, level up, and save the land from evil!

We’ll spend our afternoons adventuring in the fantasy world we built, on a quest to save the world, learning the rules of the game as we go.

Newcomers are welcome to join the adventure this term.


Dates : April 4, 2019 – May 30, 2019
Times : 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 0 seats available
Fees : $245.00
Registration Closed