Enrichment Classes

Enrichment Classes


Enrichment Programs for the Winter 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.

Winter Enrichments
December 5 – May 4

Winter Break Jazz Camp, Grades 6-12

January 2, 2019 – January 5, 2019 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

As the PDS jazz summer camp series gets ready to launch it’s 9th season, we’ve decide to extend its offerings to a special Winter and Spring session. Winter and Spring dates are being offered during school vacations. As in our Jazz summer camp: The Winter and Spring Break camps will be open to Hudson Valley area students of all levels of experience. Jazz camp features professional regional musicians as teachers and guest artists. Students focus on building instrumental skills, music appreciation and leadership in a joyful, collaborative and supportive atmosphere.


Instructor :
Kenneth McGloin
Dates : January 2, 2019 – January 5, 2019
Times : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : Unlimited seats available
Fees : $349.00
Registration

(Monday, Friday) Footloose! Musical Production, Ages 9-14 +

December 8, 2018 – April 27, 2019 : Meets Mondays and Fridays and extra days during Production Week : 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

An exciting new opportunity for young performers, ages 9-14, in Poughkeepsie, NY and the surrounding Hudson Valley area. Poughkeepsie
Youth Musicals is excited to launch this performance training program for anyone that loves to sing, dance, and act! No experience is necessary and all abilities are welcome. We can’t wait to “cut loose” in this exciting show together!

Dorothy Luongo (Director) is a Hudson Valley Native who has directed various after school and summer theater programs. She holds her B.A. from SUNY Purchase in Drama Studies and her M.Ed. from Antioch University New England in Integrated Arts and Humanities Learning. Currently, she directs and performs with the Rhinebeck Theatre Society and teaches fifth grade at Poughkeepsie Day School.


Instructors :
Todd Hulet
Dorothy Luongo
Dates : December 8, 2018 – April 27, 2019 : Meets Mondays and Fridays and extra days during Production Week
Times : 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : Unlimited seats available
Fees : $575.00
Note : Auditions: Saturday December 8, 4-6 pm in the James Earl Jones Theater at Poughkeepsie Day School, 260 Boardman Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY.
Performers must be registered for the course in order to take part in the audition process.
Regular rehearsals run January 14-April 26 (Monday and Fridays from 3:30-5:30).
Tech week rehearsals: April 22-26 (Rehearsals every day from 4:00-7:00).
Performances: Friday and Saturday, April 26-27 (Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7pm) in the James Earl Jones Theater, Poughkeepsie Day School
Registration

(Monday) Coding and Programming, An Introduction, Grades 3-6

January 7, 2019 – March 11, 2019 : 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 four years. In his free time, Ben enjoys making delicious meals and having compelling conversations with students.


Instructor :
Ben Posada
Dates : January 7, 2019 – March 11, 2019
Times : 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 9 seats available
Fees : $245.00
Registration

(Tuesday) Yoga for Very Young People, PreK-Grade 1

January 8, 2019 – March 5, 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 : January 8, 2019 – March 5, 2019 : Meets Tuesday
Times : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Dance Studio
Seats : 9 seats available
Fees : $245.00
Registration

(Tuesday) Chess, Grades 2-6

January 8, 2019 – March 5, 2019 : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Join us for this exciting introduction to the game of chess! There is no required skill level, beginners are welcome. Discover and practice winning strategies, learn how to prevail against an opponent and so much more. Although the instructor’s United States chess rating is slightly below the expert norm he previously earned the title of USCF expert. As a regular tournament competitor, certified tournament director and professional teacher he is well prepared to help you learn all you need to know to hold your own in the wonderful game of chess.

About the instructor:
Craig Fisher is a retired Marist professor and IBM’er who has been very active in the chess community. Currently, Craig is a member of the Vassar-Chadwick Chess Club and has been running a youth chess club for children and teens for the past 8 years.


Instructor :
Craig Fisher
Dates : January 8, 2019 – March 5, 2019
Times : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 9 seats available
Fees : $245.00
Note : Grades 2-6

$245/Entire course

Registration

(Wednesday) Art Studio 22, Grade 4-8

January 9, 2019 – February 27, 2019 : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

In this course students will have the opportunity 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 : January 9, 2019 – February 27, 2019
Times : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Art studio 22
Seats : 6 seats available
Fees : $255.00
Note : The cost for participation includes an additional fee for materials.
Registration

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

January 9, 2019 – February 27, 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 : January 9, 2019 – February 27, 2019 : Meets Wednesdays
Times : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 6 seats available
Fees : $245.00
Registration

(Thursday) Sewing and Design 101, K-Grade 5

January 10, 2019 – February 28, 2019 : Meets Thursdays : 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Alice Schavoir has been hooked on sewing since her first home economics class in middle school. She loves sharing this artful skill with young and old. She has been teaching private and group lessons in the Hudson Valley for four years, to ages 5 and up.
In this weekly 1.5 hour workshop, the children will learn the basics they need to execute their designs. First projects are usually: a skirt, pillowcase or tote bag. Alice likes to let the children follow their bliss after that, whether it be stuffed animals or pillows or clothing.
You can find pictures of her past classes on Facebook: Himmel Schule.


Dates : January 10, 2019 – February 28, 2019 : Meets Thursdays
Times : 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 9 seats available
Fees : $255.00
Registration

(Thursday) Ballet to Modern Dance, Grades 3-5

January 10, 2019 – February 28, 2019 : Meets Thursdays : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

This dance class will integrate both ballet and modern technique. We will engage in a high level of physicality and precision while challenging students to hone their creativity and an intellectual mode of inquiry. We will start class with a traditional ballet bar which will develop into modern technique and exploring more expansive ways of moving in and out of the floor. Towards the end of the session, students will also have the opportunity to create their own movement, based on concepts and vocabulary developed through out the session. This will be a demanding, yet exciting and fun class, providing a supportive environment for developing a rigorous and well rounded dance practice!

About the instructor:
Nathalie Jonas comes to Poughkeepsie Day School with over two decades of experience as an educator, choreographer, and performer. She has her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is on faculty at Rutgers University. Nathalie has taught dance at a number of demanding programs, including eleven years on the faculty at Barnard College. She has also taught at The Masters School, Vassar College, Lyndon Institute, Manhattanville College, and Connecticut College. Her performance experience includes work with choreographers from the Martha Graham, Trisha Brown, and Merce Cunningham dance companies, as well as contemporary artists ranging from Jodi Melnick to the butoh-based Poppo & the Go-Go Boys. She also practices as a Feldenkrais Instructor both in New York City and the Hudson Valley.


Instructor :
Nathalie Jonas
Dates : January 10, 2019 – February 28, 2019 : Meets Thursdays
Times : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Dance Studio
Seats : 7 seats available
Fees : $245.00
Registration

(Thursday) Coding and Programming -The Next Level, Grades 3-6

January 10, 2019 – February 28, 2019 : Meets Thursdays : 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

This Level two exploration continues our investigation of various forms of coding and programming.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 four years. In his free time, Ben enjoys making delicious meals and having compelling conversations with students.


Instructor :
Ben Posada
Dates : January 10, 2019 – February 28, 2019 : Meets Thursdays
Times : 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 4 seats available
Fees : $245.00
Registration

(Thursday) Dungeons & Dragons/Pathfinder, Grades 6-9

January 10, 2019 – February 28, 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!

In this introduction to the game we’ll spend a session brainstorming our very own, original fantasy realm into existence. Next, each player will create a unique hero, with personality, powers, and purpose. Finally, we’ll spend the rest of 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.

About the instructor:
Lou Agresta is an award-winning game designer with nearly 40 years experience playing the game; so you’re in good hands! Bring paper, a pencil with a working eraser, and your imagination. Rulebooks and special dice provided.


Dates : January 10, 2019 – February 28, 2019
Times : 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : 3 seats available
Fees : $245.00
Note : Geared to students in the Middle and High School.
Registration

(Friday) First Lego League, Grades 3-8

December 5, 2018 – March 8, 2019 : 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Join our mission into the 30th season of FIRST LEGO LEAGUE.Prepare for blast off, break out of your earthly constraints and go INTO ORBITSM. The 2018/2019 FIRST LEGO League season will transport your team into space, where you’ll explore, challenge, and innovate in the vast expanse of space.
FIRST LEGO League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During the INTO ORBIT season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the FIRST signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism.
(from: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge)

About the instructor:
Marilyn Almonte has been teaching Lego Robotics and Coding since 2013 to students from Pre-K-12th grade. Prior to that, Marilyn taught elementary school children in Florida. Marilyn currently serves as Tech Coordinator and teacher at PDS. She is passionate about inspiring her students to have intellectual curiosity about the world. She believes that the hands-on approach of designing and programming with LEGO provides a creative and fun way to explore the world and to think critically.


Instructor :
Marilyn Almonte
Dates : December 5, 2018 – March 8, 2019
Times : 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Seats : Unlimited seats available
Fees : $285.00
Note : The cost for participation includes course materials and FLL team enrollment membership fees. Team members meet once a week with their instructor for an hour and a half to work on their group project.
Registration