Enrichment Classes

Enrichment Classes


Enrichment Programs for the Winter 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.

Winter Enrichments
January 6 – April 18

(Mondays, Wednesdays) Alice in Wonderland, Spring Musical Production, Grades 2-8

January 27, 2020 – April 18, 2020 : Meets Mondays and Wednesdays : 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Venture with Alice down the Rabbit Hole to Wonderland in our spring musical offering. Dorothy Luongo and Todd Hulet are thrilled to invite actors of all experience levels to join in telling this whimsical tale. There are so many zaney roles (the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Caterpillar of Jabberwocky fame, the Cheshire Cat, and the imperious Queen of Hearts to name a few!); actors will be immersed in fantasy and adventure from beginning to end. The show abounds with snappy songs like “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”, “I’m Late” and “Painting the Roses Red.” Each student will have vocal instruction, dance practice, and learn about performance technique as part of the experience. Larger speaking and singing roles will be given to older and/ or more experienced young performers under most circumstances, but we’ll make sure there is an engaging role for everyone.

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


Instructors :
Todd Hulet
Dorothy Luongo
Dates : January 27, 2020 – April 18, 2020 : Meets Mondays and Wednesdays
Times : 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM
Seats : Unlimited seats available
Fees : $575.00
Registration

(Mondays) What It Is Not! (Up-cycling creations), Grades K-5

January 6, 2020 – March 9, 2020 : Meets Mondays : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

The world is full of ‘things’! Many of which are typically unwanted, unused, or thought of ‘throw-aways’ but what is true in all cases is that these ‘things’ come in varied forms and are full of texture, color, and size. In this hands-on messy course, students will use all sorts of ‘things’ (fiber, metal, wood, plastics, paper) to create purposeful and artistic pieces. Each class will begin with one ‘thing’ as a starting point and build upon it until they are satisfied with its goal and purpose. Students are encouraged to explore what might have been into transformations into what will be. Possible projects include desk organizers, new games, dimensional pieces, and mixed media garden art. Projects are geared toward all: from Kindergarten to fifth grade, from young to older, from silly to serious, from general to personal, and whatever you do, you will wonder what it was and What It Is Not!

About the instructor:
Li Pipman Denaut loves making, creating and doing! She enjoys using found objects and making functional art fulfilling. Using something that may have been tossed out or put aside and discovering a new life for it in creative and artistic, colorful ways is key, and working with others is what makes it totally complete. Li has taught at Poughkeepsie Day School for over 20 years, subjects ranging from mathematics, stained glass, building and design, publishing, upcycled repurposing art, and more. She loves to learn and create and hopes others will join her through this journey.


Instructor :
Li Pipman-Denaut
Dates : January 6, 2020 – March 9, 2020 : Meets Mondays
Times : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Seats : Unlimited seats available
Fees : $245.00
Registration

(Mondays) The Power of Persuasion (or, Debate Club): Part II, Grades 6-8

January 6, 2020 – March 9, 2020 : Meets Mondays : 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)

About the instructor:
Malorie Seeley-Sherwood teaches middle school English at Poughkeepsie Day School, in addition to advising middle school students and serving as middle school Chair of Humanities. 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 6, 2020 – March 9, 2020 : Meets Mondays
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) Chess, Grades 2-5

January 7, 2020 – March 3, 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 term.


Dates : January 7, 2020 – March 3, 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

(Tuesdays) ClayTime!, Grades 3-6

January 7, 2020 – March 3, 2020 : 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!
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 : January 7, 2020 – March 3, 2020 : 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

(Wednesdays) Cozy Knitting, Grades 6-8

January 8, 2020 – February 26, 2020 : Meets Wednesdays : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Join instructor Julie O’Sullivan on a fun adventure together and learn to knit! If you don’t know how to knit, never fear, Julie will teach you. If you know how to knit, and want to improve your skills, she’ll teach you new techniques. Knitting is a great activity for making clothes, relaxing, and having fun with friends. In this class, Julie will take you step by step through the knitting process: casting on, knitting stitches, purling stitches, and casting off. You will come out of the class knowing how to make a basic hat and a scarf. No knitting activity is complete without tea, so we will come together, knit and drink tea.

About the instructor:
Julie O’Sullivan teaches high school humanities at Poughkeepsie Day School and is passionate about knitting, spinning, sewing, and fiber arts crafts. She has been knitting since she was 5 years old, and happily claims that she always has several knitting projects going at once!


Instructor :
Julie O’Sullivan
Dates : January 8, 2020 – February 26, 2020 : Meets Wednesdays
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

(Thursdays) Bollywood Dance, Grades 2-5

January 9, 2020 – February 27, 2020 : Meets Thursdays : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Join instructor Rupa Parikh for a wonderful exploration into Bollywood Dance! Inspired by Indian Bollywood movies, this exciting dance style uses a combination of traditional Indian dance moves, poses and mudras (hand gestures) fused with elements of other dance styles like Bhangra, folk, classical, belly dancing, salsa, and hip hip. In Rupa’s classes you’ll learn expressions to give an authentic taste of Bollywood dancing, move to the rhythms of funky, upbeat music, and work on dance numbers that focus on celebrating life!

About the instructor:
Rupa Parikh is a classically trained Bollywood dancer with over 30 years experience teaching this exciting dance form. She has taught young children, college students, and adults all over Dutchess, Westchester, Orange, Ulster, and Rockland Counties. She enjoys the diversity of experiences her teaching brings, from doing workshops with Vassar College students to performing and choreographing for Indian Fusion weddings. Rupa is excited to bring the joy of Bollywood Dance to PDS.


Dates : January 9, 2020 – February 27, 2020 : Meets Thursdays
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
Registration

(Fridays) Minecraft LEGO Adventure, Grades 3-6

January 10, 2020 – March 6, 2020 : Meets Fridays : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

True adventurers are invited to spend time imagining and creating a world inspired by the popular video game Minecraft using LEGO® bricks. Minecraft students face new and fun challenges at each session, as they create a medieval village, live underground in an alien city and become stranded on a desert island.

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


Instructor :
Marilyn Almonte
Dates : January 10, 2020 – March 6, 2020 : Meets Fridays
Times : 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location : PDS : Gilkeson Center : map
260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 : Gilkeson Center Middle School Learning Commons
Seats : 7 seats available
Fees : $245.00
Registration