PROGRAM PROCEDURES:

 

  1. Review after school program information below.  

  2. Sign your child up for the program(s) of your choice on the Sign Up Genius at http://spring2018.gsespta.org. Sign up started on Sunday, Jan 14, at 7:00pm and went through Wednesday, Jan 17, at midnight. 

  3. After sign up closes, you will be sent the next steps and forms for enrollment and payment. Forms, payment, and enrollment will be different for each program. ALL FORMS and PAYMENTS ARE DUE BY THE FIRST CLASS (unless otherwise indicated)!

  4. Record your program(s) dates on your calendar!  Programs meet once a week, after school at GSES, starting at 2:40. End times vary by program. Clubs will not meet on holidays, half days, or snow days.  

  5. Remind your child when his/her class takes place. A reminder will also be given daily at school and teachers will have a list for each program.

~ AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS FOR SPRING 2018~

Please address ALL questions to clubs@gsespta.org. Click on program name to see more info.

 

ART

 

Instructor: Margo Alford

 

Students will experience and explore compositions in a myriad of art styles.  Works of art will be created in a wide range of mixed media giving children the opportunity to discover the properties of tempera, ink, acrylic, watercolor and much, much more as they create something new each week.  Basic fundamentals and technique instructions are incorporated into each lesson. Each session is 4 classes. All sessions contain different material. 

 

* Who: K-5th Graders

* Cost: $55 for a 4-week session. 

* Where: Art Room

* When: Wednesdays, 2:40 - 3:50

* Dates (each session contains different material):

  • Session 1 (K-5th):  Jan 31, {no class Feb 7}, Feb 14, Feb 21, Feb 28

  • Session 2 (K-5th):  Mar 14, Mar 21, {no class Mar 28}, Apr 4, Apr 11

  • Session 3 (K-5th):  Apr 25, May 2, May 9, May 16

 

Minimum 10 students. Maximum 16 students. 

 

BOOT CAMP with COACH HOWARD

 

Instructor: Coach Howard, GSES P.E. Teacher

 

While in Boot Camp, students will be both physically and mentally challenged. Boot Camp is designed to incorporate focus and hand/eye coordination to move different parts of the body.  The 4- week program will give each student a short and rigorous course of training. Examples:  jumping jacks, squats, pushups, leg lifts, burpies, shoulder rolls etc.  The different exercises will be incorporated into a line dance.  Obstacle challenges will allow students to demonstrate the exercise in a FUN way!!!

 

* Who: K-2nd Graders

* Cost: FREE

* Where: GSES Gym

* When: Tuesdays, 2:40 - 3:40

* Dates: Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20

 

Maximum 20 students. 

 

BRICKS 4 KIDZ LEGOS

 

The Bricks 4 Kidz motto is: “We Learn, We Build, We Play with…LEGO® bricks.”  So for one hour each week your child will have the opportunity to learn and have fun at the same time using LEGO® bricks.  This is a hands-on class where students build educational motorized models using techniques needed for Robotics. This semester's theme is a Pirates Quest!  Shiver me timbers as we explore the popular culture behind the life of a pirate.  Build a motorized pirate ship, a helm and an anchor, as we batten down the hatches and prepare for any mutiny.  Protect the hands on deck by building a launching catapult.  Beware me mateys, if it's too late, you must abandon ship and build a rowboat to escape.  Watch out for crocodiles!  Anchors aweigh!  

 

* Who: K-5th Graders

* Cost: $55 for a 4-week session.

* Where: Art Room

* When: Thursdays, 2:40 - 3:40

* Dates:

  • K-1st Grade: Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22

  • 2nd-3rd Grade: Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22, {no class Mar 29}, Apr 5

  • K-5th Grades (all new material): Apr 19, Apr 26, May 3, May 10  

 

Minimum 8 students. Maximum 15 students.

 

CHESS

 

Instructor: Daniel Perez of The Knight School

 

The Knight School is excited to be your chess coaches for the exciting, upcoming chess season at Goldsmith! The Knight School Chess Team will be your school's official chess team and chess party. This revolutionary, party-based approach to chess has had amazing success—winning multiple state championships—because our unique and unprecedented educational philosophy, “the chess party,” is the perfect way to transform a complete beginner into a devastating chess machine. We use only super-fun teaching methods such as super-fast chess clock-slapping chess games, zany chess videos, a strict bully-free environment, silicone wristbands for tactics mastery, chess puzzlers for candy, driving music, hilarious tactics-lesson videos, and Mardi-Gras bead chess tournaments each day we practice. In this kid-centered classroom environment, we teach our kids every cool trick, strategy, opening, and tactic in chessdom and our kids soon learn to love and master chess and to masterfully control their classrooms, sports fields, and home lives as well!  Join The Knight School chess party and give your child the gift of amazing chess friends, undeniable academic confidence, a self-identity as a smart kid, and a weekly dose of childhood joy that is the highlight of their week! 

 

* Who: 3rd-5th Graders

* Cost: $300 for a 15-week session. Includes a t-shirt and premium chess board to take home.

* Where: GATE Room, #230 (Ms. Scalf's Room)

* When: Thursdays, 2:40 - 3:45

* Dates: Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22, {no class Mar 29}, Apr 5, Apr 12, Apr 19, Apr 26, May 3, May 10, May 17


Minimum 4 students. Maximum 12 students.

 

HARRY POTTER BOOK CLUB

 

Instructor: Tarin Frost

 

Open to Wizards and Witches grades 3-5! Participants must have read Harry Potter books 1-5 (movies do not count). We will engage in discussion, trivia, games and activities spanning the first 5 books. Content and activities will be the same as the Fall semester club.

 

* Who: 3rd-5th Graders

* Cost: $55 for an 8-week session.

* Where: GSES Library

* When: Tuesdays, 2:40- 3:40

* Dates: Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27, Mar 6, Mar 13, Mar 20

 

Minimum 4 students. Maximum 10 students.

 

METROPOLIS (ARCHITECTURE & URBAN PLANNING)

 

Instructor: Ari Loucks, Huntsville Steam Works

 

In this one-hour weekly class, students in grades 3-5 will explore urban planning on a journey through "Metropolis: A City of Your Own", a unit curriculum published by the American Planning Association.  Students will learn about architecture, edges, districts, public spaces, landmarks, and transportation, culminating in a cooperative city build. 

 

This class is excellent preparation for students who may wish to consider participating in the Future City program in middle school.

 

* Who: 3rd-5th Graders

* Cost: $125 for a 12-week session. 

* Where: GATE Room, Room #230 (Ms. Scalf's room)

* When: Wednesdays, 2:40 - 3:40

* Dates: Jan 31, {no class Feb 7}, Feb 14, Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 7, Mar 14, Mar 21, {no class Mar 28}, Apr 4, Apr 11, Apr 18, Apr 25, May 2

 

Minimum 4 students. Maximum 12 students.

 

MINECRAFT

 

Instructor: Ari Loucks, Huntsville Steam Works

 

In this two-hour weekly class, students in grades 3-5 will learn to up their Minecraft game with guided innovation, intention, and ingenuity. Class topics will focus on builds using Command Blocks, and is appropriate for students with or without Redstone experience. Previous Minecraft classes are not required, but a general understanding of Minecraft is necessary. The instructor will evaluate each student to guide them at the appropriate level.

 

Note: Students will be on our secure server and not on the internet. Each student will have his/her own computer. 

 

* Who: 3rd-5th Graders

* Cost: $240 for a 12-week session.

* Where: GATE Room, Room #230 (Ms. Scalf's room)

* When: Tuesdays, 2:40 - 4:30

* Dates: Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27, Mar 6, Mar 13, Mar 20, {no class Mar 27}, Apr 3, Apr 10, Apr 17, Apr 24

 

Minimum 4 students. Maximum 12 students. 

 

PIANO (Introductory)

 

Instructor: Valley Conservatory

 

  • Classroom pianos provided

  • Small Classes - 6 students max

  • Professional Teachers

  • Students must enroll for the entire semester with a fee obligation of $190.00 regardless of student attendance.

  • Includes books. Keyboards are provided.

 

* Who: 1st-5th Graders

* Cost: $190.00 for a 12 week sessions

* Where: To Be Determined

* When: Mondays, 2:40 - 3:10

* Dates:  Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12, {no class Feb 19}, Feb 26, Mar 5, Mar 12, Mar 19, {no class Mar 26}, Apr 2, Apr 9, Apr 16, Apr 23, Apr 30

 

Minimum 3 students. Maximum 6 students. 

 

ROBOTICS, Advanced

 

Instructor: Jessica Nunno, Huntsville Steam Works

 

This one-hour weekly class is a continuation using the LEGO EV3 Mindstorm robots, students in grades 3-5 will take what they learned in the beginner class and apply it to more advanced robot builds that utilize the Mindstorm sensors such as color, touch, and ultrasonic, to have their robot perform various functions. The students will continue to learn how to program using the LEGO Mindstorm software utilizing more advanced coding skills. 

 

* Who: 3rd-5th Graders

* Cost: $125 for a 12-week session. 

* Where: GATE Room, Room #230 (Ms. Scalf's room)

* When: Mondays, 2:40 - 3:40

* Dates: Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12, {no class Feb 19}, Feb 26, Mar 5, Mar 12, Mar 19, {no class Mar 26}, Apr 2, Apr 9, Apr 16, Apr 23, Apr 30

 

Minimum 8 students. Maximum 12 students. 

 

RUNNING CLUB

 

Instructors: Rebecca Byers and Hope Feder

 

Students will enjoy :

  • Sports-specific warm up

  • Running Games

  • Speed training and running education

  • Goal setting and running

  • A weekly challenge

 

* Who: 2nd-5th Graders

* Cost: $40 for one 6-week session and a t-shirt. 

* Where: GSES Gym Classroom

* When: Wednesdays, 2:40 - 3:40

* Dates: 

  • 2nd-5th Grade, Session 1: Jan 31, {no class on Feb 7}, Feb 14, Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 7, Mar 14

  • 2nd-5th Grade, Session 2: Apr 4, Apr 11, Apr 18, Apr 25, May 2, May 9

 

Maximum 25 students.

SANCTUARY NATURE ART EXPLORATION at Goldsmith-Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary

 

Sponsored by Operation Green Team

 

Students will walk with a parent volunteer from GSES to the Sanctuary after school and be led on hikes by Operation Green Team to different areas of Goldsmith Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary with an artist’s eye. Using a variety of art mediums the students will show the beauty of nature as seen through their eyes.  Mediums will include; watercolor, clay, charcoal, pencil, video and others as time allows.  Students will have the opportunity to display their work at the annual Green Fling Festival. Students will meet every other week, either on Tuesday OR Thursday. They will cover the same material, so please choose only one.  Students will return to the school by 4:00 where they can be picked up in the front lobby.

 

A parent volunteer WILL BE REQUIRED for each day.

 

* Who: K-5th Graders

* Cost: FREE

* Where: Meet in A/V Room to walk to Goldsmith-Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary

* When: Tuesdays or Thursdays, 2:40 - 4:00

* Dates (Pick one): 

  • Tuesday session, K-5th grades (Tuesdays every other week): Jan 30, Feb 13, Feb 27, Mar 13, {no class on Mar 27- Spring Break}, Apr 3, Apr 17, May 1

OR

  • Thursday session, K-5th grades (Thursdays every other week): Feb 1, Feb 15, Mar 1, Mar 15, {no class Mar 29- Spring Break}, Apr 5, Apr 19, May 3

 

Maximum 12 students.

 
 

SCIENCE (MATTER MATTERS)

 

Instructor: Drew Carlton, Huntsville Steam Works

 

In this ooey, gooey, fizzy, fluffy, floaty, and fun one-hour weekly class, students in grades K-2 will learn how matter... matters! What happens when you mix an acid and a base? What state of matter is foam? What's a Newtonian fluid? What's a NON-Newtonian fluid (and what makes it fun?) Students will dabble with safe, fun experiments that help them answer (and remember!) these and other vital scientific inquiries!

 

* Who: K-2nd Graders

* Cost: $125 for a 12-week session

* Where: Art Room

* When: Mondays, 2:40 - 3:40

* Dates: Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12, {no class Feb 19}, Feb 26, Mar 5, Mar 12, Mar 19, {no class Mar 26}, Apr 2, Apr 9, Apr 16, Apr 23, Apr 30

 

Minimum 4 students. Maximum 12 students.

 

 SEWING

 

Instructor: Kathi Bertsch

 

Children will learn to sew or improve their sewing skills through several fun hand and machine sewing projects. Your child will learn basic sewing skills, safety and how to operate a sewing machine. Mending skills such as sewing on buttons and repairing rips will be taught as well. Previous participants of sewing club are welcome. The projects will be all new.

 

* Who: 2nd-5th Graders

* Cost: $100 for 8 weeks (includes all supplies, materials, and use of sewing machines)

* Where: Art Room

* When: Tuesdays, 2:40 - 4:00

* Dates: Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27, Mar 6, Mar 13, Mar 20

 

Minimum 4 students. Maximum 8 students.

 

SINGING CLUB

 

Instructor: Catherine Kirkwood

 

Singing Club is for all students who love to sing and want to learn more about singing with others, reading music, harmonizing and performing. We will also vocalize and learn the basics of solfeggio. We will work on many different styles of songs and perform them for parents and families during the last Singing Club.

 

* Who: 2nd-5th Graders

* Cost: $120 for a 12-week session (includes all materials and supplies).

* Where: A/V Room

* When: Mondays, 2:40 - 3:40

* Dates: Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12, {no class Feb 19}, Feb 26, Mar 5, Mar 12, Mar 19, {no class Mar 26}, Apr 2, Apr 9, Apr 16, Apr 23, Apr 30, May 7

 

*** A special performance for parents will be held during the last class.***

 

Minimum 10 students. Maximum 20 students.

 

SOCCER FUNDAMENTALS (Non-competitive)

 

Instructor: Huntsville Futbol Club

 

During this 6-week session, students will be learning and practicing soccer skills while playing fun games.  All participants will receive a free t-shirt!  Students should be dressed in appropriate clothing for athletic work, and be wearing sturdy sneakers.  Soccer gear is not required.  All experience levels welcome.

 

* Who: K-3rd Graders

* Cost: $50. Includes a t-shirt.

* Where: GSES Gym Classroom

* When: Tuesdays, 2:40 - 4:00

* Dates: Apr 3, Apr 10, Apr 17, Apr 24, May 1, May 8

 

Minimum of 12 students. Maximum of 20 students.

 

SPANISH CLUB: Laugh & Learn with Risa!

 

Instructor: Risa Mendelson

 

Who's learning Spanish these days?  Students at GSES are!  Learning a new language should be FUN and a child should not realize they are learning. Each class begins with a new song, which segues into an art activity that reinforces the new vocabulary. Spanish music is played throughout the hour and we conclude with a summary of new and old vocabulary.  Mrs. Mendelson has some exciting new activities planned for winter and spring and hopes to share them with your children.  We look forward to seeing students from last semester and some new faces. Previous participation in Spanish club is NOT required. 

 

* Who: K-5th Graders

* Cost: $120 for a 12-week session. 

* Where: GATE Room, Room #227 (Dr. Lee's room)

* When: Mondays for K-2nd & Thursdays for 3rd-5th, 2:40 - 3:40

* Dates:

  • K-2nd Grades, Mondays:  Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12, {no class Feb 19}, Feb 26, Mar 5, Mar 12, Mar 19, {no class Mar 26}, Apr 2, Apr 9, Apr 16, Apr 23, Apr 30, May 7

  • 3rd-5th Grades, Thursdays: Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22, {no class Mar 29}, Apr 5, Apr 12, Apr 19, Apr 26, May 3

 

Minimum of 5 students. Maximum of 15.

 

THEATER (Fantasy Playhouse)

 

Instructor: Lindy Atkins

 

FPCT after-school programs are modifications of our general acting curriculum. The classes focus on developing the Actor’s Tool Box (Body, Voice, Mind, and Imagination) that inspire creativity and build self-confidence. For eight weeks, students will be divided into age appropriate classes and meet after school one day a week for an hour. We will explore elements of theatre that are developmentally appropriate and engaging. On the final day of class, students will apply their skills in an informal sharing for family and friends. FPCT presents each student with a Certificate of Achievement at the end of each session.

 

* Who: K-5th Graders

* Cost: $80 for a 8-week session. 

* Where: A/V Room

* When: Tuesdays, 2:40 - 3:40

  • K-2nd Grade Session: Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27, Mar 6, Mar 13, Mar 20

  • 3rd-5th Grade Session: Apr 3, Apr 10, Apr 17, Apr 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22

 

*** A special performance for parents will be held during the last class for each session.***

 

Minimum of 7 students. Maximum of 10 for K-2nd & maximum of 12 for 3rd-5th.

 

TINKER LAB (Simple Machines)

 

Instructor: Jessico Nunno, Huntsville Steam Works

 

In this one-hour weekly class, students in grades K-2 will have fun developing their innovation skills and learning about simple machines, energy, forces, and motion! In addition to creating some take-home builds such as catapults, students will also tinker with popular toys such as K'Nex, LEGO, and Marble Run to tackle cooperative building challenges.

 

DUE TO ANTICIPATED HIGH DEMAND, TINKER LAB WILL BE AVAILABLE ON YOUR CHOICE OF TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY. THEY ARE THE SAME CLASS!

 

* Who: K-2nd Graders

* Cost: $125 for a 12-week session. 

* Where: GATE Room, Room #227 (Dr. Lee's room)

* When: Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 2:40 - 3:40

* Dates (pick one):  

  • Tuesday Session (K-2nd): Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27, Mar 6, Mar 13, Mar 20, {no class Mar 27}, Apr 3, Apr 10, Apr 17, Apr 24

OR

  • Wednesday Session (K-2nd): Jan 31, {no class Feb 7}, Feb 14, Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 7, Mar 14, Mar 21, {no class Mar 28}, Apr 4, Apr 11, Apr 18, Apr 25, May 2

 

Minimum of 4 students. Maximum of 12 students.

 

YOGA FOR KIDS

 

Kids will benefit from yoga through:

  • Strength, flexibility, and balance.

  • Concentration, focus, and attention.

  • Inner strength and body awareness.

  • Confidence and self-esteem.

  • Creativity and imagination.

  • Relaxation and self-control.

  • Feeling of well-being and respect for others.

 

* Who: K-5th Graders

* Cost: $75 for a 7-week session (Yoga mats will be provided.)

* Where: GSES Gym Classroom

* When: Thursdays, 2:40 - 3:25

* Dates:

  • 3rd-5th Grade Session: Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15

  • K-2nd Grade Session: Mar 22, {no class Mar 29}, Apr 5, Apr 12, Apr 19, {no class Apr 26}, May 3, May 10, May 17

 

Maximum of 8 kids for Grades K-2. Maximum of 10 kids for Grades 3-5. 

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