Enrichments

Enrichments are after school classes run by Gordon as supplements to the school’s curriculum. Small groups of students explore projects and activities led by teachers drawn from Gordon faculty as well as the community beyond Gordon.
  
Sign up for spring enrichments
 
Enrichment classes follow the same three-season schedule as the Middle School athletics program.

Mondays

nine afternoons
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20
June 3

Audubon Explorers
Young Kindergarten to second grade, $200
taught by an Audubon Education Specialist
What’s happening in your schoolyard and your backyard as spring is springing? Join Audubon to discover what Rhode Island wildlife are doing as the seasons are changing. Learn what these animals and plants need to survive and figure out if the Gordon campus provides all these things.  In this program, you will practice being a scientist by testing your observation skills, investigating what makes these living things the same and different, and figuring out how your wild plant and animal neighbors find each other, make homes, and start raising their young. If you like fun and exploring outdoors, this is the afterschool program for you!  Also, this class will be different from winter (obviously because its SPRING!) so repeats are encouraged!

Basketball
CLASS IS FULL

Email mcoleman@gordonschool.org if you would like to be put on waitlist.
first and second grades, $200
Coached by Veronica Jutras and other Gordon community members
This enrichment is designed to introduce first and second graders to the FUNdamentals of basketball in a nurturing and supportive atmosphere. Students will dribble, pass, shoot, play games, and engage in cooperative activities that emphasize teamwork and sportsmanship. 

Chess Club
first to eighth grades, $150
Coached by Gordon parent Lisa Foster and Gordon alumnus and staff member Graham Watkins
A comprehensive enrichment that is based on fun. Open to everyone; beginners to masters.  Every week will include a combination of game play (including an intro to the game, rule review and help for beginners) and other chess related activities: technique overview, fun historic facts, a look at international players and famous games as well as creative activities such as chess piece/game design. This is a game that has an international impact with the ability to bring kids together from all over the world, regardless of gender, socio-economic backgrounds, language barriers and cultural differences.

Drone Education and Enrichment Program (DEEP)
CLASS IS FULL

Email mcoleman@gordonschool.org if you would like to be put on waitlist.
Fifth to eighth grades  $315
taught by Gordon's Director of Technology Marlon Henry and Brennon Viola of Ethereal Views Aerial Photography
Drone Education and Enrichment Program (DEEP) is a multi-week hands-on learning opportunity for students interested in deepening their understanding and skills in drone flight and aerial photography. The program is designed for small classes of 6 students. Each student will be provided a dedicated drone and all necessary flight and curriculum materials for the duration of the program. Our goal is to share the joy of learning and developing skills integral to drone flight and photography while emphasizing safety and respect for individuals, property, and privacy. Space is extremely limited.

Tuesdays

twelve afternoons
March 26
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
June 4

Knitting Circle
CLASS IS FULL

Email mcoleman@gordonschool.org if you would like to be put on waitlist.
taught by Gordon parent Kerrin Callahan and Gordon alum Lily Callahan. Open to returning students or permission of instructor. Students will continue to learn basic knitting skills: making a slip knot, casting on, and making the two basic stitches: knit and purl. Students already knitting are welcome to bring their own projects. The circle will provide a positive, creative and social environment as students encourage and lend support to one another while they work on their projects.  Supplies will be available, but students are encouraged to bring their own needles and yarn as it is more fun to pick out your own!

Wednesdays

eleven afternoons
March 27
April 3, 10, 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
June 5

Yoga
Young Kindergarten to second grade, $220
taught by a certified children’s yoga instructor from Create Power Yoga
Kids can benefit greatly from yoga. They become more flexible and build physical strength and body-awareness. As for adults, yoga can calm kids, enhance concentration, and reduce stress. Yoga practice also builds self-esteem by instilling confidence with new challenges and experiences in a compassionate environment. Our kids classes teach yoga basics, such as the importance of compassion rather than competition, deepening self-awareness, and practicing making choices. Our classes keep kids focused through age-appropriate play, acting out poses and vinyasa (flow).

Fashion, Fabric and Jewelry Design
CLASS IS FULL

Email mcoleman@gordonschool.org if you would like to be put on waitlist.
Young Kindergarten to second grade,  $240
taught by artist Annie Deslaurier aka Mrs. D
Stuffed animals on a fashion parade! Each young fashion designer will have their own stuffed animal to model their clothing creations. Silkscreen, print your own fabric, and design outfits for your furry friend.  Work with oven bake clay, shrinkable plastic, and felting fibers to create jewelry for your stuffed buddy and hit the fashion runway! At the end of the session, each child will bring home their stuffed friend with a complete fashion wardrobe. 

Debate Club
Fifth to eighth grades, $150
taught by Erica Winter, Gordon parent and two time participant at the World Debate Championships
Ever try to convince someone to do something? Ever felt that great feeling of success when you did? Come learn how to argue for fun. Light topics, philosophical questions, and current news will all be in the mix as you learn strategies for convincing a listener that you are completely totally right. Stretch your brain as you learn how to argue for the *opposite* side of what you believe -- the better to hone your skills to convince people of your true views. Regular attendance not required. Who knows? If we get good enough at this, maybe we could form a competitive team! Come see what's up, and join in debate! 

 

Thursdays

eleven afternoons
March 28
April 4, 11, 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
June 6

Woodshop Whatchamacallits
CLASS IS FULL

Email mcoleman@gordonschool.org if you would like to be put on waitlist.
first to third grades   $240
with the famous Mr. D, aka Gary Deslaurier aka Professor Gizmo
In this workshop we'll be building some cool and unusual projects made mostly of wood! Build games, a grabbing claw, puppets and more! We'll be using tools and paints, so be prepared to get working!

La Cucina da competizione!
CLASS IS FULL

second to eighth grades, $270 (runs until 5pm)
taught by chef Barbara Pezzulli and Suzanne Pezzulli, Gordon Modern languages teacher
This class which translates to “competition in the kitchen” is the third in the series: Young Chefs in the Kitchen. It is open to those who have taken cooking class in the past (either this year or previous year).  Students will compete in teams to prepare both savory and sweet dishes as they test their Italian food knowledge. Teams will have different challenges each week and teams will win points at the end of class.  The Young Chefs will receive an e-cookbook complete with recipes and photos! Venite tutti a fare la competizione da cucina!

 

Friday

nine afternoons
March 29
April 5, 12, 26
May 3, 17, 24, 31
June 7

12:30 – 1:30

Storytime Yoga
Nursery to Kindergarten, $200
taught by certified children’s yoga instructor Petra Lehman from Create Power Yoga
These classes are a combination of movement and stories. Yoga poses and ideas are learned through reading, acting, dancing and music.   We will practice playful breathing, fun group and partner activities while learning tools to calm and quiet our bodies and minds.  Yoga is a fun and playful way to support social, emotional, and physical well-being.   Regular practice can improve behavior and focus, increase strength, flexibility, balance, and promote self-regulation.  Petra brings years of experience teaching dance, movement, yoga and her love of theater and storytelling to create a unique experience for children.

ZOOmobile
CLASS IS FULL

Email mcoleman@gordonschool.org if you would like to be put on waitlist.
Nursery to Kindergarten, $200
taught by a Roger Williams Zoo education specialist
Join our friends from The Roger Williams Park Zoo each week at Gordon as we investigate the natural world through interactive games, activities, crafts and interactions with live animals.  The Zoomobile brings small animals, biofacts (bones, fur, feathers) and other learning tools for students to explore.   Through interaction and discussion, students are encouraged to participate actively in noticing and conserving elements of nature that most of us miss.

Be an Illustrator!
CLASS IS FULL

Email mcoleman@gordonschool.org if you would like to be put on waitlist.
Preschool to Kindergarten, $200
taught by artist Annie Deslaurier aka Mrs. D
We'll be reading some favorite books and looking at their beautiful illustrations, talking about style and color, and what art materials the artist chose. Did the illustrator use watercolors? Bits of paper? Maybe even printing or fabric! We'll study artwork by illustrators like Maurice Sendak, Leo Lionni, David Mckee, and Eric Carle with a variety of materials available for everyone to express their own creativity inspired by what we see.

Soccer
CLASS IS FULL

Email mcoleman@gordonschool.org if you would like to be put on waitlist.
Preschool to Kindergarten, $200
coached by Sheldon Townsend and Mario Goncalves
Children will learn fundamentals of the "Beautiful Game" with guidance from our resident soccer coaches.  They will discover through small group play the value of teamwork, develop their skills and build confidence all in a fun, dynamic and energetic environment.  Students new to the sport are encouraged to join as well as experienced children who want to build on the foundation they built during the winter enrichment.

2:15 – 3:15

Drone Programming
CLASS IS FULL
Email mcoleman@gordonschool.org if you would like to be put on waitlist.
third and fourth grades, $200
taught by Gordon's Director of Technology Marlon Henry and Brennon Viola of Ethereal Views Aerial Photography
Drone Programming is a hands-on learning opportunity for students interested in developing and applying coding skills to the exciting field of drone flight. Each student will be provided a dedicated Tello drone and all necessary flight and curriculum materials for the duration of the program. Our goal is to inspire students to see themselves as developers and design thinkers as they navigate mission challenges and learn fundamental concepts and processes integral to programming the world around them. Class size is extremely limited.

Soccer
first to fourth, $200
coached by Sheldon Townsend and Mario Goncalves
Children will learn fundamentals of the "Beautiful Game" with guidance from our resident soccer coaches.  They will discover through small group play the value of teamwork, develop their skills and build confidence all in a fun, dynamic and energetic environment.  Students new to the sport are encouraged to join as well as experienced children who want to build on the foundation they built during the fall enrichment.

Flag Football
third to sixth grades, $200 
coached by Gordon parents Anthony Rust and Steve Craddock
Come have fun learning all about Flag Football.  This enrichment is designed to introduce young athletes to the game and to assist more experienced players to further develop their talents.  The program emphasizes learning skills, drills and playing games.  The enrichment is run in a dynamic, competitive and safe environment.

Enrichments run continuously through the school year.
 
Enrichments do not meet on vacation days, school holidays, conference days or noon dismissal days.
 
When school is cancelled, all after school activities are cancelled. Unfortunately, no refunds or makeup sessions can be offered.