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 winter enrichments
 
Enrichment classes follow the same three-season schedule as the Middle School athletics program.

Mondays

eleven afternoons
November 26
December 3, 10, 17
January 7, 14, 28
February 4, 11, 25
March 4

Audubon Explorers
Full! Sorry!

Young Kindergarten to second grade, $220
taught by an Audubon education specialist
Who lives in your backyard and your schoolyard? Join Audubon this winter to discover what kinds of wildlife make Rhode Island their home. Learn what these animals and plants need to survive and figure out if the Gordon campus is a good place for them to live.  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 survive the weather and the changing seasons. On occasion we will bring the wild life into the classroom. If you like fun and EXPLORING OUTDOORS, this is the afterschool for you!

Drone Programming
Starts December 3rd
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 multi-week, hands-on learning opportunity for students interested in developing and applying coding skills to the exciting field of drone flight. The program is designed for 6 students per class in grades 3 and 4. 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.  

Chess Club
First to eighth grades, $200
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.

Tuesdays

thirteen afternoons
November 27
December 4, 11, 18
January 8, 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5

Woodland Fairy Tales
Full! Sorry!

Young Kindergarten to third grade, $260  
taught by artist Annie Deslaurier aka Mrs. D
Once upon a time. . . .
Create your own winter woodland animal story book and illustrate your story with a series of original relief prints of your magical forest, owls, bunnies, foxes, and enchanted creatures! We’ll read some woodland stories to get started and make your own storybook come to life.

FIRST LEGO League Jr.
fourth grade, $260 
Coached by Gordon faculty member Rosemary Colt
FIRST LEGO League Jr. is designed to introduce STEAM concepts to kids while engaging them through the use of LEGO, robotics, programming and engineering! Space is extremely limited per FIRST LEGO League Jr. regulations, so two teams of six 3rd  (Thursdays) and 4th graders (Tuesdays) will explore a real-world scientific problem. They will then create a "Show Me" poster that will illustrate their journey of discovery and highlight their team. They will also construct a motorized model of what they learned using LEGO elements. In the process, teams learn about teamwork, the wonders of science and technology, and the FIRST LEGO League "Core Values", which include respect, sharing, and critical thinking.  On March 30th, the two teams will gather with all the other Rhode Island FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams at an expo hosted by Gordon to share what they have learned, celebrate, and have fun! Again, 4th grade meets on Tuesdays and 3rd grade meets on Thursdays. 

Knitting Circle
Starts January 8th
second to eighth grades, no charge
taught by Gordon parent Kerrin Callahan
Open to students of every level. Students will 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! Recommended: worsted weight yarn and a pair of US 8-9 wooden knitting needles.  

Tutti a Tavola! (Everyone to the table!)
Starts January 8th

FULL! Sorry...
second to eighth grades, $270
taught by chef Barbara Pezzulli and Gordon faculty member Suzanne Pezzulli
This class in Italian cooking is the first of our 3 part cooking series: 
Young Chefs in the Kitchen  
In this fun, interactive and hands-on cooking class, children will learn how to prepare simple and tasty Italian dishes for themselves and their families. 
During the fall and winter classes, they will learn how to prepare both savory and sweet dishes with local fresh and organic ingredients. 
For the spring class, there will be a cooking competition during which the children will hone their skills as chefs and prepare a dish they learned how to make during the course! Recipe book with photos, certificates and medals will be awarded to the young chefs at the end of the course. 
Venite tutti a cucinare e mangiare! (Come all to cook and eat)

Wednesdays

thirteen afternoons
November 28
December 5, 12, 19
January 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6

Bay animals and biodiversity
Young Kindergarten to third grade, $260
taught by a Save the Bay education specialist
An opportunity for students to discover their local ecosystems through hands-on experiences that will improve their environmental literacy and introduce them to scientific processes.  Over the course of the nine weeks, students will learn about classification, crustaceans, mollusks, seals, squids and watersheds.  Even have opportunity (if they want) to do dissection! These marine explorers will take an imaginary field trip to a local beach and discover there is more to it than just sand and water.  

Yoga
First to third grades, $260
taught by a certified children’s yoga instructor Petra Lehman 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).

 

Thursdays

thirteen afternoons
November 29
December 6, 13, 20
January 10, 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 7

Gizmos & Gadgets 
Full! Sorry!
Young Kindergarten to second grade,  $260
taught by Gary Deslaurier aka Professor Gizmo
Have you ever wanted to build a racecar with a mousetrap for an engine? How about a spin art machine?  Or a battery powered drawing bot?  A pinball machine?  Maybe a catapult? Using simple tools, hot glue guns and recycled materials, we will assemble gadgets that pop, fly, dance and even draw, learning woodworking and science skills along the way!  Course emphasis is on working safely and having a great time.

FIRST LEGO League Jr.
Full! Sorry!

third grade, $260 
Coached by Gordon faculty member Santana Sluss
FIRST LEGO League Jr. is designed to introduce STEAM concepts to kids while engaging them through the use of LEGO, robotics, programming and engineering! Space is extremely limited per FIRST LEGO League Jr. regulations, so two teams of six 3rd  (Thursdays) and 4th graders (Tuesdays) will explore a real-world scientific problem. They will then create a "Show Me" poster that will illustrate their journey of discovery and highlight their team. They will also construct a motorized model of what they learned using LEGO elements. In the process, teams learn about teamwork, the wonders of science and technology, and the FIRST LEGO League "Core Values", which include respect, sharing, and critical thinking.  On March 30th, the two teams will gather with all the other Rhode Island FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams at an expo hosted by Gordon to share what they have learned, celebrate, and have fun! Again, 4th grade meets on Tuesdays and 3rd grade meets on Thursdays. 
 

Friday

ten afternoons
November 30
December 7, 14, 
January 11,18, 25
February 8, 15, 22
March 8

12:30 – 1:30 

ZOOmobile
Full! Sorry!

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. 

Storytime yoga
Full! Sorry!

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. 

Printing and Paperworks Jr.
Full! Sorry!

Preschool to Kindergarten, $200
taught by artist Annie Deslaurier aka Mrs. D
A studio art class for the youngest artists. Create your own homemade paper, discover the fun of printing with found objects, natural materials, Styrofoam, even food! We’ll mold with paper clay and marbleize with shaving cream! A sensory class to enhance the imagination and have fun with paper! 

Soccer
Full! Sorry!

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 fall enrichment. 

2:15 – 3:15

Adventures in Printmaking and Silkscreening
Young Kindergarten to second grade, $200  
taught by artist Annie Deslaurier aka Mrs. D
Spread your ink! Roll it out, and print, print print! Have fun carving your own printing blocks and designing rubber stamps.  Explore creative relief techniques to make beautiful 3 color reduction monoprints and try your hand at silkscreening! Each child shall bring home their own hand-printed artwork and a unique collection of printing blocks.

Drone Programming
Full! Sorry!

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 multi-week, hands-on learning opportunity for students interested in developing and applying coding skills to the exciting field of drone flight. The program is designed for classes of 6 students in grades 3 and 4. 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.  

 

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.