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.

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. 

Mondays

ten afternoons
December 9, 16
January 6, 13, 27
February 3, 10, 24
March 2, 9

Audubon Explorers is cancelled! Sorry!
Kindergarten to 2nd grade, $215
Audubon Explorers is designed by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island especially for elementary students. Discover what types of wildlife live in your neighborhood. Investigate your schoolyard, meet live animals, play nature games, and have loads of fun. If you like nature and the outdoors this is the after school program for you! 
 
Drone Programming
is full! sorry!
3rd and 4th grade, $200
taught by Gordon’s Technology Director Marlon Henry 
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. Each student will be provided a dedicated Tello drone and all necessary flight and curriculum materials for the duration of the program. The 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.
Space is extremely limited: the program is designed for six students per class. 
 

Tuesdays

thirteen afternoons
December 3, 10, 17
January 7, 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March 3, 10

Save the Bay
Young Kindergarten to 3rd grade, $260
taught by a Save the Bay education specialist
Become a marine biologist with Save The Bay this year! This program is a perfect introduction to environmental education, Narragansett Bay, and your local watershed. In Save the Bay’s after school program, students will explore marine related topics through hands-on activities, live critter encounters, and bay-related crafts. Investigate the important habitats that make up Rhode Island's coastlines and observe the anatomy and adaptations of the sea creatures that live in the bay. 

Wednesdays

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

Intro to STEM
Kindergarten to 2nd grade, $300
taught by a Play-Well TEKnology instructor
Ratchet up your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO parts! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. No experience is required for this course. Each season's course features different engineer-designed projects, which will include motorcycles, castles, and airplanes.

Once Upon a Time - Woodland Fairy Tales is full! Sorry!
Kindergarten to 3rd grade, $215
taught by artist Annie Deslaurier (“Mrs. D.”)
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! You'll read some woodland stories to get started and make your own storybook come to life!

Debate Club is full! Sorry!
5th to 8th grade, $150
taught by Erica Winter, Gordon parent and two-time participant in 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. Come see what's up, and join in the debate!

Thursdays

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

Gizmos & Gadgets is full! Sorry!
Kindergarten to 3rd grade, $230
taught by Gary Deslaurier (“Mr. D.”)
How would you like to build a machine that spins art? Or an air-shooting contraption? What about a flying ring launcher?  Using simple tools, cool glue guns, and a variety of materials, we will assemble gadgets that fling, dance, and even draw, learning building and science skills along the way. Course emphasis is on working safely and having a great time!

Math Games is full! Sorry!
2nd and 3rd grade, $25 supply fee
run by Gordon parents Jaclyn Campos and Michelle Bean
Spend the afternoon playing math games such as Sleeping Queens, Zeus, and Kingdomino. Be challenged by math puzzles and mazes while having lots of fun with friends. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up soon (especially if you missed the fall session!).

Yoga
Kindergarten to 3rd grade, $220
taught by a certified children’s yoga instructor Rachel Tondreault from Create Power Yoga
Children can benefit greatly from yoga. They become more flexible and build physical strength and body-awareness. As with adults, yoga can calm children, enhance concentration, and reduce stress. Yoga practice also builds self-esteem by instilling confidence with new challenges and experiences in a compassionate environment. These classes teach yoga basics, such as the importance of compassion rather than competition, deepening self-awareness, and practicing making choices. Students will remain focused through age-appropriate play, acting out poses, and vinyasa (flow).

FIRST LEGO League Jr.
4th grade, $275
coached by Gordon fourth grade teacher, 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! Fourth graders will explore a real-world scientific problem throughout this enrichment experience. 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 Saturday, March 7th, the team 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! 
Limited to eight students

Friday

eleven afternoons
December 6, 13
January 10, 17, 24, 31 (no enrichments on 1/10)
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 13

Printing and Paperworks Jr. is full! Sorry!
Preschool to Kindergarten, $200
taught by artist Annie Deslaurier (“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! Students will silkscreen a special banner and marbleize with shaving cream! A sensory class to enhance the imagination and have fun with paper!

Puppets and Plays, Feelings and Fun!
Nursery to Kindergarten, $150
taught by Gator staff member Ailey Wilder
Designed for students of nursery through kindergarten age, this weekly theatre class will facilitate a hands-on exploration of human emotion through engaging and exciting theatre devices. With improv games, puppets, storytelling, dance and much more, this class will develop emotional literacy, create a safe, open environment for diverse emotional and creative expression, and encourage fun every step of the way!
 
Storytime Yoga
Nursery to Kindergarten, $180 
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. Students will practice playful breathing, fun group and partner activities while learning tools to calm and quiet 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.

Get Up and Dance
4th to 8th grade, $250
taught by an instructor from Festival Ballet Providence
Get Up and Dance is a program that focuses on providing students with a well-rounded experience in dance technique. The program introduces students to ballet, modern and jazz dance styles while connecting each style to the history and culture behind each style. If time allows, students will experience the creative process by choreographing a dance with their peers.
 
Bash ‘em Bots
5th to 7th grade, $300
taught by a Play-Well TEKnology instructor
Traverse challenging obstacles, battle against fellow bots, and take on your Play-Well instructor's colossal creations in the Battle Arena! Customize your chassis to become a Minerbot, a Juggernaut, or an Iron Elephant. Apply real-world engineering and physics concepts to help you bash and crash your way to victory!

Introduction to the World of Theatre
1st to 4th grade, $225
taught by Matthew Bretschneider from Trinity Rep 
In this workshop, students will engage the fundamental actor tools of voice, body and imagination through ensemble building exercises. By jumping into elements of clown and song, students will learn to embrace the present moment through improvisation and creative play.