2017 Course Catalog

August 31, 2017

Dear SCS Parents and Guardians,

Welcome! SOAR is looking forward to another exciting year of programming with its workshops, assemblies and community-wide events. This packet contains information for the fall workshops being offered for students in grades 1-8. Due to some changes to the 2017-2018 SCS school calendar, Wednesday workshops will run from September 20th – November 29th and Tuesday and Thursday workshops will run from September 26th – November 15th. After making your selection(s) in order of preference, please complete the registration packets in a timely manner as classes are filled on a first come, first served basis. Spaces are limited but we try to accommodate as many students as possible. Completed forms are due at SCS no later than Friday, September 8th. Please note that due to the changes in the 2017–2018 Regional calendar, the turn around time for getting registration forms back to school is shorter than usual. Enrollment confirmation will be issued by Monday, September 18th. Reminder: middle school helpers are eligible to enroll free of charge.

A complete registration packet (last 3 pages of this document) includes:
• A completed, signed registration form with payment (checks payable to SOAR)
• A completed, signed insurance release form
• A completed, signed student commitment form

SOAR feels strongly that financial constraints should not limit any child’s ability to participate in SOAR. As a result, we offer confidential scholarships. Request for scholarship support should be made directly to the SOAR Program Director, Linda Sloane, either in person, through an email, phone call, or by completing the designated space on the workshop registration form. We do ask that each family contribute what it can but we are happy to work with families as needed. Any information received will be treated with the utmost respect and confidentiality. Families whose children are already enrolled in EXTRAS on a day when a desired SOAR workshop is being offered may participate in that workshop free of charge.

Please be in touch with any questions or concerns. On behalf of the Program Committee and the Board, we look forward to lots of new discovery, creativity and excitement this fall!

Best,

Linda Sloane
Program Director
860.485-4845
www.soarenrichment.com
soarenrichment@gmail.com

Workshop Reminders & Notes

Reminders:
1. Note dates: they vary by workshop and are not always consistent class-to-class
2. Review and sign the Student Commitment Form with your child
3. Contact the SOAR Program Director if your child has a behavioral plan or food allergy which SOAR instructor/s should be aware of
4. Pack an additional healthy snack on the days your child attends SOAR. Snacks improve a student’s ability to concentrate and enjoy the workshop.
5. Notify the SCS office if your child will be in school the day of their workshop but not attending SOAR. Failure to do so holds up the releasing of SCS buses.
6. Pick-up your child promptly in the circle of the upper building at the end of their workshop.
Notes:
1. SOAR workshops are “after hours”, informal and intimate, but the rules that apply during the SCS day apply during SOAR programs.
2. SOAR has a zero tolerance policy for behavior that is disrespectful, disruptive or which threatens the safety of others.
3. Students who display unsafe, disruptive and/or disrespectful behavior will need to be picked up immediately and may not be allowed to take future workshops.

IMPORTANT:
SOAR programs are automatically cancelled if SCS is closed, has an early dismissal or cancels after-school activities.

Week-AT-A-GLANCE

Tuesday

Book Making, Gr 1 - 3

Farm, Gr 3 - 8

Fun Fitness, Gr 1 - 2

Kitchen Garden Chronicles, Gr 4 - 8

Robotics, Gr 6 - 8

Teen Nutmeg Book Club, Gr 7 - 8

WEDNESDAY

Chess, Gr 3 - 8

Chinese, Gr 4 - 8

Dance/movement, Gr 1 - 2

Intermediate nutmeg book club, Gr 3 - 8

Introduction to Python Programming, Gr 5 - 8

Thursday

Claymation: Imagination animation, Gr 4 - 8

Farm, Gr 3 - 8

Fun fitness, Gr 1 - 2

Intergenerational singing ensemble, Gr 3 - 8

Magic and magicians, Gr 4 - 8

WORKSHOPS

Book Making: Grades 1-3

We welcome Jaimie Sadeh as a new instructor to SOAR. She has a strong background and interest in art and a love for sharing the creative process with others. In this bookmaking workshop, participants will learn how to make 6 different types of hand-crafted books using fold methods such as accordion books, lotus books, a simple sewn book and a paper bag book. Each class a different type of book will be made and participants will be able to illustrate their books using a variety of media, including collage.

Tuesdays: 3:15-4:45 for 8 sessions 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14
Instructors: Jaimie Sadeh
Fee: $35 ($10 materials fee included))
Maximum: 10 students
Location: Art Room

Food Farming and Fun at Hotchkiss’s Fairfield Farm: Grades 3-8

A perennial favorite, SOAR’s collaboration with Hotchkiss resumes with twice-weekly visits to Fairfield Farm. SCS students will be partnered with Hotchkiss students working side-by-side harvesting crops and preparing the fields to plant fall crops. Participants will also explore the landscape and learn how the animal and plant cycles shift from season to season. Transportation to the Farm is provided, but pick-up is at the Farm promptly at 5:15pm.

Please don’t forget to dress appropriately for the weather and conditions.

Tues & Thurs: 3:15–5:15 for 6 sessions 10/3, 10/5, 10/10, 10/12, 10/24, 10/26
Instructor: Charlie Noyes, Amanda McClure & Ellie Youngblood
Workshop Fee: $20
Maximum: 13 students
Location: Hotchkiss’s Fairfield Farm, 396 Sharon Road, Lakeville

Fun Fitness: Grades 1-2

After a day in the classroom and before an evening in front of a computer, it’s time to get moving! Janet Kaufman returns with her ever-popular Fun Fitness classes. This workshop is designed to teach children to appreciate their own physicality. Participants will test their skills
with different games while improving physical co-ordination, learning about strategy and good sportsmanship. Emphasis is placed on rules of conduct so that everyone feels comfortable and has a good time. Weather permitting we will be outdoors. Participants need to dress in loose clothing and have appropriate foot wear. Nutritional snacks are provided, and

we will discuss healthy eating habits. PLEASE let us know of any food allergies or dietary restrictions. Please don’t forget to dress appropriately.
Note: Janet will be offering separate classes of Fun Fitness on both Tuesday (Fun Fitness A) and Thursday (Fun Fitness B) with each class having a maximum of 12 students. Students may enroll for just the Tuesday or Thursday class or both classes depending on the number of children wanting to register for these workshops.

Tuesdays; Fun Fitness A: 3:15-4:30 for 5 sessions 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17 10/24
Thursdays; Fun Fitness B: 3:15 – 4:30 for 4 sessions 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/26
Instructor: Janet Kaufman
Workshop Fee: $35 ($10.00 fee for snacks included in fee)
Maximum: 12 students
Location: Outdoors/Cafeteria
Middle School Helpers: Yes please! We’d love one or two middle school helpers

Kitchen Garden Chronicles: Grades 4-8

We welcome Emily Armstrong, an SCS parent, as an instructor. She will help students to appreciate that although we may buy the bulk of our food from the grocery store, most of what we eat is actually grown on farms, and farms and gardens, unlike the supermarket, are governed by nature and the seasons. Her belief that when and where food is grown matters in what we choose to cook and eat will be a corner stone of this hands-on workshop. In this workshop, participants will learn about local seasonality of fruits and vegetables, visit SCS’s school garden for inspiration, and cook some simple recipes using ingredients that are in season at the moment. As an outcome of the workshop, students will work together to write a collaborative piece for The Kitchen Chronicles, SCS’s online publication about food, farming and cooking. If you like to grow, cook, eat and write, this course will satisfy your appetite. PLEASE let us know of any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Tuesdays: 3:15–4:45 for 4 sessions 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17
Instructor: Emily Armstrong
Fee: $40
Maximum: 8 students
Location: Science Room, Upper Building

Robotics: Grades 6-8

We welcome Andy Brockway as a first time instructor to SOAR. He is a retired engineer and has been the long-time robotics coach for the very successful robotics team at HVRHS, the WHO’SCTEKS. In this workshop where no prior experience is required, participants will be introduced to key criteria for the design of mobile robots. The class will use a hands-on approach to show principles of engineering and physics and determine best practices of design. Subject areas include torque, maneuverability and weight distribution and yes; robots will be designed and constructed in this workshop!

Tuesdays: 3:15 – 5:15 (Please note: In order to allow for adequate work time, classes will run for 2 hours) for 6 sessions 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31
Instructor: Andy Brockway
Fee: $45
Maximum: 6 students
Location: Lower building Maker Space

Teen Nutmeg Book Club: Grades 7-8

This book club offered by Molly Salisbury, the children’s librarian at Scoville Library will run this fall and again in the winter/spring series of workshops, providing lots of time to explore the wonderful Nutmeg books. Participants can sign up for the fall session only or sign on again for the winter/spring session. Over the course of the year, participants will read and discuss at least 6 of the 10 2018 Nutmeg nominees. Everyone will have a week between book club sessions to read and think about each book and hope to complete a book every two weeks. During classes, participants will answer book-related trivia and play book-related games and discuss how much we like (or dislike) a particular book and why. At the end of the workshop, participants will celebrate and vote on his or her favorite book. As time allows,
there will be a discussion about ideas for future nominees for the 2019 Nutmeg book award. Discover the fun of discussing words and ideas with a group of peers.

Fall session books to be read, not necessarily in this order:
The Novice by Taran Matharu
The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
The Last Boy at St. Edith’s by Lee Gjertsen Malone
Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton

Tuesdays: 3:15 – 4:30 for 6 sessions 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24. 11/7
Instructor: Molly Salisbury
Fee: $25
Maximum: 12 students
Location: Guidance Suite

Chess: Grades 3-8

We welcome Daniel McMullan from Small Fish Technologies in Lakeville as a teacher of chess, after having offered a computer-oriented workshop in previous years. He loves the game of chess and sharing the pleasures of this game with others. In this workshop, participants will cover Aron Nimzowitsch’s 10 Elements of Chess. He will modify his instruction appropriately for each player of any level (from beginner to expert). Each participant will develop a solid foundation of chess tactics strategy. NOTE: Students should understand chess is not a “sport" which permits constant chatter between moves, but rather a mind-game, which requires a quiet environment for optimum enjoyment and benefit.  This is an essential requirement for participation! All necessary materials and equipment will be provided.

Wednesdays:  3:15-4:45 for 6 sessions 9/20, 10/4, 10/11, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29
Instructor: Daniel McMullan
Workshop Fee: $25
Maximum:   10 students  
Location: Music Room

Chinese: Language, Art and Culture: Grades 4-8

Dear Liu has already brought her love for teaching Chinese, art and her native culture to EXTRAS and we now welcome her as a SOAR instructor. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to modern Chinese through the teaching of basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The workshop will also integrate aspects of the Chinese culture through a variety of art experiences. Participants will try their hands at the ancient craft of calligraphy and ink wash painting.

Wednesdays: 3:15 – 4:15 for 6 sessions 9/20, 10/4, 10/11, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29
Instructor: Dear Liu
Fee: $25
Maximum: 6 students
Location: Space to be determined

Dance and Movement with Darcy: Grades 1-3

Darcy Boynton is back with her ever-popular workshops but this time her focus will be her love and passion for dance and movement. In this class, participants will explore different types of dance throughout the fall, including ballet, jazz, musical theater dance and possibly even tap. Participants will explore the building blocks of dance and story telling through movement. Dance specific apparel is not required but Darcy can get families discounts on dance shoes/clothes if desired. Please note: This workshop will take place at the Blue Barn at SPACE on Route 41 across from Hotchkiss. Participants will need to provide their own transportation and car-pooling is strongly encouraged. Pick-up will be at SPACE at 4:45pm.

Wednesdays: 3:30 - 4:45 for 4 sessions 9/20, 10/4, 10/11, 11/1
Instructor: Darcy Boynton
Fee: $25
Maximum: 10-12
Location: The Blue Barn at SPACE

Intermediate Nutmeg Book Club: Grades 4-6 (3rd graders may apply)

This book club offered by Molly Salisbury, the children’s librarian at Scoville Library will
run this fall and again in the winter/spring series of workshops, providing lots of time to explore the wonderful Nutmeg books. Participants can sign up for the fall session only or sign on again for the winter/spring session. In this workshop, participants will read 8 of the 10 2018 nominees. They will also read/discuss the 2017 Nutmeg Intermediate Book award winner, Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson. In most cases there will be two weeks between
book club sessions to read and think about each book. During classes, participants will answer book-related trivia and play book-related games and discuss how much we like (or dislike) a particular book and why. At the end of the workshop, participants will celebrate and vote on his or her favorite book. As time allows, there will be a discussion about ideas for future nominees for the 2019 Nutmeg book award. Discover the fun of discussing words and ideas with a group of peers.

Fall session books to be read, not necessarily in this order:
Took: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley
The Tapper Twins Go to War (With Each Other)by Geoff Rodkey
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth

Wednesdays: 3:15 – 4:30 for 6 sessions 9/20, 10/4, 10/11, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29
Instructor: Molly Salisbury
Fee: $25
Maximum: 12 students
Location: Guidance Suite

Introduction to Python Programming: Grades 5-8

Marta Eso, a member of the Hotchkiss faculty will offer this introductory level course on Python Programming, one of the world’s most popular programming languages. In this course, participants will learn fundamental programming concepts through the Turtle Graphics module in Python. No previous programming experience is required, just an interest and desire to extend and deepen computer skills.

Wednesdays: 3:15 – 4:45 for 6 sessions 9/20, 10/4, 10/11, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29
Instructor: Marta Eso
Fee: $25
Maximum: 16
Location: Computer Lab

Claymation: Imagination Animation: Grades 4-8

Pat Palmer, a long time computer teacher at North Canaan Elementary School will bring her
many teaching talents to SOAR this fall. In this workshop, participants will tap into their imagination and creativity! Students will create stop motion animations using clay objects. (Objects may also be brought from home such as Lego-mini figures, other moveable figures, a
fork, etc.) The process involves thinking of a practical story idea, creating a plan or a storyboard, step-by-step filming of frames using a web camera and computer software and assembling these frames into a short animated movie that will be published as an .mp4 file. Imagination, focus, patience and perseverance are required. Note: Students will be working in teams to promote collaboration and sharing the use of cameras.

Thursdays: 3:15 – 4:45 for 6 sessions 9/28, 10/5 10/12, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9
Instructor: Pat Palmer
Fee: $40
Maximum: 10 students
Location: Computer Lab, upper building

Intergenerational Musical Ensemble: Grades 3-8

We welcome Michael Berkeley and his musical talents back to SOAR for another one of his memorable workshops. In this workshop, theater-loving students and local seniors will work together to explore musical theater and the Great American Songbook under the direction of theater professional Michael Berkeley. Each week, workshop participants will work on different musical numbers from the musical theater repertoire and standards from the first half of the 20th century. This Intergenerational Ensemble will culminate in a showcase presentation.

Thursdays: 3:15 – 4:45 for 7 sessions 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19 (Please note this is a 1:00 dismissal day but the workshop will still run from 1:00 – 3:00pm. Please be prompt about picking your child up at 3:00) 10/26, 11/2, 11/9
Instructor: Michael Berkeley
Workshop Fee: $45
Maximum: 12 students
Location: Upper Building Music Room

Magic and Magicians: Grades 4-8

We are excited to welcome Sandy Rhoades, a master magician in his own right and long time teacher and lover of magic to SOAR. In this workshop, participants will learn how to perform a variety of magic tricks with playing cards, coins, ropes and a variety of other objects. They will also learn about the history of magic and how it has evolved as they hone their skills as a magician. Each participant will receive a magic kit and a magic book.

Thursdays: 3:15 – 4:45 for 7 sessions 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16
Instructor: Sandy Rhoades
Fee: $45 (includes a material’s fee of $10.00)
Maximum: 12 students
Location: Guidance Suite