2017-18 Course Catalog

February 2, 2018

Dear SCS Parents and Guardians,

SOAR is looking forward to another session of programming with its workshops, assemblies and community-wide events. Spring workshops will begin on Wednesday, February 21st. Many of the workshops are scheduled to wrap-up just before or just after April vacation, depending, of course, on the number of weather related cancellations. Please note though that some workshops will not begin until the week of April 23rd, the week after April vacation since some of these take place outdoors and depend on warmer temperatures.

A new SOAR development is that in the interest of saving paper, and greater efficiency, we are trying for the first time to post the 2018 Spring Workshop Catalogue exclusively on the SCS website and not send home a paper copy of the offerings. If you like having a paper copy of the catalogue to look at, you can download it from the SCS website and print it out at home. I am also happy to provide a paper copy of the catalogue if needed if you e-mail me at soarenrichment@gmail.com.

Also, for the first time, all SOAR class registrations will take place on line. We have piloted the use of on-line registrations with several stand-alone workshops this fall, and winter and it has been very successful for all involved. In order to register your child/children for SOAR workshops, please go to the SCS website and click on the quick link on the home page labeled ‘SOAR Spring Workshops’. This will take you to the Google Form which will guide you through the process of registering. If you have any difficulties registering your child, please contact Linda Sloane, the SOAR Program Director. Please note that spaces are limited in many of the workshops so in most cases, registrations will be accepted on a ‘first come, first served basis’. Google Forms will automatically time stamp your registration, so it will simplify the process for knowing when students were registered. Typing your name on the SOAR waiver will serve as your signature. Please be sure to ‘sign’ this waiver as part of the on-line registration form. Completed on-line registration forms are due by Tuesday, February 13th. Enrollment confirmations will be issued before or on Friday, February 16th. Payment for SOAR workshops will still need to be collected via school. Once you register your child/children on-line, please send your payment into school in an envelope labeled ‘SOAR’ and with your child’s name and homeroom teacher on it. Your child’s homeroom teacher will make sure your payment gets to the SOAR mailbox. All payment for workshops is due by Wednesday, February 14th. Reminder: middle school helpers are eligible to enroll free of charge.

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 indicated on the Google Form registration or by calling or e-mailing the SOAR Director, Linda Sloane. We do ask that each family contribute what it can, but we are happy to work with families as needed. 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 with these wonderful offerings. Thanks for your continued robust support of SOAR workshops.

Linda Sloane
Program Director

Workshop Reminders & Notes

1. Note dates: they vary by workshop and are not always consistent class-to-class.
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.
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.
SOAR programs are automatically cancelled if SCS is closed, has an early dismissal or cancels after-school activities.



Food, Farming and Fun Gr 3 - 8

Fun Fitness – Primary Gr 1 - 2

Fun Fitness – Middle School Gr. 6 - 8

How to Produce a Show – Seussical Kids! Gr. 3 - 6

Red Hawks Cook with Cucina Volante Gr 4 - 8


Exciting World of Science Gr 1 - 2

Grade 3-4 Makerspace Gr. 3 - 4

Intermediate Nutmeg Book Club Gr 3 - 5

Math Circle Gr. 5 - 8

Nursery Rhymes on Stage Gr. 1- 2


3-d Sculpture Gr 1 - 3

Introduction to Lego Robotics 1 Gr 4 - 8

Food, Farming and Fun Gr 3 - 8

Fun Fitness-Primary Gr 1 - 2

How to Produce a Show – Seussical Kids! Gr. 3 - 6

Introduction to Yoga and Mindfulness Gr. 6 - 8


Food Farming and Fun at Hotchkiss’s Fairfield Farm: Grades 3-8 (Course begins after April vacation)

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 5:00pm.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the popularity of this course and the strict limit on the maximum number of students, children who have never taken this workshop will receive priority over repeat participants. The “First come, first served” criteria used in other classes for selection will only apply to first time applicants.

Please don’t forget to dress appropriately for the weather and conditions. This class is generally not cancelled due to weather conditions so appropriate dress is a must.

Tues & Thurs: 3:15–5:00 for 6 sessions 4/24, 4,26, 5/1, 5/3, 5/8 and 5/10
Instructor: Charlie Noyes, Amanda McClure & Ellie Youngblood
Workshop Fee: $25
Maximum: 13 students
Location: Hotchkiss’s Fairfield Farm, 396 Sharon Road, Lakeville

Fun Fitness- Primary Grades: Grades 1-2 (Course begins after April vacation)

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.

Tuesdays; Fun Fitness A: 3:15-4:15 for 3 sessions 4/24, 5/1, 5/8
Thursdays; Fun Fitness B: 3:15 – 4:15 for 3 sessions 4/26, 5/3, 5/10
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

Fun Fitness - Middle School: Grades 6-8

This is the popular Fun Fitness class for 1st and 2nd graders reimagined for middle school students! Leslie Eckstein, the owner of Studio Lakeville and long-time fitness trainer is excited to bring her popular fitness classes for teens to SOAR. Part of each class will be spent on spinning bikes and the other part will be spent participating in a variety of fitness activities which will include some work with weights and other equipment. After a long school day and with the shorter winter days, this class will be a fun way to get moving, build fitness, blow off steam and spend time with friends. Students will need to bring sneakers to change into from street shoes or boots and should dress in comfortable clothes made for moving and stretching. Please note that all participants must be at least 4’11” tall in order to be able to use the spin bikes.

Please note: This workshop will take place at Leslie Eckstein’s Studio Lakeville on Route 41 across from Patco, not on the school grounds. Participants will need to provide their own transportation to the studio. Also note that the start time for this workshop will be 4:15pm and pick-up will be at Studio Lakeville at 5:15pm. Please be prompt with both drop-off and pick-up.

Tuesdays:  4:15 -5:15 for 6 sessions 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3
Instructor: Leslie Eckstein from Studio Lakeville
Workshop Fee: $70.00
Maximum:   16 students (Reminder - Students must be at least 4’11” inches tall in order to use the spin bikes.)
Location: Studio Lakeville (Across from Patco on Rt. 41)

How to Produce a Show – Seussical Kids!

Becky Sawicki and Nina Mathus, both returning instructors to SOAR are excited to team up on this new theater offering. In this workshop, students will be able to explore a new side of theatre. Students will audition and perform in MTI Seussical Kids! a half hour musical production that brings Dr. Seuss stories to life! In addition to performing, students will also see what it takes to design and create a theatrical set and costumes. This workshop is designed to educate the students about producing a musical and all of the necessities that take place “behind the curtain”. This production will culminate in an in-school performance and one evening performance at the end of the session.

Tuesdays and Thursdays (and one Wednesday on 4/4): 3:15–4:15 for 15 sessions; Tuesdays 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/24; (NOTE: There will be no classes the week of 3/19.)
Thursdays 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/29,4/5 (Please note that rehearsal on 4/5 will run from 1:15 to 2:45 due to early dismissal for parent conferences. – Students will be excused to go to student led conferences as needed.) 4/12, 4/26
Wednesdays 4/4 (Please note that rehearsal on 4/4 will run from 1:15 to 2:45. Students will be excused to go to student led conferences as needed.)
Friday 4/27, in-school performance (9am) and an evening performance (6pm)

Instructor: Becky Sawicki, Nina Mathus
Fee: $70
Maximum: 25 students
Location: Cafeteria

Redhawks with Cucina Volante: Grades 4-8 (This class will take place in May when local ingredients will be more available.)

We welcome Emily Armstrong back as an instructor for the spring session. Her lively, interactive cooking class got rave reviews from students in the fall and is now back, with a slightly different emphasis to delight her students once again. In Italian, Cucina Volante means “flying kitchen” and this class will give us the opportunity to travel the world through cooking. Working together, students will be involved in all aspects of the process, from recipe selection and ingredient prep, to cooking, baking, and clean-up. A sense of adventure, a good appetite, and strong listening and teamwork skills are prerequisites. As they say in Italy, “facciamo una spaghettata!”

PLEASE make SOAR aware of any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Tuesdays: 3:15–5:15 for 3 sessions 5/1, 5/8, 5/15
Instructor: Emily Armstrong
Fee: $45
Maximum: 10 students
Location: TBD (Hopefully at Congregational Church in Salisbury – otherwise science room)

Exciting World of Science Grades 1-2

We are delighted to have Ms. Letitia-Garcia Tripp a well-loved science teacher at the high school join our roster of instructors. Known for her highly interactive style of science teaching, students will explore concepts in science through hands-on activities that will include: Eewy gooey science, water Olympics, kitchen science, color chemistry, owl pellets and a STEM challenge. Students will get their hands dirty and immerse themselves in the exciting world of science! Get ready for some fun and interesting science investigations!

Wednesdays:  3:15-4:15 for 5 sessions 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 4/11
Instructor: Letitia Garcia-Tripp
Workshop Fee: $40 ($10 materials fee included in workshop fee.)
Maximum:   10-12 students  
Location: Upper Building Science Room

Grade 3-4 Makerspace Fun: Grades 3-4

We are excited to welcome Cheryl Paulsen, a recently retired and long-time teacher at Sharon Center School as a new instructor. She will bring her love for science, problem solving, the arts and teaching to this workshop. Grade 3-4 Makerspace will offer students an opportunity to explore areas of interest in the arts and sciences. Each session will offer guided and independent explorations as well as challenge activities. Exploration opportunities in chemistry, engineering, fiber arts, crafts, lettering, and more will be available. Students'
interests will guide specific offerings which may include circuits, liquid density, non-Newtonian fluids, crocheting, Pysanky egg decorating, beading, calligraphy, etc.

Wednesdays: 3:15 – 4:45 for 6 sessions 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/11
Instructor: Cheryl Paulsen
Fee: $45 ($15.00 materials fee /child included in workshop fee.)
Maximum: 10 students
Location: Mrs. Segalla’s room in the upper buidling

Intermediate Nutmeg Book Club: Grades 3-5

The first book will be provided for all participants before our first session!!

When we meet, we will answer book-related trivia questions, play book-related games and discuss just how much we like (or dislike) a particular book and why. We will write some fan-fiction about a favorite character and try foods our characters eat. We will also:
● Sculpt a character’s head.
● Make a diorama of a memorable scene.
● Have everyone name something that would be different in the book if the setting of the book took place 100 years into the future.
● Write a group poem about a favorite/despised character.
● Make a 30 second video to try to get people to read the book. Be sure to include information about the characters, setting, and the story that will get people interested in the book.
If you’ve already read the book or books, no problem. Just give it a second glance and find out how much fun it is to discuss words and ideas with a group of peers!

Winter/Spring session books:
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle by George Hagen
The Tapper Twins Go to War (With Each Other) by Geoff Rodkey
Kind a Like Brothers by Coe Booth

Wednesdays: 3:15 – 4:45 for 4 sessions 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21
Instructor: Molly Salisbury
Fee: $30
Maximum: 8 students
Location: Guidance Suite

Math Circle: Grades 5-8

What is a Math Circle?

• “Math Circle lets you see math in a new way and how it really applies to life. For instance, how long you can sleep during a graduation.” SA
• “Math Circle consists of a bunch of fun math games.” DL
• “It’s challenging but doesn’t feel like math.” QO
• “Math Circle is not like sitting in a classroom and learning things. It’s challenging and makes you think.” LK

Math Circle will provide an interactive environment that encourages all students to engage in higher order thinking, be successful and have fun in a non-academic setting.  Our circle will develop perseverance, a sense of discovery and excitement about mathematics through problem solving, games and exploration. Not just math. Not just adding wrinkles to your brain. Just fun.

Wednesdays: 3:15-4:45 for 6 sessions 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/11
Instructors: Laura Badolato & Kat Bucceri
Workshop Fee: $30
Maximum: 20 students
Location:   Ms. Badolato’s Classroom in the Middle School

Nursery Rhymes on Stage: Grades 1-2

Becky Sawicki will bring her love for theater to the primary grade students for the first time in this brand-new offering. In this workshop, students will learn nursery rhymes and bring them to life. There will be one in school performance and one performance for family and friends at the end of the session on Friday, April 27th. The school performance will be at 9am and the evening performance will be at 6pm in the cafeteria. Students will gain confidence on stage and will learn to bring well known characters to life!

Wednesdays: 3:15 – 4:15 for 6 sessions 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/11 and 4/25 (Time for this class will be from 12:15 to 1:15 due to an early dismissal day that Wednesday.)
Instructor: Becky Sawicki
Fee: $35
Maximum: 15
Location: Cafeteria

3-D Sculpture: Grades 1-3

We are excited to welcome back Jamie Sadeh as an instructor after her very popular Bookmaking workshop for younger students this fall. She has a different theme this time that will engage her students in the exploration of a variety of media including wood, clay, cardboard, and wire, to create 3-dimensional sculptures. This idea came from student input from her workshop this fall when several students expressed interest in working with clay!

Thursdays: 3:15 – 4:15 for 6 sessions 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29
Workshop Fee: $45 ($15.00 materials fee included in price of workshop)
Maximum: 10-12 students
Location: Upper Building Science Room

Introduction to Lego Robotics 1: Grades 4-8

Pat Palmer, the computer teacher who ran the very popular Claymation workshop this fall is back with another engaging workshop offering In Introduction to Robotics I, the emphasis will be on understanding and using the coding needed in Lego Robotics programming using the older RCX brick. The goal is to learn the coding needed to make Lego “robots” respond. Students will create device(s) using Lego parts. Using the computer and RoboLab software, they will create programs to send to the RCX brick via an infrared tower. The brick interprets the program and operates the device(s).
Students will be working in pairs. Focus, patience, perseverance, and responsible use of the Lego equipment are required.
Please note: There will be only limited building with Legos as the goal is coding.

Thursdays: 3:15 – 4:45 for 6 sessions 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29
Instructor: Pat Palmer
Fee: $45
Maximum: 10 students (limited by the number of computers available for this workshop)
Location: Guidance Suite

Introduction to Mindfulness and Yoga: Grades 6-8

We are excited to offer this new course in collaboration with the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau. Elizabeth Skoglund, a licensed counselor on the staff at the HYSB brings her love for yoga and her commitment to helping young people find positive and proactive ways to manage stress in their lives into this workshop. In this 6-week course, students will learn how to incorporate mindfulness, relaxation techniques and yoga into their daily lives. Through various activities, discussion and quiet reflection, kids will learn to make a deeper connection between the mind and body. This course idea came from middle school students when asked in the fall what kinds of workshops they would like to see SOAR offer.

Benefits of Yoga & Mindfulness
-Develop body awareness
-Manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement
-Build concentration
-Increase confidence and positive self-image
-A greater awareness of feelings and emotions and how they impact us

No previous experience with yoga or mindfulness required! Yoga mats will be provided but students are welcome to bring their own mats if they own one. Please wear comfortable clothes that allow for easy movement and stretching.

Thursdays: 3:15 – 4:15 for 6 sessions 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29
Instructor: Elizabeth Skoglund
Fee: $45
Maximum: 12 students ($10 materials fee per student included in workshop fee.)
Location: Music Room, upper building