Enrichment

Enrichment Program Coordinator: Ryan Cummings

rcummings@ballstonarearec.org

Description:

The Enrichment program has three sessions- Fall, Winter, and Summer. The fall & winter sessions are Saturday classes that are held from 10a- 12 noon for 5 weeks . In the summer, classes are held Monday through Friday from 10a- 12p noon for 3 weeks. Yoga, Bokwa, gymnastics, dance, theater, arts & crafts, tae kwon do,  and cooking are some examples of the classes that are offered. Each class is one hour long and students may choose two classes each day. The offerings change with each session. The fee for this program is $10 per class for the Saturday programs and $15 per class for the Summer session.

Registration Info:

Registration for Fall Enrichment starts at the end of September and classes begin in early November. Registration for Winter Enrichment starts at the end of December and classes begin in late January/early February. Summer registration goes online mid to late April and classes begin in late June/early July.

Winter Enrichment Registration 2019

Who: Students grades K-8 who reside in the Towns of Milton, Malta, or Ballston, or the Village of Ballston Spa.

COST: $10 per class. *You must register for each class separately. (Scholarships are available)

When:

  • Days: Saturdays.
  • Time: 10am-12pm (Two 1 hour classes each day. You must register for both classes if you want your child to attend both.)
  • Dates: February 9th, 16th, and March 2nd, 9th & 16th. (No class 2/23/19)

Where: Wood Road Elementary

HOW TO REGISTER: Log onto www.ballstonarearec.org and go to our online registration by clicking “Register/Log In”. If you have already created an online account, you will be able to access the information from your last registration. If any of your personal information has changed, please update it to ensure that you receive program updates. If you have not previously registered online for a BARC program, you will need to create an account and register.

Online registration will open January 5th and will close on February 3rd You must register for both classes if you want your child to attend both the 10am & 11am classes. Space is limited for this program, and registration is ‘first come, first serve’. Email confirmation of registration from the SI Play site is not a confirmation of the classes your child is registered for. A separate email will be sent from SI Play at least 3 days prior to the start of the program with confirmation of class assignments.

If you need help registering or need a scholarship, please email Nora Osuchowski at ballstonarearec@gmail.com.

Class Descriptions

Winter Enrichment is a low cost recreation program from 10a-12p on Saturdays. Each class is for one hour which gives students the option to sign up for two classes each day. You must register your child for both classes (10am & 11am) if you would like him/her to participate in both classes. The classes this fall are as follows:

Tae Kwon Do: (10 am: Grades K-5, 11am: Grades K-5) The Torres Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts program will help your child improve many character development traits. You will see an improvement in fitness, focus, self control and self esteem. We strive to incorporate the tenants of Tae Kwon Do which includes Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control and Indomitable Spirit in every class, all while having fun! Master Torres (Lead Instructor) is the owner of Torres Tae Kwon Do in Clifton Park.

Creative Movement: (10 am: Grades 3-5, 11am: Grades K-2) Children will learn the connection between music and movement through fun dances, exercises, and techniques drawn from ballet, hip-hop, ballroom, yoga and gymnastics. They will learn concepts such as rhythm, timing, expression and how to use the space around them.  The goal of this program is to encourage children to be healthy and active, while challenging them to learn new skills and use their creativity in movement. This class will walk children through a series of diverse music and fluid movements that promote balance, strength, flow and fun. Brittany Rodriguez (Lead Instructor) is currently a Wellness Coach with the YMCA, and has experience as both a gymnastics instructor and dance instructor.

Bokwa: (10 am: Grades K-2, 11am: Grades 3-5) Bokwa is an innovative & energetic movement class inspired by South African dance. This rockin’ class is easy to follow and uses letters and numbers to help class members identify the particular dance moves.  Students also have the opportunity to run class routines, boosting self esteem and empowerment. Amanda Bywater (Lead Instructor) is the owner of Musical Endeavors LLC; and a Musician, Educator, AFFA Certified Group Ex & Bokwa Fitness Instructor with the  Saratoga Regional YMCA.

Paint, Draw & Craft: (10am: 3-5, 11am: Grades K-2) This class will use a wide range of media to make projects including collage, clay, and wax-resist painting, and will spend the final week working with acrylic paint on canvas to create a portrait of your child’s favorite toy. The older age group will also spend time creating cartoon characters and drawing comics. Jennifer Maher Coleman (Lead Instructor) is a fine artist specializing in portraits by commission of children’s beloved toys (and any and all favorite things… pets, houses, etc.)  She has previously run toy portrait painting workshops for children of all ages at Saratoga Arts Fest and at various area galleries and art centers.  www.yourtoyportrait.com

Comic Book Drawing: (10am: Grades 3-5, 11am 6-8) The goal of this class is to inspire young minds to be creative and to follow their dreams; and to be motivated to take the first step in that direction. This class will break down the process of Making Comics in a way that will give students the confidence needed to go out and create their own projects. Mike Myers (Lead Instructor) is a local comic book creator who brings his experience of putting together a comic from concept to completed product.

Crafty Readers: (10 am: Grades K-2) Participants will read a story together and discuss the central themes.  We will also “get crafty” with a related project for each story. Stories will be geared towards the age of the class, with art projects following the same theme.

Expressive Writing: (11am: Grades 3-5) In this class, students will develop stories that will be funny, inspirational, mysterious, fiction and nonfiction, and most important, yours! Students will explore their creative strengths, and experiment with the craft and adventures of their own writing talents.  They will also have the option to bring their story to life with illustrations.  In addition, students will be given their very own journal to personalize and keep. Ann Oddy (Lead Instructor) is a library aide at Wood Road who has a passion for creative writing, storytelling, journaling, and crafts.

Jewelry Making: (10am: Grades 6-8, 11am: Grades 3-5) This class will explore the basics of jewelry making and design. Students will learn how to create their own custom bracelets, necklaces, and earrings.

Passport Around the World: (11am: Grades K-2) Students will explore diverse cultures from various French speaking regions around the world.  The exploratory fun will include international crafts, games, stories, music, language & food. The K-2 program is an introductory French class that will cover basic skills and concepts by exploring the French language through songs, games, movement, finger plays, stories and more. Nissrine Kerroum (Lead Instructor) is an International Baccalaureate Candidate who is fluent in French and has a background in music and dance, as well as teaching at summer camps in the area.

Exploring Music: (10am: Grades K-2) This class will focus on exposing kids to many types of music and allowing them to explore the varying structures, instruments, textures, and rhythms that different genres of music bring to the table. The students will learn to enjoy and appreciate many types of music through singing songs, playing instruments, and taking part in dance movements from several genres, styles, and cultures. Alexandra Croft (Lead Instructor) is a former BARC student and current teacher at Schalmont Central School District, as well as the Musical Director for BARC Youth Theatre.

Theater Improv: (10am: Grades 3-5) This class introduces your child to the performing arts by expanding imagination through movement, theater games, and storytelling. Monologues and scene work will also be part of the class. Michael Gatzendorfer (Lead Instructor) is the Artistic Director of BARC’s Youth Theatre program as well the Youth Programs Manager at Proctors, with over 15 years of experience acting in, producing, and directing various productions.

Musical Theater Auditioning Techniques: (11am: Grades 6-8) Your child will gain skills in preparing and executing their best possible auditions for casting calls, community theatre, and school drama clubs. This class will involve an array of audition preparation techniques including learning how to pick a good monologue or song selection, acting coaching for your audition pieces. This class is designed to help you feel more confident and prepare for your next audition. *Students will be acting and singing in this class. Mike Gatzendorfer & Alex Croft will be co-teaching this class.