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 early July.

Winter Enrichment 2020

Who: Students ENTERING grades K-5 who reside in the Towns of Milton, Malta, or Ballston, or the Village of Ballston Spa.

When and Where:

  • Days: Saturday
  • Time: 10am-12pm (Two 1 hour classes each day)
  • Dates: 02/01/20-03/14/20. (No class 02/15/20 or 02/22/20)        
  • Where: Wood Road Elementary

Cost: $10 per student. (Scholarships are available)

HOW TO REGISTER: Log onto www.ballstonarearec.org and go to BARC’s 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 received 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 December 20th, 2019 and will close on January 13th, 2020. Space is limited for this program, and registration is ‘first come, first serve’. Email confirmation of registration from the Sports Signup site is not a confirmation of the classes your child is registered for. A separate email will be sent with your child’s class assignment a week prior to the start of the program.

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

Winter Enrichment 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: (10am & 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 Ultimate Fitness in Malta and an experienced teacher of over 20 years.

Gymnastics: (10am: Grades 3-5, 11am: Grades K-2) Children will learn fundamental gymnastic movements and skills in a fun, energetic, and safe environment. From forward rolls to handstands, each student will progress at their own pace to the best of their abilities. No gymnastics experience is necessary. Alex James, Lead Instructor and staff of 518 Break is a trained gymnast and returning BARC instructor.

Intro to Cheerleading: (10am: Grades K-2, 11am: Grades 3-5) This is a program that allows your child to try cheer with no experience!  Led by the most knowledgeable staff in the Capital Region, children will learn and train a basic skill set in all of the key areas of cheer – motions, jumps, tumbling and stunting.  Each week the material they learn serves as a puzzle piece to a mini routine! Lead Instructors will be staff from Cheer Intensity owned and operated by Jessica and Adam Forte – a 14 year program with a history of excellence in cheerleading, tumbling, dance and child development.

Sports & Recreation: (10am: Grades 3-5, 11am: Grades K-2) Our sports and recreation class will focus on learning the fundamentals of various sports. Our primary sports this fall are: soccer, basketball, handball, and a family kickball game to complete the fall season. Alex Chandler, Lead Instructor is a certified teacher in New York State who admires and loves all sports.

Paint, Draw & Craft: (10am: K-2, 11am: Grades 3-5) 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 

Legos: (10am: K-2, 11am: Grades 3-5) Students will learn about aspects of LEGO building. They will work cooperatively & independently to build and present creations. They will also have FUN together through LEGO games and activities. Jessica Miller (Lead Instructor) is a returning BARC staff. She has extensive experience working with kids in group settings, leading a variety of events & programs. She was also a teacher’s aide at Saratoga High School, and a classroom instructor at a local day program for individuals with disabilities.

Speaking Spanish: (10am: Grades 3-5, 11am: Grades K-2) In this class students will learn conversational Spanish focusing on practical everyday use of the language. We will be playing Simon Says, SWAT, Scrabble, and other games to enhance language skills and memory. Shadey Mercado-Perez, Lead Instructor.

Jewelry Making: (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.  Holly Barker-Flynn, Lead Instructor.

Bokwa: (10am: Grades K-2, 11 am: 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.

Winter Enrichment Reg 2020