The GUFS PTA is pleased to offer the following after-school activities. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and make subject line the name of desired class. Include student name and grade—classes will be confirmed on a first come, first serve basis. Paperwork will be distributed through the school and can be returned to the main office in the AFTER SCHOOL basket.

Photography Back to Basics & Beyond

Mondays, grades 5-8   8 weeks, 1 hr - $80   instructor: Erin Wik


In this course, Students will learn how to use a DSLR camera in manual mode to create compelling photographs. For students that have already taken the course and are looking to continue on, there will be new material covered after the first couple of weeks, which will be a refresher for past students and a jump-start for new students. After covering how to use our cameras along with discussing light, subject, posing and location,  we’ll do plenty of hands-on shooting to create material to use throughout the course. We’ll discuss exporting our images, editing in Lightroom & Photoshop, as well as how and where to save your final product.


It is preferred that students have access to a DSLR camera to bring to class each week  if parents have one at home. There will be a camera for students to borrow in class for hands on learning if needed. dates: April 3, April 24, May 1, May 8th, May 15, May 22, June 12 and June 19 location: the art room
 

Chess

Mondays, grades 1-6    8 weeks, 1 hr - $60   instructor: Ernie Johnson


Chess has long been regarded as a game that has positive effects on learning. Among other things, chess benefits analytical and decision-making skills, higher-order thinking skills, teaches children to analyze actions and consequences, and visualize future possibilities. Students with a background in chess exhibit excellence in the ability to recognize complex patterns and consequently excel in math and science. Six-time Dutchess County chess champion, Ernie Johnson will bring back his 14 years of teaching experience to GUFS  for this class. dates: April 3, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, June 5 and June 12 location: Ian Berger’s room


Spanish, Uno

Mondays, grades K-1   8 weeks, 1 hr - $80   instructor: Eva Rojas


Start to speak Spanish. This engaging, fun class will have kids picking-up Spanish  vocabulary in no time! Games, music, dance, and crafts will all be used to help  kids naturally absorb some fundamentals of the Spanish language. Numbers,  shapes, colors, fruits, and parts of the body will all be covered in this beginner class.  Taught by Eva Rojas, a native Spanish speaker, who teaches the Spanish after-school  enrichment at Haldane and is the owner of ABC Soup in Cold Spring. dates: April 3, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, June 5 and June 12 location: TBA
 

Chinese for beginners

Mondays, grades k-8   8 weeks, 1 hr - $80   instructor: Ms. Liu


In this course, you will embark on a journey of learning Mandarin Chinese. The course is designed to teach basic language skills in speaking, reading and writing of modern Chinese. You are expected to learn Chinese phonemes through pinyin – the Romanized Chinese phonetic system; working vocabulary of over 50 words in simplified Chinese characters. Conversations for example: greeting each other, introduce yourself and your family. Various aspects of Chinese culture, lifestyles  and social-cultural conventions; basic knowledge of Chinese computing.
textbook is required* LangLang Chinese Book 1A (please contact our instructor to discuss returning students and lesson material – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

dates: April 3, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, June 5 and June 12 location: TBA


Spanish, Dos

Tuesdays, grades 2-3   8 weeks, 1 hr - $80   instructor: Eva Rojas


For our slightly older ones, this engaging, fun class will have kids picking-up  Spanish vocabulary in no time! con rapidez! There is no need for the child to have previous Spanish instruction. Games, music, dance, and crafts will all be used to  help kids naturally absorb some fundamentals of the Spanish language. Numbers, shapes, colors, fruits, and parts of the body will all be covered in this beginner class. Taught by Eva Rojas, a native Spanish speaker, who teaches the Spanish  after-school enrichment at Haldane and is the owner of ABC Soup in Cold Spring.

dates: April 4, April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23 and June 6 location: TBA


Computer Coding

Tuesdays, grades 3-8   8 weeks, 1 hr -$45   instructor: Pam McCluskey


Students learn computer programming fundamentals, such as loops and variables, as well as debugging processes by creating their own games and applications. In addition, they develop important skills, including logical thinking, creative problem solving,  and articulating their ideas. Taught by Desmond-Fish’s Cybrarian Pam McCluskey, founder of Project Code Spring. The class will now also include an advanced level for those students who demonstrate a working knowledge of coding or have participated in this class before. dates: April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, June 6, June 13 location: Library Computer Lab


STEAM* LEGO NEW!

Tuesdays, grades k-6    8 weeks, 1 hr - $80   instructor: Johanna Reinhardt


Come build with us! Lego allows us all a chance to be architects and engineers.  There will be a different themed challenge each week, or you can choose to work on  your own design where only the sky (or the Makers Lab ceiling) is the limit! Creations  will be photographed at the end of each class and displayed at the end of the session!  May we recommend the book LEGO Architect by Tom Alphin to get the juices flowing? Travel through the history of architecture and get excited for your first class with  Johanna, Head of Children’s Services at Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library.

*science, technology, engineering, art and math

dates: April 4, April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23 and June 6 location: Our NEW Makers Lab


STEAM* Inventors NEW!

Wednesdays, grades k-6    8 weeks, 1 hr - $80   instructor: Johanna Reinhardt


Find your inner Elon Musk. Learn about famous inventors (and some not-so-famous ones!), then create your own special projects using recycled materials and cool gadgets. Let’s empower kids to be creators and inventors with technology, and not just consumers of it. Johanna is Head of Children’s Services at Julia L. Butterfield Memorial Library.

*science, technology, engineering, art and math

dates: April 5, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 24, May 31 and June 7 location: Our NEW Makers Lab


French for Beginners NEW!

Thursdays, tailored for middle schoolers 6-8    8 weeks, 1 hr - $80   instructor: Bernice Cohen


The middle school years are a great time to develop a passion for language. This introductory class will introduce students to the basics of the French language — this could  be the one you adopt and carry with you to high school and beyond. Students will be working in a vast variety of contexts practicing realistic situations of everyday life. Greetings, numbers, objects in the classroom, the family, dates, clothing, food and time. Dialogue, games, group work and French culture will be part of the curriculum.  Bernice Cohen taught French from kindergarten to Advanced Placement in both public and private schools. She lived in Tours, France for four years and has a Masters in French from NYU. She currently does private tutoring in French.

dates: April 6, April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, June 1, June 8 location: Michael Williams Guidance Office


Let’s Knit!

Thursdays, grades k-8    8 weeks, 1 hr - $60   instructor: Lori Cohen


Knitting is a great hobby for kids. Students will learn the basics of knitting and will be able to create a simple accessory of their choice.  We will learn about all kinds of yarns and the tools knitters use. Kids will also decorate their own knitting bag and make their own knitting needles. They will also get to try a ball winder, knitting machine and more. Kids will have fun while they learn to love knitting! Lori Cohen has enjoyed teaching children of all ages for many years. She is passionate about sharing her love of knitting with kids and adults. Make an old art form modern. materials fee - $15  must be paid separately to lori cohen (check or cash)

dates: April 6, April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, June 1 and June 8 location: Library


STEAM* Imagination Art Lab

Thursdays, grades k-3   8 weeks, 1 hr - $80  instructor: Kate Daley from Whistle Pig Studio


Which substance can we make that behaves like a liquid and a solid? What kinds of  geometrical patterns can we find in soapy bubbles? These are some of the questions  we’ll explore in our art and science lab, inspired by the STEAM* movement. Using the scientific method, students will perform simple chemical reactions, experiment with different play dough and paint recipes, and use their imaginations to create original works of art. For the culminating project, the class will vote on an experiment to share with the whole family during our art and science exhibit!

*science, technology, engineering, art and math

dates: April 6, April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, June 1 and June 8 location: The Art Room
 


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