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As an extension of The Howard School, the after school W.I.N.G.S. Program (short for Wonder, Inspire, Nurture, Grow, and Strive) is designed to continue to make learning meaningful, and therefore, maximize student success in all areas. Through a variety of after school and enrichment programs, the W.I.N.G.S. Program provides students with an opportunity to have constructive learning experiences in education, social recreation, health and fitness activities and artistic creativity, all with guidance from professionally trained staff. W.I.N.G.S. includes both after school activities and enrichment programs.

If you need additional information, please contact the W.I.N.G.S. After School Programs Coordinator, Maura Brand at mbrand@howardschool.org or call 404-377- 7436, extension 278.

Current Enrichment Club Descriptions


ENRICHMENT CLASS SCHEDULE -

Hours: 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. (Club descriptions include some exceptions.)

Days and Dates: Please see club descriptions.

Additional Aftercare: After enrichment clubs conclude, aftercare is available on Monday through Friday until 5:30 at a separate fee.

Length: 8 - 10 weeks (See club descriptions for details.)

Start Dates: Week of January 16, 2017

Anticipated End Dates: Week of March 13th (8-week clubs) or week of March 27th (10-week clubs). Please note Spring Break is the week of March 6th.

Makeups: Any missed meetings will be made up in the 2 weeks following the last meeting date.

Payment: Club fees will be billed by the Business Office.

PLEASE REGISTER BY FRIDAY JANUARY 13 , 2017

COMING AFTER SPRING BREAK

ADDITIONAL OFFERINGS INCLUDING LOWER SCHOOL SPORTS CLUBS!


COURSES -

Alliance Theatre Club for Lower School

Instructors: Alliance Theatre Teaching Artists

Students will experience the wonder of their imagination by learning the three essential tools of the actor's trade. They will re-imagine scenes from their favorite stories, invent their own characters, and develop storytelling, pantomime, and movement skills. Teaching Artists provided by the Alliance Theatre will partner with Howard School Speech Pathologists to take students on an adventure where they will develop social and communication skills while exploring the dramatic arts. Parents and friends are invited on the last day of class for a Demo Day where they can enjoy the talents of the children.

Day: Tuesdays, January 17th - March 28th

Number of Weeks: 10

Age Groups: Lower Lower School and Upper Lower School (2 instructors with 2 separate clubs)

Maximum group size: 12 (each age group)

Minimum group size: 6 (each age group)

Location: LS Classrooms (locations to be determined)

Cost: $185

Alliance Theatre Club for Middle School, Transition and High School Students

Instructors: Alliance Theatre Teaching Artists

Students will learn the three essential tools of the actor's trade - storytelling, pantomime, and movement skills. Teaching Artists from the renowned Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff have partnered with Howard School Speech Pathologists to customize this theatre program. Students will develop social and communication skills while exploring the dramatic arts. Students will be given opportunities to explore improv techniques and theater games culminating in a fun-filled showcase on the final day.

Day: Wednesdays, January 25th - March 29th

Number of Weeks: 9

Age Groups: Middle School, Transition and High School

Maximum group size: 12

Minimum group size: 6

Location: Ms. Hughes Classroom #107

Cost: $170

Art Club

Instructor: Sarah McDuffie

Art Club will be a time for your child to enjoy letting their creativity flourish. STEAM includes “A” for the Arts, which recognizes that to be successful in technical fields, individuals must also be creative and use critical thinking skills that are best developed through exposure to the arts. We will be working on hands-on projects that encourage your child’s individuality. We will be enjoying activities such as collages, time capsules, shadow boxes, and much more.

Day: Wednesdays, January 18th - March 15th

Number of Weeks: 8

Age Group: Lower School

Maximum group size: 12

Minimum group size: 4

Location: Ms. McDuffie’s Classroom #182

Cost: $140 (including supplies)

Building Personal Awareness and Peer Relationships Via Creative Expression, Games and Initiatives

Instructor: Michelle Sissine

This class is designed to help broaden the way students express themselves. It can be challenging for younger children to navigate the connections between their own and other’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This intricate dynamic is not always intuitive or natural for children to understand. Developing these skills via alternative tools that can help children build bridges to greater personal and social awareness can be a helpful process. Participants in this class will engage in group exercises that are fun and challenging, designed to improve verbal communication, perspective-taking, social interactions and problem solving with peers.

Day: Tuesdays, January 17th - March 14th

Hours: 3:15 - 4:45 (Please note extended time.)

Number of Weeks: 8

Age Group: Lower School

Maximum group size: 8

Minimum group size: 4

Location: Lower School Classroom (location to be determined)

Cost: $185

Chess Club - Introductory

Instructor: Billy Swords

This course is designed to introduce beginning chess players to the game. We will go over all of the basics that are necessary for a beginner to enjoy the game from start to finish, as well as develop competitive skills needed to grow into an intermediate player. This is the first session of a longer chess club that will include players of all levels. If your student wants to learn how to play chess or develop the skills they already have, this club is perfect for them.

Day: Tuesdays, January 24th - February 14th

Number of Weeks: 4

Age Group: Lower School (9 years or older), Middle School, Transition and High School

Maximum group size: 12

Minimum group size: 4

Location: Mr. Swords’ Classroom #139

Cost: $60

Chess Club

Instructors: Billy Swords and Keith Spillett

This course is an extension of the introductory chess club and is designed for chess players of all levels. We will go over everything from the basics of the game to advanced strategies of game play. Opportunities for interscholastic chess tournaments will be offered to anyone who would like the opportunity to play with their peers from across the city. Whether your students wants to develop competitive skills or just enjoy casual play, Chess Club is the club for them.

Day: Wednesday, February 15th - April 12th

Number of Weeks: 8

Age Group: Lower School (9 years or older), Middle School, Transition and High School

Maximum group size: 12

Minimum group size: 4

Location: Mr. Swords’ Classroom #139

Cost: $125

Coding and 3-D Printing Fun Club

Instructors: Laura Cantú and Melissa Levy

Bridge and Middle School students will learn and expand computer coding skills through online courses provided from Code.org. As skills progress, students will create, play, and share games made with the Scratch coding platform (https://scratch.mit.edu/). Students will also have opportunities to design and build using software and the 3-D printer. Advanced students may also move on to using text-based programming languages and platforms.

Day: Wednesdays, January 18th - March 15th

Number of Weeks: 8

Age Group: 10 - 13 years old

Maximum group size: 12

Minimum group size: 4

Location: MS Art Room Trailer (Mr. Eaton's Classroom)

Cost: $125

Cooking Club

Instructor: Danielle Dias

Cooking Club is a unique way to introduce students to the basics of cooking, social skills, and learning the importance of healthy eating. Each week, students will have hands-on opportunities to take part in creating fun and healthy snacks, and enjoying what they have made! All of the snacks we make can be made at home, with some adult supervision. This is a great way for students to express their interest in cooking and/or baking.

Day: Thursdays, January 19th - March 16th

Number of Weeks: 8

Age Group: Lower School

Maximum group size: 12

Minimum group size: 4

Location: Ms. Dias’ Classroom #147

Cost: $150 (including supplies)

Documentary Film History & Production Club

Instructor: Reeves Moore

Club participants will be viewing influential documentary films and discussing documentary film history. Participants will also learning documentary film techniques and production. The main focus will be viewing documentary films that changed the world or altered history.

Day: Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 17th & 19th - March 14th & 16th (Please note 2 meetings per week.)

Number of Weeks: 8

Age Group: High School

Maximum group size: 12

Minimum group size: 4

Location: Mr. Moore’s Classroom #234

Cost: $250 (Meets 2 days per week for 8 weeks.)

Golf Club

Instructor: Michelle Sissine

Golf Club is an opportunity for beginner players to learn basic golf skills, and for advanced players to sharpen their game as they get ready for the Spring Golf Season. It’s also a fun opportunity for players to practice social skills with peers, and learn about the etiquette involved in playing golf on a golf course. Most days we will take the Howard school bus to practice at Topgolf, a high-tech golf range that offers electronically computed golf game challenges for beginner & advanced players. Topgolf is located only a mile and a half from Howard School. In addition, we’ll also test our game and golf etiquette on the Par-3 Cross Creek Golf Course, located just 3 miles from Howard School.

Day: Thursdays, January 19th - March 16th

Hours: 3:00 - 5:00 (Please note extended time.)

Number of Weeks: 8

Age Group: Middle School, Transition and High School

Maximum group size: 8

Minimum group size: 6

Location: Cross Creek Golf Course and Topgolf

Cost: $185 (plus Cross Creek Course fees of $6.50 on 1 or 2 visits and separate snack costs at Topgolf)

Hip Hop Club

Instructor: Alex Lofredo

Hip Hop Club is an opportunity to express themselves through dance and spend time with their Howard friends in a fun, exciting, music-driven club. Students will participate in various gross motor activities such as stretching, across the floor movements, choreographing dance moves, learning choreography, cooling down, and performing for an audience. No prior dance experience required!

Day: Wednesdays, January 18th - March 15th

Number of Weeks: 8

Age Group: Lower School

Maximum group size: 12

Minimum group size: 4

Location: HS Lounge/ Gymnasium

Cost: $145 (including t-shirt)

Lego Club

Instructors: Caroline Singh and Aaron Scott-Hodgin

In Lego Club we will be connecting science and reading with Legos! Students will learn about various topics and work together to create Lego sculptures that are inspired by the topic of discussion for that day. They will also spend time collaborating and presenting ideas with all of the other Lego Club members. Themes include anything from Volcanoes to Skyscrapers! Let the creative juices flow as we build our ideas from the ground up!

Day: Thursdays, January 19th - March 16th

Number of Weeks: 8

Age Group: Lower School

Maximum group size: 20

Minimum group size: 4

Location: Mr. Scott-Hodgin’s Classroom #185

Cost: $125

Minecraft Club

Instructor: Bill Sommer

Minecraft Club is a chance for students with at a least cursory knowledge of the game to share what they know, learn from classmates, and collaborate to achieve objectives.

Day: Fridays, January 20th - April 7th (will not meet on 2/24 or Early Dismissal Fridays)

Number of Weeks: 8

Age Group: Bridge, Middle School and Transition

Maximum group size: 12

Minimum group size: 4

Location: Mr. Sommer’s Classroom #116

Cost: $125

Music Ensemble Club

Instructor: Michael Garrett

Music Ensemble will allow students the opportunity to perform popular and relevant songs as an ensemble. We will practice ten Wednesdays between January and May in preparation for the famous Battle of the Bands in May.

Day: Wednesdays, January 18th - May (10 meeting dates to be provided by Mr. Garrett)

Number of Weeks: 10

Age Group: Middle School and Transition

Maximum group size: 12

Minimum group size: 4

Location: Music Classroom

Cost: $160

Pet Club

Instructors: Jennifer Betts, Jordan Horne, Lauren Demotte-Kelly, Lisa Prodigo, Jennifer Turko

Pet Club is a yearlong; service-oriented club for Lower, Middle, and High School students. Students will learn and share knowledge about how to care for our animal friends. Started in 2008 by a Howard School student, this club’s mission includes promoting responsible care for, and ownership of, pets. Meetings include educational components, field experiences, and projects designed to fund raise or contribute to animal causes. Students do not need to own a pet to participate or be able to attend all meetings. Those unable to attend meetings may help coordinate their involvement in projects and lunchtime work sessions.

Day: Every other Wednesday (This club is year round.)

Number of Weeks: Pet Club will publish and manage its own schedule.

Age Group: 9 years and older

Maximum group size: 12

Minimum group size: 5

Location: LS Art Room Trailer (Ms. Turko’s Classroom)

Cost: $25 per term ($50 per year)

Middle School and Transition Homework Help!

Middle School and Transition Homework Help is available Monday - Thursday from 3:15 - 4:15. Homework Help will be staffed by Middle School or Transition. If desired, students can attend Aftercare after Homework Help. Homework Help is available at $16 per hour and Aftercare is available at $8 per hour.

Please register below at least 24 hours in advance and, if necessary, please cancel 24 hours in advance as well. Any cancellations less than 24 hours will be charged the daily fee.

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After School Fees

The daily cost for participation in the W.I.N.G.S. Program is $8.00 an hour, $16.00 for the full afternoon. Students will be electronically signed-in when they arrive. It is the parent’s responsibility to sign their student out. The daily balance will be calculated based on time spent in aftercare. If a student is not signed out they will be charged the full day amount of $16.00. Additional fees are charged for Enrichment classes.

Maura Brand

Faculty Information

Department(s)
all faculty
Title(s)
W.I.N.G.S. After School Programs Coordinator

Contact Information

Email
(Primary)

Education

Degree(s)
Ed.M., University of Illinois
MBA, Syracuse University
Certified 4th-8th Grade Teacher in Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts

Other Information

Biography

What is your favorite book of all time?
Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

What is your favorite Howard School memory?
Attending graduation and listening to the teachers talk about the seniors and hearing the seniors explain how The Howard School changed their lives.

What is the one piece of advice you’ve been given that you will never forget?
At times, go backward to go forward.

Payment

The business office will send a monthly invoice for W.I.N.G.S. Program billing. Payments are due the first business day of the month for prior services rendered. A $25.00 late fee will be added if payment is not received by the 15th of each month. If we receive a NSF check, a $35.00 return check fee will be charged.

Withdrawal

You may withdraw from the W.I.N.G.S. Program at any time through written communication to the After-School Program Director. Failure to properly withdraw may result in additional tuition charges.

Late Pick Up

Children should be picked up and signed out from the W.I.N.G.S. Program by 5:30 p.m. If your child is picked up after 5:30 p.m., a $1.00 per minute charge will be applied to your account until 6:00 p.m. After 6:00 p.m., a $5.00 per minute charge will be applied to your account. After three late pick-ups occur in any given one-month period, a meeting will be scheduled to discuss appropriate action. Frequent late pick-ups may result in loss of participation in the W.I.N.G.S. Program.

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