WINTER ASE

KEY DATES

Flyers go home: January 3, 2020

Registration opens: January 5-12, 2020

ASE starts January 27, 2020

 

Monday: 9 Classes (AFTERNOON classes only)

1/27, 2/3, 2/10, (2/17 No School Presidents Day), 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30,  

Weather Day Makeup 4/6 

 

Tuesday: 10 Classes (MORNING AND AFTERNOON classes)

1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31 

Weather Day Make up 4/7

 

Wednesday: 10 Classes (MORNING AND AFTERNOON classes) 

1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1

Weather Day Makeup 4/8

 

Spring Break is April 10 - April 17, 2020.  If we have more than 1 weather day, then we will do makeups AFTER Spring Break or issue refunds. 

 

CLASS OVERVIEW

Monday Afternoons

Scratch Programming (grades K-2)

Students learn the basics of programming at their own pace as they are introduced to MIT’s Scratch. Scratch is designed specifically for ease of use by children, employs click-and-drag colored command blocks to program simple animations, music or games. 

Taught By Montclair Learning Center

 

3D Video Game Maker (grades 3-5)

Students are introduced to the basics of game development. Our software uses a visual programming language designed to be accessible to children and made specifically for creating games. Its various capabilities enable students to develop and program a wide range of inventive and visually interesting games that are played in a 3-D world. Students draw on these capabilities to design and create their own single-player and multi-player games. 

Taught By Montclair Learning Center

SLIMEMANIA Winter Series (grades K-5) 

Slimemania is a fun, hands-on, creative, collaborative, and science-minded course. It teaches how ingredients combine, cause a chemical reaction and change into something else that is amazing and fascinating. Each week students will come up with different creations of slime utilizing different colors and ingredients. On Mystery Box Week the instructor will put ingredients in a box that students can’t see, and they will have to decide if they want to keep or switch ingredients to make a slime creation. At the end of this course, each child will have the ability to create his/her own slime recipe. There is so much to create! Come join the fun!

Taught by Watchung Teacher Ms. Andrea Kominik

 

Cooking: SUPER SILLY FOODS  (grades K-2) 

In this fun and yummy class we will have the kids rolling, mixing and measuring making Crazy Cold Pizzas; Kooky Katz Stuffed Potatoes; Dirt Pies; Rainbow Pasta; Avocado Mike Wizowski and much more! 

Taught by Chef it Up

 

Tennis: Swing into Spring (grades K-3) 

Tennis for Brains! Give kids a game that will help them build friendships and learn skills they’ll use for life.  Kids learn teamwork, communication, balance, agility, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving and self-reliance.  One key area that ensures kids have a fun time in their tennis development is through tennis drills and games. All instructional tools, equipment, nets, racquets, balls provided by coach Michele. 

Michele McNeil is a United States Professional Tennis Association coach and has been teaching for ten years.  

 

Make and Enjoy Pottery Everywhere! (grades 1-3 ) 

This class is designed for aspiring artists of all levels who share an interest in learning to work with clay. Artists will explore with different types of clay various techniques such as pinch pot, coil pot, slab building and more, to develop creative pieces. This is an imaginative, hands on class that allows students of all ages to enjoy and make pottery everywhere.

Taught by Kanae Yunome, a long time ceramic artist and Montclair Resident.


 

Tuesday MORNINGS

Chess in a Nutshell - All skill levels (grades 2-5)

Win, lose, or draw, chess is a fun, challenging game.  This course promotes problem solving skills and good sportsmanship.  The course will build upon skills students already have. Students will review/learn the rules of chess, strategies and tactics, and chess etiquette. Students will also be allotted time each session to play practice games with their peers.  

The course is taught by chess coach Steve Moctezuma, who is a United States Chess Federation (USCF)-certified tournament director.  He founded and directs the Zuma Summer Chess Camp (which recently concluded its 12th annual camp) at the Montclair Cooperative School.  He also conducts chess workshops for students, parents, and teachers.

 

Jewelry Making (grades K-2) 

Come join Mrs. Pepe and make some jewelry! Our young designers will choose from a selection of beads and materials to create bracelets, necklaces, earrings and pendants. From alphabet beads to friendship bracelets, our focus is to have fun, fun, fun!! We will even make a jewelry box to keep it all in! I hope to see you there! Taught by Watchung Teacher Ms. Pepe 

 

Create with Clay (grades K-2) 

Create with Clay:  Come create a variety of clay creatures like pandas, turtles, puppies, and more using soft oven bake clay.  We will use some basic sculpting techniques and move on to more advanced skills. Each week we will make a new creation that will be baked and sent home the following week.

Taught by Watchung Teacher Ms. Olson

 

Mr. Thompson’s Sports Club (grades 3-5)  

Students will learn the basics of football. Students will be broken up into grade level groups where the  focus will be on proper ball handling technique (the correct way to hold catch and run with the football) while also practicing the key element of safety.  There will be simple age appropriate mini games and drills during the session where students will demonstrate what they have learned while practicing good sportsmanship and teamwork. New Students welcomed.  Classes will be in the gym during inclement weather. Recommend: Participants can bring a change of shirt/blouse, in the event he/she will need to change. T

aught by Watchung Teacher Mr. Thompson

 

Tuesday AFTERNOONS

 

TREP$ Winter/ Spring Series 2020 (grades 4&5)

TREP$ Dates: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/3 (Drop in Session)

3/10 Snow day make-up if needed, if not needed NO CLASS

3/17 MARKETPLACE 3PM-5PM

3/24 Wrap up

Note: Food items will be allowed this session. 

TREPS is an award winning entrepreneurial education program that teaches 4th and 5th grade children how to create, develop and launch their own business. In these fast-paced classes, students learn about product development, marketing, finance, advertising and sales through fun workshops and activities. Students will be given ‘seed money’ to start their business and will sell their product at the TREPS Marketplace at the end of the semester. 

Note: 

  • This session will focus on handmade/craft and food items.  

  • This class involves parent participation and students will be given homework that is required to complete.  

Taught by Watchung Teachers Ms. Jamie Bassett and Ms. Magrath.  The fee includes start-up cost $20, book $13, and apron. 
 

Fun with LEGOS (grades K-2)

We love Legos! Join me for an afternoon of building, creating and learning with Legos. Students will be given the chance to be creative, work as a team and problem solve all while having fun.  Students will receive a different LEGO challenge each week, some of which include working together to build a Lego town, or creating a masterpiece using only the surprise Legos given in a paper bag!  All you need to bring is your imagination! 

Taught by Watchung teacher Ms Spatidol

Tumbling/ Gymnastics for Boys and Girls (grades K-2) 

**NO class on 3/17**

Enroll your child in a high energy fun class where they will be learning new tricks in a safe environment instead of flipping off your bed or couch.

The class starts with a warm off then follows with all the fun activities: Mat, beam, trampoline etc. 

Students are spotted individually according to their ability and will be challenged to learn a new skill each week.  All levels are welcome. 

Taught by Rachelle Trammel of Diamond Gymnastics
 

Jewelry Making (grades K-2) 

Come join Mrs. Pepe and make some jewelry! Our young designers will choose from a selection of beads and materials to create bracelets, necklaces, earrings and pendants. From alphabet beads to friendship bracelets, our focus is to have fun, fun, fun!! We will even make a jewelry box to keep it all in! I hope to see you there! Taught by Watchung Teacher Ms. Pepe 

 

Stem-Tactics! (grades 1-3)  

Students will have the opportunity to test various concepts within the

STEM disciplines. Emphasis will be on an integrated approach to using science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They will ask, hypothesize, interpret, discover, create, imagine, and solve problems. Each week will bring new ideas to brainstorm, new problems to solve, and new hypothesis to test. Come join us in this exploration!

Taught by Watchung Teacher Ms. Fuentes 

 

Woodwork Sign Making with Ms. Schott- (grades 1-2)

Turn a piece of wood into a work of art! Using sketching, sanding, and painting techniques, your child will get a sense of pride as they create their own wooden décor for your home or as a gift for a special loved one. This hands-on class will use various sizes of wood to create beautiful signs. Projects will include signs for upcoming holidays, a personalized name sign, inspirational signs, etc. They’ll learn how to sketch their own designs and bring them to life on a piece of wood using different painting techniques. Come paint your little hearts out!

Taught by Watchung Teacher Ms. Schott
 

Wednesday MORNINGS

Paper Engineering (grades K-5) 

In this course, you'll be amazed by what you can do with paper! Students will work on projects including; paper helicopters, paper stained glass, paper robots and superheroes, flextangels, paper weaving, Kirigami flowers, spinning paper tops, paper bag stars, and many others.  Materials cost - $15 

Taught by Watchung Teacher Ms. Thorp


Cartoon Creations (Comic books/Graphic Novels/Flip books) (grades 1-5)

If you love the Dogman series or any other graphic novels, this class is for you!  Come create your own comic books/graphic novels/flip books by drawing the characters and the dialogue. We will look at some different series to generate story line ideas.  Come let your creative juices flow!  

Taught by Watchung Teacher Ms. Olson

 

Fun with Yoga (grade K-3)

In this playful yoga class, children will not only strengthen their bodies and improve their flexibility, they will also improve their concentration and focus through breathing and relaxation techniques.  There are many benefits to yoga: increased coordination and balance, body awareness, and stress relief. Stories, music, art, and games will be incorporated into this fun, non-competitive class. Children should bring their own yoga mat to class.

Taught by Watchung Teacher Ms. Ko


Wednesday AFTERNOONS

CALLING ALL COOKS (grades K-2)

**NO CLASS on 1/29/20**. Classes begin 2/5. 

Each week your child will prepare and enjoy food from different regions of the world. During the class, we will discuss proper kitchen safety. All materials needed for the class including food, paper goods, cooking utensils are included. At the end of the course, each student will be presented with a cookbook that includes all the recipes we prepared. Students should bring their own water bottle with them to class. Families will be responsible for alerting teacher to any food allergies before the beginning of the course. Cost of food supplies included in price.

Taught by Watchung Teacher, Mrs. LaGrua.

Woodwork Sign Making with Ms. Schott (grades 3-5)

Turn a piece of wood into a work of art! Using sketching, sanding, and painting techniques, your child will get a sense of pride as they create their own wooden décor for your home or as a gift for a special loved one. This hands-on class will use various sizes of wood to create beautiful signs. Projects will include signs for upcoming holidays, a personalized name sign, inspirational signs, etc. They’ll learn how to sketch their own designs and bring them to life on a piece of wood using different painting techniques. Come paint your little hearts out!

Taught by Watchung Teacher Ms. Schott 

 

BUILD IT 3.0 All New Projects! (grades 1-4)

Repeat students are welcome!  Come build with us! What can you do with old magazines, some glue, and string? Build a teepee of course, or wait... maybe a beaded necklace, a paper chain, or a maze. The possibilities are endless. In this class students will be provided with a myriad of materials to create and build. Some days they will have structured STEAM challenges such as: build the tallest possible tower out of bottle caps and legos or build an electrical circuit that powers a fan. Other days, students will be given specific materials and can let their imaginations run wild as the build. Mrs. Thorp and Mrs. Olson have a lifetime of experience tinkering, crafting, and building something out of "nothing." They can't wait to share it with you! (Note: new projects planned so repeat students are welcome!)

Taught by Watchung Teachers Mrs. Thorp and Mrs. Olson

 

Chess in a Nutshell (grades K-2, novices/beginners)

Win, lose, or draw, this course promotes good sportsmanship and problem solving skills.  Students will learn: basic chess rules and etiquette; how to set up the board and move chess pieces; and how to win via "checkmate".  Students will also be allotted time each session to play practice games with their peers.  

The course is taught by chess coach Steve Moctezuma, who is a United States Chess Federation (USCF)-certified tournament director.  He founded and directs the Zuma Summer Chess Camp (which recently concluded its 12th annual camp) at the Montclair Cooperative School.  

 

KABOOM  (grade 1– 3)

This hands-on chemistry class gives students the opportunity to explore the effects of mixing various ingredients together.  Students will learn how and why chemical reactions occur. Some experiments may include elephant toothpaste, cleaning a penny, disappearing skittles, heat reactions, volcano eruptions, and making slime.   Young scientist can build a strong chemistry foundation through this hands on fun class.

Taught by Watchung Teacher Ms. Fuentes

 

Basketball (grade K-2)

Let’s play some ball! Students will be broken into groups based on ability and/or grade level.  Class focus will be on ball handling skills, hand-eye coordination, dribbling, passing, shooting technique, and defensive skills.  We want the kids to be engaged, all while having fun! 

Taught by Watchung teachers Mr. Fantozzi and Ms. Byron

 

Photography  (grades 4&5)

Students will learn the fundamentals of what makes a good picture focusing on lighting, composition, depth of field and camera techniques. Cameras are provided, however students may use their own cameras if they prefer.  Students will need access to an email where pictures can be sent back and forth.

This class is for 4th and 5th graders only. 

Taught by Watchung Parent Andre Watts

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Contact

For questions, suggestions and feedback, please email: asewatchung@gmail.com