Adventures

After-school Adventures | pre-kindergarten to grade 4
After-school Adventures are designed to provide children with fun ‘beyond the curriculum’ experiences in areas including the arts, sciences, languages, and athletics. These fee-based co-curricular activities run in six to eight-week sessions each trimester. After-school Adventures are offered after regular school hours, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Specific offerings change each trimester. Girls express themselves and are exposed to new interests in a relaxed, encouraging environment. Courses are taught by Ellis faculty and experienced professionals and have included diverse offerings such as yoga, drama, bead making, chess, mad science, and cartooning.

All classes are from 3:30 until 4:45 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

After-school Adventures

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  • Baking and Sweet Treats for Spring

    Grades: 1–4
    Tuesdays: 3:30–4:45 p.m.
    Duration: Six weeks
    Dates: April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15

    What combines art, math, experimentation, deliciousness, and fun? Baking! Join us as we explore a range of kid-friendly, hands-on baking and dessert projects including seasonal treats, healthy snacks, and special desserts. Students will make springtime desserts like birds on chocolate nests, jewelry made of fruit, and an April Fool's surprise! Students will finish the course with a personalized cookbook so that they can share their favorite recipes with friends and family at home!  Please note that we are happy to modify recipes to accommodate students with food sensitivities or restrictions.
  • Barrels to Beethoven

    Grades: 1–4
    Wednesdays: 3:30–4:45 p.m.
    Duration: 6 Weeks
    Dates: April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16
     
    Learn how to play the Steelpan in a fun and unique atmosphere. Students will learn Steelpan technique, music theory, performance skills and the fundamentals of the building and tuning process of the Steelpan. We teach using the Rote Method in order to accommodate students at every level. Throughout the class, a variety of songs will be taught. At the end of each class, students can showcase their new abilities and teach the audience what they've learned about the instrument.
  • Cartooning III

    Grades: 1–4
    Fridays: 3:30–4:45 p.m.
    Duration: Six weeks
    Dates: April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18

    Students will work to complete an 8-page comic, individually or by collaborating with another child. They will learn how to layout the finished panels and make the drawings into a booklet, with the option to learn simple bookbinding. The session will end with a “Comics Festival” where the participants can share copies of their work.
  • Checkmate III: Lower and Middle School

    Grades: 2–8
    Thursdays: 3:30–4:45 p.m.
    Duration: Six weeks
    Dates: April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17

    Checkmate III is a continuation of Checkmate II with the opportunity to continue to hone the skills presented in the winter class. The weekly matchups will move to a tournament style of play, which emphasizes etiquette as much as strategy. We will combine forces with the Middle School chess class, while working on highly valuable exercises in puzzle solving. This will be a mixed age class with attention to appropriate skill level pairings. The class will be opened to two (2) additional students at a less advanced level while maintaining the level of play achieved by the winter students. Instructor approval is required. Chess, one of the world’s great games!
  • Creature Creator Robotics with Snapology

    Grades: 2–6
    Mondays: 3:30–4:30 p.m.
    Duration: Six weeks
    Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14

    Creature Creator Robotics applies engineering skills to solve challenges as students create their own animal-inspired robotic models. Students will learn about gear ratio, sensors, simple machines, and programming all while building their robotic versions of insects, dolphins, or gorillas. Students are sure to have a wild time as they build, learn, and play!
  • Developmental Lacrosse

    Grades: 3, 4
    Wednesdays: 3:00–4:00 p.m.
    Duration: Six weeks
    Dates: April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16

    Can’t wait until Middle School to start playing one of Ellis’ many favorite spring sports? Grade 3 and 4 athletes will have the opportunity to learn the core concepts and techniques of lacrosse in this After-school Adventure. Players will explore techniques in proper grips and posture, ball and stick control, cradling, passing, shooting, and game strategies. Class size is limited to just 12 students so there is plenty of time for everyone to play!

    Coach: Michelle Cook

    Students should wear comfortable clothes in order to move freely.
  • Drawing Animals

    Grades: 1–4
    Mondays: 3:30–4:45 p.m.
    Duration: Six weeks
    Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14

    Let’s bring nature to life! Students will learn how to draw different animals realistically and as cartoons. Some basic techniques that will be explored are quick sketches, how to draw detailed fur, and drawing detailed eyes. Students will have a portfolio fit for the Animal Kingdom at the end of this six-week After-school Adventure.

    All materials will be provided.
  • Fencing with Three Rivers Fencing

    Grades: 3–8
    Mondays: 3:30–4:45 p.m.
    Duration: Six weeks
    Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14

    En garde! Enjoy learning the basics of fencing while becoming stronger, faster, and more agile. Fencing has been proven to improve strength, speed, and flexibility as well as mental skills such as focus, critical thinking, discipline, and teamwork. Learn how to handle foil, epee, or saber and execute multiple actions in a split second. Whether practicing for fun or aiming for LA 2028, Fencing is truly a sport for life!
  • In the Garden

    Grades: Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1
    Tuesdays: 3:30–4:45 p.m.
    Duration: Six weeks
    Dates: April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15


    Learn how a garden would not grow and be fruitful without its garden visitors! Students will explore all the activity that exists in a garden, from worms tunneling underground to bees and butterflies moving from flower to flower, in this After-school Adventure. Students will use printmaking techniques to make honeycombs, watercolor symmetrical butterfly wings, and paint Georgia O'Keeffe inspired flowers.
  • Mindful Brain Yoga

    Grades: 1–4
    Thursdays: 3:30–4:45 p.m.
    Duration: Six weeks
    Dates: April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17

    Clinical Neuropsychologist Dr. Nussbaum defines wellness from the perspective of the brain. This course reflects that belief and is outlined by his "5 Pillars of Brain Health"; physical activity, spirituality, socialization, nutrition and mental stimulation. This seven-week series is a fusion of neuroscience, nature, mindfulness, and movement. The goal of the program is to build an understanding our mind and spirit by working through the body. Who knew, yoga could help your brain!

    Students should wear comfortable clothes in order to move freely
  • Mondo Italiano III: Parli Italiano?

    Grades: 1–8
    Fridays: 3:30–4:45 p.m.
    Duration: Six weeks
    Dates: April 13, 20, 23, May 4, 11, 18

    Watch your “bambino” become a linguist! The Ellis School is offering a unique opportunity for students to explore the basics of the Italian language and many aspects of the Italian culture, from food to music, to outdoor games, the curriculum will focus on the introductory phrases, the alphabet, popular Italian children’s songs, and games, as well as basic vocabulary including weather, seasons, and hobbies. Mondo Italiano III will be a continuation of Mondo Italiano II with the opportunity to continue to hone the skills presented in the winter class; however, new students are always welcomed! Your child will learn to speak, cook, sing, and play in Italian!
  • NFL Flag Football

    Grades: 1–8
    Tuesdays: 3:30–5:00 p.m.
    Duration: Eight weeks
    Dates: April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22


    The Pittsburgh Flag Football League (PFFL) is Western Pennsylvania’s exclusive provider of the NFL Flag Football program and what better place to recruit new players than The Ellis School. Players will learn the fundamentals of flag football such as, throwing, catching, and pulling flags. The girls in this program will also have the opportunity to show off their new skills in weekly competitions. Each player will receive an NFL Flag belt and youth football to keep.

    Students should wear comfortable clothes in order to move freely
  • Ni Hao, Mandarin! Spring Trimester

    Grades: 1–4
    Wednesdays: 3:30–4:30 p.m.
    Duration: Six weeks
    Dates: April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16

    Laozi, an ancient Chinese philosopher, once said that, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Girls can take their first step into Mandarin with this fun and interactive exploration of this widely spoken Chinese language! Your student will begin to learn a few simple characters, phrases, and fundamental elements of Chinese culture through engaging stories, games, songs and crafts.

    All materials will be provided.
  • Pittsburgh Shotokan Karate

    Grades: Kindergarten–4
    Mondays: 3:30–4:45 p.m.
    Duration: Six weeks
    Dates: April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14

    Let’s learn Karate! The advantages of learning Karate at a young age are well documented. The Pittsburgh Shotokan Karate Youth Program not only develops physical well-being but also focus, control, concentration and mental steadfastness. Karate fortifies honor, discipline, respect, and self-confidence. Students will practice fundamental karate skills such as stretching, core and muscle strengthening, blocks, punches, kicks, crab-walking and controlled breathing.

    Students should wear comfortable clothes in order to move freely.
  • Shake it Up, Ellis!

    Grades: Kindergarten–4
    Thursdays: 3:30–4:45 p.m.
    Duration: Six Weeks
    Dates: April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17


    "Shake It Up, Ellis!" is a class filled with high energy, fun music, and exciting dance moves put to upbeat songs. Students will have a blast learning about different dance styles and creating new routines. At the end of the six-week session, we will have a performance to show family and friends the fun that we have had learning our routines.

    Students should wear comfortable clothes in order to move freely.
  • Soccer Shots | Classic

    Grades: Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, 1
    Fridays: 3:30–4:30 p.m.
    Duration: Six weeks
    Dates: April 13, 20, 23, May 4, 11, 18


    Soccer Shots is an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development. We positively impact children’s lives on and off the field through our best-in-class coaching, communication, and curriculum. The Soccer Shots curriculum is aligned to the Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood and includes activities that meet over 30 of these learning standards. Using creative and imaginative games, weekly sessions focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing, and shooting. Coaches will highlight a positive character trait each session such as respect, teamwork, and appreciation. Soccer Shots will expose your child to the fun of soccer and provide the foundation needed to get started in the sport.

    Students should wear comfortable clothes in order to move freely.
  • Tennis

    Grades: Kindergarten–4
    Wednesdays: 3:15–4:45 p.m.
    Duration: Eight weeks
    Dates: April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23

    Tennis anyone? Join us as Coach Kai teaches footwork, hand-eye coordination, balance and control while teaching the fundamental techniques for tennis strokes, such as the proper ways and correct forms to hit forehand, backhand, volley and serve. This will allow the students to develop the proper techniques and forms (footwork, knee bending, body turning, follow through and enhanced extension). The drills are game oriented so that students will learn tennis skills in a fun environment with social interaction, all while gaining confidence through learning the game of Tennis. Coach Kai looks forward to teaching more about this great game.

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