After School Adventures

After School Adventures offer a variety of courses in creative arts, sciences, athletics, and languages for students in Pre-K through grade 4.

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

After School Adventures, Spring 2017

List of 15 items.

  • Catching the Wind and the Sun!: Pre-K, K

    Grades: Pre-K, K
    Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:45pm
    Lower School Classroom
    6 Weeks
    Apr 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18
    8 Students

    Cost:
    $100
    $190 / includes EDP

    We will create mobiles, sun catchers, and wind chimes using wire, beads, tree bark, clay forms, seashells, plastic bottles, bottle caps, and other found objects. The difference between a sun catcher, a mobile, and a wind chime will be discussed as we learn to identify translucent objects, observe movement, and listen for sound.

    Instructor: Jill Rowland
    Jill Rowland has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts and Elementary Education and is certified to teach in the private licensed academic schools of Pennsylvania by the State Board of Private Academic Schools. She teaches a pre-kindergarten class, an art class, and a STEM class at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church Preschool where she's now been for 13 years. In addition, she has taught an array of camps at the Boyd Community Center. Art plays an integral role in teaching her students about the world around them. She is married with six now grown children, four who are married, and two granddaughters. Whether in a classroom or at home, teaching for her begins with a connection between teacher and child that then leads to discovery.

    All materials will be provided
  • Nests!: Pre-K, K

    Grades: Pre-K, K
    Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:45pm
    Lower School Classroom
    6 Weeks
    Apr 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16
    8 Students

    Cost:
    $100
    $190 / includes EDP

    We will use mud and twigs as robins do to build their nests. We will make tiny nests with moss and spider webs (not real, of course!) for a humming bird. We learn how different birds make nests according to their needs and their environments. Where do ducks, owls, hawks build their nests and what techniques do they use? A different bird will be the focus each week!

    Instructor: Jill Rowland
    Jill Rowland has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts and Elementary Education and is certified to teach in the private licensed academic schools of Pennsylvania by the State Board of Private Academic Schools. She teaches a pre-kindergarten class, an art class, and a STEM class at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church Preschool where she's now been for 13 years. In addition, she has taught an array of camps at the Boyd Community Center. Art plays an integral role in teaching her students about the world around them. She is married with six now grown children, four who are married, and two granddaughters. Whether in a classroom or at home, teaching for her begins with a connection between teacher and child that then leads to discovery.

    All materials will be provided
  • Soccer Shots - Classic: Pre-K, K, 1

    Grades: Pre-K, K, 1
    Fridays
    Lower School Gym
    6 Weeks
    Apr 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26 
    12 Students

    Cost:
    $115
    $205 / includes EDP

    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. Comprehensively, our curricula include activities that meet over 30 Pennsylvania Learning Standards. Using creative and imaginative games, weekly sessions focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing, and shooting. We also 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.

    Instructor: Soccer Shots Certified Coaches
    Soccer Shots’ outstanding crew of instructors consists of professional soccer players, local college soccer players, education majors, and other highly qualified and motivated soccer coaches. Their number one goal is to ensure your child is having a good and safe time all the while learning basic soccer skills, teamwork, and fair play.

    Students should wear comfortable clothes in order to move freely
  • Tennis: K, 1, 2

    Grades: K, 1, 2
    Wednesdays, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.
    Lower School Playground
    8 Weeks
    Apr 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24
    12 Students

    Cost:
    $215
    $260 / includes EDP

    Join the Excitement as you Enjoy learning TENNIS with "Koach"! Tennis is the cardio and lifetime family sport. The girls will experience plenty of energy and enthusiasm as they hit serves, volleys, ground strokes and more... "Koach" looks forward to teaching new students and those that have been in class before.

    Instructor: "Koach" Tim Conroy
    "Koach" Conroy, B.S. Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Coaching from Slippery Rock University. Certified Tennis right hand Professional Tennis Registry and left hand Professional Tennis Association, Middle States Professional of the Year, Allegheny Mountains District Professional of the Year, Middle States Seminar Winner and Middle States Service Award Winner.

    Students should wear comfortable clothes in order to move freely
  • Pittsburgh Shotokan Karate: K, 1, 2, 3, 4

    Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
    Mondays, 3:30 - 4:45 pm
    Alumni Hall
    6 Weeks
    Apr 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15
    10 Students

    Cost:
    $100
    $190 / includes EDP

    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 fortitude. It builds honor, discipline, respect, self-confidence and confidence for life. Students will practice stretching, core and muscle strengthening, blocks, punches, kicks, crab-walking and controlled breathing.

    Instructor: Denise Speer
    Denise Maiello Speer is a former Karate student and teacher at the University of Pittsburgh Karate Club since 1975 to 1990s. She is a member of the Board of Pittsburgh Shotokan Karate Association and ranked as a second-degree black belt. Having trained under Senior Instructor Sadaharu Honda and his black belts at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, Denise brings 40 years’ experience in the Martial Arts. Denise implemented a children’s Shotokan Karate class in the 1980s at the Boyd Community Center, O’Hara Township. Additionally, Denise is a Certified Tai Chi Instructor, holds CPR, First Aid and AED as a Certified Lifeguard Instructor, and holds a Water Safety Instructor Certification by the American Red Cross for over 15 years and a PIAA/WPIAL Swimming and Diving Official for over 28 years.

    Students should wear comfortable clothes in order to move freely
  • Plant A Seed Creative Expressions Adventure III: 1, 2, 3, 4

    Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:45pm
    Lower School Classroom
    6 Weeks
    Apr 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17
    10 Students

    Cost:
    $100
    $190 / includes EDP

    Join us for this creative arts and expression program designed to create positive self-esteem and development in kids through dance, theatre, music, art and cultural exploration. Kids are invited to work together to create a showcase of art and creative expression forms that reflect who they are. Each class will build upon the previous culminating in a showcase of all that is collected by the students via knowledge, expression and exploration. This adventure will continue the experience from the winter class; however, new students are always welcomed to join in the fun!

    Instructor: Skylor Massie
    Skylor Massie, the founder and CEO of Plant A Seed Children’s Partnership, Inc., is a graduate of Duquesne University and brings over 15 years of experience in the child advocacy and education field. Skylor began her career as an educator at an urban Christian School for neglected children. She has also taught in private and alternative schools for grades K through 12. Skylor’s experience working with dependent and delinquent youth inspired her to create an Education through the Arts curriculum, twelve years ago. This program utilizes the tools of comprehensive arts, therapy and education to build character and self- confidence, which lends itself to the ability to successfully function within a diverse population. Skylor is active in her community where she uses her gifts and talents in the music and arts ministries in local churches as well as national organizations. Skylor lives in Monroeville, PA with her three children Erin, Kyle and Caleb.

    All materials will be provided
  • Cartooning Basics III with the 'ToonSeum: 1, 2, 3, 4

    Grades
    Fridays, 3:30pm - 4:45pm
    Lower School Classroom
    6 Weeks
    Apr 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26
    8 Students

    Cost:
    $110
    $200 / includes EDP

    We’re offering a ‘ToonSeum trifecta! Throughout the third session of Cartooning Basics, each student will have the opportunity to complete an 8-page comic, individually or by collaborating with another student. We 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. Cartooning Basics III is a continuation of Cartooning Basics II with an opportunity to build on the skills presented during the winter class. This class is opened to previously enrolled students as well as new students.

    Instructor: Sally Ingraham
    Sally Ingraham is a cartoonist, editor, and community organizer. Her comics are about the roads less traveled—in the physical world and within the heart—and explore formal restraints within the medium. She is a managing editor for the Comics Workbook website, and organized the Comics Workbook online "salon" for female cartoonists which provides a space for women to collaborate and empower each other and work towards equal representation in the comics community. She plays several instruments, reads 100 books a year, and equally enjoys photographing Pittsburgh graffiti and Central American birds.

    All materials will be provided
  • Create Decorated Mirrors: 1, 2, 3, 4

    Grades: 
    Mondays, 3:15pm - 4:30pm
    MS Art Room
    6 Weeks
    Apr 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15
    8 Students

    Cost:
    $115
    $205 / includes EDP
    Personalize mirrors with beads, paint, ribbons and more! Create a suction cup mirror for your locker or room. Also great for Mother's and Father's Day gifts.

    Instructor: Mel Applebaum
    Mel Applebaum taught Visual Arts in the Ellis Lower School for 22 years before retiring in October 2015. Mrs. Applebaum graduated from Chatham College and has also taught art at Sewickley Academy and in the Mt. Lebanon School District. Mel is very excited to be teaching Ellis girls again!

    All materials will be provided
  • History Detectives with the Heinz History Center: 1, 2, 3, 4

    Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Tuesdays, 3:30-4:45pm
    Lower School Classroom
    6 Weeks
    Apr 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16
    12 Students

    Cost:
    $100
    $190 / includes EDP

    History Detectives with the Heinz History Center Dig into the past and become a history detective! As one of Pittsburgh’s History Detectives, you’ll learn how to investigate mysteries through objects and documents. You’ll complete your own investigation into a mystery and put your evidence together in digital story using iMovie. These interactive, hands-on sessions will be led by educators from the Senator John Heinz History Center. Participants will also receive a free family admission pass to visit the History Center to extend their experience.

    Instructor: Senator Heinz History Center Certified Instructors
    The Senator Heinz History Center hires only qualified instructors with clearances. Instructors have training not only with the resources, but also in working with children.

    All materials will be provided
  • Mondo Italiano III: Parli Italiano?: 1, 2, 3, 4

    Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Fridays, 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
    Lower School Classroom
    6 Weeks
    Apr 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26
    8 Students

    Cost:
    $100
    $190 / includes EDP

    Turn your “bambino” into a little 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 activities. Your child will learn to speak, cook, sing, and play in Italian! 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 fall class; however, new students are always welcomed!

    Instructor: Viviana Altieri
    Born in Rome, Viviana Altieri is the Founder and Executive Director of MONDO ITALIANO - Centro di cultura italiana, the first all-Italian school and cultural center in Pittsburgh open to anyone interested in the Italian language and culture. Vivana holds degrees from the University of Rome in International Business Administration and a degree in Interpretation and Translation in Italian, English and Russian. Since moving to Pittsburgh, Viviana has been teaching Italian to children and adults for over 20 years in the US and abroad. Additionally, Viviana has created Italian programs at several local public libraries, Italian students clubs in high schools and continues to organize substantial programming at Mondo Italiano. Viviana periodically returns to Italy to spend time with her family and explore new Italian destinations with the goal of bringing her students fresh and current trends in the Italian language and the culture. Viviana holds a dual citizenship, Italian and American, and is fluent in Italian, English, Russian and is currently working on improving her Turkish.

    All materials will be provided
  • NFL Flag Football: 1, 2, 3, 4

    Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4
    Mondays, 3:30 - 5:00pm
    TBA
    8 Weeks
    Apr 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22
    10 Students

    Cost:
    $215
    $260 / includes EDP

    The Pittsburgh Flag Football League (PFFL) is Western Pennsylvania’s exclusive provider of the NFL Flag football program and we are ready to bring it to The Ellis School. In addition to participating in and learning about the fast growing co­ed sport of flag football, we will also offer weekly games and competitions for all girls that participate. Each player will receive an NFL Flag belt and youth football to keep. There will be age appropriate games to engage players in the basic concepts of throwing, catching and pulling flags with an introductory exposure to competing in a flag football game.

    Instructor: Christopher Curd
    As the Founder and Commissioner of the PFFL, Chris Curd will act as the lead coach for the Flag Football After School Adventure. With seven years of experience in operating the PFFL and coaching young athletes, Chris and his staff recently lead the effort to serve over 300 hundred campers (Kindergarten through 8th grade) in a five week intensive summer camp. With a focus on the fundamentals of flag football, teamwork and fun this After School Adventure promises to be one your daughter will never forget. Chris is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and former member of the Pitt Football Team. Post college he was fortunate enough to have a brief stint in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons along with numerous AFL (Arena Football League) teams throughout his professional playing career.

    Students should wear comfortable clothes in order to move freely.
  • Checkmate III for Lower and Middle School: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

    Grades: 
    Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:45pm
    Lower School Classroom
    6 Weeks
    Apr 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18
    6 with only 2 younger students with instructor approval

    Cost:
    $100
    $190 / includes EDP

    Checkmate III is a continuation of Checkmate II with the opportunity to continue to hone the skills presented in the winter class. The weekly match-ups with your friends remain while we move to a tournament style of play, which emphasizes etiquette as much as strategy. This season, 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!

    Instructor: Gabriel Petesch
    Gabriel Petesch is a chess teacher and semi-professional chess player from Pittsburgh. He played in his first chess tournament when he was only seven years old, and he has been teaching chess for the past six years. Recently, he has begun to focus on teaching group classes, and he is currently teaching classes at the Pittsburgh Chess Club and the Bridgeville Library. When he was younger, Gabriel competed in many local, state, and national youth tournaments, winning the Pennsylvania State Scholastic Championships for his age group in 2001, 2002, and 2004. More recently, Gabriel was co-champion in the Columbus Open (2013), and the Cleveland Open (2013 and 2014), and he took 1st place in the 2016 Pittsburgh Open. Gabriel is currently the 6th highest ranked chess player in Pennsylvania, and he is the 2nd highest ranked in the Pittsburgh area.

    All materials will be provided
  • Pittsburgh Attack Theatre: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Grades: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Thurdays, 3:30 - 4:45pm
    Lower School Gym
    6 Weeks
    Apr 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18
    6 Students

    Cost:
    $100
    $190 / includes EDP

    Join the award-winning dancers from Attack Theatre, Pittsburgh's renowned contemporary dance company, who are known for their “ninja-like intensity” for new moves, new ideas, and lots of creative play. This dance workshop will offer unique experiences including creating dances inspired by artworks, generating movement using everyday objects and actions; and exploring modern dance technique and vocabulary. Students around the world have been literally moved by Attack Theatre's innovative approach to dance, kinesthetic and embodied learning.

    Instructor: Pittsburgh Attack Theatre Certified Instructors
    Pittsburgh Attack Theatre hires only qualified instructors with clearances. Instructors have training not only with the resources, but also in working with children.

    Students should wear comfortable clothes in order to move freely.
  • Developmental Lacrosse: 3, 4

    Grades: 3, 4
    Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00pm
    Lower School Gym
    6 Weeks
    Apr 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18
    12 Students

    Cost:
    $100
    $190 / includes EDP

    Third and fourth grade athletes will learn the core concepts and techniques of lacrosse: 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 to play!

    Instructor: Coach Michelle Cook
    Michelle Cook is the Lower School Physical Education teacher and Middle School coach. She is dedicated to the principle of a “sound body, sound mind.” Through team and individual sports, fitness activities and movement experiences, students are encouraged to develop leadership, character, teamwork, motor skills, personal fitness, and graceful movement. All students are strongly encouraged to make physical fitness and wellness an integral part of their lives, and hopefully, the lives of others around them.

    Students will need a mouth guard and goggles the first day of the clinic. Sticks are available to borrow. Students should wear comfortable clothes in order to move freely.
  • En Garde! Phase III with Three Rivers Fencing Center: 3, 4, 5, 6

    Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6
    Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:45pm
    Alumni Hall
    6 Weeks
    Apr 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16
    6 Students

    Cost:
    $115
    $205 / includes EDP

    “Good at Fencing, Good at Life,” has been repeated by Fencing Masters through the centuries as it requires so many life skills to master. Our After School Program will introduce students to the most fantastic of all sports – Fencing! Commonly referred to as Physical Chess, Fencing is a physical expression of strategies and skills used to perform well at the mentally challenging game. One of only four sports competed in every modern Olympic Games since the first Games in Athens, Greece in 1896; we will share the secrets to performing well and succeeding using the modern Olympic foil. Students will learn the correct footwork, bladework, and strategy for excelling in Modern Olympic Foil Fencing.En Garde, Phase III will be a continuation of En Garde, Phase II with the opportunity to continue to hone the skills presented in the winter class; however, new students are always welcomed!

    Instructor: Bradley F. Cellier
    Brad is a Pittsburgh native and started fencing at the age of 12 in 1979. Coach Cellier studied under Maitre d’Armes, John Wills, learned a formal French fencing style, and competed in the USA Junior Olympic Program. Recruited by Penn State, where he competed for four years, he served as a Coaching Assistant during his fifth year while completing his engineering degree. As a competitor, Coach Cellier helped his Penn State Team capture the Bronze Medal his first two years, and the Silver Medal the next two years. He was voted MVP by his teammates and coaches during his senior year, and made the transition to help coach his team to their first of many NCAA Division I Championships in 1990. Coach Cellier finished 11th at the 2000 National Championships and Olympic Qualifiers, and was the 2009 Over-40 National Champion. He anchored the Over-40 National Championship Men’s Foil Team that won the Gold Medal in 2010 and 2011. Coach Cellier is a founding member and part owner of the Three Rivers Fencing Center, teaching many of their fencing classes for all ages of fencers, and providing coaching during National-Level tournaments for the elite competitors. Brad has been the Pine-Richland High School Fencing Team Coach since 2006, with successes including a championship and bronze medal performances. He has over 30 years of competitive and coaching experience, studying under some of the best coaches from the USA, Australia, Russia, Poland and Bulgaria. “God has richly blessed me through the sport of fencing, both as a competitor and coach, but most importantly, as a person. What I love most about fencing is that you can always be getting better – it is truly a lifelong sport, and I can say that the old saying is correct, ‘Good at Fencing, Good at Life.” I look forward to introducing you to this most fantastic of all sports!”

    Students should wear comfortable clothes in order to move freely.

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