Enrichment Classes

Fall 2017 Enrichment Dates

We are excited to provide a broad and diverse range of activities to supplement your child's education.  We offer different classes for each of the grade levels, listed below. 

Classes begin on Monday, September 18, 2017. Enrichment classes will not be held on Mountaintop school holidays, guide work days or conference days: Oct. 9, Oct. 30, Oct. 31. This session, there will be no Enrichment during the week of Thanksgiving, Nov. 20-24.

**Fall 2017 Enrichment Sign-Up Deadline: Friday, September 1**

 

Course Offerings

For Little Hands, Little Feet and Little Ears: 

Songs and Stories with Mary

Does your child love to pretend and make up stories? In this class we will create our own stories while incorporating songs and dances. As we go on our musical adventures we will practice and build on musical concepts and skills. 

* Open to Children's House 

* Guide: Mary Reitsma

* Monday

* 4:00 - 5:00 pm 

* $140

*Ends Dec. 11

 

Art with Emily

This class is designed to help children develop a love of art from an early age. Come play in the art space with Emily on Tuesday afternoons and open your mind to the wonders of creativity! 

* Open to Children's House students

* Guide: Emily Hunt

* Tuesdays

* 4:00 - 5:00 pm

* $170 (includes $30 materials fee)

* Ends Dec. 5


Children's House Spanish with Ali

Children will experience the language while we listen to stories, sing, dance, play games, and do crafts all the while learning to speak Spanish.

* Open to Children's House students

* Guide: Ali Sullivan

* Wednesday

* 4:00 - 5:00 pm

* $140

* Ends Dec. 6

 

Creative Movement with Karla

Calling all ballerinas and ballerinos! Whether you’re just putting on your ballet shoes for the first time or you’ve been dancing for a while, this class is for you. Before joining the Mountaintop Community, Karla majored in ballet and contemporary dance at BUAP and was a student teacher at Royal Academy of Dance in Mexico. She has trained at Movement Research, Feldenkrais Institute, and Broadway Dance Center in New York City and she can’t wait to share her passion for dance, movement, and language with you. Join Karla to exercise your mind and body while learning Spanish! 

* Open to Children's House students

* Guide: Karla Gonzalez

* Fridays

* 4:00 - 5:00 pm

* $140

* Ends Dec. 1

 

Children’s House Soccer with Britt

It’s never too early to have fun with soccer!  Britt will guide your little one through games to focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing and shooting.

* Open to Children's House students

* Guide: Britt Gendell

* Friday

* 4:00 - 5:00 pm

* $140

* Ends Dec. 1

 

Classes for Big Kids:

Hooping with Debby

Experiment with movement using hoops! Students will make their own hoops, then we will explore movement qualities, increase body awareness, and create our own choreography together.

* Open to Elementary and Middle School students

* Guide: Debby Norton

* Mondays

* 4:00 - 5:00 pm

* $155 (includes $15 materials fee)

* Ends Dec. 11

 

Study Buddy with Corey 

Establish successful study habits and enjoy a calm, quiet place to work with a teacher there to guide progress on important projects. Students can bring any work that they would like, be it a book to read, a research project, math homework, creative writing, you name it! Corey will be there to maintain a structured and productive environment as well as to provide mini-tutorials should the need arise. A healthy, study-friendly snack will be provided. Please contact Corey directly to discuss ideas you might have for your child during this time. 

* Open to Upper El & Middle School students 

* Guide: Corey Borgman 

* Mondays 

* 4:00 - 5:15 pm 

* $192.50, 11 sessions; drop in fee is $20 per session

* Ends Dec. 18

 

Soccer Team with Britt

Come join together as a team to hone your soccer skills and share teambuilding fun with our very own Britt. If your Lower Elementary student can't get enough time on the soccer field, they'll love this class!

* Open to Lower Elementary students

* Guide: Britt Gendell

* Mondays

* 4:00 - 5:00 pm

* $140

* Ends Dec. 11

 

Yoga with Karla

What do cats, bridges, fish, and cobras have in common? They’re all yoga poses! And they’re just a few of the many poses we will explore together in a fun and creative way that combines language learning with exercise. Join Karla to practice yoga while increasing your Spanish vocabulary! 

* Open to Elementary and Middle School students

* Guide: Karla Gonzalez

* Tuesdays

* 4:00 - 5:00 pm

* $140

* Ends Dec. 5

 

African Drumming with Darrell

Master drummer Darrell Rose comes once again to share his talents with Mountaintop! Students will experience the joy of African Drumming while learning the nuances of ensemble work. Darrell will share not only his musicianship, but his knowledge of the history of drumming and its rich oral tradition. 

* Open to Elementary and Middle School

* Guide: Darrell Rose

* Tuesdays

* 4:00 – 5:00 pm 

* $140

* Ends Dec. 5


Bowmaking with Peter Yencken

Peter Yencken is an experienced traditional bowyer and craftsman who has taught traditional wilderness crafts in the US and Australia for more than 15 years. In this class, students will learn to make a traditional wooden bow using only hand tools. They will learn the basic rules of bow safety while learning about the generations of humans who relied on the tool for survival.

* Open to Elementary

* Guide: Peter Yencken

* Tuesdays

* 4:00 - 5:15

* $190 (Includes $15 materials fee)

* Ends Dec. 5

 

Nature Club with Pat

Nature Club will quench your child's thirst for nature connection and being a wild child. We will practice awareness of our surroundings, build nature forts, eat fresh food from the garden, make herbal tea, learn woodland skills, play on nature's jungle gym, forage for safe and easy-to-identify wild edibles, make tools, practice camouflaging, observe wildlife, and follow the children's seasonal interests. Each class will be a celebration of nature's gifts of the moment! 

* Open to elementary and middle school students 

* Guide: Pat McCafferty 

* Wednesdays

* 4:00 - 5:15 pm 

* $175

* Ends Dec. 6

 

Art Exploration with Emily H.

Spend an afternoon exploring exciting art materials in the studio with art instructor Emily Hunt.  Create new projects involving different media including paint, clay, sculpture wire, fabric, jewelry making, sculpey, or go in depth with your favorite technique.

* Open to elementary and middle school students 

* Guide: Emily Hunt

* Wednesdays

* 4:00 - 5:15 pm 

* $205 (includes $30 materials fee) 

* Ends Dec. 6

 

African Dance with Lillie

Learn the basics of West African dance, including how the dancer communicates with the drummer. Each week we'll learn 5 or 6 moves, then take them up and down the floor in single lines. At the end of the class we have a bonte-bunt circle in which everyone can go for a solo practicing that day's moves. 

* Open to elementary and middle school students

* Guide: Lillie Williams

* Thursdays

* 4:00 - 5:00

* $140

* Ends Nov. 30

 

Challenge Island with Shameera

Challenge Island is a 21st Century STEM based program that provides Cross-Curricular thematic experiences to students. Islands are the mainstay of Challenge Island with creative problem solving at each turn. Each session of Challenge Island takes place on a unique thematic island and consists of 10 action-packed afterschool classes – or destinations, as we like to call them. A class might “take place”, for example, at TIME MACHINE ISLAND’s Pinball Wizard Way, RAINFOREST ISLAND’S Anaconda Squeeze or MYTHOLOGY ISLAND’S Poseidon’s Seas.

* Guide: Shameera Carr

* Thursdays

* 4:00 - 5:00

* $140

* Ends Nov. 30

 

Archery with Peter Yencken

Peter Yencken is an experienced traditional bowyer and craftsman who has taught traditional wilderness crafts in the US and Australia for more than 15 years. In this class, returning students will learn archery and the basic rules of bow safety while learning about the generations of humans who relied on the tool for survival.  They will choose a project to handcraft.

* Open to Elementary students who have taken Peter’s previous Bowmaking class

* Guide: Peter Yencken

* Fridays

* 4:00 - 5:15

* $190 (Includes $15 materials fee)

* Ends Dec. 1

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

Each instructor defines an age range for the courses he or she teaches which is described in the course listing. Spaces are available to current Mountaintop students first and then to siblings of Mountaintop students, Mountaintop alumni and students from other schools or homeschoolers as available.

How do I sign up?

For group classes, complete the registration form available here.

Why is the cost different for each enrichment class?

Costs for each class are determined by the length of class, the number of sessions offered, and the cost of necessary materials for a given class. The number of sessions may vary for each class based on the school calendar or the instructor's schedule.

What if I need Financial Assistance?

Families who currently qualify for financial aid can request a scholarship to offset a portion of the class fee associated with one enrichment class per child. Please contact Becky Harris to submit this request.

My Mountaintop student will have 15, 30 or 45 minutes between his or her usual dismissal time and the start of his or her enrichment class. What should we do?

All enrichment students will be collected by a staff member and taken to the gym, where they can enjoy a healthy snack from home. Enrichment instructors will pick their classes up from the gym. If you need your child to go to aftercare at the end of their class, please sign them up through the Mountaintop Office. You will be billed for this additional time in Aftercare through the business office.

Payment and Refund Policy

Fees for group classes will be processed through the FACTS payment system before the end of the class. Families may withdraw after attending the first class by emailing Laura, the enrichment program coordinator at lleva@mountaintopmontessori.org. After the first class, all registrants will be confirmed and charged the full class price.  Instructors reserve the right to dismiss students from the class should the student fail to follow the school policies regarding behavior and/or show with their actions that they are not ready to attend the class.  In the event of a dismissal, the classes attended will be assessed and charged on a prorated basis.  If you have any questions about this system, please contact Becky Harris

Questions?

If you have any further questions, please contact Laura Leva via email or by phone at (434) 979-8886.