Enrichment Classes

Spring 2018 Enrichment Program


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, March 5. Enrichment classes will not be held on Mountaintop school holidays, guide work days, or conference days: March 30. This session, there will be no Enrichment during the week of Spring Break, April 2-6.

Course Offerings

For Children's House Students:
 

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 and Intro to CH students
* Guide: Mary Reitsma
* Mondays
* 4:00 - 5:00 pm

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

Creative Dance 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 the 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
* Wednesdays
* 4:00 - 5:00 pm

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
* Wednesdays
* 4:00 - 5:00 pm

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
* Fridays
* 4:00 - 4:45 pm


For Elementary and Middle School Students:

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 Elementary and Middle School students
* Guide: Britt Gendell
* Mondays
* 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Bow-making with Peter Yencken-Brown
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 students
* Guide: Peter Yencken
* Mondays (This is a change from previous sessions.)
* 4:00 - 5:15

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 (cborgman@mountaintopmontessori.org) to discuss ideas you might have for your child during this time.
* Open to Upper Elementary & Middle School students
* Guide: Corey Borgman
* Mondays
* 4:00 - 5:15 pm
*ONGOING ENROLLMENT:  Study Buddy follows a different time structure than the other classes offered.  If you would like to add your child to this class, please reach out to Corey Borgman (cborgman@mountaintopmontessori.org).

Ukulele with Debby
The ukulele is a uniquely accessible and universal stringed instrument. Playing the ukulele is easily portable and the skill will stay with a child throughout life. In this class, we will acquire familiarity with the ukulele, basic chords, and chord sequences. They will learn strumming, basic finger style techniques, and work on harmonizing together. The class will emphasize not only individual technique, but making music with others. Please let us know if your child has a ukulele to bring or would like to use a ukulele belonging to the school.
*Open to Elementary students
*Guide: Debby Norton
*Tuesdays
*4:00-5:00 pm

Art Exploration with Emily 
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

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

Archery with Peter 
Peter Yencken-Brown 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 (must have taken Peter’s previous Bow-making class)
* Guide: Peter Yencken-Brown
* Fridays
* 4:00 - 5:15
 

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 classes?
Current families can register on Parent Square. Non-families should contact Director of Camps and Afterschool Programs, Shelby Snedeker, at ssnedeker@mountaintopmontessori.org.

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 other school events that may create a space conflict, or a scheduling conflict for the instructor.

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.

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 (bharris@mountaintopmontessori.org) to submit this request.

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 atlleva@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 at bharris@mountaintopmontessori.org.
 

Questions?
If you have any further questions, please contact Director of Camps and Afterschool Programs, Shelby Snedeker: ssnedeker@mountaintopmontessori.org.