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Art of Baking with Fran Farino

Fall Session, Fridays

Our very own professional baker, Fran Farino, will be introducing students to the basics of baking. Students will learn to create different desserts and treats using various baking techniques and ingredients

Art of Cooking

Spring Session, Mondays

Students will learn to prepare and create various dishes– from veggies and dip to homemade pasta sauce. We will squeeze in some math (measuring), safety rules, and kitchen clean-up. Best of all, all work can be devoured!

Ballet, Hip Hop, and Tumbling

Spring Session, Tuesdays

April Molinar gives instruction on rhythm, musicality, agility and basic footwork. Students will memorize choreography by working on combinations during each class. Students gain the benefits from dance by connecting the mind and body while strengthening growing muscles. A short presentation ends the 11 week-session.

Basketball with Coach Gary

Spring Session, Fridays

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of basketball (dribbling, passing and shooting), all while learning about teamwork and cooperation.

Bricks 4 Kidz

Fall Session, Wednesdays

Children learn and practice essential skills including patterning, colors, counting, sequencing, and positioning to build fun models with LEGO bricks.

Brightest Star Musical Theatre

Fall Session, Tuesdays

This workshop will have children exploring song, dance, and story in ways that will delight them and build early performance skills. Brightest Star works with our Middle School students each year to produce a musical at The Bickford Theatre. Start young and shine!

Eyes of the Wild

Spring Session, Wednesdays

Students get to meet live animals of all kinds from across the globe, right in a Red Oaks classroom! They will learn about their habits and habitats. Each class focuses on the behavior and adaptation of one or more intriguing animals.

Gymnastics with Coach Gary

Fall Session, Wednesdays

Young gymnasts will work on basics using tumbling mats, the low balance beam and other gymnastics equipment, with an emphasis on increasing students' confidence, fitness and gross motor skills.

Mad Science

Spring Session, Fridays

The focus for this session of Mad Science includes Sea, Sand & Surf, Animal Friends, Bug Buddies, Butterflies, Adventure in Air, The Human Body, Digging for Dinosaurs, Fluttering Birds, Stellar Space, Weather Wonders, and Little Detectives. Hands-on activities help children build knowledge and have fun at the same time!

Makerspace with Ms. Mary Anne

Fall and Spring Sessions, Thursdays

Students will unleash their creativity as they work with their hands in the Makerspace. They learn how to use real tools and materials to stretch their imagination while planning, designing, and executing age-appropriate projects.

Mermaids & Pirates

Spring Session, Tuesdays

This workshop includes treasure hunts, sand castle building and mystical ocean discoveries. The students will dive deep into music, arts, language development and social skills.

Tae Kwon Do with Sandy Tomlinson

Fall and Spring Sessions, Thursdays

Martial Arts training is one of the most effective ways of instilling confidence in children while reinforcing the importance of respect and discipline. A white uniform is included for first timers and for those who have outgrown their uniforms!

Tennis

Fall Session, Fridays

Sports Universe tennis professionals follow the guidelines set by the US Tennis Association to provide fun-filled tennis exercises. Students will develop proper racquet technique, forehand and backhand, footwork, and service. Racquets are provided.

Team Sports with Coach Gary

Fall and Spring Sessions, Monday

Athletes will play a variety of sports including soccer, flag football, basketball and floor hockey. Students will learn fundamental skills and participate in modified team play.

Wee Little Arts

Fall Session, Tuesdays

Young artists use a step by step creative process for developing drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media art pieces. The curriculum is enhanced with art history and age-appropriate children’s literature.

Yoga with Ms. Deborah

Spring Session, Wednesdays

Participants are gently led through breathing and relaxation techniques as they learn the ancient art of yoga. Yoga teaches respect for oneself and others, enhances body awareness, builds self-esteem and the ability to become quiet while bringing greater balance into one’s life.

Elementary

Aerospace Engineering

Spring Session, Tuesday

To most people, the sky is the limit, but not for us! Students will learn to design and build a variety of flying machines. They will have the opportunity to construct their very own straw and bottle rockets, colorful model hot air balloons and design parachutes for a toy jumper. Finally, students will use their acquired knowledge to simulate a lunar landing with a marshmallow “astronaut” that must survive being dropped from space.

Art Lab

Fall Session, Tuesdays

Art Lab is a visual arts program fostering students' creativity. They will be introduced to the art of the masters and their techniques in a process-oriented manner that taps into the imagination, allowing students the freedom of creative expression as they apply these techniques to create their own artwork.

Art of Baking

Fall Session, Fridays

Bake a cake and eat it too…Our very own professional baker Fran Farino will be introducing students to the basics of baking. Students will learn to create different desserts and treats using various baking techniques and ingredients.

Basketball

Spring Session, Mondays

Red Oaks Coach Gary will teach students the basics of basketball (dribbling, passing, and shooting). Students will play modified basketball games to focus on these skills.

Brightest Star Musical Theatre

Fall Session, Tuesdays

This musical theatre workshop will introduce students to the fun of musical theatre and the art of storytelling through singing, dancing and acting. This workshop will conclude with a demonstration for family and friends. This highly professional group works with our Middle School students to perform a musical at The Bickford Theatre each year.

Chess

Spring Session, Thursdays

Chess is a complex game of strategy that develops logical thinking and abstract reasoning skills. Students will learn basic openings, key defense strategies, end-game techniques and how to solve checkmate puzzles. This program accommodates different playing levels from beginner to intermediate.

Coding

Fall Session, Thursdays, and Spring Session, Wednesdays

It’s logic, not magic, that runs the world of code around us! Students will be introduced to programing with Scratch and Scratch Jr, developed by MIT Media Lab. Kids can create and share interactive stories, animation or simple video games using drag-and-drop programming. They will learn basic programming concepts such as conditional statements, iteration, variables, and event triggers. Teaching students to code helps them become more logical problem solvers and empowers them as active, authoritative users of technology.

Eyes of the Wild

Spring Session, Wednesdays

In our very own classrooms, students get to see and feel live animals from different parts of the world. They learn about their evolution, adaption, behavior, food habits and habitats. Each class focuses on understanding and experiencing two or three animals in detail.

Fashion Designs and Trends

Fall Session, Fridays

Discover the designer in you! Students will learn everything there is to know about sketching, designing and creating one of a kind wearable pieces. They will design and create a full outfit including a top and skirt or shorts and an accessory to go with the outfit, like a hair band or belt. The workshop will conclude with a Fashion Show for family and friends.

Flying Fun

Fall Session, Wednesdays

Make model airplanes that really can fly! This aviation science workshop is a fun-filled, hands-on introduction to what makes airplanes fly. Children will make model flying planes with a variety of materials and learn about the parts, controls, forces and the physics that made modern flight possible.

Lego Robotics: Mindstorms and WeDo

Fall Session, Wednesdays

Students will learn to design, program, and control fully functional robotic models. They will use software to plan, test, and modify sequences of instructions for a variety of life-like robotic behaviors. They will also learn to collect and analyze data from the robot's sensors. This program will provide a eries of real-life activities, covering topics within STEM, using LEGO Robotics.

Mad Science

Spring Session, Friday

Mad Science workshops are spectacular demonstrations focused on science. Students get hands-on experiences that make learning fun and inspire interest in STEM subjects. Students will create an indoor storm with thunder and lightning, bend light to see all rainbow colors, alter their voices and learn that sound travels in invisible waves, make magic mud, soda pop and much more!

Makerspace

Fall and Spring Sessions, Mondays

Tinker, design and create. Students will be involved in planned projects and individual exploration of tools and materials that are both familiar and new.

Public Speaking

Spring Session, Fridays

Develop the confidence to master the important life skill of public speaking! With a focus on critical thinking and concise communication, students will strive to become confident public speakers. They will learn tips, best practices and debating strategies of successful public speakers and practice speaking in front of teachers and peers.

Soccer

Fall Session, Mondays

Red Oaks Coach Gary will teach students the basics of soccer. Students will learn the fundamentals of soccer including dribbling, passing, shooting and goalkeeping. Students will participate in modified soccer games. Shin guards are provided but feel free to bring your own.

Tae Kwon Do

Fall and Spring Sessions, Tuesdays

Ms. Sandy Tomlinson, black belt Martial Arts trainer, will engage students in the Korean art of self-defense. This is one of the most effective ways of instilling confidence in children while reinforcing the importance of respect and discipline.

Yoga

Spring Session, Tuesdays

Red Oak’s own Deborah Gano will lead students through breathing, visualization, and relaxation techniques as they learn the ancient art of yoga. Yoga teaches respect fr oneself and others, enhances body awareness, builds self-esteem and helps students build strong inner resources to thrive in a challenging world.

Middle School

Basketball

November–February
Tuesday Practices, 4:00–5:00 PM
Friday Games, 6:30 or 7:30 PM
Location: Greater Morris YMCA

Join the Bolts! Part of the co-ed YMCA youth league, the Bolts practice on Tuesday afternoons and play in competitive games, starting in January, on Friday nights at 6:30 or 7:30 p.m. The Bolts have been the YMCA Youth Champions for the past two years! All skill levels welcome on this co-ed team. Practices and games are held at the YMCA.

Parents must arrange transportation to the YMCA from Speedwell. Car pools welcome!

Brightest Star Musical Theatre

November-March, Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:45-6:00 PM
Performance Date: TBA

As participants of previous productions can attest, our musical theatre productions through The Brightest Star School of Performing Arts offers students the opportunity to flourish with classes in singing, acting, and dancing. The program culminates in a performance at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre. The course is designed to challenge each student at an appropriate level. No previous experience necessary!

Chorus/American Young Voices

March–May, Wednesdays, 3:45–5:00 PM

Join this vocal performance ensemble to learn new, diverse choral repertoire while further developing vocal technique. Students will perform at the American Young Voices concert, the Spring Arts & Auction, and Graduation.

Coding/Robotics

Session I: September– November
Session II: January–April

Mondays, 3:45–5:15 PM

Students who complete this course successfully will be invited to join the Competitive Robotics team in fall, 2017.

It's logic, not magic, that runs the world of code around us! Students will be introduced to programing with Scratch, developed by MIT Media Lab. Students can create and share interactive stories, animation or simple video games using drag-and-drop programming. They will learn basic programming concepts such as conditional statements, iteration, variables, and event triggers. Teaching students to code helps them become more logical problem solvers and empowers them as active, authoritative users of technology.

Competitive Robotics

Session I: September–November, Mondays and Fridays, 3:45–5:15 PM
Materials Fee: $150

Session II: January–April, Mondays, 3:45–5:15 PM
Materials Fee: $75

First Lego League Competition (FLL) immerses students in real world science and technology challenges. The Red Oaks team will design their own solution to a current scientific question or problem and build autonomous LEGO robots that perform a series of missions. Participation in Competitive Robotics is possible only after students have completed a basic coding or robotics course. By permission of Instructor only.

Fencing

April–May, Wednesdays, 3:45–4:45 PM
Materials fee: $135

Fencing is fast and athletic! Students will have the opportunity to perform an intense dance on a 6 foot by 44 inch strip with movements so fast that the touches are scored electronically. Participants will advance at their own pace. Fencing equipment is supplied.

Makerspace

Fall and Spring Sessions, Fridays, 4:00–5:30 PM
Location: Cutler Campus

Tinker, design and create. Students will be involved in planned projects and individual exploration of tools and materials that are both familiar and new. This workshop is held at the Cutler Street Campus.

Parents must arrange transportation to Cutler from Speedwell. Car pools welcome!

Math Club

January 12–March 2, 2017
Thursdays, 3:45–4:45 PM

The purpose of Math Club is to give students an opportunity to engage in unique math activities in a relaxed social setting. This will help build confidence in students of all abilities and interest levels. Math Club is a non-competitive program open to all grade levels.

*Please note that support for Red Oaks math coursework is in Math LAB on Wednesdays. Math CLUB is not intended to serve that purpose.

Media Club

Fall and Spring Sessions, Thursdays, 3:45–4:45 PM

Our popular media club is run by parent Ira L. Black, professional photographer, founder of I Rock Arts, and curator at 70 South Street Gallery. The Media Club affords students the opportunity to use photography as a visual art. Students learn skills behind the lens, engage in the process of editing and storytelling, and create a signature style. Student work will be exhibited.

Running Club

March–May, Tuesdays, 3:45–4:45 PM

Increase endurance! Experience longer runs on Patriot’s Path, shorter sprints, endurance games, and short sprints at the Speedwell campus.

Soccer

September–November, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00–5:30 PM
Field Location: TBA

Join the Bolts! Part of the co-ed YMCA youth league, the Bolts practice on Tuesday afternoons and play in competitive games, starting in January, on Friday nights at 6:30 or 7:30 p.m. The Bolts have been the YMCA Youth Champions for the past two years! All skill levels welcome on this co-ed team. Practices and games are held at the YMCA.

Parents must arrange transportation to the Cutler Campus from the Speedwell Campus. Car pools welcome!

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