Class List | Fall 2018

Lower School Weekday classes - includes the ability to stay from 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. and are open to Newman students only

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Activity Power Hour, 1st - 5th Grades

Activity Power Hour, 1st - 5th Grades

Open to Newman students only

Activity Power Hour (APH) for our older Greenies incorporates what this age group loves the most: choice. Each weekday offers a variety of options for students to choose from: Sports, The Islands, Tech Lab, Art & Design, and Grab Bag Specials. While these offerings may change on a daily basis, we always have at least four activities available. Please read more about our Activity Power Hour environments below:

Directed Study: Select this option at the time of registration if you would like your child to attend Directed Study prior to choosing another activity.
The Newman After 3 Directed Study staff will maintain communication with primary classroom teachers to ensure that students understand and complete outside of school assignments. Our staff will also be available if a student is just looking for daily homework assistance, encouragement, or some extra time going over concepts covered during the school day. The directed study session will begin at 3:30 p.m. after free play and snack and will end by 4:30 p.m. Students completing their homework assignments prior to 4:30 p.m. will have the option to choose an environment to attend in Activity Power Hour.

Sports: This environment features a rotating assortment of favorite playground games, such as Kickball, Capture the Flag, and Medic, along with classic sports like flag football, soccer, and basketball. Students who participate in our sports environment have the chance to run out some energy while improving their game skills and sportsmanship.

The Islands: Named after the most relaxing environment in Newman Summer Day Camp, The Islands offers students a variety of crafts and projects. Students work on their fine motor skills while creating intricate designs in Perler beads, lanyards, and homemade jewelry and accessories.

Tech Lab: A wide variety of technology-based activities draws students in to this environment. Minecraft is a huge hit and is offered on Tuesdays for 3rd - 5th grade students and on Wednesdays for 1st & 2nd grade students. Other activities include stop-motion animation, Snap Circuits, MIT Scratch programming, and Tinker CAD (3D Design). Tuesdays in Tech Lab will feature Robotics: Lego Exploration. This is a great opportunity for students to explore and build while honing their interest in more advanced robotics activities. Please note: Tech Lab is not open on Mondays.

Art & Design: Led by talented artists, this environment offers a wide variety of creative endeavors. Housed in the Lower School art studio, students have the opportunity to focus on their artistry while creating original pieces of wearable arts, found object art, painting, drawing, and mixed media.

Grab Bag Specials: This cluster of activity choices spices up Activity Power Hour with some fan-favorites. Makerspace will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Science will be offered on Mondays. Surprise specials are offered throughout the semester and help us gauge student interest in future class offerings!


Students who are enrolled in Directed Study may attend APH once they have completed their homework for the day.

Students who are enrolled in Private Music Lessons will attend APH outside of their lesson time.

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Day: Monday - Friday
Grades: 1 - 5
Fee: $472
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor After 3 Staff

Activity Power Hour, PK - K

Activity Power Hour, PK - K

Open to Newman students only

Activity Power Hour for our youngest Greenies includes either an in-classroom, extracurricular enrichment activity or an active-play sport or game. The Classroom Enrichment environment will include rotations of art projects, hands-on science, musical games, and tinkering. The Active Play & Games environment will include P.E. games, races, and sports. Each day will focus on teamwork, motor skills, and fun!

At the time of registration, you will be able to select your preference for your child: either “Active Play & Games” or “Classroom Enrichment Activities.” This will help our staff make sure each student in Activity Power Hour is engaged, focused, and happy each afternoon. Of course, we are flexible and can make game-time changes if a student’s preference changes. Each day will offer dynamic activities for our youngest Greenies!

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Day: Monday - Friday
Grades: PK - K
Fee: $472
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor After 3 Staff

Advanced Karate

Advanced Karate

Open to Newman students only

Karate is a Japanese martial arts that requires discipline and concentration. In this class students will learn advanced basic punching, kicking, and blocking techniques. Classes will consist of technique (kihon), forms (kata), and partner work (kumite). After certain progress, students will have to opportunity to test for higher rank and compete in tournaments. Uniforms (gi) are recommended but not required.
Enrollment in this class also offers the optional purchase of a karate uniform for $30.

Students should only enroll in this class if they have a yellow belt or above.

Time: 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Day: Wednesday
Grades: 1 - 5
Fee: $518

Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor Dimitri Papadapoulos

Ballet

Ballet

Open to Newman students only

Dancers will have the opportunity to learn and explore ballet principles such as plié, relevé, and sauté. Additionally class times will be spent improving skills in balance, coordination, and rhythm through creative movement exercises.

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Day: Friday
Grades: PK - K
Fee: $518
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor Gretchen Erickson

Baseball

Baseball

Open to Newman students only

This course will be an opportunity for players to be introduced to or improve all aspects of their baseball skills in a fun learning environment. The course will focus on position-specific skill work as well as team aspects of the game. We will introduce proper mechanics and fundamentals unique to Pitchers, Catchers, Infielders, and Outfielders. Players will also be taught the fundamental mechanics and approach to hitting, including bunting, and how to run the bases properly, including how to take a lead and base-stealing skills.

Each player will be taught to understand not only the physical part of the game but also the mental approach and why we do certain things during the game. We will stress that even though we are taught individual skills how to transfer that into a team concept. We will accomplish all of the above by using individual and team drills and game-type situations.

This is not a full semester class; this class runs from September 6 through December 20.
If you would like for your student to attend After 3 on Thursdays before September 6, please select the remainder of the semester option for an additional fee at the time of registration. If your student is not registered for the additional option, he or she will only attend After 3 from September 6.

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Day: Thursday
Grade: 2 - 5
Fee: $426(Sep. 6 - Dec. 20)
Additional Fee: $55 (Activity Power Hour from Aug. 16 - Aug. 23)
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor Patrick Adams

Beginners’ Karate

Beginners’ Karate

Open to Newman students only

2018 – 2019 marks the 11th year that Dimitri Papadopoulos will serve as the lead instructor for this very popular After 3 class. Martial arts can be an integral part of youth education by teaching children discipline, self-control and self-defense, while providing them with a rigorous physical education regimen. If students wish to progress and attain ranks in karate, they can through this program. This class is open to all first- through fifth-grade students, regardless of previous karate experience. Enrollment in this class also offers the optional purchase of a karate uniform for $30.

Time: 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Day: Wednesday
Grades: 1 - 5
Fee: $518
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor Dimitri Papadapoulos

First Down Flag Football | Kindergarten

First Down Flag Football | Kindergarten

Open to Newman students only

Flag football is a great way to introduce your child to organized sports in a safe and cooperative environment. In this program we will cover the rules of flag football, run through drills, and play games with a focus on the fundamentals of football. Athletic shoes and socks are required for class.

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Day: Monday
Grade: K
Fee: $518
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor

First Down Flag Football | Pre-K

First Down Flag Football | Pre-K

Open to Newman students only

Flag football is a great way to introduce your child to organized sports in a safe and cooperative environment. In this program we will cover the rules of flag football, run through drills, and play games with a focus on the fundamentals of football. Athletic shoes and socks are required for class.

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Day: Wednesday
Grade: PK
Fee: $518
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor

Guitar - Private Lessons

Guitar - Private Lessons

Open to Newman students only

Guitar lessons will focus on building proper technique, musical awareness, and overall music appreciation. In addition to the more technical aspects of playing the instrument, the students will be engaged with repertoire which they will love to play and sing. Some of the musical projects will include: repertoire study of pop and rock artists such as the Beatles; the Guitar as an essential part of American music; and how to play and sing along. In addition, if any students are interested, the lessons can have more of a classical direction. The classical studies will include Giuliani’s 120 Right Hand Studies, Andrea Segovia’s Diatonic Major and Minor Scales, and selection of easy pieces by Sor, Guiliani, Albeniz, Bach, and Barrios. Students will be strongly encouraged to have their own instrument at home. Practicing is mandatory and ideally should be consistent.

Time: 3:05 - 3:35, 3:40 - 4:10, 4:15 - 4:45 or 4:50 - 5:20 p.m.
Day: Tuesday - Thursday
Grades: 1 - 5
Fee: $823

Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor Alex Peña

Gymnastics – Beginners/PreTeam

Gymnastics – Beginners/PreTeam

Open to Newman students only

First through fifth graders will learn basic gymnastics for bars, beam, floor exercise and vault. NOLA Gymnastics Rainbow Ribbon Program awards the students as they progress and achieve the basic gymnastic skills. Once a student has achieved all of the Rainbow Ribbon Skills, they will graduate to PreTeam.
All students may participate in the NOLA meet at the end of each semester. Info will be sent out prior to the meets.

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Day: Tuesday
Grades: 1 - 5
Fee: $518
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructors Gretchen Schultz / Ivan Ivanov

Gymnastics – Kindergym

Gymnastics – Kindergym

Open to Newman students only

Kinder Gym is gymnastics for Pre-K and Kindergarten students. We teach bars, beam, and tumbling using preschool gymnastic equipment.

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Day: Monday
Grades: PK - K
Fee: $518
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructors Gretchen Schultz / Ivan Ivanov

KinderChess

KinderChess

Open to Newman students only

Students will be introduced to the game of Chess, and learn all of the rules about the ancient game, including etiquette, sportsmanship, and the joy of learning. Students will gradually acquire basic competence in chess through learning the characteristics of each piece, basic cornerstone fundamentals, and by learning and practicing basic tactics. The class period will be structured as a mix of direct lecture and demonstration, and ample hands-on practice. This class section is for beginners who perhaps have no previous experience or background in Chess.

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Day: Monday
Grades: PK - K
Fee: $518
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor

KinderKarate

KinderKarate

Open to Newman students only

Martial arts can be an integral part of youth education by teaching children discipline, self-control and self-defense, while providing them with a rigorous physical education regimen. If students wish to progress and attain ranks in karate, they can through this program. This class is open to all Pre-K and K students, regardless of previous karate experience. Enrollment in this class also offers the optional purchase of a karate uniform for $30.

Time: 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Day: Friday
Grades: PK - K
Fee: $518
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor

Mandarin

Mandarin

Open to Newman students only

This class will provide an excellent opportunity for children to explore Chinese culture and expand their understanding of the Mandarin language. We will participate in a variety of activities to help students to learn the language, such as songs, arts, and foods. Culture will be introduced by celebrating traditional Chinese festivals. The semester will focus on greetings, family members, favorite colors, fruits, animals, and other fundamental vocabulary. The class will be conducted in both Mandarin and English.

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Day: Wednesday
Grades: PK & K
Fee: $518

Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor Abbie Wang

Media Arts

Media Arts

Open to Newman students only

Explore the craft of movie making in our Media Arts class. Students will have the opportunity to direct their own movies, while also learning filmmaking skills such as cinematography, lighting, sound design, animation, editing, and much more. This class is for 3rd-5th grade students, regardless of experience, who have an interest making their creative ideas a reality.

Time: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Day: Friday
Grade:3 - 5
Fee: $518
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor Sarah Devlin

Music Production

Music Production

Open to Newman students only

In Music Production, students will learn the "ins and outs" of everything that goes into producing music. Through the use of recording software such as Garageband and Mixcraft, students will learn about basic sound principles, electronic/digital audio, microphones and microphone placement, tracking, equalization, MIDI, and mastering. Music Production will also focus on the concept of songwriting, as each student will write and produce their very own song to take home with them at the end of the term. This class is a fun approach to understanding the combination of music and technology - something that is imperative in the modern music industry.

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Day: Monday
Grades: 3 - 5
Fee: $518
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor

Newman Ninja Warrior | Kindergarten

Open to Newman students only

The Newman Ninja Warrior class is specifically designed for our youngest Greenies and will focus on developing motor skills through mobility, balance, power, and strength. The goal of this dynamic class is to cultivate a strong mind and body through fitness in a fun and safe environment. Students will participate in a variety of obstacle courses, relay races, and teambuilding activities. By learning new obstacles and setting and achieving goals each week, students will develop a positive mindset toward themselves and teammates.

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Day: Thursday
Grades: K
Fee: $518
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor

Newman Ninja Warrior | Pre-K

Open to Newman students only

The Newman Ninja Warrior class is specifically designed for our youngest Greenies and will focus on developing motor skills through mobility, balance, power, and strength. The goal of this dynamic class is to cultivate a strong mind and body through fitness in a fun and safe environment. Students will participate in a variety of obstacle courses, relay races, and teambuilding activities. By learning new obstacles and setting and achieving goals each week, students will develop a positive mindset toward themselves and teammates.



Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Day: Friday
Grade: PK
Fee: $518
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor

Piano | Private Lessons

Piano | Private Lessons

Open to Newman students only

Newman puts the fun in fundamental piano skills. We have four piano teachers to provide flexibility to meet the demand for the lesson time you might desire. Our instructors will have a consistent curriculum with unified materials which will engage the students with songs they will love to play and sing. Our Classical composers will include Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Scott Joplin (ragtime) of course! All students enrolled will receive one 30 minute lesson per week. We strongly recommend that students enrolling in private piano lessons own a piano or a keyboard or that they have easy access to one during the week. Practice is mandatory starting with first grade or level 1 piano. All lesson books and materials are provided at no extra charge.


Time: 3:05 - 3:35, 3:40 - 4:10, 4:15 - 4:45 or 4:50 - 5:20 p.m.
Day: Monday - Friday
Grades: K - 5
Fee: $823
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructors Sebastian Bharj

Robotics Exploration

Robotics Exploration

Open to Newman students only

This class is an environment for free exploration with the components involved in robotics. Students may use this time to experiment with new combinations of sensors, learn more of the intricacies of programming, or perhaps build a new style of robot with a brand new purpose. For students interested in joining the competitive team in the coming years, this exploration class is a great opportunity to get excited about robotics and develop new skills.

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Day: Monday
Grade: 1 - 3
Fee: $518
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor

Robotics: Competitive Lego Team

Robotics: Competitive Lego Team

Open to Newman students only

The Competitive Robotics Team is open to ten team members who will represent our school at this season’s First Lego League challenge. Team members will hone their skills designing and building a robot and attachments to solve timed challenges. Team members will write programs to guide the robot through the challenges. In line with this season’s theme, team members will research and investigate [something]. In addition to a weekly one-and-a-half-hour Wednesday after school class meeting, team members have the option to register for additional practice during After 3 on Thursdays. The team may also meet for extra practices on a Saturday in preparation for the qualifier and state tournament, often at the end of November and December. There may also be additional practices leading up to the local qualifier at the end of November, as well as the State Championship at the beginning of December. The goal of our team is to get students excited about robotics, and the competitive team takes that energy to the tournament to do the very best we can. On your marks, get set, Lego!

Competitive LEGO Robotics class meetings will be held 3:30 - 5:00 Wednesday afternoons in the Innovation Lab. If your student wants to participate in additional practice time, please register for the corresponding "Competitive Robotics Team Practice Hour" which will take place on Thursdays in the Innovation Lab.

Time: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Day: Wednesday
Grades: 4 - 5
Fee: $518
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor Collin Doruff

Robotics: Competitive Lego Team Practice Hour

Robotics: Competitive Lego Team Practice Hour

Open to Newman students who are enrolled in Wednesday's Competitive Robotics Team only

Open to students enrolled in Wednesday's Competitive Robotics Team, this additional team practice hour which will take place on Thursdays in the Innovation Lab. Overseen by an After 3 staff member who works with the Team, students will have the opportunity to further their skills and test their robotics programs.

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Day: Thursday
Grades: 4 - 5
Fee: $472
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor

Scholastic Chess | Beginners’

Scholastic Chess | Beginners’

Open to Newman students only

Students will be introduced to the game of Chess, and learn all of the rules about the ancient game, including etiquette, sportsmanship, and the joy of learning. Students will gradually acquire basic competence in chess through learning the characteristics of each piece, basic cornerstone fundamentals, and by learning and practicing basic tactics. The class period will be structured as a mix of direct lecture and demonstration, and ample hands-on practice. This class section is for beginners who perhaps have no previous experience or background in Chess, who are in second grade or younger, or who are older but need some orientation in the basics before going on to the higher section.


Click here to view a schedule of local chess tournaments.

Time: 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Day: Monday
Grades: 1 - 5
Fee: $518
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor Jeff York

Scholastic Competitive Chess | Intermediate

Scholastic Competitive Chess | Intermediate

Open to Newman students only

Students in this section will build their competitive competence in Chess by learning and practicing more advanced tactics, openings and endings, and planning based upon strategic considerations. In addition to lecture/demonstration and hands-on practice, students will become familiar with basic chess analysis and will be challenged to sharpen their tactical and strategic skills. This class is for students who already are familiar with the rules of chess, have played in tournaments, older students, or those who have previous experience in a chess club. The tone of the class will be to challenge students toward greater skill and ability, with an eye toward participation in local scholastic tournaments and a love of learning.


Click here to view a schedule of local chess tournaments.

Time: 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Day: Monday
Grades: 1 - 5
Fee: $518
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor Jeff York

Science with Mrs. Scharff

Science with Mrs. Scharff

Open to Newman students only

Continue the creative wonder of science with fun, hands-on science experiments and projects that will help promote life-long interests and skills. Exploration will include everything from volcanoes and dinosaurs to polymer super balls, balloon rockets, and plants. The focus will be on enjoying participating in experiments and projects while learning and understanding the scientific fundamentals of each project.

Students may enroll in only one Science class each semester.

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Day: Tuesday or Wednesday
Grades: PK - K
Fee: $518
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor Susan Scharff

Soccer Superstars

Soccer Superstars

Open to Newman students only

Open to our youngest Greenies who are interested in learning how to play soccer. Students will focus on soccer ball skills and general soccer movement and motor skills while learning the basic rules of soccer. This class is for students with and without soccer experience. Fun, sportsmanship, and a positive athletic experience will always be primary goals! Athletic shoes and socks are required for class.

Students may enroll in only one Soccer Superstars class each semester.

Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Day: Tuesday or Thursday
Grades: PK - K
Fee: $518
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor

Wearable Books

Wearable Books

Open to Newman students only

In this class, students will explore their favorite books through creative costuming! New and classic books will come to life as we read together and manipulate materials in the styles of our favorite illustrators. Become a wild thing, shimmer like the rainbow fish, and imagine the possibilities of The Book With No Pictures!



Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Day: Tuesday
Grade: PK - K
Fee: $518
Includes the ability to stay in After 3 from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. on the day of class.

Instructor

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