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As an alternative to childcare, PM Classes allow students to explore areas of interest in a non-academic setting.

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Softball PM Class

 

Fall: September 9, 2019 - January 24, 2020
Spring: February 3, 2020 - June 15, 2020


For questions about registration:
Laura Birshan
Extracurricular Department Administrative Assistant
lbirshan@faispdx.org
(503) 292-7776 x1410

All other inquiries:
Jonathan Mascaut
Director of Extracurricular Programs
jmascaut@faispdx.org
(503) 292-7776 x1401

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Class Descriptions

Monday

Tricycle Course: TPS-PK (French)

Students will learn how to ride tricycles around obstacles and how to share the “road” with others. This gross motor skills course will allow students to master steering, controlling speed and balance and provide a space for kids to have fun in a safe environment.

Instructor:   Davy Berruyer
Time: 3:45-4:30
Price: $160

Creative Crafts: PS-PK (French)

Hone your skills in this arts and crafts class that will allow students to express themselves and be creative in a casual environment. Students will make a variety of crafts including seasonal and holiday themed activities, cards, flowers, and animals.

Instructor: Mina Badereddine
Time: 3:30-4:30
Price: $215 + $25 material fee

Petits Chefs: Grades PK-K (French)

Learn healthy cooking skills with creative, easy, and fun recipes. The little chefs get to use kitchen tools and ingredients for plenty of recipes both savory and sweet. There will also be an opportunity for play time while things are cooking.

Instructor: Nadia Radji
Time: 3:30-4:30
Price: $215 + $25 material fee

Ceramics: Grades K-2nd (French)

Dig in and let your creativity loose with a fun, hands on art form. Working with clay, we will learn various techniques, design, create and build ceramic figures.

Instructor: Melanie Hindman
Time: 3:45-4:45
Price: $215 + $20 material fee

Engineering for Kids: K-3rd (English)

In this classic Engineering for Kids class, students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of engineering fields.

Junior Inventor’s Workshop (9 Weeks)

1.       Robot Wind-up (2 Weeks): Inventors gain inspiration from their observations. Our young engineers observe a wind-up toy to discover how it works. After brainstorming ideas, our young inventors will design their own robot wind-up toy.

2.       Animation Station (2 Weeks): You will have a hard time finding a child who has never seen an animated movie, but very few if any have thought about how those movies are made. Students will explore animation engineering and design our own tools to help make pictures come alive.

3.       Sketch Bot (2 Weeks): What is inside of a robot? How do they work? Students will create a simple circuit to power their own invention: a drawing robot. Students will explore how to direct their robot and understand the important of switches in electrical designs.

4.       Tinker Box (2 Weeks): Student will pack their own tinker box equipped with tools to help them engineer and invent new tools and objects.

5.       Kinetic Sand (1 week): Students will work together as chemical engineers to invent their own recipe for kinetic sand and them complete a series of tests analyzing the physical properties of their new invention.

Junior Environmental Engineering (6 Weeks)

1.       Goin’ Fishin’: Students will work as an environmental engineer to design a fishing net that reduces the number of endangered sea turtles caught by commercial fishmen.

2.       Thinking Green: Students will design a house using natural materials showing that thinking “green” takes a lot of creative thinking and problem solving. Students will also explore the concept of camouflage and see how engineers have borrowed this animal characteristic in designs for protective clothing and gear.

3.       Save the Beach: Students will investigate beach erosion and create a design that will protect their beach from eroding when exposed to water and air.

4.       Reuse and Recycle: Students will brainstorm ways to reuse materials and recycle some of those materials to build a model car and recreate their favorite toy.

5.       Solar Power: Students discuss the positive and negative effects of sun light and create a design to insulate Heat Sensitive Hypercolor thinking putty and prevent it from changing colors when exposed to heat.

6.       Greenhouse: Students explore dirt discovering that there are many different kinds of soil. Working as environmental engineers, students will design their very own functioning greenhouse and work to create the perfect soil recipe for their plants.

 

Instructor: Engineering for Kids

Time: 3:45-4:45

Price: $300

LEGO® Creator Sets: 1st-5th (French)

Choose your own adventure in this LEGO® class. Students can either let their imaginations steer the way or they can choose to follow step by step instructions.

Let your imagination inspire your creations! This class is designed to let students develop their creativity and LEGO-building skills by giving them the freedom to collaborate on a theme of their choosing and develop intricate and wild worlds!

Using multiple LEGO® Creator sets, students will work on not only creativity, but also following step by step instructions and problem solving. We will learn the ins and outs of model building, cumulating in a collaborative effort to piece together an advanced model as a group. Level appropriate materials will be made available to all students.

Instructor: Cédric Strapart
Time: 3:45-4:45
Price: $215 + $10 material fee

Wordpress Blog Design: 3rd-5th (English)

Technology has become a crucial component of our everyday lives and can help sustain a student's love for learning. Wordpress is a great way for students to learn the basics and is by far the most popular website platform – about 30% of all websites use Wordpress.  Students will build their own blogging website from concept to production.  They will learn how WordPress works, how to build, manage, and create quality content.  Learning WordPress is an excellent way to introduce students to online platforms – all while fostering self-discovery, self-confidence and promoting new skills. Empower your student with the skills to become the next Steve Jobs!

Hosting will be through https://edublogs.org

 

Instructor:           Evelyn Farez

Time:                     3:45-4:45

Price:                     $215

Aide aux Devoirs—Methodologie: 4th-5th (French)

This class is designed for students who need some extra support with homework, organization, and study skills. Students will get help organizing their work, acquiring the tools to better interpret their assignments, and refining their reading and listening skills.

  • Instructor: Aurore Morelus
  • Time: 3:45-4:45
  • Price: $215

Countdown / Des Chiffres et des Lettres: 4th-6th (French)

"Countdown", also known as "Des Chiffres et des Lettres",  is the oldest game show in France. David has been using it with his students to develop math and vocabulary skills in a fun way.

The game has two parts:

  1. With 10 letters randomly drawn, you have to find the longest word you can. For example, what is the longest word you can find with the letters D-R-I-P-E-S-E-S-T-N?
  2. With 6 numbers randomly drawn, you have to find a mathematical way to reach (or get as close to) a randomly chosen number, using all common operations, while using each given number once only. For example, could you find 124 with 2-25-4-8-3-6? Did you find the solution?!

This game works just as well in English and French, come join us!

  • Instructor: David Billeaud
  • Time: 3:45-4:45
  • Price: $215

Tuesday

Ballet: TPS-PK (English)

Dancers will gain an understanding of how their bodies move and how to communicate through dance. Through ballet stretch, improvisation, and structured choreographic activities, dancers will develop creative movement skills that they will perform for each other.

  • Instructor: NW Dance Project
  • Time: 3:30-4:30
  • Price: $270

Messy Art: TPS-PK (French)

Line drawing with paint splotches

Unleash your child’s talent while sharing arts & craft activities together. Students will have the opportunity to try their hands in a variety of stations to explore various materials such as play doh, gak, paint, and collage. This class will allow students to experiment hands on with the many ways to create art while having fun, and making a mess!

  • Instructor: Micheline Manival
  • Time: 3:30-4:30
  • Price: $215 + $15 material fee

Earth Science Experiments: PS-K (English)

Learn about earth science and the world around you through hands-on science experiments. Students will learn about the scientific process while doing experiments on volcanic eruptions, plate tectonics, the process of mineralization, subsurface layers, weather, rock types, earthquakes, phases of the moon, dinosaur excavations and much more!

 

Experiments:

 

9/10: Volcanic Eruptions

9/17: Dinosaur Excavation

9/24: No class, makeup on 1/14/2020

10/1: Graham Cracker Plate Tectonics

10/8: Earthquake waves in a box

10/15: Limestone/acid rain

10/29: Earth layers

11/5: Oobleck

11/12: Weather: Tornado/snowstorm in a jar

11/19: Rainbow water

11/26: Why is the Sky Blue?

12/3: Layers of Subsurface: Making mud pies

12/10: Make your own lava lamps

12/17: Geodes

1/7: Study of Rocks

1/14: Oreo Phases of the Moon

 

Teacher Bio: Megan Sever is a parent at FAIS and an earth science editor with more than 15 years’ experience in the earth science field. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion for science with students at FAIS.

Instructor:     Megan Sever
Time:         3:30-4:30    
Price:         $215 + $30 material fee
 

Creative Crafts: K-2nd (French)

Hone your skills in this arts and crafts class that will allow students to express themselves and be creative in a casual environment. Students will make a variety of crafts including seasonal and holiday themed activities, cards, flowers, and animals.

Instructor: Mina Badereddine
Time: 3:30-4:30
Price: $200 + $25 material fee

Soccer: K-2nd (French)

This class is an entry into organized soccer. Players of all levels are provided the opportunity to work on skills while having fun.  

  • Instructor: Davy Berruyer
  • Time: 3:45-4:45
  • Price: $215

Sewing and Knitting: 1st-5th (French)

This class will teach the basic skills of sewing and knitting, and offer support for students completing their own exciting projects and creations. All skill levels welcome.

 

Instructor:           Nadia Radji

Time:                     3:45-4:45

Price:                     $215 + $20 material fee

                                Waiver A Required

parkour: 3rd-5th (English)

Parkour is an art of movement where you learn how to navigate the world and your own body more efficiently. Skills this class will work on will be vaults, rolls, creating your own lines and movement style, adding speed to movement, and other fun challenges. 

  • Instructor: Forge Parkour
  • Time: 3:45-4:45
  • Price: $240

Digital Music Production: 3rd-5th (English)

Students will create individual and collaborative musical masterpieces using a laptop, 32-key MIDI keyboard (to keep), microphone, and online software (Soundtrap) accessible from anywhere. We will apply basic music theory including rhythm, timing, modes (major/minor etc), parts mixing, and more. For inspiration, students will use both their own favorites as well as world music and rhythms (e.g. tango, disco, jazz, electronic dance music). No experience required!

 

Teacher Bio: Wendy Mazaud is a proud FAIS parent who has been enjoying and creating music for nearly all her life. She loves working with children and is excited to be sharing with them the gift of music.

 

Instructor:           Wendy Mazaud

Time:                     3:45-5:00

Price:                     $270 + $40 material fee

International Street Food, Part Deux: 4th-6th (English)

This popular and fun class is at it again with a whole new menu!

If there is one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that we all love food. In this class, students will cook and eat tasty street foods found all over the world. Come join in on food adventures through delicious street foods of America, Mexico, Poland, India and many other places! Students will learn how to make a variety of foods, and kids will get to lead their own adventures picking dishes they want to cook.

Teacher Bio: Annette Guzik is from Chicago, Illinois. She is a current aide at FAIS. In 2016 she earned her degree in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She loves to travel and enjoy food. Her time in India inspired her to further expand her love for cooking and to share it with others.

Instructor: Annette Guzik
Time: 3:45-4:45             
Price: $215 + $50 material fee

Dungeons & Dragons: 6th-8th (English)

Discover the game that started it all! Every Roleplaying video game you have ever played most likely has its roots in the tabletop game, Dungeons & Dragons. Learn how to put your imagination to work and immerse yourself in a world of fantasy and adventure! D&D requires communication, cooperation, and a sense of humor as you send a character of your own creation out into the world to fight monsters and save the realm with a group of friends.

 

Instructor:           Jackson Jarman-Miller

Time:                     3:45-4:45

Price:                     $215 + $20 material fee

Wednesday

Acrobits: TPS-PK (English)

This class is an introduction to basic gymnastics skills, mixing games and gymnastics that engages students. This class focuses on developing body awareness, while learning beginner gymnastics skills.

 

Teacher Bio: Liza Myachina is a performer and teacher in the world of gymnastics and aerial arts for the past 7 years. Her passion is to motivate others to express themselves through movement, whichever form it takes. Safety and technique of her students are of her utmost priority, which she teaches in a patient and determined manner.

 

Instructor:           Liza Myachina

Time:                     3:45-4:45

Price:                     $215

Waiver A required

Motor Skills & Parcours: PS-PK (French)

In this Parcours class, your child will take an active role in inventing each week's obstacle course. We will all collaborate to maximize the fun by finding the coolest ways to walk, run, jump, crawl, roll and climb with beams, tunnels, blocks, and mats. Come burn your excess energy and have fun in this Maternelle parcours activity!

Instructor:      Delphine Latham & Gabrielle Esbeck
Time:         3:45-4:30
Price:         $160
Waiver A Required
 

Magna Tile® & K’nex Creations: PK-1 (French)

Dream big and build big in this unique build your own creations class. Students will focus on using magna-tiles®, K’nex and other building materials and will learn by playing, acquire a strong sense of color, geometrical shapes, 3D forms, numbers and magnetic poles. Engineering, art, and fun collide in this class.

 

This class is perfect for students who love finding solutions and tinkering with building toys. Students will develop their construction and math skills by working both independently and in small groups on various projects during the semester. Students will have the opportunity to construct real world 3-D models and develop key science, technology, engineering, and math concepts with hands-on step by step activities. Come create with your imagination!

 

Instructor:           Sylvie Gbeteh

Time:                     3:30-4:30

Price:                     $215 + $10 material fee

T-Ball: PK-2nd (English)

This class will teach basic baseball skills - learning to hit off the 'T', throwing overhand, catching, fielding, hitting from a pitching machine, and tagging with an emphasis on fun and building an understanding of the game. 

Equipment will be provided except for a glove. If your child does not already have a glove please take a moment to read this important information via this link about choosing a glove.

  • Instructor: Ryan Scheel / Greg Darling
  • Time: 3:45-4:45
  • Price: $215 + $10 material fee
Softball PM Class

Basketball: K-2nd (French)

In this class students will learn develop the basic technical and tactical skills. We will focus on ball handling activities appropriate to young players. Each class will finish with a fun scrimmage.

  • Instructor: Daniel Gomis
  • Time: 3:45-4:45
  • Price: $215

Aide aux Devoirs—Methodologie: 2nd-3rd (French)

This class is designed for students who need some extra support with homework, organization, and study skills. Students will get help organizing their work, acquiring the tools to better interpret their assignments, and refining their reading and listening skills.

  • Instructor: Camille Rueff
  • Time: 3:45-4:45
  • Price: $215

Chess & Go: 2nd-8th (French)

Chess and Go are among the oldest strategy games in the world, which originated in India and China. Go and Chess are fun games that improve memory, cognitive abilities, strategic thinking as well as the capacity to predict and foresee the consequences of actions. It never gets boring, you have so much to look forward to. and there are infinite numbers of combinations to construct.

  • Instructor: Thierry Anne
  • Time: 3:45-4:45
  • Price: $215

Basketball: 3rd-5th (English)

Students participating in this class will take part in a variety of engaging drills on basic fundamentals, while focusing on an in-depth study of shooting mechanics. Sessions will end in a fun scrimmage. 3rd-4th graders participating in this class will have the opportunity to participate in a month long league in March.

  • Instructor: Ron Thomas
  • Time: 3:45-4:45
  • Price: $215

Coding Workshop: 3rd-6th (French)

This coding class will focus on teamwork and creativity. Students will have a creative lab where they will explore individually or collaboratively coding activities and challenges with or without the computer. Children will explore different types of materials and work in little groups to build projects and complete challenges.

  • Instructor: Aurore Molerus
  • Time: 3:45-4:45
  • Price: $215
Students writing code

Thursday

Discover the LEGO® World: TPS-K (French)

Let your imagination inspire your creations! This class is designed to let students develop their creativity and LEGO-building skills by giving them the freedom to collaborate on a theme of their choosing and develop intricate and wild worlds! This is a great entry in LEGO® classes, with a focus on free play, an essential way to develop important social & emotional skills.

Students who wish for a more project driven type of Lego class are encouraged to sign up for Friday ‘”LEt’s GO Classic’ class instead.

Instructor:     Cédric Strapart
Time:         3:30-4:30    
Price:         $215 + $10 material fee
 

Kids Love Cooking: PK-K (French)

When kids learn to cook, they do more than just figure out how to feed themselves - they learn math concepts, fine motor skills, cooperation, build self-confidence, and practice organizational skills.  Studies has shown that kids that learn how to cook are more likely to try new foods – do you have a picky eater at home? Students will learn basic skills such as following a recipe, spreading butter, using a knife safely, cracking eggs, mixing wet and dry ingredients, rolling out dough.  Emphasis will be made on French vocabulary, technique, and choosing healthy whole foods.

 

Instructor:           Evelyn Farez

Time:                     3:45-4:45             

Price:                     $215 + $25 material fee

                                Waiver A Required

Music & Movement: K-1st (English)

Time to get a movin' and a shakin'! We'll combine singing, dancing and musical instruments with choreographed and free form movements then cool it all down with some quiet "inner-peacing". This class will be a great way to release all that energy left over from the day through wiggles and giggles and at the end of the semester you'll get a little music video in your email highlighting what we've been accomplished. Join us!

 

Instructor:           Dave Yeager

Time:                     3:45-4:45             

Price:                     $215

Cook it and Take it Home: 1st-5th (French)

Students will do more than just learn a recipe or two, here they will make something that can then be taken home and shared with the family. Some days this may be a side dish that can be incorporated into dinner, other days it might be a tiramisu that can be served for dessert.

 

Instructor:           Nadia Radji

Time:                     3:45-4:45

Price:                     $215 + $60 material fee

Waiver A required

Urban Dancing: 1st-5th (French)

Come rock your body in this Urban Dance class! Dance, sweat, jump and be creative in this movement based French fitness class. This class will help develop a healthy lifestyle. Students will learn routines to modern and vibrant music from a variety of cultures from Hip Hop to African, Latin and Pop. Students will then create their own routines that lead up to a special performance they will put together to share at the end of the semester. 

  • Instructor: Micheline Manival
  • Time: 3:45-4:45
  • Price: $215

Literary and Philosophical Debate: 2nd-5th (French)

In this class, students will practice their French skills and develop their vocabulary, within a philosophical frame, in various oral discussions based on a new theme each week proposed by the teacher or students. The various objectives of this class are to learn to expand on a theme, an idea, how to develop and structure your thoughts, and learn to listen, respect and take into account other's point of view.

Through all of this, students will get to actively practice their French vocally.

  • Instructor: Sebastian Arial
  • Time: 3:45-4:45
  • Price: $215

Strategies & Board Games: 3rd-8th (French)

Like to play games? Like to be challenged? Want to build your strategies? Come and play board games in a fun friendly environment. Students will practice their French while playing fun French board games including Takenoko, 7 Wonders, Dixit, les aventuriers du rail, Carcassonne, king domino, saboteur and more!

 

Instructor:           Alix Martelly

Time:                     3:45-4:45             

Price:                     $215 + $25 material fee

Journalism: 4th-6th (French)

Join your colleagues in the newsroom to create FAIS’s first student led newspaper. Students will share events and stories about their school, community, city and more, in both French and English. Students will explore different forms of journalism, will discuss contents, choose their assignments, and have their own material edited during the class and investigate their subjects during the week. This project will be defined by the students and grow with them while structured by the teacher.

  • Instructor: Aurore Morelus
  • Time: 3:45-5:00
  • Price: $270

Speech and Debate: 6th-8th (English)

Do you have a flair for drama? Are you interested in current events? Do you find yourself debating over the dinner table? Come channel that energy with speech and debate! In this class, you'll learn valuable skills that will last you a lifetime. Students will learn how to build strong and convincing arguments, entertain and connect with their audience, and express themselves in their own voice through games as well as preparation for individual or group exercises.

  • Instructor: Lauren Yamasaki
  • Time: 3:45-5:15
  • Price: $325

Friday

yoga: tps-pk

Become an animal, a warrior, or a rainbow. This yoga class includes fun yoga poses, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, and mindfulness exercises. Students will participate in a 5-minute meditation exercise each week. Yoga helps children improve focus and concentration, gain confidence, and learn to express themselves.

Instructor:           Karine Lebail
Time:                     3:30-4:15
Price:                     $160

Earth Science Experiments: PS-K (English)

Learn about earth science and the world around you through hands-on science experiments. Students will learn about the scientific process while doing experiments on volcanic eruptions, plate tectonics, the process of mineralization, subsurface layers, weather, rock types, earthquakes, phases of the moon, dinosaur excavations and much more! 

Experiments:

Volcanic Eruptions

Dinosaur Excavation

Graham Cracker Plate Tectonics

Earthquake waves in a box

Limestone/acid rain

Earth layers

Oobleck

Weather: Tornado/snowstorm in a jar

Rainbow water

Why is the Sky Blue?

Layers of Subsurface: Making mud pies

Make your own lava lamps

Geodes

Study of Rocks

Oreo Phases of the Moon

Teacher Bio: Megan Sever is a parent at FAIS and an earth science editor with more than 15 years’ experience in the earth science field. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion for science with students at FAIS.

Waiver A required

Price: $185 + $25 material fee

 

LEt’s GO Classic LEGO®: PS-K (French)

Using multiple LEGO® Classic sets will afford students the opportunity to develop their imagination and creativity while also following step by step instructions and problem solving. We will learn the ins and outs of model building. This class focuses on creating easy building model and developing strategies to solve a problem using Lego®. 

This is a more guided class designed for students who have participated in Thursday ‘Discover the LEGO® World’ class. 

Instructor:     Cédric Strapart
Time:         3:30-4:30
Price:         $215 + $10 material fee
 

Gymnastics: K-3rd (English)

This class teaches students a framework of basic tumbling skills, learning skills such as forward and backward rolls, cartwheels and handstands. Students will learn proper technique as well as stretching and conditioning.

 

Teacher Bio: Liza Myachina is a performer and teacher in the world of gymnastics and aerial arts for the past 7 years. Her passion is to motivate others to express themselves through movement, whichever form it takes. Safety and technique of her students are of her utmost priority, which she teaches in a patient and determined manner.

Instructor:    Liza Myachina
Time:         3:45-4:45
Price:         $215
Waiver A required

DIY for Beginners: K-3rd (French)

In this DIY for Beginners class, students will work with a variety of mediums to make their own unique creations that they can take home and enjoy. Students will create and design their own jewelry using different types of materials, cross-stitch using wood and plastic material, learn the easy melt and pour method of soap making and more!

Instructor:    Yilda Yau Ortega
Time:         3:45-4:45
Price:         $215 + $15 material fee
 

Fencing & Lightsaber Choreography: 3rd-6th (English)

Note: If you are only interested in participating in one part of this class please contact lbirshan@faispdx.org for more information.

Lightsaber Choreography – 7 weeks

Students will learn the choreography of a lightsaber duel in this brand new class at FAIS. Lightsaber skills will be taught using stage combat techniques and the final class will be a fight performance. Stunt grade lightsabers provided by Northwest Fencing Center.

Fencing – 8 weeks

Match wits and cross blades! Learn the basics of fencing from a professional fencing coach. The class covers fencing footwork, the basics of offense and defense, and fencing strategy. We finish every class with a group battle! Emphasis is on fun and safety. Everyone wears full protective safety gear, chest plate, jacket, gloves, and mask, provided by NW Fencing Center. En garde. Prêt? Allez!

  • Instructor: NW Fencing Center
  • Time: 3:45-4:45
  • Price: $240

Dungeons & Dragons: 6th-8th (English)

Discover the game that started it all! Every Roleplaying video game you have ever played most likely has its roots in the tabletop game, Dungeons & Dragons. Learn how to put your imagination to work and immerse yourself in a world of fantasy and adventure! D&D requires communication, cooperation, and a sense of humor as you send a character of your own creation out into the world to fight monsters and save the realm with a group of friends.

 

Instructor:           Jackson Jarman-Miller

Time:                     3:45-4:45

Price:                     $215 + $20 material fee

 

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