After School Programs

To register any of the following programs, visit  https://www.familyid.com/willard-ptg

Session dates are announced in The Willard Weekly

Beehive Arts

Children grades K-3 will experience a variety of art projects throughout the 8 week session. An introduction to art techniques is taught in a variety of mediums including watercolor, oil pastels, tempera paints, photo, print and pattern collage, 3-D sculpture, book making, mobiles, sewing and textiles.

Date: TBD
Time: 3:45-4:45 PM
Location: Willard Cafeteria
Cost: $160
Grades: K, 1, 2, 3
Number of Students: maximum 12 students

Kids Cooking Green for Grades K-2

Kids Cooking Green offers a series of classes and activities introducing children to the importance of eating locally grown food. Through hands-on cooking and lively classroom presentations, students learn about nutrition and the positive impact eating locally can have on the environment, and their bodies.

As an example, the 3-class series for fall 2015 included the following:

  • Too Many Pumpkins – We will start with a local sugar pumpkin, then roast it and its seeds. We use the pumpkin to mix up our secret waffle recipe and eat it with fruit compote and hand whipped cream.
  • Noodles, Noodles – Learn how fun it is to make pasta dough from scratch using local eggs and semolina flour. Roll and then cut your own noodles and make delicious nut-free basil pesto to eat with the pasta.
  • Bee-Licious – Learn about the role of bees in our food and then cook with local honey! Kids will make and eat homemade granola (nut free), and then make their own yogurt-granola parfait. Delicious and nutritious.
Date: TBD
Time: 3:45-4:45 PM
Location: Willard Cafeteria
Cost: $100
Grades: K, 1, 2
Number of students: minimum 12, maximum 16

Kids Cooking Green for Grades 3-5

Kids Cooking Green offers a series of classes and activities introducing children to the importance of eating locally grown food. Through hands-on cooking and lively classroom presentations, students learn about nutrition and the positive impact eating locally can have on the environment, and their bodies.

As an example, the 5-class series for fall 2015 will included the following:

  • Pasta Party – Ever wondered how the professionals make handmade pasta and cheese-filled ravioli? Come learn how they get that great filling inside a ravioli. We will knead and roll out our own pasta, and make a seasonal homemade butternut squash ravioli with a brown butter sage sauce. Kids will take these home to be cooked in your kitchen and enjoyed with family!
  • Handmade Soft Corn Tacos with Guacamole and Toasted Corn Salsa – Kids learn the fine art, and fun, of making their own taco with guacamole, using locally grown crop, (peas) instead of avocado, and fresh corn salsa.
  • Crepes – Learn to make one of France’s most delicious exports. Students will prepare a local fruit compote and hand whip the cream.
  • Energy Balls and Chocolate Cream Truffles – Everyone loves a good snack and something sweet as a treat. As you know, sugar might taste good and give you a sudden bolt of energy, but it isn’t the best for you! Come learn to make some delicious and healthful treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth and make you feel great!
  • Local Fruit Smoothies – Students learn about healthy eating with a registered dietician and then work in small group teams to create the best tasting fresh fruit smoothie using local fruits, yogurt and 100% juices. Ready, set…buzz that blender!
Date: TBD
Time: 3:45-5:00 PM
Location: Willard Cafeteria
Cost: $187.50
Grades: 3, 4, 5
Number of students: minimum 12, maximum 16

Newspaper Club

Learn the art of journalism! Club members will interview and write about Willard teachers and staff and report on school events and community news as well as write book reviews and anything else of kid interest for the student newspaper The Willard Monthly for Kids.  If you have any questions regarding the newspaper or newspaper club, please email willardmonthly@willardptg.org.

Date: Every other Thursday, October- June
Time: 3:30-4:15 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Cost: $35
Grades: 3, 4, 5
Number of students: maximum 30

Beginner Photography

This beginner photography class is taught by 4th grade teacher, Robin McManus!  Students will study different photographers and emulate their styles. Children will get to experiment with different perspectives and filters on their cameras. Everyone will create a photo book at the end of the class to preserve and share their work. Cameras will be provided for class time.

Date: TBD
Time: 3:30-4:15 PM
Location: Classroom U15
Cost: $40
Grades: 3, 4, 5
Number of students: maximum 12

Scratch

Scratch is a computer programming language specifically designed by the MIT Media Lab for elementary aged children. It is easy to use and very powerful. The students will learn the skills to create dynamic and interactive computational media projects such as animations, games, and stories. The goal is to foster a Scratch community where the students can help each other and learn from each other.

For more information about Scratch programming, see http://scratch.mit.edu/. Scratch is designed for 3rd–5th graders.

Date: TBD
Time: 3:30-4:15 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Cost: TBD
Grades: 3, 4, 5
Number of students: TBD