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ACE Classes Offered

After Class Enrichment (ACE)
Deans Mill Elementary School
Fall 2014

Deans Mill ACEs Programs will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are seven programs to choose from – some old favorites and some exciting new offerings.

Full descriptions are below.

Tuesdays

Yoga: Grades K - 4
Aerospace: Grades 3 - 4
Introduction to Spanish: Grades K - 4

Thursdays

Birds of Connecticut: Grades 1 - 4
Fishing at NESS: Grades 1 - 4
Drawing & Painting: Grades 2 - 4
Introduction to Saving & Investing: Grades 3-4

To enroll, please return the registration form, the waiver/permission slip and a check payable as directed in each class description (since this varies by class) by Tuesday September 23. Please place the documents and check in a sealed envelope with the name of the class and student on the outside of the envelop and return the envelope with your child to school.

Each course instructor has indicated the minimum and maximum number of students. If a class does not reach the minimum enrollment, or we have insufficient volunteers to ensure a second adult is present for each session, then the class cannot be offered. If there is not enough space in a class for all those who register, then there will be a blind drawing of enrollee envelopes of the maximum number of students for the class.

A note will be sent home with your child once they are accepted into the class. If a class is cancelled or the student does not secure a place via the lottery to an oversubscribed class, then your envelope with all materials/check will be returned to you.

Registration Forms: Click Here

If you have questions or concerns please contact: Michele Kirk – DMS.ACES@gmail.com or 646-752-4042.

YOGA at DMS

Connect with creative practices of yoga to help children channel their energy in positive ways and allow creative expression. Young yogis will practice animal poses and breathing techniques to strengthen their muscles and bones. They will also learn the meaning of mantras and chants including “OM”. Each day includes instruction in traditional yoga poses, peer-to-peer social learning which encourages cognitive development. Children are free to dress in comfortable clothing for movement. Mats and props are provided but you are welcome to bring your own.

Dates: Tuesdays/ 5 weeks, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/18
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 (all students must be picked up promptly at DMS)
Grades: K – 4
Cost: $80.00 per student. Checks made payable to “Katie Ziskind” must accompany all forms. Please place in a sealed envelope marked “ACE Yoga”.
Minimum number of students: 5
Maximum number of students: 17

AEROSPACE at DMS

Students with an interest in aerospace science will love this class! It's all hands-on. Sessions may include rockets, airplanes, weather, robots, space history and astronomy. Concepts from the Connecticut State Science Frameworks will be incorporated. Many brand new activities in science, math, and engineering will engage students as they develop attention to detail, teamwork and communication skills. It will be a BLAST! Classes will be taught by Mr. Stuart Sharack, a retired 5th grade teacher from Juliet Long School in Gales Ferry. In 2009, Mr. Sharack was named Civil Air Patrol National Aerospace Educator of the Year and has been a featured presenter at many conferences on science education.

Dates: Tuesdays 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/18
Time: 3:30 - 4:45 pm (all students must be picked up promptly at DMS)
Grades: 3-4
Cost: $75.00 per student. Checks made payable to Stuart Sharack must accompany all registrations.
Minimum number of students: 5
Maximum number of students: 10

SPANISH at DMS

This class provides an early opportunity for students to have fun and gain a basic introduction to Spanish vocabulary and conversation. Our teacher is Wendy Canty, who is both a DMS parent and the Spanish teacher at Westerly High School. She will teach students an introduction to reading, writing and speaking Spanish at an age appropriate level. No prior experience is necessary.
Dates: Tuesdays 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/18
Grades: K-4
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm (all students must be picked up promptly at DMS)
Cost: $20.00 per student. Checks made payable to DMS PTO must accompany all enrollments.
Minimum number of students: 5
Maximum number of students: 15

Beaks, Feet and Feathers/Birds of Connecticut
Nature Center at DMS

Connecticut is home to over 600 different kinds of birds. Learn about their incredible lives by playing games, making bird feeders, using binoculars and meeting live birds, including owls! This class is offered at DMS by the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center.
Dates: Thursdays/4 weeks, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6 and 11/13
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 (all students must be picked up promptly at DMS)
Grades: 1 – 4
Cost: $32.00 per student.Checks made payable to “Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center” must accompany all forms.Please place in a sealed envelope marked “ACE Nature Center”
Minimum number of students: 10
Maximum number of students: 15

Introduction to Saving and Investing at DMS

Kids enjoy earning, saving and spending money, but are they learning to make wise choices for the future? Join our instructor Russ Cummings, from Mystic Wealth Advisors, who will use classroom instruction and role playing as business owners, investors, employees and customers, to look at the following questions: What is money? What is a bank? What is interest? How can I make money? How does a business work? How do I spend money and plan ahead?

Dates: Thursdays/6 weeks, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13
Time: 3:30- 4:30 (all students must be picked up promptly at DMS)
Grades: 3-4
Cost: $25 per student. Please make check out to “DMS PTO.”
Minimum number of students: 5
Maximum number of students: 10

Fishing Engineers: New England Science and Sailing (NESS)

Use engineering, fish research, and innovative design to construct a minnow trap and to make a fishing lure. Use dip nets, a cast net, rod & reel, and fish traps to provide background for biological observations. Perfect your fishing knots, lure selection, fish knowledge and just enjoy the wonderful sport of fishing.

Dates: Thursdays/4 weeks, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30
Time: 4:00-5:30 (ALL STUDENTS MUST BE PICKED UP AT NESS)
Grades: 1-4
Cost: $80 per student. Checks payable to NESS must accompany all registrations.
Minimum number of students: 7
Maximum number of students: 7 via bus; 3 additional with parental transportation from DMS to NESS. Please indicate on your envelope whether you would be interested in self-transport if you are not among the 7 chosen randomly for the course with bus transport and a second drawing will be held for those willing to self-transport. If this class has sufficient interest, NESS may be willing to arrange a second session on a different day.

Drawing and Painting at DMS with the Mystic Arts Center

Draw and paint with Mystic Arts Center instructor Mary Addison during 5 weekly sessions. Ms. Addison began her art studies at the Lyme Art Academy in Old Lyme, and received her art degree from the University of Colorado. In addition to her work at the Mystic Art Center, she has recently joined the teaching staff at Sacred Heart School in Groton.

Dates: Thursdays/5 weeks, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6
Time: 3:30-4:30 (All students must be picked up promptly at DMS)
Grades: 2-4
Cost: $70 per student. Checks must accompany registration and made payable to “DMS PTO.”
Minimum number of students: 9
Maximum number of students: 15

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