Enrichment Course Descriptions

WINTER 2018 ENRICHMENT (January 8 – March 23, 2018)

Register HERE starting December 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM


Download a printable PDF of the Winter 2018 Enrichment Class Schedule here .

1:15 - 2:30 PMJump Rope (1-5) $135
75 minutesDrumming (3-5) $135
Game Development Beg/Int (3-5) $210
Chess (3-5) $95 (class ends at 2:15 PM)
Wilderness Awareness (1-5) $120 (class runs til 3:15 PM; no class 2/14)
NEW! Engineer with Minecraft (3-5) $225
NEW! Trendy Crafts: Crafts Around the World (K-5) $180
2:30 - 3:45 PM 75 minutesDrumming (1-5) $135
2:30 - 3:30 PMBasketball* (K-2) $65Unit Origami* (3-5) $65Gymnastics (2-4) $135Tennis (3-5) $150
60 minutesBasketball* (3-5) $65French (1-5) $165NEW! Trendy Crafts - Oceans, Mermaids & More (K-5) $160NEW! - Dance Fitness (K-2) $120
Little Coders (K-2) $200Spanish (3-5) $165NEW! Martial Arts (2-5) $135NEW! Juggling (3-5) $130
Musical Minds Piano Club (1-5) $180Chess (1-2) $105NEW! Musical Minds (K only) $200NEW! Stone Soup Theatre: Aesop's Fables - The Musical! (1-4) $155
Yoga & Mindfulness (3-5) $115 (no class 2/26)School of Rock (K-2) $100NEW! Yoga & Mindfulness (K-2) $125 (no class 2/29)
Fun with Drawing & Painting (1-5) $125Art Wizards (K-5) $150NEW! Play & Learn Spanish* (K-2) $65
NEW! Stone Soup Theatre: Tikki Tikki Tembo (K-2) $145Mandarin (K-2) $155
NEW! Play & Learn Italian (K-2) $125NEW! Unicycle* (3-5) $65
NEW! Baking 101* (3-5) $85NEW! Fashion Club: Accessorize It! (1-5) $210
NEW! - Ballet + Urban Jazz (1-5) $135
NEW! Guided Drawing* (3-5) $65
* Class taught by GH staff.
Class days and fees subject to change.
Winter Session Dates: January 8 - March 23, 2018 (M & W - 9 classes; T, Th, F - 10 classes, unless otherwise noted).


Download a PDF of the Winter 2018 Class Description HERE .

Art Wizards – Everyone Can Draw! Grades K – 5 Tuesdays to 3:30 PM
Art Wizards is a unique fine arts program based on the belief that every child can learn to draw. The most important part of learning to draw is learning to see. That’s where we start. We give students all the information they need to be successful, but not so much that we stifle their imagination or limit their opportunities.  With consistent and ongoing practice throughout the school year, our students are amazed at the progress they make. Projects include fish, birds and animals of all kinds; people, landscapes, still life, mythical creatures, movie characters and cartoons (including Minecraft, Pokemon, Smurfs, Cars 3, Leap!, The Nut Job and the Lego Batman Movie).  We show them how to break down a scene or character so it comes out looking like what they intended.  We show them how easy it can be when they know how to use chalk and oil pastels, when it’s better to use colored pencils and where markers and watercolor fit in.  It’s easy! It’s exciting! It’s rewarding! And it has a super-positive effect on all other subjects. You can see some examples of our students’ work in the galleries at www.artwizards.org. Class limit: 20
Drew Crain, Art Wizards Room 1114 $150/session (10 classes)


NEW! Baking 101 Grades 3-5 Mondays to 3:30 PM
Join Chef Megan this winter for a hands-on cooking experience! Each class will focus on one baking project from savory pizza to a healthy version of cupcakes.  Junior chefs will learn a different recipe each week, as well as basic nutrition, proper measuring, pouring, knife safety skills, culinary terms, and much more.  Plus, they get to eat what they make and receive the recipe at the end of each class! Unfortunately, allergies cannot be accommodated. Tuition includes $20 supply fee. NOTE: A parent volunteer is needed in exchange for priority enrollment and a full tuition discount. Plus we may be able to extend the class time to 90 minutes (for just $30/session) if a parent volunteer is available.

Class limit: 12

Megan Parrera* Room 1220 $85/session (9 classes)


NEW! Ballet/Urban Jazz      Grades 1-5 Tuesdays to 3:30 PM
Boom Dance Studios (which brought Hip Hop, Breakdancing and Tahitian Dance to GH) will be mixing it up this class with a combination of two dance styles. Students will learn basic Ballet and Jazz skills, movement, and choreography in a creative and fun environment, plus learn Jazz with a twist, fusing both Urban/Hip Hop/Funk styles with Jazz. Using a positive learning atmosphere, students will explore the varying aspects and differences in dynamics between Ballet and Urban Jazz, including musicality and composition. Let’s Dance! Class limit: 16
Ms. T, Boom Dance Studios TBD $135/session (10 classes)


Basketball “Hoop” Dreams Grades K-2

Grades 3-5

Mondays to 3:30 PM

Mondays to 3:30 PM

Coach Santana (3-5) and Coach Cudney (K-2) will teach basketball skills, run drills, and scrimmage with students. New this session, we have added separate sections for grades K-2 and 3-5. This is one of our most popular classes so register early (or volunteer as a PTA chaperone) to save your spot! Class limit: 16 (per section)
Aranza Santana* and Shawn Cudney* Gym $65/ session (9 classes)


Chess Club Grades K – 2

Grades 3 – 5

Tuesdays to 3:30 PM

Wednesdays to 1:15 – 2:15 PM

In this class, students will learn chess strategies, tactics and openings, and have fun playing chess. Students who enjoy and play chess regularly see increases in their overall academic performance, especially in reading, math, and science.  The Chess Mates Foundation has been organizing clubs in Seattle for over 20 years. Class limit: 14

NOTE: Chess (3-5) ends early at 2:15 PM.

Michael Grife, Chess Mates Room 1220 Tuesdays: $105/session (10 classes)

Wednesdays: $95/session (9 classes)


NEW! Dance Fitness Grades K-2 Fridays to 3:30 PM
This active class is designed for kids to let loose and dance the hour away at the end of a long week! There will be cardio-intense, follow along, and fun dance moves for students to get a good workout. Get ready to sweat and come have some fun! Class limit: 18
Coach Vasha, Santana’s Sports TBD $120/session (10 classes)


Drumming Grades 3 – 5

Grades 1 – 5*

Wednesdays, 1:15 – 2:30 PM

Wednesdays, 2:30 – 3:45 PM

Have fun learning rhythm and playing the drums!  Designed by a music industry professional, this class combines unique tools and innovative techniques, including exclusive iPad linked drum sets, personal audio monitoring systems, and video projection, to create a truly immersive one-of-a-kind experience! Students will learn fundamentals of rhythm and time keeping, technique, rudiments, beats and much, much more. All necessary equipment is provided and all levels of ability are welcome! Visit experiencebpm.com for more information! Instructor Jon Slatkin is a GH parent and musician/producer. Present/past clients include One Reel (Bumbershoot 2004-13), Capitol Hill Block Party, Sundance Film Festival, YouTube and EMP. Jon began his professional career at age 15 and has studied with legendary drummer Jim Chapin. He is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and the Percussive Arts Society. NOTE: Please do not enroll in the second session (grades 1-2) if your child attends Aftercare at the SP site unless they can be picked up at GH after class ends

Class limit: 15

Jon Slatkin, GH parent Music Room $135/session (9 classes)


NEW! Engineer with Minecraft Grades 3 – 5 Wednesdays, 1:15 – 2:30 PM
This hands-on class will teach kids the basics of computing devices and how to build their own computer using a computer kit that teaches engineering while playing Minecraft. Students first build a computer and then navigate through a series of Minecraft adventure maps, completing each one by connecting circuits and assembling electronics. Kids pair up in teams to build and solve computer engineering puzzles, sharing and collaborating together. Class limit 16.

NOTE: A parent volunteer is needed in exchange for priority enrollment and a 100% tuition discount.

Avery Horton, TechVenture Kids Room 1222 $225/session (9 classes)


NEW! Fashion Club – Accessorize It! Grades 1 – 5 Tuesdays to 3:30 PM
Get ready to explore the multifaceted world of accessory design with fashion designer, Ms. Reese! Young designers will tap into their creativity by creating their very own line of accessories based on their individual design style. Designers will also get to experiment with an array of materials and participate in a variety of group/ individual projects. Students will be given a fashion sketchbook to develop ideas and collect inspiration. Tuition includes $25 supply fee. Class limit 18.
Maresa Cogger, Ms. Reese Fashion Club Room 2201 $210/session (10 classes)


French with Sponge School Grades 1 – 5 Tuesdays to 3:30 PM
Join us as for we head to the supermarket for our second session of French – Let’s Go Shopping! Since the curriculum is theme based, both new students and continuing students are welcome to enroll.  At Sponge, we see language as a passport to global citizenship. Young learners are especially primed for language learning – research shows that students are 70% more likely to gain fluency when they begin in elementary school or younger. Classes are immersion based, and taught by experienced teachers using games, art, drama and movement to help children build language skills. Students will receive an activity book and access to our online e-learning portal to help students practice their language skills. Current students receive priority for Winter/Spring sessions. Class limit: 12.

NOTE: A parent volunteer is needed in exchange for priority enrollment and a 50% tuition discount.

Erica Titus, Sponge School 2nd Grade Commons $165/session (10 classes)


Fun with Drawing and Painting Grades 1 – 5 Mondays to 3:30 PM
Local teaching Janet Crawley returns with her fun and creative art class!  Young artists will have fun expressing themselves creatively through drawing, watercolor and tempera painting.  Using the elements of color, shape, line, form and texture, we’ll focus on themes in nature as we create our masterpieces. Class limit: 16

NOTE: Kindergartners may enroll with instructor’s permission if there is a parent volunteer for the class.

Janet Crawley, Janet Crawley Art Room 2201 $125/session (9 classes)


Game Development


Grades 3 – 5 Wednesdays to 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Do you play video games and wonder how they are created?  Would you like to build your own computer programs?  Beginning students will be introduced to the core concepts of computer programming, including loops, conditionals and variables.  Using the Scratch development environment, you will learn how to create your own programs, such as simple games, animations, and interactive stories. Intermediate students will build on their previous knowledge and be introduced to more advanced concepts, such as nested conditionals and functions with parameters. With new projects each session, you will be able to express your creativity and advance as a coder! See examples here. Class limit: 16

NOTE: A parent volunteer is needed in exchange for priority enrollment and a 50% tuition discount.  Class limit: 16

Coding with Kids staff Computer Lab $210/session (9 classes)


NEW! Guided Drawing Grades 3 – 5 Tuesdays to 3:30 PM
Ms. Kwintner will offer her popular Genius Hour class to young artists! Students first establish the boundaries of a piece of paper and identify start and end points to connect lines. As the lines connect and build, a beautiful image appears. Guided Drawing helps students learn how to use lines and shading to create depth, explore various art mediums, and most importantly builds confidence. Examples of student work are on display in the lobby. Class limit: 15
Jennifer Kwintner* Room 3114 $65/session (10 classes)


Gymnastics Grades 2 – 4 Thursdays to 3:30 PM
Coach Vasha returns for a second session of Gymnastics! This class is designed to help children develop coordination, strength, flexibility and endurance! Students will practice gymnastics skills in an upbeat and positive environment. Students will be introduced to tumbling skills such as forward rolls, handstands, cartwheels and balancing. Students will also work to develop flexibility, core strength, and life skills such as teamwork and determination. Coach Vasha is a UW graduate and a coach at Seattle Gymnastics Academy in Columbia City. Class limit: 16
Coach Vasha, Santana’s Sports Gym $135/session (10 classes)


NEW! Juggling Grades 3 – 5 Fridays to 3:30 PM
If your child loves to entertain, this is definitely the class for them! In this hands-on class, students will learn how to juggle different objects, plus some bonus magic tricks along the way! Learning and performing will build your child’s confidence and self-esteem. Be prepared to be amazed by with their new skills! Class limit: 16.
Mr. Dominic, Santana’s Sports Room TBD $130/session (10 classes)


Jump Roping for Fun & Fitness Grades 1 – 5 Wednesdays, 1:15 to 2:30 PM
Join Genesee Hill parent Rene Bibaud as she shares Ropeworks’s “smart sequencing” approach to jumping rope. Classes help anyone, of any skill level, learn the steps to basic, intermediate and advanced level jump rope skills. Kids work together in a fun and rewarding environment of goal setting, best effort and team building.  Kids will play games, learn skills, develop new skills and stay fit in a fun-filled, high energy program. End of the session performance culminates the program. Bring your own jump rope or purchase one from the instructor for $5. Class limit: 25
Rene Bibaud, RopeWorks Gym $135/session (9 classes)


Little Coders Grades K – 2 Mondays to 3:30 PM
Jump start your child’s STEAM education with this Little Coders class! Students will develop their computational thinking skills and build their own creative programs. Our curriculum combines a blend of fun activities – both “on-screen” and “off-screen” – to keep students engaged and excited about coding. This class will give students a strong foundation on coding basics, such as loops and conditionals that can be built upon in our other classes. Kids will be introduced to these programming fundamentals in a variety of ways appropriate for this age group, from coding puzzles and board games to hands-on programming using online drag-and-drop tools, such as Scratch (scratch.mit.edu). Class limit: 16

A parent volunteer is needed in exchange for priority enrollment and a 50% tuition discount.

Coding with Kids staff Computer Lab $200/session (9 classes)


Mandarin Grades K-2 Tuesdays to 3:30 PM
This engaging class will use songs, games, and many other activities to make Chinese language fun for young learners. Students are quickly able to remember words, recognize basic characters and engage the teacher in simple dialogue; they also gain an appreciation for the Chinese culture and language! Tuition includes a $5 supply fee. Class limit: 15
Wendy Tan, Mandarin Experts Room 2112 $155/session (10 classes)


NEW! Martial Arts Grades 2-5 Thursdays to 3:30 PM
Confidence. Respect. Discipline. These basic principles, in combination with physical movement, will guide students as they learn the basic skills of Martial Arts (Northern Shaolin Kung Fu style). Students will have the chance to be physically active after school and feel great! Class will be taught by Mr. Derrick of last year’s Break Dancing fame! Class limit: 20
Mr. Derrick, Boom Dance Studios Gym $135/session (10 classes)


Musical Minds Piano-Keyboard Club Grades 1 – 5

NEW! K only

Mondays to 3:30 PM

Thursdays to 3:30 PM

This class teaches kids to play their favorite songs and music on electric keyboards. Radio hits, movie and television themes are made so easy, that students will be playing them after the very first class! The class combines keyboard piano lessons and a music learning workshop, which uses a clever visual method to teach the basics of music reading and piano playing. We’ve developed lots of learning games and activities designed to teach kids basic music reading skills and playing techniques, in ways that are fun, engaging, and stimulating. Students continuing from Fall session will learn more advanced materials and brand new songs, as well as will be learning chords, scales and ensembles. We want our students to stay motivated and continue to want to learn to play music, whether they like Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars or Beethoven. We have all the music they want, including Frozen, Stars Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, and lots more. Keyboards, headphones, and books and other materials are all provided.Class limit: 24 (grades 1-5); 12 (K only)
Musical Minds staff Music Room Mondays: $180/session (9 classes)

Thursdays:  $200/session (10 classes)


NEW! Play and Learn Italian Grades K-2 Mondays to 3:30 PM
Designed especially for younger learners, this interactive and engaging Italian class will teach students about all aspects of Italy and its culture. From basic fundamentals of the Italian language, to learning about the delicious foods, music, clothing, games, and differences between American and Italian cultures, your child will walk away from class falling in love with Italy and all it has to offer! Class will include 20 minutes of recess time. Class limit: 12
Ms. T, Boom Dance Studios Room 1316 $125/session (9 classes)


NEW! Play and Learn Spanish Grades K-2 Thursdays to 3:30 PM
This very popular beginning Spanish class, taught by Ms. Santana, will expose your child to the Spanish language and culture in a fun, engaging environment through the use of songs, games, age appropriate books and activities.  The goal of this class is to foster an appreciation of and a level of comfort with the language, and just have fun! Class will include 15 – 20 minutes of recess time. Class limit: 12
Aranza Santana Room 1317 $65/session (10 classes)


Spanish with Sponge School Grades 3 – 5 Tuesdays to 3:30 PM
Join us as we head to the supermarket for our second session of Spanish, Let’s Go Shopping! The curriculum is theme based, so both new students and continuing students are welcome to enroll. At Sponge, we see language as a passport to global citizenship. Young learners are especially primed for language learning – research shows that students are 70% more likely to gain fluency when they begin in elementary school or younger. Classes are immersion based, and taught by experienced teachers using games, art, drama and movement to help children build language skills. Students will receive an activity book and access to our online e-learning portal to help students practice their language skills. Current students receive priority for Winter/Spring sessions. Class limit: 12.

NOTE: A parent volunteer is needed in exchange for priority enrollment and a 50% tuition discount.

Ms. Nelly, Sponge School Room 2109 $165/session (10 classes)


School of Rock Grades K – 2 Tuesdays to 3:30 PM
This music class uses elements of both the Little Wing and Rookies programs to teach valuable music and social skills to students. The activities are designed to move quickly and transition in order for students to keep interest and get the most learning out of the short time together. Students practice singing and listening skills as well as engage in special activities using electric and bass guitar, keyboards, Hi Hat and snare drum, and delay pedals to develop science and math skills. Class activities include; making and recognizing rhythm patterns; singing and tonal processing; exercising both short and long term musical memory, including kinetic memory; understanding sound and silence, musical dynamics and song structure; and auditory focus and the development of great listening skills! Class limit: 12
Ben Haber & Annie O’Neill, School of Rock Music Room $100/session (10 classes)


NEW! Aesop’s Fables – The Musical! Grades 1 – 4 Fridays to 3:30 PM
Join Stone Soup Theatre for a production of Aesop’s Fables, a musical anthology of several of Aesop’s most popular and familiar fables.  The class will bring these ancient stories to life with catchy songs and whimsical creatures.  Clever mice, sinister wolves, a Greek chorus of sheep, a bored shepherd, an egotistical lion, and other characters both entertain and teach us life’s lessons of friendship, trust, cooperation, and kindness. Class limit: 15
Cristie Kearny, Stone Soup Theatre 2nd grade Commons $155/session (10 classes)


NEW! Tikki Tikki Tembo Grades K-2 Mondays to 3:30 PM
Join Stone Soup Theatre for theater games, acting and singing exercises, and a staged production of Tikki Tikki Tembo. Many years ago, in China, it was a tradition to give children long and honorable names. Tikki Tikki Tembo No So Rembo falls into the well. His brother tries to rescue him. Will Tikki be saved in time? Come find out with us, in words and music! Class limit: 15
Heather Bernadette, Stone Soup Theatre 1st grade Commons $145/session (9 classes)


Tennis Grades 3 – 5 Fridays to 3:30 PM
Join Coach Jeannie to learn and play Tennis this winter! Students will learn the fundamentals of the sport and have fun learning to play tennis. Both new and returning students are welcome! Class limit: 20.
Jeannie Shek, Santana’s Sports Gym $150/session (10 classes)


Trendy Crafts – Crafts Around the World Grades K – 5 Wednesdays, 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Join Trendy Crafts for a crafting adventure around the globe! Students will discover new cultures as they create unique treasures from a different country every week.  As they craft, students will learn about the traditions and celebrations that inspired them.  All materials provided. Class limit: 20
Loretta Campbell, Trendy Crafts Room 2202 $180/session (9 classes)


Trendy Crafts – Oceans, Mermaids & More! Grades K – 5 Thursdays to 3:30 PM
Join Trendy Crafts this Winter to explore the deep blue seas. We will create mermaid and ocean inspired craft projects that are sure to be treasured! All materials provided.  Class limit: 20
Loretta Campbell, Trendy Crafts Room 1111 $160/session (10 classes)


NEW! Unicycle Grades 3 – 5 Tuesdays to 3:30 PM
Back by popular demand, join Ms. Sealey for Unicycle Club! This class is for both beginners and those who already know how to ride. Riders will practice their skills and learn new ones. We will even get on the giraffes! Class limit: 25
CJ Sealey* Gym $65/session (10 classes)


Unit Origami Grades 3 – 5 Tuesdays to 3:30 PM
Ms. Williams returns this session with more Unit Origami! Unit Origami involves folding multiple numbers of one or more units then assembling them to create one large Origami. Students will be given direction and guidance to create their own origami projects!  See examples in the 2nd floor display case. Class limit: 15
Nicole Bankhead–Williams* Room 3102 $65/session (10 classes)


Wilderness Awareness Grades 1 – 5 Wednesdays 1:15 – 3:15 PM
Come explore the great outdoors, even during the Winter! A Wilderness Awareness School instructor will lead students into Schmitz Park and will work closely with them to increase their awareness and knowledge of the natural world, including knowledge of Pacific Northwest plants, mammals, birds, wildlife tracks and sign, and local rain forest and coastal ecology. More information about the program and the necessary medical release forms can be found at wildernessawareness.org.  NOTE: Students will be escorted from GH to Schmitz Park field for this class. Pick-up will be at Schmitz Park. Class limit: 16. *Please do not enroll in this class is your child attends Aftercare at the GH site unless they can be picked up at SP after class ends*
Jesse Phillips, Lead Instructor

Wilderness Awareness School

Schmitz Park

(pick-up on playground)

$120/session (8 classes)

No class on 2/14


Yoga & Mindfulness Grades 3 – 5

NEW! Grades K-2

Mondays to 3:30 PM

Thursdays to 3:30 PM

Certified Yoga teacher and Genesee Hill parent Robin Lutton returns with her popular yoga and mindfulness class (inspired by Little Flower Yoga for Kids).  New this session, we have added a class designed for K-2 students. Classes are based on the five elements: Connect (with self, others, and environment), Breathe, Move, Focus, and Relax.  Students will explore their thoughts, breath, and bodies in a fun, safe, and engaging environment that in time will provide them with the tools for lifelong wellness.  Class limit: 12
Robin Lutton Room 1218 Mondays: $115/session (8 classes) – No class on 2/26

Thursdays: $125 (9 classes) – No class on 3/1




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