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After School Programs | Fall 2018

The following After School Programs will be offered starting Monday, September 17, 2018.

After school programmes offered at The Toronto Heschel School are considered to be an extension of the school day. Policies and practices stated in the parent handbook, on student conduct and code of behaviour, apply during all after school programmes. All providers have the discretion to remove a student from a programme, either temporarily or permanently, if that child’s conduct is deemed unacceptable.

Classes will run subject to minimum enrollment.

Class sizes will be limited due to space restriction.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis.

Register EARLY to avoid disappointment.

There will be NO REFUNDS after the second class of each program.

Elementary students, who are dismissed prior to the beginning of their program, will be picked up by their instructors from Kids’ Club. Parents should send an additional snack for their child/ren to have during this time.

Parents are expected to arrive promptly at the end of each program for pick-up.

Program instructors will wait 5 minutes for parents to arrive before sending students to Kids’ Club.


Mondays

Chess Club

Grades:Open to students in Grades SK to 8
Day & Time:Mondays from 4:20 – 5:20 pm
Dates:September 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11
(No class on October 9)
Cost:$275 for 12 sessions
Location:Room 321

The Chess Institute of Canada has taught in the Toronto District School Board and Jewish Day Schools for years, using chess to teach life skills and critical thinking. The CIC uses the highly engaging Chess World Curriculum (www.chessworld.ca), which has been accepted by the Ministry of Education in Israel and in schools throughout the GTA. SK students quickly grasp math concepts well before they are introduced in their regular curriculum. Students learn problem solving skills, pattern recognition, and the ability to plan ahead.

All children learn social skills and respect for individual uniqueness. The Chess Institute’s mission statement, “To improve the world” was a deliberate (if loose) translation of Tikkun Olam, according to founder and President Ted Winick. His motto is, “Chess and Life… your words and actions have consequences.” This enriching program was chosen to support and enhance The Toronto Heschel School experience. Join us for a fun, engaging time!


 

Kinder Drama with The Heschel Players

Grades:Open to students in Grades JK & SK
Day & Time:Mondays from 3:50 – 4:50 pm
Dates:September 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4
(No class on September 20 and December 11)
Cost:$220 for 10 sessions
Location:Room 223

Here it is, by popular demand, a ‘pint sized’ Heschel Drama Program designed specifically for our youngest students. Each week our JK and SK participants will be kept busy exploring a new and exciting theme through role-playing, storytelling, music, movement and creative exploration. Along the way they’ll gain confidence and learn to work collaboratively and independently. Most importantly, they’ll have lots of fun! Join us!


In The Mix Hip Hop Dance & iPad Video Creation

Grades:Open to students in Grades SK to 5
Day & Time:Mondays from 4:05 – 5:05 pm
Dates:September 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11
(No class on October 9)
Cost:$240 for 12 sessions
Location:Elementary Music Room

In the Mix is an innovative program that provides a unique opportunity for children to explore what’s new in dance, music and internet technology. This experience is very much about developing mind and body, and gaining confidence and social skills. Students will learn a brief hip-hop dance to share with parents at the last class. They will also work collaboratively in small groups to create one-of-a-kind music-videos, using iPads supplied by In the Mix. Kids get to be Directors, DJs, and Choreographers while producing their own custom HipHop music-videos! Students have full creative freedom yet are guided appropriately to help them progress and spice up their videos and dancing. At the end of the session, students can securely view their videos at the In the Mix website.

To learn more about this program visit www.inthemixprogram.com.


Tuesdays:

Masterchef Kids – Around the World!

Open to students in Grades JK to Grade 3

Tuesdays from 4:05 – 5:05 pm

Dates: September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12

Cost: $325 for 13 sessions

Location: Room 212

In this class, participants will be initiated into the exciting and creative world of cooking and baking. Kids will learn how to make recipes from around the world with the use of different spices and ingredients while learning basic kitchen skills. Our experienced instructor will teach your child how to make delicious and nutritious dishes that they will be begging to recreate at home! All ingredients are kosher and nut-free. Kids will be competing in a Masterchef competition at the end of the session where they will create their own recipes and put their creativity to the test!


Hatch Typing

Open to students in Grades 2 – 8

Tuesdays from 4:20 – 5:20 pm
Dates: September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12
Cost: $295 for 13 sessions
Location: Design & Technology Lab

We know students love tech, but do they know how to use it? At Hatch Typing we take kids from touch-screen tappers, to real keyboard typers! Kids have fun learning and practicing the fundamental tool needed for any job in the 21st Century. We have both on-keyboard and off-keyboard (away from screen) activities. Hatch is based in fun and community which means your kids will want to come to learn. We test for typing speed and typing accuracy on both the 1st and the last class so you can see the results very clearly.


Kinder Science – Young Explorers

Open to students in Grades JK – Grade 1

Tuesdays from 4:05 – 5:05 pm
Dates: October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5
Cost: $145 for 8 sessions
Location: Room 204

This fun, hands-on Kinder Science program sparks imaginative learning! Children will engage in exciting hands-on activities, watch spectacular demonstrations, participate in inquiry-based discussions and take home experiments they have made themselves.

Weekly Topics: Bugs, Digging for Dinos, Animal Friends, Human Body, Listen Closely, Changing Seasons, Common Senses, and Weather Wonders


Mad Science – Extraordinary Laboratory

Open to students in Grades 2 – 6

Tuesdays from 4:20 – 5:20 pm
Dates: October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5
Cost: $145 for 8 sessions
Location: Elementary Music Room

We’ll examine the world children interact with through fun and hands-on experiments, discovering the scientific principles behind it all! Your young scientist will be wowed by amazing activities and quality projects every week, exploring topics ranging from chemistry to magnets, taste buds to sound, lightning to rainbows, and so much more!

Weekly Topics: Watts-Up, Magnetic Magic, Optical Illusions, Lights…Colour…Action, Chem-Mystery, Sonic Sound, Tantalizing Taste, and Harnessing Heat


Wednesdays:

Musical Theatre “Triple Threat” with The Heschel Players

Open to students in Grades 3 and up

Wednesdays: 4:20 pm – 5:35 pm

Dates: September 27, October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13

Cost: $310 for 10 sessions (12.5 hours total) ,

Location: Elementary Music Room

Why wait until winter to step back “on stage”? By popular demand, the Heschel Players team behind such musical theatre hits as Peter Pan Jr. (2017), The Lion King Experience (2016), Dear Edwina (2015), and many more return to lead a skill building workshop on the “fun”damentals of musical theatre performance! Rotating through the three disciplines (Acting, Singing, Dancing) we’ll take on repertoire from a variety of popular contemporary and classic musicals while improving everyone’s range, confidence and audition technique along the way. It’s “GLEE” meets Broadway and it’s only at Heschel! No previous experience required. Note: Classes are 75 minutes long and culminate in a free workshop performance for family and friends on the final day.

Jr Drama

Open to students from Grades 1 to 3

Wednesdays from 3:50-4:50 pm

Dates: September 27, October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13

Cost: $225 for 10 sessions, cheques are to be made to The Toronto Heschel School

Location: Room 211

Calling all theatre lovers! The Heschel Players team are back with their popular creative drama class! Combining drama games, improv, mime, characterization and movement, this course helps foster imagination, self-esteem, confidence, and teaches valuable social skills in a fun, nurturing, environment. This class is a great introduction to acting for students interested in acquiring performance skills or just having fun and making friends!


Hatch Coding

Open to students in Grades 1 – 8

Wednesdays from 3:50-4:50 pm

Dates: September 27, October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13

Cost: $230 for 10 sessions, cheques are to be made to The Toronto Heschel School Location: Design & Technology Lab

Hatch Canada teaches students how to write computer code using JavaScript in a fun and engaging way. From the most basic understanding of writing code to building complex games, apps and websites, Hatch instructors will provide students with the tools to learn this critical 21st Century skill.

Hatch has built a proprietary educational platform that is designed around the principles of self-paced and mastery-based learning to encourage children to challenge themselves and build their own digital portfolio from their library of 600+ projects including Minecraft projects, Star Wars projects, Games, Art, Design apps and much more. Students will be able to sign- in at home and continue developing their skills for endless hours of learning.

Garden Club with Moreh Daniel

Open to students in all Grades

Wednesdays from 4:05 – 5:05 pm
Dates: September 27, October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13
Cost: Free of Charge
Location: Teaching Garden

This year, students can look forward to sprouting their own seedlings of a variety of heirloom vegetables and amazing plants. Interested students can speak with Moreh Daniel to learn more about the Garden Club. Students in JK, SK, Grade 1 and Grade 2 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver at every session. Interested parents are always welcome to come and experiment in the garden too. No green thumbs necessary!


Thursdays:

Clapboard Kids Film Workshops

Open to students in Grades 2 – 8

Thursdays from 4 :20 pm – 5:50 pm (Note – 1.5 hours per week)
Dates: September 28, October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14 (No Classes on September 21, October 5, October 12, November 23)
Cost: $285 for 9 sessions
Location: The Elementary Music Room

Lights! Camera! Action!

Clapboard Kids is a hands-on filmmaking program that teaches students professional filmmaking skills from an award-winning filmmaker.

Using the latest technology, students work collaboratively through the stages of filmmaking – from the creation of an original film idea, through to the planning and shooting of their very own short film. During the session, students will have the opportunity to try out a variety of filmmaking roles and skills (i.e. acting, directing, writing, wardrobe, sound, cinematography and editing).

A range of filmmaking techniques will be explored. These include stop-motion animation, claymation, cartooning, basic special effects and live action to help create their original production. As part of the class, students will be given an introduction to film editing using the iMovie app. All technical equipment, props, costumes and set pieces are supplied.

At the end of the session, each student will receive a copy of their finished films to share with family and friends, along with filmmaking information and templates to help them plan their next production!

For further information, visit our website at: www.clapboardkids.com

About the instructor:

Valerie Weiss has an extensive background in film, working as a film editor on a wide range of award-winning productions for Disney Touchstone Films, Columbia Pictures, Alliance Atlantis Communications, the CBC and the National Film Board of Canada. She has also produced, written and directed her own films. These include the feature-length documentary, “Timepiece”, which has been shown across North America and focussed on her family’s Holocaust experiences.

Valerie has taught film to students in grades JK through to 8 at a range of public and private schools in the Toronto area. She started Clapboard Kids Film Workshops in 2011 to merge her two great joys: working with children and filmmaking!


Kinder Moves with The Heschel Players

Open to students in Grades JK, SK & Grade 1

Thursdays from 3:50 – 4:50 pm
Dates: September 28, October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14
(No Classes on September 21, October 5, October 12, November 23)
Cost: $210 for 9 sessions
Location: Room 219

After a long day of school, what could be better than a high energy hour of moving, shaking, stretching, jumping and creating with our bodies to the sounds of our favourite pop and musical theatre songs? This inspiring educational program uses movement exploration exercises to boost kinesthetic awareness, self- confidence, innate creativity as well as social and team building skills. We will  introduce the fundamentals of various dance forms including hip hop, jazz and musical theatre, using props, instruments and weekly themes to build rhythm, correct body alignment, coordination and flexibility in a fun, inclusive environment. No previous dance experience required.

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