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Winter Session Registration for MORE After School is Open

MORE After School, Inc., an independent Westfield-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is offering high quality, low cost enrichment courses at McKinley Elementary School and the Westfield Community Center (WCC), located at 558 West Broad Street. To register on-line go to: https://reg.abcsignup.com/view/view_month.aspx?as=49&wp=186&aid=MAS. For more information about the organization and its interdisciplinary, service-oriented approach, go to www.moreafterschool.org. Classes begin Monday, January 13, 2014.

At the Westfield Community Center (WCC) located at 558 West Broad Street:

Chemistry of Cooking taught by Jenny Lichtenwalner. Calling all foodies! What happens when food gets cooked? Why do some foods taste sweet, while others are spicy? How do ingredients interact with each other? If you’ve ever pondered these questions, then this is the class for you. We will explore, cook, taste, and critique our way through new dishes. Bring your appetite for learning!     Grades 3-5.     7 Mondays 3:30-4:30 for $70.

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Investigating Artifacts taught by Esther Van Riper, Westfield Gifted and Talented coordinator/instructor . Much of our knowledge about early human cultures comes from studying the objects they left behind. Through the completion of a series of creative and hands-on activities students will learn about the role of masks and myths in Native American and world cultures. Students will be introduced to the ways archaeologists and anthropologists investigate the past as they excavate tabletop archeological sites, classify artifacts, and make inferences about their possible use.     Grades 1-2.     7 Mondays 3:30-4:30 for $70.


Computer Animation I  taught by Jennifer Serzan. Students will start with the basic flip book and zoetrope to gain a better understanding of the illusion of movement in animation. We'll then introduce claymation, cut paper movies and explore online computer animation sites.     Grades 3-5.     8 Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 for $80.


Millinery: Make a Hat! taught by Rosalia Verdun. Do you like hats? to experiment with design, pattern and color? Why not learn how to make one! Come discover the many different types of hats that have been worn through the ages all around the world. We'll look at military helmet to haute couture, beret to baseball cap, and then choose our design to execute together. Come create your own hat from beginning drawing to finishing flourish.     Grades 1-5.     8 Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 for $80.

Courses at McKinley Elementary School in Westfield:

21st Century Newshounds: Broadcasts, Podcasts, and Interviews taught by Christy Potter. It’s time to investigate! Sniff out the story, ask the questions, do an interview, dig out the facts, then put it all together. Our group of newshounds will learn how the news process works in both print and broadcast journalism, producing short written pieces and/or spoken podcasts for our peers and community. We will not only learn about news, but explore what it means to be media literate, ethical, and do research beyond GoogleSpecial guest speaker: McKinley Principal Mr. Marc Biunno!     Grades 1-5.     8 Thursdays 3:15-4:15 for $80.

Digital Photography I taught by Jennifer Serzan. Photography is an interactive and creative art that enables us to see and explore the world. Looking through a camera lens, we can capture, save and then manipulate images to create our own new worlds and/or tell a story of what we have seen. Each class we will introduce a different technical or artistic aspect of photography.

Some subjects to be covered are: light; composition; image enhancement by means of image manipulation software; panoramic and 3-dimensional photos.The course will culminate with a friends and family art show at our last class meeting on Friday, 3/13.     Each student must bring a digital camera (not a phone please), batteries and a memory card to class. All other materials will be provided.     Grades 3-5.     8 Thursdays 3:15-4:15 for $80.


Winter Knitting taught by Jennifer Owens and Mark Gillespie. Create something amazing with yarn and knitting needles! Students will learn how to make geometric shapes with yarn through shaping, and complete basic projects including headbands, fingerless mitts and bracelets. We will also explore the historical background of knitting, both organic and synthetic fibres, and the origins of classic design styles such as the Aran “fisherman” sweater. We will master basic knitting terminology and begin work with a variety of yarn and needle sizes. No prior knitting experience is needed.     Grades 3-5, 1 and 2 by permission.     8 Wednesdays 3:15-4:15 for $80.

Paper and Origami Exploration, taught by Joy Lara. Origami is the art of Japanese paper folding.Students will make fun, interesting and increasingly complex figures like animals, planes, and flowers, all the while delving further into the studies of geometry, Japanese history & culture, and origami's applications in science and technology. This course is open to all levels of experience, but students will work in groups according to their skills as evaluated in the first class meeting.

Beginner Level: Little or no origami experience, but students should demonstrate an ability to focus, follow multiple instructions, work independently, and make precise folds. 

Intermediate Level: Must have some folding experience and the ability to focus and consistently make precise, neat folds. Students will demonstrate knowledge of and skill at making basic origami folds such as the mountain & valley folds and reverse folds. Must be able to work independently and to follow more advanced instructions.     Grades 1-5.     8 Wednesdays 3:15-4:15 for $80.

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MORE's mission is to 
• provide a supportive environment for creative critical thinking, igniting a passion for learning
• instill a sense of civic responsibility and encourage students to know the many facets of their community, empowering them to improve it
• connect younger and older generations eye-to-eye, project-by-project and expand the perspective of the people in our community, presenting possibilities of lifelong friendship, learning and invention

 

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