Abernethy After-School Options
Winter 2020

A number of local programs offer on-site (or transported off-site) after school options to Abernethy students, ranging from art and science to yoga and robotics. Parents and kids can check out the day-by-day list, below. If you’re a provider who would like to offer an enrichment class at Abernethy, please get in touch at PTAafterschoolprograms@supportabernethy.org.

Daily Offerings:

Art4Life

Grades

K-5

Time

7 am-8:45 am, 3 pm-6 pm,

Description

Art4Life is excited to be part of Abernethy School, and we invite you to join us! We can’t wait to have tea parties and etiquette Friday which is when we sample food from different cultures in the gazebo. We also partner with various dance studios in the building behind us. We hope in addition to exploring and experimenting with arts we will connect with the community in meaningful ways. We have plans to connect with the assisted living community up the street and explore the neighborhood. A regular day includes outdoor time, healthy snack, art or culture projects, reading and homework time, and a choice of inside or outdoor time. Our projects are creative, fun and informational to introduce the children to a variety of artists, art forms, media, skills, cultures, ideas, and food. We also provide programs on teacher planning and conference days as well as vacation days.

Instructor

Visit art4life.com for more info.

Room

Gym, Auditorium, Playground

Dates

All days.

Min/Max

Contact for more information.

Price

Varies depending on number of days per week.   Visit art4life.com for more info.

Ecology Outdoors

Grades

K-5

Time

M-F, 3 pm-5:30 pm

Description

ECO’s goal is to create a safe space for children to run, play, experiment, and discover the ecological wonders that are at their own school. We want to connect the dots to demonstrate how we can positively interact with and impact our natural environments while having a memorable after school experience.

Our Abernethy after-school program will focus on the ecology of the Garden of Wonders and the surrounding natural space of the school. Abernethy is full of life from the plum tree to the worms composting in the native habitat to the wheat hedgerow. We are so excited to explore all of that and so much more with your student.

Instructor

Chloe, our After School Educator, is a grower of magic, imagination, empathy, and gardens. She is committed to empowering meaningful and playful connections between children and the earth. Chloe has worked as a garden educator for summer camps, educational farms, and public schools. She holds a Masters of Science from Portland State University's, Leadership for Sustainability Education program. She looks forward to exploring the garden in all its teachings and wonder.

Room

Room 11 garden, gazebo

Dates

January 6-March 20. Registration is full, but to be added to the wait list, contact chloe at chloe@ecologyoutdoors.org

Min/Max

Visit ecologyoutdoors.org

Price

Varies depending on number of days per week.  Visit ecologyoutdoors.org

Trackers Earth

Grades

K-5

Time

M-F, 3 pm-6 pm

Description

We transport your child from school to our SE Portland Studio. Through our catalog of courses students can explore archery, ceramics, martial arts, blacksmithing, and more. At the end of the day, you pick them up at our SE Portland Headquarters. We also provide drop-off options.

Instructor

Varies by course.

Room

Off site.

Trackers Earth

4617 SE Milwaukie 97202

Dates

All days. 11 week sessions.

Registration open now.

Min/Max

Visit trackersearth.org

Price

Varies depending on number of days per week.  Visit trackersearth.org

Kids Dance!

Grades

K-5

Time

M-F, 3-4:30 pm

Monday: Ages 5-7 Games and Grooves

Tuesday: Ages 8-11 Hip Hop

Wednesday: Ages 8-11 Hip Hop

Thursday: Ages 8-11 Hip Hop

Friday: Ages 8-11 Hip Hop

Description

My mission is to create a safe, non competitive environment for children of all backgrounds, and skill levels, to learn, create, and grow, finding value in physical expression, and feel empowered in their bodies through dance!

Hip Hop: This session focuses on learning hip hop choreography. Each hip hop session is a total of 14 hours and includes a casual performance for friends and family at the end of the session.

Games and Grooves: This session is perfect for our younger students who might not be familiar with dance in a class setting. We focus on movement related games, and hip hop foundation drills to get the kids comfortable and prepared for the hip hop session. This session is a total of 12 hours.

Check out: https://portlanddanceexchange.com/new-page-1 for more info and to sign up!

Instructor

Kindell McIntosh

Room

SE Portland. Teacher will pick up children from Abernethy at 3pm and walk to studio.

Dates

All days.

If signing up for multiple days per week, sessions are discounted $25

Min/Max

Contact mcintoshkindell@gmail.com; text

Price

Games and Grooves, one day: $150

Hip Hop, one day: $175

Hip Hop, two days: $300

Portland Craft Bar - Sewing FUNdamentals

Grades

Ages K-8

Time

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Description

Kids will learn how to use a sewing machine, how to hand sew and embroider and how to work with patterns to make projects ranging from pillows and stuffies, to bags and book covers. In this class we explore many different types of sewing as we begin to build a foundation of fun and practical sewing skills!

This series includes after school snacks and all supplies needed to make each project. We do not have after school classes on days PPS is not in session. Transportation is available from Abernethy Elementary for an additional $40/class/child.

Instructors

Leah Woods, parent of 3 Abernethy, Hosford, and New Day kids, opened the doors to Portland Craft Bar this past summer. With a professional background in art, architecture, and educational technology and a love of all things artistic, crafty, and yummy, she is excited to bring a variety of arts and crafts opportunities to SE Portland.

Room

Transported off-site. Portland Craft Bar is located at 211 SE Madison, #3

Dates

January 6-March 16

Min/Max

4/8; transportation available for up to 6 for an additional $40/child

Price

$240 for 8 classes (note several Monday holidays when class is not offered, but all day no school camps are)  Find more information at www.portlandcraftbar.com and email Leah@portlandcraftbar.com to register. We also provide no school day classes, spring break and summer camps.

Monday Enrichments

Art Literacy Academy

Grades

K-4

Time

Mon, Wed, Friday, 3 pm - 5:30 pm

Description

We explore the world through Art, by providing an introduction to various cultures & artists, followed by art activities.

Instructor

Serene Green: I have been an artist and loved art history all of my life. I went on to study Art and Design. When my children were in grade school, I volunteered teaching art in their school and I was asked to start a pilot Art Literacy Program in Lake Oswego. It has been going successfully for many years. My granddaughter started at Abernethy this year and I thought that it would be great to have a similar program here.

Room

6

Dates

Fall, Winter and Spring terms, plus summer enrichment camp.

Min/Max

Max 10

Price

$30/day, 2-day minimum, invoiced for term.  Contact at sepia84@hotmail.com or artliteracyacademy.com

Cool Art School

Grades

K-5

Time

Mon, 3:15-4:15 pm

Description

Slide into winter with Cool Art School's creative mixed media after school art classes. We will be creating in clay, fused glass, pastels, acrylics and more!  

Instructor

Michelle Smit has always been passionate about art education. For years, she worked as a volunteer to develop Duniway Elementary School’s parent-led art program by writing lessons, teaching art and training parents to teach art. An artist and mom of two boys, she knows how valuable art can be to a child’s development and educational experience. Contact Michelle at coolartschool@comcast.net or call or text at 971-212-7882

Room

1A

Dates

January 6th through March 16th

Min/Max

Max 25;  there must be at least 8 students for the class to proceed. Individual classes are available. Priority given to full session enrollment and students who were on the wait list last year.

Price

$225 

Sign up for winter session the first week in December on Cool Art's website at www.coolartschool.com/registration

Newspaper Club

Grades

4-5

Time

Mondays, 3-4 pm

Description

Students will write and produce 5-6 issues of The Abernethy Talon newspaper, including news items, reviews, fiction, op-eds, and more. Note: students must submit 3 newspaper article ideas to participate.

Instructor

An all-volunteer team of writers and editors (and Abernethy parents!)

Room

Library

Dates

October 7 — May (TBD)

Min/Max

Max 35

Price

$60 materials fee per student to help cover printing costs.

Sibling discounts available.

Contact Emily Chenoweth at emilychenoweth@gmail.com for more info.

Portland Cookshop

Grades

1-5

Time

Mondays, 3:30-5 pm

Description

Cookshop Afterschool will focus on exploring new tastes, learning about where our food comes from, and building excitement and curiosity around cooking and eating. We'll include stories, art and games to round out our culinary curriculum.

Instructor

Meredith Mortensen leads this class. Meredith worked as a pastry chef and culinary instructor before opening Cookshop in the spring of 2018. Joining Meredith will be Fabiolla (Fabi) Donnelly.  Fabi is an accomplished food writer, chef and culinary instructor.

Room

Cookshop is located at 2627 SE Clinton Street. Contact Cookshop for group walking options. 

Dates

Weekly dates starting September 9, 2019.

Min/Max

5/12

Price

$38 per class, paid in monthly installments. Sibling discounts available. Sign up at portlandcookshop.com

Tuesday Enrichments

Portland Drama Club -- Theater Fun

Grades

K-1

Time

Tue 3:30-5 pm, extended care available until 5:30 pm for $100.

Description

The perfect class to introduce your child to the world of theater! Kids will learn basic theater concepts which help to enhance confidence, coordination, listening skills, speech development, and team building. The kids will have fun through theater games, art activities, as well as learn a piece from either a play, a book, or a musical theater song to perform for parents at the end of each session.

Instructor

Caroline Schwiebert is an actor and director who has been working with kids in a theatre setting for 15 years. She helped expand a similar children’s theatre program in Los Angeles before moving to Portland in 2015. Her classes and productions are created not just for fun and expression, but to help teach personal responsibility, trust in ourselves and others and confidence through hard work and perseverance. She believes that when you expect great things from kids they deliver. Caroline is repped by Q6 Talent here in Portland and occasionally still works in commercials and voiceovers.  She has a husband, a dog and 3 kids. She likes to read, cook, stare at her backyard and dream up new ideas for Portland Drama Club. Other instructors TBD in fall of 2019.

Room

offsite: St. David of Wales (a walking group from Abernethy to St. David’s is available for $25 paid separately.) Parents who can volunteer for the walking group at least 3 times can get the walking fee waived. For additional walking, take $10 off each class.

Dates

January June 17 (final show on June 2) Note that registration is first opened to kids currently in the program in fall, so spaces for new students may be limited.

Min/Max

Spring semester registration opens November 1

Price

$350. Fifteen percent discounts for siblings. Scholarships available, please contact Caroline for details. Register at portlanddramaclub.org

Portland Drama Club — Frozen

Grades

2-5

Time

Tuesdays, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Description

A 60-minute production of a Broadway production explored, rehearsed, and then performed. Kids will learn what it takes to put on a professional show through fun theater and vocal games, as well as being cast in the show. No formal auditions are held ahead of the start date. Any kid who joins the club, joins the cast! Our production classes are a huge commitment! Please be aware the purpose of this class is putting on a show for which we can be proud. All kids 2nd - 5th grade will be asked to work hard to memorize lines, songs, and dances for the performance (sometimes outside of class as homework). We believe theater is a discipline to be respected and learned. This is not simply an after school child care class. Please talk with your children about this commitment and know that attendance is extremely important.

Instructor

Caroline Schwiebert is an actor and director who has been working with kids in a theatre setting for 15 years. She helped expand a similar children’s theatre program in Los Angeles before moving to Portland in 2015. Her classes and productions are created not just for fun and expression, but to help teach personal responsibility, trust in ourselves and others and confidence through hard work and perseverance. She believes that when you expect great things from kids they deliver. Caroline is repped by Q6 Talent here in Portland and occasionally still works in commercials and voiceovers.  She has a husband, a dog and 3 kids. She likes to read, cook, stare at her backyard and dream up new ideas for Portland Drama Club. Other instructors TBD in fall of 2019.

Room

offsite: St. David of Wales (a walking group from Abernethy to St. David’s is available for $25 paid separately.) Parents who can volunteer for the walking group at least 3 times can get the walking fee waived. For additional walking group volunteer shifts, take $10 off each class.

Dates

September 3-June 4 (36 classes). Performances on Saturday, May 2, with a tech rehearsal on Friday, May 1. Once our show is over we continue with classes through to the end of the school year for child care purposes, but also for expanding our theater knowledge and experience. Classes are loose and fun with games, improv, outdoor play and in class performances.

Min/Max

Full, but waitlist slots available.

Price

$720 (payment plans and scholarships available. Contact Caroline for more details. Register at portlanddramaclub.org).

Neo Geo Club

Grades

3-5

Time

First and third Tuesdays of each month, 3-4 pm

Description

NeoGeography Club (or NeoGeo) is a program designed to introduce students to basic concepts in science and technology. We learn about the motions of the Earth and the moon so as better to understand the changing of the seasons, seasonal weather, moon phases, and eclipses.  We cover natural events like storms and earthquakes in an effort to discover the forces responsible for them.  We learn about astronomical discoveries and follow along as missions to other worlds yield insights and fantastic imagery.  We use the school's Chromebooks to pilot an online flight simulator over the Grand Canyon or the Alps.  We play Geoguessr to try to figure out where in the world we are.  Each session includes a 20-minute lecture along with plenty of time to explore.

Instructor

Rex Fisher is a neighbor and parent of two Abernethy alumni. He works in the field of geographic information systems (GIS) for TriMet, where he is responsible for the computer model of buses and trains, used by systems like the trip planner and TransitTracker. He created NeoGeo at Winterhaven School in 2006 when his kids attended there, and has since expanded the program to Abernethy, ACCESS, and Hosford.

Room

Library

Dates

email neogeo-signup@outlook.com for more information.

Min/Max

10/30

Price

Free  Register at: neogeo-signup@outlook.com

Saturday Academy: Programming from Scratch

Grades

2-5

Time

Tues, 3:05 pm-4:30

Description

Kids are introduced to the secrets of computer programming in a kid-friendly, open source popular language called Scratch, developed by MIT’s media lab.

Instructor

Jeff De La Mare (dejef@pdx.edu 

Room

10

Dates

January 7-March 17.

Min/Max

Min: 6-12

Price

$175; financial aid is available. Register at https://www.saturdayacademy.org/#SA2U (type in Abernethy under search by school).

Culture Club — Beginning French

Grades

1-5

Time

Tues, 3 pm-4:15 pm

Description

This class uses French as a medium to teach kids the tools to learn languages in general. If you can commit to the school year, not only will the class stay cohesive for all, but your child will gain the confidence for lifelong language learning, no matter the language. Continuing French with Culture Club in elementary, even once a week, has proven to make kids breeze through their language studies in middle school and high school. Again, no matter the language, they choose later on!

Instructor

Jamie Michaud had taught English to children in France for many years before she moved to Portland and started Culture Club. Teaching French to children is not only what she specializes and excels at, but it is also what she truly loves.

Room

3

Dates

Year-round.

Min/Max

Min: 7

Price

Please visit: Beginner French Enrollment Link. Five percent discount if enrolled before mid-July.

Rock Dojo Beginner Guitar

Grades

2-5

Time

Tuesday 3:15-4:15 PM

Description

The Rock Dojo is an award-winning guitar program for kids in Portland, OR. Based on a simplified martial arts belt system, students between the ages of 6 and 12 years-old learn to play, perform, and compose their own original music on the guitar during after-school group guitar lessons.

Instructor

Brian Parham is the co-founder of the Rock Dojo. He was awarded the 2018 Rising Star of Oregon by the Small Business Administration and 2018 Best Guitar Teacher of Lessons.com. He's also a three-time RACC Grant Winner for the Arts, and the author of three guitar-method books for kids. For the last five years, Brian has been sharing his passion for the guitar with students between the ages of 6 and 12-years-old in Portland.

Room

Transported off-site. Staff will meet students on the Abernethy playground and walk around the corner to Swaha Studios, 1235 SE Division.

Dates

 November 19-February 4

Min/Max

5/12

Price

$215.

Register at  https://rockdojo.org/product/abernethy-elementary-after-school-group-guitar-lessons-2/. 1 full scholarship available per term, and 10 percent sibling discount available.

Wednesday Enrichments

Chess Club

Grades

1-5

Time

Wed 3:05-4:35

Description

A great school chess club is built around four components: recreational play with friends, formal competition, appropriate instruction, and skill building exercises of various kinds. To allow for these four components, our typical club meeting is 90 minutes long. Given the dynamics of a scholastic chess club, most instruction is done in a group setting, though our coaches look for "teachable moments" with an individual student, or a small group of students. Our skill building exercises include paper based puzzles, positions to play out against an opponent, and visualization exercises to help players track the future course of a game in their heads. Larger clubs are divided into separate groups, each with their own coach, based on age and playing strength.

Instructor

Trained professional chess coaches with extensive background working with elementary aged students in chess clubs, chess camps, and private coaching sessions

Room

Library

Dates

This class is planned for winter session (Jan start). Registration tends to open on website closer to the start. Check website for details.

Min/Max

8/30

Price

$210. More info at chessodyssey.com

Art of Science

Grades

K-5

Time

3 - 4:15pm

Description

Papier-mache birds wings to discover flight. Dip your brushes in paint while we ask, "What DOES the fox say?". Look WAY WAY UP as you draft your perspective drawing in the Architectural unit. In this Science and Art mash-up anything is possible! Show kids that any artist can be a scientist and every scientist is an artist!

Instructor

Erin Hughes

Room

19

Dates

January 8-March 18

Min/Max

Max: 20

Price

$165

Sibling discount, scholarships and payment plan available. Contact sisandi@outlook.com for more details.

Learn to Speak Spanish, Grades 3-5

Grades

3-5

Time

3-3:55 pm

Description

IThis class will be a good start for those new to Spanish: an

introduction to basic vocabulary like: Greetings and farewells, introductions and personal information, colors, numbers, parts of the body and food. What is special about this class is that

the students are not learning isolated vocabulary but language in a real context by a native speaker. The songs and games that we will play are typically traditional games from spanish speaking countries or games to ensure the appropriation of the language. During the first classes the teacher will assess the interests of the group in order to design engaging activities and ensure success.

Instructor

Melissa Bertrán is a Spanish teacher from Venezuela with over 15 years of experience with all ages (from preschoolers to executives). My lessons are planned to ensure the appropriation of new vocabulary in a meaningful context. Students soon start comprehending the language and expanding their knowledge of the world around them. For more information, please visit bertrantutoring.com

Room

2A

Dates

January 8-March 18

Min/Max

6/12

Price

$330/student. Scholarships are available.  Find out more at bertrantutoring.com and email melissa@bertrantutoring.com to sign up.

Thursday Enrichments

Potions & Herbology

Grades

2-5

Time

Thu 3 PM-4:00 PM

Description

In this magical, hands-on class kids will spend part of their time working with plants or preparing real potions for the home and body, using dried herbs and flowers, essential oils and other high quality ingredients. The rest of the class they’ll be using a variety of art materials to decorate the potion containers and create their spell (recipe) books. We also use inks to create mysterious labels and cards.

This class will be enchanting for kids who love to make handmade gifts and who after a full day of school can still carefully work with measuring and mixing ingredients, gently handling glass containers and sometimes fragile materials.

Parents can see examples of previous student work at:

www.Facebook.com/AllisonHowardJewelry

Instructor

Allison Howard is a jewelry artist who hand makes one-of-a-kind silver and gemstone pieces. She teaches after-school classes at Laurelhurst, Abernathy and Irvington schools. Mom to a 21 year old and a beginning beekeeper, Allison has been putting on a fundraising series for the Oregon Symphony for 12 years, Parties of Note.

Room

5

Dates

Thursdays, Jan 16-March 5

Min/Max

6/24

Price

$225 for 8 Week session. Contact allisonhowarddesigns@yahoo.com to register

www.Facebook.com/AllisonHowardJewelry

Soccer Shots Premier

Grades

K-2

Time

Thu 3-4 pm

Description

Join Soccer Shots on-site at your child’s school this season!

Soccer Shots is a nationally recognized program that offers a

high energy, fun, and age-appropriate introduction to the

wonderful game of soccer. In addition to soccer, we work on

improving children’s gross motor skills and teaching children

important concepts such as teamwork, sharing, and respect. New players receive a Soccer Shots Umbro jersey.

Instructor

TBD

Room

On the grass field

Dates

Outdoor 1/9/2020 - 3/12/2020

Min/Max

24 max (2 programs of 12 players apiece)

Price

$144 (fall price, winter may vary) / $25 annual fee

Sibling discounts and financial aid offered.  

Register at: www.soccershots.org/pdx

Learn to Speak Spanish!

Grades

1-3

Time

Thu 3-4 pm

Description

We will continue learning the basics, if you are new to the class do

not worry since we continue to build up and to do that successfully we review constantly the material that we started in the fall (colors, numbers, parts of the body and food). In the winter we will cover: calendar skills, animals, family members and descriptions.

What is special about this class is that the students are not learning isolated vocabulary but language in a real context by a native speaker. The songs and games that we will play are typically traditional games from spanish speaking countries or games to ensure the appropriation of the language. During the first classes the teacher will assess the interests of the group in order to design

engaging activities and ensure success.

Instructor

Melissa Bertrán is a Spanish teacher from Venezuela with over 15 years of experience with all ages (from preschoolers to executives). My lessons are planned to ensure the appropriation of new vocabulary in a meaningful context. Students soon start comprehending the language and expanding their knowledge of the world around them. For more information, please visit bertrantutoring.com

Room

Karen Anderson’s classroom, Room 2

Dates

January 9-March 19

Min/Max

5 min/12 max

Price

$330 per student. Scholarships available. For more info, please email melissa@bertrantutoring.com.

Friday Enrichments

Portland Drama Club -- Seussical

Grades

Grade 2-5

Time

Fridays, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Description

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus,  the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who  discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton  must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he  must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the  irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger  and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.   Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are  challenged and emerge triumphant!”

A 60-minute production of a Broadway production explored, rehearsed, and then performed. Kids will learn what it takes to put on a professional show through fun theater and vocal games, as well as being cast in the show. No formal auditions are held ahead of the start date. Any kid who joins the club, joins the cast! Our production classes are a huge commitment! Please be aware the purpose of this class is putting on a show for which we can be proud. All kids 2nd - 5th grade will be asked to work hard to memorize lines, songs, and dances for the performance (sometimes outside of class as homework). We believe theater is a discipline to be respected and learned. This is not simply an after school child care class. Please talk with your children about this commitment and know that attendance is extremely important.

Instructors

Caroline Schwiebert is an actor and director who has been working with kids in a theatre setting for 15 years. She helped expand a similar children’s theatre program in Los Angeles before moving to Portland in 2015. Her classes and productions are created not just for fun and expression, but to help teach personal responsibility, trust in ourselves and others and confidence through hard work and perseverance. She believes that when you expect great things from kids they deliver. Caroline is repped by Q6 Talent here in Portland and occasionally still works in commercials and voiceovers.  She has a husband, a dog and 3 kids. She likes to read, cook, stare at her backyard and dream up new ideas for Portland Drama Club. Other instructors TBD in fall of 2019.

Room

offsite: St. David of Wales (a walking group from Abernethy to St. David’s is available for $50 paid separately.) Parents who can volunteer for the walking group at least 3 times can get the walking fee waived. For additional walking, take $10 off each class.

Dates

August 30-May 29, 2020 -- 34 classes. Performance date (subject to change): Saturday, April 25, with tech rehearsal on April 24. Once our show is over we continue with classes through to the end of the school year for child care purposes, but also for expanding our theater knowledge and experience. Classes are loose and fun with games, improv, outdoor play and in class performances.

Min/Max

Space available!

Price

$680. Payment plans, sibling discounts and scholarships available. Contact Caroline at Portlanddramaclub.org for more info.

Yoga Playgrounds

Grades

K-3

Time

3-4 pm

Description

In these fun and engaging classes kids will stretch and energize their bodies and minds through individual and group poses, mindfulness games, breathing exercises and creative relaxation techniques. Packed with playfulness, positivity and fun, these classes give kids the tools they need to manage their behaviors to lead happier, healthier and more peaceful lives.

Instructor

Leslie Wilda

Room

2A

Dates

January 10-March 20

Min/Max

6/12

Price

$172/11 classes. Scholarships are available.  Find out more at http://www.yogaplaygrounds.com