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The Artistry of Writing: Compelling Characters

Quarter 3: Starts on March 5, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Cristin Harber

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites: None

What does it take to write a story that jumps off the page and comes alive in a reader's mind? Great authors have mastered the Artistry of Writing. This two-hour workshop will focus on one facet of excellent storytelling: compelling characters.

Believable characters create a connection with readers. They are compelling and three-dimensional, with goals, motivations, and conflicts that propel a plot in any genre. The class will analyze well-written characters and identify what makes them work. Students will work together to craft believable characters and then create them independently. There will be an opportunity to share and receive feedback.

This session is part of a series of writers' workshops led by a celebrated author and focused on the Artistry of Writing. Topics in this series include: Compelling Characters (3/5/23); Daring Dialogue (3/19/24); Astounding Action Scenes (4/9/24) and Suspenseful & Scary Scenes (4/23/24).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $59.00

Advanced Baking & Pastry: Piecrust, Sweet Crust, Nut Crust

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

The warm, welcoming smell of baking bread, flavorful fondant, carefully crackled creme brulee, mile-high mille-feuille, and proper puffed pastry. These are just some of the advanced baking techniques that Compass bakers will learn in Perfecting Pastries. From pate a choux to piecrust, students chefs will create more complex baked items in this course. This quarter, the Compass bakers' culinary adventures will include:

  • Pear Tart
  • Chocolate Cream Pie with Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust
  • Peach Sponge Pudding
  • Mint Chocolate Tart
  • Raspberry Meringue Torte with Chocolate Sauce
  • Lemon Blackberry Swiss Roll Cake
  • Strawberry Shortcake

This engaging advanced baked goods class will get students excited about pasties for a career, side gig, hobby, or special occasions. Some recipes will be completed over two class periods, and several, due to the complexity of the dough or crust, will be sent home with instructions on how to fill or finish baking. Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. They will learn important baking skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary is introduced each week.
Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
Topics in this Series: Cakes and Cookies (Quarter 1); Puffs, Pies, and Pudding (Quarter 2), Breads and Dough (Quarter 3), and Piecrust, Sweet Crust, Nut Crust (Quarter 4).
Assessments: Qualitative Feedback will be given in class. Formal grades/assessment will not be given.
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.
What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).
For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage..
Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in career exploration, fine arts, or electives for purposes of a high school transcript.

Non-Meeting Dates: Class will not be meeting March 13, the makeup day for this lesson is March 2o.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $323.00

Animal Kingdom Alive! (11 AM)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 45 min

Instructor: Various

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Pet a parrot, meet a Madagascar hissing cockroach, touch a giant tortoise, study a sea star, and peek at a porcupine! Meet live animals at Compass each week as we explore some of the major animal families through interactive presentations.

Each week, wildlife educators will bring a variety of animal ambassadors. They will discuss adaptations, habitats, diets, and diversity in the animal family. They will help students discover similarities and differences among species in animal families. Students will learn about adaptations and plenty of fun facts about the live animals that they meet each week. Our 2024 schedule is:

  • 3/18/2024: Ocean Invertebrates (clam, mussel, oyster, whelk, hermit crab, spider, crab, sea urchin, and horseshoe crab)
  • 3/25/2024: Raptors (hawks, owls, eagles)
  • 4/8/2024: Insects (roaches, tarantualas, centipedes, scorpions, stick bugs)
  • 4/15/2024: Ocean Vertebrates (oyster toadfish, hogchoker fish, small shark, other smaller fishes, and artifacts)
  • 4/22/2024: Tropical Birds (conures, parrots, macaws, parakeet)
  • 4/29/2024: Exotic Mammals (kangaroo, cavy, capybara, porcupine, kinkajou, hedgehog)
  • 5/6/2024: Amphibians (frogs, salamanders)
  • 5/13/2024: Reptiles (snakes, lizards, monitors, tortoises)

This is a 45-minute program. Participants must be age 6 or older for the program.

14 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $179.00

Animal Kingdom Alive! (12 PM)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Various

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

Pet a parrot, meet a Madagascar hissing cockroach, touch a giant tortoise, study a sea star, and peek at a porcupine! Meet live animals at Compass each week as we explore some of the major animal families through interactive presentations.

Each week, wildlife educators will bring a variety of animal ambassadors. They will discuss adaptations, habitats, diets, and diversity in the animal family. They will help students discover similarities and differences among species in animal families. Students will learn about adaptations and plenty of fun facts about the live animals that they meet each week. Our 2024 schedule is:

  • 3/18/2024: Ocean Invertebrates (clam, mussel, oyster, whelk, hermit crab, spider, crab, sea urchin, and horseshoe crab)
  • 3/25/2024: Raptors (hawks, owls, eagles)
  • 4/8/2024: Insects (roaches, tarantualas, centipedes, scorpions, stick bugs)
  • 4/15/2024: Ocean Vertebrates (oyster toadfish, hogchoker fish, small shark, other smaller fishes, and artifacts)
  • 4/22/2024: Tropical Birds (conures, parrots, macaws, parakeet)
  • 4/29/2024: Exotic Mammals (kangaroo, cavy, capybara, porcupine, kinkajou, hedgehog)
  • 5/6/2024: Amphibians (frogs, salamanders)
  • 5/13/2024: Reptiles (snakes, lizards, monitors, tortoises)

This is a 55-minute program.

14 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $179.00

Band-Ready: Brass Spring Clinic

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Jessica Eastridge

Grade Range: 4th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Would your child enjoy the camaraderie and cooperation of making music with others in a school band? Starting in the fall of 2024, Compass will introduce the first homeschool concert band in the region under an experienced band director . The spring clinic is an 8-week introduction to a specific instrument so students can be comfortable and confident with their instrument choices and get a taste of group music instruction before committing to a semester of band.

Students in the Brass Clinic will learn to play the trumpet, trombone, or euphonium (4th-8th grade) and French hornor tuba (7th-8th grade students only). They will learn how to hold their instruments with proper posture and hand position and correct embouchure (mouth position and blowing technique) for the instrument. Students will receive instruction on the parts of their instruments and how to safely, correctly, and independently assemble and clean them. Students will learn the fundamentals of music reading, and the group will practice short songs in Concert B-flat and Concert E-flat major (and their relative minors). Students will practice audiation skills by singing, moving, and playing woodwind instruments and will play both cooperatively in small ensembles and independently.

Students will need to rent or purchase an instrument and accessories for the spring clinic. See the attached list by instrument. Mark your calendar for an Instrument Test Drive event on Tuesday, February 21, from 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm at Compass. Representatives from a local store, Music & Arts, will be on hand with instruments for students to try. They will explain rental and purchase options to parents and will sell some of the supplies that students will need for the spring clinic and the homeschool concert band. Students who enrolled in one clinic (percussion, woodwinds, or brass) during early registration may switch clinics if they change their minds about their preferred instrument after the test drive event.

Participation in a spring clinic is neither a prerequisite nor a commitment for the fall concert band. Students will have an additional opportunity to improve their comfort level and proficiency on their instruments at the one-week Dulles Summer Band Clinic that will be held at Compass the week of July 29.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $249.00

Band-Ready: Percussion Spring Clinic

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Jessica Eastridge

Grade Range: 4th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Would your child enjoy the camaraderie and cooperation of making music with others in a school band? Starting in the fall of 2024, Compass will introduce the first homeschool concert band in the region under an experienced band director . The spring clinic is an 8-week introduction to a specific instrument so students can be comfortable and confident with their instrument choices and get a taste of group music instruction before committing to a semester of band.

Students in the Percussion Clinic will learn to play the snare drum and mallet instruments (such as glockenspiel and xylophone). They will learn proper stick and mallet grip, posture, and playing position for concert percussion instrumentals. Students will learn the fundamentals of music reading. The group will practice short songs in Concert B-flat and Concert E-flat major (and their relative minors) on mallet instruments and basic rudiments on snare drum. Students will practice audiation skills by singing, moving, and playing percussion instruments and will play both cooperatively in small ensembles and independently.

Students will need to rent or purchase an instrument and accessories for the spring clinic. See the attached list by instrument. Mark your calendar for an Instrument Test Drive event on Tuesday, February 21, from 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm at Compass. Representatives from a local store, Music & Arts, will be on hand with instruments for students to try. They will explain rental and purchase options to parents and will sell some of the supplies that students will need for the spring clinic and the homeschool concert band. Students who enrolled in one clinic (percussion, woodwinds, or brass) during early registration may switch clinics if they change their minds about their preferred instrument after the test drive event.

Participation in a spring clinic is neither a prerequisite nor a commitment for the fall concert band. Students will have an additional opportunity to improve their comfort level and proficiency on their instruments at the one-week Dulles Summer Band Clinic that will be held at Compass the week of July 29.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $249.00

Band-Ready: Woodwinds Spring Clinic

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Jessica Eastridge

Grade Range: 4th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Would your child enjoy the camaraderie and cooperation of making music with others in a school band? Starting in the fall of 2024, Compass will introduce the first homeschool concert band in the region under an experienced band director . The spring clinic is an 8-week introduction to a specific instrument so students can be comfortable and confident with their instrument choices and get a taste of group music instruction before committing to a semester of band.

Students in the Woodwinds Clinic will learn to play the flute or clarinet (4th-8th grade) or alto saxophone (7th-8th grade only). They will learn how to hold their instruments with proper posture and hand position and correct embouchure (mouth position and blowing technique) for the instrument. Students will receive instruction on the parts of their instruments and how to safely, correctly, and independently assemble and clean them. Students will learn the fundamentals of music reading, and the group will practice short songs in Concert B-flat and Concert E-flat major (and their relative minors). Students will practice audiation skills by singing, moving, and playing woodwind instruments and will play both cooperatively in small ensembles and independently.

Students will need to rent or purchase an instrument and accessories for the spring clinic. See the attached list by instrument. Mark your calendar for an Instrument Test Drive event on Tuesday, February 21, from 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm at Compass. Representatives from a local store, Music & Arts, will be on hand with instruments for students to try. They will explain rental and purchase options to parents and will sell some of the supplies that students will need for the spring clinic and the homeschool concert band. Students who enrolled in one clinic (percussion, woodwinds, or brass) during early registration may switch clinics if they change their minds about their preferred instrument after the test drive event.

Participation in a spring clinic is neither a prerequisite nor a commitment for the fall concert band. Students will have an additional opportunity to improve their comfort level and proficiency on their instruments at the one-week Dulles Summer Band Clinic that will be held at Compass the week of July 29.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $249.00

Crafting for Cosplay: Mending & Alterations

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

Kratos wears a leather baldric. Captain America grasps a shield. Harley Quinn sports spiked wrist cuffs, and Lara Croft wouldn't go to war without her weaponry. Great accessories and carefully crafted garments make great cosplay. If you are interested in the world of cosplay and want to bring some of your favorite characters to life, this class will teach you the skills to craft costumes and accessories.

Fourth quarter, students will learn how to transform ready-made clothing items. They will learn basic hand-sewing techniques to mend and perform alterations on store-bought items. The class will participate in a "Thrift Store Challenge" in which they will be asked to find clothing items at bargain prices that remind them of a character without spending more than $20.00. In class, students will work on the alterations or repairs to create costume pieces. In addition, students will learn to work with custom-made, iron-on vinyl to add logos, symbols, or monograms to their costumes.*Note:Mending and Alterations projects this quarter are all new from those in Spring 2023, so a student could repeat the class to build his/her cosplay wardrobe and to practice and refine crafting skills.

In this class, students will follow templates and patterns provided by and demonstrated by the instructor. Pieces will be individualized through paint and embellishments, but the goal is for cosplayers to learn specialized crafting techniques that they can use at home to make additional, unique pieces. There is a $40.00 supply fee for in-class materials, the shared use of classroom tools/supplies, and some take-home tools to continue crafting at home. Fourth quarter, students will take home a basic sewing kit. Note: Project themes or materials are subject to change due to availability or sourcing at the time of the class.

Cosplayers who would like to create original fabric costume elements such as capes, vests, skirts, and more, may want to co-register for this instructor's Learn to Sew classes.

Topics in this Series: Foam & Plastics (Quarter 1), Resins and Metal Work (Quarter 2), Leather Work (Quarter 3), Mending & Alterations (Quarter 4) etc. Students continuing from one quarter receive priority pre-registration for the next quarter.

Prerequisites: None

Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class.

Assignments: Will be communicated in weekly e-mails and posted in a Google classroom.

Assessments: will not be given

Textbook/Materials: All materials will be furnished.

Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in fine arts/theater for purposes of a high school transcript.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $251.00

Culinary Foundations: Seafood Celebration

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

Students with a curiosity for culinary careers will explore many aspects of cooking for the hospitality industry and for themselves. In this advanced cooking class, students will make delicious, advanced recipes and learn skills that are the foundation for a future career in culinary arts. This class will get students excited about new foods, flavors, and techniques as they gain a working knowledge of food planning and preparation.
Each quarter, new technical, kitchen skills are introduced, and each week, a new recipe is made in class that demonstrates the featured food group or cooking style.

Fourth quarter covers Chapter 6 in the Level 2 textbook and features Fish and Seafood recipes including:

  • Crab Mornay
  • Shrimp Scampi
  • Clam Chowder
  • Shrimp and Crawfish Stuffed Potato
  • Seafood Newburg
  • Seafood Salad
  • Fish Tacos
  • Shrimp and Crab Gratin

Culinary vocabulary will also be introduced each week. Students will leave this class with an introduction to culinary careers in the hospitality industry and a beginning foundation in culinary arts. Additionally, students will be able to take charge of a home kitchen, prepare advanced dishes, and adhere to safety and hygiene standards. They will have nutrition-planning and cooking skills that will enrich the lives of their friends and families.
Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. Pork will be used in a meat pie during 2nd quarter. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
Topics in this Series: Lotsa Pasta (Quarter 1); Meat Pies and Sweet Pies (Quarter 2); Soups and Stews (Quarter 3); and Seafood Celebration (Quarter 4). Students continuing from the prior quarter will receive priority pre-registration for next quarter.
Prerequisites: Students must be in 9th grade (minimum age 14) to take this class. 7th-8th graders must have Instructor's permission to enroll. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group.
Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class.
Assignments: Cooking assignments, practicing skills at home, and related homework will be given in class and e-mailed to students and parents. Brief written assignments may be given, such as recipe modification or development.
Assessments: Individual feedback will be given in class. Formal assessments will not be given. At the end of the second quarter, enrolled students will be required to complete an online Virginia Food Handler Course for food safety certification through the county health department, which will cost $25.00
https://courseforfoodsafety.com/states/VA?gclid=CjwKCAjw7LX0BRBiEiwA__gNw4AfZHgp_eOVTeiEXudxZhhF11E2UMggiIeYo6qL33xlUaDXbUeB5RoCG1cQAvD_BwE
Textbook/Materials: Students should purchase or rent the selected textbooks and workbooks. Used copies are acceptable.

  • Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts: Level 1, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0138019389)
  • Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts: Level 2, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0131380226)
  • Activity Guide for Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts Level 1, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0137070503)
  • Activity Guide for Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts Level 2, published by National Restaurant Association (ISBN# 978-0131380714)

Required Tools/Materials: Culinary students will be expected to begin to acquire their own tools. Students should purchase and bring with them each week the following basic, minimum tools and supplies:

-Chef's Knife Set, Professional Quality- (purchased individually or as a starter set) Recommended model (Amazon): J.A Henckels International 31425-000 Classic Starter Knife Set, 3-Piece, Black/Stainless Steel
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-Knife Guards- Recommended model (Amazon): 3- Piece Universal Knife Edge Guards Set

-Carrying Case- Recommended model (Amazon): Tosnail Chef Knife Case Roll Bag with 15 Slots

-Chef's Jacket- (long sleeve, white. Brought to class clean each week) Recommended model- women's (Amazon): Chef Works Women's Le Mans Chef CoatRecommended model-men's (Amazon): Chef Works Men's Bordeaux Chef Coat

-Chef's Cap - (student's choice of color) Recommended model (Amazon): Nanxson 3pcs Chef Hat

Office Supplies: Ring binder, pen or pencil, note cards and loose-leaf paper

Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $90.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for perishable food items, ingredients, and supplies that are used in this class.
For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage..
Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts or Career Education for purposes of a high school transcript.

Non-Meeting Dates: Class will not be meeting March 13, the makeup day for this lesson is March 2o.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $428.00

First Aid & CPR for Teens- with Certifications (2-Day)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 6 Hours

Instructor: Melissa Schaaf

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

Would you know what to do if you cut yourself in the kitchen? What if a friend had an anaphylactic reaction to a food or your grandparent suddenly collapsed? Whether you play outdoors, participate in sports, go to the pool, cook at home, supervise siblings, or just hang out with friends, you should know what to do when an emergency arises! First Aid and CPR are the practical life skills you hope you don't have to use, but are thankful for if you do. Earn four American Heart Association certifications in one course in preparation for working as a camp aide, babysitter, assistant coach, counselor-in-training, or part time employee.

This workshop will be taught in two half-day workshops by a certified AHA instructor. Topics include: First Aid and Choking Relief; Adult CPR, AED (automatic external defibrillators), and Child/Infant CPR. The course will use the AHA pediatric first aid curriculum which also emphasizes safety and prevention of accidents and injury, particularly in young children. Key topics include: lacerations/bleeding, broken bones, burns, allergic reactions, breathing problems, heat-related complications, cold-related injuries, bites/stings, fainting/unconsciousness, use of AEDs, chest compressions, rescue breathing, and more. Students will have hands-on practice with many skills and will have to demonstrate competency at certain steps to be "signed off" on learned skills.

At the end of the course, students will be certified in First Aid, Adult CPR, Child CPR, and Infant CPR. The certifications will be good for two years, and students will be able to print out their certifications for coaches, employers, scout leaders, or their own records from an online AHA portal. This workshop has two class meetings: Monday, March 18 and Monday, March 25, from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Students must attend both class meetings in order to earn the certifications. Students registered in the course will receive a 185 page, full color textbook from the AHA, their own face shield for rescue breathing, and have their AHA registration fees covered.

This course is recommended for students ages 14+. At a minimum, students must be 5 feet tall and weigh at least 100 pounds to be able to properly perform chest compressions.

 

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $159.00

Sweet Shop: Casual Confections (Mon)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 18, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

The tantalizing aroma of cookies in the oven. A mouth-watering burst of mint. The silky feel of melted chocolate. The sticky sweet of fresh-made caramel. A subtle hint of lemon. Student bakers will enjoy these delicious sensations- and more- as they explore the world of baking homemade desserts.
Sweet Shop treats are scrumptious, fun, and simple to make. Each week they will prepare a fresh, handmade dessert or sweet such as: pies, cakes, cookies, tarts, trifles, mousses, puddings, candies, fudge, brittle, or chocolate. The class will include some icing, decorating, and garnishing techniques for completed desserts. This quarter, the Compass bakers' culinary adventures will include:

  • Coconut Macaroons (nut)
  • Mini Lemon Meringue Pie
  • Blueberry Honey Cakes
  • Mint Chocolate Pecan Trifle (nuts)
  • Glazed Blackberry Cake
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler
  • Chocolate Caramel Toffee Fudge (nuts)
  • Lemon Cupcakes with Lavender Frosting

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. This engaging sweets class will get students excited about helping in the kitchen and entertaining. They will learn important baking skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary is introduced each week.
Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
Topics in this Series: Decadent Delights (Quarter 1); Gooey Goodies (Quarter 2), Best Bon Bons (Quarter 3), and Casual Confections (Quarter 4).
Assessments: Qualitative Feedback will be given in class. Formal grades/assessment will not be given.
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.
What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).
For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage..
Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in career exploration, fine arts, or electives for purposes of a high school transcript.

Non-Meeting Dates: Class will not be meeting March 13, the makeup day for this lesson is March 2o.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $219.00

Acting- Kids' Theater: Twisted Treasure Tale

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Kids take to the stage as they collaboratively write and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. Watch as our ambitious actors spin a tall tale about a yet-to-be-discovered treasure. Where will it be found? A deserted island, spooky basement, or far away land?

Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other, then read through the two, prepared scripts together. Through group activities and guided discussion, they will create new characters, brainstorm variations, craft plot changes, add lines, and cast their parts. The instructor will then update and customize the class script with the students' input.

The class will learn the practical aspects of acting, as they work on script read-through, blocking, costume/prop design, and planning the show. Students will develop their own "actor's toolkit" of voice, body, and imagination in this creative process! Actors will grow in confidence and communication skills in preparation for a final sharing with parents on the final day of the quarter.

Once the script is fully developed with everyone's parts, about half-way through the quarter, it will be emailed to parents. Parents will be expected to help their children memorize their script/lines/cues and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. Note: Students who are emerging readers (not able to read at a 3rd/4th grade level) would be better suited to the Young Actor's Playhouse class, rather than this level.

Topics in this Series: The Craziest Dream Ever (Quarter 1), Mix Up on Mars (Quarter 2), Super DUper New Superheroes (Quarter 3), Twisted Treasure Tale (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $179.00

Acting: Young Actor's Playhouse: Silliest Circus

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Acting is an adventure! Young actors work together to create and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. Will they encounter a colorful clown, a jolly juggler, or an adventurous acrobat in their own three-ring circus?

Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other and to begin to brainstorm about their original play. Through group activities and guided discussion, the young actors will decide on characters, conflict, and conclusion, and the story they want to tell. The script will be developed and customized for this class with input from the students.

Young actors will explore skills such as sensory awareness, listening, stage movement, character development, emotional expression, and observation/concentration while learning to portray their original character. Young actors will learn aspects of acting by script read-through, blocking, costume/prop discussion, and planning the show. Through individual and group activities, young actors build confidence in preparation for a final sharing for parents.

Students will work from a simple, written script, but emerging readers can be accommodated. Parents will be emailed the script after the 3rd or 4th class and will be expected to help their children memorize their lines and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. All actors must be at least age 6 to sign up for this class.

Topics in this Series: Medieval Mix-Up (Quarter 1), Cat & Dog Drama (Quarter 2), Arctic Adventure (Quarter 3) and Silliest Circus (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $179.00

Art in Action: Destination Art (Tue 10am)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diederich

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Elementary artists can get in on the action as they learn about a different artist or artistic style each week and create a representative piece using a wide range of artistic supplies such as tempura and water color paints, pastels, pencils, cray pas, oil pastel crayons, specialty papers, sculpting media, and embellishments.

Fourth quarter, students will be introduced to a surprise countries or culture each week where they will learn briefly about the locale's unique tradition of art. The class will use a variety of materials and techniques to represent the projects inspired by the secret destination.

Topics in this Series: Picasso in Perspective (Quarter 1); Original Works of the Worlds Oceans (Quarter 2); American Artist Spotlight (Quarter 3); Destination Art (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $165.00

Battle Strategies & Dioramas: WWII- Battle of the Bulge (Tue)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make!

In late 1944, the outcome of the Second World War was no longer in doubt, however, the ongoing fighting was just as lethal. Hitler was desperate to pull off a miraculous victory in the West, and he set his sight on the Ardennes, a "quiet" sector of the front in Luxembourg where the Allies had sent badly damaged units to recover from fierce fighting elsewhere. The Allies believed that Germany would not invade through the forest in the winter, especially with the dire circumstances they faced everywhere else. This was a miscalculation. Hitler used this opportunity to ram the last functioning units to attempt to "drive the Allies back into the sea" and take the port of Antwerp in a conflict known as The Battle of the Bulge.

Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 14" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, valleys, rivers, ridges, vegetation, airfields, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive scale miniature naval ships to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Axis and Allies gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices.

The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Topics in this year's series include: Pearl Harbor (Quarter 1), Guadalcanal (Quarter 2), D-Day (Quarter 3), and Battle of the Bulge (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $181.00

Beginner 'Bots: Creepy Crawlies (Tue)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program a different whimsical, mechanized project each week using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

Fourth quarter, students will model and motorize creepy crawly creatures such as a crab, praying mantis, scorpion, snail, ant, spider, tadpole, and more.

Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Student will use classroom tablets to program the control units using an intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules.

Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

Topics in this Series: Animated Animals (Quarter 1), Jurassic Giants (Quarter 2); Rush Hour! (Quarter 3), and Creepy Crawlies (Quarter 4). Note: This is a 7-week class that will not meet on 4/9/24.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $177.00

Build It Better! Crazy Contraptions*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

LEGO Mindstorms components and motors are not just for building robots! These interconnecting pieces can be constructed into an infinite number of unique, mechanized machines- much like an erector set!

Second quarter, students will discover what happens when simple machines are combined to work together. They will be challenged to develop a unique, individual segment of a maze that moves a ball from point A to point B, and each segment will link to a classmate's invention to keep the ball moving! They will use complex machines (compounded simple machines) with additional motors and more components to move the ball through a series of lifts, automated carts, moving gates, escalators, and more! Will each contraption transfer the ball to its neighbor without hitting the floor? Can they pass the ball to their neighbor without hitting the floor? This project is inspired by the LEGO Great Ball Contraption competition, which is similar to Rube Goldberg inventions. See http://greatballcontraption.com/ or You Tube videos for impressive examples of the Great Ball Contraption. Fourth quarter, students will be challenged to build bigger, better, more complex contraptions with compound machines and more mechanization!

Topics in this Series: Gadgets & Gizmos (Quarter 1); Widgets and Whatsits (Quarter 2): Marble Mazes (Quarter 3); and Crazy Contraptions (Quarter 4). Note: This is a 7-week class that will not meet on 4/9/24.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $177.00

Cooking for Kids: Savory Spring Specialties (Tue, 11am)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Students will enjoy making tasty, light spring recipes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Spring Specialties are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

  • Divine Water Chestnuts
  • Gazpacho
  • Orchard Ambrosia Salad
  • Chicken Carbonara
  • Succotash
  • Brussels Sprout Casserole
  • Orzo with Spinach, Tomato and Ricotta
  • Blueberry Lemon Trifle

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4).
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.
What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).
For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage..

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $219.00

Cooking for Kids: Savory Spring Specialties (Tue, 12pm)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Students will enjoy making tasty, light spring recipes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Spring Specialties are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

  • Divine Water Chestnuts
  • Gazpacho
  • Orchard Ambrosia Salad
  • Chicken Carbonara
  • Succotash
  • Brussels Sprout Casserole
  • Orzo with Spinach, Tomato and Ricotta
  • Blueberry Lemon Trifle

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4).
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.
What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).
For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $219.00

Cooking for Little Kids: Savory Spring Specialties (Tue)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Students will enjoy making tasty, light spring recipes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Spring Specialties are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

  • Divine Water Chestnuts
  • Gazpacho
  • Orchard Ambrosia Salad
  • Chicken Carbonara
  • Succotash
  • Brussels Sprout Casserole
  • Orzo with Spinach, Tomato and Ricotta
  • Blueberry Lemon Trifle

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4).
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.
What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).
For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $219.00

Cooking for Tweens: Savory Spring Specialties (Tue)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will enjoy making tasty, light spring recipes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Spring Specialties are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

  • Divine Water Chestnuts
  • Gazpacho
  • Orchard Ambrosia Salad
  • Chicken Carbonara
  • Succotash
  • Brussels Sprout Casserole
  • Orzo with Spinach, Tomato and Ricotta
  • Blueberry Lemon Trifle

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4).
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.
What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).
For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage..

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $219.00

Cover-to-Cover: Coming of Age (Middle School Book Group)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Anne Taranto

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites:

In Cover-to-Cover, middle school-aged students will read renowned classics and award-winning young adult literature. This book discussion group will examine a different theme each quarter to introduce students to literary analysis. Students will read, examine, and compare two full-length novels that share similar themes through facilitated discussions and extension activities which encourage students to make personal connections to what is read. The group will evaluate themes, characters, setting, and writing style.

Fourth quarter, students will examine the theme of coming of age with S.E. Hinton's, The Outsiders and E.L. Konigsburg's, The View from Saturday.

Assigned chapters are expected to be read at home, either as read-aloud, individual silent reading, or listening to the unabridged audiobook. Students should come to class prepared to discuss the reading. Classroom discussions will emphasize the use of textual evidence when explaining thoughts and opinions. Students will be assigned creative, short assignments to enhance and demonstrate their understanding of each novel such as quote explications, thematic questions, or imagining a conversation between characters from different books.

Meeting Days:   This is a 6- week class that will not meet on March 26 or May 14

Topics in this Series: Courage and Bravery (Quarter 1); Mystery/Detective (Quarter 2); Dystopian Worlds (Quarter 3); and Coming of Age (Quarter 4).

Textbook/Materials: Because students will need clean, inexpensive copies of each novel to mark in, and because they must be able to refer to the passages on the same page numbers, copies of mass market paperbacks will be pre-purchased and bundled for students. (See Supply Fee below).

Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class.

What to Bring: Students should bring the current novel, paper, pen or pencil and highlighter to class each week. Some students may wish to bring paper clips, adhesive flags or post-it notes for marking pages.

 

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $134.00

Crafty Kids Club (Q4)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 2nd-5th

Prerequisites:

Crafty Kids Club is a weekly after-school meet-up for kids in grades 2-5. Kids gather and socialize while completing a craft around a monthly theme. An experienced Compass crafts instructor facilitates the projects each week. Projects are selected to showcase a variety of materials and crafting techniques and to promote creativity and imagination. Each quarter, students will complete projects organized around two themes from among eight craft categories: wooden, wearables, simple sewing, painting, sculpting, paper, beading, and mixed media.

Kids will enjoy the camaraderie of working alongside a group of friends in Crafty Kids Club, and parents will appreciate the break! Parent Notes:

  • All the supplies are provided: No need to search high and low for the needed materials
  • Reduce waste and clutter: No need to buy large quantities of specialty supplies for a one-time project.
  • Reduce clean-up: Leave the glue, paint, and glitter mess at Compass.
  • Kids get to experiment with a variety of materials and techniques, even if you are not crafty.
  • Crafting improves dexterity and fine motor skills
  • An afterschool club makes a great social outlet.

Fourth quarter project themes are:

    • Creating with Color
    • Ocean Odessey

Note: Project themes or materials are subject to change due to availability or sourcing at the time of the class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $64.00

Creative Storytelling: Once Upon a...Winding Path*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Children are full of stories and bubbling over with big ideas! In this class, students will learn how to capture their creative vision into a simple story that they will write and illustrate. Two roads diverged in a wood, and our storytellers will create their own path. What happens when tricky travelers and cryptic characters meet secretive strangers on a winding woodland path?

Students will learn how to build a Story Arc through guided, weekly activities. They will discover the key elements to composing a story such as crafting characters, posing a problem, advancing the action, constructing the climax, and writing the resolution- through brainstorming questions like, "Who is in your story?", "Where does this take place?", "What does that look like?" and "What happened after ____?"

Emerging writers or readers are welcome and will receive support, if needed, to get their own words written down. Psst- don't tell your child, but this class helps lay the foundation in language arts for more advanced creative writing and composition. Pair this class with Acting: Kids Theater or Writing Well to further encourage communication and storytelling skills. The supply fee is included in the class tuition. Topics in this Series: A Secret Room (Quarter 1); A Shipwreck (Quarter 2); A Medieval Castle (Quarter 3); and A Winding Path (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $177.00

Decorative Arts Studio: Upcycled, Recycled Projects for Kids

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Shona D\'Cruz

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites: None

Student artists will enjoy working hands-on, in 3-dimensions with a variety of sculpting and crafting materials to create original Decorative Arts. Assembling decorative items is multi-sensory, and students enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Decorative art engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing, and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions. In this studio environment, students will create original hand-made pieces using a range of artistic techniques and a myriad of materials to choose from.

Fourth quarter, students will create unique sculptures and decorative items from salvaged materials. Upcycling and recycling are conscientious ways to transform and reuse materials that would ordinarily be discarded! Everyday throw-aways such as cans, bottles, lids, and cardboard tubes will be turned into sculptures. Example past projects include bottle top "mosaics", cute bottle people, and re-envisioned florist vases. Some projects will take two weeks to complete with the first week dedicated to the construction and second week focused on finishing techniques such as painting and embellishing. A supply fee of $20.00 per student is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

This is a 7-week class will not meet on 03/26.

Topics in this Series: Sculpture Skills (Quarter 1), Marvelous Mosaics (Quarter 2), Fiber Arts Fun (Quarter 3), and Upcycled, Recycled Projects (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $188.00

Decorative Arts Studio: Upcycled, Recycled Projects for Tweens

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Shona D\'Cruz

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Student artists will enjoy working hands-on, in 3-dimensions with a variety of sculpting and crafting materials to create original Decorative Arts. Assembling decorative items is multi-sensory, and students enjoy the tactile experience of shaping, stacking, forming, flattening, and layering a selection of materials to create unique, personal projects. Decorative art engages a different artistic skillset than coloring, drawing, and writing, and encourages creativity to represent objects in three dimensions. In this studio environment, students will create original hand-made pieces using a range of artistic techniques and a myriad of materials to choose from.

Fourth quarter, students will create unique sculptures and decorative items from salvaged materials. Upcycling and recycling are conscientious ways to transform and reuse materials that would ordinarily be discarded! Everyday throw-aways such as cans, bottles, lids, and cardboard tubes will be turned into sculptures. Example past projects include bottle top "mosaics", cute bottle people, and re-envisioned florist vases. Some projects will take two weeks to complete with the first week dedicated to the construction and second week focused on finishing techniques such as painting and embellishing. A supply fee of $20.00 per student is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

This is a 7-week class will not meet on 03/26.

Topics in this Series: Sculpture Skills (Quarter 1), Marvelous Mosaics (Quarter 2), Fiber Arts Fun (Quarter 3), and Upcycled, Recycled Projects (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $188.00

Dynamic Dioramas: Biome Builders- Grasslands (The Savanna) Tues*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 2nd-4th

Prerequisites:

The best way to understand a biome is to build (a model) one! A biome is a large zone on Earth characterized by its climate, soil, vegetation, and organisms with special adaptations for the unique environment. In modeling biomes, students will learn how they are different than similar ecological concepts like habitats and ecosystems. Students will discover how human activities, such as deforestation and habitat destruction, are transforming biomes.
In this science-themed diorama class, students will be exposed to concepts such as trophic levels, the water cycle, biological competition, geographic isolation, convergent evolution, species diversification, natural vs unnatural climate change, food webs, habitat loss, and ecological niches, while they are working on their models.

Grassland biomes are found on every continent (except Antarctica) and are flat, open regions dominated by grass with scattered trees and shrubs, and a warm, dry climate. Tropical grasslands, known as savannas, cover half the continent of Africa as well as areas of Australia, India, and South America. Compass ecologists will focus on African savannas where large, diverse animals such as elephants, wildebeest, warthogs, zebras, rhinos, gazelles, hyenas, cheetahs, lions, leopards, ostrich, and other birds and small mammals, graze and hunt in the expansive grasslands.

Each student will create an individual diorama. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10 x 14 inch foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landforms, waterways, plant life, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a zoology-based survival strategy game. Each student will create one board and receive a set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Topics in this series include: Tropics (The Rainforest)- Quarter 1; Tundra (The Arctic)- Quarter 2; Arid (The Desert)- Quarter 3; and Grasslands (The Savanna)- Quarter 4.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $181.00

Dynamic Dioramas: Virginia History- The Civil War, 1861-1865*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Virginia experienced fighting from the earliest days of the Civil War, throughout the conflict, and at the very end near Appomattox Courthouse following the Confederacy's loss of its capital in Richmond. Virginia saw almost every type of battlefield fought in the war, from the fields of Manassas to the mountains in the Shenandoah and from the first ironclad battles around Hampton Roads to sieges on a scale never before seen at Petersburg. There is Civil War history all around Virginia.

Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 14" shaped, foam diorama of a portion of a battlefield from the campaign. Choices will include some of the Civil War's earliest battles, like Bull Run and Manassas, the Defenses of Washington, guerilla battles in the Shenandoah Valley, or great sieges like Petersburg. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create larger scenes. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment.

The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's Civil War Series include: First Battle of Manassas (Quarter 1); The Anaconda Plan, Civil War Naval Battles (Quarter 2); The Atlanta Campaign and Sherman's March to the Sea (Quarter 3); and The Siege of Petersburg, the fall of Richmond (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $181.00

Experimental Methods: Design Your Own*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Osk Huneycutt

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

In this class, middle school students will learn to work as independent investigators using the scientific method. Students will observe the systems under investigation, choose a pattern or trend that interests them, and then develop a testable hypothesis. Students will learn how to: design a scientific experiment for either a laboratory or field setting, choose appropriate controls, minimize investigator bias, correctly perform measurements and to record and analyze data.

Fourth quarter, students will expand their research focus and investigate an aspect of their choosing. Topics from prior quarters will be reviewed and new ideas will be introduced. Some possible areas are human behaviors, physics, biology, or any field from a prior quarter. Depending on their area of focus, students may utilize a variety of scientific equipment, keep science journals/notebooks, and conduct polls. Students will learn how to locate peer-reviewed scientific literature to research their subject. By the end of the quarter, students will have completed their independent investigations, summarized the results in a poster, and will present their data to the class.

Students will learn how to locate peer-reviewed scientific literature to research their subject. By the end of the quarter, students will have completed their independent investigations, summarized the results in a poster, and will present their data to the class. Each quarter will focus on a different aspect of science. Topics in this Series: Animal Behavior (Quarter 1), Chemistry (Quarter 2), Environmental (Quarter 3), and Microscopic Life (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $226.00

Eye in the Sky: Drones & Videography (Q4) *

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Juan Urista

Grade Range: 7th-10th

Prerequisites: None

From aerial videos of natural disasters to stealthy behind-the-lines views of military movements and spectacular nature cinematography, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) provide a safe and cost- effective means to enhance the visual experience and capture new vantage points of the world around us.

This quarter-long class combines drone technologies with photography and videography for an integrated STEM skillset that can serve as a hobby or career. This course provides an introduction to drone safety and operation, including the crucial TRUST (The Recreational UAS Safety Test) certification required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for recreational UAS operations. Students will learn the distinctions between recreational and commercial drone use and delve into vital topics such as LAANC (Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability) and RID (Remote Identification) that are essential for the safe and creative operation of drones for photography and videography.

This class also places an emphasis on capturing high-quality footage with a drone for content production. By the end of the quarter, students will possess the skills, knowledge, TRUST certification, and a solid understanding of the fundamentals of content creation. Students will complete a videography project that they plan, storyboard, film, and edit.

There are no prerequisites for this class, making it an ideal starting point for young drone enthusiasts. The course instructor holds FAA certification and has a background in film and
television production. Because of Compass's proximity to Dulles airport and location within controlled airspace, drones cannot be flown at Compass nor operated indoors. Concepts will be covered in class, and students will have weekly assignments to accomplish outside of class in accordance following the recreational and academic drone use guidelines, laws and regulations.

The instructor will have drones to loan to students. To check-out a drone, a parent or guardian must sign a form accepting financial and legal responsibility for the drone and provide a refundable deposit. Alternatively, students may use their own camera-capable drone. The class size is limited to 8 students because of the number of available drones, and the class is being offered both 3rd quarter and 4th quarter (select one).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $215.00

FUNctional Fitness and Cross-Training (PE): Kids (Tue, Q4)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Iman Castaneda

Grade Range: 2nd-4th

Prerequisites:

FUNctional Fitness is a dynamic kids' PE program that incorporates well-rounded exercises to get kids up and moving mid-day! No two workouts are the same, but each day's activities incorporate exercises that target 10 areas: cardio-vascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. FUNctional Fitness focuses on functional movements that are fundamental to all aspects of play and exercise- pulling, pushing, running, throwing, climbing, lifting, and jumping. Work-outs are scalable and adaptable to different individual's own level, and the emphasis is on fun, safety, and personal accomplishment rather than competition among classmates. When the weather permits, some exercises may be taken outdoors. The physical challenges of FUNctional Fitness will foster self-confidence, focus, and help instill a foundation for a lifetime of fitness. All equipment is furnished. Students are asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing, such as running pants or sweatpants, and comfortable, supportive athletic shoes. FUNctional Fitness continues each quarter, and students may repeat the class to continue to improve fitness. No two workouts are the same! Students must be minimum age 7 to take this class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $146.00

FUNctional Fitness and Cross-Training (PE): Tweens (Q4)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Iman Castaneda

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

FUNctional Fitness is a dynamic PE program for that incorporates well-rounded exercises to get tweens up and moving mid-day! No two workouts are the same, but each day's activities incorporate exercises that target 10 areas: cardio-vascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. FUNctional Fitness focuses on functional movements that are fundamental to all aspects of play and exercise- pulling, pushing, running, throwing, climbing, lifting, and jumping. Work-outs are scalable and adaptable to different individual's own level, and the emphasis is on fun, safety, and personal accomplishment rather than competition among classmates. When the weather permits, some exercises may be taken outdoors. The physical challenges of FUNctional Fitness will foster self-confidence, focus, and help instill a foundation for a lifetime of fitness. All equipment is furnished. Students are asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing, such as running pants or sweatpants, and comfortable, supportive athletic shoes. FUNctional Fitness continues each quarter, and students may repeat the class to continue to improve fitness. No two workouts are the same!

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $146.00

Junior Art Studio: Scenic Seascapes (Tue, 11am)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diederich

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors.

Fourth quarter, Junior Artists will study seascape art and aspects of the ocean and its animals from artists such as John Groves, Jim Holland and Natasha Nazareako. Our art projects will vary and feature lighthouses, ocean animals, and seascapes. Through weekly projects, junior artists will create their own sea-inspired art while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter.

Topics in this Series: Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (Quarter 1); Artists & their Animals (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Scenic Seascapes (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $165.00

Junior Art Studio: Scenic Seascapes (Tue, 12pm)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diederich

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors.

Fourth quarter, Junior Artists will study seascape art and aspects of the ocean and its animals from artists such as John Groves, Jim Holland and Natasha Nazareako. Our art projects will vary and feature lighthouses, ocean animals, and seascapes. Through weekly projects, junior artists will create their own sea-inspired art while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter.

Topics in this Series: Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (Quarter 1); Artists & their Animals (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Scenic Seascapes (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $165.00

Junior Engineering with LEGO: Collossal Construction (Tue)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 1:30 pm      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Students will use LEGO to design and build simple engineering projects out of everyone's favorite building toy! In this 90-minute class, students will explore concepts and vocabulary in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, aerospace engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations.

Fourth quarter, students will build colossal vehicles like monster trucks and hulking construction vehicles and model enormous developments such as a massive waterfront development, a towering sky scraper, and a expansive space station.

Each class begins with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion and demonstration of the day's project and concepts. Students build individually or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects. Some projects may have been introduced in prior year's sessions, but each new build is unique, and student's building skills and understanding will have grown. Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class.

Topics in this Series: Super Structures (Quarter 1); Awesome Automobiles (Quarter 2); Monster Machines (Quarter 3); Colossal Construction (Quarter 4). Note: This is a 7-week class that will not meet on 4/9/24.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $197.00

Kids' Confection Kitchen: Casual Confections (Tue)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Toffee. Taffy. Truffles... End the day on a sweet note! Students will enjoy making and eating delicious confections. Each week they will prepare a fresh, handmade dessert or sweet such as: pies, cakes, cookies, tarts, trifles, mousses, puddings, candies, fudge, brittle, or chocolates. The class will include some icing, decorating, and garnishing techniques for completed desserts. This quarter, the Compass bakers' culinary adventures will include:

  • Coconut Macaroons (nut)
  • Mini Lemon Meringue Pie
  • Blueberry Honey Cakes
  • Mint Chocolate Pecan Trifle (nuts)
  • Glazed Blackberry Cake
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler
  • Chocolate Caramel Toffee Fudge (nuts)
  • Lemon Cupcakes with Lavender Frosting

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. This engaging sweets class will get students excited about helping in the kitchen and entertaining. They will learn important baking skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary is introduced each week.
Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a small group.
Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
Topics in this Series: Decadent Delights (Quarter 1); Gooey Goodies (Quarter 2), Best Bon Bons (Quarter 3), and Casual Confections (Quarter 4).
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.
What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).
For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage..

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $219.00

Marine Biology: Marine Animal Close-Up*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Osk Huneycutt

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Earth is an ocean planet! Life began in the oceans, and they are the linchpin of the biological, chemical, and physical processes that allow our planet to support life. This class will give students a basic understanding of the chemistry, physics and biology of earth's oceans. We'll also learn how oceans are informing our search for life on other planets. The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in hands on demonstrations and experiments during each class.

During the fourth quarter, we'll be moving from a big picture perspective, looking at ecology and biomes, to focus in on individual species and how they live. We'll trace the evolution of the major groups of marine plants and animals, to see how their morphology and adaptations became more complex and diverse over time. The class will zoom in on representative species, let students vote on the most interesting, and compile a Case Studies science log that profiles these species. We'll also have a chance to observe and interact with living aquatic organisms in our classroom. Come meet bioluminescent dinoflagellates and feed an anemone!

Topics in this Series: Oceanography (Quarter 1); Coastal Biomes (Quarter 2); Open Water Habitats (Quarter 3); and Marine Animal Close-Up (Quarter 4).Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $193.00

Nature Quest: Spring- Adventurers (Tue)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

Experience the thrill of spring- nature's fastest paced season! Watch as the forest transforms each week with new leaves, flowers, nests, and the full stream bursting with life. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, enjoying bird-song, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers and the fresh spring air.

Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon while they discover all the secrets that woods hold when you stop, look, listen, smell, touch, turn-over, and peek under!

A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found each season. Students will get to know native animals and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. The group exploration/activities in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. Students must be age 5 by the start of the class, and they must be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of the class, remain with the group, and follow instructions. Note: This is a 7-week class that will not meet on 3/26/24.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $131.00

Nature Quest: Spring- Pathfinders (Tue)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Experience the thrill of spring- nature's fastest paced season! Watch as the forest transforms each week with new leaves, flowers, nests, and the full stream bursting with life. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, enjoying bird-song, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers and the fresh spring air.

Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon while they discover all the secrets that woods hold when you stop, look, listen, smell, touch, turn-over, and peek under!

A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found each season. Students will get to know native animals and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. The group exploration/activities in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. Note: This is a 7-week class that will not meet on 3/26/24.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $131.00

Outdoor Survivor: Spring (Tue)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

Venture outdoors each week to explore the woods with a senior naturalist and mentor while learning valuable survival skills. Students will learn how to construct a temporary debris shelter, make cordage, identify edibles, track animals, purify water, perform basic first aid, and use maps and compass (orienteering). Students will get to know native animals and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things you encounter outdoors, safe exploration of the woods, how to be a good steward of nature, and what to do if you ever became lost or injured in the woods. Skills will be reintroduced and adapted each each quarter because the available plants, animals, materials, and water sources change with each season. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong connection to nature and to the real world! Explorations in the woodsis for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. For information on where the class meets, what to wear, and inclement weather, see the webpage for Compass's Nature Quest program. Note: This is a 7-week class that will not meet on 3/26/24.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $261.00

Reading Rangers (Q4)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Danielle Mercadal

Grade Range: K-1st

Prerequisites:

Reading Rangers is a supplemental reading and writing class for beginning readers. The class is whole language inspired with phonics and decoding games, partner reading, simple journaling, and vocabulary lists for home. The group will explore habits of curious readers and writers through the examination of renounded children's picture story books. The class will discuss characters, setting, sequence of events, and predicting outcomes and will write simple sentences. Students should be able to read Level 1 books such as Frog & Toad and Little Bear. (In other words, students in this group should have processed beyond Bob-type books, but also not be more advanced than Level 1 readers.) Please note this class is designed for students to enjoy a fun, new dimension of reading with peers and a teacher, but this will not take the place of a comprehensive language arts curriculum and daily reading practice.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $228.00

Reading Ready! (Q4)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Danielle Mercadal

Grade Range: K-1st

Prerequisites:

Reading Ready is a supplemental reading and writing class for 5- and 6- year-olds. The class is whole language inspired with phonics games, partner reading, simple journaling, and self-created spelling lists for home. The group will explore habits of good readers and writers through examples of well-loved children's authors. Students must already be able to recognize each letter and corresponding sound of the alphabet, be familiar with simple blends, know a few beginner sight words (such as I, am, and no), and must be able to write their own name. Please note this class is designed for students to enjoy a fun, new dimension of reading with peers and a teacher, but this will not take the place of a comprehensive language arts curriculum and daily reading practice.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $228.00

Rhythm Rocks: Drum Jam (Q4)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Daniel Greenberg

Grade Range: 3rd-6th

Prerequisites:

Students of all ages will love the energy and exhilaration of drumming! Students will learn rhythms and drumming patterns from West Africa and other cultures. In this "hands-on" class, students will learn hand-drumming on djembe drums and accompanying percussion accessories such as tambourines, triangles, rhythm sticks, maracas, and bongos.

Students will learn the difference between steady beat, rhythms, and polyrhythms, which involve patterning, call and response, and different tonal levels. Drummers will be "in the groove" as they learn single stroke rolls, single and double paradiddle, frills, and patterns. They will be encouraged to experiment with different percussion instruments and to improvise.

New drummers are welcome to enroll any quarter, and returning drummers are encouraged to return and continue to learn more complex drumming techniques. Drummers may be divided by age and/or drumming experience in class with each group taught the same rhythm with varying degrees of difficulty. All instruments are provided by the instructor.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $225.00

Robot Fab Lab: Art Bot (Tue)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

Design and build a robot to hold a colored pencil or marker, and program it to make designs. Students will end up with an automated spirograph! Will your 'bot draw concentric circles, spirals, pinwheels or more complex hypotrochoids and epitrochoids?

Students will use the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 robotics sets. They will build with motors, wheels/axles, gears, levers, and special components. Students will have to install touch, sound, color, and infrared sensors while also learning to program sequences and commands that use input/output devices for controlled movements and precise turns. Using the drag-and-drop EV3 coding menu, students will learn to program their robots while experimenting with key concepts such as fixed values, variables, loops, and logic constructs.

This course integrates science, engineering and computational thinking while introducing physical constraints, units of measurement, and coordinate systems. But, don't worry, this is a beginning robotics class. Prior experience is not expected, but returning students are welcome. Each student will build his/her own robotic project, so students can progress and customize at their own pace. In general, in this class, students will spend two weeks assembling, three weeks programming, and two weeks testing and re-designing their projects. Topics in this Series: Lunar Lander (Quarter 1); Battle Bots (Quarter 2); Tomb Explorer (Quarter 3), and Art Bots (Quarter 4). Note: This is a 7-week class that will not meet on 4/9/24.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $177.00

Scientist for a Day: Biologist, Entomologist*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Osk Huneycutt

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Find out what different scientists do! This class allows young scientists to explore different careers in the sciences and shows them that science is fun, approachable, and that anyone can do it! Students will use real scientific equipment and learn actual science terminology to investigate questions in different fields. Try out SCUBA gear as a marine biologist, learn the basics for studying DNA, perform experiments in chemistry, and try your hand at operating an ROV (remote operated vehicle). The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in hands on demonstrations and experiments during each class.

Fourth quarter, students will learn some basics biology, using their powers of observation and digital microscopes to investigate plants and animals from the grounds. The class will discuss how these organisms survive and adapt. As entomologists, they will take an up-close look at insects and discover the many important ecological functions that they perform, from nutrient cycling to pollination. Guest insects will include pillbugs, millipedes, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, and an ant farm. To emphasize the topic of nutrient cycling, students will also make their own worm farms to take home to observe and apply the basics of composting household waste.

Topics in this Series: Paleontologist, Geologist (Quarter 1); Physicist, Astronomer (Quarter 2) Chemist & Medical Scientist (Quarter 3); Biologist, Entomologist (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $193.00

Speak Out! Making Your Point (Persuasive Public Speaking)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Highest Speak

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Public speaking skills are essential to academia, to success in future careers, and to simply making friends or standing up for yourself! Students will develop their public speaking skills and their own "voice" through the art of storytelling in a fun, supportive environment taught by a public speaking coach.

In this class, students will examine the elements of persuasive speaking by playing hilarious storytelling games and preparing short assignments. Students will gain confidence in public speaking by writing and practicing a speech that defends or persuades a position or view that they care about! Students will try to engage or influence their audience on an issue of personal, local, national, or global importance. Want to encourage recycling, change policies at the library, or lobby for a later curfew? Those are persuasive speeches!  They will learn how to best present data and details to the audience, conquer any level of nervousness, and become more confident storytellers. They will discover how to use storytelling to enhance anything they do.

Each class includes an icebreaker activity, a daily lesson, practice through a game or assignment, individualized feedback, and wrap-up. Students will practice posture, eye contact, enunciation, gestures, pauses, and timing while receiving tips and techniques from the coach and peers. The class will culminate in an end of the quarter presentation for parents.

Topics in future quarters include: Finding Your Voice (Expository)- 3rd quarter, and Making Your Point (Persuasive)- 4th quarter

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $170.00

Speak Up! Making Your Point (Persuasive Public Speaking)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Highest Speak

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites: None

Public speaking skills are essential to academia, to success in future careers, and to simply making friends or standing up for yourself! Students will develop their public speaking skills and their own "voice" through the art of storytelling in a fun, supportive environment taught by a public speaking coach.

In this class, students will examine the elements of persuasive speaking by playing hilarious storytelling games and preparing short assignments. Students will gain confidence in public speaking by writing and practicing a speech that defends or persuades a position or view that they care about! Students will try to engage or influence their audience on an issue of personal, local, national, or global importance. Want to encourage recycling, change policies at the library, or lobby for a later curfew? Those are persuasive speeches!  They will learn how to best present data and details to the audience, conquer any level of nervousness, and become more confident storytellers. They will discover how to use storytelling to enhance anything they do.

Each class includes an icebreaker activity, a daily lesson, practice through a game or assignment, individualized feedback, and wrap-up. Students will practice posture, eye contact, enunciation, gestures, pauses, and timing while receiving tips and techniques from the coach and peers. The class will culminate in an end of the quarter presentation for parents.

Topics in future quarters include: Finding Your Voice (Expository)- 3rd quarter, and Making Your Point (Persuasive)- 4th quarter

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $170.00

Swimming: Beginners/ Adv. Beginners (Tue, Q4)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 10:05 am      Duration: 40 min

Instructor: YMCA

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Homeschool Swim Lessons are taught at the Reston YMCA located 0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility. For more information on swimming lessons, see the program webpage.

During the first lesson, students will be observed and determined to be Beginner or Advanced Beginner level, and the class will be divided accordingly among two instructors. Beginners level is for students with little to no swim experience and will cover YMCA Level 1 skills such as water acclimation, floatation, water movement, putting face in the water, swimming 5 feet without a floatation device, and becoming comfortable on back in water. Advanced Beginners level will review all skills in beginner-level class and add YMCA Level 2 skills such as stamina, swimming one length of the pool (25 yards), performing elementary backstroke, rotary breathing, becoming comfortable in deep water, and stroke introduction to include: front crawl, backstroke, and elementary breaststroke.

Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $120.00

Swimming: Beginners/ Adv. Beginners (Tue, Q4)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 11:05 am      Duration: 40 min

Instructor: YMCA

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

Homeschool Swim Lessons are taught at the Reston YMCA located 0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility. For more information on swimming lessons, see the program webpage.

During the first lesson, students will be observed and determined to be Beginner or Advanced Beginner level, and the class will be divided accordingly among two instructors. Beginners level is for students with little to no swim experience and will cover YMCA Level 1 skills such as water acclimation, floatation, water movement, putting face in the water, swimming 5 feet without a floatation device, and becoming comfortable on back in water. Advanced Beginners level will review all skills in beginner-level class and add YMCA Level 2 skills such as stamina, swimming one length of the pool (25 yards), performing elementary backstroke, rotary breathing, becoming comfortable in deep water, and stroke introduction to include: front crawl, backstroke, and elementary breaststroke.

Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $120.00

Swimming: Intermediate (Tue, Q4)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 12:05 pm      Duration: 40 min

Instructor: YMCA

Grade Range: 2nd-6th

Prerequisites:

Homeschool Swim Lessons are taught at the Reston YMCA located 0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility. For more information on swimming lessons, see the program webpage.

Intermediate level is for students who are proficient in Advanced Beginner level skills such as swimming one length of the pool (25 yards), performing elementary backstroke, and becoming comfortable in deep water. Intermediate swimmers will cover Levels 3 of the YMCA program including elementary breaststroke, backstroke, front crawl with rotary breathing all at 25 yards, with work towards Level 4 skills including stamina and increasing all swimming to 50 yards or more, plus breast stroke, elementary butterfly stroke and kick, elementary dives, and turns.

Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $120.00

Swimming: Young Beginners (Tue, Q4)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 9:15 am      Duration: 30 min

Instructor: YMCA

Grade Range: PK-K

Prerequisites:

Homeschool Swim Lessons are taught at the Reston YMCA located 0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility. For more information on swimming lessons, see the program webpage.

Young Beginners is for very young students with little to no swim experience and will cover YMCA Level 1 skills including water acclimation, floatation, water movement, putting face in the water, swimming 5 feet without a floatation device, and becoming comfortable on back in water.

Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $120.00

The Artistry of Writing: Daring Dialogue

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Cristin Harber

Grade Range: 7th-12th

Prerequisites: None

What does it take to write a story that jumps off the page and comes alive in a reader's mind? Great authors have mastered the Artistry of Writing. This two-hour workshop will focus on one facet of excellent storytelling: daring dialogue.

Banter. Arguments. Secret-sharing. More than simply what a character says, well-crafted dialogue adds depth to a scene. It brings characters to life and plays a large part in the writer's adage, "Show, don't tell." Successful dialogue sounds natural, whether breaking hearts, inspiring friends, or sneaking skeletons out of a closet. The class will analyze dialogue and identify why it works. We will craft conversations as a group and then draft dialogue independently. There will be an opportunity to share and receive feedback.

This session is part of a series of writers' workshops led by a celebrated author and focused on the Artistry of Writing. Topics in this series include: Compelling Characters (3/5/23); Daring Dialogue (3/19/24); Astounding Action Scenes (4/9/24) and Suspenseful & Scary Scenes (4/23/24).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $59.00

Tweens Acting Out: Vanished in a Video Game

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Tweens take over as they collectively brainstorm and collaboratively write own play. Find out what happens when tweens "act out" the unique characters and an original storyline they created. What happens when a player gets trapped inside their favorite game? What easter eggs will the crafty characters and naive NPCs uncover, and will they finish off the final boss?

Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other and to begin to brainstorm about their original play. Through group activities and guided discussion, the actors will decide on characters, conflict, and conclusion, and the story they want to tell. The script will be developed and customized for this class with the students' input.

The class will learn the practical aspects of acting, as they work on script read-through, blocking, costume/prop design, and planning the show. Students will develop their own "actor's toolkit" of voice, body, and imagination in this creative process! Actors will grow in confidence and communication skills in preparation for a final sharing with parents on the final day of the quarter.

Once the script is fully developed with everyone's parts, about half-way through the quarter, it will be emailed to parents. Parents will be expected to help their children memorize their script/lines/cues and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity.

Topics in this Series: Can't Believe it Came to Life (Quarter 1), Technology Takeover (Quarter 2), Whodunnit? (Quarter 3) and Vanished in a Video Game (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $179.00

Vet 'Ventures: Marine Mammal Rescue (1 pm)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Karen Shumway

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

An older orca in an ocean tidal pool. A sick sea lion in the surf. A disoriented dolphin by the dock. Sometimes even our marine mammal friends need medical care!

In this class, future marine veterinarians will learn all about whales, dolphins, manatees, seals, sea lions, sea otters, and walruses. The class will discover some of fun and fascinating facts, similarities, and differences in marine mammal families (and what makes some of these slick sea-dwellers mammals in the first place?) They will learn about the health and anatomy of these mammals including special adaptations for the marine environments. Finally, the class will discover how medical care is delivered to marine mammals and what threats the species face in the oceans today.

Each class meeting will include hands-on and interactive demonstrations, simulations, role-playing, activities, games, stories, or short video clips to convey the information. During the first week, students will receive a lab coat and clinic name tag, a marine mammal model for demonstrations, and a class workbook. They will "adopt" and name their animla, and during the final week, they will receive a diploma. (Animals, lab coats, name tags, and workbooks will remain at Compass between classes so they are not forgotten at home). There is a $25.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $178.00

Vet 'Ventures: Marine Mammal Rescue (2 pm)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Karen Shumway

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

An older orca in an ocean tidal pool. A sick sea lion in the surf. A disoriented dolphin by the dock. Sometimes even our marine mammal friends need medical care!

In this class, future marine veterinarians will learn all about whales, dolphins, manatees, seals, sea lions, sea otters, and walruses. The class will discover some of fun and fascinating facts, similarities, and differences in marine mammal families (and what makes some of these slick sea-dwellers mammals in the first place?) They will learn about the health and anatomy of these mammals including special adaptations for the marine environments. Finally, the class will discover how medical care is delivered to marine mammals and what threats the species face in the oceans today.

Each class meeting will include hands-on and interactive demonstrations, simulations, role-playing, activities, games, stories, or short video clips to convey the information. During the first week, students will receive a lab coat and clinic name tag, a marine mammal model for demonstrations, and a class workbook. They will "adopt" and name their animla, and during the final week, they will receive a diploma. (Animals, lab coats, name tags, and workbooks will remain at Compass between classes so they are not forgotten at home). There is a $25.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $178.00

Who Wants to Be a Scientist? Biologist, Entomologist (1pm)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Osk Huneycutt

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites: None

There are so many ways to do science! This class allows our youngest scientists to explore different careers in the sciences and shows them that science is fun, approachable, and that anyone can do it! Students will use real scientific equipment and learn actual science terminology to investigate questions in different fields. Try out SCUBA gear as a marine biologist, learn the basics for studying DNA, perform experiments in chemistry, and try your hand at operating an ROV (remote operated vehicle). The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in hands on demonstrations and experiments during each class.

Fourth quarter, students will learn some basics biology, using their powers of observation and digital microscopes to investigate plants and animals from the grounds. The class will discuss how these organisms survive and adapt. As entomologists, they will take an up-close look at insects and discover the many important ecological functions that they perform, from nutrient cycling to pollination. Guest insects will include pillbugs, millipedes, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, and an ant farm. To emphasize the topic of nutrient cycling, students will also make their own worm farms to take home to observe and apply the basics of composting household waste.

Topics in this Series: Paleontologist, Geologist (Quarter 1); Physicist, Astronomer (Quarter 2) Chemist & Medical Scientist (Quarter 3); Biologist, Entomologist (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $193.00

Who Wants to Be a Scientist? Biologist, Entomologist (2pm)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Osk Huneycutt

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites: None

There are so many ways to do science! This class allows our youngest scientists to explore different careers in the sciences and shows them that science is fun, approachable, and that anyone can do it! Students will use real scientific equipment and learn actual science terminology to investigate questions in different fields. Try out SCUBA gear as a marine biologist, learn the basics for studying DNA, perform experiments in chemistry, and try your hand at operating an ROV (remote operated vehicle). The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in hands on demonstrations and experiments during each class.

Fourth quarter, students will learn some basics biology, using their powers of observation and digital microscopes to investigate plants and animals from the grounds. The class will discuss how these organisms survive and adapt. As entomologists, they will take an up-close look at insects and discover the many important ecological functions that they perform, from nutrient cycling to pollination. Guest insects will include pillbugs, millipedes, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, and an ant farm. To emphasize the topic of nutrient cycling, students will also make their own worm farms to take home to observe and apply the basics of composting household waste.

Topics in this Series: Paleontologist, Geologist (Quarter 1); Physicist, Astronomer (Quarter 2) Chemist & Medical Scientist (Quarter 3); Biologist, Entomologist (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $193.00

Writing Wonders: Fact Finder (Tue)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 19, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Shannon McClain

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Writing is a fundamental skill for school and for life, and it gives kids a voice! In this class, third and fourth graders will explore writing in many different ways. They will learn the basics of good writing and the art of revision. Classes will consist of simple lessons on writing plus in-class writing practice. Students will always be encouraged to write about what interests them, but they will also always be given fun, creative writing prompts so no one feels the panic of figuring out "what to write."

Fourth quarter, students will be introduced to writing informative paragraphs and basic research skills.

The goal for this course is for young students to gain confidence, increase writing fluency, and learn how to incorporate writing into everyday work and play. Each week, the instructor will share brief lessons on grammar such as correct capitalization, agreement, tenses, parts of speech, use of adjectives/adverbs, etc. They will also learn the steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing, and strategies for each state. Student must be minimum age 8 to take this class and should be on grade level for reading and handwriting.

Topics in this Series: My Memories (Quarter 1); Transforming Tales (Quarter 2), Fun with Fiction (Quarter 3), and Fact Finder (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $174.00

Art in Action: Destination Art (Wed 10am)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diederich

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Elementary artists can get in on the action as they learn about a different artist or artistic style each week and create a representative piece using a wide range of artistic supplies such as tempura and water color paints, pastels, pencils, cray pas, oil pastel crayons, specialty papers, sculpting media, and embellishments.

Fourth quarter, students will be introduced to a surprise countries or culture each week where they will learn briefly about the locale's unique tradition of art. The class will use a variety of materials and techniques to represent the projects inspired by the secret destination.

Topics in this Series: Picasso in Perspective (Quarter 1); Original Works of the Worlds Oceans (Quarter 2); American Artist Spotlight (Quarter 3); Destination Art (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $165.00

Ballet Foundations: Carnival of the Animals

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 50 min

Instructor: Alchemy Ballet

Grade Range: 3rd-8th

Prerequisites: None

Dancers will practice skills in musicality, balance, flexibility, and coordination as they learn to dance as a group. Each quarter, a different musical fairytale ballet will provide the inspiration and the music for the class. Dancers will become familiar with the story of the ballet and the orchestral music as they go through their own routine.

Fourth quarter, beginning dancers will learn the story of The Carnival of the Animals, composed by Camille Saint-Saens and performed as a ballet since 2004. In class, they work to identify, apply, demonstrate, and integrate the following techniques from the Vaganova ballet method such as: 1st-6th positions, marching and skipping, demi plie, grand plie, saute, bourree, grand jete, and tendu, along with pas de chat, pas de bourree, arabesque, arabesque saute, and soutenu. Students will develop their physical conditioning by core leg and arm strength.

A demonstration of skills learned will be showcased for parents on the last class each quarter. Registration is for one morning class, however students who wish to further their skills are encouraged to sign up for both Monday and Wednesday morning lessons. Compass ballet students will have an opportunity to audition for the Alchemy Ballet Academy Winter Performance (including excerpts from The Nutcracker).

Ballet students are expected to wear appropriate attire. Young ladies must wear a leotard with skirt (attached or detached), pink tights, and soft pink ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Young men must wear a slim-fitting white t-shirt, black shorts, white socks, and soft black ballet shoes in canvas or leather.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $160.00

Ballet Fun: Carnival of the Animals (Wed)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 50 min

Instructor: Alchemy Ballet

Grade Range: PK-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Young dancers will practice skills in musicality, balance, flexibility, and coordination as they learn to dance as a group. Each quarter, a different musical fairytale ballet will provide the inspiration and the music for the class. Dancers will become familiar with the story of the ballet and the orchestral music as they go through their own routine. The music, story, and characters will serve as an inspiration for creative movement.

Fourth quarter, young dancers will learn the story of The Carnival of the Animals, composed by Camille Saint-Saens and performed as a ballet since 2004. In class, dancers will learn to recognize, understand, and apply techniques from the Vaganova ballet method such as: 1st - 6th positions, marching and skipping, demi plie, grand plie, saute, bourree, grand jete, and tendu. Students will also develop their physical conditioning and learn teamwork. Dancers in this level must be minimum age 4 by the start of class.

A demonstration of skills learned will be showcased for parents on the last class each quarter. Registration is for one morning class, however students who wish to further their skills are encouraged to sign up for both Monday and Wednesday morning lessons. Compass ballet students will have an opportunity to audition for the Alchemy Ballet Academy Winter Performance (including excerpts from The Nutcracker).

Ballet students are expected to wear appropriate attire. Young ladies must wear a leotard with skirt (attached or detached), pink tights, and soft pink ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Young men must wear a slim-fitting white t-shirt, black shorts, white socks, and soft black ballet shoes in canvas or leather.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $160.00

Battle Strategies & Dioramas: Civil War- Siege of Petersburg and the Fall of Richmond*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

By June 1864, the end was near for the Confederacy. All that stood between the Union Army and Richmond was a series of forts interconnected by trenches at Petersburg, to the south. This battle, like Vicksburg before it, was war on a scale that would not be seen again until WWI. The most famous battle site along the miles of trenches was the Battle of the Crater. Using explosives, the Union Army undermined the Confederate lines and blew up an entire fort, expecting to decisively win the battle in July. Unfortunately, unprepared units rushed into The Crater without knowing the full plan. They were stuck there when Confederates counter-attacked in a siege that would last nine more months, until late March 1865, just weeks before the Confederacy's final surrender at Appomattox Courthouse.
Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 14" shaped, foam diorama of a portion of a battlefield from the campaign. Students will each receive 1:72 scale miniature soldiers to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create larger scenes. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Fire and Fury gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment.
The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's Civil War Series include: First Battle of Manassas (Quarter 1); The Anaconda Plan, Civil War Naval Battles (Quarter 2); The Atlanta Campaign and Sherman's March to the Sea (Quarter 3); and The Siege of Petersburg, the fall of Richmond (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $181.00

Battle Strategies & Dioramas: WWII- Battle of the Bulge (Wed)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make!

In late 1944, the outcome of the Second World War was no longer in doubt, however, the ongoing fighting was just as lethal. Hitler was desperate to pull off a miraculous victory in the West, and he set his sight on the Ardennes, a "quiet" sector of the front in Luxembourg where the Allies had sent badly damaged units to recover from fierce fighting elsewhere. The Allies believed that Germany would not invade through the forest in the winter, especially with the dire circumstances they faced everywhere else. This was a miscalculation. Hitler used this opportunity to ram the last functioning units to attempt to "drive the Allies back into the sea" and take the port of Antwerp in a conflict known as The Battle of the Bulge.

Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 14" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (hills, valleys, rivers, ridges, vegetation, airfields, etc) to represent a scene of a famous historical engagement. Students will each receive scale miniature naval ships to populate their scene. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate the larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the military engagement while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a simplified version of the Axis and Allies gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how this battle progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices.

The instructor will use maps and visual presentations to explain the historical background and circumstances leading up to the specific battle. Course documents, such as period maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Topics in this year's series include: Pearl Harbor (Quarter 1), Guadalcanal (Quarter 2), D-Day (Quarter 3), and Battle of the Bulge (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $181.00

Beginner 'Bots: Creepy Crawlies (Wed)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program a different whimsical, mechanized project each week using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

Fourth quarter, students will model and motorize creepy crawly creatures such as a crab, praying mantis, scorpion, snail, ant, spider, tadpole, and more.

Their robots will be built using special-shaped LEGO components from the WeDo Educational set, motors, motion sensors, tilt sensors and a programmable, Bluetooth control unit ("brain"). Student will use classroom tablets to program the control units using an intuitive drag-and-drop coding modules.

Prior experience with LEGO or coding is not required. All equipment is furnished.

Topics in this Series: Animated Animals (Quarter 1), Jurassic Giants (Quarter 2); Rush Hour! (Quarter 3), and Creepy Crawlies (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $203.00

Chess: Advanced Beginners 4

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 3rd-6th

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy the logic and challenge of the timeless strategy board game as they learn and play chess with classmates. In Advanced Beginner Chess 4, students will learn skills and strategies that build upon each other such as: good and bad pawns (individually and in groups), identifying and escaping from pins, piling on a pinned piece, trapping rooks in the opening, and advanced skewers. Advanced Beginner Chess 4 will conclude with a chess party and awards ceremony with certificates.

Learning and playing chess supports problem solving, decision making, critical and creative thinking, general cognitive ability, scholastic skills, and mathematical achievement (Univ. of Minnesota). Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches. Students should have 15-20 hours of chess instruction prior to enrolling in Advanced Beginner Chess, or a working knowledge of most skills taught in the Compass Beginner Chess level.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $172.00

Chess: Beginners 4 (Wed)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 2nd-5th

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy the logic and challenge of the timeless strategy board game as they learn and play chess with classmates. In Beginning Chess 4, students will review and learn strategies such as: double attacks, elementary checkmates, managing pieces in the opening (pawns, knights, bishops and queens), when to develop the queen in the opening, best board behavior, and 5 questions to ask before moving. Beginning Chess 4 will conclude with a chess party and awards ceremony with certificates.

Learning and playing chess supports problem solving, decision making, critical and creative thinking, general cognitive ability, scholastic skills, and mathematical achievement (Univ. of Minnesota). Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches.. A student should have some prior knowledge of chess basics in order to enroll in Beginning Chess 4.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $172.00

Chess: Intermediate Players 4

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 4th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy the logic and challenge of the timeless strategy board game as they learn and play chess with classmates. In Intermediate Chess 4, students will learn skills that build upon each other such as: various endgames: king and pawn; king with queen and pawn; king, rook, and pawn endgames; and minor piece (knight and bishop) endgames. Intermediate Chess 4 will conclude with a chess party and awards ceremony with certificates.

Learning and playing chess supports problem solving, decision making, critical and creative thinking, general cognitive ability, scholastic skills, and mathematical achievement (Univ. of Minnesota). Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches. Students should have 30+ hours of chess instruction prior to enrolling in Intermediate Chess, a working knowledge of most skills taught in the Compass Beginner and Advanced Beginner Chess levels, or instructor permission.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $172.00

Detective Drama: The Missing Mona Lisa

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

Calling crooked criminals who commit creepy crimes! Convening colorful characters who corroborate clues and constables who collaborate to crack the case! Connect with a kooky cast in Compass's new Detective Drama. Using materials from a commercial mystery role playing game (RPG), students will be guided through the facts of a fictitious case. Student sleuths will be follow clue cards, eclectic evidence, and phony forensics to uncover a crime. Emphasis will be on critical thinking, problem solving skills, and improvisation through the portrayal of unique characters involved in the crime. Students will be encouraged to develop a strong, compelling character, an original costume, a backstory, and of course, an alibi.

Fourth quarter, students will unravel the Case of the Missing Mona Lisa. The Mona Lisa is one of the world's most famous and celebrated paintings. People from all over the world come to visit this beautiful masterpiece in Paris France, at The Louvre. That was, until it was stolen! The Louvre needs your help finding the perpetrator so that the Mona Lisa can once again be on display for all to see.

In this workshop, students will experiment with acting and improvisation and working as a team. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, are flexible and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and enjoy working in a collaborative group. Students need to be able to stay in sync with the flow of the class. This is not an "anything goes" or free-for-all class. Because of the age of the students in this class, only capers such as burglaries or kidnappings will be portrayed instead of murders.

Topics in this Series: The Case of the Missing Crown (First Quarter); The Mystery of the Lost Jewels of the Titanic (Second Quarter); Mystery at the Fair (Third Quarter), and The Missing Mona Lisa (Fourth Quarter). There is a class supply fee of $20.00 due payable to the instructor on the first day for the class RPG materials, printing, props, and investigation folders.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $159.00

Drawing for Fun: Playful Portraits (11am)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Pete Van Riper

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Anyone can learn to draw! A professional artist will teach kids how to draw a variety of projects by breaking down complex forms and figures into simple shapes and giving them dimension through shading, shadow, and textures. Projects will focus on fantasy and fictional subjects which are a great choice to keep beginning artists from becoming frustrated when their work does not look "the real thing."

Fourth quarter, students will continue to develop their drawing skills with playful portraits and crazy caricatures. They will draw dramatic and droll faces with intentionally exaggerated features like enormous ears, hilarious hair, titanic teeth or a monstrous moustache. In drawing funny faces, students can practice drawing techniques without the pressure of trying to replicate real life. Student's drawings will be in regular #2 pencil in a sketchbook.

There is a $15.00 material fee payable to the instructor on the first day for a sketchbook and shared classroom art supplies. Topics in this Series include: Comic Art & Characters (Quarter 1); Fantastical Figures (Quarter 2), Comics with a Cast of Characters (Quarter 3), and Playful Portraits (Quarter 4)

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $165.00

Drawing for Fun: Playful Portraits (12pm)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Pete Van Riper

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

Anyone can learn to draw! A professional artist will teach kids how to draw a variety of projects by breaking down complex forms and figures into simple shapes and giving them dimension through shading, shadow, and textures. Projects will focus on fantasy and fictional subjects which are a great choice to keep beginning artists from becoming frustrated when their work does not look "the real thing."

Fourth quarter, students will continue to develop their drawing skills with playful portraits and crazy caricatures. They will draw dramatic and droll faces with intentionally exaggerated features like enormous ears, hilarious hair, titanic teeth or a monstrous moustache. In drawing funny faces, students can practice drawing techniques without the pressure of trying to replicate real life. Student's drawings will be in regular #2 pencil in a sketchbook.

There is a $15.00 material fee payable to the instructor on the first day for a sketchbook and shared classroom art supplies. Topics in this Series include: Comic Art & Characters (Quarter 1); Fantastical Figures (Quarter 2), Comics with a Cast of Characters (Quarter 3), and Playful Portraits (Quarter 4)

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $165.00

Dynamic Dioramas: History & Culture- Viking Invasions*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

In the "dark ages" of Europe, the Germanic barbarians and former invaders who settled in Western Europe had their turn at being menaced by ferocious pagans from the far corners of the world- the Vikings! Anglo Saxon Britain and Francia (i.e. proto-France) were some of the first victims of the marauding Viking raids, but over three centuries, Viking pillaging and piracy would reach from the North African coast and Sicily, all the way to the Middle East! The reputation for plunder and violence was earned, but not the entire story. Archaeological evidence shows that the "Vikings" actually spent more time exploring and trading, bringing goods from as far away as China to burial mounds in Northern Europe. This class will discuss the perfect storm of conditions that made Viking life possible, and recreate their home port coastal villages.

Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, paint, and miniatures, each student will craft a 10 X 16 diorama. In class, they will view historical maps, artistic renderings, and/or photographs to understand the topography and development of this time and place in history. Students will customize their dioramas with landforms, landscape elements, waterways, and structures to represent a scene from this period. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature figures. Students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger terrain and then compete in a history-based role-playing game which will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, and/or warfare of the time. Each student will have at least one board and set of miniatures to take home with them.

Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this year's series include:

Ancient Egypt & the Sea Peoples (Quarter 1); Ancient Greece & the Trojan War (Quarter 2); The Roman Republic (Quarter 3); and Viking Invasions (Quarter 4)

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $181.00

Extra, Extra! Non Fiction News-Writing (Q4)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Cristin Harber

Grade Range: 6th-12th

Prerequisites:

Be part of a team! Join the Compass Collaborative newspaper staff. The Compass student newspaper is growing to include a faculty advisor to help coordinate and schedule the efforts of the student editors, writers, and contributors. The staff will be a mixed age team, with students from 6th-12th grade, where younger students will be informally paired with older students for peer review and feedback on their writing.

Students will learn to write with a purpose and create effective factual articles, interviews, and reviews. While taking notes, gathering data, and collecting details may happen outside of class, part of each weekly staff meeting will be dedicated to writing. In weekly meetings, the advisor will discuss examples from a variety of printed media to demonstrate what constitutes 'good' writing and what is less effective. The group will also learn about the formatting, layout, and graphic design elements that go into the newspaper. All staff members will practice editing skills to improve grammar, punctation, and overall clarity and accuracy in their writing.

Each quarter, the group will decide on writing assignments and divvy up responsibilities based on individual interests. Staff members will report on Compass news and events, interview teachers, review classes, cover clubs, and write about community happenings that would interest other homeschoolers. Students may opt to write reviews of books, movies, tv shows, games, restaurants, or field trips. They may compose editorials, short stories, or poetry. Some may wish to create an ongoing column about a particular interest such as pets, sports, or space. Staff members may submit their own artwork, comics, or photographs, but will also work with Compass art teachers to get scans of other students' works each quarter. Staff may also elect to include regular features such as a recipe, a puzzle, riddles, jokes, trivia questions, or student poll result in each issue. Staff members will each contribute at least 2-3 items to the Collaborative edition each quarter.

Student staff will serve not only as writers and contributors, but also as editors of works that are submitted by other students. One or two high school members will have the opportunity to serve as editors of the student paper, roles that demonstrate leadership and are favorable in the college application process. In addition, one or two other students will serve the layout editors and will be expected to learn newspaper layout using Microsoft Publisher. All students register for the same class, and roles and responsibilities will be reviewed and delegated during the first class meeting. Students will be expected to bring a laptop, notebook, and pen/pencil to each class meeting.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $148.00

Fencing for Beginners & Advanced Beginners (Q4)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Fencing Sports Academy

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Fencing is the clashing of steel and competitive spirit combined with the battle of the wits. Apply the rules of Olympic fencing, and you have a physically and mentally challenging game of strategy, often called, "physical chess." In Beginning Fencing, students will learn the rules of the sport as well as footwork, attacks, parries, responses, and how to judge matches. Beginning students will use the epee, a thin, lightweight sword with broad hand guard and will wear a wireless electronic scoring sensor over layers of protective gear. Returning students will work with both the epee and foil. The physical benefits of fencing are an increase in agility, balance and coordination. Fencing also provides mental benefits such as improved focus, strategy and confidence. Fencing is safety-oriented with blunt tip weapons, chest protectors, chest/sleeve pads, fencing jacket, gloves, and face mask. Students may enroll any quarter. All equipment is provided by the instructor. Students are asked to wear comfortable athletic pants such as running pants or sweatpants (no jeans, no dresses), and low-heeled athletic shoes.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $200.00

Fencing for Young Beginners (Q4)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Fencing Sports Academy

Grade Range: 2nd-4th

Prerequisites:

Fencing is the clashing of steel and competitive spirit combined with the battle of the wits. Apply the rules of Olympic fencing, and you have a physically and mentally challenging game of strategy, often called, "physical chess." In Beginning Fencing, students will learn the rules of the sport as well as footwork, attacks, parries, responses, and how to judge matches. Beginning students will use the epee, a thin, lightweight sword with broad hand guard and will wear a wireless electronic scoring sensor over layers of protective gear. Returning students will work with both the epee and foil. The physical benefits of fencing are an increase in agility, balance and coordination. Fencing also provides mental benefits such as improved focus, strategy and confidence. Fencing is safety-oriented with blunt tip weapons, chest protectors, chest/sleeve pads, fencing jacket, gloves, and face mask. Students may enroll any quarter. All equipment is provided by the instructor. Students are asked to wear comfortable athletic pants such as running pants or sweatpants (no jeans, no dresses), and low-heeled athletic shoes.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $200.00

French for Fun (Q4)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Edwige Pinover

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Bonjour! French for Fun is a play-based, language immersion class for young students. Much like learning their native language, children will be exposed to French sounds, vocabulary, and phrases through songs, games, stories, interactive and hands-on activities. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students in the first few weeks. French language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with themes such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, family members, days/dates, parts of the house, common objects, body parts, etc. Greetings and simple phrases will be woven into each class. Students will learn numbers, the alphabet, and specific sounds of French pronunciation. Writing, spelling, and grammar will not be emphasized in this class. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Fluency should not be expected at this level. Students may join French for Fun during any quarter.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $191.00

French Foundations (Q4)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Edwige Pinover

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Bonjour! French Foundations is an introductory class for middle school-aged students. The class will be taught in a predominantly immersion environment. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students or explain difficult concepts. French language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, days/dates, etc), adjectives, greetings, and simple phrases. Students will learn beginning grammatical constructions such as noun-verb agreement, noun-adjective agreement, adjective placement, and the rules of regular verb conjugation. Students will be encouraged to speak aloud and converse with classmates, but also to learn to sound out, spell, and read beginning, written French. Aspects of Francophone culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be incorporated in the classes.
Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in French, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, grammar, and usage while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Students should be at grade level in their reading. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $191.00

French with Friends (Q4)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Edwige Pinover

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Salut! French with Friends is an introductory French class for elementary-aged students. The class will be taught in a predominantly immersion environment. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students or explain difficult concepts. French language instruction will be presented in a natural learning sequence beginning with nouns (such as colors, numbers, clothing, foods, animals, family members, days/dates, etc), adjectives, beginning verbs, greetings, and simple phrases. Songs, games, stories, and hands-on activities will be used in class to review vocabulary and phrases. Emphasis will be on conversation, but students will be encouraged to learn to spell and sound out written French. Aspects of Francophone culture such as holidays, foods, and traditions will be incorporated in the classes.
Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in French, so continuing students can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $191.00

Game Maker: 2-Player Game Design

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

Monopoly, Scrabble, Clue! Who doesn't enjoy gathering with friends or family for a good game? Students will become future game inventors responsible for designing a new, non-electronic board or card game. Each week, students will play games in class to explore design concepts and game mechanics of a specific genre of game. They will begin to understand what elements are needed in every game and what makes a "good" game that everyone will enjoy. Students will examine starting and ending conditions in a game, scalability (for more or fewer players), and how points, progress, or powers are earned or tracked as players move through a game. Students will then begin to outline their ideas for their very own, original game.

Fourth quarter, students will learn about Two-Player Games like the ancient games of Hnefatafl and Mancala; traditional stand-bys of chess, checkers, Backgammon, and even Battleship; and newer options like The Fox in the Forest and Hive. Students will sketch out their ideas, create a prototype board or cards, write all rules, and design the cards, chips, tokens, or playing pieces. Next, students will test-play their prototype game with their classmates to get constructive feedback and refine their rules. Once the prototype games have been tested through play, students will begin their final design, coloring, and graphics on a blank, folding game board and final game accessories.

The quarter will conclude with a game "publishing" party where students will "pitch" their concept through a 30-second advertisement and play the final version with friends. Some students may be interested in submitting their games to a national young inventors' competition.

There is a $20.00 material/supply fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class for blank boards, cards, dice, spinners, and shared art materials. Topics in this series include: Cooperative Board Games (Quarter 1); Card Games (Quarter 2); Dice Games (Quarter 3); and 2-Player Games (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $154.00

Global Gourmet for Kids: French (12pm)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Compass cooks will enjoy a culinary tour of the world with Global Gourmet classes! Menus feature variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients seasoned and prepared to represent regional flavors and traditional dishes from the featured country. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' gastronomy adventures will include:

  • Fromage Fort
  • French Onion Soup
  • Country Asparagus Salad with Walnuts (nuts)
  • Rosemary And Gruyere Potato Galette
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu
  • Haricots Verts Almandine (nuts)
  • Fruit Tart with Vanilla Cream Patisserie
  • Napoleon

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
Topics in this Series: Italian (Quarter 1), Mexican (Quarter 2), Pan Asian (Quarter 3), French (Quarter 4).
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.
What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).
For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage..

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $219.00

Global Gourmet for Kids: French (1pm)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Compass cooks will enjoy a culinary tour of the world with Global Gourmet classes! Menus feature variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients seasoned and prepared to represent regional flavors and traditional dishes from the featured country. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' gastronomy adventures will include:

  • Fromage Fort
  • French Onion Soup
  • Country Asparagus Salad with Walnuts (nuts)
  • Rosemary And Gruyere Potato Galette
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu
  • Haricots Verts Almandine (nuts)
  • Fruit Tart with Vanilla Cream Patisserie
  • Napoleon

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
Topics in this Series: Italian (Quarter 1), Mexican (Quarter 2), Pan Asian (Quarter 3), French (Quarter 4).
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.
What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).
For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage..

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $219.00

Global Gourmet for Little Kids: French*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Compass cooks will enjoy a culinary tour of the world with Global Gourmet classes! Menus feature variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients seasoned and prepared to represent regional flavors and traditional dishes from the featured country. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' gastronomy adventures will include:

  • Fromage Fort
  • French Onion Soup
  • Country Asparagus Salad with Walnuts (nuts)
  • Rosemary And Gruyere Potato Galette
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu
  • Haricots Verts Almandine (nuts)
  • Fruit Tart with Vanilla Cream Patisserie
  • Napoleon

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
Topics in this Series: Italian (Quarter 1), Mexican (Quarter 2), Pan Asian (Quarter 3), French (Quarter 4).
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.
What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).
For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage..

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $219.00

Global Gourmet for Tweens: French*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Compass cooks will enjoy a culinary tour of the world with Global Gourmet classes! Menus feature variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients seasoned and prepared to represent regional flavors and traditional dishes from the featured country. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' gastronomy adventures will include:

  • Fromage Fort
  • French Onion Soup
  • Country Asparagus Salad with Walnuts (nuts)
  • Rosemary And Gruyere Potato Galette
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu
  • Haricots Verts Almandine (nuts)
  • Fruit Tart with Vanilla Cream Patisserie
  • Napoleon

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
Topics in this Series: Italian (Quarter 1), Mexican (Quarter 2), Pan Asian (Quarter 3), French (Quarter 4).
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.
What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).
For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage..

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $219.00

Junior Art Studio: Scenic Seascapes (Wed, 11am)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diederich

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors.

Fourth quarter, Junior Artists will study seascape art and aspects of the ocean and its animals from artists such as John Groves, Jim Holland and Natasha Nazareako. Our art projects will vary and feature lighthouses, ocean animals, and seascapes. Through weekly projects, junior artists will create their own sea-inspired art while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter.

Topics in this Series: Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (Quarter 1); Artists & their Animals (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Scenic Seascapes (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $165.00

Junior Art Studio: Scenic Seascapes (Wed, 12pm)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diederich

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Each week students will learn a few fun facts about a type of art or artist, view sample works, and then will create a project in the style of the artist using a wide variety of materials and representative colors, patterns, textures, and embellishments. Young artists will have the opportunity to work with a different media each week such as tempera paint, various papers, color pencils, markers, tissue paper, translucent tracing paper, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, and watercolors.

Fourth quarter, Junior Artists will study seascape art and aspects of the ocean and its animals from artists such as John Groves, Jim Holland and Natasha Nazareako. Our art projects will vary and feature lighthouses, ocean animals, and seascapes. Through weekly projects, junior artists will create their own sea-inspired art while learning about the artist, the technique, and the subject matter.

Topics in this Series: Kings and Queens- Kids' Medieval Art (Quarter 1); Artists & their Animals (Quarter 2); Whimsical Winter Works (Quarter 3); Scenic Seascapes (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $20.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class which covers consumable class materials such a specialty papers, watercolor pencils, and paints.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $165.00

Junior Engineering with LEGO: Collossal Construction (Wed)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Students will use LEGO to design and build simple engineering projects out of everyone's favorite building toy! In this 90-minute class, students will explore concepts and vocabulary in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, aerospace engineering, and architecture while playing with their creations.

Fourth quarter, students will build colossal vehicles like monster trucks and hulking construction vehicles and model enormous developments such as a massive waterfront development, a towering sky scraper, and a expansive space station.

Each class begins with 10-minutes of free build from tubs of LEGO components followed by a short discussion and demonstration of the day's project and concepts. Students build individually or in groups. Instructors will provide individual assistance, facilitate challenges, performance testing, competitions, and modifications to projects. Some projects may have been introduced in prior year's sessions, but each new build is unique, and student's building skills and understanding will have grown. Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class.

Topics in this Series: Super Structures (Quarter 1); Awesome Automobiles (Quarter 2); Monster Machines (Quarter 3); Colossal Construction (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $225.00

Kinder Kitchen: Simple Sides

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: K

Prerequisites:

Kinder Kitchen will get 5-year-olds excited about helping in the kitchen. Kinder cooks will enjoy simple recipes that that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Menus are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Recipes may expose students to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. The young chefs' culinary adventures will include:

  • Ham and Apple Turnovers
  • Hawaiian Breakfast Pizza
  • Strawberry Banana Tart (gelatin)
  • Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
  • Sweet and Spicy Carrots
  • Baked Whole Tomatoes
  • Onion Tart
  • Chocolate Kinder Cookies

You have to learn to walk before you can run! Students will spend time in each class learning important kitchen skills. Skills acquired will include peeling, chopping, safe knife handling, measuring skills, as well as kitchen clean-up chores. Recipes are selected to practice a range of new skills.
.Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
This class is not suited for students younger than Kindergarten, and participants must be age 5 by the start of classes. (3- and 4- year olds cannot be accommodated. No exceptions.) 6 year-olds who have never taken a cooking class or have delayed fine motor skills are encouraged to take Kinder Kitchen before a Little Kids cooking class. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group.
Topics in this Series: Fun Foods (Quarter 1), Basic Bites (Quarter 2), Easy Eats (Quarter 3), Simple Sides (Quarter 4).
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.
What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).
For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $219.00

Krav Maga Self Defense for Kids: Green Stripe (WED)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sarah Reynolds

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Krav Maga is the Israeli martial art which teaches self defense and fitness. Students of Krav Maga are taught a series of strategies to assess and respond to common situations, such as facing a bully. Kids are always taught first and foremost to get away, to get help, and to try to deescalate the situation. When that fails, students practice a technique that includes a warning strike followed by escape, and finally, they learn how to stand up for themselves and how to counterattack if a situation escalates and becomes threatening. Kids are empowered and gain confidence when they rehearse how to handle real-life situations. Exercises and in-class practice incorporate balance, coordination, energy, and other key elements of fitness along with life skills such as confidence, teamwork, respect, discipline, and respect.

Students may enroll in Krav Maga at any time, and everyone will begin as a white belt. Each quarter, students will practice the full range of skills, but there will be two "featured" moves that a student can earn a belt stripe for being able to demonstrate. Featured moves will include a combative strike and a defensive escape technique. No one stripe is a prerequisite for any other color, and color stripes can be earned in any order.

Fourth quarter, students will have the chance to earn a Green Stripe. Featured moves include: cover defense and wrist locks (red stripe); straight punch defense and bear hugs (orange stripe); head movement defense and front 2-handed choke (yellow stripe); round kick defense and back 2-handed choke (green stripe); front kick defense and guillotine choke (blue stripe); clinch defense and rear choke (purple stripe); ground striking defense and head lock defense (brown stripe); and 360 defense and full Nelson (black stripe).

Students will be able to test for belt promotions to move through the ranks of white belt, yellow belt, orange belt, etc. On average, it is estimated that a student will be ready for a belt test after four quarters/four color stripes. Belt testing will be by coach approval.

Topics in this Series: Red Stripe (1st Quarter), Orange Stripe (2nd Quarter), Yellow Stripe (3rd Quarter) and Green Stripe (4th Quarter). Assessments: Belt testing for promotion will be by coach recommendation, but on average will take 4 quarters. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for the t-shirt and white belt (new students) or $5.00 for the white belt (returning students). An belt test fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor when a student is ready to test for promotion. What to Bring: Refillable water bottle. What to Wear: In lieu of a full martial arts uniform, students will be asked to wear a class t-shirt provided by the instructor. Students should also wear shorts, leggings, or loose, comfortable athletic pants, and comfortable athletic shoes or sneakers with their class t-shirt.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $156.00

Little Doctor Academy: Neurologist & Ophthalmologist (Brain, Sight)- 1pm*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Karen Shumway

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Why can't I play video games or watch TV after hitting my head? Why do I get dizzy after spinning on the playground? What does it mean that I am nearsighted and have to get glasses?

Fourth quarter, kids will learn about the brain and sight as they pretend to be Neurologists and Ophthalmologists. Students will perform many in-class experiments and demonstrations to learn about brain dominance and perception such as simple tests for memory, dominant eye, depth perception, color blindness, and more. They will learn how the eye works, major parts of the brain, and things they can do to keep these systems healthy and growing.

There is a supply fee of $20.00 due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a take-home kit consisting of a medical coat, doctor name tag, class notebook, and take-home manipulatives and props for the medical specialty studied.

Topics in this Series: Sports Medicine (Quarter 1); Paramedic (Quarter 2); Virologist (Quarter 3); Neurologist/Ophthalmologist- Brain & Sight (Quarter 4)

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $178.00

Little Doctor Academy: Neurologist & Ophthalmologist (Brain, Sight)- 2pm*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Karen Shumway

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Why can't I play video games or watch TV after hitting my head? Why do I get dizzy after spinning on the playground? What does it mean that I am nearsighted and have to get glasses?

Fourth quarter, kids will learn about the brain and sight as they pretend to be Neurologists and Ophthalmologists. Students will perform many in-class experiments and demonstrations to learn about brain dominance and perception such as simple tests for memory, dominant eye, depth perception, color blindness, and more. They will learn how the eye works, major parts of the brain, and things they can do to keep these systems healthy and growing.

There is a supply fee of $20.00 due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a take-home kit consisting of a medical coat, doctor name tag, class notebook, and take-home manipulatives and props for the medical specialty studied.

Topics in this Series: Sports Medicine (Quarter 1); Paramedic (Quarter 2); Virologist (Quarter 3); Neurologist/Ophthalmologist- Brain & Sight (Quarter 4)

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $178.00

Music Makers: Movement & Melodies (Q4)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kathy Preisinger

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Music Makers explores many facets of the musical experience- singing, moving, dancing, listening, and playing instruments. The class will explore musical stories, famous composers, and different genres of music while playing a variety of percussion instruments (drums, sticks, triangles, woodblocks and more!). Students will learn to play a beginning pitched instrument on glockenspiels (a small barred instrument like the xylophone). Using an Orff-based approach, students will learn to read and write beginning musical notation and learn musical terminology all in the context of fun and play. Music Makers classes provide a fun, pressure-free environment to experience music and movement with the goal of general musicianship and excellent preparation for further, individual instrument lessons if desired. Music Makers helps every child acquire the essential building blocks for a future of musical learning! Students may join Music Makers at any quarter, and they may return again and again since new music, themes, and skills are constantly introduced.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $169.00

Nature Quest: Spring- Adventurers (Wed)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites:

Experience the thrill of spring- nature's fastest paced season! Watch as the forest transforms each week with new leaves, flowers, nests, and the full stream bursting with life. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, enjoying bird-song, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers and the fresh spring air.

Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon while they discover all the secrets that woods hold when you stop, look, listen, smell, touch, turn-over, and peek under!

A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found each season. Students will get to know native animals and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. Students must be age 5 by the start of the class, and they must be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of the class, remain with the group, and follow instructions. Note: This is a 7-week class that will not meet on 3/27/24.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $131.00

Nature Quest: Spring- Pathfinders (Wed)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Experience the thrill of spring- nature's fastest paced season! Watch as the forest transforms each week with new leaves, flowers, nests, and the full stream bursting with life. It is the time for harvesting wild edibles, enjoying bird-song, and relishing the sights and smells of wildflowers and the fresh spring air.

Step outdoors to each week to explore nature with a senior naturalist/outdoor educator. Take a break from sit-down classes, indoor activities, and screen time to explore the natural world, get fresh air, and exercise. The group will explore the southern section of Sugarland Stream Valley Park in Herndon while they discover all the secrets that woods hold when you stop, look, listen, smell, touch, turn-over, and peek under!

A portion of each session will be seeking and discussing what is found each season. Students will get to know native animals and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things they encounter outdoors, observing and appreciating discoveries in nature, safe exploration of the woods, and how to be a good steward of nature. The class will also discuss outdoor skills such as shelter and outdoor safety. Students will play games in the woods to practice outdoor skills.

Visit the Compass Nature Quest class webpage for more information on the program, location, and Frequently Asked Questions. Students should come prepared for class with outdoor/play clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and/or insect repellent, a hat, and jacket or layered outerwear depending on the weather/temperature. The group exploration/activities in the woods are for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. Note: This is a 7-week class that will not meet on 3/27/24.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $131.00

Outdoor Survivor: Spring (Wed)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

Venture outdoors each week to explore the woods with a senior naturalist and mentor while learning valuable survival skills. Students will learn how to construct a temporary debris shelter, make cordage, identify edibles, track animals, purify water, perform basic first aid, and use maps and compass (orienteering). Students will get to know native animals and key types of plants and trees in our area. Emphasis will be on becoming comfortable with things you encounter outdoors, safe exploration of the woods, how to be a good steward of nature, and what to do if you ever became lost or injured in the woods. Skills will be reintroduced and adapted each each quarter because the available plants, animals, materials, and water sources change with each season. Students will have a blast, develop greater self-confidence, and build a strong connection to nature and to the real world! Explorations in the woodsis for enrolled students only, and tag-along parents and siblings cannot be accommodated. For information on where the class meets, what to wear, and inclement weather, see the webpage for Compass's Nature Quest program. Note: This is a 7-week class that will not meet on 3/27/24.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $261.00

Robot Fab Lab: Art Bot (Wed)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

Design and build a robot to hold a colored pencil or marker, and program it to make designs. Students will end up with an automated spirograph! Will your 'bot draw concentric circles, spirals, pinwheels or more complex hypotrochoids and epitrochoids?

Students will use the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 robotics sets. They will build with motors, wheels/axles, gears, levers, and special components. Students will have to install touch, sound, color, and infrared sensors while also learning to program sequences and commands that use input/output devices for controlled movements and precise turns. Using the drag-and-drop EV3 coding menu, students will learn to program their robots while experimenting with key concepts such as fixed values, variables, loops, and logic constructs.

This course integrates science, engineering and computational thinking while introducing physical constraints, units of measurement, and coordinate systems. But, don't worry, this is a beginning robotics class. Prior experience is not expected, but returning students are welcome. Each student will build his/her own robotic project, so students can progress and customize at their own pace. In general, in this class, students will spend two weeks assembling, three weeks programming, and two weeks testing and re-designing their projects. Topics in this Series: Lunar Lander (Quarter 1); Battle Bots (Quarter 2); Tomb Explorer (Quarter 3), and Art Bots (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $203.00

Sew Fun: On the Go

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

Kids will learn the basics of hand sewing and discover it is "sew fun" to create items that can play with and use every day. Fourth quarter, Sew Fun students will get ready to go with fun travel accessories that they make for themselves: a coloring utensil case, a tote bag, a notebook cover, and a fabric travel tic-tac-toe game out of felt, fleece, and vinyl materials.

Kids will learn practical sewing skills such as pinning and placement, a running stitch, attaching a button, scissor skills, stuffing, and working with simple patterns. The group will be working with both pre-cut felt and fabric components and uncut fabric that they will cut, stitch, finish and personalize with buttons and embellishments.

Since students may work at different rates, some projects may not be completed in class and will be sent home to finish sewing with the newly learned skills. Students should be at age/grade level for fine motor skills for this class. A material fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Note: Project themes or materials are subject to change due to availability or sourcing at the time of the class.

Topics in this series include: Build-A-Bear (Quarter 1), Cozy Quilts (Quarter 2), Good Night, Sleep Tight (Quarter 3), and On-the-Go (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $168.00

Sew Simple: Fairytale Fun

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Little kids will learn the basics of hand sewing and discover it is "sew simple" to create fun things they can play with and use every day. Fourth quarter, Sew Simple students will sew a nimble knight, a daring dragon, a wordly wizard, and a playful princess in from in order to create the cast of their own felt fairytale fun.

Kids will learn practical sewing skills such as pinning and placement, a running stitch, attaching a button, scissor skills, and stuffing. The group will be working with pre-cut felt components from kits that will be enhanced with buttons and accessories. Since students may work at different rates, some projects may not be completed in class and will be sent home to finish sewing with the newly learned skills. Students should be at age/grade level for fine motor skills for this class and should be a minimum of age 6. A material fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Note: Project themes or materials are subject to change due to availability or sourcing at the time of the class.
Topics in this series include: Sew a Story (Quarter 1), Monster Mash-Up (Quarter 2), Polar Pals (Quarter 3), and Fairytale Fun (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $168.00

Ultimate Magic Academy: Bewildering Black Wand

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mike Hummer

Grade Range: 2nd-5th

Prerequisites:

Curious coins, baffling balls, confounding cards, and puzzling papers! Students will learn tricks of the trade from a professional magician using the Discover Magic curriculum! This class will present tricks from the Discover Magic curriculum.

Each week, kids will learn how to perform a unique magic trick, and students will practice and perfect the illusion in class so they can come home and mystify their friends and family. Students will unlock the secrets to eight special magic tricks to earn the top honor of a black wand. For each trick, students will receive a custom magic prop and full color instructions, and at the end of each class, every magician will take home a Top Secret file folder with additional tricks they can practice. Student magicians will be given a secret password each week to gain access to an additional magic trick on the Discover Magic website (parents will need to work the magic to set up the child's online account.) Along with the actual magic, students will discuss a life skill each week that is essential to a good magician (and student) such as public speaking, presentation skills, practicing, being prepared, and reading your audience. Magicians who complete the class will receive a certificate and magic wand.

Topics in this Series:Bewildering Black Wand (Quarter 1); Groovy Green Wand (Quarter 2); Baffling Blue Wand (Quarter 3); Orange Wand Wonders (Quarter 4) Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $246.00

Writers' Workshop: Reading Classics, Writing New Endings*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Karen Hickman

Grade Range: 6th-7th

Prerequisites:

Exploring a deserted island, arriving in a magical world, evading pirates, and time travel. Great childhood adventures come from reading and dreaming about some classic works. But have you wondered how the story would transform if you changed key elements and penned a new ending? In this class, students will read and evaluate sample chapters from Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jules Verne, Sir Walter Scott, Lewis Carroll, and Madeleine L'Engle. They will learn how to summarize chapters and identify the elements of the story. With an emphasis on creativity and imagination, the tween writers will first study six picture books by favorites Jane Yolen, Margaret Wise Brown, Eric Carle, E.B White, Roald Dahl, and Kenneth Grahame. They will write new endings to these classical children's stories. Students will also select a classic work from a list provided by the instructor. They will read the text and write a new ending to the classic tale. Students can even adapt a classic to a graphic novel-style ending. To develop a sense of audience, students will work on ending ideas, review drafts and in-progress writing with their peers and incorporate peer feedback as they develop their original endings. An anthology of new endings to classics will be published at the end of the quarter.

The Writers Workshop gives middle school students in grades 6-7 the skills they need for writing, reading, listening, and speaking that come from practicing by putting pen to paper. In class, students will share drafts and in-progress works to receive peer feedback and promote revising and editing skills. Each quarter, students will review samples of literature and write about popular themes using the story elements of that theme.

Imagination and creativity come easily to most young writers, but acquiring technical skills is also important. Each quarter, students will focus on specific skills in addition to specific genres as part of their "Writer's Tool Kit." These skills include: grammar basis such as parts and kinds of sentences, plurals, possessives, punctuation; learning how to use a dictionary and a thesaurus; and advanced middle/high school skills like summarizing, outlining, note taking, writing a book report, or citing sources.

Homework: Students are expected to write in a journal for a minimum of four minutes per day and respond to prompts that are sent home on an assignment bookmark. They will also be asked to read short assignments such as a chapter or excerpt in preparation for class discussions.

Topics in this Series: Creating Children's Books (Quarter 1); Time Travel- Fantasy & Science Fiction (Quarter 2); Time Travel- Historical Fiction (Quarter 3); and Reading Classics, Writing New Endings (Quarter 4).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $178.00

Acting- Kids' Theater: Freaky Friday

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Kids take to the stage as they collaboratively write and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. From dawn to dusk, what happened to make an ordinary weekday turn into a fabulously funny, frivolous, freaky Friday?

Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other, then read through the two, prepared scripts together. Through group activities and guided discussion, they will create new characters, brainstorm variations, craft plot changes, add lines, and cast their parts. The instructor will then update and customize the class script with the students' input.

The class will learn the practical aspects of acting, as they work on script read-through, blocking, costume/prop design, and planning the show. Students will develop their own "actor's toolkit" of voice, body, and imagination in this creative process! Actors will grow in confidence and communication skills in preparation for a final sharing with parents on the final day of the quarter.

Once the script is fully developed with everyone's parts, about half-way through the quarter, it will be emailed to parents. Parents will be expected to help their children memorize their script/lines/cues and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. Note: Students who are emerging readers (not able to read at a 3rd/4th grade level) would be better suited to the Young Actor's Playhouse class, rather than this level.

Topics in this Series: Back to the Future (Quarter 1), Secrets & Spies (Quarter 2),Times Travel Tale (Quarter 3), Freaky Friday (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $179.00

Acting: Young Actor's Playhouse: Under the Sea Secrets

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

Acting is an adventure! Young actors work together to create and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. What will happen if whales and walruses meet flashy fish and mystical mermaids in a unique underwater undertaking?

Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other and to begin to brainstorm about their original play. Through group activities and guided discussion, the young actors will decide on characters, conflict, and conclusion, and the story they want to tell. The script will be developed and customized for this class with input from the students.

Young actors will explore skills such as sensory awareness, listening, stage movement, character development, emotional expression, and observation/concentration while learning to portray their original character. Young actors will learn aspects of acting by script read-through, blocking, costume/prop discussion, and planning the show. Through individual and group activities, young actors build confidence in preparation for a final sharing for parents.

Students will work from a simple, written script, but emerging readers can be accommodated. Parents will be emailed the script after the 3rd or 4th class and will be expected to help their children memorize their lines and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories you already own and a little creativity. All actors must be at least age 6 to sign up for this class.

Topics in this Series: Fantastic Fables (Quarter 1), Magical Monsters (Quarter 2), Outrageous Outer Space (Quarter 3) and Under the Sea Secrets (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $179.00

All About Astronomy: Mission to Mars*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

Every single week there are gripping headlines heralding new developments and discoveries in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics, and space exploration: NASA's Artemis II announced its crew. Space X Starship self-destructed. Europe's JUICE will go to Jupiter. James Webb Space Telescope finds oldest proto-galaxies. China, Russia, India, and South Korea are in a new space race to reach the moon. A total solar eclipse will be viewed in 2024. These are exciting fields to follow, and this is a thrilling time to learn about space science in Compass's "All About Astronomy" series.

Fourth quarter, students will mimic NASA in planning a mission to and habitat on Mars. The class will begin by looking at past Mars explorations. They will evaluate what is known about the red planet from fly-bys, orbiters, landers, and rovers. They will review what are the known challenges of a journey to Mars and anticipated conditions on the surface. The class will divide up and work in teams to design a mission to Mars and temporary Martian base camp. Students will brainstorm about what is needed to sustain and shelter the astronauts, power their space craft, what key scientific studies should be made, and how to return the crew and their findings to Earth. They will look at the technologies available to select their rocket (or design an all-new one), crew cabin, scientific equipment, lander, Mars vehicle, shelter, and spacesuits. Teams will be given constraints such as budget, payload, fuel, power consumption, and scientific value of their planned Martian activities. They will have to consider all of the challenges of returning to Earth. What will they be able to bring back from Mars?

Topics in this series include: Classical & Current Star-Gazing (Quarter 1); Mission to the Moon (Quarter 2); Modern & Space-Based Searches (Quarter 3); and Mission to Mars (Quarter 4)

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $154.00

Best Books for Boys: Curiosity*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Christina Somerville

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Best Books for Boys is a facilitated book club just for preteen boys. Boys will read high-quality, age-appropriate literature and expand their understanding of what they read through book discussion and hands-on extension activities. Boys will be encouraged to interact with the story and each other through activities such as acting out or illustrating favorite scenes, discussing and writing alternate endings, prequels, origin or spinoff stories, or researching specific aspects of the story. Through guided class discussion, the group will be exposed to beginning literary analysis in a fun, interactive setting by discussing plot, theme, characters, setting, genre, writing style, and artistry using specific examples from the story. They will learn to analyze characters, their actions and motives, respond to hypothetical questions, make predictions, and answer prompts using examples from the book.

Each quarter, the class will read one book that is teacher's choice and a second book that the students select as a group from a short list curated by the instructor and student nominations on the relevant them. Students must read assigned chapters from their books at home, either as individual silent reading, read-aloud with parents' support, or listening to an audiobook edition. Readers will be encouraged to take notes on key passages or questions. All books are selected from among Newbery Medalists and Honor Books, Caldecott Medal books, and proven classics of children's fiction.

Topics in this Series and teacher's choice books include: Ingenuity- Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater (Quarter 1); Kindness- Restart by Gordon Korman (Quarter 2); Tolerance- The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare (Quarter 3); and Curiosity- Tales from Moominvalley by Tove Jansson (Quarter 4).

Textbook/Materials: Because students will need clean, inexpensive copies of each novel to mark in, and because they must be able to refer to the passages on the same page numbers, copies of mass market paperbacks will be pre-purchased for students for the first book. (See Supply Fee below). Parents will be responsible for buying or checking-out a copy of the second book, once selected.
Supply Fee: A class fee of $9.50 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class for Book 1.

What to Bring: Students should bring the current novel, paper, pen or pencil and highlighter to class each week. Some students may wish to bring paper clips, adhesive flags or post-it notes for marking pages.

Level: This class is for 5th-6th graders. 4th grade students may enroll, but they should be reading above grade level.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $208.00

Chess: Beginners 4 (Thu)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Peter Snow

Grade Range: 2nd-5th

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy the logic and challenge of the timeless strategy board game as they learn and play chess with classmates. In Beginning Chess 4, students will review and learn strategies such as: double attacks, elementary checkmates, managing pieces in the opening (pawns, knights, bishops and queens), when to develop the queen in the opening, best board behavior, and 5 questions to ask before moving. Beginning Chess 4 will conclude with a chess party and awards ceremony with certificates.

Learning and playing chess supports problem solving, decision making, critical and creative thinking, general cognitive ability, scholastic skills, and mathematical achievement (Univ. of Minnesota). Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation). Each class will be spent half on technique and half in practice matches with classmates while the instructor coaches.. A student should have some prior knowledge of chess basics in order to enroll in Beginning Chess 4.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $172.00

Colorful Canvas: MultiMedia Painting for Kids

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Diane Wright Cobb

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites: None

Kids will be introduced to painting with multimedia and special effects in a small group class under the guidance of a professional painter and art teacher. The class will incorporate other complementary materials into their paintings, such as collage, and will learn techniques to create special finishes and textures. Students will try techniques such as applying and removing paint, layering, stippling, and dabbing, along with wet and dry brush techniques. Students will complete several paintings on canvas boards. A variety of subjects, such as still life, animals, florals, landscapes, seascapes, fantasy, abstracts, or "mimic the masters" will be introduced to illustrate different painting techniques through in-class projects. Topics in this series include: Watercolor Painting (Quarter 1), Tempera Painting (Quarter 2), Acrylic Painting (Quarter 3), and MultiMedia Painting (Quarter 4). There is an $15.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $178.00

Colorful Canvas: MultiMedia Painting for Tweens

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Diane Wright Cobb

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Tweens will be introduced to painting with multimedia and special effects in a small group class under the guidance of a professional painter and art teacher. The class will incorporate other complementary materials into their paintings, such as collage, and will learn techniques to create special finishes and textures. Students will try techniques such as applying and removing paint, layering, stippling, and dabbing, along with wet and dry brush techniques. Students will complete several paintings on canvas boards. A variety of subjects, such as still life, animals, florals, landscapes, seascapes, fantasy, abstracts, or "mimic the masters" will be introduced to illustrate different painting techniques through in-class projects. Topics in this series include: Watercolor Painting (Quarter 1), Tempera Painting (Quarter 2), Acrylic Painting (Quarter 3), and MultiMedia Painting (Quarter 4). There is an $15.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $178.00

Cooking for Kids: Savory Spring Specialties (Thu)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites:

Students will enjoy making tasty, light spring recipes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Spring Specialties are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

  • Divine Water Chestnuts
  • Gazpacho
  • Orchard Ambrosia Salad
  • Chicken Carbonara
  • Succotash
  • Brussels Sprout Casserole
  • Orzo with Spinach, Tomato and Ricotta
  • Blueberry Lemon Trifle

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4).
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.
What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).
For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage..

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $219.00

Cooking for Little Kids: Savory Spring Specialties (Thu, 1pm)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Students will enjoy making tasty, light spring recipes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Spring Specialties are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

  • Divine Water Chestnuts
  • Gazpacho
  • Orchard Ambrosia Salad
  • Chicken Carbonara
  • Succotash
  • Brussels Sprout Casserole
  • Orzo with Spinach, Tomato and Ricotta
  • Blueberry Lemon Trifle

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4).
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.
What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).
For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage..

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $219.00

Cooking for Little Kids: Savory Spring Specialties (Thu, 2pm)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Students will enjoy making tasty, light spring recipes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Spring Specialties are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

  • Divine Water Chestnuts
  • Gazpacho
  • Orchard Ambrosia Salad
  • Chicken Carbonara
  • Succotash
  • Brussels Sprout Casserole
  • Orzo with Spinach, Tomato and Ricotta
  • Blueberry Lemon Trifle

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4).
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.
What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).
For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage..

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $219.00

Cooking for Tweens: Savory Spring Specialties (Thu)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites:

Students will enjoy making tasty, light spring recipes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Spring Specialties are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

  • Divine Water Chestnuts
  • Gazpacho
  • Orchard Ambrosia Salad
  • Chicken Carbonara
  • Succotash
  • Brussels Sprout Casserole
  • Orzo with Spinach, Tomato and Ricotta
  • Blueberry Lemon Trifle

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4).
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.
What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).
For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage..

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $219.00

Creative Storytelling: Once Upon a. . .Hero's Journey*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Children are full of stories and bubbling over with big ideas! In this class, students will learn how to capture their creative vision into a simple story that they will write and illustrate. Fourth quarter, our storytellers will tell the tale of a humble hero. Will their story include an original superhero, an ordinary kid, or an old-timey tale? Where are they going, and what must they accomplish?

Students will learn how to build a Story Arc through guided, weekly activities. They will discover the key elements to composing a story such as crafting characters, posing a problem, advancing the action, constructing the climax, and writing the resolution- through brainstorming questions like, "Who is in your story?", "Where does this take place?", "What does that look like?" and "What happened after ____?"

Emerging writers or readers are welcome and will receive support, if needed, to get their own words written down. Psst- don't tell your child, but this class helps lay the foundation in language arts for more advanced creative writing and composition. Pair this class with Acting: Kids Theater or Writing Well to further encourage communication and storytelling skills. The supply fee is included in the class tuition. Topics in this Series: A Peculiar Puzzle (Quarter 1); Delightful Daydream (Quarter 2); Magic Kingdom (Quarter 3); and Hero's Journey (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $177.00

Digital Clubhouse: Make Your First 3D Video Game (Intro or Continuing)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Ethan Hay

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites:

In Digital Clubhouse, students will begin exploring the magic of game design while developing fluency in essential computer skills in a fun, interactive application.

Our youngest designers will continue to explore computer science by developing a 3D game in an imaginative world using Atmosphir, a game creation tool. They will learn beginner event scripting, level design, controlling the flow of gameplay and storytelling. At this level, students should be able to read and recognize words and short phrases that will be in the drag-and-drop block coding. Non-readers should wait another year and not register for this level.

Digital Clubhouse is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Black Rocket curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. The lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. In the "Intro" level of a course (i.e., Part 1), students will work through the fundamentals of a new digital skill. In the "Continuing" level (i.e., Part 2), students who continue from "Intro" will develop new skills and will design and code an individual project. New students who enroll in "Intro" will begin with the introductory lessons. In order to differentiate instruction between new and continuing students, coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional support as needed. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers the use of instructor-provided classroom laptops loaded with the required software, applications, and licenses. At the end of the class, students will receive access to Black Rocket's interactive learning platform to continue their coding journey at home.

Topics in this Series: Young Coders (Quarters 1, 2); Make Your First 3D Video Game (Quarters 3, 4).

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $210.00

Digital Lab: Minecraft Redstone Engineers (Intro or Continuing)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Ethan Hay

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites:

In Digital Lab, students will become immersed in the digital worlds of Minecraft that they will learn to manipulate through coding the Redstone resource that can be transformed into electricity, circuits, and complex machines.

Go beyond simply playing Minecraft to become a Redstone engineer. In the world of Minecraft, Redstone is the resource that powers, animates, and automates elements. Students will learn how to use command and structure coding blocks to incorporate Redstone into their builds to take Minecraft to the next level. Through creating a series of mini-games in an amusement park, students will learn the fundamentals for building with Redstone to create more complex and interactive worlds. Minecraft projects created in this class will run on PC/laptop (i.e. Java) versions of Minecraft and will not be compatible with tablet, phone, or console versions of Minecraft.

Digital Lab is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Black Rocket curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. The lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. In the "Intro" level of a course (i.e., Part 1), students will work through the fundamentals of a new digital skill. In the "Continuing" level (i.e., Part 2), students who continue from "Intro" will develop new skills and will design and code an individual project. New students who enroll in "Intro" will begin with the introductory lessons. In order to differentiate instruction between new and continuing students, coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional support as needed. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers the use of instructor-provided classroom laptops loaded with the required software, applications, and licenses. At the end of the class, students will receive access to Black Rocket's interactive learning platform to continue their coding journey at home.

Topics in this Series: ROBLOX Coders (Quarters 1, 2); Minecraft Redstone Engineers (Quarters 3, 4).

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $210.00

Digital Workshop: Minecraft Modders (Intro or Continuing)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Ethan Hay

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites:

In Digital Workshop, students will become immersed in the digital worlds of Minecraft that they will learn to navigate and transform through coding!

What can you do if your vision of a unique Minecraft world cannot be built with the standard blocks and virtual raw materials? You need to change it yourself! Students will create mods (modifications) to the classic game in order to create a wide variety of new elements, custom structures, cool new effects, upgraded mechanics, and improved gameplay to enhance their entire Minecraft experience. Students use their imaginations to make Minecraft do what they want it to do- through the power of modding. Minecraft projects created in this class will run on PC/laptop (i.e. Java) versions of Minecraft and will not be compatible with tablet, phone, or console versions of Minecraft.

Digital Workshop is a computer lab environment in which students work through the Black Rocket curriculum under the direction of computer science coaches. The lab environment allows students to enroll at any quarter, fosters brand new coders, and encourages those with prior coding experience. In the "Intro" level of a course (i.e., Part 1), students will work through the fundamentals of a new digital skill. In the "Continuing" level (i.e., Part 2), students who continue from "Intro" will develop new skills and will design and code an individual project. New students who enroll in "Intro" will begin with the introductory lessons. In order to differentiate instruction between new and continuing students, coaches work with small pull-out groups, pairs, or individuals to provide additional support as needed. The class tuition includes a student technology fee that covers the use of instructor-provided classroom laptops loaded with the required software, applications, and licenses. At the end of the class, students will receive access to Black Rocket's interactive learning platform to continue their coding journey at home.

Topics in this Series: ROBLOX Makers (Quarters 1, 2); Minecraft Modders (Quarters 3, 4).

8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $210.00

Dynamic Dioramas: Biome Builders- Grasslands (The Savanna) Thurs*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 2nd-4th

Prerequisites:

The best way to understand a biome is to build (a model) one! A biome is a large zone on Earth characterized by its climate, soil, vegetation, and organisms with special adaptations for the unique environment. In modeling biomes, students will learn how they are different than similar ecological concepts like habitats and ecosystems. Students will discover how human activities, such as deforestation and habitat destruction, are transforming biomes.
In this science-themed diorama class, students will be exposed to concepts such as trophic levels, the water cycle, biological competition, geographic isolation, convergent evolution, species diversification, natural vs unnatural climate change, food webs, habitat loss, and ecological niches, while they are working on their models.

Grassland biomes are found on every continent (except Antarctica) and are flat, open regions dominated by grass with scattered trees and shrubs, and a warm, dry climate. Tropical grasslands, known as savannas, cover half the continent of Africa as well as areas of Australia, India, and South America. Compass ecologists will focus on African savannas where large, diverse animals such as elephants, wildebeest, warthogs, zebras, rhinos, gazelles, hyenas, cheetahs, lions, leopards, ostrich, and other birds and small mammals, graze and hunt in the expansive grasslands.

Each student will create an individual diorama. Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10 x 14 inch foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landforms, waterways, plant life, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with miniature figures and combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create a larger terrain. Students will then compete in a zoology-based survival strategy game. Each student will create one board and receive a set of miniatures to take home with them. Course documents such as maps, game rules and all other instructional media will be available via a Google Drive link which will be emailed to parents. There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Topics in this series include: Tropics (The Rainforest)- Quarter 1; Tundra (The Arctic)- Quarter 2; Arid (The Desert)- Quarter 3; and Grasslands (The Savanna)- Quarter 4.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $181.00

Electricity is Elementary! Super Circuits*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Michele Forsythe

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Kids are curious about electricity- the magic that powers the toys, games, and electronics they love. In this class, kids will experiment with aspects of electricity- conductors, batteries, and circuits- to take the mystery out of electricity and inspire future engineers.

Continue to explore electrical engineering! The class will begin with a brief introduction to Snap Circuits using lights, fan motors, and sound speakers. Next, the class will be introduced to a variety of detectors that we will build into alarms. Students will configure a momentary alarm, pencil alarm, water alarm, and an intruder alarm. On the final day of class, each student will design, build, and share their own, unique alarm project.

Topics in this Series: Battery Blast (Quarter 1); Cool Conductors (Quarter 2); Simple Circuits (Quarter 3); and Super Circuits (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $197.00

Experimenting with Electricity: Super Circuits*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Michele Forsythe

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Students will learn how to think like electrical engineers as they learn about conductors, batteries, and circuits to understand how electricity powers the things they use every day.

Continue to explore electrical engineering! The class will begin with a brief introduction to Snap Circuits using lights, fan motors, and sound speakers. Next, the class will be introduced to a variety of detectors that we will build into alarms. Students will configure a momentary alarm, pencil alarm, water alarm, and an intruder alarm. On the final day of class, each student will design, build, and share their own, unique alarm project.

Topics in this Series: Battery Blast (Quarter 1); Cool Conductors (Quarter 2); Simple Circuits (Quarter 3); and Super Circuits (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $226.00

FUNctional Fitness and Cross-Training (PE): Kids (Thu, Q4)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Iman Castaneda

Grade Range: 2nd-4th

Prerequisites:

FUNctional Fitness is a dynamic kids' PE program that incorporates well-rounded exercises to get kids up and moving mid-day! No two workouts are the same, but each day's activities incorporate exercises that target 10 areas: cardio-vascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. FUNctional Fitness focuses on functional movements that are fundamental to all aspects of play and exercise- pulling, pushing, running, throwing, climbing, lifting, and jumping. Work-outs are scalable and adaptable to different individual's own level, and the emphasis is on fun, safety, and personal accomplishment rather than competition among classmates. When the weather permits, some exercises may be taken outdoors. The physical challenges of FUNctional Fitness will foster self-confidence, focus, and help instill a foundation for a lifetime of fitness. All equipment is furnished. Students are asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing, such as running pants or sweatpants, and comfortable, supportive athletic shoes. FUNctional Fitness continues each quarter, and students may repeat the class to continue to improve fitness. No two workouts are the same! Students must be minimum age 7 to take this class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $146.00

Geography through Games- The Modern World (12pm)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Learn world geography through hands-on, interactive play rather than by studying flat, dull maps! Many great games feature play on map-based game boards that can be used as teaching tools. Visual and kinesthetic learners will remember where Mongolia and Madagascar are when they have amassed miniature armies there! The instructor will use board games from his personal collection as teaching tools. In addition, he creates custom boards to use with established game rules and pieces.
Fourth quarter, students will learn about the geography of the modern world using a custom map and the game of Risk and several editions of the game Axis and Allies.

Topics in this series include: Early Civilizations (Quarter 1); Ancient Greece & Rome (Quarter 2), Medieval Europe (Quarter 3), and The Modern World (Quarter 4). There is a $15.00 supply fee due to the instructor on the first day of class for custom-printed maps and shared class materials.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $191.00

Geography through Games- The Modern World (1pm)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Learn world geography through hands-on, interactive play rather than by studying flat, dull maps! Many great games feature play on map-based game boards that can be used as teaching tools. Visual and kinesthetic learners will remember where Mongolia and Madagascar are when they have amassed miniature armies there! The instructor will use board games from his personal collection as teaching tools. In addition, he creates custom boards to use with established game rules and pieces.
Fourth quarter, students will learn about the geography of the modern world using a custom map and the game of Risk and several editions of the game Axis and Allies.

Topics in this series include: Early Civilizations (Quarter 1); Ancient Greece & Rome (Quarter 2), Medieval Europe (Quarter 3), and The Modern World (Quarter 4). There is a $15.00 supply fee due to the instructor on the first day of class for custom-printed maps and shared class materials.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $191.00

Globetrotters Kids' Geography: New Zealand & Ghana*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Danielle Mercadal

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites:

Discover geography and diverse cultures in this interactive, imaginary tour of the world. Each quarter, students will take a classroom journey to two distinct nations. They will locate the highlighted countries on the world map and complete a map project before buckling in for a fictional flight to the featured locales. Once they have "arrived" in the country, they will begin with an introduction to home and school life by meeting a child through a story or video. Students will learn to recognize similarities and appreciate differences when they compare that child's home, clothing, food, town, daily activities, and school to their own. In subsequent weeks, our Globe Trotters will learn about the culture and traditions of the country through songs, games, projects, and activities that highlight elements like folktales, customs, celebrations, distinct features, language, points of interest, or native species.

Fourth quarter, students will journey to New Zealand and Ghana. New Zealand is an island nation in the South Pacific that was first inhabited by Polynesians who settled and developed the Maori culture just 700 years ago. New Zealand is predominantly mountainous with climates that range from arid to wet and active volcanoes due to its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire. New Zealand recognizes the monarch of Great Britain as its monarch, and English is the dominant language. Ghana is warm and tropical nation in equatorial West Africa. Because of its rich natural resources, especially gold, at times there were castles and forts built by the Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Dutch and Germans in Ghana before trade there fell under British control. Because of its flat plains and low hills, the country has very diverse plants and animals, and many that are considered threatened or critically endangered. Example projects from these countries may include Maori "tatoos" and poi balls (New Zealand), Kente cloth and beads (Ghana).

Students will be excited by geography and culture when approached through this engaging, multi-disciplinary exploration of diverse countries of the globe!

Topics in this Series include Egypt and Korea (Quarter 1); Philippines and Germany (Quarter 2); China and England (Quarter 3); New Zealand and Ghana (Quarter 4). A supply fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $159.00

Harry Potter Handicrafts: Guest Prof. Hagrid & Hooch

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

You've dreamed about going to Hogwarts, and now is your chance to experience a year of magical classes! In this maker class, students will create projects inspired by their core classes at Hogwarts (Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, Potions, and Transfiguration) and a Hogwarts guest professor. Students learn to work with a variety of materials and learn a broad range of crafting skills such as hand-sewing, painting, papercrafting (including precision cutting, folding, and stenciling) sculpting, and wireworking to create magical pieces inspired by the World of Harry Potter.

Welcome to the fourth term at Hogwarts! This term will focus on flying, as we welcome Madam Hooch who will have you make your own broom, and Hagrid who will guide you as you create and conquer your textbook The Monster Book of Monsters. Of course, you'll also make crafts related to your core classes, including a Wingardium Leviosa levitation illusion (Charms), Drinkable Potions (Potions), and more!

This is a great class for Harry Potter fans who love the magical world, even for those who have not read all of the books or watched all of the movies. Projects and class discussions are geared to not reveal significant series spoilers. Note: A few classes may include a Harry Potter-inspired food creation or personal care product. The ingredients will be identified in advance, and students with food or ingredient allergies or dietary restrictions will need to check before handling/consuming. Substitute ingredients cannot be provided for those with food allergies or restrictions. Note: Project themes or materials are subject to change due to availability or sourcing at the time of the class.

Topics in this Series: Guest Prof. Dumbledore (Quarter 1); Guest Prof. Sprout (Quarter 2); Guest Profs. Snape & Slughorn (Quarter 3), and Guest Profs. Hagrid & Hooch (Quarter 4).

Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $40.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

What to Bring: Students should bring good scissors for cutting paper/fabric, a ruler, and a low temp, mini hot glue gun to class each week.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $168.00

Jiu Jitsu Fit (Q4)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Iman Castaneda

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Jiu-Jitsu Fit is a fun, interactive, physical fitness program for tweens incorporating the Brazilian self-defense martial art of Jiu-Jitsu. Students will follow a well-rounded physical fitness program that incorporates moves and strategies of Jiu-Jitsu to increase strength, flexibility, conditioning, endurance, coordination, balance, and fun! Students will practice techniques for resolving conflicts, dealing with bullies, projecting confidence, and developing stranger awareness in the games and exercises they complete in class. Jiu-Jitsu Fit helps tweens stay active, builds self-esteem, and encourages teamwork. Jiu-Jitsu uses grappling and ground work in addition to standing self-defense positions. Some partner work may be co-ed. Students will work on mats in socks or bare feet and should come to class wearing loose, comfortable clothing, such as running pants or sweatpants and bring a refillable water bottle.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $146.00

Kids' Biochemistry Lab: Discover DNA*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Dr. Michele Forsythe

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Kids can learn some basics of biochemistry when they can touch it and test it! Kids will delve into the structure and function of nucleic acids. They will use 3D modeling kits to construct DNA and RNA. Students will understand the higher, ordered structure of DNA into chromosomes. They will touch on mendelian genetics and inheritance and apply their knowledge as 'Dragon Breeders' during a lab exercise. Kids will explore the mechanics of gene expression through transcription and translation using manipulatives. Finally, students will extract DNA from samples of their choosing and conclude with discussions of tissue-specific gene expression and transgenics.

Topics in this Series: Kids' Chemistry Lab: Atoms & Molecules (Quarter 1); Kids' Chemistry Lab: Properties of Matter (Quarter 2); Kids' BioChemistry Lab: Manipulating Molecules (Quarter 3); and Kids' BioChemistry Lab: Discovering DNA (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $15.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $226.00

Kids' Confection Kitchen: Casual Confections (Thu)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites:

Toffee. Taffy. Truffles... End the day on a sweet note! Students will enjoy making and eating delicious confections. Each week they will prepare a fresh, handmade dessert or sweet such as: pies, cakes, cookies, tarts, trifles, mousses, puddings, candies, fudge, brittle, or chocolates. The class will include some icing, decorating, and garnishing techniques for completed desserts. This quarter, the Compass bakers' culinary adventures will include:

  • Coconut Macaroons (nut)
  • Mini Lemon Meringue Pie
  • Blueberry Honey Cakes
  • Mint Chocolate Pecan Trifle (nuts)
  • Glazed Blackberry Cake
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler
  • Chocolate Caramel Toffee Fudge (nuts)
  • Lemon Cupcakes with Lavender Frosting

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. This engaging sweets class will get students excited about helping in the kitchen and entertaining. They will learn important baking skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary is introduced each week.
Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. While no nuts are included in recipes, ingredients may come from factories or machinery that also process nuts. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a small group.
Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
Topics in this Series: Decadent Delights (Quarter 1); Gooey Goodies (Quarter 2), Best Bon Bons (Quarter 3), and Casual Confections (Quarter 4).
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.
What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).
For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage..

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $219.00

Manipulating Math: Simple Statistics*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Questions and more questions! We will be creating our own surveys and deciding the best ways to display our data. Maybe you want to quantify the types of extra curricular activities of Compass students, or maybe you'd like to find out the average bedtime of students of different age groups. Are you into sports? Let's talk about baseball stats and measures of center! We will even learn how to use statistics to support an argument. Students will formulate questions and conduct investigations, learn about gathering data, represent data in a variety of tables, charts, graphs, and plots, and analyze and interpret data by making inferences, observing trends, drawing conclusions and making predictions. Students will practice problem solving skills, reasoning and basic math in this class

Topics in this Series: Measurement Madness (Quarter 1); Fun with Fractions (Quarter 2); Geometry Games (Quarter 3); and Simple Statistics (Quarter 4)

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $154.00

Math Masterminds: Modern Challenges*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Each week, students will tackle math puzzles, challenges, and learn new "tricks" and techniques to solve a variety of math problems, all while learning about the masterminds behind founding principles of modern mathematics. Students will learn about the life and times of a great mathematician and then explore key concepts, principles, and formulas introduced by the featured master. Students' problem- solving skills will be honed as they examine the historical, cultural, and personal context for discoveries in mathematics. The class will work sample problems and use experiments and manipulatives to demonstrate the formulas, theories, short-cuts, or alternate approaches suggested by famous mathematicians.

Fourth quarter, students will be exposed to a wide variety of mathematical terms and concepts from the Modern Thinkers including Fermat, Euler, Galois, and Noether.

Topics in this Series: Geometry Challenges (Quarter 1); Pattens & Problems Solvers (Quarter 2); Great Discoveries (Quarter 3); and Modern Challenges (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $154.00

New Twists on Old Tales: Favorite Fables & Fairytales*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Christina Somerville

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Young readers and writers will explore classic tales in a variety of creative, multi-media interpretations. Pulling from classic children's literature including fairy tales, fables, and favorites, such as Newberry Award medalists, the group will explore 3-4 well-known stories each quarter (generally spending 2 weeks per tale). First, the instructor will share a lively read-aloud of the featured story. Next, the class will watch a clip of an animated, televised, or stage version of the same story. Finally, the group will hear a re-telling of the same story from a different angle, such as one adapted to a theme, a different era, or a different culture. Students will discuss what was the same and what was different among the different adaptations. Was a character added or omitted? Was the performed version true to the original? Finally, students will write and illustrate their own, original re-telling of the story by changing characters, setting, or even crafting a surprise, new ending. New Twists on Old Tales introduces some basic literary elements and rudimentary literary analysis skills to encourage children to think more deeply about what they read.

Fourth quarter will feature favorite Fables and Fairytales such as The Snow Queen (inspiration for Disney's Frozen), and others.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $207.00

Number Ninjas: Math in Nature*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: K-1st

Prerequisites:

Does your child learn best by hands-on activities, crafts, games, and stories? Number Ninjas is based on the belief that children need to work with mathematics in a concrete, physical, and tangible way in order to learn fundamental concepts. Young students will love learning numerical concepts in this interactive, exploration-based class where work with numbers feels like a game.

Fourth quarter, students will look to nature for mathematical patterns and shapes. The class will examine: radial patterns such as those found in flowers, sea stars, and snowflakes; tessellations (repeating patterns) such as in a bee honeycomb, crystals, or a snakeskin; concentric tree rings, fractals (branching) of ferns, trees, lightning, root systems, and river deltas; symmetry in leaves, flowers, butterflies; and the Fibonacci sequence (spirals) in sunflowers and snail shells. Through a variety of hands-on projects, students will draw or create forms and patterns to replicate and remember the mathematical phenomena found in nature.

This class covers many of the 1st and 2nd grade Standards of Learning for math. Weekly update e-mails to parents will include suggestions for practice at home and extension activities.

Topics in the Series: Patterns & Properties (Quarter 1), Money Math (Quarter 2), Learning Logic (Quarter 3), and Math in Nature (Quarter 4).

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $154.00

Preschool Art Adventures: Fun with Forms

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 11:10 am      Duration: 45 min

Instructor: Diane Wright Cobb

Grade Range: Ages 3.5-5

Prerequisites: None

This class is a multi-media art sampler for our youngest artists! Preschoolers will experiment with a wide variety of materials such as tempera paints, finger paints, watercolors, color pencils, markers, cray pas, oil pastels, charcoals, tissue paper, and specialty papers through a guided, weekly themed project. Fouth quarter, preschool artists will learn all about Forms through mixing and experimenting with a variety of sculpting media such as dough, clay, paper mache, and foam. Students must be a minimum of 3-1/2 years old for this class and be able to work in a small group setting independent of their parent or caregiver. Note: This is a 45 minute class that meets from 11:10 am - 11:55 am (students may not enter classroom until 11:10 am)Topics in this Series: Creative Color (Quarter 1); Super and Shapes (Quarter 2), Terrific Texture (Quarter 3), and Fun with Forms (Quater 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $12.00, payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $178.00

Spanish Amigos (Q4, 11am)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sirdley Taborga

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites:

Buenos dias! Spanish Amigos (Friends) is a fun, play-based, Spanish immersion class for young students. Much like learning their native language, students will be exposed to the sounds, vocabulary, and phrases in Spanish through songs, games, stories, interactive and hands-on activities. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students in the first few weeks. The teacher will bring toys and objects each week to give kids tangible, hands-on examples of the vocabulary being introduced.

Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in Spanish, so children can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Instruction will be predominantly verbal, but key vocabulary words may be written down for students to begin a sense of spelling. Students will be encouraged to write down new words each week, but reading, writing, spelling, and note-taking will not be expected. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

Material/Supply Fee: The instructor will order a South-American written/published Spanish activity book for students in-class use after assessing their ages/skill levels. Parents will be asked to reimburse the instructor for the expense, typically $10-$15.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $191.00

Spanish Amigos (Q4, 12pm)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sirdley Taborga

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites:

Buenos dias! Spanish Amigos (Friends) is a fun, play-based, Spanish immersion class for young students. Much like learning their native language, students will be exposed to the sounds, vocabulary, and phrases in Spanish through songs, games, stories, interactive and hands-on activities. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students in the first few weeks. The teacher will bring toys and objects each week to give kids tangible, hands-on examples of the vocabulary being introduced.

Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in Spanish, so children can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Instruction will be predominantly verbal, but key vocabulary words may be written down for students to begin a sense of spelling. Students will be encouraged to write down new words each week, but reading, writing, spelling, and note-taking will not be expected. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

Material/Supply Fee: The instructor will order a South-American written/published Spanish activity book for students in-class use after assessing their ages/skill levels. Parents will be asked to reimburse the instructor for the expense, typically $10-$15.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $191.00

Spanish Exploradores (Q4)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sirdley Taborga

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

Buenas tardes! Spanish Exploradores (Explorers) is a fun, immersive introductory Spanish class for older elementary students. Much like learning their native language, students will be exposed to the sounds, vocabulary, and phrases in Spanish through songs, games, stories, and hands-on activities. Limited cues in English will be used to prompt students in the first few weeks. The teacher will bring objects each week to give students tangible, hands-on examples of the vocabulary being introduced. In this level, students will be encouraged to begin to combine adjectives with nouns and nouns with verbs.

Each quarter introduces new themes and new vocabulary in Spanish, so children can continue to build their language basics. However, themes and units are non-sequential, so students may enroll in this level in any quarter. While the theme might be the same as that of a younger level of instruction, more vocabulary will be introduced at the older level. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in sounds, vocabulary, and simple phrases while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Instruction will be predominantly verbal, but key vocabulary words may be written down for students to begin a sense of spelling. Students will be encouraged to write down new words each week, but reading, writing, and spelling will not be expected. Fluency should not be expected at this level.

Material/Supply Fee: The instructor will order a South-American written/published Spanish activity book for students in-class use after assessing their ages/skill levels. Parents will be asked to reimburse the instructor for the expense, typically $10-$15.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $191.00

Swimming: Beginners/ Adv. Beginners (Thu, Q4)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 11:05 am      Duration: 40 min

Instructor: YMCA

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites:

Homeschool Swim Lessons are taught at the Reston YMCA located 0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility. For more information on swimming lessons, see the program webpage.

During the first lesson, students will be observed and determined to be Beginner or Advanced Beginner level, and the class will be divided accordingly among two instructors. Beginners level is for students with little to no swim experience and will cover YMCA Level 1 skills such as water acclimation, floatation, water movement, putting face in the water, swimming 5 feet without a floatation device, and becoming comfortable on back in water. Advanced Beginners level will review all skills in beginner-level class and add YMCA Level 2 skills such as stamina, swimming one length of the pool (25 yards), performing elementary backstroke, rotary breathing, becoming comfortable in deep water, and stroke introduction to include: front crawl, backstroke, and elementary breaststroke.

Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $120.00

Swimming: Beginners/ Adv. Beginners (Thu, Q4)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 10:05 am      Duration: 40 min

Instructor: YMCA

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites:

Homeschool Swim Lessons are taught at the Reston YMCA located 0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility. For more information on swimming lessons, see the program webpage.

During the first lesson, students will be observed and determined to be Beginner or Advanced Beginner level, and the class will be divided accordingly among two instructors. Beginners level is for students with little to no swim experience and will cover YMCA Level 1 skills such as water acclimation, floatation, water movement, putting face in the water, swimming 5 feet without a floatation device, and becoming comfortable on back in water. Advanced Beginners level will review all skills in beginner-level class and add YMCA Level 2 skills such as stamina, swimming one length of the pool (25 yards), performing elementary backstroke, rotary breathing, becoming comfortable in deep water, and stroke introduction to include: front crawl, backstroke, and elementary breaststroke.

Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $120.00

Swimming: Intermediate (Thu, Q4)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 12:05 pm      Duration: 40 min

Instructor: YMCA

Grade Range: 2nd-6th

Prerequisites:

Homeschool Swim Lessons are taught at the Reston YMCA located 0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility. For more information on swimming lessons, see the program webpage.

Intermediate level is for students who are proficient in Advanced Beginner level skills such as swimming one length of the pool (25 yards), performing elementary backstroke, and becoming comfortable in deep water. Intermediate swimmers will cover Levels 3 of the YMCA program including elementary breaststroke, backstroke, front crawl with rotary breathing all at 25 yards, with work towards Level 4 skills including stamina and increasing all swimming to 50 yards or more, plus breast stroke, elementary butterfly stroke and kick, elementary dives, and turns.

Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $120.00

Swimming: Young Beginners (Thu, Q4)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 9:15 am      Duration: 30 min

Instructor: YMCA

Grade Range: PK-K

Prerequisites:

Homeschool Swim Lessons are taught at the Reston YMCA located 0.9 miles/ 3 minute drive from Compass's classroom facility. For more information on swimming lessons, see the program webpage.

Young Beginners is for very young students with little to no swim experience and will cover YMCA Level 1 skills including water acclimation, floatation, water movement, putting face in the water, swimming 5 feet without a floatation device, and becoming comfortable on back in water.

Please note that these skills will be introduced and progress at different rates depending on the comfortable level and experience of enrolled students and may take more than one quarter to complete. At times, students might be moved to a different swimming group (same day, same time, different instructor) to better match the experience level of enrolled children.

Lessons are 40 minutes long, running from 0:05 until 0:45 after the hour, leaving enough time to towel dry, change clothes, and return to Compass for your next class. Students should bring a swimsuit, towel, and change of clothes. Googles and swim caps are optional.

A parent (or parent proxy) is required to remain on site. Parents may wait on poolside benches or lobby seating. YMCA waivers must be signed and returned for each swimmer. All registration is completed through Compass. All YMCA swimming classes are taught by certified, experienced, background-checked adult instructors with experience teaching children.

Consider enrolling your child in both Tuesday and Thursday classes to improve their rate of learning.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $120.00

Writing Well: Fun Factual Paragraphs*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Shannon McClain

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Writing is one of the most essential communication skills, and it gives kids a voice! In this class, upper elementary-aged students will learn the FUN-damentals of Writing Well! Kids will learn the foundations of good writing, step-by-step, in manageable, weekly pieces. Students will start the year with learning to formulate strong sentences and eventually move to organized, cohesive paragraphs in this class series. Classes will consist of lessons on writing basics, reading great examples (and weak ones) from literature and publications, and in-class writing practice. The emphasis will be on varying sentence structures, word choice, and correct structure- all with fun, creative topics that will keep kids interested in writing!

During quarter 4, the class will exercise their paragraph-writing skills in writing about factual topics and brief reports. Students will take the skills of writing topic sentences, supporting details, and the conclusion and learn to answer key inquiries such as who, what, where, when, why...and how? Students will learn how to separate fact from fiction and opinion while supporting their writing with an appropriate level of detail/ Factual writing is a key skill for students to be able to show what they know or what they learned. Example factual paragraphs that this class may tackle include book reports, restaurant reviews, or the results of an interview they conducted. By the end of quarter four, students will be able to write clear, cohesive and well-organized factual paragraphs.

The goal for this course is for students to increase their writing fluency, gain confidence, and strengthen their abilities to write clear, cohesive, and grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs. The group will learn the stages of writing--prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing--and various approaches to each stage. Throughout the quarter, mini-lessons on vocabulary and grammar will be presented on topics such as correct capitalization, agreement, tenses, parts of speech, synonyms, etc. Each week, students will have brief homework assignments based on what was covered in class using creative and non-fiction free response prompts to practice techniques at home. Regular writing practice improves fluency and comfort level. Students should expect 45-60 minutes of writing at home throughout the week (3-4 days at 15 minutes per sitting.)

Topics in this series include Sentences that Speak (Quarter 1), Planning Paragraphs (Quarter 2), Fascinating Fiction Paragraphs (Quarter 3), and Fun Factual Paragraphs (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $174.00

Writing Wonders: Fact Finder (Thu)*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 21, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Shannon McClain

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Writing is a fundamental skill for school and for life, and it gives kids a voice! In this class, third and fourth graders will explore writing in many different ways. They will learn the basics of good writing and the art of revision. Classes will consist of simple lessons on writing plus in-class writing practice. Students will always be encouraged to write about what interests them, but they will also always be given fun, creative writing prompts so no one feels the panic of figuring out "what to write."

Fourth quarter, students will be introduced to writing informative paragraphs and basic research skills.

The goal for this course is for young students to gain confidence, increase writing fluency, and learn how to incorporate writing into everyday work and play. Each week, the instructor will share brief lessons on grammar such as correct capitalization, agreement, tenses, parts of speech, use of adjectives/adverbs, etc. They will also learn the steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing, and strategies for each state. Student must be minimum age 8 to take this class and should be on grade level for reading and handwriting.

Topics in this Series: My Memories (Quarter 1); Transforming Tales (Quarter 2), Fun with Fiction (Quarter 3), and Fact Finder (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $174.00

Acrylic Painting: Open Studio (Q4)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 85 min

Instructor: Pete Van Riper

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

Students will be introduced to painting with acrylics in a relaxed, informal studio setting under the guidance of a professional art instructor. Students will work on canvas boards and will learn elements of art, principles of design, and color theory in addition to methods in painting. Each week, the instructor will demonstrate a different technique in acrylic painting rather than a different subject. Techniques will include mixing and blending paints, wet and dry brush techniques, sponge techniques, glazing, washing, gradient relief, sgraffito, impasto, smudging, dot techniques, stippling, pouring, splattering, dabbing, underpainting, and detailing. The emphasis will be on methods and effects so that each student has a "toolbox" of techniques for working in acrylics. Students will have the freedom to mix and match the techniques that they have learned to create original pieces. In the open studio concepts, each student will have a different goal and unique project in-progress such as still life, floral, landscape, portrait, fantasy, abstract, or pop art. Student will complete two or three boards each quarter, depending on the level of detailing.

This class is suitable for beginners who have never painted before, and for experienced art students who have worked in other mediums and are interested in exploring acrylic painting. Compass parents are welcome to register for this class to work alongside their teens, or to work on their own, while their teen is in another Compass class. Painting can provide a relaxing, needed break from rigorous academic classes and over-scheduled lives in a fun, supportive environment.

Prerequisites: None

Workload: Work outside of class is optional, however students who want to continue to practice their painting techniques might want to purchase a tabletop easel (approx. $10.00) and set of basic acrylic paints ($30.00+) for home use.

Assessments: Individual feedback is given in class. Formal assessments will not be given.

Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for up to 6 canvas boards and shared class supplies (paints, brushes, paper products, etc.). Students who paint more quickly need more than 6 boards can purchase additional ones from the instructor for $4.00/each.

What to Wear: Students may wish to wear an apron, smock, or paint shirt when working with acrylic paints.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $248.00

Breakfast Table: Morning Menus

Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

Teens can now enjoy a hearty, healthy start to the morning with Breakfast Table cooking classes at Compass! Teens will enjoy the fun and friendship of making and eating breakfast together. At the same time, they will learn valuable life skills in meal planning and cooking essentials, while ensuring that they have a well-balanced, nutritious start to their day. The Compass chefs' breakfast adventures will include:

  • Banana Chai Smoothie Bowl
  • Quinoa Mango Muffins
  • Breakfast Cookies-Wheels of Steel!
  • In-a-Hurry Broccoli Cheddar Mug-Quiche
  • Savory Granola Bars
  • Egg-Wrapped Burrito
  • Huevos Rancheros
  • Savory Avocado Egg Toast and Sweet Strawberry Banana Ricotta Toast

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
Topics in this Series: Daybreak Dishes (Quarter 1), Early Eats (Quarter 2), Sunrise Starts (Quarter 3), and Morning Menus (Quarter 4).
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.
What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and a bandana or have long hair tied back or braided.
Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in career exploration, fine arts, or electives for purposes of a high school transcript. For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage..

Non-Meeting Dates: Class will not be meeting March 3, the makeup day for this lesson is March 24.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $219.00

Chess for Teens: All-Level (Q4)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Karl Peterson

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Teens will enjoy the logic and challenge of the timeless strategy board game as they learn and play chess with classmates. This is a multi-level class open to Beginners, Advanced Beginners, or Intermediate Players. Instruction will be differentiated based on the make-up of the class, and teens will be placed in pairs or groups depending on experience. Since teens move quickly through lessons and enjoy the interaction of the game, instruction will be approximately 20 minutes, with 35 minutes reserved for weekly in-class matches that are monitored and supported by the coach. Beginners may play as a group against the instructor which is a low-pressure way to learn the game. Teens who are engrossed in their games may continue their play into Friday Teen Game Night.

Learning and playing chess supports problem solving, decision making, critical and creative thinking, general cognitive ability, scholastic skills, and mathematical achievement (Univ. of Minnesota). Experts suggest that the game of chess teaches analytical and disciplined thinking skills, while raising self esteem, teaching motivation and determination, and sportsmanship (Kasparov Foundation).

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in logic/reasoning or and elective for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $172.00

Cooking for Teens: Savory Spring Specialties

Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

Students will enjoy making tasty, light spring recipes that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Spring Specialties are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. Each class will focus on a portion of a meal including appetizer, salad, soup, side dish, main dish, and dessert. The Compass chefs' culinary adventures will include:

  • Divine Water Chestnuts
  • Gazpacho
  • Orchard Ambrosia Salad
  • Chicken Carbonara
  • Succotash
  • Brussels Sprout Casserole
  • Orzo with Spinach, Tomato and Ricotta
  • Blueberry Lemon Trifle

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
Topics in this Series: Fall Fare with Flair (Quarter 1), Festive Fall Flavors (Quarter 2), Winter Warm-Ups (Quarter 3), Savory Spring Specialties (Quarter 4).
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.
What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).
For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage..

Non-Meeting Dates: Class will not be meeting March 3, the makeup day for this lesson is March 24.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $219.00

Drawing Studio: Imitating Illustration Styles

Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Pete Van Riper

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

Students will draw in a relaxed, informal studio setting, where they will learn the fundamentals of drawing along with the elements of art and principles of design. Most drawing projects are "student's own" where each artist selects their own subject to incorporate demonstrated techniques such as representing light and dark, creating texture and patterns, and shading to show dimension.

Fourth quarter, students will view the works of well-known illustrators and will practice remixing the techniques of other artists into their own compositions which could include everyday objects, portraits and caricatures, and/or narrative drawings.

The instructor will demonstrate various techniques by developing a sample drawing. Students may elect to follow the class sample or may apply the drawing skills to an entirely unique drawing. This class is suitable for beginners who have never drawn before and for intermediate art students who have worked with other media and are interested in exploring drawing. Drawing can provide a relaxing, needed break from rigorous academic classes and over-scheduled lives in a fun, supportive environment.

Topics in this Series: Everyday Objects (Quarter 1), Portraits and Creative Caricatures (Quarter 2), Creating Narrative (Quarter 3), and Imitating Illustration Styles (Quarter 4).

Workload: Work outside of class is optional for those who wish to practice their drawing techniques.

Assessments: Individual feedback is given in class. Formal assessments will not be given.

Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $18.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a sketchbook, a pencil box with pencils of varying hardness, and an eraser. Returning drawing students do not need to pay a supply fee and are expected to replace their drawing supplies as needed, with similar or better quality.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Fine Arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $165.00

English: Intro to Literary Genres with Writing- The Epic*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Anne Taranto

Grade Range: 9th-10th

Prerequisites:

In this introductory high school English workshop, students will be introduced to the concepts of literary genres and analytical writing. Each quarter, the class will examine one select work or genre. Students will learn to recognize figurative language, tone, subtext and diction, identify symbolism and imagery, and develop an awareness of narrative perspective and of the social-historical contexts in which these works were created.
Fourth quarter will feature a the Epic tale featuring Robert Fagle's translation of Homer's Odyssey.

Composition: Students will also learn the fundamental components of academic writing, including how to construct a thesis statement that makes an argument, how to support their ideas effectively with textual evidence, how to organize an argument logically, and how to cite sources in MLA format. Some class periods will be dedicated Writing Lab session in which students write in-class in order to get on-the-spot support and feedback from the teacher. Students should bring laptops to these class sessions.

Meeting Days:   This is a 6- week class that will not meet on March 29 or May 17

Topics in this Series: The Novel (Quarter 1), Poetry (Quarter 2), The Play (Quarter 3), and The Epic (Quarter 4). Students who continue from one quarter to the next will receive priority registration.

Prerequisites: Students should be able to read at grade level, and it is recommended that students have had a middle school writing class.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class.

Assignments: All assignments will be posted in a Google Classroom management site. Students will need their own gmail accounts to access Google Classroom.

Assessments: Students' written assignments will be graded using a rubric and assigned points that the homeschool parent can use when assigning an overall class grade.

Textbook/Materials: Because students will need clean, inexpensive copies of each novel to mark in, and they must be able to refer to the passages on the same page numbers, copies of mass market paperbacks will be pre-purchased and bundled for students. (See Supply Fee below).

Supply Fee: A class fee of $13.00 is due payable to Compass on the first day of class for the select novel.

What to Bring: Students should bring the current novel, paper, pen or pencil and highlighter to class each week. Some students may wish to bring paper clips, adhesive flags or post-it notes for marking passages/pages.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a partial credit in English for purposes of a high school transcript.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $198.00

Global Gourmet for Teens: French*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

Compass cooks will enjoy a culinary tour of the world with Global Gourmet classes! Menus feature variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients seasoned and prepared to represent regional flavors and traditional dishes from the featured country. Recipes are selected to be nutritious, fun, and simple to make. The Compass chefs' gastronomy adventures will include:

  • Fromage Fort
  • French Onion Soup
  • Country Asparagus Salad with Walnuts (nuts)
  • Rosemary And Gruyere Potato Galette
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu
  • Haricots Verts Almandine (nuts)
  • Fruit Tart with Vanilla Cream Patisserie
  • Napoleon

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. These engaging cooking classes will get students excited about helping in the kitchen, experimenting, and trying new foods. Students will be exposed to healthy ingredients they may not regularly eat. They will learn important kitchen skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary and terms are introduced each week, with no-pressure verbal review of those words the following week.
Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
Topics in this Series: Italian (Quarter 1), Mexican (Quarter 2), Pan Asian (Quarter 3), French (Quarter 4).
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.
What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).
For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage..

Non-Meeting Dates: Class will not be meeting March 3, the makeup day for this lesson is March 24.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $219.00

Krav Maga Self Defense for Teens: Green Stripe (FRI)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Sarah Reynolds

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites: None

Krav Maga is the Israeli martial art which teaches self defense and fitness. Students of Krav Maga are taught a series of strategies to assess and respond to common situations, such as facing a bully. Teens are always taught first and foremost to get away, to get help, and to try to deescalate the situation. When that fails, students practice a technique that includes a warning strike followed by escape, and finally, they learn how to stand up for themselves and how to counterattack if a situation escalates and becomes threatening. Teens are empowered and gain confidence when they rehearse how to handle real-life situations. Exercises and in-class practice incorporate balance, coordination, energy, and other key elements of fitness along with life skills such as confidence, teamwork, respect, discipline, and respect.

Students may enroll in Krav Maga at any time, and everyone will begin as a white belt. Each quarter, students will practice the full range of skills, but there will be two "featured" moves that a student can earn a belt stripe for being able to demonstrate. Featured moves will include a combative strike and a defensive escape technique. No one stripe is a prerequisite for any other color, and color stripes can be earned in any order.

Foiurth quarter, students will have the chance to earn a Green Stripe. Featured moves include: cover defense and wrist locks (red stripe); straight punch defense and bear hugs (orange stripe); head movement defense and front 2-handed choke (yellow stripe); round kick defense and back 2-handed choke (green stripe); front kick defense and guillotine choke (blue stripe); clinch defense and rear choke (purple stripe); ground striking defense and head lock defense (brown stripe); and 360 defense and full Nelson (black stripe).

Students will be able to test for belt promotions to move through the ranks of white belt, yellow belt, orange, etc. On average, it is estimated that a student will be ready for a belt test after four quarters/four color stripes. Belt testing will be by coach approval.

Topics in this Series: Red Stripe (1st Quarter), Orange Stripe (2nd Quarter), Yellow Stripe (3rd Quarter) and Green Stripe (4th Quarter). Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-2 hours per week outside of class. Assessments: Belt testing for promotion will be by coach recommendation, but on average will take 4 quarters. Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $10.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for the t-shirt and white belt (new students) or $5.00 for the white belt (returning students). An belt test fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor when a student is ready to test for promotion. What to Bring: Refillable water bottle. What to Wear: In lieu of a full martial arts uniform, students will be asked to wear a class t-shirt provided by the instructor. Students should also wear shorts, leggings, or loose, comfortable athletic pants, and comfortable athletic shoes or sneakers with their class t-shirt. Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in Physical Education for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $156.00

Mystery Matinee: Prison Pardon

Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 9th-12th

Prerequisites:

Who doesn't love a good "Whodunnit" mystery? In this workshop, teens actors will work together to bring a cast of characters to life through creative adaptations and interpretive improvisation. Using materials from a commercial murder mystery role playing game (RPG), students will assume the personas of outrageous and offbeat characters. As the drama unfolds in rounds guided by clue cards, eclectic evidence, and fictitious forensics, a victim, a motive, and eventually the murderer will be revealed.

Student actors will be guided through the development of a strong, compelling character, complete with unique ways of speaking, gesturing, and moving, an original costume, a backstory, and of course, an alibi.

(1)You're invited to a mysterious escape room party in a rented mansion in a fog-shrouded Noxhelm's Crossing. The invitation says you will work as a team with the other guests to escape the room with puzzles, riddles, and codes before time runs out. You have no idea who invited you, but you know everyone on the guest list- the most ambitious yet scandalous people in town- until one of them turns up dead. Who could have done it?

For six years, all prisons have been shut down across the country, and convicts must serve life sentences on isolated prison islands. When the President acknowledges that innocent people may be imprisoned on Dregs Island, the murderers and criminals of the island's four factions must choose one prisoner worthy of being released. With civility obsolete and escape impossible, one of the prisoners turns up dead. Who could have done it?

In this workshop, students benefit from experimenting with acting and improvisation and working as a team. This class is best suited for students who are active listeners, are flexible and easily adapt, have a sense of humor, and enjoy working in a collaborative group. Students need to be able to stay in sync with the flow of the class. This is not an "anything goes" or free-for-all class.

Topics in this Series: Murder in the Escape Room (Quarter 1), Toga Terror (Quarter 2), The Last Will of Hunter Bentley (Quarter 3), Prison Pardon (Quarter 4), etc. Students continuing from the prior quarter will receive priority pre-registration for next quarter.

Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-1.5 hours per week outside of class.

Assignments: Will be posted in a Google classroom.

Assessments: Informal qualitative feedback will be given in class throughout the semester. A quantitative score/grade will not be provided.

Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class for a script and costs related to props and performance license fee.

Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in fine arts or performing arts for purposes of a high school transcript.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $159.00

Natural Leaders: Spring*

Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 5 Hours

Instructor: Natural Leaders

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Natural Leaders is an outdoor education and leadership program. Each week, the group will venture into the woods surrounding Lake Fairfax for an authentic, immersive adventure featuring hiking, outdoor skills, leadership, and camaraderie. At each meeting, students take turns in different roles that are key to the group's success, safety, and fun such as: coordinator (plan out the group's schedule for the day); navigator (following the map, practice orienteering); naturalist (investigate and present a lesson about local plants, animals or ecology); skills coaches (research, practice, and demonstrate a skill to others, such as knot tying or whittling); game master (plan and teach an group game or challenge); and safety officer (present on a safety or first aid topic) They will also learn survival skills such as fire-building, outdoor edibles, building shelters, use of knives, and safety/first aid.

The student-led portions of the program promote group cohesion, cooperation, and friendship, while students benefit from the positive peer pressure to come prepared for their weekly roles and responsibilities. Tweens and teens will also become more confident and comfortable as leaders and outdoor adventurers as their self-reliance skills grow. Natural Leaders is supervised by an experienced Natural Leaders mentor, trained and supported in providing a positive experience and managing safety. They typically have a passion for sharing nature with kids, and may have a background in a range of skills such as wilderness first aid, survival skills, tracking, primitive skills, and experience in hiking, camping, rock climbing, water sports, etc. Natural Leaders meets weekly rain, snow, or shine, in all temperatures. Students should always dress is layers for the forecasted weather conditions. Registered students will receive more detailed instructions about what to wear, what to bring, and where to meet prior to the start of the program.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $622.00

Sweet Shop: Casual Confections (Fri)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 8th-12th

Prerequisites:

The tantalizing aroma of cookies in the oven. A mouth-watering burst of mint. The silky feel of melted chocolate. The sticky sweet of fresh-made caramel. A subtle hint of lemon. Student bakers will enjoy these delicious sensations- and more- as they explore the world of baking homemade desserts.
Sweet Shop treats are scrumptious, fun, and simple to make. Each week they will prepare a fresh, handmade dessert or sweet such as: pies, cakes, cookies, tarts, trifles, mousses, puddings, candies, fudge, brittle, or chocolate. The class will include some icing, decorating, and garnishing techniques for completed desserts. This quarter, the Compass bakers' culinary adventures will include:

  • Coconut Macaroons (nut)
  • Mini Lemon Meringue Pie
  • Blueberry Honey Cakes
  • Mint Chocolate Pecan Trifle (nuts)
  • Glazed Blackberry Cake
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler
  • Chocolate Caramel Toffee Fudge (nuts)
  • Lemon Cupcakes with Lavender Frosting

Students will be eating what they make each week and bringing home the recipes and leftovers. This engaging sweets class will get students excited about helping in the kitchen and entertaining. They will learn important baking skills such as safety, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and other tricks of the trade. Culinary vocabulary is introduced each week.
Notes: Students with allergies to food ingredients or dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated in this class. Recipes may contain nuts, dairy, wheat, gluten, and eggs. All food supplies will be conventional, mass market ingredients. Specialty food preparations/certifications such as halal, kosher, and organic will not be used due to cost and sourcing logistics.
Topics in this Series: Decadent Delights (Quarter 1); Gooey Goodies (Quarter 2), Best Bon Bons (Quarter 3), and Casual Confections (Quarter 4).
Assessments: Qualitative Feedback will be given in class. Formal grades/assessment will not be given.
Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring: None- Disposable aprons and take-home containers provided.
What to Wear: Students should wear clean clothes and have long hair tied back, braided, or secured under a bandana (male and female).
For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage..
Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in career exploration, fine arts, or electives for purposes of a high school transcript.

Non-Meeting Dates: Class will not be meeting March 3, the makeup day for this lesson is March 24.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $219.00

Ballet Fun: Carnival of the Animals (Fri)

Quarter 4: Starts on March 29, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 50 min

Instructor: Alchemy Ballet

Grade Range: PK-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Young dancers will practice skills in musicality, balance, flexibility, and coordination as they learn to dance as a group. Each quarter, a different musical fairytale ballet will provide the inspiration and the music for the class. Dancers will become familiar with the story of the ballet and the orchestral music as they go through their own routine. The music, story, and characters will serve as an inspiration for creative movement.

Fourth quarter, young dancers will learn the story of The Carnival of the Animals, composed by Camille Saint-Saens and performed as a ballet since 2004. In class, dancers will learn to recognize, understand, and apply techniques from the Vaganova ballet method such as: 1st - 6th positions, marching and skipping, demi plie, grand plie, saute, bourree, grand jete, and tendu. Students will also develop their physical conditioning and learn teamwork. Dancers in this level must be minimum age 4 by the start of class.

A demonstration of skills learned will be showcased for parents on the last class each quarter. Registration is for one morning class, however students who wish to further their skills are encouraged to sign up for both Monday and Wednesday morning lessons. Compass ballet students will have an opportunity to audition for the Alchemy Ballet Academy Winter Performance (including excerpts from The Nutcracker).

Ballet students are expected to wear appropriate attire. Young ladies must wear a leotard with skirt (attached or detached), pink tights, and soft pink ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Young men must wear a slim-fitting white t-shirt, black shorts, white socks, and soft black ballet shoes in canvas or leather. Note: this is a 7-week class that will begin on 3/29.

3 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $140.00

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