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Swimming: Beginners/ Adv. Beginners (Tue Q1)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 10:05 am      Duration: 45 min

Instructor: YMCA Swimming Staff

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites: None

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: $105.00

Swimming: Beginners/ Adv. Beginners (Tue Q1)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 11:05 am      Duration: 45 min

Instructor: YMCA Swimming Staff

Grade Range: 4th-6th

Prerequisites: None

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: $105.00

Acting- Kids' Theater: Medieval Mayhem

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites: None

Kids take to the stage as they collaboratively write and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. Will we have a mix-up or a masterpiece when we meddle with monarchs, mischief-makers, merry men, and maidens?

Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other and start to brainstorm about their original play. Through group activities and guided discussion, the student 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.

The class will learn the practical aspects of acting, as they work on script read-through, blocking, costume/prop design, and planning the show. Student actors will explore skills such as stage movement, character development, emotional expression, and observation/concentration while learning to portray their original character. 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 last day of the

Once the script is fully developed with everyone's parts, 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.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $158.00

Acting- Young Actor's Playhouse: Pirate's Paradise

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Acting is an adventure! Young actors work together to create and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. What happens when a crazy captain, suspicious scallywag, and a precocious parrot meet on a ship sailing the seven seas?

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.

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $158.00

Aquatic Biology: Lakes and Ponds

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Osk Huneycutt

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

More than 70% of the Earth's surface is water! Understanding the planet's oceans and freshwater systems is critical to understanding life on our planet- from beginnings in the seas to the water cycle that supports ongoing life. The study of aquatic and marine biology provides a basis for understanding much of the chemistry, physics, biology, and meteorology on our planet. Budding marine biologists will travel inland to learn about freshwater systems like lakes and ponds, rivers and streams before returning to the coast to study marshes and estuaries followed by extreme marine environments. The focus will be on hands-on, dynamic learning, and students will engage in several demonstrations and experiments in each class.

First quarter, the class will focus on freshwater lakes and the variety of unique biomes that exist in them. Students will compare major lake systems around the world and learn about general limnological processes such as seasonal turnover and phytoplankton blooms. They will also explore the incredible range of lake biomes, from acidic, volcanic lakes and hot springs, to ancient temperate lakes like Lake Baikal. Students will learn about the extreme chemistry that occurs in some systems, like stratified lakes with toxic gas layers at the bottom, and will study the many unique, endemic species of plants and animals that have evolved in lake systems.

Topics in this Series: Lakes and Ponds (Quarter 1); Rivers and Streams (Quarter 2); Marshes and Estuaries (Quarter 3); and Extreme Marine (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $20.00 is due payable to the instructor on/before the first day of class.

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

Around the World: Geography of Europe

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Scott Sarich

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Around the World is a creative, interactive examination of world geography! Against the backdrop of a giant, classroom-sized map, students will engage in an interactive investigation of aspects of physical and human geography, region-by-region. The class will cooperatively create the mega map adding features and details week by week as their understanding of the region expands. All students will contribute to coloring countries, depicting demarcations, rendering rivers, sketching seas, mapping mountains, delineating deserts, situating cities, crafting clay contours, and fashioning famous landmarks. The custom mega map will serve as a giant game board for in-class simulations, scavenger hunts, strategy games, and more.

Geography is much more than just maps and mountain ranges! First quarter will explore the geography of Europe from Madrid to Minsk, Naples to Norway, and Baltic to Black Seas. For example, the class will learn about the lands, features, inhabitants, and phenomena and five themes of geography (location, place, human and environment interaction, movements, and regions) for each area that they study. For each major region, the class may look at aspects of human geography: political boundaries, prominent cities, cultural, social, and economic themes (dominant languages, religions, ethnic groups, agriculture, and trade), along with aspects of physical geography such as landforms, waterways, climate zones, biomes, etc.

There is a $25.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on/before the start of class. Topics in this Series: Europe (Quarter 1); Russia & East Asia (Quarter 2); Middle East & North Africa (Quarter 3); Sub-Saharan Africa (Quarter 4); Second Year 2025-26- South & Southeast Asia (Quarter 5); Central and South America (Quarter 6); North America (Quarter 7); and Australia, Oceania, Earth's Poles & Oceans (Quarter 8)

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

Art in Action: Media of the Masters (TUE)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diederich

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

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.

First quarter, students will meet famous artists such as Grandma Moses, Mary Cassatt, Eric Carle, Patrick Dougherty, Alex Calder, Helen Frankenthaler and River Lobe. They will develop unique projects that highlight the methods, material and media used by each artist such as painting, sculpting, drawing, and inspired creations.

Topics in this Series: Media of the Masters (Quarter 1); Animal Artists (Quarter 2); Murals, Monuments, and Museums (Quarter 3); Stellar Celestial Subjects (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $25.00, 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: $145.00

Artist's Academy: Mysteries of Abstract Art

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diederich

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Tween 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.

First quarter, tweens will unravel the mysteries of abstract art including street and graffiti art and well-known artists of the genre including Miro, Krasner, Klint, and Carver. Some of the multimedia supplies used this quarter include specialty papers, paints, markers, and art pencils.

Topics in this Series: Mysteries of Abstract Art (Quarter 1), Watercolor Explorations (Quarter 2), French vs American Artists (Quarter 3), Origin Art (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $25.00, 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: $145.00

Battle Strategies & Dioramas: America's Wars- Lexington & Concord (Revolutionary)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Discover the first battles of the American War of Independence, Lexington and Concord, from the "shots heard round the world" to the unlikely match-up of an untrained militia of colonial farmers against the professional soldiers and statesmen of the great British Empire's army.

Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! 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 battlefield. 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 historical war 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. 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: Lexington & Concord (Quarter 1); The Alamo (Quarter 2); Gettysburg (Quarter 3); and Invasion of San Juan Hill (Quarter 4)

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

Beginner Bots: Under the Sea (TUE)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 2nd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program 3-4 different whimsical, mechanized projects each quarter using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

First quarter, students will build, program, and model fascinating friends from under the sea such as a whale, shark, crab, and sea turtle.

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: Under the Sea (Quarter 1), Wings and Things (Quarter 2); Perfect Pets (Quarter 3), and Reptiles Robots (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

Children's Beginner Band Q1

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 45 min

Instructor: Jessica Eastridge

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

Children will enjoy the camaraderie and cooperation of making music together with others in a beginning school band! They will be introduced to brass and woodwind instruments using child-sized plastic instruments from Nuvo. These instruments offer the same fingering, hand positions, embouchure (mouth position and blowing technique) and reeds as their full-sized metal and wood counterparts in a range of fun, lively colors. Parents should purchase the Nuvo Toot for a child wanting to learn flute or the Nuvo Dood for a child wanting to learn a single reed instrument like the clarinet or saxophone. The Nuvo instruments cost approximately $30.00 and are considered a "step up" from a traditional plastic recorder with silicone keys, accurate mouthpieces, and a 1.5 octave range in the 'C' key. Students will learn to read music and play as a group. The Children's Beginner Band will get students ready to join the Compass Homeschool Concert Band as 4th graders. Student may join the Children's Band at any quarter and may continue from one quarter to the next as the instructor continues to introduce new songs and skills.

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

Cooking for Kids: Fall Fare with Flair (TUE)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 3rd-5th

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy making delicious recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Recipes 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:

  • Asparagus Gruyere Puff Pastry Bundles
  • Dumpling Soup
  • Green Bean Salad
  • Sicilian Brussels Sprouts
  • Italian Sheet Pan Chicken
  • Beef-Cheddar Mac & Cheese
  • Apple Pecan Tarts (contains nuts)

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 or before 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).

Cooking Class Requirements:For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $192.00

Cooking for Little Kids: Fall Fare with Flair (TUE 10AM)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy making delicious recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Recipes 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:

  • Asparagus Gruyere Puff Pastry Bundles
  • Dumpling Soup
  • Green Bean Salad
  • Sicilian Brussels Sprouts
  • Italian Sheet Pan Chicken
  • Beef-Cheddar Mac & Cheese
  • Apple Pecan Tarts (contains nuts)

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. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. For the Little Kids level, students must be minimum age six (6) by the start of class and must be developmentally on-level for fine motor skills and ability to follow directions.

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 or before 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).

Cooking Class Requirements:For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $192.00

Cooking for Little Kids: Fall Fare with Flair (TUE 11AM)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy making delicious recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Recipes 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:

  • Asparagus Gruyere Puff Pastry Bundles
  • Dumpling Soup
  • Green Bean Salad
  • Sicilian Brussels Sprouts
  • Italian Sheet Pan Chicken
  • Beef-Cheddar Mac & Cheese
  • Apple Pecan Tarts (contains nuts)

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. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. For the Little Kids level, students must be minimum age six (6) by the start of class and must be developmentally on-level for fine motor skills and ability to follow directions.

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 or before 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).

Cooking Class Requirements:For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $192.00

Cooking for Tweens: Fall Fare with Flair (TUE)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

Students will enjoy making delicious recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Recipes 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:

  • Asparagus Gruyere Puff Pastry Bundles
  • Dumpling Soup
  • Green Bean Salad
  • Sicilian Brussels Sprouts
  • Italian Sheet Pan Chicken
  • Beef-Cheddar Mac & Cheese
  • Apple Pecan Tarts (contains nuts)

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 or before 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).

Cooking Class Requirements:For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $192.00

Creative Storytelling: Once Upon a.. Magic Meadow (TUE)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Judith Harmon

Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

Prerequisites: None

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. This quarter, our storytellers will tell the tale of a magic meadow. Will they find merry mice, mesmerizing mist, mystical mushroom, and more?

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 ____?"

Students should be able to read, write, and spell at the second grade level or higher for this class. 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 Wonders to further encourage communication and storytelling skills. The supply fee is included in the class tuition.

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

Decorative Arts Studio: Sculpture Skills for Kids

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 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.

First quarter, students will create one-of-a-kind sculptures and will learn to work with materials such as papier mache, air-dry and polymer clays, wire, plaster, etc. Example past projects include a wire wave sculpture, layered paper collage, clay animals, or sculpey flowers. Some projects may take two weeks to complete with one week dedicated to forming and shaping the base sculpture and the second week focused on finishing techniques such as painting and embellishing. A supply fee of $40.00 per student is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $199.00

Decorative Arts Studio: Sculpture Skills for Tweens

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 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.

First quarter, students will create one-of-a-kind sculptures and will learn to work with materials such as papier mache, air-dry and polymer clays, wire, plaster, etc. Example past projects include a wire wave sculpture, layered paper collage, clay animals, or sculpey flowers. Some projects may take two weeks to complete with one week dedicated to forming and shaping the base sculpture and the second week focused on finishing techniques such as painting and embellishing. A supply fee of $40.00 per student is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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

5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $199.00

Dynamic Dioramas: Myths & Legends- King Arthur

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Taliesin Knol

Grade Range: 2nd-4th

Prerequisites: None

After the Fall of Rome, people kept stories alive of the heroes who defended civilization in the face of barbarian invasions. In Britain, and perhaps all of Europe, there is none more famous than the legend of King Arthur. The Myth of Arthur begins with Saxon invasions and "the last Roman," Artorius Rex, in the 5th century CE, but the tale wasn't written down until the 9th century and not popularized until the 12th century! Cleric Geoffrey of Monmouth adapted earlier legends in his work, "The History of the Kings of Britain" where he introduced characters like Merlin the wizard, Arthur's family, and his sword Excalibur. These would be further "medievalized" by other authors to give us the Knights of the Round Table at Camelot, the Quest for the Holy Grail, and other medieval romances and tales of Chivalry.

Each student will create an individual diorama recreating or interpreting a scene from Arthurian Myth: castles on hills, European battlefields, or dragon's lairs! Students will craft and hand-shape their scene on a 10" x 14" foam board using artistic, model-making techniques. They will customize their dioramas with landscape elements, waterways, structures of the time, and paint. Once individual projects are constructed, students will populate them with 1:72 scale miniature warriors, then combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to create larger terrain. Students will then compete in history-based survival strategy games. This will reinforce lessons about the culture, economy, warfare, and mythology 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. Topics in this series include: King Arthur (Quarter 1), 1001 Arabian Nights (Quarter 2), Joan of Arc (Quarter 3), William Wallace and the Scottish Uprising (Quarter 4). There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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

Eco Scientist: The Americas and Antarctica

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Osk Huneycutt

Grade Range: 3rd-4th

Prerequisites: None

Become a world-traveling eco adventurer and earth scientist without leaving Compass! Study the world's most exciting and diverse ecosystems and learn about the incredible biologic and geologic phenomena that shape them. Venture into caves and coasts, tundra and taiga, and forests and fjords. Each week, student scientists will begin by locating the fascinating features on a map before learning about these incredible habitats from the ground-up, starting with the geology of a place, then working their way through the climate, biome, flora, and fauna. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce regional and ecological diversity by examining rock types, classifying plants, observing insects, or modeling weather phenomena.

First quarter, students will journey through the tundra, prairies, temperate rain forests, deciduous forests, and deserts of North and South America. The class will learn how global climate patterns form these different ecosystems, and learn about the amazing diversity of plants and animals that inhabit them. Students will investigate the rainshadow effect, and see why it forms deserts on the leeward side of coastal mountain ranges around the world. Then we will jump from the tip of Chile across the roaring 40s to explore one of our planet's most extreme ecosystems- Antarctica!

Topics in this Series: The Americas and Antarctica (Quarter 1); Northern Latitudes (Quarter 2); Africa & Asia (Quarter 3); and All About Islands (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $20.00 is due payable to the instructor on/before the first day of class.

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

Engineering Challenge: Civil Lab

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Becca Sticha

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Focus on the "E" in STEM- Engineering! Discover the everyday challenges we can solve through engineering in this hands-on, project-focused class! Students will tackle simulated challenges that span a variety of engineering disciplines and practice the three main steps of the engineering design process by asking, "What is the problem?", "What are possible solutions?" and, "How can I improve on the design?"

First quarter, the class will learn about the careers of Civil Engineers and their responsibility for designing, constructing, and maintaining public infrastructure such as dams, bridges, tunnels, roads, airports, subway systems, and water supply systems. Students will model civil engineering challenges with projects such as the newspaper bridge challenge, spaghetti skyscraper, a geodesic dome, and earthquake-proof structures.

Students will work together to solve problems and brainstorm options given a variety of project materials. For each project, students will be challenged to adjust their designs, make modifications, re-design to optimize their creations, and retest performance. Basic building, measuring, data collection, and equations will be used to challenge all minds in engineering!

There is a $25.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on/before the start of class. Topics in this Series include: Civil Lab (Quarter 1); Electrical Lab (Quarter 2); Mechanical Lab (Quarter 3); and Green (Sustainable) Lab (Quarter 4).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

Environmental Science: Geology and Soils

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Osk Huneycutt

Grade Range: 7th-8th

Prerequisites: None

A powerful hurricane season forecasted. Polar ice caps receding. Hydraulic fracking. Solar power. Everywhere we look, Environmental Science is in the news! Environmental science is an exciting interdisciplinary study that merges the fields of geology, biology, chemistry, and meteorology to explain the earth as an interconnected system with both natural and human-made influences. This year middle schoolers will sample Environmental Science topics in a hands-on, lab-based investigation.

First quarter, students will begin their study of Geology and Soil Sciences and discover the ways geology, paleontology, soil science and agricultural sciences are used in environmental research. The class will learn about techniques such as carbon dating, and sediment and ice core analysis, that scientists use to investigate current environmental issues such as human impacts to carbon and nitrogen cycling, pesticide use, the use of genetically modified organisms to improve agricultural yields, and the ongoing loss of pollinators. Students will do in-class labs to make predictions, collect and graph data, draw conclusions, and develop models of key Environmental Science processes.

Topics in this series include: Geology and Soil Sciences (first quarter); Atmospheric Science (second quarter); Water Science (third quarter); and Current Issues in Environmental Science (fourth quarter). There is a $20.00 lab fee due payable to the instructor on/before the first day of class for consumable materials.

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

Expedition: Explore South & Central America

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Scott Sarich

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Expedition! is an interactive examination of the Age of Discovery, a period from the 15th to the 17th century in Europe. Against the backdrop of a giant, classroom-sized map, students will follow the European explorers who embarked on voyages of discovery, mapped new territories, established trade routes, and encountered new cultures and peoples. Students will engage in an inquiry-based investigation of the prominent explorers, learning about their finds and failures to gain an understanding of world history and geography, region-by-region. The class will cooperatively create the mega map adding features and details week by week as their understanding of the region expands. All students will contribute to coloring countries, depicting demarcations, rendering rivers, sketching seas, mapping mountains, delineating deserts, situating cities, crafting clay contours, and fashioning famous landmarks. The custom mega map will serve as a giant game board for in-class simulations, scavenger hunts, strategy games, and more.

First quarter, the class will follow explorers like Vespucci, Cortes, Pizarro, da Gama and Cabral to Central and South America. There, these explorers and conquistadors led significant expeditions of Brazil and eastern South America and conquered the ancient empires of the Aztecs in Mexico and Incas in Peru. The class will learn about their goals of finding riches like gold and silver, claiming territories, and spreading their faith. They will trace the voyages and expeditions of these explorers on the mega map to understand the establishment of colonies, the exchange of goods and ideas between continents, and the intermingling of diverse cultures.

There is a $25.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on/before the start of class. Topics in this Series: South & Central America (Quarter 1); North America & the Caribbean (Quarter 2); Asia (Quarter 3), and Africa (Quarter 4).

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

FUNctional Fitness and Cross-Training (PE) for Kids: Red (TUE)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Iman Castaneda

Grade Range: 2nd-5th

Prerequisites: None

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.

The color name in the class title refers to the collectable token students will earn each quarter they take the class. Collect all 8! Students may enroll in FUNctional Fitness at any time, regardless of the color name No one color is a prerequisite for any other color, and tokens can be earned in any order.

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: $132.00

FUNctional Fitness and Cross-Training (PE) for Tweens: Red

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Iman Castaneda

Grade Range: 6th-8th

Prerequisites: None

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.

The color name in the class title refers to the collectable token students will earn each quarter they take the class. Collect all 8! Students may enroll in FUNctional Fitness at any time, regardless of the color name No one color is a prerequisite for any other color, and tokens can be earned in any order.

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: $132.00

Geo Detective: What a Disaster: Volcanoes, Tsunamis, Earthquakes (1 PM)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Osk Huneycutt

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Geo-Detectives discover the many mysteries of Earth Science. From large scale disasters that come from inside the planet to microscopic contaminants in the water and soil, Geo-Detectives look high and low to understand the forces, systems, and cycles that continue to shape the Earth, its climates and ecosystems. Geo-Detectives will explore concepts as diverse as fossils to fault lines, ozone to ocean trenches, and trade winds to tundra. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce geological phenomena such as examining fossils, classifying rocks, reading the seismographic charts, or modeling the water cycle.

First quarter, students will examine natural disasters that come from activity in the earth's layers such as volcanoes, tsunamis, and earthquakes. The class will study the geological forces that shape our planet by tracing the paths of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis around the world. What do these occurrences tell us about tectonic plate theory? Students will learn about the rock cycle, subduction and spreading zones, and different types of earthquake faults. They will learn about fossils and other lines of evidence that support the theory of plate tectonics, and learn how the sizes, shapes and positions of land masses and oceans have changed through our planet's history.

Topics in this Series: What a Disaster! Volcanoes, Tsunamis & Earthquakes
(Quarter 1); Wacky World Weather (Quarter 2); Sensational Cycles and Seasons (Quarter 3); and Exploring Ecosystems (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $20.00 is due payable to the instructor on/before the first day of class.

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

Geo Detective: What a Disaster: Volcanoes, Tsunamis, Earthquakes (2 PM)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Osk Huneycutt

Grade Range: 1st-2nd

Prerequisites: None

Geo-Detectives discover the many mysteries of Earth Science. From large scale disasters that come from inside the planet to microscopic contaminants in the water and soil, Geo-Detectives look high and low to understand the forces, systems, and cycles that continue to shape the Earth, its climates and ecosystems. Geo-Detectives will explore concepts as diverse as fossils to fault lines, ozone to ocean trenches, and trade winds to tundra. Hands-on labs and in-class activities will reinforce geological phenomena such as examining fossils, classifying rocks, reading the seismographic charts, or modeling the water cycle.

First quarter, students will examine natural disasters that come from activity in the earth's layers such as volcanoes, tsunamis, and earthquakes. The class will study the geological forces that shape our planet by tracing the paths of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis around the world. What do these occurrences tell us about tectonic plate theory? Students will learn about the rock cycle, subduction and spreading zones, and different types of earthquake faults. They will learn about fossils and other lines of evidence that support the theory of plate tectonics, and learn how the sizes, shapes and positions of land masses and oceans have changed through our planet's history.

Topics in this Series: What a Disaster! Volcanoes, Tsunamis & Earthquakes
(Quarter 1); Wacky World Weather (Quarter 2); Sensational Cycles and Seasons (Quarter 3); and Exploring Ecosystems (Quarter 4). Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $20.00 is due payable to the instructor on/before the first day of class.

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

Great Graphic Novels: The Most Extreme Adventures

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Christina Somerville

Grade Range: 5th-6th

Prerequisites: None

Get your child to read the classics without a clash! Children will become familiar with the world's best-known authors and timeless tales through the approachable illustrated format of graphic novels. Kids will not realize they are reading literature and being introduced to literary analysis as they read these entertaining, illustrated, short-form stories.

First quarter, students will discover some of the most extreme adventures through the early science fiction minds of HG Wells and Jules Verne. Meet ruthless Martian invaders in The War of the Worlds (HG Wells); surreal sea creatures from Captain Nemo's submersible in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Verne); and vicious vertebrates from a volcanic crater in Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of Earth.

Through colorful, dramatic graphics and an approachable conversational tone, graphic novels show kids that literature can be enthralling! Each quarter will begin with an overview of the graphic novel genre including vocabulary unique to the illustrations and format (panels, speech bubbles, etc.) by looking at several other examples of graphic novels. Each week, students will read a portion of a graphic novel at home from the Saddleback Educational Publishing Graphic, Illustrated Classics Series. In class, literary elements and character analysis will be discussed. Extension activities such as reading, listening, or watching excerpts of other tellings of the same tale will take place in class. Students will think they are talking about cool, comic-style books, but the facilitated class discussion will introduce kids to classic works of literature and perhaps interest them to later read the complete novel.

Students are expected to read approximately one half of one graphic novel (25-30 pages) per week which they may read individually or read aloud with their families. These novels are generally considered at the ages 8-12 reading level.

Collect all 12 (3 per quarter)! Build an illustrated classic library. Because students will need the same editions of all three graphic novels to be able to refer to the passages on the same page numbers, class sets of the graphic novels will be purchased for students. A supply fee of $48.00 will be due payable to Compass on or before the first day of class for 3 novels.

Topics in this series include: The Most Extreme Adventures (Quarter 1); Best of British Books (Quarter 2); Shakespeare Shorts (Quarter 3), and Classic Adventure Quests (Quarter 4).

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

Junior Art Studio: Imitate the Impressionists (TUE)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Kerry Diederich

Grade Range: K-2nd

Prerequisites: None

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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

First quarter, Junior Artists will learn about French Artists from the genres of Impressionism and Post Impressionism to include Rodin, Cezanne, Seurat, Degas, Renior, Monet, Matisse and Gauguin. These artists were sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and print makers. Each artist influenced the art world with style, color study and interpretation in their own personal way. Students will discuss which artist featured dancers in his subjects, who experimented in color, and which was multi talented artist using many mediums. Junior artists' projects will vary, from painting, to doing drawings, print-making, sculpting, and color studies.

Topics in this Series: Imitate the Impressionists (Quarter 1); Destination Art (Quarter 2); Multi-Media Masters (Quarter 3); Native American Art (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $25.00, 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: $145.00

Junior Engineering with LEGO: Fantastic Fliers & Space Racers (TUE)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 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.

First quarter, junior engineers will tackle Fantastic Fliers and Space Race with projects inspired by the Space Station, Shuttle, Mars Rover, Gondola Gliders, Helicopeters, and Airplanes.

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.

Notes:(1)Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class. (2) Projects are built from shared, Compass-owned components, so students will not bring completed projects home. Parents, however, can step into class 15 minutes before the end of each session to photograph their child's construction.

Topics in this Series: Fantastic Fliers & Space Racers (Quarter 1); Articulated Aniamls (Quarter 2); Winter Wonders (Quarter 3); Construct a Carnival (Quarter 4)

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

Kids' Confection Kitchen: Decadent Desserts (TUE)

Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Mylene Nyman

Grade Range: 5th-8th

Prerequisites: None

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:

  • Mini Apple Crumble
  • Apple Pecan Bread (contains nuts)
  • Caramel-Apple Monkey Bread Mini Loaves
  • Blue Pear Puff Tarts
  • Fall Spiced Pear and Date Upside Down Cake
  • Nantucket Cranberry Tart
  • Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Pie (contains nuts)
  • 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 Tasty Treats (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).

    Cooking Class Requirements: For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $192.00

    Magical Creatures' Quest: A Middle School Role Playing Club (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Embark on a magical afternoon journey with "Magical Creatures' Quest: A Familiar Problem!" This enchanting club is for middle school students who adore whimsical tales, creative adventures, and the magic of tabletop role-playing games. During each club meeting, the group will weave a captivating story where each participant takes on the role of a magical animal on a quest to reunite with its owner. Are you more like a daring dragon, mysterious mermaid, playful Pegasus, or a fearless fairy? Each meeting presents a new chapter, filled with challenges, mysteries, and opportunities for magical mischief. Tweens will unleash their creativity and collaborate with others to shape the adventure, solve puzzles, and make decisions to advance the story.

    The club is facilitated by an experienced Game Master who will guide students through the art of role-playing. Tweens will connect and form friendships with other middle schoolers who share a love of magical stories and imaginative play- in person! Previous role-playing experience is not required, but this club serves as a great introduction for tweens and teens who might be interested in embarking on Dungeons and Dragons.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $122.00

    Mega Maps: Cradle of Civilization & Mesopotamia

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Scott Sarich

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Mega Maps is a creative, interactive examination of world history and geography! Against the backdrop of a giant, classroom-sized map, students will engage in an interactive investigation of ancient history, learning about obsolete empires and past place names to gain an understanding of today's geography, region-by-region. The class will cooperatively create the mega map adding features and details week by week as their understanding of the region expands. All students will contribute to coloring countries, depicting demarcations, rendering rivers, sketching seas, mapping mountains, delineating deserts, situating cities, crafting clay contours, and fashioning famous landmarks. The custom mega map will serve as a giant game board for in-class simulations, scavenger hunts, strategy games, and more.

    First quarter, the class will learn about the area known as the "Cradle of Civilization" from the early hunter-gatherers to ancient settlements around the fertile Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. The class will explore this area, known as Mesopotamia, which was home to some of the world's earliest city-states such as Sumer, Babylon and Ur, and the site of important developments such as early farming, writing, and building. The class will visualize how this area evolved into modern day Iraq, Iran, and Syria situated between the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf. Students will discover what put this this era and region "on the map."

    There is a $25.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on/before the start of class. Topics in this Series: Cradle of Civilization & Mesopotamia (Quarter 1); Ancient Egypt (Quarter 2); Ancient Greece (Quarter 3), and Ancient Rome (Quarter 4).

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

    Modeling the Great Conquests: Viking Invasions

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Centuries after barbarians had settled into the ruined cities of Roman Europe, converted to Christiantiy, and taken up farming, a new medieval menace, known as The Great Heathen Army, crossed the freezing North Atlantic. The pagan Danes, Swedes, and other Norsemen come as Vikings seeking fortune and battle. For decades they burned down or stole the last vestiges of civilization, taking relics and slaves from coastal abbeys and monasteries. The Great Heathen Army burned a path across the scattered Anglo Saxon Kingdoms for nearly 15 years, and would be stopped only by King Alfred the Great of Wessex. This would make Alfred the first true king of all England, and only English King to be known as The Great. Our class will focus on Alfred the Great s campaigns against the Vikings and specifically his victory at the Battle of Edington in 878.

    Students will choose from among several options for their diorama: a battlefield, and English monastery, or a medieval town. Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will create a 12" X 18" diorama board and populate it with 1:72 scale Viking raiders and Saxon soldiers. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a 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 Fire and Fury historical war gaming rule system for moving troops and equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how battles progressed and test different outcome scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices. Students will also receive dozens of miniatures to re-enact the historical battles! 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 supply fee due payable to the instructor on/before the start of classes. Topics in this series include: Viking Invastions (Quarter 1), Charlemagne, Rebuilding an Empire (Quarter 2), William the Conqueror 1066 (Quarter 3), Saladin and the Crusaders (Quarter 4).

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

    Nature Quest: Fall- Adventurers (Tue)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 11:05 am      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Have fun the final weeks of summer! Look forward to early fall! Animals are active and sunning themselves. Plants are mature, and flowers have gone to seed. The stream may have slowed down from summer drought, but discoveries at the water's edge abound.

    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 minimum age 5 by the start of class, be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of class and must be able to stay in a group and follow instructions.

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

    Nature Quest: Fall- Pathfinders (Tue)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 12:05 pm      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Have fun the final weeks of summer! Look forward to early fall! Animals are active and sunning themselves. Plants are mature, and flowers have gone to seed. The stream may have slowed down from summer drought, but discoveries at the water's edge abound.

    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.

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

    Outdoor Survivor: Fall (Tue)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 1:05 pm      Duration: 110 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    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 edible plants, 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.

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

    Private Music Lesson (J Eastridge)- 25 min (11:00 AM TUE Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Jessica Eastridge

    Grade Range: 1st-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    7 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks with Jessica Eastridge in:

    • Any beginner-level woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument;
    • Advanced beginner and above-level in clarinet, saxaphone, trombone, euphonium;
    • ukulele

    Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will make recommendations to purchase or reimburse her, depending on instrument and level.

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

    1 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $329.00

    Private Music Lesson (J Eastridge)- 25 min (11:30 AM TUE Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 11:30 am      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Jessica Eastridge

    Grade Range: 1st-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    7 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks with Jessica Eastridge in:

    • Any beginner-level woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument;
    • Advanced beginner and above-level in clarinet, saxaphone, trombone, euphonium;
    • ukulele

    Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will make recommendations to purchase or reimburse her, depending on instrument and level.

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

    1 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $329.00

    Private Music Lesson (J Eastridge)- 25 min (1:00 PM TUE Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Jessica Eastridge

    Grade Range: 1st-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    7 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks with Jessica Eastridge in:

    • Any beginner-level woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument;
    • Advanced beginner and above-level in clarinet, saxaphone, trombone, euphonium;
    • ukulele

    Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will make recommendations to purchase or reimburse her, depending on instrument and level.

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

    1 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $329.00

    Private Music Lesson (J Hall)- 25 min (12:00 PM TUE Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Jessica Hall

    Grade Range: K-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    7 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks for new or returning, beginner or advanced students with Jessica Hall in:

  • Piano;
  • Voice;
  • Ukuele
  • Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will provide an Amazon link for parent to order the recommended music book(s).

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

    1 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $315.00

    Private Music Lesson (J Hall)- 25 min (12:30 PM TUE Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 12:30 pm      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Jessica Hall

    Grade Range: K-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    7 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks for new or returning, beginner or advanced students with Jessica Hall in:

  • Piano;
  • Voice;
  • Ukuele
  • Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will provide an Amazon link for parent to order the recommended music book(s).

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

    1 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $315.00

    Private Music Lesson (J Hall)- 25 min (1:00 PM TUE Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Jessica Hall

    Grade Range: K-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    7 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks for new or returning, beginner or advanced students with Jessica Hall in:

  • Piano;
  • Voice;
  • Ukuele
  • Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will provide an Amazon link for parent to order the recommended music book(s).

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

    1 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $315.00

    Private Music Lesson (J Hall)- 25 min (1:30 PM TUE Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 1:30 pm      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Jessica Hall

    Grade Range: K-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    7 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks for new or returning, beginner or advanced students with Jessica Hall in:

  • Piano;
  • Voice;
  • Ukuele
  • Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will provide an Amazon link for parent to order the recommended music book(s).

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

    1 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $315.00

    Private Music Lesson (J Hall)- 25 min (2:00 PM TUE Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Jessica Hall

    Grade Range: K-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    7 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks for new or returning, beginner or advanced students with Jessica Hall in:

  • Piano;
  • Voice;
  • Ukuele
  • Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will provide an Amazon link for parent to order the recommended music book(s).

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

    1 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $315.00

    Private Music Lesson (J Hall)- 25 min (2:30 PM TUE Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 2:30 pm      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Jessica Hall

    Grade Range: K-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    7 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks for new or returning, beginner or advanced students with Jessica Hall in:

  • Piano;
  • Voice;
  • Ukuele
  • Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will provide an Amazon link for parent to order the recommended music book(s).

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

    1 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $315.00

    Reading Ready (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Danielle Mercadal

    Grade Range: K

    Prerequisites: None

    Reading Ready is a supplemental reading class for 5- and 6- year-old kindergartners. The class is whole language inspired with phonics games, partner reading, and self-created spelling lists for home. The group will explore habits of good readers through in-class read-alouds and extension activities inspired by the best examples of well-loved children's literature from authors such as Leo Lionni, Robert McCloskey, Eric Carle, AA Milne, Michael Bond, Janell Cannon, Mem Fox, Hans Christian Andersen, Aesop, the Brothers Grimm, and others. Other books may also be selected based on the interests and level of the enrolled children. Children may repeat this class each quarter as new books will be introduced each session, and stories will not be repeated.

    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.

    Reading/Skills Readiness; Enrolling students must be able to (1) write and recognize his/her first name; (2) recognize each letter and corresponding sound of the alphabet; (3) familiar with simple blends; (4) know a few beginner sight words (such as I, am, and no); and (5) hold and use crayons and scissors correctly.

    Social Readiness; Students must be age five (5) by the start of the class. To be successful in this program, kindergartners must be able to do the following preschool-level skills: (1) be able to separate from parents with little discomfort; (2) be able to sit and listen to a story or stay on a task for 10 minutes; (3) be able to follow simple, age-appropriate directions from the teacher or another adult; (4) be completely self-sufficient in a public restroom (wiping, flushing, washing hands, etc.)

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $167.00

    Rhythm Rocks: Drum Jam (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Daniel Greenberg

    Grade Range: 3rd-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    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: $197.00

    Robot Fab Lab: Maze Runner (TUE)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Student engineers will be challenged to design, build, and program a robot to complete several unique mazes in the fastest possible time. Students will learn to program their robots to make "decisions" when exploring an unfamiliar maze such as "go straight until you encounter a wall" and "turn to the right if you run into an obstacle."

    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, gyro, ultrasonic, and/or 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 programming 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. Topics in this Series: Maze Runner (Quarter 1), Sumo Bots (Quarter 2), Mars Rover (Quarter 3), and Explore Atlantis (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

    Spanish Para Pequeños (Spanish for Little Ones)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Ruth Jeantet

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Hola! Spanish Para Pequeños (Spanish for Little Ones) is a fun, play-based, Spanish immersion class for young children. Following the native language-learning process, children will be exposed to the sounds, letters, and high-frequency words in Spanish through songs, games, stories, puppets, and other interactive activities. The teacher will provide all necessary toys and objects to give young children tangible, and hands-on ways to apply new concepts in practical real-life situations. The instructor uses some Montessori-style activities that create a high-energy, playful environment, engaging tactile and kinesthetic learners alike while appealing to children's natural curiosities. The vocabulary and language structures presented in each session follow a new letter of the alphabet each week that will include greetings, simple phrases, foods, colors, numbers, animals, common action verbs, calendar phrases, articles of clothing and seasonal topics. Vocabulary will be repeated and reviewed often to aid in the retention of the language, and will primarily develop listening and speaking skills. The goal of this introductory course is to lay foundations in phonics and essential vocabulary words while having fun and building confidence in a foreign language. Who knows, your child might just come home singing their new favorite Spanish nursery rhyme!

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $167.00

    Successful Social Skills for Kids (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kathryn Beirne

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Successful social skills can help kids navigate almost every aspect of their lives. Building confidence in social settings can help improve self esteem and comfort in group settings, sports, new endeavors, with family, in public, or just hanging out with friends. Every child can benefit from improved social skills, but some need a little more practice. In this class, kids will work with a certified, licensed therapist to develop strategies for navigating different social challenges- from conversation skills and identifying feelings and emotions, to seeing perspective, handling stress, talking to parents, making friends, tolerating siblings, and more. The small group class will be highly interactive with games, role playing, videos, modelling behavior, and projects using a evidence-based, social-emotional curriculum

    Kids will benefit most from taking Social Skills for several quarters. Some activities will be new each quarter, and some will be repeated for reinforcement. As new students join the group, the dynamic will shift, better imitating real life scenarios. Kids' confidence and comfort level will grow when they have multiple quarters to practice their social skills.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $182.00

    Successful Social Skills for Tweens (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kathryn Beirne

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Successful social skills can help tweens/teens navigate almost every aspect of their lives. Building confidence in social settings can help improve self esteem and comfort in group settings, sports, new endeavors, with family, in public, or just hanging out with friends. Every tween and teeen can benefit from improved social skills, but some need a little more practice. In this class, students will work with a certified, licensed therapist to develop strategies for navigating different social challenges- from conversation skills and identifying feelings and emotions, to seeing perspective, handling stress, talking to parents, making friends, tolerating siblings, and more. The small group class will be highly interactive with games, role playing, videos, modelling behavior, and projects using a evidence-based, social-emotional curriculum

    Tweens and teens will benefit most from taking Social Skills for several quarters. Some activities will be new each quarter, and some will be repeated for reinforcement. As new students join the group, the dynamic will shift, better imitating real life scenarios. Their confidence and comfort level will grow when they have multiple quarters to practice their social skills.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $182.00

    Swimming: Intermediate (Tue Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 12:05 pm      Duration: 45 min

    Instructor: YMCA Swimming Staff

    Grade Range: 2nd-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    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: $105.00

    Tweens Acting Out: Haunted House of Horrors

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Tweens take over as they collectively brainstorm and collaboratively write their own play. Find out what happens when tweens "act out" the unique characters and an original storyline they created. Just in time for Halloween! What horrors haunt the house on the hill? Will our tweens uncover the undead or greet ghosts and ghouls galore?

    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, it will be emailed to parents. Parents will be expected make sure their tweens memorize their script/lines/cues and assemble a simple make-at-home costume, ideally from clothing items and accessories they already own and a little creativity.

    Topics in this Series: Haunted House of Horrors (Quarter 1), Chaos in the Courtroom (Quarter 2), No Exit Escape Room (Quarter 3) and Rock Start Rivalry (Quarter 4).

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $158.00

    Wee Writers (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Danielle Mercadal

    Grade Range: K

    Prerequisites: None

    Wee Writers is a simple journaling class for emergent kindergarten writers ages 5 and 6. Beginning writers will use basic sight words and phonetics while writing about feelings and experiences. Students will learn basic sentence structure with noun-verb construction, initial capital letter, and ending punctuation. Beginning sentences such as, "I lik cak." or "I drnk wtr." would be typical of emergent writers. Students will illustrate their journal entries and have opportunities to share and discuss their writing with peers. Children may repeat this class each quarter as new writing activities will be introduced each session.

    Note:: This class is designed for students to enjoy a fun, new dimension of writing with peers and a teacher, but this will not take the place of a comprehensive language arts curriculum and regular writing practice.

    Writing Readiness; Enrolling students must be able to (1) recognize and write his/her first name; (2) recognize and write each letter of the alphabet and know the corresponding sounds; and (3) hold and use crayons and scissors correctly.

    Social Readiness; Students must be age five (5) by the start of the class. To be successful in this program, kindergartners must be able to do the following preschool-level skills: (1) be able to separate from parents with little discomfort; (2) be able to sit and stay on a task for 10 minutes; (3) be able to follow simple, age-appropriate directions from the teacher or another adult; (4) be completely self-sufficient in a public restroom (wiping, flushing, washing hands, etc.)

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $167.00

    Word Masters: Verbal Analogies and Vocab Challenges (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Christina Somerville

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Word Masters is a language challenge for students who enjoy word games, building their vocabulary, and verbal adventures. Why study lists of words if you can make a game of it? The best way to learn new words is to use them! This class is inspired by the annual Word Masters Challenge (www.wordmasterschallenge.com). Each week students will tackle new vocabulary words and practice them through analogies and critical thinking challenges. Students will examine word meanings, relationships, synonyms and antonyms with in-class activities and games such as Pictionary, Scategories, Charades, and Apples-to-Apples. Word Masters will improve a student's reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, logic skills, and the ability to think analytically and metaphorically. Students can repeat Word Masters as new word lists will be introduced each quarter.

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

    Writing Well (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Shannon McClain

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Writing is not only a critical skill for school and life, it gives kids a voice! In this class, fifth and sixth graders will gain confidence, increase writing fluency, and learn how to incorporate writing into everyday work and play. The objective of this class is for each student to progress and improve his/her own writing. This class does not have a fixed curriculum trying to achieve the same outcome and same skillset for each child, because each comes to class with different writing experience and varying needs. Instead, through personalized feedback from the instructor and peer feedback exercises, student writers will improve their writing skills from where they started.

    Students will learn the steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. Key skills practiced at this level include organizing one’s thoughts, defining a purpose and audience for the paper, formulating a topic sentence or main idea, developing supporting details, using correct sentence structure (for example, initial capitalization and end punctuation). Students will always be encouraged to write about what interests them. They will write for a few minutes in class each week and will be expected to write short assignments at home and submit their work to the instructor for feedback. Each week, the instructor will share brief lessons on grammar (such as correct capitalization, agreement, tenses, parts of speech, use of adjectives/adverbs), and/or style (for example, using metaphors, adding details, building tension). Examples and exercises will be presented from a variety of styles and genres with the instructor using models from fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.

    Students should be on or near grade level for reading. Writing Wonders is offered each quarter under the same class name, but students may take it each quarter to continue to improve their writing skills.

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

    Writing Wonders (Q1, TUE)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 3, 2024

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Shannon McClain

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Writing is not only a critical skill for school and life, it gives kids a voice! In this class, third and fourth graders will gain confidence, increase writing fluency, and learn how to incorporate writing into everyday work and play. The objective of this class is for each student to progress and improve his/her own writing. This class does not have a fixed curriculum trying to achieve the same outcome and same skillset for each child, because each comes to class with different writing experience and varying needs. Instead, through personalized feedback from the instructor and peer feedback exercises, student writers will improve their writing skills from where they started.

    Students will learn the steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. Key skills practiced at this level include organizing one’s thoughts, defining a purpose and audience for the paper, formulating a topic sentence or main idea, developing supporting details, using correct sentence structure (for example, initial capitalization and end punctuation). Students will always be encouraged to write about what interests them. They will write for a few minutes in class each week and will be expected to write short assignments at home and submit their work to the instructor for feedback. Each week, the instructor will share brief lessons on grammar (such as correct capitalization, agreement, tenses, parts of speech, use of adjectives/adverbs), and/or style (for example, using metaphors, adding details, building tension). Examples and exercises will be presented from a variety of styles and genres with the instructor using models from fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.

    Students must be a minimum age 8 to take this class and should be on or near grade level for reading. Writing Wonders is offered each quarter under the same class name, but students may take it each quarter to continue to improve their writing skills.

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

    Art in Action: Media of the Masters (WED)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kerry Diederich

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    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.

    First quarter, students will meet famous artists such as Grandma Moses, Mary Cassatt, Eric Carle, Patrick Dougherty, Alex Calder, Helen Frankenthaler and River Lobe. They will develop unique projects that highlight the methods, material and media used by each artist such as painting, sculpting, drawing, and inspired creations.

    Topics in this Series: Media of the Masters (Quarter 1); Animal Artists (Quarter 2); Murals, Monuments, and Museums (Quarter 3); Stellar Celestial Subjects (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $25.00, 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: $145.00

    Ballet Foundations: The Little Humpbacked Horse

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Alchemy Ballet

    Grade Range: 4th-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.

    First quarter, beginning dancers will learn the story of The Little Humpbacked Horse, also known as the "Tsar-Maiden"; a ballet based on the fairy tale by Pyotr Yershov and choreographed by Arthur Saint-Leon and set to music by Cesare Pugni since 1864.. 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.

    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.

    Topics in this series: The Little Humpbacked Horse (Quarter 1); The Nutcracker (Quarter 2); Swan Lake (Quarter 3); and Don Quixote (Quarter 4).

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

    Ballet Fun: The Little Humpbacked Horse

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Alchemy Ballet

    Grade Range: K-3rd

    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.

    First quarter, young (beginning) dancers will learn the story of The Little Humpbacked Horse, also known as the "Tsar-Maiden"; a ballet based on the fairy tale by Pyotr Yershov and choreographed by Arthur Saint-Leon and set to music by Cesare Pugni since 1864.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. A demonstration of skills learned will be showcased for parents on the last class each quarter.

    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.

    Topics in this series: The Little Humpbacked Horse (Quarter 1); The Nutcracker (Quarter 2); Swan Lake (Quarter 3); and Don Quixote (Quarter 4).

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

    Battle Strategies & Dioramas: WWI- Naval Conflict- Jutland

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will engage in a hands-on 3D battle strategy game using the military dioramas that they make! In the lead up to the First World War, the new German Empire needed a powerful fleet of modern warships to establish itself as a world power. This could only mean the Dreadnought Battleship, the strongest, fastest, and best-protected ship of their era. Reluctant to use their obscenely expensive Dreadnoughts, the two largest fleets in Europe- the British Home Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet- eyed each other across the English Channel in the early years of WWI. The smaller German force hoped they could break Britain's stranglehold blockade. Nearly 100 German and 150 British ships would clash off the coast of Jutland in a battle that would determine the fate of the whole war.

    Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will each form a 10" X 14" shaped, foam diorama with landscape elements (Islands, reefs, harbors, minefields, etc) to represent the only large clash of dreadnought battleships! 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 War at Sea gaming rule system for moving ships 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 due payable to the instructor on/before the first day of class. Topics in this series include: Naval Conflict-Jutland (Quarter 1), Germany's Last Offensive (Quarter 2), America's Arrival (Quarter 3), and the 100 Days Offensive/Fall of Germany (Quarter 4)

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

    Beginner Bots: Under the Sea (WED)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 2nd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Discover the world of robotics using kids' favorite, interlocking building bricks! Students will build and program 3-4 different whimsical, mechanized projects each quarter using the WeDo 2.0 robotics system by LEGO Education.

    First quarter, students will build, program, and model fascinating friends from under the sea such as a whale, shark, crab, and sea turtle.

    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: Under the Sea (Quarter 1), Wings and Things (Quarter 2); Perfect Pets (Quarter 3), and Reptiles Robots (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

    Chess: Advanced Beginners 1 (WED)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Karl Peterson

    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 1, students will learn skills and strategies that build upon each other such as: including a review of castling, pawn promotion, and en passant rules, notation, basic mates, drawing a game and draw rules, battery and back-rank checkmates, development of bishops and rooks in the middlegame, and overextended pieces.

    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.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $151.00

    Chess: Beginners 1 (WED)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Karl Peterson

    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 1, students will learn beginner basics such as: how all pieces move and capture, castling, pawn promotion, en passant, checks and how to get out of them, checkmate and stalemate, scholars mate, fools mate, notation, and chess etiquette. Skills are taught in progressive levels of challenge as the year progresses.

    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.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $151.00

    Chess: Intermediate Players 1

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      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 1, students will learn skills that build upon each other such as: 8 questions to ask before you move, mating nets, piece defenses against common tactics, forcing combinations, king and pawn endings, offensive opening tactics, and review of two-move checkmates tactics.

    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.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $151.00

    Cover-to-Cover: Fantasy (Middle School Book Group)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Anne Taranto

    Grade Range: 7th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    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.

    Second quarter, students will examine the genre of fantasy novel with A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle and When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.

    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.

    Topics in this Series: Fantasy (Quarter 1); Adventure (Quarter 2); Dystopian (Quarter 3); and Mystery & Detective (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 $17.50 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: $156.00

    Crafty Kids Club (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 2nd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    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 art instructor facilitates the crafting 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, and an afterschool club makes a great social outlet.
  • The first quarter project themes are:

  • Amazing Animals (sample projects: bird feeder and clothespin critters)
  • The Great Outdoors (sample projects: pony bead foxes and adventure bags)
  • 5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $56.00

    Creative Journaling for Tweens (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Sheila Anwari

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Don't write poetry? Think you can't draw? Maybe not, but you may still want a creative way to record your thoughts, feelings, dreams, and ideas! Journaling is an ongoing process of discovery and exploration that allows one to be conscious of and connect with his/her own thoughts, emotions and ideas. It is a form of expression that supports both academic and personal growth.

    Creative journaling is not writing daily "Dear Diary" style entries on dated pages. Instead, students will explore various journaling methods, blending self-expression and self-discovery to guide them in learning new ways to problem-solve, achieve goals, and process emotions. Students will work with several writing techniques and a range of art media to develop a personal journal throughout the quarter and will have the opportunity to expand on it in subsequent quarters. Techniques such as freeform writing, black-out poetry, stream-of-consciousness writing, and creative list making will be explored, in addition to experimenting with a wide variety of layered techniques and mixed media with collage, photography, cardstock, book pages, art markers, stencils, tempera sticks, acrylic, paints, washi tape, and stickers. Weekly prompts will cover a range of topics such as gratitude, compassion, ambitions, choices, fear, self-care, and self-esteem as they relate to the students' personal lives and current events. Conversation around the prompts will complement the students' work in their individual journals.

    Topics in this Series: Journal work is done in an open studio environment that allows students to join in any quarter throughout the year.

    Lab/Supply Fee: A supply fee of $35.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Fee covers art journal for student to use in class and shared class supplies (paints, inks, brushes, markers, collage materials, glue, washi tape, etc.)

    What to Wear: Students may wish to have an apron or old shirt to wear when working with paints.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $147.00

    Detective Drama: Missing from the Museum

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    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 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.

    First quarter, students will search for signs of a missing museum piece. Metropolitan master investigator Tony Malkovich learns that quiet community of Cardiff is not so quaint. He is hired to help the locals, but is seems the citizens are set on stopping him. He suspects a sneaky swindler slips through town after snatching the prized painting.

    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: Missing from the Museum (Quarter 1), The Computer Caper (Quarter 2), Pocketing the Prized Jewels (Quarter 3), and Brazen Bank Robbery (Quarter 4). 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.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $158.00

    Drawing for Fun: Comic Art & Characters (12PM)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Pete Van Riper

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    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 dimensions 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."

    Bam! Pow! First quarter, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of drawing comics, with an emphasis on drawing fantasy characters and developing a storyline. They will be taught the basics of illustrating an animal or an imaginary creature by combining and replicating simple shapes to create the character's form. The class will learn to draw simple costumes and props around their character to convey setting without drawing elaborate landscapes, and they will learn how to express thoughts and conversation through dialogue bubbles.

    This is not a “follow-the-leader” or copy/mimic art class, but rather a supportive environment where students are encouraged to create their own fantasy characters and scenarios. They will receive individual coaching and feedback to develop the characters that they dream up rather than trying to replicate well-known existing characters like DC, Marvel, Disney, or Looney Tunes. Young artists having fun playing off each other’s ideas to draw outrageous imaginary characters and worlds. The instructor will often use prompts to get the ideas flowing and to encourage collaboration. The instructor has a class rule that illustrations must be rated “G” with no violence (guns, knives, blood/gore) and will often suggest alternatives such as battle with unexpected objects like baguettes or bananas!

    Students' practice illustrations and draft renderings will be drawn with regular #2 pencil in sketchbooks, but they are welcome to add color to their work with colored pencils or markers, if desired. 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 and Characters (Quarter 1); Comics with a Cast of Characters (Quarter 2), Fantastical Figures (Quarter 3), and Playful Portraits (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $145.00

    Drawing for Fun: Comic Art & Characters (1PM)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Pete Van Riper

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    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 dimensions 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."

    Bam! Pow! First quarter, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of drawing comics, with an emphasis on drawing fantasy characters and developing a storyline. They will be taught the basics of illustrating an animal or an imaginary creature by combining and replicating simple shapes to create the character's form. The class will learn to draw simple costumes and props around their character to convey setting without drawing elaborate landscapes, and they will learn how to express thoughts and conversation through dialogue bubbles.

    This is not a “follow-the-leader” or copy/mimic art class, but rather a supportive environment where students are encouraged to create their own fantasy characters and scenarios. They will receive individual coaching and feedback to develop the characters that they dream up rather than trying to replicate well-known existing characters like DC, Marvel, Disney, or Looney Tunes. Young artists having fun playing off each other’s ideas to draw outrageous imaginary characters and worlds. The instructor will often use prompts to get the ideas flowing and to encourage collaboration. The instructor has a class rule that illustrations must be rated “G” with no violence (guns, knives, blood/gore) and will often suggest alternatives such as battle with unexpected objects like baguettes or bananas!

    Students' practice illustrations and draft renderings will be drawn with regular #2 pencil in sketchbooks, but they are welcome to add color to their work with colored pencils or markers, if desired. 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 and Characters (Quarter 1); Comics with a Cast of Characters (Quarter 2), Fantastical Figures (Quarter 3), and Playful Portraits (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $145.00

    Dynamic Dioramas: Biome Builders- Mangrove Swamps (WED)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    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.

    Mangrove swamps are intricate ecosystems found along tropical and subtropical coastlines, renowned for their rich biological diversity and unique ecological features. They thrive in the transition zone between land and sea, characterized by salt-tolerant mangrove trees that form dense, twisted forests with tangled roots extending into the water. Mangroves play a vital role in coastal protection, acting as natural buffers against erosion and storm surges and serve as nurseries for a wide array of marine life.

    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: Mangrove Swamps (Quarter 1), Marshlands (Quarter 2), Coral Reefs (Quarter 3) and Deep Sea Trenches (Quarter 4).

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

    Dynamic Dioramas: History & Culture- The Saxon Invasions

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    As the Roman Empire was in collapse, and legions were recalled from the British Aisles to defend Italy, a new threat pushed north of Hadrian's Wall. There, "uncivilized" Britons (by Roman standards), faced an onslaught of "Sea Wolves"- Angles, Saxons, Jutes, and Frisian tribes who flooded the undefended shores of Britain and would never leave. These "English" as they would come to be known, would eventually reach almost every coastal nation on Earth.

    Using artistic model-making techniques, hand tools, and historical maps, students will create a 10" X 14" diorama representing the Saxon Conquest of Britain, choosing from coastal villages, crumbling Ruins, or the famous Badon Hill. They will customize their dioramas with landscape elements, waterways, structures of the time, and paint. They will populate the diorama with 1:72 scale invading armies and their adversaries for historical re-enactments. Once individual projects are constructed, students will combine their dioramas alongside those of their classmates to approximate a larger battlefield terrain. Students will spend the remainder of the quarter learning about the tactics and outcomes of the conquest while playing a table-top strategy game. Student strategists will use a custom historical wargaming rule system for moving troops and siege equipment. Along with their classmates, students will see how battles progressed and test different scenarios that might have occurred with different battlefield choices.

    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. Topics in this series include: The Saxon Invasions (Quarter 1), Persia v. Byzantium (Quarter 2), The 100 Years War, France v. England (Quarter 3), The Wars of Scottish Independence(Quarter 4). There is a $25.00 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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

    Extra, Extra! Non Fiction News-Writing (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Cristin Harber

    Grade Range: 6th-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    Be part of a team! Join the Compass Collaborative newspaper staff. The staff is a mixed-age team with students from 6th to 12th grade.

    Students will learn about journalism and develop writing skills. They will craft effective articles, conduct interviews, and write reviews. Each quarter, writing assignments and responsibilities will be divided based on individual interests. Students will each contribute at least 2-3 items to the Collaborative edition each quarter.

    While research and data collection will occur outside of class, a portion of staff meetings will be dedicated to writing and editing. The newspaper advisor will use these sessions to demonstrate what constitutes 'good' writing. All staff members will practice editing skills to improve grammar, punctuation, and overall clarity and accuracy in their writing. Students will be informally paired for peer review and feedback on their writing.

    The newspaper staff will also learn about the formatting, layout, and graphic design elements that go into the newspaper. Interested students will serve as layout apprentices and learn to use Microsoft Publisher.

    All students register for the same class, and roles and responsibilities will be reviewed and delegated during the first meetings. Students should expect to work on assignments outside of class and 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: $145.00

    Fencing for Beginners & Advanced Beginners (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Fencing Sports Academy

    Grade Range: 5th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    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 full length, comfortable athletic pants such as running pants or sweatpants (no jeans, no shorts, no dresses or skirts), and low-heeled athletic shoes.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $184.00

    Fencing for Young Beginners (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Fencing Sports Academy

    Grade Range: 2nd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    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 full length, comfortable athletic pants such as running pants or sweatpants (no jeans, no shorts, no dresses or skirts), and low-heeled athletic shoes.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $184.00

    French for Fun (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Edwige Pinover

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    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: $167.00

    French Foundations (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Edwige Pinover

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    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: $167.00

    French with Friends (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Edwige Pinover

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    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: $167.00

    Global Gourmet for Kids: Best of the British Isles (11AM)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mylene Nyman

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Compass cooks will enjoy a culinary tour of the world with Global Gourmet classes! Menus feature a 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:

  • Maple Sriracha 'Devils on Horseback' (Dates with Blue Cheese and Bacon appetizer)
  • Irish Stew
  • Pea and Bean Salad
  • Irish Pan Haggerty
  • Welsh Anglesey Eggs
  • Bangers and Mash (tweens/teens levels)
  • Beans on Toast (kids/little kids levels)
  • Scottish Dundee Cake
  • 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: Best of the British Isles (Quarter 1), Savory Scandinavian (Quarter 2), Tasty Thai (Quarter 3), Great Greek (Quarter 4).

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on or before 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).

    Cooking Class Requirements: For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $192.00

    Global Gourmet for Kids: Best of the British Isles (12PM)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mylene Nyman

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Compass cooks will enjoy a culinary tour of the world with Global Gourmet classes! Menus feature a 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:

  • Maple Sriracha 'Devils on Horseback' (Dates with Blue Cheese and Bacon appetizer)
  • Irish Stew
  • Pea and Bean Salad
  • Irish Pan Haggerty
  • Welsh Anglesey Eggs
  • Bangers and Mash (tweens/teens levels)
  • Beans on Toast (kids/little kids levels)
  • Scottish Dundee Cake
  • 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: Best of the British Isles (Quarter 1), Savory Scandinavian (Quarter 2), Tasty Thai (Quarter 3), Great Greek (Quarter 4).

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on or before 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).

    Cooking Class Requirements: For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $192.00

    Global Gourmet for Little Kids: Best of the British Isles

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mylene Nyman

    Grade Range: 1st-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

    Compass cooks will enjoy a culinary tour of the world with Global Gourmet classes! Menus feature a 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:

  • Maple Sriracha 'Devils on Horseback' (Dates with Blue Cheese and Bacon appetizer)
  • Irish Stew
  • Pea and Bean Salad
  • Irish Pan Haggerty
  • Welsh Anglesey Eggs
  • Bangers and Mash (tweens/teens levels)
  • Beans on Toast (kids/little kids levels)
  • Scottish Dundee Cake
  • 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. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. For the Little Kids level, students must be minimum age six (6) by the start of class and must be developmentally on-level for fine motor skills and ability to follow directions.

    Topics in this Series: Best of the British Isles (Quarter 1), Savory Scandinavian (Quarter 2), Tasty Thai (Quarter 3), Great Greek (Quarter 4).

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on or before 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).

    Cooking Class Requirements: For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $192.00

    Global Gourmet for Tweens: Best of the British Isles

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mylene Nyman

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Compass cooks will enjoy a culinary tour of the world with Global Gourmet classes! Menus feature a 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:

  • Maple Sriracha 'Devils on Horseback' (Dates with Blue Cheese and Bacon appetizer)
  • Irish Stew
  • Pea and Bean Salad
  • Irish Pan Haggerty
  • Welsh Anglesey Eggs
  • Bangers and Mash (tweens/teens levels)
  • Beans on Toast (kids/little kids levels)
  • Scottish Dundee Cake
  • 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: Best of the British Isles (Quarter 1), Savory Scandinavian (Quarter 2), Tasty Thai (Quarter 3), Great Greek (Quarter 4).

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $45.00 is due payable to the instructor on or before 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).

    Cooking Class Requirements: For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $192.00

    Globetrotters Kids' Geography: Vietnam & Madagascar

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Danielle Mercadal

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

    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.

    First quarter, students will journey to Vietnam and Madagascar! Discover the Mid Autumn Festival and explore the breathtaking Ha Long Bay in Vietnam. Students will learn about Vietnam through weekly projects such as festival lanterns and paper fans while taste- testing regional fare like Banh Mi. Mid quarter, the class will travel to Madagascar where they will learn about the Santabary Festival which celebrates the rice harvest and discover the impressive Bemaraha Tsingy Forest. Madagascar will be brought to life by creating Antemoro flowerpots and paper plate lemurs and sampling Malagasy Cake.

    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 Vietnam and Madagascar (Quarter 1); Australia and Poland (Quarter 2); Argentina and Nigeria (Quarter 3); Netherlands and Jamaica (Quarter 4). A supply fee of $25.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $151.00

    Junior Art Studio: Imitate the Impressionists (WED 11AM)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kerry Diederich

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    First quarter, Junior Artists will learn about French Artists from the genres of Impressionism and Post Impressionism to include Rodin, Cezanne, Seurat, Degas, Renior, Monet, Matisse and Gauguin. These artists were sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and print makers. Each artist influenced the art world with style, color study and interpretation in their own personal way. Students will discuss which artist featured dancers in his subjects, who experimented in color, and which was multi talented artist using many mediums. Junior artists' projects will vary, from painting, to doing drawings, print-making, sculpting, and color studies.

    Topics in this Series: Imitate the Impressionists (Quarter 1); Destination Art (Quarter 2); Multi-Media Masters (Quarter 3); Native American Art (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $25.00, 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: $145.00

    Junior Art Studio: Imitate the Impressionists (WED 12PM)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Kerry Diederich

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    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, artist, or culture and view sample works. Then, they will create a project in the style of the featured artist or culture using a wide variety of materials, 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.

    First quarter, Junior Artists will learn about French Artists from the genres of Impressionism and Post Impressionism to include Rodin, Cezanne, Seurat, Degas, Renior, Monet, Matisse and Gauguin. These artists were sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and print makers. Each artist influenced the art world with style, color study and interpretation in their own personal way. Students will discuss which artist featured dancers in his subjects, who experimented in color, and which was multi talented artist using many mediums. Junior artists' projects will vary, from painting, to doing drawings, print-making, sculpting, and color studies.

    Topics in this Series: Imitate the Impressionists (Quarter 1); Destination Art (Quarter 2); Multi-Media Masters (Quarter 3); Native American Art (Quarter 4). Supply Fee: There is a supply fee of $25.00, 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: $145.00

    Junior Engineering with LEGO: Fantastic Fliers & Space Racers (WED)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 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.

    First quarter, junior engineers will tackle Fantastic Fliers and Space Race with projects inspired by the Space Station, Shuttle, Mars Rover, Gondola Gliders, Helicopeters, and Airplanes.

    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.

    Notes:(1)Students must be minimum age 5 and able to separate from their parents for this class. (2) Projects are built from shared, Compass-owned components, so students will not bring completed projects home. Parents, however, can step into class 15 minutes before the end of each session to photograph their child's construction.

    Topics in this Series: Fantastic Fliers & Space Racers (Quarter 1); Articulated Aniamls (Quarter 2); Winter Wonders (Quarter 3); Construct a Carnival (Quarter 4)

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

    Kids' Doctor Academy: Be a Physician

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Karen Shumway

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Why do I have to get shots? What is an appendix? Why do I get a fevers? Kids have lots of questions about their own bodies and development. Kids' Clinic answers these questions and more in the context of fun, age-appropriate medical lessons and in-class activities which will introduce children to themes in science, medicine, anatomy, and biology.

    First quarter, kids will learn how to conduct a basic medical examination using the correct tools: stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, and thermometer. The class will learn about vaccines, ear infections, colds, and food allergies. Finally, the class will begin human anatomy by learning several major organ systems of the human body- circulatory, respiratory, and musculoskeletal.

    There is a supply fee of $18.00 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 a real stethoscope.

    Topics in this Series: Physician (Quarter 1); Nutritionist (Quarter 2), Wilderness Medic (Quarter 3), ENT/Dentist- Hearing, Taste, Smell (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $182.00

    Kinder Kitchen: Fun Foods

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mylene Nyman

    Grade Range: K

    Prerequisites: None

    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:

  • Blueberry Ricotta Crostini
  • Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie
  • Cheese Fondue Luncheon
  • Lasagna Cups
  • Sloppy Joe Sliders
  • No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (contains nuts)
  • Watermelon Pie
  • 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 or before 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).

    Cooking Class Requirements: For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $192.00

    Krav Maga Self Defense for Kids- Blue Stripe (Wed)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: David Cubias

    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.

    First quarter, students will have the chance to earn a Blue 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: Blue Stripe (1st Quarter), Purple Stripe (2nd Quarter), Brown Stripe (3rd Quarter) and Black 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 $6.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class- for new students only- for a white belt to collect the colored stripes! A 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: Participants should wear their belt along with shorts, leggings, or loose, comfortable athletic pants, and comfortable athletic shoes or sneakers.

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $135.00

    Machine Makers: Inventions

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      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!

    Each quarter, students will build three unique inventions like a tank, a 4-legged walker, and an inchworm car. Students will incorporate simple machines, complex machines, and small motors into their projects. They will work with wheels, axles, beams, pulleys, tracks, gears, and specialty components used only in these classes.

    Topics in this Series: Inventions (Quarter 1); Creations (Quarter 2): Innovations (Quarter 3); and Apparatus (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

    Music Makers: Movement & Melodies (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 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: $148.00

    Nature Quest: Fall- Adventurers (Wed)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 11:05 am      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: K-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    Have fun the final weeks of summer! Look forward to early fall! Animals are active and sunning themselves. Plants are mature, and flowers have gone to seed. The stream may have slowed down from summer drought, but discoveries at the water's edge abound.

    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 minimum age 5 by the start of class, be comfortable separating from their parents for the duration of class and must be able to stay in a group and follow instructions.

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

    Nature Quest: Fall- Pathfinders (Wed)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 12:05 pm      Duration: 50 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Have fun the final weeks of summer! Look forward to early fall! Animals are active and sunning themselves. Plants are mature, and flowers have gone to seed. The stream may have slowed down from summer drought, but discoveries at the water's edge abound.

    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.

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

    New Twist on Old Tales: Amazing Adventures

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

    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 quarter will feature Amazing Adventures with the stories of Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and The Gingerbread Man.

    For each story, the instructor will share a lively read-aloud of the featured story. Next, the class will watch a short 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.

    Topics in this Series: Amazing Adventures (Quarter 1), Favorite Fairy Tales (Quarter 2), Friend Stories (Quarter 3), and Morals from Fables (Quarter 4).

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

    Outdoor Survivor: Fall (Wed)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 1:05 pm      Duration: 110 min

    Instructor: Sevim Kalyoncu

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    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 edible plants, 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.

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

    Private Music Lesson (M Dorosheff)- 25 min (12:00 PM WED Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Monika Dorosheff

    Grade Range: 1st-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    7 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks with Monika Dorosheff in Violin or Viola.

    Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will make recommendations to purchase or reimburse her, depending on instrument and level.

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

    1 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $511.00

    Private Music Lesson (M Dorosheff)- 25 min (12:30 PM WED Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 12:30 pm      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Monika Dorosheff

    Grade Range: 1st-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    7 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks with Monika Dorosheff in Violin or Viola.

    Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will make recommendations to purchase or reimburse her, depending on instrument and level.

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

    1 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $511.00

    Private Music Lesson (N Mello)- 25 min (1:00 PM WED Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Ney Mello

    Grade Range: 3rd-Adult

    Prerequisites: None

    7 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks with Ney Mello in:

  • Acoustic or electric guitar;
  • Bass guitar;
  • Drums;
  • Songwriting
  • Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will make recommendations to purchase or reimburse him, depending on instrument and level. New guitar students should purchase a tablature book from Compass for $8.00.

    1-Hour Lessons: Students who wish to have a 55-minute lesson (two consecutive 1/2 hour time slots) should contact Compass to receive a discounted rate of $100 per hour (instead of 2 X $55 per hour)

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

    1 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $385.00

    Private Music Lesson (N Mello)- 25 min (1:30 PM WED Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 1:30 pm      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Ney Mello

    Grade Range: 3rd-Adult

    Prerequisites: None

    7 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks with Ney Mello in:

  • Acoustic or electric guitar;
  • Bass guitar;
  • Drums;
  • Songwriting
  • Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will make recommendations to purchase or reimburse him, depending on instrument and level. New guitar students should purchase a tablature book from Compass for $8.00.

    1-Hour Lessons: Students who wish to have a 55-minute lesson (two consecutive 1/2 hour time slots) should contact Compass to receive a discounted rate of $100 per hour (instead of 2 X $55 per hour)

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

    1 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $385.00

    Private Music Lesson (N Mello)- 25 min (2:00 PM WED Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Ney Mello

    Grade Range: 3rd-Adult

    Prerequisites: None

    7 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks with Ney Mello in:

  • Acoustic or electric guitar;
  • Bass guitar;
  • Drums;
  • Songwriting
  • Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will make recommendations to purchase or reimburse him, depending on instrument and level. New guitar students should purchase a tablature book from Compass for $8.00.

    1-Hour Lessons: Students who wish to have a 55-minute lesson (two consecutive 1/2 hour time slots) should contact Compass to receive a discounted rate of $100 per hour (instead of 2 X $55 per hour)

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

    1 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $385.00

    Private Music Lesson (N Mello)- 25 min (2:30 PM WED Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 2:30 pm      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Ney Mello

    Grade Range: 3rd-Adult

    Prerequisites: None

    7 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks with Ney Mello in:

  • Acoustic or electric guitar;
  • Bass guitar;
  • Drums;
  • Songwriting
  • Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will make recommendations to purchase or reimburse him, depending on instrument and level. New guitar students should purchase a tablature book from Compass for $8.00.

    1-Hour Lessons: Students who wish to have a 55-minute lesson (two consecutive 1/2 hour time slots) should contact Compass to receive a discounted rate of $100 per hour (instead of 2 X $55 per hour)

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

    1 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $385.00

    Private Music Lesson (N Mello)- 55 min (3:00 PM WED Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Ney Mello

    Grade Range: 3rd-Adult

    Prerequisites: None

    7 weeks X 55-minute Private Music Lesson weeks with Ney Mello in:

  • Acoustic or electric guitar;
  • Bass guitar;
  • Drums;
  • Songwriting
  • Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will make recommendations to purchase or reimburse him, depending on instrument and level. New guitar students should purchase a tablature book from Compass for $8.00.

    1-Hour Lessons: Students who wish to have a 55-minute lesson (two consecutive 1/2 hour time slots) should contact Compass to receive a discounted rate of $100 per hour (instead of 2 X $55 per hour)

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

    1 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $665.00

    Private Music Lesson (W Fredrick)- 25 min (12:00 PM WED Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Wyndy Fredrick

    Grade Range: 1st-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    5 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks for EXISTING STUDENTS only with Wyndy Fredrick in:

  • Piano;
  • Voice;
  • Ukuele
  • Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will make recommendations to purchase or reimburse her, depending on instrument and level.

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

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

    Private Music Lesson (W Fredrick)- 25 min (12:30 PM WED Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 12:30 pm      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Wyndy Fredrick

    Grade Range: 1st-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    5 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks for EXISTING STUDENTS only with Wyndy Fredrick in:

  • Piano;
  • Voice;
  • Ukuele
  • Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will make recommendations to purchase or reimburse her, depending on instrument and level.

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

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

    Private Music Lesson (W Fredrick)- 25 min (1:00 PM WED Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Wyndy Fredrick

    Grade Range: 1st-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    5 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks for EXISTING STUDENTS only with Wyndy Fredrick in:

  • Piano;
  • Voice;
  • Ukuele
  • Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will make recommendations to purchase or reimburse her, depending on instrument and level.

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

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

    Private Music Lesson (W Fredrick)- 25 min (1:30 PM WED Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 1:30 pm      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Wyndy Fredrick

    Grade Range: 1st-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    5 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks for EXISTING STUDENTS only with Wyndy Fredrick in:

  • Piano;
  • Voice;
  • Ukuele
  • Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will make recommendations to purchase or reimburse her, depending on instrument and level.

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

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

    Private Music Lesson (W Fredrick)- 25 min (2:00 PM WED Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Wyndy Fredrick

    Grade Range: 1st-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    5 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks for EXISTING STUDENTS only with Wyndy Fredrick in:

  • Piano;
  • Voice;
  • Ukuele
  • Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will make recommendations to purchase or reimburse her, depending on instrument and level.

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

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

    Private Music Lesson (W Fredrick)- 25 min (2:30 PM WED Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 2:30 pm      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Wyndy Fredrick

    Grade Range: 1st-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    5 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks for EXISTING STUDENTS only with Wyndy Fredrick in:

  • Piano;
  • Voice;
  • Ukuele
  • Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will make recommendations to purchase or reimburse her, depending on instrument and level.

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

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

    Private Music Lesson (W Fredrick)- 25 min (3:00 PM WED Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 25 min

    Instructor: Wyndy Fredrick

    Grade Range: 1st-12th

    Prerequisites: None

    5 weeks X 25-minute Private Music Lesson weeks for EXISTING STUDENTS only with Wyndy Fredrick in:

  • Piano;
  • Voice;
  • Ukuele
  • Song/Theory Books/Sheet Music: Instructor will make recommendations to purchase or reimburse her, depending on instrument and level.

    Cancellation/Rescheduling: In the event of a change in your schedule, Compass requires 24 hours notice to reschedule the private lessons. Every effort will be made to reschedule the session at a time that is mutually agreeable to the teacher, the student/client, and Compass. In the event of a no-show or change/cancellation occurring less than 24 hours before the scheduled instruction session, pre-paid fees will be forfeited and no refund will be offered.

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

    Robot Fab Lab: Maze Runner (WED)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Student engineers will be challenged to design, build, and program a robot to complete several unique mazes in the fastest possible time. Students will learn to program their robots to make "decisions" when exploring an unfamiliar maze such as "go straight until you encounter a wall" and "turn to the right if you run into an obstacle."

    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, gyro, ultrasonic, and/or 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 programming 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. Topics in this Series: Maze Runner (Quarter 1), Sumo Bots (Quarter 2), Mars Rover (Quarter 3), and Explore Atlantis (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $183.00

    Sew Fun: Dazzling DIY Decor

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    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. First quarter, kids will sew two cute cube critters, two spherical pillow pets, and a basket.

    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 pre-cut felt components from kits that will be enhanced 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. Topics in this series include: Dazzling DIY Decor (Quarter 1), Crafted Keepsakes (Quarter 2), Adorable Accessories (Quarter 3), and Cool Characters (Quarter 4).

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $147.00

    Sew Simple: Sewing with a Storybook

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    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. Second quarter, kids will sew a slew of silly sea stuffies with fun googly eyes such as a polar bear, a whale, a shark, a sea star, a crab, a fish, and more friends.

    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. There is a supply fee of $35.00 due payable to the instructor on/before the first day of class. Topics in this series include: Sew a Storybook (Quarter 1), Silly Sea Stuffies (Quarter 2), Dynamic Dino Family (Quarter 3), and Keeper's Critters (Quarter 4).

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $147.00

    Ultimate Magic Academy: Radical Red Wand (NEW)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mike Hummer

    Grade Range: 3rd-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Curious coins, baffling balls, confounding cards, and puzzling papers! Students will learn tricks of the trade from a professional magician using a custom, magical Compass curriculum!

    Each week, kids will learn how to perform a unique magic trick! 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 clever magic tricks like:

    • Cut & Restored Rope - a classic with a surprise ending
    • Multiplying Bunnies - the cutest magic trick in the world
    • Ribbon Fantasy - a colorful ribbon jumps around like magic
    • Gremlin Vase - Is there a ghost holding a piece of rope captive?
    • The Magicians Insurance Policy - this trick guarantees the magician will know what card you selected
    • The Mystery Cup - a small ball vanishes and reappears inside an empty cup

    For each trick, students will receive a professional quality magic prop to take home to build their magician's toolbox. 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 their audience. Magicians who complete the class will receive a certificate and a red magic wand. Collect all 8 wand colors!

    There is a $45.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on/before the first day of class. Topics in this series: Radical Red Wands (Quarter 1); Orange Wand Wonders (Quarter 2); Yellow Wand Illusions (Quarter 3); and Glittering Gold Wand (Quarter 4).

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $240.00

    Vet 'Ventures: Discover Dogs (11 AM)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Karen Shumway

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    A chihuahua needs a check-up. A beagle with a bellyache. Vaccinations for Vizsla pups. Sometimes even our canine friends need medical care! Lots of kids love animals, and some even think about becoming veterinarians and animal specialists. There is a lot of science in the care and keeping of animals.

    In this class, future dog veterinarians will learn all about dog care (nutrition, exercise, grooming), dog anatomy, and dog behavior. Kids will learn to recognize signs that a dog is unfriendly, afraid, aggressive or unwell. They will learn to perform steps of a well-pet check-up and identify some common medical care and preventatives recommended for dogs. The class will also learn about dog behavior and training. Kids will discover some of fun and fascinating facts, similarities, and differences in dog groups and specific breeds. Students will learn about dog's relationship with humans and the many jobs and duties that dogs perform for humans. Finally, students will take one class session to journey to other corners of the continents to meet some wild members of the dog (Canidae) family such as the dingo, jackal, wild dog, fox, and wolf species (and, hey, why aren't hyenas on the list?)

    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 plush dog for demonstrations, and a class workbook. They will "adopt" and name their dog, and during the final week, they will receive a diploma. (Pets, lab coats, name tags, and workbooks will remain at Compass between classes so they are not forgotten at home). There is a $31.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Topics in this series include: Discover Dogs (Quarter 1), Pocket Pets (Quarter 2), Reptile Roundup (Quarter 3) and Wildlife Rescue (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $182.00

    Vet 'Ventures: Discover Dogs (12 PM)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Karen Shumway

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    A chihuahua needs a check-up. A beagle with a bellyache. Vaccinations for Vizsla pups. Sometimes even our canine friends need medical care! Lots of kids love animals, and some even think about becoming veterinarians and animal specialists. There is a lot of science in the care and keeping of animals.

    In this class, future dog veterinarians will learn all about dog care (nutrition, exercise, grooming), dog anatomy, and dog behavior. Kids will learn to recognize signs that a dog is unfriendly, afraid, aggressive or unwell. They will learn to perform steps of a well-pet check-up and identify some common medical care and preventatives recommended for dogs. The class will also learn about dog behavior and training. Kids will discover some of fun and fascinating facts, similarities, and differences in dog groups and specific breeds. Students will learn about dog's relationship with humans and the many jobs and duties that dogs perform for humans. Finally, students will take one class session to journey to other corners of the continents to meet some wild members of the dog (Canidae) family such as the dingo, jackal, wild dog, fox, and wolf species (and, hey, why aren't hyenas on the list?)

    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 plush dog for demonstrations, and a class workbook. They will "adopt" and name their dog, and during the final week, they will receive a diploma. (Pets, lab coats, name tags, and workbooks will remain at Compass between classes so they are not forgotten at home). There is a $31.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

    Topics in this series include: Discover Dogs (Quarter 1), Pocket Pets (Quarter 2), Reptile Roundup (Quarter 3) and Wildlife Rescue (Quarter 4).

    6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $182.00

    Writers' Workshop: Creating Colorful Characters

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 4, 2024

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Karen Hickman

    Grade Range: 6th-7th

    Prerequisites: None

    In Writers' Workshop, middle school students will expand essential communication skills- reading, retaining, discussing, composing, revising, and even listening and speaking- by reviewing short selections of renowned literature and putting pen to paper! Each quarter, students will write about a popular theme using the elements they observe in the example classics.

    A bold, boisterous buccaneer. A lonely little llama. A precocious princess: these are colorful characters! The class will read selections of classic literature to define what makes a strong, interesting character in a good story. Creating characters is a complex, cognitive process, so the class will use character sketching, guided imagery, and other in-class activities to envision new and compelling characters and bring them to life in their writing. Students will complete exercises and stepping stones to determine how their colorful characters fit into the story elements in the construction of an original short story. An anthology of student stories will be published at the end of the quarter.

    Imagination and creativity come easily to most young writers, but acquiring technical skills is also important. Each quarter, students will focus on specific skills. The skills are a part of the Writer's Tool Kit that includes: understanding parts and kinds of sentences, plurals, possessives, and punctuation. Across the four quarters of this class, students will also learn how to use a dictionary and a thesaurus, as well as higher-level, middle school level skills such as summarizing, outlining, note taking, writing a book report, or citing sources. In class, students will share drafts and in-progress works to receive peer feedback and promote revising and editing skills.

    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 Colorful Characters (Quarter 1), Fantasy Fun (Quarter 2), Learn to Research- Life in a Castle (Quarter 3) and Prose, Poetry, & Paintings- A Passport Adventure (Quarter 4).

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

    Swimming: Beginners/ Adv. Beginners (Thu Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 11:05 am      Duration: 45 min

    Instructor: YMCA Swimming Staff

    Grade Range: 4th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    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: $105.00

    Swimming: Beginners/ Adv. Beginners (Thu Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 10:05 am      Duration: 45 min

    Instructor: YMCA Swimming Staff

    Grade Range: 1st-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

    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: $105.00

    Acting- Kids' Theater: Camping Catastrophe

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Kids take to the stage as they collaboratively write and perform their very own play with unique characters and an original storyline. What happens when campers have to deal with tent troubles, campfire calamities, a bothersome bear and other camping catastrophes?

    Students will begin with improvisational games to get to know each other and start to brainstorm about their original play. Through group activities and guided discussion, the student 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.

    The class will learn the practical aspects of acting, as they work on script read-through, blocking, costume/prop design, and planning the show. Student actors will explore skills such as stage movement, character development, emotional expression, and observation/concentration while learning to portray their original character. 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 last day of the

    Once the script is fully developed with everyone's parts, 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.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $158.00

    Acting- Young Actor's Playhouse: Rainforest Rescue

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    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 silly sloth, a jolly jaguar, a crazy crocodile, an angry anaconda, or other tropical pals on their equatorial escapades?

    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.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $158.00

    All About Astronomy: Investigating the Inner Solar System

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Which planet rotates backwards? How many moons does the red planet have? Why do the north and south poles of our Sun change every 11 years? Find out the answers to these mysteries and other great discoveries about our Inner Solar System comprised of the four terrestrial (rock) planets- Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars-, their moons, the Sun, and the asteroid belt. Astronomy enthusiasts will enjoy exploring details about the inner workings of outer space with an amateur astronomer and engineer.

    Each class will explore concepts relevant to our corner of the universe- the inner solar system- with supporting activities such as modeling to understand relative distance and sizes. The class will demonstrate the rotation and orbits of planets and moons and their effects on days, seasons, and the measure of years! The young astronomers will uncover the difference between asteroids, meteors, meteorites, while making a dry ice comet. The class will also examine lunar and solar eclipses, phases of the moon, and tides while also considering our Sun! Finally, the class will discuss the exploration of our inner solar system from satellites, telescopes, probes, landers, rovers, moon landings, and the future, manned expedition to Mars. Future themes in this series include: Inner Solar System (Quarter 1); Outer Solar System (Quarter 2); Stars, Galaxies, and the Cosmos (Quarter 3); and Exoplanets and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life (Quarter 4).

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

    Chemist Kids: Chemistry in the Kitchen

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Michele Forsythe

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Kids are naturally curious about chemistry! Chemistry explains the properties, behaviors, and interactions of materials around us: things we eat, drink, clean with, wear, drive, and even play with. Kids can use chemistry to understand how things taste, smell, mix, melt, combust, feel, and whether they are recyclable or rubbish, helpful or harmful, nutritious or not. Chemistry is key to understanding the world around us, including other areas of science. In this class, kids begin to use scientific words to describe their observations and will become familiar with some science apparatuses.

    First quarter kids will learn about chemistry using everyday ingredients and techniques from the kitchen. Students will use food products to experiment with the chemical and physical properties of matter with substances that are safe, fun, and yummy to work with! For example, learn how to make gummy bears grow and shrink! Examine the pH of everyday substances in the refrigerator, fruit bowl and in the cabinet under your sink. Did you know that a natural pH indicator comes from the produce section of the grocery store aisle and yields beautiful colors for various pH levels? Discover the chemistry involved in making mayonnaise, make some in class and bring it home to eat. Figure out the chemistry behind what meat tenderizers do, using fruit and gelatin. The class will discover the chemical behaviors of yeast, baking soda, and baking powder, and more! (Note: this is not a cooking class)

    A lab fee of $20.00 is due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this series include: Chemistry in the Kitchen (Quarter 1), Chemistry in Action (Quarter 2), Chemistry at Home (Quarter 3), and Chemistry of Toys (Quarter 4).

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

    Chess: Advanced Beginners 1 (THU)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Karl Peterson

    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 1, students will learn skills and strategies that build upon each other such as: including a review of castling, pawn promotion, and en passant rules, notation, basic mates, drawing a game and draw rules, battery and back-rank checkmates, development of bishops and rooks in the middlegame, and overextended pieces.

    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.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $151.00

    Chess: Beginners 1 (THU)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Karl Peterson

    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 1, students will learn beginner basics such as: how all pieces move and capture, castling, pawn promotion, en passant, checks and how to get out of them, checkmate and stalemate, scholars mate, fools mate, notation, and chess etiquette. Skills are taught in progressive levels of challenge as the year progresses.

    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.

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $151.00

    Colorful Canvas for Kids: Watercolor Painting

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Diane Wright Cobb

    Grade Range: 4th-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Kids will be introduced to watercolor painting in a small group class under the guidance of a professional painter and art teacher. The class will learn the theory of color mixing and the techniques of blending, building up color, creating gradients, and applying light washes. The class will learn how to select the right brush and how to use water to create different effects. Our new painters will practice using paint and brush strokes to create effects like light and shadow, dimension, and texture, and how to develop backgrounds, foregrounds, and detail work. 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. There is an $15.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this series include: Watercolor Painting (Quarter 1), Tempera Painting (Quarter 2), Acrylic Painting (Quarter 3), and MultiMedia Painting (Quarter 4).

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

    Colorful Canvas for Little Kids: Watercolor Painting

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Diane Wright Cobb

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

    Little kids will be introduced to watercolor painting in a small group class under the guidance of a professional painter and art teacher. The class will learn the theory of color mixing and the techniques of blending, building up color, creating gradients, and applying light washes. The class will learn how to select the right brush and how to use water to create different effects. Our new painters will practice using paint and brush strokes to create effects like light and shadow, dimension, and texture, and how to develop backgrounds, foregrounds, and detail work. 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. There is an $15.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this series include: Watercolor Painting (Quarter 1), Tempera Painting (Quarter 2), Acrylic Painting (Quarter 3), and MultiMedia Painting (Quarter 4).

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

    Colorful Canvas for Tweens: Watercolor Painting

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Diane Wright Cobb

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Tweens will be introduced to watercolor painting in a small group class under the guidance of a professional painter and art teacher. The class will learn the theory of color mixing and the techniques of blending, building up color, creating gradients, and applying light washes. The class will learn how to select the right brush and how to use water to create different effects. Our new painters will practice using paint and brush strokes to create effects like light and shadow, dimension, and texture, and how to develop backgrounds, foregrounds, and detail work. 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. There is an $15.00 supply fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this series include: Watercolor Painting (Quarter 1), Tempera Painting (Quarter 2), Acrylic Painting (Quarter 3), and MultiMedia Painting (Quarter 4).

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

    Cooking for Kids: Fall Fare with Flair (THU 12PM)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mylene Nyman

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will enjoy making delicious recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Recipes 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:

    • Asparagus Gruyere Puff Pastry Bundles
    • Dumpling Soup
    • Green Bean Salad
    • Sicilian Brussels Sprouts
    • Italian Sheet Pan Chicken
    • Beef-Cheddar Mac & Cheese
    • Apple Pecan Tarts (contains nuts)

    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 or before 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).

    Cooking Class Requirements:For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $192.00

    Cooking for Kids: Fall Fare with Flair (THU, 11AM)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mylene Nyman

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will enjoy making delicious recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Recipes 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:

    • Asparagus Gruyere Puff Pastry Bundles
    • Dumpling Soup
    • Green Bean Salad
    • Sicilian Brussels Sprouts
    • Italian Sheet Pan Chicken
    • Beef-Cheddar Mac & Cheese
    • Apple Pecan Tarts (contains nuts)

    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 or before 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).

    Cooking Class Requirements:For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $192.00

    Cooking for Little Kids: Fall Fare with Flair (THU, 10AM)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mylene Nyman

    Grade Range: 1st-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will enjoy making delicious recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Recipes 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:

    • Asparagus Gruyere Puff Pastry Bundles
    • Dumpling Soup
    • Green Bean Salad
    • Sicilian Brussels Sprouts
    • Italian Sheet Pan Chicken
    • Beef-Cheddar Mac & Cheese
    • Apple Pecan Tarts (contains nuts)

    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. This class is best suited for students who can follow instructions, complete sequential tasks, and work in a group. For the Little Kids level, students must be minimum age six (6) by the start of class and must be developmentally on-level for fine motor skills and ability to follow directions.

    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 or before 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).

    Cooking Class Requirements:For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $192.00

    Cooking for Tweens: Fall Fare with Flair (THU)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mylene Nyman

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will enjoy making delicious recipes and family favorites that feature a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fresh ingredients. Recipes 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:

    • Asparagus Gruyere Puff Pastry Bundles
    • Dumpling Soup
    • Green Bean Salad
    • Sicilian Brussels Sprouts
    • Italian Sheet Pan Chicken
    • Beef-Cheddar Mac & Cheese
    • Apple Pecan Tarts (contains nuts)

    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 or before 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).

    Cooking Class Requirements:For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $192.00

    Cracking Codes, Cryptology for Kids: Spies

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will learn the language of undercover agents in this children's cryptology class. Cryptology is the science of secret writing which uses math and logical reasoning to decode and create mystery alphabets. Each week, students will learn one or more ciphers and will practice using them to decode messages and write secret messages to each other!

    Student operatives will begin their stealth options by making their own cipher wheels, cipher strips, and experimenting with shift ciphers. They will learn about algorithms and keys and test different recipes for invisible ink. The quarter will culminate in a collaboration to crack a variety of codes to flee a classroom Escape Room which may include challenges such as coded letters, picture clues, mirror image writings, puzzling word searches, and cryptograms. We will also share the stories of famous writers and code-crackers including some female cryptologists and Navajo Code Talkers.

    Topics in the Series: Spies (Quarter 1), Secret Agents (Quarter 2), Sleuths (Quarter 3), and Superheroes (Quarter 4).

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

    Creative Storytelling: Once Upon a...Great Race

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 2nd-3rd

    Prerequisites: None

    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. This quarter, our storytellers will tell the tale of a great race. They will describe who was in the chase, what was their pace, and why the great haste.

    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 ____?"

    Students should be able to read, write, and spell at the second grade level or higher for this class. 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 Wonders to further encourage communication and storytelling skills. The supply fee is included in the class tuition.

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

    Digital Clubhouse: Programming with Pokemon (Intro)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Ethan Hay

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    In Digital Clubhouse, our youngest designers will explore computer science by creating and coding their own digital Pokemon-style custom digital card game and learning to model in 3D printing. No prior experience is necessary.

    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 Part 2, "Intro/Advanced" 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: Pokemon Masters (Quarters 1, 2); Minecraft Animators (Quarters 3, 4).

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $185.00

    Digital Lab: Video Game Animation (Intro)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Ethan Hay

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    In Digital Lab, students will explore elements of game design by creating and animating their own character sprites, objects, and backgrounds. Start with a name, develop the character's personality, signature moves, special powers, and a story line. Finish with a fully animated character to be used in future games. Students do not need any prior experience in game design, animation, or sketching.

    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 Part 2, "Intro/Advanced" 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: Video Game Animation (Quarters 1, 2); Code Your Own Adventure (Quarters 3, 4)

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $185.00

    Digital Workshop: Minecraft Designers (Intro)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Ethan Hay

    Grade Range: 3rd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    In Digital Workshop, kids will become immersed in the digital universe of Minecraft! Students will learn how to create a custom map, design structures to share between worlds, build with Redstone and Command blocks, and create custom textures for you to import at home or share with friends. 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 Part 2, "Intro/Advanced" 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: Minecraft Designers (Quarters 1, 2) and Python Programmers (Quarters 3,4).

    8 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $185.00

    Dynamic Dioramas: Biome Builders- Mangrove Swamps (Thu)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 3rd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    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.

    Mangrove swamps are intricate ecosystems found along tropical and subtropical coastlines, renowned for their rich biological diversity and unique ecological features. They thrive in the transition zone between land and sea, characterized by salt-tolerant mangrove trees that form dense, twisted forests with tangled roots extending into the water. Mangroves play a vital role in coastal protection, acting as natural buffers against erosion and storm surges and serve as nurseries for a wide array of marine life.

    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: Mangrove Swamps (Quarter 1), Marshlands (Quarter 2), Coral Reefs (Quarter 3) and Deep Sea Trenches (Quarter 4).

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

    FUNctional Fitness and Cross-Training (PE) for Kids: Red (THU)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Iman Castaneda

    Grade Range: 2nd-5th

    Prerequisites: None

    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.

    The color name in the class title refers to the collectable token students will earn each quarter they take the class. Collect all 8! Students may enroll in FUNctional Fitness at any time, regardless of the color name No one color is a prerequisite for any other color, and tokens can be earned in any order.

    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: $132.00

    Graphic History: The American Revolution (through Graphic Novels)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Christina Somerville

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Was the Tea Party a party? What really happened on Revere's fateful ride? Meet Alexander Hamilton on a new stage! In this class, students will learn about American History through graphic novels. Kids will not realize they are absorbing factual information and learning about history through the entertaining, illustrated, short-form novels.

    Through colorful, dramatic graphics and an approachable conversational tone, graphic novels show kids that history can be thrilling! Each quarter will begin with an overview of the graphic novel genre including vocabulary unique to the illustrations and format (panels, speech bubbles, etc.) by looking at several other examples of graphic novels. Each week, students will read a portion of a graphic novel at home from the Saddleback Educational Publishing Graphic, US History Series. In class, the novels and historical content, key historical characters, and events will be discussed. Extension activities will be incorporated such as reading, listening, or watching excerpts of other accounts of the same historical events. Students will think they are talking about cool, comic-style books, but the facilitated class discussion will lay the groupwork for an understanding of US History, chronology, and critical thinking skills.

    First quarter will cover the American Revolution through the graphic novels: The New World(1500-1750), The Fight for Freedom (1750-1783), and The US Emerges(1783-1800).

    Students are expected to read approximately one half of one graphic history novel (25-30 pages) per week which they may read individually or read aloud with their families. These novels are generally considered at an ages 8-12 reading level.

    Build a graphic history library. Collect all 12 (3 per quarter)! Because students will need the same editions of all three graphic novels to be able to refer to the passages on the same page numbers, class sets of the graphic novels will be purchased for students. A supply fee of $48.00 will be due payable to Compass on or before the first day of class for three novels.

    Topics in this series include: The American Revolution (Quarter 1); Westward Ho! (Early 19th Century) (Quarter 2); The Civil War (Quarter 3); and The 20th Century (Quarter 4)

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

    Harry Potter Handicrafts: Quirrell's Creations

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Judith Harmon

    Grade Range: 5th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    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 first term at Hogwarts! In addition to your core wizarding classes, special projects will be inspired by guest Professor Quirrell such as a Time Turner, a Constellation Caster, and an Embossed Dragon Box.

    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.

    Topics in this Series: Quirrell's Creations (Quarter 1); Pomfrey's Potions (Quarter 2); Flitwick's Favorites (Quarter 3); and Lockhart's Fabrications (Quarter 4)

    Lab/Supply Fee: A class fee of $35.00 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: $147.00

    Jiu Jitsu Fit: Red

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Iman Castaneda

    Grade Range: 6th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    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.

    The color name in the class title refers to the collectable token students will earn each quarter they take the class. Collect all 8! Students may enroll in FUNctional Fitness at any time, regardless of the color name No one color is a prerequisite for any other color, and tokens can be earned in any order.

    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: $132.00

    Kids' Confection Kitchen: Decadent Desserts (THU)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 2:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Mylene Nyman

    Grade Range: 5th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    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:

  • Mini Apple Crumble
  • Apple Pecan Bread (contains nuts)
  • Caramel-Apple Monkey Bread Mini Loaves
  • Blue Pear Puff Tarts
  • Fall Spiced Pear and Date Upside Down Cake
  • Nantucket Cranberry Tart
  • Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Pie (contains nuts)
  • 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 Tasty Treats (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).

    Cooking Class Requirements: For more information and FAQs, see the Compass Cooking Classes webpage.

    4 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $192.00

    Marvelous Myths and Mythical Marvels: Heroes

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Christina Somerville

    Grade Range: 7th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Explore the world of gargantuan gods, humble heroes, and malevolent monsters! Mythology is the birthplace of some of the most entertaining and incredible cultural stories ever written. Some ancient myths even have plots that rival today's comics and blockbuster movies. Many myths still have millennia-old appeal because of their timeless tales of good versus evil, life and death, creation and the afterlife. This class explores the origins of early mythology, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, Romans, Celts, Aztecs, and more through epics, plays and poetry. Readers will explore the realm of mythology through short stories, class discussion, analyses, extension activities and projects that will boost comprehension and the understanding of myths as the basis for many other forms of modern media. Students will enjoy reading and discussing battles, romance, treachery, larger than life heroes and characters, intricate gods and goddesses, and all sorts of fantastical creatures!

    First quarter, the class will explore Hero Myths, the exciting classic tales of trial and triumph that inspired many modern adventure stories. As examples, students will read about the journeys of Theseus, who defeated the Minotaur in the Labyrinth and navigated various challenges to become king and Hercules, who accomplished heroic feats, battled mythical creatures, and struggled against curses to eventually ascend Olympus as a god. They will also consider the tale of King Arthur, the legendary British king aided by his Knights of the Round Table and their quests for the Holy Grail.

    For this class, students need to be on-grade-level for reading. Topics in this series include: Heroes (Quarter 1); Origins (Quarter 2); Monsters (Quarter 3); Transformations (Quarter 4)

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

    Mental Math Fun: Brain Games

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 5th-6th

    Prerequisites: None

    Students will tackle a variety of puzzles, games, and riddles each week that will develop their critical thinking, logic, math reasoning, and problem-solving skills while having loads of fun in class! Hands-on activities may use cards, dice, coins, cubes, toothpicks, math board games, math card games, and of course, lots of numbers. Every activity is in essence a math problem, and students will learn tips and techniques for tackling the challenges.

    For each new puzzle, game, and riddle, students will learn concepts and strategies that they can apply to solving ANY math challenge, such as: the phases of solving a problem, what to do when you get stuck, how to make predictions, how to generalize from specific cases, and what questions to ask yourself. Example activities include the game of Thirty One, logic grids, cryptograms, and deduction games. Through these weekly activities, students will learn that math isn't just something done at a desk with pencil and paper, but is present everywhere you look, and that the ability to think mathematically can be not only useful, but also fun!

    Students can take this class each quarter as a different selection of puzzles, games, and activities will be introduced each session. Topics in this series include: Brain Games (Quarter 1), Brain Teasers (Quarter 2), Brain Blast (Quarter 3), and Brain Busters (Quarter 4).

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

    Number Ninjas: Playing with Place Value

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Becca Sticha

    Grade Range: 1st-2nd

    Prerequisites: None

    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.

    First quarter, students will explore the concepts of even and odd numbers, comparing and ordering, place value, rounding, and counting by 2, 5, 10, 25.. Example activites include building an abacus, solving skip counting puzzles, and more!

    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: Play with Place Value (Quarter 1), Measurement Madness (Quarter 2), Super Shapes (Quarter 3), and Fun with Fractions (Quarter 4).

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $153.00

    Past Places: History & Geography through Games- The 18th Century World (12PM)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 5th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Learn history and geography through hands-on, interactive play rather than by studying flat, dull maps! Many great games feature play on map-based 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 modified game rules and playing pieces.

     

    First quarter, students will learn about the 18th century world map from the Seven Years' War to the Napoleonic Empire using a custom table-top world map and the rules and playing pieces from the game Risk. Students typically play in 2-person teams where one takes the role of admiral, making decisions about naval forces and the other takes the role of general, making decisions about ground forces. The game continues week-to-week with students reviewing the geography as they set the game back up. For each era and conflict, students learn which countries were engaged and where they were located, capitals and key cities, shared borders and boundaries, and prominent geographic features and waterways. They gain an understanding of why countries were at war and how those events influenced history and the modern map.

    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. Topics in this series include: The 18th Century World (Quarter 1); The American Civil War (Quarter 2), Imperial Asia (Quarter 3), and The World at War- WWI (Quarter 4).

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

    Past Places: History & Geography through Games- The 18th Century World (1PM)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 1:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Taliesin Knol

    Grade Range: 5th-8th

    Prerequisites: None

    Learn history and geography through hands-on, interactive play rather than by studying flat, dull maps! Many great games feature play on map-based 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 modified game rules and playing pieces.

    First quarter, students will learn about the 18th century world map from the Seven Years' War to the Napoleonic Empire using a custom table-top world map and the rules and playing pieces from the game Risk. Students typically play in 2-person teams where one takes the role of admiral, making decisions about naval forces and the other takes the role of general, making decisions about ground forces. The game continues week-to-week with students reviewing the geography as they set the game back up. For each era and conflict, students learn which countries were engaged and where they were located, capitals and key cities, shared borders and boundaries, and prominent geographic features and waterways. They gain an understanding of why countries were at war and how those events influenced history and the modern map.

    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. Topics in this series include: The 18th Century World (Quarter 1); The American Civil War (Quarter 2), Imperial Asia (Quarter 3), and The World at War- WWI (Quarter 4).

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

    Penmanship Pals (Q1)

    Quarter 1: Starts on September 5, 2024

    Class Time: 3:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

    Instructor: Christina Somerville

    Grade Range: 2nd-4th

    Prerequisites: None

    Penmanship Pals is an afternoon club for children who wish to become better writers and add fun and flair to their handwriting. Children will receive guidance on correctly forming letters in print and in cursive, uppercase and lowercase. They will trace letters to improve handwriting using worksheets embellished with flourishes and pictures so their copywork becomes design not drudgery. Students will be encouraged to write letters and illustrate in color to liven up the task of penmanship. They will learn and practice strategies on how to write more quickly, efficiently, and fluidly as they go along. Students will write, draw, and relax on the backdrop of either classical music or classic literature read by the instructor. All supplies are included.

    5 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $109.00

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