Course Catalog

Spring 2019

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 3rd

Classes Start: Monday, May May 6th

Sponsored by the Baker School Extended Day (617)323-6661



Registration forms must be filled out by Friday, May 3rd. For an easy payment option please use the pay pal option on our website. If you choose to write a check instead, please make checks payable to: Baker School Enrichment Program. Checks may be put in the Enrichment Program mailbox in the Baker School main office or brought directly to BSED. Materials fees are included in tuitions. Register early, as classes have limited enrollment and will be filled on a first-come first- serve basis, unless the class has been designated as a lottery class.


Program Dates

Classes will start Monday, May May 6th. Most will run for 5 weeks, unless otherwise indicated by the class description. Classes will be held on early-dismissal days at their regularly scheduled times, but not on school holidays, during school vacation, or on snow days. Classes may be cancelled due to inclement weather; the schedule allows only one make-up class for weather-related cancellations. All classes cancelled due to instructor absence will be made up. Make-up classes will be scheduled as needed at the conclusion of the course.


Confirmation and Course Cancellation

You should receive an email confirming your online registration. We will contact you only if there is a problem with registration or if the class is cancelled.  We reserve the right to cancel a course for which there is insufficient registration. Every attempt will be made to place a child enrolled in a cancelled class into another class of his/her choice. PLEASE NOTE: No refunds or credit will be given once your child has been registered in an active class.


Arrival and Departure

Students are expected to meet in the cafeteria prior to each class. Neither the Baker School Enrichment Program nor classroom teachers are responsible for transporting students of any age from the classroom to the cafeteria. Enrichment instructors will take attendance at that time and walk the children to their classroom location. Children who attend BSED on the day of their enrichment class should check in at BSED first, and then will be released to the cafeteria to meet their instructor. We strongly encourage parents to discuss with their children the importance of going directly to the cafeteria, remaining with the teacher for the entire length of the class, and waiting for their pick-up person in the classroom (or other specified location) when the class is over. We respectfully ask that parents or guardians responsible for picking up student after class adhere to the enrichment schedule and arrive on time for pick up. The Baker School Enrichment Program reserves the right to remove students from classes if late pick-ups become an issue.



In order to maintain a healthy, productive environment for students enrolled in classes, all children will be required to exhibit appropriate behavior. If an instructor believes that a child is disruptive to the program, the child will be temporarily removed from the class, and the enrichment coordinator will notify his/her parent. If the situation recurs, the child may be removed from the class and excluded from future classes. Any act of violence or dangerous behavior is grounds for the immediate removal of a student from class for the remainder of the session and may result in exclusion from future classes. In such cases we will discuss all circumstances with parents, but in cases of violence or dangerous behavior readmission may not be possible. We kindly ask for your cooperation by communicating these expectations to your child and by enrolling your child only in those classes that are of interest to him/her.


Medical Information and Care

Please note that at the end of the school day the school nurse is no longer on duty. Any scheduled medications or medical needs should be attended to prior to coming to enrichment classes. If an emergency should occur during class time, we will take all necessary steps to handle it as needed.


Request for Additional Information

We encourage families to share information about their child’s needs so that it can be considered by the enrichment instructor and the enrichment coordinator. Please use the provided space in the enrollment form, if needed. Any information regarding the unique needs or learning style of your child is helpful to the instructors as they craft their lessons to suit all students. Please include this information in the “student notes” section of your order.

If your child is absent from school due to illness, we ask that they do not attend Enrichment classes on that day. If a child is going to be absent from an Enrichment class (planned or unplanned) we kindly ask parents to call the Baker School Enrichment Program Director, Andy Erickson at (617) 323-6661.

Feedback, Suggestions, Ideas

We welcome your feedback, ideas, and suggestions for strengthening the Enrichment Program. Please contact Andy Erickson at (617) 323-6661 or email at

Spring Schedule (2019):

Chess Wizards (K-5) Curious Creatures
Futsal/Soccer Skills
 Super Sports-Gym Games
Puddlestompers (K-3) Happy Healthy Kids- YOGA-
Jewelry Making


 Carrots and Cake


4 Week Class

The Fine Art of Sewing and Fiber Arts (K-3)
Fencing (1-5) Deilab: Lego Engineering


90-Minute Class

Improv Comedy: All the World’s a Stage

MONDAY thru THURSDAY: 2:40 – 3:40
FRIDAY: 1:45 – 2:45



5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 6/3, 6/10


5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4


5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5


5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/5


5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 6/7

* Classes held on Early Dismissal days are held at their regularly scheduled times.

* There is no “Carrots and Cake” class on 5/16. It will be a four week class.




CHESS WIZARDS-Checkmate- Instructor: Chess Wizards. Mondays 2:40-3:40 Grades K-5, Max Enrollment- 20. Duration: 5 weeks. Cost $95

Whether you’re a chess master or a novice, you’ll enjoy this class. Instructors arrive in full Chess Wizard costume ready to add maximum fun to the game of chess. Chess Wizards is a premier chess education company providing fun, informative and challenging chess lessons to students. Chess Wizards teaches children many important life concepts, such as learning the ability to win graciously and accept defeat with dignity and sportsmanship. Students will be divided into groups according to their chess experience. At the end of this session, each student will have had the chance to participate in a mini-chess tournament. Please check out the following video link for more information on the Chess Wizards or visit their website at


Fencing– Instructor: International Fencing Club. Mondays 2:40-3:40. Grades 1-5. Max Enrollment-15 Duration: 5 weeks. Cost $85

Join the IFC to learn the sport of fencing! Fencing is becoming more and more popular with the young people of this country. The International Fencing Club (IFC) offers one of the best fencing programs in New England. The IFC provides students the highest quality fencing instruction available. They provide a safe and positive learning environment that people of all ages can enjoy.

This class is for all levels of fencers, from the casual recreational fencer to the serious national and international competitor. Cesar Morales and the coaching staff remain interested in the complete personal development of each student. Individual attention is a feature of each and every class, allowing all students to progress quickly and confidently toward their personal goals.(The International Fencing Club instructors have been active in the United States Fencing Association while coaching for the Boston Fencing Club and local universities, and have been involved with the sport for more than 25 years.)

PUDDLESTOMPERS!– Grades K-2. Mondays 2:40-3:40. Max Enrollment-12. Duration 5 weeks. Cost $75

Come explore nature after school! Build homes for chipmunks and collect an acorn feast! Dig in the dirt in search of salamanders! Investigate why Daddy Longlegs are not spiders! Learn bird calls and go on a migration journey! Discover colors hidden in spring growth. We will use hands-on exploration activities, active movement and play, crafts, and stories to investigate the natural world around us. We will be outside and moving as we explore and take full advantage of the Baker campus, including the Sanctuary! Students will spend as much time as possible outside, so please bring proper clothing for the winter weather. Each week, children will bring home a small project and a handout that includes factual information, additional exploration activities, and suggested books and websites. Come discover the wonders of spring with us!


Curious Creatures- Instructor: Curious Creatures of Boston. Tuesdays 2:40-3:30. Grades K-5. Max Enrollment 16. Duration: 5 weeks. Cost-$100

Join Curious Creatures and their staff of professional exhibitors for an educational program designed to be fun and interesting with an emphasis on teaching respect and appreciation for all animals. Kids will learn about the animals and, if appropriate, they can touch and hold them. We include interesting facts and stories about our creatures in an educational and entertaining environment. Animals shown at a Curious Creatures event will include the following: Alligators, frogs, lizards, arachnids, turtles, rabbits, snakes, chinchillas, flying squirrels, ferrets, bearded dragons and many more!


Deilab- Lego-Design, Engineering & Innovation90 MINUTE CLASS! Wednesdays 2:40- 4:10. Grades:(3-6) Max enrollment-15. Duration- 5 weeks. Cost-$105

DEILAB is an Applied STEM|STEM LAB where we use LEGO as medium to teach students of all ages about design, engineering, innovation, and the gift of failure. DEILAB’s hands-on after school programs are sure to delight students and allow them to exercise their brains with each class. DEILAB innovation labs are based on engineering artistic, and architectural concepts. Each session is divided into a learning, designing, building, innovation and challenge modules. The environment is loose, high energy and fun. Our approach ignites our students imagination and channels their creative energy productively helping them problem solve in a setting where they are empowered to take control of their learning experience. Visit for more information on the DEILAB program.

Please check out the links below for video examples of this exciting new class!

* DIELAB on 3:

* Unexpected Innovators:

* The Calculus Project at Cathedral:


Yoga-Instructor: H2K- Happy Healthy Kids- Tuesdays 2:40-3:40 (K-3) Max Enrollment-12. Duration: 5 weeks. Cost $80

This class is tailored to this specific age group. It is all about learning about what yoga is, where it came from, and how it affects each individual.  We practice traditional yoga poses as well as stretching and moving our bodies in fun and exploratory ways.  In addition to yoga practice, we incorporate games and activities that have yogic themes as well as having a thread of talk about such tenants of yoga as balance, harmony, compassion, and acceptance of ourselves and other.



KARATE – Instructor: Ms. Marissa Cimino. Wednesdays 2:40-3:25. Grades K-4. Max Enrollment- 20. Duration: 8 weeks. Cost $120

This course helps students develop self-confidence by teaching the discipline, self-respect, self-defense, and physical conditioning that are hallmarks of the martial arts. (Sensei Marisa Cimino began her training in 1990 under Sensei James True. She holds a 4th degree Black Belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate and 3rd degree black belt in Kobudo (Okinawan Weapons.

In addition to teaching children’s programs, Sensei Marisa instructs at the Shorin Ryu Karate Academy in Waltham.)


Jewelry Making and Crafts– Instructor: Chris Lyons. Grades K-3. Wednesdayss 2:40-3:40. Max Enrollment:12. Duration: 5 weeks. Cost $90

Students will love making and creating beautiful crafts with their own hands. Explore several different techniques and methods of craft making such as decorating picture frames, beading and stringing jewelry, painting rocks and shells, and more!

(Chris Lyons is a Baker school parent. She has been an instructor for Brownies, Girl Scouts, and 4H groups in years past. She has been crafting many types of jewelry for over a decade)



Futsal/Soccer Skills – Instructor-Be Ahead of the Game with Brian Tully. Thursdays 2:40-3:40pm. Grades 3-6. Duration: 8 Weeks. Max Enrollment-12. Cost- $110

Futsal is a great way to for soccer players to develop their foot skills and plays an important role in keeping players sharp over the winter months. Our program is the perfect place for players that are looking for a fun, competitive game with a relaxed atmosphere.

The Training Sessions are for players who are looking to develop their foot skills, gain confidence, and develop a better understanding of the game. Our highly-qualified coaches do a great job of making each player feel welcome. Each player will always have a ball at their feet, and are guaranteed to learn new moves that they can continue to develop at home. This is perfect for players who want to play soccer in a pressure free zone with the overall goal to get better, and most importantly have fun!


Carrots and Cake – Instructor-Julie Starr. Thursdays 2:40-3:40pm. Grades 3-6. Duration-4  Weeks. Max Enrollment-10. Cost- $75

As an expert nutritionist and fitness instructor, Julie is often asked “should I eat this or that?” – and her answer is almost always “in what context”. Just as the title of this series suggests, she will lead interactive discussions with kids about different types of food and why one is better than the other. We will look at what carrots (vegetables) and cake (baked goods) do for your body and mind. Along with discussions on food and nutrition there will be a part of class reserved for the introduction of yoga poses and mindful movements, as well as age-appropriate exposure to meditation and positive affirmations to help build confidence.

Although there will not be any cooking in the class, there will always be food or drink that the students will be encouraged to taste, but it is not necessary. Please let us know ahead of time if there are any food allergies.

Julie Starr has been a Baker mom for 5 years and is one of the leading wellness and fitness experts in the Boston area. She is the owner of STARR YOGA in Roslindale, where she teaches both yoga and barre, offers trainings, and retreats. Julie is going into her 13th year of nutrition private practice and founded her own nutrition supplement line called SHIFT by Julie Starr.  Julie believes that all food has benefits, so why not have carrots and cake?


Super Sports- Gym Games for Grades K-2- Instructor: FAST Athletics. Fridays 1:45-2:45.Grades K-2. Max Enrollment: 16. Duration: 5 weeks. Cost $80

Get up, get going, get active with a F.A.S.T. Athletics Super Sports Program.  F.A.S.T. Athletics will offer a variety of sports each week such as: Soccer, Basketball, Flag Football, Dodge ball, Baseball, and Kickball.  Programs will include proper stretching and warm-up games as well as learning basic skills of each sport, each class will end with a high energy game with the sport played that day.


The Fine Art of Sewing and Fiber Arts- Instructor: Carol Price. Fridays 1:45-2:45. Grades K-3. Max Enrollment: 10. Duration 5 weeks. Cost $80.

This class will have you in stitches! Explore the wonderful world of sewing! Starting with the basic techniques of sewing your child will design their own projects with the goal to take a new creation home each week. As the session progresses, so will their skills as they gradually learn more advanced stitching and processes. Projects will include pillows, tote bags, puppets, wallets and more! No previous experience needed.

(Carol Price has taught sewing and fiber arts to children for years. She has taught classes at The Eliot School, The Schecter School, The Amigo School, The Citizen School and more.)


“Improv Comedy: All the World’s a Stage!”- Instructor:Kevin Smith. Fridays 1:45-2:45. Grades 3-6. Max Enrollment:12. Duration:5 weeks. Cost $95

This class uses improvisational theatre to have fun, and build focus. Your child will explore different improv and dramatic techniques and use them to develop quick thinking and comedic timing. Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars got their start using improv as a foundation for stage presence and comfort in front of a group. This class is perfect for all skills levels, from the natural “ham,” to a child that would like to build a higher comfort level in front of a group. All students will be allowed to work at their own comfort level as they build confidence. If you love to laugh while you learn, give this class a try!