Course Catalog

Fall 2017

Registration Deadline: Rolling/TBD

Classes Start: Monday, October 23rd

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



Registration forms must be filled out by the first day of classes. 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, October 23rd. Most will run for 8 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. Class lists and room locations will be posted on the Enrichment bulletin board next to the auditorium prior to the first day of class. 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.

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

Fall Schedule (2017):

Mad Science
The Fine Art of Sewing and Fiber Arts
Fall Into Art In Nature
Curious Creatures
Phantastic Photography
Chess Wizards-Checkmate
 Super Sports-Gym Games
Jewelry Making
Happy Healthy Kids- YOGA-
Lil’ Hoppers: Hip Hop Zumba Fun
Improv Comedy: All the World’s a Stage
Futsal/Soccer Skills
Digital Dungeons and Dragons
 Deilab: Lego
Design, Engineering & Innovation

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



10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11


10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14*, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5*, 12/12


10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29*, 12/6, 12/13*, 12/20


10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21


10/27, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 1/6


* Classes held on early dismissal days will be held at their regularly scheduled time.


Fall Into Art in Nature- Instructor: Kaitlin Curran. Grades K-3. Mondays 2:40-3:40. Max Enrollment- 10. Duration: 8 Weeks. Cost- $95
Combine your love of art and winter with fun nature inspired projects including snow painting, winter tree paper crafting, water color winter skies, beaded snowflakes and more! Students will create a winter art project each week to take home and enjoy.
(Ms. Curran is a second grade teacher at Baker School and has taught enrichment for 4 years.)


Advanced Jewelry Making and Craft Exploration- Instructor: Ms. Meredith Ritter Mondays 2:40-3:4. Grades 3-6. Max Enrollment- 10. Duration: 8 weeks. Cost $95

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

(Ms. Ritter is an art teacher at the Baker school. She also sells her own unique jewelry and crafts creations at fairs and other locations in the New England area)


PUDDLESTOMPERS!- Grades K-2. Mondays 2:40-3:40. Max Enrollment-12. Duration 8 weeks. Cost $105
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 fall leaves. 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 Fall 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 fall with us!


Curious Creatures- Instructor: Curious Creatures of Boston. Tuesdays 2:40-3:30. Grades K-5. Max Enrollment 16. Duration: 8 weeks. Cost-$125
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!


Mad Science® of South Boston, System 2 “Light, Sight, and Sound”-Tuesdays 2:40-3:40. Grades 2-5. Max Enrollment-20 Duration- 8 Weeks. Cost- $105
In this “enlightened” program students will not believe their eyes as they examine different optical illusions and watch as light and color interact to trick their sense of sight.  Children will also put their taste buds to the test, learn how we get the “pop” in soda pop and have a “hair raising” experience working with static electricity.  They will explore the science of nutrition and getting healthy in a mission for nutrition, and experience the amazing power of magnetism.  The basics of sound will be uncovered with a cool Mad Science twist that includes the use of a sound machine to distort sound and our voices and experience the incredible power of heat and how it can transform matter.


Yoga-Instructor: H2K- Happy Healthy Kids- Tuesdays 2:40-3:40 (K-3) Max Enrollment-12. Duration: 8 weeks. Cost $100
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.


Zumba Kids!- Instructor:H2K Children’s Fitness. Wednesdays: 2:40-3:40. Grades K-3. Max Enrollment:15. Duration:8 weeks. Cost-$100.
Join H2K for Zumba Kids Cardio Dance! We will be movin’, groovin’ and working up a sweat . Each class will be a combination of dancing, games, and musical obstacle courses. We will end each class with healthy goals and meditation. Cardio Dance combines fast and slow rhythms for children in grades K-3 using an aerobic/fitness approach. With a combination of dance, games, and peer performance. Students will learn leadership, respect, team work, pride, confidence, responsibility, coordination, balance, and given the opportunity to express their inner creativity.

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Phantastic Photography- Instructor: Robin Radin. Grades 3-6. Wednesdays 2:40-3:40. Max Enrollment:12. Duration:8 weeks. Cost $90
Shutterbugs, this class is for you! In this class we will review the basics of camera operation, create collage-type sun prints, experiment with painting with light using long camera exposure and flashlight, go on a photographic treasure hunt. Different themes will be explored: we will take pictures of found objects, take self-portraits, and learn to photograph our immediate surroundings. In addition, we will review student photographs and discuss editing and sequencing. Each student will arrange his/her work either on a poster board or in a small notebook to take home. After each class students will be encouraged to pick out and print five of their favorite photographs from our weekly photographic outing to bring to class the following week.

Students should bring their own cameras with fully charged batteries and memory cards to every class. If you do not have a camera to use, we may have a few available to lend. If you do not have a camera of your own, we kindly ask that you purchase a memory card. In this case you will be able to use one of our camera’s but all content and artistic work will stay with you.

(Robin Radin has photographed the cultural and natural landscape of New England for 35 years. Her photographs have been published and exhibited nationally, including shows at Institute of Contemporary Art, Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Anthropology, Center for Photography, Marcuse Pfeifer Gallery, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, The Dean’s Gallery at MIT, and The Print Club. In 2003, she was awarded the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant in Photography. She has served on the board of the Jamaica Plain Arts Council for many years)


Karate- Instructor: Ms. Marissa Cimino. Wednesdays 2:40-3:25. Grades K-4. Max Enrollment- 20. Duration:8 weeks. Cost $115
This course helps kids 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.)


The Fine Art of Sewing and Fiber Arts- Instructor: Carol Price. Thursdays 2:40-3:40. Grades K-3. Max Enrollment: 10. Duration 8 weeks. Cost $95.
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.)


Cardio Kickboxing- Instructor- H2K Children’s Fitness. Thursdays- 2:40-3:40. Grades 2-6. Max Enrollment- 15. Duration- 8 Weeks. Cost- $105
Cardio Kickboxing will teach your child self-defense, self-confidence and discipline in a fun, safe and inclusive environment. They will learn different punches and kicks, boxing drills, bag work, non-contact sparring and work on core strength. Each class will end with healthy goals and meditation.


Futsal/Soccer Skills- Instructor-Brian Tully. Thursdays 2:40-3:40pm. Grades 3-6. Duration-6 Weeks. Max Enrollment-12. Cost- $110.00
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!


Deilab- Lego-Design, Engineering & Innovation- 90 MINUTE CLASS! Thursdays 2:40- 4:40.
Grades:(3-6) Max enrollment-15. Duration- 8 weeks. Cost-$135

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:


CHESS WIZARDS-Checkmate- Instructor: Chess Wizards. Thursdays 2:40-3:40 Grades K-5, Max Enrollment- 20. Duration: 8 weeks. Cost $125
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


Super Sports-Gym Games for Grades K-2- Instructor: FAST Athletics. Fridays 1:45-2:45.Grades K-2. Max Enrollment: 16. Duration: 8 weeks. Cost $95
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.


“Improv Comedy: All the World’s a Stage!”- Instructor: Kevin Smith. Fridays 1:45-2:45. Grades 3-6. Max Enrollment:12. Duration:8 weeks. Cost $110
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!


On The Mark: Intro to Archery- Instructor-On the Mark Archery. Fridays-1:45-2:45. Grades-3-6. Max Enrollment-12. Duration-4 weeks. Cost- $95
Here’s your chance to try traditional “recurve archery,” as seen in the Olympics. Learn the fundamentals in this introductory course, relax as you aim for your target, and feel the thrill of success when your patience and concentration pays off. Put your skills to the test and compete with friends and family in mini competitions and archery games. All equipment will be supplied. Classes led by two certified USA Archery and National Field Archery Association (NFAA) instructors

Due to our safety procedures, parents should also be aware that there is a zero tolerance policy for students who misbehave on the range. Dangerous or irresponsible behavior is grounds for immediate dismissal from the course.
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Digital Dungeons & Dragons “Wrath of the Goblin King”- Instructor: David Flick. Fridays 1:45-2:45. Grades 4-8. Max Enrollment: 10. Duration: 8 weeks. Cost $80
An old classic meets modern technology. Utilizing roll20, an online virtual tabletop service, students will learn the basics of turn-based role-playing. From character creation to exploring the vast world of Dungeons & Dragons, each week students will transform themselves into their digital avatars and adventure their way to glory, and most importantly, loot.

Adventure Summary:

A mysterious witch… A kidnapped noble… A trapped Demon… Continue on the adventure to discover what is behind these strange occurrences.  As you step through the portal you find yourself in a desolate dungeon.  Long since abandoned, the hollow chambers echo with the sound of whistling wind and dripping water.  You are alone… or are you?

This is an introductory/intermediate adventure and will take characters from level 3 – level 6. We will be using the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition rule set.