The Piney Branch PTO is excited to offer an after school enrichment program for its students! We have two exciting sessions planned - Fall and Winter - with lots of great classes to choose from in each one. On this site you'll find all the information about program procedures, class descriptions and details you need to participate. Whether you are looking for sports, drama, arts and crafts, technology, science or hobbies, there's something here for everyone. Please click on “View all Courses” button below during Open Registration to register. SO go exploring and see what you want to learn!
Transition from school to enrichment programs:
All students participating in enrichment classes will be dismissed directly to their enrichment class locations after bus students have been dismissed. Instructors must be at the class location ready to meet students by 3:50pm. Students enrolled in SACC will check-in at that program first, and then go to the enrichment class location.
Requests must be made during the first three days of registration.
PINEY BRANCH FALL 2019 CLASS DESCRIPTIONS & CLASS PRICES
Video Game Development, Coding with Kids - $181
This course introduces kids to computer programming through the fun and excitement of building video games. Working in Scratch, a drag-and-drop programming tool, students will create everything from animations to multi-level games. Beginner Students will learn the core concepts of programming a game, such as loops, conditionals, and variables. Intermediate Students will level-up to more complex concepts, like nested conditionals and functions with parameters. Projects are updated each session, so returning students will have new challenges to work through and advance their creativity and knowledge to the next level.
MAGIC SCIENCE, Steam Kidz Lab - $171
It looks like magic, but it’s really science! Kids will learn to make color-changing potions, disappearing ink, glowing slime, secret compartments, floating wands, optical illusions, disappearing coins and more. They’ll also learn to see around corners, make amazing predictions, hide secret glowing messages, leave their shadows behind, move things with an invisible force and so much more! Educational value: Creative thinking, design, teamwork, chemistry, optics, physics and engineering. Great for K-2, 3-5.
Art Club, Yellow Brick Road Studio & Enrichment Workshops - $176
The focus of Art Club is on creativity and the joy of art. Kids need all the opportunities they can get to be creative, expressive and unique. Children will explore a variety of media and techniques. They'll get to explore everything from the art of famous artists to observational drawing to imaginative work. They will draw, paint, print and collage all kinds of wonderful pieces.
Musical Theatre, All That & Jazz - $96
This is a fabulous course for children who love to dance and sing. The class introduces students to the world of musical theatre with a focus on Theatre Dance. Students will learn how to incorporate dance and singing skills in fun Broadway musical performances. Students will learn basic jazz technique, choreography and stage positioning. In addition to the dance portion, students will work on singing, acting, creating dynamic characters, and overall stage presence. Students will participate in a rehearsal-like structure, working weekly on vocal warm ups/technique, new dance choreography, vocal presentation, and character development. In addition to the theatre dance piece that the students will work, we will incorporate the occasional fun acting exercises and improvisations. Parents will be invited at the end of the session for the presentation of their children's work.
Cooking Classes by iCook, iCook After School - $182
iCook is a really fun, hands-on after-school cooking program for children. Our mission is simple: to help teach children to love everything about food, cooking, eating delicious and healthful dishes, learning about different cultures and stories behind the food. Our chefs-in-training will learn how to make a variety of healthy, delicious and fun seasonal recipes. We will learn about herbs, spices and how they add flavor and aroma to the dishes. Our little chefs will "travel" to new countries and learn about their cuisines and cultures. We will master cooking safety, slicing, dicing, chopping, folding, baking, zesting, mixing and more.
Intro to STEM using LEGO® Materials, Play-Well TEKnologies - $152
Tap into your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as: Boats, Snowmobiles, Catapults, and Merry-Go-Rounds. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. Then use special pieces to create your own unique design! New and returning students can explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. There are no prerequisites for this course and each season's session will feature unique projects, STEM concepts, and new adventures!
Pottery Class, Mudskippers Pottery - $171
Let Mudskippers Pottery bring the mud to your school! We are a family run professional studio that specializes in PTA sponsored after school ceramics education. Our instructors will expand students' knowledge and creativity. Each project is grounded in an historical artwork, submersing students in history and culture. Students will hone their fine motor skills through hand building and glazing pottery while expressing their unique personal vision. The 3D medium will teach them to use problem solving skills to address form and structure. Mudskippers Pottery will bring their convenient mobile studio to your school with all the advantages of a professional studio.
Martial Arts, Kwon's Champion School - $149
Kwon's Champion Martial Arts School is the longest running martial arts school in Gainesville, VA. They are well known not only for teaching great martial arts but also teaching students to gain better focus, discipline, respect for others, and learning how to listen better to their parents and teachers. Kwon's Champion School has been the leader in teaching and formulating great character development. In this exciting beginners' level program, students will learn the best techniques from Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, Karate, Hapkido, Kung Fu, Judo, and Jiu Jitsu. Students are bound to have a great time but most importantly, they will learn a great amount of discipline.