Spring Enrichment Class Descriptions 2017

Onsite- 11 Week Classes: Session 1 & 2

March 20th-June 8th


Choir: Skyla King-Christison

Students will learn a variety of songs, practice ear training, harmonies, rounds, and will work on stage presence and projection. Sign language and/or appropriate choreography may be added to accentuate songs. Some solo opportunities will be provided based on voluntary auditions. At the end of the school year, students will perform in a concert at Dallas Retirement Village, as well as a performance for friends and family.

Monday, 12:30-1:30 (K-8)

Community Outreach: Melissa Williams

Students will get the opportunity to do charitable work within our community and to learn about local ways they can serve their community. Students will also have guest speakers from local charities and hear about successful service projects equipping them with information about needs and how those needs are being met. This class will have a community outreach component, so parent involvement will be crucial for success.

Monday, 12:30-1:30 (6-8)

Earth Science: Skyla King-Christison

In this class we will explore planet earth together by learning about what’s under the surface, different land forms and ecosystems, what kinds of life are supported by the various environments, and much more.  Students will keep a notebook/nature journal of our investigations and build models of some concepts.

Monday, 1:45-2:45 (2-8)

Science of Cooking: Ana Sarriugarte

This is a fundamental class to give each student guidance, inspiration, pleasure and confidence while exploring the math and science of the kitchen. Each class will include vocabulary, safety ,and nutrition information related to the particular recipe of the day. Students will learn the science and math on a weekly recipe to take home and cook with families.

Monday, 1:45-2:45 (K-8) Materials fee of $5

The Intergalactic Space Station Adventure: Marian Scadden

In this creative play adventure, students will take on alien personas as they create and run a space station. The crew will be learning about planets and space; role-playing scenarios; and building their world through crafts, writing and other artistic endeavors.

Monday, 3:00-4:00 (2-6) Materials Fee of $5


Kindergarten: Miranda Long

We offer quality enrichment experience for Kindergarten-age children attending Dallas Community School. Our purpose is to provide a unique and multifaceted program designed to spark children’s interest in a variety of activities such as art, music, movement, science, beginning numbers, and letters identification and sounds.

Tuesday Mornings, 10:30-12:00 (K)

Bricks for Kids: Kat Lugo

Students will use LEGO® Bricks, axles, pulleys, gears, motors and more to build a variety of models. Bricks 4 Kidz will explore engineering and architectural principles, math and science concepts and will engage in STEM activities.

Tuesday, 12:30-1:30 (1-5) Materials fee of $10

Book Club: DCS Staff

This will be an interactive reading club; students will pick 2 books to read as a group with DCS staff over the course of the 11-week enrichment session. This class will be interactive with fun literacy based activities and comprehension components.

Tuesday, 12:30-1:30  (3-5)

Calligraphy: Lyn Graybeal

Experience the art of creative “calligraphy” or beautiful writing. Use this skill to improve handwriting, address envelopes, or write your favorite quote. This is a class for student who want to improve handwriting or to create a masterpiece.

Tuesday, 1:45-3:45 (4-8)

Art & Clay: Karen Mahoney

Clay and Ceramics have many different roles in our lives and the world. This class will encourage students to consider these connections through projects that encourage creativity and critical thinking,while also learning various clay skills that it takes to complete the project. Students will learn the Art of clay and touch on the history of the culture that it represents. Students will get messy, please bring a smock or wear clothes that can get dirty.

Tuesday,1:45-3:45 (K-5) Material fee of $15


Poetry: Ivan Barnes

In this introductory course students will write and read a variety of poems, exploring various aspects of poetic craft, including imagery, metaphor, line, stanza, music, rhythm, direction and tone. Students will examine a number of poetic traditions including sonnet, the villanelle, and poetry of witness. Writers at all levels of experience and comfort with poetry are welcome.

Wednesday, 12:30-1:30 (5-8)

Community Outreach: Melissa Williams

Students will get the opportunity to do charitable work within our community and learn about local ways they can serve their community. Students will also have quest speakers from charities and successful service projects equipping them with information about needs and how those needs are being met. This class will have a community outreach component that parents’ involvement will be crucial for success.

Wednesday, 12:30-1:30 (K-5)

Yoga: Chantel Barton
Imagination is a wonderful thing. This course is dedicated to helping kids develop awareness and
coordination of the body in a fun way using that tool. Each class is structured towards a specific pose. For instance, tree pose. Class begins with everyone pretending like they are a leaf in a big storm. The storm whirls them around until it plops them right onto their yoga mats. Then everything gets calm and quiet as kids pretend to be a tiny seed (Child’s pose) that will grow up into a big tree that they’ve created. Imagination is used ALL throughout the workshop. From growing strong roots (spreading toes and pressing feet down) to folding forward and waving in the wind like a willow tree, each class will have its own unique sequence.

Wednesday, 1:45-2:45 (3-8) Materials fee of $10

Guitar: Ivan Barnes

Students will learn and practice the basics of playing and caring for a guitar. The term will conclude with a showcase concert sharing what the class and individual students have learned. For students with no or some prior experience.

Wednesday,1:45-2:45 (3-8)

Band: Ivan Barnes

Students will be offered the “Band” experience at the beginning level. The instruments taught are guitar, bass, keyboard, vocals and drums. Some understanding of each individuals’ instrument is only partially required. Students will strive to support music within an ensemble, and to craft songs collectively.

Wednesday, 3:00-4:00 (4-8)


Introduction to French: Korena Lund

This course will allow students to explore the French language through music, rhymes,
skits, geography, history, art, and various other cultural and vocabulary building activities. Students will learn basic French vocabulary and pronunciation while learning the alphabet, numbers, greetings, and more! They will discover cultural similarities and differences that will broaden their worldview while reinforcing native language and cultural practices.

Thursday, 12:30-1:30 (2-5)

Jr. Master Gardener: Becki Gann

This course engages children in novel, “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that provide a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate the mind. Students can explore their world through meaningful horticultural and environmental science activities that encourage leadership development, personal pride, responsibility, and community involvement.This term students will plan, plant and manage the first garden at DCS. Each student receives a JMG Handbook with eight chapters of independent, discovery learning activities.

Thursday, 12:30-1:30 (1-5) Materials fee of $15

Oregon Trail– Rose Parks

For students to understand the chronology of the history of Oregon, the events that took place, the people that were involved and how these shaped our present times. A special emphasis will be placed on the Willamette Valley and the stories of the people who came here. This enrichment class will provide your student with fun hands-on games and educational activities.

Thursday, 1:45-3:45 (3-5)

Fit-Kids: Eddy Soboll

Fit Kids will be a dual‐focused course in which we will both “play” (exercise in a way that kids will enjoy) and study healthy habits in the classroom. We will focus on making movement fun, and realizing the importance of speed, flexibility, and balance. We will also discuss and learn basic healthy habits from getting good sleep to practicing good nutrition.

Thursday: 1:45-2:45 (K-5)

Crochet: April Crawford

This will be an interactive fun class! Students will Learn how to hold a crochet hook & yarn, crochet a chain, learn how to single crochet, learn how to crochet a rectangle. As we work through the skills of crochet, we will venture into a small project that students will be able to work on in class and at home. The more we learn, the more we can experience the craft of creating with crochet.

Thursday, 3:00-4:00 (3-8) Materials fee of $10

Onsite Ongoing Yearlong Class

Beginning IEW: Linda Connolley

Wednesday, 1:45-2:45 (3-8)

Offsite- 11 week classes


Cooking: Ana Samugarte
This class will be an interactive cooking class within a classroom kitchen at Kelly’s Home Center Kitchen. Students will learn the fundamentals that will help guide, inspire, and build confidence in the kitchen while they explore the world of cooking and baking. Each class will include the vocabulary, safety, and nutritional information relevant to each recipe that they learn.
This class will be held 5 times during the Spring Term at 4:00 for students (2-8). April 3rd, April 17th,May 1st, May 22nd and June 5th. Location: Kelly’s Home Center 3850 Hagers Grove Rd. #150 Salem 97317


Grammar: Linda Connolley
This highly interactive year-long class will cover all parts of speech and teach the skills to diagram them. Students will also learn most of the rules for punctuation.

Tuesday, 1:45-2:45 (5-8)
Location: Dallas Foursquare Church, 976 SW Hayter St., Dallas, OR

High Intensity Interval Training @ Iron Jungle: Lisa Preston

Students will experience functional fitness classes based on their own strength and fitness levels. They will be challenged to learn safety in agility, strength and functional movement skills. These skills will help them grow in physical and mental health throughout their lives.

Tuesday / Thursday, 1:45-2:45 (2-5)Tuesday /Thursday, 3:00-4:00 (6-8)
Location: World Gym/ Iron Jungle, 101 SW Court St., Dallas, OR

Learn to Skate: Kellie Graham

Skaters will be taught safe practices in stopping, falling, and how to skate. Students will be taught several stops, backwards skating, forward skating, crossovers, and small jumps. Students will have opportunity to learn Rink Hockey, Roller Derby, and Dance Skate as an art. This will be fun interactive class that will create enhancement in the art of skating. This is quad skating (no-inline please). Rentals are available but sizes should be given before class. Safety items such as helmets are available but can come from home. Personal wrist guards and safety gear is recommended.

Tuesday/ Thursday, 12:30-1:30 (K-8)
Location: Roller Fitness of Salem  576 Patterson St NW #120, Salem]
Homeschool Skate is available M-F for a $5 fee as well, no registration needed for open skate


Fencing: Michael McTigue

The ancient art of fencing has transformed over hundreds of years into a lively Olympic sport often referred to as physical chess. The sport is a great platform to learn life skills and lessons. It is also one of the few sports that does not require high school team participation to assist in college admittance.  Students will play games that increase agility, stamina and help them think strategically. Once they begin to apply those skills to fencing they will find it rewards those skills in addition to physical and behavioral pattern recognition, tactical and strategic thinking, and spacial perception.  Fencing’s rules and history also enforce respect for one’s competitors and an atmosphere of frank and fair competition.
The class will be taught by Salem’s head coach Michael McTigue who has over 35 years international experience as a coach, competitor, and referee.  Salem Fencing Club is a US Fencing Association member club. US Fencing is part of the US Olympic Committee and as such participates in the USOC Safe-Sport program for the protection of all young athletes.  Parents are encouraged to remain during class and observe.  Participants should arrive at class wearing t-shirt, sweat pants and sneakers.

Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 (2-8)

Location: Salem Fencing Club, 2455 McGilchrist St. SE, Salem


Grammar: Linda Connolley
This highly interactive year-long class will cover all parts of speech and teach the skills to diagram them. Students will also learn most of the rules for punctuation.

Thursday, 1:45-2:45 (3-8)
Location: Dallas Foursquare Church, 976 SW Hayter St. Dallas, OR

Cheer: Shanel Hammesla

This course will teach the technique of cheering. We will focus on team building skills, discipline and knowledge of body. These skills build confidence in oneself and in teammates. Developing confidence and self-improvement are important traits

Thursday 1:45‐4:00 (5‐8)

Offsite Location: TBD

Offsite Ongoing Yearlong Classes:

Kicks for Kids™ – Kevin Whaley and Rhey Javins
Monday/ Wednesday, 3:00-4:00 (1-8)  Tuesday /Thursday, 3:00-4:00 (1-8)
Location: Parkside Self Defense, 145 SW Mill St., Dallas 97338

Beginning IEW: Linda Connolley
Thursday, 12:30-1:30 (3-8)
Location: Dallas Foursquare Church, 976 SW Hayter St. Dallas, OR