After School Adventures

Portledge After School Adventures welcomes Portledge and non-Portledge students to attend our programs. 

The classes offered include sports, arts, science, hobbies, and many learning opportunities. Through this program, we hope to provide a time for children to learn new things, engage in a hobby they love, spend time with friends, or try something new. After School Adventures is just one way that Portledge works to meet the needs of our students and their families. After School Adventures meet Monday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. and are open to students from Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade. 

Winter After School Adventures runs from January 9th - March 20th, 2017.

For more information, please contact Melissa Worth, Director of Supplementary Programs, at 


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Winter 2016-2017

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  • My Style Camp

    This program encourages children from grades three and up to discover their own creativity through costume and fashion design.  We are happy to welcome Stacey Salzman, a passionate and successful fashion designer with over 20 years of experience to Portledge After School Adventures.   She is excited to share and teach to all those interested in design.  In this new class, children will create the following maps as a guide for their designs: a mood board, a color card, a fabric card, and their own personal sketching coqui in first four classes. Then last four classes will be focused on creating a small collection based on their personal style maps using mix media and fabric.  *All Supplies are included.* Please visit for more info.

    Dates: Mondays, January 9 - March 20 
    Instructor: Stacey Salzman
    Grades: 3 - 8
    Fee: $495
    * note this class meets for 1.5 hours 
  • Robo Fun

    Welcome to the amazing world of robotics.  In this club, the children discover the science and technology of the future. They will learn many skills and then apply them along with some imagination and create solutions to tricky problems.  They will build Ziggy the disc shooting and talking robot! We build a robotic hand, an LED sensor, a green robot, a speed racing robotic car and lots more! We end our week applying all of the robotic principles and techniques they have learned and compete in a prize winning contest. All the children will have a chance to win! Get ready for an exciting and fun filled hands-on robotic challenge!

    Dates: Mondays, January 9 - March 20
    Instructor: Ms. McPhee
    Grades: K - 5                                         
    Fee: $335                                                                                
  • Martial Arts with Mr. Wilson

    This program is designed to help students of all ages improve their overall fitness, which has proven not only to help improve health, but has been linked to better performance in the classroom as well as improved self-esteem.  Our program will incorporate fitness concepts, such as agility, balance, motor development and will include components derived from Yoga, Pilates, Martial Arts, and traditional fitness/speed and agility training.  Goal setting, self-control, leadership and responsibility are all stressed as part of this martial arts fitness program.

    Dates: Mondays, January 9 - March 20
    Instructor: Mr. Wilson
    Grades: PreK-2
    Fee: $325
  • Gymnastics

    This session students will be working with North Shore Gymnastics teacher, Jamie Gurrier. Jamie has worked with students for the past 8 years including her own travelling gymnastics school. This program will teach basic gymnastics, helping each child to excel at their own level, in the most efficient way. Jamie will continue to create a positive environment that she believes is vital for a child's motivation to set and achieve personal goals.

    Dates: Mondays, January 9 - March 20
    Instructor: Jamie Gurrier
    Grades: PreK - 5
    Fee: $295
  • Painting and Drawing Class

    Students will learn traditional and non-traditional techniques in drawing and painting. They will explore different media and subjects, such as watercolor, pastel, and pen and ink, creating still lives, landscapes, animals and more.

    Dates: Tuesdays, January 10 - March 7
    Instructor: Mary Nagin of The Art League
    Grades: 3 - 8
    Fee: $335
  • Basketball

    This program will work to build skill development. Footwork, proper mechanics, and the detailed breakdown of movement on the basketball court give players the opportunity to learn the right way. We create a positive atmosphere where players are able to work towards improvement without worrying about making mistakes. We encourage players to get out of their "comfort zone" by trying new things. The key is that we all learn by trial and error. We pride ourselves in helping players to realize that they are capable of more than they thought.

    Dates: Tuesdays, January 10 - March 7
    Instructor: Shooting Star Sports
    Grades: K - 5
    Fee: $335
  • Mandarin Chinese

    Winter Mandarin is an interactive cultural learning experience with Chinese language immersion. Students will use QTalk to practice and learn new words. Vocabulary will include, numbers, daily greetings, and comm0nly used words and phrases.  Activities will include how to celebrate Chinese holidays, handmade Chinese food, and Chinese crafts in the class.

    Dates: Tuesdays, January 10 - March 7
    Instructor: Mrs. Wu
    Grades: 1 - 5
    Fee: $295
  • Intro to Coding

    This course is designed to prepare students of all ages for the rigors of coding. Through a variety of increasingly harder games that require programming know-how, students are eased into the world of computer languages, in a fun and visual way. Students, while taking this course, will develop logic and math skills that will aid them in academia, programming, and in life. This course includes keyboarding lessons to help develop the necessary skills to program.

    Dates: Wednesdays, January 11 - March 8
    Instructor: Luke Johnson
    Grades: K - 5
    Fee: $335
  • Chess

    In this course students will learn basic chess strategies.  They will gain an understanding of chess notation and the most important rules to use during each phase of the game.  Class time is split between instruction and game playing giving students an opportunity to apply newly learned strategies. 

    Dates: Wednesdays, January 11 - March 8
    Instructor Roger LaFlair
    Grades: K - 5
    Fee: $295
  • Cake, Bake and Decorate

    Join Suzie Cakez for a cake decorating and baking. Engage in fun, winter creations!
    *learning how to make butter cream
    *icing winter and holiday themed cupcakes
    *learn to ice in different styles with different piping tips using winter themes
    *sugar cookie snowflakes decorating & baking
    *making fondant flowers and animals
    *hand making and dipping cake pops in chocolate
    *fondant decorations - people & animals
    *stacking mini layer cake decorating

    Dates: Wednesdays, January 11 - March 8
    Instructor: Suzie of Suzie Cakez Bakery
    Grades: K - 5
    Fee: $335
  • Kinder-Ballet

    Kinder-Ballet is created for students entering Kindergarten. This class incorporates creative movement with pre-ballet. Students in this level are introduced to more formal ballet training including barre work. They continue to explore ballet terminology, both audibly and visually.

    Dates: Wednesdays, January 11 - March 8
    Instructor Ms. Moore
    Grades: K
    Times: 3:30 - 4:15
  • Ballet

    Join Russian trained instructor, Ms Moore for Ballet I.  Ballet I introduces students to basic ballet techniques while facing the barre. Basic exercises teaching body, leg, arm, and head placement will be learned. Other levels available on other days please refer to webpage.

    Dates: Days based upon level
    Instructor Ms. Moore
    Grades: K - 8
  • Hand Sewing

    Join Mrs. Mickey Maguire for sewing fun.  Make a small stuffed animal, a potholder, some hand stitched picture. Learn all the basics of how to sew while having fun with friends.

    Dates: Thursdays, January 12 - March 2
    Instructor: Mrs. Mickey Maguire
    Grades: 3 - 5
    Fee: $295
  • Suzuki Piano with Private Instruction with Mrs. Baehr

    Dr. Suzuki’s “Mother-tongue Method” recognizes the unlimited potential in every child.  Students learn to play music naturally by listening, imitating, repeating and exploring, just as children learn to speak.  Research points to the many benefits of early music studies.  The skills developed - including concentration, memorization, self-control and physical coordination - contribute to success in other areas of the child’s life.  This course will use games and activities to introduce the keyboard, encourage proper posture, and begin performance on the piano. Continuing students will progress through Book 1 repertoire. Additional goals include the foundations for reading notation, the development of the ear and musical sensitivity.

    Materials: Suzuki Piano School Book 1, New International Edition and The Music Tree: A Time to Begin.

    30-minutes one-on-one time as arranged with Mrs. Baehr ($50 per class)