3rd Quarter Electives

January 8 - March 7
Tuesdays / Thursdays 8:30-3:30

Electives at R School include a variety of enrichment opportunities for students ages 5-16. Students may register for individual classes, full days, or other flexible scheduling options.

Download 3rd Quarter Elective Schedule

Tuesday Electives



Full Day / 9 Weeks:

$649



Sale Price Until 12/20: $510



Individual Class Prices Vary

Thursday Electives



Full Day / 9 Weeks:

$649



Sale Price Until 12/20: $510



Individual Class Prices Vary

Electives Ages 5-9

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Electives Ages 10-16

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Elective Course Descriptions

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Physical Education, Health & Fitness

Staying active is a lifelong pursuit, and finding hobbies that can provide regular activity is one of the keys to lifelong health and wellness. Students will design their own fitness courses and create innovative ways to stay active. And if that doesn’t work, we’ll just run stadium miles for an hour. Haha. Just kidding. Or R we?

Dates: January 8 - March 5, 2019
Time: 8:30-9:45am
Ages: 5-9 & 10-16
Regular Price: $180/quarter
Sale Price until December 20: $125

 
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R school unplugged: Problem-Solving & Cube Puzzle Challenge

Problem-solving is the process of designing, evaluating, and implementing a strategy to answer an open-ended question or achieve a desired goal. This quarter, students will unplug and face the challenge of solving a puzzle created almost 40 years ago! Students will learn, implement, and evaluate multiple strategies to solve the beginner’s 2x2 cube and the traditional 3x3 cube. Students will then take their newly refined problem-solving skills and apply them to other, bigger problems.

Dates: January 8 - March 5, 2019
Time: 8:30-9:45am
Ages: All Ages
Regular Price: $180
Sale Price until December 20: $125

 
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Let’s Go Camping!

This quarter, students will learn about camping and plan their own camping trip. The class will integrate the elements of research, animals, science, design, and problem-solving. During the class, students will take a nature walk, observe their surroundings, identify plants and animals, learn to build a fire, explore different tent styles, identify and learn to tie various useful camping knots, design their camping menus, and create a 3D version of their ideal campsite — all in preparation for the real event!

Dates: January 8 - March 5, 2019
Time: 10:00-11:15am
Camping Trip Dates: March 1-3, 2019
Ages: 5-9 & 10-16
Regular Price: $195 + camping supplies, food, etc.
Sale Price until December 20: $135 + camping supplies, food, etc.

 
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edible inventions: kitchen hackers

Believe it or not, there is a lot of inventing going on in the kitchen. Most kitchens today are full of gadgets that can physically transform ordinary ingredients into something new and interesting. Not only do kitchen gadgets, tools, and devices transform food, but chemical processes transform food as well. In this course, you will experiment with designing and creating useful (or not so useful) kitchen gadgets, experiment with chemicals that give food unusual textures and characteristics, and you'll learn about ways to preserve food and cook without traditional appliances.

Dates: January 8 - March 5, 2019
Time: 10:00-11:15am
Ages: 10-16
Regular Price: $195
Sale Price until December 20: $135

 

Theater / improv

In this fun, interactive improv class, students will engage in the act of risk-taking in a safe environment and learn the art of “Yes, and . . .” Life can be messy, and so often, we expect everything to turn out perfectly, but in this class, students learn to expect the mess and then find ways to get through it (or around it). At the end of the quarter, students will demonstrate their skills during our Evening of Achievement community event.

Dates: January 8 - March 5, 2019
Time: 12:30-1:45pm
Ages: 10-16
Regular Price: $180
Sale Price until December 20: $125

 
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maker challenge

Students choose a challenge and work as a team (or several smaller teams) to find solutions.

Dates: January 8 - March 5, 2019
Time: 12:30-1:45pm
Ages: 5-9
Regular Price: $180
Sale Price until December 20: $125

 
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Herb Garden fairies

Children learn best when fully engaged in the world around them, and time outside in structured and unstructured activity is vital for children’s social, emotional, and physical growth. At R School, we honor and respect childhood as a time of happiness, curiosity, and active, engaged learning.

This quarter, in our Herb Fairies class, students will listen to stories and learn through active engagement with nature.  

"When four young friends discover an herb fairy at the park, they are drawn into a healing adventure beyond their wildest dreams. The Old Man of the Forest has cast a terrible spell, locking up much of the plant magic and draining the magic from the world. The Herb Fairies turn to the children for help, and they all discover that only by working together and healing the magic keepers from all of the different magical races can the magic be fully restored." 

Dates: January 8 - March 5, 2019
Time: 2:00-3:15pm
Ages: 5-9
Regular Price: $180
Sale Price until December 20: $125

 
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Computer Science: HTML

In this class, students will learn how to code in the programming languages HTML and CSS. They will begin by learning what HTML is and how it works. Then they will use HTML tags to create a web page and then learn how to change the way the web page looks by coding paragraphs and line breaks, adding images, and dividing the page into sections.

Then students will learn how they can use HTML with another programming language called CSS. They will change the layout and design of their web page by altering the color, size, and shape of their elements.

The final project will be to create a web page all on their own!

Join us for the next course in this series next quarter to learn to code in javascript!

Dates: January 8 - March 5, 2019
Time: 12:30-1:45pm
Ages: 10-16
Regular Price: $195
Sale Price until December 20: $135

 

Thursday Electives

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music appreciation I

When we listen to music, multiple areas of our brains are lighting up at once as we process the sound, take it apart to understand elements like melody and rhythm, and then put it all back together into a unified musical experience. And our brains do all this work in a split second between when we first hear the music and when our foot starts to tap along.

In this course, students will learn about western classical composers such as Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, and others through the mystical characters in legends and fairy tales.

At the end of the course for our Evening of Achievement community event, students will perform a 60-second musical piece of their choice using what they've learned during the course.

Dates: January 10 - March 7, 2019
Time: 8:30-9:45am
Ages: 5-9
Regular Price: $180
Sale Price until December 20: $125

 
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music makers

In the spirit of the Maker Movement, students in this class, students will turn recycled items into homemade instruments! This class covers art, science, technology, engineering, and math and builds a love for music all at the same time! Students will create simple, playable instruments or "sound-makers," and possibly come up with ideas of their own.

Dates: January 10 - March 7, 2019
Time: 8:30-9:45am
Ages: 10-16
Regular Price: $180
Sale Price until December 20: $125

 
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Cooking: Pasta

R School cooking classes are designed to encourage innovation, divergent thinking, independence, curiosity, and risk-taking, while fostering creativity, resilience, and flexibility -- all within a safe, encouraging, and delicious environment. This 9 weeks students will explore the world of pasta!

Dates: January 10 - March 7, 2019
Time: 10:00-11:15 am
Ages: 5-9
Regular Price: $195
Sale Price until December 20: $135

 
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Gardening: Future of Farming

Discovering an efficient way to grow food is critical for the future. Concerns over water scarcity, land availability, pesticides, and soil erosion as well as other social and cultural concerns over nutrition, poverty, and the general health and well-being of people everywhere are pushing scientists to explore alternative farming methods. Other needs for alternative methods for producing food include expansion of the space program. Space travelers will need a reliable source of renewable food and oxygen to survive over long periods of time (Remember how many potatoes Matt Damon ate in The Martian?).

This quarter, students will explore the future of farming by learning about and building various hydroponic systems, including simple wick, float, ebb/flow, and drip systems.

Dates: January 10 - March 7, 2019
Time: 10:00-11:15am
Ages: 10-16
Regular Price: $195
Sale Price until December 20: $135

 
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Gardening

Students will plan, plant, tend, and harvest edible and non-edible plants for each growing season.  Between gardening sessions, students will confront the issues facing our environment today, including threats of pesticides, pollution, habitat loss and other human impacts on the natural world around us. Students will learn what plants and animals need to survive, the importance of balanced ecosystems, and steps we can take to support the interconnected web of life around us and become better stewards of the Earth.

Dates: January 7 - March 10, 2019
Time: 12:30-1:45 pm
Ages: 5-9
Regular Price: $180
Sale Price until December 20: $125

 

Cooking: Pasta

R School cooking classes are designed to encourage innovation, divergent thinking, independence, curiosity, and risk-taking, while fostering creativity, resilience, and flexibility -- all within a safe, encouraging, and delicious environment. This 9 weeks students will explore the world of pasta!

Dates: January 10 - March 7, 2019
Time: 12:30 - 1:45 pm
Ages: 10-16
Regular Price: $195
Sale Price until December 20: $135

 
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Very, Very Dance and Be Merry

In this class students will explore belonging, work, and love through the stories well-loved stories of Eric Carle: The Very Lonely Firefly, The Very Busy Spider, and The Very Quiet Cricket

We'll dive into these stories through creative movement, arts and craft activities, story telling, and puppetry. We'll make our own artworks exploring the techniques that Carle used to illustrate his stories.

A typical class will include a creative movement exploration, a story, an art or craft activity, and a movement challenge. We'll use the beautiful artwork and stories of Eric Carle as inspiration.

No prior movement or art experience is needed. Bring your imagination!

Dates: January 10 - March 7, 2019
Time: 12:30 - 1:45pm
Ages: 5-9
Regular Price: $180
Sale Price until December 20: $125

 
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Book Club: Fish in a Tree

Common reading material helps build and sustain a culture, and at R School, we believe in a culture of kindness, acceptance, resilience, and diversity. Additionally, book clubs encourage students to explore titles they may not read otherwise, provide opportunities for students to engage in deep, meaningful conversation about issues (fictional or real) that matter to them, and develop help reading, speaking, listening, and writing skills in fun, safe environments.

This quarter, we will be reading Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. In the book a teacher explains differences through an often repeated quote, sometimes attributed to Albert Einstein:

“Everyone is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life thinking that it’s stupid.”

Join us for a robust and enjoyable book club discussion this quarter!

Dates: January 10 - March 7, 2019
Times: 2:00 - 3:15 pm
Ages: 8-11
Regular Price: $180
Sale Price until December 20: $125

 
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Book Club: The Wizard of Earthsea

Understanding the nature of things, not possessing power over them, is the ultimate goal of magic. Indeed, the greatest wizards do all they can to avoid using their skill. They recognize that the cosmos relies on equilibrium, appropriateness, and "balance"—the very name Earthsea suggests such balance—and that every action bears consequences. To perform magic, then, is to take on a heavy responsibility: One literally disturbs the balance of the universe.

The Wizard of Earthsea, written in 1968, predates the escapades of Harry Potter and is possibly the first novel to think about how wizards learn their trade. Wizards weren't always old men with long white beards!

Join us this quarter as we explore the imbalance of Earthsea and the obstacles we must face if we wish to bring balance back to the world.

Dates: January 10 - March 7, 2019
Time: 2:00-3:15pm
Ages: 12-16
Regular Price: $180
Sale Price until December 20: $125