Extracurricular

Clubs & Classes

Program Overview

Extended Program Classes are open to Orchard students and the broader community. If you wish to find out more information about a particular class, click on the class of interest below to access the information and registration pages. Print the registration sheet and forward (with fee, if applicable) to the address located below.

Course Descriptions:

List of 19 items.

  • DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS, THE 2021-2022 SESSIONS OF CLUBS/CLASSES ARE LIMITED TO ORCHARD STUDENTS ONLY.

  • Chess for 1st-4th Graders (4th Session 2021-2022)

    Thursdays
    March. 10, 17, 24; Apr. 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12
    (No classes on 3/31 or 4/7 due to Spring Break)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Dignity Center

    This class is great for all levels and for new or returning students.  Chess will be taught with the fun "Learning Through Games method" that helps the kids use decision making logic and calculation while having a blast!  Kid friendly lectures, match play and teaching games to review!


    Questions?  Feel free to contact Aaron Dean, Head teacher and founder of Learning through Games at adean@learningthroughgames.com  or (317) 244-6771.


    Minimum of 6 students needed to run this program.


    Fees: $120.00 for the 8 week session 

    Please make checks payable to: Learning Through Games


    Click on the Chess link on the Download section to the right of the Class main page to access the registration form.  Return completed registration form along with payment to the Extended Programs Office, Attention: Cindy Larsen, The Orchard School, 615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
  • Chime Choir with Mrs. Larner for 2nd-4th Graders (4th Session 2021-2022)

    Mondays
    Mar. 7, 14, 21; Apr. 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9
    (No classes on 3/28 or 4/4 due to Spring Break)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Conference Room


    The Chime Choir is an opportunity to learn a new instrument and work together to make beautiful music.  Hand chimes are aluminum tubes shaped similar to a tuning fork with a clapper and each one produces a pure pitch of the musical scale.  Each ringer will learn how their notes fit together with everyone else to create chords and play melodies.  Ringers will learn to find their notes on the staff and how to count the rhythms.  The choir may also compose their own song or create sounds to help tell a story.  The last class of the session will be a mini-performance of the music learned and created.


    INSTRUCTOR:  Beth Larner is the Math Learning Support Teacher for 1st-4th grades.  She has been ringing handbells since elementary school!  Beth directs the children's bell choir at her church, rings with the adult choir at church and rings with a community handbell choir, Joyful Sound.  She also is a handbell soloist

    Questions?  Feel free to contact Beth Larner at blarner@orchard.org or (317) 713-5730.


    Minimum of 3 students/Maximum of 12 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $80.00 for the 8 week session

    Please make checks payable to: Beth Larner

    Click on the Chime Choir link on the Download section to the right of the Class main page to access the registration form.  Return completed registration form along with payment to the Extended Programs Office, Attention: Cindy Larsen, The Orchard School, 615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
  • (FULL) Club Sidequest for 5th-8th Graders (4th Session 2021-2022)

    Fridays  
    Mar. 18, 25; Apr. 15, 22, 29; May 6
    (No classes on 3/11 [Conf. Day]; 4/1 and 4/8 [Spring Break]or 5/13)
    3:30-5:00 p.m. [NOTE: This is a 1 1/2 hour class]
    Dignity Center

    THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL.  

    In Club Sidequest we will play Dungeons & Dragons®!  We will create characters and explore fantastic places.  We'll fight monsters and make new friends, all using our imaginations.

    If you've never played D&D, it's easy to learn, and you can learn with us!  It's a lot like playing make believe together at a table, but we add in some rules and some dice to help us determine what happens in our story.

    Its's a great way to make friends and to engage your creativity, too!  As we go through the year, we also may learn some new games, because there are many role-playing games for many other kinds of stories and worlds, like Star Wars®,  Avatar: The Last Airbender®,  Stranger Things® and more!

    INSTRUCTOR:  Jim Hanna  has offered Club Sidequest for the past several years.  He's excited to return and have fun exploring new game adventures with our Orchard Owls.

    Questions?  Feel free to contact Jim Hanna at jamhanna79@gmail.com.

    Minimum of 4 students/Maximum of 6 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $105.00 for the 6 week session

    Please make checks payable to: Jim Hanna

    Click on the Club Sidequest link on the Download section to the right of the Class main page to access the registration form.  Return completed registration form along with payment to the Extended Programs Office, Attention: Cindy Larsen, The Orchard School, 615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
  • Creative Writing & Drawing Club for 1st-4th Graders (4th Session 2021-2022)

    Thursdays
    Mar. 10, 17, 24; Apr. 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12
    (No classes on 3/31 or 4/7 due to Spring Break)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    5th Grade Village Science Room


    Creative Writing and Drawing Club with Professor Watermelon and Mister Smart:

    Become young authors, illustrators and media creators!  Professor Watermelon will show you how to create stories with memorable characters, twisty plots and captivating settings.  Mister Smart will show you how to bring these stories to life with your own cartoons and art.  Be prepared to have FUN while challenging your imagination, and don't forget about the Melon Money you'll earn for the prize auction at the end of each class!  The exciting world of storytelling is at your fingertips.  Will you join us?


    INSTRUCTOR:  Chadwick Gillenwater (aka Professor Watermelon) is an experienced school librarian, storyteller and children's author.  He lives in Indianapolis and has a been a featured guest with the Indianapolis Public Library, the Riley Children's Foundation, WFYI, RTV6 and more.  Mr. Smart is the illustrator of Professor Watermelon's books!  Professor Watermelon is the founder of Watermelon University - a creative writing school for children, which convenes at inspirational/educational locations around the city.  To learn more about Professor Watermelon, visit him on the web at www.professorwatermelon.com.  We are excited to have this dynamic duo here to help our students find their creative voice!!

    Questions?  Feel free to contact Chadwick Gillenwater (AKA Professor Watermelon), at prof.watermelon@gmail.com or by phone at (317) 200-6029.  You may also visit the Professor at: www.professorwatermelon.com

    Minimum of 8 students/Maximum of 20 students to run this program.

    Fees: $200.00 for the 8 week session
    Please make checks payable to: Chadwick Gillenwater


    Click on the Creative Writing & Drawing Club link on the Download section to the right of the Class main page to access the registration form.  Return completed registration form along with payment to the Extended Programs Office, Attention: Cindy Larsen, The Orchard School, 615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
  • Drawing & Painting for 1st-4th Graders (4th Session 2021-2022)

    Wednesdays
    Mar. 9, 16, 23; Apr. 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11
    (No classes on 3/30 or 4/6 due to Spring Break)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    ES Art Room

    In this creative class, students will learn several techniques with many types of paint, including watercolor, tempera and acrylic.  We will paint on different surfaces, including canvas, watercolor paper, plastic and more!  Subject matter will focus on animals, nature and student choice.  Painting techniques and styles will be taught with each type of paint used.

    INSTRUCTOR:  Tracey Gallion
     is Orchard's ES Art teacher and has been with us for 19 years.  She is an artist in her own right and has a flare for bringing Orchard's halls alive by presenting and displaying art from various student projects.


    Questions?  Feel free to contact Tracey Gallion at tgallion@orchard.org or (317) 713-5772.

    Minimum of 5 students/Maximum of 16 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $200.00 for the 8 week session [includes all materials]

    Please make checks payable to: Tracey Gallion

    Click on the Drawing & Painting link on the Download section to the right of the Class main page to access the registration form.  Return completed registration form along with payment to the Extended Programs Office, Attention: Cindy Larsen, The Orchard School, 615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
  • Let's Get Physics-al - Whacky Science Club for 3rd-4th Graders (4th Session 2021-2022)

    Tuesdays 
    Mar. 8, 15, 22; Apr. 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10
    (No classes on 3/29 or 4/5 due to Spring Break)
    3:30-5:00 p.m. [NOTE: This is a 1 1/2 hour class]
    5th Grade Village Science Room 


    Let's Get Physics-al is a highly hands on science exploration with added emphasis on physics, chemistry and Earth sciences.  This club has been developed to be fun, engaging and educational.  Each meeting will be jam-packed with experiments and demonstrations highlighting some of the scientific world's biggest discoveries and topics.

    The goal of this club is to use whacky, age-appropriate explanations and lessons to help students learn and grow to love science.  Taking challenging scientific concepts and turning them into easy-to-understand fun experiments that will appeal to science lovers or pique the interest of those who may not have as much interest in science.

    It's no secret that many of the most important scientific discoveries in history helped shape so much of what we do today.  Using simple, yet incredibly fun methods, students in this club will learn about and be introduced to many of these concepts.  So many scientific discoveries were found through tedious testing and calculations, this club/class is like a highlight reel of only the best parts.  Add in whacky, wild, sometimes messy experiments, what could be more fun?!?  We will use a combination of demonstrations, group and individual experiments to explore each topic.

    Possible experiments or demonstrations include:
         * Design, make and test a (toy sized) concrete boat
         * Elephant toothpaste (a foamy fun chemical reaction)
         * Soda and candy powered marshmallow launchers
         * Explaining orbits and gravity
         * Laws of physics explained with a wrecking ball

    INSTRUCTOR:  My name is Corey Cordell.  I am a graduate of The Orchard School and I have two children who currently attend Orchard.  I have a daughter in kindergarten and son in third grade.  My education and career have been related to heavy equipment and fleet maintenance, but I have always had a love of science.  I am most passionate about physics, space and biology and love to teach.  Those who know me well know that I am always explaining things and teaching all I can about the subjects I love.  With my passion for physics and love for all things science, I am very excited to use this opportunity to share my passion and provide a very hands-on opportunity for students to learn while having fun.  I am most excited to have an opportunity to present many of the concepts with a unique set of experiments designed to make everyone a science fan!

    Questions?  Feel free to contact Corey Cordell at coreyjcordell@gmail.com or (317) 796-9454.

    Minimum of 5 students/Maximum of 15 students to run this program.

    Fees: $200.00 for the 8 week session
    Includes: All materials and supplies (materials used for individual projects can be brought home), use of lab equipment and testing equipment, PPE and supplies kit for each student [safety glasses, googles, gloves, etc.] (this kit can be kept by student after club ends or used in future offerings)

    Please make checks payable to: Corey Cordell

    Click on the Let's Get Physics-al - Whacky Science Club link on the Download section to the right of the Class main page to access the registration form.  Return completed registration form along with payment to the Extended Programs Office, Attention: Cindy Larsen, The Orchard School, 615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
  • Little Musketeers Sabre Fencing Program for 1st-4th Graders (4th Session 2021-2022)

    Tuesdays
    Mar. 8, 15, 22; Apr. 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10
    (No classes on 3/29 or 4/5 due to Spring Break)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Preschool Gym


    LITTLE MUSKETEERS Sabre Fencing Program is specifically tailored for children of a young age who have not fenced before.  The goal is to safely teach students the basics of the sport of Fencing by introducing proper actions and lead them through a variety of conditioned exercises that will improve their balance, agility and timing.  The classes are organized into consecutive, progressive sessions that enable all students to continue to build upon their fencing skills, techniques and knowledge.

    Fencing equipment is provided for each student by IndySabre Fencing Club and assigned to each student for the duration of this class.

    Fencing classes consist of conditioning sessions, warm-up stretches, fencing footwork, blade work, individual and group instructions, various relevant games and drills, practice bouting, introduction to refereeing and more.  Fencing is a workout for both the body and mind; sometimes being referred to a mental chess game.  Each session concludes with a practice tournament and Awards Ceremony.


    INSTRUCTOR:  Maestro Val Kizik and/or Coach Irina Mezhuritskaya will return as Orchard's Fencing Coaches.  IndySabre Fencing Club is taking competitive fencing in central Indiana to new, higher levels.  In a very short time, under the direction of Maestro Val Kizik, IndySabre fencers have become a presence at local, regional, national and international competitions.  IndySabre fencers represent all walks of life.  Fencing is a sport that knows very few boundaries in age or gender.  At any given training session, you may find students of all ages - from youth fencers to their parents to fencing veterans.  IndySabre offers open fencing, group lessons, individual lessons, training tournaments, clinics and workshops, homeschool classes, after-school programs and fencing camps for every level of experience, from the kinder-fencing program to elite athletic training.  IndySabre Fencing Club partners with public and private schools and universities, community education organizations, Indy Parks and local YMCA's to provide the best fencing education in Central Indiana.  On behalf of IndySabre Fencing Club, we look forward to sharing the dynamic sport of Fencing with the younger generation.  En guarde!

    Questions?  Feel free to contact Maestro Val Kizik or Coach Irina Mezhuritskaya Kizik  of IndySabre at val.kizik@indysabre.us or 317-374-0524.  You may also visit their website at:http://indysabre.us

    Minimum of 5 students/Maximum of 12 students needed to run this program.

    Fee: $205.00 for the 8 week session/ (Please note that parental consent is required prior to actual use of fencing equipment.  All students will need a parent/guardian to fully complete and sign IndySabre's Waiver Form [found below the registration form on the Downloads portion of this page].)

    Please make checks payable to: Indysabre

    Click on the Little Musketeers Sabre Fencing Program link on the Download section to the right of the Class main page to access the Fencing registration form.  Return completed registration form along with payment and the Fencing Waiver Form (found as a link directly under the LIttle Musketeers SabreFencing Program page) to the Extended Programs Office, Attention: Cindy Larsen, The Orchard School, 615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
  • Girls' Lacrosse Club for students in 5th-8th Grades (4th Session 2021-2022)

    Fridays
    Mar. 18, 25; Apr. 15, 22, 29; May 6 [May 13 is reserved as a rain date, it needed]
    (No classes on 3/11 [Conf. Day], 4/1 or 4/8 [Spring Break] or 5/13, if no rain date was needed)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Soccer Field inside of the track area


    Learn to play lacrosse!  Lacrosse is a rapidly growing sport in Indiana.  This class will teach students the basics of girls' lacrosse.  Students will learn to pass, pick up ground balls, cradle and shoot.  We will play small games, learn about positioning and develop stick skills.

    Students should bring running shoes or cleats, a stick if they have one, a mouthguard and a water bottle.  Lacrosse will provide sticks and goggles.

    INSTRUCTOR:  Molly McCue Haseley was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.  She started playing field hockey in 8th grade and continued to play in high school and at Densison University in Granville, Ohio.  While at Denison, Molly was named to the All-NCAC team three times and to the All-Region team her senior year.  Molyy also coached lacrosse while in high school and then coached after college at The Culver Academies, Depauw University and currently coaches for Zionsville.

    Since Denison, Molly has coached at DePaul University in Greenscastle, IN as well as the elementary, middle and club levels in Cleveland, OH.  During her time at DePaul, the team advanced to the NCAA Division III National Quarterfinals and Semi-finals.  Coaching is an important part of Molly's life and she values her time coaching field hockey and lacrosse.  

    Molly is a US Lacrosse Level 1 and Level 2 certified coach.  She is the 7th grade math teacher here at The Orchard School.  Molly is looking forward to coaching and teaching this sport to our middle school girls this session!

    Questions?  Feel free to contact Molly Haseley at mhaseley@orchard.org.

    Minimum of 6 students/Maximum of 20 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $150.00 for the 6 week session

    Please make checks payable to: Molly McCue Haseley

    Click on the Girls' Lacrosse Club link on the Download section to the right of the Class main page to access the registration form.  Return completed registration form along with payment to the Extended Programs Office, Attention: Cindy Larsen, The Orchard School, 615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
  • Rapunzel's Gymnastics for 1st-4th Graders (4th Session 2021-2022)

    Thursdays
    Mar. 10, 17, 24; Apr. 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12
    (No classes on 3/31 or 4/7 due to Spring Break)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Preschool Gym

    Gymnastics is the BEST sport to develop strength, coordination and flexibility.  Gymnasts will learn new skills and develop confidence with movement.  Children will be respected for individuality and will progress at their own pace.  Appropriate challenges and encouragement will be given to new gymnasts and to those with more experience.

    We will work on tumbling skills, rolls, cartwheels, round offs, back bend bridges, and walkovers.  We will also climb the rope (a favorite activity!), work on the beam, bar and springboard.  Rhythmic gymnastics skills will be included (hoops, ropes and balls). 

    Please have your student where comfortable clothes, they will NOT be changing clothes before coming to class.

    INSTRUCTOR:  Rapunzel's Gymnastics by Jeanie Gensheimer.  Jeanie is an instructor level member of the US Gymnastics Federation and holds their Safety Certification.  She has coached a beginning level gymnastics team for 30 years and has 30+ years of teaching experience.  Her degrees include Early Childhood Education and a Masters of Education in Marital and Family Therapy.  The Indiana Youth Institute has recognized her for outstanding efforts to promote healthy development in youth.  Additionally, she is a yoga practitioner and a 7th degree black belt.  Her goal is to help children discover and develop their unique strengths.

    Questions?  Feel free to contact Jeanie Gensheimer at rapunzel1963@yahoo.com or (317) 728-0040.

    Minimum of 8 students/Maximum of 24 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $144.00 for the 8 week session

    Please make checks payable to: Jeanie Gensheimer

    Click on the Rapunzel's Gymnastics link on the Download section to the right of the Class main page to access the registration form.  Return completed registration form along with payment to the Extended Programs Office, Attention: Cindy Larsen, The Orchard School, 615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
  • (FULL) Karate for 1st-4th Graders (2nd Semester 2021-2022)

    Wednesdays 
    Jan. 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23; Apr. 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11
    (No classes March 30 or April 6 due to Spring Break)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Preschool Gym 

    THIS CLASS IS FULL.  LOOK FOR KARATE OPTIONS IN ORCHARD'S SUMMER CAMP OFFERINGS WHEN POSTED IN FEBRUARY!!!

    Karate brings out the best in your child!  The benefits of Karate include: discipline, focus, coordination, agility, self-control, decision-making skills, social skills, persistence and self-defense.  The most important reason to take Karate (according to the students) is that it's fun!!

    All students begin as a white belt and continuing students will work on the material for their next belt level.  Discipline and self-control are gently encouraged.  Students are expected to work hard and be good role models.  

    Please have your student where comfortable clothes, they will NOT be wearing their karate uniforms or changing clothes before class.

    INSTRUCTOR:  Jeanie Gensheimer.  Jeanie is a 7th degree black belt in the style of Shorei Goju Ryu.  Her main Karate program is located at The Riviera Club and specializes in family Karate classes.  She holds a master's degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Butler University, as well as degrees in early childhood education and psychology.  

    Questions?  Feel free to contact Jeanie Gensheimer at rapunzel1963@yahoo.com or (317) 728-0040.

    Minimum of 8 students/Maximum of 20 students needed to run this program.


    Fees:
    $285.00 for 15 weeks of classes for the semester (3rd & 4th Sessions), includes one promotion fee ($15.00)
    $35.00 Karate uniform

    Please make checks payable to: Jeanie Gensheimer

    Click on the Karate  link on the Download section to the right of the Class main page to access the registration form.  Return completed registration form along with payment to the Extended Programs Office, Attention: Cindy Larsen, The Orchard School, 615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
  • (FULL) Little Chefs for 1st-4th Graders (4th Session 2021-2022)

    Tuesdays
    Mar. 8, 15, 22; Apr. 12, 19, 26; May 3
    (No classes on 3/29 or 4/5 due to Spring Break or 5/10)
    3:30-4:30 p.m. 
    ES Art Room


    THIS CLASS IS FULL.  NO ADDITIONAL REGISTRATIONS CAN BE ACCEPTED.

    My name is Georgia Pappas and my goal is to inspire young children to get into the kitchen and build a life-long connection with cooking.  During this session, students will learn to become creative chefs by assembling their very own masterpieces!  In 4 of the 7 classes students will receive mystery baskets full of simple, but interesting, ingredients.  They will use their big imaginations to create fun and new recipes.  During the other three classes students will prepare and sample other new dishes.  This class will cover the basics of cooking, while also teaching students to be organized and follow instructions.

    INSTRUCTOR:  Georgia Pappas has been an Orchard ES Amigos Supervisor and has participated in both our after-school and summer camp programs for several years.  Georgia has been working as a Teaching Assistant for the past 11 years in the Indianapolis area.  She has also taught and led several extracurricular classes around food, nature and crafts over the past 15 years.  Georgia always enjoys working with children and helping them learn and grow!

    Questions?  Feel free to contact Georgia Pappas at (317) 701-6583.

    Minimum of 6 students/Maximum of 12 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $195.00 for the 7 week session

    Please make checks payable to: Georgia Pappas

    Click on the Little Chefs link on the Download section to the right of the Class main page to access the registration form.  Return completed registration form along with payment to the Extended Programs Office, Attention: Cindy Larsen, The Orchard School, 615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
  • MATHCOUNTS® Competition Club for 5th-8th Graders (4th Session 2021-2022)

    Fridays
    Mar. 18, 25; Apr. 15, 22, 29; May 6
    (No classes on 3/11 [Conf. Day], 4/1 or 4/8 [Spring Break] or 5/13)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Mr. Aiyasami's Room #617


    Grade(s) class is being offered to: For 6th, 7th, 8th Graders.  5th Graders* welcome.

    [*5th Graders are welcome but will not be eligible to compete in the MATHCOUNTS® competition series.  They can, however, participate in other math competitions.]

    Do you enjoy math puzzles and brain-teasers? Are you interested in learning how to solve challenging math problems? The Orchard MATHCOUNTS® Competition Club is a Math enrichment club for students to problem solve in a fun, creative, social, and encouraging environment. The main focus of the program is to prepare students for the School, Chapter, and State MATHCOUNTS® competition. Classes will meet once a week where instructions on a problem-solving topic will be discussed and students will work independently and collaboratively to solve contest problems. Students will continually be engaged through the week using online classrooms with instructive materials, math learning activities, problem of the week, and fun math puzzles. Through the club students will explore and discover problem solving methods and fun mental math strategies to help them succeed in the competition and in high school.

    COACH:  Mr. Aiyasami
     is the 6th Grade Math Teacher at Orchard.  He enjoys teaching math to children using creative mental math techniques, which makes math much more fun, easy and enjoyable.  He believes that anyone can excel in math by adopting better math strategies.  His background is in Veterinary Sciences and Environmental Toxicology.  He loves spending time with his family.  He enjoys nature and birding, cooking, listening to 80's music, playing chess, taking walks, reading books, and watching movies.

    Questions?  Feel free to contact Aiyasami Salem Sreenivasan at asreenivasan@orchard.org or (317) 713-5750.

    Space is limited to the first 12 students who turn in completed registration forms.  Club needs a minimum of 4 students from 6th to 8th grades for formation.

    Cost Per Student: $0.  Students who have registered for the previous sessions are automatically registered for this session and do not need to turn in another registration form.

    Click on the MATHCOUNTS® link on the Download section to the right of the Class main page to access the registration form.  Return completed registration form along with payment to the Extended Programs Office, Attention: Cindy Larsen, The Orchard School, 615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
  • Mixed Media Mask Making for 1st-4th Graders (4th Session 2021-2022)

    Thursdays
    Mar. 10, 17, 24; Apr. 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12
    (No classes on 3/31 or 4/7 due to Spring Break)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    ES Art Room

    Students will design and create decorative masks using several materials such as paper mâché, plaster, clay and recycled materials.  Many types of masks from cultures around the world will be used as inspiration, however, students are encouraged to use their imaginations and creativity to create their own "one of a kind" masks.

    INSTRUCTOR:  Tracey Gallion is Orchard's ES Art teacher and has been with us for 19 years.  She is an artist in her own right and has a flare for bringing Orchard's halls alive by presenting and displaying art from various student projects.


    Questions?  Feel free to contact Tracey Gallion at tgallion@orchard.org or (317) 713-5772.

    Minimum of 5 students/Maximum of 14 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $200.00 for the 8 week session [includes all materials]

    Please make checks payable to: Tracey Gallion

    Click on the Mixed Media Mask Making link on the Download section to the right of the Class main page to access the registration form.  Return completed registration form along with payment to the Extended Programs Office, Attention: Cindy Larsen, The Orchard School, 615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
  • Piano Lessons with Mrs. M 2021-2022

    Mondays-Fridays
    Every 30 minutes starting at 4:00 p.m., with 5 minutes in between each lesson for transportation.
    For students in 1st-8th grade.
    Location: Small Practice Room in the Music Wing

    (ALL LESSONS TIMES ARE FULL.  YOU MAY REGISTER ON SALLY'S SITE FOR A "WAIT SPOT.")

    Has your child shown interest in learning the piano?  I'd love to help them begin that journey!

    Learning the piano has been shown to help children to develop focus, concentration and patience, as well as develop social skills and boost confidence.  Lessons are designed based on each individual student's background, interests, and developmental needs.  We will work on the basics of piano technique and skills, but also explore composition and improvisation along the way.

    Music theory (or studying music in written form) is also an important part of lessons.  Learning piano is one of the best ways to learn music theory, both through practical application and fun games.  This is an excellent way to prepare students to play other instruments in the future, and to develop a lifelong love of creating music. 

    We will be using the Piano Adventures series, a popular and well-respected curriculum and I will assess your child at their first lesson to determine their starting level.

    Cost: $35.00/30 minute lesson.

    To sign your child up for piano lessons, please go to this website and complete the registration form: https://forms.gle/QmbNV2J4AEmgRwEQ9

    Lessons will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, based on when this form is filled out.

    (Please Note: Due to Covid restrictions, at this time Orchard is not allowing clubs/classes/lessons for students in KG.  Preschool students are not eligible for Orchard clubs/classes/lessons.)

    INSTRUCTOR:  Sally McSpadden  has been a music teacher for many years both at Orchard and within her own early childhood music business.  She is a classically trained musician in voice, piano and guitar and she has a bachelor's degree in Ethnomusicology from Indiana University.  Sally is also active in the local community music scene, often playing for a pit orchestra of a music theater production.  She is also a member of the Indianapolis Women's Chorus.  Sally believes that music is for all people and that all people are musical.  When she isn't teaching, Sally enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and crafting.

    Questions?  Feel free to contact Sally McSpadden at smcspadden@orchard.org or (317) 650-6465.  


  • Piano Private Lessons with Dustin Klein 2021-2022

    Dustin Klein will offer Piano Private Lessons  after school once a week during the hours of 3:30-5:00 for Orchard Students.  Lessons are 30 minutes and each 30 minute lesson is $35.00.  Lessons will be limited to a maximum of 8 students, so register early to secure a spot.  For information about Mr. Klein, please visit his Indy production company website: Kleinandalvarez.com.  For additional information and registration please contact Dustin Klein directly: Phone: (317) 255-5482 or via email: dklein@orchard.org.
  • Sew What! for 3rd-4th Graders (4th Session 2021-2022)

    Wednesdays
    Mar. 9, 16, 23; Apr. 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11
    (No classes on 3/30 or 4/6 due to Spring Break)
    3:30-5:00 p.m. [NOTE: this class is 1 1/2 hours]
    Conference Room


    Learn the basics of sewing, including following a pattern, cutting out the fabric and using a sewing machine.  Students will choose their own project during the first class - anything from clothing to bags or other projects.  A beginning project for the first class will be provided to introduce using the sewing machine or to review the basics for those with experience.  Students will supply their own fabric/items for their chosen project.


    INSTRUCTOR:  Beth Larner has offered sewing camps and classes at The Orchard School for the past several years.  She is an Orchard ES Math teacher and a Math Learning Support teacher for Kindergarten-Fourth grades.


    Questions?  Feel free to contact Beth Larner at blarner@orchard.org or (317) 713-5730.


    Minimum of 3 students/Maximum of 6 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $135.00 for the 8 week session

    Please make checks payable to: Beth Larner

    Click on the Sew What! link on the Download section to the right of the Class main page to access the registration form.  Return completed registration form along with payment to the Extended Programs Office, Attention: Cindy Larsen, The Orchard School, 615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
  • Theater Fun Club With Mrs. Underwood for 3rd-4th graders (4th Session 2021-2022)

    Thursdays
    Mar. 10, 17, 24; Apr. 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12
    (No classes on 3/31 or 4/7 due to Spring Break)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Mrs. Underwood's Room #203 and the Theater

    Like dressing up and being someone else?  Like putting on plays?  If you do, come and join Drama Momma, Mrs. Underwood, on Thursdays for Theater Fun Club.  We play theater games, practice with different skits and then pick one to put on the stage for the last day of the club.  We make scenery, props and wear costumes.  It is great fun!

    INSTRUCTOR: Debbie Underwood has been a teacher at Orchard for 24 years. She has taught preschool and 3rd grade. The theater has been part of her life for many years. She enjoys participating in community theater productions as a hobby. She has taught several drama camps and directed several children's productions. She enjoys sharing her love of the theater with children.

    Questions?  Feel free to contact Deb Underwood at dunderwood@orchard.org 

    Minimum of 6 students/Maximum of 12 students to run this program.

    Fees: $190.00 for the 8 week session

    Please make checks payable to: Deb Underwood


    Click on the Theater Fun Club link on the Download section to the right of the Class main page to access the registration form.  Return completed registration form along with payment to the Extended Programs Office, Attention: Cindy Larsen, The Orchard School, 615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
  • Zen Masters Yoga for 1st-4th Graders (4th Session 2021-2022) NOTE: NEW DAY!!

    Tuesdays [NOTE: NEW CLASS DAY!!]
    Mar. 8, 15, 22; Apr. 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10
    (No classes on 3/29 or 4/5 due to Spring Break)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    EC Music Room


    This class  is for any student who is interested in movement and mindfulness.  Each week will focus on learning a new breathing technique, yoga postures and a mindfulness or yoga game.  Students will also receive a yoga mat to they will decorate and personalize to use throughout the session and to take home at the end.  No prior experience with yoga is needed as this class is open to all levels and abilities.  This session of Yoga will be taught by Silly Hearts Yoga for Kids certified kids yoga instructor, Mitzi Johnson.

    [Please send your student in comfortable clothing.  Students WILL NOT be changing before classes.]


    INSTRUCTOR:  Silly Hearts Yoga for Kids was founded by Audrey Beaugh in 2015 as a way of combining her passion for teaching children and yoga together into a "mobile yoga studio" for kids.  Silly Hearts Yoga for Kids offers yoga instruction for children in schools, homes, community settings and birthday parties all around the greater Indianapolis area.  Audrey has offered after-school classes and summer camps at Orchard for several years.

    Questions?  Feel free to contact Audrey Beaugh, Silly Hearts Yoga for Kids Founder and Instructor at sillyheartsyoga@gmail.com or (317) 689-7123.  Additional information may be found on their website: sillyheartsyoga.com


    Minimum of 4 students/Maximum of 12 students to run this program.

    Fees: $180.00 for the 8 week session 

    Please make checks payable to: Silly Hearts Yoga for Kids

    Click on the Zen Masters Yoga link on the Download section to the right of the Class main page to access the registration form.  Return completed registration form along with payment to the Extended Programs Office, Attention: Cindy Larsen, The Orchard School, 615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.