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:

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  • 1ST SESSION REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 6:00 P.M. FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019. ALL REGISTRATIONS RECEIVED AFTER 8/23/19 6:00 P.M. WILL INCUR A $20 LATE FEE (payable to the Orchard School Extended Programs).

  • Yoga for Adults (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Mondays
    August 12, 19; September 9, 16, 23; October 14
    4:00-5:00 p.m.
    ES Music Room #115


    OPEN TO ALL ADULTS IN THE COMMUNITY!!  This gentle yoga class will focus on sequences to relieve fatigue and stress and promote well-being.  Postures or asanas will focus on breathing and movement to encourage energy as well as a state of relaxation.  With the support from various props, the body and muscles will relax, open and eventually loosen the tension within.  The practice will be restorative to both body and mind.  Modifications will be shown for more advanced postures or asanas when requested.

    Mats or any appropriate materials will be provided.  Please make sure you wear comfortable clothing.  


    INSTRUCTOR:  Vicki Townsend received a Master's Degree in Education from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  She has taught in public schools in Boston and several private schools in Indianapolis.  Throughout her thirty years of teaching she has worked with students from Kindergarten to college levels.  She worked at The Orchard School for sixteen years and University High School for seven years.  Vicki has practiced yoga for thirty+ years and is a certified yoga instructor with the Yoga Alliance.


    Questions?  Feel free to contact Vicki Townsend, Certified Yoga Instructor with the Yoga Alliance at mlstrategies@gmail.com or (317) 753-0683.


    Class size minimum is 5 to run this program.


    Fees: $108.00 for 6 weeks


    Please make checks payable to: Mindful Learning Strategies, LLC 

    Click on the Yoga for Adults 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.
  • Aerospace Engineering for 3rd-7th Graders (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Mondays
    Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14
    (No classes on September 2 or October 21)
    3:30-5:00 p.m. [NOTE:  This is a 1 1/2 hour class]
    MS Science Room #534


    During this Aerospace Engineering class, students will explore and refine a variety of flying machines.  Your engineer will construct a shock absorbing system designed to protect marshmallow astronauts in a lunar vehicle, build their own air-powered rockets and investigate how blimps take flight!


    INSTRUCTOR:  At Engineering for Kids, our STEM educational enrichment classes provide a fun and engaging opportunity for students to explore and experience STEM.  Our focus is developing students' problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork skills through hands-on, project based learning.  These life skills provide students with the confidence to approach challenges in their lives and realize that they can succeed.

    ABOUT OUR TEACHERS: Our teacher are high quality college age students or experienced teachers with a strong desire to work with children of all ages.  They are fully trained in how to teach Engineering for Kids lessons and are eager to grow and learn with  your children!  All teachers are fully background checked through Orchard's system.


    Questions?  Feel free to contact Lacy Ogles of Engineering for Kids at indianapolis@engineeringforkids.net or (317) 760-9885.  You may also visit their website at www.engineeringforkids.net/Indianapolis

    Minimum of 5 students/Maximum of 24 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $110.00 for 6 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Engineering for Kids

    Click on the Aerospace Engineering 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.
  • Ballet for KG-2nd Graders (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Tuesdays
    Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Dance Room

    The perfect class for the dancer who wishes to build on their Ballet knowledge and movement. This Ballet class introduces and expands upon classical ballet technique, terminology and appreciation for dance in a structured but non-competitive environment.  Emphasis is placed on proper body alignment, execution of turn out and extensions, as well as application of port de bra.  Each class will begin with stretch and flexibility exercises and continue through the class time learning ballet terminology, positions, and techniques all while enjoying creative movement.

    This class welcomes males and females.

    Please make sure your child is wearing comfortable clothing for this class.

    You must enroll in sessions 1 & 2 to participate in the Indy Dance Academy Holiday Hoopla Show, December 15, 2019.  Participation registration and fee will be due at time of session 2 registration.


    INSTRUCTOR: Indy Dance Academy
     is state-of-the art developmental facility, located at 96th and North Meridian Street.  We offer a variety of classes designed to promote a positive and educational experience for students of all ages and abilities and we are committed to providing high-quality instruction.  IDA instructors mentor our students in order for each individual to reach their ultimate potential in an active, enjoyable and safe environment.  Indy Dance Academy also offers enrichment dance classes at area schools and we are pleased to have IDA instructor, Casie Wheeler, continue as Orchard's after-school IDA instructor!  Casie has been with Orchard for the last year sharing her passion and expertise of youth dance and movement.  She started dancing at 3 and quickly decided to focus her dance education on Ballet, where she had the opportunity to dance principal roles for many Ballet companies.  Casie spent her summers on scholarship trining with the University of Cincinnati CCM, The Rock School, the Chautauqua Institution School of Dance, and the Milwaukee Ballet, leading her to several opportunities to preform in renowned works all over the country.  In 015, Casie and her son, Ryker, moved closer to home, performing and working for several dance companies throughout Indiana.  Casie most recently performed lead roles such as Nikiya in La Bayadere and Belle in Beauty and the Beast with Ballet Theatre of Indiana.  In the 2017-2018 season she taught on faculty at Project Ballet as a Ballet Instructor and Coach.  Casie has been an Administratior and Ballet Instructor for all levels for Indy Dance Academy since 2018 and is honored and delighted to be continuing as an Instructor and Administrator at Indy Dance Academy and Orchard School this season while dancing with Ballet Theatre of Indiana.


    Questions?  Feel free to contact: info@indydanceacademy.com or (317) 218-3694.


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

    Fees: $176.00 for 8 weeks  

    Please make checks payable to: Indy Dance Academy

    Click on the Ballet 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.
  • Beginning Group Guitar for 2nd-8th Graders (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Thursdays  
    Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 24
    (No classes on October 17)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Strings Room

    Are you interest in learning how to play the guitar?  Have you taken some lessons but would like more experience?  Join Beginning Group Guitar to develop guitar skills while having fun and jamming with friends.  We'll Learn basic chords, strumming patterns and fingerpicking, all while gaining a deeper understanding of music theory on the guitar.  

    Students will need to bring their own acoustic guitar.  If you are uncertain about the type of guitar you have, please contact Sally McSpadden for assistance.


    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) 713-2195.

    Minimum of 3 students/Maximum of 10 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $140.00 for 7 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Sally McSpadden

    Click on the Beginning Group Guitar 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.
  • Chess for KG-8th Graders (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Wednesdays
    Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Dignity Center

    Learning through Games was started by chess expert Aaron Dean.  Since its inception, they have taught 17 state championship teams.  Aaron Dean and the Learning through Games team coached the 3rd grade and under 2017 State champions!  Most importantly, they are known for their child-friendly Learning Through Games style!  Kids will love it and parents will love what it does for them!


    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 8 students needed to run this program/No maximum.  Additional instructors will be added as needed when enrollment increases.


    Fees: $105.00 for 8 weeks. 

    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.
  • Club Sidequest-Adventures with Dungeons & Dragons for 4th-8th Graders (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Mondays  
    Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14
    (No classes on September 2 or October 21)
    3:30-5:30 p.m. [NOTE: This is a 2 hour class]
    Dignity Center

    At Club Sidequest, campers will will learn about tabletop roleplaying games and participate in collaborative storytelling adventures.  Participants will earn to use the rules for the game that started it all: Dungeons & Dragons®, by creating characters, developing backstories and using improvisational skills to tell stories.  Together we will go on adventures far and wide in our collective imaginations.


    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) 713-2195.

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

    Fees: $150.00 for 6 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Sally McSpadden

    Click on the Club Sidequest-Adventures with Dungeons & Dragons® 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.
  • The Confidence Club for Girls in 3rd-5th Grade (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Wednesdays  
    Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Miss Homburg's Room (#608)

    Do you enjoy spending time learning about all the amazing things women are doing in the world today?  Do you love finding ways to empower yourself and your friends?  Do you have so many great ideas to change the world and just need the confidence to start?  Girls, you can do anything-all you need is confidence.  In this club, we will spend time exploring all the amazing things we have inside us.  With the research-driven book, The Confidence Code for Girls, as our guide, we will work each week to help each girl find the elusive code to becoming bold, brave and fearless!


    INSTRUCTOR:  Reegan Homburg  teaches middle school technology at Orchard.  She has been at Orchard for 10 years and has loved every minute of it.  Connecting with kids and watching them grow and create are two of her favorite things about teaching.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her dog, Kirby, and exploring Indianapolis restaurants.


    Questions?  Feel free to contact Reegan Homburg at rhomburg@orchard.org or (317) 713-2181.

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

    Fees: $185.00 for 8 weeks [Includes Book]

    Please make checks payable to: Reegan Homburg

    Click on the The Confidence Club for Girls 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 Club for 1st-5th Graders (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Thursdays
    Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 24
    (No classes on October 17)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    5th Grade Village Science Room


    Join Professor Watermelon each week to uncover knowledge about interesting PEOPLE, PLACES and THINGS from our world and beyond.  Learn how to use this knowledge as a springboard for art and storytelling.  Explore ways to create memorable characters, exciting plots, and clever dialogue.  And don't forget the Melon Money you'll earn for the prize auction after each workshop!  With Professor Watermelon, the exciting world of creative writing is at your fingertips.  So grab a pen, and let's begin!


    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.  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.


    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 5 students/Maximum of 25 students needed to run this program.


    Fees: $140.00 for 7 weeks


    Please make checks payable to: Chadwick Gillenwater


    Click on the Creative Writing 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 KG-4th Graders (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Thursdays
    Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 24
    (No classes on October 17)
    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 17 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: $154.00 for 7 weeks [includes all tools & 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.
  • "Goin' Manga Style" for 2nd-5th Graders (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Thursdays  
    Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 24
    (No classes on October 17)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    2nd Grade classroon #409

    During "Goin' Manga Style" you will have the opportunity to learn about Japanese cartooning, Manga.  You will also have some demonstrations of "Anime," which is a form of Manga, but it's animated manga.  The greatest thing about this class is that you will truly learn to draw many different figures (people and animals) using the manga style of drawing!  It's going to be AWESOME!  You will also get your own sketchbook that you can continue to use forever!




    INSTRUCTOR:  Deb Matatall  started her teaching career back in 1988 after she graduated with a BA degree from Evangel University of Springfield, MO.  She has a double major of Elementary Education and Spanish.  Her first class out of college was a 2nd grade class in Dolan Springs, AZ.  Since then she has been in the classroom teaching all subjects with her 6th grade classes in Greenfield, IN.  Deb came to Orchard back in 2003.  For the next twelve years, Deb taught Spanish in the middle school (grades 6-8).  In the fall of 2015, Deb began teaching in the EC/ES departments here at Orchard.  She has taught preschool through 4th grade Spanish.  Her current position is to teach Orchard's Spanish to Multiage-2nd Grade. Deb works with the 4th grade drama plays with Mr. Klein.

    You may ask yourself..."Where does this Manga stuff fit in with Deb?  It doesn't sound like that fits in anywhere throughout her long teaching career!"  Well, to answer that, Deb taught about Manga and Anime for eight years while working on the 6th grade team during a Geigitsu intensive project that was held each year.  Also, Deb has a real love for the Manga style of cartooning.  It's kind of a secret hobby of hers that she enjoys sharing with her students!

    Questions?  Feel free to contact Deb Matatall at dmatatall@orchard.org or (317) 402-3405.

    Minimum of 7 students/Maximum of 15 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $175.00 for 7 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Deb Matatall

    Click on the  Goin' Manga Style 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.
  • Got Game? for 2nd-4th Graders (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Mondays
    Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14
    (No Class Sept. 2 or Oct. 21)
    3:30-4:30 p.m. 
    Ms. Belmont's Room #408


    Games can teach important social skills such as communicating verbally, sharing, waiting, taking turns and enjoying interaction with others.  Games offer great life skills such as thinking ahead, teamwork and being a good sport.  Join Ms. Belmont each week to challenge yourself and learn many of these valuable skills through different types of games such as card games, dice games, strategy games and guessing games.


    INSTRUCTOR:  I am Jamie Belmont and this is my 12th year at Orchard.  I am a 2nd grade teacher and I was previously the Elementary School Education Technology Teacher.  I have also worked previously as a 2nd and 3rd grade technology teacher as well as a Coordinator for Orchard's Kids Connect Program.  I am passionate about helping teachers integrate technology into the Orchard curriculum so that students are prepared to live and work in the 21st Century.  I have two children, both Orchard graduates, that keep me busy in my free time.  I also enjoy working out, spending time with friends, going to concerts and watching movies.


    Questions?  Feel free to contact Jamie Belmont  at jbelmont@orchard.org  or (317) 713-5748.


    Minimum of 6 students/Maximum of 16 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $120.00 for 6 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Jamie Belmont

    Click on the Got Game? 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.
  • Gymnastics for Boys and Girls for KG-3rd Graders (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Thursdays
    Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 24
    (No classes on October 17)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Preschool Gym

    Gymnastics is an excellent way to gain overall physical fitness, poise, confidence and self-discipline.  The joy of success is the most powerful motivator for learning.  Children who are successful will search out new tasks and approach challenges with a positive attitude.  Gymnasts will learn tumbling, springboard, low bar and coordination skills in a supportive and fun environment.


    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 28 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 6 students/Maximum of 20 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $126.00 for 7 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Jeanie Gensheimer

    Click on the Gymnastics for Boys and Girls  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.
  • Karate for Girls & Boys in 1st-8th Grades 1st Semester (1st & 2nd Sessions] 2019-2020)

    Wednesdays 
    Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Nov. 6, 13, 20; Dec. 4, 11, 18
    (No classes on November 27)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Preschool Gym


    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 progress through the belt ranks.  Continuing students will work on the material for their next belt level.  Higher rank students learn to teach and develop leadership skills.  Discipline and self-control are gently encouraged.  Students are expected to work hard and be good role models.  With consistent attendance and hard work in class, students will progress to the next belt level during the semester.

    All students should wear a white karate uniform to class and bring their belt to class the first day if they took it home last session.

    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 6 students/Maximum of 30 students needed to run this program.


    Fees: $270.00 for 15 weeks of classes [plus new or continuing fee below]
    $45.00 registration fee for new students (includes cost of a uniform and one promotion fee)
    $15.00 promotion fee for continuing students
    $30.00 if your child does not have a white karate uniform (or needs a new one)

    Please make checks payable to: Jeanie Gensheimer

    Click on the Karate for Girls & Boys  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 Chefs - The Art of Food for KG-3rd Graders (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Tuesdays
    Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22
    3:30-4:30 p.m. 
    ES Art Room


    LITTLE CHEFS - THE ART OF FOOD:

    Mrs. Georgia will be teaching The Art of Food, a course that will aim to get kids creative in the kitchen and crafty when it comes to making food that not only tastes delicious, but looks amazing!  During each class, students will have a hands-on experiences making mini masterpieces on their plates.  And, because every beautiful food needs an equally beautiful table scape, students will be taught how to properly set a dining table.

    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 9 years in the Indianapolis area.  She has also taught and led several extracurricular classes around food, nature and crafts.  Georgia always enjoys working with children and helping them learn and grow!


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


    Minimum of 7 students/Maximum of 13 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $185.00 for 8 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Georgia Pappas

    Click on the Little Chefs - The Art of Food 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-8th Graders (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Tuesdays
    Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Dining Hall


    LITTLE MUSKETEERS Sabre Fencing Program is specifically tailored for children of a young age who have not fenced before.  The goals is to safely teach students the basics of the sport of Sabre 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 four consecutive, progressive 8-week 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.  Classes are limited to 15 students to ensure safety and quality of instruction.

    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 Ellen Kizik 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 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 15 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $190.00 for 8 weeks (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.


  • Math Tutoring with Cathy Doerr (1st session 2019-2020)

    Please call or text Cathy Doerr directly to schedule a tutoring session at (317) 750-0111.

    How Cathy can help with Math studies:
    • Teaches according to your child's learning style and individual needs
    • Teaches students how to break down problems into small segments
    • Shows how to relate problems to everyday life
    • Helps students learn to apply previously learned skills to new concepts
    • Use online resources to track assignments, upcoming tests and grades
    • Help build a new level of confidence and understanding

    About the Instructor: Cathy Doerr has her Master's Degree in Education from Butler University, over 30 years of private tutoring experience, as well as 18 years of public school teaching experience.  She has knowledge of math standards and curriculum and 8 years of experience teaching summer school math remediation classes. More about her in her own words:  "I am a retired teacher who loves working with students and making a difference in their lives. I strive to take the fear out of math and make it one that they understand and enjoy. I have helped hundreds of children become better math students. I will help yours too!"

    Price: $25 per half hour (3:30-6:00 p.m.)

    Location: 5th Grade Breakout Room (#301)

    Days available:
    Mondays: Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14 (No classes on Sept. 2 or Oct. 21)
    Tuesdays: Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22
    Wednesdays: Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23
    Thursdays: Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 24 (No classes on Oct. 17)


  • $-MONEY: Earn, Save, Invest, Tax, Spend, Give, Retire for 5th-8th Graders (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Wednesdays
    Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Mr. Berry's Room #601


    Have you ever heard an adult say, "I wish I knew then what I know now about money?"  We are all at different stages in our lives when it comes to personal finances, but we all agree on this: It's best to start saving when you are younger.  This workshop uses decades of money advice and mistakes to help you become better prepared for your financial future. By attending every class, students will have enough information they can refer to over the next 20 years.


    INSTRUCTOR:  Jeffrey Berry is a certified financial educator and entrepreneurship instructor.  He started teaching financial literacy over 20 years ago with 4-H and a non-profit he started for economically disadvantaged youth.  Currently he teaches U.S. History & Politics at the Orchard School.

    Questions?  Feel free to contact Jeffrey Berry at  jlberry@orchard.org or (317) 713-5783.

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

    Fees: $175.00 for 8 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Jeffrey Berry

    Click on the $-MONEY: Earn, Save, Invest, Tax, Spend, Give, Retire 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.
  • Music Together with Mrs. M for Children Birth to Age 5 (1st & 2nd Sessions) 2019-2020)

    Wednesdays
    Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30; Nov. 6, 13, 20; Dec. 4, 11, 18
    (NOTE: These dates include both 1st and 2nd Sessions)
    5:30-6:15 p.m.
    EC Music Room - Room 115


    Your little one's musicality is just waiting to blossom, and now is the time to give it the loving care it needs.  Music Together with Mrs. M makes it easy and fun!  Mixed-aged classes offer developmentally appropriate musical experiences for children from birth to age five.  Mixed age groupings foster natural, family-style learning where the whole family can participate together, regardless of previous musical experience!  Older children love to show what they know, the younger ones love to watch and imitate, and adults model active, joyful music-making.  The relaxed, no-pressure environment lets all kids (and adults!) learn at their own pace.  Class activities include singing, dancing, moving, listening, observing, and exploring instruments.  The wide variety of adult-child activities encourages fun interaction and offers new ways for families to play musically at home.  Our nine song collections provide years of exciting musical growth.  Our Spring session is the Tambourine Collection!  Parents, grandparents, adult friends and caregivers are always welcome to accompany the children.  This class is designed for children birth to age 5.

    With your tuition, you will receive lots of parent education materials, your Collection Songbook (different each session), one professionally recorded CD, a downloadable song code to access our on-line Family Music Zone, and lots of activity suggestions for parents to continue musical experiences outside of class.


    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) 713-2195.  For more information, please also visit at website: musictogetherwithmrsm.com
    Minimum of 6 students/Maximum of 12 students needed to run this program.

    Fees for New Families:
    1 Child - $155/Siblings (over 8 months old) - $90 each

    Fees for Returning Families (after completing 1 semester):
    1 Child - $145/Siblings (over 8 months old) - $90 each

    Siblings (of a registered child) 8 months and under on the first day of class are free!

    To register for a Music Together with Mrs. M class, please complete online registration on her website: musictogetherwithmrsm.com

  • Piano, Violin and Viola Private Lessons with Dasha Bartol (2019-2020)

    Music lessons full of fun, singing, playing favorite songs, conducting will be accompanied by the course of learning musical notation, rhythmic techniques, theory and a harmony of the sounds.  Older students will be introduced to the history of the type of musical piece they are playing.  Private instruction on piano, violin and viola will be offered 3:30-6:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Cost is $35.00 per half-hour lesson.  Please contact Dasha Bartol directly for lesson availability at dashabartol@gmail.com or (317) 225-7790.

    Dasha Bartol has been teaching since 1993.  She holds a Bachelor and a Master of Arts in Music Performance and also mastered three and half years of intense post graduate studies.  For the last few years she has been associated with The Orchard School while working for Midwest School of Music (MSM closed as of June 2017 after many, many years of providing lessons to students across Indiana!  Barb, owner and founder of MSM, has earned her "retirement"!!).  Dasha's students loved her so much that we asked her to continue with us as a private instructor.  Lucky for Orchard, she was happy to come on board and continues to offer students lessons each session!!  Dasha is a mother of 3 kids - two furry and one human who is 15.  She and her family live in Zionsville where she loves cooking, jogging and enjoys going to nature parks and the ocean.
  • Puppet Making for KG-4th Graders (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Wednesdays
    Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    ES Art Room

    In this fun class, students will design and create a unique hand-held puppet from paper mache and mixed media.  Next, students will then design and create a fabric body and embellish their puppets.  It is fun to see how each puppet reflects the maker's personality!


    INSTRUCTOR:  Tracey Gallion is Orchard's ES Art teacher and has been with us for 17 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: $176.00 for 8 weeks [includes all tools & materials]

    Please make checks payable to: Tracey Gallion

    Click on the Puppet 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.
  • Puzzlemania for 1st-2nd Graders (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Mondays  
    Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14
    (No classes on Sept. 2 or Oct. 21)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Ms. Vorenberg's Room (#421)

    In this FUN class, your child will have opportunities to work in a small group, partners or independently on various types of puzzles such as Jigsaw, Word, Math, Mazes and Picture Puzzles.

    How puzzles can enhance your child's learning abilities:
    • Cognitive skills - visual, spatial and themes
    • Problem solving
    • Fine motor development
    • Hand/eye coordination
    • Social - children need to share, take turns and listen to one another
    • Self esteem - sense of accomplishment

    INSTRUCTOR:  Jody Vorenberg: I am a mother of 3 girls, Melissa (29), Abby (27 and Claire (23).  I have 2 degrees: Early Childhood K-3rd grade and a degree in Child Life.  I have taught Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade in Boston, MA, Cambride, MA, Watertown, MA and Indianapolis, IN.  I worked as a tutor at Riley Hospital for grades Pre-K through 12th Grade.  Currently I teach 1st grade at The Orchard School.  I like to work in my garden, read and cook.


    Questions?  Feel free to contact Jody Vorenberg at jvorenberg@orchard.org or (317) 713-5751.

    Minimum of 4 students/Maximum of 10 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $135.00 for 6 weeks [Includes Book]

    Please make checks payable to: Jody Vorenberg

    Click on the Puzzlemania 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.
  • Rhythm Kids for KG-2nd Graders (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Wednesdays
    Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    EC Music Room - Room 115


    For children from kindergarten through second grade, Rhythm Kids® by Music Together® is the music and movement program where children explore rhythm through drumming, singing, and dancing to a combination of Music Together  sons specifically adapted for their age and new music inspired from around the world.  Classes are led by our trained teachers, and children continue learning outside of class with our proprietary interactive videos.

    Children learn to drum, sing, move to new rhythms, work in ensembles, conduct and improvise.  Through dynamic music games and activities, they develop skills like recognizing and playing patterns and soloing, they develop timing, coordination, listening skills and self-expression, and they build self-confidence and social abilities.  

    With your tuition, you will receive:
    • Two copies of the current collection CD plus an accompanying songbook.
    • An access code to the online videos - so student can "drum along with Tom."
    • Parents may stay or drop off each week - but, if you stay, plan to participate!  
    • CHILDREN WILL NEED A DRUM!  We use 9"x18" djembes, but get whatever size you think is best for your child.  We mostly lay them n the floor and sit on the side of the drum.  Contact Sally McSpadden for discount information when purchasing a drum.  There will also be a few drums on hand for kids to use.

    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) 713-2195.  For more information, please also visit at website: musictogetherwithmrsm.com

    Minimum of 5 students/Maximum of 10 students needed to run this program.

    Cost Per Student: $150.00

    To register for a Rhythm Kids class, please complete online registration on her website: musictogetherwithmrsm.com
  • Sew What! for 3rd-8th Graders (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Wednesdays
    Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16
    (No classes on October 23)
    3:30-5:00 p.m. [NOTE: this class is 1 1/2 hours]
    Mrs. Larner's Room #104


    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 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: $120.00 for 7 weeks

    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.
  • Soccer Shots for KG-2nd Graders (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Tuesdays
    Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22
    3:30-4:30 p.m. 
    Preschool Gym 

    Soccer Shots: The Children's Soccer Experience:

    Soccer Shots is a nationally recognized and awarded program that offers high energy, fun and age-appropriate soccer lessons. Soccer Shots Premier is for school-aged children that want to build upon the soccer skills they have already learned, as well as those that are new to soccer.  Focusing on individual skill, fitness, and sportsmanship, each session provides an opportunity for players to be challenged through fun games and team competitions. Players will also be introduced to tactical elements and concepts of game play through weekly scrimmages. We also use the platform that soccer provides us as a tool for teaching character development lessons each week. Thus, Players not only learn new skills and participate in fun games, scrimmages and team challenges each week, but also learn teamwork, cooperation, leadership and confidence, etc.

    **All students should bring sneakers and weather appropriate, comfortable clothing to play soccer in. Additional soccer gear is not required.**

    INSTRUCTOR: We, at Soccer Shots, are driven by the belief that a positive experience with sports can make a lasting impact on a child's life. We believe that soccer is a perfect platform to help prepare children for success, on and off the field. At Soccer Shots, we believe that it's not only our opportunity, but also our responsibility to positively impact children's lives. Every Soccer Shots coach must complete a comprehensive training program to receive certification. All Soccer Shots coaches are trained in the use of developmentally appropriate techniques. Coaches are routinely evaluated and undergo ongoing training. Coach selection process evaluates not only the ability to coach soccer, but also the ability to engage and inspire children.

    For additional information, please visit our website at:  centralindiana.soccershots.com  search The Orchard School).

    Questions?  Please contact Kevin Rebholz at (814) 380-8203 or Kevinr@soccershots.org

    Minimum of 10 students/Maximum of 16 students needed to run this program.

    Fee: $198 + $15* registration fee.  Includes: 1 hour session each week, small prize each week, mid-season report, end-of-season prize, and certificate of participation/report card.) [ * Registration fee is charged once per Soccer Shots school year (Aug. 2019-July 2020) and includes one Soccer Shots jersey (MSRP $35). All children in the fall session owe the $15 registration fee for the new school year.  The fee is invested in excellent coaches, state-aligned curricula, and communication, so that we can provide the best Children's Soccer Experience.   The fee is also invested in special events for families such as OrangeFest and collegiate soccer days, which will allow families to meet coaches and see their children participate in Soccer Shots class, etc.

    Please make checks payable to: Soccer Shots

    Click on the Soccer Shots 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.
  • Spanish Club: Pop-Up Cards for 4th-8th Graders (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Mondays
    Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14
    (No classes on Sept. 2 or Oct. 21)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Señora Grillo's Room #618

    Crazy about cool BIRTHDAY-CONGRATS-GET WELL cards?  Come to make your own POP-UP Cards, and have the perfect gift.  Make an impression on your friends and family with your new skill.  You will follow directions in Spanish and you will end with exceptional creations.  

    All 4th-8th grade students are welcome.  You don't need to be bilingual to be a member.  Come to have some fun in a relaxing way and practice extra Spanish.


    INSTRUCTOR:  Senora Grillo is Orchard's 5th & 6th Grade Spanish teacher and has been with us for 3 years. 


    Questions?  Feel free to contact Ana Grillo at agrillo@orchard.org or (317) 713-5718.


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

    Fees: $132.00 for 6 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Ana Grillo

    Click on Spanish Club: Pop-Up Cards 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 Drama Mama for 3rd-5th graders (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Thursdays
    Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 24
    (No classes on October 17)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Mrs. Underwood's Room #203

    Like dressing up and being someone else?  Like putting on plays?  If you do, come and join Drama Momma, Mrs. Underwood, on Thursdays for Drama 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 for your parents.  We make scenery, props and wear costumes.  It is great fun!


    INSTRUCTOR: Debbie Underwood 
    has been a teacher at Orchard for 22 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 15 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $179.00 for 7 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Deb Underwood


    Click on the Theater Fun Club with Drama Mama 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.
  • Vocal and Piano Private Lessons w/Dustin Klein (2019-2020)


    Private coaching in Voice and Piano Performance:


    Dustin Klein, will again be offering private instruction in both voice and piano for students in 1st-8th grade.  Lessons are 30 minutes in length and are $35.00 per lesson.  Please contact Dustin directly for lesson availability at dklein@orchard.org or (317) 713-5982 (school) or (317) 255-5482 (cell/home).  Lessons will be given on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 3:30-5:30 p.m. (No lessons on Tuesdays due to school meetings or Fridays due to musical rehearsals.)

    Mr. Klein has taught at Orchard for 18 years and is also the co-founder, producer and artistic director of his production company, "Klein & Alvarez Productions, LLC" here in Indianapolis.
  • Zen Masters Yoga for KG-3rd Graders (1st Session 2019-2020)

    Mondays
    Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7,14
    (No classes on Sept. 2 or Oct. 21)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Preschool Gym


    Join Silly Hearts Yoga for Kids for an hour of yoga, games, art and more!  Zen Masters will work on the ancient art of being awesome!  Each class will have an element of mindfulness, teaching kids how to bring awareness to their surroundings and themselves in an engaging and meaningful way.  Zen Masters will also harness their creativity with yoga games and crafts and of course, learn yoga!  This is a class for all abilities - no prior yoga experience needed.


    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.  Meg McNamara will be the instructor for Zen Masters at The Orchard School.  She recently retired after 33 years of teaching in area schools, and is excited to join the Silly Hearts Yoga for Kids team and share her joy of yoga with students at The Orchard School.  Meg's classes infuse movement, books, games and mindfulness in a way that children love!  Her calming presence and understanding of how to meet children where they are makes her yoga classes a great fit for any child wanting to move, play and feel good!  Meg enjoys healthy eating, reading, yoga and spending time with her two sons when they visit from college.


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

    Fees: $95.00 for 6 weeks

    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.