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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  • 4TH SESSION REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS Noon on Monday, March 4th, 2019. ALL REGISTRATIONS RECEIVED AFTER 3/4/19 NOON WILL INCUR A $20 LATE FEE (payable to The Orchard School Extended Programs).

  • Yoga for Adults (4th Session 2018-2019)

    Mondays
    March 18, 25; April 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13
    (No classes on March 11, April 1 or April 8)
    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: $126.00 for 7 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.
  • Zumba for Adults (4th session 2018-2019)

    Wednesdays
    March 13, 20, 27; April 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15
    (No classes on April 3 or April 10)
    4:00-5:00 p.m. 
    Dance Room


    OPEN TO ALL ADULTS IN THE COMMUNITY!!  Come join in the fun of dancing various Latin rhythms around the world, including hip-hop.  Props for different dances (hand fans, scarfs, etc.) along with sticks for squats and arm exercises, felt material to work on legs, bands to tone arms and legs, etc. will be provided.  Please make sure you wear comfortable clothing.  


    INSTRUCTOR: Ingrid Deer has been a Zumba, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold, Zumba Kids and Aqua Zumba instructor for the last 11 years.  She teaches at various LA Fitness facilities, Washington Township Parks & Rec. and The Monon Center.  We are excited to have Ingrid join us at The Orchard School!


    Questions?  Feel free to contact Ingrid Deer via email at: wdeer@att.net or by phone: (317) 287-4038.


    Class size minimum is 8 and maximum is 15 to run this program.


    Fees: $80.00 for 8 weeks


    Please make checks payable to: Ingrid Deer 

    Click on the ZUMBA 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.
  • APPRENTICE: Gamer-Bots Engineering for 2nd-5th Graders (4th Session 2018-2019)

    Wednesdays
    March 13, 20, 27; April 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15
    (No classes on April 3 or April 10)
    3:30-5:00 p.m. [NOTE:  This is a 1 1/2 hour class]
    MS Science Room #534


    Bring your favorite games to life in our Gamer Bots Camp!  Gamer Bot Engineers will build, adapt, and program their bots to mimic several popular games including some video games!  Teams will compete in head to head challenges inspired by popular games like Hungry Hungry Hippos, Mario Kart*, Freeze Tag, and much more!!

    *Latex balloons used in some lessons*


    INSTRUCTOR:  Engineering for Kids brings science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), to kids ages 4 to 14 in a fun and challenging way.  We are proud to inspire children to build on their natural curiosity by teaching engineering concepts through hands-on learning.  Engineering is, after all, one of the fastest growing industries in the world!  About our teachers:  Our teachers are high quality college students 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: $130.00 for 8 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Engineering for Kids

    Click on the APPRENTICE: Gamer-Bots 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.
  • Babies Only Music Class - Music Together with Mrs. M (Spring Session [4th Session] 2018-2019)

    Thursdays
    March 14, 21, 28; April 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16
    (No classes on April 4 or April 11)
    4:00-4:45 p.m.
    EC Music Room - Room 115


    Babies love music.  This will come as no surprise to you if you've ever soothed your newborn to sleep with a lullaby or bounced them to the beat of your favorite song.  But did you know your child is also a natural music-maker?  It's true: We are each born equipped to respond to music from a remarkably early age.  There is a lot you can do to nurture your new little musician - even if you don't think of yourself as a "musical" person.  Making music together from the very beginning will lead to a lifetime of shared musical enjoyment for both you and your child.

    The Music Together® Babies Class will start you on the path to becoming a musically family.  Specifically designed for infants eight months and younger, this one-semester introduction to Music Together allows babies to embrace, enjoy and express their inborn musicality.  In your weekly class, you will spend forty-five music-filled minutes singing, dancing, and playing with your child, all in the company of other new parents and guided by an early childhood music specialist.  You'll learn how your child is developing musically and how you can support this growth at home. Plus, you'll leave with lots of ideas on how to play and bond musically together and infuse music into your baby's everyday life.

    With your tuition, you will receive lots of parent education materials, your Collection Songbook, one professionally recorded CD, a down-loadable 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 10 students needed to run this program.

    Fees for New Families:
    1 Child - $155/Siblings - $100 each

    Fees for Returning Families (after completing 1 semester):
    1 Child - $145/Siblings - $100 each


    To register for a Babies Only Music Together with Mrs. M class, please complete on-line registration on her website: musictogetherwithmrsm.com
  • Ballet for KG-2nd Graders (4th Session 2018-2019)

    Mondays
    March 11, 18, 25; April 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13
    (No classes on April 1 or April 8)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Dance Room

    The perfect class for the dancer who wishes to build on their Ballet knowledge and movement. Each dancer will expand on their appreciation for dance and movement in a structured, but non-competitive environment.  Dancers will begin each class with stretch and flexibility exercises and continue through the class time learning ballet terminology, positions, and techniques, all while having fun with ceative movement.  Casie Wheeler will be continuing as the instructor for this session. 

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


    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 is from Fishers and started dancing at the age of 3.  She received her training from Suzann DeLay and performed with the Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, where she the opportunity to dance principal roles including Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in the Nutcracker and Tinker Bell in Peter Pan.  Casie spent her summers on scholarship training with the University of Cincinnati CCM, The Rock School, the Chautauqua Institution School of Dance, and the Milwaukee Ballet.  At the age of 17, Casie performed the Summer Fairy variation from Kent Stowell's Cinderella with Ballet Theatre of Indianapolis.  From there, she went on to dance with the North Carolina Dance Theatre 2, where she performed multiple works of George Balanchine, several roles in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux's Nutcracker including Dancing Doll and lead Spanish.  Casie especially enjoyed working with Dwight Rhoden in his world premier of Othello.  In 2009 as a member of the Milwaukee Ballet II, Casie had the opportunity to perform the role of the lead lost boy in Michael Pink's world premier of Peter Pan, as well as performing in Cinderella and the Nutcracker.  In 2010 she joined the Minnesota Ballet and performed multiple Principal roles throughout the season.  Casie then joined the Nevada Ballet Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada where she had the privilege of performing in George Balanchine's Serenade at the NBT 40th Anniversary Gala and Grand opening of the Smith Center for Performing Arts as well as multiple performance in collaboration with Cirque Du Soleil.  In 2017 Casie performed lead roles such as Nikiya in La Bayadere and Belle in Beauty and the Beast with Ballet Theatre of Indiana.  Throughout all of the performance seasons, Casie was also on staff with each organization's Outreach programs.  In 2015 after an extended maternity leave, she accepted a position with the Fort Wayne Ballet and she was on faculty at the AUER Academy of Fort Wayne Ballet.  In 2016 she joined the faculty at Central Indiana Academy of Dance as a ballet, jazz, contemporary and creative movement teacher.  She also served as the Youth Company Director at that time.  In the 2017-2018 season she taught on faculty at Project Ballet as a ballet instructor and coach.  Casie is honored and delighted to be on the staff at Indy Dance Academy.


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


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

    Fees: $160.00 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 (4th Session 2018-2019)

    Wednesdays  [PLEASE NOTE NEW DAY!!]
    March 13, 20, 27; April 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15
    (No classes on April 3 or April 10)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    ES Music Room (#115)  [NOTE: NEW ROOM LOCATION]

    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 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: $160.00 for 8 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 (4th Session 2018-2019)

    Wednesdays
    March 13, 20, 27; April 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15
    (No classes on April 3 or April 10)
    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.
  • Creative Printmaking for KG-4th Grade (4th Session 2018-2019)

    Thursdays
    March 14, 21, 28; April 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16
    (No classes on April 4 or April 11)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    ES Art Room

    In this creative class, students will explore a few types of printmaking-stamping, layering and different types of relief printing.  Students will learn how to show contrast, create a printing plate, roll ink using a brayer, and pull prints.  Students will be able to use their imaginations when designing their work.  We will experiement with printing on clay, fabric and papers.

    INSTRUCTOR:  Tracey Gallion is Orchard's ES Art teacher and has been with us for 16 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: $184.00 for 8 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Tracey Gallion

    Click on the Creative Printmaking 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 (4th Session 2018-2019)

    Thursdays
    March 14, 21, 28; April 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16
    (No classes April 4 or April 11)
    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: $160.00 for 8 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.
  • Fairy and Gnome Homes and Gardens for KG-4th Graders (4th Session 2018-2019)

    Wednesdays
    March 13, 20, 27; April 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15
    (No classes on April 3 or April 10)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    ES Art Room


    In this fun class, your child will create enchanting homes and gardens for fairies or gnomes!  A variety of materials will be used, including clay, polymer clay, wood, fabric, paint and many natural materials.  Real plants will be used to create a special garden environment.

    INSTRUCTOR:  Tracey Gallion is Orchard's ES Art teacher and has been with us for 16 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: $184.00 for 8 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Tracey Gallion

    Click on the Fairy and Gnome Homes and Gardens 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 (4th Session 2018-2019)

    Thursdays
    March 14, 21, 28; April 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16
    (No classes April 4 and April 11)
    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 27 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: $144.00 for 8 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.
  • ICC (Indianapolis Children's Choir) for 5th-8th Grade [4th Session 2018-2019]

    Fridays
    March 22, 29; April 19, 26; May 3, 10 [No classes on April 5 or April 12]
    May 11th  (In Harmony Concert)
    May 17th is an optional auditioning day for ICC
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Choir Room
     
    The Indianapolis Children's Choir will offer ICC's Neighborhood Choir Academy here at The Orchard School! Students in grades 5-8 will have the opportunity to learn and refine pieces that will culminate in a performance on May 11th at St.Luke's Methodist Church. Orchard singers will combine with several of the other campus choirs of the Indianapolis Children's Choir in this exciting performance.  May 17th will be reserved for an optional auditioning day for ICC.

    INSTRUCTOR: The Indianapolis Children's Choir nurtures and inspires student achievement through quality music education and the pursuit of artistic excellence in choral music performance. ICC envisions a future where excellence in choral singing is valued and supported for all children in the community - bridging cultures, ethnicities and economic backgrounds. Every week the Indianapolis Children's Choir (ICC) provides music education to approximately 2,500 students in central Indiana. Founded in 1986 by artistic director Henry Leck and as of the 2016-2017 season introduced Artistic Director Joshua Pedde, as their new AD. Orchard's ICC director will be Mr. Daniel Backfish-White 

    Questions? Feel free to contact Amy Hughley, Associate Artistic Director, Indianapolis Children's Choir at  or 317-940-9640.

    A minimum of 10 students are needed for this program to run.

    Fees: $62.50 for 6 weeks [fee also includes an ICC shirt and one free ticket for a family member to attend the concert]
    Please make all checks payable to ICC [ICC's PERMISSION/PHOTO RELEASE WAIVER must also be attached to Orchard's REGISTRATION FORM for complete registration].

    The registration forms are located under downloads on this page. Return completed registration form, along with the ICC Permission/Photo Release Waiver Form to the Extended Programs Office.
  • JUNIOR: Robotics: Crazy Contraptions Engineering for KG-1st Graders (4th Session 2018-2019)

    Fridays
    March 15, 22, 29; April 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17
    (No classes on April 5 or April 12)
    3:30-5:00 p.m. [NOTE:  This is a 1 1/2 hour class]
    MS Science Room #534

    In this new Robotics class your little engineer will construct unique robots!  They will problem solve and work as a team to program their creations to move and make noise!  Projects include a Spinning toy, Shake Table, and Milo the robot!

    INSTRUCTOR:  Engineering for Kids brings science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), to kids ages 4 to 14 in a fun and challenging way.  We are proud to inspire children to build on their natural curiosity by teaching engineering concepts through hands-on learning.  Engineering is, after all, one of the fastest growing industries in the world!  About our teachers:  Our teachers are high quality college students 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 12 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $130.00 for 8 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Engineering for Kids

    Click on the Junior: Robotics: Crazy Contraptions 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.
  • Karate for Girls & Boys in 1st-8th Grades (4th Session] 2018-2019)

    Wednesdays 
    Mar. 13, 20, 27; Apr. 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15
    (No classes on April 3 or 10)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Preschool Gym


    NEW STUDENTS WELCOME TO JOIN FOR 4TH SESSION!!!

    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: $144.00 for 8 weeks (4TH SESSION) 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 for KG-4th Graders (4th Session 2018-2019)

    Tuesdays
    March 12, 19, 26; April 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14
    (No classes on April 4 or April 9)
    3:30-4:30 p.m. 
    ES Art Room


    LITTLE CHEFS:

    Grab your apron and join Mrs. Georgia in the kitchen for some cooking fun!  This session, your little chef will practice not only basic cooking skills, but also learn about table setting and presentation.  Each week students will learn how to prepare a new dish - and some weeks they will be challenged to prepare a dish using secret ingredients from a mystery basket!  Cooking allows children to use their creativity and develop essential life skills, all while fostering friendships and teamwork.
     

    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 8 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 6 students/Maximum of 12 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $175.00 for 8 weeks

    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.
  • Little Musketeers Sabre Fencing Program for 1st-8th Graders (4th Session 2018-2019)

    Tuesdays
    March 12, 19, 26; April 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14
    (No classes on April 2 or April 9)
    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 will return as Orchard's Fencing Coach.  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: $185.00 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 (4th session 2019-2018)

    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, 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.)

    Days available:
    Mondays: March 11, 18, 25; April 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13 (No classes on April 1 or April 8)
    Tuesdays: March 12, 19, 26; April 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14 (No classes on April 2 or April 9)
    Wednesdays: March 13, 20, 27; April 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15 (No classes on April 3 or April 10)
    Thursdays: March 14, 21, 28; April 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16 (No classes on April 4 or April 11)


  • Mixed-Ages Music Class: Music Together with Mrs. M for Children Birth to Age 5 (4th Session 2018-2019)

    Wednesdays
    March 13, 20, 27; April 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15
    (No classes on April 3 or April 10)
    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) - $100 each

    Fees for Returning Families (after completing 1 semester):
    1 Child - $145/Siblings (over 8 months old) - $100 each

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

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

  • MONEY: Earn, Save, Invest, Tax, Spend, Give, Repeat for 5th-8th Graders (4th Session 2018-2019)

    Fridays
    March 15, 22, 29; April 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17
    (No classes on April 4 or April 11)
    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, Repeat 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, Violin and Viola Private Lessons with Dasha Bartol (2018-2019)

    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!!  Dasha is a mother of 3 kids - two furry and one human who is 14.  She and her family live in Zionsville where she loves cooking, jogging and enjoys going to nature parks and the ocean.
  • PIZZA and YOGA with Princesa Powell la Professor for Grades 3rd-5th (4th Session 2018-2019)

    Mondays
    March 11, 18, 25; April 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13
    (No classes on April 1 or April 8)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Preschool Gym

    After eating a yummy snack, have fun with your friends and learn the peaceful techniques of Yoga.  We will learn which combinations go together well so you can design your own perfect yoga workout!  Have fun while growing in peace, inner strength and joy!

    Bring your yoga mat and water bottle.  Don't forget to wear comfortable clothing for your yoga workout!

    INSTRUCTOR:  Karen Powell is Orchard's 3rd & 4th Grade Spanish teacher. She has been a yoga student all of her adult life and has taught yoga for over a decade.  She'l taught yoga around the US and in Mexico to children and adults in both English and Spanish. In addition to teaching yoga, Karen was a yoga consultant for the El Paso Independent School District and a wellness consultant on Sunny 99.9 FM in Texas. Karen has a Master of Surya Yoga and Surat Shabda Yoga and is a Registered Teacher of Hatha Yoga.  


    Questions?  Feel free to contact Karen Powell at kpowell@orchard.org or (317) 713-5786.


    Minimum of 6 students/Maximum of 10 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $185.00 for 8 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Karen Powell

    Click on Pizza and Yoga with Princesa Powell la Profesora 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.
  • Sew What! for 3rd-8th Graders (4th Session 2018-2019)

    Wednesdays
    March 13, 20, 27; April 17, 24; May 1, 8
    (No classes on April 3, April 10 May 15)
    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 (4th Session 2018-2019)

    Tuesdays
    March 12, 19, 26; April 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14
    (No classes on April 2 or April 9)
    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, scimmages and team challenges each week, but also learn teamwork, cooperation, leadership and confidence!

    **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: https://www.soccershots.org/marionandhendricks/ and
    https://marionandhendricks.ssreg.org/ (scroll down to 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: $180 for returning students from session 1 2, or 3, $195 for students that are new this session ($180 + $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 chool year (Sept. 2018-July 2019) and includes one Soccer Shots jersey (MSRP $35).  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 5th-8th Graders (4th Session 2018-2019)

    Mondays
    March 11, 18, 25; April 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13
    (No classes on April 1 or April 8)
    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 middle school students (5th-8th) are welcome.  You don't need to be bilingual to be a member.  Come to have some fun in a relaxing way.


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

    Fees: $175.00 for 8 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 (4th Session 2018-2019)

    Thursdays
    March 14, 21, 28; April 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16
    (No classes on April 4 or April 11)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Mrs. Underwood's Room #203

    Come join Mrs. Underwood for some theater fun! We will learn and play theater games, work on simple improvisation, and then put on a short skit from audition to stage. You will work on line delivery, vocal quality, and movement on the stage. We will make scenery, props and wear costumes.

    INSTRUCTOR: Debbie Underwood 
    has been a teacher at Orchard for 21 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 needed to run this program.

    Fees: $179.00 for 8 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 (2018-2019)

    Dustin Klein, Orchard's Fine Arts Department Head, MS Choirs/Music, 7th grade musical, 4th grade play and 5th grade drama teacher, will again be giving private instruction in both voice and piano.  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.)

    Dustin has a Master of Music from Butler University and will be starting his 17th year at Orchard.  He also co-owns Klein & Alvarez Productions, LLC and serves as a composer and music direct/producer.  They created and produced the original musical "Calder, the Musical" in 2016-2017.  The musical was the number one show at Indy Fringe Theatre Festival and the full production was the most attended show ever at Indy Fringe Theatre's season.  The professionally recorded cast album was released in June 2017.  Dustin also produces a series in Carmel called "Magic Thread Cabaret."  

  • Zumba for Students for 2nd-5th Graders (4th Session 2018-2019)

    Tuesdays
    March 12, 19, 26; April 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14
    (No classes April 2 or April 9)
    3:30-4:30 p.m. 
    Dance Room


    Come join in the fun of dancing various Latin rhythms from around the world, including hip-hop.  Props for different dances (for example, hand fans for flamenco, light material handkerchief for Bollywood dances) will be provided.  Please have your student wear comfortable clothing.


    INSTRUCTOR: Ingrid Deer has been a Zumba, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold, Zumba Kids and Aqua Zumba instructor for the last 11 years.  She teaches at various LA Fitness facilities, Washington Township Parks & Rec. and The Monon Center.  We are excited to have Ingrid join us at The Orchard School!


    Questions?  Feel free to contact Ingrid Deer via email at: wdeer@att.net or by phone: (317) 287-4038.


    Class size minimum is 8 and maximum is 12 to run this program.


    Fees: $114.00 for 8 weeks


    Please make checks payable to: Ingrid Deer 

    Click on the ZUMBA for STUDENTS 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.