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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  • Yoga for Adults (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Mondays
    Oct. 22; Nov. 5, 12, 19; Dec. 3, 10
    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.
  • APPRENTICE: Mechanical Engineering for 3rd-5th Graders (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Wednesdays
    Nov. 7, 14, 28; Dec. 5, 12, 19 
    (No class Oct. 31 or Nov. 21)
    3:30-5:00 p.m. [NOTE:  This is a 1 1/2 hour class]
    MS Science Room #534


    During the Mechanical Engineering unit, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and improve a variety of machines and mechanical systems. Students learn basics of energy, traction, aerodynamics, and durability while constructing roller coasters, catapults, and an incredibly fast air-powered custom dragster. 

    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: $110.00 for 6 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Engineering for Kids

    Click on the APPRENTICE: Mechanical 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 (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Mondays
    Oct. 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17
    (December 9th if performing in the HOLIDAY HOOPLA)
    3:30-4:30 p.m. 
    Dance Room

    The perfect class for the dancer who wishes to expand their love of ballet in a structured dance class environment.  Dancers will begin each class with stretch flexibility and elongating exercises and continue through the class time learning ballet terminology, positions, and techniques in order to creatively express themselves in a chreographed routine.  The dancers will develop an appreciation for dance in a structured but non-competitive environment. **Dancers who participated in Session 1 and continue in Session 2 will eligible to participate in Indy Dance Academy's Holiday Hoopla Showcase.**

    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, Join Orchard's after-school program!  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.
  • Beautiful Builders: Epic Adventures for KG-8th Graders (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Mondays
    Oct. 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Breakout Classroom #409

    The second session will offer a whole new look at building. Stirring up the imagination as we view our projects as a new adventure. Looking through the lens of art and history we will create dinosaurs, pyramids, pirate ships and more. All with its own adventure and story line. Explore technology changes and learn a little history from the past to present as we build. Clay, glass, legos and more will be used in class. A new medium will be used each week!

    INSTRUCTORS:  Ripple Mobile Arts (formerly known as Rocky Ripple Clayworks).  A new name that represents the diversity of our programs.  From recycled art to clay.  STEM activities to glass.  All tying into our mission of finding art in everything.  A personal touch with unique approaches that can fit well with a variety of personalities.  Hadiah Rice and Jeremy South complement each other with over 35 years of combined teaching experience and working with kids.  Ripple Mobile Arts travels around the state bringing its programs to senior homes, schools, daycares and more.  A locally owned and operated traveling art service.  Founder Jeremy South is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University.  Our desire to nurture the creative spirit within us all fuels our business.  For more information and questions, please visit our website at www.ripplemobilearts.com.


    Questions?  Feel free to contact Jeremy South at claymansouth@gmail.com  or (317) 514-8469.  You may also visit his website at: www.ripplemobilearts.com

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

    Fees: $195.00 for 8 weeks [all supplies included]

    Please make checks payable to: Jeremy South

    Click on the Beautiful Builders: Epic Adventures 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 (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Thursdays
    Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29; Dec. 6, 13, 20
    (No class on November 22nd)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Dance 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 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.
  • Chef Class for 4th-5th Grades (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Thursdays
    Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29; Dec. 6, 13, 20
    (No class on November 22)
    3:30-4:30 p.m. 
    MS Kitchen


    CHEF CLASS:

    "My name is Georgia. I love to teach kids to cook and started with my own kids long ago. Cooking, for me, is a way to express myself through the food. You can create your own masterpiece, build relationships, and make memories with the people you love.  As the holidays approach, I want to create fun foods that remind us of home. So let's pick up our pans and spatulas, and have some fun in the kitchen!"  

    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 7 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.
  • Chess for KG-8th Graders (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Wednesdays
    Oct. 31; Nov. 7, 14, 28; Dec. 5, 12, 19
    (No classes November 21)
    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: $100.00 for 7 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.
  • Cooking Hispanic Food for 5th-8th Grades (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Mondays
    Oct. 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Senora Grillo's Room #618

    Come to practice Spanish, specifically verbs, while you learn to cook some simple Hispanic Food.  You will improve your Spanish language skills, and will expand your recipe collection.  Impress your friends and family with your new recipes!  You will follow directions in Spanish and will start from scratch to make delicious and quick Hispanic dishes.  You will make your booklet with these recipes, and you'll research the history of each dish.  You will also be required to share your own favorite recipe with the group.

    All middle school students are welcome.  You don't need to be bilingual to be a member.  Challenge yourself and be part of a delectable group!

    You will need to bring an apron and a bandanna.


    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: $260.00 for 8 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Ana Grillo

    Click on the Cooking Hispanic 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.
  • Creative Writing Club for 1st-5th Graders (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Thursdays
    Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29; Dec. 6, 13, 20
    (No classes on November 22nd)
    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.
  • Gymnastics for Boys and Girls for KG-3rd Graders (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Thursdays
    Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29; Dec. 6, 13, 20
    (No Class on November 22)
    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: $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.
  • Handmade Holiday Gifts for KG-4th Grade (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Thursdays
    Nov. 1, 8, 15, 20; Dec. 6, 13, 20
    (No class on November 22nd)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    ES Art Room


    Join us for Handmade Holiday Gifts - just in time for the holidays!  In this popular class, you will be able to create a variety of unique, hand-crafted gifts for your friends, family and teachers.  A variety of materials will be used.  Our last class will be used for wrapping our gifts so that they are ready to give.  Kids love being able to give their own handmade gifts!


    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 20 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $160.00 for 7 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Tracey Gallion

    Click on the Handmade Holiday Gifts 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.
  • Indoor Soccer for 5th-8th Graders (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Friday 
    Nov. 2, 16, 30; Dec. 7, 14
    (No classes on November 22)
    3:30-4:30 p.m. 
    The North Gym

    Do you like soccer? Then you'll love indoor soccer. We'll play regular indoor, as well as variations of the game (different ball, different scoring rules, modified hand rules, and more!). This club is really for anyone who likes friendly competition and being active. 


    INSTRUCTOR: Scott Weaver is the Orchard 6th grade math teacher, formerly a 4th grade classroom teacher. He enjoys teaching through hands-on projects. His hobbies include stained glass, carpentry and design. He also enjoys playing with his 3 active kids.

    Questions?  Feel free to contact: sweaver@orchard.org or (317) 713-2184


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

    Fees: $85.00 for 5 weeks 

    Please make checks payable to: Madd Dash Design, LLC

    Click on the Indoor Soccer 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.
  • JUNIOR: Mechanical Engineering for KG-2nd Graders (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Fridays
    Nov. 2, 16, 20; Dec. 7, 14
    (No classes on November 9 or 23)
    3:30-5:00 p.m. [NOTE:  This is a 1 1/2 hour class]
    MS Science Room #534

    The Junior Mechanical Engineering classes introduce our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts of energy, materials, and movement. Through open and focused exploration, students explore and construct their own roller coasters, catapults, cars and more. 

    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: $100.00 for 5 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Engineering for Kids

    Click on the Junior: Mechanical 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 (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Wednesdays 
    Oct. 31; Nov. 7, 14, 28; Dec. 5, 12, 19
    (No classes on November 21)
    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: $126.00 for 15 weeks (2nd SEMESTER) 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.
  • Kindness Club for 2nd-4th Graders (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Mondays
    Oct. 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26; Dec. 10, 17
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Ms. Belmont's Room #408


    KINDNESS CLUB:  "If you can be anything, be kind." -- unknown
    In this after-school club, kindness matters!  Students will learn about themselves in several ways.  They will learn how to communicate with kindness and respect, how to identify and express their emotions in kind and healthy ways as well as how to manage differences and interact with others respectfully.  Students will also learn how they can each spread a little kindness everyday.  They will hear stories, play games and use their creativity to complete random acts of kindness for others.


    INSTRUCTOR:
     Jamie Belmont has previously offered several after-school classes, primarily in the area of technology.  Jamie has created Kindness Club as an avenue to create more kindness in the school environment and as a way to help children understand themselves and their ability to change the world around them with one or many small acts of kindness.  She begins her 12th year at Orchard as a 2nd grade teacher.  Previously she was the Elementary School Education Technology Teacher and a Coordinator for Orchard's Kids Connect Program.   She is the proud mom of 2 children, both Orchard graduates!


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


    Minimum of 6 students/Maximum of 14 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $160.00 for 8 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Jamie Belmont

    Click on the Kindness Club link on the Download section to the right of the Class main page to access the registration form.  Return completed registration form along with payment to the Extended Programs Office, Attention: Cindy Larsen, The Orchard School, 615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
  • Little Chefs for KG-3rd Graders (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Tuesdays
    Oct. 30; Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27; Dec. 4, 11, 18
    3:30-4:30 p.m. 
    ES Art Room


    LITTLE CHEFS:

     "My name is Georgia. I love to teach kids to cook and started with my own kids long ago. Cooking, for me, is a way to express myself through the food. You can create your own masterpiece, build relationships, and make memories with the people you love.  As the holidays approach, I want to create fun foods that remind us of home. So let's pick up our pans and spatulas, and have some fun in the kitchen!"  

    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 7 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 (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Tuesdays
    Oct. 30; Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27; Dec. 4, 11, 18
    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.


  • Made From Scratch-Chinese Cooking/Vocabulary Lessons for KG-8th Graders (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Tuesdays
    Oct. 30; Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27; Dec. 4, 11, 18
    3:30-4:30 p.m. 
    5th Village Kitchen Area


    Made From Scratch - Chinese Cooking/Vocabulary Lessons:

    In this new class, students will be exploring Chinese cuisine with Ms. Wang!  Each week the students will explore a new recipe - meat and poultry, vegetables, soup, snacks, etc.   The students will learn the foundation of traditional Chinese cooking and authentic ingredients, taste the true home-cooked food, and learn to cook these dishes.  Cooking methods and unique skills will be taught along with practical Chinese used in the kitchen.  The students will be learning new vocabulary in Chinese while doing something fun and hands-on!  Come join the culinary adventure with Ms. Wang!

    INSTRUCTOR:  Ye (Claire) Wang was born and raided in Shanghai, China.  She moved to the U.S. in 2012 and currently lives with her family in Indianapolis.  She teaches extracurricular Chinese classes in the Indianapolis area and loves to work with young children.  She is currently pursuing a degree in Elementary Education at Indiana University.  We welcome Ye to Orchard's after-school program!

    Questions?  Feel free to contact Ye (Claire) Wang via email: wang19@iu.edu


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

    Fees: $120.00 for 8 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Ye Wang

    Click on the Made From Scratch-Chinese Cooking/Vocabulary Lessons link on the Download section to the right of the Class main page to access the registration form.  Return completed registration form along with payment to the Extended Programs Office, Attention: Cindy Larsen, The Orchard School, 615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
  • Mixed Media Exploration for KG-4th Graders (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Wednesdays
    Oct. 31; Nov. 7, 14, 28; Dec. 5, 12, 19
    (No class on November 21st)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.
    ES Art Room


    In this new and exciting class offering, students will have the opportunity to work with many different mediums such as: collage, painting, chalk and oil pastel, marker, printmaking and much more!  Each piece will be an exploration of what the materials can do on their own and how they can work together to create interesting pieces.


    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 20 students needed to run this program.

    Fees: $160.00 for 7 weeks

    Please make checks payable to: Tracey Gallion

    Click on the Mixed Media Exploration 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 Semester [1st and 2nd Sessions] 2018-2019)

    Wednesdays
    Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31; Nov. 7, 14, 28; Dec. 5, 12, 19
    (No classes on November 21)
    3:30-4:30 p.m.; 4:30-5:30 p.m.; 5:30-6:30 p.m. [3 class time choice offerings-see registration form]
    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 first session is the Fiddle 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 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.

    You are invited to check out the class for free (RSVP required - space is limited - does not guarantee a spot in the regular class - smcspadden@orchard.org).  Dates: Wednesday, September 12 at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, September 19 at 5:30 p.m.


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

    Fees for New Families:
    1 Child - $170/Siblings (over 8 months old) - $100 each

    Fees for Returning Families (after completing 1 semester):
    1 Child - $160/Siblings (over 8 months old) - $100 each

    Please make checks payable to: Sally McSpadden

    Click on the Music Together with Mrs. M 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.
  • Sew What! for 3rd-8th Graders (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Wednesdays
    Oct. 31; Nov. 7, 14, 28; Dec. 5, 12, 19
    (No Class on November 21st)
    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 (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Tuesdays
    Oct. 30; Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27; Dec. 4, 11, 18
    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 or $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).  All families owe the registration fee for session #1 (since it is a 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.
  • Theater Fun Club With Drama Mama for 3rd-5th graders (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Thursdays
    Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29; Dec. 6, 13, 20
    (No class on November 22)
    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, and work on good theater skills and techniques. We will also "play" around with some plays. We will begin working on a monologue that you can use for auditions. On with the Show!

    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: $150.00 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 (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."  

  • Walk & Talk Club for Students KG-4th Grade and Their Parents (2nd Session 2018-2019)

    Mondays or Thursdays
    Monday dates: Oct. 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17 (8 weeks)
    Thursday dates: Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29; Dec. 13, 20 (7 weeks)
    (No classes on Thursday, November 22nd)
    4:30-5:30 p.m.
    Mrs. Girton's Room #121


    Dig out your hiking shoes and get ready for some mini adventures alongside your favorite person- your child!  According to a new study, spending a short time in nature with your kids can strengthen parent-child bonds, restore attention and increase positive interactions.

    It sounds easy to just go on a walk in a park, but finding the time and making the commitment to follow through can be a challenge.  We as parents do a great job of scheduling time for our kids to keep busy with their peers, but finding classes we can do together with them as they get older is tough.  This semester, let's make the most of the wonderful changes Fall has to offer and do something new - together!

    Walk & Talk Club will tap into the latest research around ways to bond with your child in nature, mindfulness practices, and nature-based education by way of hidden gems on Orchard's campus.  Your registration includes a facilitated hour of activities designed for you and your child to do together.  We'll be hiking, completing challenges, and talking together to create some fantastic moments.  By Winter Break, your family will have tools to help battle mental fatigue and dips in concentration, in addition to all the benefits that time together in nature offers both you and your child.

    Snacks will be offered, water bottles are encouraged.  All class materials will be provided and available for later reference on-line.  This class will be held outdoors unless dangerous weather is present/predicted.  In that case, an inclement weather plan will be implemented indoors. The class is hosted by Heather Girton, Orchard Teacher and parent.

    *Please note:  This club meets at a later time to help accommodate parents' schedules.  Your child can attend Kids Connect (normal fees apply) until you arrive and you can come together (or you can pick up and return to school) at 4:30 to our starting spot (room 121).

    INSTRUCTOR: Heather Girton would like you to know:  I grew up in East Tennessee and graduated with a degree in Education.  I have done everything from teaching, curriculum design and administration over the last 20-ish years.  I was gladly drawn back to the classroom after we enrolled my son at Orchard.  There's been no better place for me or Cooper.  My husband, Brad, and Cooper (4th grade) share our home with a bouncy labradoodle named Gemma and two robust cats, Mr. Twizzles and Harriet Sue.  I'm excited to get to know everyone and looking forward to an adventure during our time in clubs!

    Questions?  Feel free to contact Heather Girton at hgirton@orchard.org  or (317) 713-5745.


    Minimum of 5 families/Maximum of 10 families per class session.

    Fees: $75.00 per family for either the Monday or Thursday class session.

    Please make checks payable to: Heather Girton

    Click on the Walk & Talk Club: For Students and Their Parents 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.