2017–2018 Extracurricular Activities

TNCS offers a range of extracurricular activities (ECAs) both before and after school. Enrollment in extracurricular programs is optional. Most sessions are offered on a quarterly basis.

Elementary and middle school students can choose from an exciting line-up of ECAs offered onsite including: music practice and instruction, art class, Karate, dance, LEGO, and much more. For offsite programs, TNCS offers transportation to partner organizations for such extracurricular activities as bowling and ice skating.

After Care as well as non–After Care students are welcome to register for extracurricular activities. In addition, many extracurricular offerings and after school care are open to non-TNCS students in grades K–8.

Before- and after-school activities—more ways to have fun and keep learning!

 

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At a Glance: 2017–2018 Extracurricular Activities

Four quarters of extracurricular activities are offered over the course of the school year. Register for the same activity for the entire year, or mix it up and try something new each quarter. Quarterly programs typically run from 7 to 9 weeks, on school days only (no holidays or inclement weather days). See the TNCS 2017–2018 Calendar for details.

Music programs are offered on a semester-long basis.
Activity  Grades Time Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Cost / Semester
Novice Cello+ K–8th 7:15 am–7:45 am T;
7:45 am–8:15 am Th
Θ Θ $460
Novice Violin/Viola+ K–8th 7:45 am–8:15 am T;
7:15 am–7:45 am Th
Θ Θ $460
Intermediate String
Ensemble+
K–8th 7:15 am–8:15 am Θ $285
Advanced String
Ensemble
K–8th 4:00 pm–5:00 pm Θ $285
Small-Group Piano^ K–8th 3:45 pm–5:45 pm Θ Θ $855

All academic year music programs run the full semester (i.e., two quarters) and are priced for the semester.
+This is a morning program. ^This is a 30-minute class at one of four time slots (i.e., starting at 3:45, 4:15, 4:45, or 5:15) on either Tuesday or Wednesday (not both).

In summer, we offer a one-week intensive instrumental music camp: American Music Camp Baltimore, August 13-17, 2018. Registration is open to TNCS and non-TNCS students. Sign up now>

Quarter 1 runs from Monday, August 28, 2017 through Wednesday, November 1, 2017 (school days only).
Activity  Grades Time Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Cost per Quarter
Conversational Spanish K–8th 3:30–4:30 Θ $200
Ballet Primary 4:00–5:00 Θ Θ $300
Ballet K–5th 5:00–5:55 Θ Θ $300
Bowling* K–8th 4:30–5:30 Θ $120
Conversational Chinese K–8th 3:30–4:30 Θ $200
FutureMakers K–2nd 4:00–5:30 Θ $280
Hip Hop 2nd–8th 5:00–5:55 Θ $120
Karate K–2nd 4:00–5:00 Θ $85
Karate 3rd–8th 5:00–5:55 Θ $85
Latin Dance** K–8th 3:30–4:30 Θ $20
Art: Modern Masters K–8th 3:30–5:00 Θ $140
Coppermine* K–8th 3:30–6:00 Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ CM Pricing

Enrollment in enrichment programs is optional. Cost varies by activity. Minimum enrollments may be required to run programs.

*This activity takes place offsite. Offsite programs include transportation to and from the site location.
**This activity is led by TNCS faculty and requires only a nominal activity fee.

Quarter 2 runs from Thursday November 2, 2017 through Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (school days only).
Activity  Grades Time Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Cost per Quarter
Conversational Spanish K–8th 3:30–4:30 Θ $200
Ballet Primary 3:45–4:45 Θ Θ $300
Ballet K–5th 4:45–5:45 Θ Θ $300
Conversational Chinese K–8th 3:30–4:30 Θ $200
Bowling* K–8th 4:30–5:30 Θ $120
FutureMakers K–2nd 4:00–5:30 Θ $280
Karate K–2nd 4:00–5:00 Θ $85
Karate 3rd–8th 5:00–5:55 Θ $85
Latin Dance** K–8th 3:30–4:30 Θ $20
Art: Ancient Civilizations K–8th 3:30–5:00 Θ $140
Coppermine* K–8th 3:30–6:00 Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ CM Pricing

Enrollment in enrichment programs is optional. Cost varies by activity. Minimum enrollments may be required to run programs.

*This activity takes place offsite. Offsite programs include transportation to and from the site location. No discounts apply.
**This activity is led by TNCS faculty and requires only a nominal activity fee. No discounts apply.

Quarter 3 runs from Thursday January 25, 2018 through Tuesday, April 10, 2018 (school days only).
Activity  Grades Time Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Cost per Quarter
Cooking Club** K–3rd 3:30–5:30 Θ $30
Word Detective Club** K–2nd 3:40–4:40 Θ $20
Ballet Primary 3:45–4:45 Θ Θ $300
Ballet K–5th 4:45–5:45 Θ Θ $300
Conversational Chinese K–8th 3:30–4:30 Θ $200
Bowling* K–8th 4:30–5:30 Θ $120
Math Games** 2nd–8th 3:30–4:30 Θ $20
FutureMakers 3rd–8th 4:00–5:30 Θ $280
Karate K–2nd 4:00–5:00 Θ $85
Karate 3rd–8th 5:00–6:00 Θ $85
Art: Dreamy Art K–8th 3:30–5:00 Θ $140
Coppermine* K–8th 3:30–6:00 Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ CM Pricing

Enrollment in enrichment programs is optional. Cost varies by activity. Minimum enrollments may be required to run programs.

*This activity takes place offsite. Offsite programs include transportation to and from the site location. No discounts apply.
**This activity is led by TNCS faculty and requires only a nominal activity fee. No discounts apply.

Quarter 4 runs from Wednesday April 11, 2018 through Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (school days only).
Activity  Grades Time Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Cost per Quarter
Word Detective Club** 2nd–8th 3:40–4:40 Θ $20
Ballet Primary 3:45–4:45 Θ Θ $300
Ballet K–5th 4:45–5:45 Θ Θ $300
Bowling* K–8th 4:30–5:30 Θ $120
Conversational Chinese K–8th 3:30–4:30 Θ $200
Math Games** 2nd–8th 3:30–4:30 Θ $20
FutureMakers 3rd–8th 4:00–5:30 Θ $280
Bike Maintenance** K–8th 3:30–5:30 Θ $20
Karate K–2nd 4:00–5:00 Θ $85
Karate 3rd–8th 5:00–6:00 Θ $85
Art: Art from China K–8th 3:30–5:00 Θ $140
Coppermine* K–8th 3:30–6:00 Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ CM Pricing

Enrollment in enrichment programs is optional. Cost varies by activity. Minimum enrollments may be required to run programs.

*This activity takes place offsite. Offsite programs include transportation to and from the site location. No discounts apply.
**This activity is led by TNCS faculty and requires only a nominal activity fee. No discounts apply.

Need Care Between End of School and Start of Extracurricular Activities?

For ECAs that begin later than 3:30 pm, enroll your child in TNCS’s affordable, high-quality After Care program.

Extracurricular Program Descriptions

Onsite Activities

Art (Themes Vary by Quarter)

Eligible Ages: Grades K–5
Cost: Q1, $120; Q2, $105; Q3, $120; Q4, $135
Instructor: Hilary Christian

About Art Class

Themes and cost vary by quarter. Each session includes a variety of mixed media, such as drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, and collage. Students are given the opportunity to make a final presentation at the end. A healthy snack and art supplies are included in the program cost. Maximum enrollment is 25 students.

Quarter 1: Modern Masters Returns! In this course, students study the art of contemporary artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, Grant Wood, Edvard Munch, and Jackson Pollock. Projects may include drawing, painting, and sculpture.

Quarter 2: Ancient Civilizations. Students explore ancient civilizations such as the Aztecs, Mayans, Egyptians, and Grecians through art. Projects may include a Mayan sun calendar, Greek vase, and an Egyptian amulet. Painting, drawing, and sculpture are offered in this class.

Quarter 3: Dreamy Art. Students explore methods to unlock their inner creativity in a fantastical way through the art of surrealists Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, and Max Ernst, among others. Projects may include collage, painting, sculpture, and use of self-portraits.

Quarter 4: Art from China. Students explore Chinese culture through the arts. Projects may include Chinese lanterns, a dragon, a fan, and origami fortune cookies, among other projects. Painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture may be offered in this class.

About the Instructor

Hilary Christian knew at a young age that the world of art would be her life path. She is passionate about painting but also uses mixed media (often sculptural in nature) to fully express herself when painting seems insufficient. She received a full tuition scholarship to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in General Fine Art. She later earned her Masters of Professional Studies in Creative Art Therapy from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where she graduated in the top of her class.

In 2009, she had the prestigious honor of being one of the “Top 40 Entries” in the Washington Post Marshmallow Peeps, which showcased her edible creation titled “Charm City Roller Peeps vs. D.C Roller Peeps.” In 2015, Hilary had her first solo show at the Alchemy of Art Gallery, located in charming Fells Point, where she exhibited her illustrated “Soul Emancipator” series. Also that year, she was a visiting artist at the American Visionary Art Museum.

In 2016, she partnered with the staff and children of the Living Classrooms Foundation to create La Sirena Catrina, a large-scale skeletal mermaid float that débuted in the Patterson Park’s 2016 Lantern Parade. Hilary received grants from the Creative Alliance, Constellation Energy, and Living Classrooms Foundation to create this sculpture.

She now enjoys being the Owner of Planet Awkward, an arts and entertainment company. In this capacity, she takes her painting to another level, using the human as a canvas.

Hilary teaches art to young people in grades PreK through 8th and is enthusiastic about bringing art education to children and helping them tap into their own creativity and self expression.

Ballet

Two sections of ballet are offered:

Section 1
Eligible Ages: K–4th-Grade
Dress Code:
Lavender leotard, pink tights, and ballet shoes

Section 2
Eligible Ages: Ages 3 to 5 (Primary Students)
Dress Code:
Black leotard, pink tights, and ballet shoes

Instructor: Morgan Chase

About Ballet Class

Students will learn classical ballet techniques and terminology. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations. The ballet curriculum is based on a combination of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) method, a more contemporary English training system, and the Russian Vaganova method. As students progress through each level, the curriculum will become increasingly complex and intricate. At the end of each quarter, students will present an informal showcase to parents and staff to demonstrate what they have learned.

About the Instructor

Tyde-Courtney Edwards is the Founding Director of Ballet After Dark, a classically trained ballerina, and an art model. Born and raised in Baltimore City, she is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and has over 20 years of dance training and experience in various styles of dance including classical and contemporary ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, jazz, tap and hip-hop. Ms. Edwards has trained with Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Peabody Conservatory, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, and other institutions as well as from local dance pioneers such as Anton Wilson and Stephanie Powell.

Conversational Chinese

Eligible Ages: Grades K–8th

About Level 1 Conversational Chinese

Level 1 Conversational Chinese Club provides a wonderful opportunity for newer students to deepen their speaking ability in a small-group setting. This class, taught by a native Mandarin speaker, encourages speaking through age-appropriate games and play.

Students at Level 1 are able to recognize characters from basic topics, such as numbers, colors, and animals. They are also able to use simple grammar and sentences to describe things and participate in basic dialogue.

About Level 2 Conversational Chinese

Level 2 Conversational Chinese Club provides a wonderful opportunity for more advanced students to deepen their speaking ability in a small-group setting.  Led by a native Mandarin Chinese speaker, this club encourages speaking through age-appropriate games and play.

Students working at Level 2 are able to distinguish more characters and use complicated grammar and sentences to carry on natural conversations, such as ordering a meal in a restaurant or shopping in a store.

Cooking Club

Eligible Ages: Primary to 3rd

About Cooking Club

In this culinary journey, students learn cooking fundamentals while having fun cooking (and eating!) a delicious dish. View or download the booklet of recipes that Cooking Club successfully test ran and compiled during the second quarter of the 2016–2017 school year.

 

FutureMakers

Eligible Ages: Grades K–8

About FutureMakers

In FutureMakers Club, young inventors will design, build, and create—in Minecraft and in the real world! They will create prototypes of Minecraft creatures that move and glow, build block-based structures, and engineer a working game controller out of recycled materials. Half of the workshop is spent in the real world, and half is spent in game. No experience is necessary; FutureMakers is perfect for girls and boys who are passionate about invention and play.

Karate

Eligible Ages: Grades K–8; open to students who have not yet passed a belt test

 

Pre-engineering LEGO

Eligible Ages: Grades K–8

About Pre-engineering LEGO

With tens of thousands of LEGO bricks at their disposal, children in Pre-engineering LEGO Club can let their imaginations run wild. They will build engineering-designed boats, bridges, mazes, and motorized cars as well as use special pieces to create their own unique designs! Young builders will explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO building system and learn engineering fundamentals with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well TEKnologies instructor.

Traditional Latin American Dance

Eligible Ages: Grades K–8

About Traditional Latin American Dance

Traditional Latin American Dance Club description is coming soon.

 

Offsite Activities

Duckpin Bowling

Eligible Ages: Grades K–8
Location: Patterson Bowling Center (2105 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21231)
Transportation: Bus service to and from the site location is provided.

About Duckpin Bowling

We take students to the Patterson Bowling Center for an hour of duckpin bowling fun each week, returning to TNCS after the session. Duckpin Bowling Club is a time to enjoy bowling with classmates, strengthen friendships, and reinforce sportsmanship.

Ice Skating

Eligible Ages: Grades K–8
Location: Mimi Di Pietro Family Skating Center (200 S. Linwood Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224)
Transportation: Bus service to and from the site is provided*.

About Ice Skating

In Ice Skating Club, we take students to the Mimi Di Pietro Family Skating Center in Patterson Park for 30 minutes of skating instruction and 30 minutes of free skating each week. Students may either bring their own skates (recommended) or rent skates at the rink.

*Parents are welcome to pick up students either at the rink or at TNCS.

Music Programs

Small-Group Piano

Eligible Ages: Grades K–8
Note: This is a semester-long course.

About Small-Group Piano

Lessons take place Tuesdays or Wednesdays in a 30-minute slot between 3:45 pm and 5:45 pm (i.e., starting at 3:45 pm, 4:15 pm, 4:45 pm, or 5:15 pm). Groups comprise no more than three students, and students are grouped by experience.

Two books are required: Bastien Piano Basics and Bastien Piano Basics Theory, both at the student’s level (e.g., Level 1). Homework will be assigned in the Theory book, and regular practicing is expected.

About the Instructor

Martellies Warren is passionate about music and is the maestro behind TNCS’s twice-yearly wildly popular student concerts. A native of Montgomery, AL, Mr. Warren’s musical gifts were evident from early childhood when he was known for singing almost constantly as well as an ability to replicate tunes on a keyboard from memory.

After formal piano and voice lessons opened the door to music competitions, his destiny was clear, and word of his talent reached the Music Director and Chairman of the Music Board at Morgan State University. On a full vocal scholarship, Mr. Warren arrived in Baltimore in 1998 and began performing across the United States and in Europe with the Morgan State University Choir.

After graduating with a classical music degree in voice as well as a degree in education, he decided to make Baltimore his home. In addition to playing the piano, he also began to play trombone, teach band classes, and helped found the Pi Eta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national music fraternity.

He has also added gospel and jazz to his vocal repertoire, and for the last several years, he has been a member of multiple Stellar award–winning and Grammy-nominated gospel group Anthony Brown and Group Therapy.

Yoshi graduated as a Linehan Artist Scholar from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is proud to be an Aegon USA scholar at the Peabody Conservatory at the Johns Hopkins University for his graduate studies.

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Cello (Novice)

Eligible Ages: Grades K–8
Note: This is a semester-long course.

About Novice Cello

This class is an entry point into the TNCS String Program. Students with little or no experience will be taught by an experienced string teacher in a small-group setting, with a maximum of 10 students. (Parental attendance for younger students is encouraged but not required.) Students will develop proper playing technique while practicing scales, études, and repertoire from the Suzuki books and elsewhere. Please note that the duration for this club is one semester (i.e., two quarters). After the first semester, students will be eligible to enroll in the TNCS String Ensemble.

In order to learn the skills required to progress, students are strongly encouraged to practice at home for at least 15 minutes each day. A concert for parents will be given at the end of each semester.

*Students must provide their own instruments. Perrin and Associates Fine Violins, located in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore City, rents instruments in wonderful condition.

About the Instructor

Yoshiaki Horiguchi has been acclaimed by the Baltimore Sun for his ability to put on a “dazzling display of dexterity and panache” and featured by the Examiner in a “Must Watch Video.” Yoshi is an active double bassist, pedagogue, and educator in the D.C.–Baltimore area. His endeavors span a broad spectrum of genres, having performed with the York Symphony, Baltimore Boom Bap Society, Opera Camerata of Washington, Classical Revolution, and more. Most recently, he sat principal bass for a Naxos recording under the direction of Marin Alsop to record works by Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts. Yoshi proudly hails from the studios of Ed Malaga, Jeff Koczela, Laura Ruas, Paul DeNola, and Paul Johnson.

In addition to being an active performer, Yoshi is a highly sought-after pedagogue. Having served as the low-strings department chair and string ensemble director of the Baltimore Symphony’s El Sistema inspired OrchKids program, faculty for Peabody’s Bass Works, and faculty for American Music System, his teaching experience is vast. Yoshi’s International Society of Bassists pedagogy research submission is currently being used as a resource to influence bass teachers across the country. He is also certified in the Mark O’Connor string method and has studied the Suzuki string method, making him an all-around strings pedagogy expert.

Yoshi graduated as a Linehan Artist Scholar from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is proud to be an Aegon USA scholar at the Peabody Conservatory at the Johns Hopkins University for his graduate studies.

Violin/Viola (Novice)

Eligible Ages: Grades K–8
Note: This is a semester-long course.

About Novice Violin/Viola

This class is an entry point into the TNCS String Program. Students with little or no experience will be taught by an experienced string teacher in a small-group setting, with a maximum of 10 students. (Parental attendance for younger students is encouraged but not required.) Students will develop proper playing technique while practicing scales, études, and repertoire from the Suzuki books and elsewhere. Please note that the duration for this club is one semester (i.e., two quarters). After the first semester, students will be eligible to enroll in the TNCS String Ensemble.

In order to learn the skills required to progress, students are strongly encouraged to practice at home for at least 15 minutes each day. A concert for parents will be given at the end of each semester.

*Students must provide their own instruments. Perrin and Associates Fine Violins, located in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore City, rents instruments in wonderful condition.

About the Instructor

Yoshiaki Horiguchi has been acclaimed by the Baltimore Sun for his ability to put on a “dazzling display of dexterity and panache” and featured by the Examiner in a “Must Watch Video.” Yoshi is an active double bassist, pedagogue, and educator in the D.C.–Baltimore area. His endeavors span a broad spectrum of genres, having performed with the York Symphony, Baltimore Boom Bap Society, Opera Camerata of Washington, Classical Revolution, and more. Most recently, he sat principal bass for a Naxos recording under the direction of Marin Alsop to record works by Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts. Yoshi proudly hails from the studios of Ed Malaga, Jeff Koczela, Laura Ruas, Paul DeNola, and Paul Johnson.

In addition to being an active performer, Yoshi is a highly sought-after pedagogue. Having served as the low-strings department chair and string ensemble director of the Baltimore Symphony’s El Sistema inspired OrchKids program, faculty for Peabody’s Bass Works, and faculty for American Music System, his teaching experience is vast. Yoshi’s International Society of Bassists pedagogy research submission is currently being used as a resource to influence bass teachers across the country. He is also certified in the Mark O’Connor string method and has studied the Suzuki string method, making him an all-around strings pedagogy expert.

Yoshi graduated as a Linehan Artist Scholar from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is proud to be an Aegon USA scholar at the Peabody Conservatory at the Johns Hopkins University for his graduate studies.

String Ensemble

Eligible Ages: Grades K–8; open to students who have been playing for one semester or longer
Note: This is a semester-long course.

About String Ensemble

In the TNCS Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass Ensemble, students will come together as a group to experience the joy of making beautiful music and deepening friendships. Participation is open to all students who have been playing for at least one semester, independent of their ability to read music. Ensemble will be divided into Intermediate and Advanced grouping. New students will be given simpler parts, and advanced students will be given more difficult parts and solos. Every student will be challenged and inspired at his or her skill level. Please note that students must provide their own instruments, and the duration for this class is one semester (i.e., two quarters). At the end of each semester, a concert for parents will be given. Additionally, we are looking for opportunities to engage in the community, such as collaborating with OrchKids.

About the Instructor

Yoshiaki Horiguchi has been acclaimed by the Baltimore Sun for his ability to put on a “dazzling display of dexterity and panache” and featured by the Examiner in a “Must Watch Video.” Yoshi is an active double bassist, pedagogue, and educator in the D.C.–Baltimore area. His endeavors span a broad spectrum of genres, having performed with the York Symphony, Baltimore Boom Bap Society, Opera Camerata of Washington, Classical Revolution, and more. Most recently, he sat principal bass for a Naxos recording under the direction of Marin Alsop to record works by Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts. Yoshi proudly hails from the studios of Ed Malaga, Jeff Koczela, Laura Ruas, Paul DeNola, and Paul Johnson.

In addition to being an active performer, Yoshi is a highly sought-after pedagogue. Having served as the low-strings department chair and string ensemble director of the Baltimore Symphony’s El Sistema inspired OrchKids program, faculty for Peabody’s Bass Works, and faculty for American Music System, his teaching experience is vast. Yoshi’s International Society of Bassists pedagogy research submission is currently being used as a resource to influence bass teachers across the country. He is also certified in the Mark O’Connor string method and has studied the Suzuki string method, making him an all-around strings pedagogy expert.

Yoshi graduated as a Linehan Artist Scholar from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is proud to be an Aegon USA scholar at the Peabody Conservatory at the Johns Hopkins University for his graduate studies.