2018–2019 Extracurricular Activities

TNCS offers a range of extracurricular activities (ECAs) after the school day is over. Enrollment in extracurricular programs is optional. Activities are offered on a quarterly basis, except for music programs, which run on a semester-long basis.

After Care as well as non–After Care students are welcome to register for extracurricular activities. In addition, ECAs and after school care are open to non-TNCS students who meet the age/grade requirements.

After-school Extracurricular Activities—more ways to have fun and keep learning!

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At a Glance: 2018–2019 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. Activities run quarterly, on school days only (no holidays or inclement weather days). See the TNCS 2018–2019 Calendar for details.

For the 2018–2019 school year, we have a lot of great ECAs planned, so we added the chart below to provide a convenient overview. For times and cost, click on the tabs for each quarter. For activity descriptions, see the section below.

Elementary and middle school students can choose from an exciting line-up of ECAs offered onsite including: music practice and instruction, art class, theater, dance, and much more. Several options are available for children as young as 4 years old.

For offsite programs, TNCS offers transportation to partner organizations for extracurricular activities such as bowling and pottery. Minimum enrollments are required to run activities; ECAs that do not meet their minimum enrollments will be canceled.

Activity  Grades Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Art of Chinese Paper Cutting 2nd–8th Θ Θ
Bookmaking: Polished & Published 2nd–8th Θ
Bowling* K–8th Θ Θ
Chinese “Qigong” Yoga 2nd–8th Θ Θ
Conversational Chinese 1st–3rd Θ Θ
Cooking Club K–2nd Θ
Get Cooking! Indian Cuisine 2nd–8th Θ
Grasshopper “Sanskrit” Yoga Age 4–1st Θ Θ Θ Θ
Jewelry Making (Planned/TBA) TBA
Junior FutureMakers Age 4–2nd Θ Θ Θ Θ
Let’s Dance: Bollywood 1st–4th Θ
Let’s Dance: Jazz 1st–5th Θ
Let’s Dance: Salsa & Merengue K–8th Θ
Math Games K–2nd Θ
Modern Masters: Art with Ms. Hilary K–8th Θ Θ Θ Θ
Pottery* 1st–8th Θ Θ Θ Θ
Say It with Style: Etiquette & Manners for Age 4 to Grade 2 Age 4–2nd Θ Θ Θ Θ
Say It with Style: Etiquette & Manners for Grades 3 to 8 3rd–8th Θ Θ
School Newspaper 4th–8th Θ Θ
Spotlighters Theater: Movement & Dance K–3rd Θ Θ Θ Θ
Spotlighters Theater: Workshop Series 4th–8th Θ Θ Θ Θ
Coppermine^ K–8th Θ Θ Θ Θ

Enrollment in enrichment programs is optional. Cost varies by activity.

*This activity takes place offsite. Offsite programs include transportation to and from the site location.
^Register through Coppermine Du Burns.

Music programs are offered on a semester-long basis.
Activity  Grades Time Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Cost / Semester
Novice Violin/Viola+ K–8th 3:45 pm–4:15 pm Θ Θ $460
String
Ensemble
K–8th 4:15 pm–5:15 pm Θ $285
Small-Group Piano Lessons^ K–8th 3:45 pm–5:45 pm Θ Θ $855
Small-Group Vocal Lessons^ 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 30-minute class that takes place two times per week.
^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).

Quarter 1 runs from Monday, August 27, 2018 to Wednesday, October 31, 2018 (school days only).
Activity  Grades Time Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Cost
Math Games** K–2nd 3:45–4:45 Θ $25
Art of Chinese Paper Cutting 2nd–8th 3:45–4:45 Θ $95
Say It with Style: Etiquette & Manners Age 4–2nd 3:45–4:45 Θ $280
Spotlighters Theater K–3rd 3:45–5:15 Θ $180
Pottery* 1st–8th 4:00–5:30 Θ $430
Spotlighters Theater 4th–8th 3:45–5:15 Θ $180
Junior FutureMakers Age 4–2nd 4:00–5:30 Θ $280
Grasshopper “Sanskrit” Yoga Age 4–1st 3:45–4:45 Θ $175
Conversational Chinese 1st–3rd 3:45–4:45 Θ $200
Say It with Style: Etiquette & Manners 3rd–8th 3:45–4:45 Θ $280
Art with Ms. Hilary: Explore the Cosmos K–8th 3:30–5:00 Θ $160
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.
^Registration is through Coppermine BuBurns.

Quarter 2 runs from Thursday, November 1, 2018 to Wednesday, January 23, 2019 (school days only).
Activity  Grades Time Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Cost
Let’s Dance: Salsa & Merengue** K–8th 3:45–4:45 Θ $30
Art of Chinese Paper Cutting 2nd–8th 3:45–4:45 Θ $95
Say It with Style: Etiquette & Manners Age 4–2nd 3:45–4:45 Θ $280
Spotlighters Theater K–3rd 3:45–5:15 Θ $180
Pottery* 1st–8th 4:00–5:30 Θ $430
Spotlighters Theater 4th–8th 3:45–5:15 Θ $180
Junior FutureMakers Age 4–2nd 4:00–5:30 Θ $280
Grasshopper “Sanskirt” Yoga Age 4–1st 3:45–4:45 Θ $175
Conversational Chinese 1st–3rd 3:45–4:45 Θ $200
Say It with Style: Etiquette & Manners 3rd–8th 3:45–4:45 Θ $280
Bowling* K–8th 3:45–5:00 Θ $120
Art with Ms. Hilary: Sock Monkeys & More! K–8th 3:30–5:00 Θ $160
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.
^Registration is through Coppermine BuBurns.

Quarter 3 runs from Thursday, January 24, 2019 to Tuesday, April 2, 2019 (school days only).
Activity  Grades Time Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Cost
Bookmaking: Polished & Published** 2nd–8th 3:45–4:45 Θ $30
Chinese “Qigong” Yoga 2nd–8th 3:45–4:45 Θ $175
Say It with Style: Etiquette & Manners Age 4–2nd 3:45–4:45 Θ $280
Spotlighters Theater: Movement & Dance K–3rd 3:45–5:15 Θ $180
Pottery* 1st–8th 4:00–5:30 Θ $430
Spotlighters Theater: Workshop Series 4th–8th 3:45–5:15 Θ $180
Junior FutureMakers Age 4–2nd 4:00–5:30 Θ $280
Grasshopper “Sanskrit” Yoga Age 4–1st 3:45–4:45 Θ $175
School Newspaper** 4th–8th 3:45–4:45 Θ $25
Let’s Dance: Bollywood 1st–4th 3:45–4:45 Θ $30
Art with Ms. Hilary: Japanimation K–8th 3:30–5:00 Θ $160
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.
^Registration is through Coppermine BuBurns.

Quarter 4 runs from Wednesday, April 3, 2019 to Thursday, June 13, 2019 (school days only).
Activity  Grades Time Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Cost
Cooking Club** K–2nd 3:45–4:45 Θ $50
Chinese “Qigong” Yoga 2nd–8th 3:45–4:45 Θ $175
Say It with Style: Etiquette & Manners Age 4–2nd 3:45–4:45 Θ $280
Spotlighters Theater: Movement & Dance K–3rd 3:45–5:15 Θ $180
Pottery* 1st–8th 4:00–5:30 Θ $430
Spotlighters Theater: Workshop Series 4th–8th 3:45–5:15 Θ $180
Junior FutureMakers Age 4–2nd 4:00–5:30 Θ $280
Lets Dance: Jazz 1st–5th 4:30–5:30 Θ $30
Grasshopper “Sanskrit” Yoga Age 4–1st 3:45–4:45 Θ $175
School Newspaper** 4th–8th 3:45–4:45 Θ $25
Get Cooking! Indian Cuisine 2nd–8th 3:45–4:45 Θ $75
Bowling* K–8th 3:45–5:00 Θ $120
Art with Ms. Hilary: Monsters & Mermaids K–8th 3:30–5:00 Θ $160
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.
^Registration is through Coppermine BuBurns.

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

For ECAs that begin later than 3:45 pm, add After Care before the activity start time to your registration.

Extracurricular Program Descriptions

Descriptions are being added. Please check back if you do not find the description you are looking for.

Onsite ECAs

Art of Chinese Paper Cutting

About Art of Chinese Paper Cutting

Originating in the 6th century, Chinese paper cutting was developed as a cultural subset devoted solely to transforming objects into something beautiful. In China, paper cutting decorates most Chinese homes. It is common belief that entrances adorned with cutouts will bring good luck to those who reside within. Students will learn to use special tools to create elaborate Chinese paper cutting artwork.

 

Bookmaking: Polished & Published

About Bookmaking: Polished & Published

Writers will plan, draft, illustrate, and publish a picture book or short graphic novel. The topic will be of the student’s choosing, and the book can be fiction or nonfiction. Each week, we will focus on a different step of the publishing process, beginning with brainstorming and ending with a publishing party.

 

Chinese "Qigong" Yoga

About Chinese “Qigong” Yoga

Chinese yoga focuses on qi, which is the life force or vital energy that flows through all things in the universe, and gong, which is a skill cultivated through steady practice. Students will practice yoga through a series of specialized exercise and posture techniques in slow, circular movements while focusing on regulated breathing and focused meditation.

 

Conversational Chinese

About Conversational Chinese

Conversational Chinese provides a wonderful opportunity for students to deepen their fluency in a small-group setting. This class, led 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.

 

Cooking Club

About Cooking Club

In this culinary journey, students learn cooking fundamentals while having fun cooking (and eating!) a delicious dish.

Each week, students will cook a recipe connected to a read aloud. These books will include favorites such as Dragons Love Tacos and If You Give a Pig a Pancake. The class will explore measurement, and each week the students will bring home a recipe card to share with their families.

View or download the booklet of recipes that Cooking Club compiled during the 2016–2017 school year.

 

Math Games

About Math Games

A common misconception about math is that it is boring. Math Games gives students a fun, creative way to learn math through competitive games and cooperative learning. Students will practice math through a serious of games, questionnaires, puzzles, and other forms of learning to dive into math’s complex topics. Students will use this safe math space to learn specific topics such as data, numbers, money, measurement, and concepts relating to geometry and algebra.

 

Junior FutureMakers

About Junior FutureMakers

Themes vary by quarter. Students work on a single theme each quarter, for example, Mikala the Robot, which involves building, motors, pneumatics, and marble mazes.

 

Let's Dance: Salsa/Merengue

About Salsa/Merengue

Students will be introduced to the basic dance elements of Merengue, a style of dance indigenous to the Dominican Republic. Merengue emphases simplicity in step patterns rather than drama and style. Halfway through the Quarter, students will be introduced to Salsa, a dance style native to Cuba and Puerto Rico. During Salsa, students will use their familiar Merengue dance moves and integrate Salsa dancing’s unique rotations and rhythmic motions.

 

Modern Masters: Art with Ms. Hilary

About Art Class

Themes 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 activity cost.

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 and is enthusiastic about bringing art education to children and helping them tap into their own creativity and self expression.

School Newspaper

About School Newspaper

First, students will decide on a name for TNCS’s school newspaper. They will next compose a series of current events consisting of both short and long topics of their choice. With the help of their other student news reporters, students will take their stories through editing, support, collaboration, and more to publish a school newspaper.

 

 

Spotlighters Theater: Movement & Dance

About Spotlighters Theater: Movement & Dance

Students will be presented with a variety of movement styles from ballet, to jazz, to modern, and more. Much of the style content will depend upon student interest.

About Spotlighters Theater

The Audrey Herman SPOTLIGHTERS has been a part of the Baltimore Theatre Community since 1962. Originally created as part of Mayor Grady’s StageCrafters’ Project within the Parks and Recreation Department in 1958, SPOTLIGHTERS was born when the program ended in 1962. For more than 37 years, the theatre flourished under the leadership and artistic vision of Audrey Herman. Ms. Herman’s program of presenting a new show every month allowed for a wide variety of productions and many opportunities for directors, designers, and actors to experience SPOTLIGHTERS’ intimate setting.

Several alumni of SPOTLIGHTERS, who had their first theatre experience on this stage, have gone on to receive Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, Obie Awards, and Academy Award nominations. This list includes David Drake, Obie Award for “The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me” and Howard Rollins, Jr., Academy Award nominations for his role of Colehouse Walker in the movie “Ragtime” and his television role of Virgil Tibbs with Carroll O’Connor in “In the Heat of the Night.”

Spotlighters Theater: Workshop Series

About Spotlighters Theater: Workshop Series

The Workshop Series provides a menu of workshop topics that will be presented over the course of each quarter. Each workshop is 3–4 hours and is broken up into multiple classes. Workshops include: Movement, Acting for Film & Camera, Stage Combat, Improv, Puppetry, Music/Vocal performance, and more.

About Spotlighters Theater

The Audrey Herman SPOTLIGHTERS has been a part of the Baltimore Theatre Community since 1962. Originally created as part of Mayor Grady’s StageCrafters’ Project within the Parks and Recreation Department in 1958, SPOTLIGHTERS was born when the program ended in 1962. For more than 37 years, the theatre flourished under the leadership and artistic vision of Audrey Herman. Ms. Herman’s program of presenting a new show every month allowed for a wide variety of productions and many opportunities for directors, designers, and actors to experience SPOTLIGHTERS’ intimate setting.

Several alumni of SPOTLIGHTERS, who had their first theatre experience on this stage, have gone on to receive Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, Obie Awards, and Academy Award nominations. This list includes David Drake, Obie Award for “The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me” and Howard Rollins, Jr., Academy Award nominations for his role of Colehouse Walker in the movie “Ragtime” and his television role of Virgil Tibbs with Carroll O’Connor in “In the Heat of the Night.”

Offsite ECAs

Bowling

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, returning to TNCS after the session. Duckpin Bowling is a time to enjoy bowling with classmates, strengthen friendships, and reinforce sportsmanship.

Music Programs

Small-Group Piano

Note: This is a semester-long course.

About Small-Group Piano

Lessons are 30 minutes. 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.

Novice Violin/Viola

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 activity is one semester (i.e., two quarters). After the first semester, students are 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

Eligibility: 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 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. Students with less experience are given simpler parts, and advanced students are given more difficult parts and solos. Every student is 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.

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.