Contact Us

Lisa Medici
ETC Coordinator
(Education That Continues)
703-749-6307
lmedici@potomacschool.org

Wendy Smith
Asst. Dir. Auxiliary Programs
703-749-6317
wsmith@potomacschool.org

Mimsy Stirn
Director of Auxiliary Programs
703-883-2252
mstirn@potomacschool.org

Registration is now closed. Click here to see all of the Spring ETC offerings at a glance. 

MONDAYS (March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, May 6, 13, 20) - (NO ETC ON 4/29)

ART EXPLORERS EARTH DAY WORKSHOP
Learn to make fun crafts for seasonal themed days to give as gifts or keep! This workshop will focus on Earth Day. Registration for Art Explorers can be found under "Winter 2019 ETC."
 
Monday, April 22, 3:30–4:30 pm
Diana MacKenzie, Lower School Art Teacher
Grades K - 3
$35
 
GAME CLUB
Join kindergarten teacher Polly Nagell to play games galore: board games, card games, math games, and group games! More than just a good time, playing games results in increased social skills, promotes strategic thinking, boosts focus, and gives children a chance to practice essential skills like problem solving and turn taking.
 
Mondays, 3:30 - 4:30
Polly Nagell, Kindergarten Teacher
Grades K - 2
$200

harry potter coding Canceled
Learn to code with the interactive Harry Potter Kano coding wand, a wand that responds to your movements! Connect code blocks, see the JavaScript, and learn about loops, logic and variables. Wave your coding wand and instantly see the effects of  your code on screen. Make fire flow, pumpkins grow, feathers fly, goblets multiply, paint pictures, compose music, and more!

Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Sarah Gardner, Technology & Innovation Coach
Grades 3 - 5
$200

THE REAL ME CANCELED
Participants will meet women leaders from inside and outside the Potomac community; participate in service learning projects in northern Virginia; and talk and work with Upper School girls who can serve as outstanding peer role models. While the program has a serious purpose, it is structured around engaging, age-appropriate activities that make our time together fun and exciting. For example, each girl will make a "mind jar" as one way of managing stress and increasing mindfulness.

All sixth grade girls are welcome to participate; repeat participants from the fall session can also take advantage of this opportunity, as we will be doing some different activities. "The Real Me" will meet twice weekly between April 1 and May 20 – after school on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm (snack included) and during the Middle School club period on Wednesdays. This is a free program, and extended day will also be offered without charge following the Monday sessions, if needed.

Josie Woods, Upper School Counselor and Upper School Health Teacher
Weezie Parry, Middle School Counselor
Mondays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm (PLEASE NOTE: This group will meet for 7 weeks beginning April 1)
Grade 6 Girls
$0 ($35 registration fee)

THE REAL ME CANCELED
What does it mean to be a man? How about an exemplary one? Society and culture provide many answers, many of them contradictory and confusing. This ETC class will focus on exploring how Potomac's core values of Courage, Humility, Integrity, Perseverance, and Respect might shape our 6th-grade boys as they transition into men. Activities, discussion, and mentorship from Potomac students, alumni, and staff will be a part of this formative class.

Brian Parry, Arundel Librarian
Adam McNeil, Grade 5 Teacher 
Mondays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm (PLEASE NOTE: This group will meet for 7 weeks beginning April 1)
Grade 6 Boys
$0 ($35 registration fee)
 

TUESDAYS (March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14)

CHESS
Learn chess fundamentals in this fun, playful class! The first 10–15 minutes per session are spent on instruction, using the chess demonstration board and selected online materials. For the rest of the session, we’ll play friendly matches and/or more competitive ladder matches, while the instructor spot teaches and plays "teaching games". Topics covered: rules of chess, nomenclature, openings, middle game/end game strategies and tactics, and chess history and culture.

Tuesdays, 3:30–4:30 pm
Mark Ryan, Summer Programs and ETC Chess Instructor
Grades K – 8
$200

CRAZY CODING KIDS
Looking for a little fun with robots? Crazy Coding Kids focuses on coding challenges relating to a different theme each week. From Star Wars, to Wonder Woman, Legos and more these STEM based problem solving challenges will help the students build a stronger understanding of coding different languages and creating apps using computer science.

Sarah Gardner, Technology & Innovation Coach, K-5
Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Grades 1-2
$200

6th GRADE DEBATE CLUB
Students will learn about public speaking and discourse through debate. Participants in this class are expected to prepare and debate using evidence that is provided and evidence they produce through their research. Students are expected to compete at least once during the course assuming that Potomac Debate program can schedule an age appropriate tournament. Students will receive instruction from the Varsity coaching staff as well as current Varsity students in the Upper School competitive program.

Harry Strong, Director of Public Speaking and Forensics
Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:30 pm (Please note, this class will meet for 9 weeks, 3/26 - 5/21)
Grades 6
$250

FENCING
Have you or your child watched Star Wars or the Summer Olympics? Ever wonder about the fencing you saw? This class is the perfect way to enter the exciting world of fencing! The Fencing Sports Academy pairs a friendly, encouraging environment with the expertise of professional coaches.

Fencing is a physically active, mentally engaging, strategic-skill sharpening sport! New fencers gain basic knowledge of the sport. Experienced fencers improve their strategy, physical conditioning, and technique.

Fencing Sports Academy
Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Grades 4-8
$225

POTTERY AROUND THE WORLD
Students will learn and create beautiful projects inspired by different cultures and artists from around the world. From Van Gogh to Cambodia's Water Festival, students will create through clay and glaze their own creations. Class will meet once a week and children will travel the world one masterpiece at a time. The projects are fun, creative, and will be taught by our accomplished artists/ teachers. Our projects are designed with both beginners and students with previous experience in mind.

Jimmy Potters Workshop
Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Grades K-3
$250

WEDNESDAYS (March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15)

IS DEBATE CLUB - Full, waitlist only
Students will learn about public speaking and discourse through debate. Participants in this class are expected to prepare and debate using evidence that is provided and evidence they produce through their research. Students are expected to compete at least once during the course assuming that Potomac Debate program can schedule an age appropriate tournament. Students will receive instruction from the Varsity coaching staff as well as current Varsity students in the Upper School competitive program.

Harry Strong, Director of Public Speaking and Forensics
Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:30 pm (Please note, this class will meet for 9 weeks, 3/27 - 5/22))
Grades 7-8
$250

HARRY POTTER MAGICAL ENGINEERING with LEGO®
Explore the magic of Harry Potter using LEGO®! Find Platform 9 ¾, build Hogwarts Express Train, work cooperatively to construct the mysterious Hogwarts Castle, and soar on the wings of a Hungarian Horntail Dragon. Travel to a world of wizardry and hone your magical skills while learning about Muggle (STEM) concepts.

Play-Well TEKnologies
Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grades K-3
$225

JUNIOR CEOs
How cool would it be for you to be the CEO of Apple or Tesla for a day? In this leadership class, you can! Students act as CEOs for leading companies and work in groups to make strategic recommendations to address real business issues. Students enhance their problem-solving skills, develop business savvy and cultivate a strategic mindset as future leaders. Case studies include Apple, Under Armour, Tesla, Coke and more!

Spark Business Academy
Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Grades 4-6
$250

TOP NOTCH TENNIS - full, waitlist only
Come join us to learn a sport that is both fun and healthy. This program introduces your child to tennis and helps and helps develop: hand-eye coordination, agility, balance, movement, racquet skills, and sportsmanship. We develop the fundamental strokes: forehand, backhand, volleys and serves using drills and games in a fun, safe and friendly environment.

Top Notch Tennis Instructors
Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grades K-4
Cost: $225

THURSDAYS (March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16)

BELIEVE IT OR NOT - IT'S MATH! CAnceled
This new class is designed for young learners who want to experience the awesome aspects of math, many of which may or may not be covered in a K-12 curriculum. Discover patterns found in nature, in art, music, astronomy, and even in numbers themselves! Play math games, explore sequences, while learning the "language" and history of math.

Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Robert Finley, Potomac substitute teacher and Debate assistant
Grades 4-6
$200
 
5TH GRADE ROBOTICS
This ETC class is a natural transition from the 5th-grade science curriculum with Lego Mindstorms to the VEX IQ platform, and a perfect fit for any 5th grader who enjoys building, programming, and driving robots. Students will engage in the engineering design process and create and program robots capable of completing tasks both in driver control and autonomous modes. This class will help students learn the fundamentals of the VEX IQ robotics materials and programming they will use again in 6th Grade Robotics next Fall.
 
Jenni Ashley, Academic Technologist, grades 6-12
Greg Mueller- IS Science and K-12 Director of Robotics
Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grade 5
Cost: $325

LOWER SCHOOL ROBOTICS - Full, waitlist only
Have fun learning about robotics in this introductory class! Using Wonder Workshop's robots and curriculum, students will learn to program their robots using coding, and conquer weekly challenges. 

Sarah Gardner, Technology & Innovation Coach, K-5
Thursdays 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Grades 1-3
$225

MIDDLE SCHOOL COOKING CLUB
Get ready to rock out in the kitchen with Middle School Cooking Club! Each week, your child will learn a new kitchen skill while preparing savory or sweet snacks that can easily be recreated at home. Recipes made will include s'mores pies, granola, pizza, nachos and cupcakes.
 
Thursday, 3:30 - 4:30
Catherine Fields, 6th Grade Teacher
Grades 4 - 6
$225
YOUNG DIPLOMATS
In today’s increasingly interconnected world, it’s critical for students to develop a global mindset and build international and cultural awareness early in life. Topics include:
 
• Cultural differences across countries (e.g., food, clothes, traditions, languages)
• World currencies
• Economic development
•Current global events
•International trade and exchange rates
•The role of international institutions, such as the UN and The World Bank
•The role of the internet in globalization
•Controversial parts of globalization
 
Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:30
Spark Business Academy
Grades K-3
$250