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Lisa Medici
ETC Coordinator
(Education That Continues)

Wendy Smith
Asst. Dir. Auxiliary Programs

Mimsy Stirn
Director of Auxiliary Programs

Click here to see all Winter 2019 ETC offerings at a glance!

(January 14, 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 4)

PLEASE NOTE: MONDAY classes will meet for six weeks

Bring your ideas to life with Adventures in 3D Printing! Using TinkerCad and Sketchup as our platforms, students will take their design ideas from thought to reality and gain an understanding of design, scale, graphing, and 3D printing in the process. 

Mondays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Elana Milstein, Technology Operation Coordinator
Grades 4 - 6
Learn to make fun crafts for seasonal themed days to give as gifts or keep. Each workshop will focus on a different notable calendar day, sign up for one workshop or for all three!
Monday, February 11: Valentine's Day
Monday, March 4: St. Patrick's Day
Monday, April 22: Earth Day
3:30–4:30 pm
Diana MacKenzie, Lower School Art Teacher
Grades K - 3
$35 a workshop


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
MONDAY Mindfulness and meditation - CANCELLED
Monday Mindfulness and Meditation is a class where students will learn breathing and meditation techniques while fostering kindness and patience. Students will be introduced to the basics of meditation and encouraged to think of it as a fun and self-empowering tool. Studies prove that learning how to meditate helps students:
  • increase self-control
  • improve attentiveness and focus in a classroom environment 
  • increase self-respect and empathy for others

Classes will offer a balance between structured learning, creative expression and nourishment of imagination.  We will practice mindful movement, stretching, breathing techniques, a weekly age-appropriate lesson, and group meditation.  All 5th and 6th graders are welcome to participate.

As a practitioner and teacher, Colleen Avis earned her certification from The Chopra Center, world leader in health and well-being of body, mind and spirit. Her approach to teaching is practical and heart-based and she considers it a privilege to share mindfulness tools with children allowing them to explore greater empathy, perception and emotional control.

Mondays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Collen Avis, Chopra Certified Meditation Teacher
Grades 5 - 6

(January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5)

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

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.

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

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.
Click here to see the Fencing Sports Academy in action!
Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Fencing Sports Academy
Grades 2 - 6

Minecraft Engineering using lego®
Bring Minecraft to life using tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as a motorized Creeper, a portal to the Nether, and a moving Minecart! Create your favorite Minecraft objects with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. Whether you are new to Minecraft and LEGO® materials or a seasoned veteran, you'll be hooked on the endless creative possibilities.

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Play-Well TEKnologies
Grades K - 3
This needlepoint class introduces students to the wonderful art form of needlepoint. Each week, students will work on his or her own selected canvas to create a fun small pillow or picture as they learn the basic continental and basketweave stitches. Needlepoint is both an important skill and a fun way to create something beautiful that will last a lifetime.
Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Alexandra Kingsley, Kindergarten teacher at The Langley School
Grades 3 - 5

Pottery Around the World
Create beautiful projects inspired by different cultures and artists from around the world! From Russian nesting dolls to ceramic Chinese dragons, students will craft and glaze their own clay creations, as they travel the world one masterpiece at a time. Taught by accomplished artists/teachers, the projects are cultural, creative and fun, and are designed with both beginning and experienced students in mind.

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Jimmy Potters Workshop
Grades K - 3
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.
Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Harry Strong, Director of Public Speaking and Forensics
Grade 6

(January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6)

Come and learn how investors make (and lose) money in the stock market and how you can start investing successfully at a young age! In this hands-on class, students use a cool stock trading simulation tool with real-time market data to select a $10,000 stock portfolio and analyze performance over time, “learning by doing.” Smart investing will help you meet long-term financial goals. Make your money work hard for you! Topics include:
• Stocks and bonds
• Understanding stock price graphs
• Stock indices around the world
• Risk, return and diversification
• Case study on IPOs: SNAP, Facebook, Twitter
• “Buy low, sell high”
• Mutual funds
• “Cool finance math” (e.g., rate of return)

A solid foundation for successful future investors!

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

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.

Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:30 pm (Please note, this class will meet for nine weeks starting January 9, 2019)
Harry Strong, Director of Public Speaking and Forensics
Grades 6 - 8

Yoga for Kids
Build strength, flexibility, balance, and stamina with Yoga for Kids! Each week, children will incorporate yoga postures as they play, move, stretch, breathe and relax. In addition to balancing like trees and stretching like dogs, children will create, tell, and listen to yoga-inspired stories. Students should wear comfortable clothes that they can move and stretch in. They can bring their own mats or use mats provided by ETC. Gay Brock, the instructor, has been practicing yoga for 20 years and is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher and has earned a YoKid certification. Gay also teaches yoga in the Upper School.

Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Gay Brock, K-8 Health Coordinator
Grades K - 3

The VEX IQ platform gives the students a solid stepping stone between the former First Lego League Robotics in the Middle School to VEX Robotics in the Upper School. By incorporating advanced concepts into an accessible package, the system also naturally encourages teamwork, problem solving, and leadership. Working with the VEX IQ platform gives the students a foundation in engineering design and programming at the Intermediate School level that directly translates to VEX Robotics in the Upper School. The VEX IQ platform has a very robust programming environment, allowing students to utilize up to 12 sensors and motors. This platform is also supported by a free powerful computer aided drawing program (CAD), designed specifically as an introduction to CAD. The students going through the VEX IQ robotics platform will leave the Intermediate School with a strong understanding of engineering and design concepts. The name of this year’s VEX IQ challenge is “Next Level.” Click here for more information about VEX IQ Team Challenge.

Wednesdays, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Greg Mueller, Intermediate School Science Teacher
Shing Wai Koo, Lower School Teaching Fellow
Grades 7 - 8
This class is a continuation from the fall session of ETC

(January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7)

Let your ideas flow! Join the Destination Imagination (DI) team and experience the creative process! The Destination Imagination program ( is a FUN, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Our DI participants will learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process.

Like Math Olympiad or Odyssey of the Mind, this program requires a commitment to the collaborative and inventive spirit of this three-month experience. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their challenge solutions at the local tournament in March. Details on the competition date and location to be announced.  The competition is an all-day event in which students present their solutions to two challenges, watch other participants, and engage in other fun activities throughout the day.  Parents are encouraged to attend this Saturday competition.

Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:30, (PLEASE NOTE, this class will meet from from11/29/18 through 2/28/19.)
Jenni Ashley, Grades 6-12 Academic Technologist
Grades 4 - 6
This class is a continuation from the Fall session of ETC

harry potter coding
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!

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

Come learn how to make yummy hot cocoa and how to earn money selling it! A hot cocoa stand is a great way to introduce our youngest entrepreneurs to the world of business and it’s fun! This class empowers kids with an entrepreneurial mindset for their “business,” drawing from such disciplines as marketing, finance and strategy, in a supporting environment fostering teamwork. From designing marketing flyers to estimating profits to experimenting with recipes, young students will have fun while engaging in enriching, multi-disciplinary activities with a lasting developmental impact.

Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm 
Spark Business Academy
Grades K - 3
Stop Motion Film Making - CANCELLED
Explore the magic of movie making! Students will have the opportunity to work with stop-motion animation, one of the oldest forms of film. They will also be able to experiment with live-action filming, green screen filming and a variety of other filming styles to create short films.
Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Michelle Oplinger, 5th Grade Teacher and Brian Parry, Arundel Librarian
Grades 4 - 6

February 2, 9, 23, March 2

Julio Gonzalez, Potomac School’s JV and Boys A Coach, will run Saturday soccer clinics in The Potomac School’s Preston Gym. Participants will learn both basic and intermediate technical skills, including ball and passing control, dribbling, shooting, sportsmanship, 1 on 1 drills, and team play in a fun-filled, structured and nurturing environment.

The program will consist of four one-hour sessions, with no more than 20 players per session. These clinics will be offered to kids in grades K-4 and are open to Potomac and non-Potomac students so bring your friends! 

Saturdays, February 2, 9, 23, March 2
Julio Gonzalez, Potomac School’s JV and Boys A Coach
Grades K - 1, 9:00 - 10:00 am 
Grades 2 - 4, 10:00am - 11:00 am