After-School Activities

These are activities that are offered in addition to our Aftercare program, which runs everyday from 3:00 to 5:30pm.

We are all looking forward to providing a fun, safe, creative, and loving environment for your children to enjoy at the end of the school day. In addition to our aftercare staff we will have instructors coming in throughout the year to offer additional programming to complement our Aftercare program. We are also grateful for our parent and grandparent volunteers, who have organized ski club, taken children ice skating, and taught our students chess, among other things. Parents are always welcome to share their time and passions with our students and are encouraged to contact Billy at Billy@friendsschoolofportland.org if you would like to lead or assist with an after school activity.

All afterschool activities (unless otherwise noted) begin directly after school. A healthy snack will be provided from 3:00-3:15 and offerings will begin in earnest at 3:15.  Please check on individual activity descriptions for ending times. Parents should pick up their children at the activities ending time and sign-out their child in the Aftercare log book outside the main office. If students are not picked up they will be brought to Aftercare and charged additionally, unless they are already on Aftercare roster for that day.

If you have any questions, please contact Billy Maley.

Most sign-ups will take place at school and will be located on the bulletin board near the school office. After an initial trial period, usually the first session, children and families will be expected to commit for the full term of the activity. Generally, we need enough students to cover the staffing costs of the activity. Please sign up in advance!

This is crucial especially as we bring in outside specialists who are traveling to FSP. If we do not have enough sign-ups, cancellations will be announced in the weekly e-bulletin and posted on the sign up sheet/bulletin board area. Most activity fees are based on $11/hour per participant for those not already signed up in Aftercare (plus additional materials fee for certain activities) and are billed on a monthly basis. Activities are open to all grades, unless otherwise noted in the descriptions that follow.

Additions, cancellations, and deviations from the schedule below will be announced in the weekly e-bulletin.

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January & February 2018


Cross-Country Skiing:
The goal of this after school activity is to get out and ski at Twin Brook in Cumberland with transportation provided by Buster, the school mini-bus. Twin Brook Recreation Area features miles of groomed trails for beginner and more experienced skiers. Parent volunteers are essential to the safety and viability of this program, so please contact Billy if you are available to ski with us on any or all of the dates below. The bus is scheduled to return to Friends School by 4:45. Please note that this program is very much weather dependent and cancellation is possible if ski conditions are not safe.
Students in grades 1 through 2 will ski on Wednesdays and students in grades 3 through 8 will ski on Thursdays. Kindergartners are welcome to ski with their parents on Wednesdays. Led by Billy Maley.
Grades 1-2, Wednesday afternoons, 3:00-4:45, 1/3-2/14
Grades 3-8, Thursday afternoons, 3:00-4:45, 1/4-2/15
Fee for non-aftercare students $120

Writers' Group: After school Writers' Group meetings are designed to build confidence and expand the depth and breadth of student writing.  Each meeting will balance focused writing:  responding to prompts and challenges with time for students to share their imagery, phrases, and stories with the group. Again in 2018, there will be two groups, although with a slight tweak of the age brackets.  This winter, the younger writers group, hosted by Jonathan Ewell, will mingle writers in grades 3-5 and will meet on Tuesdays. The older writers group, insinuated by Pete Curtis, will be comprised of students in grades 6-8, and will meet on Mondays.
Grades 6-8, Monday afternoons, 3:00-4:15, 1/8-2/12 (No meeting on 1/19)*
Grades 3-5, Tuesday afternoons, 3:00-4:15, 1/2-2/13
Fee for non-aftercare students:
$77 for grades 3-5
$55 for grades 6-8

November & December 2017

 

Drawing Club: The Drawing Club will meet to develop techniques of cartooning, portraiture, and background context (motion, emotion, and commotion...).  We will combine direct observation, drawing games/challenges, and analysis of others' work to inform an exploration of our own styles, and focus on the narrative possibilities of the 2-D form.  If it seems appropriate, we will work towards creating a "zine" to be shared with the school community. Led by Jonathan Ewell.
Tuesday afternoons, 3:00-4:15 11/7-12/19.
Grades 3-8.
Fee for non-aftercare students $77.00

Basketball: This is a new offering this fall for students. Basketball will take place in the parking lot so be prepared for some cool weather and some jammed fingers. Players will learn the basics of dribbling, passing, and shooting. We will end the season with a friendly game with Breakwater School on 12/7. Led by Billy Maley. Wednesday afternoons, 3:00-4:15, 11/1-12/6. Grades 2-8.
Fee for non-aftercare students $55.00

Street Hockey: Students will learn stick handling, goaltending, and general rules of hockey during this late fall offering. This will take place outside in the parking lot (please dress for the weather). Led by Billy Maley. Thursday afternoons, 3:00-4:15 11/2-12/14. Grades 1-8.
Fee for non-aftercare students $66.00

Ice Skating at Falmouth Family Ice: Starting in December, this is a chance for all ages to skate at the indoor ice facility at Falmouth at Family Ice through a program called Opportunity Skate. We have ice time reserved from 2:00 until 2:50pm on Fridays. Students will board Buster* immediately following school on Fridays to travel to Falmouth Family Ice and will return to campus by 3pm. There is no instructor with this program so ice skating experience is required for this activity. Children that do not know how to skate can come with a parent or responsible adult who is available to assist them during our time there. Ice skates are available, but having your own skates is strongly recommended because of our limited ice time. Please note that students are only charged for this activity if they are unaccompanied by a parent and riding on the school bus. *Space is limited on the bus so only the first 14 sign ups will be accepted.* Led by Billy Maley, Jason Wentworth, and April Wernig.
Friday afternoons, 1:45-3:00pm, 12/1-2/16. *Please note the bus will not run on 12/15 and 1/26 because there is no aftercare on those days. The ice arena will still be open on those days.* Open to ice skaters in grades K-8.

Fee for non-aftercare students $104.00
Fee for aftercare students $16.00



Winter & Spring 2018

Cross-Country Skiing: The goal of this after school activity is to get out and ski at Twin Brook in Cumberland with transportation provided by Buster, the school mini-bus. Twin Brook recreation area features miles of groomed trails for beginner and more experienced skiers. Parent volunteers are essential to the safety and viability of this program so please contact Billy if you are available to ski with us on any or all of the dates below. The bus is scheduled to return to Friends School by 4:45. Please note that this program is very much weather dependent and cancellation is possible if ski conditions are not safe.
Students in grades 1 through 2 will ski on Wednesdays and students in grades 3 through 8 will ski on Thursdays. Kindergartners are welcome to ski with their parents on Wednesdays. Led by Billy Maley.
Grades 1-2, Wednesday afternoons, 3:00-4:45, 1/3-2/14

Grades 3-8, Thursday afternoons, 3:00-4:45, 1/4-2/15
Fee for non-aftercare students $120.00

Dodgeball: This one is going out by request. Dodgeball sometimes gets a bad wrap and for good reason, but done right it is a healthy game that helps students develop throwing, catching, and dodging skills. We will use very soft balls and by signing up students are choosing to participate and are well aware that their friends will be throwing balls at them. Led by Billy Maley.
Wednesday afternoons 3:00-4:15. 3/7-4/11. Grades 3-8.
Fee for non-aftercare students $66.00

Flag Football: Students will learn the basic rules of football, learn plays, receiver routes, and defensive strategy. The kids had a great time with flag football last year and we look to continue to have fun and develop this game at Friends School this spring! Led by Billy Maley. Wednesday afternoons 3:00-4:15. 4/25-6/6. Grades 3-8.
Fee for non-aftercare students $77.00

Cricket: We will analyze and explore the habits, habitat, and physical attributes of this fascinating insect. If time permits, we will also learn about the second most popular sport in the world that shares its name and play a kid-friendly version of this beloved game. The rules, culture, and proper techniques of jumping in the air while shouting, "Howzat!!!?" will be learned. Led by Jonathan Ewell. Thursday afternoons, 3:00-4:15. 4/26-6/7. Grades 1-8.
Fee for non-aftercare students $77.00

 

Fall 2017


Developmental Soccer:
Soccer is a great way for children to exercise, be outside, and play a game that children enjoy all over the world. Players will work on their conditioning, practice ball handling, participate in fun drills, and learn the rules of the game and proper sportsmanship. Students in grades K through 2 will practice on Wednesdays and students in grades 3 through 8 will practice on Thursdays. Led by Billy Maley.
Grades K-2,Wednesday afternoons, 3:00-4:15, 9/6-10/25
Grades 3-8, Thursday afternoons, 3:00-4:15, 9/7-10/26
Fee for non-aftercare students $88.00

Yoga: This class is all about the FUN of yoga. Through songs, games, stories and imaginative play, we will learn individual, partner and group poses. Children will also be lead in mindfulness activities and relaxation techniques. A well balanced class that teaches creativity, compassion, tuning in, teaming up, nature and nurture to the youngest of the bunch. Led by Carrie Morris. Mondays, 3:00-4:15. 9/11-10/30*No class on 10/2 or 10/9*.  Grades K-2.
Fee for non-aftercare students $90.00
Fee for aftercare students $24.00

 

Yoga for Middle Schoolers and Adults: Come explore the ways yoga can be used as a transformational, contemplative practice. Through meditation, powerful asana (postures), and intentional breathing you will discover your body beyond just the physical. Practice in this way enhances health, focus, strength, peace and joy. This offering is appropriate for every body. Led by Chelsea Beliveau. Tuesdays, 3:00-4:15. 9/12-10/31. Grades, 3-8 and beyond!
Fee for non-aftercare students $120.00

Fee for aftercare students $32.00

Cross-Country Club**: Cross country running is offered for grades 3-8. Students are required to participate in all meets (Wednesdays). Practices will be on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. No prior running experience is necessary, just a good attitude and willingness to be part of a team. Coaches Eric and April will be present at the Back-to-School Picnic and sign-up will begin then. Please email Eric Favreau with any questions: eric.j.favreau@gmail.com.
**Please note that cross-country is run independently from our after-school activities program and different costs will apply.

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April/May 2017

Yoga for Peace Warriors: Learn basic and challenging poses while utilizing games, language and practices that encourage cooperation, community, responsibility and empathy. Also discover self-regulation skills and ways to calm a growing warrior. Grow the peace warrior inside of you. Led by Carrie Morris. Mondays, 3:00-4:15.4/24-6/5*NO CLASS 5/29*. Grades K-2.
Fee for non-aftercare students $90.00
Fee for aftercare students $24.00

Ultimate Frisbee: Once the snow melts away the frisbees will be flying during this spring after school offering. Ultimate frisbee is a fast growing sport in the state of Maine and our program is aligned with the guidelines, rules, and general spirit of the Maine Ultimate program. Led by Pete Curtis and Billy Maley. Tuesdays, 3:00-4:15. 4/25-6/6. Grades 3-8.
Fee for non-aftercare students $77.00

Cricket: We will analyze and explore the habits, habitat, and physical attributes of this fascinating insect. If time permits, we will also learn about the second most popular sport in the world that shares its name and play a kid-friendly version of this beloved game. The rules, culture, and proper techniques of jumping in the air while shouting, "Howzat!!!?" will be learned. Led by Jonathan Ewell. Wednesday afternoons, 3:00-4:15. 4/26-6/7. Grades 1-8.
Fee for non-aftercare students $77.00

Flag Football: Students will learn the basic rules of football, learn plays, receiver routes, and defensive strategy. The kids had a great time with flag football last year and we look to continue to have fun and develop this game at Friends School this spring! Led by Billy Maley.
Thursday afternoons 3:00-4:15. 4/27-6/8. Grades 3-8.
Fee for non-aftercare students $77.00

 

March 2017

Dodgeball: This one is going out by request. Dodgeball sometimes gets a bad wrap and for good reason, but done right it is a healthy game that helps students develop throwing, catching, and dodging skills. We will use very soft balls and by signing up students are choosing to participate and are well aware that their friends will be throwing balls at them. Led by Billy Maley.

Wednesday afternoons 3:00-4:15. 3/1-4/12. Grades 3-8.
Fee for non-aftercare students $77.00

Ice Skating at Falmouth Family Ice: With warm temperatures and mixed precipitation making winter recreation tricky this year we have decided to continue ice skating club through the month of March. Children are able to skate in the indoor arena, as well as the outside rink when the weather allows. There is a new sign up sheet and we ask that skaters who have already rode on the bus allow for new participants to sign up before signing up again for ice skating club. There is no instructor with this program so ice skating experience is required for this activity. Children that do not know how to skate can come with a parent or responsible adult who is available to assist them during our time there. Ice skates are available, but having your own skates is strongly recommended because of our limited ice time. Please note that students are only charged for this activity if they are unaccompanied by a parent and riding on the school bus.
*Space is limited on the bus so only the first 14 sign ups will be accepted.*
Led by Billy Maley, Jason Wentworth, and April Wernig.

Friday afternoons, 1:45-3:00. 3/10-3/31. Open to ice skaters in grades K-8.

Fee for aftercare students  *4 sessions* $8.00 Fee for non-aftercare students $44.00

FSP Literary 'Zine: The Writing Club is in the process of entering into the realm of publication!  We are excited about the prospect of creating a literary (maga)zine that will include poetry, essays, comic strips, word puzzles, advice, FSP news, op-ed pieces, and perhaps even obituaries (we'll miss you, snow!).  Participants will help to create, edit, and organize submissions for a late March edition of the yet-to-be-named publication. Grades 3-6. Tuesdays, 3:00-4:15. February 7-April 4. Led by Jonathan Ewell. Mark your child down on the sign up sheet in the lobby today!
Fee for non-aftercare students $88.00 (no fee for kids already in aftercare)

Writing Club for the Middle School group is continuing into a second session as well. Round two begins this Thursday, February 2. This activity is led by Pete Curtis and is appropriate for children in grades 5-8. Thursdays, 3:00-4:15. February 2-March 30. The sign up sheet is in the lobby.
Fee for non-aftercare students $88.00 (no fee for kids already in aftercare)

January and February 2017

Cross-Country Skiing: With Buster (the minibus) up and running, we will take cross-country skiing on the road to Twin Brook in Cumberland. Twin Brook recreation area features miles of groomed trails for beginner and more experienced skiers. Parent volunteers are essential to the safety and viability of this program so please contact Billy if you are available to ski with us on any or all of the dates below. The bus is scheduled to return to Friends School by 4:45.

Students in grades 1 through 2 will ski on Wednesdays and students in grades 3 through 8 will ski on Thursdays. Kindergartners are welcome to ski with their parents on Wednesdays. Led by Billy Maley.

Grades 1-2, Wednesday afternoons, 3:00-4:45, 1/4-2/15

Grades 3-8, Thursday afternoons, 3:00-4:45, 1/5-2/16

Fee for non-aftercare students $115.00

Drone Club: A new after-school activity! Students in Drone Club will get an Inductrix RTF with transmitter--a very durable and fun quad--and will learn the skills to fly it. We will help students fix their quad while at drone club we will not fix it after the club has ended.Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15, grades 5-8. February 1-March 1. $95 for all students (includes the drone, extra battery and charger). See 7th grader Seth for details.

Knitting and Stuff: Come and learn how to knit! Start a scarf, make a hat, and other fun projects. Led by Lynn Marrison (helper in the 3-4 classroom).
Grades 3-8, Tuesday afternoons, 3:00-4:15, 1/10 -2/14
There may be a small materials fee depending on the project, but otherwise this activity is free!


Writers' Club: An after-school writers’ workshop for students in grades 3-8 interested in working on their wordcraft and sharing it with others in a supportive environment.  Each session will include time to write and varied writing assignments designed to build confidence and expand the depth and breadth of student writing.  The series will run through the end of January, and if it is successful, we'll keep it going.

Grades 3-8 on Tuesdays and grades 5-8 on Thursdays, 3:00 to 4:15, December 6/8- January 24/26

The cost is $88 for one session a week and $176.00 for two sessions a week

 

November and December 2016

Animal Club:

Aftercare teacher Isabel Walsh will be leading Animal Club, an exploration of love for animals through drawing, yoga, woods walks, songs, stories and more. Each week, Isabel will guide kids through a different activity that encourages them to think about how animals look, live, speak and think, and our relationship to them. This activity is being held on Monday afternoons, 3:00-4:15 11/7-12/12 for children K-2nd grade.
Fee for non-aftercare students $90.00
Fee for aftercare students: $24.00

 

Drawing Club: The Drawing Club will meet to develop techniques of cartooning, portraiture, and background context (motion, emotion, and commotion...).  We will combine direct observation, drawing games/challenges, and analysis of others' work to inform an exploration of our own styles, and focus on the narrative possibilities of the 2-D form.  If it seems appropriate, we will work towards creating a "zine" to be shared with the school community. Led by Jonathan Ewell.

Wednesday afternoons, 3:00-4:15. 11/2-12/14. Grades 3-8
Fee for non-aftercare students $66.00

Ice Skating at Falmouth Family Ice: This is an opportunity for all ages to skate at the indoor ice facility at Falmouth Family Ice through a program called Opportunity Skate. We have ice time reserved from 2 until 2:50 on Fridays. Students will board Buster immediately following school on Fridays to travel to Falmouth Family Ice and will return to campus by 3pm. There is no instructor with this program so ice skating experience is required for this activity. Children that do not know how to skate can come with a parent or responsible adult who is available to assist them during our time there. Ice skates are available, but having your own skates is strongly recommended because of our limited ice time. Please note that students are only charged for this activity if they are unaccompanied by a parent and riding on the school bus.*Space is limited on the bus so only the first 14 sign ups will be accepted* Led by Billy Maley, Jason Wentworth, and April Sigfridson.  Friday afternoons, 1:45-3:00. 12/2-2/10. Open to ice skaters in grades K-8.

Fee for non-aftercare students $91.00

Fee for aftercare students $14.00

Street Hockey: Students will learn stick handling, goaltending, and general rules of hockey during this late fall offering. This will take place outside in the parking lot (please dress for the weather). Led by Billy Maley.

Thursday afternoons, 3:00-4:15 11/3-12/15. Grades 1-8.

Fee for non-aftercare students $66.00

 

Yoga for Peace Warriors: Learn basic and challenging poses while also utilizing games, language and practices that encourage cooperation, community, responsibility and empathy. Also discover self-regulation skills and ways to calm a growing warrior. Grow the peace warrior inside of you. Led by Carrie Morris. Mondays, 3:00-4:15.11/7-12-19. Grades 3-6.
Fee for non-aftercare students $105.00
Fee for aftercare students $28.00

 

Coming in Late Spring 2017....

Cricket: We will analyze and explore the habits, habitat, and physical attributes of this fascinating insect. If time permits, we will also learn about the second most popular sport in the world that shares its name and play a kid-friendly version of this beloved game. The rules, culture, and proper techniques of jumping in the air while shouting, "Howzat!!!?" will be learned. Led by Jonathan Ewell.

Wednesday afternoons, 3:00-4:15. 4/26-6/7. Grades 1-8.

Fee for non-aftercare students $77.00

 

Flag Football: Students will learn the basic rules of football, learn plays, receiver routes, and defensive strategy. The kids had a great time with flag football last year and we look to continue to have fun and develop this game at Friends School this spring! Led by Billy Maley.

Thursday afternoons 3:00-4:15. 4/27-6/8. Grades 3-8.

Fee for non-aftercare students $77.00

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Early Fall 2016

Cross-Country Club**: Cross country running is offered for grades 3-8. Students are required to participate in all meets (most likely on Wednesdays). In addition, runners in grades 6-8 must attend two out of three practices a week (days to be determined); runners in grades 3-5 must attend one out of three practices a week. There will be elementary meets for grades 3-5 and middle school meets for grades 6-8. No prior running experience is necessary, just a good attitude and willingness to be part of a team.  $100 per student. The committment for 6-8 is three days per week (may include one meet) and for grades 3-5 is two days per week (may include one meet).
**Please note that cross-country is run independently from our afterschool activities program and different costs apply.

 

Developmental Soccer: Soccer is a great way for children to exercise, be outside, and play a game that children enjoy all over the world. Players will work on their conditioning, practice ball handling, participate in fun drills, and learn the rules of the game and proper sportsmanship. Students in grades K through 2 will practice on Wednesdays and students in grades 3 through 8 will practice on Thursdays. Led by Billy Maley.

Grades K-2,Wednesday afternoons, 3:00-4:15, 9/7-10/26

Grades 3-8, Thursday afternoons, 3:00-4:15, 9/8-10/27

Fee for non-aftercare students $88.00

 

Yoga: This class is all about the FUN of yoga. Through songs, games, stories and imaginative play, we will learn individual, partner and group poses. Children will also be lead in mindfulness activities and relaxation techniques. A well balanced class that teaches creativity, compassion, tuning in, teaming up, nature and nurture to the youngest of the bunch. Led by Carrie Morris. Mondays, 3:00-4:15. 9/12-10/31.  Grades K-2.

Fee for non-aftercare students $105.00
Fee for aftercare students $28.00

 

Spelling Club: We will be gauging interest for Spelling Club for grades 5-8. Weekly meetings will begin in October; days and times TBD. The school spelling bee will take place in January. Our two winners will move on to the Cumberland County Bee in February! An interest list is posted on the bulletin board by the other afterschool activities. This was led last year by FSP parent Dan Zarin--if you are interested in leading this year, please let Dan know.

LEGO Robotics Club: FSP will field a team in this fall's First Lego Challenge. This challenge is open to 5th through 8th graders. Participants will work on programming a Lego robot to perform various skills and also create and produce a presentation to a group of judges. The theme for this year's challenge is "Animal Allies"! Skills learned during this process are: Engineering, Computer programming, Research, Teamwork, Leadership. Participants must be willing to commit to a schedule of (2) 2-hour meetings (typically one on Sunday afternoon and one during the week) from mid-September to mid-November. More time may be needed as the competition approaches on November 19th. This team is led by parent volunteers; please contact Andy Dixon at amdmaine@gmail.com with any questions.

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