Greenwich Academy offers two after-school enrichment programs for girls in Lower School: Serendipity and Friday Afters. Additionally, LS students requiring supervision until a 3:45 PM bus or pickup may register for Study Hall. Finally, Homework Hall is open to Middle Schoolers who cannot be picked up by 3:45 PM. Please find more information, as well as how to register, for all these programs below.
The Greenwich Academy Parents Association is pleased to be able to offer a virtual version of Friday Afters to students in Groups I-IV.
We strongly encourage everyone to put down a first, second, and third choice. There will be a lottery for classes that are over-subscribed.
Classes will be held on Zoom, and class size will be limited to optimize GA student participation and engagement.
Questions? Contact Friday Afters Co-Chairs Lara Foley & Kathy Ewald.
November 6, 13 & 20
December 4, 11 & 18
If you have questions about financial assistance to participate, please reach out to Nina Hanlon, Director of Enrollment & Financial Aid.
- Architecture Exploration (Groups I & II)
- Art with Silvermine Arts Center (Groups I & II)
- Intro to Scratch (Groups I & II)
- Game Design with Scratch (Groups II, III & IV)
- Movie Magic (Groups II, III & IV)
- Virtual Science! (Groups III & IV)
- Debate (Group IV)
Calling all aspiring architects: This immersive journey introduces students to influential architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Ictinus, and Zaha Hadid through Minecraft Education. Get ready to explore and build different styles of architecture including Roman, Greek, and contemporary. Students will be challenged to consider: What type of buildings are in a town? How about a city? What buildings are most important for our community?
Note: Note: Students must have access to a Mac or PC purchased within the last 7 years, iPad purchased within the last 4 years, or Chromebook purchased within the last 2 years in order to run the Minecraft Education program.
Explore and develop your own artistic style, while learning traditional techniques through drawing and painting. Projects in two- and three-dimensional forms focus on composition, perspective, line, shading, light, and color theory. Subject matter includes still life, portraiture, and landscape.
Instructor: Silvermine Arts Center
Note: All materials will be provided by Silvermine in advance of the first class
Explore movie making and learn digital storytelling skills with iMovie and an iPad. Students will learn about the history of film production, roles in a movie, as well as creating a storyboard and different parts of a plot. Discover stop-motion creation, create a flip book, and get ready to debut your final project—a movie trailer or tutorial.
Note: Students must have access to an iPad or Apple laptop that can run iMovie.
Learn about science and chemistry through Minecraft. Students will complete 5 stations that explore water behavior in Minecraft. Along the way, they will be challenged to form and test hypotheses based on their findings. Discover the world around you as you collect and analyze materials (blocks), find their elemental composition, and discuss similar properties.
Note: Students must have access to a Mac or PC purchased within the last 7 years, iPAD purchased within the last 4 years, or Chromebook purchased within the last 2 years in order to run the Minecraft Education program.
Due to COVID-19 and social distancing protocols, there will be no Serendipity fall 2020.
Serendipity runs Mon-Thu for girls in Groups I-IV. Taught by GA teachers and outside instructors, all classes are one hour, from 3:15-4:15 PM. Please pick up your children promptly. Since children who take the bus must leave at 3:45 PM, parents must arrange for alternate transportation on Serendipity days. There are no Serendipity classes on half-days or holidays.
Registration Procedures & General Info
- All charges will be billed to your school billing account.
- If there are classes for which there are more registrations than we have places, we hold a lottery to decide which children may attend. If your child is placed on the waitlist for a class, she will have priority the next time the class is offered.
- Your daughter may register for more than one class. Please be sure that the class is offered to her grade level.
- We reserve the right to modify classes or change faculty assignments when necessary. Classes with insufficient enrollment will be canceled.
- There are no Serendipity classes on half-days or holidays.
- If your daughter drops out of a Serendipity class after the first week and her spot cannot be filled, you will be charged for the entire class.
Study Hall is a supervised study time for students in Groups I-IV who
are waiting to leave on a bus, waiting to be picked up by a MS or US sister, or
have a pickup time that is in conflict with another area school (with approval
from the lower school head). Only these students may attend. There is no fee for Study Hall.
Study Hall meets at the gathering stairs by the LS office Mon-Thu, and runs from dismissal to 3:45 PM. At that time, students straighten up the classroom and the supervising teacher accompanies bus-riders to the Upper School Circle to meet the bus. All other students must be picked up at Study Hall by 3:45 PM.
Guidelines & Procedures
Although the time is brief, we hope students will use Study Hall to start their homework, so they have less to do when they get home. Girls should:
- Bring all materials and books required for that day’s homework.
- Check in with the supervising teacher and find a seat.
- Ask the supervising teacher for assistance with assignments.
- At dismissal, straighten up room, check out with the supervising teacher.
Contact Colleen Schneider in the LS office.
Students are expected to be picked up promptly after school or under the supervision of a faculty member after 3:45 PM. Students may not wait in the MS or US building unattended at any time. Homework Hall is a supervised study hall held after school for Middle School students who cannot be picked up by 3:45 PM.
Homework Hall meets Mon-Thu 3:35-5:00 PM in Tent 1.
Guidelines & Procedures
Students who are not picked up by 3:45 PM are required to check into HW Hall in Tent 1. In cold weather HW Hall will meet in the lower library next to Tent 1. Snack is provided. Parents or guardians may call the supervisor to request their child to meet outside at their pickup location. Students who have not been picked up by 4:55 PM will be walked to the Lower School portico by the supervisor for a prompt 5:00 PM pickup. There is no need to sign up in advance.
The supervisor can be reached during HW Hall hours at 203.552.4403.
There is no fee for students waiting to board a 4:00 PM bus. All other students who attend HW Hall will be charged $15.00 per session. Anyone with questions about financial assistance should contact Nina Hanlon, Director of Enrollment & Financial Aid.
Contact Sarah Barringer or Jenny Colllins in the MS Office; they can also be reached by phone at 203.625.8905.