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All spring term classes will run for 8 weeks. Full payment is due at registration in order to complete your registration
Spring 2024 : (March 18, 2024 - May 21, 2024)
May 20th is a make-up day; Spring Break - April 1st
Register before 2024-03-04 to avoid the late registration fee of $5.00 per class.
Scholarship applications are due by 2024-03-04.
Class Cost Ages Instructor Enrolled Room Site Status
Monday - 09:45-11:00
Time, Money, & Measuring
We will explore telling time on digital and analog clocks, counting coins and dollars, and measuring length, weight, and volume. Classes will incorporate hands on activities, games, and art.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Let's work with numbers!
$187.00 5-7 Shelley Marshall 0/6 TBA TBA Open
Supervised Stay (1st Period)
Supervised Stay provides supervision by site managers for enrolled students, and typically takes place outdoor on the playground and/or indoors in our lounge area. Please note that there are no structured/planned activities provided during Supervised Stay. This option is often utilized by students who have a gap between 2 classes, or those who have a free period while a sibling is taking a class. If a parent is onsite and supervising their child, the child does not need to be enrolled in Supervised Stay. Teens ages 13 and up have the option of staying onsite without enrolling in (and paying for) Supervised Stay. Please see our FAQ for more information about expectations for teens who are on campus but not enrolled in Supervised Stay. https://www.cvillechec.org/faqs
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Heidi Betts 0/8 Playground Unitarian Universalist Open
Art in Action!
Fling, hammer, squeeze, blow, roll, smack, smoosh. Let’s get moving! We’ll paint with a pendulum, draw with our feet, paint with an electric drill, paint like Jackson Pollack, blast paint into the sky, and many other exciting art activities! Prepare for mess!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Art with physical movement
$192.00 5-7 Kat Freeman 0/10 TBA TBA Open
Face Painting - Beginner
Butterflies, Dragons, Hot Air Balloons, Unicorns, and Cars! In this class we will learn how to create awesome looks with face paint. Students will practice painting on themselves and their friends!.. and maybe the teacher too.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Learn face painting skills
$207.00 6-9 Sarah Wilson 0/10 TBA TBA Open
School of Rock
A study of popular music in America from the 1950s to the present, all genres of popular music, each week a different decade. Students will have the opportunity to dress in the fashion of the day each week to add a little more fun and authenticity to the class. And of course we will be listening to lots of great, classic music! We will listen to and explore lots of music, paired with games and activities associated with each era. We will explore the evolution of how music has been delivered to, and consumed by the masses (terrestrial radio, vinyl, cassettes, CDs, and the transformation from analog to digital format, MTV, live concerts, music festivals). Students will be encouraged to share music, and the class will culminate in a fun final project (pick your favorite decade and genre of music and present to the class).
Notes: Parents should be aware that due to the nature of the material, some music might be rated "pg-13" with some more mature themes. I will avoid music with foul language, however if there is a particular song or artist that is important to the class in a historical context and the music is relevant to the topic at hand yet contains swearing, I will make sure to find a clean/radio edit lyrical version to share. Foul language will not be permitted in class.
Prerequisites: A musical background is not required but may add to a deeper understanding-- a love of and interest in music is all that's needed!
Popular music - a social history
$202.00 8-12 Rebecca Muller 0/10 TBA TBA Open
Road Trip!
Are we there yet? Not until you plan it! Everyone loves to take a vacation, but planning is half the fun. In this class, each student will plan a trip, including everything needed for a fantastic vacation - hotel rooms, food, gas, admission tickets, etc. Want to rent a private jet? Sure - IF you can afford it! Money doesn't grow on trees, so each trip will have a budget.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Math and geography through trip planning
$182.00 9-12 Megan Bailey 0/15 TBA TBA Open
Quidditch the Game of Fantasy
Come play the magical sport of quidditch from Harry Potter. Bound and leap to score a goal, batter the opposing team with the beaters, search for the snitch, or protect your goals as a keeper.
Notes: This class will meet at Washington Park. Transportation to the park needs to be arranged/provided by parents. Parents are also welcome to sign up with their child. Contact registrar@cvillechec.org to register as an adult.
Prerequisites: None
Physical education
$192.00 10-18 Owen Lamison 0/14 Field Washington Park Open
Make Your Mark: Intro to Design
Interested in design? This class introduces the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, and interior design. In the first half of the course, we'll study interesting ideas and examples from each field, learn about famous projects and practitioners, and complete introductory activities. In the final half of the course, we'll work together on collaborative design projects like a dream building for CHEC or the perfect game store. Some students will design the building, others will detail ideal outdoor spaces, some will plan out the interior design, while others may study maps and neighborhoods to determine a potential location. As we work on the project we'll try out a variety of design tools and techniques, like using Sketchup or CAD, drawing plans and sections, and making material boards.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Environmental design
$197.00 11-18 Teela James 1/10 TBA TBA Open
Band Together (with MIMA Music)
Write, record, and publish your own music! In MIMA’s Band Together program, participants use music improvisation exercises to create original rhythms, melodies and lyrics and put these ideas together into original songs. Interest in music is all that you need—no instrument or previous musical experience required. MIMA programs teach musical concepts while encouraging creativity, confidence and collaboration through the collaborative creation of original songs. Learn more about MIMA’s work at mimamusic.org.
Notes: Students who play instruments are invited to bring them to each class. The final class will be a field trip to the Music Resource Center’s recording studio, where students will record their original songs with instruments, professional equipment and studio software. Parents will be asked to sign a field trip waiver and provide transport to and from the location.
Prerequisites: No musical or other experience required.
Music, song creation
$192.00 12-18 MIMA Team 0/18 TBA TBA Open
Monday - 09:50-10:50
Rock Climbing Fundamentals
Come learn the fundamentals of rock climbing from an experienced instructor at Rocky Top Climbing. In this eight session course we will cover climbing safety/etiquette, establish a strong foundation of basic techniques, and explore various training strategies which can be implemented by each student to enhance their personal climbing adventure going forward.
Notes: Parents will need to sign Rocky Top's wavier for students to climb at the gym. Course fee includes access to the gym and shoe rental. If you have a gym membership, you should enroll in the gym member version of this course for a reduced fee.
Prerequisites:
Physical education
$170.00 8-12 Leo Clarke 0/8 Gym Rocky Top Climbing Gym Open
Rock Climbing Fundamentals for Rocky Top Members
Come learn the fundamentals of rock climbing from an experienced instructor at Rocky Top Climbing. In this eight session course we will cover climbing safety/etiquette, establish a strong foundation of basic techniques, and explore various training strategies which can be implemented by each student to enhance their personal climbing adventure going forward.
Notes: This course is only for students who are already members of Rocky Top. We are able to offer this course to these students at a lower price as we will not have to pay for gym access for these students. The course is permission only so that we can verify that you have a Rocky Top membership.
Prerequisites:
Physical education
$50.00 8-12 Leo Clarke 0/8 Gym Rocky Top Climbing Gym Open
Monday - 11:10-12:25
Supervised Stay (2nd Period)
Supervised Stay provides supervision by site managers for enrolled students, and typically takes place outdoor on the playground and/or indoors in our lounge area. Please note that there are no structured/planned activities provided during Supervised Stay. This option is often utilized by students who have a gap between 2 classes, or those who have a free period while a sibling is taking a class. If a parent is onsite and supervising their child, the child does not need to be enrolled in Supervised Stay. Teens ages 13 and up have the option of staying onsite without enrolling in (and paying for) Supervised Stay. Please see our FAQ for more information about expectations for teens who are on campus but not enrolled in Supervised Stay. https://www.cvillechec.org/faqs
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Heidi Betts 0/8 Playground Unitarian Universalist Open
The Fantastic World of Fungi
Have you ever eaten mushrooms on your pizza? Or used yeast to bake yummy dinner rolls? Have you ever found lichen while on a walk in the woods? Or seen mold develop on decaying food? Well, then you have met some members of the fantastic world of fungi. What exactly are fungi? They aren’t plants, but they also aren’t animals. They can heal us. They can help trees to communicate with one another. They can turn ants into actual zombies! They decompose our waste and cleanse our soils of environmental toxins. They ferment foods to ease our digestion. They are super amazing organisms! In this class, we’ll investigate the ways that fungi function differently from plants and animals. We’ll learn how fungi make food, how they grow, and how they reproduce. We’ll create spore prints and grow oyster mushrooms and use yeast to bake bread. We’ll make a rot museum and inoculate shiitake mushroom logs. Come along as we explore the magical, mysterious, fascinating world of fungi!
Notes: This class will be primarily outdoors so please have your child dress accordingly for the weather. We will be making and eating various foods such as bread, reishi tea, and sautéed mushrooms. Please let me know of any food allergies or aversions your child may have.
Prerequisites:
Nature, art, science
$207.00 5-7 Amy Eachus 0/10 TBA TBA Open
Stitch and String Lab
Let's learn to sew and stitch! Each child will create their own special stuffed friend using hand-sewing techniques! We'll also embroider, weave, wrap and tie, and learn how to thread a needle and tie a knot. A macrame keychain? Friendship bracelets? Yarn bombing? and at least one little stuffy! We’ll explore all things textile – yarn, thread, and fabric!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Fiber arts
$192.00 5-7 Kat Freeman 0/7 TBA TBA Open
LEt's GO Around the World
Love to build with LEGO? In this class, we'll use LEGO to construct famous buildings from different regions of the world. We'll look at regional architectural styles, learn what inspired them, and design our own buildings in those styles. We'll use our travels to learn architecture terms (like cantilever) and processes (like additive or subtractive design) and to study engineering concepts (like loading constraints or tension and compression). By the end of class, we'll have created a map of the world populated with our projects.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Geography, engineering, architecture history
$212.00 8-12 Teela James 0/10 TBA TBA Open
Snail Mail
Texts! Facetime! Voice Messages! Email! Skype! Twitter! Facebook! Instagram! Snapchat! TikTok! Zoom! Phone calls?... IMs DMs PMs....AhhhhH!!! Communication is all over the road these days and can be confusing and overwhelming. This class is meant to bring the student back to a simpler time, when communicating by "snail mail" was the only way. We will be reviving the lost art of letter writing! We will learn how to write, properly address, and send letters; first practicing with with letters to each other in class, and then picking a family member or friend outside of CHEC who will be our pen-pals. We can take it even a step further and write letters to those in our community who would love and appreciate a handwritten letter (older folks in our community who may live alone, patients at the children's hospital, those who are homebound or otherwise limited in social interaction). There will also be a focus on development of (print and/or cursive) handwriting skills, in addition to content. Learn the history of the USPS and how it all started with Pony Express. What are some other ways people communicated before the digital age?
Notes:
Prerequisites:
The lost art of letter writing
$207.00 8-12 Rebecca Muller 0/10 TBA TBA Open
It's In the Cards! (Math. It's math that's in the cards.)
In this course, students will learn several card games that reinforce math fact fluency while having fun! We'll learn solitaire games as well as partnered and group games, and we might even bring in some board games too.
Notes:
Prerequisites: Students should know how to add and subtract, though they don't need to be quick or fluent
Math fluency while playing card games!
$192.00 8-12 Rebecca Reilly 0/8 TBA TBA Open
Crime and Punishment.... or Justice - Trial Section
GUILTY! Or maybe innocent? That's what we all think about when we hear about trials, juries, or anything related to the court system, right? The judicial branch of our government encompasses all of this and so much more. In many cases, trials do not involve someone who has been arrested, but instead deal with civil issues such as property disputes. Sometimes, a case makes it all the way to the Supreme Court, paving the way for our constitution to change, such as granting women the right to vote. In this class, we'll examine real cases (and a few fictional ones), determine the outcome of each, and compare our verdicts with the actual results. We will also try a few of the cases "solved" in the "Crime" section of this class. Students will serve on a jury, act as witnesses, suspects, and even opposing counsel. As we progress through the class, they will learn how to create their own trial questions and answers.
Notes: Although the classes have similar names, students are not required to participate in the Crime section of this class, but are welcome to!
Prerequisites:
Civics study
$177.00 12-18 Megan Bailey 1/20 TBA TBA Open
Win Together!
...or lose together. Work with teammates to tackle the challenges of a unique selection of cooperative games. Win (or lose) together! Interpret visions from a ghost to solve a crime. Avoid rattlesnakes, starvation, broken bones, dysentery, and a host of other calamities as your covered wagon crosses the country. Speed Roll dice to defeat iconic video game bosses. Game selections may include: Mysterium; Oregon Trail, Forbidden Dessert, Pandemic, Flashpoint Fire & Rescue, The Mind, The Crew, Castle Panic, Magic Maze and Cuphead Fast Rolling Dice Game. This class is kept intentionally small to give students the chance to develop cooperative skills with a familiar group and foster small group teamwork.
Notes: Given small group dynamic and player limitations for games used, this class only allows for a small number of participants. If there is a waitlist, those students will be given priority should we choose to offer this course again in a future term.
Prerequisites:
Cooperative Gaming
$187.00 13-18 Susan Maccarelli 0/5 TBA TBA Open
Nailed It! Funny Baking Competition
In this class we will try to copy various cakes, cookies, cupcakes and other delicious baked goods. Hilarity will ensue because in this class "failure" is expected and enjoyed! This class will help teach baking, artistic, and decorating skills.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Can you nail it?
$222.00 13-18 Sarah Wilson 0/10 TBA TBA Open
Monday - 11:20-12:20
Bug Wars
It’s a bug-eat-bug world! We’ll create and draw some of the world’s biggest, creepiest bugs out of tinfoil, tape, and Model Magic clay. We’ll learn about their strengths, weaknesses, weapons and abilities as they face each other in battle. Who will be victorious, the praying mantis or the giant hornet? In a death duel, will the scorpion’s fierce pincers overcome the fangs of the giant centipede? Join us to find out. We'll use 3 picture and story books from the Virginia Museum of Science exhibit. For a break, we’ll dance to Bug Music by clarinetist Don Byron, featuring music from the 30’s in Duke Ellington's style.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Insects, art, music
$148.00 5-7 Janet Beals 0/10 TBA TBA Open
It’s Futbol Time!
Students will take part in a variety of dribbling and passing games in the class. Movement, agility, and teamwork activities will be present in each class. Through stories, pictures and other props history of the game will be explored.
Notes: Each student should have comfortable clothing and a snack. Cleats are recommended but sneakers will be okay.
Prerequisites: Willingness to learn and have fun!
Soccer enrichment
$138.00 6-8 Coach West 0/10 Field Washington Park Open
United Through Food
United through food whether it’s a holiday or just a Tuesday at home with the family, food Unites us. Learn how to make party cuisine from different parts of the world.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Learn to make party cuisine
$188.00 8-11 Arianne Dallas 0/8 TBA TBA Open
Rock Climbing Fundamentals
Come learn the fundamentals of rock climbing from an experienced instructor at Rocky Top Climbing. In this eight session course we will cover climbing safety/etiquette, establish a strong foundation of basic techniques, and explore various training strategies which can be implemented by each student to enhance their personal climbing adventure going forward.
Notes: Parents will need to sign Rocky Top's wavier for students to climb at the gym. Course fee includes access to the gym and shoe rental. If you have a gym membership, you should enroll in the gym member version of this course for a reduced fee.
Prerequisites:
Physical education
$170.00 12-18 Leo Clarke 0/8 Gym Rocky Top Climbing Gym Open
Rock Climbing Fundamentals for Rocky Top Members
Come learn the fundamentals of rock climbing from an experienced instructor at Rocky Top Climbing. In this eight session course we will cover climbing safety/etiquette, establish a strong foundation of basic techniques, and explore various training strategies which can be implemented by each student to enhance their personal climbing adventure going forward.
Notes: This course is only for students who are already members of Rocky Top. We are able to offer this course to these students at a lower price as we will not have to pay for gym access for these students. The course is permission only so that we can verify that you have a Rocky Top membership.
Prerequisites:
Physical education
$50.00 12-18 Leo Clarke 0/8 Gym Rocky Top Climbing Gym Open
Monday - 13:00-14:00
Dinosaur Explore!
Let's dance, play, and make art! We’ll create a favorite dinosaur each week, make sketches, and then paint our dinosaurs on BIG pieces of cardboard -- big enough to dance with! We'll explore what they eat, who their enemies are, and how long they lived. We'll use the soundtrack from Jurassic Park, written by American composer and conductor John Williams. With 54 Academy Award nominations, only Walt Disney has received more award nominations.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Music, dance, art
$148.00 5-7 Janet Beals 0/10 TBA TBA Open
Monday - 13:00-14:15
Sail the Musician-Ship (with MIMA Music)
Sail the Musician-Ship is a collaborative songwriting program for 5-8 year olds that teaches basic musical concepts while encouraging creativity, confidence and teamwork through a group creation of original compositions. Students first produce their own rhythms, melodies and lyrics and then stitch them together into their own songs. MIMA helps participants explore their already existing relationships with music and realize “I really did that and it was a great way to make deeper connections with the world.” Harnessing the young mind’s desire to observe makes it easy to highlight the musical components of their everyday world.
Notes: If students play an instrument, they are invited to bring them to each class.
Prerequisites: No musical or other experience required.
Music, song creation
$192.00 5-8 MIMA Team 0/15 TBA TBA Open
Poetry Tea Time
Through poetry written for children, this group will introduce appreciation of language, rhythm, meter, and imagery, in the contemplative and soothing setting of a circle time with tea. We'll have simple herbal tea each week, will check in with families but imagining mint, hibiscus, chamomile, etc. We will listen to poetry for kids, and complete an activity (game, song, craft) that complements the poetic theme of the week.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Introduction to poetry appreciation
$182.00 5-7 Gwendolyn Bright 0/12 TBA TBA Open
Supervised Stay (3rd Period)
Supervised Stay provides supervision by site managers for enrolled students, and typically takes place outdoor on the playground and/or indoors in our lounge area. Please note that there are no structured/planned activities provided during Supervised Stay. This option is often utilized by students who have a gap between 2 classes, or those who have a free period while a sibling is taking a class. If a parent is onsite and supervising their child, the child does not need to be enrolled in Supervised Stay. Teens ages 13 and up have the option of staying onsite without enrolling in (and paying for) Supervised Stay. Please see our FAQ for more information about expectations for teens who are on campus but not enrolled in Supervised Stay. https://www.cvillechec.org/faqs
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Amber Jones 0/8 Playground Unitarian Universalist Open
Save the Planet!
Can we save the world? Maybe not, but together we can save the planet! In this class, we'll learn about different types of pollution, the current state of our environment, and what we can do to save it. We'll explore the effects pollution has on the animals, plants, and environments of different ecosystems. We'll also learn different methods of conservation, recycling, and why they're important.
Notes: This class will get messy, so please dress appropriately!
Prerequisites:
Ecology
$192.00 5-7 Megan Bailey 0/12 TBA TBA Open
Karate/Ninja Warrior
(Students who took this course previously are also welcome to enroll as they'll learn new skills that accompany their new belt levels. Previous white belt holders will now earn yellow belts as they learn the new skills while yellow belt holders will now earn orange belts). This course involves a fun and relaxing way to learn self defense (non-violent, non-sparring). You will gain situational awareness/stranger danger, discuss life skills such as self discipline, self confidence, anti-violence bully prevention, goal setting, leadership, anger management techniques, etc. For the obstacle course training, we will utilize the playground. The course will improve your flexibility, and lower and upper body strength. With individual parental permission, students will have the opportunity to use virtual reality for karate, such as using their newly learned skills to spar against ninjas, kick boxing, as well as a VR obstacle course training. By the end of our session, your teams, with my help, will create a choreographed set of karate moves. Parents are welcome to take the course with their children.
Notes: New students will begin the class with a white belt while returning students will receive their next level belt with new skills or advance forms of their beginner skills.
Prerequisites: None
Karate & life skills w/obstacle courses
$187.00 8-11 Louis Torkornoo 0/14 TBA TBA Open
Art that Looks Like Food: Sweet Treats and Artsy Eats
Let’s make some art that looks good enough to eat! Think cakes, popsicles, a box of chocolate, ice cream cones, a pizza pillow, a bubble gum machine… We’ll draw, paint, sculpt, collage, using a variety of materials, like plaster strips, polymer clay, fun papers, paint, oil pastels, and more! Come join the fun!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Mixed media art
$202.00 8-11 Kat Freeman 0/10 TBA TBA Open
Let's Play Board Games!
Each week we will play different board games. The games are selected to help work on communication, math, and problem solving skills. Games will range from cooperative, strategy, puzzle, and escape style board games.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Strategy, coop, puzzle
$187.00 8-11 Sarah Wilson 0/8 TBA TBA Open
Spy School
Clever disguises, pocket items that are more than meets the eye, hidden cameras and more. Learn what magic and the world of espionage have in common as we study things like secret compartments, trapdoors, cool toys, and more. Learn the techniques that top spies are using today. As part of the class, students will receive a spy kit that contains decoders, tools for secret writing, rear view spy glasses & more.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Magic and espionage
$197.00 8-12 Wes Iseli 0/12 TBA TBA Open
How to Die...No, I Mean Dye
Learn a different fabric dyeing technique each week. One week we'll use plants, the next we'll use commercial products. We'll try our hand at Shibori Pole Dyeing and Batik. This class will look at what fabrics absorb dye easiest and why. What products do we have in our kitchen we can use to dye? What is a mordant? We'll see what we can do when we use hot temperatures versus ice. Each week we will dye a different product such as t-shirt, hand towel, socks or pillow case. Come create some fabric that's really one of a kind.
Notes: Students should be able to follow directions as we'll be taking turns with the dye vats. They should also be able to wear safety glasses the entire class (safety glasses will be provided).
Prerequisites:
Fiber arts & science
$207.00 11-18 Kim Lohan 0/6 Lower Hall Kitchen Unitarian Universalist Open
Basketball
Students will learn the basics of team basketball each Monday. They will learn the fitness, mental, technical, and tactical fundamentals to be successful in a game situation. The class will consist of training at Washington Park. Come join the fun this Spring!!!
Notes: Please wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.
Prerequisites:
Basketball basics
$172.00 12-18 Coach West 0/12 Basketball Court - Washington Park UU-Outdoors Open
Making the Magic Happen: Theater Tech for Rules as Written
Ever wanted to create a D&D world? In this tech class, we need to design and build set pieces, construct costumes, and run sound and lighting effects. Like costume design? Make-up artists will have fun creating kobolds, elves, and dragons. Like set design? Dungeons, traps, and classrooms. Like complicated stuff? Special effects for a variety of D&D spells, traps, and fight scenes will keep you busy. Come enjoy stagecraft!
Notes: Enrollment in this class is by instructor permission for the first week to give priority registration to students enrolled in See And Be Scene this term. After the first week, remaining enrollment spots will be generally available.
Prerequisites:
Set design, costuming, and effects
$197.00 12-18 Teela James 0/8 TBA TBA Open
Monday - 13:00-15:40
Spring Play: Rules As Written
Join fellow CHEC thespians in facing the pitfalls of imaginary dungeons and the perils of real world high school. Fists, spells, emojis, and puns fly in this comedic tale about rule following and making it through ordeals unscathed. All participants should be able to attend performances on the make-up day (May 20th) and our evening performance (May 21st).
Notes: Enrollment in this class is by instructor permission for the first week to give priority registration to students enrolled in See And Be Scene this term. After the first week, remaining enrollment spots will be generally available.
Prerequisites:
Drama
$394.00 12-18 Teela James
Autumn Starnes
1/18 Social Hall Unitarian Universalist Open
Monday - 14:25-15:25
Space Race
Who was first? Let's explore the first space flight, the first satellites, the first humans in space, the first spacewalk, and more. We’ll create drawings and 3-D models of spacecraft, the mars rover, a space station, and more. For a break, we'll orbit around the area with background music from the British Public Service Broadcasting Group's album, Race for Space.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Art, space, music
$148.00 5-7 Janet Beals 0/8 TBA TBA Open
Monday - 14:25-15:40
Supervised Stay (4th period)
Supervised Stay provides supervision by site managers for enrolled students, and typically takes place outdoor on the playground and/or indoors in our lounge area. Please note that there are no structured/planned activities provided during Supervised Stay. This option is often utilized by students who have a gap between 2 classes, or those who have a free period while a sibling is taking a class. If a parent is onsite and supervising their child, the child does not need to be enrolled in Supervised Stay. Teens ages 13 and up have the option of staying onsite without enrolling in (and paying for) Supervised Stay. Please see our FAQ for more information about expectations for teens who are on campus but not enrolled in Supervised Stay. https://www.cvillechec.org/faqs
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Amber Jones 0/8 Playground Unitarian Universalist Open
Abracadabra Alakazam
Want to amaze your friends and astonish the masses? Come learn magic from professional magician Wes Iseli. In this special class, you will learn mind reading magic, card magic, coin magic, magic with everyday objects and much more. Wes will perform magic, teach tricks, and share some of the history of magic. Classes will include time to review and practice so at the end of the 8 weeks you can perform everything he has taught with ease. Students will receive a magic kit at the end of the course as well.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Art of magic
$197.00 5-8 Wes Iseli 0/14 TBA TBA Open
Castles and Catapults
In this class, we will explore topics in medieval history, science, technology, and architecture. Each week will feature a project such as building a working catapult, a model of a castle complex, a set of cardboard armor, or drawing our own version of the Bayeux tapestry. Each week will feature a short history lesson, some images or books to look at, and a project. I have been interested in medieval experimental archeology, and medieval recreation for the last 20 years (with a focus on textiles and 12th and 13th century England), and I am so excited to bring this amazing period of history to our youngest CHEC students!
Notes: Projects will require comfort with cutting, gluing, and following directions. We will be using the whole time block likely without a scheduled break in the middle. If your student has a more limited attention span, this class may not be for them!
Prerequisites:
Medieval history and engineering
$197.00 5-8 Alena Solenne 0/10 TBA TBA Open
Yoga Bugs and Butterflies
Open your wings with Yoga games and art! Yoga helps your creativity and joy of learning flow! Mindful practices teach you how to gently focus your mind with fun! Each class we will do some Yoga and Mindfulness play with cards, movement, drama and balances. Then we will transfer the energy to creating some works of art including painting, sculpture and collage.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Yoga, creativity, art
$182.00 7-11 Monica Farrell 0/11 TBA TBA Open
Microscopic Art
Discover the amazing patterns, designs, and colors of the microscopic universe. Create works of art in a petri dish, make edible bacteria, grow your very own mold, make a DNA necklace and more. We will learn how to prepare slides and use a microscope.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Discover, grow, create!
$212.00 7-10 Sarah Wilson 0/10 TBA TBA Open
Virtual Reality Experiences
Roller coasters, tourism, space, dinosaurs, musical fitness and more! If you've never or have tried virtual reality, get ready to get your mind blown! In this fun and exciting course, you'll get to experience various ways that VR technological marvel has made its way into our society. You'll get to visit national and exotic locations such as museums, historical and modern landmarks (The Greek ruins, Eiffel Tower, The Big Ben, the golden bridge, etc), national parks, VR roller coasters, VR fitness with music, beat saber, musical concerts, space/solar system and ocean exploration, dinosaurs, The 8 Wonders of the World, etc. The possibility is so endless that it can't be contained in one CHEC session. Returning students will have the opportunities to explore new experiences. For those students who choose to try the VR fitness portion of the course (optional), you'll get to move to different music genres from rock to classical music, while boxing against targets or robots, karate (fighting against kungfu masters and ninjas), and parkour/obstacle courses. Students will take frequent breaks from using the devices to share their individual experiences and the 5 devices will be thoroughly cleaned during breaks.
Notes:
Prerequisites: n/a
Variety of fun VR experiences
$187.00 8-11 Louis Torkornoo 0/12 TBA TBA Open
Band Together (with MIMA Music)
Write, record, and publish your own music! In MIMA’s Band Together program, participants use music improvisation exercises to create original rhythms, melodies and lyrics and put these ideas together into original songs. Interest in music is all that you need—no instrument or previous musical experience required. MIMA programs teach musical concepts while encouraging creativity, confidence and collaboration through the collaborative creation of original songs. Learn more about MIMA’s work at mimamusic.org.
Notes: Students who play instruments are invited to bring them to each class. The final class will be a field trip to the Music Resource Center’s recording studio, where students will record their original songs with instruments, professional equipment and studio software. Parents will be asked to sign a field trip waiver and provide transport to and from the location.
Prerequisites: No musical or other experience required.
Music, song creation
$192.00 8-12 MIMA Team 0/15 TBA TBA Open
Flower Frenzy
We will be making a flurry of paper flowers and arranging them in a beautiful bouquet (perhaps for Mother's Day???). Each week we will make a different type of flower and learn its name and meaning. To make the paper flowers, we will be choosing complimentary colors, cutting, folding, and gluing. By the end of the term we will have a plenitude of flowers to make a lovely arrangement that will last and last.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Make and arrange paper flowers
$207.00 10-14 Shelley Marshall 0/6 TBA TBA Open
Crime and Punishment.... or Justice - Crime Section
Do you have what it takes to be a CSI - Crime Scene Investigator? In this class, we will learn techniques used at REAL crime scenes! We'll make our own CSI kit, learn how to "walk the scene," lift various prints, determine if that red splat is blood, analyze mystery substances, and all sorts of other evidence. We'll even investigate a crime scene. But be careful: we don't want to send the wrong person to jail!
Notes: Although the classes have similar names, students are not required to participate in the Trial Section of this class, but are welcome to!
Prerequisites:
Science from crime scenes and crime labs
$187.00 10-18 Megan Bailey 0/12 TBA TBA Open
Win Together!
...or lose together. Work with teammates to tackle the challenges of a unique selection of cooperative games. Win (or lose) together! Interpret visions from a ghost to solve a crime. Avoid rattlesnakes, starvation, broken bones, dysentery, and a host of other calamities as your covered wagon crosses the country. Speed Roll dice to defeat iconic video game bosses. Game selections may include: Mysterium; Oregon Trail, Forbidden Dessert, Pandemic, Flashpoint Fire & Rescue, The Mind, The Crew, Castle Panic, Magic Maze and Cuphead Fast Rolling Dice Game. This class is kept intentionally small to give students the chance to develop cooperative skills with a familiar group and foster small group teamwork.
Notes: Given small group dynamic and player limitations for games used, this class only allows for a small number of participants. If there is a waitlist, those students will be given priority should we choose to offer this course again in a future term.
Prerequisites:
Cooperative Gaming
$187.00 13-18 Susan Maccarelli 0/5 TBA TBA Open
Class Cost Ages Instructor Enrolled Room Site Status
Tuesday - 11:00-03:30
CHECstra Day
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Notes:
Prerequisites: Students should be able to focus on academic work and contribute positively to a group learning environment. CHECstra Day will involve more academic work than typical CHEC classes. Parents should be comfortable with a high level of independence for their students as students may engage in independent activities like walking together to lunch.
Interdisciplinary learning for teens
$425.00 13-18 Teela James
Dannielle Lamison
Elizabeth Riner
Susan Maccarelli
1/16 Lower Hall Kitchen Unitarian Universalist Open

Winter 2024 : (January 08, 2024 - March 12, 2024)
Mar. 4th & Mar. 11th are make-up days
Register before 2023-12-31 to avoid the late registration fee of $5.00 per class.
Scholarship applications are due by 2024-01-01.
Class Cost Ages Instructor Enrolled Room Site Status
Monday - 09:45-11:00
Art Like Magic
Oooh! Aahh! Wow! There are some art processes that just seem….like MAGIC! After making our own magic wands, we’ll explore many media as we wave our magic wand, say some magic words, and see how amazing and exciting art can be. Students will have the opportunity to tattoo a banana, make paintings and sculptures that glow in the dark, combine Sharpies and rubbing alcohol to amazing effect, and much more!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Amazing art processes
$197.00 5-7 Kat Freeman 9/10 Summit House Room 4 Unitarian Universalist Open
Read Around the World
Travel together week by week to a different country. Learn about kids in other cultures through books, coloring, games, and snacks.
Notes:
Prerequisites: None
Geography, literature, and activities
$207.00 5-7 Torey Schultz 0/8 TBA TBA Closed
Fun with Simple Machines
In this course students will learn how the 6 simple machines are used and get to interact with them. Students will learn how inclined planes, wedges, levers, wheels and axels, screws, and pulleys work with interactive lessons and demos.
Notes:
Prerequisites: As this is an introduction intended for young students, no math will be necessary (although interested students can certainly ask!)
An interactive introduction to machines
$212.00 5-7 Matthew Tridento 10/10 Lower Hall 2 Unitarian Universalist Waitlist
Supervised Stay (1st Period)
Supervised Stay provides supervision by site managers for enrolled students, and typically takes place outdoor on the playground and/or indoors in our lounge area. Please note that there are no structured/planned activities provided during Supervised Stay. This option is often utilized by students who have a gap between 2 classes, or those who have a free period while a sibling is taking a class. If a parent is onsite and supervising their child, the child does not need to be enrolled in Supervised Stay. Teens ages 13 and up have the option of staying onsite without enrolling in (and paying for) Supervised Stay. Please see our FAQ for more information about expectations for teens who are on campus but not enrolled in Supervised Stay. https://www.cvillechec.org/faqs
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Heidi Betts 0/8 Playground Unitarian Universalist Open
Health Class Adolescent
This course will cover: Healthy Eating and Fitness (2 weeks): Understanding food labels, making healthy eating choices, types of physical fitness, mindfulness, etc. Mental and Emotional Health (2 week): Coping skills, self-regulation, self-respect, mindfulness, etc. Safety and Violence Prevention (1 week): Safe people, secret keeping, boundaries, when to ask for help, etc. Anatomy and Puberty (1 week): Internal and external male and female anatomy, body changes during puberty, body positivity and acceptance, hygiene, etc. Bullying (1 week): Standing up for yourself and others, when to ask for help, how to know when it is bullying, etc. Substance Abuse Prevention & Peer Pressure (1 week): Mental and physical health effects from drug use, prescription drug use/abuse, peer pressure, etc.
Notes: All health classes are unisex as we hope to promote understanding and normalization of bodily functions for all. Parents are invited to reach out to the teacher with any questions about course content prior to enrollment. We will not discuss sex in this course. Children will be provided with a notebook to use with each class. If the children have questions about sex, we will have them write it down in their notebook to take home. Parents can then have those conversations with their children. Classes will be audio recorded at parents' request. Parents are also welcome to sit in on classes.
Prerequisites:
Health Educaton
$192.00 8-11 Sarah Wilson 0/12 TBA TBA Closed
Alchemy at Hogwarts (8-11)
Double double toil and trouble - Fire burn and cauldron bubble! Well, we might not have any burning fires, but we'll definitely have a bubbling cauldron! We'll travel into Harry Potter's world at Hogwarts to learn many spells and potions. With a little practice and friendly magic, we'll turn any fine muggle into a practicing wizard!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Harry Potter themed chemistry
$197.00 8-11 Megan Bailey 12/12 Lower Hall 1 Unitarian Universalist Waitlist
Karaoke!
Build confidence through learning performance skills and vocal technique while having fun singing your favorite songs with a group. Opportunities for students to: sing solo to practice performing and build confidence; sing duets to learn harmony; or sing as an entire class as a "rock choir". Any genre-- pop, rock, blues, country, r&b, soul, funk, punk, rap, reggae-- you name it, it's all fair game!... and any decade-- 60s classic rock, 70s disco, 80s, new wave, 90s alt. rock, 2000s-present. This is also a great opportunity to broaden musical horizons and learn about the history of the musical artists we sing along to, and how they contributed to the pop music landscape, our culture & society. Only non-explicit/radio edit versions of songs will be used.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Vocal music/confidence building
$182.00 9-11 Rebecca Muller 3/8 Sanctuary Unitarian Universalist Open
Pick Your KNOWS! Game Show
How long did the ancient Egyptian empire last? What is the square root of a number? Teams will compete against their peers in a quirky game show that will allow them to pick their KNOWS. Contestants spin a wheel to see if they will be answering a question (pick your category: history, math, pop culture or science), drawing a clue (Pictionary-style) or completing a silly challenge (how many post-it notes can you stick on your face in 30 seconds). There will be opportunities for teams to earn gesundheit bonuses (phone a friend, Google an answer, get extended time). But be careful, there is also an "oh no!" space on the wheel! Unlucky contestants will have to pick a member of their team to suffer the consequences of the "oh-no"; will they have to eat a licorice jellybean or wear a blindfold for the rest of class? Teams can refuse to do their "oh no", but will lose points! Points will be tallied and grand champions crowned at the end of the session. Do you have what it takes to pick your KNOWS?! Join us to find out!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Serious trivia and goofball challenges
$192.00 12-18 Jacob Pugh 7/16 Blue Room Unitarian Universalist Open
Miniature Worlds
Want to recreate scenes from your favorite books, shows, movies, or video games? Do you have D&D, Warhammer, or other small collectibles you'd like to display? This class is all about creating miniature worlds--real or imagined. Maybe you want a tiny version of a Harry Potter common room or a landscape from Zelda! In Miniature Worlds we will work with various supplies (wood, clay, foam, paint, fabric) to create dioramas, cloches, and even micro-miniature pocket worlds in tins. We will go over concepts of scale and techniques to work on such small art. We will be carving foam, cutting balsa wood, using hot glue/super glue, and sculpting with various types of clay. There will also be instruction on the best techniques for painting 3D printed miniatures or custom sculpted pieces. What world will you create?
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Create tiny dioramas and pocket worlds!
$207.00 12-18 Elizabeth Riner 4/15 Mural Room Unitarian Universalist Open
Monday - 09:50-10:50
Rock Climbing Fundamentals
Come learn the fundamentals of rock climbing from an experienced instructor at Rocky Top Climbing. In this eight session course we will cover climbing safety/etiquette, establish a strong foundation of basic techniques, and explore various training strategies which can be implemented by each student to enhance their personal climbing adventure going forward.
Notes: Parents will need to sign Rocky Top's wavier for students to climb at the gym. Course fee includes access to the gym and shoe rental. If you have a gym membership, you should enroll in the gym member version of this course for a reduced fee.
Prerequisites:
Physical education
$170.00 8-12 Leo Clarke 6/8 Gym Rocky Top Climbing Gym Open
Rock Climbing Fundamentals for Rocky Top Members
Come learn the fundamentals of rock climbing from an experienced instructor at Rocky Top Climbing. In this eight session course we will cover climbing safety/etiquette, establish a strong foundation of basic techniques, and explore various training strategies which can be implemented by each student to enhance their personal climbing adventure going forward.
Notes: This course is only for students who are already members of Rocky Top. We are able to offer this course to these students at a lower price as we will not have to pay for gym access for these students. The course is permission only so that we can verify that you have a Rocky Top membership.
Prerequisites:
Physical education
$50.00 8-12 Leo Clarke 0/2 Gym Rocky Top Climbing Gym Open
Monday - 11:10-12:10
Playground Potpourri
Fitness has never been more fun. We'll play classic playground games like Capture the Flag, Jump Rope, and Hopscotch. Along the way, we'll be active and focus on general skills like aiming, balancing, swinging, and cooperating that help in all sports. With new games each week, this class has something for everyone.
Notes: Activities and games will take place in cool and wet weather. Each student should dress comfortably for the weather, cleats are recommended.
Prerequisites:
Popular playground games
$143.00 6-11 Coach West 5/12 Summit Yard Unitarian Universalist Open
Breakfast Around the World
Learn about different countries through food! Create and devour delicious breakfasts from around the world.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Geography, cooking
$188.00 8-12 Arianne Dallas 5/8 Upstairs kitchen Unitarian Universalist Open
Monday - 11:10-12:25
Woodland Creature Adventures
Have you ever imagined that you were Going on a Bear Hunt? Or have you ever wished that you could see The Gruffalo? Have you ever wondered who lives in The Busy Tree? Come along as we adventure through these books and others about forest creatures and their habitats. We’ll meet squirrels and owls and one very unruly moose. We’ll build a house for a mouse and a den for a bear. We’ll investigate what snakes do to survive the winter. We’ll also learn how we can help protect the woods that these amazing animals call home.
Notes: This class will begin indoors, but we will have time each class to venture outdoors into nature so please have your child dress for the weather.
Prerequisites:
Nature, science, art
$207.00 5-7 Amy Eachus 7/10 Summit 1 Unitarian Universalist Open
Supervised Stay (2nd Period)
Supervised Stay provides supervision by site managers for enrolled students, and typically takes place outdoor on the playground and/or indoors in our lounge area. Please note that there are no structured/planned activities provided during Supervised Stay. This option is often utilized by students who have a gap between 2 classes, or those who have a free period while a sibling is taking a class. If a parent is onsite and supervising their child, the child does not need to be enrolled in Supervised Stay. Teens ages 13 and up have the option of staying onsite without enrolling in (and paying for) Supervised Stay. Please see our FAQ for more information about expectations for teens who are on campus but not enrolled in Supervised Stay. https://www.cvillechec.org/faqs
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Heidi Betts 4/8 Playground Unitarian Universalist Open
Art Science Collision!
Let’s bring some science into the art room! We’ll harness the power of the sun, discover that oil and water don’t mix. Paint with gravity. Discover what happens when paint and alka seltzer combine in a film canister. Tattoo a banana. Use heat to learn a little about Dale Chihuly. Be prepared to be amazed and have a blast!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Art, Science
$197.00 5-7 Kat Freeman 6/10 Summit House Room 4 Unitarian Universalist Open
Around The World With Disney!
Walt Disney was known to love travel and culture. We see this love frequently in the different movies, shows, and attractions he created. Each week we will visit a different country as we talk about the movie that is set there. Come to New Orleans with Tiana, Mexico with Miguel, Colombia with Mirabel, or to Norway with Elsa and Anna! There is a whole world out there, let's learn about it together!
Notes: Local foods might be served some weeks. Please inform instructor if your child has any food allergies.
Prerequisites:
Geography and culture
$197.00 5-7 Fallon Tridento 4/10 Lower Hall 3 Unitarian Universalist Open
Miniature Worlds
Want to recreate scenes from your favorite books, shows, movies or video games? Do you have D&D, Warhammer, or other small collectibles you'd like to display? This class is all about creating miniature worlds- real or imagined. Maybe you want a tiny version of a Harry Potter common room or a landscape from Zelda! In Miniature Worlds we will work with various supplies (wood, clay, foam, paint, fabric) to create dioramas, cloches, and even micro-miniature pocket worlds in tins. We will go over concepts of scale and techniques to work on such small art. We will be carving foam, cutting balsa wood, using hot glue/super glue, and sculpting with various types of clay. There will also be instruction on the best techniques for painting 3D printed miniatures or custom sculpted pieces. What world will you create?
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Create tiny dioramas and pocket worlds!
$207.00 8-11 Elizabeth Riner 4/15 Mural Room Unitarian Universalist Open
Pick Your KNOWS! Game Show
What year was the Declaration of Independence signed? What is 120 divided by 3, times 7? Teams will compete against their peers in a quirky game show that will allow them to pick their KNOWS. Contestants spin a wheel to see if they will be answering a question (pick your category: history, math, pop culture or science), drawing a clue (Pictionary-style) or completing a silly challenge (how many post-it notes can you stick on your face in 30 seconds). There will be opportunities for teams to earn gesundheit bonuses: phone a friend, Google an answer, get extended time. But be careful, there is also an "oh no!" space on the wheel! Unlucky contestants will have to pick a member of their team to suffer the consequences of the "oh-no": will they have to eat a licorice jellybean or wear a blindfold for the rest of class? Teams can refuse to do their "oh no", but will lose points! Points will be tallied and grand champions crowned at the end of the session. Do you have what it takes to pick your KNOWS?! Join us to find out!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Serious trivia and goofball challenges
$192.00 8-11 Jacob Pugh 6/12 Blue Room Unitarian Universalist Open
Ironclad Awesomeness
This class explores the fascinating story of the Monitor and the Merrimack, two rival ironclad boats that prowled the coast during the Civil War. Who thought it would be a good idea to make a boat out of iron? Why don't iron boats sink? How does a steam engine work? What happened during the epic battle between two iron boats? Who won? We'll discover answers to these questions by reading Nathan Hale's graphic novel, "Big, Bad, Ironclad", as a class and running some density experiments. Then we'll share what we learned by building scale models of interesting moments from the book. This project-based learning class combines history, science, math, art, and language arts. This is a companion class for the field trip to the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, where students will be able to see artifacts from the boats (including the gun turret) and a life-sized model of the Monitor.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
History, science, math, and art
$197.00 8-11 Teela James 10/10 Lower Hall 1 Unitarian Universalist Waitlist
Eras - A History of Rock Music
A study of popular music in America from the 1950s to the present as it relates to cultural & social movements in history: Since Elvis came along in the 1950s and brought rock music to the mainstream, popular music in America has had a strong link to cultural, political, and social movements throughout American history-- everything from its influence on art & fashion, to the political statements of rap and punk rock music. Each week we will take a peek into a different decade, its subgenres of rock music, and associated current events tied to the music (1960s revolt against the VietNam War and Civil Rights movements; 1980s Live Aid- " We Are The World"/hunger in Africa; The Cold War etc.). We will also look at the evolution of the music itself, from style to format (terrestrial radio, vinyl, cassettes, CDs, and the transformation from analog to digital format). Students will have the opportunity to dress in the fashion of the day each week to add a little more fun and authenticity to the class. And of course we will be listening to lots of great, classic music!! Students will be encouraged to share music, and the class will culminate in a fun final project (pick your favorite decade and genre of music and present to the class).
Notes: I will need a projector, or some way (USB plug?) to plug my laptop in to project the images, audio, and videos to the class.
Prerequisites: A musical background is not required but may add to a deeper understanding-- a love of and interest in music is all that's needed! Due to the nature of the material, parents please be aware that some of the music might be "rated pg-13" with some more mature themes. I will avoid music with foul language, however if there is a particular song or artist that is important to the class in a historical context and the music is relevant to the topic at hand yet contains swearing, I will make sure to find a clean/radio edit lyrical version to share. Foul language will not be permitted in class.
Popular music - a social history
$192.00 12-18 Rebecca Muller 0/10 TBA TBA Closed
Fantasy Makeup
Learn the makeup skills needed to create fantasy looks in Glamor, Runway, Animal, Mythical Creatures, Illusions, and more! Each student will receive a makeup kit to take home at the end of class. This is not the same course as the Special Effects Class taught fall semester. This class will focus on beauty rather than gore.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Beauty transformations using makeup!
$222.00 12-18 Sarah Wilson 11/10 Lower Hall 2 Unitarian Universalist Waitlist
Animal Dissection
When you think of seeing the insides of an animal, do you immediately think, "Oh, gross!" or "Oh, cool!"? Join us for biological discovery with animal dissection! We'll learn proper dissection techniques as we delve into the anatomy of a variety of animals. Students will study (and dissect!) at least four different animal specimens, comparing various structures relating to digestion, circulation, respiration, and reproduction. We will also study how the life cycle of each animal progresses. Students will have the opportunity to work in pairs, small groups, and individually.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Small animal dissection
$212.00 13-18 Megan Bailey 6/6 Lower Hall Kitchen Unitarian Universalist Waitlist
Monday - 11:20-12:20
Rock Climbing Fundamentals for Rocky Top Members
Come learn the fundamentals of rock climbing from an experienced instructor at Rocky Top Climbing. In this eight session course we will cover climbing safety/etiquette, establish a strong foundation of basic techniques, and explore various training strategies which can be implemented by each student to enhance their personal climbing adventure going forward.
Notes: This course is only for students who are already members of Rocky Top. We are able to offer this course to these students at a lower price as we will not have to pay for gym access for these students. The course is permission only so that we can verify that you have a Rocky Top membership.
Prerequisites:
Physical education
$50.00 12-18 Leo Clarke 2/7 Gym Rocky Top Climbing Gym Open
Rock Climbing Fundamentals
Come learn the fundamentals of rock climbing from an experienced instructor at Rocky Top Climbing. In this eight session course we will cover climbing safety/etiquette, establish a strong foundation of basic techniques, and explore various training strategies which can be implemented by each student to enhance their personal climbing adventure going forward.
Notes: Parents will need to sign Rocky Top's wavier for students to climb at the gym. Course fee includes access to the gym and shoe rental. If you have a gym membership, you should enroll in the gym member version of this course for a reduced fee.
Prerequisites:
Physical education
$170.00 12-18 Leo Clarke 1/5 Gym Rocky Top Climbing Gym Open
Monday - 13:00-14:00
Dancing through Life: Creative Movement
Cultivate joy through movement and rhythm in this exploratory course! Exposure to a variety of music and dance styles across space and time will welcome students to express themselves through movement. They will also strengthen foundations for coordination and dance. This course culminates in a short performance piece tailored to each group so that everyone has a moment to shine!
Notes: Students should wear clothes and shoes they feel comfortable moving in. **PLEASE NOTE - this class will begin on January 15th and will not meet the first week of classes. A make-up day will be used as the 8th class session**
Prerequisites: None
Cultivating joy through movement
$153.00 5-7 Dana Taylor 3/7 Summit House Room 4 Unitarian Universalist Open
Monday - 13:00-14:15
Explore Our 8 Planets
While listening to excerpts of Gustav Holst's blockbuster orchestral suite, "The Planets," we'll explore the eight planets in our solar system. We'll experience the drama, beauty, and mystery that Holz pairs with each planet, as well as learning about each planet and making models of each one. We'll sketch and create 3-d models as we listen and create a model of the entire system.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Science, art, music
$179.00 5-7 Janet Beals 6/10 Lower Hall 3 Unitarian Universalist Open
Supervised Stay (3rd Period)
Supervised Stay provides supervision by site managers for enrolled students, and typically takes place outdoor on the playground and/or indoors in our lounge area. Please note that there are no structured/planned activities provided during Supervised Stay. This option is often utilized by students who have a gap between 2 classes, or those who have a free period while a sibling is taking a class. If a parent is onsite and supervising their child, the child does not need to be enrolled in Supervised Stay. Teens ages 13 and up have the option of staying onsite without enrolling in (and paying for) Supervised Stay. Please see our FAQ for more information about expectations for teens who are on campus but not enrolled in Supervised Stay. https://www.cvillechec.org/faqs
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Amber Jones 1/8 Playground Unitarian Universalist Open
Arctic Animals (5-8)
In this class, arctic explorers will embark on a frosty journey to discover the creatures that call the Arctic Circle home. Through stories, experiments, and art, we'll meet polar bears, seals, and more. We will learn about the unique landscape of the arctic, from the icy tundra to the frigid ocean. We'll discover what unique and amazing adaptations these animals have that allow them to survive and even thrive in the extreme cold. Get ready to dive into the cool world of Arctic animals and ignite your curiosity about the frozen North!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Animals from the very far north
$187.00 5-8 Heidi Betts 0/10 TBA TBA Closed
Alchemy at Hogwarts (5-7)
Double double toil and trouble - Fire burn and cauldron bubble! Well, we might not have any burning fires, but we'll definitely have a bubbling cauldron! We'll travel into Harry Potter's world at Hogwarts to learn many spells and potions. With a little practice and friendly magic, we'll turn any fine muggle into a practicing wizard!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Harry Potter themed chemistry
$197.00 5-7 Megan Bailey 11/12 Lower Hall 1 Unitarian Universalist Open
Into the Woods: A Forest Creature Adventure
Do bears really hibernate? Are raccoon hands similar to ours? Just how can an owl see in the dark? To find out the answers to these questions and more, come along as we venture into the winter woods to meet some amazing forest creatures. We’ll build squirrel nests and hedgehog houses. We’ll make owl eyeglasses. We’ll discover how foxes and mice and snakes are all connected in the forest food web. We’ll also learn how we can help protect the woodland habitats that these animals call home.
Notes: This class will begin indoors, but we will have time each class to venture outdoors into nature so please have your child dress for the weather.
Prerequisites:
Nature, science, art
$207.00 7-9 Amy Eachus 9/10 Summit 1 Unitarian Universalist Open
Virtual Reality Experiences
If you've never or have tried virtual reality, get ready to get your mind blown! In this fun and exciting course, you'll get to experience various ways that VR technological marvel has made its way into our society. You'll get to visit national and exotic locations such as museums, historical and modern landmarks (The Greek ruins, Eiffel Tower, The Big Ben, the golden bridge, etc), national parks, VR roller coasters, VR fitness with music, beat saber, musical concerts, space/solar system and ocean exploration, dinosaurs, The 8 Wonders of the World, etc. The possibility is so endless that it can't be contained in one CHEC session. For those students who choose to try the VR fitness portion of the course (optional), you'll get to move to different music genres from rock to classical music, while boxing against targets or robots, karate (fighting against kungfu masters and ninjas), and parkour/obstacle courses. Students will take frequent breaks from using the devices to share their individual experiences and the 7 devices will be thoroughly cleaned during breaks. As an expert in VR fitness, I've been interviewed for a podcast by MetaFitness (a subsidiary of facebook) who purchased some of my videos for their fitness campaigns. Multiple VR fitness developers have also reached out to me, so you're in capable hands. :) My kids (9yo and 11yo) and I have our own youtube channels and other social media forums where we showcase our VR fitness and dance experiences with our 1,250 followers so we know a thing or two about VR fitness :)
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Roller coasters, tourism, oceans & more!
$182.00 8-11 Louis Torkornoo 7/12 Lower Hall 2 Unitarian Universalist Open
DIY Decor
Does your room reflect your personality and interests? In DIY decor we will customize throw pillows, wall hangings and more with original artwork, photos, or favorite characters. Maybe you want a pillow with a photo of your pet, or wall art with video game characters... you can do that! We will create many designs digitally for printing, but will also work with paint and other mediums. Students will use primarily Canva, but may also use programs such as Ibis Paint or Procreate. We will make decorative lights, adhesive wall decals, and wood or canvas art. We will touch on the basics of interior design with a focus on creating a space that works for you!
Notes: If students have a device (laptop, phone, tablet, iPad) they should bring it along to class to use for graphic design work. I will have extra devices available for those who don't have one to use.
Prerequisites:
Custom pillows, art, lights and more!
$212.00 9-11 Elizabeth Riner 14/15 Lower Hall Kitchen Unitarian Universalist Open
Life of Earth, Life on Earth
Earth is 4.543 billion years old, yet humans have only been around for the last 2-300,000 years. But what does that really mean? Find out in Life of Earth, Life on Earth. Ice ages, mass extinction events, Pangea, lava lakes, acid rain, dinosaurs, ancient sea creatures and more! In this class we will cover how our planet has changed over time and how life evolved. We will examine fossils and learn how they form. There will be activities and experiments each week to help illustrate concepts and theories. Students will have their own small collection of fossils to keep. How do we even know what happened millions or billions of years ago? We will discuss famous discoveries that have shaped our understanding of the planet we call home. Join us to learn all about the life OF earth, and the life ON earth!
Notes: *This is a science intensive/concept heavy class with a lecture/discussion portion at the beginning of class followed by an activity or experiment that reinforces the material learned.*
Prerequisites:
Geological and evolutionary prehistory
$207.00 9-11 Jacob Pugh 9/12 Blue Room Unitarian Universalist Open
See and Be Scene
Let's see what play will be the best choice for spring as we workshop scenes from a variety of comedies. Early classes will involve trying out a selection of scenes, doing small in-class performances for peers, and providing feedback. Then, based on the interests of students and our scene study, we'll pick the play for spring. We'll cast major roles and start learning lines so that we're already well on our way when spring term starts.
Notes: This class is a precursor for the play performance class that will be offered in the spring term. Like last year, the spring play will take up 2 class blocks and conclude with performances for friends and family. The purpose of this class is to get a sense of what actors will be involved in the spring production and to see what play will be a good fit for the group we have. We will cast major roles for the spring play during this class so that students can start learning lines. You do not have to take Spring Play if you take this class (although you will be asked to commit part-way through the class if you'd like to be cast in a role). You can also sign up for spring play without taking this class but be aware that main parts will already be cast. If you know you will be taking spring play but not this class, please contact the instructors so we can take your participation into account when selecting the play and casting.
Prerequisites:
Spring play prep
$197.00 12-18 Teela James
Autumn Starnes
17/16 Social Hall Unitarian Universalist Waitlist
Psychology of the Adolescent
In this unit, we will take a deep dive into the normal development of adolescents, ages 12 to 22 years old, as outlined by Erik Erikson and James Marcia. Erikson labels this stage of development "identity vs role confusion" and he believes that the adolescent's work is to begin the separation from their parents by questioning themselves and developing their individual identities in the areas of learning styles, occupational goals, religious views, political views, gender, sexuality, relationships, physical abilities, and creative interests. Each week we will discuss one of these areas of identity.
Notes:
Prerequisites: none
Discussion of adolescent issues
$177.00 12-18 Nancy Rosen 0/10 TBA TBA Closed
Leather Creations
A beginners course in leather crafting. We will spend 8 weeks learning how to measure and cut your leather hides, learn different techniques in dying, stamping and embossing your leather, and we finish up by using burnishing and edging tools, hole punches, mallets, adding rivets and hardware for closures and such. When you leave from this class you will have a very unique leather bound binder/journal that will last for eons and you leave with the skills sets of crafting your own leather projects. Bring your ideas and creativity an unleash it on a craft that has been around since the beginning of time.
Notes:
Prerequisites: Beginners
Math, hand tool use, and sewing skills.
$237.00 12-18 Leah Craig 7/15 Summit House Room 7 Unitarian Universalist Open
MtG - There's More to It!
Magic the Gathering has many forms of play beyond the standard decks. Students will learn some of the less conventional ways of playing MtG, including Commander and various forms of draft. They will also learn how to research cards to build the perfect MtG deck for their play style. Players will take home the decks they build plus additional cards & accessories.
Notes:
Prerequisites: A basic understanding of Magic the Gathering
Advanced play for Magic the Gathering
$202.00 12-18 Owen Lamison 2/8 Mural Room Unitarian Universalist Open
Basketball
Come join the fun and learn the basics of team basketball each Monday. Students will learn the fitness, mental, technical, and tactical fundamentals to be successful in a game situation. The class will consist of individual and group training and games at Washington Park.
Notes: Dress comfortably and for the weather.
Prerequisites:
Basketball basics
$172.00 12-18 Coach West 8/12 Basketball Court - Washington Park UU-Outdoors Open
Monday - 14:25-15:40
Hello Virginia!
Using the book, "Hello Virginia," we'll explore the unique gifts of our state. Each part of Virginia makes it special -- like blue crabs at the shore, thoroughbred horses in northern Virginia, and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west. Then there are tall ships, cardinals, and peanuts! We'll read the book, learn about each special thing, and make art -- sketching, painting, and sculpture -- to make these features our own.
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Art, culture, & geography
$179.00 5-7 Janet Beals 0/10 TBA TBA Closed
Fairyfernalia!
In this course, we will create a collection of fabulous fairy finery including wands, crowns, masks, fairy wings, butterfly crafts, and more! In this whimsical crafting class, we will use a variety of media including paint, wood, collage, ribbon, and lots of sparkles. Children should be able to use scissors, glue, and paint with some independence.
Notes:
Prerequisites: This will be a fine-motor-heavy class. Some proficiency with scissors, paint, and glue would be very helpful.
Fabulous fairy finery and fashion
$192.00 5-8 Alena Solenne 11/10 Social Hall Unitarian Universalist Waitlist
Supervised Stay (4th period)
Supervised Stay provides supervision by site managers for enrolled students, and typically takes place outdoor on the playground and/or indoors in our lounge area. Please note that there are no structured/planned activities provided during Supervised Stay. This option is often utilized by students who have a gap between 2 classes, or those who have a free period while a sibling is taking a class. If a parent is onsite and supervising their child, the child does not need to be enrolled in Supervised Stay. Teens ages 13 and up have the option of staying onsite without enrolling in (and paying for) Supervised Stay. Please see our FAQ for more information about expectations for teens who are on campus but not enrolled in Supervised Stay. https://www.cvillechec.org/faqs
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Unstructured play and social time
$60.00 5-18 Amber Jones 0/8 Playground Unitarian Universalist Open
Forensic Fun - Junior Edition
Do you have what it takes to be a CSI - Crime Scene Investigator? In this class, we will learn techniques used at REAL crime scenes! We'll make our own CSI kit, learn how to "walk the scene," lift various prints, analyze mystery substances, and all sorts of other evidence. We'll even investigate a crime scene! But be careful: we don't want to send the wrong person to jail!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Science from crime scenes and crime labs
$187.00 6-8 Megan Bailey 5/10 Lower Hall 1 Unitarian Universalist Open
Magic You Can Make
In the Magic you can make class there is no magic kit at the end of the semester because students are making a new magic trick in each class. These tricks have not been taught in other classes from this instructor, and the class will involve decorating props, gluing and taping props together, and building props from the ground up. There will be mind reading magic, and students will learn to magically produce items, and other fun magic tricks they can use to fool their friends and families. 
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Learn to make your own magic tricks
$197.00 7-12 Wes Iseli 8/15 Mural Room Unitarian Universalist Open
Ninja Warrior
This course introduces a fun, safe, and exciting way to learn self defense (non-violent, non-sparring). You will gain situational awareness/stranger danger, discuss life skills such as self discipline, self confidence, anti-violence bully prevention, goal setting, leadership, anger management techniques, etc. Besides learning the fundamental building blocks of karate as a martial art used for self defense only, the fitness part of the class will also involve using the playground as obstacle courses that will improve your agility, flexibility, lower and upper body strength. By the end of our session, your teams, with my help, will perform a choreographed set of karate moves put to music and wow your friends and families. You may also show off your fine-tuned skills of beating ninja obstacles. Students will also get the opportunity to use virtual reality to increase their fitness level in boxing, sparring with AI in VR, and an obstacle.
Notes: Students who took this course previously are also welcome to enroll as they'll learn new skills that accompany their new belt levels. Previous white belt holders will now earn yellow belts as they learn the new skills while yellow belt holders will now earn orange belts. All students will begin the class with a white belt and will receive colored stripes for each session. Students are also encouraged to wear a white top to class (optional, but highly recommended) to promote uniformity, discipline, and team spirit.
Prerequisites: None
Karate meets Obstacle Course Training
$187.00 8-11 Louis Torkornoo 6/20 Lower Hall 2 Unitarian Universalist Open
Elementary Chess Club
An introductory class intended for brand new players, students will first learn the rules of chess, then learn some basic strategies and concepts, and how to track and learn from each game. Each class will conclude with games between students and/or instructor. The class will conclude with a in-class tournament.
Notes: Students are encouraged to play at home as well.
Prerequisites: None! This is intended for new and beginner chess players.
Learn the rules and basics of chess
$197.00 8-11 Matthew Tridento 6/10 Lower Hall 3 Unitarian Universalist Open
Arctic Animals (8-12)
In this class, arctic explorers will embark on a frosty journey to discover the creatures that call the Arctic Circle home. Through stories, experiments, and art, we'll meet polar bears, seals, and more. We will learn about the unique landscape of the arctic, from the icy tundra to the frigid ocean. We'll discover what unique and amazing adaptations these animals have that allow them to survive and even thrive in the extreme cold. Get ready to dive into the cool world of Arctic animals and ignite your curiosity about the frozen North!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Animals from the very far north
$187.00 8-12 Heidi Betts 0/10 TBA TBA Closed
Chill-out Yoga
Chill-out Yoga is a fun and mindful yoga class designed for all levels of yogis including complete beginners. We will play some yoga games, stretch, move, learn breathing exercises (pranayama) and poses (asana). We will have some fun with partner yoga and other creative yoga movements. We will add some mindfulness journaling and art at the end of each class.
Notes: Students are encouraged to bring their own mats if they have them. The instructor has some mats available to borrow for students who need them.
Prerequisites:
Fun Yoga for tweens and teens
$177.00 11-18 Monica Farrell 4/20 Summit 1 Unitarian Universalist Open
Life of Earth, Life on Earth
Earth is 4.543 billion years old, yet humans have only been around for the last 2-300,000 years. But what does that really mean? Find out in Life of Earth, Life on Earth. Ice ages, mass extinction events, Pangea, lava lakes, acid rain, dinosaurs, ancient sea creatures and more! In this class we will cover how our planet has changed over time and how life evolved. We will examine fossils and learn how they form. There will be activities and experiments each week to help illustrate concepts and theories. Students will have their own small collection of fossils to keep. How do we even know what happened millions or billions of years ago? We will discuss famous discoveries that have shaped our understanding of the planet we call home. Join us to learn all about the life OF earth, and the life ON earth!
Notes: *This is a science intensive/concept heavy class with a lecture/discussion portion at the beginning of class followed by an activity or experiment that reinforces the material learned.*
Prerequisites:
Geological and evolutionary prehistory
$207.00 12-18 Jacob Pugh 10/15 Blue Room Unitarian Universalist Open
Produce Your Own Podcast
Participants will learn the basics of podcasting through creating their own show. Topics covered include scriptwriting, show title, tagline, recording, editing, music and graphic logo design.
Notes: TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS: Students will need to have access to reliable computing devices outside of class (desktop, laptop or tablet) for purposes of editing audio files. Students will also need to have access to reliable internet at home for the use of online editing software. Students will need to bring a recording device to class each day. This can be a smartphone with enough storage capacity to record multiple 15-minute-long audio recordings or another portable device like a tablet or laptop. If students own additional digital audio recording devices they will be permitted upon instructor's approval. Students will need a reliable way to transfer files from smartphones to computer devices (airdrop, USB, cloud storage, etc). Students must also have a pair of reliable headphones for editing purposes. Students will be required to sign up for the free educational version of Band Lab editing platform to complete the final assignment. A BandLab invite will be sent by the instructor to an email provided by participants.
Prerequisites: Minimum technological literacy will be required (i.e., uploading, downloading files, transferring files from USB drive or similar device)
Create your own podcast show
$187.00 12-18 David Hankins 7/15 Summit House Room 7 Unitarian Universalist Open
DIY Decor
Does your room reflect your personality and interests? In DIY decor we will customize throw pillows, wall hangings and more with original artwork, photos, or favorite characters. Maybe you want a pillow with a photo of your pet or wall art with video game characters... you can do that! We will create many designs digitally for printing, but will also work with paint and other mediums. Students will use primarily Canva, but may also use programs such as Ibis Paint or Procreate. We will make decorative lights, adhesive wall decals, and wood or canvas art. We will touch on the basics of interior design with a focus on creating a space that works for you!
Notes: If students have a device (laptop, phone, tablet, iPad) they should bring it along to class to use for graphic design work. I will have extra devices available for those who don't have one to use.
Prerequisites:
Custom pillows, art, lights and more!
$212.00 12-18 Elizabeth Riner 7/15 Lower Hall Kitchen Unitarian Universalist Open
Monday - 14:30-15:45
Creative Filmmaking at Light House Studio
Lights, Camera, Action! Put your creativity and storytelling skills to the ultimate test as you learn how to write a Hollywood script, direct a scene, rig a camera, and edit a film from start to finish. Comedy? Sci-fi? Superhero!? With so many genres to choose from and techniques to learn, you’ll be one step closer to being the next superstar filmmaker.
Notes: This course will be held at Light House Studio
Prerequisites: None
Learn how to create your own film
$172.00 12-18 Will Goss 6/10 Light House Studio TBA Light House Studio Open
Class Cost Ages Instructor Enrolled Room Site Status
Tuesday - 11:00-03:30
CHECstra Day
Our new part day program offers teens a mixture of academic development, social time, interest-led project work, and recreation. The day will include three activity blocks: an in-depth study focused on fostering critical and creative thinking skills, a rotating period that provides social opportunities and develops life skills, and interest-led group projects for developing communication skills and practicing project management. The day will start with an in-depth study of monuments and memorials, investigating their social, political, and artistic role in our world. Class activities will include in-person and virtual field trips, debate, constructing a timeline of Monument Avenue in Richmond from primary sources, and an art project where students design their own monument. Students will enjoy social time during lunch, followed by a rotating activity each week. Students will have a say in determining the weekly topic, choosing from various field trips, speakers, life skills activities, and P.E. experiences. Some possible options include going to the trampoline park or playing mini-golf (with students planning their route and taking public transportation to get there), Iron Chef competition, learning first-aid, practicing study skills, playing Quidditch, or having fun wth Team Jeopardy. The afternoon will conclude with project-based work where students work collaboratively on a project of their own choosing, with support from adult project guides. Projects will be student-driven and could be things like making a movie, creating a blog or website, coding a Roblox game, creating a board game, designing an escape room, or a Destination Imagination project. We plan to continue CHECstra Day in the spring term and returning students will assist in determining spring term content.
Notes: Note that there will be no class on Jan. 30th due to the CHEC GWL field trip. That class will be made up on March 5th. March 12th is CHECstra make up day. CHECstra Day runs from 11-3:30, however, students are invited to arrive at 10:30am and/or stay until 4pm for optional extra social time.
Prerequisites: Students should be able to focus on academic work and contribute positively to a group learning environment. CHECstra Day will involve more academic work than typical CHEC classes. Parents should be comfortable with a high level of independence for their students as students may engage in independent activities like walking together to lunch.
Interdisciplinary Learning for Teens
$425.00 13-18 Teela James
Jacob Pugh
Elizabeth Riner
Dannielle Lamison
16/16 TBA-UU Unitarian Universalist Open