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After School Arts/Tech Academy Programs for Elementary School Students, Winter/Spring 2018

Classes and workshops for students in grades KG - 5
January - May 2018

Play Chess, Explore Chinese Language/Culture, Dance, Write a Book, Create a Robot, Greek Beginners

Registration Deadline: Thursday, January 18, 2018

Registration Deadline for Greek Beginners: Thursday, February 1, 2018

Contact Information: For information, contact Ms. Marietta Garbis - email: garbism@acs.gr / ph.: 210.6393.200, ext. 302

What is your child interested in?

Chess Academy / Grades K – 5

Mondays (Experienced) or Wednesdays (Beginners), 4:00 - 5:00p.m.
Instructor: Mr. Konstantinos Soultatis

Experienced Players - Mondays
January 22, 29
February 5, 12, 26
March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14
Cost: 140 euros 14 sessions

Beginners - Wednesdays
January 24, 31
February 7, 21, 28
March 7, 14, 21, 28
April 11, 18, 25
May 2, 9
Cost: 140 euros 14 sessions

Minimum enrollment: 6 / Maximum enrollment: 12

Chess is the most popular game ever invented. The benefits of chess to children are endless! It strengthens mental clarity, fortitude and stability. It develops decision making and patience and builds focused concentration. It's fun. This course will provide lessons tailored towards the skills of the children, combined with supervised training games.

 

Instructor Konstantinos Soultatis is a FIDE Chess Instructor. He has trained chess players of all ages and levels for more than 15 years. He is also an active chess player, team leader at the Kifissia Chess Club.


Chinese language and culture/ Grades 1 - 5

Tuesdays (Advanced Chinese) or Thursdays (Beginners Chinese), 4:00 - 5:00p.m.
Instructor: Ms. Yi-Nai Wang

Advanced Chinese - Tuesdays Beginners' Chinese – Thursdays
January 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 17, 24
May 8, 15
January 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 12, 19
May 3, 10
Cost: 140 euros 14 sessions Cost: 140 euros 14 sessions

Minimum enrollment: 5 / Maximum enrollment: 15

Learning a new language and culture is an opportunity to learn a new way of seeing the world. In this class, students will continue to explore the basics of spoken Chinese through dialogue, games, song and play. As they learn the language, they will also be introduced to aspects of Chinese culture. The beginner's class is designed for students with no experience of the language. The advanced class is designed for students with some prior study of the language.

 

Instructor Yi-Nai Wang is originally from Taiwan. She obtained her Bachelo's Degree from National Taipei Institute of the Arts, where she studied Piano Performance, Violin, and Chinese language. Each summer, she participates in the seminar "Chinese Language Research" at Tunghai University in Taiwan. She has over 15 years experience in teaching Chinese language.


Greek Beginners / Grades 1 - 5

Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Fotini Chatziantoniou

February 7, 21, 28
March 7, 14, 21, 28
April 11, 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23

Cost: 140 euros 14 sessions

Minimum enrollment: 6 / Maximum enrollment: 15

Learning a new language and culture is an opportunity to learn a new way of seeing the world. In this class, students will explore the basics of spoken Greek through dialogue, games, songs and play. As they learn the language, they will also be introduced to aspects of Greek culture. The beginner’s class is designed for students with no experience of the language.

 

Instructor Fotini Chatziantoniou was born in Athens and raised in Karpathos. Ms. Chatziantoniou holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology with a major in Pedagogy, from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and an M.A in Technologies of Learning and Communication from the European University of Cyprus.

Since 2012, Ms. Chatziantoniou has been employed in these areas and has gained extensive experience in teaching students at all grade levels. In parallel, she has actively participated in various seminars and lectures regarding Special Abilities Education. Ms. Chatziantoniou is excited to be teaching the Greek Language through up-to-date methodologies and a personal way of approaching students in order for them to love and succeed in language learning.


Robotics for Beginners /Grades 3 - 5

Mondays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. **PLEASE NOTE LATER ENDING TIME FOR THIS CLASS.
Instructor; Dr. Antonis Karampelas

January 22, 29
February 5, 12, 26
March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14

Cost 160 euros 14 90-MINUTE sessions

We will be utilizing the Lego Education kit, WeDo Construction Set. The course will enable students to build and program simple LEGO models that are plugged into a computer. The set contains more than 150 elements, including a motor, motion and tilt sensors and the LEGO USB Hub combined with the Software and Activity Pack to carry out 12 theme-based activities. The objective of this activity is to introduce the student to basic programming as well as problem solving strategies. In each session the students will be involved in the development, building and programming of a LEGO WEDO robot. Students will work hands-on in teams to design, build, program and document their progress. Topics will include motor control, sensors, timing and timing sequences.

 

Dr. Karampelas was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He holds a B.Sc. in Physics, a M. Sc. in Astrophysics and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics, obtained from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). At NKUA he has also been a laboratory supervisor. Dr. Karampelas is involved in the European Space Agency's Gaia space mission and he is collaborating with the National Observatory of Athens. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union and the International Astrostatistics Association. He is the author or co-author of about 30 publications in scientific journals on Astrophysics, Data Mining and Machine Learning, a referee of scientific articles, and a code developer in various programming languages. Dr. Karampelas is teaching Physics at the Academy.


Musical Theater/ Grades 1- 5

Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00p.m.
Instructor: Ms. Katerina Mitakou

January 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 17, 24
May 8, 15

Cost: 140 euro 14 sessions

Minimum enrollment: 6 / Maximum enrollment: 15

In the Musical Theater class, students will have the chance to learn and perform songs and dances from such Broadway and movie musicals as G rease, Saturday Night Fever, Mama Mia, The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, A Chorus Line, The Lion King, Cats, Annie, 42 nd Street and other great, classic shows. This course is the perfect way to explore the fundamentals of musical theater in a dynamic and fun atmosphere. The program will lead to a performance at the end of class.


Ballet / Grades K – 3

Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Ms. Katerina Mitakou

Monday Wednesday
January 22, 29
February 5, 12, 26
March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14
January 24, 31
February 7, 21, 28
March 7, 14, 21, 28
April 11, 18, 25
May 2, 9

Cost: 280 euros 28 sessions

Minimum enrollment: 6/ Maximum enrollment: 15

The ballet program for younger students gives students the chance to work their bodies as often as ballet technique requires and will lead to the performance of the students’ work in the Theater at ACS Athens in May-June. Lessons will be based upon classical ballet technique, free movement and character work. High quality training will aim to correct posture, balance, line of dance, space consciousness, strength, rhythm, repertoire and composition. Students will need to provide their own tights and dance shoes.


Modern Jazz & Hip Hop / Grades 3 – 5

Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Ms. Katerina Mitakou

January 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 12, 19
May 3, 10

Cost: 140 euros 14 sessions

Minimum enrollment: 6 / Maximum enrollment: 15

The jazz/hip hop dance program for upper Elementary students will lead to a performance in the Theater at ACS Athens in May-June. Jazz has become one of the most popular dance styles in recent years, mainly due to its prevalence on television shows, movies, music videos and commercials. People enjoy watching jazz dancers, as the dancing is fun and energetic and consists of unique moves and fancy footwork. A jazz class explodes with energy. The class goal is to produce physical and expressively well-trained dancers. Most importantly, students are encouraged to relax, breathe and enjoy this exploration and to give it their best.

 

Instructor Katerina Mitakou has trained at Stella Mann College in London and has continued her studies in choreology, choreography, classical ballet, modern dance and musical theater. She has danced in many theater productions in London and Athens, has appeared in film and has choreographed a wide range of performances. She has trained actors and dancers at the professional level as well as young people. She is a Tutor of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.


Creative Writing & Illustration Grades 3 – 5

Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Ms. Viviana Miliaresi

February 7, 21, 28
March 7, 14, 21, 28
April 11, 18, 25
May 2, 9

Cost: 120 euros 12 sessions

Programme Outline:

Week 1
Session title: Magic Objects
Learning objectives: personification, empathy, perspective

Week 2
Session title: Dada Poetry
Learning objectives: introduction to dadaism as a literary movement, surreal

Week 3
Session title: How to have Great Ideas
Learning objectives: inspiration, brainstorming, creativity

Week 4
Session title: Letter to my Future Self
Learning objectives: Narration, Time, Intellectual Property

Week 5
Session title: Jar Stories
Learning objectives: Opening Lines, Closing Lines, Cliffhangers

Week 6
Session title: Chinese Portraits
Learning objectives: Sensory Language, Being Precise, Why detail matters

Week 7
Session title: Why stories?
Learning objectives: Inspiration techniques & dealing with writer’s block

Week 8
Session title: Edits & Credits
Learning objectives: Editing & Proofreading techniques

Week 9
Session title: Why do we write?
Learning objectives: free writing, journaling, writers examples

Week 10
Session title: We make books
Learning objectives: art direction, editors direction

Week 11
Session title: Putting yourself out there
Learning objectives: presentation, performance, publishers

Week 12
Session title: Book Signing Party
Learning objectives: No objectives, only treats ☺ (Parents & carers welcome!)

Viviana Miliaresi runs Creative Writing after school clubs (KS1 & KS2) in primary schools and libraries across London in English (Honeywell Schools, New Model Schools) and in Greek (The Hellenic Hub). She has spent summers 2013-2015 in Santorini (Greece) setting up creative writing workshops for children and organising the yearly Arts & Literature Festival of Atlantis Books in collaboration the local primary schools and literacy teams. Invitees included internationally acclaimed writers such as Eugene Trivizas and David Sedaris amongst others. She is a published short story writer (Metaichmio 2014) and translates children's books from English to Greek. She has been trained as a writing mentor at the Ministry of Stories, Nick Hornby's Creative Writing Hub in East London. She has an MA in Digital Media & Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London (2010).