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Porter-Gaud Auxiliary offers an amazing variety of engaging enrichment programs for students to continue their learning beyond the school day. See the descriptions below to find out what we offer.

  • Please use a computer only to register.  You must click the 'attend' icon to the right of the program
  • Click the "Register Here For Spring Enrichment" link to add your participants.
  • All communication will be completed through the one e-mail address you enter.

** If you see these two asterisks.. it's a new program this year!

Spring Enrichment Programs will begin the week of January 27th unless specified otherwise!

Thank you!

REGISTER HERE FOR Spring ENRICHMENT

Monday

**Adventures in Flight: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 2-4)

Grades 2-4

Mondays, 3:00-4:15pm. Starting Monday, 1/27

Calling all NASA engineers! Come learn about Newton’s Laws of Force and Motion, and the relationship it has to the flight of a rocket. You will also learn the parts of a rocket and the purpose of each. Finally, you will build and launch two rockets of increasing difficulty! This class for sure will be out of this world!

All materials provided!

 

**Charleston Elite Girls Lacrosse: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students

Mondays, 3:00-4:15pm. Starting Monday, 1/27

Get your sticks ready for one of the fastest growing sports in America! The Auxiliary Department is excited to announce that we have joined forces with Charleston Elite Lacrosse. Coach Greer Hanlon of Charleston Elite Lacrosse will teach the general knowledge and skills needed to play the high pace sport of Girls Lacrosse.

Coach Greer will use his expertise of the game to teach students about the FUNdamentals. This will include passing, shooting, ground balls, cradling, and defensive tactics. They will also learn about the key concepts and rules of girls lacrosse, like offsides, defensive formations, the rules of the crease, and much more. Bring your own sticks or borrow ours (we have plenty). If you have gloves and a helmet feel free to bring them as well, but they are not required. Don't miss your chance to get a jumpstart on this awesome sport!

Soccer on the Green: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students

Mondays, 3:00-4:15pm. Starting Monday, 1/27

Jackson Soccer Development is bringing a fresh perspective to the game of soccer. Each uniquely designed sessions consist of group and individual skills, technical training and overall physical development. A heavy emphasis is placed on team building, character development, sportsmanship, and a sense of fair play. The coach creates an environment where players reach their full potential through physical training and skills development while achieving self-confidence and positive self-esteem from achievement both on and off the field. Sign up for this activity with your former Charleston Battery member because: Non-stop action and fun are guaranteed!

Instructor - Kevin Jackson, the State Director for U.S. Youth Futsal and former MLS player with the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution

PG Chess Club: (3:30-4:45PM, Grades 1-8)

Lower School and Middle School Students

Mondays, 3:30-4:45pm. Starting Monday, 1/27

Come learn the "Game of Kings" and develop focus, forethought, and problem solving. Research shows that students who study chess score better in math and English, have enhanced critical and creative thinking, and have more confidence and self-control. No matter your skill level, you will have fun playing each week with students of similar talents. Invest in your future, and join us for a semester learning a beneficial hobby you can enjoy for the rest of your life! PG Chess Club will allow students and opportunity to work on their skills with opponents of similar level, while they fine tune their competition and level of understanding. Aaron Lipka and team will provide instruction and direction to take your game to the next level, while providing a fun atmosphere.

Cheerleading: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students

Mondays, 3:00-4:15pm. Starting Monday, 1/27

This program is offered to all 1st – 4th graders with the Porter-Gaud Spirit. This introductory Cheerleading course will be lead by one of the College of Charleston's most experienced Lady Cougars – Marybeth Vassy!

In this 8-week program students will learn fundamental techniques of gymnastics and cheerleading in a fun and safe environment that encourages self-empowerment and bolsters the PG Spirit. Come join us on Monday afternoons. Be sure to bring your spirit!

Tuesday

**Leprechaun Science: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 2-4)

Lower School Students

Tuesdays 3:00-4:15pm.  Starting Tuesday, 1/28

Do you want to learn the secrets of a leprechaun? During this program, you will explore lots of fun and magical experiments that only leprechauns know.  We will be getting "green" with fun by creating such things as leprechaun "snow", green pudding, leprechaun traps, green “worms” for leprechaun fishing, flowers that magically turn green, and lucky leprechaun slime.  During the week of St. Patrick's Day, we will celebrate by doing even more exciting lucky leprechaun activities!!  I can’t wait to share lots of leprechaun secrets with all our participants.  Join Robin Rutherford for this unique science program!

**MS Fencing: (3:30-4:45pm, Grades 5-8)

Middle School Students - Begins 1/28

Before you read on, watch this quick 2-minute video on the basics of Fencing!:

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Porter-Gaud is thrilled to present the opportunity for your child to learn the art of fencing by fencing professional Ann Marie! The elite sport of fencing incorporates agility, strength, coordination, balance, and timing. In this beginners fencing course, students will increase physical ability and gain a strong mental edge. The competitors of a fencing match wear protective gear and handle swords which will be fully provided for students to use each session. At the end of the program students will get the opportunity to visit the Edge of America Fencing Club of Charleston to practice their skills in a true match. 

**Fencing program will also include a free membership to the Edge of America fencing club.**

*Please email jferrelli@portergaud.edu and sstone@portergaud.edu if your child is right-handed or left-handed

For more information about fencing check out edgeofamericafencing.com

**Youth Yoga: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students

Tuesdays 3:00-4:15pm.  Starting Tuesday, 1/28

Downward Dog, Cat, and Tree Pose! Yoga is a fun non-competitive practice for children, that will give students healthy habits to carry throughout life. The benefits of yoga for young children include refining flexibility and balance, reducing stress and anxiety, as well as helping develop concentration and focus. This yoga class is designed to encourage students to gain a sense of self, community and body+mind connection while having fun. Certified Yoga Instructor and Health Coach Savannah Stone will be instructing this course for lower school students. The students will be learning basic yoga techniques, playing games, creating crafts and more! All skill levels are welcome.

Ballet with Lindy Mandradjieff: (3:15-4:30PM, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students

 Tuesdays 3:15-4:30pm. Starting Tuesday, 1/28

Porter-Gaud is lucky enough to have Lindy Mandradjieff-Fabyanic run a beginner ballet course at her very own studio, the Dance Conservatory of Charleston. Lindy danced professionally with the New York City Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet. She is widely known across the country as being one of the top in her field. Students will be taken by a PG bus to her studio, The Dance Conservatory of Charleston, at 3:15. Class will run from 3:30-4:30 and pick up will be at the studio. 1632 Ashley Hall Rd.
 

In this ballet class, students will begin their formal ballet training with the emphasis on barre work, focusing on muscle development, musicality, and coordination in an encouraging environment. Students will also begin to become familiar with the structure and discipline of a ballet class. The technique is Vaganova based, with an emphasis on vocabulary and correct execution of steps. For additional information, please check out The Dance Conservatory of Charleston's Website: danceconservatorychs.com

 

The program will be instructed out of the Dance Conservatory of Charleston. Porter-Gaud will provide transportation for all students enrolled in the program. Each student will be provided a leotard, tights, and ballet shoes.

(PLEASE INDICATE SHOE SIZE VIA EMAIL TO jferrelli@portergaud.edu)

Parents are encouraged to attend any class and especially the final class of this program!

 

 

PG Football FUNdamentals: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students

Tuesdays 3:00-4:15pm.  Starting Tuesday, 1/28

Football Fundamentals Returns!

Coach Colman and the PG Auxiliary Team create a Porter-Gaud Football Curriculum for the entire Lower School. This introductory course will focus on the key concepts, terms, skills and drills that are necessary to become a successful Porter-Gaud Football Player. We are lucky enough to have several coaches including Varsity players, offering up their guidance and knowledge for each practice.

This is an incredible opportunity for the Lower School to learn the basics and fundamentals and have some friendly competition with games such as; flag football and ultimate football. If your child has any interest in joining our Bantam team in Middle School, or just wants to have some fun on the football field, than this is the ideal situation for them.

*Keep an eye out for the Fortnite flagging drills as individuals and in teams.

*Participants will be broken up by age and ability level for portions of practice.

Tennis 101: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 2-4)

Grades 2-4

Tuesdays 3:00-4:15pm.  Starting Tuesday, 1/28

Coach Cameron Brown is back again! Tennis 101 is a course designed for players that would like to advance their skills and technique. Instruction will center around the preparation, balance and commitment that it takes to be an efficient tennis player. Students will learn to develop their overall tennis game. This course will be for those that will stay focused and have already developed a tennis game at the beginner level.

If you have a child enroll for this program that does not meet the ability level they will be asked to move to the "Tennis Anyone" program. If that class is full the student will be refunded.

Instructor is Cameron Brown, our very own Lower School PE Instructor, Cross-Country Coach, Sailing Coach and Tennis Guru!

 

 

Wednesday

**Pickleball: (3:00-4:15pm, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students 

Wednesdays, 3:00-4:15pm.  Starting Wednesday, 1/29 

Yes, Porter-Gaud is bringing the world’s fastest growing sport of Pickleball to you! What is Pickleball? Pickleball is something of a mix between tennis, racquetball and ping pong. Players use special paddles and a wiffle ball, and the games take place on tennis courts with specific pickleball lines. Nets and court sizes are smaller than their tennis counterparts, and the most common game is doubles, although singles is also an option. It has its own set of quirky rules — for instance, try to stay out of the “kitchen”— but they’re easy to learn.

Pickleball will develop your student’s confidence, agility, and teach them a game they can play for life. Your student will be the first to utilize Porter-Gaud’s new pickleball lines on the tennis courts. They will learn the rules of the game, play in matches, and develop skills with USAPA Pickleball Certified Instructor Kekoa Lee!

**LS Think Boxing: (3:00-4:15pm, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students

Wednesdays, 3:00-4:15pm.  Starting Wednesday, 1/29

How People in Charleston Are Using Boxing to Support Mental Health: https://www.postandcourier.com/features/how-people-in-charleston-are-using-boxing-to-support-mental/article_93c96c80-9c10-11e9-a643-d366c18dd477.html

Jason Scalzo and Porter-Gaud is excited to announce we are now offering a unique style of Boxing as part of the Enrichment programming. Think Boxing is a modified, non-contact Olympic-style boxing program that couples mental and physical wellness into basic boxing fundamentals. Think Boxing was designed by mental health professionals to promote emotional control and brain health, and each class will be taught by certified Think Boxing coaches. Each student that participates will benefit from superior exercise while also learning the core tenets of the sport - structure, discipline, perseverance and empowerment.

 

**StopMotion Movie Making: (3:00-4:15pm, Grades 2-4)

Grades 2-4

Wednesdays, 3:00-4:15pm.  Starting Wednesday, 1/29

Join Mrs. Sessions and Mrs. Benson for our new movie making program! “Everything is AWESOME” when you learn how to create a stop motion movie! We will be using LEGOs, iMovie, green screens and media editing apps to create a short film. Students will be writing, editing and producing their own stop animation film and will receive a Stik-Bot Studio Kit to keep after completion of the program!

Girls Run the World: (3:00-4:00PM, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students

Wednesdays 3:00-4:15pm, *Dates TBD (most likely 2/5-4/15. Waiting for Race for Paws Date to be published)

Gretchen Tate and Ragan Wood return for another semester of Girls Run the World! Please join us in a 10-week session for a program modeled after Girls on the Run. This program is designed for the Lower School with a focus on developing confidence, character and compassion, all while being active throughout the PG campus. Girls will meet each Wednesday outside the cafeteria and begin with a warm-up, a short lesson and conclude with an exercise activity. They will be joined by Middle School and Upper School female students and other female faculty throughout the program who will be designated as their running buddies. We will conclude the program by running the Race for Paws together! In order to complete the program on time with the Race for Paws, this program will have different dates than the rest of the enrichment programs.  There will be 10 one hour sessions leading up to the Race for Paws.  Once the Race for Paws date is published we will announce the dates of the program.  Most likely 2/5-4/15.

Girls Run the World is more than just running. Throughout the season the girls will make new friends, build confidence and appreciate what makes them unique. For more information about this program please email instructors.

 

Porter-Gaud Lower School Basketball: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students

Wednesdays, 3:00-4:15pm.  Starting Wednesday, 1/29

Come out and learn some of the fundamental skills and techniques of Basketball.

State Champion Head Varsity Coach and basketball guru JP and Assistant Varsity Coach, Travis Smith have a passion for teaching the skills and drills every little baller needs to succeed on the court and progress to the Varsity level and beyond. Travis started his career here at Porter-Gaud beside NBA star, Khris Middleton. He then continued on to play at the collegiate level for Presbyterian College and Mercer. Travis has been cultivating his skills for years which afforded him amazing opportunities to play professionally while traveling the world to Germany, China, Brazil, Guatemala, and Canada. Keep an eye out for current Varsity stars Mr. Chase Cannon and Ms. Elise Pearson who will assist throughout the semester. If your child is serious about becoming a better basketball player, building their skills to the next level and getting to know the Varsity Coaches (and them getting to know you), than this is a can't miss program.

Bricks 4 Kids: The Next Chapter!: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students, Wednesdays, 3:00-4:15, Begins 1/29

ALL NEW Bricks 4 Kidz Program for Spring 2020

 

Each Bricks for Kids – “B4K” program teaches an aspect of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEAM). B4K After-School workshops give students the opportunity to strengthen their skills in these subject areas by teaching Science and Math concepts.

Bricks 4 Kidz is a STEAM enrichment program that uses LEGO® Bricks and Introductory Robotics materials to explore the basics of engineering! Our programs create an interactive and dynamic environment where children learn, build, and play together under the direction of our Master Builders (Instructors) and have a blast in the process!

Bricks 4 Kidz: Movement & Motion - using our B4K project kits and robotics materials, students will explore STEAM FUNdamentals and build a variety of motorized models and creative masterpieces! Children build their creative confidence and find their inner STEAMspiration as we learn, we build, and we play…with LEGO® Bricks!

Each day of class features a STEAM-powered Bricks 4 Kidz model of the day, creative challenges, teamwork & collaboration, and more!

**Alternate options and challenges are also available for our advanced builders**

All Materials will be provided!

Thursday

**MS Think Boxing: (3:30-4:45pm, Grades 5-8)

Middle School Students

Thursdays, 3:30-4:45pm.  Starting Thursday, 1/30

How People in Charleston Are Using Boxing to Support Mental Health: https://www.postandcourier.com/features/how-people-in-charleston-are-using-boxing-to-support-mental/article_93c96c80-9c10-11e9-a643-d366c18dd477.html

Jason Scalzo and Porter-Gaud is excited to announce we are now offering a unique style of Boxing as part of the Enrichment programming. Think Boxing is a modified, non-contact Olympic-style boxing program that couples mental and physical wellness into basic boxing fundamentals. Think Boxing was designed by mental health professionals to promote emotional control and brain health, and each class will be taught by certified Think Boxing coaches. Each student that participates will benefit from superior exercise while also learning the core tenets of the sport - structure, discipline, perseverance and empowerment.

**Boys Lacrosse: (3:00-4:15pm, Grades 2-4)

Grades 2-4

Thursdays, 3:00-4:15pm. Starting Thursday, 1/30

Lacrosse Enrichment is back!

Get your sticks ready for one of the fastest growing sports in America! Join returning Coach, Drew Stubbs, for our Boys Lacrosse After-School Enrichment Program. Coach Drew will teach the general knowledge and skills needed to play the high pace sport of Boys Lacrosse.

Coach Drew will use his expertise of the game to teach students about the FUNdamentals. This will include passing, shooting, ground balls, cradling, and defensive tactics. They will also learn about the key concepts and rules of boys lacrosse, like offsides, defensive formations, the rules of the crease, and much more.  Bring your own sticks, or borrow ours (we have plenty). If you have gloves and a helmet feel free to bring them as well, but they are not required. Don't miss your chance to get a jumpstart on this awesome sport!

Karate! (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students

Thursdays, 3:00-4:15pm. Starting Thursday, 1/30

Seha Karate Owner and Operator, Sensei Pettus is back!  Sensei returns with his beginner Karate class. You will learn the basic fundamentals as well as self-defense techniques. The class will promote physical fitness and demonstrate respect for yourself and others. You will learn to practice self-control and you will have the opportunity to earn traditional belt advancement.

Belt and Key Chain all provided!

Come join us!

Magical STEAM Adventures with Palmetto Clayground: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students

Thursdays, 3:00-4:15pm. Starting Thursday, 1/30

Meri Stanec returns with an all new version of her popular Palmetto Clayground program.

Do you love the world of magic? Ever wish you could attend wizarding school? We will have science-based Charms and Potions classes, and will even attempt to conjure a miniature Patronus! Art projects will include true clay-work this time around. We will create a Sorting Hat from clay, which will then be glazed and fired.  We will also build and glaze clay wizarding wands! All materials will be provided!

 

Tennis Anyone?: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students

Thursdays, 3:00-4:15pm. Starting Thursday, 1/30

Tennis is a life long sport that should begin at a young age. Tennis Anyone is designed to introduce the game of tennis in a format that is fun, exciting and educational. Students will focus on developing their balance, agility, awareness and of course their tennis technique. Coach Cameron Brown will provide the students with an hour of multiple games and drills. We will change up the format frequently to keep it exciting and fun. This is the best course for those that would like to have an introduction to Tennis that will leave them wanting more!

Instructor is Cameron Brown, our very own Lower School PE Instructor, Cross-Country Coach, Sailing Coach and Tennis Guru!

Friday

**Community Kids: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students

Fridays, 3:00-4:15pm. Starting Friday, 1/31

Join a group of caring kids who are ready to learn the value of helping others by taking part in community service projects. These projects will assist neighbors in our Porter-Gaud and Charleston communities. Volunteering your time connects you to others, ignites passions, and gives you a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Each week will be different, but all activities will allow young children to tangibly make a difference in their community. Organizations we will support include: Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary, Porter-Gaud's Bouquets of Cheer program, Laundry Matters, and Ronald McDonald House. Upper School service leaders, as well as representatives from local non-profits, will be invited to talk with participants, and families will be given ways to extend their connection to each project we undertake!

All Materials will be provided!

**LS Fencing: (3:00-4:15pm, Grades 2-4)

Lower School Students

Fridays, 3:00-4:15pm. Starting Friday, 1/31

Before you read on, watch this quick 2-minute video on the basics of Fencing!:

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Porter-Gaud is thrilled to present the opportunity for your child to learn the art of fencing by fencing professional Ann Marie! The elite sport of fencing incorporates agility, strength, coordination, balance, and timing. In this beginners fencing course, students will increase physical ability and gain a strong mental edge. The competitors of a fencing match wear protective gear and handle swords which will be fully provided for students to use each session. At the end of the program students will get the opportunity to visit the Edge of America Fencing Club of Charleston to practice their skills in a true match. 

**Fencing club will also include a free membership to the Edge of America fencing club.**

*Please email jferrelli@portergaud.edu and sstone@portergaud.edu if your child is right-handed or left-handed

For more information about fencing check out edgeofamericafencing.com

**Rookie Rugby: (3:00-4:15pm, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students 

Fridays, 3:00-4:15pm. Starting Friday, 1/31 

Join Wando Rugby Coach Simon Read for our first ever Rookie Rugby Program! Catering to Lower School Students, this program will be full of action and fun! Students will practice and play a form of touch rugby. It is a fun, safe, team game that develops a range of ball handling, ball running and evasion skills.

Participants will learn the importance of teamwork and respect for opponents, coaches and referees, which are key elements of all athletic endeavors. This rugby program is co-ed and open to all skill levels. Coach Simon is a USA Rugby L200 qualified with many years of rugby experience domestically and internationally.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn this international sport!