Enrichment at the Academy offers extra-curricular opportunities for students after school and on Saturdays. These programs are open to the public.
Bulldog Athletic Programs are run by Norfolk Academy varsity coaches, and varsity players and other coaches are on hand to help the students learn basic skills. Most often, clinics and games are held on Saturdays.
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|Full STEAM Ahead |
This year the Lower School is going full blast with STEAM which stands for Science * Technology * Engineering * Arts * Math. Research has shown that kids who experience STEAM early through hands-on learning are best equipped to develop a strong understanding of STEAM concepts as they get older. This enrichment program will pique their curiosity and stimulate their interest in these fields of the future. During the six sessions, your child will experience hands-on activities which will encourage innovative and creative thinking. Some of the topics we will cover include “Slime Science,” “Kitchen Chemistry," “Environmental Engineering,”and "Art in Nature." (we’ll use the artistry found in nature to create our own original works of art). Critical thinking, asking good questions, making observation and explorations will be at the heart of this enrichment program. Get on board because we are "Full STEAM Ahead!" Due to the hands-on nature of this program, class size will be limited to 16 students, so sign up early. ****Activities WILL be different than last year, so feel free to sign up even if you have gone "Full STEAM" with us before!
Instructor: Valerie Thornton – Norfolk Academy Teacher
Ages: Grades 1-3
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10/13. 10/15, 10/20, 10/22, 10/27, 10/29
|Keyboarding Kick Start|
This class is designed to help students develop speed and accuracy by learning the touch operation of alphanumeric/keyboard characters. Emphasis will be placed on mastery of thekeyboard with proper keyboarding techniques and development of speed and accuracy.
Instructor: Stephanie Cress
Ages: Grades 4-6
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, October 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30 Times:
3:20 - 4:15Cost:
$30 for all 6 classes
Get ready to explore MineCraftEdu NA style! We will navigate the world of MineCraftEdu by collaborating with peers to design and explore worlds and puzzles of Minecraft together. Our world will be privste to our group and we will establish our own rules. We will slo enjoy some arts and crafts that celebrate the Minecraft world!
Instructor: Elizabeth Glassman – Norfolk Academy Teacher
Ages: Grades 3-6
Dates: Wednesdays October 14, 21, 28, and November 4, 11, and 19
|Breakaway Boxes |
Learn how to make a “Breakaway Box” that unfolds to hold a complete miniature room - perfect as a decoration in your home or as a gift. Director: Patty Klewans
, Norfolk Academy Lower School Teacher
Dates: Saturday, October 17 or December 5
(Each date is a separate workshop)
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Norfolk Academy Lower School, Room 714
Fee: $90.00 for one Saturday (includes fabric, felt & ribbon)
Special Notes: Partners are necessary and required for children younger than age 12 who are first time “box-makers.” (A person accompanying a student to assist the child in making a “breakaway box” is included in the student’s fee. An adult, teen, grandparent or experienced box maker is a good partner.) If your child is unable to have someone accompany him/her, please email email@example.com at least one week in advance. Adults may also enroll in the class alone.
Please remember to bring your lunch, a drink or two, and a snack.
Just in time for the holiday season, this special program will give participants the opportunity to apply their own personal touch to make gifts for the special people in their lives. We’ll make some practical, fanciful, and jazzy items. So get your creative juices flowing and prepare to whittle away at your holiday gift list. At the end of the day you can expect to have 5-8 gifts wrapped and ready for giving. Just bring along your gift list, and your creative talent. Instructor: Mrs. Valerie J. Thornton
Ages: Grades K-6
Session 1: Saturday, November 21 OR
Session 2: Saturday, December 12
Time: 10:00am -4:00pm
Location: Lower School Art Room
About the instructor:
has been a second grade teacher at Norfolk Academy for ten years. She has directed a variety of Norfolk Academy’s Summer Programs including an American Girls Camp, Candy Making, Fun in the Sun, and Cultures and Cuisines. Devoted to making learning fun for young children, she has developed programs which teach important information without the children even realizing how much they are learning. Mrs. Thornton has 3 children of her own and believes that her purpose is to touch the lives of children in a special way.
|Nutcracker Dance Series |Nutcracker Dance Series
This 13 week dance class series will teach students about the Nutcracker and they will learn several dances from the ballet. There will be a performance on Tuesday, December 8th at 4pm. Classes include instruction in both ballet and tap.
Instructor: Aimée Long firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates/times: Tuesdays, September 8th - December 8th 3:15-5:00pm **Students are welcome to register late and join the class on September 15th!
Students will need: Capezio pink leather ballet shoes, pink footed ballet tights, Black Cap Sleeve leotard (no attached skirts or decorations), black patent leather "Jr. Tyette" tap shoes.
All dancewear is available through Ms. Aimee. Please email her for additional details.
Ms. Aimee will pick up students in the Lower School at the bus bell (3:15pm). At 5:00pm, students not picked up in the Perrel Art Gallery will be taken to Afterschool Care.
About the Instructor: Aimée Long, dance instructor for Norfolk Academy, is a native of Virginia Beach. She holds a Master of Arts in Dance Education from the University of North Carolina. She also graduated Magna Cum Laude from Belhaven University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet. She is a certified Pilates Mat instructor and has developed a resistance band conditioning class that focuses on the needs of dancers.
|Paper Art |
Is there an artist in you that is just longing to be released?!?! Wheter or not your artistic talent has been unveiled to date, you'll want to participate in this special program! Discovering how to make amazing masterpieces from common, everyday paper will be the focus of this special enrichment series. Even if you don’t think of yourself as “artistic,” boys and girls will love creating beautiful works of art using the mediums of origami, decoupage, and others. Iue to the hands-on nature of this program, class size will be limited to 16 students, so sign up early.
****The activities in this session will be different than last year, so feel free to join us even if you have done Paper Art before!
****Participants are encouraged to bring old clothing for painting and other hands-on activities.
Instructor: Valerie Thornton, Norfolk Academy Teacher
Ages: Grades 1-4
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 22, 24, 29, and October 1, and 6
Times: 3:20-5:20 pm
|Silver Jewelry Making FOR ADULTS |
Parents, grandparents, friends, and family - please join us to learn all about Silver Jewelry making! Participants will learn to cut, hammer, and file silver sheet metal. An introduction to simple soldering will be included. You will be able to choose to make a charm bracelet, bezel setting earrings with a pendant, or a hammered choker. Participants will learn how to harden and soften metals and about the proper use of tools. All materials and tools will be provided with the exception of some semi-precious gem stones which will be available for purchase. If you have your own tools, feel free to bring them. Instructor: Ms. Trudy Gaba - Norfolk Academy Middle School Art Teacher
Dates: Wednesday evenings, October 6 - December 16 (skip the week of Thanksgiving)
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Middle School Art Room
|YPTP presents "Somethin's Asunder Down Under" - click here for more information|
YPTP’s Fall Production is Somethin’s Asunder Down Under.
This original work by Becky Peterson tells the tale of a singing Kangaroo who wants to be an Opera singer. As he/she goes on his journey to find fame, he/she meets many friends along the way. And no “tale” is complete without a little song and dance, so come join the fun!
In addition to performing, students will help create elements of the show with Norfolk Academy's professional visual design coordinators: Ms. Sandra Saunders and Mr. Craig Adams. Norfolk Academy dance instructor Elbert Watson will work with the students on movement and choreography. In addition to directing, Becky Peterson will coordinate the music.
Directed by Becky Peterson
with the assistance of Jenny DeJaager
Produced by Helen Younce
Ages: Grades 3-6 **Please only register for the appropriate grade level.
Dates : September 10 – October 10:
September 10, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 29, October 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10
Dates and times:
Start date: Thursday, September 10th!
Tuesdays: September 15, 22, 29, October 6 (3:15-5:30)
Thursdays: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8 (3:15-5:30)
Wednesday: October 7 (3:15-5:30) Final Dress/Tech
Saturdays: September 19, 26, October 3 (9am–12 noon)
Performances for the Lower School: Thursday, October 8 at 10:30 & 12:30 AND
Performance for Parents at Homecoming: Saturday, October 10 at 11:00 am.
Location: Price Auditorium
|Bulldog Baseball - New way to choose dates!|
New Norfolk Academy Varsity Baseball coach, Tim LaVigne, will be holding a 5 week baseball clinic open to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. Instruction will be given by Coach lavigne and current varsity baseball players. Sessions will focus on hitting, defense, pitching, and base running. Instructor: Varsity Coach Tim LaVigne.
Ages: Grades 4-6
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 29 - October 29 **Choose just Tuesdays, just Thursdays, or both days each week!!
Time: 3:20pm - 4:45pm
Location: Watson Field
Cost: $100 for 2-days/week or $50 for 1-day/week (includes a Bulldog Baseball t-shirt)
Players should bring a glove, bat, cleats, running shoes, hat, and a water bottle
Please contact Coach LaVigne with any questions at email@example.com
|Bulldog Field Hockey |Outdoor Field Hockey - Fall 2015
Instructor: Mary Werkheiser - Varsity Field Hockey Coach
Ages: 1st - 6th Grade Girls
Dates: Saturday mornings, September 12, 19, October 17, 24
Times: 9:00am - 11:00am
What to bring: We have goggles and sticks to borrow. The NA bookstore sells goggles, mouth guards, and shin guards. Soccer shin guards are great!
Please send a note to Coach Werkheiser any day that you would like your daughter to go home with anyone other than one of her parents.
|Bulldog Softball |Bulldog Softball - Fall 2015
Contact: Laura Scimeca - Varsity Softball Coach
Ages: 1st - 6th Grade Girls (All skill levels are welcome!)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 22, 24, 29, October 1, 6, 8
Times: 3:20 - 5:00
What to bring: We have all the equipment your daughter will need, but the girls are welcome to bring their own (please be sure to put names on any personal items). Girls should be dressed in athletic clothing that is appropriate for the weather. Cleats are optional.
The girls should plan to meet Coach Scimeca at the BUS BELL in the Lower School gym each day of the clinic (please send a note to this effect to your child's teacher on the first day of the clinic). They will walk together to the varsity softball field, and can be picked up in front of the Upper School Athletic Pavilion at 5:00. Any child who has not been picked up by 5:15 will be escorted to the Lower School Aftercare program, where you can pick them up any time before 6:00 pm (additional charges apply to Aftercare). Please send a note to Coach Scimeca any day that you would like your daughter to plan to meet you in Aftercare - or if you would like her to be picked up by anyone other than one of her parents.
A traditional karate class will be offered, with an emphasis on discipline, respect, self-esteem and improvement. Competition is not a compulsory component, but it is available. Instructor: Sensei Andre SerretteAges
: Grades 1-6
Dates: Wednesdays & Fridays September 11-December 16
Class will not be held on 9/23, 11/25, 11/27
Location: Atrium in the Lower School
Fee: $260 for any or all of the fall sessions
What to bring/wear? For the first two weeks, students will wear sweatpants and a t-shirt. After that, Sensei Andre can order a traditional gi for each student (approximate cost is $25).
*Note: Students participating in the Norfolk Academy class are allowed to attend any class offered at the Virginia Beach Genbu-Kai dojo free of charge. The dojo is located at 1537 Laskin Road, The Friends School in Virginia Beach. Classes at the dojo are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.
|Soccer Shots |
Soccer Shots is a national program teaching children the beautiful game of soccer. One of our trademarks is the developmentally appropriate curriculum we use that emphasizes creative play, enjoyment of sport, and character building lessons. Our coaches are energetic and enthusiastic individuals who love working with kids of all ages. Instructor: Laura Bowers
Ages: Grades 1-3
Dates: Thursdays, September 17 - November 5
Fee: $125 for all 8 weeks
***The class will meet in the B-trium after checking in with Mrs. Younce in the A-trium. Parents may pick up children in the lobby between 4:30 and 4:40.
|Youth Football Skills Clinic |This clinic is designed for lower school students who enjoy football and would like to interact with the Varsity Football Players in a fun and exciting athletic atmosphere. We want to build excitement around Norfolk Academy Football.
Staff: Steve Monninger, Varsity Head Football Coach
Assistant Varsity Football Coaches:
Witt Borum, Nick Merklin, Scott Norrick, Greg Barton, Eric Gorsline, Earl Ware
All Varsity Football Players
Ages: 1st – 6th graders
Date: Saturday September 19th
Time: 12:30 pm- 2:30 pm
Location: Varsity Game Field
Cost: FREE to all Norfolk Academy Lower School Students, but PLEASE REGISTER YOUR CHILD using the blue "Register Now" button to the right
Specifics: Wear T Shirt (football jersey if you like), shorts, cleats. Bring water
12:30 - 12:45 - Organization and Dynamic Flexibility
12:45 - 1:30 - Football Skills Circuit
1:30 - 2:00 - Pass / Punt / Kick Competition
2:00 - 2:15 - Football Relay Races
2:15 - 2:30 - Meet and Greet with the Players
Saturday Sept 19th
from 12:30 to 2 PM (1st-6th graders)
|Bulldog Swim Team |
Bulldog Swim Team- 6 weeks
Coach Leach, Coach Kirkman and Coach Caldwell will be instructing swimmers on the 4 competitive strokes as well as flip turns, diving and training plans specific to the needs of the group.
Ages: 2nd grade and up
Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays, AND/OR Thursdays September 21st- October 30th
(Please select from 1 to 3 days that your child would like to participate in the program each week)
Cost: 1 day-$75.00 2 days-$150.00 3 days-$225.00
|NA Learn to Swim Program |
Learn to Swim- Academy Swim Lessons
Instructors: Kristen Kirkman and Kellyn Caldwell will be in the water with swimmers. The small 1:4 teacher/student ratio will help us personalize lessons to fit the needs of each student. Space is limited to 8 swimmers per time slot.
Tuesday/ Thursday 2:45-3:15pm (Choose 1 session with 4 dates)
Session 1: September 22, 24, 29, October 1
Session 2: October 6, 8, 13, 15
Session 3: October 20, 22, 27, 29
Saturdays 10-10:30am OR 10:40-11:10am (Choose 1 session with 4 dates)
Session 4: September 19, 26, Oct 3, 10
Session 5: October 17, 24, 31, November 7
Ages: 3-years-old and up
|Dance with Elbert Watson - |
For teens and adults
Modern Dance -
Mondays & Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Classical Ballet -
Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:30 am - 1:00 pm OR
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturdays 9:30 am - 11:00 am
-meet in the Tucker Arts Center Dance Studio
-each class is $7.00
Please contact Elbert Watson for more
information at firstname.lastname@example.org.