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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|Karate|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 Serrette
Ages: Grades 1-6
Dates/Times: Wednesdays and Fridays -3:30-4:30 pm. Classes begin on Friday, 9/12 and end on Wednesday, 12/12. There will be NO class on 10/31, 11/7, 11/26, 11/28.
Location: Btrium in the Lower School
Fee: $240 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 $30).
*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 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.
|What's for Dinner?? (Family meal planning for adults)|Come learn how to answer the eternal plea-"Mom, I'm hungry..." We will cover what your growing student needs nutritionally each day, how to plan each meal, and try some fun and delicious recipes. We will learn how to put together a healthy pantry, so your children can easily grab healthy snacks. Hard to get breakfast in them each morning? Learn easy-to-make, yummy breakfast ideas that are quick and easy. We will learn how to prepare nutritious, delicious dinners that can be prepped in advance. Most of all, come learn to have fun in the kitchen! Instructor: Angie McMahon
Dates and Times: Choose ONE of the following sessions:
Wednesday, September 24 7:00pm-9:00pm
OR Saturday, September 27 10:00am-12:00noon
Fee: $40 (includes all food and supplies)
We will gather in the Lower School lobby 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the class.
|Food is Fun! (for kids)|Come learn to have fun in the kitchen! We will learn basic cooking techniques, preparing delicious breakfast and snack foods, and even some great desserts! We will also learn basic nutrition, so we can be in charge of what we need to eat each day and make good choices! Grab a friend and come learn that Food is Fun!
Instructor: Angie McMahon
Ages: Grades 4-6
Dates and Times: Tuesdays 3:15-4:30pm
September 16, 23, 30, and October 7
Fee: $60 (includes food, supplies, and a cookbook to take home)
|Dance - Ballet and Tap "The Nutcracker"|Nutcracker Dance SeriesThis 11 week dance class series focuses on teaching ballet and tap technique along side creative expression and choreography skills. We will learn a selection of dances from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" and perform on Tuesday, December 9th at 4pm.
Instructor: Aimée Long firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates/times: Tuesdays, September 30th - December 9th 3:15-5:00pm
Female students will need: Pink leather ballet shoes, pink footed tights, short sleeve black leotard, black patent leather tap shoes.
Male students will need: Black ballet or jazz shoes, black shorts or pants, black t-shirt, black leather 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.
|YPTP - "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"|
Come experience the magic as we make Mark Twain's classic novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, come alive on stage! We will join mischievous, lovable Tom and his friends as they play hooky from school, hunt for buried treasure, become "pirates" along the banks of the Mississippi River, and more! Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful coming-of-age tale about friendship, young love, survival - and a whole lot of 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.
Directed by Helen Younce (formerly Helen Somers)
Produced by Ron Newman
Ages: Grades 3-6 **Please register for the appropriate grade level.
Dates and Times: September 6-October 11:
September 6, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 27, 29, October 2, 6, 8, 9, 11
Start date: Saturday, Sept. 6th (9am–12 noon)
Saturdays: September 6, 27, and October 11 (9am–12 noon)
Mondays: September 8, 15, 22, 29 and October 6 (3:15-5:40)
Thursdays: September 11, 18, (no rehearsal on the 25th) and October 2, 9 (3:15-5:40)
Wednesday: October 8 (3:15-5:40) Final Dress/Tech
Performances: Thursday, October 9 during school AND
Saturday, October 11 at 11:00 am
Location: Johnson Theater
Is there an artist in you that is just longing to be released?!?! In this special program, you will have the opportunity to unveil your talents! Discovering how to make amazing masterpieces from common, everyday paper will be the focus of this special enrichment program. Even if you don’t think of yourself as “artistic,” boys and girls will love creating beautiful 3-D works of art using the mediums of papier mache and decoupage. Items we will make will include a piñata, an animal of your choice and others. Due to the hands-on nature of this program, class size will be limited to 16 students, so sign up early.
Instructor: Valerie Thornton
**These activities will be messy. Please send a smock or large t-shirt to put on over school clothes.
: Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 16, 23, 30, and October 7Time
: $90.00 (includes all supplies)
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.
|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 (each date is a separate session):
Saturday, November 8
Satruday, December 6
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Norfolk Academy Lower School, Room 714
Fee: $75.00 for one Saturday (does not include fabric, felt & ribbon - $15)
A supply list will be mailed the week of class. You may purchase the materials on your own before the class begins, or on the day of class you may purchase a kit containing fabric, felt, ribbon for $15. The fee for the box kit should be paid to Patty Klewans.
Please remember to bring your lunch and a snack.
|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 18 - November 13
Fee: $115 for all 8 weeks
|Youth Football Skills Clinic - Cancelled with apologies|
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
All Varsity Football Players
Ages: 1st – 6th graders
Date: Saturday September 20th Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the Skils Clinic this year.
Time: 12:30 pm- 2:30 pm
Location: Varsity Game Field (Check-in in front of the Pavilion at 12:30)
Cost: FREE to all Norfolk Academy Lower School Students
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
|Bulldog Swim Team|
The six-week program is designed to prepare competitive swimmers. Participants must be able to complete 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke in order to get the most out of this experience. Emphasis will be placed on proper strokemechanics for each of the four competitive strokes – freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, and breaststroke. Stroke drills, proper race strategies, and basic training techniques will be introduced according to the swimmer’s age and abilities. We will hold a "mock" swim meet on Friday, October 24th to which all Bulldog Swim Team members will be invited (even if that is not their usual swimming day).Instructors: Kristen Kirkman, Jay Leach, and Kellyn CaldwellAges
: Grades 2-9
Monday, Wednesday, and/or Fridays 3:15-4:45pm
September 15 - October 24 (There will be NO CLASS on 10/13)
Location: Vaughn Aquatic Center
1 day - $60
2 days - $110
3 days - $160
About the Instructors:
Kristin Kirkman is the Director of Vaughn Aquatic Center, Lower School Swim Instructor, and the JV Swim Coach.
Jay Leach is Norfolk Academy’s Varsity Swim Coach.
Kellyn Caldwell is Norfolk Academy's Assistant Varsity Swim Coach.
Special Instructions: Coaches will meet students Lower School students in the lobby at the bus bell and walk them to the pool. Parents should pick up students in the pool lobby. Lower School Students not picked up by 4:45 p.m. will be taken to Aftercare.
|Lifeguard Classes - Training and Recertification|
The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Program is intended to train individuals in the skills and knowledge needed to lifeguard at aquatic facilities.
The Lifeguard Training Program is 30 hours in length. The pre-requisite test is held on the first day. With successful completion of all required skills and knowledge tests, students will receive certification in the following: Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (two years). Fee: $210 (including textbooks)/$180 for NA studentsAges:
Must be 15 years old
: Session 1:
September 29 4-9pm
October 1 4-9pm
October 4 11-4pm
October 6 4-9pm
October 8 4-9pm
Further sessions TBA
Location: Vaughn Aquatic Center
|Swim America will return in the Spring of 2015|