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 - Coming in January!|
|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.
|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)
|American Girls of Early America|Join Mrs. Thornton for an evening of crafts, games, and cooking projects as we explore the lives of the early American Girls. Felicity, Kirsten, Addy, Josephina, and Kaya will be highlighted in this special program which is sure to be a hit with all 1st -3rd grade girls. We will explore what life was like in the time periods during which each girl “lived” through various crafts, games, activities, and foods, and even put them on a time line so we can understand when they lived in relation to each other. All of our activities will even enhance your fun as you play with your American Girl dolls. This will be an exciting adventure-- a stimulating, fun-filled travel back in time and a great learning experience for each “American Girl” who participates in this program! You may bring your dolls along if you wish, but it is not necessary. (They will have a “tea party” together as we have our fun.)
Instructor: Valerie Thornton
Ages: Grades 1-3
Date and Time: Friday, November 14 3:15-7:30 (includes dinner)
Location: Lower School Art Room
|Paper Art - Coming in January!|
|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
|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.
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. You’ll need to get your creative juices flowing as you whittle away at your holiday gift list, making gifts for folks of all ages. At the end of the day you can expect to have 6-8 gifts wrapped and ready for giving. Just bring along your gift list and your creative talent. Lunch will be provided although you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
Instructor: Valerie Thornton
Ages: Grades 1-6
Session 1: Saturday, December 6 OR
Session 2: Saturday, December 13
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.
|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 (will NOT meet on September 25)
Fee: $115 for all 8 weeks
|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.
|Swim America will return in the Spring of 2015|