Enrichment

at the Academy
Enrichment at the Academy offers extra-curricular opportunities for students after school and on the weekends. 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. 

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General

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  • French is fun!

    Children will enjoy an introduction to the French Language and Culture taught by Alliance Française. Students will learn French with playful activities, explore the language through thematic projects and real-world tasks that immerse them in language and Francophone cultures. We will learn new words and language structures, using them in fun, age-appropriate activities like arts and crafts, songs, dance, games, and stories. Your child will have the opportunity to use their language skills to prepare them for future interactions in the real world.

    Grades:
     1-3 and 4-6

    Dates:
    Tuesdays, January 8 - February 26 (4-6)
    Thursdays, January 10 - February 28 (1-3)

    Time
    : 3:20-4:30  

    Location: Lower School Classroom (TBD)

    Cost: $120
  • Manners for the Modern World

    Calling all little ladies and gentlemen! Going beyond “please” and “thank you”, our new etiquette, manners, and social grace class will help refine your young prince or princess, teaching them to feel confident in any social situation. We will learn and put into practice table manners and how to set a table, etiquette for proper introductions and making a good first impression, conversational etiquette with elders and peers alike, telephone manners, and manners outside the home including sportsmanship and spectatorship, courtesy at public places, dealing with bullies, and more! Students will practice their newly learned etiquette in a fun, magical environment where role playing, props, and hands on activities and crafts give way to chivalrous knights and sophisticated young ladies. At the core of this class is the understanding that at the root of good manners are the development of interpersonal skills including kindness, humility, and empathy- paying attention to what others need and may be feeling. Class will culminate with an afternoon party put on for the parents by the students on the last class of the session where students will have a chance to put into use all they’ve learned! This class is a true gift of both culture and investment- providing the basis for skills they can apply today and throughout their life, both personally and professionally!

    Instructor: Message in Motion Instructors

    Grades: 
    1 - 3  

    Dates:  Mondays, January 7 - February 25 (no class on Jan 21)
     
    Times: 3:20 - 4:30

    Location: Lower School

    Cost: 
    $145
  • Sewing

    Explore the world of sewing with an 8 week class that will teach young students how to use a sewing machine to create many different projects. Students will learn about different fabrics, how to use them and how to construct their projects. Sewing machines will be provided.

    Instructor
    :  Itsje Rowson, Sewing Instructor

    Grades: 3-6 (maximum 6 students)

    Dates: Wednesdays, January 9 - February 27 or Thursdays, January 10 - February 28

    Time: 3:20-5:20pm
     
    Location: Lower School EDI 2 room

    Cost: $400
  • Stitch It!

    Students will learn cross stitch basics including terminology, how to sew on a button, use an embroidery hoop, and create cross stitch patterns.  Student will also learn and use different types of stitches when working on their projects.  Students will design their own original patterns to create a portrait of themselves, family, or a pet and more. 

    Instructor
    :  Madelyn Kresinske

    Grades: 4-6 

    Dates: Tuesdays, January 8 - February 26

    Time: 3:20 - 4:45 pm
     
    LocationThe General Story in Cooper Library

    Cost: $125

Arts

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  • All Things Valentine

    Just in time for the holiday, this special program brings together "All Things Valentine!"  From making fun and jazzy gifts for our loved ones to conducting science experiments with candy to accomplishing amazing math feats, we will hit on a wealth of fun and exciting Valentine activities.  And, at the center of it all will be - you guessed... CANDY.  Lunch will be served to balance out the sugar.  (Parents, rest assured, while many of our activities will center around candy, children will eat only a little during the day.)

    Instructor: Valerie Thornton. 2nd Grade Teacher

    Grades: 1-3

    Dates:
     Saturday, February 2 or 9

    Time: 10:00am-4:00pm

    Location: Lower School EDI-2 Room

    Cost: $85

    What to wear: Children should wear clothes they can get messy.

    Note: Lunch and snack will be provided but students are welcome to bring their own if that is preferable.
  • Literature to Life Drama League

    Participants in Literature to Life Drama League will share in nearly every facet of producing a play as we bring much-loved literature to life.  This semester, join Mrs. Thornton as we develop scenery, props, costumes and, of course, the play itself and animate the story Alexander [or maybe Alexandra] and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. Culminating in a play to be presented once to 1st-3rd grade lower school students and again to the actors' families, this dynamic program will prepare young thespians to confidently take the stage and shine.

    Instructor:
     Valerie Thornton, 2nd Grade Teacher

    Grades: 1-3

    Dates:
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 15 - February 26; Performance on February 27

    Time: 3:20-5:20pm

    Location: 2GA

    Cost:  $250
  • YPTP presents The Little Mermaid

    Come and be a part of our world as we present, Disney’s, “The Little Mermaid.”     This timeless tale, originally penned by Hans Christian Andersen, is a fan favorite.  “The Little Mermaid,” came to the broadway in 2008 and with it several new musical numbers.  We will incorporate the movie and broadway score in our show.   Please join Dyanna Hornbaker, Itsje Rowson and Becky Peterson as we go, Under the Sea!

    Grades: 4-6  **Please only register for the appropriate grade level

    Dates and times:
    Saturdays: January 26, February 16, March 16 (9:00 - 12:00)
    Tuesdays & Thursdays: January 22 - March 19 (3:20-5:30) - No class the week of Spring Break
    Monday: March 18 (3:20 - 5:30)
    Showtime: Wednesday, March 20 at 2:00pm and 6:30pm
     
                            
    Location
    : Price Auditorium                        

    Cost
    : $400

Athletics

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  • Bulldog Basketball

    The Bulldog Basketball League is an opportunity for boys and girls to be introduced to, improve in, and compete in the great sport of basketball.  Both basketball skills and important life lessons will be introduced at each session. Please bring a basketball and water bottle.

    Coaches: Mike Duquette, Steven Goldburg, Varsity Basketball Players 
    Referees: NA Basketball Coaches

    Grades: 
    1 - 6 Boys & Girls
     
    Dates: Saturdays - January 5, 12, 26 and February 2, 9, 16

    Time:  
    9:30 - 11:00: Grades 1-2 Boys and 5-6 Boys
    11:00 - 12:30: Grades 3-4 Boys, 1-6 Girls 

    Location: All sessions start in Burroughs Gym
     
    Cost: $125
  • Bulldog Field Hockey

    Indoor field hockey for the beginner and those wanting to learn the skills from varsity players.

    Coach: Mary Werkheiser , Varsity Field Hockey Coach

    Grades: 
    1 - 6 Girls 

    Dates:  Saturdays,  January 5, January 12, 19, 26 and February 2
     
    Times: 
    9:00-10:00 a.m. - 1-3 grade    
    10:00-11:00 a.m. - 4-6 grade  

    Location: Indoors at the Norfolk Academy Athletic Pavilion

    Cost: 
    $75

    What to bring: We have goggles and sticks to borrow, but girls may bring their own if they have them.  Soccer shin guards are great.
  • Bulldog Softball Bridge Program

    Bulldog Softball Bridge Program is designed to expose young girls to the game of softball.  Through this program, girls will learn the fundamentals of softball in order to prepare to play at the Junior Varsity and Varsity level. On the last day of the program, the girls will be invited to attend the Bulldog Practice & participant in a scrimmage. In the event of rain, we will hold the clinic in the Dome next to the field.

    Coach: Cari Huffman, Varsity Softball Coach

    Grades: 
    1 - 6 Girls 

    Dates:  Mondays, January 7 - February 25 (No clinic on Jan 21)
     
    Times: 3:20 - 5:00

    Location: Softball field 

    Cost:
    $150

    What to bringSoftball gloves, bats, batting helmet (if kids do not have a bat or helmet, that does not mean they cannot attend).
  • Cheerleading

    Ready? Set?! Cheer! Girls and boys, have you ever wanted to learn the cheers you hear at your favorite team's football or basketball game? Do you love showing school spirit? Then this is the class for you! Cheer your team on to V-I-C-T-O-R-Y while learning all the basics of this sport including motions, jumps, chants, cheers, and basic stunting and tumbling when appropriate. Build on strength flexibility, balance, and overall athleticism while doing activities that build self esteem and teamwork! Students will showcase what they have learned at an end of session in class "pep rally" for parents! LET'S GO BULLDOGS!

    Coach: Message in Motion Instructors

    Grades: 
    1 - 3  

    Dates:  Fridays, January 11 - March 1
     
    Times: 3:20 - 4:30

    Location: Lower School

    Cost: 
    $130

    What to wearComfy, stretchy clothing including cheer shorts/leggings/athletic/dance/yoga pants, t-shirts with sneakers and socks. Long hair pulled back please.
  • Karate Dojo (Winter)

    WELCOME TO GENBU KAI OF VIRGINIA. To share the invaluable teachings, principles, and traditions of the art of Karate-Do.Through our teachings we instill good work ethic, positive attitude, a resilient mind and spirit, along with building a strong physical body. Our main goal is to develop good character and to become the best version of ourselves. Any student who is enrolled at Norfolk Academy karate class can also attend classes at the main dojo at no additional cost. Interested parents /students please see Sensei.

    Grades: 1-6

    Dates: Wednesdays & Fridays, January 9 - March 1

    Time
    : 3:20-4:30  

    Location: Lower School "B-trium"

    Cost: $195 (plus a one time uniform fee of $35.00 for new students)

    What to wear: For the first two weeks, students will wear sweatpants and a t-shirt. After that, students wear their uniform or "Gi". 
  • Karate Dojo (Fall)

    WELCOME TO GENBU KAI OF VIRGINIA. To share the invaluable teachings, principles, and traditions of the art of Karate-Do.Through our teachings we instill good work ethic, positive attitude, a resilient mind and spirit, along with building a strong physical body. Our main goal is to develop good character and to become the best version of ourselves. Any student who is enrolled at Norfolk Academy karate class can also attend classes at the main dojo at no additional cost. Interested parents /students please see Sensei.

    Grades: 1-6

    Dates: Wednesdays & Fridays, September 12 - December 14 (No class on Sep 19, Oct 31, Nov 2, 21, 23)

    Time
    : 3:20-4:30  

    Location: Lower School "B-trium"

    Cost: $275 (plus a one time uniform fee of $35.00 for new students)

    What to wear: For the first two weeks, students will wear sweatpants and a t-shirt. After that, students wear their uniform or "Gi". 

EDI / Science

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  • Dash Robot Sports - Mondays

    Come experience the excitement of coding and the thrill of athletic competition.  Students will use Dash robots to play various games, expanding on the coding they have learned in EDI class, but no experience is necessary.  Class size is limited, and students will have their own robot to use. 

    Instructor:
     Dr. Galler, EDI Coordinator

    Grades: 4-6

    Dates: 
    Mondays, January 28 - February 18

    Time: 3:20-5:00pm

    Location: EDI Room

    Cost:  $100
  • Dash Robot Sports - Wednesdays

    Come experience the excitement of coding and the thrill of athletic competition.  Students will use Dash robots to play various games, expanding on the coding they have learned in EDI class, but no experience is necessary.  Class size is limited, and students will have their own robot to use. 

    Instructor:
     Dr. Galler, EDI Coordinator

    Grades: 4-6

    Dates:
    Wednesdays, January 30 - February 20

    Time: 3:20-5:00pm

    Location: EDI Room

    Cost:  $100
  • EDI Endeavors

    Students will create a variety of projects, test them, revise and improve them individually and in small groups. Come ready to invent!

    Instructor: Buffy Driskill, 2nd Grade Teacher

    Grades: 1-3

    Dates: 
    Wednesdays, January 16 - February 13

    Time: 3:20-5:20pm

    Location: 2A

    Cost:  $125
  • Plants & Animals with Mr. Carroll

    Get a more in-depth experience with the greenhouse and Mr. Carroll's classroom animals (bunny, crested gecko, bearded dragon, Russian and marginated tortoise, red-eared slider and corn snake).  Students will start several plants in the greenhouse to take home when the plants are large enough, including a spider plant, snake plant, basil, air plants and succulents.  We will load onto a Norfolk Academy van to take a short road trip to a local plant store to view more specimens. 

    Instructor: Robert Carroll. Science Teacher, Grade 4-5

    Grades: 4 - 6 (a maximum of 14 students) 

    Date:
     Saturday, February 2

    Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm

    Location: Lower School Science Room

    Cost: $75

    What to bring: Students need to bring snacks and lunch.
  • Plant People with Mr. Carroll

    Participants will learn about and plant several types of plants including air plants, succulents, snake plants and others.  Students will take some of their new plants home at the end of the day, while leaving some in the greenhouse for several weeks to get a good start before going home.  We will review plant care, general plant biology and the greenhouse systems.  We will also take a field trip to a local plant spot during the day.  

    Instructor: Robert Carroll. Science Teacher, Grade 4-5

    Grades: 4 - 6 (a maximum of 14 students) 

    Date:
     Saturday, January 12

    Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm

    Location: Lower School Science Room

    Cost: $75

    What to bring: Students need to bring snacks and lunch.  
  • Winter Solstice Hike - December 20

    This is 4th year of the Solstice hike.  We will hike through First Landing State Park from the Shore Drive entrance to the ocean on the Long Creek and Osprey Trail.   The hike is between 5-6 miles long.  It is a very beautiful and easy walk through the maritime forest and along salt marsh and blackwater swamp.

    Instructor: Robert Carroll. Science Teacher, Grade 4-5

    Grades: 4 - 6

    Dates:
     Wednesday, December 20

    Time: 8:30am-2:00pm

    Location: First Landing State Park
    Drop Off: First Landing State Park
    Pick Up: 64th Street Oceanside

    Cost: $75

    What to bring: Students should wear warm clothes and comfortable walking shoes.  Students should bring a backpack with water, lunch, snacks and a rain jacket or extra sweatshirt.  
  • Writing & Breaking Secret Code

    Would you like to learn how to break top secret codes, or just learn how to write notes to your BFF that nobody else can read?  If so, come learn the basics of secret code writing.  Students will be introduced to popular cipher techniques, and will use their skills to solve challenges every class. 

    Instructor: Dr. Galler, EDI Coordinator

    Grades: 4-6

    Dates: 
    Thursdays, January 10 - January 31

    Time: 3:20-5:00pm

    Location: Lower School EDI Room

    Cost:  $90

Dance with Elbert Watson

Dance programs are for teens and adults.

Modern Dance 
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Classical Ballet   
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm 
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Saturdays,  9:30 - 11:00 am

All classes:
  • run year-round
  • meet in the Tucker Arts Center Dance Studio
  • each class is $7.00

Please contact Elbert Watson for more information at ewatson@norfolkacademy.org.