A Pre-K to Grade 12 Independent Quaker Day School Serving the Greater Durham-Chapel Hill Area

Student Enrichment

We offer Fall, Winter, and Spring after-school
"fun-shops" in art, science, sports, and more. We're also pleased to offer on-campus music lessons in multiple instruments for children AND adults after school.

All of these programs are open to students from home and other schools as well as CFS.

Fall Courses

CoursesDay(s)TimeStartEnd
Let's Put on a Play! (LS)Mon3:15-5:00Oct
7
Nov 11
Fantasy Adventure (LS)Tues3:15-5:00Oct 15Nov 19
Nature Watchers (MS)Mon3:20-5:00Oct
7
Nov 11

Let's Put on a Play! (LS)

Do you like to perform? Play silly games? Pretend to be someone or something else? This class will explore acting skills such as improvisation, speech and movement, and character development through fun improv games. We will also rehearse a play to perform for friends and families at the end of the course. Come play with us!

Students who took this class with Alice last fall are welcome to repeat the experience--it'll be a new play!

SCHEDULE: 6 sessions

Mondays from 3:15-5:00 pm for Lower School 1st-4th years (max enrollment: 12)

  • Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Nov 4, 11

Young actors can be picked up at 5:00 pm or Lower School Extended Day (AfterHours) care is available until 5:45 pm.

TEACHER BIO: CFS Middle School Theater Arts Teacher Alice Turner is a Chapel Hill native and a Carolina Friends Lower and Middle School alum. She got her BFA in Acting and minor in French from Elon University. She has years of experience doing professional theater in both the Triangle and New York. She has taught in summer camps (including at CFS), after-school programs, and pre-schools. When not teaching or making theater, Alice enjoys cooking, playing ukulele, painting, and spending time with her cats.

Fantasy Adventure (LS)

Are you secretly a dragon-taming fairy, or a knight who can speak to the trees? In Fantasy Adventure, you can be that and so much more!

Every Tuesday our classroom will be magicked away to a land fueled by imagination: here we will develop our own role playing games (RPGs), practice character- and world-building skills, brew potions, consider mythical beasts, and create otherworldly artifacts with polymer clay. We will explore the power of storytelling by sharing our favorite fantasy books, writing our own stories, and illustrating the many worlds that exist in our minds' eye. Through fantastical play, we will build our self-confidence, foster collaborative skills, and take a deep dive into the fun of fiction.

SCHEDULE: 6 sessions

Thursdays from 3:15-5:00 pm for Lower School 1st-4th years (max enrollment: 14)

  • Oct 15, 22, 29
  • Nov 5, 12, 19

Fantasy adventurers can be picked up at 5:00 pm or Extended Day (AfterHours) care is available until 5:45 pm.

TEACHER BIO: Mary Kallem is a recent alum of UNC's Masters of Library Science graduate program, a 2019 CFS Summer Programs instructor, and a new member of the CFS technology staff.

With a background in computer science and creative writing, she is enthusiastic about integrating storytelling and STEM. Mary has taught animation, robotics, 3D printing, and claymation to kids of all ages, including at Seattle's Pacific Science Center. In her free time, she loves riding her bike, reading graphic novels, making chainmaille, and finding new ways to play.

Nature Watchers (MS)

Get out and explore the woods and creeks on the CFS campus. We'll be outside as much as possible while we learn about the plants and animals that live here in the Piedmont. We will learn how to identify the trees and plants and learn about their many uses. We will explore the creeks and search for interesting rocks, as well as crayfish, salamanders, and minnows. Bring a pair of shoes or sandals that can get wet or dirty and a water bottle.

SCHEDULE: 6 sessions

Mondays from 3:20-5:00 pm for Middle School 1st-4th years (max enrollment: 14)

  • Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Nov 4, 11

Young adventurers can be picked up from the Middle School at 5:00 pm or Extended Day (AfterHours) care is available until 5:45 pm.

TEACHER BIO: Tommy Johnson was a student in a Quaker school for six years himself. He has been an educator for more than 20 years and has a CFS Upper Schooler and two graduates. Tommy received his B.A. from Earlham and holds an M.A.T. in Science Education. Part of his experience includes teaching on the staff at the Museum of Life and Science; he's also been an Educator of Excellence through the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Tommy has taught maker classes for both after-school enrichment and Summer Programs. He has a strong interest in the arts as well and enjoys teaching classes which combine the arts and science.

Winter Courses

CoursesDay(s)TimeStartEnd
Acting (with Annie Performance) (LS)Thurs3:15-5:00Jan 9Feb 13
Dash & Dot Robotics (LS)Tues3:15-5:00Jan 7Feb 18
Inventor's Workshop (MS)Mon3:20-5:00Jan 6Feb 17

Acting (with "Annie" Performance) (LS)

Do you like to perform? Play silly games? Pretend to be someone or something else? This class will explore acting skills such as improvisation, speech and movement, and character development through fun improv games. We will also create and perform a pre-show piece for the Middle School's annual February production, this year Annie!

Students who participated in this class last year are welcome to enroll again.

Please note: Participation in this class requires actors (and a parent or guardian) to be present for the beginning of at least one performance and possibly one dress rehearsal. Annie performance dates are Friday and Saturday, February 14th and 15th, and the dress rehearsal will likely be Thursday, February 13th. Plan on having your child at the Performing Arts Center from 6:30-7:45 for the relevant performance.

SCHEDULE: 6 sessions

Thursdays from 3:15-5:00 pm for Lower School 1st-4th years (max enrollment: 12)

With sufficient demand, we may be able to add an instructor and increase the number of students, as we did with this course last year.

  • Jan 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Feb 6, 13

Young actors can be picked up at 5:00 pm or Lower School Extended Day (AfterHours) care is available until 5:45 pm.

TEACHER BIO: Jack D. Reitz has a Masters in Education and a B.A. in Theater from UNC-Chapel Hill. He's been teaching adult and youth improv classes since 2010. For the past eight years, he's also worked as a teaching artist and summer camp director for SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young, a New York City group that does theater with young people who stutter. In addition, he's been a partner and producer with Mettlesome Comedy in Durham since 2016. He taught this same class last year with CFS Middle School theatre teacher Alice Turner.

Dash & Dot Robotics (LS)

Computer science and programming skills are essential as technology has taken a more prominent place in our everyday lives. Through programming, children develop and improve their coding skills, practice patience and persistence, and strengthen their problem-solving abilities. This course will provide a space for students to learn programing concepts through interlocking code blocks to program our robots, Dash and Dot, problem-solve, collaborate, foster relationships with their peers, and, of course, have fun! Whether you have Dash and Dot at home or are a complete beginner to programming and coding, this course is for you!

Students who participated in last spring's Dash and Dot offering are welcome to enroll again with a different instructor and different activities.

SCHEDULE: 6 sessions

Tuesdays from 3:15-5:00 pm for Lower School 1st-4th years (max enrollment: 14)

  • Jan 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Feb 11, 18 (no meeting Feb 4, Staff Development Half-Day)

Young robotics gurus can be picked up from the Lower School at 5:00 pm or Extended Day (AfterHours) care is available until 5:45 pm.

TEACHER BIO: Mary Kallem is a recent alum of UNC's Masters of Library Science graduate program, a 2019 CFS Summer Programs instructor, and a new member of the CFS technology staff.

With a background in computer science and creative writing, she is enthusiastic about integrating storytelling and STEM. Mary has taught animation, robotics, 3D printing, and claymation to kids of all ages, including at Seattle's Pacific Science Center. In her free time, she loves riding her bike, reading graphic novels, making chainmaille, and finding new ways to play.

Inventor's Workshop (MS)

We'll do maker projects with electronics, soft circuits, and wearables, among other things.

SCHEDULE: 6 sessions

Mondays from 3:20-5:00 pm for Middle School 1st-4th years (max enrollment: 14)

  • Jan 6, 13, 27 (no meeting Jan 20, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • Feb 3, 10, 17

Young inventors can be picked up from the Middle School at 5:00 pm or Extended Day (AfterHours) care is available until 5:45 pm.

TEACHER BIO: Tommy Johnson was a student in a Quaker school for six years himself. He has been an educator for more than 20 years and has a CFS Upper Schooler and two graduates. Tommy received his B.A. from Earlham and holds an M.A.T. in Science Education. Part of his experience includes teaching on the staff at the Museum of Life and Science; he's also been an Educator of Excellence through the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Tommy has taught maker classes for both after-school enrichment and Summer Programs. He has a strong interest in the arts as well and enjoys teaching classes which combine the arts and science.

Spring Courses

CoursesDay(s)TimeStartEnd
Art of Nature (LS)Wed3:15-5:00Mar 4Apr
15
Pokémon Quest (LS)

Thurs3:15-5:00Mar 5Apr 23
Drawing from Imagination (MS)Wed3:20-5:00Mar 4Apr 15

Art of Nature (LS)

This program introduces students to visual arts inspired by the natural world. From field sketching and botanical illustration to photography and large-scale landscape installation, we'll explore different artistic media used to capture the beauty of nature. We will learn to recognize patterns and forms in our own landscape and begin to understand the ecology of our habitats.

We will also learn about different ways to capture, organize, and exhibit nature for a wider audience. The course will involve individual and group projects outdoors and in a studio-type environment. We'll conclude with a group exhibition in which young artists work together as a team to curate their pieces for presentation.

SCHEDULE: 6 sessions

Wednesdays from 3:15-5:00 pm for LS 1st-4th years (max enrollment: 14)

  • Mar 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Apr 8, 15 (no meeting Apr 1, Spring Break)
Young naturalists can be picked up at 5:00 pm or Lower School Extended Day (AfterHours) care is available until 5:45 pm.

TEACHER BIO: Mike Werndly (or Ranger to his friends) is a lifelong birder and practiced field biologist and outdoor educator with a passion for sharing environmental experiences that promote awareness and respect of the natural world. Working and travelling in remote areas around the globe has given Mike a wide knowledge of the Earth’s habitats and ecosystems. He’s been hooked on wildlife since a chance encounter with an owl when he was eight and hasn't looked back.

He studied Ecology and Outdoor Environmental Education at university and has worked for numerous conservation organisations, including the Aigas Field Centre, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and Scottish Natural Heritage. The past two summers, he's taught in CFS Summer Programs, from Nature Artists and Nature Lab to North Carolina Backpacking Adventures, and offered a Spring 2019 Lower School enrichment class, School of Nature.

Mike’s wildlife encounters have been numerous, but some memorable ones include being followed home one night by two otters and being covered head to foot in smelly seabird guano! He moved from Scotland in 2016 and now lives in Hillsborough with his wife and daughter, and their friendly food-crazy labrador, Fogo.

Pokemon Quest (LS)

Come enjoy this six-week exploration and celebration of the world of Pokémon! We will learn how the game is played and how to think about it. Whether you've never heard of this global phenomenon or you already love it, this class will help you sharpen your skills and gain even more of an appreciation for Pokémon.

The goal for each day will be to have fun learning and getting better together. We will go over different strategies and enjoy playing together and trading cards. Feel free to bring your collection of cards, your knowledge of the game, and your willingness to learn and have fun!

SCHEDULE: 6 sessions

Thursdays from 3:15-5:00 pm for Lower School 1st-4th years (max enrollment: 10)

  • Mar 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Apr 9, 23 (no meeting Apr 2, Spring Break, or Apr 16, Passover)

    Young Pokémon masters can be picked up from the Lower School at 5:00 pm or Extended Day (AfterHours) care is available until 5:45 pm.

    TEACHER BIO: Upper Schooler Owen Bauer-Lepofsky has been at Carolina Friends for 10 years, starting in Campus Early School. He has created and led LEGO camps for 4-8 years olds, introduced and co-taught Team Pokémon: Master Quest for eight to 14-year-olds in CFS Summer Programs 2019, worked as a Teaching Assistant for last spring's Lower School Chess enrichment class, helped at his mother’s preschool, and served as a TA for several years in the CFS dance program.

    He is an avid Pokémon Trading Card Game player and earned his invitation to the 2019 World Championships in Washington, DC during his first season of competitive play. He's already on his way to qualifying for next year's competition in London.

    Drawing from Imagination (MS)

    Come and grow the most important tool an artist has at their disposal: the imagination! In this drawing class you will bring to life the creatures, characters, stories, and whole worlds inside your own mind. We'll also learn about the great artists behind some of your favorite fantastic universes and works of art, as well as play fun games to get your creative juices flowing.

    It's not just artists who benefit from strengthening their creative faculties; there's room for athletes, scientists, and philosophers alike. Remember what Albert Einstein said; Imagination is more important than knowledge.

    SCHEDULE: 6 sessions

    Wednesdays from 3:20-5:00 pm for Middle School 1st-4th years (max enrollment: 14)

    • Mar 4, 11, 18, 25
    • Apr 8, 15 (no meeting Apr 1, Spring Break)

      Young artists can be picked up from the Middle School at 5:00 pm or Extended Day (AfterHours) care is available until 5:45 pm.

      TEACHER BIO: A CFS alum and Durham native, Jack Crowley is an educator, parent, and working artist currently pursuing his degree in Art Education. After studying at the School of the Art institute of Chicago, he has lived throughout the US, where he has worked variously as an educator, community organizer, and disability advocate. Besides his studio sculpture and drawing practice, Jack is also an avid athlete and adventurer. He taught art and sports classes in CFS Summer Programs 2019.

      Enrollment

      Online enrollment can be completed with a free account at our CampInTouch site (which is also used for CFS Summer Programs registration).

      CampInTouch will permit only one course registration per term. If you'd like to enroll your Lower Schooler in more than one class, just email Anthony or Ruthie at ExtendedLearning@cfsnc.org for the second course.

      Even if during enrollment you learn a course is full, we hope you'll complete the process and go automatically onto the wait-list. A spot may open, demand may be sufficient for us to try to create an additional section, or at the very least we'll have more accurate information about demand that can help inform future programming. Thank you!

      Tuition

      The six-week Student Enrichment courses are each $136. The tuition includes a snack and materials.

      For questions about tuition assistance, please contact Director of Finance Katie Collini at kcollini@cfsnc.org or 919.383.6602 x*236.

      Extended Day (AfterHours)

      Students not picked up at the conclusion of the class will go to Extended Day. There is no charge for the first 15 minutes. Extended Day fees will apply for use thereafter.

      Middle school students in science class