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 courses 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
Girls on the Run (LS, MS)Mon/Wed3:30-4:45Sept 24Dec 12

Let's Put on a Play! (LS)

Tues

3:15-5:00

Oct
2

Nov 6

Nature Artists (LS)

Thurs3:15-5:00Sept 27Dec 6
Chess Challenge (MS)Tues3:20-5:00Oct
16
Nov 27

Girls on the Run (LS, MS)

This is a life-changing character development program for girls in 3rd-5th grade. The program combines lessons intended to enhance self-esteem, promote positive and useful problem-solving strategies, and foster healthy relationships with developmentally-appropriate training for a 5k event. In GOTR, girls learn to stretch themselves physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. They aspire to achieve their limitless potential! Coaches will walk students from the Lower School to the Gym Green Room and track. www.gotrtriangle.org

SCHEDULE: Mondays and Wednesdays (September 24-December 8) from 3:15-4:45 pm (max enrollment: 15)


Girls can be picked up from the Green Room at 4:45 pm or Extended Day (AfterHours) care is available until 5:45 pm.

Please note GOTR registration begins at 10:00 am on Monday 3 September and has a 72-hour open enrollment period.

COACHES: Melissa Faith, Ayashe Ramey, and Audrey Sung

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Kristen Malzahn, GOTR Site Coordinator, at kmalzahn@nc.rr.com.

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

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!

SCHEDULE: 6 sessions

Tuesdays from 3:15-5:00 pm for Lower School 1st-4th years (max enrollment: 16)

  • Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Nov 6

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, after-school programs, and, most recently, pre-schools. When not teaching or making theater, Alice enjoys cooking, playing ukulele, painting, and spending time with her cats.

Nature Artists (LS) | waitlist

Every child is both an artist and a scientist, and in this eight-week class Lower School students have the opportunity to explore our natural world through art experiments, projects, and creative discovery labs! Students will especially engage in the world of plants and botany, and will use our beautiful campus as a point of inspiration. We will be engaged in printmaking, drawing, painting, plaster casting, paper craft, ceramics, photography, color theory, and fiber arts and natural dyeing. The class will take place in the Upper School Art Studio and culminate in a group sharing.

SCHEDULE: 8 sessions

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

  • Sept 27
  • Oct 4, 11, 18 (Oct 25 is a parent conference day, so no class)
  • Nov 1, 15, 29 (Nov 8 is a staff development half-day and Nov 22 is Thanksgiving, so no class)
  • Dec 6

We'll walk students from the Lower School to the Upper School. Nature artists can be picked up from the Upper School Art Studio at 5:00 pm or Extended Day (AfterHours) care is available until 5:45 pm.

TEACHER BIO: Amelia Shull has been teaching a variety of art classes in the Upper School since 2003. She studied Art History, Photography, and Sculpture at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Eastern European Art History, Culture, Politics, and Sociology at the University of Wrocław, Poland in 1996.

After school she moved to New York and worked at Christie's Art Auction House and assisted with exhibits at ArtistSpace. She returned to North Carolina, and taught arts classes at Durham Tech, The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, and the Durham Arts Council. She ran the year-round and summer programs as Youth Education Coordinator at the Durham Arts Council. In 2003, in addition to joining the CFS community as a teacher, she founded and directed the feminist nonprofit Girls Rock NC, that has grown from a one-week summer camp to year round and summer programs for adults and youth. She currently conducts the PopUp Chorus, a joyful program and event designed to welcome anyone who would like to sing in community each month.

Amelia focuses on confidence-building and empowerment of young people through the arts, engaging students to recognize their inherent gifts and develop their visual voices through technique and skill building. She is a parent of two enthusiastic and creative CFS students. Amelia invites you to look at the CFS Studio Art Instagram account!

Chess Challenge (MS)

Why would Grand Master Maurice Ashley teach young football players chess and tell them to put chess on their college applications? See the video!

To play chess is to develop respectfulness, patience, confidence, discipline, intellectual sharpness, and occasionally some well-informed risk-taking. Chess teaches us to question, look at problems from multiple angles, and develop our skill set for mentalization (a term championed by modern Hungarian psychoanalyst Peter Fonagy) so we can persevere to reach a better version of ourselves.

Through chess, players can learn critical thinking and explore old wisdom about how to interact with the world around them. Every student will leave a better chess player, but the paramount goals are to have fun while nurturing skills to navigate life successfully, including winning and losing gracefully, questioning the status quo, and making the right move.

Students will also encounter the 2,000-year history of chess, including a look at Maurice Ashley, the first African-American Grand Master, and his rise from the streets of Brooklyn.

SCHEDULE: 6 sessions

Tuesdays from 3:20-5:00 pm for Middle School 1st-4th years (max enrollment: 16)

  • Oct 16, 23, 30
  • Nov 6, 13, 27 (no meeting Nov 20, Thanksgiving week)

Young chess masters 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: Hampton Smith has been playing chess for over 15 years. He graduated from Elon University with a Bachelors degree in Religious Studies with minors in Asian Philosophy and History, Psychology, and Women and Gender Studies. Hampton considers himself a creative and an academic and has made a living since college by teaching drum lessons privately and with CFS students as part of our after-school music program. His passion is helping young thinkers broaden their minds and capabilities to achieve their success, whatever that may be. In his down time, Hampton has been working to develop a program to bring music and creative learning into children's hospitals. Learn more about him at Hampthedrummer.com.

Winter Courses

CoursesDay(s)TimeStartEnd
Acting (including Narnia) (LS)Tues3:15-5:00Jan 8Feb 19
Jr. Grandmasters: Chess Club (LS)Mon3:15-5:00Jan 7Feb 18
Robot Explorations: Mission to Mars (MS)Thurs3:20-5:00Jan 10Feb

Acting (including Narnia) (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 production of Narnia!

Please note: Participation in this class requires actors (and a parent or guardian) to be present for the beginning of each Narnia performance and one dress rehearsal. The performance dates are Friday and Saturday, February 8th and 9th, and the dress rehearsal will be Thursday, February 7th. Plan on having your child at the Performing Arts Center from 6:30-7:45 for the performances, and for a small chunk of time on February 7th for the dress rehearsal (likely after school).

SCHEDULE: 6 sessions

Tuesdays from 3:15-5:00 pm for Lower School 1st-4th years (max enrollment: 16)

  • Jan 8, 15, 22, 29
  • Feb 12, 19 (school closes at noon on Tuesday Feb 5 for staff development, so no class)

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, after-school programs, and, most recently, pre-schools. When not teaching or making theater, Alice enjoys cooking, playing ukulele, painting, and spending time with her cats.

Jr. Grandmasters: Chess Club (LS)

Some of the greatest values Chess can teach us can be learned at a young age. Respect for ourselves, the other player, and the game itself all require developing supporting values like patience, focus, and self control. Chess teaches kids that they can have a great time while playing by the rules. Learning the rules will be a large portion of this class along with general chess etiquette such as shaking hands after a game, win or lose. But it won't be all about rules! Music, snack time, and exposure to the broader world of Chess are all part of this safe and educational experience.

For young kids thinking two steps ahead or understanding what others are feeling can be tough. The Chess board is a great place to practice those skills and to really hone in their ability to put themselves in others' shoes. Every student will leave a better Chess player, but the paramount goals are to have fun while nurturing skills to navigate life successfully.*

*With the snow coming and power outages imminent, this class will teach the kids a fun game the whole family can play that doesn't require electricity!

SCHEDULE: 6 sessions

Mondays from 3:15-5:00 pm for Lower School 1st-4th years (max enrollment: 16)

  • Jan 7, 14, 28 (no class on Jan 21, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • Feb 4, 11, 18

Young chess 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: Hampton Smith has been playing chess for over 15 years. He graduated from Elon University with a Bachelors degree in Religious Studies with minors in Asian Philosophy and History, Psychology, and Women and Gender Studies. Hampton considers himself a creative and an academic and has made a living since college by teaching drum lessons privately and with CFS students as part of our after-school music program. His passion is helping young thinkers broaden their minds and capabilities to achieve their success, whatever that may be. In his down time, Hampton has been working to develop a program to bring music and creative learning into children's hospitals. Learn more about him at Hampthedrummer.com.

Robot Explorations: Mission to Mars (MS)

What does it take to live on a space station or travel to another planet? Can you and your team figure out how to get earthlings to Mars? And what will they need to do when they get there? We will be using LEGO Robotics to meet the challenges of exploring and living on Mars. We will work in teams to solve problems and tackle challenges involved in setting up and running a Martian colony with the help of our robots. We will learn basic LEGO Mindstorms programming and model building to try out our ideas. This program is loosely based on the First LEGO League challenge.

Depending on student demand, we are open to continuing the class as a Spring offering as well.

SCHEDULE: 6 sessions for MS 1st-4th years (and possibly LS 4th years on a case-by-case basis) (max enrollment: 12)

Thursdays 3:20-5:00 pm

  • Jan 10, 17, 24, 31
  • Feb 7, 14

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 from 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
Dash & Dot Robotics (LS)Tues
3:15-5:00Mar 12Apr 23
School of Nature (LS)Wed3:15-5:00Mar 13May 1
Robot Explorations: Mission to Mars 2.0 (MS)

depending on Winter course demand

Thurs3:20-5:00Mar 14Apr 25

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!

SCHEDULE: 6 sessions for Lower School 1st-4th years (max enrollment: 16)

Tuesdays 3:15-5:00 pm

  • March 12, 19, 26
  • April 9, 16, 23 (no April 2 class because of Spring Break)

TEACHER BIO: Sky Class Teacher Katie MacTaggart has been living in North Carolina and teaching at CFS for three years! She holds a bachelor’s degree in both Special and Elementary Education from Saint Joseph’s University. In addition, she holds a masters degree in Special Education with a focus in high incidence learning disabilities and is Orton-Gillingham certified. She has a special interest in computer science and believes all students should be exposed to programming at some level. She often holds interest groups using Dash and Dot, Tynker, and Lightbot in her classroom.

School of Nature (LS)

We'll explore the natural world through art, science, and adventure in this program designed to engage students with their natural environment. The program builds on contemporary concepts used by outdoor educators to introduce and excite future ecologists and explorers. Students will use journals to record and reflect upon their experiences throughout the course, and will be based at the main CFS campus which has a beautiful nature trail and forested areas. However, we'll also head to a local nature reserve during the last session.

SCHEDULE: 6 sessions for LS 1st-4th years (max enrollment: 12)

Wednesdays, 3:15-5:00 pm
  • Mar 13, 20, 27
  • Apr 10, 24 (no class Apr 3 because of Spring Break and Apr 17 because of Staff Development)
  • May 1

TEACHER BIO: Mike Werndley (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 Lab to North Carolina Backpacking Adventures.

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.

Enrollment

Please note Girls on the Run registration is handled directly by the GOTR Triangle non-profit.

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

Registration for Winter AND Spring courses opens at 6:30 pm Tuesday 11 December!

Students can enroll in one or more courses.

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

Please note Girls on the Run pricing is set by and tuition is paid directly to the Girls on the Run non-profit.

The six-week Student Enrichment courses are each $132 and the eight-week Nature Artists is $176. 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.