Extended Day

This year you can sign up for EDP Care or After School Activities through our Campbrain website.  Follow this link in order to register!  Click here!

Through the Extended Day Program (EDP), Highlands serves the needs of our families for after school care and extracurricular activities. All students have the opportunity to stay in the same caring, constructive environment they enjoy during the regular school day. A typical day’s schedule may include outside play time, snack time, supervised homework time, and free time. EDP also offers an exciting variety of activities for enrollment, which may include karate, chess, art, tennis, and private music lessons, like piano and guitar.

An extended 4K program is available from noon until three in the afternoon. Any of the EDP packages can be added for care between three and six. Early arrival care beginning at seven in the morning is also available each day.

Contact Extended Day Program and Summer Camp Director, Ms. Gabe McCool for more information via email or by phone, (205) 956-9731 ext. 105.
 
HIGHLANDS SCHOOL
2017-2018 AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
 
 
Mondays
Artscope w/ Jill Marlar  (4K-6th Grade)  3:00-4:00 p.m. 
Local artist and teacher Jill Marlar leads this class offering students time to explore, create, and challenge their skills through art. Each week 1-2 projects are introduced and then students are off to express using their own ideas within the lesson. Famous artists and illustrators are the focus, combined with significant periods in art history. Weeks are filled with painting, drawing, printing, 3D design, and collage.
Villager Yoga  (4K-8th Grade)  3:00-4:00 p.m. 
Villager Yoga's classes encourage kids to explore and develop mind, body and being as they learn and practice traditional yoga poses, breathing exercises and meditations in creative sequences, group activities and guided relaxation.  Throughout the semester kids strengthen and deepen their self-awareness in the areas noted below. As they demonstrate growth, they will build their own powerful gemstone collection that reflects the rewards they will be experiencing in their everyday lives. Red jasper: honoring spatial awareness, balance, and coordination; Carnelian: honoring creativity and trying new things; Tiger Eye: honoring physical strength and flexibility; Amazonite: honoring their kindness and respect for themselves and for the group; Sodalite: honoring their listening skills and group participation: Amethyst: honoring focus and concentration; Crystal quartz: honoring stillness and calmness in relaxation; Rose Quartz: honoring a willingness to be present. 
Chess (The Knight School)  (1st-8th Grade) 3:00-4:15 p.m.
Chess Coach David Brooks, Ph.D., and his team lead this high-intensity chess program at Highlands. The class will include serious chess instruction, daily puzzlers for candy, a belt system (white, yellow, black-like in Karate) to reward advancement in chess, and of course exciting clock-controlled chess competition.  Coach Brooks’ teams bring an excitement, energy and sense of humor to chess that is truly unique. 
Golf at Highlands  4th-8th Grade  3:00-4:00 p.m. 
Come learn the fundamentals of golf with PGA Master Professional Bill Adams.  Experience learning the basic skills along with the etiquette of the game in the instructor's very own studio as well as outside on the field or quad. This course will be offered for one hour per week for 13 weeks in a small group setting. 
 
Tuesdays
Showcase w/ Jill Marlar (2nd-8th Grade) 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Let’s put on a show! Calling all students to be a part of our Revue. By working together and combining talents, students will build their own Revue based on their interest using skits, songs, and dance. Each member of the class determines how they participate by working together as an ensemble whether they move props, sing a song, or work on scenery. This class is about working together! Taught by Jill Marlar. Final shows at the end of each term.
French Connections with France 24 (3rd-8th Grade) 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Join the French connections after school activity on Tuesday afternoons. Students will have fun learning current events in the francophone world. They will learn while watching a five to seven minutes video on France 24 Broadcasting Network. Students will also discuss as a group what they have learned and test their memory with a game of kahoot and possibly quizlet live. I hope to see many students from 3rd - 8th-grade learning and having fun together. Our competitions will be fun and intense as we connect with France 24. Taught by Highlands favorite French teacher, Monsieur Compere.
Early Coding (4K-2nd Grade) 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Your young student is ready to learn the fundamentals of computer science and programming. Studying computer science builds capacity for problem-solving and logical thinking in students and provides opportunity for perseverance and creativity. We will use a developmentally appropriate, interactive on-line curriculum and unplugged whole group activities to learn the programming concepts students will use to successfully tackle challenges that will increase in complexity and difficulty throughout the year. Taught by Highlands' own Tynley Baker.
Young Rembrandts Drawing Class  (K-6th Grade)  3:00-4:00 p.m.  
Let your child discover the power of drawing. Young Rembrandts views art not merely as a talent, but as a skill that can – and should – be learned by all children. In the process, their classes open children’s eyes to the significance and passion of art, and to the power and potential of their own imaginations. Student will work on a specific drawing each week.  They learn about famous artists and specific skills.   
Karate  Tuesday & Thursday (4K-1st Grade) 3:00-4:00 p.m.; (2nd-8th Grade) 4:00-4:45 p.m.  
Learn basic and advanced karate skills and history from excellent instructors from Japan International Karate Center.  Come learn all the meanings of OSU!  There will be a belt exam each semester.  Belts and karate uniforms will be an additional cost.  Students enrolled must attend both days. 
Golf at Highlands  1st-3rd Grade  3:00-4:00 p.m. 
Come learn the fundamentals of golf with PGA Master Professional Bill Adams.  Experience learning the basic skills along with the etiquette of the game in the instructor's very own studio as well as outside on the field or quad. This course will be offered for one hour per week for 13 weeks in a small group setting. 
 
 
Wednesdays
4K Play and Clay(4K Only) 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Note early time).
Ceramics for 4K only! Geared toward younger students only, this ceramic class is designed to meet each camper’s needs and improve motor skills. Hand-building techniques taught include pinching, coiling, slab making, and press molding as well as the opportunity to glaze and paint their work. Younger students are encouraged to invent their own games and make their toys/characters out of clay. Taught by Helga Mendoza.
Kids Stage w/ Jill Marlar  (4K-3rd Grade)  3:00-4:00 p.m.  
Places everyone, Places! A fun filled action packed weekly class devoted to giving students space to express themselves and learn the basics of drama. Acting games, simple skits, props, improvisation, and theatre terms are introduced each week. Taught by Jill Marlar.
Mozart Munchkins w/ Ellen Weems (4K-1st grade) 3:00-4:00 p.m.
This piano class for 4-6 year olds will contain music fundamentals specifically designed for the younger child. Students will learn the difference between  right and left hands, develop hand coordination, numbering of the fingers, music alphabet, rhythmic notation, and creation of simple songs. Listening skills will include discovering fast and slow, loud and soft. This will be taught in an atmosphere of FUN!
Chess (The Knight School)  (1st-8th Grade) 3:00-4:15 p.m.
Chess Coach David Brooks, Ph.D., and his team lead this high-intensity chess program at Highlands. The class will include serious chess instruction, daily puzzlers for candy, a belt system (white, yellow, black-like in Karate) to reward advancement in chess, and of course exciting clock-controlled chess competition.  Coach Brooks’ teams bring an excitement, energy and sense of humor to chess that is truly unique.  
Digital Art (3rd-8th Grade) 3:00-4:15 p.m.
This class teaches ways to link the fields of ART and DIGITAL technology by encouraging the students to use their devices as a tool for creativity and play. The instructor’s roll is to introduce the students to what is possible when Art and Digital Technology work together and to help them with tools and IT advice as how to make it happen. Fun slow motion videos, nature time-lapse videos and various types of stop motion and animation style videos will inspire the students to create their own project. Students will use stop motion apps to create simple two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional animations using Legos, toys, clay and drawings. Photo manipulation and sound recording apps will be used as well. There will be hands-on art projects such as sets design and tripod design. Taught by Helga Mendoza.
 
 
Thursdays
Karate (See Tuesday)
ARTisans – Art with Shelby Etress (2nd-8th Grade) 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Highlands very own art teacher, Shelby Etress, leads this class as a way for students to enhance their school and community through hands-on art projects.  Students will make art for events such as "Dia de los Muertos", help make murals for the school, and participate in state level art competitions.  ARTisans is a wonderful way for students to make meaningful artwork to be shared with others!
STEM Studio with Ms. Thibodeaux (2nd-5th Grade) 3:00-4:00 p.m.
You aren’t going to want to miss out on this afternoon activity! Come join in on the fun as we figure out the science behind fidget spinners, guide fragile eggs safely to the floor using everyday materials, build roller coasters out of straws, and see who can construct the tallest balloon tower! These hands-on activities will bring excitement to your day, while also fostering your ability to think outside of the box!
Computer Programming (3rd-8th Grade) 3:00-4:30 p.m.
No experience needed. Starting in the fall students will learn the fundamentals of computer science and programming using an interactive on-line curriculum and unplugged whole group activities. After winter break students will apply their knowledge of computer science as they learn a block based programming language developed by MIT and used by millions of children worldwide to program interactive games and animations of their own design. Taught by Highlands' own Tynley Baker.
 
 
Fridays
Tennis  (4K-2nd Grade) 3:00-4:00 p.m.  
Come learn the basics of tennis with our kid-friendly approach making tennis fun and interactive. We strive to make tennis a game before it's a sport. Students will learn fun ways to warm-up, skills to develop better hand-eye coordination, and all the basics of tennis in the gym using equipment modified to fit this specific age group. Taught by LETT coaches. 
Little Geniuses Chess (The Knight School)  (3K-1st Grade)  3:00-4:00 p.m.
The Knight School, our long-time chess providers here at Highlands, is excited to announce that the super-fun chess program known as Little Geniuses is here at Highlands!  Little Geniuses' puppet-show/singing/dancing/chess clocks/silicone wristband/mardi-gras-beads-if-you-win approach has exploded in Birmingham largely because we developmentally target our kids with spot-on, age-appropriate intellectual challenges that are achievable, compelling, and extremely gratifying for our little geniuses.  We would love for you and your families to join us! Now open to our 3K class!
Play and Clay - Ceramics  (4K-8th Grade)  3:00-4:15 p.m. 
“Give a child a ball of clay, and hours of creative fun are sure to follow” (Mary Ellis)  For all levels of expertise and ages this ceramic class is designed to meet each camper’s needs and improve motor skills. Hand-building techniques taught include pinching, coiling, slab making, and press molding as well as the opportunity to glaze and paint their work. Younger students are encouraged to invent their own game and make their toys/characters out of clay, older student are challenged with more elaborate projects and new techniques.
 
 
 
Varied Days
Music Lessons
Individual music have limited availability.
Piano (K-8th Grade) Offered Everyday
This year students have the option of choosing 30 minute or 45 minute private lessons. Kindergarten and 1st graders, however, must select from the 30 minute time slots. Students must have a piano or keyboard at home to practice. Offered Monday through Friday. Students may participate in a recital at the end of each term. Taught by Birmingham Southern Conservatory teacher, Ellen Weems.
Voice (1st-8th Grade) Offered Thursday and Friday
30-minute private lessons offered Thursdays and Fridays. Students must be rising 1st through 8th graders. Students may participate in a recital at the end of the second term (1st term TBD)  Taught by Birmingham Southern Conservatory teacher, Jamese Lockett.
Guitar  (K-8th Grade)  Offered Monday and Tuesday
30-minute private lessons. Offered Mondays/Tuesdays. (Minimum number of students required for lessons to make. Another day may be added if enough interest).  Students must have their own guitar (acoustic preferred).  Taught by Craig Butterworth.  In teaching, Mr. Butterworth tries to identify individual patterns of learning and sorting styles.  He begins teaching basic chord shapes and simple chord progression and a simple system of sight reading called Tablature.  He also uses ear training as it applies to musical intervals.  His emphasis is on keeping the lesson time fun and finding music that students enjoy to play.  Mr. Butterworth has played guitar and mandolin in various folk and folk-rock groups as well as jazz, swing and bluegrass bands.  In 2005, he began teaching guitar for Mountain Brook Community Education and also teaches at the Girl Scout House in Crestline.  Students may participate in a recital at the end of the second term (1st term TBD).
 

EDP Hours

Early Care: 7:00am - 7:45am
Extended 4K: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
After School: 3:00pm - 6:00pm

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Highlands School, 4901 Old Leeds Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, (205) 956-9731
Highlands School's 'whole child' approach to education and commitment to academic excellence, creative expression, and leadership development prepare and motivate students in grades 4k through 8 to make a positive difference in an ever-changing world. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Highlands School holds dual accrediation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Associations of Independent Schools (SAIS).

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