Hale H.A.L.F. Time Program 4th - 5th
Man Drawing.pngWELCOME!

To the new  H.A.L.F. Time (Hale, Afterschool, Learning, and Fun) Program! This program is designed to meet the needs of our 4th and 5th-grade students and will reside in the Hale School Home Economics Room. This program will offer unique opportunities that are geared toward 4th and 5th-grade students. Please refer to this page for updates and information concerning the H.A.L.F. Time Program. This fall we have many exciting optional opportunities for our students to enjoy. Please carefully review our diverse opportunities as some may have a fee and/or a registration requirement. 

~ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES~

Please take a moment to explore the many diverse enrichment opportunities that are available for the Center School K - 3 Extended Learning Program participants. These activities are organized by month and run in six, eight, or ten-week sessions. Please note that some of these activities require a registration and/or activity fee. You will be notified and billed via email once the activity is filled to its minimum requirement (the minimum will be listed for each activity as it varies). Once an activity is filled the activity will be CLOSED.  Visit the activity calendar for a complete listing of events.

In addition to the activities listed on our calendar, the dynamic Extended Learning Program staff also offer a variety of exciting daily activities that do not require registration. If you have questions, concerns or suggestions for an activity please email Laura Dwyer at ldwyer@nrsd or chat with your Site Coordinator. We are always looking for new ideas to share with our students.

~NOVEMBER 2017~ Registrations for the below fall activities are closed as these activities have already begun.

THEATER MANIA!
A cornucopia of theater experiences for those who would like a sampling of theater magic! Dance, sing, act, and of course have fun. This unique opportunity will give participants an opportunity to be a STAR! The group will culminate with an original performance for all to enjoy! (10 sessions)
Instructor: Mr. Murphy
Day: Monday 
Time: 4:00 - 5:00
Dates: 11/13, 11/20, 12/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18
Cost: No Cost


MOCK TRIAL IS HERE!

This exciting opportunity has been at the Middle School level for three years, and now it is available to the H.A.L.F. Time Program students. Participants will act as lawyers and witnesses as they learn the legal process through a simulated Moot Court. Lawyer Steve Sacks with his trusty teacher assistant, Laura Dwyer will help the team of 14 legally savvy participants simulate either a Criminal or Civil case. The team will culminate in a legal presentation at the Ayer Courthouse! Parents are invited and encouraged to participate as jurors! Mr. Sacks will be visiting the H.A.L.F. Time Program October 3rd for an overview of the program. Our first case will be  State vs. Golden Locks.
Instructor:  Lawyer: Steve Sacks, Teacher: Laura Dwyer
Day: Tuesday
Time: 4:00 - 5:00
Dates: 10/3 - 1/16
Cost: No Cost

ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

SCIENCE MADNESS CLOSED!
This class will allow students to explore science through various hands-on science experiments. The first session participants will create their very own Kaleidoscope!
Instructor: Ms. Passafiume

Time: 4:00 - 5:00
Grades: 4 - 5
Dates: 10/4 - 10/13 (no class 11/22)
Day: Wednesday
Cost: NO COST

SEWING EXTRAVAGANZA

Participants will learn various sewing techniques to create quilting squares and other hands-on exciting projects.
Instructor: Ms. Julie
Time: 4:00 - 5:00
Grades: 4 - 5
Dates: 10/3 - 12/5 and 10/5 - 12/21 (No Class 11/9, 11/23)
Day: Tuesday/Thursday
Cost: NO COST
REGISTRATION: PLEASE SEE MS. DORCAS (dsefton@nrsd.net) or Ms. Julie (jbrazao@nrsd.net)


S
TOW MUSIC PROGRAM - TRIMESTER ONE CLOSED!                     
Music lessons for band, chorus, and general music will be offered this year to all interested elementary, middle and high school students. Music lessons will be held at Hale Middle School from September to June for Stow students in grades 4 - 8. We will offer three-trimester sessions. The first trimester lessons will begin October 2, 2017. Registration for the first trimester will close September 28th.

The trimester dates are listed below:
Trimester 1: October 2nd - December 21st
Trimester 2:  January 3rd - March 30th
Trimester 3:  April 2nd - June 15th

The cost of each lesson is $33/half hour per student once a week and parents/guardians will be billed once per trimester. The billing dates are as follows: October 1, 2017, January 1, 2018, and February 1, 2018. Parents/guardians will be billed for a minimum of 10 lessons per trimester, but students are encouraged to take more if their schedule permits.

All payments will be made via MySchoolbucks and parents will be billed for the first trimester 10 lessons the first week after each registration closes. Payments must be made in full and received by the above deadlines in order for your student to continue their lessons.

Once registered, the instructors will be in contacted to set up dates and times for lessons. If your child is absent from school and therefore misses a lesson, they will be able to schedule a make-up lesson with the instructor. However, if your child is in school and does not attend his/her lesson, parents will still be billed for that lesson. General music questions or concerns, please contact Erin Morrill at emorrill@nrsd.net. Questions or concerns regarding payments, please contact Leah Kymalainen at lkymalainen@nrsd.net.

Lessons are available for the following instruments:
Flute, clarinet, alto/tenor/baritone saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone horn, tuba, percussion/drum set, guitar, bass guitar, piano, and vocals.    
Please click here for information about our instructors.
Please click here for more information about lessons.

~DECEMBER 2017~ HOLIDAY BREAK 12/25/2017 - 12/1/3/2018

SOPHIA FRIDAYS Sophia Lauer is a Nashoba High School Junior and a published author! Her book Venture Home is available on amazon and is a moving collection of journal entries that encourage us all to believe in ourselves. Sophia will be joining the H.A.L.F. Time staff on Fridays! She will share her many talents with our students.

~JANUARY 2018~

INTRODUCTORY SPANISH FOR GRADES 4 - 5  
This is on an introductory course designed for children in grades 4 - 5 that covers the basics: counting, colors, greetings and goodbyes, snack vocabulary, body parts, active verbs, common questions, and answers. Weekly roll-call phrases follow the "It's time to... "series, using expressions parents and children can use at home together.
Catchy blurb: "Hello, how are you? I'm ten years old, and you? My favorite color is blue. What's yours? Do you like that? It's time to eat, go to school, do your homework, set the table, and brush your teeth.
These are just a few of the expressions children learn as they sing, play games, and snack their way through this introductory course. Listening and speaking are emphasized with reading introduce gradually.
Time: 3:30 - 4:30
Grades: 4 - 5
Dates: 1/8 - 3/12 (NO CLASS 1/15 and 2/19)
Day: Monday
Cost: $70.00 (Includes CD and practice book)
ONLINE REGISTRATION (REGISTRATION CLOSES 12/22)

ENERGY, FORCES, FLIGHT & ROBOTS  May the forces be with you! Explore inertia, momentum, and gravity by launching race cars, spinning bike wheels, and launching catapults. Experiment with tension and compression, discover which shapes are strongest and try to make an earthquake-proof building. Work with robots that react to coding, follow a maze of lines, pick up toys, or even listen and react to sounds, then build your own robotic hand to continue the exploration at home. Discover the wonders of potential and kinetic energy, the mechanics of flight and more related topics throughout the term. Classes are conducted one hour per week for six weeks.
Instructor: Mad Science Instructor
Grades: 4 - 5
Location: Hale Home Economics Room
Day: Wednesday
Time: 3:30 - 4:30
Dates: 1/10 - 2/14
Cost: $105.00
*Minimum 10 participants to run this class.
ONLINE REGISTRATION (REGISTRATION CLOSES 12/22)

FUTURE CITY ENGINEERING
Interested H.A.L.F. Time students will have the unique opportunity to participate in Future City as a non-competitive team! What is Future City? Future City is a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. Visit their website and be amazed!
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 
Grades: 4 - 5
Dates: TBA
Day: TBA
Cost: NO COST



~FEBRUARY 2018~


STOCK MARKET PROGRAM 
The Stock Market Game is an online simulation of the global capital markets and engages students in grades 4-12 in the world of economics, investing and personal finance with the goal of preparing them for financially independent futures. Participants are given a virtual $100,000 to invest in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Played as a team of 3-5 members, students develop and enhance skills in leadership, management, research, problem-solving, and team-building.
Instructor: Ms. Dwyer
Time: 3:30 - 4:30
Location: Hale Library
Grades: 4 - 5
Dates: 2/13 - 4/10
Cost: NO COST
ONLINE REGISTRATION 



Musical Notes.pngNEW! RON SORGMAN/ARCHITECT/MUSICIAN


Mr. Sorgman is an accomplished architect from California where he was one of the most sought after architects in the Santa Barbara area. He is also a skilled guitar player who would like to share his diversified talents with our students. Every Tuesday Mr. Sorgman will work with small groups of students drawing and teaching basic guitar. The class is free and open to all Extended Learning Program interested students, there is a 12 student limit per class. We have four loaner guitars for students that would like to take home a guitar to practice. Students may borrow a guitar for one month at a time with the option to extend this time. Please see Ms. Dorcas for information about a loaner guitar. Dates: Every Tuesday Time: 3:30 - 4:30 Grades: 3 - 5 Cost: Free Class Size: Limit to 12 per class

Musical Notes.pngNEW! RON SORGMAN/ARCHITECT/MUSICIAN


Mr. Sorgman is an accomplished architect from California where he was one of the most sought after architects in the Santa Barbara area. He is also a skilled guitar player who would like to share his diversified talents with our students. Every Tuesday Mr. Sorgman will work with small groups of students drawing and teaching basic guitar. The class is free and open to all Extended Learning Program interested students, there is a 12 student limit per class. We have four loaner guitars for students that would like to take home a guitar to practice. Students may borrow a guitar for one month at a time with the option to extend this time. Please see Ms. Dorcas for information about a loaner guitar. Dates: Every Tuesday Time: 3:30 - 4:30 Grades: 3 - 5 Cost: Free Class Size: Limit to 12 per class