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Vacation week Programs

Registration for the February Vacation Enrichment program is now open!  Register and pay through the parent portal. (Shrewsbury Public Schools students only)

General Information

Dates:  Tuesday, February 19th - Friday, February 22nd
Grades:  K-8
Location:  Sherwood Middle School
Transportation:  Must be provided by parent, there are no buses this week
Lunch: If you are staying all day, please provide your child with a lunch
Program Hours and cost:
You may choose a combination of morning and afternoon classes to create a full-day schedule.  There will be a supervised lunch period from 11:30-12:00 for all students who are staying for a full day. All prices are for the whole week.  Class fees are non-refundable.

  • Morning Session 8:30AM-11:30AM - $75
  • Afternoon Session 12:00PM-3:00PM - $75
  • Full Day Session:  8:30AM-3:00PM - $150
  • Extended Day:  3:00PM-6:00PM - $75
  • Early Drop Off:  7:00AM-8:30AM - $25

Registration Instructions:

  • Login to the parent portal (classes will not be visible until Monday January 14th)
  • Select "Sports, Activities and Permission Slips" from the menu on the left
  • Select "Vacation enrichment"
  • Click on the class(es) you wish to take to assign the fee
  • Click on "payment center" on the left  to pay for the classes. Your spot is not confirmed until payment is received.
  • Return to the parent portal and refresh your browser
  • Click the registration box next to the class
  • At the bottom of the list, click the box that says "Enroll in Vacation Activity"
  • Please note, you will not receive a confirmation email.  To confirm if your child is enrolled, click the "sports and activities" menu and if the class has a checkmark next to it and it says the fee is paid, you are enrolled in the class.
  • Please note: registration will be blocked if you have any outstanding fees with the school district. You must pay all past-due fees in order to register for vacation classes.

AM Class offerings

Class Name: Chess Without Stress
Instructor(s): Kavita Bhatia
Time: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Grades: 3, 4, 5
Class Size: 12
Cost: $75
Description: "Chess is a gymnasium of mind.” The students will learn about solid fundamentals, proper vocabulary and interactive strategies involved in chess, according to their skill level, which will help them improve their mental prowess, concentration and analytical skills. Students will learn a variety of moves, how to checkmate, and how to look beyond the obvious. All skill levels are welcome.  Students who have attended this program in the past will get new opportunities to build up their skills and to take it to the next level.

Class Name: Eggstra Safe Cars - now open to grades 3 & 4!
Instructor(s): Mollie Jasper
Time: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6
Class Size: 16
Cost: $75
Description: A new car company is lacking safety features. They need help fast! It will be your job to design a prototype that meets all of the safety standards they are missing. You will do this using various materials and testing your safety features with an egg. If the egg breaks, it is back to the design phase.

Class Name: Fun and Games
Instructor(s): Catherine Jreije
Time: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8
Class Size: 12
Cost: $75
Description: Let's have some fun! We will be playing board games, working on arts and crafts such as gimp and card making, meeting new friends and having an all-around good time! This class is a fun camp-like experience where you will have the option of participating in a variety of activities depending on what interests you. You can do something different each day! Let's make some memories in Vacation Camp. 

Class Name: Growth Mindset - now open to grade 4!
Instructor(s): Jessica Prescott
Time: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Class Size: 12
Cost: $75
Description: The power of positive thinking on your brain and how it works in limitless. Learn to accomplish anything you set your mind to because your potential is based on how hard you work. Be inspired by the success of others. Learn to look at challenges and failures as opportunities to learn and grow from. Through games, interactive activities, group and individual work students will gain insight on complex and abstract subjects, use their creativity, do quite a bit of self-exploration and come out with a new way to look at life and all it throws their way.

Class Name: Learn Cursive Handwriting - now open to grade 2
Instructor(s): Diane Schwab
Time: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Grades: 2, 3 & 4
Class Size: 14
Cost: $75
Description: Students will be introduced to cursive handwriting. They will learn proper letter formation, how to connect to form words, and also have the opportunity to practice reading in cursive.

Class Name: Math Muscle Mania
Instructor(s): Joanie Markham
Time: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Grades: 3, 4
Class Size: 14
Cost: $75
Description: Strengthen your brain muscle with this fun Math Muscle Mania class! Whether it's addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, word problems, bar models, number sense, factors, multiples, and more, we've got it all! Numerous activities including math games, worksheets, iPads, friendly competitions, etc. will be on hand daily. Work with teacher, work with a partner, individually, or within a group each day. A fun tic-tac-toe board will highlight your work completed each day. Be a team player a with a fun math-related team challenge warm up each day! Our goal will be to grow our brains together as we strengthen our math skills! All students will go home at week's end with a math resource binder to continue to strengthen math skills at home! Come sharpen your math skills in Math Muscle Mania!

Full Day Class

Class Name: Broadway Breakout!
Instructor(s): Crystal Welch
Time: 8:30AM-3:00PM
Grades: 6, 7, 8
Class Size: 16
Cost: $75
Description: This Broadway Dance class will help you on your path to Broadway! We have Kick lines, Jazz squares, and more! We will break a sweat, watch videos of professional dancers, choreograph an ensemble piece, learn to work with props, and have lots of fun! No prior dance experience required!

PM Classes

Class Name: Gingerbread Storytime - now open to grade 2
Instructor(s): Joanie Markham
Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM
Grades: 2, 3, 4
Class Size: 14
Cost: $75
Description: It's Gingerbread Storytime! We will start each day by reading one of the many fun-filled Gingerbread stories such as the Ninjabread Boy, the Pizzaman Boy, The Gingerbread Girl and many more! Each child will create their very own gingerbread storybook complete with storyline, chant and illustrations! Each child's story will be published (spiral bound in order to take home). Other gingerbread related activities throughout the week! We will end our time together by decorating a gingerbread creation for snack time. Run, run, as fast as you can and sign up for Gingerbread Storytime!

Class Name: Innovative & Creative Games
Instructor(s): Alesia Raczelowski and Erin Burtnyk
Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM
Grades:  2, 3, 4
Class Size: 20
Cost: $75
Description: Get ready to learn the basic skills to create and explore FUN, new games to play inside or out while understanding the fundamental benefits of physical education and the power of play.  Students will explore fun, engaging, and exciting games such as spike ball, various racket sports, and ball games while developing communication skills, teamwork, and leadership skills that will translate to many aspects of their lives. Get ready for action packed day full of games, smiles and fun in a safe, judgment-free environment!

Class Name: Learn Cursive Handwriting
Instructor(s): Diane Schwab
Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM
Grades: 5-8
Class Size: 16
Cost: $75
Description: This class will introduce students to cursive handwriting as we will practice the lowercase and uppercase letters. Students will practice both writing and reading in cursive throughout the session.

Class Name: The World of Emily Windsnap
Instructor(s): Jessica Prescott
Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM
Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4
Class Size: 12
Cost: $75
Description: Emily Windsnap is A young girl who learns she’s half mermaid and plunges into a scheme to reunite with her father in this entrancing, satisfying tale that beckons readers far below the waves. The students will get to listen to the story with no pressures of reading. They will work on describing characters, setting, plot, cause and effect and timelines. They will get the chance to work individually and in small groups.

Early Drop-Off - $25 for the week

If you need to get an early start on your day, you can drop off your student any time after 7:00AM. Activities such as board games, and arts and crafts are planned each day.  Extended Day staff will supervise students and make sure they get to their morning class at 8:30.   Sorry, a daily rate is not available.

Extended Hours - $75 for the week

Extended the fun until 6:00PM!  Extended Day staff will plan a variety of games, projects and activities for students to choose from each day.  We will also play gym games and go outside (weather permitting.). Parents can pick up any time before 6:00PM.  Sorry, a daily rate is not available.

The following classes are full

Class Name: Arctic Animals - sorry, class is full
Instructor(s): Tina Marino
Time: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Grades: 1, 2
Class Size: 14
Cost: $75
Description: Travel with me to the Arctic and learn about the animals that live there and their habitats.  We will make animal crafts, play some games, have some sensory play, and even learn some Arctic animal yoga moves.

Class Name: Around the World in 4 Days - sorry, class is full
Instructor(s): Jouliana Hanna
Time: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Grades: K, 1, 2
Class Size: 14
Cost: $75
Description: We all come from somewhere unique. What's great about that is we get to learn about it every day through our family and friends. This week we will visit two countries per day such as India, Canada, China, Mexico, USA, etc. Each day, we will read a story about a specific country, watch a short video, and participate in cultural activities that have to do with the animals, the music, the food, the flag, and traditions.  Come join me as we explore our beautiful world.

Class Name: Fun with Puppets - sorry, class is full!
Instructor(s): Kristin Keenan
Time: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Grades: K, 1, 2
Class Size: 14
Cost: $75
Description: Each day we will be creating a different kind of puppet. At the end of each day we will work in groups to put on our own types of puppet show.

Class Name: Geometry City - sorry, class is full
Instructor(s): Deirdre Kunar
Time: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Grades: 4, 5, 6
Class Size: 12
Cost: $75
Description: Join a group of students to develop and build a Geometry City!  Students will develop a layout and decide on buildings and businesses for their city.  Students will create drawings of their city paying attention to Area, Perimeter, and Balance.  Students will then learn how to build/construct 3D models of the buildings as well as other elements in the city with focus on Scale and Proportion.  Students will be individually responsible for a section of the city that will fit together like a puzzle with other student’s sections.  Students will take home their section at the end of the class.

Class Name: Gym Games - sorry, class is full
Instructor(s): Amy Smith
Time: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Grades: 2, 3, 4
Class Size: 16
Cost: $75
Description: If your child loves Elementary PE...this is the place for you.  A few different sports or games each day including Capture the Flag, Kickball, Stinky Feet, Beach Ball Volleyball, Wiffleball, Floor Hockey, Ultimate Frisbee, Indoor Soccer, Handball.   Where we laugh and play every day!

Class Name: Innovative & Creative Games - sorry, class is full
Instructor(s): Alesia Raczelowski and Erin Burtnyk
Time: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Grades: 3, 4, 5
Class Size: 20
Cost: $75
Description: Get ready to learn the basic skills to create and explore FUN, new games to play inside or out while understanding the fundamental benefits of physical education and the power of play.  Students will explore fun, engaging, and exciting games such as spike ball, various racket sports, and ball games while developing communication skills, teamwork, and leadership skills that will translate to many aspects of their lives. Get ready for action packed day full of games, smiles and fun in a safe, judgment-free environment!

Class Name: Mystery Science - sorry, class is full
Instructor(s): Mary Ann Hogan
Time: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Grades: 2, 3
Class Size: 12
Cost: $75
Description: Are you curious and like to have fun while learning the mysteries of science?  This class will involve a variety of stem activities for students to create, make, explore and ask questions along the way as they actively engage in science.  STEM activities will include exploring magnets and their capabilities, snap circuits - gaining understanding about electrical circuits, slime – creating and understanding which ingredients make a better solution and Forces, Machines, & Engineering - understanding strength and direction of forces.  Each day will have a new focus as they explore each STEM activity through questioning, design and exploration.

Class Name: Snacktivities - sorry, class is full
Instructor(s): Mary Forzaglia & Gretchen Cotton
Time: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Grades: K, 1, 2, 3
Class Size: 20
Cost: $75
Description: Ready to join in on a culinary adventure? Let’s get excited about trying new foods and be amazed how you can turn foods that are in your refrigerator into edible works of art. We will learn that by manipulating ingredients you can create different designs. Come join the fun!

Class Name: Under the Sea - sorry, class is full
Instructor(s): Megan Bodyk & Shauna  Frazier
Time: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4
Class Size: 22
Cost: $75
Description: Have you ever thought about what types of creatures swim in the same ocean as you in the summer? In this exciting week we will pretend to be scuba divers and explore the ocean floor. We will learn about different types of “local” fish/creatures, habitats around the world, and of course a day on sharks. Come get ready to put your scuba gear on and explore!

Class Name: YogaKids - sorry, class is full!
Instructor(s): Dina Taylor
Time: 8:30AM-11:30AM
Grades: 2, 3, 4
Class Size: 14
Cost: $75
Description: YogaKids will be energizing, calming, and silly all at the same time. Kids will learn yoga poses, growth mindset strategies, and a whole lot of great activities to add to their mindfulness toolbox.

Class Name: Arctic Animals - Sorry, class is full
Instructor(s): Tina Marino
Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM
Grades: K, 1
Class Size: 12
Cost: $75
Description: Travel with me to the Arctic and learn about the animals that live there and their habitats.  We will make animal crafts, play some games, have some sensory play, and even learn some Arctic animal yoga moves.

Class Name: Around the World in 4 Days - sorry, class is full
Instructor(s): Jouliana Hanna
Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM
Grades: K, 1, 2
Class Size: 14
Cost: $75
Description: We all come from somewhere unique. What's great about that is we get to learn about it every day through our family and friends. This week we will visit two countries per day such as India, Canada, China, Mexico, USA, etc. Each day, we will read a story about a specific country, watch a short video, and participate in cultural activities that have to do with the animals, the music, the food, the flag, and traditions.  Come join me as we explore our beautiful world.

Class Name: Chess Without Stress - sorry, class is full!
Instructor(s): Kavita Bhatia
Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM
Grades: 3, 4, 5
Class Size: 12
Cost: $75
Description: "Chess is a gymnasium of mind.” The students will learn about solid fundamentals, proper vocabulary and interactive strategies involved in chess, according to their skill level, which will help them improve their mental prowess, concentration and analytical skills. Students will learn a variety of moves, how to checkmate, and how to look beyond the obvious. All skill levels are welcome.  Students who have attended this program in the past will get new opportunities to build up their skills and to take it to the next level.

Class Name: Eggstra Safe Cars - sorry, class is full!
Instructor(s): Mollie Jasper
Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM
Grades: 5, 6
Class Size: 16
Cost: $75
Description: A new car company is lacking safety features. They need help fast! It will be your job to design a prototype that meets all of the safety standards they are missing. You will do this using various materials and testing your safety features with an egg. If the egg breaks, it is back to the design phase.

Class Name: Fun throughout the Seasons - sorry, class is full
Instructor(s): Mary Forzaglia & Gretchen Cotton
Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM
Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4
Class Size: 20
Cost: $75
Description: In this class we will visit one season each day. Have fun making crafts, decorating cookies and playing games associated with the season of the day. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall... what’s your favorite season?

Class Name: Fun with Puppets - sorry, class is full!
Instructor(s): Kristin Keenan
Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM
Grades: K, 1, 2
Class Size: 14
Cost: $75
Description: Each day we will be creating a different kind of puppet. At the end of each day we will work in groups to put on our own types of puppet show.

Class Name: Gym Games - sorry, class is full
Instructor(s): Amy Smith
Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM
Grades: 2, 3, 4
Class Size: 16
Cost: $75
Description: If your child loves Elementary PE...this is the place for you.  A few different sports or games each day including Capture the Flag, Kickball, Stinky Feet, Beach Ball Volleyball, Wiffleball, Floor Hockey, Ultimate Frisbee, Indoor Soccer, Handball.   Where we laugh and play every day!

Class Name: Minute to Win It with STEM - sorry, class is full
Instructor(s): Bindu Gupta
Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM
Grades: 2, 3, 4
Class Size: 12
Cost: $75
Description: Everyday students will learn, practice, and challenge each other with STEM based challenges. Using common house hold items, we will be using science to make entertaining projects in order to compete in the minute to win it games. Let's have fun with learning!

Class Name: Mystery Science - sorry, class is full
Instructor(s): Mary Ann Hogan
Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM
Grades: 2, 3
Class Size: 12
Cost: $75
Description: Are you curious and like to have fun while learning the mysteries of science?  This class will involve a variety of stem activities for students to create, make, explore and ask questions along the way as they actively engage in science.  STEM activities will include exploring magnets and their capabilities, snap circuits - gaining understanding about electrical circuits, slime – creating and understanding which ingredients make a better solution and Forces, Machines, & Engineering - understanding strength and direction of forces.  Each day will have a new focus as they explore each STEM activity through questioning, design and exploration.

Class Name: Scene Class for Young Actors - sorry, class is full
Instructor(s): Christina Pierro
Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM
Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Class Size: 12
Cost: $75
Description: This workshop is designed to build confidence through the education of basic acting skills. Students will be introduced to and prepared for auditions/productions in their community. Students will be given monologues and scene work (tailored to age) to study and perform for one another. They will engage in vocal and physical warm ups, audition preparation, character discovery and development, stage direction, diction, projection and more!

Class Name: Winter STEM - sorry, class is full!
Instructor(s): Ann-Marie Rogers & Betty-Jean Castagna
Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM
Grades:  2, 3, 4
Class Size: 20
Cost: $75
Description: Each day students will be learning about a different winter themed topic such as snow, snowflakes, snow storms and how Artic animals survive to name a few.  Students will be doing hands on stem activities and experiments related to these topics which will include chemical reactions, critical thinking and working in teams.

For more information, contact:
Karen Isaacson, Director of Extended Learning
kisaacson@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us
508-841-8727