Friday, September 17, 2010

2010-2011 Schedule of Classes and Groups

This information is from an email about our yearly planning meeting and calendar -- the online calendar is always the most updated source of information. Thanks.

Hello INCHers!

Thanks to everyone for taking the survey, emailing suggesting, and helping to brainstorm all summer at the Park!

We're in the process of updating both our blog and our online calendar with all of this information -- (there is a link to the calendar on menu on the right-hand side and if you use Google Calendars, which many of us do, you simply click the "+Google Calendar" button on the bottom right-hand corner and the INCH calendar will automatically merge into yours and you'll have all INCH field trips and activities immediately at your fingertips -- even as they're updated!)

I'm putting a quick run-down in this email of our classes for the year (and hopefully I'm not forgetting anything! Please chime in if I've missed something.) -- most are held at the Lebanon Library on Fridays from 10-12, but a few classes will be held in other locations (due to size/availability) and those are indicated. The library is allowing us to each lunch in the community room again from 12-1, which is VERY handy since the YMCA (Oct.-Apr.) is right next door and our YMCA time is from 1-3.

Lisa B. and Laura S. have volunteered with help with the INCHworms (the littlest bunch). Others have volunteered to help them.

We will also be volunteering with the library 4 times a year again by meeting at the library an hour earlier on 4 of our INCH Fridays -- dates TBA.

We are continuing our format of one mini-class/month (3 weeks) plus one field trip/month. When there is a 5th Friday (Oct. 29th and Apr. 29th), there is a field trip geared toward younger kids. As always, more details about each class will be emailed to the group by the class's facilitator before each class begins.


September 3 – Park Days

Sept. 10 – Park Days

Sept. 17 – Park Days/PICNIC

Sept. 24 – Field Trip

October 1 - Astronomy (taught by Mark F.)

Oct. 8 - Astronomy

Oct. 15 - Astronomy

Oct. 22 - Field Trip

Oct. 29 (FIFTH FRIDAY) - Kristie W. is coordinating a fall field trip geared toward younger kids (though all are welcome)

(In October -- all the kids will meet together for the first 20-30 minutes of class and then the younger kids will meet at the tables with Melanie G. for age-appropriate crafts related to the topic while the older kids continue with the lecture/class. On the 8th, there will be a puppet show at the library at 10:30 that the younger kids can attend -- it is put on by the Polka Dot Theater Company and their topic will be about "Vision Awareness Week." Mark will also have one evening in October where we set up multiple telescopes and check out the night sky!).

November 5 - Cultural Studies (Looking for a volunteer to do this)

Nov. 12 - Cultural Studies

Nov. 19 - Cultural Studies*


(This will be the same format as this past year's class/presentations).

*Held at Palmyra Rec Center for the bigger space for presentations/food.

December 3 - TBA (we're looking for someone to coordinate crafts of some sort)

Dec. 10 - TBA (we're looking for someone to coordinate crafts of some sort)

Dec. 17 - Holiday Party/Gift and Cookie Exchange (Kristie W.)


Dec. 31 (NEW YEAR’S EVE)

(January is our "Month of Fun" - that got A LOT of votes on the survey. Basically, we'll seek out group rates and discounts at various places that are simply FUN.) Depending on cost (we're trying to keep it to $5 or under/person/activity) and availability, the order of the weeks might change a bit.) Obviously, these will be held on location.

January 7 - Bowling (Michelle S.)

Jan. 14 - Lazer Tag (Stacy F.)

Jan. 21 - S.P.L.A.T. Studio (Kristie W.)

Jan. 28 – Field Trip

February 4 - Life Skills (Bethany C.)

Feb. 11 - Life Skills

Feb 18 - Life Skills

Feb. 25 – Field Trip

(For an idea of this class, here is part of Bethany's thought process - it's going to be a great class! . . . Maybe spend a month where they "invest" with a company and follow their stocks for a month and see how their "money" would have grown. Or teach them about how credit, debit, and checking and savings accounts work. Maybe set up a scenario where they are 18 and on their own. Find out what the cost of an apartment would be, the cost of food, gas, insurance, a car if they want one, etc. so that they can get an idea of how much things costs and what they would need to earn to pay for everything.)

March 4 - Science Fair (Mark F.)

Mar. 11 – Field Trip

Mar. 18 - Science Fair

Mar. 25 - Science Fair*

(This will be the same format as this past year's class/presentations).

* Hopefully this will be held at Palmyra Rec Center for the bigger space for presentations - we can't reserve until in January, so more to follow on that. Melanie G. is looking into it.

April 1 - Poetry Slam (Kristie W.)

Apr. 8 - Music Week (Peggy B.)

Apr. 15 - Art Gallery (Stacy F.)

Apr. 22 – Field Trip

Apr. 29 (FIFTH FRIDAY) - Rebecca G. is coordinating a spring field trip geared toward younger kids, possibly to the Sturgis Pretzel Factory (again, all are welcome)

(April is another repeat month from this past year -- back by popular demand. It is our Fine Arts Month. Locations TBA since the library isn't available to us for the 8th or the 15th due to their annual auction/fundraiser for the children's library. Depending on weather, we might be able to be outside for some of them. We'll likely be at the Palmrya Rec. Center again -- Melanie will keep us updated).

May 6 - PA history (Kristie W.)

May 13 - PA history

May 20 - PA history

May 27 – Field Trip

(This will be the a similar format to cultural studies and science fair with prep/presentations). Bethany will help with INCHworms this month since Kristie will be facilitating the PA History month.

June – September 2011

Park Days (May – Park Afternoons)


We have several extra-curricular groups set up and/or being organized, including 2 book clubs (for varying ages), hopefully a newspaper club again, a knitting/sewing/service group head up by the Cincotta boys), art classes (in process of being set up -- more information to follow), Lego club, as well as some now-and-again one-time activities like movie nights, game nights, Halloween Party (Goodens), Yu-Gi-Oh duels, American Girl nights, Open Mic nights (for public speaking and sharing - Stacy F.), younger kid activities (Flat Stanley-Stacy F.), music performance nights (Peggy B.), May Day (Peggy B.), writing groups, cat club (Sophia), mythology club (Cristin/Alexander) . . . if anyone (adults and/or children) want to plan/host any groups, just GO FOR IT!! :) It's exciting to see more of these groups being led by the kids!

For the adults, we will also continue to have PNO (Parents' Night Out) on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at MJ's as well as our "Breakfast Club" and intellectual outings now and again.

Very much looking forward to this year of classes and activities!

Thanks, everyone, for contributing and helping to make INCH such a wonderful group!!!!!!!

Stacy :)

1 comment:

  1. How do I find out more about the NY trip? Is everyone driving, carpooling or bus? I'm not sure yet if I can go or not. I would like to get involved in most of the activities this year. Greta Wagner


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