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How do Whole Children classes work in COVID times?

The bad news is that we're delaying the start of classes; the good news is you have more time to sign up for some amazing classes! With COVID numbers in the Valley at an all-time high, we are delaying the start of the winter session until Monday, January 24.

We are sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment this causes, but we feel that the health and safety of everyone is the top concern. Scroll down to check out the class schedule.

A membership for 6 weeks is only $125 for unlimited classes! Keep an eye out below for in-person vs. virtual classes. Masks are mandatory for all in-person classes and those classes will have a limit of 8 – 12 participants depending on the class, so don't wait to sign up!

To sign up for classes as a returning member, sign in on the Parent Portal.

Winter Session: January 24 - March 5, 2022

Mondays

Minecraft - All ages, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Join us in the pixelated world of Minecraft, where gamers explore and build to their hearts’ content! On our designated Minecraft server, students interact with one another while being in the game world, and while chatting with their friends online. Teachers are ready to help those just learning to play, and to model appropriate social skills. Minecraft at Whole Children promotes cooperation and enhances students’ ability to negotiate space and resources. “Minecraft Java Edition” is required for this class. A personal account can be purchased at Minecraft.net for $26.95. Note: the tablet version and Windows 10 version do not work for this class.

Joyful Chorus - Ages 8+, 4:00-5:00 p.m. IN-PERSON!

Encapsulating the spirit of Whole Children, our Joyful Chorus is a truly inclusive and, of course, joyful opportunity for students to come together in song with teachers and peer mentors.

Among Us (video game) - All ages, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Join the crew and work together to explore the three sci-fi-themed maps. Complete various tasks while always keeping an eye out for anyone acting...suspicious. Among Us is a game of teamwork and deception, pitting the crew against the randomly selected imposter(s), whose only goal is to sabotage and eliminate the crew without getting caught. New and veteran players welcome. Come learn the maps, location names and tasks. Share strategy, tactics and most importantly, learn how to not be ‘SUS.’ Among Us is a free app for Android and iPhone devices. It is also available on PC via Steam for $4.99. The PC version is recommended for the best experience but not required. The game is cross-platform and students can play together over all relevant devices. Note: Not available on Mac computers; Among Us is available only on PC, Android and iPhone.

LGBTQIA+ Group - Ages 16+, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

LGBTQIA+ Group is a place where you can meet other folks your age with the same or similar identity to you. It is a group for discussing issues unique to the LGBTQIA+ community, for support, for community building, for strengthening confidence and self-esteem, as well as for learning tools for self-advocacy. If any of that sounds interesting to you, join us!

Yoga Dance - Ages 16+, 5:15-6:15 p.m. IN-PERSON!

Move to the sounds of fabulous music at your own pace to improve flexibility, strength and balance. Experience a reduction in stress, improved cardiovascular fitness, and well-being of body, mind and spirit in a warm and welcoming group setting.

Tuesdays

Men's Group - Ages 18+, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

What is a real man, anyway?! Men's Group is a place where men come together, give each other support and discover all of the ways we can be good men. Come join us!

Theater - Ages 18+, 4-6 p.m. - IN-PERSON!

Welcome to Whole Children's Winter Theater Session!  For this session, we will be preparing for our spring show together! The performance will take place sometime in June (TBD), so students will need to commit to being available on that date. Students/parents must also consent to being filmed/photographed as part of this class.

Note: there are two separate theater classes being offered each week, for two different age ranges. Please sign up for one class per student. Both classes will be involved in the spring production.

Friendship Band - Ages 18+, 4:30-5:30 p.m. - IN-PERSON! - FULL

We got the Rock and Roll Beat! We’ll knock you off of your feet! We are the Friendship Band!” We are so thrilled to be getting the band back together! Come join in the fun of making music with the Friendship Band, Whole Children’s resident rock group. This session, we will meet to play our old hits and create new songs together! We will explore writing lyrics, composing melodies, and matching rhythms as a group, and we will continue to generate ideas for the Friendship Band's future LIVE shows – including costumes, choreography and adding in video to the gigs. Like the song says “Friendship is a good idea, the best ideas will save the world!”

Video Game Club - All ages, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Jump on Discord to play with your friends in Smash Brothers, Pokémon, or maybe your favorite indie game! Play alone and talk with others or connect in games with multiplayer functionality and play together. We usually play games on the Nintendo Switch console but feel free to log on with any games you want to share or talk about.

 

Wednesdays

Harry Potter Book Club (Book 3) - All ages, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

In Harry Potter Club we'll explore the magical elements of the Potterverse! We'll play games and discover our patronus, wand and Hogwarts house. Join us to hang out with fellow Harry Potter fans, watch a movie and discuss the books and all things Harry Potter!

Hunger Games Movie Club  - Ages 13+, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

In The Hunger Games Movie Club, we will be watching and exploring  all aspects of the hit film The Hunger Games! This student-requested movie will be the center of our class activities, discussions, and imaginations. Join us to view and talk about the thrilling, dystopian world of The Hunger Games!

Boundaries and Relationships - Ages 18+, 4:00-5:00 p.m. IN-PERSON!

Want to make a friend? Get a date? We can help! This class lays the groundwork for a life full of meaningful, healthy and safe relationships. In Boundaries and Relationships, we establish a learning community that can last many consecutive sessions (sometimes years!) as students move through our Whole Selves’ relationships curriculum. Come to learn, make friends and get support as you grow into adulthood.

Thursdays

Theater - Ages 13+, 4:00-6:00 p.m. - IN-PERSON!

Welcome to Whole Children's Winter Theater Session!  For this session, we will be preparing for our spring show together! The performance will take place sometime in June (TBD), so students will need to commit to being available on that date. Students/parents must also consent to being filmed/photographed as part of this class.

Note: there are two separate theater classes being offered each week, for two different age ranges. Please sign up for one class per student. Both classes will be involved in the spring production.

Photography - All ages, 4:30-5:30 p.m. IN-PERSON!

Say Cheese! Do you love taking pictures or being in them? Do you want to learn more about taking great photos while having a super fun time? We are offering Photography class on Thursday evenings 4:30 - 5:30 pm, where each week, participants will create and share their own photographs. We will learn what to look for and how to “critique” a photo and explore different styles of photography, such as portrait, nature, documentary, abstract, and photo-filters. A “virtual gallery” of the pictures we create will be displayed at the end of the session.

Cozy Gaming Club - All ages, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Does fishing on a pixelated lake, tending to growing virtual gardens and collecting digital butterflies sound like fun? If so, our Cozy Gaming class is for you! Build virtual communities together, utilize team work to find resources or simply spend some time with new and old friends as you unwind with games like Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley and more!

Fridays

Dungeons & Dragons - All ages, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

From dungeons to dragons and everything in-between! Come take part in a unique role-playing experience where you and other members of your adventuring party create characters, overcome obstacles and explore the world. Veteran players and newcomers are welcome.

Kung-Fu - All ages, 4:00-5:00 p.m. - IN-PERSON!

In Indonesian Kung-Fu, or “Silat,” students learn both physical and verbal self-defense and martial arts skills, with a focus on cooperation, respect, self-awareness and self-control.  Students earn stripes and belts at their own pace, while learning the values of hard work and determination. Each session culminates in a presentation and board-breaking demonstration! Families may purchase shirt, belt and pants from the instructor.

Note: During these times of social distancing, self-defense is taught without the instructor making physical contact with the students but this will likely change in future sessions.

Super Smash Brothers & Mario Kart - All ages, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening of cartoony stress-relief, as we select our favorite Nintendo icons and playfully throw our friends off the stage. Whether your preference is to embrace the chaos of all the items or to rely on your character's own strength to win, we have a place set up for that! We will also be offering Mario Kart occasionally throughout the night, in case racing is more your speed. Feel free to join in the fun or spectate from the sidelines but remember to be supportive of your pals! A Nintendo Switch and Super Smash Brothers or Mario Kart are required to play, along with a Nintendo Switch online subscription.

Saturdays

Minecraft - All ages, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Join us in the pixelated world of Minecraft, where gamers explore and build to their hearts’ content! On our designated Minecraft server, students interact with one another while being in the game world and while chatting with their friends online. Teachers are ready to help those just learning to play and to model appropriate social skills. Minecraft at Whole Children promotes cooperation and enhances students’ ability to negotiate space and resources. “Minecraft Java Edition” is required for this class. A personal account can be purchased at Minecraft.net for $26.95. Note: the tablet version and Windows 10 version do not work for this class.

Comic Writing - Ages 13+, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Feel like you have a story to tell but you would rather use pictures? Why not make it a comic? We will talk about different styles such as comic strips and manga, as well as different formats such as standard pages or webtoons. Whether it is for your own personal project, trying to publish your work online or just wanting to hang out with friends while you draw, we would love to have you join us! Please come with a supportive attitude towards your fellow writers/artists.

Anime Shows and Movies - Ages 13+, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Relax and watch anime with your friends! Many think of anime as a genre but it is actually just another way that stories can be told, with many different genres to explore. This class offers a forum for everyone to share their favorite shows with each other, which treats us to a large variety of storytelling and art. Anime can contain both constructive and somewhat questionable messages about society and values, so during and after the film our teachers invite students to participate in thoughtful discussion, while also cracking a few jokes and gushing about our favorite characters.

Pokémon - All ages, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

In Pokemon, you can expect to trade and show off your accomplishments but you can also battle with your friends and talk about competitive strategies.

Special Events!

Video Game Night - All ages, February 1, 5:00-6:00 p.m. - IN PERSON!

Get together with your friends to play video games in person! We will pick games based on students' interests but also expect to try something new. Feel free to bring your consoles and controllers if you are able.

Magic: The Gathering - All ages, February 19, 5:00-6:00 p.m. - IN-PERSON!

Join us for an hour of playing Magic the Gathering, the world’s most popular trading card game. Magic can be a very complicated game, so the focus will be on learning the game through supervised play. Simple decks will be provided, so there’s no need to own cards. However, feel free to bring any decks you already have. We will also be learning and discussing the many ways, or ‘formats,’ in which Magic is played, as well as the best ways to collect the cards. If you’re at all curious about the game, we are eager to answer any and all questions about Magic.

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Links for Zoom classes will be emailed to members when payment has been received, and when registration forms have been submitted.

For Discord, the current link will remain accessible to the general public, regardless of membership status, for sending private messages to friends; and it will be moderated by teachers. However, only members will be able to take part in weekly Discord-accessible classes, and only members will have access to the server’s voice chat function.

Questions? Please email Maggie Rice or call 413-585-8010.

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