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How do Whole Children classes work in COVID times?

Fall session begins on October 4 and runs until December 11. Below is the class schedule. A membership for 10 weeks is only $175 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.

Fall Session: October 4 - December 11, 2021

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 does not work for this class.

Joyful Chorus - Ages 13+, 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.

Creative Writing - Ages 13+, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

A workshop for writing and telling stories of all kinds! We'll be collaborating on one big, group project. And, we'll be sharing and working on individual stories, too!

Yoga Dance - Ages 13+, 4:30-5:30 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.

Discord Hangout - All ages, 4:30-5:00 p.m.

Come hang out with your friends on Discord. Show off your room, talk about your latest projects, or just say what’s on your mind.

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!

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!

Self-Advocacy - Ages 18+, 3:30-4:15 p.m.

Self-Advocacy is a class for developing the skills needed to speak up and to have self-determination. In this class, choice of specific topics covered as well as the discussions that take place are typically participant-led and staff-facilitated. It’s a great place to explore how to best speak for yourself and be responsible for your life as well as the challenges you may face.

Magic: The Gathering (Trading Card Game) - All ages, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Magic: The Gathering is a deep strategy, trading card game with millions of players around the world. Come learn how to play the game, how to build and manage your decks, and strategies and tactics to help win more games, so you can collect more cards. We will be playing the digital version of Magic “Magic: The Gathering Arena” (MTG Arena). It is free to play and can be downloaded on PC, Mac, Android and IOS devices. The game allows for additional purchases of card packs and cosmetic items, but can easily be played completely for free. We will never require or recommend spending money on the game. We will teach you how to take full advantage of the free aspects of the game, so all you have to do is play to collect more cards.

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.

Friendship Band - 4:30-5:30 p.m. IN-PERSON!

"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 Bands 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!”

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 new 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

JackBox Games - All ages, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Quiplash, Fibbage, Drawful... these may sound like weird, made-up words, but they are actually beloved games thousands of people are playing online together right now through something called Jackbox Party Pack. With almost all of the party packs at our disposal, no class is ever the same. Each game is a battle of wits, charm, and sometimes drawing skills, so come prepared! All you need is a phone, tablet or computer and you can play along with your friends!

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

Welcome to Whole Children's Fall Theater Session!  For our Fall Session, we will be offering a two-part course:  Acting and Writing.

During the first hour of class, we will explore improv, games, voice and movement work, and dance.  We will also memorize and perform short scenes and monologues.  Our goals are:  to continue to build our skills and confidence on stage; to strengthen our group and our community; and to have FUN.

In the Writing section class, our second hour, we will be creating our Spring show together!  We will learn about the specifics of writing a play - what to think about and include.  We will also be using our own imagination and creativity to write a fabulous, original play to perform next year!

Introducing our new theater teacher,  Susanna Apgar!   Susanna is a Western Massachusetts based actor, writer, and director.  She is the founder and Artistic Director of Strident Theatre, and has served on the Steering Committee for the Northampton 24-Hour Theatre Project since 2015.  Susanna trained as an actor, director, and teacher with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, and as a playwright at Smith College.  She holds a B.A. in Afro-American Studies from Smith, and an M.A. in Performance Studies from Tisch, NYU.

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 game like Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley, and more!

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 a 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.

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. There will be no classes on October 22 and November 12.

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. 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.

Video Game Night (2 Events) - All ages, 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 student's interests, but also expect to try something new. Feel free to bring your consoles and controllers if you are able. These two Video Game nights will be October 22 and November 12.

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 does 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, or 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.

PUBERTY CLINIC

All clinics will be available in person as well as on Zoom. Click here to learn more.

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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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