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After School Programs

Fall Trimester

Fall on the Hilltop Programs Registration Information

Extend your child(ren)’s school day with an array of after school programs with Fall on the Hilltop! Berwick Academy is excited to launch our fall auxiliary programs, registration is now open! Grab your spots to a wide array of programming for Lower and Middle School students. 

Families will be asked to create an account on CampBrain or log into their current account. Payments in CampBrain can only be completed with a credit card. If you would prefer to pay by cash or check, or to inquire about payment plans or financial assistance, please reach out to Margot Harrington, Director of Auxiliary Programs, at margot.harrington@berwickacademy.org for more information.

NEW THIS FALL-THE BASH (BERWICK AFTER SCHOOL HANGOUT)
The BASH (previously known as Middle School After Care) will be a relaxing and laid back space for Middle School students to socialize and wind down after the school day. Available from dismissal until the 5:15 p.m. late bus, BASH will promote authentic conversations, board games, arts & crafts, outdoor games/sports/free play, cooking, esports, homework assistance, and more! Music will be playing, staff will be engaging with the kids, and families can extend their student’s day with some fun! Does your student want to check out the game on campus after school? We have you covered! Does your student have an activity idea? Share it with the staff and we can work to make it happen!
 
This program is designed to intentionally support the transition between Lower and Upper School, fostering independence, decision making, and social skills. We are introducing a snack bar for participants that will be available for the first 30 minutes of the program. The snack bar only accepts funds through your student’s account (using their student ID) and will not accept any other form of payment.
 
Choose a monthly plan in myBerwick or students can drop in any time for a daily drop-in fee.

The traditional Lower School After Care program will remain available for Lower School students for the 2024-25 school year.



 

Arts

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  • 2D/3D Character Design | Wednesdays | September 25-October 30 (skip October 2) | Grades 3-5

    Instructor: John Klossner & Rhonda Miller
    Grades 3-5 • Wednesdays, September 25-October 30 (skip October 2) • 3:15-5 p.m. • $285

    In this program participants will design a character of their choice and create a model in their choice of media. Professional artists and instructors John Klossner and Rhonda Miller will assist participants in making their character come to life.


    About the Instructor: John Klossner is a local cartoonist/illustrator and teacher. He has presented and taught at The Institute for Art and Design at New England College (the former New Hampshire Institute of Art), Big Fish Academy, and The UNH Writers Academy. Rhonda Miller is a local artist and teacher. She has taught in the Marshwood system, Big Fish Academy, and The New School in Kennebunk. With John, she runs a highly popular maker’s camp out of her studio in South Berwick.
  • Making Your Mark | Tuesdays | September 24-October 29 (skip October 1) | Grades K-2

    Instructor: Rhonda Miller
    Grades K-2 • Tuesdays, September 24-October 29 (skip October 1) • 3:15-5 p.m. • $185

    This program will lead participants through the many different printmaking techniques and mediums. Participants will make stamps using gelli, scratchboard, monoprinting, styrofoam, lithography, and clay to create their own printed masterpiece!
  • Tie Dye 101 with Soul Shine | Mondays | September 23 & 30 | Grades 3-5

    Instructor: Soul Shine Tie Dyes
    Grades 3-5 • Mon., September 23 & 30 • 3:15-5 p.m. • $95

    This colorful new program allows participants to learn basic tie dye techniques, explore color patterns and relationships, and have fun with color application while creating their own dyed masterpieces. Participants are encouraged to bring an item or two from home to transform. A one-of-a-kind Berwick Academy tee shirt, along with other items to dye, will be provided by the instructor.
  • Tie Dye Extended Instruction with Soul Shine | Mondays | October 7 - November 11 (skip October 14 & November 4) | Grades 6-8

    Instructor: Soul Shine Tie Dyes
    Grades 6-8 • October 7 - November 11 (skip October 14 & November 4) • 3:15-5 p.m. • $165

    Take a journey through the history of garment dyeing and folding techniques. In this program, participants will explore several natural dye techniques such as indigo, vat dye, Japanese shibori, and American tie dye. Participants will experiment with different materials and fabrics as they transform their own garments into dyed masterpieces. Materials and t-shirts will be provided by the instructor, along with a one-of-a-kind Berwick Academy tee that will be transformed during one of our sessions. Students are encouraged to bring items from home to dye as well.

Enrichment

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  • Pokémon League | Thursdays | October 10-November 21 (skip October 31) | Grades 3-5

    Instructor: Darcy Coffta
    Grades 3-5 • Thursdays, October 10-November 21 (skip October 31) • 3:15-5 p.m. • $140

    Calling all Pokémon fans! Come hang out with fellow trainers to trade, play, and discuss all things in the Pokémon universe. No experience required. Participants can bring cards from home to play in the game, but no trading of personal cards will be allowed. As part of the League, participants will get new cards and the group will create rules for fair trading.
  • All About Nails with Buff & File | Tuesdays, October 8-29 (skip October 22) - Grades 5-8 | Wednesday, November 6-20 - Grades 2-4

    Instructor: Buff & File Nail Bar
    Session 1: Grades 5-8 • Tuesdays, October 8-29 (skip October 22) • 3:15-5 p.m. • $150
    Session 2: Grades 2-4 • Wednesdays, November 6-20• 3:15-5 p.m. • $150

    This program will give participants the chance to express their creativity and unique personalities with colors and designs. Each participant will receive a nail kit including the proper tools and polishes to create beautiful works of nail art, build confidence, and learn proper nail care and techniques. This program will be led by Jill Miglionico, manager of Buff & File Nail Bar in Portsmouth, NH!
  • Cooking with Allie Always | Mondays | October 7-28 (skip October 14) | Grades 3-5

    Instructor: Allison Marcotte P'30
    Grades 3-5 • Mondays, October 7-28 (skip October 14) • 3:15-5 p.m. • $125

    This program is a chance for participants to celebrate seasonal foods and enjoy healthy, yummy treats made with their very own hands! Participants will join instructor and blogger chef, Allie Always in the test kitchen and learn to use a variety of culinary tools. Each student will be given copies of the recipes to bring home and make them for their families.

    About the Instructor:  Known as Allie Always on her blog, because she is always in the kitchen cooking up an old family recipe—which was either handed down from her Mawmaw in North Carolina or making up new recipes and adding them to her recipe book that she has been working on for years now—Allie Always loves how cooking brings people together and builds a community based on the love of food. She enjoys teaching both children and adults that cooking doesn’t have to be a chore; cooking can be fun and fulfilling.

Sports & Recreation

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  • Indoor Rock Climbing | Tuesdays | October 8-November 5 | Grades 3-6

    Instructors: Indoor Ascent, Dover, NH & Berwick Academy Staff
    Grades 3-6 • Tuesdays, October 8-November 5 • 3:15-5:10 p.m. • $235

    Want to just "hang around" after school at the indoor rock gym? Join us for four weeks of bouldering and top roping at Indoor Ascent in Dover! Berwick employees will partner with Indoor Ascent staff to provide guidance and safety while students build climbing skills and strength. Equipment and transportation to and from the rock gym using a Berwick Academy vehicle is included in the cost. Spaces are limited so sign up fast! 
  • Multisport | Mondays | September 23-October 28 (skip October 14) | Grades K-2

    Instructors: Berwick Academy Staff & Upper School Staff
    Grades K-2 • Mondays, September 23-October 28 (skip October 14) • 3:15-5 p.m. • $150

    Hit the court or field and spend your afternoon learning and playing sports and group games! Sign up with your classmates and make new friends in other grades too. Sportsmanship, fun, and leadership will be woven into this active after school program!

STEAM

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  • Fairies & Fauna - Guardians of the Forest | Thursdays | September 26-October 24 | Grades K-2

    Instructors: Center for Wildlife
    Grades K-2 • Thursday, September 26-October 24 • 3:15-5 p.m. • $280

    Join the Center for Wildlife for a five-week fantastical nature experience. Participants will learn to welcome fairies to Berwick Academy by building homes for them and offering nature trinkets. This will encourage them to become guardians of the forest and its animals. As participants learn about how the fairies care for animals, they will also learn how the Center for Wildlife cares for local wildlife. There will be visits from ambassador animals, and maybe even some fairies!
  • Geocaching | Tuesday, September 24 & Thursday, September 26 | Grades 4-6

    Instructor: Eloise Willemsen
    Grades 4-6 • Tuesday, September 24 & Thursday, September 26 • 3:15-5 p.m. • $65

    If you love treasure hunting this is the program for you! Participants will learn navigation, teamwork, and problem-solving skills as they decipher clues and hunt for hidden caches on the campus trails. This outdoor adventure offers a unique opportunity for exploration and discovery in a safe and supervised environment. 
  • STEAM Extravaganza | Wednesdays | September 25-October 30 (skip October 2) | Grades K-2

    Instructor: Sages Entertainment
    Grades K-2 • Wednesdays, September 25-October 30 (skip October 2) • 3:15-5 p.m. • $295

    Join Sages Entertainment for an electrifying five-week journey into the world of STEAM! This program promises to be an exhilarating fusion of education and entertainment designed to spark curiosity and ignite creativity in everyone. Join us for a journey of discovery, creativity, and tinkering!
  • Magic Explorers: Magic Arts & Crafts! | Wednesday, November 20 & Thursday November 21 | Grades K-2

    Instructor: Sages Entertainment
    Grades K-2 • Wednesday, November 20 & Thursday November 21 • 3:15-4:15 p.m. • $95

    Magic Explorers is a one-of-a-kind program developed to help kids have fun, make friends, feel special, and learn cool things about themselves and the world around them. Our creatively designed magic adventure packs, or MAPS, are an awesome mixture of magic meets arts and crafts along with a splash of social-emotional learning that will help kids learn how important it is to care. The magic makes the fun happen and the fun makes learning easy!

Day Off Programs

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  • BASE Camp Day Off | Friday, October 18 | Grades K-4

    Instructors: Berwick Academy Staff
    Grades K-4 • Friday, October 18 • 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. • $130

    BASE Camp is back for one exciting day this fall! The day will be filled with creativity, nature, outdoor play, games, and more. Berwick Academy staff will be guiding safe and fun experiences across the entire campus, incorporating inside and outside time for playing and exploring!

Berwick Academy

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 550 students, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 and Post-Graduates. Berwick students are from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and several countries. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves.