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After School Programs

Winter Trimester

Winter After School Programs, Holiday Gift Making Classes, and Saturday Night Basketball

Extend your child(ren)’s school day with an array of after school enrichment opportunities as part of Winter on the Hilltop!

We are excited to offer our winter after school programs (exclusively offered to Berwick Academy families) as well as Saturday night programs (open to all). Find the winter program information here.
 
Families will be asked to log in to or create their account on CampBrain. 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. If a program is full, sign up for the waitlist at no cost.

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  • Policies and Procedures

    Payments
    Please pay by credit card. If circumstances require you to pay by other means, please contact Margot Harrington, Director of Auxiliary Programs, at 207-384-6199 or margot.harrington@berwickacademy.org.
     
    Cancellations/Withdrawals
    With email notification to the Director of Auxiliary Programs, Margot Harrington at margot.harrington@berwickacademy.org, families may withdraw a participant from an enrichment program under the following scenarios: 
     
     *Cancellations more than two weeks before the start of each program: You will receive a refund/credit less 25% of the program fee. You can use a credit to sign up for other programs during the season or keep it on your account for future seasonal programming.
     
     *Cancellations two weeks or less before the start of each program: There will be no refunds/credits offered.
     
    No refund or reduction in fees is possible for a child who arrives late, leaves early, or attends only part of a program because of illness, other than a hospital stay.
     
    Berwick Academy reserves the right to cancel any program due to under-enrollment or unforeseen circumstances. Participants will be given the choice of selecting another program or receiving a full refund of paid fees.
     
    In the event that Berwick Academy enrichment programs are not able to operate due to state regulatory requirements in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, fees will be prorated and refunded.

    After Care Schedule Paired with Auxiliary Programs
    If you have signed up for the four or five-day After Care plan for your child and would also like to sign up for auxiliary programs on the same day your child would be attending After Care, please sign up for the auxiliary programs on CampBrain. Once registered, please notify Margot Harrington, Director of Auxiliary Programs so we can apply a credit to your school account based on the number of days your child has auxiliary programs that overlap with their After Care plan.

    Waitlists
    When your first-choice programs are not available, a waitlist is available for each program with no fee to sign up. Participants are accepted from the waitlist based on open space and will be notified by telephone and/or email if and when space becomes available. We cannot guarantee any movement from the waitlist, and families enter the waitlist at their discretion. 

    Late Registration
    Online registration will close at 3 p.m. one week prior to each program starting. If you would like to register after that time, you must contact Margot Harrington, Director of Auxiliary Programs, at 207-384-6199 or margot.harrington@berwickacademy.org. Registration is not complete until the Director has confirmed this with you. Your child may not show up on the first day of the program and plan to stay and participate unless they are registered.

    Financial Assistance
    Payment plans and limited financial assistance are available upon request. Please reach out to Margot Harrington, Director of Auxiliary Programs at 207-384-6199 or margot.harrington@berwickacademy.org for more information.

    Inclement Weather Policy
    We do our best to remain open and follow an indoor schedule on rainy/snowy days. In the event that campus must close at dismissal, we will notify you as soon as possible to make other arrangements for pick up at the time of dismissal. We will notify you if make-up days can be arranged.

Recreation

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  • Monday Moves | Mondays | Jan. 22-Feb. 12 | Grades K&1

    The winter season does not need to slow your student down! Dance, yoga, snow play, indoor four square, jump
    roping, and so much more! Take this afternoon opportunity to get your child movin’ and groovin’ throughout
    campus!
  • Saturday Night Hoopin' on the Hilltop | Saturdays | Dec. 2, 9, 16 | Jan., 20, 27, Feb. 3 | Grades 6-8

    Instructor: Coach Bradley & the BA Boys Varsity Basketball Team
    SESSION ONE: Grades 2-8 • Sat., Dec. 2, 9, 16 • 6-8 p.m. • $150
    SESSION TWO: Grades 2-8 • Sat., Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3 • 6-8 p.m. • $150

    This program will be directed and led by the varsity basketball coaches and assisted by varsity players. Kids will
    spend the sessions learning and refining foundational & advanced basketball skills with tips on how to practice
    individually. Coaches will be utilizing a mix of challenging drills, fun games, and half-court/full-court gameplay.
    This program is a must for basketball enthusiasts or any player just wanting to learn more about the game and
    hone their skills. NOTE: This program is also open to non-Berwick Academy students so invite your friends from
    outside of school too!
  • Cross Country Skiing | Thursdays | Jan. 11-Feb.22 (skip Feb. 15) | Grades 5-8

    Instructor: Paul Henderson & Eloise Willemsen
    Grades 5-8 • Thu., Jan. 11-Feb. 22 (skip Feb. 15) • 3:15-4:30 p.m. • $400

    Do you love cross-country skiing or want to try it for the first time? Berwick Academy is now offering cross-coun-
    try skiing on the campus trails and fields. This will be a relaxed-pace program with the goal of having fun and
    getting outside on skis. This program will run pending we have enough snow! If students need to stay on cam-
    pus for a 5 p.m. pick up/late bus, they can attend After Care at no additional charge. Equipment will be provid-
    ed. Registration for this program will close early on Friday, December 22.

Enrichment

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  • Board Game Design | Tuesdays | Jan. 16-Feb. 20 | Grades K-2

    Instructor: Sages Entertainment
    Grades K-2 • Tue., Jan. 16-Feb. 20 • 3:15-5 p.m. • $475

    Dive into the captivating world of board games by exploring the journey from idea to production. Craft your
    own simple game using diverse materials, all guided by Wayne & Kali, avid board game enthusiasts with a col-
    lection of over a thousand games from around the world. Ignite your creativity and create a game you will love
    to share with friends and family!
  • Cooking Cozy Food | Thursdays | Nov. 30-Dec. 14 | Grades 5-8

    Instructor: Allison Marcotte P'30
    Grades 5-8 • Thu., Nov. 30-Dec. 14 • 3:15-5 p.m. • $200

    This program gives students the opportunity to learn how to make a three-course meal in three different class
    settings. The young chefs will learn to safely use a variety of kitchen tools in our wonderful test kitchen. Each
    student will be given copies of the recipes to bring home and share with their families. About the instructor:
    Allison Marcotte is known as Allie Always on her blog, because she is always in the kitchen cooking up an old
    family recipe or making up new ones. She loves how cooking brings people together and a community can be
    built on the love of food.
  • Extra, Extra, Read All About It! | Tuesdays | Jan. 9-Feb. 20 | Grades 3&4

    Instructor: Jackie Garnett
    Grades 3&4 • Tue., Jan. 9-Feb. 20 • 3:15-5 p.m. • $200

    Want to help publish the Lower School newspaper? Join Ms. Garnett as you design, create, print, and distribute
    a weekly publication to Lower School students and faculty. What's trending in the dining hall? What are students
    playing on the mini turf? What's cool in Lower School? Have artistic abilities? Contribute to the comics section!
  • My First Hot Cocoa Stand | Wednesday | Jan. 17-Feb. 21 | Grades K-2

    Instructor: SPARK Business Academy
    Grades K-2 • Wed., Jan. 17-Feb. 21 • 3:15-5 p.m. • $475

    Learn how to make yummy hot cocoa, and earn money selling it! From designing marketing flyers to estimating
    profits to experimenting with recipes, students will have fun while developing business savvy! As a showcase
    event, participants will launch their stand as a fundraiser for a charity they select!
  • Holiday Gift Making in the Fabrication Studio | Mondays | Nov. 27-Dec. 11 | Grades 5-8

    Instructor: John Ibsen
    Grades 5-8 • Mon., Nov. 27-Dec.11 • 3:15-5 p.m. • $200

    Thinking about the perfect homemade holiday gift? Come to the Fabrication Studio to create gifts for your
    friends and family. Materials for 3D-printed cookie cutters, custom coasters, signs, and birch log snowpeople
    will be provided. You may also come with your own idea to make and create a holiday gift.

STEAM

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  • Coding & Robotics | Wednesdays | Jan. 17-Feb. 21 | Grades 3-5

    Instructor: Sages Entertainment
    Grades 3-5 • Wednesdays, Jan. 17-Feb. 21 • 3:15-5 p.m. • $475

    Explore the building blocks of coding while creating your own games, animations, and music. Then put your
    skills to the test as you learn about the world of robotics, culminating in an opportunity to program some of
    Sages Entertainment’s robot ambassadors.
  • STEAM Stories | Wednesdays | Nov. 29-Dec. 13 | Grades K-2

    Instructor: Sages Entertainment
    Grades K-2 • Wednesdays, Nov. 29-Dec. 13 • 3:15-5 p.m. • $225

    Come on a journey as you explore some of our favorite stories through the eyes of scientists and engineers. We
    will hear a story each week and build/experiment within its theme. This program is perfect for clever creators
    who love to use their imaginations.

Arts

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  • Comic Creatives | Wednesdays | Nov. 29-Dec. 13 | Grades 3-5

    Instructor: Sages Entertainment
    Grades 3-5 • Wed., Nov. 29-Dec. 13 • 3:15-5 p.m. • $225

    Have you ever wondered how superheroes in comic books are made? When reading a webcomic, have you ever
    thought, "I wish I could do that." Young artists in Comic Creatives will learn the basics of comic creation from
    start to finish. Artists will explore different comic art styles such as anime, cartoon, and marvel while creating
    their own illustrations and honing their skills.
  • Getting Artsy After School | Session One: Mondays, Jan. 25-Feb. 22 | Session Two: Mondays, Jan. 22-Feb. 26 (skip Feb. 19) | K-Grade 4

    Instructor: Doodlebugz
    SESSION ONE: Grades K-1 • Thu., Jan. 25-Feb. 22 • 3:15-5 p.m. • $225
    SESSION TWO: Grades 2-4 • Mon., Jan. 22-Feb. 26 (skip Feb. 19) • 3:15-5 p.m. • $225

    In this program students will get creative with a variety of mediums such as air dry clay, paint, glass fusing, and MORE! This is a wonderful opportunity to express yourself, try something new, expand art skills, and make new friends!
  • Sewing for Beginners | Mondays | Jan. 22-Feb. 12 | Grades 5-8

    Instructor: Jessica Tejerina
    Grades 5-8 • Mon., Jan. 22-Feb.12 • 3:15-5 p.m. • $175

    Learn how to sew! Sewing isn’t just for your grandma-it’s a great life skill and a way to make some amazing,
    low-budget, and super thoughtful gifts for your friends and family! Each week students will make utilitarian
    projects like dopp kits, zippered makeup/pencil pouches, tote bags, or self-care items. Participants will leave
    with the complete instructions and patterns to remake any of the projects at home. All supplies will be included!
  • Theater Games & Improv Basic! | Thursdays | Jan. 18-Feb. 22 | Grades 2-4

    Instructor: Guinevere Hilton
    Grades 2-4 • Thu., Jan. 22-Feb.12 • 3:15-5 p.m. • $175

    In this program, students will have a chance to flex their imaginations and gain basic theater skills and etiquette.
    Participants will learn the elements of improvisation through games, acting exercises, and play. Students will
    hone their collaborative skills and learn about how to support their fellow actors and be respectful and playful.
  • Winter Clay Decorations | Session One: Tuesday, Dec. 5 | Session Two: Tuesday, Nov. 28 | K-Grade 5

    Instructor: Teaya Fitzgerald
    SESSION ONE: Grades K-2 • Tue., Dec. 5 • 3:15-5 p.m. • $60
    SESSION TWO: Grades 3-5 • Tue., Nov. 28 • 3:15-5 p.m. • $60

    Get creative with clay! In this program students will use slabs of clay and stencils to make unique hanging winter and holiday decorations. Pieces will be glazed and available to pick up approximately a week after the session.

Day off Programs

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  • Personalization Workshop @ The Craft Barn | Fri., Feb. 16 | Grades 6-8

    Instructor: Jessica Tejerina
    Grades 6-8 • Fri., Feb. 16 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. • $150

    Let’s make it personal! Do you watch YouTube videos about painting your old sneakers new colors? Are you
    interested in learning how to use a Cricut to cut vinyl? Ever sew gems or sequins onto a jean jacket? How about
    painting your name on a leather bag? Bring an assortment of personal items to personalize/customize for this
    full-day customization workshop.
    ABOUT THE CRAFT BARN: The Craft Barn is almost 300 years old and currently occupied by several local artists.
    The space was recently renovated: it’s big, open, bright, super inspiring, and filled to the brim with sewing, art,
    and craft supplies. Check out www.craftbarnmaine.com for more info.
  • Wild Days @ Center for Wildlife | Fri., Feb. 16 | Grades 1-6

    Instructor: Center for Wildlife
    SESSION ONE: Grades 1-3 • Fri., Feb. 16 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. • $135
    SESSION TWO: Grades 4-6 • Fri., Feb. 16 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. • $135

    Join Center for Wildlife educators for a full day of fun! Come explore our community campus while learning
    about regional wildlife species, habitats, and more. Participants will join CFW’s team of educators for meet
    and greets with our ambassador animals, nature-based crafts, STEAM curriculum-based active learning, and
    more! Our Wild Days program will focus on regional wildlife species and habitat while empowering kids to get
    involved in helping protect animals and habitat at home.

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.