Students do not have to be enrolled in Deerstream’s morning classes to enjoy Cafe and Play and afternoon enrichments.  If you are not currently enrolled at Deerstream Learning Center but are interested in visiting or registering for an afternoon class, please email Kelly Kirk at deerstream@gmail.com or call her at (919) 672-4954.

Afternoon Enrichment:  Fall 2022

Deerstream is pleased to offer an afternoon enrichment program consisting of Café and Play and afternoon enrichment classes.  This registration is for the fall semester only.

Dates:  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, September 19-December 15 excluding the weeks of October 31 and November 21.


Times:

  • Café and Play: 12:15-1 PM—students enjoy lunch and outdoor play/social time
  • Afternoon Enrichment Classes: 1-2:15 PM

Afternoon Enrichment Tuition, Fall Semester:

  • Café and Play: $100 per day(s) of choice (Mondays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays) for the fall semester
  • Afternoon Enrichment Class:  $150 per course (Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays)
  • $25 discount for enrolling in both Café and Play and afternoon class= $225 total tuition for one day of Café and Play + a course for the fall semester

COURSES OFFERED

MONDAYS, 1-2:15 PM

 September 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, 28; December 5, 12

Elementary Rotation (FULL)

Elementary students, ages 5-12, will be divided into three groups based on age and will rotate through each of the following courses  (4 weeks each) during the semester.

 A. CookingMichelle Harris

Anyone hungry?  In cooking class, students will have fun making some delicious food while gaining skills in the kitchen.  Lessons will incorporate food safety, measurement, and cooking vocabulary– and will result in happy taste buds!

B. Upcycled ArtEmily Winslow

In this class, we’ll get creative and have some messy, crafty fun. We will use common household items to create some funky masterpieces. Have you ever made your own pinata? Or created a pillow or tote bag from a favorite shirt? How about making a birdfeeder,fairy house or frog palace out of recycled materials? Bring your imagination and join us on this fun adventure into creating.

Junior Division and High School

Elements of ArtBethany Porter

Ready to learn more about the building blocks of art? In this class, we’ll explore elements of art.  Students will create projects using a variety of media, with a focus on different elements of art, including color, line, shape, and value. We’ll take a look at other artists’ work to inspire us!  All art skills welcome.


WEDNESDAYS, 1-2:15 PM

September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 9, 16, 30; December 7, 15

 Elementary Students (ages 5-12)

Option 1:  Art/STEM/Spanish Exploration Rotation (3-4 weeks each) (FULL)

Students who choose option 1 will be divided into two groups based on age and will take each of the following courses  (3-4 weeks each) during the semester.

A. Animals in ArtBethany Porter

 Join us as we explore the different ways artists depict animals in their artwork and get inspiration as we create our own animal artwork.  We’ll learn new tools and techniques and explore various media, creating both two dimensional and three dimensional animal artworks.  We’ll work on new skills while leaving plenty of space for creativity in our art!

B. STEM ExplorationJen Benoit

These weeks your child will enjoy seeing how God has wired all of us differently and how each of our gifts can help solve problems and create solutions. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) is a popular topic these days as all students are encouraged to explore scientific concepts within a group environment. There will be at least one challenge each week that will be tailored to each age group where students will have to “solve a problem” by building or creating! This will encourage teamwork, communication, science and math application, as well as some literature at points. Caution: Demonstrating hard work and determination may be byproducts of this class!

C. Spanish FunSisi Byrd

¡Bienvenidos a clase! Welcome to class! In this class, students will get a taste of Spanish language and culture through interactive songs, games, and stories.  We will use hands-on activities to learn some essential conversational skills, greetings, everyday phrases, and basic vocabulary in Español. Your child will be amazed at how exciting it is to be able to communicate in a different language! ¡Hasta pronto! See you soon!

Option 2:  Field Games (11 weeks), Emily Winslow

Who is ready to play? This class is for any kid interested in fun, active, playful, non-competitive field games. We will run, jump, freeze, spin, throw, hop, and get our wiggles out while enjoying the great outdoors. These cooperative field games will keep your kid moving, while encouraging fair play and cooperation, with a side of silly fun. Don’t forget your sneakers and a water bottle and I will meet you on the field!.

Option 3:  Science Olympiad (11 weeks), Michelle Harris (Students must be in 3rd grade-6th grade)

“Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity. Science is a process of investigating. It’s posing questions and coming up with a method. It’s delving in.” Sally Ride

Typically, Science Olympiad is a club in which students prepare for science competitions in the spring. For this fall class, the students will have the opportunity to learn and explore the different Science Olympiad events which involve building, study and lab work events. We will not prepare for competition; rather, the purpose of this class is to introduce the various events and have fun practicing them together.  If there is interest in going to competition we will consider continuing the class in the spring. For more information about Science Olympiad you can view the website at https://www.soinc.org/programs/elementary.

Junior Division and High School

Christian Leadership and Student GovernmentKelly Kirk

Whether you know it or not, God has made you to be a leader in some part of your life.  What does it mean to be a leader, and how are you uniquely gifted to lead?  How does our Christian faith inform leadership?  In this class, we’ll have a lot of active fun as we sharpen our skills in communication, goal-setting, planning, and motivating a group toward a common goal.   In the last weeks of the class, we’ll develop Deerstream’s first Student Government!   We can’t wait to see how God will use your gifts to bless the Deerstream community and beyond.


THURSDAYS, 1-2:15 PM

September 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 10, 17; December 1, 8, 15

Elementary Rotation

Elementary students, ages 5-12, will be divided into three groups based on age and will rotate through each of the following courses  (4 weeks each) during the semester.

A. STEM ExplorationJennifer Benoit

These four weeks your child will enjoy seeing how God has wired all of us differently and how each of our gifts can help solve problems and create solutions. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) is a popular topic these days as all students are encouraged to explore scientific concepts within a group environment. There will be at least one challenge each week that will be tailored to each age group where students will have to “solve a problem” by building or creating! This will encourage teamwork, communication, science and math application, as well as some literature at points. Caution: Demonstrating hard work and determination may be byproducts of this class!

B. Kitchen ChemistryKathryn Eriksen

What do making meringue, bread, and ice cream all have in common?  They all involve chemistry!  In this fun, hands on class we will examine a new fundamental principle of chemistry utilizing ingredients from the kitchen each week.  Delicious snacks and treats will be made while watching chemical properties and reactions play out.  We will playfully explore the chemistry that makes food delicious.  By practicing the scientific method in a practical and fun way, students will learn to see chemistry all around them!

C. Let’s Move!  A Wellness Class for Mind, Body, and SpiritAshley Quigley

We know that exercising our body also benefits the mind and spirit, and we know that active play is especially beneficial to children’s growth and development.  This 4-week “Let’s Move!” movement class aims to provide opportunities for movement in a creative, fun, and educational way that also nurtures students’ emotional growth.  In addition to games and activities that get us jumping, stretching, throwing, and dancing, we’ll practice finding our breath, quieting our hearts, and calming our bodies.  You may find us jump roping, hula hooping, playing animal charades, balancing like trees, learning to manage big emotions, or tossing bean bags.  Come join in the fun!

Junior Division and High School:  Study HallAges 12 and up

We offer you a nice big table and an uninterrupted hour.  You’ll be amazed at the amount you can get accomplished with a quiet place to work!  Students must bring their own study materials and commit to maintaining a silent study hour from 1-2.  Students may not access the internet except by special arrangement between the parent and the Executive Director.


Afternoon Enrichment Teachers

  • Jen Benoit is in her second year at Deerstream. Her goal is to nourish students in their creativity, personal spiritual and academic growth by encouraging never-ending excitement in learning! Her son is in middle school at Deerstream and on any day you might find her enjoying walks with her husband, doing puzzles, or seeing what fun thing she can volunteer to take part of in church and community!
  • Sisi Byrdgraduated from Liberty University in 2015 with a degree in Psychology with a Human Services focus. While she absolutely loves social work, the Spanish language and culture has always been a huge passion of hers. Sisi’s family started a non-profit ministry in the beautiful country of Nicaragua over a decade ago and she has been on 28 trips there! Sisi attended a Spanish immersion school in Nicaragua for five months, where she learned how to speak fluently. She has been translating for mission teams for many years and is excited to teach children the beautiful language! Sisi is married to her college sweetheart, Kyle, and together they have a sweet and spunky 2-year-old daughter, Eloise. They recently moved to the Chapel Hill area and are excited to plant roots here!
  • Kathryn Eriksen received her BA in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Masters in Education from Wake Forest University. She taught in the Chapel Hill public school system for 7 years as a high school history teacher, and was awarded the district Teacher of the Year in 2010.  She then served as the Children’s Ministry Director at Christ Community Church for 7 years.  As an experienced teacher and leader, she loves helping students more completely understand the world around them.  She is married to the wonderful Rusty Eriksen and they have four fantastic kids.  She loves reading, her Peloton, and walks on the beach.
  • Michelle Harris  graduated from Covenant College with a degree in Elementary Education.   Her teaching career includes a year in Uzbekistan teaching English to middle and high school students, teaching 3rd and 4th grades, and teaching English as a second language. Thirteen years ago, she became a homeschooling mom to her 4 children: Sarah (at UNC), Nathan (at Durham Tech), Micah (in public school) and Ellie (at home). She has enjoyed teaching in the home as well as several different co-ops.
  • Kelly Kirk is the Executive Director of Deerstream Learning Center, a pastor’s wife, and mom to four teenagers.    She is really excited to invite our middle and high school students into positions of leadership at Deerstream.
  • Bethany Porter has a BFA in Fine Arts, with a major concentration in oil painting and a minor concentration in ceramics. She has taught art to children from preschool through high school in multiple settings, including art galleries and homeschool co-ops. She enjoys fostering a love of creating.
  • Ashley Quigley will teach Wednesday 10/11 Science class and the Thursday 9-11 year old writing class at Deerstream and is a homeschooling mom of four current and former Deerstreamers. She has a BA from UNC-CH, a Master of Social Work degree, and is a former high school teacher.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, yoga, gardening, and learning about the natural world.  
  • Emily Winslow is thrilled to return to Deerstream for her fourth year, teaching both elementary science and social studies.  Her background is in education, including homeschooling her daughters for the past 10 years.  Her oldest will be a sophomore at Davidson College and her youngest is finishing 10th grade at Deerstream and heading to Durham Tech.  When she is not teaching, she enjoys running with her dogs, being a Girl Scout leader, reading, and traveling with her family.   

Fall 2022 Afternoon Enrichment Class Registration

Please fill out a separate form for each student you are registering.
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
    Eat, play, and relax with friends from 12:15-1 PM. Available Thursdays for all ages. (Mondays and Wednesdays are full)
    For every pair of Cafe and Play + class, you are eligible for a $25 discount. For how many discounts are you eligible?
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    You will be invoiced for your total amount when your class is confirmed. Payment is due within 10 days of invoice. If payment is not received on time, your registration will be cancelled.
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