Love fashion? Interested in developing your personal style? Or learning about different careers in the industry? Come join AFE's first ever Fashion Club, for grades 7-12, starting on
September 21st. We will be discussing a range of fashion careers, famous fashion designers, and personal style. There will be lots of hands-on activities to inspire and help you create your own look. Our club will culminate in an all-school fashion show in February or March (TBD).
The Fashion club will meet on Tuesdays from 2:30-4:00. The first meeting will be on September 21st, 2:30-4:00 at AFE (room to be determined).
The fashionART show is at the Civic Center on Friday, September 24th at 7:00. General
admission tickets are $24.00. Anyone who would like to go as a group, please let me know! It's a really fun event and a great way to inspire the fashionista in all of us. Questions? Email Laura.
Fridays from noon - 2 in the Palazzo Studio
**Beginning September 23**
Open Art Studios is now Create Space!
Do you like to draw? Paint? Sew? Knit? Make Shrinky Dinks? Or want to learn how to do any of these? Then come join us on Friday afternoons for Create Space! You can use whatever supplies are available in the studio or bring your own. The idea is to work and share the space with creative people of all kinds doing what they love while inspiring each other. Come learn something new or teach others something you know. My personal goal this year is to do more sewing so I will be bringing my machine and current sewing projects to work on. I would be happy to help anyone learn or better their sewing skills. I am working on supplying AFE with a
few sewing machines so students won't have to bring their own. And don't worry... For those folks who just want to come in and make Shrinky Dinks all day (you know who you are) we will still have plenty of those to do too!
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
*** I am also looking for parent volunteers who would be interested in signing up to man the
studio from time to time or to come in and offer to teach us something cool!
- Karylann Love
New Music at AFE
Acappella Group "Hamilton"
Intermediate to advanced singing group, is primarily for HS, by audition. Middle schoolers accepted with audition. Will feature selected songs from the popular musical, "Hamilton." Starts Friday, 9/23 10:00-11:30.
Middle school and high school. 5th graders w/ adult or assistance. First songs: Shady Grove/Road to Lisdoonvarna. Starts Friday, 9/16 10:00 -11:30.
Native American Pow Wow Workout
and Parenting Classes
Join us in the MPR for a family workout. Stay for parenting classes.
FREE at BSSC
Pow Wow Work out 6:00- 6:45
Parenting class 6:45-8:00
Contact Bianca Crowbear for more information.
(Her group performed at our campus wide Día De Los Niños celebration last April.)
Do you enjoy making movies or want to learn? Do you want to meet people who
could help you with your own film projects? Do you want to prepare for
Follywood? Then come to the Filmmakers Club! Each class session, we will go
over a different film concept and discuss the dos and don’ts of filming. Then we
will have a chance to explore what we learn by making a short 1-5 minute film in class. There will
also be opportunities to work on your own film projects. Please bring your own filming equipment
to class. 1-2:30 on Mondays beginning 9/12. For more information, please contact
Wednesdays, 11:00-12:40, most likely all year. (Which does NOT conflict
with volleyball or JSA - yay!)
First Class Wed. Sept 21.
Description: This class will provide an opportunity for students to tackle diverse real-world problems in pairs, small groups, and as a whole class. Problems will range from those
that can be solved in a few minutes to those requiring multiple class periods to complete.
Contexts will include science, social science, economics, logic puzzles, engineering, geometry, statistics, and more. Although most of each class period will be spent in paired or small-group problem solving, we will also have whole-group discussions of some problems, and I will explain or review concepts as needed when it appears that multiple students may be struggling with them. Although the class is definitely NOT a test-prep class, the problem-solving opportunities will be good practice for many of the types of problems now found on the SAT and other standardized tests. My goal is that after the problems in my class, those problems seem easy.
Prerequisites: This class is designed for middle and high school students who are already comfortable with skills typically found in pre-algebra and algebra 1 classes. Specifically, students should be able to:
Understand and calculate with decimals, fractions, mixed numbers, negative numbers,
and exponents (calculators will be allowed and even encouraged in class, but it is still
expected that they should generally be able to do these operations with simple numbers
without a calculator)
Calculate using percents, including finding a percent of a number and percent
Model problems with expressions and equations using variables (i.e. D dogs and C
chickens have 4D + 2C legs)
Solve multi-step linear equations (solve for x: 2(x + 4) = 6x - (5x - 2))
Set up and solve proportions (i.e. how much fertilizer is needed for a 32 square foot field if
you are supposed to use 2 tablespoons per 5 square feet?)
Graph points and equations
Calculate perimeter, area, and volume of simple and more complicated shapes
Expectations: Students are expected to come to class with paper, pencil, and calculator,
ready to focus, try their best, and work cooperatively with every other student in the class for the
entire class period. Attitude and effort are far more important to me (and to learning math in
general) than specific mathematical background or skills. Each student brings a unique and
valuable perspective to each problem if they are willing to focus and put their best effort into the
task at hand.
Questions? Email Elizabeth Andrews
for 9th/10th graders
With the 2016 election on the horizon (and Hamilton winning a record-breaking number of Tonys), government and politics are a hot topic! Since 9th and 10th graders will not likely be able to take Joanne’s government class (with preference going to Juniors and Seniors), Leisl Ludington and Ruthie Yarme have decided to offer our own take on American Politics and Government. We will cover the historical roots of US government, our Constitution, federal government institutions, politics (including this presidential election, of course), and the roles of state and local governments . We will be using the lyrics and music from Hamilton often as we learn about the history of our democracy and discuss the structure of the US government. As we close out the semester, we will be asking the big questions… How can we be better stewards and advocates? Where can our voices be heard?
What actions can we take within our system to change the world? If you have any questions,
please feel free to contact either of us.
CLAY STUDIO for ALL AGES, Tuesdays from 1-3pm starting Sept. 13!!
If you like to get your hands dirty then this is the place for you! AFE’s open clay studio meets once a week for 2 hours. You can come every week, you can come for half the class, you can bring your parent, or NOT, unless of course you are under 9 years old then they have to tag along.
The class is unstructured which allows you to work on whatever project you like once you have the basics down, which most of you do. For newbies to clay I will get you up to speed and you will be making cool sculptures or cups or bowls in no time at all. The class is mostly hand building, we have a slab roller and lots of texture tools and we do have wheels that you
can try, and try, and try until you are throwing like an animal. Of course wheel work brings the hands dirty up another level, sometimes to head to toe messy.
The cost is $30 per student per semester, which pays for clay,
glazes and firings. However, no one will be turned away. Any questions, you can call me at 818-8660.
Water the Weeds Teen Improv
Hey folks. Collaborative spontaneous unscripted plays are back. Come explore this way of being human. Iris is an amazing assistant and we have planned a spicy session. 9 classes and a show.
Show is on Sunday Nov. 13.
$100 Sibs: $80 each.
Rm 2, 4:15 to 5:45
Sept 21-Nov 16 Wednesdays
Love and blessings, Joya.
Call to register.
JSA (Junior State of America) is a student-run organization focused on politics and current events, and AFE students can participate! Our chapter meets every Wednesday at 2:30pm in Room 2, with a variety of activities such as debates, thought talks, and crisis scenarios. JSA
is predominantly a high school club, but interested eighth graders are welcome to attend!
High school JSA at AFE is starting September 14th! Come to our first meeting at 2:30-4pm in room 2 and discuss politics and social issues, hang out, and eat food (provided). Around half of AFE's high school takes part in JSA and loves it. Hope to see you there!
Games & Puzzles Group
Come over to Classroom 2 every Friday from noon to three (or whatever part of those three hours work for you) for good times with friends old and new, and AFE's very large collection of award-winning and classic games for all ages! Bring your own games and/or snacks to share as well! The youngest among us can often be found sitting in the middle of the room playing with Lego or blocks, or outside playing tag, in addition to the games, and parents can usually be found socializing, knitting, etc. while playing games, so truly something for everyone! There is also a group of young artists who like to come and sketch and show each other their artwork in addition to playing games
An Ode to Games
I want to tell you a bit about board games and their benefits. We've been playing lots of games in my birth family, then in my own family, and with friends. Here's what I have observed:
Games boost social confidence. Social interactions are complex and complicated.
During a game, social anxiety is low, because interactions are usually limited to
exchanges about the game. So even kids with slower social development can interact
easily with fellow players of all ages. People learn how competition and cooperation work
in a friendly environment, and how to learn from others who can already play the game.
Games boost a sense of mastery and skill confidence, and teach how to approach
any problem in a step-by-step way. Dealing with a wealth of information about the world
(and learning for school) can feel a bit overwhelming. Games have fairly simple rules, are
learned step by step, and can be mastered with practice. This is a microcosm of how
learning works, and teaches the patience and persistence necessary to get good (and
Games teach how to lose. Failing and losing happens in games by default (even to Sam
and Arthur Shemitz, occasionally), and many people I know have gone from feeling upset
and mad about losing to taking it with good grace and humor. (Or at least with the
knowledge of how they can improve next time.)
Games teach strategic thinking and problem solving. Many of our RC games are
strategy games. You learn how to plot your course to winning, from simple linear plans to
complicated networks of strategy. People with high artistic skills ("right brainers")
especially benefit from this, as they often have trouble with linear, sequential thinking.
Games teach math and reading. My son Erik learned to read and do math with
Pokémon cards. Many games that kids can get enthusiastic about boost their skills very
easily, and pave the way for future enthusiasms about learning.
Enough for now, there's probably more! What do you think are benefits of board games?
AFE Madrigal Singers
We will be continuing this year! We alternate rehearsing between Friday and Saturday
10:30-12:00 in rm. 1. Starting Saturday, 9/10. If you are an experienced Choral singer with an
affinity for early music and would like to join our group, please contact Therese at
AFE Basic Rocketry Class
All ages are invited (parent helper needed for 10 and under) to join a quick romp through
rockets, taught by members of the AFE rocketry team. Over three Mondays at AFE, students will
explore the basic properties of rockets and will build a water rocket and a model rocket with a
small Estes A-class motor… and launch both. Please NOTE: Dates are tentative and will be
finalized via email after fire and school permissions are completed.
Mon. 9/19, 2:30pm - 4pm (Build and Launch Water Rocket)
Mon. 9/26, 2:30pm - 4pm (Build Model Rocket)
Mon. 10/3, 2:30pm - 4pm (Model Rocket Launch)
Sign Ups: AFE Gathering on 8/31, or in RC.
Class size limited to 25.
Suggested Donation for Materials: TBD.
Questions? Email Jay.