Fall Programming at the MKC – Call Program Director, Amy Eckhouse if you are interested in any of these opportunities. 773-925-8686 ex 50014th Graders A FUN/CREATIVE OPPORTUNITY Cost: $5.00
Fourth Graders are invited to sign up for a fun, creative after school program sponsored by the Maria Kaupas Center (MKC)…facilitated by Monica Pletz, artist and entrepreneur in the community.
Scholars will explore their imagination through this 8 week ART course that meets on Thursdays from 3:45- 5:00. Each lesson reflects different types of art in fun, interactive ways. Our course will use materials that range from commonly used household objects to items found in nature. We will look at methods of mastering perspective, dimensions, color theory, and elements of design. The participants' creations will illuminate and decorate our center to inspire others.
By signing up for this activity, your son/daughter is making a commitment to attend all sessions for 8 weeks. Sept. 18, Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, and 20.
4th and 5th Graders
Attention ALL MUSIC lovers! – Scholars will explore different aspects of music as a way of self-expression. Musical activities will include singing, drumming, chiming and playing the recorder.
Fourth and Fifth graders are invited to sign up for a fantastic after-school program sponsored by the Maria Kaupas Center (MKC)…facilitated by Harmony, Hope and Healing. This project will teach scholars how to use their voices, drums and recorders. At the end of the program in November, scholars will possibly perform a concert for the Sisters of St. Casimir, family and friends. This 8 week group will meet on Tuesdays at 3:30 in the Maria Kaupas Center beginning on September 16, 2014. Because the The program is, primarily grant funded, the cost is only $5.00.
Due to limited space, we can ONLY accommodate the participants – no siblings.
By signing up for these musical activities, your son/daughter is making a commitment to attend all sessions for 8 weeks. Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, 30 ( THURS) and Nov. 4 (concert) – Space is limited to the 50 participants. Don’t miss this fun opportunity! J
6th and 7th Graders
A fantastic sewing opportunity! Cost: $5.00 – Covers the patterns and some of the snacks.
I Hope you had a good summer and maybe even spent some time sewing. :) Because you excelled in the after school class last year, you are being invited to be part of the new class of experienced 6th and 7th grade seamstresses. This class will focus on laying out a pattern for pajama pants, pinning and cutting them out, and using the skills you learned last year to sew them. In keeping with the MKC tradition, we will also make a hat/scarf for the homeless and a pillow for the Ronald McDonald House.
The group will meet on Wednesdays from 4:15-6:00 in the Maria Kaupas Center (MKC) Sewing Studio. September 17, 24, October 1, 15, 22, 30 (Thursday), Nov. 5, 12, and 19.
Basic guitar lessons
No need to own a guitar to participate in this activity.
Facilitated by Maria Sandoval, this group will learn the basics about the guitar. You will learn the parts of the guitar and how to play different chords. By the end of the 7 week session, you will be able to play at least 5 different songs. This group will meet on Mondays from 4:15-5:15 - September 15, 22, 29,October 6, October 20, October 27, and November 3.
Catalyst Maria 5th Graders
Welcome to Cooking with Maria. Experienced Cook, Maria Milan will be teaching your daughters/sons how to prepare and cook something themselves. They'll be learning how to make cookies, appetizers, desserts, and entrees.
Cooking classes will meet at 4:15-5:30 on Fridays September 19, October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24 and family night – Nov. 7.
Catalyst Maria 7th GRADERS
– Tweens Talk
Facilitated by Program director, Spiritual Advisor, Amy Eckhouse, this group plans to make sure these fourteen-year-olds having left the security of elementary school and facing the new and sometimes frightening world of high school, keep God in their lives so that He can help them make this exciting but often challenging transition.
Open/honest conversations about daily issues…
If the shutters are closed, the sunlight will not get in…
I am only as happy as my relationships are happy
If I want peace in my life, I have to BE peace
If only I had changed myself first, then by example, I would have changed my family/friends/mom/dad…
How we are in our relationships affects how we hear God
This group will meet from 4:15-5:15 September 12, 19, October 10, 17, 24, Nov. 7, and 14.
Facilitated by Villanova graduate, former English teacher, Cheryl Tolish, the 7th and 9th Graders are invited to enroll in an eight week creative writing workshop sponsored by the Maria Kaupas Center. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with language and explore a variety of literary genres, including poetry, short stories and skits. Writers will learn the importance of characters and settings, sensory detail, figurative language, strong word choice, illustrations and interesting conflicts as they progress through the class. Students will share their writing with each other and with the instructor and will choose their best work to be included in an end of class anthology. Class is limited to 8 scholars, so register now! J
The group will meet on Tuesdays for 8 weeks. Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, and Nov. 4. Scholars in this program will come directly to the Maria Kaupas Center, located at the south end of the 2nd floor, next to the elevator (look for the blue door with the spiral), at dismissal. At 5:15, the 7th graders will be escorted out to the parking lot. The 9th graders may stay in the center until it closes at 6:00.
Erin Bell is a paraprofessional at Catalyst-Maria High School working with students with special needs. She is a graduate student at Lesley University studying Dance Movement Therapy and Counseling. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Bradley University. Erin has 20 years of dance experience and presently choreographs and teaches dance to both youth and adults at St. James A.M.E. Church.
The Maria Kaupas Center is very excited to offer a class in Dance Movement. A fairly recent therapeutic approach, which has been recognized as a highly effective modality with the special needs population, is dance movement therapy. Dance movement therapy allows for creativity and self-expression. It develops the ability to organize thoughts and feelings verbally while meeting the child at their own functional level. Other therapies, such as art and music, are also beneficial to this population; however, dance movement therapy involves the body as a whole (including the mind) resulting in a greater development of self and sense of belonging. This practice uses movement and rhythm to address functional disabilities such as:
· Visual and Auditory Sequencing and Memory
· Personal Space of Others, Spatial Orientation and Directionality
· Social Skills
· Body Image
· Body Awareness
· Coordination and Rhythm
· Motor Skills
· And many more…
Overall, dance movement is a great way to aid in the removal of social barriers and to overcome interpersonal contact by offering movement as a tool for communication helping these children grow into their own identity.
Dance Movement Therapy will meet from 4:15-6:00 three times a week for eight weeks. The group will begin on September 15 in the Maria Kaupas Center and end on November 24. Meeting dates are as follows: September 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 29, Oct. 1, 6, 10, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, Nov., 3, 5, 7, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, and Nov. 24
Cooking with Mary Prete - “Pretey” - Good Food!
Learn how to cook favorite meals from breakfast to lunch to dinner. We will make pancakes, omelets, homemade spaghetti and lots more. Be the best cook in your house; it’s easier than you think.
Cooking classes will meet on Mondays September 15, 22, 29 October 6 and have a family night on October 20.
You are invited to sign up for an adult sewing class where you will learn how to run a sewing machine, practice stitches, make a shoulder bag for yourself and pillows for the Ronald McDonald House. There might be time to make some pillows for yourself.
The group will meet on Mondays from 1:30-3:00 in the Maria Kaupas Center. You can enter the building under the blue awning at the south end of the parking lot.
September 15, 22, 29 – Mondays
October – 6, 14 (Tuesday), 20, 27
PLEASE CALL Amy Eckhouse 773-925-8686 x 5001 to reserve your spot
Adult Diabetes Education Class- (partnering with Holy Cross Hospital) held at the Maria Kaupas Center on Thursdays from 1-3
English Language Learning (ELL) – Held at the Maria Kaupas Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Sept. 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, Oct. 2, 7, and 9. From 12:00- 2:00.