Wednesday, December 10, 2008

2 Fun Projects for the 16th Gathering!

When we meet at the New London Friends Meetinghouse on the 16th at 9:30 AM, there will be two fun projects for Community Thinkers. Pam is getting a craft together (see last blog entry about bringing supplies) while Anne leads us in making dog biscuits for a local animal shelter. There is a new large table at the Meetinghouse so we'll have room for both.

As always, potluck begins around 11:30 and there will be a corner set aside for outgrown books that need new homes.

Many thanks to Anne and Pam for pulling together the activities!


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Dec. 16th Meeting

How do people feel about having an ad hoc ornament making table for all ages at the Meeting House on Tuesday? We were thinking that everyone could bring random craft supplies (scissors, glue, paper, etc) and we could put them together any which way we please to make ornaments. I have a bunch of cardstock paper with holiday themes I would be happy to have cut up.

Cindy, is this an appropriate activity for this space?

What does everyone think?

Pam

Monday, December 8, 2008

12/9 Book Group

On Tuesday, December 9th, wander into the Teen Section of the Groton Public Library around 9:30 AM for a book discussion with librarian Ann.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Skating Tuesday 12/9

We will be at the Norwich Ice Rink again on Tuesday 12/9. This has been lots of fun -- even the 3-year-olds are skating! There is a place to sit and watch/chat for non-skaters.

Skating hours: 1 - 2:20.
$3 entry for homeschoolers, $3 for each rental.

You may also rent a bar to push around the ice -- kind of like a hurdle -- for those still getting used to skating for $3.

Monday, November 24, 2008

December 2nd and 16th

Community Think will be getting together at the New London Friends Meetinghouse on December 2nd and on December 16th. The doors will be open by 9:30 AM. The book discussion group will meet in the front room at 10:00. Potluck at 11:30 for anyone who wants to hang around and chat.

Our last gathering at the Meetinghouse was a lot of fun for all ages and included a Book Swap Table. All are welcome to bring books again.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Skating Again 11/25

We will be at Norwich Ice Rink again this Tuesday afternoon from 1 - 2:30. Ten of us skated last week, and we had the rink virtually to ourselves. It was fabulous!

$3 admission for homeschoolers; additional $3 for skate rental.

Directions from Rte. 395:

Take Exit 80 E/Downtown Norwich onto Rte 82. Go 0.9 miles.
Turn right on New London Turnpike
Rink is 0.7 miles down on the right.

Pam

Monday, November 17, 2008

Skating Tuesday

A few of us will be at Norwich Ice Arena Tuesday 11/18 from 1 - 2:20. If we get enough people (10, I think) we get a special group rate of $3/person. Skate rental is extra.

Pam

Thursday, November 13, 2008

November 18th Get Together

The next Community Think gathering will take place at the Groton Public Library on Tuesday, November 18 at 9:30 AM. (Click on the link for the library's home page which includes hours and directions.)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

JAM BAND

The Jam Band session will be on November 13th, at 1pm at the Bora household, 54 Eagle Ridge, Gales Ferry 06335
Rock On,
Anne

November 11th

New London Friends Meetinghouse
The "older" kids' book discussion group will meet in the front room at 10:00. Bring what you've been reading.

Does anyone have an activity idea for the younger kids?

There will be a Book Swap table for those who wish to swap out outgrown/finished books. Any BookCrossers in the group (www.BookCrossing.com)?

If you are able, please bring non-perishable food items for donation to a Food Bank of the group's choosing.

* When parking at the Meetinghouse, please do not block the shared driveway. There are spots under the pine trees along the drive (first car in please pull all the way forward so we can get everyone in). There are spots up front, along the road in front of the house next door, and one spot at the back of the meetinghouse.

11:30 AM -- Potluck for those who want to stick around for lunch.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Election Day Picnic at Harkness

The weather looks good, so let's plan to meet at Harkness Park in Waterford at 11:30 on Tuesday, November 4th. Bring lunch. We will try to get a group of tables near the parking lot.

Harkness has biking and walking paths, lots of grassy spaces, a mansion with lovely grounds to explore and a beach.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again!

Pam (and Nell, Simon and Ben)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Harkness Cancelled

I'm sorry, but the weather is not cooperating. I think it's best to cancel the Harkness Halloween gathering. Susan and I tried to find alternate locations in Waterford, but no dice.

If anyone would like to propose an alternate activity, I am happy to post the details here. Please email me at pambri@sbcglobal.net

Are people up for a Harkness Picnic next Tuesday, minus the costumes, weather permitting?

Pam

Monday, October 27, 2008

Jam Band

Anyone interested in a Jam Band session before Thanksgiving?
I am available on November, 6th or 13th. This time we will probably have it inside!
Just Rsvp at annebora@comcast.net
Thanks,
Rock On, Anne

Halloween

The Waterford Library does not allow costume parties in any of their community rooms.

The weather forecast for tomorrow (Tuesday) calls for rain. If it turns out to be a light drizzle, hearty souls can still meet at Harkness at 11. Heavy rain will cancel.

Keep your fingers crossed!

Pam

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Hallowe'en Get Together 11am Tue Oct. 28 at Harkness Park in Waterford

Come in costume. We will have a Costume Catwalk complete with prizes
for all. Older kids can be the judges. Please bring along any
Halloween-related activities you may have.

Rain location is still under consideration. We can probably get a room
at the Waterford Library, but we won't know that until Tuesday
morning. If it's raining, I'll call the library and try to reserve a
room. Please look for updates on the Community Think blog.

Hope to see everyone Tuesday!

Pam

Directions available at: http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325214

Monday, October 20, 2008

Veterans Day Meeting

Hello Everyone. The museums I called are all closed on Veterans Day. If the group would like a space to meet, I have permission for us to use the New London Friends Meetinghouse on that day. There is a front room with chairs (could be used for the older kids' book discussion?) and a back room with a couple tables and chairs. There is also a kitchen. No hot water at this time but a coffee maker and electric hot water machine are there along with microwave, refrigerator and range.

Perhaps we could meet for "tea and conversation" on that day. Another idea: maybe we could bring our outgrown books and have a small book sale to benefit a community service. Maybe bring food for the local pantry and donate that along with the proceeds from the books?

What does the group think?

The Meetinghouse is located at 176 Oswegatchie Road in Waterford. Parking there is a little tight but there is some on the street parking near the Meetinghouse and within a short walking distance.





Sunday, October 19, 2008

Comm. Think Costume Catwalk

For the Tuesday of Halloween week (Oct. 28), I was thinking we could have a Costume Catwalk at Harkness Park in Waterford. The kids will get an extra chance to wear their costumes, and to display all the skills they learned in Dramatic Games! Bigger kids could come up with superlatives for each other and for the younger kids. Spookiest costume, glitziest costume, funniest costume, etc. Everyone gets a certificate with their superlative written on it.

We can meet at eleven at one of the tables near the parking lot. Bring a lunch. Maybe a treat to share. Halloween activities if you have any. Play afterwards.

Additional ideas welcome.

Rain location under consideration. Probably Waterford Library.

Pam

Friday, October 10, 2008

CommunityThink Fall Session - Pt. II

Our first set of scheduled days at the Groton Pulbic Library clocks up on Tuesday, October 14th. But that doesn't stop the momentum of our wonderful growing group! Thanks to a great round-table chat on Tuesday, we generated a great line-up of events to take us right into the holiday season:

October 21st - Preston Farms Corn Maze 12 noon $4 (Organized by a CHEER HS family!) Many CommunityThinkers will be going, and we didn't want to schedule conflicting event. See: http://www.prestonfarmscornmaze.com/ Fun stuff!
No RSVP is required for this event, but a headcount is helpful. Contact: Pam Hayden pmh1116 @netscape.net
or Diane doctor_diane @hotmail.com if you have trouble reaching Pam

October 23rd - Homeschool Jam Band 1pm at the Bora Garage, 54 Eagle Ridge, Gales Ferry RSVP: annebora@comcast.net

October 28th - Costume Family Picnic at Harkness Park in Waterford, Rain Location: Wtfd Library? Pam Dolan, contact pambri@sbcglobal.net

November 4th - VOTE!

November 11th - Pending: Veterans Day (Libraries & many facilities closed.) Cindy Hyland, contact kipplefish@mac.com

November 18th - Pending: Holiday Bowl in Groton was discussed --- TBA

November 25th - Hiatus - Thanksgiving Week

December - Craft Day/Cookie Exchange/Potluck discussed --- TBA

January - Re-initiate Groton Public Library schedule, alternating Tuesdays with museum/film/leisure activities

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Homeschool Jam Band

The next jam session will be on
October 23rd, 1pm
at 54 Eagle Ridge
Gales Ferry, 06335

All musicians welcome!!!!!

RSVP annebora@comcast.net

Rock on,
Anne Bora
**Don't Forget to click on Comments to view & read!**

CommunityThink Winter Session Schedule Ideas?

October 14th is already the last day of the CommunityThink Fall session at Groton Public Library! We have 6 more days total at the Library in the June-to-June calendar they employ. Assuming a "Yes" on continuing our little project, how would we like to structure it?

- Should we look to starting up again in January, February or other?
- Would we like to keep the same day, Tuesdays, or shift to a different one?
- Would we like to keep six consecutive weeks OR
- Would we like to try every other week?
- If we do alternating weeks, would we like to add other options like Bowling, Roller Skating, Mini-Golf, Soup Kitchen, etc in the off-weeks?
- Are there inspired volunteers who would like to lead a workshop/series of workshops/class/club?
Kids, Parents, Grandparents, Friends, All-hands, Countrymen, lend us your ideas!!

Please respond to jenniferpryor@sbcglobal.net

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sunday, Sept 28th Volunteer Opportunity Is a Day at the Beach!

Please mark your calendar and bring the whole family:

Sunday, September 28th from 10am - 2 pm
Connecticut Fund for the Environment's "Picking Up the Pieces on Connecticut's Beaches"
Bluff Point State Park in Groton

I've spoken with contact/host MaryEllen Mateleska of Mystic Aquarium, 860.572.5955, ext. 156. She is pleased to welcome as many CommunityThinkers as are available. (Last year there were Coast Guard cadets & Boy Scouts that brought the number to 165!) Volunteers will be asked to fill out a liability form on site, and will be provided:
- gloves
- hand sanitizer
- trash bags
- water
- snacks

*And/or would we like to coordinate a group picnic or trek to local pizza in celebration...?!

If you've not been to Bluff Point before, you're in for a treat! There are great jogging & mountain-bike paths (leashed pet-friendly), quiet hike- or paddle-in beaches, fishing, a boat launch.... www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325178

Directions:
• Coming from I-95 North: Take exit 88. Turn right onto SR 117 South. Turn right at the end onto Route 1 South. Take a left at the first light onto Depot Road. Park entrance is at the end of the road.

• Coming from I-95 South: Take exit 88. Turn left onto SR 117 South. Turn right at the end onto Route 1 South. Take a left at the first light onto Depot Road. Park entrance is at the end of the road.

Connecticut Fund for the Environment is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and improving the land, air and water of Connecticut and Long Island Sound. For more, see www.ctenvironment.org

I'm sure CommunityThink Cleans Up nicely!

Independent Learners Rock! HS Jam Band, Anyone?

The Bora family has opened their garage to musicians! Konquer the karaoke, drive on drums, be the REal Guitar Hero...! Singer/songwriters, performer/players, roadies - all are welcome. Tuesday or Thursday are the preferred day options - please contact stalwart mom, Anne to discuss details in person on CommunityThink Tuesdays or at: annebora@comcast.net

Update:
Anyone interested in playing in a Jam Band?
We have the following musicians; electric guitarist, keyboard player, guitar/banjo. We have a drum set, karaoke with microphone and possible drummers. Any and all musicians are welcome.
I would like to pick a date, please let me know if any of these dates would work; Oct 2,14 23 or 28th.
1pm sounds like a good time.
At 54 Eagle Ridge ,Gales Ferry, the Bora's house.
We have a garage or basement available.
RSVP annebora@comcast.net
Thanks, Rock On
Anne

Schedule Seems to have Evolved!

Welcome to some new families today! Thank you, all, for participating and for more great ideas, input & feedback!
The shakedown cruise of initiating 3 x 40 minute sessions vs. 2 x 60 minute ones seems to have gone fairly well. Here is how it shaped up:

9:30 - 10:10
•Amigurumi - Room 2
Ages 6 - 106

•Little Guys Books’n’Social - Children’s Area
Ages 2 - 5ish

9:30 - 10:50
•Tween/Teen Book Chat - Teen Lounge
Ages 10+ with Anne Campbell

10:10 - 10:50
•Drama 1 - Room 2
Ages 5ish - 10

10:50 - 11:30
•Drama 2 - Room 2
Ages 11 - 15

•Cards & Games or Pok√©mon/Yugioh Club - Teen Lounge or Children’s Area
All Interest

•Books’n’Social - Children’s Area
All Interest

11:45 - ? - Sutton Park
•Lunch & Fun: Skateboarding, Pick-up Whiffleball, Basketball, Soccer, Creative Writers, Community Service Chat
(BYO ‘Boards, Scooters, Helmets, Balls, Picnic, Paper & Pen!)
All Interest

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Amigurumi Stuffi

Patient guidance is being provided for young and, ahem, less young alike. The experienced and moderately motivated could surely catch up/surpass quickly. There seems to be extra yarn & hooks around, but in general, please self-supply:
- 25grams or less (small skein?) of wool/yarn in at least 2 colors
- 17mm (about 5/8”) safety or googly eyes (Jennifer has a large bag of colorful button substitutes, if there's interest.)
- a 3.5mm, or size G crochet hook
- a little stuffing!
- needle & thread
- a little spare time & patience
*optional idea* key chain accoutrements to be able to attach to your new little friend to bring him/her everywhere!
If you have extra of any of the above, particularly the time & patience bit, please bring to share with friends!

That Crafty Gina says:
"I have a few extra hooks for those that don't, as well as a huge bag of eco-stuffing for everyone."

September 16th Activities & Ideas

Thank you all for joining us last week in the our very first meeting together - I’m sure it will be a wonderfully ever-evolving adventure! Many thanks to Anne Campbell, GPL Teen Librarian for coming to chat with us and introduce the library & its services. Support your local Book Box! Groton Public Library - respect!
Thanks to all, there was both terrific turnout and response.

This post has been edited to reflect updates on trial schedule. See Sept 16 postings!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

CommunityThink at Groton Public Library beginning Tuesday, Sept. 9!


We have indeed secured a space at the
Groton Public Library in Room 2 on
Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 for a
6-week series beginning Tuesday, September 9th!

We seem to once again have the fabulous dilemma of more offerings than available space, so we are being as creative as possible with the Library and nearby area opportunities:

September 9, 9:30-11:30
Introductory Social Hour, Information Exchange, CommunityThink Service Project Planning
- Please bring your ideas, resources, curriculum, etc to share!
- Sign-up, planning, materials list distribution (as needed) for classes
- Sign-up and planning of community service project. Ideas include: ongoing food and/or clothing drive, blanket-making project. Bring your ideas, pet projects, website resources.

September 16, 23, 30 and October 7, 14
9:30 - 10:30 Amigurumi with Gina Pressler (ages 6+ for dexterity)
Amigurumi is a japanese crochet art used to create intriguing little cuddly critters - according to Wikipedia, "the pervading aesthetic of amigurumi is cuteness!" See: http://www.flickr.com/photos/iningz/sets/171909/
Gina is a multi-talented homeschool mom of two who manages to add this class to her busy schedule somewhere between family life and her own salon business www.treehuggerorganic.com/ !

10:30 - 11:30 Drama Games with Kat O'Reilly (fairly all-ages)
Join the fun and discover your dramatic side! Drama exercises grow and refresh stage talents for any age. Kat brings her 1-2 combination of lengthy Professorial and HS Parental experience to the table in this always well-received program.

XX:00 Book Group for Tweens/Teens is being organized with the Groton Public Library
GPL Teen Specialist Librarian Anne Campbell is being consulted for her recommendations - would you like to add yours? Interested teens are welcome and highly encouraged to spearhead their own group!

11:30 - 12 Cleanup and transport to Ella Grasso Park or Groton Town Fields

12:00 - ? Lunch, CommunityThink Service Project focus group at the Pavilion (Weather dependent.)
Plus Freeplay, Playground, Skatepark, and pick-up soccer, basketball, wiffleball, kickball...?
Social networking and support - the world is our oyster!

CommunityThink is a collaborative, volunteer effort designed to create new educational, recreational and social community opportunities in a tolerant, supportive atmosphere for, and by independent learners in the Southeastern Connecticut area and beyond.

RSVP
If you plan to attend, kindly re:mail jenniferpryor@sbcglobal.net with the following info:
Parent/Family Name :
Parent/Family Email :
Parent/Family Phone :
Child Name :
Child Age:

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Update

You and I all have been hoping that the “no news is good news” quote would hold true for the CommunityThink project, but alas...!

After we blinded them with our prolific lineup in June, GP&R indicated it would be too complicated to do the required processing & screening of new instructors (in time for the fall session.) July was lost to vacation and telephone/email tag. As of Monday, August 4th, Groton Parks & Rec has backed away fairly completely from their original offer of useage of the William Seely building. At this point, the Director cannot even confirm or guarantee the Seeley building as available for outright rental (potentially $25/hr to non-profits with proof of insurance.) Building, remodelling & redistricting of Groton schools & community spaces has further complicated the bureaucratic element.

Additionally, the GP&R instructors who originally indicated they would be available have scheduled their classes for traditional post-3pm timeslots. We DO have the option, as parent volunteers, to go through the screening and class submission process of Parks & Rec to be able to offer (FREE!) classes at certain times at Seely in the Winter Session. GP&R then reserves the right to determine whether or not the classes would benefit the community. (Did we mention “FREE”?)

SO - as our own group, we still have all the makings, volunteers & willingness for something fabulous, but once again, lack the space. CAN YOU HELP?

Some of the considerations so far are local churches, firehouses and libraries - all very lovely (and FREE!) local assets. The primary limitation on these facilities is that they usually have only 1 or 2 rooms available. We could certainly request consecutive useage of a room or rooms in one of these facilities, but a portion of the community-building aspect does get lost....

An ideal situation would be:
- an already instructionally/public insured active building
- lounge/gathering space
- 2 to 6 additional class/meeting rooms (Experience shows that we need a bare minimum of 2 rooms, accommodating at least 10 pp each, in addition to the lounge/community gathering space.
- gym and/or stage area
- outdoor playspace
- walking access to town/city amenities (eateries, park, arts, etc)
- central to SECT, easy I-95 access (Groton, New London, Waterford, Norwich)
A tall order, indeed, but why not shoot for the moon?!

BRAINSTORM TIME!
Does anyone have contacts or further information about spaces that may be underutilized weekdays before 3pm:
Connectict College - Chapel, Halloran Center, Lyman Allyn, Arbortum, other...?
Community College spaces?
Museum Education center spaces?
Other area Art Centers, gyms, corporate spaces or Community Centers?

Another option, more complicated, but possible, private facility rental - residential or commercial. Anyone have a grand 10 bedroom victorian in their back pocket, or an unused business park/office building?

Less Plausible Considerations:
• The former Oral School - auditorium is rentable only at $70/hr with $1mil insurance, classroom space rented out privately or in poor condition
• Vacated Groton Schools including Noank, Westside, Groton Heights - pending use for Senior Center & not available and/or require extensive upgrades to be suitable/safe.
• Mystic Art Ctr has only 2 classrms, some daytime use
• Mystic YMCA - only 2 classrms, fairly high daytime use

It could still work! We can let our brilliance shine forward into collaborative success...!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Fall 2008 Schedule


(Click to enlarge schedule image.)

We have submitted the required Program Overview form and all Class Proposals with an organized schedule in a single package as requested to Groton Parks & Rec last Friday - before the June 15th deadline. The logistics are currently in discussion - I've requested a meeting this week.

Every effort was made to schedule within each hourlong timeslot:
- both free and pay options
- active/recreational and academic/enrichment options
- younger and older age range options
There is a brief break from 11:30 - 12. Participants may or may not choose consecutive programs, and
classes may or may not run quite the full hour, so there is a small allowance for transition.

Registration will be in August/Sep and further details are forthcoming. Although definitely not as seen on TV, schedule "is
subject to change" and "additional fees may apply" ;0)

Deepest gratitude & kudos to all of our volunteers,
instructor-organizers and instructors, including:
Deb Adamson
Anne Bora
Donna Gillen
Lynn Kinnaman
Caterina Maxwell
Kat O'Reilly
Lisa Ory
Gina Pressler
Bailey Pryor
Maria Marques
Marissa Mills
Elizabeth Rummell
Lee Rummell
Heather Thompson
Thank you, also, to those who considered lending your
talents for a class, (maybe next time!), ...and
EVERYone contributing ideas, classes and support both
in person and online!

Mission, Proposal & Execution

Mission:
CommunityThink is a collaborative effort to create new educational, creative, recreational & social opportunities at no or minimal cost in a tolerant, supportive atmosphere for, and by independent learner families in Groton & its broader community.

Proposal:
Classes & workshops will be organized to occur with assorted options for various age ranges on a single weekday - Tuesday -
at the Groton Parks & Recreation operated William Seely School facility in Groton. The 6-week mini semester will follow the Groton Parks & Recreation (GP&R) calendar, beginning with the fall session, the week of September 14th, 2008.

Execution:
Through a developing resource of pros & volunteers, class topics will vary for each semester. Instructors can submit standard GP&R Class Proposal form for the fall session by June 10th to:
Jennifer Pryor at jenniferpryor@sbcglobal.net
or 35 Pearl St., Mystic, CT 06355

Additional classes by available current GP&R and other professional instructors are highly encouraged at a fee pro-rated for the shorter session. (If you know or recommend someone personally, give them a call!) Resident/non rates may still apply.

A per family, per session registration/facility fee may apply - allowing family members to participate in as many of the free classes as desired & age-appropriate. Free class participant families would be expected to remain on-site and volunteer in-kind services through teaching, monitoring, clean-up etc.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

A New Community Learning Opportunity

CommunityThink is designed to create new educational, recreational and social community opportunities in a tolerant, supportive atmosphere for, and by independent learners in the Southeastern Connecticut area and beyond.

The idea is essentially a hybrid program: we solicit pro (pay) instructors for classes we'd like to see, and supplement that programming with our (free) CommunityThink volunteer effort to create a range of topics & affordability. The options are ENDLESS! We finally have space & opportunity together! What would you like to see? What can you offer?
Jump in, ask around and fill out a form!

As of Friday, May 30th, 2008, the CommunityThink concept has a green light!
Groton Parks&Rec (GP&R) Program Director, Ben Morse, gave the go ahead to recruit instructors & submit our class overview forms for a daytime program for a 6-week mini-session on Tuesdays at William Seely School beginning the week of September 14th, 2008! Wahoo!

*If you have a class idea, NOW is the time!* You can lead it yourself, ask a talented friend, or invite an instructor to fill out the GP&R form (email jenniferpryor@sbcglobal.net for form) and drop off/return it by mail to:
Jennifer Pryor
35 Pearl Street
Mystic, CT 06355

by JUNE 9th (or email me for extension!)

From here, we will put together the CommunityThink class portfolio and schedule and submit it all at once to Parks&Rec. (Sorry for the short notice, GP&R has moved up their catalogue deadline by 2 months!)

COSTS & TIMING
Start times will coincide with the GP&R calendar sessions for a Fall (Sep-Oct), Winter (Jan-Feb) and Spring (Apr-May). The shorter sessions will hopefully allow for a more manageable time chunk for volunteers, and reduced rates for pros.

The idea is to offer up both pay and free/nominal fee programming to balance out the overall costs for families. We are proposing a facility fee of $20 per family, per session fee to take as many of the CommunityThink volunteer (free) programs as you like. Upon registration for the free classes, each family would receive a list of ways in which they can contribute in return - from organizing/instructing a class to hosting/monitoring a playgroup to cleanup or...?

The interest from seasoned pro instructors is building - including L'Ana Burton of CDC Lyman Allyn/Dragon's Egg fame and Lee Rummel of the former Brenda Kerr Theater. (Thank you, Heather Thompson for pursuing them!)

PRICING
Determined by the instructor. Parks&Rec has just initiated a small mark-up fee (up to $5) for pro classes and will make recommendations for a "saleable rate" if you wish, but all fees essentially go to instructor. Pros may suggest a higher minimum-to-run number to offset lower fees.

MINIMUM/MAX
Set by instructor and determined by classroom space requirements. The classrooms have a capacity of approximately 25 for seated instruction and 15 for movement. The gym and meeting lounge have higher capacities of approximately 30 - 75.

AGE RANGE
Set by instructor.
*tip* If age-specific, you may wish to allow for a year's worth of wiggle room on either end of age range to account for maturity variations. My personal experience with P&R registration is that the computer will often NOT allow numbers outside of a designated age-range to register without instructor consent.

SCHEDULE
We will try to let the instructors' ideal times dictate the schedule. Following a lead from preliminary classtime submissions, timeslots could look like this:
9:30-10:30
10:30 - 11:30
11:30 - 12 (shortie or break)
12:00 - 1
1:00 - 2
2:00 - 3
Shorter/longer or over-lapping times will probably work fine, as well. Fill out the form with your IDEAL time and maybe add a post-it with a 2nd choice. We hope to establish a number of options for various age-ranges to occur throughout the day.

Tuesday was chosen soas not to conflict with the Green Street homeschool co-op in Middletown on Wednesdays, nor the local museum programs often offered on Thursdays & Fridays. The Seely building is also widely available on Tuesday.

FACILITY
The William Seely building is a small former school just seconds from I-95 at the SubBase exit. It is situated on its own cul-de-sac and has plenty of parking, as well as lots of outdoor playing field space, a baseball diamond, basketball hoop, hardtop and several play structures. Inside, there are four classrooms (two empty for movement classes) with counters and sinks. There is a gym/stage room, a kid-friendly lounge/playroom and a meeting lounge.

JUMP IN!
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO FORWARD AND/OR RE:MAIL AND JUST ADD YOUR NAME TO THE INTEREST LIST!
Thanks for your help & enthusiasm -

Jennifer
jenniferpryor@sbcglobal.net