Specialty Classes

Our Specialty Classes are offered for our SMP girls through our seniors. We offer a variety of year-round programs and workshops from hip hop, gymnastics, and fairy tale science to SAT, ACT, and PSAT college prep courses. 

Fun, discovery, and investigation await every child in a creative, supportive, and enriched environment rooted in St. Mary’s Episcopal School’s mission.

ECC Specialty Classes

Birthday Bash Grades SMP-SK

Let’s Celebrate!  Once a month, we will have a birthday bash for the girls whose birthday falls within each specific month.  We will decorate our own birthday cupcakes, create our own birthday hats, and so much more as we celebrate ourselves and each other!  This special class is just for girls whose birthday falls within the specific month and you must register through our office. Please note:  If your daughters birthday is in June, she may register for the May Birthday Bash class.

Instructors: Auxiliary Staff
Schedule: Fridays, February 22, March 22, April 26, and May 10
3:15-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $25 each
Min/Max: 6/15


Jr. Chefs Grades SMP-SK

Icing, sprinkles, candy, OH MY! In these very popular classes, the kids will decorate their favorite desserts and create fabulous themed treats! Whip your way over to Jr. Chefs for a sweet afternoon!

Instructors: Martha May & Allison Coates
Schedule: Fridays, February 8 & April 12
3:30-4:15 p.m.
Cost: $25 each
Min/Max: 10/25


Friday Flings Grades PK-5th

Friday flings are back for the spring and we are ready to have some fun! Enjoy a night out while the girls stay in at school with exciting games, crafts, and activities that will go along with a nightly theme each month. Dinner is included.

Instructors: Auxiliary Staff
Schedule: Fridays, February 8, March 22, April 26, and May 10
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Cost: $40 each night
Min/Max: 10/40


Story Illustration Grades JK-SK

We will explore the works of famous illustrators.  The girls will have the opportunity to experiment with different media.  Drawing inspiration from published illustrators, each girl will create a simple storyboard of their own.

Instructor: Molly Logan
Schedule: Mondays, February 25 - April 29 (no class March 11 & April 22)
3:15-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $150
Min/Max: 8/18


Soccer 101 Grades JK-SK

Young athletes in this session will work in a fun environment that will focus on basic skills and teamwork. Girls will be taught in small groups tailored to suit each age and ability level.

Instructor: Kate Fairless
Schedule: Tuesdays, March 19 - April 9
3:30-4:15 p.m.
Cost: $100
Min/Max: 8/24

Lower School Specialty Classes

Birthday Bash Grades 1st-5th

Let’s Celebrate!  Once a month, we will have a birthday bash for the girls whose birthday falls within each specific month.  We will decorate our own birthday cupcakes, create our own birthday hats, and so much more as we celebrate ourselves and each other!  This special class is just for girls whose birthday falls within the specific month and you must register through our office. Please note:  If your daughters birthday is in June, she may register for the May Birthday Bash class.

Instructors: Auxiliary Staff
Schedule: Fridays, January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26, and May 10
4:00-4:45 p.m.
Cost: $25 each
Min/Max: 6/15


Tasty Treats Grades 1st-5th

Calling All Sweetie Pies- Move over, Cupid! These edible Valentines will win the hearts of everyone in the family. There is no sweeter way to say “Be Mine” than with this collection of Valentine’s Day treats.

Hop Into Spring- Let’s hop into Spring with these edible sweets that are so cute, the Easter bunny will want some too.

Instructors: Mary Clayton Garavelli & Heather Hendry
Schedule: Fridays, February 8 & April 12
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 each
Min/Max: 10/30


Friday Flings Grades PK-5th

Friday flings are back for the spring and we are ready to have some fun! Enjoy a night out while the girls stay in at school with exciting games, crafts, and activities that will go along with a nightly theme each month. Dinner is included.

Instructors: Auxiliary Staff
Schedule: Fridays, February 8, March 22, April 26, and May 10
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Cost: $40 each night
Min/Max: 10/40


Study Skills Grade 5th (Open to the Community)

Improve your students learning effectiveness and make study time more efficient.  Practice time management, note taking skills, textbook study methods, test taking strategies, and critical thinking skills.

Instructor: Deena Phillipy
Schedule: Saturday, February 23
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $180
Min/Max: 6/15


Makers: Make It, Wear It Grades 1st-5th

Design and make your own zippered pencil pouch, modge-podge trinket boxes and Shrinky-dink pins!

Instructor: Jessica Lancaster
Schedule: Friday, March 1
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $45
Min/Max: 6/16


Lettering Love Grades 4th-5th

The girls will learn basic modern calligraphy letters and how to use the letters in any size and on any surface! The skills will include letter anatomy and styles, how to scale and set up perspective, how to choose the appropriate writing tools and how to add art to personalize a piece.

Instructor: Judy Bearman
Schedule: Monday, March 4
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Cost: $35
Min/Max: 6/15


Soccer 101 Grades 1st-2nd

Young athletes in this session will work in a fun environment that will focus on basic skills and teamwork. Girls will be taught in small groups tailored to suit each age and ability level.

Instructor: Kate Fairless
Schedule: Tuesdays, March 19 - April 9
4:15-5:00 p.m.
Cost: $100
Min/Max: 8/24


Track Grades 3rd-5th

This conditioning and introduction to running class will help shake out the cobwebs of winter. The goal of the class is to improve fitness levels by emphasizing running/walking as a fun activity that can be enjoyed now and throughout life.

*Pick up from this class will be at the Upper School track.

Instructor: Holly Hensarling
Schedule: Thursdays, March 21 - April 25
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $150
Min/Max: 8/20


Cheerleading Grades 1st-2nd

Cheerleading is one of the most popular sports among young girls. Cheering is a great opportunity to get out and be active. Students in the class will learn proper hand and body movements along with jumping techniques. There will be a parent demonstration on the last day of class.

Instructor: Mary Clayton Garavelli
Schedule: Tuesdays, March 26 - April 30
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $150
Min/Max: 8/15


Sewing Club Grades 1st-5th

Join us for five weeks of sewing.  We will make American Girl doll clothes as well as some new and creative projects.  Girls will learn to sew different stitches, sew on buttons, and add trims.

Instructors: Gwen Collier, Barbara Person, Heather Hendry
Schedule: Tuesdays, March 26 - April 23
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $150
Min/Max: 10/30


Soccer Clinic Grades 3rd-5th

This clinic is for players of all skill levels. Players will be coached in small groups that are tailored to suit each person’s age and ability level. Each player should bring soccer shoes, a soccer ball, shin guards, tennis shoes, and a water bottle.

Instructor: Kate Fairless
Schedule: Wednesdays, March 20 - April 24
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $150
Min/Max: 8/24


Volleyball 101 Grades 3rd-5th

Bump, set, and spike!  This beginners guide to volleyball will be the perfect fit. Your daughter will learn the importance of teamwork as she develop new skills such as serving, passing, and more.

Instructor: Hannah Womack Uzcategui
Schedule: Mondays, April 1 - May 6 (no class April 22)
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $125
Min/Max: 8/20


Wacky Science Grades 3rd-5th

It’s time to put your goggles on and get ready to mix, pour, and test out several wacky experiments in this four week class.  Create hypothesis, make observations, and share your conclusions with one explosive science experiment each week.

Instructor: Kristen Hehn
Schedule: Thursdays, April 4 - April 25
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $120
Min/Max: 6/15


Makers: Kitchen Chemistry Grades 1st-5th

Learn about the science of mixing and combining different ingredients in the kitchen.  Make rock candy, DIY ice cream and more in this yummy camp!

Instructor: Jessica Lancaster
Schedule: Friday, April 5
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $45
Min/Max: 6/16


Makers: Space Out Grades 1st-5th

Explore all the amazing objects that make up space while building stomp rockets, space slime and more!

Instructor: Jessica Lancaster
Schedule: Friday, May 3
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $45
Min/Max: 6/16

Middle School Specialty Classes

Mahjong Grades 6th-8th

Join in the fun and learn how to play Mahjong with your peers.  Students will get to know the history and the ins and outs of this game that has recently been seen in movies, such as Crazy Rich Asians.  In this eight week class, your will learn how to read tiles, translate American’s version code, rituals of the game, trading, order of play, and how to win!   

Instructor: Henrietta Alverez
Schedule: Wednesdays, February 13 - April 10 (no class Mar 13)
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Cost: $200
Min/Max: 6/12


Babysitter Training Boys and Girls Ages 12-15 years old

Babysitter lessons and safety training is an important program for potential babysitters providing extensive training in pediatric first aid, household safety, and the fundamentals of childcare. Students will learn how to handle choking and first aid basics for emergency response.

Instructor: Judy Bearman; RN
Schedule: Saturday, March 2
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $100
Min/Max: 6/15


Artland Grades 6th-8th

Artland is for students who love art and want to engage with like minded peers.  Students are encouraged to develop originality and personal expression in their work as they explore various two and three dimensional media.  Projects are different each semester.

Instructor: Elizabeth Garat
Schedule: Tuesdays, March 19 - May 7
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Cost: $170
Min/Max: 7/12

College Prep Specialty Classes

ACT Prep Workshops For girls and boys entering grades 10th-12th

This class provides comprehensive reviews of math, science, and verbal skills necessary for taking the ACT.  Students also learn test taking strategies and complete practice tests during the class.  Students need to bring a small lunch/snack and calculator they plan on using for the exam; all other materials and practice tests provided.

*NEW TIME* *NEW COST*

Session: 2 Saturdays, February 23 & March 3; 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; $350

Session: 2 Saturdays, May 11 & 18; 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; $350

Music Lessons

Traditional Music Lessons

St. Mary’s is pleased to offer several options for private music lessons to our students and families. Violin, piano, voice, and guitar lessons are available. Students taking music lessons after school may stay in the after care program free of charge until their lesson time and will receive a snack, enjoy recreation, and older girls will have a designated homework time. Siblings are also welcome to take lessons at St. Mary’s. Each teacher manages his/her own schedule, so please contact him/her directly regarding availability and fees.

St. Mary’s offers several different options for families interested in traditional music lessons. Traditional music lessons expose students at an early age to technique, music theory, and sight-reading.

Piano & Voice Instructor: Diane Carden 901-240-1081
Piano Instructor: Bill Fuller 901-219-7214
Piano, Voice, & Guitar Instructor: Adam Levin 901-603-2098
Violin Instructor: Priscilla Tsai 626-417-5496   

Specialty Class Policies & Procedures

GENERAL INFORMATION

All policies and procedures expressed in the St. Mary’s Student Handbook apply to Auxiliary Programming. All students must be fully potty trained to participate in any specialty class. Any questions should be addressed to the director.

To register online, please go to www.stmarysschool.org. When you click "register", you will be directed to our online registration system, Ultra Camp. If you haven’t done so before, please create a complete profile for you and your child. You can register for classes as well as make payments through this site. You may also contact Kacie O’Kelley, Assistant Director of Auxiliary Programs,  at via email or 901-537-1415 for registration and to make payment.


COURSE FEES

A $25 deposit per class is required for registration. The $25 per-class deposit is applied toward the total class fee; it is not an additional fee. The deposit reserves a space for you child, and the remaining balance is due by the start date of the class. All deposits are non-refundable. Our program accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, as well as checks and cash. St. Mary’s classes will not be prorated for any reason. Classes with insufficient enrollment are subject to cancellation with a full refund. Advance notice will be provided to those registered.

St. Mary's classes will not be prorated for any reason. A reservation must be canceled before the start date of the class to receive a refund. Dropping a class after the start date will be non-refundable.


BEHAVIORAL POLICY

Students are expected to adhere to the policies of St. Mary’s Episcopal School at all times while on campus. We reserve the right to dismiss from the program (without refund) any student whose behavior becomes unmanageable.


PICK-UP AUTHORIZATION

Only adults designated on the registration form will be permitted to pick up children from the program. Written authorization is required for pick up by someone other than those listed on the registration form. The parent or authorized adult to whom the child is being released must sign the child’s time sheet and record the time.

Your child must remain on campus to participate in after school auxiliary programming. If your child is checked out of school for any reason during the day, they must be checked back into their division's office before dismissal in order to participate in Speciality Classes. 


LATE FEE/PICK-UP POLICY

It is important that students be picked up promptly at the end of their classes. Children not picked up within 15 minutes of the end of class will be checked into our after school program and charged a drop-in fee.

If a student is attending a class but regularly stays for After3, they should be picked up promptly at 6:00 p.m. Parents will be charged a fee of $2 per minute for the first 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, a late fee of $5 per minute will be charged. All late fees must be paid at the time of pick-up. If a student is picked-up late more than three times in a semester, St. Mary’s reserves the right to dismiss that student from the After3 program.


IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Raquel Capocaccia  901-537-1485
Director of Auxiliary Programs

Kacie O’Kelley  901-537-1415
Assistant Director of Auxiliary Programs

Rachael Scarbrough  901-537-3150
Auxiliary Programs Manager

After3 Line (from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) 901-537-3149