Introducing FCSN Spring 2021 Virtual Classes

by Kaidi Dai and Jessica Yu, FCSN Voices Youth Reporters

FCSN Voices would like to introduce Friends of Children with Special Needs’ Spring 2021 Virtual Classes. FCSN has always aimed to provide children with accessible, hands-on learning opportunities. Its instructors and volunteers have worked hard to do just that with the following roster of courses being offered in spring 2021! Each class will be focusing on a certain area of creativity, productivity, or academics that is applicable to real-life situations and will expand our students’ horizons. Additionally, each class will cultivate learning communities that are supportive, fun, and enriching for students and their families, allowing for connections and friendships while staying at home. All courses are affordable, held virtually, have little to no prerequisites, and are taught by experienced adults as well as capable volunteers in high school or college.

Class information, meeting times, registration links, and coordinators’ contact information are provided below. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the program coordinators listed for further inquiries regarding courses.

STEMEY Spring Math Class

STEMEY, or STEM Enrichment Youth, is a high school nonprofit dedicated to inspiring middle and high school students to pursue STEM through resources and activities. This customized math class will focus on demonstrating and learning practical mathematical skills through interactive and hands on activities, highlighting topics such as fractions, percentages, order of operations, arithmetic properties, variables, solving equations, geometry, and word problems! 

Classes will be every Saturday from 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M., starting on 2/13. You can contact Yvette Ying with questions at yingxi98@gmail.com, and register for this class at: https://camperregsecure.com/fcsn/programdetails.php?programid=CR0099.

Social Storytime

Every week, instructors, including an adult trainer and two youth volunteers, will be reading a story about relevant social issues to students. The stories help develop self esteem, encourage anti-bullying and upstanding behaviors, and promote honesty and integrity. They also aim to teach children techniques to deal with situations in which they may face teasing or mistreatment in life. Social Storytime’s book list includes You are a Social Detective, The Day You Begin, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? and many more.

Classes will be every Saturday from 11:00 A.M. to noon, starting on 2/13. You can contact Yvette Ying with questions at yingxi98@gmail.com, and register for this class at: https://camperregsecure.com/fcsn/programdetails.php?programid=CR0100.

Cooking Class

Jessica and Luna are high school students who have passions for cooking, as well as helping our FCSN kids. There are a total of 10 classes planned for the spring session. The items we will be cooking for this cycle are pancakes, breakfast quesadilla, sweet and sour chicken, chicken parmesan spaghetti, and sushi! Additionally, families who register can choose 5 out of the following items: sandwich, Japanese curry, Korean tofu stew, kimchi spam fried rice, oyakodon, instant noodles, milk tea and boba, tteokbokki, banana milk or student/family suggestions.

Classes will be every Saturday from 12:15 P.M. to 1 P.M., starting on 2/13. You can contact Jaqueline Yu with questions at jackiesyu@hotmail.com, and register for this class at: https://camperregsecure.com/fcsn/programdetails.php?programid=CR0101.

Yoga

Join Joyce in some fun, easy, and relaxing yoga, either just for the student or for a parent-child duo! Joyce has been teaching yoga at FCSN since 2018, and yoga is a great way to get some exercise and unwind indoors. 

Classes will be every Saturday from 1:05 P.M. to 2:05 P.M., starting on 2/20. You can contact Jaqueline Yu with any questions at jackiesyu@hotmail.com, and register for this class at: https://camperregsecure.com/fcsn/programdetails.php?programid=CR0102.

Nutrition & Health

The Nutrition and health curriculum taught by Brown University student Rachel Huynh will help your child learn more about essential nutrition knowledge and how to make healthier food choices. This class will focus on teaching healthy lifestyle habits, as well as oral health, stress management, health issues, and more! To make the class more engaging, the student will be able to track and record his/her health throughout the course to see the results of healthy food habits. The curriculum will be tailored to the students needs and adjusted to help your child learn habits to live happier and healthier.

This class will be available on both Saturdays and Sundays. Saturday lessons will be held from 2:10 P.M. to 2:50 P.M., starting on 2/20. You can contact Rachel Huynh with any questions at rachel_huynh@brown.edu. Register at https://camperregsecure.com/fcsn/programdetails.php?programid=CR0103.

Percussion

The Bellarmine Percussion Teachers Club is a group of high school students from Bellarmine College Preparatory who share a passion for playing and teaching percussion. For the past few years, they have had the opportunity to work closely with FCSN, leading percussion classes at the South Bay Family Gatherings; this past spring, they made online percussion videos and led a summer camp. As a club, their mission is to empower youth through playing percussion, and, over the years, we’ve developed a curriculum that emphasizes creativity and fun, using percussion as a medium to spread joy and happiness.

There will be two percussion classes: a beginner’s and an intermediate.

The beginner’s class will be every Saturday from 4:05 P.M. to 4:35 P.M., starting on 2/20. You can contact Jaqueline Yu with any questions at jackiesyu@hotmail.com, and register for this class at: https://camperregsecure.com/fcsn/programdetails.php?programid=CR0105.
The intermediate class will be every Saturday from 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., starting on 2/20. You can contact Jaqueline Yu with any questions at jackiesyu@hotmail.com, and register for this class at: https://camperregsecure.com/fcsn/programdetails.php?programid=CR0104.

Work Empowerment Program (WEP)
Embroidery Introduction

The WEP embroidery class will teach students basic job skills using embroidery. Students will learn how to cut, trim, and finish apparels, while learning about apparel colors, sizes, and measurements. Youth volunteers will help lead the class with Turtleworks’ Guide and Turtleworks will provide students and volunteers with kits. 

Classes will be every Saturday from 4:00 P.M. to 4:45 P.M., starting on 2/20. You can contact Christine Hyunh with any questions at christine.huynh66@gmail.com, and register for this class at https://camperregsecure.com/fcsn/programdetails.php?programid=CR0106.

Toastmasters

Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to promoting public speaking and leadership skills. For around 100 years, Toastmasters has been the go-to international club to work with for speaking and leadership. At FCSN, Toastmaster will be holding a club for special needs adults. The young adults will run meetings, give speeches and play a variety of supportive roles. helping students learn through participation and group support. 
Classes will meet every one or two weeks on Saturday from 5:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. You can register for this class by reaching out to Daniel Rachlin at djrachlin@gmail.com.

Music, Dance and Crafts Class

If your child would like to learn more about music, dance and crafts, this program is the perfect fit! Our volunteers are caring and experienced high-school students from Hearts, who will provide a friendly environment for children with special needs to sing songs, to dance together, and to do handcrafts. There will also be Storytime and presentations on special topics such as “all about strawberries”. After a warm welcome, each student will be put into a break-out room with 1 or more volunteers to learn the lyrics and melody line by line. The dances will be a good workout for our energetic kids.

Classes will be every Saturday from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., starting on 2/20. You can contact Yvette Ying with questions at yingxi98@gmail.com, and register for this class at https://camperregsecure.com/fcsn/programdetails.php?programid=CR0107.

Human Anatomy

In this class, students will learn about human anatomy and provide advice on how to make more health-conscious decisions. Med-ucate uses a heavily hands-on (now online) and discussion-based method of teaching, as opposed to a traditional lecture format, so that topics truly resonate with our students. Some examples of class activities include creating models of human body systems together, analyzing medical case studies, and drawing the different body parts.

Classes will be every Sunday from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M., starting on 2/21. You can contact Penny Sapkunmongkon with questions at pennys@fcsn1996.org, and register for this class at https://camperregsecure.com/fcsn/programdetails.php?programid=CR0098

Sunday Youth Music Class

In this class, students will learn songs, rhythms, and music theory, such as different terms for dynamics or quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes. In addition, there will be short fun games and arts & crafts.

Classes will be every Sunday from 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M., starting on 2/7. You can contact Julie Du with any questions at julie.du@gmail.com, and register for this class at https://camperregsecure.com/fcsn/programdetails.php?programid=CR0113.

STEMEY Spring Science Class

STEMEY is a nonprofit, high school led organization dedicated to inspiring middle and high schoolers to pursue STEM through engaging STEM resources and activities. With FCSN, STEMEY will be teaching a customized science class, focusing on demonstrating chemical and biological concepts through fun and interactive experiments. The topics we will dive into include Muscular System, Physics Forces, Chemical Reactions, and more. 

Classes will be every Sunday from 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., starting on 2/14. You can contact Yvette Ying with questions at yingxi98@gmail.com, and register for this class at https://camperregsecure.com/fcsn/programdetails.php?programid=CR0114.

Virtual Spring Basketball Program

FCSN Virtual Spring Basketball Program is to provide a friendly environment for children with special needs to first learn about basketball and its basics. Then the children will put into the practice by acquiring fundamental and advanced basketball skills and interacting with family members in a fun environment during exercise.

Classes will be every Sunday from 4:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., starting on 3/7. You can contact Penny Sapkunmongkon with questions at pennys@fcsn1996.org, and register for this class at https://camperregsecure.com/fcsn/programdetails.php?programid=CR0119

Vocal Class

FCSN’s vocal class will help students learn how to sing and dance! This online singing and dance class will be taught by a group of energetic high school students.  The class will divide students into very small groups (2 teachers and 2-3 students in a group). All levels of students who enjoy music and singing/dancing with other students and youth teachers are welcome.  Students can choose to learn both singing and dancing or just singing. FCSN will be hosting a virtual concert on 6/13!

Classes will be every Sunday from 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., starting on 2/14. You can contact Ting Chien with questions at ting.chien@yahoo.com, and register for this class at https://camperregsecure.com/fcsn/programdetails.php?programid=CR0115.

Nutrition & Health

The Nutrition and health curriculum taught by Brown University student Rachel Huynh will help your child learn more about essential nutrition knowledge and how to make healthier food choices. This class will focus on teaching healthy lifestyle habits, as well as oral health, stress management, health issues, and more! To make the class more engaging, the student will be able to track and record his/her health throughout the course to see the results of healthy food habits. The curriculum will be tailored to the students needs and adjusted to help your child learn habits to live happier and healthier.

This class will be available on both Saturdays and Sundays. Sunday lessons will be held from 11:00 A.M. to noon, starting on 2/21. You can contact Rachel Huynh with any questions at rachel_huynh@brown.edu. Register at https://camperregsecure.com/fcsn/programdetails.php?programid=CR0117.

Dance

The goal of this class is to help students get a chance to exercise and have some fun through dance. Classes will include icebreakers, warmup stretches, rhythm exercises, and choreography to popular songs. This class will help students refine their gross motor skills as well as improve their abilities to pay attention and follow directions. The class will be taught by our returning instructors Andria and Ella. 

Classes will be every Wednesday from 4:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M, starting on 2/24.You can contact Yvette Ying with questions at yingxi98@gmail.com, and register for this class at https://camperregsecure.com/fcsn/programdetails.php?programid=CR0116.

Computer Class 1: Microsoft Office Basic Skills

The Microsoft Office class will teach multiple softwares, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, OneNote, SharePoint, and others. For returning students, this class will teach the students to use PowerPoint / Excel / Word with a focus on creating presentations on PowerPoint. For new students, the class will teach the students to use Excel through basic functions and creating various sample spreadsheets. Students will need a computer, with an OS running either Mac or Windows. The software the class will use is Standalone Microsoft Office Home & Student Edition or Microsoft Office 365 or Web version.

Classes begin on 2/20 and are flexible 1-1 classes. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to Li Yang at gejx_li@yahoo.com. Register at https://camperregsecure.com/fcsn/programdetails.php?programid=CR0108

Computer Class 2: Animation

This class will introduce some basic 2D animation concepts. The students will learn how to make changes to sample animations and how those animations can be applied in real life; additionally, the class will use some free tools to play with, compose, and render animation images. For returning students, the class will review and do more exercises regarding what was previously learned.

Classes begin on 2/20 and are flexible 1-1 classes. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to Li Yang at gejx_li@yahoo.com. Register at https://camperregsecure.com/fcsn/programdetails.php?programid=CR0109.

Computer Class 3: Snap!

This class will introduce a coding language to students called Snap! The language is simple to use because it uses coding blocks rather than traditional code, thus making the interface colorful, interesting, and easy to follow. Returning students will be given different examples and additional material to build their learning.

Classes begin on 2/20 and are flexible 1-1 classes. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to Li Yang at gejx_li@yahoo.com. Register at https://camperregsecure.com/fcsn/programdetails.php?programid=CR0110

Computer Class 4: Graphic design and Web design

New students will learn both HTML and CSS, two languages that utilize basic syntax and logic to develop and style innovative web pages. Returning students will learn graphic design in addition to web design. Topics that will be covered in this class include basic HTML syntax, embedding images and videos within HTML pages, using CSS to enhance HTML web pages, and basic graphic design strategies.

Classes begin on 2/20 and are flexible 1-1 classes. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to Li Yang at gejx_li@yahoo.com. Register at https://camperregsecure.com/fcsn/programdetails.php?programid=CR0111

Computer Class 5: Python

This class teaches the programming language Python. Compared to many other programming languages, Python is both easier for beginners to understand and has many applications. Topics that will be covered in this class include an introduction to Python and what its uses are, Python’s basic variables/functions, Python’s syntax, and projects to apply the learning.

Classes begin on 2/20 and are flexible 1-1 classes. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to Li Yang at gejx_li@yahoo.com. Register at https://camperregsecure.com/fcsn/programdetails.php?programid=CR0112.

1-on-1 Online Music Program for Beginners

FCSN’s Online 1v1 Music Program is intended to be for new music learners, teaching basic technique and concepts. It is an introductory program to help parents determine whether music is a passion for their child. Think of it as a launch pad into the world of music! It is important to note that this program is not intended to advance students to the next musical level; however, through participation in this program, we hope your student is able to determine whether they would like to seriously pursue music elsewhere.

Classes begin on 2/20 and are flexible 1-1 classes. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to Penny Sapkunmongkon at pennys@fcsn1996.org. Register athttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSckVGEUsn47BaT_i89-oqeTA-BpwiXYwpG2UaLANvXWJpNqKg/viewform?usp=pp_url

If you are new to FCSN and want to know more about taking part in the organization, you can visit http://fcsn1996.org/become-a-member/ to become a member and join FCSN’s family! We look forward to having you.

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