Register Now for Latin Club 2017-2018

Salvete omnes! (Hello everybody!)

Latin Club will be returning on Monday, October 23, 2017. We will be meeting every Monday while Dickinson is in session, from 4:30-5:30 in the East College Building. (October 23, October 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, January 22, 29.  February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23.) See calendar.

If you are interested in registering your child for Latin Club, please e-mail the child’s name, a contact e-mail address, and the child’s grade to Terri Blumenthal at She is the Academic Department Coordinator of the Classical Studies Department. You can also email me with questions at Registrations are due by Monday, October 16.

There will be four concurrent sessions:

  • Kindergarten-1st grade
  • 2nd -3rd grade
  • 4th-5th grade
  • 6th-8th grade

All sessions will meet in the Department of Classical Studies, in the East College building at Dickinson College. East College is on N. West St. between High and Louther Streets. There is free parking on High St., Louther St., and College St. in the vicinity of East College. The classics department in on the first floor, and all five sessions will meet in the lobby on the first day. We will divide the students up into their appropriate sessions from there.

Each session will have at least two instructors. These instructors, or magistri, are students at Dickinson, Camp Hill High School, and Trinity High School. Ashley Roman Francese and I will be supervising the instructors throughout the year, and I will teach the 6th-8th grade group. Please stay and meet the magistri if you can on the first day. Parents are more than welcome to participate in all Latin Club activities, but need not stay. There will also be a special Parents’ Day on April 23rd, when the Latin Club students will be planning activities for their parents to participate in and observe.

The Middle School session will be using a textbook called the Cambridge Latin Course (Unit 1). We will provide the book. In addition to that there will be various other crafts and activities throughout the year, a planetarium show, a lecture on Hercules, etc…

Latin Club will meet every Monday when Dickinson classes are in session. Note that this does not always correspond to the school district schedule. We will endeavor to send out reminders around holiday time to keep you up to speed.

The club is free, and is supported by the Dickinson Classics department, through the Roberts Fund for Classical Studies. This fund will be used to purchase materials for crafts and so forth. The only thing we may ask you for money for is a t-shirt if we decide to order them.

I would like to make this easy and fun for the parents as well as the kids. If there is anything we can adjust to make it easier logistically, just let me know. You are more than welcome to stay, or not, as you wish. We are very much looking forward to meeting you and your children.

All the best,

Chris Francese

Photo of Latin club magistri in silly poses
2017 magistri (l-r): Seth Levin, Drew Kaplan, Ashley Roman-Francese, Chris Francese, Beth Eidam, Jared Novacich, William Boyes, and (recumbent) Tobin Bromberg.


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