After-School Enrichment

Fall 2017 After School Class Schedule

Fall Classes will begin the first week of October and conclude December 15, before winter break. Some classes run shorter schedules so please be sure to note specific class dates within the descriptions.

No classes will be held the full week of October 15th (Fall Conferences), Friday October 20th (Leap Day), November 10 (Veteran’s Day), and Wednesday -Friday November 22-24th (Thanksgiving Break).

Read details carefully for the class you wish to sign up for. We require parents to pick up their children on time. Be sure the class meets with your schedule before signing up!

NOTE: Volunteering may be required to enroll in our after-school programs.

PTA-run after-school classes cannot happen without you!

Every child who is enrolled in an after-school class will be required to provide an adult volunteer to chaperone one or more days of the class. A chaperone is defined as an adult LWSD-approved PTA member. Your date to volunteer will be assigned prior to the start of each class. To fulfill this requirement you need to be an LWSD approved volunteer and PTA Member.

1) LWSD Volunteer Chaperones must be approved by the Lake Washington school district. Approval generally takes 2 weeks so please ensure that you submit your application early. Application forms can be found online here.

2) PTA member chaperones must be adult PTA members – join here.

Help the PTA and Benefit with reduced or free tuition for your child!

Discounts will be offered to one child in each of the classes below if their parent/guardian can attend every class.

This benefit is extended on a first-come, first-served basis.

If we do not have a volunteer for each class, we CANNOT RUN THE CLASS.

PLEASE VOLUNTEER AT THE AFTER-SCHOOL CLASSES!

Please email afterschool@benrushpta.org if you are interested in volunteering (first come, first serve) or for any other questions not answered on this page.


Mondays

Robot U’s LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics (LEGO® WeDo®)

Learn to engineer and program robotic creations with LEGO MINDSTORMS. Not a free play class, but crazy fun and crazy educational.

Grades: 4th-5th (3rd grade with experience)

Day/Time:  Mondays, 3:10-4:10

Class Dates: October 2, 9,  23, 30; November 6, 13, 27; December 4, 11

Room/Location:  Music Room

Cost Per Child:  $200

Minimum/Max Number of Students: 8/16

Cancellation/Withdrawal Policy: Full refund after 1st class only.

Sibling Discount:  None

Dedicated Volunteer Discount: 100% (first come, first served – email volunteers@benrushpta.org if you are able to commit to attending ALL sessions)

Registration: OPEN

Questions: Contact Don Gronning, don@robot-u.com

 

Robot U’s Jr. ROBOTICS (LEGO® WeDo®)

Young students learn programming and engineering when they build actual working robots with LEGO® WeDo®. In this class students will be paired up to build and program simple robots that use a motor, sensors, and LEGO®’s simple to use drag and drop programming software. This is NOT a free play activity, but a class with actual lessons (regardless of how fun it is).

Grades: 1st-3rd

Day/Time:  Mondays, 3:10-4:10

Class Dates:  October 2, 9,  23, 30; November 6, 13, 27; December 4, 11

Room/Location: Kindergarten pod space

Cost Per Child:  $160

Minimum/Max Number of Students: 8/16

Cancellation/Withdrawal Policy: Full refund after 1st class only.

Sibling Discount:  None

Dedicated Volunteer Discount: 100% (first come, first served – email afterschool@benrushpta.org if you are able to commit to attending ALL sessions)

Registration: OPEN

 

FALL RUNNING CLUB with Ms. Dompier, Mr. Varney, and Ms. Nation

The Ben Rush Running Club is looking for runners of all skill levels.  Children will be grouped to run with others who share a similar pace.  We will have an adult to run with each group of runners. Please remember to wear appropriate shoes and bring your own water bottle to each class.

Due to the large number of participants, we are limiting enrollment to the following numbers per grade (15 per Grades 1-2 session and 15 per Grades 3-5 session).

There will also be a Spring session!

Enrollment will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis and online only. The PTA will endeavor to update the registration information as enrollment fills up.

Grades:  1-2 (max 15 students), 3-5 (max 15 students)

Day/Time:  Mondays 3:05-3:35

Class Dates:  October 2, 9,  23, 30; November 6, 13

Room/Location:  Meet in the Ben Rush Gym

Cost Per Child:  $15.00

Running Club T-Shirt (Optional):  $10.00

Registration: OPEN

 

PEACEBUILDERS CLUB

A great way to start the week! Students will take time to enjoy conversation and tell their stories about the day, while enjoying snack, board games or creating crafts.

The skill of making connections and building community through social interactions is nurtured when we find time to stop and talk.

This club will be that time to offer a place for sharing each other’s stories.   Our district wide Reflections theme, “What is Your Story?”  reminds us how important it is to take the time to share our stories. Come, take the time and share your stories on Mondays with us in Peacebuilders Club.

Grades: K-5

Day/Time:  Mondays 3:05-3:35

Class Dates:  October 2, 9,  23, 30; November 6, 13, 20, 27; December 4, 11

Room/Location:  Meet in the Ben Rush Gym

Cost Per Child:  $10.00

Running Club T-Shirt (Optional):  $10.00

Registration: OPEN

 

MATH CLUB

In Math Club, students will have the opportunity to practice their math skills through the use of games, Number Talks, and other enrichment activities. Students will rotate through stations practicing their addition, subtraction, and problem-solving skills. We will meet every Monday (except Monday, October 16th) from 3:00-3:45 in Ms. Goldblatt’s room (Room 226).

Grades: second graders only (max 24 students)

Day/Time:  Mondays

Class Dates: October 2, 9,  23, 30; November 6, 13, 20, 27

Room/Location:  Room 226 (Ms. Goldblatt’s room)

Cost Per Child: $35

Registration: OPEN

 


Tuesdays

 

ADVANCED CHOIR

Come sing with us! All third, fourth and fifth graders who would like to sing in choir this year are invited to join the Ben Rush Advanced Choir. We will be having practices from 3:00-3:45 pm every Tuesday in the Music Room. There will be a PIZZA PARTY at the last practice!

Volunteers: Due to the large number of participants, parent volunteers will be needed!

Grades: 3rd-5th

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 3:05-4:00 pm

Class Dates: 10 sessions: October 3, 10, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5, 12

Performance:  Lake Washington High School Choir Festival, Wednesday, November 29th, 7pm

[Other performances TBD]

Room/Location: Music Room

Cost Per Child: $40 (includes T-shirt and pizza party)

Registration: OPEN

 

HOMEWORK CLUB

Homework Club is back for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.  Students are welcome to come and complete their homework, use netbooks and ask questions about assignments. Students will be required to sign a code of conduct agreement. Attendance will be taken.

Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 3pm-4pm

Class Dates: Sept 26th – late Spring with a break in January (teachers will inform students)

Room/Location: 4th grade pod

Cost per Child: The club is free but we ask each child to donate $5.00 – $10.00 (for the year) for snacks.

Registration: OPEN

 

CARTOONIVERSITY!

Learn cartoon drawing skills in this fun-filled after school workshop, sponsored by Ben Rush Elementary PTSA. Join us for this unique opportunity to learn all aspects of cartoon drawing. Techniques covered include character development, expressions, action/movement, layout, background, perspective and much more. The class emphasizes developing each student’s own style in a positive, encouraging environment. The classes are taught by local professional cartoonist Jeff Johnson.

Grades:  2-5

Day/Time:  Tuesdays, 3:05-4:05

Class Dates: 8 sessions: October 3, 10, 24, 31; November 7,  14, 28; December 5

Room/Location:  Library

Cost Per Child:  $100.00

Class size: minimum 10, maximum 20

**Dedicated Volunteer Discount: 100% (first come, first served – email afterschool@benrushpta.org if you are able to commit to attending ALL sessions)

Registration: OPEN

 

MAD SCIENCE: Crazy Chemworks

The wonders of chemistry are revealed as our junior chemists create surprising concoctions, break molecules with ease and shake up a flask full of fun. Kids will use the tools, safety procedures and laboratory techniques of real chemists as they investigate solids, liquids and gases at the atomic level. They’ll craft chemical combinations to create super-sticky-stuff, analyze the properties of light and ooze into the world of polymers. Exploring the elements has never been so much fun!

Grades:  1-5

Day/Time:  Tuesdays, 3:05-4:05

Class Dates: 8 sessions: October 3, 10, 24; November 7,  14, 21, 28; December 5

Room/Location:  3rd grade pod space

Cost Per Child:  $150.00

Class size: minimum 12, maximum 18

**Dedicated Volunteer Discount: 100% (first come, first served – email afterschool@benrushpta.org if you are able to commit to attending ALL sessions)

Registration: OPEN


Wednesdays

NATURE VISION

There are so many amazing plants and animals living in the Pacific Northwest! Join Nature Vision Instructors in learning about some of the unique characteristics and behaviors these organisms use to survive. By learning about all the wonderful plants and animals we have right in our own backyard students will be able to start building an understanding of our local environment and what they can do to help keep these organisms alive and healthy.  Please dress for the weather as we may be going outside for a portion of our class time.

Grades: k-2

Day/Time:  Wednesdays, 1:40-2:40

Class Dates: 8 sessions: October 4, 11, 25; November 1, 8,  15, 29; December 6

Room/Location:  First grade pod space

Cost Per Child:  $80

Class size: minimum 10, maximum 25

Registration: OPEN

**Dedicated Volunteer Discount: 100% (first come, first served – email afterschool@benrushpta.org if you are able to commit to attending ALL sessions)

 

SPORTS SPECTACULAR!

Let’s Play! Save the best for last by finishing up the school day with Sports Spectacular, a variety athletic program that features different sports throughout the session. Participants will practice skills and play games in both traditional sports and playground favorites. The Sports Spectacular Variety Program features the best “to-do” list ever – Basketball, Soccer, Flag Football, Kickball, Capture the Flag, Wiffle Ball, Bump and Bite, Knights and Dragons, Numbers Game, Tag Games, Safe Base and MORE! OTA covers all the bases with our emphasis on playing, teamwork, sportsmanship, and fitness. Don’t miss out on the FUN!  Every child gets an OTA H.I.G.H. F.I.V.E.S. Participation Medal!!

Grades: 3-5

Day/Time:  Wednesdays, 1:40-2:40

Class Dates: 7 sessions: October 11, 25; November 1, 8,  15, 29; December 6

Room/Location:  Outside upper field (meet outside of gym)

Cost Per Child:  $80

Class size: minimum 10, maximum 25

Registration: OPEN

**Dedicated Volunteer Discount: 100% (first come, first served – email afterschool@benrushpta.org if you are able to commit to attending ALL sessions)

 


Thursdays

BEGINNING GUITAR

This Class covers basic guitar and music fundamentals for beginner students. Hone your guitar skills, learn fun songs and sound fundamentals with Dace’s Rock ‘n’ More Music Academy. Students are not required to own their own guitar; electric guitars will be provided in class. **Students who’ve taken the class before are welcome to join

Grades:  2-5

Day/Time:  Thursdays 3:10-4:10

Class Dates:   9 sessions: October 5, 12, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7, 14

Room/Location:  Music Room

Cost Per Child:  $125

Registration: OPEN

**Dedicated Volunteer Discount: 100% (first come, first served – email afterschool@benrushpta.org if you are able to commit to attending ALL sessions)

 

CHESS4LIFE

Chess4Life brings an excellent program with a positive learning environment to Ben Rush Elementary. Chess study has shown to increase math skills, concentration, memory, and self-confidence. Classes are tailored to the level of competency exhibited among the students. All students, of any skill level, are welcome.

Grades:  K-5

Day/Time:  Thursdays 3:10-4:10

Class Dates:   9 sessions: October 5, 12, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7, 14

Room/Location:  Library

Cost Per Child:  $155

Registration: OPEN

**Dedicated Volunteer Discount: 100% (first come, first served – email afterschool@benrushpta.org if you are able to commit to attending ALL sessions)

 

YOGA with Registered Yoga Teacher Thereza Howling

Through animated poses and stretching exercises, students will improve their strength, flexibility, coordination and body awareness. Breathing and visualization techniques will encourage kids to focus, relax, and develop self-control. All intertwined with yoga games, partner and group poses, and stories. Students should wear comfortable clothes. Mats will be provided.

Grades: 1st-5th

Day/Time:  Thursdays, 3:10-4:10

Class Dates:  Oct 12, 19, 26; Nov 2, 9, 16, 30

Room/Location:  Gym

Cost Per Child:  $120

Minimum Number of Students: 4

Maximum Number of Student: 15

Cancellation/Withdrawal Policy: Full refund after 1st class only.

Sibling Discount:  None

Registration: OPEN

**Dedicated Volunteer Discount: 100% (first come, first served – email afterschool@benrushpta.org if you are able to commit to attending ALL sessions)

 

GOLF

TGA brings the golf course to you! Our award-winning curriculum incorporates golf instruction, educational components, and character development lessons in a fun and nurturing environment. Students develop skills and understanding of the game through station-based activities and drills that increase in difficulty throughout our 5-level program. Come tee it up with TGA!

Grades:  K-5

Day/Time: Thursdays, 3:10-4:10

Class Dates: 8 sessions: October 5, 12, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7

Room/Location:  Upper Field; meet outside of gym

Cost Per Child:  $160

Class size: 5-20

Registration: OPEN

**Dedicated Volunteer Discount: 100% (first come, first served – email afterschool@benrushpta.org if you are able to commit to attending ALL sessions)

 


Fridays

SPANISH

At Sponge, we see language as a passport to global citizenship. Students learn to see the world through a different lens while acquiring language skills and the confidence to use them.

Young learners are especially primed for language learning – research shows that students are 70% more likely to gain fluency when they begin in elementary school or younger. Classes will be immersion based, and taught by native speaker using games, art, drama and movement to help children build language skills! We believe the best way to learn a language is to be immersed in it and having fun!

Grades:  1-5

Day/Time:  Fridays 3:10-4:10

Class Dates: October 6, 13, 27; November 3, 17; December 1, 8 15

Room/Location:  Library

Cost Per Child: $205

Registration: OPEN

**Dedicated Volunteer Discount: 100% (first come, first served – email afterschool@benrushpta.org if you are able to commit to attending ALL sessions)

 

ROBOTICS!  5th Grade Robotics Club with Jonathan Morrison

Are you a fifth grader? Are you ready for the challenge? Ready to prove Asimov wrong? Now’s your chance!

Grades: 5th graders only

Day/Time: Fridays 7:00-8:15AM

Class Dates:  8 Sessions:  October 6, 13, 27; November 3, 17; December 1, 8 15

Room/Location:  Library

Cost Per Child: $40

Maximum Number of Student: 16

Registration: OPEN

 

BADMINTON CLUB

Join Ms. Oh and Mr. Wilson for Badminton Club!

Did you know badminton is an Olympic sport?  ”At high levels of play, especially in singles, the sport demands excellent fitness: players require aerobic stamina, agility, explosive strength, speed and precision. It is also a technical sport, requiring good motor coordination and the development of sophisticated racquet movements.’ (Wikipedia)

Grades: 4th-5th

Day/Time: Friday 3:15-4:15

Class Dates:   10 Sessions: September 29; October 6, 13, 27; November 3, 17, 30; December 1, 8 15

Room/Location: Gym

Cost Per Child:  $100

Minimum Number of Students: 10

Maximum Number of Student: 20

Registration: OPEN