1 ALSO Program 2018 - 2019
2 Dear students and parents, Welcome to a new year of the Saint Brigid of Kildare ALSO program. ALSO stands for “After - school Learning and Service Opportunities.” These programs help to supplement the rich curriculum at our school and allow children to explore the various interests they may have. The attached listing outlines the after - school offerings for the 2018 - 2019 school year. When your child is considering programs to sign up for, please help him or her to take a realistic look at his or her current extra - curricular schedule. Will an ALSO program enrich him or her, or is he or she already committed to other activities? For those interested in participating, sign - ups will be held in classrooms on Thursday Sep- and Friday September 21st. tember 20th Flyers and permission slips including starting dates will be sent home the following week.
3 Permission slips should be returned to the homeroom teacher. In the event that too many students sign up for a program, the moderator will randomly draw names of participants who returned their permission slips on time and then notify students of their status in the program. Once a student is accepted in to a program, all communication will come directly from the program moderator. Any general questions can be directed toward the school office. We look forward to another wonderful year!
4 Power of the Pencil Writing Club Moderator: Mrs. Cecutti - May Timeline: October Meetings: every Tuesday, 3:00 – 4:00 PM Max Participants: 25 Grades: 5 and 6 Power of the Pencil is a writing club for students who love to write, want to improve their writing, or who want to find more time for writing in a relaxed, fun, and supportive atmosphere. Writers can choose their own topics and genres, but will also participate in group writing, pass around stories, prompt writ- ing, and other suggested writing activities that will help each student grow and gain confidence as a writer. Students who are interested can also enter writing contests or seek to have their writing published. Collaboration with peers enhances the writing experience, so there will be many opportunities to work with other student writers. An end of the year Power of the Pencil magazine will be published with featured writing from each club member and presented at the end of the year pizza party. All writing supplies are provided. This club experi- ence can help students prepare for the Power of the Pen club th th and competition team in 7 grades. and 8
5 Yearbook Club Mrs. Asencio Moderator: Timeline: October 10 – April 3 Meeting Times: Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:00 PM 18 Max Participants: Grades: 6 — 8 Come and join the Yearbook Club! Students will learn how to create and design pages of the yearbook by using a software program. We will cover photography tips, download and upload tools, and much more.
6 Power of the Pen Club Mrs. Hardin & Mrs. Regrut Moderator: October – Timeline: May Most Tuesdays 3:00 – Meeting Times: 4:00 PM Max Participants: 30 Grades: 7 — 8 Power of the Pen is a competitive creative writing team in which we write short stories in 40 minutes or less in response to prompts. We also learn from example stories, discover new writing techniques, and work on the craft of storytelling. Depending on student interest and availability, six students per grade level will attend a district tournament on Saturday, February 9th, at which time they could qualify to proceed to regional and/or state level events. Although all students are welcome to attend meetings, we will focus on the skills needed to succeed in the POP tournaments.
7 2019 Spring Musical Ms. Bensonhaver Moderator: January – Timeline: March Meeting Times: M - F beginning in January, after school until no later than 5:30 PM Grades: 6 - 8 The 2019 spring musical will be presented at St. Brigid of Kil- dare School in mid - March. Auditions will be held in December, and rehearsals will begin in January. The musical is an extra- curricular activity, so auditions and most rehearsals will occur after school. Please look for more information in November.
8 Art Club Mrs. Habel Moderator: Timeline: 7 week sessions over October – May Meeting Times: Mondays 3:00 – 4:00 PM 20 - 25 per session Max Participants: Grades: 4 — 8 The art club is designed to provide art experiences that go beyond the art classroom. Activities include drawing, painting, printmaking, fused glass, and more! In addition, there will be opportunities throughout the year to work on art related activities that connect to and support school events. Visiting artists may also be included in the afterschool sessions as well as the incorporation of technology with art making.
9 Sphero / LEGO Robotics Moderators: Mr. & Mrs. Mazon Timeline: Tuesdays 2nd semester (Grades 7 - 8) Wednesdays Oct - Nov & Jan - Feb (Grades 5 - 6) Meeting Times: 3:00 – 4:00 PM 12 in each session Max Participants: 5th - 6th grade students will learn about how to create basic programs with the Sphero robots. Through this experience they will learn teamwork, celebrate discovery, and learn to present findings in a professional way. Please note for the 5th and 6th grade Sphero robotics that this is the same lessons and projects as last year. 7th - 8th grade students will learn about simple machines and programs as they build a model out of Lego parts. Through this experience they will learn teamwork, celebrate discovery, and learn to present findings in a professional way.
10 Readers’ Theater Club Mrs. Gutridge Moderator: Grade 4 – Oct 15 Timeline: Dec 17 – Grade 3 — — Apr 15 Jan 28 Meeting Times: Mondays 2:50 – 3:50 PM Max Participants: 15 (grade 3 - 4) Grade: 3 — 4 Readers’ Theater combines reading practice and performing. It is a style of theater in which actors do not memorize their lines. Actors use vocal expression to help the audience understand the story rather than visual storytelling.
11 Girls/Boys Coding Clubs Mrs. Westendorf Moderator: October 1 – Timeline: Dec 17 (Boys) Jan 14 May 6 (Girls) – Meeting Times: Mondays 3:00 – 4:00 PM 18 Max Participants: Grades: 4 — 8 (with priority to older students) Come expand your coding skills in a fun settings. 60% of jobs require some knowledge of coding. We will program using Java, block code, Spheros, drones, websites, and more.
12 Garden Club Mrs. Wodarcyk & Mrs. Troutman Moderator: Sept 26 — Oct 24 (no meeting Oct Timeline: 3), then more dates added in the spring Meeting Times: Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:00 PM Max Participants: 20 Grades: 5 — 7 The Garden Club members will be busy this fall as we harvest crops from our current garden beds, prepare those beds for winter, ready new flower beds near the preschool, and, maybe even discover a delicious recipe or two!
13 Simple Machine Engineering Projects Mrs. Wodarcyk Moderator: October — November, additional Timeline: dates may be offered in the winter or spring Meeting Times: Tuesdays 3:00 – 4:00 PM 20 Max Participants: Grades: 7 Students will work in teams to develop and build simple machines that solve real - life problems. The machines will be made from common materials that are sure to astound you!
14 Drum Circle Ms. Bensonhaver Moderator: Oct 3 — Timeline: Nov 28 Wednesdays 3:00 Meeting Times: 4:00 PM – Max Participants: 10 - 15 7 — 8 Grades: Drum Circle is a beginner level ensemble designed to teach the basics of playing hand drums and handheld auxiliary percussion while working together in large group (drum circle). Students will enjoy learning about different styles of world drumming and develop the listening and cooperation skills needed to perform in an ensemble. Prior band experience is not required.
15 On the Right Path Walking Club Mrs. DeLucia Moderator: Oct — Timeline: May (No Jan & Feb) Meeting Times: Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:00 PM Max Participants: 15 Grades: 5 — 7 On the Right Path is a program that is designed to help empower and build girls’ self confidence and promote the importance of physical activity. Weather permitting, the group will walk together approximately one mile and participate in discussions and activities that center around the building of self confidence and empowering each other to believe in themselves and continue on the right path!
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