AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

In addition to the Extended Hours Program, students may also enroll in a variety of after school electives. Examples of after school classes include FitKids Sports Mix, Lemonade Stand Entrepreneurs, Tinkerlab, Chess Wizards, Joy of Dance, and Equine Lessons, among many others. Designed to be both informative and engaging, the courses available run from 6-8 weeks, rotating on a trimester basis. Offerings vary per trimester based on availability and space.

Registration for these very popular electives is available at an additional cost. They are run by knowledgeable Congressional teachers and staff as well as outside vendors, and they provide an exciting addition to students’ experience at Congressional.

To register for After School Activities, please click here.

WINTER 2017-2018 SCHEDULE

Mondays

Preschool: Joy of Dance Pre Primary I

When: Monday 3:45‐4:30 p.m.

Grade(s): Preschool

Price: $200.00

Little dancers love this enchanting adventure in dance exploration. Children develop rhythm, grace, poise, coordination, and musicality through pre‐primary classical ballet, beginning tap skills, tap routines, and improvisations with magical props and adorable costumes. Our dance class enriches your child in five areas of development: physical, creative, social, cognitive, and emotional. Children receive a gift that lasts a lifetime, the joy of dance! This class will conclude with a parent watch day!

Jr. K: Joy of Dance Pre Primary II

When: Mondays 4:30-5:15 p.m.

Grade(s): JK

Price: 200.00

Young dancers are introduced to a beautiful pre‐primary classical ballet syllabus which incorporates magical variations and dance class etiquette. Cognitive skills of counting, sequencing, spatial awareness, and immersion in a second language (French), are introduced in this class. Dancers learn tap technique and delightful song and tap routines which develop coordination, rhythm, timing and stage presence. This class will conclude with a parent watch day!

K - 2nd Grade: Joy of Dance HIP HOP Dance Class

When: Monday 5:15‐6:00 p.m.

Grade(s): Kindergarten to 2nd Grade

Price: $200.00

In this class, young hip‐hop artists will begin with the building blocks of jazz technique. This class develops increased body awareness, coordination, strength, and flexibility through jazz technique exercises, isolations, stretching, progressions, and combinations. This is a fun, fast‐paced class filled with hip‐funky moves to the latest kids’ rock and hip‐hop tunes.

2nd - 6th Grades: Lego Millennium Falcon

When: Monday 3:45‐4:45 p.m.

Grade(s): 2nd - 6th Grades

Price: $125.00

Calling all Lego and Star Wars Fans, join Mr. O’Neil as we build the brand new 7,500 piece Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon. This special edition set is the largest, most detailed Lego set ever created. Join us as we attempt to conquer this set one week at a time this winter.  

5th - 8th Grades: Winter Survival Skills

When: Monday 3:45-4:45

Grades: 5th - 8th Grades

Price: $125

Man vs. Wild, Bear Grylls, Les Stroud. Test your determination and learn strategies to survive winter outside. Use the knowledge and skills of our ancestors to build shelters, track and stalk animals, create fire, bind rope, find things to eat in the woods, and learn how to safely use a knife. You’ll explore parts of the property that you’ve likely never been before, and try skills that are at the heart of what it means to be human. Each class will meet outside, so be prepared and dress according to the weather. I always recommend hats, scarves, gloves, and one extra layer of warm clothing more than you think that you need.  

Tuesdays

Preschool - Jr. K: Awesome Art Tuesday

When: Tuesday 3:45-4:30

Grades: Preschool - Jr. Kindergarten

Price: $125

We are very excited about this new class led by our very own Ms. Rice! Come explore your inner Jackson Pollock as we dive into the awesome world of art. This might get a little messy as we explore drip painting and other styles of abstract art. Who knows? We may even have to throw some paint!

K - 4th Grade: Congressional Cheer

When: Tuesdays 3:45-4:45

Grades: Kindergarten - 4th Grade

Price: $100 or $150

We are excited to announce this new activity with Ms. Gabi! Come celebrate Congressional spirit with us and learn the basic skills to advance in the sport of cheerleading. Students will memorize cheers and learn proper technique. They will have the chance to perform at home games and even Homecoming!

K - 5th Grade: Chess Wizards

When: Tuesdays 3:45‐4:45 p.m.

Grade(s): Kindergarten to 5th Grade

Price: $165.00

We are very pleased that Chess Wizards will be joining us again this year. Last year we won First place in the Annual Scholastic Chess Tournament at American University! Come join the championship team!

Wednesdays

Preschool - K: Fitkids Gymnastics

When: Wednesday 3:45-4:30

Grades: Preschool - Kindergarten

Price: $125

This concentrated instruction on floor exercises, mat work, and stretches provides an exciting challenge for both boys and girls. Tumbling helps children develop self-confidence, body awareness, coordination, muscle strength, and discipline. Various rolls, cartwheels, tripods, and headstands will be covered.

K - 3rd Grade: My First Hot Cocoa Stand

When: Wednesday 3:45-4:45

Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd Grade

Price: $200

Come learn how to make yummy hot cocoa and how to earn money selling it! A hot cocoa stand is a great way to introduce our youngest entrepreneurs to the world of business and its fun!  This class empowers kids with an entrepreneurial mindset for their “business,” drawing from such disciplines as marketing, finance and strategy, in a supporting environment fostering team work.  From designing marketing flyers to estimating profits to experimenting with recipes, young students will have fun while engaging in enriching, multi-disciplinary activities with a lasting developmental impact.

Thursdays

Preschool - K: Fitkids Soccer

When: Thursday 3:45‐5:15 p.m.

Grade(s): Preschool to Kindergarten

Price: $125.00

Fit Kids™ soccer is designed for preschool children. Learning the basic skills of soccer develops motor skills, cognitive abilities and social interactions and relationships. This camp provides fun, fast‐paced series of games and activities. This clinic covers trapping, dribbling and shooting concepts.

K - 5th Grade: Art Brains

When: Thursday 3:45‐4:45 p.m.

Grade(s): Kindergarten to 5th Grade

Price: $175.00

 The ART BRAINS program moves far beyond the average arts and crafts hour, inspiring kids to think independently, creatively problem-solve, and expand on their ideas in an atmosphere of high imagination and empowered experimentation. We know that kids engaged in the arts gain academic and problem-solving ability, confidence, interpersonal skills and empathy, and our creative curricula are designed with these qualities in mind. Art Brains kids create within our thoughtful projects considering themes of science, history, anthropology, nature, story-telling and magic! They always experiment with a variety of materials, and will draw, paint, sculpt, build, write, and more in a single session. Some sessions include video, music, and performative projects too.

Join us this winter and activate your *art brains*! Students will: invent their own hieroglyphs, make valentines for the natural world, create exotic pet monsters, fabricate tiny houses, create mixed media poem collages, accessories for invented superheroes, and more! See our website for more info, photos, and parent testimonials: www.artbrainskids.com

Fridays

Preschool - K: Little Colts Cooking Club

When: Friday 3:45-4:45

Grades: Preschool - Kindergarten

Price: $150

Our healthy cooking club will introduce students to new vegetables and fruits! As well as incorporate a full sensorial experience. We will be learning the importance of sanitation and safety in the kitchen.  Each week students will use new kitchen equipment to prepare their healthy recipe. Our class will stress the significance of adding a vegetable to their recipe and eating a rainbow every day. Students will sample new foods (like vegan cheese) to expand their pallet.  This class would especially benefit any “picky” eaters because they will be learning what is in their meals. Participating in cooking preparation will entice students to try new foods (especially, since they will be making their own food). At the end of the class students will have the opportunity to sample their own creation!

1st - 4th Grades: Colts Academy

When: Friday 3:45‐4:45 p.m.

Grade(s): 1st - 4th Grades

Price: $195.00

This 8 week program offers Congressional students in grades 1st- 4th grade the opportunity to enhance their skills in various sports throughout the year. The Little Colts Academy main focus will be to develop a solid foundation of basic skills of basketball in each student in attendance. Each day will begin will small group skill development stations to improve on essential skills needed to participate with confidence and will end with small sided games. Older students will expand their knowledge of the game by learning both offensive and defensive strategies. Each student will receive a Little Colts Academy uniform and should wear it during each practice/game day.

5th - 8th Grades: Bulls & Bears ‐ Stock Market Club

When: Friday 3:45‐4:45 p.m.

Grade(s): 5‐8

Price: $200.00

Come and learn how investors make (and lose) money in the stock market and how you can start investing successfully at a young age! In this hands‐on class, students use a cool stock‐trading simulation tool with real‐time market data to select a $10,000 stock portfolio and analyze performance over time, “learning by doing.” Smart investing will help you meet long‐term financial goals. Make your money work hard for you! Topics include stocks and bonds, financial goals, risk and return, stock price graphs, IPOs (SNAP, Facebook, Twitter), mutual funds and more. A solid foundation for successful future investors!

 

Equine Program

Equine Program not offered during Winter After School Activities.

Gene

Questions? Please contact:

Gene Giammittorio
Assistant Director of Auxiliary Programs