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.

SPRING 2018 SCHEDULE (ACTIVITIES BEGIN APRIL 3)

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.

Preschool - Jr. K: Rocks, Puddles and Soil

When: Monday 3:45‐4:30 p.m. and 4:45-5:30pm

Grade(s): Preschool - Jr. Kindergarten

Price: $100.00

Every young explorer's dream! Come join Mr. Gene as we investigate all the cool outdoor opportunities our campus has to offer. No stone will go unturned and we will make sure to jump in every puddle. This will get messy!

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade: Coding

When: Monday 3:45-4:45

Grades: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Price: $125

Just when you thought you couldn’t love coding any more… Mrs. Mulry wants to explore different coding languages including apps like Tynker, designed to introduce Apple’s Swift Programming Language, and Scratch Junior to develop skills that can be applied to languages like Python and Java.  Working with other languages will broaden the understanding that they have established during out exploration of Code.org.

Tuesdays

Preschool - Jr. K: Book Worms with Ms. Rice

When: Tuesday 3:45-4:30pm and 4:30-5:15pm

Grades: Preschool - Jr. Kindergarten

Price: $125

A junior book club with adventure! Each week we will read a Caldecott Medal award-winning children’s book together (with our reading glasses) and then take on a fun activity that relates to the book! One day we might be making oobleck, slime and putty after reading Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss, another day we will go on a campus adventure after reading Where the Wild Things Are, and one day we could be pizza making after reading In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak. Books open up new worlds for children, and it will be an adventure a week in our book club!

-8 weeks, 8 different books, activities range from cooking, art, acting, “hiking,” outdoor time, dancing…everything that fits in with the book that week!

K - 5th Grade: Chess Wizards

When: Tuesdays 3:45-4:45pm

Grades: Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Price: $165

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!

3rd - 5th Grade: Coding

When: Tuesdays 3:45‐4:45 p.m.

Grade(s): 3rd to 5th Grade

Price: $125.00

Code.org has been a blast in Library this year…so Mrs. Mulry wants to take a group of students on an exploration of other programming languages and facilitators.  We will work with Apple’s Swift Playground and Microsoft’s suite of programming experiences, including Adafruit’s Circuit Playground Express, Chibitronics Chibi Chip, Microsoft Minecraft.  Exposing children to alternate languages and facilitators will expand the foundation built in library with Code.org 

Wednesdays

Preschool - K: Sports Mix

When: Wednesday 3:45-4:30pm

Grades: Preschool - Kindergarten

Price: $125

During this class, the time will be split between four sports; each sport being covered for two weeks. 

Basketball: During this session, the children will learn all about the game of basketball. Emphasis is placed on basic fundamentals including ball handling, passing, rebounding, shooting, and defensive skills. Players will also build on teamwork and sportsmanship. All equipment is provided.

T-Ball: This session introduces kids to the basics of T-Ball. Hitting, stance, fielding, throwing, and catching are only a few of the basics covered. Bring a glove if you have one, otherwise all of the equipment will be provided such as Velcro catch gloves, foxtails, bats, tees, bases, and more!

Football: During this session, players will learn the core skills of passing, catching, and running with the ball. Football also teaches good sportsmanship, teamwork, and the importance of fair play. We will provide soft foam footballs, agility ladder and hurdles, football targets for throwing and also goal posts.

Hockey: Children will have a blast participating in one of the most energetic sports, Floor Hockey. This session is aimed at developing physical skills and hand/eye coordination. We’ll work on the fundamentals of hockey, teamwork and sportsmanship. Get those future NHL’ers off to a good start. Floor Hockey is a super place for young players with tons of energy. Hockey sticks are provided and plastic pucks are used. Floor Hockey develops hand-eye coordination, agility, speed, and strength.

K - 3rd Grade: Young Diplomats

When: Wednesday 3:45-4:45pm

Grades: Kindergarten to 3rd Grade

Price: $200

In today’s increasingly interconnected world, it’s critical for students to develop a global mindset and build international awareness early in life. Topics include cultural differences across countries, food, clothes, traditions, languages, world currencies, geography games, current global events, the role of international institutions like the UN or the World Bank, and more!

1st - 4th Grade: Team Building

When: Wednesday 3:45-4:45pm

Grades: 1st to 4th Grade

Price: $125

Come join Mr. Moses as we conquer all the different challenges our ropes course has to offer. These activities are designed to strengthen a group and teach participants to communicate. You will also learn to trust each other and discover new problem-solving strategies.

Thursdays

Preschool - K: Fitkids Soccer

When: Thursday 3:45‐4:30 pm and 4:30-5:15pm

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

3rd - 5th Grade: Sports Management

When: Thursday 3:45‐4:45 p.m.

Grade(s): 3rd to 5th Grade

Price: $200.00

For the sports lover, future team General Manager (GM), sports team owner, ESPN analyst, or coach, this unique class will “show you the money” in sports! Students will learn the business side of various sports and actively discuss and analyze a different “sports money” topic every class, including the value of sports teams, athlete’s compensation, endorsements, the Nike vs Under Armour competition, the Super Bowl, collective bargaining agreements and more!

Fridays

Preschool - K: Little Colts Cooking and Gardening Club

When: Friday 3:45-4:45pm

Grades: Preschool - Kindergarten

Price: $150

In this cooking class session the students will be learning how foods grow and how to care for a garden. In the beginning of the session we will be decorating our own herb pots and planting herbs (that we will use to cook with later). Students will taste, smell, and learn to identify herbs. We will be making unique foods that incorporate herbs and be making some cooking club classic (a class favorite of quesadillas). At the end of the cooking course we will use our own herbs to garnish the food we will be sampling with. Children will also get to help plant some vegetables in the school garden boxes (tomatoes, lettuces, peppers, corn, cucumbers and carrots). Students will be learning how to maintain and care for the garden and will enjoy the “fruits of their labor”.

1st - 4th Grades: Little Colts Academy - Soccer

When: Friday 3:45-4:45pm

Grades: 1st - 4th Grades

Price: $195

This 8-week program offers Congressional students in 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 soccer in each student in attendance. Each day will begin with 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.

Congressional Riding Academy

Join Congressional’s fuzzy friends for horse riding lessons Monday-Friday after school. Our goal is to grow confident equestrians in a safe, fun, rider-centered environment. The Congressional Riding Academy helps students grow riding skills from beginner through intermediate levels, gain horsemanship knowledge, and develop friendships with two and four-legged friends. We believe working with horses builds on the school’s core values of integrity, kindness, perseverance, respect, and responsibility.

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Questions? Please contact:

Gene Giammittorio
Assistant Director of Auxiliary Programs