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.
When: Monday 3:45‐4:30 p.m.
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!
When: Mondays 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Grade(s): Jr. Kindergarten
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!
When: Monday 5:15‐6:00 p.m.
Grade(s): Kindergarten to 3rd Grade
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.
When: Mondays from 3:45 pm-4:30 pm and 4:45-5:30 pm
Grade(s): Preschool & Junior Kindergarten
Every young explorer’s dream! Come join us 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!
When: Tuesdays 3:45pm-4:15pm and 4:30pm-5:00pm
Grade(s): Preschool & Jr. Kindergarten
Come join our very own Ms. Rice and become a mini maker in our new class! Each of us is born creative, and creativity will manifest itself in so many ways — through painting, writing, inventing, experimenting, designing, singing, and building to name a few. Tapping into this creative energy can get harder as we grow out of childhood, and this class is designed as a source of inspiration.
When: Tuesdays 3:45pm-4:45pm
Grade(s): Kindergarten-Grade 5
Chess Wizards offers fun, intellectual and challenging chess education and tournament experiences to children of all abilities and ages. Our chess instruction is held at participating schools, as well as park districts, churches, and chess clubs. We also offer private lessons, run scholastic tournaments, and hold chess camps in the summer. We believe learning should be fun! Kids play chess because it is fun, not because it ‘is good for their cognitive, social, and emotional development.’ Our students learn chess is fun on Day 1!
When: Wednesday 3:45-4:30 pm and 4:30 - 5:15 p.m.
A great overview of various sports and fundamental skills will be learned. Teamwork and good sportsmanship are stressed. Specific sports activities will vary by each class. This session is designed to ignite a passion for sports. Children will improve their kicking, running, jumping, and throwing skills. Introduction in various sports will include T-Ball, Hockey, Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tug of War, Frisbees, Relay Races, Individual instruction, organized drills, and fun games will be included.
When: Wednesdays 3:45 - 4:30 pm
Come join Mr. Matt and enjoy one of America’s favorite sports! Instruction and drills will help your student become a better player and teammate. Emphasis will be placed on teamwork and sportsmanship as players work together to hone their skills. Students will learn running plays, passing plays, man-to-man and zone coverages.
When: Thursday 3:45‐4:30 pm and 4:30 - 5:15 pm
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.
When: Thursday 3:45‐4:45 pm
Grade(s): 1 to 4
This new class is sure to be reel exciting! Mr. Gene will be leading a group of young anglers on weekly adventures to Tripp’s Run. Casting techniques, tying knots and selecting baits are just some of the skills students will learn. Get ready to hook a big one!
When: Thursdays from 3:45pm-4:45pm
Join Mr. Remell and experience the exciting world of graffiti artwork. From the Roman Empire to Banksy, artists have used graffiti throughout human history to express their creativity and comment on society. In Graffiti Art, students will learn how graffiti techniques and styles have developed over time, practice with different paints, inks, and chalks, and canvases to develop their own individual style, and create a unique portfolio of work to take home at the end of the class.
When: Friday 3:45 - 4:30pm
Come join our very own Ms. Rachel as we explore all the highs and lows music has to offer! We’ll use favorite songs, basic instruments, musical games, dance, and props as students sing and dance! Students will have a blast bouncing to the beat and keeping up with the tempo!
When: Friday 3:45-4:45 pm
Design and build a world of your own in this class that offers an introduction to the exciting universe of Minecraft. Intro to Minecraft offers students a structured environment to experiment and explore while they create characters, buildings, and worlds. Campers will also develop an understanding of the underlying ideas and mechanics that power the game, as well as an appreciation for architecture and design.
When: Fridays 3:45-4:30
Experience a pony adventure every week in this new introductory after school activity offering designed for our PS-K students. Students will learn how to groom a pony, how to lead a pony, what a pony eats, parts of a pony, and how to tell if a pony likes you. We will answer questions such as, what is the difference between a horse and a pony? Do ponies sleep standing up? Why do some ponies wear shoes and others don’t? Congressional’s very own ponies will help us discover the answers. We will finish up each day with a quick pony ride.
*Note: this program is not a riding lesson. Riding Lessons are available starting at 1st grade.
Congressional Riding Academy
Horseback riding lessons are offered Monday-Friday after school. Our goal is to develop confident equestrians in a safe, fun, rider-centered environment. The Congressional Riding Academy helps students develop riding skills from beginner through intermediate levels, gain horsemanship knowledge, and foster 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.
Riding Lesson Program, Grade 1 +
Price: $300 for 6 weeks of 40-minute private lessons, once a week.
40-minute private lessons. Our riding lessons build confidence and skill both in and out of the saddle. All students will learn to groom and tack up their horses which is included in every student’s lesson time. Students learn that time spent on the ground with the horse is as important as the time spent in the saddle. Students will walk, trot, canter, and jump, learning to keep a secure seat at all times. Riders’ skills progress through consistent training from instructors who are experienced riders themselves.
Questions? Please contact:
Assistant Director of Auxiliary Programs