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.
FALL 2018 SCHEDULE (ACTIVITIES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 17)
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.
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 2nd 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: Monday 3:45‐4:30 p.m. and 4:45-5:30pm
Grade(s): Preschool - Jr. Kindergarten
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!
When: Tuesday 3:45-4:30pm and 4:30-5:15pm
Grades: 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 3:45-4:45pm
Grades: Kindergarten - 5th Grade
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 3:45-4:30pm and 4:30-5:15pm
Grades: Preschool - 1st Grade
A great overview of various sports and fundamental skills will be learned. Teamwork and good sportsmanship are stressed. Specific sport 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: Thursday 3:45‐4:30 pm and 4:30-5:15pm
Grade(s): Preschool to 1st Grade
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 p.m.
Grade(s): Kindergarten to 5th Grade
Using themes such as fossils, time travel, animals, music, outer space, maps, shadows, invented worlds and more, Art Brains kids continue to expand their minds and abilities after the normal school day has ended with an imaginative new project each class day. Art Brains runs in three sessions each school year - Fall, Winter, and Spring. Each season brings an all new set of projects that use a variety of materials. Students typically draw, paint, sculpt, fabricate, write and more throughout the course of a session, and some sessions have included video and performative projects as well.
When: Friday 3:45-4:30pm
Grades: Preschool - Kindergarten
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 3:45-4:45pm
Grades: 2nd - 8th Grades
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.
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.
Grades: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
Private lessons: $320/ 8 30-minute lessons (1 per week for 8 weeks)
Semi-private lessons (2 riders max): $240/ 8 30-minute lessons (1 per week for 8 weeks)
30 minute lessons that focus on building confidence and comfort around equine friends. Strong focus on age-appropriate games and activities that are fun and dismantle the “fear” of horses and riding. Foals can expect to spend about half of the lesson working on the ground (learning to handle, groom, and tack their horse) and half of the lesson in the saddle (practicing riding skills). As riders master ground skills, they’ll spend more and more time in the saddle.
Grades: 2nd and Up
Private lessons: $600/ 8 45-minute lessons (1 per week for 8 weeks)
Group lessons (3 riders max): $440/ 8 45-minute lessons (1 per week for 8 weeks)
45 minute lessons to build confidence and skill in the saddle. Riders progress through skill levels from “I’ve never touched a horse,” to “I’m preparing to compete”. Riders that can groom and tack their horse independently may arrive early to prepare their horse before the lesson and may stay late to untack and put away their horse. Otherwise riders will prepare their horse and untack their horse during the lesson. Private lessons include customized instruction and skill progression. In group lessons, students may choose to ride with another student in their level. If students are not yet assigned a level, they must be evaluated for placement (in the fall) or must sign up for private lessons (in spring or fall).
Questions? Please contact:
Assistant Director of Auxiliary Programs