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)

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: $125.00

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!

Tuesdays

Preschool - Jr. K: TinkerLab®

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

Grades: Preschool - Jr. Kindergarten

Price: $125

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.

K - 5th Grade: Chess Wizards

When: Tuesdays 3:45-4:45pm

Grades: Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Price: $165

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!

Wednesdays

Preschool - 1st Grade: Fitkids Sports Blast

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

Grades: Preschool - 1st Grade

Price: $125

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.

Thursdays

Preschool - 1st Grade: Fitkids Soccer

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

Grade(s): Preschool to 1st Grade

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

 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.

Fridays

Preschool - K: Music Explorers

When: Friday 3:45-4:30pm

Grades: Preschool - Kindergarten

Price: $125

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!

2nd - 8th Grades: Minecraft

When: Friday 3:45-4:45pm

Grades: 2nd - 8th Grades

Price: $125

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.

Foal Program (K - 2nd Grade)

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.

Lesson Program (2nd Grade and Up)

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).

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Questions? Please contact:

Gene Giammittorio
Assistant Director of Auxiliary Programs