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.
Mondays (January 7 - March 18)
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 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 4:30-5:15pm
Grade(s): Preschool - Kindergarten
Unearth your inner paleontologist and discover a whole new world hidden right underneath our feet! Figure out how fossils were formed, why different fossils are found where they are found around the world, and set up an excavation site to dig up the history of the footprints, plants, gems, and animal species preserved throughout time, and take home your own real fossilized dinosaur bones. Taught by our very own Ms. Brenna!
When: Mondays from 3:45pm-4:45pm
Grade(s): 2 - 8
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. Students will also develop an understanding of the underlying ideas and mechanics that power the game, as well as an appreciation for architecture and design.
Tuesdays (January 8 - February 26)
When: Tuesdays 3:45pm-4:30pm and 4:30pm-5:15pm
Grade(s): Preschool - Jr. Kindergarten
We are very excited about this 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!
When: Tuesdays 4:00pm-5:00pm
Grade(s): 1 - 4
We are really excited about this 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 maybe even Homecoming!
When: Tuesdays 3:45-4:45pm
Grades: Kindergarten - Grade 5
Learn the game of chess in a friendly, hands-on environment. Our instructor will teach your student everything they need to master the game, from rules and piece movements to opening and end game strategies. Students will have the opportunity to play games against one another and their instructors to further hone their skills.
Wednesdays (January 9 - February 27)
When: Wednesday 3:45-4:30pm and 4:30-5:15pm
Grades: Preschool - Kindergarten
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.
When: Wednesdays 3:45pm-4:30pm
Grade(s): 1 - 4
Bring your hat and gloves and join Mr. O’Neil for this once a week soccer class on the field and sport court this winter. With a mix of foot skills training and fun games we will have a blast while getting some fresh air this winter season.
When: Wednesdays from 3:30pm-4:15pm
Grade(s): 2 - 4
Want to learn how to survive in the wild, track game, and build a shelter? This class is for you! Join Mr. Gene where we will spend every Wednesday afternoon outside rain or shine. Students will learn to identify animal tracks and tell the direction they are headed. Build a shelter able to survive the cruel conditions of winter and forage the woods for food. Everyone will get a survival kit to use for class! What could be cooler? We might even add fire to the mix!
Thursdays (January 10 - March 7)
When: Thursday 3:45‐4:30 pm and 4:30-5:15pm
Grade(s): Preschool to Kindergarten
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 Grade 5
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: Thursdays from 3:45pm-4:45pm
Grade(s): Kindergarten - Grade 4
We are excited to offer a Russian class this winter for K-4 students. In a dynamic and play-based environment we will start with learning the alphabet, sound production, basic words and phrases. We will focus on communicative skills (speaking and listening) and learn to have a simple conversation. Children will be introduced to Russian culture through fairy tales, traditional games and classic stories. The class is taught by Sofia Kasmeridi, mother of Anna and Rafaella Lenco. Ms. Kasmeridi has over 10 years of experience teaching Russian in the DC area to kids and adults and is excited to share the language and culture with our students. She currently teaches Russian at the Department of State.” If your child is outside of the K-4 age range but interested in this class please let us know.
Fridays (January 11 - March 8)
When: Friday 3:45-4:45pm
Grades: Jr. Kindergarten - Grade 1
Rosie Riveters is a registered 501 c3 that provides a fun space for girls ages 4-14 to imagine, create and play while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Our goal is to equip and empower girls to be strong, confident, and competent in the fields of STEM through hands on projects and mentorship programs. Let’s teach girls to delete the words “I can’t” from their vocabulary and inspire them to always be confident enough to try. By sharing relevant, stimulating content, conducting hands-on experiments, and introducing role models from various fields, Rosie Riveters strives to encourage girls to engage with STEM and see possibilities for their future careers.
When: Fridays from 3:45pm-4:45pm
Grade(s): Kindergarten - 4
En Garde! Ready? Fence! Join us for this awesome experience with NOVA fencing Club. We teach fencing using fun games and drills. Our students learn basic footwork and blade work skills from experienced coaches, who have developed both national and international competitors and several current Junior Olympians.
When: Friday 3:45-4:45pm
Grades: 1 - 4
This 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.
Congressional Riding Academy
CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR THE WINTER: 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.
Questions? Please contact:
Assistant Director of Auxiliary Programs