Winter 2017 After-School Enrichment Program Schedule
Starting the week of January 9, 2017, your child can enjoy a wide range of after-school enrichment activities. All located at WES and immediately following school. No commuting required! Monday to Thursday activities are from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Fridays classes are from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Many of these after-school clubs and enrichment opportunities are taught by WES's fine faculty. This year though, WES is proud to also partner with Flex Academies. Flex Academies provides after-school enrichment classes throughout Montgomery County, Fairfax County, and the District of Columbia. Please see more at: Flex Academies
These special activities will be offered Tuesdays and Fridays on the WES campus. You must sign up via the Flex Academy website directly to enroll in these classes.
Click HERE to enroll for WES after-school enrichment activities
Click HERE to enroll for Flex Academy after-school enrichment activities
Please see below for detail activities descriptions.
Enrollment notes: To complete the enrollment process, an online credit card payment must be made, in full, through the online registration process. Seats will not be saved for partial or non-payment.
WES families who receive a discounted price will have to pay full price for the clubs, but will receive a check back with the difference. Please contact the Financial Aid Office with questions.
Mondays (3:30-4:30 p.m.)
On 1/9, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, and 3/13
"Fun with LEGOs” LEGOLand (Grades NTK-2)
If you are a “LEGO Fanatic” this program is for you! Mr. Girson and Mrs. Elkassem will create a“LEGOLand” full of opportunities for students to explore and create with LEGOs. Every student will have a part in building a LEGO City. Our city will expand weekly as we add more buildings, ways of transportation, and people.
Super Sleuths (Grades 3-6)
Get out your magnifying glasses and detective hats as we have clues to decipher and crimes to solve. We’ll put our critical thinking skills and STEM knowledge to the test and get to the bottom of mysteries by learning the tricks real investigators use to solve cases. While experimenting with simple detection techniques, your reasoning skills will grow and your problem solving skills will become better than CSI agents.
Yoga with Tommie Shaw (Grades NTK-4)
In Yoga class, students will learn the basics of yoga in a fun, relaxing environment. Students will learn a variety of techniques to build strength and stamina, as well as increase flexibility, balance, and coordination. Additionally, yoga builds students’ self-confidence and aids in concentration and relaxation. The course will focus on basic yoga poses which strengthen the body, release tension, and calm the mind. Yoga class is a great way for students to relax after a long school day, in a non-competitive and positive environment. Parents are invited to join us on the last day of class for Parents’ Day.
Art with Mrs. Miller (Grades 2 -3)
Children will explore new techniques, learn to manipulate three- dimensional materials, and find rich ways of expression in a variety of art mediums.
Tuesdays (3:30-4:30 p.m.)
On 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, and 3/14
Tinker, Build, and Film with Mrs. Owens (Grades 1-4)
Calling all engineers: Come tinker and build in this play-based class designing ramps and 5 foot towers out of blocks, creating 20-foot car race tracks with curves and ramps, building Ferris wheels or other structures with Knex, designing Lego villages, creating multi-step marble runs, making a Rube Goldberg machines and more.
Calling all movie producers: Bring your race tracks, buildings and contractions to life by filming a movie with figurines moving around your awesome construction set! You can develop backdrops, scenery , and props to enhance your miniature movie scene. Bring your movies to home and show friends and family!
Play with friends or individually, try different building techniques each week or only work on a couple, make movies or just build, build, build!
Ballet with Ballet Petite (Grades Transition-1)
The enchanting world of ballet is brought to life through the classics! Young dancers will learn basic positions and terminology from our creative lessons. Classical children's literature is performed with handmade costumes and props using dance, music, and pantomime. This introductory ballet class will truly make all of your child's dreams come true!
French with Madame Jacqueline (Grades 3-4)
Students can extend their skills in French through games, dialogues, and other activities. The emphasis is on learning through play, exploration, and the arts. Vocabulary will be reinforced as children have a chance to practice their French-speaking skills and also learn more about the Francophile world.
Minecraft Animation with C3 Cyber Club (Grades 3 & 4)
In this class, students will be introduced to basic animation techniques using Minecraft characters and stages. Kids will expand their observation skills and imagination by studying motion in reality and how it influences motion in animation.
Film Making with Fairfax Collegiate (Grades 3 & 4)
Movie makers always get their start young. See if your little one has the chops to be the next Pixar master.
Wednesdays (3:30-4:30 p.m.)
On 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, and 3/15
FUN Science and Engineering Club with Mrs. Elkassem. (Grades T-4)
It’s never too early for your youngsters to start tinkering, stimulating the scientific thinking, and improving their problem solving skills. During this fully hands-on and inquiry based science and engineering club, students will get the opportunity to think, work, and explore while having fun just like true scientists. If you are interested in launching rockets, building cities, making lava lamps, and exploring the rich world of science and experimentation, this is the club for you!!!
Wordsmith with Little Scholars (Grades 2-6)
Test your linguistic prowess and get your creative writing juices flowing in Wordsmith. We will entertain each other with comic writing, Magna Comics, skit writing, and explore writing games to get weary writers gunning to write more and more. Authors will build a portfolio of work as well as design a book.
Chess Wizards (Grades K-5)
Chess Wizards is a premier chess education company providing fun, informative, and challenging chess lessons to students. Chess Wizards teaches children many important life concepts, such as strategy, learning the ability to win graciously and accept defeat with dignity, and sportsmanship. Students will be divided into groups according to their chess experience. At the end of the session, each student will have had the chance to participate in a mini-chess tournament.
Cheerleading/Hoop Dance with Tommie Shaw (Grades T-4)
Would you like to lead the cheers on the sidelines for your favorite team? Join our Cheerleading class! We teach students the basics of cheerleading, including motions, cheers, jumps, basic tumbling and simple stunting. During stunting, simple pyramids of only two levels will be taught. Parents are invited to join us on the last day of class for a Parents’ Day performance. (5 Classes)
Hoop Dance is an exciting newer dance form, which involves dancing and artistic movement with a hula hoop used as a prop or dance partner. Hoop dancers rotate the hoop around parts of the body other than the waist, including the hips, chest, neck, shoulders, thighs, knees, arms, hands, thumbs, feet and toes. Modern hooping draws from such diverse art forms as hip-hop, rhythmic gymnastics, freestyle dance, baton twirling, and more. For our Hoop Dance course, we constructed children’s sized dance hoops for use in class each week. “Dance hoops” are different from toy hoops because they are constructed with a heavier material, which provides a better grip, and are balanced and proportioned for dance movement. Parents are invited to join us on the last day of class for a Parent’s Day performance. (5 Classes)
Cooking Club with Ms. Lucy (Grades K-5)
Cooking with Lucy is designed for children to have fun in the kitchen while cooking delicious food. Our hands-on class will use local and seasonal ingredients and will emphasize that healthy food is also delicious. Students will work in small groups to make all kinds of concoctions from scratch. They will be able to explore recipes from many parts of the world. Some of our recipes include, but are not limited to, muffins, quiches, scones, pretzels, pizza, pies, cookies, cupcakes, breads, and much, much more. Students, get ready to measure, mix and decorate!!
Thursdays (3:30-4:30 p.m.)
On 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, and 3/16
Chinese Language & Culture Program I and II (Grades K-4)
This club is designed to expose students in a fun and stimulating way to Chinese language and culture through arts, calligraphy, games, and food. The students will learn basic greetings, proper strokes, and writing techniques for Chinese characters. The use of song, role-play and games, as well as cartoons in Mandarin, will provide an exciting classroom experience. Li Ives is a native Mandarin speaker from Taiwan. She holds a BA in literature and an MBA in Finance. Li is raising a bilingual child with her husband. She is a firm believer in bilingual education and can attest firsthand to all the benefits and advantages it offers.
Japanese Karate (Grades K- 5)
Sensei Takemori is a dedicated karate practitioner and instructor. He has studied with some of the best instructors in the world and has also won countless accolades. His karate classes not only focus on instruction, but also promote spirit, strength, and technique
Dinosaur Discovery (Grades K-2)
Take an adventure back to the Jurassic Era where we will learn about dinosaurs who roamed the Earth millions of years ago. Uncover fascinating facts, build a dinosaur replica and have an archaeological dig as you explore your paleontological skills. In Dinosaur Discovery, you will become a paleontologist faster than Ornithomimids ran from a TRex!
Spanish with Señora Luna (Grades 3-4)
Students can extend their skills in Spanish through games, dialogues, and other activities. The emphasis is on learning through play, dance, exploration, and the arts. Vocabulary will be reinforced as children have a chance to practice their Spanish-speaking skills and also learn more about the Spanish culture.
Arts and Planning with Mrs. Miller (Grades 4-6)
Children will explore new techniques, learn to manipulate three-dimensional materials, and find rich ways of expression in a variety of art mediums.
Fridays (2:30-3:30 p.m.)
On 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, and 3/17
So Many Activities with Ms. Lennon (Grades 1-4)
Are you looking to join a new club where you can play fun games, create cool crafts and try some experiments? Well look no further! Ms. Lennon will have all this and more on Friday afternoons! Come join in on the fun!
Club Fit with Mrs. Bettencourt (Grades 4-7)
The students will participate in a variety of fitness activities to improve endurance and muscular strength. These may include running on the trail, agility/cross-fit stations on the turf field or workouts in the exercise room. Please bring a positive attitude and a willingness to work! Also, bring appropriate outdoor workout clothing.
Public Debate with Fairfax Collegiate (Grades 5-8)
Students engage in debates which involve a wide variety of issues of public concern at the local, state, national, and global levels, as well as topics that are of direct relevance to students.
Photography: Manipulating Light and Image (Grades 5-8)
Red noses and grey skies do not stop a photographer from capturing the world around them! This Winter Session we will be focus on creative processing / post processing as well as low light photography. Each student will build their own “mini table top” tableau and direct a still life photography shoot. We will be “painting with light” to create abstract imagery and will work on a monochrome (BW) photojournalism series for layout purposes. Finally we will study Portraiture and Posture. Students should have a DSL camera or a minimum camera with manual functions and control.
Stock Market Club (Grades 5-8)
Come and learn how investors make (and lose) money in the stock market and how you can start investing successfully at a young age! Smart investing will help you meet long-term financial goals. Make your money work hard for you! In this hands-on class, students use a cool stock-trading simulation tool to select a $10,000 stock portfolio and analyze performance over time, “learning by doing.”