The next session of our popular after school enrichment classes will start the week of April 13th.
Date: Mondays, April 13 – May 11 (Meet in the 3rd grade portable.)
Grades: 3rd -5th
Join 3rd grade assistant and environmental expert Tara Potter and explore the wild wetlands of the Roxhill bog! What is a bog and what types of animals live there? Get muddy, spot some wetland creatures, and learn why this bog is so important. Get up close with bog life in our neighborhood. We will also work with Seattle Parks and Recreation to remove harmful plants and help the wetland thrive! Waterproof shoes are recommended but not necessary, there will be mud!
Week 1: Site intro
Week 2: Native vs. non-native plants
Week 3: What lives in the bog?
Week 4: Water quality
Week 5: Habitat
Date: Mondays, April 13 – May 11
Time: 3:20-4:00 in the Library
Cost: $38 (Two books included)
Grades: 3rd – 5th
Back by popular demand! Join librarian Sarah Wildflower to read and discuss two great books. This session’s books will be:
Urchin of the Riding Stars
The Tale of Despereaux
Kindergarten Chess Club
Date: Tuesdays, April 14-May 12
Time: 2:45-3:45 in Stuart’s Room 114
Learn to play chess, or practice what you already know! Chess can strengthen problem solving skills, teach children to make difficult and abstract decisions and enhance math abilities memory and critical thinking skills. The ever popular Elston Cloy (and former Washington State Youth Champion) returns to guide the chess class.
Grade School Musical
Date: Tuesday, April 14-May 26 Seven Week/Two Hour Class
Time: 3:20-5:20 in the gym
The class would be a 7-week musical theatre program for students in grades 1-5, led by nationally known theater actor/director and Westside parent, David Koch. David is also the lead instructor for the popular StageStruck Musical Theatre Camps. David, a musical director and a choreographer will guide students through each 2-hour session to learn songs, dances and scenes for the new musical show, Grade School Musical, created just for the students of Westside. The class will finish with a full-staged public performance.
Date: Wednesdays, April 15-May 13
Time: 3:20-4:30in Judith and Erin’s Rooms
We’ve saved the best club for last. Welcome to the slippery, oozy, world of slime time!
Growing Brains - Magic Sponges? Ghost Crystals? Take home a tiny brain and watch it as it grows through science!
Bottomless Cup - Learn a trick called the Three-Cup Monte that uses the special Waterlock polymer to make things disappear!
Glowing Gooey Ooze - Everything glows in the dark with phosphorescent powder! Make your own glow-in-the-dark ooze!
Oobleck - A deep space probe has just returned with a mysterious sample that’s not quite a liquid, not quite a solid. Come to club and learn what it is!
Magnetic Slime - The adventure continues we combine the science of magnetism and mix it with what they know about polymers to create their own magnetic slime!
Date: Thursdays, April 16 – May 14
Time: 3:20-4:30, Meet in Erin’s room, Pick-up in the gym
Grades: K – 5th
Cynthia Voth & Joanna Bond return to help kids get in touch with their bodies, strengthen and relax their muscles, and develop coordination, focus and confidence. Each class will include sharing, breathing/centering (pranayama), postures (asana), games that incorporate the postures, and a closing relaxation. Yoga can be a fun exercise for kids. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.