The O’Hara Foxes Club (the OFC!) is a series of after school enrichment activities coordinated by the O’Hara PTO. Current activity offerings are detailed below. You may register online, with an option to pay by cash, check or credit card. Please remember to change your child’s dismissal routine using the School Dismissal Manager app (or send a note) for afternoons that he or she will be staying for OFC classes. You may also pack a snack and drink for your child to enjoy before class begins each week. If you any questions about the O’Hara Foxes Club, please email Meghann Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial assistance is offered for all classes. To request a scholarship, register online and select the cash payment option. After registering, email your confirmation to Nurse Grove and/or Mrs. Squeglia, who will discreetly coordinate payment. Your request will remain confidential, and will not be known to PTO volunteers or program coordinators.
Fall 2019 O’Hara Foxes Club Program Offerings
Let’s play chess! Chess Club is led by instructor Bob Willson and facilitated by O’Hara parent, Cate Mettenburg. Bob has been teaching chess classes in schools for the past 19 years. Chess is a centuries-old game originally devised to help children become better thinkers. Today, it is recognized as a great way to provide children with academic, educational, and social benefits. Chess challenges children to focus their attention, think creatively and independently, and become better problem-solvers. Students also learn the value of patience, self-control and respect. And chess is fun and rewarding.
Participants will be divided into two groups: a Beginners group for newer players and a more experienced group. Each group receives lessons for their level.
Note: Children signing up for this class must know how the pieces move. It helps if they have had some playing experience, but beginners are accepted if they can name the pieces and move them correctly.
Parent volunteers are also needed to assist with check-in and check-out. You can sign up for a shift on a Signup Genius that will be circulated after registration is complete.
Fall 2019: Grades K-5, Cost $45
Registration for this class is now full. Classes begin Monday, October 7th and run for six weeks from 3:45-5pm.
Lab Ratz Science Club
Lab Ratz Science Club presents basic science principles in an engaging and hands-on manner–encouraging students to be inventive and creative, to question the world around them, and to make discoveries through firsthand experimentation. Each session explores a different topic and never repeats, so your student will have a different lesson to look forward to each week. All new participants receive the official Lab Ratz Science Club Laboratory T-shirt. You may send a snack and drink for your child to enjoy before class starts each week. (Note a class offering for K-2 will be offered in the spring.)
Fall 2019: Grades 3-5, Cost: $70
Registration begins September 9th at 7 am here. Classes will begin Tuesday, October 15 from 4-5pm. The program will be limited to 20 students.
Arty Party: Passport to Latin America
An O’Hara parent and visual artist, Alison Zapata, will lead students on an exploration of playful and colorful Latin American folk art including sugar skulls paintings, alebrijes sculptures, and mixed media retablos. Get ready for creativity and fun times making art!
Fall 2019: Grades K-5, Cost $50
Registration for this class is now full. Classes begin October 23rd and run for 5 consecutive Wednesdays through November 20th from 3:30-5pm.
Kid Yogis P.L.A.Y.
A class intended to encourage the exploration of social, sensory and motor skills while increasing flexibility and co-ordination. Children will strengthen their bodies, exercise their minds and satisfy their souls through the use of music, dance, games, co-operative play and quiet introspection. A weekly theme will be explored in each class. Yoga mats will be provided for use during class.
Fall 2019: Grades K – 5, Cost $50
Registration for this class is now full. Classes begin Wednesday October 10 and run for six weeks from 3:45 to 5pm. Each group is open to 20 students.
The OFC is excited to welcome back our Spanish enrichment program! This well loved program will be led by two O’Hara parents, Beatriz Conte and Adriana Moreno-Jaramillo, who are both from Chile and native Spanish speakers. They have run a similar program at the Cooper-Siegel library in the past and are excited to offer the program to O’Hara students. Each class is designed to help the kids improve their knowledge of Spanish through listening comprehension, learning new vocabulary, problem-solving strategies, teamwork, and learning the language through music. Each session will focus on a different Spanish-speaking country (unique from the last year’s studied countries) and will explore the different cultures, traditions, music, food, etc. The material the kids learn will then be applied in fun games and competitions between teams. The last class with be a Fiesta Latina. Each team will be made up of children from different grades (K – 5) to encourage collaboration.
Fall 2019: Grades K-5, Cost $50
Registration begins September 9th at 7 am here. Classes begin Friday, October 11th and will run for five weeks from 4-5pm. The program will be open to 37 students.