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 send a note to your child’s teacher each morning that he or she is participating in OFC activities. You may also pack a snack and drink for your child to enjoy before class begins each week.
Financial assistance 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.
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 18 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.
Spring 2019: Grades K-5, Cost $45
Classes begin Tuesday, April 9th and will continue for six consecutive weeks until May 14th from 3:45-5pm. The program will be limited to 40 students.
The OFC is excited to introduce a new Spanish enrichment program! This pilot program will be led by two O’Hara parents, Beatriz Conte and Pia Mengers, 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 previous Winter session 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. Each team will be made up of children from different grades (K – 5) to encourage collaboration.
Spring 2019: Grades K-5, Cost $50
Classes begin Friday, April 5th and will run for five weeks from 4-5pm. The program will be open to 28 students.
Kid Yogis PLAY
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.
Spring 2019: Grades K – 5, Cost $40
Classes begin Wednesday April 10 and run for five weeks from 4:00-5pm.
Story Explorers is a new OFC program being facilitated by O’Hara parent and Spark Books owner, Adriene Rister, and a Fairview parent/engineer, Melinda Guinn. This five-week program is designed for children in ages K-1 and will combine literacy and STEAM activities. The pilot session will focus on the classic children’s story, The Three Little Pigs. Each week, students will begin class by gathering together to read children’s literature based on the Three Little Pigs story, such as The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale by Steven Guarnaccia, The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas, and the True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scisezka. After reading the book, children will use their imaginations and problem-solving skills to explore the story in greater depth–acting out different characters to create alternative endings, building houses that can withstand a wolf, learning about perspective (did the wolf just have a cold?), becoming the story’s illustrator or author, and using only music to tell the story. Class is limited to 15 students. You may send a nut-free snack and drink for your child to enjoy before class starts each week.
Spring 2019: Grades K-1, Cost: $30
Classes begin Monday April 15th and will run for five weeks from 4-5pm. The program will be open to 15 students.
Art Explorations Arty Party!
Another brand new program! O’Hara parent and visual artist, Alison Zapata, will lead students on an exploration of watercolor, gems and minerals, sharpie tie-dye pillow, a fantasy collage self-portrait, and even making a fabric banner with their name on it! Get ready for creativity and fun times making art!
Spring 2019: Grades 1-5, Cost $50
Classes begin April 4th and run from 3:30-5pm for five Thursdays (no class April 18) until May 9th.
Lab Ratz Science Club
Lab Ratz Science Club presents basic science principles in an engaging, 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.
Winter-Spring 2019: Grades K-2, Cost: $70
Registration for this program has now closed. Classes will begin Monday, March 4 from 4-5pm and will continue until April 8th (no class on 3/25).