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.
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 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.
Winter 2019: Grades K-5, Cost $50
Classes begin Friday, February 1st and run from 3:40-5pm on five Friday afternoons until March 8th. The program will be open to 24 students.
Math Pentathlon is one of O’Hara’s largest after school programs. This six-week after school program strengthens basic math concepts and skills through fun and interactive game play–all of which integrate spatial, computational, and logical reasoning. Because this program is so large, we do request parent volunteers (with clearances) to assist us each week. More information about Math Pentathlon can be found here. All questions can be directed to Danielle Ramirez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter 2019: Grades K-5, Cost $25
Classes begin Thursday, January 31st and run from 3:30pm-4:45pm for six consecutive Thursdays until March 7th. There will be a district-wide Game Day on Saturday, March 9th at Dorseyville Middle School.
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.
Winter 2019: Grades K – 5, Cost $40
Classes begin Wednesday, January 9, 2018 and run for 5 weeks from 4:00 – 5:00pm.
Registration is now full. Look for another session in Spring 2019.
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.
Spring 2019: Grades K-2, Cost: $70
Registration for this program will run from February 4-27th. Classes will begin Monday, March 4 from 4-5pm and will continue until April 1st.
Let’s play chess! Chess Club help students improve their ability to play this classic game of strategy. 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. One group plays while the other receives instruction, then we switch. Students receive approximately ½ hour of playing time per class.
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.
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.
Spring 2019: Grades K-5, Cost $45