O’Hara Foxes Club (OFC)

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 ofc@oharapto.org.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is offered for all classes. O’Hara Families may request one (1) complimentary registration per student per session offering. 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.

Winter 2020 O’Hara Foxes Club Program Offerings

Math Pentathlon

Math Pen is a six-week program (six consecutive Thursdays after school from 3:30-4:45 pm) in which students are grouped by grade to play math-related board games. The program runs from January 30th through March 5th. Registration cost is $25 and includes a team t-shirt(scholarships are available). We do not cap this program, so we encourage everyone to participate, for parents to volunteer, and for fun to be had. More information about Math Pentathlon can be found here.

Winter 2020: Thursdays, Grades K-5, Cost $25

Registration for this program will run from December 16-January 17 here.

Chess Club

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.

Winter 2020: Mondays, Grades K-5, Cost $45

Registration for this program will run from 7 am on January 7-17 here.

Eco Explorers

A favorite at other Fox Chapel Area elementary schools, the OFC is excited to introduce a brand new program–Eco Explorers! During each meeting, students will be presented with the knowledge, skills, and supplies they’ll need to explore science mysteries and challenges, build inventions, and much more!

Whether we are excavating real 300-million-year-old fossils, creating potions and crazy cool chemistry combinations, or building towers to withstand an earthquake, expect an adventure in each workshop!

Winter 2020: Tuesdays, Grades K-5, Cost $70

Registration for this program will run from 7 am on January 7-January 17 here.

Foxes’ Kitchen Fridays

Another new offering from the OFC, Foxes’ Kitchen is being run by one of our favorite instructors and an O’Hara parent, Beatriz Conte. Students will travel to countries all over the world to learn about their culture and prepare their yummy native food dishes! In each session, a different continent will be introduced. The students will then work in teams to prepare a recipe specific to each location visited.

Winter 2020: Fridays, Grades K-5, Cost: $50

Registration for this program will run from 7am on January 7-17th here. The program will be limited to 20 students.

Foxes’ Kitchen Wednesdays

Due to popular demand, another session of Foxes’ Kitchen is being offered on Wednesdays. Students will travel to countries all over the world to learn about their culture and prepare their yummy native food dishes! In each session, a different continent will be introduced. The students will then work in teams to prepare a recipe specific to each location visited.

Winter 2020: Wednesdays, Grades K-5, Cost: $50

Registration for this program will run from 7am on January 14-17th here. The program will be limited to 20 students.