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ESS Panda Clubs Winter 2024
Enrollment from Dec 6 - 22

Classes begin the week of Jan 8th

What are Panda Clubs? 

  • The Winter session of Panda Clubs includes 12 different 1-hour after school (4-5pm) enrichment programs run by community organizations at ESS. There are several choices for each age group. Each student may sign up for one club. 

  • Club start dates are below (first day is Jan 8th).

  • Registration is now only one step–directly with the club provider. To sign up your child, please go to the link that corresponds with the club you want to sign up for. If you want a scholarship, please email pandaclubs@esspta.org, or text 540.250.5294, and we will send you a coupon code for registration.

 

Please consider making a donation to the Panda Club Scholarship Fund. We are proud that in the past we have been able to provide a scholarship to every family who requested one. We hope to continue this tradition for each session of Panda Clubs this year and in the future.  Donations can be made online or with a check or money order made payable to ESS PTA. Any amount is appreciated and will help support student scholarships. https://www.esspta.org/support-us 

WINTER 2024 CLUBS

GRADE K-2
 
Monday

Art (Create Arts, $138). Starts 1.8. This club takes you on a unique journey into the world of art. You’ll experience a hands-on, immersive, all encompassing artistic experience. The materials and techniques the artists will use include pastels, textile, collage, watercolor, and more. Artists create their own masterpieces, from realistic to abstract. This course will enable all  level artists to embark on an exciting hands-on journey through the expansive history of art. Each session, students will be introduced to new mediums and methods to create beautiful 2D and 3D works of art. 

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/4a5bBpQ


Tuesday

Computer coding: Encanto Scratch Jr. (Code Advantage, $189). Starts 1.16. 

Welcome to the magical world of Encanto! In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of coding while creating animations and projects with their favorite characters from Encanto. Every class is a new adventure!

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/3Gsbwii

Karate (Kaizen, $144). Starts 1.9. This club is an introduction to the sport. Children will learn the beautiful art of karate while gaining safety and defensive skills in a respectful environment. The class will emphasize the basic karate principles of focus, patience, and self- discipline. First time students will start the belt program, and returning students can work toward new belts. Grades K-5 ok. 

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/41b0Qya

Wednesday

Soccer (1UpHandles, $90). Starts 1.10. Soccer will be an upbeat, fun class that teaches beginner to intermediate children of all genders fundamentals such as: proper Dribbling, Passing, Shooting, Defensive Strategy and Field Spacing. Participants will be separated by grade & play mini games each class to enhance learning. Grades K-5 ok. REGISTER: https://bit.ly/3Tdz42c

Thursday

Creative Writing: Weather Wonders. (Whisper Shout, $125, starts 1.11). In this class for beginning writers, we'll read, sing and act out the weather story Bartholomew & the Oobleck. Then we’ll work together to read and write short poems about weather. We’ll perform the story for families at the last class and take home a published anthology of our poems! Led by 35-year veteran teacher Heidi Mordhorst. 

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/ESS-WritingWeatherWonders

Friday

Introduction to Coding and Robotics, *Grade 2 only (Big Learning, $0, grant-funded.) Starts 1.12.

Use the KIBO robotic system to learn computer coding, logic, and loops. Learn what a robot is and isn’t, and what you have to tell KIBO to make it move.  How can you command KIBO to make noise, avoid obstacles, shine its light, dance, and then do it all over again?  Start out with learning the basics and add a new module each week such as lights, sound recording, repeats, catapults, distance sensors, conditionals, light sensors, and more. 

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/47V3Dhi

GRADE 3-5
 
Monday

Art (Create Arts, $138). Starts 1.8. This club takes you on a unique journey into the world of art. You’ll experience a hands-on, immersive, all encompassing artistic experience. The materials and techniques the artists will use include pastels, textile, collage, watercolor, and more. Artists create their own masterpieces, from realistic to abstract. This course will enable all  level artists to embark on an exciting hands-on journey through the expansive history of art. Each session, students will be introduced to new mediums and methods to create beautiful 2D and 3D works of art. 

 REGISTER: https://bit.ly/486q0A6 


Tuesday

Karate (Kaizen, $144). Starts 1.9. This club is an introduction to the sport. Children will learn the beautiful art of karate while gaining safety and defensive skills in a respectful environment. The class will emphasize the basic karate principles of focus, patience, and self- discipline. First time students will start the belt program, and returning students can work toward new belts. Grades K-5 ok. 

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/41b0Qya

Wednesday

Soccer (1UpHandles, $90). Starts 1.10. Soccer will be an upbeat, fun class that teaches beginner to intermediate children of all genders fundamentals such as: proper Dribbling, Passing, Shooting, Defensive Strategy and Field Spacing. Participants will be separated by grade & play mini games each class to enhance learning. Grades K-5 ok. REGISTER: https://bit.ly/3Tdz42c

Theater, “Make Me Laugh – The Art of Improv” (Round House, $90). Starts 1.10.

This club brings the fun and games of theater to your school! Students will learn to think quickly, make big choices, and create collaboratively while exploring the humor of everyday life through improvisational games and exercises.

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/3R8noLo

Thursday

Coding Minecraft: World Adventures. $189, starts 1.18

Kids will learn to move, explore, build, and code within Minecraft while visiting exciting places including ancient Egypt, Tokyo Disneyland, Chicago, and more! They will use their knowledge and creativity to design

projects on their own.

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/47JJ8Ev

Friday

Lego Robotics, grade 3-5 only  (Big Learning, $0, grant-funded.) Starts 1.12.

Use the Lego® Spike Essential system to build machines and vehicles. Program your creations using Scratch.  Students will work in pairs with each pair sharing an iPad and complete Lego® Robotics sets. Mini add-ons include Lego® Dots, Bric Q Motion, and Spike Prime system. NOTE: This is a different club provider than in Fall 2023, but should still be lots of fun!

 REGISTER: https://bit.ly/3Rt1J1E

PANDA CLUBS RULES

 

  • Student Cancellations/Refunds: All refunds will be made via the vendor. There will be no refunds offered after the first week of programs. 

  • Frequent (two times) late pick-ups will result in dismissal from the program without a refund. Vendors may charge a fee for late pickup.

  • Student Behavior: In order to keep our club fun and safe for everyone, all students are expected to follow ESS school rules while attending PANDA CLUB after school enrichment classes. Parents will be contacted each time there is a behavioral problem that cannot be remedied in the class. East Silver Spring PTA reserves the right to remove your student from a program. 

  • Provider Cancellations: While the vendors will make every effort to reschedule classes canceled due to unexpected MCPS or ESS closings, we cannot guarantee that every class can be made up. The vendors cannot offer make-up classes or refunds due to a student’s inability to attend class.

Request help with registration in your language

 

Most registration forms are only in English. If you would like help registering in your native language, please EITHER go to our online form here:

 

English online form: bit.ly/3UIoTQ3

Amharic online form: bit.ly/3iHZQiH

Spanish online form: bit.ly/3VBES3E

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