PTSA provides opportunities to help enrich your child's education. In addition to the after school opportunities listed here, PTSA also supports (with volunteers or through financial support) a variety of school-day enrichment programs including assemblies, author visits, Art Docent program, fieldtrips, service learning, scholastic magazines, school garden, STEAM, and student leadership clubs.


THEATRE PROGRAM: MARCH 18-23

Registration: Feb 20th-Mar 4th!

Registration for our spring theatre production of Peter and Wendy, through Missoula Children's Theatre (https://mctinc.org/mct-tour/missoula-childrens-theatre-tour/), opens Tuesday February 20th at 7 PM and closes Mon Mar 4th! Registration will be via Homeroom and is open to all grades.  There are 48 slots for students age 8 and older (44 acting roles, and 4 assistant director roles) and 16 slots for students age 7 and younger. Registration cost is $75 for students 7 and younger, and $100 for students 8 and older. Scholarships based on financial need are available. If you need a scholarship, please email the school counselor Melissa Foss at mfoss@lwsd.org

Chaperones

We need chaperones to be able to run this program. Chaperones will receive a 20% discount per session they chaperone, and early registration. Chaperones need to commit to being present for at least one 4-hour session after school the week of March 18th, OR one 3-hour session on show day March 23rd (1:30 – 4:15 or 4:15 – 7:15), and sign the volunteer chaperone agreement. If you are interested in chaperoning, please contact theatre@ellabakerptsa.org BEFORE registration begins.   

Auditions

Auditions will take place after school on Monday March 18th from 4 - 6 PM in the gym/commons. All registered students are guaranteed a part. Some students, depending on their part, will need to stay for an additional two hour rehearsal session (6:15 – 8:15 PM) on Monday after the audition is complete. Please plan to return to school at 6 to either pickup your student or confirm that they need to stay an additional two hours to rehearse.  

Practice Schedule

For the remainder of the week, cast members ages 8 and up will need to stay after school for four hours each day (4-8:15 Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 2:30-6:45 Wednesday).  There will be a 15 minute snack/meal break at the halfway point for each rehearsal session.  Cast members ages 7 and younger will need to stay for the first two or three hours of each rehearsal except for Tuesday, when they will not likely need to rehearse). An exact schedule will be distributed to participants on March 18th after the roles are cast.  

Performances

Performances will be at 3 PM and 5:30 PM on Saturday March 23rd on the Ella Baker stage.  All cast members should plan on being at school from approximately 1:30 PM – 7:15 PM on Saturday.

Questions?

Questions or want to volunteer to help? Contact theatre@ellabakerptsa.org. We will share a sign up genius link with specific volunteer needs once program registration begins.  

 


REGISTRATION OPEN: MATH IS COOL

“Math Is Cool 2023-2024 Competition (Grade 4)” is on March 23, 2024, and “Math Is Cool 2023-2024 Competition (Grade 5)” is on March 9, 2024.

Math Is Cool has been a popular school team-based math contest since 1996. Each school can have up to 8 teams per grade. And each team can have 3 or 4 students. More info can be found at https://academicsarecool.com/#/competitions. If you are interested in participating in this contest, please send email to mathiscool@ellabakerptsa.org.

  • The team practice and competition are not PTSA or school sponsored. The parents of each team are responsible for the practice and competition.
  • Each team needs to pay a registration fee of $60.
  • The registration deadline is 02/10/2024.


AFTER-SCHOOL ENRICHMENT

Winter Session: January 2-March 8th

Registration closed. 

Winter 2024 Classes:

Ukulele with New Bach Music School:
Grades K-5: Tuesdays 4:00-4:50pm ($402)

The ukulele- also known as “the instrument of peace”- is a great instrument to begin studying music! During this class, students will have the opportunity to learn an assortment of chords, various fingerpicking and strumming styles, and will play and sing along to several well-known songs. Each student will have a ukulele and a lesson book provided for the class duration. The teacher-student ratio of 1 teacher to 6-8 students guarantees personalized attention and fosters an optimal learning environment. This music class provides students with extraordinary opportunities to immerse themselves in the realm of classical music, nurturing their passions and cultivating their musical skills. (8 weeks)

New Bach Music School website: https://www.newbachmusicschool.com 

Excel with Chess:
Grades K-5: Wednesdays 2:30-3:30pm ($232)

Kids learn chess in a fun, safe environment with encouragement, independent practice resources, and engaging lessons. We strive to ensure every student is learning a new skill in each class! Two instructors ensure we can have multiple groups at various levels. (9 weeks)

Excel with Chess website: https://excelwithchess.com/

Soccer Shots (indoor):
Grades K-2: Wednesdays 2:30-3:15pm ($232)
Grades 3-5: Wednesdays 3:25-4:10pm ($232)

Soccer Shots is an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development. Our caring team positively impacts children’s lives on and off the field

through best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum. Our expert-approved curriculum is age-appropriate and aligns with childhood education standards. (8 weeks, starts Jan 10th)

Soccer Shots website: https://www.soccershots.com/

Odyssey STEM Institute:
VEX Go Robotics (grades K-2): Thursdays 4:00-4:50pm ($337):
VEX IQ Robotics (grades 3-5): Thursdays 5:00-5:50pm ($337):

This educational (non-competitive) robotics class uses VEX Go/VEX IQ equipment in a tactile makerspace for experientially-focused enlightenment appropriate for those seeking to discover, develop and evolve in their affinity for robotics.  Our class is an immersive, unconventional experience that challenges individuals to lean into their natural inquisitiveness through mindful strategies and merges S.T.E.M. subject matters with meaningful, engaging recreational activities. We incorporate social-emotional well-being by igniting one's confidence, self-awareness, growth mindset, respect, empathy and agency to make responsible decisions. At Odyssey S.T.E.M. Institute, individuals will explore digital 3D schematics, observe, manipulate and propagate a robot's behavior and utilize block-based and text-based coding. 

Odyssey STEM Institute website: www.odysseysteminstitute.org 

Art for Kids School:
Grades K-2: Fridays 4:00-5:00pm ($153)
Grades 3-5: Fridays 5:15-6:15pm ($153)

Art for Kids School is process oriented and designed to enhance the enjoyment of art and creative expression. Children learn to use a variety of materials, which builds confidence in their creativity, including pen and ink, charcoal, soft and oil pastels, acrylics, metal reposse’ and clay. All supplies are furnished, and the class is taught by a degreed, professional artist. (8 weeks)

Art for Kids School website: www.artforkidsschool.com 

POLICY AND FAQS

  • Each after-school enrichment class requires volunteer chaperones to attend EACH class. A 50% discount on the class price is offered to the volunteer chaperone's child. If you are interested in committing to be the volunteer chaperone, please email enrichment@ellabakerptsa.org right away BEFORE you register your child for this class. See the volunteer chaperone agreement  for responsibilities. If a volunteer chaperone is not found for a class before Dec 14th, that class will be cancelled.
  • Registration, for after-school PTSA enrichment classes, is moving to homeroom.com. For instructions and help with Homeroom, please see https://homeroom.helpscoutdocs.com/category/6-for-parents
  • The curriculum of each class is suitable for both new and continuing students, as the instructors of each class adapt the curriculum to ensure all students are learning.
  • To be inclusive of all students in our learning community, scholarships based on financial need are available. If you need a scholarship, please email the school councilor Melissa Foss at mfoss@lwsd.org. Also, financial need scholarship students will be given priority registration by reserving 10% of class enrollment. If these spots are not claimed, they will be released to the waiting list.
  • Refunds will ONLY be issued until registration closes. Withdrawing from the class after the first class will result in NO refund. To request a refund & withdraw from class email enrichment@ellabakerptsa.org
  • After-School Enrichment Policy 2023-2024 (pdf)

For questions, contact enrichment@ellabakerptsa.org

 
FALL 2023 CLASS OFFERINGS (SEP 20 - NOV 17)

Excel with Chess:
Grades K-5: Wednesdays 2:30-3:30pm ($210)

Soccer Shots:
Grades K-2: Wednesdays 2:30-3:15pm ($235)
Grades 3-5: Wednesdays 3:25-4:10pm ($235)

Leap4Kidz:
Mechanical Engineering: Grades K-2, Thursdays 4-5pm ($255) 
Jr Robotics: Grades 3-5, Thursdays 4-5pm ($335)

Art for Kids School:
Grades K-2: Fridays 4:00-5:00pm ($135)
Grades 3-5: Fridays 5:15-6:15pm ($135)


 

SCRIPPS SPELLING BEE

Class Starts Fri Oct 27th and meets every other Friday through February. (Specifically: 10/27, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/15, 1/5, 1/19, 2/9, 2/23)

Registration Closed.

Grades 1-5: EVERY OTHER Friday 4-5pm

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a highly prestigious annual event that celebrates the art and skill of spelling in the United States. It serves as a showcase for some of the nation's most talented young spellers, who gather to compete in a battle of linguistic precision and intellect. Students begin with a school level spelling for grades 1-5. From there, they move onto a regional and then national spelling bee.

Scripps Spelling Bee website: https://spellingbee.com 

 



REFLECTIONS 2023

The 2023 contest has concluded.

View Reflections 2023-2024 Details

Contact reflection@ellabakerptsa.org



MATH CHALLENGE

Students can sharpen their math problem-solving skills though 15 challenges throughout the year. Family members are encouraged to get involved. Get started any time!

Download the current Math Challenge

Submit Solutions Online by the due date. Please DO NOT bring answers to school. Students who finish 11 or more successfully will be awarded with certificates at the end of the school year. For those that submit their solutions online, we will communicate results bi-monthly to families.

Check Solutions Online - solutions will be available on the solution date by 3pm

Contact mathchallenge@ellabakerptsa.org



MATH CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT

A national tournament focusing on math fundamentals and problem-solving skills open to students in Grades 2-6. More information for 2023 coming soon.

Registration Deadline: TBD

Tournament Date: TBD

View Tournament Details and How to Register

Contact mathchallenge@ellabakerptsa.org 


 

FREE ENRICHMENT RESOURCES

Wide Open School – Part of Common Sense Media - high quality resources across all subjects

Art for Kids Hub – fun drawing lessons that are easy-to-follow and very engaging

Burke Museum - activities & curriculum focused on WA plants, animals, and natural history

Seattle Aquarium – learn about the marine mammals of the Puget Sound with virtual field trips, live webcams, educational videos, fact sheets, coloring sheets, puzzles and more

 



FREE CODING RESOURCES

Code.org - For all ages. An ideal first step for new coders - helps build an understanding of foundational coding concepts that will pave the way for more complex coding in the future!

Lightbot.com - Available as an app. Great for your youngest coders. Aims to teach the most fundamental concept in computer programming - “Code is a series of instructions.”

MakeCode by Microsoft - Ideal for beginners and experienced coders. A variety of electronics and hardware based coding projects like micro:bit and Lego Mindstorms. Self-guided projects to select block-based coding, Python, or Javascript as their language of choice!

Scratch by MIT - Developed for the purpose of teaching young coders programming. A block-based platform that is a great place for students ready to build games & stories on their own!

Khan Academy - Developed for older students and experienced coders. Helps students learn the essentials of web development and SQL databases. A great starting point for students who are exploring coding as a future career and are eager to dig deeper in their skill development.

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