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Clubs at Walnut Grove

Breakfast Book Club

Our club meets on 7 Wednesday mornings throughout the year from 8:15 - 9:00 AM.  All children from 1st to 5th grade are welcome. Members get to share breakfast together and then take part in fun discussions in small groups led by trained, volunteer parent leaders. At Registration, the member donation of $65 covers the cost of books, breakfast, guest speaker, and the BBC’s end of the year party. Sign up online or at the BBC table on Registration Day or drop form in BBC box in the office. Sign up Deadline is Friday, Aug 28, 2015. Registration is limited to  available space and volunteers. For more information please contact:

Jamie Soares: jamie_soares@sbcglobal.net
Bindu Shah:  bindushah@me.com
Lisa Williams:  lisacwill@gmail.com  

Garden Club

The Walnut Grove Student Garden is open to all students during their lunch recess every Tuesday. Students are invited to help in the garden by weeding, watering, planting, harvesting, and tasting.  We always appreciate help from other parents to direct and help the children.  If your child comes to the garden regularly, please consider helping out a couple times this year. No garden experience is required, and we do not expect a weekly commitment!   For more information, please contact:

Candee Banman (candeebanman@gmail.com)

Kim McCoy (nevinsmccoy@gmail.com)

Math Club

The Math Club is an after-school activity for 4th and 5th grade students (and highly motivated 3rd graders) who love to compete and have fun by challenging themselves with difficult math concepts, while applying critical thinking in complex problems. Students take five Math Olympiad tests from November through March (Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 8.) The Math Club meets two Wednesdays a month from 3:10 to 4:00 pm in Room 102. Sponsoring Teacher is Ms. Karen Angel.  For more information, please contact:

Manisha Chawla wgmathclub@gmail.com 

and check out www.moems.org

Running Club

The Running Club meets every Friday morning at 7:30 am, beginning with the first week of school. All grades are welcome, and moms, dads, and even grandparents are encouraged to join in the fun.  Participants stretch for a few minutes at the beginning of each club meeting and then spend 20 minutes running and walking around the blue line on the playground. At the end, each person's laps are recorded. Fun charms are given for distance running, as well as for attendance.  The Run Club participants gather at the picnic tables near the garden. (Note: Run Club meetings are cancelled in the event of rain.)  For more information about the Run Club, please contact:

Audrey Gillette (audrey@gillettes.us).

Science Club

The Science Club is open to 4th and 5th graders at Walnut Grove. Led by high school students from Amador Valley High School’s Science for Youth (SciFY) club, the Science Club focuses on engaging students with interactive science activities and bringing science learned in the classrooms to aspects of everyday life.  During the weekly meetings, students participate in many fun experiments, including making catapults with everyday items, building structures out of pretzels and marshmallows, isolating DNA from strawberries, making sound with bottles, modeling crater impact with rocks and flour, and playing with Non-Newtonian fluids. They also learn about topics such as electricity, states of matter, cell anatomy, physics, optics, and pH. At the end of the year, the club members participate in an Elementary Science Olympiad competition with students from other Pleasanton schools.

 

On-site classes offered by private companies

Chess

by Black Dragon, grades 1-5

Underlying its proven social and cognitive benefits, Chess is fun! Join us for the upcoming session as we continue our journey into this fascinating game! The class will include individual and group instruction, as well as supervised play amongst the students. All ability levels are welcome, even if you’ve never played before. Previous students are also encouraged to continue. All materials provided. End of session prizes given.
 
Grades: 1-5
Mondays, 3:05-4:05pm in the MPR
Dates: 9 classes – 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13
Price: $135/student
 

To sign up:

Contact: J.B. McCann (925) 788-0814
Email: blackdragonchess@gmail.com
**Deadline to register is September 16th
 
(Updated 8/17/17)

Vibrant Elementary Drawing

by Young Rembrandts (Grades 1-5)

Children will learn how to draw using Young Rembrandts step-by-step instruction and proven method that fosters increased patience, discipline and focus as well as a host of artistic skills such as art vocabulary and art history, along with expanded creativity, imagination and confidence. The same structured, skill based learning used to teach science, math and reading is used to teach children how to draw using engaging subjects, skill based learning and positive classroom techniques to achieve unparalleled success in the classroom.
 
All materials supplied. New lessons each class and each session.
 
Fridays 3:00-4:00pm, 9/8 through 5/25, 8 classes
 
Location: Walnut Grove Elementary Room 108.
 
(Updated 8/17/17)