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Educational Discovery
 
Algonkian PTA is very excited to be continuing several educational clubs for this 2013-2014 school year! We hope the students will enjoy and take advantage of the following after-school programs – most are led/taught by Algonkian parents and some by our own Algonkian teachers.
 
 
 
Hola Espanol! Spanish Club 2013-2014
NEW!! Algonkian PTA is excited to offer our 1st thru 3rd grade students a beginner's Spanish Club! This club runs from October to May and will include a 30-minute of interactive conversation, music, stories, and crafts, including food activities. Classes are taught by Ms. Christine Ellis, Algonkian Elementary's FLES teacher. Click here for more detailed information and to register! Registration deadline:  Wednesday, September 25.
 
 
 
Writer's Workshop 2013-2014
NEW!! Algonkian PTA is thrilled to offer to our 2nd and 3rd grade students a 4-week writing workshop called: Writing with Gopher! Science writer Terry Catasús Jennings, will share her research and writing methods using her book, Gopher to the Rescue! A Volcano Recovery Story, to engage students. As a non-fiction writer, Terry will draw parallels between her work and student assignments—from their current work to the college essay. Integrating science and literacy, students will learn to research a topic, build a five paragraph essay and revise their work after completion. At the end of the workshop, each student will receive a book of his/her work. Click here for more detailed information and to register! Registration deadline: Wednesday, September 25.

 

**Writer's Workshop & Sylvan Dell Publishing Offer Access to Science & Math E-Books!**
As part this Writer's Workshop, Sylvan Dell Publishing has offered a free trial of their e-books until November 20th. Students can access over 90 science and math titles from home and in school. Algonkian's students can read or listen to the e-books in English and Spanish as well as link to educational information and activities based on each book.
 

To access the books through the website, visit http://www.sylvandellpublishing.com and click on the orange "Enter Site Code" button on the right. Enter our code -- DJBZ67 -- and then click on e-books. If you would like to access the books via iPad, you must first download the "Fun eReader Picture Book" app. Once the app is downloaded, enter Algonkian's code into the school site license window and press the red Log In button. You do not need to enter names, emails or passwords.

 

We hope Algonkian's students enjoy the e-book access provided by Sylvan Dell. If you have any questions regarding logging in, please contact Ms. Jennings (ltjennings@verizon.net) or Emily Goochat Sylvan Dell at 843-971-6722 or 877-243-3457. 

 
 
 
 

String Instruments 2013-2014

An after-school strings program for 4th & 5th graders at Algonkian! This program is designed for an introduction of the string instruments to give students a head start for middle school. The instruments include: violin, viola, and cello. Also, Medieval orchestra for 4th grade and up if your child has had at least one year of instruction in bowed strings, guitar, recorder or percussion!

Please contact Adrienn Salazar for information: algonkianstrings@gmail.com.

 

Algonkian Mathletes 2013-2014
Here is an awesome program for 5th graders! 5th grade students can extend their math skills through creative problem solvings. Not a tutoring program, this weekly club is for students who want that extra challenge in addition to their regular math classes. Lead by Eugene Belogay... email questions and for more information to: bhbelogay@hotmail.com.

 
 
 

Running with the Stars - FALL 2013 SEASON
WHO:    Open to all students – grades 1-5

WHAT:  This running program is for boys and girls! It encourages participants to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. During the practices, we will play games, discuss healthy lifestyle topics, and prepare for our END OF SEASON 5K RUN!! The 5K is non-competitive. Our goal is for each child to strive for his/her own personal best.

WHEN:  The session starts September 23 and ends December 8. Practices will be held twice per week: Mondays and Thursdays from 2:50 p.m. to 3:50 p.m., rain or shine, outside.

WHERE:  The children will meet in the Activity Room directly after school.  

 
The END OF SEASON 5K Fun Run will be held: Sunday, December 8 at 8:00 a.m. in Ashburn. Please mark your calendars, as this is a very fun event for the kids. **A buddy runner is required for each student participating in the 5K event.**


Other Important Information:

·         Coaches for the Fall 2013 season: Natascha Hunter, Christina Davis, and Chris Freck

·         Registration begins: September 1

·         Registration ends: September 20

·         Cost: $125/child – checks payable to: Running with the Stars

·         Register at: www.runningwiththestars.com (create a login first)

·         Please pack a water bottle and QUICK, non-messy snack for your child

·         Dress in LAYERS suitable for running outside!

·         Pick-up is promptly at 3:50 p.m. at the outside doors of the Activity Room

 

For more information and updates throughout the season, go to the Running with the Stars website: www.runningwiththestars.com or add Running with the Stars on Facebook.

The program cost includes an 11-week practice season, one runner tshirt, one buddy runner tshirt, timed 5K event, numbered bib for each child running, end of run celebration, and a participation medal.

 
**We would love volunteers to help throughout the season! If you would like to participate a little, or a lot, please email  any of the coaches at: algonkianrwts@gmail.com.**
 
 
 

Odyssey of the Mind 2013-2014

·  An international competition for students in kindergarten through college

·  An opportunity to practice creative problem-solving methods in a collaborative setting

·  Team members work together to solve a "problem" and present their solution at a competition in the Spring (Date TBA).

· Emphasizes Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communications and Collaboration (the 4C's that many in the educational community agree are the keys to academic success).

·  For more information about this program, visit the Odyssey of the Mind website.

Registration deadline: Friday, October 4 ~ registration form can be found here: http://algonkianom.wordpress.com
Team meetings: will begin in October and run through March
Regional competition: visit http://algonkianom.wordpress.com for more info
We need volunteers to make this program run! If you are interested in helping with Odyssey of the Mind, please contact the OM Coordinator, Heather Vogt: hesvogt@gmail.com to see how you can get involved.

 

 
Algonkian FIRST Lego League (pending for 2013-2014)
What is Algonkian FIRST Lego League?
4th & 5th graders can participate in the FIRST Lego League where, as a team, they will:
* Design, build, and program a robot using Lego Mindstorms technology.
* Apply real-world math and science concepts.
* Research challenges facing today's scientists.
* Learn critical thinking, team building, and presentation skills.
* Participate in tournaments and celebrations.
The Regional tournament is usually held in November and the State tournament is in December. Visit the
FIRST Lego League website for additional info!
Coaches are needed!! In order to get this program started for the students, we need a coordinator and a few coaches. If interested, please contact Alyssa Lum at: alyssabairdlum@gmail.com.
 
 
 

Computer Programming Club (pending for 2013-2014)
Little @rchimedes is an after-school computer programing club for grades 3-5 at Algonkian Elementary. The club provides a unique opportunity for students to learn the basics of computer programming in a fun, age-appropriate way. Little @rchimedes fosters inventiveness, logical thinking, and creative problem solving. Students will be exploring various computer programming topics using Scratch, a visual programming language for kids developed at MIT. Sounds interesting and fun?!?!
You may register at: www.lilarchie.com -- click the "Register" link on the bottom left.
Any questions, contact
Matt Nowinski at: info@lilarchie.com or 703.433.5768.

 
  
 

Chess Club 2013-2014
Sponsored by our Algonkian Guidance Counselor, Theresa Ryan, the Chess Club is opened to all students who love the game of chess. Chess Club meets once a month on Tuesdays, after school from 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m., and can participate in a final tournament. For meeting schedule and more detailed information, visit the Chess Club's website. Questions? Contact Theresa Ryan at 571-434-3240.