Elementary Strings Program

District program

The Elementary Strings Program is an optional music program offered by District 36. It provides violin, cello, or viola instruction during school hours to children in grades 1-4, with parent participation. The PTO chair serves as a liaison between instructors and parents; the chair also coordinates parent volunteers to attend weekly lunch bunch gatherings and plan holiday and spring pizza lunch parties.

Program Leader: Sheryl Nussbaum

After-School Sports

School program

After-School Sports is an optional fee-based sports program offered to 3rd and 4th grade boys and girls. It meets once a week from 3:15-4:00 pm; parents are responsible for transportation home.

Coordinator: Bob Sweene, Kinetic Wellness instructor

4th Grade Chorus

School program

As part of the music program, 4th graders can choose to join the chorus. This group meets once a week during lunch recess to practice. The children have several performances during the year.

Director: Alex Novello, Music Teacher

Before & After School “On Deck!” Program

district program

See the district website for a description of this program. For reservations and schedule changes, call the C.I. Entrance Monitor (446.0353) during school hours. For emergencies only, during program hours, the staff can be reached at 847.767.2270.

Contact: Diana White


school program

The STEAM Expo, held in February, gives students in grades 2-4 an opportunity to perform investigations and experiments on a subject of their choice, outside of school time. They then share their projects with the rest of the school at the expo. First graders share their 100th Day projects at the expo. More information will be shared as the event approaches.

To learn more click the link: 2020–STEAM Expo Project Rules and Guidelines

Science Facilitator: Jean Bierner

Parent/Student Math Nights

PTO program

Third and fourth grade students and parents come to school for an evening of fun math games and activities. These events take place in the spring.

4th Grade Book Club

Third-party and PTO program

The 4th Grade Book Club is a fun and interactive way for your child to read interesting short stories and talk about them with friends and classmates. This fee-based program develops critical thinking skills for readers of all levels. Children meet once a week in winter during lunch, for a total of six weeks. The children eat lunch while the Great Books-trained parent volunteers read a story and present questions for discussion.

For information on the 2020 Book Club see: Book Club Flyer. For the 2020 Book Club permission slip, see: Crow Island PTO 4th Grade Book Club Permission Slip 1-21.

Chess Ed

Third-party program

The 15-week session takes place on Tuesdays after school from 3:15-4:15 pm. The chess program is taught by Chess-Ed instructors and is open to all Crow Island students, and students of all chess abilities, novice or continuing.   Professional instruction will include the basics for novice players and build with opening theory, middle game planning, and end game combinations for continuing students.  Playing chess improves memory, uses analytical and critical thinking skills, teaches problem solving, responsibility, sportsmanship, social skills and more!  The benefits of chess last a lifetime!

Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this year!

Girls On the Run

PTO Program

Crow Island 3rd and 4th grade girls are invited to participate in Girls on the Run in the Fall. Girls on the Run is an after school program, led by parent volunteers, that encourages girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through interactive lessons and running games, culminating in a celebratory 5k run. For more information about the program, click HERE. 

There are limited spots (20) available for this wonderful program. There will be a waiting list if we reach the maximum number of participants.  To sign up, click HERE.

For any questions, please contact crowislandprograms@gmail.com

Bricks 4 Kidz

Third Party Program

Bricks 4 Kidz classes provide an extraordinary atmosphere for children when we learn, we build, we play with Lego Bricks. Programs are built around our proprietary model plans designed by engineers and architects. With exciting themes such as space, construction and many more. At Bricks 4 Kidz we believe that kids learn best through activities that engage there curiosity and creativity.

The 13-week session takes place on Fridays after school from 3:20-4:20 pm. Join in the fun of LEGO® Engineering Club with STEM-based Motorized Model Building with Lego Bricks, Gears & Motors.

Questions? Please contact Katie Macios at kmacios@bricks4kidz.com