Elementary Strings 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
PTO Chair: Lisa Eidelman and Cynthia Rapp
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
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
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
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. This year’s Expo will be held on February 23 & 24, 2017. More information will be shared as the event approaches.
Science Facilitator: Jean Bierner
PTO Chair: Colleen Knupp
Parent/Student Math Nights
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.
Chairs, 3rd and 4th Grade Parent/Student Math Night: Emily Reynolds, Wendy Shpiz, Buffy Maier, Stephanie Wheat
4th Grade Book Club
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.
Chairs: Cynthia Rapp, Emily Reynolds, Karen Essig
Registration for Session 1 of the after school chess program is underway! The 15-week program takes place on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:15 pm and runs from 9/19/17 to 1/16/18. 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! To register, please go to crowislandchess.eventbee.com. For more information about the program, please see the program flyer at the end of the Bulletin. Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this year
Girls On the Run
Over a period of 10 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 5th grade participate in an after-school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique.
Committee Chairs: Brook Bayly, Cindy Razhegi, and Jane Devron