After-School Activities

Greenspring Montessori School offers a variety of After-School Activities for its students. Programs offered are always responsive to parents and student interest. As we look forward to the school year ahead, we are pleased to offer a wide variety of After-School Activities, including sports, music and creative pursuits.  We will be bringing back some old favorites as well as offering some new activities during the school year. We have included a comprehensive list of all of the programs offered for the entire year, broken down by age level, and including program dates, times and days. With this information, you and your child can choose programs of interest to him or her.

Registration for the programs are held twice during the school year. The first session begins in September for programs starting prior to January 1, 2018. The second phase will be held in December for programs beginning after January 1. 

Due to the construction and the limited space available, you will notice that we have cut back on the programs being offered this year. We expect that yoga and interscholastic basketball will be available again in the 2018-19 school year.

We work hard to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate. If there is space available, your child is welcome to attend consecutive sessions. If we have a wait list, we will need to allow other children the opportunity to participate instead. 

Please check back in December to register for the second session.

Sports and Movement Programs

Dance

Twinkle Toes Dance Company, operated by Ms. Ashley, will be returning to Greenspring Montessori School this year. With an encouraging environment, Twinkle Toes Dance Company provides a fun, enriching experience for all students. Our goal is to educate students through the movement of dance and music and build confidence, discipline, and love for the art.

Students will have opportunities to display their progress through two shows. One show will take place prior to Winter Break and the second show will take place prior to the end of the school year. As appropriate and when available, outside experts may be included in program activities to introduce areas of expertise and provide workshops.

This program will have a fee of $285 for the program year, due at time of registration. This fee covers weekly dance classes, a t-shirt, and a costume for the annual Spring Recital.

Classes will meet on Friday afternoons in the gymnasium. The program will begin on September 29 and run through  June 8. The schedule is as follows:

  • 3:30-4:15 – Fridays Children’s House Movement Class (4 and 5 year olds) – This class is now full. Please email Ashley at ashley@twinkletoesdancecompany.com to be put on the waitlist.
  • 4:15-5:00 –  Fridays Lower Elementary Ballet & Jazz
  • 5:00-5:45 – Friday Upper Elementary & Adolescent Community Jazz/Contemporary

Please note the specific start and dismissal times for each class. For those students not enrolled in the Discovery program, or elementary students participating in the Jazz/Lyrical/Hip Hop Class, we do not have separate child care available for Dance students awaiting their class time, or after 5:45 pm. Please make arrangements for those circumstances.

To sign up for dance classes, please go to https://twinkletoesdancecompany.wordpress.com/.

Soccer

The soccer program is designed to meet the students at every skill level. For the younger students, Children’s House (2nd and 3rd-year students) and Lower Elementary, the focus is on introduction to the sport and honing of skills as well as beginning to practice working with their peers to function as a team. If we have sufficient Upper Elementary and Adolescents students sign up, we can have a team that competes against other area schools. If we have less than an adequate number of students enrolled for a team, then we will do a clinic-type program and arrange scrimmages with other teams.  The team is open to players of all skill levels with a desire to learn and show a commitment to the team.

The soccer program is run by our Physical Education teacher, Jen Chaffee.

  • Soccer Clinic: 
    • The Children’s House program is offered on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 3:00-3:45 pm. The program begins the week of April 16 and runs through the week of May 21.
    • The Lower Elementary program is offered on Mondays or Fridays from 3:15-4:15 pm. The program begins the week of April 16 and runs through the week of May 21.
  • Upper Elementary and Adolescent Soccer:
    • Soccer will be held Mondays from 3:15-4:15 pm. Practices will begin the week of September 18 and run through October 25. The game schedule will be announced as soon as it is available.

Interscholastic Cross Country Team

Does your child love to simply run? If the answer is yes, we invite him/her to join Greenspring Montessori XC! Upper Elementary, and Adolescent students are welcome to join our team – everyone is encouraged to come out and run! As our team learns more about how to run, we are going to learn some important things about ourselves as individuals – why we like to run, how we can learn to run more safely and effectively, and what skills and habits we need to improve our distances and times. Participating students are encouraged to see Cross Country as a competition with yourself; it challenges us to ask ourselves “Why Run?”

Jen Chaffee, our Physical Education Teacher, is taking the coaching reigns this year for our fourth year of Cross Country. Jen is looking forward to the working with our athletes.

During the season (September 20-November 1), we will gather Wednesday afternoons  in the lobby outside the Art Room in the Student Activity Center (where we can leave backpacks, etc.) and will practice on campus, jog to Meadowood Regional park for more training, and attend cross country meets with other independent schools in the Baltimore County/City area. Practices will last from 3:15-4:00 pm. The meet schedule will be announced as soon as it is available.

Interscholastic Track & Field Team

We are offering our second season of Track & Field where our team participates in middle school-level track meets held at other schools that participate in our interscholastic league. The format is designed to teach skills, rules and safety, while engaging in friendly competition. There are only eight events at each meet: 60 m dash, 60 m hurdles, 200 m, 400 m, 800 m, mile, 4×100 relay, and shot put. The height of the hurdles and the weight of the shot put will be middle school-sized. We invite students in 4th through 8th grade that are interested in trying track and field to join the team.

The team will be led by our Physical Education teacher, Jen Chaffee. During the season (March 26 – May 16) the team will travel together to interscholastic meets in the County and City to experience meets run as a learning/experiential event. Competition is minimized.  The meet schedule will be announced as soon as it is available.

The Track & Field sign up will be available in early December. 

Interscholastic Basketball Team

Due to lack of participation and space we will not be offering basketball this year.  If we have renewed interest we may revive the program for the 2018-19 school year.

Yoga

Due to lack of  space we will not be offering yoga this fall.  If we space becomes available we may offer the program for elementary and AC students in the spring.

Art and Music Programs

Violin

This program is designed to teach the fundamentals of violin playing, such as correct posture, bow hold, tapping, sliding, plucking and more. The group class environment will promote ensemble skills and playing /performing together as a class.

Beginner level classes will be offered to elementary students on Wednesday afternoons from 3:15-4:00pm  in the Music Room in the Student Activity Center. The program will begin the week of September 25 and will run through the week of May 21.

While there will be no cost for the class, the students will need to supply their own instruments. A variety of rental, rent-to-own, or purchasing options are available locally. One recommendation is Perrin Violins (www.perrinviolins.com), a local shop that has great quality beginner violins. Please note that a good quality violin is preferred so that each student can easily find his/her own sound at the beginning of their development.

Jaclyn Dorr, our music teacher, will be instructing the beginner class. She received her Master of Music degree from the Peabody Institute in violin/viola pedagogy. Jackie is currently on the violin/viola faculty of the Peabody Preparatory, where she teaches private lessons and group classes.

Art Class/Club

  • We are offering Art Appreciation classes for Children’s House students. The children will learn about different techniques and then create their own works of art. Each class will run for five weeks and there will be five sessions throughout the course of the school year. Please see the registration form for the specific dates of each session. The class will be held in the Art Room in the Student Activity Center on Tuesday afternoons from 3:00-3:45 pm.

Sherry White, our creative Librarian and one of our Discovery Directors, will be teaching the program. Sherry is delighted to bring her experience to these young students.

  • The Lower Elementary Art Club will meet Monday afternoons from 3:15-4:00 pm in the Art Room in the Student Activity Center. This year we will be offering five sessions, each centering on a particular topic. They are as follows:

Session 1:  (Oct.2-Nov. 6) Famous Artist -students will study the work of famous artist throughout the centuries and make art inspired by their work.

Session 2: (Nov. 13-Dec. 18) Open Ended Crafts – the holidays are approaching it is the perfect time to get crafting!

Session 3:  (Jan. 22-Mar.5) Fiber Art – students will learn the basic fiber art techniques and make a final project.

Session 4:  (Mar. 19- April 23) Printmaking – students will explore basic printmaking techniques and produce an edition of prints.

Session 5:  (April 30-May 21) Open Project – students will create a self-directed project during this short session.

Michelle Feeney will be the club guide. She has been the Elementary Art Enrichment guide at our school for the past four years. Additionally, she is a professional artist who produces and shows her art in the area.

  • The Upper Elementary Art Club will meet Friday afternoons from 3:15-4:15 pm in the Art Room in the Student Activity Center. This year we will be offering four sessions, each focusing on a particular topic. They are as follows:

Session 1:  (Sept. 29-Dec. 15) Explorations in 2D – this session will focus on two-dimensional art techniques requested by the students.  

Session 2:  (Jan. 26-March 2) Stop Motion – students will collaborate to make a stop motion video

Session 3:  (March 23-May 4) Explorations in 3D – this session will focus on three-dimensional art techniques requested by the students.

Session 4: (May 11-June 1) Open Project – students will create a self-directed project during this short session.

Michelle Feeney will be the club guide for this group, as well. 

Gingerbread House Workshop

We will be offering three one-day workshops for each Lower and Upper Elementary students where they will construct and decorate their own gingerbread house. The Lower Elementary students will meet on Wednesday, December 20 and the Upper Elementary students will meet on Thursday, December 21. Both classes will meet in the Art Room in the Student Activity Center from 3:15-4:15 pm.

The program is lead by Sherry White, our Librarian, and Phil Adams, a member of our Discovery staff. Together, they are looking forward to guiding the students through the creative process of designing and assembling their own unique creations.