Welcome to the wonderful world of Bragg School Clubs and Activities!

2019-2020 Edition

Bragg students have a wide range of interests, hobbies, and even curiosities. The many clubs and activities we offer here will help support and foster these interests and maybe even spark a new one! Take a look at the Clubs and their descriptions to see what may appeal to your child. Then, watch for an announcement from the facilitator about signing up and getting started. If you have any questions, please contact the teacher directly or Bragg’s main office.

Announcers Team: Open to 5th grade students. A rotating roster of announcers will prepare, write, practice and present Bragg’s morning announcements. Students may sign up at any point in the school year. Announcers Team takes place during the school day (no fee); Advisor: Mrs. Mueller

Art Club: THIS CLUB IS NOW FULL! Open to all grade level students who share an interest in & love of art. Students are enriched with a variety of art projects including collaborative works developed for display within the community. Participation is determined through a blind raffle of all permission slips submitted on time. Club size is limited and students will be in either one of two sessions. Tuesdays, October-March 3:30 - 4:15; Advisor: Mrs. Epler

Chess Club: THIS CLUB IS NOW FULL! Open to all grade level students who are interested in playing Chess. Students will learn the history and basic rules of chess. Participation is determined through a blind raffle of all permission slips submitted on time. Club size is limited.

Wednesdays, October-March 3:30-4:15; Advisor: Ms. Polkowski

Destination Imagination: The Destination Imagination program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts, and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Wednesdays, October-March 7:45-8:30; Advisor: Mrs. Seibert and Mrs. Walsh

Environmental Club: The Bragg School Environmental Club is a committee that is offered to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students at Bragg School. The club’s primary objective is to create and raise awareness of caring for and protecting the environment and planet that we live on. Each student learns that everyone can make a difference whether it’s starting in their school, Chester community, or at home. The club is held on various Thursdays from 3:20 – 4:15 from September-May; Advisor: Mrs. Kozlowski

Helping Hands: The “Helping Hands “ Club at Bragg Elementary School is a service club whose mission is to encourage students to volunteer their time and energy to help others who are less fortunate in our community and world wide. We also focus on spreading kindness throughout the school. Previous activities have included: collecting socks for the homeless, writing greeting cards to our local police officers and heroes overseas, providing books to a school in Chicago without a library and many more rewarding activities. The club is held every Tuesday afternoon from 3:15 to 4:15 from October to April If you think your child may be interested in being a part of this experience, have them join us and lend a “helping hand”. If you have ideas for projects, we are always exploring new ways to benefit our community! The club is facilitated by Advisor: Ms. Cangiano.

Homework Club: Open to all grade levels. Students can complete homework, study for tests, and/or receive extra help in a structured and supervised setting. In order for students to be successful they are encouraged to bring homework planners, homework assignments, and independent reading novels. Students will have access to technology in order to complete any digital assignments. Tuesdays and Thursdays November through Mid-February, 3:20 – 4:15. Advisors: Ms. Cahill, Mrs.Kaufer, and Mrs. Vindici

Kan Jam Club: Open to all students and all skill levels. Students will build self-confidence by learning how to throw a disc properly. From there, they will then learn the official rules to Kan Jam and the proper etiquette to use while playing. There will be competitive games amongst peers but also the ability to learn life skills including but not limited to: teamwork, cooperation, communication, self-confidence, sportsmanship, etc. Wednesday and Thursdays from 3:20p-4:20p starting in February. Advisor: Mr. Schilp

Maker Space: Open to all students. Meets at lunchtime [students bring or buy their nut-free lunch] in Room 123. The same group gets together every day for a week, using the supplies and recyclables in Maker Space to come up with imaginative creations. They take home what they’ve made at the end of the week. When everyone has had a turn, the rotation starts again. No fee. Advisor: Mrs. Mueller

Minecraft Club: Do you like exploring and building in a cubical world? Come join other Minecrafters in our club where you will share ideas, learn new techniques and have the opportunity to teach your peers. We can offer two sessions this year: Fall and Winter/spring. Mondays & Wednesdays in the Bragg Computer Lab beginning in October from 3:20-4:20 pm Advisor: Mrs. Roskie

Newspaper Club - Open to all grade levels!! The goal of this club is to review writing skills and strategies, practice research skills, and cooperatively work together. Students will participate in fun and engaging activities, working on such things as generating ideas, using interesting word choice, and incorporating figurative language. The students will pick topics, conduct research and interviews, and finally write and create articles, poems, etc. All work will be published in a student-created newspaper by the end of the session. The club will begin in February. Club takes place on SCHEDULED Mondays, 3:20 – 4:50; Advisor: Mrs. Bedkowski

Performing Arts (Drama) Club for 5th Grade: Open to all 5th grade students. Auditions for placement & casting of major roles. No acting experience necessary & no one turned away. Experience the production of a musical, building scenery, selecting costumes and props, working on the stage & tech crew as well as singing, dancing & acting. Almost every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday (See schedule for exact dates), November – April; 7:45 – 8:30 Advisors: Mr. Gruver and Mrs. Walsh

Robotics Club: Open to 5th grade students. In this club, fifth graders will have the opportunity to build and program LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots. We will expand on the robotics portion of STEM class in order to learn more advanced coding and configurations of the EV3 robotics kits. Make robots that recognize colors, pick up items, follow commands, and much more! Tuesdays and Thursdays, March-May, 7:45-8:30 Advisor: Mrs. Tompkins

Safety Patrol: Open to 5th grade students. Safety Patrollers ensure the safety of fellow students at the end of the day as they are dismissed to buses. Interested students are asked to write a statement focusing on character education and responsibilities, making it clear why they would be a good choice to serve as a safety patroller. Students serve for half the year as Safety Patrol Officers for Bragg School. (No Fee) During School hours; Advisor:Ms. Capan

Strategic Games/Problem Solving Club: If you are a 4th or 5th grader and you enjoy math, critical thinking and problem solving; then you would enjoy this club. Not only will you learn how to play some new games like Master Mind, Othello, Rummikub, Connect 4, Pente and MORE, but you will also learn winning strategies and will be able to practice these strategies while challenging your club mates. Select one session or do them BOTH! Mondays and Wednesday from 3:20 - 4:30 with Advisor: Mrs. Thieringer.

Session 1: Oct. - Dec. Session 2: Feb. - April

Student Council: Open to all grade levels to provide students the opportunity to participate in a student government body. Two pairs of Student Council representatives are “elected” by each class to serve for half of the school year. Students help facilitate school spirit days and service projects. (No fee) Scheduled Mondays 7:40-8:30 am; Advisor: Ms.Capan

Technology Club: Students will learn how to use various technology programs and experiment with extensions, apps, and websites. Students will continue to sharpen their digital citizenship skills. Students will have an opportunity to experience a variety of computer-based activities. All Bragg students are welcome to join. Session 1 - October to December with Mr. Castro; Session 2 - February to April with Mrs. Tompkins; Mondays & Wednesdays, 7:45-8:30;Advisor: Mrs. Tompkins and Mr. Castro

TREP$ Program: TREP$ is an exciting after school program for 5th grade entrepreneurs who want to learn how to start, operate and run their own business. At TREP$, our young business entrepreneurs will participate in six workshops covering topics like product development, marketing, pricing, and sales. They will also present their product and business idea to our Mini-Shark Tank parent judges. Do you have a great business idea, or even if you don't, TREP$ is a FUN way to learn about business. Register by Oct. 1st. TREP$ is on Tuesdays, Oct. 8th - Dec.17th 3:20 - 5:20 pm, and the Marketplace will take place on Monday, Dec. 9th, 5:30 pm set up and open to the public from 6:30 – 8:00 pm; Co-Coordinators Advisors: Mrs. Connelly and Mrs. Thieringer

Volleyball Club: Bump, set, hit! Have you ever had an interest in volleyball? Would you like to know more about the game and how to play? Do you just want to have fun learning something new? The Volleyball Club will not only introduce you to the sport of volleyball, but build your skill level and self-confidence, too. Come learn the basics of serving, bumping, setting and hitting. Then, show off those skills during game play! Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:20p-4:20pm starting in late October. Advisors: Advisor: Mr. Schilp

Extended Music Program Offerings

4th Grade Select Chorus: Extracurricular Chorus which provides an additional opportunity for students interested in singing to develop their vocal and musical skills. It is open to all 4th grade students without audition. Fridays, 7:45-8:30 AM, December – June with additional rehearsals before concerts.; Advisor: Mr. Gruver

5th Grade Select Chorus: Extracurricular Chorus which provides an additional opportunity for students interested in singing to develop their vocal and musical skills. It is open to all 5th grade students without audition. Wednesdays, 7:45-8:30 AM, Sept. - June with additional rehearsals before concerts;Advisor: Mr. Gruver

Explorer Program - This program allows the children to discover which of the traditional band instruments they enjoy playing the most while providing the child with the opportunity to discover their strengths as very young musicians. The school year is divided into five parts during which the following instruments are covered: Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone and Percussion (bell set). This will assist them in taking an educated step forward in choosing an instrument to play the following year, should they choose to continue in the Symphonic Band. (No club fee, but there is a rental fee) Lessons are during the school day; Advisor: Mr. Jala

Symphonic Band - The Symphonic Band is open to all fourth and fifth grade students. Though it is encouraged, it is not required that students have participated in the Explorer Program in order to participate in the Symphonic Band. The instruction provided to the students will continue from the material that was covered in the Explorers Program. The students at this level of instruction will learn the most amount of "new" material to be offered whereas during the other levels of instruction the students will be reinforcing and perfecting their skills. Lessons are during the day with the full band meeting on Wednesday, 7:45 – 8:30; Advisor: Mr. Jala

Wind Ensemble: The Wind Ensemble is open to fifth grade students who have completed all of their assessments in the Symphonic Band. The students will work to perfect the material they have learned in their prior instruction as well as cover more advanced topics throughout the year. They will develop leadership skills that will carry over to their academic areas of study and that will prepare for middle school. Lessons are during the day with the full band meeting on Friday, 7:45 – 8:30; Advisor: Mr. Jala