AFTER SCHOOL ROCKS!

Welcome to the new school year!  I hope everyone had a great summer and that you are ready for a fantastic school year!

Last year, I was amazed by the wonderful activities offered after hours at the school, but I totally forgot to blog about it until after the programs began.  This year, I sent my kids on a “Dolphin Dive” mission – to collect a copy of all of the information about the extra curricular activities offered at DSES.  Not only did they collect the information, but they spent the car ride home planning out their after school activities.

10 and Under Tennis.  Atlanta is a tennis town (look at the popularity of ALTA), so it is only natural that DSES offer tennis as an after school program.  With this kid-friendly program, children learn to play using smaller rackets and slower balls.  Tennis is offered twice a week – grades K through 2 meet on Monday and Wednesday, and grades 3-5 meet on Tuesday and Thursday.  Class time begins at 2:35 each day, but additional class times will be offered if enough of students enroll.  The cost is $100 for eight weeks.  For more information, check out the website www.10andundertennis.com.  You can also contact the tennis coach, Julius Robertson, a certified tennis professional, at Julius@AtlantaTennisCoach.com or 404.291.4550.

Championship Chess Club.  My oldest cannot wait to join the Chess club.  This club aspires to offer two levels of chess on Thursday afternoon from 2:20-3:20 in the Art room – one level for beginning players in first grade and below, and one level for children who already know the basics.  The program costs $130 for 8 weeks.  However, the Club must have 15 interested families to offer this program.  If you are interested, please send an email to chess@championshipchess.net, and type Dunwoody Springs Chess Club Interest in the subject line.  I hope that DSES can create a competitive team this year!

GolfSquad offers two programs this fall – a Fall program for children ages 7 and up, and a Fall Primer program for ages 4-6.  The Fall program meets for one hour each week for twelve weeks and teaches golf basics. The Fall Primer program meets for 30 minutes weekly for 12 weeks.  In addition to learning golf skills, the program incorporates simple math skills and golf vocabulary.  Children in both programs receive a handbook, a visor and water bottle. All training equipment and clubs are provided.  I don’t have information on the days or cost of the program, but I will add an update when I receive it.  For more information, go to GolfSquad.com or contact Ysreen Shores at 864-237-4553.

Imagine That! TechnoScience.  These classes look very cool.  Offered every Friday from Sept. 7 – Dec. 14, this program offers Lego Robotics, programming and Technology as well as Hands On Investigative Science that teaches physics and physiology.  Each program offers a challenge for the students to solve:  How do you explore an ancient tomb loaded with booby traps?  How can you protect an egg when dropping it from a tall tower?  Classes cost $298 if you register before August 27, and $318 thereafter.  For more information, check out the website at www.imaginethatfun.com, or contact the program at fun@imaginethatfun.com or 770.455.1980.

Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks Department.   Sandy Springs offers the best program deals around.  For $25.00 (no, I did not leave off a zero), your child can attend soccer or basketball for an 8-week session.  The Fall Soccer program begins in September and is offered 3 days a week from 2:30 – 4.  PreK and K play on Monday; 1st and 2nd grade play on Tuesday, and 3-5 play on Thursday.   Basketball will begin in the winter, and soccer will be offered again in the spring.  For more information, contact our own school nurse, Paula Geiss, or call Trevor Ramos at 770.206.2040.

I hope you have found something for your child to enjoy once the school day ends!  Check out the blog for any additional programs that are offered this fall and throughout the school year.

UPDATE on GOLF SQUAD:

The GolfSquad program will begin Monday, September 17, from 2:30 to 3:30 PM, and the program will run 12 weeks.  The cost is $250.  Grab your clubs!

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