BCS After School Program Offerings 2017-2018 (Spring 2018)

BCS wants to provide the best opportunities to our families and students and we have rounded up enrichment activities in a range of interests: academics, sports & arts. The following activities will be hosted on the BCS campus by expert vendors and teachers this fall:

  • Lower Elementary (K-2nd) – Coding with Kids: Little Coders, Guitar, Piano, String Orchestra, Golf, Tennis, Drill Prep for Bitty Bellas*, Math Pentathlon, PSIA
  • Upper Elementary (3rd-5th) –  Coding with Kids: Game Development, Guitar, Piano, String Orchestra, Golf, Tennis, Drill Prep for Bitty Bellas, Math Pentathlon, PSIA  
  • Middle School – Coding with Kids: Introduction to Python, Mountain Bike, Guitar, Piano, String Orchestra, Math Pentathlon (6/7), PSIA, TCSIT**
  • High School – Mountain Bike, Guitar, Piano, String Orchestra, TCSIT**

*Includes K4 **TCSIT (Texas Christian Schools Interscholastic Tournament): TCSIT is a highlight of the spring semester for many students in grade 6-12, who compete in over 30 different events ranging from tests in all subject areas to dramatic interpretation and one-act play. Our high school has won the sweepstakes trophy the majority of the past 13 years, and our middle school team has won two sweepstakes trophies.

TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
2:40 - 3:40Coding with Kids: Little Coders (K-2nd) Beginner Piano (K-1st)

Math Pentathlon (2nd) Room A126
Math Pentathlon (1st) Room A126Beginner Piano (2nd)

Math Pentathlon (K) Room A126
2:50 - 3:50Guitar (K-2nd)
3:40 - 4:40Coding with Kids: Game Development (3rd-5th)

Math Pentathlon
(5th)
Beginner Plus Piano (beginners or those with up to 1 year experience)Math Pentathlon
(4th) Room A126

Math Pentathlon
(6th & 7th) Room C209 (3:45 - 5:00 PM)
Advanced Piano (1+ year experience)

Math
Pentathlon (3rd) Room A126
3:45 - 4:45Coding with Kids: Intro to Python for MS (6th-8th)

Beginner String Orchestra (All)
Drill Prep for Bitty Bellas (K-5th)Beginner String Orchestra (All)
3:55 - 4:55 Guitar (3rd - 12th)
4:00 - 5:00String Orchestra (All)

Mountain Bike (6th-12th)*
String Orchestra (All)

CODING WITH KIDS

Coding with Kids: Little Coders (K-2nd) This class will give students a strong foundation on coding basics, such as loops and conditionals, that can be built upon in our other classes. Kids will be introduced to these programming fundamentals in a variety of ways appropriate for this age group, from coding puzzles and board games to hands-on programming using online drag-and-drop tools, such as Scratch (scratch.mit.edu). Prerequisites: None. Coding with Kids: Game Development (3rd-5th) Introduction to the core concepts of computer programming, including loops, conditionals and variables. Using the Scratch development environment, you will learn how to create your own programs, such as simple games, animations, and interactive stories. Prerequisites: None. Coding with Kids: Python I (6th-8th) Would you like to build your own computer programs? Do you know coding basics and want to learn a new language? Take your programming to the next level with our Python class! Python is a very versatile programming language that is widely used in the professional world. Open to students of all levels, this class will teach you Python coding from the basic syntax to more complex concepts, such as object-oriented development. Throughout the class, you will build a variety of projects including games, such as tic-tac-toe or space invaders. (Those with no prior coding experience will start with a short introduction to coding concepts using Scratch.) Prerequisites: Typing skills.

    • Kickoff date: 1/22/2018 – 4/23/2018 (no class on 2/19/2018 or 3/12/2018)
    • Time: K-2nd 2:40 PM, 3rd-5th 3:40 PM, 6th-8th 3:45 PM
    • Day: Monday
    • Grade level: K-8th grade
    • Cost: $275
    • Schedule: 12 weeks
    • Location: A129/130 / Python 1 A127

K – 2nd Registration  >> 3rd – 5th Registration  >> 6th – 8th Registration  >> Informational flyer >>

DRILL PREP FOR BITTY BELLAS

We are excited to be offering a drill prep class for Brentwood’s Bitty Bellas.  This 16-week session will focus on the many elements of drill team including kick lines, turns, choreography and basic dance movements.  In addition, the girls will learn a routine that will be performed at the Lady Bellas Showcase. EACH PARTICIPANT WILL RECEIVE A BITTY BELLAS SHOWCASE T-SHIRT.  Don’t miss out on this FUN class that is taught by Brentwood’s drill team director, Lisa Warner along with members of the Lady Bellas assisting each week!  And definitely don’t miss out on performing with the Lady Bellas at their showcase on Friday, April 20th,2018!

  • Kickoff date: 1/11/2018 (no class 3/15/2018 during Spring Break)
  • Time: 3:45 PM-4:45 PM
  • Day: Thursday
  • Grade level: Girls K4-5th grade
  • Cost: $20/class with 16 week commitment
  • Schedule: 16 weeks
  • Location: CSA lobby

REGISTRATION for Drill Prep for Bitty Bellas >>

MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB

The purpose of the team will be to introduce middle and high school students to the sport of mountain biking, while at the same time, teaching an appreciation and commitment to fitness and camaraderie, all in a Christ-honoring way.

    • Kickoff date: Mountain bike club will resume after Spring Break – dates to TBA.
    • Time: 4:00 PM (+/- 1.5-2 hours)
    • Day: Tuesday
    • Grade level: 6th – 12th grade.
    • Cost: $100.00
    • Schedule: 8 weeks – 1 day per week after school ride; optional 1 weekend ride per month.
    • Location: Meet under church porte cochere (north side)

REGISTRATION for Mountain Bike Club >> Required Items:

  1. Appropriate fitting bicycle that has working gears and brakes
  2. Proper fitting helmet
  3. At least one water bottle or a hydration pack

Strongly Suggested:

  1. Sunglasses or protective eyewear of some kind
  2. Gloves
  3. Sweat wicking clothing
  4. Small snack: power bar, granola bar, or candy bar

GUITAR

For students in K-2nd grade
Students are introduced to the concept of rhythm and melody, using strum patterns and melodies that they choose. The chords in the G scale are introduced as either full or partial chords, depending on the student’s ability. Rhythmic focus is on learning 1/4 and 1/8th notes using strum patterns. Melodic focus is on the first five intervals of the G scale. The goal of this class with be that students leave with the ability to strum a full or partial chord on-time, and play one simple melody. A half-sized, nylon-string guitar or ukulele (in G tuning, smallest four strings of the guitar) is highly recommended for this age.

For students in 3rd-12th grade
Adding the C major scale and chords. The class will begin by voting on a song to learn theory and technique with, from songs in the worship, pop, rock and country genres. The goal of the class will be that students leave with the ability to play the chords in time, of one or more full songs, as well as a melody in the major scale of G and C. We will then learn the rest of the “open” scales (D, A and E major), as well as minor key. Reading tablature, more complex strum patterns, and using power/bar chords will be introduced later in the the class, as well as using the major and minor scales to find melodies. The goal of this class will that that students leave with the ability to find the rhythm of a song they like, and pick an appropriate strum pattern, as well as begin to pick out the melody using the scale of the song.

For more advanced students in 6th-12th grade
The same as above, adding the use of triads to create new chords, as well as learning modes from the circle of fifths (for lead guitar). Writing tablature, reading sheet music, and “finger-style” (classical rhythm-and-melody-in-one approach) will be introduced. Students will explore their personal goals in music in the class (becoming a recording artist, starting a band, learning to teach, etc.). The goal of this class will that that students will be able to hear a song, find the song’s key and chord progression, and begin to transcribe it in either chord charts, tablature or sheet music.

  • Kickoff date: 1/22/2018 – 4/23/2018 (no class on 2/19/2018 or 3/12/2018)
  • Day: Monday
  • Time: K-2nd – 2:50-3:50pm; 3rd-12th grade – 3:55-4:55pm
  • Grade level: K – 12th grade
  • Cost: $300.00
  • Schedule: 8 weeks
  • Location: Band Hall

REGISTRATION for Guitar >>

PIANO MUSIC PROGRAM (Continuing – If you are enrolled in this program you do not need to re-enroll)

For beginners in K-2 The students begin becoming oriented with the keyboard topography and learn to recognize white key names in relation to the black keys. They begin to learn how to read music and find right hand notes middle C-G and left hand notes middle C-F using the patterns of the black keys. They learn simple rhythms and we focus on intervallic reading. Most tunes are in middle C position. Emphasis is placed on correct hand position, fingering, posture and articulation, in order to create proper piano skills. Students learn melodic and harmonic intervals, legato vs staccato articulation, dynamics and sharps and flats.  Single line melody pieces are used. For returning students in K-2 The students review notes and techniques from the previous year. They then start moving around the keyboard. They move from middle C to octave C position. Scales and chords are introduced. Students grow from knowing eighth notes to knowing two octaves of notes and being able to play in G and F position. The use of complex note combinations is introduced. Complex rhythms, 6/8 time and sharps and flats are introduced. For students in the 3:30 PM classes The students in these classes are divided based upon ability. Scales, chords and pieces in multiple keys are expanded upon. Crossing hands, key changes in pieces, pedaling, syncopated rhythms, allegro playing, memorizing  and much more challenging pieces are introduced, depending on the ability of the group.

  • Kickoff date: 9/5/2017 and 9/7/2017
  • Time: 2:40 p.m. for beginners and 3:40 p.m. for students with one year experience
  • Day: Classes are Tuesday or Thursday
  • Grade level: K-12th Grade
  • Cost: $100/month
  • Schedule: Weekly September through May
  • Location: A129/130

REGISTRATION for Piano >>

STRING ORCHESTRA

The BCS String Orchestra is open to any student with at least one year of experience on the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Rehearsals are two days a week after school, 4:00 PM -5:00 PM. There will be a concert at the end of each semester.

  • Kickoff date: 1/9/2018
  • Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Day: Tuesday and Thursday
  • Grade level: Any student with at least one year experience on the violin, viola, cello, or bass.
  • Cost: $500 per semester
  • Instructor: Audrey Lee
  • Location: Band Hall
  • Schedule: Rehearsals are two days a week after school. There will be a concert at the end of each semester.

REGISTRATION for String Orchestra >>

BEGINNER STRING ORCHESTRA

The BCS Beginner Strings class is for students with no experience on a string instrument. Students learn the fundamentals of the violin, viola, or cello. There will be an evening performance at the end of each semester. Parents must provide an instrument, which is done with the assistance of the instructor.

  • Kickoff date: 1/10/2018
  • Time: 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
  • Day: Wednesday and Friday
  • Grade level: Students with no experience on a string instrument.
  • Cost: $500 per semester
  • Instructor: Audrey Lee
  • Location: Band Hall
  • Schedule: Rehearsals are two days a week after school. There will be a concert at the end of each semester.

REGISTRATION for Beginner String Orchestra >>

Private Schools Interscholastic Association (PSIA)

With 19 contest categories covering a wide range of disciplines in 59 academic contests, PSIA provides an exciting opportunity for students in grades 1-8 to engage in academic competition with their peers throughout the state of Texas.  PSIA is considered the most comprehensive academic extracurricular program in the nation for students in grades 1-8.

  • Kickoff date: Early September
  • Day/Time: Varies by event/grade level
  • Grade level: 1st- 8th
  • Cost: $30
  • Schedule: Varies by event
  • Contact: Kay Taylor
  • Website:  www.psiaacademics.org

Math Pentathlon

The Mathematics Pentathlon is a program of interactive problem-solving games, supportive curricular and instructional activities, and assessment tools for students. This motivational program strengthens basic math concepts and skills, aligns with National and State Mathematics Standards, and stimulates creative thinking while developing problem-solving skills.

  • Kickoff date: Varies by grade level (Last week in September- Early October)
  • Time: K-2nd 2:40 PM – 3:40 PM, 3rd-5th 3:40 PM – 4:40 PM, 6th & 7th 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Day: 2nd – Monday, 1st/5th – Tuesday, K/3rd/6th/7th – Wednesday, 4th – Thursday
  • Grade level: K – 7th
  • Elementary Coordinator: Karen Sheth
  • Middle School Coordinator: Dawn Esche