BCS After School Program Offerings – Fall 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: Robotics for Little Coders, Guitar (private lessons), Mandarin Chinese*, Piano, String Orchestra, Drill Prep for Bitty Bellas*, Math Pentathlon, PSIA, Trail Life USA, Ukulele  
  • Upper Elementary (3rd-5th) –  Coding with Kids: Animation Maker, Guitar (private lessons), Mandarin Chinese, Piano, String Orchestra, Drill Prep for Bitty Bellas, Math Pentathlon, PSIA, Trail Life USA, Ukulele  
  • Middle School – Coding with Kids: 3D Animation, Guitar (private lessons), Piano, String Orchestra, Math Pentathlon (6/7), PSIA, TCSIT**, Trail Life USA
  • High School – Guitar, Piano, String Orchestra, TCSIT**, Trail Life USA

 

*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: Robotics for Little Coders (K-2nd) Beginner Piano
(K-2nd)
Beginner Piano (students with previous piano experience K-2nd)

2:45 - 3:30Ukelele I
(K-2nd)
3:40 - 4:40Coding with Kids: Animation Maker - Beginner/Intermediate (3rd-5th)

Beginner Plus Piano (older beginners and students with up to 1 year experience)Advanced Piano (1+ year experience)

3:45 - 4:40Ukulele (3rd-5th)
3:45 - 4:45Coding with Kids: 3D Animations - Beginner / Intermediate
(6th-8th)

Drill Prep II (3rd-5th Bitty Bellas)Beginner String Orchestra (All)

Drill Prep I (K4-2nd Bitty Bellas)Beginner String Orchestra (All)


3:45 - 5:45Mandarin Chinese

CODING WITH KIDS


Coding with Kids: Robotics for Little Coders (K-2nd)
Robotics for Little Coders with Ozobot is an opportunity for young children to develop their computational thinking skills, build their first programs, and have fun with new friends! Ozobot’s programming is designed specifically for early readers, taking into account the cognitive abilities and typical attention span of children ages 5-7. Students are introduced to basic coding concepts with simple tasks, such as customizing their Ozobot and assigning commands through different colors, then build up to more complex tasks with Ozobot’s simple drag-and-drop language.

Coding with Kids: Animation Maker – Beginner/Intermediate (3rd-5th)
Enter the world of movie and game animations! Students will learn the core skills of creating simple animated movies, creating 2D and 3D characters and animating those. Take your learning beyond stop-motion animation with real animation design tools. You will get to create real computer graphics and build animations like the pros!

Coding with Kids: 3D Animations – Beginner/Intermediate (6th-8th)
Learn the same tools used by the pros for creating animation models, and program different behavior scripts to add life into your game characters. These are the same techniques used for characters in popular 3D games such as Fortnite and it’s even possible to bring these animations into the world of Minecraft.

  • Kickoff date: 9/10/2018 – 12/10/2018
    (No class on October 8 (Fall Break), November 19 (Thanksgiving))
  • Time: K-2nd 2:40 PM, 3rd-5th 3:40 PM, 6th-8th 3:45 PM
  • Day: Monday
  • Grade level: K-8th grade
  • Cost: $299
  • Schedule: 12 weeks
  • Location:  A129/130 (K-5th), B120 (6th-12th)

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

 

DRILL PREP FOR BITTY BELLAS

This 8-week session will focus on basic ballet and jazz technique which is the foundation for Drill Team.  Girls will work on flexibility, kicks, turns, combinations and more while focusing on proper technique. Drill Prep II will be taught at a more advanced level.

Drill Prep II

  • Kickoff date:  9/18/2018
  • Time: 3:45 PM-4:45 PM
  • Day: Tuesday
  • Grade level: Girls 3rd-5th Grade

 

Drill Prep I

  • Kickoff date:  9/20/2018
  • Time: 3:45 PM-4:45 PM
  • Day: Thursday
  • Grade level: Girls K4-2nd Grade

 

  • Cost: $20/class with a commitment of 8 weeks
  • Schedule: 8 weeks
  • Location: B119

REGISTRATION for Drill Prep for Bitty Bellas >>

 

GUITAR

Student-tailored lessons – Guitar (K-12th)

To become a musician, the best place to start is with the music you love! Your child’s song and style preference will fuel learning theory and technique on guitar. Tailored lessons make unique musicians, and bring out the beautiful sounds that spring from one-of-a-kind inspiration in a musician. However, if a student is a beginner or doesn’t yet have a style preference, we will start with stock lessons.

  • Grade Level: K-12th grade
  • Cost: $30/half hour or $55/hour
  • Location: Band Hall

REGISTRATION for Guitar >>

 

MANDARIN CHINESE

Introducing a new Mandarin Immersion After School Program

Little or no experience with Chinese language? No problem! Marvelous Mandarin is bringing the immersion after school program to BCS.

The Program will focus on practical conversational skills. Students will start by learning core words and phrases and constructing sentences. At the end of the semester, each student will be able to use Chinese to converse on various topics.

The program is also dedicated to providing a learning environment where students can learn Chinese in fun and engaging ways through a combination of language acquisition and cultural enrichment activities. Students build awareness of Chinese culture and traditions. Some of the enrichment activities include Chinese arts & crafts, calligraphy, drama, and music.

Class will meet twice a week to ensure sufficient exposure to the language. Each student will be provided with our exclusive study materials with audio & video contents. Pictures and video clips will frequently be shared with parents of students learning Chinese in class. We will have a performance for our families and friends to showcase our language skills gained at the end of the semester!

  • Kickoff date: 8/31 through 12/19
    (no class on 10/5 Fall Break, 10/12 noon dismissal, and 11/23 Thanksgiving Break)
  • Time and grade level: 3:45pm-5:45pm (K4-5th grade)
  • Day: Fridays
  • Cost: $650.00 for the entire fall semester
  • Schedule:  Fall semester
  • Location: A129/130

REGISTRATION for Mandarin >> 

 

PIANO MUSIC PROGRAM 

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 3:40 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: 9/4/2018 through the 3rd week in May 2019
  • Times:
    • 2:40pm for beginners K-2nd
    • 3:40pm for older beginners and students with one year of piano experience
  • Day: Tuesday

 

  • Kickoff date: 9/6/2018 through the 3rd week in May, 2019
  • Time:
    • 2:40 p.m. for students with previous piano experience K-2nd
    • 3:40pm for advanced piano 3rd-12th
  • Day: Thursday

 

  • 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: TBA
  • 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: TBA
  • 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
  • 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 >>

 

TRAIL LIFE USA – ADVENTURE, CHARACTER, LEADERSHIP

 

Trail Life USA (TLUSA) is a Christian outdoor adventure program that emphasizes and teaches biblical moral values. We believe there is something special about being in the outdoors. This enables our program to instill “Adventure, Character, and Leadership” traits in boys and young men. Camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities help build deep relationships and provide a special context for leadership, problem solving, conflict resolution, and character building. We also value the outdoor focus of our program as a unique means of helping a boy see and appreciate the wonder, majesty, and grandness of God as reflected in His creation. Troop TX411 typically meet on Mondays. More information can be found at www.traillifeusa.com. For information please contact Paul Lennous Troop Master TX411 at plennous@juno.com or 512-517-1369.

 

UKULELE

The fall semester sessions will focus on learning chords, strumming, and learning to sing while strumming.   

Ukulele I

  • Kickoff date: 8/27/2018
  • Time: 2:45 PM-3:30 PM
  • Day: Monday
  • Grade level: K-2nd Grade
  • Cost: $150.00 for the semester
  • Location: A112
  • Schedule: 8/27/2018 – 12/10/2018 (No class on October 8 (Fall Break) and November 19 (Thanksgiving))

 

Ukulele II

  • Kickoff date:  8/31/2018
  • Time: 3:45 PM-4:30 PM
  • Day: Friday
  • Grade level: 3rd-5th Grade
  • Cost: $150.00 for the semester
  • Location: A112
  • Schedule: 8/31/2018 – 12/14/2018 (No class on November 23 (Thanksgiving))

 

REGISTER for Ukelele >>

 

Upcoming Opportunities

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.

 

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 (1st week in October)
  • Time: TBD
  • Day: TBD
  • Grade level: K – 7th
  • Schedule: TBD
  • Elementary Coordinator: Karen Sheth (karenkaye@gmail.com)
  • Middle School Coordinator: Dawn Esche (dawnesche@yahoo.com)

 

Elementary Registration>>