Clara Barton PTSA Enrichment Program - Fall 2020

The Clara Barton PTSA offers an Enrichment Program with classes that will help students to:

  • Grow in new areas and learn new skills
  • Connect with kids from other grades and classes
  • Build community with local and national education providers

Whether learning to code, building confidence in public speaking, mastering debate skills, learning new languages, or learning to stay healthy through cooking with natural ingredients, we have a comprehensive after-school program to keep students positively engaged. We hope you find exciting, fun opportunities from PTSA for your student. Scholarships are available by contacting

Many classes are conceived to truly develop a solid learning foundation, progressing in knowledge and skills from session to session and throughout the year (i.e. Spanish with Instituto Cervantes Chicago, and coding with Little Coders). New this year, A Culinary World Tour is delivered in partnership with PCC Markets to foster and nurture a love of cooking, and doing so with healthy, nutritious ingredients.

Before registering, please note:

  • All classes are virtual.
  • Personal devices are required. LWSD laptops cannot be used for after-school activities.
  • Most classes run 10-12 weeks compared to our traditional 6-8 week duration. This optimizes learning time during remote learning.
  • We request one chaperon volunteer per activity for the full session. More details here.

Ideas and help are always welcome! Students from other schools are welcome to join the enrichment program.

Questions or feedback? Email

Fall 2020 Calendar

Monday Tuesday Wednesday  Thursday Friday
4pm - 5pm
Clara Barton Debate Club - DebateAble
Grades 4-5
12 classes
Aspiring Authors
Grades 2-5
8 classes
2:30pm - 3:30 pm
Little Coders
Grades K-2
12 classes
4pm - 5:30pm
Culinary World Tour
Grades 3-5
11 classes
4pm - 5pm
STEM FUNdamentals with LEGO
Grades 2-5
8 classes
4pm - 5pm
Speak Easy Level 1
Grades 1-3
8 classes
4pm - 5 pm
Cervantes Kids Jr. - Spanish
Instituto Cervantes
Grades K-2
10 classes
2:30pm - 4:00 pm
Roblox: Intro to Game Development
Grades 3-5
10 classes
4pm -5pm
Scratch: Intro to Game Development
Grades 3-5
10 classes
4pm - 5pm
STEM FUNdamentals Jr. with LEGO
Grades K-1
8 classes
4pm - 5pm
Zumba Kids Jr.
Grades K-2
10 classes
4pm - 5 pm
Cervantes Kids - Spanish
Instituto Cervantes
Grades 3-5
10 classes
2:30pm - 3:30 pm
Grades 3-5
10 classes
Clara Barton Chess Club
All Elementary Grades
11 classes
5pm - 6pm
Zumba Kids
Grades 3-5
10 classes
3pm - 4pm
Smart with Art
Grades K-5
6 classes

Please, read the Enrichment Program Class Policies and Procedures here for details on refund and cancelation policies, chaperoning, and additional terms and conditions. By enrolling in an after-school activity, you agree to the class policies and procedures listed here.

PTSA Member: Virtual Chaperones

All after school classes are required for insurance to have one Clara Barton PTSA member that is a LWSD approved volunteer. The chaperone does not need to be the parent of a participating student but must be over the age of 18. If a chaperone is unavailable for a class, the class may be canceled.

All students enrolling must be able to provide one chaperone per class session for which they register. Chaperone responsibilities include:

  • Being in the meeting 5 minutes prior to the meeting start time
  • Taking and reporting attendance
  • Providing constructive feedback to the VP of Enrichment

Complimentary Tuition

Free tuition is available for one student per class session that is willing to provide a PTSA member chaperone for each class period of the session. If you are interested in this primary chaperone position, please email Primary chaperones will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. The primary chaperone will need to provide the names of two additional qualifying chaperones that can take their place if unable to attend for any reason.

Families selected as the primary chaperone will register through the regular registration process, including paying tuition. Upon completion of the chaperoning obligation, the tuition will be refunded.

Financial Assistance

Financial need-based scholarships may be available upon request.

Culinary World Tour (Grades 3 - 5)

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Thursdays,  4:00 pm - 5:15 pm - $265 (11 classes)

Get ready, food adventurers! Young chefs will cook along with Erica Weisman in a flavorful exploration that takes them across the globe, from France to Vietnam, India to the Pacific Islands and beyond. In each class kids will visit a different culinary locale, learning to prepare unique dishes and developing their chef skills with a variety of cooking techniques along the way.

Culinary World Tour Class Virtual Cook-Along on: 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17

Note that a list of ingredients needed will be shared prior to each class (vegetarian options available for each meal)

Week 1: Mixed Vegetable Fritters (Sweet potato, carrot, and zucchini) with Herb-Yogurt Dipping Sauce
Week 2: Bun Cha (Vietnamese Meat or Mushroom Balls with Rice Noodles)
Week 3: Vegetarian Chili and Cornbread
Week 4: From-Scratch Cheesy Flatbread and Chicken or Veggie Kababs
Week 5: Potato Gnocchi in Garlicky Red Sauce
Week 6: Classic Quiche
Week 7: Tikka Masala and Spiced Rice Pilaf
Week 8: Enchiladas and Red rice
Week 9: Homemade Pizza
Week 10: Pork or Tofu and Cabbage Potstickers with Ginger-Soy dipping sauce
Week 11: Beef or Mushroom Loco Moco and Pineapple Cake

Benefits of cooking:

Increases language development Increases focus and attention
Enhances fine motor skills Teaches life skills
Increases Math ability Promotes healthy eating
Improves reading skills Boosts self-confidence
Introduces kids to scientific concepts
Erica Weisman

Clara Barton Chess Club (Grades K-5)

Thursdays, 4-5pm, Sept 24-Dec 17, 2020 - $140 (11 classes)

The Clara Barton Chess Club brings one hour of fun lessons, puzzles and other activities. Additionally, Brad, our Chess Coach, will host a number of online tournaments each week for the students to practice against their peers.

The lessons will be based on the group skill level, ensuring everyone can participate.

Sportsmanship is stressed throughout the class with a strong focus on critical thinking.

For new to chess kids, parents can email the coach to schedule a time before class to teach them how all the pieces move.

No Class: 10/15, 11/26

Clara Barton Debate Club - DebateAble (Grades 4-5)

Mondays, 4-5pm, Sept 21-Dec 14, 2020 - $260 (12 classes)

DebateAble Online Clubs make learning to debate fun while kids grow as critical thinkers, confident public speakers, and collaborative teammates.

DebateAble's passionate, dedicated coaches use games, activities and relevant topics to teach debaters to make and respond to arguments in an upbeat, positive environment using the Zoom platform - with an emphasis on learning to consider both sides of any topic or issue.

DebateAble empowers kids to find their own voices and listen to the voices of others!

DebateAble has been teaching debate to kids since 2012, both in person and online. With the school closures, our online clubs and camps have been a huge success! In addition, DebateAble has an ongoing partnership with the University of Washington offering summer camp sessions that are consistently sold out with kids returning year after year.

Students will participate in a final debate match.

Cervantes Kids & Cervantes Kids Jr. - Spanish with Instituto Cervantes

Tuesdays, 4-5pm, Sept 22 - November  14, 2020 - $185 (10 classes)

The Clara Barton PTSA is proud to partner with Instituto Cervantes Chicago, a worldwide non-profit organization created by the Spanish government in 1991. Named after Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote, the Cervantes Institute, is the largest organization in the world responsible for promoting the study and the teaching of Spanish language and culture.

Spanish immersion and enrichment program. Students will learn and practice their Spanish speaking skills through guided recreational play, speaking and listening activities, arts and crafts, and storytelling.

Activities will be conducted in Spanish and will be planned to correspond with school themes and holidays.

The objective of the program is to give your child the opportunity to learn and improve his/her proficiency in the language, while exposing him/her to Spanish and Latin art, culture and geography.

The program is flexible and adaptable to our students needs and requirements and we are expecting to run throughout the schoolyear.

Note: There will be two groups: one for K to grade 2 students and one for grades 3 through 5 with 10 slots only per group.

With the virtual class curriculum and partnering with the expertise that Instituto Cervantes Chicago brings, the goal is to have a language program throughout the school year for children to truly learn Spanish and progress.


Coding with Kids

Little Coders (Grade K-2)

Wednesdays, 2:30 - 3:30 pm, Sept 23 - December  16, 2020 - $277 (12 classes)

Our Little Coders class is an opportunity for young children to develop their computational thinking skills, build their first programs, and have fun with new friends! The curriculum is designed for early readers and takes into account cognitive abilities as well as the attention span typical for ages 5-7.

We use age-appropriate online tools, including Lightbot, Kodable, and Scratch to introduce basic coding skills. After the class, students will be able to share their projects with family and friends and continue programming at home with their Coding with Kids Scratch account.

Animations Students will learn how to make animations in Scratch using basic coding skills! Students will focus on the arts and animations side of game development. Through various projects, students will learn how to create their own characters, animate them, and tell their story through art, creativity, and basic coding skills!

The curriculum focuses on reinforcing concepts in different ways to help students retain new ideas and build a strong foundation for future learning. The session consists of: Little Coders Introduction & Little Coders: Animations and is built to help kids get started and progress in learning and skills throughout the session.

There will be no class on 11/25


Roblox (Grades 3-5)

Wednesdays, 2:30 - 4 pm, Sept 23 - December  9, 2020 - $298 (10 classes)

Creating Roblox games is a fun way to learn and practice programming! Each student will be able to create different custom games with Lua code, a language very similar to JavaScript and Python. With the largest user-generated online gaming platform, Roblox is the #1 gaming site for kids and teens (via comScore). Our Roblox class is a great way to build on this interest and have kids learn to code. They can then publish their game and share it with friends on PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Devices, and Xbox One.

There will be no class on November 11 and November 25



Wednesdays, 2:30 - 4 pm, Sept 30 - December  16, 2020 - $298 (10 classes)

Calling all Minecrafters! Building Minecraft mods is a great way to learn programming, harness creativity, and enhance problem-solving skills while making your favorite game even better. Each camper will have their own Minecraft server where they can customize the game with their own world maps and features. Students will be coding mods to create new items, environments, non-playable characters, game modes, and more! Using a simple drag-and-drop coding environment, campers will accomplish exciting results with their one-of-a-kind Minecraft features.


  • Prior coding experience
  • PC or Mac required (Chromebooks will not work for this class)
  • Minecraft Java Edition. If you do not already have Minecraft Java Edition, you can purchase it through the official Minecraft website ( Other versions of Minecraft (iPad, Xbox, Windows 10, etc.) will not support the modding for this camp.


Scratch (Grades 3-5)

Thursdays, 4pm - 5pm, Sept 24 - December 3, 2020 - $239 (10 classes)

Start your coding journey by creating your own games! Kids will learn the core concepts of computer programming that will lay the foundations for future coding success. Projects, such as chasing games, mazes, and animated stories, will allow learners to use their creativity while learning coding concepts like loops and variables. Students will have access to their own Scratch account that will allow them to continue working on their coding journey at home.

Speak Easy Level 1 (Grades 1-3)

Mondays, 4-5pm, Sept 28 - November 16, 2020  - $180 (8 classes)

Isn’t learning how to captivate an audience something that everyone could benefit from? Why not start at an early age when it’s easiest to grasp concepts and overcome fears.

This class is all about inspiring kids to do great things! And the best part is that it is fun, too! Through interactive games and fun activities you will learn how to:

  • Stand out in a crowd using specific tips for success.
  • Craft your message
  • Improvise -sometimes acting goofy is the best way to overcome fears!
  • Team build and lead others

The class will culminate with an interactive presentation for family and friends.

Aspiring Authors (Grades 2-5)

Tuesdays, 4-5pm, Sept 29 - November 17, 2020 - $190 (8 classes)

Do you love creative writing and storytelling? Or love to draw and illustrate?

Then join us at our publishing company where each student will be an author, editor, and artist "hired" by the publishing company to create their masterpieces. As a company, we will assemble and bind the books creating professional results.* Students will learn how to use the elements of story building to captivate their readers and enhance their illustrations to make their words come alive. Their books will be a treasure to cherish.

In a culminating activity, parents and friends are encouraged to join us to "Celebrate the Authors".

Zumba Kids Junior and Zumba Kids

Mondays, 4 pm - 5 pm, now Sep 28 - November 30, 2020 - $140 (10 classes)

Little feet, lots of soul! Age is just a number but attitude is everything! Let your 4 to 6 year old let loose at the dance and play Zumba for Kids Junior.

10 classes every Monday starting September 21st, from 4 pm to 5 pm for grades K to 2.

Mondays, 5 pm - 6 pm, Sept 28 - November 30, 2020 - $140 (10 classes)

Zumba® Kids classes feature kid-friendly routines based on original Zumba® choreography.

We break down the steps, add games, activities and cultural exploration elements into the class structure. Perfect for kids in grades 2-5. Kids will get the chance to be active and jam out to their favorite music.

The class incorporates respect, confidence, self-esteem, creativity, coordination and cultural awareness.

Smart with Art - Adventures by Amazing Artists

Wednesdays, 3-4pm, September 23 - October 28 - $140 (6 classes)

Join us for a fun filled 6-week session online as we explore art from a variety of different periods in time.

We will learn about primary colors and collage while looking at the art of Mondrian.

Discover Keith Haring and James Rizzi - two amazing NYC artists! We will develop new skills as we explore a variety of materials in each lesson. Each week a new artist will be introduced.  Our online learning is engaging and interactive! Let's create together! Supplies will be provided (either mailed in or delivered to students)

While this will be a 6 class session, a new off-calendar session will return in November with a new theme.

STEM FUNdamentals with LEGO (Groups: K-2 and Grades 3-5)

Fridays, 4-5pm, October 2 - November 20 - $180 (8 classes)

Take your creativity to the next level as Play-Well classes go virtual!

Build engineer-designed projects and learn new building techniques over Zoom with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. Encounter practical real-world STEM concepts while learning from and connecting virtually with other young engineers.

With the specialized kit of LEGO® materials that is included in the cost of the program, your student will have everything he/she need to take their LEGO® building at home to the next level!