Lower School After-School Programs

Extended Day – Hawks' Club

Welcome to Charlotte Latin's Extended Day – Hawks' Club Program! Hawks' Club is designed to be an extension of the school day by offering a variety of activities that promote emotional, social and physical development. The Extended Day after-school program serves Charlotte Latin students in Transitional Kindergarten through the fifth grade, space permitting. Students may stay in extended care until 3:10 p.m., 4:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. The program supports the School's mission of encouraging individual development and offering growth-promoting opportunities. The teachers provide a fun, safe and caring environment in which children can relax and unwind at the end of their day.

Extended Day – Hawks' Club provides students with a balance of structured and unstructured time, and a chance to enjoy nature and the outdoors, engage in dramatic play, create a craft, and participate in many hands-on activities. Older students have a dedicated classroom space in which to play and study, and assistance with homework also is available. The after-school teachers plan, prep and create monthly activities that are age-appropriate and are based upon the child's individual needs, interests and abilities. In addition, other professionals from the School and the community are frequently invited to enhance the program. Hawks' Club also is available to Latin families on teacher workdays; on these days the children often enjoy local field trips. Some of the children's favorite trips are to the Aviation Museum and Discovery Place.

Fees are charged per semester and reflect a one-day, two-day, three-day, four-day or five-day a week options. (Please see fees in brochure below.) In addition, a daily option is available, space permitting, with one-day notice. There is a $10 charge that will be billed at the end of each month. This drop-in rate also applies if a child needs to switch days during a particular week (space permitting).

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to view the 2017–2018 Hawks Club brochure.

Enrichment Programs – Let's Soar!

In addition to the many daily activity choices that children enjoy in Hawks' Club, we offer semester-long enrichment classes to all Lower School students. The class offerings are designed to introduce students to a new skill, spark a new interest, or broaden an existing talent. The classes are taught by instructors who are professionally trained/educated in their respective fields.

Click here to see the Fall 2017 Enrichment offerings and register.

Lower School Clubs

Please explore the following clubs, available to Lower School students beginning in the Fall of 2017. Please read below for general information start dates, times and registration details. The club coordinator will accept the registrations for the clubs. If you have questions, please contact the club coordinator listed in each of the descriptions.

Book Club, Grade 3

Club Coordinator: B. Lee McGarry, Lower School Librarian, bmcgarry@charlottelatin.org

Avid readers meet monthly throughout the year to discuss a pleasure reading novel provided by the library. Book Club generally meets on the second Tuesday of the month, 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. There are 14 spaces available. Specific information will be provided during library class in September.

Tentative class dates: Oct. 10, Nov.14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, Mar. 13.

Garden Club, Grade 3–5

Club Coordinator: Kate Hughey, Fourth Grade Teacher, khughey@charlottelatin.org

Come find your inner farmer! During Garden Club we will get our hands dirty as we plant, care for and harvest fall veggies from the Lower School garden beds. We will also learn about important pollinators, organic practices, and composting and build a scarecrow! Garden Club meets on the second Thursday of the fall and spring months. The students will be responsible for watering and weeding divided among the members. Details about Garden Club will be presented in early September and registration will begin at that time.

Girls on the Run, Grades 3–5

Club Coordinator: Katie Smith, Grade 4 Teacher, katiesmith@charlottelatin.org

Girls on the Run is a positive youth development program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. Registered girls will participate in interactive activities such as running, playing games and discussing important concepts such as standing up for yourself, resisting peer pressure, stopping the spread of gossip and making healthy decisions. Girls on the Run focuses on building self-esteem and improving emotional and physical health. Registration will be conducted online at www.gotrcharlotte.org August 21 – September 5. The 10-week season will start the week of September 18 and will conclude with a celebratory 5K on December 9. The Club meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Maximum number of participants is 15 girls. Join the fun!

We are currently in need of 2 female coaches for this club. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Katie Smith.

Let Me Run (Boys), Grades 3–5

Club Coordinator: Alan Becker, abecker@charlottelatin.org

The LMR program is about fun and fitness after school. Through the power of running, LMR inspires boys to be true to themselves, to build healthy relationships, and to maintain an active lifestyle. The club meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:30 pm, October 1-Thanskgiving. Register via the Let Me Run website www.letmerun.org: Charlotte Area, Charlotte Latin School, Coach Becker.

We are currently in need of male coaches for this club. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Alan Becker.

Odyssey of the Mind, Grades 4 & 5

Contact: Club Coordinator: Kaila Gottschling, LS/MS Art Teacher, kaila.gottschling@charlottelatin.org

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative, problem-solving program that helps students develop critical-thinking skills, team-building skills, creativity, problem-solving skills and more. Teams are formed early in the fall. Teams will meet once a week on Thursdays after school until 4:30 p.m. All other meetings are scheduled at the discretion of each team coach. There will be a link with more details available to all fourth and fifth grade families in September. This link will include a sign-up sheet as well as information about the informational parent meeting. If you are interested in finding out more information about OM, please contact the club coordinator or visit www.odysseyofthemind.com. The program concludes with a team competition at the beginning of March at Wingate University.

Service Club, Grades 4 & 5

Club Coordinator: Mary Cerbie, Lower School Physical Education, mcerbie@charlottelatin.org

“Helpful Hawks” participate in service learning and volunteer work to make an impact in the community and school. Service Club meets one Thursday a month starting in October. It will NOT meet in November or May. Service Club details will be presented during PE class in early September and registration will begin at that time. For further questions please contact Mary Cerbie.

SumoBots, Grades 4 & 5

Club Coordinator: Andrew Hammitt, LS STEAM Lab teacher, ahammitt@charlottelatin.org

Robotic Sumo is a competition where two robots attempt to push each other out of an arena using sensors, clever programming, and innovative design. Teams are formed early January. Teams will meet twice a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays after school until 4:30 p.m. There will be an informational parent meeting in the fall. The program concludes with a team competition in April at Appalachian State University.

Lower School Musical, Grades 4 & 5

Contact: Alicia Long, Lower School Music, along@charlottelatin.org

Seussical, KIDS

Registration: October 1 via MyLatin

Auditions: October 24 (Grade 4) October 25 (Grade 5)


3:15-5:15 p.m., October 30, November 1, November 6-17

Performances: November 17 at 7:00 p.m. and November 18 at 3:00 p.m.

Club Information

All students attending an afterschool club will meet their teacher at an assigned location to check attendance. Once class is over, your child will be dismissed to front carpool (Media Center), Hawks’ Club or the Lower School Christ Church/Trinity bus, which leaves campus at 4:30 p.m.

Activity Bus
CLS offers a late activity bus that leaves campus at 4:30 p.m. for Lower School students who participate in an after-school club. If you are already paying the round-trip bus fare, there will be no additional charge to ride the activity bus. If your child is not a round-trip bus rider, the charge will be $455 per semester for a 5 day a week option. If you need the bus service for less than 5 days per week then the semester long fees are as follows:

1-day per week: $100
2-day: $200
3-day: $300
4-day: $400

All children who need to ride the 4:30 p.m. bus must be registered. You will have the opportunity to register for 4:30 p.m. bus when you register for Enrichment or Lower School Clubs.

Club Attendance
If your child needs to miss a class or has changes to their transportation, please email the club coordinator and copy your child’s classroom teacher.

Please notify the club coordinator if your child has any anaphylactic allergies. You must provide an Epi-Pen and an action plan prior to the first day. The Lower School nurse is available between 1:30 – 3:45 p.m. After 3:45 p.m., an athletic trainer is on campus if needed. Our teachers are also trained in CPR, First-Aid, and EpiPen procedures. Upon the completion of class, all medications will be sent home with your child.

For more information regarding all aspects of the after-school program, please contact Freya Hamilton, Director of After-School Programs, at fhamilton@charlottelatin.org or 704.846.7260.

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for Hawks Club


Contact Freya Hamilton:
704-846-7260 or soarprograms@charlottelatin.org

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