Extended Day & Enrichment

We offer a range options for Lower School students to participate in after-school care and enrichment.

Extended Day

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Hawks' Club – Extended Day

Hawks' Club – Extended Day 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.

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. This drop-in rate also applies if a child needs to switch days during a particular week (space permitting)

Extended Day Fees 2019-2020
(Per Semester)
1:30–3:10 p.m.$270$545$810$1,080$1,325
1:30–4:30 p.m.$490$955$1,460$1,925$2,415
1:30–6:00 p.m.$710$1,440$2,150$2,860$3,615
3:10–4:30 p.m.$230$435$650$900$1,100
3:10–6:00 p.m.$460$910$1,390$1,815$2,285

In addition to these, a daily option is available, space permitting, with one-day notice. This drop-in rate also applies if a child needs to switch days during a particular week (space permitting).

A 4:30 p.m. activity bus is also available to Extended Day students at an additional charge per semester (if student is not already registered at the round-trip rate).

Enrichment Program

Enrichment Program – Let's Soar!

In addition to the many daily activity choices that children enjoy in Extended Day, 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 and educated in their respective fields.

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Fall 2019 Offerings

Exploring Science with Atomz Lab (TK/K)

Fridays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
8-week class

Dates: August 30; September 6, 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18

Cost: $165

In this session, students will learn about chemical reactions by making salt water paintings; develop a race track using magnets and engineering; create a marble design using gravity and energy; make shaving cream rain clouds while learning about weather, and much more! Warning: your child may have too much fun learning about science!

Junior Chefs (TK/K)

Wednesdays, 1:45-2:45 p.m.
8-week class

Dates: September 4, 11, 18, 25; October 2, 16, 23; November 6
(No class October 9 and 30)

Cost: $170

Let’s get cooking! Our Junior Chefs unite with our enriching culinary program. This course is more than just your average ‘cookie-cutter’ cooking school. Chef Dawn and Chef Scott will teach your young chef how to make fantastic dishes from around the world. For our young chefs, this will be an introduction to general cooking and light prepping. Your children will learn about cooking measurements and the techniques of marinating, seasoning, sautéing and baking while using local and fresh ingredients. Be prepared for them to whip up their own dishes at home with their new skills. Get your aprons on and be ready to batter up some delicious recipes!

Little Hawks Tennis (TK/K)

Thursdays, 2:00-2:45 p.m.
10-week class

Dates: September 5, 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24

Cost: $130

Tennis anyone? Come join us for a fun-filled 8 weeks of tennis! AC Sports Academy has designed this class to be sure the players have an enjoyable experience while also teaching the fundamentals of the game. Proper grip, swings, and footwork for all the strokes will be taught and practiced. The students will work on movement, balance, coordination and motor skill development. An age-appropriate court size and ball type will be used. Whether you have played tennis before or are new at the sport, this is a class you won’t want to miss!

My First Piano Adventure (TK/K)

Group 1: 1:30-2:00 p.m.
Group 2: 2:00-2:30 p.m.
Group 3: 2:30-3:00 p.m.

8-week class

Dates: October 29; November 5, 12, 19, 26; December 3, 10, 17

Cost: $180, includes lessons and activity books

My First Piano Adventure will introduce your child to piano lessons in age-appropriate and exciting sessions packed with songs, games, and activities. This program will engage your child with songs in several genres including folk, classical, blues and originals, which are designed to reinforce rhythmic and melodic reading. Your child will be a part of a small group of 4 children, meeting each week for 30-minute classes with Annette Morris, CLS Lower School Music Teacher.

Parents will be invited to observe and participate in the final session on December 17th where we will share our favorite songs and activities. A piano or keyboard in the home is a requirement of this course. For children interested in continuing the development of their piano skills, higher level group classes will be offered during Winter and Spring sessions.

On Safari with Music from "The Lion King" (TK/K)

Tuesdays, 2:00-2:45 p.m.
8-week class

Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22

Cost: $150

Students are invited to travel on a safari adventure with music from The Lion King. Each week, students will meet a new animal and visit its habitat. Students will have the opportunity to dress up in exciting costumes from the CLS Performing Arts Department’s vast collection and will create art mementos during each leg of the safari. Parents will be invited to share in our last workshop session on October 22. On this day, students will display their art projects, share their favorite costumes and perform a medley of music from The Lion King (Mark Brymer, arranger). Our safari guides will be Melissa Nemirow, former Elementary Art Teacher and current Assistant TK Teacher, and Annette Morris, LS Music Teacher.

Soccer (TK/K)

Mondays, 2:00-2:45 p.m.
8-week class

Dates: September 9, 16, 23; October 7, 21, 28; November 4, 11
(No class September 30 or October 14)

Cost: $130

Goooooal!! TK/K Soccer, taught by CLS Middle School Soccer coach, Gabby Gorelick, focuses on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing and shooting in a fun and age-appropriate environment. Positive character traits such as respect, teamwork and confidence are highlighted during each session. Whether your child is new to soccer or has been playing for a few years, this class will expose him or her to the fun of soccer, sportsmanship and being part of a team.

Chicks with Sticks Lacrosse and Field Hockey (Girls Grades 1-3)

Thursdays, 3:20-4:20 p.m.
6-week class

Dates: October 17, 24; November 7, 14, 21; December 5

(No class October 31 or November 28)

Cost: $120

AC Sports Academy is offering a Chicks with Sticks Lacrosse and Field Hockey program for young girl athletes in 1st through 3rd grade. Our very own Lacrosse Program Director and eighth grade Field Hockey Coach, Nikki Williams, and her team of coaches understand that this might be a youngster’s first organized sport. We focus on teaching the very basics of lacrosse and field hockey in a fun and friendly environment. Players will learn cradling, catching and throwing with soft lacrosse balls as well as how to hit, dodge and dribble a field hockey ball. No need to purchase new equipment – we will have sticks for players to borrow. This is a great opportunity for young players to try something new or to continue learning both games. We’ll see you on the field!

Performance Theater Program: "Go Fish" (Grades 2-3)

Tuesdays, 3:20-4:20 p.m.
8-week class

Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22

Cost: $160

Dive into the ocean and Go Fish with our performance theater program for Grades 2 and 3! Students will practice acting, singing, and dancing while preparing a short age-appropriate musical. Go Fish characters include many ocean creatures, including a lonely Tiger Shark in search of a friend. Throughout the show, the characters find that it takes all kinds of fish to make the ocean a beautiful place. The class will include theater concepts in stage direction, pantomime, simple choreography and projection. In addition to learning new songs and staging, every student will have a speaking part. Students will also have the opportunity to create simple costumes and props. Parents are invited to the final class to watch our Go Fish performance on October 22. The class is taught by LS Music Teacher, Alicia Long.

Hawks Cheer Squad (Grades 2-5)

Mondays, 3:20-4:20 p.m.
6-week class

Dates: September 16, 23; October 7, 21, 28; November 4
(No class September 30 or October 14)

Cost: $115

Calling all cheerleaders! Our Cheer Squad program introduces basic cheerleading skills including motions, jumps, chants and dance with a concentration on safety, sportsmanship and fun. Our program is lead by Jenny Urbain, former coach of both the Middle School and Varsity Cheerleading Teams and once a Latin Cheerleader herself! Children will be grouped by age for appropriate grade-level instruction. One of the highlights of the session will be cheering at a Latin football game with some of our older CLS friends. Let’s go Hawks!

Flag Football (Grades 2-3 and 4-5)

Wednesdays, 3:20-4:20 p.m.
6-week class

Dates: November 6, 13, 20; December 4, 11, 18
(No class November 27)

Cost: $120

Touchdown! This class, taught by CLS Varsity Football Coaches Justin Hardin and Drew Dayton, uses specific drills and games to teach basic offensive and defensive strategies and concepts such as: passing, catching, defensive positioning and de-flagging, as well as spacing and communication during competitive play. While being introduced to the fundamentals of the game, your child will learn the value of sportsmanship and teamwork in a fun and positive environment.

Junior Chefs (Grades 3-4)

Tuesdays, 3:20-4:20 p.m.
8-week class

Dates: September 4, 11, 18, 25; October 2, 16, 23; November 6
(No class October 9, 30)

Cost: $170

Let’s get cooking! Our Junior Chefs unite with our enriching culinary program. This course is more than just your average "cookie-cutter" cooking school. Chef Dawn and Chef Scott will teach your young chef how to make fantastic dishes from around the world. Our older chef program will have a greater emphasis on cutting techniques, sautéing, frying and baking. The children will learn about selecting and using local and fresh ingredients, along with prepping and cooking measurements. Your child will be ready to whip up their own dishes at home with their new skills. Get your aprons on and be ready to batter up some delicious recipes!

Hawk Hoops Basketball (Grades 3-5)

Thursdays, 3:20-4:20 p.m.
6-week class

Dates: September 5, 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10

Cost: $120

Join us for Hawk Hoops! Our 6-week junior basketball clinic is available for boys and girls in grades 3-5. Coached by our own Elizabeth House, these sessions will encourage proper basketball fundamentals and teach a love for the game. Drills and games will focus on ball handling, form shooting, passing, defensive positioning and rebounding. If you want to up your game and have a lot of fun along the way, you won’t want to miss this class!

Lower School Clubs

Lower School Clubs

In addition to our After-school and Enrichment Programs, our Lower School Clubs provide a wealth of interesting opportunities for our third, fourth and fifth grade students. Many clubs run throughout the school year, and students have a variety of options from which to choose. Our clubs are led by Charlotte Latin teachers with support from our parents.

Book Club, Grade 3

Club Coordinator: Meghan Rhinehart, Lower School Librarian,

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 – 4:20 p.m. There are 14 spaces available. Specific information will be provided during library class in September and registration will be available through CampBrain.

Tentative meeting dates: October 9, November 6, December 11, January 8, February 12, March 12

Garden Club, Grades 3–5

Club Coordinator: Kate Hughey, Fourth Grade Teacher

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 is limited to 20 students and meets on the second Thursday of the fall and spring months from 3:15-4:20 p.m. Details about Garden Club will be presented in early September and registration will be available through CampBrain.

Meeting Dates: September 13, October 11, November 8, March 14, April 11, May 9

Girls on the Run, Grades 3–5

Club Coordinator: Katie Smith, Grade 4 Teacher

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 20 – September 9. The 10-week season will start the week of September 17 and will conclude with a celebratory 5K on December 8. The Club meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15 – 4:20 p.m. Maximum number of participants is 15 girls. Join the fun!

Meeting Dates: September 17, 24, 26; October 1, 3, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29; November 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 26, 28; December 3, 5; 5K Run: December 8

Let Me Run (Boys), Grades 4 & 5

Club Coordinator: Alan Becker

The Let Me Run 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 Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:15-4:20 p.m. Register via the Let Me Run website www.letmerun.org: Charlotte Area, Charlotte Latin School, Coach Becker. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Alan Becker.

Meeting Dates: September 28; October 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 31; November 2, 7, 9, 14, 16; 5K Run: November 17

Math Olympiad, Grades 4 & 5

Club Coordinator: Neil McConaughy, Fourth Grade Teacher

Math Olympiad is a problem-solving contest composed of one team of fourth and fifth graders that develops mathematical flexibility, creativity and introduces important concepts. The team will meet weekly on Mondays after school from 3:15- 4:20 p.m. Math Olympiad is limited to 20 students. The program introduces students to important mathematical concepts and strategies for problem solving. The highlights for students are the five monthly contests, administered from November through March. Students will be excited by the immediate feedback received from other students all around the globe. Registration will be available through Campbrain in early September.

Meeting Dates: October 1, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19, 26; December 3, 10, 17; January 7, 14, 28; February 4, 11, 25; March 4, 11

Service Club, Grades 4 & 5

Club Coordinator: Mary Cerbie, Lower School Physical Education

“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. Service Club details will be posted outside of the Lower School Gym and in the fifth grade hallway. Registration will be available through CampBrain.

Club dates: October 18, December 13, February 14, March 14, April 25

Sumo-Bots, Grades 4 & 5

Club Coordinator: Andrew Hammitt, LS STEAM Lab teacher

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 will meet weekly on Thursdays after school from 3:15-4:20 p.m. Sumo-Bots is limited to 24 students. The program concludes with a team competition in April at Appalachian State University. Details will be presented in August and registration will be through CampBrain.

Meeting Dates: January 31; February 7, 21, 28; March 7, 14, 28; April 4, 11

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. The charge will be $455 per semester if your child is not a round-trip bus rider. All children who riding the 4:30 p.m. bus must be registered. You may 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.

Freya Hamilton

Freya Hamilton,
Director of After-School Programs

About Freya

Freya Hamilton is the Director of After-School and Enrichment Programs. She holds a degree in early childhood and a level 2 certificate in administration. Freya enjoys beach trips and spending time with her husband, Keith, and their twin girls, Viviana and Sofia.

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.

Meet the Teachers

Kathryn Brown

Kathryn Brown is an assistant teacher in TK/K and grades 1 and 2. She recently graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a degree in child and family development. She student taught at the Mary Frances Wall Center in Concord.

Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown is a TK/K Assistant in Extended Day. Kelly has her B.S. in social services. Over her career, Kelly has worked in the foster care field for both children and adults with disabilities. Kelly also has passion and talent for the arts and cooking and was previously an art and cooking teacher as well as a lead teacher for the Ballantyne Preschool of the Arts. Kelly has also been a Youth Culinary Coordinator for the Morrison YMCA. Kelly and her husband, Rick, have been married for 24 years. They have two daughters, one son, two dogs, one cat, one guinea pig, one rabbit and one bearded dragon!

Anna Clifford

Anna CliffordAnna Clifford is the lead teacher for grade 1 and 2 and also helps coordinate enrichment. She holds a degree in French studies. Anna enjoys monogramming and spending time with her husband, Pat, her children, Harrison and Betsy, and their sweet dog Rudy.

Laura Dragelin

Lauri Dragelin is a Grade 3-5 Assistant in Extended Day. Lauri received her B.A. and M.A. in secondary education from the College of William & Mary. Lauri and her husband, Tim, have three Latin students: Alec ’11, Hope ’15 and Amy

’18. Lauri is an avid runner and cyclist – she has run 21 marathons and has cycled across the United States. She enjoys spending time with her children, walking her two dogs and anything outdoors.

Catherine Gore

Catherine Gore, a Latin lifer and 2013 graduate, holds a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama, as well as certifications in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. She is currently a head teacher at Myers Park Presbyterian Weekday School and a TK - Grade 2 Assistant in Extended Day.

Jennifer Turner

Jen TurnerJennifer Turner holds a degree in science. She is a lead teacher with TK/K. Jen enjoys sports, volunteering at church and spending time with her husband Terrell and boy/girl twins.