Learning Institutes 2018-2019

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Cottage Lane provides several opportunities for students to participate in different Learning Institutes throughout the school year. Descriptions and registration information is below. The semesters run on the schedule below and you will be informed on what trimester your child is registered for:

  • October 1 – December 21
  • January 3 – April 5
  • April 8 – June 14

The teachers of each Learning Institute will communicate with families on the specific time and dates your child is registered. We have rolling admission into the Learning Institutes. We will keep a wait list of students. If students drop the Institute, a family will be contacted to join.

Please note that if the Learning Institute is offered multiple times throughout the year, you will be informed on what trimester your child will attend.

Thanks to all who have registered for our 2018-19 Learning Institutes! We are seeking a teacher to run the Math Olympiads and WordMasters Learning Institutes. Information will be shared with families once that position has been filled.

Grade 3

Crazy 8’s Math (Grade 3-5) – Wednesday mornings – All year – 8:10-8:40 a.m.
Join Math’s Crazy 8’s, where you’ll build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…it’s a totally new kind of math enrichment. You will get to do activities like Glow in-the-Dark Geometry, Bouncy Dice and Toilet Paper Olympics, and you will get to take home some cool gadgets, too. Meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:10-8:40 a.m. We will be able to take 16 students per group, all students over will be wait-listed.  

Chess (Grade 3) – Friday mornings – All Year – 8:15-8:45 a.m. 
Chess is open to all third-graders, from those who have never played before to experienced Grandmasters–and everyone in between! Students battle on a weekly basis against each other in chess. Chess will meet every Friday morning that school is in session.

Scientist Study Hall (Grades 3 & 4) – Friday mornings January 3-April 5 – 8:10-9:00 a.m.
Have you ever wondered how scientists learn about their favorite topics? Or where they come up with their ideas for their experiments? This is your chance to look closer at the books that sparked those ideas! Scientist Study Hall members dive into nonfiction texts and learn to use their knowledge to spark their own ideas.

ZeeBitsters (Grades 3) – Thursday mornings – All Year –  8:10-8:40 a.m.
Spark your inner inventor with Cottage Lane’s Littlebits enrichment! Littlebits are small magnetic circuit modules that snap together to perform tasks and create inventions. Each month, a group of students will build inventions as part of a Littlebits challenge!

3rd Grade Singers (Grade 3) Thursday afternoons – April 8 – June 14 – 3:45-4:15 p.m.
If your child has the gift of song and would like to share that gift with others, please join us for this fun filled opportunity to raise your voice in song. We will end this experience by participating in the 3rd grade Instrumental concert in June.

Competition Chess (Grades 3-5) – Monday mornings – All year – 7:50-8:30 a.m.
Students will prepare and participate in competitions outside of the school.

Walking (Grades 3-5) – Tuesday mornings – All year – 8:15-8:45 a.m.
Walking is one of the easiest ways to help students incorporate exercise into their daily routine and create a lifelong habit. Walking is healthy, safe and an easy way to improve your health.

Yogis at Cottage Lane (Grades 3-5) – Thursday afternoons – All Year – 3:45-4:30 p.m.
“Yoga, a 3000 year old practice, has been proven to help children reduce stress, increase concentration skills, and improve both mental and physical strength. This experience will bolster your child’s self-awareness and self-regulation that will carry them through a life long journey of growth and inner peace. Namaste.

Grade 4

Crazy 8’s Math (Grade 3-5) – Wednesday mornings – All year – 8:10-8:40 a.m.
Join Math’s Crazy 8’s, where you’ll build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…it’s a totally new kind of math enrichment. You will get to do activities like Glow in-the-Dark Geometry, Bouncy Dice and Toilet Paper Olympics, and you will get to take home some cool gadgets, too. Meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:10-8:40 a.m.  We will be able to take 16 students per group, all students over will be wait-listed.

Basic Robotics (Grades 4 & 5) – Tuesday mornings – All year – 8:30-9:15 a.m.
Students in fourth and fifth grade will design and build various types of Lego Robots. There will be a maximum of 20 students allowed in this program at a time for each six-week session. The first 20 applications that are received will be offered space in our first session.  Additional sessions will be offered for the remainder of the year as needed. All children who sign up will be accommodated at some point during the year.

Reading (Grades 4 & 5) – Wednesday mornings – All Year – 8:00-8:40 a.m.
Reading short nonfiction texts together in a small group will help us enjoy reading more by making it a more active and interactive process. When we read actively, we do not just wait for the meaning to come to us, we go after it — aggressively. We look deeply into the text, hunting in certain specific ways searching for clues as to what the writer is trying to say. When we read interactively, we ask questions about the text and our reactions to it, and we use the answers to develop a sense of how the text works. It is as if we start a conversation between the writer, the writing, and our self.

Yoga (Grade 4 & 5) – Tuesday mornings – October 1 – December 21 – 8:15-9:00 a.m.
“Dogs are wise. They know not to sit on their tails, and they stretch their bodies when they arise from resting. Most people sit in a C-curve which in time creates back pain. Want to learn how to sit and move properly to avoid hurting yourself? Wish to learn how to stretch and twist safely, and how to create energy when feeling low? Yoga can help with all that and more! Yoga can also give you ways to calm your nerves, soothe yourself, enhance focus and concentration, encourage kindness and compassion, and even help increase your confidence. Seriously! Try it for free this fall.”

Competition Robotics (Grades 4 & 5) – Monday & Thursday Mornings – All Year – 8:15-9:00 a.m.
In this program, a team of 10 students will train and compete in a robotics meet later in the year. We will randomly select 10 students in fourth and fifth grade for each day the enrichment is offered. There will be a 20-student maximum for this program. If time allows, and the need is there, we will offer the program in the spring as well. If there is insufficient space for all applicants in the Competition Program, students who are not selected for the team will be invited to participate in Tuesday Robotics.

Scientist Study Hall (Grades 3 & 4) –  Friday mornings – January 3-April 5 – 8:10-9:00 a.m.
Have you ever wondered how scientists learn about their favorite topics? Or where they come up with their ideas for their experiments? This is your chance to look closer at the books that sparked those ideas! Scientist Study Hall members dive into nonfiction texts and learn to use their knowledge to spark their own ideas.

Competition Chess (Grades 3-5) – Monday mornings – All year – 7:50-8:30 a.m.
Students will prepare and participate in competitions outside of the school.

Walking (Grades 3-5) – Tuesday mornings – All year – 8:15-8:45 a.m.
Walking is one of the easiest ways to help students incorporate exercise into their daily routine and create a lifelong habit. Walking is healthy, safe and an easy way to improve your health.

Chess Strategy (Grade 4) Wednesday mornings – All Year – 8:30-9:15 a.m.
Any fourth-grade student may attend any session. There will be a maximum of 20 students allowed in this program at a time for each six-week sessions. The first 20 applications that are received will be offered space in our first session. Additional sessions will be offered for the remainder of the year as needed. All children who sign up will be accommodated at some point during the year. ​

Yogis at Cottage Lane (Grades 3-5) – Thursday afternoons – All Year – 3:45-4:30 p.m.
“Yoga, a 3000 year old practice, has been proven to help children reduce stress, increase concentration skills, and improve both mental and physical strength. This experience will bolster your child’s self-awareness and self-regulation that will carry them through a life long journey of growth and inner peace.  Namaste.

Math Olympiad – TBD
Do you love math? Join Math Olympiad clubs to have fun while tackling math challenges!

Grade 5

Crazy 8’s Math (Grade 3-5) – Wednesday mornings – All year – 8:10-8:40 a.m.
Join Math’s Crazy 8’s, where you’ll build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…it’s a totally new kind of math enrichment. You will get to do activities like Glow in-the-Dark Geometry, Bouncy Dice and Toilet Paper Olympics, and you will get to take home some cool gadgets, too. Meets on Wednesday mornings at 8:10-8:40 a.m.  We will be able to take 16 students per group, all students over will be wait-listed.

Basic Robotics (Grades 4 & 5) – Tuesday mornings – All year – 8:30-9:15 a.m.
Students in fourth and fifth grade will design and build various types of Lego Robots. There will be a maximum of 20 students allowed in this program at a time for each six-week session. The first 20 applications that are received will be offered space in our first session.  Additional sessions will be offered for the remainder of the year as needed. All children who sign up will be accommodated at some point during the year.

Yoga (Grade 4 & 5) – Tuesday mornings – October 1 – December 21 – 8:15-9:00 a.m.
“Dogs are wise. They know not to sit on their tails, and they stretch their bodies when they arise from resting. Most people sit in a C-curve which in time creates back pain. Want to learn how to sit and move properly to avoid hurting yourself? Wish to learn how to stretch and twist safely, and how to create energy when feeling low? Yoga can help with all that and more! Yoga can also give you ways to calm your nerves, soothe yourself, enhance focus and concentration, encourage kindness and compassion, and even help increase your confidence. Seriously! Try it for free this fall.”

Competition Robotics (Grades 4 & 5) – Monday & Thursday Mornings – All Year – 8:15-9:00 a.m.
In this program, a team of 10 students will train and compete in a robotics meet later in the year. We will select 10 students in fourth and fifth grade for each day the club is offered. There will be a 20-student maximum for this program. If time allows, and the need is there, we will offer the program in the spring as well. If there is insufficient space for all applicants in the Competition Program, students who are not selected for the team will be invited to participate in the Tuesday Robotics Club.

iRun  Running Society (Grade 5) – Wednesday Afternoons – All year  – 3:30-4:15 p.m.
The CLE I RUN Running Society is one such activity that will be offered this school year. The group is not just about running. That’s boring! This group will engage in fun-filled lessons and activities designed to help children make the connection between physical activity with a healthy lifestyle and a positive self concept.

Competition Chess (Grades 3-5) – Monday mornings – All year – 7:50-8:30 a.m.
Students will prepare and participate in competitions outside of the school.

Walking (Grades 3-5) – Tuesday mornings – All year – 8:15-8:45 a.m.
Walking is one of the easiest ways to help students incorporate exercise into their daily routine and create a lifelong habit. Walking is healthy, safe and an easy way to improve your health.

Reading (Grades 4 & 5) – Wednesday and Thursday mornings – All year – 8:00-8:40 a.m.
Reading short nonfiction texts together in a small group will help us enjoy reading more by making it a more active and interactive process. When we read actively, we do not just wait for the meaning to come to us, we go after it — aggressively. We look deeply into the text, hunting in certain specific ways searching for clues as to what the writer is trying to say. When we read interactively, we ask questions about the text and our reactions to it, and we use the answers to develop a sense of how the text works. It is as if we start a conversation between the writer, the writing, and our self.

Science Olympiad – Friday mornings – April 9 – June 14 – 8:10-9:00 a.m
Do you love science & engineering? Come be part of the Science Olympiad to work on science and engineering projects and have fun!

Math-Statistics and Sports (Grade 5) – Tuesday afternoons – All year – 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Students become General Managers of their own Fantasy Football team. They get to choose or drop players, name their team, track player progress and complete various activities.

Fifth Grade Chess (Grade 5) – Friday mornings – All year – 8:10-8:40 a.m.
Students battle on a weekly basis against each other in chess.

Yogis at Cottage Lane (Grades 3-5) – Thursday afternoons – All Year – 3:45-4:30 p.m.
“Yoga, a 3000 year old practice, has been proven to help children reduce stress, increase concentration skills, and improve both mental and physical strength. This experience will bolster your child’s self-awareness and self-regulation that will carry them through a life long journey of growth and inner peace.  Namaste.

Math Olympiad – TBD
Do you love math? Join Math Olympiad to have fun while tackling math challenges!

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