CRES Before and After School Activities 

Class Descriptions  


SPRING Registration IS OPEN!

*Classes do Not Start UNtil After spring break* (Week of April 3-6)




  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

8:00-9:00 AM



Before School Investigators


Design Squad Jr. (K-2)


Middle School Prep Breakfast club



 Escape the Box 2


 Coder Kids 


 Design Squad (3-6)


 Run Club (8:15 start)



4:15-5:15 PM

 Young Chefs


 Flag Football

 Chess (cont) - 5:45  


 Indonesian Arts: Batik

 Art: Pastels


 Authors & Illustrators

 Coder Kids

 Debate Club

 Art: Pastels

 Chinese Culture & Arts


 CRES Cricket Club





See below for a full description Spring Classes



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Spring registration runs March 12-24 (Classes run between Apr. 3 - Jun. 1*)

*Actual end date depends on the length of the session (6-, 7-, and 8-class sessions are offered) 



 If the class you want is sold out, please email
If we have enough students interested, we'll try to open an additional class.


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SPRING Class Descriptions


Connections: Building the Bridge to Middle School - New

Sundays 1:30-3:00pm | $220 for four sessions

Facilitators: Tracie Epes, Licensed Professional Counselor, Director of Counseling at The Madeira School & Cate Riihimaki, LPC, Private Practice and CRES parent


Connect with friends. Connect to good values and morals. Connect your mind to you body. Connect with what makes a person healthy. Connect elementary to middle school. Sixth graders are in the midst of huge developmental, academic, and social transitions. This 4-week group gives students the opportunity to learn about and practice critical life skills that will help them navigate the transition to middle school in a healthy and productive manner. Students will begin by learning about the brain, how it functions and how it continues to change over adolescence. Additionally, they learn how the development and practice of specific skills can influence the brain. Students will come away having developed effective skills and coping strategies, increased their awareness of themselves and others, and improved their readiness to tackle challenges and transitions. 6th graders


May 6th - Mindfulness and the Brain

May 20th - Stress Management and Emotional Regulation

June 3rd - Social Media and Digital Identity

June 10th - Communication Skills, Interpersonal Effectiveness, & Ethical Decision Making


Art - Pastels                                                                                  

Wednesdays or Thursdays 4:15-5:15p

Instructor: Ms. Katerina Perfilieva | $170 for 8 sessions. 

Students will explore the messy but wonderful use of soft pastels in their artwork.  Our artists will stretch their use of line and layers.  They will dare to let go of control and “fix” the elements of still life, landscapes and abstract art.

Location: Art POD. Grades 3-6.

*Wed Dates: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23

*Thurs. Dates: 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24


Authors and Illustrators                                                                                                     

Wednesdays 4:15-5:15p

CRES Instructors: Ms. Scarboro (K-2), Mr. Bittner (3-6) | $135 for 6 sessions. 

Kids will author and illustrate their own books!  The class will learn to construct and edit a full storyline.  They will learn creative ways to use composition, text and pictures to emphasize different parts of a story. This class is based on the 826NYC curriculum for creative and expository writing skills.  It is founded on a belief that great leaps in learning can happen with 1-on-1 attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Printed books may be displayed in the CRES library. 

Location: Mr. Bittner’s room or Ms. Scarboro’s room. Grades K-6.

*Wed. Dates: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9


Before School Investigators                                                                                       

Tuesdays 8:00-9:00a

CRES Instructor: Mr. Cat | $115 for 6 sessions

What better way to start your day than with some mystery and intrigue? This program was created entirely by Colvin Run’s own Mr. Cat through his Learn Scared project.  Students will solve challenging weekly puzzles to earn clues that unlock The Academy School Mystery.  The puzzles and book draw from classic mystery novels and introduce students to a 1920’s boarding school where not everyone is quite who they seem. Location: Art POD. Grades 4-6.

*Tues. Dates: 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8


Chinese Culture & Crafts                                                                                           

Thursdays 4:15-5:15p

Instructor: Xi Chen and Qi Xing | $105 for 6 sessions. 

This 6-week course is designed and taught by our own talented CRES parents. Students will be introduced to everyday spoken Chinese and simplified forms of Chinese characters. Topics will include greetings, numbers, colors, food, family and the Chinese zodiac.  This program combines language learning with a hands-on introduction to Chinese art and culture.  Kids will have the opportunity to try different Chinese snacks and participate in classic Chinese activities such as writing characters, paper-cutting, making a fan and a family book. Kids will love the fun, interactive approach with course materials appropriate for lower elementary school students. No prior language/culture knowledge is required.  Space is limited to the first 15 students to register.  

Location: Library. Grades K-3.

*Thurs. Dates: 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10


Coder Kids                                                                      

Wednesdays 4:15-5:15p or Thursdays 8:00-9:00a  

Instructor: Coder Kids | $160 for 8 sessions. 

Coder Kids lays the foundation for exploratory learning in computer science and offers 3 platforms based on experience and interest.  Our youngest Coder Kids will learn basic principles of algorithmic thinking and problem solving through (1) Kodable, a fun visual programming app that helps children build a strong foundation for their coding journey.  Kids with some coding exposure can choose between: (2) Scratch, a program designed by MIT and Harvard, where Coder Kids will learn to design, implement and test their own animations, stories and games; or (3) Minecraft Mods using Java, where Coder Kids will create Minecraft mods to personalize their Minecraft worlds.

Location: 2nd Floor Computer Lab

Wed PM ideal for Grades K-2 (no coding experience needed); Thurs AM ideal for Grades 3-6 (Scratch & Minecraft).

*Wed Dates: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23

*Thurs. Dates: 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24



Thursdays 4:15-5:15p

Instructor: S. Honganoor | $ 115 for 6 sessions. 

Learn to play the international sport of Cricket as part of the CRES Cricket Club.  Two CRES parent coaches and one assistant will instruct students in the basics of cricket.  Kids will be grouped by age and will be challenged at the appropriate level based on experience. The program will involve the fundamentals of cricket – batting, bowling and fielding – and mini games by age group.  The game will be played using tennis balls and may be played either outdoor or indoor (gym), depending on the weather.  Students will also get an introduction to the history of cricket worldwide.  Equipment will be provided, and each student will get a club t-shirt.

Location: Check-in at Gym, move to basketball courts. Grades 2-6.

*Thurs. Dates: 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10



Wednesdays 8:00-9:00a

CRES Instructor: Ms. Matthews | $90 for 6 sessions. 

Mix learning a lifelong skill with service learning!  Students select a personal project of interest (scarf, blanket, etc.) while also participating in a community donation of blankets. Students will learn basic crochet stitches, common motifs and patterns as they plan their own creations.  

Location: Ms. Matthew's 2nd floor room.  Grades 3-6.

*Wed. Dates: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9


Debate Club (or a 4-week competitive prep option)                                                    

Wednesdays 4:15-5:15p

Debate Club Instructor:  Fairfax Collegiate | $145 for 8 sessions.

Back for a second round, Debate Club 1 introduces new students to parliamentary debate and challenges returning students with new topics.  This program selects issues relevant to young students’ lives, such as the age at which cell phones may be given to kids, if violent video games are appropriate, school uniforms or not, and whether single or mixed gender schools are better.  Students must see both sides of a controversial issue, construct arguments and rebuttals, and learn the difference between what is said and what is heard on a first-hand basis.  The rule structure begins less rigid than standard parliamentary debate as students work up to more formal debates by the end of the class. Students will develop public speaking, critical reasoning, argument construction, rebuttal, and evidence presentation skills.  All levels of experience are welcome. Students are encouraged to bring their own computer or ipad

Location: Library. Grades 4-6

*Wed. Dates: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23


Competitive Prep Debate Instructor: J.W. Strassberg  | $75 for 4 sessions. 

This spring there will be a small-group, advanced debate program open to 5th and 6th grade students with some debate experience. This class (max 6 students) tackle advanced issues in science and technology.  It will be led by a former CRES and current TJ HS debate student and his parent.  J.W. will expose students to how competitive debates are structured. They will also have a chance to debate in front of a mock panel. Competitive Prep Debate requires one session of Debate 1 or the equivalent. Students are encouraged to bring their own computer or ipad.  Please note that some time may be required outside of class to research and practice speeches. 

Please inquire if your student is interested in participating in the full 8-weeks Debate Club (4 weeks of Competitive Debate, followed by 4 weeks of Debate Club).

Location: Library. Grades 5-6.

*Wed. Dates: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25


Design Squad Global (plus Design Squad Junior)                                        

Tuesdays or Thursdays 8:00-9:00a

CRES Instructors: Ms. Baker & Ms. McIlhenney (DS Jr); Ms. Blackwell & Ms. Allen (DSG) | $95 for 6 sessions. DSG is back with 6 NEW hands-on challenges!  This STEM inspired program sparks the inventive spirit of kids to “Invent It, Build It.”  Students will think creatively about how inventions improve our lives and help build a better world.  Past inventions include a confetti launcher, a get moving game, a convenient carrier, a zip line delivery system, a rubber band and motorized car and a speedy emergency shelter. Tuesday AM in McIlhenney’s room (DS Junior) for Grades K-2; Thursday AM in STEAM lab (DSG) for Grades 2-6

*Tues. Dates: 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8

*Thurs. Dates: 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10



Wednesdays 8:00-9:00a

CRES Instructor: Ms. Allen | $85 for 6 sessions.  

These small classes (2-6 students) allow students to think critically and creatively to break a code and unlock a mystery box.  Students will untangle different math and science-based clues each week.  Emphasis is placed on strategy, game theory and decision-making.  

Location: 3rd Grade POD. Grades 2-6.

*Wed. Dates: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9


Fencing for Young Jedi                                                                                                  

Fridays 4:15-5:15p

Instructor: Fencers Club | $165 for 7 sessions. 

Classes are conducted in the discipline of epee.  Students will focus on the fundamentals of fencing including footwork, handwork, strategy and rules of fencing.  Classes will include group exercises as well as drills in pairs and bouting.  Age-appropriate games and activities build on conditioning, speed and endurance and also emphasize critical thinking and quick decision-making.  At the end, a tournament will be held at Nova Fencing Club using electric fencing equipment.  All levels of experience are welcome.  Location: Kindergarten POD. Grades 1-6.

*Fri. Dates: 4/6, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25


Flag Football                                                                                                                 

Mondays 4:15-5:15p

CRES Instructor: Mr. Henry | $85 for 6 sessions. 

Join Mr. Henry after-school to learn and practice the fundamentals of flag-football through age-appropriate skills and drills. Students will run, pass and score in this fun, no contact game.  Students will build performance and ability, as well as teaching sportsmanship values that extend far beyond the playing field. Location: Meet in the gym and move to CRES fields. Grades 5-6.

*Mon. Dates: 4/9, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21


Indonesian Arts & Crafts                                                                                            

Tuesdays 4:15-5:15p

CRES Instructor: Anita Ellis with support from the Indonesian Embassy & Rumah Indonesia | $115 for 8 sessions.

Students will learn Batik, a method (originally used in Java) of producing colored designs on textiles by dyeing them, having first applied wax to the parts to be left undyed. Teachers will touch upon how music, harmony and teamwork are part of this beautiful culture. Students may have a chance to listen or play Angklung, a set of Indonesian musical instruments made of bamboo.

Location: Art Room. Grades 3-6.

*Tues Dates: 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22


Middle School Prep Breakfast Club                                                                                 

Tuesdays 8:00-9:00a

Instructors: Tracie Epes and Cate Riihimaki from The Madeira School | $175 for 6 sessions

Middle School is right around the corner!  These instructors bring over 32 years of experience with middle and high schoolers to our rising 7th graders, to help with the developmental, academic and social transitions ahead. This skills-based program will prepare students with productive and healthy ways to navigate the wide range of issues facing today’s youth.  They will address common ethical dilemmas in middle school, the challenges of social media, an awareness of how their teenage brain will change, how mindfulness and a growth mindset can shape success, and other critical life topics.  Students will come away with more developed coping strategies, an increased awareness of themselves and others, and a readiness to tackle the transition ahead. Group facilitators will provide weekly updates to parents on the specific topics and skills practiced so parents can continue these discussions at home. Light breakfast options (muffins, fruit, etc.) will be provided weekly to add to these morning discussions.    Location: Teacher's Lounge.  Grades: Designed for 6th graders, 5th welcome if space is available.

*Tues. Dates: 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8


Run Club                                                                                                                

Thursdays 8:15-9:00a 

CRES Instructors: K. Bunch, J. Seiler, T. Abernathy | $150 for 8 sessions. 

Spring is time to get outdoors and in shape!  Come Thursday mornings to train as part of the Colvin Runners.  Students build endurance and confidence, and learn to push themselves further than they thought possible, while having fun with their friends.  The students will build towards a timed 5K by the end of the session.  The Colvin Runners are always well represented in the CRES fun run.  Coaches will also invite students and their families to run an official 5K in May, where the students can wear their well-earned Colvin Runners shirts as a team.  Please note 8:15 am start time.

Location: Check-in front lobby and move to CRES fields.  Grades 3-6.

*Thurs. Dates: 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24



Fridays 4:15-5:15p

Instructor: Eugenia Williams | $145 for 7 weeks. 

Students will learn about Spanish Language and Culture in a relaxed and fun environment.  They will cover basic reading and communication skills all while learning "brush strokes" of history and culture of Spain and Latin America.  Students will learn to engage in short conversations, present cultural facts and make some native crafts.  They will make some very simple snacks for Cinco de Mayo.  No prior knowledge of Spanish is required. 

Location: Library. Grades 1-6.

*Fri. Dates: 4/6, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25


Typing Skills                                                                                                             

Mondays 8:00-9:00a

Instructor: Spark Business Academy | $135 for 6 sessions. 

Work smarter by learning how to type!  As school work becomes increasingly performed in computers, today’s busy students can be more efficient by learning to type.  Finish your homework in half the time!  Students use a personalized system that allows them to progress at their own pace.  In this practical class, students learn to type with a mix of typing lessons, drills, games and tests. Instant accuracy feedback after every lesson.  Move from beginner, to intermediate to advanced and earn badges for every level conquered!

Location: Library. Grades 3-6. 

*Mon. Dates: 4/9, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21 


Young Chefs                                                                                                                

Mondays 4:15-5:15p

CRES Instructor: Ms. Javaid | $125 for 6 sessions. 

Sometimes the trick to getting your children to eat healthy is to teach them to cook by themselves.  Students will learn to fix healthy after-school snacks while developing quantitative skills through recipe measurements.  They will learn proper food handling techniques as well as food conservation methods.  Each week, they will add a new recipe and shopping list to their personal cookbooks.  

Location: Teacher’s Lounge. Grades 3-6.

*Mon. Dates: 4/9, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21




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