After School

Minicourses

Minicourses are an extension of Lowell's After Care Program and are designed to compliment a rigours day of academic learning. By Providing students with invaluable opportunities to explore, Minicourses help sustain students' curiosity and creativity. There are courses for children of all ages, although most offerings are geared toward Pre-Primary and Primary School children. Five sessions of 6-week courses are offered each year, and selections vary from session to session.

Current Offerings

Mondays

Bead It: Join Nuria for a special beading art class. Be ready to stretch your creativity and learn new beading patterns and techniques. Beading is just plain FUN, and fun is good for kids! Create necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more that will make you look like a star.
Time–3:45-4:45 pm
Grade–1-4
Cost–$150

Woodworking with Mario: Join Lowell Art Teacher Mario Argueta for woodworking in Lowell’s woodshop. Children will learn how to handle tools safely and what each tool does.
Time–4:00-5:00 pm
Grade–PP
Cost–$150

New Dance Institute II (Sept 11-Dec 16): Elly Porter will present ballet and modern dance in a way that allows children to be children while encouraging them to learn to express themselves through dance. Loose-fitting clothes are required. An informal performance is scheduled for spring in the dance studio.
Time–3:45-4:45 pm
Grade–3-5
Cost–$260

Healthy Living: This activity-based curriculum will help students understand the connection between food and health. Activities include identifying food and nutrients, taste tests, and food demonstrations. Students will learn about health challenges in their communities, begin to make healthier food choices, and learn how food can be healing.
Time–3:45-4:45 pm
Grade–1-3
Cost–$150


Tuesdays

Beginning Chess: Chess makes you smarter; we make it fun! Liz Sadoff returns to teach chess for beginners. This course introduces students to basic chess techniques and strategies and helps them develop piece movement and checkmating skills.
Time–3:30-4:00 pm
Grade–K-5
Cost–$50

Beginners/Intermediate Chess: Chess makes you smarter; we make it fun! Liz Sadoff returns to teach chess for beginners/low intermediate. This course will help students to develop and master basic chess techniques and strategies involving how to move their pieces and checkmate their opponents.
Time–4:00-5:00 pm
Grade–K-5
Cost–$130

Advanced Chess: Chess makes you smarter; we make it fun! Liz Sadoff returns to teach advanced chess techniques and strategies for more advanced students.
Time–5:00-6:00 pm
Grade–K-5
Cost–$130

Yoga with Nuria: Yoga at an early age promotes self-esteem and body awareness. Children derive enormous benefits from this non-competitive physical activity. It enhances their flexibility, strength, and coordination. Also, it improves concentration and encourages calmness and relaxation.
Time–5:00-6:00 pm
Grade–PP
Cost–$130

New Dance Institute I (Sept 11-Dec 16): Elly Porter will present ballet and modern dance in a way that allows children to be children while encouraging them to learn to express themselves through dance. Loose-fitting clothes are required. An informal performance is scheduled for spring in the dance studio.
Time–3:45-4:45 pm
Grade–K-2
Cost–$260


Wednesdays

Bricks 4 KidZ II: Develop teamwork, creativity, and problem-solving skills in this class, which builds on the popularity of LEGO® bricks and delivers high-quality educational play. Each hour-long class is a fun, enriching experience. Kids create new projects each week.
Time–2:15-3:15 pm
Grade–K-1
Cost–$150

Kids & Money: An experiential course on money, taking students through the decision-making process of earning, spending, saving and investing. Students will be guided through this experiential life course on money. Each student will take on a role of a young adult potentially ready to make life decisions using money concepts which they will learn in class.
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Time–2:15-3:15 pm
Grade–3-5
Cost–$150

Stitch It Sewing and Fashion: Are you looking for a fun and creative way for students to express themselves? Well, Stitch It Fashion and Sewing is the class! Students will learn: various age-appropriate hand and machine sewing techniques, the science of fabrics, the technology of the machine and its functions, how to engineer a project and make them unique.
Time–2:15-3:15 pm
Grade–1-3
Cost–$150


Thursdays

Yoga with Nuria: Yoga at an early age promotes self-esteem and body awareness. Children derive enormous benefits from this non-competitive physical activity. It enhances their flexibility, strength, and coordination. Also, it improves concentration and encourages calmness and relaxation.
Time–3:45-4:45 pm
Grade–K-2
Cost–$130

Advanced Woodworking with Mario: Join Lowell Art Teacher Mario Argueta for woodworking in Lowell’s woodshop. Children will create a masterpiece to take home at the end of the six weeks.
Time–4:00–5:00 pm
Grade–2–5
Cost–$150

Fridays

Welding with Mario: Middle School students are invited to learn how to weld with Mario.
Time–3:45-4:45 pm
Grade–6-8
Cost–$150

Spanish Clubhouse: Join Nuria for a special art class while learning fun words and songs in Spanish.
Time–2:15–3:15 pm
Grade–PP
Cost–$150

FAQs

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Are there any discounts?

    Students currently enrolled in After Care on the beginning day of their minicourse will receive a $19 discount.

    Students not enrolled in After Care may use our drop-in services following the dismissal of their minicourse up until 6:00 pm for the current drop-in fee of $15.
  • How do students find their Minicourse?

    After dismissal, K-5th grade minicourse students gather in the After Care office. At 3:30 pm instructors escort their students to the minicourse location. Pre-Primary School students are picked up from their classrooms.
  • What happens after Minicourse dismissal?

    Per-Primary School children stay in the Pre-Primary School building for pick-up. Minicourse instructors or an After Care staff person will escort Kindergarten-5th grade students to the After Care office at the end of their classes.

    All minicourse participants should be picked up and signed out within 15 minutes after their course ends.

    Pick-up later than 15 minutes will result in a drop-in fee of $15 billed to the student's parents.
  • What happens if a class needs to be canceled?

    Every effort will be made to give advance notice regarding class cancelations. In the event of individual canceled classes due to inclement weather or otherwise, an additional make-up class will be added.

Have an idea?

Do you have an idea for a Minicourse? We are always open to suggestions from students and parents. Please email your course suggestion and potential instructor names to After Care Director.
1640 Kalmia Road NW
Washington, DC  20012
202-577-2000