Carrie Martin Enrichment Activities

    This year Carrie Martin will have several enrichment activities to provide fun learning opportunities for our children. These are run by parent volunteers and any fees will cover program costs. Because of limited availability, some of the clubs will require an application so we can ensure students are able to attend consistently and follow Carrie Martin school expectations. Students who do not attend consistently or cannot follow school expectations may be asked to leave enrichment clubs. If you have any questions, please contact Ann Pakenham at volunteerCMES@gmail.com.

    STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)

    This is an after-school program open to 3rd-5th grades.  It is a science program offered free-of-charge and will be held on the third Wednesday of the month from 4-5pm.  The kids will have an exciting time learning different areas of science and have a hands-on experiment to complete.  Topics include rockets, rocks, volcanoes, weather, insects, and robotics.  The class is limited to 15 students and a flyer will come home the week prior for students to indicate interest in attending. They can attend one or all, each topic is independent. However, they will need to prioritize which class they’d like to attend since space is limited.


    Robotics Club

    This is an after school program focused on the engineering design process.  Students will participate in a number of engineering challenges and will use their imaginations and planning skills to create, improve and re-create and then share their engineering solution with their friends. They will use Legos, motors, scanners, infrared sensors, computer programming, and work as a team to solve these challenges. Kids will learn about engineering in a fun and creative environment without them even realizing it. There will be a fall group and a spring group, limited to 7-8 students each from 2nd and 3rd grade. Meeting time will be once a week from 3:47-5pm. A fee will be charged to help cover equipment cost (estimate $25-$35).


    Battle of the Books

    This will be a team of seven 5th graders who will read from a set list of books and come together once a week during lunch, to demonstrate their abilities and discuss their knowledge of the books they have read. In January, they will compete at the Loveland Public Library once a week with students from other schools to determine who knows these books the best, with the final competition being held mid-February. If your student is in 5th grade, loves to read, and has a knack for recalling stories, they will love being part of our team. Help us give Carrie Martin bragging rights to being Reader Leaders! We will try to get books donated, but there may be a small fee to buy books. 


    Technology Club

    Starting October 30th, we will be holding a before-school Technology Club every Friday morning starting at 7:30am for 4th and 5th graders. We will be working on computer programming projects using Scratch, HTML and Python. These projects will be iterative and build on previous weeks and involve some teamwork. As such, a commitment is necessary when registering for Technology Club. We will be conducting two 11 week project sessions that will run through the remainder of the academic year. There will be a maximum of 8 students allowed in each session.  Interested students will fill out an application. We do not anticipate a fee for this club and will use the technology lab.


    Destination Imagination

    The DI program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament. There will be 2 teams of up to 7 members each meeting Thursday after school from November through March. This club requires a firm time commitment because if a member drops out, they cannot be replaced. There will be a $25 fee to cover solution materials.


    Staff Sponsored Activities

    The following activities are sponsored by Carrie Martin staff and more information will be available as the programs start.

    • Choir is for 4th and 5th graders and will meet Thursday afternoons this fall from 3:10-4:10 p.m.
    • Student Lighthouse Council is for 4th and 5th graders. Meeting times TBD.
    • Yearbook
    District Sponsored Activities

    The following activities are sponsored by Thompson school district and all students may participate, even if there isn’t a local school club. You can find out more information at the district website http://thompsonschools.org under “Academics” then “Extracurricular Enrichment”.

    • Chess Tournament
    • Science Fair**
    • Spelling Bee

     **(Carrie Martin PTO also sponsors a science fair in January/February, and the district science fair is typically held in January)