Our enrichment classes supplement our core curriculum to help students to expand their learning experience.
Embers PK-5th grade students look forward to weekly music classes.
K-5th grade students learn music theory, music history, age-appropriate sacred and secular songs, and a wide range of rhythm games and musical skills. Embers students learn to appreciate music as a part of their lives while developing the skills that enable them to share musical experiences with each other. Performance opportunities include the Christmas Concert and Graduation.
Embers students are given plenty of time for both structured and unstructured physical activity because kinesthetic movement is a critical element to every child’s social, physical, and intellectual development.
To this end, all K – 5th grade students participate in Physical Education class each week.
- The students work on developing motor skills, fitness, and flexibility.
- They learn to practice sportsmanship, teamwork and leadership.
- They do this by playing games, practicing skills, and learning the rules and strategies of the games.
In addition, all K – 5th students have ample opportunities for movement breaks throughout the day. Students enjoy morning and afternoon breaks, as well as a mid-day recess before lunch. Going outside is always the preferred option, weather permitting.
Art classes are taught to all PK-5th grade students on a weekly basis. The philosophy behind Embers’ Art program is based upon the belief that all students learn in very different ways and everyone has gifts. Art class seeks to reach every student by helping each one to discover and use his or her own unique gifts.
With that in mind, the Art program teaches students basic art skills with an eye towards the discovery and appreciation of beauty.
Skills and concepts are reinforced and strengthened with various projects.
Students are exposed to a variety of mediums including; oil pastel, watercolor, tempera painting and collage.
In addition, students are introduced to famous artists and Art History.
In the spirit of service, Embers students complete drawings for Christmas cards and creative projects for the Embers Extravaganza each year.
To help develop academic performance, Chess Scholars offers a Chess program for Grades K-4.
Chess Scholars meets once a week after school on Tuesdays at Embers. Each class consists of a fun, interactive teaching period and guided practice time.
There is a chess competition with prizes at the end of each session. Each student receives a participation medal and chess key chain. The instructors are strong players and dedicated teachers. Chess Scholars has instilled a love of chess in many Embers students.
For more information visit chessscholars.com.
'Spark'-lers Theater Club
The ‘Spark’lers Theatre Club is a fun and creative opportunity for all interested 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Students engage in script writing and improvisation, as well as learn the basics of acting, stage movement and voice projection. Theater Club teaches young actors to develop and understand characterization, learn to take direction from a director, and develop the various skills needed to perform in front of an audience.
In addition to the Extracurricular Program, Embers offers its families an Homework Club where 2nd – 5th-grade students can complete their homework in a quiet environment.
The proctor of this program offers assistance with questions and challenges.
This program is supported by Embers faculty and staff.
Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Band
Embers offers Band class twice a week to all interested Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students.
The students are grouped by ability and attend group band lessons. New band students begin with an instrument match, to determine which instrument they would like to play. Instrument rentals are available through Quinlan & Fabish.
This program offers a fun approach to the first steps in learning to play an instrument.
The students have 2 concerts each year to demonstrate what they have learned.
Embers Fire Choir
Students in grades 2nd thru 5th are able to participate in Embers’ Fire Choir! The Fire Choir helps students develop singing skills and confidence through performances at special school events and Masses.