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After School Activities

After School Activities are a variety of enrichment classes offered through The Fay School's partnership with local teaching professionals. The cost of these classes varies. Currently, the costs range from $300-$600, depending on the subject matter and length of the class. Most classes are offered once a week for an hour. Some classes meet twice a week and some classes meet for two hours.

Registration for these programs is available to currently enrolled students. Registration for the fall semester (August-December) begins in July and registration for the spring semester (January-May) begins in November. Our After School Activities program does not operate during school holidays.

After School Activity registration is held online through the Extended Day Registration Module, which can also be accessed through our Online Parent Portal.

View our Fall 2017 After School Activities Program Brochure.

If you have questions about these programs or registration, please contact Emily Benton, Extended Day Coordinator at ebenton@thefayschool.org or 713-681-8300 ext. 8915.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Primary

Spanish Day 1
Junior Athletes
Tennis

Lego Engineering
Young Picassos
Gymnastics

Ballet & Jazz
Spanish Day 2
Taekwondo

Soccer
Drama
Imaginations at Work
Space Science & Bio-Exploration

Imaginations at Work
Creative Chefs
Soccer
Tennis

Kindergarten

Junior Athletes
Creative Chefs

Lego Engineering
Space Science and Bio-Exploration

Ballet & Jazz
Taekwondo

Soccer
Drama

Tennis
Young Picassos

First Grade
Tennis
Fencing

Robotics
Ceramics

Archery
Ballet & Jazz
Taekwondo

Sports
Musical Theatre
​Cullinary Club

Sewing
Chess

Second Grade

Tennis
Fencing

Robotics
Ceramics

Archery
Ballet & Jazz
Movie Production and Website Design
Taekwondo

Sports
Musical Theatre
Culinary Club

Chess 
Sewing

Third Grade

Fencing
Tennis

Sports
Robotics
Ceramics

Ballet & Jazz
Movie Production and Website Design
Archery

Musical Theatre
Culinary Club

Chess
Sewing

Fourth Grade

Tennis
Fencing
Forensic Science Chemistry Lab and Biological Science

Sports
Robotics
Ceramics

Ballet & Jazz
Archery

Musical Theatre
Culinary Club

Chess
Sewing

Fifth Grade

Tennis
Fencing
Forensic Science Chemistry Lab and Biological Studies

Sports
Robotics
Ceramics

Archery
Ballet & Jazz
​ISEE Readiness

Musical Theatre
Culinary Club
​ISEE Readiness

Chess
Sewing


New! Musical Theatre (Elementary)

Does your child have a dramatic streak? Do they love to sing? We’ve got something just perfect for them. HITS Theatre brings their wildly popular musical theatre class to The Fay School this fall! Students will be diving into the classic tale, The Wizard of Oz. Join HITS Theatre as we introduce students to character development, props, singing, choreography, and performing in Musical Theatre! Watch your child come to life as they perform songs like, "Yellow Brick Road," "If I Only Had a Brain,” and "We Are Off to See the Wizard.” Register now!

New! Investigative Science Lab: Space Science and Bio-exploration (Primary & Kindergarten)

This course covers everything from Space to Biology. Subject matter includes everything from moon rocks and rock cycles, to planets and plants, to spacecraft to animal habitats. This class totally rocks!

New! Investigative Science Lab: Forensic Science Chem Lab and Biological Science with Dissection (4th & 5th)

A truly investigative hands-on science lab where the first half focuses on the forensic science and learning about how science is used in modern day crime solving. The second half is all about biological sciences where students will learn about the human anatomy and DNA composition and then end the semester with an actual heart dissection lab.

New! Graphic and Video Design: Movie Production and Website Design (2nd & 3rd grades)

#QuietOnTheSet #Action This start of this course jumps straight into movie creation. Students will cooperatively tackle fun movie prompts. They will create the storyline, script, film, and even edit their own IDEA Short Films and commercials. The next cog focuses on website design and functionality. The culminating project will be a mock movie critic site based off the movies from the first half of the semester.

Culinary Club: Cooking Essentials and Baking (Elementary)

Watch as our mobile kitchen comes straight to your classroom! Students will measure, mix, pour, chop, and dice through different recipes as they gain kitchen confidence. The young chefs will concoct one sweet or savory dish each meeting.

Creative Chefs (Primary & Kindergarten)

Are your children always asking to help cook or bake in the kitchen? If so, then Creative Chefs is perfect for your child. Every chef will learn skills such as kitchen hygiene, kitchen safety, and utensil skills. Throughout the semester, chefs will create appetizers, main entrees, side dishes, salads, and desserts. Creative Chefs will also explore different cultures learning about and creating different foods from different parts of the world throughout the semester.

Fencing (Elementary)

The elegant sport of fencing, always popular in Europe, is now gaining phenomenal popularity in the United States and in the Houston area. Many Americans are discovering the benefits of fencing, such as helping young people gain admission and scholarships to prestigious universities as well as providing a life-long sport in which physique and age are not limitations.

Sewing (Elementary)

This class is designed for creators! Learn to sew your own clothes, pillows, and accessories. In this class, your child will learn how to use the sewing machine, how to hand stitch and hand embroidery, sew on buttons, they'll learn to pin, cut and baste fabric. Sewing will teach them hand and eye coordination, as well as hand dexterity. The projects are all fun and simple and the instructor, Martha Olmos, will provide sewing machines during the class.

Tennis Stars Academy (Primary)

Tennis Stars Academy is offering tennis to our students. All equipment for the class is provided, and in each class the coach incorporates games, fun, independent hitting, and teamwork. Athletes will work on stroke development, technique, hand/eye coordination, core strengthening, footwork, movement, and increasing cardio and stamina. Children not only learn the game of tennis, but they acquire skills and have fun in the process! Tennis develops gross motor control through court movement and ball striking, fine motor control through finessed drop shots and angled volleys, balance and body coordination, all while building acceleration, leg strength, agility, and flexibility.

Archery (Elementary)

Our Archery coaches are coming back from summer camp to bring us this exciting new program! This program is a physical education curriculum designed to teach international-style target archery. The core content covers archery, history, safety, techniques, equipment, mental concentration, and self-improvement. Archery is a lifetime sport that can improve focus, encourage patience, and instill self-confidence in your child. All equipment is provided by the coaches.

Ballet & Jazz (Primary, Kindergarten, and Elementary)

Your child will dance with delight all semester. Their ballet and jazz moves will impress you at the end of the year recital after participating in the Fay School Ballet and Jazz class. Students are taught fundamental Ballet and Jazz skills in this class. For class, students need to have: a leotard (any color), pink leather ballet shoes for girls/black leather ballet shoes for boys, and tights (optional). Students must be registered in the spring semester to participate in the recital at the end of the year.

Ceramics (Elementary)

This class is designed for students who have an interest in working with clay, and gives students experiences in making functional as well as sculptural pieces, using a variety of techniques. Well thought out forms, designs and functional uses along with good craftsmanship are emphasized. Development of technical skills and artistic vocabulary will include scoring, slipping, hand building (slab, coil, and pinch techniques), bisque firing, painting, and glazing, plus the endless alternative possibilities involved with clay.

Chess (Elementary)

Our program offers chess lessons to students of all skill levels and encourages fair and friendly play. On day one, overall skill will be assessed and will set the curriculum for the year. The following lessons will ensure that every student has a solid grasp of the fundamentals of chess: Piece movement, piece value, setting up the board, and basic algebraic notation. From there, we will learn basic checkmates, simple openings and tactics. Chess is a timeless and endlessly beneficial game for all ages. Learning chess at a young age is proven to help improve focus, strategy, and critical thinking. Students will also learn good sportsmanship and hopefully develop a love for a game that lasts a lifetime.

Drama (Primary and Kindergarten)

Main Street Theater’s classes at The Fay School offer the chance for young actors and actresses to explore new worlds, build confidence, and have lots of fun! We are looking for: good team players, movie fans, avid readers, sports fans, brainiacs, shy kids, pirates, princesses and born performers—anyone who has ever imagined their own adventure! What you will need: your body, your voice, and your imagination! Our energetic, professional teachers are ready to help your students explore theater! They are actors, directors and educators, and they are experienced at working with students of all skill levels to help them create an original play. Mark your calendar now for the performances on the last day of class!

Gymnastics (Primary)

Tumbling Stars will be returning to The Fay School this fall with fun and exciting gymnastics classes. If your child would like to learn how to run and tumble, jump high off the vault, swing and slip on the bars, and balance on the balance beam, do not miss this class. Tumbling Stars coaches not only have years of experience and training in the sport of gymnastics, but they know how to have a great time. Using relay races, gymnastics circuits, and games, students are sure to learn a lot while having a blast.

Imaginations At Work (Primary)

Improve your child’s literacy skills through Imaginations at Work. During this class, children are given the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities and learning experiences to build and improve vocabulary, phonological skills, word recognition, narrative skills, letter knowledge, and storytelling. This is a learning experience that not only improves literacy skills, but also builds self-confidence while empowering children to use their own creativity to stimulate their imaginations. About the Instructor: Joan Katrib has designed our Imaginations at Work classes. She is currently a primary assistant teacher at The Fay School and has mentored with The Rice Literacy Project for over 20 years. Mrs. Katrib loves teaching because she enjoys inspiring children to use their imaginations while learning in a fun and meaningful way. Through creating and acting in stories, children retain the information learned during the class. She loves to share stories with children and listen to their own stories from their imaginations at work.

Junior Athletes (Primary and Kindergarten)

In Junior Athletes, your child’s physical needs are enhanced and developed through a variety of organized, fun and safe recreational sports and games. In each class the children are engaged in one of our many fun, safe activities. Some of the benefits of physical activity are development of strong muscles, healthy cardiovascular systems, burn fat, build confidence, increase productivity and of course use up their abundant energy. Scheduled activities include but are not limited to Chinese freeze tag, obstacle course, dodge ball elimination, tug of war, capture the flag, Tae Kwon Do classes and much more.

Junior Tae Kwon Do (Primary and Kindergarten)

In this program, students will practice the awesome fundamentals of martial arts. Learn self-control, confidence, discipline, and respect while also strengthening your physical capabilities. Students will enjoy the benefits of: cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, agility, flexibility, discipline, and confidence. At the end of the semester, students will have a greater degree of self-control, learning lessons against aggression, and how to positively respond to his/her fellow classmates. Most importantly, students will have fun! Cost of the class includes belt testing fees and a uniform.

Lego Engineering & Robotics (Primary, Kindergarten, and Elementary)

This course is designed for the young engineer in your life. In Lego Engineering, children will learn to build simple machines using gears, levers and pulleys and then motorize these machines using Lego and KNEX educational kits and curriculum while building math and science skills. Children will learn how to apply engineering principals to everything they build. In each class, students will build a new and exciting machine and watch it work! Children will understand why a machine works and will learn how to manipulate a machine to go faster or slower. In Robotics, children are able to all this and more by adding motors to projects. Classes are progressive and build on one another. Literacy skills are improved by memorizing poems with hand motions about gears, levers and pulleys to reinforce how they work and what they do. Fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, imagination and confidence will increase in this fun-filled atmosphere.

Spanish (Primary)

The progressive Let’s Learn Spanish! Curriculum will aid in immersion and increasing knowledge of the Spanish language. Students will be actively involved in experiences with the Spanish language through music, games and hand-on activities. Learning about cultural customs and arts of Spanish speaking countries will be presented in a fun, positive way. Students take home and keep a Let’s Learn Spanish! CD and the entire family can learn and review Spanish together. Younger students will build confidence while learning with puppets and interactive activities. Older students will have a expressive experience gaining knowledge about Spanish lifestyle by such activities as making a commercial and performing skits in Spanish. All students will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fiesta, complete with musical instruments, dancing and a piñata. Spanish classes are offered on Monday and Wednesday (students are expected to attend both class days).

Soccer (Primary and Kindergarten)

Our soccer coaches focus on developing a new skill each class. The program works on coordination with and without the ball. Every student has his or her own ball at all times which allows each child to practice and play at the appropriate level. Children will decorate a soccer ball that will be theirs to take home at the end of the session

Sports (1-2 grade and 3-5 grade)

Coach Carter Ayers is offering the Sports class for boys and girls, and everyone is encouraged to come out for a great time! Classes will consist of soccer, basketball, and baseball/softball. Each class will focus on the proper technique of throwing, catching, kicking, running, and other coordination and developmental skills for these sports. Join your friends for a good game today!

Young Picassos (Primary and Kindergarten)

Our mission is to promote compassion, empathy, self-esteem, trust, authenticity, and confidence through engaging, fun art projects. Young Picassos creates an enriched environment that fosters personal growth and self-image for children ages 3 and older. We believe the creative process in artistic self-expression can help children learn to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, and increase self-esteem. Young Picassos inspires true creativity and gives children their first “brushes” with imagination and self-confidence.

Outside Programs

 

ISEE PreP

In the ISEE Lower Level Workshop your child learns test-taking strategies that meet the standards of the exam used for middle school admissions. This workshop focuses on problem solving, verbal reasoning, reading comprehension, writing skills, quantitative reasoning, and mathematical achievement. Tutorville provides students with the strategies and testing practices needed to reach his or her highest potential on the Lower Level ISEE.

Instructor: Jess Rogers, President and CEO of Tutorville

TutorVille, LLC, was founded by Jess Rogers. A graduate of Houston Baptist University, Ms. Rogers earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media and Speech Communications and a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education. She has been a teacher, educator. and private tutor in Houston for more than ten years. While serving as a full-time math teacher, Ms. Rogers became a private tutor to help struggling students and discovered that tutoring was her true passion. In 2009, she decided to focus wholly on identifying, assembling, and coaching private tutors in the Houston area who share her enthusiasm and are committed to cultivating a lifelong love of learning.

The Fay School Piano Studio

The Fay School Piano Studio offers private piano lessons after school to students in Primary II- 5th grade. Lessons are offered once a week and the cost is $45/30-min lesson. Students must have a piano at home and are expected to practice at least three days a week. Primary II students will be tested prior to enrollment in order to determine readiness. The program covers a wide variety of musical aspects, such as music reading, basic piano technique, musicianship, and performance. Students perform in two recitals a year. In addition, the advantages of taking piano lessons include discipline, ability to focus, fine motor skills, ear training, and hand-eye coordination.

Our instructors are Dr. Beatriz Pimentel and Dr. Karina Praxedes. Please send inquiries to the Fay School Piano Studio at pianoatfay@gmail.com.

Instructors:

Dr. Karina Praxedes

A native of Brazil, Dr. Praxedes has been a piano instructor at The Fay School since 2005. She loves teaching the little ones the fun of reading music at the piano. Her teaching approach emphasizes sight-reading skills, a basic piano technique, and recital preparation.

Dr. Praxedes is a staff collaborative pianist at The Moores School of Music at The University of Houston, and Music Associate at Westbury United Methodist Church.

She is proficient in a wide variety of musical styles and has extensive training in chamber music and accompanying. Her past experiences include a piano faculty position at the Music School at UFRN, accompanist for Madrigal da UFRN, and also for Concert Chorale at U of H. In addition, she did a series of recitals throughout Brazil and England with an entirely Brazilian program in 2003, which originated her album entitled Ciclo Brasileiro.

Dr. Praxedes earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil, where she studied with Myriam Ciarlini. She finished her Master of Arts degree at Campinas State University, in São Paulo, and completed her Doctorate in Piano Performance/Collaborative Arts at the University of Houston.

Dr. Praxedes shares life with her husband and their two boys. They like to chill out on Saturdays and enjoy escaping from Houston heat in the summer to visit family in Brazil.

Dr. Beatriz Pimentel

Beatriz Pimentel was born in Brasília, Brazil, where she received her early musical education. She obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Brasília, a Master of Music degree from the University of Wyoming, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance, Chamber Music and Collaborative Arts from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where she was a student of Nancy Weems and Tim Hester.

Dr. Pimentel has held a private piano studio at The Fay School since 2001, where she helped develop an after-school piano program focused on music reading, technique, and performance skills. Her main goal is to instill the love of music in young children through a fun yet disciplined private lesson program, and to offer this opportunity to children of all levels and abilities.

Dr. Pimentel has received various awards in national and international piano competitions, performed in master classes, international music festivals, and cultural radio programs, besides performing extensively as a recitalist, orchestra soloist and professional accompanist. Besides teaching and performing, Dr. Pimentel has also worked as organist, pianist, and choir accompanist at churches. When she is not teaching, Dr. Pimentel enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, exploring the beautiful Texas outdoors.