2022-23 Clubs and Activities
Willow Springs PTA supports a variety of before and after school clubs at our school or located off-site. The number and type of clubs vary from year to year due to the space limitations at school and volunteers willing to coordinate the activities.
In order for a club to be offered through the PTA, it must have a PTA member volunteer or school staff member willing to coordinate and receive PTA Board and school approval. If there is a club you want to see for your child, please consider volunteering to make it happen!
Have an idea for a club? Awesome! Contact @email.
The PTA is thankful for the volunteers offering the following clubs this year. Details on times, dates and ages served will be sent out through News You Choose as they become available. More information and club details can be found on the PTA website.
Offered to students in grades two to six interested in learning and playing chess. All levels are welcome! Beginners and advanced players! Players are grouped by ability, not age. Rules are taught to beginners and strategies to experienced players.
Chess teaches responsibility, discipline, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Chess players learn how to make the most of their opportunities and how to turn a bad situation to their advantage. They learn not to make excuses for their setbacks, and to win and lose graciously.
Membership in the club includes a weekly club meeting and the opportunity to participate in the Elementary Team League. Chess Club is offered through our partnership with the U.S. Chess Center https://chessctr.org. All instructors are nationally certified chess coaches.
The club meets on Thursdays from 4:15-5:30 p.m. starting September 22-January 19 for the fall semester.
Who: PTA is sponsoring the club led by STEAM Teacher, Carley Fisher-Maltes
The Garden/Farm-to-Table Club is open for third to sixth-graders and meets on Fridays from 4-5:30 p.m. at Willow Springs, starting on September 9. Club participants will learn how to plan, plant, and harvest a garden of native flowers and vegetables. They will also help with the Farmer's Market.
PTA is sponsoring the club led by STEAM Teacher, Carley Fisher-Maltese. Her email address is @email.
The club is full and closed or the Fall.
Willow Springs is hosting a weekly fall farmer's market this year, it will be set up in front of the basketball blacktop from 4:00-4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays starting August 24. Students in the Garden /Farm to Table club will run the event in conjunction with Piney Meadow Farm. The money the students raise through the produce sales will go towards the Garden Club and STEAM activities. Parents are encouraged to park in the adjacent neighborhood and walk over to pick up produce. The market is open in the spring and fall.
Girl Scouts bring their dreams to life and work together to build a better world. Through programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can develop their leadership skills and discover their strengths. They determine their focus and rise to meet new challenges. Perhaps they want to work with an arborist or climb to the top of a tree, become the top student in their class, earn musician or athlete's badges, lace up their boots for a hike, advocate for climate justice, collect supplies for the local food bank, or make life-long best friends. Girls in each troop decide what they want to focus on during the year and how they can collaborate to accomplish their goals.
We have seven Girl Scout Troops with girls from kindergarten through sixth grade at Willow Springs. They usually meet twice a month and have activities they plan together. There are a few activities each year in which all troops participate.
- The VIP Dance is where girls bring a special adult to enjoy an evening of games and music with a DJ.
- World Thinking Day is where troops present information about countries around the world to their peers.
- Juliette Gordon Low's Birthday Party is a dress-up dance party that takes place around Halloween to celebrate the Founder of Girl Scouts/Halloween/Day of the Dead. Food and Funds are collected for food banks and charities.
Good News Club (GNC) is an exciting, fun-filled weekly club for kids in which the Bible is clearly taught with songs, stories, and games. Boys and girls, kindergarten through sixth grade can attend and parents are welcome to participate with their children. The club is sponsored by the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Northern Virginia, they will meet on Tuesdays from 4-5:30 p.m., starting February 7 through April 25, 2023.
Please open the link below to Register for the Club
The Willow Springs PTA is sponsoring the Grade 5-6 Virtual MathCounts Team for the fall/early winter. Team Training is an advanced and challenging way to promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills in mathematics. The club will meet every Friday night from 7-8:30 p.m. starting on 10/14 to the end of the Virginia State MathCounts competition, except holidays and winter break.
You may Register here.
Please contact Mr. Chenggui Chu at @email with any questions.
Interest Form: 5th-6th Grade Mathematical Olympiad Club 2022-2023
Open to fifth and sixth-grade students. Access information through the QR code below or open HERE.
Please get in touch with Nunik Nishanian at [email protected] for more information.
Mindful Math is full for the Fall session.
Willow Springs PTA is sponsoring the Mindful Math Club for current 4th graders who love challenging math, enjoy working on math puzzles, and find different solutions to given problems.
- Mathematically designed games, stories, and puzzles.
- Apply math theories to the real world.
- Apply creative solutions to challenging math problems.
- Discuss advanced concepts NOT in the current curriculum.
- No homework!
Grades three-sixth students were taught how to solve Rubik's cubes simply and efficiently, promoting mathematical planning within a small amount of time as well as memorization skills.
The club is full and closed for the Fall session.
For Grades 2nd-6th
Running Club will take place on Wednesdays from 4:05 p.m.-5:20 p.m. starting 9/21/22
Certified Professional Coaching provided by Coach Vanessa @email
Instruction on running mechanics, strength training, nutrition, pacing, and goal setting
Participants build self-esteem, confidence, and determination
T-shirt, mileage tokens, entry into a 5K, finishers medal, and Post-Run Party
The club is closed for third, fourth, and fifth-grade students.
Division B is for sixth graders and is still open for registration.
Please get in touch with Nunik Nishanian at [email protected] for more information.
Willow Writers Club
Willow Writers is a creative writing club open to WSES students in grades, 4,5, and 6. It is a space for students to write and share creatively, outside of school assignments, with a supportive group. It is not tied to the academic program and there is no fee to participate.
What will students do?
Alternate weeks between a focus lesson and an "open-write" session. Focus lessons will dive into an aspect of writing with related reading examples and exercises. During the open writing sessions, students will write to different prompts, have the opportunity to share their writing with others, and learn how to offer (and receive) feedback. They will explore different genres and styles of writing (poetry, scriptwriting, fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction, blog, essay, memoir, dialogue, etc.).
What will students need?
A notebook and a pen or pencil, or they can bring their own device and type - their choice!
Our Inaugural Willow Writers Anthology was sent to Fox Printing Press at the end of the 2021-22 school year, and has officially been published! It is 58 pages of creative, thoughtful, inspiring writers from both sessions of the club that met in the winter and spring. There's humor, there's a mystery, there's poetry, there's fantasy, there's a memoir, there's everything! Students chose the title “That’s Write!” and submitted artwork/illustrations to go with some of the stories. Students in the club received a hard copy of the book, and all are beyond excited to celebrate these published writers!
Willow Writer's Club
Music Program and Activities
Willow Springs offers Band, Strings, and Chorus instruction for interested students during the school day. Activities that take place during the school day can be seen below.