All of our enrichment programs are available because of our amazing parent volunteers that synergize in coordinating and coaching these great programs. We are always looking to bring new programs to the school so please let us know if you have a hobby or idea of a program you would like to lead at Longacre or if you are interested in helping out with any of our current enrichments, please contact LongacrePTAenrichments@gmail.com or LongacrePTAsecretary@gmail.com.
Destination Imagination (DI) is a creative problem-solving program. Teams of students create, write and produce a presentation based on a challenging theme that is provided. There are seven challenges teams can choose from including Technical, Scientific, Engineering, Improv, Fine Arts, Service Learning and Early Learning.
Additional information on DI http://www.destinationimagination.org/
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a STEM-based partnership of FIRST and LEGO Group that focuses on different real-world topics related to the sciences, while developing team-building, critical thinking, and collaborative skills. Open to current 4th and 5th graders, students conduct research projects and design autonomous robots that carry out missions related to the topic. Teams can take their project to local competitions and with success, compete at the national level.
FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr.) is a non-competitive robotics program designed for K-3rd grade. Jr. FLL teams conduct small research projects and make models out of LEGO elements to illustrate one part of the science-based topic. As an introductory program to FIRST, our Junior FLL teams will use their current skills to problem solve, collaborate on an idea, express that idea on a poster board and develop a model with LEGO to express it. They will have the opportunity to present their idea and work at local expos.
National website: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll
PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts. The theme for the 2020-2021 program year is I Matter Because…
Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.
Student winners from the local level have the opportunity to move up through their district, region, council and state PTA programs to the national level. National Reflections winners are announced in May and celebrated annually at National PTA’s Convention & Expo in June.
Mathematics Pentathlon ® is a program of interactive problem-solving games that strengthens basic math concepts and skills. Key attributes are conceptual understanding, computational and logical reasoning. Students of varying abilities and learning styles are motivated to enjoy math. We offer this program in classrooms and as a competitive math club. Math Pentathlon Tournaments are held in the spring. http://www.mathpentath.org/
Word Masters Challenge improves vocabulary skills using analogies. This program develops verbal reasoning abilities, addresses higher-order thinking skills (HOTS) and emphasizes logic and reading comprehension. This enrichment activity is available for 3rd through 5th graders.
Art Smart is an in-class art appreciation program. The mission of Art Smart is to:
- Foster a sense of appreciation and critical thinking about each artist or artwork.
- Help the students understand why the art is notable.
- Expose students to famous artists or artwork they are likely to encounter in their daily lives.
Each session focuses on one artist or specific piece of art. The session includes a short lecture, discussion, and a simple hands-on activity that reinforces the lesson.
Parent volunteers are needed in each classroom for once a month art smart sessions.
Junior Optimists is a student led community service-based group working to promote positive change in their community. Students choose and plan their own projects, develop leadership skills and experience by running the meetings with a parent adviser at the meeting. Meetings are held once a month.
The Optimist Creed
- To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
- To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
- To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
- To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
- To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
- To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
- To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
- To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
- To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
- To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.