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After-School Programs

William Penn Elementary School offers a variety of programs for students after school. Some programs run every week all year long and others are weekly for just a few months. Students will receive registration forms for any programs they are eligible for. All forms must be returned by the due date and some programs accept students on a first come first served basis due to limited space. 

If you have any questions about these programs, please contact the Community School office. 

Greer Hockemeier

Community School Coordinator

ghockemeier@basdschools.org

610-694-0116 ext. 19920

Marie Brown

Activities Coordinator

mbrown@basdschools.org

610-694-0116 ext. 19920

 

ArtSmart

This FREE art enrichment program is offered through ArtsQuest. A small group of 4th and 5th grade students are bussed to the Banana Factory Arts Center after school where they engage in art-making activities. All classes are led by professional teaching artists in classrooms and studio spaces at the Banana Factory. 

 

Bike Club

During this FREE program sponsored by the Coalition for Alternate Transportation (CAT), students in 4th and 5th grade learn how to maintain and fix a bike, practice a variety of riding techniques, discuss riding in traffic, learn hand signals, and go for bike rides. Students are encouraged to bring their own bikes and helmets; however, if they do not have any, loaners will be provided.

Cheerleading

In preparation for the annual Turkey Bowl and March Madness, 5th grade students learn cheers they will perform for their classmates at the teacher vs. student football and basketball games. 

Cooking Matters

Hosted by Second Harvest Food Bank, these FREE cooking classes teach 3rd grade students how to cook delicious meals, put together healthy snacks and drinks, and learn to make the best food choices no matter where they are. At the end of the course, students receive a guide of healthy hints, recipes, shopping tips and assorted small kitchen items.

Garden Gnomes

This program is offered to 5th graders and their families who want to help with keeping the outside of William Penn Elementary School looking nice. The program is run by William Penn teachers and meets from 3:40 pm – 4:45 pm one Monday a month throughout the year.  Members work together to plant (when possible), weed, pick up any litter, recycle and to generate ideas about landscape maintenance. All ideas are welcome! 

Girl Scouts

Girls in Kindergarten through 5th grade prepare for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure in a safe, no-limits place designed for and by girls. Through a collection of engaging, challenging and fun activities, the girls have an opportunity to earn badges, build friendships, sell cookies and more. 

Good News Club

This is a FREE, exciting, fun-filled weekly club in which the bible is taught with songs, stories and games to students in 1st through 5th grade. Good News Club teachers are specially trained Christians who talk to students about God’s love, how every person has value and how God can help them do the right thing, find victory in hard times and show love to others. William Penn does not endorse any religion.

Homework Club

During Homework Club, Moravian College tutors help 3rd through 5th grade students complete their homework in ways that extend their understanding and interest. Students have the opportunity to read or play educational games once they have completed their homework.  

Karate

This FREE Japanese martial arts program, offered to students in 2nd and 3rd grade, will improve their strength, coordination, focus, confidence and leadership skills.

Leadership Team

The Student Leadership Team is led by a core group of 3rd through 5th grade students. These students have been elected by their classroom peers or chosen by their teachers. The team serves in leadership roles throughout the school year such as speaking roles during assemblies, being tour guides to new families, welcoming families at family engagement events, and visiting community partners for field trip and volunteer opportunities. These students lead by example and help motivate other William Penn students to do their best.    

Little Aevidum 

The word Aevidum means “I’ve got your back.” This FREE program is for students in 2nd and 3rd grade who are looking to build friendships, spread positivity and have fun! During meetings, students discuss ways to deal with stress, create fun projects, and discuss friendship skills. 

Penn Pacers

Penn Pacers is a William Penn run club offered to 4th and 5th grade students and is run by teachers! The club meets every Tuesday from 3:40 pm – 4:45 pm. The teachers train the students using the popular Couch to 5K app (C25K) with a goal of running a full 5K race (3.1 miles). In addition to running, the group focuses on character development, living a healthy lifestyle, building perseverance, being persistent, keeping positivity and more. The club runs several 5K races throughout the fall and spring.     

Push the Rock

This is a FREE Christian based athletic program offered to boys in kindergarten through 2nd grade. Students are taught different sports while incorporating sportsmanship and teamwork into the activities. William Penn does not endorse any religion.

Safety Patrol

A select group of 5th graders help William Penn students cross streets before and after school.  The program helps students learn skills necessary for the transition to middle school like responsibility, time management and communication skills. 

Swim Lessons

FREE swim lessons are offered to students in 3rd – 5th grade in the spring at Liberty High School. Classes are usually held on a Saturday morning.

 

TechGYRLS

William Penn 4th and 5th grade girls learn about robotics and coding through the use of programs called Lighbot and Scratch. They learn to think like engineers and get the opportunity to show off their projects at the TechEXPO to their families. It is about girls helping girls become their best selves through this FREE, fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program. Outside speakers and field trips are also offered to TechGYRLS during the year.   

Yoga

This FREE program, offered to students in 3rd through 5th grade, teaches relaxation and breathing techniques as well as mindfulness strategies. Yoga helps students increase focus, flexibility, muscle strength and energy.