Clubs and Activities

Menands School is excited to reinstate some extracurricular clubs and sports, on a limited basis, for Grades 3-8. First trimester clubs run through Dec. 10. Club offerings occur after school for one hour and bus transportation home is available. 

An important reminder for parents of elementary students: On any day that there is a change in a student’s regular dismissal procedure, the student must bring a “blue dismissal note” to his or her homeroom teacher. Parents must send in a blue dismissal note on any day that an elementary student stays after for a club, indicating if they will be picked up or take the late bus.

In accordance with District Policy no. 4715, students must remain in good academic standing to participate in extra-curricular activities. Participation in after school activities may be suspended for a period until the students grades improve.

First Trimester Schedule

Monday

  • Cross Country Running – Gr. 7 and 8
  • Drama Club Art Crew – Gr. 6-8
  • Drama Club Productions – Gr. 6-8
  • PE Sports Club – Gr. 3
  • Story Walk Club – Gr. 4
  • Tennis Club – Gr. 5

Tuesday

  • Cross Country Running – Gr. 5
  • Soccer Club – Gr. 7 and 8
  • Basketball Club – Gr. 3

Wednesday

  • Cross Country Running – Gr. 7 and 8
  • Academic Challenge Bowl – Gr. 7 and 8
  • Arts and Crafts Club – Gr. 3
  • PE Sports Club – Gr. 4
  • Tennis Club – Gr. 6

Thursday

  • Cross Country Running – Gr. 6
  • Soccer Club – Gr. 7 and 8
  • Yearbook Club – Gr. 6-8
  • Story Walk Club – Gr. 5

Sports | Clubs

SPORTS

CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING

  • First Trimester: Tuesdays (Gr. 5), Thursday (Gr. 6), and Mondays and Wednesdays (Gr. 7 and 8)
  • Grades: 5-8
  • Coaches: Ms. Ervin and Ms. Merchant 
  • The sport of Cross Country provides students with an opportunity to participate in an activity that encourages physical fitness.  Participants run as individuals working on improving their personal times, distances range from one to two miles. Cross Country is a fun way to get in great physical shape and challenge yourself. Practices will be held outdoors only.

    SOCCER

    • First Trimester: Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Grades: 7-8
    • Coach: Mr. Herrmann
    • Participants will work to improve soccer skills including: passing. Dribbling, shooting and heading, and to work together as a team. Practices will be held outdoors only.

      CLUBS

      ACADEMIC CHALLENGE BOWL

      • First Trimester: Wednesdays
      • Grades 7-8
      • Advisers: Mrs. Ball & Ms. Ervin
      • Academic Challenge Bowl (ACB) is for students who LOVE trivia and enjoy games such as Jeopardy, Who Wants to be A Millionaire, and Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader.  It is an academic competition with a quiz-bowl format; the middle school version of Master Minds.  The meet season, will be conducted during the second trimester.
      • Maximum number of participants is 16.

      ARTS & CRAFTS CLUB

      • First Trimester: Wednesdays
      • Grade 3
      • Advisor: Ms. Devine
      • Students will be provided the opportunity to create a variety of arts and crafts projects, which could include: painting, Popsicle stick baskets, foam art, sand art, photo collages, scrapbooking and more.  All materials will be provided for students.
      • Maximum number of participants is 10.

        BASKETBALL CLUB

        • First Trimester: Tuesdays
        • Grade 3
        • Adviser: Mr. Nevins
        • Club members will learn all of the basic basketball skills, including dribbling, shooting, and defense, along with the rules of play, discipline and teamwork necessary to play the game. While having fun, students will prepare for the next level of community play.
        • Maximum number of participants is 20.

            DRAMA CLUB ART CREW

            • First Trimester: Mondays
            • Grades 6-8
            • Adviser: Ms. O’Connell
            • Students learn the basics of set design, create scenery and props, and carry out their vision for the big stage. Students will work together to design and create the props and scenery for the anticipated Spring Drama Production.
            • Maximum number of participants is 15.

            DRAMA CLUB PRODUCTIONS

              • First Trimester: Mondays
              • Grades 6-8
              • Adviser: Ms. O’Connell
              • Students learn the basics of production for a school production. Students will work together to support  the Drama Club by creating tickets, the program and flyers for the anticipated Spring Drama Production. The club facilitates T-Shirt sales, and inviting area dignitaries to the production.
              • Maximum number of participants is 5.

            P.E. SPORTS INTRAMURALS

            • First Trimester: Mondays (Gr. 3), Wednesdays (Gr. 4)
            • Grades 3-4
            • Advisor: Mr. Ahl
            • A club to encourage children to stay physically active by participating in games, activities, and sports.  Students will be encouraged to learn about and display positive characteristics and sportsmanship during all activities.
            • Maximum number of participants is 12.

            STORY WALK CLUB

            • First Trimester: Mondays (Gr. 4) and Thursdays (Gr. 5)
            • Grades 4-5
            • Advisers: Mrs. Ball, Mrs. Ford, Mrs. Lange, Mrs. Malkiewicz
            • The Story Walk is a new addition to the Menands Nature Trails that provides an outdoor experience for hikers to read children’s books as they hike the ”purple” trail.  Members of the club will be responsible for helping to identify future books, preparing the books for display and placing the books along the trail.
            • Maximum number of participants is 15.

              TENNIS CLUB

              • First Trimester: Mondays (Gr. 5) and Wednesdays (Gr. 6)
              • Grades 5-6
              • Adviser: Mrs. Bettinger
              • Club members will learn all of the basic tennis skills along with the rules of play necessary to play a game of tennis. Racquets and tennis balls are supplied.
              • Maximum number of participants is 12.

                YEARBOOK CLUB

                • First Trimester: Thursdays
                • Grades 6-8
                • Advisers: Mrs. Stanton & Mrs. Wroblewski
                • Students will work collaboratively to create the 2021-2022 school yearbook electronically.  Students will create announcements, send thank you notes, solicit photos, brainstorm page ideas, choose design layouts, and insert photos to create the completed yearbook.
                • Maximum number of participants is 10.