Clubs and Activities

Menands School is excited to continue extracurricular clubs and sports this Winter for Grades 2-8. Club offerings occur after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for one hour and bus transportation home is available. Please see the club description for further details.

Please note: If your child participated in a club 1st trimester that is also offered in 2nd trimester they must sign up again. This is in order to optimize club participation for all students.

If a club meets its maximum capacity, all students who signed up for the club will be put into a lottery system. Through this system, students will be randomly selected to participate in the club. Those who do not get selected will be notified through the parent email that was submitted during sign-ups. 

Links for each club will be posted when sign-ups are 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 their 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 4715, students must remain in good academic standing to participate in extracurricular activities. Participation in after-school activities may be suspended for a period until the students’ grades improve.

MONDAY

  • Drama Club – Grades 4-8
  • Drama Club Costumes – Grades 6-8
  • Volleyball – Grades 5-8
  • Story Walk Club – Grades 5 and 6
  • Board Games Club – Grades 2 and 3

WEDNESDAY 

  • Drama Club – Grades 4-8
  • Drama Design – Grades 5-8
  • Volleyball – Grades 5-8
  • Sunshine Club – Grades 4-6
  • Arts & Crafts Club – Grades 2 and 3

THURSDAY

  • Drama Club – Grades 4-8
  • Lego Club – Grades 7 and 8
  • Yearbook – Grades 6-8
  • Steam Club –  Grades 5 and 6

Friday

  • Drama Club – Grades 4-8
  • Book Club – Grades 3-5

Clubs

Drama Club (The Little Mermaid Jr.)

Second Trimester: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays.
(Depending on the role the student gets in the play will affect the days they stay after school for rehearsal)
Grades 4-8
Advisors: Ms. Ervin & Ms. Stack
Students will work together to perform a Broadway Jr. production which entails learning lines, songs, choreography, teamwork, and dedication. Please note that in order to prepare for the performance there will be a rigorous rehearsal schedule. Students may not miss rehearsals for other clubs or sports. Participation will be based on an audition that will take place at the beginning of the semester. All interested students must audition.
Maximum number of participants is 50

Drama Club Costumes

Second Trimester: Mondays
Grades 6-8
Advisor: Mrs. Nersesian
Students will help to prepare costumes and props for the annual Drama Club Production. Students will use teamwork and brainstorm a vision for each character’s costume. When the show arrives students will have the opportunity to help backstage the night of the show.
Maximum number of participants is 10.

Drama Set Design

Second Trimester: Wednesdays
Grades 5-8
Advisors: Mr. Gottcent
If you love to paint or draw, Drama Set Design is for you! In Drama Set Design students will work together to design the sets and backdrop for our school’s annual Drama Club production.
Maximum number of participants is 10.

STORYWALK® CLUB

Second Trimester: Mondays 
Grades 5 and 6
Advisors: Mrs. Ford & Mrs. Malkiewicz
Storywalk Club combines nature and literacy. Members work together to prepare books and question prompts to be placed in the Menands Nature Trail.
Maximum number of participants is 8.

Board Games Club

Second Trimester: Mondays
Grades 2 and 3
Advisor: Ms. Devine
Students will be given the opportunity to play/learn a variety of board games. Children will learn strategies, and rules, and be given the opportunity to engage/play with their peers. 
Maximum number of participants is 12.

Sunshine Club

Second Trimester: Wednesdays
Grades 4-6
Advisors: Mrs. Sposito & Mrs. Hall
The Sunshine Club’s mission is to unite students and create a positive environment that the entire school can benefit from. Participants will do this by spreading random acts of kindness and creating a kindness movement. Each week the Sunshine Club will work together to carry out different activities with the goal of making kindness cool!
Maximum number of participants is 20.

Arts & Crafts Club

First Trimester: Thursdays
Grades 2 and 3
Advisor: Ms. Devine
Students will engage in a variety of arts and crafts activities. Students will draw, paint, and use various materials to complete projects. Students will be able to explore different art aspects and create beautiful masterpieces.
Maximum number of participants is 12. 

Lego Club

Second Trimester: Thursdays
Grades 7 and 8
Advisor: Señor Benoit
Students will engage in a range of relevant learning opportunities that will immerse them in research, problem-solving, coding, and engineering with FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Class Pack. Students will develop, design, build, and code LEGO® robots that navigate missions to develop an innovation project solution to a real-world problem. If your student enjoys a challenge and creative thinking this is for them! 
Maximum number of participants is 12.

Yearbook Club

Second Trimester: Thursdays
Grades 6-8
Advisors: Mrs. Stanton & Mrs. Wroblewski
Students will work collaboratively to create the 2022-2023 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.

STEAM Club

Second Trimester: Thursdays
Grades 5 & 6
Advisors: Mrs. Sposito & Ms. McQuade
STEAM Club is dedicated to empowering students to be independent problem-solvers. Students will work cooperatively with their peers on science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities which will require them to be constructive, creative, and think strategically. STEAM Club is a perfect opportunity for students to have fun while learning. 
Maximum number of participants is 18.

Book Club

Second Trimester: Friday
Grades 3-5
Advisor: Mrs. Longo
During Book Club, students will meet in a group to read together and discuss with each other the book they are reading. Groups will be able to share their thoughts with one another. Students will be given book choices and will be grouped based on their choice.
*There will not be any reading assigned as homework!*
Maximum number of participants is 10.

Sports

Volleyball

Second Trimester: Mondays and Wednesdays
Grades 5-8
Advisor: Señor Benoit
Students will focus on the individual skills needed to play volleyball. They will learn team strategies for offense and defense, as well as the rules of the game and sportsmanship. Students will have the opportunity to play interscholastic games. 
Maximum number of participants is 25.