GuggenClubs

by Sean M. & Emily M.

graphic by Kayla I.

What do you do after school? How about right before it? At recess? Well these reporters can tell you, Guggenheim is offering a whole lot of clubs and programs for you to join this year.

Are you athletic? Do you like sports? Why don’t you join Recreation? Mr. Makover has a club called Recreation in which you play sports and learn rules and strategies of each sport that you play. Mr. Makover says that the reason he set up this club is because he thought all the kids would enjoy it. There is one down side to recreation; it’s only for fifth graders. Sorry!

Another club you could possibly join is Art Club. What’s especially good about it is that you don’t have to be talented to join, just interested in art. Mrs.Illiano, who runs it, says, “We paint on canvas in oil and acrylic.” Art Club is open to all 4th and 5th graders, but in January third graders are welcome to join, too. What is also fun about Art Club is that it’s very individual and each person gets to decide on what they’re going to paint.

Chess anyone? Mr.Conti is in charge of a Chess Club. It is held on Thursday at 3:15 to 4:15, for third, fourth and fifth graders. Mr.Conti says, “We like to have beginners but we also like to have people that know chess.” Chess Club has a tournament that is played for the whole year, and the top three places get trophies. Mr. Conti also said, "Chess Club is a place to learn to play better and to challenge yourself.”

Calling all first graders! This is especially for you! Do you want to join the Book Club? Mrs. Grennan will read a book to you and then you can work on a craft project relating to the story. Mrs. Grennan feels children should always be read to no matter what their age. Mrs. Grennan says, "I value reading and I want to help others to love reading." This club meets on Tuesdays from 3:15 to 4:15. So, first graders, come on and learn to love reading.

Are you crafty? If so then this is definitely the club for you. Mrs. Rafferty’s Craft Club runs for fourth and fifth graders on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:15. You’ll get to do everything from pumpkin painting to tie-dying. Mrs. Rafferty says the reason she set up this club is “I love doing arts and crafts with the kids.”

Are you getting tired of the same old thing at recess? How about joining Intramurals? What’s that, you ask? Mr. Sficos runs a club at recess on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. You can participate in competitive play without having to be the best. However, you must play fair and have fun in group games and sports activities.

Leadership is a very special club here at Guggenheim. Read about it in the Leadership article elsewhere in this issue of GuggenTimes.

Having trouble doing your homework after school? Ms. Mulqueen might have the answer. She is the head of the Homework Club. Ms. Mulqueen says, "We talk about strategies for doing homework and people come in and I help them, and as a club we talk.” In Homework Club each person works individually. Ms. Mulqueen also states, "We talk about organization. Organization is a big help.” If you want to join Homework Club, you just have to sign up.

Here’s another book club coming your way! Mrs. Livanos’ Literature Circle Club runs from 3:15 to 4:15 on Wednesdays. Mrs. Livanos says, "We have a theme every week, sometimes a country, and we always start out with music, then folk tales, then we end up with a craft and sometimes we watch a movie.” This club is for 2nd and 3rd graders only.

Do you like computers?If you do, Computer Club is definitely the club for you! On Thursdays, Mrs.Tiberia is in charge of the Computer Club. It’s for third, fourth, and fifth graders. Mrs.Tiberia says, “I choose the activities by the interest of the kids.“ In Computer Club you work in HyperStudio making puzzles and as a whole group you try to make a web page. So, if you enjoyed what you just read, join Computer Club.

Do you like to dance? If so, how does Dance Club sound to you? On Fridays from 3:15 to 4:15, Mr. Makover and Mrs. Miles, a dance professional, run this club. Mr. Makover says, "We do modern jazz and we do the Macarena, Electric Slide, Alley Cat, the Twist, Hands Up, and more.” At the end of each meeting, they always end with a game. This club is for boys and girls in third, fourth, and fifth grades.

Do you have a green thumb? If so, these reporters would definitely recommend Garden Club for you. Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Olsen host it on Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:15, for third, fourth, and fifth graders. After joining this club, you’re guaranteed that all your fingers will be green. So, come on and get digging!

Last but not least, there is Newspaper Club. As you might have guessed, these reporters can tell you something about this club from experience. In this club, there are many different jobs such as layout, reporters, editors, graphic artists, web, publicity and distribution, and photographers. The staff meets on Thursdays from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. It is hard work, but when the completed newspaper (the one you are reading right now) is produced, it makes all the hard work worthwhile. “Mrs. Mayer says, ”The newspaper is a unique club because it’s written by fourth and fifth graders for all the students in the school. Everyone gets a copy and everyone can read it on the world wide web and see the Guggenheim website.”

Whether you are playing an intense game in Recreation or Intramurals, or painting a beautiful picture in Art Club, or reading or listening to a wonderful story in Book Club or Literature Circles, or just plain doing your homework with Ms. Mulqueen, this year’s “GuggenClubs” sure are a blast!

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