Student Clubs at York
(You MUST BE a rising 5th grader.)
Applications close Sept. 4, 2021.
KidzArt (Thursdays 4:00-5:00)
We are pleased to announce that KidzArt after-school sessions are returning to York ES. If you’re not familiar with KidzArt, it is a drawing based program that uses artist quality materials. It focuses on the following:
- A nurturing, non-competitive environment
- Easy-to-learn drawing techniques that bring ideas to life
- Introduction to contemporary and visual art that sets the stage for a lifelong appreciation of the visual arts
- Age-appropriate, safe, professional-level art supplies that easily adapt to tools of self-expression
- Creative activities that promote problem solving
- Focusing exercises that enhance learning
- A recognition of individual style that is welcomed and celebrated.
- After participating in KidzArt, confidence grows and skills develop that carry over into other areas of study. Students find themselves trying things they never would have attempted before.
Find more information about KidzArt classes and registration at http://northraleigh.kidzart.
Creek KeepersCreek Keepers is York’s Environmental club, sponsored by the Neuse River Keeper Foundation. The members of CreekKeepers are 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students interested in investigating environmental challenges that affect York and our community. This club is run by Ms. Alvarez, Ms. Houston, and Ms. Greene. All of these teachers are trained in the "Earth Force" process.Last year the CreekKeepers developed action based projects to address local water issues. Last year’s projects focused on improving the environment for their school community. Students used the STEM design process to determine the need for a pet waste station for their school grounds, and then wrote a grant with the PTA to have the pet station 75% funded. They worked with Sheila Jones, an Environmental Education Specialist from Wake Soil and Water Conservation District to test water and talk about possible contaminants in the Brookhaven Nature Park creeks. From this work, the York CreekKeepers were awarded the Watershed Stewardship Award from Wake Soil and Water Conservation.This year the CreekKeeper’s will work with their Community Partner, Justin Senkbeil from CompostNow. They will work to formulate a plan to help our school become more environmentally friendly through composting.
Battle of the Books
The Battle of the BooksThe Battle of the Books is a program that helps students to become familiar with a variety of genres and authors that they would not normally read. The club is run by Pam Purifoy, the media specialist at York and one of our parents, Kristy Johnson. We meet Tuesdays from 3:45-5:00. This club is open to any 4th or 5th grader who wants to challenge themselves as readers. A list of 17 books was selected by a committee of Media Specialists from across the state.During each meeting, we discuss the books and practice answering questions based on this list of books. We currently have 13 members. There will be a county competition in February where our team will represent York Elementary. After the county competition, there are regional and state competitions.Hopefully, we will be able to represent York Elementary all the way to the State Competition. Wish us luck!