SOAR Extended Care and Enrichment Programs

SOAR at Fort Worth Country Day offers students a series of engaging and unique scholastic, arts and recreation opportunities outside of the traditional school day schedule. On school days from 3:10 to 6 p.m., students in SOAR have the opportunity to spark new interests, build upon their existing passions and develop new peer relationships all without having to leave the FWCD campus! Available to students in grades JK – 6, SOAR is led by a team of Fort Worth Country Day faculty and staff, accomplished educators and experienced childcare professionals.

Enrichment Programs

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. the day before the start of each program.

Monday

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  • Basics of Coding (Grades 3 - 4)

    Hosted by Melissa Hickman and Rachel Fineman
     
    Grades 3 - 4      
    Monday, 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
    January 13 - March 30 (no class 1/20, 2/17, and 3/9)
    Tuition: $225
     
    In this intro to coding course, students will use a combination of “unplugged” and computer activities to work on problem-solving, creativity and collaboration. Students will be exposed to a range of activities from Code.org.
  • Girls Volleyball Skills Camp (Grades 3 - 6)

    Hosted by Rosalyn Thorpe
     
    Grades 3 - 6       
    Monday, 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
    March 16 - April 27
    Tuition: $150
     
    Students will be exposed to volleyball skills and techniques that will enhance their athleticism and volleyball knowledge.
  • Knight School Chess (Grades K - 4)

    Hosted by Jeff O'Shaughnessy
     
    Grades K - 4  
    Monday, 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
    Feb 3 - May 11 (no class 2/17 & 3/9)
    Tuition: $325
     
    The Knight School Chess Team is your school's official chess team and chess party. We invite every beginner or pro in your school to join our school chess team and we use only super-fun teaching methods such as super-fast chess clock-slapping chess games, zany chess videos, a strict bully-free environment, silicone wristbands for tactics mastery, chess puzzlers for candy, driving music, hilarious tactics-lesson videos, and Mardi-Gras bead tournaments. In this kid-centered classroom environment, we teach our kids every cool trick, strategy, opening, and tactic in Chessdom!
  • Neon Art (Grades 1 - 4)

    Hosted by Dorrine DeChant

    Grades 1 - 4
    Monday, 3:30 - 4:30
    January 27 - February 24 (no class 2/17)
    Tuition: $100
     
    Using various 2D and 3D neon-colored art materials, the young artists will create a gallery of their own masterpieces. From painting to sculpture, the projects will be open-ended and fun. If you like things bright and creative, you will love this program!
  • Star Wars: Jedi Masters in Training (Grades K - 2)

    Hosted by Lindsay Richardson
     
    Grades K - 2      
    Monday, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    February 3 - Apr 27 (no class 2/17, 3/9 and 4/13)
    Tuition: $225
     
    Are you ready to become a Jedi Master? Come travel to a galaxy far, far away and study the world of Star Wars through STEM, literacy, and mindfulness activities. We will discuss Star Wars books, learn and practice Star Wars yoga poses and how they can benefit our Jedi minds and bodies, complete Star Wars mathematical challenges, build our own Star Wars lightsabers and droid models, and so much more! In just 10 short weeks, you will learn the ways of the Force and hopefully become a Jedi Master, just like Yoda himself. Challenge are you up for? May the Force be with you.
  • Tinkercad LEGO Brickbuilders (Grades 5 - 6)

    Hosted by Dr. Steve Uhr
     
    Grades 5 - 6              
    Monday, 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
    January 13 - March 2 (no class 1/20 & 2/17)
    Tuition: $275
     
    Students will use Tinkercad, CAD software made by Autocad to design their own 3D models and then convert the drawings to LEGO brick building instructions. Tinkercad is an easy 3d modeling tool that enables you to design and model your ideas and turn them into reality. Students will keep their final model!

Tuesday

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  • Helping Hands (Grades 2 - 4)

    Hosted by Mandy Lofquist
     
    Grades 2 - 4    
    Tuesday, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    January 14 - February 18
    Tuition: $200
     
    This is a fun, new group that will work on a different project each of the six weeks (unless students request to spend more time on one). Our focus is to help others in our community. What we make each week will be donated to a specific program or place, such as Saving Hope, Renaissance Place or other programs.
  • Movin' & Groovin' (Grades JK - 4)

    Hosted by Natasha Hatcher & Gaby Booth
     
    Grades JK - 4
    Tuesday, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    February 4 - April 7 (no class 3/10 & 3/24)
    Tuition: $225
     
    Bring your energy and your smile and get ready to party at Movin’ & Groovin’, the Zumba® Kids enrichment class! Zumba® Kids classes are rocking, high-energy dance parties packed with kid-friendly routines. We break down steps and add games, activities and cultural elements into the class structure. This program helps participants to develop a healthy lifestyle and incorporate fitness as a natural part of their lives. All classes are under the guidance of licensed Zumba® Instructors Gaby Booth and Natasha Hatcher. Gaby and Natasha teach weekly Zumba® classes at CERA, 24Hour Fitness, and the YMCA, respectively.
  • Tinker Tuesday (Grades 2 - 4)

    Hosted by Mandy Lofquist
     
    Grades 2 - 4   
    Tuesday, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    February 25 - April 7 (no class 3/10)
    Tuition: $200
     
    Join us as we TINKER with robots, build miniature houses, deconstruct old electronics, work through LEGO challenges and set off pop rockets! However, activities may change based on student ideas/interests!

Wednesday

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  • Falcon Boys Soccer Xtra Kixx (Grades 3 - 6)

    Hosted by Mike Vincent
     
    Boys in Grades 3 - 6 
    Wednesday, 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
    March 18 - April 29 (no class 3/25)
    Tuition: $160
     
    These clinics are structured to help players of all abilities to master the essential components of soccer, and in turn, to become more effective in games. Players will not only increase their knowledge and improve, but they will also become more confident, as well as having a great time in the process!
  • Field Hockey (Grades K - 6)

    Hosted by Paige Chisholm
     
    Grades K - 6       
    Wednesday, 3:45 - 5:00 p.m.
    February 19 - April 8 (no class 3/11 & 3/25)
    Tuition: $135
     
    Learn, grow and improve your field hockey skills. Whether you are new to field hockey or a veteran, come play and have fun while we work on basic fundamentals and techniques. Each session will have skills, drills and games. All you need are tennis shoes and shinguards, we will provide the sticks and mouthguards.
  • Simply Enchanted Beading (Grades 3 - 4)

    Hosted by Theresa Fuss
     
    Grades 3 - 4        
    Wednesday, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    January 22 - February 26
    Tuition: $150
     
    Beading is a wonderful creative hobby for people of all ages. This fun and engaging course will introduce students to three main methods for creating jewelry and artwork with beads - stringing, wirework, and stitching. Students will learn basic tools and techniques to create jewelry and other pieces of art.
  • Soccer Shots (Grades K - 2)

    Hosted by Chad Wubbena, Soccer Shots

    Grades: K - 2

    Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 PM
    February 19 - May 6 (no class 3/11 & 3/25)
    Tuition: $250


    Soccer Shots focuses on individual skill, fitness and sportsmanship, providing an opportunity for children to be challenged through fun games and team interaction. Through the activities and games we play, your child’s character and attitude will be challenged and molded positively, and they will be taught elements of teamwork, sharing, communication and respect. Most importantly, Soccer Shots will familiarize your child with the game of soccer, preparing them for an active childhood. Children will also be introduced to competition in a developmentally appropriate manner. All sessions will take place on-site at FWCD. Soccer balls and goals are provided; students are invited to wear their own shinguards and cleats.
  • Theatre Improv (Grades 5 - 6)

    Hosted by Cathy Gullo
     
    Grades 5 - 6      
    Wednesday, 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
    January 15 - February 26
    Tuition: $150
     
    Theatre Improv focuses on classic improv theater games and basic improv acting technique. This is the class for those new to improv or those wanting to brush up on their skills. We work on similar games and techniques used in our theatre classroom here at FWCD. This class allows each student to explore their skills in a safe and fun setting.

Thursday

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  • CrossFit Kids (Grades K - 4)

    Hosted by Dabney Poorter, CrossFit Panther City

    Grades K - 4
    Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    January 16 - April 30 (no class 2/20 and 3/12)
    Tuition: $225
     
    Awaken your child’s love for fitness, enhance his/her cognitive skills and promote working in teams. Participants will learn CrossFit skills/movements and nutrition education through daily lessons and interactive activities. Each day, kids will break a sweat during their daily WOD (Workout of the Day), yoga, agility work, and other fun and challenging games and physical activities. All classes are under the guidance of Dabney Poorter, a CrossFit Kids Certified Coach, Registered Nurse and Nutritionist. Dabney coaches at CrossFit Panther City and owns Engage Your Wellness.
     
  • Falcon Flyers Boys Volleyball Skills Clinic (Grades 5 - 8)

    Hosted by Jared Knight
     
    Grades 5 - 8 
    Thursday, 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
    February 20 - April 16 (No class 3/12)
    Tuition: $175
     
    With over 2500 school programs nationwide, boys volleyball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country! FWCD’s Boys Volleyball Skills Clinic is designed to help each athlete improve their game in a fun and safe environment. Led by Coach Jared Knight, this clinic will cover basic volleyball skills, techniques and concepts. Coach Knight has been coaching volleyball for over 10 years with several club teams competing in USA Volleyball’s Boys Junior National Championships. He is currently our Middle School Boys’ Head Coach at FWCD.
  • Grace & Grit (Grades 5 - 6)

    Hosted by Kathryn Sohne
     
    Grades 5 - 6 
    Thursday, 3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
    February 20 - April 2 (no class 3/12 and 3/19)
    Tuition: $160
     
    Grace & Grit teaches life lessons through the stories of influential women in history who broke barriers to achieve great things against strong odds. The lessons in this program teach girls how to overcome fears, grow more confident and learn essential life skills so they can be self-assured, strong women. Price includes a personal journal, inspirational card, play it forward cards and craft/art project for each lesson. Each participant also receives a small G&G canvas tote bag printed with an encouraging statement.
  • Harry Potter Cooking Camp (Grades 3 - 4)

    Hosted by Whitney White
     
    Grades 3 - 4            
    Thursday, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
    March 19 - April 9
    Tuition: $160
     
    Enter the magical world of the culinary treats from Harry Potter! From Butterbeer to Pumpkin Pastries come learn to make the magical treats from the Wizarding World!
  • Intro to Theatre (Grades 3 - 4)

    Hosted by Cathy Gullo
     
    Grades 3 - 4     
    Thursday, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    January 16 - February 27
    Tuition: $150
     
    Enthusiastic students who learn to speak out clearly and relate confidently with others will have an inside track to lifetime success. Intro to Theatre helps develop those skills in all children. This class is designed for the shy to the outgoing. It is developed to meet each child at their own pace, with plenty of positive encouragement. We will be using a wide range of unique drama activities in order to focus the bold, outspoken child and to draw out the quiet child or the inarticulate child so that they can reach into themselves to discover their full potential.
  • Sew: A Needle Pulling Thread (Grades 2 - 4)

    Hosted by Jennifer Hannah
     
    Grades 2 - 4      
    Thursday, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    January 16th - April 9th (no class on 1/23, 2/20, and 3/12)
    Tuition: $200
     
    Sew: A Needle Pulling Thread! is an introductory course to hand sewing. The first part of the program we will learn basic hand sewing skills including how to thread a needle, how to begin and end your stitch and how to sew on a button. Then we will begin learning basic stitches including cross-stitch, running stitches, and a few fancy stitches as well. Each participant will create a sewing kit that will be theirs to keep and will leave most sessions with a piece of handiwork showing off their skill from the day. Not only will we learn how to sew but we will also learn some of the terminology, history, and modern day applications to this handiwork tradition.
  • Winter Basketball Skills Camp (Grades 1 - 6)

    Hosted by Joe Breedlove
     
    Grades 1 - 6    
    Thursday, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    January 9 - February 6
    Tuition: $100
     
    Under the guidance of Coach Joe Breedlove, this camp is open to boys both novice and veteran players, boys and girls. During camp we will focus on the fundamental skills of the game including ball-handling, passing, defense, shooting, rebounding and teamwork. Five Thursdays for one hour of fun. It is a great way to get in an extra practice for your league teams or just get in some instruction with your friends.

Policies & Procedures

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  • Policies and Procedures

    • To register for Fall 2019 SOAR Enrichment Programs, please visit www.fwcd.org/SOAR.

    • Lower School AND Middle School students who are participating in a SOAR Enrichment Program will meet in the Lower School Atrium immediately after school, where they will be provided with a complimentary snack.

    • Instructors for enrichment programs will lead participants from the Lower School Atrium to their enrichment site.

    • Upon conclusion of each enrichment program, students will be brought back to the Lower School Atrium for pick-up.

    • In the interest of student accountability and to create the safest environment possible, we ask that parents come into the Lower School Atrium to sign out their student at the end of each enrichment session.

    • We ask that students are signed out within 10 minutes of the conclusion of their program. Students who are not signed out within 10 minutes of the conclusion of their program will be automatically enrolled in SOAR Extended Care for that day, and your student account will be charged accordingly.

    • No refunds will be provided and fees cannot be prorated if a student’s registration is canceled or if classes are missed due to illness, injury or any other event out of the control of FWCD.

    • Enrichment programs are subject to a mandatory minimum enrollment number in order for a program to make. A full refund will be provided if a program is canceled by FWCD.

    • Programs are subject to change.

Extended Care

Grades JK - 4

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  • Full-Year Enrollment (Grades JK - 4): $2,995

    • Average price-per-day: $17.11
    • 3:10 to 6 p.m., every school day (expanded hours on Early Dismissal Days)
    • Each Full-Year Enrollment includes a personalized 10% discount code that can be applied to SOAR Enrichment Program tuition throughout the 2019-20 academic year.
    • Includes daily snack.
  • Single-Day/Drop-In Enrollment (Grades JK - 4): $25

    • 3:10 to 6:00 p.m., every school day (expanded hours on Early Dismissal Days)
    • Includes daily snack.

Grades 5 - 6

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  • Full-Year Enrollment (Grades 5 - 6): $2,395

    • Average price-per-day: $13.68
    • Each Full-Year Enrollment includes a personalized 10% discount code that can be applied to SOAR Enrichment Program tuition throughout the 2019-20 academic year.
    • 3:20 to 6 p.m., every school day (expanded hours on Early Dismissal Days)
    • Includes daily snack.
  • Single-Day/Drop-In Enrollment (Grades 5 - 6): $20

    • 3:20 to 6 p.m., every school day (expanded hours on Early Dismissal Days)
    • Includes daily snack.

Program Descriptions

Junior Kindergarten-Fourth Grade

Starting at 3:10 p.m. every school day, students in junior kindergarten through fourth grade who are enrolled in SOAR are taken to the SOAR Creative Space in the Lower School Atrium to check-in.  From there, participants can spend their time in the SOAR Creative Space (engaging in open or guided arts and crafts activities), the SOAR Study Space (a quiet zone dedicated to reading and homework) or the SOAR Play Space (featuring free-play and structured games at the Lower School Playground).  Students who are enrolled in a SOAR Enrichment Program that day will receive a snack upon check-in and will be taken to their enrichment location by their course instructor. SOAR Extended Care participants who are not registered in a SOAR Enrichment Program that day will receive a snack at 4 p.m.  Parents and registered guardians can pick up their SOAR participants any time between 3:10 and 6 p.m. by checking them out with a designated SOAR staff member at the Lower School Atrium.

Fifth and Sixth Grade

Starting at 3:20 p.m. every school day, fifth- and sixth-graders who are enrolled in SOAR will meet in Middle School Room 303 and will get a start on their homework.  At 3:45 p.m., participants will be taken to the Moncrief Library for a supervised study hall, and they will receive a complimentary snack at 4 p.m  The SOAR Study Hall Program does not offer educational tutoring or support, but it does offer a productive, focused time and place for interested students to complete academic work.  For the safety and accountability of students, participants must remain in the Moncrief Library unless they are participating in a SOAR Enrichment Program that day.  Parents and registered guardians can pick up their SOAR participants any time between 3:20 and 6 p.m. by checking them out with the study hall attendant in the Moncrief Library.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Who are the members of the SOAR Extended Day staff?

    SOAR Extended Day programs are led by FWCD staff, professional educators, and experienced childcare professionals who have completed thorough background checks and training procedures.
  • Can I get a refund for my unused days in my annual SOAR Extended Care package?

    Due to the fixed costs and planning involved in executing this type of program, we are unable to provide refunds for any Annual, Monthly or Daily SOAR Extended Care purchases. There is no discount, refund or other allowance due to absence or illness.
  • I only plan on using SOAR Extended Care a few days per week; can you adjust the cost of the Annual Enrollment package accordingly?

    We are unable to adjust or prorate the cost of any SOAR Extended Care programs.
  • Is tuition assistance available?

    Tuition assistance is available for qualified families. Award amounts are determined by a family’s current tuition assistance award for their School tuition, up to a maximum of 75% (example: a 25% tuition assistance award for School tuition= a 25% tuition assistance award for SOAR Extended Care). Simply select the “Yes, I receive tuition assistance on my FWCD tuition” option in your enrollment registration, and we will automatically deduct the appropriate amount from your bill. Please note: tuition assistance is not available for enrichment programs.
  • Are payment plans available for SOAR programs?

    Payment plans are available for SOAR Full-Year Extended Day Enrollment. When completing your online registration, you will have the option to pay in two installments (due September 20, 2019, and January 20, 2020), or in monthly payments (September through May, a total of nine payments). Payment plans are not available for Single-Day Enrollment Plans and Enrichment Programs.
  • What does SOAR do on early dismissal days?

    SOAR Extended Day programs are available on early dismissal days at FWCD, beginning at the conclusion of the abbreviated school day and ending at 6 p.m. There is no change to the enrollment rate for early dismissal days.
  • Does SOAR operate on School holidays?

    SOAR Extended Care and enrichment programs are not available on FWCD holidays.
  • What do I do when I would like to utilize the Single-Day/Drop-In option for my student on a particular day?

    When you would like to utilize the Single-Day/Drop-In option, please email SOAR Extended Care Manager Caleb Parker (caleb.parker@fwcd.com) with your student’s name, grade and the day(s) that you would like your student to attend SOAR Extended Care. To ensure a smooth transition for your child at the end of the academic day, please email your requests prior to 2 p.m. on the days that your student will be utilizing the program.
  • If my student is participating in a SOAR Enrichment Program, do I have to register him/her for SOAR Extended Care on that day? Do I have to escort him/her to the SOAR Enrichment Program?

    Students who are participating in a SOAR Enrichment Program are not required to register for SOAR Extended Care. At the end of the school day, students enrolled in a SOAR Enrichment Program will be taken to their respective SOAR check-in stations (the Lower School Atrium for students in grades JK through 4, and the Moncrief Library for students in grades 5 and 6). Students will receive a snack and will then be picked up by their Enrichment Program Instructor, who will walk students to the Enrichment Program location. At the end of the Enrichment Program session, students will then be taken back to their respective SOAR check-out locations (the Lower School Atrium for students in grades JK through 4, and the Moncrief Library for students in grades 5 and 6).
  • My student has special dietary needs. Will you have a special snack to accommodate his/her situation?

    While we can’t accommodate all dietary requests as they pertain to daily snack, the SOAR staff works closely with Nurse Lori McCormack to ensure that no SOAR participants are exposed to dangerous allergens. We also make sure that none of our snacks contain nuts (nor are they produced in facilities that process nuts). Please be sure to complete the “allergy and other medical concerns” section of the SOAR application to further ensure that the SOAR staff is aware of your student’s dietary and medical needs.

Terms and Conditions

  • The SOAR Extended Care program is available to all Fort Worth Country Day JK-6 students from normal dismissal until 6 pm.
  • Students in grades JK-6 who are not picked up by 4 p.m. will automatically be brought to SOAR Extended Care.
  • All fees will be applied to student accounts. Bills are assessed on the first of each month, and payments are due on the 20th of the month.
  • If a family is late on payments, the child(ren) will not be allowed to participate in the Extended Care program until the account is paid in full.
  • Parents must park and escort their child(ren) out of the building after signing them out with the SOAR personnel in the afternoon.
  • Parents must sign their children out at the end of the day, indicating the time and their signature.
  • A photo ID may be required at times by SOAR personnel for student dismissal.
  • Children will only be released to those listed on the authorized grown-up list for that student.
  • Late pickup fees are applied at the rate of $2 per minute after 6 pm.
  • Parents that are late picking up their child(ren) more than three times during one month may be terminated from the SOAR program.
  • The SOAR Extended Care contract covers the entire year.
  • There is no discount, refund or other allowance due to absence or illness.
  • Enrollment rates are fixed and do not vary based on the number of hours a student is present for SOAR Extended Care.
  • Single-Day Enrollment fees cannot be applied toward the purchase of a Full-Year Enrollment plan.

Contact Us

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    Michael Carmody 

    Director of Auxiliary Programs
    817.302.3271
    The Wright Institute - Psy.D.
    The Wright Institute - M.A.
    Washington University in St. Louis - B.A.
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    Caleb Parker 

    Auxiliary Programs Manager
    817-302-3200 EXT 8855
    Holy Names University - B.A.
4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: 817.732.7718
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a JK-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.

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  • Website Accessibility Statement

    Fort Worth Country Day is committed to understanding and respecting differences. To further support that initiative, FWCD is focused on making the information on our website accessible to all students, parents, and other members of the community. Achieving our goal of making the FWCD website fully accessible requires auditing numerous sections and correcting elements with minimal disruption for daily users.

    We appreciate your patience as we transition our content to a format that more closely adheres to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Additionally, some pages of the FWCD website may contain links to third party sites that do not comply with accessibility standards and not within the range of the School’s control.

    For questions about the FWCD website, please contact Web Content Manager, Tiffini Crum at  tiffini.crum@fwcd.com.

    Learn more about Fort Worth Country Day’s Mission, Philosophy, Core Values and Commitment to Inclusivity.