SOAR Extended Care and Enrichment Programs


SOAR at Fort Worth Country Day offers grades JK-4 students a series of engaging and unique scholastic, arts and recreation opportunities outside of the traditional school day schedule. On school days from dismissal until 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-4, SOAR is led by a team of Fort Worth Country Day faculty and staff, accomplished educators and experienced childcare professionals.
After you have completed the one-time SOAR Extended Care registration at the start of the year, please email SOAR@fwcd.com with your SOAR Extended Care attendance requests, including the following information:
  1. Student's name
  2. Student's grade
  3. Which day(s) you would like your student to utilize the program

Enrichment Programs

Enrollment will open Tuesday, August 16, at 12 noon
*** Enrollment closes 48 hours before each program begins ***

Monday

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  • Knight School Chess: Mondays (Grades K-4)

    The Knight School Chess Team is back! We invite every beginner or pro in your school to join us! 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! Each student will receive their very own The Knight School chessboard and shirt upon enrollment!
    Eligible Grades: K - 4
    Tuition: $315
    Days/Times: Mondays, 3:45 - 5 PM
    Dates: September 12 – December 12 (no class on October 10 and November 21)
    Instructor: Jeff O’Shaughnessy (https://www.theknightschool.com/)
  • Art Club (Grades 1-3)

    Art Club will meet weekly and covers a wide variety of mediums, techniques, skills through a combination of both guided and open-ended projects. Classes include lessons in art history and art appreciation, while cultivating creativity in each young artist. All artwork will be showcased at our last day of class at our Gallery Afternoon.
    Eligible Grades: 1 - 3
    Tuition: $375
    Days/Times: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30 PM
    Dates: September 12 – December 5 (no class on September 19, October 10, & November 21)
    Instructor: Pamela Lancaster, LS Art Teacher
  • Gifts From the Heart (Grades 3-6)

    Join us to get in the holiday spirit as we make handmade gifts for all of your loved ones. Each session will feature a themed set of gifts including; Spa Day, Gifts for Pets, Gifts for Kids, and Gifts for Adults. The last session will be spent wrapping up any unfinished projects and perfectly packaging your presents.
    Eligible Grades: 3 - 6
    Tuition: $300
    Days/Times: Mondays, 3:45 – 4:45 PM
    Dates: November 7 - December 12 (no class on November 21)
    Instructors: Rachel Fineman & Alicia Schordine, LS Teachers

Tuesday

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  • Storybooks, STEM & SEL (Grades K-2)

    Each week we will read a story, discuss perspectives and empathy, and complete a project or STEM challenge to go along with the story we ready. Students will bring an addition activity home, so you can complete it as a family.
    Eligible Grades: K - 2
    Tuition: $160
    Days/Times: Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 PM
    Dates: September 6 – October 4 (no class September 20)
    Instructors: Rachel Fineman, LS Science Teacher
  • Make It / Take It (Grades 1-2)

    Come join Mrs. Lofquist and make some creative crafts! What you make you get to take home the same day!
    Eligible Grades: 1 - 2
    Tuition: $200
    Days/Times: Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 PM
    Dates: November 1 – November 29 (no class November 22)
    Instructors: Mandy Lofquist, LS Technology Specialist
  • FWCD Flag Football Skills Camp (Grades 1-4)

    Once again, starting Tuesday Sept. 13, after school (3:30pm – 4:45pm) for six weeks, we will conduct flag football skills training and practices.  Our sessions are tailored for all skill levels, focusing on the basic fundamentals of the game. Your son/daughter will also develop balance and core strength through our daily agility exercises.  Most importantly, we stress sportsmanship and character throughout the program.  We expect our young athletes to have an inspiring time and learn the game. Along with the six sessions, we will have one skills exhibition during half-time of a middle school "B" football game (Thursday October 6). We will culminate our seven week skills unit with an intra-squad game ("FWCD Flag Football Super Bowl") on Tuesday Oct. 25 (during regular practice time; 3:30pm-4:45pm).
    Eligible Grades: 1 - 4
    Tuition: $150
    Days/Times: Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:45 PM (and Thursday Exhibition on 10/6)
    Dates: 
    • Tuesday, September 13 (3:30 - 4:45 PM)
    • NO CLASS ON SEPTEMBER 20
    • Tuesday, September 27 (3:30 - 4:45 PM)
    • Tuesday, October 4 (3:30 - 4:45 PM)
    • Thursday, October 6, Halftime Exhibition (5 PM)
    • Tuesday, October 11 (3:30 - 4:45 PM)
    • Tuesday, October 18 (3:30 - 4:45 PM)
    • Tuesday, October 25 (3:30 – 4:45 PM), Flag Football Super Bowl
    Instructor: Joe Breedlove, FWCD Athletics
  • Tinker Tuesday (Grades 2-4)

    Come spend time participating in a variety of activities that we just don't have time for in Collaboratory!  Special projects, building, making, robots, rockets... the possibilities are endless!!!
    Eligible Grades: 2 - 4
    Tuition: $225
    Days/Times: Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30
    Dates: September 6 – October 18 (no class September 20)
    Instructor: Mandy Lofquist, LS Technology Specialist
  • Cardboard Creations (Grades 3-6)

    Let your imagination run wild and see what you can create with cardboard. The first week we will go over safety with tools for cutting cardboard and the best ways to connect cardboard. Then it will be time for you to brainstorm, design, and create. What will you build?
    Eligible Grades: 3 - 6
    Tuition: $160
    Days/Times: Tuesdays, 3:45 – 4:45 PM
    Dates: October 11 – November 1 
    Instructors: Rachel Fineman, LS Science Teacher

Wednesday

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  • Soccer Shots (Grades K-2)

    Soccer Shots is an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development. We positively impact children’s lives on and off the field through our best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum.
    Eligible Grades: K - 2
    Tuition: $275
    Days/Times: Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 PM
    Dates: September 7 - December 7 (no class October 26 & November 23)
    Instructor: Chad Wubbena, Soccer Shots
  • The Knight School Chess: Wednesdays (Grades K-4)

    The Knight School Chess Team is back! We invite every beginner or pro in your school to join us! 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! Each student will receive their very own The Knight School chessboard and shirt upon enrollment!
    Eligible Grades: K - 4
    Tuition: $315
    Days/Times: Wednesdays, 3:45 – 5:00 PM
    Dates: September 7 – December 7 (no class on October 26 & November 23)
    Instructor: Jeff O’Shaughnessy (https://www.theknightschool.com/)

Thursday

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  • SOAR with Mandarin Chinese! (JK-1)

    Ni hao, y’all! 你好! Imagine if you can sing any song in the world using only FOUR notes. Speaking Mandarin Chinese seems that way! Writing characters is also like drawing pictures. Join our community to learn more about Chinese language, geography, food, and culture by playing games, singing songs, reciting rhymes, listening to stories, and crafting props for our mini-plays.
    Eligible Grades: JK - 1
    Tuition: $200
    Days/Times: Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30 PM
    Dates: September 8 – November 3 (no class on October 27)
    Instructor: Sabrina Lou, FWCD Parent
  • Movin' & Groovin' (JK-4)

    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  and the YMCA, respectively.
    Eligible Grades: JK - 4
    Tuition: $240
    Days/Times: Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:30 PM
    Dates: September 22 – December 1 (no class on October 27, November 3, & November 24)
    Instructor: Gaby Booth & Natasha Hatcher, LS Spanish Teachers

Policies & Procedures

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  • Policies and Procedures

    • To register for Fall 2022 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 due to the mandatory minimum enrollment not being reached.
    • Programs are subject to change.
    • Tuition assistance is not available for SOAR Enrichment Programs.
    • Enrollment closes 48 hours before the start of each program. 
    • Enrollments processed less than 48 hours before the start of a program are subject to a $50 late enrollment fee. 

Extended Care

Grades JK - 4

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*SOAR Extended Care is on Lower School early dismissal days from the time of dismissal until 6 p.m.

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Program Description

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). SOAR Extended Care participants will receive a daily 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 via a designated SOAR staff member at the Lower School Atrium.
 
SOAR Extended Care is on Lower School early dismissal days from the time of dismissal until 6 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Terms and Conditions

  • The SOAR Extended Care program is available to all Fort Worth Country Day students in junior kindergarten through fourth grade from normal dismissal until 6 p.m.
  • Students in grades JK-4 who are not picked up by 4 p.m. will automatically be brought to SOAR Extended Care and charged at the Single-Day/Drop-In rate.
  • 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 SOAR 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 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 pick-up fees are applied at the rate of $2 per minute after 6 pm.
  • Parents 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 academic 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.
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 Digital Media and Content Manager, Reggie Johnson at reggie.johnson@fwcd.com.

    Learn more about Fort Worth Country Day’s Mission, Philosophy, Core Values and Commitment to Inclusivity at fwcd.org/mission.