Engaging the Mind, Body & Spirit

Clubs

Episcopal Day School in Southern Pines, North Carolina offers many after school clubs and enrichment organizations for elementary students. Click here for a complete listing of all 2016-2017 EDS clubs and their scheduled meetings.  

Students are selected by their peers at each grade level (K-5) to represent their class. This council is supervised by two staff members and serves to enrich Episcopal Day School through a number of community programs. Some of the programs supported by the council include: Moore County Food Bank, the Sandhills Coalition for Human Care, Operation Christmas Child, Moore County Animal Shelter.
The Art Club exists to encourage students to pursue their interests in the visual arts, above and beyond their regular art classes. It meets after school and is under the direction of the art teacher, Mrs. Postlethwaite.   The Art Club is open to all 4th- 5th grade students at EDS.  All meetings are held in the art room following dismissal at 2:40pm, ending at 3:45pm.  Snacks are provided.  The Art Club does not meet in the months of December or May. If you have questions, please email Jane Postlethwaite at  jpostlethwaite@episcopalday.org  Students should be picked up on Ridge Road at 3:45pm.  Please click on the link above to see a list of the 2014-2015 meetings.

The Book Blast Off! program is a fun reading competition open to all EDS third, fourth, and fifth grade students.  Students sign up in September and are grouped into balanced teams. Students choose books to read from an assigned list, making sure that all books have been read by someone on their team.  Participants meet during lunch to prepare for the competition, helped by the leadership of the fifth grade students on the teams.  During the actual competition, questions are asked about each book on the list, and teams earn points for correct answers.  Contact Mrs. Boals at sboals@episcopalday.org if you have questions. Book Blast Off! Booklist 2014-2015 .
Sweet Reads is a monthly book club for kids in K-2 and 3-5. The club meets on the first Tuesday of the month during lunchtime. Students eat lunch, discuss their BookClubbook, and share a sweet treat.  The club meets under the leadership of parent Ginger Monroe.  The sweet treat is provided, unless your child has allergies.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, December 8 and the books up for discussion are: K-2 Grace For President by Kelly S. DiPucchio, 3-5 King George: What Was His Problem? Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn’t Tell You About the American Revolution by Steve Sheinkin. Please click on the link above to see a list of the 2014-2015 meetings.

FAQs for EDS Book Club:

Who can participate? Anyone in Kindergarten through 5th grade. The students are divided into two groups: K-2 and 3-5.

Do I need to sign up each month? It would be great if you could send me an email at jsoccorso@gmail.com to let you know your child is planning to come, but I am very flexible. Your child is always welcome to attend – there is no formal signup process.

Does my child need to be able to read the book on his/her own? No! Parents are welcome to read the book to/with their child. The K-2 students will read a mix of picture books and short, intro level chapter books, all of which can easily be read aloud. The 3-5 book choices will be longer chapter books, but parents are always welcome to participate by reading the books with their children.

My child didn’t get a chance to read the book this month – can they still come to the meeting? Unfortunately not. Book Club is designed to be flexible so that students don’t have to participate every month. It’s important that they read the book if they want to attend that month. I strongly encourage the students to FINISH the book, but as long as they have read most of the book they are welcome to attend.

How will my student know when it’s book club day? Book Club will be held on the first Tuesday of every month during lunch. Teachers will announce that it’s book club day at the start of lunch and make sure all participating students make it to the appropriate classroom for book club.

Can parents attend? Parents are always welcome at Book Club, but your presence is not required.

Can I bring a younger sibling along? Younger siblings are not allowed at book club, as it proves too distracting.

Where do I find the list of books they will read? I choose the books on a month-to-month basis based on the interests and reading levels of the kids who are coming each month. I will send out an email each month with each group’s selection. I try to include excerpts of reviews and/or plot synopsis for each book. I will also post the book selections on the school Facebook page and here on the website.

Where can I find the books? The books will be for sale at The Country Bookshop with a 20% discount (mention EDS Book Club at checkout). They are also often available in the library (EDS and public libraries) and on Amazon.

Are the treats safe for my child? I bake the treats in my home kitchen. I have a child with a severe peanut allergy, so I do not bake with peanuts or tree nuts. I try my best to only use ingredients that have not been processed in a nut/peanut facility. That being said, I cannot guarantee the safety of any food items. If you have concerns, I recommend you provide your own treat for your child each month. If you would prefer that your child not eat the provided treats, please let me know at gmid@nc.rr.com.

Love to run? Want to play more games with your friends? Join the EDS Fall Fitness Club. We will begin each club meeting by running around the school’s track. Club members will keep track of their mileage and have the chance to compete for EDS Fitness Records which will be posted outside the P.E. office.  After our running activities we will play fun games together such as: Ultimate Frisbee, flag football, field hockey, volleyball, capture the flag, etc.  This club meets on the PE field from 2:45-3:30pm under the direction of the Physical Education teacher, Mrs. Cox.   Please click on the link above to see a list of the 2014-2015 meetings. 
Grandparents’ Club meets monthly afterschool at the Penick Village. This club meets under the direction of Ms. Barrett and Mrs. Ridzon. Please click here to view the 2014-2015 Grandparents’ Club NewsletterPlease click here to complete the 2014-2015 Grandparents’ Club permission slip.  Please click on the link above to see a list of the 2014-2015 meetings.

Music Club is open to third, fourth and fifth graders who love to sing. We perform throughout the year in many venues, including the Candlelight Tour of Homes, Penick Village, and the Reindeer Fun Run. This club meets under the direction of EDS Music Teacher, Lisa Gessner. We meet at lunchtime one or two Fridays per month, in the EDS Music Room. Registration forms have been sent home, please click here to download a copy of the permission slip.  Please click on the link above to see a list of the 2014-2015 meetings.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Gessner at lgessner@episcopalday.org.

The Episcopal Day School Science Club is open to grades 4 & 5. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month except December and May. Meetings begin immediately after school in the blue room of the 5th grade cottage, and last until 3:45pm. Students need to pack an extra snack that day for after school. The Science Club meets under the direction of Mrs. Walls. Please click here to print a copy of the Science Club permission slip.  Please click on the link above to see a list of the 2014-2015 meetings. Please contact Mrs. Walls cwalls@episcopalday.org