Winter 2020 Club Registration

Registration for after school clubs for January- April/May will begin on Thursday, December 12th. Here are the different opportunities for your student after school by day offered. We will add emails and registration links for each of these in next week’s newsletter. Registration will begin at 7 am by email that morning except for Marathon Kids, which is in person that morning. No registration will be valid before then to ensure equity for all students.

Let’s Build It
Enter the fascinating world of robotics. In this exciting STEAM program, students will design, build and test their very own robots under the guidance of an experienced AES instructor. Projects include remote control cars, claws, cranes, crawlers, and battle bots. Educational components include gear ratios, mechanical design, electronics, and robotics engineering. No previous experience is necessary, just a desire to have fun, build, and learn. Each student will receive an award on the last day of the session, and have the opportunity to earn Energy Belts to demonstrate their learned skills!
January 27th – April 6th, no class 2/17, 3/16  3:05-4:05 pm

Tuesday: Chess Club (This is only open to current participants. Registration for Chess was for the entire year and already closed)

Young Rembrandts
The Young Rembrandts program provides the tools needed to succeed at drawing – a teaching tool from which the majority of learners prefer and ALL learners benefit! Our program works because it’s not only hands-on and visual…it’s simply fun. We take kids from thinking they’re not “artists” to knowing they can achieve this, and everything else, they put their minds to. Young Rembrandts will have 2 classes: one in the library and one in the art room at 3 pm.

Marathon Kids-Outdoor track
Marathon Kids is an after-school running club that occurs once a week February-April. Marathon Kids challenges students to complete the equivalent of a marathon over the course of 8 or 9 participation days. This club is open to all grades and abilities however the main objective is to RUN! Please be sure your child understands this and wants to participate before registering. He/she will need running shoes and a water bottle for every session. We run OUTSIDE so students must dress according to the temperature outside.

Spots are limited to 40 students per club day: Wednesday OR Friday from 3-4. Students MUST be picked up by 4 (or have appropriate aftercare PNA/McCabe). If any participating student gets three strikes for behavior, they may be asked to leave the club.

Registration will take place in-person before school on Thursday, December 12 and Friday, December 13 between 7:40a-8:10aONLY. We are only able to accept registration on those days. To register: Print out and complete a registration form, or fill one out at the registration table and and bring your $25 registration fee. Checks can be made to: Sylvan Park PTO.  Cost includes a t-shirt. Scholarships are available.

Habitat Kids Yoga Club (Thursday, 3:00 – 4:00 pm in the library)
Looking for a way to move, stretch, breathe, and relax after a long day at school? Join Rebecca Kokubun to discover yoga, meditation, and mindfulness in a way that is playful and FUN! Habitat Yoga classes include yoga poses and sequences, energy-releasing games, calming and focusing breathing exercises, and guided meditations. This club is great for kids who enjoy gymnastic activities, have extra energy, or have trouble focusing or self-regulating in stressful situations.

Cooking club 
In Cooking Club, young chef’s will prepare seasonally appropriate recipes to enjoy while learning methods and techniques they can apply to cooking with their families at home. Meets in art room with 2 classes, one at 3 and one at 4 pm.

Nashville Soccer United – Playground
Teaches the foundation skills of soccer in a fun “game” based approach. We emphasize technique, decision making (understanding) character, good sporting behavior and fun. Practice is at Sylvan Park Elementary starting Thursday, March 12, and games are at Glendale Elementary on Saturdays beginning Saturday, March 28.
Grades: K-2nd (3rd and 4th if they cannot make the other practices)

Marathon Kids- Outdoor track
See Wednesday listing above for complete information.

West End Drama Club Presentations

Two shows – one fabulous production. Come see The Merry Christmas Show presented by the 5th and 6th grade drama club followed by Sherlock Holmes and the Emerald of Alcazar by the 7th and 8th grade drama club. The entire production will run Dec. 11 and 12 starting at 6 pm. Tickets are $3/person or $15/family. Don’t miss it!

An array of exotic animals visited Sylvan Park last week delighting third graders after a unit on animal adaptations. See additional photos below.

Third Grade Creek Walk

Third graders practiced making scientific observations by examining specimen – living and non-living – at Richland Creek. Students also got extra time in nature, walking from school to the observation site and back. Thank you to parent volunteers who helped make it a safe field trip!

Neighborhood Tree Lighting

Sylvan Park Neighborhood Association will hold its first-ever holiday tree lighting ceremony on Tuesday, December 10 at 6 p.m. outside the McCabe Community Center. West End band students will launch the event playing holiday songs and Sylvan Park students will close the ceremony leading us in carols. This will be an opportunity for neighbors across Sylvan Park to get together to celebrate and to begin what will hopefully become a new holiday tradition. If your child is interested in singing with a group of Sylvan Park students, please meet in the community center lobby at 5:30 the evening of the tree lighting to run through the songs. Participation is open to all ages. Dress in a red or green sylvan park t-shirt if possible. More details to come!

Gratitude for Teachers & Staff

With Thanksgiving around the corner, we want to encourage you and/or your children to write a thank you note to a teacher or other staff member who makes their days at Sylvan Park fantastic. We have amazing teachers, administrative staff, custodians, cafeteria workers, paraprofessionals, and other support staff – let’s offer our gratitude!

Music Notes from Mr. Burns

Beginning in January, Sylvan Park will have a new choir, the Sylvan Park Singers! The choir will rehearse weekly after school on Mondays and is available by audition to current third and fourth grade students. Students in those grades will be bringing home an informational letter and a permission slip in the first three weeks of November. Students interested in auditioning must return the signed permission form by Tuesday, November 26. No student will be allowed to audition without this form. Auditions will be held during music class the week of December 2-6 and members will be announced before the winter break. This is an exciting opportunity for outgrowth from the K-4 music curriculum and a terrific addition to the other wonderful offerings available at Sylvan Park. More detailed information can be found on the music class website or by contacting me.

I would like to encourage all families to routinely visit the music class website,, for more information about the music program as well as regular updates. Students can even find their current class songs to sing along with at home. You can also follow the music classes on Our twitter has already been recognized by local NPR personalities, the district fine arts office, local vocal organizations, and the a cappella group Voctave. Join in on the fun!