After School Programs

Spring 2020 After School Programs will not take place, as our campus remains closed per Governor DeWine's order.


SPRING 2020 CLUBS (March 30 - May 23) 

  • Fee is $100 per student, per club.

  • Please check each club’s description for specific meeting dates and times.

  • Students enrolled in after school clubs may pack their own nut-free snack to eat after school at the beginning of the club meeting; snacks are not provided.

  • Students should be picked up promptly at the club ending time, or parents will incur a We Care fee of $21 per day.

  • Questions? Contact Mandy Walden ( or 216-464-0033 x1125)



Mondays 3:30­–4:30

Open to Grades K–5
Teacher: Ms. Jodi Richardson
Students in this club will complete challenges, build their own structures, or follow a Lego building plan to create one of our many kits. Special emphasis is placed on creativity and problem-solving, working with partners or small groups, and just having fun playing with Legos after school.

Club dates: 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18



Tuesdays 3:30­–4:30

Open to Grades 1–3
Teacher: Coach Dom Ianiro and PE Staff

In this club, students will learn and practice skills used in the game Ultimate Frisbee. No prior experience is necessary, and all skill levels are welcome. The club also provides an outlet for physical activity at the end of the school day and an opportunity for teamwork and friendship.

Club dates: 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19


Tuesdays 3:30–4:30

Open to Grades 1–6
Teacher: Chana Rivka Hersh

*Students may bring their own Beyblade(s) and stadium(s) and are welcome to share, but toys must be kept in their backpacks until club time.
This club provides students an opportunity to meet new friends who share an interest in the toy sensation, Beyblades. Supervised by Jewish Studies teacher Morah Chana Rivka, students will have the opportunity to try out different containers as stadiums and battlegrounds and to test their creations through play! Beyblades can be metal fusion, burst, and/or modified Beyblades. Each student will also decorate a container they can keep to store their Beyblades. Toward the end of the session, we will organize a Beyblade Tournament to be held within club time (building executive functioning skills in a fun way).   

Club dates: 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19




Wednesdays 3:30–4:30        

Open to Grades 1–8     

Teacher: Bekah McClelland

What the world needs now is more kindness! Ratner Montessori is pleased to offer this NEW service learning club, in which students will add more kindness to the world through fun and meaningful activities. Students will participate in random acts of kindness, doing good deeds, and promoting school spirit. Not only does service learning spread goodwill to others, but participants benefit by feeling positive about themselves for helping. Students in Kindness Club will also choose, plan, and coordinate one school-wide activity, such as a food drive, book drive, or other charity project. We know Ratner students have a lot of heart to share, and we hope this club will provide an opportunity to make the world a better place, one act of kindness at a time.  

Club dates: 4/1, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20 (No club 4/8)


Wednesdays 3:30–4:30

Open to Grades 1–8

Teacher: Ginny Wagh

Trend alert: Crochet! Yes, crochet! Whether students want to learn to crochet or already know how, this club is for them. Crocheting is soaring in popularity (with both girls and boys) in schools throughout the country because it’s fun! But it also has many benefits for children: development of fine motor skills, problem-solving, building self-esteem, and creativity. And studies have shown that crochet promotes calmness and concentration. Under the guidance of expert crafter Ginny Wagh, club members will start with learning the basics and have the goal of completing at least one project by the end of the session.

Club dates: 4/1, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20 (No club 4/8)



Thursdays 3:30–4:30

Open to Grades 4–8
Teacher: Mr. Andy Persanyi
For the Spring session, Robotics Club will focus more on using iPads to code our super-fun Sphero robots, as well as designing courses and challenges for the Spheros. Students will also continue to build, code, and maneuver Lego Mindstorms robots. Led by Mr. P., Middle School Teacher and Ratner’s Technology Coordinator, students will work individually and in teams, learning coding in an engaging and intuitive way.

Club dates: 4/2, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21 (No club 4/9)


Thursdays 3:30–4:30

Open to Grades K–3

Teacher: Chana Rivka Hersh

Glue, scissors, paint, markers, glitter … and more! Craft Club will be full of fun, creativity, and projects! Join the club to complete structured and unstructured projects with all sorts of items, including craft supplies, found objects, and upcycled materials. Students will have the opportunity to complete a bigger project toward the end of the session. Come get crafty!

Club dates: 4/2, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21 (No club 4/9)



Fridays 3:30–4:30

Open to Grades 1­–8      Teacher: Jen Cenkus

Beat your troubles away on Fridays after school in our Drum Circle! We will explore our own rhythms as well as discover some traditional instruments and rhythms from various countries. Drum Circle members will also try their hands at making a few simple instruments. Come join the circle! 

*Since this will be a group of students playing drums, it will be LOUD. Foam earplugs will be available, but those with more sensitive ears should bring their own set of noise-canceling headphones.

Club dates: 4/3, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22 (No club 4/10)


Fridays 3:30–5:00

Open to Grades 7 and 8
Teacher: Coach Dom Ianiro
In Classics Club with Coach Dom, students will explore ancient literature, art, science, history, and architecture in order to recognize the influence they have in the modern world. Latin is introduced to the students both to create a foundation for learning the language at a higher level and to build connections between English and Latin in terms of sentence structure and cognates. The perfect club for the “Renaissance” student who is interested in a wide variety of subjects and how they truly are related!

Club dates: 4/3, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22 (No club 4/10)



Fridays 5:00–6:00

Open to Grades 5­–8

Teachers: Coach Dom Ianiro, Ms. Rebekah McClelland, and Mrs. Kate Bergman

Students who love Jeopardy, Trivial Pursuit, or just have a thirst for knowledge will enjoy this club! Led by Coach Dom, students will learn interesting information in subjects such as mythology, history, pop culture, and math. They will also be guided through the experience of competition and team building. Practices will be filled with Jeopardy-style quizzes, scrimmages, context clue workshops, and Sporcle Challenges. The team will also have the chance to participate in competitions against other teams! (Please note: Competitions occur select Saturdays through June; club fees help offset the cost of competition.)


Students who participate in Academic Challenge but not Classics may remain at Ratner till the 5:00 start time and will be supervised by Bekah McClelland. They may bring their own snacks and will have the opportunity for additional Academic Challenge activities.

Club dates: 4/3, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22 (No club 4/10)


Homework Group is an after school group that is offered to students in Grades 6, 7, and 8, from 3:30-5:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. On Tuesday and Thursday, Denise Falcon, Learning Specialist, supports the club and on Wednesdays, Pat Schwab, Elementary II teacher and Learning Support Specialist, supports the club.


The intention of Homework Group is to help students that need support either managing their homework, further assistance with their homework or breaking down assignments. Denise Falcon and Pat Schwab will be able to assist your child in time management of assignments, helping them understand the material, reteaching material (when possible), making sure that the homework expectation for your child are not unreasonable.


Although the intention of Homework Group is to get the bulk of the students homework completed, they still may have some work to complete at home. Additionally, please note that although Homework Group is staffed by Learning Specialists, it is not intended to be used as a private tutoring session.