After School Programs

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS: GENERAL INFORMATION

  • The fee is $100 per student, per club.
  • Please check each club’s description and the school calendar for specific meeting dates.
  • 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.
  • Please use the registration links following each club description to register your child for clubs. Please submit one form per child.
  • FOR CONTINUING CLUBS: Students who signed up for the Fall 2018 session of a continuing club MUST REGISTER AGAIN for the Winter session. (Also, new club members are always welcome for continuing clubs, even if they didn’t sign up for the fall session!)

 

MONDAY CLUBS:

 

LEGO CLUB—NEW DAY!
Mondays 3:30­–4:30

Open to Grades 1–4
Teacher: Mrs. Jodi Richardson
Students in this club led by Ratner Library and Lunch Supervisor Jodi Richardson, 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, working with partners or small groups, and just having fun playing with Legos after school.

Meets in the Computer Lab

12/3, 12/10, 1/7, 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25

LEGO CLUB REGISTRATION

KINDERGARTEN LEGO CLUB REGISTRATION

 

TUESDAY CLUBS:

 

D.A. (Dumbledore’s Army)—NEW!

Tuesdays 3:30–4:30

Open to Grades 3–8
Teachers: Mrs. Nadia Vinogradov-Carek, Mrs. Mandy Walden, Mrs. Anjali Patel

Love Harry Potter? Join the D.A.! This club features lots of fun activities for Harry Potter fans. (We recommend that club members have read the books and/or seen the movies, as we cannot guarantee that there won’t be spoilers.) Don’t miss the first meeting where Sorting will take place! Beyond that, we’ll be doing crafts, reading ancillary materials (such as a Tale from Beedle the Bard), playing games (yes, Quidditch!), brewing potions, cooking enchanted recipes, and more. Harry Potter attire not required, but welcomed.

Meets in the Room of Requirement, of course

12/4, 12/11, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26

D.A. CLUB REGISTRATION

 

YOUTH BASKETBALL CLUB
Tuesdays 3:30­–4:30

Open to Grades 1–4
Teacher: Coach Dom Ianiro
Led by Coach Dom, Ratner’s Physical Education Teacher and Athletics Coach, students will learn and practice basketball skills. The club also provides an outlet for physical activity at the end of the school day and an opportunity for teamwork and friendship.

Meets in the Gym

12/4, 12/11, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26

YOUTH BASKETBALL CLUB REGISTRATION

 

ROBOTICS CLUB
Tuesdays 3:30–4:30

Open to Grades 4–8
Teacher: Mr. Andy Persanyi
In Robotics Club, led by Mr. P., Middle School Teacher and Ratner’s Technology Coordinator, students work in teams to assemble and code Lego Mindstorm robots. Special emphasis is placed on strategically building and learning to maneuver the robots in a “wrestling style” for the annual Robotics Throwdown competition, which takes place on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Andrews Osborne Academy.

Meets in the Computer Lab

12/4, 12/11, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26

ROBOTICS CLUB REGISTRATION

 

WRITING CLUB  
Tuesdays 3:30–5:00

Open to Grades 6–8
Teacher: Mrs. Molly Urban

This club allows students to explore their creative side with personal attention from Middle School Language Arts Teacher Mrs. Urban. Through constructive criticism and positive feedback, young writers will build their storytelling skills, self-expression, and confidence. In this club, students will have time for free writing, writing from prompts, mini-lessons in different writing techniques, and preparation for the PenOhio competition, which takes place on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Shaker Heights Middle School.

Meets in Room 210

12/4, 12/11, 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26

WRITING CLUB REGISTRATION

 

 

WEDNESDAY CLUBS:

 

SEUSS CLUB—NEW!

Wednesdays 3:30–4:30

Open to Grades 1–8
Teacher: Mr. Dan Kalleres

Dr. Seuss was a master of rhyme.

Join the Seuss Club, it’s the perfect time!

Grades 1 through 8 would certainly be great,

Crafting stage props and skits for an important date!

Help with backstage or on stage, it’s your choice after all,

There’s plenty to prep for this year’s Seuss Awards ball!

So much to do and so little time,

We think you'll have fun, it will be quite sublime!

 

The Seuss Awards, an annual Ratner tradition that celebrates the beloved author’s works Oscars-style, will be held on Friday, March 1, 2019. Students in this club will be the crew and talent behind the awards, from crafting ballots to creating stage props and performing short skits. Students who wish to perform can be on stage, and those who want to work behind the scenes can. No prior stage experience is necessary; the only requirement for being a member of this club is an appreciation of silliness!  

Meets in the Library (and other locations as needed)

12/5, 12/12, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27

SEUSS CLUB REGISTRATION

 

YOGA CLUB 
Wednesdays 3:30–4:30

Open to Grades 1–6
Teacher: Ms. Kate Nagy

*Students are required to bring their own yoga mat. a water bottle and comfortable clothing are recommended; students will have an opportunity to change clothes at the beginning of the club meeting time if they desire.
Ratner Counselor Ms. Kate Nagy, who is a certified family and child Yoga instructor, teaches students ways to be mindful and how to connect to their brains and bodies using child-appropriate poses and movements. Yoga helps children learn how to build concentration, increases their self-esteem, and allows them to participate in a healthy nonjudgmental physical activity—plus it’s fun and relaxing, the perfect end to the school day!

Meets on the Stage

12/5, 12/12, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27

YOGA CLUB REGISTRATION

KINDERGARTEN YOGA CLUB REGISTRATION

 

 

THURSDAY CLUBS:

 

TAEKWONDO CLUB
Thursdays 3:30–4:30

Open to Grades 1­–5
Teacher: Ms. Donna Papa, ATA Academy

*Students are required to wear a uniform, which can be ordered from ATA at the first class for a fee. Students may participate in testing (date TBD) for an additional fee paid directly to ATA.   
Taekwondo Club is led by Ms. Donna Papa, Fifth-Degree Black Belt and ATA Cleveland Martial Arts Chief Instructor. Students will learn focus, self-control, and perseverance through the challenges of developing Taekwondo skills and techniques and are given the opportunity to earn belts through testing.

Meets on the Stage

12/6, 12/13, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28

TAEKWONDO CLUB REGISTRATION

 

 

FRIDAY CLUBS:

 

CLASSICS CLUB
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!

Meets in Room 211

11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 3/1

CLASSICS CLUB REGISTRATION

 

ACADEMIC CHALLENGE

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 and maybe even a spot at Nationals! (Please note: Competitions occur select Saturdays December through May; 5th and 6th graders will likely have the opportunity to compete in 2 tournaments, and 7th and 8th graders will likely compete more frequently. This club will continue through spring, but parents must register their child for each new season. Club fees help to 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 Ratner parent Rebekah McClelland. They may bring their own snacks, and they will have the opportunity for additional Academic Challenge practice at no extra charge.

Meets in the Library and Room 211

11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 3/1

ACADEMIC CHALLENGE CLUB REGISTRATION

 

 

 

HOMEWORK GROUP - TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS, GRADES 6, 7 & 8

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.

 

HOMEWORK GROUP REGISTRATION LINK