On-site After-school Activities

Please see the current program listing above for available activities.  The programs described below may be offered the current semester, but may not be available (but have been in the past and may be in the future).

Sticky Fingers

Let your children release their inner masterchef! Our professional chef instructors guide kid chefs by providing safe, entertaining, hands-on learning throughout the class, but it’s the kid chefs who do the prepping and the cooking! Our class sessions are a BLAST for all ages and recipes are never repeated throughout the school year! We provide all of the tools, ingredients and instruction needed to cook up a delicious, healthy and hearty after-school snack each week. Our online recipe collection is included as well for loads of future family cooking fun at home! Sticky Fingers Cooking is 100% nut free. We CAN and WILL accommodate ANY and ALL food allergies. Contact us at info@stickyfingerscooking.com or 303-648-4078 x5 with any questions! (link)

Ukelele Lessons

Groundwork Music Project  offers a great chance for kids eight and older to learn to strum, pick and sing along on the ukulele, a small instrument that can pack a big punch. Using both original and traditional material, we create arrangements that allow beginners and more experienced students to participate at their own level of skill. Special events give students a chance to perform on stage, alongside professional musicians. The Fall semester culminates with an opportunity to perform with the Groundwork Music Orchestra at a special concert. Contact founder Neal Kassanoff at neal@groundworkmusic.org or 512-669-2028 with any questions. (link)

Smudge Art Class

Join Smudge Studios this fall as we get back to the basics! Learn the building blocks of fine art through line, shape, color, form and texture. Our projects will explore a range of media, from charcoal drawing to abstract painting, wire sculpting and more. We will focus on the process of art-making by challenging students to manipulate their materials in new and exciting ways. If you have any questions about our camp, please read our CAMP FAQ, email to SmudgeStudiosAustin@gmail.com, or call 512-777-1742. (link)

Improv Classes

Improv can be hilarious, but there’s a lot more to it than just laughs. Listening, supporting other’s ideas, approaching situations with a flexible mindset and learning we can discover things together we’d never find alone are the skills we develop in order to create characters and situations on the spot. While we spend time developing our performance skills, the real focus is on learning to be in the moment and to find wht is awesome about what’s already there. Taught by Kristin Henn, Director of Excused Absence Comedy and Move Your Tale at ColdTowne Theater, this class is available only to 4th through 6th graders at Lee Elementary. It meets on campus, Tuesdays, immediately after school. Class is invited to perform together at Excused Absence Night, date TBD and has the option to perform at school, should the opportunity arise. Meets at ColdTowne Theater. (link)

Girsl on the Run

Girls on the Run is returning to Lee Elementary this fall! Girls on the Run is a positive youth development program for girls, focusing on self-esteem, body image, kindness, and community service. Running is integrated into the curriculum in order to encourage our girls to set goals and get active. If your girl is not a runner; don’t worry! This program is great for girls of all activity levels! Most of our girls have never run before.
The season starts on September 17th and will run through the city-wide 5k race on December 7th.  We will meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 to 4:15, right at school. The cost is $150 for the whole semester, including race registration, practice shirt, race-day shirt, Girls on the Run water bottle, and medal. Registration is currently open at www.gotraustin.org or email Alicia.henderson@girlsontherun.org for more details

Kids Yoga

TLYH (The Little Yoga House) provides our very own yoga curriculum in many after-school programs around Austin. We offer semester long programs with a focus on mindfulness and specific yogic themes. For all inquires about registration, payment, classes, camps, workshops or trainings, please email play@thelittleyogahouse.com or call 512-358-6190. (link)

Mad Science

Mad Scientists present elementary science concepts to kids in a way that makes sense to them — with hands-on experiments and eye-catching demonstrations. Kids actually get to DO science, not just hear about it!  During after-school programs, children engage in exciting hands-on activities, watch spectacular demonstrations, participate in inquiry-based discussions and take home things that they have made themselves like model rockets, periscopes, Mad Science putty, and more! Our hands-on, one-hour science programs are themed around a particular area of science and include such topics as electricity, magnetism, optics, biology and many more. (link)

ATX Ballers

ATX Ballers Basketball welcomes all levels of experience! Each after-school session includes skills-intensive lessons and fun basketball games. Players are taught the fundamentals and skills of basketball in a team-oriented, friendly environment. *Players need to be able to shoot on a regulation, 10-foot basket. (link)

Spanish Immersion Class

The Olas Traveling Program partners with Austin area schools to  provide planned weekly lessons and online access to curriculum. Contact at info@olasspanish.com or 512-909-9065. (link)

Chess Club

Club members receive expert instruction at the beginning of each session and should expect to sit for a 20-minute lesson at the beginning of each club session. This is the time that students learn strategy and develop their skills. They will then pair up for the remainder of the session in guided play. Alternating weeks, the club members will participate in intra-club tournaments and year-end awards can be earned for top performances in each grade.
No prior-knowledge of the game is required to join Chess Club. The student requirements to join are a desire to learn and play, an understanding that sessions with begin with a 20 minute lesson and a willingness to adhere to the rules of the club. Parents of club members are asked to volunteer AT LEAST once during the year at Chess Club. Chess Club is limited to 50 members to maintain a manageable group for instruction and play. Kindergarteners will be considered for membership if spots remain open after priority is given to 1st through 6th graders. If you have any additional questions about Lee Chess Club please contact Chess Club Chair Liz MacPhail at chessclub@russellleepta.org (Lee ChessClub homepage)

Film Kids

Film Kids uses hands-on, student-driven video production to encourage young people’s creativity, confidence, and critical thinking skills. (link)

After School Programs are coordinated by our PTA Vice President of Educational Enrichment.

Other programs sometimes offered at LEE: