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Go to this link to see a current schedule of Fall Activities on our Virtual Backpack

To encourage social development, Cove students participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. The school has an active student council that meets weekly to provide planning for many various school projects, including spring planting and the popular Cove buddy program. Representatives also lead the student body in the pledge of allegiance each morning. Other school-wide clubs include the Cove newspaper, yearbook and high school prom committee.

Cove students in each grade participate in several social events each semester, including fun dances with local DJs, bowling nights and art events.

Below is a list of after school activities and brief descriptions. Click on the link at the top of the page, or to go to our Virtual Backpack to get a schedule of days and times activities are offered. You can also get forms and information about programs from Beth Pickus at the front desk.

Fall After School Activity Descriptions

Homework Club (Elementary/Junior High)
Students receive a snack from the Cove School Store and then are given support to complete their homework assignments.

STEAM Classes

Maker Studio (All-Grades)
Calling ALL designers, engineers, scientists, artists, and mathematicians! All K-12 students are welcome to program, build, tinker, sew, make, and construct. All you need is your imagination. Program using Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and Scratch. Build with littleBits, Lego WeDo, 3D printing, cardboard, fabric, and household recyclables.
*Elementary and JH Students must sign up for Homework Club from 3-3:30 if taking this class.

Robotics (JH and HS)
Do you enjoy putting things together and taking things apart? This class in robotics will teach students the fundamentals of robotic design and programming. Students in this class will have the chance to be a part of The Cove School's robotics teams to compete in a First Lego League competition. 

Art, Dance, Theater and Music Classes

Art Lab (Elementary and JH)
Creative Adventures in drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media for budding artists in Elementary and JH. 
Turn your creative dreams into a reality.

Choir (All Grades)
Enhance your child's music education. Students will learn about being part of a larger ensemble, setting goals, achieving those goals, and developing a sense of self-esteem, all while pursuing musical excellence. 
*Elementary and JH Students must sign up for Homework Club from 3-3:30 if taking this class.

Dance (All Grades)
Students will learn different styles of dance and technique, choreograph dances, strength and lengthen their muscles and align their bodies while having fun and listening to their favorite music.  They will have a chance to teach their family members and teachers how to dance at the end of the program.

Piven Workshop (JH and HS)
Join in on the fun of improvisation, games, and theatre! See this flyer for more information about this program.
*JH Students must sign up for Homework Club from 3-3:30 if taking this class.

School of Rock (All Grades)
We will continue a 5-piece rock band with guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals. Students will learn the fundamentals of playing their instrument as well as their musical roles in the band. This class will culminate in a concert at the end of the term.

Sewing and Crafts (All Grades)
Students are supported and guided as they acquire and explore independent skills: researching, planning and executing independent projects. A few project areas are (but not limited to): nature projects, sewing, crocheting, drawing, painting, cement crafts, paper crafts, floral arrangements, small wood projects, and jewelry design.
*Elementary and JH Students must sign up for Homework Club from 3-3:30 if taking this class.


NEW! Girl Scout - Join our new troop (45413) (All Grades)
As a Girl Scout, there are lots of ways to have fun, make friends, and do things that have a positive impact on your life, your school, and your world. At Cove we are going to have one troop where each age level will cooperate together while also focusing on age appropriate activities. Elementary and middle school girls will focus on earning badges and working on projects. High school girls will learn how to be junior leaders. Separate registration with the Girl Scout council is required. (Cost $15) Elementary and JH students must sign up for Homework Club from 3-3:30 if taking this class.

Sports Classes

Baseball Clinic (Elementary and JH)
This 8 week baseball clinic features fun drills for learning the baseball fundamentals of throwing, fielding & hitting. The weekly clinics will be designed to include creative activities which will teach sportsmanship and teamwork while having fun learning all aspects of the game. Towards the end of the clinic we will play a simulated baseball game so the kids can show off the skills they’ve been working on.

Elementary Basketball
Students will participate in a weekly practice where they will improve their basketball fundamentals.  Each student will have the chance to be coach for a day and lead a weekly practice while working on sportsmanship and teamwork.  

Junior High Basketball/High School Basketball
During the basketball season, the Junior High and High School basketball teams will participate in weekly practices and multiple games.  Each basketball team will also compete in weekend basketball tournaments in the Chicagoland area.  The ultimate goal of the season is to qualify for the Special Olympics State Championship in Bloomington-Normal. The teams also compete in the Chicago Area Alternative Education League’s (CAAEL) tournament in Spring.  All practices, games and tournaments emphasize the idea of sportsmanship while the players work on improving their basketball skills and fundamentals.

Bowling (All Grades)
Join The Cove Cougar Bowling Team! See the permission form for more details about this program. 
*Elementary and JH Students must sign up for Homework Club from 3-3:30 if taking this class.

Cheerleading (JH and HS)
Come out at show your school spirit by joining the Cove Cheerleaders! We cheer at the basketball games and at other Cove events. Come join the fun!

Elementary Soccer
The Cove Soccer team is a recreational club where the players develop and perfect the fundamentals of soccer (kicking, dribbling, passing, and throwing) while having fun and learning about sportsmanship and teamwork! Drills and scrimmages are the basis of each practice. Students are able to participate in both the Fall and Spring seasons. At the end of each soccer season, there is a Staff vs. Students game and all parents are invited to watch! If you want to be a part of a great team, this is the sport for you!

Poms (Elementary)
Come show your school spirit and join the POMs Team!  Students will learn different dances to perform at the Variety Show and the halftime show for the Junior High and High School Home Basketball games.  We will work together through different team building activities and organize a Bake Sale in February where the students will sell baked goods to their classmates and teachers in the mornings.  Looking forward to an amazing POMs Season!

Track & Field (JH and HS)
Track and Field will being training for the Special Olympics Summer Games. Athletes will have the opportunity to participate in individual relay races. We will also be offering traditional and modified field events, such as long jump and tennis ball throw.