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2017-18 Club Offerings

  • Registration for Clubs is now closed. If you have any questions about a club, please contact the club sponsor with any questions.
  • NO PAYMENT IS DUE UPON REGISTRATION. Once your child’s spot in the club has been confirmed you will receive a link to pay online.
  • Clubs will NOT meet on holidays or when the school is closed.

Art Club
Registration CLOSED – Club is full
Day of the Week: Monday, weekly
Dates: Fall 9/25/17-12/18/17 | Spring 1/22/18-4/16/18
Time: 2:55 – 4:10 pm
Eligible Grades: 4th – 5th grade
Limited Enrollment
Fee: $65.00
Art Club Website
Description: Art club is after school on Mondays for fourth and fifth grade students. Space is limited, so please apply early when the time comes. Since we have many students that register each year, the group will be divided into Fall and Spring Art club. Generally 5th grade students are in the Fall and 4th grade students are in the Spring. Fall art club will be on Mondays from 9/25/17-12/18/17. Spring art club will be from 1/22/18-4/16/18. We meet from 2:55PM to 4:10PM. At 4:10 PM we will be in the car rider lane waiting for parents that are picking up their children. The club fee covers the cost of art supplies and Beyond School Hours Administration.
Club Sponsor: Mercia Schorn, LME Art Teacher

Chess Club – After School Small Group Professional Coach Lessons
Registration CLOSED – Club is full
Day of the Week: Monday – Friday, weekly (Each child attends one meeting per week. Meeting times are not interchangeable.)
Dates: Classes begin the week of Sept 18th. End dates vary, please see the complete class schedule below in the description. Chess club registration is for the entire school year 2017-2018.
Time: 3:00 – 4:15 PM
Eligible Grades: K – 5th grade
Fee: $340
Chess Club Webpage
Description: The after school lessons are taught by a professional chess coach in a small group setting with kids of similar skill level (USCF ranking) once a week. We are able to offer two afternoon class everyday of the week. This allows us to provide: Smaller groups of kids in each club meeting time; A tighter defined level within each group of kids, which will enable the coach to prepare lessons more focused on the specific level of each group; More differentiation, with coaches better able to focus on individual levels of experience and expertise; More fun for the kids, who will enjoy playing more against kids who are closer to them in expertise and/or grade level.

The LME Chess Committee and coaches worked together to define the best criteria for each group of kids, taking into account both ideal ranges for each instructional level and the actual number of LME chess club members currently at each level. Seats are limited for each skill level.  Priority will be given to children who meet the criteria for the day/time. Thereafter, priority will be first-come, first-served. During the year, the coach might suggest a better class for your child based on his ability or tournament result. You will be notified about the same and with parent’s permission, the child would be moved to the class that would be a better fit for his skill/level.

All children who participate in the LME Chess Club will receive a year-end trophy, but only children who participate in at least one Austin-area chess tournament will be eligible for a Gold, Silver or Bronze trophy. There are typically 2-4 chess tournaments in Austin each year. We will keep LME chess club members informed about Austin area chess tournaments. Chess tournaments are a great way to build kids’ excitement about chess, and the LME Chess Club encourages all club members to attend at least one chess tournament every school year. Please see the chess club webpage for more information.

The club fee covers the cost of 24 coached afternoon sessions (Fall & Spring sessions), Chess Club T-shirt, Chesskid.com gold membership, trophy and Beyond School Hours Admin.
Class Meeting Dates:
-Monday Class: 9/18-12/18 & 1/22-4/23
-Tuesday Class: 9/19-12/19 & 1/23-4/24
-Wednesday Class: 9/20-12/13 & 1/24-4/18
-Thursday Class: 9/21-12/14 & 1/25-4/19
-Friday Class: 9/22-12/15 & 1/26-4/27
Club Sponsors: Siddharth Khanna & Chess Club Committee, Parent Volunteers

Chess Club – Friday Morning Chess Meet-Up
NO REGISTRATION Necessary. Students who wish to participate in Friday morning Chess Meet-up simply show up.
Day of the Week: Friday Morning, weekly
Dates: 9/29/2017 – 4/27/2018
Time: 6:45 – 7:30 AM in cafeteria
Eligible Grades: K – 5th
Fees: None, Free for ALL LME students
Description: Starting this year the LME Chess club is opening up the Friday morning chess free play session for all LME students. This ‘Chess Meet-Up’ is intended for LME students of all levels to experience the game and play with other LME chess enthusiast in a friendly setting. The goal is to encourage new payers to observe and/or play the game with other students (no coaching will be provided), and for experienced players to practice the game with other players. Parents are not required to stay, but their help in set up and clean up would be appreciated. Parents, siblings & youth volunteers are welcome to participate in the games and encouraged to guide new kids to setup chess board and teach them basics of chess. If your child has always wanted to play or is curious to learn more about the game of chess, then this is a great place to do it! We are also working on an incentive program for kids that attend the meetup on Friday mornings, more on it after we get started! (NOTE: Since this will be a free session with no fees or registration requirements, participating in the morning chess session WILL NOT include the Chess Club T-shirt, chesskid.com membership or year end trophy, which will be provided for students joining the after school coached Chess program.)
Club Sponsors:  Chess Club Committee, Parent Volunteers

Choir – Singing Lions
Registration CLOSED – Club is full
Day of the Week: Thursday, weekly
Dates: Fall 9/21/17– 12/11/17* | Spring 1/4/18 – 4/30/18*
Time: 2:55 – 4:00pm
Eligible Grades: 3rd – 5th grade
Limited Enrollment
Fee: $60
Singing Lions Website
Description: LME Singing Lions is open to all students in 3rd – 5th grade but space is limited to the first 40 students who sign up and pay their dues. The first choir meeting will be on Thursday, September 21st and will meet every Thursday from 3:00-4:00 all year in the music portable 77B, unless otherwise notified by Mrs. Pyles. The Singing Lions will perform at a winter and spring concert, school functions, vertical choir concert, and other opportunities that may arise. Fall Concert Dec. 7th at 6:45pm *Note: The last meeting for fall and spring sessions will be a “Post-concert celebration” on Monday, Dec. 11th and Monday, April 30th. The club fee covers the cost of a t-shirt, sheet music, choir folder, other choir activities and Beyond School Hours Admin.
Club Sponsor: Katie Pyles, LME Music Teacher

Cub Choir
Registration CLOSED – Club is full, please check back in the spring for any openings
Day of the Week: Monday, every other week
Dates: Spring Only 1/22/18–4/23/18
Time: 2:55 – 4:00pm
Eligible Grades: 1st – 2nd grade
Limited Enrollment
Fee: $30
Cub Choir Website
Description: The LME Cub Choir is open to 1st and 2nd grade students who love singing and making music with friends! Rehearsals take place in Ms. McKenna’s room in the music portable every other Monday from 2:55-4:00pm. *Please note the new pick-up time, as it has changed from last year due to the slightly longer school day. Cub Choir will only take place during the Spring semester this year. Rehearsal dates will be January 22nd, February 5th, March 5th, March 26th, April 9th, and April 23rd.
Spring 2018 Performances: Laurel Mountain Spring Choir Concert— Date/Time TBD in the LME Cafeteria
*Choir students please arrive at 6:15pm in the music portable to warm up.
Club Sponsor: Mary Mckenna, LME Music Teacher

Edible Garden Club
Registration CLOSED – Club is full
Day of the Week: Thursday, weekly
Dates: Fall 9/21/17 -12/14/17 | Spring 1/11/18– 4/26/18
Time: 2:55 – 4:00pm
Eligible Grades: 3rd –  5th grade
Limited Enrollment
Fee $40
Description: The Edible Garden needs a Green Team and we’re looking for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to join our Gardening Club! In this after school garden club we will learn about all the different aspects of gardening such as garden design, soil development, plant propagation, planting, composting, and pruning. Members need to be ready to get their hands dirty working to maintain the Edible Garden. The Green Team Gardening Club will meet on Thursday’s from 2:55 – 4:00 pm.
*Interested students will need to write a paragraph that explains their interest in gardening. The paragraph should be sent via email to Ms.McCullough, by Tuesday, September 12th.
Club Sponsor: Karin McCullough, LME 4th Grade Teacher

Registration CLOSED – Club is full
Day of the Week: Thursdays, every other week *(please note the dates below as there is some variation in the schedule)
Dates: Sept 21, Oct 5, 19, Nov 9, 30, Dec 14, 21, Jan 25, Feb 8, 22, Mar 8, 29, Apr 5, 19
Time: 2:55 – 4:10pm
Eligible Grades: 4th – 5th grade girls
Limited Enrollment
Fee: $30
Description: GirlsCode’s main focus is to inspire 4th and 5th grade girls to become involved with technology through an artistic approach. The program will specifically combine computer science programs with artistic projects to capture the girls attention. Throughout the club the kids will create their own company and create a “viral” game. They will be taught basic coding through popular programs such as Scratch, PencilCode, and Alice3.
Club Sponsor: Anjali Segu, Westwood HS Senior

Jogging Lions Club
Registration CLOSED – Club is full
Day of the Week: Tuesday, weekly
Dates: 10/17/17 – 2/27/17
Time: 2:55 – 3:30pm
Eligible Grades: K – 5th grade
Fee: $15.00
Description: If you love to jog and have comradely with other students, this is the club for you! Our running club is no longer operating under Marathon Kids, we have our own jogging program now! Students will run the track after school on Tuesdays from 2:55-3:30pm (students must be picked up from the blacktop promptly at 3:30pm). For every marathon students complete during the jogging club they will receive a prize. The goal is for students to run four marathons during the jogging club time frame. The club fee includes a t-shirt, which students will receive at the beginning of the club, club supplies and Beyond School Hours Administration.
Club Sponsor: Teena Schneir, LME PE Teacher

Little Toasters
Registration CLOSED – Club is full
Day of the Week: Thursday, every other week *(please note the dates below as there is some variation in the schedule)
Dates: 9/28, 10/12, 11/2, 11/16, 12/7, 1/11, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/22, 4/12, 4/26
Time: 2:55 – 4:00pm
Eligible Grades: 3rd – 5th grade
Limited Enrollment
Fee: $30
Description: Little Toasters is a club that is open and recommended for 3rd-5th grade students. Any student who wants to become more confident in speaking in public is welcome to join this club. Throughout the year, students will engage in workshop style learning in which they learn important public speaking skills. Additionally, students will be given great tools in how to capture their audience’s attention and gain confidence when speaking in front of others. Based on the internationally renowned Toastmasters program, Little Toasters is adapted to aiding youth in their journey by helping share their voice.
Club Sponsor: Neeharika Bandlapalli, Westwood HS Senior

Math Pentathlon
Registration CLOSED – Club is full
Day of the Week: Tuesday OR Thursday after school OR Tuesday evening (Each child attends one meeting per week.  Meeting times are not interchangeable.)
Dates: 10/03/2017 through April, with exact end date determined by the child’s tournament date (details below)
Time: 2:55 – 4:15pm OR 6:30 – 7:30pm
Eligible Grades: K – 5th grade
Fee: $105.00
Description: After reading the information below, if you have questions about Math Pentathlon, including how parent volunteering works, please come to our parent information session on 9/6/2017, at 7:15am in the LME library.

Mathematics Pentathlon® is a national program that supports interactive problem-solving, strengthens basic math concepts and skills, aligns with STEM and National and State Mathematics Standards, stimulates creative thinking and integrates spatial, computational and logical reasoning skills.  Mathematics Pentathlon website 

The LME Math Pentathlon Club meets weekly to learn five different games that build foundational math skills.  Math Pentathlon games are designed to be fun and to allow children with different strengths to shine in different games, as each game emphasizes a different type of mathematical thinking.  The season culminates in a Saturday tournament in which the kids play each of the five games they learned one time, facing different opponents from schools all over north Austin.  Tournament play is in a relaxed environment that emphasizes fun more than competition.  Tournament attendance is mandatory.  Before registering, please confirm that you and your child are available to attend the tournament for their grade level:
  – 04/07/2018  Kindergarten & 1st grade
04/21/2018  2nd & 3rd grade
– 04/28/2018  4th & 5th grade
*Parent volunteering is mandatory for this club. Please click here to go to the Math Pentathlon webpage for parent volunteering details.
The registration form includes questions about the ways in which you are available to volunteer. Please be accurate about your availability so that the group your child is placed in has enough parent volunteers to avoid canceling meetings or disbanding the team.
The club fee covers the cost of tournament registration, pizza on tournament day, a t-shirt, games and supplies that are used during club meetings and Beyond School Hours Administration.
Club Sponsors:  Krista Laine (afternoon meetings) Sridevi Thambi (afternoon meetings), and Abhishek Desai (evening meetings), parent volunteers

Pride Pals
Registration CLOSED – Club is full
Day of the Week: Twice monthly on Tuesday
Dates: 10/3/17 – 4/24/18
Time: 2:55 – 3:45pm
Eligible Grades: 4th – 5th grade
Limited Enrollment
Fee: $75
Description: Pride Pals is the name of our Laurel Mountain Elementary Student Council. It is a service organization with the goal of being a service to the Laurel Mountain and greater Austin/Round Rock communities. Each member is expected to be a good role model and to lead by example for all LME students and staff. We will meet twice monthly (with a few exceptions) after school on Tuesdays. All Pride Pals members will participate in various school spirit initiatives, as well as leadership, fundraising and community service projects. In order to gain membership, all interested students will be required to submit an application and a teacher recommendation to Mr. Sparks or Mrs. Ferrier. The membership fee will cover the cost of a club t-shirt, as well as various supplies throughout the year. We look forward to another great year of Pride Pals!
Club Sponsors: Zachary Sparks, LME Resource Teacher, and Wynn Ferrier, LME 4th Grade Teacher

At Home Learning Programs

Math Superstars
Eligible Grades: K – 5th grade
Fee: None
Math Superstars and Geography Stars Website
Who can become Math Superstars?
Any student who thirsts for additional mathematics practice outside the regular classroom curriculum.  It’s an opportunity for Kindergartners through 5th graders to enhance their journey through mathematics by solving challenging and fun problems! Each participant receives a math worksheet on a weekly basis and have one whole week to work through it.  The completed work will be due one week later for grading!  The program lasts 25 weeks for 1st grade through 5th grade, and will start in October. The Kindergartners will have a later start in January for a 10-week program.
Club Sponsor: Nancy Zhou, parent volunteer

Geography Stars
Eligible Grades: 1st – 5th grade
Fee: None
Math Superstars and Geography Stars Website
Who can become Geography Stars? Any student, from first grade through fifth grade, who has the curiosity to explore the world through his or her imagination, ignited by the participation in working through the weekly geography worksheet.  Students will receive “visas” that they can add to their “passports” as record keeping for their completed “travels”. Like Math Superstars, each participant will have one week to complete their paper travel through the worksheet. The program will start in October and last for 25 weeks.
Club Sponsor: Nancy Zhou, parent volunteer

Both of these programs are run by our parent volunteers. In order to make these programs successful, we need the committed help of the parents. Not only do we need to encourage our students to finish their work and turn in on time, we also need the parents to grade the papers in a timely manner so that the students can receive meaningful feedback for their work. Please sign up to be volunteer graders so that our students can benefit!

The following clubs are formed in the spring for the following year. 2017-18 registration is closed.

Destination Imagination
Days of the Week: Monday and Thursday  (with some exceptions, and including some Saturdays)
Time: 2:55 – 4:30pm
Eligible Grades: 4th – 5th grade
Limited Enrollment, parent volunteering required
Fee: $120
Description: Destination Imagination (DI) is a school-sponsored club activity that provides 4th and 5th grade Laurel Mountain students the opportunity to creatively problem solve in two different competitive phases and present their solutions at the DI Regional Tournament in February 2018.  Team meetings will be held twice weekly after school (with a few exceptions) in order for the team to complete their team challenge solution and practice various types of Instant Challenges they may encounter at the tournament. This year’s DI program will consist of at least two fundraisers, one community service project, as well as some Saturdays for the team to select and shop for materials, to attend various student skill workshops, and for the team to work on solving their challenge (e.g., painting, building props/backdrops, etc).  At least 2 parent volunteers will be necessary to work at the DI Regional Tournament.
Destination Imagination website
Club Sponsor: Zachary Sparks, LME Teacher

FIRST Lego League
FIRST Lego League *Registration for this club occurs in the late spring for the following school year because the teams need to be formed by the first day of school. Registration for the 2016-17 school year is closed. Please watch for the 2017-18 registration in April/May.
Meeting dates, times and locations vary depending on the team coach. All group meetings occur in homes.
Eligible Grades: 4th – 5th grade
Limited Enrollment
Fee: $100
LME Lego Lions webpage
Club Sponsor: Andrew Chen