After School Programs

The FRES PTA believes after school programs provide students with a well-rounded elementary school experience. Which is why we sponsor a full slate of programs for students here at school. Take a look at our current schedule below. In addition, Howard County Recreation & Parks runs several after school programs at FRES. For more information, check out their offerings.

FRES PTA Fall 2017 Schedule of Classes


Silver Knights Chess Club (All Grades)
Oct. 2 – Jan. 22
3:45 – 4:50 p.m.
Cost: $182

Develop critical thinking skills, sportsmanship and patience by learning to play chess. Learn from highly-rated instructors, using a curriculum developed by National Masters. Each weekly session mixes learning and play. Play time is structured to pair against opponents of similar skill. Open to all ages and skill levels. Registration ongoing:


Science Exploratorium (Grades K-2)
Sept. 19 – Nov. 21
3:45 – 4:50 p.m.
Cost: $129

Come discover, experiment, and create as we learn about the colliding worlds of art and science in this STEAM-based class. Create simple machines, learn about crystals and minerals, and dabble in the world of robots. Put on your lab coat, and grab your art supplies because this STEAM class will rock your world. Registration extended until Monday, Sept. 11. Sign up now! 


KidzArt (All Grades)
Sept. 27 – Nov. 8
3:45 – 5:05 p.m.
Cost $126

Create your own masterpieces using a variety of media such as markers, oil pastels, charcoal, watercolors and many more. Registration ongoing:


Introduction to Spanish (All Grades)
Sept. 14 – Dec. 14
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Cost: $225

Fun, engaging and extremely effective intro Level I classes (Level II to immediately follow this session!). Music, stories, games, movement and repetition. To learn more, visit Register by Monday, Sept. 11!


Coding (Grades 2-5)
Oct. 6 – Dec. 15
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Cost: $176

In Silver Knights coding classes, children create stories, games and animations using a visual programming language called Scratch. It’s as easy to use as snapping together building blocks! The curriculum teaches new coders the basics while challenging more experienced coders to create increasingly complex programs. Different projects are done every session, so material doesn’t repeat. Each child takes home a USB with all their programs on the last day! Registration ongoing:


How it Works
All classes are held at Forest Ridge, and each activity begins immediately after school ends. Parents must notify their child’s teacher by including a note in the take-home folder that their child will be attending the activity at school. This way the teacher is reminded of where their child should go at dismissal. Be sure to confirm the end time for each activity because not all activities end at the same time. For instance, after school theater arts typical ends later than other programs.

Pick Ups From After School Activities

Parents must make arrangements for their child to be picked up from the room where the activity is held. Pick up details for each program will be provided before the first class. But, it’s important to be on time for pick up if your child is not attending after care at the conclusion of the class. If you are late, a fee could be assessed. If your child is enrolled in after care, he or she must first report to the cafeteria. The activity provider or parent volunteer will sign your child out, and return your child to the cafeteria when the class ends.

For more information and to learn about discounts for these programs, please contact