A.W. Becker Clubs and Activities

Art Club

Advisor: Lauren Young
As a service club, the Art Club focuses on projects for the community. Made up of fourth graders, the group makes posters, participates in art contests and invitational, such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Invitational at Siena College, and enters the Albany Institute’s Annual Festival of Trees. The most involved and rewarding projects involves creating the centerpieces for the RCS Volunteer Dinner. The group meets during recess and holds various fundraisers to purchase materials needed for their projects.

Ballroom Dance

Advisors: Jennifer McGuinness, Jennifer Wolfe and Patti LeFevre
The Ballroom Dance Club is available to fourth and fifth grade students. Advisors and students meet twice weekly after school for approximately three months. The program introduces students to a variety of dances such as Cha-cha, Rumba, Tango, Fox Trot and the Jitterbug. It also teaches children the art of dance as well as respect, team work and self-confidence. Students demonstrate their talents at the end of the program with an extravaganza evening event to showcase their accomplishments to family and friends.

Drama Club

Advisors: Terri Burns and Jennifer Wolfe
This program is open to all fifth grade students. Drama club meets twice a week from mid-February to mid-May. Students learn to read and memorize from a script, to work collaboratively to develop their character, participate in costume and set design, and perform in front of an audience.

Environmental Club

Advisor: Jamie Sullivan
Environmental Club meets on Thursdays throughout the school year and is open to all third, fourth, and fifth graders. Students have the opportunity to become more educated on ways to help and protect our environment in our everyday lives. In order to spread awareness in the community the students will participate in recycling and the Earth Day Groceries Project. This is a cost-free environmental awareness project in which students decorate paper grocery bags with environmental messages for Earth Day. After students have decorated the bags they bring them back to the grocery store, where they are used during the week of Earth Day, which is celebrated on April 22 every year. In addition, students will help maintain the school garden, participate in environmental awareness activities, conduct research on the effects of habitat destruction and visit the nature trail to learn about Ecology.

Intramurals

Advisors: Elyse Loughlin and Brandon Herwick
Students will meet through out the year starting at 8:15 a.m. Parents are responsible for dropping off students at 8:15.  Parents are expected to arrive on time and coming to the gym to sign in the child.  Students should not be dropped off outside of the school or signed into the office.

In the case of a school delay there will not be Intramurals.  Students may participate in one or all of the different activities.  Sign ups are available through the AWB Physical Education department.

Natural Helpers

Advisor: Michelle Brusic
Natural Helpers offers 5th graders at A.W. Becker the opportunity to participate as leaders in the school community. These are students that are recognized by their teachers as “good role models and are responsible.” Natural Helpers help out in the classrooms. They help younger students pack up at the end of the day and push into PE classes. They assist teachers and help with school-wide programs.

Student Government

Advisors: Deb Conti and Laura Daley
This is open to fourth and fifth grade students elected by their classmates. The group meets on Thursday afternoons (after school) once a month to plan activities and projects for the school community. Some activities are just for fun, and some are providing a service.

Technology Club

Advisor: Elyse Loughlin
Students will be introduced to computer science  through CS First and Scratch.  Students create computer science projects around different themes such as Storytelling, Art and Music.

Yearbook Club

Advisors: Kathy Baumgras and Liz Campbell
This club consist of fifth grade students who are involved in the planning, advertising, sales, photography, and layout of the school yearbook. The club meets after school on select Wednesdays twice a month to work on the yearbook. The club also sponsors fundraisers to help reduce the cost of the yearbooks and pay for extra yearbooks to sell in June for those who did not order one.