Activities

Don’t underestimate the importance of having fun participating in school activities. Some of the best times and memories students have are the experiences of belonging to a club or participating in an after school activity. Clubs and activities are important to join just for the enjoyment that they will bring to most students, but they also allow the students to more easily make friends because the groups are small and they get to be themselves!

Clubs and activities provide students with many positive experiences that help them to become well-rounded individuals who are ready for college or the workplace. It helps students to become active in their school and to feel a connection to the school and to others. It provides a sense of pride and school spirit, and it is a positive influence on our youth today.

There is something for everyone! Get involved!

Have you ever dreamed of stringing a bow and aiming for a bull’s eye?

Archery has become a large part of Ecoff culture. National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is offered in PE to the fourth and fifth graders. The Ecoff Archery Team is the culminating product of what is learned in PE and enrichment programs. The team has participated in the Virginia State Archery Tournament for the past 2 years. The team is selected by try-outs and there is a very rigid practice schedule leading up to the tournament in March. Stay tuned for more information next year!

What is B.O.B.?  Battle of the Books is a reading competition for 5th graders!

Who can participate? Any 5th grader who reads at least 10 books or more from the BOB reading list by January 31st. Summaries will need to be completed for these books and can be turned into the library.

  • Fiction Summary Sheet
  • Nonfiction Summary Sheet

When are the practices? All students who qualify will get to participate in 6 practices during school hours in February and March. Students will get to use buzzers to answer questions from the books on the BOB reading list in a game show format.

Will there be any competitions? Yes! A school competition will take place in March in the school cafe. Students on the BOB team will be divided into 3 teams and compete using game show buzzers in front of the 4th and 5th grade classes.

A county competition will take place in April between Ecoff and 2 other Chesterfield County schools. The competition will take place at one of the participating schools, which sometimes provides us with a field trip opportunity!

What are some other fun reasons to join the team? Not only will you get to meet new friends, but you will also get your own t-shirt and get to join us for a pizza party at the end of the BOB season!

B.O.B. Reading List

  • Artemis Fowl (Colfer)
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library (Grabenstein)
  • Found (Haddox)
  • Free Baseball (Corbett)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Rowling)
  • Maniac Magee (Spinnelli)
  • My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish (O’Hara)
  • Took (Hahn)
  • True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (Avi)
  • Wishtree (Applegate)

The final 10 books will be released in the Fall of 2019!

Our Newest Selection: Summer of the Woods by Steven Smith

Summary: When ten-year-old Derek and eight-year-old Sam move with their family to Virginia, they have no idea what adventures the summer will bring. As the brothers explore their creaky old house and the deep surrounding woods, they uncover a sixty-year-old mystery of a valuable coin collection stolen from the local museum. Join the boys as they spend their summer running from danger and searching the woods, secret caves, rushing waters, and hidden passageways for treasure and the rare 1877 Indian Head cent coin!

Meeting Information: Tuesday, April 30 from 8:30-9:15
Ecoff Library
** The author will be joining us!**

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What is Book and Breakfast?

What? This is a club where students have the opportunity to read the same book and then get together one morning before school to discuss the story in a relaxed atmosphere. Students also have the opportunity to discuss the book through Google Classroom at home before our meeting.

Who? Ecoff students (Meetings are divided into K-2 and 3-5 sessions)

When? We meet 4-5 times a year at 8:30 in the morning. A flyer will go home a month before each meeting.

Where? The library, of course!

Bagels with cream cheese and fruit are provided in addition to juice and milk. A month before our meeting, students have the opportunity to purchase just breakfast or breakfast AND the book. If the book is not purchased through the library, the student may obtain his/her own copy another way (such as borrowing from the public library or purchasing from Barnes and Noble) and still participate with the group. Book discussion is led in small groups by the librarian and parents. We always love to have parents join us!

The Ecoff Choir is about to begin!

This “singing club” encourages students to sing, dance and have musical fun! There is no need to audition – just come with a love of singing.

Rehearsals are on the following Wednesdays at 8:15 am in the Music Room:

  • January 16, 23
  • February 6, 13, 20, 27
  • March 6, 13

Plus one additional rehearsal on Tuesday March 19.

The Performance is on Tuesday March 19 at 6:30pm.

Permission slips will be sent home in December and January. All students who attend must have a permission slip turned in by January 15.

Please email Mrs. Mort if you have any questions.

maura_mort@ccpsnet.net

Ecoff has 2 beautiful, enclosed courtyards in the middle of the school. One is located behind the library and the other is between the kindergarten and first grade classrooms. Both have been recently renovated to encourage outdoor learning experiences and provide the opportunity for authentic lessons that correlate to the curriculum.

The larger courtyard provides a peaceful setting with a pond, small benches, a pergola, small garden, bird houses, and rose bushes. The smaller courtyard is used for the more active learner, with spaces for literacy centers, 4 whiteboards, plots for gardening, and an outdoor stage.

Some ways the gardens have been used:

  • Book Buddies
  • Gardening
  • Silent Reading during library class
  • Special lunches
  • Small group remediation
  • Science experiments
  • Small ceremonies

Friendly Helpers is a program at Ecoff that is offered to students in grades 3-5. At the beginning of the school year, students will have the opportunity to apply for this position, which will require students to write a short essay and get a teacher recommendation. Students who are chosen for friendly helpers will be paired with a classroom and visit them during recess once per week. Teachers assign duties to friendly helpers, such as filing, preparing activities, reading to younger students, helping with centers, etc. In addition, friendly helpers will participate in one community service project (for example, leading a fundraiser, cleaning up the school grounds, etc.). Friendly Helpers meet once per month with Mrs. Watts and Mrs. Mincey, the School Counselors. For more information about Friendly Helpers, please contact Mrs. Watts at lauren_watts@ccpsnet.net.

New Spring Program for 4th and 5th graders

What is it? We are NOT a running program. We are SO MUCH MORE! We are an active positive youth-development program for young girls!

Girls on the Run is a curriculum-based, character development program designed for 3rd – 5th grade girls of ALL fitness and ability levels. The 10-week intentional curriculum includes lessons that specifically target helping girls improve in Competence, Confidence, Caring, Character, Connection, and Contribution. Girls learn specific skills and strategies such as how to manage emotions, help others, make intentional decisions, and resolve conflict that they use at home, at school and with friends.

What we do: Groups of 10 to 20 girls meet twice a week with their trained, volunteer coaches to discuss important life lessons while playing integrative & fun running games. GOTR emphasizes independent thinking, making healthy choices, healthy group dynamics and problem solving. The curriculum stresses peer support and doing your best. The program finishes with the girls running or walking in a 5K. This season’s celebratory 5K will be the Toys for Tots 5K in December.

Program Dates: Meetings take place twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30 am – 9:00 am.

The season runs from Tuesday, February 19th – Sunday, May 19th: 7:30 – 9:00 am.

Registration: Available online from our website: http://gotrrichmond.org

Cost: $75.00/participant *inaugural year reduced fee from $185.00 for all participants due to grant funding and donors: use code “EcoffRuns” in the discount code box when registering.

Program includes: GOTR program t-shirt, water bottle, 10 weeks of program materials and lessons delivered by 3 certified GOTR coaches, 5k race entry, end of season 5k completion medal and a season of confidence enhancing lessons and activities your daughter won’t forget!

5K: Sunday, May 19th @ 9:00 am. Families are encouraged to join.

*Financial aid in the form of scholarships are available based on need and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Contact info@gotrrichmond.org for more information. Please apply for scholarships prior to trying to register.

Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond: Email: info@gotrrichmond.org Website: http://gotrrichmond.org

Contact: PE Teacher and Head Coach, Shauna Anderson with questions: shauna_anderson@ccpsnet.net

Come Learn to Code and Change the World!  Join Ecoff’s Girls Who Code Club!

What is a Girls Who Code Club?

Girls Who Code is a National Program that is designed to enrich girls to join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models, and use computer science to change the world! Through fun and interactive curricula, club girls not only learn how to positively impact their community through code, but they are also taught to be brave and resilient- which has an enormous impact on how they approach challenges and whether they stick with coding in the years to come.

What happens during a club meeting?

In a girls who code club, girls are able to learn from fun and simple online coding tutorials, building community through interactive activities, and learn about inspiring role models. They then work in teams to design and build a Girls Who Code project that solves real world problems they care about through coding.

Who can join?

The club is FREE and open to all girls in grades 3-5. Whether you are a beginner or a computer master, you’re invited to join the movement. Meetings will be held at Ecoff Elementary before school 8:00-9:00 in the STEAM lab. Girls will meet on every Thursday from April 18th- May 16th. If your child is interested in participating, an adult needs to complete the following steps on the online application:

  • Go to https://hq.girlswhocode.com/ and click on “Sign Up”
  • Enter United States, your date of birth (child’s DOB), and select “I want to join a club as a club member”
  • Complete all the required fields and click on “Continue”
  • Complete the Parent/Guardian Information
  • Once signed in, click on the “Join Your Club” button
  • Enter your Club Code (VA13276) and complete the application form

Each girl will receive a nonfiction activity booklet that is theirs to keep. In addition, girls will get to explore online coding activities and using robotics. Girls who participate in the club will also get to meet the Director of Insider Threat at the GE facility in Richmond. Deadline to sign up has been extended to Friday, March 22nd. Please register as soon as possible!

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Heather Russell at heather_russell@ccpsnet.net

Purpose of the Program: The purpose of the Life Skills Soccer Program is to offer a high quality and affordable soccer program while using soccer as a tool for teaching important life skills that enable children to be successful in school, sports and life. All students participating in the program will receive a Life Skills Players Workbook.

Positive Character Strengths: One unique aspect of the program is the involvement of soldiers from Charlie Company at Ft. Lee. Each Saturday, a group of soldiers will assist with setting up the soccer goals and fields and will help coach teams. The soldiers embody the positive character strengths that we teach in the program such as respect, responsibility, cooperation, focus, effort, determination, and self-control.

Practice/Game Times:
Practices will be Mondays and Wednesdays after school until 5:15, starting April 8th and continuing through May 29th. Games will be played at Bensley Park every Saturday for the eight weeks (April 13th-June 1st) of the season with the following schedule:

Grades K-1: 10:00
Grades 2-3 11:00
Grades 4-5 12:00

Here is an overview of the soccer program, including each week’s soccer skill and life skill the players will learn and practice.

Week

Life Skill

Soccer Skill

1

Respect

Dribbling

2

Focus

Passing/Receiving

3

Effort

Moves with the Ball

4

Self-Control

Shooting and Finishing

5

Goal-Setting

Juggling

6

Responsibility

Defense

7

Cooperation

Moves without the ball

8

Grit/Determination

Review Skills, Show Off Learning

For more information:  

Ecoff participates in the Safety Patrol program sponsored by AAA. Both 4th and 5th graders are eligible to participate. More information to come in September on how you can join!

Safety Patrol Pledge:

I promise to do my best to:

  • Report for duty on time
  • Perform my duties faithfully
  • Strive to prevent traffic crashes, always setting a good example myself
  • Obey my teachers and officers of the patrol
  • Report dangerous student practices
  • Strive to earn the respect of fellow students

For more information, go to History of the AAA Safety Patrol page.

The Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Council consists of 5th grade student leaders chosen by administration to represent Ecoff’s SEL Core Values of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Responsible Decision-Making and Relationship Skills. All 5th grade students can apply to serve as leaders at Ecoff to promote Ecoff Expectations within the entire school community. Specific duties include visiting PreK-5th grade morning meetings to empower other students to use their character traits of self-control, gratitude, curiosity, social intelligence, optimism, zest and grit to reflect the SEL core values to help make our school the best it can possibly be!

STEAMtastic Academy is a before school program geared towards blending Science, Technology, Arts, and Mathematics with Children’s Engineering. Students from Kindergarten through 5th grade will apply what they have learned in STEAM resource to complete quick STEAM and “Minute to Win It” challenges in the areas of Language Arts, Music, Art, Math, and History. Each morning, students will work in teams of four to solve a new design challenge.

The STEAM Academy will meet on selected days from 8:00am-9:05am from September through November.

Students who participate in the STEAMtastic Academy at Ecoff Elementary will have the opportunity to apply for Ecoff’s STEAM Team for the 2018-2019 school year. All applicants will be put into a drawing to represent our school at a county wide competition called STEAMmania held at Cosby High School in early January.

The event is designed for K-5 elementary students to showcase their knowledge, expertise, and interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). Students will be competing on teams against other elementary schools in Chesterfield County. Ecoff always has numerous K-2 and 3-5 teams competing each year.

Each 2nd-5th grade classroom has 2 Student Ambassadors.  Their job is to welcome new students to their classroom, introduce them to the staff, and help them get to know the school!  Student Ambassadors must be recommended by a classroom teacher or other staff member.  They are also required to complete an application for the position.  Final selections are made by administration.
Student Ambassadors are welcoming, friendly, and helpful to new students in their classrooms throughout the entire school year.  The staff coordinator meets with the Student Ambassadors once a month from October until June.  During the meetings, they discuss ways to be helpful, process their experiences with their new student peers, and plan special activities for new students.
Who are the Watch D.O.G.S. and how can you be involved? Click on the link below to learn more!

National Center for FatheringInterested in volunteering as a Watch Dog Dad at Ecoff?  For more information, please contact Mrs. Watts at lauren_watts@ccpsnet.net.