Department of Defense Education Activity

Student Activities

All students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities whether they be athletic, academic or social in nature. These activities help to shape students and prepare them for the future as part of a well rounded education.

School clubs are a great way to develop new interests and to make new friends. Students can select these activities based on their interests. Several teachers are the sponsors and coordinate the programs with parents, students, and community volunteers. We provide the following clubs/activities:

Crochet and Fiber Arts Club

Eligibility: 3rd-5th grade students 

Description: Crochet is a fine motor skill that involves eye-hand coordination and patterning.  Proportion, gauge, geometry, topology, graph theory, number theory and hyperbolic plane are all concepts that are taught through this age-old craft. Learning crochet is learning a life-skill.  This year we will also explore some weaving projects.   Students meet 2 days a week at recess time and are invited to attend Saturday meetings 4-5 times a year.  Crochet Club starts meeting in October.

Meeting Time: Lunch time recess and some Saturdays during the year.

Additional Information:  Donations of yarn and hooks accepted.

Intermediate Chess Club

Eligibility: 2nd -5th grade students

Description: . Children will play chess and learn gaming strategies.

Meeting Time: The club will run from January through May. Call school office to connect with the Chess Club sponsor.

Red Hot Reader Cheer Readers

Eligibility: 3rd-5th grade students

Description: Red Hot Cheer Readers is a cheerleading squad that motivates students to read during the month of Red Hot Readers in March. The Red Hot Cheer Readers are a tradition at Vilseck Elementary School. Members of the squad are integral in motivating students to read more during Red Hot Readers Month and are a very visible part of both opening and closing assemblies, performing several choreographies, cheers and simple stunts. Red Hot Cheer Readers provides students with an opportunity to succeed in an area that many do not normally participate in. It gives students an opportunity to develop physical skills such as balance and coordination, as well as responsibility and social skills by being able to work as part of a team. It is an excellent opportunity for students to exercise and have fun. Red Hot Cheer Readers not only allows students to share their pride in being a part of Vilseck Elementary School, but also to feel good about themselves and their ability to succeed.

Meeting Time: Nov/Dec on Wednesdays; Jan/Feb/Mar on Mondays, Wednesdays and days before performances. RHCR meets after school until 1600.

Additional Information: More information about try-outs will be sent home through your child's teacher.

Student Council

Eligibility: 4th-5th grade students

Description: Two students will be elected from each classroom, grades 4 and 5, to represent his/her class. This representative will be responsible for attending meetings, gathering student ideas and reporting information to and from Student Council and their classroom. Student Council members will work on various community projects, support PTA events, help to organize school-wide events, represent the student body to the public and many other community building projects.

Meeting Time: September-May various Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 pm

Talent Show

Eligibility: K-5th grade students

Description: A Talent Show committee plans, promotes and organizes the Vilseck Elementary School Talent Show. Auditions are held, with specific guidelines, to help organize participants according to the show’s categories and keep track of their technical needs. After weeks of rehearsals, VES students performed their skills & talents during the school day with 1-3 performances. A special evening performance was added just for the parents. Talent show participants and families were invited to a mini reception following the family show.

Meeting Time: To be announced

Art Club

Eligibility: 1st-3rd grade students

Description: Students will have the opportunity to explore and express themselves with different art mediums.

Meeting Time: 3rd grade - October-November; 2nd grade - January-February; 1st grade - March-April

Game Club 1

Eligibility: 2nd-4th grade students

Description: This club will play games to work on socialization, working in groups and using games to help develop math, language and problem solving skills.

Meeting Time: Starts in January 2:35-3:35 pm Thursdays

Game Club 2

Eligibility: 1st-3rd grades

Description: Students will learn to play table games that they can share with their family.

Meeting Time: TBD

VES Feet for Freedom Running Club

Eligibility: Grades 3 to 5 students

Description: Running to encourage fitness, confidence, team work, goals and develop a lifestyle skill/interest.  Running Club students will lead the May 23rd school-wide FUN RUN

Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Wednesdays in April and May

Computer Coding Club

Eligibility: 3rd-5th grade students

Description: Students will learn the basics of problem solving using coding with blockly.  Blockly is a block-based visual programming language.   It is the same coding used in Scratch and  The club meets two times a week starting in January.  Students progress through a series of lessons and will work on a coding project that fits their level of skill.

Prerequisites: Students must be able to attend both of the week to be part of this club.

Book and Craft Club

Eligibility: K – 3rd grade students

Description: Teachers will choose and read a book to the class. Students will then make a craft that follows along with the book.

Meeting Time: Wednesday from 2:35 – 3:45 – Different grade levels will meet 4 times before rotating in the next grade level.