We have an exciting program of before school enrichment classes at Sunrise Valley Elementary School!
 
Thank you to all of the parents and educators who took part in our survey last spring. It is SVES PTA’s mission to provide a rich, rewarding and diverse before school experience to students, parents and educators with a variety of price points.
 
Enrichment activities are offered directly before the school day and provide students opportunities to explore new activities, develop skills, exercise, and connect socially with a greater cross-section of their school peers outside the classroom. Before school enrichment classes are offered onsite by outside providers who have classes designed specifically for kids. All providers are approved vendors by FCPS. We will offer three sessions of activities this year: Fall, Winter, and Spring. Each activity will meet once a week for a total of eight classes. Fall activities are open to all students in grades 1­-6. The winter and spring sessions are also open to Kindergarteners.
 
Questions? Contact the Enrichment Coordinator at enrichmentSVESPTA@gmail.com
 

Can a parent teach an enrichment class?
Yes, a parent can teach a PTA-sponsored enrichment class. The parent and any other individuals instructing students will be subject to all laws, rules, and regulations required by FCPS and government (including background check, review of all financial plans associated with the class, insurance, and other requirements that may be requested by FCPS).

It is recommended that the parent contact the Enrichment Coordinator no later than February/March of the year prior to the academic year in which they would like to teach an enrichment class. The Enrichment Coordinator will work with the parent to include course information in the Survey which is sent to PTA Members in the spring to gather feedback about past and prospective enrichment classes. Based on the feedback received, the Enrichment Coordinator presents the findings of the survey to SVES Administration and the PTA Board, with the SVES PTA Board providing the final approval of enrichment providers for the following school year. These meetings may occur during the summer break, depending on the timing of the survey and year-end school activities.

Here is more information about FCPS Facilities Use. 

This process is for teaching PTA-sponsored enrichment classes only. The SVES PTA is happy to include points of contact on our website for programs that are not sponsored by the PTA. Examples include Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Odyssey of the Mind.


Can an FCPS employee teach an enrichment class?
Employees of FCPS can also teach enrichment classes, subject to the same process outlined above. Since they are already employed by FCPS, the security element of the process may be completed more quickly.


What happens if FCPS is closed or has a delayed opening?
Enrichment will be canceled in the event that FCPS is closed or has a delayed start time. We try to build in two makeup dates if classes are canceled, however, there is minimal time between Enrichment sessions, so Mondays may be used for makeup classes. We make every effort to schedule makeup classes, however, there is the possibility that a class may not meet the number of times originally scheduled.


Why are classes offered before school and not after?
FCPS allows our PTA to use unused classrooms and at this time they are only available before school starts in the morning. If this changes we will explore scheduling after school programs.

 

Can Kindergarteners participate?
Since Kindergartners are new to the school, the teachers would like for these students to focus on getting to know their school in the Fall. Kindergarteners can join the Enrichment Program in the Winter and Spring sessions.

 

How are Enrichment Programs chosen?
Each Spring we send out a survey to PTA Members asking for feedback about Enrichment Programs. We use this feedback to prepare a portfolio of courses to offer in the following academic year. Vendors for the selected classes are chosen from the list of approved FCPS vendors.


How are the prices set for Enrichment Programs?
Pre-approved vendors go through a rigorous vetting program with FCPS — which includes a financial review to ensure that costs are kept as affordable as possible. The SVES PTA charges a small fee to cover the costs of our online commerce system and does not use the Enrichment 
Program as a fundraiser.

As a benefit of joining the PTA, members will have early access to register their child(ren) for enrichment activities at a reduced price. We urge all parents to take advantage of early bird enrollment so minimum enrollment numbers can be met. After the one-week early bird window, online registration will be available to all Sunrise Valley families at an additional price of $10 per activity. 

Registration Coming Soon

Registration Schedule for 2020-21

Fall Session

  • Early Bird Registration starts September ?.

  • Regular Registration starts September ?.

  • Registration closes September ?.

  • Enrichment classes start September ?.

Winter Session

  • Early Bird Registration starts November ?.

  • Regular Registration starts November ?.

  • Registration closes November ?.

  • Enrichment classes start November ?.

Spring Session

  • Early Bird Registration starts January ?.

  • Regular Registration starts January ?.

  • Registration closes February ?.

  • Enrichment classes start February ?.

Survey sent in PTA weekly newsletter, to parents/staff whether or not their child(ren) participated in the Enrichment Program, and was open from May 21 -31.

Survey tool used: Survey Monkey.

 

Sent to ~490 emails, 42 responded (9% response rate):

  • 40 Parent/guardian with children at SVES
  • 1 Teacher/staff (no children at SVES)
  • 0 Teacher/staff and parent/guardian with children at SVES

 

Survey Participants’ children represented each grade at school:

  • 16 - 3rd Grade
  • 10 - 5th Grade
  • 9 - 4th Grade
  • 6 - 2nd Grade
  • 5 - Kindergarten
  • 4 - 1st Grade
  • 4 - 6th Grade
  • 3 - Does not apply to me

 

Survey Participants had children in all 2018-19 Enrichment classes, except Java Coding in Minecraft and Video Gamemaker with Scratch.

 

 

Survey Participants ranked classes from 2017-2018 they would like to return for 2017-2018 (select up to five):

  1. 20 - SVES Girls Running Club
  2. 17 - Spanish
  3. 15 - Basketball
  4. 13 - Yoga
  5. 12 - Hip Hop
  6. 11 - Chess, Fun Run Club
  7. 10 - Debate Club

 

Survey Participants ranked prospective classes for 2018-2019 (select up to five):

  1. 21 - Finance Club (3-6)
  2. 17 - Fun Run Club (1-4), Yoga (K-4)
  3. 11 - Origami and Paper Plane Making (4-6), Math Booster Club (1-3)
  4. 9 - Take the Stage (K-2)
  5. 4 - Karate (1-3), My First Lemonade Stand (K-3)

 

 

Survey Participants were asked if they would be interested in a full-year Spanish language program:

  • 15 - Yes
  • 11 - No
  • 15 - Need more information

 

Survey Participants were asked for they thought about the quality of the instruction and/or curriculum:

  • 22 responses were received
  • 14 provided “positive” comments
  • 2 provided “not applicable” comments
  • 1 provided “negative” comments with no recommendations
  • 1 provided “average” comments with no recommendations
  • 6 provided specific comments:
    • Art Factory was geared toward K-1 grade
    • Budding Entrepreneurs had substitutes more often than not and apparently did not finish their final project.
    • Would welcome a new chess instructor
    • Parkour instructors told the kids that the class would be canceled if that didn't behave
    • Debate Club sounded like it was too big for my child to get as much out of it as I would have liked
    • Baroody could communicate more with parents about when a teacher doesn't show and plans change

 

Survey Participants were asked what suggestions they have for improving the enrichment program.

  • 20 responses were received

 

Survey Participants were asked how else the PTA can serve the community.

  • 12 responses were received

Survey sent to all PTA Members, whether or not their child(ren) participated in the Enrichment Program, which included SVES Teachers who were members of the PTA, for 10 days in May, starting 4/26/18 and ending 5/6/18.

Survey tool used: Survey Monkey.

 

Sent to 211 individuals, 38 responded (18% response rate):

  • 34 Parents
  • 1 Teacher (no children at SVES)
  • 3 Teachers/parents with children attending SVES

 

Survey Participants’ children represented each grade at school:

  • 11 - 2nd Grade
  • 11 - 4th Grade
  • 10 - 3rd Grade
  • 7 - 1st Grade
  • 6 - Kindergarten
  • 5 - 5th Grade
  • 3 - 6th Grade
  • 1 - N/A (Teacher without children at school)

 

Survey Participants had children in all 2017-2018 Enrichment classes, except: SVES Girls Running Club, Photography, WeDo Robotics.

 

Survey Participants ranked classes from 2017-2018 they would like to return for 2017-2018 (select up to five):

  1. 13 - Art Factory (K-3)
  2. 12 - Introduction to Parkour (1-3), Introduction to Parkour (4-6), Introduction to Computer Science & Coding
  3. 10 - Chess

 

Survey Participants ranked prospective classes for 2018-2019 (select up to five):

  1. 22 - Typing Warriors (3-6)
  2. 18 - Budding Entrepreneurs (3-6)
  3. 17 - Debate Club (3-6)
  4. 15 - Tastes Around the World (K-3)
  5. 12 - Martial Arts (K-3)
  6. 9 - My First Lemonade Stand (K-3), World of Wizards (K-4)

 

 

Survey Participants were asked if they would be interested in a foreign language program that ran the full year:

  • 21 - Yes
  • 5 - No
  • 11 - No opinion

 

Survey Participants were asked for they thought about the quality of the instruction and/or curriculum:

  • 19 provided “positive” feedback with no recommendations
  • 4 provided “not applicable” comments
  • 2 provided “negative” feedback with no recommendations
  • 1 provided “average” feedback with no recommendations
  • 3 provided specific comments:
    • Would like to increase the number of students in Parkour
    • Would like to see an art class for 3-6 grade
    • Would like Tastes Around the World class offered for 4-6 grade

 

Survey Participants were asked what suggestions they have for improving the enrichment program.

  • 30 Responses were received

 

Survey Participants were asked how else the PTA can serve the community.

  • 14 Responses were received

Survey sent to all PTA Members, whether or not their child(ren) participated in the Enrichment Program, as well as SVES Teachers for two weeks in May, starting 5/12/17 and ending 5/27/17. Survey tool used: Survey Monkey.

 

Sent to 169 individuals, with responses from 42 individuals (24.8%):

38 Parents

1 Teacher (no children at SVES)

3 Teachers/parents with children attending SVES

 

Survey Participants’ children represented each grade at school:

12 - 1st Grade

12 - 2nd Grade

9 - 3rd Grade

9 - 5th Grade

7 - 4th Grade

4 - Kindergarten

4 - 6th Grade

1 - N/A (Teacher without children at school)

 

Survey Participants had children in all 2016-2017 Enrichment classes, except Creative Writing Seminar.

 

Survey Participants ranked classes from 2016-2017 they would like to return for 2017-2018 (select up to six):

  1. 20 - Run Club (Gr K-6)

  2. 17 - Chess (Gr 2-6)

  3. 13 - Introduction to Acting (Gr 3-6)

  4. 11 - Introduction to Improvisation (Gr 3-6) and Yoga (Gr K-6)

  5. 9 - Photography (Gr 4-6), Zumba (Gr K-6)

 

Survey Participants ranked prospective classes for 2017-2018 (select up to six):

  1. 18 - Spanish (Gr K-3)

  2. 16 - Introduction to Computer Science & Coding (Gr 4-6)

  3. 13 - Web Design (Gr 3-6)

  4. 11 - Introduction to Computer Science & Coding (Gr 1-3)

  5. 8 - Cryptography (Gr 4-6), Science (Gr 4-6), Spanish (Gr 4-6)

There were also some write-in suggestions.

 

Survey Participants were asked to select how many Enrichment Terms they would like in an Academic Year:

Two (Fall/Winter): 6

Three (Fall/Winter/Spring): 19

No Preference: 17

 

Survey Participants were asked how many times in a Term they would like a class to meet:

8 times: 10

10 times: 11

No Preference: 21

 

Survey Participants were asked if a calendar invite would be a helpful reminder of the class (and possible cancellations and rescheduled dates)

Yes: 30

No: 0

No Preference: 12

 

Feedback was also requested for how to better communicate the need for volunteers as well as general suggestions for improvement.