Clubs and Organizations
Students have the opportunity to join many clubs and organizations at Crabapple Lane Elementary School. Specific club offerings are based on the number of interested students and the availability of staff advisors.
Broadcast is open to all 5th graders and helps them develop public speaking, communication, and technology skills. Students create a daily, live broadcast for the staff and students. This group is sponsored by Monica Boyd, Media Specialist, and Susan Gonzalez, Media Center Paraprofessional. Students complete an application at the beginning of the school year and approved applicants receive position notifications during the second week of the 5th-grade year.
Student Council members represent CLES Cardinals in student government. Members of the Executive Board are fifth graders. In the third, fourth, and fifth grades, each classroom elects a representative. Student Council is sponsored by Andee Watt, Mrs. Reefe, and Mrs. Wiese.
Science Olympiad is a competitive team available to 3rd-5th-grade students who are selected through a tryout process. Science Olympiad develops a passion for and understanding of various science concepts and skills. Students become scientists, engineers, and researchers, as they study a variety of competitive science-related events. Teams compete against other Fayette County elementary schools in a variety of known and unknown events. The Science Olympiad Coach is Lynn Williams, a 3rd Grade Teacher.
Running Club is available for 1st-5th-grade students to enhance fitness through running. Students run or walk around the track and earn certificates for accumulating laps. Running Club is sponsored by Nick Bellantoni, PE Coach.
Cardinal Chorale is comprised of 4th and 5th graders who are selected by audition. Students learn the fundamentals of vocal and ensemble performance as they prepare and present songs for various school and community events. In addition, the Chorale presents two major musicals annually. The Chorale is sponsored by Erin Walker, Music Teacher.
CLES Percussion Ensemble is comprised of 4th and 5th graders who are selected by audition. Students learn proper instrument technique while rehearsing pieces of increasing rhythmic and melodic complexity. The Percussion Ensemble performs for our Veterans Day program and presents two concerts in conjunction with the Chorale musicals. Percussion is sponsored by Erin Walker, Music Teacher.
CLES Tech Team is comprised of 4th and 5th graders who are selected by interview/questionnaire/
teacher recommendation. These students are responsible problem solvers who work together on tasks such as moving sets, organizing props, or running the stage lights. This small group of students works behind the scenes to execute the technical aspects of our musicals. Tech Team members are a vital part of our two Chorale musicals. Tech Team is sponsored by Erin Walker, Music Teacher.
Good News Club is an after-school club that is open to all students regardless of religious background. Students learn respect for authority, character qualities, and moral values. The club is sponsored by Anita Morrow, Support Personnel.
Robotics Team is an after-school technology and maker club for students in grades 4th-5th who are selected through a tryout process. The Crabapple Lane Robotics Team is a competitive team that focuses on the skills of problem-solving, engineering, and project development. Teams are a part of the First Lego League and compete in the winter. The Robotics Team Coach is Jennifer Catlett, 1st Grade Teacher.
Art Club is available to a limited number of 4th and 5th-grade students. Art Club meets on Mondays after school until 3:30 p.m., during the months of September-December. Art Club students explore their artistic side through group and individual projects involving drawing, painting, and mixed media. Art Club is sponsored by Dana Siewert, Art Teacher, and Ashley Fannin, Pre-K Teacher.
Chess Club is open to all fifth graders who want to learn how to play chess or who already know. Chess is a great game because it improves concentration and critical-thinking skills. Our club has fun playing chess with friends every Monday from October 15th through March 28th, after school until 3:15 p.m. in Mrs. Earnhart's classroom. Chess Club is sponsored by Jill Earnhart, Enrichment Teacher.
Safety Patrol's purpose is to be a volunteer who wants to protect and encourage our students to observe safety rules. Members of the Safety Patrol will be good role models who can fairly enforce the rules while also fostering the qualities of leadership and good citizenship. Safety Patrol is sponsored by Tracy Furr, Kindergarten Teacher, and Lauri Gambrel, 1st Grade Teacher.