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Clubs and Organizations

Throughout the 2021 – 2022 school year, students will have the opportunity to participate in several morning clubs from 7:20 – 7:50 AM. We will post our club schedule on August 31, 2021! Please note that attendance for each morning club will be kept by the instructor, and a student will be removed if the following criteria is not met:

  • Less than 6 “X’s” on “The Weekly Report” 
  • Zero  Tier II/Tier III Behavior Communicators 
  • Zero Bus Discipline Referrals
  • Misses 2 performances 
  • Misses 3 practices from 7:20 – 7:50 AM

Book Bowl:  3rd – 5th Grade with Mrs. Coward
In an effort to promote literacy and a love of reading, Greenwood will be creating their first Book Bowl team. Students will have to read selected books and complete a series of tests and worksheets in order to become a member of the team. The Book Bowl team will have a competition the 4th 9 weeks!  

Boggle: 3rd – 5th Grade with Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Wakefield
Come foster your love of words by playing Boggle with Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Wakefield on Monday mornings from 7:30 – 7:50. You will have the chance to build your word list and compete against others, as your race against the timer. All KG – 5th grade students are welcome. We will meet on Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14. We look forward to having you join us.

Buddies: K and 5th Grade with Ms. Guelig
Selected 5th grade Gators with be paired with kindergarten Gators as “Buddies”. These buddies will meet once a month after school and participate in exciting activities. This is an awesome opportunity for our 5th graders to gain experience as a leader and mentor. Kindergartners will develop a friendship that will last all year!

Cheerleading: 1st – 5th Grade with Ms. Elkins
“G-A-T-O-R! Go Gators!” Our cheerleading coach is lead by VCU cheerleading alumni and our PE teacher, Ms. Elkins. These students will bring smiles, energy, and excitement to our pep rallies and hallways! If you have school spirit, join! 

Cycling: 1st – 2nd Grade with Mr. Jones
Greenwood is proud to host the only cycling room with Henrico County Public Schools. These selected students will get a sweat as they put the pedal to the medal while blasting some tunes. The STEAM Lab is rockin!

Dance Team:  1st – 5th Grade with Eleanor Robertson
The Greenwood Dance Team is famous for their monthly performances at PTA meetings, pep rallies, and sporting competitions. Our dance instructor, Eleanor Robertson from Rigby’s Jig Ballroom Dance Studio, leads our team with passion and enthusiasm unknown to mankind! Get ready to boogie on down! 

Debate Team: 3rd – 5th with Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Wakefield
We challenge our 3rd – 5th grade students to check out the fundamentals of debating and public speaking. Learn how to argue your point of view with sound research and evidence.

Destination Imagination: 3rd – 5th grade with Mr. Truda and Mr. Stein
Lights! Camera! Action! If you like acting and collaborating with other gators, this group is for you. Students will be split into teams and be presented with different challenges each week. The team will then have to act the situation out and solve the problem. The purpose of this club is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.

Digital Art Club – 4th and 5th grade with Mrs. Barlett
Artists will explore a variety of computer-based art techniques including animation and digital drawing.

Drumline: 3rd – 5th Grade with Mr. Stein
Our drumline, “G-Wood,” will continue to set the tone each week as they parade down the hallway and welcome our bus riders. These students will perform at our quarterly pep rallies and selected assemblies. Each year our drumline will also participate in at least one performance off campus. We have performed at school board meetings, Glen Allen Parade, high school sporting events, and were even scheduled to open a major teacher conference in Chesterfield, Virginia! 

Flag Raiser: 3rd – 5th Grade with Mr. Truda
Students will learn how to raise and lower the American, Virginia, and Henrico flag. They will be able to perform this important task daily. Students will learn the value of following a routine and start their day with a sense of accomplishment.

Friendly Helpers: 4th and 5th Grade with Ms. Guelig
Want to make a difference at school? Friendly Helpers work on different projects that spread kindness at school and in the community. Learn how to be a mentor, teach others to resolve conflicts and how to encourage others to have a growth mindset!

Future Teacher Leaders (FTL) – Partnership with Glen Allen High School
Glen Allen High School students will visit Greenwood on selected Mondays and Fridays to develop a relationship with our Gators. These high school students will be positive role models for our students as they continue to work on their dream of becoming future educators. This is a great opportunity for our young students to ask questions about school after Greenwood and be mentored by the impressive young men and women of Glen Allen High School. Our FTL will also assist with our quarterly Gator Gatherings.

GATOR Camp: 5th Grade with 5th Grade Teachers and Administration
Rising 5th graders at Greenwood Elementary School are invited to participate in Gator Camp. Our 5th graders will discuss what it means to be a Greenwood Gator as they attend breakout sessions on building leadership, respect, teamwork, and accountability. They will learn about available 5th grade interest groups and responsibilities, Our Gators will participate in team building activities so please wear athletic clothing and tennis shoes.

Gators on the Go: PK – 5th Grade
Be part of starting a tradition and get in shape at the same time! The first annual 3K Turkey trot will be held on November 19th at Greenwood Elementary School. Students and families will have to the opportunity to train for the race every Saturday at 9 AM from October 1st through November 12th. The Weekend Warriors will also train during the early spring and participate in the 1 Mile Monument Kid Fun Run.

Gator Gains: Kindergarten – 5th Grade with Ms. Elkins
Are you ready to gain strength, speed, agility, and move!?  Join us for Gator Gains. Bring your energy and let’s get moving with high intensity fitness activities!

GEMS (Girls Empowered and Motivated to Succeed): 5th Grade
These young ladies will have the mission of coming into this group as a wonderful caterpillar who seeks to become herself…a beautiful butterfly. This team will have deeper discussions about bullying, caring for others, and leadership. Successful women throughout our community will be invited to join their monthly meetings. 

Greenwood Gents: 5th Grade with Mr. Taylor
Mr. Taylor, one of our outstanding 5th grade teachers, will lead young men on the journey to becoming gentleman as they prepare for middle school. These students will engage in monthly lunch discussions about important topics like gratitude, appreciation, trust, optimism, respect, accountability, responsibility, honor and chivalry. Students will also discuss the importance of self-care. The impact that diet, hygiene, grooming, manners and positive leadership have on perception and relationships with both peers and adults will also be discussed.  Greenwood gents will wear ties/bowties and assist with car drop off arrival from 7:20-740 AM on Wednesday.

Green Thumbs: 3rd – 5th Grade with Mrs. Hatchett and Ms. Kouri
Greenwood is going to have the best garden in town thanks to these students! These students will learn the lifelong skill of maintaining a garden and will be in charge of tasks from planting to pulling weeds. Their hard work, pride and joy will be on display as you pull into the parking lot! Grab your gardening gloves and let’s show everyone why Gators have green thumb!

Harry Potter Club – K – 5th grade with Mrs. Coward
This is the hottest and one of the most popular clubs at Greenwood! In this club, participants will discuss all things Hogwarts as we explore Harry Potter inspired crafts and games! 

House Leaders: 3rd – 5th Grade
Students in 3rd – 5th grade are able to apply to be a house leader with a recommendation from their parent and teacher.  Teacher house leaders will hold an intense interview panel for applicants and the school will vote on our leaders. The house leaders are in charge of creating pep rallies, completing community service projects, attending a professional development course in leadership over the summer with our teacher house leaders, promoting spirit days, and leading from the front in the classroom. 

LEGO Club: Kindergarten – 5th Grade with Mr. Jones
The LEGO Club will complete a building challenge each week and share their products with the team. This club will work on their presenting skills, as well enhance their problem solving and innovative thinking.

Magic Music Club with Mrs. Murphy
Explore the magical world of music through songs, movement and creativity!

Math 24: 3rd – 5th Grade with Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Wakefield
Students can join Mrs. Wakefield, our gifted resource teacher, and Mrs. Jackson, our associate principal, on Wednesday mornings to problem solve and use their critical thinking skills. Math 24 is a game where students must add, subtract, multiply or divide four numbers to get an answer of 24 as quick as they can. The club will culminate with a Math 24 competition where students who tryout for Greenwood’s Math 24 team will compete against other elementary schools in Henrico County.

Mindful Mondays: Kindergarten – 5th Grade with Ms. Guelig
Students learn about mindfulness and practice calm breathing and peaceful poses. 

Minecraft – K – 5th with Mr. Jones
Mr. Jones is continuing his Minecraft Challenges that will encourage students to become creative thinkers and learn to build using their passions!  Students will meet with Mr. Jones weekly to receive their new Minecraft challenge and get to view and learn about other students’ creations.

Morning Announcements: 5th Grade with Mrs. Hobbs and Mrs. Coward
Lights! Camera! Action! These students will be on the big screen every morning announcing important school items! Participants must be comfortable speaking in front of the camera and provide a lot of enthusiasm to pump their classmates up for a great day!

Mystery Drawing Art Club: Kindergarten – 5th Grade with Mrs. Barlett
Join Mrs. Barlett each Wednesday to complete a MYSTERY DRAWING!  We will draw one shape and line at a time together to slowly reveal an amazing picture!

Podcast Team: 4th and 5th grade with Ms. Guelig
Students will work with Ms. Guelig on how to start a podcast. We will learn first steps, marketing strategies, and writing and interviewing techniques, and how to record. For interested students who can commit to meeting weekly with Ms. Guelig. For students who attend regularly, they can work with the Greenwood IMPACT Team to record an episode for Swampcast, Greenwood’s podcast. 

Rubik’s Cube Club: Kindergarten – 5th Grade with Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Wakefield
Grab your cube and practice your moves! This team will be lead by our gifted resource teacher, Ms. Wakefield, and Mrs. Jackson, our associate principal, as they prepare for the HCPS county competition. This is a great program to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills!

Safety Patrol: 5th Grade with Ms. Johnson
These students will have the important job of helping making our great school as safe as possible. Their duties will include helping teachers with hallway duty and holding signs by the school buses. These students must be role models throughout the year and consistently demonstrate the 5 principles of a true Gator (Grateful, Accountable, Trustworthy, Optimistic, Respect).

Shotokan Karate: Kindergarten- 5th Grade with Master Al Taylor
Ready to get fit while having fun and building self confidence! Martial Arts is a way of life that embodies the essence of character building, self confidence and respect for others. Master Al Taylor is a 5th degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate, earning his rankings and credentials as a member of the Shotokan Karate International Federation, with over 30 years experience in teaching. Bring out your warrior spirit and join us for some high energy training and development!.

Sports Club: Kindergarten – 5th Grade with Mr. Stein
Our sports club is a great way to practice your soccer (fall), basketball (winter), and flag football (spring) skills. Each week these participants will compete against each other in drills and scrimmage games. Furthermore, the selected participants will compete against other schools. 

STEM & Math Team: 4th & 5th Grade with Mr. Jones
Calling all young math and science experts to Ms. Kouri’s lab! If you love math and science this is the club for you. These junior scientists will serve as assistants to Ms. Kouri in preparation for our Science and Innovation Fair. Students will also have the opportunity to lead science experiments of their own!

Step Team: 3rd – 5th Grade with Ms. Wilson and Ms. Compton
Are you spirited? Do you have rhythm? Do you love to perform? Do you want to participate on a team? If you answered YES to these questions, “The Gator Stomp” is for you! This passionate group will perform at selected PTA meetings, quarterly pep rallies, and sporting competitions.

Strikers Soccer (K – 5th Grade)
Our students will have the opportunity to work on their soccer skills with coaches from the Richmond Strikers organization. The students will compete in many drills and scrimmage games. Great class for beginners and experts!

Teacher Assistant: 5th Grade with Ms. Guelig
Another great mentoring and leadership opportunity for our 5th graders. Students will have the opportunity to assist our kindergarten teachers on selected mornings. Teacher assistants will have important classroom roles including reading to students, explaining math concepts, or helping teachers with classroom tasks. These students will truly be teacher assistants!

The Lab: K – 5th Grade with – Mr. Truda
Start your Wednesday with conversations about science in the world around us.  We will put our senses to the test with a weekly experiment that will challenge us to observe, hypothesize, and reflect!”

Tinkercad Creations: 3rd – 5th grade with Mr. Jones
Join Mr. Jones for his Tinkercad Creations Club, where students will learn to construct and modify their very own 3D creations. Students will love working with 3D models while working to create awards for our students of the month, Quarterly House Winner Trophies, and use their passions to make 3D objects of their choice!

Virtual Traveling with Mrs. Anderson
Take virtual tours of popular attractions and beautiful landscapes from all over the world. Travel to the far ends of the earth while in the comfort of your own home!

Yearbook Club: 5th Grade
Student Editors (2 representatives from each 5th Grade Class) meet monthly during ‘working lunches’. Students learn about photography, design layout, publishing, advertising, editing, and everything else it takes to produce the yearbook. The yearbook club comes up with ideas and themes all while learning and completing production of the book