We are so excited to offer a chess club at Oak Grove Elementary starting in October. No experience is necessary! If your child is interested in the game, then this is the place to learn the basics and have fun playing chess with friends. If your child already has chess experience, this is a way to review the rules, learn new moves and practice, practice, practice.
There are many reasons to enroll in this new after school club, but mostly this is an opportunity for children to learn the rules of chess and enjoy an internationally played game. According to Susan Polger, four-time Chess World Champion,
“Countless researchers and studies have shown over the years that chess does indeed strengthen a child’s mental clarity, fortitude, stability, and overall health. Many schools are now finding chess as an inexpensive but essential way of helping kids grow mentally. In this technologically driven world, chess helps aid in the synthesis and growth of certain areas in the brain and mind where many children can benefit as they grow older from the game.”*
The Oak Grove Chess Club will have a 15-minute lesson each week followed by 45 minutes of free play. Children will have an opportunity to enter local and regional tournaments with the Oak Grove team and also individually.
This is a volunteer-run club! We are looking for parents and grandparents who have some time on Thursday to help out. Chess knowledge is helpful but not necessary! All you need is an interest in the game, an ability to work with children and volunteer clearance through Wake County. We will need at least 1 volunteer per 8 children to make this fun for everyone!
The Chess Club meets Thursday afternoon beginning October 9, 2014 in the Media Center from 3:45pm – 4:45pm. If your child is tracked out, you must drop him/her off through the carpool loop or park and walk him/her in. Parents must park in the BUScircle for pick up and sign out their child by 4:45pm in the Media Center.
To attend class, your child will need to bring a specific type of chess board approved for tournament play. We recommend you purchase a club chess set for approximately $10 at Wholesalechess.com. It comes with a roll-up vinyl board and tournament-sized plastic pieces with a carry bag. (We do not recommend “weighted” pieces.) Please try to have the set purchased by our first class. http://www.wholesalechess.com/shop/chess_sets/club_chess_sets
We will be running three sessions from 3:45-4:45pm. Each session will have one lesson and will include free play. Our schedule is as follows:
Autumn 8-week Session: October 9,16,23,30, November 6, 13, 20 and December 4. THIS SESSION IS FULL if you have not already turned in forms.
Winter 9-week Session: January 8,15,22,29, February 5,12,19,26 and March 5. Waitlist available for tr.1,2,3
Spring 9-week Session: April 2,9,26,23,30, May 7,14,21, and 28. Waitlist available for tr.1,2,3
Click Chess Club Flyer – Final 2 to see the Chess Club form. Please fill it out and send it to your classroom teacher or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Original post Sept.26, 2014