After School Clubs and Lessons

After School Clubs

Book Club

Book Club is a fun and exciting experience that will help your children grow their love of reading! It’s goal is to attract friends who love to read as well as those who aren’t so crazy about it.  You don’t have to be a fluent reader to join the club. We will be reading along together, having group discussions and of course, snack at every session. Ranny’s goal is for your children to leave book club each week feeling jazzed and excited about reading. 

In an effort to expose your children to a wider variety of book selections, there will be a few changes this year. Each session will be seven weeks as opposed to six. You can email Ranny if you are interested in your child attending and she will place their name on the sign up. There will be 15 available spaces for each seven week session of book club. Book club was quite popular last year and spaces tend to fill up quickly. If your child does not get into the current session I will place their name on a wait list and they will automatically have a spot when the next session begins.


Date/Time Age Range Cost  Sign Up Information  
Thursdays, 3-4 p.m. 1st-4th years (graders) $15/session Email


Sign up for the competitive chess team! Students will learn chess fundamentals and strategies that enhance learning skills and critical thinking. We will build confidence and have the option to compete against other local schools. Novice students and experienced players are encouraged to sign up as we will have two levels.


Date/Time Age Range Cost  Sign Up / More Information  
Fridays, 3-4:15 p.m.
September 15th – December 1st
2nd years(graders) and up $110 Heartwood Chess Club


Heartwood Montessori is excited to be hosting a new Go club this fall. The club will be held on Wednesday afternoons from 3-4 p.m.  During club, the students will learn to play Go, improve their games, build relationships among players, learn new ways of conflict resolution, and build sportsmanship… as well as play many games of Go and have fun!

Go is a strategic board game from China that is 4,000 years old and teaches valuable life lessons. In our club, we are fusing the life lessons of Go with the peace centered intentions of Montessori methodology. Go is sometimes compared to Chess– both being sophisticated strategy games. However, Go is a strategic game to encircle territory in the most elegant way possible, in other words, to create space. The history and philosophy of Go resonates very closely with Taoist and Zen teachings, in alignment with the peace education of Heartwood.

Ready to sign up? You can sign up here. Interested in learning more? Check out our blog, What is Go?


Date/Time Age Range Cost Sign Up  More Questions?
Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
 November 1st – December 13th
Ages Six and Up. (Under special circumstances
five year olds may be considered.)
$15/session Go Sign Up
Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
January 10th – March 7
Ages Five and Up. $15/session Go Club Sign Up


Girls on the Run (GOTR)

Help your daughter activate her limitless potential this fall! Girls on the Run is a program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.  Girls will train for and run a 5k race while exploring concepts of competence, confidence, connection, character, caring and contribution. Completing the 5k gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.Girls do not need to be “runners” or into running to participate as the activities are all fun, age appropriate and will build up their running ability over time.


GOTR will be taking a break for the spring but will be returning in the fall of 2018.  Please contact Marizol Martinez at if you have any questions.
Age Range Cost Sign Up  More Questions?
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:15 p.m.
September 25th – December 8th
3rd-5th years (graders) $205 (scholarships available)  Register Here!  GOTR Flyer

Writer’s Workshop

Missy McClure is excited to announce that she will be offering Writer’s Workshop as an after school club on Thursday afternoons. This will be an opportunity for authors to come into their “workshop” and practice their craft. There will be some lessons, lots of brainstorming, and cookies. Oh, yes, and writing! If your student would like to attend, please send Missy an email, and she will put her or his name on the list. She will provide folders, notebook paper, and pencils. Your writers simply need to bring imagination.

Age Range Cost Sign Up  More Questions?
Thursdays, 3-4 p.m.
Beginning Thursday, October 26th
Upper Elementary, Middle and High School $15/session  Email Email

After School Music Lessons

Violin – The Suzuki Method

The Suzuki method is an educational method which strives to create ability and beautiful character in students through a nurturing environment. The ‘nurture ‘ in the method is is based on a concept of early development that focuses on factors which Shinichi Suzuki observed in native language acquisition such as immersion, encouragement, small steps and an unforced timetable for learning material based on each child’s developmental readiness to imitate examples and internalize principles.


Day/time: Thursdays 11:15-12
Age: 3-7
Class size limited to 7 children
Cost: $18/ class- 30 classes with  monthly fee 9 equal payments Sept-May
(violin rental not included in fees)
Contact: Dana Friedli at


Piano lessons devoted to both sight reading as well as playing by ear. A recital is held in September each year in Cary.

Day/Time:  Tuesdays, 2:40 onwards in 30 min sessions
(Check with instructor for lessons on other days of the week)
Age: 5 years and up
Contact: 919 889-1995

Snow Day January 19th

There will be no school tomorrow due to inclement weather.