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 

Book club is currently on hiatus until Ms. Ranny returns to school.


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


Date/Time Age Range Cost  Sign Up / More Information 
Fridays, 3:15-4:30 p.m.
April 13- May 25
 1st years(graders) and up $87 Email for information or sign-up here: Heartwood Chess Club


Coding Club

CAML Academy’s popular coding club uses Minecraft Mod by Blockly to teach the fundamentals of programming in an exciting videogame context. Participants learn functions and commands, variables, loops, conditionals and much more, while building their own customized Minecraft experience.

Date/Time Age Range Cost  Sign Up / More Information 
3:15-4:30 p.m.
March 27-May 29
(no club April 3
due to Spring Break)
2nd -6th graders $130


During Go club, the students learn to play Go, improve their games, build relationships among players, learn new ways of conflict resolution, and build sportsmanship… as well as playing many games of Go and having 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.

Interested in learning more? Check out our blog, What is Go?


Date/Time Age Range Cost Sign Up  More Questions?
3:10-4:10 p.m.
March 21 – May 23
(no club on April 4th due to Spring Break)
Ages Five and Up. $15/session Go Sign Up


Girls on the Run (GOTR)

Help your daughter activate her limitless potential! 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 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.
Age Range Cost Sign Up  More Questions?

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.

     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.