Before School Programs

To register any of the following programs, visit

Session dates are announced in The Willard Weekly

Chess Club

Research shows that chess strengthens a child’s mental clarity, fortitude, stability, and overall health. The importance of chess to brain development and academics has long been accepted.

Vadim Martirosov, a highly experienced Chess Master will teach the game of chess for a portion of the period, followed by time for chess matches between the students.  Mr. Martirosov has been teaching chess full time in the US for the last eighteen years to all levels of students from beginner to master level. He brings an excitement and enthusiasm that makes the game of chess fun for all ages!

Chess Club is run in three 10-week sessions throughout the year. Families must register for each session separately.  Grades 1-5 welcome, and all levels from Beginner thru International Grandmaster.  Space is limited to 30 participants.  Hope to see you there!

Date: Tuesdays, sessions run for 10 weeks
Time: 8:00-8:50 AM
Location: Willard Cafeteria
Cost: $50
Grades: 1 – 5
Number of students: maximum 30 each session

4th and 5th Grade Chorus Club

Do you have a 4th or 5th grader interested in singing in a chorus?  Ms. Bethell is offering a before-school opportunity to join Chorus!  This is a year-long club.

It is open to any interested and self-motivated 4th and 5th graders!  Please have a candid conversation with your child before registering.  This is a weekly commitment; participants may not miss more than 3 unexcused classes, as there is limited space.   The club will plan to sing at a local retirement facility once in the winter and the final class will be a performance for parents.

Date: Tuesdays, October – May
Time: 8:00-8:50 AM
Location: Willard Music Room
Cost: $150
Grades: 4 & 5

In-Line Skating

Start your day on a roll! Join Willard gym teacher Mr. Germond on Thursday mornings in April and May for a spin around the tennis courts. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the spring weather while getting some exercise before school begins!

This program is designed for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders who had a skating unit this fall and have been taught about safety and equipment usage. The class meets on the Willard tennis courts weather permitting.

You may only register for one session.

Date: two sessions consisting of three Thursdays usually in April and May
Time: 8:00-8:50 AM
Location: Willard Tennis Courts
Cost: TBD
Grades: 3, 4, 5
Number of students: maximum 25 each session

Lego Club

The Lego club provides students with the opportunity to create Lego projects and explore Legos with their peers.

At each Lego Club we first talk about a theme to encourage creativity. Each child receives a cup of Legos to work with at the cafeteria tables. Parent volunteers will allow the kids to trade materials if they are fair and kind to each other. We join together before the end and share the creations with the group. We also photograph the creations so families and friends can see the projects. Each child is responsible for helping clean up before the homeroom bell rings.

It is run in three sessions: fall, winter and spring. Families must register separately for each session.  Sessions are limited to 25 students. Parent volunteers are also needed! If you are interested, please contact

Date: every other Thursday, 4-6 classes per session
Time: 8–8:50 AM
Location: Willard Cafeteria
Cost: TBD
Grades: K, 1, 2
Number of students: maximum 25

Sign Language

Have fun learning to communicate with your hands! A new program is being offered before school for students on Beginners Sign Language. Taught by Carol Hauser, Willard Hearing Specialist, this is an interactive program that will incorporate songs, books, and games to make the learning of sign language a fun experience. During the eight-session program, participants will develop a basic sign language vocabulary, including how to fingerspell the American Sign Language alphabet, learning signs for food, family, numbers, colors, singing/signing “Happy Birthday”, and more. Try something out of the ordinary for your child and give them the opportunity to experience speaking with their hands!

Date: Wednesdays, TBD
Time: 8:00-8:50 AM
Location: Willard Library
Cost: $40
Grades: 3, 4, 5
Number of students: maximum 8 students


Morning Yoga offers Willard students a chance to prepare for the school day in a truly unique way. The classes will introduce a series of yoga postures to explore flexibility, encourage concentration and stimulate inner curiosity. Taught by Willard teacher Nancy Barrett in her classroom.

Two sessions are held during the school year: the winter session is for grades 3-5 and spring is for grades 1-2.  A minimum of six is needed for the program to run.  Please bring a mat to class – students will be able to leave it during the session.

Date: Thursdays, TBD
Time: 8:00-8:50 AM
Location: classroom L-24
Cost: $60
Grades: 3, 4, 5
Number of students minimum 6, maximum 8