After the Bell

After the Bell (ATB) is a comprehensive on-site after-school program serving our students, grades K–8.

Daily Drop-In Program

Our daily program is available to all students from 3:40 to 6:00 p.m. every school day. This is a “drop-in” program with no registration required. Participating students join our ATB staff after school for a snack and choose from a daily menu of activities, with the opportunity to rotate to a second or third activity depending on the length of their stay. The activity menu regularly includes Study Lab and outdoor recreation, and rotates alternating activity categories such as creative arts, design, Lego, theater games, design and social/collaborative pursuits. With a convenient sign-in/drop-in policy, students may take part in this program any day of the week and around other scheduled extracurricular activities.

Enrichment Courses

Enrichment courses provide additional opportunities for students to pursue interests in a variety of subjects. Our after-school ATB Enrichment courses run on a fall and spring semester schedule. Each course meets on a set day of the week for an average of 12 weeks. Past courses have included Design Thinking & Play, Mandarin, Beginners Fencing, CSI Forensics, STEMGirls, InterActing with History, Little Doctors, Comic Book Creators and Geometrocity. We also have year-round options, such as our Strings Ensemble program, which meets twice a week throughout the year. Ensemble students perform at school and public events. Advance registration is required for all Enrichment courses.

Rory Hearse
Director of Auxiliary Programs 

Enrichment Course Offerings

Monday

Multi-Sport Mondays with Sportball

Learn eight different sports throughout a semester: basketball, volleyball, hockey, tennis, golf, baseball, football and soccer. Each week is a scrimmage with an emphasis on skills and fun. This is an outdoor course.

  • Open to grades K–4
  • 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. for 12 weeks
  • Student minimum: 6, student maximum: 17
  • Price: $302

Girls Want to Code with Christy Fennewald

A program for girls (and other interested students) to learn to code, create interactive stories and blend code with art, music and anything else! Coders will engage in “on-screen” and “off-screen” activities to build a foundation in computational thinking. In this course, we’ll build and review our own creative programs. 

  • Open to grades 2–4
  • 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. for 12 weeks
  • Student minimum: 5, student maximum: 12
  • Price: $338

iPianoLab Keyboard Club with iPianoLab

The iPianoLab (iPL) offers a fresh, fun way to learn piano or keyboard through a comprehensive approach that teaches the essential keyboard basics. The iPL method incorporates unique visual aids and interactive learning games. Students learn to play while learning the songs they love from pop hits to TV theme songs. Keyboards and headphones are provided via the iPL “Keyboard Lab.” Students receive access to the iPL site, which provides video lessons, tutorials and opportunities to earn “points” for practice. 

  • Open to grades K–4

  • 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. for 12 weeks

  • Student minimum: 5, student maximum: 10

  • Price: $362

Tuesday

Little Medical School-Doctors in Training

Using interactive demonstrations, projects and games, students learn how organs and the body function, how to use medical instruments, how to take care of their own health, how to administer first aid, and how to tie knots like a surgeon. Each student receives a stethoscope (to keep) and a diploma upon the completion of the course.

  • Open to grades K–2
  • 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. for 15 weeks
  • Student minimum: 8, student maximum: 16
  • Price: $410

Art Adventure with Jean Schuler

This dynamic course encourages creative development, promotes fine motor skills and nurtures playful engagement as we explore a variety of art materials and techniques. Over the semester, we’ll work with several media including spectacular 3D projects, such as a St. Valentine's shrine and a found-objects sculpture.

  • Open to grades 1–5
  • 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. for 15 weeks
  • Student minimum: 6, student maximum: 15
  • Price: $425

Foundations and Beginner Fencing with Ben Parkins and Thomas Hill of Austin Fencers Club

Students will learn the rules, techniques and fundamentals of the sport of fencing. Fencers will participate in group fitness, games, drills and monitored bouting as they progress and grow into more competent athletes. Skills learned in previous classes will be built upon and new fencers will be brought up to speed.

Requirements: Each student will need his or her own fencing gear — Blue Gauntlet 4-Piece Starter Set (select “French GRIP — BG” from the “Choose a Foil-Grip” drop-down).

  • Open to grades 2–5
  • 3:45 to 5 p.m. for 15 weeks
  • Student minimum: 5, student maximum: 14
  • Price: $425

Wednesday

Wellness & Yoga with Jean Schuler

Students will incorporate techniques designed for kids to help self-regulate, self-manage, release tension and conflict, and foster positive communication. Breathing, stretching, mindful movement and self-awareness activities will bring a welcome sense of calm and connection to ourselves and others each afternoon. This course keeps on giving, as students can practice these techniques at any time.

  • Open to grades K–2
  • 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. for 15 weeks
  • Student minimum: 6, student maximum: 15
  • Price: $415

Mandarin with Jessica Du

This Mandarin language course is for students looking to improve their Chinese language skills through fun activities. Join us as we celebrate Chinese culture. We’ll prepare food, listen to music, learn traditional stories and make crafts. We’ll explore Chinese geography, local culture, foods, plants and animals.

  • Open to grades K–4
  • 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. for 15 weeks
  • Student minimum: 5, student maximum: 15
  • Price: $390

Chess with Coach Ed Fay, The Knight School

The Knight School's Coach Ed will teach participants every cool trick, strategy, opening and tactic in “Chessdom.” Through The Knight School’s super fun teaching methods, which include super fast, clock-slapping chess games, zany chess videos and learning levels, young chess players will learn to love the game of chess. 

  • Open to grades 1–6
  • 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. for 15 weeks
  • Student minimum: 4, student maximum: 16
  • Price: $425

Math Dojo for Boys with Marrisa Brody

Mathematical discourse is key. Students will regularly discuss, argue, defend and justify ideas using mathematics, which in turn will help them deeply understand the topics. In our Math Dojo, students build confidence in their ability to share their thinking in a safe space that honors all participants’ ideas.

  • Open to grades 3–4
  • 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. for 7 Wednesdays, Jan. 23 through March 6
  • Dojo = a school for training (typically for various arts of self-defense)
  • Student minimum: 5, student maximum: 20
  • Price: $189

Thursday

K-1 Math Pentathlon with Christine Erwin and Suzi Herrington

Math pentathletes will dive into the kindergarten and first grade games and improve their game strategies. Students will learn how to play the five games and become savvy players with an understanding of strategies, rules and challenges. In each class, students will practice against each other to build their confidence and exercise techniques they learn. Game materials are provided and students will be able to bring home materials for extra practice if desired.  Students do not need to participate in the Math Pentathlon tournament to take this class. 

  • Open to grades K–1
  • 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. for 12 weeks 
  • Student minimum: 10, student maximum: 22
  • Price: $410

Jr. Food Explorers with Sticky Fingers Cooking

Young chefs prepare and eat healthy, globally inspired recipes while learning to cook in a fun, engaging and irresistibly tasty way that will turn even the pickiest eaters into avid food explorers. We combine the love of cooking, kitchen skills, jokes, geography, nutrition, math, culture, language and history to help instill a lifetime love of healthy family cooking. Recipes are 100% nut-free and made with fresh ingredients, and we will accommodate all food allergies. 

  • Open to grades K–2
  • 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. for 15 weeks
  • Student minimum: 8, student maximum: 12
  • Price: $388

Comic Book Creators with Meg Renwick

Join Mrs. Renwick for the fine art of drawing comics. We will cover everything from action poses to word bubbles, humor to storytelling, and more. Our artists will create their comics from start to finish. At the end of the semester, students will take home compilations of everyone’s comics.

  • Open to grades 1–5
  • 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. for 15 weeks
  • Student minimum: 8, student maximum: 22
  • Price: $420

STEMGirls with Flavia Gaskin

If you are a girl that likes to think, invent, create, tinker and build, then you are a STEM Girl! Join Mrs. Gaskin each Thursday as we tackle challenges creatively and collaboratively, exploring the iterative process used by scientists, engineers and all design thinkers. Our motto is “think, make, improve!” Through these experiences, STEM Girls will develop the skills and confidence for careers that will change the world. Science+Technology+Engineering+Math = FUN! This 90-minute class begins and dismisses in Mrs. Gaskin’s science classroom, B212.

  • Open to grade 4
  • 3:30 to 5 p.m. for 13 weeks
  • Student minimum: 8, student maximum: 14
  • Price: $398

All-Pro Strategies Intro to Tackle Football Clinic with Coach Stephen Braggs

This is an instructional tackle football clinic for those with or without previous training. We’ll stress proper positional development for every position. Our football tackling techniques are introduced in a slow, gradual progression before any actual contact is initiated. Players are divided according to age, weight and ability, and gradually move from non-contact drills to full-contact. Each player practices with and learns from former NFL player and Coach, Stephen Braggs. We'll review by video analysis and chalk talk to discuss the merits of development and positional progression through one-on-one evaluations as they relate to the necessary fundamental dynamics of that position. Helmets, shoulder pads and proper athletic attire required (and may be provided).

  • Open to grades 3–6
  • 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. for 11 weeks
  • Student minimum: 4, student maximum: 12
  • Price: $560

Friday

Five Fun Friendship Fridays with Jennifer Dugan

Join our monthly Friday activity bash. This is a great way to meet up with friends and kick off the weekend. Each class has a theme, such as New Year’s Sparkle, Hearty Party, Lucky Spring Swing, Bunny Hop or Disco.

  • Open to grades K–1
  • 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. for 5 weeks
  • Student minimum: 8, student maximum: 20
  • Price: $156


 

Austin Soundwaves Strings Ensemble

Austin Soundwaves is excited to continue its partnership with Trinity Episcopal School by providing a fulfilling and engaging strings program that fosters motivation, growth and passion for playing an instrument, as well as opportunities for valuable lessons in teamwork and commitment. Throughout the school year students receive personalized practice notes and resources from their one-on-one instructor (updated weekly online). 

String Ensemble Details

Beginning Strings Ensemble: Fridays

Beginning Strings Ensemble with Austin Soundwaves
Open to grades 1–4.

This group is for new violin players with either no experience, or with experience not exceeding the Suzuki Twinkle Variations. Student must commit to both group class and private lesson.

Class offering:

  • Access to personalized practice notes and resources updated weekly 
  • 33 individual or partnered 45-minute lessons, once per week before school from 7:05 to 7:50 a.m., day of the week is TBD with instructor
  • 27 group ensemble classes after school on Fridays, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Price: $1,770

Intermediate Strings Ensemble: Tuesdays

Intermediate Strings Ensemble with Austin Soundwaves
Open to grades 2–8

Audition Requirements: Audition on violin, viola or cello; one octave scale, G, D or A; solo of your choice

Class Expectations: Intermediate members must be willing to practice assignments and approach class with a positive and cooperative attitude. Student must commit to both group class and private lessons.

Class offering:

  • 30 private or partnered 45-minute lessons, once per week before school from 7:05 to 7:50 a.m., day of the week TBD with instructor

  • Workshops and performances with special guests

  • Ongoing performance opportunities at Trinity and in the Austin community

  • Access to personalized practice notes and resources updated weekly

  • 30 group ensemble classes after school on Tuesdays, 3:45 to 5:00 p.m.

Price: $1,770

Beacon Ensemble: Advanced

Advanced Strings: Beacon Ensemble with Austin Soundwaves
Open to grades 4–8

The Beacon Ensemble is our skilled performance ensemble. The ensemble is composed of students of any string instrument with advanced mastery of their instrument in the first position and some experience in other positions. This is a non-tuition program.

Program expectations and rehearsals:

Students will be expected to prepare for rehearsals and participate in up to five performance events at Trinity and off campus. Rehearsals for this chamber group are at 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays on campus. There will be about 6 to 12 rehearsals during the course of the school year.

Here are the Trinity performances: Middle School Lessons and Carols, Grandparents Day and Maundy Thursday.

D-Lab Jr.

  • Open to grades K–4
  • Wednesdays, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.
  • 8-week trimesters
  • Instructors: Sarah Venkatesh and Christy Fennewald  
  • Student max: 20

Our open workshop format begins with a fine motor skill-building warmup, followed by time around the campfire, viewing media about our theme of the day. Students  do “stand-ups” to share and receive feedback on ideas they've been working on. Then the whole group receives a design challenge and can choose the materials that they want to work with to explore an original design idea. Station “specialties” are curated each week. 

The learning-by-doing environment is intentionally differentiated and flexible in order to accommodate the needs and interests of each artist/engineer, but it is important to us that each child develop core skills and proficiencies in certain areas to leverage their ability to problem solve creatively. Our “daily menu” of activities is a combination of skills and proficiency stations and design challenge prompts that put those skills to use.

First Trimester, Sept. 26 - Dec. 5

Responsive Technologies — designing computer controllers and original robots that utilize code and sensors to respond to environmental inputs.

  • Coding and robotics concepts
  • Dash and Dot programmable robots
  • Makey Makey computer controllers
  • Hummingbird robotics kits

Second Trimester, Jan. 23 - Mar. 13

Interactive Storytelling — creating time-based media products with an assortment of digital filmmaking, special effects and coding tools.

  • Stop-motion animation
  • Green Screen and visual special effects
  • Tynker & Scratch interactivity programming
  • GarageBand audio composition
  • iMovie video editing

Third Trimester, Apr. 3 –May 22

Fabrication  exploring aspects of planning and building through textile design and architectural modeling.

  • E-Textiles / Stuffies
  • Architectural engineering
  • K’NEX building challenges
  • Balsa wood and blueprinting with measurement