Chess Information by Grade

For parents with students entering Kindergarten

This fall, your child will embark on an exciting Kindergarten adventure. One of the favorite attractions in the journey through “K” is curricular chess. A number of studies tout the benefits of learning chess at a young age. It’s easy to see how the game promotes strategic thinking, problem solving and concentration. Fortunately, it’s also fun, and our Kindergartners look forward to learning chess in the classroom every week with instructors from the National Scholastic Chess Foundation (NSCF). For kindergartners who want to further develop their skills, we have a couple after school options:

For Friday after school chess, Kindergartners who enroll will remain at school after the normal 11:45 pickup, have lunch and enjoy learning more chess from a NSCF instructor. The session lasts until 3pm and will be broken up with outdoor play and other games. Kindergartners will be joined in these sessions by other students in the lower and middle school, but the older and more advanced students will work with a separate NSCF instructor.

After Thanksgiving, Kindergartners will have the opportunity to attend Wednesday chess afters. From 3pm-4pm, participating students will remain in the Lower School for instruction from a NSCF teacher.

For more questions about the GCDS chess program and chess team, contact DeAnne Sneddon at dsneddon@gcds.net.

For parents with students entering grade 1

First grade provides a plethora of new, exciting classroom activities for your student. There are also a few beloved elements from kindergarten we make sure remain. One of those is curricular chess. Our popular weekly in-class sessions with instructors from the National Scholastic Chess Foundation (NSCF) will continue, and for those of you with children who want to further develop their chess skills, we offer a few options:

First graders who enroll in Friday after school chess will remain at school after the normal 11:45 pickup, have lunch and enjoy learning more chess from a NSCF instructor. The session lasts until 3pm. For students who are newer to chess, the program will be broken up with outdoor play and other games. Students in kindergarten, second and third grades as well as the middle school may also enroll in this program, but the older and more advanced students will work with a separate NSCF instructor.

Students in first grade will also have the opportunity to sign up for chess afters for Mondays from 3-4pm. Those afters will begin the second week of school.

For first graders who are exceptional at chess and have ratings in the 900 range, we offer the option for them to participate in the middle school’s Wednesday afters program. First graders who meet the criteria would be able to attend the 4pm-5pm session with an NSCF instructor at the middle school. There, they would learn advanced tournament skills and strategy.

For more questions about the GCDS chess program and chess team, contact DeAnne Sneddon at dsneddon@gcds.net.

For parents with students entering 2nd grade

Although your second grader will not have the presence of a National Scholastic Chess Foundation (NSCF) instructor in the classroom each week, your student will still have several opportunities to continue learning and enjoying this popular game with classmates.

Second graders who enroll in Friday after school chess will remain at school after the normal 11:45 pickup, have lunch and enjoy learning chess from a NSCF instructor. The session lasts until 3pm. For students who are newer to chess, the program will be broken up with outdoor play and other games. Students in kindergarten, first and third grades as well as the middle school may also enroll in this program, but the older and more advanced students will work with a separate NSCF instructor.

Students in second grade can sign up for chess afters for Mondays from 3-4pm. Those afters will begin the second week of school.

For second graders who are exceptional at chess and have ratings in the 900 range, we offer the option for them to participate in the middle school’s Wednesday afters program. Second graders who meet the criteria would be able to attend the 4pm-5pm session with an NSCF instructor at the middle school. There, they would learn advanced tournament skills and strategy.

For more questions about the GCDS chess program and chess team, contact DeAnne Sneddon at dsneddon@gcds.net.

For parents with students entering 3rd grade

Although third grade doesn’t provide curricular chess, we make sure it’s readily available to students who love to play.

Third graders who enroll in Friday after school chess will remain at school after the normal 11:45 pickup, have lunch and enjoy learning chess from a National Scholastic Chess Foundation (NSCF) instructor. The session lasts until 3pm. For students who are newer to chess, the program will be broken up with outdoor play and other games. Students in kindergarten, first and second grades as well as the middle school may also enroll in this program, but the older and more advanced students will work with a separate NSCF instructor.

Students in third grade can sign up for chess afters for Mondays from 3-4pm. Those afters will begin the second week of school.

For third graders who are exceptional at chess and have ratings in the 900 range, we offer the option for them to participate in the middle school’s Wednesday afters program. Third graders who meet the criteria would be able to attend the 4pm-5pm session with an NSCF instructor at the middle school. There, they would learn advanced tournament skills and strategy.

For more questions about the GCDS chess program and chess team, contact DeAnne Sneddon at dsneddon@gcds.net.

For parents with students in Middle School

Middle school students who enroll in Friday after school chess will remain at school after the normal 11:45 pickup, have lunch and enjoy learning chess from a National Scholastic Chess Foundation (NSCF) instructor. The session lasts until 3pm.

Students in middle school can sign up for chess afters for Wednesdays from 4-5pm. A NSCF instructor will work with students in grades 4-6 as well as select, exceptional, competitive players from the lower school with ratings in the 900 range and above. Students will learn advanced tournament skills and strategy.

For more questions about the GCDS chess program and chess team, contact DeAnne Sneddon at dsneddon@gcds.net.

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