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How a New Club is Helping Online Elementary School Students Connect

11 Apr

How a New Club is Helping Online Elementary School Students Connect

Posted By: 
Kimberly White


There’s one element to a student’s education and development that we take very seriously at CMASAS, and go to great lengths to encourage and serve - socialization. Apart from mastering core knowledge of the arts and sciences, developing an understanding of oneself, and becoming prepared for higher education or a future career, our students are given opportunities to develop socially by building relationships with their peers and teachers. Though it’s often difficult to encourage social growth in an online setting, we have developed many opportunities to help students connect and thrive.

One opportunity students have to connect with others is through our online clubs. Throughout the years we have listened to our students needs, desires and ideas and have developed several thriving groups.

Just this past month, a new club was launched and an online community is being formed. The new Pet/Animals Studies club is a great opportunity for students to socialize with each other, learn more about animals, and engage in their passions. The club’s advisor, PEC Brittanie Bates, describes how the club started and what it’s all about:

Pet/Animals Studies was a students idea. I have a fifth-grade student, Kate Befeld, who recently went from a brick-and-mortar school in South Africa to our online school. She was feeling a little isolated and was asking me for clubs that she could become a part of. Currently CMASAS has very few elementary school clubs. As she and I spoke we discovered there wasn’t a club that sparked her interest or would fit her time zone. That is when Kate, an amazing student, came up with a solution to her problem.

Kate emailed me the idea for a pet/animal studies club. This is an incredible idea because so many of us love animals, are curious about animals, and relate to the pets in our life.

I'm excited a student realized she needed something from our school and worked with me as her PEC to get what she wanted and needed for her educational experience. I am able to help her facilitate a new club and help build our online community. The elementary school students are really wanting a strong online community and I am hoping to help them achieve this by adding more online clubs in the coming months.

This is Brittanie and her dog Chance, a 10-year-old Border Collie. Brittanie rescued him when he was just five-weeks old. 

"He was the runt of the litter and his mother had stopped caring for him. I supplemented his food with puppy formula and I've been lucky enough to be his person ever since."


Students K-6 are welcome in this club. Students discuss pets they have and explore different kinds of animals. There will be a new species of animal every month for students to learn about. Meetings are on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 9:30 am PST. To find out more about the club you can email Brittanie Bates at bbates@cmasas.org or by joining her homeroom at https://cmasas.adobeconnect.com/bateshomeroom/

Stay tuned for another blog post featuring the many other clubs that CMASAS offers to students.

Are you a part of one of the school’s clubs? Share your thoughts, memories, and photos with us on social media using the hashtag #myschoolmyway.