Math Olympiads at Seawell
Does your child enjoy math? Do they like to solve number puzzles and challenging math problems? The Math Olympiads Program for elementary and middle schools (www.moems.org) is a nonprofit public foundation which provides opportunities for children to engage in creative problem solving activities. It has been shown to greatly increase children's understanding of problems similar to the ones on the EOGs and SATs. Interested 4th and 5th graders are invited to join the Seawell team.
Weekly practice sessions or contests will be held on Tuesdays, after school from in Cafeteria starting and going through . The class size is limited to 30. We’ll have a second class if there’s sufficient demand and volunteers. We will have snack from to give everyone time to congregate and regroup.
ABOUT MATH OLYMPIADS
In these contests, Seawell “mathletes” compete against 4th, 5th and 6th graders throughout the United States and the world. Each contest consists of five word problems. Students are encouraged to read the problem, devise a strategy, solve it, and then double-check their answer. During practice sessions, we solve problems from previous contests and discuss general problem-solving strategies. Math Olympiad rules state that the contest must be given to everyone at the same time so there are no make-ups allowed if a student must miss on a contest day. Please be aware that these contests can be very difficult; they are created with 6th graders in mind. It’s fine if your child is answering just one or two questions correctly! We want Math Olympiads to be challenging and fun. We want everyone who has an interest to feel that this can be a safe place to become a better problem solver.
PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The Math Olympiads at Seawell is organized by parents, so we need every participating family to help to run this worthwhile program! Each parent volunteer would help about 3-5 times during the year depending on how many volunteers we get. Volunteering can range from making copies, ordering team T-shirts, providing snacks, leading a small group in problem solving, leading the MO class as a whole. There are opportunities both in and outside of class time. We will assign you a job that matches your interest and availability. If we have an overwhelming response of participants, we will prioritize by how quickly you return the registration form and by how willing you are to volunteer. Up to 30 students are allowed to join each team. We shall have a second class if there’s enough interest and volunteers
Teacher Recommendations Required
Math Olympiad is for those who love solving math problems and want to get better at it. Appropriate class behavior is expected. Please ask your child’s teacher (last or this year's) for a recommendation to join the team. Again, the intention is to ensure that the students who participate are math students who will participate appropriately and eagerly.
This year we ask families to pay $25 per student. This will cover the registration cost for the program, copies, and t-shirts for the team. HOWEVER, we don’t want cost to be a reason for anyone not to be able to join the club, so please contact me if your child would benefit from a scholarship. You can also make a donation to cover the cost of other students upon registering.
**PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO SEAWELL ELEMENTARY PTA, WRITE “Math Olympiad” on the ENVELOPE.**
All checks will be held until we finalize the team list. If we end up with more students than we can accommodate, we will return your check.
If your child is interested in participating in Math Olympiads then complete the following before no later than Friday, October 6th.