• The Camas Prairie Chess Club is back for the 2014-15 school year!  Out first meeting of the year will be onThursday, September 25 in the school library.  Please see me in room 10 to pick up the permission slip (or you can download it from this website).  You must have a signed permission slip to attend the first meeting.

Club Highlights

  • The Camas Prairie Chess Club rocked it at the 2015 Purdy Chess Tournament.  Look at all the hardware the kids took home!  Ryan was the tournament champion while Matthew won the sportsmanship award and the 2nd place trophy at the 4-6 U800 division.  His sister Annie won the 5th place trophy at K-3 U800!

2014-15 CPE Chess Club
  • Camas Prairie Chess Club

    320 176th St. E

    Spanaway, WA  98387


    CPCC Information and Policies:

    The Camas Prairie Chess Club (CPCC) is an unofficial club that meets after  school in the Camas Prairie Elementary School library.  For the 2014-2015 school year, the head coach/club supervisor will be Mr. John Spafford, 2nd grade teacher.  Mr. Christopher Clark is our assistant coach. If you would like to volunteer as a coach or in another capacity, please contact me.  I am always looking for parents to participate!

    Membership is open to any Camas Prarie Student in Grades 2-5.  I do allow K-1 students on a trial basis.  If the child demonstrates that they can sit still and focus on the chess lesson and not cause a disruption, then they can become full members of the club.  If spots remain, membership is then offered to students in other Bethel elementary or middle schools.  Sixth graders can play at tournaments with the Camas Prairie team.  7th and 8th grade students can attend tournaments and compete in the upper level division.  Returning members in good standing are guaranteed membership in the club.   

    CPCC will meet in the Camas Prairie Library from 3:45pm to 4:45pm on every Thursday that a whole school day is scheduled from September 25, 2014 through May 15, 2015.  The club will not meet on days when school is not in session, half days or any other days when after-school activities have been cancelled by the district.

    Members are expected to attend all club meetings.  Attendance is critical if a student is to improve at the game of chess.  If a student cannot make a meeting for whatever reason, it is expected that they will notify myself or a coach/supervisor prior to the missed meeting.  Students with three unexcused absences may be dismissed from the club.  An unexcused absence is when a student is present at school but does not show up for the club meeting and has not notified a coach/supervisor prior to the meeting.  Any student with more than 5 excused absences is also subject to dismissal.  

    Attendance at tournaments is optional but strongly encouraged.  I would like to see all members attend at least one qualifying tournament throughout the year.  I intend to take the club to at least 3 state qualifying tournaments.  Tournament registration fees run from $20 - $25.  Snacks and drinks are extra.  Transportation to tournaments will be the member’s responsibility, although I can usually find rides for any member who wants to attend.  

    There are no dues or fees for club membership.  However, there are a few optional expenses that a member may elect to pay.  All CPCC members participating in a tournament are expected to wear a club T-shirt.  T-shirts cost approximately $15 (possibly less depending on whether or not the club conducts a fund raising event).  Tournament registration is also the responsibility of the student but may also be reduced depending on fund-raising.  

    I expect all members to display a positive attitude and display good sportsmanship.  I will work hard to instill these qualities in the kids.  

    I will not tolerate rude or disrespectful behavior.  Students who are rude and disrespectful either to me, one of my assistant coaches or another student will be suspended from the club for one meeting.  Any member who engages in fighting, bullying/threatening behavior, or damages club or school property will be immediately expelled from the club and may face disciplinary action from the school or district.

    Students must arrange for their own transportation to and from CPCC meetings.  Students cannot be dismissed early from club meetings unless written permission is provided.  Parents/Guardians are required to pick up their children in a timely manner.  I usually stay until 5:00pm.  After that, if a child has not been picked up and if no contact with a parent/guardian can be made, the student may (as a last resort) be turned over to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department as per District Policy.  

    The focus of the club is on learning and playing chess.  Chess is best played in a quiet atmosphere.  Towards this end, I will not allow the use of electronic or other game devices during club hours.  Cellular telephones are allowed providing they are set to silent or vibrate only modes and are not a distraction to the owner or other kids playing chess.

    Should you have any questions or comments or if you would like to volunteer, feel free to stop by after a club meeting or you can e-mail me at:

    Jspafford@bethelsd.org.  You can also call the school at 253-683-7400.

    You are always welcome to attend club meetings and/or tournaments!


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