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Lower School Extended Day Program

About The Program

After school teachers provide indoor and outdoor options after class dismissal on an hourly basis after a period of supervised free play. Students must remain in selected activities until program-wide transition periods. Your child may choose from a wide variety of organized, age-appropriate activities.

Daily schedule:

2:30 - 3:15 Dismissal and snack on the yard

3:15 - 3:45 Free play on the yard

3:45 - 4:45 Enrichment/Club hour

4:45 - 6:00 Free play on the yard

Clubs

After school clubs are open to students on a drop-in basis and are included in the cost of after care. Clubs follow the same daily schedule as enrichments (3:45 - 4:45). The club schedule for fall is below.

  • Art Club/Funhall - Mondays through Thursdays
  • Cooking Club - Every other Friday
  • Farm and Garden - Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Kindergarten Club - Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays
  • Outdoor Sports and Games - Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Study Hall (3rd grade optional, 4th grade required) - Mondays through Thursdays

Artivism with Jackie (Mondays 3:45 - 4:45)

Stemming from the Socially Engaged or 'Protest' Art movement, Jackie will offer a unique club program wherein young people will learn about community arts activists and projects as well the rich history of creativity and activism in the Bay Area.  We will also carry out our own social practice art projects from start to finish. We might engage in public interventions, poster making, rethink our school, make maps and more!

Enrichments

Taught by CDS teachers, community teachers, and instructors from accredited local organizations, three sessions of exciting enrichment classes are offered each year (Fall, Winter, and Spring). Classes meet for one hour a week after school and cost varies, depending on the nature of the class. Enrichment class are additional (optional) opportunities for structured, hands on learning experiences and carry an additional fee (all enrichments are sliding scale based on tuition level).

Fall session dates: 9/24 - 12/14 (11 weeks) NO CLASSES ON 10/8, 11/1-11/2, 11/19-11/23

Registration for enrichment classes will take place starting on Thursday, September 13th at 12 pm. Please log on to your Ultracamp account to register and pay for your choice of enrichment class each day of the week. Registration will close on Friday, 9/20, at 8 am. Balances are due at that time. Unpaid balances will be dropped from the enrichment. There will be a two-week grace period to add/change/drop an enrichment- if you would like to make a change, please contact Erin or Chris.

Monday: Capoeira (K-1st only)

ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco’s mission is to preserve, develop, and share the Brazilian martial art of capoeira with integrity, and to use capoeira and culture as a catalyst for connecting people and for building healthy, just, vibrant, and socially responsible communities. This enrichment provides a unique opportunity to transform the classroom into a space for cultural and artistic exploration. It offers students an active, hands-on, and in-depth cultural arts experience and provides physical, artistic, and social skill-building through consecutive learning experiences. Working independently, in partners, and as a group, students learn basic capoeira movements, practical application of these movements, and how to “play” capoeira using the movements in improvisational “games” with each other. Youth are introduced to simple songs in Portuguese, capoeira rhythms and instruments, and stories about the history of the art.

Cost - $300

Tuesday: Expressive Art Workshop with Shaye

In this experimental art class, student artists will explore the curious custom of representing one's self through visual art. They will take a look at selection of self-portraits created by well-known artists such as Edvard Munch, Frida Kahlo, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Picasso, Chuck Close and Andy Warhol. They will learn  different techniques and will choose different materials that they feel support their feelings in their portraits. And of course at the end of each class they will take time to talk about the process and what they like about each other's work.

Cost - $300

Tuesday: Lower Coding Dojo with CodeFu (K-2nd only)

Our K - 2nd Dojo is specifically designed by Kindergarten Teachers to teach students both the basics of coding as well as the social skills required to problem solve and interact at this young age. Skills learned here will benefit our Mini CodeFu students in day to day school life as well as on the Computer. Using Coding Boardgames, Robots (Cubetto), and Scratch Jr, students will learn the basics of Computer Programming. Our CodeFu Kids will gain an understanding of sprites, variables, loops, and functions by coding their very own stories, games, and interactive apps.

Cost - $300

Wednesday: Capoeira (2nd-4th only)

ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco’s mission is to preserve, develop, and share the Brazilian martial art of capoeira with integrity, and to use capoeira and culture as a catalyst for connecting people and for building healthy, just, vibrant, and socially responsible communities. This enrichment provides a unique opportunity to transform the classroom into a space for cultural and artistic exploration. It offers students an active, hands-on, and in-depth cultural arts experience and provides physical, artistic, and social skill-building through consecutive learning experiences. Working independently, in partners, and as a group, students learn basic capoeira movements, practical application of these movements, and how to “play” capoeira using the movements in improvisational “games” with each other. Youth are introduced to simple songs in Portuguese, capoeira rhythms and instruments, and stories about the history of the art.

Cost - $300

Wednesday: Maximum Movie Making with Rowan (K-2nd only)

Ever wanted to be in the movies? Now you can! This class is both for kids who are expert moviemakers and beginners too! Working as a "crew", kids use their imagination to think up a movie. They learn how to storyboard their ideas, create costumes and props, plan for special effects, and even do simple stunts! They put it all together and create a finished movie! CDS today...Hollywood tomorrow! Each student receives a copy of the movie to bring home.

Cost - $300

Wednesday: Tree Frog Treks (K-3rd only)

Join Tree Frog Treks for our Wild Animal Explorer program! We will learn about the five classes of vertebrates (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals) by meeting live animals, studying skins, skulls, and specimens, and exploring the natural world. Hold frogs and do the frog walk! Find out about the secret lives of your own pets! Touch a Red-tailed hawk wing and talons, learn bird calls, and use binoculars and a spotting scope to see our feathered friends up close. Find out which bears used to live in San Francisco, and how they can sleep all winter without eating. Develop your powers of observation, make fun take-home art projects, and come face-to-face with frogs, salamanders, lizards, snakes and our whole cast of creepy, crawly co-workers!

Cost - $300

Thursday: Chess with Kidz to Pros (2nd-4th only)

Chess is a new and unique addition to the after school program. Chess is a fantastic way to increase creativity and problem solving skills and improve memory, concentration, and reading skills. This class covers a complete introduction to the chess pieces. The main focus is to establish full and effective learning of the pieces and their movements. From learning their different movements and values, to understanding and strategizing on good trades versus bad trades, to ending the game with a checkmate, an hour goes by in no time! Each student's skill level is taken into account, as our coaches are dedicated to providing the most rewarding experience for your child possible.

Cost - $300

Thursday: Spanish Cooking with Gaby (K-2nd only)

In this Spanish language focused class students will read books and watch videos related with Latin recipes and traditions, prepare recipes by following basic instructions. Students will learn basic Spanish vocabulary: colors, numbers, basic phrases/expressions related to the kitchen and much much more!

Cost - $300

Friday: Upper Coding Dojo with CodeFu (3rd-4th only)

Our Upper Coding Dojo (3rd-4th) will consist of Website design, app design, and minecraft modding. Website Design Dojo teaches students the basics of HTML & CSS by having them create their very own, custom website about a topic they research as well as a Choose Your Own Adventure Game! Our Coding students have made websites about Pigs to "The Golden State Warriors". Application Design Dojo teaches students the basics of .js (Javascript) with Bitsbox coupled with our own CodeFu Curriculum. Students will be able to create a number of user friendly applications that will teach them the skills they'll need for their generation. MineCraft Modding Dojo is where students will learn how to use Javascript to makes changes in the world of MineCraft!

Cost - $300

Friday: Nexplore Robotics (1st-3rd only)

Nexplore Robotics is a STEAM program designed to inspire kids to pursue futures in science & technology with our fun Maker Kits that enhance mechanic, art and engineering skills. Students interact with Maker Kits as creators in their own right and learn how to use tools and invent useful machines. Students design their own remote-controlled hydraulic arms, learn to harness the power of pressurized carbon dioxide with Yeast Mobiles, build electric & solar powered race cars, and experiment with gears & pulleys in our Tinker Sets. Students keep their inventions and proudly share their projects with family, and friends. Nexpore Robotics is fully aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and STEAM and is designed to remind students to always stay creative.

Cost - $300

Music Lessons

In addition to our enrichment classes, we offer individual and small-group music lessons with our fantastic instructors. Peter Greenwood and Nicco Tyson bring a combined 8 years of experience providing top quality music instruction at CDS. They both offer lessons in ukulele, guitar, and cajón (a percussion instrument). Warren Heugel will be joining us this fall, bringing decades of experience as a music teacher and performer. Warren offers lessons for percussion instruments. 

Availability for percussion with Warren - Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays from 3 pm - 5:30 pm

Availability for music with Nicco - Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 2:45 - 5:45

Availability for music with Peter - Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:45 - 5:45

Each lesson will be 30 min. in length and can either be a solo lesson or a small-group lesson (two students). The cost is $400 for solo lessons and $325 for group lessons for the 11 week session.

Music lesson registration is first come, first served. To sign up, please visit this Google form starting on Thursday, September 13th at 12 pm to indicate your top three preferred time slots with the teacher of your preference. Registration will close on Friday, 9/21, at 8 am. Balances are due at that time. Unpaid balances will be dropped from the enrichment. There will be a two-week grace period to add/change/drop an enrichment- if you would like to make a change, please contact Erin or Chris.

 

If you have any questions regarding programming, please contact Erin Dayton-Jones, Lower School Program Coordinator (erind@cds-sf.org) 415 861 5432 x 380 or Chris Teare, Extended Program Director (christ@cds-sf.org) 415 861 5432 x 315