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After-School Programs


In addition to extracurricular sports for Grades 3-8, we offer fun and engaging after-school programs throughout the year designed to enrich the diverse interests, passions, and strengths of our students. Whether they're looking for ways to sharpen their creativity, try new athletic pursuits, or challenge their minds, your children will find a wide variety of clubs and activities to excite them at CDS.
 
Many of our after-school programs are developed and taught by our talented faculty and staff, as well as in partnership with Pittsburgh-area arts and education organizations. With new offerings to sign up for three times a year, students always find something interesting to explore. 

For questions or more information, please contact Allan Dalfen, Director of After-School Programs, at adalfen@comday.org.

Monday Programs

Mandarin Explorers: Chinese Language and Culture (Gr. 1-3)

Mondays, 3:40-4:40 p.m.
Grades 1-3
8 sessions, $140
November 25; December 2, 9, 16; January 6, 13, 20, 27; February 3
Minimum of 6, maximum of 10

Explore Chinese language and culture after school! Built on immersive games, activities, and stories, this class will introduce students to the core elements of Chinese language. Students will progress through the course learning pronunciation, vocabulary, reading, writing, and listening, and will gain confidence in their ability to learn Chinese and to speak it. Class will also feature interactive video and audio to help build language and cultural fluency. Learning Chinese as a foreign language will provide many advantages that will spill over to every area of a child's education. Continuing students will build on last term's work and learnings, and will be introduced to more advanced vocabulary and grammar. 
 

Teacher Bio

Xiao Yu (Scarlett) Shi is a second year Master's Degree candidate at University of Pittsburgh studying Education and Social and Comparative Analysis in Education. She graduated from university in Changchun, China with a BA degree in English. Scarlett has previously worked as a Teaching Assistant at an International Summer School in Beijing as well as at a school in Indonesia teaching English to elementary school students. She also works part-time in the University of Pittsburgh school store. 

REGISTER HERE

Chess: The Next Level (Gr. 3-5)

Mondays, 3:40-4:40 p.m.
Grades 3-5
8 sessions, $110
December 9, 16; January 6, 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10
Minimum of 4, maximum of 10

We continue learning strategies and moves beyond the beginner level. This club is for those who have a good grounding in chess – perfect for those who started last year and want to continue learning more advanced moves, or for those who have a solid chess understanding and want to learn more. The class will be given again by Ashley Priore. Ashley is a rated and awarded chess player under the U.S. Chess Federation. She has played in various chess competitions around the Pittsburgh area and is on lists for the top players in the city and state. Her mission is to teach chess to the community, so every student has the knowledge and tools to triumph through her newly organized nonprofit organization, The Queen’s Gambit Chess Institute. A competition with other schools is planned for the end of the year.

REGISTER HERE

Odyssey of the Mind: Intermediate School (Gr. 4-5)

Mondays, 3:40-4:40 p.m.
Grades 4-5
9 sessions, $100
December 9, 16; January 6, 13, 27; February 3, 10, 24; March 2
Maximum of 14

REGISTRATION FULL (fall participation required - sign-up link coming directly to Odyssey families soon)

Tuesday Programs

Mad Science: Crazy Chemworks (Gr. 1-3)

Tuesdays, 3:40-4:40 p.m.
Grades 1-3
8 sessions, $140
December 3, 10, 17; January 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4
Minimum of 10, maximum of 15

Shake up a flask of fun in the lab as a junior chemist! This hands-on and interactive program of chemistry is packed solid with cool reactions. Students put on goggles and change liquid to solid and back again. They get to handle laboratory tools, build and break molecules, and pick up some tricks on chemical changes.

REGISTER HERE

Wednesday Programs

Zen Doodlers (PK, K, and 1)

Wednesdays, 3:40-4:40 p.m.
Pre-K, K, Grade 1
8 sessions, $130
November 20; December 4, 11, 18; January 8, 15, 22, 29 
Minimum of 6, maximum of 10

In Zen Doodlers after-school program with Pre-K teacher Jessica Pindzola, we will explore lines, shapes, and patterns to sketch and doodle things that inspire us. We will listen to calming music and focus on a new topic each week that can guide us to work with intention and joy as we draw our designs. We will make our own coloring book together as we explore the art of Zen Doodles and we will discuss how art can give us a way to express our
feelings and ideas.

Sorry, registration is full - Email Allan Dalfen to be added to a waitlist

Little Medical School (Gr. 1-3)

Wednesdays, 3:40-4:40 p.m.
Grades 1-3
8 sessions, $135
November 20; December 4, 11, 18; January 8, 15, 22, 29
Minimum of 7, maximum of 10

The Little Medical School brings medicine, science, and the importance of health to children in a fun and entertaining way. Through interactive demonstrations, crafts and games, kids learn how the body and organs work, how to use doctors’ instruments, and even how to administer first aid.

Sorry, registration is full - Email Allan Dalfen to be added to a waitlist

Odyssey of the Mind: Middle School (Gr. 6-8)

Wednesdays, 3:40-4:40 p.m.
Grades 6-8
12 sessions, $100
December 4, 11, 18; January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 19, 26; March 4
Maximum of 7

Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment. Odyssey problems have challenged students to design mechanical dinosaurs, invent new factory machinery, build working vehicles, write a new chapter to Moby Dick, turn Pandora’s Box into a video game, and so much more. Participants build self-confidence, develop life skills, create new friendships, and have fun as they learn. Students work together as a team throughout the year, committing to participate in Odyssey all three trimesters as they build toward the exciting Pittsburgh Jewish Day School Odyssey of the Mind competition in the spring. For questions or more information, please contact Rebecca Williams at rwilliams@comday.org.

REGISTRATION FULL (fall participation required - sign-up link coming directly to Odyssey families soon)

Thursday Programs

After-School CDS Choir

Thursdays, 3:40-4:40 p.m.
Gr.  2-4
8 sessions, $135
November 21; December 5, 12, 19; January 2, 9, 16, 23
Minimum of 6, maximum of 10

Always wanted to sing with a group?  Would you like to experience the joy of vocal music? Then come join the after-school CDS Choir. We will explore how to warm up our voices and perform as a group. We will sing in different parts so that we can create beautiful music. It's sure to be lots of fun!  

REGISTER HERE