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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.

2018-2019: 2nd Trimester


Click on each of the programs below for more information and for a link to register and pay.

Monday Programs

Extruded Clay Exploration (Gr. 4-8)

Grades 4-8
$130
Mondays, 3:45-4:45 p.m.
November 26; December 3, 10; January 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11
9-week, 60-min. program 

Students will have the opportunity to explore the world of extruded clay. Using a clay extruder and various solid and hollow clay dies, we will manipulate stoneware into sculptural forms and traditional vessels. Students will have creative control over their creations and will be able to pick out their glazes and stains for final products. Instructor is CDS art teacher Jeremy Lerner.

Minimum of  4 students, maximum of  8

REGISTER HERE

Tuesday Programs

Adventures in Yiddishland (Gr. 4-8)

Grades 4-8
$100
Tuesdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
December 4, 11; January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12
8-week, 60-min. program 

Yiddish? Are you meshuggeh? Yo! Meshuggeh for Yiddish!

“Yiddish” means “Jewish”. For about a thousand years Yiddish was the main language of the Jewish people. So, do you know any of these words: Bagel? Schlep? Chutzpah? Nebbish? Schmuck? Schnoz? Kvetch? Mispocheh? If so, MAZAL TOV! You already know a bisl Yiddish! If not, OY VEY!

Yiddish is much more than just one of the funniest, most comfortable languages in the world. Yiddish is the window to the amazing world of YOUR grandparents and their grandparents. The beauty, wit and wisdom found in the Yiddish language and culture are also an important part of what it means to be a Jewish mensch.

Nu, so what will you do in this program? Find out how easy and amazing it is to start to schmooze (talk) in the language that your ancestors spoke.

  • Watch Yiddish cartoons
  • Learn to sing Yiddish songs
  • Learn Yiddish jokes and funny sayings
  • Nosh on Yiddish goodies
  • Watch a bisl Yiddish TV, movies, and plays
  • Read about the crazy adventures of a boy named Motl and how he came to America from a shtetl in the Old Country, just like your bubbe’s bubbe probably did.

AND find out how YOU can help save this awesome language right here in Pittsburgh, because YOU are the future of Yiddish!

Minimum of 4 students, maximum of  8

REGISTER  HERE

Assemble Game Design Club (Gr. 1-3)

Grades 1-3
$140
Tuesdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
December 4, 11; January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12
8-week, 60-min. program 

Have you ever wanted to create your own video game or board game? Are you
curious about game design, Minecraft, circuits, and programming? Do you want to be in a live action board game? Bring your creative mind and cool ideas to Assemble Game Design Club!

Minimum of 8 students, maximum of 14

REGISTER  HERE

Wednesday Programs

Chess: The Next Level (Gr. 2-5)

Grades 2-5
$110
Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
December 5, 12; January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13
8-week, 60-min. program 

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 across 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.

Minimum of 3 students, maximum of 9

PROGRAM FULL

Clay Exploration (Gr. 2-3)

Grades 2-3
$130
Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
December 5, 12; January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20
9-session, 60-min. program 

Students will create a variety of products that will include traditional hand-building techniques such as pinching, extruded coil, and slab. Students will participate in a variety of projects having the opportunity to make choices and select extruded shapes to manipulate and alter. All finished products that are fired will be glazed or stained.

Minimum of 4 students, maximum of 8

REGISTER HERE

Painting Pals (PK-K)

Pre-K and Kindergarten
$120
Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
December 5, 12; January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13
8-week, 60-min. program 

Each week in Painting Pals we will investigate and try out a new style or technique to make our own paintings. While learning about and finding inspiration from other artists, we will share our own ideas and techniques as we encourage each other's creativity through discussion and collaboration. Let's get painting! Instructor is CDS Pre-K Educator Jessica Pindzola.

Minimum of 4 students, maximum of 6

PROGRAM FULL

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Thursday Progams

Olympic Fencing (Gr. 3-6)

Grades 3-6
Beginner Level 1 & Mid-Level 2
$140
Thursdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
December 6, 13; January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14
9-week, 60-min. program 

Iana Dukova was born in Bulgaria and lived there until her early 30s. From 1983-1991, she was a member of the Bulgarian National Team in fencing. She was a multiple junior and senior national champion, both team and individual. In 1997, she came to Pittsburgh and started the Three Rivers Fencing Center. From 1997-2014, she coached the Carnegie Mellon University fencing club and later became a coach at Winchester Thurston Upper School. She recently started the Pittsburgh Fencers Club. She says: "Fencing is one of the oldest Olympic sports—fast-paced, quick decision-making under pressure, teamwork, building strategies, mental discipline are essential parts of our training. Pirates, swashbucklers, musketeers, Olympic fencers—all have those skills in common! Come join us for a class of fencing, fitness, and fun!" All fencing equipment will be provided.

Minimum of 8 students, maximum of 14

REGISTER HERE

Mad Science: Animals, Energy, Robots (K-Gr. 3)

Kindergarten-Grade 3
$140
Thursdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
December 6, 13; January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7
7-week, 60-min. program

Explore the energy of motion and life under the ocean’s surface in this fast-paced program of science fun! Learn about robots, green energy sources, Newton’s three laws of motion, and much more! Children will build their own Robot Hand and explore renewable and non-renewable resources for power generation. They will explore the animal kingdom and learn about the life cycles of their favorite creatures.

Minimum of 8 students, maximum of 14

REGISTER HERE

Beginner Guitar (Gr. 2-3)

Grades 2-3
$145
Thursdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
November 29; December 6, 13, 20; January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28
13-week, 60-min. program

This beginner course with CDS Instrumental Music Director Julie Harris class will include beginner chords and songs, introduction to strumming and fingerpicking, introduction to reading music, and lots of fun! Instruments will be provided by CDS for in-school use. Having a guitar at home is encouraged, but not necessary for this beginner course. Students will be able to take home class handouts.

Minimum of 4 students, maximum of 8

REGISTER HERE