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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

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

Mondays, 3:40-4:40 p.m.
Grades 3-5
8 sessions, $110
September 9, 16, 23; October 7, 28; November 4, 11, 18 
Minimum of 3, 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.

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

Mondays, 3:40-4:40 p.m.
Grades 4-5
9 sessions, $100
September 9, 16, 23; October 7, 28; November 4, 11, 18, 25
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.

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Tuesday Programs

Mad Science: Brixology (Gr. 1-3)

Tuesdays, 3:40-4:40 p.m.
Grades 1-3
8 sessions, $140
September 10, 17, 24; October 29; November 5, 12, 19, 26
Minimum of 10, maximum of 15

Join us for Brixology, where students will use unique Mad Science-designed LEGO® kits to build a different engineering-themed project in every class! They will use critical thinking, cooperation, and creative problem-solving to test and improve their creations. Each class will revolve around a different engineering theme, including mechanical, structural, and nautical engineering. Brixology sets the foundation for our next generation of makers!

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Wednesday Programs

Mega Movers (Pre-K, K, and Gr. 1)

Wednesdays, 3:40-4:40 p.m.
Pre-K, K, Grade 1
8 sessions, $130
September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 16, 23, 30; November 6
Minimum of 6, maximum of 10

Let's get moving! Each week, with CDS Pre-K teacher Jessica Pindzola, we will get our bodies moving with games and activities that challenge our muscles and minds. We will do all kinds of activities, such as carnival games, obstacle courses, relay races, parachute, yoga, dance parties, and more!

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Clay Exploration (Gr. 2-3)

Wednesdays, 3:40-4:40 p.m.
Grades 2 & 3
8 sessions, $130
September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 16, 23, 30; November 6
Minimum of 6, maximum of 10

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

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

Wednesdays, 3:40-4:40 p.m.
Grades 6-8
10 sessions, $100
September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20
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.

REGISTER HERE

Thursday Programs

Multimedia Exploration (K-Gr. 1)

Thursdays, 3:40-4:40 p.m.
K-Gr. 1
8 sessions, $125
September 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Minimum of 6, maximum of 10

Students will have the opportunity to explore various styles of art from futurism, cubism, pointillism, and more, while working in various 2D and 3D media. Student will have several finished pieces of art by the end of the class, along with several studies and explorative practices.

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Olympic Fencing (Gr. 1-5)

Thursdays, 3:40-4:40 p.m.
Gr. 1-5
8 sessions, $125
September 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Minimum of 9, maximum of 14

Beginner Level 1 and Mid-Level 2

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.

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Beginner Guitar (Gr. 1-3)

Thursdays, 3:40-4:40 p.m.
Gr. 1-3
8 sessions, $135
September 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Minimum of 4, maximum of 8

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.

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Friday Programs

Mighty Kicks Soccer (K-Gr. 2)

Fridays, 2:40-3:40 p.m.
K-Gr. 2
8 sessions, $135
September 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 8
Minimum of 8, maximum of 20

Mighty Kicks Soccer is designed to encourage children to build a healthy, active lifestyle, and offers a high-energy, fun program helping children develop coordination, confidence, and strength. Coach Sam Bellin is a former standout college soccer player – selected as a member of the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame – and current Pittsburgh Allderdice High School Head Coach who will help children learn the skills, moves, rules, and joy of America’s most popular youth sport! Coach Sam is well-known for combining top notch sports instruction with a fun program that helps children develop character and confidence on and off the field. All classes are held right after the school day at CDS, and no equipment of any kind is required. Just sign up and play!

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