Clubs and Activities

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 Community Day School.


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, CDS students always find something interesting to explore. 


Fall 2017 After-School Programs




Assemble - Top Secret : Maker Mission!

Grades 1-3


Mondays, 3:45-4:45 p.m.
September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6
9-week, 60-min. program


Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to engineer your way through a series of projects and problems to fulfill your top-secret mission! You will engage in hands-on challenges taking apart electronics, making circuits and robots, computer coding, and decoding secret messages, as well as using genetics and biology to solve problems. Learn some spy survival skills as you make your way through your Maker Mission!


Minimum of 8 students, maximum of 19


Click here to sign up for Assemble - Top Secret: Maker Mission!


3YO and Pre-K


Mondays, 3:45-4:30 p.m.
September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
8-week, 45-min. program

Did you ever wonder about the weather, how your body works, or how plants and animals live and grow? Have you been curious about nature and want to put some of your ideas to the test? Your 3-year-old or Pre-K child surely has! In Wonderology with Morah Jessica, we will observe exciting aspects of nature, make hypotheses, and then perform scientific experiments to demonstrate and reveal the answers to some of our most pressing "How does that happen?” and “How does that work?” moments.

Minimum of 4 students, maximum of 7

Click here to sign up for Wonderology




Mad Science: Crazy Chemworks 

Kindergarten-Grade 2


Tuesdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
September 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
8-week, 60-min. program 

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.


Minimum of 10 students, maximum of 20


Click here to sign up for Mad Science: Crazy Chemworks

Yoga: Experience It 

Grades 3-5


Tuesdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
September 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
8-week, 60-min. program 

Students will learn the practice of yoga and meditation. The class will be designed for beginners and those who like more of a challenge; all levels are warmly welcomed.  We will learn different yoga poses every class, build on advanced poses, and at the end of every practice, we will meditate. This course will provide students stress-relieving skills to use in the classroom and their daily lives and to share with their family and friends. We will also have fun working on a few art projects that focus on the chakras and make mala beads to aid in meditation.  Students will enjoy themselves, have a fantastic, relaxing time, and walk away with a deeper knowledge of yoga and meditation.


Instructor Amy Burleson is a YogaEd K-8 grade certified instructor since 2007. She has worked in a variety of school settings in the Pittsburgh area, creating elective programs, after school programs, and summer camps for Urban Pathways and Propel charter schools, Winchester Thurston School and the University of Pittsburgh.


Minimum of 7 students, maximum of 15


Click here to sign up for Yoga: Experience It




Beginner's Chess Class

K-Grade 1


Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
September 6, 13, 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15
10-week, 60-min. program 


Beginner’s Chess Class at Community Day School is for students in Kindergarten and 1st grade to experience chess in the form of lessons, games, and competition. Chess combines concentration, planning, and thinking ahead with playing and learning life skills. Each week, engaged, prepared lessons and exercises will strengthen each student’s knowledge of chess. After weeks of practice and stimulating chess games, the class will have a mini chess tournament with prizes for top players. All chess materials will be provided by the instructor, Ashley Lynn 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. She is excited for all of the opportunities awaiting chess and CDS! All chess players are welcomed. You don’t have to know how to play to join the class!

Click here to sign up for Beginner's Chess Class


CDS Farm Stand

Grades 2-5


Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
August 30; September 6, 13, 27; October 4, 11, 18 (plus two Sundays TBD at the Squirrel Hill Farmer's Market)
9-week, 60-min. program 


Community Day School, in partnership with Let's Move Pittsburgh/Phipps Conservatory, presents CDS Farm Stand. Back by popular demand, Farm Stand explores our food systems and how we can make them healthier for ourselves, our economy, and our community. We cover the full cycle of food, from soil, agriculture, harvest, preparation, and consumption. Students will get their hands the earth, eat fresh produce every session, perform experiments, learn to identify plants, and learn Jewish agricultural laws and put them into practice.  Along with meetings after school, we have two trips to the farmers market to truly experience what a local food economy looks like. The course will be taught by CDS parent and Jewish environmental educator Josh Friedman. 


Minimum of 7 students, maximum of 12


Click here to sign up for CDS Farm Stand


Fencing with Instructor Iana Dukova

Grades 3-5


Thursdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
September 7, 14, 28; October 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16
8-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:

"We, the fencers and coaches of Pittsburgh Fencers Club are extremely excited to introduce fencing to the students of CDS. Fencing is one of the oldest Olympic sports--fast-paced, quick decision-making under pressure, team work, 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

Click here to sign up for Fencing with Instructor Iana Dukova



Upper 90 Soccer

Kindergarten-Grade 1


Fridays, 2:45-3:45 p.m.
September 8, 15; October 20; November 3, 10, 17; December 1
7-week, 60-min. program


Upper 90 is a non-competitive, fun, soccer-learning environment. For many this is the first time playing. and Upper 90’s goal is to introduce soccer to the young players. Upper 90 is designed for players to learn basic skills, build confidence, work with teammates, and have a fun experience. Participants will receive a new soccer ball and T-shirt.


Upper 90 coach Kevin Shevitz has more than 25 years of coaching experience and started this program to share his experience, knowledge, and passion for the game. He holds a National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) Premier Coaching license. Currently, he is a coach on the Century United staff, coaches a Dynamo 06 girls team, and will be the new soccer coach at CDS.


Minimum of 8 students

Click here to sign up for Upper 90 Soccer

One of my favorite memories was waiting backstage during musical practice and laughing my head off with all of my friends. Thank you CDS for giving me a wonderful opportunity to be a different person every year, while still being able to express my true self. 
- Yael Perlman, Class of 2014

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