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Lower School After-School Programs

2016-17 Programs

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Session 1: August 29 – October 6, 2016
      No programs Oct. 7
 
Session 2: October 17 – December 15, 2016
      No programs Nov. 22 or Dec. 16
 
Session 3: January 3 – March 15, 2017
      No programs Feb. 16-17, March 17
 
Session 4:  April 3 – June 2, 2017
      Choir ends May 12
      Swim ends May 10/11
 
  • Click any Register Online link to register for programs provided by PCDS.
  • For third-party programs (i.e. chess), click the link below the description to download and print registration information.
  • Students may join any program at any time. 
  • Extended Day is available for all grade levels Mondays-Fridays.
  • Contact the Lower School office with questions (LSoffice@pcds.org, 602.381.4527).
 

 
Program Information

EXTENDED DAY
Phoenix Country Day School’s Extended Day program serves both Lower School and Middle School students. Extended Day is staffed by PCDS personnel and provides students an option for after-school care and supervision in a familiar setting.
Teachers: Karen Bruntz, Evelyne Macrodimitris, Kristie Berg
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  Grades Pre-k – 4 Mondays-Fridays, after school until 6:00 p.m. Sessions 1 - 4
 
CREATIVE KIDS (ART)

Creative Kids is an after-school art program for students in grades K-4. Students engage with Lower School art teacher Michelle Gurnee in independent exploration and guided practice in drawing, painting, and found-object collage assemblages. Evolving themes and the use of a variety of media give students the opportunity to have fun through discovery and creativity. Classes for students in grades k-1 meet on Mondays. Classes for students in grades 2-4 meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All classes meet 3:00-4:15 p.m. in the Lower School art room (F28).
Instructor: Michelle Gurnee, Lower School Art Teacher
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  Grades K – 1
Grades 2 – 4
Grades 2 – 4
Mondays, 3:00-4:15 p.m
Tuesdays, 3:00-4:15 p.m.
Thursdays, 3:00-4:15 p.m.
Sessions 1 - 4
Sessions 1 - 4
Sessions 1 - 4 
 
CHESS CLUB

Arizona Chess Central presents Creative Thinking Through Chess! Students in pre-k through fourth grade have fun with their friends when they join Certified Chess Master Michael Reading and his team for group instruction, chess computer lab, one-on-one instruction, and peer instruction utilizing Coach Reading’s proven curriculum. Chess Club meets on Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in Burch Hall.
Program Provided by AZ Chess Central
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  Grades Pre-k - 8 Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Sessions 1 - 4
 
PCDS CHILDREN’S CHOIR

The PCDS Children’s Choir is for students in grades 3-4. This is an optional extracurricular activity that is held Friday mornings before school and with a few extra scheduled rehearsals before performances. Auditions are held the first week of school and in January.
Director: Dr. Carla Cose-Giallella, LS Music Teacher and Music Dept. Chair
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  Grades 3 - 4 Fridays, 7:10-7:45 a.m. Sessions 1 - 4
 
CODING AND GAME DESIGN

Founded by PCDS alumnus David Dodge (’86), CodaKid is a computer science and game design academy exclusively for children. Their dynamic computer programming and video game design classes use cutting edge tools such as Minecraft ®, Forge, Eclipse, Blender, and more. Professional coding instructors know how to make coding entertaining as they encourage discovery, creative expression, and presentation. CodaKid meets on Fridays, 2:05-3:30 p.m. in the Lower School Computer Lab (E10).
Program Provided by CodaKid
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  Grades 2 - 4 Fridays, 2:05-3:30 p.m. Sessions 1 - 4
 
JUNIOR GOLF

Get your junior golfer “course ready” with Right Start Junior Golf. Students learn proper set up and techniques necessary to make quality full swing, pitching, chipping & putting strokes. All equipment is provided for this program, which was designed by Top 50 PGA Master Junior Instructor Jeff Jones. Junior Golf is open to boys and girls in grades pre-k through fourth. Classes meet on Wednesdays, 3:00-4:15 p.m. on the field beneath the bridge.
Program Provided by Right Start Junior Golf
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  Grades Pre-k - 4 Wednesdays, 3:00-4:15 p.m. Sessions 2 - 3

LEGO ROBOTICS & ENGINEERING

Play-Well TEKnologies offers LEGO-inspired engineering classes for children ages 4-10. Students get added inspiration from specially trained instructors as they dive into a massive collection of LEGO. And while they build elaborate objects, structures and vehicles, they explore fundamental principles of engineering and physics. They also learn to collaborate and create without fear of mistakes. Classes meeting on Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall.
Program Provided by Play-Well TEKnologies
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  Grades Pre-k - 1
Grades 2 - 4
Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Sessions 2 & 4
Session 1 & 3

MAESTRO TODDLERS!

Explore your child’s love of music through musical play! Maestro Toddlers! is a music and movement class for children, approximately 18-42 months old, who are accompanied by a participating parent or caregiver. Through a variety of activities, children and adults together experience singing, playing instruments, and moving to music. Music creates an awakening of a child’s musical aptitude that will enhance development in rhythm, melody, beat, and music listening. All classes meet on Tuesdays, 8:15-9:00 a.m., in the Phoenix Country Day School Lower School music room (L173).
Instructor: Dr. Carla Cose-Giallella, LS Music Teacher and Music Dept. Chair
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  Ages Appx. 18-42 Mo. Tuesdays, 8:15-9:00 a.m. Sessions 1 & 3

MATH MAGIC!

Math Magic is an after-school enrichment program for Lower School students in grades 3-4. With guidance from Lower School Teacher Nichole Dawson, students will explore important mathematical concepts and build skills through the use of engaging games pulled from the Investigations curriculum. Students will also have fun solving meaningful problems while focusing on expanding their mathematical thinking. All activities are designed to provide opportunities for students to develop and deepen their mathematical understanding and reasoning. Classes meet on Tuesdays, 3:00-4:15 p.m. in Lower School classroom F26.
Instructor: Nichole Dawson, Lower School Teacher
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  Grades 3 - 4 Tuesdays, 3:00-4:15 p.m. Sessions 1 & 2
 
¡HOLA! SPANISH CULTURE FOR CHILDREN
Lower School students can join Spanish teacher Señor Alvaro Otalora for ¡Hola! Spanish Culture for Children. This after-school program gives children an opportunity to practice and enjoy the Spanish language through games and story telling. Students in grades 2-4 will also use various technologies to reinforce their understanding of Spanish language concepts. Classes for students in grades 2-4 meet on Mondays. Classes for students in grades pre-k–1 meet on Thursdays. All classes meet 3:00-4:15 p.m. in the Lower School Spanish room (E12).
Instructor: Alvaro Otalora, Lower School Spanish Teacher
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  Grades Pre-k – 1
Grades 2 – 4
Thursdays, 3:00-4:15 p.m.
Mondays, 3:00-4:15 p.m.
Sessions 1 - 4
Sessions 1 - 4
 
EAGLE AFTER-SCHOOL SWIM
Eagle After-School Swim provides swimmers at various levels an opportunity to learn proper stroke fundamentals, experience low-key competition, and have fun. Blue Group swimmers must be able to swim 20 feet. Gold Group swimmers must be able to swim freestyle stroke for 25 yards and backstroke or breaststroke for another 25 yards. Students will be assigned to the Blue Group or Gold Group according to PE swimming. Assignments will be confirmed before after-school classes begin, and changes may be made during the session, if necessary. Program Director Danny Majeski is also a Lower School PE teacher. He holds certifications in water safety, first aid, and CPR and is a member of the National Association of Swim Coaches.
Instructor: Danny Majeski, Lower School PE teacher
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  Blue Group (Gr. K-2)
Gold Group (Gr. 1-4)
Mondays and/or Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Sessions 1 & 4
Sessions 1 & 4

CHILDREN'S YOGA
Students in grades pre-k through fourth grade will develop the skills for a lifetime of health and wellness in both mind and body when they practice Children’s Yoga with Lower School Teachers Julie Fine and Maddie Williams. Ms. Julie or Ms. Maddie will guide the children through a fun practice that encourages physical flexibility, balance, and coordination. Emphasis will be on helping children relax while developing focus and concentration, all while boosting confidence and self-esteem.  Classes for grades 2-4 meet on Mondays, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Classes for grades Pre-k - 1 meet on Fridays, 2:05-3:00 p.m. All classes are held in the kindergarten classrooms (H61). Yoga mats and a healthy snack will be provided.
Instructor: Julie Fine or Maddie Williams, Lower School Teachers
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  Grades 2 - 4
Grades Pre-k – 1
Mondays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Fridays, 2:05-3:00 p.m.
Sessions 1 - 4
Sessions 1 - 4

 
Session/Program Overview

 
SESSION 1: AUGUST 29 – OCTOBER 6, 2016
 
No after-school programs October 7
 
  MONDAYS TUESDAYS WEDNESDAYS THURSDAYS FRIDAYS
TODDLER   Maestro Toddlers      
PRE-K    Chess
  Spanish  Yoga
K Art, Swim Chess Swim Spanish Yoga
1st Art, Swim Chess Swim Spanish Yoga
2nd Spanish, Yoga Art, Chess, Swim LEGO Art, Swim Coding
3rd Spanish, Yoga Art, Chess, Math, Swim LEGO Art, Swim Choir (AM), Coding
4th Spanish, Yoga Art, Chess, Math, Swim LEGO Art, Swim Choir (AM), Coding
 
SESSION 2: October 17 – DECEMBER 15, 2016
No after-school programs November 22 or December 16
 
  MONDAYS TUESDAYS WEDNESDAYS THURSDAYS FRIDAYS
PRE-K   Chess Golf, LEGO Spanish Yoga
K Art Chess Golf, LEGO Spanish Yoga
1st Art Chess Golf, LEGO Spanish Yoga
2nd Spanish, Yoga Art, Chess Golf Art Coding
3rd Spanish, Yoga Art, Chess, Math Golf Art Choir (AM), Coding
4th Spanish, Yoga Art, Chess, Math Golf Art Choir (AM), Coding
 
SESSION 3: JANUARY 3 – MARCH 15, 2017

No after-school programs February 16-17 or March 16-17
 
  MONDAYS TUESDAYS WEDNESDAYS THURSDAYS FRIDAYS
TODDLER   Maestro Toddlers      
PRE-K   Chess Golf Spanish Yoga 
K Art Chess Golf Spanish Yoga 
1st Art Chess Golf Spanish Yoga 
2nd Spanish, Yoga Art, Chess Golf, LEGO Art Coding
3rd Spanish, Yoga Art, Chess Golf, LEGO Art Choir (AM) Coding
4th Spanish, Yoga Art, Chess Golf, LEGO Art Choir (AM), Coding
 
SESSION 4: April 3 – June 2, 2017
Choir ends May 12; Swim ends May 10/11
 
  MONDAYS TUESDAYS WEDNESDAYS THURSDAYS FRIDAYS
PRE-K   Chess LEGO Spanish Yoga
K Art, Swim Chess LEGO, Swim Spanish Yoga 
1st Art, Swim Chess LEGO, Swim Spanish Yoga 
2nd Spanish, Yoga Art, Chess, Swim   Art, Swim Coding
3rd Spanish, Yoga Art, Chess, Swim   Art, Swim Choir (AM), Coding
4th Spanish, Yoga Art, Chess, Swim   Art, Swim Choir (AM), Coding

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Registration is limited; first come, first served. Any child not picked up within 10 minutes from the end of the program will go to the PCDS Extended Day program. Your PCDS account will be charged the Extended Day daily drop-in rate of $35, unless your child is on a pre-registered Extended Day package, which covers his/her Extended Day attendance. Lower School Extended Day is located in room F20 (602.381.4534).