After School Enrichment

Three girl students celebrate an accomplishment made with an iPAD and a robot.

Winter 2020 Session
Beginning: Monday, January 13, 2020

Open to RCDS students and students from neighboring schools in our community. Classes will take place at RCDS, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for 8 weeks and will be taught by RCDS faculty and guest instructors.* Registration is limited. 

*Please note all RCDS employees, staff, and guest instructors have completed a background check. 

Chess
Grades 1-4
Mondays 3:30-4:30PM
Instructor: Miss Church

Novice to experienced chess players are welcome! Targeted skills include setting up the chess board, learning to move the pieces, discovering the basic rules, studying basic strategies and practicing playing lots of games. 

Two students playing chess. 

Kinder Bots Robotics & Coding
Grades Beginners (Kindergarten) – Grade 2
Mondays 3:30-4:30PM
Instructor:  Ms. Feldman

Children will begin to explore the world of robotics as they build simple models that teach the fundamentals of robotic design and coding. Whether learning about sensors while building drills and magic wands, or discovering ways that gears and pulleys create movement while building helicopters and robotic dogs, your child is sure to have an amazing time bringing their creations to life. Children love robots and this class allows them to build, program, and make the bots themselves!

Girl student smiling while using a computer.

Minecraft
Grades 1-4
Mondays 3:30-4:30PM
Instructor:  Ms. Feldman

The Education version of Minecraft is a fun way for students to explore, build and interact in the same world as their peers. Students will work together digging (mining) and building (crafting) a virtual world. All ability levels are welcome.

Lower School student works on a computer.

Beginner Hand Embroidery 
Grades 4-8
Mondays 3:30-4:30PM
Instructor:  Mrs. Horner

Learn the art of hand embroidery! You will begin by learning basic stitches like the back stitch, running stitch, split stitch, and French knot. Then you'll put your new skills to use designing and embroidering your own adhesive patches to jazz up backpacks, notebooks, hats, denim jackets, and so much more!

Stock image of hands sewing with colorful thread.

Play with Science
Grades 5-8
Tuesdays 3:30-4:30PM
Instructor:  Mr. Young

Play with some of the most astonishing rules of our universe making fiery explosions, operating a giant potato launcher, seeing real subatomic particles in motion, blasting-off a model rocket, building a solar panel system, sending a camera to space, or perhaps an idea of your own! 

Two Upper School students collaborate in a science lab.

Making Murals - Class Full!
Grades 3-5
Tuesdays 3:30-4:30PM
Instructor:  Mr. White

Be a part of a team effort collaborating at every step to choose an image, plan, design, and paint a large mural on canvas focusing on the stages of painting – sketch, outlines, colors, and how to enhance effects.

Young girl student smiles for a photo while painting an art project.

Paper Mache
Grades Beginners (Kindergartners) - Grade 2
Tuesdays 3:30-4:30PM
Instructor:  Mrs. Petersen

Have fun creating your own woodland creature! Students will observe, draw, and sculpt a woodland creature using paper mache, paint, and collage materials.   

Stock image of a student working with paper mache.

Full STEAM Ahead! - CLASS FULL!
Grades B-2
Thursdays 3:30-4:40PM
Instructor:  Mrs. Bogdon

In this interactive hour students will use Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math as they imagine, plan, design and create constructions and use design thinking to solve problems.  

Students investigate the inside of a pumpkin for a STEAM activity.

Creative Coding
Grades 2-4
Thursdays 3:30-4:30PM
Instructor:  Mr. Utz

Build your coding skills and learn the process for building your own apps. Using  block coding apps, robots, and Apple’s Swift coding language, students will master the basics of coding and learn the process for creating apps.  Focus is on the use of fun apps,  interactive games and Design Thinking. No experience necessary, but all levels of coding experience are welcome!

Lower School boys look on in amazement as Technology teacher demonstrates a robotics lesson on an iPad.

Guitar
Grades 5-8
Thursdays 3:30-4:30PM
Instructor:  Mr. Horner

Have fun during this hour of making music learning the basics of guitar playing including open position notes, basic open position chords, strumming patterns, tuning by ear, barre chords, and pentatonic scales. All levels are welcome!!

Stock image of child's hands playing guitar.

Questions? Contact Joy Santangelo at jsantangelo@rcds.org.