Didion’s STEM4AL Afterschool Program focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, the Arts and Foreign Languages. It is our continual effort to ensure our children are developing key 21st century skills necessary to succeed in a global society as creative, independent, and socially responsible members of our community.
The Afterschool Program schedule for the AY2019-20 is still in “the works”. Meanwhile, find below the schedule for AY2018-19:
Through the Looking Glass Cakes presents
Baking and Beyond at
Didion. In this four-day course, young chefs will
explore the world of baking and create a delicious array of sweet
treats. Shanna Spinola will introduce the
children to the fundamentals of baking—from reading and following
recipes to the importance of kitchen safety. Kids will enjoy
working alongside classmates as they practice making from-scratch
versions of favorites such as classic cupcakes, cookies, and
Conveniently located on many elementary school campuses, The 4th
“R” offers year-round child care for Kindergarten through 6th
grade children. We offer a safe, well supervised, comfortable,
and supportive environment for your child.
Open 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. M-F, year-round. The 4th “R” operates during
summer, winter and spring breaks. Closed holidays and staff
Fun to Learn Mandarin with Mrs. Heng Sun is an enjoyable
opportunity for children in grades 1-8 to learn Mandarin through
the use of interactive flashcards, practice conversations, fun
games, and crafts activities. Mrs. Heng has been teaching
Mandarin for over 9 years and this year marks the first of her
classes being offered at Didion. Mondays &
Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30pm, Rm
24. Got questions?
Email Mrs.Heng or call (916) 233-8154.
The Early Engineer’s mission is to educate the whole child by
providing opportunities to build using a variety of construction
media, including: Legos, K’nex, Play Foam, Mega Blocks, Makedo
and Clay. Projects and lesson plans are created by professional
artists, architects and engineers with backgrounds in psychology
and early childhood education. Students dabble in Math, Science
and Design through the program’s carefully planned building
projects. Tuesdays: K-2nd 2:00-3:10pm,
Rm TBA; 3rd-6th 2:30-3:40pm, Rm
HoneyCode introduces students (3rd-6th grades)
to the language of technology. Students will learn all about the
fundamentals of coding science, including sequencing, logic,
problem solving skills, algorithms, and much more!
Wednesdays, 2:20-3:30pm, Rm
8. To register, go to
Dream Enrichment’s Registration website.
Didion parent and middle-school art
instructor Stephanie Seelig is now
offering an after-school art workshop and hands-on
exploration for kids K-3rd grade. In her program, One
Striped Bee Creative Beginnings, children will be
exposed and inspired to the colorful world of some of our great
artists. Thursdays, 1-2pm,
Staff Lounge. Using a collection of children’s
books, art history, and games, children will discover amazing
artist like Paul Klee, Henri Rousseau, and Frida Kahlo.
Mad Science after-school programs allow children to engage in
exciting hands-on activities, watch spectacular demonstrations,
participate in inquiry-based discussions and take home things
that they have made themselves like model rockets, periscopes,
Mad Science putty, and more. What better way to engage in the
world around us than through the exploration of the sciences.
Thursdays: K-3rd 1-2pm (Rm 4);
4th-6th 1:25-2:25pm (Rm 26)
Come discover the legendary game of chess and engage in a rich
learning process that can help improve memory, focus, and
patience. Together we’ll master openings, endgames, strategy, and
tactics. Classes held on Fridays, 2:20-3:20pm,
Didion Library. To register, go to
Dream Enrichment’s Registration website.
For 4th-8th grades, kids prepare and taste various foods, while exploring some cooking fundamentals ranging from proper hygiene, knife skills, importance of measuring ingredients accurately, etc. Classes are held at Didion’s Staff Lounge. In AY 2019-2020, the Food Explorers’ cooking club will be facilitated by parent volunteer Claudia Tavera.
Spring 2020 only. Young Actors
Stage is coming back to Didion next spring with
another exciting Broadway Jr production: Frozen
Jr! Cast members will SING, DANCE,
and ACT each day to classic Disney tunes. They will see
their hard work pay off, and feel the magic of the stage, when
this full scale production is presented at the 24th Street
Theater, May 2020.
February 25, 2020 – May 3, 2020
Tuesdays (2:30-5:00pm) & Thursdays (1:30-4:00pm)
Location: Didion Gym