In light of campus closure, all after-school programs are temporarily suspended. For most up-to-date information, go to SCUSD COVID-19.
Didion’s comprehensive afterschool program focuses on a variety of domains relevant to the 21 century ranging from science, technology, engineering, math, sports, the arts and foreign language. It is our continual effort to ensure our children are given opportunities to develop as whole human beings with the skills necessary to succeed in a global society as creative, physically active, independent, and socially responsible members of our community.
The Afterschool Program schedule for the AY2019-2020 follows:
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
Speech and Debate club is back at Didion, co-facilitated by our
teacher-volunteers Mrs. Tateishi and Ms. Predmore-Miyata.
Meetings are held after school on Mondays, 2:30-3:30pm, room
20. There are two categories in speech and debate:
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.
Fun to Learn Mandarin with Mrs. Heng Sun is an enjoyable
opportunity for children in all grades to learn Mandarin through
the use of interactive flashcards, practice conversations, fun
games, and crafts activities. Mrs. Heng has been teaching
Mandarin for over 10 years and this year marks the first of her
classes being offered at Didion. Mondays &
Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30pm, Rm
Parent-volunteers Brian Garvey and Dustin Ruffell bring
co-ed street hockey to Didion
students, grades 4th-6th. This is
a no cost sports club made possible by
parent-volunteers. Equipment for this sports club is supported by
the PTA and Didion’s Middle-School Athletics Program Director,
Mike Carras. Eight (8) hockey sessions, held on
Tuesdays, 2:30pm-3:30pm, starting on
March 17th in the black top
area between the gym and the 6th grade classrooms.
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; 3rd-6th
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
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, Room 16. To
register, go to
Dream Enrichment’s Registration website.
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
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 afterschool program allows 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
TBD); 4th-6th 1:25-2:25pm (Rm TBD)
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.
To register, go to
Dream Enrichment’s Registration website.