Didion’s Before and Afterschool programs ensure students are getting opportunities to explore the world around them in exciting and engaging ways while supporting the curriculum being offered during school time.
Our STEM4AL approach to programming 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, technology-mediated society as creative and socially responsible members of our community.
We will continue to look at new programming to support this mission and appreciate your continued support of our endeavors. The current Afterschool Program schedule for the AY 2017-2018 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 training days.
U.S. Chess Mates brings professional and affordable chess instruction to children through chess classes, chess tournaments, group lessons, and private lessons. They have taught over 100,000 children
to play chess in over 300 locations. Over the years they have produced many local, state and national champions. Classes will be held on Mondays, 2:30-3:30pm, in the Library.
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 12; 3rd-6th 2:20-3:30pm, Rm 25.
HoneyCode is designed to introduce kids 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 11.
At Ninja Pandas we live by our motto “Just Cuz We Can” and strive towards creating games that inspire young and old alike. This fall Ninja Pandas will be hosting game design classes for grades 5th-8th. Students will use Construct to learn coding concepts generating their own side scrolling game story through the course of eight weeks. The game design process has something for everyone, and students will use a range of creative and critical thinking skills as they create their game.
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!
Getting to know the world’s greatest artists through various mediums including painting, drawing, watercolor, papermache and sculpture. What better way to appreciate art than with hands on experience creating your own!
Classes begin in October on Fridays, 2:25 – 4pm, Room 8, and are available for students in 2nd-8th grades. To learn more about Backyard Art Academy visit her Facebook page by clicking here or call Leslie Colby at 502-1227 to register.
Fridays, 1st-8th grades, 2:30-4pm in the Staff Lounge. Both fall sessions of Food Explorers Club are currently full. Please email Andrea to enroll for spring 2018. Priority registration will be given to students who have not previously participated in the Food Explorers Club.
Young Actors Stage is coming back to Didion next spring with another exciting Broadway Jr production! 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 4-6, 2018!
Spring 2018 Didion Session
Parent Information Night:
Thursday, February 8 (6:30-7:30pm)
Location: Didion (cafeteria)
The Spanish Immersion Program is a unique program that creates a positive, safe, fun, and nurturing environment for successful learning, with the commitment to build the confidence to communicate and understand Spanish, appreciate the Hispanic culture and to give you the opportunity to prepare for the future Global marketplace. Tuesdays, 2:20-3:20pm, in Rm 5 for K-3rd grades and Rm 9 for 4th-8th grades. Fall session is full.
Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world and learning Mandarin can open many doors for children pursuing a future in business or worldly affairs. 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, Room 23 (10/2-12/6: 16 classes).