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Enrichment Classes

 

 

Before and After School Care
 

Daycroft recognizes the needs of working parents and provides a safe, play-filled environment for students before class time begins and after class time ends.

Before-school care begins at 7:30 am Monday through Friday. 
After-school care is also available until 5:30 pm, Monday through Thursday and until 5:00 pm on Fridays.  Activities include outdoor play, crafts, games and story telling.  The fee for before and after-school care is $5 per half hour or portions thereof and is billed monthly to the family.  There is no care when school is not in session.

Please email Auxiliary Program Director, Michele McGrath, michelem@daycroft.org, with questions.

 

 

 

2021 – 2022 First Semester Enrichment Classes

September 7, 2021 – January 14th, 2022 

 

Daycroft School is excited to offer an excellent line-up of after-school enrichment activities.  Enrichment classes will not be held on days when there is no school for students, which includes the possible Snow Days.  Teachers will make arrangements to make-up class should there be two or more Snow Days on one particular class day.  Please email Auxiliary Program Director, Michele McGrath, michelem@daycroft.org, if you have any questions.

Jr. Black Belt Academy Martial Arts

Instructor:  Master Brandon Lockman
Ages 4 & 5 (min. 5 students)
Monday – 3:45 to 4:30 pm
Fee:  $220

Black Belt Academy teaches young children to be assertive and how to act and react positively.  Children will receive exercise supporting appropriate motor skill strength and coordination.  Problem-solving skills will be encouraged in an age appropriate manner.  Bring a healthy snack and water bottle.

Tiny Tot Spanish Club

Instructor:  Jennifer Pisonero
Daycroft Toddlers (min. 4 students)
Monday – 3:30 to 4:00 pm
Fee:  $90

Let's have some fun learning Spanish!  Through games, hands-on activities, crafts, music and more, our youngest friends will learn Spanish in a fun and engaging way.

Daycroft Chess Club

Instructor:  Bryan Wilson
Grades:  K - 6 (min. 6 students)
Monday – 3:45 to 4:45 pm
Fee:  $290

Daycroft Chess Club will be led by Bryan Wilson, a recommended coach of a former Daycroft Chess Champion!  Coach Bryan is currently the coach at The Roeper School, Detroit Country Day and Cranbrook along with the Cass Tech and Troy School Districts where he has led the teams to several state championships!  In the first semester, each student will learn all rules and required knowledge to be a US Chess Federation tournament player.  Students will be evaluated and taught at their individual level.

The second semester will be focused on a championship strategy called i.m.p.l.o.d.s created by Coach Bryan in 2004. It also includes membership to chesskid.com, for practice at home, a Daycroft Team page and an end of semester tournament at Daycroft where students will receive their first official chess rating with the US Chess Federation!

Tap Dancing I

Instructor:  Susan Filipiak
Grades:  K — 2 (min. 5 students)
Tuesday – 3:45 to 4:30 pm
Fee: $165

 Tap Dancing II

Instructor:  Susan Filipiak
Grades:  3 – 6 (min. 5 students)
Tuesday – 4:30 to 5:15 pm
Fee:  $165

Did you ever want to make music with your feet? Join Susan Filipiak as she takes you on a journey of how to become a tap dancer.  You will explore creating rhythms with your feet and learn about this true American art form.  Please wear sneakers (older sneakers are better, they don't stick to the floor) and comfortable workout clothes. Tap shoes are not needed and will be added in the second semester. Bring a healthy snack and water bottle.  Join us as we make music with our feet!

Susan Filipiak brings a life-long dedication to dance, focusing on American vernacular styles of tap, jazz and swing dance. Susan has decades of teaching experience in dance studios, universities, K-12 arts enrichment programs, and was named a Michigan Traditional Artist by Michigan State University in 2014. She is delighted to bring tap dance to Daycroft. 

Pizzicato Strings

Instructor:  Karen Donato
Perfect for beginners on their instruments
Tuesday:  4:30 to 5:15 pm
Fee:  $165

Con Fuoco Strings

Instructor:  Karen Donato
Ideal for those with a year or more of string experience
Tuesday:  3:45 to 4:30 pm
Fee:  $165

Do you play violin, viola, or cello — or have you always wanted to learn? Join us for Strings Group Class, where we’ll make friends and music after school!  We’ll learn lots of different kinds of music from sheet music and by ear. Classical pieces, jazz tunes, pop songs — the sky's the limit. Musical selections will be decided in collaboration with the class members.

We’ll work on our improvisation skills as we play Bach, Mozart, and rock-inspired bass lines. And we’ll play lots of games: ours will help us learn music theory and reinforce our playing skills. Fun fact about me: I LOVE music games and I have a ton of them. I can’t wait to share some of my favorites with you!

You will need your own instrument, along with a shoulder rest (violin/viola) or rock stop (cello) and rosin. Rental instruments are available from Shar Music, sharmusic.com. Sheet music will be provided in class.   Bring a healthy snack and water bottle.

Two classes are available.  Email Ms. Donato, karend@daycroft.org, if you need advice about which class is best for you. 
Let’s make music together! 

Daycroft Twirling Club I

Instructor:  Tiffany Reicosky
Grades:  K — 2 (min. 5 students)
Wednesday:  3:30 to 4:15 pm
Fee:  $165

Daycroft Twirling Club II

Instructor:  Tiffany Reicosky
Grades:  3 – 6 (min. 5 students)
Wednesday:  4:30 to 5:15 pm
Fee:  $165

Baton twirling teaches students eye-hand coordination, a strong mind-body connection, memorization skills, team work, all with performance opportunities! These classes are designed to start with a full body warm up and then move into four different sections: timing, baton skills, body work, and routine memorization. Your athlete will be measured for the correct baton length during the first class, and they will receive a folder with printouts of what they learned each week. Just remember HARD WORK PAYS OFF!

Coach Tiffany was a three time US World Team Member for baton twirling, and she is also a former College Miss Majorette of America. She has a BA in Dance Performance from Ball State University and has been teaching baton and dance for over 23 years. Her students have won numerous state and national titles including Miss Majorette of America, and have qualified for both the Grand Prix International twirling competition and WFNBTA World Competitions. She is the coach of her niece Kyla Brewer who is the 2021 USTA national solo and two baton champion.  Bring a healthy snack and water bottle and wear comfortable workout clothes.

Mini Spanish Club

Instructor:  Jennifer Pisonero
Grades:  Preschool (min. 5 students)
Wednesday:  3:30 to 4:15 pm
Fee:  $165

Let's have fun continuing to learn Spanish!  Through games, hands-on activities, crafts, music and more, our Daycroft friends will continue to learn Spanish in a fun and engaging way. Bring a healthy snack and water bottle.

Junior Spanish Club

Instructor:  Jennifer Pisonero
Grades:  K — 2 (min. 5 students)
Wednesday:  4:30 to 5:15 pm
Fee:  $165

Let's have fun continuing to learn Spanish!  Through games, hands-on activities, crafts, music and more, our Daycroft friends will continue to learn Spanish in a fun and engaging way. Bring a healthy snack and water bottle.  Students will enjoy FREE aftercare before the class begins.

Homework Club

Instructor:  Kathy Marek
Grades:  3 – 6
Wednesday:  3:45 to 4:30 pm
Fee:  $165

Need extra time to practice educational skills or work on assignments with extra guidance?  Join the Homework Club and let Ms. Marek help!  Bring a healthy snack and water bottle.

STEM Jr. — It’s not just for the BIG kids!

Instructor:  Bill Joyce & Team
Grades:  K — 3 (min. 5 students — max. 12 students)
Thursday:  3:45 to 5:00 pm
Fee:  $335 — Class is FULL — Please email michelem@daycroft.org to be placed on the waitlist

Junior STEM students will be learning how to basic program with the brand-new Lego WEDO 2.0.  Newly released in 2020, students will learn how to build and program 70 different types of robots, cars, and animals.  Students will also be introduced to other programmable robots such as ozobot, dashbot, and probots throughout the year to help solidify mathematical concepts that the students are learning throughout the year.  Bring a healthy snack and water bottle.

Black Belt Academy Martial Arts

Instructor:  Master Brandon Lockman
Grades:  1 – 6 (min. 5 students)
Thursday – 3:45 to 4:30 pm
Fee:  $240

Black Belt Academy teaches children to be assertive and how to act and react positively. Children will receive exercise supporting age-appropriate motor skill strength and coordination.  Problem-solving skills will be encouraged and applied to various situations.  The class goal is to teach children to control aggression while encouraging them to be assertive.  In their training, children receive regular exercise, which helps them to improve their coordination and motor skills.  Non-violent problem-solving techniques will be taught.  This class promotes personal, social, and scholastic growth.  Bring a healthy snack, water bottle and wear your Karate Gi or comfortable workout clothes. 

Theater Acting

Instructor:  Aislinn McKeown
Grades:  3 – 6 (min. 5 students)
Thursday – 3:45 to 5:00 pm
Fee:  $250

Theater Acting will introduce students to the fundamentals of acting through engaging games and activities. Actors will touch on character development, movement, and voice control, inspiring confidence and team building skills in each child. The class will culminate in a final performance to demonstrate what students worked on throughout the semester. Bring a healthy snack and water bottle.

STEM exploration — Taking the Plunge into Advanced STEM Concepts

Instructor:  Bill Joyce & Team
Grades:  4 – 6 (min. 5 students, max. 12 students)
Friday – 3:45 to 5:00 pm
Fee:  $335

A variety of topics will be covered based on individual skill levels.  The main focus will be to begin learning about software packages to design and build items with 3D Printers. Students will learn how 3D printing has changed the world from manufacturing the smallest toys to rockets going into space. Students will be introduced to Tinkercad, an easy-to-use web app that equips the next generation of designers and engineers with the foundational skills for innovation: 3D design, electronics, and coding!  As the year moves forward, students will advance into robotic design and programming through the use of the Lego EV3 kit, incorporating new innovative sensors. Bring a healthy snack and water bottle.

Daycroft Running Club

Instructor:  Bonnie Dingman & Aislinn McKeown
Grades:  1 – 6 (min. 5 students)
Friday – 3:45 to 4:45 pm
Fee:  $175

Join Coach Bonnie and Coach Aislinn as they train for the upcoming spring season of Girls On The Run!  Boys and girls alike are welcome to join the fun as students learn to train their mind & body and exercise their athletic spirit to set and attain personal goals.  Bring a healthy snack and water bottle and wear appropriate running clothes for the weather.  The Running Club will begin stretching in the gym and will run outside when weather permits and inside when the weather does not allow. 


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