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Before and After School Enrichment and Care

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 at both campuses. After-school care is also available at both campuses until 6:00 pm.  Activities include outdoor play, crafts, games and story telling.

After-School Enrichment Programs at Daycroft School

Enrichment Classes will begin the first full week of school, September 9–13, 2019.  Our Reading and Recreation After-care Program will be available for parents the first week of school, before the enrichment classes begin.  Please email Auxiliary Program Director, Michele McGrath, at michelem@daycroft.org with questions.

Enrichment Classes:  First Semester:  Sept. 9, 2019 – Jan 21, 2020

Please note:  There will be NO Enrichment Classes when school is not in session.  This includes days off such as Thanksgiving and Winter Break and Snow Days, should they occur.  Any additional days requested by the teacher are included in the class description below.

Daycroft Rhythm Advanced Tap – Instructor – Blaise Badynee
Monday – 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Grades:  2nd – 6th
Fee:  $245
Location:  3-4A Classroom and Gym

This level of tap is for dancers with at least one year of experience tapping with Ms. Blaise or equivalent experience elsewhere.  Advanced tappers will learn more difficult steps and work on building speed and accuracy with their sounds.  Dancers will have several opportunities to perform throughout the school year.  **Please do NOT buy tap shoes until after the first day of class.

Game Club – Instructor – Bonnie Dingman
Monday – 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Grades:  2nd – 6th
Fee:  $245
Location:  3-4B Classroom

Back by popular demand! Who likes to play games you already know and learn new ones too?  Well, this is the class for you!  Join your friends and take the challenge to learn something new all while having fun doing it!

Daycroft Chess Club – Instructor – Jackson King or Ray Garrison
Monday – 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Grades: Y5/K – 6th (no experience necessary)
Fee:  $340
Location:  Library

Students will learn the basic tactics and checkmating patterns, opening strategies and basic endings.  There will be a practice tournament the last few weeks of class.  New students should add $20 for a Chess Workbook. Contact Mr. Garrison at raygarrison@arborchess.com or 734.945.5951 with questions.  No class January 6 & 13

Mini Theater – Instructor – Aislinn McKeown
Monday – 3:45 to 4:30 pm
Grades:  Oakbrook & Zeeb Preschool, Y5/Kdg. & Gr. 1st (Maximum 10 students)
Fee:  $165
Location:  Kdg. Classroom

Experience and explore the art of theater through this game-based experience of acting and the theater.  Enjoy activities that will enrich the students’ awareness of movement, cooperation and confidence.  Oakbrook students are invited to join in the fun at the Zeeb campus.   

Robotics Club – Instructor – Ian Moyer & Amy Morrell
Tuesday – 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Grades:  2nd – 6th
Fee:  $245
Location:  Library

Robotics Club is a fun, exciting, opportunity for students to explore the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) in a way that helps develop their team building and problem solving skills. This year we will be exploring urban development!! In this program, students will research and discuss different topics, learn from experts in the field, create a poster that highlights their findings, build a motorized Lego model and program it to address the concepts of urban development and then present their knowledge at an expo. To develop their model, students will learn the fundamentals of innovation by designing, building, programming, testing, and iteratively improving on their solution. This program will follow the well-established and renowned FIRST curriculum (http://firstinspires.org).

Black Belt Academy Martial Arts – Instructor – Brandon Lockman
Tuesday – 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Grades: Y5/K – 6th, no experience necessary
Fee:  $230
Location:  Gym

Black Belt Academy teaches children how to act and react in a positive manner to various situations.  The class goal is to teach the 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 snack and water bottle to class. No class Nov. 12 – Testing Week

Mini Hands-On Technology – Instructor – Bill Joyce
Tuesday – 3:45 to 4:30 pm
Grades:  Oakbrook & Zeeb Preschool, Y5/Kdg. & Gr. 1st (Maximum 10 students)
Fee:  $330
Location:  3-4B Classroom

Students had so much fun in the Robotics Summer Camps that Mr. Bill is bringing his classes to our enrichment program! Mini Hands-On Technology is a fun & interactive opportunity for the younger students to explore the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) through Jr. Tinkering kits, LEGO concepts, Ozobots & much more.  Oakbrook students are invited to join in the fun at the Zeeb campus.

Strumming & Drumming – Instructor – Ashley Grebe
Wednesday – 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Grades: 3rd – 6th (maximum 12 students)
Fee:  $215
Location:  Music Room

Join us for Strumming and Drumming:  where we jam on ukulele and world percussion instruments!  Explore ukulele chords, melodies, and songwriting – all experience levels welcome!  Play on traditional African and Latin percussion instruments including Djembes, Bongos, Congas, and more!  Come explore the wide world of music with us!  Instruments provided.

Sk8 Board Club – Supervisors – Michele McGrath & Bonnie Dingman
Wednesday – 3:30 to 4:30 pm - weather permitting
Grades: 2nd – 6th
Fee:  $5 per session
Location:  3-4B Classroom and Front Parking Lot

Come join the fun and practice skateboarding with your friends.  Helmets and skateboards provided by the student.  Helmets MUST be worn and protective gear, such as elbow and knee pads, are highly recommended.  All money collected will be donated to a charity decided upon by the group.

Beginning Tap – Instructor – Blaise Badynee
Wednesday – 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Grades: Y5/Kdg. – 6th
Fee:  $155
Location:  3-4A and Gym

Learn how to make music with your feet!  This level of Daycroft Rhythm Tap will teach students the basics of tap and create a foundation to build on in future years.  Dancers will have several opportunities to perform throughout the school year.  *Please buy your dancer tap shoes BEFORE the first day of class.  Tap shoes MUST be black with an elastic, buckle, or Velcro closure.  (No tap shoes that require tying please).

Black Belt Academy Martial Arts – Instructor – Brand Lockman
Wednesday – 3:30 to 4:15 pm
Ages:  3 to 6 years of age, Oakbrook Preschool Only
Fee:  $155
Location:  Oakbrook Multi-purpose Room

For the 3 - 6 age group, we offer an age specific curriculum that is both educational and entertaining! Each class has a theme focused on developing various skills to help your child achieve success. Martial art skills are paired with life skills to further enhance young childhood development. Fun-filled skills include:  focus, control, balance, coordination, discipline, memory, teamwork and fitness.
Class Begins October 16 – No class November 13 – Testing Week

Girls On The Run (GOTR) – Coaches – Bonnie Dingman & Aislinn McKeown
Thursday – 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Grades: 2nd – 6th (minimum 8 girls needed)
Fee:  $195
Location:  Gym

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program designed to develop and enhance girls’ social, psychological and physical competencies to successfully navigate life experiences.
The fee includes healthy snacks, GOTR water bottle, GOTR t-shirt and 5K registration fee.

3-D Art – Instructor – Suzanne Higgins
Thursday – 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Grades 1st – 6th
Fee:  $215
Location:  Art Studio

Students will have some of their favorite art materials available including clay, wood and fibers.  Fun techniques will be introduced to inspire young artists to create unique pieces.  Three dimensional art making will be the focus to fashion masks, sculptures, weavings and more.

Homework Club – Instructor – Niki Buchanan
Thursday – 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Grades: 3rd – 6th
Fee:  $145 (minimum 5 students needed)
Location:  5-6 Classroom

Need some extra time finishing a project, extra instructional time with a concept, or just a little time to do some homework with the Montessori materials or read a good book?  Join the club and get the job done!

String Starters:  An Introduction to Violin – Instructor – Ashley Grebe
Thursday – 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Grades:  Zeeb Preschool, Y5/Kdg. – 2nd
Fee:  $145 (maximum 5 students)
Location:  Music Room

This beginner class will introduce young students to the fundamentals of violin playing through games and simple songs.  Students will learn the parts of the violin, playing positions, basic technique, and simple melodies.  Students in this class should have no previous violin experience and be able to practice at home (with their parents as needed) several times a week.  Violins should be rented through Shar Music by each individual student.

Zumba – Instructor – Mirian Mestari
Thursday – 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Ages:  3 – 6 years old, Oakbrook Preschool Only
Fee:  $105  (minimum 5 students, maximum 10 students)
Location:  Oakbrook Multi-purpose Room

Travel around the world discovering geography and movement associated with the various countries.  This is a great activity for social, emotional and physical development.  Class Begins October 17 – No class October 31

Hands-On Technology – Instructor – Bill Joyce
Friday – 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Grades:  2nd – 6th
Fee:  $330
Location:  Library

Come join an extension of the fantastic robotics classes that were offered this summer at summer camp!  Students will learn the basics of building, programming, design, and electronics through a series of hands-on projects.  Topics will range from building a color-mixing lantern to creating our own Lego soccer team to playing strategy & logic games.  We’ll build functional circuits out of paper and navigate through obstacle courses with Pro-Bot Cars! 

Theater Acting – Instructor – Aislinn McKeown
Friday – 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Grades:  2nd – 6th
Fee:  $215

Students will be introduced to all the fundamentals of acting through fun and engaging activities!  We will work on focus, working together, and speaking confidently in front of an audience.  Children will get to explore how to move through space and use their voices in different ways.  In addition to becoming better actors, the children will gain confidence, empathy, and cooperation skills that will benefit them in all aspects of their lives.  Our semester will culminate in a workshop performance to showcase our work.

Wide World Sports Sponsored Soccer - Billyle & Blaise Badynee
Friday - 3:30 to 4:30
Grades:  Y5/Kdg. - 6 (Minimum 4 students)
Fee:  $145

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of soccer and engage in soccer matches building their knowledge of the game and its rules, agility, ball skills and technique from Daycroft's sponsor Wide World Sports Complex.  

Private Piano Lessons with Mr. Gabe
Monday – 3:30 to 6:00 pm
Grades:  Y5/Kdg. - 6
Fee:  $420
Location:  Music Room
*Please see Private Lesson section below for registration details

A native of Ellensburg, Washington, pianist Gabriel Merrill-Steskal studies with Logan Skelton and Matthew Bengtson at the University of Michigan. He is currently pursuing two masters degrees in performance (piano and fortepiano), and he recently won second prize at the 1st Sfzp International Fortepiano Competition. He graduated summa cum laude from Whitman College in 2018, where he studied piano with David Kim and completed a double major in music and chemistry, receiving the Campbell Award for outstanding senior recital. He has also studied with Malcolm Bilson, Norman Krieger, and John Pickett. Aside from all things piano, Gabriel enjoys spending time outside running and rock climbing.

Private String Lessons with Mrs. Grebe
Monday through Friday – 3:30 to 6:00 pm
Grades:  Y5/Kdg. - 6
Fee:  $420
Location:  Music Room
Please see Private Lesson section below for registration details

A native of Chicago, Ashley Grebe has performed on stages and taught music in the US, Europe, and Asia for over 15 years. She earned her Bachelor of Music in music education from DePaul University as well as her Master of Music in string instrument education and pedagogy from Tel Aviv University. In addition to teaching all music courses at Daycroft, she is also the artistic director of the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic. She is an active performer of classical music, playing as a substitute violinist and violist in several orchestras at the University of Michigan; she is also a member of the Detroit Irish Music Association where she plays traditional Irish fiddle. She is passionately curious about music and instruments from around the world, having studied everything from violin to ukulele, west African djembe to Indonesian gamelan. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, watching comedy, traveling, and painting.

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