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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 second Semester Enrichment Classes

January 18, 2022 – June 3, 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:  $210

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.  There will be NO class due to Level Testing at the Academy on Monday, February 14th and Monday, May 16th.

Tiny Tot Spanish Club

Instructor:  Jennifer Pisonero
Daycroft Toddlers (min. 3 students)
Monday – 3:30 to 4:00 pm
Fee:  $80

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.  The final class meeting will take place on Monday, April 25th, 2022

Daycroft Chess Club

Instructor:  Bryan Wilson
Grades:  K - 6 (min. 6 students)
Monday – 3:45 to 4:45 pm
Fee:  $340

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!  Each student will continue to learn all rules and required knowledge to be a US Chess Federation tournament player.  Students will be evaluated and taught at their individual level.  All new players are welcome.

This second semester will focus 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!

Daycroft running club

Instructor:  Aislinn McKeown & Rachel Sherwin
Grades:  1 – 6 (min. 6 students)
Monday – 3:45 to 4:45 pm
Fee:  $225 - includes $25 materials fee

Join Coach Aislinn and Coach Rachel as they train for the First Annual Daycroft 5K 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 with yoga, exercises and stretching and will run outside when weather permits and inside when the weather does not allow. 

Preschool Strings

Instructor:  Karen Donato
Perfect for beginners on their instruments
Tuesday:  3:30 to 4:00 pm
Fee:  $135

Join your preschool friends for some violin fun! We'll learn about the basics of violin playing plus explore other music skills through games and play. Students must bring their own violin and bow, plus shoulder rest and rosin. Rentals are available through Shar Music in Ann Arbor. Contact Ms Karen (karend@daycroft.org) for questions about instrument rental.

ukElele club

Instructor:  Karen Donato
Grades:  2 - 6
Tuesday:  4:00 to 4:30 pm
Fee:  $135

Join us for some after-school ukulele! We'll learn how to play all kinds of music: pop tunes, folk songs, movie music - it's up to you!
All experience levels are welcome. Students must bring their own soprano ukulele and case. Music will be provided. Contact Ms Karen (karend@daycroft.org) for questions about instrument purchase.

Elementary strings

Instructor:  Karen Donato
Grades:  K - 4
Tuesday:  4:30 to 5:15 pm
Fee:  $135

Do you play violin, viola, or cello - or have you always wanted to learn? In Elementary Strings we'll learn the basics of string instrument performance, play together as an ensemble, and explore music theory through group activities and games. All experience levels are welcome. Students must bring their own instrument and bow, plus shoulder rest (violin/viola) or rock stop (cello), rosin, and Essential Elements For Strings Book 1. Rentals are available through Shar Music in Ann Arbor. Contact Ms Karen (karend@daycroft.org) for questions about instrument rental.

Daycroft Twirling Club I

Instructor:  Tiffany Reicosky
Grades:  K — 2 (min. 5 students)
Wednesday:  3:45 to 4:30 pm
Fee:  $190

Daycroft Twirling Club II

Instructor:  Tiffany Reicosky
Grades:  3 – 6 (min. 5 students)
Wednesday:  4:30 to 5:15 pm
Fee:  $190

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!  New twirlers welcome!

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. 3 students)
Wednesday:  3:30 to 4:15 pm
Fee:  $140

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.  The final class meeting will be Wednesday, April 25th, 2022

Art with a twist

Instructor:  Madelyn Geisz
Grades:  2 - 4 (min. 3 students)
Wednesday:  3:45 to 4:30 pm
Fee:  $190

During this after school art class, students will have the opportunity to explore unique artistic methods through experiments and unconventional mediums in a comprehensive STEAM environment. Students will work both outside with natural materials, and other unique painting, drawing, and clay techniques. This after school course is perfect for curious, creative, and inquisitive minds!  Students will build off their specific scientific questions, and answer using artistic methods, while simultaneously strengthening their art and science foundations. 

Homework Club

Instructor:  Kathy Marek
Grades:  3 – 6 (min. 3 students)
Wednesday:  3:45 to 4:30 pm
Fee:  $190

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 Junior - part II

Instructor:  Bill Joyce & Team
Grades:  K — 3 (min. 5 students — max. 12 students)
Thursday:  3:45 to 5:00 pm
Fee:  $360

In the second semester of STEM Junior, 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 semester to help solidify mathematical concepts that the students are learning in class.  Students will also be free building with Lego's to create different landscapes and have those art pieces displayed in the library for other students to see.  Bring a healthy snack and water bottle.  New STEM Designers welcome!

Black Belt Academy Martial Arts

Instructor:  Master Brandon Lockman
Grades:  1 – 6 (min. 5 students)
Thursday – 3:45 to 4:30 pm
Fee:  $255

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. 

Musical Theater

Instructor:  Aislinn McKeown & Rachel Sherwin
Grades:  3 – 6 (min. 5 students)
Thursday – 3:45 to 5:00 pm
Fee:  $270

Sing, dance, act! This class will introduce students to the fundamentals of musical theater all while working on a musical revue to perform at the end of the semester. Students will also help create the set, props, and costumes. Please wear comfortable clothes that you can move in and bring a water bottle. 

Design thinking meets fun!

Instructor:  Brain Monkeys - Katie Tilton
Grades:  1 – 3 (min. 5 students)
Friday – 3:45 to 4:45 pm
Fee:  $340

Challenge your creativity and problem-solving in this exciting new class! Students will learn about the Design Thinking process:  Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Test & Improve and Share. They will be given a challenge and using the Design Thinking process, pre-plan and draw out their design before building a new invention. Using everyday supplies, Lego and possibly even some Lego robotics to build and invent. This is a great way to help students gain an understanding of how to use the Design Thinking process to help problem solve. Students will be using a lot of supplies in this class and will be able to take home many of the projects that they build. Engineering meets maker fun in this creative new class!  No class Friday, March 25th

STEM exploration - part II 

Instructor:  Bill Joyce & Team
Grades:  4 – 6 (min. 5 students, max. 12 students)
Friday – 3:45 to 5:00 pm
Fee:  $340

A variety of topics will be covered based on individual skill levels.  The main focus of 2nd semester will be to move forward with each group designing their own board game while using TinkerCad and 3d printers to design and build their own pieces to each game.  As the semester 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.  New Robotic Designers welcome!  No class Friday, March 25th


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