While the DuFief PTA does not personally support any particular extracurricular vendors, we do support members of the school community in finding programs of interest and bringing them to DuFief ES. Interested parents have brought many wonderful extracurricular activities to our school. Please find below a tentative list of offerings for the 2018-2019 school year. Since MCPS rules allow for vendors to rent classrooms and advertise their programs independent of the PTA, we do not have a comprehensive list of every extracurricular offering that takes place in the school or its surrounding athletic fields and parks. Questions? Contact Jamie Pflasterer.
After School Activities:
Before School Activities:
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
C3 CYBER CLUB (Grades 1-5)
In this class, younger students are introduced to basic electronics including input and output, and logic gates, through hands-on learning and projects. Kids combine everyday supplies and color-coded modules that utilize LED lights, fans, sliders, pressure sensors, and more! Students work together in small teams in order create different projects such as custom flashlights, touch sensors, alarm clocks, and more! Have you ever wanted to learn about the science behind how some machines work?
Register Online: https://c3cyberclub.asapconnected.com/#CourseID=181694
Flyer: Click here
JST ATHLETICS AND DANCE (Grades K-2)
Get into the groove with the most popular street dances along with other styles including popping, locking, breakdance and choreography. New dances and games are learned every week to keep classes fun and exciting. Activities include center star, hip hop tag, hula hop, and many more!
PANDA PROGRAMMER (Grades K-5, after school)
Program! Learn Computer Science!! Children ages 8 and up ARE old enough to learn computer programming. And with our new K through Grade 2 curriculum we are teaching students as young as 5! The staff at Panda Programmer teaches kids the joy of coding computers by helping them program their own customized animations and computer games. Our students have a blast, while we guide them and help them learn graphics, control structures, all within a solid event-based model of computer programming. Panda Programmer provides a multi-disciplinary approach in teaching computer programming skills to children. We utilize mathematics, logics, teamwork, problem solving skills, and creativity to help children learn coding. Once introduced to computer programming, our students pursue it with incredible enthusiasm. “Instead of just PLAYING video games, have your kids DESIGN and PROGRAM them!”
PAINT CLUB (K-5, after school).
Build confidence in creativity! All paint supplies will be provided. Easels, canvases, paints & brushes. Snack is provided as well (with consideration of allergies). See how painting can bring your imagination to life! Kids will learn about color and how to make it work for them. We will have paintings every week. Some with instruction, and some to develop their own ideas with the techniques they learn. Kids are more likely to be engaged when the work is related to personal interests. Classes start right after school and go until 5:00 pm. Contact Melissa Tritto or view flyer.
TIPPI TOES DANCE (Grades K-4)
Get ready to turn the classroom into a stage and dance to your favorite pop stars! In this high energy class, students will focus on a number of jazz and dance elements including musicality, coordination, improvisation and style, all while listening to their favorite music!
FAIRY TALE THEATRE (Grades K-3, after school)
Karen Macgregor Ebert is the owner of Catriona’s Castle Hands-On Children’s Theatre and has been an approved performer for MCPS since 1988. Karen is also a drama teacher at BlackRock Center for the Arts.
CHESS CLUB (Grades K-5, afterschool)
Class is open to students of all levels – beginners learn how to play chess, while more experienced students work on improving their strategy. A portion of each class is devoted to instruction and a portion to play (students are matched with those of similar ability). Students participate in chess and team chess tournaments during the second part of this session. For more information, parent contact Nataliya Podlesny.
SPARK Business Academy (Grades K-5)
SHINING KIDS YOGA(Grades K-5, after school).
Yoga is an ancient healing practice known to calm the body, mind, and emotions. In this playful yoga class designed especially for elementary aged-children, children will learn yoga poses, breathing, and relaxation exercises which cultivate a calm mind, increase strength and flexibility, improve gross and fine motor skills, improve concentration, and give children the tools to manage stress in their daily lives. Games, stories, and music will be incorporated into this fun, non-competitive class. Children should bring their own yoga mat to class.
Make this a memorable year by signing up your child in a Young Rembrandts drawing class. Your child will learn about basic design and composition. Besides strengthening your child’s drawing and coloring skills, he/she will also learn about art history as we present lessons featuring master artists.
Contact: Marie Liebetrau, Dufief Girl Scout Coordinator
BEFORE SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Mondays and Wednesdays
DRAGONS ON THE RUN (all grades, mornings only)
Dragons on the Run is a before school running program. It is open to all grades, K-1 will need an adult ‘buddy’ to participate alongside them. For more information, parent contact James Noon.
Tuesdays and Fridays
GIRLS ON THE RUN (grades 3-5, mornings only)
A unique before school program for 3rd through 5th grade girls designed to promote healthy habits and an active lifestyle. The 10-week program combines training for a 5k (3.1 mile) running race with education and interactive discussions about critical issues that will affect pre-teen girls as they reach adolescence. Trained coaches teach life lessons to girls through fun and clever running games and workouts. For more information, contact Cathy Williams.
MAD SCIENCE (Grades K-5, before school)
Spark your child’s imagination with Sensational Science in this fun before school program.