Before & After School Programs

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 2017-2018 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.

SHINING KIDS YOGA (Grades K-5, after school on Thursdays, starting 10/5). 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. For more information or if you have questions please contact info@shiningkidsyoga.com. Registration is now open at www.shiningkidsyoga.com/registration and there is an early-bird discount available ($10 off) if parents register by 9/14/17.

PAINT CLUB (K-5, afterschool). 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 afterschool and go until 5pm. Contact Melissa Tritto or view flyer.

PANDA PROGRAMMER (Grades K-5, after school on Fridays, starting 9/22) 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!” You can sign up for our classes by going to our website at www.PandaProgrammer.com.

KAIZEN KARATE (K-5, 3:30-4:30 Mondays after school, starting 10/9) Presented by Kaizen Karate. Students learn the basic levels of martial arts while participating in a fun, exciting atmosphere. Class is tailored to student’s individual needs and helps them grow to their fullest potential possible. Karate classes not only focus on instruction, but also learning valuable lessons related to discipline, motivation, self-control, and continual improvement. To register, please visit: http://kaizenkaratemd.siplay.com/site/.

FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary Schools) (grades K-5, after school) The earlier they start, the easier it is for children to learn a foreign language. Spanish and Chinese classes will be at Dufief this Fall. Registration for Big Learning Foreign Language (FLES programs) is now open at this link: https://biglearning.asapconnected.com/default.aspx?org=2380. Contact Big Learning at 301-592-0861 for more information or view the flyer. Additional questions?  Please contact Ann-Marie Luciano.

GIRLS ON THE RUN (grades 3-5 mornings only) is 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 at Catherine.Williams@nnsa.doe.gov. To Register for Girls on the Run, and for more information go to http://www.girlsontherunofmoco.org/.

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-2 will need an adult ‘buddy’ to participate alongside them. For more information, contact James Noon at jamesnoon@gmail.com. To Register for Dragons on the Run or for more information, see the Dragons on the Run Flyer. Please also complete the Family Waiver.

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, contact Nataliya Podlesny.

FAIRY TALE THEATRE (Grades K-3, afterschool) 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. For information, call Karen Ebert at 301-602-9877, email karen@catrionascastle.com or view the flyer.

C3 CYBER CLUB (Grades 1-5, Wednesdays 10/4-11/29, after school) Using a custom mod called “Computercraft”, students will learn how to program robots called “Turtles” inside the world of Minecraft. Kids will utilize problem-solving skills by learning how to program their robots to complete various tasks. They will be introduced to if-then-else statements, for-while loops, and implement their own functions using LUA, a simple scripting language. Looking for a fun way to introduce your child to programming? Why not do it using a game they love! For more information or if you have questions please contact computerclasses@c3cyberclub.com or register online at www.c3cyberclub.com.

ZUMBA (K-5, 8:00-8:55am on Tuesdays in the gym, starting 9/26) Parents love it because it’s active, fun, and for the effects it has on kids increasing their focus and self-confidence. Free trial class on 9/19 at 8:00am! Please contact the instructor, Kathya Perez at 954-257-1983 or at pkathya@hotmail.com by 9/11 to register. $120 for twelve 1-hour sessions. The flyer also contains additional information.

YOUNG REMBRANDTS (K-5, 3:40-4:40 Fridays after school, starting 9/22) Young Rembrandts introduces students to a fascinating world of color, pattern, and design. We say farewell to summer in our detailed still life drawing of a beach and explore color usage and composition in our chameleon and stylized fall leaves drawing. Our students will learn cultural themes as they draw and color Kawaii inspired art. Enroll online at www.youngrembrandts.com/md or mail in the flyer.