Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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Creative minds for
challenging times.

2508 NE Everett Street | Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (503) 916-5356 | Fax: (503) 916-2721

After School Activities

After School Options 2013-14

There might be more coming…


Most of these options are fee based and for the most part, they are not run by da Vinci staff. They are offered by community organizations, parents, neighbors and alumni!  Most classes are taught at da Vinci. Those that are not are so noted.


Fees are paid to the instructor or the organization, not to da Vinci, so a separate check is needed for each class/activity. 


Math Help Lab FREE
Tuesdays - Fridays from 2:50-3:50 help with math school work is available in the library. No sign up necessary. Students just drop in when they need the help!

da Vinci library FREE

Daniel Menshe, our Librarian keeps the library open Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays until 4:30 and volunteers keep is open on Mondays and Friday afternoons.

THE ROOST  Available 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days a week!

The YMCA is taking over operation of The Roost.  This unique after school program for middle school age students could be just the place for your child.It is all about “choice and voice” at The Roost.  Students decide how to spend their time and are supported by YMCA staff.  There are always projects and homework help available but students can just chill if they want.  On top of that a hot snack is available each day.


The Roost is located on the top floor of Sunnyside Methodist Church at 3520 SE Yamhill St.  It is right across the park from Sunnyside Environmental School.  They are open from the end of school to 6:00 pm on all Portland Public School days.The program costs $60 per month times the number of registered days per week.  ($60 per month for one day per week, $120 for two days per week, etc.)


For more information and to register visit: www.ymcacw.org/roost or call Clackamas YMCA 503-654-7950


Audition only after school activities:


What is it? Trogdor is da Vinci's after-school rock band!
What does Trogdor do?  Trogdor will learn a few songs to rock da Vinci's stage at the music concert and a few talent shows. Gigs outside the da Vinci universe are also possible. 
How dostudents join? Audition times will be announced through the morning bulletin during school. Students who are interested in auditioning should prepare a song to perform and bring all necessary equipment to perform to your audition (we have a drum set and a piano available). 
How can I as a parent help? Parents are always welcome to lend their expertise in any musical style/instrument. Contact Dave Myers to schedule a visit to a rehearsal. Donations are always welcome! We can always use guitar cables, mics, drum sticks, and amps. 



Black Student Union (BSU) Meetings are approximately 1x month, contact one of the sponsors for the schedule. A supportive place for our African American students to bond with each other, explore who they are and the world around them. It will include field trips, guest speakers,  Black history and academic strategies.

Staff Sponsors: Kristen Bryason (kbrayson@pps.net) and Shannon Wasson (swasson@pps.net)  

Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA) 1 x month Late opening Wednesdays from 3-4 pm in room #207. All are welcome to attend.
Staff Sponsors: Katie Loewen (kloewen@pps.net) and Erin Savage (esavage@pps.net)

Weekly Classes


American Sign Language
February 3- April 21.  No class on 2/17, 3/24 3:00-4:30 
Course fee: $60 for 10 classes
Instructor: Anne Marie Perdriau
Welcome new and continuing students! American Sign Language will be taught by Anne Marie Perdriau. Ms. Perdriau has a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Sign Language with a minor in Special Education from Western Oregon University. She has taught at Children's Hour Academy for eight years, Groner Elementary School in the Hillsboro School District for three years, was the Life Enrichment Director for the Chestnut Lane Assisted Living for the Deaf and Deaf-Blind, and began teaching ASL at Central Catholic High School in 2012.  


Maker Mondays
February 3-March 17 (no class 2/17)
Course fee: $60 + $20 materials fee
Instructor: Holly Hestand
Explore a variety of materials while making fun seasonal crafts. Different projects are presented each week as students are encourages to develop their skills and creative thinking.

Climbing Club
January 6-March 17 ; 3:30-5:00 pm- $140.00 if the student needs to rent shoes; $120 if they do not need to rent shoes (All students need to climb in climbing shoes; we have some on site in a variety of sizes.)

Instruction is offered by Portland Rock Gym (12th& Burnside)

da Vinci organizer Maika Yeigh yeigh@comcast.net Contact her to sign up and get required paperwork.

Students meet in front of room #101 and walk to the gym chaperoned by an adult.  Parents pick their child up from the rock gym. Parents need to sign a waiver form prior to their child climbing; returning club members do not need another form. 



 Jazz Ensemble 

Each Tuesday & Thursday 3:00-4:15 starting September 10th, plus opportunities to play in the community & at da Vinci music concertsand a recording session at the end; $160 per semester + $20 annual lab fee ($340 for the year)

Offered by J. Stu Fessant Questions? jstuart@igrooverecording.com

An exploration of Jazz, Latin & Rock in the ‘big band’ setting. Emphasis is on ensemble playing, phrasing, & improvisation. Students are expected to be reasonably proficient with one year of experience on their instrument and should be prepared to practice outside of class. Instrumentation includes: alto, tenor & baritone saxes; trumpets; trombones; baritone; guitar; bass; drums and percussion. Other instruments accepted with instructor approval. 



Chess Club FREE
3:00-4:00 in the cafeteria. All levels of play welcome, just drop by.

Beginning Spanish
25 sessions 3:00-4:00 Starting October 9th   $300 (payment can be made online or mailed in; can be broken into 2 payments) A registration form will be in the opening day packet.

Offered by Kids Like Languages www.kidslikelanguages


Jazz Ensemble - see Tuesday listing



Marimba – No prior experience necessary! FULL

Every Friday (when school is in session) all year long 3:15-4:15, plus opportunities to perform in the community and at da Vinci music concerts $250

Offered by neighbor MyLinda King Question? mylindaking@gmail.com

Join da Vinci's very own marimba band and learn to play high-energy marimba music from Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. Offered by former Boka Marimba member MyLinda King at her home, just 3 blocks from da Vinci, participating students walk together after initially being escorted by a da Vinci staff member. Check out last year's group on this YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omuc1EEGnvs&feature=youtube_gdata_player