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 2014-15

This site is constantly under construction, but this info is current…


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. 

da Vinci library

Daniel Menshe, our Librarian and parent volunteers keep the library open everyday until 4:30.


Student Resource Room Everyday before and after school the computer lab in room 106 is open for students to use. There are computers for research, etc. and a printer. 7:45-8:15 am and 3:00-3:30 pm

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 do students 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. 


Fall Play Rehearsals: The Winter's Tale
Auditions are Monday & Tuesday September 8th & 9th from 3:15-5:30 pm. Interested students need to pick up audition materials from Ms. Accuardi in room 305/306. Call backs are September 10th & 11th. For more information reach her here: Nicole Accuardi Performances are in November. The rehearsal schedule is on her website.


Spring production: Seussical the Musical
Auditions will be after winter break with rehearsals to follow and performances in march.



Black Student Union (BSU) Meetings are 2x a month, on the 2nd & 4th Mondays. 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. Check the google calendar on the main page for dates.


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


Climbing Club

Mondays Portland Rock Gym Cost approx. $140

For the last several years a small group of da Vinci students have headed to the Portland Rock Gym each Monday after school. They are escorted on this trek to 12th Avenue and Burnside by a da Vinci parent. Current parent Maika Yeigh would like to hand of this responsibility to a new parent or two, but she is willing to help us get set up again. If you are interested in having you child take the class and/or in being the chaperone contact Maika at yeigh@comcast.net


American Sign Language (ASL):

Mondays- Sept 15-Dec 8, no class 10/27 & 11/10 3:30-4:30

11 classes for $82.50

 Welcome new and returning students of ASL. My name is Lisa Hastings. I am fluent in ASL, Norwegian Sign Language, and Gestuno (International Sign Language for the deaf). I graduated in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Gallaudet University and have earned graduate credits in both Deaf Education and School Counseling. I have taught ASL classes to deaf and hard of hearing children at Moller School for the Deaf in Trondheim,Norway, to hearing parents of deaf and hard of hearing students at Western Oregon University, to hearing students at NW Academy in Portland and College Place elementary school in Edmonds, Washington. This fall will be my 4th year at Portland Community College tutoring ASL and ITP (Interpreting) to hearing students.



Da Vinci Jazz Ensemble

Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:15-4:30 Starts Tuesday September 16th
Registration form here
$150 per semester, financial help available Make checks payable to Mark Gerolami

Da Vinci’s new music teacher Mark Gerolami will be leading an after school jazz ensemble all instruments welcome, but you need to be able to read music. Students will perform in the da Vinci Music Concert on December 19th. For more information contact Mark at mgerolami@pps.net



Spanish Language
Wednsdays October 1st-April 15th 3:05-3:55

Offered by Kids Like Languages $300 payment options available. Click here for registration form. Register by 9/12/14 and get 10% off! www.kidslikelanguages.com

Language classes introduce students to foreign languages, improve their language skills, develop an appreciation of other cultures, and begin to prepare students for the foreign language requirement at graduation. Our curriculum fulfills students’ needs and responds to parents’ requests. Experienced instructors teach through drama, art, music, games, every-day situations, and repetition. They keep it lively and fun. Curriculum emphasizes conversation and occasional short homework assignments. Class size Minimum of 10 students, maximum of 20.


French Club

Wednesdays after school, 3:15-4:15

(day and time is subject to change)

All ages and levels welcome!

Relaxed atmosphere with structured activities

Practice language basics plus explore French music, cuisine, culture and more

Please contact da Vinci parent Tate Shadburne for more info t8shad@gmail.com



Trogdor – da Vinci’s own Garage Band –

3:15-4:30 pm Auditions will be held in (R)October

Coached by core teacher Dave Myers and Math teacher Sara Daley

All instruments and vocalists welcome!

Stay tuned for details



Jazz Ensemble - see Tuesday listing


Girls Inc presents Operation Smart for girls in grades 6-8.
Thursdays 3:15-4:45 October 16th-December 18th
Financial assistance may be available

Discover your inner scientist with Operation Smart II! Have fun with hands-on science, engineering and technology projects in this weekly group just for girls. You can register here: http://girlsincnworegon.org/davinci


Climbing Club A second group will start after winter break on Thursdays. Stay tuned for details.



Write Now!

Fridays, September 26th-December 19th. 3:10-4:30

Classes are limited to 10 students. Cost: $155

Questions? Contact Sarah at writenowportland@gmail.com

Register at www.writenowportland.com

Write Now! is offering a nine-week after-school writer’s workshop with Sarah Pemberton Kastrup, a former Sunnyside Environmental Middle School teacher. The Write Now! Writer's Workshop is a place for students who enjoy writing and want time to write what they want, as well as for students who need extra writing practice and support. Students have an opportunity to learn, practice and play with skills and techniques that make good writing, as they write and share their own stories. Extra support for writing related homework is also available.