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 continually being updated, but this info is current as of 3/13/15

 

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.

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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

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Math Tutoring in the Library
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 - Students can drop in as need to help from peers helpers


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:

 

TROGDOR
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. 

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destino Dance Team

Coached by da Vinci alumni destino is comprised of da Vinci students. They rehearse several times each week after school from fall to early spring and compete locally. Tryouts are each spring. For more information contact parent Beverlee Tuyub: tuyubfamily@msn.com

 

Spring production: Seussical the Musical: Auditions Monday Dec 15th
All those auditioning must attend the auditions on Monday, December 15th from 3:15-5:15

Callbacks will be posted on Tuesday, December 16th outside Ms. Accuardi’s Room and Online

Callbacks will be held on Wednesday the 17th from 3:15-5:15 and Thursday the 18th from 3:15-5:1
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Rehearsals run from January-March. Performances: March 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, & 14.


 

Clubs- FREE

Black Student Union (BSU) Meetings are 2x a month, on the 2nd Mondays and 4th Fridays. 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)


da Vinci Chess Club Wednesdays beginning December 3rd 3:15-4:15
We are fortunate to have a coach who is not just a lot of fun but is a former nationally-ranked middle school chess champion. If you have a general understanding of the game, please come and join us – we will accommodate a variety of skill levels. This season we will compete in at least one chess tournament. Questions? contact Tahni Hamilton at tahnih@gmail.com or 503-705-4936.


Weekly Classes

MONDAYS

Climbing Club
Cost: $288 without shoe rental / $320 with shoe rental -16 sessions
January 12th - May 18th No climbing club on no school days
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. Parent Greg Greenway escorts the Monday group. Click here for sign up information.

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Beginning American Sign Language-CANCELLED Maybe next year
January 26th. - June 1st. 3:30 to 4:30pm
Cost: $115 for 15 weeks
The American Sign Language (ASL) class will be taught by Lisa Hastings. She is fluent in ASL, Norwegian Sign Language, and Gestuno (International sign language for the deaf). This year is her 4th year at Portland Community College tutoring ASL and
interpreting students who are hearing. Topics to be covered in the Beginning ASL are: the family, daily routines, sign vocabulary, manual alphabet, conversation phrases, dialogues, and deaf culture. Click here for Reg.form for both ASL classes

Intermediate American Sign Language –CANCELLED Maybe next year
January 26th- June 1st 4:30 to 5:30pm for intermediate students.
Cost: $115 for 15 weeks
See above for more information.

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Ukulele Choir

January 26th-May 18th 3:00-4:30 $225 for 15 weeks
Offered by Musik Haus www.musikhaus.com 503-460-0780; 971-235-9858
A fun way to learn new songs and make music with friends! Classes offer a chance to perform modern and classic songs. The sessions will culminate in a concert for friends & family! register online http://bit.ly/1yaUyx4

 

da Vinci Coders NEW
Started January 26th, but others can join! FREE
da Vinci dad & free lance computer coder Richard Ames is in the Resource Center (room 106) from 3:30-5:00 pm each Monday sharing his knowledge with students!


TUESDAYS

Da Vinci Jazz Ensemble

Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:15-4:30 Auditions for new participants January 13th-
Registration form here
NO CHARGE FOR SECOND SEMESTER

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

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Irish Dance -CANCELLED Maybe next year
January 13th-March 10th 3:15-4:15
$90 for 9 lessons
Presented by Pacific Celtic Foundation. Learn Irish jigs and reels, get to know Irish music and culture, improve focus & concentration and develop strength and coordination Irish dance is a living art incorporating influences from Ballet, Tap Flamenco and gymnastics. Click here for a registration form.


WEDNESDAYS

Spanish Language
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.

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da Vinci Chess Club room #104 JOIN ANY TIME
Wednesdays beginning December 3rd 3:15-4:15

We are fortunate to have a coach who is not just a lot of fun but is a former nationally-ranked middle school chess champion. If you have a general understanding of the game, please come and join us – we will accommodate a variety of skill levels. This season we will compete in at least one chess tournament. Questions? contact Tahni Hamilton at tahnih@gmail.com or 503-705-4936


Art Nibblers - Get a Taste of Various Art Forms - NEW & NEW DAY
Wednesdays 3:15-4:30, April 8
th to May 13th - Sliding scale fee $25-45 per student
Every week a different focus with guest
instructors! Come discover something new or spend time on a personal project in a creative, supportive environment.Take a nibble of cartooning, mono-type printmaking, 3-D paper craft, watercolor painting, ¼ turn visualization, realism-human anatomy specific to faces and portraits, vision boarding, Reliquary creation or just come for guidance on a personal art project. *participants may be asked to bring extra supplies. Minimum number of  students 6; maximum 15. Room location to be announced after Spring Break!
Click here for a registration form


THURSDAYS

Climbing Club

Cost: $288 without shoe rental / $320 with shoe rental -16 sessions

January 15th - May 21st No climbing club on weeks when school is not in session on Mondays
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. Parent Hugh Russell escorts the Thursday group. Click here for sign up information.

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Jazz Ensemble - see Tuesday listing

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Girls Inc presents Media Literacy for girls in grades 6-8. -CANCELLED Maybe next year
Thursdays 3:15-4:45 January 22nd-March 12th
Cost: $125 Financial assistance may be available. For a class description and to register click here: http://girlsincpnw.org/programs/girls-groups/