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.

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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
Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 - Students can drop in as need to help from grad student Alex Hart.


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 & 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.

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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)

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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 - NEW SESSION STARTING -

Mondays Portland Rock Gym Cost $240 w/o shoe rental

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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American Sign Language (ASL):

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.

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Ukulele Choir -NEW-

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

  

TUESDAYS

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

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Irish Dance - NEW-
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

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THURSDAYS

Climbing Club -NEW-

Portland Rock Gym Cost $240 w/o shoe rental

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 Leadership & Community Action for girls in grades 6-8. - NEW-
Thursdays 3:15-4:45 January 15th-March 5th
$125 Financial assistance may be available Register here: http://girlsincpnw.org/programs/girls-groups/   

This class engages girls in celebrating their heritage, investigating rights and responsibilities, practicing leadership skills, and tackling issues of concern. Girls deepen their understanding of girls and women as social change agents and of leadership as a collective process grounded in belonging to and having responsibility for one’s community. Girls go through a problem assessment process that helps them learn about a community issue, and then develop and conduct a community action project with the support of women partners.

 

FRIDAYS

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.