Manhattan Youth After-School @ the Downtown Community Center

Students will engage in a variety of activities responding to the physical fitness and socioemotional need for students eager to have a fun environment, where they can reconnect with their peers, and their favorite after-school coaches and group leaders. Especially at this time. Over the next few weeks we will provide arts; ceramics, painting and portfolio, dance, digital media and more! 

This is a Drop-off program at the Downtown Community Center. Students may be dropped off no earlier than 3:15PM and pick-up is promptly at 5:50PM. Each day, students will have the option to attend an early class or Choice Time period from 3:30PM to 4:30PM followed by a late class or Choice Time period from 4:40PM until 5:40PM.  

Monday at 3:30pm

  • DCC Swimming Lessons (Grade K– 5)
  • Music & Movement (Grade K– 1)
  • Appetite for Adventure! (Grade K– 2)
  • Claymation (Grade K– 2)
  • Ceramics (Grade K– 5)
  • Spa Science (Grade 2–3)
  • Monday Madness (Grade 4–5)
  • Coding & Game Design (Grade 2–3)
Grade K– 5

DCC Swimming Lessons

At the beginning of each semester, children are evaluated individually by our full-time aquatic director and certified teaching staff. Groups are assigned by age and ability. Classes are limited to 3-6 students per instructor, depending on the age and ability level of the swimmers. Parents receive progress reports at the end of each semester that outline the skills their children have acquired, as well as areas of potential improvement.

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Grade K– 1

Music & Movement

Drawing from a variety of songs from classic jazz standards to pop tunes, we will teach students vocal production, singing and choreography. Classes introduce and develop rhythm, music theory, ear training and harmony.

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Grade K– 2

Appetite for Adventure!

A taste of travel for the brave hearted, students will engage the five senses as the classroom hops the globe for a delicious destination! By exploring flavors and styles of multiple cuisines, the travelers will learn about the many aspects that go into everyday foods.

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Grade K– 2

Claymation

This class will explore a range of techniques for developing concept, writing, designing, animating and editing stop-motion animation projects. Students will create armatures, puppets and sets, and complete the production process of an animated movie using professional capturing and editing equipment and software.

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Grade K– 5

Ceramics

Introduce your child to the world of ceramics! Develop motor skills and learn creative problem solving through projects aimed at stimulating imagination and creativity. Projects range from animal themed sculptures, making a new favorite cup or bowl, figurative work and more!

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Grade 2–3

Spa Science

Discover the chemistry involved in making things that you would experience in a spa! Soaps, body scrubs, cosmetics, nail polish and color, bath oils, lipstick, perfumes and more! Students will make their own line of products that are safe to use at home!
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Grade 4–5

Monday Madness

Does your child enjoy Field Day at school? If so, we’ve got the perfect club for them! In Monday Madness: Group Games, we use active games to introduce fundamental sport skills, team work and get their bodies moving by running, jumping, throwing and catching.

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Grade 2–3

Coding & Game Design

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Monday at 4:40pm

  • Superstar Vocals (Grade 2–5)
  • Stop Motion (Grade 3–5)
  • Hand Tarts & Mini Pies (Grade 3–5)
  • Spa Science (Grade 4–5)
  • Coding & Design (Grade 4–5)
Grade 2–5

Superstar Vocals

This class encourages students to discover their own & unique singing voice! Strengthening musicality & creativity, students will explore a variety of musical styles and genres from old school pop tunes to their favorite top 40 songs! Through engaging singing games, vocal technique & original songwriting, this class encourages confidence building and individuality. Come sing your heart out in this positive, hip & enthusiastic musical environment!

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Grade 3–5

Stop Motion

This class will explore a range of techniques for developing concept, writing, designing, animating and editing stop-motion animation projects. Students will create armatures, puppets and sets, and complete the production process of an animated movie using professional capturing and editing equipment and software.

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Grade 3–5

Hand Tarts & Mini Pies

With a hard shell and a tender surprise, these hand pies are a pocketful of joy! Students will learn the basics of dough shaping as well as how to make all the sweet and savory fillings placed inside.

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Grade 4–5

Spa Science

Discover the chemistry involved in making things that you would experience in a spa! Soaps, body scrubs, cosmetics, nail polish and color, bath oils, lipstick, perfumes and more! Students will make their own line of products that are safe to use at home!
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Grade 4–5

Coding & Design

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Tuesday at 3:30pm

  • Gym Jam/Creative Movement (Grade K– 2)
  • DCC World Drummers (Grade K– 2)
  • Confectionary Creations (Grade K– 2)
  • DCC Green Science (Grade K– 2)
  • Ceramics (Grade K– 5)
  • DCC Swimming Lessons (Grade K– 5)
  • DCC MY Runway Project (Grade 2–3)
  • Robotics/Lego Engineering (Grade 2–3)
Grade K– 2

Gym Jam/Creative Movement

A fun-filled introduction to the world of dance that allows students to explore their imaginations through the experience of music and movement. Class participants will learn proper terminology and technique at a pace designed for their growing bodies.

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Grade K– 2

DCC World Drummers

Students will explore music and percussion from a new country every month, including Ghana and Guinea West Africa, Cuba, Brazil, India, Israel, Turkey, and the United States. Not only will we learn about the music of these countries, but many aspects of their cultures as well!
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Grade K– 2

Confectionary Creations

With a steady hand and a wild imagination, students will learn how to design and decorate palm-sized sweet treats. Ranging from cookies and cupcakes, to lollipops and jello molds, everything beautiful and wacky can be made here!

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Grade K– 2

DCC Green Science

Students will learn all about ecosystems and how we can preserve them. From worm composting and recycling to green energy and sustainable power, students will explore how the world works, and what it will take to keep it going! Upper grades will participate in service projects at their schools and in the community.
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Grade K– 5

Ceramics

Introduce your child to the world of ceramics! Develop motor skills and learn creative problem solving through projects aimed at stimulating imagination and creativity. Projects range from animal themed sculptures, making a new favorite cup or bowl, figurative work and more!

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Grade K– 5

DCC Swimming Lessons

At the beginning of each semester, children are evaluated individually by our full-time aquatic director and certified teaching staff. Groups are assigned by age and ability. Classes are limited to 3-6 students per instructor, depending on the age and ability level of the swimmers. Parents receive progress reports at the end of each semester that outline the skills their children have acquired, as well as areas of potential improvement.

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Grade 2–3

DCC MY Runway Project

Students will sketch fashion figures, design fabrics, and create full lines of clothing, producing their own style books. Students will work toward an end of semester Fashion show featuring the design pieces they've worked on.
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Grade 2–3

Robotics/Lego Engineering

Lego Robotics is an exciting program that adapts the popular Lego Mindstorms NXT robotics technology to teach critical thinking and engineering through super fun hands-on activities based on real world situations! Students will team up to build a Lego robot and complete a variety of activities developed to reinforce their problem-solving skills.

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Tuesday at 4:40pm

  • DCC MY Runway Project (Grade 4–5)
  • Chemistry Lab (Grade 4–5)
  • Robotics/Lego Engineering (Grade 4–5)
  • Chopped Jr! (Grade 3–5)
  • Modern Dance (Grade 3–5)
Grade 4–5

DCC MY Runway Project

Students will sketch fashion figures, design fabrics, and create full lines of clothing, producing their own style books. Students will work toward an end of semester Fashion show featuring the design pieces they've worked on.
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Grade 4–5

Chemistry Lab

The science lab at the Downtown Community Center will be bubbling with curiosity as young scientists examine the curious reactions that everyday materials have when they combine or change state. This class will emphasize the fun of experimentation, while teaching the complexities of all matter, right down to the atomic level. 

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Grade 4–5

Robotics/Lego Engineering

Lego Robotics is an exciting program that adapts the popular Lego Mindstorms NXT robotics technology to teach critical thinking and engineering through super fun hands-on activities based on real world situations! Students will team up to build a Lego robot and complete a variety of activities developed to reinforce their problem-solving skills

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Grade 3–5

Chopped Jr!

Each student becomes a culinary innovator with a challenging clash of ingredients presented. Creations will be judged by uniqueness, appearance and effort. The winner adds a mystery ingredient to the weekly draw box!

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Grade 3–5

Modern Dance

An expressive form of dance in which students explore the movement of the body, the expression of emotion through dance and the elements around us. Dancers will express their creativity, grow their movement vocabulary and explore new ways of moving in combinations, floor work and partnering, and also in various methods of improvisation.

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Wednesday at 3:30pm

  • DCC Mixed Media Art & Sculpture (Grade K– 2)
  • DCC Ballet (Grade K– 1)
  • DCC Swimming Lessons (Grade K– 5)
  • Ooey Gooey Science (Grade K– 2)
  • Ceramics (Grade K– 5)
  • Hand Tarts & Mini Pies (Grade K– 2)
  • Mindful Movement/Yoga (Grade K– 2)
  • Girls Only Coding & Computer Science (Grade 2–5)
Grade K– 2

DCC Mixed Media Art & Sculpture

The power of paper will come alive in this interactive design fantasy class. Exploring the many different ways of using paper: sculpting, folding, 3D Origami, construction and Paper Mache creating everything from super heroes, animals, creatures, floral design, stage sets, pop up books and more!
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Grade K– 1

DCC Ballet

An introduction to ballet vocabulary and technique. Students develop strength, alignment, musicality, and the grace that is inherent in the form. Dancers in our ballet classes are prominently featured in each semester's dance performance.

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Grade K– 5

DCC Swimming Lessons

At the beginning of each semester, children are evaluated individually by our full-time aquatic director and certified teaching staff. Groups are assigned by age and ability. Classes are limited to 3-6 students per instructor, depending on the age and ability level of the swimmers. Parents receive progress reports at the end of each semester that outline the skills their children have acquired, as well as areas of potential improvement.

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Grade K– 2

Ooey Gooey Science

Every kid knows that you don't really learn anything unless you make a mess and get your hands dirty. This class focuses on everything oozy, grimy, slippery and slimy that exists in nature or can be made (safely!) in a test tube. Fun for all!

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Grade K– 5

Ceramics

Introduce your child to the world of ceramics! Develop motor skills and learn creative problem solving through projects aimed at stimulating imagination and creativity. Projects range from animal themed sculptures, making a new favorite cup or bowl, figurative work and more!

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Grade K– 2

Hand Tarts & Mini Pies

With a hard shell and a tender surprise, these hand pies are a pocketful of joy! Students will learn the basics of dough shaping as well as how to make all the sweet and savory fillings placed inside.

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Grade K– 2

Mindful Movement/Yoga

Go on an adventure in each class as students learn yoga poses that will build strength and flexibility. Class participants will use their senses and controlled breath to move their bodies and discover what it really feels like to ground to the earth and center themselves using techniques to calm the mind.

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Grade 2–5

Girls Only Coding & Computer Science

Think coding is just for boys? Think again! Girls Only Coding & Computer Science, is a class specifically designed for girls who have a budding interest in computer science. Students will learn the fundamentals of coding by engaging in individual and group activities designed to develop skills in problem solving and logic.

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Wednesday at 4:40pm

  • Ballet (Grade 2–5)
  • DIY Crafting (Grade 2–3)
  • Mindful Movement/Yoga (Grade 3–5)
  • MY Food Architects! (Grade 3–5)
  • Engineering with 3D Printing (Grade 2–5)
Grade 2–5

Ballet

An introduction to ballet vocabulary and technique. Students develop strength, alignment, musicality, and the grace that is inherent in the form. Dancers in our ballet classes are prominently featured in each semester's dance performance.

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Grade 2–3

DIY Crafting

Children let their imaginations run free as they explore and experiment using clay, paint, found objects and other unusual materials to create their own masterpiece. This open ended class provides different stations with various art materials to help bring your child's vision to life!

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Grade 3–5

Mindful Movement/Yoga

Go on an adventure in each class as students learn yoga poses that will build strength and flexibility. Class participants will use their senses and controlled breath to move their bodies and discover what it really feels like to ground to the earth and center themselves using techniques to calm the mind.

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Grade 3–5

MY Food Architects!

Inspired by Carl Warner, Christine McConnell, and lovers of Legos, students will plan and build edible structures of all shapes and sizes. By utilizing fresh produce, mixing special spreads, and baking sweet and savory crackers they can create a crunchy cabin, a flaky farmhouse, or a sweet skyscraper!

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Grade 2–5

Engineering with 3D Printing

Once thought of as a magic solution of the future, 3D printing is now a booming industry that yields serious benefits for the world. This course introduces students to basic engineering theories and principles by using 3D printing. It introduces design and fabrication processes to build hands on artifacts that demonstrate complex engineering topics in everyday life.

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Thursday at 3:30pm

  • DCC Art & Nature (Grade K– 2)
  • DCC Animal Science (Grade K– 1)
  • DCC Swimming Lessons (Grade K– 5)
  • Oven Baked Crafts (Grade K– 2)
  • Dance Around the World (Grade K– 2)
  • Ceramics (Grade K– 5)
  • Graphic Design (Grade 2–3)
Grade K– 2

DCC Art & Nature

Printing presses, found objects, fruits and vegetables, wood blocks, wax resist… the list goes on! Children will create 2D and 3D works of art that will incorporate printmaking techniques.

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Grade K– 1

DCC Animal Science

Students learn about modern animals and their prehistoric ancestors, from jellyfish to dinosaurs!
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Grade K– 5

DCC Swimming Lessons

At the beginning of each semester, children are evaluated individually by our full-time aquatic director and certified teaching staff. Groups are assigned by age and ability. Classes are limited to 3-6 students per instructor, depending on the age and ability level of the swimmers. Parents receive progress reports at the end of each semester that outline the skills their children have acquired, as well as areas of potential improvement.

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Grade K– 2

Oven Baked Crafts

In this crafty class, students will unleash their creative side. Using non-toxic, oven-safe clay, students will sculpt, cure, and decorate their mini creations in our cozy kitchen.

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Grade K– 2

Dance Around the World

From Salsa and Samba to Hip-Hop to Tango, immerse your child in a multicultural dance class which builds knowledge and understanding of dance styles from all over the globe.

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Grade K– 5

Ceramics

Introduce your child to the world of ceramics! Develop motor skills and learn creative problem solving through projects aimed at stimulating imagination and creativity. Projects range from animal themed sculptures, making a new favorite cup or bowl, figurative work and more!

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Grade 2–3

Graphic Design

As digital technology continues to make its way into all aspects of our lives, the need for effective graphic design has never been greater. This course is ideal for students who seek an introduction to graphic design or have a general interest in learning how to create and communicate through visual media. Through a comprehensive look at topics such as layout, typography, color, space, balance, and hierarchy, students will be exposed to the most effective uses of graphic design in today's visual world. Students will create projects such as posters, stickers and t-shirts.

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Thursday at 4:40pm

  • DCC Zoology & Animal Care (Grade 2–5)
  • Dance Around the World (Grade 3–5)
  • Tik Tok Ready Recipes (Grade 3–5)
  • DCC Art School Prep (Grade 3–5)
  • Graphic Design (Grade 4–5)
Grade 2–5

DCC Zoology & Animal Care

Emphasizing the central role of evolution in generating diversity, your child will explore the many kingdoms, behaviors and ecology of animal species! Your child will also become Zookeepers learning the basics of animal care from feeding to cleaning the habitats in our Science Lab.
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Grade 3–5

Dance Around the World

From Salsa and Samba to Hip-Hop to Tango, immerse your child in a multicultural dance class which builds knowledge and understanding of dance styles from all over the globe.

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Grade 3–5

Tik Tok Ready Recipes

Students will tackle recipes with five steps or less from start to finish and present their final dishes for a close-up photo shoot! While the instructions are minimal, students will get the chance to show some style and get hands on experience following a recipe!

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Grade 3–5

DCC Art School Prep

Throughout the year, students will develop a diverse body of work, including drawings, painting, print making, collage and sculpture, adhering to the 5th grade benchmark laid out in the NYC DOE Blueprint for the Visual Arts. With guidance from their instructor, students will create and assemble an impressive portfolio of artwork with which they can apply to schools specializing in art throughout the city.
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Grade 4–5

Graphic Design

As digital technology continues to make its way into all aspects of our lives, the need for effective graphic design has never been greater. This course is ideal for students who seek an introduction to graphic design or have a general interest in learning how to create and communicate through visual media. Through a comprehensive look at topics such as layout, typography, color, space, balance, and hierarchy, students will be exposed to the most effective uses of graphic design in today's visual world. Students will create projects such as posters, stickers and t-shirts.

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Friday at 3:30pm

  • Studio Art (Grade K– 1)
  • DCC Tae Kwon Do - White & Yellow Belts (Grade K– 3)
  • Sing Along with John! (Grade K– 2)
  • DCC Swimming Lessons (Grade K– 5)
  • DCC End Of The Week Treats (Grade K– 5)
  • E-Sports & Gaming (Grade 2–5)
  • Wildly Creative (Grade 3–5)
Grade K– 1

Studio Art

Our multidisciplinary art classes offer students a chance to explore different media from drawing and painting to collage and sculpture. Projects are selected to provide inspiration for free expression and to develop specific skills.Exploring drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking and other methods through age-appropriate structured projects and free exploration, students have fun while learning the basic fundamentals of art.
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Grade K– 3

DCC Tae Kwon Do - White & Yellow Belts

Students learn self-defense, focus, concentration and discipline in a non-contact weekly martial arts workout. Classes are grouped by K-3 age and belt level. All levels work on forms, and bag work: kicks, punches, blocks and footwork. Sparring begins at yellow belt. At the end of each semester, we have an exhibition and test, where students have an opportunity for belt advancement (by teacher recommendation).

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Grade K– 2

Sing Along with John!

Led by crowd favorite and award winning composer and theater actor John Tafone, drawing from a variety of songs from classic jazz standards to pop tunes, we will teach students vocal production, singing and choreography. Classes introduce and develop rhythm, music theory, ear training and harmony.

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Grade K– 5

DCC Swimming Lessons

At the beginning of each semester, children are evaluated individually by our full-time aquatic director and certified teaching staff. Groups are assigned by age and ability. Classes are limited to 3-6 students per instructor, depending on the age and ability level of the swimmers. Parents receive progress reports at the end of each semester that outline the skills their children have acquired, as well as areas of potential improvement.

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Grade K– 5

DCC End Of The Week Treats

No nuts! No dairy! No gluten! This allergy-free baking class allows your children to create delicious cookies and cakes galore by getting hands-on with ingredients safe for them to touch and eat. All recipes will be available to families on our cooking blog, as well as in the new allergy-free section of our end of semester cookbook!
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Grade 2–5

E-Sports & Gaming

Join us on Fridays for some fun and relaxing gaming. We will have various devices and game stations set up for students to participate in some friendly gaming, matches, tournaments, or whatever type of gaming they would like to participate in. There will be an opportunity for students to engage in socializing and interaction with their peers while exploring shared interests.

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Grade 3–5

Wildly Creative

Calling all animal lovers who want to have a creative and FUN art class adventure! In this exciting art class, students will learn how to create unique artwork that is inspired by animals and wildlife while also learning fun facts about the life of each animal.

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Friday at 4:40pm

  • Make a Mess Art: Animal Edition (Grade K– 2)
  • Ceramics (Grade K– 5)
  • DCC Tae Kwon Do - Green Belts & Up (Grade 2–5)
  • Songwriting 101 (Grade 3–5)
Grade K– 2

Make a Mess Art: Animal Edition

Calling all animal lovers who want to have a creative and FUN art class adventure! In this exciting art class, students will learn how to create unique artwork that is inspired by animals and wildlife while also learning fun facts about the life of each animal.

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Grade K– 5

Ceramics

Introduce your child to the world of ceramics! Develop motor skills and learn creative problem solving through projects aimed at stimulating imagination and creativity. Projects range from animal themed sculptures, making a new favorite cup or bowl, figurative work and more!

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Grade 2–5

DCC Tae Kwon Do - Green Belts & Up

Students learn self-defense, focus, concentration and discipline in a non-contact weekly martial arts workout. Classes are grouped by 2-5 age and belt level. All levels work on forms, and bag work: kicks, punches, blocks and footwork. Sparring begins at yellow belt. At the end of each semester, we have an exhibition and test, where students have an opportunity for belt advancement (by teacher recommendation).

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Grade 3–5

Songwriting 101

Creating original songs can be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences for budding musicians. In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of songwriting, arrangement and music theory, to compose and perform their own original songs.

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