After-School Programs


Welcome to McDonogh’s After-School Program! Spring After-School activities will begin Monday, March 26 (with the exception of Chess starting January 8) and end Friday, May 18. McDonogh students in kindergarten through eighth grade are welcome to participate. Most classes meet once a week from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m with the exception of Friday classes which will meet from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Online registration begins Tuesday, February 27. Spring 2018 programs are listed below in alphabetical order. If you have any questions, please contact Ramzi Sifri, Director of After-School Programs, at rsifri2@mcdonogh.org.


Argumentation & Advocacy

Grades: 7 and 8
Teacher: Daryl Burch
Day: Thursday
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
Class Cost: $150

Daryl Burch, along with members of McDonogh's Upper School varsity debate team, will train and coach Middle School students in the skills of competitive debate. Participation in the program teaches public speaking, critical thinking, and research skills that are highly valuable in every facet of the school curriculum. Students will debate a current event controversy and prepare for a mini tournament in which all parents are invited to watch.

Chess

Grades: K to 6
Teachers: John Rockefeller and Arkadiy Frenkel
Day: Monday
Time: 3:45-5:15 p.m.
Dates: January 8 - May 21 (join any day!)
Minimum Class Size: 1
Maximum Class Size: 40
Class Cost: $125

Chess is a fun game that helps kids learn life skills: how to concentrate, recognize patterns, solve problems, think creatively, cultivate teamwork (among their pieces), execute short-term tactics, develop long-term strategies, manage time, and (most important!) exercise impulse control. When kids lose pieces and games because they moved their pieces impulsively, they learn to resist succumbing to the quick fix of instant gratification. When kids win pieces and games because they moved their pieces patiently, they learn to savor the enduring joy of delayed gratification.

Based on their skill level and age, players are divided into 2 groups that alternate between 30 minutes of lessons and 30 minutes of friendly games. Beginners are welcome! All players train to compete at optional local tournaments held every other Saturday from September - June.

John Rockefeller is the Scholastic Director of the Maryland Chess Association, and Arkadiy Frenkel is a US-Chess National Master and full-time chess coach. All chess supplies provided.

Please note: This club meets whenever McDonogh is in session.

Droning To New Heights

Grades: 3 and 4
Teacher: Eno Umoh
Day: Tuesday
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 20
Class Cost: $200
Supply Cost: $50

Explore new heights with drones! Through hands-on learning, students will use math, science, and engineering skills to research, model, build and fly a quadcopter drone. Each child will be able to take home their drone to practice and showcase their skills. Young students are engaged through existing and new programs which incorporate UAS-related hardware, software, applications and related technologies. Students will also get the unique opportunity to learn programming and coding through an interactive app. For more information, please click here.

Entrepreneurship in 3D

Grades: 4 to 6
Teacher: Ideal Lab Kids
Day: Tuesday
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
Class Cost: $200

A 3D Printer can be an amazing tool for an entrepreneur, as they develop models and test products. “How can I improve upon a object?” “How can I create something new that has never been seen?” New Toy on the Block, Jewelry/Accessories, Car of the Future, Hoverboard, and Lemonade Stand, are some of the learning activities (and products) in play during this 6-week class.

Learn to Fence: Basics of Foil Fencing

Grades: 1 to 3
Teachers: Adrian Trenea
Day: Monday
Minimum Class Size: 6
Maximum Class Size: 12
Class Cost: $150

Learn to Fence introduces children to the fundamentals of one of the oldest sports, foil fencing. Students will learn footwork, blade control, and discipline as well as get the chance to fence one another for fun and practice. An experienced coach will supervise and teach the students. Full protective gear and other equipment will be provided.

Kids Craft Studio

Grades: K to 6
Teacher: Jennifer Richter
Day: Wednesday
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
Class Cost: $150
Supply Cost: $20

Welcome to the wonderful world of CRAFTING! Kids love to create and decorate…and I will show them exactly how to do it! With an exciting selection of activities to enjoy, your child will love exploring something new! Embrace your child’s creativity with us…you’ll be amazed with our crafty masterpieces!

Your child will be introduced to a variety of tools and techniques. I will craft eight exciting pieces during our sessions together. Explorations, creativity, and joy will be fostered as the children are encouraged to bring their own unique ‘selves’ to their crafty creations!

Lego Simple Bots

Grades: 3 to 5
Teacher: Ideal Lab Kids
Day: Wednesday
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
Class Cost: $200

This course covers the basic functions of how robots move and the various sensors and parts that help them. Students will build simple robots to explore the basics behind robotics. It is Lego EV3 based but the knowledge gained applies to all robotic systems, even industrial automation and toys. For select classes, using Wonder Workshop robots, students will be introduced to the basic terminology and functionality of simple robots as they fit into daily life and into the broader context of computer science.

Lego WeDo Robotic Creatures

Grades: 1 to 3
Teacher: Ideal Lab Kids
Day: Monday
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
Class Cost: $200

Using LEGO robotics, students will learn how to build and program a whole world of crazy critters and creatures. They will get a hands-on feel for building simple robots and programming them to behave like animals!

Makerspace and 3-D Printing

Grades: K to 6
Teacher: Gregg Kleiman
Day: Monday
Minimum Class Size: 6
Maximum Class Size: 14
Class Cost: $200

If you like to build stuff then this class is for you. Our new Makerspace is a collaborative workshop where students will gain practical hands-on experience with new technologies and innovative processes. Students tackle their imagination by designing projects, working in teams, and building some really cool stuff. We will primarily focus on using 3-D printers, but other tools will be used as well.

McDonogh 3.1 Milers

Grades: 3 and 4 (GIRLS ONLY)
Teacher: Merritt Livermore
Day: Tuesday and Thursday
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
Class Cost: $150

Come on, girls! Get your running shoes on and let's run! Together we will work hard in a noncompetitive way to train for a 5K race. We will have fun developing self-confidence, team spirit, and healthy lives. Each day, we'll have a snack, set goals, warm up, take a run, cool down, and reflect on our progress. The season will culminate in a 5k at Goucher College on Sunday, May 20 to support brain cancer research.

McDonogh Playhouse

Grades: K to 6
Teacher: Beth Rausch
Day: Friday
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
Class Cost: $150

McDonogh Playhouse is designed to explore musical theater. Through out the program students will sing, dance and act to create a musical review that will be performed at the end of the session. This is a wonderful class for students who want to try the dramatic arts for the first time. Students will use their imagination, express themselves and work as a team to create a one of a kind performance.

McDonogh Top Chef

Grades: 3 to 5
Teacher: Rebecca Nickolaus
Day: Thursday
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 20
Class Cost: $150
Food Cost: $20

McDonogh Top Chef will introduce students to the foundational skills required for cooking. During each class, students will be taught about a specific cooking skill and "secret ingredient" that they must incorporate into their edible design. The goal of this class is to allow students to increase their culinary knowledge and skill, to use their imagination, and work as a team to design edible masterpieces.

Movie Production

Grades: 4 to 6
Teacher: Ideal Lab Kids
Day: Monday
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
Class Cost: $150

Over several weeks, students will work in groups to make a film. Classes will cover planning and jobs, genre, content and editing, script, location, props and costumes, sound, titles & credits, advertising.

Public Speaking

Grades: 5 and 6
Teacher: Daryl Burch
Day: Wednesday
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
Class Cost: $150

The number one fear most people have is speaking in public. This class will motivate and encourage students to speak in public. Students will work on understanding speech, invoking emotion and pathos in the delivery of the speech, conveying appropriate tone and sentiment in the speech content, and enunciating the speech. The goals are to help students become better orators and to create interest among Middle School students for the Upper School debate program.

Sew Fabulous Sewing Club

Grades: 2 to 6
Teacher: Margaret Garland
Day: Tuesday
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 10
Class Cost: $160
Supply Cost: $20

Sew Fabulous Sewing Club teaches children the craft of sewing. They will learn how to use a sewing machine while making one of the following fun crafts: a quilted pillow, tote, stuffed animal or a backpack. They also learn how to read and understand a pattern, sewing techniques, and hand-stitching. Each child will work at their own pace, so they are comfortable working on the machine. When they complete their project, they will move on to creating pajama pants. All supplies and machines will be provided. Students are welcome to bring their own sewing machine. Learning the art of sewing helps students express their creativity and imagination.

Simple Circuits

Grades: K to 2
Teacher: Ideal Lab Kids
Day: Thursday
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
Class Cost: $200

Students make a series of projects such as a flashlight or buzzer while learning how circuits and electricity function. Students will use a variety of materials to explore circuit construction.

Toy Hacking

Grades: 5 to 8
Teacher: Ideal Lab Kids
Day: Friday
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
Class Cost: $200

Students design, build, and troubleshoot toys in their quest to become master hacksters! Students use engineering processes such as designing and testing their build as well as collaboration, prediction making, and all around process engineering.

Wonder Workshop

Grades: K to 4
Teacher: Ideal Lab Kids
Day: Friday
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
Class Cost: $200

Using Wonder Workshop robots, students will be introduced to the basic programming, terminology, and functionality of simple robots as they fit into daily life and in the broader context of computer science.


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