Clubs and Activities

In addition to extracurricular sports for Grades 3-8, we offer fun and engaging after-school programs throughout the year designed to enrich the diverse interests, passions, and strengths of our students. Whether they're looking for ways to sharpen their creativity, try new athletic pursuits, or challenge their minds, your children will find a wide variety of clubs and activities to excite them at Community Day School.

 

Many of our after-school programs are developed and taught by our talented faculty and staff, as well as in partnership with Pittsburgh-area arts and education organizations. With new offerings to sign up for three times a year, CDS students always find something interesting to explore. 

 

1st Trimester After-School Programs

 

MONDAY PROGRAMS:

 

Mad Science: Secret Agent Lab

 

Grades 1-3

$150

Mondays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
September 17; October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19, 26
8-week, 60-min. program 

 

Develop your special agent and detective skills in this super hands-on program! Uncover the science involved in evidence gathering and analysis. Sharpen your secret agent skills and discover how chemistry and the science of forensics can come to the aid of a secret agent. Identify and collect evidence, from fingerprints to tracks to trash! Secret agents-in-training will use science and awesome technological tools to connect the dots and help sniff out the suspects in this investigation into the science of sleuthing.

 

Minimum of 10 students, maximum of 18

 

Click here to sign up for Mad Science: Secret Agent Lab


Odyssey of the Mind: Intermediate School

Grades 4-5

$100

Mondays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
September 17; October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19, 26
8-week, 60-min. program 

Can you build a bridge using only spaghetti noodles, straws, and marshmallows that will hold a heavy weight? Or how about a tower out of index cards that can support the weight of golf balls? Can you retrieve an object from the center of a 3-ft square area, without crossing the lines? In Odyssey of the Mind, students learn how to think outside the box to solve these types of problems by providing open-ended challenges that appeal to a wide range of interests. While encouraging imaginative paths to problem solving, Odyssey of the Mind teachers students how to identify challenges, communicate effectively, work as a team, and to think creatively to solve those problems.

 

Two teams of a maximum of 7 students each

 

Click here to sign up for Odyssey of the Mind: Intermediate School

 

TUESDAY PROGRAMS:

 

Future Pediatrician


Grades 1-3

$140

Tuesdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
October 9, 16, 23, 30; November 13, 20
6-week, 60-min. program 

 

Little Medical School® brings medicine, science, and the importance of health to children through the eyes of a physician in an entertaining, exciting, and fun way. In the Future Pediatrician class, students will assume the role of a pediatrician and learn how to hold and care for a baby, do an exam just like a real doctor, and participate in role-playing experiences designed to inspire tomorrow's physicians. Each Future Pediatrician will receive a disposable white coat, luxury plush baby, an exclusive mini Baby Box® for safe sleeping, activity sheets, and a birth certificate.

 

Minimum of 8 students, maximum of 12

 

Click here to sign up for Future Pediatrician

 

WEDNESDAY PROGRAMS:

 

Odyssey of the Mind: Middle School

 

Grades 6-8

$100

Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
September 12, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14
9-week, 60-min. program 

 

Can you build a bridge using only spaghetti noodles, straws, and marshmallows that will hold a heavy weight? Or how about a tower out of index cards that can support the weight of golf balls? Can you retrieve an object from the center of a 3-ft square area, without crossing the lines? In Odyssey of the Mind, students learn how to think outside the box to solve these types of problems by providing open-ended challenges that appeal to a wide range of interests. While encouraging imaginative paths to problem solving, Odyssey of the Mind teachers students how to identify challenges, communicate effectively, work as a team, and to think creatively to solve those problems.

 

Two teams of a maximum of 7 students each


Click here to sign up for Odyssey of the Mind: Middle School

 

Chess: The Next Level


Grades 3-5

$110

Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
September 12, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7
8-week, 60-min. program 

 

We continue learning strategies and moves beyond the beginner level. This club is for those who have a good grounding in chess—perfect for those who started last year and want to continue learning more advanced moves, or for those who have a solid chess understanding and want to learn more. The class will be given again by Ashley Priore. Ashley is a rated and awarded chess player under the U.S. Chess Federation. She has played in various chess competitions across the Pittsburgh area and is on lists for the top players in the city and state. Her mission is to teach chess to the community, so every student has the knowledge and tools to triumph through her newly organized nonprofit organization, The Queen’s Gambit Chess Institute. A competition with other schools is planned for the end of the year.

 

Minimum of 3 students, maximum of 15

 

Click here to sign up for Chess: The Next Level

 

CDS Farm Stand 

 

Grades 2-5

$120

Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
August 29; September 5, 12, 26; October 3, 10, 17 (plus two Sundays TBD at the Squirrel Hill Farmer's Market)
9-session, 60-min. program 

 

Back by popular demand, CDS Farm Stand explores our food systems and how we can make them healthier for ourselves, our economy, and our community. We cover the full cycle of food, from soil, agriculture, harvest, preparation, and consumption. Students will get their hands the earth, eat fresh produce every session, perform experiments, learn to identify plants, and learn Jewish agricultural laws and put them into practice. Along with meetings after school, we have two trips to the farmers market to truly experience what a local food economy looks like. The course will be taught by CDS parent and Jewish environmental educator Josh Friedman.

 
Click here to sign up for CDS Farm Stand

 

Minimum of 6 students 

 

Nature Makers

 

Pre-K and Kindergarten

$120

Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
September 12, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7
8-week, 60-min. program 

 

The beauty of nature is all around us, from the colors, shapes, textures, and patterns to the ways animals and plants grow and live. In Nature Makers with CDS Pre-K teacher Jessica Pindzola, we will explore nature, make observations, and collect ideas, pictures, and objects from nature. We will use these as inspiration and materials to make our own projects such as collages, sculptures, paintings, and more.

Minimum of 4 students, maximum of 6

 

Click here to sign up for Nature Makers

 

THURSDAY PROGRAMS:

 

Olympic Fencing


Grades 3-6

Beginner Level 1 & Mid-Level 2

$140

Thursdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
September 13, 20; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15
9-week, 60-min. program 

Iana Dukova was born in Bulgaria and lived there until her early 30s. From 1983-1991, she was a member of the Bulgarian National Team in fencing. She was a multiple junior and senior national champion, both team and individual. In 1997, she came to Pittsburgh and started the Three Rivers Fencing Center. From 1997-2014, she coached the Carnegie Mellon University fencing club and later became a coach at Winchester Thurston Upper School. She recently started the Pittsburgh Fencers Club. She says: "Fencing is one of the oldest Olympic sports—fast-paced, quick decision-making under pressure, teamwork, building strategies, mental discipline are essential parts of our training. Pirates, swashbucklers, musketeers, Olympic fencers—all have those skills in common! Come join us for a class of fencing, fitness, and fun!" All fencing equipment will be provided.

 

Minimum of 8 students, maximum of 14

 

Click here to sign up for Olympic Fencing


FRIDAY PROGRAMS:
 

Mighty Kicks Soccer

 

Kindergarten-Grade 2

$125

Fridays, 2:40-3:40 p.m.
September 7, 14, 21, 28; October 5, 19; November 2, 9
8-week, 60-min. program 

 

More than 6,000 children participate yearly in Mighty Kicks soccer programs and most achieve tremendous growth in soccer and social skills. Mighty Kicks encourages young children to build a healthy lifestyle and offers a high-energy, fun program helping kids develop coordination and confidence and use their physical energy in a positive way. Coach Sam Bellin is a former standout soccer player (a member of the Western PA Jewish Sports Hall of Fame!) and current Pittsburgh Allderdice Soccer coach who will help children learn soccer skills and moves. No equipment of any kind is required. Classes will be held in the gym or outside depending on the weather. Just sign up and play! Click here to learn more about Mighty Kicks Soccer

 

Click here to sign up for Mighty Kicks Soccer


One of my favorite memories was waiting backstage during musical practice and laughing my head off with all of my friends. Thank you CDS for giving me a wonderful opportunity to be a different person every year, while still being able to express my true self. 
- Yael Perlman, Class of 2014


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