AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES PROGRAM (ASAP)

ASAP fosters a safe and nurturing community guided by respect for children as thinkers and explorers, writers and artists, and makers of change in the interest of equity and justice. ASAP is available from the time school lets out until 6 pm daily.
ASAP Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 3pm-6pm
Wednesday: 2 pm - 6pm
 
In ASAP we love to  have fun! Every day, we circle up as a community, and go over what’s happening for the day. During circle we get to tell jokes, answer Jeopardy questions, do mad libs, and play other games. Snack is provided. Regular ASAP programming includes a choice between free play, an organized game, or an organized activity. 
 
ASAP is a robust program on its own. Some students elect to also attend extra enrichment classes. ASAP Freestyle classes are open to any student enrolled in ASAP on day of class, and offered at no extra charge. ASAP Plus classes are open to any Park Day student and carry an additional cost. ASAP enrichment class enrollment is offered on a first come, first serve basis and we move to a date/time ranked wait list once we reach maximum class enrollment. Enrollment limits apply to enrichment classes ONLY! Core ASAP programming is open to all students as long as you sign up prior to the start of school. You can also use the daily drop in service for last minute child care needs throughout the year. 
 
All classes, both ASAP Freestyle and ASAP Plus are offered in 10-week sessions and change three times a year. Space is limited and registration opens on Monday, June 19 at 7am for the 2017-18 fall semester. You will be notified within three business days about registration and wait list status. Visit School Forms to sign up on or after June 19, 2017. 
 
After School Activities Program (ASAP) Fees
 
**Full year, 5-day program $2,800 
**Half year, 5-day program $1,450 
**Half year, specific day $300 per day (ie: sign up for Mondays and Wednesdays and pay $600 for half a year) 
**Drop-in 10-packs for $180. 10 packs are non-refundable, do not roll over if unused, and are good for one ASAP check in regardless of the amount of time student spends in ASAP that day. 
**Drop-in rate: $18 per day if picked-up by 4:30pm. $32 per day if picked up after 4:30 pm (program closes at 6 pm) 
 
After School Activities Program (ASAP) Classes
 
**ASAP Freestyle classes (10-week sessions) are free to students enrolled in ASAP on day class is offered.
**ASAP Plus classes (10-week sessions) fee is $160 for students enrolled in ASAP on day class is offered. 
**ASAP Plus classes (10-week sessions) families with students who are not enrolled in ASAP on day class is offered pay $260 a session and can stay at Park Day in ASAP until 6 pm on class days.
**Minimum enrollment of 8 students per class is necessary for class to take place
**Financial assistance is available.  


Fall 2017 10-week sessions begin the week of September 18. 
Learn more about Middle School Sports, which also take place after school. 
 
Day Type Class Description Grades
Monday Freestyle Basketball Learn Basketball skills, participate in games and training exercises, and form co-ed teams for fun play! K-8th
Monday Plus Bharata Natyam dance with Aggie Brenneman
This dynamic dance which combines drama and dance, traces its roots to ancient times. Students will learn intricate foot rhythms, hand gestures, and facial expressions to convey stories of Indian culture and mythology. We follow the classical repertoire created in the Thanjavur Court, and made famous by the acclaimed dancer, T. Balasaraswati. Class begins at 3:30pm or 4:30 pm depending on age.
 
1st-8th 
Monday Plus Chess with Berkeley Chess Club Chess is fun and can be learned quickly and easily. Studies have found that chess helps improve test results in reading, science, and math, and produces growth in critical cognitive skills. Beyond academia, chess influences social behavior including self esteem, respect for others, patience, and good sportsmanship. And did we mention: it’s FUN!
Boards and sets are provided for our classes.
1st-8th
Monday Freestyle
ENROLLMENT CLOSED
Songwriting
Using instruments and recording technology, we will study the art of poetry and song.  Students will develop the tools and skills to continue songwriting and creating music ont heir own. The class will culminate with each student producing a recording of their own individual or collaborative song. K-8th
Tuesday Plus Ballet with Katy Ailes This class will introduce younger students to basic ballet vocabulary and technique in a fun setting. We will teach simple coordination, musicality, rhythm and concentration along with some creative movement and a love of dance. Class begins at 3:30pm or 4:30 pm depending on age. K-5th
Wednesday Freestyle Crafting Using a variety of found materials  and traditional crafting supplies, we will create functional and aesthetic works of arts. Students will bring home a project each week. K-8th 
Wednesday Plus
ENROLLMENT CLOSED
Comic Drawing and Graphic Storytelling 
Watch your child's imagination come alive in the magical world of comics! In this class, students will learn how to synthesize their stories and ideas on paper. Kids will learn how to make their own minicomics as well as making one long form comic over the course of the semester. We will cover basic elements of illustration, storyboarding, character design and more! Comic books are brought to every class as instructional material (and to read, because reading comics is just too much fun!)  K-8th
Wednesday Plus A Cappella Singing, Recording & Music Video!  Sing in an a cappella group, participate in a professional recording and make a music video, all in 10 weeks!

You'll be joining a new in an a cappella group for 10 weeks. We will name our group, learn a few songs together, and play some singer games to support learning about dynamics, improvising, harmonizing and solo performance. We will then choose our favorite song that we've learned and create a professional audio recording and music video of it. Everyone will receive a copy of the music video and high quality audio recording at the end of the 10 week session. Positive attitudes and open minds create great music so come ready to sing, learn, participate and have fun!
5th-8th
Thursday Freestyle 2D & 3D Art We're going to go wild with a wide variety of different art projects, and will learn classic art techniques in a variety of mediums. Students will come home with an art project each week. K-8th
Thursday Plus RobotED*Galaxybots with LegoRobotics The Force Awakens! Explore the galaxy with our space themed robots! Build a rocket launcher, spaceport, alien, moonwalker and more! Learn the fundamentals of mechanics like gears, levers, pulleys and cranks. Each team of two gets a computer and a LEGO WeDo kit to use. Exclusive curriculum with an emphasis on technology, engineering and programming. K-5th
Thursday Plus
ENROLLMENT CLOSED
The Art of Baking
 

Learn to bake with pastry chef Neucimar Dias da Silva, the former bakery director for Market Hall Foods in Rockridge, and the director of Park Day School's Hot Lunch program. Neucimar grew up in Brazil, and his culinary philosophy revolves around appreciation for the earth, organic ingredients, and respect for friends in the kitchen. He taught baking and culinary arts at the Berkeley Adult School for several years, and this class will focus on breads (focaccia, pizza dough, brioche), cookies (including meringue and sugar cookies), and Cakes (mixing methods, fillings, etc.).
3rd-8th
Friday Freestyle Quidditch Hogwarts comes to Park Day School! The class will start in the innovation workshop, where we will design and build our own Quidditch gaming tools. We will then skill train with the quaffle, brooms and enjoy Quidditch relay races and other magical gaming activities on the sports field. K-8th
Friday Freestyle
ENROLLMENT CLOSED
Cooking
Every day we will cook something new! Learn basic knife skills, and the properties of baking and mixing. Students will cook in the kitchen, and class will culminate in an ASAP recipe book full of recipes kids can make at home. K-8th
 
 
 
For any questions/concerns/comments please contact Dani Miller, the After School Director, at danielle.herrera@parkdayschool.org, or directly on 510.556-6267.
 
 
Meet our staff!
Dani Miller - ASAP Director
Dani grew up in the Bay Area and attended college at Holy Names University (HNU), where she earned a degree in Psychology. She played soccer for HNU and became involved in the theater program. Before joining Park Day's staff as ASAP director, she worked for two years as an after-school coach for Playworks, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching students conflict-resolution skills through creative play. Dani's favorite part of her job is having fun with the kids. She loves to sing, craft, take pictures, act, and play soccer. This is Dani's third year at Park Day!

Concha Mora - ASAP Staff
Concha started working at Park Day School in 2002, and she has a deep connection with the community. She is amazing at teaching a number of classes, but the fan favorite is her beloved cooking class. Concha is adept at working with large numbers of kids at once, and as she works, her love for the kids shines through. She is a very hardworking staff member with creative ideas to make ASAP fun for all. Be sure to smile and say hello to her when you are picking up your kids from ASAP!

Jalen Cole-Williams, ASAP Staff
Jalen started working in our ASAP program in 2014. A Park Day alum, he attended ASAP as a student before graduating in 2008. This past summer he returned to work at Steve and Kate's camp on the Park Day campus. His constant goal is to facilitate a fun, safe environment in which kids can play and connect with each other. He particularly enjoys art and is thrilled to return to his alma mater!

Sarah Gladstone - ASAP Staff
Sarah has worked with kids in independent schools, after-school programs, and summer camps since 2011. She joined the Park Day community in January 2014. Her care style revolves around respect, creative expression, and above all, providing a healthy and safe environment where kids can laugh and play. When she's not at PDS, you can find Sarah working on her English degree, creating zines, or combing through the city for her next inspiration.
 
Sam Braveman-Kennedy, Morning Care and ASAP Staff
Sam is a Park Day alum who is incredibly excited to return to our campus. He has been studying biology and education at UC Davis, and he spent the summer working with middle school students at Steve and Kate's camp. Sam hopes to bring smiles, good conversation, and tea to Morning Care -- as well as to Julius's fourth grade classroom. Sam's many interests include cooking, soccer, hiking through the California redwoods... and finding out how he can gain super powers.
  
Monday Freestyle Basketball Learn Basketball skills, participate in games and training exercises, and form co-ed teams for fun play! K-8th
Monday Plus Bharata Natyam dance with Aggie Brenneman This dynamic dance which combines drama and dance, traces its roots to ancient times. Students will learn intricate foot rhythms, hand gestures, and facial expressions to convey stories of Indian culture and mythology. We follow the classical repertoire created in the Thanjavur Court, and made famous by the acclaimed dancer, T. Balasaraswati. Class begins at 3:30pm or 4:30 pm depending on age. 1st-8th
Monday Plus Chess with Berkeley Chess Club Chess is fun and can be learned quickly and easily. Studies have found that chess helps improve test results in reading, science, and math, and produces growth in critical cognitive skills. Beyond academia, chess influences social behavior including self esteem, respect for others, patience, and good sportsmanship. And did we mention: it's FUN! Boards and sets are provided for our classes. 1st-8th
Monday Freestyle Songwriting Using instruments and recording technology, we will study the art of poetry and song. Students will develop the tools and skills to continue songwriting and creating music ont heir own. The class will culminate with each student producing a recording of their own individual or collaborative song. K-8th
Tuesday Plus Ballet This class will introduce younger students to basic ballet vocabulary and technique in a fun setting. We will teach simple coordination, musicality, rhythm and concentration along with some creative movement and a love of dance. K-5th
Wednesday Freestyle Crafting Using a variety of found materials and traditional crafting supplies, we will create functional and aesthetic works of arts. Students will bring home a project each week. K-8th
Wednesday Plus Comic Drawing and Graphic Storytelling Watch your child's imagination come alive in the magical world of comics! In this class, students will learn how to synthesize their stories and ideas on paper. Kids will learn how to make their own minicomics as well as making one long form comic over the course of the semester. We will cover basic elements of illustration, storyboarding, character design and more! Comic books are brought to every class as instructional material (and to read, because reading comics is just too much fun!) K-8th
Wednesday Plus A Cappella Singing, Recording & Music Video Sing in an a cappella group, participate in a professional recording and make a music video, all in 10 weeks! You'll be joining a new in an a cappella group for 10 weeks. We will name our group, learn a few songs together, and play some singer games to support learning about dynamics, improvising, harmonizing and solo performance. We will then choose our favorite song that we've learned and create a professional audio recording and music video of it. Everyone will receive a copy of the music vid 5th-8th
Thursday Freestyle 2D & 3D Art We're going to go wild with a wide variety of different art projects, and will learn classic art techniques in a variety of mediums. Students will come home with an art project each week. K-8th
Thursday Plus RobotED*Galaxybots with LegoRobotics The Force Awakens! Explore the galaxy with our space themed robots! Build a rocket launcher, spaceport, alien, moonwalker and more! Learn the fundamentals of mechanics like gears, levers, pulleys and cranks. Each team of two gets a computer and a LEGO WeDo kit to use. Exclusive curriculum with an emphasis on technology, engineering and programming. K-5th
Thursday Plus The Art of Baking Learn to bake with pastry chef Neucimar Dias da Silva, the former bakery director for Market Hall Foods in Rockridge, and the director of Park Day School's Hot Lunch program. Neucimar grew up in Brazil, and his culinary philosophy revolves around appreciation for the earth, organic ingredients, and respect for friends in the kitchen. He taught baking and culinary arts at the Berkeley Adult School for several years, and this class will focus on breads (focaccia, pizza dough, brioche), cookies (in 3rd-8th
Friday Freestyle Quidditch Hogwarts comes to Park Day School! The class will start in the innovation workshop, where we will design and build our own Quidditch gaming tools. We will then skill train with the quaffle, brooms and enjoy Quidditch relay races and other magical gaming activities on the sports field. K-8th
Friday Freestyle Cooking Every day we will cook something new! Learn basic knife skills, and the properties of baking and mixing. Students will cook in the kitchen, and class will culminate in an ASAP recipe book full of recipes kids can make at home. K-8th
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