Discover Extended Programs

Our programs are designed to better meet the needs of both you and your daughter.

Duchesne's after-school program provides a dedicated place where students can work and play, in a safe and nurturing environment, while exploring their various talents.

We recognize that the liberal and fine arts help establish a lifelong love of learning. Our enrichment class instructors make the arts come alive, fostering an atmosphere that stimulates creativity and allows our students to grow.

Extended Morning will begin Tuesday. January 7, 2020 and will end on Thursday, May 21, 2020.

Extended Afternoon will begin on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 and will end on their last full day of school, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. 

Homework Hall will begin on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 and will end on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

Registration for the Spring 2020 semester A & E classes will begin on Monday, December 2, 2019 and will end on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

Spring 2020 Arts and Enrichment Schedule

Monday Time Class/Teacher Room
  3:40 - 4:20 p.m.

 

Tae Kwon Do
(PK4 - 5th)
Master Bruce Alamandari

Schuhmacher Godfrey Dining Hall
  3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
 
Fun with Coding and Robotics
(2nd - 4th)
Ms. Ruth Hanson
Lower School Computer Lab Room 101
 
  3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
 
Elementary Art
(1st - 5th)
Eva Vig
Lower School Art Room 103
 
  3:30 - 5:15 p.m. Homework Hall
(1st - 4th)
Sr. Lamy Library
 
  3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Advanced Singing Instruction (5th – 6th) Fine Arts Building Room 106
Tuesday      
  3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
 
Brown's Gymnastics
(PK4 - K)
Mark Weathers
Schuhmacher Godfrey Dining Hall
  4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Brown's Gymnastics
(1st - 5th)
Mark Weathers
Schuhmacher Godfrey Dining Hall
  3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
 
Basic Sewing
(1st - 8th)
Martha Olmos
Lower School Science Lab Room 103
  3:30 - 5:15 p.m. Homework Hall
(1st - 4th)
Sr. Lamy Library
 
Wednesday      
  3:30 - 4:15 p.m. Circus Hoops Stars by Mad About Hoops
(K - 3rd)
Mad About Hoops Staff
Schuhmacher Godfrey Dining Hall
  3:30 - 4:15 p.m. Yoga and Mindfulness
(PK4 - 1st)
Julie Roznovsky
Bayou Room 160
  4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Yoga and Mindfulness
(2nd - 5th)
Julie Roznovsky
Bayou Room 160
  3:30 -
5:15 p.m.
Homework Hall
(1st - 4th)
Sr. Lamy Library
Thursday      
  3:30 - 4:15 p.m. Ballet & Tap
(PK3 - PK4)
Crista Reuss
Bayou Room 160

 
  3:45 - 4:30 p.m. Chess
(1st - 5th)
Coach Cliff Campbell
Lower School Art Room 103
  4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
 
Ballet & Jazz
(K - 2nd)
Crista Reuss
Bayou Room 160

 
  3:30 -5:15 p.m. Homework Hall
(1st - 4th)
Sr. Lamy Library
 

Spring 2020 Course Descriptions

General Information

  • Extended Morning and Afternoon are offered to all students in grades Pre-K3 through eighth grades.
  • Extended Morning Programs will be held in the gym beginning at 7 a.m. for those who need to be dropped off early.
  • Students who are dropped off between 7 and 7:30 a.m. will wait in the gym.
  • The fee for Extended Morning is $3/day.
  • Lower School Extended Afternoon will begin at 3:15 and end at 6 p.m. Students will meet in the Schuhmacher Godfrey Dining Hall.
  • Middle School Extended Afternoon will begin at 3:25 and end at 6 p.m. Students should walk downstairs and check in with the Extended Program teachers in the Schuhmacher Godfrey Dining Hall.
  • All students participating in an after-school Arts and Enrichment activity must go to Extended Afternoon first to check in with the teacher. They will receive a snack and be taken to their activity/class by the Arts and Enrichment instructor.
  • The Extended Programs provide an environment where students can relax after a busy day of school. After a snack in the Schuhmacher Godfrey Dining Hall, they will be given time to engage in games, arts and crafts, outside activities, and more in the Annex. If you would like for your daughter to work on homework after school in a quiet environment, please register her for Homework Hall (see Homework Hall tab for information).
  • Students may be released only to those on the authorized pickup list. They may not be released to anyone under the age of 18. In the event of another arrangement, an email from the parent is required. Please send an email to extendedday@duchesne.org or call the Lower School cell phone at (281) 726-2799 or the Middle School cell phone at (713) 476-1249.
  • If your daughter attends Extended Afternoon and would like to participate in any after-school function (sports, Girl Scouts, play, etc.), she must have written permission stating what time she will leave Extended Afternoon and if she will return. Please notify the Lower School office or send an email to Ms. Robinson, assistant to the head of Middle School, ceirro.robinson@duchesne.org, as well as extendedday@duchesne.org, with this information.
  • For those picked up after 6 p.m., a late charge of $20 per every 30 minutes will be assessed.

Ballet and Jazz (K–2nd)

Parents of New Students for the Spring Semester should contact Crista regarding the THEATER SPRING RECITAL — FOR COSTUME MEASUREMENT AND DUE DATES FOR FEES PAID DIRECTLY TO HER.

Children will be taught Classical Ballet positions and steps with use of French terms and phrases, with Jazz warm up exercises based in a classical curriculum. Center and diagonal work is added to allow the children to learn coordination and feel comfortable moving through space. Age appropriate Hip Hop movements and music are included, along with choreography in a developed curriculum.

An on-campus Christmas Demonstration and Spring theater recital is planned.

Dress Code: Black leotard any style with:  attached skirt or bike shorts Or Biketard or Unitard.  (Pink Tights are optional) Pink Ballet shoes.  TAN colored Slip on JAZZ shoes

Mandatory: Dance clothes and shoes must be name labeled. Your child will need to carry clothing in a SEPARATE ZIPPERED OR TIGHT DRAWSTRING BAG to avoid clothing confusion or loss as the children change clothes on their own, in the Annex.

The bag does not have to be a new ballet bag.  Please label name on the dance bag as well.

Dancewear may be purchased at Costumes and Dancewear, 1503 Dunlavy, where there is a discount for Crista's students. Online purchases are allowed; however, be advised that different companies size and construct shoes differently.

For more information, please contact Crista at Pointe9958@aol.com.

Instructor: Crista Reuss

Dates: January 9 - May 14, 2020 (One hour THEATER REHEARSAL - Saturday, May 16, 2020 at MATCH THEATER COMPLEX IN MIDTOWN - Please contact Crista to send information to you.)

Time: Thursdays, 4:15 - 5 p.m.

Location: Bayou Room 160

Price: $280

Ballet and Tap (Pre K3–Pre K4)

Parents of New Students for the Spring Semester should contact Crista regarding the THEATER SPRING RECITAL — FOR COSTUME MEASUREMENT AND DUE DATES FOR FEES PAID DIRECTLY TO HER.

Children in this class will be taught Classical Ballet positions and steps with use of French terms and phrases. The curriculum will teach exercises through silly stories as children learn ballet history and choreography in a developed curriculum.

Basic Tap steps are taught to allow children to develop skills in rhythm and percussion. An on-campus Christmas Demonstration and Spring theater recital is planned.

Dress Code: Black leotard with:  attached skirt and/or separate black bike shorts or biketard—any style; pink or white socks (No tights, please), pink ballet shoes, black tap shoes with Snap or Velcro closures.

Mandatory: Dance clothes and shoes must be name labeled. Your child will need to carry clothing in a SEPARATE ZIPPERED OR TIGHT DRAWSTRING BAG to avoid clothing confusion or loss. The bag does not have to be a new ballet bag. Children do not take school bags into the dance class.  Please label name on the dance bag as well.

Dancewear may be purchased at Costumes and Dancewear, 1503 Dunlavy, where there is a discount for Crista's students. Online purchases are allowed; however, be advised that different companies size and construct shoes differently.

For more information, please contact Crista at Pointe9958@aol.com.

Instructor: Crista Reuss

Dates: January 9 - May 14, 2020 (One hour THEATER REHEARSAL - Saturday, May 16, 2020 at MATCH THEATER COMPLEX IN MIDTOWN - Please contact Crista to send information to you.)

Time: Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.

Location: Bayou Room 160

Price: $280

Basic Sewing By Martha (1st–8th)

In addition to learning basic sewing techniques, students will learn how to use a sewing machine, which will be supplied for their use. We will also teach students how to use a pattern to cut their garments before sewing them, and they will have a selection of fabrics to choose. Finally, students will be taught to embroider and will learn certain hand stitches.

Instructor: Ms. Martha Olmos

Dates: January 7 - May 12, 2020

Time: Tuesdays, 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Location: Lower School Science Lab 103

Price: $420

Brown's Gymnastics (PK4 - K)

Your child will be participating in an exciting one-hour class, once a week with Coach Mark Weathers. We work in the areas of floor tumbling, balance beam, and mini trampoline. In all our classes, we also include health, fitness, and well-being information along with lots of fun!  We set 3 goals for our students. 1) Learn to work hard for what you want. 2) Learn to control yourself both physically and mentally. 3) Have FUN! Not every child will develop into an Olympic gymnast...BUT WE SHAPE HEALTHY, HAPPY, CONFIDENT KIDS!

We do not require any special clothing for Gymnastics class. School clothing is perfectly fine. If your child wants to change in to a leotard or other clothing, she will be allowed to do so.

Instructor: Mark Weathers with Brown’s Gymnastics

Dates: January 7 - May 12, 2020

Time: Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Location: Schuhmacher Godfrey Dining Hall

Price: $480

Brown's Gymnastics (1st - 5th)

Your child will be participating in an exciting one-hour class, once a week with Coach Mark Weathers. We work in the areas of floor tumbling, balance beam, and mini trampoline. In all our classes, we also include health, fitness, and well-being information along with lots of fun! We set 3 goals for our students. 1) Learn to work hard for what you want. 2) Learn to control yourself both physically and mentally. 3) Have FUN! Not every child will develop into an Olympic gymnast...BUT WE SHAPE HEALTHY, HAPPY, CONFIDENT KIDS!

We do not require any special clothing for Gymnastics class. School clothing is perfectly fine. If your child wants to change in to a leotard or other clothing, she will be allowed to do so.

Instructor: Mark Weathers with Brown’s Gymnastics

Dates: January 7 - May 12, 2020

Time: Tuesdays, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

Location:  Schuhmacher Godfrey Dining Hall

Price: $480

Chess (1st - 5th)

This year, our program’S theme is “Beyond the 64 Squares...” We take the many benefits of chess—including cognitive skills, strategic thinking, enhanced memory, learning life skills, team building, and more—and combine them into a well-rounded curriculum that is both challenging and rewarding! 

Students enrolled in a K.I.N.G. Chess League program will also earn a chance to compete in individual or team tournaments. We look forward to meeting all of our new Duchesne Chess Masters in Training!

Instructor:  Coach Cliff Campbell with K.I.N.G. Chess League

Dates:  January 9 - May 14, 2020

Time:  Thursdays, 3:45 – 4:30 p.m.

Location: LS Art Room 103

Price:  $320

Circus Hoop Stars (K - 5th)

Juggling, cup stilts, balloon twisting, plate spinning, face painting and more! Age-appropriate stretching, circus crafts and circus arts in every class. Students will explore circus skills that improve their balance, hand-eye coordination and confidence in a fun and safe environment. Students will also learn hula hoop skills that will not only impress but build stamina and help students develop a healthy relationship with fitness. We will showcase some of our new skills with a super fun talent show for parents at the end of the semester! Details will be sent to parents late in the semester.

Instructor: Amy Neel with Mad About Hoops

Dates: January 8 - May 13, 2020

Time: Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Schuhmacher Godfrey Dining Hall

Price: $400

Elementary Art (1st - 5th)

We can learn about art by observing other artists’ works and understanding their use of art materials to create our own art.  In this class, students will learn about basic art, colors, lines, forms, shapes, space, perspective and how to use them in producing their own masterpieces while we use different art materials; pencils, watercolors, acrylic paint, pen and ink.

Instructor:  Eva Vig

Dates: January 13 - May 11, 2020

Time:  Mondays, 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Location:  LS Art Room 103

Price:  $400

Fun with Robotics and Coding (2nd - 4th)

Students will explore different types of robotics like Dash, Lego WeDo, Little Bits and Ozobot. They will also explore coding programs on the computers and iPads. More advanced students will begin to use a programming course developed by Apple called Swift Playgrounds. We will also play some "unplugged" games to learn both robotics and coding concepts. We will even have a few surprises along the way! Come join the fun!

Instructor:  Ruth Hanson

Dates:  January 13 - May 11, 2020

Time:  Mondays, 3:30 – 4:15

Location:  LS Computer Lab Room 101

Price:  $375

Homework Hall (1st - 4th)

This program is designed for Lower School students who do not participate in any after-school activities. Homework is a priority during this time. Given students' technology requirements at the Lower School level, there will be daily opportunities to complete their homework and their digital project requirements. Students will be taken from Extended Afternoon to the Lower School Library for a quiet study time and supervised technology use. Students are required to stay for a minimum of 30 minutes. Homework Hall is not the same as one-on-one instruction. The Homework Hall teacher is there to ensure the students have the appropriate study environment and assist the students who may have questions or need some guidance. We do ask that the parents check over homework for completion and any errors at home.

Note: All students registered for Homework Hall on any certain day are required to attend for at least 30 minutes unless we are notified by the parents. Students who are not registered for Homework Hall may attend on a drop-in basis. Please notify your child's teacher and the Extended Programs staff if you would like your child to attend on a certain day.

Please note: There is a $5/day charge for Homework Hall in addition to Extended Afternoon charge(s).

Instructor:  TBD

Dates:  January 7 - May 14, 2020

Time: Monday – Thursday, 3:30 – 5:15 p.m.

Location:  Lower School Library

Price:  $5 per day

For Middle School students who wish to have a snack and participate in Extended Afternoon in the Annex, this service will still be available for the normal $15/day fee. Middle School students will also have an option to report to the Wilkinson Family Library for a quiet study time and supervised technology use from 4:00-6:00 pm for no charge.  For additional information, please see the parent handbook.

Advanced Singing Instruction (5th – 6th)

Want to develop your singing and vocal technique? 

We are passionate about sharing our love of music. This class is designed to train those who want to enhance their vocal ability, want professional coaching for auditions, want to develop their ensemble skills or have opportunities to sing at Masses.

Emphasis will be on vocal training which involves support, diction, articulation, interpretation, musicianship and repertoire.

Instructors:  Catherine Hausmann and Steffany Johnston

Dates:  January 13 – May 4, 2020

Time:  Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Location:  FA 106

Price:  $325

Tae Kwon Do (PK4 - 5th)

For centuries, millions of people have benefitted from the teachings of Martial Arts, a system of self-defense created in the Orient that does not advocate the use of weapons. Instead, it teaches a philosophy that believes in strengthening the mind and body through self-discipline, fitness and awareness. We offer a well-balanced program that emphasizes pride, self-esteem, fitness and integrity. Instruction includes self-discipline, body control and self-defense.

A graduation celebration will be held on the last day of class, December 9. Details will be sent to parents later in the semester.

* Fee does not include uniform which is purchased from instructor. *Free belt testing. All students must wear approved Olympia Tai Kwon Do uniform with Olympia logo.

Instructor: Master Bruce Alamdari

Dates: January 13 - May 11, 2020

Time: Mondays, 3:40 – 4:20 p.m.

Location: Schuhmacher Godfrey Dining Hall

Price: $450

Yoga and Mindfulness (PK4 - 1st)

Yoga for kids is a fun and purposeful activity where children are able to develop flexibility, focus and coordination for a happy, healthy, and balanced life. Yoga provides many physical and emotional health benefits, and children will have a blast putting together different sequences, learning breathing techniques, playing games, dancing, and creating their own yoga adventures! In these classes, yoga poses are often executed through the telling of a meaningful story that teaches concepts such as kindness, making healthy choices, and being a risk-taker. Kids’ yoga helps to increase confidence, build focus, develop self-awareness, and release energy.

Instructor:  Julie Roznovsky

Dates:  January 8 - May 13, 2020

Time:  Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:15 pm

Location:  Bayou Room 160

Price:  $380

Yoga and Mindfulness (2nd- 5th)

Yoga for kids is a fun and purposeful activity where children are able to develop flexibility, focus and coordination for a happy, healthy, and balanced life. Yoga provides many physical and emotional health benefits, and children will have a blast putting together different sequences, learning breathing techniques, playing games, dancing, and creating their own yoga adventures! In addition to poses that focus on stretching and strengthening, children will also learn challenging balancing poses, headstands, partner poses, and stunts. We also focus on mindfulness concepts such as developing empathy, practicing gratitude, quieting the mind, and the power of positive thinking. Kids’ yoga helps to increase confidence, build concentration, develop self-awareness, and manage stress.

Students are encouraged to bring comfortable "workout" clothing to change into on yoga days.

Instructor:  Julie Roznovsky

Dates:  January 8 - May 13, 2020

Time:  Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:15 pm

Location:  Bayou Room 160

Price:  $420

Homework Hall

This program is designed for Lower School students who do not participate in any after-school activities. Homework is a priority during this time. Given students' technology requirements at the Lower School level, there will be daily opportunities to complete their homework and their digital project requirements. Students will be taken from Extended Afternoon to the Lower School Library for a quiet study time and supervised technology use. Students are required to stay for a minimum of 30 minutes. Homework Hall is not the same as one-on-one instruction. The Homework Hall teacher is there to ensure the students have the appropriate study environment and assist the students who may have questions or need some guidance. We do ask that the parents check over homework for completion and any errors at home.

Note: All students registered for Homework Hall on any certain day are required to attend for at least 30 minutes unless we are notified by the parents. Students who are not registered for Homework Hall may attend on a drop-in basis. Please notify your child's teacher and the Extended Programs staff if you would like your child to attend on a certain day.

Please note: There is a $5/day charge for Homework Hall in addition to Extended Afternoon charge(s).

For Middle School students who wish to have a snack and participate in Extended Afternoon in the Annex, this service will still be available for the normal $15/day fee. Middle School students will also have an option to report to the Wilkinson Family Library for a quiet study time and supervised technology use from 4-6 p.m. for no charge.  For additional information, please see the parent handbook.

 

Program Costs

Programs Cost Grades Times Location
Extended Morning
 
$3/day PK3–8th 7–7:30 a.m. Gymnasium
Extended Afternoon
 

$15/day

PK3–4th 3:15–6 p.m. Dining Hall/
Annex
Extended Afternoon
 
$15/day 5th–8th 3:25–6 p.m. Dining Hall/
Annex
Extended Afternoon on Early Dismissal Days $20/Day PK3-8th 12:15 p.m. - 6 p.m. Dining Hall/Annex
Extended
Afternoon
Drop-Ins



 
$5/day (This fee will be
charged to all students who
check in to Extended
Afternoon, receive a snack,
and are picked up by or before
3:30 p.m. for Lower School or
4 p.m. for Middle School.)
PK3–8th



 
Lower
School:
3:15–3:30 p.m.
Middle
School:
3:25–4 p.m.
Dining Hall





 
Arts and Enrichment +
Extended Afternoon
$5 (in addition to Arts &
Enrichment Class. Fee
covers cost of Extended Program
and snack.)
 
PK3–8th

 
3:30–5:30 p.m.

 
Classrooms/
Dining Hall/
Annex
 
Homework
Hall

 
$5/day (in addition to
Extended Afternoon fee)

 
1st–4th
 
3:30–5:30 p.m.
 
Sister Lamy
Lower School Library

Drop-in Service

Should the occasion arise that the parent is unable to pick up her child immediately after school, drop-in service is available. Drop-in students are those who do not come to Extended Afternoon Programs on a regular basis (more than once a week, every week). The drop-in rate for students who attend Extended Afternoon after 3:30 p.m. is $15/day and will be billed to your student account. (A fee of $5 will be charged for all students who check in with Extended Afternoon, receive a snack, and are picked up by or before 3:30 p.m. for Lower School and 4 p.m. for Middle School.)

Drop-ins will not participate in any after-school activity but will receive a snack and take part in the activities planned in Extended Afternoon Programs.

In addition to emailing Extended Programs, please notify the Lower School or Middle School office before 2 p.m. by email or phone so the Extended Programs staff will know to expect your daughter. If an adult does not arrive to pick up a child at dismissal time, she will be taken to Extended Afternoon and charged the daily rate. The drop-in fee will be charged to the school account.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Duchesne reserves the right to change or cancel any class or program. Efforts will be made to assign students affected by such a change or cancellation to another available program, class, or course. If the minimum enrollment is not met for an after-school class/activity, the class will not be offered. Parents will be contacted and will receive a full refund.* A student who withdraws from a class/activity will receive a full refund less a $50 administrative fee, unless noted otherwise. Refunds will not be given after the first day of class.

*NOTE: For individual/group music and dance classes, please refer to the instructor's cancellation policy located on his or her course description.

Extended Programs Contacts

Sarah Baker
Extended Programs Director
713.468.8211, ext. 3200
extendedday@duchesne.org

Heather Frantz
Extended Programs Assistant

Jennifer Pesek
Extended Programs Assistant/Archivist

Extended Programs Cell Phones
Lower School:
281.726.2799
Middle School:
713.476.1249

Extended Afternoon Staff
Catherine Booker
Shawana Cotton
Helen Dora
Sarahi Mondragon
Annie Waska