After School Enrichment - FALL 2018

Welcome to the DFS FALL 2018 After School Enrichment (ASE.) page.  ASE programs are set up by the PTA to give students a chance to participate in fun, educational programs directly after school.   

To download the current offering of classes, please click here or scroll down to the bottom of this page. Class descriptions, dates and fees are below. The session is expected to begin Monday, October 1, 2018

Registration for ASE classes takes place through the online store of the My School Anywhere (MSA) website. Parents must have an MSA account in order to register! To sign up for an ASE class, log in to your MSA account, go into the store, and choose the classes you want from the product list. There are several questions to be answered for each class prior to placing it in your cart for purchase. Once placed in the cart, classes may be purchased like any online product. ASE products will be available in the MSA store for registration from September 15-22, 2018.

Please note that by registering any student for classes in the ASE programs, parents and/or guardians are consenting to the terms set forth in the Parental Waiver and Agreement form, as stated in the MSA online store. A copy of that agreement can be downloaded by clicking here.  

For ASE policies and procedures, please click here.  Also, if your child has an Epi-Pen or an inhaler, please read the ASE policies and procedures for Epi-Pens and inhalers.

Please click these links to find forms that can be used as absence notes and dismissal notes.

Chaperones will be needed for all classes.  Parents that offer to chaperone will be eligible for FREE TUITION - look for that option in the registration process, in the My School Anywhere online store.  The chaperone position is filled on a first come, first served basis.  Parents will be notified via email if he/she is the first to volunteer. Once confirmed, the chaperone will be reimbursed the class fee. Click here for ASE chaperone responsibilities. Classes fill quickly, so don't delay your registration! 

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email Camille Edmond ( 





VIDEO ANIMATION GAMING                                                                   (8 weeks)      3:30-4:30pm

Dates:           October 1, 15, 22, 29         November 5, 12, 19, 26

Grades:          3-5

Brought to you by Techstars…Students will be using the software program ‘Scratch’ developed by MIT Media Institute to create animation, music videos, Pac man like video games and more.  Creations from this class along with a copy of this software will be sent home so they can continue to have fun! 

Fee: $103

Min 6/ Max 12

Room: 17 - Barthel


ART WITH THE GIGGLING PIG                                                                (8 weeks)      3:30-4:30pm

Dates:             October 1, 15, 22, 29         November 5, 12, 19, 26

Grades:          K-5

-Nature Creations Come join the artists from this popular art studio in Shelton to explore a variety of art techniques. Students will learn about art in nature and will create their own pieces using natural elements. Such an adventurous session filled with many amazing projects!

Fee: $128

Min 10 / Max 25

Room: 16 - Camara



BUILD, CODE. LEARN = FUN! (W/ LEGOS)                                         (8 weeks)      3:30-4:30pm

Dates:            October 2, 9, 16, 23          November 13, 20, 27          December 4

Grades:          1-2

Brought to you by Techstars, This the ultimate Lego experience!  Lego building projects such as a construction crane, dump truck, and elevator are brought to life thru basic coding using computer software.

Fee: $103

Min 6 / Max 12

Room: 18 - Van Growski


HAPPY HOOPIN' WITH BRINGTHEHOOPLA                                      (8 weeks)      3:30-4:30

Dates:            October 2, 9, 16, 23          November 13, 20, 27          December 4

Grades: K-5

In this high-energy hoop class, BringtheHoopla combines physical fitness with a variety of hoop games that build stamina and focus, foster team-building, leadership and cooperative play.  We teach on and off body hoop tricks while enjoying age-appropriate music and creating a welcoming environment where creativity and self-expression are encouraged. We build self-confidence through hooping and there is never a dull moment in this class! Perfect for boys and girls of all ages. Visit us at BringtheHoopla custom designs and hand-makes each hoop with love.

Rent-the-Hoopla - Students have the option of renting a hoop for the duration of the class. This program allows students to bring home a hoop so they can build skills and review them each week at home. Hoops must be brought back to class each week, and must be returned o the last day of class. Additional Cost: $10 – payable on the first day of class.

Fee: $98

Min 7/Max 25




MOVIE MANIA                                 (2 weeks @ 2 days per week = 4 classes)         3:30-5:30

Dates:            Monday, December 3, 10

                       Tuesday, December 4, 11

Grades:          4-5

Working with production experts from Spetrino Pictures, this class will produce a short film (15-18 mins long). Students will use lights, cameras and other filming equipment to simulate a real movie set. The session will also include casting, blocking, and rehearsing as well as filming. There will be up to 16 acting slots and at least 4 “crew” positions available. All participants will receive a DVD copy upon the film’s completion (about 3 wks after the session is finished). To see the trailer from another school’s production through this program, please visit the following link…

PLEASE NOTE this class runs on an intensive schedule, set up to mirror an actual movie filming schedule. There are 4 classes in total. Each class is 2 hours long. The dates are the first 2 Mondays and first 2 Tuesdays in December.

Fee: $113

Min 12/Max 20

Room: Cafeteria




CRITTER CARAVAN:                                                                                (8 weeks)      3:30-4:30

Dates:            October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31          November 14, 28          December 5

Grades:          K-5

Come join Critter Caravan as we explore this very hands-on animal adventure.  Each week we will feature two or three animals from around the world.  We will learn their environment, feed some of them but most importantly we touch and hold to enhance our sensory experience.  We will explore animals from the softest chinchillas and rabbits to the pokiest hedgehogs with lizards, snakes and bugs in between.  Every week we will also create an animal related craft to remember our experience.

Fee: $103                             

Min 8/Max 16

Room: 19 - Foley


NASA’S ACADEMY OF FUTURE SPACE EXPLORERS                   (8 weeks)      3:30-4:30

Dates:           October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31          November 14, 28          December 5

Grades:          1-5

Designed by NASA and led by Mad Science, this class will explore the farthest reaches of our solar system and create a lunar eclipse in a "Mad" planetary tour. Journey through a soapy galaxy as you investigate the life cycle of stars. Race a balloon rocket and design your own car engine as you learn about thrust. Investigate the four forces of flight with the help of a unique flying object! Build your own Skyblazer II rocket, make SLIME, plus other cool experiments that you can take home. The classes are out of this world!

Fee: $133

Min 12 /Max 20

Room: 14 - Nawrocki


GOLF CLINIC                                                                                               (6 weeks)      3:30-4:30

Dates:       October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31          November 14     

Grades:          1-5

CT Sports Network – - is a sports coaching company specializing in soccer, golf, volleyball and basketball. In this golf clinic, students will learn basic skills and terminology to conquer the challenge of hitting the ball with their first golf shots. These golf lessons are genuinely inclusive for all abilities; every child can succeed in the games and with the flexibility between individual play and team interaction, it engages children who might not want to play a traditional team sport. The clinic will provide an excellent introduction to the game of golf that will help to develop good sportsmanship and concentration along with great hand-eye coordination & balance. For 6 weeks of fantastic golfing on the acclaimed DFS “course”, don't delay, sign up today!

Fee: $148

Min 4/Max 12

Students, chaperone and instructor will meet in the lobby to go as a group to the field



GYM GAMES                                                                                   (6 weeks)      3:30-4:30

Dates:          October 4, 11, 18, 25          November 8, 15             

Grades:          3-5

Mr. Strychalsky returns with this popular program.  Students will enjoy those games they just can get enough of in gym class including: Bench Ball, Castle Ball, Border patrol, Capture the Flag, Mission Impossible.

Fee: $83

Min 18/Max 45



FASHION DESIGN WITH HOBBY QUEST                                (8 weeks)      3:30-4:30

Dates:        October 4, 11, 18, 25          November 8, 15, 29          December 6    

Grades:          1-5

Nothing says back-to-school like new clothes, and what could be more fun than making them yourself! In this class students will learn all you need to know about garment design and creation, from choosing a design and sketching to final fitting! To top it off, you’ll model your unique designs in a fashion show for friends and family! No experience necessary, you’ll learn all the sewing skills to create chic garments—a wonderful way to sharpen fine motor skills and tap into creativity!

Fee:  $ 132

Min 8 / Max 16

Room: 10 - Moyer



GYM GAMES                                                                                   (6 weeks)      3:30-4:30

Dates:          October 5, 12, 19          November 2, 9, 16 

Grades:          1-2

Mr. Strychalsky returns with this popular program.  Students will enjoy those games they just can’t get enough of in Gym class including: Bench Ball, Castle Ball, Border Patrol, Capture the Flag, Mission Impossible.

Fee: $83

Min 18/Max 45




Tennis with Vanessa:                                                                                (6 weeks)      3:30-4:30pm

Dates:            January 8, 15, 22, 29           February 5, 12

Grades: K-3

Led by tennis coach and former DFS parent Vanessa Costeines, this class will help children develop scanning-tracking-focusing skills, proper tennis technique (forehand, backhand, volleys, serves), motor skills, upper/lower body coordination, creative thinking and agility as well as self-confidence.  Tennis racquets will be provided.

Fee: $138

Min 6, Max 12