After School Enrichment - WINTER 2019

Welcome to the DFS WINTER 2019 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 January, 28 2019

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 January 12-19, 2019.

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 ( 


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





CHESS                                                                                                          (8 weeks)      3:30-4:30 pm

Dates:            January 28                        February 4, 11, 25   March 4, 11, 18, 25

Grades:          2-5

Whether you are curious about learning the game of chess or an experienced player, this class is for you! Led by professional instructors from the Chess Club of Fairfield County (CCFC), players new to the game will learn the basic rules, movements and goals of the game.  All participants will study opening strategy, middle game concepts, classic games by chess legends, and common endgame techniques.  CCFC’s curriculum was designed with a focus on developing critical thinking, decision making and time management skills. 

 Fee: $168

Min 8 /Max 16

Room 32 - Dagan



LEGO® Robotics                                                          (6 weeks)      3:30-4:30 pm           

 Dates:            January 28 February 4, 11, 25 March 4, 11

 Grades:          3-5

 Do you love LEGO®? Are you a strong LEGO® builder? Join instructor Lois Logan for a fun, interactive challenge that helps students think logically, work collaboratively, solve problems, and use their imaginations. Students will use specialized LEGO® kits to build a variety of interesting models, and use code to bring those models to life!

 NOTE FOR PARENTS: This class is intended for serious LEGO builders, not the casual player. Students will work in pairs to construct their models but do not get to take them home.

Fee: $128

Min 6 /Max 8

Room 29 - Pastir

THINK LIKE A PROGRAMMER  (Intro to Coding)                  (8 weeks)      3:30-4:30 pm

Dates:            January 28                                        February 4, 11, 25 March 4, 11, 18, 25

Grades:          1-3

Start early, Start young! This course aims to turn students’ screen addiction into productive technology time. Not only will students learn to think like a programmer, gain an understanding of basic coding and be introduced to robotics, but they will also create their own algorithms and ultimately – DESIGN THEIR OWN GAME! Brought to you by Code Ninjas.

Fee: $128

Min 10 / Max 20

Learning Commons




JAVA CODING                                                                                            (8 weeks)      3:30-4:30 pm

 Dates:            January 29 February 5, 12, 19, 26 March 5, 12, 19

Grades:          4-5

This class is more than just “mining” and “crafting” in Minecraft.  Students will conceptualize, design and learn how to create mods of build their own sword/pickaxe and modify the game using JAVA. This is a fun introduction to object oriented computer programming and to core programming concepts such as loops, conditionals and variables.

Fee: $106

Min 6/ Max 12

Room 30 - Gomes

THE ART OF HENNA                                                                                 (8 weeks)      3:30-4:30 pm

 Dates:            January 29 February 5, 12, 19, 26 March 5, 12, 19

 Grades:          3-5

Join DFS mom and professional artist Jyothi Chintapalli to learn more about the art of henna (also known as mehndi). Students will be introduced to the history of this ancient art form as well as the tools and techniques required to create common decorative patterns. Each week they will have a chance to practice their skills and work on new designs. Henna can be messy so please bring a smock or oversized t-shirt.

Fee: $118

Min 8 / Max 15

Room 27 - Palermo


FUTURE STARS BASKETBALL ACADEMY                                       (8 weeks)      3:30-5:00 pm

Dates:             February 19, 26 March 5, 12, 19, 26 April 2, 9

Grades: 2-5

Led by a coach who made it all the way to the NBA, this class will focus on building skills important to both the game of basketball and life. Instruction will include game play, educational disciplines, FUN, and Future Stars “Lessons of Life” program.

Fee: $208

 Min 20/Max 30



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

 Dates:            January 30 February 6, 13, 20, 27 March 6, 13, 20

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 10/Max 16

Room 28 - Stone


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

 Dates:             January 31 February 7, 14, 21, 28 March 7

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: $88

Min 18/Max 45


SEWING MACHINES 101                                                             (8 weeks)      3:30-4:30 pm

 Dates:            January 31 February 7, 14, 21, 28 March 7, 21, 28

Grades:          3-5

Join DFS’s own Mrs. Windsor and learn to use real sewing machines! Students will tackle the art of threading the machine and work to earn their sewing drivers license by completing one or two projects that require the use of a sewing machine. Traditional sewing machines will be used, as well as a serging machine and a digital embroidery machine. Sewers will work cooperatively to make sure everyone experiences all of the machines, which means there may be periods of time where sewers will need to work on activities that do not require the use of a machine in order for everyone to have a turn with all the machines. It is SEW fun to begin Sewing young! SEWING MACHINES ARE PROVIDED AND ALL MATERIALS ARE INCLUDED.

Fee: $158

Min 5/ Max 10

Learning Commons


MINECRAFT SURVIVAL ADVENTURE                                                 (8 weeks)      3:30-4:30 pm

Dates:            January 31 February 7, 14, 21, 28 March 7, 21, 28

Grades:          1-3

We may be dodging fireballs from exploding volcano or hiding from snow giant on Mt. Everest.  This will take team work and collaboration as we mine, craft, build and problem solve our precarious situation.  Students will be solving this survival adventure on a teacher-monitored closed server. Brought to you by TechStars.  

Fee: $106

Min 6/ Max 12

Room 26 - Helminger


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

Dates:             February 1, 8, 22 March 1, 8, 15

Grades:          K-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: $88

Min 18/Max 45



HANDS ON POTTERY                                                                               (6 weeks)      3:30-4:30 pm

Dates:            February 1, 8, 22 March 1, 8, 15

Grades:          1-5

 Fairfield County’s hottest paint-your-own pottery store is coming to DFS!  In this program, students will create a new piece each week, such as a snack plate, bowl, mug, pencil/brush holder, trinket box and holiday project. In doing so students will explore different techniques for painting and glazing on bisque products. Each week students will paint their pottery at school, then the pieces will be returned to Hands on Pottery for firing, then brought back to the student the following week. All pieces are food and dishwasher safe.

Fee: $138

Min 10/Max 25

Room 31 (art room) - Shiller