After School Programs
We offer a variety of options that contribute to both student enrichment and family schedule flexibility. The After School Club offers care before morning drop-off and until 6:00pm Monday through Friday, while our Adventures After School program offers classes in an incredible range of activities. Homework Cafe is part of the After School Club. Please explore the options listed below.
The After School Club (ASC)
The After School Club (ASC) provides a safe, fun, inclusive after-school environment for students K-8 to create, play, relax, and engage as kind and conscientious members of our community. The ASC provides opportunities for both structured and self-directed activities across all grade levels. Students are encouraged to be creative and innovative, kind and curious as they engage in outdoor play and sports, arts, crafts and various projects throughout the year.
Morning Care: Monday - Friday, 7:30-8:20am
Afternoon Care: Monday - Thursday, 2:30-6:00pm; Friday, 1:15-6:00pm
*Note: Kindergarten students are welcomed in the ASC from 2:30-3:10pm Monday through Friday free of charge.
After School Club costs $10 per hour and is open to drop-ins. For families participating in the Indexed Tuition program, the hourly rate will be adjusted according to placement on the Index.
Homework Cafe (Grades 4-8 only)
Part of the ASC and located in the Upper Learning Commons, Homework Cafe offers a quiet, supervised classroom for students in grades 5-8 to work on homework after school. Students are expected to bring work or a quiet activity, ask questions as needed, and be productive and helpful to one another. Snacks will be provided.
Afternoon Care: Monday - Thursday: 3:30-5:00pm
Homework Cafe costs $10 per hour and is open to drop-ins. For families participating in the Indexed Tuition program, the hourly rate will be adjusted according to placement on the Index.
Adventures After School
Mark Day School offers a wide range of after school enrichment courses to serve varying student interests through our Adventures After School (AAS) program in the fall, winter and spring. All courses are held on campus and offer students opportunities to learn a new skill or hobby, challenge themselves, and build self-confidence in a fun, supportive, and safe environment.
Courses are taught by experienced and talented Mark Day School teachers and by partners and friends in the wider community. Classes meet once per week for 8 - 12 weeks, for about one hour per class. The Adventures After School program is open to Mark Day School students as well as students from other schools.
CHECK OUT THE COURSES FOR FALL 2022
Intro to Dance!
Join RoCo Dance instructor Jasen Valdez on Mondays for Dance! Hip Hop classes are energetic and dynamic. They incorporate various popular and historic street styles, including popping, locking, and freestyling. Students will develop movement quality and musicality, while also exploring improvisation and group collaboration.
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Sparks of Marin Volleyball takes the energy and excitement of this great team sport and puts it all together into one fun-filled after school class. All aspects of the game are taught through drills and exercises that focus on passing, setting, hitting and serving. This co-ed program is designed for the beginner 4th – 5th grade player and will incorporate essential life-lessons such as teamwork and sportsmanship. Former volleyball champ Lynn Stein, along with her coaching staff, will assist each athlete in developing the fundamental skills of the game through game-based drills aimed at developing the whole player.
Chess! Kids! Join our chess class and experience the fun and excitement of the world’s best strategy game. Beginners, learn basic concepts and how to move and best use each piece while playing games with your friends! Intermediate and Advanced players, learn opening, middle and end game techniques appropriate to your level while solving puzzles and participating in in-class games and tournaments.
Now, more than ever, kids need to take time to breathe, move their bodies, and relax. Kids will thrive off of the energy we create in class by focusing on different breathing techniques, moving and balancing in yoga poses, and learning how to relax and let it all go. There are many moments of quiet in each class, but we also incorporate lots of activities to keep students engaged and help them get out their energy. Each class has a theme - some examples are love, being thankful, respect, being mindful, peace, family, gratitude, etc. I often tie the themes into current holidays which gives the kids something they can relate to in real time. We will play a game or have an activity during each class that varies from Freeze Dance, yoga games, doing a relaxing art project, or reading a book that pairs back to our theme/yoga poses. At the end of each class, the kids look forward to relaxing on a cloud, breathing, and finding a way to calm their bodies. Many parents tell me that their kids come home showing them new yoga poses they learned that day in class!
Join Ms. Reilly for some science fun! We will be creating art out of different science experiments. We will make different slimes, crystals, play dough, silly putty, sidewalk chalk and more!
Grades 1-2: TinkerTech Inventors
Explore Scratch programming to build animations and games. Then see what you can build with the Makey Makey kit from the innovators at MIT. Every couple of weeks, we’ll have a design engineering challenge to put your building skills to the test. This is a year-round class offered in groups of 8 weeks. New projects offered with each session.
Grades 3-5: TinkerTech Build and Code
Explore STEM through fun creative coding projects and mini challenges in this class that builds on skills as you go. Explore coding with Scratch, Python, learn to build with circuits and put it all together to program devices including robots and microcontrollers. This is a year-round class offered in groups of 8 weeks. New projects offered with each session.
Human Animal Kung Fu
Human Animal Kung Fu builds virtue and good character, strong athletes with proper body mechanics, whole body strength, flexibility, and coordination. Learn self-defense skills that prevent bullying and build real confidence. Master the lessons of the Kung Fu Animals with vigorous workouts that train the mind, and the body. Each Animal Includes 4 parts; the Virtue Lesson, Body Mechanics Lesson, Animal Drills to master the body mechanic, and Animal Moves that are the self-defense techniques. After we study each animal, then you'll earn a cool animal patch for your uniform.
My name is Julian Garcia. I am originally from Argentina, where I played soccer professionally. I have been coaching recreational and competitive soccer for children and adults for almost 12 years. The focus of my classes are first, for students to have fun. Second, for them to learn how to play and understand the game, and last but not least, for students to learn through mistakes. My philosophy is to teach through positive encouragement and to create a safe environment where kids/players can grow.
Musical Theater Performance
Find your voice, build your confidence and get prepared to audition for the Mark Day School spring musical with Scott & Kristine DeTurk as they present a Musical Theater Performance class. Each student will be given the opportunity to work on a solo song of their choice (appropriate to their age and experience) and an ensemble piece (the opening number of 13 - The Musical). Students will also learn vocal technique, stage presence and how to act and "sell" a song with an emphasis on audition preparation. Some acting and monologue work may be included as well, depending on class size, experience and time constraints.
Rockband workshops are a great place to introduce students to the joy of playing in a band in a structured and supportive environment. Students can form a band with friends or we can assemble a new band based on your level of experience. Never played in a band before? Awesome! Let's get you started! Workshops are 10 weeks of guided instruction. Bands meet after school, once a week for one hour. Bands will learn songs on a variety of rock band instruments while building on traditional music literacy. The session concludes with a concert where all bands will perform their set of songs in front of a live audience. All instruments and vocalists are welcome. Rock band instruments are provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own instruments to rehearsal.