PTAfterschool

PTAfterschool is 100% powered by Don Benito PTA parent volunteers.

The program offers a series of moderated after-school clubs and programs throughout the year, designed to complement Don Benito’s existing fee-based programs and after-school care by providing low-to-no cost after-school enrichment options for students.

PTAfterschool is:

Free to Don Benito students*
• Designed to stimulate learning and growth
• Exposure to topics not covered in the regular school day’s curriculum (Topics may range from science exploration, filmmaking / animation, chess, homework help etc. (if you  have a special skill and want to help run a club, let us know!!!)

*We may ask for a small optional materials donation (never over $50) to recoup some club expenses.

After-school Enrichment is not child care – your child must actively participate in the clubs to be included. When demand exceeds availability in each club, a lottery will be conducted to ensure fair access.

If club sign-up lists are over-capacity, a lottery will be conducted to select students for the class. Every effort will be made to ensure an even distribution of students across all applicable grades within the club. All students not selected due to over-capacity will be placed on a wait-list. If a student is selected for more than one club, he or she will have to select one club to enroll in. Students may not be enrolled in more than one club per trimester.

Current After-School Opportunities:


Dude. Be Nice.

Image result for dude be nice logoThe Don Benito Dude Be Nice project is a platform to inspire people to build a positive community by recognizing a person or group in a fun, creative and meaningful way. We’re all for making people feel appreciated. Don Benito PTA Executive Vice-President Erin Hunt will moderate the club.

When: Tuesdays at 3:20-4:30pm

Dates: September 25 – October 30

Where: TBD

Who: Grades 3-5

How Many? 15 openings


Drama Workshop

Character development, creative storytelling and basic theater skills will be actively explored through the use of improv games.  Learn to convey emotions, become a better public speaker and develop the art in yourself.

This 6-week session will be a fun introduction to the theater for 3-5th grade children, and explore the creative stage experience. Parent volunteer moderator Terrika Bailey will lead the club.

When: Tuesdays at 3:20-4:20pm

Dates: October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 27, December 4

Where: TBD

Who: Grades 3-5

How Many? 11 openings


Code Combat

Learn python programming through an interactive game. Navigate dark dungeons, evade sinister traps, and battle monsters using real code and real syntax. Class includes a subscription to codecombat.com which can be accessed from home.  Parent volunteer moderator Chris Swan will lead the club.

When: Fridays at 3:15-4:15pm

Dates: September 23 – December 14 (excluding school holidays)

Where: D0n Benito Science Center

Who: Grades 4-5

How Many? 15 openings


Beginner Ultimate Frisbee Skills

Get some fresh air and exercise while learning the amazing sport of Ultimate Frisbee from Coach Arwen!  Students will learn how to throw and catch the disc, the basic rules of the game, and teamwork.  Designed especially for the younger grade levels to build self-confidence and athleticism.

No equipment necessary.  Students will only need their water bottles, shoes they can run in, and a good attitude!

When: Mondays at 1:45-2:45pm

Dates: September 10 – October 8 (excluding school holidays)

Where: Lower Field

Who: Grades K-2

How Many? 14 openings


Sign-up Deadline is Friday, August 24. Parents will be notified of club admission status no later than Friday, August 31.