Extra Curricular Programs
After School Enrichment
Sign up for the fun afterschool programs at Slavens! All signups must be done directly with each provider. Parents are responsible to register and provide payment to all classes. Classes fill up quickly so act now! Room numbers will be posted on the first day of enrichment by the Clayton St front doors and on the Enrichment tab on the Slavens App. Please remind your child that they are attending a program on the 1st date that classes begin. All classes run from 3:10 – 4:10pm unless noted. There will be no enrichment on days there are no school. You can confirm the daily schedule on the Slavens App. There will be special classes on Early Release days. Check out the Current Enrichment Programs.
Questions? Contact Stephanie Slaybaugh.
Discovery Link (formerly Kaleidoscope)
Discovery Link is a DPS program run entirely by DPS staff for before and after school care. There is a vitally important connection between the time our students spend in the classroom and the time they spend out of school, including before and after school and during the summer. Our afterschool programs are built on a culture of discovery. Combining academic support, arts, athletics, leadership development, social emotional learning and much more, we create an environment that is enriching, engaging and fun. For more information, visit the Discovery Link website.
Community Action Team
Slavens has an exciting club called the Community Action Team (C.A.T). It combines the best of all the different service groups of years past including Peace Action Club, Green Team and Energy Challenge and will focus on Kids Helping Kids and the Environment. Our projects will include different events such as field trips, guest speakers and community outreach along with fantastic leadership opportunities for Middle Schoolers. As a Blue Ribbon school, we know our kids will be proficient readers, writers and mathematicians when they leave Slavens. However, they also need an awareness of the greater world around them. By helping others in need and gaining an appreciation of complex social and environmental issues, kids begin to see themselves as contributors to solutions, self-reliant but also interconnected. These are defining experiences and commitments that build both character and resumes as students look to the future.
2016 -The Slavens Community Action Team (CAT) is looking for students who are interested in being active members of our school community. By participating in service projects for both social and environmental change, our club members learn that small actions can make a big difference. You don’t need to be a grownup to change the world! Students will learn about different issues that face our society today and gain an understanding of what it feels like to make a difference. Our projects will include different events such as field trips, guest speakers and community outreach. Along with the Leader in Me program, there will be lots of opportunities to be leaders in our Slavens community for all students. CAT will meet the 1st and 3rd available Mondays of every month in room 110 (Pavao). Please see the weekly newsletter for details on meetings and current projects.
Destination Imagination (D.I.)
Slavens K-8 School is a proud participant in Destination Imagination. This year, we have ten teams in grades 2-7 participating. Destination Imagination (DI) teaches students the creative process and empowers them with the skills needed to succeed in an ever-changing world. The program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic challenges in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, fine arts, and service learning. Participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their own ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams comprise of 2-7 students and they showcase their challenge solutions at a tournament in March. For more information, check out the Destination Imagination website.
The Slavens Elementary Band Program is available to all 4th and 5th grade students. Our fabulous band program has continued to grow since it's small beginnings to include over 70 students each year. Band students are encouraged to grow not just their instrumental techniques but their understanding of how music changes our lives and world.
Our students perform in the community many time throughout the year. In addition to our winter and spring concerts, you will see us performing the National Anthem with the DU Pep Band at a Pioneers basketball game, performing chamber music at Stella's Coffee House, taking a field trip to Metro State University Music Department and livening up the playground with our Halloween Flash Mob. Our band students have been selected to participate in the DPS Citywide Honor Band, have performed at the Colorado Music Educators Assocation Conference (CMEA) at the Broadmoor Hotel and worked with avant guard musician Walter Thompson, the founder of Soundpainting.
In 2015, we received a grant from the Bringing Music to Life foundation, which gave us ten instruments for our students to use. We are always looking for more instruments, so please feel free to donate your unused instruments to Slavens! We are grateful to FOSS for supporting the band program by offering scholarships to students in need, as we believe music is for all! Beginning Band meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00-7:55 a.m. Intermediate Band meets Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Slavens elementary band is joyfully taught by Christmas Gainsbrugh and Lauren Skinner.