Extracurricular Programs


Extracurricular Programs
Sports, Clubs, Community Events

Just because the school day ends does not mean things quiet down at Tucson Country Day School.  That’s when things start to happen!

Interscholastic Sports

5th through 8th grade students are encouraged to try out for one of our sports teams.  We compete against other charter schools and a few parochial schools, too.

Sports include volleyball, softball, basketball and soccer for girls, and flag football, basketball and soccer for boys.

We also have a co-ed cheerleading team and jump rope team.    Students grades 2nd through 8th can join the jump rope team.

Tucson Country Day School Cheer Leading squad

Additional information, like when each season starts, how many days per week practice is held and game schedules is available at the time each sport begins.

Students who want to participate on a sports team need to complete and turn in an Athletic registration packet which includes a physical exam form.  The packet is available in the School office.

Students must be academically eligible to participate.  Grade checks are made each week.  Students must have a C- or better in all classes to play in scheduled games.

After School Clubs

Come join one of our exciting clubs!

Activities and meetings are updated frequently on the main TCDS calendar. Please note that due to different maturity and learning levels, some clubs only allow older students to participate.

Specific meeting dates, times and fees are available in the school office.  Some programs are run by TCDS teachers and staff, other programs are run by outside vendors.

Choir – (Grades Kinder to 3rd and 4th to 8th)

If you love to sing or want to learn to sing, check out our two choirs — one for kindergarten through third grade students and the other for fourth through eighth grade students.   This older group performs at local events.  Lift up your voice and sing!

Drama Club – (Grades 4th – 8th)

Do you love to act?  Enjoy getting up in front of the class and putting on a show?  Just love to learn a new skill?  If you said yes, the Drama Club is for you!  Drama Club meets on Thursday afternoon from 3:30 until 4:45 and puts on two performances: one in the fall and one in the spring.

Garden Club – (Grades Preschool – 8th)

The Garden Club meets every Wednesday from 3-4:30pm at the school garden. Students participate in various aspects of gardening including planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, learning about bugs, life cycles, composting, maintaining a a worm bin, water harvesting, and much more.

Student Council (Grades 6th-8th)

TCDS has an active student council, sponsored by two middle school teachers and consisting of 8th grade officers (president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer) and a representative from each middle school crew.  Student Council organizes many activities on campus including Spirit Week, food drives, dress down days, Halloween and Valentine’s Day grams, etc.  Student Council is also responsible for many community activities that benefit our neighbors and others in need.

National Junior Honor Society (Grades 7 & 8)

Middle School students who meet specified academic, social and volunteer criteria are invited to join the National Junior Honor Society.  This group meets to plan and work on community service activities that benefit our school and those around us.

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Additional programs are available on campus from outside vendors or organizations with their own fee structure. Those offered include:

Chess Club – (Grades K-8th)

Tucson Country Day School Chess Club

KidzArt – (Grades K-8th) More info at www.KidzArtAZ.com

Girl Scouts Daisy Troup #996 – (Grades 1st-2nd)

Boy Scouts – (Grades 1st-8th)

Community and All School Events

TCDS isn’t just a school; it’s an extended family, and we enjoy each other’s company and create long lasting friendships along the way. Below you will find just some of the events and activities that are held each year.

Achievement Assemblies

One of the ways TCDS celebrates excellence is with our Achievement Assembly.  All students who make Honor Roll, receive Perfect Attendance, receive a Specialty Class award, are chosen as Star Students, or receive any other form of recognition during the year are invited to the end of year Achievement Assemblies that occur in the morning before school starts during May. Students and their families come together to recognize their achievement.

Annual Pumpkin Patch and Costume Parade

Join us for two TCDS traditions!  Come to school dressed in your Halloween costume for our annual costume parade.  Everyone participates, including preschool, so we try not to be too scary. We also have an annual pumpkin patch in October with no cost to participate. Children may choose and purchase a pumpkin for $5 each.

Champion Days

As a school, we take pride in who we are and what our school community expects.  We hold three Champ Days each year – the first two days of the new school year and the first day after we return from Winter Break.  These days are used to build our school community, remind everyone what our school expectations are and to get to know on another.   At TCDS, every student is a Champion, and we make sure they all know why!

Chuck E Cheese, McDonalds, Skate Country, and other Special Nights

Join in the camaraderie while raising money for our school.  Several times during the school year, each of these restaurants gives TCDS a percentage of their sales and opens their doors for a family night of raffles, prizes, food, and fun.

Cookie Dough sale

Occurring annually in the fall, students selling cookie dough to friends and family is our Student Parent Association’s (SPA) biggest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from this sale help SPA to continue to spoil the school with wonderful purchases such as our marquee and document cameras in the classrooms. Students also win prizes based upon the number of orders they turn in.

Fall Festival

SPA sponsors a school-wide carnival each year in October to help welcome everyone back and strengthen our TCDS family. Activities include multiple inflatables, cake walks, pie eating contests, face painting, a rock wall, obstacle courses, a decorated pumpkin contest, teacher dunk tank, food, music, and lots of fun!

The Fall Festival marketplace gives families a place to showcase their business, hobby, product or service in a 10×10 area, while the special Early Education area contains simple carnival games and a jumping castle reserved for children one to five years old.

Water day at Tucson Country Day School

 

Perfect Attendance

Coming to school on time every day is an important achievement we at TCDS like to reward. Each quarter students who have not missed a day, been late or left early are acknowledged in their classrooms or crews.

Donuts with Dr. Anders and Yah Hoo, Boo Hoo

Come join fellow parents for an informal chat with our principal. Started originally as a way to help Kindergarten parents celebrate (Yah Hoo) and mourn (Boo Hoo) their child’s first day of Kindergarten, these donut chats give us a chance to visit with the Principal and other families with children in the same grade level. Watch the online calendar for upcoming events.

Scholastic Book Fair – Both Fall and Spring

Developing a love of reading is an important step in any child’s education. TCDS holds two Scholastic book fairs each year, in the fall and the spring. These book fairs give families a chance to browse and purchase books in a relaxed, on campus environment. A percentage of all purchases go to support the school library.

Spell-a-Thon

What is the Spell-a-thon you ask? It’s part fundraiser and part spelling contest rolled into one. Students collect pledges from friends and family to learn their spelling words. There are great prizes and a chance to win a trip to Chuck E Cheese in a limo! Those who excel on the Spell-a-thon test will have a chance to qualify to represent TCDS in the Pima county spelling bee. The Spell-a-thon test takes place in January.

TCDS Spelling Bee Champion 2012

Uniform Recycling

Children grow, and grow, and grow! As parents know, buying children’s clothes is an ongoing process. The TCDS family helps each other by recycling our gently used uniforms. Bring your outgrown uniform items to the office, and SPA volunteers will clean, sort and resell everything for $2 per item several times throughout the year.

Winter and Spring Programs

Come enjoy our annual winter and spring programs where children of all grades sing and perform skits to celebrate the seasons.  The students put on an amazing show!

 

Want to Volunteer?

We love volunteers on campus.  If you’re interested in volunteering for any of these events, just send an email to SPA to be added to their volunteer list.  Interested in volunteering in your child’s class, the library or at lunch?  Let your child’s teacher know or stop by the office.

Check out our online calendar for dates, times and other information, or ask in the main office.