Activities and Events
Welcome to Shimek BASP, home of the rockin' After School Specials bands! This year we have once again expanded our project and are featuring 3 bands of kids (3rd, 4th, and 5/6th) and have also added a parental group that we are calling the Old School Specials. We are gearing up for our 2018 spring tour, please come see us live at any of these amazing performance opportunities!
- Sunday, Dec 2 @2pm: Lucky's in Iowa City - 3rd, 4th, and 5/6th grade bands
- Sunday, Dec 16 @2pm: Iowa Children's Museum in Coralville - 4th and 5/6th grade bands
At Shimek, our after school program bases our activities on monthly themes. We then create art projects and games to compliment these themes. This year we explored such classics as: Halloween spookiness, winter celebrations around the world, the Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, and medieval times. We were also very happy to try out such new themes as: mysteries and codes, pixel art (including Pókemon and Minecraft), and Harry Potter! I can't wait to see what we come up with in 2017 and 2018!
Besides our passing monthly themes we also maintain 2 gigging rock bands joined under the name, The After School Specials. The After School Specials have been rocking such local venues as the Mill, Java House, UAY, The Trumpet Blossom, and the Arts Fest since 2009. Originally created as a one-shot project for a yearly talent show, the band grew over the next few years into two, separate, performing entities comprised of 3rd-4th graders, and 5th-6th graders who are enrolled in Shimek's before and after school program. The band now performs an eclectic mix of classic rock, 90's alternative, and modern pop songs, lead by local rockers, Matt Larson and Claire Thoele.
Additionally, we have some highlights from past years' projects such as the Junior Staff (videos), Yo-yo Club, Cooking Club, Miscellaneous Video Projects and the After School Specials (our 2nd-6th grade rock band).
Curriculum and Event highlights from 2017-18
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