Manzano Day School

Joy in Learning® Since 1938

Clubs & Organizations

Chess Club

Chess Club will meet after school on Thursdays (3:45-5:00pm) during the 2019-2020 school year and is open to students in second through fifth grade who are interested in improving their knowledge of chess, and who enjoy playing both for friendly competition and for fun. Manzano Day School students compete in the Albuquerque Schools Chess League against students from other independent schools as well as area public schools and students who are home schooled. The league sponsors six tournaments each school year, which are typically scheduled from October through March. The tournaments take place during evening hours at different sites around the Albuquerque metro area. Please contact Mike Hibner for more information at

Garden Club

Garden Club meets every Wednesday morning from 7:30 - 8:15, throughout the year. Garden Club is open to students from kindergarten through fifth grade, parents, teachers, and staff. Participants meet in the garden at 7:45-8:25 AM. When the weather turns cold, we move indoors to work on winter projects with frequent visits to the garden. If your child is interested in attending Garden Club, please contact Ellen Madden ( to reserve a spot!

Good Apple Singers

Good Apple Singers is an ensemble singing group for fourth and fifth graders who wish to have more experience performing. A variety of music is learned and performed, including upbeat, choreographed numbers. Rehearsals are held on Mondays from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 7:45 - 8:25 a.m. Students are welcome to “try out” the ensemble for two weeks before making a commitment to join.

Jump Rope Club

Jump Rope Club is an after school club that meets in the gym from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. The club is open to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Jump Rope Club is a fun and active way for students to move and learn basic jump rope skills. Students also have the opportunity to try out for the Red Hot Pepper Jump Rope Team. The Red Hot Pepper Jump Rope Team meets on Tuesdays from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Students learn more advanced jump rope techniques, and also participate in performances at local schools and in the Albuquerque community.

Math Olympiads

Math Olympiads is an after school club for third, fourth and fifth graders, which is designed to be intellectually challenging, stimulating, and fast-paced. At each meeting, mathletes explore a math topic or strategy. Meetings begin in September in order to prepare everyone for five monthly competitions that begin in November. Math Olympiads meets on Tuesdays from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

One team of no more that 35 third, fourth, and fifth graders participates in the national competition. Five monthly contests take place from November to March. No traveling is required!

Robotics Club

Robotics Club is open to students in fourth and fifth grade. Students use the Lego Mindstorms products to build and program robots. The club will meet during lunch/recess times on D days. We will eat and brainstorm, then create and build. Please contact Science Coordinator Shari Stewart at with questions. 

Science Club

Science Club is for students in kindergarten through third grade. Students participate in a variety of age-appropriate science investigations as well as engineering activities after school from 3:45 - 4:45. The fall session will be for 2nd and 3rd graders and will begin Sept. 17 for 8 sessions (ending the week before Book Fair and Thanksgiving). The spring session will be for kindergarteners and 1st graders and will begin on January 14 (ending after Spring Break). Please contact Science Coordinator Shari Stewart at with questions.

Yearbook Club

Yearbook Club is open to fifth grade students and meets during school hours once per six-day rotation. Yearbook Club students are involved in all aspects of creating and publishing the yearbook. They do everything from choosing a theme, to taking photographs, to page layout, and editing. Students join at the beginning of the school year and finish the yearbook in March.