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Catalina Foothills School District’s commitment to 21st Century Learning continues after school with Community Schools’ elementary programs.

Afterschool enrichment opportunities include special activities and classes for students on early release days. Afterschool classes and camps extend into the later afternoon hours to broaden lifelong learning options for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Special programs through Community Schools serve as avenues for learning new skills and experiencing meaningful activities during school vacations and weekends.

Early Release

After School

Special Programs

Early Release

First Quarter: August 16 - October 4 1:35-3:00pm

Registration opens Thursday, August 3 at 8:00am

PDF of 1st quarter offerings

Program Coordinator: Zoe Callamanis 209-7812

BRAIN STEM -- Grades: K-2 --Fee: $150
Brain STEM provides hands-on STEM enrichment for students in a fun learning environment. Students will grow critical thinking and problem solving skills through exciting and safe STEM activities.


CRAZY CRITTERS --- Grades: K-5 --- Fee: $120
Get up close with, and learn all about a new group of animals this quarter when Tucson Petting Zoo brings tortoises, rabbits, birds, bugs, etc. Take part in crafts and activities related to learning about these fascinating creatures! REGISTER NOW!
Play-Well: INTRO TO STEM -- Grades: K-2 --- Fee: $130
NEW CURRICULUM! Ratchet up your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as: Fire Trucks, Space Stations, Tugboats, and the Eiffel Tower. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. REGISTER NOW!

Play-Well: STEM CHALLENGE-- Grades: 3-5 ---Fee: $130
NEW CURRICULUM! Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as: Bulldozers, Hovercrafts, Hot Air Balloons, and the Great Wall of China Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. REGISTER NOW!

KIDZART -- Grades: K-2 --Fee: $150
A KidzArt instructor will guide students through a new project each week. Students will learn how to break projects into simple steps, art terms and vocabulary, as well as practice techniques for varying drawing mediums. Each week students will bring home a different masterpiece all their own. No art experience necessary. --REGISTER NOW!

SHOW CHOIR --Grades: 2-5 --Fee: $136
Move, groove and sing with friends! Learn to perform with confidence. Develop technique and stage presence. Acquire musicals skills while having fun! Classes will feature music of Pharrell Williams, American authors and Ziggy Marley, to name a few! ---REGISTER NOW!

YOYOS --Grades: 2-5 --Fee: $93

Come learn hand eye coordination with Build a Skill Yoyo! Students will build their own yoyo, learn tricks and more. Instructor, Jess Gracia, has been teaching yoyo skills to large groups of students for over 15+ years. Students will be taking home two different yoyo’s in this class. No experience required.

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After School

First Quarter: August 14 - October 6

CHESS -- Mondays --3:00-4:00pm--Grades: K-5 -- Fee: $110
TOURNAMENT CHESS --- Mondays --4:00-5:00pm -- Grades: K-5 -- Fee: $110
Open to all ability levels, no prior experience necessary. Students build strategy and play games. Opportunities for optional weekend tournaments. Ken Larsen, an instructor for over 30 years and a competitive chess player, has led CFSD students to victories at local, state and national tournaments.


CAPOEIRA ---Grades: K-5 -- Tuesdays AND Thursdays 3:00-4:00pm --Fee: $155

Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art/dance form, improves physical and mental strength, encourages creativity while increasing agility and confidence. Capoeira also teaches musicality and the importance of community spirit through percussion rhythms and songs sung in Portuguese. Instructor Anne Pollack has trained in Capoeira for over 22 years. REGISTER NOW!

Grades: 3-5 -Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00pm -Fee: $92
Grades: K-2 -Thursdays, 3:00-4:00pm -Fee: $92

Bold and outspoken, or quiet and shy, Drama Kids International’s fast paced, progressive, developmental curriculum consisting of over 450 lessons with unique drama activities, helps all children to develop their social, acting, public speaking, and leadership skills while nurturing self -confidence, and self- esteem. REGISTER NOW!

Goshinjitsu is a practical self-defense art that combines elements of Karate, Judo and Jujitsu into a simple and effective form of martial arts. Classes emphasize traditional martial arts values and principles. Instructor, John McGraugh, has been teaching for Community Schools for many years and studied in Japan for five years.
Tuesdays, August 15 - December 19 -Grades: K-2, 4:00-5:00pm -Grades: 3-5, 5:00-6:00pm REGISTER NOW!

PALATE to PALETTE ---Grades: 1-5 --Thursdays, 3:00-4:00pm -- Fee: $172
Join Palate to Palette Tucson with their mobile painting programs. Follow the step by step instructions with their gifted artists. Each week you will create a new masterpiece. REGISTER NOW!

INTRAMURAL FLICKERBALL ---Grades: 3-5 --Thursdays, 3:00-4:00pm -- Fee: $60

Learn the rules of the game similar to Ultimate Frisbee but with a football instead! Practice one day per week after school for the fall season. Build team spirit and camaraderie with your teammates. Compete against other CFSD elementary school teams in a District-wide event on October 7. REGISTER NOW!

FIRST Lego League Preview

Community Schools offers opportunities to participate in the international FIRST LEGO LEAGUE (FLL) robotics competition to students in grades 4 through 9. The minimum age for 4th graders is 9 years and maximum age for high school students is 15 (if 14 years-old on January 1, 2017). Each elementary school will field one or two 7-8-member teams for the 2017 HYDRO DYNAMICS challenge under the supervision of CFSD robotics teachers Charlotte Ackerman and Jennifer DeBenedetti. Teams of students from both middle schools and the high school will meet at Sunrise Drive School. All teams will need a parent or community member volunteer coach and/or mentors.

In the FLL HYDRO DYNAMICS challenge, teams will learn all about water – how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it. Each team will also design, build, and program an autonomous LEGO MINDSTORMS robot to solve a set of related missions for the Robot Game. FLL encourages students to think like scientists and engineers and honor important CORE VALUES. The competition is fun and friendly. Teams share ideas and learn from and support each other as they discover solutions and meet challenges.

Students who are interested in participating on an FLL team must attend a 2-session FLL PREVIEW class. The preview class allows students to experience the kind of programming and engineering problem-solving and research work they will do in the full 14-week FLL season. It is also an opportunity for students to demonstrate the skills they have for team membership. To enjoy the time commitment and challenge of being prepared for competition, students need a high level of focus, persistence, self-direction, and ability to work with others. Team members must commit to weekly meetings on their scheduled days, attendance at a regional tournament on the first Saturday in December, and possible travel to the Arizona state tournament at Arizona State University (ASU) in early January. Some extra sessions to prepare for tournaments will be offered, but attendance at these is optional.

Teams for the competition season will be identified from the FLL PREVIEW class participants. Students not on teams for the Fall FLL season are encouraged to participate in FLL-LITE classes later in the year. The FLL-LITE sessions allow students to gain skills and do robotics missions without having to meet all the requirements for competition.

The days and times for the PREVIEW CLASSES and FLL SEASON are:

Manzanita and Sunrise Drive – Mondays 3:00-5:45 (Preview Class on August 14 and 21);

Canyon View and Ventana Vista – Wednesdays 3:00-5:45 (Preview Class on August 16 and 23);

Esperero Canyon, Orange Grove and CFHS - Fridays at 3:00-5:45 (Preview Class on August 18 and August 25). Esperero Canyon and Orange Grove students can ride a school bus to Sunrise Drive School, but must notify Community Schools to arrange a bus pass when registering.

The full FLL Season team meetings will begin the week of August 28, 2017 and will continue through the second week in December. The fee for the full season will be $225.

Grades: 4-9 --- Preview Fee: $27 REGISTER NOW!

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