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2101 E. River Road | Tucson, AZ 85718
Phone: 520-209-7551 | Fax: 520-209-7575
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm
CARE: 520-209-7549

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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

Fourth Quarter: March 20 - May 19 1:35-3:00pm

Registration opens Tuesday, March 7 at 8:00am

Program Coordinator: Zoe Callamanis 209-7812

Animal Friends Grades: K-5 Fee: $140

Do you love animals? Join us for this class where a different animal friend will come to school each week to meet and help teach the class. We’ll learn all sorts of interesting facts like how far a rabbit can hop and what a goat eats. Staff from TRAK (Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids) will guide you through hands-on activities with their animal friends! REGISTER NOW!

Brain S.T.E.M. - Body and Senses --- Grades: K-5 --- Fee: $172
How does our bodies process sound? Does light impact what we see? Do our other senses affect how we taste? Using hands-on activities and visual demonstrations, staff from SARSEF will guide participants to discover the fascinating properties about the body and our senses. REGISTER NOW!
Play-Well: Intro to STEM using LEGO Grades: K-2 ---Fee: $140

Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as Trains, Helicopters, Treehouses, and Beam Bridges. Then use special pieces to create your own unique design! New and returning students can explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. REGISTER NOW!

Play-Well: STEM Challenge -- Grades: 3-5 --- Fee: $140
STEM Challenge using LEGO- Master 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 Gear Cars, Gondolas, Merry-Go-Rounds, and Scissor Lifts! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. REGISTER NOW!
Capoeira Grades: K-5 --- Fee: $96

Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art/dance form, improves physical and mental strength, encourages creativity while increasing agility and confidence, and 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!

Basketball Grades: 3-5 --- Fee: $110 (includes t-shirt)
Basketball is a great way to get exercise, learn teamwork, build confidence and have fun! Instructor, Jeremy Daniels, is a skill development trainer and coach for LEAD Athletics. New this quarter: “Basketball Bash”! We will celebrate the end of the session with a team shirt and an evening of basketball at one of our CFSD Schools, playing games against Community Schools’ teams from other CFSD schools. Basketball Bash will be held on Thursday, May 18 from 6:00-8:00pm. Bring your family and friends to cheer you on and check out your basketball skills. REGISTER NOW!
Pokemon! Grades: 3-5 Fee: $84
Learn the basics of the Pokemon trading card game with instruction from staff of Amazing Discoveries. Learn and perfect game strategy, practice critical thinking, evaluation and organization skills, and use your creativity in an atmosphere that emphasizes respect and courteous interactions. Pokemon cards provided for play and ownership. All levels of game familiarity welcome. REGISTER NOW!

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After School

CrossFit -- Mondays --3:00-4:00pm--Grades 1-3 -- Fee: $82
Join GTX Crossfit and learn the importance of physical activity and following a healthy lifestyle while developing respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy in a fun format, through physical games. All levels of athleticism welcome! REGISTER NOW!

Goshinjitsu Fee: $50
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 McGraug has been teaching for Community Schools for many years and studied in Japan for five years.
AT Manzanita Elementary Tuesday, January 10 - May 16
Grades: 3-5 5:00-6:00pm

AT Sunrise Drive Thursday, January 12 - May 18
Grades: 3-5 5:00-6:00pm
Mind Unwind: Mindfulness & Relaxation Skills for Kids
Tuesdays -- Grades: 1-3 ----3:05-4:05pm --- Fee: $78

This experience with the Mindfulness Education Exchange, uses fun, age-appropriate and research-based activities, stories, and games to cultivate a range of skills such as focus, awareness, self-regulation, positivity, and kindness. Mindfulness has been shown to help children academically, emotionally, and socially. REGISTER NOW!

Drama Kids
Tuesdays -- Grades: K-2 -- -3:00-4:00pm -- Fee: $85

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!

Thursdays -- 3:00-4:00pm -- Grades: 3-5 -- Fee: $50

Learn the rules of the game and practice one day per week after school for the spring season. Build team spirit and camaraderie with your teammates. Compete against other CFSD elementary school teams in a District-wide event on Saturday, May 20th. Includes Team t-shirt.


Mondays, March 20 - April 24 --- 3:00-5:00pm --- Grades: 3-5 --- Fee: $80

This five-week class is designed to introduce students to the skills and challenges involved in the annual FIRST LEGO LEAGUE (FLL) international robotics competition. Participants will work individually and in teams to build with LEGOS, program and problem-solving while trying missions from past years. The class provides an opportunity for students to extend their learning in robotics and explore new engineering and programming strategies. The Community Schools FLL Program is supervised by Charlotte Ackerman with asssistance from Jennifer DeBenedetti, CFSD’s Teacher Leaders for Science and Engineering.

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Spring Break
Field Trips April 3 - 5

CARE will be open April 3 - 5


  • Drop off and pick up at Canyon View Elementary
  • Check-in 15 minutes prior to departure
  • Buses will leave promptly at 9:00am on Monday and Tuesday and at 8:00am on Wednesday
  • Please provide a sack lunch and water for all trips
  • Monday, April 3:

    UA Sky Center at Mt. Lemmon --- Fee: $75

    Spend a day on Mt. Lemmon with University of Arizona graduate students! We will be using the unique “sky island” environment in the Catalina Mountains to explore a variety of science based projects. Please be prepared for cold weather and bring a sack lunch and a water bottle.

    Tuesday, April 4:

    Postal History Foundation and UA Tree Ring Lab --- Fee: $45

    We’re going back in time! Join us as we take a visit to the Postal History Foundation for an in-depth tour filled with activities to teach us about how our mail travels around the world! We will tour the old Naco Post Office from the 1890's, sort mail, hunt through the treasure chest for old stamps, and watch a video on the history of stamps and how the modern stamps are designed. We'll also have the chance to design our own postcard, address it, and mail it in the working post office. Following we will head to the UA’s Tree Ring lab for a docent-led lab tour, a lesson in dendrochronology and some hands on activities to test our new knowledge. Please send your child with a sack lunch and an address to mail their postcard to.

    Wednesday, April 5:

    Arizona Science Center in Phoenix --- Fee: $65

    Enjoy four floors of science at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix. Learn about electricity, outer space and the human body all while having fun. The science center offers a vast array of hands-on and interactive exhibits that kids of all ages will love! We will walk through their 4-D traveling multi-sensory cinematic exhibit, Planet Shank. Please bring a sack lunch and water bottle.



  • Drop off and pick up at Catalina Foothills High School
  • We will leave promptly 8:00am Monday April 3 and return Wednesday April 5, eta 4:00pm.
  • Grades: 5 - 8 --- Fee: $185
  • Guides: Mary Grodman and Polly Tanner


    Looking for an adventure over your spring break? Join CS Outdoors as we head west to visit the Colorado River! We will camp, hike & explore this unique riparian area of Arizona near Lake Havasu. We will learn new knots, Leave No Trace techniques, observe wildlife, try our hand at fishing and more! Our hope is to inspire you, to teach you to protect the environment and connect you to a whole new outdoor world! A detailed equipment list will be sent prior to departure. Trip will leave at 8:00am on April 3rd from Catalina Foothills High School. Return on Wednesday, April 5th at 4:00pm.

    We will hike 3-6 miles, 1500ft elevation change. Moderate physical exertion sustained for longer periods of time. Supportive soled shoes required. No flat soled shoes permitted. Suitable for those with moderate outdoor experiences. Students should have prior camping experience.

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