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Ventana Vista

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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.

Ventana Vista's Odyssey of the Mind Team won second place in regional competition and went on to win second place in the State competition. The students prepared a "Long Term" skit, set, and props to go along with the theme of "A Stellar Hangout." The second part of the competition is called "Spontaneous." Students are given a creative challenge either verbal, hands-on, or a combination. They then work as a team to come up with "out of the box" responses. The team has practiced each week since November and persevered. We are so excited to be representing Ventana Vista and our Catalina Foothills District in May for the OM World Championships in Iowa. We will meet people from all over the USA and even the world. We have pins to share that represent our state and we will be proud ambassadors.
Team members are Ethan Bialis, Arianna DuPont, Audrey Kirk, Natalie Liu, Ezra Mandel, and Tessa Strickland. Their coaches are Dede Alexander, Tiffanie Bialis, and Lisa Meder. Congratulations!!

Early Release

After School

Special Programs

Program Coordinator: Eric Thompson, (520) 209-8013 ---

Registration opens March 5 at 8am.

Early Release 1:30-3:00pm

Tuesdays, 3/20, 3/27, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15

CHESS 1:35-2:35pm (NOTE ending time) Grades: K-5-- Fee: $63
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.
CRAZY CRITTERS -- Grades: K-5 ---Fee: $138
Get up close with capybaras, porcupines, goats and other creatures with hands on activities and weekly animal visits with Tucson Petting Zoo.
GOSHINJITSU -- Grades: K-5 --Fee: $63
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 20+ years.
PLAYWELL: Intro to STEM -- Grades: K-2 ---Fee: $130
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: Catapults, Pneumatic Cranes, Arch Bridges, and Battletracks! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment.
TGA GOLF --Grades: K-5 --Fee:$205
Tee up with Teach, Grow, Achieve (TGA), a national after-school golf enrichment program. TGA’s five-level program brings the golf course to the school. All equipment will be provided, including clubs. Beginners welcome!
BRAINSTEM --Grades: K-2 -- Fee: $150

BrainSTEM brings the lab to you! After-school labs give students hands-on science experiences that relate to the world they live in. BrainSTEM is about critical thinking, problem solving, and learning by doing. Come explore the world of science!

BASKETBALL BASH --Grades: 3-5 ---Fee: $100
Get exercise, learn teamwork, build confidence and have fun! Instructor, Jeremy Daniels, is a skill development trainer and coach for Triple Threat Basketball. New this quarter: Basketball Bash! We will celebrate the end of the session with an evening of basketball at our CFSD High School Gym. Compete against other CFSD elementary school teams in a district-wide event on May 17th from 6-8pm. Bring your family and friends to cheer you on and check out your basketball skills.

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INTRAMURAL KICKBALL --Grades: 3 - 5 --Mondays, 3:05-4:05 pm -- Fee: $68
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 19th.

FLL LITE ---Grades: 3-5---Wednesdays, March 21 - April 18, 3:00-5:00pm ---Fee:$80

This four-week class will introduce students to the skills needed and real world challenges involved in the annual FIRST LEGO LEAGUE (FLL) international robotics competition. Participants will work individually and collaboratively to explore EV3 programming, build arms and attachments to accomplish missions, and problem-solve. The class is an opportunity for students to extend their learning in robotics, try new programming and engineering strategies, and consider the issues that students around the world will address in the 2018 FLL "Into Orbit" season. CFSD's two Teacher Leaders for Science and Engineering Practices, Charlotte Ackerman and Jennifer DeBenedetti, will lead the classes at their schools.

KIDSTAGE WORKSHOP-- Grades: K-5 -- Wednesdays, March 21 - May 2 --3:00-4:00pm --Fee: $79

Our fast-moving and fun drama workshop will have your kids exploring the many facets of theater through fun, thought-provoking and stimulating theater games and activities! No acting or theater experience is necessary. (6 weeks)

HIKING CLUB-- Grades: 2-5 -- Wednesdays, March 21 - April 18 --Fee: $45

Come explore the beauty of our unique and curious Arizona environment. Learn skills that you can utilize at any level of hike by learning about hiking essentials, geocaching, and more. We will finish the session with a hike on a local trail to search and experience the outdoors with our new knowledge. Transportation to and from trailhead will be provided. (4 weeks)

Grades: 2 - 5- Wednesdays,March 21 - April 11 (4 week session) 3:05-4:30pm-- Fee: $150 --
This is an intro class into coding. Scratch is used to teach the students coding logic (Boolean, loops (if, for, while, counter,…), nested loops, order of operation, functions), inputs and outputs. Students will have to create code to solve complex real world calculations with multiple variations based upon inputs and variables.

Grades: 2 - 5- Wednesdays, April 18 - May 16 (5 week session) 3:05-4:30pm-- Fee: $150 --

This is an introductory class to Robotics. The Students will learn how disassemble and rebuild a small robot, understand what the different components (sensors, I/Os, and connections are for. They will learn hoe to interface with and control the robot through their code, feedback from sensors and input from IR signals.--

YOYOS-- Grades: 2 - 5- Thursdays, 3:05-4:00pm-- 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.

ANIMAL FRIENDS-- Grades: K-5- Thursdays, 3:05-4:05pm -- Fee: $136
Join TRAK Farms for hands-on activities that teach interesting facts about the different animal friends they bring to school each week, such as rabbits, goats and ponies!

PLAYWELL: STEM CHALLENGE-- Grades: 3 - 5- Fridays, 3:00 - 4:30 pm-- Fee: $150--
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: Catapults, Pneumatic Cranes, Arch Bridges, and Battletracks! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment.

STEEL DRUMS BEGINNING at Canyon View 4:15 - 5:15 - Thursdays

This group is open to any 5th grade student with little or no experience playing steel drums. Students will learn to read and perform music for the steel drums and the culture surrounding steel drum music. Students will be expected to regularly attend rehearsals, scheduled performances and help move equipment when necessary. Student's fees cover a t-shirt, mallets, music and music binder.
Ms. Moore- Canyon View Elementary -- Fee: $56--

Special Programs

Freestyle Wrestling Camp --Monday - Thursday, 3:45-5:45pm ---Grades K-12th
Folkstyle wrestling is coming to an end, and Freestyle season has begun! Join Coach Davis as we learn the rules, basics, and fundamentals of Freestyle wrestling. Individual Freestyle tournaments are held at different high schools almost every weekend during the 4th quarter. This program, will help prepare our wrestlers, if they decide to participate in any of these individual tournaments. Wrestling Freestyle is very beneficial for the athletes that wrestle in Middle School and High School.
Meet in the CFHS Wrestling Room

Friday, March 16th - Caving Adventures
Less than 3 miles and 500ft elevation change. Low to moderate physical exertion. Suitable for Beginners. No flat soled shoes permitted.Caving is like hiking on all fours! Spend the afternoon exploring the underground wonders of Peppersauce Cave. See cool cave formations, an underground lake, and shimmy your way through the rabbit hole! Learn why it is important to protect these natural wonders. Please wear very old clothes (you will get extremely muddy), bring a flashlight, change of clothes, garbage bag, sack lunch and water. Helmets and headlamps will be provided.
11:30AM - 6PM Guides: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner Fee: $65

April 2nd - 4th - Adventures in Red Rock Country 4th-8th
Join us on your spring break to discover natural wonders as we hike, camp and explore Coconino National Forest! Students will enjoy hiking along the amazing calcium laden waters of Fossil Creek discovering its unique ecosystem. Spend a day in the most beautiful place on earth - Sedona! On our way home stop at the park that has been in the making for 1000 years, Tonto Natural Bridge, the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. Enjoy 3 days filled with fun, adventure, many opportunities to learn new skills, work as a team and make new friends! A detailed trip itinerary & equipment list will be provided prior to departure. Trip size limited to 10 students.
Meet at CFHS on Monday at 9AM (overnight trip) Guides: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner
Fee: $195

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