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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

Program Coordinator: Erin Tinker, (520) 209-8013 ---

Registration opens December 12 at 8am. PDF of Brochure

Early Release 1:30-3:00pm

Tuesdays, 1/9, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6

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: $120
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: Jedi Engineering -- Grades: K-2 ---Fee: $130

The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects using LEGO® materials such as X-Wings, R2 Units, Energy Catapults, Defense Turrets, and Settlements from a galaxy far, far away. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire!

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!
PALATE TO PALETTE ---Grades: 1-5 --Fee: $150
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 acrylic masterpiece. No repeating projects!
BRAINSTEM --Grades: 2-5 -- 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.

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KIDSTAGE Presents: WONKA!--- Grades: 2-5 -- Wednesdays 3:05-4:30pm --Fee: $165

Mr. Willy Wonka is the greatest chocolate maker the world has ever seen and he has invited 5 kids to come and tour his factory. With mischief, Oompa-Loompas, and heart-felt moments, this will surely be an adventure of a lifetime! Participating in this performance class guarantees at least one part in the play. The first day of rehearsal will be auditions, no preparation required.
Performance will be on February 28th at 6:00 pm
Come be apart of the cast!

KIDZART --Grades: K - 3 -- Mondays, 3:05-4:05pm-- Fee: $149 ---
A KidzArt certified instructor that will guide students through a different project each week. Students will learn how to break projects into simple steps, art terms and vocabulary, as well as experience and learn techniques for varying drawing mediums. Each week students will bring home a different masterpiece all their own. Our curriculum never repeats! No art experience necessary.

ANIMAL FRIENDS --Grades: K - 5 --Thursdays, 3:05-4:05 pm -- 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!-

Grades: 2 - 5- Wednesdays, Jan. 7 to Jan. 31 (4 week session) 3:05-4:00pm-- Fee: $172 --
In this class students will learn to use Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools, learn about the additive manufacturing process, and design their own phone cases, robots, toys, anything! Once the design is complete students will receive a 3D print.

Grades: 2 - 5- Wednesdays, February 7 to March 7 (5 week session) 3:05-4:00pm-- Fee: $187 --
In this class students will create cool electro-mechanical devices! We will be learning about circuits and electronics, learning and implementing the engineering model, and creating an RCCar and work with wireless controls.

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.

PLAYWELL: JEDI MASTER ENGINEERING-- Grades: 2 - 5- Fridays, 3:00 - 4:30 pm-- Fee: $149 --

The Force Awakens in this advanced engineering course for young Jedi! Discover key engineering concepts such as gear trains, worm drives, pneumatics, and eccentric motion. Build projects from LEGO® Materials from a galaxy far, far away.

TRACK and FIELD INTRAMURALS-- Grades: 3-5- Thursdays, 3:05-4:05pm -- Fee: $68

Get your track career started early with Community Schools this intramural season! Practice your stride, speed, and pace. We'll hop on the fast track to fitness through relays, sprints, and mid-distance running events! The session will culminate in an inter-district track meet on Saturday, March 10th.

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--

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Field Trips are Grades K-5 --- 9:00am-4:00pm --- All trips depart from and return to Sunrise Drive Elementary --- Please pack a lunch and water bottle.

Ice Den - Thursday, February 22 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Let’s beat the heat with a Phoenix trip to an indoor ice skating rink! Please remember a jacket and a sack lunch. Gloves are also recommended for this trip. Fee: $65

Desert Museum - Friday, February 23 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Learn about the adaptations and characteristics of desert animals during a private class lesson, and take part in the new hands-on stingray experience! After our lesson, we will explore the rest of this unique outdoor museum. Bring a sack lunch, and water. Closed-toe shoes, and sunscreen suggested. Fee: $60

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