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Phone: 520-209-7551 | Fax: 520-209-7575
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm
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  • Rodeo Break Field Trip registration opens February 11 at 8am through February 18.
  • Trips will depart and return to Manzanita Elementary. Transportation for students enrolled in C.A.R.E. on these days will be provided.
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  • REID PARK ZOO - Thursday, February 21 - 8:00am-4:00pm $50

    • Pack a lunch and water bottle.

    SKATE COUNTRY and MOVIES - Friday, February 22 - 9:00am-4:00pm $50

    • Pack a lunch and water bottle.
    • Bring $10 to purchase a snack pack at the movies if you choose.

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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.

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Program Coordinator: Lucia Pavlich, (520) 209-8013 ---

Third Quarter: January 7 - March 17

Early Release 1:30-3:00pm

Tuesdays, 1/8, 1/15, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5

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: $130

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!

KIDZART -- Grades: K-5 --Fee: $150

A KidzArt certified instructor 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. Our curriculum never repeats!

TGA FLAG FOOTBALL --Grades: 2-5 -- Fee: $205
Kick it off with this modified version of America’s game that makes it fun and exciting to play with TGA! Coaches lead students through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of passing, catching, running, and defending.

BRAINSTEM -- Grades: K-2 ---Fee: $180
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.
BASKETBALL SCRIMMAGE --Grades: 3-5 -- Fee: $100
Play like a pro! Your classmates become your teammates on the court as you scrimmage against one another. Scrimmage games are used to create chemistry between new teammates, practice plays and evaluate skill in a game environment. Coach Jeremy Daniels has almost ten years of experience and conducts camps and clinics across the country.

ROCKETRY --Grades: 3-5 -- Fee: $63

Three! Two! One! BLAST OFF! Learn the fundamentals of flight, the physics of rocketry, and craft your very own rockets. Your instructor, James Cramton, is the current President of Southern Arizona Rocketry Association. He will lead the class in experiments with several different hands-on scientific exploration and model rocket construction activities. Take flight with us!

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No classes on 1/21, 2/21, 2/22

SHOW CHOIR --Grades: K-2 --Mondays, 3:00-4:00 pm -- Fee: $180
Does your child like to sing and dream of being on stage? Then this class is for you! This Show Choir class includes variety of activities to keep the kids moving, engaged, and exited! Children will learn to prepare and perform popular music, basic skills of singing, how to make the most out of their voices, music literacy, as well as text interpretation, facial and body expression, and performance skills while having fun. The students will put on the final performance to share their knowledge with family and friends.

HIKING CLUB -- Grades: 2-5 --Mondays, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11 3:00-4:00pm and on 2/18 3:00-5:00pm -----Fee: $45 Come explore the beauty of our unique and curious Arizona environment. Learn outdoor skills that you can utilize at any level! We will discuss Leave No Trace, the hiking 10 essentials, geocaching, and more. We will finish the session with a hike on a local trail to experience the outdoors with our new knowledge. Transportation to and from trailhead will be provided. **This is a 4 week class**

PLAYWELL --- Grades: K-5 --- Wednesdays ---3:00-4:30pm --- Fee$186
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!

INTRAMURAL TRACK --- Grades: 3-5 --- Wednesdays ---3:00-4:00pm --- Fee$90
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 event. The session will culminate in an inter-district track meet on Saturday, March 17th.

KIDSTAGE WORKSHOP --- Grades: K-5 --- Thursdays, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/17 Fee: $79
KidStage Drama Workshop Our fast-moving and fun 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 and first-time students are encouraged to attend. This is a 6 weeks class.

YOYOS --- Grades: 2-5 --- Thursdays Fee: $93
Come learn hand eye coordination with Build a Skill Yoyo! Students will build their own yo-yos, 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 yo-yos in this class. No experience required.

BLAST OFF to OUTER SPACE --- Grades: K-5 ---Fee: $93
Learn about the planets, the sun, moons, and constellations. Students will be working on different art projects each week to better understand our solar system and universe. This is a fun, interactive class, for boys and girls.

GOSHINJITSU-- Grades: 1-5--- Thursdays, 4:30-6:00pm AT Sunrise Drive Elementary--- Fee: $110Goshinjitsu 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. Class meets at Sunrise Drive Elementary, must have your own transportation.

STEEL DRUMS --- Grade 5 ---Thursdays, 4:15 - 5:15pm ---Fee: $56
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

FOLK-STYLE WRESTLING 1st-8th **Fridays @ Orange Grove Middle**
Learn the skills of folk-style wrestling with Coach Foster. With experience coaching wrestling from kindergarten all the way through the college level. Coach Foster will teach you the all the basics of folk-style wrestling along with fun games along the way. Coach Foster's accomplishments include 4X All-State wrestler in high school and a two time All-American wrestler for Concordia University, Nebraska. All skill levels are welcome as well as parent volunteers.
***Middle School session- 2:45- 4:15 Elementary session- 4:15-5:30***

Special Programs


Field Trip Drop-off and pick-up will be at Sunrise Drive Elementary

Wednesday, December 26 - Reid Park Zoo $50

Lions, tigers, and bears oh my! Come with us as we venture to Reid Park Zoo to see animals from all over the world. We will meet with zoo staff as they takes us behind the scenes and up close with some of their favorite critters. Explore the interactive elephant park, conservation learning center, and even feed a giraffe. Please make sure to pack a lunch and water bottle.

Thursday, December 27 - Winter Fun and Movies $50

Get cozy at Sunrise Drive for a day of winter activities! Create winter-themed crafts, play indoor games, and enjoy our lovely winter weather outdoors. We’ll hop over to the movies to see Mary Poppins Returns. Please remember to bring a sack lunch and water. If you wish to purchase a snack at the movies, please send your student with eight dollars.

Friday, December 28 - Playground Fun, Bowling and Painting $50

We'll start off the morning playing on the Sunrise Drive playground. Then we will head to our favorite bowling alley for strikes, spares, arcade games, and a pizza lunch. Following we will be visited by the gifted artists Jessica to paint a canvas masterpiece. Please remember socks for the bowling alley.


Thursday, December 27 - Picacho Peak Hike $65

3-6 miles, 1000ft+ elevation change. Moderate physical exertion sustained for longer periods of time. Supportive soled shoes required. No flat soled shoes permitted. Suitable for those with beginning to moderate outdoor experiences.

Winter is a great time to conquer the 1,500 foot peak of Picacho Peak State Park! Come enjoy the gorgeous views, learn about this area's unique geological significance and varied desert growth. We will grill hot dogs and make S'mores over the fire after our hike! Pack list provided after registration!

Thursday, December 27 - 9:00am - 4:30pm

Meet at CFHS - Guide: Mary Grodman and Polly Tanner

Friday, December 28 - Madera Canyon Hike $65

3 miles and 500ft elevation change. Low to moderate physical exertion. Suitable for Beginners. No flat soled shoes permitted.

Did you know Madera means wood in Spanish? Come see this amazing wooded canyon that is one of the hottest spots for migrating birds in Southeastern Arizona, and the United States! We will identify as many trees and birds as we can on this day hike in the shade. We will grill hot dogs and make S'mores over the fire after our hike! Pack list provided after registration.

Friday, December 28 - 9:00am - 4:30pm

Meet at CFHS - Guide: Mary Grodman and Polly Tanner

Friday, March 15 from 11:30am-6:30pm

Patagonia Fun & Fishing Grades: 3-5th
*Pick up at your elementary school and drop off at Catalina Foothills High School

Come spend the day with us exploring Patagonia Lake State Park in SE Arizona! We will discuss native fish as we learn how to bait and cast. And then test our patience trying to catch a few! This is a spectacular riparian area too! Over 106 species of birds, 49 species of damsel and dragonflies and 130 butterfly species. March is a great time to Get Outside with Community Schools Outdoors!
Guides: Mary Grodman & Foster Bunce

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