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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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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.

Early Release

After School

Special Programs

Early Release

January 10 - March 7, 1:35 - 3:00pm No Early Release the week of 1/16 or 2/20.

CHESS 1:35-2:35pm (NOTE ending time) Grades: K-5 Fee: $58
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. REGISTER NOW!
Play-Well: Lego Jedi Engineering Grades:K-2 Fee:$122
Let your creative mind take hold with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGOs®! Apply real-world concepts of physics, engineering, and architecture through the building of engineer-designed projects such as belt-drive cars, truss bridges, rail racers, and pneumatic forklifts! REGISTER NOW!
Animal Friends Grades: K-5 Fee: $122
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! REGISTER NOW!
Let's Dance! Grades: K-3 Fee: $79
Feel the rhythm, twirl and strut your stuff with Music and Dance Academy’s introductions to jazz and ballet in a fun atmosphere. Learn proper stretching, a variety of jazz styles and the fundamentals of classical ballet. Dancers and non-dancers welcome! Class will culminate with a performance for families. REGISTER NOW!
Sign Language Grades: 3-5 Fee: $50

During this introduction to American Sign Language, students will learn basic vocabulary, grammar, receptive and expressive finger-spelling, and conversational behaviors through games, art, and other fun modes of learning. REGISTER NOW!

Crossfit Grades: 3-5 Fee: $72
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!

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PE Games Grades: 3-5 Thursday, 3:05-4:05pm Fee:$50
Join you PE teacher Eva Lankes, for a variety of PE games such as Capture the Flag, Kickball and more. REGISTER NOW!

Drama Kids Grade K-2 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!

Broadway Dessert Concert
Monday and Thursday, 1/19 - 3/17 3:00-4:30 pm --Grades 3-5 --Fee: $135

Broadway is calling all third through fifth graders who enjoy singing and dancing! Under the direction of Ventana Vista’s music teacher Colleen Zandbergen, who brings her 30+ years of directing and performing expertise, perfect your singing skills, and participate in musical numbers performed by the whole cast, and audition for a solo, or to be part of a duo or trio! Class culminates in performances for parents who will delight in being served dessert by the performers while being serenaded with Broadway tunes.

Please Note:

* Auditions for solos, duos, trios held two weeks prior to winter break during lunch recess

* Singers must choose a Broadway song with which to audition

* A CD/MP3 of the audition song preferable

* Mandatory late practices (until about 5:30 pm), March 13, 14, 15

* Mandatory performances, March 16, 6:00 pm, March 17, 9:45 am (no dessert), and 6:00pm

* Costumes to be supplied by parents

* Detailed letter to parents to follow registration

Goshinjitsu Fee: $100
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: K-2 4:00-5:00pm Grades: 3-5 5:00-6:00pm
AT Sunrise Drive Thursday, January 12 - May 18
Grades: K-2 4:00-5:00pm Grades: 3-5 5:00-6:00pmREGISTER NOW!

CS Hoops for Boys

Develop your basketball skills for ball handling, dribbling, shooting, footwork, passing, catching, and layups through drills and techniques taught by Jaamal Rhodes who has spent over fifteen years developing basketball players to reach their full potential on and off the court.

Boys Grades: 2-6 6:00-7:30pm Fee: $60

Fridays: 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 3/3, 3/10 Orange Grove Middle School MPR

Register by: January 13

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Winter Break
Field Trips 12/27 - 12/30

CARE will be open January 3 - January 6


  • Drop off and pick up at Sunrise Drive Elementary
  • All trips 9am-4pm
  • Check-in 8:45am
  • Buses will leave promptly at 9:00am
  • Please provide a sack lunch and water for all trips
  • Please provide closed-toe shoes where required/suggested
  • Tuesday 12/27:

    Desert Museum with Stingray ExperienceFee: $60

    Learn about the adaptations and characteristics of desert animals during a class called “Meet the Neighbors,” 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 suggested.

    Wednesday 12/28:

    Amazing Discoveries Fee: $50

    Discover the fun of interactive game playing! Experience the thrill of learning and playing collectible card, and board games in a group setting. Expand your creativity, problem solving, spatial reasoning and strategic talents through playing age appropriate games for k-5th graders, with instruction from staff of Amazing Discoveries and also enjoy a gift to take home!

    Thursday 12/29:

    The Physics Bus and Winter Fun Fee: $57

    Sunrise Drive Elementary Campus

    Climb aboard this science museum on wheels with its 50-foot, molecule-tipped TV antenna mast and its vegetable-oil-powered engine, and learn about our world through hands-on experiments including ones with invisible forces, sparks, smoke and lasers! Then, experience S.T.E.M. activities, such as building straw rockets and catapults to launch ping pong ball snowmen! Finish the day with free play on the playground. Bring a sack lunch, and water.

    Friday 12/30: Winter Fun and MovieFee: $50

    Sunrise Drive Elementary Campus

    Create winter-themed crafts, play indoor games, and make snow! Then, hop over to the movies to see the latest kid friendly flick, “Sing.” Please remember to bring a sack lunch and water. If you would like to purchase a kid’s snack pack from the theater, please bring $8, cash only.



  • Drop off and pick up at Catalina Foothills High School
  • We will leave promptly 9:00am
  • Please bringe a sack lunch and lots of water
  • No flat-soled shoes permitted
  • Guides: Mary Grodman and Polly Tanner

  • Tuesday 12/27

    Seven Falls Hike

    9am – 4pm Grades: 4-8 Fee: $60

    Suitable for those with limited to moderate outdoor experiences. Moderate physical exertion.

    Have you ever seen a waterfall in the desert? What about seven waterfalls? Join Community Schools Outdoors on one of the most beautiful hikes Southeastern Arizona offers. We will ride the Bear Canyon Tram to the trailhead and then hike in to discover this amazing riparian area right in our own backyard! Wear your hiking boots.

    Wednesday 12/28

    Mt. Lemmon Hike

    9am – 4 pm Grades: 4-8 Fee: $65

    Suitable for those with limited to moderate outdoor experiences. Moderate physical exertion.

    Bundle up and get ready for a winter hike on Mt. Lemmon! Join Community Schools Outdoors for a fun hike through the aspens and pines. Wear your hiking boots, warm clothes suitable for hiking, bring lots of water and pack a lunch! We will take a hiking break to enjoy some hot chocolate, observe wildlife & discuss winter wildlife on the mountain. We will stop at the cookie cabin to warm up and enjoy a delicious treat before we head down the mountain.



  • Drop off and pick up at Ventana Vista Elementary (only CARE location for Rodeo Break )
  • Buses will leave promptly at 9:00am
  • Please provide a sack lunch and water for all trips
  • Please provide closed-toe shoes where required/suggested

  • Thursday 2/23 9am - 4pm
    Fire House Tour and Bowling Fee: $45

    Please Note: Price Includes bowling, shoes, 2 slices of cheese pizza and a drink. Bring a sack lunch if you prefer.

    Ever wonder what being a firefighter is like? Visit local fire station #74 and get an insider's look at the inner workings of an active fire station! Then bowl a strike, and enjoy pizza at Fiesta Lanes. Conclude this exciting day at Sunrise Drive Elementary with writing thank you cards to the firefighters.

    Friday 2/24 9am - 4pm
    Kitt Peak National Observatory Fee: $65

    Have you ever seen the sun through a telescope? Kitt Peak is home to 24 optical telescopes, and two radio telescopes, which is the largest collection in the world! Bring a sack lunch and water and be sure to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.



    • Drop off and pick up at Catalina Foothills High School
    • We will leave promptly at 9:00am
    • Please bring a sack lunch and lots of water
    • No flat-soled shoes permitted
    • Guides: Mary Grodman and Polly Tanner

    Thursday 2/23 Grades: 4-8 9am - 4pm Fee: $60


    Suitable for those with limited to moderate outdoor experiences.

    Caving is like hiking on all fours! Spend the day 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. Moderate physical exertion.

    Friday 2/24 Grades: 4-8 9am - 4pm Fee: $60

    Tanque Verde Falls Hike

    Suitable for those with limited to moderate outdoor experiences. Moderate physical exertion.

    Join us for a day of hiking in the desert. Explore the unique ecosystem of the Sonoran Desert to learn what makes this area so special! This is a fun hike to pools and waterfalls in Tanque Verde Canyon. Wear your hiking boots.

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