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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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Arizona Eco Detectives

Come study and explore the beauty of our unique and curious Arizona environment. Learn how desert plants and animals adapt to survive in our hot and harsh climate, and how the minerals native to Arizona have shaped our great state. 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 trail head will be provided. Jamie is the Sunrise Drive program coordinator and has a love for all things outdoors. ------- Grades: 4-5 ----3-5:30pm
Fee: $45 Fridays: 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15

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

Second Quarter: October 16 - December 22

Registration opens Tuesday, October 3 at 8:00am

PDF of 2nd quarter offerings

Program Coordinator: Zoe Callamanis 209-7812

Early Release ---1:30-3:00pm

10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20 ---No classes 11/8 & 11/22

ANIMAL FRIENDS -- Grades: K-5 --Fee: $136

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!

GOLF --- Grades: K-2 --- Fee: $205

Tee it up this fall with Teach, Grow and Achieve (TGA), a national after-school sports enrichment program. TGA’s five-level program brings the golf course to school with specially-designed equipment for indoor or outdoor golf. Great for beginners as well as experienced golfers. All equipment is provided. REGISTER NOW!

KIDZART ---Grades: K-2 ---Fee: $172
A KidzArt instructor will guide students through a new project each week. Students will learn how to break projects into simple steps, art terms and vocabulary, as well as practice techniques for varying drawing mediums. Each week students will bring home a different masterpiece all their own. No art experience necessary.--REGISTER NOW!

Play-Well: MINECRAFT ENGINEERING -- Grades: K-2 --- Fee: $150
NEW CURRICULUM! Bring Minecraft to life using tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as a motorized Creeper, a portal to the Nether, and a moving Minecart! Create your favorite Minecraft objects with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. Whether you are new to Minecraft and the LEGO® building system or a seasoned veteran, you'll be hooked on the endless creative possibilities. - REGISTER NOW!

Play-Well: MINECRAFT MASTER ENGINEERING-- Grades: 3-5 ---Fee: $130
NEW CURRICULUM! Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO® parts! Build a motorized walking Creeper, a terrifying Ghast, and a motorized Minecart! This project-based camp, designed by Play-Well instructors, combines the basic format of our core engineering-themed programs based on the world of Minecraft. Students will explore real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while building their favorite Minecraft objects. Students will have a blast, even without any prior experience with Minecraft or the LEGO® building system. --REGISTER NOW!

SHOW CHOIR --Grades: 2-5 --Fee: $136
Move, groove and sing with friends! Learn to perform with confidence. Develop technique and stage presence. Acquire musicals skills while having fun! Classes will feature music of Pharrell Williams, American authors and Ziggy Marley, to name a few! ---REGISTER NOW!

YOYOS --Grades: 2-5 --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. REGISTER NOW!

BASKETBALL --Grades: 3-5 --Fee: $84
Play like a pro! Develop and practice your skills through systematic learning while getting exercise, experiencing teamwork, and building confidence. Coach Jeremy Daniels has almost ten years of experience and conducts camps and clinics across the country. -- REGISTER NOW!

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After School

Second Quarter: 10/17 - 12/22, No Classes 11/10, 11/22, 11/23, 11/24

Coming Soon on Fridays! AZ Eco Detectives Come study and explore the beauty of our unique and curious Arizona environment. Learn how desert plants and animals adapt to survive in our hot and harsh climate, and how the minerals native to Arizona have shaped our great state.

Grades: K-2 -Thursdays, 3:00-4:00pm -Fee: $103

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. (9 weeks) REGISTER NOW!

PALATE to PALETTE ---Grades: 1-5 --Thursdays, 3:00-4:00pm -- Fee: $172

Join Palate to Palette Tucson with their mobile painting programs.We will be painting all NEW pieces, so join us again even if you have already taken the class! Follow the step by step instructions with their gifted artists. Each week you will create a new masterpiece. (9 weeks) REGISTER NOW!

KIDSTAGE --Grades: 2-5---Fee: $66

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 and first-time students are encouraged to attend. (6 week program 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21) REGISTER NOW!

INTRAMURAL CAPTURE the FLAG ---Grades: 3-5 --Thursdays -- Fee: $68 Learn the skills and techniques to master this schoolyard favorite and fulfill your enthusiasm for physical fitness and sportsmanship.Build team spirit and camaraderie with your teammates. Compete against other CFSD elementary school teams in a District-wide event on December 16th. Participants will also receive a team shirt. (9 weeks) REGISTER NOW!

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Special Programs


Full-day Field Trips: 10/12, 10/13 (9:00AM - 4:00PM)

Fee includes transportation to the trip site from Manzanita Elementary and drop-off at CARE (Ventana Vista or Manzanita), or parent pick-up at Manzanita Elementary


**Lunch is NOT provided on any trip. Please provide a sack lunch and water bottle for all field trips.

**Half-day Field Trips leave from and return to Sunrise Drive Elementary

**Full-day Field Trips leave from and return to Manzanita Elementary

Registration: September 18 - October 5

Refund Policy: A refund less $10 cancellation fee may be given up through the registration deadline of October 5. No refunds issued thereafter.

UA Sky School - Friday, October 13

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 new variety of science based projects. Please bring a jacket, closed toe shoes and bring a sack lunch and a water bottle. Fee: $60

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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.

Grades: 4-5 ---Mary Grodman and Jamie Rowan, Guides

Fee: $65

For Sunrise Drive and Manzanita students. Departing at 11:30am. We will return to Sunrise and Manzanita afterwards.

Sabino Canyon Hike - Wednesday, October 11

Less than 3 miles and 370ft elevation change. Low to moderate physical exertion. Suitable for Beginners. No flat soled soles permitted. Follow the fields of ferns, wildflowers and butterflies along Upper Sabino Canyon. This riparian area is home to a flowing Sabino Creek with life of all shapes and sizes. Please wear appropriate hiking clothes, bring a sack lunch and a water bottle. We will ride the tram on the way up and hike out. Grades: 4-5 Mary Grodman and Jamie Rowan, Guides
Fee: $35
For Ventana Vista and Canyon View students only. Departing at 11:30am.
We will return to Canyon View and Ventana Vista afterwards.

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