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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

Travis Kolter

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Sunrise Drive

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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

First Quarter - August 14 - October 6

Online Registration Opens Thursday, August 3 at 8am

Program Coordinator: Jamie Rowan (520) 209-7910,

PDF with registration form of 1st quarter offerings

Early Release

BRAIN STEM ---Grades: K-2-- Fee $150
Brain STEM provides hands-on STEM enrichment for students in a fun learning environment. Students will grow critical thinking and problem solving skills through exciting and safe STEM activities. REGISTER NOW!

DRAMA KIDS -- Grades: K-2 ---Fee: $120
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!

CRAZY CRITTERS ---Grades: K-5-- Fee: $120
Get up close with, and learn all about a new group of animals this quarter when Funny Foot Farms brings tortoises, rabbits, birds, bugs, etc. Take part in crafts and activities related to learning about these fascinating creatures! REGISTER NOW!

PLAYWELL: INTRO TO STEM ---Grades:K-2 -- Fee: $130
*NEW CURRICULUM* Ratchet up your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as: Fire Trucks, Space Stations, Tugboats, and the Eiffel Tower. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. There are no prerequisites for this course.

KIDZART ---Grades: 1-5 -- Fee:$150
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!

ROCKETRY --->Grades:3-5 --- Fee:$63 --- Fee: $58
Wrap your head around the principles of model rocketry such as thrust, drag, stability, and aerodynamics, while experiencing model building, and the fun of launching rockets that you built, into the sky! Instructor Ron Mealka has a degree in Elementary Education, and a passion for aircraft, and model rocketry. REGISTER NOW!

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Mondays -- 3:00-4:30pm -- Grades: 2-5 - Fee: $150

Power up 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: Bulldozers, Hovercrafts, Hot Air Balloons, and the Great Wall of China Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment.

Mondays,starting on August 21 3:00-4:00pm---- Grades:K-5 -- Fee: $72

Gain a greater sense of body awareness, and experience the power of positive thinking through yoga. Students will learn yoga poses, basic routines, breathing exercises and restful relaxation techniques. Students should wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel. Instructor Rhonda Kaufman is a certified yoga instructor.

CHESS----Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00pm -- Grades:K-5 -- Fee: $110
Open to all ability levels, no prior experience necessary. Students build strategy and play chess, and various chess games. Opportunities for optional weekend tournaments. Ken Larsen has been coaching chess teams for over 30 years, leading CFSD students to local, state and national tournaments.

TOURNAMENT CHESS ---Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00pm ---Fee: $110
For the chess player who is interested in building skills in tournament play. Practice and perfect your chess abilities with other competitive chess players. Taught by Ken Larsen.
*Semester long classes: 8/15- 12/19*

3:00-4:00pm -- Grades: K-2 -- Fee: $72
Come create colorful, wearable works of art with Ms. Lindsey Watt. Braid, twist, and tie different patterns of bracelets and other pieces of jewelry to share with family and friends. REGISTER NOW!

Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00pm ---Grades: 3-5 -- Fee: $60

Learn the rules of the game similar to Ultimate Frisbee but with a football. Practice one day per week after school for the fall season. Build team spirit and camaraderie with your teammates. Compete against other CFSD elementary school teams in a District-wide event on October 7, 2017.

Friday, September 15, 22, 29 and October 6 ---3:00-5:30pm ---Grades: 4-5 -- Fee: $45 Instructor: Jamie Rowan

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.

GOSHINJITSU ---Thursdays---Fee: $110
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.
Grades: K-2 --4:00-5:00pm-----Grades: 3-5 --5:00-6:00pm

FIRST Lego League Preview

Community Schools offers opportunities to participate in the international FIRST LEGO LEAGUE (FLL) robotics competition to students in grades 4 through 9. The minimum age for 4th graders is 9 years and maximum age for high school students is 15 (if 14 years-old on January 1, 2017). Each elementary school will field one or two 7-8-member teams for the 2017 HYDRO DYNAMICS challenge under the supervision of CFSD robotics teachers Charlotte Ackerman and Jennifer DeBenedetti. Teams of students from both middle schools and the high school will meet at Sunrise Drive School. All teams will need a parent or community member volunteer coach and/or mentors.

In the FLL HYDRO DYNAMICS challenge, teams will learn all about water – how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it. Each team will also design, build, and program an autonomous LEGO MINDSTORMS robot to solve a set of related missions for the Robot Game. FLL encourages students to think like scientists and engineers and honor important CORE VALUES. The competition is fun and friendly. Teams share ideas and learn from and support each other as they discover solutions and meet challenges.

Students who are interested in participating on an FLL team must attend a 2-session FLL PREVIEW class. The preview class allows students to experience the kind of programming and engineering problem-solving and research work they will do in the full 14-week FLL season. It is also an opportunity for students to demonstrate the skills they have for team membership. To enjoy the time commitment and challenge of being prepared for competition, students need a high level of focus, persistence, self-direction, and ability to work with others. Team members must commit to weekly meetings on their scheduled days, attendance at a regional tournament on the first Saturday in December, and possible travel to the Arizona state tournament at Arizona State University (ASU) in early January. Some extra sessions to prepare for tournaments will be offered, but attendance at these is optional.

Teams for the competition season will be identified from the FLL PREVIEW class participants. Students not on teams for the Fall FLL season are encouraged to participate in FLL-LITE classes later in the year. The FLL-LITE sessions allow students to gain skills and do robotics missions without having to meet all the requirements for competition.

The days and times for the PREVIEW CLASSES and FLL SEASON are:

Manzanita and Sunrise Drive – Mondays 3:00-5:45 (Preview Class on August 14 and 21);

Canyon View and Ventana Vista – Wednesdays 3:00-5:45 (Preview Class on August 16 and 23);

Esperero Canyon, Orange Grove and CFHS - Fridays at 3:00-5:45 (Preview Class on August 18 and August 25). Esperero Canyon and Orange Grove students can ride a school bus to Sunrise Drive School, but must notify Community Schools to arrange a bus pass when registering.

The full FLL Season team meetings will begin the week of August 28, 2017 and will continue through the second week in December. The fee for the full season will be $225.

Grades: 4-9 --- Preview Fee: $27 REGISTER NOW!

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Half-day Field Trips: 10/9, 10/10, 10/11 (11:30AM - 4:00PM) Fee includes transportation to the trip site from your child’s school and drop-off at CARE at your child’s school, or parent pick-up at Sunrise Drive Elementary

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.

Tucson Petting Zoo - Monday, October 9

Join us in visiting some awesome animals! Tucson Petting Zoo specializes in exotic animals from bugs to capybaras as well as more traditional animals such as goats, chickens, etc.. Fee: $35

Children’s Museum - Tuesday, October 10

Explore, play, and discover with Community Schools in a fun-filled day at the Tucson Children’s Museum! Learn through hands-on playing in exhibits designed to expand the mind. Fee: $40

Dave and Busters - Wednesday, October 11

Join us in a whirlwind afternoon of games and fun! Participants will receive a playing card with tokens along with access to unlimited video games. Fee: $50

Pumpkin Patch & Creative Juice - Thursday, October 12

For the first part of the day, welcome fall as you pick a pumpkin, explore the “straw mountain,” visit animals in the petting zoo, and more. The second half of the day, Creative Juice will be joining us at Manzanita Elementary. Participants will create a fall inspired canvas painting to take home at the end of the day. Fee: $60

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



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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