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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 ---

PDF of 2nd quarter offerings

Registration opens October 3 at 8am.

Early Release 1:30-3:00pm

Tuesdays, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/14, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19

CHESS 1:35-2:35pm (NOTE ending time) Grades: K-5-- Fee: $72
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!
TGA GOLF --Grades: K-5 --Fee:$205
Tee up with Teach, Grow & Achieve (TGA), a national after-school sports enrichment program. TGA’s five-level program brings the golf course to the school. All equipment will be provided, including clubs. REGISTER NOW!
GOSHINJITSU -- Grades: K-2 --Fee: $72
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 10+ years and studied in Japan for five years. REGISTER NOW!
PALATE TO PALETTE ---Grades: 1-5 --Fee: $172
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. REGISTER NOW!
BASKETBALL --Grades: 3-5 -- Fee: $84
Basketball is a great way to get exercise, learn teamwork, build confidence and have fun! Instructor, Jeremy Daniels, is a skill development trainer and coach for Triple Threat Athletics. REGISTER NOW!
DYNAMIC DANCE -- Grades: 3-5 ---Fee: $120
In this dynamic after school program, students will learn the basics of Ballet and Jazz through stretching, across the floor exercises, dance and exciting games. No experience is required. Taught by the Music & Dance Academy. REGISTER NOW!
PLAYWELL: Minecraft Master Engineering -- Grades: 3-5 ---Fee: $150
Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO® parts! Build a motorized walking Creeper, a terrifying Ghast, and a motorized Minecart! Students will explore real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while building their favorite Minecraft objects. No prior experience required. REGISTER NOW!

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DRAMA KIDS Grades: K - 2 -- Thursdays 3:05-4:05pm --Fee: $102-- 9 weeks
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!

KIDZART --Grades: K - 3 -- Mondays, 3:05-4:05pm-- Fee: $186 ---10 weeks
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. REGISTER NOW!

ANIMAL FRIENDS --Grades: K - 5 --Fridays,3:05-4:05 pm -- Fee: $136 --9 weeks
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!

KIDSTAGE -- Grades: 2 - 5 -- Wednesdays, October 18 - November 29 3:05-4:05pm Fee: $66 ---6 weeks
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. REGISTER NOW!

YOYOS-- Grades: 2 - 5- Thursdays, 3:05-4:00pm-- Fee: $93 -- 9 weeks 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!

CAPTURE THE FLAG INRAMURAL-- Grades: 3-5- Thursdays, 3:05-4:05pm -- Fee: $68 Join Community Schools and your schoolmates for Capture the Flag! Come learn the rules, techniques and skills to compete against our other elementary schools. The culminating tournament will be on Saturday, December 16. All ability levels are welcome to play. Team shirt included. (9 weeks) REGISTER NOW!

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: $63--REGISTER NOW!

Odyssey of the Mind

3rd-5th grade --Preview Class: Mondays, October 16 & 23, 3:00-5:00 -- $27

What is Odyssey of the Mind? Odyssey of the Mind is an exciting educational program that develops critical thinking and problem solving skills. Each year, teams are given a set of challenges and work together to engineer a solution that solves the problem within the provided constraints.

All Odyssey of the Mind solutions require students to perform, not just the sciences, but the arts as well – whether it be set-building, costume-making, creating props, acting, singing, or playing an instrument. Coaches will help students along, but the students themselves will develop the solution and be responsible for every component of the design, construction and testing. The teams then bring their solutions to a friendly competition, where judges decide which teams will advance to the state and national levels.

Students who are interested in participating in Odyssey of the Mind must attend a 2-session OM PREVIEW class. This preview class allows students to experience spontaneous problem solving, collaboration and team work in which they will do in the full 14-week Odyssey season. 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 and attend regional tournament on the first Saturday in March 2018, with possibility of state tournament if qualified at the end of March 2018. Some extra sessions to prepare for tournaments will be offered.

*Participating in the Preview does not guarantee a spot on the team.*

The full Odyssey of the Mind season will begin on October 30th and run through March. The fee for the full season will be $300.

To learn more about Odyssey of the Mind:

Odyssey of the Mind, the Odyssey of the Mind logo, and OMER are federally registered trademarks of Creative Competitions, Inc.


Special Programs

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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