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  • Community Schools 2nd Quarter Enrichment Registration will open Wednesday, October 3rd at 8am.

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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

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

Second Quarter: October 15 - December 21

Early Release 1:30-3:00pm

Tuesdays, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18

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.
CRAZY CRITTERS -- Grades: K-5 ---Fee: $150

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: $172

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 GOLF --Grades: K-5 -- Fee: $205
Tee up with Total Golf Adventures (TGA), a national after-school golf enrichment program. TGA’s five-level program brings the golf course to the school. All equipment will be provided, including clubs.

YOYOS -- Grades: 2-5 ---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.


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 LEGO® materials.

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No classes on 11/12, 11/21, 22 or 23

DANCE --Grades: K-2 --Mondays, 3:00-4:00 pm -- Fee: $176

Bringing dance into schools is our passion! This after school dance program for elementary age boys and girls will focus specifically on Ballet and Jazz technique with an emphasis on having fun while moving around. While learning the fundamentals of both Ballet and Jazz including positions of the feet, arms, and basic steps, dancers will build the foundation for any style of dance. Our qualified faculty will teach students about rhythm, posture, flexibility, and most importantly, the freedom of expression that comes with moving your body through lessons and games designed for beginning and intermediate dancers.

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND -- Grades: 3-5 ---Mondays--3:00-4:30pm ---Fee: $27

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.

Students who are interested in participating in Odyssey of the Mind must attend a two-session PREVIEW class, Monday October 15 and 22. 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 March 2nd, 2019, with possibility of state tournament if qualified in April of 2019. Last year we made it to the World Finals in Ames Iowa, so keep in mind this could be a big commitment!
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.

BrainSTEM-- Grades: K-2 -- Wednesdays --3:00-4:00pm --Fee: $155
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.

-- Grades: 3-5 -- Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00pm --Fee: $90

Learn the skills and techniques to master this field 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 15th. Participants will also receive a team shirt.

Makers NextGen- CIRCUITS
Grades: 2-5---Wednesdays, 10/17 - 11/7 ---3:00-4:30pm --- Fee: $150
Students learn the basics of circuits & circuit functions. They will learn how the sensors work, understand wireless communication, and how to control the desired output based on physical inputs and sensor inputs.

Makers NextGen- CODING
Grades: 2-5---Wednesdays, 11/14 - 12/12 (no class 11/21) ---3:00-4:30pm --- Fee: $150
Students learn how to code with Scratch Coding. This is an introductory coding class that focuses on the logic of coding as opposed to the language of coding.

KIDSTAGE Performance: TROLLS-- Grades: K-5- Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:30 pm-- Fee: $172

Join KidStage in preparing a performance of Trolls! Trolls are the happiest creatures on earth. They love to dance and sing and hug. The Bergens, on the other hand, are the most miserable creatures imaginable. Learn stage directions, lines, and the ins and outs of being in a play!

TGA CHEER-- Grades: 1-5- Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm-- Fee: $205--
Get in the spirit and discover how fun and exciting cheerleading can be. TGA’s cheerleading programs maximize the fun by including an exciting mix of instruction, drills, and games to develop the fundamental cheerleading skills of tumbling, stunting, choreography, motions, and jumps.

PlayWell: MINECRAFT ENGINEERING-- Grades: K-2- Fridays, 3:00 - 4:30 pm-- Fee: $168--
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 LEGO® materials or a seasoned veteran, you'll be hooked on the endless creative possibilities.

STEEL DRUMS --- Grade 5 ---Thursdays, 4:15 - 5:15pm ---Fee: $55
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

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Lunch is NOT provided on Trips. Please provide a sack lunch and water bottle for these days. All Field Trips leave from and return to Catalina Foothills High School. Trips are only open to 4th and 5th graders.

Caving - 11:30AM - 6:00PM --- Fee: $65
Half-Day Outdoor Trips: 10/8, 10/9 (11:30AM - 6:00PM) Fee includes transportation to the trip site from your child’s school and parent pick-up at Catalina Foothills High School Monday, October 8th - MZ and SD only Tuesday, October 9th - VV and CV only

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. Guide: Mary Grodman. 4th and 5th Grade

Adventures in Patagonia - Thursday, October 11th 9:00AM - Friday, October 12th 4:00PM
Overnight Outdoor Trip: 10/11 - 10/12 (Thursday, 9:00AM - Friday, 4:00PM) Drop-off and Pick-up at Catalina Foothills High School. (No CARE transportation will be provided)

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.

Get ready for some hiking, fishing, creek exploration and camping fun! Prepare to get your feet wet when we spend our first day hiking in the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area! Enjoy a spectacular riparian area and discover over 106 species of birds, 49 species of damsel and dragonflies and over 130 butterfly species!! Work up an appetite as we head back to camp to play games, cook dinner, do some stargazing and get ready for a well-needed night's sleep in the campground. Wake up on Friday for some breakfast and then some time fishing in Patagonia Lake. Students must wear sturdy shoes with good tread meant for outdoor use that can get wet! A detailed overnight itinerary & supply list will be provided prior to departure. Guide: Mary Grodman. 4th and 5th Grade
Fee: $135

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