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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.  

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Third Quarter Enrichment Classes offered online and in person.
Classes will begin January 4 for on-line and January 11 for in-person, unless noted.

Registration Opens Thursday, December 10 at 8:30am.

 

Online Offerings

Monday 3:15 - 4:15pm 

Building Your Wealth-Your Future-Your Choice 

Grades: 5      $69

You will learn the importance of saving and budgeting and the difference between a debit card and a credit card. You will gain the understanding of the importance of their choices for college and career and how debt can dramatically impact their financial future. We will also learn the difference between a checking account, savings account and an investment account and how they all play a role in your future financial success and wealth building. We will cover how to avoid identity theft and much much more.

Tuesday

Beginning Chess

Grades: K-5 3:30-4:30     $128.00

Safely have fun playing online chess games against friends! Students build strategy and play chess games online through an amazing program, ChessKid. A coach will assist students in matches against fellow friends and teach them different chess techniques. Open to all ability levels, no prior experience necessary.

Wednesday

KidStage: "The Lion King"

Grades: 2-5    3:30-4:30pm  $120      No class 2/22

When the King of the Pride Lands goes missing, his son must find himself and learn how to protect his land and his people. Follow Simba, Nala, Timon, Pumba, and a colorful cast of animals as they confront the evil Scar and his mangy pack of hyenas in a battle to get their kingdom back.  The participants will have a blast in this coming-of-age tale about what it means to believe in yourself, work together and trust in your friends.

KidStage is a theatre and acting class for kids! The curriculum includes concentration, teamwork, improvisation, movement, voice and basic theatre terminology. At the end of the class, KidStage kids will perform for peers and parents. All classes are taught by trained instructors, whose goal it is to teach your child about the excitement of theatre, improve your child’s self-confidence, and to provide a safe, fun and interesting environment. KidStage will strengthen your child’s confidence as well as build teamwork, leadership, reading, and vocabulary!

Vocal Lessons

Grades: 5     $88

Learn techniques for singing modern, popular styles of music. Discover how to sing with more power by learning to let go and work less! Gain a better understanding of your voice type, how it works and your range and how to extend that range. You will focus on exercises and apply them to short excerpts. All to choose your own song, work on it with what you learn and present your song at the end!

Thursday    

Advanced Chess

Grades: K-5     3:30-4:30    $120

Safely have fun playing chess games against friends remotely! Students continue to build strategy and play chess games online through an amazing program, ChessKid. A coach will assist students in matches against fellow friends and teach them different chess techniques. Some prior experience necessary.

Capoeira Mandinga

Grades: 1-5     3:30-4:30    $124

Class starts 1/14, no class 2/25, 2/26

Learn the flowing, beautiful Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira with Capoeira Mandinga Tucson. Students will learn kicks, escapes, and fluid moves that build mind and body strength, flexibility, and agility. Students also learn music that drives the energy of the Capoeira game. Capoeira increases balance, creativity, and confidence. Teachers Anne Pollack and Aidan Miller-Wells were honored with a 2019 Southwest Folklife Alliance Award. Aidan has trained capoeira over 12 years. Anne is the only master of Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian arts in the State of Arizona.

Scratch Programming

Grades: 2-5     3:15-4:45    $229

Class starts 1/14, no class 2/25, 2/26

This course introduces students to block-based programming and provides a fun way for young students to start thinking like a programmer as they explore and develop imaginative stories, animations and games using the Scratch programming environment. Students learn the concepts of motion, looks, sound, events, loops, conditionals, game mechanics, operators and variables as they develop computational thinking and understanding of sequencing, pattern recognition, abstraction and parallelism. No prior coding experience is required to participate in this course. A laptop or Chromebook with internet connectivity is required to participate in this course.

Building Your Wealth-Your Future-Your Choice 

Grades: 5      3:15-4:15     $69

You will learn the importance of saving and budgeting and the difference between a debit card and a credit card. You will gain the understanding of the importance of their choices for college and career and how debt can dramatically impact their financial future. We will also learn the difference between a checking account, savings account and an investment account and how they all play a role in your future financial success and wealth building. We will cover how to avoid identity theft and much much more.

Friday    

KidStage: "The Lion King"

Grades: 2-5    3:30-4:30pm  $120      No class 2/22

When the King of the Pride Lands goes missing, his son must find himself and learn how to protect his land and his people. Follow Simba, Nala, Timon, Pumba, and a colorful cast of animals as they confront the evil Scar and his mangy pack of hyenas in a battle to get their kingdom back.  The participants will have a blast in this coming-of-age tale about what it means to believe in yourself, work together and trust in your friends.

KidStage is a theatre and acting class for kids! The curriculum includes concentration, teamwork, improvisation, movement, voice and basic theatre terminology. At the end of the class, KidStage kids will perform for peers and parents. All classes are taught by trained instructors, whose goal it is to teach your child about the excitement of theatre, improve your child’s self-confidence, and to provide a safe, fun and interesting environment. KidStage will strengthen your child’s confidence as well as build teamwork, leadership, reading, and vocabulary!

 

IN PERSON CLASSES

Beat Drop Kidz 

Grades: K-5   Fridays, 3:00-4:15pm   $100

Beat Drop Kidz After School Program is a Hip Hop Dance Program that brings the fun of Hip Hop Dance directly into the schools! We teach Hip Hop in a Kid-Friendly & FUN way while teaching the “Code of Hip Hop” of “Peace, Unity, Love & Having Fun”. Students will learn several moves from various Urban Dance styles such as Popping, Break Dancing, Locking & more!

Capoeira Mandinga

Grades: 1-5   Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30pm   $150

Learn the flowing, beautiful Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira with Capoeira Mandinga Tucson. Students will learn kicks, escapes, and fluid moves that build mind and body strength, flexibility, and agility. Students also learn music that drives the energy of the Capoeira game. Capoeira increases balance, creativity, and confidence. Teachers Anne Pollack and Aidan Miller-Wells were honored with a 2019 Southwest Folklife Alliance Award. Aidan has trained capoeira over 12 years. Anne is the only master of Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian arts in the State of Arizona.

Color Me Mine

Grades: K-5    Mondays, 3:00-4:30pm   $193

Every week the kids will experience working with wood, ceramic and clay using both acrylic and water-based paints.

Crazy Critters 

Grades: K-5    Early Release Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30pm   $112 

No classes weeks of 1/18, 2/15, 2/22, 3/8

Meet and learn about different animals each week including goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, capybaras, porcupines, patagonian maras, reptiles and more!  We will do a craft and/or fun worksheets related to those animals and then have hands on time with them. 

Creative Drama

Grades: K-5   Mondays, 3:00-4:30pm   $154 

Students will develop public speaking and leadership skills, while building confidence, and learning how to think quickly, creatively, and appropriately. All of this is done through our fun and energetic theater based curriculum. Students will participate in various activities including scene building, creative movement, short plays, and theater games. There are never any auditions and ALL students have the chance to shine!

Creative Kids, An Odyssey of the Mind Workshop

Grades: 3-4   Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30pm   $80 

Are you a Creative Kid? Do you enjoy making things, being original, trying new ideas EVEN if they don’t go as planned? Then you must like...thinking out of the box! Join Ms. Alexander and Mrs. Meder for one of our two "VV Creative Kids" sessions. We will use verbal skills, building ideas, and games to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary. Please sign up for only 1 session - Session 1: 1/20 (Wed) and Mondays- 1/25,2/1, 2/8, 2/15 OR Session 2: Wed, 2/17, Mondays -2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15. 

KidStage: "The Lion King"

Grades: 2-5    Thursdays, 3:00-4:30pm  $180      No class 2/25

When the King of the Pride Lands goes missing, his son must find himself and learn how to protect his land and his people. Follow Simba, Nala, Timon, Pumba, and a colorful cast of animals as they confront the evil Scar and his mangy pack of hyenas in a battle to get their kingdom back.  The participants will have a blast in this coming-of-age tale about what it means to believe in yourself, work together and trust in your friends.

KidzArt

Grades: K-5   Wednesdays, 3:00-4:15pm   $229 

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!

Playwell: Minecraft Engineering

Grades: K-2   Early Release Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00pm   $130

Bring Minecraft to life using tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as a Creeper, a Lava Trap, and a Minecart. Create your favorite Minecraft mobs, tools, and objects with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor.

Playwell: Minecraft Engineering

Grades: 3-5   Early Release Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00pm   $130

Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO® parts! Build an Iron Golem, the Nether Portal, and the Ender Dragon. Students will explore real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while building their favorite Minecraft objects.  

Skyhawks- STEM Sports

Grades: 3-5   Fridays, 3:15-4:45   $200

STEM Sports use sports as the real-life application to engage elementary and middle school-aged participants. Our double-play combination of physical activity and cognitive thinking provides a comprehensive, inquiry-based educational experience and a solution for crucial scene, technology, engineering and math (STEM) literacy for students. As a result, students develop: critical thinking, collaboration, creative problem-solving and leadership skills that can be applied throughout their education and future careers.

Skyhawks- Mini Hawks (Track & Field, Baseball, Volleyball)

Grades: 2-5   Fridays, 3:15-4:30   $214

This multi-sport program was developed to give children a positive first step into athletics. The essentials of the sport are taught in a safe, structured environment with lots of encouragement and a big focus on fun. Our Mini-Hawk games and activities were designed to allow campers to explore balance, movement, hand/eye coordination, and skill development at their own pace. Skyhawks staff are trained to handle the specific needs of young athletes.

Soccer Skills

Grades: 1-3  Thursdays, 3:00-4:00pm   $80   

Each week you will be introduced to a new skill to play the game of soccer and participate in fun and engaging drills to perfect these skills. You will warm up with a little jogging and a stretch circle before each class. Learn the rules of the game and show off your new skills!

TGA Golf 

Grades: K-2  Thursdays, 3:00-4:30pm   $205   *Note: This class will start on 1/21

Tee it up this winter with Teach, Grow, Achieve (TGA), a national after-school sports enrichment program. TGA's five-level program brings the golf course to you. Have fun learning the techniques of golf! Great for beginners as well as experienced golfers.

TGA Lacrosse

Grades: 3-5  Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30pm   $231   *Note: This class will start on 1/20

Catch the LAX fever with TGA and discover why Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing youth sports! This fun team game has origins as a tribal game played by Native Americans and features a stick with a netted racquet used to shoot a small ball into the opposing team’s net to score. Our programs maximize the fun by including an exciting mix of instruction, drills, and games to develop the fundamental lacrosse skills of cradling, passing, catching, shooting, and defending. Safety is the number one priority so TGA’s coaches are extensively screened and trained to lead age-appropriate activities and enforce a no-contact rule.

TGA Tennis

Grades: 3-5   Fridays , 3:00-4:30pm   $205   *Note: This class will start on 1/22

Serve it up with tennis class and discover how fun and exciting tennis can be with TGA! Coaches lead students through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of grip, forehand, backhand, volley, and serve.

Ultimate Frisbee

Grades: 2-5   Mondays , 3:00-4:15pm   $90   

Learn the basis of ultimate frisbee with exercises and drills. You will learn how to throw, catch, and the rules of the game in a fun and interactive way.

 

 

 


 

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