After School Programs Class Descriptions

The following list provides class descriptions for classes offered at all five elementary sites. Not all classes are offered at all sites. Interested in a class that is only offered at another school, including Robotics (at Meadows) and Master Maker Space (at Pacific)? No problem! On Monday, September 11, you can enroll in classes at other sites. To register for classes at a site other than your home school, during registration, filter your search by the location of the school where the class is offered.

MBX COURSE OFFERINGS: FALL 2017

(All courses are not offered at every site each session)

ANIMAL INVASION (TK-2)

Animal invasion is a class for all animal lovers. Your child will see and learn about all kinds of amazing live animals. Our hands-on class includes reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, insects and much more. Don’t miss out on all the fun, games and most importantly, the animals! Great for new and returning students. Parker Anderson Enrichment

ART WITH JAKE TEDESCO (TK-5)

This art program is for students who are really interested in learning to see to draw! Through the course of instruction students are exposed to one and two point perspective as well as interior perspective, using themes that are interesting to young minds. We talk about negative space, shadows, highlights and ‘cast’ shadows. The students learn to blend colors with colored pencils, pastels and paints. We explore facial proportions, giving the students the confidence to draw a person or animal. References to artists of historical importance are made whenever possible and especially if it ties in with the subject matter. During the class, the student is given the freedom to make choices and to think about their composition and what is visually and aesthetically pleasing to them as an artist! The classes are really about drawing, seeking spatial relationships and observation. Jake Tedesco, Community Art Instructor

BASKETBALL WITH COACH DIMITRI (TK-5)

Join the popular Coach Dimitri for an afternoon of basketball. This class will focus on skills, drills, fun and learning rather than team competition. Always a fun and active afternoon! Dimitri Upshaw, South Bay Athletics

BRIT WEST SOCCER (TK-3)

Brit West Soccer classes encourage children to be active and promote health and well-being through fun, action-packed soccer lessons taught by qualified instructors. The primary goal is to instill the player with a sense of confidence, coordination, friendship and a love of the game through a structured curriculum, a nurturing and enjoyable environment, and interacting with peers working as a team. Brit West Soccer

CERAMIC PAINTING (TK-5)

Take advantage of this unique opportunity. Color Me Mine is returning due to popular demand. Pick, paint, have your item fired, and take it home! Everyone is an artist in this class as you express your creativity. Color Me Mine

COOKING FOR KIDS: AMERICAN CUISINE (1-5)

In this fun, interactive cooking class, kids will learn to make delicious recipes from all around our very own country. Students will chop vegetables and turn raw ingredients into delicious dishes, while learning about history, science, culture and nutrition. This session, our Chef Teachers will take kids on a culinary journey through fan-favorites and new twists on classics. Includes a Kid Restaurant for parents on the last day! Menu: Cauliflower Rice with Veggies, Turkey Sliders, Sautéed Kale Bruschetta, Grilled Cheese with Broccoli Slaw, All-American Breakfast, Veggie Mac and Cheese, Cobb Salad, Chocolate Pancakes with Whipped Cream, Hot Fudge Sundae. Lift Enrichment

CHESS: All Levels (TK-5)

While learning to play chess, students will be taught critical thinking, mental discipline and problem solving skills, which can positively impact learning in the classroom. Designed to motivate and entertain, the curriculum introduces otherwise difficult concepts while teaching the art of chess. Academic Chess

CRITTER SQUAD (TK-3)

This is a completely hands on experience that is unlike any other! With different live animals being presented in class every day, boredom is not an option. Our live animals and exciting animal theme games allow us to jump start your child’s learning without them even knowing it. Children will also experience animal skeletons, scientific specimens, projects, games, and prizes. Parker Anderson Enrichment

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING: GO GREEN (3-5)

Design, create, test, and refine basic solutions related to alternative energy and environmental issues. Craft an efficient wind-powered machine and explore how it can help reduce the use of fossil fuels. Discover which materials most effectively clean up oil spills. Create littleBits® inventions that help save the environment, and much more! Engineering for Kids

FLAG FOOTBALL (TK-3)

TGA Flag Football combines station based skill development with academic STEAM labs (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) and character development lessons. Our multilevel advancement program includes drills and scrimmages taught by professional football instructors. Quality flag football equipment provided. TGA maintains a safe, nurturing environment with a low student to instructor ratio. Every program culminates with a game day for friends and families to attend. Come out to play with TGA where we make learning flag football convenient, enriching and fun. TGA Flag Football

FLOOR HOCKEY (TK-3)

TGA Floor Hockey combines station based skill development with academic STEAM labs (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) and character development lessons. Our multilevel advancement program includes drills and scrimmages taught by professional hockey instructors. Quality floor hockey equipment provided. TGA maintains a safe, nurturing environment with a low student to instructor ratio. Every program culminates with a game day for friends and families to attend. Come out to play with TGA where we make learning floor hockey convenient, enriching and fun. TGA

GOING GOLFING (TK-5)

TGA Premier Golf combines station based skill development with academic STEAM labs (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) and character development lessons. Our five-level advancement program includes swing fundamentals and rules/etiquette taught by professional golf instructors. Quality TGA golf equipment provided. TGA maintains a safe, nurturing environment with a low student to instructor ratio. Come out to play with TGA where we make learning golf convenient, enriching and fun. Total Golf Adventures

HIP HOP ROCK! (TK-3)

Step up and dance. This workshop offers an exciting and energizing fusion of the most popular dance styles today…Hip Hop & Jazz! This dance class really moves!! We include the traditions of stretch, balance, alignment of both styles of dance along with the techniques, fun and freedom the art of choreography gives you. Through the art of dance, our students will improve their strength, stamina, coordination, imagination, self-esteem and fitness. This class is ideal for students who love to perform, and our dancers will work as a team to showcase their talent in a Fall Presentation for family and friends to enjoy. Performing Arts Workshop

IMAGINATION MAKERS (2-5)

Attention Innovators and Awesome Artists! Students will work hands-on with wire, paper collage, artists’ markers, clay, blue prints, sketching tools and more as they learn about designers, engineers, artists and sculptors who have influenced today’s creative world. Get ready to have a ton of fun and let that imagination soar! Art to Grow On, Children’s Art Center Inc.

JR. ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING: Thinking Green (K-2)

Are you ready to get down and dirty searching for solutions to some of our biggest environmental problems? Save endangered animals, help plants grow and create protection from the sun’s heat! We’ll also explore erosion, animal adaptations, plant growth and more! Together we can discover ways that engineers can help with environmental challenges! Engineering for Kids

JR. MECHANICAL ENGINEERING: Widgets, Gadgets, and Toys (K0

Explore the fundamentals of energy and movement by construction your own roller coasters, catapults,and more! Learn about different materials and create mechanical toys like boomerang cans and whirligigs using the very same concepts. Bring your builds home to continue the engineering design process! Engineering for Kids

KEYBOARDING IS FUN! (2-5)

Long gone are the typing classes we dreaded years ago, but with computers playing such an important role in our children’s education, the need to learn keyboarding is more important than ever. As we know, keyboarding is not a skill that can be acquired after a couple of classes, it takes time and practice. Fun is the motivating factor; we will be using software that makes learning the keyboard a challenging game. The class will always end with choices of art and puzzle software which is a trek of math, logic and science. It’s all about having fun while learning, which is what makes this class so much more enjoyable than a traditional keyboarding course. Little Click Club

LEGO BUILDING: MR. B’s LEGO ADVENTURE: (TK-5)

Come join Mr. B and his team exploring the world of LEGO building. Participants learn to build a variety of LEGO sets from Star Wars to Castle to Friends and more! Participants are encouraged to build sets larger and bigger than their abilities with help from the instructors. Each child will learn independent building, LEGO instruction reading, self reliance, and socialization. Don’t miss out and join the fun today. Mr. B and team

LITTLE STARS…ACTING FOR KINDERS (TK-K)

Fun is the name of the game in this acting class! Each week has a new theme while our little stars enjoy a truly well-rounded cross-section of the Arts, including; Dramatic Play, Music, Voice & Singing, Creative Movement, Fairytale Theater, and more. Set in the context of the Arts, children will further develop life skills such as creative thinking, verbal and diction skills, working in cooperation, following instruction, sharing, taking turns, developing self-esteem and confidence. This unique process will encourage shy children to come out of their shells and lead outgoing children to the next level of self-expression. Our noncompetitive, nurturing and innovative program is an excellent tool for parents to utilize while adjusting their kindergartner to the world of elementary school. Performing Arts Workshop

MASTER MAKERSPACE (3-5)

Calling all lovers of making! Students will collaborate with facilitators to plan, design, and build projects using a mix of artistic and engineering design processes. They will learn to use tools and technology needed for woodworking, 3D design and other areas of creative exploration. ReDiscover Center

MAD SCIENCE: Let’s Get Scientific! (TK-5)

Take a walk on the wild side as kids explore zoology, the study of animals. Then spring into action with the science of energy. Find out how telephones and radios work. Dive into the deep end and study ocean life. Mix things up with a little chemistry then test out the laws of motion as we launch objects through the air. Finally, be amazed by the world of robotics and embark on a quest for alternative energy sources! Science has never been more exciting! Mad Science LA

MARINE BIOLOGY (TK-5)

Explore the diversity of ocean life from organisms in hot deep sea vents to the riches of tropical fish to the astonishing varieties of arctic marine life. Dissect a shark, write with squid ink, learn about the largest environment on the planet, and more! Parker Anderson Enrichment

MATH OLYMPIAD (Meadows 4-5)

This activity is for kids who really enjoy math and puzzles. We will practice solving challenging word problems, and the kids will take monthly in-class contests from MOEMS (Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle School). Here is an example of a simple challenge math problem. A caterpillar starts on the bottom of a fence that is 10 feet long. The caterpillar climbs up 5 feet in the morning, and climbs down 4 feet in the evening. How long until the caterpillar reaches the top? (Hint: the answer is not 10 days). If your child is excited by this problem and wants to do more, this is the activity for him or her! Dina Mayzlin, Math Olympiad instructor and coach.

MUSICAL THEATRE: A MINION MUSICAL (1-5)

More family…more Minions…more despicable! Join PAW after school and shine on stage in our musical theater adaptation of Despicable Me 3! Bring your favorite characters to life as you tell the continuing story of Gru, Agnes, Edith, Margo, Lucy, Gru’s brother Dru, and of course, the Minions! This class has something for everyone; discover the joys of acting, singing, and dancing. Build self-confidence and team spirit while having fun! This workshop will culminate with a special presentation for family and friends to enjoy, featuring the theatrical skills and techniques our students have developed over the term. It’s gonna be truly, madly, Minion! Performing Arts Workshops

PICASSO AND ME (TK-K)

All students are awesome artists in this great class with hands-on projects showcasing the Great Masters! From Architecture to Impressionism to Modern Art, students will learn about Frank Lloyd Wright, Van Gogh, Picasso and more. Building, Sketching, Painting, Clay and Collage are just some of the amazing materials used that will sharpen critical thinking, develop and enhance fine-motor skills and let their imaginations soar! Art to Grow On, Children’s Art Center Inc.

READING PARTY (TK-K)

Join the fun! Listen to favorite classic and contemporary storybooks and then create theme related artwork using a variety of media. A great way to supplement the classroom reading-readiness curriculum. Some of the activities will include hunting for golden eggs with the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk, taking a trip with Flat Stanley and making a shell home where the Hermit Crab will want to live. Please note that the curriculum changes each session in order to accommodate the needs and interests of returning students. Sue Kneisley has taught preschool, elementary and college level classes in art, writing and child development.

SOUND ARTS: “Charlie and the Handy-Man” (3-5) Click Here for Flyer

Sound Arts reflects the philosophy of giving every child the opportunity to experience music and performance. Musicals are specifically designed around the National Standards for Arts Education and the California State Standards. Students sing, act, dance, while also learning about science, history, art, and cultural events. All students in third through fifth grade are eligible to participate. Weekly attendance is important. Class Motto: “Team Work Makes the Dream Work!”

Celebrate the wonders, the joy, and the diversity of the month of December with this new holiday musical, “Charlie and the Handy-Man.” The town toy-maker has started a contest that would allow five lucky winners to tour the toy factory. Of the five, one person will also receive a life-long supply of toys. It’s up to the Handy-Man to determine the ultimate winner. Hidden within toy stores around the world, are five golden Yo-Yo’s. As the winners step forward we are able to discover all the different ways that families celebrate the winter holidays… from the candles of Hanukkah to the bright piñatas, from a baby born in a stable to the uplifting message of Kwanzaa. Come sing, dance, and act as we see who the Handy-Man picks as the ultimate winner!

TENNIS (TK-5)

TGA Premier Tennis combines station based skill development with academic STEAM labs (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) and character development lessons. Our five-level advancement program includes racquet and rally skills taught by professional tennis instructors. Quality TGA tennis equipment provided. TGA maintains a safe, nurturing environment with a low student to instructor ratio. Come out to play with TGA where we make learning tennis convenient, enriching and fun. TGA

THE ACTOR’S PLACE: BROADWAY MINI MUSICALS (2-5)

From Shrek and The Lion King to Seussical and Peter Pan to name a few…this musical theater class will have students performing scenes and songs from their favorite musical productions. This highly interactive program is taught by professional actors and designed to inspire our young artists to find their own creative voice while they expand their imagination, boost their self-esteem and become more confident. Come join the fun with The Actor’s Place, and get ready to act and sing like a Broadway star! Parents are invited for a performance the last day of class. The Actor’s Place

THE ACTOR’S PLACE: FILM AND TELEVISION (2-5)

Students will learn the fundamentals of acting while performing commercials and scenes from real TV and film projects, as well as write and host their very own school news “broadcasts” and talk shows. They’ll expand their imagination while participating in improvisation games and acting exercises. This highly interactive program is taught by professional actors and designed to inspire our young artists to find their own creative voice while they boost their self-esteem and become more confident speaking in public. Come join the fun and have a blast. Lights, Camera, Action! The Actor’s Place

THE EXCITING WORLD OF ROBOTICS (3-5)

Have you ever wanted to design, build and program your own robot? Students will construct their own robots from the ground up, using the VEXIQ design system. The robots will then compete against each other in the VEXIQ High-rises Challenge. In the challenge, students will build and program their robots to stack high-rises of colored blocks, and compete to score the most points in a designated time period. This is a STEM based curriculum where students will learn coding, building and the engineering process for basic robotic construction and design. The VEX design system is a national standard, and the standard used throughout MBUSD for STEM classes and robotics. This class is offered by the Mira Costa High School Robotics team and Ken Brenan, LEGO instructor and computer science teaching assistant at MCHS – Offered at Meadows School for a 9 week session.

TINKERING WORKSHOP: Think Make Tinker! (TK-K)

Explore wind, wheels, wood, and wire to make sculptures and inventions. Each week provides new natural and manufactured materials like bamboo, lumber, pipe, and industrial scraps, and guided open-ended projects to experiment with artistic and engineering approaches to making. Think. Make. Tinker! draws from reDiscover Center’s creative reuse materials and Tinkering Mindset (experiment, fail, learn, try again) to inspire imagination and intuitive connections. ReDiscover Center

TINKERING INVENTION STUDIO: Think Make Tinker! (1-5)

Come make awesome stuff with us! Imagination Invention Studio, based on Tinkering School LA camps and a Tinkering Mindset (experiment, fail, learn, try again), teaches children to confidently design and build creations as wild as their imaginations. A mix of materials exploration, tool training, design challenges, and open builds provides skills students need. Watch them build, tinker, refine, and playfully engage real materials to create unique projects. ReDiscover Center

UCODE: BEGINNING CODING (2-5)

Enroll your kids in UCode’s Beginner Coding Class. Students will create their own games and applications using MIT’s Scratch. Our after school class will teach kids complex problem solving and logic. Students will design their own software systems using their imagination. They will use critical creative thinking to learn and apply math concepts. This class lays an excellent foundation for understanding the fundamentals of programming. Class size is limited – sign up early. Ucode

WATCH ME SCULPT (TK-5)

Watch Me Sculpt teaches students the art of sculpting while inconspicuously developing their fine motor coordination. Students work with Sculpey, the same clay used by animation studios, jewelry makers and professional doll makers. Projects range from fun character figurines to lightsabers to pencil toppers. This session will focus on Movie Characters: Emoji Meh, Baby Groot, Lego Batman, Kung Fu Panda, Coco, Beast and Minion. Watch Me Sculpt

WORLD OF WORDCRAFT: A DEBATE TEAM FOR KIDS (3-5)

You know who is better between Batman and Superman, but how do you prove it? Do you wish you had the power of persuasion? Then don’t raise your voice, make your case! Join us after school for an adventure in debating as you experience the World of Wordcraft! WoW gives students the tools for developing self- confidence, public speaking skills, building a powerful vocabulary, and learning the finer points of language arts. Working off a foundation of voice, speech, and diction, WoW uses games to teach students the art of organizing and articulating ideas, structuring and supporting arguments, listening and countering, and more, in a fun and nurturing environment. Words and ideas can change the world! Performing Arts Workshop

YEARBOOK CLUB (Meadows Grade 5)

In this club students will learn about the steps it takes to publish a yearbook, including planning, designing, editing and advertising. Students will work collaboratively to create a theme, plan layouts, gather photos, and edit a 5thgrade photo memory book through Shutterfly’s online platform. Students will also work together to design the event pages of the 2017-2018 Meadows Yearbook. Sign up today to leave your mark on the 2017-2018 school year!” Amy Markoff, Meadows 5th grade teacher

YOUNG ACTORS WORKSHOP (TK-1)

Fun is the name of the game in this acting class! Each week has a new theme while our students enjoy a truly well-rounded cross-section of the Arts, including; Dramatic Play, Music, Voice & Singing, Creative Movement, Fairytale Theater, and more. Set in the context of the Arts, children will further develop life skills such as creative thinking, verbal and diction skills, working in cooperation, following instruction, sharing, taking turns, developing self-esteem and confidence. Young Actors class offers a unique process which encourages shy children out of their shells and leads outgoing children to the next level of self-expression. Performing Arts Workshop