Elementary 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, January 15, 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.


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


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


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


Join the popular Coach Dimitri or Coach Fernando for an afternoon of basketball. This class will focus on skills, drills, fun, learning and team building. Always a fun and active afternoon!  Dimitri Upshaw, South Bay Athletics (Pennekamp and Meadows) and Fernando Pincay, Semper Fit Sports (Grand View and Robinson)


Brit West Soccer, Inc. offers a developmentally appropriate soccer curriculum that teaches skills through fun games in the context of STEAM topics. Each class highlights a specific skill such as dribbling, passing, shooting, and game development while also introducing a new STEAM concept. Games focus on fun, progression, and inclusivity.  Brit West Soccer


Learning and performing magic and cardistry helps to cultivate valuable life skills in today’s youth. Kids have so much fun learning and performing magic and cardistry for each other that they don’t even suspect they are developing incredibly valuable communication and mental discipline skills. Every class begins with an opportunity to explore and master a character trait of a true performer with principals such as respect, persistence, preparedness, manners, creativity, and humility. This class is facilitated by a former Pacific student and cardistry enthusiast with assistance from two adult supervisors and guest speakers.


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


Journey through the Caribbean islands in LIFT Enrichment’s cooking class! Our Chef Teachers will teach your kids to make Jerk Chicken/Tofu Skewers, Cuban Black Bean Soup, Jamaican-Style Collard Greens, Zucchini Fritters, Caribbean Curry with Rice, Glazed Pineapple with Vanilla Ice Cream and more. Plus each lesson includes a dash of history, science, culinary techniques and dining etiquette. At the end of the session, parents are invited to our Kid Restaurant where your kids are the waiters and chefs! Get hungry to learn the art of cooking.  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.  Intermediate and advanced players must understand “check” and “check mate” and be able to utilize end game strategy.  Academic Chess


Learn all about Dinosaurs in this fun, hands-on class! Explore the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous eras through all sorts of project based activities: Dino Digs, fossil hunts, and ‘Dino of the Day’ activities! You even get your own Dinosaur Egg to take home with you! Parker Anderson Enrichment


We’ve opened up the Engineering Explorers Club for a season of fun, creativity and of course – engineering. Explore a mix of aerospace, mechanical, and civil engineering through the Engineering Design Process. Have a blast building and testing machines that soar through the skies machines that help accomplish difficult tasks, or structures that withstand the greatest forces. Discover your passion for engineering through Engineering for Kids’ Engineering Explorers Club. Engineering for Kids


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


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


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 Winter Presentation for family and friends to enjoy. Performing Arts Workshop


Make your own jewelry in a hands-on introduction to this exciting and creative art form. Students make professional looking beaded jewelry using a variety of materials. Among the items created are earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pins, and rings. Parker Anderson Enrichment


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


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


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


Shake up a flask of fun in the lab as a junior chemist! These chemistry classes are packed solid with cool reactions and tiny atoms! Slide down the pH scale and dip in to the world of acids and bases. Students put on some goggles and change liquid to solid and back again. They get to handle laboratory tools, build and break molecules, and pick up some tricks on chemical changes. Finally, ooze into a gooey hour of sliming around! Using the Mad Science recipe, enter your creation in to the Slime Olympics!  Mad Science LA


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 pretty 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.      


We introduce children to the wonderful world of music! Students will listen, play, craft, dance, and sing as they learn about an assortment of instruments including the violin, flute, trumpet, keyboard, guitar and more! Each student also receives their own Flutophone to take home at the end of the session. Join us!  Parker Anderson Enrichment


Let’s Go For A Magic Carpet Ride!  From the silver screen, to Broadway, and now at your school!  Join us and shine on stage as you bring to life your favorite characters from the hit show, ALADDIN!  This class has something for everyone, first timers and advancing performers alike.  Let the Genie out of the bottle as you discover the joys of acting, improv, voice and speech, theater games, and choreography!  Develop self -confidence and team spirit!  Parents and friends of our students will be invited to enjoy a special workshop presentation that highlights the class show and the skills & techniques our students have learned throughout the course of the season.  Come with us and see A WHOLE NEW WORLD!  Performing Arts Workshop


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.


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.


Join this fun interactive class designed especially for young kids. Students will learn to speak Chinese while singing fun songs and playing games. Sing in Chinese 

SOUND ARTS:  Wright! (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!”


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


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


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


Students will have fun making their very own Minion sock puppets, favorite animal puppets and character stick puppets.  They’ll learn the art of storytelling and character development as they perform live puppet shows, all while learning to work as a team and expanding their creativity and confidence.  The Actor’s Place


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 7 week session.

TINKERING WORKSHOP: Think Make Tinker! (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


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


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 light sabers to pencil toppers. This session will focus on Nintendo or Star Wars characters.  Watch Me Sculpt


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


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


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