Cottonwood Creek K-8 School

STEAM After School Courses | Winter Session 2019/20
Cottonwood Creek Elementary School


We are offering a dynamic selection of courses available from Kindergarten through to 8th Grade.  First the first time, we are offering classes to the Middle School Grades of 6 - 8th Grade.  Below is the list of courses we are offering at Cottonwood Creek K-8 Elementary.

Courses are offered 1 day per week up to 10 weeks. 10 hours of tuition.

Tuition - $185 - $210 per course.  

Each class that moves forward will generate contributions to the School, the Parent Faculty Club (PFC) and to the Student Council.

Actors’ Workshop!

Instructor:             Professional Actors from the Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater Company
Grade Level:          K -5
Day/Dates:            Wednesday - Dec 4, 11, 18  | Jan  8, 15, 22, 29 | Feb  5, 12, 19
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2.10 - 3.10pm 
Room:                     Stage
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing - $199   After Nov. 24th - $210

It’s laughter, learning and limelight with the After School Drama Club - The Actor’s Workshop! Through a fun series of theater games, acting exercises and scripted scene work, this introductory acting class teaches the fundamentals of the actor’s craft. Students explore the “three tools of the actor” – voice, body and imagination – as they learn how to create characters, interpret scripts and perform for an audience. The class teaches true theater skills such as stagecraft, emotionally truthful acting, and professional theater etiquette, while encouraging creativity and inspiring the imagination. The class culminates with a workshop presentation of scenes and monologues for an invited audience.

Take it once or take it again and again! Students are encouraged to repeat the program several times. While the overall objectives remain the same, there are always new games, new activities and new performance scenes to keep the program varied and interesting. As students progress through successive iterations of the program, they continue to work on more sophisticated material in order to ensure that their skills continue to grow and that they are being appropriately challenged.

Enrollment Open

Art Around the World 2

Instructor:             Ms Julie Coching, Owner of Cafe Art
Grade Level:          1 -5
Day/Dates:            Monday - Dec 2, 9, 16   | Jan 13, 27   |  Feb 3, 10, 24   | Mar  2 
Sessions:                9 x 70 minutes
Time:                       2.10 - 3.20pm
Room:                     C104
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $195     After November 24th - $205

In this multi-media class, the kids will create their own artistic passport as they travel to a different country each week and explore the interesting variety of artistic styles developed in their country of origin.  Students will learn about an art form and then create a unique piece of personal art using that art form. They will work with a variety of art media such as paper, clay, paint, ceramics, watercolor and oil pastels and when the class is finished, each student will have their own international portfolio of art to take home with them.  We will explore art from Brazil, Japan, Russia, France, India, Australia and more. (for those that have already taken Art Around the World 1, this class will feature 9 different projects and countries).

Enrollment Open

BollyWood Dance Class for Kids

Instructor:             Professional Dance Instructors from BollyNaach Dance Company
Grade Level:          1 - 5
Day/Dates:             Wednesday - Dec  4, 11, 18  | Jan  8, 15, 22, 29   | Feb  5, 12, 19
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2:10 - 3:10pm
Room:                     C106
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing - $199    After November 24th - $210

A fun-filled introduction to beginner & intermediate Bollywood dance for kids. Instruction includes foundational movements, fundamental techniques, hand gestures, rhythmic patterns and communicative expressions.  Students will learn dance routines choreographed to snippets of popular Bollywood songs as well as some Koliwood and Tollywood songs from the South Indian cinema. The classes will also strengthen individual coordination and rhythmic skills through various exercises and drills.  Additionally, students will develop a vocabulary of common Bollywood dance moves that they can string together to create their own unique dance. This class will expose kids to many different dance styles as Bollywood has become a melting pot of many popular traditional and western dance styles.

Enrollment Open

Chess Academy for Kids

Instructor:             Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:          K -5
Day/Dates:             Monday - Dec  2, 9, 16   | Jan  13, 27  | Feb 3, 10, 24  |  March 2
Sessions:                9 x 70 minutes
Time:                       2.10 - 3.10pm
Room:                     E205
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing -  $196 After November 24th -  $206

Learn chess with Pacific Chess Academy!  This program is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to overcome obstacles, think strategically, and stay focused. Specifically designed for young players with various levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced), the course offers video lessons, easy-to-follow instructions, individual recommendations, and preparation for chess tournaments. The use of modern technology (projector, iPad, teaching software) makes the learning process easy, fast, and fun! The class is offered to Grades 1-7. All necessary equipment (boards and pieces, clocks, demo tools) provided. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a Chess Champion, this class is for students at all ability levels.

6 Reasons Kids Should Learn Chess

  1. Improves concentration, attention span and memory abilities.
  2. Enhances reading and math skills.
  3. Fosters critical-thinking and creativity in young minds.
  4. Encourages and rewards hard work.
  5. Develops problem solving skills.
  6. Exercises both sides of your brain


We are using a new teaching software, which is FREE and remarkably easy-to-use and fully motivates students with features like ratings and standings, bonus points and statistics.  Kids will have access to thousands of chess workouts while parents can monitor their progress, see the curriculum, and even learn new chess techniques with their kids.

Enrollment Open

Chess Academy for Kids

Instructor:             Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:          K - 5
Day/Dates:             Wednesday - Dec  4, 11, 18  | Jan  8, 15, 22, 29   | Feb  5, 12, 19
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2.10pm to 3.10pm
Room:                     TBC 
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing -  $196 After November 24th -  $206

Learn chess with Pacific Chess Academy!  This program is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to overcome obstacles, think strategically, and stay focused. Specifically designed for young players with various levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced), the course offers video lessons, easy-to-follow instructions, individual recommendations, and preparation for chess tournaments. The use of modern technology (projector, iPad, teaching software) makes the learning process easy, fast, and fun! The class is offered to Grades 1-7. All necessary equipment (boards and pieces, clocks, demo tools) provided. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a Chess Champion, this class is for students at all ability levels.

6 Reasons Kids Should Learn Chess

  1. Improves concentration, attention span and memory abilities.
  2. Enhances reading and math skills.
  3. Fosters critical-thinking and creativity in young minds.
  4. Encourages and rewards hard work.
  5. Develops problem solving skills.
  6. Exercises both sides of your brain


We are using a new teaching software, which is FREE and remarkably easy-to-use and fully motivates students with features like ratings and standings, bonus points and statistics.  Kids will have access to thousands of chess workouts while parents can monitor their progress, see the curriculum, and even learn new chess techniques with their kids.

Enrollment Open

Confidence in Communication

Instructor:          Ms Katie Nerheim, Cottonwood Teacher
Grade Level:       4 - 7
Day/Dates:         Thursday - Dec  5, 12, 19  | Jan  9, 16, 23, 30  | Feb  6, 13, 20
Sessions:            10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                   3:10 - 4:10pm
Room:                  D201
Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing - $189 After November 24th - $199

Do you feel embarrassed easily? Are you too shy to join in with friends? Join Ms. Nerheim in learning how to exude confidence in all areas of communication through games, skits and fun exercises! Each week students will practice new skills of communication by first getting SILLY! Playing games and pushing our comfort levels are the gateway to a more confident YOU! Everyone has something unique to bring to a conversation, figure out what makes you stand out! 

Enrollment Open

Instructor:             Ms. Anastasiia Zastavna - Bollynaach Dance Co
Grade Level:          K - 5
Day/Dates:             Thursday - Dec  5, 12, 19  | Jan  9, 16, 23, 30   | Feb  6, 13, 20
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       3.10 - 4.10pm 
Room:                     TBC
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $199 After November 24th - $210

Contemporary as a dance style is a fusion of ballet, jazz, funk, and modern dance styles.  Contemporary dance encourages natural, spontaneous movement and focuses on self-expression, awareness of space and body movement, use of body weight, efficiency of muscle use, safe body alignment and strong use of Modern Dance technique. Classes start with a comprehensive warm-up focusing on improving flexibility, extension, core strength, and balance and gradually build up to contemporary steps and combinations that will consist of abstract movements combining modern and classical ballet elements. Students will learn how to express a wide range of emotions through their dance based on musical interpretation and individual style and using the contemporary dance form as a platform for creative self-expression. Classes emphasize technique, fundamentals and a familiarization of the dance vocabulary.

Recommended Dress - Students must be able to move and stretch fully.  Footless tights, leggings, leotards, fitted dance shorts, fitted tops, t-shirts and athletic pants are ideal.  Medium or long hair pulled away from face in pony-tail, braid, or bun. No shoes, bare-feet.

Enrollment Open

Energy is Everywhere

Instructor:             Bricks 4 Kidz
Grade Level:          K -5
Day/Dates:             Tuesday -  Dec  3, 10, 17  | Jan  7, 14, 21, 28   | Feb  4, 11, 18
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2.10 - 3.10pm
Room:                     D201
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing - $199     After November 24th - $210

Energy is essential to almost everything we do, from the lights in our homes and classrooms to the gasoline that fuels our cars. Introduce your students to the world of energy in all of it’s amazing forms. This unit explores many sources of energy from wind to solar power to biofuel and fossil fuel. Students will define terms like renewable, landfill, greenhouse effect and generator and build moving models of just some of the awesome ways we power our world.

This is a hands-on class where students build machines, buildings, vehicles and other structures out of LEGO® bricks, using one-of-a-kind model plans designed by Bricks 4 Kidz.  While exploring principles of engineering, architecture, physics and more, students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. Participants build a new project each week. Each class begins with a teacher-led discussion related to the day’s model. Once the project is completed, children use the rest of their time to expand their gadgets and collaborate with one another.   

Enrollment Open

Keys to Becoming a Creative Writer, Poised Orator and Effective Debater

Instructor:            Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Level:         2 - 5
Day/Dates:           Tuesday -  Dec  3, 10, 17  | Jan 7, 14, 21, 28  | Feb  4, 11, 18
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                     2.10 - 3.10pm
Room:                   D101
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $199    After November 24th - $210

Have you ever wondered what is the #1 fear in this world? YES, it’s Public Speaking and our goal is to prepare your child for SUCCESS!! They will learn to present impressively and write effectively in 6 easy steps. In this advanced course, kids will learn various formats of writing such as persuasive, narrative, descriptive etc. Students will learn to manage public speaking anxiety and present them self with confidence, and make strong arguments by providing reasoning and evidence on thought provoking debatable topics, and campaign speeches.  

This course will help kids expand their general knowledge and formulate their thoughts with a clear and concise structure and prepare them for SUCCESS!!

Enrollment Open

Video Game Design & Coding

Instructor:          Licensed instructor from Code to the Future
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:          Thursday - Dec  5, 12, 19  |  Jan  9, 16, 23, 30  | Feb  6, 13, 20
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                    3:10 -4:10pm
Room:                   D205
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $199   After November 24th - $210

Prepare for the world of technology and learn the secret language of computers! New and returning students are welcome! Continue or begin your coding adventure with the Code To The Future team, and create brand new projects like a projectile platformer or multiplayer racing video game! The possibilities to create are endless! New students are always welcome to join throughout the year, and every class is differentiated for individual learning. Choose your favorite theme, from Minecraft to Fortnite!  

This class is online and offline, giving the students the ability to learn coding through Scratch and then uploading their projects to share.

Enrollment Open

Yoga for Kids - The Movement of Imagination

Instructor:            Kavita Patel, Owner/Operator of Monkey Bear Yoga
Grade Level:        1 - 5
Day/Dates:          Monday - Dec  2, 9, 16  | Jan 13, 27   |  Feb  3, 10, 24  |   Mar  2 
Sessions:              10 X 1 hour
Time:                     2.10 - 3:10pm
Room:                   C106
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing -  $185 After November 24th - $195  

Jump like a frog!  Salute the sun. Root into the earth as a tree and sit like a lotus petal floating in a calm pool of water. Monkey Bear Yoga brings story-telling to the practice of Yoga for Kids. Through imagination, children are engaged and excited to learn yoga. Yoga for Kids is a fun-filled journey to the self. Through mindful movement, breathing techniques and imaginative play, children connect with their authentic selves.

We live in a high speed, fast paced environment that can be taxing to our spirit and sense of self. Children experience stress and anxiety just as adults do. Yoga fosters the whole child. Children will develop strength and flexibility in their bodies and minds through yoga poses and partner exercises. They will learn breathing techniques to soothe anxiety, focus better, and practice patience. Yoga for Kids give children the tools to live a balanced, peaceful life.

Enrollment Open

Middle School After School Courses

Advanced Public Speaking & Debate: Learn Powerful Techniques to Succeed

Instructor:            Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Level:         6 - 8
Day/Dates:           Tuesday - Dec  3, 10, 17  | Jan  7, 14, 21, 28  | Feb  4, 11, 18
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                     3.15 - 4.15pm
Room:                   D101
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $199    After Nov. 24th - $210

Make your biggest fear, your greatest triumph!! Learn to be persuasive in 6 easy steps with ability to improve communication and writing skills!

Public speaking is about channeling your knowledge outward in an effective way. In this advance course, kids will learn various formats of writing such as persuasive, narrative, and descriptive on thought provoking topics. This class will not only teach delivery and presentation skills, but will also provide a foundation for critical thinking, presenting with confidence, effective reasoning, providing strong arguments on age appropriate debate topics. Developing communication and persuasive skills are the most important aspects of speech and our goal is their SUCCESS!

Enrollment Open

Instructor:             Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:          6 - 8
Day/Dates:             Monday - Dec  2, 9, 16  | Jan  13, 27  | Feb  3, 10, 24  | March 2
Sessions:                9 x 70 minutes
Time:                       3.20 - 4.30pm
Room:                     D205 
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing -  $195 After August 25th -  $205

Learn chess with Pacific Chess Academy!  This program is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to overcome obstacles, think strategically, and stay focused. Specifically designed for young players with various levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced), the course offers video lessons, easy-to-follow instructions, individual recommendations, and preparation for chess tournaments. The use of modern technology (projector, iPad, teaching software) makes the learning process easy, fast, and fun! The class is offered to Grades 1-7. All necessary equipment (boards and pieces, clocks, demo tools) provided. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a Chess Champion, this class is for students at all ability levels.

6 Reasons Kids Should Learn Chess

  1. Improves concentration, attention span and memory abilities.
  2. Enhances reading and math skills.
  3. Fosters critical-thinking and creativity in young minds.
  4. Encourages and rewards hard work.
  5. Develops problem solving skills.
  6. Exercises both sides of your brain


We are using a new teaching software, which is FREE and remarkably easy-to-use and fully motivates students with features like ratings and standings, bonus points and statistics.  Kids will have access to thousands of chess workouts while parents can monitor their progress, see the curriculum, and even learn new chess techniques with their kids.

Enrollment Open

Instructor:             Ms Julie Coching, Owner of Cafe Art
Grade Level:          6 - 8
Day/Dates:            Monday - Dec  2, 9, 16  |  Jan  13, 27  | Feb  3, 10, 24   |  Mar  2 
Sessions:                9 x 70 minutes
Time:                       3.20 - 4.30pm
Room:                     TBC
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $199     After Nov. 24th - $210

In this beginners clay and ceramics class be prepared be creative and fun while you get your hands dirty. Students will learn clay basics through fun projects. The kids start by  learning about ceramic paints and what makes them so different from regular everyday paints. They will learn to make a pinch pot project, a name plaque with clay coils, a textured slab bowl, and a free choice clay project. All clay pieces will be painted once they are fired. The students will also paint on pre-formed ceramic pieces, a bowl, and a mug or figurine and best of all students will be able to keep their creations and take them home.

Enrollment Open

Instructor:          Licensed instructor from Code to the Future
Grade Level:       6 - 8
Day/Dates:          Friday - Dec 6, 13   | Jan  10, 17, 24, 31  | Feb  7, 21, 28
Sessions:             9 x 70 minutes
Time:                    3:20 - 4:30pm
Room:                   D205
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $199   After November 24th - $210

Make the full transition from player to content creator!  Why just “play” Minecraft when you can “create” Minecraft? In these classes designed for quick learners or those with block-based coding experience, campers will learn how to code in Java by making a mod for Minecraft! This is professional, text-based coding. Create and craft your own sword, change your durability, make your own food that gives you more life, make your own stronger armor, make your own blocks, Make your own stronger pickaxe, and much much more!

Enrollment Open

Instructor:          Ms Kristy Heister-Kodam, Cottonwood Creek Teacher
Grade Level:       1 - 3
Day/Dates:          Thursday  - March 7, 14, 21, 28 |  April 11, 25 | May 2, 9, 16, 23
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                    3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                  C104
Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing - $185 After February 24th - $199

Do you like fairy tales? Do you like designing and creating a solution to problems? Then this is the class for you. Throughout the session, you will read 10 classic fairy tales and solve problems through engineering to help the characters. From the Yellow Brick Road to the Three Little Pigs, come and see if you can outsmart the Big Bad Wolf and create a house that can’t be blown down. Have fun and watch your imaginations wander throughout these many adventures. Over the weeks, we will help many characters solve their problems by engineering things like a tower for Rapunzel, a cage to lock the witch up, a bridge to stop the trolls, and many more.

 Enrollment Now Open

Instructor:            Ms Akinder Gill, Cottonwood Teacher -  (Certified BASP/BCLAD K-12 Spanish/English Dual Immersion)
Grade Level:         K  -5
Days/Dates:          Thursday - March 7, 14, 21, 28 |  April 11, 25 | May 2, 9, 16, 23
Sessions:               10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                     D101
Tuition:                   $199

We are all global citizens! Let's begin a journey to explore and understand the Latin American experience and learn to speak Spanish in highly interactive and engaging ways!  We will gain cultural and linguistic understanding through interactive dialogue, songs, videos, games, maps, literature, and the arts. Learning how to express oneself in another language builds confidence.  It also develops articulate and culturally, linguistically, and socially tolerant individuals. Learning another language produces immeasurable benefits socially as well as academically. The goal of the program is to teach students how to speak another language confidently and to think critically about the benefits of learning about other cultures and languages.  The program also enhances students’ verbal skills, active listening, communication, and critical thinking skills through presentations, activities, songs, and games.

CANCELLED
Instructor:          Ms. Lorrin Harris, Cottonwood Teacher
Grade Level:       3 - 5
Day/Dates:         Thursday - Sept  5, 12, 19, 26 | Oct  3, 10, 17, 24  | Nov  7, 14
Sessions:            10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                   3:10 - 4:10pm
Room:                  C-206
Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing - $189 After August 25th - $199

What is the third most spoken language in the world? If you guessed Sign Language, you would be correct! Sign Language is used by 70 million people and around the world it can be understood differently. In this course, students will focus on American Sign Language (ASL) and learn to speak not only with their hands, but also through facial expressions. The course will introduce learners to the basics along with understanding that this language has it own grammar rules. Come learn how to say, “I love you” and other fun expression in this 10 week course.

CANCELLED
Instructor:             Ms. Lorrin Harris, Cottonwood Teacher
Grade Level:          3 -5
Day/Dates:             Friday - Aug 30  | Sept 6, 13, 20, 27 | Oct  4, 11, 18, 25  | Nov 8
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       3.10 - 4.10pm 
Room:                     C206
Tuition:                   Early Bird Princing - $189 After Aug. 25th - $199

Explore the world without ever leaving Dubin! Immerse yourself in the language and cultures of the world. Join me in this fun-filled class as we tour the world and introduce students to amazing world culture. Student will have the chance to explore and learn about art, music and theater around the world while also learning to appreciate that for all of our differences, people have many similarities in their daily lives. 

Students will be introduced to a number of languages and cultures in this course such as Spanish and Braizilian Portuguese and will learn some basic language skills along the way..   Come join the fun of exploring the world and learning to speak in a different language. You won’t want to miss this trip.