After School Programs

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Winter Virtual After School Classes!

Due to the continuing changes we are facing with COVID-19, we have decided to move the After School Program to an online format.  Our online courses will be open to students from all school districts.

DPIE Winter Session will remain ONLINE even if Dublin schools go to a Hybrid Model and we will adjust the timings of the class accordingly. Thank you for your support.

Actors Workshop On the Air: Create & Perform in an Old-Fashioned Radio Play!

Instructor:         Actor/Director, Kenn Adams Synergy Theater  
Grade Level:      3 – 6
Sessions:           10  x 1 Hour
Day/Date:          Wednesday Class  –  Dec 9, 16  | Jan 6, 13, 20, 27  | Feb 3, 10, 17, 24
Time:                   3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                  Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:               $160 

Course Description:
Welcome to the “Golden Age of Radio!” In each semester, we’ll look at the different types of plays that were popular on the radio in the 1930’s and 40’s – superhero adventures, murder mysteries, and strange tales of the supernatural. Then, we will get to work creating our own! We will create the characters, invent the stories, write the scripts, and perform our radio play live on the internet for friends, fans and family members. Complete with a booming announcer, home-made sound effects and even a word or two from our silly sponsors, Actors Workshop On the Air is a creative experience just perfect for online learning and fun! In each semester we’ll look at different classic scripts and then write an entirely new and different radio show. Feel free to take the course as often as you like!

Enrollment Open

Advanced Public Speaking & Debate: Learn Powerful Speaking Techniques to Succeed!

Instructor:      Gurus Education East Bay
Grade:              3-5
Sessions:         10 x 1 Hour
Days/Dates:    Classes are offered twice a week - Pick one day ONLY.
                            Tuesday Class – Dec 8, 15  | Jan 5, 12, 19, 26  | Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
                            Wednesday Class – Dec 9, 16 | Jan 6, 13, 20, 27   | Feb 3, 10, 17, 24
Time:                 3:00-4:00PM
Place:                Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:            $160

Course Description: 
Success comes to those who never give up!

Public speaking is all about channeling your knowledge outward in an effective way with practice. Whether you are shy or an outspoken individual, this online class will teach kids to be influential in 6 easy steps, with the ability to improve presentation, communication and writing skills. They will gain an understanding of various writing formats along with building a foundation for logical thinking, effective reasoning, and making strong arguments on several debate topics. Take advantage of gaining confidence in the relaxed setting of your home!

Enrollment Open

Adventures in Mathematics for 4th and 5th Graders

Instructor:         Mr. Alok Gupta - Owner, Genius Squared
Grade Level:      4 – 5
Sessions:            10  x 1 Hour
Day/Date:           Friday Class – Dec 11, 18  |  Jan 8, 15, 22, 29  |  Feb 5, 12, 19, 26
Time:                    3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                   Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:                $160 

Course Description:
Math is a language that describes how things work.  Mastery in math is the key to understanding and modeling the world around us.  This course will start with basic concepts of mathematical notation, sets of numbers, and the algebra of elementary operations.  The course will then move to the introduction of more advanced mathematical concepts.  Students will build a working understanding of functions and their inverses by engineering and testing a working toy telephone and explore the properties of exponentials and other math concepts by printing photographs in the sun and analyzing the basic structures common to all musical systems.  Last, this course will further teach the concepts of combinatorics and probability by exploring their application to economics and social network analysis. These activities were designed to highlight the connections between math and real-world applications.  This learning will accelerate understanding in more advanced math classes. 

DPIE Supplied Materials: 
Packet of Sun Print paper to be delivered to each student’s home. 

Home Supplied Materials Needed: 
- 2 disposable cups (paper or plastic) or tin cans
- string, twine, fishing line, dental floss, yarn, or any other string like substance
- 2 paper clips or clothing buttons

Enrollment Open

Animal Art - Cafe Art

Instructor:         Ms. Julie Coching - Owner, Café Art
Grade Level:     1 – 5
Sessions:           10 x 1 Hour
Day/Date:           Thursday Class – Dec 10, 17  | Jan 7, 14, 21, 28  |  Feb 4, 11, 18, 25
Time:                   3:00 - 4:00pm   
Place:                  Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:              $160

Course Description:
In this mixed media art class, we will study 9 styles of “animal art” then create a work of art inspired from each style.  We will work with oil pastel, paper, collage and more.  Some of the animal art we will study includes Aboriginal art, Cartoon Animal Drawing, Asian Brush Painting Panda. You will literally feel like you’ve had a 10-week adventure through the Zoo! 

Supplies Needed Each Week: (to be supplied by Families)
Workspace that can get wet, Computer/Internet Access, Markers, Crayons or Colored Pencils, Pencil and Eraser, Water Cups, Ruler, Scissors, Glue or Glue stick, Watercolor Set, Brush, Paper towels and Scratch Paper.

DPIE Supply Kit, inlcuding but not limited to:   Work Matt, Sharpie, Coffee Filter, Black Paper, Watercolor Paper, Collage Paper, Popsicle SticksWork Matt, Sharpie, Black Oil Pastel, Weekly Paper Packets, and other specific materials needed to complete weekly projects

NOTE:  Pick-Up of Materials at Cottonwood Creek Elementary (2400 Central Parkway) on Sunday Dec 6th 11am-12pm OR Monday December 7th 5pm-6pm

Enrollment Open

Art Through the Ages - Cafe Art

Instructor:         Ms. Julie Coching - Owner, Café Art
Grade Level:     1 – 5
Sessions:           10 x 1 Hour
Day/Date:          Friday Class – Dec 11, 18  | Jan 8, 15, 22, 29  | Feb  5, 12, 19, 26
Time:                   3:00 - 4:00pm   
Place:                  Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:              $160

Course Description:
In this 10-week class we will explore art through the ages.  Each week we will look into a time period of art and then create a piece of work inspired by the time period.  Examples of time periods are:  Ancient World, Classical World, Middle Ages, Renaissance and Romance.  Examples of Art:  Stonehenge Line drawing, Pantheon, Rose Window Design, Patterned Rhino, Monet’s Flowers  Examples of Art Medium:  Marker and Watercolor, Collage/Construction Paper, Coffee Filter and Snowflake (black), Watercolor or Marker/Sharpie

Supplies Needed Each Week: (to be supplied by Families)
Workspace that can get wet, Computer/Internet Access, Markers, Crayons or Colored Pencils, Pencil and Eraser, Water Cups, Ruler, Scissors, Glue or Glue stick, Watercolor Set, Brush, Paper towels and Scratch Paper.

DPIE Supply Kit, inlcuding but not limited to:   Work Matt, Sharpie, Coffee Filter, Black Paper, Watercolor Paper, Collage Paper, Popsicle Sticks

NOTE:  Pick-Up of Materials at Cottonwood Creek Elementary (2400 Central Parkway) on Sunday Dec 6th 11am-12pm OR Monday December 7th 5pm-6pm

Enrollment Open

 

Become a Better Reader – The Cover to Cover Book Club for Primary Students

Instructor:        Ms. Stacy Alvarez, Kolb Elementary Teacher
Grade Level:     1 – 2
Sessions:          10 x 1 Hour
Day/Dates:       Tuesday Class –  Dec 8, 15 | Jan 5, 12, 19, 26  | Feb  2, 9, 16, 23
Time:                  3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                 Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:             $155         

Course Description:
“The best way to become a better reader is to read!”  In this course, students will be learning and practicing comprehension skills using games and discussions using a reader’s workshop model. This will enhance their reading comprehension abilities which encourages higher level collaborative reading and meta-cognitive strategies. 

Chapter Chats with Stacy Alvarez

Students will practice comparing and contrasting the characters, setting, and themes throughout texts. Other strategies they will learn and use include predicting, connecting, asking questions, monitoring, inferring, summarizing, and evaluating. Students will rotate through different roles, working together to engage in the text, to further enrich their vocabulary and literature skills. Students will develop their communication and comprehension skills throughout this course and leave with a new love of reading!  

Enrollment Open

Become a Better Writer & Publish Your Own Book

Instructor:        Ms. Stacy Alvarez, Kolb Elementary Teacher
Grade Level:     1 – 2
Sessions:          10 x 1 Hour
Day/Dates:       Monday Class –  Nov  30  |  Dec 7, 14  |  Jan 4, 11, 26  |  Feb 1, 8, 22  |  Mar 1
Time:                  3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                 Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:             $155         

Course Description:

Ms Stacy Alveraz, Kolb Elementary

Every year students will be asked to write informational books and essays as they progress through school. At a young age, we can give our kids the tools to be successful in this genre of writing.

In this course, students will learn the basics of informational writing. They will learn the structure of an informational book and a “How-To” book. They will engage in learning activities that help them feel confident with their writing, learn how to write with strong grammatical skills , learn and use technology to self-publish their work, edit, and revise their own work. At the end of the course they will have two published books to share and to refer back to when they are writing in class. 

 Enrollment Open

Beginning Minecraft & Coding

Instructor:          Code to the Future 
Grade Levels:     2 – 5
Sessions:             10 x 1Hour
Day/Dates:          Classes are offered twice a week - Pick one day ONLY.
                                Tuesday Class – Dec  8, 15  | Jan 5, 12, 19, 26   | Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 
                                Thursday Class –  Dec 10, 17 | Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28  |  Feb 4, 11, 18, 25
Time:                     3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                    Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:                 $160            

Course Description:
Welcome to the world of CODING!  Students who have never done a coding class before are welcome to join us on our journey through understanding the fun and interesting world of game design! Campers will learn the basics of computer programming through block-based learning. Using the program ‘Scratch’, students will use the familiar characters of Minecraft while developing various exciting and interactive projects. Experience Level: No Experience with Scratch (or have not been part of coding classes). Students need access to a laptop, desktop or Chrome book with video and audio access.

Enrollment Open

Bolly Fusion Dance Class for Kids

Instructor:          Ms. Krishna Mehta, Amador Teacher 
Grade Levels:     1 – 5
Sessions:             10 x 1Hour
Day/Dates:          Tuesday Class – Dec  8, 15  | Jan 5, 12, 19, 26   | Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 
Time:                     3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                    Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:                 $155           

Course Description:
An active, energetic, and diverse Bollywood Dance class that will focus on merging many different styles of dance into one, while encouraging students to build their confidence levels. Students will be exposed to Indian Classical Dance, Folk Dance, Bhangra, and Bollywood through choreographed dance pieces. Students will learn specific techniques associated with each of these dance styles, including but not limited to what the hand gestures and steps are called, the meaning behind each gesture, and how to string it together in a fluid motion. Lessons will focus on understanding rhythm and how to hear the beats within each song. Through distance learning, students will be able to focus on their individual performance style. We will be creating groups and watching one group perform at a time to encourage performance skills. Students will need a clear open space in order to participate freely in this dance class. 

There will be lessons on stage presence, facial expressions, and expressing emotions through dance! Students will build their knowledge on how to weave all the different forms of dance to create a choreographed piece. In addition, through BollyFusion dance classes, students will learn character traits like responsibility, passion, and hard work, while learning vibrant and entertaining dances!

Enrollment Open

Chess Academy for Kids – Advanced Level

Instructor:         Certificated Chess Instructor, Pacific Chess Academy
Grade Levels:    1 – 5
Sessions:             10 x 1 Hour 
Day/Dates:          Monday Class – Nov  30  |  Dec 7, 14  |  Jan 4, 11, 26  |  Feb 1, 8, 22  |  Mar 1
Time:                     3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                    Video Access From Pacific Chess Academy Website
Tuition:                $160

Course Description:
Kids with strong chess skills are invited to our Advanced Master Class! Students are offered high quality interactive lessons followed by analysis of famous games. Advanced lessons present deeper explanations of chess tactics and strategies and are taught by experienced instructors. Kids enjoy unlimited games in the Game Area, theme puzzles as well as regular online tournaments. Special assignments/chess workouts help children to become decent players in no time. Lots of wonderful features (Practice, Problem base, Share box) of the chess platform allow players to practice at home.

Six 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 a student’s brain.

Enrollment Open

Chess Academy for Kids – Beginner’s Level

Instructor:        Certificated Chess Instructor, Pacific Chess Academy
Grade Levels:    1 – 5
Sessions:            10  x 1 Hour
Day/Dates:        Classes are offered three times a week - Pick one day ONLY.
                              Monday Class – Nov 30  | Dec  7, 14  | Jan  4, 11, 26  | Feb 1, 8, 22  |  Mar 1
                              Wednesday Class  – Dec  9, 16  | Jan  6, 13, 20, 27 | Feb 3, 10, 17, 24
                              Thursday Class – Dec  10, 17  | Jan  7, 14, 21, 28  | Feb  4, 11, 18, 25
Time:                    3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                   Video Access From Pacific Chess Academy Website
Tuition:                $160

Course Description:
For the last four years, chess has been the most in-demand program offered in the DPIE After School Program. The beginner class is designed for students who have not played chess before. This course will teach kids the fundamental principles of the game. Students will learn how to move pieces, to capture, attack, and deliver checkmate.  Lessons are fun and easy to follow, and consist of high-quality instruction, game analysis, tournament games, and games against the instructor. Our unique training platform allows kids to make moves on the virtual chess board, communicate with each other, and solve puzzles during the chess session. Since all games are stored in the database, kids and parents can revise them at any time.  The use of modern technology makes the learning of process easy, fast and fun! All you need is a laptop or desktop with audio and visual access. After the first month of instruction, students will have the opportunity to participate in Online Beginner Chess Tournaments on Friday afternoons.

Six 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 a student’s brain.

Enrollment Open

Chess Academy for Kids – Intermediate Level

Instructor:        Certificated Chess Instructor, Pacific Chess Academy
Grade Levels:    1 – 5
Sessions:            10  x 1 Hour
Day/Dates:        Classes are offered five times a week - Pick one day ONLY.
                               Monday Class – Nov 30 | Dec  7, 14  | Jan  4, 11, 26  |  Feb 1, 8, 22  |  Mar 1
                               Tuesday Class  – Dec 8, 15   | Jan 5, 12, 19, 26  |  Feb  2, 9, 16, 23
                               
Wednesday Class  – Dec 9, 16  | Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27   | Feb  3, 10, 17, 24
                               Thursday Class – Dec  10, 17  | Jan  7, 14, 21, 28  | Feb  4, 11, 18, 25
                               Friday Class  – Dec.11, 18  | Jan  8, 15, 22, 29  |  Feb 5, 12, 19, 26
Time:                    3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                   Video Access From Pacific Chess Academy Website
Tuition:                $160

Course Description: 
The Intermediate chess class is designed for students with a solid understanding of chess games. This course covers more advanced techniques and chess strategy and is followed by weekly tournament games as well as simultaneous games against the instructor. Our All-in-One unique Chess system is easy to use and navigate; the idea is to give children even greater learning opportunities, practice chess puzzles at home and receive fun daily assignments from instructors.

Six 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 a student’s brain.

Enrollment Open

Elementary Camp - Explore the Eco Systems of the El Dorado Forest From Your Home

Instructor:         Credentialed Science Teachers, Sly Park Outdoor Camp
Grade Level:      3 – 5
Sessions:           10  x 1 Hour
Day/Date:          Monday Class - Nov 30  | Dec 7, 14,   | Jan 4, 11, 25  | Feb 1,8, 22   | Mar 1
Time:                   3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                  Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:               $155

Course Description:
Over the past 50 years, the Sly Park teaching staff has helped students learn about the unique environment of California forests. In this Distance Learning platform, students will explore the Sly Park Ecosystem in our weekly lessons, virtual field trips and home investigations. Lessons will include videos as well as online tools like Pear Deck, Padlet, and Nearpod to make the lessons interactive. All materials and resources are digital and will be provided to students who are participating in the course.  

During the 10-week course students will learn how to work like scientists in their own backyard. They will begin to think, observe the outside world then collect and analyze data just like an environmental scientist would while working in the wild. As scientists, students will understand the movement of matter, creek ecosystems, forest ecology, and the importance organisms play in ecosystems. Next time you go camping, you will look at the woods with completely different eyes.

Enrollment Open

Elements and Principles of Art

Instructor:          Ms. Julie Coching - Owner, Café Art
Grade Level:       1 – 5
Sessions:             10 x 1 Hour 
Day/Date:            Monday Class - Nov  30 | Dec  7, 14  | Jan 4, 11, 25   | Feb 1,  8,  22   | Mar  1
Time:                      3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                     Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:                  $160 

Course Description:
In this 10-week class we will learn about the elements in art, Read/Listen to a short storybook emphasizing the different elements of art. Student will then create a work of art around the newly learned element or principle of art.  Examples of elements include:  Line and Pattern, Shape, Color, Contrast and Emphasis, rhythm and movement.  Examples of books:  Lines that Wiggle, Shape Shift, Mouse Paint or Pantone, Beautiful Blackbird.  Examples of Art Pieces:  Insect Drawing, Winter Tree Silhouette, Primary Color Boats.  Examples of Art Materials/Medium:  Water Color, Sharpie, Collage.

Supplies Needed Each Week: (to be supplied by Families):

Workspace that can get wet, Computer/Internet Access, Markers, Crayons or colored Pencils, Pencil and Eraser, Water Cups, Ruler, Scissors, Glue or Glue stick, Watercolor Set, Brush, Paper towels, scratch paper.

DPIE will supply a Kit to be used which will include, but not limited to:  Work Matt, Sharpie, Black Paper, Watercolor Paper, Collage Paper, Cotton Balls, gemstones.

NOTE:  Pick-Up of Materials at Cottonwood Creek Elementary (2400 Central Parkway) on Sunday Nov 29th from 3pm-4pm

Enrollment Open

Get Inspired with Artificial Intelligence

Instructor:         AI Club/Pyxeda
Grade Level:      4 – 6
Sessions:            10  x 1 Hour
Day/Date:           Monday Class –  Nov 30  |  Dec 7, 14  |  Jan 4, 11, 25  |   Feb 1,8, 22  |   March 1
Time:                    3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                   Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:                $170

Course Description:
AI is all around us! From self driving cars, to movie recommendations on Netflix, to Alexa, Siri or Google homes, we interact with AIs every day. Now you can learn how they work, how they “think” and how to build one of your own!

Parents - AI is a technology that is changing our lives and future careers. It is a great time to introduce your child to the field of Artificial Intelligence! In our innovative class  - students learn the powerful technologies of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in a fun and accessible way, and build working projects immediately. Most of our students want to learn more AI, programming and math even after finishing a class! Some have gone forward to win competitions! Spark a love of technology that will stay with them through to college, powered by our comprehensive Elementary, Middle School and High School programs where they can continue to learn AI and Programming!

Students - Would you like to teach an AI to play games like shooting targets or tic-tac-toe? Build fun AI apps that can predict your favorite book, favorite Pokemon, or sport? Are you passionate about solving problems in your community like improving recycling, helping the blind, or helping reduce bullying? All of these projects have been done by students who have learned AI! AI is powerful and easy to learn and can be used for all sorts of projects.

Curriculum: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). Learn what AI is and different types of AI. Learn how things in daily life (like self driving cars, Alexa, or your phone) use AI. Learn how to train and AI and see how well it has learned. Build and use AIs that detect whether you are happy or sad, and teach AIs to learn how to predict categories!

Topics Covered:

  • What is AI, different types of AI, and how AI is built and used
  • How AIs in real life work, from Self Driving Cars to Digital Assistants
  • Build AI to learn from words and patterns. Build different types of AIs using Classification
  • Learn how to improve an AI with better data. Learn how to gather examples to teach an AI.

Prerequisites:  Bring your own Laptop to class and no previous math or coding knowledge needed.

What Students Take Away

  • Certificate of Completion from AIClub - AI for Elementary School.
  • A cloud account that they can use to build new AI projects.
  • An AIClub membership where they can access new projects, showcase their code, and participate in competitions.

 

Enrollment Open

“Hooked on Books” Club

Instructor:        Ms. Angelina Jennaro, Amador Teacher
Grade Level:     3 – 5
Day/Dates:        Thursday Class – Dec 10, 17  |  Jan  7, 14, 21, 28  |  Feb 4, 11, 18, 25  
Time:                   3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                  Zoom meeting
Tuition:               $155          

Course Description:



This book club style course is based on the Common Core Standards, driven to create an engaging and educational way to promote reading and create lifelong readers with great books to read and keep. Through reading, students will hone-in and perfect comprehension skills which will positively impact their reading and writing skills along with enhancing their career and college readiness. Students will focus on comprehension through main and key ideas and details, text structure, context clues, along with text development and integration of their knowledge and ideas; all to strengthen and build their presentation of knowledge.  This course encourages students who love reading (or haven't discovered they do just yet) to engage in meaningful discussions while sharing thoughts, feelings and higher order thinking in small group, whole group and individual discussions.

Enrollment Open

Juggling 101: Circus Skills & Conditioning

Instructor:        Ms. Theresa Jones-Heintz, Dublin Elementary Teacher
Grade Level:     4 – 8
Sessions:           10 x 1 Hour 
Day/Dates:        Thursday Class – Dec 10, 17  |  Jan 7, 14, 21, 28  |  Feb 4, 11, 18, 25
Time:                    3:00 – 4.00 pm
Place:                   Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:                $155   

Course Description:
Watch your child become a circus performer without leaving their living room!  Develop your hand & eye coordination skills as you impress your friends with your new juggling and object balancing skills. In this introduction to juggling course, students will first learn the basics of juggling using scarves and learn drills with one, two and three balls that eventually lead to a successful 3 ball cascade juggling pattern and beyond! Students will also focus on beginning object balancing.  Warm-ups, drills and practice time are included in each lesson. 3 juggling balls, balancing dowel and scarves are included. .  Students have the option of signing up for the International Youth Jugging Association’s juggling skills program where they can earn buttons for learning skills.  https://www.juggle.org/

Conditioning  – In every class your child will explore their space and place with a variety of circus conditioning activities.  Stretching, balancing, strength and cardio will make up this portion of class.  Students will move in a variety of ways and strengthen their bodies and minds during the circus fitness part of class.  This will also offer them a warmup and cool down for juggling.  We will move to upbeat music, incorporate our props in creative ways. 

Please make sure your child has space to move around and that their overhead is clear of lamps and chandeliers.  Please make sure your child has a snack before class and brings water, scarves, juggling balls and balancing dowel to class each week. Students may also bring a yoga mat and other items to balance and be creative with such as baseball caps, brooms, batons, books, stuffed animals or other fun items.

This class is individually based and can be taken multiple times. 

Enrollment Open

Level 2 Galactic Scratch Camp

Instructor:        Code to the Future
Grade Level:      2 – 5
Sessions:           10 x 1 Hour
Day/Dates:        Wednesday Class – Dec  9, 16  |  Jan  6, 13, 20, 27  |  Feb  3, 10, 17, 24
Time:                  3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                  Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:               $160

Course Description: 
Do you know how Scratch works but don’t think you’re ready for intense projects yet? No problem!  Through this camp, you will be utilizing the program of Scratch for more fun projects for those who have taken coding classes in the past but want to learn more to become an advanced student! Through the use of familiar space themed characters, students will develop exciting and unique projects. With Scratch, the possibilities to create are endless!  

Prerequisite: Experience with Scratch (or has been in our coding classes for this year)

Enrollment Open

Logic and Reasoning

Instructor:         CompuChild 
Grade Level:      1 - 2
Sessions:           10  x 1 Hour
Day/Date:          Friday Class – Dec 11, 18, | Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, | Feb 5, 12, 19, 26
Time:                   3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                  Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:               $160 

Course Description:
This class will be a fun and interactive way of developing logical and organized thinking to younger kids. This is a fundament skill development course which will serve as the building blocks for all problem solving and logic related learning. This ‘Logic and Reasoning’ class is part of “Pre-Programming” track which teaches key concepts that are essential in today’s world where technology skills play a crucial role. These topics also gives exposure to students for skills tested for most gifted and talented evaluations. Topics includes verbal and numerical reasoning, logical deduction(coding-decoding) and Image sequencing. The class will serve as a wonderful foundational class that will help your enhance your child’s ability to think in a logical sequence.

Enrollment Open

Logic and Reasoning for Flowcharting

Instructor:         CompuChild 
Grade Level:      3 – 5
Sessions:           10  x 1 Hour
Day/Date:          Tuesday Class - Dec 8, 15 | Jan 5, 12, 19, 26 | Feb 2,9,16, 23
Time:                   3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                  Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:               $160 

Course Description:
This is a fundamental skill development course for all problem solving and logic related STREAM learning like computer science-based programming such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and developing technologies. It is part of our ‘Pre-Programming’ track to help with a step by step understanding building blocks of flowchart creation and coding with any programming language. These concepts also provide exposure to topics that are used to evaluate any gifted and talented students (for example, CogAT, GATE, TAG to name a few). Example of these topics are verbal and non-verbal pattern recognition, numerical deduction, spatial reasoning, logical and conditional operators, jumbled codes.

Enrollment Open

Literature and Art

Instructor:         Ms. Julie Coching - Owner, Café Art
Grade Level:     1 – 5
Sessions:           10 x 1 Hour
Day/Date:           Wednesday Class – Dec  9, 16  | Jan  6, 13, 20, 27  | Feb  3, 10, 17, 24
Time:                   3:00 - 4:00pm   
Place:                  Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:              $160

Course Description:
In this class, kids will first listen to a short story then create a work of art related to the story.  This is a great way to combine literature with art. We will use media such as watercolors, sharpie, oil pastel resist, drawing and collage. Examples of stories/literature we will use are, Why is the Blue Dog Blue?, There is a Bird on Your Head, Life in a Coral Reef, Cat Tale, Rainbow Fish, Splat the Cat, American Indian Tunic, and the Fantastic Undersea Life of Jaques Cousteau.

Supplies Needed Each Week: (to be supplied by Families)
Workspace that can get wet, Computer/Internet Access, Markers, Crayons or Colored Pencils, Pencil and Eraser, Water Cups, Ruler, Scissors, Glue or Glue stick, Watercolor Set, Brush, Paper towels and Scratch Paper.

DPIE Supply Kit, inlcuding but not limited to:   

Work Matt, Sharpie, Black Oil Pastel, Weekly Paper Packets.

NOTE:  Pick-Up of Materials at Cottonwood Creek Elementary (2400 Central Parkway) on Sunday Dec 6th 11am-12pm OR Monday December 7th 5pm-6pm

Enrollment Open

Paint Me a Ceramic Place Setting

Instructor:       Ms. Jeanne Wright, Café Art
Grade Level:    3 – 5
Sessions:          10 x 1 Hour 
Day/Dates:       Tuesday Class – Dec. 8, 15  |  Jan  5, 12, 19, 26  |  Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
Time:                   3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                  Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:              $160

Course Description: 
This class is designed for those students who love ceramic painting. In this class students will learn about design, color and elements of art. They will then paint a fully coordinated place setting of their own which will include a dinner plate, salad plate, snack plate, cereal bowl, tumbler and mug. By the end of the class students will have their own one-of-a-kind place setting to use at home and eat in style.

In preparation for each lesson, your student will need an artwork space, set of paints, paper towel, bowl of water, pencil, scrap paper, colored markers and access to their computer to participate.


NOTE:   

There will be a supply kit that will need to be picked up prior to the class starting.  Included in that kit will be: Planning and Design Workbook, ceramic paint, ceramic pieces, and a paintbrush.

  1. Pick-Up of Materials at Cottonwood Creek Elementary (2400 Central Parkway) on Sunday Dec 6th, 11am-12pm OR Monday December 7th, 5pm-6pm

  2. Pick-Up of Glazes at Cottonwood Creek - Monday January 4, 5:15 pm-6:15 pm 

  3. Drop off of painted ceramic pieces at Cottonwood Creek for Firing -Thursday Feb 18, 5:15pm-6:15pm

  4. Pick-Up of fired Pieces at Cottonwood Creek Thursday March 4, 5:15 - 6:15 pm

Enrollment Open

Paint Your Own Ceramic Wind Chime

Instructor:       Ms. Julie Coching and/or Ms. Jeanne Nakano, Café Art
Grade Level:    1 – 5
Sessions:          10 x 1 Hour 
Day/Dates:       Wednesday Class – Dec 9, 16  |  Jan 6, 13, 20, 27  |  Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24
Time:                   3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                  Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:              $160

Course Description:
This class will explore a new painting technique each week (sponge, splatter paint, tape...).  The painting techniques will be practiced first with watercolor paint and paper, then we will paint a piece of the wind chime ceramic using the same technique.  At the end of the 10 weeks we will assemble the pieces into a working wind chime.

In preparation for each lesson, your student will need an artwork space, set of paints, paper towel, bowl of water, pencil, scrap paper, colored markers and access to their computer to participate.


There will be a supply kit that will need to be picked up prior to the class starting.  Included in that kit will be:
DPIE Supplied Supply Kit

  • Water Color Paper for techniques
  • Ceramic Paint
  • Ceramic Chime pieces
  • Paintbrushs
  • Extra supplies needed for specific techniques

NOTE:  3 Pick-ups/drop-offs required for this class. 

  1. Pick-Up of Materials at Cottonwood Creek Elementary (2400 Central Parkway) on Sunday Dec 6th 11am-12pm OR Monday December 7th, 5pm-6pm
  2.  Drop-Off for Ceramics (at Cottonwood Creek) of painted pieces to be fired Thursday Feb 11, 5:15pm-6:15pm

  3. Pick-Up of painted ceramic pieces and Wind Chime Kit at Cottonwood Creek after firing - Thursday Feb 18, 5:15pm-6:15pm - Needed for last class.

Enrollment Open

Public Speaking Young Masters: Creative Writing & Presenting Skills

Instructor:       Gurus Education East Bay
Grade:                1 - 3
Sessions:          10  x 1 Hour 
Days/Dates:     Classes are offered twice a week - Pick one day ONLY.
                             Tuesday Class – Dec 8, 15  | Jan  5, 12, 19, 26  |  Feb  2, 9, 16, 23     
                             Wednesday Class – Dec  9, 16 | Jan  6, 13, 20, 27  | Feb  3, 10, 17, 24
Time:                   3:00-4:00PM
Place:                  Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:              $160

Course Description: 

One skill that every leader acquires is Strong Speaking Skills!!

Students will learn various formats of writing such as persuasive, narrative, and descriptive through story telling, fun activities and games, and will present impressively in 6 easy steps. They will understand 1) how to manage public speaking anxiety, 2) gain confidence while thinking critically and creatively, and 3) learn to present using visual aides!!

This online course will help kids expand their general knowledge and formulate their thoughts with a clear and concise structure. Hands on learning will be FUN, EASY, and INFORMATIVE!

Enrollment Open

Solve Real Problems with Math & Publish Digital Solutions

Instructor:        Ms. Felicia Suminski, Frederiksen Elementary Teacher
Grade Level:     3 – 5
Day/Dates:        Tuesday Class – Dec 8, 15   | Jan  5, 12, 19, 26   | Feb  2, 9, 16, 23
Time:                   3:10 – 4:10 pm
Place:                  Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:               $155

Course Description:
This class will provide opportunities to study fundamental math concepts and how you can use them in your life to solve real world problems.  Students will work independently and collaboratively to design, measure, craft, scale, and display information. Students will draft, build, and make models at home and digitally. During the course they will document solutions to problems utilizing technology digital media resources. Students will learn the usefulness of ratios, geometry, mass, volume, and area.

Prerequisite: An enthusiasm for solving problems that have more than one correct answer, a willingness to be challenged, and the ability to minimize the online virtual live class to work on another document then return to the video meeting, ie toggling between two tabs or splitting a screen.

Enrollment Open

Stop Motion Animation & Graphic Design

Instructor:         CompuChild  
Grade Level:      3 – 5
Sessions:           10  x 1 Hour
Day/Date:          Thursday class - Dec 10, 17  |  Jan 7, 14, 21, 28   |  Feb 4, 11 ,18,  25
Time:                   3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                  Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:               $170 – Software cost is included in the price of the course.

Course Description:
Everyone has a story to tell. Make yours memorable using Frames Stop Motion Software to make your own movie. Combine imagination, art and technological skills to create stop motion animation projects to share at your school, with family or with friends. Learn how to use cool special effects while creating your project that will be the envy of all your friends. You will learn how to use stop motion as can be seen in many popular movies such as Kubo, Missing Link, Boxtrolls, and even Robocop. During the course you will learn the step by step instructions, from video editing to the compilation of pictures, to make your own movie.

Class Activities:

  • Master the creative foundational skills of stop motion animation and graphic design concepts
  • Project-based, instructor guided class. Students work on 135 frame movie from inception to publishing their own movie which they will be able to keep and upload to YouTube.
  • Final project involves envisioning concept, script writing and development (visual & sound editing, frame rates, frame duration, shapes, adding nodes, pan & zoom, animating texts etc.). Presentation and peer evaluation in the last class
  • Introduction to different animation styles (Claymation, object, cut-out and pixilation) through examples and discussion. Our program promotes out of the box thinking, observing, communicating and reflecting

Equipment:  Windows or Mac based laptop or computer

Software: Families will be sent a code to use to download software prior to the start of class 

Enrollment Open

Video Game Design & Coding

Instructor:        Code to the Future 
Grade Level:      2 – 5
Sessions:           10 x 1 Hour
Day/Dates:        Classes are offered three times a week - Pick one day ONLY.
                               Monday Class – Nov 30  |  Dec  7, 14  | Jan  4, 11, 26  | Feb.1, 8, 22  |  Mar 1
                               Wednesday Class – Dec  9, 16  |  Jan  6, 13, 20, 27  |  Feb 3, 10, 17, 24
                               Friday Class – Dec 11, 18  |  Jan 8, 15, 22, 29  |  Feb 5, 12, 19, 26
Time:                  3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                  Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:               $160

Course Description:
Prepare for the world of technology and learn the secret language of computers!  New and returning students are welcome.  Begin or 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 the class during the year and every class is differentiated for individual learning. Choose your favorite theme from Minecraft to Fortnite and this class will work for you. Students must have a laptop or computer with video and audio capabilities so they can see and speak with the instructors.

Enrollment Open

WELCOME to Wood Art and Ceramics

Instructor:       Ms. Jeanne Nakano, Café Art
Grade Level:    1 – 5
Sessions:          10 x 1 Hour 
Day/Dates:       Tuesday Class – Dec 8, 15  |  Jan  5, 12, 19, 26  |  Feb 2, 9, 16, 23
Time:                   3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                  Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:              $160

Course Description: 
In this class the kids will paint 12 seasonal ceramic pieces (about 3”), such as a New Year’s Eve hat, Valentine heart and St. Paddy’s Day Shamrock. They will paint a welcome board sign using stencils.   Kids can free paint while also learning new ideas and painting techniques and styles for each piece of work.

In preparation for each lesson, your student will need an artwork space, set of paints, paper towel, bowl of water, pencil, scrap paper, colored markers and access to their computer to participate.


There will be a supply kit that will need to be picked up prior to the class starting.  Included in that kit will be: 
DPIE Supplied Supply Kit

  • Planning and Design Workbook, ceramic paint, 12 ceramic pieces, paintbrush, pipette, wood board, twine (string) for hanging, stencils and magnets.  Choice of Tempura or acrylic black paint.

NOTE:  3 Pick-ups/drop-offs required for this class. 

  1. Pick-Up of Materials at Cottonwood Creek Elementary (2400 Central Parkway) on Sunday Dec 6th 11am-12pm OR Monday December 7th, 5pm-6pm

  2. Drop-Off for Ceramics (at Cottonwood Creek) of painted pieces to be fired Thursday Feb 11, 5:15pm-6:15pm

  3. Pick-Up of painted ceramic pieces at Cottonwood  Creek after firing - Thursday Feb 18, 5:15pm-6:15pm - Needed for last class.

Enrollment Open

Writing Through the Genres - Effective Communication

Instructor:         Ms. Jennifer Moirao, Amador Elementary Teacher
Grade Level:      3 - 5
Day/Dates:        Class is offered twice a week - Pick one day ONLY.
                              Tuesday Class – Dec 8, 15   | Jan 5, 12, 19, 26  |  Feb  2, 9, 16, 23
                              Thursday Class – Dec 10, 17  | Jan  7, 14, 21, 28  | Feb 4, 11, 18, 25
Sessions:             10 X 1 hour
Time:                    3:00 - 4:00pm
Place:                    Zoom meetings
Tuition                 $155       

Course Description:
Writing is one of the main forms of communication, yet it’s also one of the most dreaded subjects for students to learn. Through this session of writing, students will learn how to communicate more effectively with the written word. We will introduce narrative writing this fall and the course will include, how to tell a story and build suspense, telling stories from different points of view, and the use of figurative language. We will also focus on the technical parts of writing such as sentence form and grammar. This course will change focus and emphasis from session to session and year to year so students will always learn new writing skills.

Participants will:

  1. Engage in learning activities that builds student confidence with writing skills
  2. Develop strong grammatical skills
  3. Utilize technology to self-publish their works
  4. Equip students with the tools to organize to organize their ideas
  5. Enhance student ability to edit their own work.

Enrollment Open

Yoga for Kids – Uniting the Body and Mind

Instructor:          Ms. Kavita Patel - Owner, Monkey Bear Yoga
Grade Level:       3 - 5
Sessions:             10  x 1 Hour
Day/Dates:          Wednesday Class – Dec 9, 16  |  Jan 6, 13, 20, 27  |  Feb 3, 10, 17, 24
Time:                     3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                    Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:                 $140 

Course Description:
Yoga literally means “union”. Yoga unites mind, body and breath. Yoga’s benefits are immense. There are numerous physical benefits such as increased strength and flexibility. Practicing yoga poses also develops patience and concentration. Most importantly, the connection between mind and body are deepened in the practice of yoga. Stress is greatly reduced with a regular yoga practice. We are faced with an ever-changing world. Yoga gives children the tools to cope with their emotions and feel in control of themselves. Each class we will explore a principle of yoga; nonviolence, compassion, truthfulness, determination and inner peace. These are big ideas that play a role in our ever-changing lives. Yoga gives us the ability to approach these big concepts through asana (yoga poses) and pranayama (breathing exercises). We will also use part of our time to journal and reflect on our practice. My hope is that your children find a sense of empowerment which sparks joy and lifelong desire to live a balanced life.

Enrollment Open

Yoga for Kids – Uniting the Body and Mind

Instructor:          Ms. Kavita Patel - Owner, Monkey Bear Yoga
Grade Level:       6 - 12
Sessions:             10  x 1 Hour
Day/Dates:          Wednesday Class – Dec 9, 16  |  Jan 6, 13, 20, 27  |  Feb 3, 10, 17, 24
Time:                     4:00 – 5:00 pm
Place:                    Zoom Video Conference
Tuition:                 $140 

Course Description: 
Yoga literally means “union”. Yoga unites mind, body and breath. Yoga’s benefits are immense. There are numerous physical benefits such as increased strength and flexibility. Practicing yoga poses also develops patience and concentration. Most importantly, the connection between mind and body are deepened in the practice of yoga. Stress is greatly reduced with a regular yoga practice. We are faced with an ever-changing world. Yoga gives children the tools to cope with their emotions and feel in control of themselves. Each class we will explore a principle of yoga; nonviolence, compassion, truthfulness, determination and inner peace. These are big ideas that play a role in our ever-changing lives. Yoga gives us the ability to approach these big concepts through asana (yoga poses) and pranayama (breathing exercises). We will also use part of our time to journal and reflect on our practice. My hope is that your children find a sense of empowerment which sparks joy and lifelong desire to live a balanced life.


Enrollment Open