Cottonwood Creek K-8 School

We are offering a dynamic selection of courses available from Kindergarten through to 8th Grade.

Cottonwood Creek Elementary School
Hello Cottonwood Creek Families!!!!

We are delighted to be offering in-person after school classes again.  We have some of your favorite teachers back and some new courses to offer you.  For those of you not ready to be back to in-person after school classes... click here for our Online After School Classes.

We are offering a dynamic selection of courses available from 1st Grade through to 5th Grade.  

As per the DUSD requirements, your students will be required to wear a mask in the DPIE After School Academy and to use hand santizer when they enter and leave the classroom.  We are keeping classroom sizes to a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 20.

ALL DPIE VENDORS WILL BE FULLY VACCINATED AND WEARING MASKS.

BollyWood Dance Class for Kids

Instructor:             Professional Dance Instructors from BollyNaach Dance Company
Grade Level:          1 - 5
Day/Dates:             Wednesday  - Dec  1, 8, 15    |  Jan   12, 19, 26   |  Feb 2, 9, 16, 23 
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                     TBA
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing - $189    After November 25th - $199

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.

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Chess Academy for Kids (Monday)

Instructor:             Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:          1 - 5
Day/Dates:             Monday – Nov 29    |   Dec   6, 13    |  Jan   10, 24, 31  |  Feb  7, 14, 28   |  Mar   7   
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3.05pm
Room:                     TBA
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $180    After November 25th -  $190

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 (Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced), the course offers video lessons, easy-to-follow instructions, individual recommendations, and preparation to chess tournaments. The use of the modern technology (projectors, iPad, teaching software) makes the learning process easy, fast, and fun! All necessary equipment (boards and pieces, clocks, demo tools) provided. Participants receive certificates and trophies at the end of the school year. 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

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Lego® Robotics for Primary Students

Instructor:          CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:       1 - 4
Day/Dates:         Friday– Dec  3, 10, 17    |   Jan   21, 28    |  Feb   4, 11, 25  |  Mar   4, 11  
Sessions:            10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                   3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                Early Bird - $189   After November 28th - $199

Kids will have a great time in this hands-on Robotics course while also being introduced to various aspects of mechanical, electrical, and computer science Engineering. Students will be introduced to a block coding language in order to provide an intuitive understanding for programming as well as provide easy to follow instructions to build many simple machines.

 

In every class session students will use Lego pieces to build figures like airplanes, alligators, a smart spinner, etc., and they will be introduced to mechanical and electrical mechanisms like sensors, gears, pullies.  They will then use block programming to help their fit all these pieces together to create their own moving project.

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

Instructor:            Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Level:         2 - 5
Day/Dates:           Tuesday - Nov  30  |   Dec   7, 14    |   Jan   11, 18, 25    |   Feb   1, 8, 15, 22   
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                     2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $189    After November 25th - $199

Public Speaking is #1 fear in this world and our goal is to overcome just that!! Students will learn to present impressively and write effectively in 6 easy steps. In this course, kids will learn various formats of writing such as persuasive, narrative, descriptive etc. They will also learn to manage public speaking anxiety and make strong arguments by providing reasoning and evidence on thought provoking debatable topics

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

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Middle School Courses

Public Speaking & Debate: Learn Powerful Techniques to succeed!!

Instructor:            Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Level:         6 - 8
Day/Dates:           Tuesday - Nov  30      |   Dec   7, 14    |  Jan   11, 18, 25   |   Feb   1, 8, 15, 22    
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                     3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $189    After November 25th - $199

Public speaking is about channeling your knowledge outward in an effective way. Make your biggest fear, your greatest triumph!! 

Learn to be persuasive in 6 easy steps with ability to improve communication and writing skills!

In this advance course, kids will learn various formats of writing such as persuasive, narrative, and descriptive on thought provoking topics. We will not only teach delivery and presentation skills, but will also provide a foundation for critical thinking, effective reasoning, & making strong arguments on debatable topics. Developing communication and persuasive skills are the most important aspects of Speech & Debate! We make learning FUN & EDUCATIONAL!

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Instructor:             Bricks 4 Kidz
Grade Level:          1 -5
Day/Dates:             Thursday - Sept  2, 9, 16, 23, 30    |    Oct   7, 14, 21, 28    |   Nov  4    
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       3 - 4pm
Room:                     D101
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing - $189     After August 29th - $199

It’s a Zoo in here! This course is sure to delight kids who love animals. Using Lego bricks, kids will have the chance to build snakes, insects, mammals and creatures and critters from their own imagination. Each week students will learn about the animals they build, from a chameleon that changes colors to their construction of a model seal that waddles across their table. Students will fall in love with their mobile creations that celebrate the wonders of the animal kingdom.

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Instructor:          Bricks 4 Kidz  
Grade Level:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:         Monday – Sept  13, 20, 27   |  Oct  4, 11, 18, 25   |  Nov  1, 8      
Sessions:            9 classes x 67 minutes
Time:                   2 - 3:07pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                Early Bird - $189    After September 9th- $199

Join us for an adventurous journey through space! Build a rocket to blast through the atmosphere into a realm that is truly out of this world. Build a world where rebels and the dark side start epic battles.  We’ll build motorized models that represent spacecraft from your favorite popular space movie.  We will also learn about the characteristics of space along the way.  Come experience this stellar journey to a galaxy far far away.

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Instructor:             CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:          3 - 5
Day/Dates:             Monday – Sept  13, 20, 27   |   Oct  4, 11, 18, 25   |   Nov  1, 8
Sessions:                9 x 67 minutes
Time:                       2 - 3:07pm 
Room:                     TBA
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $189   After September 9th - $199

Kids will have a great time in this hands-on Robotics course while also being introduced to various aspects of mechanical, electrical, and computer science Engineering. Students will be introduced to a block coding language in order to provide an intuitive understanding for programming as well as provide easy to follow instructions to build many simple machines.

In every class session students will use Lego pieces to build figures like airplanes, alligators, a smart spinner, etc., and they will be introduced to mechanical and electrical mechanisms like sensors, gears, pullies.  They will then use block programming to help their fit all these pieces together to create their own moving project.

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Instructor:             Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:          1 - 5
Day/Dates:             Wednesday – Sept   8, 15, 22, 29    |  Oct   6, 13, 20, 27  |  Nov   3, 10
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2  -  3pm
Room:                     E201
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing - $180    After September 5th - $190

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 (Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced), the course offers video lessons, easy-to-follow instructions, individual recommendations, and preparation to chess tournaments. The use of the modern technology (projectors, iPad, teaching software) makes the learning process easy, fast, and fun! All necessary equipment (boards and pieces, clocks, demo tools) provided. Participants receive certificates and trophies at the end of the school year. 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


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Instructor:          Licensed instructor from Code to the Future
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:          Thursday  -  Sept  2, 9, 16, 23, 30  |   Oct  7, 14, 21, 28  |   Nov   4 
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                    3 -4pm
Room:                   B202
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $189   After August 26th - $199

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.

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Instructor:          CompuChild
Grade Level:       1 - 2
Day/Dates:          Thursday – Sept  2, 9, 16, 23, 30  |   Oct   7, 14, 21, 28  |  Nov   4
Sessions:             10  x 1 Hour
Time:                    3 - 4pm
Room:                   B205
Tuition:                 Early Birdy - $189       After August 26th - $199

In this course we teach basic engineering, electronics and circuitry concepts by building components (musical doorbell, siren, motion detectors, 2 speed fan with lights and many more) using hands-on snap circuit kits.  This is a part of maker series where children build their own circuits and learn in depth about electricity, battery, parallel and series circuits etc. We teach kids basic concepts in a fun and exciting way. If your child likes to work with creative hands-on projects, the Snap Circuit class is the one for them.

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Instructor:           Certificated Chess Instructors from Pacific Chess Academy
Grade Levels:      5 - 8
Sessions:              8 x 1 Hour 
Day/Dates            Wednesday – March 31  |  April 14, 21, 28  |  May 5, 12, 19, 26 
Time:                     3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                    Video Access from Pacific Chess Academy Website
Tuition:                 $140

Course Description:
The Advanced chess class is open to Cottonwood students only and 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.

Pacific Chess Academy will host at least two chess tournaments during the program that will be open to all middle school students and medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each grade level.

Class Equipment Requirements:

  • Internet Connection
  • Reliable device (Laptop or Desktop with audio and video access)

 

ENROLLMENT OPEN

Instructor:             Ms Julie Coching, Owner of Cafe Art
Grade Level:          K -5
Day/Dates:            Monday – March 16, 23, 30  |  April 13, 20, 27  |  May 4, 11, 18 
Sessions:                9 x 70 minutes
Time:                       2.10 - 3.20pm
Room:                     C104
Tuition:                    $206

Mermaids, Unicorns, Dragon Eggs, Magical Wands… we will explore it all in this multi-media art class.  We will work with all different types of materials including oil pastel, watercolor, fused glass, clay, sharpies, markers and maybe even some glitter to create some fun magical art.  Projects include building a castle and a magic want out of clay, creating your own watercolor dragon, and students will be able to choose between creating a unicorn, mermaid or dragon as their ceramic piece. Join us in this magical exploration through art.

Instructor:            Ms Katie Nerheim, Cottonwood Teacher
Grade Level:        1 - 5
Day/Dates:           Monday – March 16, 23, 30  |  April 13, 20, 27  |  May 4, 11, 18
Sessions:              9 X 70 minutes
Time:                     2.10 - 3:20pm
Room:                   C106
Tuition:                  $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.

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.

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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:          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:             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.

Instructor:             Professional Actors from Synergy Theater (prev Kenn Adams’ Synergy Theater)
Grade Level:          K -5
Day/Dates:            Wednesday – March 4, 11, 18, 25  |  April 1, 15, 22, 29  |  May 6, 13
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2.10 - 3.10pm 
Room:                     Stage
Tuition:                   $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.