Murray Elementary School

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

Murray Elementary SchoolHello Murray 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.  

We are offering a dynamic selection of courses available from Kindergarten through to 5th Grade.  Below is the list of courses we are offering at Murray Elementary.


Actors’ Workshop!

Instructor:          Professional Actors from Kenn Adams Synergy Theater
Grade Level:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:           Thursday – March 14, 21, 28   |  April 11, 18, 25   |  May 2, 9, 16
Sessions:             9 sessions x 67 minutes
Time:                    3:05  - 4:12pm
Room:                  K5
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $196     After March 7 - $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.

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Prerequisite: To enroll in this course you MUST have first completed our Lego Robotics, WeDo Lego Robotics for Elementary Students or some other beginning Robotics class so your child is familiar with the basics of block coding. Otherwise, students should enroll in the Lego Robotics class at least once before enrolling in the Advanced Lego Robotics course.

Instructor:          CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:          Tuesday – March 12, 19, 26   |  April 9, 16, 23, 30   |  May 7, 14, 21
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                    2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                Early Bird - $199       After March 5 - $210

Do you have a budding engineer in your family and a child who just can’t get enough of building and problem solving? Then the Advanced Lego Robotic course might be just the class you’re looking for. Working in teams, students will participate in an interactive engineering design process and will be challenged to construct more complex and dynamic robot projects that enable them to successfully complete a series of engineering challenges.

The Advanced Robotics course is designed for students who have already participated in our Beginning Lego & Robotics course as taught in the DPIE After School Program or a student who has already taken a basic robotics course and learned or is familiar with the basics of block coding.

Note: Students who enjoy this Adv. Lego Robotics course may enroll in the class twice without repeating any projects. 

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Art Integration for Grades K-5

Note: Students may re-enroll in all Talent Nook courses as the themes change from session to session and the students will learn new curriculum each time they enroll in one of their courses.

Instructor:             Talent Nook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:          K - 5
Day/Dates:            Thursday - March 14, 21, 28   |  April 11, 18, 25   |  May 2, 9, 16, 23
Sessions:                10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                       3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                     F1
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $200        After March 7 - $210

Dive into the world of Art Integration for grades K-5, where our curriculum seamlessly blends art with core subjects, fostering enhanced problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking. Whether your child is in kindergarten or fifth grade, they'll explore captivating themes, cultivating a love for learning beyond textbooks.

With weekly themes like Animals and their habitats, Bilateral Symmetry, and the Solar System, students engage in Science, Math, History, and Language Arts. From creating cartoon characters to crafting 3D models using colors, pencils, or recycled materials, our program ensures a perfect blend of fun and learning.

Art Integration empowers students to:

1) Think innovatively across grade levels.
2) Visualize abstract ideas, linking math symbols to real-world applications.
3) Enhance fine motor skills through activities like drawing and crafting.

Art Integration creates well-rounded individuals with a deep understanding of subjects and an appreciation for the arts.

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Beginner’s Yoga, Its Elementary!

Instructor:           Ms. Alison Starr, Murray Instructor
Grade Level:        K – 5
Day/Dates:          Tuesday - March 12, 19, 26   |  April 9, 16, 23, 30   |  May 7, 14, 21
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                    2.05 - 3.05pm 
Room:                   B1
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $190      After March 5 - $200

Would you like to be a goddess?  How about a winged dragon? Maybe a proud warrior? Or even a soaring eagle? Then come try yoga with Mrs. Starr in K-3 at Magical Murray. This class is an introduction to yoga and will help you find strength, balance and focus all of which can help you in any sport your play as well as the classroom. You will also find inner peace through meditation the meditation period at the end of each class. Invest in yourself and come and try yoga, you will be amazed at all you learn.

Please note that Ms Starr cannot pick Kindergarten students up from EDCC.

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Chess Academy for Kids (Tuesday)

Instructors:        Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:      1 - 5
Day/Dates:         Tuesdays – March 12, 19, 26   |  April 9, 16, 23, 30   |   May 7, 14, 21  
Sessions:            10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                   2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                  D4
Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing - $198       After March 5  - $210

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. Specially designed for young players with various levels of chess experience (Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced) the course offers easy-to-follow instructions, individual recommendations and preparation for chess tournaments.  Parents can monitor kids’ progress by using our FREE mobile application PACIFIC CHESS ACADEMY easily downloadable from AppStore with unlimited chess games, studies, puzzles and tournaments.

Our students learn chess tactics and strategies and quickly become decent players ready for any challenge. We also offer make-up classes in online format (2 per semester) to kids who miss their regular class at school. Our students are provided with all necessary chess equipment for lessons so all they need to bring is a big smile and a willingness to win!

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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Chess Academy for Kids (Wednesday)

Instructors:        Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:      1 - 5
Day/Dates:         Wednesday – March 13, 20, 27   |  April 10, 17, 24   |  May 1, 8, 15, 22
Sessions:            10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                   2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                  B7
Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing - $198       After March 6  - $210

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. Specially designed for young players with various levels of chess experience (Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced) the course offers easy-to-follow instructions, individual recommendations and preparation for chess tournaments.  Parents can monitor kids’ progress by using our FREE mobile application PACIFIC CHESS ACADEMY easily downloadable from AppStore with unlimited chess games, studies, puzzles and tournaments.

Our students learn chess tactics and strategies and quickly become decent players ready for any challenge. We also offer make-up classes in online format (2 per semester) to kids who miss their regular class at school. Our students are provided with all necessary chess equipment for lessons so all they need to bring is a big smile and a willingness to win!

Chess being played at an After School Elementary School in Dublin.

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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Creatif: Exploring Art through Drawing and Painting

Instructor:           Creatif Art Instructor 
Grade Level:       1- 5
Day/Dates:          Friday - March 15, 22   |  April 12, 19, 26   |  May 3, 10, 17
Sessions:             8 classes x 75 minutes
Time:                    3:05 - 4:20pm
Room:                  B3
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $199        After March 8  - $210

Join us for an exciting and interactive drawing and painting class tailored specifically for young artists. Through this fun session they will be introduced to basic drawing and painting skills. They'll have the opportunity to express themselves artistically, creating vibrant artworks.
No prior experience required as this class is designed to inspire creativity and foster a love for art. Join us as we embark on a colorful journey of self-expression and creativity! Enroll your child today to ignite their passion for drawing and painting.

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Creatif: Springtime Kawaii Art Adventure

Instructor:           Creatif Art Instructor 
Grade Level:       1- 5
Day/Dates:          Wednesday - March 13, 20, 27 |  April 10, 17, 24   |  May 1, 8
Sessions:             8 classes x 75 minutes
Time:                    2:05 - 3:20pm
Room:                  D4
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $199        After March 8  - $210

Creatif is excited to invite your child to a delightful spring-themed Kawaii art adventure! Join us for an enchanting session where participants will dive into the world of drawing adorable Kawaii characters. This engaging class will immerse your child in the joyful art of creating cute and vibrant spring-inspired Kawaii art.
 
Every student will receive an individual sketchbook to nurture their spring-themed Kawaii artistry. They'll explore these newfound skills while crafting treasured mementos like windchimes, bookmarks and canvases adorned with delightful kawaii designs. Our creative journey will traverse through an array of mediums, embracing the use of pencils, sharpies, colorful markers, and other imaginative tools.
 
Don't miss out on this exciting and highly sought-after class; secure your spot today! We are looking forward to creating art with your child.

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Note: Students may re-enroll in all Talent Nook Writing & Reading courses as the themes change from session to session and the students will learn new curriculum each time they enroll in one of their courses.

Instructor:             Talent Nook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:          1 - 2
Day/Dates:            Monday – March 11, 18, 25   |  April 8, 15, 22, 29   |  May 6, 13, 20
Sessions:                10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                     TBA
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $200      After March 4 -  $210

Embark on an imaginative journey with our upcoming course, Creative Writing. Designed to encourage creativity, critical thinking, and a love for storytelling, this course introduces students to the dynamic worlds of Comedy and Thriller genres.

In the first five sessions, students will be engaged in interactive comedic tales featuring relatable characters and settings, which will be narrated. These stories will introduce them to the whimsical world of Comedy, emphasizing the humor derived from everyday situations. Through laughter and perspective, students will naturally connect with characters whose experiences mirror their own, fostering a sense of familiarity.

Talentnook Creative Writing after school classes at Dublin elementary schools.

Through the readings of the Thriller genre, students will analyze character traits and behaviors in suspenseful contexts that lead to tension and climax of events. By exploring how characters respond to mysterious situations, students will recognize the parallels between the characters in the stories and their own experiences, making the circumstances more relatable.

Through the readings of Comedy and Thriller, students will:

  1. Gain an appreciation for the diverse ways stories can be told, from humorous narratives to suspenseful plots.
  2. Experience various emotions, from hearty laughter during comedic readings to the anticipation and excitement of thrilling stories
  3. Develop the ability to identify elements that contribute to the comedic or thrilling nature of a story.

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Creative Writing for Grades 3-5: Comedy and Thriller

Note: Students may re-enroll in all Talent Nook Writing & Reading courses as the themes change from session to session and the students will learn new curriculum each time they enroll in one of their courses.

Instructor:             Talent Nook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:          3 - 5
Day/Dates:             Monday – March 11, 18 25   |  April 8, 15, 22, 29    |  May 6, 13, 20
Sessions:                10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                     B4
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $200      After March 4 -  $210

In this course, students will explore the mysterious elements of plot twists, character development, and enigmatic settings, inviting them into a world of intellectual discovery. This course is a rollercoaster ride through the worlds of comedy and thriller, promising an unforgettable blend of laughter and suspense.

This captivating Course is not just an academic endeavor, it's an opportunity for the students to explore the magic of Comedy and Thriller genres, tapping into the essence of human connection, emotion, and shared imagination. Each student will get a chance to share personal reflections on how comedic and thrilling tales resonate with their own experiences.

This course aims not only to educate but to touch the hearts and minds of your exceptional students. Through laughter, suspense, and heartfelt narratives, we are confident that this expedition will profoundly impact their literary journey.

Through the reading of Comedy and Thriller, students will:

  1. Gain an appreciation for the diverse ways stories can be told, from humorous narratives to suspenseful plots.
  2. Experience a range of emotions, from hearty laughter during comedic readings to the anticipation and excitement of thrilling stories.
  3. Develop the ability to identify elements that contribute to the comedic or thrilling nature of a story.

 

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Game Development

Instructor:          CompuChild
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:          Tuesday – March 12, 19, 26  |   April 9, 16, 23, 30   |  May 7, 14, 21
Sessions:             10 x 1 Hour 
Time:                    2:05 - 3.05pm 
Room:                  B7
Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing -  $199            After March 5 - $210

This is a beginner’s course in design and building games. Students will be using the roblox game engine to build 3D games and learning the fundamentals of programming doing so. This is a fun way for kids to learn programming while applying their creative side to design games. They will be learning and practicing the concepts of variables, IF ELSE conditions, Loops, timers, functions, checkpoint, and events in this course.

Note: Students who enjoyed this class may enroll in the course twice without repeating any of the projects.

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Note: Students may re-enroll in all Talent Nook Writing & Reading courses as the themes change from session to session and the students will learn new curriculum each time they enroll in one of their courses.

Instructor:             Talent Nook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:          K - 5
Day/Dates:             Monday -  March 11, 18, 25   |  April 8, 15, 22, 29   |  May 6, 13, 20
Sessions:                10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3.05pm
Room:                     TBA
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $200    After March 4 -  $210

Recognizing the importance of fostering linguistic diversity and cultural understanding, we aim to implement a comprehensive curriculum that will provide students with a foundational knowledge of the Hindi language and its cultural context.

In the initial weeks, participants will be introduced to basic greetings and directions through interactive sessions and the lively "Hindi Hokey-Pokey" song. As the program progresses, students will delve into recognizing Hindi alphabet, exploring vowels with engaging songs, and practicing their writing skills in a recommended Varnamala workbook. The curriculum also includes colorful activities such as naming colors in Hindi, creating rainbow coloring sheets, and participating in educational quizzes on colors. Subsequent weeks will cover essential language elements, including family member names, conversations, vegetable and fruit vocabulary, and the oral and written recognition of Hindi consonants.

As the program concludes, participants will engage in fun quizzes and activity worksheets and even present Hindi songs of their choice, fostering a dynamic and immersive learning experience in the Hindi language and culture.

Hindi Harmony will enable your student to:

  1. Immerse thImemselves in the rich tapestry of Hindi language and culture, providing an enriching and immersive experience
  2. Deepen their bond with cultural heritage
  3. An early exposure to multicultural literature

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LEGO Engineering & Design Thinking Class - 2 Hours

Instructor:           Lando Trained Instructor
Grade Level:       1- 3
Day/Dates:          Monday - March 11, 18, 25   |  April 8, 15, 22, 29    |  May 6, 13, 20
Sessions:             10 classes x 2 hour
Time:                    2:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                  D4
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $400        After March 5  - $410

Lando classes teach students the skills needed to solve real world engineering problems without relying on step by step instructions. Our unique classes give students the freedom to explore their own solutions to engineering problems, while our expert teachers guide them with tactical hints and suggestions, as well as explanations of core engineering and design concepts. This approach allows them to gain early exposure to complex concepts and ideas, while developing mental toughness and perseverance. In each class students will utilize legos to solve a specific engineering or design challenge (e.g., building a bridge, dome, elevator, catapult, train.) These challenges include distinct levels (bridge holds 2, 5, 10, 15, 20, 35+ pounds) to keep students engaged and allow them to progress at their own pace.

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LEGO® Robotics

Instructor:             CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:          1 - 5
Days/Dates:           Thursday –March 14, 21, 28   |  April 11, 18, 25   |  May 2, 9, 16, 23
Sessions:                10 x 1 Hour
Time:                       3:05 - 4:05pm 
Room:                     D4
Tuition:                    Early Bird - $199      After March 7 - $210

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.

Note: Students can enroll in this class two times without repeating activities.

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Magical Murray Book Club

Instructor:           Angieleque “Ms. Angie” Ollendorf, Murray Media Tech
Grade Level:        1 – 5
Day/Dates:          Monday – March 11, 18, 25   |  April 8, 15, 22, 29    |  May 6, 13, 20
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 hour  
Time:                    2:05 - 3:05pm  
Room:                  Library
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $190        After March 4 - $200

Magical Murray After School Reading book club!


Calling all story enthusiasts!  Do you like getting lost in a story but never have someone to talk  to about the books? Join Ms. Angie on a magical adventure as we read and talk about amazing books. Enhance your student’s comprehension and create lifelong readers with fun stories and activities. Students will participate in group activities and meaningful round table discussions where they can share their feelings and thoughts with their peers in a safe and non- judgmental environment. All students will receive a book to keep. This course is open to grades 1st through 5th and students will be grouped by reading levels. Come join our adventures in reading!

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Magical Murray Cheer Camp

Instructor:           Angieleque “Ms. Angie” Ollendorf, Murray Media Tech & DHS Asst.Cheer Coach 
Grade Level:        1 – 5
Day/Dates:          Wednesday - March 13, 20, 27   |  April 10, 17, 24   |  May 1, 8, 15, 22
Sessions:             10 x 1 Hour
Time:                    2:05 - 3:05pm  
Room:                 Library
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $190        After March 6 - $200

Is your student interested in cheerleading? At the Magical Murray Cheer Camp students will  learn motions and dances along with cheers and chants. Everyone is welcome regardless of experience, gender or grade level (K-5). Cheerleading is a wonderful team sport and a great way to get that extra energy out! Cheerleading helps build confidence and self esteem. Students will learn to work together as a team for a common goal. If your student is interested in learning  more about cheerleading, joining a little league cheer squad or trying out for middle school cheer one day this is a great intro to cheerleading and cheer skills. 

Coach Angie is currently an assistant coach for the JV cheer squad at Dublin high school. She also coached cheer for the Dublin Fighting Irish for 8 years. Coach Angie grew up as a sideline cheerleader and has a passion for cheering on her team. She is looking forward to sharing the wonderful world of cheer with your students. 

At the end of this course we will host a friends and family showcase so your students can show you what they have learned. I know they will be excited to show off their new cheer skills! 

All students will receive a Magical Murray Cheer Camp t-shirt and bow that they can wear to the Dublin High School football games and join the cheerleaders in the 3rd quarter to cheer on the sidelines. 

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Note: Students may re-enroll in all Talent Nook courses as the themes change from session to session and the students will learn new curriculum each time they enroll in one of their courses.

Instructor:             Talent Nook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:          K - 5
Day/Dates:            Wednesday - March 13, 20, 27   |  April 10, 17, 24   |  May 1, 8, 15, 22
Sessions:                10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                     TBA
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $200        After March 6 - $210

This exciting and interactive course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of Mandarin in a playful and interactive manner, promoting a love for language learning among our young learners.

This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the Chinese language and culture. Topics include greetings, basic vocabulary, pronunciation, numbers, food, family, common verbs and nouns, professions, body parts, and cultural aspects. Interactive learning activities, including role-playing exercises, storytelling, games and music, will be integrated to make the learning process engaging and enjoyable for students.

Learning Mandarin at a young age can be fun and rewarding, providing students with valuable skills and insights into one of the world’s most widely spoken languages and cultures.

Learning Mandarin will enable students to:

  1. Global opportunities as it’s one of the most spoken languages in the world
  2. Cognitive benefits as studies suggest that learning a tonal language can improve auditory skills and enhance overall cognitive function.
  3. Deeper understanding of a rich cultural heritage.

 

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Masters of Public Speaking: Present With an Impact!

Instructor:          Gurus Education Certified Teacher
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:          Friday – March 15, 22   |  April 12, 19, 26   |  May 3, 10, 17, 24
Sessions:             9 classes  x 67 minutes 
Time:                    3:05  - 4:12pm
Room:                  B4
Tuition:                Early Bird - $200         After March 8 - $210

Help your child build their presentation confidence by learning the important skills of public speaking.  The skills practiced in this class will help your child make effective presentations that they will use the rest of their lives.

The course will focus on six important presentation skills that enhance your child’s public speaking ability:

  • Non-Verbal communication skills – Students will come to understand how expressions, gestures, eye contact and body language help make presentations more impactful.
  • Eliminate Irritating Mannerisms – Students will learn how to identify and eliminate distractions like filler words, fidgeting & interruptions can detract from a presentation.
  • Vocal Expression – Students will learn how voice and tone can help them enrich their presentations and help them make important points.
  • The3 P’s, Prepare, Practice & Present – Like an attorney who is preparing to go to court, students will learn that proper preparation will help them make effective presentations.
  • Making Strong First Impressions – Students will come to understand the importance of strong opening statements and how they can help them effectively capture the attention of their audience.
  •  Have Fun – The more relaxed the presenter the more fun it will be for everyone.

Kids learn how to think critically and impact an audience effectively. Students begin to conduct research on more current issues and make powerful presentations with the use of Power Point, Charts, Posters and other Audio/Visual Aids. This course will help kids formulate their thoughts with a clear, creative and concise structure.

Our goal is to develop well-rounded confident individual and to give kids with any level of prior knowledge a HANDS-ON experience in each class!!

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Instructor:       Instructor from Math Trek Program
Grades:            1 - 3
Day/Dates:      Monday -   March 11, 18, 25   |  April 8, 15, 22, 29  |  May 6, 13, 20
Sessions:         10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:              TBA
Tuition:            Early Bird Pricing - $192         After March 4 - $205

Help your child discover the “magic” of math by enrolling them in our Noetic Math course. This class is different from a typical math class as it focuses on problem-solving skills that help students discover their own mathematical abilities and learn to appreciate how math can help them in the real world. During the course students will work on problems both individually and in teams to solve complex math problems through a variety of math games that are fun, challenging and inspirational.

Students will not only learn to effectively multiply, divide. they will be introduced to algebraic concepts that help them learn math conceptually. The class takes a gradual approach of exposing students from conceptually easy problems to progressively more complex problems. Not only will their math skills improve but they will be inspired to learn and enjoy math on a level they may not have experienced in the past. During our time together students will have the chance to participate in a variety of math contests that challenge them to apply the skills they are learning. Students who choose, can participate in semi-annual Noetic Learning Math Contests (NLMC) for elementary students which we will let our families know about.

The goal of our program is to help students develop their problem-solving skills, enhance their enjoyment of math and to inspire them to excel in math as time goes on.

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Instructor:           Talentnook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:       K  - 2
Day/Dates:          Thursday - March 14, 21, 28  |   April 11, 18, 25   |  May 2, 9, 16, 23
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                    3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                  TBC
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $200        After March 7  - $210

This is a fun library reading hour after school. The reading material encompasses reading picture books to simple text, where children learn to follow characters, plot, and dialog. Here, we also use pop-up books to create tension and color in the stories. The books are read in a friendly, happy environment to provide a love of reading for pleasure.

The teacher engages each and every student with a theme of the week, reading material from Animal Babies to A Trip to the Airport. Children are encouraged to bring their own books to read with the class if they have a favorite to share. Children are asked questions about the story, share their thoughts, identify the lousy character/good character (protagonist/antagonist), and comment whether they liked or disliked the story and why. Each story is followed by coloring a picture and some new words to learn and sound out, along with discussions, hands-on activities, and animations. There is fun and smiles along the way as children learn the importance of reading for pleasure, information, and leisure activities.

Read Aloud will enable your student to:

  1. Develop a love of reading, listening, and word skills
  2. Stimulate language and reading by reading books with plot
  3. Read books and learn the art of discussion and character development

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Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies - Literary Fiction for Grades 1-2

Note: Students may re-enroll in all Talent Nook Writing & Reading courses as the themes change from session to session and the students will learn new curriculum each time they enroll in one of their courses.

Instructor:        Talentnook Writing Academy
Grade Level:     1 - 2
Day/Dates:        Thursday – March 14, 21, 28   |  April 11, 18, 25  |   May 2, 9, 16, 23  
Sessions:           10 classes x 1 hour 
Time:                  3:05 - 4:05pm 
Room:                B3
Tuition:               Early Bird - $200         After March 7 - $210

Implementing reading comprehension and writing strategies offers a wide array of benefits for students. Exposure to well-written texts contributes to the development of proper grammar and language usage in student’s writing and comprehensive reading methods which enhance vocabulary, thus empowering students with a richer language experience even at a beginning level.

In this course, students will build a more extensive vocabulary through exposure to a variety of texts to understand and implement context clues to determine the meanings of unfamiliar words and sound them out. Reinforcement to apply proper grammar, punctuation, and language usage in reading enhances writing. This comprehensive course aims to provide a well-rounded set of literacy skills, preparing students for more advanced reading and writing tasks while fostering a love for literature and practical written and textual communication.

Reading and writing with Comprehension Strategies course will :

  1. Boost student confidence in translating suspense and tension into their writing
  2. Create a foundation of understanding the author’s purpose in written material
  3. Learn to illustrate writing into words and pictures from unknown events

 

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Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies - Literary Fiction for Grades 3-5

Note: Students may re-enroll in all Talent Nook Writing & Reading courses as the themes change from session to session and the students will learn new curriculum each time they enroll in one of their courses.

Instructor:        Talentnook Writing & Reading Academy
Grade Level:     3 - 5
Day/Dates:        Friday - March 15, 22   |  April 12, 19, 26   |  May 3, 10, 17, 24   
Sessions:           9 classes x 67 Minutes
Time:                  3:05 - 4:12pm 
Room:                 K4
Tuition:               Early Bird - $200       After March 8 - $210

This comprehensive Reading and Writing course is targeted to academically enhance students' grammar, reading comprehension, writing, and vocabulary skills through a carefully crafted curriculum that combines academics with comprehension techniques and direct instructor input.

With expository reading passages, the understanding of the text will emphasize the alignment of thought development and writing expression to produce better writers. This course encourages the development of details, analysis, and summarization.

Students will develop new strategies for reading and writing skills that enhance reading comprehension to create writing output that is taught and practiced. The course encourages students to express their thoughts through correct words and proper sentences. The integration of comprehension strategies supports holistic language development and academic success in years to come. By reinforcing skill building, we create thoughtful understanding and expression through reading and writing.

Reading and writing with Comprehension Strategies course will :

  1. Boost students' confidence in their academic abilities by refining their reading and writing
  2. Develop essential literacy skills that carry over into all academic subjects
  3. Instill an appreciation for reading and writing that develops critical thinking

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Spanish Safari: Sing, Rhyme, Play, and Write! - For Grades K-5

Note: Students may re-enroll in all Talent Nook courses as the themes change from session to session and the students will learn new curriculum each time they enroll in one of their courses.

Instructor:             Talent Nook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:          K - 5
Day/Dates:            Friday - March 15, 22   |  April 12, 19, 26 |  May 3, 10, 17, 24
Sessions:                9 classes x 67 minutes
Time:                       3:05 - 4:12pm
Room:                     F1
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $200        After March 8  - $210

“Spanish Safari” is an enriching language program tailored to captivate young minds early on and deepen their understanding of the Spanish language and culture. In our Spanish course, our dedicated teachers are committed to providing a comprehensive and engaging learning experience that starts from the very basics. Week 1 of the course will be a foundational journey into the world of the Spanish language, beginning with essential elements like greetings, alphabets, numbers, and colors. Subsequent weeks dive into a diverse array of subjects, including personal and relatable topics like my home/family, parts of the body, weather, animals, telling time, hobbies, routines/school, and much more.

Each week offers an immersive and dynamic learning experience, incorporating interactive activities, games, music and discussions to make language acquisition engaging and enjoyable. Students get to showcase what they've learned through exciting projects. These projects focus on Spanish-speaking countries and cultural activities, allowing students to apply their language skills in creative and meaningful ways.

Spanish Safari will enable your student to:

  1. Cultivate cultural awareness, tolerance, and an appreciation for global perspectives
  2. Open up global opportunities in an increasingly interconnected world.
  3. Enhance problem solving skills, as learning a new language requires navigating grammar rules, vocabulary, and sentence structures.

 

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WordSMASH! Reading and Word Fun for Grades K-2

Note: Students may re-enroll in all Talent Nook Writing & Reading courses as the themes change from session to session and the students will learn new curriculum each time they enroll in one of their courses.

Instructor:        Talentnook Writing & Reading Academy
Grade Level:     K - 2
Day/Dates:        Tuesday - March 12, 19, 26   |  April 9, 16, 23, 30   |  May 7, 14, 21   
Sessions:           10 classes x 1 hour 
Time:                  2:05 - 3:05pm 
Room:                 F2
Tuition:               Early Bird - $200       After March 6  - $210

WordSMASH! at the kindergarten to second grade level is a combination of reading, playing, and drawing fun that ignites your child’s creativity and love for language. This course is jam-packed with sensory details and engages play-on words and letter recognition sounds. In this most basic program for our youngest learners, WordSMASH! comes alive with new themes, games, fun, laughter, and music. It will make language inspiring for their age level with phonics, word families, and rhymes.

WORDSMASH! offers weekly activities ranging from “Color My World” to “Make a Wish” and many more out of the box themes. Our program includes engaging word games, find the mistakes, rhymes, jokes, nonsense words, connect-the-dots, and more. With activities like "Can you rhyme with?" and "Music to write with," we bring laughter and learning together, encouraging a fun and interactive reading experience for children.

Our teachers let their inner child come out to play with your students. WordSMASH! provides the perfect foundation for kids to unleash their understanding of letters, sounds, and drawings to listen, laugh, and smile as their words flow. Warning: WordSMASH! is extremely entertaining, and your students might tell you everything that happened as they laugh out loud.

WORDSMASH will enable your student to:

  1. Develop thinking skills with phonics, word families, and tactile word games
  2. Stimulate language with sensory and drawing manipulatives.
  3. Complete portfolios with illustrative language and activity projects.

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WordSMASH! for Grades 3-5: Reading and Word Fun

Note: Students may re-enroll in all Talent Nook Writing & Reading courses as the themes change from session to session and the students will learn new curriculum each time they enroll in one of their courses.

Instructor:        Talentnook Writing & Reading Academy
Grade Level:     3 - 5
Day/Dates:        Tuesday - March 12, 19, 26   |  April 9, 16, 23, 30   |  May 7, 14, 21    
Sessions:           10 classes x 1 hour 
Time:                  2:05 - 3:05pm 
Room:                 K4
Tuition:               Early Bird - $200       After March 5 - $210

WordSMASH isn't your typical language course – it's a journey into the wonders of words, cleverly disguised as a thrilling game of language, sounds, scavenger hunts, with the complexities and exceptions of language. Each week provides a theme that creates excitement from Music Makes to Superheroes Save the Word as students explore reading activities, and music to enlighten and inspire.

The course is crafted to combine learning with excitement, making language exploration an exhilarating game. The program incorporates a variety of interactive word games, challenges, and activities that stimulate critical thinking and creative expression. From puzzles to collaborative projects, to “What ifs,” and “This can’t be true,” students actively participate in the learning process all the while entertained with the nuances of language. Students learn with fun and games.

Each week introduces a captivating subject ranging from "Mythical Odyssey" to "Scientific Marvels." These themes serve as a gateway for students to explore diverse aspects of language in a fun and engaging manner.

WORDSMASH will enable students to:

  1. Develop thinking and word skills by enjoying language
  2. Read and explore new themes that ignite imagination and word play
  3. Complete language projects in illustrative ways to build cognitive skills Let the joy of learning words be an ongoing, animated adventure!

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Note: Students may re-enroll in all Talent Nook Writing & Reading courses as the themes change from session to session and the students will learn new curriculum each time they enroll in one of their courses.

Instructor:        Talentnook Writing & Reading Academy
Grade Level:     1 - 2
Day/Dates:        Friday – Dec 1, 8, 15   |  Jan 12, 19, 26   |  Feb 9, 23   |  Mar 8   
Sessions:           9 classes x 67 minutes 
Time:                  3:05 - 4:12pm 
Room:                 D4
Tuition:               Early Bird - $200       After November 24 - $210

In this writing course, students improve their grammar, reading comprehension, writing, and vocabulary through reading passages and direct instructor input. The ingredients of language arts, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, and reading are developed to create better writers.  Students attempt to organize their thoughts into words and sentences and understand information through pictures and reading.

Students use previous skills taught in the classroom and continue to reflect their own opinions in popular children’s nonfiction reading passages. Advanced critical thinking skills become more fluid and organized. Communication through context grows as students develop strategies for engaging in conversations and class discussions, leading to articulate writing. Students write in a harmonious atmosphere to enhance their understanding of text and discussion.

Students develop new strategies for writing skills. Through language, vocabulary, and writing practice, students focus on developing thought and improving writing with confidence, understanding, and interest.

Writing with Comprehension Strategies course will enable your student to:

  1. Identify the specific purpose at a basic level.
  2. Develop advanced vocabulary, grammar, and language skills for academic writing.
  3. Write more detailed responses from non-fiction reading passages.

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Instructor:          Challenge Island Instructor
Grade Level:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:          Wednesday – Aug  30   |  Sept  6, 13, 20, 27   |  Oct  4, 11, 18, 25   |  Nov  8
Sessions:             10 x 1 hour 
Time:                    2:05pm - 3:05pm
Room:                   F1
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $205        After August 23rd - $215

What do you want to be when you grow up? Challenge Island's all new Cool Careers Island© will give you a taste of some of the world's most exciting jobs from veterinarian to marine biologist to professional basketball player! Start engineering your future today with this STEAMtastic Challenge Island adventure!


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Instructor:           Ms. Sara Phillips, Murray Teacher
Grade Level:        3– 5
Day/Dates:          Tuesday – Sept  5, 12, 19, 26   |   Oct  3, 10, 17, 24, 31    |   Nov  7  
Sessions:             10 x 1 Hour
Time:                    2.05pm - 3.05pm
Room:                  B6
Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing - $189      After August 29th - $200

In this course, we will read a variety of wonderful books and short stories that are richly illustrated will serve to inspire students to celebrate their own artistic qualities! After reading each book as a class, students will study the illustrator’s style within the text that inspire their own artistic side. Students will then create their own illustrations through a variety of mediums such as painting, drawing, collages, modeling, and construction. Not only will students enjoy the books we read, but they will be able to tap into their own artistic talents and create their own illustrations for the stories that reflect their own spirit and point of view.
Tap into the Artist in your creative after school class with Sara Phillips at Murray Elementary.

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Instructor:           Ms. Felicia Suminski, Murray Instructor
Grade Level:        1 – 3
Day/Dates:          Tuesdays – Dec 12, 19   |  Jan 9, 16, 23, 30   |  Feb 6, 13
Sessions:             8 classes  x 75 minutes
Time:                    2pm - 3:15pm
Room:                  F2
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $189        After November 23 - $200

Hands on, Minds on!

Exciting explorations, delightful discoveries, and wild wonders await. The project-based format will encourage students to make connections with math, science, and art experiences through weekly hands-on activities. Students will have the opportunity to work on projects such as 3-dimensional art, wearable art, and STEM challenges.  Students will work individually, in pairs, and in teams to solve open-ended STEAM challenges designed to teach the creative process!

Come join the fun and discover your inner artist.

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Instructor:          Ms. Andrea Martinez & Ms. Francesca Milana, Murray Teachers
Grade Level:       3 - 5
Day/Dates:          Tuesday – Dec 12, 19   |  Jan 9, 16, 23, 30   |  Feb 6, 13
Sessions:             8 classes  x 75 Minutes 
Time:                    2:05 - 3.20pm 
Room:                  F1
Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing -  $189            After November 28 - $200

The aim of this class is to help young girls develop positive self-esteem and self-worth, as well as encouraging them to find their voice and use it in an impactful way. History has shown that women like Katherine Johnson and Rosa Parks, whose actions changed the world, did so despite the challenges they faced along the way. We want to equip our female students with the tools and inspiration to pave the path of their future, just as the women of our history did.  Each week, students will learn about influential woman in history, what they are known for and the traits they exhibited to achieve their success and participate in an activity (art, movement, writing, and peer collaboration) to put the traits into practice.

At the end of the Winter session, we want the students to leave empowered and believe that they can do anything they set their minds to!

Note: Current research shows that only 34% of women make up the workforce in STEM fields even though they account for 51% of the population. Additionally, in 2021 the CDC (Center for Disease Control) reported a dramatic increase in teen girls who felt sad or hopeless om their daily lives. “According to CDC data, “nearly 3 in 5 (57%) U.S. teen girls felt persistently sad or hopeless — double that of boys, representing a nearly 60% increase and the highest level reported over the past decade.” Girls with Confidence has the purpose of recognizing these statistics by helping young girls develop positive self-esteem and self-worth as well as encouraging them to find their voice and use it in an impactful way. 

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