Kolb Elementary School

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

Hello Kolb 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.  Below is the list of courses we are offering at Kolb Elementary.



As per DUSD requirements, masks are optional for the after school classes.
ALL DPIE VENDORS WILL BE FULLY VACCINATED.

Actors’ Workshop!

Instructor:         Professional Actors from Kenn Adams Synergy Theater
Grade Level:      1- 5
Day/Dates:        REVISED - Tuesday – Sept 6, 13, 27    |  Oct 4, 11, 18, 25    |  Nov 1, 8, 29
Sessions:           10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                  2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                C1
Tuition:               Early Bird Pricing -$195     After Sept 1st - $205

It’s laughter, learning and limelight with the After School Drama Club’s 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 free workshop presentation of scenes and monologues for an invited audience.

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Advanced LEGO® Robotics

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:          REVISED Wednesday - Sept 14, 21, 28   |  Oct 5, 12, 19, 26   |  Nov 2, 9, 16
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                    2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                  B2
Tuition:                Early Bird - $189   After Sept 2nd - $199

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.

Challenges will include:

  1. Obstacle Course Learning
    Objectives: How to utilize motors, sensors and other Lego parts to build a moving robot and program.
    Goal: Kids will design a robot that will complete the obstacle course involving bridge, wall, river and other obstacles, in order to rescue a stranded individual and bring them back to base.

  2. Mouse Maze
    Learning objectives: Learn how to take input from the environment and take action based on sensory data.
    Goal: Students will have to design and build a robot that will be able to take and respond to input from its environment and find its way through the maze.

  3. Robot Sumo
    Learning objectives: Students will use the knowledge they have gained from previous projects and additional and more complex sensors to construct robots that are both robust and spatially aware
    Goal: Teams of students will compete in a robot sumo tournament. Student teams will create a fully autonomous robot with the goal of pushing the other robot out of the circle while maintaining their position in the circle.

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Bollywood Dance for Kids

Instructor:         Professional Dance Instructors from BollyNaach Dance Company 
Grade Level:      1 - 5
Day/Dates:        Monday– Sept 12, 19, 26   |  Oct 3, 10, 17, 24    |  Nov 7, 14  
Sessions:            9 x 67 minutes 
Time:                   2:05 - 3:12pm
Room:                 L1
Tuition:               Early Bird Pricing - $195   After Sept 7th- $205

A fun-filled introduction to beginner & intermediate Bollywood dance for kids. Instruction includes foundational movements, fundamental techniques, hand gestures, rhythmic patterns & 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 (Thursday)

Instructor:           Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:        1 - 5
Day/Dates:           REVISED Thursday -Sept 1, 15, 22    |  Oct 13, 20, 27    |  Nov 3, 10 , 17*  | Dec 1
Sessions:              10 x 1 Hour
Time:                     3:05 - 4.05pm  *Nov 17 - 2.05 - 3.05pm
Room:                   A27  Change TO MPR
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $189       After Aug 21st - $199

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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Chess Academy For Kids (Friday)

Instructor:          Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:          REVISED Friday –   Aug 26  | Sept 2, 23, 30 |    Oct 14, 21, 28    |  Nov 4  | Dec 2 
Sessions:              9 x 67 minutes
Time:                     3:05 - 4.12pm
Room:                   A27 - Moving to MPR
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $189       After Aug 21st - $199

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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Code to the Future & Robotics

Instructor:        Ms. Allison Tomcik, Kolb Elementary Teacher
Grade Level:     3 - 5
Day/Dates:       REVISED Thursday – Sept 1, 15, 22    |  Oct 13, 20, 27    |  Nov 3, 10 , 17*  | Dec 1    
Sessions:          10 x 1 hour
Time:                  3:05 - 4:05pm    *Nov 17 - 2.05 - 3.05pm
Room:                J2
Tuition:             Early Bird - $186     After Aug 26th - $196

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced coding student, this class will work for you. Students will be able to work at their own pace. The class will blend step by step lessons in coding with fun, hands-on, "unplugged" activities. With an emphasis on developing computational thinking, students will learn about algorithms, debugging, loops, conditionals, binary coding and more. Working individually, in pairs and in teams, students will be introduced to coding using a block-based online coding program. The more advanced students will begin to work with Javascript using other online coding programs. In addition, students will have the opportunity to program Ollie robots and will learn to build and program LEGO robotic sets using basic engineering techniques and coding. Problem solving, persistence and teamwork will be emphasized.

 

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Creative Writing for Upper Grades

Instructor:             Talent Nook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:          4 - 5
Day/Dates:            Monday– Sept 12, 19, 26   |  Oct 3, 10,  17, 24    |  Nov 7, 14
Sessions:                9 x 67 Minutes
Time:                       2:05 - 3:12pm
Room:                     A27
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $195    After Sept 7th -  $205

Inspire your child to write and create a storybook! 

This course will explore the art of storytelling. Students will read several genres of short stories and develop an appreciation of a compelling story: plot, dialogue, figurative language, character development, sequence of events, and imagery to name a few. Reading acts as a springboard to develop imaginative writing. 

Students draw on all materials read aloud in class and get their chance to create their very own stories.  Genres including adventure, science fiction, fairy tales, fables, mystery, realistic fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction spark interest in writing.  Imagination through reading and writing allows each student to have fun and share their voice.

This course will enable your student to:    

  1. Develop creative writing skills.
  2. Read, sample, and write in different genres.
  3. Complete their own short stories with fun and guidance.

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Engineering Challenges

Instructor:         Ms. Allison Tomcik, Kolb Elementary Teacher
Grade Level:      3 - 5
Day/Dates:         REVISED Tuesday –Sept 6, 13, 20, 27  |  Oct, 11, 18, 25    |  Nov 1, 8, 29
Sessions:            10 x 1 Hour 
Time:                   2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                  J2
Tuition:               Early Bird $186      After Sept 1st - $196

Is your child interested in building and creating different projects?  Does your son or daughter love to work with their hands? If so, the Engineering Challenges class is just what your child needs.  In this hands-on program, your child will be given different STEM challenges to complete individually and in groups. This is a great way for your child to learn to work with others and overcome different challenges. Students will use a variety of materials to build towers, boats, vehicles and more. 

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How to Become a Better Narrative Writer

Instructor:       Ms. Stacy Alvarez, Kolb Teacher
Grade Level:     2  -  3
Day/Dates:        REVISED Thursday – Sept 1, 15  |   Oct 13, 20, 27  |  Nov 3, 10, 17*  | Dec 1   
Sessions:            10 x 1 Hour  REVISED 8 remaining sessions x 68 minutes
Time:                    3:05 - 4:05pm  REVISED  3.05 - 4.13pm     *Nov 17 - 2.05 - 3.13pm
Room:                   G1
Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing - $186    After Aug 27th - $196

Every school year students are asked to write a narrative and share a true story from their life. Because this is a yearly requirement, this class will give your children a head-start to be successful in this genre of writing. The focus of this class will be to provide students with the proper tools and resources they need to become great and confident writers. 

Students will learn the basics of narrative writing while they practice and learn the structure of a narrative writing and how to bring their stories to life. Classroom instruction will focus on learning activities that help students feel confident with their writing skills, learn to write with strong grammatical skills, draft, edit, and revise their own work. At the end of the 10-week course they will be required to published two narratives to share and to refer back to when they are writing asked to write in this genre in their daily classroom. 

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LEGO® Robotics for Primary Students

Instructor:        CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:     1 - 4
Day/Dates:        REVISED Thursday –  Sept 1, 15, 22   |  Oct 13, 20, 27    |   Nov 3, 10, 17*  |  Dec 1   
Sessions:           10 x 1 hour 
Time:                  3:05 - 4:05pm    *Nov 17 - 2.05 - 3.05pm
Room:                B2
Tuition:              Early Bird - $189   After Aug 27th - $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.

 

NOTE:  Students can enroll in this class twice without repeating any of the same projects.

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Mini Dojo Coding for Primary Students

Instructor:        CodeFu Tri-Valley Certified Instructor
Grade Level:     1 - 2
Day/Dates:        Monday –  Sept 12, 19, 26    |   Oct 3, 10, 17, 24    |  Nov 7, 14
Sessions:           9 classes x 67 minutes
Time:                  2:05 - 3:12pm 
Room:                 C4
Tuition:               Early Bird - $189     After Sept 2nd - $199

In this course students will learn how to build games and tell digital stories using the application Scratch Jr. Student will piece together sequences before executing to see the outcome of the story. Students will have the opportunity to decide what story they want to tell and the objective they want to achieve.  Once those decisions are made they will program each step in the storyline utilizing code blocks to complete the animation tasks. The course will give new students a foundation to work from as they learn coding principles in an easy and user-friendly environment. Enroll your child now to begin his/her journey into the world of computer science.

Coding Languages Learned – Scratch Jr block-based coding.

Core Subjects Incorporated into Instruction – Problem solving, Reading, Creative Writing, Measuring and Estimation.

Core Subjects Learned – Algorithms, sequencing, loops, commands and if-then statements.

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Instructor:        CodeFu Tri-Valley Certified Instructor
Grade Level:     3 - 5
Day/Dates:        Friday – Aug  26    |   Sept 2, 9, 23, 30    |  Oct 14, 21, 28   |   Nov 4   
Sessions:           9 classes x 67 minutes 
Time:                  3:05 - 4:12pm 
Room:                 H1
Tuition:               Early Bird - $189     After Aug 21st - $199

In this course, students will learn how to build games and tell digital stories using the application Scratch. Students will piece together sequences before executing to see the outcome. Students will begin by deciding on a story and objective then program each step using code blocks to complete the animation or task. Join now to begin your journey to become a master game designer! No prior coding experience needed.

Coding languages learned: Scratch Core Subjects Incorporated: Problem Solving, Creative Writing, Percents and Fractions, Arithmetic (Adding, Subtracting, Comparing), Graphing and Coordinates

Coding Core Subjects Learned: Variables, For Loop, If Else, Functions, Lists, While loop

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Speaking Minds: Build Confidence & Present to Persuade!!

Instructor:         Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Level:     2 - 5
Day/Dates:         REVISED Wednesday –  Sept 14, 21, 28  |   Oct 5, 12, 19, 26    |  Nov 2, 9, 16
Sessions:            10 x 1 hour
Time:                   2:05 - 3.05pm
Room:                  C4 or A27
Tuition:               Early Bird - $195   After Sept 2nd- $205

Make your biggest fear, your greatest triumph!

Our program will provide your child with the instruction, interaction, and practice to develop and deliver compelling presentations with less anxiety. It will enhance students’ writing, active listening, & communication skills. Kids will learn to make strong arguments through thought provoking debatable topics and thru various activities.

This class will not only teach delivery and presentation skills, but will also provide a foundation for critical thinking & constructive reasoning.

Our goal is their SUCCESS!

Enrollment Open

 

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Stop Motion Animation & Game Development

Instructor:       CompuChild  
Grade Level:    1 - 2
Day/Dates:       REVISED Friday  –  Sept 2, 23, 30   |   Oct 14, 21, 28   |   Nov 4    | Dec 2       
Sessions:          8 x 75 minutes
Time:                 3:05 - 4:20pm
Room:               C4
Tuition:             Early Birdy - $189          After Aug 28th - $199

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.

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Instructor:           Julie Coching – Instructional Aid, Kolb
Grade Levels:      1 - 5
Day/Dates:          Monday– March  14, 21, 28    |  April  11, 18, 25    |  May 2, 9, 16, 23
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                    2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                   C1
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $189     After March 10th - $199

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 preformed 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.

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Instructor:           Mrs. Katie Barnes, Kolb Teacher
Grade Levels:      3 - 5
Day/Dates:         Tuesday & Thursday Mornings
                             Tuesdays - March  22, 29    |  April  12, 19, 26  |   May 3, 10
                             Thursdays – March 17, 24, 31   |  April 14, 21, 28   |  May 5, 12 
Sessions:             15 classes x 40 minutes
Time:                    7:30am - 8:10am
Room:                   K2
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $180      After March 13th- $190

Narrative Writing is the art of storytelling. During this 10-week course, students will learn the characteristics of narrative writing and the elements of effective story telling. Before students can create a story, they must understand the main characteristics of narrative writing such as plot, character development, setting, structure and theme. Each characteristic plays a vital role in the storytelling process and is necessary for building an insightful and entertaining story. If you have a budding author in your home, this class is designed for them.

In this class participants will:

  1. Learn the characteristics of narrative writing. 
  2. Develop strong grammatical skills
  3. Utilize technology to self-publish their works
  4. Become equipped with the tools to organize their ideas
  5. Edit his/her own work
  6. Build confidence in their writing skills. 

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Instructor:         Licensed instructor from Code to the Future
Grade Level:      2 - 5
Day/Dates:         Tuesday – March  8, 15, 22, 29    |   April  12, 19, 26    |  May 3, 10, 17   
Sessions:            10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                   2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:               Early Bird $189      After March 3rd - $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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