Kolb Elementary School

We are offering a dynamic selection of courses available from 1st Grade 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.  

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! (Tuesday)

Instructor:         Professional Actors from Kenn Adams Synergy Theater
Grade Level:      1- 5
Day/Dates:        Tuesday – March 7, 14, 21, 28   |   April 11, 18, 25   |   May 2, 9, 16
Sessions:           10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                  2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                TBA
Tuition:               Early Bird Pricing -$195     After February 21st - $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.

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.

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Actors Workshop! (Thursday)

Instructor:         Professional Actors from Kenn Adams Synergy Theater
Grade Level:      1- 5
Day/Dates:        Thursdays –  March 16, 23, 30   |  April 13, 20, 27   |   May 4, 11, 18, 25
Sessions:           10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                  3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                TBA
Tuition:               Early Bird Pricing -$195     After March 2nd - $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.

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.

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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:          Wednesday – 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 - $190   After February 22nd - $200

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.

 

Note: Students can enroll in this class twice without repeating projects.

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Chess Academy for Kids (Thursday)

Instructor:           Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:        1 - 5
Day/Dates:           Thursday – March 16, 23, 30    |  April 13, 20, 27   |  May 4, 11, 18, 25 
Sessions:              10 x 1 Hour
Time:                     3:05 - 4.05pm
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $190       After March 2nd - $200

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:          Friday - March 10, 24   |   April 14, 21, 28    |  May 5, 12, 19, 26
Sessions:              9 x 67 minutes
Time:                     3:05 - 4.12pm
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $190       After February 24th - $200

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:       Thursday –  March 16, 23, 30   |   April 13, 20, 27   |  May 4, 11, 18, 25 
Sessions:          10 x 1 Hour
Time:                  3:05 - 4:05pm 
Room:                J2
Tuition:             Early Bird - $186     After March 2nd - $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 Grades 3 - 5: Introduction to Mystery & Adventure

Instructor:             Talent Nook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:          3 - 5
Day/Dates:             Monday – March 13, 20, 27    |  April 10, 17, 24   |   May 1, 8, 15, 22
Sessions:               10 x 1 Hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                     TBA
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $195    After February 27th -  $205

Inspire your child to write in the world of mystery and adventure!

This course will explore the art of mystery and adventure and the ingredients that go into creating this type of fiction. This course is all about unknowns! Students will read several mystery stories and adventure events and develop an appreciation of a compelling story: plot, dialogue, figurative language, character development, sequence of events, and imagery. Mysteries from children’s books and adventures like Gulliver’s Travels and other classics will be read. Meaning and characters will develop imaginative writing. Each student will attempt to create their own story with guidance from the instructor on how to realize detective details, inference, and many unknowns that are learned from human behavior.

Students draw on all materials read aloud in class and get their chance to create their very own stories. Imagination through reading and writing allows each student to have fun and share their voice through mysteries and adventures which allows the characters to come to life and mimic human behavior in the worlds of motivation and pleasure seeking. Distinguishing between fact and fiction, characters and situations come alive with your child’s voice. What fun!

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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Creative Writing for Primary Grades: Introduction to Mystery & Adventure

Instructor:         Talentnook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:      1 - 2
Day/Dates:        Thursday – March 16, 23, 30   |   April 13, 20, 27   |  May 4, 11, 18, 25 
Sessions:            10 x 1 Hour
Time:                   3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:               Early Bird Pricing - $195   After March 2nd- $205

Inspire your child to write in the world of mystery and adventure! 

This course will explore the art of mystery plot stories and adventure realistic fiction. Reading spurs imagination and mysteries and adventure stories teach how to evaluate clues and inferences with unknown events. Clues that are both indirect and direct and unknowns are the focus of writing for inspiration, and adventure stories and mysteries are full of detective work which motivates young children to learn language and develop writing skills. Detective stories inspire the mind to “think twice,” and adventure stories elicit fun and excitement.

Students will read and hear mystery stories and adventure events, and be encouraged to write some of their own. Often, the story changes when the ending is up to the student. We will also encourage students to create their own characters through mentoring, examples, and templates. Through the art of mysteries and adventures with characters, your child will recognize fictional characters and create some of their very own stories that take them to the depths of their imagination. What fun!

This course will enable your student to:

  1. Develop creative writing skills with sensory details.
  2. Write about characters, plot, and conclusions.
  3. Complete their own writing portfolio.

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Game Development

Instructor:       CompuChild  
Grade Level:    2 - 5
Day/Dates:       Friday – March 10, 24   |   April 14, 21, 28    |  May 5, 12, 19, 26      
Sessions:          9 x 67 minutes
Time:                 3:05 - 4:12pm
Room:               TBA
Tuition:             Early Birdy - $190          After February 27th - $200

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 can enroll in this class twice without repeating projects.

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Intro to Typing and CAASPP Test Prep

Instructor:         Ms. Allison Tomcik, Kolb Elementary Teacher
Grade Level:      3 - 5
Day/Dates:         Tuesday – March 7, 14, 21, 28   |   April 11, 18, 25   |  May 2, 9, 16
Sessions:            10 x 1 Hour 
Time:                   2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                  J2
Tuition:               Early Bird $186      After February 21st - $196

In the spring of each year, students in 3rd - 5th grade take important standardized summative assessments. These assessments help teachers, administrators, parents, and students know their strengths and areas that may need some improvement. These tests are taken on a computer so it is important for students to know how to navigate the testing platform. In this course, students will learn how to navigate the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) platform. They will learn the different tools that are available to them when taking the test and we will do some practice tests so they can get a feel for the testing platform.  Additionally, students will learn the proper techniques for typing so that they can move away from pecking at the keys. Finally, students will learn how to properly set up a Google document for typing. In this class, we will focus on proper spacing before and after punctuation, double spacing, and useful hotkeys. This course will allow students to become quicker at typing which will allow them to produce written work at a faster pace. 

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LEGO® Robotics (Monday)

Instructor:        CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:     1 - 5
Day/Dates:       Monday – March 13, 20, 27   |   April 10, 17, 24   |  May 1, 8, 15, 22 
Sessions:           10 x 1 Hour 
Time:                  2:05 - 3:05pm 
Room:                TBA
Tuition:              Early Bird - $190   After March 2nd - $200

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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LEGO® Robotics (Friday)

Instructor:        CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:     1 - 5
Day/Dates:        Friday – March 10, 24   |   April 14, 21, 28   |   May 5, 12, 19, 26
Sessions:           9 x 67 Minutes
Time:                  3:05 - 4:12pm 
Room:                TBA
Tuition:              Early Bird - $190   After Februrary 24th - $200

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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Master of Public Speaking: Present with IMPACT!!

Instructor:         Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Level:     2 - 5
Day/Dates:         Wednesday – March 8, 15, 22, 29    |   April 12, 19, 26   |  May 3, 10, 17 
Sessions:            10 x 1 hour
Time:                   2:05 - 3.05pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                Early Bird - $195   After February 22nd- $205

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.

This is an excellent course that reinforces presentation skills in 6 easy steps:

  • Non-Verbal communication skills
  • Banish Mannerism
  • Vocal Expression
  • 3 P’s
  • First Impressions
  • Having Fun

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!!

Enrollment Open

 

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Reading Comprehension Strategies for Upper Grades

Instructor:         Talentnook Reading & Writing Academy
Grade Level:      3 - 5
Day/Dates:         Wednesday – 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 $195      After February 22nd - $205

Empower your child to easily understand text material and develop their toolbox of Reading Strategies.

Advanced skills are used in reading unfamiliar vocabulary words and text. Syllabic patterns, prefixes, suffixes, and root words are reinforced to accurately read unknown words. Students will be able to explain cause and effect, comparison, or chronology. Readers visualize text to understand it which focuses on events, people, places, things, and prior knowledge to decode unfamiliar words and word structures in different types of settings. The course will explore word meanings to identify roots, prefixes, or suffixes through graphic organizers associated with synonyms or antonyms. Summarizing textual content, identifying the main idea and topic sentence, and learning about predictions, foreshadowing, word cues, and connections are emphasized in comprehension.

This course will enable your student to:

  1. Identify vocabulary words in context with their word meanings
  2. Understand text and be able to improve reading comprehension
  3. Recall text with accurate information to put into writing practice

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Instructor:           Ms Stacy Alvarez and Ms Katie Barnes, Kolb Teachers
Grade Levels:      1 - 5
Day/Dates:         Monday & Wednesay Mornings
                            Dec  5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21  |  Jan  9, 11, 18, 23, 25, 30   
                            Feb   1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 22, 27  |  Mar 1
Sessions:             20 classes x 30 minutes
Time:                    7:35am - 8:05am
Room:                   K2
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $186      After November 21st- $196

What is STEAM? STEAM is an educational approach to learning that incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. This class will help students use and develop their inquiry skills, collaboration with peers, and critical thinking skills. Students will be working in  grade appropriate teams on engineering challenges each session. Challenges will also include some elements of reading and writing too. Students will be involved in every aspect of the challenge from planning, to building, to reflecting. This class is perfect for all ages and all abilities. 

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Instructor:       Ms. Stacy Alvarez, Kolb Teacher
Grade Level:     2  -  3
Day/Dates:       Thursday - Dec 8, 15  |  Jan 12, 19, 26  | Feb 2, 9, 23  | Mar 2  
Sessions:           9 x 67 Minutes
Time:                  3:05 - 4:12pm 
Room:                 G1
Tuition:               Early Bird Pricing - $186    After November 24th - $196

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

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

 

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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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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:           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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