John Green Elementary School

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

Hello John Green 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 John Green 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:         Monday - Sept 12, 26    |  Oct 3, 10, 17, 24   |   Nov 7, 14
Sessions:            8 x 75 Minutes
Time:                   2.05 - 3.20pm
Room:                 E5   Moving to K3 from 09/26
Tuition:               Early Bird Pricing -$195     After Sept 7th - $205

It’s laughter, learning and limelight with the After School Drama Club - The Actor’s Workshop! Through a fun series of theater games, acting exercises and scripted scene work, this introductory acting class teaches the fundamentals of the actor’s craft. Students explore the “three tools of the actor” – voice, body and imagination – as they learn how to create characters, interpret scripts and perform for an audience. The class teaches true theater skills such as stagecraft, emotionally truthful acting, and professional theater etiquette, while encouraging creativity and inspiring the imagination. The class culminates with a workshop presentation of scenes and monologues for an invited audience. 

Take it once or take it again and again! Students are encouraged to repeat the program several times. While the overall objectives remain the same, there are always new games, new activities and new performance scenes to keep the program varied and interesting. As students progress through successive iterations of the program, they continue to work on more sophisticated material in order to ensure that their skills continue to grow and that they are being appropriately challenged.

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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 Friday –Sept 2, 23, 30   |   Oct 14, 21, 28    |  Nov 4   | Dec 2 
Sessions:             8 classes x 75 Minutes  REVISED 7 x 78 minutes
Time:                    3:05 - 4:20pm   REVISED 3.05pm - 4.23pm
Room:                  K3
Tuition:                Early Bird - $189   After Aug 21st - $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 Class for Kids

Instructor:          Professional Dance Instructors from BollyNaach Dance Company
Grade Level:       1- 5
Day/Dates:         REVISED Friday – Aug  26   |   Sept 2, 23, 30   |  Oct 14, 21, 28   |  Nov 4   | Dec 2     
Sessions:            9 sessions x 67 minutes 
Time:                   3:05 - 4:12pm 
Room:                 E5
Tuition:               Early Bird Pricing - $195    After Aug 27th - $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 provide exposure to kids on 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

Instructor:                Pacific Chess Academy
Grade Level:             1 - 5
Day/Dates:               REVISED C7 - Wednesday – Sept  14, 21, 28    |   Oct 5, 12, 19, 26    |  Nov 2, 9, 16
                                   REVISED LIBRARY - Wednesday – Sept  14, 21   |   Oct 5, 12, 19, 26    |  Nov 2, 9, 16, 30
Sessions:                   10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                          2:05 -  3:05pm
Room:                        C7 or Library
Tuition:                      Early Bird Pricing - $189     After Sept 2nd - $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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Creative Writing for Primary Grades

Instructor:             Talent Nook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:          1 - 2
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:                     E5
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $195    After Aug 27th -  $205

Inspire your child to write and create a storybook! 

This course will explore the art of storytelling and read aloud short stories.  Reading spurs imagination and acts as a springboard to writing.  Fun, silly, and rhyming stories motivate young children to learn the language and develop writing skills. Students will read and hear several genres of short stories and write story plots of beginning, middle, and end.  Students will write and understand how characters interact with each other.

Students get their chance to create their very own stories.  Students will write about many stories including adventure, science fiction, fairy tales, fables, mystery, realistic fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction that are short and fun. Imagination allows each student to share their ideas through writing.

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 storybook.

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Creative Writing for Upper Grades

Instructor:             Talent Nook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:          3 - 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:                     K3   Moving to E5 from 09/19
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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LEGO® Robotics for Primary Students

Instructor:           CompuChild Instructor
Grade Levels:     1 - 4
Day/Dates:         Tuesday - Sept 6, 13, 20, 27    |   Oct 4, 11, 18, 25   |   Nov 1, 8
Sessions:            10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                   2:05 - 3:05pm 
Room:                 E5
Tuition:                Early Bird - $189   After Sept 1st - $199

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

 

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

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Mindfulness & Yoga

Instructor:             Rebecca Gutierrez, Green Teacher
Grade Level:          1 - 5
Day/Dates:            REVISED Thursday – Sept 1, 15, 22    |   Oct 13, 20 27    |  Nov 3, 10, 17*
Sessions:                10 x 1 Hour   REVISED 8 x 68 minutes
Time:                       3:05 - 4.05pm   REVISED 3.05pm to 4.13pm    *Nov 17 - 2.05pm - 3.13pm
Room:                     C8
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $186    After Aug 27th -  $196

Mindfulness and yoga will develop a student's whole self by creating positivity within, building self-awareness, gaining confidence and academic achievement through yoga practices and mindful awareness techniques. In this Mindfulness and Yoga course, students will build social emotional skills through mindful, breathing and relaxation activities. We will also incorporate team building activities, which will cultivate and increase confidence in their ability to handle personal problems and deal with emotional challenges calmly. Together we will foster gratitude, resilience, cooperation, self-awareness, kindness and making good choices that your child can apply throughout their lives.  

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Instructor:        CodeFu Tri-Valley Certified Instructor
Grade Level:     1 - 2
Day/Dates:        Thursday – Sept  1, 8, 15, 22    |   Oct 13, 20 27   |   Nov 3, 10, 17
Sessions:           10 classes x 1 hour 
Time:                  3:05 - 4:05pm 
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:               Early Bird - $189     After Aug 27th  - $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:       Tuesday – Sept 6, 13, 20, 27  |  Oct 4, 11, 18, 25   | Nov 1, 8
Sessions:           10 classes x 1 hour 
Time:                  2:05 - 3:05pm 
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:               Early Bird - $189     After Sept 1st - $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 - 3:05 pm
Room:                  E5 and B9
Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing - $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!

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Stop Motion Animation & Game Design

Instructor:          CompuChild
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:         REVISED Thursday – Sept 1, 15, 22    |  Oct 13, 20 27   |   Nov 3, 10  | Dec 1   
Sessions:            10 x 1 hour   REVISED 8 x 68 minutes
Time:                   3:05 - 4:05pm   REVISED 3.05pm - 4.13pm
Room:                 B12
Tuition:               Early Birdy - $189       After Aug 27th- $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:           CompuChild Instructor
Grade Levels:     1 - 4
Day/Dates:         Friday  – March  11, 18, 25    |   April  15, 22, 29    |  May 6, 13, 20, (27 - move to Room A19)  
Sessions:            10 x 1 Hour
Time:                   3:05 - 4.05pm 
Room:                 Library
Tuition:                Early Bird - $189   After March 3rd - $199

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

 

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

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Instructor:          Bricks 4 Kidz (Legos)
Grade Level:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:         Wednesday - Sept  8, 15, 22, 29  |  Oct  6, 13, 20, 27    |  Nov  3, 10 
Sessions:            10 x 1 hour
Time:                   2 - 3pm
Room:                 Library
Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing - $189     After September 5th - $199

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

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Instructor:           Jean Wright, from Cafe Art
Grade Levels:     2 - 5
Day/Dates:         Wednesday - Sept  8, 15, 22, 29  |  Oct  6, 13, 20, 27  |  Nov  3, 10 
Sessions:            10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                   2 - 3pm 
Room:                 B9
Tuition:                Early Bird - $189     After September 5th- $199

In this fun and exciting ceramic art class, the kids will each design 4 different chip and dip type sets. The ideas are endless, once designed, the kids will learn painting techniques to help them paint each set. Once fired the pieces are completely usable and dishwasher safe. Great for chips, veggies, nuggets, or any other type of snacks! (set are made with a salad plate and a mini bowl fused in place on the dish). They can make a coordinated set, or four completely different designs.

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Instructor:          CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:       3 - 5
Day/Dates:         Friday – Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24  Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22  Nov. 12
Sessions:            9 X 67 minute classes 
Time:                   3 – 4:07pm
Room:                 B7
Tuition:               Early Bird - $189   After August 29th - $199

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

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Instructor:           Kavita Patel, Owner/Operator of Monkey Bear Yoga
Grade Level:        1 - 5
Day/Dates:          Thursday - Sept  2, 9, 16, 23, 30   |   Oct   7, 14, 21, 28    |  Nov   4  
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 hour 
Time:                    3 - 4pm
Room:                   K3
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $160     After August 29th - $170

Did you know Jedis are Yogis?

Yogis have a superpower called mindfulness. Yoga teaches us to be mindful of our body and breath. Yoga’s benefits are immense. There are numerous physical benefits such as increased strength and flexibility. Practicing yoga poses also develops patience and concentration. Most importantly, the connection between mind and body are deepened in the practice of yoga. Stress is greatly reduced with a regular yoga practice. We are faced with an ever-changing world. Yoga gives us the tools to cope with their emotions and feel in control of ourselves.

 

Each class we will explore principles of yoga like nonviolence, compassion, truthfulness, determination and inner peace. These are big ideas that play a role in our fast-paced lives. Yoga gives us the ability to approach these big concepts through asana (yoga poses) and pranayama (breathing exercises). We will also use part of our time to journal and reflect on our practice. My hope is that your children find a sense of empowerment which sparks joy and lifelong desire to live a balanced life.

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