Green Elementary School

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

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 – 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 -$195     After February 27th - $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:          Friday –  March 10, 24    |   April 14, 21, 28    |  May 5, 12, 19, 26
Sessions:             9 classes x 67 Minutes
Time:                    3:05 - 4:12pm   
Room:                  E5
Tuition:                Early Bird - $190   After February 24th - $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: For students who enjoy this class you can enroll in it twice without repeating any of the same projects.

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Chess Academy for Kids (Tuesday)

Instructor:                Pacific Chess Academy
Grade Level:             1 - 5
Day/Dates:               Tuesday –  March 7, 14, 21, 28   |   A pril 11, 18, 25    |   May 2, 9, 16 
Sessions:                   10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                          2:05 -  3:05pm
Room:                       K3
Tuition:                      Early Bird Pricing - $190     After February 21st - $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 (Wednesday)

Instructor:                Pacific Chess Academy
Grade Level:             1 - 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:                        Library
Tuition:                      Early Bird Pricing - $190     After February 22nd - $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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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:                     B12
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:             Talent Nook 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:                     E5
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $195    After March 2nd -  $205

Inspire your child to write in the world of mystery and adventures.

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:         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:                 B12
Tuition:               Early Birdy - $190       After March 2nd - $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: For students who enjoy this class you can enroll in it twice without repeating any of the same projects.


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LEGO® Robotics

Instructor:           CompuChild Instructor
Grade Levels:     1 - 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:                 E5
Tuition:                Early Bird - $190   After February 21st - $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 two times without repeating activities.

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Masters of Public Speaking: Speak with IMPACT!!

Instructor:          Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Level:       2 - 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 - 3:05 pm
Room:                  E5
Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing - $195   After February 21st - $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!!

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Mindfulness & Yoga

Instructor:             Rebecca Gutierrez, Green Teacher
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:                     C8
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $186    After March 2nd -  $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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Reading Comprehension Strategies for Primary Grades

Instructor:          Talentnook Writing Academy
Grade Level:       1- 2
Day/Dates:         Monday – March 13, 20, 27    |   April 10, 17, 24   |   May 1, 8, 15, 22     
Sessions:            10 sessions x 1 Hour 
Time:                   3:05 - 4:05pm 
Room:                 C1
Tuition:               Early Bird Pricing - $195    After February 27th - $205

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

Phonics awareness builds reading comprehension skills. Decoding one-syllable and

two-syllable words, digraphs, common prefixes and suffixes, and irregularly spelled words are skills necessary for improved reading through our vocabulary section. The instructor will read aloud text which helps students understand how individual words connect together to form a fluent sentence. Reading aloud also promotes an understanding of how language flows and demonstrates how to pronounce multisyllabic words. Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? (WWWWH) direct their attention as they read, so students can decode new and unfamiliar words and information. The main ideas, tone, and predictions of "what will happen next," and how the tone in which a passage is written are discussed.

This course will enable your student to:

  1. Identify age-appropriate vocabulary words in context
  2. Understand reading text to answer comprehension questions
  3. Accurately recall textual information to put into writing practice


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Reading Comprehension Strategies for Upper Grades

Instructor:        Talentnook Writing Academy
Grade Level:     3 - 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:                 B7
Tuition:               Early Bird - $195     After February 21st - $199

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:        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:           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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