Murray Elementary School

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

Murray Elementary SchoolHello Murray Families!!!!

We are delighted to be offering in-person after school classes again.  We have some of your favorite teachers back and some new courses to offer you.  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 Kimdergarten through to 5th Grade.  Below is the list of courses we are offering at Murray 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  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 3.05 - 4.13pm
Room:                  B01
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $195     After Aug 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.

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

Instructor:          CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:          Friday – Sept 2,  9,  23, 30   |   Oct 14, 21, 28    |  Nov 4
Sessions:             8 classes x 75 minutes
Time:                    3:05 - 4:20pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                Early Bird - $189   After Aug 28th - $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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Instructor:           Ms. Felicia Suminski, Murray Instructor
Grade Level:        K – 3
Day/Dates:          Tuesdays – Sept 6, 13, 20, 27   |  Oct 4, 18, 27   |  Nov 1, 8, 15  
Sessions:             10 x 1 hour
Time:                    2.05 - 3.05pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $186     After Sept 1st - $196

Express yourself! Everyone is capable of creating something beautiful and unique.  From process art to STEAM-based projects, students will have involvement in the arts, practice self-expression, and build a community of creative minds. Students will use watercolor, oil pastels, and some packaging materials to express their own creativity. This class allows participants to build on what they learn from project to project and from session to session.

Arts learning can support improved self-motivation, growth in stamina for concentration, personal confidence, and teamwork skills.  This class strives to provide a supportive space where students can experiment with their work and find joy in both themselves and their creations.  Come an join the fun and discover your inner artist.

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Beginner’s Yoga, Its Elementary!

Instructor:           Ms. Alison Starr, Murray Instructor
Grade Level:        K – 5
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:                   W07
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $186   After Sept 7th - $196

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

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Instructor:          Professional Dance Instructors from BollyNaach Dance Company
Grade Level:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:          Tuesday – Sept 6, 13, 20, 27   |   Oct 4, 11 18, 27   |  Nov 1, 8
Sessions:             10 x 1 hour 
Time:                    2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $195   After Sept 1st - $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.


Enrollment Open

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Chess Academy for Kids

Instructors:        Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:      1 - 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:                  D04
Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing - $189   After Sept 1st  - $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 Wednesday – Sept 14, 21, 28    |   Oct 5, 12, 19, 26    |  Nov 2, 9, 30
Sessions:                10 x 1 Hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3.05pm
Room:                     B03
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $195    After Sept 1st -  $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:            REVISED Wednesday – Sept  14, 21, 28    |  Oct  5, 12, 19, 26    |  Nov 2, 9, 30
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                     B08
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $195    After Sept 2nd -  $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 Level:          1 - 4
Days/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 3.05 - 4.13pm
Room:                     A06
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.

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Magical Murray Book Club

Instructor:           Angieleque “Ms. Angie” Ollendorf, Murray Media Tech
Grade Level:        1 – 3
Day/Dates:          Monday – Sept 12, 19, 26    |      Oct  3, 10, 17, 24, 31*    |     Nov. 7, 14
                             (*Oct 31st is a Minimum day, class will run from 12:40 – 1:40)
Sessions:             10 x 1 hour
Time:                    2.05 - 3.05pm
Room:                  Library
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $186     After Sept 1st - $196

Calling all story enthusiast!  Do you like getting lost in a story but never have someone to talk  to about the books? Join Ms. Angie on a magical adventure as we read and talk about amazing books. Enhance your student’s comprehension and create lifelong readers with fun stories and activities. Students will participate in group activities and meaningful round table discussions where they can share their feelings and thoughts with their peers in a safe and non- judgmental environment. All students will receive a book to keep. This course is open to grades 1st through 3rd and students will be grouped by reading levels. Come join our adventures in reading!

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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:                 F03
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:        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:                 K04
Tuition:               Early Bird - $189     After Sept 7th - $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 Certified Teacher
Grade Level:       2 - 5
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:                  K3
Tuition:                Early Bird - $195         After Aug 28th - $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 Development

Instructor:          CompuChild
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:          REVISED Wednesday – Sept 14, 21, 28  |   Oct 5, 12, 19, 26    |  Nov 2, 9, 30
Sessions:             10 x 1 Hour 
Time:                    2:05 - 3.05pm 
Room:                  K03
Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing -  $189            After Sept 2nd - $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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CANCELLED

Instructor:       Ms Sara Phillips, Murray Teacher
Grades:            K - 4
Day/Dates:      Thursday – March 5, 12, 19  |  April 2, 16, 23, 30   | May 7, 14, 21
Sessions:         10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                3:10 - 4:10pm
Room:              W6
Tuition:            Early Bird Pricing - $189         After February 28th- $199

In this Math Challenge class, students will practice math skills and learn new problem solving skills through hands-on games and activities and the use of technology. Most of the tasks will be open-ended. Students will be presented with a problem and will search for constructive ways of finding solutions. This might be through engineering as students construct a plan to solve a problem. It might be through drawing as they design their solutions. The tasks will be completed through the use of technology, teamwork, and thinking outside the box.