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.  

We are offering a dynamic selection of courses available from Kindergarten 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:           Thursday – March 16, 23, 30   |   April 13, 20, 27   |   May 4, 11, 18, 25
Sessions:             10 sessions x 1 Hour
Time:                    3:05  - 4:05pm
Room:                  K3
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $195     After March 2nd - $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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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:          Thursday – 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:                  D4
Tuition:                Early Bird - $190   After March 2nd - $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 who enjoy this Adv. Lego Robotics course may enroll in the class twice without repeating any projects. 

Enrollment Open

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Instructor:           Ms. Felicia Suminski, Murray Instructor
Grade Level:        K – 3
Day/Dates:          Tuesdays – Dec  6, 13, 20  |  Jan  10, 17, 24, 31   |  Feb  7  
Sessions:             8 x 75 Minutes
Time:                    2pm - 3.15pm
Room:                  F2
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $186     After November 22nd - $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 – March 13, 20, 27   |  April 10, 17, 24    |  May 1, 8, 15, 22
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                    2.05 - 3.05pm 
Room:                   W07
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $186   After February 27th - $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.

Enrollment Open

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Chess Academy for Kids

Instructors:        Pacific Chess Academy 
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:                  D4
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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Creative Writing for Grades 3 - 5: Introduction to Mysteries & Adventure

Instructor:             Talent Nook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:          3 - 5
Day/Dates:             Wednesday – March 8, 15, 22, 29    |   April 12, 19, 26   |   May 3, 10, 17 2
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                     K3
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $195    After February 22nd -  $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:            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:                     B6
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $195    After February 22nd -  $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:          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:                  B1
        Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing -  $190            After February 22nd - $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 who enjoyed this class may enroll in the course twice without repeating any of the projects.

        Enrollment Open

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        LEGO® Robotics

        Instructor:             CompuChild Instructor
        Grade Level:          1 - 5
        Days/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:                     K4
        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 two times without repeating activities.

        Enrollment Open

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        Magical Murray Book Club

        Instructor:           Angieleque “Ms. Angie” Ollendorf, Murray Media Tech
        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 - $186     After February 27th- $196

        Calling all story enthusiasts!  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 5th and students will be grouped by reading levels. Come join our adventures in reading!


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        Masters of Public Speaking: Present with IMPACT!!

        Instructor:          Gurus Education Certified Teacher
        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:                  B3
        Tuition:                Early Bird - $195         After Februrary 24th - $205

        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

        Kids learn how to think critically and impact an audience effectively. Students begin to conduct research on 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.

        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 Primary Grades

        Instructor:        Talentnook Writing Academy
        Grade Level:     1 - 2
        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:                B3
        Tuition:               Early Bird - $195     After February 21st - $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 & Reading Academy
        Grade Level:     3 - 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:                 B1
        Tuition:               Early Bird - $195     After February 24th - $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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        Tap Into the Artist in You! The Illustrated Reader

        Instructor:           Ms. Sara Phillips, Murray 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:                    2.05pm - 3.05pm
        Room:                  B6
        Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing - $186     After February 21st - $196

        In this course, we will read a variety of wonderful books and short stories that are richly illustrated will serve to inspire students to celebrate their own artistic qualities! After reading each book as a class, students will study the illustrator’s style within the text that inspire their own artistic side. Students will then create their own illustrations through a variety of mediums such as painting, drawing, collages, modeling, and construction. Not only will students enjoy the books we read, but they will be able to tap into their own artistic talents and create their own illustrations for the stories that reflect their own spirit and point of view.

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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.


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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.