Murray Elementary School

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


Thank you for your continued support of DPIE.  We shall be putting our Fall after school listings up early August 2020.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us at info@dpie.org or call us at 925 587-5610.

Instructor:          Professional Actors from Synergy Theater (prev Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater)
Grade Level:       K - 5
Day/Dates:          Monday – March 16, 23, 30  |  April 13, 20, 27  |  May 4, 11, 18
Sessions:             9 x 70 minutes 
Time:                    2:10  - 3:20pm
Room:                  W3
Tuition:                 $210

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.

Instructors:        Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:      1 - 5
Day/Dates:         Tuesday - March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31  |  April 14, 21, 28  |  May 5, 12
Sessions:            10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                   2:10 - 3:10pm
Room:                  3
Tuition:                $206

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.

 

Instructor:           Ms. Lauren Soto-Figueroa, Murray Teacher
Grade Level:        K – 3
Day/Dates:          Friday – March  27  |  April 17, 24  |  May 1, 8, 15, 21
Sessions:             7 x 90 minutes
Time:                    3:10 - 4:40pm
Room:                   K4
Tuition:                 $199

Students will become introductory chefs as they explore the world and art of cooking through literature, culture, and science. This class changes in each session and we never duplicate recipes so each time you take this class you will learn to prepare something new and different. Students will learn the basics of cooking materials, collect recipes and notes through an interactive notebook (cookbook), and explore in basic recipes as well as seasonal specialties. Each class students will learn, cook, and taste/take home food and recipes related to cultural foods around the world, connected to literature and also explore how cooking is related to math and science. They will learn vocabulary, how to use certain items, food and kitchen safety and become junior chefs! Students get an apron and cookbook with all recipes and learning as well as certificate at the end of the two weeks. Not to mention, the kids get to eat what they make. Yum!

Please let instructor know of any food allergies and we encourage students to wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Looking forward to guiding your child around the world through making and tasting! Bon appetit!

Instructor:          Ms Alison Starr, Murray Teacher
Grade Level:       K - 5
Day/Dates:          Thursday – March 5, 12, 19   |  April 2, 16, 23, 30   |  May 7, 14, 21
Sessions:             10 x 1 hour 
Time:                    3:10  - 4:10pm
Room:                   K3
Tuition:                 $199

Want to be more flexible? Want to improve balance? Looking for a new way to feel more positive? Want to have some fun trying something new? Come try yoga with Mrs Starr in K3 at Murray.  This class is an introduction to yoga and will help you find strength in yourself through yoga poses such as downward dog, warrior series, crescent and more.  You will also find inner peace through meditation at the end of the class.  Come find out what yoga is all about.

Instructor:             Ms Lauren Soto-Figueroa, Murray Teacher
Grade Level:          1 - 4
Days/Dates:           Thursday – March 12, 19   | April 16, 23, 30   | May 7, 14
Sessions:                7 x 90 minutes 
Time:                       3:10 - 4:40pm
Room:                     K4
Tuition:                   $199

Expression through the world of art enables your child show their creativity and imagination.  This class will provide students the opportunity to get in touch with their creative talents, while also learning different art mediums. Each week, students will learn new & various art techniques which allow them to express themselves in school, leisure, and life. Various mediums include: watercolor, acrylics, oil pastels, clay, origami, collage, drawing and more. Techniques include: mixing, blending, lines, shapes, form, etc. Students will create an art journal/portfolio for their work, notes and handouts. They will expand their creative sides and minds. Each student will be able to take home all works, journal and pieces by the end of the class.

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.

Instructor:          Gurus Education Certified Teacher
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:          Tuesday - March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31  |  April 14, 21, 28  |  May 5, 12
Sessions:             10 x 1 hour 
Time:                    2:10  - 3:10pm
Room:                  W5
Tuition:                $210

This is an excellent course that reinforces presentation skills. Kids not only learn how to write creatively but also learn how to think critically and impact an audience effectively. Students begin to conduct research on more current issues, deliver descriptive & expository speeches, and make powerful presentations with the use of Power Point, Charts, Diagrams and other Audio/Visual Aids. This course will help kids expand their general knowledge and formulate their thoughts with a clear and concise structure.

Our goal is to develop well-rounded individuals… and to give kids with any level of prior knowledge a HANDS ON experience in each class!!

Instructor:        Licensed instructor from Code to the Future
Grades:            2 - 5
Day/Dates:      Wednesday – March 4, 11, 18, 25  |  April 1, 15, 22, 29  |  May 6, 13
Sessions:         10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                2.10 - 3.10pm 
Room:              17
Tuition:            $210

Prepare for the world of technology and learn the secret language of computers! New and returning students are welcome! Continue or begin your coding adventure with the Code To The Future team, and create brand new projects like a projectile platformer or multiplayer racing video game! The possibilities to create are endless! New students are always welcome to join throughout the year, and every class is differentiated for individual learning. Choose your favorite theme, from Minecraft to Fortnite!

This class is online and offline, giving the students the ability to learn coding through Scratch and then uploading their projects to share.

Instructor:          Ms Alison Starr, Murray Teacher
Grade Level:       K - 3
Day/Dates:          Friday - Dec  6, 13    | Jan  10, 17, 24, 31   | Feb  7, 21, 28
Sessions:             9 x 70 minutes 
Time:                    3:10  - 4:20pm
Room:                  K3
Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing -  $189 After November 24th - $199

Do you love playing word games? Are you awesome at Scrabble? Would you like to have an afternoon filled with competition? Word games such as Boggle, Scrabble, Bananagrams, Upwords, Probe and Scribbo will be taught.  Additionally, students will even be create a few games to take home. Come join Mrs. Starr on Fridays and have some fun with work games that will make you smile.

 Enrollment Open

Instructor:           Challenge Island Certified Instructor
Grade Levels:     K - 5
Day/Dates:          Monday - Sept  9, 16, 23, 30  | Oct  7, 14, 21, 28  | Nov 4
Sessions:              9 X 70 minute classes
Time:                      3:05 - 4:15pm
Room:                    TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $199   After August 25th - $210

What do you want to be when you grow up?  On this adventure students will travel to Cool Careers Island© where they will get a taste of some of the world’s most exciting jobs from veterinarian to marine biologist to professional basketball player!  Students are faced with a captivating challenge as they travel to this unique “island” and work collaboratively in “tribes” using the Scientific Method to think critically about possible solutions to their challenge for the success of their “tribe”. Using variety of materials in their provided treasure chest and their boundless imaginations students will plan, design and create something special, free of technology, that fulfills the “islands” challenge requirements while giving them the freedom to drive their own learning outcome.
In this course students are provided with an enriched, fun-filled experience that develops lifelong learners and problem solvers.

Enrollment Opens Soon

CANCELLED
Instructor:        Ms. Anastasiia Zastavana - Bollynaach Dance Company
Grades:            K - 5
Day/Dates:      Monday - Sept 9, 16, 23, 30  | Oct 7, 14, 21, 28  | Nov 4
Sessions:         9 classes x 70 minutes
Time:                2.10 - 3.20pm 
Room:              TBC
Tuition:            $210

Contemporary as a dance style is a fusion of ballet, jazz, funk, and modern dance styles.  Contemporary dance encourages natural, spontaneous movement and focuses on self-expression, awareness of space and body movement, use of body weight, efficiency of muscle use, safe body alignment and strong use of Modern Dance technique. Classes start with a comprehensive warm-up focusing on improving flexibility, extension, core strength, and balance and gradually build up to contemporary steps and combinations that will consist of abstract movements combining modern and classical ballet elements. Students will learn how to express a wide range of emotions through their dance based on musical interpretation and individual style and using the contemporary dance form as a platform for creative self-expression.Classes emphasize technique, fundamentals and a familiarization of the dance vocabulary.

Recommended Dress - Students must be able to move and stretch fully.  Footless tights, leggings, leotards, fitted dance shorts, fitted tops, t-=shirts and athletic pants are ideal.  Medium or long hair pulled away from face in a ponytail, braid, or bun. No shoes needed as students can dance in their bare-feet.

CANCELLED
Check out this video to find out more about this class!
Instructor:
           Bricks 4 Kidz
Grade Levels:     K - 5
Day/Dates:          Wednesday - Sept 4, 11, 18, 25  | Oct  2, 9, 16, 23, 30  | Nov  6
Sessions:              10 x 1 hour
Time:                      2.10 - 3.10pm
Room:                    Back of MPR
Tuition:                 $210

Fasten your seatbelts; we're in for some wild weather! This unit is all about the amazing and powerful forces of nature, as students explore the when, where, how and why of all kinds of natural phenomenon. These lessons are designed to improve your child's understanding of the forces of nature, while taking care not to alarm. Each LEGO® model represents the motion of that particular weather or event, with a seat for a mini-figure to take in the action! Take cover because we're about to take a trip through some wild weather! Kids will love to build moving models of a tornado, a tsunami, an earthquake and a cyclone using Bricks 4 Kidz proprietary instructions and LEGO® Bricks!  Learn how they move, why they happen and what you can do to stay safe!

This is a hands-on class where students build machines, buildings, vehicles and other structures out of LEGO® bricks, using one-of-a-kind model plans designed by Bricks 4 Kidz.  While exploring principles of engineering, architecture, physics and more, students will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. Participants build a new project each week. Each class begins with a teacher-led discussion related to the day’s model. Once the project is completed, children use the rest of their time to expand their gadgets and collaborate with one another.

WINTER SESSION

Instructor:           Ms. Lauren Soto-Figueroa, Murray Teacher
Grade Level:        K – 3
Day/Dates:          Friday - Jan  10, 17, 24, 31    |  Feb  7, 21, 28
Sessions:             7 classes x 90 minutes
Time:                    3:10 - 4:40pm
Room:                   K4
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $189   After January 8th - $199

Students will become introductory chefs as they explore the world and art of cooking through literature, culture, and science. This class changes in each session and we never duplicate recipes so each time you take this class you will learn to prepare something new and different. Students will learn the basics of cooking materials, collect recipes and notes through an interactive notebook (cookbook), and explore in basic recipes as well as seasonal specialties. Each class students will learn, cook, and taste/take home food and recipes related to cultural foods around the world, connected to literature and also explore how cooking is related to math and science. They will learn vocabulary, how to use certain items, food and kitchen safety and become junior chefs! Students get an apron and cookbook with all recipes and learning as well as certificate at the end of the two weeks. Not to mention, the kids get to eat what they make. Yum!

Please let instructor know of any food allergies and we encourage students to wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Looking forward to guiding your child around the world through making and tasting! Bon appetit!

Enrollment Open