Amador Elementary School

STEAM After School Courses | Winter Session
Amador Elementary School


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 Amador Elementary.

Courses are offered 1 day per week up to 10 weeks. 10 hours of tuition.

Tuition - $175-$210 per course.  

Each class that moves forward will generate contributions to the School, the Parent Faculty Club (PFC) and to the Student Council.

Actors' Workshop!

Instructor:           Professional Actors from the Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater Company
Grade Level:       K- 5
Day/Dates:          Wednesday - Dec  5, 12, 19 | Jan 9, 16, 23, 30 | Feb  6, 13, 20
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                    3:05 - 4:05pm or 2:05 - 3:05pm on collaboration days
Room:                   Music Room (Dec 19 will be held in Room C106)
Tuition:                 $210

Course Description: 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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BollyWood Dance Class for Kids

Instructor:            Professional Dance Instructors from BollyNaach Dance Company
Grade Levels:      1 - 5
Day/Dates:           Friday - Dec  7, 14 | Jan 11, 18, 25 | Feb  8, 22 | Mar 1
Sessions:              8 classes x 75 minutes
Time:                     3:05 - 4:20pm
Room:                   Music Room
Tuition:                 $210

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 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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Chess Academy for Kids (1-2 Grade)

Instructor:          Pacific Chess Academy (Mr Jeff Pernik Owner - 30 years teaching chess, Ms. Karen Vallen- 34 years Teaching chess and Nenad Zagorac - Tournament Director and 12 years teaching chess.)
Grade Level:       K - 2
Day/Dates:          Monday - Dec  3, 10, 17 | Jan  7, 14, 28 | Feb 4, 11, 25
Sessions:             9 classes x 70 minutes
Time:                    2:05 - 3:15pm
Room:                  L102
Tuition:                $205

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 (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced), the course offers video lessons, easy-to-follow instructions, individual recommendations, and preparation for chess tournaments. The use of modern technology (projector, iPad, teaching software) makes the learning process easy, fast, and fun! The class is offered to grades 1-5. All necessary equipment (boards and pieces, clocks, demo tools) provided.  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 (3-5 Grade)

Instructor:           Pacific Chess Academy (Mr Jeff Pernik Owner - 30 years teaching chess, Ms. Karen Vallen- 34 years Teaching chess and Nenad Zagorac - Tournament Director and 12 years teaching chess.)
Grade Level:        3 - 5
Day/Dates:           Tuesday -  Dec 4, 11, 18 | Jan  8, 15, 22, 29 | Feb 5, 12, 19
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                     2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                   L102
Tuition:                 $205

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 (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced), the course offers video lessons, easy-to-follow instructions, individual recommendations, and preparation for chess tournaments. The use of modern technology (projector, iPad, teaching software) makes the learning process easy, fast, and fun! The class is offered to grades 1-5. All necessary equipment (boards and pieces, clocks, demo tools) provided.  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 Students Continues

Instructor:        Ms  Elizabeth Littlejohn
Grade Level:     1 - 2
Day/Dates:        Thursday - Dec  6, 13, 20 | Jan 10, 17, 24, 31 | Feb 7, 14, 21
Sessions:           10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                  3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                 B103
Tuition:               $199

Does your child love to write and use their imagination to come up with creative stories? Then this is the class for them! Through several different writing activities, we will explore possible ways to think outside of the box and get truly original ideas on paper! We'll experiment with character and plot development in ways that are unique and new from Painted Paper Stories to Squiggle Stories to What If/Prediction Stories and so much more! I can't wait to see what we come up with! This course is constantly changing, so whether your child has taken it before or is a new attendee, they are welcome to join in on the fun for a new and unique experience each time!

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Creative Writing Through the Genres - Writing in Science

Instructor:             Ms  Jennifer Moirao, Amador Teacher
Grades Level:        3 - 5
Day/Dates:            Thursday -  Dec  6, 13, 20 | Jan  10, 17, 24, 31 | Feb  7, 14, 21
Sessions:               10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      3:05 – 4:05pm
Room:                     D206
Tuition:                   $199

While science has become a hot topic in education, the basics of science comes from writing. In the study of science, students are asked to make a claim and defend the claim with evidence to support their findings. In the second session of Writing through the Genres we will focus on how to take science content and build an argument to defend or support our thinking. Throughout the course we will take science content and build our own ideas about the topic and try to convince our audience we are the experts.
We will continue covering mini lessons to build our writing skills. The ultimate goals for writing in science are:

  1. Engage in learning activities that give them positive, confidence-building with writing;
  2. Develop strong grammatical skills
  3. Utilize technology to self-publish their works;
  4. Become equipped with the tools to organize his or her ideas;
  5. Learn how to use science vocabulary in our writing
  6. Make a claim and defend your claim

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Learn to Create Dynamic Presentations Using Google Docs

Instructor:          Ms Christine Miller, Amador Teacher
Grade Level:       2 - 4
Day/Dates:         Thursday - Dec  6, 13, 20 | Jan 10, 17, 24, 31  | Feb 7, 14, 21
Sessions:            10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                   3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                 B102
Tuition:               $199

Are you interested in learning to use the tools needed to make a dynamic presentation? Come join this class and learn to insert graphics, sounds and information that allow you to create a presentation that has an impact.  Students will develop their typing and research abilities along the way and will utilize these skills in creating an impactful presentation. Learning to use Google Docs to make presentations will be invaluable to students both in the classroom and in the world outside of education. Best of all, these are skills they can take with them when the class is over.

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Pirates Quest With Lego Bricks

Instructor:             Bricks 4 Kidz
Grade Level:          K - 5
Day/Dates:            Wednesday - Dec  5, 12, 19 | Jan 9, 16, 23, 30 | Feb  6, 13, 20
Sessions:               10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      3:05 - 4:05pm or 2:05 - 3:05pm on Collaboration days
Room:                     L102
Tuition:                   $210

All Hands on Deck!  Come join us on our adventure as we explore the popular culture behind the life of a pirate.  Shiver me timbers, and batten down the hatches as our class will prepare to prevent a mutiny. Utilizing Lego Bricks, students will learn a little about engineering & architecture as they build and motorized pirate ship, a helm and an anchor.  Students will learn how to protect all their shipmates by building a launching trebuchet so they don’t have to abandon the ship. Come join us our our adventure, Anchors Aweigh!

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Speak to Lead: Build Confidence and Charisma

Instructor:          Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:          Monday - Dec  3, 10, 17 | Jan  7, 14, 28 | Feb 4, 11, 25
Sessions:              9 classes x 70 minutes
Time:                    2:05 - 3:15pm
Room:                  C106
Tuition:                $210

Have you ever wondered what the #1 fear in this world is? YES, it is Public Speaking and our goal is to build your child’s confidence in public speaking and set them up for SUCCESS!! This course is ideal for all students and it doesn’t matter if they’ve taken public speaking before or if they are new to the program. Kids will learn to present and write effectively in 6 easy steps. This class is a combo course of Advanced Public Speaking, Speech Writing and Debate. Students will learn to write well-structured speeches on thought provoking topics in different styles such as narrative, descriptive, compare and contrast, and persuasive. In the debate portion, students will discover various formats and learn to make strong arguments backed by reasoning and evidence. Learning will be FUN & EXCITING!

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We Will "Rock-it" Through The Stars

Instructor:          Ms Molly McCrory,  Amador Teacher
Grade Level:      K - 2
Day/Dates:         Thursday - Dec  6, 13, 20 | Jan 10, 17, 24, 31 | Feb  7, 14, 21
Sessions:            10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                   3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                 D102
Tuition:               $199

BLAST OFF! Join Ms McCrory and watch your student transform from student to astronaut. In this STEAM enrichment course, your child will soar through the Milky Way Galaxy and learn about the planets that rotate around our sun, our home planet, and so much more. The possibilities are literally endless! These activities and projects are out of this world, to infinity and beyond!

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Video Game Design & Coding

Instructor:           Licensed instructor from Code to the Future
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:          Tuesday -  Dec 4, 11, 18 | Jan  8, 15, 22, 29 | Feb 5, 12, 19
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                    2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                  C106
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 multi-level platformer or RPG style 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. After mastering the processing style of a computer, new coders will learn to use Scratch, a block-based tool developed at MIT. Use Scratch to make engaging projects with endless possibilities, in a mixture of games and stories. Choose your favorite theme, from Luke in Star Wars to the voyager Moana!

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