Cottonwood Creek Elementary School

STEAM After School Courses | Spring Session
Cottonwood Creek 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 Cottonwood Creek K-8 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.

Instructor:             Professional Actors from the Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater Company
Grade Level:          K -5
Day/Dates:             Wednesday - March 6, 13, 20, 27 |  April 10, 17, 24 | May 1, 8, 15
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       3.05 - 4.05pm or 2.05 - 3.05pm on collaboration days
Room:                     D206
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.

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.

Enrollment Now Open

Instructor:             Professional Dance Instructors from BollyNaach Dance Company
Grade Level:          1 - 5
Day/Dates:             Tuesday - March 5, 12, 19, 26 |  April 9, 16, 23, 30 | May 7, 14
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2.05 - 3.05pm
Room:                     D206
Tuition:                   $210

A fun-filled introduction to beginner & intermediate Bollywood dance for kids. Instruction includes foundational movements, fundamental techniques, hand gestures, rhythmic patterns and 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 Now Open

Instructor:             Challenge Island Certified Instructor
Grade Level:          K - 5
Day/Dates:             Wednesday - March 6, 13, 20, 27 |  April 10, 17, 24 | May 1, 8, 15
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       3.05 - 4.05pm or 2.05 - 3.05pm on collaboration days
Room:                     D204
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing - $199    After February 24th - $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 Now Open

Chess Academy for Kids

Please note change in class schedule
Instructor:             Pacific Chess Academy (Certified Chess Instructor - Mr. Jeff Pernik who has been teaching chess for 30+ years, Mr. Dennis Hong and Ms. Serena Yu)
Grade Level:          K -6
Day/Dates:             Monday - March 4, 11, 18, 25 |  April 8, 15, 22, 29 | May 6, 13
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2.05 - 3.05pm
Room:                     D205 and D203
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 1-7. 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

We are using a new teaching software, which is FREE and remarkably easy-to-use and fully motivates students with features like ratings and standings, bonus points and statistics.  Kids will have access to thousands of chess workouts while parents can monitor their progress, see the curriculum, and even learn new chess techniques with their kids.

Instructor:          Ms Kristy Heister-Kodam, Cottonwood Creek Teacher
Grade Level:       1 - 3
Day/Dates:          Thursday  - March 7, 14, 21, 28 |  April 11, 25 | May 2, 9, 16, 23
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                    3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                  C104
Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing - $185 After February 24th - $199

Do you like fairy tales? Do you like designing and creating a solution to problems? Then this is the class for you. Throughout the session, you will read 10 classic fairy tales and solve problems through engineering to help the characters. From the Yellow Brick Road to the Three Little Pigs, come and see if you can outsmart the Big Bad Wolf and create a house that can’t be blown down. Have fun and watch your imaginations wander throughout these many adventures. Over the weeks, we will help many characters solve their problems by engineering things like a tower for Rapunzel, a cage to lock the witch up, a bridge to stop the trolls, and many more.

 Enrollment Now Open

Learn to Speak Spanish While Exploring Latin American Culture

Instructor:            Ms Akinder Gill, Cottonwood Teacher -  (Certified BASP/BCLAD K-12 Spanish/English Dual Immersion)
Grade Level:         K  -5
Days/Dates:          Thursday - March 7, 14, 21, 28 |  April 11, 25 | May 2, 9, 16, 23
Sessions:               10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                     D101
Tuition:                   $199

We are all global citizens! Let's begin a journey to explore and understand the Latin American experience and learn to speak Spanish in highly interactive and engaging ways!  We will gain cultural and linguistic understanding through interactive dialogue, songs, videos, games, maps, literature, and the arts. Learning how to express oneself in another language builds confidence.  It also develops articulate and culturally, linguistically, and socially tolerant individuals. Learning another language produces immeasurable benefits socially as well as academically. The goal of the program is to teach students how to speak another language confidently and to think critically about the benefits of learning about other cultures and languages.  The program also enhances students’ verbal skills, active listening, communication, and critical thinking skills through presentations, activities, songs, and games.

Instructor:             Bricks 4 Kidz
Grade Level:          K -5
Day/Dates:             Tuesday - March 5, 12, 19, 26 |  April 9, 16, 23, 30 | May 7, 14
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2.05 - 3.05pm
Room:                     C202
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing - $199   After February 24th - $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!

Enrollment Now Open

Speaking Your Mind: Presenting With an Impact

Instructor:            Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Level:         2 - 5
Day/Dates:           Wednesday - March 6, 13, 20, 27  | April 10, 17, 24 | May 1, 8, 15
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                     3.05 - 4.05pm or 2.05 - 3.05pm on collaboration days
Room:                   C202
Tuition:                 $210

This is an excellent advanced level course that reinforces presentation skills and builds upon basic strategies that students have learned. Students not only learn how to write creatively but also learn how to think critically and impact an audience effectively. We work on delivering descriptive and expository speeches, through powerful presentations. Students begin to conduct research on more current issues and learn to present their speeches with the use of PowerPoint, 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 students with any level of prior knowledge a HANDS ON experience in each class!!

Instructor:          Ms Katie Nerheim, Cottonwood Teacher
Grade Level:       3 - 5
Day/Dates:         Thursday - March 7, 14, 21, 28 |  April 11, 25 | May 2, 9, 16, 23
Sessions:            10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                   3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                  D201
Tuition:                $199

Do you love sports? Do you want to become faster, stronger and more confident? Are you in grades 3 - 5? This is the course for you! Come join Coach Nerheim as we play sports, games, and relays to help improve our coordination and health. Through games, we will learn skills that include collaboration, teamwork, and living with a growth mindset! Having a talent for athletics is great,  but do you have the skills it takes to bring yourself to the next level of performance? In this course, we will push our bodies to their limits to help us become stronger, faster and more in control. We will also learn what separates an athlete from a player by practicing growth mindset and sportsmanship. This course will teach real-world skills that will follow each member throughout both their academic and sports careers. We need plenty of sign-ups so we can have full teams to play with, so make sure you tell your friends to sign up!

Enrollment Now Open

Video Game Design & Coding

Instructor:          Licensed instructor from Code to the Future
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:          Thursday  - March 7, 14, 21, 28 |  April 11, 18, 25 | May 2, 9, 16
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                    3:05 -4:05pm
Room:                   D205
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!

Enrollment Open

Yoga Adventures Around the World

Instructor:            Kavita Patel, Owner/Operator of Monkey Bear Yoga
Grade Level:        1 - 5
Day/Dates:           Friday - March 8, 22 |  April 12, 19, 26 | May 3, 10, 17, 24
Sessions:              9 x 70 minutes
Time:                     3.05 - 4:15pm
Room:                    D206
Tuition:                  $189  

Travel the world through Yoga! We will explore the habitat, animals and culture of all 7 continents through our yoga practice. Go on an African Safari and create giraffe, lion and monkey poses, find your serenity in the majestic Taj Mahal, be a Sphinx or a Pyramid in Egypt…the possibilities are as far as imagination can stretch. Yoga is the practice of bringing together the mind, body and breath. Yoga is also a playful practice that imitates the natural world. Most of the poses or asanas are named after animals or things we find in nature. Combining yoga and imaginative play is a wonderful way to awaken curiosity and movement in children. We will use our imaginations to explore movement and stillness through yoga poses and mindful breathing techniques. The yogis may come home with poses to share to help you awaken your inner child too!