Cottonwood Creek Elementary School

STEAM After School Courses | Fall Session 2019/20
Cottonwood Creek Elementary School


We are offering a dynamic selection of courses available from Kindergarten through to 8th Grade.  First the first time, we are offering classes to the Middle School Grades of 6 - 8th 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 - $185 - $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 - Sept  4, 11, 18, 25  | Oct  2, 9, 16, 23, 30 |  Nov 6
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2.10 - 3.10pm 
Room:                     D206
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing - $199   After August 25th - $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 Open

American Sign Language for the Beginner - Learn the Basics of Signing

Instructor:          Ms. Lorrin Harris, Cottonwood Teacher
Grade Level:       3 - 5
Day/Dates:         Thursday - Sept  5, 12, 19, 26 | Oct  3, 10, 17, 24  | Nov  7, 14
Sessions:            10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                   3:10 - 4:10pm
Room:                  C-206
Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing - $189 After August 25th - $199

What is the third most spoken language in the world? If you guessed Sign Language, you would be correct! Sign Language is used by 70 million people and around the world it can be understood differently. In this course, students will focus on American Sign Language (ASL) and learn to speak not only with their hands, but also through facial expressions. The course will introduce learners to the basics along with understanding that this language has it own grammar rules. Come learn how to say, “I love you” and other fun expression in this 10 week course.

Enrollment Open

BollyWood Dance Class for Kids

Instructor:             Professional Dance Instructors from BollyNaach Dance Company
Grade Level:          1 - 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:                     D206
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing - $199    After August 25th - $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 Open

Chess Academy for Kids

Instructor:             Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:          K -5
Day/Dates:             Monday - August 26 |  Sept 9, 16, 23, 30  | Oct  7, 14, 21, 28  | Nov 4
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2.10 - 3.10pm
Room:                     D205 
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing -  $195 After August 25th -  $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.

Enrollment Open

Chess Academy for Kids

Instructor:             Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:          K - 5
Day/Dates:             Wednesday - Sept  4, 11, 18, 25  | Oct  2, 9, 16, 23, 30  | Nov 6
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2.10pm to 3.10pm
Room:                     D205 
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing -  $195 After August 25th -  $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.

Enrollment Open

Coyote Fitness Fun!

Instructor:          Ms Katie Nerheim, Cottonwood Teacher
Grade Level:       3 - 5
Day/Dates:         Thursday - Sept  5, 12, 19, 26 | Oct  3, 10, 17, 24  | Nov  7, 14
Sessions:            10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                   3:10 - 4:10pm
Room:                  D201
Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing - $189 After August 25th - $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 Open

Forces of Nature

Check out this video to find out more about this class!
Instructor:             Bricks 4 Kidz
Grade Level:          K -5
Day/Dates:             Tuesday - Sept 3, 10, 17, 24  | Oct  1, 8, 15, 22, 29  |  Nov 5 
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2.10 - 3.10pm
Room:                     TBC
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing - $199    After August 25th - $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.

Enrollment Open

Introduction to Creativity with Clay & Ceramics

Instructor:             Ms Julie Coching, Owner of Cafe Art
Grade Level:          1 -5
Day/Dates:             Monday -Aug 26  | Sept 9, 16, 23, 30  |  Oct 7, 14, 21, 28  | Nov  4 
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2.10 - 3.10pm
Room:                     TBC
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $199     After August 25th - $210

In this beginners clay and ceramics class be prepared be creative and fun while you get your hands dirty. Students will learn clay basics through fun projects. The kids start by  learning about ceramic paints and what makes them so different from regular everyday paints. They will learn to make a pinch pot project, a name plaque with clay coils, a textured slab bowl, and a free choice clay project. All clay pieces will be painted once they are fired. The students will also paint on pre-formed ceramic pieces, a bowl, and a mug or figurine and best of all students will be able to keep their creations and take them home. 

Enrollment Open

Introduction to World Languages and Cultures

Instructor:             Ms. Lorrin Harris, Cottonwood Teacher
Grade Level:          3 -5
Day/Dates:             Friday - Aug 30  | Sept 6, 13, 20, 27 | Oct  4, 11, 18, 25  | Nov 8
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       3.10 - 4.10pm 
Room:                     C206
Tuition:                   Early Bird Princing - $189 After Aug. 25th - $199

Explore the world without ever leaving Dubin! Immerse yourself in the language and cultures of the world. Join me in this fun-filled class as we tour the world and introduce students to amazing world culture. Student will have the chance to explore and learn about art, music and theater around the world while also learning to appreciate that for all of our differences, people have many similarities in their daily lives. 

Students will be introduced to a number of languages and cultures in this course such as Spanish and Braizilian Portuguese and will learn some basic language skills along the way..   Come join the fun of exploring the world and learning to speak in a different language. You won’t want to miss this trip.

Enrollment Open

Speak to Lead: Build Confidence & Become an Effective Presenter

Instructor:            Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Level:         2 - 5
Day/Dates:           Tuesday - Sept  10, 17, 24  | Oct  1, 8, 15, 22, 29  | Nov  5, 12
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                     2.10 - 3.10pm
Room:                   TBC
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $199    After August 25th - $210

Confident speakers articulate themselves clearly. Learning how to express oneself in groups with conviction and persuasion has immeasurable benefits in school, family and life. Our programs will provide your child with the instruction, experience, and practice to develop and deliver compelling presentations with lesser anxiety. It will enhance students’ writing, active listening, & communication skills through various activities, games, and impromptu discussions on interesting topics!! They will learn to know exactly what to do when speaking to any size audience on any occasion in any format.
We make learning EASY & FUN!!!

Enrollment Open

Video Game Design & Coding

Instructor:          Licensed instructor from Code to the Future
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:          Thursday  - Aug 29  | Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26  | Oct  3, 10, 17, 24  | Nov  7
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                    3:10 -4:10pm
Room:                   D205
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $199   After August 25th - $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 for Kids - The Movement of Imagination

Instructor:            Kavita Patel, Owner/Operator of Monkey Bear Yoga
Grade Level:        1 - 5
Day/Dates:           Monday - Aug 26  | Sept  9, 16, 23, 30  | Oct 4, 14, 21, 28  | Nov 4
Sessions:              10 X 1 hour
Time:                     2.10 - 3:10pm
Room:                    D206
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing -  $185 After August 25th - $195  

Jump like a frog!  Salute the sun. Root into the earth as a tree and sit like a lotus petal floating in a calm pool of water. Monkey Bear Yoga brings story-telling to the practice of Yoga for Kids. Through imagination, children are engaged and excited to learn yoga. Yoga for Kids is a fun-filled journey to the self. Through mindful movement, breathing techniques and imaginative play, children connect with their authentic selves.

We live in a high speed, fast paced environment that can be taxing to our spirit and sense of self. Children experience stress and anxiety just as adults do. Yoga fosters the whole child. Children will develop strength and flexibility in their bodies and minds through yoga poses and partner exercises. They will learn breathing techniques to soothe anxiety, focus better, and practice patience. Yoga for Kids give children the tools to live a balanced, peaceful life.

Enrollment Open

Middle School After School Courses

Become a Poised Orator, Effective Debater & Creative Writer

Instructor:            Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Level:         6 - 8
Day/Dates:           Tuesday - Sept  10, 17, 24  | Oct  1, 8, 15, 22, 29  | Nov  5, 12
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                     3.15 - 4.15pm
Room:                   TBC
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $199    After August 25th - $210

Make your biggest fear, your greatest triumph!!

Public speaking is about channeling your knowledge outward in an effective way. This class will not only teach delivery and presentation skills, but will also provide a foundation for critical thinking, creative writing and presenting with confidence! With thought-provoking topics, campaign speeches & debates, students will learn to manage public speaking anxiety, and make strong arguments by providing reasoning and evidence through various games and activities. Developing communication and persuasive skills are the most important aspects of speech and our goal is their SUCCESS!

Enrollment Open

Chess Academy for Middle School Students 6-8

Instructor:             Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:          6 - 8
Day/Dates:             Monday - August 26 |  Sept 9, 16, 23, 30  | Oct  7, 14, 21, 28  | Nov 4
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       3.15 - 4.15pm
Room:                     D205 
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing -  $195 After August 25th -  $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.

Enrollment Open

Getting Creative with Clay & Ceramics For Grades 6 - 8

Instructor:             Ms Julie Coching, Owner of Cafe Art
Grade Level:          6 - 8
Day/Dates:             Monday - Aug 26  | Sept 9, 16, 23, 30  |  Oct 7, 14, 21, 28  | Nov  4 
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       3.15 - 4.15pm
Room:                     TBC
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $199     After August 25th - $210

In this beginners clay and ceramics class be prepared be creative and fun while you get your hands dirty. Students will learn clay basics through fun projects. The kids start by  learning about ceramic paints and what makes them so different from regular everyday paints. They will learn to make a pinch pot project, a name plaque with clay coils, a textured slab bowl, and a free choice clay project. All clay pieces will be painted once they are fired. The students will also paint on pre-formed ceramic pieces, a bowl, and a mug or figurine and best of all students will be able to keep their creations and take them home. 

Enrollment Open

Minecraft Modding for Middle Schoolers

Instructor:          Licensed instructor from Code to the Future
Grade Level:       6 - 8
Day/Dates:          Thursday  - Aug 29  | Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26  | Oct  3, 10, 17, 24  | Nov  7
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                    3:15 -4:15pm
Room:                   D205
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $199   After August 25th - $210

Make the full transition from player to content creator!  Why just “play” Minecraft when you can “create” Minecraft? In these classes designed for quick learners or those with block-based coding experience, campers will learn how to code in Java by making a mod for Minecraft! This is professional, text-based coding. Create and craft your own sword, change your durability, make your own food that gives you more life, make your own stronger armor, make your own blocks, Make your own stronger pickaxe, and much much more!

Enrollment Open

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

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:             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