Cottonwood Creek Elementary School

STEAM After School Courses | Winter 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.

Chess Academy for Kids

Instructor:             Pacific Chess Academy (Mr Jeff Pernik Owner -30 years teaching chess, Ms Karen Vallen - 34 years teaching chess and Nenad Zagorac - Tournament Director 12 years teaching chess).
Grade Level:          1 -7
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:                     D205
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.

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Engineering Solutions to Fairy Tale Problems

Instructor:          Ms Kristy Heister-Kodam, Cottonwood Creek Teacher
Grade Level:       1 - 3
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:                  C104
Tuition:                $195

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.

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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 - Dec  6, 13, 20 | Jan 10, 17, 24, 31 | Feb  7, 21, 28
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.

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Speak to Lead: Build Confidence & Charisma

Instructor:            Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Level:         2 - 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
Room:                   C202
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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Super Sports & Team Building

Instructor:          Ms Katie Nerheim, Cottonwood Teacher
Grade 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:                  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!

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Video Game Design & Coding


Instructor:          Licensed instructor from Code to the Future
Grade Level:       2 - 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:                  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 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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Yoga for Kids- The Movement of Imagination

Instructor:            Kavita Patel, Owner/Operator of Monkey Bear Yoga
Grade Level:        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:                    D206
Tuition:                  $185  

This Yoga class for kids will explore the role of the Chakras in our yoga practice. Chakras are the 7 spinning wheels of energy located along the spine. Each Chakra has a color of the rainbow associated with it and a place it resides along the center of the body. Our Chakras are associated with our mental and emotional well-being. When our Chakras are balanced, we feel comfortable, confident and in charge of our own emotions. We will use mindful movement and breath to awaken our awareness of these energy centers. Understanding the superpowers of energy centers gives us the tools to understand ourselves better and empowers us to lead a balanced, peaceful life.

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