John Green Elementary School

STEAM After School Courses | Winter Session 2019/20


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 Green 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:         Tuesday - Dec  3, 10, 17  | Jan 7, 14, 21, 28  |  Feb 4, 11, 18
Sessions:            10 x 60 minutes
Time:                   2.10  - 3.10pm
Room:                 TBA
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 Open

Art Around the World 2

Instructor:           Julie Coching, Owner of Cafe Art
Grade Levels:     K - 5
Day/Dates:         Wednesday - Dec  4, 11, 18   | Jan  8, 15, 22, 29   | Feb  5, 12, 19
Sessions:            10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                   2:10 - 3:10pm 
Room:                 B10
Tuition:               $205

In this multi-media class, the kids will create their own artistic passport as they travel to a different country each week and explore the interesting variety of artistic styles developed in their country of origin.  Students will learn about an art form and then create a unique piece of personal art using that art form. They will work with a variety of art media such as paper, clay, paint, ceramics, watercolor and oil pastels and when the class is finished, each student will have their own international portfolio of art to take home with them.  We will explore art from Brazil, Japan, Russia, France, India, Australia and more. (for those that have already taken Art Around the World 1, this class will feature 10 different projects and countries).

Enrollment Open

BollyWood Dance Class for Kids

Instructor:          Professional Dance Instructors from BollyNaach Dance Company
Grade Level:       1- 5
Day/Dates:         Monday - Dec  2, 9, 16   | Jan  13, 27   | Feb  3, 10, 24   | Mar  2 
Sessions:            9 x 70 minutes
Time:                   2.10  - 3.20pm
Room:                 A19
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 will provide exposure to kids on 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:             1 - 5
Day/Dates:                Thursday -  Dec  5, 12, 19   |  Jan  9, 16, 23, 30   |  Feb  6, 13, 20
Sessions:                   10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                          3:10pm -  4:10pm
Room:                        Library
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 (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.


Enrollment Open

Instructor:          Ms. Anastasiia Zastavna - Bollynaach Dance Company
Grade Level:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:         Tuesday -  Dec  3, 10, 17   |  Jan  7, 14, 21, 28   |  Feb  4, 11, 18  
Sessions:            10 x 1 hour
Time:                   2.10 - 3.10pm
Room:                 A19
Tuition:               Early Bird - $199      After November 24th - $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 pony-tail, braid, or bun. No shoes, bare-feet.

Enrollment Open

Instructor:          Bricks 4 Kidz
Grade Level:       K - 5
Day/Dates:         Thursday -  Dec  19 |  Jan 9, 16, 23, 30   |   Feb  6, 13, 20, 27 
Sessions:            9 x 70 minutes
Time:                   3.10 - 4.20pm
Room:                 E3
Tuition:               Early Bird Pricing - $199     After November 24th - $210

Energy is essential to almost everything we do, from the lights in our homes and classrooms to the gasoline that fuels our cars. Bricks 4 Kidz will introduce your students to the world of energy in all its amazing forms. This unit explores many sources of energy from wind and solar power to biofuel and fossil fuel. Students will define terms like renewable, landfill, greenhouse effect and generator; and using Bricks 4 Kidz proprietary instructions and LEGO® Bricks, students will build moving models of just some of the awesome ways we power our world.

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

Instructor:          Mr. Michael Shannon, Green Teacher
Grade Level:       4 - 5
Day/Dates:         Tuesdays & Wednesdays
                             Dec 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18   |  Jan 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29   |   Feb 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19

Sessions:            20 X 30 minute classes
Time:                   7:40 - 8:10 am
Room:                 E-3 (Students will enter using the gate near EDCC)
Tuition:               Early Bird Pricing - $189    After November 24th - $199

If your child has a TON of energy! We’ll channel that energy into fun games and activities that build cardiovascular endurance! If your child is interested in learning the basics of FUN whole body workouts, this is the class to sign up for! Activities may include running/walking/dance, core workouts using body weight, and overall knowledge in regards to health and exercise.

Enrollment Open

Keys to Becoming a Creative Writer, Poised Orator & Effective Debater

Instructor:          Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Level:       2 - 5
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:                  C9
Tuition:                $210

Have you ever wondered what is the #1 fear in this world? YES, it’s Public Speaking and our goal is to prepare your child for SUCCESS!! They will learn to present impressively and write effectively in 6 easy steps. In this advanced course, kids will learn various formats of writing such as persuasive, narrative, descriptive etc. Students will learn to manage public speaking anxiety and present themselves with confidence, and make strong arguments by providing reasoning and evidence on thought provoking debatable topics, and campaign speeches.  

This course will help kids expand their general knowledge and formulate their thoughts with a clear and concise structure and prepare them for SUCCESS!!

Enrollment Open

Video Game Design & Coding

Instructor:          Licensed instructor from Code to the Future
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:          Friday -  Dec  6, 13   | Jan  10, 17, 24, 31   |  Feb  7, 21, 28
Sessions:             9 X 70 minutes
Time:                    3.10pm - 4.20pm
Room:                  Library
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.

Enrollment Open

Yoga for Kids- The Movement of Imagination

Instructor:           Kavita Patel, Owner/Operator of Monkey Bear Yoga
Grade Level:        1 - 5
Day/Dates:          Tuesday -  Dec 3, 10, 17   | Jan  7, 14, 21, 28   | Feb  4, 11, 18 
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 hour 
Time:                    2:10 - 3:10pm
Room:                   A19
Tuition:                 $195

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.

Enrollment Open

Instructor:          Challenge Island Certified Instructor
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:                   2.05  - 3.05pm
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 a 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

Instructor:          Ms. Danielle Felker, Green Music Instructor
Grade Level:       3 - 5
Day/Dates:         Thursday -  March 7, 14, 21, 28  | April 11, 25 | May 2, 9, 16, 23  
Sessions:            10 x 1 hour
Time:                   3.05  - 4.05pm
Room:                 E6
Tuition:               $199

A fun experience for all voices! All levels of singing experience welcomed. Come learn and have fun using your voice and singing with a group. Learn valuable sight singing and musician skills. We will do group activities to help us get to know each other and feel comfortable with singing with other people. We will be learning how to sing in Canon (aka. Rounds), expand our use of Solfege, warm up our voices, and sing different fun repertoire.  In our last class together, we will hold a mini concert for parents to see all the hard work the students have been doing! Let's work together to make some fabulous music!

Enrollment Open