Kolb Elementary School

STEAM After School Courses | Fall Session 2019/20
Kolb 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 Kolb Elementary.

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

Tuition - $180 - $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 - Sept  3, 10, 17, 24 | Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 |  Nov 5
Sessions:           10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                   2:10 - 3:10pm
Room:                 Eagles Nest
Tuition:              Early Bird - $199   After August 25th - $210

It’s laughter, learning and limelight with the After School Drama Club’s 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 free workshop presentation of scenes and monologues for an invited audience.

Enrollment Open

Chapter Chats - Readers Book Club

Instructor:       Ms Stacy Alvarez, Kolb Teacher 
Grade Level:
    3 - 5
Day/Dates:       Thursday - Aug 29 | Sept  5, 12, 19, 26  | Oct 3, 10, 17, 24  |  Nov 7
Sessions:           10 x 1 hour 
Time:                  3:10 - 4:10pm
Room:                 G1
Tuition:              Early Bird $189      After August 25th - $199

Come enjoy and discuss two fantastic novels by the awarding winning author Kate DiCamillo! Students will have the opportunity to read two of Ms. DiCamilo’s most exciting and well reviewed books, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and The Tale of Despereaux. We will explore the characters, settings, and themes in each of these novels. Students will be engaged in a reader’s workshop model to enhance their reading comprehension abilities which encourages higher level collaborative reading and meta-cognitive strategies. Students will rotate through different roles, working together to engage in in the text, to further enrich their vocabulary and literature skills. Students will develop their communication and presentation skills throughout this process and will create either a google slideshow or poster to make their final presentation.

Enrollment Open

Chess Academy For Kids

Instructor:         Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:      1 - 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:                   Library
Tuition:                Early Bird - $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 (Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced), the course offers video lessons, easy-to-follow instructions, individual recommendations, and preparation to chess tournaments. The use of the modern technology (projectors, 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. Participants receive certificates and trophies at the end of the school year.

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

Code to the Future & Robotics

Instructor:       Ms. Allison Tomcik
Grade Level:    3 - 5
Day/Dates:       Thursdays - Sept  5, 12, 19, 26  | Oct  3, 10, 17, 24  | Nov  7, 14
                             Note: No class on October 31 as minimum day
Sessions:          10 x 1 hour
Time:                  3.10 - 4.10 pm
Room:                J2
Tuition:             Early Bird - $189,   After August 25th - $199

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced coding student, this class will work for you. Students will be able to work at their own pace. The class will blend step by step lessons in coding with fun, hands-on, "unplugged" activities. With an emphasis on developing computational thinking, students will learn about algorithms, debugging, loops, conditionals, binary coding and more. Working individually, in pairs and in teams, students will be introduced to coding using a block-based online coding program. The more advanced students will begin to work with Javascript using other online coding programs. In addition, students will have the opportunity to program Ollie robots and will learn to build and program LEGO robotic sets using basic engineering techniques and coding. Problem solving, persistence and teamwork will be emphasized.

 Enrollment Open

Contemporary Dance for Kids

Instructor:       Ms. Anastasiia Zastavna - Bollynaach Dance Co  
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:                 A15
Tuition:              Early Bird - $199 After August 25th - $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

Engineering Challenges

Instructor:       Ms. Allison Tomcik
Grade Level:    3 - 5
Day/Dates:       Tuesdays -   Sept  3, 10, 17, 24  | Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  | Nov  5
Sessions:           10 x 1 hour (your child will need to return to school at 3.10pm)
Time:                   3:10 - 4:10pm
Room:                  J2
Tuition:               Early Bird $189      After August 25th - $199

Is your child interested in building and creating different projects?  Does your son or daughter love to work with their hands? If so, the Engineering Challenges class is just what your child needs.  In this hands-on program, your child will be given different STEM challenges to complete individually and in groups. This is a great way for your child to learn to work with others and overcome different challenges. Students will use a variety of materials to build towers, boats, vehicles and more. 

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:       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:                L3
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 and Ceramics

Instructor:          Julie Coching, Owner of Cafe Art
Grade Levels:    K - 5
Day/Dates:         Thursday - Sept  5, 12, 19, 26  | Oct 3, 10, 17, 24  | Nov  7, 14
                               Note: No class on October 31 as minimum day
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                     3:10 - 4:10pm
Room:                   L6
Tuition:                Early Bird - $195     After August 25th - $205

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 be able to keep their projects and take them home with them at the end of the class.

 Enrollment Open

Speak to Lead: Build Confidence & Become an Effective Presenter

Instructor:       Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Level:    2 - 5
Day/Dates:       Monday - Aug 26  | Sept  9, 16, 23, 30  | Oct  7, 14, 21, 28  | Nov  4
Sessions:          10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                 2.10 - 3.10pm
Room:                A27
Tuition:             Early Bird - $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:       Wednesday - Sept  4, 11, 18, 25  | Oct  2, 9, 16, 23, 30  |  Nov 6
Sessions:          10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                 2.10 - 3.10pm
Room:                L6
Tuition:             Early Bird $199      After 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

Writing and Doodling With a Purpose

Instructor:       Ms. Larissa Ostlund, Kolb Teacher  
Grade Level:
    3 - 5
Day/Dates:       Fridays - Aug  30  | Sept  6, 13, 20   | Oct  4, 11, 18, 25  |  Nov 8
Sessions:           9 x 70 minutes 
Time:                  3:10 - 4:20pm
Room:                 TBC
Tuition:              Early Bird $189      After August 25th - $199

The New York Times recently reported that putting pen to paper stimulates the brain like nothing else and leads to increased student comprehension and participation in their classes. Learning to write in cursive is more than just learning a dying art. Instead, writing in cursive is shown to improve brain development in the areas of thinking, language and working memory. 

Like cursive writing, learning to “doodle with purpose” can help students in many ways.  Scientists point to seven benefits of learning to doodle with a purpose. 

  • Strengthens concentration skills
  • Spurs creativity
  • Helps process emotions
  • Alleviates stress
  • Serves as a creative outlet
  • Helps students learn better
  • Develops big picture thinking skills

So give this class a try, learn new skills and help develop your thinking abilities while you have fun along the way. You won’t be sorry.

Enrollment Open

Yoga for Kids- The Movement of Imagination

Instructor:        Kavita Patel, Owner/Operator of Monkey Bear Yoga
Grade Level:     1 - 5
Day/Dates:         Wednesday - Sept  4, 11, 18, 25  | Oct  2, 9, 16, 23, 30  | Nov  6
Sessions:            10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                   2:10 - 3:10pm
Room:                  L1
Tuition:               Early Bird - $180    After August 25th - $190

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

Instructor:        Challenge Island Certified Instructor
Grade Level:     K- 5
Day/Dates:        Monday - March 4, 11, 25  | April 8, 15, 22, 29 | May 6, 13, 20
Sessions:           10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                   2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                  E4
Tuition:               Early Bird - $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 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 Open