Murray Elementary School

STEAM After School Courses | Winter Session 2019/20
Murray 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 Murray Elementary.

For the current FALL schedule, dates, times and room numbers, click here.

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

Tuition - $189 - $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:          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:                  W3
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.

Enrollment Open

Instructor:          Ms Alison Starr, Murray Teacher
Grade Level:       K - 3
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:                  K3
Tuition:                Early Bird Pricing -  $189 After November 24th - $199

Do you love playing word games? Are you awesome at Scrabble? Would you like to have an afternoon filled with competition? Word games such as Boggle, Scrabble, Bananagrams, Upwords, Probe and Scribbo will be taught.  Additionally, students will even be create a few games to take home. Come join Mrs. Starr on Fridays and have some fun with work games that will make you smile.

 Enrollment Open

Chess Academy for Kids

Instructors:        Pacific Chess Academy 
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:                  3
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.

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

Cooking Through Literature, Culture, And Science

Instructor:           Ms. Lauren Soto-Figueroa, Murray Teacher
Grade Level:        K – 3
Day/Dates:          Friday - Jan  10, 17, 24, 31    |  Feb  7, 21, 28
Sessions:             7 classes x 90 minutes
Time:                    3:10 - 4:40pm
Room:                   K4
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $189   After January 8th - $199

Students will become introductory chefs as they explore the world and art of cooking through literature, culture, and science. This class changes in each session and we never duplicate recipes so each time you take this class you will learn to prepare something new and different. Students will learn the basics of cooking materials, collect recipes and notes through an interactive notebook (cookbook), and explore in basic recipes as well as seasonal specialties. Each class students will learn, cook, and taste/take home food and recipes related to cultural foods around the world, connected to literature and also explore how cooking is related to math and science. They will learn vocabulary, how to use certain items, food and kitchen safety and become junior chefs! Students get an apron and cookbook with all recipes and learning as well as certificate at the end of the two weeks. Not to mention, the kids get to eat what they make. Yum!

Please let instructor know of any food allergies and we encourage students to wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Looking forward to guiding your child around the world through making and tasting! Bon appetit!

Enrollment Open

Elementary Beginner’s Yoga

Instructor:          Ms Alison Starr, Murray Teacher
Grade Level:       K - 5
Day/Dates:          Thursday -  Dec  5, 12, 19   | Jan  9, 16, 23, 30  |  Feb  6, 13, 20
Sessions:             10 x 1 hour 
Time:                    3:10  - 4:10pm
Room:                   K3
Tuition:                 $199

Would you like to be a goddess?  How about a winged dragon? Maybe a proud warrior? Or even an eagle? Then come try yoga with Mrs. Starr in K-3 at Murray elementary. This class is an introduction to yoga and will help you find strength, balance, and focus all of which can you help you be better at any sport you play. You will also find inner peace through meditation at the end of class.  Come find out what yoga is all about!

Enrollment Open

Hands-on Math Challenges, Games and Activities

Instructor:       Ms Sara Phillips, Murray Teacher
Grades:            K - 4
Day/Dates:      Thursday - Dec  5, 12, 19   | Jan  9, 16, 23, 30    | Feb  6, 13, 20
Sessions:         10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                3:10 - 4:10pm
Room:              W6
Tuition:            $199

In this Math Challenge class, students will practice math skills and learn new problem solving skills through hands-on games and activities and the use of technology. Most of the tasks will be open-ended. Students will be presented with a problem and will search for constructive ways of finding solutions. This might be through engineering as students construct a plan to solve a problem. It might be through drawing as they design their solutions. The tasks will be completed through the use of technology, teamwork, and thinking outside the box.

Enrollment Open

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

Instructor:          Gurus Education Certified Teacher
Grade Level:       2 - 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:                  1
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

Lets Get Crafty!

Instructor:             Ms Lauren Soto-Figueroa, Murray Teacher
Grade Level:          1 - 4
Days/Dates:           Thursday - Dec 12, 19  | Jan  9, 16, 23, 30  |   Feb 6
Sessions:                7 x 90 minutes
Time:                       3:10 - 4:40pm
Room:                     K4
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing - $189   After December 10th - $199

Want to explore your creative side? Let's get artsy crafty!  This class will provide students the opportunity to get in touch with their creative side in making or creating various arts and crafts projects. Each week, students will either learn new & various art techniques as well as how to make make homemade goodies or gifts. Everything made your child gets to keep. Crafts might include: homemade snow globes, candles/soaps, lava lamps, bouncing balls, planters, card making, candy and more. Students will also be using  various mediums include: watercolor, acrylics, oil pastels, clay, origami, collage, drawing and more. This is will be a step by step, hands on class where students must make a plan to create their masterpiece.  It will integrate art, science, crafting, and writing. Gifts for the holidays will also be explored. Hope to see your child there!!

 Enrollment Open

Video Game Design & Coding

Instructor:        Licensed instructor from Code to the Future
Grades:            2 - 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:              17
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

Instructor:           Challenge Island Certified Instructor
Grade Levels:     K - 5
Day/Dates:          Monday - Sept  9, 16, 23, 30  | Oct  7, 14, 21, 28  | Nov 4
Sessions:              9 X 70 minute classes
Time:                      3:05 - 4:15pm
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 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. Anastasiia Zastavana - Bollynaach Dance Company
Grades:            K - 5
Day/Dates:      Monday - Sept 9, 16, 23, 30  | Oct 7, 14, 21, 28  | Nov 4
Sessions:         9 classes x 70 minutes
Time:                2.10 - 3.20pm 
Room:              TBC
Tuition:            $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 a ponytail, braid, or bun. No shoes needed as students can dance in their bare-feet.

Check out this video to find out more about this class!
           Bricks 4 Kidz
Grade Levels:     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:                    Back of MPR
Tuition:                 $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.