Fall Enrichment 2019

We are pleased to continue offering a wide range of fun and educational enrichment classes in our after school enrichment program. All of the courses are taught by talented and experienced instructors. Each course is designed to help students develop a love for learning and explore new and different experiences. We are confident that you will find an enrichment class that is of interest to your child. 

Please note the following dates:

  1. Registration begins on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 7:00 a.m. – online only
  2. Most classes begin the week of Tuesday, September 3, 2019 unless stated in the description.
  3. In the event that a class meeting is cancelled, classes will be made up after the last official class.
  4. All cancelled classes result in free extended care for the duration of the intended class.

REGISTRATION

HOW TO REGISTER

  1. Please look through the course descriptions below and related details carefully.
  2. Online registration began on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 7:00 a.m.
  3. Registration will be assigned based upon the online registration time.

Please register at Ultracamp as soon as possible once it opens. A minimum of eight students is required for a class to be held. In the past, some classes had to be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment resulting from a lack of timely registration. Also, please be aware that many of our more popular classes fill up quickly.

POLICIES

CLASS CONFIRMATIONS AND CANCELLATIONS
If you are able to register for a class, your registration is confirmed. If you are placed on a waiting list, you will be notified if your child is admitted to a class.  

REFUND Policy
There will be no refunds or changes once you have registered for a class.

EXTENDED DAY AND LATE CHARGES
Students taking enrichment classes will not incur extended day charges for the time prior to the class. However, students who remain in extended day five minutes after the class has concluded will be charged $20 for the remainder of extended day.

PROCEDURES

AFTER SCHOOL PROCEDURE FOR ENRICHMENT STUDENTS
All students in the 1st through 8th grade who are registered for an enrichment class will be brought to their assigned Study Hall by their classroom teacher. Kindergarten students registered for an enrichment class will remain in their afternoon classroom. The instructor of each enrichment class will pick up and bring students to the proper location. At the conclusion of each class, the instructor will return all first through fifth grade students to extended care classrooms, sixth-eighth grade students will either leave campus to go home or they will wait in the assigned extended day room, and all Kindergarten students will be brought back to Kindergarten Extended Care Room.

CLASSES WILL NOT BE HELD ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:

  • September 2: Labor Day
  • October 10 - 11: In-Service Days
  • October 14: Indigenous People’s Day
  • November 8: LS & MS P/T Conference (PD at ECD)
  • November 15: LS & MS P/T Conference (PD at ECD)
  • November 22: Thanksgiving Luncheon, Early Dismissal
  • November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 20: Early Dismissal
  • December 23-January 3: Winter Break

ECD Enrichment Class Schedule

All ECD enrichment classes held at Alice A. Carnes Center, 42/52 Waller Street.
Class listed in gold box is taught in Chinese.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 Conscious Caterpillars: Yoga
3:30 - 4:15
Room: 2

9/9 - 12/16

 Playball

3:30 - 4:15
Room: MPR

TBD - 12/17
 STEM Lego

3:30 - 4:15
Room: 3

9/4- 12/18
 Playball
3:30 - 4:15
Room: MPR

TBD - 12/19
Toyology

3:30 - 4:30
Room: 2

9/6 - 12/13
Chinese Martial Arts
3:45 - 4:30
Room: MPR

9/9 - 12/16

 Creative Caterpillars Art Class
3:30 - 4:30
Room: 4

9/3 - 12/17
Intro to Textiles & Fiber Arts
3:30 - 4:30
Room: MPR

9/5 - 12/19
Build It! Using LEGO Duplo
3:30 - 4:30
CANCELLED

9/5 - 12/19 
 AcroSports
3:30 - 4:30
Room: MPR

9/6 - 12/13
   Creative Dance
3:30 - 4:30
Room: 2

9/3 - 12/17
 
   

Lower School Enrichment Class Schedule

All lower school enrichment classes are held at 150 Oak Street.
Classes listed in gold boxes below are taught in Chinese.  

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 Chinese Folk Dance
(1st - 2nd) 3:00 - 4:00

(2nd - 3rd) 4:00 - 5:00
Room: PAR

9/9 - 1/13/20
Intro to STEM with Lego
(K - 2nd)
3:30 - 5:00
Room: 188

 9/3 - 12/17
 Chinese Folk Dance
(K Only) 3:00 - 4:00

(4th - 8th) 4:00 - 5:00
Room: PAR

9/4 - 1/22/20
Toyology
(K - 2nd)
3:15 - 4:15
Room: 156

9/5 - 12/19 
Playball
(K - 1st)
3:15 - 4:00
Room: MPR2

9/6 - 12/13 

Creative Art Exploration
(K - 2nd)
4:00 - 5:00
Room: 186

9/9 - 12/16

 Play with Clay
(1st - 2nd)
3:30 - 4:30
Room: 262

9/3 - 12/3
SpyKids STEM Fun

(3rd - 4th)
3:15 - 4:45
Room: 360

9/4 - 12/18
Drawing/Painting 
(K - 1st)
3:00 - 4:00
Room: 186

9/5 - 12/19 
  Creative STEM Explorer

(1st - 2nd)
3:30 - 4:30
Room: 282

9/6 - 12/13
 Athens Debate
(4th - 5th)
3:30 - 5:30
Room: 362

9/9 - 12/16
STEMful Science
(2nd - 3rd)
3:30 - 4:30
Room: 261

9/3 - 12/17
STEM Lego
(K - 1st)
4:30 - 5:30
Room: 188

9/4 - 12/18
 Story Writing  & Illustration Workshop
(3rd - 5th)
3:30 - 5:00
Room: 360

9/5 - 5/14/20
Intro to Coding
(3rd - 5th)
3:15 - 4:15
Room: 360

9/6 - 12/13
 Claymakers
(3rd - 8th)
3:45 - 4:45
Room: 262

9/9 - 12/2
Math Olympics
(3rd Only)
3:05 - 4:05
Room: 498

9/3 - 12/17
 Design Engineering: Material Madness
(3rd - 8th)
3:45 - 4:45
Room: 388

9/4 - 12/18
 Fashion Engineering:
Loom Lab

(3rd - 8th)
3:45 - 4:45
Room: 388

9/5 - 12/19
Beginning - Intermediate Chess
(K - 1st)
3:30 - 4:30
Room: 156

9/6 - 12/13

Math Olympics
(5th Only) 3:05 - 4:05

(4th Only) 4:05 - 5:05
Room: 498

9/9 - 12/16
AcroSports
(K - 2nd)
3:30 - 4:30
Room: MPR2

9/3 - 12/17

 Youth Chinese Music Ensemble
(4th - 5th)
3:30 - 4:30
Room: 497

9/4 - 12/18 

Watercolor
(2nd - 5th)
4:15 - 5:15
Room: 262

9/5 - 12/19

Intermediate - Advanced Chess
(2nd - 5th)
4:30 - 5:30
Room: 156

9/6 - 12/13
 Intro to Chinese Music Instructment
(1st - 3rd)
4:00 - 5:00
Room: 497

9/9 - 12/16
 After School Hoops
(3rd - 5th)
3:30 - 4:30
Oak Gym

9/3 - 11/12
STEM Lego
(K - 1st)
4:30 - 5:30
Room: 188

9/4 - 12/18
SpyKids STEM Fun
(1st - 2nd)
3:15 - 4:45
Room: 261

9/5 - 12/19
  Chinese Martial Arts
(2nd - 5th)
4:15 - 5:15
Room: PAR

9/6 - 12/13
 Yoga
(K - 5th)
3:00 - 4:00
Room: Library Space

9/9 - 12/16
 Chinese Martial Arts
(K - 1st) 
4:15 - 5:15
Room: PAR

9/3 - 12/17
 Watercolor
(K - 2nd)
4:15 - 5:15
Room: 262

9/4 - 12/18
  Handmade with Love
Art & Design

(1st - 5th)
3:30 - 4:30
Room: 362

9/5 - 12/19
 Funky Bunch Hip Hop
(K - 2nd)
3:00 - 4:00
Room: PAR

9/6 - 12/13
 Sprouts Cooking Club
(K Only)
3:30 - 4:45
Room: MPR2

9/9 - 12/16
 Younger Chinese Music Ensemble
(3rd - 4th)
3:00 - 4:00
Room: 497

9/3 - 12/17
     Circus
(1st - 5th)
3:30 - 4:30
Oak Gym

9/5 - 11/14

 

    Int. Chinese Music Ensemble
(4th - 6th)
4:00 - 5:00
Room: 497

9/3 - 12/17
    AHAC

(4th - 5th)
3:30 - 4:30
Room: 498

9/5 - 12/19

 
     
 Sprouts Cooking Club
(1st - 3rd)
3:30 - 4:45
Room: MPR2

9/5 - 12/19

 

Middle School Enrichment Class Schedule

Locations for middle school enrichment courses are as noted in the descriptions.
Class listed in gold box is taught in Chinese. 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Advanced MATHCounts

(6th - 8th)
3:35 - 5:05
Room: N202

9/9 - 12/16

Intermediate MATHCounts

(6th - 7th)
3:35 - 5:05
Room: N202

9/3 - 12/17

Girls Who Code

(6th - 8th)
3:35 - 4:35
Room: N201

25 Classes
Dates TBD

CAIS Robotics Team

(5th - 8th)
3:45 - 5:15
Room: N101

9/5 - 12/12

 Chinese Music Ensemble

(6th - 7th)
3:30 - 4:30

Learning Cneter

9/6 - 12/13

Bridge 

(6th - 8th)
3:45 - 5:00
Room: N201

9/9 - 12/16

 Athens Debate:
Beginner

(6th - 8th)
3:35 - 5:35
Room: N201

9/3 - 12/17

 Athens Debate: Experienced

(7th - 8th)
3:35 - 5:35
Room: N202

9/4 - 12/18 

Fashion Engineering: Loom Lab
(3rd - 8th)
3:45 - 4:45
Oak Campus

9/5 - 12/19

 Maker’s Art Lab

(6th - 8th)
3:30 - 4:30
Room: N101

9/6 - 12/13 

 

 CAIS Robotics Team

(5th - 8th)
3:45 - 5:15
Room: N101

9/3 - 12/10

 Design Engineering: Material Madness

(3rd - 8th)
3:45 - 4:45
Oak Campus

9/4 - 12/18 

 

 

 

 Adv. Chinese Music Ensemble

(7th - 8th)
5:00 - 6:00
Oak Campus

9/3 - 12/17

     

ENRICHMENT CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

PERFORMING ARTS

CREATIVE ARTS

CREATIVE WRITING

MATH and SCIENCE

OTHER INTERESTS

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

CAIS Auxiliary Program partners with select vendors to offer private music instruction opportunities for the school year. These offerings are arranged outside of the standard Enrichment Course sign up process. After reviewing the offerings below, email Auxiliary Program Director Kevin Lee with your preferred day, time, and instructor to register.

Please note the following:

  • Continuing students have priority to register
  • Lessons are for the entire school year, there is no need to register in the Spring
  • Billing will be broken into two parts.
  • Lessons missed by a student will not be credited.
  • Lesson missed by an instructor will be made up.
  • Two-weeks notice is needed to stop lessons.

Private Music Lessons
Private Chinese Instrument Lessons 中文
Piano Lessons
Individual Keyboard/Piano/Voice Lessons

PERFORMING ARTS 

 

APA1. Younger Chinese Music Ensemble

For students with one-year experience playing Chinese instruments and who are taking at least one private lesson a week. Admission with prior approval from Zhao Laoshi is required. Please contact Zhao Laoshi prior to registration at folkmelody@gmail.com

[All lessons conducted in Chinese]

Instructor:Gangqin Zhao and music instructors from Melody of China
Time/Day: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m./ Tuesday
Class Fee: $550
Grades: 3rd - 4th, Max 6 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17. 

 

APA2. Youth Chinese Music Ensemble

For students with two-year experience playing Chinese instruments and who are taking at least one private lesson a week. Admission with prior approval from Zhao Laoshi is required. Please contact Zhao Laoshi prior to registration at folkmelody@gmail.com

[All lessons conducted in Chinese]

Instructor:Gangqin Zhao and music instructors from Melody of China
Time/Days: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m./ Wednesday
Class Fee: $550
Grades: 4th - 5th, Max. 8 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4, 11, 18.

 

APA3. Middle School Chinese Music Ensemble

For students with two-year experience playing Chinese instruments and are continuing with private lessons. Admission with prior approval from Zhao Laoshi is required. Please contact Zhao Laoshi prior to registration at folkmelody@gmail.com

[All lessons conducted in Chinese]

Instructor:Gangqin Zhao and music instructors from Melody of China
Time/Days: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m./ Friday
Class Fee: $365
Grades: 6th - 7th, Max. 6 participants
Location: 888 Campus
Dates: (10 classes) Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, 13.

 

APA4. Intermediate Chinese Music Ensemble

For students with three-year experience playing Chinese instruments and are continuing with private lessons. Admission with prior approval from Zhao Laoshi is required. Please contact Zhao Laoshi prior to registration at folkmelody@gmail.com

[All lessons conducted in Chinese]

Instructor:Gangqin Zhao
Time/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m./ Tuesday
Class Fee: $550
Grades: 4th - 6th, Max. 6 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17. 

 

APA5. Advanced Chinese Music Ensemble 

For students who have played in the CAIS Chinese Music Ensemble and are continuing with private lessons.

Admission with prior approval from Zhao Laoshi is required. Please contact Zhao Laoshi prior to registration at folkmelody@gmail.com

[All lessons conducted in Chinese]

Instructor: Gangqin Zhao
Time/Days: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m./ Tuesday
Class Fee: $550
Grades: 7th - 8th, Max. 8 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17. 

 

APA6. Introduction to Chinese Music Instruments

Find a new interest in Chinese music instruments (Guzheng, Yangqin, or Yueqin) and learn the basic techniques through playing songs.  No experience needed. 

[All lessons conducted in Chinese]

Instructor: Gongqing Luan
Time/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m./ Monday
Class Fee: $475
Grades: 1st - 3rd, Max. 8 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (13 classes) Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, 16.

 

APA7- A/B/C/D. Chinese Folk Dance 中文

CAIS after school enrichment program offers Chinese dance classes to students from Kindergarten to 8th grade. This dance class will provide students with a curriculum that features training in authentic ethnic and folk dances. Students will work on their flexibility, dance fundamentals, and the basics of bearing and form. This class will perform in Mass Greeting.

[All lessons conducted in Chinese]

  • Flexibility: front and side splits, back, arms, legs
  • Dance fundamentals: body posture and coordination, balance, hand gestures, arm and leg positions, etc.
  • Form: dance combinations and basic barre practice
  • Bearing: a technique for expressing specific inner feelings through “form”

 

APA7-A. [1st - 2nd Grade]
Instructor: Fan Yang
Time/Days: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. / Monday
Class Fee: $500
Grades: 1st - 3rd, Min. 8/Max. 12 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (14 classes) Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, 16 Jan. 13. 


APA7-B. [2nd - 3rd Grade]
Instructor: Fan Yang
Time/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Monday
Class Fee: $500
Grades: 2nd - 3rd, Min. 8/Max. 12 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (14 classes) Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, 16 Jan. 13. 


APA7-C. [K only]
Instructor: Fan Yang
Time/Days: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m./ Wednesday
Class Fee: $630
Grades: K only, Min. 8/Max. 12 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (18 classes) Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4, 11, 18 Jan. 8, 15, 22.

APA7-D.  [4th - 8th Grade]
Instructor: Fan Yang
Time/Days: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m./ Wednesday
Class Fee: $630
Grades: 4th - 8th, Min. 6/Max. 12 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (18 classes) Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4, 11, 18 Jan. 8, 15, 22

  

CREATIVE ARTS

 


ACA1. Hand Made with Love - Art & Design
~ NEW~

Hands on learning with Colleen on the craft, art and design. From beginning to finish. Alternate between teaching watercolor painting. Sewing. Embroidery. Felting rug making  crocheting. Quilt. Clay sculptures. And macrame jewelry. 

Instructor: Colleen Quen
Times/Days:  3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. /Thursday
Class Fee: $550
Grades: 1st - 5th, Min. 10 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (13 classes) Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26,  Oct. 3, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19 [no class 10/17]

 

ACA2-A/B. Introduction to Jewelry Making [Mandarin]

Dare to dazzle with handmade jewelry pieces! This is a jewelry-making class for beginners that encourages children to explore their creativity through an introduction to interesting colors, textures, and age-appropriate jewelry-making techniques. Our classes are designed not only to entertain, but to improve hand-eye coordination, small muscle development, and pattern-making skills. Additionally, our language immersion classes provide a stimulating creative environment of creative exploration to promote early language comprehension. Boys and girls can learn the basics of beading, finger knitting and so much more! Our highly trained and fun instructors(who are native speakers in the language that they teach) create a relaxed, encouraging environment all children will love.

 

ACA2-A. [PreK]
Instructor: Dragonfly Designs
Times/Days:  3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. /Thursday
Class Fee: $450
Grades: PreK, Max 12 participants
Location: Alice A. Carnes Center, Max 12 participants
Dates:  (14 classes) Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26,  Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19.

ACA2-B. [K - 2nd]
Instructor: Dragonfly Designs
Times/Days:  4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. /Tuesday
Class Fee: $510
Grades: K - 2nd, Max 12 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates:  (15 classes) Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17. 

 

ACA3. Jewelry Making & Design [Mandarin]


Our newly designed Jewelry Making class begins with the creation of an Art Journal where students will document new techniques learned throughout class. Students will begin with the basics by getting to know the tools of the trade and then practicing jewelry making skills such as crimping, bead stringing and designing their own pieces. Once the basics have been mastered, students will advance to more complex techniques such as wire work & stamping & dapping metal.

Tap into your natural creative talents and personal style by designing your own jewelry! Create customized jewelry for you and your friends to wear by choosing from a huge selection of hot colors, textures, and unique beads to make one-of-a-kind pieces. Our classes are designed not only to be fun, but to let you in on some of the most popular jewelry making techniques available, such as wire wrapping, beautiful beading, woven cotton cord, and leather projects. We use only the highest quality findings, freshwater pearls, and Czech glass beads and work to develop the skills to make your own jewelry long after the jewelry class ends. Our highly trained and fun instructors are native speakers of the language they teach, and create a relaxed, encouraging environment all children will love.

Instructor: Dragonfly Designs
Times/Days:  3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. /Tuesday
Class Fee: $510
Grades: 3rd - 5th, Max. 12 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates:  (15 classes) Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17. 

 

ACA4. Creative Explorers Art [Mandarin]

Unlock the power of creativity with Dragonfly Designs’ Creative Caterpillars Art Class! Students will explore a variety of art mediums such as clay, paint, paper, wax, dye & more.  Students will develop fine motor skills while exploring the limitless possibilities of their own creative spirits.

Instructor: Dragonfly Designs
Times/Days:  3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. /Tuesday
Class Fee: $510
Grades: Pre-K, Max. 12 participants
Location: Alice A. Carnes Center
Dates:  (15 classes) Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17.

 

ACA5. Introduction to Textiles & Fiber Arts [Mandarin]

This class will introduce students to the basics of textile and fiber art techniques. Processes such as using scissors, cutting, threading needles, sewing, color theory, dyeing, stamping, and fabric painting will be introduced. Children will improve concentration, focus, manual dexterity, and hand eye coordination. Projects may include the following:

  • Shibori and Batik dyeing 
  • Woven Wall hangings
  • Printed T-shirts
  • Decorated Tote bags
  • Tie Dyeing
  • Paper making
  • Bean bags 

Instructor: Dragonfly Designs
Times/Days:  3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. / Wednesday
Class Fee: $525
Grades: Pre-K, Max. 12 participants
Location: Alice A. Carnes Center
Dates:  (15 classes) Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4, 11, 18.

 

ACA6-A/B. Textiles & Fiber Arts [Mandarin]

This class will introduce students to the basics of textile and fiber art techniques. Processes such as sewing, wool felting, weaving, screen printing, macrame, dyeing, stamping, and fabric painting will be introduced. Students will learn to design, plan, and execute their ideas from an abstract notion into a tangible product. Projects may include the following:

  • Wool Felted Stuffed Animals
  • Shibori and Batik Dyeing
  • Woven Wall Hangings
  • Decorative Pillows
  • Zipper Pouches
  • Drawstring Bags
  • Screen Print T-shirts
  • Decorated Tote Bags
  • Tie Dyeing
  • Paper making
  • Bean Bags
  • Macrame

 

ACA6-A. [K - 2nd Grade]
Instructor: Dragonfly Designs
Times/Days:  3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. /Wednesday
Class Fee: $510
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4, 11, 18.

ACA6-B. [3rd - 5th Grade]
Instructor: Dragonfly Designs
Times/Days:  4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. /Wednesday
Class Fee: $510
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4, 11, 18.



ACA7 - A/B. Drawing/Painting/Acrylic/Watercolor Exploration [Mandarin]

In these weekly hour long sessions, students will play with color & technique as they develop their artistic abilities in drawing, watercolor, and acrylic painting. The open studio space encourages kids to bring their own imagination to life while receiving guidance when they need it. They’ll have a chance to play with a variety of fun tools for painting and see different techniques in each medium. Give your child a wonderful opportunity to express themselves and build skills for a lifetime of creativity!

ACA7-A. [K - 1st Grade]
Instructor: Dragonfly Designs
Times/Days:  3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. /Thursday
Class Fee: $450
Grades: K - 1st, Max. 12 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates:  (14 classes) Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26,  Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19.


ACA7-B. [2nd - 5th Grade]
Through mindful observation and the application of visual art skills, students are challenged to expand their imagination and express themselves creatively. Students will have the opportunity to engage in various projects that deepen their skills in the fields of drawing, watercolor, and acrylic painting will be presented and practiced at times drawing on inspiration from master art works & learning about the artist’s history. The open studio format gives kids both support and freedom to make their dream world a tangible reality. They will finish with valuable skills and their own art pieces to be proud of!

Instructor: Dragonfly Designs
Times/Days:  4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. /Thursday
Class Fee: $450
Grades: 2nd - 5th, Max. 12 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates:  (14 classes) Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26,  Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19.

 

ACA8-A/B. Creative Explorers Art Exploration [Mandarin]

Enter into a creative world full of endless possibility with Dragonfly Designs! Divergent thinking, the ability to look at multiple ways to solve problems, is the most valuable life skill we can offer our children. Students will be led by our native Mandarin speakers on an adventurous exploration of art mediums such as metal, clay, wax, wood, paper and leather to create innovative projects from candle making, lip balms, painting, tie dye, jewelry design, etching, paper making, and so much more!

ACA8-A. [K - 2nd Grade]
Instructor: Dragonfly Designs
Times/Days:  4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Monday
Class Fee: $450
Grades: K - 2nd
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (13 classes) Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, 16.

ACA8-B. [3rd - 5th Grade]
Instructor: Dragonfly Designs
Times/Days:  5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. / Monday
Class Fee: $450
Grades: 3rd - 5th
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (13 classes) Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, 16.

 

ACA9-A/B. Watercolor Painting Class [Mandarin]

Watercolor paint is a fascinating and wonderful medium. The beauty of it is its transparency, luminance and fluidity. In the Watercolor Painting Class, we will use a step by step method to teach students basic painting skills to deliver a quality classroom experience that is fun, engaging and educational. Students will explore the medium of watercolor paint and learn basic painting techniques as well as creative thinking and observation skills. By experimenting with these techniques, students will learn to capture the world they see around them on paper so as to discover their full potential and at the same time express their creativity. 

ACA9-A. [Wednesday]
Instructor: Lei Jin
Times/Days:  4:00 p.m.  - 5:00 p.m.  / Wednesday
Class Fee: $420
Grades: K - 2nd, Max. 10 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4, 11, 18. 

ACA9-B. [Thursday]
Instructor: Lei Jin
Times/Days:  4:00 p.m.  - 5:00 p.m.  / Thursday
Class Fee: $390
Grades: 2nd - 5th, Max. 10 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (14 classes) Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19.



ACA10. Play With Clay

Explore all things messy when it comes to clay. Encourage motor development, social skills, and visual thinking through art. This class will experiment with clay in all forms (air dry, hand made, and fired) and techniques (slab, coils, pinch, smash). Students will add glaze, paint, paper, and other craft materials to create their own masterpieces. Process is emphasized over product.

Instructor: Judith Waitz
Times/Days:  3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. / Tuesday
Class Fee: $400
Grades: 1st - 2nd,  Max. 10 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (13 classes) Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3.

 

ACA11. Wheel and Hand - Claymakers

Learn the basic skills needed to center clay and throw a pot on a wheel.  Roll a slab or create a vase completely out of coils. This class is for more advanced clay work, exploring both the sculptural and functional qualities of clay while creating original works of art.  Students will work on both handbuilding and throwing projects to allow each student weekly time to practice and gain skills on the wheel. This class will focus on the process of making art more than on the end result. Be sure your child wears clothes you are not afraid to let get dirty, because we’re going to have lots of fun playing in the mud!  

Instructor: Judith Waitz
Times/Days:  3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m./ Monday
Class Fee: $345
Grades: 3rd - 8th,  Max. 8 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (11 classes) Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2.



ACA12. Maker’s Art Lab [Mandarin] ~ NEW ~

The Makers’ Art Lab - taught in Mandarin, Chinese by native speakers, is a unique opportunity for students to develop their skills across a wide array of artistic endeavors focusing on each medium for four weeks. Participants will develop healthy artistic habits and learn advanced textile techniques (such as embroidery, macramé, and crochet), leatherworking and metalsmithing as well as jewelry making techniques. The creative philosophy developed is not just useful for future artists; the holistic approach to art applied in this class develops creative thinking & peer collaboration though project based learning.  

Projects may include the following:

Leather-bound Journals / Stamped Leather Wallets / Leather Cuff Bracelets / Keychains Leather Pouches / Metal Stamped Rings/ Hand-dyed Bags / Embroidered Patches/ Felt Essential Oil Diffusers / Macrame Plant Hangers & Wall Hangings/ Hand-dyed Silk Scarves / Zipper Pouches

Instructor: Dragonfly Designs
Times/Days:  3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m./ Friday
Class Fee: $350
Grades: 6th - 8th,  Max. 12 participants
Location: Turk Campus
Dates: (10 classes) Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, 13. 

 
 

MATH AND SCIENCE

AMS1 - A/B/C.  Toyology: Science Through  Toys 

Toyology: Science Through Toys — Thank you for bringing our Sarah’s Science Toyology class back to CAIS this fall! We are excited to continue building and tinkering with our returning students and to welcome new Toyologists to our class! We are hands-on with science in these engineering and physics based classes as each student constructs and decorates a new toy each week. Students will test their toys in class and at home to illustrate concepts such as wiring and circuits, gravity, energy, friction, motion, sound, inertia, and electricity. Toys this fall session will include our Electric Ring Toss Game, Twirling Tube Car, Bounce Back Robot, Solar Powered Mini Tin Can Robot, and lots more! For more information please visit www.sarahscience.com/afterschool

AMS1-A. [Pre-K]
Instructor: Sarah’s Science
Times/Days:  3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m./ Friday
Class Fee: $360, Max. 18 participants
Location: Alice A. Carnes Center 
Dates: (10 classes) Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, 13.


AMS1-B. [K - 2nd]
Instructor: Sarah’s Science
Times/Days:  3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m./ Thursday
Class Fee: $500, Max. 25 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (14 classes) Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19.

 

 

AMS2-A/B.  STEM LEGO® 

STEM LEGO class gets your kids talking about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It is not too early for young kids to learn about STEM! The class encourages kids to work with a classmate to build a LEGO model builds ranging from space to modern day inventions. 

AMS2 - A. [Pre-K]
Instructor: Bricks 4 Kidz, Lyndsay Gehring
Times/Days:  3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. / Wednesday
Class Fee: $420
Grades: PreK, Max. 12 participants
Location: Alice A. Carnes Center
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4, 11, 18.

 

AMS2-B. [K - 1st Grade]
Instructor: Bricks 4 Kidz, Lyndsay Gehring
Times/Days:  4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. / Wednesday
Class Fee: $450
Grades: K - 1st, Max. 12 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4, 11, 18.

 

AMS3. STEMful Sensational Science ~NEW~

Calling all scientists! In Sensational Science, young scientists will learn about the different science fields of microbiology, cell biology, chemistry and physics. From building 3D DNA helix to learning about polymers and cross-linking, to experimenting with Newton’s Laws of Motion, students will get exposure to these fields of science in this hands-on class. 

Areas of focus are biology, evolutionary biology, chemistry and physics.

Biology Molecular/Cellular Biology - We will learn about some of the foundational structures that create organisms. A cell is the basic functional unit that makes up life and DNA is a molecule that carries our genetic info. Our DNA creates many different proteins which then create different cells. The various cells make organs and tissues which make organisms.

Evolutionary Biology - We will learn about why there is great variation across species by exploring adaptations produced through evolution, how natural selection works to produce these adaptations, and examine some different and similar adaptations between humans and chimpanzees.

Chemistry - We will examine how reactants can be converted into products through different types of chemical reactions. We will observe how some reactions cause chemicals to stick together and some reactions produce heat. Additionally, we will learn how heat can be a reactant and gases expand when heated. 

Physics -  We will learn about motion and examine how various forces affect motion. We will observe potential energy change into kinetic energy, discuss Newton’s 3 law of Motion (concentrating on inertia and how velocity increases as animals move down the zipline), and examine how centrifugal force keeps an object moving in a rotating system. 

Instructor: Stemful SF, Lyndsay Gehring
Times/Days:  3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. / Tuesday
Class Fee: $460
Grades: 2nd - 3rd, Max. 12 participants
Location: Oak Campus 
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17. 

 

AMS4. Build It! Using LEGO Duplo

This class is geared for our youngest group of children, preschool age.  We bring DUPLO® blocks and fun engineering projects that kids can really get into!  Our staff are specially trained in working with this young age.

Instructor: Play-Well TEKnologies 
Times/Days:  3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. / Thursday
Class Fee: $430
Grades: PreK, Max. 12 participants
Location: Alice A. Carnes Center
Dates: (14 classes) Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26,  Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19.

 

AMS5. Intro to STEM with LEGO®

Ratchet up your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. There are no prerequisites for this course. 

Instructor: Play-Well TEKnologies, Petra Patton
Times/Days:  3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Tuesday
Class Fee: $460
Grades: K - 2nd, Max. 16 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17. 

 

AMS6. Intro To Coding

Do you love playing video games? Ever wanted to build your own? We’ll teach you to use block based language to build an exciting top down game where you can uncover hidden items, solve challenging puzzles, and battle your way through waves of enemy characters. Along the way, you’ll learn fundamental computer science concepts including loops, conditionals, boolean logic, message passing and variables, using an intuitive and beginner-friendly interface.

This course is taught by a team of experienced coders from a variety of backgrounds, and designed for newcomers with little to no previous coding experience. Lessons available for returning students. Let the games begin!

Advance students can work in Javascript. 

Instructors:MV Code Club
Class Fee:$500
Time/Days: 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. / Friday
Grades: 3rd - 5th, Max. 12 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (10 classes) Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, 13.

 

AMS7-A/B/C. Math Olympics [Mandarin]

This is a virtual classroom that will adopt mathematics teaching techniques from experienced elementary Olympic Math teachers from China. Innovative Research presents this Chinese approach for the first time to students in the US. We believe that given the proper guidance and support all students can succeed in learning mathematics.  

The organization will have interactive math problems developed by authentic Chinese math teachers in China. Each student will have the opportunity to answer and participate in this virtual classroom.  It’s going to be an adventurous experience. We hope your children will have the opportunity “MEDAL” in the CAIS Olympic Math Event. 

AMS7-A. [3rd Grade]
Instructor: Olympic Math
Time/Days: 3:05 p.m. - 4:05 p.m / Tuesday
Class Fee: $630
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (14 classes) Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17. [no class 10/1]

AMS7-B. [4th Grade]
Instructor: Olympic Math
Time/Days: 4:05 p.m. - 5:05 p.m. / Monday
Class Fee: $540
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (12 classes) Sept. 9, 16, 23, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, 16. [no class 9/30]

AMS7-C. [5th Grade]
Instructor: Olympic Math
Time/Days: 3:05 p.m. - 4:05 p.m. / Monday
Class Fee: $540
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (12 classes) Sept. 9, 16, 23, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, 16. [no class 9/30]

 

AMS8. Intermediate MATHCounts

The MATHCOUNTS after school enrichment class is celebrating its 23rd year at CAISMATHCOUNTS is a middle school math competition program focusing on learning advanced math.  This year’s program culminates in a city-wide Golden Gate Chapter competition on February 22nd, 2020.  Last year’s team placed 2nd in the team competition while all 4 team members made it to the final round of 16 top individual competitors.  Furthermore, the CAIS team also advanced to the Northern California State competition that took place at Stanford University.  

MATHCOUNTS competition is open to all middle school students and is not grade specific.  Students work on probability, number theory, plane and solid geometry, algebra, and proportional reasoning (fractions), among other subjects.  Students will be doing a mixture of the following activities in our weekly meetings: practice problems provided by the competition organizer, practice Problem of the Week from MATHCOUNTS website, review concepts related to practice problems, and go over strategies for problem solving.  Homework will be assigned weekly. And lastly, please consider purchasing a scientific calculator for your child. It doesn’t have to be fancy: Casio FX-300MS (<$10) or Casio fx-115ES (<$20) from Amazon will both work well. Part of the competition allows calculators.

The Intermediate class will focus on the fundamentals of main topics such as algebra, geometry, and probabilities.  This class will be open to 6th and 7th grade students.

Please also note that since this class is designed to prepare students for the competition, students should be willing to work hard and stay focused for the duration of the class. 

Instructor: Rong Pan
Time/Days: 3:35 p.m. - 5:05 p.m. / Tuesday
Grades: 6th - 7th, Max. 16 participants
Class Fee: $510
Location: 888 Campus
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17. 

 

AMS9. Advanced MATHCounts

The MATHCOUNTS after school enrichment class is celebrating its 23rd year at CAISMATHCOUNTS is a middle school math competition program focusing on learning advanced math.  This year’s program culminates in a city-wide Golden Gate Chapter competition on February 22nd, 2020.  Last year’s team placed 2nd in the team competition while all 4 team members made it to the final round of 16 top individual competitors.  Furthermore, the CAIS team also advanced to the Northern California State competition that took place at Stanford University.  

MATHCOUNTS competition is open to all middle school students and is not grade specific.  Students work on probability, number theory, plane and solid geometry, algebra, and proportional reasoning (fractions), among other subjects.  Students will be doing a mixture of the following activities in our weekly meetings: practice problems provided by the competition organizer, practice Problem of the Week from MATHCOUNTS website, review concepts related to practice problems, and go over strategies for problem solving.  Homework will be assigned weekly. And lastly, please consider purchasing a scientific calculator for your child. It doesn’t have to be fancy: Casio FX-300MS (<$10) or Casio fx-115ES (<$20) from Amazon will both work well. Part of the competition allows calculators.

The Advanced class will continue to build on what students have learned from last year and practice more challenging problems.  This class will be open to previous 7th grade students as well as 8th grade students.  First time students please contact the instructor before signing up for the Advanced class.  Advanced class students should also be available on 2/22/2020 for the competition.

Please also note that since this class is designed to prepare students for the competition, students should be willing to work hard and stay focused for the duration of the class.  

Instructor: Rong Pan
Time/Days: 3:35 p.m. - 5:05 p.m. / Monday
Grades: 7th - 8th, Max. 16 participants
Class Fee: $450
Location: 888 Campus
Dates: (13 classes) Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, 16.

 

AMS10. SpyKids STEM Fun [1st - 2nd]

SpyKids engages young Cadets in STEM with the fun of Spy play!

We start with age-appropriate Walkie-Talkie games – always a hit. Fall Semester is Aeronautics. Cadets will learn Weight, Lift, Thrust, and Drag by BEING these forces over 2 weeks in all-squad skits. (Think massive wings, fans, and snowballs) Then, SpySkills over 4 weeks include walkie-talkies, drops, periscopes and an all-skill hunt. We end with Aeronautics role-play using semester-long skills - picture “Zero2November, you are clear to land in elevator bay 2”.

Stay Tuned: SpyKids curriculum is unique every year for every age! (Please see adventurous.com/SpyKids)

Instructor: Adventurous 
Times/Days:  3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. / Thursday
Class Fee: $500
Grades: 1st - 2nd, Min. 5, Max. 12 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates:(14 classes) Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26,  Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19.

 

AMS11. SpyKids STEM Fun [3rd - 4th]

SpyKids engages young Cadets in STEM with the fun of Spy play!

We start with age-appropriate Walkie-Talkie games – always a hit. Fall Semester is Aeronautics. Cadets will learn the Physics of Flight, varying Weight, Lift, Thrust and Drag scenarios with Skits & Craft over 4 weeks. They’ll learn physics formulas to play Predict the Plane Paths and play Around the World to fly or float or soar while meeting Mission Goals. Then, SpySkills over 4 weeks include walkie-talkies, coded drops, photo surveillance and an all-skill hunt. We end with Aeronautics role-play using semester-long skills – picture in-air fueling skits driven by all-Squad scenario assessments.

(Please see adventurous.com/SpyKids)

Stay Tuned: SpyKids curriculum is unique every year for every age!

Instructor: Adventurous 
Times/Days:  3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. / Wednesday
Class Fee: $525
Grades: 3rd - 4th, Min. 5, Max. 12 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates:(15 classes) Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4, 11, 18

 

AMS12. Design Engineering - Material Madness: Cardboard and it’s unlimited potential

Let’s explore the in’s and out’s of cardboard through the scientific study of properties and applications used in prototype building! Students will develop safety and technical skill for proper use of materials to expand their engineering skills. They will learn different techniques to create elaborate intricate designs that will go beyond cutting, gluing  and taping. We will learn about 3D modeling and fabricating components to add to our project designs.

Instructor: Maker Studio SF
Times/Days:  3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. / Wednesday
Class Fee: $620
Grades: 3rd - 8th, Min. 5, Max. 10 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates:(15 classes) Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4, 11, 18.

 

AMS13. Creative STEM Explorer: Exploring the World Around Us 

Our Creative Explorer program takes budding scientists on an amazing journey, sampling the many facets of STEM through stories, storytelling and hands-on projects. With books as our creative guide, we will use our imagination and curiosity to build contraptions, investigate nature, solve mysteries, and study flight in this introductory STEM exploration.

Instructor: Maker Studio SF
Times/Days:  3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. / Friday
Class Fee: $350
Grades: 1st - 2nd, Min. 7, Max. 10 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates:(10 classes) Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, 13.

 

AMS14. Fashion Engineering Loom Lab: Weaving & Textile Design 

Our Fashion Engineering loom lab program takes budding Fashioneer’s on a journey through the science of textiles. We will learn about an array of fibers and techniques to create different projects for an added flare. Students will learn sewing machine basics in class to collectively bring projects together.  Projects include pom-pom making, Tassels, wall hangings, jewelry pieces and small sewing projects from bags to shirts.

Instructor: Maker Studio SF
Times/Days:  3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. / Thursday
Class Fee: $630
Grades: 3rd - 8th, Min. 5, Max. 10 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates:(14 classes) Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26,  Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19.

 

AMS15.  Girls Who Code

In Girls Who Code, middle school girls have an opportunity to deepen their programming knowledge in a safe and supportive environment of peers and role models. The focus for Girls Who Code this spring will be a CS (Computer Science) Impact Project, which will encourage students to create something to help their community or to inspire their community to code. As in the past, students will be taught by a volunteer professional engineer from an area tech company. In addition to learning programming, girls will have the opportunity to participate in several activities over the course of the semester that will give them exposure to careers in the field of technology, such as networking events, field trips or workshops.

[This is a year round class]

Instructor: Kerri Willa and TBD
Time/Days: 3:35 p.m. - 4:35 p.m. / Wednesdays
Grades: 6th - 8th, Max. 20 participants
Class Fee: $585
Location: 888 Campus, N201
Dates: 25 classes. Exact Dates TBD 

 

AMS16-A/B. CAIS Robotics Team

In this class students have a chance to apply math, computer science, and physics ideas into fun and creative robotics challenges. This class will work on programming and building robotic creations using the robot obstacle course challenges used in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition.

All students are welcome to participate with the team in a Bay Area qualifier competition in November. With the help of coaches and parents, FLL teams design, build, and program a robot as well as research and develop a solution to a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc.

Participants will use the LEGO MINDSTORMS® system robotics system for programming and building robotic creations. Students new to the Mindstorms system will practice the main sensors, actuators, and coding concepts. Students with previous experience will develop robots of more complex engineering and programming and be able to work on course challenges immediately.

Students are welcome to sign up for Tuesday class or Thursday class or both days. 

AMS16-A.  [Tuesday]
Instructor: Jason Mickelson
Times/Days:  3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m./ Tuesday
Class Fee: $500
Grades: 5th - 8th, Max. 10
Location: Turk Campus, N101
Dates: (13 classes) Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10

AMS16-B. [Thursday]
Instructor: TBD [CAIS Faculty]
Times/Days:  3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m./ Thursday
Class Fee: $460
Grades: 5th - 8th, Max. 10
Location: Turk Campus
Dates: (12 classes) Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12

 

 

CREATIVE WRITING

 

ACW1. Minions, Mentors, and Monsters: A Year-Long Story Writing Workshop

Imagine facing thousands of flying monkeys as they send bolts of lightning towards you and your towering castle keep. Luckily, your long bearded mentor has a solution. Too weak to call upon the mythical dragon himself, he teaches the ancient, tragic poem of the Fracture, the only words that will raise the dragon from her sleep and defend those who know its song! This workshop will ask students to develop their own heroes, mentors, and tricksters, as they delve deep into the adventures, struggles, and unexpected solutions of their story worlds. We will guide students through the Hero’s Journey, the hidden, underlying structure that permeates all stories. We’ll provide a highly interactive, playful environment to inspire students to create their own tales of fantasy, time travel, historical fiction, science fiction, or anything in between. This course will walk through all  steps of the writing process: generating first ideas, writing new scenes, organizing, integrating details, revising for clarity and logic, and editing towards a final draft. At the end of the course, students will present a reading from one of their stories.

Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho and Royd Hatta are passionate about teaching youth and teens how to organize their thoughts and write with power, clarity and ease. Since 1996, their students have learned to write essays, research papers, poems, short stories, and even their first novels. After working with Ms. Ho, one teen writer independently published her 400-page fantasy novel. Their students have earned acceptance into top colleges and universities, such as UC San Diego, Carnegie Mellon, Caltech, MIT, NYU, and Brown University. Ms. Ho has a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.A. from Lesley University. Mr. Hatta has a B.A. from the California State University at Long Beach, with specialties in history, art, theater, and philosophy. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta teach workshops for homeschooling groups and at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco. They run two thriving writers clubs with over 680 families: Bay Area Young Writers and Bay Area Teen Writers. Since 2011, Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta have published eight anthologies of their students’ fiction: Strokes of Lightning, Real Heroes Wear Sneakers,Bones of Mystery,Encroaching Ink, Special Worlds, Piercing the Unknown, Colorful Characters, and Hues of Hubris. These books are available on Amazon.com. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta are currently compiling stories for their new podcast series.

Instructor:Royd Hatta & Shu-Hsien Ho, Beyond the Box Learning
Times/Days:  3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Thursday
Class Fee: $1,350
Grades: 3rd - 5th, Min. 6/Max. 12 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: September 5, 2019 - May 14, 2020 (year-long, 28 sessions)
Fall (14 classes) Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26,  Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19.
Spring (14 classes) TBD

   

OTHER INTERESTS

AOI1. Creative Dance Class 

Get your groove on with a creative dance class that encourages natural freeform dancing rather than step-by-step routines! Covering genres from ballet to jazz, hip-hop to world and contemporary, kids learn about music as they dance with our provided props. Not only is Creative Dance a fun class, kids are also developing their motor skills, muscle coordination, and flexibility as they perform their own choreographed dances. This enriching class immerses children in the rich world of music and dance, allowing them to express their creativity in their own unique style with their peers—just don’t blame it on the boogie!

Instructors:Dragonfly Designs
Class Fee:$510
Time/Days: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. /Tuesday
Grades: PreK
Location: Alice A. Carnes Center
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17. 

 

AOI2 - A/B. AcroSports 

Gymnastics: AcroSports’ energetic class introduces gymnastics to students with a focus on coordination, flexibility, and strength. AcroSports’ age-appropriate gymnastics classes are designed to encourage students to develop spatial awareness, balance, and gross motor skills. Classes are delivered by experienced coaches using a range of USA Gymnastics approved equipment including panel mats, incline mat, springboard, balance beam and low bar.

AOI2-A.  [Pre-K]
Instructors:AcroSports, Jesper Tran & Terrence Williams
Class Fee:$320
Time/Days: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. / Friday
Location: Alice A. Carnes Center 
Dates: (10 classes) Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, 13.

AOI2-B. [K - 2nd Grade]
Instructors:AcroSports, Jesper Tran & Terrence Williams
Class Fee:$480
Time/Days: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. / Tuesday
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17. 

 

AOI3-A/B/C. Playball Sports & Movement

Playball is an educationally based movement program, which uses sports & movement as a means to teach important life skills.  We teach the basic skills for six different sports including tennis, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer & volleyball. All of our activities are non-competitive and taught in a warm, friendly, and positive environment.  Playball is a unique opportunity for the child to gain confidence both socially and emotionally through being active.

In the Playball course, students will learn the basic skills from 6 different sports.  Our course is taught using a highly structured curriculum which was developed by sports psychologists, teachers & occupational therapists.  Each week the children will learn & practice skills such as kicking, dribbling, throwing, catching, fielding, dodging etc which are taught using fun & imaginative games.  The Playball curriculum is progressive in nature and as the child develops the curriculum builds upon the foundational stage and eventually moves into skill sequencing and mini games. 

AOI3-A: [Pre-K]
Instructors:Playball, Coach Christian Vasquez
Class Fee:$400
Time/Days: 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. / Tuesday
Grades: Pre-K, Max. 12 participants
Location: Alice A. Carnes Center 
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17. 

AOI3-B: [Pre-K]
Instructors:Playball, Coach Christian Vasquez
Class Fee:$365
Time/Days: 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. / Thursday
Grades: Pre-K, Max. 12 participants
Location: Alice A. Carnes Center 
Dates: (14 classes) Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26,  Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19.

AOI3-C: [K - 1st Grade]
Instructors:Playball, Coach Christian Vasquez
Class Fee:$265
Time/Days: 3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. / Friday
Grades: K - 1st, Max. 12 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (10 classes) Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, 13.

 

AOI4 - A/B/C.  Chinese Martial Arts [Mandarin]

In the Chinese Martial Arts class, students will learn different basic methods of hand, leg, and jumping movements as well as Shaolin Elementary Changquan. Basic methods are usually made up of rudimentary techniques and conditioning exercises, including stances. Practicing basic kicks, punches, and stances increases strength, agility, speed, and technique. The movements of Shaolin Elementary Changquan are well arranged and regarded as the standard with a certain degree of difficulty. The whole routine is meant to be practical, usable, and applicable as well as to promote fluid motion, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Through constant practice, students will improve their strength, speed, endurance, and other physical qualities and become interested in Martial Arts. Through the challenging process of learning Martial Arts, students experience the physical benefits of strengthening their bodies and learning to defend themselves. [Max 10 participants. ]

AOI4-A: [Pre-K]
Instructor: Lei Jin
Class Fee:$390
Time/Days: 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. / Monday
Location: Alice A. Carnes Center
Dates: (13 classes) Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, 16.

AOI4-B: [K - 1st Grade]
Instructor: Lei Jin
Class Fee:$450
Time/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Tuesday
Grades: K - 1st 
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (15 classes) Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17. 

AOI4-C: [2nd - 5th Grade]
Instructor: Lei Jin
Class Fee:$300
Time/Days: 4:00- 5:00 p.m. / Friday
Grades: 2nd - 5th 
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (10 classes) Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, 13.

 

AOI5.  Circus ~NEW~

In this class students will gain confidence and build skills through the use of pogo sticks, stilts, Chinese yo-yos, flower sticks and juggling. 

Instructor: Michele Douglass
Times/Days:  3:30 p.m.  - 4:30 p.m. / Thursday
Class Fee: $300, Max. 15 participants
Grades: 2nd - 5th 
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (10 classes) Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26,  Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14.

 

AOI6. Play Date In The Park  ~NEW~

Students will walk over to the climbing structure on Octavia St. where they will climb, tag, run and play with their friends (or make new ones).  Some of the activities will be structured games and some unstructured where kids will put their own creative play mind to work. 

Instructor: Michele Douglass
Times/Days:  3:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m./ Wednesday
Class Fee: $350
Grades: 1st - 2nd, Max. 10 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (11 classes) Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13.

 

AOI7. After School Hoops NEW~

Students in grades 3-5 can practice their basketball skills or learn new skills depending on their experience. This class is for all experience levels. Participants will scrimmage, play shooting games and dribbling games. 

Instructor: Michele Douglass
Times/Days:  3:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m./ Tuesday
Class Fee: $300
Grades: 3rd - 5th, Max. 15 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (11 classes) Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12.

 

AOI8 - A/B. Conscious Caterpillars: Yoga, Mindfulness & Meditation

It’s never too early to learn how to do yoga and how to meditate! Students will jump into fun, focused movement and breathwork blended with helpful relaxation techniques to use at home after a hectic week of school and social activities. Dynamic yoga poses build strength, increase flexibility, and improve coordination while providing students the basics of life-long balance and mindfulness. Get breathing and re-centered with us! Om….

AOI8 - A.  [Pre-K]
Instructors:Dragonfly Designs
Class Fee:$450
Time/Days: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. / Monday
Location: Waller Campus
Dates: (13 classes) Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, 16.

AOI8 - B. [K - 5th]
Instructors:Dragonfly Designs
Class Fee:$450
Time/Days: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. / Monday
Grades: K - 5th
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (13 classes) Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, 16.

 

AOI9. Funky Bunch Hip Hop Class

Students get down and throw down some moves to the beat like their favorite  pop stars with our easy-to-follow routines that focus on hip hop choreography, while also teaching them about the genre’s history. Combining freestyle dancing and dance routines, students get to showcase their own style while building up their coordination and rhythm skills. This energetic class isn’t just fun—it’s also ideal for building confidence and performance skills while learning about one of the most dynamic genres of music in the United States today. 

Instructors: Dragonfly Designs
Class Fee:$340
Time/Days: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. / Friday
Grade: K - 2nd
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (10 classes) Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, 13.

 

AOI10. Leatherworking & Metalsmithing~NEW~

Explore working with metal & leather in this next level jewelry making class. Students will learn to create mixed media pieces & explore metalsmithing techniques such as riveting, patina, stamping & dapping and learn leatherworking skills such as dyeing, stitching, stamping & burnishing! Learn the properties of metal & leather and how to combine them into enviable wearable art. Projects may include the following: 

  • Leather-bound Journals
  • Stamped Leather Wallets
  • Mixed-Media Bag Charms
  • Keychains
  • Leather Sunglass Pouches
  • Stamped Rings & Necklace

Instructors: Dragonfly Designs
Class Fee:$340
Time/Days: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Friday
Grade: 3rd - 5th
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (10 classes) Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, 13.

 

AOI11-A/B. Chess Class

Chess is fun and can be learned quickly and easily. Studies have found that chess improves test results in reading, science, and math, and produces growth in critical cognitive skills. Beyond academia, chess influences social behavior, including self esteem, respect for others, patience, and good sportsmanship. And did we mention: it’s FUN!

The Berkeley Chess School is a nonprofit organization offering chess instruction from kindergarten through high school since 1982. We are an affiliate of the US Chess Federation. Over the years our students have won many state championships and several have gone on to become National Masters, FIDE Masters, and International Masters. For further information, please call us at (510) 843-0150, email us at programs@berkeleychessschool.org, or visit our website at www.berkeleychessschool.org

Boards and sets are provided for our classes. The minimum class size is 10; maximum is 20.

AOI11-A. Beginning-Intermediate Chess
Instructor: Tony Lama - The Berkeley Chess School
Time/Days: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. / Friday
Class Fee: $250
Grades: K - 1st 
Dates: (10 classes) Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, 13.

AOI11-B. Intermediate-Advanced Chess Strategies and Play
Instructor: Tony Lama - The Berkeley Chess School
Time/Days: 4:30 p.m.  -5:30 p.m. /Friday
Class Fee: $250
Grades: 2nd - 5th (Intermediate to advanced players only!)
Dates: (10 classes) Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 18, 25, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, 13.

 

AOI12. Athens Debate: 4th/5th Grade

**WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR:**

This class is for 4th and 5th grade students who want to dip their toes into the exciting world of speech and debate.

**CLASS DESCRIPTION**

The debate program at CAIS is managed through “Athens Debate” - a program led by Sachin Jain.

Students will learn basic foundational concepts related to: public speaking, organized argumentation, logic and critical thinking, basic (and fun!) philosophy, and the art of persuasion. All concepts will be taught in a light, fun, and organized manner. This class will serve as a way to jump start your child’s debate education and get them excited for an exciting debate career in middle school. This class is not focused on tournament competition - the goal is simply to create an exciting, fun, and positive learning environment around key debate concepts.

**WHY DEBATE**

Debate is a valuable activity for students of all skill levels. Debate teaches useful skills for other academic pursuits and life more generally. Debaters build confidence speaking in public and expressing their ideas eloquently. That comfort speaking in front of others is useful in so many areas of life, from interviews to school presentations to discussions in college seminars. In having to master an issue from both sides, debaters learn to flex their analytical muscles, gain tolerance for competing viewpoints, and understand the intricacies of a world filled with nuance. According to Arne Duncan, former Secretary of Education, debate is “uniquely suited” to build skills required of a modern citizen, including critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. These skills help students express their thoughts better in their academic work, in the community, at your dinner table, college, and their future careers. The College Board recently revamped the SAT test to focus more on exactly the sorts of skills debate teaches. As the New York Times explained, students taking the new version of the test must write “a critical response to a specific argument” based on analysis rather than personal experience. Debaters are used to responding to unfamiliar arguments in time-sensitive situations; thinking critically about a written passage on the SAT is not so different from responding to an opponent’s argument in a debate round. Studies have found that debaters outscore non-debaters on every section of the ACT. Studies across the country have found that high school debate improves reading ability, grades, school attendance, self-esteem, and interest in school. For those who commit to speech and debate, it offers a lifetime of benefits. Forbes published an article titled “How to Find the Millennials Who Will Lead Your Company,” suggesting that the leaders of the future are ex-debaters. As that article notes, debate teaches “how to persuade, how to present clearly, and how to connect with an audience,” exactly the skills businesses look for in their young employees. You’ll find ex-debaters in every area of public life, from Bruce Springsteen to Oprah Winfrey to Nelson Mandela. 60% of Congressional representatives participated in debate, as well as at least a third of the Supreme Court. There are ex-debaters excelling in business, law, politics, academia, and many other fields.

Perhaps most important of all, debate is fun! You may have to cajole your son or daughter to go to their test prep class or do their homework, but debate makes learning a game; students build their critical thinking and speaking skills without it ever feeling like work. Debate gives students a rare opportunity to take ownership over their own intellectual development. And throughout the years of practice and competition, debate builds lifelong friendships and community, teaching teamwork as well.

Instructors:Sachin Jain
Class Fee:$1300
Time/Days: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. / Monday
Grades: 4th - 5th, Max. 20 participants 
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (12 classes) Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, Dec. 2, 9, 16. [no class 11/18]

 

AOI13. Athens Debate: Beginner

Debate has the power to be transformative. With the right approach, debate can become a vehicle that channels natural curiosity towards some of life’s most challenging subjects and vexing questions. The debate program at CAIS is managed through “Athens Debate” - a program led by Sachin Jain. For a full description of the program you can visit athensdebate.com. 

This debate program is designed to augment natural student curiosity with curriculum and an educational pedagogy that prioritizes deep learning and content mastery. In placing a premium on the mastery of logic, writing, philosophy, communication, and public policy, students develop the intellectual toolkit to tackle any issue. 

**COURSE DESCRIPTION:**

Students will learn foundational concepts related to the art of speech and debate: logic, critical thinking, communications strategy, refutation technique, persuasive speaking, introductory philosophy, and current event issues. Students will apply theory to practice with drills, games, and practice debates. We will focus on LD, congressional, spar, and parliamentary style debate. Congressional debate is an event in which students debate various current event related bills; students pick a side and deliver speeches for their side and cross-examine the opposing speakers. Parliamentary style debate is an event in which teams of two students debate each other on a fun or serious topic and are only given a short amount of time to prepare. 

Overall, students will learn how to ask the right questions, engage in vibrant discussions through socratic questioning, improve their technique with creative teaching methods, do their own research and writing of cases and positions, play constructive games that “trick” them into learning foundational key debate concepts. Students don’t just become good debaters, but strong thinkers. 

Instructors:Sachin Jain
Class Fee:$1500
Time/Days: 3:35 p.m. - 5:35 p.m. / Tuesday
Grades: 6th - 8th, Max. 20 participants 
Location: 888 Campus
Dates: (14 classes) Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, Dec. 3, 10, 17.  [no class 11/19]

 

AOI14. Athens Debate: Experienced

Debate has the power to be transformative. With the right approach, debate can become a vehicle that channels natural curiosity towards some of life’s most challenging subjects and vexing questions. Through Athens Debate, natural student curiosity is augmented with curriculum and an educational pedagogy that prioritizes deep learning and content mastery. In placing a premium on the mastery of logic, writing, philosophy, communication, and public policy, students develop the intellectual toolkit to tackle any issue. 

Through the Athens Debate curriculum, students: learn how to ask the right questions, engage in vibrant discussions through socratic questioning, improve their technique with creative teaching methods, do their own research and write their own cases from scratch, play constructive games that “trick” them into learning advanced philosophy and logic, and engage in a robust online learning platform that takes their debate education to the next level.

In the end, through this no shortcuts approach, Athens Debate students don’t just become good debaters, but strong thinkers. The process may take longer but it leads to more meaningful success. For a full description of the program you can visit athensdebate.com. 

**COURSE DESCRIPTION:**

This class is for students that are continuing their debate education. Students will have the opportunity to learn any of the following events: LD, Congressional Debate, SPAR Debate, Parliamentary Debate, Impromptu Speaking, and Extemporaneous Speaking. Students will also have the opportunity to attend tournaments to compete in these speech and debate events (optional but recommended).

**WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE BEGINNER CLASS?**

Any student who has taken at least 1 semester or more of debate at CAIS.

**RESULTS**

The debate program offered by Athens Debate has been tremendously successful. Just this past year, students from the Athens Debate program placed 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 9th, & 10th Place at Bay Area Middle School Championships in LD Debate. Additionally, Athens Debate students placed 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th place in SPAR debate at the California Middle School State Championships.

**WHY DEBATE?**

Debate is a valuable activity for students of all skill levels. Debate teaches useful skills for other academic pursuits and life more generally. Debaters build confidence speaking in public and expressing their ideas eloquently. That comfort speaking in front of others is useful in so many areas of life, from interviews to school presentations to discussions in college seminars. In having to master an issue from both sides, debaters learn to flex their analytical muscles, gain tolerance for competing viewpoints, and understand the intricacies of a world filled with nuance. According to Arne Duncan, former Secretary of Education, debate is “uniquely suited” to build skills required of a modern citizen, including critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. These skills help students express their thoughts better in their academic work, in the community, at your dinner table, college, and their future careers. The College Board recently revamped the SAT test to focus more on exactly the sorts of skills debate teaches. As the New York Times explained, students taking the new version of the test must write “a critical response to a specific argument” based on analysis rather than personal experience. Debaters are used to responding to unfamiliar arguments in time-sensitive situations; thinking critically about a written passage on the SAT is not so different from responding to an opponent’s argument in a debate round. Studies have found that debaters outscore non-debaters on every section of the ACT. Studies across the country have found that high school debate improves reading ability, grades, school attendance, self-esteem, and interest in school. For those who commit to speech and debate, it offers a lifetime of benefits. Forbes published an article titled “How to Find the Millennials Who Will Lead Your Company,” suggesting that the leaders of the future are ex-debaters. As that article notes, debate teaches “how to persuade, how to present clearly, and how to connect with an audience,” exactly the skills businesses look for in their young employees. You’ll find ex-debaters in every area of public life, from Bruce Springsteen to Oprah Winfrey to Nelson Mandela. 60% of Congressional representatives participated in debate, as well as at least a third of the Supreme Court. There are ex-debaters excelling in business, law, politics, academia, and many other fields.

Perhaps most important of all, debate is fun! You may have to cajole your son or daughter to go to their test prep class or do their homework, but debate makes learning a game; students build their critical thinking and speaking skills without it ever feeling like work. Debate gives students a rare opportunity to take ownership over their own intellectual development. And throughout the years of practice and competition, debate builds lifelong friendships and community, teaching teamwork as well.

Instructors:Sachin Jain
Class Fee:$1500
Time/Days: 3:35 p.m. - 5:35 p.m. / Wednesday
Grades: 7th - 8th, Max. 20 participants
Location: 888 Campus
Dates: (14 classes) Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, Dec. 4, 11, 18. [no class 11/20]

 

AOI15. Alien Hunters Awesome Club (AHAC) ~NEW~

Greetings, Earthling!  We’ve been waiting to hear from you!
Welcome to the Alien Hunters Awesome Club (AHAC) where, you guessed it, we’ll be looking for aliens!

(oh, and learning a thing or two about building computers, operating systems and distributed computing along the way)

Now, I’m not just talking about watching E.T. on Netflix.  I’m talking about real, honest to goodness aliens…like the kind from other planets.  Whether or not you’re a believer, whether or not you’ve ever seen a UFO, there is a cool project run at the University of California Berkeley called SETI@Home which does just that.  It’s an all volunteer project that uses computers’ spare cycles/idle time to crunch data from radio telescopes around the world hoping to find evidence of intelligent communication from outer space.

(Phew!  That was a lot of words.  Let’s try that again, more simply…) 

In AHAC, we’ll be taking old, damaged and retired computers, then taking them apart. We’ll then learn about each component before rebuilding them from scratch to become a part of the CAIS SETI@Home distributed computing team.  Pretty cool, eh?

Instructor:Daniel Fettinger 
Class Fee:$500
Time/Days: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. / Thursday
Grades: 4th - 5th, Max. 10 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (14 classes) Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26,  Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19

 

AOI16 - A/B. Sprouts Cooking Club ~They’re Back~

Sprouts’ Chefs are thrilled to share their love for wholesome food and hands-on cooking with your aspiring chefs! As we examine how and when our local food is grown, your aspiring chef will do everything themselves, from prep work ​and​ cooking to tasting and enjoying the recipe that they created!

​What’s on the menu?! All of our menus will be determined by the season’s best and inspired by local favorite flavors! We’ll be cooking with​ local farm produce and dairy to rediscover the flavors and food culture of where we live and gain confidence to cook for family and friends!  We focus on simple, delicious and nutritious recipes that allow plenty of room for our aspiring chefs to add their own creative twist! At the end of each class, every child will enjoy the recipe that they made! Sample recipes include fresh ricotta and golden beet flatbread, tofu and napa cabbage dumplings, apple orange muffins and fresh juice with local citrus and berries!

​We hope that your chef-to-be might be able to join us - it’s going to be a delicious journey into our own backyards!

Theme of Skills Emphasized

Our goal is to get kids jazzed about wholesome foods and balanced eating by teaching them to cook on their own for themselves and their families! We focus on simple, delicious, and nutritious recipes that allow plenty of room for our aspiring chefs to add their own creative twist! At the end of each class, every child will enjoy the recipe that they made! Knife skills and kitchen safety are key topics.

AOI16 - A [K Only]
Instructors:Andrea Levy & Adrienne Yang
Class Fee:$550
Time/Days: 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. / Monday
Grades: K Only, Min. 10 / Max. 12 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (13 classes) Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, 16

AOI16 - B [1st - 3rd Grade]
Instructors:Andrea Levy & Adrienne Yang
Class Fee:$590
Time/Days: 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. / Thursday
Grades: 1st - 3rd, Min. 10 / Max. 12 participants
Location: Oak Campus
Dates: (14 classes) Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26,  Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19

 

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

A) Private Music Lessons

Our private music instructors will be teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of piano, violin, guitar and ukulele.  In each class, your child will learn how to play an instrument, how to read and write music, and will begin or continue to learn about the workings of music theory. Students will be given the proper practice techniques, focusing on the quality of time spent on practice rather than quantity. Teachers will also focus on teaching techniques of physical playing and the enjoyment of music. The goal is to have students appreciate music and make connections from their class to other areas of their lives. Classes are 30 minutes long.

Private Lesson Teachers:

  • Brendan Getzell

Time/Days: 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. each day 
Class Fee: $55 per 30 minute lesson
Grades: Kindergarten and up


Please note that due to the nature of the scheduling, no cancellations will be allowed after student is registered. Tuition will be billed to parent after the first lesson.

 

B) Chinese Instrument Lessons 中文

For students who are interested in learning Chinese musical instruments, such as Guzheng, Yangqin, Moon Guitar, Erhu, and Xiao Ruan.  Students will be able to join our Chinese music ensembles and perform in various school events after one year of private lesson. All lessons conducted in Chinese.

Instrument rentals are available: $90/3 months, Deposit $300 (Refundable deposit upon safe return of instrument).

Private lesson: $65/hr or $45/30min.

Instructor:Gangqin Zhao and music instructors from Melody of China

Time/Days: Monday to Friday 3pm - 6pm. By Appointment. Please email folkmelody@gmail.com for scheduling.

Age: K - 8th Grade

Please note: due to the nature of the scheduling, no cancellations will be allowed after student is registered. Tuition will be billed to parent after the first lesson.