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Laurel School

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After-School Programs

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    DISCLAIMER
    The after-school program information on the Laurel School website and in the school newsletter is presented by the Laurel PTO as a service to the Laurel community. The program providers are independent contractors who reserve the right to change their program status, dates, and meeting times. Although parent volunteers strive to keep this information up-to-date on the website, parents should always contact the program provider for the latest status and meeting dates/times.

    Employees and volunteers of Laurel School, Laurel PTO, and Menlo Park City School District are not liable for any errors, omissions, or changes.

Programs by Category

  • Art ART 

    Pacific Art League - Multi-Media Art! Experiment with different materials in this fun and creative after‐school art class by The Pacific Art League. Explore art through a variety of materials: watercolor, acrylic, pastels, and clay. Projects are inspired by nature, animals, favorite things and artists. PAL provides art classes for students K-2nd and 3rd-5th. Call (650) 321‐3891 or click HERE (K-2nd) or HERE (3rd-5th) for more information.

    Young Rembrandts 

    Both Lower and Campuses Creative kids only! Young Rembrandts drawing classes are happening now at Laurel School.Each season we offer classes that enhance foundational drawing techniques, train students in color theory and boost self-confidence. We have ALL NEW lessons this winter like Martin Luther King Jr and a ferocious T-Rex; it doesn’t matter if your child is new to drawing or a seasoned pro- everyone is going to have fun and learn a lot. In our Spring sessions, students will switch gears to the CARTOON curriculum. Here kids will learn expression and personification in drawings like Funny Frogs and Ice Cream Characters. Young Rembrandts strives to inspire your child’s imaginative spirit and boosts classic learning skills. Don’t miss out, enroll now!  Click HERE for more information.


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    CHESS

    Chess - BayAreaChess, the largest non-profit provider of chess enrichment classes on the West Coast is challenging students to open their minds to the fun and excitement of chess. Our professional coaches will teach new students the rules of the game, moves of the pieces, general strategy, piece values and much more. More advanced students will cover topics including tactics, endgames, square weaknesses and positional play. In addition, we strive to demonstrate chess as a valuable learning tool, where students will learn about the value of losing, learning from mistakes, planning, thinking ahead; all tools that have practical use outside of the chessboard. Register fast so you don't miss out on a fun and exciting spring session of chess! BayAreaChess, Inc. is a non-profit company serving the Bay Area since 2005. Click HERE for more information.


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    COOKING

    Junior Chef Stars - It might be cold and rainy out, but that’s no reason to have the Winter blues. Make the most of these short winter days and long nights by cooking some delicious meals! If you have taken our class previously, this course will include all new recipes! For more information, click HERE for our Lower Campus K-2 class and click HERE for our Upper Campus Grades 3-5 class.


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    Language LANGUAGE

    Hwa Shin Chinese School will continue its sixth year Conversational Mandarin at Laurel.  Our curriculum is designed specifically for students who do not speak Mandarin at home. We encourage students interest in Chinese. Level 1 is for beginners. Its content is conversational Mandarin for daily use. Level 2 and 3 are for those with 2 or more years. Transfer students are welcome. Contact Thomas at 408-807-1088 or click HERE for more information.

    Spanish - Spanish for non-beginners and continuing students (grades K to 2nd) on Thursdays. Space is limited! For more information, contact Valeria Causo Chalian at lpspanish@yahoo.com.
     
    Public Speaking and Debate Combo Level 1 - This class is a combo course of Public Speaking with Confidence and Essentials of Debating. It is an excellent course to take, as it not only focuses on teaching delivery and presentation skills but also provides foundation of critical thinking and essentials of debating. Students learn how to manage public speaking anxiety, present themselves with confidence, and connect with their audience through effective body language. It improves their confidence in public speaking and communication skills. The students learn how to make strong arguments by providing reasoning and evidence instilling critical thinking. The participants debate on a variety of their age appropriate topics in various formats.   Visit: www.guruseducation.com, email: info@guruseducation.com or call 510-573-2497. Click HERE for more information. ENROLL NOW!


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    MUSIC

    The Laurel Ukulele Group - The Laurel Uke Group is open to students in grades K-2.  The uke is an excellent instrument on which to learn how to play music. It's relatively simple to learn, easy to tote around, inexpensive, super fun, and timelessly popular!  In this ensemble, we will jump right into the fun stuff and learn how to play music on the ukulele. By the end of the course, students will know a few chord positions, will be able to play a couple of songs on the ukulele, and be able to sing along. Students must have their own ukulele (to bring to class and to practice at home) which is easily available for purchase at most music stores in the area.  We also offer an instrument rental program.  Please email us if you would like to rent a uke.  Click HERE for more class and rental information.


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    SCIENCE/MATH/STEAM/CODING

    Wizbots Robotics & Coding Lab - Wizbots is THE premier place for girls and boys to learn the art and science of building and coding robots. With no prerequisites, Wizbots is the perfect opportunity for novices to first learn about robotics, yet its self-paced format also furthers the skills of students who already have experience. Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® and Java coding, your child will journey from Novice towards Master in our project-based, gamified curriculum. By tackling new projects, challenging creativity, and exercising problem-solving, students learn engineering, programming, math, and physics in a hands-on, collaborative way. Parents can experience all the fun too with student project videos posted privately online to see and share! Click HERE for information on the current session. 


    Wizbots Robotics

     

    Circuit Contraptions - We’re rolling out the newest craze to hit the kids’ market - littleBits as seen on TED!  Does your student love to explore and build with hands-on, creative activities?  Let’s take that excitement and add in electronics and circuits!  Students use littleBits and other cool circuits that move, light, and make noise to create amazing contraptions.  We designed this class to be a stress-free and fun way for students to step into STEM classes.  When:  Grades 1-2, Fridays from 3:00 - 4:00, January 13 - March 17, $300. Click HERE for more information, HERE for a video.  Register HERE to register.

     

    iCode teaches kids coding in a fun and supportive environment. We cover the fundamentals used in all programming languages – sequences, loops, variables, conditionals, functions, events – with Scratch, an easy to use language that encourages creative exploration and self-paced learning. New and returning students are welcome. To learn more or register, email info@learnika.com. Click HERE for more information.

     

    Minecraft Adventures - MORE WORLDS! NEW CHALLENGES! LET’S TAKE WHAT KIDS LOVE ABOUT MINECRAFT AND WEAVE IN LEARNING, COLLABORATION, AND TEAMWORK.
    Whether your student is new to Minecraft -- or has taken other Sparkiverse Minecraft classes - they will enjoy this Minecraft Challenges class full of fresh challenges! Each week Sparkiverse takes students on team challenges using the educational version of Minecraft. This version allows us to manage the game play inside of each Minecraft world - and even give rewards or freeze the players as we act as both an instructor and coach.  
    Grades 3-5, Wednesdays from 3:20 - 4:50, January 11-March 15, $350. Click HERE and HERE for more information. Register HERE to register.


    Play-Well TEKnologies - Robotics using LEGO WeDo - Build and program robots in this introductory Robotics class using the LEGO® WeDo system. Learn basic programming skills, simple engineering concepts, and the names of robot components. Work in small groups to complete several projects using tilt and motion sensors. This is a great way to prepare young Robotics enthusiasts for our more advanced Robotics programs.  For more information e-mail Aaron Shanahan at aaron@play-well.org.  Grades 1st-2nd.  Click HERE for more information.
     
    Starfire Math is Fun - In Starfire Math is Fun, kids explore, and discover the fun and joy of the world of mathematics. They use creativity to solve problems designed to develop a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics and number sense. Learning happens through solving problems in an intellectually safe environment, a process of hands-on discovery in small groups facilitated by empathetic teachers who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for mathematics with your kids. Starfire Math is Fun is designed for students who have a solid command of grade level math concepts, and would enjoy solving fun, interesting, challenging problems, and learning how the world can be understood using mathematics. Students who participate in Starfire Math is Fun are encouraged to try new methods, make mistakes and persist to solve challenging problems in collaboration with other students. Click HERE for more information.


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    SPORTS

    After School Tennis - from Euro School of Tennis teaches your child the skills and rules to build a strong, athletic foundation for the game increasingly popular. We help your child develop techniques and skills needed to keep the ball in play again and again! They will also learn important life skills such as sportsmanship, responsibility & confidence. Join the FUN today! Click HERE for Lower Campus Class information and HERE for Upper Campus Class information.  

     

    Gorilla Play Day is a fun, outdoor after-school program, born right here in Menlo Park! Each week we offer up an awesome selection of games designed to get your kids moving, and collaborating with their classmates. Emphasis is on having fun, rather than competition with classic schoolyard games like freeze tag, kickball, tug-o-war, dodgeball, relay races, and much more!   Click HERE for more information.

     

    Hi-Five Sports After School Program @ Laurel - This is a smaller version of our famous summer camp.  We challenge children with friendly competition that's also fun in multiple sports throughout the program.  Learn a new sport or master one you love.  Your child will come home tired and ready for more.  Don't let this program pass you by.  Click HERE for more information.

    Soccer Shots® is the soccer experience for children, using an acclaimed, developmentally appropriate, and non-competitive curriculum facilitated by great coaches. We believe children are invaluable and our goal is simple: to leave a lasting, positive impact on every child we serve. Proudly serving hundreds of Laurel children since 2013. Call 650.260.4625 or click HERE for more information.

    SixFifty Lacrosse - Our After-School class at Laurel Elementary School offers boys and girls a chance to learn the hottest new sport in West Coast schools. Using our time-tested curriculum developed by Coach Bond, players are led through skills & game sessions embedded with teamwork, decision-making, and leadership lessons designed to foster athletic & personal growth. In addition to lacrosse fundamentals, teaching includes age-appropriate athletic development, athletic movement, and coordination. And best of all, lacrosse is so much fun!  Fall and Winter only.  Click HERE for more information.
     
    TGA Premier Junior Golf brings the golf course to Laurel! Our national, award winning, 5 level program is specially designed for children and builds upon the educational concepts they are learning in the class room including math and science. Best of all, we provide all the equipment so children of all skill levels have the chance to come out and tee it up with TGA! Click HERE for more information.

    TGA Golf class will be held on Fridays from 2:45-3:45pm Sept 9th through Oct 14th. Starting with the Oct 21st class, instruction time will change to 3:00-4:00pm. 

     

    One on One Basketball - is back for AFTER SCHOOL HOOPS at Laurel! Throughout the year, skilled and experienced basketball coaches will conduct a one hour clinic each week.  Through fun games such as Poison, PacMan and Steal the Bacon, players will improve their fundamentals and develop confidence.  Click HERE for more information.

    Yoga The Laurel Yoga+Mindfulness class is open to the lower campus grades K-2.  This exciting and fun-loving yoga class for children offers an introduction to basic breathing, yoga postures, mindfulness techniques and relaxation to support the development of strength and flexibility in their mind and body. Students will learn the value of stillness and movement by engaging in playful activities to promote self awareness and improved social interactions with others. Click HERE for more information.


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    THEATER

    Musical Theater - Every student who signs up gets a part in the show! This is a short adaptation of a fun story with lots of dancing, singing, and acting for everyone involved! Imagination, creativity, focus, teamwork and fun are the framework for The Green Room's Musical Theatre Classes.  Students train with our artistic teachers to hone the skills of the stage. Join us for a fun introduction to the performing arts with classes in acting, improvisation, dance movement, and music! For more information contact Maggie at Maggie.TheGreenRoom@gmail.com. Or by phone at (650) 575-9814. Click HERE for Lower Campus Class information and HERE for Upper Campus Class information.


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More Information

  • SESSION DATES
     
    Winter Session: ends March 17
    Spring Session: March 20 - June 15
     
    Click here to go to our After-School Programs Schedule.
    All classes will be held rain or shine.


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    HOW AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES WORK
     
    Laurel after-school activities are programs offered by independent contractors and are not official Laurel School, Laurel PTO, or Menlo Park City School District programs.
     
    Parents contract directly with the program provider. A student is not considered enrolled until the parent has received confirmation from the program provider. (Website payment confirmation does not constitute enrollment confirmation.) The program providers are responsible only for the students with confirmed enrollment in their classes, and then only during the class times and dates that the program provider has given to the parents.

     
    FIRST DAY OF AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM
     
    The first day of each session, all after-school providers meet students at the plaza. At that time, they will inform students where to meet (e.g. at the arbor, in pods, multi purpose room, and art room). Please contact the after-school provider with questions about pick up.
     
     
    WILL YOUR CHILD BE ABSENT?
     
    You must contact the program directly if your child will be absent. These programs are responsible for your children after school, not Laurel staff or Laurel PTO. The Laurel office does not pass on attendance information. All contacts are with the instructors on site.
     
     
    QUESTIONS?
     
    Please contact the program directly with questions or concerns.


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