Encinal After-school Program CoordinatorsPlease contact the ASP Coordinator, Laura Wiggs, with any questions or concerns at afterschoolactivities@
Please note:The after-school programs and sports listed on the Encinal School website are organized and run by vendors that are unaffiliated with Encinal School or the Menlo Park City School District. Encinal School is not responsible for the content of the vendors' websites or for the conduct of the activities they provide and is not liable for any damages or negative consequences from participation in any of the listed activities. Although parent volunteers strive to keep the information on this website up-to-date, parents should always contact the vendor for the latest status of the activities as well as meeting dates and times, which may change from time to time. In addition, Encinal School is not responsible for supervising children after the end of the school day.Parents should make their own arrangements for ensuring their children’s arrival and participation in the activity or activities for which they are enrolled.
Employees and volunteers of Encinal School, Encinal PTO, and the Menlo Park City School District are not liable for any errors, omissions, or changes to any of the information or activities listed herein.
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After-school Programs at Encinal
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Encinal uses Homeroom for after-school program registrations, except where noted. ***Please do not register on vendor's website if they are included in Homeroom.*** See the schedule below, read more about the classes and click here to register.
The listing below is of programs that may be offered by vendors throughout the school year. Not all classes are offered each session. Scholarships are available (contact Courtney Comstock at email@example.com), as is 0% financing through Homeroom.
Class Schedule: Winter
- Robotics Club - new!
- Piano Group
- Mad Science - Crazy Chemworks
- Scratch Jr., Scratch Level 1 and Scratch Advanced Coding - starts Jan 25! (register directly with vendor at www.starfireed.com)
- Hip Hop Dance - new!
- Bulldog Flag Football (Tues and Fri)
- Run Club Menlo Park (Tues and Fri)
- Drawing and Cartooning with Young Rembrandts
- PockeTurtle Robot Programming Levels 1 and 2
- Starbrite Math (register directly with vendor at www.starfireed.com)
- Galaxy Math (register directly with vendor at www.starfireed.com)
- Jiu Jitsu/Self Defense - new!
- Ukelele Group
- Kidizens Build-a-City
- Chess Club
- One on One Basketball
- Winter Cooking with Junior Chef Stars - new!
- Bulldog Flag Football (Tues and Fri)
- Run Club Menlo Park (Tues and Fri)
Encinal Piano Group
The Encinal Piano Group is open to students in grades K-2. Learn piano in a fun social group atmosphere! Group piano class provides students an excellent introduction to the keyboard and prepares them for more serious private study as well as playing in a band/ensemble. Most importantly, students will begin to develop the skill of playing music with their peers which provides a lifelong benefit. Our teachers focus on developing the students’ core keyboard skills: hand position, note-reading, chord vocabulary, rhythm, and theory while rehearsing a repertoire of rock, pop, and classical songs. Click here for more class and rental information.
Encinal Ukelele Group
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. Our instructors bring a classroom set of ukuleles with them to every class for the kids to use and we highly recommend that students also have a ukulele at home to practice. Click here for more class and rental information.
Hip Hop Dance
Dance uplifts, unites, and empowers children. It also provides children with an opportunity to express their individuality while working on gross motor skills and developing cognitive and social skills. Hip Hop is the perfect class for children who want to dance, stay active, and learn how to freestyle! Musicality, rhythm, and creative movement are key components of this fun, urban/street-style dance class that teaches boys and girls alike to step, stomp, and shake it out.
Jiu Jitsu/Self Defense
The classes focus on developing coordination, self-control, balance, flexibility, strength, stamina and discipline in a safe, supportive and non-competitive atmosphere. This unique program of fitness, fun and self-development will teach your child all the key traits necessary to succeed in life! Our objective is to build strong youngsters both physically and mentally, building an “attitude of success” with every child. Our class is designed for students with little to no martial arts experience, but all experience levels are welcome! Kids need to wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in.
Sweet and Savory Cooking Around the World with Chef MeenuHere is the opportunity for your child to learn, cook and enjoy sampling sweet and savory cooking recipes from around the world, during this weekly after school delicious and exciting culinary adventure! From grocery shopping tips, storing food, menu planning, prepping, trying out new recipes and ingredients, understanding your culinary interests and senses, cutting to mincing, baking, plating and serving techniques, knife skills, food safety and cleaning up; these cooking classes designed just for kids, are the perfect blend of learning professional cooking techniques.
Bulldog Youth Flag Football and Fitness Fun
Whether your child is an aspiring competitive athlete or just in need of some general fitness, this class with Bulldog will TEACH, COACH, and especially INSPIRE your child through funworkouts & our famous flag football scrimmages. Send your child for some safe/healthy workouts outside on the grass in the fresh air. Arrive in cleats (optional) and bring a water bottle!
Run Club is a running program for girls in 3rd-5th grades. The head coach is Scott Paterson who has coached the Encinal girls running team for the past 8 seasons. While our program is non-competitive and we have runners of all levels from first-time beginners to advanced level runners, we are a serious running program for all girls. The First Rule of Run Club: Have Fun! The way to keep girls running is to keep running fun. While we are having fun running, we also teach serious running techniques such as pace, form, endurance, and speed. We weave running games into our workouts and include a social-emotional lesson/theme at every practice. We train for 10 weeks (Tuesdays & Fridays 3:15-4:45) and complete a practice 5K and a final 5K. Run Club is also an official USA Track & Field youth running club. Our team ran local USATF cross-country races this past Fall and we will participate in track races this Spring. For full details, please contact Scott Paterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-444-1001.
PockeTurtle Computational Thinking and Programming
Designed by Stanford Artificial Intelligence professor David Zhu, PockeTurtle is a novel Computational Thinking curriculum that is currently being implemented rapidly at 1000s of elementary schools in Korea and China. Encinal is one of the first and only schools to offer this curriculum in the US! The class, “PockeTurtle Level 1,” designed by Hatch Learning, is taught to K-2 kids by Stanford Computer Science students. The curriculum, based around a small turtle-like robot and carefully designed colorful tools and booklets, teaches children to fully visualize problems and solutions by merging their thoughts with the physical environment. They then test their reasoning by ‘teaching’, or programming, their turtle robot to solve the task at hand. “PockeTurtle Level 1” is unique in that it brings programming away from computer screens and onto student’s desks, making for a much more natural and collaborative Computer Science learning experience for K-2 kids. PockeTurtle will be taught once per week for 10 weeks. The classes are comprised of no more than 12 K-2 students and 2 teachers. Register for one or more of our limited spots on Homeroom before the class fills up!
Bay Area Chess
Bay Area Chess, the largest nonprofit chess provider in the West, combines fun and learning while promoting a team spirit where everyone helps each other succeed and improve. Our chess program will cover the very basics for students new to the game while also challenging experienced players with more advanced concepts. Students will have the opportunity to learn all the basics of chess and explore deeper strategies, new perspectives on problem solving and tournament preparation! Students will also learn valuable life skills through chess, such as winning and losing with grace, sportsmanship, decision making and team spirit. Our mission is to transform and enrich the lives of students through chess. Lead Coach Cameron will be returning for Fall '21 and we welcome all new and returning kids Back to the Boards with BAC!
Students learn to think like 21st century mathematicians, scientists, engineers, programmers, design thinkers, and artists. Your child will learn-by-doing, solving interesting, challenging problems, hands-on, with professional coaching from fun passionate mathematicians, scientists, engineers, programmers, design thinkers, and artists. The Starfire Way is to create opportunities for students to learn through discovery by solving problems. Starfire programs are highly interactive, team based, learn-by-doing, hands-on, discovery learning experiences. Learning through discovery and hands-on activities lasts a lifetime. Click here for more information and to register: https://starfireed.secure.force.com/ClassRegistration/
Our primary goal is to deliver the best, most entertaining and educational science activities for children in the Bay Area. Our team of dynamic Mad Scientists present quality programming. They are thoroughly screened, trained and evaluated to ensure the safety, quality and reliability of our after-school programs. During after-school programs, children engage in exciting hands-on activities, watch spectacular demonstrations, participate in inquiry-based discussions and take home things that they have made themselves like model rockets, periscopes, Mad Science putty, and more!
Drawing and Cartooning with Young Rembrandts
Young Rembrandts teaches drawing, the fundamental skill of visual arts to children grades K-2. We intentionally offer child-friendly and relevant subject matter to spark children’s interest and increase knowledge retention. Our classes are fun, engaging and affordable. They offer children a safe, comfortable place to talk about art, learn drawing skills and have fun while surrounded by creativity and encouragement. Parents can expect improved attention to detail, time on task, improved handwriting and fine motor skills along with discipline, persistence, patience and an overall “I-can-do-it” attitude.
At Kidizens, children take on a highly experiential civic leadership journey to learn 21st century real-life skills and strategies by building, managing and governing LEGO cities. They learn to become responsible citizens by developing social emotional skills, problem solving and critical thinking skills through fun, immersive role-play as city council members in a highly collaborative and engaging learning environment.
Euro School of Tennis
After School Tennis is GREAT way to learn the basics of tennis. Your aspiring athlete will work on their coordination, conditioning, teamwork and sportsmanship all while learning a fun new way to stay active and healthy for the rest of their lives! We provide all equipment.
One on One Basketball
After School Hoops is a one hour per week instructional basketball course. Through games, contests and drills, players will learn the fundamentals of the game, improve their skills, and sweat through hard work. We provide all equipment.
Hwa Shin Chinese School - via Zoom
Please visit www.hwashinschool.org/views/programs/registrationForm/flier-Encinal.pdf for more information.