Growing Outdoors at Brookside Elementary
Fall Trimester is Happening Now!

(Registration for Fall After-School Enrichment Closed August 31)

Fall Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below

  • Fall Trimester Exploratories will begin on Tuesday, September 6.
  • Exploratories will meet 5-10 times, depending on the day of the week and the grade level.
  • Exploratories take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week.
  • Exploratories are divided into three age groups: Kindergarten, First-Third Grade, and Fourth-Fifth Grade.
  • Registration must be completed and submitted online.
  • If you have credit left over from the school closures in March 2020, it will applied automatically when you check out.

*Please note that these are the exploratories being offered for the Fall Trimester (September 6 – November 17).

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Kindergarten Exploratories: Fall Trimester
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Kathak Dance!  – 1:20pm – 2:20pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
In this class, children discover the beauty and excitement of kathak, classical dance from North India. They learn the dance form’s key elements – music, movement, rhythm and storytelling – in a fun and challenging environment while developing their selfconfidence, imagination and creativity. At the end of the session, parents and families are invited to watch participating students in a showcase performance.
Cost: $115 (5 Classes) Class Dates: September 12, 19; October 17; November 7, 14 (No Class: September 5, 26; October 3, 10, 24, 31)

Funky Divas and Dudes Hip Hop!  – 1:20pm – 2:20pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Are you ready to ROCK! Learn the basic techniques of dance and how to move to the beat. We promote a healthy lifestyle through fun, physical activity that encourages self expression through music and movement. This is a performance-based class, designed to help students gain confidence and self-esteem. We teach age-appropriate dance routines to pop music and classics from the past! We put on a rockin’ performance in costumes on the last day for family and friends to enjoy!
Cost: $205 (8 Classes) Class Dates: September 6, 13, 20, 27; October 11, 18; November 8, 15 (No Class: October 4, 25; November 1)

Viridian Art: Enchanted Jungle! -1:20pm – 2:20pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Join our talented viridian art instructors on campus, after school! We will create several amazing pieces of finished art, including drawing, watercolors, acrylics, sculpting, and more.
Cost: $265 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 8, 15, 22, 29; October 13, 20; November 3, 10, 17 (No Class: October 6,  27)

1st – 3rd Grade Exploratories: Fall Trimester
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LEGO Sports Spectacular!  – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Explore sports ranging from gymnastics to biking, mini-golf to soccer! Some lessons focus on the importance of physical fitness and different aspects of fitness, such as stamina and strength. Other lessons describe the mechanics of the sport, such as the physics involved in golf and the components of a stationary bike. The best part for the students is pairing up to build moving LEGO® models and the fun they have playing with them after they’re built – hitting a plastic golf ball with the mini-golf model, watching the gymnast spin around the bar, and “shooting hoops” on the basketball model. Maybe they’ll be inspired to try a new sport, or build a model of their favorite sport!
Cost: $160 (6 Classes) Class Dates: September 12, 19; October 3, 17; November 7, 14 (No Class: September 5, 26; October 10, 24, 31)

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Academic Chess!  – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
We are devoted to promoting the merits of chess among children by using stories, dances, and catchy songs to make the game of chess exciting and easy to understand. Children participating in our program: Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills; Have better concentration and mental discipline; Gain confidence and have lots of FUN!!! All students in the chess club receive an exclusive Academic Chess workbook, prizes for good sportsmanship and participate in the “BIG TOURNAMENT” on the last day where all kids take home a prize! New and returning students are welcome! Children participating in Academic Chess will be broken up into groups based on age and experience.
Cost: $140 (6 Classes) Class Dates: September 12, 19; October 3, 17; November 7, 14 (No Class: September 5, 26; October 10, 24, 31)

Funky Divas and Dudes Hip Hop!  – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Are you ready to ROCK! Learn the basic techniques of dance and how to move to the beat. We promote a healthy lifestyle through fun, physical activity that encourages self expression through music and movement. This is a performance-based class, designed to help students gain confidence and self-esteem. We teach age-appropriate dance routines to pop music and classics from the past! We put on a rockin’ performance in costumes on the last day for family and friends to enjoy!
Cost: $225 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 6, 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18; November 8, 15 (No Class: October 25; November 1)


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Woodworking: Wishing Well Project!
 – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Get ready for all of your wishes to come true! In this after-school woodworking class, they’ll be tossing a coin into their own wishing wells while trained instructors teach students how to safely cut, glue, sand, and more. At the end of the session, you’ll add your own touches to make your wishing well one of a kind!
Cost: $290 + $25 materials fee (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 6, 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18; November 8, 15 (No Class: October 25; November 1)

Chemkidz!  – 1:10pm – 2:10pm
Chemistry is amazing! Conduct physical and chemical experiments and learn what makes them work. Make your own desiccators and Elephant Toothpaste, grow copper sulfate crystals, and get ready for an instant snowstorm!
Cost: $265 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28; October 12, 19; November 2, 9, 16 (No Class: October 5, 26)

 

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TGA Lacrosse! – 1:10pm – 2:10pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to students in 1st-5th Grade

Our lacrosse enrichment program combines athletics, academics, and life lessons to create a dynamic experience that emphasizes safety, fitness, and fun. Certified coaches lead students through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of passing, catching, defending, and goalkeeping while using the sport to teach valuable life lessons including perseverance, leadership, and sportsmanship. Students also participate in STEAM activities that allow them to explore academic concepts like gravity, geometry, and force through the sport. TGA’s mission is to empower students with the tools to be successful within a team and in life.
Cost: $290 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28; October 12, 19; November 2, 9, 16 (No Class: October 5, 26) 


Readers’/Writers’ Workspace – 2:10pm – 3:00pm
Also known as “Homework Club”, Readers’/Writers’ Workspace provides a structured and quiet area for students to go to after their exploratory and tackle their schoolwork before heading home. With a small staff to student ratio, we’re there to help keep students on task and focused so they can use their time wisely! If students need assistance in any particular area of study, be it writing, math, spelling, social studies, or general organizational skills, we can assist and coach! Parents are encouraged to communicate any specific areas of focus to our site coordinator so that we can help each student be most successful. Computers will be available for students who have online homework to complete. *Students should come prepared with a book to read each week.
(On Wednesdays, add Readers’/Writers’ Workspace after Chemkidz or sport!)
Cost: $100 (50 minutes – 9 classes) Class Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28; October 12, 19; November 2, 9, 16 (No Class: October 5, 26) 

Viridian Art: Enchanted Jungle! – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Join our talented viridian art instructors on campus, after school! We will create several amazing pieces of finished art, including drawing, watercolors, acrylics, sculpting, and more
Cost: $290 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 8, 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20; November 3, 10, 17 (No Class: October 27)

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Kids Cooking Academy: Cooking Around the World! – 2:40pm – 3:40pm
Kids will tantalize their taste buds and have fun with food! Different recipes each week from appetizers to entrees, snacks, desserts and more! Learn about nutrition, dining etiquette, and cooperation skills in this delicious class!
Cost: $280 + $35 materials fee (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 8, 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20; November 3, 10, 17 (No Class: October 27)

4th – 5th Grade Exploratories: Fall Trimester
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LEGO Sports Spectacular! – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32 
Explore sports ranging from gymnastics to biking, mini-golf to soccer! Some lessons focus on the importance of physical fitness and different aspects of fitness, such as stamina and strength. Other lessons describe the mechanics of the sport, such as the physics involved in golf and the components of a stationary bike. The best part for the students is pairing up to build moving LEGO® models and the fun they have playing with them after they’re built – hitting a plastic golf ball with the mini-golf model, watching the gymnast spin around the bar, and “shooting hoops” on the basketball model. Maybe they’ll be inspired to try a new sport, or build a model of their favorite sport!
Cost: $160 (6 Classes) Class Dates: September 6, 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18; November 8, 15 (No Class: October 25; November 1)

 

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Academic Chess!  – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32 
We are devoted to promoting the merits of chess among children by using stories, dances, and catchy songs to make the game of chess exciting and easy to understand. Children participating in our program: Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills; Have better concentration and mental discipline; Gain confidence and have lots of FUN!!! All students in the chess club receive an exclusive Academic Chess workbook, prizes for good sportsmanship and participate in the “BIG TOURNAMENT” on the last day where all kids take home a prize! New and returning students are welcome! Children participating in Academic Chess will be broken up into groups based on age and experience.
Cost: $140 (6 Classes) Class Dates: September 12, 19; October 3, 17; November 7, 14 (No Class: September 5, 26; October 10, 24, 31)

Woodworking: Wishing Well Project! – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to students in 1st-5th Grade

Get ready for all of your wishes to come true! In this after-school woodworking class, they’ll be tossing a coin into their own wishing wells while trained instructors teach students how to safely cut, glue, sand, and more. At the end of the session, you’ll add your own touches to make your wishing well one of a kind!
Cost: $290 + $25 Materials Fee (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 6, 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18; November 8, 15 (No Class: October 25; November 1)

ChemKidz!  – 1:10pm – 2:10pm
*This exploratory is open to students in 1st-5th Grade
Chemistry is amazing! Conduct physical and chemical experiments and learn what makes them work. Make your own desiccators and Elephant Toothpaste, grow copper sulfate crystals, and get ready for an instant snowstorm!
Cost: $265 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28; October 12, 19; November 2, 9, 16 (No Class: October 5, 26)

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TGA Lacrosse! – 1:10pm – 2:10pm – Click here to view flyer! Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to students in 1st-5th Grade
Our lacrosse enrichment program combines athletics, academics, and life lessons to create a dynamic experience that emphasizes safety, fitness, and fun. Certified coaches lead students through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of passing, catching, defending, and goalkeeping while using the sport to teach valuable life lessons including perseverance, leadership, and sportsmanship. Students also participate in STEAM activities that allow them to explore academic concepts like gravity, geometry, and force through the sport. TGA’s mission is to empower students with the tools to be successful within a team and in life.
Cost: $290 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28; October 12, 19; November 2, 9, 16 (No Class: October 5, 26)


Readers’/Writers’ Workspace – 2:10pm – 3:00pm
Also known as “Homework Club”, Readers’/Writers’ Workspace provides a structured and quiet area for students to go to after their exploratory and tackle their schoolwork before heading home. With a small staff to student ratio, we’re there to help keep students on task and focused so they can use their time wisely! If students need assistance in any particular area of study, be it writing, math, spelling, social studies, or general organizational skills, we can assist and coach! Parents are encouraged to communicate any specific areas of focus to our site coordinator so that we can help each student be most successful. Computers will be available for students who have online homework to complete. *Students should come prepared with a book to read each week.
(On Wednesdays, add Readers’/Writers’ Workspace after )
Cost: $100 (50 minutes – 9 classes) Class Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28; October 12, 19; November 2, 9, 16 (No Class: October 5, 26)

Viridian Art: Enchanted Jungle!  – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Join our talented viridian art instructors on campus, after school! We will create several amazing pieces of finished art, including drawing, watercolors, acrylics, sculpting, and more
Cost: $290 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 8, 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20; November 3, 10, 17 (No Class: October 27)


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Kids Cooking Academy: Cooking Around the World! – 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Kids will tantalize their taste buds and have fun with food! Different recipes each week from appetizers to entrees, snacks, desserts and more! Learn about nutrition, dining etiquette, and cooperation skills in this delicious class!
Cost: $280 + $35 materials fee (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 8, 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20; November 3, 10, 17 (No Class: October 27)

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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Covid-19 Procedures for Growing Outdoors?
Growing Outdoors will follow all rules and regulations regarding Covid-19 that have been put in place by district, county, and public health officials. Under this guidance, any student who is under “quarantine” is not permitted to participate in Growing Outdoors exploratories until they have been released from quarantine by their school.

Following updated guidance from the CDC and the California Department of Public Health, masks became optional during Spring 2022 Growing Outdoors programs. As we enter the 2022-2023 school year, we will continue to monitor guidance and requirements, and adjust accordingly, as needed.

What happened to the credit I received when schools closed in March 2020?
All credits have been applied to their corresponding accounts on our online registration site. When you register your student, you will see the credit applied on the payment page. If you think this information is incorrect, or if you have any questions about credit, please contact Alec at 818-889-8383 ext, 704 or alec@growingoutdoors.com.
Why aren’t Discovery Kindergarten (DK) exploratories offered?
Great question. Because DK class release times are earlier than Kindergarten and are not consistent with the rest of our programming times, we have limited space and staff on campus to supervise and support a DK program at this time. We hope to meet your child next year as they enter Kindergarten!
What happens on Wednesdays after school gets out before the exploratories begin?
Great question! After school gets out on Wednesdays and before our exploratories begin, there is a 25 minute window of time where Growing Outdoors provides lunch supervision on the quad. At 1:10 our staff gathers all of the students enrolled in our programs and gets the afternoon fun started!
What happens if my child participates in Club Oak Park?
At the end of each exploratory, Growing Outdoors staff will walk those children enrolled in Club Oak Park from their exploratory to the appropriate location and transfer their care to the Club Oak Park staff.
What do I do if my child has to miss an exploratory day?
Please call us as early as possible (before 11 is preferable!) at (818) 889-8383. The Growing Outdoors adminstrative staff will be creating daily attendance sheets for each exploratory, so it would be helpful to have that information as early as possible. If a child that is expected does not show up for their exploratory, we will first check with the school to confirm that they were in attendance that day, and then we will call the parents to confirm their child’s safety.
Why does registration close before the first day of each exploratory?
Growing Outdoors wants to provide the best possible after school enrichment program. Therefore, we need time to train and prepare our staff, in addition to reviewing each child’s health form, prior to the first day of each exploratory.
Why are the exploratories divided into trimesters?
We feel that students will get the most out of each exploratory when they have consistent time to be with the same students and the same instructors to build a rapport. By making each trimester eight to ten weeks in length, students will have three opportunities during the school year to try different exploratories. Each trimester will offer different class options for the various age groups!
Why are the exploratories priced differently?
The price of all of our exploratories is based on number of class meetings, supply costs, staffing needs, and specialized instructor costs. By basing it on these factors, you can rest assured that you are getting what you pay for!
What does my exploratory tuition pay for?
There are many factors that affect Growing Outdoors exploratory prices! These might include:

 

  • We have a Site Coordinator on campus from before the first program begins until the last child is picked up! 
  • There is a Growing Outdoors Exploratory Leader in each class! Our trained staff person is there to focus on the students’ well-being, while the Vendor or Program Specialist will handle the instruction of the activity. 
  • We are dedicated to offering the highest quality after-school programs to our families! Each exploratory has a Vendor or Program Specialist who provides specialized and exciting instruction. To make this possible, each has a fee of their own which makes up the bulk of our exploratory pricing. 
  • Each school district requires use rental fees for all indoor and outdoor exploratory locations. These fees go directly back to your school district! 
Is it possible for an exploratory to be cancelled?
Occasionally, Growing Outdoors has to cancel an exploratory because low enrollment numbers make it logistically and financially nonviable. Should this happen to any exploratory for which you have signed up your child, we will contact you to discuss all alternative options (including the option of a full refund for the cancelled exploratory).
Could an individual class meeting be cancelled?
On very rare occasions, an exploratory does not happen quite as we planned! If there is ever an exploratory meeting that needs to be rescheduled, we will notify you in advance, and will still offer optional care for your child during their normal exploratory hour in the form of fun games and activities led by Growing Outdoors staff. Should an instructor be late or unable to make it to an exploratory meeting due to unforeseen circumstances, we will work with the school and vendor to reschedule the “missed” class. Never fear! Growing Outdoors staff will always be there to collect and care for your child and to make sure that they have a great time!

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