MATES
Winter Trimester
Begins This Week!
(Registration is Closed)

 

Winter Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below!

  • Winter Trimester Exploratories will begin on Monday, January 14.
  • Exploratories will meet 6 – 8 times, depending on the day of the week and the grade level.
  • Exploratories take place right after school Monday through Friday each week.
  • Registration must be completed and submitted online.

Registration for the Winter Trimester CLOSED on Tuesday, January 8th.

*Please note that these are the exploratories being offered for the Winter Trimester (January 14 – March 8).

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Winter Trimester After-School Exploratories

Kindergarten Exploratories: Winter Trimester

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Robotics – 1:50pm – 2:45pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Design and Build NEW Robots, Robotic Vehicles, Robotic Creatures and BattleBots with unique new tasks, challenges & time-trials based on California & National Science Standards on numerous new platforms including targets, interlocking sectionals, Mars terrains, obstacle courses & more. Attendees will use many applications of Math & Science. The kids will build with creativity and imagination using real motors, controllers, cables, parts and a new R/C Program to develop their own creative hands-on initiative in a fun, educational and entertaining environment with individual, team and group situations.
Cost: $165 (6 Classes) Class Dates: 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/4 (No Class: 1/21, 2/18)

Engineering with LEGOs – 1:30pm – 2:45pm – (75 MINUTE EXPLORATORY!) Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Give your imagination a boost with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as: Cities, Garbage Trucks, Catamarans, and Dinosaurs. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment! There are no prerequisites for this course.
Cost: $170 (8 classes – 75 Minute Exploratory) Class Dates: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5

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Tennis – 1:30pm – 2:30pm –  Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
TGA makes it convenient and fun for your child to learn and play tennis right on their school campus!  Our proprietary curriculums for elementary school and middle school were created by TGA’s education experts and the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Students will experience a mix of tennis instruction, rules & etiquette lessons, educational components, character development lessons and physical activity as they advance through the five-level program.  Our screened and certified instructors have a passion for working with children and are trained to help your student athlete develop a strong foundation of skills and knowledge as well as a passion for the sport.
Cost: $175 (8 classes) Class Dates: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5

Hip Hop with Sky High Dance! – 1:50pm – 2:45pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Sky High Dance is devoted to motivating and inspiring children to live richer and fuller lives through dance. We use captivating stories, special dance games, and positive music to cultivate every child’s confidence. Our class is open to ALL LEVELS, both boys and girls! At the end of the session, parents, teachers, and friends are invited to watch our Sky High Dance showcase.  Students will perform what they’ve learned, and will take part in an awards ceremony to reward them for their hard-work and dedication.
Cost: $140 (8 Classes): 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6

Mindfulness Yoga – 1:50pm – 2:45pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Mindfulness Yoga with Julie significantly improves children’s physical, emotional and mental well-being as they learn poses and breathing techniques that build self-awareness, confidence, compassion, patience and inner calm.  In a non-competitive, nurturing environment, Mindfulness Yoga helps children focus, reduce stress and gain self-control while they develop strength, flexibility, balance and coordination.
Cost: $130 (8 classes) Class Dates: 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7

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Kinder Sports Klub – 1:50pm – 2:45pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Coach Russell is so excited to be running Kinder Club! He has been working with kids for over 18 years. We will learn about popular games, sports, and camp activities every Thursday. We may also occasionally do simple arts & crafts or play with Legos. We will work on some basic skill devbelopment and talk about the general rules, then we will play several rounds of games. The activities will be tailored to the motor-skill development and hand-eye coordination capacities of kindergarteners. This ensures that all students feel safe and have fun!
Cost: $100 (8 classes) Class Dates: 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7

AstroART!– 1:50pm – 2:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32

Attention all Space Cadets & Artists ~ Come have fun with this award winning STEAM program with an emphasis on A for ART! Kids grab your spacesuit and get ready to explore our solar system and beyond! Land on our star the Sun then on to each of the orbiting worlds and finally to distant galaxies. Draw planetary and galactic landscapes in mixed media with brilliant color. Be inspired by images from Hubble and NASAʼs planetary missions. All lessons are created and taught by an accredited NASA educator!

Cost: $115 + $25 Materials Fee (7 Classes): 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8 (No Class: 2/15)

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Lacrosse – 1:50pm – 2:45pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
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: $155 (7 Classes): 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8 (No Class: 2/15)

1st – 5th Grade Exploratories: Winter Trimester

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Robotics – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Design and Build NEW Robots, Robotic Vehicles, Robotic Creatures and BattleBots with unique new tasks, challenges & time-trials based on California & National Science Standards on numerous new platforms including targets, interlocking sectionals, Mars terrains, obstacle courses & more. Attendees will use many applications of Math & Science. The kids will build with creativity and imagination using real motors, controllers, cables, parts and a new R/C Program to develop their own creative hands-on initiative in a fun, educational and entertaining environment with individual, team and group situations.

Cost: $165 (6 Classes) Class Dates: 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/4 (No Class: 1/21, 2/18)

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Glass Art Fusion – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
MATES Charter School is proud to offer a unique art enrichment program for students. During the 6 week workshop, participants will learn the amazing world of fused glass art and get an opportunity to create beautiful projects such as dishes, candle holders, wall art, pendants and much more. They will learn about the glass terms tack, full fuse, slump and drape. Each workshop also teaches students how to cut, shape and form glass and combine it with other media such as wood, canvas, acrylic paint and more.
Cost: $140 + $35 Materials Fee (6 Classes) Class Dates: 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/4 (No Class: 1/21, 2/18)

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Woodworking – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Knock knock! Who’s there? Wood… Wood who? Wood you like to come and build a Log Cabin with us??? Log Cabins have been around for thousands of years! They were made by the settlers, the first generation of home builders! But no axe or chisel needed to build this Log Cabin. In woodshop you will learn how to safely use the saw, clamps, sandpaper, and glue to build your project. This Log Cabin doubles as a bank to save your money and treasures. If time allows, you can add windows, tables, and chairs, and whatever else you would like as well. Register for woodshop today, and show all of your friends and family your very own Log Cabin – that you built!!! (For This Monday Exploratory Only: Woodworking will have one extra Monday meeting on 3/11)
Cost: $185 + $25 Materials Fee (7 classes) Class Dates: 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11 (No Class: 1/21, 2/18)

Engineering with LEGOs – 1:30pm – 2:45pm – (75 MINUTE EXPLORATORY!) Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Gear up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as: Forklifts, Houseboats, Mini Golf Courses, and the London Tower Bridge Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Cost: $170 (8 classes – 75 Minute Exploratory) Class Dates: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5

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Tennis – 1:30pm – 2:30pm –  Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
TGA makes it convenient and fun for your child to learn and play tennis right on their school campus!  Our proprietary curriculums for elementary school and middle school were created by TGA’s education experts and the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Students will experience a mix of tennis instruction, rules & etiquette lessons, educational components, character development lessons and physical activity as they advance through the five-level program.  Our screened and certified instructors have a passion for working with children and are trained to help your student athlete develop a strong foundation of skills and knowledge as well as a passion for the sport.
Cost: $175 (8 classes) Class Dates: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5

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Musical Theatre Dance – 1:30pm – 2:30pm – (Grades 2 – 5 only)  –  Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Leasa Shukiar is back for this MATES favorite! This fun, fast paced class will teach a dance from a different musical each week including, Matlida, Annie, Sound of Music, and Newsies to name a few. There will be a performance for families each week at 2:25pm to show the dance of the day! Mrs. Shukiar is a professionally trained dancer and has taught dance for the past 14 years. She choreographs all of Mr. Laguardia’s musicals through the Hillcrest Arts Council.
Cost: $120 (8 classes) Class Dates: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5

Hip Hop with Sky High Dance – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32 
Sky High Dance is devoted to motivating and inspiring children to live richer and fuller lives through dance. We use captivating stories, special dance games, and positive music to cultivate every child’s confidence. Our class is open to ALL LEVELS, both boys and girls! At the end of the session, parents, teachers, and friends are invited to watch our Sky High Dance showcase.  Students will perform what they’ve learned, and will take part in an awards ceremony to reward them for their hard-work and dedication.
Cost: $140 (8 Classes): 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6

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Academic Chess – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Academic Chess is 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 this chess class 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!
Cost: $140 (8 Classes): 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6

Mad Science – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Are you ready to get engrossed in entomology, the study of bugs? To investigate and analyze crime scene evidence to solve a mystery? To DIG in to Earth Science? We’ll see what physical and chemical changes take place in and around your kitchen and discover how simple machines make our lives easier. Movie Effects gives you a chance to sit in the director’s chair and discover why science is the real star of the big screen. What makes toys work? Test and play with spinning tops, building gears, and gravity toys. Finally, conduct hands-on experiments to understand how and why weather occurs!
Cost: $165 (8 classes) Class Dates: 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7

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Yoga – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Mindfulness Yoga with Julie significantly improves children’s physical, emotional and mental well-being as they learn poses and breathing techniques that build self-awareness, confidence, compassion, patience and inner calm. In a non-competitive, nurturing environment, Mindfulness Yoga helps children focus, reduce stress and gain self-control while they develop strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Come join the fun!
Cost: $130 (8 classes) Class Dates: 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7

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Sports Club – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Coach Russell is back at MATES! He is the founder of Kids in Motion LLC! We will try out a new sport or game out on the playground every Thursday. Sportsmanship and teamwork will be emphasized and age-appropriate rule structures will be utilized to ensure the safety of all students. A game or sport will be introduced and we will do some skill development and learn about the general riles as well. Then we will play several great rounds of games!
Cost: $100 (8 classes) Class Dates: 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7

Origami – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Children participating in our program learn creativity, spatial reasoning, engineering, design concepts and have lots of FUN!!!  All students in Origami will receive an origami booklet, a set of origami paper, and take home origami projects. A trained Origami artist will explain the basics of folds and paper choice as they demonstrate the construction of the day.  They will supervise the students to ensure proper form, precise folds and how to complete traditional sculptures.
Cost: $125 (7 Classes): 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8 (No Class: 2/15)

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Cooking: European Favorites – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Enjoy delicious and healthy foods as we take a culinary journey through Europe! Your kids will learn to make Italian classics like Creamy Pasta Marinara, Italian Chopped salad, Spanish favorites like Veggie Paella, Greek staples such as Greek Salad and Shish Kabobs and we’ll finish in France with a Ratatouille Stew and Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Fruit. Each lesson students will develop their culinary skills while learning about nutrition, culture and even dining etiquette. Get hungry to learn the art of cooking!
Cost: $185 (7 Classes): 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8 (No Class: 2/15)

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Lacrosse – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
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: $155 (7 Classes): 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8 (No Class: 2/15)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why a new After-School Enrichment Program?

We’ve been brought on by MATES to bring a cohesiveness and centrality to the after-school exploratories. We hope to provide great service, purposeful programming, and a safe environment where your child can thrive.

A few features of the Growing Outdoors program:

  • We have a Site Coordinator on campus from before the first program begins until the last child is picked up! The Site Coordinator will be reachable by phone while program is running, have a health form for each child, a first aid kit, student lists, and release/emergency information.
  • 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. Our staff person can help with any individual or emotional problems that may arise, so the instructor can focus on the activity as a whole. They will also handle attendance and dismissal (don’t forget to bring your picture ID!) so you can be sure that your child is well cared for.
  • The Site Coordinator and each Exploratory Leader will have a walkie talkie so additional assistance is only a walkie talkie call away!
  • Online Registration and payment for all after-school exploratories being offered at MATES, making it easier for you!
What happens if my child participates in the YMCA after-care program?

At the end of each exploratory, Growing Outdoors staff will walk those children enrolled in YMCA program from their exploratory to the appropriate location.

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 site coordinator (Sam) 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 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 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 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!

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Winter Trimester After-School Exploratories