MATES
Spring Trimester
Continues!

Spring Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below!

  • Spring Trimester Exploratories began on Monday, March 18.
  • Exploratories will meet 7 – 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 Spring Trimester CLOSED on Wednesday, March 13.

*Please note that these are the exploratories being offered for the Spring Trimester (March 18 – May 17).

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Kindergarten Exploratories: Spring Trimester

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Cooking: 5 Ingredient Feast! – 1:50pm – 2:45pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Your kids will learn to make EASY, simple, healthy AND delicious foods in our fun, interactive cooking classic.  This session features tasty meals using ONLY 5 ingredients. 5 Ingredient Feasts include: Chicken/Tofu Teriyaki with Veggies, Spinach, Shallots and Feta Brown Rice Pilaf, Breakfast Greek Yogurt Parfaits with Fruit and Homemade Granola, Quick Chocolate Mousse and more!  Each lesson students will develop their culinary skills while learning about nutrition, culture and even dining etiquette. At the end of the session, parents are invited to our Kid Restaurant where your kids are the waiters and chefs! Get hungry to learn the art of cooking.
Cost: $185 (7 Classes) Class Dates: 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 (No Class: 4/15, 4/22)

Engineering with LEGOs (Kindergarten – 1st Grade) – 1:30pm – 2:45pm – (75 MINUTE EXPLORATORY!) Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
The Force Awakens in this engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects using LEGO materials such as X-Wings, R2 Units, Energy Catapults, Defense Turrets, and Settlements from a galaxy far, far away. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the empire! (This LEGOs class is also open to 1st grade students)
Cost: $170 (8 classes – 75 Minute Exploratory) Class Dates: 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 (No Class: 4/16)

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Mindfulness Yoga: Welcoming Spring! – 1:30pm – 2:30pm –  Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
This spring-themed yoga class 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! (This class will be combined with 1st-5th grade)
Cost: $130 (8 classes) Class Dates: 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 (No Class: 4/16)

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): 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15 (No Class: 4/17)

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Ultimate Frisbee – 1:50pm – 2:45pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
TGA Premier Sports is bringing ultimate frisbee to MATES Charter! Certified coaches lead students through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of throwing, catching, and marking while using the sport to teach valuable life lessons including perseverance, leadership, and sportsmanship. TGA provides all of the equipment and participants are awarded Jerseys on Game Day!
Cost: $180 (8 Classes): 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15 (No Class: 4/17)

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. Registration includes a brand new robotic kit ($49.99 retail value) and Certificate of Achievement!
Cost: $215 (8 classes) Class Dates: 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16 (No Class: 4/18)

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Kinder Sports Club – 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 may also occasionally do simple arts & crafts or use LEGOs. In each class, we  will work on some basic skill development and talk about the general rules before playing several rounds of games tailored to the motor-skill development and hand-eye coordination capacities of Kindergartners. This ensures that all students feel safe and have fun!
Cost: $105 (8 classes) Class Dates: 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16 (No Class: 4/18)

Art Adventures in Nature! – 1:50pm – 2:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Nature Detectives become Artists in this Award-Winning Class. Discover feathered & fluffy animal friends living in the wild and in our homes. Explore the Micro-Universe of insects using a magnifying glass. Ever hold a real lion’s tooth, a porcupine quill, deer antler, or rattlesnake skin? You will! Then, roll up your sleeves and PAINT, DRAW, SMUDGE & BLEND using a rainbow of colors that’ll inspire you to create your own Nature Masterpiece.
Cost: $135 + $25 Materials Fee (8 Classes): 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17 (No Class: 4/19)

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Golf – 1:50pm – 2:45pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Come play – we bring the golf course to you! Beginner and intermediate players will have a blast building their skills, learning about the rules and etiquette of the games, and exploring how academic concepts like gravity, spin, and force apply to golf through fun games and activities.
Cost: $180 (8 Classes): 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17 (No Class: 4/19)

1st – 5th Grade Exploratories: Spring Trimester

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Cooking: 5 Ingredient Feast! – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Your kids will learn to make EASY, simple, healthy AND delicious foods in our fun, interactive cooking classic.  This session features tasty meals using ONLY 5 ingredients. 5 Ingredient Feasts include: Chicken/Tofu Teriyaki with Veggies, Spinach, Shallots and Feta Brown Rice Pilaf, Breakfast Greek Yogurt Parfaits with Fruit and Homemade Granola, Quick Chocolate Mousse and more!  Each lesson students will develop their culinary skills while learning about nutrition, culture and even dining etiquette. At the end of the session, parents are invited to our Kid Restaurant where your kids are the waiters and chefs! Get hungry to learn the art of cooking.
Cost: $185 (7 Classes) Class Dates: 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 (No Class: 4/15, 4/22)

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Glass Art Fusion – Volume 1 (1st-3rd Grade) – 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 7 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. This class is designed for first time Glass Artists. If you have already taken Glass Art Fusion in the Winter, please check out Glass Art Fusion – Volume 2!
Cost: $165+ $35 Materials Fee (7 Classes) Class Dates: 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 (No Class: 4/15, 4/22)

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Glass Art Fusion – Volume 2 – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
If you are a 4th or 5th grader interested in expanding your artistic skill-set, or if you’re a 1st-3rd Grader who took Glass Art Fusion this winter, then join us for another unique art experience with Glass Art Fusion – Volume 2! During this 7 week workshop, you will learn how to cut, shape, and form glass in new ways with new and advanced-level projects. Some projects may combine glass art with other media such as wood, canvas, or acrylic paint. Each project is designed with some prior knowledge or ability in mind, and because of this, Glass Art – Volume 1 is a prerequisite for 1st-3rd  grade students who are interested in venturing into the artistic world of Glass Art. Get ready, students, because “glass” is in session!
Cost: $165 + $35 Materials Fee (7 Classes) Class Dates: 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 (No Class: 4/15, 4/22)

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Woodworking (2nd – 5th Grade) – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
DEPARTING SPRING 2019! ALL ABOARD…WOO-WOOOO! Chugga, Chugga, Choo-Choo! In 1814 the very first steam engine was built for the locomotive! They used it to move people and cargo over land. Steam billowing, family and friends all waving, saying hello and goodbye is what you see today on the crowded platforms of a train station. Learn how to safely cut, sand, glue and many more skills to build your own wooden locomotive! Join in the excitement of the steam train adventure and register today!
Cost: $185 + $25 Materials Fee (7 classes) Class Dates: 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 (No Class: 4/15, 4/22)

Engineering with LEGOs (Kindergarten – 1st Grade) – 1:30pm – 2:45pm – (75 MINUTE EXPLORATORY!) Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
The Force Awakens in this engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects using LEGO materials such as X-Wings, R2 Units, Energy Catapults, Defense Turrets, and Settlements from a galaxy far, far away. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the empire! (This LEGOs class is also open to Kindergarten students)
Cost: $170 (8 classes – 75 Minute Exploratory) Class Dates: 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 (No Class: 4/16)

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Engineering with LEGOs (2nd Grade – 5th Grade) – 1:30pm – 2:45pm – (75 MINUTE EXPLORATORY!) Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
The Force Awakens in this engineering course for young Jedi! Discover key engineering concepts such as gear trains, worm drives, pneumatics, and eccentric motion. Build projects from LEGO Materials such as X-Wings, AT-AT Walkers, Pod Racers, Star Destroyers, Cloud Cities, Settlements, Fortresses, and other complex machines and structures from a galaxy far, far away.
Cost: $170 (8 classes – 75 Minute Exploratory) Class Dates: 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 (No Class: 4/16)

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Mindfulness Yoga: Welcoming Spring! – 1:30pm – 2:30pm –  Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
This spring-themed yoga class 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: 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 (No Class: 4/16)

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Jazz Dance With Mrs. Shukiar! (2nd Grade – 5th Grade) – 1:30pm – 2:30pm  –  Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Get jazzed for another trimester of dance with Mrs. Shukiar! This trimester is all about Jazz technique and choreography. Mrs. Leasa Shukiar is a professionally trained dancer and has taught dance for the past 15 years. She also choreographs all of Mr. Laguardia’s musicals at MATES! Jazz Dance is a developmentally appropriate class that will strengthen flexibility & balance, improve jazz technique, and work on mastering choreography, all to favorite top 40 music hits!
Cost: $120 (8 classes) Class Dates: 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 (No Class: 4/16)

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): 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15 (No Class: 4/17)

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Ultimate Frisbee – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
TGA Premier Sports is bringing ultimate frisbee to MATES Charter! Certified coaches lead students through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of throwing, catching, and marking while using the sport to teach valuable life lessons including perseverance, leadership, and sportsmanship. TGA provides all of the equipment and participants are awarded Jerseys on Game Day!
Cost: $180 (8 Classes): 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15 (No Class: 4/17)

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. Registration includes a brand new motorized Robotic Kit ($49.99 retail value) and Certificate of Achievement!
Cost: $215 (8 classes) Class Dates: 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16 (No Class: 4/18)

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Sports Club – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Coach Russell, founder of Kids in Motion LLC, is back this spring at MATES! Join us on Thursday afternoons to try out a new sport or game out on the field! This class emphasizes sportsmanship and teamwork, and utilizes age-appropriate rule structures  to ensure the safety of all students. After introducing the game or sport of the week, we will do some skill development and learn about the general rules as well. Then we will play several great rounds of games!
Cost: $105 (8 classes) Class Dates: 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16 (No Class: 4/18)

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 and participate in the “Big Tournament” on the last day where all kids take home a prize!
Cost: $140 (8 Classes): 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17 (No Class: 4/19)

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Art Adventures in Nature! – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Nature Detectives become Artists in this Award-Winning Class. Discover feathered & fluffy animal friends living in the wild and in our homes. Explore the Micro-Universe of insects using a magnifying glass. Ever hold a real lion’s tooth, a porcupine quill, deer antler or rattlesnake skin? You will! Then, roll up your sleeves and PAINT, DRAW, SMUDGE & BLEND using a rainbow of colors that’ll inspire you to create your own Nature Masterpiece.
Cost: $135 + $25 Materials Fee (8 Classes): 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17 (No Class: 4/19)

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Golf – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Come play – we bring the golf course to you! Beginner and intermediate players will have a blast building their skills, learning about the rules and etiquette of the games, and exploring how academic concepts like gravity, spin, and force apply to golf through fun games and activities.
Cost: $180 (8 Classes): 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17 (No Class: 4/19)

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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