Growing Outdoors at Brookside Elementary!

Winter Trimester Programs Start THIS WEEK!

Winter Registration Deadline – November 30th!

Winter Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below

  • Winter Trimester Exploratories will begin on Monday, December 5th.
  • Exploratories will meet 7-9 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 Winter Trimester (December 5 – February 16).

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Kindergarten Exploratories: Winter Trimester
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Winter Yoga & Meditation!  – 1:20pm – 2:20pm –  Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Each week children will learn age-appropriate traditional yoga poses that build strength, coordination, balance, and flexibility, in addition to breathing practices that develop inner calm, mind-body awareness, concentration, confidence, compassion and patience – all tools that will last a lifetime! Children who practice yoga regularly are more relaxed, centered and steady.
Cost: $180 (7 Classes) Class Dates: December 5, 12, 19; January 9, 23, 30; February 6 (No Class: December 26; January 2, 16; February 13)

3D Paper Art: Globetrotters!  – 1:20pm – 2:20pm
In this unique art class, we’ll take a trip around the world, using folded paper to help us explore countries and cities around the globe! As we learn about different cultures and places, our instructor will guide students through cutting, folding, and shaping sheets of paper into some of earth’s greatest and most wonderful landmarks, buildings, and natural features. We’ll dive into history, seeing how ancient civilizations have left their mark on the earth, and see many modern-day features and lifestyles that countries are known for. So, hop on board as we fold our way through this 3D paper adventure across the globe!
Cost: $150 (8 Classes) Class Dates: December 6, 13, 20; January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7 (No Class: December 27; January 3; February 14)

Hip Hop Dance! – 1:20pm – 2:20pm –  Click here to view flierAdobe_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!
Cost: $205 (8 Classes) Class Dates: December 8, 15, 22; January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9 (No Class: December 29; January 5; February 16)

1st – 3rd Grade Exploratories: Winter Trimester
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Winter Yoga & Meditation!  – 2:40pm – 3:40pm –  Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Each week children will learn age-appropriate traditional yoga poses that build strength, coordination, balance, and flexibility, in addition to breathing practices that develop inner calm, mind-body awareness, concentration, confidence, compassion and patience – all tools that will last a lifetime! Children who practice yoga regularly are more relaxed, centered and steady.
Cost: $200 (8 Classes) Class Dates: December 5, 12, 19; January 9, 23, 30; February 6, 13 (No Class: December 26; January 2, 16)

 

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Viridian Art – Winter Animals Theme!  – 2:40pm – 3:40pm –Click here to view flierAdobe_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: $235 (8 Classes) Class Dates: December 5, 12, 19; January 9, 23, 30; February 6, 13 (No Class: December 26; January 2, 16)

Academic Chess!  – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flier! 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!
Cost: $210 (9 Classes) Class Dates: December 6, 13, 20; January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14 (No Class: December 27; January 3)

LEGOs Engineering Adventure!  – 1:10pm – 2:10pm –  Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to students in 1st-5th Grade
So you want to be an engineer or architect? Well what are you waiting for? This is your chance! Join us as we put our engineering skills to the test to pair up to build bridges, vehicles and more. We’ll learn about different types of careers for you to explore. Do you want to build bridges? Then civil engineering might be the job for you. Want to design the next cool electric car? Then you may be destined to become an automotive engineer. Come learn, build and experience engineering adventures with us!
Cost: $245 (9 Classes) Class Dates: December 7, 14, 21; January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15 (No Class: December 28; January 4)

*For students enrolled in this exploratory, Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period before the exploratory begins at 1:10.

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Glass Art Fusion!  – 1:10pm – 2:10pm –  Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to students in 1st-5th Grade
Click here for a neat video about Fireglass Studio!

*This exploratory is now full. We hope you’ll consider signing up for our waitlist!

Growing Outdoors and Fire Glass Studio are proud to offer a unique art enrichment program! In this class, participants will discover the amazing world of fused-glass and mixed-media. Each student will create beautiful projects such as candle holders, holiday ornaments, small dishes, suncatchers, and much more. Come learn how to cut, shape, and form glass to make amazing artworks out of glass and other media too!
Cost: $260 + $35 Materials fee (9 Classes) Class Dates: December 7, 14, 21; January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15 (No Class: December 28; January 4)

*For students enrolled in this exploratory, Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period before the exploratory begins at 1:10.

 


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 LEGOs or Glass Art Fusion!)
Cost: $105 (50 minutes – 9 classes) Class Dates: December 7, 14, 21; January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15 (No Class: December 28; January 4)

Woodworking – Delivery Truck Project! – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here for a photo of the project!
Your package is on its way! With the creation of the Interstate Highway System to connect major cities across America, Trucking has become one of the most important ways that we transport packages, food, liquids, building materials, and more, all over the nation. Did you know that last year, delivery trucks were responsible for hauling over 72% of all items shipped within the United States? That’s a lot of stuff! In this class, you’ll get to build your very own model delivery truck out of wood, complete with wheels and room in the trailer to store your belongings! Trained instructors teach you how to safely cut, glue, sand, and more. At the end of the session, you’ll add your own touches to make your delivery truck one of a kind!
Cost: $290 + $35 Materials fee (9 Classes) Class Dates: December 8, 15, 22; January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16 (No Class: December 29; January 5)


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Hip Hop Dance! – 2:40pm – 3:40pm –  Click here to view flierAdobe_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!
Cost: $225 (9 Classes) Class Dates: December 8, 15, 22; January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16 (No Class: December 29; January 5)

4th – 5th Grade Exploratories: Winter Trimester
(Select the tabs below to see all options)
Viridian Art – Winter Animals Theme!  – 3:00pm – 4:00pm –Click here to view flierAdobe_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: $235 (8 Classes) Class Dates: December 5, 12, 19; January 9, 23, 30; February 6, 13 (No Class: December 26; January 2, 16)

Academic Chess! – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Click here to view flier! 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!
Cost: $210 (9 Classes) Class Dates: December 6, 13, 20; January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14 (No Class: December 27; January 3)

LEGOs Engineering Adventure!  – 1:10pm – 2:10pm –  Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to students in 1st-5th Grade

So you want to be an engineer or architect? Well what are you waiting for? This is your chance! Join us as we put our engineering skills to the test to pair up to build bridges, vehicles and more. We’ll learn about different types of careers for you to explore. Do you want to build bridges? Then civil engineering might be the job for you. Want to design the next cool electric car? Then you may be destined to become an automotive engineer. Come learn, build and experience engineering adventures with us!
Cost: $245 (9 Classes) Class Dates: December 7, 14, 21; January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15 (No Class: December 28; January 4)

*For students enrolled in this exploratory, Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period before the exploratory begins at 1:10.

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Glass Art Fusion!  – 1:10pm – 2:10pm –  Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to students in 1st-5th Grade
Click here for a neat video about Fireglass Studio!

*This exploratory is now full. We hope you’ll consider signing up for our waitlist!

Growing Outdoors and Fire Glass Studio are proud to offer a unique art enrichment program! In this class, participants will discover the amazing world of fused-glass and mixed-media. Each student will create beautiful projects such as candle holders, holiday ornaments, small dishes, suncatchers, and much more. Come learn how to cut, shape, and form glass to make amazing artworks out of glass and other media too!
Cost: $260 + $35 Materials fee (9 Classes) Class Dates: December 7, 14, 21; January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15 (No Class: December 28; January 4)

*For students enrolled in this exploratory, Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period before the exploratory begins at 1:10.

 


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 LEGOs or Glass Art Fusion!)
Cost: $105 (50 minutes – 9 classes) Class Dates: December 7, 14, 21; January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15 (No Class: December 28; January 4)

Woodworking – Delivery Truck Project!  – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Click here for a photo of the project!
Your package is on its way! With the creation of the Interstate Highway System to connect major cities across America, Trucking has become one of the most important ways that we transport packages, food, liquids, building materials, and more, all over the nation. Did you know that last year, delivery trucks were responsible for hauling over 72% of all items shipped within the United States? That’s a lot of stuff! In this class, you’ll get to build your very own model delivery truck out of wood, complete with wheels and room in the trailer to store your belongings! Trained instructors teach you how to safely cut, glue, sand, and more. At the end of the session, you’ll add your own touches to make your delivery truck one of a kind!
Cost: $290 + $35 Materials fee (9 Classes) Class Dates: December 8, 15, 22; January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16 (No Class: December 29; January 5)

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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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