Growing Outdoors at Willow Elementary!

Winter Trimester Registration IS CLOSED!
Programs begin Monday, December 12th!

Registration is Now Closed
Winter Registration Deadline was Wednesday, December 7th

Winter Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below

  • Winter Trimester Exploratories begin on Monday, December 12.
  • Exploratories will meet 7-8 times, depending on the day of the week and the grade level.
  • Exploratories take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday each week.
  • Exploratories are divided into three age groups: Kindergarten-First Grade, Second-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 be applied automatically when you check out.

*Please note that these are the exploratories being offered for the Winter Trimester (December 12 – February 17).

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Kindergarten – 3rd Grade Exploratories: Winter Trimester
(Select the tabs below to see all options)

*Regular day exploratories are typically split into two sub-groups: Kindergarten-1st grade & 2nd-3rd grade
**On early release Wednesdays, 1st-3rd grade students will join 4th-5th graders in exploratories

Woodworking – Delivery Truck Project!  (1st-3rd Grade) – 2:25pm – 3:25pm – 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: $240 + $35 Materials fee (7 Classes) Class Dates: December 12, 19; January 9, 23, 30; February 6, 13 (No Class: December 26; January 2, 16)

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Super Soccer Stars!  (Kindergarten-3rd Grade) – 2:25pm – 3:25pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32

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

Super Soccer Stars teaches soccer skills in a fun, non-competitive, and educational environment. Through an agespecific curriculum, soccer is used to nurture, build self-confidence, and develop teamwork. Low child-to-coach ratios and positive reinforcement ensure that each child improves at his or her own pace!
Cost: $220 (7 Classes) Class Dates: December 12, 19; January 9, 23, 30; February 6, 13 (No Class: December 26; January 2, 16)

Winter Yoga & Meditation! (Kindergarten-3rd Grade) -2:25pm – 3:25pm – 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: $210 (8 Classes) Class Dates: December 13, 20; January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14 (No Class: December 27; January 3)

 

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Glass Art Fusion! (1st-3rd Grade) – 2:25pm – 3:25pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32

*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: $235 + $35 Materials fee (8 Classes) Class Dates: December 13, 20; January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14 (No Class: December 27; January 3)

Viridian Art – Winter Animals Theme! Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Kindergarten – 11:40am – 12:35pm (*Our Kindergarten section is now full. We hope you’ll consider signing up for our waitlist!)
1st-3rd – 1:00pm – 2:00pm
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 (8 Classes) Class Dates: December 14, 21; January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15 (No Class: December 28; January 4)

*Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:00.

 

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Professor Egghead: Secret Agent Science! – 1:05pm – 2:05pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to 1st-5th grade students
Your mission? Become the world’s greatest secret agent! Once the challenge is accepted, Egghead Agents will write with invisible inks by making chemical reactions, make spy tools like periscopes and spy glasses to take home as they learn about mirrors, and crack secret codes with the science of cryptography on their way to becoming super spies.  At the end of the session, students will receive an Egghead Secret Agent Degree.
Cost: $235 (8 Classes) Class Dates: December 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 1:05.

Sky High Dance! (Kindergarten-3rd Grade) – 2:25pm – 3:25pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32

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

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! New and returning students are welcome!
Cost: $210 (8 Classes) Class Dates: December 15, 22; January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16 (No Class: December 29; January 5)

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KinFlow! (1st-3rd Grade)  – 2:25pm – 3:25pm – Click here to view flier Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Click here to watch a KinFlow video!
KinFlow
is a new and engaging mindful team sport. Based on the principles of collective flow states, KinFlow is a breath of fresh air in the world of youth sports. For more info on the field disc sport, please visit
www.kinflow.com
Cost: $235 (8 Classes) Class Dates: December 15, 22; January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16 (No Class: December 29; January 5)

Viridian Clay! (Kindergarten-3rd Grade) – 2:25pm – 3:25pm –Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Come Sculpt with VIRIDIAN ART! We will explore many different sculpting mediums in this completely 3D class. Learn how to sculpt a wide array of subjects, like animals, sea creatures, bugs, plants, food, etc. This session, students can look forward to designing their very own Halloween Monsters! We teach our sculptors different techniques using Polymer clay, Air Dry Clay, Model Magic, and Paper Mache and more and finish them with acrylic paint.
Cost: $225 (7 Classes) Class Dates: December 16; January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17 (No Class: December 23, 30; January 6)

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Academic Chess! (Kindergarten-3rd Grade) – 2:25pm – 3:25pm – 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: $185 (7 Classes) Class Dates: December 16; January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17 (No Class: December 23, 30; January 6)

4th – 5th Grade Exploratories: Winter Trimester
(Select the tabs below to see all options)

Woodworking – Delivery Truck Project!  – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – 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: $240 + $35 (7 Classes) Class Dates: December 12, 19; January 9, 23, 30; February 6, 13 (No Class: December 26; January 2, 16)

 

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Super Soccer Stars!  – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Super Soccer Stars teaches soccer skills in a fun, non-competitive, and educational environment. Through an agespecific curriculum, soccer is used to nurture, build self-confidence, and develop teamwork. Low child-to-coach ratios and positive reinforcement ensure that each child improves at his or her own pace!
Cost: $220 (7 Classes) Class Dates: December 12, 19; January 9, 23, 30; February 6, 13 (No Class: December 26; January 2, 16)

Glass Art Fusion! – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
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: $235 + $35 Materials fee (8 Classes) Class Dates: December 13, 20; January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14 (No Class: December 27; January 3)

Viridian Art – Winter Animals Theme! – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to 1st-5th grade students
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 (8 Classes) Class Dates: December 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 1:00.

 

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Professor Egghead: Secret Agent Science! – 1:05pm – 2:05pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to 1st-5th grade students

Your mission? Become the world’s greatest secret agent! Once the challenge is accepted, Egghead Agents will write with invisible inks by making chemical reactions, make spy tools like periscopes and spy glasses to take home as they learn about mirrors, and crack secret codes with the science of cryptography on their way to becoming super spies.  At the end of the session, students will receive an Egghead Secret Agent Degree.
Cost: $235 (8 Classes) Class Dates: December 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 1:05.

KinFlow!  – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Click here to watch a KinFlow video!
KinFlow is a new and engaging mindful team sport. Based on the principles of collective flow states, KinFlow is a breath of fresh air in the world of youth sports. For more info on the field disc sport, please visit www.kinflow.com
Cost: $235 (8 Classes) Class Dates: December 15, 22; January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16 (No Class: December 29; January 5)

Academic Chess! -2:55pm – 3:55pm – 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: $185 (7 Classes) Class Dates: December 16; January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17 (No Class: December 23, 30; January 6)

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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 are the additional LVUSD fees in my registration?
LVUSD charges Growing Outdoors facility use fees as well as a custodial cleaning fees to provide our programming to Willow families. These fees are set by the school board and are the same fees a community organization (like AYSO, etc.) would be charged to rent a space on campus. 

While we’ve built these fees into our exploratory costs in the past, we have made them separate to help you better understand what your payment is going towards!

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.
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.
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!
What do I do if my child has to miss an exploratory day?
Please call us as early as possible (before 10:00am 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. 
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!

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!

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