Growing Outdoors at Yerba Buena

Fall Trimester Registration – Now Open!

Fall Trimester Registration Closes September 4th!

Fall Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below

  • Fall Trimester Exploratories begin on Monday, September 9th.
  • Exploratories will meet 8-10 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 four age groups: Buttercup, TK/Kindergarten, First-Third Grade, and Fourth-Fifth Grade.
  • Registration must be completed and submitted online.
  • Any late registrations are at the discretion of the Growing Outdoors Director based on enrollment and staffing. All late registrations will be charged a fee of $25 per exploratory.

*Please note that these are the exploratories being offered for the Fall Trimester (September 9 – November 15).

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TK – Kindergarten Exploratories: Fall Trimester
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Space to Create! – 1:40pm – 2:30pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Create with Ms. Marisa! This fun-filled class offers art projects that are created using a wide variety of materials, both new and recycled. Children are guided by the instructor but are highly encouraged to explore their creativity with the supplies provided. This class encourages creative thinking, sharing ideas and working individually to complete projects. Each class will have a new project, but the kids also have the freedom to create whatever they feel inspired to create! This open-ended concept of creating art is an opportunity for children to discover, explore, feel independent, be curious and feel inspired by the joy of letting their imagination run wild!
Cost: $270 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 9, 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4 (No Class: November 11)

GO Chess!  – 1:40pm – 2:30pm
Our exploratory classes help a child become more creative, discover patterns, calculation, critical thinking and strategy through the game of chess!
Cost: $290 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12

Hip Hop Dance! (Kindergarten Only) – 12:40pm – 1:35pm
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: $290 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13

*For students enrolled in this exploratory, Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period before the exploratory begins at 12:40.

Exploring Music! – 1:40pm – 2:30pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Each day is a new musical journey! Miss Hannah will lead students through vocal exploration games, group singing, rhythm exercises, and more. No musical experience is required to enjoy music making, learn to listen actively, build interpersonal skills, and have fun along the way. 
Hannah Lewis is a professional vocalist as well as the director of Valley Music Workshop, a musical collective set in one of the San Fernando Valley’s most historic homes offering music lessons, recording services, and live events year-round.
Cost: $270 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 12, 19, 26; October 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14 (No Class: October 3)

Young Ninjas! – 1:40pm – 2:30pm
The monkey swoops through the trees as if easily swimming through the air. The effortless sense of flow the monkey shows displays his sense of loyalty to the jungle, and the environment in which he lives. To earn your blue headband, you must learn to be loyal to your environment, for it is your environment that gives you the power to succeed.
Young Ninjas is a high-energy program introducing children to fundamental martial arts elements, like blocks, kicks, strikes, and the all-important KI-YAH! Through skill training, fun games, creative challenges, and Pad work on foam targets, children develop self-confidence and learn to enjoy being physically active in a non-contact setting. KI-YAH!
Cost: $240 (8 Classes) Class Dates: September 13, 20, 27; October 11, 18, 25; November 8, 15 (No Class: October 4; November 1)

1st – 3rd Grade Exploratories: Fall Trimester
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Space to Create! – 2:25pm – 3:25pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Create with Ms. Marisa! This fun-filled class offers art projects that are created using a wide variety of materials, both new and recycled. Children are guided by the instructor but are highly encouraged to explore their creativity with the supplies provided. This class encourages creative thinking, sharing ideas and working individually to complete projects. Each class will have a new project, but the kids also have the freedom to create whatever they feel inspired to create! This open-ended concept of creating art is an opportunity for children to discover, explore, feel independent, be curious and feel inspired by the joy of letting their imagination run wild!
Cost: $270 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 9, 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4 (No Class: November 11)


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Kinflow! – 2:25pm – 3:25pm – Click here to watch a KinFlow video!
KinFlow is a new and engaging mindful team sport that fuses fitness and mindfulness into an immersive sporting experience for all ages, genders, and skill levels alike. As both a sport and learning tool, it is inclusive in nature, promoting healthy competition, mental/physical fitness, and teamwork! For more info on the field disc sport, please visit www.kinflow.com
Cost: $270 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 9, 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4 (No Class: November 11)

GO Chess!  – 2:25pm – 3:25pm
Our exploratory classes help a child become more creative, discover patterns, calculation, critical thinking and strategy through the game of chess!
Cost: $290 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12

LEGO Engineering! – 12:40pm – 1:40pm
Mini figures unite! It’s time to join the wonderful world of Mini figures, LEGO® bricks, and engineering. Our LEGO® STEM class is the perfect place for young minds to explore, create, and discover the endless possibilities of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Cost: $290 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13

*For students enrolled in this exploratory, Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period before the exploratory begins at 1:00.

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 Playground Power! – 12:40pm – 1:40pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Our class will take your child away from the screens and into the sun. Participants will exercise and have fun while learning fundamental skills of each game, social skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship.
Cost: $290 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13

*For students enrolled in this exploratory, Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period before the exploratory begins at 1:00. 

Glass Art Fusion! – 2:25pm – 3:25pm – Click here for a neat video about Fireglass Studio!
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: $300 + $25 materials fee (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 12, 19, 26; October 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14 (No Class: October 3)


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Exploring Music! – 2:25pm – 3:25pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Each day is a new musical journey! Miss Hannah will lead students through vocal exploration games, group singing, rhythm exercises, and more. No musical experience is required to enjoy music making, learn to listen actively, build interpersonal skills, and have fun along the way. 
Hannah Lewis is a professional vocalist as well as the director of Valley Music Workshop, a musical collective set in one of the San Fernando Valley’s most historic homes offering music lessons, recording services, and live events year-round.
Cost: $270 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 12, 19, 26; October 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14 (No Class: October 3)

Young Ninjas! – 2:25pm – 3:25pm
The monkey swoops through the trees as if easily swimming through the air. The effortless sense of flow the monkey shows displays his sense of loyalty to the jungle, and the environment in which he lives. To earn your blue headband, you must learn to be loyal to your environment, for it is your environment that gives you the power to succeed.
Young Ninjas is a high-energy program introducing children to fundamental martial arts elements, like blocks, kicks, strikes, and the all-important KI-YAH! Through skill training, fun games, creative challenges, and Pad work on foam targets, children develop self-confidence and learn to enjoy being physically active in a non-contact setting. KI-YAH!
Cost: $240 (8 Classes) Class Dates: September 13, 20, 27; October 11, 18, 25; November 8, 15 (No Class: October 4; November 1)

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

Kinflow! – 2:50pm – 3:50pm – Click here to watch a KinFlow video!
KinFlow is a new and engaging mindful team sport that fuses fitness and mindfulness into an immersive sporting experience for all ages, genders, and skill levels alike. As both a sport and learning tool, it is inclusive in nature, promoting healthy competition, mental/physical fitness, and teamwork! For more info on the field disc sport, please visit www.kinflow.com
Cost: $270 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 9, 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4 (No Class: November 11)

GO Chess! – 2:50pm – 3:50pm
Our exploratory classes help a child become more creative, discover patterns, calculation, critical thinking and strategy through the game of chess!
Cost: $290 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12

Playground Power! – 12:40pm – 1:40pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to 1st-5th grade students
Our class will take your child away from the screens and into the sun. Participants will exercise and have fun while learning fundamental skills of each game, social skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship.
Cost: $290 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13

*For students enrolled in this exploratory, Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period before the exploratory begins at 1:00.

Glass Art Fusion! – 2:50pm – 3:50pm – Click here for a neat video about Fireglass Studio!
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: $300 + $25 materials fee (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 12, 19, 26; October 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14 (No Class: October 3)

Improv! – 2:50pm – 3:50pm
Let your student’s creativity shine in this improv exploratory! As we explore the art of performing and out-of-the-box thinking, students will be expanding their skills in communication, public-speaking, storytelling, emotional expression, improv games, and FUN! Students will have the opportunity to expand their imagination in a supportive and creative environment, where laughter is guaranteed! 
Cost: $200 (8 Classes) Class Dates: September 13, 20, 27; October 11, 18, 25; November 8, 15 (No Class: October 4; November 1)

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Frequently Asked Questions
Why a new After-School Enrichment Program?
We’ve been brought on by Yerba Buena 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!
  • Registration and payment for all after-school exploratories happens online, 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 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 Yerba Buena 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!

Are there options for Buttercup Preschool students?

Yes, there are exploratories offered to the Buttercup students! Currently we are offering Buttercup only exploratories on Mondays and Fridays.

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! 
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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