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Lower School Winter Enrichments

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Lower School Podcast

In the lower school podcast enrichment, students will have the opportunity to brainstorm, record, and edit their very own podcasts to be shared with the CDS community! Students will learn about different types of podcasts and their functions, the storyboarding and preparation process behind creating podcasts, and a few basic functions of Garageband software. No previous experience with podcasts or editing software is required, the only thing students need to bring is their enthusiasm and creativity!

3:45-4:45 p.m., Grades 1-4
Samuel Sevett


LEGO Movie Making

In this hands-on class, students create their very own stop motion movies! Working in small groups, students learn the language of film production and apply it towards creating their own animated digital film. Students will create compelling characters, build background scenes, and add special effects and voice-overs. Using stop-motion animation, students will bring their unique story to life for the camera. CDS today, big screen tomorrow!  

Each student receives a copy of the film to bring home.

4:20-5:20 p.m., Grades K-5
Rowan Cutler


Chess Kings and Queens

Interested in learning the ancient strategy game of kings and pawns alike? Come join us, whether you're a brand-new or experienced player. You can learn the rules and basic strategy, and sharpen your mind! Have fun while you learn and join us for chess club on Mondays!

3:45-4:45 p.m., Grades 1-5
Alexander Zience and Henry Lanham 



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Ceramic Clay

Learn hand building techniques for sculpture or functional objects using terra cotta or white low fire clay. Learn several surface techniques to create relief or incised designs. See how glazes change during firing and learn to load the kiln.

3:45-4:45 p.m., Grades K-8
Elizabeth McClellan


Wondrous Writing with Mr. Alex

During this enrichment, students will explore and expand their creative writing abilities! We will discuss a variety of topics and decide on an agreed genre of focus. Then, we will use the creative writing process to write our very own unique pieces. Students will explore their imagination, learn about the elements and patterns found in stories, and practice their own organization of their unique piece. Let's take this wondrous journey together!

3:45-4:45 p.m., Grades 2-4
Alex Miller


Muggles and Magic

Calling all Muggles fascinated by the world of Hogwarts! Come and join us as we delve into the magical world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Make potions, create your own board game, learn how to play Quidditch for Muggles (no broomsticks required), explore the language of spells and enchantments, and much more.

3:45-4:45 p.m., Grades 2-4
Josephine Saunders


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ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco’s mission is to preserve, develop, and share the Brazilian martial art of capoeira with integrity, and to use capoeira and culture as a catalyst for connecting people and for building healthy, just, vibrant, and socially responsible communities. This enrichment provides a unique opportunity to transform the classroom into a space for cultural and artistic exploration. It offers students an active, hands-on, and in-depth cultural arts experience and provides physical, artistic, and social skill-building through consecutive learning experiences. Working independently, in partners, and as a group, students learn basic capoeira movements, practical application of these movements, and how to “play” capoeira using the movements in improvisational “games” with each other. Youth are introduced to simple songs in Portuguese, capoeira rhythms and instruments, and stories about the history of the art. 

3:45-4:45 p.m., Grades 1-4
Abada Capoeira Staff


Tree Frog Treks

Tree Frog Treks teaches fun, interactive science enrichment programs that introduce kids to concepts in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and natural history. This class will allow them to meet live reptiles and amphibians face-to-face. We've developed themed curricula that cover integrated science topics and reinforce learning through hands-on science experiments, art projects, movement, and song. 

3:45-4:45 p.m., Grades K-4
Tree Frog Trek Staff


RobotED | AdventureBots

Adventure Land! Join us as we follow the adventure trail while different robots add to the thrill of life! Drag the water skier and be careful of the bear and the wolf! Bungee jump with R-Bot and watch out for the scorpion’s tail! Learn all about the fundamentals of mechanics like gears, levers, pulleys, cranks, and more. Exclusive curriculum with an emphasis on technology, engineering, and programming. Onward ho!

3:45-4:45 p.m., Grades 1-5
Tiny Techs Club



Golf-Based Fitness and Movement

The golf-based fitness and movement class is specialized for students in the second through sixth grades, welcoming all ability levels. Students rotate through 5-7 minute intervals over 7 to 10 different stations, based on leading TPI junior golf instruction. No equipment is required, as we bring in customized (and safe) junior golf clubs. Class is taught by Cheryl Lala, former student-athlete at Cal who went on to play professional golf, coach college golf, and is a LPGA Class A golf instructor.

3:45-4:45 p.m., Grades 2-6
Cheryl Lala


Tech Rec by YouthSF

“Tech Rec” is designed to engage and inspire students in the study of science, technology, engineering, math, maker & media arts; STEM/MM, by providing dynamic learning environments bursting with stimulating ideas, products, and projects where students explore, discover, play, create, collaborate, and learn without realizing they are “learning.”  From coding and drones to robotics and video game creation, Tech Rec covers a wide variety of topics in a fresh and iconoclastic manner. Students LOVE Tech Rec! 

​3:45-4:45 p.m., Grades 3-6

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