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Online Registration is now open! It will close the business day before each class begins.
The theme for Fall 2017 is Bugging Out!
Classes begin on September 21 (Sept. 7 at Weaver) and end in December.
Fall 2017 After-School Program Flyers
Please note: all families that participate in Kids Korner extended daycare MUST complete the required release form prior to the start of LAEF Classes!
Fall 2017 Clinic Flyers
LAEF – No Class Days
No class days for LAEF at all Elementary Schools (Including CDC) except for Weaver
Mondays- November 27 and December 4
Tuesdays- November 28
Wednesdays – November 22 and November 29
Thursdays – November 23 and November 30
Fridays- October 27, November 10, November 24 and December 1
No class days for LAEF at Weaver
Mondays – October 2, November 6 and November 13
Tuesdays- October 3, November 7 and November 14
Wednesdays- October 4 and November 8 and 22
Thursdays- October 5, November 9 and November 23
Fridays- October 6, October 27, November 10 and November 24
No Class days for McAuliffe and Oak
Mondays- November 20
Tuesdays – November 21
Wednesdays – November 22
Thursdays – November 23
Fridays – September 22, October 27, November 10, November 17 and November 24
Fall 2017 Class Descriptions
American Sign Language – ASL is a fun, interactive, hands-on second language! Learning ASL has many cognitive benefits such as higher abstract and creative thinking, better problem-solving, better listening skills and greater academic achievement. Students will present what they have learned at the end of the session.
Breakdance – Learn this dynamic and entertaining form of dance! Students will be introduced to the world of breakdance and learn moves like TopRock, Six-Step, Freezes, Swipes and more!
Bug Art: Bees, Beetles, Butterflies & More – Students will learn and explore new processes and techniques for creating bug art. The class will focus on having the students practice visual problem solving and learning creative self-direction. There will be an emphasis on learning the fundamentals of art through trial and experimentation in the realm of bug life.
Creepy Crawly Science – Did you know an earthworm has five hearts? Or that wasps make nests out of paper? Or that a grasshopper breathes out of the holes on the sides of his belly? Nature is filled with some incredible creatures and we’ll explore the creepy and crawliest! We’ll build a bug, eat worms made from cheese puffs, create our own paper piñata bug’s nest and learn how to make friends with good bugs and avoid the bad ones. Join us on the adventure in Creepy, Crawly Science.
Dance the Hula – Covering the forms of Tahitian, Hawaiian and Samoan dance, our Hula classes cover a variety of different techniques and styles used throughout the various islands. Class includes basic step technique, traditional routines as well as the use of implements (such as poi balls).
Full STEAM Ahead – Young innovators unleash the power of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math as they create projects incorporating various techniques. From traditional woodworking and 3D printing to robotics and coding, students will collaborate with peers and build problem-solving skills as they figure out how things work all while having fun!
Fun with Food: Cooking, Gardening & Nutrition – Young students will create culinary masterpieces in this hands-on cooking class. Students will be growing, cooking, and tasting different foods! Cooking is amazingly appealing to their tactile senses; pouring, stirring and touching can teach cooperation and a sense of pride in their creations. We hope that our students will develop life-long appreciation for nutritious food and good eating habits. Kids will find fruits and vegetables yummy at the end of this exciting class!
Girls Self Defense – Kenpo Karate with an emphasis on practical self-defense for girls as well as empowerment.
Java Coding – Students will learn to create a text adventure in the Java programming language. This class is excellent for students who have a desire to learn programming or just want to create a console-based game. Students will learn several aspects of Java to build their knowledge within the language. Students will be able to create a text based game that can be played by the end of the course. Students will foster problem solving skills to handle several programming labs along the way.
Jiu Jitsu – This class will focus on bully prevention and self-defense while helping students gain confidence in their physical abilities using Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Kenpo Karate – Kids of all ages learn self-discipline and respect in this physical fitness class. Basic Karate techniques will improve student strength, flexibility, endurance and coordination.
LEGO® Engineering – Crazy Carnival! This is a super fun and exciting class where students will learn a wide variety of STEM topics in a fun and creative way! Carnival themed projects include merry-go-rounds, catapults, go-carts, & crazy floors! Students will discover simple machines (gears, levers, wheels & pulleys) by engaging in fun activities and guided play. Each child will receive a LEGO gift along with a certification of participation on the last day of class.
LEGO® Engineering – (Simple Machines): Strategic Kids will get students working with DUPLO LEGOs while teaching a wide variety of engineering topics. Children will learn organizational and fine motor skills, as well as team work and other life strategies! Through this course students will discover simple machines (gears, levers, wheels & pulleys) by engaging in fun activities and guided play. Each child will receive a LEGO gift along with a certification of participation on the last day of class.
Loco por Insectos – Immerse your child in the Spanish language. Instructional focus is on building Spanish vocabulary, conversational dialogue and cultural awareness. We’re going to be learning about crawling and flying bugs and the climate they live in as well as other animals and plants they live with!
Loco por Insectos (Kinder) – Immerse your kindergartners in the Spanish language. We’re going to be learning about flying and crawling bugs in the climate they live in as well as other animals and plants they live with! Instructional focus is on beginning Spanish Vocabulary.
Mandarin – Immerse your child in the Mandarin language. Students will familiarize themselves with Chinese culture through music and art.
Musical Theater: Alice in Wonderland – Students will learn the basics of musical theatre (singing, dancing, and acting) while learning material to the musical, Alice in Wonderland. They will study roles, learn lines, and work on vocals and choreography to produce a performance at the end of the session.
Musical Theatre taught by Coralie Prince – Experience the joy and fun of participating in scenes and songs from well-known musicals. Build self-confidence and skills that will assist you in every aspect of school and beyond. We sing, we act, play and move. All students will be cast and coached in the scenes with a culminating performance the last class period!! This class is one you will enjoy and remember!!!
3-Dimensional Photography – Picture yourself as a visual communicator! With creativity and a focus on education, students will learn to capture images to tell stories, convey information, and evoke emotions. Starting with basic techniques of digital photography, this project and production based class will explore 3-D in the way we experience the world, and teach students to produce simple and advanced 3-D images. *Students must provide their own digital camera to use in class. A camera phone will also work. *
Robotics- This class provides students with engaging hands-on explorations of computer science, technology, engineering and mathematical fields using robots. Students will build and program real-life robotic solutions using motors, sensors, batteries, connectors, and various structural elements. Through this engaging program, students will show creativity, use teamwork, and strengthen their skills in logic, math, problem solving, and deduction. LAEF thanks the Tesoro Foundation for their generous Robotics grant!
Sports Wheel – The goal of this class is to create awareness and excitement for beginning athletes. Students will be enthralled by different exciting sports. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of physical activity in everyday life, teamwork, dealing with adversity, problem solving, and sportsmanship.
Strategic Magic – Strategic Magic promotes public speaking through the performance art of magic! Students will learn different magic tricks and will craft some of their own magic gear! Children will learn motor skills, team work, performance skills, and more! Students will present their magic tricks at the end of the session. Each child will receive a magic gift and certification of participation on the last day.
Studio Art – Students will explore the many ways of uniting art and insects! This class will teach students about a variety of artists and art styles while combining technique and creativity. Students will experiment with different art materials, and have fun applying ideas to the theme, Bugging Out!
THEATRIX: Musical Theatre – Participants will be “Bugging Out” when they become a part of this musical theatre experience. Students will discover the tools of the Actor’s Instrument and how they can be utilized in performance, receive instruction in the basics of singing, dancing and acting, as well as, shine “on stage” in a final class performance of a musical number from classic musical theatre. Students are encouraged to explore their unique talents through guided theatre games, exercises and instruction designed to create a foundation of basics, free inhibitions and inspire creativity. Participants will begin to develop an awareness of themselves and others, creating an understanding of appropriate and effective communication for stage and everyday life.
Teacher Bios – Fall 2017
Sara Brim – Sara is the new and fantastic art teacher at McGaugh! Sara received her Bachelor’s degree and Single Subject Teaching Credential in Art from California State University, Long Beach. She has had experience working with children in after-school art programs, art studios, and in high school classrooms. Her mission is to share her love of art with students so that they can find joy in it and learn useful skills like problem solving in a fun and engaging way.
Chelsea Chapman – Chelsea graduated from CSU Long Beach with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in the Arts. During her schooling, Chelsea lived in Florence, Italy where she studied the art of Renaissance masters. She loves creating in all mediums and styles, and has a passion for inspiring students to find their inner artist. Chelsea student taught under the guidance of Los Alamitos High School Ceramics and Drawing & Painting teacher, Mr. Carthew. You can find out all about Chelsea along with her portfolio and more at chelseachap.weebly.com. Chelsea is very excited to begin teaching with LAEF this fall.
Jiynn Elliott – Jilynn is currently a full-time faculty member at University of Phoenix where she teaches English. She previously taught elementary school in Los Angeles where she worked in a dual immersion program working with Spanish and English speakers. She studied Spanish in Argentina and attended La Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires. She earned her BA in Liberal Arts at Chapman University and her MA in Linguistics at CSULB.
Melodie Fox – Melodie graduated from Hope International University in Fullerton with a B.A. in Human Development and has taught in several private elementary schools throughout southern California for over twenty years. Developing her own curriculum and spear-heading an innovative after school program on the east coast, she moved back in CA to pursue her love of hands-on teaching in the classroom. She is currently a projects coordinator at Oakwood Academy in Long Beach.
Kiyomi Fukui – Kiyomi is a Japanese-American artist who lives and works in Long Beach. Recent exhibitions include Poetics of Relation, DAC Gallery, Los Angeles; Thread, El Camino Art Gallery, Torrance; and Bloom Polylogue, Gallery 211, Santa Ana. She received an MFA in Printmaking from California State University Long Beach and a BFA in Graphic Design from La Sierra University. In addition to producing print-based artwork, Kiyomi also practices participatory performance and fiber arts, such as tatting and crocheting.
Global Cultural Foundation is a non-profit organization, evolved in the last 20 years, and in the current form since 2009. Their mission is to help individuals to achieve their professional, career and personal goals to be globally versatile and competitive. The professional and volunteer staff brings together multifaceted talents and experiences, and more importantly passion and caring. They administer US Federal, State, Local funded programs; offer language and cultural classes for preschoolers to adults; and organize exchange programs and tours.
Alan Grant – Alan teaches Computer Science at Los Alamitos High School and is the Assistant Cross Country Coach. Mr. Grant has been teaching for 5 years and has taught AP Calculus, Pre-Calculus and Career Technical Education courses in Hospitality and Tourism. Prior to teaching, Mr. Grant owned and operated a local restaurant, zpizza on Main Street in Seal Beach, from 2004-2015. Mr. Grant is also an active long distance runner, having won the Seal Beach 10K four consecutive years from 2008-2011 and competing in the 2017 Boston Marathon. Alan is the Computer Science teacher at LAHS.
Brenna Hanlen – Brenna Hanlen has been working in children’s theatre for 11 years. She has directed, musically directed, and choreographed for Musical Youth Artists Repertory Theatre. She is currently taking classes a LBCC in hopes of transferring and eventually attaining a BFA in Musical Theatre. She can’t wait to bring musical theatre to your kids!
Zoranna Knego – Zoranna is a lifetime resident of Seal Beach and graduated from Los Alamitos High School in 2004 with a passion for art. She received a B.A in Studio Art from California State University Dominguez Hills in 2012. She is currently in the final semester of completing her teaching credential in Art at California State University, Long Beach. She has worked at Los Alamitos High School as a long term substitute teacher during the last school year. While there she developed and administered curriculum for Drawing and Painting, Photography and AP Drawing and Painting.
Alexander Lew – Alexander is a Java programmer who has over five years of programming experience and currently goes to Los Alamitos High School. In addition to receiving a perfect score of five on his AP Computer Science exam, he has also won three coding competitions on Khan Academy. He has assisted in teaching a Java Programming Class at the University of California, Irvine and has created over twenty applications. Alexander is 15 years old and currently a sophomore at LAHS. Morgan Martin will be the mentoring teacher in the Java Coding class!
Mark Lengsfeld, President of Build It Workspace – Mark Lengsfeld is a mechanical engineer, inventor, educator, designer, builder and entrepreneur. Dedicated to inspiring his community to join the Maker Movement, Mark established Build It Workspace, where children and adults have affordable access to advanced computerized machines and traditional tools to create their ideas. One of his goals at Build It Workspace is to enable anyone to learn the variety of tools and machines that are available to find the most cost-effective solutions to build what they want.
Morgan Martin – Morgan is in her sixth year of teaching, and in that time, she has taught science to all grades six through twelve. She currently teaches sixth grade earth science and seventh grade life science at Oak Middle School. In addition to teaching science, Morgan is a coach for the Science Olympiad team and is providing assistance to Oak students for the STEAM fair and STEAM showcase. As a Los Alamitos graduate, Morgan loves working for her alma mater.
Sharon Moore – Sharon is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) who holds a MS in Nutritional Science from CSULB. She is a Master Gardener as well as a parent in Los Alamitos USD. She has vast experience educating others on the importance of food and nutrition. This is Sharon’s 4th consecutive year teaching After-School!
Fabiola Paulson – Fabiola is a native Spanish speaker born in Peru, where she lived until the age of eight. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in German from California State University, Long Beach. She studied German at Carl von Ossietzky Universität in Oldenburg, Germany. She has worked as a substitute paraeducator in Huntington Beach and has been a volunteer basketball coach for the past two years. Fabiola enjoys traveling and has a passion for languages that she loves to share with students.
Bruno Pontes – Bruno loves empowering people through sports. Bruno grew up playing soccer and swimming in a small town in Brasil. When he and his parents moved to the United States, Mr. Pontes maintained an active life by playing a range of different sports. He played volleyball, tennis, basketball, and soccer. Mr. Pontes is a first degree black belt in Hapkido, which is a Korean martial arts. Bruno has taught several classes in Hapkido and discovered that he loved the sparkle in his students’ eyes when they learned a new move that he had taught them. As a result, Mr. Pontes decided to pursue a career in teaching physical education. This choice led him to attend CSU Long Beach where he graduated with his BA in Kinesiology in the Spring 2017. Mr. Pontes is excited to teach the students of Los Alamitos how to live healthy lifestyles through playing sports, eating healthy and exercising regularly all while having fun!
Coralie Prince – Coralie Prince’s life has been music from the time she was born! Her father was a singer/songwriter/pianist and producer of shows. Mother, a nurse, performed at home and supported the arts. Coralie began piano when she was a toddler and violin when she was 6. She most recently taught elementary classroom music at Hopkinson and Lee both from 1980 to 2014. She directed grade level shows and produced, directed, accompanied a large musical each year with the 5th grade and/or the 4/5 chorus. She taught piano privately for many years and later, a summer Musical Theater Workshop for grades 3 thru 12. She is so excited to continue working with the students in the LAEF Musical Theater Class.
Michael Rollins – Michael is a professional artist and instructor. He received his MFA from California State University Long Beach, where he now teaches painting. Before moving to California Michael’s time was spent at his home in Arizona and studying in Colorado. Both places provided Michael with encouraging environments which inspired him in the formative years of his artistic career. Michael paints in-depth abstract environments in very large scale and works in a variety of mediums.
Barry Rothstein (3-Dimensional Photography) – Barry is a “stereographer”, a 3-D photographer. Barry earned his B.A. in psychology from University of California San Diego and his M.A. in applied behavior analysis from Western Michigan University. Mr. Rothstein has exhibited and taught 3-D technique at that last eight San Francisco Bay Area Maker Faires, one in New York, two in San Diego and at the Los Angeles County Science Fair in Pasadena. Over the past twelve years he has won several awards for his images, and has published five books of 3-dimensional photography. His specialty is “photographic phantograms”, a style of reach-out-and-touch 3-D images. At national and international 3-D conventions he regularly teaches his techniques. Barry is excited to teach the students of Los Al after-school for LAEF!
Rachel Schiller – Rachel holds an Associate’s Degree in Sign Language Interpreting for the Deaf from Golden West College. She has over twelve years of experience working with children.
Andrea Solow – Andrea Solow has been a student of Kenpo Karate for over 30 years and is currently a 5th Degree Black Belt. She has been the International champion six times and has won more than 150 1st place trophies in her tournament career. Ms. Solow owned and operated a karate school in Telluride, Colorado for 15 years. She has instructed several hundred people over the years, having many advanced students, and bringing several people to the rank of black belt. She recently moved back to her home state, California, with her husband and two children who attend school at Weaver. Ms. Solow is passionate about teaching kids and is excited to be an instructor for the LAEF program!
Strategic Kids – program instructors have experience working with elementary aged children. They have energetic and fun personalities that inspire kids.
Timothy Thorn – Educating youth through performance has been a focus throughout Tim’s life. Early in his career, he toured with The Lilliput Players, The Imagination Machine, True Colors, and You Need to Read. He has also performed with children for multiple educational youth theatre groups including First Artist Children’s Theatre, Children’s Theatre Experience and Musical Youth Artist Repertory Theatre (MYART). Tim has taught theatre through multiple school districts throughout California including Fullerton’s All the Arts for All The Kids program, various after school programs, as well as, the Orange County High School for the Arts. As a founding member of MYART, now in its 26th year, Tim served as Assistant Artistic Director, as well as, Resident Director of MYART northern California where he directed and choreographed youth casts of up to 300 performers in multiple productions. He has also choreographed the spring musical at Cerritos High School (his alma mater) for the past two decades. Tim is currently a member of two educational theatre groups. With Long Beach based, Olio Theatre Works, he helped develop a new anti-bullying school touring program, Grasping Bullying, premiering in the 2017-18 school year. He also currently serves as the Resident Director and Technical Director of Phantom Projects Theatre Group.
Leoby Valenzuela – Leoby is 22 years old and has been dancing since the age of five. She has studied several types of dance including jazz, ballet, belly dance and lyrical. At the age of nine she discovered Hula and Polynesian dance and has since, become very passionate about it. Leoby has been teaching Hula and Polynesian for three years at a dance studio and is eager once again to spread the art of dance through LAEF.
Shea Vititow – Shea moved to Southern California in 2005 to attend California State University Long Beach, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Drawing and Painting. She has enjoyed teaching kids painting and ceramics classes, as well as teaching within elementary schools for over ten years. Shea has enjoyed settling down in Seal Beach where she raises her family and also teaches local yoga classes.
Arnold Weintraub – Dr. Weintraub has been teaching since 1966. He received his BA degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a double major in English and Speech Communication. He received his MA and PHD degrees in Speech Communication from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He taught English at every level, ranging from remedial through AP Honors. He coached Debate for 11 years at Omaha Central High School. He has also taught several courses in Speech Communication at El Camino College and Golden West College. Dr. Weintraub is an enthusiastic teacher and served as a walk-on coach at Los Alamitos High School, coaching the Debate team and the Mock Trial team.
Jerry Wetzel – Jerry Wetzel is founder of Red Zone Threat Management and travels nationally and internationally teaching seminars to members of the DEA, Local Law Enforcement, and civilians on the topic of personal protection. He is the author of the book “Red Zone Prime: A Foundation for Personal Protection”. In addition he is a passionate instructor of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts which he teaches at the facility he has owned and operated for the last 14 years, Centerline Martial Arts and Fitness. Jerry runs kids classes daily in mixed martial arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well as the kids BJJ competition team. He has one child who is a Weaver student as well as one who just left Weaver to move into 6th grade at Oak. Jerry firmly believes that every child has the right to enjoy their school days without fear of being bullied and is committed to helping them develop the necessary tools and attitude to help them on their journey.
Brian Wright (WeBreak) – WeBreak Hip-Hop Dance Company was founded in 2011 by Brian Wright. Brian Wright is a natural and gifted instructor in dance and has been teaching dance for the past 12 years. He loves working with children, teens and adults and has been dancing for over 17 years and breakdancing for over 12 years. He, along with a friend, founded and designed the California State University Breakers, a campus club committed to teaching the art form of breaking at Cal State University Long Beach. The CSULB Breakers won the very first intercollegiate breakdance competition at LMU in 2006. Brian also received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from CSULB.
Aside from the FUN, innovative classes offered, did you know quality After School Programs:
- Give children activity choices, engage them in enrichment activities, and support socialization and team learning
- Pay academic dividends during the school day, whether or not the class is classified as “academic,” because programs feature reading, language comprehension and analytic thought
- Provide opportunities for group projects which enhance children’s learning, as do music, art, theatre, and computer activities, as well as reading for pleasure and writing for an audience
- Let students connect with teachers in a lower teacher-child ratio setting. Such meaningful interactions are associated with more positive interactions, less negativity, and more flexible and age-appropriate activities
- Allow students (most markedly boys) greater flexibility to make choices in their class activities, which research connects to better social skills with classroom peers
- Can decrease TV viewing behavior in children!! Researchers found that children watch far more television at home after school than they do at after-school programs. In numerous studies, time viewing television has been associated with lower reading achievement and more frequent behavior problems among children.
LAEF’s After School Programs…where Los Al students have fun and parents have peace of mind! Have questions about programs? E-mail our Program Director at email@example.com