Academics

Lower School Extended Day Care & Enrichment

Extended Day Care

Our Extended Day Care (EDC) program provides supervised extended play before and after school. We offer this program as a convenience for working parents, but it also provides the opportunity for any student to benefit from and enjoy unstructured play with peers before and after school.

While monitoring the play areas, supervisors try to ensure fairness as well as protect the well-being and self-esteem of every student. EDC is available from 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. to all Lower School families free of charge. If you have questions regarding Extended Day Care, please contact Garrett Crosby.

Enrichment Program Descriptions

    • 2022 Fall Enrichment

2022 Fall Courses

Fall Enrichment registration closes on August 26, 2022.

After School Program Team

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Garrett Crosby

    Garrett Crosby 

    Associate Dean of Students, Pre-K – Grade 6
    Ext. 271
  • Photo of Lisa Ortiz Najafi

    Lisa Ortiz Najafi 

    Accounts Receivable Manager
    Ext. 107

Mondays

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  • Football Clinic (3rd-6th)

    Football Clinic: 3rd-6th (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Parker Little
     
    Class Description: A low-contact football clinic that offers student-athletes of all experience levels to develop their football skill tree, teamwork, and self-discipline. My goal is to teach correct technique and good habits that will help our athletes to achieve their full potential. Each class will begin with a warm-up before we transition through various drills and conclude with a scrimmage.

    Instructor Bio: Parker Little is going into his 6th year at Sierra Canyon. He has worked at SCDC as a camp counselor as well as a specialist. He is studying Sports Journalism at Pierce College. He is also one of our EDC Supervisors during the school year.
  • Green Team (3rd-6th) FREE

    Green Team 3rd - 6th (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Daniel Johnson & Claudia Lucid

    Class Description: The Green Team is open to all students in grades 3-6 and meets Monday afternoon with Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Lucid. From planting and maintaining the school garden, to completing a variety of art projects and discussing environmental issues, this club is the perfect place to develop your 'green thumb' and get your hands dirty. We are looking forward to another fantastic year!

    Instructors Bio: Mr. Johnson is starting his 17th year at Sierra Canyon and has been a part of the Green Team for over 10 years. Mrs. Lucid is a Pre-K Assistant Teacher and is very excited for Green Team! With a passion for gardening and the great outdoors, they are looking forward to a fantastic 2022-2023 school year. Go Green Team!
  • Beginner Swim (Pre-K-3rd)

    Beginner Swim Pre-K-3rd (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Paula Lee

    Class Description: The Beginner Swim Enrichment will focus on learning all the four competitive strokes, dives, turns, drills, and stamina development. Student-athletes who are water safe and are capable of swimming 30-yards on their own are welcome to join the program. Breaking down all four strokes in a fun way! An example will be making pizza arms and doing frog legs for the breaststroke and catching clouds up the sky for freestyle. Kicks are essential to develop strong swimmers, the beginner swimmers will do a lot of kicking with a kickboard and once strong enough, kicking with tight streamlines without a kickboard or any equipment for assistance. If you are unsure with which group to enroll your child, we can schedule a tryout, so they don't feel overwhelmed during the class. All student-athletes must have the independence to get ready for enrichment on their own. Bring a light snack and water since this is a physical activity for one hour.

    Instructor Bio: This is Coach Paula's second season with Sierra Canyon. She has coached the P.E. Swim program for the 4th-6th Graders during the fall and spring season. Coach Paula has been a swim coach and instructor for over ten years including coaching a competitive team. She encourages the incoming swimmers to learn in a way that they can relate easily without feeling overwhelmed and she teaches swimming in a fun and encouraging way no matter what skill and level they are in.
  • Art Masters (3rd-6th)

    Art Masters 3rd-6th (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Kayla Okui

    Class Description: Students in 3rd-6th Grade have fun drawing, painting, and creating different types of artworks. Students will learn about various techniques, styles, and materials including acrylic paint, watercolor paint, and oil pastel. Students will start and complete one piece of art each week. Projects include Mosaics, Pressed Flower Bookmarks, Edible Art, Lanyards, and so much more! The teacher guides the students in every step of the art-making process; however, they will have lots of creative freedom.

    Instructor Bio: Kayla Okui, a senior at Sierra Canyon School, loves working with kids during the summer as a camp counselor and during the school year as a tutor. She has been painting for ten years, is a published artist, and has won various art awards.
  • Outdoor Rec (Pre-K–2nd)

    Outdoor Rec Pre-K-2nd (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Jorden Sneed and Vanessa Torres

    Class Description: This class is designed to create a fun environment for students in Pre-Kindergarten-2nd Grade to participate in physical activity and gain new skills in a wide variety of sports such as soccer, kickball, basketball, and more. Our program will help your students develop their physical fitness, enhance positive competition, develop positive character, and give them opportunities to build their leadership skills.

    Instructor Bios: Ms. Sneed and Ms. Torres are amazing Teacher Assistants during the school year. Join them for fun in Outdoor Rec!
  • Spanish Club (Pre-K & K)

    Spanish Club PreK-K  (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Ms. Aguila

    Class Description: ¡Bienvenidos al Club de Español! The purpose of this club is to increase students' knowledge and awareness of the Spanish language and culture. Students will be exploring cultures of Hispanic countries, traditional foods, crafts, games, dancing, and the Spanish language.

    Instruction Bio: Ms. Aguila is currently a substitute Spanish teacher at Sierra Canyon. With a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and ten years of experience working with kids, Ms. Aguila is devoted to developing the young minds of the next generation of leaders by introducing the Spanish language. Her experience and passion for creating interactive lesson plans allows students to participate in various activities and collaborations that reflect positive learning.
  • Suzuki Strings (Pre-K-6th)

    Suzuki Strings Pre-K-6th (3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m.)
    Instructor:
    Lauren Deutsch

    Class Description:
    This course is for beginning and intermediate violin students. Students will learn the foundation of holding the violin and bow, listening skills to match pitch, making a nice tone on the open strings in many different rhythmic patterns, and enjoying making music with each other! Intermediate students will also learn to read music while playing and advance through the Suzuki books. Parents are encouraged to attend the class to learn how to help their children practice at home. Participants should commit to taking the course year-round and participate in the final recital at the end of the year. Please contact Dr. Lauren Deutsch for instrument sizing and rental information at ldeutsch@sierracanyonschool.org.

    Instructor Bio: Dr. Lauren Deutsch holds a masters and doctoral degree in music performance from UCLA and has been teaching violin privately for twenty years. She has completed original research studying biomechanics of violin playing. Many of her students have won competitions, held leadership positions with top youth orchestras in the city, and have continued their music studies in college. Her students typically start with her as young as 2 or 3 years old and continue studying with her until graduating high school. Lauren also enjoys math and science and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Kinesiology from USC, where she was awarded a full academic scholarship. Lauren is excited to bring her robust experience to the music program at Sierra Canyon. To find out more about Lauren please visit www.laurendeutsch.com.

  • Cello (Pre-K-6th)

    Cello Pre-K-6th (3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Rachel Coosaia

    Class Description: Rachel Coosaia, a renown cello teacher, will be offering a beginning cello class to Pre-K-6th Grade students. Students will learn the foundation of holding the cello and bow, listening skills to match pitch, making a nice tone on the open strings in many different rhythmic patterns, and enjoying making music with each other! Students will also begin to read music. Parents are encouraged to attend the class to learn how to help their children practice at home. Participants should commit to taking the course year-round and participate in the final recital at the end of the year. Please contact Dr. Lauren Deutsch with any questions and for instrument rental information at ldeutsch@sierracanyonschool.org.

    Instructor Bio: Rachel Coosaia is a professional cellist and string instructor in Los Angeles, California. Rachel has more than 30 years of orchestral experience and regularly works as a studio musician. Currently, Rachel has a cello studio comprising of 25 private students and she has experience as a music coach at private independent schools.
  • Softball Clinic (2nd-6th)

    Softball Clinic 2nd-6th (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Jennifer Cruz

    Class Description: Do you love softball? Join Coach Jennifer for an amazing semester learning the basics and playing softball! Anyone and everyone is welcome!

    Instructor Bios: Jennifer Cruz is a camp counselor at SCDC and has a passion for working with children. She is so excited to teach students the fundamentals of Softball.
  • Tiny Toes (Pre-K & K)

    Tiny Toes Pre-K-K (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Jessica Steinhart

    Class Description: Dancers will enjoy this interactive class that builds on basic movements then quickly moves into technique and terminology. This Hip-Hop, Ballet and Jazz class includes an introduction to proper warm-ups and stretches combined with across-the-floor progressions and mini combinations. The Jazz portion builds on what 4–6-year-old already know i.e. skipping, hopping, leaping, etc. while also building on the proper “dance way” to execute those same steps. The Ballet portion of class includes an introduction to the ballet barre and learning more challenging steps as well as Ballet terminology plies, tendu, passe etc. This class is not only a great introduction for students just developing their coordination but for dancers who are exciting to be start dancing at Sierra Canyon. This is a yearlong class culminating in a recital at the end of the school year on May 7. You will need to register again in January.

    Instructor Bios: Jessica Steinhart (Founder/Artistic Director/ Choreographer) spent her childhood and teenage years either dancing at numerous dance studios in the valley or performing in community theater with Candy Sherwin and Kelly Devine. In her college years she studied with Dennon and Sayhber Rawles choreographers of Staying Alive, the late Margaret Hyunn, Lisa Lock, and Robert Salas. She was in countless productions at Moorpark College such as Damn Yankees and many musical theatre reviews. She also tried her hand at choreography while at Moorpark and the lightbulb went off. After college, she spent a year auditioning and dancing for contemporary companies throughout Los Angeles and Ventura County. Experienced but not creatively fulfilled, Jessica, turned to choreography and teaching where she realized her passion was to inspire young dancers. She began a volunteer teaching program at a YMCA where she taught several styles dance. From there Jessica was offered classes at a prestigious studio, Simi Dance Center, in Simi Valley where she taught for 10 years along with several other studios in the San Fernando Valley. After the birth of her second child, she decided to move into early education and found Sierra Canyon. Sierra helped hone her teaching abilities and afforded her the opportunity to showcase her dance and choreography skills working with chorus and many grade level productions. Soon after, she developed, with the help of Adam Horwitz, and a (at the time) 4th grade student Ashley Rudolph (2022), the first ever Sierra Canyon Lower School Dance Company in the Spring of 2015. The past 8 years she has grown the Company and plans to continue providing new and exciting opportunities to the student body of Sierra Canyon through dance and performing arts from choreographing all school musicals to running a successful summer dance camp. This is Jessica's 10th year at Sierra Canyon.

Tuesdays

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  • All About Japan 1 (2nd-6th)

    All About Japan 1 2nd-6th (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Jocelyn Robertshaw

    Class Description: If you want to learn and eat everything Japanese, then this class is for you. Mrs. Robertshaw will teach and show you videos on how to make easy recipes, create beautiful Japanese art, and learn some basic words, and more. 

    Instructor Bio: Mrs. Robertshaw has been working at Sierra Canyon for 15 years. She was the Computer Specialist for eight years but is currently working in 5th Grade as an assistant teacher.        
  • Advanced Swim (2nd-6th)

    Advanced Swim 2nd-6th (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor:
    Paula Lee

    Class Description:
    Learning how to glide in the smoothest and most efficient way possible will help the athletes know how to control their body on the surface. We will focus on shoulder rotations on freestyle and backstroke and creating the proper timing for butterfly and breaststroke. The advanced program will have a repeated swim set that can build their endurance (4x50 Free on 1:20). Athletes will also be given an opportunity to compete in some swim out of school swim meets.

    Instructor Bio:
    This is Coach Paula's second season with Sierra Canyon. She coached the P.E. Swim program for the 4th to 6th graders during the fall and spring season. Coach Paula has been a swim coach and instructor for over 10 years including coaching a competitive team. She encourages the incoming swimmers to learn in a way that they can relate easily without feeling overwhelmed and she teaches swimming in a fun and encouraging way no matter what skill and level they are in.
  • Jr. Football Clinic (2nd-6th)

    Jr. Football Clinic Pre-K-2nd (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Vanessa Torres

    Class Description: Whether you are new to the game or a veteran player—come out and have fun running drills, learning plays, and practice throwing a football with your friends.

    Instructor Bio: Vanessa Torres is part of the Sierra Canyon family. She is a 5th Grade Teacher Assistant and the travel camp manager. She has a passion for playing football and loves to teach the fundamentals to the next generation.
  • Video Game Design (3rd-6th)

    Video Game Design 3rd-6th (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): CodeFu Staff

    Class Description: In this course, students will learn how to build games and tell digital stories using the application Scratch. Students will piece together sequences before executing to see the outcome. Students will begin by deciding on a story and objective then program each step using code blocks to complete the animation or task. Join now to begin your journey to become a master game designer! Coding languages learned: Scratch Core Subjects Incorporated: Problem Solving, Creative Writing, Precents and Fractions, Arithmetic (Adding, Subtracting, Comparing), Graphing and Coordinates Coding Core Subjects Learned: Variables, For Loop, If Else, Functions, Lists, While loop.
  • Jr. Company (1st & 2nd)

    Jr. Company 1st-2nd (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Jessica Steinhart

    Class Description: This level of Dance Company begins to blend the foundations of dance and technique with a faster pace, movement and style. This class will focus on learning proper dance techniques such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Learning skills that will allow the students to experience each style of dance while improving their flexibility, sense of rhythm and overall coordination.  This is a yearlong class culminating in a recital at the end of the school year on May 7.  You will need to register again in January.

    Instructor Bio: Jessica Steinhart (Founder/Artistic Director/ Choreographer) spent her childhood and teenage years either dancing at numerous dance studios in the valley or performing in community theater with Candy Sherwin and Kelly Devine. In her college years she studied with Dennon and Sayhber Rawles choreographers of Staying Alive, the late Margaret Hyunn, Lisa Lock, and Robert Salas. She was in countless productions at Moorpark College such as Damn Yankees and many musical theatre reviews. She also tried her hand at choreography while at Moorpark and the lightbulb went off. After college, she spent a year auditioning and dancing for contemporary companies throughout Los Angeles and Ventura County. Experienced but not creatively fulfilled, Jessica, turned to choreography and teaching where she realized her passion was to inspire young dancers. She began a volunteer teaching program at a YMCA where she taught several styles dance. From there Jessica was offered classes at a prestigious studio, Simi Dance Center, in Simi Valley where she taught for 10 years along with several other studios in the San Fernando Valley. After the birth of her second child, she decided to move into early education and found Sierra Canyon. Sierra helped hone her teaching abilities and afforded her the opportunity to showcase her dance and choreography skills working with chorus and many grade level productions. Soon after, she developed, with the help of Adam Horwitz, and a (at the time) 4th grade student Ashley Rudolph (2022), the first ever Sierra Canyon Lower School Dance Company in the Spring of 2015. The past 8 years she has grown the Company and plans to continue providing new and exciting opportunities to the student body of Sierra Canyon through dance and performing arts from choreographing all school musicals to running a successful summer dance camp. This is Jessica's 10th year at Sierra Canyon.
  • Creative Minds (Pre-K-3rd)

    Creative Minds Pre-K- 3rd (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Addison Little

    Class Description: Calling all-star travelers! Join Ms. Addison this semester in traveling the world using your imagination and your creative minds! Throughout the semester students will be using their imagination and creativity to travel the world. Each week students will travel to a new place (fictional or non-fictional!) and learn about the place and even do a craft or activity to go along with the place they traveled to. Along with that, students will also be filling out a passport each week to keep track of where they traveled to. Students will be taking home something every week to remember where they traveled to.

    Instructor Bio: Ms. Addison has worked at Sierra Canyon for seven years and will be the new Art Assistant Teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. Ms. Addison has been a counselor at SCDC for five years and a Specialist for 2 years. She has also taught enrichment classes in the past and is the current Enrichment Program Coordinator.
  • Birthday Club (3rd–6th) FREE

    Birthday Club 3rd-6th (8:15 a.m.-8:45 a.m.)
    Instructor(s): Eva Asker and Gabrielle Silk

    Class Description: The Birthday Club is an organization designed to acknowledge and celebrate student and staff birthdays. Members of the Birthday Club attend weekly meetings where they prepare and deliver birthday cards and goodies to their fellow students.

    Instructor Bios: Mrs. Asker and Mrs. Silk are 4th and 5th Grade Lead Teachers at the Lower Campus.

Wednesdays

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  • Beginner Swim (4th–6th)

    Beginner Swim 4th-6th (3:30-4:30)
    Instructor(s): Paula Lee

    Class Description: The Beginner Swim Enrichment will focus on learning all the four competitive strokes, dives, turns, drills, and stamina development. Student-athletes who are water safe and are capable of swimming 30-yards on their own are welcome to join the program. Breaking down all four strokes in a fun way! An example will be making pizza arms and doing frog legs for the breaststroke and catching clouds up the sky for freestyle. Kicks are essential to develop strong swimmers, the beginner swimmers will do a lot of kicking with a kickboard and once strong enough, kicking with tight streamlines without a kickboard or any equipment for assistance. If you are unsure with which group to enroll your child, we can schedule a tryout, so they don't feel overwhelmed during the class. All student-athletes must have the independence to get ready for enrichment on their own. Bring a light snack and water since this is a physical activity for one hour.

    Instructor Bio:
    This is Coach Paula's second season with Sierra Canyon. She has coached the P.E. Swim program for the 4th-6th Graders during the fall and spring season. Coach Paula has been a swim coach and instructor for over ten years including coaching a competitive team. She encourages the incoming swimmers to learn in a way that they can relate easily without feeling overwhelmed and she teaches swimming in a fun and encouraging way no matter what skill and level they are in.
  • Jr. Kidz Kitchen (Pre-K–1st)

    Jr. Kidz Kitchen Pre-K-1st (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Ashley Antonio

    Class Description: In this class, students will get the chance to make, bake, and cook new recipes every week! Students will also be able to take home the recipes to make at home themselves.

    Instructor Bio: Ashley Antonio has worked at Sierra Canyon for EDC during the school year. She taught an enrichment class during the school year, and it was cooking. She will be teaching cooking again this year and is very passionate about teaching. She loves to show the kids what to do and have them learn with hands on materials.
  • Jr. Baseball Clinic (Pre-K-2nd)

    Jr. Baseball Clinic Pre-K-2nd (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Robert Guenther

    Class Description: Pre-K through 3rd Grade will learn very basic fundamentals where the younger children will be learning how to catch with two hands and how to stay in front of the baseball and learning how to run the bases and I will be showing them how to hold a bat and learn to swing off of a batting T. The main thing to learn is to have fun and to be a team player.

    Instructor Bio: Robert Guenther, a former Sierra Canyon parent, is thrilled to bring his passion for baseball to help the new generation develop a love for the game. Over the past 35 years, he has been involved in coaching t-ball through high school. Along with building the necessary fundamentals of the game, he is also looking forward to creating a positive and fun environment for kids of all ages and abilities.
  • Spanish Club (3rd & 4th)

    Spanish Club 3rd & 4th (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Ms. Aguila

    Class Description: ¡Bienvenidos al Club de Español! The purpose of this club is to increase students' knowledge and awareness of the Spanish language and culture. Students will be exploring cultures of Hispanic countries, traditional foods, crafts, games, dancing, and the Spanish language.

    Instruction Bio: Ms. Aguila is currently a substitute Spanish teacher at Sierra Canyon. With a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and ten years of experience working with kids, Ms. Aguila is devoted to developing the young minds of the next generation of leaders by introducing the Spanish language. Her experience and passion for creating interactive lesson plans allows students to participate in various activities and collaborations that reflect positive learning.
  • Basketball Clinic (3rd-6th)

    Basketball Clinic 3rd-6th (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor: Vanessa Torres

    Class Description: Whether you are new to the game or a veteran player—come out and have fun running drills, learning plays, and practicing with your friends.

    Instructor Bio: Vanessa Torres is part of the Sierra Canyon family. She is a 5th Grade Assistant Teacher and the travel camp manager. She has a passion for playing basketball and loves to teach the fundamentals to the next generation.
  • Playground Games (Pre-K-2nd)

    Playground Games Pre-K-2nd (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor: Natalie Ento

    Class Description: Playground games enrichment is designed to create a fun environment for students in Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd Grade to participate in physical activity as well as give the students time to play their favorite games in a more structured environment where they will learn the correct rules and be taught new skills; examples of these playground games include soccer, handball, foursquare, jump rope, gaga and more! This class will help your students develop their physical fitness, gain more confidence in favorite playground games, enhance positive competition, develop positive character, and give them opportunities to build their leadership skills.

    Instructor Bio: Natalie Ento is one of our coaches on the Lower Campus during the school year. She is very excited for the upcoming school year!
  • Dance Company A/B (3rd-6th)

    Company A/B 3rd-6th (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor: Jessica Steinhart

    Class Description: This class is a conceptual choreography-based class that is for dancers looking to challenge their knowledge and training as well as their creativity. Students will learn more difficult combinations and skills, while developing finesse and classic style. Dancers will learn how to build choreography and the story around it. It is recommended that dancers have previous dance training (at Sierra Canyon, gymnastics/cheerleading, or at a dance studio) as well as be enrolled in a studio class. This is a yearlong class culminating in a recital at the end of the school year on May 7. You will need to register again in January.

    Instructor Bio: Jessica Steinhart (Founder/Artistic Director/ Choreographer) spent her childhood and teenage years either dancing at numerous dance studios in the valley or performing in community theater with Candy Sherwin and Kelly Devine. In her college years she studied with Dennon and Sayhber Rawles choreographers of Staying Alive, the late Margaret Hyunn, Lisa Lock, and Robert Salas. She was in countless productions at Moorpark College such as Damn Yankees and many musical theatre reviews. She also tried her hand at choreography while at Moorpark and the lightbulb went off. After college, she spent a year auditioning and dancing for contemporary companies throughout Los Angeles and Ventura County. Experienced but not creatively fulfilled, Jessica, turned to choreography and teaching where she realized her passion was to inspire young dancers. She began a volunteer teaching program at a YMCA where she taught several styles dance. From there Jessica was offered classes at a prestigious studio, Simi Dance Center, in Simi Valley where she taught for 10 years along with several other studios in the San Fernando Valley. After the birth of her second child, she decided to move into early education and found Sierra Canyon. Sierra helped hone her teaching abilities and afforded her the opportunity to showcase her dance and choreography skills working with chorus and many grade level productions. Soon after, she developed, with the help of Adam Horwitz, and a (at the time) 4th grade student Ashley Rudolph (2022), the first ever Sierra Canyon Lower School Dance Company in the Spring of 2015. The past 8 years she has grown the Company and plans to continue providing new and exciting opportunities to the student body of Sierra Canyon through dance and performing arts from choreographing all school musicals to running a successful summer dance camp. This is Jessica's 10th year at Sierra Canyon.
  • Yoga (Pre-K-3rd)

    Yoga Pre-K-3rd (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor: Morgan Kaminsky

    Class Description: Yoga is a mind and body practice. Students will learn how to focus and center themselves with various breathing and visualization techniques. They will also learn self-respect and respect for others with the practice of fun and challenging poses and lots of yoga games. Yoga class will have a “pose of the day” which will be described and shown for the student to learn and practice the pose.

    Instructor Bio: Morgan Kaminsky attended Sierra Canyon Day Camp as a camper for six years and now works as a counselor at Sierra Canyon Day Camp. Morgan has been dancing since the age of 5 and has taught many different styles of dance, strength and conditioning classes and yoga to young kids.
  • Cheer (Pre-K-6th)

    Cheer Pre-K-6th (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor: Gianna Marshall

    Class Description: In the class students will learn cheer motions, stretching, voice projection, jumps, and a choreographed dance. The students will learn what it means to be a Sierra Canyon cheerleader in a safe, fun, and engaging way. Come join the SC cheer after school enrichment class where there will be tons of SC spirt!

    Instructor Bio: Gianna Marshall is a Sierra Canyon lifer, alumni, and an assistant cheer coach to the SC Varsity Cheer Team at the Upper Campus. She will be teaching an intermediate cheer class that is open to Pre-K through 6th Grade. In the class students will learn cheer motions, stretching, voice projection, jumps, and a choreographed dance. The students will learn what it means to be a Sierra Canyon cheerleader in a safe, fun, and engaging way. 
  • 3...2...1 ACTION! (3rd-6th)

    3...2...1 ACTION! 3rd-6th (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor: Eleane Puell

    Class Description: Acting and film production classes. After having rehearsal and preparing their scenes, students are ready to shoot. Apart from reinforcing and strengthening their teamwork, the intention is to focus their creativity, not only in their acting, but also in the different roles the film industry has. Allowing them to participate as writers, directors, producers, composers, editors, designers and so much more. After all the learning and hard work, the students will be able to see the results in a professional short film of their projects and showcase it in front of an audience.

    Instructor Bio: Eleane Puell is an actress and producer with more than 10 years of experience. Eleane performed a critical role to the major network Televisa through her leading roles on the network’s most commercially and critically successful programs. She also has her own production company which is in post-production of a short film and pre-producing her first feature film as a co-writer as well. Her main goal for this program is to give young actors, directors, writers, etc. the confidence, courage and care for themselves in order to become great in the role they pick and of course, have lots of fun!

Thursdays

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  • Kidz Kitchen (2nd-6th)

    Kidz Kitchen 2nd-6th (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Ashley Antonio

    Class Description: In this class, students will get the chance to make, bake, and cook new recipes every week! Students will also be able to take home the recipes to make at home themselves. 

    Instructor Bio: Ashley Antonio has worked for Sierra Canyon's EDC program during the school year as well as a cooking enrichment. She is very passionate about teaching with hands on materials.     
  • Typing Practice and Word Processing (3rd-6th)

    Typing Practice and Word Processing 3rd-6th (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Jocelyn Robertshaw

    Class Description: This class will help each student learn and refresh their memory on how to use a word processing document for their future schooling. The student will learn skills to help them with formatting, typing reports, making graphs, and more. 

    Instructor Bio: Mrs. Robertshaw has been working at Sierra Canyon for 15 years. She was the Computer Specialist for eight years but is currently working in 5th Grade as an assistant teacher.     
  • Intro. to Coding (Pre-K-2nd)

    Intro to Coding Pre-K-2nd (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): CodeFu Staff

    Class Description: In this course, students will learn how to build games and tell digital stories using the application Scratch R. Students will piece together sequences before executing to see the outcome. Students will begin by deciding on a story and objective then program each step using code blocks to complete the animation or task. This course is intended to give new students a foundation to work from as these projects are designed to teach coding principles in a user-friendly environment. Join now to begin your journey in the computer sciences! Coding Languages Learned: Scratch JR (block-based coding) Core Subjects Incorporated: Problem Solving, Reading, Creative Writing, Measuring and Estimation Coding Core Subjects Learned: Algorithms, Sequencing, Loops, Commands, If-Then Statements
  • Baseball Clinic (3rd-6th)

    Baseball Clinic 3rd-6th (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Robert Guenther

    Class Description: The 3rd through 6th Grade Baseball Clinic will show student-athletes a little more detail to the fundamentals, how to move laterally, etc. The goal is for the students to have fun and learn how to be a team player. Student-athletes of all abilities are encouraged to join. This class is a great opportunity for kids that are new to the sport or want to continue their skill development in a positive environment. There will be a strong focus on the fundamentals of hitting and defense as well as situational baseball games, competition drills, and some cardio exercises.

    Instructor Bio: Robert Guenther, a former Sierra Canyon parent, is thrilled to bring his passion for baseball to help the new generation develop a love for the game. Over the past 35 years, he has been involved in coaching t-ball through high school. Along with building the necessary fundamentals of the game, he is also looking forward to creating a positive and fun environment for kids of all ages and abilities.
  • Lego Masters (Pre-K-3rd)

    LEGO Masters Pre-K-3rd (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Kayla Okui

    Class Description: students have fun building structures related to a theme chosen each week such as Harry Potter and Medieval Times. They will build a structure, sometimes in groups, and share their creation with the class. The teacher will be there to guide and help students when building, but they will have a great deal of creative freedom. Before cleaning up, the teacher will take pictures of the structure for the kids to remember their creations by.

    Instructor Bio: Kayla Okui, a senior at Sierra Canyon School, loves working with kids during the summer as a camp counselor and during the school year as a tutor. She has loved building with Legos since childhood and continues this passion by studying architecture for more than three years.
  • Musical Theatre (2nd-6th)

    Musical Theatre 2nd-6th (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Jessica Steinhart

    Class Description: In this program performers will explore the three elements of Musical Theatre; singing, dancing, and acting.  They will work with a vocal coach as well as learn how to properly audition and rehearse a musical number. This year our musical of focus will be West Side Story. Musical Theatre is a yearlong enrichment program and requires commitment from each performer for the entire year as well as our dress rehearsal on April 20 and our recital on May 7.  September we will focus on acting, November we will focus on dance and vocals. December 1st, 8th and 15th we will hold our auditions for the two songs and a scene we will be doing from West Side Story. Parts will be given out before winter break. When we return from winter break, we will begin rehearsals. Please note these commitments when signing up. This is a yearlong class culminating in a recital at the end of the school year. You will need to register again in January.

    Instructor Bio: Jessica Steinhart (Founder/Artistic Director/ Choreographer) spent her childhood and teenage years either dancing at numerous dance studios in the valley or performing in community theater with Candy Sherwin and Kelly Devine. In her college years she studied with Dennon and Sayhber Rawles choreographers of Staying Alive, the late Margaret Hyunn, Lisa Lock, and Robert Salas. She was in countless productions at Moorpark College such as Damn Yankees and many musical theatre reviews. She also tried her hand at choreography while at Moorpark and the lightbulb went off. After college, she spent a year auditioning and dancing for contemporary companies throughout Los Angeles and Ventura County. Experienced but not creatively fulfilled, Jessica, turned to choreography and teaching where she realized her passion was to inspire young dancers. She began a volunteer teaching program at a YMCA where she taught several styles dance. From there Jessica was offered classes at a prestigious studio, Simi Dance Center, in Simi Valley where she taught for 10 years along with several other studios in the San Fernando Valley. After the birth of her second child, she decided to move into early education and found Sierra Canyon. Sierra helped hone her teaching abilities and afforded her the opportunity to showcase her dance and choreography skills working with chorus and many grade level productions. Soon after, she developed, with the help of Adam Horwitz, and a (at the time) 4th grade student Ashley Rudolph (2022), the first ever Sierra Canyon Lower School Dance Company in the Spring of 2015. The past 8 years she has grown the Company and plans to continue providing new and exciting opportunities to the student body of Sierra Canyon through dance and performing arts from choreographing all school musicals to running a successful summer dance camp. This is Jessica's 10th year at Sierra Canyon.
  • Young Scholars (Pre-K–2nd)

    Young Scholars Pre-K-2nd (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Addison Little

    Class Description: Each child will receive individual attention while also getting the chance to learn in a supportive group environment. Students will enjoy a variety of activities and centers that are built each week to strengthen their basic reading and math skills. Students will also gain study skills, improve confidence, and learn to work toward specific learning goals. Perfect for new students and returning students who want to feel more confident in the classroom!

    Instructor Bio: Ms. Addison has worked at Sierra Canyon for 7 years and will be the new Art Assistant Teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. Ms. Addison has been a counselor at SCDC for 5 years and a Specialist for 2 years. She has also taught enrichment classes in the past and is the current Enrichment Program Coordinator.          
  • SC Chamber Players (Pre-K-6th)

    SC Chamber Players Pre-K-6th (8:15 a.m.-8:45 a.m.)
    Instructor(s): Lauren Deutsch

    Class Description: This chamber group is by audition only for those students' playing violin, viola, or cello at a level of mid Suzuki book 1 or higher with nice sound and intonation. Weekly private instruction is mandatory for this group with a teacher who is capable and willing to help students with the music required for this group. Students will be expected to learn the music on their own and we will have rehearsals to put the music with the entire group. SC Chamber Players will play at events such as homecoming and other Sierra Canyon as well as off campus events. Contact Dr. Lauren Deutsch ldeutsch@sierracanyonschool.org.

    Instructor Bio: Dr. Lauren Deutsch holds a masters and doctoral degree in music performance from UCLA and has been teaching violin privately for 20 years. She has completed original research studying biomechanics of violin playing. Many of her students have won competitions, held leadership positions with top youth orchestras in the city, and have continued their music studies in college. Her students typically start with her as young as 2 or 3 years old and continue studying with her until graduating high school. Lauren also enjoys math and science and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Kinesiology from USC, where she was awarded a full academic scholarship. Lauren is excited to bring her robust experience to the music program at Sierra Canyon. To find out more about Lauren please visit www.laurendeutsch.com. 
  • 3...2...1 ACTION! (K-2nd)

    3...2...1 ACTION! K-2nd (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor: Eleane Puell

    Class Description: Acting and film production classes. After having rehearsal and preparing their scenes, students are ready to shoot. Apart from reinforcing and strengthening their teamwork, the intention is to focus their creativity, not only in their acting, but also in the different roles the film industry has. Allowing them to participate as writers, directors, producers, composers, editors, designers and so much more. After all the learning and hard work, the students will be able to see the results in a professional short film of their projects and showcase it in front of an audience.

    Instructor Bio: Eleane Puell is an actress and producer with more than 10 years of experience. Eleane performed a critical role to the major network Televisa through her leading roles on the network’s most commercially and critically successful programs. She also has her own production company which is in post-production of a short film and pre-producing her first feature film as a co-writer as well. Her main goal for this program is to give young actors, directors, writers, etc. the confidence, courage and care for themselves in order to become great in the role they pick and of course, have lots of fun!

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  • Art Explorers (Pre-K-2nd)

    Art Explorers PreK-2nd (3:30-4:30)
    Instructor(s): Sydney Cox

    Class Description: Explore painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and collage! This art class teaches foundational skills through exciting multi-dimensional projects.

    Instructor Bio: Sydney Cox received her BFA in Art Studio from the University of Kentucky and MA in Art Education from Eastern Kentucky University. For the past ten years, she taught art in public and private schools, as well as classes through her own studio. Mrs. Cox is passionate about sharing her love of art with the students at Sierra Canyon Lower School as the Art Specialist.
  • Young Ninjas (Pre-K-2nd)

    Young Ninjas Pre-K-2nd (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Young Ninjas Staff

    Class Description: Dragons are powerful mythical creatures that soar through the air with immense intensity and energy. A beast that cannot ever be truly tamed, the dragon represents one of the highest levels one can achieve in Young Ninjas. 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. KIYAH!
  • Spy Kids (1st-6th)

    Spy Kids 1st-6th (3:30-4:30)
    Instructor(s): Parker Anderson

    Class Description: Take fingerprints, decode secret messages, search for clues, go on a scavenger hunt, and decipher our Escape Room! Explore the fascinating world of solving mysteries and develop observation and reasoning skills! Every student also receives their very own ID Badge and detective kit!
  • Jr. Basketball Clinic (Pre-K–2nd)

    Jr. Basketball Clinic Pre-K-2nd (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Vanessa Torress and Jorden Sneed

    Class Description: Whether you are new to the game or a veteran player – come out and have fun running drills, learning plays, and practicing with your friends.

    Instructor Bios: Ms. Sneed and Ms. Torres are amazing Teacher Assistants during the school year. Join them for fun in Outdoor Rec!
  • Spanish Club (1st & 2nd)

    Spanish Club 1st & 2nd (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Ms. Aguila

    Class Description: ¡Bienvenidos al Club de Español! The purpose of this club is to increase students' knowledge and awareness of the Spanish language and culture. Students will be exploring cultures of Hispanic countries, traditional foods, crafts, games, dancing, and the Spanish language.

    Instruction Bio: Ms. Aguila is currently a substitute Spanish teacher at Sierra Canyon. With a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and ten years of experience working with kids, Ms. Aguila is devoted to developing the young minds of the next generation of leaders by introducing the Spanish language. Her experience and passion for creating interactive lesson plans allows students to participate in various activities and collaborations that reflect positive learning.
  • Tiny Scientists (1st-5th)

    Tiny Scientists 1st-5th (3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Tristin Trombley

    Class Description: In this class, students will explore various earth science topics such as natural disasters, archeology, marine biology, energy, zoology, and more while running different experiments and activities.

    Instructor Bio: Tristin Trombley is 18 years old and a recent graduate from Granada Hills Charter High School as valedictorian. Her favorite class in high school was AP Environmental Science, receiving a perfect score of a 5 on her AP exam. During the summer, she works as a head counselor at Sierra Canyon Day Camp and is enthusiastic to continue working during the school year while teaching young minds about scientific discoveries of the world.
  • Reading and Writing 101 (Pre-K-2nd)

    Reading & Writing 101 Pre-K-2nd (3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
    Instructor(s): Sofia Perez

    Class Description: Throughout the semester we’re going to be practicing penmanship and improving our spelling skills which goes together with their reading ability. Of course, worksheets will be used but for the most part we’re going to be doing fun games that the students can get engaged in so they can have fun while learning!

    Instructor Bio: Sofia Perez has been a counselor at SCDC for 2 years. During the school year Sofia began tutoring her niece who was in Kindergarten and realized her love for helping kids. Now she has decided to continue with students of multiple ages to improve their ability to spell and help them try to perfect their penmanship. She will also offer to help her students with their English homework assignments if needed so they won’t have to stress at home. Sofia is extremely excited to see the progress she is going to notice with her students every week!
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Middle and Upper School: 20801 Rinaldi Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311  | 818.882.8121
Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.