ASEP (After School Enrichment Program )Distance Learning

The After School Enrichment Program is coordinated by Olinda PTA volunteers, with the goal of enriching the educational experience for Olinda students.  Professional vendors and community volunteers host a selection of classes held conveniently after school on the Olinda campus.

Olinda PTA does not raise funds from this program, but actually subsidizes the cost of classes, in order to make them more affordable for our families. We hope all students will find something of interest in the variety of classes!

Contact Ellie: olindaPTAasep@gmail.com for help with any questions you may have.

The After School Enrichment Program is coordinated by Olinda PTA volunteers, with the goal of enriching the educational experience for Olinda students.  Professional vendors and community volunteers host a selection of classes held conveniently after school on the Olinda campus.

Olinda PTA does not raise funds from this program, but actually subsidizes the cost of classes, in order to make them more affordable for our families. We hope all students will find something of interest in the variety of classes!

COVID-19 UPDATE: We will continue to offer our programs virtually this spring. We encourage you to support our vendors and volunteer instructors until we are able to welcome them back on campus! Our volunteer instructors’ classes can be purchased here starting 2/22.

Fairy & Dragon Crafts

Dates/Times:  Instructional videos allow you to complete projects at your own pace and will be made available 3/20, 2020. Zoom office hours for questions by appointment. 
Cost: $25 for 5 classes & materials kit; scholarships available upon request (click here to apply)
Sign up here by 3/5. 
Lori Thompson has designed a multi week course of fairy wonder and dragon enchantment. Let’s step into the world of make believe, sprinkle some fairy dust and get crafting!   
Projects in the kit may include fairy dolls, clay jeweled dragon eggs, painted dragon eyes, articulated paper dragons & fairies and a small world activity with homemade play dough. The crafters will use air dry clay, acrylic paint, markers, paint pens, paper fasteners, found objects, pom poms, glitter glue and paper.  Colorways may vary.  The tutorials will be recorded and easy to access on Youtube. 
Lori Thompson graduated with a fine arts degree and has taught art and craft classes in SF and the East Bay to adults and youth since 1998. Currently, Lori teaches after school art at four elementary schools in the East Bay and is the art facilitator at Olinda Elementary.

My First Sculpture Class

Dates/Times:  Instructional videos allow you to complete projects at your own pace and will be made available 3/15, 2020. Zoom office hours for questions by appointment. 
Cost: $25 for 5 classes & materials kit; scholarships available upon request (click here to apply)

Sign up here by 3/5. 

Young artists will use their imagination, hone their fine motor skills and develop problem solving techniques with each of these 5 projects. This kit includes the makings for a bird mobile, a figural sculpture, an abstract clay totem, a freeform wooden piece and a surprise work.  Paint, air dry clay, wood, cardboard, aluminum foil and glue are some of the supplies included.  
Colorways may vary. Lori Thompson believes you are never too young or too old to get messy and create a fun sculpture. Artists as young as 5 years old may participate with minimal adult guidance. Follow along with Ms. Thompson’s exclusive, step by step video tutorials on Youtube. 
Lori Thompson graduated with a fine arts degree and has taught art and craft classes in SF and the East Bay to adults and youth since 1998. Currently, Lori teaches after school art at four elementary schools in the East Bay and is the art facilitator at Olinda Elementary.

HOLIDAY DOLL MAKING WORKSHOP WITH MONA

Dates/Times: Tuesdays, 2:45-3:45 PM, March 16- May 4 (see details below)
Cost: $50 for 7 Zoom classes & material kits; scholarships available upon request (click here to apply)
Sign up here by 3/5 or contact Mona (olindaPTAroomparents@gmail.com)
Does your child like dolls and want to make dolls?  If so, we have a great workshop they would love! Inspired by Alice Wong of  Wands & Willows and her beautiful creations, we’ll be using floral petals, wood beads, embroidery floss, yarn, pipe cleaners, pinecones, felt, and ribbons to create a total of 7 unique doll projects.  Each student will choose from different color options for hair, dresses, and accessories, making each doll unique.  We will concentrate on creating dolls for the different upcoming holidays including St Patrick’s Day, Easter, Spring, Summer Rainbow, July 4th, and aquatic creatures including a mermaid and a seahorse. For the older students, we will learn to style the dolls hair into more fun hairstyles.
Projects will include: 3/16 – St Patrick’s Day Doll 4/20 – Seahorse
3/23 – Spring Witch 4/27 – Rainbow Doll
3/30 – Easter Doll 5/4 – July 4th doll
4/13 – Mermaid
Equipment needed: Scissors, Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue sticks.  If your child is too young to handle a hot glue gun, a craft glue option is available or parent must be on hand to help student.
The instructor for this class will be Olinda parent and crafting aficionado, Mona Chin.

SUCCULENT CRAFTING WORKSHOPS WITH MONA

Succulents are hardy and low maintenance and require a minimum amount of water. This lends them to being a great option to craft with. The range of color, shapes, and texture makes them perfect for decorating almost anything.  Just provide ample light and they will reward you for years.   

Each of these 3 single-session workshops will be sold individually and taught over Zoom by Olinda parent and succulent pro, Mona Chin. Contact her (olindaPTAroomparent@gmail.com) to sign up. Materials will be picked up at her house located in Carriage Hills, before each class. Delivery can be arranged for a small fee. (Images shown depict examples of finished projects. Results will vary.) 

  • Spring Succulent Basket ($13) – 3/18, 3:00-3:40 PM, Sign up by 3/ 12 (Max 13 students)

Spring is here!!  Lets create a cute succulent basket with a little birdie to decorate our garden and celebrate spring. 

We will go step by step on how to plant and create your perfect little basket.  We will learn and use the concepts of thrillers, fillers and spillers to create a cute and fun masterpiece.  A variety of Succulent cuttings and rooted plants will be provided along with 5” basket, moss, liner and little accessories. Let’s kick off Spring with a little creativity!

(Younger students may need a little parental help)

Equipment needed: Dirt, personal little decorative things like ribbon, figures, rocks, and etc!  Get creative 

  • Magical Succulent Garden ($15)- 4/1, 3:00-4:00 PM , Sign up by 3/26

Do you want to create a potted succulent garden where magical creatures can live and roam around in or where they can do an Easter Egg hunt in.   Kids will choose between a glazed pot or a terracotta pot which can be decorated with acrylic paint. This can be done before the class. They will choose from a large assortment of garden accessories and we will landscape, create pebble paths to create a fantasy succulent garden.  Each kit will include a pot, succulents, rocks and pebbles, and decorative accessories. Materials Needed: Dirt, plastic spoon. Acrylic paint and paint brushes.

  • Mother’s Day Succulent Wreath ($10) – 5/6, 3:00-3:40 PM, Sign up by 4/30
    Want to create a succulent wreath to celebrate Mother’s day? Grab your favorite crafting partner or not and learn to make a cute mini succulent wreath to decorate your home. We’ll go step by step to decorate the wreath with succulent cuttings, color moss, and red berries and other festive accessories.

Equipment needed: Hot glue gun and glue sticks (Parental supervision needed for younger kids) or craft glue (available for sale.)

  1.  Parents Plant Night ($25) – Friday Night, TBD

Time to create your very own plant terrarium to decorate your work space with.  Pick your favorite glass terrarium and pick between succulents or cacti for your plants, then decorative accessories like color rocks, sea shells, moss, and more.  You are only limited by your imagination! 

PRIVATE VIOLIN LESSONS WITH MERAV SINGER

Contact Merav for dates, times, and pricing
Merav has her Masters of Music in violin performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory. She holds a PhD in ethnomusicology from UC Berkeley. She teaches lessons over zoom from her home studio. More info here

BAY AREA SCHOOL OF MAGIC

The internationally recognized and award winning Bay Area School of Magic empowers children by teaching them the art of magic; building their character, confidence and communication skills for life. The Bay Area School of Magic is the Only East Bay School of Magic to offer the exclusive ‘Discover Magic’ curriculum, and it’s being delivered by the best combination of trainers you could ask for. A list of online courses that will be offered this spring can be found here: https://brianscottproductions.com/online-classes

Sign up here

STEM FUNDAMENTALS WITH LEGO

Dates, Times, and Costs vary by class. Find a class that works for you here

Build engineer-designed projects and learn new building techniques over Zoom with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. Two scheduling options available: use materials from your own LEGO collection, or receive a materials kit via mail.

M.O.V.E.S DANCE ACADEMY

Virtual & Hybrid Hip-Hop dance classes available from their Hercules & Benicia studios.

Find a class that works for you here

General Academic Enrichment

In the meantime, here are some fun ideas to keep your child virtually engaged after they are done with their schoolwork for the afternoon:

Khan Academy – Free Online Courses

ABCmouse – Online Learning Program for Kids Ages 2-8

Outschool – Find a Class that Suits Your Interests

Scholastic Learn at Home – Subscription Based Educational Activities & Learning Materials

Science

Sarah’s Science – FREE!! Science at Home Videos

Mystery Science – Online Library of Science & Nature Lessons

Mel Science – Science Experiment Subscription Boxes

Oakland Zoo Webcams – FREE!!

Monterey Bay Aquarium Webcams – FREE!!

Yellowstone National Park Video Tour – FREE!!

Planet Mars Virtual Tour – FREE!!

Art

Art For Kids Hub – FREE!! Drawing Lessons for Kids on YouTube 

Sparketh – Subscribe to Receive Access to 1000+ Art Video Lessons

The Louvre Virtual Tours – FREE!!

Google Museum Collections – FREE!!

Music

Merav Singer – Private Online Violin Lessons

Bay Area Home Music – Lessons in a Variety of Instruments

Blue Balloon – Learn an Instrument Through Songwriting

Cooking

The Kids Table – Online Cooking Classes for Kids

Young Chef’s Club – Monthly Subscription Box with Kid-Tested Recipes and Activities

Sports

Go Noodle – FREE!! Movement and Mindfulness Videos Created by Child Development Experts

Activity Hero – Find Live Online Classes & Camps for Kids


Contact Ellie: olindaPTAasep@gmail.com for help with any questions you may have.

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