GRADES K - 5

Grades K-5

Kids in grades K-5 can enjoy a variety of after-school classes at the JCC. For more information about any of the classes listed here, contact Chafer Cox at chafer@apjcc.org.

(Looking for classes for 6th-12th graders? See the Grades 6-12 web page.)

Ride the Los Gatos School Bus to the JCC
The Los Gatos school bus now stops at the JCC! Students from Blossom Hill Elementary, Fisher Middle, and Van Meter Elementary can ride the bus. JCC staff will meet the bus and escort students to classes and recreation programs at the JCC (check out the programs listed on this page), and/or to after-school care in the JCC’s Club J youth lounge. For details, see our School Bus Information Sheet, or contact Alix Davidson, the JCC’s Youth & Camps Director, at alix@apjcc.org or 408.357.7447.

 

Students of all skill levels are welcomed into chess class. New and beginning players will learn the fundamentals of chess, while experienced students will be taught according to their needs. Instructors are from Mind Games Academy and each has many years of experience teaching chess to children.

Ages: Grades 1-8

Instructor: Mind Games Academy

How to register: Please fill out a Registration Form or you can register online.

More info: chafer@apjcc.org

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Fri 11/1-12/13* 3:15pm-4:15pm $150 $180
Fri 1/31-3/13 3:15pm-4:15pm $150 $180

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

* No class 11/29, 12/21

Learn elements of structural design and build three dimensional structures and buildings with clay, wood blocks, cardboards, foam boards, discarded material, and more. Learn how architects combine functional needs for a building with designs that excite our imaginations.

How to register: Please fill out a Registration Form.

More info: chafer@apjcc.org

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Fri 9/13-11/8 3:15pm-4:15pm $270* $290*

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

*Plus a $45 non-refundable materials fee due on first day of class.

This course is a creative planning process that leads to products. Students will identify criteria and constraints related to the design and development of various products, for example “a shirt which can also be used as pants,” “a chair useable in extremely cold weather,” or “french fries box with a ketchup container,” etc. They will identify and describe the major steps in the engineering design process. They will analyze possible solutions to the design challenge. And during every session they will build products using simple materials. This will allow students to play with their ideas in a hands-on way that will stimulate creativity and innovation.

When children are engaged in the process of designing, they are learning to identify needs, frame problems, work collaboratively, explore and appreciate the contexts within which a solution must work, weigh alternatives, and communicate their ideas verbally, graphically, and in three dimensions. This course encourages interdisciplinary pollination of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) topics. During this program, there will be conceptual and practical overview of Recycling and Multi-functionality.

To register, please fill out a Registration Form.

DAY DATE TIME CM/SM NM
Fri 1/31-4/3* 3:15-4:15pm $270 $290

CM = Full Center Member  SM = Social Member  NM = Non-Member

* No class 2/21

Enjoy a unique, interactive experience that brings science concepts to life. You’ll exercise scientific process skills such as observing, investigating, questioning, explaining & problem solving in this hands-on class. You’ll explore various topics among Chemistry, Physical, Life, and Earth sciences. Each week students will discover a new and engaging scientific concept, which will be accompanied by two or three hands-on experiments that bring the concept to life. Students roll up their sleeves and become REAL scientists! The programs usually include a take-home component and parent handout.

To register, please fill out a Registration Form.

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Thu 1/30-3/26 3:45-4:45pm $280 $345

CM = Full Center Member  SM = Social Member  NM = Non-Member

* No class 2/20

An introduction to the Olympic sport of fencing, for beginners or those who have very limited experience. Learn basic eye-hand-foot coordination, proper fencing form and technique, footwork, bladework, distance control, introduction to fencing rules, safety rules, fencing etiquette and sportsmanship needed to start fencing and develop basic skills. Taught by Fencing Center accredited coaches. Please bring athletic clothing and footwear. All fencing equipment will be provided.

How to register: Please fill out a Registration Form or you can register online.

More info: chafer@apjcc.org

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Wed 9/11-10/23* 3:45-4:45pm $240 $270
Wed 11/6-12/18* 3:45-4:45pm $240 $270
Wed 1/29-3/1* 3:45-4:45pm $240 $270

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

* No class 10/9, 11/27, 2/19

Mini Camps are offered on dates when local schools are closed for a day or two. Come hang out in the JCC’s youth lounge, Club J, for a fun-filled day of supervised activities. Full day (9:00am-3:30pm) and half-day (9:00am-12:30pm) options are available, as well as extended care (8:00-9:00am and 3:30-6:00pm). Cost for a full day is $75 CM/SM, $97.50 NM. Extended care is available. For more information, contact Chafer Cox at chafer@apjcc.org or 408.357.7477.


CM = Full Center Member  SM = Social Member  NM = Non-Member

Upcoming Mini Camp dates: October 21-22, November 11.

We also offer camp during winter break, ski week, and spring break.

 

Let’s play ukulele and learn your favorite song! This class will focus on learning basic skills and techniques for the instrument. No former musical knowledge is required. Please bring your own ukulele. Please note, there is a $20 non-refundable materials fee in addition to the class fee.

How to register: Please fill out a Registration Form or you can click here to register online.

More info: chafer@apjcc.org

GRADES DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Grades K-2 Mon 9/9-11/4* 3:45-4:30pm $135** $155**
Grades K-2 Mon 11/11-12/16 3:45-4:30pm $135** $155**
Grades K-2 Mon 1/27-3/9* 3:45-4:30pm $135 $155
Grades 3-8 Mon 9/9-11/4* 4:45-5:30pm $135** $155**
Grades 3-8 Mon 11/11-12/16 4:45-5:30pm $135** $155**
Grades 3-8 Mon 1/27-3/9* 4:45-5:30pm $135 $155

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

* No class 9/30, 10/14, 10/21, 2/17

** Plus $20 non-refundable class materials fee.

Learn yoga poses and techniques through storytelling, props, and imagination, with instructor Linda Adleson.

More info: chafer@apjcc.org.

How to register: Please fill out a Registration Form or you can register online.

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Tue 9/17-11/12* 3:45-4:45pm $150 $180
Tue 11/19-12/17 3:45-4:45pm $150 $180
Tue 1/28-3/10* 3:45-4:45pm $150 $180

CM = Full Center Member  SM = Social Member  NM = Non-Member

* No class on 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 2/18

Children ages 10-15 years old can learn to use the Fitness Center in a safe and effective manner through this 5 session program. (For children 10-12, this program is REQUIRED in order to be admitted to the Fitness Center. After completing the program, children can work out with parental supervision. Children ages 13-15 can also benefit from this program, but it’s not required.)

During the first four sessions, your child will learn about different components of exercise including flexibility, cardiovascular, strength training, balance and core training, and safe use of the equipment. During the fifth, individually scheduled session, they will be taken through a practical examination with the instructor.

Dates and times are based on participant request and instructor availability. Rates are $200 for Full Center Members, $250 for Social Members or non-members. Rates are per child, for groups of two or more. Private instruction is $235 per child for Full Center Members. More info: fitnesscenter@apjcc.org or call the Fitness Desk at 408.357.7419.

You can find information about swimming, sports, dance, and fitness classes by clicking these links:

The JCC offers a variety of programs for children from Hebrew-speaking families. For details, see apjcc.org/hebrew or contact Shavit Kaner Levinson at shavit@apjcc.org.

The JCC offers a variety of programs for children from Russian-speaking Jewish families. For details, see apjcc.org/russian or contact Rabbi Ilana Baird at rabbiilana@apjcc.org.

 

All K-5 After-school Enrichment Programs are made possible, in part, by a generous gift from Ron Cohn in memory of Edythe Cohn.

Financial assistance is available to attend these programs, through the generosity of the Arnie Addison Scholarship Fund.

To make a donation to support youth programs at the JCC, please visit our Donations page.