After School Activities
Encinal After-School Program
Please contact the ASP Coordinator, Laura Wiggs, with any questions or concerns at afterschoolactivities@
Important Information about After-School Programs
The after-school programs and sports listed on the Encinal School website are organized and run by vendors that are unaffiliated with Encinal School or the Menlo Park City School District. Encinal School is not responsible for the content of the vendors' websites or for the conduct of the activities they provide and is not liable for any damages or negative consequences from participation in any of the listed activities. Although parent volunteers strive to keep the information on this website up-to-date, parents should always contact the vendor for the latest status of the activities as well as meeting dates and times, which may change from time to time. In addition, Encinal School is not responsible for supervising children after the end of the school day. Employees and volunteers of Encinal School, Encinal PTO, and the Menlo Park City School District are not liable for any errors, omissions, or changes to any of the information or activities listed herein.
Parents should make their own arrangements for ensuring their children’s arrival and participation in the activity or activities for which they are enrolled.
Encinal uses Homeroom for after-school program registrations, except where noted. All courses are subject to minimum enrollment and may be cancelled if there are not enough enrollments. See the schedule below, read more about the classes. The schedule below is not final, nor is the Homeroom page; check back for updated listings. See the schedule below, read more about the classes and click here to register. The listing below is of programs that may be offered by vendors throughout the school year. Not all classes are offered each session. Scholarships are available (contact Flor Espinal at email@example.com), as is 0% financing through Homeroom.
First Day of Programs: September 11, 2023
- Mad Science: Classroom
- Piano: Classroom
- Boys' Run Club: Track - Register at runclubmenlopark.org.
- Track and Field: Field
- Hip Hop Dance: Outside
- Bulldog Flag Football: Field
- Girls' Run Club: Outside - Register at runclubmenlopark.org.
- Scratch: Classroom
- Jewelry Making: Classroom
- Drum Circle: Outside
- Basketball: Outside
- Boys' Run Club: Outside - Register at runclubmenlopark.org.
- Basketball: Outside
- Martial Arts: Outside
- Tennis: Outside
- Ukelele Group: Classroom
- Chess Club: Classroom
- Kidizens: Classroom
- Graphic Design: Classroom (3-5)
- Cooking with Junior Chef Stars
- Olympic Hopes
- Bulldog Flag Football
- Girls' Run Club: Outside - Register at runclubmenlopark.org.
Industrial Product Design
This course is a creative planning process that leads to product prototypes. Students 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 motorcycle with windshield wipers," or "an autonomous car with different sensors" etc. They identify and describe the major steps in the engineering design process and analyze possible solutions to the design challenge. During every session, students will build prototypes using simple materials.
In this program, students will design and build three-dimensional buildings limited only by their imagination. They learn how architects combine functional needs for a building with creative designs. Students use simple materials to turn their ideas into reality.
Immersive Beijing Chinese Program
Our high-quality, enriched and hands-on Chinese learning programs have been loved by many local families and have expanded to our new locations. With a project-based approach, we will focus on different seasonal, cultural themes year round (e.g. Chinese opera, Dragon-boat Festival, summer trips to Asia) each week. We introduce basic, intermediate and advanced HSK-aligned vocabulary and sentences around our themes to individualize the learning experience. Students at different proficiency levels will be given variations in their fun projects and apply their knowledge with differentiated depths. Students will be not only practicing speaking, listening, reading, and writing using various fonts and tools but also exploring traditional Chinese art forms like calligraphy and brush painting. Guest speakers will join us on different days to share insights on topics like Chinese medicine, opera, cooking, etc and bring Chinese culture and a life experience in China alive to learners. Check out our website for more information: https://www.immersivebeijing.com/after-school-program
Kassirer Track and Field Games
Kassirer Track and Field was created by a former pro athlete so students can have fun improving their speed, agility and fitness. Our goal is to help youth become better athletes and have fun. Each week, players will get to play track games, utilize agility ladders, and run obstacle courses, plus participate in various track activities including relay races, sprints and long jump! Kids are encouraged to work towards accomplishing individual and team goals and take pride in their improvements. Just wear athletic shoes and attire to class and we will provide the rest!
Kassirer Ultimate Frisbee
Fun, Fast Paced, Easy to Learn Sport where 2 teams compete to see who can score the most times in the end zone. It’s like playing no-contact Football with a frisbee. Ultimate was established by Ivy League students. Fitness, Strategy, Teamwork, Fair Play & Sportsmanship are emphasized. Playing improves skills needed in football, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey & basketball including: defensive & offensive tactics, hand-eye coordination, quickness & agility. Most elite Universities field teams including, ALL IVY LEAGUE SCHOOLS, Stanford and Berkeley. College teams compete in leagues and national championships. Class is taught on your grassy field. Class is canceled on rainy days. Email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Encinal Piano Group
The Encinal Piano Group is open to students in grades K-2. Learn piano in a fun social group atmosphere! Group piano class provides students an excellent introduction to the keyboard and prepares them for more serious private study as well as playing in a band/ensemble. Most importantly, students will begin to develop the skill of playing music with their peers which provides a lifelong benefit. Our teachers focus on developing the students’ core keyboard skills: hand position, note-reading, chord vocabulary, rhythm, and theory while rehearsing a repertoire of rock, pop, and classical songs. Click here for more class and rental information.
Encinal Ukelele Group
The uke is an excellent instrument on which to learn how to play music. It's relatively simple to learn, easy to tote around, inexpensive, super fun, and timelessly popular! In this ensemble, we will jump right into the fun stuff and learn how to play music on the ukulele. By the end of the course, students will know a few chord positions, will be able to play a couple of songs on the ukulele, and be able to sing along. Our instructors bring a classroom set of ukuleles with them to every class for the kids to use and we highly recommend that students also have a ukulele at home to practice. Click here for more class and rental information.
Hip Hop Dance
Dance uplifts, unites, and empowers children. It also provides children with an opportunity to express their individuality while working on gross motor skills and developing cognitive and social skills. Hip Hop is the perfect class for children who want to dance, stay active, and learn how to freestyle! Musicality, rhythm, and creative movement are key components of this fun, urban/street-style dance class that teaches boys and girls alike to step, stomp, and shake it out.
Jiu Jitsu/Self Defense
The classes focus on developing coordination, self-control, balance, flexibility, strength, stamina and discipline in a safe, supportive and non-competitive atmosphere. This unique program of fitness, fun and self-development will teach your child all the key traits necessary to succeed in life! Our objective is to build strong youngsters both physically and mentally, building an “attitude of success” with every child. Our class is designed for students with little to no martial arts experience, but all experience levels are welcome! Kids need to wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in.
Bulldog Youth Flag Football and Fitness Fun
Whether your child is an aspiring competitive athlete or just in need of some general fitness, this class with Bulldog will TEACH, COACH, and especially INSPIRE your child through fun workouts & our famous flag football scrimmages. Send your child for some safe/healthy workouts outside on the grass in the fresh air. Arrive in cleats (optional) and bring a water bottle!
Cooking with Junior Chef Stars
Join us as we provide junior chefs with the tools necessary to create, cook, and learn. With new recipes, including seasonal favorites, our curriculum covers nutrition, seasonal cooking, knife skills, the purpose of core ingredients, and the many cultural aspects of food. Your junior chef will develop critical life skills, all while making new friends and having a blast!
Run Club is a running program for girls and boys in 2nd-8th grades. The head coach is Scott Paterson who has coached the running team for the past 9 seasons. While our program is non-competitive and we have runners of all levels from first-time beginners to advanced-level runners, we are a serious running program for all kids. The First Rule of Run Club: Have Fun! The way to keep kids running is to keep running fun. While we are having fun running, we also teach serious running techniques such as pace, form, endurance, and speed. We weave running games into our workouts and include a social-emotional lesson/theme at every practice. We train for 10 weeks and complete a practice 5K and a final 5K. Run Club is also an official USA Track & Field youth running club. Our team ran local USATF cross-country and track races last year. For full details, please contact Scott Paterson at email@example.com or 650-444-1001.
PockeTurtle Computational Thinking and Programming
Designed by Stanford Artificial Intelligence professor David Zhu, PockeTurtle is a novel Computational Thinking curriculum that is currently being implemented rapidly at 1000s of elementary schools in Korea and China. Encinal is one of the first and only schools to offer this curriculum in the US! The class, “PockeTurtle Level 1,” designed by Hatch Learning, is taught to K-2 kids by Stanford Computer Science students. The curriculum, based around a small turtle-like robot and carefully designed colorful tools and booklets, teaches children to fully visualize problems and solutions by merging their thoughts with the physical environment. They then test their reasoning by ‘teaching’, or programming, their turtle robot to solve the task at hand. “PockeTurtle Level 1” is unique in that it brings programming away from computer screens and onto student’s desks, making for a much more natural and collaborative Computer Science learning experience for K-2 kids. PockeTurtle will be taught once per week for 10 weeks. The classes are comprised of no more than 12 K-2 students and 2 teachers. Register for one or more of our limited spots on Homeroom before the class fills up!
Bay Area Chess
Bay Area Chess, the largest nonprofit chess provider in the West, combines fun and learning while promoting a team spirit where everyone helps each other succeed and improve. Our chess program will cover the very basics for students new to the game while also challenging experienced players with more advanced concepts. Students will have the opportunity to learn all the basics of chess and explore deeper strategies, new perspectives on problem solving and tournament preparation! Students will also learn valuable life skills through chess, such as winning and losing with grace, sportsmanship, decision making and team spirit. Our mission is to transform and enrich the lives of students through chess. Lead Coach Cameron will be returning for Fall '21 and we welcome all new and returning kids Back to the Boards with BAC!
Students learn to think like 21st century mathematicians, scientists, engineers, programmers, design thinkers, and artists. Your child will learn-by-doing, solving interesting, challenging problems, hands-on, with professional coaching from fun passionate mathematicians, scientists, engineers, programmers, design thinkers, and artists. The Starfire Way is to create opportunities for students to learn through discovery by solving problems. Starfire programs are highly interactive, team-based, learn-by-doing, hands-on, discovery learning experiences. Learning through discovery and hands-on activities lasts a lifetime. Click here for more information and to register: https://starfireed.secure.force.com/ClassRegistration/
Our primary goal is to deliver the best, most entertaining and educational science activities for children in the Bay Area. Our team of dynamic Mad Scientists present quality programming. They are thoroughly screened, trained and evaluated to ensure the safety, quality and reliability of our after-school programs. During after-school programs, children engage in exciting hands-on activities, watch spectacular demonstrations, participate in inquiry-based discussions and take home things that they have made themselves like model rockets, periscopes, Mad Science putty, and more!
Drawing and Cartooning with Young Rembrandts
Young Rembrandts teaches drawing, the fundamental skill of visual arts to children grades K-2. We intentionally offer child-friendly and relevant subject matter to spark children’s interest and increase knowledge retention. Our classes are fun, engaging and affordable. They offer children a safe, comfortable place to talk about art, learn drawing skills and have fun while surrounded by creativity and encouragement. Parents can expect improved attention to detail, time on task, improved handwriting and fine motor skills along with discipline, persistence, patience and an overall “I-can-do-it” attitude.
At Kidizens, children take on a highly experiential civic leadership journey to learn 21st century real-life skills and strategies by building, managing and governing LEGO cities. They learn to become responsible citizens by developing social emotional skills, problem solving and critical thinking skills through fun, immersive role-play as city council members in a highly collaborative and engaging learning environment.
Euro School of Tennis
After School Tennis is a GREAT way to learn the basics of tennis. Your aspiring athlete will work on their coordination, conditioning, teamwork and sportsmanship all while learning a fun new way to stay active and healthy for the rest of their lives! We provide all equipment.
One on One Basketball
After School Hoops is a one hour per week instructional basketball course. Through games, contests and drills, players will learn the fundamentals of the game, improve their skills, and sweat through hard work. We provide all equipment.