Sands Enrichment Program (SEP)

Supported by Sands Montessori Parent Organization (SMPO), the Sands Enrichment Program (SEP) places an emphasis on unique learning opportunities, Montessori principles, language, culture, and critical thinking. SEP courses are offered separately from the courses offered at the Mt. Washington Educational Arts Center (MWEduArts), with both the school and the center operating according to a cooperative relationship.

Enrollment is by submitting the SEP ENROLLMENT FORM below and providing CHECK or MONEY ORDER to the instructor. (Please do not provide cash payment.)

Enrollment Info

Class sizes are limited. Spots are filled first come, first served, as completed enrollment materials (including payment) are received. Please submit an enrollment form for each enrolling child; and make separate checks for each class. All classes are subject to sufficient enrollment. You will be notified and your payment returned if a class must be cancelled. Instructors have the right to charge administrative fees for returned checks.

Student Safety and Supervision

Classes begin when noted. For these classes, students will be dismissed directly to their SEP classroom and Instructors are responsible for children until a parent and picks them up. SEP classes are considered a change in dismissal. You must inform your child’s Sands classroom teacher of the specific SEP class dates prior to the first class. Please also inform the Instructor directly if your child will be absent from an SEP class for any reason. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our children safe and supervised!

For the safety of the children, all doors to the school will be locked. The instructor will walk their participants to the front door where the parent or guardian will sign out the child(ren). Please be respectful of the Instructor’s time and pick your child up promptly at the end of class. Class dismissal times vary, as do specific term dates, so be sure to check the brochure and instructor for exact times. There will be a fee of $25 after the first 15 minutes for each occurrence of late pickup.


Ms. Sharon McCreary was a beloved teacher and principal of Sands Montessori before her retirement in 2005. It was her vision that no child should be denied enrichment experiences based on ability to pay. The SMPO is proud to offer scholarship money in her honor, and in service to her vision, for eligible students enrolled in the SEP. Learn more here.

Winter-Spring 2018–2019 SEP Offerings

Click on a class below to learn more about it, including dates, times, instructor and payment information.

Then scroll down to complete the enrollment form.

Acting Skills for Life
Acting Skills for Life

Grades 2-6

Mondays: 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

February 11 – May 13 w/ performance on May 13  (No class 2/18, 3/25)

Cafetorium Stage

Acting Skills for Life offers a unique opportunity for students from 2nd through 6th grade to learn the basic skills of acting, improvisation and simple staging of a performance. These classes are fun for the outgoing as well as the shy child. The theater has something for everyone, whether it is on stage or backstage. Your child will discover a talent or skill they didn’t know they possessed. Skills For Life can help give children the needed poise to be successful, confident and comfortable when speaking in front of a crowd. It helps children to think fast on their feet and set their imagination free. Acting Skills for Life will foster growth in the following areas: Public Speaking, Taking Direction, Creativity, Being Self Aware, Friendship, Leadership, Perception, Posture and Body Language and Teamwork.

Check out our Facebook Page “Acting Skills for Life” to see some of our work and parent recommendations.

Please make checks payable to “Acting Skills for Life” and send in with your student on the first class.

Cost: $180 per child ($90 with scholarship)

Sibling Discount: $145 per additional child

Contact: Tiphanie Gillespie 513-285-2050 or



Arts and Crafts with Hobby Pop — CANCELLED
Arts and Crafts with Hobby Pop — BOTH SESSIONS WERE CANCELLED

Grades K–6

Tuesdays 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Session I: January 15 – February 26

Session II: March 5 – April 23  (No Class 3/26)

Art Room

Beth from Hobby Pop will be bringing her creative and engaging art activities to Sands Montessori! Each week, students will use a variety of materials and techniques to create a unique piece of art. Fees include all materials. For more information about Hobby Pop and the projects that Beth offers, visit here.

Students are invited to register for one or both sessions. Programming will be unique so that students registered in both sessions will not repeat activities. Register on the Sands website and bring payment for the instructor on the first day of class.

Please make checks payable to: Hobby Pop and send with your student the first class.

On class days, parents should inform teachers of dismissal change, send a snack with students, and pick up students in the front circle at 5:00pm.

Cost: $105 ($53 with scholarship) per session

Contact: Beth at

Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness Club
Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness Club

Grades K–4

Mondays: 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

January 28 – May 6 (No class 2/4, 2/18, 3/25)

Media Center

This Children’s Yoga class enhances creativity and self-confidence while engaging each child in fun movements, following story sequences while combining animal yoga poses, singing songs, dancing and practicing mindfulness. The class ends with a short relaxation to bring calmness. Note: Please bring in a mat of your child’s choice.

Please make checks payable to Tiffany West and send with your student the first class.

Cost: $120 ($60 with scholarship); 30% sibling discount

Contact: Tiffany West at (513) 415-0594 or email

Guitar Lessons
Guitar Lessons

Grades 5 & 6

Continuing Students Option of Mondays OR Fridays; 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

New Students: Thursdays

January 7 – May 17

Music Room

Students will learn to play melodies and chords in a fun, group setting. Most music will be standard folk tunes and holiday songs, but popular tunes and student favorites can also be considered. Music theory games will also be included.

  • Daily practice at home is required to build finger strength.
  • Students must bring their own guitars (which may be stored in the music room during the day). (One guitar is available to loan.)
  • Limited to continuing students and 3 new students.
  • Nylon strings are best since wire strings will be painful to fingers.

Please contact Marilyn to secure a time before registering online.

Please register before January, so that materials may be ordered in time for class.

Please make checks payable to Marilyn Krebs and send in on the first class.

Cost: $164 (includes materials and snacks) ($82 with scholarship)

Contact: Marilyn Krebs at 513–232–4950 or



Grades K-2 (Waiting List Only)

Tuesdays 3:45 – 5:00 pm

January 29- May 7 (NO CLASS 3/26)  

Awards Day and Belt Ceremony May 7, 2019 at 4:15 p.m.


Sensei Terrell Davis,, continues to offer Karate for novice and advancing students. Our Sands class works! Our students improve at school, in life and community. Experiences include: Ninja Turtle camp (Nunchaku training), foam sword fighting (Sports Chanbara), loudest Kai challenge, fun games, fitness challenge, breaking board challenge, and Special achievement incentive drawings! Join our team and like any dojo, your child will learn the criteria to advance in belt ranks in Shuri – Ryu. In May, we will present a Star performance and Awards Day.

Cost: $150 ($75 with scholarship)


Grades 3–6  (priority registration for current students)

Wednesdays 3:45–5:00 pm

January 30- May 8 (NO CLASS 3/27)

Awards Day and Belt Ceremony  May 8, 2019 at 4: 20 pm


Designed for older students and younger students with experience. Classes continue according to progressive Karate curriculum, performance, and graduation, promotion ceremony. Experiences include: Goal setting, Bo staff training, Nunchaku training, Chanbara (foam sword fighting), Board breaking, Self defense, Forms training, (kata), Sparring (kumite) training, Team STORM (Special Team of Role Models) and fun activities. Core areas of mind, body and spirit are taught as students continue to progress through skill sets and have the opportunity to compete in competition with the 7 Star Dragons national team. Several former Sands students are present Professional Karate Association National Champions. Visit us at

Cost: $150 ($75 with scholarship)


Black Belt Club (Add-on Class for Grades 1–6):

1st and 3rd Wednesdays of Month — 4:55 pm–5:45 pm

2/6, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3, 4/17, 5/1

This class is perfect for the student dedicated to improving in forms, chanbara, sparring, and weapons performance. This class is developing leaders and members of team STORM. Students will also have the opportunity to compete in competition with our national competition team. Must be signed up for Tuesday or Wednesday class to participate.

Cost: $40

Please make checks payable to Terrell Davis. Payments are received  by mail, online payment or first class.

Online payment may be made at under school dojos, Sands Montessori Dojo. (additional $4 service fee)

Participants should download and sign the Sands Montessori Karate Waiver. Please bring to first class.

Contact: Sensei Terrell Davis at (513) 485–8085 or P. O. Box 37512, Cincinnati, Ohio 45222 or

Piano and Voice Lessons K–6
Piano and Voice Lessons K-6

Private 30-minute lesson offered once a week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, in the Music Room from 7:00–9:00 am. Lessons will be 30 minutes once a week. Contact instructor to schedule dates and time.

Piano Lessons

Students will learn dexterity skills through finger exercises and scales, music theory, a variety of music styles appropriate to student’s ability and age, plus be provided opportunities for student performances. (recitals, competitions, school and/or community productions)

Voice Lessons

Students will learn about music theory, vocal health and basic vocal producing foundations including physical stance, breathing techniques, vowel production, developing range, performance confidence. They will then learn to apply these techniques to create good singing habits through warm-ups and a variety of singing styles and be provided opportunities for student performances (recitals, competitions, school and/or community productions)

Please contact Jeanne to secure a time before registering online.

Please make check payable to Jeanne Phillips and send in on the first lesson.

Cost: $25/per 30-minute lesson ($13 with scholarship).

Contact: Jeanne Phillips at (513) 720–5060 or


Scrap Artistry


Winter Session Dates 1/11/19-3/15/19

Grades: 3-6

Fridays 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Cost: $125 which includes $25 materials fee

Maximum number of students: 10

Teacher Traci Cummings invites students ages 8-12 to create artful keepsakes and preserve precious memories in a mixed-media scrapbooking session. In this class, students will put printed pictures to great use as they learn different scrapbooking techniques to create a full 12×12 layout. Students build layouts from sketches and use different supplies, which include various types of paper and embellishments (fiber, metal, acrylic, acetate, stamps, ink, embossing powder, paint etc.). All new sketches and layouts will be done. Classes will occur on Fridays (1/11/19 – 3/15/19) 3:45-5:00 pm; Room 2009

Feel free to email Traci Cummings at if you have any questions.


Spring Session Dates 4/5/19-5/10/19

Grades: 3-6

Fridays 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Cost: $125 which includes $25 materials fee

Maximum number of students: 10

Description: Scrap-Artistry Introduces Altered Art which is Scrapbooking with a Twist!
Scrap Artisans in this session will complete 4–5 projects ranging from mini-albums, altered frames & embellished canvasses to child centered home decor (Name Banners, Chipboard Wall Decor, Decorated Clipboards, Door Hangers etc). Scrap Artisans will use mixed media products along with variety of papercrafting supplies. The cost is $125 which includes a $25 materials fee). Classes will occur on Fridays (4/5/19-5/10/19) from 3:45–5:00 pm in room 2009. Feel free to email Traci Cummings at if you have any questions.

Scrap-Artistry will off monthly “Mini Workshops” –

These mini-workshops are open to students ages 8-12. Each activity is self contained.  There are 10 spaces available for each mini-workshop. Each class costs $25 and will run from 3:45 – 5:45 pm. Open spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis.  Payment is due on or before the first day of class. Sign up today! Feel free to email Traci Cummings at if you have any questions.

December 5, 2018  ~ Mindful Art Journaling Sampler  – To View Sample Click Here

December 12, 2018 ~ Alcohol Ink Ceramic Tiles   – To View Sample Click Here

December 19, 2018  ~ Scrapbook Sampler  – To View Sample Click Here

January 17, 2019 – Mindful Art Journaling – Students will create several journal entries using a variety of mediums, techniques and typography.  They will learn several techniques to create colorful, textured backgrounds and add simple and meaningful words to help center and encourage them to be present and appreciate their surroundings while drawing from inner strength and creativity.

February 5, 2019 – Valentine’s Day Mini Card Workshop – Students will make 8 mini cards and one regular sized Valentine’s Day card. All materials will be provided.

March 12, 2019- Dream Catcher Workshop – Students will create a beautiful textured 12 x 12 Canvas using a variety of techniques and mixed media products.

April 25, 2019 – Mother’s Day Project – Students will create a beautiful momentum that mother’s will cherish and enjoy.



Thursdays 11:50 am – 1:00 pm

January 17 – April 25 (14 weeks) No Class 3/28

3-6 ELA outside of Room 1008

For the first years of life, children are naturally acquiring language skills, mimicking new sounds and adopting pronunciation, which makes it a perfect time to introduce a second language. Children will learn Spanish vocabulary through songs, games, hands-on activities and playtime.

Note: Please pack a lunch or snack to eat during the first 15 minutes of class.

Cost: $144 ($72 with scholarship) for 14 weeks per student, 20% discount second sibling, third sibling free of charge. We also accept payment via our Paypal account. Please send e-mail to receive a payment link.

Contact: World of Spanish LLC (513) 739–9516



Beginners & Intermediate (Grades K-6)

Option of Thursdays 8:00am–9:00am (Media Center & Enrichment Room) OR

3:45 pm–4:45 pm (Media Center & Enrichment Room)

January 17 – April 25 (14 weeks) No class 3/28

Students will be introduced to basic Spanish vocabulary through games, songs, crafts, hands-on activities, etc. Our secret to getting kids to absorb a second language is to disguise learning time as playtime. Our approach isn’t about rote memorization; instead we bring children to a space where culture and language intersect.  Cultural activities include: salsa dancing, celebration of traditional Hispanic Holidays and more!

Cost: $144 ($72 with scholarship) for 14 weeks per student, 20% discount second sibling, third sibling free of charge (includes workbook). We also accept payment via our Paypal account. Please send e-mail to receive a payment link.

Contact: World of Spanish, LLC; Ph: (513) 739–9516;

STEM Lab: Extreme STEA2M Exploration ~ NEW for 2019

STEM Lab: Extreme STEA2M (science, technology, engineering, art/agriculture, math) Exploration ~ NEW for 2019

February 11 – April 29 (No Class 3/25)

Mondays 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Grades 2-6

Art Room

In this specialized after school STEAM workshop series, scholars will explore scientific properties through everyday interactions with physical, natural sciences, and math. How scholars interpret scientific findings and apply engineering processes and reasoning skills will enhance their scientific literacy and math skills. Your budding scientist or engineer will dive into hands-on projects like solar ovens, slime making, forensics, rocketry, biomedical engineering, and more. We will also take advantage of the beautiful outdoors and perform west and soil testing while using our surroundings for artistic inspiration.

Please Register both below (for our internal roster) and for registration and payment

Cost: $195 ($97 with scholarship)

Contact: Email: Chelsea Nuss at

Young Engineers: Lego Robotics
Young Engineers: Lego Robotics
January 17- April 10 (No class 3/28)

Thursdays 3:45 pm–5:00 pm

Grades 1-6

6-9 ELA Space Second Floor

Science-based Lego Robotics learning program for the younger kids with authentic Lego kits and movable parts with battery connectors. Students participate in the science and teaching on the principle and build a new model in every class with the set of instructions. Great Edutainment option for the younger kids. Offered at very special price for Sands students. Regular price is $255 per 12 classes. Sands’ price : $195 per 12 classes. Price includes expert instruction and all materials needed to create student projects. Fall students are welcome to sign up as programming will be unique throughout the year, so students enrolled for more than one session will not repeat activities.

For more information, please visit

Checks can be made to Blank Slate LLC and parents may send checks directly to the instructor on the first day of class.

Cost: $195/12 weeks ($97 with scholarship)

Contact: Phani Gode (513)767-0134 or


Young Rembrandts ~ NEW for 2018–2019

Young Rembrandts ~NEW for 2018–2019

Elementary Drawing Class- Art Room

Grades 1-2

Wednesdays 3:45-5:00 pm

January 16- March 20

Grades 3-4

Thursdays 3:45-5:00 pm

January 17- March 21

Cost: $130 ($65 with scholarship)


Cartooning (4 week session April only)— Art Room

Grades 1–6

Wednesdays 3:45-5:00 pm

April 10 – May 1

Cost: $52 ($26 with scholarship)

Did you miss the miss Young Rembrandts session?  Don’t worry, you can join us now! We teach different lessons each session. No experience is needed.  All supplies are included. Our elementary-age curriculum is designed to teach basic to advanced drawing skills, art techniques and vocabulary. We believe that drawing is the bedrock skill required for future artistic success. We give them skills to express their creativity, and believe that all children can – and should – learn to draw. You’ll see increased art abilities, learning skills, self-confidence and self-esteem.

Please enroll below. Following registration, please visit the following site for payment to secure your spot:

Cost: $130 ($65 with scholarship)

Contact: Debbie Welker (513) 779-5858 or