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.

Fall-Winter 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.

After-School Acting ~ Acting Skills for Life
After-School Acting ~ Acting Skills for Life

Grades 2–6

Mondays: 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

September 10 – December 10  (No class 9/17, 10/22, 11/12)

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.” We now accept payment via our PayPal Account: (please add $4 processing fee)


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

Sibling Discount: $145 per additional child

Contact: Laurel Pinson 513-226-6973 or


Arts and Crafts with Hobby Pop
Arts and Crafts with Hobby Pop

Grades K–6

Tuesdays 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Session I: September 11 – October 23 (7 weeks)

Session II: October 30 – December 11 – No Class 11/6 (7 weeks)

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. Checks can be made payable to: Hobby Pop.

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
CLASS CANCELLED — Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness Club

Cancelled for fall 2018; watch for us in spring!

Grades K–4

Mondays: 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

September 10 – December 17 (No class 9/17, 10/22, 11/12)

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.

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

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

Farming Our Future
CLASS CANCELLED — Farming Our Future

Cancelled for fall 2018; may return in spring!

Ages 6–9

Thursdays 3:45 pm–5:00 pm

September 13 – November 1

3–6 ELA Space

Sands Montessori parent and Garden Program volunteer, Brian Lytle (Mr. Brian), would like to invite the students to join him for a SEP course offering: Farming Our Future: Urban Farming-Cooking.

Our first 4 weeks will be geared towards the children learning basics of growing and caring for different vegetable and herbs. We will learn about soil structure and composting as well.

Throughout our next 4 weeks, your child will have a great hands-on time prepping and cooking food. Our focus is to connect children with the food they eat in an exciting and fun way. We will have lots of music, and share a space where we can all be ourselves!

On class days, parents should send a dismissal change to classroom teachers, and students will be escorted to the 3–6 ELA to meet Mr. Brian.

Cost: $150 per 8 weeks ($75 with scholarship)

Contact: Brian at

Guitar Lessons
Guitar Lessons
Grades 5 & 6

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

New Students: Thursdays

Monday, September 17 – Friday, December 14

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 sign up by September 10, so that materials may be ordered in time for class.

Please make checks payable to Marilyn Krebs.

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

Contact: Marilyn Krebs at 513–232–4950 or


Grades K-2

Tuesdays 3:45 – 5:00 pm

September 18- December 11 (NO CLASS 10/24 & 11/6)


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  

Wednesdays 3:45–5:00 pm

September 19- December 12 (NO CLASS 10/24)


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

Dates: 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 11/7, 11/28, 12/5

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
CLASS FULL — 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 make check payable to Jeanne Phillips.

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

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

Scrap Artistry


Grades: 3-6

Thursdays 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

September 13 – November 29 (No class on 11/8 & 11/22)

Room 2009

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.

Please note: We must have a minimum enrollment of six children and no more than ten to offer this class.

Cost: $125 ($63 with scholarship); Includes all materials. (Please make check payable to Traci Cummings.)

Contact: TraciCummings at



Thursdays 11:50 am – 1:00 pm
September 13 – December 20 (14 weeks)
3-6 ELA outside of Room 1008


Fridays 11:50 am – 1:00 pm
September 14 – December 21 (14 weeks)
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)
September 13 – December 20 (14 weeks)

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;


Young Engineers: Lego Robotics
Young Engineers: Lego Robotics
Four week sessions beginning September 27 
First session: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/19 — FULL 
Second session: 10/26, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15 
Third session: 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20
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 $85 per 4 classes. Sands’ price : $65 per 4 classes. Price includes expert instruction and all materials needed to create student projects. Students are welcome to sign up for one or more sessions; programming will be unique throughout the year, so students enrolled for more than one session will not repeat activities.

Checks can be made to Blank Slate LLC and parents may send checks directly to the instructor.

Cost: $65/four-week session ($33 with scholarship)

Contact: Phani Gode (513)767-0134 or

Young Rembrandts ~ NEW for 2018

Young Rembrandts ~NEW for 2018

Elementary Drawing Class

Grades 1–2

Wednesdays 3:45-5:00 pm

September 12- November 14

Art Room


Grades 3–4

Thursdays 3:45-5:00 pm

September 13- November 15

Art Room

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.

A Cartooning class will be offered in the Spring. Stay tuned!

Please enroll at

Cost: $130 ($65 with scholarship)

Contact: Debbie Welker (513)779-5858 or