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 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.

READ (Racial Equity and Diversity) Free class — NEW for 2018!

READ  Racial Equity and Diversity (Kindergarten – 3rd Grade): February 14th – May 16th (no class 3/28) on Wednesdays 3:45 – 5:15 p.m.; Enrichment room

As part of the normal learning process, children between the ages of 5 and 8 begin to place value judgements on similarities and differences they notice in the world around them.  In the context of learning about people, this means actively assisting children to develop equitable associations is an essential part of disrupting cycles of racism and promoting peace.

The Racial Equity and Diversity (READ) program was developed by Black Lives Matter Cincinnati to help provide young children with: appropriate vocabulary to describe differences they notice, skills to discuss their thoughts and experiences openly and respectfully, and community support that encourages kids to act in ways that promote fairness.  Using a combination of children’s books and activities, students actively explore personal identity, historic and contemporary examples of racial inequity, and how people, particularly kids, have worked together to create positive change. In doing so, children are empowered to help create a more equitable and peaceful world for all. For additional program information, click here.

Contact: Rachel Danhires (513) 526–9858

Arts and Crafts with Hobby Pop — NEW for 2018!

Grades K–6
Tuesdays 3:45pm–5:00pm in the art room
Session I: January 16-March 6 (8 weeks) $120 ($36 with scholarship)
Session II: March 13-May 8 (8 weeks) $120 ($36 with scholarship)

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.

Farming Our Future — NEW for 2018!

Ages 6–8 Monday January 22-April 30 3:45pm–5:00pm in 3–6 ELA
Ages 9–11 Thursday January 25-April 19 3:45pm–5:00pm in 3–6 ELA

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

Our first 6 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 6 weeks, your child will have a great hands-on time prepping and cooking food with at least 3 local food businesses right here in Cincy. Chef Gary Leybman of the Pickled Pig, Garrison Jennings of Russos Raviolis, Brian Lytle from Oakley Urban Farm, and more!

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: $170 per 12 weeks ($51 with scholarship)

Young Engineers with LEGO (as seen at STEM night) — NEW for 2018!

Session I: Fridays January 19-March 9 Library-Media Center 3:45pm–5:00pm
Session II: Fridays March 16-May 11 Library-Media Center 3:45pm–5:00pm

E2 is an enrichment program that combines the love of LEGO with the engineering and design model to create a unique, hands-on learning experience for students in grades 1–6. Trained teachers will deliver multi-media lessons and children will engage in designing, testing, and revising their Lego creations. Students will be excited as they see the principles of science, technology, math, and engineering come to life each week. Learn more here.

Sands has been given a generously reduced rate of $169 for each 8 week session. Price includes expert instruction and all materials needed to create student projects. Students are welcome to sign up for one or both sessions; programming will be unique throughout the 16 weeks, so students enrolled for both sessions will not repeat activities.

Please note that SEP scholarships are limited to one per student per semester. Students may apply a scholarship to just one 8-week session.

Payment: checks can me made to Blank Slate LLC and parents may send checks directly to the instructor.

Cost: $169 ($51 with scholarship)


Grades 1–6

January 29–May 14 (performance on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 6:15pm)

Acting Skills For Life offers a unique opportunity for students from 2nd grade through 6th grade (1st grade with reading recommendation from teacher) 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 possess.

Acting 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 be fast thinking 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 Team Work.

Acting — (2nd-6th grades; 1st grade with reading recommendation from teacher)
Mondays 3:45pm–5:00pm; Cafetorium Stage

This term we will be bringing a wide range of ages and experience together to create and perform a 2 or 3 act play. It will be based on Dr. Seuss’ “The Sneetches.” We will have student led acting, simple set design, simple makeup, simple props and simple lighting. An acting role will be available for all who want one. In addition the students may choose one of the other areas described above to work in.  We are excited for all that will be learned this term!

We accept late enrollments for the first three weeks of class at a prorated fee if spots are available.

Cost: $180 per child ($54 with scholarship)
Sibling Discount: $145 per additional child

Please make checks payable to “Acting Skills for Life.”
We now accept payment via our PayPal Account: (please add $4 processing fee)

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

Contact: Tiphanie Gillespie at (513) 285–2050 or


Grades 4–6
January 17-May 16
Wednesdays; 8:00-8:45am
Parent Center

Learn the basics of this beautiful handiwork with Sands’ own, Tracie Huff. During this course, students will practice and learn basic cross stitch and embroidery stitches as well as a simple finishing technique. Upon completion of the course, students will take home their own handmade work of art.

Maximum number of students for class is five (5).

Cost: $120 (includes supplies); $36 with scholarship

Please make check payable to Tracie Huff

Contact: Tracie Huff


Grades 5 & 6
January 16-May 18 (except Spring Break and 2 travel days TBA)
Continuing Students Option of Tuesdays OR Fridays; 3:45–5:00pm
Music Room (Tuesdays and Fridays) 
New Students (Thursdays) Room TBA

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). (Two guitars are available to loan.)
  • Limited to continuing students and 3 new students.

Cost: $200 (includes materials and snacks) ($60 with scholarship)

Please make checks payable to Marilyn Krebs.

Contact: Marilyn Krebs at 513–232–4950 or


Grades K-6
January 23-May 9

Grades K–2; Tuesdays 3:50–4:50pm THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL!
Sensei Terrel 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: $145 ($43 with scholarship)

Grades 3–6 (2nd Advanced); Wednesdays 3:45–5:00pm
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 ($45 with scholarship)

Black Belt Club (Add-on Class for Grades 1–6): 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of Month — 4:55pm–5:45pm
2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18, and 5/2
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.

Online payment may also 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


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


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)


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)

Cost: $25/per 30-minute lesson ($7 with scholarship).

Please make check payable to Jeanne Phillips.

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



January 18-May 3 (15 weeks)

Thursdays 11:50am – 1:00pm; Parent Center

We will introduce simple vocabulary in a fun and visual way using puppets, posters, toys, songs, etc. We will also present Spanish traditions, music, arts and other fun activities.

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

Cost: $158 for 15 weeks per student ($47 with scholarship), 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, Ph: (513) 739–9516, E-mail:



January 18-May 3 (15 weeks)

Option of Thursdays 8:00am–9:00am (Parent Center) OR 3:45pm–4:45pm (Media Center)

Students will be introduced to basic Spanish vocabulary through games, songs, crafts, hands-on activities, etc. Topics include: Greetings, feelings, food, clothing, animals, classroom vocabulary, musical instruments, and more. Cultural activities include: making piñatas and celebration of traditional Hispanic Holidays.

Cost: $158 for 15 weeks per student ($47 with scholarship), 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;


Grades K–4
January 22-May 14
Mondays; 3:45–4:45pm
Media Center

Come join our Yoga & Mindfulness Club as we engage in fun yoga poses, cultivate a deeper connection with ourselves, make new friends and manage stress outside the classroom, while enhancing creative thinking, mindfulness, self-esteem and conscious leadership.

Instructor Cezarina Trone is the founder of MIRADOR Yoga & Creativity School (offering accredited kids yoga teacher trainings to teachers and parents), an E-RYT 200, RCYT, a certified yoga teacher & trainer, life and wellness coach (CCPC), a licensed school teacher and she has 14 years of personal yoga and meditation experience. Register your child online on her

Note: Please bring in a mat of your child’s choice. 

Cost: $120 ($36 with scholarship); 30% sibling discount

Please make checks payable to Cezarina Trone.

Contact: Cezarina Trone at (513) 432–4887 or

Scrap Artistry

Thursday January 11–March 22
3:45 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
$125 includes materials fee
($38 with scholarship)

Scrap~Artisans (grades 3–6) are invited to create artful keepsakes and preserve precious memories in this mixed media scrapbooking session. In this class we will learn many different scrapbooking techniques to create full 12 x 12 layouts. We will build layouts from sketches and use different supplies that include various types of paper and embellishments (fiber, metal, wood veneer, acrylic, acetate, stamps, ink, embossing powder, paint etc.) along with simple & creative journaling. The cost is $125 which includes a $25 materials fee). All Materials including a 12×12 scrapbook will be provided. Scrap-Artisans typically create 6-8 traditional 12 x 12 layouts depending on the experience and attendance of participants. Classes will run from 3:45-5:00 pm. Please sign up no later than 1/16/18 for planning purposes. Email questions to Traci Cummings.

Winter Session Dates are January 18 – March 22, 2018
(Please note that we will not have sessions on February 22 due to building wide conferences on that evening)

Spring Session 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 paper~crafting supplies. The cost is $125 which includes a $25 materials fee). Classes will run from 3:45–5:00 pm. Please sign up no later than 4/05/18 for planning purposes. Email questions to Traci Cummings.

Spring Session Dates are April 12 – May 17, 2018

Scrap~Artistry Valentine’s Day Mini Card Workshop

Join this class and make 8 mini Valentine’s Day cards (Plus a Bonus A5 card) for $25!!!! All materials are provided. This class is designed for students ages 8–12.

(Cards made in class may not be exactly the same as cards in photo)

Date: February 7, 2018
Time: 3:45 – 6:00

Location: Sands Montessori
Rm 2009

Sign up through the SMPO website. Please sign up by 02/02/18.
Spaces are limited. Class will close at 20 participants.
Reserve your seat today!

If you have questions please contact Traci Cummings via email here.