Sands Extracurricular Program (SEP)

Supported by Sands Montessori Parent Organization (SMPO), the Sands Extracurricular 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.

Scholarships

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 2021 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 – This class is now full. Please look for another opportunity this Spring!

Mondays: 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
September 13 – December 6 (12 weeks with no class on September 27)
Grades 2-6
Cafetorium Stage

Learn important life skills through the use of basic acting skills. 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.”

Cost: $180 per child ($72 with scholarship)
Sibling Discount: 15% off per additional sibling
Contact: Tiphanie Gillespie 513-285-2050 or actingskillsforlife@gmail.com

Please click here to register.

Book Club with Mrs. Johnson
Book Club with Mrs. Johnson has been canceled due to low enrollment. Please look for another opportunity to sign up next session!

September 1 – October 6
Wednesdays: 3:45pm – 5pm
Grades 1 – 3
Room 2005

Join Mrs. Johnson in reading, discussion, interacting with books and crafts related to books. These clubs will be offered in five week sessions. Look for flyers throughout the school year.

Cost: $80 per session ($32 with scholarship)
Contact: Darlene Johnson at 513-652-1291 or Darlygirl1973@yahoo.com

Please register and make payments directly to the provider.

Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness Club
Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness Club – This class is now full. Look for another opportunity this Spring!

September 16 – December 16 (no class on November 11 or 25)
Thursdays: 3:45pm – 5pm
Grades K–4 (5th and 6th graders welcome as yogi leaders)
Music Room

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 or electronic payment options available.

Cost: $140 ($56 with scholarship) 12 classes

Contact: Tiffany West at (513) 415-0594 or email tfwest2008@gmail.com

Please click here to register.

Cooking Club with Ms. Karen
Cooking Club with Ms. Karen

Grades 1-3 Tuesdays September 7 – November 9 – This class is now full. Please see below for information on the Winter cooking class.
Grades 4-6 Thursdays September 9 –  November 4 – This class is now full. Please see below for information on the Winter cooking class.
3:45 pm – 5:15 pm
Room 1002

Every week students come together to prepare 2-3 dishes in small groups and then all students get to sample their hard work. We will learn cooking skills, how to read a recipe and prepare our delicious items. After items have been made students will sample all the food and the recipes go home with them each week.

How it works:  Students will come to my room, 1002 at 3:45-5:15. We will learn cooking skills, how to read a recipe and prepare our delicious items.  After items have been made, students will sample all the food and the recipes go home with them each week.  Students will be masked during cooking club and socially distanced when sampling their items. Students will come Tuesday  for 6-9 students or Thursday for 9-12 students. 

Cost: $130 ($52 with scholarship)
Contact: Karen Huneke at khuneke@hotmail.com or 812-498-4818 to sign up for the fall. Space is limited. No deposit needed or payment needed until the first week of school.

Winter Cooking Club

Grades 1-3 Tuesdays Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22
Grades 4-6 Thursdays Feb, 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24
3:45 pm – 5:15 pm
Room 1002

Every week students come together to prepare 2-3 dishes in small groups and then all students get to sample their hard work. We will learn cooking skills, how to read a recipe and prepare our delicious items. After items have been made students will sample all the food and the recipes go home with them each week.

How it works:  Students will come to my room, 1002 at 3:45-5:15. We will learn cooking skills, how to read a recipe and prepare our delicious items.  After items have been made, students will sample all the food and the recipes go home with them each week.  Students will be masked during cooking club and socially distanced when sampling their items. Students will come Tuesday  for 6-9 students or Thursday for 9-12 students. 

Cost: $130 ($52 with scholarship)
Contact: Karen Huneke at khuneke@hotmail.com or 812-498-4818 to sign up.

Please register and make payments directly with the provider.

Dance (NEW offering for 2021-22!)
Dance

Tuesdays: 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
September 14 – November 23 (10 weeks with no class on November 2)
Grades K-3
Cafetorium Stage

Dance will consist of movement, viewing dance, discussions and critical thinking, creation, and performance. Students will start with the foundations of dance, learn
about dance across the globe, and practice expanding their movement skills. Students will be exposed to Modern, Creative Movement, Jazz, Hip Hop, and more.

Cost: $180 ($72 with scholarship)
Contact: Corrinne Bailey (513) 401-5329 or corrinnebailey@yahoo.com

Please click here to register.

Enriching Kidz - Better Babysitters and Home Alone
Better Babysitters 

Grades 5 – 6
October 6 – 27 (Four weeks)
Wednesdays 3:45pm – 6:15pm
Media Center

Babysitting is a huge responsibility!

Sitters need to learn important information about how to care for children, as well as safety and specifics about the home where they will be. Included is our Enriching Kidz Parent/Child Guide created with 26 years of expertise, and will help you review important interviewing questions your child will need to ask the hiring parents.

Students will learn:

  • Responsibilities of having a babysitting job
  • Babysitter’s Rights
  • CPR and First Aid on infants and children
  • Growth and Development
  • Safety Issues
  • Feeding infants and toddlers
  • Marketing Strategies

Cost: $95 ($38 with scholarship) Check payable to “Enriching Kidz”

Contact: Amy Marks 513.560.9123 or amy@enrichingkidz.com
Registration can be found here: https://www.enrichingkidz.com/class-schedule/better-baby-sitters/

Home Alone 

Grades 5 – 6
October 14 and 21 (two classes)
Thursdays 3:45 pm -5:45 pm
Art Room

Our Kidz Home Alone class will give you and your child peace of mind when home alone. As creators of this class, we thought of every home alone scenario possible, and provide solutions for all of those “what ifs”. This course is designed to teach your child about being home alone safely. An informative parent guide is included in the student manual and provides an avenue for discussion between parent and child.

Students will learn:

  • When, and when not to answer the door and the phone
  • The reasons to call 911
  • First aid and safety and Self Heimlich Maneuver
  • Why it’s necessary to have house rules
  • Fire escape and severe weather planning

Cost: $80 ($32 with scholarship) Check payable to “Enriching Kidz”
Contact: Amy Marks 513.560.9123 or amy@enrichingkidz.com
Registration can be found here: https://www.enrichingkidz.com/class-schedule/kidz-home-alone/

Karate
Karate
Please note: The K-3 Beginners class on Tuesdays has SOLD OUT, but you may still register for the Wednesday (Grades 1-4 Beginner/Novice) 5:00-5:50pm class.

Priority registration will be given to all students that were members of the class when COVID19 closed our 2020 classes for our students.

Please complete remaining registration steps and payment at 7stardragonskarate.com.

Karate (Grades 1-4 Beginner/Novice) 
Wednesdays 5:00 – 5:50p.m.
Location: Gym 

September 22 – December 15, 2021

Master Davis returns to offer a fun and safe Karate class structured with discipline, respect, and leadership for the beginner and advancing student. Students will progress through belt levels of skill. Each unique class will focus on:

  • Character
  • Fitness
  • Bully-Proofing
  • Safety Matters
  • Academic Success

Your child will enjoy activities such as:

  • Foam Sword Fighting (Chanbara)
  • Breaking Boards
  • Fun Games

During the 4th quarter, class concludes with a star performance, belt promotion, and an Awards Day to award individual progression, consistent training, and achievement.

Cost: $150 ($60 with qualified scholarship)
Contact: Sensei Terrell Davis at (513) 485–8085 or P. O. Box 37512, Cincinnati, Ohio 45222 or ssd@fuse.net
Registration & Payment at Website: http://7stardragonskarate.com/index.php/sands-montessori-dojo/
Please click here to register.

Karate (Grades 3-6)
Wednesday 3:45 – 4:50p.m.
Location: Gym
September 22 – December 15, 2021

Designed for older students and younger experienced students, this class is structured with discipline, respect, leadership, and friendship. Classes continue according to progressive Karate curriculum in preparation for earning new belts.

Sensei Davis will continue  to focus on the following key areas:

  • Character
  • Fitness
  • Bully-Proofing
  • Self Defense
  • Stress Management
  • Academic Success

Experiences will include:

  • Bo Staff & Nun Cha Ku Training
  • Forms Training
  • Kicking
  • Fitness Drills
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Chanbara (foam swords) In Class Competition
  • Self-Defense Scenarios (to enhance self protection)

During 4th quarter, class will end with a Star Performance, graduation, belt promotion and an Awards Day to award individual progression, consistent training and achievement.

Cost: $150 ($60 with qualified scholarship)
Contact: Sensei Terrell Davis at (513) 485–8085 or P. O. Box 37512, Cincinnati, Ohio 45222 or ssd@fuse.net
Registration & Payment at Website: http://7stardragonskarate.com/index.php/sands-montessori-dojo/
Please click here to register.

Piano and Voice Lessons (Private)
Piano and Voice Lessons (Private)

Grades K-6
Music Room
Mon, Tues, Wed or Friday mornings from 7:00-9:00 am*
30 min private lessons/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 checks payable to Jeanne Phillips.

Cost: $30/per 30-minute lesson ($12 with scholarship, limit $150 per semester).
Contact: Jeanne Phillips at (513) 720–5060 or jpmusic5060@yahoo.com
Website: https://jpmusic5060.wixsite.com/mysite

Please contact Jeanne to schedule lessons.

Scrap-Artistry Gel-Plate Monoprinting Class - Winter Session 2022
Scrap-Artistry Gel-Plate Monoprinting Class – Winter Session 2022

Grades: 3-6
Tuesdays 3:45-5:00pm January 11, 2022 – March 15, 2022
Room 2009 

Teacher Traci Cummings invites students in grades 3-6 to learn how to create beautiful monotype prints without a press! In this low-skill based, high yield class, they will make fine-art quality prints using a variety of the most basic materials. No experience is necessary. Students will learn how to apply bands of color and texture to develop a wonderful collection of one-of-a kind handmade prints. They will also be invited to elevate their pages using stencils, stamps, and texture plates along with minimal drawing techniques and intuitive art to create mixed media masterpieces. The final product will be a book that can be used for art journaling or simply as a keepsake if students choose.

The registration window is open from 12/6/21-12/14/21.
There is a 10% discount for sibling registration.
Referral Raffle – Refer a friend who registers for class and be entered into a raffle. Winners can receive up to 50% off the next session or free art materials!

Cost: $125 which includes $25 materials fee ($50 with scholarship)
Maximum number of students: 20
Minimum number of students: 6

Please click here to register.

Email Traci Cummings at Cummint@cpsboe.k12.oh.us if you have any questions.

 

Scrap-Artistry Mindful Art Journaling
Scrap-Artistry Mindful Art Journaling 

Grades: 3-6
Tuesdays 3:45-5:00pm September 7 – November 9 (No class on November 2)
Room 2009 

Teacher Traci Cummings invites students in grades 3-6 to learn and incorporate their knowledge of character strengths into a reflective & intuitive art journaling process.  In this class, students will create unique and beautiful art using a variety of mediums, ephemera (acrylic paint, liquid/fluid acrylics, watercolor, gelatos, micro powders, modeling paste, fiber, stamps, stencils etc.) and super fun techniques. Art journaling is a powerful method used to reduce stress, help foster creativity and provides an outlet for socialization, wonderment and scheduled play time. All materials will be provided.

The registration window is open from 8/21/21-8/31/21.
There is a 10% discount for sibling registration.
Referral Raffle – Refer a friend who registers for class and be entered into a raffle. Winners can receive up to 50% off the next session or free art materials!

Cost: $125 which includes $25 materials fee ($50 with scholarship)
Maximum number of students: 20
Minimum number of students: 6

Please click here to register.

Email Traci Cummings at Cummint@cpsboe.k12.oh.us if you have any questions.

 

Spanish
Spanish

September 9- December 16 (14 weeks)
Media Center

Beginners (Grades K-6)
Thursdays 8:00am – 9:00am

Intermediate* (Grades K-6) *any student who has taken Spanish before or has any basic knowledge of the language
Thursdays 3:45pm–4:45pm

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: $154 ($62 with scholarship) for 14 weeks per student, 20% discount second sibling, 50% discount third sibling (includes workbook). 

Registration and payment can be found at https://www.worldofspanishllc.com/ 

Payment plans available at no additional cost.

Contact: World of Spanish, LLC; Ph: (513) 739–9516; info@worldofspanishllc.com

 

STEM Lab: Slime Time and Seussical Science Discoveries

STEM Lab: Slime Time

October 6 – 27 
Wednesdays 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Grades 3-6
Art Room

Science has never been so slimy! In this 4 week class students become Chemical Scientists and experiment with various types of slime to understand their properties and even uses. From bioluminescent and magnetized slime to edible slime this class gives a whole new appreciation for non-Newtonian fluid.

Cost: $95 ($38 with scholarship)

Please register at here at www.CincySTEMLab.com

STEM Lab: Seussical Science Discoveries

September 14 – October 19 
Tuesdays 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Grades K-2
Art Room

This is the perfect series for your little scientist! We’ll explore oobleck, create art and even make butter in this customized series designed to get kids curious about STEAM while enjoying the fantastical world of Dr. Seuss.

Cost: $135 ($54 with scholarship)

Contact: Email: Chelsea Nuss at  Info@CincySTEMLab.com

Please register here at www.CincySTEMLab.com

Ukulele Group Lessons
Ukulele Group Lessons – This class is now full. Please look for another opportunity this Spring!

Mondays 3:45 – 4:45pm
September 13- November 22 (10 weeks with no class on September 27)
Grades 2-6
Media Center

Children will learn to read notation, tablature, chord and strumming diagrams while learning traditional tunes as well as modern pop music. Please visit  jonnyaguitar.weebly.com for more information.

Students must bring a ukulele and a folder to organize handouts. If you need assistance purchasing a ukulele, please contact the instructor Jon Armstrong.

Cost: $175 ($70 with scholarship) via check, Venmo or PayPal
Contact: Jon Armstrong 513-919-8742  jonnyrocket72@yahoo.com

Please click here to register.