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 After-School Programs

The after-school program information on the Laurel School website and in the school newsletter is presented by the Laurel PTO as a service to the Laurel community.  The program providers are independent contractors who reserve the right to change their program status, dates, and meeting times.  Although parent volunteers strive to keep this information up-to-date on the website, parents should always contact the program provider for the latest status and meeting dates/times.  
Employees and volunteers of Laurel School, Laurel PTO, and Menlo Park City School District are not liable for any errors, omissions, or changes.

Laurel ASP 2015-2016

ASP Categories: The Laurel PTO is pleased to present a large range of After-School Programs in the categories below.  Please click on a category below to skip down to our complete offerings.



ASP Session Dates & Winter Schedule: To view the session dates and schedule for the Winter After-School Programs listed below, please click here.

ASP Information: To view more ASP info listed below, please click here.

ASP Instructor Contact Info: To view ASP instructor contact info listed below, please click here.



ASP Classes by Category


Pacific Art League - Make Art! Experiment with different materials in this fun and creative after‐school art class by The Pacific Art League. Explore art through a variety of materials: watercolor, acrylic, pastels, and clay. Projects are inspired by nature, animals, favorite things and artists. PAL provides art classes for students in grades K‐3. Call (650) 321‐3891 or click HERE for more information.

Young Rembrandts - Young Rembrandts teaches drawing in an entertaining and positive setting that ensures success for every child. Each season we offer classes that enhance basic drawing techniques, train students in color theory and boost self-confidence. Fall is the perfect time to get started. We have ALL NEW lessons for preschool and elementary kids. Young Rembrandts students never get bored in our winter sessions. New drawings based on subjects like animals or cartoons keep us smiling all winter long. Spring classes are always full of color. Inspire your child’s imaginative spirit and bolster educational skills that will benefit them all year long. Don’t miss out, enroll now!  Click HERE for more information.

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Chess - What do your kids do for mental education?  Chess has proven to be an invaluable educational aide and teaches children analytical skills that are applicable to many other intellectual pursuits. BayAreaChess, Inc. program offers a fun environment to develop mental skills for students at all levels. A typical class consists of instruction followed by a practice game. Students may be divided in groups based on ability and experience so that each student will receive instruction appropriate for his/her skill level.  BayAreaChess, Inc. is a non-profit company serving the Bay Area since 2005.  Click HERE for more information.

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iCode teaches kids coding in a fun and supportive environment. We cover the fundamentals used in all programming languages – sequences, loops, variables, conditionals, functions, events – with Scratch, an easy to use language that encourages creative exploration and self-paced learning. New and returning students are welcome. To learn more or register, email ​Click HERE for more information.

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Junior Chef Stars - Pack up your knives and fire up the stove, you're about to embark on a culinary adventure unlike any other! This all new class series has been engineered by our culinary professionals to give you the experience of what it's like being a bona fide culinary student in our kitchen classroom. ​Click HERE for more information.

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Hwa Shin Chinese School will continue its sixth year Conversational Mandarin at Laurel.  Our curriculum is designed specifically for students who do not speak Mandarin at home. We encourage students interest in Chinese. Level 1 is for beginners. Its content is conversational Mandarin for daily use. Level 2 and 3 are for those with 2 or more years. Transfer students are welcome. Contact Thomas at 408-807-1088 or click HERE for more information.

Spanish - Interested in Spanish classes for your child? We have added a new class for beginners (k-2nd) on Mondays.  We also offer our class for non-beginners (1st- 4th) on Thursdays.  Space is limited!  Contact Valeria Causo Chalian at for more information.
Public Speaking & Debate - Learning how to speak with skill and confidence to a group of people not only leads to speaking with more confidence in a group but together they are important skills that will help students in school, in their families and throughout their lives. ​Click HERE for more information.

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Take One Media!  teaches elementary school students K-4 the fundamentals of video production and broadcasting.  In the six-session course, students will learn camera composition, audio, live switching, floor directing, and hosting techniques.  The final project will air on KMVT15 Community Television.  A great introduction to TV and media, Take One Media aims to raise media awareness for youths by giving them a behind the scenes look into what they've watched on TV and the internet. ​Click HERE for more information.

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The Laurel Ukulele Group - is open to students in grades 1-4.  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. Students must have their own ukulele (to practice at home) which is easily available for purchase at most music stores in the area. ​Click HERE for more information.

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After School Robotics - Wizbots Imagineering Lab is instantly engaging, social, and all about fun! We combine LEGO® robotics and Java programming with a vast array of unique projects, materials and choices to engage students in product design, tech challenges, team games, and open-ended creativity. New and returning students are always doing something new to move forward and challenge their inventive minds. Our project-based curriculum is laid out so that students follow a "Path to Mastery" where they receive recognition of skills mastered along the way. Videos of student projects are also uploaded to a private webpage, where parents can view them and share with family and friends. If the program is full, please do join the wait list so we can offer a spot if one becomes available.  Click HERE for more information.

Play-Well TEKnologies - Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO®! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars, and the Battletrack! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level.  For more information e-mail Michael Bell at  Class starts December 11th.

Starfire Math 2.0 Enrichment - Explore and experience the joy of the world of mathematical thinking and problem solving. Students learn to think like mathematicians, problem solve and develop a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics. Starfire Math 2.0 emphasizes learning through FUN, engaging, challenging, learn-by-doing hands-on activities in small classes with individualized attention from STEM professionals.  For grades 1 - 4.  ​Click HERE for more information or e-mail

Starfire Design Thinking & Engineering - Play, imagine, create, test, re-Imagine, and share. Students solve engineering challenges with design thinking using household items. Legos and electronics are not part of this program. Building begins with a beam. Build a bridge, tower, Rube Goldberg Machine...There are no limits to what can be done with creativity, persistence, and perseverance.  For grades 2 - 4.  Click HERE for more information or e-mail

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After School Tennis - from Euro School of Tennis teaches your child the skills and rules to build a strong, athletic foundation for the game increasingly popular. We help your child develop techniques and skills needed to keep the ball in play again and again! They will also learn important life skills such as sportsmanship, responsibility & confidence. Join the FUN today!  After School Tennis at Laurel Elementary will be on Thursdays, 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm, check our website for details of when your little athlete can join in on the fun!  Click HERE for more information.

Gorilla Play Day is a physical, fun-based after school program, designed to entertain and engage kids of all ages.  Our emphasis is on collaboration, rather than competition through a variety of games.  Each week we offer a new set of activities with a general framework of a tag game, a sport, a dodge ball game, and a camp game.  Teacher Chris and Teacher Michelle are both 10+ year veterans of Menlo Park Gymnastics and other youth activities.   Click HERE for more information.

Hi-Five Sports After School Program @ Laurel - This is a smaller version of our famous summer camp.  We challenge children with friendly competition that's also fun in multiple sports throughout the program.  Learn a new sport or master one you love.  Your child will come home tired and ready for more.  Don't let this program pass you by.  Click HERE for more information.

Soccer Shots® is the soccer experience for children, using an acclaimed, developmentally appropriate, and non-competitive curriculum facilitated by great coaches. We believe children are invaluable and our goal is simple: to leave a lasting, positive impact on every child we serve. Proudly serving hundreds of Laurel children since 2013. Call 650.260.4625 or click HERE for more information.

SixFifty Lacrosse—Our After-School class at Laurel Elementary School offers boys and girls a chance to learn the hottest new sport in West Coast schools. Using our time-tested curriculum developed by Coach Bond, players are led through skills & game sessions embedded with teamwork, decision-making, and leadership lessons designed to foster athletic & personal growth. In addition to lacrosse fundamentals, teaching includes age-appropriate athletic development, athletic movement, and coordination. And best of all, lacrosse is so much fun!  Fall and Winter only.  Click HERE for more information.
TGA Premier Junior Golf brings the golf course to Laurel! Our national, award winning, 5 level program is specially designed for children and builds upon the educational concepts they are learning in the class room including math and science. Best of all, we provide all the equipment so children of all skill levels have the chance to come out and tee it up with TGA! Click HERE for more information.
One on One Basketball is back for its 11th year of AFTER SCHOOL HOOPS at Laurel!  Throughout the fall, skilled and experienced basketball coaches will conduct a one hour clinic each week.  Through fun games such as Poison, PacMan and Steal the Bacon, players will improve their fundamentals and develop confidence.  Class will take place on WEDNESDAYS from 3:10-4:10 on the outdoor courts.  Call 650-804-5226 or click HERE for more information.
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Musical Theater —Imagination, creativity, focus, teamwork, and fun are the framework for The Green Room's Musical Theater Class.  Students train with our artistic teachers to hone the skills of the stage. Join us for a fun introduction to the performing arts with classes in acting, improvisation, dance movement, and music! For more info. contact Maggie at, or by phone at (650) 575-9814.  Click HERE for more information. 

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Session Dates

Fall        August 31 - November 24
Winter   November 30 March 11 
March 14 - June 10

Winter Schedule

All classes will be held rain or shine.  *Click on program name for details

Room Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

(first grade)
Musical Theater
  Laurel Ukulele Group
Chess II

(third grade)
Public Speaking and Debate
Chinese II
Starfire Math
Chess I
(second grade)
Chinese I
Pacific Art League


After School Robotics

2nd Grade Field Gorilla Play Day
Soccer Shots
SixFifty Lacrosse
Hi-Five Sports
TGA Golf
3:10 - 4:10
Teacher Workroom Reserved Junior Chef Stars
Reserved Junior Chef Stars
Black Top     1 on 1 Hoops
Euro Tennis

More ASP Information
Laurel after-school activities are programs offered by independent contractors and are not official Laurel School, Laurel PTO, or Menlo Park City School District programs.
Parents contract directly with the program provider.  A student is not considered enrolled until the parent has received confirmation from the program provider.  (Website payment confirmation does not constitute enrollment confirmation.) The program providers are responsible only for the students with confirmed enrollment in their classes, and then only during the class times and dates that the program provider has given to the parents.

The first day of each session, all after school providers meet students at the plaza.  At that time, they will inform students where to meet (e.g. at the arbor, in pods, multi purpose room, and art room). Please contact the after school provider with questions about pick up. 

Please contact the program directly with questions or concerns.  

ASP Instructor Contact Information
You must contact the program directly if your child will be absent. These programs are responsible for your children after school, not Laurel staff or Laurel PTO. The Laurel office does not pass on attendance information.  All contacts are with the instructors on site. Here’s a list of contact information:


1 on 1 Basketball
(After School Hoops)

Mike Livingston

650-804-5226 M

Bay Area Chess
(Chess Club)

Abel Talamantez


After School Tennis
(Eruo School of Tennis)

Kal Stoyanov


Hi-Five Sports
(Hi-Five After School Club)

Joe Ram


Gorilla Play Day
Chris Ortez (408) 857-5876

(Hwa Shin Chinese School)

Thomas Lee


Valeria Causo Chalian (650) 218-1411

Pacific Art League
Sal Corral 650-321-3891

Peninsula Youth Theater
Meg Fischer (408) 768-0626

Engineering Fundamentals
(Playwell Technologies)

Simon Betsalel


Soccer Shots Bay Area
James Evans 650-260-4625

Starfire Math/Starfire Design Thinking and Engineering
(Starfire Education)

Bob Cerf 650-649-9575

TGA Golf
(TGA of Silicon Valley)

Mike Lipsey


After School Robotics

Roxie Edwards


Young Inklings
(Society of Young Inklings)

Jena Brigantion


Young Rembrandts
(Kid's Art)

Sherri Wilson-Lopes


Junior Chef Stars
Brian Allen



Matt Bond


Stephen Choi 650-248-2800
Public Speaking and Debate
(Bay Area Debate)
Tom Kahan 510-703-5211
Musical Theater
(The Green Room)
Maggie Cole 650-575-9814
Introduction to TV Production
Shelley Wolfe 650-968-1540
Laurel Ukulele Group
(After School Music Academy)
David Chiorini 808-722-2867
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