How Does Before Care and After Care Work?

Before School care begins at 7:30 a.m. and is free of charge.

The After School Care (ASC) program runs from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ASC begins directly after student dismissal at 2:30, 2:45, and 3:00. Students are either escorted to the Pick Up Zone to be picked up after school or into ASC. Students remaining in the Pick Up Zones after their 15 minute window will be escorted to ASC and signed in until their parent/guardian arrives.

At 3:15 ASC gathers at the picnic tables for roll call and a healthy snack. At 3:30 students are given the choice of an organized field activity outside as well as an indoor craft or project.

A light snack is provided at 5:00pm and ASC ends promptly at 5:30pm.

For more detailed information on costs and payments – download the ASC Fee Schedule to the right of this page.

How do After Care Specialty Classes work?

Gateway’s After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) offers a variety of specialty classes that can complement our after care program or be taken individually. Use the checkboxes in the sidebar along the right to filter the classes by your child’s grade, session, and category. We offer 3 sessions throughout the school year – Fall, Winter, Spring. The cost of each class includes child care coverage from your student’s dismissal time until the end of their class at 4:30. Any student remaining on campus at 4:40 will be checked into After Care and normal rates will apply until pick up.

Please be aware that each class needs to reach a minimum enrollment number in order for the class to run.

You will need to register for classes online, or you can stop by the office to have Megan assist you. You will be billed via smart tuition and do not need to pay up front.

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After School Enrichment Program Classes

Chess Club
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Winter 2017/18 : Wednesdays 3:30pm-4:30pm $200.00

At the beginning level, students will be introduced to the three phases of chess—the opening, middle and endgame. Basic objectives, tactics and strategies will be covered, in a fun, social setting. Beginner level players will focus on fun while they are challenged to develop a more complete understanding of the game. At the intermediate level, students will learn to analyze their games, problem-solve, apply a three-step thinking process, use algebraic chess-notation and play match games with chess clocks. Instructor Gjon Feinstein is a National Master and lifelong chess player, teaching chess in Santa Cruz county schools since 1994.

Instructor: Gjon

(8 week session, 12/6 – 2/7)  $200.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the end of class at 4:30, at 4:40 students who have not been picked up will be checked back into after care.

Learn to Perform Magic
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Winter 2017/18 : Wednesday 3:30pm-4:30pm $200.00

In this class you’ll have fun while building the skills and confidence to perform astonishing magic effects for friends and family! Create a unique performance persona. Learn proper technique. This class will conclude with an amazing magic performance by the whole class! Professional Magician Joshua Logan will provide expert weekly training in the magical arts. Joshua was recently featured in MAGIC Magazine and directed the magic DVD series ‘Handpicked Astonishments’!

Instructor: Josh

(8 week session, 12/6 – 2/7) $200.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the end of class at 4:30, at 4:40 students who have not been picked up will be checked back into after care.

Martial Arts for Tiny Hearts
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Winter 2017/18 : Monday 3:30pm-4:30pm $175.00

Each class begins and ends with Respect. Traditional martial arts emphasizes Respect, Concentration and Safety. In a fun energetic atmosphere, kids learn about stretching, tumbling, falling, focus, safety awareness and self defense skills. We learn that most self defense is paying attention to our environment, and exiting negative situations and circumstances. Kids will learn to use their words and not aggressive actions to defuse negative situations. Vigorous healthy exercises and century old martial arts techniques are used as the vehicle to learn invaluable concentration and strengthening skills. Kids will be encouraged to use their respect and concentration skills at home and at school.

Scholastic excellence, discipline in school and home behavior will be encouraged to achieve belt advancement . One last thing…The kids will have SO MUCH FUN.

Scott Symons has been training martial arts for the last 40 years and teaching for the last 30. He specializes in working with kids , helping to motivate them to get a solid and safe foundation of understanding. He owns Family Martial Arts Center, works for Toadal Fitness Centers as well as for the City of Santa Cruz as well The Live Oak School District, and has worked right here at Gateway school in the past.

Instructor: Scott

 (7 week session 12/4 – 2/12) $160.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the end of class at 4:30, at 4:40 students who have not been picked up will be checked back into after care.

Middle School Builders Club
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Winter 2017/18 : Tuesdays 3:30-5:30 $250.00

Hey Middle School!

Do you like to build, break, saw, hammer, solder, create!?! Join us for our first Builders Club at the Ranch. Students will be driven over to the Berg Ranch (Ranch Builder Ranch) where they’ll learn to use all of the hand tools, plus wood working, metal working, blacksmithing and welding.

In the 15 years that the Berg’s have opened up their shop to students, they have built a wide variety of gadgets, electric and gas go-karts, scooters and bikes, wind mills, a pontoon boat, a hovercraft, a snomo-wheel, skate boards, rockets, furniture, arduino based sound generator, ion gun, and various potato guns. They have also done some restoration projects: an antique tractor, an old car, a manure spreader.

Class space limited to 5 students.

(8 week session, begins 12/5 – 2/6)  $250.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the start of the class. This class runs from 3:30-5:30, students will need to be picked up at the Ranch.

Middle School Designers: Jewelry, Wall Art, Clothing and so much more!
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Winter 2017/18 : Wednesday 3:30-4:30 $250.00

Attention all Middle School students with an eye to design and create!

Disco Queen Krissie will lead students to explore the intersection of high and low tech materials. We’ll integrate traditional textile making processes such as sewing, knitting and felting with modern materials like 3D printed and laser cut objects, LEDs, and programmable micro controllers.  Students will work on a variety of projects towards the goal of participating in the FashionTEEN show in April (open to all middle school aged students in the county). Possible projects include jewelry, clothing, hanging art, stuffed animals, and functional fabric machines. All middle school students are welcome in this imaginative exploration that pushes the boundaries of what you can create.

(8 week session, 12/6 – 2/7)  $250.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the end of class at 4:30, at 4:40 students who have not been picked up will be checked back into after care.

Middle School Yoga
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Winter 2017/18 : Fridays 3:30pm-4:30pm $175.00

Tara Ford will be hosting a Middle School Yoga Class for the Winter Session.

Yoga is good for the mind, body, and soul.  Meditating and practicing yoga regularly assists in decreasing stress and increasing an overall sense of wellbeing.  This class is designed for 6th-8th grade beginners to more experienced yoga practitioners and will be customized to the students in the class.  In this class, students will learn simple, effective meditation techniques they can use anywhere.  Students will also learn the basic alignment of poses so that they can practice safely at home.  Additionally, students will learn ‘stealth’ yoga postures they can do anywhere, anytime they feel the need to center themselves.

Tara Maria Ford has been practicing yoga and meditating in some form or another for 20+ years. These practices have transformed her life and sparked a joy for teaching.  There is nothing she loves more than to guide students toward living a healthy, balanced life.

Tara holds an MFA in Transformative Arts and a BA in Humanities. She is a registered yoga teacher and has completed a teen yoga teacher training. She has been teaching for 15+ years and also teaches reading, writing, study skills, mindfulness, and yoga to students one-on-one.

When Tara is not teaching, she loves to practice yoga, go for long walks, and make healthy, delicious food.

Tara Maria Ford MFA, RYT200
Tutor, Yoga Teacher

(7 week session, begins 12/8 – 2/16)  $1750.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the end of class at 4:30, at 4:40 students who have not been picked up will be checked back into after care.

Multi-Science Fun! Curious Minds Unite!
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Winter 2017/18 : Thursdays 3:30pm-4:30pm $225.00

Are you a curios kid? Do you get excited about hands-on exploration and discovery? Do you enjoy problem solving and learning how things work?

From the award winning nonprofit education foundation, Outdoor Science Exploration & Classroom Science Fun, Irvin (a Master Science Teacher with OSE/CSF),  teaches 150+ popular science classes every year. Active learning hands-on physics, chemistry and life, nature & earth sciences Nurturing your child’s talent with essential concepts, special activities & higher level thinking skills

Science is an essential part of elementary school education. We use the most effective approach with student centered active learning & advanced lessons. This has many clear benefits especially when natural curiosity is abundant and success is important. Irvin Lindsey is an accomplished, award winning, master science teacher in practice at elementary through college levels. In 1997, he led the creation of OSE & CSF. Irvin has state credentials and many years of distinguished teaching, and he sees the big need for & benefits of proficient science education.

(8 week session, begins 12/7 – 2/8)  $225.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the end of class at 4:30, at 4:40 students who have not been picked up will be checked back into after care.
Ukulele for beginners!
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Winter 2017/18 : Thursdays 3:30pm-4:30pm $200.00
Have you ever wanted to learn to play the ukulele? Now is the time!
Join 4th grade teacher Kurt, as he brings the sounds of the tropics to our Santa Cruz winter months. Students will learn how to play chords and melodies – perhaps a holiday song or two! For those students without instruments, we have one for you to use! For students with their own ukuleles, you are more than welcome to bring them to class – be sure that it can stay in tune with (GCEA). Left handed players should come with a ukulele restrung for left-handed playing; otherwise, they will have to play right-handed or “upside” down.
(8 week session, begins 12/7 – 2/8)  $200.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the end of class at 4:30, at 4:40 students who have not been picked up will be checked back into after care.
Winter Delights, Cooking Class!
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Winter 2017/18 : Fridays 3:30pm-4:30pm $200.00
 Join me in the exciting world of Culinary delights! Your child will learn easy snacks, main dishes and some desserts that pair perfectly for the winter months. Learning to cook helps kids learn about healthy eating an make better choices. Children will almost always at least try what they’ve made. It can create some wonderful memories working together in the kitchen.
Math, science and reading comprehension are also used with every recipe.
Cooking should be fun! With Fall right around the corner, late Harvest vegetable Pasta dishes. Fresh salads with roasted vegetables and a few salad dressing or vinaigrettes.
When we get close to Thanksgiving, Mini Pumpkin pies. After the Thanksgiving break, I have a wonderful recipe for cookie cutouts and decorating.
All the recipes will be handed out in class for the students to bring home for you to cook and bake together!
 Instructor: Sarah Candelaria
(7 week session, begins 12/8 – 2/16)  $200.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the end of class at 4:30, at 4:40 students who have not been picked up will be checked back into after care.