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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Spring 2018 : 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, 3/21 – 5/16)  $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.

Create a LEGO movie!
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Spring 2018 : Thursdays 3:30pm-4:30pm $225.00

Gateway After Care is excited to be teaming up with a wonderful local business – Learn to Discover, to offer a mini maker class -Create a LEGO movie! This class will explore how to make stop-motion movies using LEGO® bricks and mini figures! Make background sceneries, storyboards, gain experience using cameras and tripods, AND have fun being a director! The last class will be a movie showing – popcorn eating – good time!

(8 week session, begins 3/22 -5/17)  $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.

Creature Lab
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Spring 2018 : Thursdays 3:30pm-4:30pm $225.00

Haley is excited to be bringing Creature Lab back to Gateway! Get ready for eight more weeks of stories and silliness! Combining excellent picture books, open-ended art projects, and a spirit of play and delight, this class gives children a space to unleash their imaginations and explore their artistic and theatrical whims. Drawing inspiration from everyday objects and encouraging collaboration, Creature Lab nurtures resourcefulness, empathy, and humor. Each Thursday students will get to create and bring to life a new creature – from sock puppets to robots, monsters to faeries to otherworldly beings yet to be imagined.

The Creature Lab philosophy is: 1. No Creature is Perfect, 2. All Creatures are Different, and 3. Every Creature is Good at Something.

Instructor: long time ASC magical artist: Haley Brown!

(8 week session, begins 3/22 -5/17)  $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.

Flag Football
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Spring 2018 : Friday 3:30pm-4:30pm $200.00

Led by Gateway’s own Coach Kurt, Flag Football is back for Spring Session 2018!

This is a popular class which will be capped at 14 players. Don’t delay in signing up!

Coach Kurt will take you through the art of Flag Football focusing on plays, techniques, concepts, strategy, and of course sportsmanship! Don’t miss out!

 (8 week session 3/31 – 5/26) $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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Spring 2018 : Monday 3:00pm-3:45pm $120.00

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

 (8 week session 3/22 – 5/17) $120.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the end of class at 3:45 , at 4:00 students who have not been picked up will be checked back into after care.

Middle School Builders Club
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Spring 2018 : 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 3/20 – 5/15)  $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.

Spring Craft Extravaganza
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Spring 2018 : Wednesdays 3:30pm-4:30pm $225.00

Miss Dianne is joining us for the school year! Our ever popular queen of crafts will be hosting her own ASEP class geared towards grades 2-4. One of Dianne’s talents is being able to cater to a create fun challenging in crafting based on students abilities. Whether you are a first time tinker or a seasoned crafter- Dianne will make this class one to enjoy! Spring craft class may include rock painting, spring putty and slime activities, a spring glitter calming item and wand, yarn birds, puff ball bunnies, and so much more!

Dianne will be bringing in designs and projects while also leaving room to tinker at the end of the class. Class space is limited to 8 students.

(3/21, 3/28, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16; 8week session) $225.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the end of class at 4:30, at 4:45 students who have not been picked up will be checked back into after care.

Spring Craft Extravaganza for Littles!
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Spring 2018 : Monday 3:30pm-4:30pm $225.00

Miss Dianne is joining us for the school year! Our ever popular queen of crafts will be hosting her own ASEP class geared towards grades K & 1st. One of Dianne’s talents is being able to cater to a create fun challenging in crafting based on students abilities. Whether you are a first time tinker or a seasoned crafter- Dianne will make this class one to enjoy! Spring craft class may include rock painting, spring putty and slime activities, a spring glitter calming item and wand, yarn birds, puff ball bunnies, and so much more!

Dianne will be bringing in designs and projects while also leaving room to tinker at the end of the class. Class space is limited to 6 students.

( 3/26, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5,21; 8 sessions)  $225.00 cost includes ASC coverage from student’s dismissal till the end of class at 4:30, at 4:45 students who have not been picked up will be checked back into after care.

Springtime, Cooking Class!
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Spring 2018 : Fridays 3:30pm-4:30pm $225.00
 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 spring 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 Spring right around the corner, Sarah will be focusing on appetizers and robust salads to name a few.
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
(8 week session, begins 3/23 – 5/18)  $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.