After-School Activities


Chess Wizards

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Join Chess Wizards for challenging chess lessons,
exciting tournaments, fun, team activities, and more!

If you’re brand-new to chess, we’ll teach you the basics and get you playing right away.

If you’re a seasoned checkmate artist, we’ll show you new ways to let your creativity show on the chess board.

Theater Games

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Explore the wonderful world of dramatic arts through theater games that focus on the tools of the actor: body, voice, and imagination.

Develop your performance skills through character creation, whimsical world-building, teamwork, and more.

Coding with Kids

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Grades 3-5 (Beginner)
Scratch: Game Development

This course is perfect for kids who love playing games and telling stories. Get ready to learn how to code and express your creativity with Scratch – a fun drag-and-drop coding tool that lets you create cool games, animations, and interactive stories.

In this course, you will build exciting projects like games where characters jump and run on scrolling platforms, stories where you can navigate through a maze, and even multiplayer games to play with your friends. If you’re just starting out, we’ll begin by learning the basics of coding games. We’ll teach you how to make things happen in your games using loops, conditions, and variables.

Returning students will move on to more challenging concepts like using special conditions and making functions that can do different tasks. For those who want an extra challenge, we’ll even explore advanced topics like game physics, working with arrays, and even adding artificial intelligence to your games.

Grades 3-5 (Intermediate)
Scratch: AI and Machine Learning I

Create your own Artificial Intelligence (AI) with Scratch. Join us to understand how AI programs are coded, how they adapt, and what makes them intelligent. You will learn about Machine Learning (ML), training ML models, and computer vision. To practice these concepts, you will use Scratch AI extensions to code smart projects, such as image recognition and face detection programs.

Other projects include AI-based games with computer vision, such as detecting the player’s hand or finger movements. By the end of the course, you will be able to code AI programs and games with Scratch.

Fine Art Starts

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Get into ART! Students are introduced to real fine art skills in drawing, painting and clay to balance with their own ideas to make unique artwork. New students are introduced to fundamentals while continuing students are challenged. Each session is different and most students continue the program through 5th grade. Art class will be held on Thursdays from 2:50-3:50pm.

Art classes at VCES are taught by artist and licensed Fine Art Teacher, Ms Sascha, who has been teaching art to K-12 students for over 20 years. She teaches Art full time and was nominated for the Oregon Art Educator of the year award in 2021. Fine Art Starts is a federally-recognized 501(c)3 organization and Foundation 11 School. Financial assistance available for qualifying families. Tuition is tax-deductible.

Play.fit.Fun!

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Play.Fit.Fun. is like PE that has crashed into field day and then
bumped into team building! Activities are organized, uplifting,
empowering and 100% focused on the kids!

Your child will meet up with their Play.Fit.Fun. coach immediately after school in the gymnasium. Kids will have fun being active and finish their day with renewed energy and focus.

Activities and challenges include: Active games, agility movement and active play.

The goals for your child are increased fitness levels, improved self esteem and image, teamwork, imagination, focus, confidence, leadership and a positive attitude.