Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12

After School Classes

Cascades Academy aims to provide enriching after school experiences for students of all ages. Our after school classes follow a fall, winter, and spring schedule and are hosted by teachers from our school and members from our greater community. With this new program design, our desire is to create after school classes that are enriching for students, have an intentional start to finish, and a tangible outcome. We believe that the programs that we offer to our school community will allow our students to learn new skills or enhance their skill sets and come together with their peers and leaders in a positive social and learning environment.

Each program has a fixed length of time and cost that has been determined by the supplies and instruction for the specific activity. Several of our traditional after school activities are listed below as a part of our program offerings, and you will find several new programs added to this list as well.

At the end of the school day, your student will be provided a short recess and snack. All programs run from 3:30-4:30pm, Monday through Thursday, unless otherwise noted. The cost of each program includes materials and snacks. If you require additional care from 4:30-5:30pm, please sign your student up for After School Care in addition to the class of your choice. The cost to drop in to the extended day after school care is $10.

For any questions regarding after school classes or scholarship opportunities, please contact the Auxiliary Program Director Alicia Martin at

Fall 2018 After School Class Schedule


Cake Decorating - Class is now full for Fall 2018 trimester

Class Leader: Autumn Elkins
Program Dates: 10/29 - 12/17 (no class on 11/12 and 11/19)
Length of Class: 6 Weeks
Grades: 3+
Cost: $150
This class introduces the art of decorating cakes using butter cream, fondant, and chocolate molding. Students will bring home their creations, unless they eat it before it can get home. Each week’s decorating will focus on different themes, too!

Introduction to Playing Keyboard - Class is now full for Fall 2018 trimester

Class Leader: Corry Bolz
Program Dates: 10/29 - 12/17 (no class on 11/12and 11/19)
Length of Class: 6 Weeks
Grades: K-2
Program Cost: $112
In this class, students will learn to play all different keys from treble to bass clef and work on some finger exercises. With rhythm games and other fun activities, students will learn to understand the difference between whole, half, quarter notes. All experience in playing the keyboard is welcome!


Rock Band

Class Leader: Patrick Pearsall
Program Dates: 10/30 - 12/18 (no class on 11/20)
Length of Class: 7 Weeks
Grades: 2-5
Program Cost: $130
In Lower School Rock Band, our main goal is to show the students that making music with their friends and peers can be a whole lot of fun. We will be playing ukuleles, marimbas, drums and, of course, sing along as well. We will learn about how each instrument plays a role in the band and that if we all work together we can make a great sound. No previous musical experience is required. All you need is an open mind and a love of music!


Hogwarts Happenings

Class Leader: Hailee Newman
Program Dates: 10/31 - 12/19 (no class on 11/21)
Length of class: 7 Weeks
Grades: K-2
Program Cost: $130

This special program is a full offering of Hogwarts-inspired classes, from herbology to potions to charms. Students will be sorted and participate in house unification activities, but will also have the opportunity to engage in some healthy competition in the form of quidditch-like games! There may even be a special appearance from a certain Professor Snape...

Culinary Classes

Class Leader: Suzanne Landry
Program Dates: 11/7 - 12/19 (no class on 11/21)
Length of Class: 6 Weeks
Grades: 3-5
Program Cost: $155

*This program runs 3:30-5pm

Get ready for culinary classes that are fun and educational. Does your child like to help you in the kitchen? Your child will prepare some delicious healthful dishes while learning about some important kitchen essentials and simple and safe knife skills. They’ll learn about the rainbow of veggies and fruits and make chicken tacos, make-your-own-salad and dressing; rainbow sandwiches; protein balls; fruit and veggie smoothies and more!

Suzanne Landry is a Culinary Instructor, Wellness Educator, Celebrity Chef, Industry Consultant, and author of the award-winning, The Passionate Vegetable, and Fresh Food Matters. She currently teaches classes at Bend Park and Rec and COCC Community Learning.


Kidding Around Yoga

Class Leader: Briana Stein
Program Dates: 11/8 - 12/20 (No class on 11/1 and 11/22)
Length of Class: 6 Weeks
Grades: 3-5
Program Cost: $112

Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) at its essence is stress-management for kids. In addition to managing stress, this program will incorporate cardiovascular conditioning, fun and original KAY music and dancing, plus all the traditional benefits of yoga – breathing techniques, meditation, peace, and deep relaxation by taking a trip to our Secret Garden. In this still and quiet portion of class, kids are able to create a special place in their minds where they feel peaceful, happy, and safe. The principles of Yoga teach kids kindness, sharing, compassion, mindfulness, awareness, and much more - tools that will serve them for the rest of their lives!

Fall 2018 After School Classes Registration Form