AFE Enrichment Activities

Each year we look at all of our offerings as a whole, taking into consideration how many students are in each grade, and how to fit all of the classes in the classrooms in a way that best supports our community. We know that sometimes our schedule does not meet the needs of a specific student, but we hope you will understand that our intention is always to create the best learning and connecting opportunity possible for the majority of students.

For community members who would like to offer a class, please read this document about our Policy & Procedures for teaching a class and room usage. Joanne Brown is the Community Coordinator and will be coordinating room use and helping you set up parent-led classes, events, and clubs.


AFE Class Expectations

I come to class prepared.
I participate and stay on task.
I help and include other students.
I respect the speaker by listening quietly.
I follow instructions.
I respect the feelings, bodies and space of others.
I keep personal electronics off and put away.

2018-19 Staff-Led Enrichment Classes Preview
Elementary School 

Countries and Cultures
 K-2 and Grades 3-5
Instructors: Therese Johannesson and Nancy Aylsworth

In this class, we will explore countries around the globe learning about different cultures through stories, art, music, food, games, dance, and celebrations. We will also cover some geography as we "travel" around the world. Students will create travel journals to record their studies and be asked to share knowledge about their own heritage and/or country studies. We will occasionally invite guests to join us to share something from their cultures of origin. As always, opportunities to develop friendships and community will be built into our weekly classes, field trips, and family celebrations throughout the

Middle School

Science Fiction Literature
Grades 6-8, Fall or Spring semester
Tuesdays, 10:00–12:30pm
Peter Deutsch, Instructor

We will explore the genre of science fiction literature and some classic stories and authors. We will look at the common questions and issues that are addressed in this genre (What might the future be like? How might technology and science discoveries affect us? What if….?). In class we will: read short stories, view science fiction films and shows, discuss and analyze the materials, work in teams to design alien worlds and fictional stories, and share this work through art, performance and writing. Students will be expected to read and analyze a novel, a tv show and a movie outside of class time. There will be time for games, PE and a short break for snacks during each class. Both middle school classes will continue to emphasize community building through shared activities and field trips. Peter will teach both fall and spring sessions.

 Questions? Contact me at 831-429-3898 ext 330 or

Art of the Americas
Grades 6-8, Fall or Spring Semester
Tuesdays 10:00-12:30 pm
Joanne Brown, Instructor

Explore the Art of the Americas, past and present. We’ll focus on selected cultural areas of North, Central and South America. These will include the Arctic, Northwest Coast, California, The Southwest, The Great Plains, The East Coast, Olmec, Mayan, Aztec, Nazca and Incan cultures. The class will feature both traditional and current art, stories, poetry and music, such as street art, activism art, hip hop, and alternative metal. Activities will include weekly art projects, films, music videos, field trips and more! Students will be expected to complete weekly written assignments, a research paper and an end of semester project. There will be time for games, PE and a short break for snacks during each class. Both middle school classes will continue to emphasize community building through shared activities and field trips. Joanne will teach both fall and spring sessions.
Questions? Contact me at 831-429-3898 ext 237 or

High School Classes

High school students may choose one per semester: 

Leadership & Communication (Fall 2018)
Grades 9–12. Thursdays, 10am to noon, Room 2
Jasmin Gerer, Instructor

Would you like to communicate with greater confidence and make a difference in life? If yes, join this course to become a more effective speaker, listener, and writer. Learn how your own and others’ communication styles influence your relationships. Gain more confidence and skills for job interviews, learn how to present your ideas persuasively, and focus on developing communication skills that are of particular interest to you. To receive 5 English credits, at least three hours a week of research, reading, writing, and speaking practice outside of class will be part of the course.

 Questions?  Contact Jasmin Gerer at 429-3898 x332 or by email at

 Dramatic Literature (Spring 2019 Semester)
 Grades 9–12, Thursdays, Room 2
 Jasmin Gerer, Instructor

In the spring we will be continuing our AFE tradition of studying and then seeing plays performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Students who do not wish to attend the four day trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival are still welcome to enroll in this English course. The plays we will be reading will be announced in October and will include Shakespeare's comedy As You LIke It. 3-5 hours each week of reading, research, written analysis are integral to preparing us for the performances and earning five English credits.

Community Led Class

Time Travelers' Academy World History Class
Grades 9-12, Day and time TBD based on student's availability

Have you ever wanted to travel back in time and view historical events as they unfold? In this class you'll plunge into the past by watching movies, reading fiction and nonfiction, and completing quizzes and written assignments. Then we'll explore each week's theme in class through discussions, activities, and games. Buckle your seat belt. The time machine is about to take off. 

- Satisfies the AFE world History Requirement of 10 units
 - Preparation for the SAT Subject Test in World History
 - Class meets once a week during Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
 - Weekly homework required to support in-class activities
 - Limited to 20 students (Priority to those in higher grades who have not yet completed their World History requirement)

Email Bryn if you're interested

Clay Studio

Wednesdays 1-3, beginning September 20


If you like to get your hands dirty then this is the place for you! AFE’s open clay studio meets once a week for 2 hours in room 22, the portable with the big mural by the basketball courts.You can come every week, you can come for half the class, you can bring your parent, or NOT, unless of course you are under 9 years old then they have to tag along.
The class is unstructured which allows you to work on whatever project you like once you have the basics down. For newbies to clay I will get you up to speed and you will be making cool sculptures or cups or bowls in no time at all. The class is mostly hand building, we have a slab roller and lots of texture tools and we do have wheels that you can try, and try, and try until you are throwing like an animal. Of course wheel work brings the hands, actually the entire body getting dirty up another level, as well as the clean up.
Students are responsible to clean up after themselves whether on the wheel or at the tables.
A donation to the parent club can be made for $30 per student per semester to cover costs for the clay, glazes, and firings. A check can be made out to parent club or cash. This pays for clay, glazes and firings, however no one will be turned away.
Any questions, you can call me at 818-8660. Ciao, Kathleen

Games & Puzzles Group

Stay tuned for more information for the Games Group meeting times! Or contact Dorothee. 

AFE Theater

Theater Productions for 2017-18
Once again we will be offering a theater experience to all students!
Please attend the Theater Parent Meeting, September 19, 1pm!
K-2: Thursdays 12:45 - 1:30 starting late September; performance TBA.
Grades 3 - 5: Thursdays 1:30 - 3:15 starting September 21; performs Nov 18 & 19.
Middle School: Tuesday 1 - 3 starting late Sept/early Oct; performs Dec 14 - 17.
High School: Tues 3 - 5 starting late Oct/early Nov; performs Jan 27 & 28, 2018.
If you are interested in helping as a parent coordinator for any of these productions please contact
Zan. More information and sign ups available at the Welcome Gathering on Aug 30, in the RC, and of course at the Parent Meeting.
Theater Coordinator Teacher—
Jasmin Gerer; Theater Coordinator Parent— Zan La Hara
Director— Terri Steinmann. Please email
Zan or Jasmin with any questions.

AFE Sports

Beach Volleyball, Basketball & Soccer are offered in their respective seasons.

AFE Volleyball

AFE volleyball is about to officially start for the season!


6th - 12th grade with Peter Deutsch
Practices: Monday 1:00 - 3:00, Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 
Games: Fridays 11:30 - 2:00

Our Coed Volleyball teams compete in the Alternative Schools Sports League (mostly High
Schools). The teams are open to students in 6th – 8th grade as well as our highschoolers.
 I also really encourage students to organize a regular informal practice. These practices and our games will be on the beach courts between the wharf and the Boardwalk. Games are on Fridays between 12 and 2 and players need to arrive by 11:45. Games start on 9/9 and go through 12/16.
I really encourage any parents who can to volunteer and assist with practices and/or coaching.
It makes a big difference! We will also need to recruit one or more parent(s) who are able and
willing to help supervise and support the players at the games. Our school needs to have a
minimum of one adult supervisor for each team we have in the league at the games. No
coaching or volleyball experience is needed to fill this role.
To support AFE and AFE sports, including Volleyball, we ask students/families for donations to
help with AFE fundraising efforts to cover the costs for our league dues.
Please be sure to get onto the email list as this will be how information is going be distributed.
Please complete and sign all parts of the sports forms for volleyball and return them to Peter
asap! Any questions contact me directly at 429-3898 ext 330 or email. Thanks, Peter

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