After-School Music Lesson Activities (grades 1–5)

After-school strings activities for Catlin Gabel Lower School students are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons by the Rose City Music Academy. They include:

  • Beginner Buds: Violin, cello, guitar, and piano keyboard skills groups
    • Beginner Buds are group classes for total beginners. They offer students a chance to try out an instrument for 10 weeks in a small group (minimum enrollment is three; maximum is four). Students will begin to work on the basics of playing technique, beginning practice skills, and early musicianship. Students will prepare for a recital together at the end of the 10 weeks.
    • Beginner Buds groups will meet:
      • Violin: Tuesdays from 3:30 from 4 p.m.
      • Guitar, Cello, Piano: Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4 p.m.
    • Start Date: Week of September 29
    • Rose City Music Academy organizes Beginner Buds. The fee will be billed and paid directly to RCMA.
      • COST: $135 for 10 weeks
      • Instrument rental is included free of additional charge.
    • Students may join the After-School Program directly after their classes dismiss. The rate for ASP is $7.50/hour.
  • Private Lessons (for students in grades 1–5)
    • Lessons are offered afternoons at Catlin Gabel on:
      • Violin: Tuesday and Wednesday
      • Cello: Tuesday and Wednesday
      • Piano Keyboard: Tuesday and Wednesday
      • Guitar: Wednesday and Thursday
    • Start Date: Week of September 8. Students must have their own or rented instruments.
    • Lessons are organized through the Rose City Music Academy.Fees will be billed and paid directly to RCMA.
    • Students are welcome to join the After-School Program before or after their lessons. The rate for ASP is $7.50/hour.
  • Catlin Gabel Violin, Guitar, and Strings Chamber Groups
    • Join a violin, guitar, or strings chamber group!
      • Strings Chamber Group: Tuesdays
      • Violin Group: Tuesdays
      • Guitar Group, open to all levels: Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
      • Guitar Group, audition only: Thursday at 4 p.m.
    • Middle and Upper School students welcome. RCMA to determine student eligibility and level.
    • Start Date: Week of September 29 for 10 weeks.
    • This group is organized through Rose City Music Academy. Any fees will be billed and paid directly to RCMA.(No fee for RCMA students; others will pay $125 for the term.)
    • Students are welcome to join the After-School Program before/after their groups meet. The rate for ASP is $7.50/hour.

Sign up or call 503-308-8863.

As contracted instructors, RCMA teachers are required to pass the CGS employee background check but are not certified through Childcare Licensing.

Chess Club (grades 2–5)

Catlin Gabel's After-School Programs offers a great way to learn and play chess with guidance from our experienced instructor, Douglas Bayern.

Mondays from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Chess Club welcomes players in grades 2–5 who have already mastered the basic rules and moves of chess, who are ready to explore more complex tactics and strategies, and who understand the sportsmanship ethos of competitive chess.

Fall Term: September–December, 11 class sessions

Fee: $15 per class (equal to the cost of the ASP program from 3:15 to 5 p.m.) + $10 fee for materials

This class is included for full-time ASP students; only additional $10 materials fee will be charged

Students may join the After School Program after 4:45 p.m. if needed.

Class dates:

9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8

Chess for Learners (1st grade)

Catlin Gabel's After-School Program offers a great way to learn and play chess with guidance from our experienced instructor, Douglas Bayern.

Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Chess for Learners is designed for 1st graders, those who have not played chess before, or for those who need substantial review of the basic rules and moves of chess. This class includes both instruction and matches.

Class Dates:
9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/13, 12/20, 12/4, 12/11 

Homework Club (grades 4–5)

The After-School Program offers a TUESDAY homework group for 4th graders and & a THURSDAY homework group for 5th graders (up to 15 students in each group) this fall beginning the week of October 6.

Students who are registered with the group will join ASP after school for a snack and then meet to work on homework for an hour (3:30–4:30pm.)The goal of the group is to provide quiet time for homework with appropriate adult support. The cost ($15/ afternoon) covers snack after school and activities until 5 p.m.; families of students staying after 5 p.m. will be charged an additional $7.50 for the final hour.This is the same cost as ASP alone.

Families of participants will receive more information about group leadership in late September and be asked to complete an information sheet before the first group meetings on 10/7 and 10/9.

Italian Language Classes (grades 2–5)

Catlin Gabel’s After-School Program and Scuola Italiana di Portland present an opportunity for students (Grades 2 through 12 years) to begin or to continue the study of the Italian language and culture after school with beginning Italian classes held on Tuesdays and advanced Italian classes on Wednesdays.

These classes are taught in Italian from the very first day.Teachers passionate about their love of the Italian language and culture will share both with their students.

  • Beginning classes will start Tuesday, September 16, and are scheduled for students in grades 2–5, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Advanced classes will start Wednesday, September 17, and are scheduled for students aged 7–12 years, from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.
  • Classes will be held on the Catlin Gabel campus and require a minimum of four students each in order to be held. Some students in the classes may be from other schools.
  • Tuition and fees for these classes will be paid directly to Scuola Italiana di Portland.
  • Catlin Gabel After-School Program costs for Lower School students waiting for the advanced class to start at 3:45 on Wednesday afternoons is $7.50/day and will include a snack.
  • Students coming to ASP after the beginning class ends at 5 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons will be billed $7.50.
  • The ASP fees above will be billed to students’ Catlin Gabel accounts as used.

TO SIGN UP:Contact Scuola Italiana di Portland directly for more information (including qualification for the advanced class), costs, and registration forms.

Janet Trimble, Administrative Coordinator,, 971.270.0470.

Tae Kwon Do (grades 1–3)

Catlin Gabel Lower School students in Grades 1, 2, and 3 are invited to explore some basics of Tae Kwon Do, the nonviolent Korean art of self-defense. Tae Kwon Do focuses on the goals of becoming strong, humble, and gentle, while maintaining self-respect and having fun. Students are welcome to join an experienced instructor from the Yong-In Taekwondo Academy for a Friday, one-hour long outdoor class.

  • Class term is eight weeks long. Dates for the class are:
    • 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/24, 11/14, and 11/21.
  • Students will come to ASP in the Barn after school ends on Fridays. Please have your child wear comfortable clothing for active movement (sneakers and loose fitting pants); a Tae Kwon Do uniform is welcome, but not required.
  • The fee is $120 (the same cost as ASP program) for eight weeks and will be billed to student accounts in October. An after-school snack and supervision from 3:15 to 5 p.m. are included. (No additional charge for students on the full-time ASP rate.)
  • Student pick-up is at 4:30 p.m. outside the Beginning School; after that time, students will return to the After-School Program. Families of students staying after 5 p.m. will be charged an additional $7.50 for the final hour.
  • This class has space for 20 students. If more than 20 students register, participants will be chosen by lottery.

The Yong-In Taekwondo Academy is led by Master Sungwoo Ha. Master Ha is recognized internationally for his achievement and dedication to Tae Kwon Do as a sport and as a means of peaceful self-improvement. He has taught students of all ages for more than 20 years.

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