The Berkeley Carroll School

After School


Afterschool Enrichment Courses at Berkeley Carroll are designed to provide children with enjoyable and educational experiences in the creative arts, the sciences, and athletics.

Held at 701 and 712 Carroll Street, courses are developed for a variety of age and interest levels and taught by Berkeley Carroll faculty members as well as other experienced professionals during three sessions: fall, winter, and spring.

Most courses meet once a week, for a period of 9–13 weeks and have a maximum class size of 12 students. Times, locations, exact dates of class meetings, and fees are indicated in the course schedule. All children in the Afterschool program are escorted from their classrooms in the 712 and 701 Carroll Street buildings to their Afterschool course at the end of the regular school day.

Catherine Samuelsen, Director of Extended Day and Afterschool Courses, directs the Afterschool Enrichment Course Program and the Afterschool Playgroups. She can be reached at (csamuelsen@berkeleycarroll.org) or 718-534-6621.

Programs and days are subject to change.

Registration

Online registration ONLY is available beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Registration is ongoing until classes are filled.

Fall 2017 courses begin Sept. 18 and run through Dec. 15.

Courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and all registration will be noted for date and time of receipt. Popular courses fill up very quickly after registration begins, so make your plans accordingly.

If you are interested in a class that is already full, please contact Catherine Samuelsen at csamuelsen@berkeleycarroll.org.

Please consult course descriptions for classes that begin or end later due to seasonal or outside facilities/contractors’ calendar schedules.

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Mondays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

Sept. 18, 25; Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30; Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27; Dec. 4, 11 (12 weeks)

Gymstars (PreK-Grade 4) $525

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Lyceum Gym
Instructor: Aimee German
Minimum: 10 students; Maximum: 20 students

In class, children work on coordination, strength, balance, flexibility, teamwork and confidence. They learn how to do cartwheels, front rolls, handstands, back rolls, walk on the balance beam and more.

Aimee, a director of the Gymstars program, has taught gymnastics to children for more than 12 years. She has taught with BC for more than eight years.



Mini Musical: "Under the Sea" with Child's Play NY (K-Grade 1) $525

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Maximum: 14 students
Instructor: Jocelyn Greene

Course description forthcoming.

Duckling Swim (PreK4) $525

3:15 to 4:30 p.m. (swim time: 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.)
Athletic Center Pool
Maximum: 6 students

Our goal is to explore the wonder of the water with games and skills that include water adjustment, breath control, kicking, arm movements and floating. Equipment includes kickboards and noodles. Level I and II. Chaperones and locker room supervision included.

Kindergarten Gator Swim (K) $525

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Maximum: 6 students

This class will building on the swimming skills kindergarten swimmers have learned this year in PE. Swimmers will be evaluated and placed into appropriate swim levels for instruction. It is Friday, so we of course will end each class with a fun game or everyone's favorite, free swim!

Butter Beans Cooking (PreK4-K) $525

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Maximum: 12 students

Join the Butter Beans cooking class to learn how to make seasonal, international, nutritious recipes, while forging fun new memories in the kitchen! Students will explore plant ecology, international cuisines, beneficial nutrients and mindfulness through the lens of healthy, tasty recipes. At the end of class each week, our budding chefs sit down together to enjoy the meal they have helped prepare from scratch. As students move through the course they will also learn vital kitchen knife skills, food tasting and seasoning, various culinary techniques and culinary vocabulary. Children will gain an appreciation for food from farm to table, while discovering different cultures and creating nourishing and colorful recipes in the cooking classroom!

Fine Art Drawing (Grades 3-4) $525 NEW!

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Nina Wish
Maximum: 10 students


This class introduces students to advanced drawing skills. Designed like a studio drawing course, we will explore practices such as drawing the figure from life, "plein air" (drawing outside) and drawing still lives. We will work with materials such as charcoal, pastels and colored pencils. Each student will also receive a sketchbook to work in throughout the semester and take home at the end of the class.

Tuesdays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

Sept. 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Nov. 14, 21, 28; Dec. 5, 12 (12 weeks)

Basketball (Grades 1-4) $525

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Lyceum Gym
Minimum: 9 students; Maximum: 25 students

This program will focus on skills, drills and scrimmages.

Ceramics (Grades 2-4) $525

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Instructor: Stephanie Forsman, Berkeley Carroll Third Grade Head Teacher
Maximum: 10 students

Explore various techniques of hand building with clay. Children will design, create and paint their clay masterpieces. Projects will include a coil pot, ornamental mirrors, birdhouses and ceramic jewelry (pendants and beads). The children make their own bisque-ware.

Construction Kids Building Everyday (PreK4-Grade 1) $375

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Maximum: 15 students

As a child's creativity grows, they require a broad palate of tools and materials to make things by themselves to learn about the world that surrounds them. Building Everyday is just that. Students learn how to safely use a wide range of real tools and learn how to handle different materials to build a dynamic series of projects. Included in each project are the basic tenants of STEM: planning, exploring options, making repairs and finishing your work, while fostering self-reliance, problem solving, confidence and creativity. Contracted with Construction Kids by The Berkeley Carroll School.

Messy Art (Grades 1-2) $525 NEW!

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Nina Wish
Maximum: 10 students

Do you like getting messy when you make art? Then come get creative in Messy Art! Here, we will do all the fun, messy projects you can dream of. We will explore mediums like printmaking with fruit, paper mache and finger painting. We will make group murals and individual paintings. We will create beautiful artwork for you to take home, while getting very messy!

Lego Robotics (Grades 2-4) $525

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Becky Blumenthal, BC Lower School Science Teacher

Maximum: 12 students

Lego Robotics takes the classic activity of building with Legos and brings creations to life through adding motors and sensors. Programming the robots adds a new layer of challenge and problem solving to the process. WeDo sets provide a structured introduction for those who are new to robotics and programming, while the Mindstorms materials offer more open-ended and complex work for those with experience. Projects will be guided by students' interests; examples of past projects include animals, cars, fair rides, mini-golf courses and music makers.

Wednesdays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

Sept. 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1, 15, 29; Dec. 6, 13 (11 weeks)

Capoiera (Grades 1-4) $485

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Ryan Johnson

Maximum: 20 students

Capoiera is an exciting, interactive and fun way to keep active, engaged and in tune with our bodies. The Portuguese culture and the various instruments used in Capoiera are taught alongside the physical training. Classes will be taught by Ryan Johnson, who has more than 11 years of experience in Capoiera and seven years of experience teaching in public and private New York City schools.

Chess (Grades 1-4) $485

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Instructor: Bruce Pandolfini
Maximum: 25 students

This course teaches the rules and basics of chess play, stressing critical thinking and techniques that carry on in math/logic skills. More advanced students are taught the principles of good play. The course teaches opening, middle and end games. Children are given folders for permanent records of their accomplishments. New students, along with those continuing from the previous session, are encouraged to enroll. Advanced pupils may be asked to attend the national competition if they wish to participate. Parents are invited to visit the first class to observe and new students will be admitted up to the second week. This activity involves competition as well as instruction. All students receive certificates of participation in addition to individual awards that may be presented at the discretion of the instructor.

Bruce Pandolfini is the co-founder and co-director of the Manhattan Chess Club, author of many books on chess, teaches and directs chess programs at several independent schools and is highlighted in the movie "Searching for Bobby Fischer." Bruce was recently named Chess Teacher of the Year.

Duckling Swim (PreK4) $485

3:15 to 4:30 p.m. (swim time: 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.)
Athletic Center Pool
Minimum: 8 students; Maximum: 12 students

Our goal is to explore the wonder of the water with games and skills that include water adjustment, breath control, kicking, arm movements and floating. Equipment includes kickboards and noodles. Level I and II. Chaperones and locker room supervision included.

Improvaganza with Child's Play NY (Grades 2-4) $485 NEW!

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Maximum: 12 students

Having fun, making funnies and working together to build a limitless adventure — that's what improvisation is all about. Together, we'll build the tools to think on our feet, discover silly games and create a fully-realized show with no script to hold us back! We'll be developing improv skills as a powerful social tool and an opportunity to expand our knowledge of the stage. The final day will include a game-based performance open for family and friends.

Art Crew (PreK-Grade 1) $485

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Maximum: 12 students


Come have fun with painting, printmaking and collage! We will make art projects using exciting material like tissue paper, string, watercolors and craypas. We will work on our own projects and on group activities. At the end, we will have an art opening to showcase our beautiful creations. So join Ms. Wish this winter for a fabulous art adventure!

Swim Club (Grades 2-4) $485

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Maximum: 12 students
Instructor: Elizabeth Heiss


To participate in this program, swimmers must be able to swim 50 years freestyle (two laps) continuously. Swimmers will work on endurance, strokes, starts, turns and finishes. Every class will end with free swim or a fun group water game. Elizabeth Heiss is our BC camp aquatics director. She also teaches in our community swim programs. This year, Elizabeth joined our BC swim team staff.

MIT Scratch (Grades 2-4) $485

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Zak Greene
Maximum: 12 students

Students learn to create their own stories, animations and games using Scratch. Scratch is a platform and online community developed by MIT that is designed to teach kids to write code. Using basic programming concepts like loops and conditionals, students bring their ideas to life and share them with each other. They work independently and with partners, and provide constructive feedback to their classmates. At the end of the course, students may share their projects with their parents and the Scratch community online.

Example projects:
https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/105313002/
https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/105312823/
https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/114352330/

Zak Greene is an independent interaction designer and developer based in Brooklyn. He built his first website when we was 10 and has been programming ever since. He likes working with kids because he knows firsthand how learning these skills at an early age can help lead to a fulfilling career later, while still being a lot of fun.

Thursdays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

Sept. 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov. 2, 8, 16, 30; Dec. 7, 14 (11 weeks)
SKATEBOARDING ONLY: Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19; Nov. 2, 8 (6 weeks)

Soccer (PreK-Grade 1) $485

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Lyceum Gym

Minimum: 14 students; Maximum: 25 students

In a fun, non-competitive environment, this program will focus on improving soccer skills through warm ups, drills and games.

Construction Kids Build Your Own Skateboard and Advanced Wheeled Vehicles (Grades 1-4) $250 NEW!

3:15 to 5 p.m.
Maximum: 15 students


Build your own skateboard from scratch! Beginning with blank decks, we will skillfully design an image by experimenting with successive drafts to embellish them. By installing every bearing, bolt and washer themselves, students will understand how to make repairs using different tools and skills they acquire as they piece together the wheels and trucks to the board. After we finish our skateboards we will build complex, multi-wheeled vehicles. Students will use a wide range of tools (hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, etc.)

BC Reporters: Making a Magazine (Grades 2-4) $485

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Instructor: Darryl Ebanks and David Gore
Maximum: 10 students


This class will be out and about in Park Slope! Student reporters will explore different types of journalistic photography and writing — including interviews/profiles, street fashion/photography, nature reporting, historical/architectural reporting — as they examine what makes Berkeley Carroll's neighborhood special. The class will focus on first-hand reporting; capturing both details and "the big picture" in words and photos; and telling a story through images. Students will be introduced to the basics of what makes a good photo (composition, framing and light) and a strong written piece (detail, concision, voice). At the end of the course, students will edit their photos and writing to create a collaborative finished product.

As a photographer, filmmaker and writer, Darryl Ebanks has created and published visual content for over 150 artists. Darryl is in his third year at Berkeley Carroll and has taught photography in the past. David Gore is a recent Yale graduate interested in elementary education. A former English major, he first became passionate about writing during a nature-writing project in his third grade class. He's excited to introduce BC reporters to new ways of exploring the world around them through journalistic writing!

Fridays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

Sept. 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17; Dec. 1, 8, 15 (12 weeks)

Chess (PreK-K) $525

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Instructor: Carol Ann Caronia
Maximum: 15 students

This course teaches the rules and basics of chess play, stressing critical thinking and techniques that carry on in math/logic skills. Chess is the “great amalgamator” of early childhood education. Children are taught several valuable lessons each session. The alphabet, numbers, counting, and pattern recognition are all vital in learning to play chess. The course presents moves and rules in a simplified manner and allows for simplified play. Instructor provides supplies, sets, pieces and clock. Girls are encouraged to enroll.

Carol Ann Caronia co-teaches the grades one through four division chess course with Bruce Pandolfini and teaches chess in several area schools. She is the president of Play Chess! Inc.

These activities involve competition as well as instruction. All students receive certificates of participation in addition to individual awards that may be presented at the discretion of the instructor.

Construction Kids Building Everyday (PreK-K) $525

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Maximum: 15 students

As a child's creativity grows, they require a broad palate of tools and materials to make things by themselves to learn about the world that surrounds them. Building Everyday is just that. Students learn how to safely use a wide range of real tools and learn how to handle different materials to build a dynamic series of projects. Included in each project are the basic tenants of STEM: planning, exploring options, making repairs and finishing your work, while fostering self-reliance, problem solving, confidence and creativity. Contracted with Construction Kids by The Berkeley Carroll School.

Lion Tennis (PreK3-K) $525 NEW!

3:15 to 3:45 p.m. (30 minutes)
Instructor Lawrence Yasner, Berkeley Carroll Lower School PE Teacher
Maximum: 14 students


Join Lion Tennis and start playing the sport of a lifetime. Students learn the FUNdamental skills of coordination, hitting technique and sportsmanship in a supportive environment. Lion Tennis' specially-designed curriculum uses positive reinforcement and a low student-teacher ratio while having tons of fun! Through weekly progression, children in our Cubs program play games emphasizing the ABCs (agility, balance and coordination) of tennis.

Lawrence is the director of Lion Tennis and has taught Lower Schooler PE and coached tennis at Berkeley Carroll for 10 years. Children may be picked up following class or join our playgroups following class at no additional cost.

Lion Tennis (Grades 1-4) $525 NEW!

3:45 to 4:30 p.m. (45 minutes)
Instructor Lawrence Yasner, Berkeley Carroll Lower School PE Teacher
Maximum: 14 students

Join Lion Tennis and start playing the sport of a lifetime. Students learn the FUNdamental skills of coordination, hitting technique and sportsmanship in a supportive environment. Lion Tennis' specially-designed curriculum uses positive reinforcement and a low student-teacher ratio while having tons of fun! Through weekly progression, children play games and practice forehands, backhands, volleys and serves.

Lawrence is the director of Lion Tennis and has taught Lower Schooler PE and coached tennis at Berkeley Carroll for 10 years. Children will go to playgroup before class and be brought to tennis at 3:45.

Afterschool Playgroups

Children enrolled in an after school course can attend the playgroup at no additional cost until 6:15pm. They will be escorted from the course to the playgroup.

For more information about the After School Enrichment Course Program or After School Playgroups, please contact Catherine Samuelsen, Director of Extended Day and After School Courses, at csamuelsen@berkeleycarroll.org or (718) 534-6621.

Programs and days are subject to change.

For Children in PreK-Grade 4

There are two afterschool playgroups, one for PreK and Kindergarten children and another for Grade 1-4 students. Supervised by experienced group leaders and their assistants, the playgroups provide childcare on school days from 3:15 (dismissal) to 6:15 pm. Games, arts and crafts, cooking, videos, outdoor play, homework supervision, and special events are offered.

Fees (Per Child)

DAILY RATE: $15.00 per hour

Families can use this use this service on a regular or as-needed basis. Last minute requests to have your child attend playgroup should please be emailed to csamuelsen@berekeleycarroll.org.

Billing is done at the end of each month. Payment is due two weeks after the date of each bill. After that due date, a $100 late fee will be applied.

Annual Feed (Paid by Credit Card Only)

5-day package
$1,840 (3:15-4:15pm)
$2,865 (3:15-5:15pm)
$3,915 (3:15-6:15pm)

3-day package
$1,100 (3:15-4:15pm)
$1,720 (3:15-5:15pm)
$2,350 (3:15-6:15pm)

Emergency fees for late pick-up
6:15-6:30pm $12.50 (for the first 15 minutes)
An additional $15.25 for the next 15 minutes (6:30-6:45pm)
An additional $31.25 for the next 15 minutes (6:45-7:00pm)
An additional $60.00 per half hour (after 7:00pm)

We urge parents to pick up children on time, as it is a very long day for the children.

Extended Day

The Extended Day program is available before school, beginning at 7:30 a.m., and after school until 6:15 p.m. Our After School program offers courses in a wide range of subjects, including chess, robotics and cooking, as well as basic playgroups. While our Earlybird program is offered free of charge, there is tuition for after school courses and playgroups. We offer a variety of summer camps as well.

What's Available for Fall 2017

Mondays

  • Gymstars
    (PreK-Grade 4)
  • Mini Musical: "Under the Sea" with Child's Play NY
    (K-Grade 1)
  • Duckling Swim
    (PreK4)
  • Kindergarten Gator Swim
    (K)
  • Butter Beans Cooking
    (PreK4-K)
  • Fine Arts Drawing
    (Grades 3-4) NEW!

Tuesdays

  • Basketball
    (Grades 1-4)
  • Ceramics
    (Grades 2-4)
  • Construction Kids Building Everyday
    (PreK4-Grade 1)
  • Messy Art
    (Grades 1-2) NEW!
  • Lego Robotics
    (Grades 2-4)

Wednesdays

  • Capoiera
    (Grades 1-4)
  • Chess
    (Grades 1-4)
  • Duckling Swim
    (PreK4)
  • Improvaganza with Child's Play NY
    (Grades 2-4) NEW!
  • Art Crew
    (PreK-Grade 1)
  • Swim Club
    (Grades 2-4)
  • MIT Scratch
    (Grades 2-4)

Thursdays

  • Soccer
    (PreK-Grade 1)
  • Construction Kids Build Your Own Skateboard and Advanced Wheeled Vehicles
    (Grades 1-4) NEW!
  • BC Reporters: Making a Magazine
    (Grades 2-4)

Fridays

  • Chess
    (PreK-K)
  • Construction Kids Building Everyday
    (PreK-K)
  • Lion Tennis
    (PreK4-K) NEW!
  • Lion Tennis
    (Grades 1-4) NEW!
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