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, March 14. Registration is ongoing until classes are filled.

Winter 2017 courses begin April 7 and run through June 1.

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

April 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22 (7 weeks)

Basketball (Grades 1-4) $300

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Lyceum Gym
Minimum: 9 students; Maximum: 20 students

This program will focus on skills, drills and scrimmages.

Textile Arts (Grades 1-4) $300

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
701 Carroll St. (for winter term only)
Maximum: 12 students


Students explore soft sculpture, turning wool into bright and fun textile projects (decorative or functional) through wet and dry felting and needle arts.

Textile Arts will take place at the Textile Arts Center (505 Carroll St.). The children will be escorted by a BC staff member. They will dismiss at 5 p.m. in front of 701 Carroll St.

Mini Musical: "Peter Pan" with Child's Play NY (K-Grade 2) $300

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

Come sing, dance and fly your way from the Darlings' home to Never Never Land as we adventure inside J.M. Barrie's amazing tale. We will play tag with our shadows, learn to speak Tinkerbell gibberish and think our Happy Thoughts so we learn to soar! Dive in the Mermaid Lagoon, swagger on Captain Hook's ship and sing as a Lost Kid. Join us — Peter is waiting by your window to whisk you away!

Duckling Swim (PreK4) $300

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.

Court 16: Tennis Remixed for Kids (Grades 1-4) $425

3:15 to 5 p.m.
526 Baltic St. between Third and Fourth avenues
Minimum: 15 students; Maximum: 25 students

Children will travel via school bus to the brand new Court 16 indoor facility with Berkeley Carroll chaperones. Instruction will be given on kid-sized courts with a 5:1 student/teacher ratio. Racquets and balls will be provided. Children will return to Berkeley Carroll no later 5 p.m.

Butter Beans Cooking (PreK4-K) $300

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!

Messy Science (K-Grade 1) $300 NEW!

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Instructor: Erin DiLeva
Maximum: 10 students


Come and explore science concepts through hands-on, MESSY experiments in our lab. Children will use their senses of tough, smell and taste to investigate. Each week, a different messy experiment, from slime to exploding volcanoes, will be performed. At the end of the course, children will take home a book of experiments for those brave enough to try at home. Erin DiLeva teaches science at Berkeley Carroll from PreK though second grade and loves making messes.

Tuesdays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

April 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (7 weeks)

Gymstars (Grades 1-4) $300

3:15 to 4:30 p.m. (three sections based on age and/or ability)
Lyceum Gym
Instructor: Aimee German
Minimum: 10 students; Maximum: 25 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.

Ceramics (Grades 2-4) $300

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 NEW!

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.

Brooklyn Beats (Grades 2-4) $300

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jason Horowitz, Berkeley Carroll Associate Teacher
Maximum: 12 students


This class will focus on developing each student’s creativity, improvisation and songwriting skills. We will study two genres of music that helped develop and transform the culture of New York City in the 20th century: hip-hop and jazz.

We will be doing a good amount of hands-on practice and creation. The main focus of the class will be to exercise each individual’s creativity through freestyle rap, improvisation, poetry and songwriting. We’ll learn how to transform our poetry into rhythmic, lyrical verses, which we will use in our own original hip-hop songs. Every session will include a guided writing session, as well as a live jam session in which every student will participate. Using percussion instruments, we will learn and practice jazz and hip-hop rhythms. Using a microphone and a vocal effects pedal, we will explore proper microphone technique, as well as various sound effects. We’ll create projects based around the other elements of hip-hop as well, including street art, dance and turntablism.

Another purpose of The Brooklyn Beats Expression Train will be to introduce students to jazz music. They will learn how to recognize different parts of a jazz song, and we will memorize various rhythms and melodies. Aside from the hands-on writing and creativity that will be involved in this program, we’ll touch on the history of the music, the key musicians and the evolution from jazz, to funk, to hip-hop. Finally, we will listen to some musicians who have successfully fused these musical styles, as we set out for our goal of creating our own songs, which will do just that.

All aboard!

MIT Scratch (Grades 2-4) $300

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.

Wednesdays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

April 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (8 weeks)

Capoiera (Grades 1-4) $340

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) $340

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) $340

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.

Child's Play NY Shakespeare Ensemble (Grades 2-4) $340

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

Welcome to a theater class that introduces kids to Shakespeare's dramatic masterpieces in a way that is accessible, enriching and fun! Students will learn the plot of "The Tempest" and act out the salient points of character through long-form improvisations. We will focus on scenes from "The Tempest" to hone our acting skills! Games surrounding the characters and their incredible conflicts, desires and stories make the class an incredibly joyous exploration of both theater and Shakespeare.

Art Crew (PreK) $340

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Maximum: 10 students

Instructor: Nick Gravelle

Do you love getting your hands dirty? Do you want to make cool and beautiful things? If you do, join the PreK after school art crew!

We paint, draw, do collage, sculpt and explore the boundaries of visual art. We will showcase our masterpieces in a big show the end of the semester. Voilá!

Art Crew (K-Grade 1) $340

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


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) $340

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.

Thursdays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25; June 1 (8 weeks)

So You Wanna be a Rock 'n' Roll Star! (Grades 1-4) $340

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Luis Miranda, Berkeley Carroll Associate Teacher and rocker
Maximum: 10 students

Hey kids, it's time to show the world that the young ones know how to rock and roll hard! We will play our favorite rock 'n' roll covers and, if we are inspired, we may even write our own songs. In this After School program, you will be introduced to different genres of rock, including classic rock, hard rock, pop rock and britpop rock. We will be reading letter notation, rather than pentagram notation, for fast and easy group progress. It does not matter if you are a beginner or already a rock legend, there is a place for everybody in this band. So if you are a first through fourth grader and want to be a rock star, get your guitar, bass, drumsticks and mighty microphone and ... let's rock this city!

Soccer (PreK-Grade 2) $340

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 Kites and Bridges (Grades 2-4) $390 NEW!

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

Students will build a series of working bridge models and then transition to building real kites. The objective of the semester is to learn how complex objects are composed of many small parts to become an object that is both lightweight and structurally strong. Each session includes images of bridges that illustrate the connection of the classroom models to real life applications. The bridge section includes building beam, arch, truss and suspension bridge models. We then transition to making a series of triangular and box kites. Students will learn to use a wide range of real tools and materials (hammers, bolts, wrenches, wood, tyvek, glue, etc.). Contracted with Construction Kids by The Berkeley Carroll School.

Yoga with Ms. Meagher (PreK-K) $340 NEW!

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Instructor: Heather Meagher
Maximum: 10 students


In Kidding Around Yoga we will dance, march, jog, shake, skip, hop, jump and limbo while practicing traditional yoga poses to catchy music. Most importantly, we will get to be very silly and have lots of fun! Kidding Around Yoga is an energetic yoga class that uses movements and postures geared at integrating mind and body, breathing techniques to calm and sharpen focus and mindfulness exercises aimed at improving attention. Heather Meagher is one of BC's PreK head teachers. She loves to dance and practice yoga. She is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor, Kidding Around Yoga-trained teacher and aeriali.

BC Reporters: Making a Magazine (Grades 2-4) $340 NEW!

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

April 7, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26 (7 weeks)

Chess (PreK-K) $300

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.

Gymstars (PreK-K) $300

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

Skateboarding (Grades 1-4) $300

3:15 to 5 p.m.
Prospect Park
Instructor: Geno; Joel's Kids on Wheels
Minimum: 10 students; Maximum: 15 students

Students will be escorted to Prospect Park to skateboard. They will be brought back to 701 Carroll St. for dismissal at 5 p.m. Whether you can already ollie or are a newbie to skateboarding, this fun class is for you. Join Geno of Joel's Kids on Wheels to learn the basics of balance and push-offs to more advanced moves like tic tacs, ollies and son a kick-flip. Students need to bring their own board and for safety, students MUST bring and wear all protecting gear including a helmet and wrist, knee and elbow pads.

Gator Kindergarten Swim (K) $300 NEW!

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

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 Spring 2017

Mondays

  • Basketball
    (Grades 1-4)
  • Textile Arts
    (Grades 1-4)
  • Mini Musical: "Peter Pan" with Child's Play NY
    (K-Grade 2)
  • Duckling Swim
    (PreK4)
  • Court 16: Tennis Remixed for Kids
    (Grades 1-4)
  • Butter Beans Cooking
    (PreK4-K)
  • Messy Science
    (K-Grade 1) NEW!

Tuesdays

  • Gymstars
    (Grades 1-4)
  • Ceramics
    (Grades 2-4)
  • Construction Kids Building Everyday
    (PreK4-Grade 1) NEW!
  • Brooklyn Beats
    (Grades 2-4)
  • MIT Scratch
    (Grades 2-4)

Wednesdays

  • Capoiera
    (Grades 1-4)
  • Chess
    (Grades 1-4)
  • Duckling Swim
    (PreK4)
  • Child's Play NY Shakespeare Ensemble
    (Grades 2-4)
  • Art Crew
    (PreK)
  • Art Crew
    (K-Grade 1)
  • Swim Club
    (Grades 2-4)

Thursdays

  • So You Wanna be a Rock 'n' Roll Star!
    (Grades 1-4)
  • Soccer
    (PreK-Grade 2)
  • Construction Kids Kites and Bridges
    (Grades 2-4) NEW!
  • Yoga with Ms. Meagher
    (PreK-K) NEW!
  • BC Reporters: Making a Magazine
    (Grades 2-4) NEW!

Fridays

  • Chess
    (PreK-K)
  • Gymstars
    (PreK-K)
  • Skateboarding
    (Grades 1-4)
  • Gator Kindergarten Swim
    (K) NEW!
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