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After School Enrichment Courses

After School enrichment courses at Berkeley Carroll are designed to provide children with enjoyable and educational experiences in the creative arts, the sciences, and athletics.

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 7-10 weeks. Times, locations, exact dates of class meetings, and fees are indicated in the course descriptions below. All children in the After School program are escorted from their classrooms to their After School course at the end of the regular school day.

Course Registration

Registration is online ONLY through Veracross and will open on Wednesday, December 12th at 12:00 pm. Parents will need to log into their Veracross account to access the After School enrichment course registration.

Courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Popular courses fill up very quickly after registration begins, so make your plans accordingly. Registration is ongoing until classes are filled. Winter 2019 courses begin January 8th and run through March 15th.


If you are interested in a class that is already full, please contact Anne Fenton at afenton@berkeleycarroll.org.

Mondays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/4 & 3/11

BC Magazine (Grades 2-4) $315

Instructors: Darryl Ebanks & Amanda Jerido-Katz
Maximum: 14 students

Kids will work as a team to create their own magazine, which will include their own articles, stories, poems, photography and illustrations. Articles can be both creative and inspired by real events. At the end of the course, students will edit their photos and writing to create a collaborative finished product. By incorporating different types of journalistic photography and writing, including interviews/profiles, fashion/portrait photography, nature reporting, and historical/architectural reporting, they will examine what makes Berkeley Carroll school and neighborhood special.

Duckling Swim (PreK4) $315

Instructor: Luci Rosalia
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.

Gator Swim (K) $315

Instructor: Nick Gravelle
Maximum: 6 students

This class will build on the skills kindergarten swimmers have learned this year in PE. Swimmers will be evaluated and placed into appropriate swim levels for instruction.

Gymstars: Circus & Acrobatics (PreK4-Grade 4) $315

Instructor: Ekaterina Sknarina
Maximum: 25 students

In this FUN and dynamic workshop, children learn Tumbling and Circus Skills in a safe and exciting atmosphere! Working under the guidance of instructors from Gymstars, students work on rolling skills, cartwheels, handstands and other gymnastics skills. Some of the circus skills include juggling, plate spinning, clowning, pyramids and even a tight rope for a complete season of Gymstars exhilaration!

Child's Play NY Mini Musical: The Snow Queen (PreK4-Grade 1) $315

Instructor: Child's Play NY
Maximum: 12 students

Come build your ice palace as we explore the Hans Christian Anderson classic. We’ll sing songs and play with the story and characters from “The Snow Queen” that are appropriate for young voices. We’ll hide from the goblins, go on races with reindeer, and save the kingdom from an everlasting winter! Theater games and artwork support the children’s understanding of how to create a character.

Paper Arts (Grades 1-4) $315

Instructor: Chelsea English
Maximum: 12 students

Let’s explore all that paper can do! Whether it is origami, collage, papier-mâché, paper cutting, or quilling, paper will inspire your creativity. In each class we will experiment with a different type of paper art to work on our own projects as well as contribute to a collaborative piece that we will add to over the whole semester. Discover how to turn a square of paper into an animal, collage your fantasy world, and make your own piñata! Students will be encouraged to experiment with and combine learned techniques to come up with their own creations, as well as to think of ways to use recycled paper for all of our projects.

Tuesdays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26 3/5 & 3/12

Advanced Drumming (Grades 1-4) $450

Instructor: Peter Davenport
Maximum: 6 students

This course is offered to students who have already participated in the beginning drum class at Berkeley Carroll, or who have taken drum lessons outside of school. The instruction in this class will focus on how to quickly make-up your own beats and drum fills, and how to correctly play the drums to a song in a band. There will also be continued study of rudiments and sticking patterns, as well as closer examination of drumming and rhythmical notation.

Students will be required to purchase drum sticks, a Remo practice pad and stand. Practice and lesson sheets will be distributed weekly. Parents will receive a link via email for an online practice video that will be made available following each lesson.

Advanced Elementary Lego Robotics (Grades 34) $450

3:15 to 4:45 p.m.
Instructor: Becky Blumenthal
Maximum: 12 students

This Lego Robotics course will teach students how to bring their Lego creations to life using motors, sensors and the Mindstorms programming app. It will begin with the basics of building and programming, and then provide both mechanical challenges such as building a car that can climb a steep ramp, and creative projects such as creating an interactive mini-golf course. We will travel to Lincoln Place each session to take advantage of the beautiful and spacious Beta Lab workspace. Pickup will be from 181 Lincoln Place at 4:45 pm.

Basketball (Grades 1-4) $450

Instructor: Patrick James
Maximum: 25 students

This program will focus on skills, drills and scrimmages for both beginner and more experienced basketball players.

Self Portrait Art Studio (Grades K-2) $450

Instructors: Robert Abud & Anna Ramsay
Maximum: 15 students

Self Portrait Studio is an opportunity for children to take a closer look at themselves while making some cool, innovative and eye-catching self-portraits. Each week students will explore new ways to create their artwork using all sorts of unique and different materials. No two pieces will be alike! We will experiment with many different styles and techniques including collage-making, using recycled materials, found materials, watercolor, scratch art, 3D collage, and more. Self Portrait Studio is taught by Mr. Abud and Ms. Ramsey, two Lower School associate teachers whose passion for art has made its way into many classroom projects over their three years at BC.

Spanish Puppetry (Grades K-2) $450

Instructor: Sandra Lopez Iraeta
Maximum: 12 students

In a fun and artistic environment, this program will focus on students speaking Spanish using their own puppets and scripts. We will dedicate half of the class to build the vocabulary and the other half creating the puppets and stage. Each class is an opportunity to practice Spanish through music, conversations, and art. The actors will be involved in a Spanish immersion class where we combine arts and crafts, music, and scripts to practice our Spanish. At the end of the term, the actors will have a showcase to share with families and friends.

Story Ballet (PreK4-Grade 1) $450

Instructor: Vanessa Paige
Maximum: 12 students

In this class, children will learn and perform dances from classic story ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and The Firebird. Children will learn the history and traditions behind these ballets, create their own costumes, and perform selections of these for their families. This class is taught by Berkeley Carroll dance teacher Vanessa Paige, who has studied ballet for over 40 years and who spent a great deal of time performing and teaching classical dance in Europe.

Wednesdays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6 & 3/13


Advanced MIT Scratch (Grades 3-4) $450

Instructor: Zak Greene
Maximum: 14 students

This course is offered to students who have already participated in the MIT Scratch class at Berkeley Carroll, or who have been actively using Scratch for at least one year.

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.

Art Crew (PreK4-Grade 1) $450

Instructor: Nick Gravelle
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 Mr. Nick this spring for a fabulous art adventure!

Capoeira (Grades 1-4) $450

Instructor: Ryan Johnson

Maximum: 20 students

Capoeira is the most fun, dynamic activity you could do! It is played as a partner game where there are two winners in the spirit of competition. The physical aspects promote good balance, strength and flexibility, while the mental aspects encourage improvisation, strategic thinking and progressive achievement.

Capoeira is a great way to stay physically fit, enjoy the learn the music & Portuguese language and celebrate Afro-Brazilian culture. Come and see just how far you can go!

Chess (Grades 1-4) $450

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) $450

Instructor: Luci Rosalia
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.

Dynamite Dioramas (Grades 2-4) $450

Instructor: Anna Murphy, US Librarian
Maximum: 12 students

Create your own marvelous miniature scene using recycled materials. Starting with an empty shoe box (please provide your own) we will design and build our own detailed worlds within. Will you decorate your dream room, design a post office of the future, or recreate a scene from your favorite story? Maybe you’ll construct a fairy village or dream up a colony on Mars. The only limit is your imagination!

Gator Swim (K) $450

Instructor: Taylor Barringer
Maximum: 6 students

This class will build on the skills kindergarten swimmers have learned this year in PE. Swimmers will be evaluated and placed into appropriate swim levels for instruction.

Rock Band (Grades 1-4) $450

Instructor: Tristan McCoppin
Maximum: 12 students

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a rock star or wondered what specific skills you need to be in a band? In this class, children will learn to play and sing various rock songs and learn what it takes to perform and make music. Students will learn the reasons why and how the songs work, become more informed listeners and develop performance skills on instruments and vocal training. While no experience is required to participate, some background with singing or an instrument may be helpful. This camp is taught by Tristan McCoppin, performer and music educator at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

Thursdays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 3/7 & 3/14
(Child's Play Productions class will continue into spring term)

BC Builders (PreK4-K) $415

Instructor: Andrea Santin
Maximum: 12 students

In this course, students will be presented with fun building challenges. They will make their own designs and build towers, forts, houses, boats, and more. Our BC builders will experiment with cardboard, straws, pipe cleaners, marshmallows, wood, and other recycled materials. These creations will involve the use of tools such as scissors, tape, staplers, and hole punchers. While practicing fine motor skills, builders will work through the creative process, collaborate, take risks, and strengthen their problem solving skills. BC Builders is a course taught by Ms. Santín, Berkeley Carroll's PreK Associate Teacher.

Ceramics (Grades 2-4) $415

Instructor: Phaedra Mastrocola
Maximum: 12 students

Ceramics Session 2: Tremendous, Terrific, Tantalizing Texture!

If you like to draw, stamp, and carve, this after school ceramics course is for you! Make functional wares like dishes, bowls, and vases with a focus on surface texture. Paint with colored slips and even learn sgraffito carving!

Drum Fun (Grades 1-4) $415

Instructor: Peter Davenport
Maximum: 6 students

Learn to play drums and have fun doing it! This class is designed to teach the student basic fundamentals. By the end of the first class each student will have the ability to play a rock beat, know how to correctly hold the drum sticks and understand the names of each drum and cymbal component that makes up the drum set.

From that point we will engage in games that teach tempo, rhythmical memorization, hand technique, basic rhythmical notation and beats. We will also utilize other percussion instruments including conga drums, shakers, tambourines, cow bells, etc.

Students will be required to purchase drum sticks, a Remo practice pad and stand. Practice and lesson sheets will be distributed weekly. Parents will receive a link via email for an online practice video that will be made available following each lesson.

Introductory Lego Robotics (Grades 1-2) $415

Instructor: Jessica Cary
Maximum: 8 students

This Lego Robotics course will teach students how to design, create and program a working model - and bring that model to life. Using the Lego WeDo system, students will work with simple machines, gears, levers, pulleys, and transmissions of motion. They will also work with each other: improving communication, collaboration and team-building.

Math Explorers (Grades 1-3) $415

Instructor: Anne Louise Ennis
Maximum: 6 students

Explore math challenges, games, and open-ended problems in a supportive environment! Students will work on math problems of their choosing, developing solutions that they then share with the group using drawings, models, and many materials. Each session will include a group math game as well as time to work independently or with friends. This class is taught by Anne Louise Ennis, LS Math Coordinator.

Soccer (PreK4-Grade 1) $415

Instructor: Nick Gravelle
Maximum: 25 students

In a fun, non-competitive environment, this program will focus on improving soccer skills through warm ups, drills and games. Come play soccer with Mr. Nick and make new friends!

Spanish Cooking (Grades 1-4) $415

Instructor: Profesora Calcavecchia
Maximum: 12 spaces

Enjoy making delicious Spanish foods from different Hispanic speaking countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala and more! Experience and learn to appreciate a variety of cultures without leaving the classroom! During each class, students will prepare a traditional meal from a Hispanic speaking country and learn fun facts from from all the dishes in each country. Students will put together and take home a recipe book at the end of the course.

Fridays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/8 & 3/15

Chess (PreK-K) $415

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.

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.

Child's Play NY Productions: Willy Wonka's Kids (Grades 2-4) $765

Instructor: Child's Play NY
Maximum: 12 spaces

Students start the session with a clear goal at hand… perform a play! Kids work on scripts, have roles, and collaborate with professional actors and directors to make their show. Improvisation and theater games spark creativity as campers rehearse for their performance. Kids increase confidence, craft, and their ability to work as part of an ensemble. Learn how to create a character from a place of instinct and play while also amassing skills in singing, dance and speech.


Willy Wonka KIDS follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences.

Please note: Due to its unique nature, this course will run for both the winter and spring sessions. Students must participate in the full duration of the course.

Lion Tennis (PreK4-Grade 4) $415

3:15 to 3:50 pm & 3:55 to 4:30 pm (two separate sections)
Instructor: Lawrence Yasner
Maximum: 12 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 learn to play by emphasizing the ABCs (agility, balance and coordination) of tennis. Students play games utilizing their forehands, backhands, and volleys.

Lawrence is the director of Lion Tennis and has taught Lower School PE and coached tennis at Berkeley Carroll for over 10 years.

Please note, each section of Lion Tennis will meet for 35 minutes. Students in the latter group will go to After School playgroups until their tennis class begins.

After School Play Groups

Overview

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 afenton@berkeleycarroll.org.

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.

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)

What's Available for Winter 2019

Mondays

  • BC Magazine (2-4)
  • Ducking Swim (PreK4)
  • Gator Swim (K)
  • Gymstars: Circus & Acrobatics (PreK4-4)
  • Mini-Musicals "The Snow Queen" (PreK4-1)
  • Paper Arts (1-4)

Tuesdays

  • Advanced Drumming (1-4)
  • Advanced Elementary Lego Robotics (3-4)
  • Basketball (1-4)
  • Self Portraits (K-2)
  • Spanish Puppetry (K-2)
  • Story Ballet (PreK4-1)

Wednesdays

  • Advanced MIT Scratch (3-4)
  • Art Crew (PreK4-1)
  • Capoiera (1-4)
  • Chess (1-4)
  • Duckling Swim (PreK4)
  • Dynamite Dioramas (2-4)
  • Gator Swim (K)
  • Rock Band (1-4)

Thursdays

  • BC Builders (PreK4-K)
  • Ceramics (2-4)
  • Drum Fun (1-4)
  • Introductory Lego Robotics (1-2)
  • Math Explorers (1-3)
  • Soccer (PreK4-1)
  • Spanish Cooking (1-4)

Fridays

  • Child's Play Productions (2-4)
  • Chess (PreK-K)
  • Lion Tennis (PreK4-4)