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After School Enrichment Courses

After School enrichment at Berkeley Carroll is 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 classes 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, March 13th at 12:00 pm. Parents will need to log into their Veracross Parent Portal 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. Spring 2019 courses begin April 1st and run through June 7th.


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

Mondays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20 & 6/3

Adventures in Mythology (Grades 1-4) $360

Instructor: Plato Learning
Maximum: 10 students

Adventures in Mythology takes children on a journey into the world of ancient myths and stories across many cultures, including Greek, Egyptian, Norse, Indigenous, and more. AIM activates students imaginations with activities including storytelling, armor design and epic live-action adventures. Our mission is to help students tap the hero within.

Duckling Swim (PreK4) $360

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) $360

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 2) $360

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: Over the Rainbow (PreK4-Grade 1) $360

Instructor: Child's Play NY
Maximum: 12 students

Self-expression and artistry are the name of the game in our Mini Musical program. Kids work in-depth on a specific show and use it’s plot as a springboard for their own mini-plays. Through improvisation and creative movement they flex their imaginative muscles. We then layer on theater technique: Students learn the basics of vocal warm-ups, character development, singing and choreography from our expert teachers. The unique blend of play and performance is realized in a final “sharing” for friends and family. Students get to showcase their abilities as young storytellers, singers and dancers!

Let’s go “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” together in this beautiful re-imagination of the classic L. Frank Baum story. Get interviewed in a Munchkin talk-show about your special profession and how you really feel about the Witch. Explore the different physical lives of Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion while learning their signature songs!

Outdoor Arts (Grades 1-4) $360

Instructor: Chelsea English
Maximum: 12 students

Description coming soon.

Tuesdays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28 & 6/4

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.

Basketball (Grades 1-4) $450

Instructor: Patrick James & Taylor Barringer
Maximum: 25 students

Working under the guidance of experienced coaches, campers will focus on a different basketball fundamental each session, including shooting, passing, footwork, etc. Participants will be divided into groups based on age and experience. This class is for both beginner and more experienced basketball players.


BC Magazine (Grades 2-4) $450

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.

Multimedia Collage (Grades K-2) $450

Instructors: Robert Abud & Anna Ramsay
Maximum: 15 students

Collage is an art form that allows us to combine many materials to make a new whole. In Multimedia Collage, children will work on a different project each week using a wide range of materials, from different kinds of paper to 3D materials. We will also experiment with using other art materials like watercolor, craypas, colored pencils and paint, to create our own colors and textures that we can then re-discover by layering them in collage. Let’s explore the endless ways we can creatively use everyday materials to make something new, beautiful, or interesting! Multimedia Collage 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.

Nature in the City (Grades 1-4) $450

Instructors: Becky Blumenthal & Jessica Cary
Maximum: 12 students

In the midst of Brooklyn’s pavement and buildings is a surprising wealth of nature. In this roaming class, children will leave campus each week to discover and investigate our local nature. Destinations will include Prospect Park and local gardens, with activities such as identifying local trees and wildlife, using binoculars, gardening, and seeking out signs of spring. Naturalists should wear comfortable walking shoes, clothes that can get dirty, and outerwear appropriate for rain or cold (as needed.)

Snack Art (Grades PK4-K) $450

Instructor: Alicia Kaiser
Maximum: 10 students

In this class, students will have fun exploring how different foods can be used to create art! We will use various fruits, vegetables, crackers and other snack foods to create and build snack art. The Snack Artists will design and build different animals, structures, houses, flowers and anything the mind can imagine. Through this course, students will also learn safe knife handling and cutting techniques to be used in the kitchen.

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.

Wednesdays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29 & 6/5

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 incorporate math/logic skills. Students are taught how to be good winners and losers. More advanced students are taught the principles of logical play, including all three phases of chess (opening, middlegame and endgame). Students are also shown problem-solving methods that can be modified for use in various other areas of higher thinking. The class offers competition as well as instruction. An optional tournament is held each term, and a class champion is named at the end of the scholastic year.

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.

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.

Graphic Design (Grades 3-4) $450

Instructor: Zak Greene
Maximum: 14 students

This course teaches students to create and edit images using digital tools like Adobe Photoshop. Students will learn how colors, shapes, words, and patterns combine to make beautiful designs that express ideas. We’ll share our designs with each other and talk about why we like them. We’ll explore how digital images are used in the real world, on t-shirts, posters, websites, and more, and at the end, we’ll display our creations in print or online.

Zak Greene is an independent designer, web developer, and teacher. He started learning how to use Photoshop and other tools when he was a kid, and his interest led him all the way to the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied Graphic Design.

Child's Play NY: Hogwarts School (Grades 2-4) $450

Instructor: Child's Play NY
Maximum: 12 students

Join us as we use the “magic” of theater to explore this Wizarding World. Using the Harry Potter series as a springboard, we will generate original scripted scenes for a final showcase. Kids will get to hone their writing and improv skills as they create plays based on their favorite iconic characters or imagine new ones in this magical world. In addition to the acting work, we’ll play games of Quidditch, make spell books and compete for the House Cup. Jump on your Firebolt and let’s play!

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

4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30 & 6/6

BC Builders (PreK4-K) $450

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: Building Big! (Grades 2-4) $450

Instructor: Phaedra Mastrocola
Maximum: 10 students

Ceramics Session 3: Building BIG!

If you're ready to challenge yourself to build BIG, you've come to the right place! In this session we will use pinch, coil, and slab hand building techniques to build large vessels and sculptures. Students will learn to care for their own pieces to be sure they are workable from week to week. Some of our work will be experimental, but each student will take home at least one large fired piece! Get ready for the big time! Some prior experience necessary.

Coding & Robotics (Grades 1-2) $450

Instructor: Jessica Cary
Maximum: 8 students

With a mix of hands-on exploring of robots, to working through more complex sequences of code using app based programs, students will strengthen their coding and problem-solving skills.

Drum Fun (Grades 1-4) $450

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.

Math Explorers (Grades 1-3) $450

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) $450

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) $450

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.

Yoga (Grades 2-4) $450

Instructor: Chelsea McKinlay
Maximum: 8 spaces

Children will bend, balance, and breathe in an afternoon yoga retreat that will help them refocus, re-energize, and re-center. Each week, they will learn and experiment with new poses and flow sequences to reinforce balance, strength, and flexibility skills. After being introduced to new poses and practicing old ones, we will play different games that incorporate the movements. At the beginning and end of each class, we will practice meditation and breathing exercises that children can use to relax and calm down. The class is accessible to all students in grades 2 through 4 - no prior experience required!

Fridays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24 & 6/7

Chess (PreK-K) $360

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.

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.

Lion Tennis (PreK4-Grade 4) $360

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.

Music Composition (2-4) $360

Instructor: Jacqulyn Tong
Maximum: 8 students

Every student should have a viable way of generating and notating ideas with an instrument that can be played by all. This 8 week course which consists of 8- hour long classes will guide a mix of students from 2nd to 4th grade on how to create their own musical compositions by using their choice of notation. Students will be able to perform and demonstrate their understanding in producing organized sounds of their choice. They will have the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a composer and to create their own music for their friends to hear!

Spanish Cooking (Grades 1-4) $360

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.

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 Fees (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 Spring 2019

Mondays

  • Adventures in Mythology (1-4)
  • Ducking Swim (PreK4)
  • Gator Swim (K)
  • Gymstars: Circus & Acrobatics (PreK4-2)
  • Mini-Musicals "Over the Rainbow" (PreK4-1)
  • Outdoor Arts (1-4)

Tuesdays

  • Advanced Drumming (1-4)
  • Basketball (1-4)
  • BC Magazine (2-4)
  • Multimedia Collage (K-2)
  • Nature in the City (1-4)
  • Snack Art (PreK4-K)
  • Spanish Puppetry (K-2)

Wednesdays

  • Art Crew (PreK4-1)
  • Capoeira (1-4)
  • Chess (1-4)
  • Duckling Swim (PreK4)
  • Gator Swim (K)
  • Graphic Design (3-4)
  • Hogwarts School (2-4)
  • Rock Band (1-4)

Thursdays

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

Fridays

  • Chess (PreK4-K)
  • Lion Tennis (PreK4-4)
  • Music Composition (2-4)
  • Spanish Cooking (1-4)