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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 8-13 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 for winter courses is online ONLY through Veracross and will open on Tuesday, December 17th at 12:00pm. 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 2020 courses begin January 7th and finish on March 13th.


If you are interested in a class that is already full, please contact Chris Flores at cflores@berkeleycarroll.org.

Mondays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

1/13, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/2, & 3/9

Adventures in Mythology (Grades 2-4) $315

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 into the hero within.

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Digital Film and Media (Grades 3-4) $315

Instructor: Ray Antonison
Maximum: 10 students

In this course, students will be introduced to the technical and stylistic aspects of digital film and photography. Students will learn basic elements of film and photo: editing, camera use, movement, terminology and style. Students will learn techniques in order to create their own projects using simple editing software.

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

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.

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Gator Swim (K) $315

Instructor: Luci Rosalia
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.

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Improv Comedy (Grades 2-4) $315

Instructor: Tatum Barnes
Maximum: 12 students

Discover leadership skills through improv! This course is an introduction to improvisational performance for children in grades 2 through 4. We will explore improv comedy games, character exercises and team building to develop flexibility and confidence. Together with our troupe, each member will laugh and learn through structured play. With creative thinking and active listening, students will flex their imagination muscles to the fullest!

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Lion Tennis (PreK4 - Grade 4) $315

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. PreK and K students will meet in the first group while 1st - 4th grade students will meet in the second group. Students in the latter group will go to After School playgroups until their tennis class begins.

Snack Art (PreK4 - Grade 1) $315

Instructor: Ana Alexander
Maximum: 12 students

Snack Art is a fun, creative and tasty class, where we’ll turn healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and other nutritious snacks into anything the mind can imagine - animals, flowers, house and favorite characters to name a few. If your camper loves playing with their food, snack art is the class for them!

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Tuesdays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/3, & 3/10

Advanced MIT Scratch (Grades 3-4) $450

Instructor: Zak Greene
Maximum: 12 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 online Scratch community.

Zak Greene is an independent interaction designer and developer based in New York. 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.

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

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.


Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Bookmaking with Stories Bookshop (PreK4 - Grade 1) $450

Instructor: Stories Bookshop
Maximum: 12 students

In this class, presented by Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab, we’ll explore a range of bookmaking techniques. We’ll get inspired by our favorite picture books, by colors, and the alphabet, accordion books, and bound books, and children will experiment with a range of art supplies and materials to create each of their books. We’ll end the session with a book party for parents and caregivers to celebrate our literary creations. Teaching Artist: Olivia Sweet

Olivia Sweet is a native New Yorker and Brooklyn-based freelance arts educator. You can find her in museums, libraries, and anywhere curious kids are creating and making. She holds a M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and strives to create space for a diverse array of young people and community members to build and know themselves through the cognitive development, innovative thinking, and empathy the arts can incite.

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Discovery Art (Grades 2-4) $450

Instructor: Nina Gresl
Maximum: 10 students

This course will give students the opportunity to create fun and unique art projects. From clay to paint, string to rubber bands, paper and beyond, young artists will gain exposure and be introduced to new materials and creative experimentation. Puppet making, splatter painting, and pop-pups are just a few of the exciting projects we will enjoy!

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Game Design (Grades 3-4) $450

Instructor: Etienne Hamilton
Maximum: 10 students

In this class we will spend time playing, testing and designing our own card/board games. Together we will explore character creation, card games, game testing, miniature pieces created using a 3D printer, and construction! Etienne Hamilton is a teacher, and longtime student, at our Creative Arts Program where he teaches Board Game Design and Video Game Design.

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

MIT Scratch Jr. (Grades 1-2) $450

Instructor: Julie Robinson
Maximum: 12 students

In this class, children will create their own interactive artworks and animations using MIT Scratch, a visual-based programing language. Children will learn basic programming skills and gain confidence in using the computer. Students will be able to explore their creativity while building a strong technical foundation to build on in more advanced programing classes.

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Child's Play NY: Mini-Musicals: The Big Top (PreK4 - Grade 1) $450

Instructor: Child's Play NY
Maximum: 12 students

Self-expression and artistry are the name of the game in our Mini Musical program! Through improvisation and creative movement they flex their imaginative muscles. "Come Alive" under the big-top explore the musical-magic of the circus with Child's Play NY! Students will draw inspiration from the history of P.T. Barnum and the plot and score of "The Greatest Showman" to create their own circus-driven plays. Additionally, music from Barnum, Sideshow and Pippin will add to the showcase of their original work in a final class for friends and family.

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Wednesdays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/6, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11

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!

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Ceramics (Grades 2-4) $450

Instructor: Phaedra Mastrocola
Maximum: 12 students

Come have fun learning ceramic basics using pinch, coil, and slab building methods. Create functional vessels and decorative figurines. Work big and small. Make items for yourself or as gifts for family and friends. Beginners and more advanced students welcome.

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

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.

Time: 3:15pm - 4:15pm

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.

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Gator Swim (K) $450

Instructor: Luci Rosalia
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.

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Lego Robotics (Grades 2-4) $450

Instructor: Becky Blumenthal
Maximum: 12 students

In this Lego Robotics course, children will build from a vast collection of standard and specialty Lego pieces, and then they will motorize their creations. The course brings students through the full engineering process for making robotic creations: designing, building and programming, followed by testing and revising. We begin with the Lego WeDo sets, which provide a structured introduction for those who are new to robotics and programming, and then move on to the Mindstorms materials which offer more opportunity for open-ended and complex work. Projects will be guided by students’ interests; examples of past projects include animals, cars, fair rides, mini-golf courses and music boxes.

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Multisports (Grades K-2) $450

Instructor: Roberto Welch
Maximum: 24 students

This course is designed for students looking to develop their athletic and cooperation skills in a positive, fun, and organized learning atmosphere. Students will explore a variety of different sports and games, including soccer, basketball, t-ball, bowling, and more. Students will learn the rules and essentials of each sport through drills, games and scrimmages. With Mr. Welch running the show, students are guaranteed to have a fun time!

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Snack Art en Espanol (PreK4 - Grade 1) $450

Instructor: Daniela Trapani
Maximum: 12 students

Snack Art with a twist! Students will be introduced to Spanish food vocabulary while creating special projects with their snacks. Using simple foods such as fruit and vegetables, students may create animals, objects, characters, winter themed snacks, etc). At the end of the course, students will receive a mini-book with all of their new vocabulary and snacks they create so they can continue learning after the course ends.

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Story Ballet (PreK4 - Grade 1) $450

Instructor: Vanessa Paige
Maximum: 12 students

In this course, children will learn and perform dances from classic Russian 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 course 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 St. Petersburg, Russia.

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Thursdays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

1/9, 1/6, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 3/5, 3/12

BC Builders (PreK4-K) $405

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.

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Gymstars (PreK4-Grade 2) $405

Instructor: Ekaterina Sknarina
Maximum: 25 students

Students will encounter action-packed lessons with exciting skills to learn, and movement routines that motivate and challenge! Students will start by warming up with lively music; next they condition with cross mat tumbling (no waiting in lines!). Then our gymnasts are led through an obstacle course of Gymnastic skills as they master the challenges in their paths; all while having TREMENDOUS AMOUNTS OF FUN!

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Child's Play NY: Make a Musical: Magic Tree House (Grades 2-4) $405

Instructor: Child's Play NY
Maximum: 12 students

In our Make a Musical program, kids work in-depth on a specific show and use it’s plot as a springboard for their own mini-plays, as well as work on scenes from the show. Students learn the basics of 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!

Here we goooo! Hop aboard the spinning tree house with Jack & Annie to find out what quests Merlin wants to take you on! Adventures through history and time and sing songs from the realms of dinosaurs and knights.

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Pixel Art Story Time (Grades 3-4) $405

Instructor: Anna Murphy
Maximum: 10 students

Using the principles of video game art, students will design and create their own pixelated masterpieces using melt-together plastic beads. Make magnets, pins or even 3D works of art! If you like putting together puzzles or any other methodical activity, this course is for you!

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Self Portraits (Grades K - 2) $405

Instructor: Robert Abud and Anna Ramsey
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 four years at BC.

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Spanish Performances: Actuando Senor Wooly (Grades 3-4) $405

Instructor: Fabricia Calcavecchia
Maximum: 12 students

Welcome to actuando Señor Wooly with Prof. Calcavecchia. This winter we will be dancing, singing, acting Señor Wooly videos. We will watch many of your favorite Señor Wooly videos; Maestro puedo ir al baño, Ce chevere, Billy la Bufanda and many more to get inspiration to create our own version! We will also be using iMovie on the iPads and will be learning how to create a phenomenal script for our movie. Lastly this class will be taught en español and it is a great opportunity to show off and continue to work on your Spanish skills.

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Stop Motion Animation (Grades 2-4) $405

Instructor: Camille Harrison
Maximum: 12 students

In this course students will learn about how animation came to be and create their very own stop motion animated short film. They will explore animation tools, like Zoetropes and StikBots to get a basic sense of how animation works. They will practice their animation skills by creating flip-book animations. They will also use different apps, such as FeltBoard, Easy Studio, and Stop Motion to bring their story to life. Be ready to take a story, your own or one you adapt, and bring it to life.

In her free time Camille loves to create her own stories, and practice her animation skills using non-traditional materials. She considers herself a maker and tinker who loves to pose problems and trying to figure them out. Stop motion animation is a hobby she wishes she had more time to pursue.

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Fridays - Enrichment Courses

Dates

1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 3/6, 3/13

Chess (PreK4-K) $405

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.

Time: 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Creative Theater (PreK4 - Grade 1) $405

Instructor: Nikita Pryce and Amanda Jerido-Katz
Maximum: 15 students

Attention! Casting Call for talented, creative, theatrical BC kids in grades Prek-4 through 1st grade who love to be center stage, who love to compose stories, who love to design costumes and scenery. In Creative Theater, kids will channel their energy into crafting original stories to be performed as skits every other week. There will be a strong focus on developing theater skills such as acting, playwriting, and set design. Parents, get ready to sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Harry Potter Club (Grades 2-4) $405

Instructor: Taylor Barringer
Maximum: 12 students

Combine a love for the Magical Arts with a passion for creativity in Harry Potter Club! Children will make their own wands, be sorted into their respective Houses, make enchanting potions, join in a game of Kidditch (Kid’s Quidditch), and more! From their acceptance letter to studies in mythical creatures, kids will have the chance to discover their inner witch or wizard. Inspired by J.K Rowling’s Wizarding World, join this After School activity for some spellbinding Friday fun!

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

After School Play Groups

Overview

There are two After School 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, outdoor play, homework supervision, and special events are offered.

Drop-In Fees

Drop-In fees for playgroups are $15/hour per child. Families can use this service on a regular or as-needed basis. Last minute requests to have your child attend playgroup should please be emailed to cflores@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.

Package Fees

Additionally, parents can purchase packages of playgroup hours during each After School term (fall, winter, spring) based on the number of hours they expect to use. Packages are only valid for the term in which they are purchased, and hours cannot be rolled over to the following term or school year.

Fall Package Fees
200 Hours = $2,000
120 Hours = $1,560
60 hours = $840

Winter Package Fees
130 Hours = $1300
90 Hours = $1,170
45 Hours = $630

Spring Package Fees
140 Hours = $1,400
90 Hours = $1,170
45 Hours = $630

Fees for Late Pick-Up

All parents and caregivers are asked to pick up their children at or before 6:15 pm, when the After School playgroups end. Parents who are late will be billed according to the following fee structure:

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)

PLEASE NOTE: Fees for late pick-up are not a part of the package fees and are charged separately.

What's Available for Winter 2020

Mondays

  • Adventures in Mythology (2-4)
  • Digital Film and Media (3-4)
  • Ducking Swim (PreK4)
  • Gator Swim (K)
  • Improv Comedy (2-4)
  • Lion Tennis (PreK4-4)
  • Snack Art (PreK4-1)

Tuesdays

  • Advanced MIT Scratch (3-4)
  • Basketball (1-4)
  • Bookmaking with Stories Bookshop (PreK4-1)
  • Discovery Art (2-4)
  • Game Design (3-4)
  • MIT Scratch Jr. (1-2)
  • Mini-Musical's "The Big Top" (PreK4-1)

Wednesdays

  • Capoeira (1-4)
  • Ceramics (2-4)
  • Chess (1-4)
  • Duckling Swim (PreK4)
  • Gator Swim (K)
  • Lego Robotics (2-4)
  • Multisports (K-2)
  • Snack Art en Espanol (PreK-1)
  • Story Ballet (PreK-1)

Thursdays

  • BC Builders (PreK4-K)
  • Gymstars (PreK4-2)
  • Make a Musical's "Magic Tree House" (2-4)
  • Pixel Art Story Time (3-4)
  • Self Portraits (K-2)
  • Spanish Performance Señor Wooly (3-4)
  • Stop Motion Animation (2-4)

Fridays

  • Chess (PreK4-K)
  • Creative Theater (PreK4-1)
  • Harry Potter Club (2-4)

For a quick reference guide of all important After School dates, please click here.

After School Terms and Conditions