fall 2018 CLUB CATALOG

Registration begins aug 16
CLUBS BEGIN the week of sept 17

 SESSION 1
3:00pm - 4:15pm

*check class description for end time

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
3-D Printing Grades 2 - 5 Advanced Chess for Competition Grades 2 - 5 3-D Art: Mask Making & Sculpture Grades 2 - 5 Art Journeys Grades 2 - 3 Art Studio Grades 4 - 5
Advanced Band Ensemble Grades 3 - 5 After School Singers Chorus Grades 1 - 5 Advanced Band Sectional & Theory* Grades 3 - 5 Beginning Band Sectional & Theory* Grades 3 - 5 Ballet Grades K - 2
YMCA Soccer for Extended Day Grades K & 1 Beginning Band Ensemble Grades 3 - 5 Art All Around Me Grades K - 1 Broadway Jr Aristocats Kids!* Grades 1 - 5 Bit Bots Destroy & Construct Grades 2 - 5
YMCA Tennis for New Players Grades 1 - 5 Tech for Tykes Grades K - 1 BAX Tumbling & Hip Hop Intro Grades 1 - 5 Capoeira Grades K - 5 Cartooning Grades 4 - 5
Yoga: Wise Heart Mindful Art Grades K - 3 Bit Bots for Brainiacs Grades K - 2 Claymation Grades 2 - 5 Chess Grades K - 5
Cartooning Grades 2 - 3 Digital Photography Grades 3 - 5 Film Making Grades 3 - 5
Ceramics Grades K - 5 Electronic Music Design Grades 3 - 5 Wildlife Adventure Club Grades 2 - 5
Journalism Grades 2 - 5 Emperors & Dragons Grades 2 - 5 YMCA Flag Football Grades 3 - 5
Lego: Intro into STEM* Grades K - 2 Forge by Camp HalfBlood Grades 2 - 5 YMCA Soccer Skills Grades K - 2
Spanish Grades K - 1 Irish Dance Grades 2 - 5
YMCA Girls Sportopia Grades 2 - 5 Mini-Marine Biology Grades 1 - 3
Web Design Grades 2 - 5

SESSION 2
4:30pm - 5:45pm

*check class description for start and end times

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
YMCA Tennis for Returning Players Grades 1 - 5 Advanced Band Theory* Grades 3 - 5 Beginning Band Theory* Grades 3 - 5
YMCA Advanced Soccer Grades 2 - 5 BAX Tumbling & Hip Hop Level 2 Grades 2 - 5
Ceramics Grades K - 5
Lego STEM Challenge Grades 2 - 5
Fun Run Grades 2 - 5

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Description  The Imagination Guru instructor will lead children through the process of turning their ideas into objects. On individual laptops, each child will learn how to combine shapes on screen as they puzzle through designing their own creations. Once developed, these objects will be converted from a digital file into an object printed on a 3D Printer.

Instructor  Jairo Moreira and his team of tech instructors have a wealth of experience teaching tech classes to children. Mr. Moreira is the PS 154 chess instructor and the founder of Imagination Guru School of Chess and Computers which offers summer camps and tech-based enrichment programming for after schools in New York and New Jersey.

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3-D Printing

Grades  2 - 5
Day Monday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $220

full

3-D Art: Mask Making

Grades  2 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $215

Description Children will learn basic hand-building and sculpting techniques to express their creative ideas in 3-D objects. Drawing inspiration from different artists and artistic movements, but following their own creative spirit, kids will use a variety of materials (such as paper, cardboard, clay, fabric, and paper mache) to create masks.

Instructor  Miyu Asakawa is a ceramicist, sculptor, and hair stylist. Miyu is a PS154 alumni parent and your Windsor Terrace neighbor, too.

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Description  Take chess to the next level by preparing for tournament play. Children with at least two years of chess experience and a desire to compete will hone their skills with a group lesson, puzzle solving, and supervised play.


Instructor  Jairo Moreira and his team of chess instructors have a wealth of experience playing, teaching, and competing in tournament play. Mr. Moreira is the PS 154 chess instructor and the founder of Imagination Guru School of Chess and Computers which offers summer camps and tech-based enrichment programming for after schools in New York and New Jersey.

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ADVANCED CHESS FOR COMPETITION


Grades  2 - 5
Day Tuesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $200

after school singers chorus

Grades  1 - 5
Day Tuesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $200

full

Description  After School favorite Ms. Hannah will bring her musical magic back to our first After School chorus this fall. Kids will learn correct vocal technique as they match pitch, tap rhythm, and sing their hearts out together. Children who wish will be invited to perform at. the Winter Fair!

Instructor Hannah Barnard received her BFA in dance from the Florida State University. In addition to teaching music theory and piano for the PS 154 After School, she teaches ballet at AbunDance Academy of the Arts and directs, choreographs, and performs for a multitude of collaborative projects in NYC.

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art Classes

Art All Around Me FULL
Day Wednesday
Grades  K & 1

Art Journeys AVAILABLE
Day
Thursday
Grades 2 & 3

Art Studio FULL
Day
Friday
Grades 4 & 5
 

Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $215

Description This session we have three art classes offered by grade level.

Art All Around Me for K & 1st grade:  Through 2D and 3D projects, children will experiment with a variety of materials as a foundation to art. Students will draw inspiration from familiar illustrators such as Eric Carle, Charley Harper's birds, Ezra Jack Keats, and Leo Lionni. Children will explore the visual world and gain confidence in their creative abilities.

Art Journeys for 2nd & 3rd grade: Each Thursday, artists will jump into stories, mythology, and folklore
from around the globe to create multimedia projects which involve drawing, painting, collage and fabrics. Sources of inspiration will include cultures from Native America, Mayan Civilization, Japan, Russia, and Africa.

Art Studio for 4th & 5th: In this foundational class, budding artists will hone their skills. Through studio activities such as observational drawing, still life painting, and material exploration, students will also become familiar with art historical figures such as Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Georgia
O’ Keefe, and Frida Kahlo and many others. In addition to class projects, students will also develop their own art journals.

Instructor Jannell Turner is a PS 154 parent alum and an artist who loves drawing, painting and photography. She earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017. Previously, she attended New York Studio School for Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. Her paintings have been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Memphis, and California.

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Ballet

Grades K - 2
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $200

full

Description Each ballet class includes stretches, traditional exercises, and creative movement. The fall session begins with an introduction of concepts and moves forward to deepen the children's understanding of their bodies, ballet terminology and history. By the end of the class, students will use their skills and knowledge to build and perform a dance. New and returning students welcome!

Instructor Christine Jordan grew up dancing. In addition to being the PS154 After School lead kindergarten instructor, she is  a professional performing artist in NYC. She began teaching dance to young students when she was 15 and has continued to pass along her knowledge and experiences ever since in various studios in Virginia, Florida, and now New York.


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Bit Bots 

BRAINIACS
Grades
K - 2
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15m

DESTROY & CONSTRUCT
Grades 2 - 5
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:15m


Tuition $215

full

Description  

Bit Bots for Brainiacs is for young builders who want to see their creations light up, twist and turn, buzz and blink, and propel themselves across the floor. Children use littleBits (simple, electronic modules that snap together to form larger, more elaborate circuits) plus a variety of recycled materials (cardboard, clay, paper, Legos, etc…) to bring their ideas to life.

Destroy & Construct is for older engineers. Using screwdrivers, pliers and other tools, kids destroy discarded printers, blenders and other common electronics to get inside and see how they work. Then, using the components along with recyclables and other found materials, kids will construct new inventions or environments in the classroom. Kids learn about the inner workings of electronics (and that free art supplies are everywhere) while developing skills of innovation and invention.

Since projects are self-directed, returning students are welcome!

Instructor  Koko Open Source Gallery is a Brooklyn-based organization that brings imaginative programming to children so they can explore the intersection of tech, art, and environment.

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BAX Tumbling & Hip Hop

Intro class
Day Wednesday
Grades 1 - 5
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Level 2
Day Wednesday
Grades 2 - 5
Time 4:30 - 5:45pm

Tuition $200

intro full

Description  BAX’s AcroBAX classes offers a playful blend of partner acrobatics, gymnastics, dance, and contemporary circus. AcroBAXers learn FUNdamental tumbling and choreography skills, while increasing their flexibility and weight balance. Exploring basic concepts of time, space, shape, and form, these young AcroBAXers will learn to be expressive through tumbling and basic inverted movement. 

The intro class is open to all students in first through 5th grades. Level 2 is open to children in 2nd - 5th grades who have previous dance and acrobatics experience. (NOTE: The instructor will evaluate children on the first day of the level 2 class to make sure their skill set is appropriate for the activities.)

Instructor Maira Duarte is a staff instructor at BAX and previously taught in the PS 154 school day enrichment program. She obtained an M.A. in Dance Education by New York University, supported by the National Fund for the Arts and Culture of Mexico. Maira has taught in more than twenty schools in the NYC area and New Jersey with the non-profit organizations Education in Dance, Dance Theater of Harlem and the New Victory Theatre.   

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Description Child's Play New York and Ps 154 After School present Broadway Jr's ARISTOCATS! Over 16 weeks, Child's Play instructors will teach kids improvisation and theater games to stoke creativity, create an ensemble and develop the spirit of this Broadway Jr. production!  Kids will learn how to create a character from a place of instinct and play. They also amass skills in singing, dance, speech, and improvisation taught by master teachers and performers at the top of their field. This special extended class will culminate in two fully costumed and staged performances (complete with props and live music): a dress rehearsal for After School kids on February 28th and a community performance on Friday, March 1st (PTA Movie Night)! 

About Aristocats Kids: Based on the beloved Disney animated film, and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, Disney’s The Aristocats Kids is a non-stop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with unbelievable twists and turns. In the heart of Paris, a kind and eccentric millionairess wills her entire estate to Duchess, her high-society cat, and her three little kittens. Laughs and adventure ensue as the greedy, bumbling butler pulls off the ultimate catnap caper. Now it's up to the rough-and-tumble alley cat, Thomas O'Malley, and his band of swingin' jazz cats to save the day.


Instructor Jocelyn Greene founded Child’s Play NY in 2009 as a way to transform theater education in her community.  She drew from her work as a student (MFA, NYU Graduate Acting, BA, Wesleyan University), an actor (The Public Theater, NYSF), and a teacher (Will Power to Youth, Oddfellows Playhouse, Epic Theater) to develop the rigorous curriculum and imagination-based games that ignite the program today. Child's Play staff is made up of professional working actors and musicians with a deep commitment to working with young people.  

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Broadway Jr. Aristocats Kids!

Grades  1 - 5
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:30pm
Tuition $450

NOTE: This is a 16-week class with 2 performances. Class begins October 4th and runs through March 1st.

full

 

Capoeira

Grades K - 5
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $200

full

Description  Calling all Kindergarten through 3r grade Capoeiristas! Mestre Foca welcomes new and returning students to study the techniques and movements of this art form. Students will have opportunities to enter the “jogo” in which two Capoeiristas play together simultaneously in a ritualized, non-violent, playful game of movement set to rhythm. New and returning students welcome!

Instructor  Mestre Foca is native of Brazil, certified martial arts instructor, founder of Capoeira Brooklyn, and a PS 154 parent. His unique and creative approach to instruction encourages discipline, focus, and respect while immersing children in Brazilian music, language, and culture. 
 

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Cartooning

Grades 2 & 3 AVAILABLE
Day  Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Grades 4 & 5 FULL
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Tuition $215

 

Description  In this club, students create their own characters, scenes, stories, and strips with Tom Motley. Students will learn techniques for drawing characters, penciling, inking, and lettering as well as visual storytelling for comics. Artwork from all the students will be compiled into a printed booklet at the end of the session. New and returning students welcome!

Instructor  Tom Motley is a cartoonist, illustrator, and educator. In addition to cartooning with PS 154 kids for the past few years, Tom teaches at the School for Visual Arts and at Pratt Manhattan. His comic work for kids includes the fantasy anthology, Cartozia Tales.

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Ceramics

Grades  K - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15 pm
or  4:30 - 5:45 pm
Tuition $215

full

Description  Shape, squeeze, pinch and roll! Who doesn’t love to play with clay—one of the earth's most versatile materials? New students will learn hand-building techniques while returning students are introduced to new techniques to form personal creations. Every child will have work kiln-fired and glazed at Clayworks on Columbia and the class will culminate in an exhibition of student work with a reception for the artists! New and returning welcome.

Instructor  Ceramicist Sabina Magnus is a working-artist with a BFA from Parsons School of Design who has been creating functional pottery and porcelain sculpture for the past 20 years. In addition to working with aspiring PS 154 potters, Sabina teaches at Clayworks on Columbia located on the Brooklyn waterfront. 
 

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Chess

Grades  K - 5
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $200

full

 

Description  Chess Grandmaster Anatoly Karpov says it best: “Chess is everything: art, science, and sport.” Research has shown that playing chess improves memory, concentration, spatial reasoning, logic, reading skills, and creativity, so sign up today! Beginning players will learn the fundamentals of the game with special attention paid to opening principles and checkmating. More experienced players will study the greatest chess games ever played to increase their understanding and sharpen their game. Children practice their skills by playing against one another in a fun, supportive, learning environment. 

Instructor  Jairo Moreira and his team of chess instructors have a wealth of experience playing, teaching, and competing in tournament play. Mr. Moreira is the PS 154 chess instructor and the founder of Imagination Guru School of Chess and Computers which offers summer camps and tech-based enrichment programming for after schools in New York and New Jersey.

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Claymation

Grades  2 - 5
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition  $270

full

 

Description Clay World helps your child explore the art of clay modeling  and stop-motion techniques in this fun weekly class. Since clay has unlimited possibilities, students never repeat projects or characters. This session kids will build monsters, fairies, animals, and backdrops. They will use Clay World techniques such as pointillism, spreads, & textured clay then use their creations in a stop-motion video. New and returning students welcome. Check out a portfolio of Clay World work here!

Instructor  Clay World was founded by award-winning Colombian artist and architect Jorge Cruz and his wife Johanna Morales. The couple runs programs in Miami and New York City which focus on developing and improving children’s fine motor skills, artistic capabilities, and creative expressiveness through exploring the art of clay modeling and animation.  
 

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Digital Photography

Grades 3 - 5
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition  $215

full

Description  Come one, come all to the greatest photography club in Brooklyn! In this BYOCAP (bring your own camera and phone) club, kids will get to know the digital camera and smartphones and all their wonders! They will learn how to photograph still life (using toys, flowers or objects of their choosing), create portraits of their classmates, and explore our cool urban landscape outside the school building. Natural lighting, flash photography, lighting tricks and the “rule of thirds” will be covered, as well as, editing with Fotor Photo Editor, where kids can really get funky and express their inner artist! In addition, the class will take a look at photography using smartphones, going beyond Snapchat and Instagram, to learn all the cool things smartphones can do too!

Required: A digital camera and/or smartphone. (For children who wish to take this club but do not have access to a camera, please email Heather Swain hswain.ps154@gmail.com before registering.)


Instructor  Ps 154 parent Kristen Markoplis is a professional photographer and author of the photobook "Water Towers New York City Style". When not taking pictures, she loves to teach digital photography to children.

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Electronic Music Design

Grades 3 - 5
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition  $250

 

Description  In the Digital Music Production 101 class students will learn to use GarageBand on iPad’s to arrange pre-recorded musical material into songs. They will learn about arranging, layering, song sections, flow and also fundamental music concepts such as pitch, key, melody, and rhythm.  Sessions will be split between instruction time and lab time to work on songs.

No previous music instruction required!

Instructor Erlin Velberg has been working for over 25 years as a composer/engineer/sound-designer for music, film and TV. He has also been a parent at PS154 for 14 years.

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Emperors & dragons: anthropology

Grades  2 - 5
Day
 Thursday
Time
 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $235

 

 

Description Students in this anthropology class will investigate cultural artifacts and folktales from Chinese emperors. We will work on arts-based projects that focus on: Dragons! Stories of female Empresses! The Hungry Ghost Festival! Youth will be able to describe details from Chinese culture and folklore such as the importance of calligraphy, dragons and jade, the influence of the natural environment in Chinese culture and pandas!
 

Instructor  Taylor Vecchio is the founder and director of Voices Advance which specializes in progressive, youth development approaches and Out-of-School-Time learning.  Voices Advance offers comprehensive after school and summer program design, youth development staff trainings, program quality improvement and site director coaching. 

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Description  Students will learn how the elements of lighting, music, screenwriting, acting and directing come together to tell a powerful story on screen. We will begin by exploring what kinds of stories the kids in this group want to tell. Then, we will discover how a singular element such as lighting a scene can contribute to the effect on the viewer. The whole class will work together on the final product (depending on the interest of the group this will be either one longer movie or a series of shorts). Steeped in the core values that are at the heart of all of of Koko NYC’s classes, the ideas from our group will form the basis of our creative work. We will hold a screening for parents and friends on the final day!  

Instructor  Matt Voor holds a BFA from Florida State University in Art History & Film. After moving to New York, he produced art for several commercial and independent films before deciding to transition into teaching. His primary focus, as both an artist and a human, has always been creating a better future- and what better way to do so than teaching kids how to create?

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Film Making

Grades  3 - 5
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $215

full

Description Inspired by one of the most popular activities at Camp HalfBlood summer camp, Forge is an interactive design and building program. Each week will feature a new lesson about the history, mechanics, and physics of machines from ancient history through present day which culminate in projects the kids take home. Chariots, catapults, and bridges will spark children's creativity and passion for building.

Instructor  Plato Learning brings books to life using a curriculum that blends reading with physical engagement, critical-thinking and arts and crafts to develop reading skill and interest. Their services are delivered via summer camp (such as Camp Half-Blood and the Double-Daring Camp for Girls) where they have served over 3000 families since their founding in 2010. Their mission is to create equitable learning spaces where children can unlock their passion and creativity.

 

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Forge by Camp Halfblood

Grades 2 - 5
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $235

full

Fun Run with Fi

Grades  2 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 4:30 - 5:45pm
Tuition $200

full

Description  Got a kid who is rarin' and ready to go? Send them out with Fi Rice for a pre-dinner Fun Run in Prospect Park. Kids will learn proper technique for warming up, increasing mileage, and cooling down. The class will include cross-country style relays, sprints, obstacle courses, and races. New and returning students are welcome!

Instructor  Fi Rice is a former Division 1 college track and field star and the co-founder and coach of the Prospect Park Youth Running Club. Ms. Fi has led PPRYC kids to numerous championships including 50 medals at the USA National Track & Field competition! 
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Description

New students welcome in beginning band! 

The PS 154 Instrumental Band program is one of the best around. Beginning in 3rd grade, students may choose a brass or woodwind instrument. They are divided into beginning and advanced groups and receive three lessons per week: a small-group sectional rehearsal, a full ensemble rehearsal, plus a music theory class. Students will have performance opportunities and can audition to join the advanced band as they progress. (Private lessons will also be available for an additional fee.)

NOTE Band runs weekly for the full  school year. Registration is for the entire year. The fee for the full year is $1275 / child, billed in three $425 installments (once for each session--fall, winter, spring) plus a one-time $50 rental fee for any child who uses a PS 154 instrument. Students may drop or add band at any session break and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

Instructors  Ben Holmes, Jonah Parzen-Johnson, & Hannah Barnard
 

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Instrumental BAND 

Grades  3 - 5

Beginning Band
Tuesday 3:00 - 4;15pm
Thursday 3:00 - 5:00pm

Advanced Band
Monday 3:00 - 4:15pm
Wednesday 3:00 - 5:00pm

Tuition $425 per session
Rental Fee $50

 

Description Step lively! The Buckley School of Irish Dance is here. Each class will begin with stretches and strengthening exercises then progress into beginner Irish dance steps with an emphasis on good technique and posture. Over the ten-week course, students will explore different dance rhythms used in traditional Irish dance. Group dances will be introduced to more modern music. The emphasis will be on having fun while learning something new.

Instructor Bernadette Buckley Kash is pleased to bring Irish dance classes to PS 154.  She is the director of the Buckley School of Irish Dance which has been located in Windsor Terrace and has performed at cultural events throughout New York for over 20 years. Bernadette is a registered member of the Irish Dance Teacher's Association of North America and Irish Dance Commission, Dublin Ireland.  

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Irish Dance

Grades  2 - 5
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $200

Journalism

Grades  2 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $200

full

Description  “All the news that’s fit to print…” at PS 154! Ms. Hammond will lead another round of 2nd – 5th graders through the tenets of good reporting to create our student-led PS 154 newspaper and blog! Students will learn interviewing skills, hone their non-fiction writing chops, and learn to have a photo-journalist’s eye as they record the goings-on around the After School and beyond in photos and words! New and returning students welcome. 

Instructor  You probably know Erika Hammond as one of our beloved 1st grade teachers. She’s big on inspiring kids to read and write, as much as they can. Ms. Hammond is a Park Slope native who enjoys biking and traveling in her spare time.
 

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Lego intro to STEM

Grades K - 2
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:30pm
Tuition $270

Lego Stem challenge

Grades 2 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 4:30 - 6:00pm
Tuition $270

full

NOTE Class runs for 90 minutes. Dismissal for the Intro class is at 4:30pm, Challenge is at 6:00pm.

Description Ratchet up your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! In the Intro class, children will build engineer-designed projects such as Motorcycles, Castles, Airplanes, and Monorails. Then they will use special pieces to create their own unique design! New and returning students welcome!

In the Challenge class, kids will level up their engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! They will apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as Belt-Drive Cars, Truss Bridges, Rail Racers, and Pneumatic Forklifts! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. 


Instructor Play-Well TEKnologies brings engineering programming to over 100,000 students per year in 23 states. Their mission is to teach through play, encouraging children to explore, solve problems, and express themselves through LEGO.  Play-Well curriculum is designed by engineers and refined by teachers, but the kids just think it's fun!

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Mini Marine Biology with WCA Aquarium

Grades  1 - 3
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $220

full

Description   Join the WCS New York Aquarium staff for a new session of after-school. In this class we will focus on different ocean habitats around the world and the species that you can find there. Students will engage in marine conservation projects that combine art and science, with a focus on what professional scientists are doing to protect these animals.

Instructor  Molly Adams is the WCS New York Aquarium Education Outreach Coordinator. 

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spanish

Grades K - 1
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition  $215

full

 

Description   This play-based program is a fun and hands-on introduction to Spanish ideal for Kindergartners and First Graders. Kids will learn Spanish language and culture through song, games, art and building projects. Returning students welcome!

Instructor  One World Project (OWP) is a nonprofit community-based center located in Windsor Terrace that promotes cultural understanding and environmental sustainability through meaningful multilingual community programs, after school, camp, and early childhood education. Instructor Raquel Ballesteros is an experienced educator and artist from Spain.

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Description  Students will start with Bee-Bots-- cute, colorful, easy-to-operate little robots that teach pre-programming skills such as sequencing, estimation, and problem-solving. Next, they will move on to MaKey Makey-- small, safe circuit boards that allow kids to turn physical objects (think fruits, veggies, candy, clay, coins, Lego, stuffed animals, etc…) into buttons on a laptop. Banana piano, anyone? Giggling stuffed animals? Finger drums? 

Instructor  Jairo Moreira and his team of tech instructors have a wealth of experience teaching tech classes to children. Mr. Moreira is the PS 154 chess instructor and the founder of Imagination Guru School of Chess and Computers which offers summer camps and tech-based enrichment programming for after schools in New York and New Jersey.

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Tech for tykes

Grades K - 1
Day Tuesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition  $200

full

Description  Kids will learn learn the basic principals of web design through hands-on work coding their own websites!. The goal of the class is to get kids excited about telling a story online and giving them tools to make something original. The programs are free and can be used outside of the class. New and returning students are welcome.

Instructor Jairo Moreira and his team of tech instructors have a wealth of experience teaching tech classes to children. Mr. Moreira is the PS 154 chess instructor and the founder of Imagination Guru School of Chess and Computers which offers summer camps and tech-based enrichment programming for after schools in New York and New Jersey.

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web design

Grades  2 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $200

 

Wildlife adventure club

Grades  2 - 5
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $220

full

Description  Join the Prospect Park Zoo staff in a quest to uncover the wonders of nature right here in New York City. In Wildlife Adventure Club, students will learn about local plants and animals, practice scientific tool use, and discover the natural world through hands-on science activities.  This program will include outdoor adventures into Prospect Park, weather permitting. New seasons bring new discoveries so returning students are welcome!

Instructor  The Wildlife Educators at the Prospect Park Zoo develop programs for schools, after schools, and zoo goers. They bring the natural world to our urban kids in a safe, fun, and educational environment.

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Yoga: Wise Heart & mindful art

Grades  K - 3
Day Tuesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $215
 

 

NOTE NOW OPEN TO KINDERGARTNERS!

Descriptions A unique new class created to use mindfulness, yoga and art as a form of expression, balance and centering.  Through the use of meditation and breath-work techniques to calm the mind, yoga poses and games to burn through that afternoon energy and art to express themselves, kids will  explore the relationship between mind, body and expression.  Using watercolors, natural materials and collaborative art, kids will explore the connections between how yoga, mindfulness and art connect and intersect, the inner and outer world of themselves. New and repeat students welcome!

Instructor  Shenaaz Jetha is the founder and director of Little Feet Wise Heart Yoga, specializing in child and family yoga. Little Feet has developed unique classes for children and grandparents or family elders to enjoy together, in addition to their unique Little Feet Story yoga classes, Boys Do yoga and fun, outdoor classes in the summers! 

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YMCA Flag Football

Grades  3 - 5
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $200

full

Description  Rain or shine, or blustery fall days, Flag Football meets outside. Football without the tackling or fancy tag with an oblong ball? Either way you describe it, flag football is fantastic! Kids will run, run, run while learning the fundamentals of passing, calling team plays, and scoring goals in a supportive, fun environment that values teamwork and being a good sport above all. This class will meet in the outdoors except in the most inclement weather, so please dress kids appropriately for the weather. 

NOTE: for the fall session, this club is only for grades 3, 4, & 5 but participants with all levels of experience  from those grades are welcome. 



Instructor  All of our YMCA sports clubs will be taught by the same great coaching staff you find at The Armory! We're thrilled to bring these skilled professional childhood sports educators with a passion for athletics to PS 154.

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YMCA Tennis

Level 1 New Players
Grades
1 - 5
Day Monday
Time 3:00 - 4:15 pm  

Level 2 Returning Players
Grades
1 - 5
Day Monday
Time 4:30 - 5:45pm
 

Tuition $200

FULL

Description The YMCA uses the United States Tennis Association QuickStart program with youth-sized racquets and slower, lower-bouncing balls to make learning the sport easier for children. Classes will take place in the school yard. In inclement weather they will move inside to the cafeteria.

Instructor  All of our YMCA sports clubs will be taught by the same great coaching staff you find at The Armory! We're thrilled to bring these skilled professional childhood sports educators with a passion for athletics to PS 154.
 

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YMCA girls sportopia

Grades 2 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $200

FULL

Description Our Girls Sportopia club emphasizes fun, fundamentals, and friendship while teaching kids the skills and rules of a variety of ball sports (such as basketball, softball, soccer, and more.) Our YMCA Armory coaches will provide a survey of different sports over the ten-week course, giving kids a chance to try out a few different games. As with all sports instruction at PS 154, teamwork and learning to being a good sport are the real goal for every child. New and repeat students welcome.

NOTE Why girls only? Research shows (and our After School enrollment bears out) that girls tend to enter sports at a later age than boys and drop out sooner and in greater numbers. According to the Women’s Sport Foundation report “Go Out and Play,” one way to keep girls in the game, is by creating girl-centered sports programming in After School communities. As always, all children are welcome to participate in any of our PS 154 sport programs. Have a boy who would like to join in and might benefit from this club? Let’s talk! Email Heather (hswain.ps154@gmail.com) to discuss.

Instructor  All of our YMCA sports clubs will be taught by the same great coaching staff you find at The Armory! We're thrilled to bring these skilled professional childhood sports educators with a passion for athletics to PS 154.

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ymca Soccer

Extended Day Only FULL
Grades  K - 1
Day Monday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Advanced
Grades
2 - 5
Day Monday
Time 4:30 - 5:45pm

Skills  FULL
Grades
K - 2
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Tuition $200

 

Description This fall we have three soccer options:

Mondays at 3:00pm will only be open to Kindergarten and 1st graders already enrolled in extended day. 

Mondays at 4:15pm will be an advanced class open to any 2nd - 5th grader.

Fridays at 3:00pm will be open to all Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders and will focus on skills such as dribbling, shooting, and rules of the game.

Instructor  All of our YMCA sports clubs are taught by the same skilled professional childhood sports educators you find at The Armory!

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