winter 2018 CLUB CATALOG

Registration begins dec 12
CLUBS BEGIN the week of jan 16

 SESSION 1
3:00pm - 4:15pm

*check class description for end time

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
Beginning Band Ensemble (3 - 5) Advanced Band Ensemble (3 - 5) 3-D Art: Mask Making & Sculpture (1 - 5) Advanced Band Sectional & Theory* (3 - 5) Art Studio (3 - 5)
3rd Grade Small Group Math Help* 4:00 - 5:00 After School Singers Chorus (1 - 5) Beginning Band Sectional & Theory* (3 - 5) Capoeira (K - 5) Ballet (K - 2)
YMCA Tennis for New Players (K - 5) 4th Grade Small Group Math Help* 4:00 - 5:00 Bit Bots for Brainiacs (K - 2) Classical Drawing & Painting (K - 2) Cartooning (4 - 5)
Web Design (2 - 5) Bit Bots Destroy & Construct (2 - 5) Claymation (3 - 5) Chess (K - 1)
Cartooning for 2nd & 3rd Graders Digital Photography (4 - 5) Chess (2 - 5)
Ceramics 1 (K - 5) Double Daring Book Club (2 - 5) Journalism (2 - 5)
GymStars Level 1 (1 - 5) MythoMagic Tabletop RPG (3 - 5) Songs, Sounds, & Jumpin' Around (K - 2)
Lego: Jedi Engineering* (K - 2) Pokemon* (2 - 5) Tech for Tykes (1 - 3 )
Magic: The Gathering* (2 - 5) Wildlife Adventure Club(2 - 5) YMCA Flag Football (2 - 5)
Spanish (K - 1) Yoga: Wise Hart Mindful Art (K - 1) YMCA Stay Strong Winder Conditioning (K - 3)
YMCA Girls Sportopia (2 - 5) Yoga: Superheroes (2 - 5)

SESSION 2
4:30pm - 5:45pm

*check class description for start and end times

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
YMCA Tennis for Returning Players (2 - 5) 3-D Printing (2 - 5) Beginning Band Theory* (3 - 5) Advanced Band Theory* (3 - 5)
Ceramics 2 (K - 5)
GymStars Gymnastics 2 (2 - 5)

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

3-D PRINTING

Grades  2 - 5
Day Tuesday
Time 4:30 - 5:45pm
Tuition $175

Description  Jairo Moriera 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 and sent home to play with.

Instructor  Jairo Moreira is the PS 154 chess instructor and the found 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 Art: Mask Making & Sculpture

Grades  1 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $175

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, and paper mache) to create masks as well as sculptures of faces and heads.

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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3rd & 4th Grade Small Group Math Help


Grades  3rd only
Day Monday
Time 4:00 - 5:00pm
Tuition $110

Grades  4th only
Day Tuesday
Time 4:00 - 5:00pm
Tuition $110

 

after school singers chorus

Grades  1 - 5
Day Tuesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $150

Description  If your 3rd or 4th grader would benefit from extra math help in a small group setting , we've got you covered. Kids will meet in groups of 8 - 10 students with Ms. Ussery (3rd grade) or Ms. Ritchie (4th grade) to shore up skills and delve into math work from school that week. Best for kids who need additional assistance with the DOE math curriculum. 


Instructors  Ms. Ussery and Ms. Ritchie are DOE-certified classroom teachers at PS 154.

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just added!

Description  Added by popular demand...from the kids! After School favorite Ms. Hannah will bring her musical magic to our first After School chorus. Kids will learn correct vocal technique as they match pitch, tap rhythm, and sing their hearts out together. 

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 is a member of the NYC collaborative performance troupe Artists by Any Other Name. 

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art studio

Grades  3 - 5
Day Friday
Note 7 weeks
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $155

Description  In this special studio class for our older artists, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will delve deep into 2-D projects using a variety of materials. Children will draw inspiration from different artists and styles to create works of various sizes and forms. 5th graders developing an art portfolio for middle school admissions are welcome! 

Instructor Jannell Turner is a PS 154 parent 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

Note 7 weeks

Tuition $140

Description Each ballet class includes stretches, traditional exercises, and creative movement. The winter session begins with an overview 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. She is currently a professional performing artist in NYC with the Umbrella Collective, TogetherWorks Dansgroep, and Awaken Dance Theater. 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 for Brainiacs

Grades K - 2

Day Wednesday

Time 3:00 - 4:15m

Tuition $175

Description  Bit Bots is for 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. 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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Bit Bots: Destory & Construct

Grades 2 - 5

Day Wednesday

Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Tuition $175

Description  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 materials, kids will construct new inventions or environments in the classroom.

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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Capoeira

Grades K - 5

Day Thursday

Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Tuition $160

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
Day  Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $175

Grades 4 & 5
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Note 7 weeks
Tuition $155

 

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!

NOTE: Cartooning classes will begin and end one week later than other clubs.

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 $175

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

Note 7 weeks

Tuition $140

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 staff at Imagination Guru bring chess and tech-based enrichment programs to public schools and beyond. Imagination Guru gives a portion of their profits to the Chetna Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing underprivileged girls with an education, allowing them to move forward in their futures.

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Classical Drawing & painting

Grades  K - 3
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $175

 

 

Description Basic art elements such as color study, propportions, shape and line relations, and texture will be introduced. Students will be working from reference images and simple still life, with subject matter first focusing on landscape and still life and later animals and people. Emphasis of the class will fall on understanding light and dark, becoming comfortable and gaining control over the medium used. Each student will produce about 2-3 works by the end of the term.


Instructor Raisa Nosova (b. 1989, Russia) is a painter based in Brooklyn NY. She received her BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has taught beginning art at Work Space in Windsor Terrace and at the PS 154 After School Summer Camp Friendship. 

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Claymation

Grades  2 - 5

Day Thursday

Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Tuition  $195

 

Description Have a budding film maker or a dedicated 3-D model maker in your house? 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. For this session, kids will hand build on sea creatures such as whales, sea turtles, sharks plus the worlds they occupy to create an amazing short animation 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 4 - 5

Day Thursday

Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Tuition  $175

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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double daring book club

Grades 2 - 5

Day Thursday

Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Tuition  $175

 

Description  Each week, students will explore the many ways in which daring women are represented in various artistic fields throughout history. Students will be provided with material to read independently prior to each class. (This session will include studies of Friday Kahlo, Little People Big Dreams, and Malala's Magic Pencil among others.) Each week, kids will discuss themes of bravery, leadership, and power then participate in creative writing activities that enhance literacy and critical thinking skills. Best of all, kids will create daring projects that relate to the material covered each week. This club provides an excellent opportunity for students to meet their daily independent reading goals!


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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Gymstars

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

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


Tuition $160

 

 

Level 1 Description This fun-filled level 1 gymnastics class will keep new (and returning) students on their toes—on and off the balance beam. Each class is packed with activities to increase the strength and flexibility of your little tumbler. The first few classes will include a review of basics then introduce new material so all students can perfect safe techniques for somersaults (front and back), bears kicks (pre-handstand), monkey jumps (pre-cartwheel), mini-tramp skills and more! 

Level 2 Description  Our Level 2 class will continue to increase strength, coordination, and flexibility as kids learn new skills on the mat (like dive rolls, cartwheels, handstands, tripods, and back bends) as well as new moves on the balance beam and mini tramp. 

Instructor  Aimee German and her GymStars instructors are former competitive gymnasts, professional performers, and dedicated childhood educators. 

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Instrumental BAND 

Grades  3 - 5

Beginning Band
Monday 3:00 - 4;15pm
Wednesday 3:00 - 5:00pm

Advanced Band
Tuesday 3:00 - 4:15pm
Thursday 3:00 - 5:00pm

Note 13 weeks
Tuition $400 (fall session)
Rental Fee $50

 

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 (which includes 35 weeks of instruction). Registration is for the entire year. The fee for the full year is $1200 / child, billed in three $400 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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Journalism

Grades  2 - 5

Day Friday

Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Note 7 weeks

Tuition $140

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 Young jedi engineering

Grades K - 2

Day Wednesday

Time 3:00 - 4:30pm

Tuition $195

Lego jedi master engineering

Grades 2 - 5

Day Wednesday

Time 4:30 - 6:00pm

Tuition $195

NOTE Class runs for 90 minutes. Dismissal for Young Jedi is at 4:30pm, Jedi Masters is at 6:00pm.

Description The Force Awakens in these engineering courses for Jedi! Young Jedi will explore engineering principles by designing and building projects using LEGO® materials such as X-Wings, R2 Units, Energy Catapults, Defense Turrets, and Settlements from a galaxy far, far away. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire! Master Jedi will dscover key engineering concepts such as gear trains, worm drives, pneumatics, and eccentric motion. Build projects using LEGO® materials such as X-Wings, AT-AT walkers, Pod Racers, Star Destroyers, Cloud Cities, Settlements, Fortresses, and other complex machines and structures from a galaxy far, far away. 


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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Magic: the Gathering

Grades  2 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 5:00pm
Tuition $2oo

NOTE This is a 2-hour class. Class ends at 5:00pm.

Description  Mr. Gioia is back to battle guilds, vampires, werewolves, satyrs, and nymphs! Magic players use multi-step logic, strategy, memory, and long-range planning to win—all high order critical thinking skills. (Shhh, don’t tell them they’ll also be reading, doing math, and learning to win and lose gracefully while they play.) Best of all, no prior experience or cards are required. We have everything kids need, but if your child would like bring his or her own cards they will need to store them with Mr. Gioia during the school day.

Instructor  By day, Rob Gioia is the Theater Arts teacher at PS 154, but after school he morphs into a gaming club master. He holds an MA in Educational Theatre from New York University, and a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College. More importantly, he’s a competitive Magic: The Gathering player and lover of Shakespeare, and video games. 

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mythomagic tabletop rpg

Grades 3 - 5

Day Thursday

Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Tuition $175

Description Led by the team at Camp Half-Blood Brooklyn, students will dive into our most-requested afterschool and camp activity: Mythomagic.  Based on the tabletop RPG game from the Percy Jackson novels, our Mythomagic course will teach young Demigod students how to build and role-play as unique, dynamic characters, who will grow and progress as the students do throughout the class cycle.  Our instructor team combines classic mythological stories and characters with our original gameplay style to encourage teamwork, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving, all while creating epic, unforgettable adventures.

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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Pokemon

Grades  2 - 5

Day Thursday

Time 3:00 - 5:00pm

Tuition $200

NOTES: This is a 2-hour class. Each class ends at 5:00pm.

Description  Mr. Gioia is back and ready to Catch 'Em All with PS 154 Pokemon players! Pokemon may look like innocent fun, but don’t be fooled, kids must use multi-step logic, strategy, memory, and long-range planning to win—all high order critical thinking skills. (Shhh, don’t tell them they’ll also be reading, doing math, and learning to win and lose gracefully while they play.) Best of all, no prior experience or cards are required. We have everything kids need, but if students choose to bring their own cards they will need to store them with Mr. Gioia during the school day.

Instructor  By day, Rob Gioia is the Theater Arts teacher at PS 154, but after school he morphs into a gaming club master. He holds an MA in Educational Theatre from New York University, and a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College. More importantly, he’s played Pokemon for years, is lover of Shakespeare, and video games. 

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spanish

Grades K - 1
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition  $175

Description   PS 154 Kindergarten and first graders can continue to learn Spanish with One World Project!  This play-based program will be a fun and hands-on introduction to Spanish through song, games, art and building projects. Material from last session will be reviewed and new materials will be introduced so both new and returning students are 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. Catalina Schliebener, an experienced educator and teaching artist from Chile, will teach this class. 

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Songs, sounds, and jumpin' around

Grades  K - 2

Day Friday

Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Note 7 weeks

Tuition $140

Description  Music is brain food so let’s make some noise with a variety of instruments (including hand percussion, bells, keyboards, and ukuleles). Kids will  sing songs, make up dances, and explore rhythm. Early musical training has been proven to benefit children’s language skills, reading comprehension, and spatial reasoning, plus this club is a great way to get young kids ready for our instrumental band program.

Instructor  Dan Vonnegut is professional performing and recording musician who has been teaching music to children and teens for 15 years. He’s a multi-instrumentalist who plays drums, percussion, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and ukulele, and he loves learning all kinds of new music. 

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Tech for tykes

Grades 1 - 3

Day Friday

Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Note 7 weeks

Tuition $155

Description   Students will start with Scratch--a free-on-line coding program developed by MIT to help young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Using individual laptops, children will program their own interactive stories, games, and animations. Then, the club 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 is the PS 154 chess instructor and the found 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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Yoga: Wise Heart mindful art

Grades  K - 1

Day Thursday

Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Tuition $175
 

Yoga: kids are superheroes

Grades  2 - 5

Day Thursday

Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Tuition $175

Descriptions  

Wise Heart Mindful Art This unique new class blends mindfulness, yoga and art through the use of meditation and breath-work techniques to calm the mind. Yoga poses and games will burn through that afternoon energy then kids will settle into a art project connected to their yoga practice. Kindergarten and first graders will  explore the relationship between mind, body and understanding themselves a bit better.  Using watercolors, natural materials and collaborative art, kids will explore how yoga and art  intersect in the inner and outer world.

Instructor Hannah Kasper Levinson received a BFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and an MFA from Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. She has taught her process-based art classes for children in Los Angeles and NYC and is the art teacher at Brooklyn's Hootenanny Art House. In Hannah's class children are free to create, explore materials, and make their own decisions in a nurturing environment. 

Kids are Superheroes Superheroes are for boys AND girls and so is yoga!   This class for older kids encourages independence, focus, inner strength and the courage to take flight in class and out in the world.  Using yoga to strengthen the body, students will practice the art of flying on the mat, going upside down and even sideways to build strength and focus outward.  A unique mix of games, books, breath work and mindfulness, kids will discover that superheroe strength comes from within!

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  2 - 5

Day Friday

Note 7 weeks

Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Tuition  $140

Description  Rain or shine, sleet or snow, Flag Football continues outside this winter. 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. Participants with all levels of experience 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
K - 5
Day Monday
Time 3:00 - 4:15 pm  

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

Tuition $160

NOTE New day! Tennis now meets on Mondays.

Description Tennis continues at the After School both beginning and returning tennis players. 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 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 $160

Description Our new Girls Sportopia club will emphasize 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 eight-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.

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 stay strong Winter Conditioning

Grades  K - 3

Day Friday

Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Note 7 weeks

Tuition  $140

Description Winter won't slow us down! Join a YMCA Armory Track & Field coach to run fun drills and play conditioning games that will keep kids healthy, happy, and in shape for spring sports. On sunny days, the club will meet in the school yard, so dress kids warm. When it's below freezing, raining, or snowing, we'll hold class in the cafeteria. This is a great general conditioning class for everyone!

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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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.

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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wildlife adventure club

Grades  1 - 5

Day Thursday

Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Tuition $175

 

Web Design 


Grades  2 - 5

Day Tuesday

Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Tuition $160

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 is the PS 154 chess instructor and the found 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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