winter 2019 Club Session dates

Thursday, December 13th, 6:00pm
General registration opens

Friday, December 21st, 6:00pm
General registration for winter session clubs closes

Wednesday, January 2nd, 9:00am
Late registration for winter session clubs opens

Monday, January 7th - Friday, January 11th
Winter session clubs begin

Monday, March 25th - Friday March 29th
Winter session clubs end

CLUB CATALOG

 SESSION 1
3:00pm - 4:15pm

*check class description for end time

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
3-D Printing Grades 2 - 5 After School Singers Chorus Grades 1 - 5 Advanced Chess for Competition Grades 2 - 5 3-D Art: Japanese Fine Art & Crafts Grades 2 - 5 Art Studio* Grades 4 - 5
Advanced Band Ensemble Grades 3 - 5 Beginning Band Ensemble Grades 3 - 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 Tech for Tykes Grades K - 1 Art All Around Me: Storytelling Grades K - 2 Capoeira Grades K - 5 Bit Bots Destroy & Construct Grades 2 - 5
YMCA Soccer Grades 2 - 5 Yoga: Wise Heart Mindful Art Grades* K - 3 AcroBAX Tumbling & Hip Hop Jumbo Class* 2 - 5 Claymation Grades 2 - 5 Cartooning Grades 4 - 5
Bit Bots for Brainiacs Grades K - 2 Debate Club Grades 4 - 5 Chess Grades K - 5
Cartooning Grades 2 - 3 Digital Photography Studio* Grades 3 - 5 Film Making Grades 3 - 5
Ceramics Grades K - 5 Electronic Music Design Grades 3 - 5 Mini-Marine Biology Grades 1 - 3
Journalism Grades 2 - 5 Irish Dance Grades 1 - 5 Middle School Drama Audition Grade 5
Mathletics with Ms. Ussery Grades 3 - 5 Lego: Minecraft Engineering* Grades K - 2 YMCA Flag Football Grades 3 - 5
Scratch Programming Grades 1 -3 MythoMagic by Camp HalfBlood Grades 2 - 5 YMCA Soccer Skills Grades K - 2
Spanish Grades K - 1 Splat! Lab Grades 1 -3
YMCA Girls Sportopia Grades 2 - 5
YMCA Sportopia for K - 1

SESSION 2
4:30pm - 5:45pm

*check class description for start and end times

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
Advanced Band Theory* Grades 3 - 5 Beginning Band Theory* Grades 3 - 5
Ceramics Grades K - 5 Lego: Minecraft Masters* Grades 2 - 5
Web Design Grades 2 - 5

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Description Children will use traditional Japanese art techniques found in sumi-e (black ink painting), origami (paper folding) and theatrical mask-making as inspiration to create their own modern works of 3-dimensional art using paper, cardboard, clay, paint, and decorative materials.

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

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3-D Art: Japanese Fine arts & Crafts

NEW CLASS
Grades 
2 - 5
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $215
10 weeks

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
10 weeks


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

NEW DAY
Grades  2 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $220
11 weeks

after school singers chorus

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

Description  After School favorite Ms. Hannah will continue her musical magic with our After School chorus. Kids will learn correct vocal technique as they match pitch, tap rhythm, and sing their hearts out together. Since there are always new songs to sing, new and returning students are welcome!

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 all around me: Storytelling

Grades  K - 2
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $235
11 weeks

Description This 2-D art class will start with stories, read aloud, then children will continue the stories through their own visual language using crayons, pencils, pastels, paint, and found objects such as leaves, sticks, fabric, etc… Through story and art, children will learn about different cultures, their festivities, how kids their own age live and grow up around the globe with an emphasis on common aspects of our lives. As children explore stories and the visual world of their own making, they will gain confidence in their own creative abilities.

Instructor Viola Yeşiltaç was born in Hanover, Germany and now lives and works in New York. She was recently artist in residence at the Istanbul Galata House and has had solo shows and been included in group exhibitions at David Lewis in New York, the Cooper Gallery in Dundee, Scotland, the New York Museum of Contemporary Art and São Paulo's 30th International Biennial. She loves making art with children!

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NOTE This 90-minute studio intensive will dismiss at 4:30pm.

Description What a treat for the PS 154 After School community! Annette Tacconelli is back to teach Art Studio for 4th & 5th graders. Each week, this drawing and painting class will begin with quick sketch exercises in individual sketch pads then expand into bigger projects using materials such as pencil, acrylic & watercolor paints, and pastels. Students will create work on paper and newspaper, eventually collaging their own work into new pieces. This class will take children on a journey to deepen their understanding of themselves are creators and gain a sense of their unique artistic spirit. 

Instructor Annette Tacconelli is an internationally-acclaimed fiber arts and beading artist whose work has been featured in film and TV (Wonderstruck, Boardwalk Empire, The Knick) and exhibited around the world. As an arts educator and spiritual mentor, Annette’s philosophy centers around the cultivation of bravery and self awareness through artful, spiritual practice. For over twenty-five years, Annette Tacconelli has taught art/intuitive creativity workshops around the world, intensive fiber/fine arts programs in schools, and mentored private students of all ages in her Brooklyn studio. She is a PS 154 parent alum and your Brooklyn neighbor, too!

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art studio with Ms. Annette


Grades 
4 - 5
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:30pm
Tuition $290
11 weeks

Ballet

Grades K - 2
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $220
11 weeks


Description Each ballet class includes stretches, traditional exercises, and creative movement. The winter session begins with a review of basic concepts and moves forward to introduce new concepts. Through practice children deepen their 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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NOTE This class dismisses at 4:45pm.

Description  In this “Jumbo Class”, kids will have longer 1 hour 45 minute sessions to dig deep into skills, dance creation, and group shares which are fundamental to the AcroBAX program. Each class 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 dance creation, tumbling, and basic inverted movement. 

The class is open to any 2nd - 5th grade student and to 1st graders who took our Fall BAX intro or advanced class. (NOTE: The instructor will evaluate children on the first day of the 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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BAX Tumbling & Hip Hop JUMBO Class

Extended Time
Grades 2 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:45pm
Tuition $275
11 weeks

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 $235
11 weeks

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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Capoeira

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

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

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

Tuition $235
11 weeks

 

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 $235
11 weeks

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 $220
11 weeks

 

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
10 weeks

 

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 farm 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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Description Do you have a kid who likes to engage in the fine art of debate? Help them hone those skills and put them to good use in our new Debate Club! In this class, 4th and 5th grade students will share and defend their views on topics that matter to them. Using the SERP curriculum, the class will research, read, discuss, and build arguments into persuasive speeches. The two topics covered over the course of the club's 10 sessions will be: “What is Fair?” and “When is it Acceptable to Break the Rules?” The class will also have at least two guest speakers who will talk about how research, persuasive speech, and debate skills help them make their ideas more compelling, and help them change the world.

Instructor Zoë Kashner has been a writer and editor in curriculum publishing for 20 years, primarily for upper elementary and middle school language arts and social studies programs. As a student, she participated in middle school and high school debate. She is also a PS154 parent.

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debate club

NEW CLUB
Grades
 4 - 5
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:30pm
Tuition $200
10 weeks

Digital Photography Studio

Grades 3 - 5
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:30pm
Tuition  $250
Note 90 min class
10 weeks

NOTE This studio class dismisses at 4:30pm. There will be no class on 2/14. A make up class will be held 4/4.

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. New and returning students are welcome!

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
10 weeks

 

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. Since there is always more music to make new and returning students are welcome. 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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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!  New and repeat students welcome!

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 $235
11 weeks

New students welcome in beginning band! 

Description 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 back for the winter session. 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, including a review of material from the fall session and new material for this session. Group dances will be introduced to more modern music. The emphasis will be on having fun while learning something new. New and repeat students are welcome!

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  1 - 5
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $200
10 weeks

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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Journalism

Grades  2 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $220
11 weeks

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

Description Ratchet up your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! In the Minecraft Engineering class, children will build engineer-designed projects such as a motorized Creeper, a portal to the Nether, and a moving Minecart! Then they will use special pieces to create their own unique design! New and returning students welcome.

In the Master 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 a motorized walking Creeper, a terrifying Ghast, and a motorized Minecart! 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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Lego minecraft engineering

NEW DAY

Grades K - 2
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:30pm

Lego minecraft master engineering

Grades 2 - 5
Day Thursday
Time 4:30 - 6:00pm

Tuition $270
10 weeks

Mathletics with Ms. Ussery

NEW CLUB
Grades 
3 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $220
11 weeks

Description Attention math lovers! Come flex your mental math muscles in this project-based mathletic club with Ms. Ussery. Mathletics is for high-level kids who are ready for more math in their lives. Kids will engage in fun, real-life math projects (such as planning a summer road trip or a birthday party), play games, and sharpen their numbers skills through a variety of activities.

NOTE: This is an not a math help club.

Instructor Claire Ussery is a 3rd grade teacher at PS 154 who loves math!

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Description  Mr. Gioia will lead an After School workshop exclusively to help 5th graders applying to middle school drama departments. Students will help one another practice their monologues and prepare for their auditions during this special 6-week session on Fridays 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, & 2/15.

Instructor  You know him, you love him, it’s PS 154’s own theater arts teacher Rob Gioia. What more is there to say!
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Middle school drama audition workshop

Grade  5th only
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $120
6 weeks

Description   Join the WCS New York Aquarium staff for a new session of after-school. In this class we will focus on Aquatic Habitats by exploring the different watery worlds that animals call home. We’ll meet live animals from a kelp forest, coral reef, and the sandy shores that surround our city. Each week the class will act as naturalists and get a deeper understanding of these new habitats by keeping a journal, playing games, and making crafts.

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

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Mini Marine Biology with WCS Aquarium

NEW DAY
Grades 
1 - 3
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $250
11 weeks

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 role playing 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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Mythomagic by Camp Halfblood

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

Description  Do your kids love stories? Do they love electronic games? Of course they do! What if they could create their OWN animated stories and games? In this class children make their own creations come to life. They will learn the skills and have full control over the look and feel of their creations. In this first step for Little Coders, children will learn how to create characters, settings, and actions using a programming language called Scratch and ultimately create their own games. Students will create racing, adventure, sports, storytelling and animation games populated with their own unique characters. This class is a playful window into the world of programming, a skillset that grows more important every day.

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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Scratch game design

NEW CLASS
Grades 
1 - 3
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $220
11 weeks

spanish

Grades K - 1
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition  $235
11 weeks

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 Get ready to get messy… and have fun! In this class kids will have the opportunity to explore, create, and problem solve. Each session will feature cool projects such as making slime, unicorn poop or marshmallow towers. Every workshop will feature student choice and the option for free exploration such as tinker stations, butcher paper free draw and beading. 
 

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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Splat! Lab

NEW CLUB
Grades
 1 - 3
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition  $235
10 weeks

 

 

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
10 weeks

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

2ND SESSION CLUB
Grades 
2 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 4:30- 5:45pm
Tuition $220
11 weeks

 

Yoga: Wise Heart & mindful art

Grades  K - 3
Day Tuesday
Time 3:00 - 4:30pm
Tuition $250
Note 90 minutes
10 weeks
 

 

NOTE: This 90-minute class dismisses at 4:30pm.

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 $220
11 weeks

Description  Rain or shine or even flurries, 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 school yard except in the most inclement weather, so please dress kids appropriately for the weather. 

NOTE: for the winter 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 SPORTopia K & 1st

NEW CLUB
Grades
K & 1
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15 pm
Tuition $220
11 weeks

Description Our Kindergarten and 1st graders are invited to join this multi-sport survey class that emphasizes fun, fundamentals, and friendship. Our YMCA Armory coaches will teach kids skills and rules of different sports over the ten-week course, giving kids a chance to try out favorites such as basketball, football, soccer, and track & field. As with all sports instruction at PS 154, teamwork and learning to being a good sport are the real goal for every child. 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 $220
11 weeks

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

Advanced
Grades
2 - 5
Day Monday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Tuition $200
10 weeks

Skills 
Grades
K - 2
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $220
11 weeks


 

Description This winter we have three soccer options:

There will be two Monday classes at 3:00pm. One class is open only to Kindergarten and 1st graders already enrolled in extended day. The Monday advanced class is 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.

All classes will take place in the school yard weather permitting and in the cafeteria during inclement weather.

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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