SPRING SESSION 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 Art All Around Me: Storytelling Grades K - 2 Art Studio: Exploring Master Painters* Grades 3 - 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 Tennis for New Players Grades 1 - 5 Tech for Tykes Grades K - 1 3-D Art: Japanese Arts & Crafts Grades 2 - 5 Bit Bots Destroy & Construct Grades 2 - 5 Cartooning Grades 4 - 5
Yoga: Wise Heart Mindful Art Grades* K - 3 BAX Little Tumblers Class K & 1 Capoeira Grades K - 3 Chess Grades K - 5
YMCA Soccer for Extended Day Grades K & 1 Bit Bots for Brainiacs Grades K - 2 Claymation Grades 2 - 5 Film Making Grades 3 - 5
YMCA Adv Soccer Grades 2 - 5 Cartooning Grades 2 - 3 Digital Photography Studio* Grades 3 - 5 Mindful Baseball K & 1
Ceramics Grades K - 5 Electronic Music Design Grades 3 - 5 Mini-Marine Biology Grades 1 - 3
Journalism Grades 2 - 5 Forge by Camp HalfBlood Grades 2 - 5 Self Defense & Personal Safety 4 - 5
Magic: The Gathering* Grades 3 - 5 Irish Dance Grades 1 - 5
Mathletics with Ms. Ussery Grades 3 - 5 Lego: Ninjaneering* Grades K - 2
Scratch Programming Game Design Grades 1 -3 Pokemon* Grades 2 - 5
Spanish Grades K - 1 Splat! Lab Grades 1 -3
YMCA Basketball 1 - 3 YMCA Flag Football Grades 3 - 5

SESSION 2
4:30pm - 5:45pm

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MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
Advanced Band Theory* Grades 3 - 5 Beginning Band Theory* Grades 3 - 5
Ceramics Grades K - 5 Lego: Ninjaneering Masters* Grades 2 - 5
Bits & Bytes with Arduino Grades 2 - 5 Scratch Programming Digital Storytelling Grades 2 - 5
Fun Run 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 Arts & Crafts

NEW DAY!
Grades 
2 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $195
9 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 $180
8 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


Grades  2 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $180
9 weeks

after school singers chorus

Grades  1 - 5
Day Tuesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $140
7 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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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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art all around me: Storytelling

NEW DAY!
Grades 
K - 2
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $175
8 weeks

Description Part art history, part studio class. Kids will bring their inner artist to explore the beautifully vivid world of visual arts. Over eight weeks, kids will get to know artists from around the world, including lesser known artists from Austria and Africa, to some world-renowned artists from Japan and Sweden. Then, will complete a replica of one of the pieces, or for the more adventurous, to create their own work in a similar style. Easels, paint, drawing pencils, pastels and canvas will be supplied.

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

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art studio: Exploring Master Painters

NEW CLASS!
Grades 
3 - 5
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:30pm
Tuition $200
8 weeks

Ballet

Grades K - 2
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $160
8 weeks


Description Each ballet class includes stretches, traditional exercises, and creative movement. The spring 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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Description Little Tumblers: Using exercises from yoga to gymnastics, this class supports fundamental motor skills and challenges students in their beginning stages of development. Making transitions, taking turns and working as a group are regular social skills addressed in this lively joyful class. Students learn backward and forward rolls, logrolls, somersaults, headstands, and the basics of balancing, all while honing body strength. Over the spring, students will learn to support their own weight in new ways, exploring balances and lifts alone and with partners, and learning tumbling sequences of rolling and flipping. Students will begin to collaborate towards creating original images, structures, and sequences.

Description Advanced Tumbling & Hip Hop: Returning students will 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. Advanced AcroBAXers continue working on 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.

NOTE The advanced class is open to any 2nd - 5th grade student and to 1st graders who took our Fall or Winter 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
Little Tumblers

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

BAX Advanced Tumbling & Hip Hop

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

Tuition $180
9 weeks


Description  The perfect combo of mechanical and digital engineering for your builder. Kids will create projects using Arduino — an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards read inputs so kids enhance their projects with light sensors, buttons to activate motors, switches to turn on an LED, etc… plus publish their work online.

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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Bits & Bytes with Arduino

NEW CLASS!
Grades
2 - 5
Day Tuesday
Time 4:30 - 5:45pm
Tuition $160
7 weeks

Bit Bots 

BRAINIACS
Grades
K - 2
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15m
Tuition $195
9 weeks

DESTROY & CONSTRUCT
NEW DAY!
Grades 2 - 5
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15m
Tuition $175
8 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. They are also the wonderful folks who run the new PS 154 Maker Space!

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Capoeira

Grades K - 3
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $160
8 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
Tuition $195
9 weeks

Grades 4 & 5
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $175
8 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 $195
9 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 $160
8 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  $215
8 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. Kids 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 Studio

Grades 3 - 5
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:30pm
Tuition  $200
Note 90 min class
8 weeks

NOTE This studio class is 90 minutes. Dismissal is at 4:30pm.

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  $200
8 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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Forge by Camp Halfblood

Grades 2 - 5
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $190
8 weeks

Description Inspired by one of the most popular activities at Summer Camp Half-Blood, the Forge is an interactive design and build program. Each week will feature a new lesson about the history, mechanics, and physics of machines from ancient history through present day. These lessons culminate in projects that students will take home. Chariots, trebuchets, and bridges spark children's creativity and passion for building. Plato Learning provides the materials and guidance to help each student master the building process and customize their projects into unique creations.

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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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 $175
8 weeks

Description  A perennial favorite PS 154 club is back! Fun Runners head out to Prospect Park every Wednesday to run trails. Each week, kids work on conditioning and learn more about the mechanics of running while increasing their distances. Relays, races, and games are included. The session culminates in a run around the 3.3 mile interior road of the Park.

Instructor  Fi Rice is an NCAA track champ and life long runner who is the founder of the Prospect Park Youth Running Club along with her husband Sean Rice.

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fun run with fi rice

Grades 2 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 4:30 - 5:45pm
Tuition $180
9 weeks

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 spring 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 eight-week course, students will explore different dance rhythms used in traditional Irish dance, including a review of material from the fall & winter sessions 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 $160
8 weeks

NOTE This class will end on June 8th, one week earlier than other Wednesday clubs.

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! 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 $160
8 weeks

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

Description  Enter the world of Ninjago and become an apprentice Ninjaneer! Learn the way of Spinjitzu, build the Fire Temple, race Skull Trucks, and encounter the mighty Dragon! Imagine and build unique and fun LEGO projects with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor while exploring the fantasy world of Ninjago. This is an ideal way to prepare young Ninjaneers for the challenge of Ninjaneering Masters with LEGO camp.

In the Master Class older builders master the world of Ninjago by becoming a Ninjaneer! Tame the Ice Dragon, motorize your Blade Cycle, design the Dark Fortress, and hone your Spinjitzu battle skills! In this advanced LEGO camp, Ninjaneering masters will learn real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while exploring the fantasy world of Ninjago.

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 Ninjaneering

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

Lego master ninjaneering

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

Tuition $225
8 weeks

NOTE This club is 2 hours long. Dismissal is at 5:00pm.

Description  Battling 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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magic: the gathering

NEW CLUB!
Grades
3 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 5:00pm
Tuition $225
9 Weeks

Mathletics with Ms. Ussery

NEW CLUB
Grades 
3 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $180
9 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  We are so excited to welcome Mindful Sports to the PS 154 After School! Mindful Baseball for Kindergarten and 1st graders combines fun, focus, and resilience. Kids will learn the basic skills to play America’s past time sport while incorporating age-appropriate mindfulness in their play—think calming breaths, centered focus, and compassion. Teaching mindfulness through sports builds a strong foundation of self-regulatory skills to use during physical activity. Kids will learn the rules and skills of sports, be better prepared for future higher levels of sports competition, and understand how to use mindful skills on and off the field. Mindfulness practice is a research-proven method of helping children learn to manage stress and anxiety, improve focus, and increase overall resilience. All equipment will be provided (though kids are welcome to bring their own gloves if they like.)


Instructor  Sam Faeder, the founder of Mindful Sports, grew up playing baseball in New York City and went on to play pro ball in Europe. He’s coached children locally (at a summer camp for the New York Yankees) and abroad for the European Little League World Series. Sam holds an MA in Psychology and is completing a PhD, researching how mindfulness practice affects stress perception in preadolescent children playing competitive sports. 


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mindful sports Baseball

Grade  K & 1
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $200
8 weeks

Description   Join the WCS New York Aquarium staff for a new session of after-school. In this class we will focus on Animal Adaptations. Kids will learn about marine animals and the special adaptations they have to survive in their habitats! Over eight weeks the class will play games and make crafts while exploring animal biofacts, meeting live animals, and creating fun works-of-art for their weekly journal.

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

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Mini Marine Biology with WCS Aquarium


Grades 
1 - 3
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $180
8 weeks

NOTES:  This class is 2 hours long. Dismissal is at 5:00pm

Description  Before there was Pokemon Go there was TCG (the card game.) And although, 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 his video games. 

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Pokemon

NEW CLUB!
Grades
2 - 5
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 5:00pm
Tuition $200
8 Weeks

Description Knowing how to safely navigate on their own is a must for Brooklyn kids gearing up for middle school. Using role playing, group activities, individual exercises, and lots of practice, kids will learn external awareness (are my surroundings safe), internal awareness (what's the little voice inside of me saying), threat assessment (am I in danger), and personal safety (how can I use my voice and body to protect myself.) This is a great class for building confidence and fostering independence in 4th and 5th grade kids as they begin to strike out on their own in our neighborhood and beyond.

Instructor This class is a special program developed specifically for PS 154 4th & 5th graders by PS 154 parents Laurel & Stewart Carroll  and their staff at Sun Dojo, a family-oriented, martial arts studio in Windsor Terrace which specializes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, and children's martial arts.


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Self Defense & Personal Safety

NEW CLUB!
Grades
4 - 5
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $160
8 Weeks

Description  Do your kids love stories and animation? Do they love electronic games? Of course they do! Now, they can create their OWN animated stories and games using Scratch — a freeware a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group developed by the MIT Media Lab. In these two classes kids learn basic computer programming skills while having full control over the look and feel of their creations.

In Game Design, Little Coders create characters, settings, and actions using basic programming language. Then they turn these creations into their own interactive games. Students will create racing, adventure, sports, storytelling and animation games populated with their unique characters.

In Digital Storytelling, Older Coders create characters, setting, and actions using computer programming language that they turn into original, interactive narrative stories with a beginning, middle, and end. This class is a playful window into the world of programming, a skillset that grows more important every day.

Scratch 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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scratch computer programming

Game Design
Grades
1 - 3
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

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

Tuition $180
9 Weeks

spanish

Grades K - 1
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition  $195
9 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


Grades
 1 - 3
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition  $190
8 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  $140
7 weeks

Yoga: Wise Heart & mindful art

Grades  K - 3
Day Tuesday
Time 3:00 - 4:30pm
Tuition $180
7 weeks

 

 

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

Descriptions This unique class uses mindfulness, yoga and art as forms 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

NEW DAY!
Grades 
3 - 5
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $160
8 weeks

NOTE In order to make an more equitable playing field, half the spots in the class are reserved for girls and half are reserved for boys. Any spots not filled will be offered to children on the wait list of either gender.

Description  Flag Football is quickly becoming signature sport at PS 154! 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 either in the school yard or at the Holy Name field except in the most inclement weather, so please dress kids appropriately for the weather.  

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 FOR NEW PLAYERS

NEW CLUB
Grades
1 - 5
Day Monday
Time 3:00 - 4:15 pm
Tuition $160
8 weeks

Description Tennis for beginning players is back at the After School this spring! 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 except in inclement weather, when they will move into 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 Basketball

Grades 1 - 3
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $180
9 weeks

Description Young ballers focus on improving basketball skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, and offensive/defensive schemes. Small-sided matches also give your athlete the in-game experience they need to really learn the game.

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

NEW DAY!
Extended Day Only

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

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

Tuition $140
7 weeks


 

Description This spring we have two soccer options meeting on Tuesdays.

There will be two Tuesday classes at 3:00pm. One class is open only to Kindergarten and 1st graders already enrolled in extended day. In this instructional class, kids will work on basic soccer skills, as well as a love for sport, develop teamwork and participation in a fun, non-competitive environment.

The Tuesday advanced class is open to any 2nd - 5th grader. Kids will continue to work on skills while scrimmaging.

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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