Fall 2019 CLUB CATALOG

 SESSION 1
3:00pm - 4:15pm

*check class description for end time

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
Broadway Jr. Grades 2 - 5 After School Singers Chorus Grades 1 - 5 3-D Art: Japanese Arts & Crafts Grades 2 - 5 Art All Around Me Grades K - 2 Advanced Band Ensemble Grades 3 - 5
YMCA Ext Day Only Soccer Grades K - 1 Beginning Band Ensemble Grades 3 - 5 Advanced Band Sectional & Theory* Grades 3 - 5 Backyard Explorers Grades 3 - 5 Art Studio: Exploring Master Painters* Grades 3 - 5
YMCA Tennis for New Players Grades 1 - 5 YMCA Girls Sportopia Grades 2 - 5 Advanced Chess for Competition Grades 2 - 5 Beginning Band Sectional & Theory* Grades 3 - 5 Ballet Grades K - 2
Yoga and Crafts at Yoga Sole Grades* 1 - 3 Backyard Kitchen Grades 1 - 3 Camp HalfBlood Adventures in Mythology Grades 2 - 5 Bit Bots Destroy & Construct Grades 2 - 5
BAX Little Tumblers Class K - 1 Capoeira Grades 1 - 3 Cartooning Grades 4 - 5
Bit Bots for Brainiacs Grades K - 2 Claymation Grades 2 - 5 Chess Grades K - 5
Cartooning Grades 2 - 3 Digital Photography Studio* Grades 3 - 5 Film Making Grades 3 - 5
Ceramics Grades K - 5 Irish Dance Grades 1 - 5 Mindful Baseball K - 1
Electronic Music Design Grades 3 - 5 Journalism Grades 2 - 5 Mini-Marine Biology Grades 1 - 3
Magic: The Gathering with Michael* Grades 3 - 5 Lego: Intro to STEM* Grades K - 2 YMCA Basketball 2 - 5
Spanish Comenzando Grades K - 1 Scratch Programming Game Design Grades 1 -3
Tech for Tykes Grades 1 - 3 Splat! Lab Grades 1 -3
YMCA Co-Ed Flag Football Grades 3 - 5 YMCA Soccer Grades K - 1
Spanish Super Grupo Grades 2 - 5

SESSION 2
4:30pm - 5:45pm

*check class description for start and end times

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
YMCA Advanced Soccer Grades 2 - 5 YMCA Lil' Sports Sportopia Grades K - 1 3-D Printing Grades 2 - 5 Beginning Band Theory* Grades 3 - 5
YMCA Tennis for Returning Players Advanced Band Theory* Grades 3 - 5 Lego: STEM Masters* Grades 2 - 5
BAX Hip Hop & Tumbling Grades 2 - 5 Scratch Programming Digital Storytelling Grades 2 - 5
Ceramics Grades K - 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

Grades  2 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $275
12 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 Wednesday
Time 4:45 - 5:30pm
Tuition $275
12 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 $260
12 weeks

after school singers chorus

Grades  1 - 5
Day Tuesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $235
11 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

Grades  K - 2
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $230
10 weeks

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

Description Bring your inner artist and delve into the beautifully vivid world of visual arts. Art Studio combines exploration, paint, pencils and paper into a beautiful color wheel of fun! Every week, the class will go on a journey to examine artists from around the world. Kids will get to know one new artist a week, including Maria Lassnig, Purvis Young, Elaine Sturtevant, Karel Appel and many more— some exhibiting in galleries and museums today!  The class will look at and discuss the artwork of these masters then try their hands at creating original pieces in that medium. Easels, paint, drawing pencils, pastels and canvas will be supplied and all work will be sent home to create a personal gallery!

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

Grades  3 - 5
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:30pm
Tuition $275
NOTE 90 minute class
12 weeks

Ballet

Grades K - 2
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $260
12 weeks


Description Each ballet class includes stretches, traditional exercises, and creative movement. The fall session introduces basic concepts and moves forward as 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 12-week session, 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.

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. The instructor will evaluate children on the first day of the class to make sure their skill set is appropriate for the activities.

Instructor Ellie Weinman holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in choreography and performance from the University of Montana She has extensive training in contemporary, hip-hop, acrobatics, contact improvisation, modern, and musical theater. Ellie has danced professionally with Bare Bait Dance, Headwaters Dance Company and MASC ARTISANS and has performed in regional musicals including The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Chicago, and The Legend of Orpheus: The Opera.

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BAX

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

ADVANCED TUMBLING & HIP HOP
Grades
2 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 4:30 - 5:45pm

Tuition $260
12 weeks


Description
Backyard Kitchen
Kids embrace their inner foragers to find out just how tasty (and useful) nature can be! In this outdoor class, kids learn about foraging then cook edible and seasonal food. Kids will take nature walks around the neighborhood and in Prospect Park to learn about the flora and fauna that are part of the human food supply (think bees, herbs, fruit, and roots.) Children will return to the PS 154 schoolyard to make tasty treats such as cinnamon applesauce, plum crumble, dandelion & lime tea, herb salad and edible flower butter or create useful projects like blackberry ink, beeswax lip balm, and lemongrass salt scrub.

Backyard Explorers Kids will discover the hidden world around their homes in Brooklyn! Each week, Explorers will head outdoors to play nature games in Prospect Park. They will get hands-on with field studies about plants, animals, bugs, birds, weather, and more then make crafts, forage in nature, and learn about conservation. Explorers get a little wild, right here in the city!

Note Backyard kids are intrepid kids! Except for the most inclement weather (such as thunderstorms) both clubs will meet outdoors. Children should dress appropriately for the weather and bring a change of clothes if necessary.

Instructor Tyler & Kara Alden, the founders Backyard Basecamp, believe in fresh air, dirt, and happy kids. Tyler is a proud Eagle Scout with over 10 years of hiking, camping, and scouting experience. Kara is an educator with a passion for child development. In addition to 10 years of childhood education experience, she's a mountain climber, photographer, & writer.

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BackYard basecamp

NEW CLUBS!

BACKYARD KITCHEN
Grades 
1 - 3
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $275
12 weeks

BACKYARD EXPLORERS
Grades 
3 - 5
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $230
10 weeks

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

NOTE: A second Broadway Jr production open to younger kids will be available during the spring session of After School.

About Seussical Kids Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in a fantastical musical extravaganza. Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos while guarding an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.

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


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Broadway jr with child’s play: SEUSSICAL kids!


Grades
2 - 5
Day Monday
Time 3:00 - 4:30pm
Tuition $450
NOTE: This 90-minute club runs from 9/16/19 - 2/14/19
16 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 $275
12 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 in both classes.

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 1 - 3
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $215
10 weeks

Description  Calling all 1st through 3rd 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.

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 $275
12 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 $275
12 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 take home work kiln-fired and glazed at Clayworks on Columbia. 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 $260
12 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  $300
10 weeks

 

Description Clay World explores the art of Clay Modeling and Character Design. This artistic class helps student’s improve their creativity, fine motor skills and artistic capabilities. Monsters, fairies, animals, backdrops and all sorts of creatures will be hand built to create an amazing Clay World. Different techniques will be implemented such as pointillism, spreads, textured clay among others. Sculpting lets children express their feelings and creativity in a magical manner. Since clay has unlimited possibilities, students never repeat projects or characters. 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  $250
Note 90 min class
10 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 Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition  $275
12 weeks

 

Description  In this Digital Music Production 101 class, students will use GarageBand on iPad’s to arrange pre-recorded musical material into original songs. They will learn fundamental music concepts such as pitch, key, melody, and rhythm then dive into tricks of the trade for arranging, layering, and creating song flow. Each class will be split between instruction time and lab time to work on personal 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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Camp Halfblood Adventures in mythology

Grades 2 - 5
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $250
10 weeks

Description Led by the team at Camp Half-Blood Brooklyn, Adventures in Mythology dives into the world of ancient myths and stories across many cultures, including Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Norse, and more. Each week is a new chapter in our own original class story, with activities ranging from imaginative story-making to sword-training to armor design and crafting projects to epic live-action Quest adventures, all under the mission of helping each student become the hero they were always meant to be. Interested students will also get to spend time diving deeper into the game of Mythomagic: based on the tabletop RPG game from the Percy Jackson novels, Mythomagic teaches young Demigod students how to build and role-play as unique, dynamic characters, who will grow and progress throughout the class cycle.

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

Description  Students will learn how the elements of lighting, music, screenwriting, acting and directing come together to tell a powerful story on screen. The class will begin by exploring what kinds of stories the kids in the group want to tell. Next, they 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. New and repeat students welcome!

Instructor  Freddy Poey received his BFA in Film Production from the college of Motion Picture Arts at Florida State University.

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Film Making

Grades  3 - 5
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:30pm
Tuition $300
NOTE 90 minute class
12 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 $260
12 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 $1350 / child, billed in three $450 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.

Lead Instructor  Jonah Parzen-Johnson has been playing and teaching saxophone, clarinet, and flute in Brooklyn for over 12 years. He is an active performer across Europe, Brazil, and North America, and has been named a Downbeat Magazine Critics poll rising star in 2018, and 2019. Jonah has a Bachelor's of Music from NYU, and a Master's of Music from Manhattan School of Music. He is entering his sixth year teaching at PS154, and loves helping new students approach music with joy, dedication, and excitement!
 

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Instrumental BAND 

Grades  3 - 5

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

Advanced Band
NOTE: NEW DAYS

Wednesday 3:00 - 5:00pm
Friday 3:00 - 4:15pm

Tuition $450 per session
Rental Fee $50

 

Description Step lively! Each week, Ms. Bernadette will lead dancers through stretches and strengthening exercises then progress into beginner Irish dance steps with an emphasis on good technique and posture. Over the ten-week course, students will explore different dance rhythms used in traditional Irish dance, Group dances will be introduced to more modern music. The emphasis will be on having fun while learning something new. 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 $215
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. 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 Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $215
10 weeks

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

Description  Children tap into imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as: Boats, Snowmobiles, Catapults, and Merry-Go-Rounds. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment.

In the Master Class older builders apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as: Catapults, Pneumatic Cranes, Arch Bridges, and Battletracks! 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 WITH PLAY-WELL TEK

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

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

Tuition $300
10 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 in their backpacks during the school day.

Instructor  Michael Smith is a PS154 alum parent and avid Magic: The Gathering player. When he’s not battling wizards, Michael is a web artist, technologist, and associate professor of Communications Technology at York College in Queens.

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magic: the gathering with Michael

NEW INSTRUCTOR!
Grades
3 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 5:00pm
Tuition $300
NOTE: 2-hr class
12 Weeks

Description  Mindful Sports Baseball for Kindergarten and 1st graders combines fun, focus, and resilience. Kids will learn the basic skills to play baseball 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 baseball, 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 $275
12 weeks

Description   Join the New York Aquarium as we “make waves” of change and become conservation scientists! Students will learn about the threats that face ocean habitats and marine animals through exploring biofacts, engaging in interactive activities, and meeting some of our ambassador animals. The class will conduct experiments, create artwork, and play games to discover ways to protect animals and their habitats from plastic debris, oil spills, and warming waters. Kids will utilize different media and techniques each week, all the while fostering an appreciation for wildlife and stewardship for the environment. By the end of the session, students will feel empowered and inspired to help conserve the world’s oceans. New and repeat students welcome!

Instructor  Rachel Swanson is an Outreach Conservation Educator at WCS New York Aquarium.

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Mini Marine Biology with WCS Aquarium


Grades 
1 - 3
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $275
12 weeks

Description  Do your kids love stories and animation? Do they love electronic games? 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.

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.

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 Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

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

Tuition $215
10 Weeks

spanish

Comenzando
Grades
K - 1
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition  $275
12 weeks

Super Grupo
Grades
2 - 5
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition  $230
10 weeks

Description  
Comenzando
This fun and engaging play-based Spanish program from One World Project is designed for little ones just starting on their multilingual journey. OWP uses a hands-on approach to nurture language learning while introducing Spanish culture. This class is ideal for Kindergartners and first graders to become familiar Spanish words, phrases, and culture through song, games, and art. Repeat students are welcome.

Super Grupo PS 154 After School is thrilled to partner with One World Project to offer our first reading and writing class for dominant Spanish speakers. If your child is already a proficient Spanish speaker, Super Grupo will give them a chance to hone reading and writing skills, plus have a place to speak Spanish with friends at school!

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.

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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  $260
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 1 - 3
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition  $275
12 weeks

Yoga & crafts at Yoga sole

Grades  1 - 3
Day Tuesday
Time 3:00 - 4:30pm
Tuition $235
11 weeks

 

 

NOTE This 90-minute class will meet at YogaSole across the street from PS 154. Dismissal is at 4:30pm.

Descriptions The PS 154 After School is thrilled to partner with our Windsor Terrace neighbor YogaSole! In Yoga and Crafts students will walk with PS 154 staff to the beautiful YogaSole studio where they will be guided through 40 minutes of yoga and mindfulness followed by a variety of yoga and nature inspired crafts. In each yoga session, students will learn traditional poses as well age-appropriate meditation songs and chants.

Instructor  Sunee LaClaire is a lifelong educator with a MS Degree from Bank Street College in Early Childhood Education. She has over two decades of teaching experience in many educational environments in New York, California, and China. She currently teaches yoga and is the managing partner of YogaSole, a welcoming community studio focusing on improving health and increasing students general well-being.

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YMCA co-ed Flag Football

NEW DAY!
Grades 
3 - 5
Day Wednesday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $260
12 weeks

NOTE In order to make a 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 lists.

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 children should dress appropriately.  

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

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

LIL SPORTS
Grades
K - 1
Day Tuesday
Time 4:30 - 5:45pm

Tuition $235
11 weeks

Description Sportopia classes emphasize fun, fundamentals, and friendship while teaching kids the skills and rules of a variety of ball sports (such as basketball, baseball/softball, football, and soccer) which are introduced on a rotating basis.

Girls Sportopia This club creates a safe space for 2nd - 5th grade girls to try out a different games. Research shows that the benefits of girls-only sports programming include increased participation by girls, increased sense of self-confidence, and the development of leadership, teamwork, coping and goal setting skills.

Lil Sports This club is set aside just for K and first grade extended day kids who want more outdoor playtime late in the day. As with all sports instruction at PS 154, teamwork and learning to being a good sport are the real goal for every child.

Instructor All of our YMCA sports clubs will be taught by the same great coaching staff you find at The Armory!
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YMCA TENNIS

NEW PLAYERS
Grades
1 - 5
Day Monday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

RETURNING PLAYERS
Grades
1 - 5
Day Monday
Time 4:30 - 5:45pm

Tuition $215
10 weeks

Description The YMCA uses the United States Tennis Association QuickStart program with youth-sized racquets and slower, lower-bouncing balls to make learning the sport easier for children. Classes will take place in the school yard except in inclement weather, when they will move into the cafeteria. Players new to the sport are welcome to join the Monday 3:00pm class. Returning players will continue working on higher level skills on Mondays at 4:30pm.

Instructor  All of our YMCA sports clubs will be taught by the same great coaching staff you find at The Armory!
 

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YMCA Basketball

Grades 2 - 5
Day Friday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm
Tuition $260
12 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. 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 will be taught by the same great coaching staff you find at The Armory!

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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 4:30 - 5:45pm

Soccer Skills
Grade  
K - 1
Day Thursday
Time 3:00 - 4:15pm

Tuition $215
10 weeks


 

Description There are three soccer clubs on offer this fall.

The Monday 3:00pm soccer club is open only to Kindergarten and 1st graders already enrolled in extended day. 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 Monday advanced club runs from 4:30 - 5:45pm and is open to any 2nd - 5th grader. Kids will continue to work on skills while scrimmaging.

The Thursday soccer skills class is open to all K & 1st grade students who are not enrolled in the Monday 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.

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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