Before and After School Programs

Winter 2017

To sign up for the programs listed below, please download and print the registration form.

Forms & fee are due by Friday, December 16th. (Pre-printed forms are also at the reception desk).

Limited financial assistance is available for most classes. Please put your request in writing to Fred Antonoff (, the Business Manager.

General information:

  • Classes are filled on a first-come/first-served basis.
  • Some classes have limited enrollment so please return your registration form and payment as soon as possible.
  • Registration does not carry over from session to session except where indicated.
  • Classes are subject to cancellation if there are not enough students.
  • Once you submit the registration and payment, you are considered registered for the class unless otherwise notified.

Refund Policy:

  • Fees are fully refundable until the first class, 75 percent refundable until the second class, and 50 percent refundable until the third class. There are no refunds after the third class.

Mondays Classes: January 9th to March 13th (no classes Jan. 16th or Feb. 20th)

Primary Soccer (with Vince Jackson)

4- to 6-year-olds

Monday 3 to 4:15 p.m.

$360 for 11 sessions

Join Mr. Jackson for a soccer adventure! Players will be introduced to the fundamentals of soccer, with an emphasis on individual skill building and team play. Soccer is a great way for children to develop their gross-motor skills as it encourages them to use all parts of the body except the hands. They will learn how to open and close spaces, pass, shoot, keep goal, and control the ball. Enrollment limited to twelve students.


Chess for Elementary Students

Monday 3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

$360 for 11 sessions

Chess fosters creative problem solving and abstract thinking. Players work on developing opening strategies, middle game planning, and end-game theory, as well as tournament skills. Children will be evaluated and placed in the appropriate class according to their skill level. All the teachers have a hands-on teaching style to promote enthusiasm for chess along with critical thinking skills and sportsmanship.

Beginner Chess (with Matthew Vescovi)

Intermediate Chess (with Peter Barkman)

Advanced Chess (with Ilye Figler)


Upper Elementary Study Hall (no study hall on Jan 16th or Feb 20th)

Monday, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

$275  for 11 sessions


Tuesdays, January 3rd to March 14th (no classes Feb. 21st)


Montessori Model UN (with Christie Ann Reynolds)

Upper Elementary *

3:30- 5:00 p.m.

Participation is a full year commitment

Cost: $1200 for the year; payable in three installments of $400 each session (Fall, Winter, Spring)

For the first time ever, MMS is offering a program that culminates in students taking part in a 3 day conference from March 8th – 11th, 2017 at the United Nations. MMS participants must commit for a full year and fifth and sixth graders must commit to attending the UN conference. All the work is planned to be done during the class meeting. As noted on their website: MMUN students formulate, present, debate, and revise positions on current issues that are affecting people of the world.  By assuming the perspectives of a citizen of their selected countries, MMUN students not only develop an understanding of the needs and rights of others, but also learn the respect the cultures, the political views, and the belief system of others.  Please check out this brief video to get a quick glimpse of what it is really like to be part of the MMUN community: MMUN students in action. Students will have the opportunity to hone their critical reading, writing, and speaking skills as well as take part in real world conflict resolution and peacekeeping efforts. *Currently, only 5th and 6th graders will formally write and present their position papers at the UN conference in March. Fourth graders may also join MMS’ MMUN team and attend the conference. This is a wonderful opportunity for potentially interested 4th graders to get a sense of the process and prepare to fully immerse themselves in their 5th or 6th grade year as they transition into Upper Elementary.


Lower Elementary Floor Hockey (with Vince Jackson)

Lower Elementary students

Tuesdays 3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

$325 for 10 sessions


This after-school activity focuses on team building, “hand/ stick/ eye” coordination development, gross motor skill improvement as well as advanced hockey maneuvers and strategies. The class is structured around a progression of games in which players interact learning the non-contact recreational game of Floor Hockey. The instruction will take place inside MMS gymnasium with padded hockey sticks and soft hockey pucks/balls.  Emphasis is on teaching the values of good sportsmanship, teamwork, goal setting and skill development in a fun, esteem-promoting atmosphere. Enrollment limited to ten students.


Knitting (with Jeanne Moro)
All Elementary

Tuesdays 3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

$325 for 10 sessions

Students will begin by learning about yarn, needles, and gauge. They will be able to create fabric from yarn as they learn to cast on, knit and purl, bind off, and weave in ends. Projects may include a wristband or bracelet, “knitted candy”, a small pillow, and a drawstring bag. This class is suitable for beginner and more advanced knitters.


Upper Elementary Study Hall

Tuesdays 3:30 to 5 p.m.

$300 for 12 sessions

$30 per drop-in


Wednesdays, January 4th to March 15th


Poetry/Creative Writing (with Christie Ann Reynolds)

Wednesdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Upper Elementary

$325 to 10 sessions

This poetry and creative writing workshop will offer Upper Elementary students a chance to develop their figurative language skills and enhance their creative written expression. The students will work together to write, edit, revise, and share their writing in a workshop-style process. The class will culminate with each child giving a reading and “publishing” a small collection of their work. Children will also have the opportunity to read contemporary and classic poetry as companion texts to their own writing. Limited to ten students.


Time Machine for Art Explorers (with Marianne Garnier)

Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m – 4:30 p.m.

All Elementary

$325 for 10 sessions

Hop in the time machine and start your journey back in time. From cave paintings to Egyptian hieroglyphs, Islamic geometric patterns and Mughal court paintings to medieval stained glass and medieval illuminated letters see how artists from different times and places have interpreted their world using tools and material of their era. As part of the art explorers team you will work alongside these artists and experiment with all sorts of media and techniques while learning not only about their practices and innovations but also about their ways of live, rites and traditions. One or two trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art will help complete your investigations.


Primary Art (with Peyton Jefferson)

Wednesdays 3:00 to 4:15 p.m.

4-6 years old

$350 for 11 sessions

Students will learn the basics of making art through line, color, geometric form, and composition. Children will use different mediums such as paint, pastels, and clay to solidify their foundation information of art projects. Enrollment limited to ten students.


Upper Elementary Study Hall

Wednesdays 3:30 to 5 p.m.

$300 for 12 sessions

$30 per drop-in


Thursdays, January 5th to March 16th


Draw, draw, draw! (with Marianne Garnier)

Thursdays, 3:15 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

3rd through 6th graders

$350 for 11 sessions
Drawing as a way to express feelings, to tell stories, to explain concepts, to share ideas, to develop imagination. drawing seriously. drawing playfully. drawing to focus, to calm down, to reflect on our environment. Drawing alone, in pair, or in group. drawing what we see and what we don’t see. drawing ourselves and others, animals and plants, architectures and landscapes. drawing the minuscule and the very big. With fingers, pencils, charcoal, ink, strings, eraser and tapes. drawing blindfolded, to the beat of a metronome, standing up or laying down, with our two hands or with our feet. All we will do is drawing! Trips to nearby Riverside Park and to the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be organized to draw inspiration from nature and original works of art.


TADA! Musical Theater (with TADA! performers)

Thursdays 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.

All Elementary

$500 for 11 sessions for class only; $700 with study hall or clubhouse prior

With the guidance of two teaching artists (a music director and a director/choreographer), students learn the music, dance, and theater skills needed to become competent musical theater actors. Music is drawn from TADA!’s repertoire of more than 15 original musicals written expressly for performance by children.


Robotics (with Catherine Harrison and Stuyvesant High School mentors)

Upper Elementary

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

22 sessions $880, running from Thursday, September 22nd to March 16th (there will be a session on December 17th)

The Robotics class provides children with an opportunity to develop their design and engineering skills using the Lego FLL program. Students work together to build a robot for competition at a FLL event in the second semester. Limit to ten students.


Upper Elementary Study Hall (no study hall on November 24th)

Thursdays 3:30 to 5 p.m.

$275 for 11 sessions


Fridays, January 6th to March 17th


Primary Chess (with Rita Kelly)

Fridays, 8 to 9 a.m.

Primary; 4- to 6-year-olds

$295 for 9 sessions

This workshop is designed to teach Primary-aged children the basic rules, moves, and strategies of chess. Children are taught through stories and visuals that help them to understand the concepts of chess. After they are introduced to a particular strategy, children are given class time to practice. A 1992 American Chess Foundation study showed that playing chess improved reading scores because the cognition processes are similar. Besides, chess is fun!


Dazzling Discoveries (with Godwyn Morris and her staff)

Fridays, 2 to 3 p.m.

Kindergarten and first grade

$400 for 9 sessions

Uncover the science of wild weather, science magic, chemical reactions and simple explosions, gems and minerals, fossils, speed and impact, air pressure, and many other exciting topics with Dazzling Discoveries’ hand-on science program. Through experiments, demonstrations and activities, we will explore scientific principles of the world around us. Each week children conduct tests and design and create “make and take” projects that incorporate the science theme of the day. At the end of each class, students receive a fact sheet so that they can continue their explorations at home. NEW PROJECTS EVERY TERM!


Motors and Machines (with Godwyn Morris and her staff)

Fridays, 2 to 3:15 p.m.

Second grade and older

$450 for 9 sessions

Curious about how machines work? This course provides hands-on experiments with electrical circuits, switches, gears, motors, solar and battery energy, sound and light sensors. From making their own batteries to building a motorized vehicle, students explore electricity and circuitry, robotics, gears and levers, simple machines, motors and other related topics. Each child will build and take home his/her own mechanical and electrical creations as well as learn about the inner workings of many of the toys and tools we come in contact with every day. Some projects are complex and take several weeks to complete. NEW PROJECTS EVERY TERM!


Mohr’s Explorers (with Mike Mohr and his staff)

Fridays, 2:00  to 4:15 p.m.

6- to 12-year-olds

Cost: $525 for 10 sessions

Gear up for weekly Central Park EDventures, including elements of fort building, back-country survival and wilderness hide-and-seek – plus an original variety of awesome outdoor games and activities!  This challenging outdoor program builds confidence, while encouraging teamwork, creativity and open-ended education. The possibilities?  Endless.  The experiences?  Memorable.  The FUN?  Guaranteed!!! We will be outdoors – please be prepared for all types of weather and visit for further information. Please note this is a 2- hour, 15-minute program.


Upper Elementary Intramural Sports (with Vince Jackson) * year-long program

Fridays, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Begins, September 23rd.

Students participate in soccer, volleyball, basketball, and outdoor activities such as ultimate Frisbee and tag games. Critical thinking aspects of the game and sportsmanship are emphasized. Sign-up for the school year is held in September and it is not necessary to re-enroll. There is no fee for this program, but it is not available on a “drop-in” basis.


Daily offerings:


Early morning drop-off

8 to 8:45 a.m.

Cost for the winter term: $750; drop-in fee, $15.



3 to 6 p.m.

Cost for the fall term: $1115; drop-in fee: $42.

Clubhouse members have snack, play in the playground, create art projects, read, and relax. Upper Elementary children attend study hall first. Space is limited to ensure quality care. Pickup is flexible until 6 p.m.

  • Students may go to study hall on a drop-in basis. The cost is $30.
  • Also, Early Morning Drop-Off and Clubhouse are available on a drop-in basis (see details above).
  • The Primary Afternoon Program (from 12:15-3pm), however, is not available on a drop-in basis.



Elementary Strings information: (with Marc Szammer)

The strings program is offered at no cost to MMS students. Sign-up for the school year is held in September and it is not necessary to re-enroll.

Primi Violin: Session One: Mondays, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. OR Session Two: Fridays, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Primi Violin is the first level of violin training for children who have been exposed to the violin in Kindergarten or have no prior experience. Primi violin students endeavor to develop a basic mastery of violin technique. (Please note there are two sections to choose from for Primi violin but children only participate in one class per week). Enrollment limited to ten students per class.

Secondi Violin: Tuesdays, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Secondi violin is the intermediate level of violin training at MMS. It is designed for students in their second and third year of training. Having developed a sound understanding of basic violin technique, Secondi violin students seek to develop competency in music literacy. Learning to read music is at the core of the Secondi violin curriculum, and classroom composition projects play a significant role in that pursuit.

MMS Orchestra: Wednesdays, 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. MMS orchestra is the advanced level of violin training at MMS. Designed for students of all grades who demonstrate competency in violin technique and music literacy, MMS orchestra explores the wide world of music through the violin. Repertoire is drawn from a variety of genres and regions, and classroom composition remains an important element of the curriculum. MMS orchestra students continue to refine their technique, and learn to play music with parts.

Violins may be rented from:

Johnson Stringed Instruments (mail order), 1-800-359-9351

Strings and Other Things, 1995 Broadway, 6th floor (corner of 68th Street), 212-362-0857.

The cost for renting a violin for the school year can be from $262 to $474 depending on the quality and size of the violin. Please do not order an instrument until your child is measured for the proper size.