Happy Holidays MMS! We will see you back at school on January 5th!

Before and After School Programs

Before and After School Programs

January 5th to March 13th

To sign up for the programs listed, download and print the registration form and return it with the class fee. (If you are unable to print this form, it is available at the reception desk). Please send payment with the form, otherwise, your child will not be considered registered. Limited financial assistance is available for most classes. Please put your request in writing to Fred Antonoff, the business operations manager.

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. 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. No refunds or make-up dates are offered if school is closed due to unforeseen circumstances – (i.e. inclement weather). 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 below). The Primary Afternoon Program, however, is not available on a drop-in basis.

Mondays, January 5th to March 9th (no classes Jan. 19th or Feb. 16th)

Primary Soccer (with Vince Jackson)
Primary students (4- to 6-year-olds)
3 to 4:15 p.m.
$260 for 8 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
3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
$260 for 8 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)

Pottery Wheel (with Rachel, Harlem School of the Arts instructor)
All Elementary

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
$300 for 8 sessions

Pottery is a great introductory course for those that want to experience “throwing” using a potter’s wheel. Basic techniques such as wedging, centering and trimming will be explored, as well as self-expression through design and decoration. Students will increase their fine motor and problem-solving skills and learn to use a variety of cutting tools and paint glazing techniques.

Upper Elementary Study Hall
3:30 to 5 p.m.
$200 for 8 sessions

Tuesdays, January 6th to March 10th (no classes Feb. 17th)

Lower Elementary Floor Hockey (with Vince Jackson)

Lower Elementary students
3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
$295 for 9 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
3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
$295 for 9 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

3:30 to 5 p.m.
$225 for 9 sessions

Wednesdays, January 7th to March 11th

Basic Art II (with Rachel, Harlem School of the Arts instructor)

All Elementary

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

$340 for 10 sessions.

Students are exposed to the broad fundamentals of art making including drawing from observation, painting, water coloring, and collage-making using paint, pencil, charcoal, crayons, pastels and printing materials. Students will gain fine motor skills, problem solving skills, and learn to present their art verbally. A student-supplied, protective smock, apron or t-shirt is required.

Creative Writing (with Christie Ann Reynolds) (no class on 2/11)
Upper Elementary
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
$295 to 9 sessions
This creative writing workshop will focus on short story writing, flash fiction, and graphic novels but students may also continue to write poetry.   Upper Elementary will 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. Each class ends with a reading of the work produced in class. Limited to ten students.

Upper Elementary Study Hall (no study hall 2/11)
3:30 to 5 p.m.
$225 for 9 sessions

Thursdays, January 8th to March 12th

Primary Chess (with Rita Kelly)
Primary students (4- to 6-year-olds)
8 to 9 a.m.
$325 for 10 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! Limited to ten children.

Primary Art (with Peyton Jefferson)

Primary students (4- to 6-year-olds)
3 to 4:15 p.m.
$325 for 10 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 in formation of art projects. Enrollment limited to ten students.

TADA! Musical Theater (with TADA! performers)
All Elementary
4:30 to 5:45 p.m.
$450 for 10 sessions for class alone; $625 with study hall/clubhouse before
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/Casey Keith and Stuyvesant High School mentors)
Upper Elementary
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
22 sessions $880, running from Sept. 11 to Mar. 12 (this program is currently full)

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 2/12)
3:30 to 5 p.m.
$225 for 9 sessions

Fridays, January 9th to March 13th

Dazzling Discoveries (with Godwyn Morris and her staff)
Kindergarten and first grade
2 to 3 p.m.
$450 for 10 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)
Second grade and older
2 to 3:15 p.m.
$525 for 10 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)
6- to 12-year-olds
2 to 4:15 p.m.
Cost: $525 for 10 weeks

Gear up for weekly EDventures in Central Park!  Possibilities include sledding, snow sculptures, an Explorers-only style of “fishing” (conditions permitting) and an original variety of awesome outdoor games & activities! The potential for snow = a memorable season in this challenging, FUN program that 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

www.mohrs-explorers.com for further information. Please note this is a 2- hour, 15-minute program.

Daily offerings: 

Early morning drop-off; 8 to 8:45 a.m. Cost for the year: $1,800; cost for the winter term: $550; drop-in fee, $15.

Clubhouse; 3 to 6 p.m. Cost for the year, $3,600; cost for the winter 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.

Yearlong enrichment programs

Upper Elementary Intramural Sports (with Vince Jackson)
Fridays, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
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. If your child signed-up in September it is not necessary to re-enroll. There is no fee for this program, but it is not available on a “drop-in” basis.

Elementary Strings (with Marc Szammer)
The strings program is offered at no cost to MMS students. If your child signed-up in September it is not necessary to re-enroll.

  • Primi Violin: Session One: Mondays, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. OR Session Two: Wednesdays, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Primi Violin is the first level of violin training for children who have been exposed to the violin in Extended Day 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 10 students per class.
  • Secondi Violin: Thursdays, 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: Tuesdays, 3:30 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.

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