Before and After School Programs

September 8 to December 12

To sign up for the programs listed below, please download and print the registration form and return it with the class fee by Friday, Sept. 5. (If you need help printing the form, please go to the reception desk). Limited financial assistance is available for most classes. Please put your request in writing to Fred Antonoff, the business 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.

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, Sept. 8 to Dec. 8 (no classes on Oct. 13)

Primary Soccer (with Vince Jackson)
4- to 6-year-olds
3 to 4:15 p.m.
$390 for 12 sessions (class starts Sept. 15)

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.
$425 for 13 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 9/22)
3:30 to 5 p.m.
$300 for 12 sessions

Mondays Sept. 15 – Dec. 8 (no classes on Oct. 13)

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

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
$420 for 12 sessions (starting Sept. 15

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. Class enrollment is limited to ten students.

Tuesdays, Sept. 9 to Dec. 9

Lower Elementary Soccer (with Vince Jackson)
3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
$450 for 14 sessions

This class focuses on developing soccer skills, and practicing more advanced maneuvers and strategies. The class is structured around a progression of games in which players interact in complex ways. The instruction will take place outside in Riverside Park, weather permitting, so children should be prepared for outdoor activity. Enrollment limited to ten students.

Hand Sewing (with Jeanne Moro)
All Elementary
3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
$450 for 14 sessions

Students start by making a sampler as they learn the basics of sewing. They will learn to thread a needle, make knots, and complete the running stitch, back stitch, and whip stitch. Each student will make their own pincushion, and will then move on to other projects that may include bags, stuffed toys, accessories, and doll clothes. This class is appropriate for beginner and more advanced sewers.

Upper Elementary Study Hall (no study hall on 9/23)
3:30 to 5 p.m.
$325 for 13 sessions

Wednesdays, Sept. 10 to Dec. 10 (no classes on Nov. 26)

Artists-in-Training (with Ayano Ohmi) All Elementary

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

$425 for 13 sessions

This class provides advanced instruction in artistic techniques. The goal of the class is for students to learn how to express their thoughts and feelings openly and articulately using a 3-D format. The class experiments with a wide array of mediums such as paper, wire, wood and found objects. Class enrollment limited to eight students.

Poetry/Creative Writing (with Christie Ann Reynolds) (no class on 9/24)
Upper Elementary
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
$425 to 12 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.

Upper Elementary Study Hall (no study hall 9/24)
3:30 to 5 p.m.
$300 for 12 sessions

Thursdays, Sept. 11 to Dec. 11 (no classes on 9/25 or 11/27)

Primary Chess (with Rita Kelly)
4- to 6-year-olds
8 to 9 a.m.
$350 for 11 sessions (starts 9/18)

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!

Primary Art (with Peyton Jefferson)
3 to 4:15 p.m.
$350 for 11 sessions (starts 9/18).

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.

$550 for 12 sessions for class alone; $750 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 and Stuyvesant High School mentors)
Upper Elementary
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
22 sessions $880, running from Sept. 11 to Mar. 12 (there will be a session on 12/18)

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
3:30 to 5 p.m.
$300 for 12 sessions

Fridays, Sept. 13 to Dec. 13 (no classes 11/29 and 12/6)

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.
$500 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: $625 for 10 weeks

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.

Daily Offerings

Early morning drop-off, beginning Sept. 3; 8 to 8:45 a.m. Cost for the year: $1,800; cost for the fall term: $750; drop-in fee, $15.

Clubhouse, beginning Sept. 3; 2:45 to 6 p.m. Cost for the year, $3,600; cost for the fall term: $1475; 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 (no fee)

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. 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.

Elementary Strings (with Marc Szammer)
The strings program is offered at no cost to MMS students. Signup 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: 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.