Before and After School Programs

Fall 2016

September 19th to December 9th

To sign up for the programs listed below, please download and print the registration form and return it with the class fee by Friday, September 16th. (If you need help printing the registration 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. Once you submit the registration and payment, you are considered registered for the class unless otherwise notified.

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.

 

Primary Classes

Primary Soccer (with Vince Jackson)

Monday, September 19th to December 5th (no classes on October 3rd & 10th)

4- to 6-year-olds

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.

 

Primary Art (with Peyton Jefferson)

Wednesdays, September 21th to December 7th (no classes October 12th)

4-6 years old

3:00 to 4:15 p.m.

$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 in formation of art projects. Enrollment limited to ten students.

 

Primary Chess (with Rita Kelly)

Fridays, September 23rd to December 9th (no classes on November 25th; December 2nd)

Primary; 4- to 6-year-olds

8 to 9 a.m.

$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, September 23rd to December 9th (no classes on November 25th; December 2nd)

Kindergarten and first grade

2 to 3 p.m.

$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!

 

Elementary Classes

Please check for appropriate age level as certain programs vary.

Chess for Elementary Students

Monday, September 19th to December 5th (no classes on October 3rd & 10th)

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)

 

Primi Violin

Monday, September 19th to December 5th (no classes October 3rd & 10th) 

Marc Szammer
3:15 to 4:15 p.m.; Elementary students

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. * year long class

 

Upper Elementary Study Hall (no study hall on October 12th)

Monday, September 19th to December 5th (no classes on October 3rd & 10th)

3:30 to 5 p.m.

$275  for 11 sessions

 

Montessori Model UN (with Christie Ann Reynolds)

Tuesdays, September 22nd to December 6th 
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 actionStudents 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 Soccer (with Vince Jackson)

Tuesdays, September 20th to December 6th

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

$390 for 12 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)

Tuesdays, September 20th to December 6th

All Elementary

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

$390 for 12 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 everyone from beginner to more advanced sewers.

 

Upper Elementary Study Hall

Tuesdays, September 20th to December 6th

3:30 to 5 p.m.

$300 for 12 sessions

$30 per drop-in

 

Poetry/Creative Writing (with Christie Ann Reynolds)

Wednesdays, September 21st to December 7th (no classes October 12th)

Upper Elementary

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

$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, September 21th to December 7th (no classes October 12th)
All Elementary

$325 for 10 sessions
3:15 p.m – 4:30 p.m.

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.

 

MMS Orchestra

Wednesdays, September 21th to December 7th (no classes October 12th)
Marc Szammer
3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Elementary students

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. *year long program

 

Upper Elementary Study Hall (no study hall on November 25th)

Wednesdays, September 21st to December 7th (no classes October 12th)

3:30 to 5 p.m.

$250 for 10 sessions

 

Draw, draw, draw! (with Marianne Garnier)

Thursdays, September 22nd to December 8th

3rd through 6th graders

$350 for 11 sessions
3:15 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

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, September 22nd to December 8th

All Elementary

4:30 to 5:45 p.m.

$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, September 22nd to December 8th

3:30 to 5 p.m.

$275 for 11 sessions

 

Primi Violin

Fridays, September 23rd to December 9th (no classes on November 25th; December 2nd)

Marc Szammer
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.; Elementary students

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. *year long program

 

Dazzling Discoveries (with Godwyn Morris and her staff)

Fridays, September 23rd to December 9th (no classes on November 25th; December 2nd)

Kindergarten and first grade

2 to 3 p.m.

$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, September 23rd to December 9th (no classes on November 25th; December 2nd)

Second grade and older

2 to 3:15 p.m.

$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, September 23rd to December 9th (no classes on November 25th; December 2nd)

6- to 12-year-olds

2:00  to 4:15 p.m.

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 www.mohrs-explorers.com 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, beginning September 12th; 8 to 8:45 a.m. Cost for the year: $1,800; cost for the fall term: $750; drop-in fee, $15.

Clubhouse, beginning September 12th; 3 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.

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.