Before and After School Programs

Before and After School Programs

March 30th to May 29th

To sign up for the programs listed below, please download and print the registration form and return it with the class fee by Friday, March 13th. (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. 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, March 30th to May 18th (no classes on April 27th)

Primary Soccer (with Vince Jackson)
4- to 6-year-olds
3 to 4:15 p.m.
$230 for 7 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.
$230 for 7 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 (with Rachel Rothberg)
All elementary
3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
$230 for 7 sessions

Pottery is a great introductory course for those that want to experience of working with clay using. Various 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.

Upper Elementary Study Hall (no study hall on April 27th)
3:30 to 5 p.m.
$175 for 7 sessions

Tuesdays, March 31st to May 26th

Lower Elementary Outdoor Sports (with Vince Jackson)
3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
$295 for 9 sessions

This class offers soccer, hand-ball, and kickball and focuses on developing skills in these sports, as well as 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.

GOOGLE CS First (with Kai Johnson)
Upper Elementary
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
$295 for 9 sessions

Google recently launched an online tutorial in Computer Science, called CS First. It encourages kids to learn the basics of computer science through Scratch programming, creating their own interactive narrative. In this class, kids collaborate with peers and a teacher to learn to program music, fashion and/or art shows. Students remain anonymous on the platform and will finish the club having created their own project in an interest of their choice.  Limited to eight students.

Upper Elementary Study Hall
3:30 to 5 p.m.
$225 for 9 sessions 

Wednesdays, April 1st to May 27th

Artists-in-Training (with Rachel Rothberg)

All Elementary

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

$295 for 9 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 ten students.

Poetry/Creative Writing (with Christie Ann Reynolds)

Upper Elementary
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
$295 to 9 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
3:30 to 5 p.m.
$225 for 9 sessions

Thursdays, April 2nd to May 28th

Primary Chess (with Rita Kelly)
Primary students; 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!

Primary Art (with Peyton Jefferson)

Primary students; 4- to 6-year-olds
3 to 4:15 p.m.
$295 for 9 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.
$400 for 9 sessions for class alone; $600 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.

Upper Elementary Study Hall
3:30 to 5 p.m.
$225 for 9 sessions 

Friday, April 10th to May 29th (no class May 22nd)

Dazzling Discoveries (with Godwyn Morris and her staff)
Kindergarten and first grade
2 to 3 p.m.
$315 for 7 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.
$350 for 7 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: $375 for 7 weeks

Gear up for weekly Central Park EDventures, including shelter building, bird tracking and woodlands hide-and-seek – plus an original variety of awesome outdoor games & 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. 

Daily offerings: 

Early morning drop-off, 8 to 8:45 a.m. Cost for the year: $1,800; cost for the term: $500; drop-in fee, $15.

Clubhouse, 3 to 6 p.m. Cost for the year, $3,600; cost for the term: $1010; drop-in fee: $42. Clubhouse members have snack, play in the playground, create art projects, read, and relax. 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. 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.