Before and After School Programs

Fall 2015

September 21st to December 11th

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 18th. (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.

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


Primary Soccer (with Vince Jackson)

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.


Chess for Elementary Students

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 Robert Ali)

• Advanced Chess (with Ilye Figler)


Pottery Wheel (with Harlem School of the Arts instructor)

All Elementary

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

$360 for 11 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. Class enrollment is limited to eight students.


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

3:30 to 5 p.m.

$275 for 11 sessions

Tuesdays, September 22nd to December 8th

Lower Elementary Soccer (with Vince Jackson)

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)

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

3:30 to 5 p.m.

$300 for 12 sessions

Wednesdays, September 30th to December 9th (no class November 25th)

Artists-in-Training (with Harlem School of the Arts instructor)

All Elementary

3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

$325 for 10 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)

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.


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

6- to 12-year-olds

3:15 to 5:30 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 for further information. Please note this is a 2- hour, 15-minute



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

3:30 to 5 p.m.

$250 for 10 sessions

Thursdays, September 24th to December 10th (no classes November 26th)

Primary Art (with Peyton Jefferson)

3 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.


TADA! Musical Theater (with TADA! performers)

All Elementary

4:30 to 5:45 p.m.

$500 for 11 sessions for class alone; $700 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 September 24th to March 17th (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 26th)

3:30 to 5 p.m.

$275 for 11 sessions

Fridays, September 25th to December 11th (no classes October 30th, November 27th or

December 4th)

Primary Chess (with Rita Kelly)

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)

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



Motors and Machines (with Godwyn Morris and her staff)

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!


Daily offerings: 

Early morning drop-off, beginning September 9th; 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 9th; 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.


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: Tuesdays, 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 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: 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.


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