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Chess, Yes!: Grade K

Children will learn the elements of chess, and will also explore other fun board games that encourage creative problem solving and critical thinking skills. New players are especially welcome! Teachers include PS87 Chess Instructor/Chess Masters Chris Williams.

Beginner Judo: Grade K

The study of this Olympic sport will build confidence and develop children’s self-awareness and physical fitness. Falling, tumbling, throwing, pinning, and escape techniques are taught. Judo uniforms are required; please see our website for information on where you can purchase. Sensei Robin Rosenthal, Black Belt in, Judo, Jujitsu, Karate and Aikido, seven-time US Olympic Training Camp champion, has taught martial arts and self-defense to thousands of children. Karate uniforms are required; please see our website for information on where you can purchase.

CAP’s Rainbow Stages Musical Theatre: Grade K

Caring, dynamic teaching artists from Create-a-Play give students a vibrant fun-packed experience as they work to create an original musical theatre production. In addition to their final stage production, each student receives a professionally produced CD of the production’s music. Create-a-Play founding director Stephen Jacobs has worked with hundreds of children in school and summer programs; his Dirty Sock Funtime Band has been featured on Nickelodeon and performed in clubs, concerts, and festivals across the United States. Note:   A $50 supplemental fee is charged.

 Dazzling Discoveries: Grades K-1

Students will think it, design it, and build it! Kids become inventors as they explore ideas, use a wide range of materials and create their own projects.  They will work with motors, batteries, and high-tech tools. Using STEM principles of science, engineering, technology and math, kids will make and take home their special projects. Class will be led by Dazzling Discovery Professionals. Note: A $50 supplemental fee is charged.

Young Minds Do Einstein: Grades1-2

A hands-on approach to the scientific process, taught by noted science educator Mary Stetten Carson, working with education specialists from the American Museum of Natural History, Riverside Park and others. Like last year’s award-winning program, this term promises a terrific mix of scientific facts and exciting hands-on activities. Kids love this class! Author of The Scientific Kid and Let’s Play Science, Mary Stetten Carson has worked with many afterschools, and consulted on children’s science curriculum for PBS.

Animation & Digital Design (Computer/iPads): Grades 1- 3

Working on iPads and in the classroom, children will create flipbooks, thaumatropes and other optical toys, publish online comics, and make short stop-motion animated films and other creative media projects. Experienced creative arts teacher Max Arnaud has been teaching children’s theatre and film classes for more than a decade. Note: A $50 supplemental fee is charged.

ChessKids Club: Grades 1-2

Children will learn the elements of chess, and will also explore other strategic board games. All ability levels, including new players, are welcome; children will be grouped by age and ability after meeting the instructors. Teachers include PS87 Chess Instructor/Chess Masters Chris Williams

Afro-Caribbean Percussion (Drums): Grades 2-5

Small group instruction in percussion, with an experienced master: Accomplished drummer and recording artist Renato Thoms, a finalist in the prestigious international Thelonius Monk jazz competition and a featured performer in the televised Latin Grammy Awards, has performed solo and with acclaimed Latin artists including Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D’Rivera, and Ricky Martin.

I “Ink” I Can: Grades 2-5

Most art is a product of one—a single creation that could be made from any number of materials.    Printmaking allows young artists to create multiple products from one design and provides endless possibilities for experimentation and creativity.  In this process driven course, students will be introduced to a variety of printmaking techniques, monotypes, relief prints, collagraphs, gyotaku, stamping, and more! They will expand their art lexicon incorporating key terms to articulate their technique. Artists will also draw inspiration from famous print-makers around the globe and throughout art history: Durer, Hokusai, Catlett, Goya, Nevelson, and Merethu just to name a few! Taught by experienced PS87 Art teacher Lucy Formato. Note: A $50 supplemental fee is charged.

We Love Sports: Grades 2-5

Kids will work on teamwork, skill building, and learning the fundamentals of game play. They will build upon skills with a healthy cardio warm-up, drills tailored to each sport and game play. Sports will rotate every couple of weeks. Sports will include but not limited to Baseball, Kickball, Soccer, Tennis, Team Handball and many more. This club will be taught by BSNY, currently providing high quality programming in a number of such as, Friends Seminary, Cathedral Westside and Eastside, PS3, and Dwight School, along with our 87Afterschool team. Note: A $50 supplement fee is charged.

Broadway NOW!: Grades 3-5

(Glee Club/ Theater Troupe) Led by one of NYC’s youth director/choreographers, “BROADWAY NOW!” offers children the opportunity to experience the magic of live musical theater performance through Broadway show tunes both old and new! The children will focus on singing, dancing AND acting through song as a dynamic team ensemble as well as learn the fundamentals of being a stage performer all while they work toward a professionally staged end-of-term showcase.  Tyler Eley is a seasoned children’s theater director/choreographer in the NYC/NJ area who received his Bachelors of Music in Musical Theater and has worked at regional theaters all over the country, performed with cruise line companies, and has taught musical theater dance/voice/acting to children of all ages! Note:   A $50 supplemental fee is charged.