LS AfterCare & Enrichment (ACE)

CLUBHOUSE (AfterCare)

The Clubhouse (AfterCare) is an after-school extended day program for Dwight-Englewood (D-E) Lower School (LS) students in Preschool-Grade 5. The program runs daily during the school year from dismissal until 6:15 pm. Each day students have different activities that include drama, sports, music, and art with opportunities for homework help, indoor games, or outdoor play. Our faculty are comprised of D-E LS teachers and a wonderful staff. We make every day a fun day for the children. *

2017–2018 TERMS:

  • FALL (TERM 1): SEPT 5 – DEC 15, 2017
  • WINTER (TERM 2): JAN 2 – MARCH 16, 2018
  • SPRING (TERM 3): APRIL 2 – JUNE 7, 2018

FEES Clubhouse (AfterCare) fees cover costs from the time of dismissal to 6:15 p.m., including all Clubhouse (AfterCare) classes, snack, and materials. Financial aid is available at the same percentage as a family’s tuition financial aid grant. Parents are billed by the Business Office each term.

The following is the per term cost for 2017-2018: Clubhouse (AfterCare) per term: $450. Open registration for Clubhouse (AfterCare) is ongoing throughout the year. Drop-In: $50 per day.

PICK UP Parents pick up their children in the D-E Lower School multipurpose room. Students are signed out through our electronic sign-out system and are assigned a pin number to access the system. Students are not allowed to leave unless with a parent or an authorized caregiver. Children are not dismissed without parental consent. If a student is taking a late bus, the child will be escorted to the bus by 6:30 PM.

DROP-INS Students are brought to Clubhouse (AfterCare) when parents are running late or unable to pick up their child directly at dismissal. There is a $50 per day fee for coverage and students can stay until 6:15 pm. There is no pro-rated fee for this service.

DROP OFF Upon dismissal, any students not under the direct supervision of a caretaker or parent, or has pre-registered to attend, must check into Clubhouse (AfterCare). Children are escorted by their classroom teachers to the Lower School Multipurpose room to sign-in.

Clubhouse (AfterCare) Includes the following: 

  • A healthy snack, plus supervised play.
  • Homework Club  (Grades 1-5) Daily from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm Our very popular Homework Club is an important component of our AfterCare program and is taught by D-E Lower School faculty.
  • A variety of interesting activities for children (Preschool – Grade 5) AfterCare activities include: Book Club, Bootcamp for Fitness, Dalcroze Music and Movement, Moving and Grooving, Snacktivities, Sports Basics, Storybook Drama, and Zumba for Kids.

Enrichment Specialty Classes

Enrichment Specialty Classes are fun ways for D-E Lower School students to learn and play with their friends after school. Our faculty are dedicated educators who are passionate about sharing their expertise with your children to help them to try something new, pursue their interests, and develop their talents further. All Enrichment Specialty Classes are from 4:00-5:00 pm. *

THE FALL ENRICHMENT SPECIALTY CLASSES TERM 1 BEGINS SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

ENROLLMENT All Enrichment Specialty Classes have a minimum and maximum enrollment. Courses are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. Enroll early so that your child gets his/her first choice. If a course is at capacity, the class will be closed and you will not be able to enroll your child for that course. If minimum enrollment is not met, the class will be closed and you will be refunded. Enrichment Specialty Classes fees cover costs from the time of dismissal to the end of class, including snack, playtime and course materials. Children enrolled in Enrichment Specialty Classes may join Clubhouse (AfterCare) activities at the end of class at no additional charge.*

PICK UP Parents pick up their children in the Lower School Multipurpose room. Students are signed out through our electronic sign-out system and are assigned a pin number to access the system. Students are not allowed to leave unless with a parent or an authorized caregiver. Children are dismissed with parental consent.

REGISTRATION AND FEES Registration for Enrichment Specialty Classes is available starting Thursday, August 10, 2017 and will close on the first day of class. Go to CampBrain to register online. Note that Enrichment Specialty Classes are by Term and the cost is $450 per class unless otherwise indicated. If parents would like for their children to stay for ClubHouse (AfterCare) after each class, there will be no additional charge. If you would like to register your child for Clubhouse (AfterCare) for the full year, this option is also available. Please contact us at 201-227-3144 for more information.

PAYMENTS AND REFUNDS Families signing up for a full year of ClubHouse (AfterCare) before September 2017 may elect to pay in monthly installments. All payments will be billed through the Dwight-Englewood School Business Office. All payments must be received before the end of each term. Cancellations for ClubHouse (AfterCare) and Enrichment Speciality Classes registrations must be made in writing to Jeannie Wei by Email at: weij@d-e.org. A 100% refund will be made if we receive written notification two weeks prior to the start of the term. A 50% charge will be incurred if a student drops ClubHouse (AfterCare) enrollment or an Enrichment Specialty Class on or after the first two weeks of the term. After that, there are no refunds. Fees for classes added after the beginning of the term will be prorated.  Questions may be directed by Email to weij@d-e.org or call 201-227-3144.

*All ClubHouse (AfterCare) and Enrichment Specialty Classes are subject to change.

“Discovery Days” Field Trips and Academic Chess Tournaments

D-E Lower School (LS) children also have the opportunity to enjoy D-E 360° ACE “Discovery Days.” These  “Discovery Days” are designed to serve all LS age groups. They include field trips and academic chess tournaments, and are scheduled in some cases on days when D-E School is not in session.  Additional fees apply.  Programs begin at 9:00 AM and end at 3:30 PM, and all programs begin and end at Drapkin Hall.  D-E 360° ACE provides bus transportation from campus and offers post-activities in the Lower School Dining Hall. Students must bring a bagged lunch. Snacks will be provided.  All “Discovery Days” are subject to change, based on enrollments and availability.

See below for dates and details.

Dates:

  • October 23:  Abma’s Farm, Wyckoff, NJ . SOLD OUT.
  • October 30: Early bird registration for December ACE Academic Chess Tournament
  • November 3: Durkan Fencing Academy (Grades 2-5) & Animal Antics with Tenafly Nature Center (Preschool-Grade 1)
  • November 15:  Registration deadline for ACE Academic Chess Tournament
  • December 2:  ACE Academic Chess Tournament, Drapkin Hall
  • December 8:  NY Botanical Gardens’ Holiday Train Show, Bronx, NY
  • February 20:  New York Hall of Science, Corona, NY
  • April 28:  ACE Academic Chess Tournament, Drapkin Hall
Details:
October 23 – (Preschool-Grade 5)
Abma’s Farm, Wyckoff, NJ – Pumpkin Picking & Hayride
SOLD OUT
New! November 3(Preschool-Grade 1) Animal Antics at Tenafly Nature Center
Our D-E Lower School students will have a fantastic extended playdate with their school friends exploring Animal Antics and Seasonal Discoveries at the Tenafly Nature Center.  A treat for November, our group will also participate in Apple Cider Making.  Here’s a brief description of each activity:
  1. Sleep, Stay, Run Away
    Students learn how animals know winter is on the way and how they prepare for it. Students will investigate winter strategies with hands-on activities, artifacts, and live animal observations. Discussions include adaptations, hibernation, migration and animal behavior.
  2. Seasonal Discovery (Fall/Winter/Spring)
    Students will explore the wonders each season brings to the forest. On a walk along the trails, your class will learn to observe and record temperature, weather, and wind direction. They will learn how each of these measurements, as well as plants and animals, respond to seasonal changes! Your students can bring this knowledge back to the classroom to make their own observations!
  3. Apple Cider Making (September-November Only)
    Students investigate simple machines and the differences in plant parts, as they use an old-fashioned screw press to make and sample fresh apple cider. In the process, they learn about the history of the cider making from colonial times to the present.
New! November 3 (Grades 2-5)  Olympic Fencing at DFA
Join us at Durkan Fencing Academy for a full day immersion at the largest fencing club in New Jersey.  We’ll have fun while learning about the oldest Olympic sport with coaches who specialize in training at all levels.  Our D-E Lower School students will be treated to a day of discovery at DFA Blue where  students will work with DFA coaches on footwork, conditioning, strength training, drills and structured bouting at their beautiful 15,000 square foot facility in Hackensack.  All equipment is provided and students can try all three Olympic Fencing weapons: Foil, Epee, and Sabre!  What should students bring: Wear comfortable (athletic) clothing and sneakers.
Note: This Discovery Day is provided gratis to all students who are currently registered for Friday Fencing at D-E.  All other Lower School students interested in joining us for Fencing at DFA will be charged a nominal fee of $50 for the day.
December 8 (Preschool through Grade 5) NY Botanical Gardens Train Show & Evergreen Workshop
Join us for an extended playdate at New York City’s Botanical Gardens Train
Show on December 8 while D-E is closed.  Your child can join friends in exploring NYC’s favorite train show.  A full day of fun activities is planned including a field trip to the NY Botanical Garden’s Annual Train Show. We are excited by the popularity of the day with our Lower School families and look forward to the children enjoying some great learning as well as fun with friends.  Your child will marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center surprising at every turn—on nearly a half-mile of track. In addition, the students will investigate the wonders of amazing plants that really shine in winter! Children will use scientific inquiry skills to explore evergreen plant parts and take home a botanical specimen. They will hike the trails of the Adventure Garden as they go on a hunt in search of beautiful evergreen trees and shrubs. Note: Students will be grouped by grade for all activities.
New! February 20 (Preschool through Grade 5) NY Hall of Science
Join us for a Day of Discovery at New York’s Hall of Science, which offers a hands-on science and technology center.  Since it will be winter break for most schools, our D-E Lower School students who sign up for the day will have more than 100,000 square feet of indoor exhibition space to explore. We’re excited to take our Lower School students off campus for a a day to explore the multifaceted world of math and science.
Note: Students will be grouped by grade for all activities.

 

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Enrichment Elective Classes Descriptions and Schedule

Basketball

  • Grade: Kindergarten - 3
  • enrichment
  • Instructor: T2S Basketball Academy
  • monday
Learning basic rules, concepts, court layout, and player positions is great fun for this age group. The rules of basketball are fairly easy to learn. However, for the younger players, some rules can be easily forgotten. We’ll develop beginning skills and application of the rules of the game through active play. Each session will also cover ball handling, proper shooting technique, footwork, and defensive/offensive strategies. Coaches will focus on individual skills as well as team play in a fun and nurturing environment.

Chess Club

  • Grade: Kindergarten - 5
  • enrichment
  • Instructor: Saudin Robovic (Owner and Instructor of NY Chess Kids)
  • wednesday
NYChessKids is one of the largest youth chess programs in the tri-state region. Their mission is to spread the love of the game as well as develop a child’s mind with advanced logistical gaming skills. Come explore the foundations of chess strategy. Chess is a fun way to improve skill in planning, critical thinking, pattern recognition, and general learning aptitude. This class offers many opportunities for collaboration, encourages sportsmanship, confidence, and goal setting in a supportive learning environment. Please note, the cost for this course is $550. 1hr. 15 min.

Coding Basics

  • Grade: 3 - 5
  • enrichment
  • Instructor: Chris Fleischl (Dwight-Englewood Technology Faculty)
  • wednesday
Children will learn how to code to create games, stories, and animations using Scratch and other programming Apps for the Ipad. This class will be fun, engaging, and interactive as students learn a basic programming language and develop a foundation for technological explorations.

FENCING

  • Grade: 2 - 5
  • enrichment
  • Instructor: Durkan Fencing Academy
  • friday
The Academy was developed by Olympic Fencing Coaches and exercise physiologists, to provide the safest and effective fencing training. For beginners, this class will introduce students to the basics of saber, epee, and foil. Each class includes warm-up, stretching and weapon specific drills in foil, epee and saber. Equipment Rental Included.Please note, the class time for this class is 4 - 5:20 PM and the cost is $550.

Flag Football

  • Grade: 1 - 3
  • enrichment
  • Instructor: James Byrne (Athletic Director for D-E 360° Summer Connections)
  • friday

Calling all boys and girls. Do you love to play football? Come join us for this fun athletic challenge to learn the rules of football without tackling your opponents. Your child will learn basic strategic elements of the game while running, improving motor skills, refining agility and learning.

Robotics

  • Grade: 1 - 5
  • enrichment
  • Instructor: Christine Nicolaou and Chris Fleischl (Dwight-Englewood Technology Faculty)
  • tuesday
Come use your imagination to build, design and animate objects. In this class, children learn to build and program birds that turn and sing, an alligator that opens and closes its mouth, a drumming monkey and more. **All materials are included in the cost of the program.

Running Club – Beginner level

  • Grade: 3 - 5
  • enrichment
  • Instructor: Michael Rodenbush (DE 4th Grade Teacher)
  • tuesday
Running Club is a fun way to make new friends, set attainable goals, build stamina and endurance, and be a supportive team member while exploring the beautiful Dwight-Englewood campus. With teamwork and encouragement, children set personal and team goals daily, monitor their progress and feel a sense of pride as they achieve those goals. Some children aim to complete a 5K! Children and families are welcome to register for local 5K races that Ms. Sowa is able to run, to guide and encourage them to reach their goal. Happy Running!

Running Club – Intermediate-Advanced levels

  • Grade: 3 - 5
  • enrichment
  • Instructor: Ronda Sowa (D-E 4th Grade Teacher)
  • thursday
Running Club is a fun way to make new friends, set attainable goals, build stamina and endurance, and be a supportive team member while exploring the beautiful Dwight-Englewood campus. With teamwork and encouragement, children set personal and team goals daily, monitor their progress and feel a sense of pride as they achieve those goals. Some children aim to complete a 5K! Children and families are welcome to register for local 5K races that Ms. Sowa is able to run, to guide and encourage them to reach their goal. Happy Running!

SEWING

  • Grade: 2 - 5
  • enrichment
  • Instructor:
  • monday
Learn the basics of hand sewing, and make your own monster backpack or mini-me! We will start with sewing funky patches, including special circuit patches, and work your way to creating your own specially designed backpack or doll. No experience necessary.

TENNIS Beginner level

  • Grade: Preschool 3 - Preschool 4
  • enrichment
  • Instructor: In partnership with Tsolak Gevorkian and his coaching team
  • tuesday
3:00 to 3:45 PM D-E 360° is introducing a Tennis Academy to the ACE 2017-2018 offerings. For beginners, students will enjoy the basic activities and games designed to facilitate the movement and positioning tennis requires as well as to develop an understanding of how to compete and score through games with simplified scoring. For Intermediate level players, the second stage for the younger players focuses on stroke and more advanced skill development. Shot control and point building are introduced during games as well as technical and tactical aspects of the game. Please note, the cost for this course is $550.

TENNIS Intermediate-Advanced levels

  • Grade: Kindergarten - 5
  • enrichment
  • Instructor: In partnership with Tsolak Gevorkian and his coaching team
  • tuesday
4:00 to 5:00 PM D-E 360° is introducing a Tennis Academy to the ACE 2017-2018 offerings. For beginners, students will enjoy the basic activities and games designed to facilitate the movement and positioning tennis requires as well as to develop an understanding of how to compete and score through games with simplified scoring. For Intermediate level players, the second stage for the younger players focuses on stroke and more advanced skill development. Shot control and point building are introduced during games as well as technical and tactical aspects of the game. Please note, the cost for this course is $550.