Fall 2019 Schedule & Descriptions

Preschool  3 – Kindergarten

September 3 – December 20, 2019

*Classes noted in bold indicate an Enrichment Class.Download

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Preschool 3

3:30-4:00 Music & Movement

4:15-5:00 Weather Scientists!

4:20-4:50 Zumba

4:30-5:00

Jazz Hands & Broadway Babies

3:45 Nature Arts

4:30 Snack with Snacktivities

3:30-4:00 Gym Time!

4:00-5:00 Percussion

preschool 4

3:30 Music & Movement

4:15-5:00 Weather Scientists!

3:30-4:15
USTA Tennis

4:20-4:50 Zumba

3:15-4:15
USCF Basic Chess

4:30-5:00 Jazz Hands and Broadway Babies

3:30-4:30
DFA Fencing Foil

3:45 Nature Arts

4:30 Snack with Snacktivities

3:30-4:00  Gym Time!

4:00-5:00 Percussion

Kindergarten

3:30 Music & Movement

4:15-5:00 Weather Scientists!

3:30-4:15
USTA Tennis

4:20-4:50 Zumba

3:15-4:15
USCF Basic Chess

4:30-5:00 Jazz Hands and Broadway Babies

3:30-4:30
DFA Fencing Foil

3:45-4:45 Snacktivity Chefs

3:30-4:00  Gym Time!

4:00-5:00 Percussion

Days in

Term 1

Red is no class

September

9,16,23,30

October

7,14,21,28

November

4,11,18,25

December

2,9,16

September

3,10,17,24

October

1, 8,15,22,29

November

5,12,19,26

December

3,10,17

September

4,11,18,25

October

2,9,16,23,30

November

6,13,20,27

December

4,11,18

September

5,12,19,26

October

3,10,17,24,31

November

7,14,21,28

December

5,12,19

September

6,13,20,27

October

4,11,18,25

November

1,8,15,22,29

December

6,13,20

Total days

AfterCare:

13

15

14

15

13

Enrichment:

10

Begins 10/7 – Ends 12/16

10

Begins 10/8 Ends 12/10

10

Begins 10/2 – Ends 12/18

10

Begins 10/3 – Ends 12/12

10

Begins 9/27 – Ends 12/20

Make up Day:

No

12/17

No

12/19

No

The ACE Team is delighted to share our Early Childhood structured activities with you! This chart does not reflect our less structured exploration time, which includes:

  • Outside active play with tricycles and on the field (weather permitting!)
  • Snacks (long days make us hungry!)
  • Class exploration of blocks, books, and lots of arts & crafts!

All children will participate in activities that are not in bold.

The activities in bold are enrichment activities and have a separate registration. Students enrolled in enrichment participate in everything else offered, from dismissal from school to pick up. Enrichment students are automatically enrolled in AfterCare, and may stay with us right up to our last pick-up at 6:15.

Questions and suggestions are always welcome! Please send an email to Director Sharon Keigher at keighs@d-e.org!

Monday:

Movement and Music (for all participants)

Music faculty Lisa Dove brings her keyboard to the classroom for some live music and lively interactions. Singing, and dancing are required – in the very best, most authentic ways!

Weather Scientists: (for all Clubhouse participants) Each week, Ms. Katharine introduces a new on-hands science concept to our youngest students. Students will collect data, compare results, and explore concepts with a different hands-on experiment each week.

Tuesday:

USTA Tennis: Net Generation: Peak Performance Pre-4 & Kindergarten: 45 minutes  (3:30-4:15) Limit 18

The United States Tennis Association developmental training program is safe, effective and age-appropriate tennis instruction. D-E ACE is an official USTA Net Gen school!

We partner with Peak Performance to deliver professional instruction. We are committed to a 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio and to the USTA Youth Progression curriculum. This curriculum is fully endorsed by former #1 player and parent, Chris Evert, who serves as the program’s ambassador.

This program uses modified equipment, including low compression balls, a smaller playing field, and size appropriate racquets. All of our lessons will take place in our Lower School gym.

Zumba with Ms. Madison (for all Clubhouse participants)

Students gather with Ms. Madison in her room to move and dance to the latest music and videos created for youth Zumba! It’s a half hour of active movement and music!

Wednesday:

Chess Basics (3:15-4:15  1 hour)  Preschool-4 & Kindergarten  Limit 12

Students will learn about how chess pieces move and interact and how this makes for a game. Videos, games, and crafts will build upon traditional instruction. Students will have the opportunity to play one another and consider their options. We train with Chess Master Saudin Robovic and his instructors from NYCHESSKIDS, a Manhattan Chess incubator.

Jazz Hands & Broadway Babies (4:30-5:00)  For all Clubhouse participants

Ms. Blake shares her love of musical theater by introducing a new Broadway song each week. After watching a performance, students learn the song and have the opportunity to dance and interpret it in their very own way!

Thursday:

DFA Fencing – Foil Foundations (3:30-4:30) Preschool-4 and Kindergarten

We are excited by this early childhood introduction to the sport of Fencing, developed and presented by the internationally recognized Durkan Fencing Academy (DFA). Our youngest students will use modified and foam equipment to develop the motor coordination required for Fencing. Focusing on the Foil, students will develop a solid foundation upon which they will move on to the Sabre or continue with Foil at Grade 1.

Nature Arts (3:45-4:15) Preschool-3 & Preschool-4 (who are not taking fencing)

Ms. Fiore asks our young artists to consider the natural world around us and interpret their impressions through original art. A wide variety of materials will be utilized as we explore light, color, and shapes.

Snacktivity Chefs (3:45-4:45) Kindergarten (who are not taking fencing)

Senora Harrison shares her passion for cooking and baking in a manner that allows students to be cooks, sous chefs, and ultimately servers of their delicious goods! (A 5:15 pick up generally guarantees a freshly baked snack for the grown-ups!)

Snack with Snacktivities (4:30) All Preschool students

We will learn about the snacks made by our Kindergarten students as we share their freshly made treats! We often even learn the Spanish words for the ingredients!

Friday:

Bulldogs in Motion (3:10-4:00) All Preschool and Kindergarten students

We kick off our Friday with active play and movement, outdoors whenever the weather cooperates! Tricycles, ball games, races down Mr. Rocky’s Field, and even some time in the gym gives us a chance to get some fresh air, build our muscles and get some cardio going. It is the perfect way to end the school week!

Percussion Beats (4:00-5:00) Preschool 3, 4, Kindergarten with Grades 1-2

Ms. Shada brings us joyful and imaginative music! We explore the rhythms of afro-beats, jazz, blues, R&B and world music with song, hand drums, resonator blocks, shaker eggs, tambourines. Our singing develops a repertoire that celebrates our diversity.  Raishada Johnson is a professional singer who studies the artistry of Anita Baker.

Grades 1-5

September 3 – December 20, 2019

*Classes noted in bold indicate an Enrichment Class.Download

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Grade 1

3:45-4:45 Pre-Team Sports & Yoga

4:15-5:15 Lacrosse & Hockey Basics

4:15-5:15 Snacktivities

4:00-5:00 Robo-Coding Playground

4:15-5:15 USTA Tennis

3:45-4:45 Red Playground Takeover!

4:15-5:15 Novice & Advanced Chess

5:15-6:00 Gym Games

4:15 Snacktivities

4:15-5:15 Kidz Theater

4:30-5:30 DFA Fencing Sabre

3:00-5:00 Clubhouse Crafts

3:30-4:30 Writing Club

4:00-5:00 Percussion

Grade 2

3:45-4:45 pm Pre-Team Sports & Yoga

4:15-5:15 Lacrosse & Hockey Basics

4:15-5:15 Snacktivities

4:00-5:00 Robo-Coding Playground

4:15-5:15 USTA Tennis

4:15-5:15 Novice & Advanced Chess

4:00-5:15 Field Games

5:15-6:00 Gym Games

4:15-5:15 Kidz Theater

4:15 Snacktivities

4:30-5:30 DFA Fencing Sabre

3:00-500 Clubhouse Crafts

3:30-4:30 Writing Club

4:00-5:00 Percussion

Grade 3

4:00-5:00 Running Club

4:15-5:15 Photography & Photoshop

4:15-5:15 Snacktivities

5:15-6:15  USTA Tennis

4:15-5:15 Novice & Advanced Chess

4:00-5:15 Field Games

5:15-6:00 Gym Games

4:00-5:00 RoboCoding 2.0

4:15 Snacktivities

4:30-5:30 DFA Fencing Sabre

3:00-500 Clubhouse Crafts

3:30-4:30 Writing Club

3:30-4:30 Senora’s Latin Dance Party

Grade 4

4:00-5:00 Running Club

4:15-5:15 Photography & Photoshop

4:15-5:15 Snacktivities

5:15-6:15 USTA Tennis

4:15-5:15 Novice & Advanced Chess

4:00-5:15 Field Games

5:15-6:00 Gym Games

4:00-5:00 RoboCoding 2.0

4:15 Snacktivities

4:30-5:30 DFA Fencing Sabre

3:00-500 Clubhouse Crafts

3:30-4:30 Senora’s Latin Dance Party

Grade 5

4:00-5:00 Running Club

4:15-5:15 Photography & Photoshop

4:15-5:15 Snacktivities

5:15-6:15  USTA Tennis

4:15-5:15 Novice & Advanced Chess

4:00-5:15 Field Games

5:15-6:00 Gym Games

4:00-5:00 RoboCoding 2.0

4:15 Snacktivities

4:30-5:30 DFA Fencing Sabre

3:00-500 Clubhouse Crafts

3:30-4:30 Senora’s Latin Dance Party

All Grades

3:15-4:15 Homework Club

3:15-4:15 Homework Club

3:15-4:15 Homework Club

3:15-4:15 Homework Club

3:00-5:00 Clubhouse Crafts

Days in

Term 1

Red is no class

September

9,16,23,30

October

7,14,21,28

November

4,11,18,25

December

2,9,16

September

3,10,17,24

October

1, 8,15,22,29

November

5,12,19,26

December

3,10,17

September

4,11,18,25

October

2,9,16,23,30

November

6,13,20,27

December

4,11,18

September

5,12,19,26

October

3,10,17,24,31

November

7,14,21,28

December

5,12,19

September

6,13,20,27

October

4,11,18,25

November

1,8,15,22,29

December

6,13,20

Total days

AfterCare:

13

15

14

15

13

Enrichment:

10

Begins 10/7 – Ends 12/16

10

Begins 10/8 Ends 12/10

10

Begins 10/2 – Ends 12/18

10

Begins 10/3 – Ends 12/12

10

Begins 9/27 – Ends 12/20

Make up Day:

No

12/17

No

12/19

No

More about Homework Club

3:15-4:15 Monday – Thursday (no homework Friday!)

Grades 1-5 go back to the classroom to complete their schoolwork with faculty members to answer questions and provide feedback. There are also grade appropriate iPads and programs available to all students. Completed homework makes for better family evenings at home! Please note that some Enrichment classes only allow for 30-45 minutes of Homework Club.

Click here to register for Clubhouse (AfterCare).

MONDAY:

Pre-Team Sports & Yoga  (3:45-4:45) Grades 1-2  Limit 20 (for all Clubhouse participants)

Ms. Franco teaches a multi-sport program with a focus on fun sports, motor skill development, and constant playing! After 30 minutes, we head downstairs for Yoga time with Ms. Madison to go through a series of active poses that will stretch, rejuvenate, relax and perhaps even inspire the next generation of yogis. Ms. Madison is certified to teach youth yoga and conducts her own practice of yoga regularly.

Lacrosse & Hockey Basics (4:15-5:15) Grades 1-2

Ms. Franco is a celebrated college player and D-E coach in two exciting stick sports – Lacrosse and Hockey! As a certified PE teacher, she presents the basics of these sports in developmentally appropriate ways. 

Running Club Grades 2-5  (4:00-5:00) Limit 10

Mr. Rodenbush brings back this perennial favorite – an afternoon of running across the hills and valleys of our beautiful campus. This class is a friendly introduction to running and cardio workouts for all ability levels.

Photo-Editing: ME Magazine! (4:15-5:15) Grades 3-5 Limit 8

We will explore photography and photoshop as we work towards creating a “self-branded magazine” about our favorite subject – me! Students will cultivate their style and purpose in digital photo shoots and put it all together in Photoshop  – working the magic of imagery, layout, and text. Gail Wilkins is a professional graphic artist and beloved member of our Summer Connections team.

TUESDAY:

RoboCoding I (4:00-5:00) Grades 1-2 Limit 9

Robo-leaders explore STEM principles through coding, robotics and gamification. Using a playground model, Doctora Collado guides the creative process of the students as they achieve individual goals. Using tools such as programmable educational robots and coding apps, students move at a pace appropriate to their level of curiosity and age, while engaging in problem-solving tasks and developing both hard and soft skills. New students are welcome and continuing students will build on their foundational skills and earn additional badges.

Snacktivities Grades 1-5 (for all Clubhouse participants) Limit 18

Senora Harrison shares her passion for cooking and baking in a manner that allows students to be cooks, sous chefs, and ultimately servers of their delicious goods! (A 5:15 pick up generally guarantees a freshly baked snack for the grown-ups!)

Tennis: USTA’s Net Generation: Peak Performance with Paul Fontana

The United States Tennis Association has developed a formal developmental training program for safe, effective and age-appropriate tennis instruction. D-E ACE is an official USTA Net Gen school and is partnering with Peak Performance as our service provider. They are committed to a 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio, and to teach the USTA Youth Progression curriculum. This is a curriculum fully endorsed by former #1 player and Mom, Chris Evert, who serves as the program’s ambassador.

This program uses modified equipment, including low compression balls, a smaller playing field, and size appropriate racquets. All of our lessons will take place in our Lower School gym.

  • Pre4 & Kindergarten: 45 minutes  (3:30-4:15) Limit 18
  • Grades 1-2 60 minutes  (4:15-5:15) Limit 12
  • Grades 3-5 60 minutes   (5:15-6:15) Limit 8

WEDNESDAY:

Grade 1 Takes Over Red Playground! Grade 1  (3:45-4:45)

Our first-grade students get a full hour of exclusive use of the Red Playground! In the event of rain, we will do First Class First Grade Crafts in the Clubhouse! (Chess players will get 30 minutes of play before heading into instruction.)

Mr. Rocky’s & Gym Games:  Grades 2-5

(4:15 – 5:15 Outdoors & 5:15 – 6:00 Indoors)

Recreational games begin on Mr. Rocky’s field, whenever possible. (Dress warmly!) Then, when the light fades and the chill gets to be a bit much, we head inside to the gym for some more active, recreational play. These games are always active and appropriate for all levels of abilities.

Novice and Advanced Chess (4:15-5:15)  Grades 1-5: Limit: 20

Chessmaster Saudin Robovic’s team of Katia, Shep, and partners guide our students from instruction into the world of competition via the National Chess Federation. It begins with our local D-E tournaments and moves into options that include Manhattan tournaments and beyond!

  • Novice players will be introduced to the game of chess, how to use the pieces and how to play the game. Basic strategy and competition will be introduced.
  • Advanced Chess players are familiar with the game and are ready to consider multiple approaches and strategies. This level is focused on competitive play. 

THURSDAY:

Kidz Theatre (4:15-5:15) Grades 1-2 Limit 12

The renowned Alexis returns to bring theatre to our first and second-grade students. They will learn basic theatre craft and write their own play. The class will culminate in an informal performance. This is our second year working with the Kidz Theater program. 

RoboCoding II Grades 3-5 (4:00 to 5:00) Limit 12

Robo-leaders will explore STEM principles through coding, robotics, and gamification. Using a playground model, Doctora Collado guides the creative process of the students as they achieve individual goals. Through the use of tools such as programmable educational robots, indoor drones, and coding apps, students move at a pace appropriate to their level of curiosity and age, while engaging in problem-solving tasks and developing both hard and soft skills. New students are welcome and continuing students will build on their foundational skills and earn additional badges.

Snacktivities (4:15-5:15) Grades K-5 (for all Clubhouse participants) Limit 18

Senora Harrison shares her passion for cooking and baking in a manner that allows students to be cooks, sous chefs, and ultimately servers of their delicious goods! (A 5:15 pick up generally guarantees a freshly baked snack for the grown-ups!)

Fencing with Durkan Fencing Academy (DFA) Grades 1-5 (4:30-5:30) Limit: 20

We will focus on mastering the Sabre in this program developed and coached by internationally recognized Durkan Fencing Academy (DFA),  who provide a unified method fencing instruction that will result in general athletic development (i.e. coordination, balance, agility, speed and general fitness) and promote the mastery of fencing specific skills (i.e. lunge, parry or head-cut) with a deep understanding of the techniques and tactics required to score more points and win more fencing bouts. New students will receive a solid introduction to Fencing, while returning students will continue to refine their skills, as our fencing community grows. All equipment is provided. There may be opportunities to visit the DFA facility for live fencing with electronic scoring equipment. 

FRIDAY:

Clubhouse Crafts 3:00-5:00 Grades 1-5

Our school week concludes with relaxing crafts for all ages. Ms. Arleen, our Clubhouse bulletin board designer, will lead weekly projects for all ages. Who knows – some hot chocolate or popcorn may even be involved!

Ink Slingers & Keyboard Pounders Writing  Club 3:30-4:30   Grades 1-3

Young writers will explore the magic of discovering a unique, creative writing voice to create a portfolio of their personal literary works! Develop creative thinking, confidence, and writing skills through partner work, group collaborations, and supportive editing exercises. Ms. Taylor is a LS faculty member who is crazy for writing!

Senora’s Latin Dance Party 3:30-4:30 Grades 3:5

Sra. Harrison starts the weekend with all the right moves  –  teaching us a bit about Latin music as we learn the basic Latin dance steps. This class is an introduction to the joy of Latin music and movement! Danza feliz!

Percussion Beats (4:00-5:00) Grades 1-2

This is joyful and imaginative music! Students explore the rhythms of afro-beats, jazz, blues, R&B and world music with song, hand drums, resonator blocks, shaker eggs, tambourines. Our singing develops a repertoire that celebrates our diversity.  Raishada Johnson is a professional singer who studies the artistry of Anita Baker. She is eager to bring music as a way of life to our students.