Winter 2019 Schedule & Descriptions

*Classes noted in bold indicate an Enrichment Class.Download

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

PreK-3

  • Movement & Music
  • Science Biographies
  • 3:30 Tennis
  • 4:15 Zumba
  • 2:45-3:45 Animal Visitors
  • 4:15-4:45 Glee Club
  • 3:30-4:30 Winter Art
  • 4:30-5:15 Snacktivities
  • 3:30-4:00 Gym Time!
  • 4:00-5:00 Percussion & Song

PreK-4

  • Movement & Music
  • Science Biographies
  • 3:30 Tennis
  • 4:15 Zumba
  • 2:45-3:45 Animal Visitors
  • 3:15-4:15 Beginner Chess
  • 4:15-4:45 Glee Club
  • 3:30-4:30 Winter Art
  • 4:30-5:15 Snacktivities
  • 3:30-4:00 Gym Time!
  • 4:00-5:00 Percussion & Song

Kindergarten

  • Movement & Music
  • Science Biographies
  • 3:30 Tennis
  • 4:15 Zumba
  • 2:45-3:45 Animal Visitors
  • 3:15-4:15 Beginner Chess
  • 4:15-4:45 Glee Club
  • 3:45-5:15 Snacktivities
  • 4:00-5:00 Theatre Time
  • 3:30-4:00 Gym Time!
  • 4:00-5:00 Percussion & Song

Grade 1

  • 3:45-4:15pm Pre-Team Sports
  • 4:15-4:45 Yoga
  • 4:15-5:15 Snacktivities
  • 4:00-5:00 RoboCoding Playground
  • 4:15-5:15 Tennis
  • 4:15-5:15 Novice & Advanced Chess
  • 4:00-5:15 Mr. Rocky’s Games with James
  • 5:15-6:00 Gym Games with James
  • 4:00-5:00 Theatre Time
  • 4:15 Snacktivities
  • 3:00-5:00 Clubhouse Crafts
  • 3:30-4:30 Aviation
  • 4:00-5:00 Percussion & Song

Grade 2

  • 3:45-4:15pm
    Pre-Team Sports
  • 4:15-4:45 Yoga
  • 4:15-5:15 Stick Sports
  • 4:15-5:15 Snacktivities
  • 4:00-5:00 RoboCoding Playground
  • 4:15-5:15 Tennis
  • 4:15-5:15 Novice & Advanced Chess
  • 4:00-5:15 Mr. Rocky’s Games with James
  • 5:15-6:00 Gym Games with James
  • 4:00-5:00 Fencing
  • 4:05-5:05 Kidz Theatre
  • 4:15 Snacktivities
  • 3:00-5:00 Clubhouse Crafts
  • 3:30-4:30 Aviation
  • 4:00-5:00 Percussion & Song

Grade 3

  • 4:00-5:00 Digital Photography
  • 4:00-5:00 Board Game Strategy
  • 4:15-4:45 Yoga
  • 4:15-5:15 Stick Sports
  • 4:00-5:00 Comic Book Making
  • 4:15-5:15 Snacktivities
  • 5:15-6:15 Tennis
  • 4:15-5:15 Novice & Advanced Chess
  • 4:00-5:15 Mr. Rocky’s Games with James
  • 5:15-6:00 Gym Games With James
  • 4:00-5:00 RoboCoding 2.0
  • 4:00-5:00 Fencing
  • 4:05-5:05 Kidz Theatre
  • 4:15 Snacktivities
  • 3:00-5:00 Clubhouse Crafts
  • 3:30-4:30 Aviation

Grade 4

  • 4:00-5:00 Digital Photography
  • 4:00-5:00 Board Game Strategy
  • 4:15-5:15 Stick Sports
  • 4:00-5:00 Comic Book Making
  • 4:15-5:15 Snacktivities
  • 5:15-6:15 Tennis
  • 4:15-5:15 Novice & Advanced Chess
  • 4:00-5:15 Mr. Rocky’s Games with James
  • 5:15-6:00 Gym Games With James
  • 4:00-5:00 RoboCoding 2.0
  • 4:00-5:00 Fencing
  • 4:05-5:05 Kidz Theatre
  • 4:15 Snacktivities
  • 3:00-5:00 Clubhouse Crafts
  • 3:30-4:30 Outdoor Challenges
  • 4:30-5:30 Aviation
    – Hobby Quest

Grade 5

  • 4:00-5:00 Digital Photography
  • 4:00-5:00 Board Game Strategy
  • 4:00-5:00 Comic Book Making
  • 4:15-5:15 Snacktivities
  • 5:15-6:15 Tennis
  • 4:15-5:15 Novice & Advanced Chess
  • 4:00-5:15 Mr. Rocky’s Games with James
  • 5:15-6:00 Gym Games With James
  • 4:00-5:00 RoboCoding 2.0
  • 4:00-5:00 Fencing
  • 4:05-5:05 Kidz Theatre
  • 4:15 Snacktivities
  • 3:00-5:00 Clubhouse Crafts
  • 3:30-4:30 Outdoor Challenges
  • 4:30-5:30 Aviation
    – Hobby Quest

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
  • 3:15-5:00 Crafts in the Clubhouse

*Classes noted in bold indicate an Enrichment Class. Continued on reverse side

More about Homework Club

After a snack and a short play break, Grades 1-5 go back to the classroom to complete their schoolwork. Homework Club takes places Mondays-Thursdays (no Lower School homework on Fridays!) from 3:15-4:15. There are faculty members in attendance, to answer questions and provide feedback. There are also grade-appropriate iPads and programs available to all students. Most students report enjoying the opportunity to go home with their homework completed!

 

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MONDAY:

 Preschool & Kindergarten Movement and Music(for all Clubhouse 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!

Preschool & Kindergarten Science Biographies: Exploring Scientists (for all Clubhouse participants) Each week, Ms. Katharine introduces a new scientist to our youngest students. Utilizing a biography format, students will listen to the contributions of the scientists, watch a video clip, and explore concepts with a hands-on experiment.

 Pre-Team Sports & Yoga  Grade 1-3  Limit 20 (for all Clubhouse participants)

This program is fun!!! LS faculty member, Ms. Franco, teaches a multi-sport program with a focus on fun sports, motor skill development, and constant playing! Then our students 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.

Digital Photography Grades 2-5  Limit 10

Learn to use a digital SLR camera and learn the basics of good picture taking. DSLR cameras go beyond the automatic settings, and allow for considerations of light, timing, and aperture speed. The basics of composition for portraits, action shots, nature shots and low-lighting will be discussed. Michael Rodenbush teaches 5th grade and is also a professional photographer.

Stick Sports (Floor Hockey, Fundamental Field Hockey and Soft-Stick Lacrosse)        Grades 1-3  Limit 16

Ms. Franco will inspire a love of hockey! Students learn the fundamentals of hockey, while being fully engaged in a variety of lead-up and modified hockey games. Kids will gain the knowledge of the rules of the game, learn multiple styles of passes and positions, and ultimately have a blast with the game of hockey. Soft-stick lacrosse, is a co-ed version of lacrosse that utilizes modified equipment and rules, and is designed for youth to achieve quick success executing the basics skills of lacrosse (cradling, scooping, passing, catching, and shooting). The rules of soft-stick lacrosse and the modified equipment also make it a version of the sport that requires limited protective equipment to learn and enjoy. Protective Goggles, shin guards and mouth guards will be provided.

Board Game Strategy Grades 3-5 Limit 16

Each week, faculty member Ronda Sowa will teach a new, exciting, popular and age-appropriate board game. Over the course of the semester, the children will be exposed to a wide variety of some of the most well-known board games. When playing board games, children are taught important social skills, such as; communicating, sharing, turn taking and enjoying interactions with others. Playing board games also allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive and emotional strength. Board games are important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children learn and grow.

TUESDAY:

RoboCoding Playground Grades 1-2  Limit 14

Robo-leaders in grades 1-2 will apply basic engineering skills by designing, building, coding and operating robots. Using a playground model, Doctora Collado guides the creative process of the students as they achieve individual goals and develop STEM skills. Through exploration with tools such as Lego kits, programmable educational robots, and coding apps, students move at a pace appropriate to their level of curiosity and age. New students are welcome and continuing students will build on the skills from Fall Term.

Comic Book Making  Grades 3-5 Limit: 12

Mr. Rodenbush knows that his students love making comic books, so he’s making a space to do that together. Take an idea, write a script, plan the drawings, draw the comic, and do the lettering. Taking a playground approach, this informal space is for brainstorming, incubating, and exploring tools to tell a graphic story or create a superhero! Beginners, storytellers and artists are all welcome!

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

No one loves the kitchen more than Senora Harrison! She 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 has committed to being an official USTA Net Gen school and are 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 20
  • Grades 1-3 60 minutes  (4:15-5:15) Limit 12
  • Grades 4-5 60 minutes   (5:15-6:15) Limit 8

Preschool & Kindergarten 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:

Preschool & KIndergarten: Animal Visitors from Tenafly Nature Center (2:45-3:45) Each week, students will meet one of the Animal Ambassadors from Tenafly Nature Center. A Naturalist Educator will lead us through the visit, and supplement this with a story and/or a craft relating to our visitor. Will it be an owl, a chinchilla, a hawk?… Wait and see…. (Chess students will engage in the first half hour of the visit before heading off to Chess.)

Pre-4 & Kindergarten:  Beginners Chess (3:15-4:15  1 hour)  Limit 12

Our Preschool 4 & Kindergarten students will learn about how chess pieces move and interact and how this makes for a game. Videos, games, and crafts will supplement traditional instruction Students will have the opportunity to play one another and consider their options. Our instructors are the leads of NYCHESSKIDS, a well-established Manhattan academic Chess incubator.

Preschool & Kindergarten: Glee Club (4:15-4:45)

Our very own Ms. Shada will lead our youngest students in the joyful noise of singing. Songs might be silly, creative, and tongue-twisty, but we will raise our voices in glorious song.

Mr. Rocky’s & Gym Games with James:  Grades 2-5

(4:00 – 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. James Byrne is a longtime member of our ACE and Summer staff who works in a local public school.

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

Participating students in grades 1-5 will be broken into two groups to be determined by the instructors: Novice and Advanced. Both groups will be invited to play in an intersquad match each term. Advanced players will be invited to join our D-E Chess team and compete in select local tournaments, while being coached by Saudin Robovic.

  • 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 will contain players who are familiar with the game and are ready to consider multiple approaches and strategies. This level is focused on competitive play.

THURSDAY:

Preschool-Kindergarten Winter Art 3:30-4:30 (for all Clubhouse participants)

Ms. Fiore nurtures our youngest artists through a variety of mediums including; paint, drawing, and multimedia creation. Creativity abounds in the interesting learning space of Ms. Fiore’s Kindergarten classroom!

Theatre Time Grades K-1 (4:00-5:00) Limit 12

Students will explore the fundamentals of live performances through theatre games, improv, and developing confidence by building stage presence. The goal is to create a story to be performed at the end of the term. Ms. Blake is an experienced actress associated with a number of theatre troupes, as a Gas Light player and Cider House player. She’s also an ACE preschool-K teacher!

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

No one loves the kitchen more than Senora Harrison! She 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!)

Kidz Theatre! Grades 2-5   Limit 10

Students learn the basics of theatre games and role playing as the basis of their self-written play. They will use facial expressions, voice and body movements to act, while learning how to deliver lines and block a scene for their final production!

RoboCoding 2.0 Grades 3-5 (4:00 to 5:00) Limit 14

Robo-leaders in grades 3-5 will apply basic engineering skills by designing, building, coding and operating robots. Using a playground model, Doctora Collado guides the creative process of the students as they achieve individual goals and develop STEM skills. Through exploration of tools like programmable educational robots, indoor drones, and coding apps, students move at a pace appropriate to their level of curiosity and age.

Fencing with Durkan Fencing Academy Grades 2-5 (4:00-5:15) Limit: 20

Sabre, epee, and foil are all explored in this program developed and coached by Durkan Fencing Academy, Home of Division 1 Men’s Foil National Championship Team. 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. 

FRIDAY:

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

Our school week ends 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!

Outdoor Challenges 3:30-4:30 Grades 3-5

Winter is a great time to get outside for activities that are non-competitive and active. Utilizing games from Project Adventure-type programs, students will move, problem-solve, and work cooperatively through different weekly challenges on Mr. Rocky’s Field. This group will move indoors only when weather does not allow – so please dress warmly!

Preschool – K Percussion Beats with Grades 1-5 invited  4:00-5:00

This is joyful and imaginative music! Students explore the rhythms of folk, 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.  Faculty member Lorraine Yamin admits to being quite influenced by Eli Yamin (look him up!), and is eager to bring a music as a way of life to our students.

Airplane Engineers with Hobby Quest 3:30-4:30 Grades 1-3 | 4:30-5:30 Grades 4-5 Limit: 16 Do you question how a machine as heavy as an airplane can fly? Do you want to learn how air pressure works perfectly to create airplane lift? Does testing the limits of your model airplane intrigue you? If you answered yes, then you are qualified to be an Airplane Engineer! You’ll use this newly-learned knowledge to build your own airplane and then fly it in the ultimate test flight. If having fun while learning STEM concepts is what you love, then this course is for you!

It’s STEM! Build it! Fly it! Keep it!