Spring 2020 Schedule & Descriptions

Preschool  3 – Kindergarten

Monday, April 6 – Thursday, June 11, 2020

*Classes noted in bold indicate an Enrichment Class.Download

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Preschool 3

3:30-4:00 Music & Movement

3:30-4:15 Drumming Class

4:15-5:00 Mad Scientists

3:30-4:15
USTA Tennis

4:20-4:50 Zumba

3:15-4:00
USCF Chess Basics

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

3:30-4:15
DFA Fencing

3:45 Art with Olivia

4:30 Snack with Snacktivities

3:30 Dance Party with Senora Harrison

4:30 Bulldogs in Motion

Preschool 4

3:30 Music & Movement

3:30-4:15
Drumming Class

4:15-5:00
Mad 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

3:30-4:15
DFA Fencing

3:45 Art with Olivia

4:30 Snack with Snacktivities

3:30 Dance Party with Senora Harrison

4:30 Bulldogs in Motion

Kindergarten

3:30 Music & Movement

3:30-4:15
Drumming Class

4:15-5:00
Mad 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

3:30-4:15
DFA Fencing

3:45-4:45
Snacktivity Chefs

3:30 Dance Party with Senora Harrison

4:30 Bulldogs in Motion

Days in

Term 2

Red=No class

April

6,13,20,27

May

4,11,18,25

June

1,8

April

7,14,21,28

May

5,12,19,26

June

2,9

April

8,15,22,29

May

6,13,20,27

June

3,10

April

9,16,23,30

May

7,14,21,28

June

4,11

April

10,17,24,31

May

1,8,15,22,29

June

5

Total days

AfterCare:

9

10

10

10

9

Enrichment:

8

9

9

9

8

The D-E 360° AfterCare & Enrichment (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!

Pre3-Kindergarten Class Descriptions

*Indicates Enrichment Classes

Monday:

Movement and Music 3:30-4:00 Preschool 3,4 & K   Limit 20

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!

*Drumming Residency with Musical I.Q. 3:30-4:15  Pre-school 3, 4 & Kindergarten Limit 20

We are hosting a residency program where we explore music from a unique perspective, incorporating history, science and culture. We begin our program in Africa and journey from there through the Caribbean,Central and South America and finally to our classrooms in the USA. Participants learn about the system and the building blocks of music. We will explore the evolution and influences of music, originating in Africa and from other indigenous peoples and how they have influenced us even today, in the 21st century.

We will explore and enact musical cultures from as far as the Maasai Mara in Tanzania, Zulu warriors in South Africa, The vibrant street music of Cuba, Brazil and Puerto Rico, The Carnival of Brazil and more.

Mad Scientists: 4:15-5:15   Preschool 3, 4 & K  Limit 20

This term, our students don’t just study science, they become scientists! We will employ the scientific method to develop a theory, test the theory under different conditions, compare data and discuss. We will explore concepts like; gravity, chemical reactions (think vinegar and baking soda!), air pressure, water displacement and more! Ms. Katharine introduces students to a new concept each week through readings, videos and hands-on projects to explore science concepts. Never trust an atom, they make up everything! Bazinga.

Tuesday:

*USTA Tennis with Tennis Stars    3:30-4:15  Pre-3 – Kindergarten: 45 minutes  Limit: 18 

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

We partner with Tennis Stars to deliver professional instruction. They deliver the USTA Youth Progression curriculum with a 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio. This curriculum is fully endorsed by former #1 player and parent, Chris Evert, the program 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 4:20-4:50 Grades 1-5 Limit 12

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 3:15-4:00  Preschool 3 – 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  Preschool 3, 4 & K

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 Foundations 3:30-4:30 Preschool 3 –  Kindergarten Limit: 20

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 Foil at Grade 1. 

Art with Olivia 3:45-4:30 Preschool 3 &  Preschool 4

Working with our ACE staff, Upper School Senior Olivia Kane brings the very best of our “Big Bulldogs” to our youngest students. She’s a talented artist who is eager to bring her passion to the Lower School through crafts and creations. Most of our students know, and love, Ms. Olivia!

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  Preschool 3, 4 & K

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:

Senora’s Latin Dance Party 3:30-4:30 Grades 1-5

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!

Bulldogs in Motion 4:30-5:30  Preschool 3, 4 & K

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!

Grades 1-5

Monday, April 6 – Thursday, June 11, 2020

*Classes noted in bold indicate an Enrichment Class.Download

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Grade 1

3:15-4:15
Homework Club

4:15-4:45 Yoga

4:15-5:00
Drumming Class

3:15-4:00/4:15
Homework Club

4:00-5:00 Muddy Buddies: Farmers & Gardeners

4:00-5:00 Magic Lessons

4:15-5:15 Snacktivities

4:15-5:15 USTA Tennis

3:15-3:45
Homework Club

3:45-4:15
Exploration Station!

4:15-5:15 Novice & Advanced Chess

5:15-6:00 Gym Games

3:15-4:15
Homework Club

3:30-4:30
DFA Fencing

3:45 Art with Olivia

4:15-5:15 Snacktivities

4:00-5:00
Kidz Theater

3:00-4:30 Senora’s Latin Dance Party

4:15-5:15
Sports of All Sorts

Grade 2

3:15-3:45
Homework Club

4:15-5:00
Drumming Class

4:15-4:45 Yoga

3:15-4:00/4:15
Homework Club

4:00-5:00 Muddy Buddies: Farmers & Gardeners

4:00-5:00 Magic Lessons

4:15-5:15 Snacktivities

4:15-5:15 USTA Tennis

3:15-3:45
Homework Club

4:15-5:15
Novice & Advanced Chess

4:15-5:15
Flag Football

5:15-6:00 Gym Games

3:15-3:45
Homework Club

3:30- 4:30
DFA Fencing

4:15-5:15
Kidz Theater

4:15 -5:15 Snacktivities

3:00-4:30 Senora’s Latin Dance Party

4:15-5:15
Sports of All Sorts

Grade 3

3:15-4:15
Homework Club

4:15-5:00
Drumming Class

4:15-4:45 Yoga

4:15-5:15
Running Club

3:15-4:15
Homework Club

4:00-5:00 Muddy Buddies: Farmers & Gardeners

4:15-5:15 Snacktivities

5:15-6:15 USTA Tennis

3:15-3:45
Homework Club

4:15-5:15 Novice & Advanced Chess

4:15-5:15
Flag Football

5:15-6:00 Gym Games

3:15-4:00/4:15
Homework Club

4:00-5:00 Kidz Theater

4:00-5:00
STEM: Aviation

4:15-5:15 Snacktivities

4:30-5:30 DFA Fencing

3:15-4:15 Podcasting

3:30-4:30 Senora’s Latin Dance Party

4:15-5:15
Sports of All Sorts

 

Grade 4

3:15-4:15
Homework Club

4:15-5:00
Drumming Class

4:15-4:45 Yoga

4:15-5:15
Running Club

3:15-4:15
Homework Club

4:00-5:00 Muddy Buddies: Farmers & Gardeners

4:15-5:15 Snacktivities

5:15-6:15 USTA Tennis

3:15-4:00/4:15
Homework Club

4:15-5:15 Chess

4:15-5:15
Flag Football

5:15-6:00 Gym Games

3:15-4:00/4:15
Homework Club

4:00-5:00
STEM: Aviation

4:15 Snacktivities

4:00-5:00 Kidz Theater

4:30-5:30 DFA Fencing

3:15-4:15 Podcasting

3:30-4:30 Senora’s Latin Dance Party

4:15-5:15
Sports of All Sorts

Grade 5

3:15-4:15
Homework Club

4:15-5:00
Drumming Class

4:15-4:45 Yoga

4:15-5:15
Running Club

3:15-4:15
Homework Club

4:00-5:00 Muddy Buddies: Farmers & Gardeners

4:15-5:15 Snacktivities

5:15-6:15 USTA Tennis

3:15-4:00/4:15
Homework Club

4:15-5:15 Chess

4:15-5:15
Flag Football

5:15-6:00 Gym Games

4:15 Snacktivities

4:00-5:00
STEM: Aviation

4:00-5:00 Kidz Theater

4:30-5:30 DFA Fencing

3:15-4:15 Podcasting

3:30-4:30 Senora’s Latin Dance Party

4:15-5:15
Sports of All Sorts

Days in

Term 2

Red=No class

April

6,13, 20, 27

May

4,11,18,25

June

1,8

April

7,14,21,28

May

5,12,19,26

June

2,9

April

8,15,22,29

May

6,13,20,27

June

3,10

April

9,16,23,30

May

6,13,20,27

June

4,11

April

10,17,24

May

1,8,15,22,29

June

5

Total days

AfterCare:

9

10

10

10

9

Enrichment:

8

9

10

10

9

ACE days look like this:  Dismissal – Dining Room sign in – Snack – Recreation

More about Homework Club

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

Grades 1-5 complete their schoolwork with faculty members to answer questions and provide feedback. There are 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).
Click here to register for Enrichment Specialty Classes.

Grade 1-5 Class Descriptions

*Indicates Enrichment Classes

MONDAY:

*Drumming Residency with Musical I.Q. 4:15-5:00  Grades 1-5 Limit 20

We are hosting a residency program where we explore music from a unique perspective, incorporating history, science and culture. We begin our program in Africa and journey from there through the Caribbean,Central and South America and finally to our classrooms in the USA. Participants learn about the system and the building blocks of music. We will explore the evolution and influences of music, originating in Africa and from other indigenous peoples and how they have influenced us even today, in the 21st century.

We will explore and enact musical cultures from as far as the Maasai Mara in Tanzania, Zulu warriors in South Africa, The vibrant street music of Cuba, Brazil and Puerto Rico, The Carnival of Brazil and more.

Yoga! 4:15-4:45) Grades 1-5 Limit 20 

Yoga time with Ms. Madison is 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. 

*Running Club 4:15-5:15 Grades 3-5 Limit 12

This group takes a weekly run through the terrains of our beautiful campus with Mr. Rodenbush. After Homework Club, students will “suit up” in their running layers and take to the outdoors. Early spring can be chilly, so good layers, a hat and sturdy running sneakers are required!  We run in all weather, even if it’s raining. (We come indoors when the conditions are dangerous for running – ice, lightning, heavy winds and downpours bring us in.) Dress for outdoor success!

TUESDAY:

*Magic with Hobby Quest 4:00-5:00 Grades 1-2 Limit 12

Learn how famous magicians perform the magic tricks that keep their audiences guessing. Have fun while learning important performance and story-telling skills, and then, share your new skills with friends and family, in a real magic show at your school! Keep all your tricks and props to repeat your performance at home! It’s Magical! Learn it! Perform it! Keep it!

Snacktivities 4:15-5:15  Grades 1-5  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 with Tennis Stars  

  • Grades 1-2 60 minutes  (4:15-5:15) Limit 12
  • Grades 3-5 60 minutes   (5:15-6:15) Limit 8

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 Tennis Stars 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.

Muddy Buddies: Farmers & Gardeners 4:00-5:00 Grades 1-5 Limit 12 

Ms. Taylor will begin the season indoors, planting seeds of flowers, herbs and vegetables and using grow lights for our seedlings. Then, we’ll harden them off outdoors and begin digging in our outdoor gardens. Our beautification project will include planting some plants from a garden center, as well as setting our seedlings into the ground. This is a hands-on plant & dirt project!

WEDNESDAY:

Grade 1 Exploration Station! 3:45-4:15 Grade 1  Limit 12

Our first-grade students go to the Clubhouse with Ms. Arleen for exclusive use of the Clubhouse, as they explore active concepts in science and nature, decorate the Clubhouse, and learn about special calendar events and holidays. Our Grade 1 students are responsible for the stewardship of our ACE Spaces. They’re doing a great job!

*Flag Football 4:15-5:15 Grades 2-5 Limit 14

Learn the basics of flag football as we use the official belts, flags and rules of the game. Novice and experienced players are welcome. Mr. Vinny and Ms. Angela will officiate this fast moving game on Mr. Rocky’s Field. No experience necessary. Focus is on movement and game play. 

Gym Games:  5:15-6:00 Grades 2-5  Limit 20

Recreational games in the gym. These games are always active and appropriate for all levels of abilities. Ms. Angela and Mr. Vinny officiate.

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

Chessmaster Saudin Robovic’s team of Katia 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 1-5 Limit 12

The renowned Alexis returns to bring theatre to our Lower School 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.

*STEM: Aviation 4:00 to 5:00 Grades 3-5 Limit 12

Do you love flying machines- airplanes, gliders, helicopters, slingshots? Learn principles of aviation and the science of flight in this STEM program. You will build and actually fly our high-soaring models. How far will yours go? How high will it climb? Why does it fly? Spring is the perfect time for even more flying fun. It’s STEM! Build it! Fly it! Keep it!

Snacktivities 4:15-5:15 Grades K-5 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) 4:30-5:30 Grades 3-8 Limit 20

This program is 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:

*Podcasting 3:15-4:15 Grades 3-5   Limit 12

Fresh from managing Fordham University radio’s podcasts, Mr. Vinny DeBellis is teaming up with writing teacher Nadine Taylor to bring podcasting to D-E’s Lower School. Working in teams, Ms.Taylor will teach students to develop scripts while Mr. Vinny teaches basic podcasting editing techniques. Students will rotate through both teachers to create a full podcasting experience. We hope to post a podcast on our LS website!

Sports of All Sorts! 4:15-5:15 K – Grade 2 Limit 16

Graduate and former Dwight-Englewood basketball star Vinny DeBellis teams up with Senior Sergio Torres, the D-E soccer phenom,  to bring their love of sports to our students. Each class will consist of a short skills lesson, followed by an organized modified game. This is a co-ed activity for all skill levels.

Senora’s Latin Dance Party 3:30-4:30 Grades 1-5 Limit 20

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!