Winter 2020 Schedule & Descriptions

Preschool  3 – Kindergarten

Monday, January 6 – Friday, March 20, 2020

*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
Science Biographies

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

3:15-4:15 Animal Visit from Flat Rock

3:30-4:00
Bulldogs in Motion!

Preschool 4

3:30-4:00
Music & Movement

4:15-5:00
Science Biographies

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

3:15-4:15 Animal Visit from Flat Rock

3:30-4:00
Bulldogs in Motion!

Kindergarten

3:30-4:00
Music & Movement

4:15-5:00
Science Biographies

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

3:15-4:15 Animal Visit from Flat Rock

3:30-4:00
Bulldogs in Motion!

Days in

Term 2

Red=No class

January

6,13,20,27

February

3,10,17,24

March

2,9,16

January

7,14,21,28

February

4,11,18,25

March

3,10,17

January

8,15,22,29

February

5,12,19,26

March

4,11,18

January

9,16,23,30

February

6,13,20,27

March

5,12,19

January

10,17,24,31

February

7,14,21,28

March

6,13,20

Total days

AfterCare:

9

10

11

11

10

Enrichment:

9

10

10

9

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 (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!

Science Biographies: (for all Clubhouse participants)

Scientists are interesting people! Ms. Katharine introduces students to a new scientist 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: Net Generation: Peak Performance  Pre-3 – 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. 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 (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 (3:15-4:00)  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)  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 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 continue with 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) 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:

*Animal Visit from Flat Rock (3:15-4:15)Pre-3 – Kindergarten: 60 minutes  (3:15-4:15) Limit: 25

Flat Rock Brook Nature Center’s Outreach programs are lessons about nature brought to our campus. Animal ambassadors include; mammals, reptiles and raptors, such as the Great Horned Owl, Kestrel, Red Tailed Hawks and

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!

Grades 1-5

Monday, January 6 – Friday, March 20, 2020

*Classes noted in bold indicate an Enrichment Class.Download

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Grade 1

3:15-3:45
Homework Club

3:45-4:15
Pre-Team Sports

4:15-4:45 Yoga

4:15-5:15 Studio Art!

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

4:00-5:00 Robo-Coding Playground

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

4:15-5:15 Snacktivities

4:15-5:15
Kidz Theater

3:00-5:00
Clubhouse Crafts

3:15-4:15 Animal Visit from Flat Rock

Grade 2

3:15-3:45
Homework Club

3:45-4:15
Pre-Team Sports

4:15-4:45 Yoga

4:15-5:15 Studio Art!

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

4:00-5:00 Robo-Coding Playground

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
Field Games

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

3:00-5:00
Clubhouse Crafts

3:15-4:15 Animal Visit from Flat Rock

4:15-5:15
Basketball Basics

Grade 3

3:15-4:15
Homework Club

4:15-4:45 Yoga

4:15-5:15 Studio Art!

3:15-4:15
Homework Club

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
Field Games

5:15-6:00
Gym Games

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

4:00-5:00
RoboCoding 2.0

4:15-5:15
Kidz Theater

4:15-5:15 Snacktivities

4:30-5:30
DFA Fencing

3:00-5:00
Clubhouse Crafts

4:15-5:15
Basketball Basics

3:30-4:30 Senora’s Latin Dance Party

Grade 4

3:15-4:15
Homework Club

4:15-4:45 Yoga

4:15-5:15
Basketball Intramurals

4:15-5:15
Global PenPals

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

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
Field Games

5:15-6:00
Gym Games

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

4:00-5:00
RoboCoding 2.0

4:15 Snacktivities

4:15-5:15
Kidz Theater

4:30-5:30
DFA Fencing

3:00-5:00
Clubhouse Crafts

3:30-4:30 Senora’s Latin Dance Party

3:15-4:15 Podcasting

Grade 5

3:15-4:15
Homework Club

4:15-4:45 Yoga

4:15-5:15
Basketball Intramurals

4:15-5:15
Global PenPals

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

4:15-5:15
Kidz Theater

4:30-5:30
DFA Fencing

3:00-5:00
Clubhouse Crafts

3:30-4:30 Senora’s Latin Dance Party

3:15-4:15 Podcasting

Days in

Term 2

Red=No class

Jan

6,13, 20, 27

Feb

3,10,17,24

March

2,9,16

Jan

7,14,21,28

Feb

4,11,18,25

March

3,10,17

Jan

8,15,22,29

Feb

5,12,19,26

March

4,11,18

Jan

9,16,23,30

Feb

6,13,20,27

March

5,12,19

Jan

10,17,24,31

Feb

7,14,21,28

March

6,13,20

Total days

AfterCare:

9

10

11

11

10

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:

Pre-Team Sports  (3:45-4:15) 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! This is active fun by our favorite coach and physical education teacher, Kim Franco. Students can then warm down in Yoga, or head over to Art! 

Yoga! (4:15-4:45) Grades 1-2 Limit 20 (for all Clubhouse participants)

After 30 minutes of Pre-Team sports, 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.

*Studio Art (and Cartooning!) (4:15-5:15) Grades 1-3 (Limit 10)

Create art! The possibilities are endless! You might choose to work on cartooning with expressions, or form drawings from observation, or simply  work with your expansive imagination!  We will practice The Elements of Art: Line, Shape, Color, Value, Texture, Form and Space. Like athletes moving through warm-ups and exercises, our art students will learn and explore each Element through exercises and projects that will inform their work and “stretch” their skills while doing so.  This course will be taught by Mrs. Lydia Scrivanich, one of our own art faculty members.

*Global PenPals (4:15-5:15) Grades 4-5 (Limit 12)

D-E is a member of this international organization and it starts when we pick a topic (Fake News, Protecting the Planet, Holidays and Festivals – and much more!). Then, we will tackle the topic by partnering with our international colleagues from schools around the world and digitally connect to students around the globe. 

*Basketball Intramurals (4:15-5:15) Grades 4-5 (Limit 20)

Graduate and former Dwight-Englewood basketball star Vinny DeBellis teams up with educator Kim Franco to bring basketball to Grades 4-5. Each class will consist of a short skills lesson, followed by an organized scrimmage. This is a co-ed activity for all skill levels.

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 Exploration Station! Grade 1  (3:45-4:15)

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!

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 go inside to the gym for recreational play. 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.

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

*Animal Visit from Flat Rock (3:15-4:15) Grades 1-2: 60 minutes  (3:15-4:15) Limit: 25

Flat Rock Brook Nature Center’s Outreach programs are lessons about nature brought to our campus. Animal ambassadors include; mammals, reptiles and raptors, such as the Great Horned Owl, Kestrel, Red Tailed Hawks and Screech Owl. What an amazing immersive learning experience for our animal lovers!

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!

*Basketball Basics (4:15-5:15) Grades 2-3 (Limit 12)

Graduate and former Dwight-Englewood basketball star Vinny DeBellis teams up with educator Kim Franco to bring basketball to Grades 2-3. Each class will consist of skills lesson and practice with modified games. This is a co-ed activity for all skill levels.

*Podcasting (3:15-4:15) Grades 4-5 (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!

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!

Please note the description for basketball basics and the change in time for this class and podcasting. (I had double-booked the instructor.)