After School

Early Learning

After School Overview

The After School Program has a continued focus on the values of Rodeph Sholom School. In our ever growing and changing programs we strive to promote a sense of community and responsibility towards others. Current offerings include, but are not limited to, the areas of chess, STEM-based classes, political studies, literacy, math, hebrew, geography, play-based learning, sports and many opportunities for teamwork and community connection. We aim to create programs that are harmonious with Rodeph Sholom School’s curriculum during extended hours while taking the chance to offer a variety of unique opportunities and exposure to areas that might not be available in the daily school curriculum.

Community and Learning Extended Day

We are proud of our Community and Learning Extended Day programs which allow students in Threes through 6th Grade, to stay as late as 6:00pm on Monday through Thursday and 5:00pm on Friday. In this program, students have the opportunity to engage in activities, clubs, and play, and when appropriate, have the opportunity to work on their homework. This extended program can start as early as the school day ends, or can be added on to the end of the enrichment programs below.

After School Campground and Outdoor Sports

Campground and Outdoor Sports gives students the opportunity to engage in different outdoor activities after the regular school day. This ten-week session will take place Monday through Thursday, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.

Friday Fun

Friday Fun is a program designed for students in Pre-K-8th Grade to sign up for one week classes or programs. They are designed to be centered around community building and structured social activities with classmates. Each week, students will have a choice of 2-3 programs to enroll in each week.

Enrichment Programs

In addition to offering Community and Learning Extended Day, Campground, and Outdoor Sports we also have a wide variety of enrichment classes offered on Monday through Thursday directly after school. We offer a mix of indoor and outdoor programming. Click below to see the wide variety of offerings we have for Winter 2022!

Threes Enrichment

Threes Enrichment

Chess with Dmitri Shevelev

Dmitri Shevelev welcomes you to the world of chess. Chess helps your child develop important skills, including critical thinking, decision-making, logistics, math skills and creativity. Our program teaches your child to win with respect and lose with dignity. Chess is a miniature model of our world – its rules and techniques teach important lessons.

Move Your Body – An Art Class with Private Picassos

Budding artists in this class will use their whole body to make art! We’ll create life-size silhouettes, capturing our bodies in motion, drawings with our feet and other non-traditional projects. This class is perfect for an active artist!  

Soccer with Juventus NYC

Additional information about Soccer with Juventus Academy can be found here

Cooking with Tastebuds Kitchen

Calling all chefs! Join us for a skill-based culinary program designed for young chefs to chop, mix, swirl and cook their way to a new culinary masterpiece each week. With a focus on exciting culinary techniques, fresh flavors, and activities paired with expert instruction, this class delivers the perfect recipe for hands-on learning and fun while nurturing an essential life skill. Let’s get cooking!

Martial Arts with Tiger Strong

The Tiger Strong Program builds the fundamentals of self-defense and advances the mental and physical capabilities of each student. Our classes are taught in a fun, non-competitive environment. Children learn and focus on goal setting, self – esteem, respect and discipline. Classes are designed to learn new skills, have fun, and become knowledgeable not only in self-defense, but in the lessons of life.

Tennis Academy with Tennis Innovators

Tennis Innovators will focus on developing hand-eye coordination and the basic building blocks for a strong technical foundation in tennis through a variety of drills, games and cooperative team challenges. Your player will move, jump, throw, run and wiggle to perfect tennis strokes and begin developing an understanding of sending/receiving and tracking of the ball. 

Get Messy! Get Moving! with Marissa Kane

In this class we’ll use our bodies and hands to explore different activities. Each session will have two activities involved, one messy activity to explore sensory materials like water beads, slime, shaving cream and more and one active activity like obstacle courses, balance beams and more! Come ready to have fun and dive into the mess!

Music and Movement with Broadway Bound Kids

This exciting class is an interactive journey of song and dance to introduce young students to the performing arts. Children explore movement in a fun and supported environment, learning about their bodies, the space around them, and their relationship to the world. Adding music to the mix develops verbal, auditory, and social skills, increases sensory awareness, and helps make this class a major crowd pleaser!

Let’s Go on an Adventure! With Private Picassos

We’ll go on a magical adventure to real and imaginary places! We’ll create maps to hidden treasure, design a rocket to travel to Mars, build our own globes and much more!

Friday Explorers with Yerga Elias

Rodeph Sholom School teacher Yerga Elias will be taking our Threes on fun explorations of different activities in both Central Park when the weather allows (hopefully we can at least one week to go sledding) and the school building. Students will have opportunities to be active, do art projects, and go on fun imaginative journeys.

Pre-K and Kindergarten Enrichment

Pre-K and Kindergarten Enrichment

Chess with Dmitri Shevelev

Dmitri Shevelev welcomes you to the world of chess. Chess helps your child develop important skills, including critical thinking, decision-making, logistics, math skills and creativity. Our program teaches your child to win with respect and lose with dignity. Chess is a miniature model of our world, its rules and techniques teach important lessons.

Gymnastics with Coach Christy

ECD’s own Coach Christy is ready to inspire new and experienced gymnasts alike! Aspiring gymnasts are introduced to scaled-down versions of Olympic gymnastics equipment. Simple gymnastics skills and terminology are introduced. Children who have some gymnastics experience already  are also welcome and will participate in structured gymnastics activities as well. Stations are used to learn new skills and reinforce previous ones. Gymnasts of all levels will focus on  exercises and activities that help develop strength, balance, and flexibility. Everybody will leave each class smiling and confident! 

Travel Time! with Ryan Allais

Pack your bags, buckle your seatbelt and let’s go traveling! In this after school program children will be going on adventures all around the world all while remaining in the school building. Rodeph Sholom School teacher will be taking our young explorers around the world through crafts, dramatic play and other activities. The students will be learning about cultures and places all around the World!

Science with Debbie Semmel

Come join Rodeph Sholom School’s teacher, Debbie Semmel, in exploring as young scientists. In our after school lab we will discover everything the science world has to offer us as learners, explorers, and keen observers. We will be doing interactive activities and come home bursting with excitement to share what we learned. We can’t wait to bring our scientific eyes, ears, and hands to immerse ourselves in all of the fun!

Soccer with Juventus NYC

Additional information about Soccer with Juventus Academy can be found here!

Cooking with Tastebuds Kitchen

Calling all chefs! Join us for a skill-based culinary program designed for young chefs to chop, mix, swirl and cook their way to a new culinary masterpiece each week. With a focus on exciting culinary techniques, fresh flavors, and activities paired with expert instruction, this class delivers the perfect recipe for hands-on learning and fun while nurturing an essential life skill. Let’s get cooking!

Yoga and Mindfulness with Lianne Bassin – Wednesdays

Yoga is a wellness-centered after school offering for students of all ages and levels of yoga experience. In Yoga, we learn about mindfulness concepts and the physical practice of yoga, also known as asana. We practice different styles of yoga with a focus on building strength and flexibility while relaxing and linking movement with the breath. In addition, we have the opportunity to form strong peer relationships and develop social-emotional skills through yoga games and community poses. During each class we will also do a mindfulness based project, tying our theme of the day into  something tangible. This class introduces children to a healthy activity that is non-competitive and non-judgemental, yet still fun and challenging!

Martial Arts with Tiger Strong

The Tiger Strong Program builds the fundamentals of self-defense and advances the mental and physical capabilities of each student. Our classes are taught in a fun, non-competitive environment. Children learn and focus on goal setting, self – esteem, respect and discipline. Classes are designed to learn new skills, have fun, and become knowledgeable not only in self-defense, but in the lessons of life.

Music and Movement with Broadway Bound Kids

This exciting class is an interactive journey of song and dance to introduce young students to the performing arts. Children explore movement in a fun and supported environment, learning about their bodies, the space around them, and their relationship to the world.  Adding music to the mix develops verbal, auditory, and social skills, increases sensory awareness, and helps make this class a major crowd pleaser!

Clay Modeling with Clay World

Clay World explores Character Design. Students will use their creativity, fine motor skills and artistic capabilities. Monsters, fairies, animals, backdrops and all sorts of creatures will be built to create a Clay World. Different techniques will be used such as pointillism, spreads, and textured clay. “Sculpting lets children and adults express their feelings and creativity in a magical manner, even more if this is carried out with such a playful material such as clay.”

Colorful, Creative Cars with Private Picassos

Calling all Lighting McQueen fans! Join us for this fun class, where we’ll make our own trains, planes and automobiles. We’ll build, sculpt, glue and paint our own modes of transportation in this weekly class!

Aerobic Beats with Christy Daproza and Ryan Allais

In this fun class with Rodeph Sholom School coach Christy Daproza and teacher Ryan Allais students will be both moving and exploring percussion simultaneously. They will use buckets, exercise balls, and drumsticks to be active, make music, and dance. Come in clothes that you can be active in!

Let’s Go on an Adventure! With Private Picassos

We’ll go on a magical adventure to real and imaginary places! We’ll create maps to hidden treasure, design a rocket to travel to Mars, build our own globes and much more!

Elementary Enrichment

Elementary Enrichment

Theater with Sam and Max

Working with the ever energetic Rodeph Sholom School teachers, Samantha Schiffman and Max Joseph, students will have a blast in this class. The program is a process-oriented experience in which students rehearse and perform a scripted play. Whether they do a play or a musical depends on enrollment. Students in this class will learn the basics of stagecraft, self discipline and the importance of hard work, creativity and imaginative play, listening and observation skills, and self confidence. Our students enjoy the rewards that come with working together to achieve a common goal.

Architecture and Design with ARDE

Do you want to build on a grand scale? Mega tall skyscrapers up to the ceiling, a bridge as long as your classroom or a watchtower for your favorite superhero are among the structures you are going to erect in this class. Besides the largest projects in the Afterschool world, you will build furniture, create a 3D scale model of your dream house, design a street facade and even produce a master plan of a city where you, your family and friends could live. The graduates of the class will learn exciting terms and concepts such as classical Vitruvian principles, light & shadow, aesthetics, texture, composition, visual & spatial thinking, balance, scale and much more. Please note: 1st and 2nd graders will have a separate class than the 3rd and 4th graders.

Ice Skating with Loop Sports

Loop Sports for Kids will be offering ice skating for Rodeph Sholom School on Mondays from January 10 – March 14. We pick up in D.O.T. certified buses from school at dismissal and head to Chelsea Piers Sky Rink to ice skate. Every child is given a half an hour dedicated lesson by their ice skating coach and then able to practice what they just learned during a free skate period. The free skate period is also supervised by their ice skating coaches. We are off the ice by 5pm. The children will then have a snack and go back on the school bus to be at school by 6pm. We provide ice skates and a helmet if your child does not have one.

Theater Dance with Broadway Bound Kids

Ever heard of the term triple-threat?! This fun dance class explores the dance skills needed to be one! Students will learn fundamental techniques and will work on strength,  flexibility, and expression all through the lens of the musical theater style.  The class and teacher will create original choreography, and focus on exciting story-telling through movement.

Basketball with Coach Christy & Coach Anthony

Rodeph Sholom School’s own Coach Christy & Coach Anthony will be leading a program for our aspiring future NBA players and those new to the sport at the same time! Their coaching will combine skills instruction with organized team competition and team building with the goal of providing an fun experience filled with learning. Players will work on improving their individual skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, defending, and rebounding while, at the same time, building their sense of teamwork. Players of all skill levels are encouraged to join. 

Mythical Creatures with Private Picassos

Unicorns, dragons, even Pikachu will be regulars in this whimsical class! We’ll create 2 and 3 D creatures, getting inspiration from books, artists and our own imagination.

Yoga and Movement Games with Meri Fine

Join Rodeph Sholom School teacher Meri Fine in this fun and relaxing class. Each week we will explore a theme for our yoga poses and play fun, mindful games. We will learn breathing exercises and practice mindfulness, meditation and relaxation. All of which is taught in an accessible and fun way.

Music & Art with Private Picassos

Jazz, rock, folk, classical – just a few of the music genres we’ll explore through art in this class! We’ll work on jazz-inspired finger paintings, mark-making to the beat of rock n roll and much more! We’ll also learn about different artists who use music as their muse.

Clay Modeling with Clay World

Clay World explores Character Design. Students will use their creativity, fine motor skills and artistic capabilities. Monsters, fairies, animals, backdrops and all sorts of creatures will be built to create a Clay World. Different techniques will be used such as pointillism, spreads, and textured clay. “Sculpting lets children and adults express their feelings and creativity in a magical manner, even more if this is carried out with such a playful material such as clay.”

Once Upon a Time… with Broadway Bound Kids

Combining elements of improv, storytelling, and theatre, this class leads students on an adventure to develop a story from their own imaginations! Mythical creatures, far-off landscapes, and anything the class dreams up can have a starring role. Students will hone their actor toolboxes, explore original characters, and work together as an ensemble to create a world-premiere, never-before-seen piece of theater!

Photography with Art of Intuitive Photography

Learn how a camera works and take better photos than your parents! In our photography classes you will learn how to use a camera in manual mode, how to take more creative images by understanding composition and perspective and create a slideshow of your favorite photos. Classes will be a mix of indoors and outdoors taught by photographer Mindy Veissid

Chess with Dmitri Shevelev

Dmitri Shevelev welcomes you to the world of chess. Chess helps your child develop important skills, including critical thinking, decision-making, logistics, math skills and creativity. Our program teaches your child to win with respect and lose with dignity. Chess is a miniature model of our world, its rules and techniques teach important lessons.

Soccer with Juventus NYC

Additional information about Soccer with Juventus Academy can be found here!

Character Creation with Take 2 Film Academy

Develop characters using yourself or inanimate objects, and work with your fellow classmates to create original stories that you and your Teaching Artist will shoot and edit!

Animation with Take 2 Film Academy

In this class students will learn stop motion, rotoscoping and pixilation techniques to create short animated videos. Over the course of the term students will get to make animations with clay, Legos and puppets that will embark on original stories they write, shoot and edit!

Contemporary Kids with Private Picassos

Kids will discover the artwork of contemporary artists, including Kehinde Wiley, Takashi Murakami, Orly Genger, Sun Kwak and other visual artists. We’ll discuss their methods and materials and then create our own artwork inspired by their creations.

Improv with Broadway Bound Kids

Can you imagine your student on the show, “Whose Line is it Anyway”? This fun and exploratory improv class is perfect for students of all levels! Students learn to think on their feet, develop confidence in their own creativity, and find their inner comedian. Teaching artists will guide the class to explore their imaginations, develop storytelling skills, increase stage presence, and have fun!

Zip, Zap, Zoom: Comics for Kids with Private Picassos

Budding comic artists and enthusiasts will learn the basics to create their own comic book through hands-on activities and explorations of contemporary comic artists.

Middle School Enrichment

Middle School Enrichment

Debate Club with Saïd Lasrifi

Join Rodeph Sholom School’s Saïd Lasrifi, Middle School teacher, for the continuation of the Rodeph Sholom Middle School Debate Club Team! The debate club is a great place for students to explore the art of “organized arguing.” Students in debate club tend to enjoy discussing current issues and if they don’t already have a strong voice and good presentation skills, they will learn these abilities in a fun, safe club environment. Students learn to create factual/logical, ethical and emotional arguments to persuade others in the club that their “side” is correct.

Open Creation Lab with Jack Snyder

Mr. Snyder will be opening the Rodeph Sholom School Creation Lab every Monday afternoon. During this open exploration time, students will have the opportunity to tinker, design, ideate, prototype, engineer and more. They will work on their Creation Lab skills and continue to get familiar with the technology and tools available in the lab. Students will have a chance to work on their own ideas for projects, follow along with some projects with Mr. Snyder, or just tinker around with materials and tools. The sky’s the limit for what they can create!

Let’s Print with Private Picassos

We’ll explore all kinds of printmaking methods in this fun and messy class! Think relief printmaking, collagraph stamps and monoprints. We’ll explore on paper, tote bags, and t-shirts!

Singers and Songwriters with Broadway Bound Kids

Does your student dream of becoming the next Alicia Keys or Ed Sheeran? In Singers and Songwriters, students learn the mechanics of writing lyrics and melodies, and will discover how to tell a story through music. As a culminating project, the class will write and record their very own original tune for you to keep forever!

Special Effects with Take 2 Film Academy

Transport yourself anywhere in the world with a green screen, then add lasers and explosions! We’ll even learn how to create our own effects using techniques from masters of their craft.

Middle School Craft Club with Elisheva Gould

Calling all crafty kids! If you like the idea of unwinding after a long day of middle school by hanging out in a relaxed environment, doing fun original arts & crafts projects, and learning new skills with your own two hands, Craft Club is the perfect place for you. We’ll be channeling our inner summer camp counselor and camper creativity and using materials like lanyard, embroidery and macrame string, origami paper, pastels and watercolors, and more. No prior camping or crafting experience needed, just a willingness to learn, share, try new techniques, and have a great time!

World Cafe with Luisa Rosas

Come travel the World on a culinary adventure with Dr. Rosas! We’ll have a delectable experience while exploring world cultures and languages. Come ready to be creative, the class will culminate in a shared experience we’ll invite our families to that celebrates the food and cultures we experienced throughout our journey this trimester!

Women in Art and/or Bookmaking with Private Picassos

In this class students will have the opportunity to choose whether they want to focus on bookmaking or learning about women in art:

  • Students who choose Women in Art will explore female and non-binary artists, past and present, in this class! Think Elizabeth Catlett-inspired printmaking, Leonora Carrington-inspired mythical creatures, Ursula Von Rydingsvard-inspired wood sculptures and Christa David-inspired collages.
  • Students who choose Bookmaking will explore traditional and non-traditional bookmaking techniques in this hands-on class. Projects include accordion books, hand-sewn bookbinding, chimera mix & match books and much more!

Hip Hop with Broadway Bound Kids

It’s time to get your funk on: Join us for our Hip Hop class! Students in this energetic class will learn the slickest of moves, drawing inspiration from classic Hip Hop, Street Jazz and Funk. This class explores rhythm, syncopation, and coordination, and includes fun but challenging choreography. In Hip Hop, all are invited to express themselves!

Music

The After School Music Program provides an opportunity for students to learn how to play an instrument from some of the city’s finest professional musicians, in a convenient and noncompetitive environment. One out of every four students in 2nd through 8th Grade participate in this music program. The Advanced Band serves Middle School student-musicians who have one or more years of experience on wind or percussion instruments. The group builds essentials of musicianship through weekly rehearsals that include technique, intonation, music-reading, ensemble-playing, and general teamwork. Advanced Band takes place during the school day, whereas the remainder of the music programs take place after school. These programs include beginning, intermediate, and advanced String Ensemble, and private lessons.

Middle School Athletics

The goal of the athletics program is to foster the students’ enjoyment of competitive sports through teaching sportsmanship, individual skills, and understanding of rules and team strategies.

Athletics at the 5th/6th grade level stresses teamwork, participation and fundamental skill development, which lead into a 7th/8th grade program that is significantly more competitive and physically rigorous, but where fundamental skills are still the primary goal.

Programs offered include:

Volleyball, Soccer, Cross Country, Basketball, Baseball, Track and Field, and Tennis

Middle School Drama

The After School Drama Program consists of one musical production per year and exists to support Middle School students’ interest in the performing arts. Providing students with performance opportunities, the program builds confidence and self-esteem, while teaching the value of teamwork and personal responsibility. The program also strives to provide an outlet for students to reach success outside of an academic setting. The musical production will culminate in a performance for students during the school day and a performance in the evening for the public.