After School Programs

Our after school programs provide a wide variety of opportunities for students in Grades Junior PreKindergarten - 4. After School Programs are available Monday through Thursday until 6:00 p.m. and Fridays until 5:00 p.m. With fall and spring registrations, parents can tailor their children's participation in CAT/Homework Club or in our After School Classes to suit the family schedule.

CAT/Homework Club --
Children’s After School Time (CAT) is an optional program designed to help parents meet their childcare needs and is available Monday through Friday to students in Grades Junior PreKindergarten - 4. CAT provides a safe, relaxed environment where students can make friends of different ages and participate in engaging and unique activities. Homework Club is offered on Mondays and Wednesdays as part of the CAT program. Students enrolled in Homework Club, are given support and structure in completing their homework assignments.

After School Classes --
Each semester, RCS offers a variety of optional after school classes taught by our Lower Campus faculty including:

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  • Animal Kingdom

    Animal Kingdom is a class for all animal lovers! Students will learn all about wildlife, habitats, conservation, life cycles, and much more. The class investigates vertebrates, such as mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. Students will also learn about invertebrates such as arthopods, focusing on insects, spiders, and crustaceans. Don't miss out on all of the fun with Ms. Malekzadeh, learning and creating arts/crafts and games.

    Grades K - 1
    Thursdays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.


  • Book Club

    Students in Kindergarten and Grade 1 will listen to and discuss books in an informal setting with Ms. Thivierge. The books will come to life through group discussions, arts and crafts, and web-based activities. Book Club offers children the opportunity to turn reading into a social activity, which encourages them to keep reading!

    Grades K -
    1
    Tuesdays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

  • Chess

    Chess opens a child’s eyes to his or her intellectual power. Young players learn to plan logically, anticipate consequences, calculate advantages, and persist in finding the right move – problem-solving skills that apply to every academic subject. Students will learn the the moves and rules of chess, algabraic notation, and patterns of checkmate. They will receive an introduction to the basic strategic fundamentals of the game. They will play supervised games and practice the art of checkmate on diagrams tailored to the younger player.

    Chess classes are taught by Damian Donovan, who has worked with the RCS community since 1999.

    Senior PreKindergarten
    Mondays | 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
    *Begins October 17

    Kindergarten
    Fridays | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

    Grades 1 - 4
    Mondays | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
     
  • Clay

    Clay is the way! If you love getting your hands dirty and having fun creating, then come and play with clay with Ms. Giorgi. Students will have an awesome time making all different kinds of functional and sculptural ceramic art!

    Grade 4
    Tuesdays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Cooking SPK & K

    Our little chefs use a variety of kitchen tools from the standing mixer to
    rolling pins to blenders and more to whip up a vegetarian, nut-free treat
    each class! This is a highly interactive and hands-on class that delights
    the senses. For example, children crack eggs, sift and whisk flours, knead
    dough, smell a variety of scents, measure ingredients, and pulse the
    food processor.

    We taste what we prepare during class and also bring a sample home to
    share. You’ll be impressed at how much children absorb about cooking
    and baking and touched by how proud they are to tell you about it.

    Senior PreKindergarten
    Tuesdays | 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

    *Begins October 11

    Kindergarten
    Tuesdays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

    *Begins October 11
  • Crafty Kids

    Do you love arts and crafts? Then you must be a Crafty Kid! Join Ms. Giorgi and Ms. Malekzadeh for Crafty Kids on Monday afternoons. Students will be creating crafts they can display at home, wear, and even use every day. Jewelry, magnet art, beading, and tie-dye art are just a few of the fun things you’ll get to try!

    Grades K - 2
    Mondays
     | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

  • Creative Writing

    The art of creative writing requires learning how to craft memorable characters with vivid details to tell a compelling story. Working with Ms. Hicks, students will create wonderful stories directly from their imaginations. After perfecting the stories, students will have a celebration where they share the final products with friends and family members at a traditional style author’s tea!

    Grades 2 - 4
    Thursdays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.


  • CrossFit Kids

    Do you want to be physically fit without the competition of playing on a team? Then CrossFit Kids is for you. You’ll learn how to properly perform burpees, planks, and sit-ups, and find out what an oompa lumpa is (besides a character in a movie) and how to do it. You can do this all while having fun and playing games with your friends. Don’t worry, parents, there will be not be any moving of big tires.

    Grades 2 - 3
    Tuesdays | 3:45 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Digital Photography

    Taught by Ms. Malekzadeh, this class will help students become well-rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography. Four areas of instruction will be emphasized: how cameras work, creating good compositions, understanding lighting, and hands-on practice using photo-editing software. The students will go around school and outside to take photos based on what they are learning in class. The classroom instruction will include demonstrations, reviewing photos students took in the previous classes, and seeing examples of what makes a successful photo. Each student must provide his or her own digital camera.

    Grades 3 - 4
    Tuesdays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.


  • Drama 1 & 2

    Join Ms. Goodman for drama and improv games. Students will learn various theatrical techniques, build their teamwork skills, and have fun all at the same time! The best part is that the program will culminate in a play!

    Grades 1 - 2
    Wednesdays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Drama 3 & 4

    Children are naturals at acting and playing make-believe; their threshold for suspending disbelief is wonderfully low and their imagination is alive. In this class we capitalize on this quality and strengthen each student's creative expression. We will play theater games focusing on the actor's instrument: voice, movement, imagination, and the five senses. We will read stories and act them out. Taught by Leah Henzler, this class is about communicating through play and having fun in a safe and supportive environment. Actors please come in clothes that you can move around in and get ready to have fun!

    About Leah Henzler: The key element in Ms. Henzler's teaching approach is creating a safe and playful environment where students discover their unique potential through hand-tailored theater exercises. Ms. Henzler has taught students from PreKindergarten to adult, as well as professionals, for eighteen years.

    Ms. Henzler worked at Whirlwind Performance Company in Chicago before moving back to NYC in 1999. She has an MFA in acting from Columbia University and has worked at the Chapin School, Convent of the Sacred Heart, the Brearly School, and Columbia Prep.


    Grades 3 - 4
    Thursdays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.


  • Engineering Club

    Are you interested in engineering and excited to build? This club is for you! Each week, students will learn what engineers do, how they help people, the materials they use, and important aspects of structures. Students will use the engineering design process to plan, create, test, and imporve many different challenges. Projects may include: bridges, domes, houses, circuits, water filters, solar ovens, machines, parachutes, and windmills. Come ready to think outside the box, work in teams, and have fun with Mr. Karr.

    Grades 3 - 4
    Wednesdays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Exploring Animation

    Exploring Animation will introduce students to a unique style of collaborative storytelling using stop motion animation. Students will experiment with character drawings, Legos and sculpture, set building, sound recording, and iStop Motion software. This class is a great introduction to the art of storytelling with an interest in various mediums. The class is taught by Ms. Lobsinger, an independent film maker who has spent the last five years mastering the craft. 

    Grades 3 - 4
    Thursdays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.


  • Hip Hop

    Hip Hop is a fast growing, in-demand discipline of dance among male and female children; it combines a fast paced rhythm and fun dance steps. Ms. Duffy will introduce children to the fundamentals including the technique of popping and locking. The basis of the class will be creative movement, with an emphasis placed upon rhythm and choreography. Each class will begin with stretching and will focus on rhythmic movement to musical beats.

    Grades 1 - 2
    Wednesdays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

    Grades 3 - 4
    Thursdays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

  • Intro to Sports for Kindergarten Students

    In this introduction to sports, Kindergarteners learn the basic skills of various sports including basketball, soccer, kickball, tag, and other team games. Children will also learn the importance of playing as a team, supporting each other, and sportsmanship. Taught by Mr. Kubera, the most important part of this introductory class is having fun!

    Kindergarten
    Tuesdays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.


  • Lego Builders

    Got bricks? Calling all Lego enthusiasts! Lego Builders gives children the opportunity to build the projects of their dreams with Ms. Tarbell-Littman. Create everything from fantastical worlds to bridges to racecars. All you need is your imagination to build strong, tall, or wild creations.

    Grades K - 2
    Wednesdays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.


  • Nature/Garden Club

    This club is for all adventure seekers, creature collectors, fort builders, and kids who love to have fun outside! Mr. Karr will lead students in the exploration, appreciation, and understanding of the natural world all around the RCS Lower Campus while playing games and going on adventures. Through hands-on, interactive learning children will gain skills, learn about the local environment, and have fun with Mr. Karr!

    Grades 2 - 4
    Mondays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

  • RCS Runners

    RCS Runners is an excellent opportunity for children to meet new friends, understand the importance of fitness, and most importantly, enjoy running. Each week, Ms. Coyle will lead children on runs around the fields on the Lower Campus. There will be provisions for indoor running during inclement weather.

    RCS Runners is offered in affiliation with Northern Westchester Hospital's Get Physical! Running Club program.

    Grades 1 - 4
    Mondays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    *September 19 - November 14


  • Sew Happy

    Sew Happy is a new after school Class at RCS. Kids will learn a wonderful life skill in addition to being a proud owner of beautiful projects they will complete. This class teaches hand sewing using fun colored fabrics and embroidery floss. We believe at Sew Happy that kids benefit from sewing in many ways. It is great for hand/eye coordination, fine motor skills, and math (!) - it may even steer them away from their gadgets!

    Grades 2 - 3
    Tuesdays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

  • Sports & Games

    Do you enjoy playing basketball, soccer, and steal the bacon? If you like athletics and teamwork, then Sports and Games with Mr. Kubera is for you! Children will get to play some of their favorite games with their peers and discover some new ones as well.

    Grades 1 - 3
    Thursdays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

  • Violin

    Come learn how to play beautiful music! Ms. Zades will teach children the best of the Suzuki method with traditional western violin techniques. Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, the legendary master, developed this method of teaching stringed instruments to children. This method allows rapid development for children and flexible participation for the parents. At the end of the session, children will be able to showcase their talents for the whole school.

    Grades 1 - 4
    Mondays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    Wednesdays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.


  • What's Cooking

    Young chefs will have the opportunity to create and savor a variety of delicious dishes. Your child may also have the opportunity plant the vegetables that will be used for cooking in this class. Children will strengthen their cooking, reading, and math skills while following several different recipes.

    Grades 1 - 3
    Thursdays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
     

Questions? Contact:

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  • Christine LaRegina 

    Director of CAT and After School Classes
    (914) 244-1226