AfterSchool@RCS

NEW AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES ADDED FOR GRADES 5-9!
Using academic play as the foundation, AfterSchool@RCS provides exciting opportunities for students to build friendships and explore new interests while helping families meet their childcare needs.

Rippowam Cisqua School offers two after school programs for students:

  • CAT: CAT is after school childcare for students in Junior PreKindergarten - Grade 4. CAT provides a safe, relaxed environment where students make friends of different ages and participate in engaging and unique activities. CAT is available to Lower Campus students Monday through Thursday until 6:00 p.m. and Fridays until 5:00 p.m.

  • After School Classes: After school classes are offered to students in Junior PreKindergarten - Grade 9. After school classes take place at various times and can be paired with CAT or other classes to suit your family’s schedule.

Registration for both programs typically takes place in July/August and November so that parents can tailor their children’s participation. Additional classes may be added throughout the year.

CAT (Junior PreKindergarten - Grade 4)

The 2018-19 fall CAT term begins on September 5 and ends on December 19.

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  • CAT

    CAT provides a safe, relaxed environment where students make friends of different ages and participate in engaging and unique activities. 

    Monday CAT (13 days)
    Session 1 | 12:00-2:00 p.m.
    Session 2 | 2:00-3:30 p.m. 
    Session 3 | 3:30-6:00 p.m. 
     
    Tuesday CAT (15 days)
    Session 1 | 12:00-2:00 p.m.
    Session 2 | 2:00-3:30 p.m. 
    Session 3 | 3:30-6:00 p.m. 
     
    Wednesday CAT (14 days)
    Session 1 | 12:00-2:00 p.m.
    Session 2 | 2:00-3:30 p.m. 
    Session 3 | 3:30-6:00 p.m. 
     
    Thursday CAT (14 days)
    Session 1 | 12:00-2:00 p.m.
    Session 2 | 2:00-3:30 p.m.
    Session 3 | 3:30-6:00 p.m. 
     
    Friday CAT (11 days) 
    Session 1 | 12:00-2:00 p.m.
    Session 2 | 12:00-3:30 p.m.
    Session 3 | 12:00-5:00 p.m. 

After School Classes (Junior PreKindergarten-Grade 4)

2018-19 fall after school classes for students in Junior PreKindergarten - Grade 4 begin on September 11 and end on December 19.

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  • Chess

    Kindergarten-Grade 4

    Learn how to play chess from Program Director Damian Donovan. Mr. Donovan brings over 20 years of chess teaching experience to RCS.
     
    BEGINNERS CHESS (K-GRADE 1)
    Students learn the moves and rules of chess including opening fundamentals, beginner tactics, and simple checkmates. Players can also participate in beginner level chess tournaments.
     
    Day/Time: Fridays, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
    Class Size: 14
     
    INTERMEDIATE CHESS (GRADES 2-4)
    Students will enjoy the classic games of Morphy, Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca, and Alekhine; the period of Soviet domination to Fischer and the champions of today. Players will improve their problem-solving skills, record their games, play on the clock, and when ready, are encouraged to participate in chess tournaments.

    Day/Time: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
    Class Size: 14
  • Coding

    Grades 3-4

    Students are introduced to the logic and problem-solving behind fundamental programming concepts by Mr. Sannicandro. Students learn how to create computer art and interactive games using Scratch, the block-based programming language developed at MIT. Students explore the uses of basic concepts, such as loops and conditionals, and apply them in a project of their choosing. At the end of the course, students share their Scratch creations with their parents and classmates.

    No previous programming skills are required, but students should be comfortable using a computer and managing online and offline files.

    Day/Time: Mondays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Class Size: 10
     
  • Cooking with Mrs. Giorgi

    JPK-Grade 2

    See what’s cooking with Mrs. Giorgi! 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 work the food processor.

    The children will grow food in the vegetable garden. They will taste what they prepare during class and bring a sample home to share. You will be impressed by how much they absorb from cooking and baking, and touched by how proud they are to share their cooking experiences.

    JUNIOR PREKINDERGARTEN*
    Program includes lunch, story, quiet time, and the Cooking class.
    Day/Time: Thursdays, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
    Class Size: 12
    *JPK classes start on October 4. Please bring a bag lunch.
     
    SENIOR PREKINDERGARTEN
    Day/Time: Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
    Class Size: 12

    KINDERGARTEN-GRADE 2
    Day/Time: Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Class Size: 12
     
  • Crafty Kids

    Kindergarten-Grade 2

    Does your child love arts and crafts? Then they must be a Crafty Kid! Ms. Malekzadeh will lead students in creating crafts they can display at home, wear, or use every day. Jewelry, magnet art, beading, and tie-dye art are just a few of the fun things children will try.

    Day/Time: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Class Size: 12

  • Fit Kid Boot Camp - NEW CLASS

    Grades 2-4

    Looking for an action-packed workout class? Try Fit Kid Boot Camp and get ready to sweat with Ms. Weisser! Through different drills, circuits, and activities, children will develop their abilities and endurance while increasing their speed, power, and coordination.
     
    Day/Time: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Class Size: 12

  • Fourth Grade Publishing

    Grade 4

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Students will become reporters, photographers, and designers for the new Lower Campus digital newspaper – The Hoot! Students will gather and share all the latest school news, report on special interest topics, and research the latest trends. Be part of the publishing team. It’s a hoot!

    Day/Time: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Class Size: 10

  • Homework Club

    Grades 2-4

    What better way for your child to get their homework completed than by joining the Homework Club? After a quick snack for added brainpower, the Homework Club will meet in a spacious and airy classroom with several comfortable options for children to choose. Whether they prefer to sit at a table, on comfy cushions, or spread out on a rug, the goal is for them to work on their assignments in a relaxed, quiet learning environment.

    An experienced head teacher will provide guidance and support, assist with organization, and help prioritize assignments. Once homework is completed, students will begin their nightly reading assignment. Once their reading assignment is completed, students can engage in grade level literacy and math skills activities.

    Day/Time: Mondays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Class Size: 12

    Day/Time: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Class Size: 12

    * Please make sure that your child brings a book each time they attend.
  • Jump Start - NEW CLASS

    JPK-SPK

    It’s the perfect time to get your children moving and grooving. Jessica Knopke’s class for preschool aged children will provide movement through individual and group play using activities and games. Class activities will be guided by developmental milestones to enhance children’s gross and fine motor skills, as well as their social-emotional awareness.
     
    JUNIOR PREKINDERGARTEN*
    Program includes lunch, story, free play, quiet time, and the Jump Start class.
    Day/Time: Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
    Class Size: 12
    *JPK classes start on October 2. Please bring a bag lunch.
     
    SENIOR PREKINDERGARTEN
    Day/Time: Tuesdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
    Class Size: 12
     
  • LEGO Robotics

    Kindergarten-Grade 2

    LEGO Robotics includes engineering, creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. We use LEGO Education WeDo kits to design, program, build, and test robots. A few robot projects will include animals eating, creatures walking, and trucks that can carry a heavy load. Students will see how fun coding is and how far their imagination can go!

    SESSION ONE
    Day/Time: Mondays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Class Size: 12

    SESSION TWO
    Day/Time: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Class Size: 12
     
  • LEGO Robotics II

    Grades 3-4

    This LEGO Robotics Club is specially designed for older students who want to have fun while being challenged. Every week students combine engineering, creativity, problem solving, and collaboration to design, build, code, and test many projects. A few activities include: finding how fast a LEGO car can go, testing the strength of structures after an earthquake, and creating a rover that can travel on Mars. The final section of the club will be spent designing and building unique creations.
     
    Day/Time: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Class Size: 12
     
  • RCS Runners

    Grades 3-4

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

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

    Day/Time: Mondays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Class Size: 10
    * Classes start on September 17 and end on November 12.
  • Sports & Games

    Grades 1-4

    Does your child enjoy playing basketball, soccer, and steal the bacon? If so, sign up for Sports and Games with Mr. Jordan and Mr. Sannicandro. Students play some of their favorite games like soccer, flag football, basketball, dodgeball, relay racing, and sharks minnows with their peers. They may even discover a few new games they’ve never tried before!

    GRADES 1-2
    Day/Time: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Class Size: 15
     
    GRADES 3-4
    Day/Time: Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Class Size: 15
     
  • Violin

    Grades 1-4

    Come learn how to play beautiful music! Ms. Zades will teach children the best of the Suzuki method with traditional western violin techniques. Legendary master Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s method enables rapid development for children and flexible participation for the parents. At the end of the session, students will be able to showcase their talents to the whole school.  

    *Violin is a full year commitment. Parents will pay a fall fee and a winter/spring fee.

    SESSION ONE (FALL)
    Day/Time: Mondays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Class Size: 9
     

    SESSION TWO (FALL)
    Day/Time: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Class Size: 9
     
  • Yoga I

    Kindergarten-Grade 1

    Yoga I is taught by Jessica Knopke, a certified children's yoga teacher through Radiant Child Yoga. Jessica is the owner of Lily Pad Yoga and is focused on yoga and mindfulness for children. Sessions are designed to encourage and promote self-confidence, self-awareness, gratitude, focus, kindness, and present-moment awareness.

    Jessica is passionate about bringing strategies to promote emotional and physical well-being into the lives of children, and giving them tools that they can use throughout their lives to handle big emotions and find inner peace. Jessica keeps her classes fun and light-hearted. Every child is accepted for exactly who they are in a nurturing and safe environment.

    Day/Time: Mondays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Class Size: 14
     
  • Yoga II

    Grades 2-4

    Yoga II is taught by Jessica Knopke, a certified children's yoga teacher through Radiant Child Yoga. Jessica is the owner of Lily Pad Yoga  and is focused on yoga and mindfulness for children. Sessions are designed to encourage and promote self-confidence, self-awareness, gratitude, focus, kindness, and present-moment awareness.

    Jessica is passionate about bringing strategies to promote emotional and physical well-being into the lives of children, and giving them tools that they can use throughout their lives to handle big emotions and find inner peace. Jessica keeps her classes fun and light-hearted. Every child is accepted for exactly who they are in a nurturing and safe environment.

    Day/Time: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    Class Size: 14
     

After School Classes (Grades 5-9)

The 2018-19 fall after school classes term begins on October 1 and ends on November 20 except LEGO Robotics, which will start on September 21 and end on November 16. There will be no after school classes on November 1 and November 2 due to Parent Teacher Conferences.

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  • Chess

    CHESS 
    Grades 5-9

    Chess club is for students who want to learn to play chess and play it well. Chess is a 400-year-old game played in every county in the world that is great fun at every level from beginner to professional. Chess teaches concentration, focus, and empathy: the only way to succeed is to see the board from your opponent’s perspective.

    Day/Time: Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
    Class Size: 6-16
    Teacher: Mr. Tepper

    NOTE: Class will NOT meet on Thursday, November 1, due to Parent Teacher Conferences.
  • Clay Club

    CLAY CLUB
    Grades 5-9

    Come play and discover the amazing properties of clay. This wonderful Earth medium has so much to offer in helping to make your functional and sculptural creation ideas come to life. Students will learn classic hand-building techniques and different surface decoration skills that are used to create a variety of ceramic creations.

    Day/Time: Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
    Class Size: 6-10
    Teacher: Mrs. Vincent (Giorgi)
  • French Club

    FRENCH CLUB
    Grades 5-9

    French Club will provide students the opportunity to speak and write primarily in French (regardless of level) and to increase their knowledge and awareness of the French-speaking world. The focus will be on language, current events, art, sports, and history.

    Cross-curricular activities will include the Spanish Club in addition to local and international schools in order to build a greater sense of community outside of our own. Students will read stories (self-published or selected by the group) via Skype to students in other schools in the United States, and possibly in other countries.

    In addition, the French Club will launch World Language Day in conjunction with the Spanish Club. World Language Day will include projects, posters, performances, food, and attire to shed awareness on the French language and culture. These projects will also be displayed outside the French classroom.


    Day/Time: Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
    Class Size: 6-15
    Teacher: Ms. Farina

    NOTE: Class will NOT meet on Thursday, November 1, due to Parent Teacher Conferences.
  • Innovators Garage

    INNOVATORS GARAGE
    Grades 5-9

    Apple, Amazon, and Google all started as small garage projects. Given time to tinker on independent projects, amazing things can happen. The Innovation Center is open to students interested in pursuing their own big ideas. Whether you want to code the next Angry Birds or learn to solder, join this exclusive new club where the only limit is your imagination.

    Day/Time: Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
    Class Size: 6-12
    Teacher: Mr. Cameron
  • Jewelry Making

    JEWELRY MAKING
    Grades 5-9

    Learn about various jewelry making techniques. Students will work with gold, silver, and copper filled wires. They will learn to manipulate the tools needed to craft and connect hoops. They will make beaded chains and string individual pearls (or similar beads). Additionally, they will be taught how to properly start and close a necklace using different closures. Approximately 30 minutes of the class will be dedicated to learning the skills needed to make jewelry and the remaining time will be dedicated to creating their masterpieces.

    Day/Time: Mondays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
    Class Size: 6-12
    Teacher: Ms. Farina
  • LEGO Robotics

    LEGO ROBOTICS
    Grades 5-8

    Join the Ripp Robotics team and spend the fall term building, coding, and preparing for the FIRST® LEGO® League competition in January. If you are new to coding or robotics this term will be a great opportunity to get familiar with how it works and what to expect in your first LEGO season working alongside our returning members.

    If you choose to be a part of the squad, prepare for blast off, break out of your earthly constraints, and go INTO ORBIT as you will be competing for Ripp Robotics at one of the regional qualifying events. FIRST® LEGO® League will transport your team into space, where you’ll explore, challenge, and innovate in the vast expanse of space. For more information about FIRST® LEGO® League and this season’s mission, INTO ORBIT, visit their website.

    Day/Time: Fridays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
    Class Size: 6-10
    Teachers: Mrs. DiVenuto and Mr. Cameron
     
    NOTE: Classes start on Friday, September 21, and end Friday, November 16. Class will NOT meet on Friday, November 2, due to Parent Teacher Conferences.
  • (R.A.C.) Recycle Art Club

    (R.A.C.) RECYCLE ART CLUB
    Grades 5-9

    Create your own art curriculum using found and recycled objects. Learn how to make everything from a clubhouse-cardboard planetarium and life-size metallic animals to cyber insects and wearable paper fashion made by using everyday materials. During R.A.C. (Recycle Art Club) you will have an opportunity to work on your own ideas, as well as large-scale group projects with the goal of bringing awareness to our community to the waste epidemic and what we can do to directly participate in creating a more healthy environment. Projects will include written and summarized research and will be posted throughout the school.  

    Day/Time: Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
    Class Size:
    6-12
    Teacher: Ms. Machado
  • Spanish Club

    SPANISH CLUB
    Grades 5-9

    Spanish Club will provide students the opportunity to speak and write primarily in Spanish (regardless of level) and to increase the knowledge and awareness of the Spanish-speaking world. The focus will be on language, current events, art, sports, and history. Students will be reading stories (self-published or selected by the group) via Skype or in person to the Lower School students, as well as launching World Language Day. World Language Day will include projects, posters, performances, food, and attire to shed awareness on the Spanish Language and culture. These projects will also be displayed outside the Spanish classroom.

    Day/Time: Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
    Class Size: 6-15
    Teacher: Ms. Machado

    NOTE: Class will NOT meet on Thursday, November 1, due to Parent Teacher Conferences.
  • Writing Lab

    WRITING LAB
    Grades 5-9

    Calling all writers! Explore your creative side by experimenting with different types of writing. You will be writing journals, poetry, narrative stories, and creative fiction. During the workshop, you will be working closely with your peers and your teacher to revise, edit, and improve your writing. Finally, you will be able to choose which type of writing you want to publish to create a final celebratory piece to share with your peers.

    Day/Time: Mondays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
    Class Size: 6-10
    Teacher: Mrs. Harriman

FAQs

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Fall Registration Is Now Open

Register today. Limited space is available for after school classes. You will need to register each child separately.

Questions? Contact:

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  • Leslie Thivierge 

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