After School Programs

Our two after school programs (CAT and After School Classes) provide a wide variety of opportunities for Rippowam Cisqua School students in Grades Junior PreKindergarten – 4. After school care (CAT) is 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 or in our After School Classes to suit the family schedule. 

Please note that registration for Fall 2017 CAT and After School Classes will close on September 15.

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  • CAT - Children's After School Time

    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. The Fall CAT term begins on September 7, 2017 and ends on December 13, 2017.

    Session 1 (14 weeks/September 7 - December 13)
    Monday - Friday | 12:00-2:00 p.m. 


    Session 2 (14 weeks/September 7 - December 13)
    Monday - Friday | 2:00-3:30 p.m. 


    Session 3 (14 weeks/September 7 - December 13)
    Monday | Thursday 3:30-6 p.m.
    Friday | 3:30 - 5 p.m.

    *Drop In - $25 an hour

After School Class Offerings - Fall 2017

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  • Ballet/Jazz

    Experienced dancer and instructor Danielle Purdy from Northern Westchester School of Dance will be working with our youngest dancers this semester. The ballet portion of the class will introduce younger students to basic ballet vocabulary and technique in a structured yet fun setting. Simple coordination, musicality, rhythm, and concentration will be emphasized. Students are encouraged to explore space and enjoy dancing. Jazz dance is a fun and energetic style. The class includes a warm-up with stretching, isolations, strengthening exercises, and then moves across the floor to work on turns, leaps, jumps, and runs.

    Junior PreKindergarten 
    Tuesdays | 12:00-2:00 p.m.
    *students please bring a bag lunch

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


    Kindergarten - Grade 2 
    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 moves and rules of chess, algebraic 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. Damian Donovan, who has worked with the RCS community since 1999, teaches 

our Chess classes. 



    Senior PreKindergarten 

    Mondays | 2:00-3:15 p.m.

    
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. Malekzadeh. Students will have an awesome time making all different kinds of functional and sculptural ceramic art!



    Grade 4
    Mondays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Coding

    In this course, Mr. Sannicandro will introduce students in grades 3 and 4 to the logic and problem-solving behind fundamental programming concepts. Students will learn how to create computer art and interactive games using Scratch, the block-based programming language developed at MIT. Over the class sessions, students will have opportunities to 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 will 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 files both online and offline. 
 


    Grade 3 & 4 

    Mondays | 3:30-4:30 p.m
  • Cooking

    Our young chefs use a variety of kitchen tools from the standing mixer to
 rolling pins to blenders and more to whip up vegetarian, nut-free dishes. 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. Students will taste what they 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.

 This year’s theme is Cooking Around the World.

    Senior Prekindergarten 
    Wednesdays| 2:00-3:00 p.m.

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


    Grades 1 & 2
    Thursdays | 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Crafty Kids

    Do you love arts and crafts? Then you must be a Crafty Kid! Join Ms. Malekzadeh for Crafty Kids on Thursday 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!

    Kindergarten - Grade 2
    Thursdays | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Engineering Club

    Is your child interested in engineering and excited to build? This club is for him/her! 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 improve 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. 

  • Golf

    TGA Premier Junior Golf is the only national at-school, after school junior golf enrichment program. TGA stands for Teach, Grow, and Achieve. Locally, TGA has run junior golf programs since 2008, teaching the lifelong sport to 4,000 youth of Northern Westchester. The TGA curriculum utilizes drills and language that make it fun for students in grades K - 8 to learn golf. As students advance through the five level program, they will learn basics and fundamentals of the sport, all the while being prepared to play on the golf course.

    Junior PreKindergarten
    Tuesdays | 12:00-200 p.m.
    *students please bring a bag lunch

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

    Kindergarten - Grade 2
    Wednesdays | 3:30-4:30 p.m.

    Grades 3 & 4
    Tuesdays | 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Hip Hop

    Hip Hop is a fast growing, in-demand discipline of dance among male and female children! This form of dance combines a fast paced rhythm with fun dance steps, where Ms. Barr will introduce children to the fundamentals within this expression of dance. It will include the technique of popping and locking to their favorite music, while learning creative movement. With an emphasis placed upon exploring fun hip-hop techniques and choreography, each class will begin with stretching and will focus on rhythmic movement to musical beats. Musicality and creative movement are key components of this fun style of dance that teaches boys and girls to step, to stomp, and to shake it out.

    Grades 1 & 2 

    Wednesdays | 3:30-4:30 p.m.

    Grades 3 & 4
 
    Thursdays | 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Homework Club

    What better way for your child to get their homework completed than to join the Homework Club? After a quick snack for added brainpower, the Homework Club will meet in a spacious and airy classroom with several comfortable seating 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 teacher will provide guidance and support as well as help your child get organized and understand what needs to be prioritized. Once assignments are completed, students will begin their nightly reading assignment, so please make sure that your child brings a book each time they attend. If all homework is completed, grade level literacy and math skills activities will be available for your child to use. So don't delay, have your child join the Homework Club today!

    Grades 2 - 4
    Mondays and Wednesdays| 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 Mr. Karr - creating everything from fantastical worlds to bridges to race cars. All you need is your imagination to build strong, tall, or wild creations.
    


    Kindergarten  -  Grade 2
    Tuesdays | 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Mini Makers

    Calling all creative kids! This mini-maker workshop features a variety of hands-on activities for Kindergarten - grade 2 students to construct, craft, tape, paint and glue! Have fun with weaving, potato stamping, paper crafting, book making, felt critters, magnet monsters and simple circuits with Mrs. Hiller. All you'll need to bring is your imagination!

    Kindergarten - Grade 2
    Mondays | 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 3 - 4
    Mondays | 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    *Class starts on September 11 and ends on November 13.
  • Sew Happy

    Sew Happy students will learn a wonderful life skill in addition to completing beautiful projects to bring home. This class teaches hand sewing using fun colored fabrics and embroidery floss. Students in grades 1 - 3 will benefit from sewing in many ways including improving hand/eye coordination, fine motor skills, and math - it may even steer them away from their gadgets! 



    Grades 1 - 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 & Games with Mr. Kubera and Mr. Sannicandro are 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.
  • Tennis

    TGA - Premier Youth Tennis of Northern Westchester is a national partner of the USTA (United States Tennis Association). Together we bring tennis to your school! Every student has the opportunity to learn a lifelong, life-changing sport. TGA’s station-based curriculum results in classes that are full of high energy, physical fitness, character development themes, and educational components. Our staff is handpicked to provide the highest level of instruction while maintaining a fun and engaging environment. All equipment is provided. 


    Junior PreKindergarten
    Thursdays | 12:00-2:00 p.m. 
    *students please bring a bag lunch

    Senior PreKindergarten
    Thursdays | 2:00-3:00 p.m.


    Kindergarten - Grade 2 

    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. 
    OR

    Wednesdays | 3:30-4:30 p.m.

  • Yoga I

    Join RCS teacher Jill Summer on Mondays for an hour of Yoga games, learning age appropriate Yoga poses, and working on gratitude. The benefits of children doing yoga are endless. During this activity we will be focusing on mindfulness by learning fun yoga poses to strengthen our body and our minds. We will start off each hour by playing ‘yoga games’ about breathing, relaxation, and focus. The class will end each week discussing gratitude and completing our very own gratitude books! Namaste.

    Kindergarten & Grade 1
    Mondays| 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Yoga II

    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; 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.

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

Questions? Contact:

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  • Leslie Thivierge 

    Director of CAT and After School Classes
    (914) 244-1201 x410