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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  • 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.

    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.
    *No class on April 10

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

    Grades 1 - 4
    Mondays | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
     *No class on April 10
  • 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
    Mondays and Tuesdays | 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
    *No class April 10 and April 17
    **Last classes are May 8 and May 9

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

    *No class on April 18
    **Last class is May 9
  • Crafty Kids

    Do you love arts and crafts? Then you must be a Crafty Kid! Join Ms. Giorgi 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.


  • Digital Photography

    Ms. Malekzadeh, one of our Lower School Art Teachers, will teach photography. This
    class will help students become well rounded in the fundamentals of photography and
    digital photography. The areas of instruction that will be emphasized are: how both point and shoot and DSLR cameras work, as well as, these photography techniques on an iPad too. Students will learn about creating compositions; understanding lighting; foreground and background; portraits; and documentary and landscape photography. Student photographers will go around the school and outside to take photographs based on what they are learning in our class. The classroom instruction will include demonstrations, reviewing and editing photographs that students take using photo-editing software such as Photoshop, etc., and seeing examples of well composed and/or edited work by professional photographers. Each student must provide his or her own digital point and shoot or DSLR camera.


    Grades 2-4
    Thursday | 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.
  • 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.
  • Golf

    TGA Premier Junior Golf is the only national at-school, after school junior golf enrichment program. TGA stands for Teach, Grow, 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 to learn golf for students in grades K - 8. As students advance through the 5-Level program, they will learn basics and fundamentals of the sport, all the while being prepared to play on the golf course. All new students begin in the YELLOW level and can advance all the way to the BLACK level.


    Grades 1-2
    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; 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 Knitting

    This class is for beginners or for those who are still learning the basics and would love to knit. No experience is required. Learn knitting techniques for casting on, knitting, purling, binding off and more from Miss Rowe. This class allows time to practice between sessions in your free time, before the next class. Start your own project while learning the basics of a fun, creative and relaxing hobby.

    Grades 3-4
    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 Ms. Tarbell-Littman. Create everything from fantastical worlds to bridges to race cars. All you need is your imagination to build strong, tall, or wild creations.

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


  • Media Makers

    In this club you will experiment with different forms of digital media to make stories come alive. Classes may cover stop-motion animation, short-form filmmaking, sound design, and cinematography. Students will get hands-on experience with a variety of technology including DSLRs, ipads, imovie, and istop Motion to create their own pieces. Students will work together in "crews" to fulfill different roles on set: Director, Assistant Director, Cinematographer, Actor, and Editor.

    Grades 3 - 4
    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 3-4
    Mondays | 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Class starts on April and ends on May 22
  • Scratch/Coding

    In this course, grade 4 students will be introduced 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 off. 
     
    Grade 4 
    Mondays | 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Maximum students 6
  • 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.
    Class ends on May 23
  • 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.

  • 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. 

    Grades Kindergarten- Grade 1 
    Thursday | 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Maximum students 10
    *Last day of class is May 25

     
  • 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.
    *We are not accepting new students at this time

  • 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