After-School Clubs

Princeton Montessori School offers many choices for enriching after school activities. Choose from after-school clubs, music instruction, or lessons offered on-site. All of these activities provide an enriching experience for children and are in line with the key tenets of  Montessori education.  Registration for clubs is open to Lower and Upper Elementary students.

2015-16 Club Listing

Clubs meet weekly from 2:45-4:00 PM (unless otherwise noted) beginning September 21, 2015 through the week of May 9, 2016. Registrations for 2015-16 are due no later than August 10th. Complete descriptions are listed following the overview chart and club registration details below.

Register for a Club

Abbreviations: LE = Lower Elementary, UE = Upper Elementary, MS = Middle School

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
Fitness & Cardio
LE – all levels
UE – level 1
French – Hand’s On Language Acquisition
LE  – all levels
UE – all levels
Sewing
LE – all levels
UE – level 1
Books! The Art of Writing and Illustrating Books
LE – level 2
UE – all levels
Spanish Cooking
LE – all levels
UE – level 1
Ceramics
UE – all levels
Let’s Code
UE – all levels
Photography & Media
UE – all levels
Board Games
LE – all levels
UE – all levels
TGIF
MS – all levels
Rock Band
MS – all levels
4:00-5:00 pm
Sign Language
UE – all levels
Bookends
UE – all levels – with parent
6:30-8:00 pm

Register for a Club

Registration for clubs is open to all students in the Elementary and Middle School programs. Club registrations for 2015-16 are due no later than August 7th, and will be processed by the order in which they are received. There is a required minimum of 6 students for each club to run.

Clubs meet weekly from 2:45-4:00 PM (unless otherwise noted) beginning September 21, 2015 through the week of May 9, 2016. Weekly participation is expected for the entire session and students are excused for illness only. The club instructors request that parents schedule all appointments and activities after the club time or on another day of the week. Pick-up time is at 4:00 PM, unless your child is enrolled in the After School program. Students enrolled in the After School program will join the group following their club activity.

The annual registration fee for each club is $200. (Note there is no club fee for students already enrolled in the After School program.) Parents may enroll siblings in the After School program until 4:00 PM on club days. For siblings, the After School yearly fee is $475 per club day for each child. You may sign up for sibling care on the club registration form. All fees will be billed to your family’s TADs account.

Please refer any questions to Elizabeth Clarke at eclarke@pmonts.org.

MONDAY

Fitness and Cardio

Instructor:  Ursula Connors; Open to Lower Elementary (all levels) and Upper Elementary (level 1)

Come enjoy a cardio workout and lots of fun and active games.  Running and Jump-Roping will be explored and ideas shared for bringing the value of cardio fitness home and a part of a healthy lifestyle.  This club will also include playing team games in the Crescendo Gym and on outdoor grounds.  Students will participate in sequences of challenging physical activities that develop physical health and well-being.  Children will begin with warm-up activities, learn group games and end with calming exercises. Limit 12 students

Ceramics

Open to Upper Elementary (all levels); Instructor:  Carole Golcher

Ceramics Club will provide a great sense of satisfaction that comes when the children use their brains and hands simultaneously in ways that are creative, useful and productive. The children will learn the basic hand-building techniques including pinch pot, coil, slab and glaze decoration, providing them with a wide range of experiences that are tactile, creative, and rewarding.  Students will create functional clay pots such as cups, trays, and boxes in a relaxed and inspiring environment. Limit 10 students

TUESDAY

French ~ Hands-On Language Exploration

Instructor:  Shazah Sabuhi; Open to Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary (all levels)

Students will learn French through games, rhymes, songs and stories in a child-friendly, immersion-based environment, taught by Ms. Sabuhi who is a Primary teacher and native French speaker. The goals of the program are to accustom children to the sounds and rhythm of the French language, introduce basic vocabulary for everyday conversation and motivate the children to communicate in French and explore French culture. Students will also participate in culinary projects. Depending on enrollment, lessons will be geared to language experience. Parents will be provided basic vocabulary and expressions taught in class for optional practice at home. Limit 10 students

Let’s Code!

Instructor:  Huma Kazmi; Open to Upper Elementary (all levels)

Students who participate in the coding club will be introduced to the field of computer science. Through exposure to different projects, students will learn to work collaboratively and troubleshoot on their projects. This collaborative experience will help students learn to develop important problem solving, logic and computational skills. While learning to code, students will have fun exploring the possibilities of creating mini stories, animations and video games. Limit 12 students

BookEnds
Meets 6:30-8:00 PM October-March (club dates will be confirmed), with parent

Instructor:  Kathy Marmion; Open to Upper Elementary (all Levels)

BookEnds is a Parent/Child reading club which meets monthly.  Each parent and child duo is encouraged to enjoy children’s fiction in a meaningful way. By reading books and discussing them together, parents share a special time with their child while helping to develop a love of reading and important language and literacy skills.

This club is recommended for parents and students who enjoy reading as well as those who need a little incentive.  Books are carefully chosen to appeal to both boys and girls.  Everyone reads the book selected for the month, either together or separately, and comes to BookEnds ready to participate in a discussion followed by a fun activity.  Limit 8 students with a parent

Rock Band
Meets on Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Instructors: Alex Mitnick & Jon Thompson; Open to Middle School (all levels)

Students are welcome to bring their musical talents of all kinds to the band, or to try something new. Designed for enthusiastic rock band performers, this program is an opportunity for students to explore the entire process of staging a full rock show: selecting material, creating transcriptions, arranging charts, rehearsing with a band and performing on stage. Sure to be a lot of fun!  Note – there is no charge for this club.

WEDNESDAY

Sewing

Instructor:  Carole Golcher; Open to Lower Elementary (all levels) and Upper Elementary (level 1)

The students will learn the techniques of hand sewing including bargello, cross-stitch, embroidery, and simple straight stitch sewing.  While sewing fun items such as a bookmark and a pillow, students will be learning patience and concentration and will be rewarded with a sense of pride upon completion. Students will learn the parts of the sewing machine and how to operate it.  Step by step skills such as pinning, cutting and sewing straight line projects such as a pillowcase or placemat are followed by learning to use a simple pattern to sew a fleece hat or skirt.  Sewing is a valuable life-long skill and one that will provide the student with a positive experience and a sense of accomplishment. Limit 6 students

Photography and Media

Instructor:  Linda Moskowitz; Open to Upper Elementary (all levels)

Beginning camera usage will encompass covering the basics such as composition, zoom, red-eye removal, and cropping.  Students will also explore the various uses of angle, lighting and flash.  Students will gain an understanding of what makes a good picture and how to use Photoshop elements to enhance and correct their images. Students will also explore the popular world of stop motion animation. Working with the basics, students will learn to write a basic script, create a movie, edit and upload to Vimeo.  Skills will include how to use the tilt and pan features, use of close-ups, mid-shots and long-shots. They will finally create a photo album or portfolio of work.   Cameras will be provided for students. Limit 10 students

THURSDAY

Books! The Art of Writing and Illustrating

Instructor:  Kathy Sellers; Open to Open to Lower Elementary (2nd level) and Upper Elementary (all levels)

This club allows students to get together to become authors and illustrators of their own stories. Children should bring their imaginations and creativity to write stories and illustrate them.  Illustrations will involve using many artistic mediums, such as watercolor, collage and drawing. To begin, we will read and explore examples of children’s books to see how authors and illustrators write and design their work. Children will be given full opportunity to use their own ideas to write and illustrate their work. Students will be given the freedom to create books of any length and size. Children can work on individual book projects as well as cooperate with friends if they wish. The key is to have fun becoming an author and illustrator and share your work with friends. Limit 10 students

Board Games

Instructor:  Stephanie Petrelis; Open to Lower & Upper Elementary (all levels)

This club allows students to get together to engage in friendly play with assorted board games. Each session will consist of an instructional period followed by actual game play where students will learn the rules of the game, the history of the game as well as mastery of the game. Emphasis will be placed on game etiquette and good sportsmanship.  Board Games Club is a great opportunity for students to hone their problem solving and creative thinking skills. Limit 12 students

FRIDAY

Spanish Cooking

Instructor:  Nuria Perez; Open to Lower Elementary (all levels) and Upper Elementary (level 1)

Cooking together can promote fun, socialization, as well as help develop lasting healthy eating habits.  Students who participate in Spanish cooking club will be introduced to dishes from all of the Spanish speaking countries. Students will bake dishes from scratch while learning about units of measurement, and other cooking terms.  Students will bake appetizers, snacks and main entrees, all of which will be sampled and enjoyed by the students! Limit 6 students

Sign Language

Instructor: Amy Gerstacker; Open to Upper Elementary (all levels)

Students enrolled in Princeton Montessori School’s Sign Language club will learn the fundamentals of signing which is sure to be a fun and rewarding experience. Research has shown that sign language not only improves vocabulary and spelling, but fosters communication, improves muscle memory and heightens the senses.  Students will enjoy instruction through movement and action, activities and song. Limit 12 students

Middle School TGIF

Instructor:  Tori Pinciotti; Open to Middle School – All Levels

All Middle School students may participate in TGIF Club.  This is sure to be a fun social time, as well as enhance team building and community.  Activities will include outdoor sports, group board games, team building, group initiatives, and general “hang-out” time.  Throughout the year, students will be involved in the planning and choosing of activities and themes.  Snacks will be provided.  Twice a year, students will be invited to stay later and enjoy pizza and a movie.

There is no charge for this club, and students not picked up by 3:00 will be enrolled in this club as there will not be middle school after school available on Fridays 3-4.  If picking up immediately after club, pick up is at 4:00 p.m.; those enrolled in the after school program may go directly there.

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