P.S. 281 – Afterschool Information

Important Dates
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 – Registration opens for K-5 Fall Program at 12:00pm
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 – Registration opens for Pre-K Fall Program at 12:00pm
Monday, September 12, 2022 – First Day of Fall Program
Friday, January 27, 2023 – Last Day of Fall Program
Monday, January 30, 2023 – First Day of Spring Program
Friday, June 23, 2023 – Last Day of Spring Program

Daily Schedule
School Dismissal to 3:15pm – P.S. 281 teachers dismiss children to IF staff. Snack is provided
3:15pm to 4:30pm – Specialty classes. Please see our daily offerings below.
4:30pm to 5:30pm – Choice time and dismissal.

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Email
(646) 899-6121

Daily Offerings

Mondays

Pre K

IF Preschool

In a safe and nurturing environment, separate from the big kids in our K-5 program, our early childhood educators provide a variety of daily adventures that cater to the individual needs of your preschooler. Each day, your child will participate in multiple stations of active and creative self-guided activities, as well as speciality group sessions led by our teachers. These activities include dance, music, art, science experiments, sports, games, hand-on construction, and imaginative play. We understand these days are long for young children. We will provide snacks, down time, areas of rest and free play.

Grades k – 1

Intro to Theater

Providing the basic structures of theater, this course walks students through the fundamentals of creating and acting out original performance art. By fostering creative thinking and promoting collaboration, the class will help students discover their confidence and develop their social skills.

Sports & Games

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. This class offers an introduction to multiple individual and team sports and games. Each session includes team-building and warmups, skills and drills, scrimmages and tourneys, and guided reflection on individual goals and sportsmanship.

Dance: Creative Movement

A combination of fitness instruction and independent exploration, these sessions will use improvisation and basic dance routines to tap into each child’s innate rhythm and joy of movement. The class will culminate in a showcase at the end of the semester.

Makers Club

Students will use a combination of DIY projects and educational kits to interact with the basics of engineering principles. This class introduces younger students to hands-on, building projects with a fun-first approach to social and STEM skill development, all through encouraging creativity and critical thinking.

Grades 2 – 3

Cooking

In this hands-on cooking class, students will learn about nutrition, ingredients, and the science behind cooking, while making delicious food and having fun.

Yoga

Our yoga classes are part traditional (vinyasa) yoga, part active fitness, and part dance. Each session begins with breathing and meditation, followed by flexibility and strength training. By the end of each class, static and dynamic stretching give way to lively, improvised, creative movement.

Filmmaking

Students will creatively and socially collaborate in this enriching afterschool program. In addition to educating students on the process of filmmaking, this class teaches children how to emotionally express themselves, through film and otherwise. This program also elicits strong friendships between it’s group members and encourages students to carry these lessons of collaboration outside of the course into other aspects of their life.

Basketball

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. Each session includes team-building and warmups, basketball skills and drills, scrimmages and tourneys, and guided reflection on individual goals and sportsmanship

Grades 4 – 5

Cooking

In this hands-on cooking class, students will learn about nutrition, ingredients, and the science behind cooking, while making delicious food and having fun.

Yoga

Our yoga classes are part traditional (vinyasa) yoga, part active fitness, and part dance. Each session begins with breathing and meditation, followed by flexibility and strength training. By the end of each class, static and dynamic stretching give way to lively, improvised, creative movement.

Filmmaking

Students will creatively and socially collaborate in this enriching afterschool program. In addition to educating students on the process of filmmaking, this class teaches children how to emotionally express themselves, through film and otherwise. This program also elicits strong friendships between it’s group members and encourages students to carry these lessons of collaboration outside of the course into other aspects of their life.

Basketball

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. Each session includes team-building and warmups, basketball skills and drills, scrimmages and tourneys, and guided reflection on individual goals and sportsmanship.

Tuesdays

Pre K

IF Afterschool

In a safe and nurturing environment, separate from the big kids in our K-5 program, our early childhood educators provide a variety of daily adventures that cater to the individual needs of your preschooler. Each day, your child will participate in multiple stations of active and creative self-guided activities, as well as speciality group sessions led by our teachers. These activities include dance, music, art, science experiments, sports, games, hand-on construction, and imaginative play. We understand these days are long for young children. We will provide snacks, down time, areas of rest and free play.

Grades K – 1

Art and Design

Our visual arts programs aim to provide structured projects that allow for individual exploration and creativity. In this class, students will develop art and design techniques, while having plenty of opportunity to explore different media and subject matter in order to discover their own interest and style.

Cooking

In this hands-on cooking class, students will learn about nutrition, ingredients, and the science behind cooking, while making delicious food and having fun.

Soccer

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. Each session includes team-building and warmups, soccer skills and drills, scrimmages and tourneys, and guided reflection on individual goals and sportsmanship.

Tennis

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. Each session includes team-building and warmups, tennis skills and drills, scrimmages and tourneys, and guided reflection on individual goals and sportsmanship.

Grades 2 – 3

Basketball

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. Each session includes team-building and warmups, basketball skills and drills, scrimmages and tourneys, and guided reflection on individual goals and sportsmanship.

Photography & Media

This class educates students on the process of capturing the world around them. Students will learn photography principles such as framing, composition, and lighting, while exploring their neighborhood through their pictures. Cameras will be provided.

Musical Theater

Taking concepts from Intro to Theater, students’ theatrical abilities are enhanced in this course through the addition of music. Students will learn vocal and emotive techniques, as well as basic music theory and story arcs. Members of the class will also create original performance art that they will perform at the end of the semester.

Grades 4 – 5

Photography & Media

This class educates students on the process of capturing the world around them. Students will learn photography principles such as framing, composition, and lighting, while exploring their neighborhood through their pictures. Cameras will be provided.

Musical Theater

Taking concepts from Intro to Theater, students’ theatrical abilities are enhanced in this course through the addition of music. Students will learn vocal and emotive techniques, as well as basic music theory and story arcs. Members of the class will also create original performance art that they will perform at the end of the semester.

Basketball

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. Each session includes team-building and warmups, basketball skills and drills, scrimmages and tourneys, and guided reflection on individual goals and sportsmanship.

Coding

This class provides powerful learning tools for budding programmers. Students learn critical concepts by creating animations and computer games with interacting characters. They will apply problem solving skills to debug programs, make customizations, and bring their imaginations to life!

Wednesdays

Pre K

IF Preschool

In a safe and nurturing environment, separate from the big kids in our K-5 program, our early childhood educators provide a variety of daily adventures that cater to the individual needs of your preschooler. Each day, your child will participate in multiple stations of active and creative self-guided activities, as well as speciality group sessions led by our teachers. These activities include dance, music, art, science experiments, sports, games, hand-on construction, and imaginative play. We understand these days are long for young children. We will provide snacks, down time, areas of rest and free play.

Grades K – 1

Ukulele Club

In these group lessons for beginners, students will learn some basic chords, and quickly begin experiencing the fun and joy of playing a stringed instrument. By the end of the semester, students will be able to play several songs. Ukuleles will be provided.

Sports & Games

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. This class offers an introduction to multiple individual and team sports and games. Each session includes team-building and warmups, skills and drills, scrimmages and tourneys, and guided reflection on individual goals and sportsmanship.

Theater Games

Our creative drama classes use theater games to help children develop their voices, collaborate with peers, and become comfortable in their bodies. Each session will include fun and engaging warmups and icebreakers, improv games to sharpen real-time creative decision-making, and role-playing activities that teach students both to listen and to speak their minds.

Stop Motion Animation

Students will learn the principles behind motion pictures and the process behind stop motion animation. As a class, students will exercise classic techniques of single-frame capture to create original, animated short films with a variety of 2-D and 3-D materials.

Grades 2 – 3

Tennis

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. Each session includes team-building and warmups, tennis skills and drills, scrimmages and tourneys, and guided reflection on individual goals and sportsmanship.

Coding

This class provides powerful learning tools for budding programmers. Students learn critical concepts by creating animations and computer games with interacting characters. They will apply problem solving skills to debug programs, make customizations, and bring their imaginations to life!

Cooking

In this hands-on cooking class, students will learn about nutrition, ingredients, and the science behind cooking, while making delicious food and having fun.

Grades 4 – 5

Tennis

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. Each session includes team-building and warmups, tennis skills and drills, scrimmages and tourneys, and guided reflection on individual goals and sportsmanship.

Cooking

In this hands-on cooking class, students will learn about nutrition, ingredients, and the science behind cooking, while making delicious food and having fun.

Thursdays

Pre K

IF Preschool

In a safe and nurturing environment, separate from the big kids in our K-5 program, our early childhood educators provide a variety of daily adventures that cater to the individual needs of your preschooler. Each day, your child will participate in multiple stations of active and creative self-guided activities, as well as speciality group sessions led by our teachers. These activities include dance, music, art, science experiments, sports, games, hand-on construction, and imaginative play. We understand these days are long for young children. We will provide snacks, down time, areas of rest and free play.

Grades K – 1

Chess

From complete beginners to advancing tournament players our goal is that all students can experience both the joy & significant social/educational benefits of learning and playing chess. Our Team will prepare for Local, City, State & National Competitions. Instruction by Impact Coaching Network.

Karate

KP for Kids Karate is a goal-oriented traditional belt karate program with the addition of basic self-defense techniques and healthy Pilates exercises and meditation to promote core strength and focus for all activities. Our advanced students (yellow belts through black belts) also learn choreographed fight combinations, kumite (point fighting) and bo staff training. Students will develop physical abilities as well mental focus and concentration in a safe and supportive environment.

LEGO Builders

Who doesn’t like to play with LEGO? Each week, our teacher will provide a maker challenge for students to design and build in teams.

Dance: Ballet

Focusing on technique, strength, and form, professional teaching artists will lead young dancers through an introduction to ballet skills, barre work, and classic dance choreography. The class will culminate in a performance at the end of the semester.

Grades 2 – 3

Chess

From complete beginners to advancing tournament players our goal is that all students can experience both the joy & significant social/educational benefits of learning and playing chess. Our Team will prepare for Local, City, State & National Competitions. Instruction by Impact Coaching Network.

Soccer

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. Each session includes team-building and warmups, soccer skills and drills, scrimmages and tourneys, and guided reflection on individual goals and sportsmanship.

Game Design

Students will learn, play, and analyze a variety of existing chance, strategy, and role-playing games, and then design/build their own individually or in small groups. This games workshop is a fun way to build confidence and develop students’ storytelling, collaborative, and creative abilities.

Grades 4 – 5

Chess

From complete beginners to advancing tournament players our goal is that all students can experience both the joy & significant social/educational benefits of learning and playing chess. Our Team will prepare for Local, City, State & National Competitions. Instruction by Impact Coaching Network.

Soccer

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. Each session includes team-building and warmups, soccer skills and drills, scrimmages and tourneys, and guided reflection on individual goals and sportsmanship.

Running Club

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. Each session includes team-building and warmups, skills and drills, and guided reflection on individual goals and sportsmanship.

Game Design

Students will learn, play, and analyze a variety of existing chance, strategy, and role-playing games, and then design/build their own individually or in small groups. This games workshop is a fun way to build confidence and develop students’ storytelling, collaborative, and creative abilities.

Fridays

Pre K

IF Preschool

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. This class offers an introduction to multiple individual and team sports and games. Each session includes team-building and warmups, skills and drills, scrimmages and tourneys, and guided reflection on individual goals and sportsmanship.

Grades K – 1

Sports & Games

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. This class offers an introduction to multiple individual and team sports and games. Each session includes team-building and warmups, skills and drills, scrimmages and tourneys, and guided reflection on individual goals and sportsmanship.

Drawing and Painting

Our visual arts programs aim to provide structured projects that allow for individual exploration and creativity. In this class, students will develop painting and drawing techniques, while having plenty of opportunity to explore different media and subject matter in order to discover their own interest and style.

Glee Club

Under the guidance of a professional teaching artist, students will collaborate with one another to transform popular, contemporary songs into group performances that give each individual a chance to shine.

Grades 2 – 3

Karate

KP for Kids Karate is a goal-oriented traditional belt karate program with the addition of basic self-defense techniques and healthy Pilates exercises and meditation to promote core strength and focus for all activities. Our advanced students (yellow belts through black belts) also learn choreographed fight combinations, kumite (point fighting) and bo staff training. Students will develop physical abilities as well mental focus and concentration in a safe and supportive environment. There is a $30 extra fee associated with this speciality class to cover belt promotions.

Lego Robotics

Teams of students engage in problem-solving, coding, and engineering – and will ultimately build and program a LEGO robot to navigate the missions of a robot obstacle course. Teams also participate in a research project to identify and solve a relevant real-world problem.

Anime Club

Students with a mutual interest in anime will create their own characters and manga comics, both individually and collaboratively.

Grades 4 – 5

Karate

KP for Kids Karate is a goal-oriented traditional belt karate program with the addition of basic self-defense techniques and healthy Pilates exercises and meditation to promote core strength and focus for all activities. Our advanced students (yellow belts through black belts) also learn choreographed fight combinations, kumite (point fighting) and bo staff training. Students will develop physical abilities as well mental focus and concentration in a safe and supportive environment. There is a $30 extra fee associated with this speciality class to cover belt promotions.

LEGO Robotics

Teams of students engage in problem-solving, coding, and engineering – and will ultimately build and program a LEGO robot to navigate the missions of a robot obstacle course. Teams also participate in a research project to identify and solve a relevant real-world problem.

Anime Club

Students with a mutual interest in anime will create their own characters and manga comics, both individually and collaboratively.