PS 281 Pre-K Program

IF Afterschool is a licensed Pre-K afterschool childcare program. We provide a safe and nurturing environment, separate from our K-5 afterschool program. Our varied, daily curriculum is designed by early childhood educators to cater to the individual needs of your child. 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.

Quick Notes
PS 281 Spring Registration Launches on Wednesday, December 1st at 12pm
PS 281 Daily Schedule
School Dismissal until 5:30pm Pick-up
Included in the day are snack, one specialty class and choice time activity
For more info, contact us at kristina@ifafterschool.org or 1(646)899-6121

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PS 281 K-5 Daily Specialty Schedule  –   At registration you can select one speciality class per day

Mondays

Grades k – 1

Creative Dance

A combination of fitness instruction and independent exploration, these sessions will use a improvisation and basic dance routines to tap into each child’s innate rhythm and joy of movement.

Sports and Games

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. Sports and games include kickball, soccer, relay races, capture the flag, steal the bacon, four square, tag, wiffle ball and obstacle courses and much more! Instruction by KP for Kids.

Makers Club

A hands-on workshop that provides weekly do-it-yourself projects for students who want to know how things work, and how they can build them.

Creative Drama

Incorporating improvisation, theater games, dance, puppetry, illustration, and creative writing, our creative drama classes invite students to explore the foundations of theatrical storytelling: character, plot, circumstance, imagination, and play! Students will develop their own creative voice, and collaborate to devise a performance of their own original story

Grades 2 – 3

Cooking

This is a STEM based hands-on cooking class. Students will make tasty food and have fun while learning about the ingredients and science behind cooking. Instruction by Allegric to Salad

Basketball

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. In this class players will learn the skills of basketball; passing, dribbling, defense, rebounding, shooting, the vocabulary, and rules of the game. Instruction by KP for Kids.

Soccer

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. In this class players will also learn basic skills, warm up exercises, soccer terminology and rules from former pros. Instruction by KP for Kids.

Filmmaking

Students will work together to develop original stories that are meaningful and relevant to them. They will plan, shoot and edit short films as a production and postproduction crew.

Grades 4 – 5

Basketball

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. In this class players will learn the skills of basketball; passing, dribbling, defense, rebounding, shooting, the vocabulary, and rules of the game. Instruction by KP for Kids.

Soccer

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. In this class players will also learn basic skills, warm up exercises, soccer terminology and rules from former pros. Instruction by KP for Kids.

Filmmaking

Students will work together to develop original stories that are meaningful and relevant to them. They will plan, shoot and edit short films as a production and postproduction crew.

Tuesdays

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 techniques, while having plenty of opportunity to explore different media and subject matter in order to discover their own interest and style.

Cooking

This is a STEM based hands-on cooking class. Students will make tasty food and have fun while learning about the ingredients and science behind cooking. Instruction by Allegric to Salad

Team Sports

Throughout the semester, we will cycle through a medley of team sports, including whiffle ball, kickball, flag football, badminton, volleyball, and more. With a focus on teamwork and sportsmanship, students will get to know the rules of each game and build athletic skills. At the end of the semester, students will participate in round-robin tournaments of all the games they have learned.

Soccer

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. In this class players will also learn basic skills, warm up exercises, soccer terminology and rules from former pros. Instruction by KP for Kids.

Grades 2 – 3

Musical Theater

Using theater games and music improvisation, students will work together to devise an original musical story. Students will learn to listen to one another supportively as they develop their individual voices and collaborate for a common goal. The semester will culminate in the production of a singing, dancing and acting extravaganza, performed for families and friends.

Basketball

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. In this class players will learn the skills of basketball; passing, dribbling, defense, rebounding, shooting, the vocabulary, and rules of the game. Instruction by KP for Kids.

Filmmaking

Students will work together to develop original stories that are meaningful and relevant to them. They will plan, shoot and edit short films as a production and postproduction crew.

Grades 4 – 5

Musical Theater

Using theater games and music improvisation, students will work together to devise an original musical story. Students will learn to listen to one another supportively as they develop their individual voices and collaborate for a common goal. The semester will culminate in the production of a singing, dancing and acting extravaganza, performed for families and friends.

Basketball

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. In this class players will learn the skills of basketball; passing, dribbling, defense, rebounding, shooting, the vocabulary, and rules of the game. Instruction by KP for Kids.

Filmmaking

Students will work together to develop original stories that are meaningful and relevant to them. They will plan, shoot and edit short films as a production and postproduction crew.

Coding

In Creative Coding, students will merge the technical skill of computer programming with the freedom of artistic expression. Students will master the coding needed to produce their unique project and share it with their family and friends. Instructed by Code Advantage.

Wednesdays

Grades K – 1

Tennis

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. In this class players will also learn basic to advance tennis skills, based on thier level of play.

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. Yes, and…!

Stop Motion Animation

Students will learn the principles behind motion pictures using 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. In this class players will also learn basic to advance tennis skills, based on thier level of play.

Coding

In Creative Coding, students will merge the technical skill of computer programming with the freedom of artistic expression. Students will master the coding needed to produce their unique project and share it with their family and friends. Instructed by Code Advantage.

Soccer

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. In this class players will also learn basic skills, warm up exercises, soccer terminology and rules from former pros. Instruction by KP for Kids.

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 techniques, while having plenty of opportunity to explore different media and subject matter in order to discover their own interest and style.

Improv

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. Instruction by Creative Muse

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. In this class players will also learn basic to advance tennis skills, based on thier level of play.

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 techniques, while having plenty of opportunity to explore different media and subject matter in order to discover their own interest and style.

Soccer

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. In this class players will also learn basic skills, warm up exercises, soccer terminology and rules from former pros. Instruction by KP for Kids.

Improv

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. Instruction by Creative Muse

Cooking

This is a STEM based hands-on cooking class. Students will make tasty food and have fun while learning about the ingredients and science behind cooking. Instruction by Allegric to Salad

Thursdays

Grades K – 1

PS 281 Chess Club and Team

From complete beginners to advancing tournament players our goal is that all PS 281 players can experience both the joy & significant social/educational benefits of learning and playing chess. Our PS 281 Team will prepare for Local, City, State & National Competitions. Instruction by Impact Coaching Network

LEGO Builders

Who doesn’t like to play with LEGO? Each week, our design teacher will offer a maker project for students to work on and complete in teams.

Sports and Games

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. Sports and games include kickball, soccer, relay races, capture the flag, steal the bacon, four square, tag, wiffle ball and obstacle courses and much more! Instruction by KP for Kids

Ballet

Focusing on technique, strength and form, our dance teacher will lead our dancers through an introduction to ballet skills, barre work, and classic dance choreography.

Grades 2 – 3

Choir

Students will work with our music teachers to learn and perform classic and contemporary pieces of vocal music. Students will learn some basic music theory, build vocal technique, and develop an understanding of rhythm, melody and harmony.

Running Club

In collaboration with New York RoadRunners, PS 281 will be part of the Rising Young Runners program, take part in running events, learn about execrise and the joys of running.

Soccer

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. In this class players will also learn basic skills, warm up exercises, soccer terminology and rules from former pros. Instruction by KP for Kids.

PS 281 Chess Club and Team

From complete beginners to advancing tournament players our goal is that all PS 281 players can experience both the joy & significant social/educational benefits of learning and playing chess. Our PS 281 Team will prepare for Local, City, State & National Competitions. Instruction by Impact Coaching Network

Grades 4 – 5

Choir

Students will work with our music teachers to learn and perform classic and contemporary pieces of vocal music. Students will learn some basic music theory, build vocal technique, and develop an understanding of rhythm, melody and harmony.

Running Club

In colloboration with New York RoadRunners, PS 281 will be part of the Rising Young Runners program, take part in running events, learn about execrise and the joys of running.

Soccer

Our athletics program focuses on the fundamentals of sport – especially the mental, physical and social aspects – to encourage enjoyment, teamwork, and self-confidence. In this class players will also learn basic skills, warm up exercises, soccer terminology and rules from former pros. Instruction by KP for Kids.

PS 281 Chess Club and Team

From complete beginners to advancing tournament players our goal is that all PS 281 players can experience both the joy & significant social/educational benefits of learning and playing chess. Our PS 281 Team will prepare for Local, City, State & National Competitions. Instruction by Impact Coaching Network

Fridays

Grades K – 1

Karate

KP for Kids Karate is a goal oriented traditional belt karate program with the addition of basic self-defense techniques, incorporating 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. Student will develop physical abilities as well mental focus and concentration.

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 techniques, while having plenty of opportunity to explore different media and subject matter in order to discover their own interest and style.

Glee Club

Students will work with our music teachers to learn and perform their favorite songs.

Grades 2 – 3

Karate

KP for Kids Karate is a goal oriented traditional belt karate program with the addition of basic self-defense techniques, incorporating 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. Student will develop physical abilities as well mental focus and concentration.

Game Design

In this class, students will unplug, leave the digital world, and discover the analog joy of creating their own table top games, role playing adventure games, ball games and other team games. Students will develop creativity and critical thinking skills as they devise and develop gaming concepts and rules, both independently and in groups. At the end of the semester, students will debut their original games to family and friends.

Grades 4 – 5

Karate

KP for Kids Karate is a goal oriented traditional belt karate program with the addition of basic self-defense techniques, incorporating 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. Student will develop physical abilities as well mental focus and concentration.

Game Design

In this class, students will unplug, leave the digital world, and discover the analog joy of creating their own table top games, role playing adventure games, ball games and other team games. Students will develop creativity and critical thinking skills as they devise and develop gaming concepts and rules, both independently and in groups. At the end of the semester, students will debut their original games to family and friends.