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 Registration Launches on June 23rd at 10am
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 PS281@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.

Storytelling

Our theater teacher and professional storyteller will guide children through the dynamic process of learning and embodying a story. Students will work together to select and/or create their own stories to relate and perform. Part playacting, part writing, all fun. Instruction by Creative Muse.

Grades 2 – 3

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.

Comedy Club

Students will develop their comedic skills through Improv, Stand-up, and Sketch Comedy. They will engage with their peers, play fun games, and write their own comedy routines and skits. In addition, to performance skills, students will learn to provide positive and constructive feedback.

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

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.

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

Drumming

Our music instructors use drumming, percussion and movement to introduce students rhythm, structure and musical expression.

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

Dance (Hip-Hop)

A lively romp through contemporary popular urban dance styles, accompanied by classic and current hip-hop tunes.

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

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. Instruction by Creative Muse.

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.

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.

Yoga

This class will introduce students to breath work, proper alignment and moving with the breath. The class includes meditation and incorporates the beneficial core movements of yoga. Students will also experience the benefits of stress relief, body strengthening and increased flexibility. Instruction by KP for Kids.

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

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.

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. Instruction by Creative Muse.

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.

Grades 4 – 5

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

Theater – 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

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.

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 Construction and Design

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

Dance and 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.

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

Volleyball/Badminton

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 and techinques of these alternating between these net sports.

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

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.

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

Modern Dance

Building on students’ innate sense of rhythm and movement, our dance teacher will guide our dancers through basic technique, simple choreography and dynamic improvisation.

Game Design – RPG

Students will learn and play a variety of existing role-playing games, and then design/build their own. This gamers workshop will build confidence, storytelling, collaboration and creativity. It will also be a lot of fun.

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.

Grades 4 – 5

Football

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 and create their own plays to have a intramural scrimmage each week.

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.