• Poly Prep
Lower School

After School

Overview

Poly's Lower School offers a full Extended Day Program. Supervised child care is available before and after school. There is also a variety of enrichment courses in the arts, sciences, and athletics for Nursery through Grade 4 students.

Early Bird

Early Bird takes place in the Big Room from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM, providing a warm welcome to students before the school day starts.

Early Bird is available to all Lower School students in Nursery to Grade 4. There is no cost for the Lower School's Early Bird program.

After-School Supervision

A full program of activities for students who wish to stay after school hours is available from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM. 
 
Students have time to play indoors and outdoors, complete their homework, and enjoy a healthy snack. 
 
The cost to enroll your child in the Regular After-School Program is $30/day. If your child is picked up after 6:00 PM, there is an additional $30 late fee. This is a drop-in program for students in Nursery to Grade 4.

After-School Program Faculty

List of 10 members.

  • Elizabeth "Bette" Soto P'31 

    Title: Head Teacher, Grade 1B; Director of After-School Program (Lower School)
    Business Phone: (718) 768-1103, ext. 6511 1B
    Education: Trinity College - BA
    Lesley University - MA
  • Diana Caso 

    Title: Head Teacher, Grade 1A; After School Site Coordinator (K-Grade4)
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800 ext. 6008
    Education: St. Joseph's University - BS, MS
  • Courtney Cooke 

    Title: Dance & Movement, Nursery - Grade 4 (Lower School)
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800 ext. 6970
    Education: Virginia Commonwealth University - BFA
  • Shirley Dayes 

    Title: Head Teacher, Nursery B; After School Site Coordinator (N-Pre-K) (Lower School)
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800, ext. 6002
    Education:
    City University of New York - BA
  • Matthew Durando '96, P'30 

    Title: Physical Education and Athletics (Lower School)
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800, ext. 6524
    Education: Fairleigh Dickinson University - BA
    Long Island University - MBA
    Touro College - MA
  • Evelyn Gomez 

    Title: Head Teacher, Pre-K B (Lower School)
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800, ext. 6529
    Education:
    SUNY Empire State College - BA
  • Stacy Hunter P'15 

    Title: Director of Technology, Lower School
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800, ext. 3552
    Education: Boston Architectural Center - BAC
    University of Maine (Orono) - BA
  • Mary Rice 

    Title: Associate Teacher, Grade 4 A; Drama Teacher (Lower School)
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800, ext. 6546
    Education: Brooklyn College - BA
  • Patti Smith, P'20 

    Title: Visual Arts (Lower School)
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800, ext. 6274
    Education: Boston University - BS
  • Heidi Zarou '86, P'22, '22 

    Title: Visual Arts (Lower School)
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800, ext. 6561
    Education: Bennington College - BA

After School Enrichment Classes

A variety of enrichment classes is available after school for Poly's Nursery through Grade 4 students. Classes are age appropriate and designed to provide exciting educational opportunities for exploring a wide array of interests, from cooking to tennis. Enrichment classes take place from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Each class meets once a week per trimester. Each year, we offer three sessions: fall, winter, and spring. Classes are taught by members of Poly's Lower School faculty or other outside vendors.

The cost of each class is typically $250 (unless otherwise noted) with 8 classes per trimester.

Interested in enrolling? Registration opens Monday, November 19 at 9 AM.  

For questions, please contact lsafterschool@polyprep.org.

Winter Enrichment: Course Offerings

List of 24 items.

  • Mondays - Creative Chefs

    With Evelyn Gomez
    Nursery to Kindergarten

    Come join us as we cook up everything from soup to cookies.  Enjoy your tasty treat in class or take it home to share with your family.  Students will learn recipes and take them home every week to make and enjoy with loved ones.
  • Mondays - Full STEAM Ahead

    Ms. Berg, Ms. Hunter and Ms. Smith
    Grade 2 to Grade 4
     
    On a rotational basis with Mrs. Berg, Ms. Hunter, and Ms. Smith, come discover how Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math combine to make a fun, educational, and unforgettable experience! Employing gears, circuitry, marbles, dominoes, pulleys and more, we will be investigating engineering principles, such as chain reactions, propulsion, and centrifugal force, architecture, maker culture, simple machines, and the intersection of art and math!
  • Mondays - Varsity Sports

    With Matt Durando
    Grade 2 to Grade 4

    Varsity Sports will cover an array of games ranging from soccer and floor hockey to wiffleball and basketball. The mission of the class is to have fun and practice sports in an environment that emphasizes good sportsmanship. This class will allow students to compete in multiple games during each session.
  • Tuesdays - Cursive

    With Jessie Wieselgren
    Grade 3 and Grade 4

    Come put pen to paper and learn how to write in cursive! Handwriting is an important skill in the writing process. Learning to write in cursive can help students to gain confidence and to increase fine motor dexterity. During this class, students will learn cursive in a fun and supportive environment.
  • Tuesdays - Junior Varsity Sports

    With Matt Durando
    Kindergarten to Grade 1

    J.V. Sports will cover an array of games ranging from soccer and floor hockey to sharks and minnows and guard the pins. The mission of the class is to have fun and improve the students’ skills. Good sportsmanship will be emphasized during each class, as the students will compete in a friendly environment.
  • Tuesdays - Sewing

    With Ms. Zarou
    Grade 1 to Grade 4
     
    Come sew with Ms Zarou.  Learn to design and sew beginning projects such a stuffed animals, pillows, bags, etc.
  • Tuesdays - Tech Tuesdays

    With Stacy Hunter
    Grade 2 to Grade 4
    Let your imagination be your guide while exploring the vast resources the Tech Lab has to offer. Build and program a MindStorm or WeDo robot, Design and 3D print, Laser Print, 3Doodle, Build a Raspberry Pi computer, Animation/Game Design in Scratch, Web Design, and Drones!
  • Tuesdays - Wiggle Worms

    With Courtney Cooke
    Nursery to Pre-Kindergarten

    Ready to let loose after a day of learning?  Come up to the dance studio to shake your wiggles out!  This class will be full of physical activity and will include movement, games, dance, yoga, and more!
  • Wednesdays - Ballet

    With Erin and Mary Rice
    Nursery to Grade 4

    Ballet promotes good posture and flexibility.  Do you want to move with grace and develop poise?  Join our beginning ballet class.  Learn the basics of this beautiful form of artistic expression.
  • Wednesdays - Chess

    With Fabio Botarelli
    Kindergarten to Grade 4
    Cost: $310

    Running this program will be nationally ranked chess expert Fabio Botarelli, who has numerous years of teaching and active tournament experience. He offers a dynamic curriculum that covers the basic fundamentals of the game, tactics, positional theory, hypermodern theory, classical theory, and the three phases of the game, which include opening, middle game, and endgame theory.

    Knowing that the game of chess can be a rigorous mental exercise for people of all ages, he starts off his students with a simple conservative philosophy of the game, a strong emphasis on positional chess, and then gradually works his students into the rigors of tactical calculation and deep strategic thinking.
  • Wednesdays - Grade 1 to Grade 4 Tennis

    With Bridgeview Tennis Instructors at Lower Poly
    Grade 1 to Grade 4
    Time: 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM (30 minute class, please note time)
    Cost: $155
     
    Players of all levels will receive instructional lessons in small groups. They will be assessed and placed into an appropriate group based on skill and ability. Lessons are designed to help balance self-esteem, discipline and learning in a fun and friendly environment. Students should wear sneakers and may bring their own racket.  Lessons will be held in Poly's Park Slope Campus.
  • Wednesdays - Pre-Kindergarten to Kindergarten Tennis

    With Bridgeview Tennis Instructors at Lower Poly
    Pre-Kindergarten to Kindergarten
    Time: 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM (30 minute class, please note time)
    Cost: $155
     
    Players of all levels will receive instructional lessons in small groups. They will be assessed and placed into an appropriate group based on skill and ability. Lessons are designed to help balance self-esteem, discipline and learning in a fun and friendly environment. Students should wear sneakers and may bring their own racket.  Lessons will be held in Poly's Park Slope Campus.
  • Wednesdays - Video Stars

    With Courtney Cooke 
    Grade 1 to Grade 4

    Video Star gives students an opportunity to direct, edit, and perform in their very own music videos!  In Video Star we learn to creatively document our musical performances or dances and experiment in a collaborative setting. Students will gain experience in videoing and editing techniques using iMovie, as well as learn skills in story boarding, sequencing, and directing.
  • Thursdays - Felting

    With Ms. Zarou and Ms. Smith
    Grade 2 to Grade 4

    What is older than leavened bread, the written word and the invention of the wheel? Felt! Decorative felt dates back to 7500 B.C.E. In this enrichment class, students will learn a variety of methods of felting including, wet felting, nuno felting (felting wool into silk or cotton) and needle-felting. Needle-felting uses a long needle with tiny notches on the side that sculpts the wool. These methods can be used to create toys, life-like models, jewelry, accessories and more! 
  • Thursdays - Grades 3 and 4 Musical Theater

    With Erin and Mary Rice
    Grade 3 to Grade 4

    Calling all future Broadway stars! Do you want to sing and dance? Join our class and learn songs from hit musical shows.
  • Thursdays - Kindergarten Soccer

    With Park Slope United 
    Kindergarten
    Cost: $155
    4:15 PM to 4:45 PM (30 minute class, please note time)

    Park Slope United (www.parkslopeunited.com) is a premier local soccer club that develops kind people and creative soccer players. They are known throughout Brooklyn for their professional coaching, innovative curriculum, and a nurturing soccer community.  Park Slope United's classes, teams, and camps are popular because their coaches make soccer fun and engaging--no standing around in lines. Instead, you'll see lots of games, smiles and goals! 
    *The after school staff will bring your child to regular after school where they will have a snack and then will bring them to the gym for Soccer at 4:15.  
     
  • Thursdays - Nursery Soccer

    With Park Slope United
    Nursery
    Cost: $155
    3:15 PM to 3:45 PM  (30 minute class, please note time)

    Park Slope United (www.parkslopeunited.com) is a premier local soccer club that develops kind people and creative soccer players. They are known throughout Brooklyn for their professional coaching, innovative curriculum, and a nurturing soccer community.  Park Slope United's classes, teams, and camps are popular because their coaches make soccer fun and engaging--no standing around in lines. Instead, you'll see lots of games, smiles and goals!
    *You may sign out your children in Nursery B at 3:45 P.M. or they may stay for regular after school.  As a reminder, children may attend regular after school when enrichment classes are done for no additional cost.  
  • Thursdays - NYC Habitats Kids

    NYC Habitat Kids aims to educate the next generation on their surrounding natural habitats and equip them with the knowledge to conserve the environment, all while having tons of fun! Through learning about our NYC habitats and the diversity of life that relies on them, we believe students will learn to value our green spaces and become more engaged stewards of the environment. The program will involve interactive educational lessons, creative performance art projects, and tons of arts and crafts! Sign up for NYC Habitat Kids for a unique educational experience and for lots of creative fun! With NYC Habitat and Ms. Berg
  • Thursdays - Puppetry

    With Ms. Ely
    Kindergarten to Grade 2

    The puppetry after school program focuses on the essential elements of puppetry and storytelling. Students will work with a variety of materials to build puppets such as hand and paper bag puppets, shadow puppets and rod puppets. They will then use these puppets to create and tell a short story. Students will also learn about the history of puppetry and the various types of puppetry.
  • Thursdays - Pre- Kindergarten Soccer

    With Park Slope United
    Pre-Kindergarten
    Cost: $155
    3:45 PM to 4:15 PM (30 minute class, please note time)

    Park Slope United (www.parkslopeunited.com) is a premier local soccer club that develops kind people and creative soccer players. They are known throughout Brooklyn for their professional coaching, innovative curriculum, and a nurturing soccer community.  Park Slope United's classes, teams, and camps are popular because their coaches make soccer fun and engaging--no standing around in lines. Instead, you'll see lots of games, smiles and goals! 
    *The after school staff will bring your child to regular after school where they will have a snack and then will bring them to the gym for Soccer at 3:45. 
  • Fridays - Capoeira: Afro-Brazilian Martial Art

    With ABADA-Capoeira Experience
    Kindergarten to Grade 4
    Cost: $310

    Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. Through games and physical activity, this class will promote interactive learning.  Children will learn about focus, taking risks, partner work, concentration, and problem solving.
  • Fridays - Kindergarten to Grade 2 Musical Theater

    With Mary and Erin Rice
    Kindergarten to Grade 2
    Calling all future Broadway stars! Do you want to sing and dance? Join our class and learn songs from hit musical shows.
  • Fridays - Run4Fun

    With Run4Fun
    Grades 1 to 4
    Cost: $465
     
    Run4Fun (www.run4funusa.org) promotes wellness mentally, physically, and socially through running with an emphasis on fun. The program runs in many schools throughout Brooklyn and the Bronx. The Run4Fun curriculum integrates running technique, nutritional tips, life skills, and team building activities in each session. Run4Fun sessions are designed for each age-group and include dynamic warm ups, age appropriate distance runs, fun running games, nutritional activities, a cool down, and finish with a Run4Fun cheer. Run4Fun youth runners will also have the opportunity to participate in races throughout the city. Run4Fun!

    *For the winter trimester, the sessions will take place at the Park Slope Armory.  After having a snack at Poly, the Run4Fun coaches will pick up the students at Poly and bring them to the Armory.  The class will run from 4:30-6:00pm with the option to pick up earlier if needed.  Pick up will take place at the Armory.   

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  esoto@polyprep.org
  • Fridays - Spanish

    With Ms. Ely
    Nursery to Pre-Kindergarten
    The Spanish after school program is an immersive experience designed to give young learners an authentic introduction to the language. Using songs, games, puppetry, stories and hands-on activities, children will become accustomed to listening to and speaking Spanish. Children will develop basic conversational skills, express likes and dislikes, and learn basic vocabulary related to the activities and lessons. Materials will also be sent home to reinforce the language learned in class. 

Winter Course Dates

Mondays
December 10, 17
January 7, 14, 28
February 4, 11, 25
 
Tuesdays
December 11, 18
January 8, 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12
 
Wednesdays
December 12, 19
January 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13
 
Thursdays
December 13, 20
January 10, 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14
 
 
Fridays
December 14
January 11, 18, 25, 
February 1, 8, 15, 22

Remaining Fall Dates

 
Tuesday
Make up for all Classes November 27
Cursive Make up December 4
 
Wednesdays
Make up for all Classes December 5

Thursdays
Puppetry Make Up November 29
Soccer Make Ups November 29 and December 6
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