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Enrichment

Pingry offers a variety of enrichment programs for lower, middle and upper school students outside the traditional school day. We have offerings during the school year and the summer to help students gain confidence, finesse talent, and perhaps even discover a passion for something they never knew existed. We aim to cultivate each child’s individuality and encourage them to be inspired every day.

Enrichment Offerings

Lower School

These after-school trimester programs provide a multitude of opportunities for Pingry lower school students to pursue an interest outside the school day.

View the Winter 2018 schedule here!

Online registration for winter 2018 Lower School Enrichment Programs will begin December 1, 2017.


Winter 2018 Enrichment

Monday

Basketball

Don't miss out on a "shot" to participate in this basketball enrichment class. Children will learn basketball fundamentals including shooting, passing, dribbling, defense, rebounding and team strategy. They will learn through a variety of age appropriate drills, fun games and activities. See you on the court!

Dates: January 8, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 5
Time: 3:15 - 4:25
Instructor: Ms. Miller and Mr. Patten
Grades: K-3
Class size: 24
Tuition $150

Card Sharks

This enrichment could be in the cards for you! Card games can exercise children’s executive function and self-regulation skills. K-2 students will enjoy games that require following the rules and involve strategy. We will develop cognitive flexibility and attention to detail as we play games like Spoons, Crazy Eights, Spit and Slap. Play your cards right and sign up now!

Dates: January 8, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 5
Time: 3:15 - 4:25
Instructor: Ms. Sarrazin
Grades: 4-5
Class size: 16
Tuition: $150

Film Club

Students will learn storyboarding, script-writing, interviewing techniques and the tech skills that will help them produce digital stories, short documentaries, and public service announcements.

Dates: January 8, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 5
Time: 3:15 - 4:25
Instructor: Ms. Becker
Grades: 4-5
Class size: 16
Tuition $150

The Handwork Studio - REGISTRATION CLOSED. CLASS IS FULL!

Join The Handwork Studio this Fall for a fabulous, fun-filled, fiber-arts class! Patient and skilled Handwork Studio Instructors will inspire kids to create one-of-a-kind projects through learning a variety of different techniques such as; knitting, embroidery, weaving, needle-felting ad much more! All ability levels welcome and materials are included.

Dates: January 8, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 5
Time: 3:15 - 4:25
Instructor: Handwork Studio Teacher
Grades: K-5
Class size: 12
Tuition $185

Technology and Engineering Design

Dabbling with 3D printing and more! Appropriate for beginners and those who have also previously taken a 3D printing class. Some participants will include simple circuits added to designs and others will create toys that glide using elastic band power. Participants will learn at the level of skill that they are at.

Learn how to use and gain more skills with Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. Children will receive Tinkercad accounts connected with a teacher account for the purpose of remixing, designing and/or creating files to 3D print. Projects will stem from the group’s interest.

Dates: January 8, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 5
Time: 3:15 - 4:25
Instructor: Ms. Tummarello
Grades: 3-5
Class size: 16
Tuition $150



Tuesday

Bollywood

Kids will learn traditional to contemporary, eastern to western, jazz to hip hop moves fused with popular and feet tapping Bollywood tunes. No prior dancing experience required. The students will be performing on March 9th, during World Language Week at the Diversity Potpourri.

Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 3:15-4:15
Instructor: Ms. Shah
Grades: 3 - 5
Class size: 16
Tuition: $150

Soccer

Come out after school and let’s have some fun learning the fundamentals of Soccer. In this enrichment students will build basic skills needed to become successful in the sport of Soccer. Students will be performing drills, activities and playing games which if practiced, can and will improve their passing, dribbling, shooting, juggling and game awareness. No equipment other than athletic sneakers is required.

Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 3:15-4:15
Instructor: Mr. Patten
Grades: K - 2
Class size: 16
Tuition: $150

Strings: Beginner

Learning to play an instrument opens a whole new world of friendship and fun. This class is for students in K-3 who would like to begin learning a string instrument [Violin, Viola or Cello] Like all the arts, music has a profound effect on academic success, and participation provides a great foundation in all aspects of life. In addition to music, students learn self expression, self discipline, concentration, teamwork, enhanced physical coordination and much much more. Basic string fundamentals will be taught as well as music note reading. Your child will also be able to take advantage of music performances with the school orchestra. *Instrument rental is available.

Instrument Rental - All students will need a rental instrument if they do not have their own. While it is not obligatory that our students rent from The Music Shop, it is by far the easiest way to do it, as they deliver directly to the school. String students need to be measured by either Mr Berdos or Mrs Whelan for instrument size. Once measured, they need a rental form from The Music Shop, available from Mr Berdos and Ms. Miller's websites. Students need to bring these forms home for their parents to fill out, and then return the forms to Mr Berdos. The Music Shop driver collects forms each Thursday morning, and rental instruments will be delivered on the following Thursday. Parents can also go directly to The Music Shop (56 Fanny Rd., Boonton, NJ - Phone: 800 553 0633), fill out a form, and drive away with an instrument all in one trip.

Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 3:15-4:15
Instructor: Mrs. Whelan
Class size: 16
Grades: K - 3
Tuition: $175

Trashy Town Sculpture Park

Trashy Town needs a sculpture park and has asked some big architectural firms to present designs to enter into a competition. Using cardboard and other recycled materials our architect team (you!) will design and build the little buildings, trees, people, animals and, of course, sculptures, needed to complete our model and wow the judges!

Dates: Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 3:15-4:15
Instructor: Mr. Christian
Grades: 1st -5th
Class size: 16
Tuition: $150

Wednesday

Mad Science Mysteries

Explore awesome fun and hands-on science with a magical twist! Use chemistry to concoct and brew up some exciting science, pressure to understand the air all around us, and even learn about our good friend Eggbert and get down with density! Don't miss this magical program, where you can construct marshmallow structure models as you take apart the building blocks of everything as a Jr. Engineer! Take apart circuits and create a lighting bug to light the way through this winter season! Learn all about magic and take part in creating and cracking some tricks.

Dates: January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 28 (no class Feb. 21)
Time: 3:15-4:25
Instructor: Mad Scientists
Grades: K-5
Class size: 16
Tuition: $150

Strings: Continuing

This music class is for experienced strings players. All returning strings players from last year should enroll in this class. If you are not sure what group your child should sign up for please check with Mrs. Whelan or Mr. Berdos. (email address tberdos@pingry.org ) The groups are set up by particular levels and a child who is not in the correct class will either struggle or be frustrated at the pace.

Instrument Rental - All students will need a rental instrument if they do not have their own. While it is not obligatory that our students rent from The Music Shop, it is by far the easiest way to do it, as they deliver directly to the school. String students need to be measured by either Mr Berdos or Mrs Lane for instrument size. Once measured, they need a rental form from The Music Shop, available from Mr Berdos and Ms. Miller's websites. Students need to bring these forms home for their parents to fill out, and then return the forms to Mr Berdos. The Music Shop driver collects forms each Thursday morning, and rental instruments will be delivered on the following Thursday. Parents can also go directly to The Music Shop (56 Fanny Rd., Boonton, NJ - Phone: 800 553 0633), fill out a form, and drive away with an instrument all in one trip.

Dates: January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 28 (no class Feb. 21)
Time: 3:15-4:25
Instructor: Mrs. Whelan
Class size: 16
Grades: 1 - 3 (intermediate to advanced students)
Tuition: $175

Triple Threat Music Theatre

Act, Sing, Dance and have fun while doing it! Goals of this class will be to teach Music Theater Skills (speaking, singing, acting and dancing) while working together to stage a production number. This process will foster creativity, responsibility, independence and teamwork. It will also strengthen communication skills and self-esteem. Perfect for the student who wants to show off or come out of their shell. A performance will be held on the last day – more details to follow.

Dates: January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 28 (no class Feb. 21)
Time: 3:15-4:25
Instructor: Mrs. Cindy McArthur
Grades: K-3
Class size: 16
Tuition: $150


Thursday

Adventure Education

Adventure Education is a highly engaging and motivating teaching method which focuses on developing age-appropriate social and emotional learning skills such as conflict resolution, leadership, communication, cooperative problem solving and self-confidence. We will achieve all of this through working individually, within groups, and playing many different types of fun cooperative games with a “debrief or unpacking” to follow the cooperative games to ensure we have reached and understand the desired target or goal.

Dates: January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: 3:15-4:25
Instructors: Mr. Patten
Grades: K - 2
Class size: 16
Tuition: $150

Chess - K-1st

Chess is one of the oldest board games in the world. Chess can be quite a tricky game to learn, because there is a lot to remember. A game of chess can be decided in just a few moves, or it may take hundreds. The play can be as quick or as slow as the players wish. Come and learn many strategies to be a great chess player and a great thinker.

Dates: January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: 3:15-4:25
Instructors: Ms. Mehta
Grades: K - 1
Class size: 16
Tuition: $150

Chess

Chess helps to develop skills such as critical thinking in a changing environment and problem solving. Dean Ippolito, LLC is a premier chess instruction company whose world-class instructors provide stimulating, entertaining lectures that motivate students to master the game of chess. Interactive lectures coupled with supervised play provide reinforcement for the new concepts introduced each week.

Mackenzie Molner is a top US Grandmaster with many national titles to his name, including being the 2013 US Open Co-Champion. He was one of 12 players who qualified for the 2014 US Championships. Mackenzie has spent most of his life in NJ and won the state championship in 2008. He has represented the US in the World Junior Championships. He is the only player to complete his grandmaster title with norms only from the US. Mackenzie has also won other major national titles such as the Denker Tournament of High School Championship in 2004.

After graduating from NYU in 2011, Mackenzie has devoted himself full time to playing and coaching chess. He has coached many state and national championship teams and players, even coaching the United States World Youth Team and a student to a World Championship. Students will benefit greatly from Mackenzie's experience against many of the world's elite players. He's known for his creative and aggressive style. Many students have already seen some of his games in class, especially featuring the Fried Liver Attack.

Dates: January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: 3:15-4:25
Instructor: Mackenzie Molner
Class size: 16
Grades: 2nd - 5th
Tuition: $185

Pickleball

Pickleball is an activity that is introduced to the students during Physical Education class in grades three to five. Pickleball is a lively racquet game for all ages and abilities. Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines the skills of ping pong, tennis and badminton. Pickleball is traditionally played on a badminton-sized court with wooden paddles and the ball is similar to a wiffle ball. This enrichment will provide the opportunity for the enthusiastic students who really enjoyed Pickleball during P.E. to come out and enjoy some extra time on the courts. During this enrichment class we will learn a variety of skills and drills, as well as competing in various singles and doubles competitions.

Come on out and join the fun!

Dates: January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: 3:15 - 4:25
Instructor: Ms. Miller
Grades: 3 - 5
Class size: 16
Tuition: $150

Friday

NEW* Chinese Dance

Ady Art Center will run the Dance Enrichment Program at the dance studio of The Pingry School at Short Hills. The purpose of the program is to introduce the Chinese folks and modern dance to the students. At the beginning, level appropriate dance and music fundamentals will be taught based on the evaluation of the students. The students will learn how to move with the correct rhythm in corporation with their peers. With the progress of the capabilities and levels of the class, an original group dance will be choreographed and performed. *Please note - a performance will be included in the Cultural Assembly on March 9th. More details to follow

Dates: January. 12, 19, 26 February 2, 9, 23 March 7 and 8 (please note additional dates to practice for the performance)
Time: 3:15-4:15
Instructor: Ady Sun, Michelle Nardini, Kathy Pucci and Xiaoying Liu
Class size: 15
Grades: K - 5
Tuition: $190

Fun Friday - REGISTRATION CLOSED. CLASS IS FULL!

Come join the group for an hour of fun! You will play a bunch of your favorite games during the sessions. After a long week of school, I couldn’t think of a better way to let loose with some friends. Don’t miss out, sign up now!

Dates: January. 12, 19, 26 February 2, 9, 23
Time: 3:15-4:30 (please note the longer time)
Instructor: Ms. Miller and Mr. Patten
Class size: 32
Grades: 3 - 5
Tuition: $150

Mad Science Crayola (World of Animation)- Think it! Draw it! Make it!

Take a journey to the farthest reaches of the imagination while learning about the Arctic, the rainforest, Mars, and a futuristic city! Use the design thinking process to solve real-world problems in these different environments.® Experiment with Crayola products and many art techniques like sculpting, storyboarding, collage, and mixed media. Discover design careers like graphic design, universal design, urban design, and product design. We look forward to another great year with you and your students!

Dates: January. 12, 19, 26 February 2, 9, 23
Time: 3:15-4:30 (please note the longer time)
Instructor: Mad Science Instructors
Class size: 16
Grades: K - 2
Tuition: $170


Registration, Rates, & Details

Registration:

  • Registration opens on December 4 - December 15
  • Registration will be processed daily and courses are filled on a first come, first served basis. Once a course reaches maximum enrollment, it will be closed.
  • There will be no full refunds for canceling a course or missing a class; in the case of withdrawal before a course begins, you will be charged 50% of the cost. If a withdrawal occurs after the course begins, you will be responsible for 100% of the cost.
  • In the event of insufficient course enrollment, the course will be cancelled and no payment will be due.

RATES:

  • Enrichment Courses: $150 - $300

Details:

  • Each enrichment course will meet for eight classes once a week from 3:15 - 4:25 p.m. *(unless otherwise noted in specific class description)
  • Some classes may modify their schedule due to school holidays and scheduling issues
  • Students will be dismissed to the carpool line and parents should wait in their cars for their child(ren) to be sent to the car.
  • Any student not picked up on time will be sent to after care and will be billed accordingly.
  • A transportation shuttle will run every day from the Short Hills campus to the Basking Ridge campus departing at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and at 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays during the Fall courses, due to the fall musical rehearsals. If you are interested in signing your child up for the shuttle, please contact Cindy McArthur, Director of Summer & Auxiliary Programs, at cmcarthur@pingry.org or (908) 647-5555 x1642.

For additional information or questions, contact Leslie Miller, Lower School Enrichment Coordinator, at lmiller@pingry.org or 973-379-4550 x1449

Middle School

These courses have not been announced yet. Please check back periodically for updates.