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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 Spring 2018 schedule here!

Online registration for Sprin 2018 Lower School Enrichment Programs will beginning february 23, 2018.


Spring 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: March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 14 (NO class May 7th)
Time: 3:15 - 4:25
Instructor: Ms. Miller and Mr. Patten
Grades: K-3
Class size: 24
Tuition $150

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. There will be a performance for the parents at the end of the session on May 14th, 4pm. The Bollywood enrichment participants will also perform at a special morning meeting for the school on May 17th.

Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14 (NO class March 26th)
Time: 3:15 - 4:25
Instructor: Ms. Megha Shah
Grades: 3-5
Class size: 14
Tuition $150

Create & Compute - Engineering Design and Technology

Dabbling with 3D printing, Scratch programming and more! Learn how to use and gain more skills in Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and Scratch. Children will receive both Tinkercad and Scratch accounts connected with a teacher account for the purpose of remixing, designing and/or creating projects of their choosing. Some projects may utilize simple circuits and a Makey Makey (a construction kit that turns everyday objects into computer inputs) to give participants exposure to creating with these materials. Other projects may be 3D designed and printed. Projects will stem from the group’s interest.

Dates: March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14
Time: 3:15-4:15
Instructor: Mrs. Tummarello
Grades: 3rd-5th
Class size: 12
Tuition: $150

The Handwork Studio

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: March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14
Time: 3:15 - 4:15
Instructor: Handwork Studio Teacher
Grades: K-5
Class size: 12
Tuition $185

Tuesday

Bits and Bots - Engineering Design and Technology

Participants will work with Little Bits and Ozobots to gain problem-solving skills and to foster creativity. Little Bits are electronic building blocks that can be used for the purpose of inventing and Ozobots are programmable little robots that encourage creative thinking. Ozobot Bits and Ozobot Evo are available for programming experiences. After a brief introduction to the “bits and bots” participants will engage in exploration and then a project of their choosing.

Dates: March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15
Time: 3:15-4:15
Instructor: Mrs. Tummarello
Grades: 2nd-4th
Class size: 12
Tuition: $150

Junk Bot Land

Students will dismantle machines, make the parts dance in simple animations, and reassemble them to make funny sculptures using zip ties and wire!

Dates: March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15
Time: 3:15-4:15
Instructor: Mr. Christian
Grades: 1st - 5th
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: March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1,15 (NO class May 8th)
Time: 3:15-4:25
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: March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15
Time: 3:15-4:15
Instructor: Mrs. Whelan
Class size: 16
Grades: K - 3
Tuition: $170

Wednesday

Golf

Come on out after school and learn the fundamentals of golf. We will cover the grip, aim, and stance, in a fun relaxed atmosphere. Through drills and exercises the overall swing, backswing and downswing will be acquired. Short game, including chipping, pitching, and putting will be worked on. Safety and etiquette will be stressed. Discussion will also touch on golf lingo, equipment, and rules.

Dates: March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 16 (NO class on May 9)
Time: 3:15-4:25
Instructor: Lou Ruina (teacher and head golf pro at Millburn Municipal)
Grades: 1st-5th
Class size: 10
Tuition: $150

Mad Science - NASA: Academy of Future Space Explorers

Prepare to travel to the stars and beyond in this exciting program! Fasten your seatbelts as we take a journey into outer space! We will explore the cosmos, from stars to planets to asteroids and comets; you will truly be ready to blast off after every class! This program was designed in an exclusive partnership with NASA, and is not offered by any other enrichment organization. Its purpose is to send your child's minds soaring up into the sky, and through the galaxy and stars within our Milky Way! Over the course of this amazing and exciting program, they will create star boxes, cosmic chronometers, comets, and even a Rocket that they will take home with them! They will also take part in an amazing rocket launch that will let their minds travel among the stars! Don't be left behind on Earth by missing out on this fantastic program! Once the countdown begins, we can only Blast Off!!

Dates: March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16
Time: 3:15-4:15
Instructor: Mad Scientists
Grades: 2-5
Class size: 16
Tuition: $170

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: March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16
Time: 3:15-4:15
Instructor: Mrs. Whelan
Class size: 16
Grades: 1 - 3 (intermediate to advanced students)
Tuition: $170

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: March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16
Time: 3:15-4:15
Instructor: Mrs. Cindy McArthur
Grades: K-3
Class size: 16
Tuition: $170

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: March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17
Time: 3:15-4:15
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: March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17
Time: 3:15-4:15
Instructors: Ms. Mehta
Grades: K - 1
Class size: 16
Tuition: $150

Chess (2nd - 5th)

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: March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17
Time: 3:15-4:15
Instructor: Mackenzie Molner
Grades: 2nd - 5th
Class Size: 16
Tuition: $185

Friday

Chinese Dance

Ady Art Center will come back to run the Dance Enrichment Program at The Pingry School at Short Hills for the spring session 2018. The purpose of the program is to introduce the Chinese folks and modern dance and music to the students. At the beginning, level appropriate dance techniques and music fundamentals will be taught based on the individual evaluation of each participant. 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.

Dates: April 6, 13, 27, May 11, 18
Time: 3:15-4:15
Primary Instructor: Ady Sun
Secondary Instructor: Xianyi Sun
Grades: K-5
Class size: 16
Tuition: $165

Fun Friday

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: April 6, 13, 27, May 11, 18
Time: 3:15 - 4:15
Instructor: Ms. Miller & Mr. Patten
Grades: 3rd-5th
Class Size: 32
Tuition: $140

Mad Science - NASA: Academy of Future Space Explorers

Prepare to travel to the stars and beyond in this exciting program! Fasten your seatbelts as we take a journey into outer space! We will explore the cosmos, from stars to planets to asteroids and comets; you will truly be ready to blast off after every class! This program was designed in an exclusive partnership with NASA, and is not offered by any other enrichment organization. Its purpose is to send your child's minds soaring up into the sky, and through the galaxy and stars within our Milky Way! Over the course of this amazing and exciting program, they will create star boxes, cosmic chronometers, comets, and even a Rocket that they will take home with them! They will also take part in an amazing rocket launch that will let their minds travel among the stars! Don't be left behind on Earth by missing out on this fantastic program! Once the countdown begins, we can only Blast Off!!

Dates: April 6, 13, 27, May 11, 18
Time: 3:15 - 4:15
Instructor: Mad Science Instructors
Grades: K-2
Class size: 16
Tuition: $160

Registration, Rates, & Details

Registration:

  • Registration opens on February 23 and will remain open until the class is full or - March 2, 2018.
  • 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 - 4:15 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 spring courses, due to the spring 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.