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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, develop 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.

Lower School students playing with markers and blocks

Registration for fall 2019 Enrichment will open September 13. 

Enrichment Offerings

Lower School - Fall 2019

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 Fall 2019 schedule here!

Fall 2019 Enrichment

Monday

Art - BUILD

Using index cards, foam core, cardboard, and cereal boxes (and as little glue as possible!) we will make imaginary buildings, mazes and other small surprises by slotting, cutting, folding and scoring. Finally will create a laser cut masterpiece to take home and share with your family.

Dates: October 7, 21, 28 November 4, 11, 18, 25 December 2
Time: 3:15-4:15
Instructor: Mr. Russell Christian
Grades: 2-5
Class size: 12
Tuition: $160

Compute and Create -  Scratch

Dabbling with Scratch programming, creation and more!  Learn how to use and gain more skills with Scratch 3.0, a visual programming language. Participants will receive both Scratch accounts connected with a teacher account for the purpose of remixing, designing and/or creating projects of their choosing. Projects will stem from the group’s interest.

Dates: October 7, 21, 28 November 4, 11, 18, 25 December 2
Time: 3:15-4:15
Instructor: Ms. Sue Tumarello
Grades: 3-5
Class size: 12
Tuition: $160

Math League Grade 4

Advanced Topics in Competitive Mathematics.  Topics include advanced arithmetic, whole number theory, discrete mathematics, algebra, and geometry. We will focus on learning to constrain our logical thinking in order to solve challenging math problems and the rules and sections of Math League contests, and practice solving sample problems.  
**Must pass qualifying exam to participate

Dates: October 7, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9
Time: 3:15-4:15
Instructor: Mrs. Verna Lange
Grades: 4 
Class size: 15
Tuition: $180

Needle Arts

Settle down and learn the basics of knitting.  Learn basic knitting terminology, how to cast on, the garter stitch, how to bind off. Materials will be supplied.

Dates: October 7, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9
Time: 3:15-4:15
Instructor: Mrs. Anna Brasowski
Grades: 1st-5th
Class size: 10
Tuition: $160

 

Tuesday

Compute and Create -  Lego Wedo 2.0

Participants may just be just getting started with robotics or perhaps already be avid builders. This club will provide both introductory and more advanced experiences with robotics along with varying problem-solving opportunities. Projects will involve the use of Wedo computing to create projects. The robotic’s builds will be “make and take apart” in nature.

Dates: October 1, 15, 22, 29 November 5, 12, 19, 26 
Time: 3:15-4:15
Instructor: Ms. Sue Tumarello
Grades: 1-3
Class size: 12
Tuition: $160

Math League Grade 3

Advanced Topics in Competitive Mathematics.  Topics include advanced arithmetic, whole number theory, discrete mathematics, algebra, and geometry. We will focus on learning to constrain our logical thinking in order to solve challenging math problems and the rules and sections of Math League contests, and practice solving sample problems.  
**Must pass qualifying exam to participate

Dates: October 1, 15, 22, 29 November 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 3:15-4:15
Instructor: Mrs. Verna Lange
Grades: 4 
Class size: 15
Tuition: $160

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: October 1, 15, 22, 29 November 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 3:15-4:15
Instructor: Ms. Leslie Miller
Grades: K-2
Class size: 20
Tuition: $160

 

Wednesday

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. A performance is planned at the end of the session.

Dates: October 16, 23, 30 November 6, 13, 20 December 4
Time: 3:15 - 4:25
Instructor: Mrs. Megha Shah
Grades: 3-5
Class size: 14
Tuition: $140

Golf - CLOSED REGISTRATION FULL

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: October 16, 23, 30 November 6, 13, 20 December 4
Time: 3:15 - 4:25
Instructor: Lou Ruina 
Grades:   1 -5
Class size: 10
Tuition:    $140

Mad Science: Crazy Chemistry

In this awesome Mad Science program, your child will play the role of junior chemist as we create and concoct with science.  From super sticky stuff to the amazing dry ice-capades, each class will go on a journey through hands-on and amazing science.  Create crazy chemical reactions that pop, fizz and glow in the dark!  Piece by piece through our program we will put together their own home lab complete with beakers and test tubes!

Dates: October 16, 23, 30 November 6, 13, 20 December 4
Time:  3:15-4:25  
Instructor: Mad Science Instructor
Class size:  20
Grades:  K - 5
Tuition:  $175

Math League Grade 5

Advanced Topics in Competitive Mathematics.  Topics include advanced arithmetic, whole number theory, discrete mathematics, algebra, and geometry. We will focus on learning to constrain our logical thinking in order to solve challenging math problems and the rules and sections of Math League contests, and practice solving sample problems.  
**Must pass qualifying exam to participate

Dates: October 23, 30 November 6, 13, 20 December 4
Time: 3:15-4:25
Instructor: Mrs. Verna Lange
Grades: 4 
Class size: 15
Tuition: $160

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 at the end of the session.

Dates: October 16, 23, 30 November 6, 13, 20 December 4
Time: 3:15 - 4:25
Instructor: Ms. Cindy McArthur & Ms. Heather Denges
Grades: K-3
Class size: 16
Tuition: $155

 

Thursday

Basketball

Don’t miss out on a “shot” to participate in a 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. 

Students will be separated by age and skill level so please do not hesitate to enroll your child.  

See you on the court!

Dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24 November 7, 14, 21 December 5
Time: 3:15 – 4:15
Instructor: Ms. Leslie Miller 
Grades: K - 3
Class Size: 12
Tuition: $160

Chess Club

Learn chess with Diplomat Chess! State and national champions have been part of our programs, but the majority of our students are just looking to learn and have fun! This club will have multiple coaches and students will be sorted into groups based on ability and experience.

Club time will be split between an interactive group lesson and playing time. Lessons will depend on the group of children, but can range from learning the rules, to advanced tournament concepts and analysis of famous games. Game time is structured so that children are paired with someone around their own skill level.

All equipment will be provided by Diplomat Chess, and students will receive a complimentary "gold" account to ChessKid.com for the duration they are enrolled in chess club.

Learn More About Mr. Lazorchak:

  • USCF ranked “Class A” Player
  • Certified USCF Advanced Coach
  • Certified FIDE (World Chess) Instructor
  • Article + Video contributor for www.ChessKid.com
  • Holds a Masters Degree in Teaching
  • Certified Teacher, Grades 1-6
  • Pingry Alumni 

Dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24 November 7, 14, 21 December 5
Time: 3:15 - 4:15  
Instructor: Robert Lazorchak & Diplomat Chess instructors
Grades: K-5
Class Size: 24
Tuition: $210

 

Friday

Fun Friday - CLOSED REGISTRATION 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: October 4, 11, 18, 25 November 8, 22 December 6
Time:  3:15-4:15  
Instructor: Ms. Leslie Miller 
Grades: 3-5
Class Size: 32
Tuition: $160

 

Mad Science: Brixology

Brixology sets the foundation for our next generation of makers! Kids learn about different type s of engineering and team up to construct different projects using LEGO bricks.  Your engineer will build upon their creativity to solve real world design challenges, while developing their problem solving and team-building skills.  Let the building begin!

Dates: October 4, 11, 18, 25 November 8, 22 December 6
Time:  3:15-4:15  
Instructor: Mad Science Instructors
Grades: K - 2
Class Size: 24
Tuition: $185

 

AM Math Enrichment - Both Campuses

SHORT HILLS CAMPUS

MOEMS (Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools) Short Hills

At Friday morning Math Team, students learn creative problem solving fundamentals, using classroom arithmetic.  Fundamental topics include number theory, discrete mathematics, algebra, geometry, and logical thinking.  At weekly practice sessions, participants will work in small groups to solve challenging problems from previous years’ MOEMS (www.moems.org) contests.  From November through March, the 2019-2020 MOEMS Olympiad series will be offered during one of the Friday morning sessions per month.  The competitions are optional, and enrollment in this program is open to all students in grades 3-5.

Day:  Friday
Dates:

Fall Trimester: 
September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 8, 22

Winter Trimester:
December 6, 13, January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28 

Spring Trimester:
March 6, April 3,17, 24, May 8, 15, 20

Time:  7:30 - 8:15
Instructor: Mrs.Verna Lang
Grades: 3-5 ( Open to All)
Room: Chen Family Dining Room
Tuition: $15 per visit

** Billing will be based on attendance.  No need to pre-register.  

BASKING RIDGE CAMPUS


MOEMS (Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools)— Basking Ridge Campus 

At Thursday morning Math Team, 6th graders study advanced topics in creative problem solving, with emphasis on number theory, discrete mathematics, algebra, geometry, and logical thinking. 

The group will prepare for both the MOEMS (www.moems.org) and Math League (www.mathleague.org) contest series.  From November through March, the 2019-2020 MOEMS Olympiad series will be offered during one of the Thursday morning sessions per month. 

Regional and state level Math League contests are held after school, at various locations in New Jersey, beginning October 22nd: http://mathleague.org/esevents.php.  

All competitions are optional, and enrollment in this program is open to all students in grade 6.

Day: Thursdays
Dates:
Fall Trimester: 
September 19, October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, 21

Winter Trimester:
December 5, 12, January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 2, 6, 13, 20, 27 

Spring Trimester:
March 5, 6*, April 2, 9, 16, 30, May 7, 14, 21

Time: 7:30 a.m.–8:15 a.m.
Instructor: Verna Lange
Grade: 6
Room 437
Tuition: $15 per visit**

** Billing will be based on attendance.  No need to pre-register. 

Math Enrichment Information

Math League Information

The after-school Math League enrichment will be held for the fall trimester according to the schedule below:

Monday: Grade 4

Tuesday: Grade 3

Wednesday: Grade 5

Participants will work in small groups to prepare for the Math League (www.mathleague.org) contest series, with emphasis on developing elegant problem solving strategies.  Advanced topics include number theory, discrete mathematics, algebra, geometry, and logical thinking.  The pace of this course is accelerated, and proficiency with advanced arithmetic is a prerequisite for enrollment. 

Registration will be offered to students in grades 3-5 who achieve qualifying scores on the Math League placement examination to be held Monday September 9 immediately after school in the Chen Family Dining Room with a 4:20 dismissal at the back circle. Note: participation in the Friday morning MOEMS enrichment is strongly suggested as a co-requisite course of study. 

Regional and state level contests are held after school, at various locations in New Jersey, beginning October 22nd: http://mathleague.org/esevents.php.  

 

Registration, Rates, & Details

Registration:

  • Registration for Fall 2019 opens on September and will remain open until the class is full or October 20, 2019.
  • 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: $160 - $310

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)
  • AM Math Olympiad - Grade 3 - 5. All mathletes are welcome - no testing required. Time: 7:30 - 8:15 a.m.
    Location: Chen Dining Commons.
  • 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.
  • The Intercampus 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 musical rehearsals. If you are interested in signing your child up for the Intercampus Shuttle, please contact Cindy McArthur, Director of Summer & Auxiliary Programs, at cmcarthur@pingry.org or 908-647-5555 ext. 1642.

 

Middle School - Fall 2019

Fall 2019 Enrichment

Monday

No offerings at this time.

Tuesday

No offerings at this time

 

Wednesday

No offerings at this time

Thursday

Creative Writing

"I'm hungry" versus, "I'm so hungry I could gobble up a dozen gooey chocolate chip cookies while sneaking in a couple marshmallow stacked s'mores with a side of creamy strawberry shortcake topped off with juicy apple slices and a scoop of bubble gum and birthday cake flavored ice cream!"

Let's face it: Middle Schoolers love to make things up.  So let them engage in the art of making things up - the art of Creative Writing!  Every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. from October 3 to November 21 (excluding 10/31 Halloween), let their imaginations run wild with one another before Ms. Enriquez reigns them in and teaches them how to harness their bright ideas on paper.  They'll write poetry and plays, short stories and long stories - they'll take everything they've seriously learned in English class, turn it on its head, and have fun with it all!

Dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24 November 7, 14, 21
Time: 4:00 - 5:00
Instructor: Mr. Audrey Enriquez
Grades: 6-8
Class size: 12
Tuition: $140

 

MOEMS (Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools)— Basking Ridge Campus 

MOEMS offers creative problem solving in a fun team setting. Each week, participants will solve five thinking problems in small groups. The team will compete in monthly MOEMS Olympiads, November to March. Participants will focus on learning to constrain their logical thinking in order to solve challenging math problems. Topics include whole number theory, discrete mathematics, algebra, and geometry.

  • Dates:
    • Fall Trimester: 
      • September 19, October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, 21
    • Winter Trimester:
      • December 5, 12, January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 2, 6, 13, 20, 27 
    • Spring Trimester:
      • March 5, 6*, April 2, 9, 16, 30, May 7, 14, 21
  • Time: 7:30 a.m.–8:15 a.m.
  • Instructor: Verna Lange
  • Grade: 6 
  • Tuition: $15

Friday

Chinese Character Exploration

The Chinese language is believed to be the oldest living language, and the history of Chinese writing spans over 5,000 years. You might have heard that some Chinese characters were developed from simple pictures of nature, such as the character of bamboo, which looks just like a bamboo plant! This Chinese Character Exploration enrichment class is designed to help you learn about Chinese characters and their history. With 6 sessions, you will be able to identify and write many fundamental pictographic Chinese characters. After mastering these characters, it will be quite easy for you to decode other more complicated Chinese characters. In the meantime, you will introduce yourself to some common classroom expressions. Ms. Yu looks forward to exploring these very interesting and historic Chinese characters with you on Fridays, starting October 4!

Dates: October 4, 18, 25, November 8, 15, 22
Time: 4:00 - 5:00
Instructor: Ms. Weiwei Yu
Grades: 6-8
Class size: 12
Tuition: $120

Music Lessons

Whether you're a beginning, intermediate or advanced student, private lessons with an instructor are the best way to develop your skills.

Private lessons are available before and after school on the following instruments - piano, guitar, flute, harp, voice and music theory.

Lesson Offerings:

Ms. Finn: piano, flute, guitar and harp
Ms. Liu: piano, flute, voice and music theory

There is an additional charge for these lessons and availability is limited. 

To learn more information, contact Cindy McArthur at cmcarthur@pingry.org or 908-647-5555 ext. 1642. Please note there is financial aid is available if your family qualifies.

To begin the scheduling process use the form below.

Pricing

30 Minutes:
$45

45 Minutes:
$65

60 Minutes:
$85

Please fill in the information required below:

For inquiries regarding consulting contact Cindy McArthur, Director of Summer and Auxiliary Programs, at cmcarthur@pingry.org or 908-647-5555 ext. 1642