After 3 Class Descriptions

Registration for enrichment activities, childcare, specialist classes, or private music lessons includes the ability to stay in After 3 from the regular school day dismissal until 5:30 p.m. Students can be registered for any or all days of the week.

Childcare is not available beyond 5:30 p.m. A late fee will be assessed for students picked up beyond this time.

Online registration will open Wednesday, December 1 at 10:00 a.m. through Wednesday, December 8 at 10:00am.

Activity Power Hour – 1st through 5th grades
Activity Power Hour (APH) incorporates what students love the most: choice. During each week, we will offer a variety of activities for students to choose from: Sports, The Islands, Tech Lab, Art & Design, and Specials. While these offerings may change daily, we always have at least two activities available to each cohort. Please read more about our Activity Power Hour environments below:
  • Directed Study: Second through fifth grade students will have an opportunity to complete their homework in a quiet space during After 3. They may choose to play after completing their homework. If you would like your child to complete their homework during After 3, please select the ‘Directed Study’ option at the time of registration.
  • Sports: This environment features a rotating assortment of favorite playground games, such as Kickball, Capture the Flag, and Medic. Students who participate in our sports environment have the chance to run out some energy while improving their game skills and sportsmanship.
  • The Islands: Named after the most relaxing environment in Newman Summer Day Camp, The Islands offers students a variety of crafts and projects. Students work on their fine motor skills while creating intricate designs in Perler beads, lanyards, and homemade jewelry and accessories.
  • Makerspace: Located in the Lower School Innovation Lab, students will have the opportunity to utilize this rapid prototyping environment to enter with an idea and develop it into reality.
  • Tech Lab: A wide variety of technology-based activities draws students into this environment. Students will have the opportunity to explore applications such as Minecraft, Tinker, Hour of Code, MIT Scratch, StopMotion animation, and Tinker CAD.
  • Visual Art & Design: This environment offers a wide variety of creative endeavors. Housed in the Lower School art studio, students will have the opportunity to focus on their artistry while creating original pieces of wearable arts, found object art, painting, drawing, and mixed media.
  • Specials: Surprise specials are offered throughout the semester and help us gauge student interest in future class offerings.
Instructors: After 3 Instructors and Newman Faculty
Days: Monday through Friday
 
Activity Power Hour – Pre-K and Kindergarten
Activity Power Hour for our youngest Greenies includes an in-classroom, extracurricular enrichment activity and active-play sport or game. The Classroom Enrichment environment will include rotations of art projects, hands-on science, musical games, and tinkering. The Active Play & Games environment will include P.E. games, races, and sports. Each day will focus on teamwork, motor skills, and fun.
Instructors: After 3 Instructors and Newman Faculty
Days: Monday through Friday
 
Private Piano Lessons, Kindergarten through 5th grades
After 3 puts the fun in fundamental piano skills. Our instructors offer a consistent curriculum with unified materials which will engage the students with songs they will love to play and sing. Our Classical composers will include Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Scott Joplin (ragtime) of course! All students enrolled will receive one thirty-minute lesson per week. We strongly recommend that students enrolling in private piano lessons own a piano or a keyboard or that they have easy access to one during the week. Practice is mandatory starting with first grade or level 1 piano. All lesson books and materials are provided at no extra charge.   
Instructors: Amanda Wadsworth, Patrick Scioneaux, and Rik Fletcher.
Days: Monday through Friday
Times: 3:05- 3:35, 3:40- 4:10, 4:15- 4:45 or 4:50- 5:20 p.m.
 
Private Guitar Lessons – 1st through 5th grades
Guitar lessons will focus on building proper technique, musical awareness, and overall music appreciation. In addition to the more technical aspects of playing the instrument, students will be engaged with repertoire which they will love to play and sing. Some of the musical projects will include repertoire study of pop and rock artists such as the Beatles; the guitar as an essential part of American music; and how to play and sing along. All students enrolled will receive one thirty-minute lesson per week. Students will be strongly encouraged to have their own instrument at home. Practicing is mandatory and ideally should be consistent.
Instructor: Jenelle Roccaforte
Days: Tuesday through Thursday
Times: 3:05- 3:35, 3:40- 4:10, 4:15- 4:45 or 4:50- 5:20 p.m.
 
Mondays beginning Jan. 24

Readable Art – PreK & Kindergarten 
Mister Spitz will begin each class with a reading of a favorite book of his, after which students will create a focused work of art inspired by the book!
Instructor: Bryan Spitzfaden 

Times: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. for PreK | 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. for Kindergarten 
 
Gymnastics – Kindergarten 
Kinder Gym is gymnastics designed for Kindergarten students. Students are introduced to bars, beam, and tumbling using preschool gymnastic equipment.
Instructor: NOLA Gymnastics led by Coach Gretchen Schultz
Times: 3:00– 4:00 p.m.
 
Scholastic Chess – 1st grade & 2nd Grade 
Students will be introduced to chess and learn about this ancient game, including etiquette, sportsmanship, and the joy of learning. Students will gradually acquire basic competence in chess through learning the characteristics of each piece, basic cornerstone fundamentals, and by learning and practicing basic tactics. The class period will be structured as a mix of direct lecture and demonstration, and ample hands-on practice. This class is designed for children who are new to chess or early in their exploration of this classic game. 
Instructor: Nick Matta 
Times: 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. for 1st grade | 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. for 2nd grade 

Techniques in Drawing and Painting – 3rd through 5th grades 
This class is for young artists interested in developing a strong fundamental skill set in drawing and painting. Our focus will be on the technical use of the materials, covering areas such as shading, blending, and mixing color. The class will explore the use of value (tones from light to dark) to create the illusion of light, texture, and dimension. The students will also be introduced to topics such as composition (the intentional framing of the subject) and the benefits of close observation and drawing from life. All skill levels welcome.   
Instructor: Kayleigh Gillies 
Times: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

Competitive Robotics Team – 4th through 5th grades 
This class will prepare students for a First Lego League (FLL) challenge competition. Students will hone their skills designing and building a robot and attachments to solve timed challenges. Participants will write programs to guide the robot through the challenges while preparing through research and investigation for an FLL competition later in the semester. On your marks, get set, Lego! 
Instructor: Collin Doruff 
Times: 3:15– 4:30 p.m. 

Tuesdays beginning Jan. 18

Gymnastics – Pre-K 
Kinder Gym is gymnastics designed for Pre-K students. Students are introduced to bars, beam, and tumbling using preschool gymnastic equipment. 
Instructor: NOLA Gymnastics led by Coach Gretchen Schultz 
Times: 3:00– 4:00 p.m.
 
Little Innovators – Kindergarten 
Through exploration, discovery, and experimentation students in this class will become architects and engineers. By trying different approaches to daily challenges students will find creative solutions using a variety of materials including blocks, LEGO, cardboard, craft materials, and found objects. 
Instructor: Khiry Armstead 
Times: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 
 
Cooking – 1st & 2nd grade 
During this class students will learn to make a variety of sweet and savory culinary favorites. From classic shortbread cookies to homemade hummus & fry bread, students will hone their skills in the kitchen, gain more confidence as chefs, and maybe even find their new favorite recipe. Throughout the semester, students will also help create their own recipe book which can be taken home at the end of the year. 
Instructor: Erika Donat 
Times: 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. for 1st grade | 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. for 2nd grade 

Robotics Exploration – 3rd through 5th grade 
This class is an environment for free exploration with the components involved in robotics. Students may use this time to experiment with new combinations of sensors, learn about the intricacies of programming, and build a new style of robot with a brand-new purpose. This exploration class is a wonderful way to get excited about robotics, develop new skills, and potentially lead to a competitive team robotics setting. 
Instructor: Travis Blotsky 
Times: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 
 
Wednesdays beginning Jan. 19

Discovering Dance - PreK 
A dance class for every curious young mover! For one hour on Wednesdays, we will turn the dance studio into a lab for creative movement, working together to discover our own personal groove. A typical class will use a variety of exciting music and include a group warmup and a short lesson, as well as teamwork and freestyle games. These dancers will have the chance to build confidence and self-control through movement, as well as work on physical and emotional awareness in a group setting. 
Instructor: Julia Lemman 
Times: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

Science – PreK 
Continue the creative wonder of science with fun, hands-on science experiments and projects that will help promote life-long interests and skills. Exploration will include everything from volcanoes and dinosaurs to polymer super balls, balloon rockets, and plants. The focus will be on enjoying participating in experiments and projects while learning and understanding the scientific fundamentals of each project. 
Instructor: Susan Scharff 
Times: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

Soccer Shots Classic – Kindergarten 
The Soccer Shots Classic program teaches the technical skills of soccer and encourages greater confidence with ball control, using both feet, starting and stopping and changing directions by incorporating basic moves. Through creativity, positivity, and fun, we encourage new challenges and increased confidence in the Classic program. Soccer Shots provides children's soccer experiences and believe this sport is a powerful vehicle for positively impacting youth. Athletic shoes and socks are required for class. 
Instructor: Soccer Shots Coaches 
Times: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

Robotics Exploration – 1st & 2nd grades 
This class is an environment for free exploration with the components involved in robotics. Students may use this time to experiment with new combinations of sensors, learn about the intricacies of programming, and build a new style of robot with a brand-new purpose. This exploration class is a wonderful way to get excited about robotics, develop new skills, and potentially lead to a competitive team robotics setting. 
Instructor: Travis Blotsky 
Times: 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. for 1st grade | 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. for 2nd grade 

Scholastic Chess – 3rd through 5th grades 
Students will learn about this ancient game, including etiquette, sportsmanship, and the joy of learning. Students will acquire basic competence in chess through learning the characteristics of each piece, basic cornerstone fundamentals, and by learning and practicing basic tactics. The class period will be structured as a mix of direct lecture and demonstration, and ample hands-on practice. 
Instructor: Nick Matta 
Times: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 
 
Thursdays beginning Jan. 20

Mini Chef Cooking – PreK 
This semester mini chefs will gain more confidence in the kitchen by learning basic cooking skills like chopping, measuring, and recognizing common kitchen ingredients. Each week, the chefs will practice their skills, learn new recipes, and snack on delicious treats. By the end of the semester, the chefs will have their own recipe book which will include the recipes they made during the semester. 
Instructor: Erika Donat 
Times: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

Chess, Kindergarten 
 
Chess teaches children how to think critically, problem solve, and plan ahead. This class introduces our youngest Greenies to the ancient game of chess through stories and fun games. Students will learn about each piece, how they move, and strategies on how to win a game. 
Instructor: Nick Matta 
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

Science – Kindergarten
 
Continue the creative wonder of science with fun, hands-on science experiments and projects that will help promote life-long interests and skills. Exploration will include everything from volcanoes and dinosaurs to polymer super balls, balloon rockets, and plants. The focus will be on enjoying participating in experiments and projects while learning and understanding the scientific fundamentals of each project. 
Instructor: Susan Scharff 
Times: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

Ceramics, 1
st & 2nd grades 
In this class, students will be introduced to fundamental techniques in building with clay. Students will learn the properties of clay and methods of working with the material to achieve different forms. We will practice three hand building techniques - pinching, slab building, and coiling. All skill levels welcome. 
Instructor: Kayleigh Gillies 
Times: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

Sewing/Needlework – 3rd through 5th Grade
 
In this class students will learn beginner sewing skills such as threading a needle, sewing a straight stick and sewing on buttons. Students will also learn about embroidery and complete a simple cross stich project. All of this will culminate to them decorating a T-shirt with the techniques learned during the course. 
Instructor: Victoria Mercouris 
Times: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

Music Production, 3
rd - 5th Grades 
In Music Production students will learn to navigate the basics of multiple types of DAW (digital audio workstation) software and create their own sweet tunes weekly. Classes will cover a variety of genres and styles. 
Instructor: Khiry Armstead 
Times: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 
 
Fridays beginning Jan. 21

Soccer Shots Classic – Pre-K 
The Soccer Shots Classic program teaches the technical skills of soccer and encourages greater confidence with ball control, using both feet, starting and stopping and changing directions by incorporating basic moves. Through creativity, positivity, and fun, we encourage new challenges and increased confidence in the Classic program. Soccer Shots provides children's soccer experiences and believe this sport is a powerful vehicle for positively impacting youth.  Athletic shoes and socks are required for class. 
Instructor: Soccer Shots Coaches 
Times: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

Mini Chef Cooking – Kindergarten
 
This semester mini chefs will gain more confidence in the kitchen by learning basic cooking skills like chopping, measuring, and recognizing common kitchen ingredients. Each week, the chefs will practice their skills, learn new recipes, and snack on delicious treats. By the end of the semester, the chefs will have their own recipe book which will include the recipes they made during the semester. 
Instructor: Erika Donat 
Times: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

Beginner Karate – 1st & 2nd grades 
Martial Arts can be an integral part of youth education by teaching children discipline, self-control, and self-defense, while providing them with a rigorous physical education regimen. If students wish to progress and attain ranks in Karate, they can through this program. No previous experience is required. 
Instructor: Ike Chapoton 
Times: 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. for 1st grade | 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. for 2nd grade
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