Children are returning to in-person school five days a week and we’ve received a lot of inquiries about resuming on-site afterschool programming as well.
Registration is now open for Spring Cycle “B” which will go from Monday, May 17th to Friday, June 25th. We are currently offering classes outdoors and online, and we are prepared to offer a number of classes in the school buildings as well, if we are able to secure permits.
Over the last year, permits to operate our afterschool program haven’t been available, and we’ve been working behind the scenes to advocate for the old policy. A number of parents have written letters of support, letting the Department of Education know how important afterschool is for them as working parents.
The NYC DoE calendar for next school year has just been publish, so we will begin to set up registration next fall afterschool as well. Here’s the link to the school calendar for 2021-22.
The necessity of work in front of a computer screen has certainly taken its toll this year. And we’ve learned that not every subject can be taught effectively over the internet. Nevertheless, Arts and Athletics and other educators have identified a number of classes that work well online and we’ve developed ways to make the most of these resources.
Coding is a natural and we’re exciting that Ms. Sora is offering a couple section of coding using a couple of different platforms, Kodable and Code Monkey. (You can learn more about our technology offerings here.
Outdoors/Indoors–Central to our afterschool programming these last months has been our outdoor adventure program, where children exercise and explore and learning about nature. We currently offer sections in English, Spanish, and French, and we’ve discovered that for children still learning the languages (i.e. they don’t speak French at home with their parents) we are able to augment the outdoor experience with an online class in which reinforces vocabulary and phrases and concepts that were covered in our outdoor class. And we are offering this language support for children who are signed up for outdoor adventures and no additional cost!
Other classes that work well online are chess, musical theater, and writing. The ideal afterschool class is one that uses a child’s academic skills without seeming to pile on more work. When a student can experience the sense of agency that comes with using the skills they’ve learned in school, that reinforces the benefits of their classroom experience, and promotes a love of learning.
We hope that we’ll soon be able to resume classes in our schools, but we will continue to look for ways to use online learning to support our offerings and create a better learning experience.
Arts and Athletics has cultivated a cautious but optimistic stance toward the coronavirus pandemic and we have developed routines that incorporate insights and best practices from the latest public health guidance. Naturally, it is a work in progress, but as we expand our programming and gradually resume activities in our cooperating schools, we will continue to adhere to the policies and procedure that keep our children and our staff members safe.
To read more about our COVID response, click here.
Over the past couple of weeks we’ve collaborated with our friends at the Level Group design firm to develop signage for our winter offerings. You’ll see the results posted at each of our schools, red/pink and blue/green banners that say: YES! Winter Enrollment is Now Open.
It’s such a simple message, but during these colder months we feel that it’s important to affirm that good things are happening amidst all the disruption and uncertainty.
Join us this winter if you can. We have regular outdoor and online afterschool (winter cycle goes through Friday, February 12th) and we have camps on the days that school is not in session. And keep us in mind for spring activities as well. We will begin registration for spring cycle by the end of January. We’re hoping that we’ll be able to offer some of our spring classes back in the school buildings.
But whether it’s with our crew or on your own or with friends…make sure that you’re getting outside and enjoying the fresh air. We want you to be happy and healthy too!!!
The Arts and Athletics staff are minimizing travel during this holiday season, and those who are traveling are taking precautions of getting tested and quarantining before leaving and upon their return.
The New York Health Department continues to update its guidance on travel and staying safe during the winter months. See their winter plan here.
The team at Arts and Athletics has worked hard over the last ten months to learn all we could about operating safely during this unprecedented public health crisis. Like everyone, we wish we could have a quicker return to normalcy, but we’re also learning about patience and we remain committed to providing support for families and cool experiences for children…always prioritizing their safety and wellbeing.
Happy Holidays everyone. Please be safe!
Important Dates: Afterschool 2020 – 2021:
Three cycles (Fall, Winter, Spring) & Summer Camp!
This morning (Thursday, June 25, 2020) PS 9 is hosting an information session for parents and caregivers of our new incoming students. As the PS 9 afterschool provider Arts and Athletics offers a wide range of afterschool activities during the school year, camps during holidays and vacations, and virtual meet-ups and video lessons when we …
The Arts and Athletics organization was founded to support our schools and make educational opportunities available to all our children. Students select from hundreds of enrichment classes and then discover that other children share their excitement and enthusiasm. Children are united by a love of learning regardless of background or skin tone. The events of …
We are proud to invite you to our upcoming end of cycle performances! Our students have been working hard to develop these fun and exciting performances. We are looking forward to sharing them with you. Click here for a full schedule of all upcoming performances. Please contact your site supervisor with any questions regarding open …