After School Enrichment Programs

Middle School students building a robot

 

2019–2020 After School Schedule

Primary

Primary workshops cost $295 each and run from 3:00 to 3:45 PM.

Dance Fusion

Fall Session, Tuesdays (Oct 1–Dec 10, 2019)

Presented by South Street Dance. In this workshop, Primary students will learn to love the fundamentals of dance as they explore various styles and techniques. They will build confidence and strength while they develop performance skills. This class is guaranteed to inspire a student’s creativity!

Eyes of the Wild

Spring Session, Thursdays (Feb 6–April 23, 2020)

Students get to meet live animals of all kinds from across the globe, right in a Red Oaks classroom! They will learn about their habits and habitats. Each class focuses on the behavior and adaptation of one or more intriguing animals.

Joy of Music

Spring Session, Mondays (Feb 3–April 20, 2020)

Young musicians will explore the world of rhythm and develop basic skills such as keeping beat, improvising, ensemble play, and soloing. Through singing, dancing, and playing basic musical instruments, Primary students will to learn to create, cooperate, and express themselves musically.

Karate

Fall Session, Wednesdays (Oct 2–Dec 18, 2019)
Spring Session, Wednesdays (Feb 5–April 15, 2020)

This age-specific program taught by the NJ Martial Arts Academy, will focus on gross motor skills, balance, coordination, listening, following directions, discipline, and self-discipline.

Makerspace with Ms. Mary Anne (4 years & older)

Fall Session, Thursdays (Oct 3–Dec 12, 2019)
Spring Session, Thursdays (Feb 6–April 23, 2020)

Students will unleash their creativity as they work with their hands in the Makerspace. They learn how to use real tools and materials to stretch their imagination while planning, designing, and executing age-appropriate projects. Students must be 4 years or older to register for this workshop.

Tumbling

Fall Session, Thursdays (Oct 3–Dec 12, 2019)

April Molinare will instruct students who are interested in concentrating on floor exercises. This beginner tumbling class will introduce the basic fundamentals of floor exercise and is geared towards children with little to no previous experience. Skills to be covered in class include, handstands/handstand forward rolls, cartwheels/round-offs, bridge and backbend kick overs, back and front walkovers, and beginning technique for back handsprings.

Wee Little Arts

Spring Session, Tuesdays (Feb 4–April 21, 2020)

Young artists use a step by step creative process for developing drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media art pieces. The curriculum is enhanced with art history and age-appropriate children’s literature.

Elementary

Elementary workshops cost $325 each and run from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.

Are You Smarter Than A Mad Scientist?

Spring Session, Tuesdays (Feb 4–April 21, 2020)

There are some questions a mad scientist will ask and answer!  Students engage in fun, interactive, and educational hands-on activities that instill a clearer understanding of science and how it affects the world around them.  Each week students will explore a new topic and take home a project. 

Art Lab

Spring Session, Tuesdays (Feb 4–April 21, 2020)

Art Lab is a visual arts program fostering students' creativity. They will be introduced to the art of the masters and their techniques in a process-oriented manner that taps into the imagination, allowing students the freedom of creative expression as they apply these techniques to create their own artwork.

Art with Ms. Emily

Fall Session, Thursdays (Oct 3–Dec 12, 2019)

Ms. Emily's after school art program is a wonderful way for your creative child to grow as an artist. Students will learn to expand upon their current artistic abilities and feel open to seek new avenues of creative expression. Some of the techniques our young artists will explore include painting, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media.

Brightest Star Musical Theatre

Fall Session, Tuesdays (Oct 2–Dec 4, 2018)

This musical theatre workshop will introduce students to the fun of musical theatre and the art of storytelling through singing, dancing, and acting. This workshop will conclude with a demonstration for family and friends. Brightest Star works with our Middle School students each year to produce a musical at The Bickford Theatre. 

Chess

Spring Session, Mondays (Feb 3–April 20, 2020)

We believe learning should be fun! Kids play chess because it is fun, not because it is good for their cognitive,  
social, and emotional development. Our students learn that chess is fun on Day 1! In addition to lessons and traditional gameplay, we incorporate variations of chess games that build teamwork and foster a genuine enjoyment of a game over a thousand years old!

Coding

Fall Session, Thursdays (Oct 3–Dec 12, 2019)

Students will be introduced to programing with Scratch and Scratch Junior, developed by MIT Media Lab. Kids can create and share interactive stories, animation or simple video games using drag-and-drop programming. They will learn basic programming concepts such as conditional statements, iteration, variables, and event triggers. Teaching students to code helps them become more logical problem solvers and empowers them as active, authoritative users of technology.

Eyes of the Wild

Spring Session, Thursdays (Feb 6–April 23, 2020)

In our very own classrooms, students get to see and feel live animals from different parts of the world. They learn about their evolution, adaption, behavior, food habits and habitats. Each class focuses on understanding and experiencing two or three animals in detail.

Karate

Fall Session, Wednesdays (Oct 2–Dec 18, 2019)
Spring Session, Wednesdays (Feb 5–April 15, 2020)

This workshop taught by the NJ Martial Arts Academy, will feature high-energy, fun, and creative classes! Students will learn to blend the best of traditional martial arts training with specific fitness requirements.

Leather Links: Modern Leather Crafting

Spring Session, Wednesdays (Feb 5–April 15, 2020)

Bags, tags and fidget spinners, we make all these from genuine cowhide leather.  Learn about leather processing, use, fashion, projects and how to create your own designs (drawing, stamping, staining, and more). Students will get to use professional grade tools.  Hope you like to sew, because Leather Links will have you in stitches.  

Lego Robotics

Spring Session, Thursdays (Feb 6–April 23, 2020)

Students will learn to design, program, and control fully functional robotic models. They will use software to plan, test, and modify sequences of instructions for a variety of life-like robotic behaviors. They will also learn to collect and analyze data from the robot's sensors. This program will provide a series of real-life activities, covering topics within STEM, using LEGO Robotics.

Magic Mysteries: Making Illusions

Fall Session, Wednesdays (Oct 2–Dec 18, 2019)

Become a real magician!  Discover, laugh and learn to perform magic as well as project-style activities related to these illusions. Develop presentation and public speaking skills to improve communication and interactive  talents. Enhance storytelling through tonality, expressions and coordinated dexterity, while showing respect for others. In each hour of the course, we’ll learn about creating new illusions with opportunities to present and perform to the class. New tricks and craft projects every session. 

Photography: Every Picture Tells a Story

Fall Session, Mondays (Oct 7–Dec 16, 2019)

Red Oaks parent and professional photographer, Ira L. Black, will guide students in understanding the basic skill building of picture taking and using their creative vision to create their own "story". The curriculum will explore  the  basics of camera usage, composition, elements of great photography, and the importance of photography in storytelling. This program will reinforce the elements of photography and by review /critique in a constructive environment, will further the understanding of what works and what needs improvement for for future shooting. Students will select a personal narrative, or story from Language Arts and work through photos that tell their story.

Soccer

Fall Session, Mondays (Oct 7–Dec 16, 2019)
Spring Session, Mondays (Feb 3–April 20, 2020)

Coach Mark, an experienced soccer player for over twenty years, has played at the semi-pro level in England and is currently the founder and captain of the Men's Garden State Soccer team. Students in this workshop will break skills down and start with the basics in order to perfect the more complex soccer skills. Sessions will consist of many touches of the ball to create a natural ability as well as an understanding of how the sport is played. This workshop improves skill level but is also enjoyable and entertaining! 

Woodworking

Fall Session, Tuesdays (Oct 1–Dec 10, 2019)

A fine woodworker and designer/maker of furniture will introduce the art of woodworking to students. Students will design and construct a project of their choosing by learning basic hand tool skills, safety, design and construction techniques, and problem-solving skills.

Middle School

Unless otherwise noted, there are no fees for Middle School programs. 

Brightest Star Musical Theatre

11/11/19–3/6/20
Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:45–6:00 PM
Daily rehearsals held week of 3/2/20
Public performance on Fri, 3/6/20 at 7:00 PM

As participants of previous productions can attest, our musical theatre productions through The Brightest Star School of Performing Arts offers students the opportunity to flourish with classes in singing, acting, and dancing.  The program culminates in a performance at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre. The course is designed to challenge each student at an appropriate level. No previous experience necessary! 

Chorus/American Young Voices

3/18/20–5/27/20
Wednesdays, 3:45–5:00 PM
Performances on Tues, 6/2/20 & Thurs, 6/11/20

Join Mr. Tim Waters in this vocal performance ensemble to learn new, diverse choral repertoire while further developing vocal technique.  Students will perform at the American Young Voices concert (Tuesday, June 2, 2020) and End-of-Year Celebration (Thursday, June 11, 2020). 

Competitive Robotics

9/9/19–11/13/19 (Qualifying tournament on a Sat in 11/2019, TBA)
Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:45–5:30 PM
Materials Fee: $150

First Lego League Competition (FLL) immerses students in real world science and technology challenges.  The Red Oaks team will design their own solution to a current scientific question or problem and build autonomous LEGO robots that perform a series of missions. Qualifying competition will be held on a Saturday in November 2019. Date TBA. 

Cross Country

9/19/19–10/24/19
Thursdays, 3:45–4:45 PM

Cross country is a great sport to improve endurance, speed, strength and coordination. Practices will take place at the Speedwell Campus. There will be at least two events during the course of the season for athletes to compete in.

Math Club

1/9/20–3/5/20
Thursdays, 3:45–4:45 PM

Math Club with Ms. Stacy Apostolico gives students an opportunity to engage in unique math activities in a relaxed social setting. This will help build confidence in students of all abilities and interest levels. Math Club is a non-competitive program open to all grade levels.

Media Club

4/6/20–6/1/20
Mondays, 3:45–4:45 PM

Our popular media club is run by Red Oaks parent and professional photographer Ira L. Black. The Media Club affords students the opportunity to use photography as a visual art.  Students learn skills behind the lens, engage in the process of editing and storytelling, and create a signature style. 

Running Club

4/2/20–5/14/20
Tuesdays, 3:45–4:45 PM

Increase endurance! Experience longer runs on Patriot’s Path, shorter sprints, endurance games, and short sprints at the Speedwell campus with Coach Gary Henningsen.