After School Enrichment Clubs

Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool are pleased to announce a number of After School Enrichment Club offerings. These clubs are open to the public and do fill quickly, so early registration is encouraged. Clubs are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Please note that some club dates are not consecutive and may present a scheduling conflict with other RA after school events, trips, and athletics. Every attempt was made to prevent this from occurring, but in certain circumstances, it was unavoidable. Club money will not be refunded in the event of these scheduling conflicts. Parents are encouraged to check the School and Athletic Calendars prior to registering for clubs.

All questions regarding our enrichment clubs should be directed to Club Director, Donna Kauth by phone at 203.894.1800 x106 or by email.

Please note, parents are responsible for entering their child’s club dismissal details in Veracross. Teachers, staff, and bus coordinators will all use this information to create dismissal and bus lists. In addition, club refunds will only be granted up until the second club meeting date and will be prorated based on attendance.

Preschool Enrichment Clubs

Landmark Preschool Ridgefield offers a variety of exciting enrichment clubs for our 3 and 4 year olds. To view these offerings, please visit the Landmark Preschool website.

Fall 2019 Offerings

Build The City Of The Future (Monday/K- Grade 2)

Like to Create? Happy Code Club and 3Dux Design present “Build the City of the Future.” Stretch your imagination, engineering and design skills as we redesign and create a model of the city of the future! Using the 3Dux Design Architectural modeling system, we will recreate a model community out of cardboard, connectors and any other up-cycled and craft materials we choose. We can even electrify and photograph our city, invent new forms of transportation, solve issues like overcrowding or come up with new sustainable solutions… the possibilities are endless. At the end of the program, children will come home with their very own community build/kit. 

Instructor: Happy Code Instructor
Grades: Kindergarten - Grade 2
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Mondays: 9/16, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, & 11/25
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Library
Cost: $300.00

Kempo Karate (Monday/K-Grade 3)

Kempo Karate is a great activity for Lower School students. Club sessions will emphasize fine motor skills, balance, strength, conditioning and mastery of oneself. In a fun and controlled environment, participants will build motor skills by learning a series of punches, kicks and blocks. The exercises and activities performed during club sessions will keep the kids enthusiastic and improve basic karate skills. Participants will have no physical contact during sessions. All participants should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. A white karate belt will be given to new participants at the start of program. Throughout the course of the program, all eligible students will be invited to earn their next colored belt at a belt rank testing ceremony, hosted at the Kempo Academy of Martial Arts in Cross River, NY.

Instructor: Sensei Ken Deegan (1st Degree Black Belt in Chinese Kempo Karate)
Grades: Kindergarten - Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Mondays: 9/16, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, & 11/25
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Dining Hall/Stage
Cost: $230.00

Podcasts And Radio (Monday/Grades 2-5)

Tell your story to the world! In this club, participants will record tracks, edit sound, read copy and assemble a podcast or radio show. Children will gain self-confidence and demonstrate improved communication skills as they learn to “taste” words. Everyone will take home recordings of their work.

Instructor: Marc Goldstein
Grades: Grades 2 - 5
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Mondays: 9/16, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, & 11/25
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Annex - Bridge
Cost: $250.00

Summit Farm - Horseback Riding Club (Tuesday/Grades 1-5)

Interested in horses? Want to learn to ride or care for horses? Horseback riding is a great way to teach children responsibility, problem-solving, social skills and coordination skills. Children will be exposed to the barn and horses in a safe, fun and enjoyable atmosphere. They will learn many horsemanship skills including grooming, tacking, and untacking, feeding, care and barn management. Skilled instructors will gradually teach students how to tack up the horses each week. There will be a 30 minute group riding lesson with Amanda Niemann, one of our very skilled and educated riding instructors. Children should wear long pants, preferably jeans or riding breeches, boots with a 1/2” heel for safety and weather appropriate clothing.

Summit Farm will provide riding helmets, but highly encourages students to purchase their own. Please note that all participants are required to fill out a liability waiver (located in the Summit main office) prior to the start of this club. All club sessions will be hosted at Summit Farm which is equipped with a heated tack room, a heated indoor riding ring with state of the art footing, a heated viewing area and 25 stalls.

Please Note: Parents are responsible for transporting their children to and from Summit Farm. Donna Kauth will help coordinate carpool transportation for those interested.

Instructor: Summit Farm Staff
Grades: Grade 1 - Grade 5
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Tuesdays: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, & 11/5
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: Summit Farm, 24 Bloomer Road, North Salem, NY 10560
Cost: $500.00

Intro To STEM With LEGO (Tuesday/K-Grade 3)

Tap into your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as: Boats, Snowmobiles, Catapults, and Merry-Go-Rounds. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment.  Participants can explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor.

Instructor: Play-Well TEKnologies Instructor
Grades: Kindergarten - Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 12 Participants
Tuesdays: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, & 11/5
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Dining Hall
Cost: $240.00

Gourmet Globetrotters (Wednesday/K-Grade 3)

A multi-cultural, interactive adventure through hands-on cooking, science, art, literature, and language.  We will visit new countries and sample new recipes this fall. Children board our imaginary airplane with passports in hand to explore a different country or state during each club session.  We locate our destination on the globe, prepare and taste the local cuisine and learn about the culture, customs and environment of our destination through books, science experiments, and related crafts.  We use a variety of kitchen tools including the standing mixer, rolling pins, the blender, a mortar and pestle and more to whip up tasty treats.  At the beginning of the club, your child is provided with their own "passport.” When the club concludes, your child will take home their illustrated passport along with a recipe book of the dishes we prepared during our travels.

Learn about volcanoes and Mount Etna when we visit the island of Sicily, play Mancala and learn about traditional children’s games when we visit South Africa, “hike” the Inca trail and learn about ancient customs and crafts in Peru, pan for gold and learn about the Gold Rush while visiting Alaska, make Navajo dance bells and paint in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe when visiting New Mexico. On the menu:  Strawberry granitas, pumpkin soup, empanadas, “gold nugget” bread, vegetable quesadillas and more.

Instructor: Elena Becker (Owner of Gourmet Globetrotters)
Grades: K - Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 12 Participants
Wednesdays: 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, & 11/13
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Kitchen Lab
Cost: $285.00

Build The City Of The Future (Wednesday/Grades 3-5)

Like to Create? Happy Code Club and 3Dux Design present “Build the City of the Future.” Stretch your imagination, engineering and design skills as we redesign and create a model of the city of the future! Using the 3Dux Design Architectural modeling system, we will recreate a model community out of cardboard, connectors and any other up-cycled and craft materials we choose. We can even electrify and photograph our city, invent new forms of transportation, solve issues like overcrowding or come up with new sustainable solutions… the possibilities are endless. At the end of the program, children will come home with their very own community build/kit. 

Instructor: Happy Code Instructor
Grades: Grades 3 - 5
Maximum Enrollment: 10 Participants
Wednesdays: 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, & 11/13
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Library
Cost: $300.00

Junior Tennis (Wednesday/K-Grade 3)

Junior Tennis Club is designed to introduce children to tennis and establish a love for the game in a fun way. Lessons are incorporated into engaging games to help children stay focused while improving hand-eye coordination as they learn the fundamental strokes, which include the forehand, backhand and volley. The instructor supplies age appropriate nets, balls and used tennis racquets. Parents have the option to purchase new tennis racquets via the instructor as well.

*This club meets for seven weeks.

Instructor: Don Boyle
Grades: Kindergarten - Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 6 Participants
Wednesdays: 9/18, 9/25, 10/16, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, & 11/20
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Gymnasium
Cost: $230.00

STEM - Science Meets Engineering Meets Geometry (Thursday/K-Grade 4)

If it’s your first time enrolled in this club, you’ll begin by building geometric shapes and learn which shapes have more structural strength than others. We will explore forces such as tension and compression and how they apply to these shapes. Our newfound knowledge will enable us to build models of buildings, bridges, arches, etc. and test their ability to withstand forces applied to them. If you’ve taken this club before, you’ll move up to more elaborate designs, including battery powered motors. This is a rudimentary mechanics of materials class and will be taught at an age appropriate level for the students who enroll. This club is the perfect fit for inquisitive children who enjoy a challenge and love science.

Instructor: Mark Goldstein
Grades: Kindergarten - Grade 4
Maximum Enrollment: 12 Participants
Thursdays: 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, & 11/14
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Science Lab
Cost: $250.00

Sew Happy Sewing - Hello Tote Bag (Thursday/Grades 1-5)

Join Sew Happy and learn the life skill of sewing while working on a fun to make and useful tote bag project. Starting with the basics such as threading a needle and tying a knot, this club quickly progresses to different stitch types and skills. We believe at Sew Happy that kids benefit from sewing in many ways. Not only is it great for hand/eye coordination, fine motor skills, focus and concentration, it also opens the door to a lifetime of personal and creative expression!  All Sew Happy projects are designed in-house, made in the USA and use felt made from recycled water bottles. 

Instructor: Sew Happy Instructor
Grades: Grades 1 - 5
Maximum Enrollment: 8 Participants
Thursdays: 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, & 11/14
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Dining Hall
Cost: $250.00

Yoga & Mindfulness (Friday/K-Grade 3)

After a long week at school, your child will unwind and relax in this soothing and fun program. From yoga poses and stretches to breathing techniques and meditation, students will learn how to reduce their stress level and anxiety. They will work to increase their focus and positive attitude.  In addition, topics such as mindfulness, kindness and confidence will be discussed.  Each club session will conclude with a story related to the theme or topic. A yoga mat and comfortable clothing are required. If you are interested in purchasing a yoga mat, please bring $35.00 in cash to the Summit office.  The instructor, Karen Savir, is certified in child yoga. She has taught yoga to over 100 students in Westchester County and is excited to teach at Ridgefield Academy!

Instructor: Karen Savir
Grades: Kindergarten - Grade 3
Maximum Enrollment: 8 Participants
Fridays: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 11/1, 11/8, & 11/15
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit – Library
Cost: $230.00

The Champion Challenge (Friday/Grades 2-5)

Learn new skills, set personal goals and experience the camaraderie of being part of a team during Champion Challenge! Athletes will enjoy individual competition as well as team contests each week. Face off against your opponent while learning new games like Pickleball and playing old favorites like Maryland Rules, Russian Handball, floor hockey and more! Prizes awarded each week.

Instructor: Beth MacInnes
Grades: Grade 2 - 5
Maximum Enrollment: 15 Participants
Fridays: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 11/1, 11/8, & 11/15
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Location: Summit - Gymnasium
Cost: $275.00
To register for any of our Enrichment clubs, please complete the Online Registration Form on this page. Questions? Contact Donna Kauth by email, or by phone at 203.894.1800 x106

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