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Afterschool Classes

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Afterschool classes are open to all children, including children from other schools and the homeschool community.

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The Spring 2024 session runs from April-June. Please pack a snack for students attending Afterschool classes. 

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For HMS families, play-based Aftercare for N-8th Grade is also available from 3-5PM.

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Instructor: Jerylann Warner

Dates: April 15 - June 03 Total number of Classes: 7 Cost: $225.00 Grades: NS3-PK Meet: Mondays in the Dance Studio High Meadow School is excited to announce that we will be offering a dance program for the littles. Ignite the joy in movement discovery while students become familiar with the structure of a dance class. A creative thread delivered in song and verse accompanies all physical activity. The NS3-PK program is a joyous exploration in creative movement that supports the introduction of ballet basics. A true beginning exposure to dance. Instructor: Jerylann Warner Jerylann Warner is a seasoned dance educator with a celebrated sensibility in her approach to inspiring, engaging, developing and training dance artists. Her choreographic contributions are vast and acclaimed. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: PLEASE READ ***To participate, in any High Meadow School afterschool classes, you must provide the school with the required medical forms for your child or children*** No refunds will be given, due to the inability to participate because of unsubmitted medical forms

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Mad Science | 1st-4th | 3-5PM

Teacher: James Meyers

Dates: April 15 - June 03 Total number of Classes: 7 Cost: $275.00 Grades: 1-4 Meet: Mondays in the Science Lab

This after-school class for students in grades 1-4 will introduce essential scientific concepts in a fun and exciting way. The students will be so entertained they might not realize they’re gaining knowledge that will enable them to more easily succeed in their future scientific studies. Students will experience chemistry and lab science lessons and observe both chemical and physical changes to name a few. Instructor: James Meyers James Meyers is currently a primary guest teacher and aftercare instructor at High Meadow School, James has been an educator in the Hudson Valley for almost 20 years. Following his time in public schools James was the Senior Instructor for Mad Science of the Hudson Valley for 10 years leading after school enrichment programs, performing assemblies, and leading summer camps throughout the region. He most recently taught at Primrose Hill School in Rhinebeck where he introduced a science program for grades 1-4. James is passionate about teaching science and is a firm believer that children best learn in a hands-on, experiment-driven environment. A lifelong voracious appetite for knowledge led to him being a contestant on Jeopardy. A devoted musicologist, he has a collection of over 10,000 records. He lives in Kingston with his wife and three cats.

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Robotics | 3rd-8th | 3-5PM

Teacher: Chris Madden

Dates: April 15 - June 03  
Number of classes: 7
Cost: $300
Meet: Mondays in the 5th grade classroom
Grades: 3-8

Want to learn the concepts that drive the technology all around us? High Meadow Robotics Class is a STEM-focused program engaging kids from rising 3rd grade to rising 8th grade. Students will participate in collaborative learning, skill-based challenges and exciting competitions with experienced mentors. Apply STEM concepts with Arduino kits, Sphero and LEGO® SPIKE™ Prime programs and connect with real high school competition teams from FIRST LEGO® League. Be inspired, experiment and hone critical thinking skills to manifest action in the technology around you! Instructor: Chris Maddern Chris Maddern (he/him) is an engineer working in facility automation and decarbonization, with more than 16 years of experience in building sciences. He has completed more than 800 projects helping commercial and residential buildings reduce energy consumption, increase health and wellness and provide financial security to the world’s largest real estate companies. In his spare time, Chris is an enthusiast on programming, robotics and renewable energy and has provided countless hours with young engineers in teaching applied sciences.

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Martial Arts | KG-3 | 3-4PM

Instructors: Ryan and Shawn

Dates: April 15 - June 03  
Number of classes: 7
Cost: $300
Meet: Mondays in the PAC
Grades: KG-3

Karate classes offered by FSK at HMS are established from the Japanese martial art, Kyokushin Karate. Kyokushin translates to English as "Ultimate Truth", and the art form stresses finding that ideal in each and every individual. During Karate classes students will walk this path of the martial way as they learn the foundation of Karate through the 3 pillars of training: Kihon (Basics), Kata (Forms), and Kumite (Sparring or Sparring drills). Classes will infuse game-oriented themes, training and cardio-conditioning to highlight martial concepts. Children's Karate classes at FSK are perfect for instruction and aid in self-control, confidence, discipline, strength, and so much more! Voted The Best Martial Arts School of the Hudson Valley for the past 10 years running, come experience what FSK can mean for your child.

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Chess Club | KG-8th | 3-5PM

Teacher: Coach D

Dates: April 9 - May 28 Number of classes: 8 Cost: $250 Grades: KG-8th Meet: Tuesdays, 7/8 Commons

Classes with Coach D are focused on learning the fundamentals of how to play chess... and having fun! Her assistant, Cathy Young, teaches new beginners (and those students who need a refresher) how the pieces move and capture, how to correctly set up the board, and the very basics of game play, check, and checkmate. Once students have learned the basics, Coach D teaches openings, strategies, and tactics, as well as checkmate patterns that are more advanced. By the end of the semester (depending on individual abilities and motivation) beginners will be able to play a simple game from start to finish. The goals for intermediate players are to learn opening principles, defenses (usually for black,) en passant, how to shepherd a pawn to the opposite side, and advanced checkmating patterns (endgame.) Instructor: Coach D Assistant: Cathy Young Coach D. Suris has been teaching children how to play chess for over 20 years. She began with teaching after school chess programs in the Rhinebeck school district (where she still teaches) and has led programs in Tivoli, Saugerties, and most recently in Accord at Inness. For the last 2 summers, she has worked with Camp Ramapo for Children in Rhinebeck, as their day camp chess program instructor. She works together with her assistant, Cathy Young, who teaches the beginners, while Coach D works with the intermediate and advanced students. They have worked with children of all ages and abilities, including children with learning disabilities and children on the spectrum. In addition, Coach D and Cathy run the Rockin’ Rooks Chess Team, a competitive chess club based in Rhinecliff at the Morton Memorial Library. For over 15 years, they have instructed students grades K-12 accompanied them to tournaments, including the NY State championships in Saratoga. The Rockin’ Rooks team has been the subject of a number of newspaper articles and has won numerous 1st place trophies and awards.

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Circus Arts | 2nd-8th | 3-5PM

Welcome to Circus Arts! We are pleased to announce that the Circus Arts Enrichment Class is coming to High Meadow School for Spring 2024. This class will offer the opportunity to learn clowning, tumbling, juggling, partnering for acrobatics, globe and barrel walking, unicycling, stilting, aerial silks and a touch of magic skills. Instructor: Richard Sky Richard Sky will be running the program. He has owned and operated Ultimate Gymnastics School for 25 years. Since then he has been performing and teaching Circus Arts and has done magnificent things here at High Meadow with our community. You may remember him from years past… IMPORTANT INFORMATION: PLEASE READ ***To participate, in any High Meadow School afterschool classes, you must provide the school with the required medical forms for your child or children*** No refunds will be given, due to the inability to participate because of unsubmitted medical forms

Dates: April 9 - May 28 Number of classes: 7 Cost: $300 Grades: 2nd-8th Meet: Tuesdays in the PAC

Teacher: Richard Sky

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Wayfinder Wednesdays | 1st-8th | 3-5PM

The Wayfinder Experience is a live-action role-playing company based in Kingston, New York. Wayfinder runs summer camps, events, school programs and workshops for teens, children and adults. The centerpiece of our programs is the Adventure Game, a transformative experience that challenges players physically, mentally and emotionally, while immersing them in an exciting world of fantasy. This program will feature the fun building blocks that have made Wayfinder a staple in the Hudson Valley for 20 years. Come and join us for improv theater games, foam swordplay, and fun crafting projects! Teacher: Wayfinder IMPORTANT INFORMATION: PLEASE READ ***To participate, in any High Meadow School afterschool classes, you must provide the school with the required medical forms for your child or children*** No refunds will be given, due to the inability to participate because of unsubmitted medical forms

Dates: April 10 - June 05 Number of classes: 9 Cost: $450 Grades: 1st-8th Meet: Wednesdays in the PAC/Outside

Click here for more information about the Wayfinder Experience.

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Pickleball | 4th-8th | 3-5PM

Teacher: Gordon Garrand

Dates: April 11 - May 23 Total number of Classes: 7 Cost: $225.00 Grades: 4th-8th Meet: Thursdays in the PAC/Outside High Meadow School is excited to announce that we will be offering a Pickleball Club as part of our Spring Enrichment Program this year. Movement, structure and agility are a few of the skills students will learn as part of a Pickleball Club here at High Meadow. The foundation of Pickleball can help introduce students to skills needed for many other sports and the student body has shown a tremendous interest in the sport this year. Instructor: Gordon Garrand Gordon Garrand has been running fitness and athletic programs at the middle school level for 5 years and has been teaching both Health and Physical Education for 10 years. Additionally, he has built athletic programing for 2 private schools and hopes to eventually build an interscholastic pickleball team in the future. He has been playing and teaching Pickleball for 4 years. He is currently our Physical Education Teacher and Afterschool Care Coordinator. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: PLEASE READ ***To participate, in any High Meadow School afterschool classes, you must provide the school with the required medical forms for your child or children*** No refunds will be given, due to the inability to participate because of unsubmitted medical forms

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Mad Science | 1st-4th | 3-5PM

Teacher: James Meyers

Dates: April 11 - May 30 Total number of Classes: 7 Cost: $275.00 Grades: 1-4 Meet: Thursdays in the Science Lab

This after-school class for students in grades 1-4 will introduce essential scientific concepts in a fun and exciting way. The students will be so entertained they might not realize they’re gaining knowledge that will enable them to more easily succeed in their future scientific studies. Students will experience chemistry and lab science lessons and observe both chemical and physical changes to name a few. Instructor: James Meyers James Meyers is currently a primary guest teacher and aftercare instructor at High Meadow School, James has been an educator in the Hudson Valley for almost 20 years. Following his time in public schools James was the Senior Instructor for Mad Science of the Hudson Valley for 10 years leading after school enrichment programs, performing assemblies, and leading summer camps throughout the region. He most recently taught at Primrose Hill School in Rhinebeck where he introduced a science program for grades 1-4. James is passionate about teaching science and is a firm believer that children best learn in a hands-on, experiment-driven environment. A lifelong voracious appetite for knowledge led to him being a contestant on Jeopardy. A devoted musicologist, he has a collection of over 10,000 records. He lives in Kingston with his wife and three cats.

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La Finca Futból | KG-3rd | 3-4PM

Teacher: Jed Tucker

Dates: April 12 - May 31 

Total number of Classes: 6 

Cost: $275.00

Grades: KG-3rd

Meet: Fridays in the PAC/Outside

La Finca’s approach to futbol development starts with a focus on individual ball mastery and community building around the sport of futbol. In addition to physical developments in strength, agility and balance, the ball mastery training activities improve the child’s focus and concentration that supports academic success as well. These clinics are designed for beginner to intermediate players. There will be a minimum of two experienced coaches per session and a maximum of 20 players. Teacher: Jed Tucker Necessary sports equipment is provided. Children must have appropriate soccer footwear for outdoor use. Cleats are best. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: PLEASE READ ***To participate, in any High Meadow School afterschool classes, you must provide the school with the required medical forms for your child or children*** No refunds will be given, due to the inability to participate because of unsubmitted medical forms

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La Finca Futból | 4th-8th | 4-5PM

Teacher: Jed Tucker

Dates: April 12 - May 31 

Total number of Classes: 6

Cost: $275.00

Grades: 4th-8th

Meet: Fridays in the PAC/Outside

La Finca’s approach to futbol development starts with a focus on individual ball mastery and community building around the sport of futbol. In addition to physical developments in strength, agility and balance, the ball mastery training activities improve the child’s focus and concentration that supports academic success as well. These clinics are designed for beginner to intermediate players. There will be a minimum of two experienced coaches per session and a maximum of 20 players. Teacher: Jed Tucker Necessary sports equipment is provided. Children must have appropriate soccer footwear for outdoor use. Cleats are best. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: PLEASE READ ***To participate, in any High Meadow School afterschool classes, you must provide the school with the required medical forms for your child or children*** No refunds will be given, due to the inability to participate because of unsubmitted medical forms

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Please contact Gordon Garrand with questions about Afterschool classes or Aftercare. Remember to pack a snack for students attending Afterschool classes or Afterschool care.

Inoculations

All students must be fully vaccinated to attend Afterschool classes.

Payment

Please complete individual registration for each student. Families can choose to pay in full at the time of registration; a monthly payment option is also available. Only families receiving financial aid for tuition are eligible for a reduced rate. All families must be in good financial standing to register their children for after school classes, including sports; as well as aftercare. If you have any questions about payment, please contact Bonita Chase

Changes and Cancellations

If you decide to cancel or change enrollment after the first class meeting, you will be eligible for a full refund and no fees will be charged. Afterward, if you decide to cancel or change enrollment, refunds are prorated and there is a $50 administrative charge:

  • Withdrawals the second week are 100% refundable

  • Withdrawals prior to the fourth week are 50% refundable

  • Withdrawals after five weeks are nonrefundable.

Adding on Aftercare

For families that need additional coverage, play-based Aftercare is available until 5PM. You can reserve a space for your child on the days you need coverage. Charges for Aftercare will continue to be billed monthly via FACTS based on actual student attendance. 

Pick Up

Students will be dismissed outside on the quad. Please park so you can check out your student in person with the Afterschool teacher.

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