Enrichment Programs


Enrichment programs are in-class activities designed to give students the opportunity to try new things and explore and develop interests outside of the standard curriculum. Activities can range from dance to engineering, musical theater to fine art.  Enrichment programs are a great way to encourage students to follow their passions, develop new interests, and build new skills. The Parents' Association funds several enrichment programs per grade, from Pre-K to 5th. Each program ranges 6-12 weeks and is taught by experts in the respective field. The following programs are being held in the 2021-2022 school year and may change on an annual basis.  


Program: Hip Hop Dance

Vendor: Studio E

Grade: 5

Description: Studio E has been a staple of the Queens community for over 50 years, creating a fun, safe and wholesome environment for their students, where they feel energized to dance with their friends while having fun and learning new things. By providing a sense of accomplishment and creative expression, their classes build the students’ confidence. Throughout “Dance Spotlight: Hip Hop,” students will focus on the fundamental concepts of Hip Hop and will learn about its history. Each class will progressively build on the previous by advancing the students' knowledge of Hip Hop dance and working on choreography, culminating in a final dance performance. https://www.studioe.net


Program: Musical Theater

Vendor: The Broadway Class

Grade: 5

Description: Former Broadway actress Leah Zepel and her music director husband, Rob Preuss, are thrilled to be teaching songs from Hairspray! Broadway is one of the few unique American art forms. By learning Broadway musicals, the students can experience music that truly comes from a place of storytelling, and each song furthers the dramatic development of characters in a show. They also learn stage etiquette and how to work together as a “cast”. https://www.TheBroadwayClass.com


Program: Chess

Vendor: NY Chess Academy (NYCA) 

Grade: 2, 4, 5 

Description: Students learn how to play chess, develop decision making skills, strategic thinking, improve self-confidence, discover new talents and enhance sportsmanship and friendship. New York Chess Academy is determined to promote chess, in all its aspects, to all those interested in it. NYCA strives to ensure that chess, its undeniable benefits, and its welcoming community are accessible to all. Each member of their enthusiastic team has had their life positively affected by chess. It is this passion for the game and the desire to share it with others that led to the founding of the academy. https://www.newyorkchessacademy.us


Program: Music History

Vendor: The Broadway Class

Grade: 4

Description: The Broadway Class is led by Leah Zepel and Rob Preuss, local parents who have each spent over 25 years as theater professionals, with many of those years on Broadway. The Beatles Class is a celebration of the most influential band in recorded history. In this class students learn who The Beatles were (and are), who their influences were, and how they changed the landscape of music forever, through learning some of their most famous songs and the stories that go along with them. https://www.TheBroadwayClass.com


Program: Puppetry 

Vendor: Smartworks

Grade: 4 

Description: Students learn the art of puppetry, from creation to performance under the tutelage of Smartworks teaching artist and founder, Gustavo Asto. In this class, students work collaboratively as well as independently, on a collective project featuring everyday heroes, where they create original action figures, collaborate in groups to complete varied artistic assignments, make artistic choices as a group, create background scenes, props, speech and thought bubbles, rig floating objects, understand proportion in figures, stylize details, and create a coherent diorama composition. Students learn how dioramas are used to convey information and tell stories, and how place and time allow for each generation to experience them in a new way. Students also explore cultural resources that will enhance their understanding of sculpture. https://www.smartworksnyc.com


Program: Learning Through Art

Vendor: Guggenheim Museum

Grade: 3

Description: New York's famed Guggenheim Museum has created an innovative program focusing on the intersection of art and science. LTA cultivates student creativity by designing sustained, process-oriented art projects that support learning across the curriculum. During the 20-week in-school enrichment program, our students examine, discuss, and create works of art. Past years have featured Da Vinci inspired inventions, the science of color, and the artistic rendering of kinetic and mechanical energy. Prior to COVID, children made multiple visits to the museum, which offers new insights into art and challenges them to think critically about art and ideas. We hope these visits are able to resume soon. At the conclusion of the enrichment program there will be an in-school exhibition featuring the work of every child in the grade, and selected student works are exhibited in the annual A Year with Children exhibition held at the Guggenheim Museum. https://www.guggenheim.org/for-educators/learning-through-art


Program: Spanish Language

Vendor: ABC Languages

Grade: 1, 3 

Description: ABC Languages provides Spanish language classes through the use of children’s language curriculum, applying games, songs and hands-on activities. ABC instructors customize a lesson plan for each age group and level to ensure a fun and engaging learning journey. ABC is one of the nation’s leading independent language schools, and has been the go-to language provider for a wide range of public and private schools in New York. Fun fact, they also regularly work with actors who need language or accent training such as Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman and Keanu Reeves. https://www.abclang.com


Program: African Drumming

Vendor: Path to Rhythm

Grade: 2

Description: Adam Issadore, Teaching Artist and founder of Path to Rhythm, leads interactive classes using authentic African hand drums called Djembes. This program exposes children to the music making of other cultures, creates a sense of community and connection, encourages active listening, communication and creative expression, and helps students release energy.  By the end of the program, students will be able to play rhythms in unison and will demonstrate what they have learned in an open class. https://www.pathtorhythm.com


Program: Puppetry

Vendor: Smartworks 

Grade: 2

Description: Students create puppets linked to women's history and black history under the tutelage of Smartworks teaching artist and founder Gustavo Asto. In this class, students make an original puppet, construct and assemble a rig, use sculpting techniques to create limbs and features, understand proportion in figures, understand how to reproduce features of the face and body, stylize details, manipulate a rod puppet, recognize options in communication style of various characters. In the process of creating a puppet, students also learn how storytelling is passed down through artistic expression with each generation expanding its meaning and understanding, and explore cultural resources that enhance their understanding of puppetry. https://www.smartworksnyc.com


Program: Disney Music

Vendor: The Broadway Class

Grade: 1

Description: The Disney Music program will introduce some of our younger students to music appreciation through learning timeless songs. The Broadway Class hopes to impart the love of creating music with our voices and bodies and also teach our students how to be engaging on stage. https://www.TheBroadwayClass.com


Program: ABCs of Creative Movement

Vendor: Together In Dance 

Grade: Kindergarten

Description: This program is designed to provide high quality dance education to early learners, while providing teachers with skills and knowledge in order to integrate movement into their daily activities. Students learn to deepen connections between arts learning and cognitive, social and personal development. They are taught discipline and how to foster self-expression thereby developing communications skills – both verbally and kinesthetically. The classes help students create strategies to work cooperatively and collaboratively while engaging them in the creative process of dance making. https://www.togetherindance.org 


Program: Spanish Language

Vendor: Bilingual Birdies 

Grade: Pre-K, Kindergarten

Description: Bilingual Birdies is the first early childhood bilingual education program to combine music, movement, and puppetry in a play-based curriculum to engage children as they increase their vocabulary and celebrate diversity in every class. Parent materials are provided for all enrolled families to keep the learning process going outside of class. Bilingual Birdies hopes that future generations will learn that bilingualism is a path to greater opportunity, increased compassion for others, and a way to grow into more open-minded adults. https://www.bilingualbirdies.com


Program: Chick Hatching

Vendor: RentACoop

Grade: 3-K, Pre-K

Description: RentACoop’s hands-on egg hatching program is a great hands-on STEM activity children and adults can experience together. This 4-week program provides all the tools needed to have a successful experience that nurtures the students’ love for chickens and appreciation of nature’s wonders. Our 3-K and Pre-K classes each receive an incubator with 7 eggs from their farm, along with all supplies needed to keep them safe and comfortable. https://www.rentacoop.com


Program: Animals Alive

Vendor: Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC)

Grade: All

Description: APEC’s outreach program aims to educate children about the wonders of our natural environment. It seeks to augment core curriculum and state standards by providing safe and quality inquiry based science lessons. The APEC program also brings stimulating materials to enhance understanding and promote critical thinking skills among students. Each grade will receive an interactive lesson that offers observation and inquiry of live animals to help students understand animal classifications (mammal, bird, reptile, and more) and address predator/prey relationships and animal adaptations. https://www.apec.org