Message from the Bullock PTA After-School Enrichment (ASE) Committee
This is a reminder that the Fall session of ASE ends this week. The PTA ASE Committee thanks all instructors and students for a great session!
While our Fall ASE is coming to a close, our Winter ASE is just gearing up. We will hold a 10-week after-school enrichment (ASE) program this winter at Bullock for children in all grades. Families can register their children for classes (which meet weekly, right at the end of the school day) on topics such as theater, sports, robotics, dance, and more!
ASE will run from January 23rd through March 28th (once a week on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 3:25 to 4:25 PM, on days when school is in session for a full day, with make-up classes held during the week of April 10th).
Registration opens on Friday, January 6th at 8:00 PM via the online platform Homeroom and runs through Tuesday, January 10th at 11:59 PM. If you do not already have a Homeroom account, you can register here: https://www.homeroom.com/. This session we are offering 18 classes per week (6 classes per day) and classes will fill up quickly!
Full financial aid for one class per student is available for anyone who needs it. Please email Lauren Gutierrez at email@example.com for more information. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Si habla español y necesita ayuda para registrarse, comuníquese con email@example.com.
CHB’s After School Enrichment (ASE) Winter 2023 Class Descriptions
MONDAYS (starting 1/23)
Spy Kidz (K-2) – offered by Hobby Quest
This unique new program will teach all the skills needed to survive as a Top-Secret Agent. Students will learn how to write and break secret codes, how to open locks and how to disguise themselves so that even their parents won’t recognize them. CHB student agents will have a top-secret mission every week that they have to complete or their cover will be blown! This Program Guide will self-destruct in 5 seconds.
Storybook Theater (K-2) – offered by Vanguard Theater Company
Welcome to Storybook Theater, created by Montclair’s very own Vanguard Theater Company. Students will reenact classic children’s stories through theatrical games, where they’ll pantomime, act, sing and dance! All participants will learn physical expression, characterization, social skills, teamwork and memorization, as well as an understanding of classic and contemporary stories in an exciting introduction to performing.
CHB Tennis (K-2) – offered by Michele McNeil
CHB Tennis emphasizes the importance of teamwork, communication, balance, agility, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving and self-reliance. Through nine weeks of tennis drills and games, students will build focus and critical thinking as they learn a love of the game. All equipment will be provided by Coach Michele McNeil, a USPTA certified veteran teacher of children who loves working with new students and experienced pros.
Lego Robotics (3-5) – offered by Hobby Quest
Do your kids love lego robots? Is Lego Mindstorms at the top of their holiday lists? In this unique robotics class, CHB Students will be engaged in a mind and body workout. All students will explore robotic equipment and learn how viewing data can enhance fitness. Students will also build their own fitness trackers to measure how high they can jump and view their progress in graphs that their equipment will track. It’s time to build It, code it and solve it!
CHB Pickleball (3-5) – offered by Montclair Pickleball
Have you ever wondered why Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports? Combining elements of tennis and ping pong, pickleball takes some of the best elements of both and makes for an incredibly entertaining and easy-to-learn sport that is taking the world by storm. A pickleball court is one quarter the size of a tennis court, with smaller paddles and lighter balls, making it easier for children to learn and a great introduction to tennis as well. Our winter class will be taught by instructors from First Serve Tennis and all materials will be included.
CHB Pottery (3-5) – offered by Kanae Yunome
For all aspiring artists, interested in learning to work with clay, Pottery is the perfect introductory class. Students will explore different types of clay and learn techniques such as pinch pot, coil pot, slab building and more, to develop creative pieces from teacher Kanae Yunome, a long-time ceramic artist and the owner of Potterywise. This is an imaginative, hands-on class that allows students of all ages to enjoy pottery!
TUESDAYS (starting 1/24)
Be A Changemaker (Empowerment Through Civics & Social Justice) (K-3 & 5 ONLY as it is already part of the regular 4th grade curriculum) – offered by STEAM Urban (note: this class requires pre-registration)
Explore being a changemaker! Students will learn how to use their voices to advocate for themselves, their families and their communities. Through expressive arts, hands-on S.T.E.A.M, activities, interactive games and open conversations in a safe space, students will explore history, celebrate culture and self-identity, learn how to organize as a collective, and create viable resolutions that impact their daily lives. This class is offered by STEAM Urban (STEAM Urban) and is brought to you by CHB’s Anti-Racism Equity Team (BARET) via an MFEE Excellence in Equity Grant.
ASL Basics (K-2) – offered by Laura Orta
Did you know that students in a CHB kindergarten class have been learning American Sign Language (ASL)? Now, for the first time, all K-2 students will have access to learning basic sign language and how to fingerspell. Categories will include calendar, food, verbs, animals, family, and environment and students will learn about hearing loss and why sign language is used. This class will be taught by Lora Orta, Montclair Public Schools’ Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Fun With Running (K-2) – offered by Brad Barket
Get ready for your child to learn the fundamentals of track and field, including speed, strength, endurance, and classic schoolyard games! Classes feature structured warm-ups/stretching and skill-building running workouts, and students will learn the basics of the turbo javelin, long jump, shot put and classic school yard. Taught by Brad Barket, an experienced coach with Montclair Running Co. and a veteran at teaching track and field.
Scenes for the Young Actor (3-5) – offered by Vanguard Theater Company
Welcome to Storybook Theater, created by Montclair’s very own Vanguard Theater Company! Scenes for the Young Actor is the newest offering in our ongoing collaboration with Montclair’s newest theater, the Vanguard Theater Company. All participating students will have the opportunity to explore foundational skills and acting techniques taught through games, exercises and scene work. For the finale, parents will be invited to watch an in-class performance.
CHB Taekwon-do (3-5) – offered by John Meany
Is your child interested in trying taekwon-do for the first time or have they taken classes in the past and would like to begin again? Students will work on cooperation and leadership skills in addition to learning the discipline and control of Taekwon-do. They’ll have the chance to spar and learn both self-defense and courtesy with Master John Meany, a 7th Degree black belt with over 20 years of experience practicing and teaching. No prior experience is necessary and all are welcome.
CHB Tennis (3-5) – offered by Michele McNeil
CHB Tennis emphasizes the importance of teamwork, communication, balance, agility, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving and self-reliance. Through ten weeks of tennis drills and games, students will build focus and critical thinking as they learn a love of the game. All equipment will be provided by Coach Michele McNeil, a USPTA certified veteran teacher of children who loves working with new students and experienced pros.
WEDNESDAYS (starting 1/25)
Secrets of Magic (K-5) – offered by Joe Fischer
Secrets of Magic, always an ASE favorite, is taught by talented, local magician, Joe Fischer. Students are taken behind the scenes to peek behind the curtain and discover how magicians do their tricks. Each week 3-5 different tricks are taught and all participating students will get to keep their magic tricks to dazzle family and friends.
CHB Indoor Soccer (K-2) – offered by Alex Araton, CHB teacher
Soccer, the world’s most popular sport, is now available indoors at CHB. Students will learn about throw-in’s, goal and corner kicks, direct and indirect kicks, game in play and fouls. All soccer skills will be introduced through games and activities, building toward playing real games. Indoor soccer will be taught by Mr. Araton, who co-led a popular ASE basketball class this fall, and no experience is necessary.
CHB Lego Creators (K-2) – offered by Jennifer Louizza, CHB teacher
Did you know that playing with legos helps kids improve their fine motor coordination and even their reading skills? Just two of the many reasons why we’re so excited to announce the launch of CHB Lego Creators! In this fun-filled weekly gathering, students will engage in projects that enhance focus and expand creative thinking while encouraging building together and making new friends. This new offering will be taught by CHB 3rd grade teacher Ms. Luizza and all students will have access to their own lego kits
CHB Basketball (3-5) – offered by Heather Hardin and Marques McGriff, CHB teachers
If you’ve been searching for a class that teaches students the necessary skills to improve their game, look no further! A mixture of high-energy skills, drills and teamwork helps students learn how to play and participate in friendly competition. This class will emphasize the essentials, including lessons on ball handling, shooting and passing and modified game play. Co-taught by two CHB teachers, Ms. Hardin and Mr. McGriff, no experience is necessary, and the only requirement is a desire to have lots of fun.
CHB Hip-Hop (3-5) – offered by Nina Lorusso
Are you looking for a lively class, featuring music kids love that is a perfect fit for beginners and students who have some dance experience? Students will learn the foundations of different street dance styles performed to Hip Hop music. This class is taught by Montclair Renaissance Middle School Dance Teacher, Nina Lorusso and no experience is necessary.
Intro to Digital Photography (3-5) – offered by Brittany DeMaio
Is your child a budding Ansel Adams? In Intro to Digital Photography, students will be given cameras and taught shutter speed, aperture, ISO and composition. Photo review sessions will be held with classmates for discussion and critique. Taught by an instructor from New Moon Photography, for students’ final projects, they will select their favorite photo to be framed and taken home.