The After School Program and Summer Day Camp at PS294/PS311

New Settlement has operated our After School Program and Summer Programs at the school complex at 1425 Walton Avenue since our opening in 1990.

Our programs serving PS311/PS294 elementary-school students engage children in hands-on, project-based academic enrichment activities that are fun and supportive of critical thinking and creative expression. At the PS294/PS311 campus, we provide a positive after-school and summer learning environment where children can explore age-appropriate leadership opportunities, build awareness of healthy nutrition through hands-on activities, including cooking; and participate in community engagement projects that position them as advocates for health and safety; and receive opportunities for active movement, fitness and physical education-indoors and out.

Our program provides outdoor environmental exploration and education programs for all participants, including strong STEM components. We work closely with PS311/PS294 educators and parents as partners in the success of all of our children.

Some of the activities we are currently providing:

YOGA

Through basic yoga poses, yoga games, mindfulness activities, music and stories, children build strength, coordination, flexibility, and body awareness. Breathing and visualization techniques teach students self-control, focus and relaxation.

HEALTHY LIVING ACTIVITIES

Facilitated by Cook, Play, Live, Inc. Educators

Students participate in nutrition awareness activities and cooking workshops. They create their own healthy meals and take home the recipe to share with their families.

ART 

Taught by Children’s Museum of Manhattan Teaching Artists.

Students journey around the world exploring unique artistic styles and mediums from different countries and cultures. By using a variety of art media, students deepen their perspective on the world while exploring elements like line, shape, color, form and texture.

GYM

Facilitated by US Soccer Foundation trained Specialist to use the Soccer For Success curriculum.

Students are introduced to the sport of soccer, while also acquiring the tools they need to improve their physical health, increase their knowledge about healthy lifestyles and improve their self-esteem and behavior.

STEM

Taught by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Educators

A Partnership with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Students participate in hands-on activities through which youth learn about environmental concepts such as wise resource use, predator/prey relationships (e.g. children dissected owl pellets), and fish ecology.  They then focus on a stewardship project (Recycling).

DANCE

Students learn Jazz/Hip-Hop dances facilitated by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater instructors.

CAPOEIRA

Taught by Abadá – Capoeira Instructor

Students learn the basic movements of Capoeira, how to play the percussive instruments used in Capoeira and learn songs in Portuguese.  Students gain a broader understanding of the history, philosophy and cultural importance of capoeira and African contribution in Brazil and the Diaspora.

ECHO Program – Einstein Community Health Outreach in collaboration with the Montefiore Medical Center’s School Health Program.

A Team of diverse women & men who are first and second year medical student from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, supervised by MDs lead the implementation of the research-based ECHO interactive Science and health education curriculum.  Students participate in hands-on activities that explore human anatomy and biology and emphasize healthy development in their community. They learn the benefits of physical activity and healthy eating on their bodies and the harmful effects of tobacco, with age-appropriate units on the passage into puberty.  Children also learn about using safety and treating minor burns and injuries.

SUMMER DAY CAMP

 

THEATER 

Contact:

To learn more about New Settlement’s After School and Summer Programs at PS 311 and PS 294 please contact program director Madeline Rosario at m.rosario@newsettlement.org or (718) 410-7743.