After School Programs
The following afterschool programs are available at PS 281:
- Club Wingspan
- CodeAdvantage (STEM)
- Crossover Sports (baseball)
- Little Kickers (soccer)
- Loop Sports (offsite) (multiple sports)
- Professional Taekwondo (offsite)
- PS 281 Chess Club & Team
- Simply Sports (multiple sports)
- Tennis Innovators
- Turtle Bay Music School (offsite)
Onsite Afterschool Programs
Wingspan Arts lets you choose from lots of different classes, five days a week. The program runs from dismissal until 6:00pm.
For more information, please visit their website at wingspanarts.org. The schedule for the spring semester will be available on or around December 20, and registration will open the week of January 7.
CodeAdvantage is excited to offer two classes onsite at the River School on Wednesdays from dismissal until 4:30 pm. Classes will run from January 30 to June 12 (no class on February 20 or April 24). Price is $576 for the semester plus a one-time $50 fee for use of a laptop.
Lego Robotics: Earthbot Engineers (for Grades K-2): Using LEGO ® robotics, students will learn about some of the coolest environments on the planet. They will create and program robots to: withstand the heat of volcanoes and avoid any lava in the way, have just the right amount of friction to pull their way up steep and snowy mountains, withstand the pressure of the ocean as they raise a periscope from its darkest depths, and more! Click here to register.
Action Scratch – Coding Through Java (for Grades 3-5): Scratch uses a graphic programming language developed at MIT. This class creates a beginner foundation in programming which can be used in other advanced programming languages. In Action Scratch, young students will learn fundamental programming concepts by creating different games for Scratch to play. Kids will program Scratch to play basketball, dodge arrows, and even make Scratch clones! No previous programming skills are required, but students should be comfortable using a computer and managing files. Click here to register.
Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Crossover Sports offers baseball training to children ages 5-12 at the River School. The 2018-19 schedule will be posted soon.
The Little Kickers Soccer School provides an entry point to soccer for boys and girls ages 3 to 6. With locations in Manhattan and Queens, the structured and fun weekly practices lay the foundation for future success in not just soccer, but all sports and learning activities. These are the available sessions at River School for Winter 2019:
Tuesdays 3pm – 3:45pm (3-4s)
Tuesdays 3:45pm – 4:30pm (5-6s)
Thursdays 3pm – 3:45pm (5-6s)
Thursdays 3:45pm – 4:30pm (3-4s)
Coaches will collect children straight after school (from the cafeteria) for the 3pm sessions. The 3:45pm sessions meets inside the school entrance.
The winter season is 10 weeks starting January 8. Register at www.LittleKickers-Soccer.com
PS 281 Chess Club & Team
From complete beginners to our advancing tournament players, our goal is that all PS 281 students can experience both the joy & significant social/education benefits of learning and playing chess.
We will develop the program with an expectation of creating a vibrant chess culture, where our players/team can compete at local, City, State & National competitions!
Thursdays Chess Club & Team
Spring Semester February 7 – June 20
- February 7, 14. 28
- March 7, 14 (PTC), 21, 28
- April 4, 11, 18
- May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
- June 13, 20
Players will meet in the cafeteria directly after-school where they will have a light snack. Training and play will take place in classrooms onsite at PS 281. Pickup will occur at 5 PM in the cafeteria.
- Spring semester – $595
- Late pick up 5:00 – 5:30 pm – $159 (optional)
- If you need a one time late pick-up please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide $20 at pick-up.
- 10% sibling discount – use code: sibling
- Financial assistance available – email email@example.com
Visit http://impactcoachingnetwork.org/chess-club-and-team/ps281 to learn more.
Simply Sports is a 501-C-3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing children with supervised, fundamental learning experiences in an athletic setting. Simply Sports always focuses on the positive, fun aspects of learning enabling each child to enjoy the instruction and develop both their aptitude and self-confidence. Our motto is fun, friendship & fair play.
Simply Sports will be offering multi-sports classes to Kindergarten through Grade 5 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Classes will run until 5:30 pm (you may pick up beginning at 5 pm). Click here for more details.
Tennis Innovators puts our programs together by age, level and availability. No more then 4 players to a pro and we strive on keeping players learning and moving, the way tennis should be taught! The Winter session runs from January 7-April 1.
The following afterschool programs are not held at the River School, but most offer a pickup service to bring your child from school to the afterschool program site.
Professional Taekwondo offers a pickup program for more experienced students. An instructor picks up kids every day, M-F, and walks them over to the dojo on 553 2nd Ave, New York, NY, 10016 (at 30th St). There they have taekwondo instruction, play time, and homework/reading time.
- Professional Taekwondo Pick up program information
- Professional Taekwondo pick up program registration form
Loop Sports offers a Fall and Spring outdoor sports program and a Fall and Winter ice skating program.
We play baseball, kickball, and soccer at East River Park and ice skate at Chelsea Piers Sky Rink.
We offer school pick up and home drop off service by D.O.T. certified and inspected buses.
Sign up now for the Winter ice skating session, which runs from January 15 to March 26 (with no classes on February 5 and 19). Click here for more information and to register.
Turtle Bay Music School
Turtle Bay Music School (TBMS), a non-profit community music school, has relocated to East 38th Street between 1st and 2nd Ave. We are excited to bring 93 years of music education experience to this lively residential neighborhood, and are delighted to offer the following programs to our neighbors at the River School at a 10% discount:
Beginning Group Piano (ages 4.5-6): Tuesday, 5:00-5:45. Our group piano program brings students together to learn from each other in a supportive, collaborative environment. In our group piano lab, each student plays on a full-sized digital piano, offering an individual experience with the instrument as well as the opportunity to play as an ensemble. Group piano classes incorporate instruction in proper playing technique, music theory, note reading, and the basics of improvisation to create a solid foundation for future private study. Students are placed according to age. 12-week semester. $515 (non-River School price is $570).
Rhythm Architects (ages 6-10): Thursday, 3:15-4:00. Rhythm has been an essential part of our communication, expression, and self-development throughout human history. Using drums, bells, shakers, and xylophones, your child will learn the fundamentals of how to play a vast array of percussion instruments, enabling your child to explore his or her own sense of rhythm, melody, and song in a creative and adventurous atmosphere. Using improvisation to create a pathway to basic composition skills, the aim of Rhythm Architects is to lay a strong, positive foundation for future musical endeavors. 16-week semester. $640 (non-River price is $712). For this class only, TBMS staff members will pick students up at the River School upon dismissal and walk them over to TBMS in time for class.
Singing Fundamentals (ages 7-9): Monday, 4:00-4:45.Students learn the basics of breath and body support, sound projection, ear training, sight-singing and song selection through solos and ensembles using both traditional repertoire as well as songs that students choose to inspire them. This program can both prepare young students for private voice instruction and act as an ensemble-based supplement. 12-week semester. $515 (non-River School price is $570).
To register and for more information, please email Patti Onorato at firstname.lastname@example.org.