145 Palisade Street, Suite 2S, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 | 914-274-8364

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PLEASANTVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL

6-WEEK SPRING EXTENSION CLASSES

REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!

 

 

RPG COMPUTER GAME DESIGN

TUESDAY | 6 weeks | 3:15 – 4:15 PM
Grades 5-8 | $140

Let the coding continue!  For those who took PYTHON and said their goal was to create games, and for those who ever desired to learn game programming, students will learn how to use RPG Maker in this class and make their own role-playing game.

The day dreaming of making your own video games can become a reality with RPG Maker — even if you know nothing about game programming!  All it takes is a combination of your imagination and dedication – and the RPG software. This is your chance to take your ideas to reality in a game that represents YOU!

Class dates: TUESDAYS Beginning 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6

 

STOP MOTION: THE ANIMATION CONTINUES

THURSDAY | 6 weeks | 3:15 – 4:15 PM
Grades 5 – 6 | $140

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Come back to Stop Motion, or join us for the first time – all are welcome!  Bring your original ideas and stories, and mix with photographic techniques to create some fun, interesting and creative stop-motion animation. The class will work individually and in groups as animators and producers to create short videos of their actions and test their techniques and learn new ones to make fluid, animated shorts that look as believable as possible. Sean Ribera, your instructor and director will work with the class to edit and control the motion. Students will see how their work becomes a polished production, with a final cut that can be shared with family and friends.

Class dates: THURSDAYS 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8

 

FAQ:

Q. Who may enroll in Pleasantville PTA STEAM After School Enrichment classes?
A. Students at the Pleasantville Middle School and Bedford Road School Grades 1-4.

Q: Do I need to pick up my child at regular dismissal time (2:55)?
A: No, we will walk students to their Pleasantville PTA STEAM class. BRS PTA STEAM classes start at 3:00, immediately following dismissal. PMS PTA STEAM classes start at 3:15.

Q. What time is pickup?
A. Students are dismissed from Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes at 4:00 (grades 1-4) and 4:15 p.m. (grades 5-8). Unfortunately the Pleasantville PTA STEAM program does not have the staff or facilities to care for your child after his or her designated pick-up time. Repeated failure to pick up your child on time may impact his or her ability to remain in the program and to sign up for future classes.  If your child attends the after-school program offered through the Panther Club, they will be taken there when their Pleasantville PTA STEAM class ends.

Q: How are the Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes related to the after-school program offered through the Pleasantville Recreation Department?
A: The two programs are completely separate. It is possible for a child to enroll in both the Recreation Department classes and the Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes; however, registration and payment are handled independently.

Q: What if school is cancelled on the day my child has a Pleasantville PTA STEAM class?
A: The Pleasantville PTA STEAM program follows the Pleasantville district calendar. If school or after-school activities are cancelled due to weather or other reasons, a make-up session will be provided. Our calendar allows for one class to be made up per session. In the event of multiple cancellations where no make-up class can be scheduled, families of registered students will be notified and receive a refund on a prorated basis.

Q: My child has to miss a day of his Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes. Can s/he make it up?
A: Make-up sessions will only be offered for days when the District cancels school or after-school activities.

Q: Where do students go for Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes?
A: Students will be instructed to meet at a designated location immediately following dismissal. An onsite administrator will walk students to their designated classrooms.

Q: Where do I pick up my child at the end of each Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes?
A: Students will be dismissed as per the information completed on the information form – Parent or guardian pickup, Panther Club or other pick-up (babysitter, carpool, etc.). Parents of registered students will be notified with specific instructions for this procedure.

Q: My child is registered for a Pleasantville PTA STEAM class but now needs to withdraw. Can I receive a refund?
A: All registrations are final. Withdrawals due to extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact admin@iocuriositas.org.

Q: How many Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes can my child register for?
A: As many as you want! Please note that registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis for all classes.

Q: I have a great idea for a course. Who should I contact with ideas?
A: The Pleasantville After School Enrichment advisory board always loves to hear good ideas. Contact BRSafterschoolenrichment@gmail.com or PMSafterschoolenrichment@gmail.com with any ideas.

Q:  I tried to register for a Pleasantville PTA STEAM class but it was sold out. What can I do?
A: Registration for Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes are on a first-come, first-served basis. Once a class is registered to capacity, all other applicants have the option to be placed on a waitlist.  If a space becomes available in any particular class, registrants will be notified in order of their place on the waitlist. If no response is received within 24 hours, the space in the class will be offered to the next person on the waitlist.  As we launch this program and are better able to gauge demand for courses, we will plan to continually monitor and improve the program.

Q: Can I register for Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes via email? 
A: Registration for Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes are made through the www.iocuriositas.org website. Email registrations will not be accepted. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Q: Can I register via phone for Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes?
Registration for Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes are made through the www.iocuriositas.org  website. If you do not have access to a computer and need to register, please call Curiositas at 914-274-8364 during business hours (Monday – Friday,9am-5pm). Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Q: What date does registration close? 
A: Registration for Winter/Spring 2017 classes close on TUESDAY JANUARY 3, 2017.  CLASSES BEGIN THE WEEK OF JANUARY 9th.

Q: My child is currently taking a Pleasantville PTA STEAM class and needs to be picked up early – who do I notify?
A: If your child needs to be picked up from Pleasantville PTA STEAM early, please either email admin@iocuriositas.org OR call 914-274-8364 and leave a voicemail if nobody answers. You will receive confirmation that your message was received.

Q: My child cannot attend his/her Pleasantville PTA STEAM class, although he/she will be at school that day. Do I need to notify someone?
A: Yes! Please send in a note to your child’s teacher so that they are aware of the change of dismissal. Also, please either email admin@iocuriositas.org or call 914-274-8364 and leave a voicemail if nobody answers. You will receive confirmation that your message was received.

Procedure for Registering

  • Log-on: http://www.iocuriositas.org/register/pleasantville/
  • After deciding which class(es) you’re interested in, click on the “Register HERE!” button. NOTE: You will be taken to a different website (MindBody.com, a class and program management system) that is used to process your registration and payment information. You will see the “Curiositas” logo, as seen to the right.  You must create a Curiositas account in order to register. You will only need to do this once.
  • FOR THOSE REGISTERING FOR THE FIRST TIME:  Create your account by clicking on “Sign Up!” in the upper right-hand corner. Once you have signed up, be sure to “Add Family Member” for each child (using the child’s name, not yours) who might enroll in a class.
  • Use your account to log-in. Once you are logged in, you can select your class(es) and register.  Payment information is due immediately.
  • Please see our FAQ’s page for answers to more detailed questions.
  • Note: If you have used the MindBody website for classes with another organization, you must first log out of that account, THEN click on the “Register HERE!” button.
  • ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE E-MAIL admin@iocuriositas.org or call 914-274-8364.

CURIOLOGISTS: ACTIONS & REACTIONS

MONDAY  |   10 weeks  |  3 – 4 PM
Grades 1 – 2  |  $230

Curiologists are kids with a need to explore their world through early scientific inquiry. They want to know how theirworld works and they put themselves in the role of scientist in order to find out. As Curiologists, we will explore some fundamental principles that allow kids to understand some of the phenomena in the world around them. These investigations include sound, color, magnetism, polymers, properties of water and more. Each week is a different experiment using a hands-on, exploratory approach.

Class dates: 1/9, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27.  Make-up: 4/3

STOP MOTION ANIMATION: SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

stop-motionMONDAY  |  10 weeks  |  3 – 4 PM
Grades 1 – 2  |  $230

A 1st class for those interested in stop motion. If you were not able to get in last term, now is your chance! This class will create funny, engaging short videos using student actors, props and visual tricks in a stop-motion format. Week-to-week, students will brainstorm ideas for skits, make props and act out roles while being photographed. Then they’ll see how the  photographs are edited and transformed into short videos that they can share with others. Every student has a hand in contributing ideas for skits, handling props and acting.

Class Dates: 1/9, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27. Make-up: 4/3

INTRO TO CODING WITH SCRATCH (Gr. 3-4)

MONDAY | 10 weeks | 3 – 4 PM
Grades 3 – 4 | $230

Back by popular demand.  If you were not able to get in last term, now is your chance! In this class, students will be introduced to logic of coding and programming through SCRATCH, the coding language developed by M.I.T. for children. In this graphical, drag and drop interface, students learn how to create simple programs that are fun, animated and personalized. We follow the Creative Computing curriculum introduced by Harvard Graduate School of Education. Each class contains a separate lesson in Scratch and students can share their work with their families at the end of class.

Class dates:  1/9, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27. Make-up: 4/3

INTRO TO CODING WITH SCRATCH FOR BEGINNERS (Gr. 1-2)

TUESDAY | 10 weeks | 3 – 4 PM
Grades 1-2 | $230

In this beginner class, 1st and 2nd grade students will be introduced to logic of coding and programming through SCRATCH. In this graphical, drag and drop interface developed for children by MIT, students learn how to create simple programs that are fun, animated and personalized. Each class contains a separate lesson in SCRATCH and students can share their work with their families at the end of class.

Class dates: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21. Make-up: 3/28

CURIOUS ENGINEERS – ANCIENT SCIENCE

TUESDAY | 10 weeks | 3 – 4 PM
Grades 3 – 4 | $230

In this section of the Curious Engineer program, students examine the major scientific discoveries of Greek and Roman societies as well as Middle East, Asia, European, Mayan and Aztec civilizations. The class allows students to understand how structures we associate with these civilizations were built without modern tools and technologies.  The class investigates some of the greatest scientific and engineering discoveries and the people who first introduced them to the world.

Class Dates:  1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21. Make-up: 3/28

CODING WITH SCRATCH II

TUESDAY | 10 weeks | 3 – 4 PM
Grades 3 – 4 | $230

Prerequisite: This class is designed for students who have already taken the introduction class to SCRATCH or have had experience learning SCRATCH basics in some other setting. Some familiarity with SCRATCH is required. SCRATCH is the ideal platform for elementary students to achieve quick results from their efforts yet provides them with enough programming options to really go far with their work if they so desire.

Class Dates:  1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21. Make-up: 3/28

Contact Us

To contact Curiositas for more information about our after-school enrichment programs.

145 Palisade Street, Suite 2S, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

914-274-8364

admin@iocuriositas.org

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