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



Grades K-8 FALL 2017 Term







MONDAY | 8 weeks | 3 – 4 PM
Grades K-4 | Cost: $210 |  Begins October 2nd

Continuing our popular “Curious Cooks” series, a class that flips pancakes from around the world! Our curious chefs will prepare all sorts of pancakes including latkes, crepes, arepas, Pfannkuchen and serabi beras. Learn about global cooking traditions and find out why pancakes are not just for breakfast! Tickle your taste buds with this hands-on cooking adventure. NOTES: This class is nut-free and vegetarian. Involves handling of food and kitchen utensils / appliances. Requires sitting and listening time. Taught by Pocantico’s own Kassie Arcate. Fee inclusive of all materials and ingredients.  

Classes will meet 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27  – Make-up 12/4



MONDAY| 8 weeks | 3 – 4 PM

Grades 1-2 | Cost: $210 |  Begins October 2nd

A program designed to provide mathematics enrichment through hands-on, creative learning exercises and projects. Innovative games, projects and life-size puzzles build core math skills while kids build some fun, slightly outrageous projects. Activities include board games, life-sized dominoes, giant tic-tac-toe, musical math and a human clock. Fee includes materials costs.  

Classes will meet 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27 –  Make-up 12/4



MONDAY| 8 weeks | 3 – 4 PM
Grades 3-6 | Cost: $200 |  Begins October 2nd

First-time and veteran performers will develop their creativity and performance skills through the exploration of a wide variety of methods and techniques, including theater games, improvisation, short scenes and monologues.  Students will use various creative drama techniques to build confidence and trust, stimulate imagination, movement, character development and role-play.  In a fun, safe and creative environment, students can build confidence and creativity, while enhancing skills in observation, collaboration, reaction, communication and performance.  

Classes will meet 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27  – Make-up 12/4

STEAM Lab 101

WEDNESDAY | 8 weeks | 3 – 4 PM  
Grades K-1 | Cost: $210 |  Begins October 4th

This is our introduction to science class where students get a taste of a variety of themes including life sciences, engineering, mathematics and technology. The class introduces kids to the concept of exploration through experimentation, hands-on labs and observation. Some classes provide a hands-on project some of which will be taken home at the end of class. Students keep their science journals with a record of their projects and observations.  NOTES: Involves working with hand and a variety of materials. Fee includes materials costs.  

Classes will meet 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29.  Make-up 12/6


WEDNESDAY | 8 weeks | 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Grades 3 – 6 | $200 | Begins October 4th

This class is designed to develop an appreciation for earth as a whole as well as specific skills required to enjoy and benefit from the outdoors. Students will build survival skills, self-sufficiency and environmental awareness through exploration and training.  This combination maker/outdoor class brings young people together with the outdoors while they learn how to make the things they would need to get by. This class teaches an appreciation for adventure, self-sufficiency and the interconnectedness of humans and their environment.  

Classes will meet 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29.  Make-up 12/6


THURSDAY | 8 weeks | 3 – 4 PM  
Grades 5-8 | Cost: $200 |  Begins October 5th

RPG stands for Role Playing Game, which means that the player controls the actions and decisions of a character they bring to life, in a world they create. In this class, students will learn how to use RPG Maker and make their own role-playing video game.  No prior game programming experience necessary! All it takes is a combination of your imagination and dedication and the RPG Maker software. NOTES: This class stresses creativity and technology, combined with storytelling. It offers young people a chance to make their own game and go from playing video games to making them. Students will be provided access to the program for use for the duration of the class and will receive copies of the games they create for play. At conclusion, access to the program can be obtained through http://www.rpgmakerweb.com/products/programs/rpg-maker-2003.  

Classes will meet 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30. Make-up 12/7





REMINDER: Please make sure the class you want is designated for your child’s grade.
Classes are for Pocantico Hills students only.

Procedure for Registering

  • Log-on: http://www.iocuriositas.org/register/pocademy/
  • After deciding which class(es) you’re interested in, click on the “REGISTER” 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. You must create a Curiositas account in order to register. You will only need to do this once.  
    • NOTE: Prior to registration opening, parents may click on the “REGISTER” button and create an account by following the instructions below.  There will be no classes listed until registration opens.
    • Create your account by clicking on “Sign Up!” in the upper right-hand corner. Once you have signed up under your own name, 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” button.
  • ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE E-MAIL admin@iocuriositas.org or call 914-274-8364.




Q. Who may enroll in POCADEMY After School Enrichment classes?
A. Students enrolled at the Pocantico Hills School.

Q. How much do the POCADEMY classes cost?
A. Classes cost between $200-210 for an 8 week session (inclusive of materials, ingredients, licensing fees).

Q. Are scholarships available for POCADEMY classes
A. Yes, a limited number of scholarships are available on a confidential basis based on financial need. If interested, please contact Mr. McVeigh at jmcveigh@pocanticohills.org prior to Monday September 21, 2017. Scholarships will be awarded to families on a first come-first served basis. You will then be contacted directly by Curiositas about further registration information required once your application has been approved.

Q: Do I need to pick up my child at regular dismissal time?
A: No, students will be taken or go directly to their POCADEMY class. All Classes start at 3:00.

Q. What time is pickup?
A. Students are dismissed from POCADEMY classes at 4:00.  The registration form will allow for three dismissal options: (1) parent or guardian pick-up, (2) school after-care program (which is a totally separate program from POCADEMY) or (3) 4:00 bus or self dismissal for 5th grade and up.

Children in Grades K-4 must be picked up and MAY NOT take the 4:00 bus home from POCADEMY.

Children in Grades 5-8 MAY take the 4:00 bus home from POCADEMY.

Unfortunately the Pocantico Hills PTA does not have the staff or facilities to care for your child after his or her designated pick-up time, unless they are already enrolled in the school’s child care program. 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 school’s after-care program, they will be taken there when their POCADEMY class ends.

Q: How are POCADEMY classes related to the after-school program offered at Pocantico Hills School?
A: Any other programs offered after school are completely separate. Please contact the District to register for the after-care program.

Q: What if school is cancelled on the day my child has a POCADEMY class?
A: The POCADEMY program follows the Pocantico Hills School 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 her/his POCADEMY 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 POCADEMY 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. Parents of registered students will be notified with specific instructions for this procedure.

Q: Where do I pick up my child at the end of each POCADEMY class?
A: Students will be dismissed as per the information completed on the information form – Parent or guardian pickup, after-care at school, (4:00 bus or walk – only available for 5th grade students or higher). SIGN-OUT for dismissal will be coordinated with the school security guard,  Parents of registered students will be notified with specific instructions for this procedure.

Q: My child is registered for a POCADEMY 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 POCADEMY 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 POCADEMY advisory board always loves to hear good ideas. Contact PTA@pocanticohills.org or admin@iocuriositas.org with any ideas.

Q:  I tried to register for a POCADEMY class but it was sold out. What can I do?
A: Registration for POCADEMY 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 POCADEMY classes via email? 
A: Registration for POCADEMY 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 POCADEMY classes?
A: Registration for POCADEMY 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.  All calls will be time-stamped and logged.

Q: What date does registration close? 
A: Registration closes on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11th.

Q: My child is currently taking a POCADEMY class and needs to be picked up early – who do I notify?
A: If your child needs to be picked up from POCADEMY early, please 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 POCADEMY 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.

Contact Us

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

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



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