77 Tarrytown Rd, White Plains, NY 10607 | 914-274-8364



Grades K-6 FALL 2018 Term








MONDAY | 8 weeks | 3 – 4 PM
Grades K-4 | $200

In the ¡Comamos! cooking class, our Curious Cooks get to explore the rich flavor of Central and South America – a variety of cuisines that make for some of the most flavorful and robust dishes that many of us have come to love. Under the guidance of Chef Kassie, Students prepare simple, hearty and healthy Latin dishes using fresh ingredients. All dishes will present the traditional culinary flavors but recipes are tested and made to be kid-friendly. All dishes are vegetarian and nut-free. We cannot guarantee that the cooking and foods will be free from other allergens. Recipes are provided for take home on a weekly basis so kids can share the instruction with their families. NOTE: This class involves handling of food and working with kitchen utensils. Requires sitting, listening and following directions. All recipes are vegetarian and nut-free (however, it is not recommended for students with other food allergies as it does incorporate wheat, milk, eggs, etc. in the cooking).  NOTE: This class involves handling of food and working with kitchen utensils. Requires sitting, listening and following directions.

Class dates: 10/01, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/05, 11/19, 11/26, 12/03.  NO CLASS: 10/08, 11/12,

MAKE-UP (if needed): 12/10


MONDAY | 8 weeks | 3 – 4 PM
Grades 1-3 | $200

In this DaVinci workshop, students will explore how the human body moves and works through a combination of science, art and mechanical study. Projects include the skeleton, lungs, circulation and nervous systems. Each session has a take home project and participants will keep individual DaVinci notebooks of concepts and ideas as they learn about pivots and levers, where the “force” comes from that allows us to move and so many more fascinating facts about the most versatile machine on earth: US!

Class dates: 10/01, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/05, 11/19, 11/26, 12/03.  NO CLASS: 10/08, 11/12,

MAKE-UP (if needed): 12/10


MONDAY | 8 weeks | 3 – 4 PM
Grades 3-6 | $200

An opportunity for students to create and illustrate their own graphic novel! Brainstorming original stories, we will go step by step through the process of scripting, storyboarding, pacing and laying out a graphic novel. We will examine Manga, comics, graphic novels and picture books for examples of the many different ways to tell a story using illustration and words, adding emotion, drama and humor to create an original graphic masterpiece.

Class dates: 10/01, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/05, 11/19, 11/26, 12/03. 

NO CLASS: 10/08, 11/12.  MAKE-UP (if needed): 12/10


WEDNESDAY | 8 weeks | 3 – 4 PM
Grades K-1 | $200

Language and art. In this class, students learn about the classic and modern heroes of literature and popular culture through shared stories and discussion. Each unit involves a theme and a project based on the hero or heroine of the week. We explore the hero’s journey with an open mind towards both girls and boys and cultures from around the globe: from Mowgli to Harry Potter to Helen Keller to Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.

Class dates: 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/28, 12/5. 

NO CLASS: 10/31, 11/21.  MAKE-UP (if needed): 12/12.


STEAM-UP! (Gr. 2-4)

WEDNESDAY | 8 weeks | 3 – 4 PM
Grades 2-4 | $200

Hands-on STEAM learning and exploration through experimentation, hands-on labs and observation. Involves topics in chemistry, physics, engineering, computing & technology, and life sciences. Each class involves a challenge to solve and a project to complete through inquiry and solution design.

Class dates: 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/28, 12/5. 

NO CLASS: 10/31, 11/21.  MAKE-UP (if needed): 12/12.




  1. From https://www.iocuriositas.org/registration/pocademy, click REGISTRATION.   NOTE: You will be taken to a different website (jumbula.com, a class and program management system) that is used to process your registration and payment information.
  2. You must create a new account and enter information for each child participating in the program in order to register. You will only need to do this once.
  3. For returning users, you will need to update your child’s age and grade and any other information that has changed since your last registration.
  4. Once in the registration system, you will see the Curiositas – Pocademy logo and a list of classes being offered for Winter, 2018 for review. When you are ready, please click the “REGISTER” button found at the right of each class.
  5.  At bottom right of the screen, please click REGISTER. With this system, you will be registering by class for each child.
  6. Select Participant / New Participant. NOTE: This information will be added to your profile and saved for subsequent registrations.
  7. Complete Participant Information Form – NOTE: the “participant” is your child.  Each child must have a separate Participant Information Form in order to register.
  8. Complete Waiver Form and Acknowledgement of No Refunds Policy.
  9. From the Shopping Cart, you can continue to Checkout OR return to REGISTER to select programs for this child, or your next child / children. Previous items selected will remain in Shopping Cart.
  10. Continue to Checkout and pay with Credit Card. Return to REGISTER if you are signing up additional children.
  11. ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE E-MAIL admin@iocuriositas.org or call 914-274-8364.


  1.  Please make sure the class you want is designated for your child’s grade.

  2.  Classes are for Pocantico Hills students only.

  3.  Registrations are first-come, first-served. There is a NO REFUND policy.




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 $200 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 24, 2018. 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 Pocademy pickup?  Can my kids take the 4:00 bus?

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


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.

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 at the bus circle entrance.  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, and if approved will be charged a cancellation fee. 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-serve 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.

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 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd at 11:59 p.m. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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 contact the Pocantico Hills School Office at 914-631-2440, ext.153, AND email: admin@iocuriositas.org. 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 contact the Pocantico Hills School Office at 914-631-2440, ext. 153, AND email: admin@iocuriositas.org.


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