Classes for Grades K – 5

 

Enrichment Classes  |  Sports & Fitness  |  Dance  |  Vacation Day Programs  |  Aquatics |  Inclusion/Special Needs


 

Enrichment Classes

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Chess

Grades K – 5
Learn to play chess using strategies and maneuvers from a real champion, then take what you’ve learned and try to beat your opponents! Instructor: Alex Eydelman.

Mondays, 5 - 6 p.m.
Sept. 21 – Dec. 21 (No class Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12)
Member $171 / Community $207 (11 sessions)

 


 

Sports & Fitness

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Walter Bloom Youth Basketball Leagues
Grades K – 5
Take your game to the next level! Participants will learn to play the game by improving shooting, dribbling, passing, defense, and more. Every session ends in a scrimmage to enhance their skills. Each participant will receive a jersey at the beginning and trophy at the end of the semester.
Grades K – 1
Sundays, 3 – 4 p.m.
Nov. 15 – Feb. 28 (No session Nov. 29, Dec. 27, Feb. 14)
Member $260 / Community $299 (13 sessions)
Grades 2 – 3
Sundays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Nov. 15 – Feb. 28 (No session Nov. 29, Dec. 27, Feb. 14)
Member $260 / Community $299 (13 sessions)
Grades 4 – 5
Sundays, 5 – 6 p.m.
Nov. 15 – Feb. 28 (No session Nov. 29, Dec. 27, Feb. 14)
Member $260 / Community $299 (13 sessions)

 

Junior Boxing Club
Ages 8 & up
Evander Holyfield began his boxing training when he was 8 years old and weighed 65 pounds. He went on to become an Olympic medalist and four-time world heavyweight champion. Your child may not become a heavyweight champion, but he or she can reap several benefits from the sport of boxing. Boxing will teach your child how to throw punches, including the jab, cross, hook and uppercut. Correct body mechanics needed to throw these techniques with the most speed and power will also be taught. Boxing offers children several psychological benefits, including improved confidence, self-discipline and determination.

Mondays
Sept. 21 – Dec. 22 (No class Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12)
Members $ 198 / Community $242 (11 sessions)

Wednesdays
Sept. 9 – Dec. 23 (No class Sept. 23, Nov. 11)
Members $252 / Community $308 (14 sessions)

Sign up for both Junior Boxing classes and receive a 20% discount!
Members $ 360 / Community $440 (25 sessions)

 

Teen Fit
Ages 8 - 12
You keep your skin clean. You condition your hair. You’re eating right. You’re doing all you can to look and feel great. But are you missing out on an important part of a healthier lifestyle? No matter what your age or shape, you should exercise daily. Not only does exercise tone your body so you can wear your favorite jeans, it strengthens your muscles, keeps your bones strong, and improves your skin. And there are more benefits of exercise – increased relaxation, better sleep and mood, strong immune function, and more. This class will make you stronger, faster, more powerful and make you feel better by performing high-energy functional movements that are natural and safe.
Tuesdays, 4:15 - 5 p.m.
Oct. 13 – Dec. 22 (No class Nov. 3)
Members $180 / Community $220 (10 sessions)

 

Pre-Season Basketball Clinics
Grades K – 5
Start the season early and get a head start on the competition by joining our pre-season basketball clinics. Players will work on shooting, dribbling,
passing, defense, and team play.
Grades K – 2
Wednesdays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Oct. 28 (No class Sept. 23)
Member $147 / Community $175 (7 sessions)
Grades 3 – 4
Wednesday, 5 – 6 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Oct. 28 (No class Sept. 23)
Member $147 / Community $175 (7 sessions)
Grade 5
Thursdays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Sept. 10 – Oct. 29
Member $168 / Community $200 (8 sessions)
Grade 5
Fridays, 2 – 3 p.m.
Sept. 11 – Oct. 30
Member $168 / Community $200 (8 sessions)

 

Tennis with Shane O’Reilly

Grades K – 5
Having fun is vital, but emphasis on proper technique
will not be compromised. Only 10 student max per class, so sign up today!
Grades K – 2
Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Oct. 21 (No class Sept. 23)
Member $180 / Community $198 (6 sessions)
Grades 3 – 5
Wednesdays, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Oct. 21 (No class Sept. 23)
Member $180 / Community $198 (6 sessions)
Grades K – 2
Thursdays, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Sept. 10 – Oct. 22
Member $210 / Community $231 (7 sessions)
Grades 3 – 5
Thursdays, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Sept. 10 – Oct. 22
Member $210 / Community $231 (7 sessions)

 

NEW! Jiu Jitsu
Grades K – 5
Join First Degree Black Belt Master Vinicius de Jesus as he teaches the self-defense mixed martial art of Jiu Jitsu. Originating in Japan, the sport of Jiu Jitsu teaches concentration, dedication, and discipline that can be applied throughout everyday life. Practice take downs, arm bars, and leg locks while building self-confidence and exercising your mind and body, all in a fun, safe atmosphere. Each student, fully dressed in a sacred gi and belt, will learn the basic techniques it takes to become a Jiu Jitsu Master! Note: No prior experience is needed.
For more information, contact Emily Eisen at eeisen@stamfordjcc.org.
Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 10 – Dec. 17 (No class Nov. 26)
Member $280 / Community $322 (14 sessions)

 

Stamford JCC Travel Basketball Team
Grade 5
Try out for one of our travel basketball teams and compete against other teams in the Fairfield County Basketball League! Teams will practice twice a week, with most games held on weekends. We will be holding
two tryouts. In order to be considered for a team, you
must attend both tryouts. Attending tryouts does not guarantee a spot on the team. Contact Mo Concepcion
at 203.487.0971 or mconcepcion@stamfordjcc.org for more information.

 

Tryout dates are Sunday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 25
5th Grade tryout: 1 – 2:15 p.m.
Member $500 / Community $575
(fee is due upon making the team)

 

Private Basketball Lessons
Grades K – 5
For information or to make an appointment, contact Mo Concepcion at 203.487.0971 or mconcepcion@stamfordjcc.org.

 

J·Gaming
J·Gaming combines physical exercise with the excitement of video games to give everyone an engaging and entertaining way to get moving and get fit. The Stamford JCC has the first full-service exergaming facility in the area, and you’re invited to experience the dynamic action and all-out fun of J·Gaming! For more information,contact Mo Concepcion at 203.487.0971, or
mconcepcion@stamfordjcc.org.

Free Play Hours Monday – Friday:4 to 6 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

 


 

Dance

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Ballet/Yoga Combo Jr.
Ages 5 – 6
In this combination class students will begin to develop dance technique through ballet, the foundation of all dance styles, as well as explore the creative and intricate world of jazz dance. Class consists of a center floor warm-up incorporating both ballet and jazz positions, across the floor and learning and executing basic choreography. Students learn direction changes, balance, footwork and the start of jumping and turning.
Mondays, 4:15-5 p.m.
Sept. 21 – Dec. 21 (No class Sept.. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12)
Member $209 / Community $253 (11 sessions)

 

Ballet/Yoga Combo
Ages 7 - 10
In this combination class students will begin to develop dance technique through ballet, the foundation of all dance styles, as well as explore the creative and intricate world of jazz dance. Class consists of a center floor warm-up incorporating both ballet and jazz positions, across the floor and learning and executing basic choreography. Students learn direction changes, balance, footwork and the start of jumping and turning.
Mondays, 5 - 5:45 p.m.
Sept. 21 – Dec. 21 (No class Sept.. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12)
Member $209 / Community $253 (11 sessions)

 

Jazz/Hip Hop Combo Jr.
Ages 5 – 6
Although predominately Hip Hop, this class combines jazz with hip hop, providing students with a solid foundation of dance terminology and movement. This is a high-energy class that will focus on isolation, intricate footwork, directional movement, jumps, leaps, the basics of turning, and more challenging choreography.
Thursdays, 4:15 – 5 p.m.
Sept. 10 – Dec. 17 (No class Nov. 26)
Member $266/ Community $322 (14 sessions)

 

Jazz/Hip Hop Combo
Ages 7 – 10
Although predominately Hip Hop, this class combines jazz with hip hop, providing students with a solid foundation of dance terminology and movement. This is a high-energy class that will focus on isolation, intricate footwork, directional movement, jumps, leaps, the basics of turning, and more challenging choreography.
Thursdays, 5 – 5:45 p.m.
Sept. 10 – Dec. 17 (No class Nov. 26)
Member $266/ Community $322 (14 sessions)

 


 

Vacation Day Programs at the J

 

Vacation Day Programs
Grades K – 6
All vacation days include arts and crafts, nut-free/kosher snacks, free swim and various games and activities. Participants supply their own lunches. Drop-ins are welcome if space allows and require an additional $10 fee. To avoid disappointment, register early by calling the welcome desk at 203.322.7900. Contact Galit Roloff at groloff@stamfordjcc.org or 203.487.0974 with questions.

 

Monday, October 12
Going to the Farm
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Members $75 / Community $90

Tuesday, November 3
Animal Embassy
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Members $65 / Community $80

Wednesday, November 11
Mad Science
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Members $65 / Community $80

Thursday, December 24
A Day at The J
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members $65 / Community $80

Monday, December 28
Pool Party
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Members $65 / Community $80

Tuesday, December 29
My 3 Sons
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Members $75 / Community $90

Wednesday, December 30
Pizza Palooza
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Members $65 / Community $80

Thursday, December 31
New Year’s Party
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Members $65 / Community $80

 


 

Aquatics

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Refund Policy
Due to high demand and limited spots for swim lessons, the JCC refund policy will be strictly enforced. Refunds, credits or make-up classes for unscheduled absences cannot be accommodated. For absences due to serious illness/injury (doctor’s note required) or absences known at least one week in advance, we will make every effort to schedule make-up classes. Placement in make-up classes is based on the schedule of comparable classes and their availability.

 

Swim Assessment for New Swimmers
For all children enrolling in a swim program for the first time, we strongly encourage you to bring your child for a free assessment. Our instructors will be able to advise you on the best class for your child based on his or her age and ability. Contact Aquatics Director, Daniel Servelli at 203.487.0990 or dservelli@stamfordjcc.org.

 

Introducing the NEW Swim School at the J!
Grades K – 5 
Where young children get a head start on swimming, gain comfort in the water and begin working on basic swimming skills while interacting with an instructor and other children in a fun and safe environment. The JCC is pleased to announce the launch this fall of our all-new swim school. Through our comprehensive curriculum children will learn skills, build knowledge, gain confidence and feel safe in and around water. Using a step-by-step approach to learning, students will build proficiency as they successfully progress through levels that teach the four essential strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Most importantly, the new curriculum is built in such a way that children will be excited to advance through each level. Every swimmer will receive a book in which he or she will be able to see specific skills needed to progress to the next level. Swimmers will also be awarded a new color of swim cap as they progress through each level. Each semester ends with a free swim competition. See class listings following all class descriptions.

 

Level 1 – Angelfish (Exploration)

Red Swim Cap
This course is designed for beginners, and to help your child feel comfortable in the water. Children will learn to put their faces in the water, float, kick and set the foundation for successful swimming.

Sundays, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
Sept. 20 – Dec. 20 (No class Oct. 4)
Member $273 / Community $377 (13 sessions)

Sundays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 20 – Dec. 20 (No class Oct. 4)
Member $273 / Community $377 (13 sessions)

Mondays, 4:30 – 5 p.m.
Sept. 21 – Dec. 21 (No class Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12)
Member $231 / Community $319 (11 sessions)

Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 23 (No Class Sept. 23, Nov. 11)
Member $294 / Community $406 (14 sessions)

 

Level 2 – Swordfish (Primary Skills) 

Orange Swim Cap

Children should be able to float (front and back) and put their heads under water. Swimmers will work on floating, gliding, flutter kick, turning over from front-to-back and back-to-front, freestyle, backstroke, retrieving objects and jumping into water over their heads.

Sundays, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Sept. 20 – Dec. 20 (No class Oct. 4)
Member $273 / Community $377 (13 sessions)

Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sept. 20 – Dec. 20 (No class Oct. 4)
Member $273 / Community $377 (13 sessions)

Mondays, 5 – 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 – Dec. 21 (No class Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12)
Member $231 / Community $319 (11 sessions)
Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 23 (No Class Sept. 23, Nov. 11)
Member $294 / Community $406 (14 sessions)

 

Level 3 – Dolphin (Readiness)

Green Swim Cap
Students should be able to swim freestyle and backstroke. We will work more on these strokes with a focus on gliding and proper technique. Elementary backstroke, retrieving objects, treading water and diving will be covered.

Sundays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Sept. 20 – Dec. 20 (No class Oct. 4)
Member $273 / Community $377 (13 sessions)
Mondays, 5:30 – 6 p.m.
Sept. 21 – Dec. 21 (No class Sept. 28, Oct. 4, Oct. 12)
Member $231 / Community $319 (11 sessions)
Wednesdays, 5 – 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 23 (No Class 9/23, 11/11)
Member $294 / Community $406 (14 sessions)

 

Level 4 – Barracuda (Stroke Development)

Purple Swim Cap
Students should be fairly proficient at freestyle, backstroke and elementary backstroke, and should be able to dive. Students will work on rotary breathing, scissor kick, sidestroke, whip kick and breaststroke kick, rotary kick treading water with modified scissor kick, freestyle backstroke, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, and continue with diving skills.

Sundays, 12:30 – 1 p.m.
Sept. 20 – Dec. 20 (No class Oct. 4)
Member $273 / Community $377 (13 sessions)
Mondays, 6 – 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 – Dec. 21 (No class Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12)
Member $231 / Community $319 (11 sessions)
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 23 (No Class Sept. 23, Nov. 11)
Member $294 / Community $406 (14 sessions)

 

Pre-Swim Team Program
5 – 16 years
Two days per week are STRONGLY recommended. Prices listed for two days per week include a discount. Children enrolled in two days a week are eligible for a 3rd practice free of charge. Based on your child’s ability he or she may be able to join the senior team and travel to swim competitions.

 

Novice Team

5 – 6 years

This program is for children who are relatively good swimmers for their ages. Students will explore competitive swimming and be encouraged to build endurance and competence. When ready, they will advance to the Junior Team. Twice a week recommended, but once a week can be accommodated.

2 Days
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 – Dec. 17( No Class Nov. 3, Nov. 26)
Member $672 / Community $720 (24 sessions)
1 Day
Oct. 13 – Dec. 22
Member $210 / Community $290 (10 sessions)
Thursdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 10 – Dec. 17 (No Class Nov. 26)
Member $294 / Community $406 (14 sessions)

 

Junior Team

6 – 16 years

Learn competition-style swimming to become faster and more efficient in your strokes and turns. Testing is required for children new to the program. Students must be able to swim two lengths of the pool, freestyle
and backstroke. Children who are enrolled two days a week may qualify for Sunday sessions at no extra charge. Twice a week recommended, but once a week can be accommodated.

2 Days
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., 5:15 – 6 p.m.
Oct. 13 – Dec. 17( No Class Nov. 3, Nov. 26)
Member $528 / Community $720 (24 sessions)
1 Day
Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., 5:15 – 6 p.m.
Oct. 13 – Dec. 22
Member $230 / Community $320 (10 sessions)
Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., 5:15 – 6 p.m.
Sept. 10 – Dec. 17 (No Class Nov. 26)
Member $322 / Community $448 (14 sessions)

 

JCC Stingrays Senior Swim Team, Season: September – June 30 

The JCC will compete in two leagues: USA Swimming League and The New England JCC League. Practices will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. Children must try out for the team, and must have the following prerequisites:
• Level 4 – Barracuda (stroke development)
• Pre-Swim Team Classes*
* The JCC’S Pre-Swim Team Program is a wonderful way to develop good swimmers into great swimmers before they join our competitive team. For more information please contact Daniel Servelli at dservelli@stamfordjcc.org or 203.487.0990.

 

Private & Small Group Swim Lessons
Private lessons, alone or coupled with our group classes, are a great way to accelerate learning. 
These lessons offer a comfortable setting, so those new to the water can excel. Through an initial skills test, we can assess your ability and plan lessons around your specific needs to help you achieve your personal best. Lessons are 30 minutes and are sold in packages of 10 lessons and 5 lessons. All prices are per person. For more information, contact Daniel Servelli at 203.487.0990.

Private Lessons (1 person)
5 lessons
Member $220 / Community $260
10 lessons
Member $390 / Community $470

Semi-Private Lessons (2 people)
5 lessons
Member $170 / Community $200
10 lessons
Member $300 / Community $350

Group Private (3 or more people)
5 lessons
Member $155 / Community $175
10 lessons
Member $270 / Community $310

 


 

Inclusion/Special Needs

For more information contact Inclusion Coordinator Dinushka De Silva at 203-487-0946 or ddesilva@stamfordjcc.org.

 

ArtWorks: Arts for Healing
Grades 2 – 5
ArtWorks is art therapy in a small-group setting. Its purpose is to help children express themselves through art projects. Art therapy is a process used to improve communication skills (expressive and receptive), social interaction, enhance motor function, stimulate emotional development, and foster self-expression. Art sessions are offered to those who like to express themselves through a variety of art activities. Materials including paint, clay, collage, drawing pens, markers, pastels, and charcoal give group members a wide variety of choices for personal expression. The group leader is a professional artist who brings original and unique ideas to encourage individual creative expression.
To register, please contact Inclusion Coordinator Dinushka De Silva at 203-487-0946 or ddesilva@stamfordjcc.org.
Wednesdays, 4 – 4:40 p.m.*
Sept. 9 - Dec. 9 (No class Sept. 23, Nov. 11)
Member $240 / Community $300 (12 sessions)
* Register early if you need the JCC van to pick your child up from the Stamford Public Schools!

*Transportation from Stamford Public Schools to the JCC by our JCC vans is a possibility if you are member, but is an additional $15 and early registration is required.

 

Music, Movement, and Yoga
5 – 8 years (parents may stay if they wish)
This practice is fun and interactive! Through meditation, movement, and chants, instructors provide techniques to work on improving concentration, mindfulness, self-control, and relieving anxiety, as well as improving hand-eye coordination and thoughtful breath. Classes are small in order to modify and accommodate individual needs. Both parent and child will learn to align the mind and body!To register, please contact Inclusion Coordinator Dinushka De Silva at 203-487-0946 or ddesilva@stamfordjcc.org.
Sundays, 10:30 – 11:10 a.m.
Sept. 27 – Dec. 13 (No class Oct. 11)
Member $110 / Community $165 (11 sessions)

 

R&R (Recreate & Relate)
Grades 3 – 5
R&R is an active social program that meets during the academic year. We meet at the JCC to participate in activities together such as cooking, seeing theater performances, varied sports events, pool parties, volunteering, and much more, which are not only fun but also enhance team-building skills. The social groups provide youths with a structured and safe environment to develop their social skills and build relationships. The program is open to all abilities and can benefit those with a variety of needs, including, but not exclusive to, ADD/ADHD, social anxiety, communication and learning differences, cognitive delays, and those on the spectrum. The goal of R&R is learning to work together!
To register, please contact Inclusion Coordinator Dinushka De Silva at 203-487-0946 or ddesilva@stamfordjcc.org.
Wednesdays, 4 – 5:30 p.m.* and Sundays, 12 – 3 p.m.*
Sept. 9, Sept. 16, Sept. 27, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 18,
Nov. 4, Nov. 15, Nov. 18, Dec. 2
Member $150 / Community $200 (10 sessions)
* Register early if you need the JCC van to pick your child up from the Stamford Public Schools!
* Admission fees to all Sunday trips must be paid separately.

 

NEW! Classic Cooking
Grades 2 – 5
Children will collaborate on fun recipes while learning basic cooking skills and kitchen safety. All needs and abilities welcome!
To register, please contact Inclusion Coordinator Dinushka De Silva at 203-487-0946 or ddesilva@stamfordjcc.org.
Thursdays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Dec. 17 (No class Nov. 12, Nov. 26)
Member $120 / Community $180 (12 sessions)

 


 

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