Classes for Grades K 5

 

Enrichment Classes  |  Sports & Fitness  |  Dance  |  Vacation Day Programs  |  Aquatics


 

Enrichment Classes

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NEW! We’ve Got Rhythm
Grades 1 – 3
Learn basic drum and rhythm skills while developing a love of all types of music. Your child will learn the basics and eventually learn how to drum along to some of the most famous drummers of our time.

Sundays, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Full Session: Sept. 7 – Dec. 21
Member $272 / Community $320
(16 sessions)

Session A: Sept. 7 – Oct. 26
Member $160 / Community $200
(8 sessions)

Session B: Nov. 2 – Dec. 21
Member $160 / Community $200
(8 sessions)

 

NEW! Stop-Motion Animated Moviemaking
Grades 1 – 3
Lights…Camera…Action! Students’ dreams of having their favorite LEGO® characters come to life becomes reality in our moviemaking class. Using stop-motion animation and digital post production editing, students produce LEGO® brickfilms much like the ones viewed on YouTube. Students learn about developing creative storytelling techniques, incorporating visual and audio special effects.

Mondays, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Session A: Sept. 8 – Oct. 20 (No class Oct. 13)
Member $192 / Community $204
(6 sessions)

 

NEW! Lego We Do Robotics – Fun Creations
Grades 1 – 3
This class provides children with an introduction to simple robotics. Build and program dancing birds, hungry alligators and roaring lions. Using LEGO® We Do robots, students will learn to build models, attach sensors and motors, and use a computer to program the models’ actions and behaviors. Robots will not be taken home.

Mondays, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Session B: Nov. 3 – Dec. 8
Member $192 / Community $204
(6 sessions)

 

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. 8 – Dec. 15 (No class Oct. 13)
Member $266 / Community $322
(14 sessions)

 

NEW! GAGA League
Grades 2 – 3
Teams will be made in class and will play different types of GAGA games such as: Medic, Pacman, Powerhouse Domino, Freeze GAGA, Team Round Robin and many others. At the end of the season one team will win! Trophies will be given.

Tuesdays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Full Session: Sept. 9 – Dec. 16 (No class Nov. 4, Nov. 11)
Member $221 / Community $260
(13 sessions)

Session A: Sept. 9 – Oct. 28
Member $160 / Community $200
(8 sessions)

Session B: Nov. 18 – Dec. 16
Member $100 / Community $125
(5 sessions)

 

NEW! Computer Video Game Creation – Pacman
Grades 4 – 6
Create maze games that will focus on strategies for good quality games at appropriate age and difficulty levels. In addition to learning the basic software skills of GameMaker®, students will learn about designing a splash page, changing sprite during the game, reversing directions, and moving to new room/levels. Students take home a CD at the end of the class.

Tuesdays, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Session A: Sept. 9 – Oct. 14
Member $192 / Community $204
(6 sessions)

 

Stamford Museum and Nature Center
NEW! Wild at Art!
Grades K – 2
Our animals, will be the inspiration for great, age-appropriate art experiences. We’ll meet animals that live on our farms, in our forests and all over the world. With paintbrush, crayons, pencils, clay and recyclables, students will create masterpieces about the animals!

Wednesdays, 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
Session A: Sept. 10 – Nov. 5 (No class Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 15)
Member $138 / Community $162
(6 sessions)

 

Stamford Museum and Nature Center
NEW! Habitat, Habitat!

Grades K – 2
We’ll explore habitats both faraway and in our own backyards through interactions with live animals and plants, real artifacts, storybooks and crafts! Investigate habitats large, like our forests, or small, like a rotten log “hotel,” as we find out that everything “has to have a habitat to carry on!” 

Wednesdays, 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
Session B: Nov. 12 – Dec. 17
Member $138 / Community $162
(6 sessions)

 

NEW! Lego NXT Robotics Innovation
Grades 4 – 6
Learn to build and program LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT robots, then use your skills to meet exciting challenges. Perfect for the student who has little to no experience with robotics or programing. Students will not take the robots home.

Thursdays, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Session B: Nov. 6 – Dec. 18 (No class Nov. 27)
Member $192 / Community $204
(6 sessions)

 


 

Sports & Fitness

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NEW! 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, 5 – 6 p.m.
Sept. 15 – Nov. 10 (No class Oct. 13)
Wednesdays, 5 – 6 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Nov. 26 (No class Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 15)
Saturdays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Sept. 20 – Nov. 15 (No class Oct. 4)
1 Day per week
Members $176 / Community $224 (8 sessions)
2 Days per week
Members $288 / Community $368 (16 sessions)

 

Tennis with Shane O’Reilly
Grades K – 5
Having fun is the most important part, but emphasis on proper technique will not be compromised. 10 student max per class, so sign up today! 

Grades K – 2
Mondays, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Sept. 8 – Oct. 27 (No class Oct. 13)
Member $210 / Community $231
(7 sessions)

Grades K – 2
Tuesdays, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Oct. 28 
Member $240/ Community $264
(8 sessions)

Grades 3 – 5
Tuesdays, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Oct. 28
Member $240 / Community $264
(8 sessions)

Grades K – 2
Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Sept. 10 – Oct. 29 (No class Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 15)
Member $150 / Community $165
(5 sessions)

Grades K – 2
Thursdays, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Sept. 11 – Oct. 30 (No class Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 16)
Member $150 / Community $165
(5 sessions)

Grades 3 – 5
Thursdays, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Sept. 11 – Oct. 30 (No class Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 16)
Member $150 / Community $165
(5 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 4 – 5
Mondays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Sept. 8 – Oct. 27 (No class Oct. 13)
Member $147 / Community $175
(7 sessions)

Grades 2 – 3
Tuesdays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Oct. 28
Member $168 / Community $200
(8 sessions)

Grades 4 – 5
Wednesdays, 5 – 6 p.m.
Sept. 10 – Oct. 29 (No class Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 15)
Member $105 / Community $125
(5 sessions)

Grades K – 1
Thursdays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Sept. 11 – Oct. 30 (No class Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 16)
Member $105 / Community $125
(5 sessions)

 

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

 

Tang Soo Do Karate
Grades K – 8
Learn discipline, strength and skill in martial arts with instructor Barry Schechtman.

Grades K – 4
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 18 (No class Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov. 27)
Member $384 / Community $504
(24 sessions)

Grades 4 – 8
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 18 (No class Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov. 27)
Member $384 / Community $504
(24 sessions)

 

Multisport Kids Training Clinic
Grades 2 – 5
Focus will rotate between swimming, cycling, and running.

Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 11 – Dec. 18 (No class Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Nov. 27)
Member $220 / Community $275
(11 sessions)

 

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. 16 – Mar. 1 (No session Nov. 30, Dec. 28, Feb. 15, Feb. 22)
Member $240 / Community $276
(12 sessions)

Grades 2 – 3
Sundays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Nov. 16 – Mar. 1 (No session Nov. 30, Dec. 28, Feb. 15, Feb. 22)
Member $240 / Community $276
(12 sessions)

Grades 4 – 5
Sundays, 5 – 6 p.m.
Nov. 16 – Mar. 1 (No session Nov. 30, Dec. 28, Feb. 15, Feb. 22)
Member $240 / Community $276
(12 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. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 26
5th Grade tryout: 1 – 2:15 p.m.
Member $500 / Community $575
(fee is due upon making the team)

 


 

Dance

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Jazz/Hip Hop Combo
Grades K – 2 / Grades 3 – 5
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.

Grades K – 2
Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:25 p.m.

Sept. 11 – Dec. 18 (No class Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Nov. 27) 
Member $209 / Community $253
(11 sessions)

 


 

Vacation Day Programs at the J

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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 13
To the Nature Center
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Member $75 / Community $90

Tuesday, November 4
Glow in the Dark
Mini Golf at FunFuzion
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Member $75 / Community $90

Tuesday, November 11
Bowling Bonanza
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Member $75 / Community $90

Wednesday, December 24
Chanukah Madness
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Member $65 / Community $80

Friday, December 26
Mad Science
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Member $65 / Community $80

Monday, December 29
Sportime U.S.A.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Member $75 / Community $90

Tuesday, December 30
The J’s Top Chef
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Member $65 / Community $80

Wednesday, December 31
New Year’s Party
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Member $65 / Community $80

Friday, January 2
A Day at the J
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Member $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.

 

Fall 2014 Discounts
Sign up for session A and session B of group swim instruction and receive a 25% discount on the session B class.

• Offer valid for fall 2014 classes only.
• Must be for the same child, cannot be split between siblings.
• In order for your child to master each level, both sessions A and B are recommended.

 

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)
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.
Session A: Sept. 7 – Oct. 26
Member $160 / Community $224
(8 sessions)

Session B: Nov. 2 – Dec. 21
Member $160 / Community $224
(8 sessions)

Sundays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Session A: Sept. 7 – Oct. 26
Member $160 / Community $224
(8 sessions)

Session B: Nov. 2 – Dec. 21
Member $160 / Community $224
(8 sessions)

Mondays, 4:30 – 5 p.m.
Session A: Sept. 8 – Oct. 27 (No class Oct. 13)
Member $140 / Community $196
(7 sessions)

Session B: Nov. 3 – Dec. 15
Member $140 / Community $196
(7 sessions)

Wednesdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Session A: Sept. 10 – Oct. 29 (No class Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 15)
Member $100 / Community $140
(5 sessions)

Session B: Nov. 5 – Dec. 17
Member $140 / Community $196
(7 sessions)

 

Level 2 – Swordfish (Primary Skills)
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.
Session A: Sept. 7 – Oct. 26
Member $160 / Community $224
(8 sessions)

Session B: Nov. 2 – Dec. 21
Member $160 / Community $224
(8 sessions)

Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Session A: Sept. 7 – Oct. 26
Member $160 / Community $224
(8 sessions)

Session B: Nov. 2 – Dec. 21
Member $160 / Community $224
(8 sessions)

Mondays, 5 – 5:30 p.m.
Session A: Sept. 8 – Oct. 27 (No class Oct. 13)
Member $140 / Community $196
(7 sessions)

Session B: Nov. 3 – Dec. 15
Member $140 / Community $196
(7 sessions)

Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5 p.m.
Session A: Sept. 10 – Oct. 29 (No class Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 15)
Member $100 / Community $140
(5 sessions)

Session B: Nov. 5 – Dec. 17
Member $140 / Community $196
(7 sessions)

 

Level 3 – Dolphin (Readiness)
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.
Session A: Sept. 7 – Oct. 26
Member $160 / Community $224
(8 sessions)

Session B: Nov. 2 – Dec. 21
Member $160 / Community $224
(8 sessions)

Mondays, 5:30 – 6 p.m.
Session A: Sept. 8 – Oct. 27
(No class Oct. 13)
Member $140 / Community $196
(7 sessions)

Session B: Nov. 3 – Dec. 15
Member $140 / Community $196
(7 sessions)

Wednesdays, 5 – 5:30 p.m.
Session A: Sept. 10 – Oct. 29 (No class Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 15)
Member $100 / Community $140
(5 sessions)

Session B: Nov. 5 – Dec. 17
Member $140 / Community $196
(7 sessions)

 

Level 4 – Barracuda (Stroke Development)
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.
Session A: Sept. 7 – Oct. 26
Member $160 / Community $224 (8 sessions)

Session B: Nov. 2 – Dec. 21
Member $160 / Community $224 (8 sessions)

Mondays, 6 – 6:30 p.m.
Session A: Sept. 8 – Oct. 27
(No class Oct. 13)
Member $140 / Community $196 (7 sessions)

Session B: Nov. 3 – Dec. 15
Member $140 / Community $196 (7 sessions)

Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6 p.m.
Session A: Sept. 10 – Oct. 29
(No class Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 15)
Member $100 / Community $140 (5 sessions)

Session B: Nov. 5 – Dec. 17
Member $140 / Community $196 (7 sessions)

 

Youth Swim Clinics
5 – 16 years
Two days per week are strongly recommended. Prices listed for two days per week include a discount. The semester ends with a free swim competition. Click here to register online.

 

Readiness Clinic
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 into the Intramural Clinic. Twice a week recommended, but once a week can be accommodated.

2 Days
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 18 (No class Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov. 27)
Member $480 / Community $672
(24 sessions)

1 Day
Tuesdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 16  (No class Nov. 4, Nov. 11)
Member $273 / Community $377
(13 sessions)

Thursdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 11 – Dec. 18 (No class Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Nov. 27)
Member $231 / Community $319
(11 sessions)

 

Pre Swim 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.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 18 (No class Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov. 27)
Member $528 / Community $720
(24 sessions)

1 Day
Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., 5:15 – 6 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Dec. 16  (No class Nov. 4, Nov. 11)
Member $299 / Community $403
(13 sessions)

Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., 5:15 – 6 p.m.
Sept. 11 – Dec. 18 (No class Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Nov. 27)
Member $253 / Community $341
(11 sessions)

 

NEW! Stamford Stingrays Swim Team at the J!
The JCC of Stamford is excited to announce the launch of our first competitive swim team. Winter season runs from mid-September through mid-March. The JCC will compete in two leagues: Central Connecticut Winter Swim League and The New England JCC League. Swim meets are held on Sunday afternoons. 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*

* The JCC’S Pre Swim Teamis 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 $210 / Community $250
10 lessons
Member $380 / Community $460

Semi-Private Lessons (2 people)
5 lessons

Member $160 / Community $190
10 lessons
Member $290 / Community $340

Group Private (3 or more people)
5 lessons

Member $145 / Community $165
10 lessons
Member $260 / Community $300

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