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.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 23 (No class Jan. 19, Feb. 16)
Member $190 / Community $230 (10 sessions)

 

NEW! “Rock” Star (Geology)

Grades K – 2
A fun and engaging course that exposes kids to a large variety of topics involving rocks and minerals. Students will pan for gold and learn about their birthstones, the rock cycle, and even rocks that are out of this world!

Mondays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 23 (No class Jan. 19, Feb. 16)
Member $200 / Community $230 (10 sessions)

 

GAGA League

Grades 2 – 3
Teams made in class will play different types of GAGA games such as: Medic, Pacman, Powerhouse Domino, Freeze GAGA, Team Round Robin and many others. Points will be assessed and at the end of the season we will crown one team the winner! Trophies will be given. Who will get their name on the GAGA trophy?

Tuesdays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 24 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $209 / Community $231 (11 sessions)

 

NEW! The Gadget Inspectors

Grades 3 – 5 
In this course we will explore major inventions of mankind, complete with hands-on inspection of old inventions and knowledge of the inventive spirit and the inventors behind the major inventions. Invention challenge using household items gets kids to think outside the box!

Wednesdays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Mar. 25
Member $240 / Community $276 (12 sessions)

 

NEW! Kids in the Kitchen Food Challenge

Grades K – 3 
Calling all kids! It’s a weekly cooking party as our teams challenge each other in the ultimate bake-off!
If your child loves to be in the kitchen, then this unique class offers the opportunity to bake, create, eat, and compete his or her way to fun. Team members get their creative juices flowing by selecting ingredients
from our “inspiration table” and adding them basic recipe. Each week is a different recipe and challenge! We always make time for activities PLUS each team member gets an opportunity to make his or her own personalized cookbook with all the recipes from our class! 

Thursdays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Session A: Jan. 8 – Feb. 12
Members $150 / Community $174 (6 sessions)

Session B: Feb. 19 – Mar. 26
Members $150 / Community $174 (6 sessions)

 

NEW! Special F/X Photography
Grades 3 – 5
Become a Giant! Learn to Levitate! Battle an Evil Villain as your Favorite Super Hero! Paint with Light! and more. No experience necessary — all newcomers welcome. Learn to use a digital camera to create these special effects and more. All equipment needed for the class is provided. (Use of 12 mp digital camera for the program is included.) Space is limited.

Thursdays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Mar. 26
Member $204 / Community $240 (12 sessions) 

 


 

Sports & Fitness

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Tang Soo Do Karate

Grades K – 8

Learn discipline, strength and skill with martial arts. Instructor: Barry Schechtman.

Grades K – 4
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 26 (No class Feb. 17)
Members $368 / Community $460 (23 sessions)

Grades 4 – 8
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 26 (No class Feb. 17)
Members $368 / Community $460 (23 sessions) 

 

Multisport Kids Training Clinic

Grades 2 – 5
Focus will rotate between swimming, cycling, and running.

Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Mar. 26
Member $228 / Community $276 (12 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 skills. Each participant
will receive a jersey at the beginning and a 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)

 

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

 

NEW! 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. Specific information regarding dates, days and times will be communicated soon. For more information, contact Lori Price at 203.487.0967.

1 Day per week (45 minutes)
Member $144 / Community $184 (8 sessions)

2 Days per week (45 minutes)
Member $256 / Community $320 (16 sessions)

 

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, 4:15 – 5 p.m.

Nov. 24 – Jan. 26 (No class Dec. 29, Jan. 19)

Members $136  / Community $168 (8 sessions)

 


 

Dance

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Ballet/Yoga  Combo

Grades K – 3
This combo class focuses on ballet technique and yoga postures. Class consists of a center floor warm-up incorporating both ballet and yoga positions.  Students learn direction changes, balance, footwork and leaps while improving strength, flexibility and coordination.

Mondays, 4:30 – 5:25 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 23 (No class Jan. 19, Feb. 16)
Member $190 / Community $230 (10 sessions)

 

Tap

Grades K – 3
Take the long-cherished American art form of tap dance to new heights in this exciting class. The rhythm of toe drops, heel drops, slaps, shuffles and more transforms the dancer into a percussive musician. Tap dance emphasizes the flow of movement by teaching the dancer to find rhythms and beats while moving to the music.

Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:25 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Mar. 25
Member $228 / Community $276 (12 sessions)

 

Jazz/Hip Hop Combo

Grades K – 3
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, 4:30 – 5:25 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Mar. 26
Member $228 / Community $276 (12 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.

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. – 4 p.m.
Member $65 / Community $80

Friday, January 2
A Day at the J
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Member $65 / Community $80

Monday, January 19
Maritime Center
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Member $75 / Community $90

Friday, February 13
Pool Party
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Member $65 / Community $80

Monday, February 16
Sports Day at the J
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Member $65 / Community $80

Tuesday, February 17
Cupcake Wars
(teams will bake and decorate cupcakes for prizes)
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Member $65 / Community $80

Monday, March 30
Pump It Up (fun bouncy houses)
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Member $75 / Community $90

Tuesday, March 31
Animal Embassy
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Member $65 / Community $80

Wednesday, April 1
Off to the Movies
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Member $75 / Community $90

Thursday, April 2
Mad Science
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Member $65 / Community $80

Friday, April 3
Pancakes and Pajamas
8 a.m. – 4 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)

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.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308
(11 sessions)

Sundays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308
(11 sessions)

Mondays, 4:30 – 5 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 23 (No class Jan. 19, Feb. 16)
Member $200 / Community $280
(10 sessions)

Wednesdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Mar. 25
Member $240 / Community $336
(12 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.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308
(11 sessions)

Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308
(11 sessions)

Mondays, 5 – 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 23 (No class Jan. 19, Feb. 16)
Member $200 / Community $280
(10 sessions)

Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Mar. 25
Member $240 / Community $336
(12 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.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308
(11 sessions)

Mondays, 5:30 – 6 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 23 (No class Jan. 19, Feb. 16)
Member $200 / Community $280
(10 sessions)

Wednesdays, 5 – 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Mar. 25
Member $240 / Community $336
(12 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.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 22 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $220 / Community $308
(11 sessions)

Mondays, 6 – 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 23 (No class Jan. 19,
Feb. 16)
Member $200 / Community $280
(10 sessions)

Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Mar. 25
Member $240 / Community $336
(12 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.  The semester ends with a free swim competition.

 

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.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 26 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $460 / Community $644 (23 sessions)

1 Day
Tuesdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 24 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $231 / Community $319 (11 sessions)

Thursdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Mar. 26
Member $252 / Community $348 (12 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.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 26 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $506 / Community $690 (23 sessions)

1 Day
Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., 5:15 – 6 p.m.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 24 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $253 / Community $352 (11 sessions)

Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., 5:15 – 6 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Mar. 26
Member $276 / Community $384 (12 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

 


 

Inclusion/Special Needs

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

 

SCORE!
Grades 3 – 8
SCORE! is a structured, physically active program for those with varying social and developmental challenges. It is a class that provides the opportunity to learn and play soccer, kickball, and other sports and games in a small, supported environment. The goal of the program is to enable young athletes to work on sportsmanship, teamwork, and to have fun! Chad Garrett, who has had experience coaching special needs children and young adults, will lead the instruction, and volunteers of all ages will assist in providing a safe and fun environment for all.
Grades 3 – 5
Mondays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Jan. 5 – Mar. 23 (No class Jan. 19, Feb. 16)
Member $150 / Community $200 (10 sessions)

 

R&R (Recreate & Relate)
Grades 3 – 8
R&R is an active social program for a variety of needs, including, but not exclusive to, ADD/ADHD, social anxiety, communication and learning differences, and those on the spectrum. During the academic year, R&R will meet at the JCC to participate in activities such as cooking together, seeing theater performances, varied sports events, pool parties, volunteering, and much more, which is not only fun but also promotes team building. The social groups provide youths with a structured and safe environment to develop their social skills and build relationships.

Grades 3 – 5 
Thursdays, 4 – 5:30 p.m.* & Sundays, 1 – 4 p.m.* 
Jan. 8 – Apr. 26 (Specific dates TBA)
Member $180 / Community $240 (12 sessions)

 

*If you need transportation assistance from public schools, please let us know. You must register early for JCC van assistance and to ensure there is a spot available on the van. *Admission fees for trips are to be paid separately.

 


 

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