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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.
Apr. 13 – Jun. 15 (No class May 25)
Member $171 / Community $207 (9 sessions)

 

Kids in the Kitchen 

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! 

Mondays, 4 - 5 p.m.
Apr. 13 – Jun. 15 (No class May 25)
Member $225 / Community $261 (9 sessions)

 

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.
Through Mar. 26
Member $204 / Community $240 (12 sessions) 

 

From the Stamford Museum and Nature Center
NEW! WILD Zoology!

Grades K - 3

Explore the animal kingdom, from boneless beasts to furry friends and everything in between! We’ll discover how scientists group animals, the tools that animals have to do their jobs, how to tell who eats what, and more! We’ll also learn how different animals grow up, what animals have covering their bodies, and explore the world of predators and prey by meeting live animals!

Wednesdays, 5 – 6 p.m.
Apr. 15 – Jun. 17
Member $200 / Community $250 (10 sessions)

 


 

Sports & Fitness

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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.
Apr. 13 – Jun. 15 (No class May 25)
Member $270 / Community $297 (9 sessions)

Grades K – 2
Tuesdays, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Apr. 14 – Jun. 16
Member $300 / Community $330 (10 sessions)

Grades 3 – 5
Tuesdays, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Apr. 14 – Jun. 16
Member $300 / Community $330 (10 sessions)

Grades K – 2
Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Apr. 15 – Jun. 17
Member $300 / Community $330 (10 sessions)

Grades K – 2 
Thursday, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Apr. 16 – Jun. 18
Member $300 / Community $330 (10 sessions)

Grades 3 – 5 
Thursday, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Apr. 16 – Jun. 18
Member $300 / Community $330 (10 sessions)

 

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.
Apr. 14 – Jun. 18
Member $320 / Community $400 (20 sessions)

Grades 4 – 8
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
Apr. 14 – Jun. 18
Member $320 / Community $400 (20 sessions)

 

Stamford J Basketball Clinics

Grades K – 5

Teams are made in the fall, but players are made in the off-season!  Come work with our experienced coaches to help you improve your game and become a better all-around player. Players will work on shooting,
dribbling, passing, defense, and team play.

Grades 4 – 5
Mondays, 5 – 6 p.m.
Apr. 13 – Jun. 15 (No class May 25)
Member $171 / Community $207 (9 sessions)

Grades 3 – 4
Tuesdays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Apr. 14 – Jun. 16
Member $190 / Community $230 (10 sessions)

Grades K – 2
Tuesdays, 5 – 6 p.m.
Apr. 14 – Jun. 16
Member $190 / Community $230 (10 sessions)

Grades 4 – 5
Wednesdays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Apr. 15 – Jun. 17
Member $190 / Community $230 (10 sessions)

Grades K – 2
Thursdays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Apr. 16 – Jun. 18
Member $190 / Community $230 (10 sessions)

Grades 3 – 4
Thursdays, 5 – 6 p.m.
Apr. 16 – Jun. 18
Member $190 / Community $230 (10 sessions)

 

Multisport Kids Training Clinic

Grades 2 – 5

Focus will rotate between swimming, cycling, and running.

Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Apr. 16 – Jun. 18
Member $190 / Community $230 (10 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.

 

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. For more information, contact Lori Price at 203.487.0967.

Tuesdays, 4:15 - 5 p.m.
April 14 - June 2
Members $136 / Community $168

 

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. For more information, contact Lori Price at 203.487.0967.

Mondays, 5:00 - 5:45 p.m.
April 20 - June 15 (No class May 25)
Members $136 / Community $168
Wednesdays, 5:00 - 5:45 p.m.
April 22 - June 10
Members $136 / Community $168
Note: Sign up for both Junior Boxing classes, receive a 20% discount | Members $218 / Community $269

 

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. For J·Gaming hours please call the welcome desk at 203.322.7900.

 

Mini golf at the J

Mini Golf will open for the season as soon as weather permits.
Once the course opens the hours will be:
Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: closed due to city zoning regulations.
Sunday: 12 – 6 p.m.
For more information, contact Mo Concepcion at 203.487.0971 or mconcepcion@ stamfordjcc.org.

 


 

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. Note: Dance & Movement recital will be held on Tuesday, June 16.  

Mondays, 4:30- 5:25 p.m.
Apr. 13 – Jun. 15 (No class May 25)
Member $171 / Community $207 (9 sessions)

 

Jazz/Hip Hop Combo

Grades K – 2

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. Note: Dance & Movement recital will be held on Tuesday, June 16.  

Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:25 p.m.
Apr. 16 – Jun. 18
Member $190 / Community $230 (10 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.

 


 

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.
Apr. 12 – Jun. 14 (No class May 24)
Member $180 / Community $252
(9 sessions)

Sundays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Apr. 12 – Jun. 14 (No class May 24)
Member $180 / Community $252
(9 sessions)

Mondays, 4:30 – 5 p.m.
Apr. 13 – Jun. 15 (No class May 25)
Member $180 / Community $252
(9 sessions)

Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6 p.m.
Apr. 15 – Jun. 17
Member $200 / Community $280
(10 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.
Apr. 12 – Jun. 14 (No class May 24)
Member $180 / Community $252
(9 sessions)

Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Apr. 12 – Jun. 14 (No class May 24)
Member $180 / Community $252
(9 sessions)

Mondays, 5 – 5:30 p.m.
Apr. 13 – Jun. 15 (No class May 25)
Member $180 / Community $252
(9 sessions)

Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5 p.m.
Apr. 15 – Jun. 17
Member $200 / Community $280
(10 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.
Apr. 12 – Jun. 21 (No class May 24)
Member $180 / Community $252
(9 sessions)

Mondays, 5:30 – 6 p.m.
Apr. 13 – Jun. 15 (No class May 25)
Member $180 / Community $252
(9 sessions)

Wednesdays, 5 – 5:30 p.m.
Apr. 15 – Jun. 17
Member $200 / Community $280
(10 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.
Apr. 12 – Jun. 14 (No class May 24)
Member $180 / Community $252
(9 sessions)

Mondays, 6 – 6:30 p.m.
Apr. 13 – Jun. 15 (No class May 25)
Member $180 / Community $252
(9 sessions)

Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6 p.m.
Apr. 15 – Jun. 17
Member $200 / Community $280
(10 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.
Apr. 14 – Jun. 18
Member $400 / Community $560 (20 sessions)

1 Day
Tuesdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 14 – Jun. 16
Member $210 / Community $290 (10 sessions)

Thursdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 16 – Jun. 18
Member $210 / Community $290 (10 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.
Apr. 14 – Jun. 18
Member $440 / Community $600 (20 sessions)

1 Day
Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., 5:15 – 6 p.m.
Apr. 14 – Jun. 16
Member $230 / Community $320 (10 sessions)

Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., 5:15 – 6 p.m.
Apr. 16 – Jun. 18

Member $230 / Community $320 (10 sessions)

 

NEW! Stamford Stingrays Senior Swim Team Long Course Season, March - June 30

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 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 $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.

 

ArtWorks
By Arts for Healing

Grades 2 – 8

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.

Grades 2 – 5
Wednesdays, 4 – 4:40 p.m.*
Apr. 15 – May 27
Member $140 / Community $175 (7 sessions)

Grades 6 – 8
*Wednesdays, 5 – 5:40 p.m.
Apr. 15 – May 27
Member $140 / Community $175 (7 sessions)

 

*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 

2 – 8 years

This practice is fun and interactive! Through meditation, movement, chants, and group games 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 kept small in order to modify and accommodate any individual needs. Both parent and child will learn to align the mind and body!

2 – 4 years (with parent present)
5 – 8 years (parents may stay if they wish)

Sundays, 9:30 – 10:10 a.m.
Apr. 12 – May 31 (No class May 10, May 24)
Member $60 / Community $90 (6 sessions)

Sundays, 10:30 – 11:10 a.m.
Apr. 12 – May 31 (No class May 10, May 24)
Member $60 / Community $90 (6 sessions)

 


 

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