Middle School

 

Jewish Journeys  |  Sports & Fitness  |  Aquatics  |  Vacation Day Program  |  Inclusion at the J


 

Jewish Journeys

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Speak up for Israel for Teens
Grades 11 – 12
Not sure what to say if someone bashes Israel? Learn the facts, ask the hard questions and know your answers. Israel gets a bad rap especially on college campuses. Join an elite group of high school juniors and seniors and learn from experts in the field – AIPAC, ADL, the David Project and Stand With Us – how to respond and take action. Students enrolled will attend the AIPAC conference in March. Spaces are limited. For more information or to register, contact the JCC Israeli Shaliach at 203.487.0961. A partnership program with the JCC and United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan And Darien.

Sundays, 5 – 7 p.m.
Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 14, Jan. 25,
Feb. 28 – Mar. 3 (AIPAC), Mar. 22, Apr. 12, May 17
Free (9 sessions plus AIPAC conference)


 

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)

 

Walter Bloom Youth Basketball Leagues
Grade 6
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.

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)

 

Pre-Season Basketball Clinics
Grades 6 – 8
Start the season early and get a head start on the competition by joining our pre-season basketball clinics. 

Grades 6 – 7
Mondays, 5 – 6 p.m.
Sept. 8 – Oct. 27 (No class Oct. 13)
Member $147 / Community $175
(7 sessions)

Grades 7 – 8
Tuesdays, 5 – 6 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Oct. 28
Member $168 / Community $200
(8 sessions)

Grades 6 – 7
Wednesdays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Sept. 10 – Oct. 29 (No class Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 15)
Member $105 / Community $125
(5 sessions)

Grades 7 – 8 
Thursdays, 5 – 6 p.m.
Sept. 11 – Oct. 30 (No class Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 16)
Member $105 / Community $125
(5 sessions)

 

Multisport Kids Training Clinic
Grade 6
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)

 

Stamford JCC Travel Basketball Team
Grades 6 – 8
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 being 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
6th Grade tryout: 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
7th Grade tryout: 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.
8th Grade tryout: 4:45 – 6 p.m.
Member $500 / Community $575
(fee is due upon making the team)

 

Private Basketball Lessons
Grades 6 – 12
For information or to make an appointment, contact Mo Concepcion at 203.487.0971 or mconcepcion@stamfordjcc.org.

 

Fitness Center Certification Course
This class is for all 13-year-olds who would like to use the JCC Fitness Center on their own. Etiquette, proper equipment usage, form, safety, and training guidelines will be covered. After completion of this class, teens will have unlimited access to the Fitness Center. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Lori Price at 203.487.0967 or lprice@stamfordjcc.org.

 

NEW! Teen Fit
Ages 8 – 12, Ages 13 & up
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.

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

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


 

Aquatics

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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
Grades 6 – 8
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


 

Vacation Day Program

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Vacation Day Program at the J
Grades 6 – 8

Middle School Vacation Day Programs include awesome trips, plus games and activities at the JCC, and often an opportunity to do community service. Nut-free, kosher snacks are provided. 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 JCC welcome desk at 203.322.7900. Contact Virginia Clark at 203.487.0973 or vclark@stamfordjcc.org with any questions.

Monday, December 29
Trampoline Place
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Spend the day bouncing and having fun at an indoor trampoline park. We will leave from the JCC at 10 a.m. and arrive back at 3 p.m. Please bring a kosher nut-free lunch that we will eat at the trampoline park.
Member $65 / Community $80


 

Inclusion at the J
Welcoming. Community. Respect.
Inclusion at the JCC means welcoming all, regardless of age, faith, ethnicity, need or ability. This belief helps make us a strong and supportive community and upholds the Jewish values of welcoming guests, kindness, respect, and communal responsibility. Individual differences are to be celebrated and can only further enrich the JCC community.

We are encouraging those with special needs to participate in various programs, whether that is within our traditional classes or in our specialized programs. If you wish to join any class or program please contact Dinushka De Silva at 203.487.0946 or ddesilva@stamfordjcc.org to discuss the details of what the class or program offers and if it is a good fit for you or your child’s needs and abilities. Don’t forget to look on our board for the latest events, programs, lectures, and much more!

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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
Sundays, 2 – 3 p.m.
Oct. 5 – Nov. 23
Member $120 / Community $160
(8 sessions) 

OR
Mondays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Oct. 6 – Nov. 24 (No class Oct. 13)
Member $105 / Community $140
(7 sessions)

Grades 6 – 8
Sundays, 3 – 4 p.m.
Oct. 5 – Nov. 23
Member $120 / Community $160
(8 sessions) 

OR
Mondays, 5 – 6 p.m.
Oct. 6 – Nov. 24 (No class Oct. 13)
Member $105 / Community $140
(7 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.*
Sept. 21: Orientation 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Oct. 2, Oct. 23, Oct. 26, Nov. 6, Nov. 20, Nov. 23, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 14
Member $150 / Community $200
(10 sessions)

Grades 6 – 8
Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.* & Sundays, 1 – 4 p.m.*
Sept. 21: Orientation 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Oct. 1, Oct. 19, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 16, Dec. 3, Dec. 7, Dec. 10
Member $150 / Community $200
(10 sessions)

*If you need transportation assistance from public schools, please let us know.
*Admission fees for trips are to be paid separately.

 

Music, Movement, and Yoga 
2 – 8 years
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 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)
Sundays, 9:30 – 10:10 a.m.
Oct. 5 – Nov. 23
Member $80 / Community $120
(8 sessions)

OR
Tuesdays, 4:15 – 5 p.m.
Oct. 7 – Dec. 9 (No class Nov. 4, Nov. 11)
Member $80 / Community $120
(8 sessions)

5 – 8 years (parents may stay if they wish)
Sundays, 11 – 11:40 a.m.
Oct. 5 – Nov. 23
Member $80 / Community $120
(8 sessions)

OR
Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5 p.m.
Oct. 1 – Dec. 3 (No class Oct. 8, Oct. 15)
Member $80 / Community $120
(8 sessions)

 

Angelfish Therapy
We help children with a variety of special needs, sensory issues, and motor coordination difficulties reach their full potential through fun and challenging aquatic therapy sessions, swim lessons, and even land-based therapy. For more information, contact Aileen Tisser at 203.969.6431 or Ailene@AngelfishTherapy.com.

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