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STEAM  Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics

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NEW! Learn to Code with Scratch Jr®
Grades 1 – 3
Scratch Jr® was designed for younger children as a precursor to other programming languages. Students control how their characters look and move; add sounds and images; and then use the programming blocks to bring their characters to life. Students create and express themselves with the computer, rather than just interact with software created by others. They also learn to think sequentially, explore cause and effect, and develop problem-solving skills.

Wednesdays, 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Jan. 24 – Mar. 28
Member $250 / Community $310 (10 sessions)

Saturdays, 10 - 11 a.m.
Jan. 20 – Mar. 24 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $225 / Community $279 (9 sessions)

 

NEW! Intro to Programming with Scratch®
Grades 4 – 5
Scratch® is a programming language that was invented by MIT. Through the creation of interactive stories, animations and games, students will develop a foundation of programming concepts (such as variables, loops, conditional statements, event handling and more) that will prepare them for higher level programming language. This is a fun way to be introduced to programming.

Wednesdays, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 24 - Mar. 28
Member $250 / Community $310 (10 sessions)

Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Jan. 20 – Mar. 24 (No class Feb. 17)
Member $225 / Community $279 (9 sessions)

 

NEW! Drawing Mixed Media
Grades K - 3
Paint, Draw & More! offers drawing and painting classes that allow children to express their creativity, while teaching them technical skills that help them blossom and build self-esteem through their artistic accomplishments. Classes are fun and engaging, and each project is developed with your young artist in mind. Younger and older children alike will build an image vocabulary and develop problem-solving skills through the medium of art. Classes also assist creative development and enhance students’ intellectual growth and understanding of math, history and the sciences. Drawing fundamentals like shape, contour, design, color and medium are progressively used every week so children can create new and varied works of art they can be proud of, and are excited to share.

Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 25 – Mar. 29 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $198 / Community $252 (9 sessions)

 

NEW! SING IT!
Ages 5 – 12+
If your children love to sing, Sing it!
is the perfect program to allow them to
express themselves while learning the fundamentals
of vocal performance. Children go through vocal warm-ups, breathing exercises, harmonies and diction, and learn proper musical skills, in this weekly vocal lesson. We sing Broadway show tunes, Disney classics and pop hits of today!

NEW! SING IT! Jr.
Ages 5 – 7
Tuesday 4:15 – 5 p.m.
Jan. 2 – Mar. 27 (No class Jan. 30, Feb. 20)
Members $231 / Community $275 (11 sessions)

NEW! SING IT!
Age 8 – 12+
Tuesdays, 5 – 5:45 p.m.
Jan 2 – Mar. 27 (No class Jan. 30, Feb. 20)
Members $231 / Community $275 (11 sessions)

NEW! SING IT!
Sundays, 1 – 1:45 p.m.
Jan. 7 – Mar. 25 (No class Feb. 18)
Members $231 / Community $275 (11 sessions)

 

Ballet/Yoga Combo
Ages 5 – 10+
We begin by relaxing with different breathing techniques, allowing children to calm themselves before starting a series of yoga postures on the mat. Traditional ballet positions and movements are taught and mastered. We will then incorporate abstract thinking and encourage creativity through movement and dance. A fun class to get your child in touch with his or her emotional, expressive self in a healthy, calming and productive way.

Ballet/Yoga Combo Jr.
Ages 5 – 6
Mondays, 4:15 – 5 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Mar. 26 (No class Jan. 15, Feb. 19)
Members $210 / Community $250 (10 sessions)

Ballet/Yoga Combo
Ages 7 – 10+
Mondays, 5 – 5:45 p.m
Jan. 8 – Mar. 26 (No class Jan. 15, Feb.19)
Members $210 / Community $250 (10 sessions)

 

Chess Club
Grades K – 5
Learn chess and practice your game under the guidance of a chess master. This class is for both beginners and those who would like to learn more. Students placed by ability.

Mondays, 5 – 6 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Mar. 26 (No class Jan. 15, Feb. 19)
Member $210 / Community $290 (10 sessions)

 

Jazz/Hip Hop Dance Combo
Ages 5 – 10+
Although predominately hip hop, this class also combines jazz, 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.

Jazz/Hip Hop Dance Combo Jr.
Ages 5 – 6
Thursdays, 4:15 – 5 p.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 29 (No class Feb. 15)
Members $252 / Community $300 (12 sessions)

Jazz/Hip Hop Dance Combo
Ages 7 – 10+
Thursdays, 5 – 5:45 p.m.
Jan. 4 – Mar. 29 (No class Feb. 15)
Members $252 / Community $300 (12 sessions)

 


 

 

Sports & Fitness

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NEW! YB World Taekwondo
Grades K – 5
YB World Acadamy has been teaching Taekwondo in Stamford since 1992. This program is designed by YB World founder and Grand Master Yong Beom Kim, Ph.D., Chairman of Martial Arts Major Program at the University of Bridgeport and former Korean National Taekwondo team coach. This program will help children to develop their potential by improving concentration and focus, discipline and self-control. Physical skills will support growth and performance while increasing coordination, flexibility, strength, and general well-being. The class includes a uniform and two belt tests.

Beginner/Intermediate-Level Students
Mondays, 4:15 – 5 p.m.
Jan. 8 - Mar. 26 (No class Jan. 15, Feb. 19)
Member $280 / Community $330 (10 sessions)

 

NEW! TGA Golf
Grades K – 5
Teach, Grow, and Achieve (TGA) National Golf Enrichment Programs combine athletics, academics, and life lessons for a fun and educational experience. We incorporate station-based drills and games to improve athletic skill development and STEAM Labs to explore educational concepts through golf, and key life lessons, including teamwork, sportsmanship, perseverance and leadership.

Tuesdays, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Jan. 2 – Mar. 27 (No class Jan. 30, Feb. 20)
Member $264 / Community $297 (11 sessions)

Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Jan. 3 – Mar. 28
Member $312 / Community $351 (13 sessions)

 

Walter Bloom Youth Basketball Leagues
Grades K – 4
Take your game to the next level! Participants will learn to play the game by improving shooting, dribbling, passing, defense, and more. Sessions end in scrimmages to enhance skills. Each
participant will receive a jersey.

Grades K – 1
W Sundays, 3 – 4 p.m.
Nov. 12 – Feb. 11 (No session Dec. 24, Dec. 31)
Member $252 / Community $300 (12 sessions)

Grades 2 – 4
W Sundays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Nov. 12 – Feb. 11 (No session Dec. 24, Dec. 31)
Member $252 / Community $300 (12 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, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Mar. 26 (No class Jan. 15, Feb. 19)
Members $250 / Community $290 (10 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, and more powerful, and make you feel better, by performing high-energy functional movements that are natural and safe.

Tuesdays, 4:15 – 5 p.m.
Jan. 2 – Mar. 27 (No class Jan. 30, Feb. 20)
Members $275 / Community $319 (11 sessions)

 

Breathe and Stretch Yoga
Ages 5 – 11+
Children learn to relax with different breathing techniques each week. They will acquire knowledge of the ancient practice of yoga through postures in a fun and exciting way. The second half of the class is on a gymnastics obstacle! We learn mindfulness with the goal of having it translate off of the mat and into everyday activities in school and home life! We use blocks, balls, balance beams, bars, wedges and mats to get the most out of our practice! We hope to come out of each class with strength, flexibility, confidence, balance, and calmness.

Ages 5 – 7
Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5 p.m.
Jan. 3 – Mar. 28
Members $273 / Community $325 (13 sessions)

Ages 8 – 11+
Wednesdays, 5 – 5:45 p.m.
Jan. 3 – Mar. 28
Member $273 / Community $325 (13 sessions)

 

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

 

 


 

Aquatics

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 Alex Tkachuk at 203.487.0990 or atkachuk@stamfordjcc.org, for more information.

Swim 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 Cap Policy

Everyone entering the pool must wear a swim cap. This rule applies to males & females of all ages who have hair, no matter how long.

 

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Swim School at The J!
Grades K – 5 
Where young children get a head start on swimming, gain confidence in the water and begin working on basic swimming skills, while interacting with an instructor and other children in a fun and safe environment. 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, our curriculum is built in such a way that children will be excited to advance through each level. Every swimmer will receive a certificate in which he or she will be able to see the 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.

 

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. 7 – Mar. 25 (No class Feb. 18)
Member $242 / Community $330 (11 sessions)

W Sundays, 11 – 11:30 a.m. 
Jan. 7 – Mar. 25 (No class Feb. 18)
Member $242 / Community $330 (11 sessions)

Mondays, 4:30 – 5 p.m. 
Jan. 8 – Mar. 26 (No class Jan. 15, Feb. 19)
Member $220 / Community $300 (10 sessions)

Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6 p.m. 
Jan. 3 – Mar. 28
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

Saturdays, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 24 (No class Feb. 17)
Members $242 / Community $330 (11 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. 7 – Mar. 25 (No class Feb. 18)
Member $242 / Community $330 (11 sessions)

Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jan. 7 - Mar. 25 (No class Feb. 18)
Member $242 / Community $330 (11 sessions)

Mondays, 5 – 5:30 p.m. 
Jan. 8 – Mar. 26 (No class Jan. 15, Feb. 19)
Member $220 / Community $300 (10 sessions)

Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5 p.m.
Jan. 3 – Mar. 28
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

Saturdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 24 (No class Feb. 17)
Members $242 / Community $330 (11 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. 7 – Mar. 25 (No class Feb. 18)
Member $242 / Community $330 (11 sessions)

Wednesdays, 5 – 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 3 – Mar. 28
Member $286 / Community $390 (13 sessions)

Saturdays, 11 – 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 6 – Mar. 24 (No class Feb. 17)
Members $242 / Community $330 (11 sessions)

 

Level 4 – Barracuda 
(Stroke Development)
Purple Swim Cap
Students should be fairly proficient at freestyle, backstroke and elementary backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Barracuda is a very technical class that will prepare children for success on a 
pre-swim team/swim team.

Sundays, 11:30 – 12 p.m. 
Jan. 7 – Mar. 25 (No class Feb. 18)
Member $242 / Community $330 (11 sessions)

Mondays, 5:30 – 6 p.m. 
Jan. 8 – Mar. 26 (No class Jan. 15, Feb. 19)
Members $220 / Community $300 (10 sessions)

 


 

Pre-Swim-Team Program
5 – 16 years

Two days per week is mandatory. Prices listed for two days per week include a discount.
Children enrolled 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.

 

Level 1
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 Level 2. Two days per week is mandatory. Practices are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays 4 – 4:30 p.m. and Sundays 3 – 4 p.m. You pick the days that work best with your child’s schedule. Please note: a private lesson or group class can be used for the mandatory second practice.

2-Day Option: You pick 2 days
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m. 
Jan. 2 – Mar. 29 (No class Jan. 30, Feb. 15, Feb. 20)
Member $529 / Community $736 (23 sessions)

Tuesdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m. & Sundays, 3 – 4 p.m. 
Jan. 2 – Mar. 27 (No class Jan. 30, Feb. 18, Feb. 20)
Member $506 / Community $704 (22 sessions)

Thursdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m. & Sundays, 3 – 4 p.m. 
Jan. 4 – Mar. 29 (No class Feb. 15, Feb. 18)
Member $529 / Community $736 (23 sessions)

1-Day Option: When combined with private swim lesson or group class
Tuesdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m. 
Jan. 2 – Mar. 27 (No class Jan. 30, Feb. 20) 
Member $264 / Community $363 (11 sessions)

Thursdays, 4 – 4:30 p.m. 
Jan. 4 – Mar. 29 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $288 / Community $396 (12 sessions)

 

Level 2
6 – 16 years
Learn competition-style swimming to become faster and more efficient in strokes and turns. Testing is required for children new to the program. Children who are enrolled two days a week may qualify for Sunday sessions at no extra charge.

Two days per week is mandatory. Based on your child’s ability, he or she may be able to join the senior team and travel to swim competitions. A third practice for pre-team will be held on Sundays at 3 p.m. Please note: a private lesson, group class or Sunday practice can be used for the mandatory second practice.

2-Day Option: You pick 2 days
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Jan. 2 – Mar. 29 (No class Jan. 30, Feb. 15, Feb. 20)
Member $575 / Community $782 (23 sessions)

Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. & Sundays, 3 – 4 p.m. 
Jan. 2 – Mar. 27 (No class Jan. 30, Feb. 18, Feb. 20)
Member $ 550 / Community $748 (22 sessions)

Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. & Sundays, 3 – 4 p.m. 
Jan. 4 – Mar. 29 (No class Feb. 15, Feb. 18)
Member $575 / Community $782 (23 sessions)

1-Day Option: When combined with private swim lesson or group class
Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Jan. 2 – Mar. 27 (No class Jan. 30, Feb. 20) 
Member $286 / Community $385 (11 sessions)

Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. 
Jan. 4 – Mar. 29 (No class Feb. 15)
Member $312 / Community $420 (12 sessions)

 

*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 Alex Tkachuk  at atkachuk@stamfordjcc.org or 203.487.0990.

 

JCC Stingrays Competitive Swim Team 
IS AN OFFICIAL USA SWIM CLUB!
The JCC competes in the USA Swimming League. Practices will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 6 p.m. and optional practice on Saturday. Children must try out for the team, and must have the following prerequisites:

• Level 4 – Barracuda (stroke development)
• Pre-Swim Team Classes*

JCC Stingrays Junior Competitive Swim Team is for those swimmers who want to begin participating on a swim team, but are not quite ready in skill or ability for Swim Team. Practices are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

Optional yoga class Thursdays, 4:30 — 5 p.m. for Level 2 Pre-Swim-Team and Stingrays Swim Team members.

 


 

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 child’s ability and plan lessons around his or her specific needs. Lessons are 30 minutes and are sold in packages of 10 lessons and 5 lessons. All prices are per person. For more information, contact Aquatics Director Alex Tkachuk at 203.487.0990 or atkachuk@stamfordjcc.org.

Private Lessons (1 person)
1 lesson
Member $50 / Community $60
5 lessons
Member $225 / Community $275
10 lessons
Member $400 / Community $500

Semi-Private Lessons (2 people)
1 lesson
Member $40 / Community $48
5 lessons
Member $175 / Community $215
10 lessons
Member $310 / Community $380

Group Private (3 or more people)
1 lesson
Member $38 / Community $44
5 lessons
Member $160 / Community $190
10 lessons
Member $280 / Community $340

 


 

Vacation Day Programs at The J

 

When school is out, you’re in at The J!

Vacation Days @ The J
Grades K – 6
All vacation days include arts and crafts, nut-free/kosher snacks, free swim and various games and activities. Please send your child with a swimsuit, swim cap and towel, as well as a kosher, nut-free lunch. 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 any questions, or to register KidsPlace kids.

Tuesday, December 26 • Sportime USA
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
KidsPlace Kids $75 / Members $80 / Community $85

Wednesday, December 27 • Pancakes and PJ’s
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
KidsPlace Kids $75 / Members $80 / Community $85

Thursday, December 28 • Pizza Palooza
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
KidsPlace Kids $75 / Members $80 / Community $85

Friday, December 29 • New Year’s Party
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
KidsPlace Kids $75 / Members $80 / Community $85

Monday, January 15 • Aqua Day
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
KidsPlace Kids $75 / Members $80 / Community $85

Thursday, February 15 • SoundWaters
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
KidsPlace Kids $75 / Members $80 / Community $85

Friday, February 16 • Off to the Movies
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
KidsPlace Kids $75 / Members $80 / Community $85

Monday, February 19 • Maritime Aquarium 
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
KidsPlace Kids $75 / Members $80 / Community $85

Tuesday, February 20 • Arcade and Laser Tag at FunFuzion
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
KidsPlace Kids $75 / Members $80 / Community $85

 

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