Spruce Street (PS 397)

 

Welcome - At the end of the school day, classroom teachers dismiss all students registered for our program directly to our staff, who greet students with a healthy snack and a smile. Students eat and socialize with friends, decompressing from the school day and gearing up for after-school.

Class Time - The sports, arts and enrichment classes that you select when enrolling your child in the program are taught by certified teachers, teaching artists and activity specialists. Each day, your child is dismissed directly to our staff. After a healthy snack, Depending on our offerings students will have the option to attend an early class at 3:30pm or a late class at 4:40pm.

Before and After Class - Students choose from a list of structured and open play activities, set up by our team leaders. These activities include: study hall, gym sports, yard play, indoor games, arts & crafts, music and more. This activity is built into your child’s daily schedule as a structured free play before and after their selected club for the day.

See below for our daily class offerings:

Monday

  • Chess (Grade K– 1)
  • Bookmaking, Origami, & Paper Arts (Grade K– 1)
  • Art Explorers (Grade K– 1)
  • Clubhouse (Grade K– 1)
  • Basketball (Grade 2–3)
  • Studio Art (Grade 2–3)
  • Clubhouse (Grade 2–3)
  • Basketball (Grade 4–5)
  • Improv/Theater (Grade 4–5)
  • Clubhouse (Grade 4–5)
Grade K– 1

Chess

Never mind that chess is a great exercise for the mind that increases math and literacy abilities. Chess is a great game, and kids love it! We offer beginner, intermediate and advanced chess classes, as well as an annual tournament for students in our Manhattan Youth programs.

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Grade K– 1

Bookmaking, Origami, & Paper Arts

What can be more fun that writing your own stories, being as creative as you want and making your own books!? In Book Making; storytelling, paper arts and craftsmanship, come together to give your child the immersive experience of creating and publishing their own very own journals, diaries, paper art figures and books! 

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Grade K– 1

Art Explorers

This creative hands-on class has students working on a new and very cool craft project every week with their favorite after-school staff members!

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Grade K– 1

Clubhouse

Responding to the need for students to have a safe and relaxed environment where they can reconnect with their peers under a well supervised environment, MY Clubhouse activities are always offered! From art to science activities that the group chooses. For little ones, this is a great opportunity to learn and develop social skills. All grades every day.

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Grade 2–3

Basketball

Students learn basketball skills, good sportsmanship, and sense of team spirit. Players are divided into groups based on experience and skill level. Each class session includes a lesson filled with drills and a game or scrimmage. 

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Grade 2–3

Studio Art

Our multidisciplinary art classes offer students a chance to explore different media from drawing and painting to collage and sculpture. Projects are selected to provide inspiration for free expression and to develop specific skills.Exploring drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking and other methods through age-appropriate structured projects and free exploration, students have fun while learning the basic fundamentals of art.
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Grade 2–3

Clubhouse

Responding to the need for students to have a safe and relaxed environment where they can reconnect with their peers under a well supervised environment, MY Clubhouse activities are always offered! From art to homework to science activities that the group chooses. For little ones, this is a great opportunity to learn and develop social skills. All grades every day.

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Grade 4–5

Basketball

Students learn basketball skills, good sportsmanship, and sense of team spirit. Players are divided into groups based on experience and skill level. Each class session includes a lesson filled with drills and a game or scrimmage. 

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Grade 4–5

Improv/Theater

Using games, quirky characters and ideas from the audience, students will learn the technique of building "short form" scenes on the spot.
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Grade 4–5

Clubhouse

Responding to the need for students to have a safe and relaxed environment where they can reconnect with their peers under a well supervised environment, MY Clubhouse activities are always offered! From art to science activities that the group chooses. For little ones, this is a great opportunity to learn and develop social skills. All grades every day.

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Tuesday

  • Drawing & Painting (Grade K– 1)
  • Hip Hop (Grade K– 1)
  • Clubhouse (Grade K– 1)
  • Soccer (Grade 2–3)
  • D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) (Grade 2–5)
  • Clubhouse (Grade 2–3)
  • Minecraft (Grade 2–3)
  • Filmmaking (Grade 4–5)
  • Soccer (Grade 4–5)
  • Clubhouse (Grade 4–5)
  • DCC Swimming Lessons (Grade K– 5)
Grade K– 1

Drawing & Painting

Students begin with sketching and drawing using pencil, charcoal and pastel. They will develop color palettes and brush stroke techniques using acrylics and watercolor.

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Grade K– 1

Hip Hop

A high-energy class for dancers of all experience levels. The dance studio will be hopping as students learn individual and teamwork skills that evolve into polished dance numbers. All students participate in a Manhattan Youth dance performance at the end of each semester

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Grade K– 1

Clubhouse

Responding to the need for students to have a safe and relaxed environment where they can reconnect with their peers under a well supervised environment, MY Clubhouse activities are always offered! From art to science activities that the group chooses. For little ones, this is a great opportunity to learn and develop social skills. All grades every day.

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Grade 2–3

Soccer

Kids will learn the basic rules, skills, and sportsmanship to help improve their soccer game. All levels welcome!
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Grade 2–5

D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself)

Children let their imaginations run free as they explore and experiment using clay, paint, found objects and other unusual materials to create their own masterpiece. This open ended class provides different stations with various art materials to help bring your child's vision to life!

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Grade 2–3

Clubhouse

Responding to the need for students to have a safe and relaxed environment where they can reconnect with their peers under a well supervised environment, MY Clubhouse activities are always offered! From art to homework to science activities that the group chooses. For little ones, this is a great opportunity to learn and develop social skills. All grades every day.

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Grade 2–3

Minecraft

Students will gather in a Minecraft server and have adventures that involve exploration, setting collaborative goals, and challenges, all while learning to play. This class encourages team play in an open world virtual environment where resources are limited. The students will be challenged to build bases for their teams, hold their own against monster hordes, and to thrive as a community.

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Grade 4–5

Filmmaking

In this hands-on class, young filmmakers will conceptualize stories and bring them to life. Students will learn how to handle and use camera equipment, basic short composition, direction, collaboration, and basic editing skills in order to turn their story ideas into short films.

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Grade 4–5

Soccer

Kids will learn the basic rules, skills, and sportsmanship to help improve their soccer game. All levels welcome!
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Grade 4–5

Clubhouse

Responding to the need for students to have a safe and relaxed environment where they can reconnect with their peers under a well supervised environment, MY Clubhouse activities are always offered! From art to science activities that the group chooses. For little ones, this is a great opportunity to learn and develop social skills. All grades every day.

×
Grade K– 5

DCC Swimming Lessons

At the beginning of each semester, children are evaluated individually by our full-time aquatic director and certified teaching staff. Groups are assigned by age and ability. Classes are limited to 3-6 students per instructor, depending on the age and ability level of the swimmers. Parents receive progress reports at the end of each semester that outline the skills their children have acquired, as well as areas of potential improvement.

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Wednesday

  • Soccer (Grade K– 1)
  • Ballet (Grade K– 1)
  • Clubhouse (Grade K– 1)
  • Chess (Grade 2–3)
  • Track & Field (Grade 2–5)
  • Clubhouse (Grade 2–3)
  • Homework Help (Grade 2–5)
  • Cartooning and Collage (Grade 2–5)
  • Clubhouse (Grade 4–5)
  • Minecraft (Grade 4–5)
Grade K– 1

Soccer

Kids will learn the basic rules, skills, and sportsmanship to help improve their soccer game. All levels welcome!
×
Grade K– 1

Ballet

An introduction to ballet vocabulary and technique. Students develop strength, alignment, musicality, and the grace that is inherent in the form. Dancers in our ballet classes are prominently featured in each semester's dance performance.

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Grade K– 1

Clubhouse

Responding to the need for students to have a safe and relaxed environment where they can reconnect with their peers under a well supervised environment, MY Clubhouse activities are always offered! From art to science activities that the group chooses. For little ones, this is a great opportunity to learn and develop social skills. All grades every day.

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Grade 2–3

Chess

A fun way for your child to engage his or her mind while learning a timeless strategy game. All levels are welcome.
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Grade 2–5

Track & Field

Run like the wind in this fun fitness club! Children will learn all the basic elements of a track and field competition, including sprints, middle and long distance running, long jumps, shot put and relay races.

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Grade 2–3

Clubhouse

Responding to the need for students to have a safe and relaxed environment where they can reconnect with their peers under a well supervised environment, MY Clubhouse activities are always offered! From art to homework to science activities that the group chooses. For little ones, this is a great opportunity to learn and develop social skills. All grades every day.

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Grade 2–5

Homework Help

We offer a formal Homework Club, as a class choice for students who need extra help focusing on their assignments. 

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Grade 2–5

Cartooning and Collage

Inspired by their favorite comic book artists and armed with their imagination, student create characters and story lines, first in single panels, then in comic strips, and finally creating complete comic books at the end of each semester.

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Grade 4–5

Clubhouse

Responding to the need for students to have a safe and relaxed environment where they can reconnect with their peers under a well supervised environment, MY Clubhouse activities are always offered! From art to science activities that the group chooses. For little ones, this is a great opportunity to learn and develop social skills. All grades every day.

×
Grade 4–5

Minecraft

Students will gather in a Minecraft server and have adventures that involve exploration, setting collaborative goals, and challenges, all while learning to play. This class encourages team play in an open world virtual environment where resources are limited. The students will be challenged to build bases for their teams, hold their own against monster hordes, and to thrive as a community.

×

Thursday

  • Creative Drama (Grade K– 1)
  • Ooey Gooey Science (Grade K– 1)
  • Clubhouse (Grade K– 1)
  • Hip Hop (Grade 2–3)
  • Flag Football (Grade 2–3)
  • Clubhouse (Grade 2–3)
  • Chess (Grade 4–5)
  • Flag Football (Grade 3–5)
  • Clubhouse (Grade 4–5)
  • DCC Swimming Lessons (Grade K– 5)
Grade K– 1

Creative Drama

An introduction to the theater. Children develop their talents through role playing, theater games, songs and storytelling.
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Grade K– 1

Ooey Gooey Science

Every kid knows that you don't really learn anything unless you make a mess and get your hands dirty. This class focuses on everything oozy, grimy, slippery and slimy that exists in nature or can be made (safely!) in a test tube. Fun for all!

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Grade K– 1

Clubhouse

Responding to the need for students to have a safe and relaxed environment where they can reconnect with their peers under a well supervised environment, MY Clubhouse activities are always offered! From art to science activities that the group chooses. For little ones, this is a great opportunity to learn and develop social skills. All grades every day.

×
Grade 2–3

Hip Hop

A high-energy, intense class for dancers of all experience levels. The dance studio will be hopping to today's pop stars as students learn individual and teamwork skills that evolve into polished dance numbers. All students participate in a Manhattan Youth dance performance at the end of each semester

×
Grade 2–3

Flag Football

Students develop skills, good sportsmanship and a sense of team spirit. Players are divided into groups based on experience and skill level. Each class session includes a lesson, drills and a game or scrimmage.

×
Grade 2–3

Clubhouse

Responding to the need for students to have a safe and relaxed environment where they can reconnect with their peers under a well supervised environment, MY Clubhouse activities are always offered! From art to homework to science activities that the group chooses. For little ones, this is a great opportunity to learn and develop social skills. All grades every day.

×
Grade 4–5

Chess

Young students with little or no chess experience learn the fundamentals of chess, beginning with game board setup, and an introduction to how the pieces move. Students will learn to play full games from opening moves to checkmates within the first semester.
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Grade 3–5

Flag Football

Students develop skills, good sportsmanship and a sense of team spirit. Players are divided into groups based on experience and skill level. Each class session includes a lesson, drills and a game or scrimmage.

×
Grade 4–5

Clubhouse

Responding to the need for students to have a safe and relaxed environment where they can reconnect with their peers under a well supervised environment, MY Clubhouse activities are always offered! From art to science activities that the group chooses. For little ones, this is a great opportunity to learn and develop social skills. All grades every day.

×
Grade K– 5

DCC Swimming Lessons

At the beginning of each semester, children are evaluated individually by our full-time aquatic director and certified teaching staff. Groups are assigned by age and ability. Classes are limited to 3-6 students per instructor, depending on the age and ability level of the swimmers. Parents receive progress reports at the end of each semester that outline the skills their children have acquired, as well as areas of potential improvement.

×

Friday

  • Studio Art (Grade K– 1)
  • Tae Kwon Do (Grade K– 1)
  • Clubhouse (Grade K– 1)
  • Filmmaking (Grade 2–3)
  • Improv/Theater (Grade 2–3)
  • Clubhouse (Grade 2–3)
  • Intramural Sports (Grade 4–5)
  • Hip Hop (Grade 4–5)
  • Clubhouse (Grade 4–5)
Grade K– 1

Studio Art

Our multidisciplinary art classes offer students a chance to explore different media from drawing and painting to collage and sculpture. Projects are selected to provide inspiration for free expression and to develop specific skills.Exploring drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking and other methods through age-appropriate structured projects and free exploration, students have fun while learning the basic fundamentals of art.
×
Grade K– 1

Tae Kwon Do

Students learn self-defense, focus, concentration and discipline in a non-contact weekly martial arts workout. Classes are grouped by age and belt level. All levels work on forms, and bag work: kicks, punches, blocks and footwork. Sparring begins at yellow belt. At the end of each semester, we have an exhibition and test, where students have an opportunity for belt advancement (by teacher recommendation).

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Grade K– 1

Clubhouse

Responding to the need for students to have a safe and relaxed environment where they can reconnect with their peers under a well supervised environment, MY Clubhouse activities are always offered! From art to science activities that the group chooses. For little ones, this is a great opportunity to learn and develop social skills. All grades every day.

×
Grade 2–3

Filmmaking

In this hands-on class, young filmmakers will conceptualize stories and bring them to life. Students will learn how to handle and use camera equipment, basic short composition, direction, collaboration and basic editing skills in order to turn their story ideas into short films.
×
Grade 2–3

Improv/Theater

Using games, quirky characters and ideas from the audience, students will learn the technique of building "short form" scenes on the spot.
×
Grade 2–3

Clubhouse

Responding to the need for students to have a safe and relaxed environment where they can reconnect with their peers under a well supervised environment, MY Clubhouse activities are always offered! From art to homework to science activities that the group chooses. For little ones, this is a great opportunity to learn and develop social skills. All grades every day.

×
Grade 4–5

Intramural Sports

Students develop fundamental sport skills, concentration, and sportsmanship while playing sports and games.

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Grade 4–5

Hip Hop

A high-energy, intense class for dancers of all experience levels. The dance studio will be hopping to today's pop stars as students learn individual and teamwork skills that evolve into polished dance numbers. All students participate in a Manhattan Youth dance performance at the end of each semester

×
Grade 4–5

Clubhouse

Responding to the need for students to have a safe and relaxed environment where they can reconnect with their peers under a well supervised environment, MY Clubhouse activities are always offered! From art to science activities that the group chooses. For little ones, this is a great opportunity to learn and develop social skills. All grades every day.

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