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Fall, 2009

Patrick Vreeland and Kerry Linstra, Program Directors Judith Slutzky, Principal Joanne Hozeny, Assistant Principal


What are After School Activity Courses?
Activity courses provide fun, challenge, and excitement for new learning that capitalizes on the different “intelligences” of children. Instructors may be teachers or community members who are certified to teach. All courses are held at Mount Prospect School from 3:15-4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday.

Choosing Classes
• A separate registration form has been provided for each day. Complete a separate form for each class your child wishes to participate in. The alternative class section is used in the event your child’s first class will not run or has been closed (choosing alternatives greatly increases the likelihood of your child participating in the program) In order for a class to be held, there must be a minimum of 10 students per class. We strive to maintain a class ratio of 10 to 15 students per teacher. Some courses have irregular schedules due to holidays and parent conferences. Please check the meeting times for each class.




• Tuition is $85 per student for each eight week course. Checks should be made payable to the “Bernards Township Board of Education”. PLEASE ISSUE A SEPARATE CHECK FOR EACH COURSE IN WHICH YOUR CHILD IS ENROLLED. If you qualify for free or reduced lunch you may also qualify for a scholarship. Please contact Patrick Vreeland at x260

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How to Register
• • • Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. So please send in your registration right away. Registration ends on Wednesday, September 23rd. Please send your registration forms and checks in an envelope marked “After School Activities” to your child’s teacher. Confirmations will be sent by Tuesday, September 29th. Please do not call the office for Activity Program confirmations. Courses will start beginning Thursday, October 1st.


Program Guidelines
• If a student is present at school but will not be attending his/her course that afternoon, YOU MUST SEND A NOTE/E-MAIL to Mr. Patrick Vreeland ( You may also call the After School Activities line at (908) 470-1600 x260 and leave a message by 3:00 p.m. This is an important security precaution for your child’s safety. If inclement weather occurs, call the school office to find out if after school courses are canceled. Canceled classes will be made up the week after the last scheduled class. Students should behave in an appropriate manner. School rules of conduct apply to after school programs. A student who violates the rules may be removed from the program. Please discuss this with your child. Students must be picked up promptly by 4:30. If you are late picking up your child more than two times, the student will be unable to continue in the program. No refund will be given.





Monday Courses
Monday Meeting dates: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23 Classic Board Games This mini-unit will test your ability to have fun, and follow directions! We will play and learn the origins of Boggle, Othello, Battleship, and more! Come for the learning and stay for the fun! Grades: 3, 4, 5 Instructor: Mr. M. Scheckman Crime Busters! Be a science detective! Together we will unravel a make-believe crime using science tools and scientific analysis. You will use a microscope, star charts, fingerprints, and chemical reactions to identify the culprit! If you enjoy solving mysteries, join us for Crime Busters! Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Instructor: Ms. M. Guggenheim Cupcakery Come one, come all, decorating cupcakes is a ball! Come to the Cupcakery and whip up a delectable dessert! Each week, you’ll get to decorate and bring home 2-3 cupcakes. We will create magical wizards, groovy tie-tie masterpieces, cute critters and other seasonal surprises. When your friends and family see your creations, they’ll shout, “Your cupcakes take the cake!” Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Instructors: Mrs. K. Milito *Mrs. L. McNally Dream It, Build It Use multi-media to make the creations of your dreams. You may work with Lincoln Logs, K’Nex, Lego, and even paper (for paper airplanes) to make anything you can imagine. Build your dream house out of Lego or Lincoln Logs, and your dream car out of K’Nex. Instructions are provided, or you can build free-style. It’s your choice! Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Instructor: Mrs. D. Reilly Important Women of the World Explore the significant contributions of famous women in science, math, literature, art, music, and politics. After hearing stories about a number of women, students will select the woman that interests them the most, gather information from books, and write short sentences for fact cards. The information will be duplicated for each student to create their own board game. As time allows, some of the games will be played in class. Each student takes home their completed board game to play with family and friends. Grades: 4, 5 Instructor: Ms. E. Benjamin Knotting Friendships One Stitch At a Time Take a twist on art this fall and come play with string and lanyard! Bring along a friend and make new friends while learning how to explore friendship bracelet patterns and a variety of lanyard stitches: box, braid, Chinese staircase, cobra, and more! Apply these stitches to make bracelets, key chains, anklets, zipper pulls, headbands, and other creations of your own design. Join us in this colorful string of fun while Knotting Friendships One Stitch at a Time. Grades: 3, 4, 5 Instructor: Ms. M. Morrone


Monday Courses Continued …
Spanish For Everyone Learn a new language or keep your Spanish fluent! In this class, we will learn Spanish, play games and learn about Spanish culture. Come join the fun! Grades:1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Instructors: Ms. J. Silva *Ms. D. Reynolds

Wall Street at Mount Prospect
This course is designed to introduce students to the world of economics and investing. Students will learn about such concepts as stocks, mutual funds, bonds, risk, supply & demand, and interest rates. Students will also participate in an eight-week competition to see how much money they can accumulate by investing in different areas. Grades: 3, 4, 5 Instructor: Mr. P. Vreeland *If enrollment numbers permit, a second co-teacher will assist with this course.

Tuesday Courses
Tuesday Meeting dates: 10/6, 10/13, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1 Beyond Beads…Jewelry Creations Create your own one of a kind keychain, bracelet, or necklace using a variety of beads. You will also learn how to make your own special fabric beads to include in your designs. The projects you choose to make can be a fun fashion accessory for you or a gift to a special someone. Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Instructors: Mrs. B. Kwityn *Ms. L. Grune Creative Card Making Attention all lovers of creative crafts! Do you enjoy working with stamps, fabric scraps, beautiful paper and colored pens? You will decide what type of cards to make or perhaps an assortment! Join us and let your creativity and imagination shine! Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Instructor: Ms. M. Guggenheim Henna Art Come and learn beautiful and temporary body art inspired by the traditions of India, Morocco, North Africa and the Middle East. 100% all natural ingredients are used. No harmful chemical dyes; the last one to two weeks. You can have beautiful tattoos with natural ingredients. Grades: 4, 5 Instructor: Mrs. J. Kapadia Kids Can Keyboard Too Student practice and improve their keyboarding skills using various computer websites and programs such as Typer-Instructor and Type to Learn. Students will be able to chart their progress each week. Typing skills will also be reinforced through popular typing games such as Typer Shark! Grades: 3, 4, 5 Instructor: Ms. K. Pellicone


Tuesday Courses Continued …
The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter Hop on board the Hogwarts Express and explore the magical worlds of that famous wizard, Harry Potter. Discover the amazing origins of magical creatures and uncover hidden meanings in magical names and places. Find out what Fluffy the three-headed dog has to do with ancient mythology and how Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was inspired by Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Students will design their own Hogwarts Crests, create magical creatures and enjoy other enchanted activities as they join Harry on many of his magical adventures. Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Instructor: Mrs. S. Scully Party Like a Princess This is your royal invitation to PARTY LIKE A PRINCESS! If you are a modern Cinderella with a wish to create enchanting crafts with a princess theme come join us. Students will make princess tiaras, crown jewels boxes, magic wish wands, fairy dust, pretty as princess picture frames and lots more. We will conclude our princess festivities with a royal tea party for the last class. So don’t be a reluctant royal, join us for some fun! Grades: 1, 2, 3, Instructor: Ms. S. Jakubowski Science Olympics Here is the chance to participate in a competitive challenge that demonstrates the fun side of science. The Science Olympics is a series of events related to a wide range of science topics. Teams will use science skills and ideas to develop creative solutions to problems such as: How can I make a bridge out of a newspaper? How many marbles can I put in an aluminum foil boat before it sinks? How can I make a straw tower strong enough to hold a tennis ball? Test your solutions, compete with your friends, and go for the gold! Grades: 3, 4, 5 Instructor: Mr. M. Pepitone

*If enrollment numbers permit, a second co-teacher will assist with this course.

Thursday Courses
Thursday Meeting dates: 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/29, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10 Cultures Around The World In this class we will learn about a different culture each week. The first week of class we will discuss which cultures we would like to learn about. Then, each week we will explore different aspects of the cultures chosen. There will be a fun presentation at the end of this class in which children will share what they know about their own culture/background! Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Instructors: Miss. J. Silva *Ms. D. Reynolds

Creative ART Journaling Do you like to draw and sketch? Keeping an art journal is a great way to start off this school year. In this class students will create a personal ART journal where they will sketch, draw ideas and designs. Leonardo DaVinci kept art journals in which he made sketches of invention ideas, things he saw that sparked an interest in him, inspirations, and things he saw in nature. Each week students will learn new techniques and complete a page in their journal. Students will keep their journal at the end of the class! Grades: 3, 4, 5 Instructor: Ms. S. Bivona


Thursday Courses Continued …
Fantasy Football Are you ready for some football? Join us and manage your own football team! Draft your own team and track the performance of your players. In addition, you’ll learn real life math skills, learn how to read box scores, review the history of football, learn positions, and discuss past and present players. Grades: 3, 4, 5 Instructor: Mr. J. Gullifer Funky Fashion Ever wonder how you could create a new style with your clothes? Come and make some “Funky Fashions”. Your friends will go wild trying to figure out where you bought these awesome accessories. We will be making jewelry, belts, hair ties, friendship bracelets, tie-dyed socks and maybe even fabulous funky flip-flops. So come join the fashion frenzy and sign up for “Funky Fashion” Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Instructors: Mrs. L. McNally *Mrs. K. Milito Get Bananas Come play the word game that will drive you BANANAS! Bananagrams is a game similar to Scrabble, but there is no board. Also unlike Scrabble, 8 players may play at the same time, which makes the games exciting and fast. If you like games, words, and have an urge to learn new vocabulary, this is the mini-unit for you! Grades: 4, 5 Instructor: Mr. J. Ganz Math Wizards This course is for students who want to develop their problem solving ability in math. Using both individual and cooperative small groups, students will have challenging opportunities for intuitive and deductive reasoning as well as creative mathematical discovery. Impress your family and friends with math tricks! Grades: 3, 4, 5 Instructor: Ms. K. Pellicone

Nature Journaling Come and explore Mount Prospect’s Learning Garden! We will learn how to make our own nature journals and fill the pages with drawings, poems, and creative writing. We will also learn about the different plants and animals that live in our garden. Grades: 3, 4, 5 Instructor: Mrs. K. Paul

Photography Click! Flash! Publish! Express your artistic talent through the camera! Each week we will study various aspects of photography while snapping pictures of our very own! Students will use digital and disposable cameras to capture moments in time. Come join us! Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Instructor: Ms. S. Jakubowski *Mr. M. Pepitone


Thursday Courses Continued …
Roots and Shoots In Roots and Shoots you will learn about endangered animals, how to improve the environment and develop ways to help our community. Together we will brainstorm ideas to achieve these goals. Then, we will do our best to fulfill them! One of the animals we learn about is the chimpanzee. You will participate in activities such as a whole school clean-up, making birdfeeders and our bake sale to raise money to sponsor endangered animals and to help build schools for children who have none. There are many things we can do to help make our world a better place. Please join us!

Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Instructor: Ms. M.Guggenheim

* If enrollment numbers permit, a second co-teacher will assist with this course Mock Trial

Thursday 7:30-8:30 AM, Year long course
Participate in the New Jersey Mock Trial Competition by taking this course. Students will be learning about the American justice system, constitutional rights, and courtroom and trial procedures, while honing their reasoning and thinking skills. The students will create and write an original trial to submit to the competition which is sponsored by the New Jersey BAR Association. This is a thinking/writing intensive class which requires a commitment to attend all classes in both the fall and spring semesters. Participation is limited. Grades: 4 Instructor: Mrs. S. Scully

Friday Courses
Friday Meeting dates: 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11 It’s News to Me Be a reporter and write for the Mount Prospect Times! This mini-unit will teach students how to write like a real news reporter and how to interview. Learn the 5 Ws. This mini-unit is a good experience for students to hone their editing and publishing skills. See your name in print when the MP Times is published! Grades: 3, 4, 5 Instructor: Miss. K. Linstra Mind Benders, Brainteasers and Board games Have fun solving riddles, puzzles, and playing unique and unusual board games. Students will improve their ability to think deductively and divergently, solve problems, plan and strategize, concentrate and conceptualize. Students will play games such as Bazaar, Frog Pond, 24, Tri-Virsity and many others. Learn how to outwit your family and friends in this stimulating thinking and game potpourri! Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Instructor: Mrs. S. Scully Mount Prospect School Chess Club What move will your pawn make? Join the Mount Prospect Chess Club to decide! Beginning students will be introduced to the basic rules and strategies of chess and develop their problem solving skills. Intermediate and advanced players will explore the use of expert strategies. Students will be grouped based on their level of playing and will have an opportunity to move into a more advanced group if necessary. (Please indicate your child’s level of playing on this form.) A voluntary chess tournament will culminate this mini-unit. Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Instructors: Ms. K. Pellicone Ms. Denise Callaway * Mr. J. Ganz


Friday Courses Continued …
Scrapbooking Mania Create a scrapbook of your very own memories! Students will learn how to create perfect pages using matting, journaling, and unusual art accents. Bring your favorite photos and leave each class with beautiful scrapbook pages. Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Instructor: Ms. S. Jakubowski Sign Language For Everyone If you would like to learn some sign language, then this is the class for you! You will learn simple signs if it is your first time taking this class. If you took this class in the spring, you will learn some new signs! Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Instructors: Ms. J. Silva *Ms. D. Reynolds Weaving in the Round Weaving is one of the most favorite projects that the students create in art class, in 3rd grade, at Mount Prospect. This class will give students the chance to create a weaving on a ROUND loom. A variety of BRIGHT colored yarns will be used to complete this round weaving! Grades: 4, 5 Instructor: Ms. S. Bivona

* If enrollment numbers permit, a second co-teacher will assist with this course


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