Join us for our after school program, “Kaleidoscopes” for further enrichment. “Kaleidoscopes” is our after school extended care from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. While supervised by one of our teachers, students may expect snack time, a structured physical activity, a quiet homework session, and then, unstructured free time for those finished with homework. Any Park Street School student, from Kindergarten through Grade 6 may participate. As well, included in our rich offerings for further enrichment are selections ranging from private piano and violin instruction to club activities such as drama, running or even a 12-Week ISEE Test Prep Course.

See the following sample listing of 2011-2012 year club activities offered to families:

Drama: Mondays (Grades 3-6) 3:30-5:30 p.m. Spring only

In this year’s drama club, students will study the basic principles of acting. Sample activities include physical and vocal warm-ups, pantomime and mime, improvisations, voice and diction exercises, theater games, monologues and scene work. The semester will culminate in a final performance in June.

Seasonal Sports: Mondays (Grades 2-6) 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Students will receive some instruction, but mostly playing time, in different sports throughout the year. When weather allows and is fitting for the activity, the club will convene outside at the Esplanade or Boston Common. Please select from the following four sessions:

  1. Flag Football (October 3 – November 21)
  2. Basketball (November 28 – January 30)
  3. Futsal aka Indoor Soccer (February 6 – March 26)
  4. Wiffleball/Ultimate Frisbee (April 2 – May 21)

Chinese Club: Tuesdays & Thursdays (Kindergarten, Grades 1-2) 3:30-5:30 p.m.

In this exciting new club, students will learn Mandarin Chinese from an experienced native Mandarin speaker, whose lessons will be brimming with cultural information, including Chinese history and music. With an emphasis on vocabulary, students will learn to speak, read and write Mandarin through song, games and interactive lessons.

Girls Running Club: Tuesdays (Grade 4-6) 3:30-4:30 p.m.

The Girls Running Club is to instill self-confidence and positive body image among girls by teaching them how to run and developing a love for running at a young age. At the end of the fall and spring sessions the girls will run a 5K! (Fall session September 20 – December 13; Spring session March 6 – June 5.)

Cheerleading: Wednesdays (Grades 1-6) 3:30-4:30 p.m.

The PSS Cheerleading club is an opportunity to foster school spirit through working together as a team. We will practice creative cheers that will be performed at various school-sponsored activities and will help cultivate a positive environment so that others can join in! Join this club! It promises to be a cheerful good time!!!

Cooking: Wednesdays (Grades 1-6) 3:30-4:30 p.m. Fall only

Do you love the smells and the aromas that come from the kitchen? Have you always wondered how your mom and dad make their food look so yummy? Have you always wondered how a croissant can become so chewy, yet flaky? Do you love different seasonal and cultural foods? Are you equally good at baking and cooking? So you just love to eat good food? Well, come join the Park Street School Cooking Club where you'll explore a variety of foods, and learn different techniques in the kitchen! Be prepared to expand your palate to some of the delicious meals right at your fingertips!

Scratch Club & Lego Programming: Wednesdays (Grades 1-6) 3:30-4:30 p.m.

  • Part 1: Programming with Scratch (Oct-Dec);
  • Part 2: Lego Programming with Scratch (Jan-May)

Scratch is a software program developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. Using Scratch, anyone can create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art by snapping software blocks together. Today's children may know how to use technology and computers, but they are often passive consumers of these new media. Learning to create projects in Scratch will let the children learn basic computer skills, learn important mathematical and computational ideas, and learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. We will introduce the LEGO® WeDo™ robotic construction kits in the second section to extend the projects into the physical space, building robots, interactive art installations, and more. Returning students will have the opportunity to work on more advanced projects.

12-Week ISEE Test Prep Course: Thursdays, 3:15-4:30 p.m. (Grades 4-6)

The 12 week intensive ISEE test prep course will help students to learn important test-taking strategies and skills, provide ISEE test-taking practice, as well as review and drill necessary vocabulary and math skills. The students may be learning some new content and will be expected to review skills DAILY. The instructors will adhere to a strict course schedule and will expect complete cooperation from students attending the course. The12 week intensive ISEE test prep course will include a full-length practice test. A minimum of two students will be required to hold this course. (Course will run September 15 – December 8, 2011)

Chess and Checkers: Thursdays (Grades 3-6) 3:30-4:30 p.m

Come and play chess or checkers. Each week will feature one quick lesson and then the rest of the time playing. The club will develop strategy as well as sportsmanship.

Group Games: Thursdays (Kindergarten, Grades 1-2) 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Groups Games is designed for younger students, and this club offers children a chance to run and play in a structured environment. Students will have the opportunity to play some sports – soccer and floor hockey – but primarily, the club will center on keeping children moving and allowing them to play some of their favorite games from gym class.

Private Musical Instruction

For students in Kindergarten, and Grades 1-6, private musical instruction for piano, strings and wind instruments is available to families from several experienced music instructors. Students receive weekly half-hour lessons from teachers who use a variety of teaching methods, tailored to the needs, age, and experience of each child. All lessons take place at the school building after regular school hours.

March Madness (Grades 3-6) 5:45-7:00 p.m.

All students in Grades 3-6 are invited to sign up for one of 24 spots for five weeks of basketball - shooting baskets, dribbling, drills and a lot of fun every Tuesday in March, culminating with a basketball tournament on the final evening in April! Learn shooting techniques, drill, dribble and score with our six amazing coaches!