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2017 Elsmere PTA After-school Enrichment Program

Filed in Archive by on January 13, 2017

It’s time to register for 2017 PTA After-school Enrichment Program (ASEP) classes! Each class takes place at Elsmere from 3:30-4:30pm and is once a week for six weeks.

Registration is ONLINE! You can register your child(ren) here or on Elsmere’s webpage.

  • Your registration is not complete until we have received BOTH your online form submission AND your payment. You may use PayPal or credit card through the online form, or you may send a check to school with your child. If you are paying by check, please send a separate check for each class. Checks should have children’s names on them and be sent in an envelope marked “ASEP”.
  • Online registration will begin on January 13th. The deadline is Tuesday, January 24th. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis at the end of each day. We will likely not be able to accept late registrations, so please be sure to get your enrollment forms in on time!
  • Students may register for more than one class. Please complete a separate online form for each child (though you can register for more than one class per student on the form).
  • In order for ASEP to happen, parent volunteers are crucial. There is a section on the online form for you to specify your availability for volunteer responsibilities.
  • Please note that in the event that we have a snow day, or if school closes early, the ASEP class will be cancelled. If that happens, we will notify you as to when the make-up class will take place.
  • Students MUST be picked up promptly at 4:30pm following ASEP classes. We cannot accommodate late pick-ups. If your child attends School’s Out at Elsmere, the SOI staff will pick him/her up at class. If your child has permission to walk home unaccompanied, you may indicate that on the registration form.
  • We will notify you by email to confirm your child(ren)’s class registration, along with the class location, your volunteer date if relevant and any other information specific to your child’s class.
  • ASEP is not a fundraiser. The fees are to cover the costs of instructors’ materials and time, and the cost associated with administering the program.
  • Please note that there will NOT be a nurse in school during ASEP time; if your child has an allergy that could require an EpiPen, we request that you plan to be in school during ASEP classes, as there likely will not be an adult in the building who is trained to administer an EpiPen. Parents will be asked to send nut-free snacks for children attending ASEP classes.
  • Some ASEP classes do reach capacity. Please be mindful that if your child signs up for a no-cost class, s/he is taking a spot from another child. If there’s a possibility that your child won’t end up taking the class, please don’t sign up. Also, if your child took a class last year that was full, we hope that s/he will consider other classes this year in order to leave room for students who’ve not yet had a chance to take the more popular options.

We’re looking forward to a great session! If you have any questions, please contact me at

Warm regards,

Melissa Gold

2017 Elsmere After-school Enrichment Program (ASEP) Offerings

Available to all grades (K-5)

Karate: Tuesdays (2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4)
Instructor: Brian Dewey, Dewey’s Martial Arts / Cost: $53 (includes belt promotion) Karate teaches discipline, how to follow directions and self-defense with a strong emphasis on building focus skills. Each child will test for an upgrade in rank at the end of the six-week session.

Broadway Kids: Wednesdays (3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5)
Instructor: Lindsay Dashew, Broadway Bound / Cost: $63 Students will learn and experience dancing and acting for musical theater, play theatre games and work on scenes and songs from Broadway musicals. Lindsay Packard-Dashew is a professional actress and has a master’s degree in Educational Theater. There will be a performance on the last day to which parents are invited.

We are Art Stars: Tuesdays (2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4)
Instructor: Kim Kauffman / Cost: $68 This is a process-driven art class where the magic is in the making! Printing, painting, sculpting, drawing: we’ll explore them all, learning fun techniques & discovering our own unique ways to shine.

Circus Theatricks: Fridays (3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7)
Instructor: Sean Fagan (aka “Seano”) / Cost: $93 We will explore the classic tricks of circus clowns… juggling, tumbling, stilts, acrobatics and more. Students will discover that they can do what they might have once thought impossible! 

Available to grades 1-5

Magic: Fridays (3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7)
Instructor: Mike Russo (aka “Mr. Mike Magic”) / Cost: $53 Learn magic! Students will learn two to three tricks during each session and will be able to keep tricks in a special magic box. There will be a magic show for parents on the last day, and students will receive a graduation certificate, magic hat and wand. Tricks will be different from the ones taught last year. 

Available to grades K-2

Everyday Art: Wednesdays (3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5)
Instructor: Jill Baboulis / Cost: $63 Young artists will explore several different mediums in this “Art from around the World” series. 

Available to grades K-3

Learn to Sign: Tuesdays (2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4)
Instructor: Lisa Cronlund / Cost: $43 Learn American Sign Language! This class will teach basic deaf culture and signs that can be used every day. We will learn days of the week, numbers, useful school signs and many more!

Available to grades 2-5

Hand Sewing: Mondays (2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3)
Instructor: Erin LaDue / Cost: $63 We will cover three sewing skills: sewing buttons, cross stitching and simple embroidery. To see projects, visit Erin’s Craft and Sewing Room on Facebook.

Kid Fit: Thursdays (3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6)
Instructor: Sydney Amster (Foundry Fitness) / Cost: $53 Kid Fit is a fitness class designed for kids to build overall strength and endurance through circuit training, group activities and games.

Fun with Needle & Thread: Fridays (3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7)
Instructor: Eileen Deming-McNabb / Cost: $43 Learn to hand sew and use embroidery stitches to make your designs out of fabric. We will use felt and fleece to make crafts including a personalized scarf. All materials and supplies included.

Available to grades 3-5

Bead It: Wednesdays (3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5)
Instructor: Ricky Talmage / Cost: $58 Keep those fingers busy and the creativity flowing with fun and easy beading projects. Students will create beautiful jewelry as well as other imaginative objects d’art. Cool projects for girls as well as boys. You supply the creativity and I’ll supply the rest!

Fiber Arts: Wednesdays (3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5)
Instructor: Michelle Waldenmaier (Bethlehem Public Library) / No cost. Try your hand at working with yarn and thread: friendship bracelets, needlepoint, knitting and more.

Machine Sewing: Thursdays (3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6)
Instructor: Eileen Deming-McNabb / Cost: $63 Learn to use a sewing machine while we make a cross-body tote bag and other fun projects. No experience necessary. All materials provided. Bring a sewing machine if you have one.

Available to grades 4-5

Robotics: Thursdays (3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6)
Instructor: Pat Hoogkamp / No cost. This class is based on the Studica/fischertechnik academic student software and technology. Students will assemble robotics kits and computer coding to make them function.

Ultimate Frisbee: Mondays (2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3)
Instructor: Erin McKinney (BCHS Ultimate Frisbee team) / Cost: $35 Non-stop movement and athletic endurance make Ultimate a great sport! Players will learn passing skills, offensive/defensive plays and sportsmanship.

Cartooning & Comics: Mondays (2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3)
Instructor: Ira Marcks / Cost: $68 A workshop about the art of cartooning and comics! Students will develop storytelling skills and developing their illustration style. Hosted by Troy-based cartoonist Ira Marcks,