After School Programs
New Amsterdam offers comprehensive after school programs Monday through Friday until as late as 6:00pm.
Robin's Nest is available for our mixed-age Kindergarten children (and Silver Maples children beginning Jan 2019) from 1:00pm to 3:15pm, M-F.
Robin's Nest addresses the needs of working parents who want their children to participate in afternoon care that is consistent with the principles of Waldorf education. The afternoon includes ample rest, free play and drawing, and a snack.
Each afternoon after lunch with their morning classes, our Robin's Nest children will have a quiet rest time. After their rest, they will share in an activity and/or a period of free play followed by a healthy snack (provided by the school) before they are picked up at 3:15pm. The intent is not to structure this time with a whirlwind of activities, but rather to provide a secure daily rhythm within which the child is free to explore options.
Please note that Robin’s Nest Program will not be in session when New Amsterdam School is not in session. Please check our website for snow cancellations and the school calendar.
Robin's Nest Plus+
Robin's Nest Plus is available for our Maples, mixed-age Kindergarten, and Elementary Grades children from 3:15pm to 6:00pm, M-F.
Robin's Nest Plus children go outside at 3:15pm for walks in the neighborhood and trips to the garden or playground. After plenty of outside time, children have time for free play, stories, crafts, and another snack. Children are picked up by 6:00pm.
To help the children come into the rhythm of our afternoon programs, we ask that parents enroll their child a minimum of two days per week. We also encourage parents to carry the rhythm of the afternoon into their home lives by offering their children a time of rest after lunch.
Please note that Robin’s Nest Plus Program will not be in session when New Amsterdam School is not in session. Please check our website for snow cancellations and the school calendar.
Village Peeps is our after-school program for students in the 1st through 3rd grades, offering specialized creative classes such as foreign languages, choir, drama, and arts. Classes run from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. New Amsterdam School elementary grades students already enrolled in Robin's Nest Plus can sign up for any of the Village Peeps classes throughout the year at no additional cost.
Village Peeps after-school classes are open to to the public. Each class falls on a recurring weekday and runs for approximately 10-14 weeks. Please see the below schedule for this year's Village Peeps offerings.
2018-2019 Village Peeps Classes
Open to all neighborhood children. Current classes run from September 12th, 2018 through December 21st, 2018.
Mondays 3:30 pm-5:00 pm ($275, 11 classes)
This class serves as both an introduction to knitting, crocheting, and sewing for children who have not yet been exposed to these skills, and a place for more experience students to work on personal projects as well as repair projects for our classrooms. The atmosphere is social and active, but not rushed, with everyone working at their own pace.
(Class dates: Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17)
tuesdays 3:30 pm-5:00 pm ($325, 13 classes)
Our after-school children's choir draws on the rich tradition of classical and choral singing. Repertoire will include Waldorf foundational music, world folk music, theater classics and original compositions designed to meet the developmental needs of early grades children. We will focus on the foundations of music making, including fine-tuned listening, melody, pitch, healthy vocal practice, and musicianship.
Music Director: Mr. Owen Schiller - Mr. Owen is an actor and singer from Colorado. He studied in a Waldorf school as a child before going on to earn his degree in Theater Arts from the University of Northern Colorado. Mr. Owen has worked with several Colorado-based choirs including the Basalt Chamber Choir and UNC’s Men’s Glee Club. This past summer, Mr. Owen taught the Drama program for New Amsterdam School.
(Class dates: Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18)
wednesdays 3:30 pm-5:00 pm ($325, 13 clases)
This class incorporates mind-body movement, deep breathing, and rest, with arts, crafts, and puppetry.
Mindfulness improves strength, flexibility, and postural control, as well as promotes positive sleep quality and brain development. These practices help students boost self-confidence, focus, attention span, and gratitude.
(Class dates: Sept. 12, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19)
thursdays 3:30 pm-5:00 pm ($325, 13 clases)
Students in Drama Peeps experience the process of learning, rehearsing and performing a play for their community. Classes are full of theater games and engaging exercises designed to help students integrate sound and movement with their bodies, and to work together as an ensemble. The dual gifts of theater are expression and control, out-breath and in-breath. Students are encouraged to let loose with improvisational games and to cultivate focus for rehearsal.
Drama Instructor: Mr. Owen Schiller
(Class dates: Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25. Nov. 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20)
Movement & Games
Fridays 3:30 pm-5:00 pm ($325, 13 clases)
By Friday, students appreciate a relaxed afternoon of old-fashioned outdoor and indoor games. Children will learn four square, kick-the-can, Chinese jumprope, and the like, as well as play traditional games such as "red light green light." Inside games will include board games, hide and seek, and games the class makes up itself.
(Class dates: Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec. 14, 21)