The Village School offers a variety of Enrichment Activities that run during and after school.
The co-ed basketball team is coached by Upper Elementary teacher DJ Merriweather and Middle School teacher Mary O’Sullivan. Open to all students years 5 – 8, the co-ed Basketball program practices 2 -3 times during the week for their games against other private and public schools in the area.
Beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes are offered. Intermediate students should know ‘castling’ and can describe ‘castling’ properly, know what ‘pawn promotion’ is and can complete a game all the way to checkmate.
The class fosters an inclusive philosophy embracing historical contributions and teachings of the world’s Chess greats. Innovative techniques enable the students to see checkmate faster. Good sportsmanship and classroom management are emphasized.
The Junior Chorus is open to all students in years 3 -4. The Chorus is open to all students in years 5 – 8. Both Choruses perform two concerts throughout the school year (December and May) as well as other events such as Middle School graduation.
Beginner class offered to years 1 – 3. This level will include an introduction to programming and programming concepts. Children will learn to use Scratch, developed by MIT specifically to teach young kids fundamental programming concepts. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively – essential skills for life in the 21st century.
Instructed by primary teacher Lena Shamoun, this culinary class offers cooking techniques to enhance your skills with both sweet and savory foods in the kitchen. Students learn how to be mindful of what they eat by learning to select foods that are organic, local and sustainably grown. Cooking is a life skill – students will begin to understand their potential in the kitchen and how it is a useful element in all aspects of learning; artistic, creative, mathematical, linguistic, scientific and just plain fun!
Lessons are available during the school day or after school with a seasoned instructor in one of our three music practice rooms. Violin, viola, cello and Double Bass instruction is open to all students years 2 – 8. Percussion (snare drums), Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone & French Horn instruction is open to all students in years 3 – 8. Piano is offered to students in years 1-8.
Play-Well TEKnologies was founded by Bowen in 1997. Introduced to the LEGO building system in 1996 and recognizing it to be both a popular play medium and a tremendous learning opportunity, Tim began to develop projects which drew on his professional experience and combined the elements of fun, challenge, and learning. With steady growth of the company, project development is now undertaken by a staff of instructors bent on constantly improving the programs.
Instructors have varied careers and educational backgrounds such as, mechanical engineering, architecture, biology, art, geology, education, and civil engineering. More important, though, is that all share a common enthusiasm for children, engineering, and LEGO. Students work individually, in teams, and as a group throughout the sessions. A short discussion and demonstration of the day’s topic starts each meeting. Children are given a design / building assignment at the beginning of the course. Instructors will provide individual assistance and instruction and facilitate challenges and modifications to projects.
Open to all students years 1-8 with payment of a yearly materials fee.
A “Makerspace” is a place designed for open ended learning and creating. Students are invited to learn through hands-on experimentation and to develop skills including, but not limited to: design, construction, electronics, textile crafts, engineering and programming. Use is in line with the Montessori values of individual initiative, autonomy, and lateral teaching/learning among students. Adults are present to maintain order and safety in the space while providing support for students’ self-directed learning.
Open to all Middle School Students (7th-8th years)
The Montessori Model United Nations Program was created to be a simulation of an actual UN General Assembly, including committees made up of students acting as delegates. Student representatives from spend the first part of the year researching a selected country so that they can represent that country at UN General Assembly over the course of 3 days in NYC. Costs and Schedules will be sent home prior to the beginning of the school year.
The Junior Orchestra is open to all students year 1 – 8 who have had at least one year of lessons in brass, woodwinds, or string instruments. The Junior Orchestra performs two concerts throughout the school year (winter and spring) as well as other events such as Middle School graduation.
The Chamber Orchestra performs two concerts throughout the school year (winter and spring) as well as other events such as Middle School graduation. Students must audition for the Chamber Orchestra.
Open to all students in years 1 – 8. No previous running experience is necessary. Club will meet from Feb – May.
The Running Club is designed to introduce kids to the joys of running. The club will meet once a week beginning in February and culminating in participation in the Waldwick 5K in May.
Open to all students years 6 – 8, the co-ed Volleyball program consists of both Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. The teams practice every day at lunchtime from October through March for their games against other private and public schools in the area.
Taught by our very own Kimberly DeLoreto, who is also a certified adult, children’s and special needs yoga instructor. She incorporates mindfulness into her teaching and hopes to create peace, happiness and joy in the lives of children.