Rashi’s After School programs and camps provide enriching programming for your student beyond school hours, on teacher professional development days, parent/teacher conference days, and during “gap weeks” after school lets out in June.

About Our Program

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  • The Core Program

    Rashi's After School program is for students in grades K-8 and is offered Monday through Thursday from 3:00 - 6:00 PM.

    Creative Works and Organized Sports & Games

    Creative Works is a free-choice environment where students transition from the structure of the school day to a creative space where they can unwind. Every day features a mini lesson focusing on timely subjects. Students can relax and explore their own interests or be part of a group activity.

    Organized Sports and Games create a positive atmosphere for enhancing confidence, team building, and sportsmanship. We offer a variety of indoor and outdoor activities each day depending on the season.

    Study Hall
    Study Hall gives students a supportive, supervised environment in which to do homework, work in groups, or complete long-term assignments. Students in grades 3-8 are expected to attend Study Hall before heading to other activities unless they are registered for an elective. After homework is done, students are welcome to join Creative Works or Organized Sports & Games.

    Homework Club
    For students who would like extra help with specific homework assignments, Rashi’s learning specialists offer Homework Club on certain days of the week. (Click here to learn about other services offered to students in need of support.)
  • Electives

    We offer a rotating selection of enriching After School electives like Lego robotics, Drama, Puddlestompers, Martial Arts, and Israeli Dancing, to name a few. Electives are offered from 3:15 - 4:15 PM or 3:30 - 4:30 PM. Additionally, Lower and Middle School Drama is offered from 3:15 - 5:20 PM.
  • Adventure Camp

    Adventure Camp is offered to students in grades K-3 during parent/teacher conferences. Each camp runs during normal school hours (8:00 AM - 3:00 PM) and offers Organized Sports & Games and Creative Works Projects based on a specialized theme. Camps require a minimum number of 15 students.
  • Summer Theater & Arts Camp

    Rashi’s Summer Theater & Arts Camp features Venus Corriveau, our Director of After School Programming, and members of Rashi's faculty. Held in the days following the last day of school, Rashi’s Theater & Arts Camp mirrors Rashi’s integrated approach to teaching. Kids combine music, dance, theater, and art with outdoor activities to study the culture and history of another country. The program concludes with a showcase of their work.
  • Early Morning Care

    Students of all grades are welcome to spend supervised time in the gym before school begins as early as 7:30 AM.

The Winter Program

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  • Details About the Winter Program

    Winter Dates
    Monday: January 6 - March 30
    Tuesday: January 7 – March 31
    Wednesday: January 8 – March 25
    Thursday: January 2 – March 26
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  • Monday Electives

    Grades K-1 | StagePlay
    Instructor: Jimmy Moonan | 3:30-4:30 | StagePlay Theatre channels a child’s natural instincts to role play and gives it a stage upon which to share that creative expression with others while learning much about themselves in the process. It is designed to provide a joyful, playful, empowering stage performance experience to bring out your child’s wondrous best. Weekly classes include the following activities: • Theatrical warm-up including tried and true theatre exercises and activities to improve fundamentals like voice projection, stage orientation and body language. • Opportunities for each child to perform in front of the group in a variety of ways, either solo or in small groups. • Games that encourage teamwork such as skits and Improvisation. • Use of props, costuming, special effects, hypoallergenic face paint (optional) and stage scenery as aids for telling stories. • Rehearsal time to prepare for our end of session Family & Friends Performance. • Marshmallow Campfire Story time: a dramatic, yummy end to each week’s work that includes a “prop” campfire and real marshmallows on a stick (A non-edible alternative such as gold coins, colored feathers – fun stuff like that – is available for those who do not want marshmallows. (Kosher marshmallows provided upon request) • Session ending StagePlay Performance & Talent Show for family and friends!

    Grades 2-5 | Martial Arts
    Instructor: Darryl Hinthorne | 3:15-4:15 | Each class will focus on hard work, discipline, and respect with the main goal of learning how to protect yourself. The classes will be filled with lots of fun and learning. Disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated. A test will be given at the end of the session and students will be promoted if they demonstrate techniques learned over the session. It is not guaranteed that all children will move up in their rank. This is taken very seriously and must be earned by students. Note: Students must wear comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes. The instructor provides students with a Rashi Martial Arts T-shirt as well as their belts, which they are tested for at the end of each session.
  • Tuesday Electives

    Grades K-2 | Pretzel Yoga
    Instructor: Kate Wood | 3:45-4:30 | Pretzel Kids incorporates traditional YOGA postures with FUN, imaginative GAMES and RELAXATION techniques. By using games, breath-work, and visualization, children naturally relax and have fun. Games are non-competitive and each child is encouraged to go at his or her own pace. By learning to appreciate what they can accomplish, children also feel comfortable with their own bodies and their unique capabilities.

    Grades 3-5 | Art & Poetry
    Instructor: Emma Ainsley and Venus Corriveau | 3:30-4:30 | Students will be exposed to a variety of poets. Through discussion, students will start to build an appreciation of poetry that they enjoy most. After researching poets and reading through poems, students will start to create visual representations of each. If students feel comfortable, they will start to create their own written poems, which they can then create visual representations for. Students will use different mediums to create their artwork which will include drawing, collage and paper arts. 
  • Wednesday Electives

    Grades K-2 | Messy Creations
    Instructor: Isabella Duchini | 3:30-4:30 | Messy creations is an art class focused on building art skills for kids K-2. Each week students will create a different piece of art inspired by a specific artist. Projects range from 2D to 3D creations and focus on building a variety of different art skills. Some projects may take place over the course of multiple weeks. Some classes will take place inside while others will be outside creating artwork inspired by the nature around them.
     
    Grade 3-5 | Mad Science
    Instructor: Carolyn Susman | 3:30-4:30 | In this elective, students will have the opportunity to learn about scientific concepts (i.e. density, oxidation, acids and bases, etc.) by carrying out hands-on experiments, such as creating invisible ink, lava lamps, volcanoes and much more. In the last few classes, we will complete an introductory coding experience where students will learn the basics of coding and have the opportunity to create a game using their code!
     
     
    Grades 3-5 | Kesem Katan (Registration is Closed for Winter)
    Instructor: Ellen Berkowitz | 3:15-4:15 | While the focus of this elective will be on performing, we also will learn modern and traditional Israeli dances that will increase each student’s Israeli dance repertoire. The students will have performance opportunities around Rashi and Newbridge. No dance or Israeli dance experience is necessary, but your child should enjoy performing and being on stage! Kesem Katan also will participate in a nationwide Israeli dance show (show, not competition) held on the MIT campus next spring. To that end, please note the following: Your child must be available to perform SUNDAY MARCH 22 (the performance is at 3pm but the kids will need to be there all day) Your child must be available for an hour rehearsal on the MIT stage on SUNDAY MARCH 15 - exact timing assigned closer to rehearsal You must commit to participating for both the fall and winter sessions - through Wednesday March 25 - no separate registration is necessary Your child must be in 3rd, 4th or 5th to participate in the fall and winter elective (2nd graders will be invited to join in the spring!) I will need 2-3 parent chaperones to help out all day on the day of the show, Sunday March 22nd. I hope to see many old dancers back as well as some new ones!!
  • Thursday Electives

    Grade K-2 | PuddleStompers
    Instructor: Helga Burre | 3:30-4:30 | PuddleStompers School and Group programs connect children in a school setting with the natural world. Hands-on activities and active movement engage young learners as they discover the mysteries of nature. Our experienced teacher naturalists adapt each lesson to what's happening right here inside and outside of our school! Additional Information: Students should wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors with the weather in mind.
     
    Grades 3-5 | Yoga with Kez
    Instructor: Keziah Furth | 3:15-4:15 | Students will work on a variety of yoga poses in a calm and relaxing environment with their peers. Yoga improves strength, flexibility and coordination. This course, for children in grades 3-5, offers these benefits and allows for a deeper sense of body awareness and anatomy, self-exploration, mindfulness, and the ability to discover inner strength and calm. With fun and focus, children will develop tools that they will be able to carry into their everyday lives.
     
    Grades 3-5 | Makers & Movers: DIY and Upcycling Projects
    Instructor: Jess Greenwald | 3:15-4:15 | Join Ms. Greenwald in transforming everyday and households objects into beautiful and homemade creations! We’ll make our own candles and bookmarks, fairy lights and pencils, paper lanterns and bookbags, and much more. If you are a creative person, interested in reducing waste, and find beauty in the ordinary, this is the class for you! No DIY or artistic experience necessary.
     
  • Athletics

    Rashi offers an extensive interscholastic sports program for students beginning in the 5th grade, in which over half of our students participate. Our student-athletes practice the skills and strategies of the season's sport and represent Rashi in a full schedule of extracurricular games vs. area independent schools.

    Fall Sports: Boys and Girls Soccer
    Winter Sports: Boys and Girls Basketball
    Spring Sports: Baseball and Softball
  • Drama

    Lower School Drama
    Bonny Goldberg, the Theater Specialist at the Rashi School, will be working with Jenny Lifson, dance specialist on the fall drama elective. In this elective students in grades 3-5 will work on basic stagecraft using excerpts from age-appropriate plays and musicals as well as working with scripts, characterizations, pantomime, and dance styles. The elective culminates in a recital.
     
     
    Middle School Drama
    Students have the option to attend 1 day* or 2 days. Cast members must attend Thursdays as the one-day option. Students registered on both days will have priority to larger parts.
    *5th Graders may register for the 1-day Thursday option for the cast, not the technical program. They must also participate in the LS Monday Drama program.
     
     
    Please contact Bonny Goldberg with questions on programming.