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Selection of After School Programs and Activities Includes Choices From Sports to Music and More


n the seemingly non-stop age of high tech that surrounds us today, opportunities for “real” face-toface, hand-to-hand, palpable activities are very important. This is especially true for the youngest among us, who so are so often reluctant to look up from their latest

electronic device. Thus — what strategies can be proposed that will appeal to their curiosity and enthusiasm to get them out and about? The opportunities for after school activities, including individual and group

programs, ranging from sports to music and more, are many and varied in the Princeton area. Programs that are engaging, entertaining, and challenging are those most likely to tempt kids away from the myriad of high tech gadgets that appear so irresistible.

Variety of Sports Sports, of course! And, guaranteed to pique their curiosity, spark their interest, and encourage participation is the new Centercourt Club & Sports Center in Lawrence. Opened this past winter, it LEARN MULTIPLICATION is one of seven Centercourt facilities in New Jersey. It BY TAP DANCING! offers 100,000 square feet within a domed building, and specializes in a variety of sports, including boys’ and men’s lacrosse, girls’ and women’s lacrosse, youth and adult field hockey, youth and adult soccer, and youth and adult ninja warrior training. THIRD AND FOURTH GRADERS Other sports are scheduled to be added to the yearCAN LEARN MULTIPLICATION round program. “Our mission at CenterBY TAP DANCING! court is to facilitate an environment that nurtures the your student sitting all day? Learn about our research based growth and developmentTired of having of every athlete on and off integrated arts aprogram. Is homework always struggle? the playing field,” explains K. Sandy Leighton, general manager of Centercourt at Your student learn mathexplored through •Concepts of will multiplication Lawrence. a research based integrated arts through movement. Originally established in program. 1974, Centercourt Club & •Designed to reinforce NJ Student Sports has become a leadLearning Standards in Math. Learn by doing! er in sports programming for athletes of all ages and abilities. Its year-round, allContact: • Concepts  of  multiplication  explored  through  movement.   weather sports are a big attraction, whether for ath(609) 497-2100 ext.332 letes training for an event or • Designed   to  reinforce  NJ  Student  Learning     Continued on Next Page Standards  in  Math.  

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an important priority of The New School for Music Study, and Ms. Pennington offers “10 Tips for Supporting Your Child’s Music Lessons.” Ten Tips “As we prepare for the new school year, parents often are looking for ways to best help their child to be successful in music lessons,” said Ms. Pennington. “Your support and encouragement is so important in your child’s success at the piano. Here are 10 tips for supporting your child’s music lessons: 1. Be a cheerleader. Learning an instrument takes a lot of time, patience, and hard work. It is a long process. Celebrate small milestones along the way, and make sure your child always knows how much you love hearing him or her play. 2 . U t i l i z e te c h n o l o g y (Skype, FaceTime, video Continued on Next Page



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tournament, beginners looking to learn a new skill and have fun, and for all those in between. “Lacrosse, field hockey, and ninja warrior training are especially popular at Lawrence,” reports Mr. Leighton. “Our new state-of-the-art facility and its full-time coaching and mentoring staff are featuring exciting and innovative fall programs in boys’ lacrosse, girls’ lacrosse, field hockey, ninja warrior training, and soccer.” The facility also offers strength and conditioning and physical therapy spaces, and future plans include outdoor facilities on the center’s 24-acre campus. Formative Years Mr. Leighton is pleased with the Lawrence location, and is encouraged by the enthusiastic response in the area. “We see that families place a strong emphasis on sports as an outlet for their children’s energy, and focus on the strong attributes that being part of a program, team, or competition can endow in an individual during their formative years.” Currently, participants register for individual programs, he adds, but eventually a membership program will be available. “As we expand our campus, the future of this facility could adopt a European Sports Club model, where the campus is a one-stop for an individual’s or family’s sporting and physical fitness needs.” Making Music In addition to sports, one of the most popular programs for school children

is music. Leaning to play an instrument, joining a band or orchestra, studying voice, or singing in a choir, students experience the unforgettable pleasure of making music. Piano has always been one of the favorite musical choices for kids, and Princeton’s New School for Music Study has a long history of offering exceptional opportunities for piano exploration. Founded in 1960 by Frances Clark and Louise Goss, the school offers lessons and classes for all ages and levels of ability. Currently, 250 students are enrolled, and are instructed by an expert faculty of 15 teachers. “In lessons, students explore a variety of musical genres, as well as performing in a variety of recitals and assessments throughout the year,” explains Rebecca Mergen Pennington, the school’s administrative director. “Students also enjoy building friendships through their group classes, and a common goal of the school is transforming lives through music.” Experienced Pianists Every program of study includes both individual and group lessons, and all members of the faculty are highly educated and experienced pianists, she adds. The programs offered include classes for kindergartners, an elementary program for young beginners, an intermediate/advanced program, as well as lessons for adults at all levels, and the Program for Excellence in Piano Study. Ensuring that the schoolage students enjoy their music lessons and perform to the best of their ability is

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frustrations due to the instrument. Is the piano in tuned? Do the pedals work properly?” Beauty and Richness For students interested in other forms of musical expression, many options are available, including discovering the beauty and richness of stringed instruments. Study of the violin, viola, and cello is offered at the Princeton String Academy. With two locations — in Princeton and West Windsor — the academy focuses on classical music, with instruction for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

“Our students are at all levels, from beginners to precollege music conservatory applicants,” explains Lindsay Porter Diehl, the academy’s marketing director. “We have students for many years, who continue with us from elementary school age through high school. We currently have 125 students and five instructors.” Princeton String Academy offers a natural learning environment, where students are encouraged to enjoy the learning experience and reach their potential, she points out. “We use the Suzuki teaching method for our young students. They really enjoy our group or ensemble classes. They play together

in groups and have a fun time socializing, getting to know other students, and playing together in practice and performance. “They also really enjoy our Dalcroze Eurythmic classes that involve singing, rhythm, and movement to the music. Students enjoy performing at our recitals, and get a real sense of accomplishment from moving through our program.” Multiple Recitals Lessons are typically a half-hour, with 45-minute or hour sessions for advanced students. “We have a very high level teaching staff with advanced music degrees and strong performance back-

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ntroducing and reinforcing healthy eating habits for students is increasingly a part of many school programs today. Providing healthier choices for school lunches and snacks has become a priority as excessive weight gain is an issue for

numerous students, with its possible risk of accompanying health problems. The Waldorf School of Princeton offers a unique program that provides students with a special way to learn about better nutrition. Its gardening program,

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which is part of the school curriculum, has been a significant feature of the school since its beginning. O p e n e d i n 1983, t h e s ch o ol e n rol ls s t u d e nt s f rom bir t h t h rough t h e eighth grade. The garden remains a very important part of the Waldorf experience, explains Jamie Quirk, the school’s admissions and marketing director. “Our gardening program is a key feature of our grade school curriculum, and is often integrated with various academic subjects, such as biology and history. We believe we have the oldest school garden in the Princeton area. Students of all ages help prepare and maintain the garden, plant and harvest a wide variety of crops, and use what they har vest in crafts as well as food preparation. Our school also works with local organizations, such as

“The Lewis School was very supportive of me both as a student and as an athlete. My teachers believed in me all the way. It was a great experience. The Lewis School provided such a special and personalized way of learning that helped me to understand my learning differences and build confidence. The skills I developed at Lewis allowed me to maintain a B average at the University of Southern California, something that I would never have dreamed prior to attending Lewis.”

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the Trenton Soup Kitchen and Cornerstone Community Kitchen, donating our produce to nourish those in need.” Garden Curriculum The one-acre organic garden contains eight different sections, including 20 different kinds of vegetables, and 15 species of herbs, as well as native species, flowers, and apple trees. K a l e, as p ar ag u s, g r e e n beans, tomatoes, peppers, corn, strawberries, mint, basil, and broomcorn (for making brooms) are some of the garden specialties. “This is my classroom!” says gardening teacher Suzanne Cunningham. “All the children take part in some way, and the formal garden curriculum starts in the third grade. Each grade has a different commitment, and it is integrated into their studies. For example, they may be studying ancient herbal medicine, and we’ll look at the different herbs.” Even the youngest children participate, helping

to plant seeds and bulbs and caring for the garden. Second graders plant, sow, and transplant. Students in the upper grades each have a gardening class one day a week for an hour and a half. The curriculum includes measuring the garden and plowing with an antique plow, learning how to use hand tools to turn over the soil, weed, and plant. “We have also established a new garden, which includes milkweed and edible berries,” reports Ms. Cunningham. “We are also a butterfly way station (the butterflies eat milkweed) and a certified wildlife habitat. We’re a good place for butterflies and bald eagles, among others.” The students enjoy eating what they harvest from the garden,” adds Ms. Quirk. “‘Gifts from the garden’ appear throughout the students’ snacks, from fresh mint for their tea to herbs and veggies for the pizzas they make, to the ingredients

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for freshly made pesto and salsa.” Great Lesson “The kids really do enjoy eating what they plant,” agrees Ms. Cunningham. “This is what they like best. We also create things here that they can take home, including baked goods. We cook over a camp stove.” Not sur pr isingly, t hey don’t care as much for the weeding and maintenance, but as she points out, “This is all good. The kids see the entire process, that it’s real and takes work and time. It’s not instant gratification. The garden is a great lesson for them. They learn how the weather and pests all affect the garden and that some plants don’t live. We don’t use spraying or pesticides, but use manual removal of pests.” Garden activities are essentially year-round, she notes. “Mostly in the fall, they’re fertilizing, and things are still growing from fall into December. We also do some planting in the fall to harvest in the spring, and bulbs are planted in the fall.” Ms. Quirk points out that the Waldorf education is about the development of the “whole child.” “Healthy eating is suppor ted and modeled during the school day, and teachers frequently share resources with parents to educate them further on the important role nutrition plays in fostering an optimal learning environment.” Cooking is a favorite afterschool program, she adds, and there is also a summer camp focusing on garden activities. “In my opinion, a garden at school is the perfect outdoor classroom — a laboratory for exploring a lesson, a place to learn from one’s mistakes, an opportunity to work hard and see the fruits of one’s labor. It’s a space in which to build community, to better understand the land and the living things around us.” In addition, Ms. Cunningham points out that food waste from lunches and snacks is put into the compost, which is then eventually recycled back into the garden. Another intriguing feature of Waldorf’s commitment to our natural world is its “green” roof over the main building, she reports. “This helps with rain water management, provides insulation, and gives us another green space.” Everything about the Waldorf garden is a learning experience, with the added benefit of providing the students with healthy eating options — that they have truly seen emerge and develop from start to finish. Farm-to-School Another school-focused healthy eating program is, operated by Alexander Cardona. Headquartered in Princeton, this is a new farm-to-school program in which Mr. Cardona serves as a liaison between area farmers and schools and other markets. “I work with farmers in the area and help them find customers and markets, including schools,” he explains. “We also arrange to have farmers visit the schools and talk with the students about Continued on Next Page

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the farming experience, the far m -to -table cycle, and provide information about healthy eating. The program also allows farmers to post an online profile including their history, products, and offer online orders. “We have found that the educational component is critical because it helps raise awareness of the deeprooted issues with our food system and the impact to our health, while also helping compensate far mers during the off-season, and building relationships with them. If we can successfully connect with the youth, it’s win-win-win for them, their families, and the farmers.” Local Ingredients Mr. Cardona works with farmers in central New Jersey, and he is a member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. He is currently working with the Princeton Montessori School, connecting it with farmers from the Cherry Valley Co-op, and he serves as chair of the Farm-to-School Committee. Continued on Next Page




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“We provide information regarding recipes for healthy foods with local ingredients, and I take pictures of healthy meals, made with local ingredients, that we prepare for our kids. “I also participate in national conferences, such as the Northeast Organic

Farmering Association, and bring back ideas on programs that other schools are doing to initiate healthy lunch programs while nurturing relationships with local farmers. We are also partners with the National Far m -to - School Net work (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture), where we have access to resources at the national level.

We leverage these resources to enrich our farm-to-school initiatives locally with the Princeton Montessori School, and eventually will expand to other schools.” Mr. Cardona is encouraged with the success of 47farms. com, and sees opportunities for future growth. “As busy parents, we understand the challenge of

finding healthy and convenient meal options for our children. As a result, we introduced our first farm-toschool program in Princeton, and look forward to bringing healthy food options sourced directly from local farmers to more schools.” For f ur t her infor mat ion, v i s it t h e web s ite : —Jean Stratton

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