After School Programs

After School Clubs

The learning and exploration continues! Enhance your child’s academic, creative, and scientific experience by registering your Lower School student for an After School Club. Clubs are open to all Lower School Students and begin the week of September 18, 2018. Each club will run for one hour, one day per week from 3:15 pm 4:15 pm. Any child enrolled in a club is welcome to remain at school, in the extended day program between LS Dismissal and 3:15 pm. 

After School Clubs fill fast so register soon!
Please contact April Buscher with any Extended Day questions or Cassie Abodeely regarding registration.

Fall 2018 Offerings

Coding 1 spot remaining
When: 6 Mondays: September 24; October 1, 15, 22, 29; November 5
Grades: Pre-K & K
Jen Kunkel, Brimmer Technology Department
Fee: $140
Working with KIBO robots, children in grades Pre - K and K will learn basic concepts of computational thinking, design materials that incorporate KIBO, and have entirely too much fun. KIBO is a robotics construction set geared towards students in early childhood through a collaboration between MIT and Tufts University. While also used in the classroom, this activity will allow students to work on extended projects in a smaller setting.
Book Making & Writing
When: 8 Thursdays: September 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 8, 15, 29
Grades: 2 – 5
Kenley Smith, Upper School English Department
Fee: $200 (includes materials fee)
Books can be anything! In this club we will learn how to make a book, including binding, writing, editing, and illustrating. The main project will be for the student to write, edit, and illustrate his or her story, and then to make a book that fits that story based on shape, color, and design. Did you write a story about a journey? Then maybe your book should be in the shape of a door and require a key to open it. Or, maybe it's a backpack book that you can wear. Come and join the book makers!
Mini Mathematicians Space is limited
When: 6 Mondays: September 24; October 1, 15, 22, 29; November 5
Grades: 1 - 3
Teacher: Rupa Houndegla, Upper School Math Department
Fee: $140
This is the club for children interested in enhancing their math skills outside of the classroom. Whether it’s a walk around campus exploring geometry in nature or using grains to illustrate computation in action, this club will foster your child’s love for math. We will introduce new strategies and solve problems. The club will focus on number sense, operations and computations, patterns, money, time, geometry topics, graphs, and more.
Cooking (older)
When: 7 Tuesdays: September 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Grades: 2 - 5
Teacher: Brimmer Chef Michael Sconce
Fee: $165 (includes materials fee)
Kids, come get your hands deliciously dirty with Brimmer’s own Chef Michael Sconce. From snazzy snacks to basic baking, your child will have fun in the kitchen while learning about nutrition and basic cooking techniques. All products are nut-free (please contact Cassie with further allergy related questions).
Mini Cooks Sold Out
When: 3 Tuesdays: November 27; December 4, 11
Grades: Pre-K - 1
Teacher: Brimmer Chef Michael Sconce
Fee: $65
Join us in this Cooking Club for our youngest chefs: Pre-K, K and 1st graders welcome. Chef Michael Sconce (head chef at Brimmer) will be teaching students to experiment with different foods, and methods of cooking food. All products are nut-free (please contact Cassie Abodeely with further allergy related questions).
Forest Explorers
When: 8 Tuesdays: September 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6
Grades: 1 – 4
Teacher: Sarah Murray, Brimmer Grade 1 Teacher
Fee: $200
“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir
Less than a mile from Brimmer, Houghton Garden is a ten-acre fenced wild garden with paths that wind around a stream and a small pond. Rain or shine, children and teachers will walk to Houghton Garden and spend time exploring, relaxing, playing, and learning in nature. With our philosophy adapted from the European Forest School model, children will experience sensory-based learning opportunities in our natural environment. There will be a balance of child-led and teacher-directed activities geared toward the ages and interests of the group.
Asian Culture Club
When: 10 Mondays: Sept. 17, 24; Oct. 1, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 26; Dec. 3, 10
Grades: 3 – 5
Teacher: Yuhong Jia, Brimmer Mandarin Teacher
Fee: $230
The goal of the club is to cultivate students’ interests in exploring Asian cultures, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Indian cultures. Students will participate in cultural activities such as celebrating Asian holidays, using chopsticks, practicing calligraphy, making origami, and studying martial arts. We will also have the opportunity to cook and taste Asian foods like: dumplings, sushi, and bubble milk tea.
Garden Gurus Space is limited
When: 6 Wednesdays: Sept. 12, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24
Grades: 1 – 4
Teacher: Janet Sweezey, Brimmer Grade 3 Teacher
Fee: $140
Come join us in the Brimmer Garden this fall. We'll plant, weed, water, compost and do a range of fun projects in the garden. Be prepared to get dirty!
Chess Club Sold Out
When: 8 Thursdays: September 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 8, 15, 29
Grades: 1 - 5
Teacher: Don Reese, Upper School Humanities Department
Fee: $160
Learn to play or hone your skills. Join us for an hour of Chess with Upper School Faculty member Don Reese. Face off against your peers and learn the art and skill involved in Chess. 

Imagine and Move
When: 10 Wednesdays: Sept. 12, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24; Nov. 7, 14, 28; Dec. 5
Grades: Pre-K- Grade 2
Teacher: Brenda Callahan
Fee: $120 (for those not enrolled in Extended Day; included in fees for Extended Day enrollees)

Returning to Brimmer with her unique program, Brenda Callahan will brighten each hour using various instruments and noise-making items blending music, play, movement, and joy!

I’ve Got Science on the Brain!
When: 6 Tuesdays: November 6, 13, 27; December 4, 11, 18
Grades: 2 – 5 
Teacher: Dr. April Inniss
Fee: $180
Join Dr. April Inniss, founder and creator of Eek MD for Mini Medical School where students are introduced to how doctors think and solve problems, and graduate with Mini MDs. In this 6 week club, students become medical sleuths and use their detective skills to help their patient who may have a concussion. Students come away with an appreciation for the brain (a true powerhouse organ!), and why it’s important to protect it with a helmet during certain sports and activities. Click here for more information.


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Cassie Abodeely
Director of Auxiliary Programming

69 Middlesex Road
Chestnut Hill, MA  02467