CRES Before and After School Activities 

Class Descriptions  |  Winter Schedule


Winter BASA Programs - Classes BEGIN the week of Jan. 8-12


  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

8:00-9:00 AM

 3D Design & Print

Design Squad Jr.


Bears & Bulls
1st Hot Cocoa Stand


Coder Kids


Design Squad Global


4:15-5:15 PM

Lego Robotics 
Theater Act/Improv
Young Chefs

Chess (until 5:45pm)
Sports Spectacular

Art: Acrylics
Coder Kids

A.S. Investigators
Art: Acrylics
Escape the Box







Winter Registration Now Open

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Fall registration runs Sept 10-23 (Classes run between Sept. 1 - Dec. 1*)

Winter registration runs Dec 1-14 (Classes run between Jan.8 - Mar. 19*)

Spring registration runs March 13-24 (Classes run between Apr. 3 - Jun. 1*)

*Actual end date depends on the length of the session (6-, 8-, and 10-class sessions are offered) 


See below for a full description of all Fall, Winter, and Spring Classes



 If the class you want is full, click here to join the waiting list for an additional section. 
If we have enough students interested, we'll try to add additional classes.


Class Descriptions

3D Design and Printing 

Mondays 8:00-9:00a (Winter)

CRES Instructor: Ms. Blackwell | $150 for 8 sessions
Learn firsthand how 3D modeling and printing works! Students will learn how to design on a three dimensional plane and how to print at least two scale 3D models of their own visions to take home. Grades 5-6.


After School Investigators 

Thursdays 4:15-5:15p (Winter, Spring)

CRES Instructors: Mr. Cat, Ms. Hausman | $115 for 6 sessions
This program is based on a wildly popular Ravencon workshop (Murder Mystery Tea) developed by Cat Investigates. Students will be challenged to solve a weekly mystery with interactive clues. Each mystery will contain classic elements of speculative fiction. Students will use (or acquire) knowledge of history, math and the sciences in each challenge. Some tasks may involve use of technology that paranormal investigators use while teaching students practical usage of light and sound lessons. Grades 4-6.


Art - Acrylics Painting

Wednesdays & Thursdays 4:15-5:15p (Winter)

Instructor: Ms. Katerina Perfilieva | $195 for 10 sessions
Students will use acrylics to explore color theory, discuss contemporary art, develop abilities to see and to express feelings through abstract art and experiment with realistic paintings. Students learn brush stroke techniques unique to this media. Grades 3-6.


Art - Drawing From Nature

Mondays 4:15-5:15p (Spring)

CRES Instructors: Ms. Chadwell, Mr. Cat, Ms. Blackwell | $155 for 8 sessions
Springtime is for Art! Young artists will head outdoors to learn to translate real life into 2-dimensions. Students will make and use viewfinders to learn about composition and scale. They will learn how various artists use pencil, ink and charcoal to make great works of art. A full set of materials is provided for students to keep for their ongoing masterpieces. Grades K-6.


Art – Pastels 

Wednesdays & Thursdays 4:15-5:15p (Spring)

Instructor: Ms. Katerina Perfilieva | $170 for 8 sessions
Students will explore the messy but wonderful use of soft pastels in their artwork. Our artists will stretch their use of line and layers. They will dare to let go of control and “fix” the elements of still life, landscapes and abstract art. Grades 3-6.


Art – Watercolors

Wednesdays & Thursdays 4:15-5:15p (Fall)

Instructor: Ms. Katerina Perfilieva | $195 for 10 sessions
This class will give the students an opportunity to compare two wonderful media: watercolor and acrylic paints.  Kids will be introduced to the media, their techniques and applications, while creating original work based upon themes each week. We will have a flexible approach to the given themes depending on the group strength and its dynamic. Students will have the opportunity to improve their skills in a small group (10 kids is maximum capacity for this class) and enhance their appreciation for various elements of art and the art world (e.g. color, texture, perspective, etc.). Grades 3-6.


Authors and Illustrators

Wednesdays 4:15-5:15p (Spring)

CRES Instructors: Ms. Scarboro (K-2), Mr. Bittner (3-6) | $135 for 6 sessions
Kids will author and illustrate their own books! The class will learn to construct and edit a full storyline. They will learn creative ways to use composition, text and pictures to emphasize different parts of a story. This class is based on the 826NYC curriculum for creative and expository writing skills. It is founded on a belief that great leaps in learning can happen with 1-on-1 attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Printed books may be displayed in the CRES library. Grades K-6.



Budding Entrepreneurs

Fridays 8:00-9:00a (Fall)

Instructor: Spark Business Academy | $176 for 8 sessions  
If you are a budding entrepreneur who loves Shark Tank, this class is for you!  In this dynamic class, you will learn what it takes to launch your own business as you explore such disciplines as strategy, marketing, and finance.  Students will develop their own mini business plans and practice how to pitch their business ideas, building self-confidence in the process.  Topics include the formula for a successful business, the 3 Ps (passion, perseverance and problem-solving), learning from failures and how to raise funding. Grades 4-6.


Bulls & Bears Stock Market Game

Wednesdays 8:00-9:00a (Winter)

Instructor: Spark Business Academy | $176 for 8 sessions. 

Learn how investors make (and lose) money in the stock market and how to start investing successfully at a young age!  Students will use a cool stock-trading simulation tool with real-time market data to select a $10,000 stock portfolio and analyze performance over time, “learning by doing.”  Students are encouraged to bring their own computer or iPad to access the online tools.  Grades 4-6.


Chess Club

Tuesdays 4:15-5:45p (2 sessions spanning Fall-Winter,Winter-Spring) 

Instructor: Mr. David Mehler | $210 for 16 sessions
Coach Mehler returns to coach the CRES Chess Club. This club is offered in two 16-class sessions, every Tuesday that school is in session. Students move from learning the basics of chess to a variety of competition levels with their peers. Several tournaments will be offered throughout the year. All levels of experience welcome. Please note this class that runs until 5:45pm. Session I runs 9/26-1/30. Session II runs from 2/6-5/29 (register in December with Winter classes). Grades 2-6.


Coder Kids

Wednesdays 4:15-5:15p or Thursdays 8:00-9:00a (Fall, Winter, Spring)

Instructor: Coder Kids | $160 for 8 sessions

Wednesday PM ideal for Grades K-2 (no coding experience needed);
Thursdays AM ideal for Grades 3-6 (Scratch & Minecraft).

CoderKids lays the foundation for exploratory learning in computer science and uses 3 platforms based on experience and interest:


Intro to Coding (Offered only on Wednesdays): Our youngest Coder Kids learn the basic principles of algorithmic thinking and problem solving through Kodable, a fun and innovative visual programming app that helps children build a strong foundation for their coding journey. No coding experience necessary, Ideal for Grades K-4


Scratch/ Minecraft/Java (Offered on both Wednesdays and Thursdays) Kids can choose among three platforms: (1) Using Scratch, program designed by MIT and Harvard to help children learn to code, kids will learn design, implement and test their own animations, stories and games; (2) Using Java, CoderKids will create Minecraft mods to personalize their Minecraft worlds. Ideal for Grades 3-6.



Wednesdays 8:00-9:00a (Fall, Winter, Spring)

CRES Instructor: Ms. Matthews | $90 for 6 sessions
Mix learning a lifelong skill with service learning. Students select a personal project of interest - a scarf, blanket, or other decorative craft - while also participating in community donation of blankets. Students will learn the basic crochet stitches, common motifs and patterns as they plan their own creations to bring home. Grades 3-6.


Debate Club

Wednesdays 4:15-5:15p (Winter)

Instructor:  Fairfax Collegiate | $145 for 8 sessions
This club introduces students to parliamentary debate. Debate topics are both challenging and directly relevant to students. The rule structure begins less rigid than standard parliamentary debate rules before the students move into formal debates. Group exercises develop public speaking, critical reasoning, argument construction, rebuttal, and evidence presentation skills. Students with any level of debate experience are welcome to join. Grades 4-6.


Design Squad Global (Plus Design Squad Jr.)

Tuesdays or Fridays 8:00-9:00a (Fall, Winter, Spring)

CRES Instructor: Ms. Blackwell, Ms. Allen, Ms. McIlhenney | $95 for 6 sessions
This STEM inspired program sparks the inventive spirit of kids to “Invent It, Build It.” In six hands-on challenges, this course teaches students to think creatively about how invention improves our lives and can help build a better world. Past inventions included a confetti launcher, a get moving game, a harmless holder, a speedy shelter, and a convenient carrier. The class culminates in at least one online working session with their global partner team from another country. Students will see first-hand how the CRES partner teams approached the same challenges and will have an opportunity to ask and answer questions of their international partners. Historically, CRES was matched with teams from Malawi, Jordan, Vietnam, Botswana or Australia. Tuesday AM (DSG Junior) for Grades K-2; Friday AM (DSG) for Grades 2-6.


Escape the Box

Thursdays 4:15-5:15p (Winter)

CRES Instructor: Ms. Allen | $85 for 6 sessions.  

These small classes (2-6 students) allow students to think critically and creatively to break a code and unlock a mystery box.  Students will untangle different math and science-based clues each week.  Emphasis is placed on strategy, game theory and decision-making.  Grades 2-6.


Fencing for Young Jedi

Fridays 4:15-5:15p (Winter, Spring)

Instructor: Fencers Club | $165 for 7 sessions
Classes are conducted in the discipline of epee.  Students will focus on the fundamentals of fencing including footwork, handwork, strategy and rules of fencing.  Classes will include group exercises as well as drills in pairs and bouting.  Age-appropriate games and activities build on conditioning, speed and endurance and also emphasize critical thinking and quick decision-making.  At the end, a tournament will be held at Nova Fencing Club using electric fencing equipment.  All levels of experience are welcome.  Grades 1-6.



Indonesian Arts and Crafts

Day/ Time TBD (Spring)

Instructor: Indonesian Embassy | $150 for the full day
CRES is working with the Indonesian Embassy to develop a workshop focused on classic Indonesian arts. Students will spend the bulk of their time learning Batik, a method (originally used in Java) of producing colored designs on textiles by dyeing them, having first applied wax to the parts to be left undyed. Students will also have the opportunity to make a traditional facemask (Topeng) and a Shadow Puppet (Wayang) Workshop. Teachers will also touch upon how music, harmony and teamwork are part of this beautiful culture. Students may have a chance to listen or play Angklung, a set of Indonesian musical instruments made of bamboo. Grades 1-6.


Lego Robotics Club - EV3

Mondays 4:15-5:15p (Fall, Winter, Spring)

Instructor: Fairfax Collegiate | $195 for 8 sessions
This club focuses on LEGO's EV3 robotics platform. Students design, construct, and program their robots to perform in sensor-based challenges, as well as robotic competitions. Initial student projects include hill climbing, beacon retrieval, color sensor navigation, and robot combat. Advanced programming and more complex robotics tasks are available for students ready for additional challenges. Students with any level of robotics experience are welcome to join. Grades 3-6

Lego Robotics Club - WeDo

Mondays 4:15-5:15p (Fall, Winter, Spring)

Instructor: Fairfax Collegiate | $195 for 8 sessions
WeDo Robotics introduces young students to simple robotics systems. Students will build Lego models with functional motors and sensors, and learn how to control them with basic programming skills. Through a variety of tasks and activities, students get a chance to learn and gain confidence with simple robotics skills before moving on to more advanced concepts. Grades K-3.


My First Hot Cocoa Stand 

Wednesdays 8:00-9:00a (Winter)

Instructor: Spark Business Academy | $176 for 8 sessions. 

Come learn how to make yummy cocoa and how to earn money selling it!  A hot cocoa stand is a great way to introduce our youngest entrepreneurs to the world of business and it’s fun!  From designing marketing flyers to estimating profits to experimenting with recipes, young students will have fun while engaging in enriching, multi-disciplinary activities with a lasting developmental impact.  Grades K-3.


Math Counts

Thursdays 4:15-5:15p (Fall-Winter, one-time enrollment in the Fall)

Instructors: H. Zhang and T. Bhatia | $150 for 15 sessions
MATHCOUNTS at CRES is a math enrichment program for 6th graders that provides the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers. Mathcounts Competition Series is a national program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement and provides exposure to competition math. Coaches cover concepts ranging from: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability, quadratics, number theory and more. Students will also imitate the 4 levels of competition through Sprint, Target, Team and Countdown rounds. After winter break and the selection of CRES’ MATHCOUNTS Competition Team, the program will split into 2 groups for the remaining 5 classes: Group 1 will focus on strengthening CRES’ Competition Team’s skills as they prepare for the Chapter Competition in February, and Group 2 will continue to do "warm up", "work out" exercises and mock MATHCOUNTS tests to help strengthen their competition math skills. Note: Registration only in Fall only (classes continue into Winter Session). Grade 6.


Pottery Around the World:  Where Art History Meets Pottery

Fridays 4:15-5:15p (Winter)

Instructor: Jimmy Potters Mobile Studio & Workshop | $235 for 8 sessions.  Students will learn about cultures around the world while they create beautiful projects inspired by that country.  From Russian Faberge eggs to Japanese cherry blossom plates, students will create and glaze their own clay creations, traveling the world one masterpiece at a time.  The projects are fun and creative and will be taught by accomplished artists/teachers.  No prior experience is required.  More challenging work will be assigned to students with previous experience.  Grades 1-6.


Run Club

Thursdays 8:15-9:00a (Fall, Spring)

CRES Instructors: Ms. Abernathy, Ms. Seiler, Ms. Bunch | $150 for 8 sessions
Come join the fun as Ms. Bunch, Ms. Abernathy, and Ms. Seiler return for another season of run club! The kids work with coaches to build perseverance and see first-hand how practice makes them better. Bring the whole family to join or cheer on their achievement at an official 5K race. Grades 3-6.



Fridays 4:15-5:15p (Fall, Winter, Spring)

Instructor: Eugenia Williams | $145 for 7 weeks (Fall), $165 for 8 weeks (Winter, Spring)
Students will be offered a very enjoyable and relaxing way to learn the very basics of Spanish, to the extent needed, including learning basic communication skills and topics, such as greetings, introducing oneself and others, weather, numbers, alphabet, colors, foods, countries, music, dances, etc. with more extended vocabulary and some "brush strokes" of culture.  Students already able to do this will enhance their knowledge by beginning to learn about and report on a small topic out of a sample provided.  At the end of the class, students will be able to engage in short conversations and reflections.  For the final class, students may pick a Spanish-speaking country and present a few cultural facts on it through writing/reading/speaking. No prior Spanish required. The instructor is a native of Spain and retiree from the Embassy of Spain. Grades 1-6.
Sports Spectacular

Tuesdays 4:15-5:15p (Winter, Spring) - a second class may be added on Thursdays based on demand

Instructor: Overtime Athletics | $120 or 8 sessions
Overtime Athletics returns to CRES with a variety sports program featuring Basketball, Soccer, Flag Football, Kickball, Capture the Flag, Wiffle Ball, Bump and Bite, Knights and Dragons, Numbers Game, Tag Games, Safe Base and MORE! OTA covers all the bases with their emphasis on teamwork, sportsmanship, and fitness. Grades K-6.


Theater, Acting & Improv

Mondays 4:15-5:15p (Winter)

Instructor: Acting for Young People | $95 for 6 sessions

Actors of all ages are encouraged to use their imagination!  


Acting 101:  Younger students will be introduced to the building blocks of acting and theater.  Students will learn a variety of acting styles, methods, theories and techniques.  All of our young actors will participate in a final presentation on the last day of class.  Grades 1-3.


Improv:  Older students will use improv to create short scenes, situations, and characters.  Students will engage in creative thinking games and activities while focusing on listening and teamwork.  While thinking on their feet, these actors will be laughing on the floor.  Session will culminate in a sharing of improv games and exercises.  Grades 4-6. 


Theater for Young Readers

Thursdays 8:00-9:00a (Spring)

CRES Instructor: Ms. Baker, Ms. McIlhenney | $120 for 6 sessions
This class provides a theatre option for our youngest actors and actresses. Students will memorize parts, design costumes and produce sets for a predetermined play. The 6-sessions will culminate in a short play for parents. Grades K-2.



Mondays 4:15-5:15p (Winter)
Instructor: Mr. Bittner, Miss. Ball | $120 for 8 sessions.  Yoga is a fantastic way for your child to unwind after a long school day!  In this hour-long yoga class, students will improve their flexibility, strength, coordination, and also promote balance and relaxation.  Grades 2-6.


Young Chefs

Mondays 4:15-5:15p (Winter, Spring)

CRES Instructor: Ms. Javaid | $145 for 7 sessions
Sometimes the trick to getting your children to eat healthy is to teach them to cook by themselves. Students learn to fix their own healthy after-school snacks as well as develop their quantitative skills through recipe measurements. Students will also learn proper food handling techniques as well as food conservation methods. Each week they will add a new recipe and shopping list to their personal cookbooks. Grades 3-6.


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