Congregation Beth Elohim After School Program
Congregation Beth Elohim offers children in kindergarten through sixth grade a wide variety of instructional classes and recreational activities in a safe and caring environment. We believe that each child develops at his or her own pace. Our program encourages children to express themselves and their creativity in a relaxed enjoyable atmosphere.
All program areas are supervised by highly qualified staff.The program operates on a trimester basis. Monday - Friday from 3:00 to 5:45pm (extended hours are available until 6:30 for a small additional fee)The After School Center provides a pick-up service from many neighborhood schools including: 321, 282, 154, 372, 39, Berkeley Carroll, Poly Prep, etc.
The Program :
Each day a child can choose a class from a course listing. Classes for children in kindergarten and first grade are offered from 3:30 - 4:30. They spend the next hour with a group of counselors playing active games or in a pre-school classroom. Counselors escort the children from one activity to the next and stay with them throughout their day. A supervised homework room is available to first graders.
There is a minimum 2 day registration for these grades. There is no minimum for single classes.
Courses include, cooking, computers, instructional swim, art, movement, sports, science, creative dramatics, gymnastics, karate.
Children in second through sixth grade can sign up for one class per day from our course listing. In each course the child's individual ability is emphasized from basic through more advanced skills. When the child is not participating in a class, a supervised game room, gym and homework room are available. Courses include, chess, photography, art, jewelry, dance, sports, gymnastics, computer, swim, video, theater and computer.We are one of the few after school programs to offer swimming on-site in a spacious, heated pool, as well as sports activities in a fully equipped gymnasium.
2018 Summer Camp ReviewsSummer 2018 Review: So impressive. They swim every day!!! Pure fun. Amazingly well managed, given how much they pack into a day. They go on big trips 2x/wk, which seems the perfect amount. Long day - ends at 5. Kids come home exhausted but happy. Excellent counselors. This is not a Jewish camp. Everyone is welcome. The counselors are diverse. The only Jewish things they throw in is on Fridays kids get challah and grape juice for Shabbat, and, possibly, learn one Hebrew word. Age of child: 5 and 7 What would you change about the program, if anything? Nothing
2018 Summer Camp ReviewsSummer 2018 Review: My daughter LOVED this camp. She skipped out the door every morning (not our experience with Pre-K and other camps). The counselors were engaged, energetic and warm. The camper to counselor ratio was great. It was structured but fun and the activities they offered were really well organized and all of the kids seemed to get a lot out of them. Age of child: 4 What would you change about the program, if anything? nothing!
Re: [PSP] Beansprouts or CBE?As for CBE- we were really glad when they set up at PS39 because we had no other option at the time. But they're a mixed bag. My son actually really liked the cooking class, as well as the rocketry and video, but other classes were kind of lame-- EG the Spanish class was just a teenage staffer saying "gato means cat", Etc. I think for many of their classes are "taught" by inexperienced teens or college students, so are catch as catch can. Others seem to be taught by actual teachers at the school and are much better.
Re: CBE After-school QuestionI think it depends on what your child is used to. My soon-to-be 2nd grader has gone to CBE for after school beginning in kindergarten but she was always in daycare/preschool until almost 6pm from the time she was 5mos old. They do have a rest period in kindergarten and CBE has a quieter time after whatever activity your child chooses. Honestly, for us, my daughter has not had a problem and when I pick her up at 5:45, she is usually running around the social hall with her friends and begging me to let her stay a little longer. We love the program. It offers a wonderful variety and my daughter has made great friends.
Re: Looking for advice on After School ProgramsI second the recommendation for CBE. My son is in his second year and also loves afterschool. The classes offered are interesting and diverse. My son has taken swimming, tennis, basketball, soccer, sewing/quiltmaking, circus arts (his favorite class by far), cooking, Harry Potter potions, and architecture. There are also language classes like Spanish and Mandarin. They offer new classes regularly based on recommendations of parents. Bobbie Finkelstein, who runs the program, is wonderful! Despite the fact that she manages so many schools and kids in the program, she is always available to answer questions and assist.
Re: Looking for advice on After School ProgramsMy daughter has been going to the After School Program at Beth Elohim for 2 yrs and we are very happy with it and she LOVES it! They do pick up daily at 321 and bring them to CBE. They work in trimesters throughout the school year and there are tons of options to choose from. They do one hour of a structured group and then the 2nd hour is more of a group class based on age. My daughter has taken classes ranging from Chinese, chess, swimming, circus arts, jewelry making, etc. They also have gymnastics, ballet, sports, Harry Potter potion classes. My daughter is very social and loves that she gets to see her friends for fun time other than at school.
(no subject)My son goes to PS 295 and CBE has an afterschool program on-site. He is in the program for the first time this school year. So far, it's excellent. He loves the classes and I appreciate the homework assistance because he is usually done with it when I pick him up. All the staff are very friendly and helpful, especially the director of the program, Bobbie Finkelstein.
(no subject)We are using the program for the first time this year. My daughter is at PS321 and they pick her up at the school. She is taking gymnastics, ballet, simple machines, swimming and cooking. She seems to love it. The first hour (for kindergarteners) is the specific class and then the 2nd hour is a bigger group play time. It's definitely a bit chaotic when I pick her up but she's loving the opportunity to do these different things. I've never seen it in action b/c I pick her up after it's over but her happiness is enough for me. :)
(no subject)We just started there this fall. My daughter goes three days a week and my son two. They are picked up from school and when I get them, they’re happy. The one thing I didn’t plan for was the Jewish holidays that are not days off for public schools. So next week is a bit stressful for me because I need to find someone to get the kids for me. Aside from that, I’m very pleased and my kids seem content. I like that they’re getting to know new kids outside of school and our general vicinity. A big plus is that the extra classes don’t require an additional fee. So my daughter is getting swimming lessons on top of child care for a reasonable cost. I recommend it highly.