After-School Programs

Thank you for your interest in Akiba-Schechter's 2018-2019 After-School Programs! Check out our awesome offerings by clicking the links below. 

Drama | Soccer | Improv | Fencing | Robotics | Chess | Orchestra

Athletics including Flag FootballBoys Basketball and Girls Basketball

After-Care Options including Homework Help and Kids Club

Please note the schedule for the first few weeks of the 2018-2019 school year:
  • Starting the week of Aug 28: Kids Club only, no Late Bus.
  • Starting the week of Sept 4: Late Bus, Homework Help and the rest of the after-school programs.
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, Sept 3, by 9:00 a.m.

If you love musical theater, this class is for you! Come explore the foundations of theater with fun drama games, acting, improvisation, music and movement. This class encourages a positive self-image and helps students take risks on stage while building confidence on stage and off. In this unique class format, students will collaborate to create their very own play using their favorite songs from popular shows as a jumping-off point. They will improvise a script and create a cohesive storyline that connects these songs into a musical of their own creation that they will perform on the last day of each session (Dec 17 & May 20) for family and friends.
Days: Mondays, 3:30-4:25 p.m., September 17, 2018, through May 20, 2019.
Students: 5 minimum, 15 maximum in Kindergarten through 4th grades.
Location: Room 207
Instructor & Registration: Dream Big Performing Arts
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The soccer program is operated by Super Soccer Stars and hosted by the Hyde Park JCC. Coaches will come to Akiba-Schechter to escort students to and from the HPJCC. All Super Soccer Stars classes are based on age-specific curricula created by a combination of early childhood, soccer and behavioral specialists to guarantee that each child is learning and having a blast from the moment the whistle blows.
Days: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:25 p.m. October 9, 2018, through May 28, 2019.
Students: all skill levels and open to the community
Location: Hyde Park JCC gym
Instructor & Registration: Super Soccer Stars
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This after-school program will have kids laughing and learning at the same time! With direction and coaching from an experienced comedian, kids will learn the basics of improvisation through high energy and mind focus games. At the end of each session (December and May), kids will star in their very own improv comedy show for friends and family to watch. At Knuckleball Comedy our goals are simple: build confidence, build communication, build focus while laughing the whole way through.
Days: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:25 p.m. September 4, 2018, through May 28, 2019. 
Students: 6 minimum in 5th through 8th grades
Location: Room 207
Instructor & Registration: Knuckleball Comedy
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Students learn basic fencing skills including footwork, bladework, tactics, strategies, rules, etiquette and safety. They play games, learn skills, perform drills and fence actual bouts during club time in a fun and safe environment. Coach Koppel is a graduate of Akiba-Schechter and its fencing program. She has aided Coach Price in the after-school and summer fencing programs. In addition to fencing at Akiba, Coach Koppel fenced in Beacon Academy’s fencing pro
gram, as well as at Red Star Fencing and Lincoln Square Fencing. She also participated in intensive fencing programs at Fencing Center of Chicago. She is currently on Bronzeville Fencing Academy’s competitive team.
Days: Tuesdays (foil) and/or Thursdays (sabre), 3:30-4:25 p.m. September 4, 2018 - May 30, 2019.
Instructor: Coach Rivka Koppel
Location: Loeb Hall
Students: 6 minimum, 12 maximum each day.
Foil: 3rd – 8th graders. Sabre: 4th – 8th graders including at least one year of prior fencing experience.

School-Year Costs (equipment rental fee included):
Tuesdays (foil): $300
Thursdays (sabre): $300
Tuesdays & Thursdays: $600
Please note: Students registering for fencing must download, sign and return the Concussion Information Sheet in ParentsWeb.
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Robotics: "Robot Explorers"
In this program the students work with some of the newest programmable STEM robots that allow kids to learn through guided play in an exploratory and encouraging workshop environment. We emphasize pressure-free creativity, with a focus on discovery and fun!
Days: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:25 p.m. 

Fall: 9/5/18-12/19/17 (no class 9/18/18, 9/26/18, 11/21/18)
Winter: 1/8/18-3/13/18
Spring: 3/27/19-5/29/19 (no class 4/17/19, 4/24/19)

Students: 8 minimum, 18 maximum in kindergarten – 4th grades. If enough students enroll we will divide the class based on grade levels. 
Location: Room 207
Instructor & Registration: Robot City Workshop
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Enter into the magical and exciting world of chess with Chess Wizards! You will participate in epic chess games, fun and interactive lessons, tournaments, team matches, trivia and more! Our specialized classes are a blast for everyone as young as kindergarten and as old as eighth grade. Whether you have been playing chess for your entire life and want to improve, are brand new to the game, or you just want to have a fun experience with your friends - Chess Wizards is the place for you!
Days: Thursdays, 3:30-4:25 p.m., September 6, 2018, through May 30, 2019.
Students: 10 minimum in kindergarten through 4th grades
Location: Room 207
Instructor & Registration: Chess Wizards
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The Akiba-Schechter Orchestras perform at a variety of events and celebrations. The Cadet Orchestra is for students with one year of string instrument experience (or at the discretion of the director). String players with more orchestra experience should enroll in the Varsity Orchestra. Except for bass players, students must supply their own instruments. Rental programs are available. Home practice and private or semi-private lessons are strongly recommended. Mr. Gray is currently Associate Conductor of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Music Director of the Rita Simo Youth Orchestra, Faculty member and conductor at the Chicago School for the Performing Arts, member of the Chicago Sinfonietta and the St. Neri Chamber Players as well as chamber music performer, coach and sought after clinician.
Days: Tuesdays: Varsity Orchestra; Thursdays: Cadet Orchestra. Both days 3:30-4:25 p.m. 
Location: Room 205
Instructor: Terrance Gray
School-Year Cost: $300
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Flag Football Mini-Session
Two teams compete using the basic rules of American football but with minimal contact. No tackling! Instead, players are “tackled” by having a flag pulled from their belts. Come join this fun sport of athleticism, skill and teamwork.
Days: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-4:25 p.m., Sept. 4 through Oct 24, 2018
Students: 14 minimum, 18 maximum in 5th through 8th graders
Location: Harold Washington Park
Instructor: Coach Justin Millner
Cost: $200
Please note: Students registering for flag football must download, sign and return the Concussion Information Sheet in ParentsWeb.
The Akiba-Schechter Wolves are again on the prowl! Fifth through eighth graders are invited to join. We anticipate there will be one girls' team and two boys' teams: Junior Varsity and Varsity, at the coach's discretion. 
Days: Girls practice on Mondays, boys on Wednesdays, 3:30-4:25 p.m., starting October 29, 2018. Stay tuned for more details and the game schedule.
Students: 5th through 8th graders
Location: Practices will be in the HPJCC gym. 
Instructors: Joe Esse (girls) and Justin Millner (boys)
Cost: $400 for the 2018-2019 school year
Please note: Students registering for basketball must download, sign and return the Concussion Information Sheet in ParentsWeb.
Come cheer us on when our game schedule is posted!

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After-Care Options:
Kindergarten through eighth graders can stay for after-care most Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:25 p.m. Check the school calendar for details. Homework Help is available for third through eighth graders. Kindergarten through second graders attend Kids Club. Kosher pareve snacks, including fresh fruit, are provided in both programs. 
Costs: Prepayment for the school year: $900. Pay as you go: $15.
New this year: students may stay from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. in Kids Club regardless of grade level for an additional $15 per day. Students staying past 5:15 p.m. will be with preschool staff. 

Homework Help
For those students who wish to complete their homework in school and receive assistance, Mr. Esse and Mr. Amiel are available to help. Mr. Esse has taught at Akiba for eight years, working with first through eighth graders on subjects including math, science, social studies and language arts. Mr. Amiel teaches middle school math and Hebrew, and is a popular private tutor. Both are well-versed in the Akiba curriculum and have terrific rapport with students. 
Days: Mondays through Thursdays 3:30-4:25 p.m., from Tuesday, September 4, 2018 through Thursday, May 30, 2019.
Instructors: Mr. Esse and Mr. Amiel

Students: 3rd-8th grades
Location: Room 209
Kids Club
Kids Club is a safe and engaging environment for those younger students who stay later. Children can read, use computers, play on the playground (weather-permitting), socialize, have a snack and generally unwind from the school day. Mrs. Moss has been working with kids of a variety of ages and abilities across recreational, religious, and educational settings since 2006. She holds teaching certifications in elementary reading, language arts, special education, general education, and K-12 ESL. She most enjoys teaching reading and leading group-building games. She is overjoyed to bring her enthusiasm for life, learning, and community to the students at Akiba-Schechter.
Days: most Mondays through Thursdays 3:30-5:45 p.m., from Tuesday, August 28, 2018 through Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Instructor: Beth Moss 
Location: Room 204 (or playground weather-permitting)

Please note:
  • Classes will not meet when there is an early dismissal or when school is not in session. Check the school calendar for details.
  • Please remember to email the front desk when there is a change in your child(ren)‘s after-school plans.
  • Our After-School Programs are open to the community! Share this information with friends outside of Akiba-Schechter!
See you after school!
Elisa Aranoff
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Last updated 8/21/18