An Independent, Coed Junior Boarding (5-9) and Day School (K-9) in Washington, CT

Afternoon Enrichment Program

The Lower School Afternoon Enrichment Program provides athletic, academic and art offerings in Kindergarten through IIIrd Form. Athletics vary seasonally with a focus on teaching good sportsmanship, rules of the game and teamwork. Visual and performing art offerings focus on experimentation, creative expression and skill development. Activities vary by term. Students are welcome to participate daily from 3:30-4:30pm. IIIrd Form students may try out for Upper School athletic teams.


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Dance and Yoga: Primes - IIIrd Form
Yogis in this class will balance quiet and active poses with game playing, singing, storytelling, drawing, dancing, simple breath meditations, and rest. Students will use yoga poses and dance to play games, take on the qualities of different animals, and create stories. Students will need loose, comfortable clothing and a yoga mat.


Nature Nuts with the Pratt Nature Center: Kindies – Primes
What could be better than spending the afternoon exploring the natural areas of campus with the Pratt Nature Center? In this AEP activity, students’ afternoons will be filled with activities guided by nature and their “natural” interests. Students will be found balancing over logs, stacking and skipping stones, catching frogs, studying bugs, creating crowns of wildflowers, building shelters and boats, and jumping in mud puddles. Students will get wet and muddy so they need to come dressed for the fun!


Theater Games and Improvisation: Primes - IIIrd Form
Enjoy the fun of theater games and making things up as you go along - otherwise known as “flying by the seat of your pants.” Learn how to trust your fellow-actors and develop techniques for dramatizing spontaneous stories together. A short list of some of activities includes group juggling, “Do you want to buy a duck?”, Zip,Zap, Zop, Complainers’ Concert, and more! Note: If you’re really jonesing to be an actor, you might consider this class in tandem with The Art of Rehearsal, another AEP activity offered on Fridays.


The Art of Rehearsal: Primes - IIIrd Form
Calling all actors! In this class, we will get down to the nitty-gritty of what thespians (look it up) do: rehearse. In this class, you’ll work in teams on particular scenes from plays. As you learn how to investigate text (actors call that “script work”) and bring a play to life, you will use rehearsal tools, including theater games and improvisation to flesh out character, explore relationship, and create a compelling theater experience.

Note: If you’re really jonesing to be an actor, you might consider this class in tandem with Theater Games and Improvisation, another AEP activity offered on Thursdays.


Outdoor Adventure: Primes - IIIrd Form
Do you love being outdoors and going on adventures? This group will take many hikes near and around Rumsey’s campus. You’ll also go on scavenger hunts and even create art from objects found on your many adventures.


Flag Football: Pre-Primes – IIIrd Form
Students will practice basic skills including passing, catching, running with the ball, and some field positioning. Tackle free games are played during each activity. Players need to wear athletic shoes and bring a water bottle.


LEGO NXT Robotics and Programming 101: Primes - IIIrd Form
This first part of the program (5 weeks) will be an engaging, effective but gentle introduction to important concepts in programming. Students will learn the four basic programming language concepts - Statements, Loops, Variables and Conditionals. Then, they will put those concepts to work in the Scratch programming language and introduce variables as the students gain familiarity with the language. Scratch is a "drag and drop" language developed by MIT and is a very fun, highly effective method for introducing and developing programming skills. Students will easily be able to continue their programming at home, between classes and after the session is over.

During the second part of the program (6 weeks), students will learn to use The LEGO NXT Robotics System to introduce the basic mechanics, logic and programming of robots, and the use of sensors to enable robots to react to their environment and accomplish specific missions. Students will work in pairs to program pre-built robots and add attachments to solve challenges.

Cost: $16.00 per student per class (non-refundable), billed to your child’s account.


Group Tennis Lessons with Kenyon Clark: Pre-Primes – IIIrd Form
Looking to improve your tennis game or are you brand new to tennis? Either way, this activity is for you. Rumsey’s AEP tennis program will follow the guidelines of the USTA Quick Start Program with equipment appropriate to student’s size. The 8 and Under groups will be using red balls and play on a 36' court. 10 and Under groups use orange balls and play on a 60' court, and 12 and Under groups use green balls. This specialized equipment increases the fun and allows students to compete and play matches much sooner. Students need their own tennis rackets for this activity.

Cost: $20 per student per class (non-refundable), billed to your child’s account


Kickball: Pre-Primes – IIIrd Form
Kickball is an all-around great game to play with your friends. You have been warned... we will not be playing your average game of kickball! There are different versions of kickball and each has its own twist. Join the fun this fall and experience many exciting versions of kickball that are all the craze!


Mathnastics: Primes-IIIrd Form
Hold on, is this a mistake? Madame Taylor (she’s back for the Fall Term) and mathematics? How improbable is that? Don't feel divided (groan...sorry), come join and add your voice to the group. Games, crafts, marble and domino runs, as long as there is some number hidden in it we will create it, play it, explore it, and conquer it. Calling all students, Madame Taylor needs some extra math help!


Private Flute Lessons with Kristin Richards: Pre-Primes – IIIrd Form
In this class, students will learn fundamental skills on the flute, including proper technique, music notation, music theory, sight-reading, intonation, and general musicality. Kristin’s teaching inspires students to learn at a comfortable pace and to master the skills necessary for musical success. Students will rotate between lessons and Study Club. Lessons start at 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, and 4:30. Students need to have a flute; instrument rentals can be arranged.

Kristin Richards is a graduate of Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (Bachelor of Music) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (Master of Music). Kristin served as Music Director at The Forman School in Litchfield, The Gunnery in Washington, and St. Joseph School in New Haven. She was also an instructor at the National Guitar Workshop where she taught the seminar "Rock and Roll Kids." In 2001, she published two textbooks, Keyboard Made Easy and A Curriculum Guide for Day Jams for Workshop Arts. Kristin has also served as a teacher for Kindermusik International and as a course facilitator for Boston University's Online Music Education Program and for the University of Phoenix. She is a member of the Connecticut Music Educators’ Association and National Association for Music Education.

Cost: $35.00 per student (non-refundable) per 30-minute private lesson plus book cost for new students or students progressing to a new level, billed to your child’s account.


Sportsmania: Pre-Primes – IIIrd Form
Each week this group will be introduced to a new sport such as floor hockey, frisbee golf, rock climbing, soccer, baseball, basketball, and field hockey. Sportsmania is a great activity for children interested in trying a variety of sports.


Creation Station: Primes - IIIrd Form
Think of the Creation Station as a low-tech maker-space. What’s a makerspace, you say? It’s basically a place where people can share tools and ideas to make cool stuff. In this class, we will examine simple inventions such as bookmarks or mousetraps and see if we can’t design better ones. And, of course, we will engage in various make-space exercises such as the infamous Marshmallow Challenge.


Super Scientists: Pre-Primes - IIIrd Form
During the Super Scientists activity, students will complete different science experiments each week, observing the amazing things that can be done with just a few simple materials.


Private Guitar Lessons with Frederick Krug: Pre-Primes – IIIrd Form
In this class, students will be covering every aspect of guitar playing: sight reading, chord knowledge, scale knowledge, music theory, improvisation, and songwriting skills. Students will become well-rounded with a deeper understanding of what it means to be a musician. Classes will run for 30 minutes, and students will rotate between lessons and Study Club. Lessons start at 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, and 4:30. Students need to have their own guitar.

Mr. Krug holds a Bachelor Degree with high honors from the Eastman School of Music, NY, where he studied classical guitar, composition, and classical and post-tonal theory. He is the founding member of the Eastman Guitar Quartet and was featured at the Eastman School of Music pop symposium where he opened for Steve Vai (Whitesnake and David Lee Roth). Fred currently performs as a soloist, as a member of the Louis Romeo and Fred Krug Duo, and as a member of the Jazz Soul Fusion group, Closed 'Til Dark. Fred has worked extensively as a producer, developing and recording bands and solo artists. Mr. Krug has developed an innovative curriculum to teach guitar, classical theory, and voice to a variety of students age 5-70+. He taught at the National Guitar Summer Workshop at the age of 18, where he performed with Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big and Racer X), John Pettrucci (Dream Theater), Joe Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult), and has since set up residency at the Woodbury Guitar Studio in Woodbury, CT. Fred is a visiting artist in the Region 15 school system, The Taft School, CT and has been the guitar instructor for our Upper School students.

Cost: $35.00 per student (non-refundable) per 30 minute class private lesson plus book cost for new students or students progressing to a new level, billed to your child’s account.


Sideline Soccer: Pre-Primes – IIIrd Form
Students will begin each day by practicing some basic skills including dribbling, passing, shooting, and trapping. Soccer players will learn how to position themselves on the field and engage in game-like situations. Then, students will engage in a game of sideline soccer where good sportsmanship and skills are taught through game-play. Players need a water bottle, sneakers or cleats and shin guards.


Study Club: Primes – IIIrd Form
Is your schedule too busy? Do you want to have more free time at home? Study Club is your chance to get your homework done before you leave the school campus. Teachers provide the quiet atmosphere; you provide the brain power. The supervising teacher is always there to help.


Community Service: Primes – IIIrd Form
Spend your afternoon completing simple projects that will help make your community a better place. You’ll make cards and handmade decorations for the senior living center, pick up garbage along area rivers, ponds, and streets, support our nation’s troops with letters and artwork, and rally behind community causes that you feel are important. Join this group and help make a difference.


Tang Soo Do (Martial Arts): Pre-Primes – IIIrd
Tang Soo Do is for everyone, at every age, at every level of fitness. Each student is encouraged to become their personal best. Bruce Butler offers a balanced martial arts training program by incorporating Cheezic Tang Soo Do forms (kata), kicks and hand techniques, self-defense, and conditioning into an all-encompassing program that will train your total mind and body. A concentration on discipline, focus, and self-confidence is incorporated into each class. Through various karate drills and techniques, students will learn respect and to respect others. The goal is to have the children embrace the fundamentals of Tang Soo Do while having fun.

Bruce Butler received his First Dan Black belt at Federation headquarters in November 2012. He has competed for the last eight years within the Cheezic Interclub Federation tournaments and also at the last four Yankee National Tournaments representing the Cheezic Federation. Bruce is continuously a top competitor in board breaking, and in 2012 he was awarded the Cheezic Federation Student of the Year Award for all of Grand Master Cheezic’s dojangs. He is committed to developing the physical ability and character of each of his students.

Cost: $95 per student (includes grading) plus $25 for uniform (if needed), billed to your child’s account (non-refundable).


Super Juniors: Kindies – Primes
Free play, snack, backyard games, outings to Treasure Island and the new mud kitchen, and other fun activities geared to the needs and nature of our younger crew. Please have sturdy footwear for games or mud, plan to get dirty, and bring a healthy snack.


Super Crafters: Kindies– Primes
Split your time between free play and craft time. The craft options will be endless and the fun is guaranteed. Just wait until you see what you will bring home.


Wood Shop: Ist Form – IIIrd Form
Ever wanted to build something out of wood or use certain tools in your parent's’ toolbox? If so, join Mr. Lord in our woodshop, and you’ll be surprised just how handy you will become around the house.


Painting, Drawing, and Comic Strips: Pre-Primes – IIIrd Form
Embrace the fall colors by painting and drawing landscapes around campus. You will also have a chance to paint still life objects of your choice, using watercolor, tempera paint and pencil. Students will also create comic strips which can be turned into a graphic novel or a storyboard. These artistic activities are a creative and fun way to express your ideas!


Private Piano Lessons with Kristin Richards: Pre-Primes – IIIrd Form
In this class, students will learn fundamental skills on the piano, including proper technique, music notation, music theory, sight-reading, and general musicality. Kristin’s teaching inspires students to learn at a comfortable pace and to master the skills necessary for musical success. Randall and Nancy Faber’s Piano Adventures series will be the textbook for the class. Students will rotate between lessons and Study Club. Lessons start at 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, and 4:30. Students need to have a piano or keyboard at home on which to practice.

Kristin Richards is a graduate of Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (Bachelor of Music) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (Master of Music). Kristin served as Music Director at The Forman School in Litchfield, The Gunnery in Washington, and St. Joseph School in New Haven. She was also an instructor at the National Guitar Workshop where she taught the seminar "Rock and Roll Kids." In 2001, she published two textbooks, Keyboard Made Easy and A Curriculum Guide for Day Jams for Workshop Arts. Kristin has also served as a teacher for Kindermusik International and as a course facilitator for Boston University's Online Music Education Program and for the University of Phoenix. She is a member of the Connecticut Music Educators’ Association and National Association for Music Education.

Cost: $35.00 per student (non-refundable) per 30-minute private lesson plus book cost for new students or students progressing to a new level, billed to your child’s account.


Private Voice Lessons with Kristin Richards: Pre-Primes – IIIrd Form
In this class, students will learn fundamental skills of voice, including proper technique, music notation, music theory, sight-reading, intonation, and general musicality. Students to learn at a comfortable pace and work on mastering the skills necessary for musical success. Students will rotate between lessons and Study Club. Lessons start at 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, and 4:30.

Kristin Richards is a graduate of Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (Bachelor of Music) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (Master of Music). Kristin served as Music Director at The Forman School in Litchfield, The Gunnery in Washington, and St. Joseph School in New Haven. She was also an instructor at the National Guitar Workshop, where she taught the seminar "Rock and Roll Kids." In 2001, she published two textbooks, Keyboard Made Easy and A Curriculum Guide for Day Jams for Workshop Arts. Kristin has also served as a teacher for Kindermusik International and as a course facilitator for Boston University's Online Music Education Program and for the University of Phoenix. She is a member of the Connecticut Music Educators’ Association and National Association for Music Education.

Cost: $35.00 per student (non-refundable) per 30-minute private lesson plus book cost for new students or students progressing to a new level, billed to your child’s account.


Latin American Club: Pre-Primes-IIIrd Form
Come celebrate and learn about Hispanic heritage through crafts, music, cultural videos, and food that we will prepare and serve at a celebration! We will do different art projects such as making worry dolls and Mexican masks. We will also read about Latin American folktales and legends, as well as listen to and sing different genres of music.


Coding: Web Design: Ist-IIIrd Form
Do you want to create your own websites? In this activity you can create a personal webpage, a blog to document a family vacation or sports teams, or create a website to present your next school project. Students will even learn how to write HTML code to make their own websites! No experience is necessary, and all students will be able to publish a completed site to the internet.


Sew Fun! Ist Form-IIIrd Form
Learn the basics of sewing! Whether you’ve taken this class before or you are new to sewing, this class will cover the basics of measuring and cutting materials, pinning, basting, sewing by hand, and sewing machine safety.

Cost: $35.00 for 8 class sessions (non-refundable), billed to your child’s account.


Color Creatives: Pre-Primes-IIIrd
Interested in exploring crafts using a variety of insane colors? Come join in a fun exploration of marbling, splattering, mixing, spraying, and printing your Rumsey world in glorious technicolor. Painting clothes a must!


World Drumming Group with John Marshall: Primes – IIIrd Form
Do you love rhythm? Have you ever wanted to understand or learn how to play drums or rhythms from other cultures? These sessions explore rhythm, pulse, and improvisational exercises and work towards developing confidence, dexterity and independence in traditional rhythms from the Arabic nations, West and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, North and South India and the traditional Western world.

John Marshall performs on concert stages, radio, television, and film both nationally and internationally. Performing on drum sets, frame drums, djembe, tabla, riq, conventional Western percussion, and all manner of international hand held percussion, John is much in demand as a freelance performer and recording artist. He has received a national fellowship for his educational methods, recorded dozens of CDs and has written three instruction books for percussion and drum set.

Cost: $25.00 per student per class (non-refundable), billed to your child’s account.