Enrichment Programs

Learning happens everywhere.

Before school, after school, during the summers – these are excellent opportunities for enrichment.


Our Enrichment classes are open to the community. We welcome all learners to join the fun!

To register please complete this registration form or email aftercare@manitouschool.org for questions.


** A Note about covid-19 risk mitigation 

Enrichment classes at Manitou will be held indoors this winter. Classes will be held in well-ventilated spaces and be small in size. Everyone will continue to wear masks at school.

If the school learns that students in an enrichment class were exposed to covid-19 during an enrichment class, the impacted families will be notified. Guidance will be given at that time depending on the exposure and the most up-to-date information coming from the New York State Department of Education (NYSED), The Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Keeping aligned with the CDC’s updated quarantine and isolation guidelines that have been adopted by NY State, asymptomatic individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19.  They should, however, get tested 5-7 days after exposure. Students who are exposed to COVID-19, who are not fully vaccinated, are still required to quarantine for 10 days, or for 7 days if they are able to test after 7 days.





Available to students ages 9+

Shadow Puppets

Come to the dark side and see what’s hiding in the shadows. Learn about the history and ingenious techniques of Shadow Puppetry. Design and build your own puppets and scenery to perform your own unique shadow play. In this after-school class, taught by artist Javier Piñón, students will explore the various ways light and shadow can interact and be manipulated to tell stories and create otherworldly environments. Students will work independently and collaboratively to construct their own theaters and puppets using a variety of materials and techniques to make their characters move and their stories come to life. The program will culminate in a Shadow Theater performance for family and friends.

$180 / 7 week session / 3:30 – 4:30pm

1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14 (No class 2/21. Make-up class: 3/21)


Available to students ages 10+

Creative Writing Class

Students will practice creative writing, with the goal of developing original pieces and ideas.  They can choose from a variety of prompts posed by the teacher, Katherine Freedman (former Manitou Teacher), or if they prefer, they can work on their own writing project.  Each class will end with time for students to share their writing, if they choose.  Part of class will be spent discussing published work.  Students will take turns bringing in a favorite poem or short story to share with the class.  They will develop analytical questions in order to teach their selection to their classmates.

$160 / 7 week session / 3:30 – 4:30pm

1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14 (No class 2/21. Make-up class: 3/21)






Available to students ages 7-11 years old

Drawing from Life

Let’s have fun drawing varied objects and even ourselves and each other. Join Ms. Christina DeMarco to learn different techniques experimenting with different materials including pencils, pens, ink and brush, pastel and paint. As we develop our hand eye coordination by drawing what is in front of us, we will see in new ways. Beginners welcome, we all must start somewhere!

$180 / 7 week session / 3:30 – 4:30pm

1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15 (No class 2/22. Make-up class: 3/22)



Available to students ages 9+


In this after-school class, taught by Javier Piñón, students will receive instruction in American Sign Language. Students will learn the ASL alphabet and fingerspelling which will provide the foundation to quickly build a vocabulary of signed words formed with specific handshapes and gestures. Students will learn ASL grammar and engage in basic conversation to practice both signing and reading signs. Students will also learn about deaf culture and its rich history. Learning sign language is a beautiful way to expand our world and make connections all while improving communication skills and building self-confidence.

$100 / 7 week session / 3:30 – 4:00pm

1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15 (No class 2/22. Make-up class: 3/22)



(Two different class ages/times-see below)


Capoeira is a Brazilian art form that combines fight, dance, rhythm, and movement. Students will learn about all facets of this beautiful martial art: history, games, dance, drums, and more. Led by lively Rafael Cabecao, children will learn to move their bodies in a new way while playing and learning about the environment this art form was raised from. Please dress children in white shirts and pants for class. We will work towards having a performance at the end of the session.


$180 / 7 week session

1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15 (No class 2/22. Make-up class: 3/22)

NOTE: Two different class times and ages

3:15 – 4:00pm / ages 3-6


4:15 – 5:15pm / ages 7+




Available to students ages 5-8 years old

Creative Spanish

This fun and dynamic class led by the playful Ms. Erica will help children learn the concepts of language through games, stories, and craft activities. Each class will have a theme and will introduce children to vocabulary, verbs, pronouns, articles, and more. Perfect for beginners and those who have had some exposure and would like to learn more!

$160 / 7 week session / 3:30 – 4:30pm

1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9. (Make-up class: 3/16)




Available to students ages 5-14 years old


Our chess classes focus on having fun and allow students to develop important skills that they can apply to other areas of their life. Chess is a mentally rewarding game of skill that enhances cognitive development in children while providing a stimulating challenge. Mr. Rudolf’s love and experience of the game is contagious!

$180 / 7 week session

1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16. (No class 2/16. Make-up class: 3/23)

NOTE: Two different class times and ages

3:30 – 4:30pm / ages 5-8


4:30 – 5:30pm / ages 9-14






Available to students ages 8+


Drawing on extensive experience as a professional singer and musician, Ms. Linda invites students to warm up their pipes, raise their voices, and “Sing Like You Mean It!” The class will combine diverse musical traditions with new experimentation and blend individual student talent with group harmonies to make something uniquely, originally Hudson Valley.

Students who participated in the fall choir are encouraged to sign up again. New students are welcome! *Please note, that, unlike other enrichment classes, the choir will run continuously until the end of the school year.

Free / 3:00 – 3:45pm



Available to ages 3-6
 Artful Stories

Young storytellers will learn to tell their tales through art. This class will help children narrate their own tales through pictures of various media: paint, pencil, found objects, charcoal. It won’t be neat but this sensory experience will help children express their narratives in new and creative ways. Taught by the ever-loquacious Mr. Adam, kids will bring home their stories for the whole family to enjoy.

$175 / 7 week session / 3:30 – 4:30pm

1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3. (Make-up class: 3/10)



Currently, there are no enrichment classes scheduled for Fridays this winter. 





(M-F) 3pm – 5:30pm (Form link for details and fee structure)

The Manitou School offers after-care services to students currently enrolled at Manitou. The After Care Program allows time for children to have free play as well as time to read, create art, and do homework. Please provide your child with a nut-free healthy snack every day they are attending an afternoon enrichment class or aftercare. Snack must be in a separate clearly marked container. Snacks are not provided by the school.

* Please make sure you pick up by 5:30pm, an additional $30 late fee will apply for pick-ups after 5:30pm



Reading / Writing


Test Prep





Loop pedal


Percussion Songwriter/Composition

Music Production



Manitou Enrichment-Programs Refund Schedule Refund Amount
Withdrawal two weeks prior to start of the class 100%
Withdrawal between two-one week prior to the start of class* 50%
Withdrawal after start of class* 0%

*If Manitou or the individual is able to recruit a replacement for their spot in class/program, a full refund will be distributed with a $25 processing fee.

In addition, 

  1. If a class is canceled due to low enrollment, participants will receive their full tuition refund or enrichment class credit.
  2. Cancellations initiated by the participant must be requested a minimum of 7 days prior to the start of the class. This request must be made in writing to the enrichment/program coordinator.
  3. These policies will apply to all enrichment-based programs at the Manitou School, unless stated otherwise in the program description and or informational/promotional materials. We understand there may be special situations that need extra consideration, and we attempt to accommodate everyone fairly and evaluate these situations on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the program’s director.