K-8 Clubs

Karate/Running/Chess/Drama

KARATE (Coming in January, 2022)

Since 2001, SMS KARATE KIDS have practiced traditional Okinawan martial arts to learn self-control, concentration, respect, fitness, and self-defense skills in a non-competitive environment. The program is presented by New York Rendokan, headed up by former SMS parents Robert Weinberg (10th Degree Black Belt) and Zhen Guo (Fourth Degree Black Belt), and assisted by Felix Sanes (Eighth Degree Black Belt).

Who: SMS K-8th grade students

When: Wednesday afternoons from 3:00-4:15. Dates TBD

Where: Room TBD

Fee: TBD  and paid directly to New York Rendokan (a portion of which is allocated to KMC). Siblings pay half price. Some tuition assistance is available upon request.

Details: Students are picked up from their classrooms and escorted to the 4th floor. Snack is provided at the end of each class. A karate uniform is required and can be purchased for $25. Space is limited. A WAIVER must be completed and brought to the first class.

Contact: Register at NYRendokan@aol.com or call 646-331-4606.

RUNNING

SMS phys. ed. teacher, Sam Fox, a competitive runner, introduces kids to an ideal (non-contact) sport for musicians: Running!

Who: SMS 5th-8th grade students

When: Thursday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Six classes/semester. Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 18.

Where: Meet on the 6th floor. Parent/guardian pick-up in the school lobby.

Fee: $125, to be paid by check made out to: SMS PTA or via PayPal to: treasurer@smsparents.org

Details: Class size is limited to 15 students. Appropriate running shoes and workout attire are required. Water and a snack (to be consumed outside the building) will be supplied at the end of each class. Payment and a signed WAIVER are due in advance of the first run date. 

Contact: Sam Fox: sfox@specialmusicschool.org and Jen Laing: jen.a.laing@gmail.com

CHESS

For beginners to grandmasters, the SMS chess club, run by our longtime chess partners, NYChessKids, is a great way to learn the game, develop new skills and gain confidence in a supportive and fun environment.

Who: SMS students in K-8

When: Fridays, from 2:35-4:15, 10-12, beginning October 1, 2021

Where: Cafeteria

Fee: $385 (includes remote online group classes/practices on Saturdays and Sundays)

Contact: Register at NYChessKids

DRAMA

A fun and supportive environment in which to experience musical theatre and play! Students build acting skills through improvisation and scene study, learn healthy vocal warmups that prepare them to sing alone and in groups, and practice fundamental musical theatre dance steps. Actors work in small groups and as an ensemble to create short performance pieces that are shared throughout the year! A signed WAIVER is required.

Who: SMS 1st-8th grade students

When: Fridays from 2:50pm-4:15pm

Where: KMC room TBD

Fee: $525/year by cash or Venmo (can be paid in installments; some financial assistance is available)

Contact: Amelia DeMayo: singamelia@yahoo.com and Ashley Byler: ashley.byler@gmail.com for information.