Recreation Department After School Program

Session 3  2019
February 4th to April 12th
Registration Open Thursday January 17th

Welcome to the Beacon After School Program, held in J.V. Forrestal, Sargent and South Ave. Elementary schools. This program offers more than just child care; the program offers exposure to many different activities; an opportunity for your child to try something new or learn more about something they already enjoy. It is our goal to provide a safe and fun recreational experience to all participating children while providing opportunity for enrichment.

Each day, the children are dismissed from their classroom directly to the program, where they have about thirty minutes of free play followed by a snack. From about 4:00 to 4:50 is the first activity period followed by a second fifty-minute activity period. Scheduled activities are complete around 5:45. Parents are welcome to pick their child up at any time prior to 6:00.

Your child may attend any number of days per week. Activities will fill up fast; secure your space early if you want a particular activity.








Garrison Art Center Extension

For the Birds

Baking with
5 Hens


Fantastic Beasts


Fantastic Beasts

Baking with
5 Hens

All Sorts of Sports

BeBhakti Yoga

Old School Games

J.V. Forrestal

For the Birds

BeBhakti Yoga


Cut It Out

Small Tribe Hoops

After School Program Policy Manual

After School Program Tuition Assitance Information 2018/ 2019

More About Our Programs


BeBhakti Kids Yoga - Children naturally practice patience, compassion, love and devotion which we cultivate through yoga play. Children get to know themselves and connect with each other by exploring and sharing their creativity and inner wisdom. Yoga teaches kids to use breathing to create space between their thoughts and their reactions. We will learn to move and to pause with awareness and intention.

All Sorts of Sports! This super fun program begins with group warm-ups and stretches to build coordination, agility, and improve flexibility. Each week we will focus on a new fun activity aimed to encourage cooperative learning through play. We may play team games like kickball, basketball, or whiffle ball. We will play LOTS of group games. Students will have opportunities to make choices about our activities. We’ll be outside if weather allows. Participants are encouraged to wear sneakers.

Audubon’s For the Birds! teaches environmental awareness and appreciation of nature through the study of birds. Students learn about their local, natural environment through indoor and outdoor lessons using their bird guide and journal to identify birds, write about the weekly concepts, their outdoor experiences and to draw pictures of the birds they learn to identify. 

Bienvenido a ¡Hola! In this class, your child is going to be 100% immersed in the Spanish language. Learn the foundations of another language with a focus on fun. We will use Spanish throughout a wide variety of activities such as dancing, singing and playing games. The children will start to acquire vocabulary and language skills for real life situations. ¡Esperamos verte ahí! (We hope to see you there!)

(Even More) Fantastic Beast and How to Build Them Using a variety of materials, kids will be introduced to the limitless world of making sculpture. Using various crafting techniques to imagine and build creations of all types - people, pets, mythical creatures or forms of their own invention. With a focus on using upcycled materials, we will experiment with building smaller figures, wearable sculptures and larger installations.

Baking with Five Hens - Join Five Hens Baked Goods for baking lessons designed to foster an appreciation of food! Learn about measurements and adapting recipes, the science involved in baking as well as a general knowledge and an appreciation of food. Every class, your child will create and sample a tasty delight. Each session introduces new recipes!

Small Tribe Hoops is a super-fun program that introduces hula hooping as an art form. In this series, students will play hoop games and learn how to do circus-style tricks! New hoopers will be developing their mind-body connection while learning about the importance of exercise, movement, and expression. Each week students will be introduced to a new age-appropriate trick or skill. By the end of the program students will be dancing in their hoop, moving fluidly from one hoop trick to the next!

Cut It Out - A collage art class - Make something new out of something old using old magazines, paper, scissor and glue! Ee will experiment with different materials. Kids will learn to make beautiful pictures without having to draw. We’ll make and use crazy shapes and create color extravaganzas. There will be directed projects where we all work on the same idea and open studio time where each kid can work on what they please.

Join educators from the Garrison Art Center!. Founded in 1964 by parents to supplement their children's arts education, their educators aim to develop creative skills and visual literacy. Art Center programming incorporates critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity in all of its classes. We’ll be doing some cool art with some talented artists!

Rediscover the history of the playground. Join us for Old School Games as we revisit the classics of the schoolyard. Floor is Lava, Hopscotch, Kick the Can; they’re classic for a reason! Jacks, Pick-Up-Sticks, Marbles; play the old favorities that were once childhood standards. Every week, we’ll play old games that are new to us.