Kid’s Club Policies
Our Kid’s Club after school program is broken up into 3 cycles throughout the school year.
Fall clubs are from October – December.
Winter clubs are from January – March.
Spring clubs are from March – May.
Applications usually go out two weeks prior to the first day of each cycle.
You will find out about club enrollment via email the week before they begin.
Clubs run from 2:50 – 4:05 pm (with the exception of a few ending at 4:20 pm) and are once a week for a total of 8-9 weeks.
That being said, our after school program is unfortunately not for working families as we do not provide any clubs later than 4:20 pm.
Once the class has begun and payment has been made, there are no refunds, no exceptions. If your child misses a class, there will be no make ups or refunds.
Click here to view outside after school programs.
The Application Process
Applications go out two weeks prior to the beginning of the cycle. Parents have one week to hand in their application.
List several choices as there is limited space and no spots are guaranteed.
It is NOT first come, first served. If the demand is higher than we can admit into a club, the club is then chosen by a lottery.
If a club is done by lottery, this means that the students enrolled are chosen at random. We try our best to make it evenly boys and girls and we also make sure to evenly distribute their grades.
For example, a class of 12 should ideally have 6 boys, 6 girls, and 6 1st graders, 6 2nd graders.
If your child is not chosen for the lottery – you will receive an email from Courtney with any other available options. You are then offered priority for the following cycle of Kid’s Clubs and are practically guaranteed a spot next time around.
If your child is chosen for the lottery – your child will not likely be able to repeat this class. Kids who missed the first round will have priority over those who have already attended. It’s always worth trying, but chances are, the class will be filled by those who weren’t able to previously attend.
You are required to pay for your Kid’s Club as soon as you hear about enrollment.
You can provide a check when you hand in your application (made payable to PS 321 PTA) or you may choose to pay via credit card, in which case you will be sent a payment link via email.
If payment is not made within the first week of clubs, your child will no longer be permitted to attend after school.
Process for students when enrolled in after school
All teachers are informed of what students should be attending after school each day. They send their students to the lunchroom at 2:50 pm where they will find a table for their particular club. (Chorus meets in the auditorium). They then have 10-15 minutes of snack time while waiting for the rest of their classmates to show up. By 3:05 pm they head to their space and can begin their club.
Pick Up Policy
You must pick up your child in the lobby of the school. Doors will not open until 4:05 pm and we ask parents/caregivers/guardians to wait in the vestibule on cold/rainy days, or simply outside on nice days.
You should email Courtney, the After School Coordinator, should you have anyone picking up your child that is not you. You must authorize pick up by sending an email with their contact information – you can also provide this information on your initial application. If it is listed there, there is NO need to email.
3 late pick ups will result in your child’s removal from their after school class. Be sure to pick up at 4:05 pm!
If you need to pick up your child early from after school, that also needs to be in an email to Courtney so that she can have your child ready and can inform the security officers of when you will be arriving.
4th Grade Beginning Band – Mondays from 2:50 – 4:05 pm
5th Grade Advanced Band – Wednesdays from 2:50 – 4:05 pm
The PS 321 Band is an after school program run in partnership with The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Specialized instructors from the Conservatory come to PS 321 twice a week and give small group instruction to our fourth and fifth grade students. The band performs several times a year. When applications exceed the space, there is a lottery.
PS 321 owns approximately 60 musical instruments – woodwinds, brass, and percussion – and lends each child an instrument for the year.
We are always looking for donated instruments!
Band is a two year commitment. You must join in 4th grade and continue on into 5th grade.
- In 4th grade, you will be in BAND on Monday
- This means you may NOT join PAC (but you can in 5th Grade)
- In 5th grade, you will be in BAND on Wednesday
- This means you may NOT join Chorus
Instrument options are clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet and percussion.
Every child will be given an instrument to take home and bring with them to rehearsal weekly.
Instrument Repair & Maintenance
Should something happen to your instrument, the 1st repair will be covered by the PTA. All further repairs must be paid out of pocket.
You will be given a music book and instrument accessories.
The following will be provided on the first day and will require you to replace them if they are lost or damaged:
Music Book: Standard of Excellence Book 1
Clarinet reeds: size 2.0
Saxophone reeds: size 2.5
Trumpet valve oil
Percussion – a drum pad and drum sticks