June 22, 2022

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Local Programming for Kids and Adults Too

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Back to School 2021: Local Programming for Kids and Adults Too

twinsLife marches on! September is around the corner and though we’re not completely back to normal, we’re going back to school nonetheless. With and without masks, kids will be in school, doing athletics, playing instruments, dancing and learning. Everyone is adapting to the new rules and moving forward.

If you’re considering fall plans for your toddler, elementary school, middle school and high school students, see below for ideas. Find preschools, sports programs, religious schools and music and dance for everyone in the family. And don’t forget to enrich yourself with excellent offerings for grown-ups from the Scarsdale Adult School.

To add your program to the list below, email us at scarsdalecomments@gmail.com.


Scarsdale Youth Hockey Association

Play Scarsdale Raiders Hockey! Scarsdale Youth Hockey (SYHA) registration for the 2021-22 season is now HockeyPhotoOPEN! Season runs September to March out of Westchester Skating Academy. Open to kids born between 2016-2006. 8U includes both travel programs and a learn-to-play program. Learn to play is broken up into three, eight-week sessions. 8U ice times are generally Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. USA Hockey certified coaches. Full equipment required (loaner equipment available).

Please visit their website for more information and to REGISTER. Questions can be emailed to: (8U) Raiders8UHockey@gmail.com, (10U-18U) president@scarsdalehockey.com

Scarsdale Youth Lacrosse Association

LacrossePhotoFall lacrosse registration is now open. Scarsdale Youth Lacrosse (SYLA) is offering Fall Lacrosse Programs in 2021 focused on improving skills, game IQ development, playing games against other town teams, possible tournaments, and having fun playing lax in the beautiful fall season. These programs are offered for Boys and Girls K-8, all levels of players from beginner to advanced.

SYLA is dedicated to promoting lacrosse at the youth level for families residing in the Village of Scarsdale, NY. We strive to develop strong fundamental skills and teamwork while adhering to the standards of sportsmanship, respect for all participants and a sense of fair play. Visit their website for more information and registration.

Scarsdale Youth Soccer Club

Scarsdale parents. SYSC in conjunction with our professional coaching partner, Stay-in-Town Soccer, organizesSoccerFall2021 and coaches boys’ and girls’ soccer teams to play in travel soccer leagues and tournaments in the Westchester and NYC area. SYSC fields travel soccer teams from U8 – U14. In general, the club fields around 40 teams each year between girls’ and boys’ teams. These teams are registered in the Westchester Youth Soccer League (“WYSL”). The WYSL is a league that is part of both the US Club Soccer and the United States Youth Soccer Association (“USYSA”). More information about SYSC can be found at www.scarsdalesoccer.net. Special accommodations are being made for COVID-19, aligned with state mandates and to keep our kids safe while playing soccer! Please contact us at help@scarsdalesoccer.net
to find out more.

House of Sports

House of Sports is the region’s largest indoor sports facility located in Ardsley, NY. Our 120,000 squareHouseofSports Fall copy foot complex focused on Learn to Play for athletes 2 to 8 years old and older players for Lacrosse, Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, Volleyball and Softball training. With our combination of state-of-the-art facilities and world-class coaching, House of Sports has something to offer for everyone.

In addition to our club team opportunities and Holiday Camps offered throughout the year, our Learn to Play program is a safe, fun environment where two-to-eight-year-olds learn specific sports skills. The next semester of classes start in early September and run through the end of October. Classes include Multi-Sport, Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, and Lacrosse. We also offer customizable classes.

Our Holiday Camps run when school is out and our geared towards children of all ages and abilities. Our camps are led by our great coaching staff and are designed to have your child improve their on-court/on-field skills while having a positive, fun experience.

To register or learn more about our fall offerings—including Learn to Play, Holiday Camps, and Club team opportunities—please visit houseofsportsny.com or give us a call at 914-479-5419. House of Sports: 1 Elm Street, Ardsley

Westchester Skating Academy

WSAFall2021Westchester Skating Academy is the regions premiere skating facility located in Elmsford, NY. At WSA, your child can learn to skate, sharpen their hockey skills, or spin their way to a new figure skating move.

Our Metro Hockey League is a competitive, fun youth hockey program that includes clinics, games, practices, a team jersey, and more. League divisions include Mites (2013-15), Squirt (2011-12), Peewee (2009-10), and Bantam/JV (2005-08). Evaluations being September 9th.

WSA also offers Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey classes throughout the entire year. We follow the Learn to Skate USA program created by U.S. Figure Skating. All levels are welcome, from the first steps on the ice to mastering advanced techniques. The next session of Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey classes begin September 8th.

WSA also offers holiday camps throughout the year with the first offerings kicking off September 7th, 8th, and 16th. Our figure skating and hockey camps are fully supervised and offers both on and off ice training to develop skaters individual skills. Both full day and half day camps are available.

To register or learn more about our fall offerings, please visit skatewsa.com or call 914-347-8232. Westchester Skating Academy: 91 Fairview Park Drive, Elmsford

Maroon and WhiteBernstein

Maroon and White is the Scarsdale community organization supporting interscholastic athletics, physical education, and health at the high school and middle school. All Scarsdale families are encouraged to become members and can join through our website, www.maroonandwhite.org. We regularly raise funds through membership, the sale of Raider merchandise and spiritwear, and family and business ads in the annual M&W SHS Sports Journal. Please support Scarsdale’s student-athletes. (Photo Credit: Jon Thaler)


kolamiphotoCongregation Kol Ami

The Early Childhood Program at Congregation Kol Ami is dedicated to providing a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate curriculum teaching and modeling Jewish values. We believe that children learn best through experiential play and provide for these rich experiences within warm, accepting, and nurturing surroundings. All of our Head Teachers have Masters Degrees in Early Childhood or N-6 or related educational fields. We offer a wide range of programs for children (from 1 to 5 years old) and their families. Our A Step Ahead! program for Fall 5 year olds provides full day Pre-K learning.

For more information please contact the ECE Director at ecedirector@nykolami.org or call the nursery school office at 914-949-4717 x 107

Mazel Tots

Mazel Tots® at Scarsdale Synagogue provides a warm and stimulating environment, which encouragesMazeltotsphoto children’s curiosity and helps them to grow socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Our warm and nurturing staff will guide the children through a curriculum filled with a variety of child-centered and developmentally appropriate activities that are safe, fun and friendly. The children’s spiritual growth will be enriched by the study of Jewish holidays, traditions and family values. We also offer a group of special activities such as sports and games, music, creative movement, sign language, nature, yoga, karate, science, art atelier, dance and more! We have two beautiful playgrounds and gardens, plus a fully equipped indoor play space featuring ride-on toys, gym equipment, giant blocks and stepping stones just to name a few! Our Early Childhood Program serves children from 18 months through those Kindergarten-bound! In an effort to keep our students and staff healthy during the Covid-19 Pandemic we are taking all necessary health and safety precautions according to NYS Department of Health, NYSOCFS and CDC Guidelines. For more information please contact Jody Glassman, Early Childhood Program Director at 914-723-3001 or mazeltots@sstte.org. You can also visit our website. Scarsdale Synagogue is located at 2 Ogden Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583. 914.725.5175.

WRT Early Childhood Center

ecckidsAt WRT’s Early Childhood Center (ECC), we strive to create an environment that fosters social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth, as well as, creativity and confidence. Our warm, nurturing teachers provide children with the tools they need to communicate with each other and with the world around them. At the ECC, children learn about Jewish holidays, traditions and lifelong values which help them to become confident members of our community. We emphasize STEAM concepts through hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math investigations which encourage young learners to achieve developmental goals. Through inquiry and play-based instruction, we provide students with an opportunity to learn language arts, math and handwriting readiness skills that prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. We facilitate learning through small groups and foster relationships between our children and their teachers, specialists and the WRT clergy. Lunch and afternoon enrichment classes are available for older children. For toddlers between the ages of one and two, we offer parent/caregiver participation classes for socialization and fun: Temple Tots classes are parent-child classes facilitated by ECC staff and a social worker, Toddler Time class may be attended by any loved one with their child and is facilitated by experienced ECC teachers. Both classes are wonderful opportunities for making friends for adults, as well as, children.

End of the year Mini Session and Summer Play Place camp offered.

For further information regarding school registration, please contact ECC Director Sue.tolchin@wrtemple.org or call us at 914 723-5493.

Religious Schools

Bet Am Shalom

In Bet Am Shalom’s progressive K-12 Jewish education program, students and families live Jewishly BetAmPhotowith intention, beat to the rhythm of the Jewish calendar, cultivate Jewish values, acquire Jewish and Hebrew literacy, and seek to understand ourselves and our world through a Jewish lens. Our curriculum celebrates Jewish culture, tradition, and diversity. We look forward to holding in-person, socially distanced programs this fall on our beautiful campus. Enroll a child in Torah La’am, and your first year of synagogue membership dues is free. Click here for more information. https://betamshalom.org/learn/registration-2021-2022/

Scarsdale Synagogue’s Religious School

Welcome to Scarsdale Synagogue’s Religious School and Chai School! Our mission is to care for and nurture our students and their families, and to cultivate a culture of growth, friendship, and Jewish community. Just the right size for your family, we offer a robust program even as we know your child’s particular passions and needs.

Our programs are vibrant and innovative thereby engaging your children in a meaningful way. Classes are small and individualized programs are available for students with special needs. Both teachers and students are encouraged to think outside of the box; every avenue to deeper, more exciting and fun Jewish learning is explored with joy and zeal. Each grade engages in a spiraling curriculum as they learn about Jewish traditions and cultures, past and present. For more detailed information about our program, please contact Rabbi Nadia Gold, 914-725-5175 x121 or visit our website.

Music, Theater and Dance

Hoff-Barthelson Music SchoolHBPictureFall2021Photo Credit: Steven Schnur

Registration for the 2021-22 school year is now open at Hoff-Barthelson, Westchester’s premier community music school! The School opens on September 9 with the School delivering most of its instructional programs in-person, on campus. To ensure the safety of everyone, the School has updated its Health and Safety Guidelines to align with the most recent guidance from the CDC and New York State.

Hoff-Barthelson’s flexible tuition structure provides students the opportunity to select those programs that most powerfully enhance their educational experience, develop their passion for music, and nurture their potential within the time they have available. In addition, an expanded Financial Aid Program is available to serve middle-class families and those impacted by the pandemic.

Hoff-Barthelson’s unique comprehensive program for students at all stages of development combines individual lessons on more than 20 instruments and voice with regular access to professional accompaniment; musicianship classes; myriad performance opportunities; an ensembles program featuring orchestras, choruses, chamber groups, and jazz ensembles; and written performance critiques and progress reports.

This fall the School introduces Advanced Track Musicianship classes for students with an avid desire to develop a comprehensive understanding of music theory, an expanded chamber music program, and an Adult Music Theory and Ear Training Bootcamp designed for adults who seek to develop a strong foundation in music theory. The School has also installed two state-of-the-art smart classrooms to be able to offer several intimate hybrid musicianship classes to accommodate students unable to attend in person.

At Hoff-Barthelson, students find a warm, friendly music school dedicated to the highest standards of education, performance, and community service. Students of all ages, aptitudes, and levels of interest enjoy a supportive, joyful learning environment; a focus on the whole person; exceptional teaching; and a multifaceted curriculum.

For more information and to register visit www.hbms.org, e-mail hb@hbms.org, or call 914-723-1169. Hoff-Barthelson Music School, 25 School Lane, Scarsdale.

Steffi Nossen School of Dance

NossenFall2021Photo Credit: Ellen CraneWe are excited to be dancing live again in our dance studios. Become part of the Steffi Nossen School of Dance community – in Westchester since 1937. Dancers of all abilities have a home at the school; pre-professionals and recreational dancers are treated with equal attention and respect.

The discipline and joy of dance communicated by our professional dance educators together with our nurturing and engaging environment, help dancers develop technical and physical strength and coordination, build confidence, and experience the creative process.

Try our new Musical Theater class for kindergarten – grade 2. From Dancing Tots and Creative Movement for Preschoolers to a Pre-Professional Program for tweens and teens there is a class everyone can enjoy. Preschoolers choose from Creative Movement or Ballet/Tap, kindergarteners – 7th graders participate in Core Programs in Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop and teens train in Technique Programs in Modern, Ballet, Jazz and Tap and our pre-professional Master Class Program and youth Company. The school also houses Moving Wheels and Heels, an Adaptive Dance Program and Parkinson’s Dance addressing the issues of this population in a fun class based on social dance, ballet, modern and jazz. Classes are curriculum-based with performance opportunities for all.

Learn more, and register at www.steffinossen.org or contact us at info@steffinossen.org or (914) 328-1900. Steffi Nossen School of Dance, 216 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606

(Photo of “Two Trees” choreographed by Laurie DeVito. Scarsdale dancers include Jocelyn Lewis- center and facing right Samantha Vleck, both graduates of Scarsdale HS class of 2020.)

Adult Education

Scarsdale Adult SchoolSASCoverFall2021

Scarsdale Adult School reimagines lifelong learning post pandemic. Scarsdale Adult School is a proven source of quality adult education, having served Westchester and nearby communities at affordable prices for over eighty years. This past season, SAS reinvented itself as a provider of world-class online learning too, transforming to an all-remote model for the pandemic. This fall, SAS will continue to offer Zoom-based courses from its hand-selected cadre of instructors while also reintroducing its mainstay of in-person courses at venues in and convenient to Scarsdale.

The catalog display on the website now separates in-person from online courses, with each format offering a full array of subjects. The printable flipbook on the homepage is organized by subject matter, with a table of contents, color coding to reflect class format, and indices at the back to help students identify courses by setting and day of the week. SAS will not be mailing a printed catalog this term but will continue its practice of updating the posted flipbook in real time with newly added classes and scheduling changes. A weekly eblast also keeps interested students informed of upcoming special events and courses (newsletter sign-up link appears in the footer of every page of the website).

Please note that in-person classes are open only to those who can submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination at time of registration; mask requirements will depend on federal and state guidance at the time of class as well as any additional requirements imposed by the venue. By simultaneously keeping its “distance learning” model going into the future, SAS also provides the perfect opportunity to attend classes with loved ones in other communities, states, and even countries.

SAS’s fall semester boasts a wide array of humanities, skill enhancement, recreation, and personal/professional growth courses, with over 200 scheduled classes from more than 75 hand-picked faculty members. Class days, and times vary by course and fill on a first-come/first-served basis. Registration for the fall semester is already underway at www.ScarsdaleAdultSchool.org, with staggered class start dates throughout the year.

Architecture, art appreciation, history and culture classes are plentiful. Current events/politics now has its own department with probing classes on the Middle East and China in addition to news discussion groups. Walking tours venture to historic neighborhoods, museums, and galleries in New York City and to the Garner Arts Center while “armchair” tours allow students to travel virtually overseas to London and Paris or back in time to the original World Trade Center.

Noteworthy new topics include:
-Lost Mansions of New York
-Costumes of the Downton Abbey Series
-Rock Around the Clock: Music of the 1950s
-Playreading: One Act Plays by David Ives
-Sketch Safari at Wolf Conservation Center
-Six Weeks, Six Themes: A Gathering for Generative Writing.

Special events for the fall include author visits from Joy Harjo, Three-Term U.S. Poet Laureate, Ken Liu (The Paper Menagerie) and Deirdre Sinnott (The Third Mrs. Galway), lectures by Barnard College Professor Nara Milanich on the migrant family crisis at the U.S./Mexico border and NYU Professor Ralph Buultjens on America’s global position in the post-pandemic era, and a visit from Alex Tubis, the real artist behind the scenes of the hit Israeli television series Shtisel.

Literature classes cover the classics to contemporary selections, enabling students to ponder and debate works by Homer, Shakespeare, Conrad, McBride, Ishiguro, and Wilkerson, among others. In movie discussion classes, students may view and explore the dubbing of vocals in Hollywood musicals, films by Hitchcock, romantic comedies, documentaries, and many more topics.

French, German, Italian, and Spanish language classes at all levels and various fitness courses resume in September, as do a variety of photography, drawing, painting, and other arts & crafts classes for enrichment and enjoyment. Bridge, canasta, chess, and mah jongg are all back as are music appreciation and performing arts.

All these classes and many more begin after Labor Day. Visit www.ScarsdaleAdultSchool.org to register, to page through the interactive flipbook, or to search the catalog by category, keywords, instructor, or class time. Call (914) 723-2325 with questions.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Preparation


Since 2001, Westchester Supertutors’ Jake Luxemburg has successfully educated hundreds of students with a “Hebrew School in the Home” approach and in private Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation. Lessons are only one-on-one or in small group settings and take place either in the student’s home or on Zoom/FaceTime. Students benefit from our “Personal Touch” and immensely enjoy the numerous games that are played while learning! Each Bar/Bat Mitzvah service is customized based on the strengths of the students and encourages the participation of other family members to make the service extraordinarily personal and memorable. Our approach is engaging with a combination of content, creativity, fun and a sense of humor. You can find us on Instagram & Facebook at westchestersupertutors, or online at www.thesupertutors.com or call 914-420-1646 or e-mail supertutor13@yahoo.com for more information.