After School Program

These programs are led by certified and licensed special education Cooke faculty. The are designed to provide opportunities for children with special needs to interact with their peers, through structured activities as well as free play. These activities are created to help students to develop social skills, team building and decision making skills and includes:

Kids In Morion Grammar School After-school Program 

An after school games group with a focus on motor planning, strength, coordination, sequencing, body awareness around peers, executive functioning skills, and expansion of leisure skills.  Kids in Motion will involve participation in common group games with a motor emphasis.  The club provides Cooke students a special opportunity to participate in social experiences that can translate into functional fun at birthday parties, the playground, and with friends and family.  Kids in Motion is planned and led by CGS Occupational Therapists to assist with functional engagement for all students!

Kids in Motion Members: This club is designed for children in 2nd grade and up, that would benefit from facilitated games to help participate in common games and activities.

Topics and Skills Addressed

  • Participation in commonly played schoolyard, playground, birthday party, and childhood games
  • Develops underlying sensory and motor skills, including strengthening, coordination, body awareness, and motor planning
  • Builds leisure skills and preferred activities
  • Supports executive functioning and social skills

Fall Session Dates

Thursdays 3:30pm-5:00pm October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st & November 14th and 21st
(Note: NO Session November 7th due to Parent Teacher Conferences)
Parents are responsible for picking up their child promptly between 4:50-5:00pm.
Kids in Motion is free of charge. Space is limited. Sign up is first come first serve. We will follow up to confirm your child’s space in the program.

Academy Fall 2019 After School Program Details
Ages 14 and over
(Scroll to the end for enrollment and payment forms)

  • MONDAYS: Digital Movie Making ($380)
    Instructors – Ms. Glatt and Ms. Mujica
    Students will learn how to utilize green screens for special effects, edit video clips and create movie trailers using the Apple program iMovie in the Academy’s technology lab. In each session, students will learn a new video editing skill and work as a group to create a fantastic movie! We will explore the process of video production and editing of original works and how to export and share our creations.
  • TUESDAYS: Comic Creation and Exploration ($380)
    Instructor – Mr. Granoff
    In this project-driven activity, students will draw and publish their own comics and magazines. Students will be encouraged to work in whatever personal vision or style that interests them, such as superheroes, humor, autobiographies, journalism, adaptation story boards for film and graphic novels–all are popular options. Students will read and share their favorites comics while exploring what they can tell us about social scenarios, writing and art.
  • WEDNESDAYS: Poetry ($380)
    Instructors – Ms F. and Ms. Jerome
    Students will have the opportunity to draw and write. They will learn some forms and practice rhythm with the goal of creating a Cooke Creators Literary Magazine. The magazine can either be distributed to the school or sold as a fundraising effort. This series will include presentations and workshops by practicing poets.
  • THURSDAYS Let’s Groove ($225)
    Instructors – Ms. F, Mr. Stevens, Ms. Hornedo
    Let’s Groove is a program that promote healthy living in a fun and exciting way by combining fitness, dance and stretching. Each Let’s Groove session engages students in fitness activities and encourages strengthening, balance and coordination. Movements are modified to provide access to all participants.
  • FRIDAY Talk Theater ($380)
    Instructor – Mr. Stevens
    Talk theater is a therapeutic drama program facilitated by a speech and language pathologist and a drama therapist. Talk theater utilizes theater’s qualities to address speech and drama therapy goals. Through purposeful dramatic play, exercises are designed to improve social skills, develop emotional intelligence, increase flexibility, and strengthen expressive receptive, and programatic language.