Clubhouse

After School: A Home Away from Home

Clubhouse at the JCC in Squirrel Hill provides the down time that kids need after a long day at school, as well as creative and fun activities and homework support in our nurturing, structured program.

Children from Kindergarten to grade 6 come to their “home away from home” Monday through Friday until 6 pm. Clubhouse takes full advantage of the JCC’s facilities, from tournament sized gyms and heated indoor swimming pools to grade‐appropriate homerooms, art rooms and play rooms in a dedicated area—the Clubhouse.

Clubhouse Walking Bus:

“Something that has been a wonderful addition to Clubhouse this year for my family has been the walking bus from Colfax. This is our family’s third year participating in Clubhouse and it is also our third year living in Pittsburgh, having “boomeranged” back to Squirrel Hill after exploring the west coast.  One of the things that helped us decide on moving back to Squirrel Hill was the happy memories that I had of an independent childhood; being able to walk to my friends’ houses as well as “upstreet” regularly.  Teaching my kids how to learn their way around, get a sense for safe decision making as a pedestrian, and letting them appreciate the new things you discover when walking around familiar streets is something that is very important to me.  I was very thankful when the opportunity arose this year to have this be part of my daughter’s daily school life.  After a long day inside and sedentary, I know that this walk is so important for her, though honestly there are days she is not as clear in this knowledge.  After the first week of the school year, she has now transitioned to thinking that the walk from Colfax to the JCC is just normal and familiar.  She is being given the gift of independence, learning how to safely be a pedestrian and watch out for her peers to ensure their safety as well.”

Maggie Feinstein, mother of Anabel Lantzman ( Grade 2)

 

Clubhouse Registration Packet 2019-20

Clubhouse is supported in part by the Hafner Charitable Foundation through the PNC Charitable Trust Grant Review Committee, Massey Charitable Trust and the Weiner Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Curtis & Joelle Krasik and Scott & Laurie Krasik After School Care Fund.

The program includes a diverse group of children who are able to learn from and grow with one another. Our staff fosters the development of friendships as well as teamwork and personal growth, encouraging independence, cooperation and freedom of choice within set limits.

Open to everyone, Clubhouse cultivates an understanding of Jewish cultural heritage through the celebration of Shabbat and Jewish holidays.

DAILY SCHEDULE
• Children are met at their bus stops by Clubhouse staff, checked in and accompanied to their grade‐appropriate homerooms.
• Healthy kosher snacks such as fresh fruit, crackers, yogurt, pita and cereal are immediately offered.
• Children participate in an age appropriate schedule of activities and/or JCC enrichment classes.

HOMEWORK
Based on parent preferences, children will complete all homework before participating in activities, or may finish homework at home.

DATES AND TIMES
Clubhouse is Monday through Friday, from the time school ends until 6 pm. The program begins at the end of the summer when Pittsburgh Public Schools begin and follows local private and public school calendars.

ACTIVITIES CAN INCLUDE:
• Science projects such as gak and volcano making
• Gym games such as kickball, GaGa, sports tourneys
• Free swim and pool games
• Robot making
• Kids Choice
• Foosball
• Create Your Own Board Games
• Kids Kitchen no bake cooking
• Outside games

OUR STAFF
Clubhouse is staffed by caring and creative young adults who get to know
your child and respond to his or her individual interests and needs. All staff are at least 18 years old, with extensive background in child care, child development or human services.

FOR EVERYONE:
• Tablets to assist with homework
• Activities with outside organizations such as Snapology, Maplewood Shop, Carnegie Science Museum, Little House Big Art, Wesley Family Service, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh at NO ADDITIONAL cost
• Weekly physical education activities with the JCC Sports and Recreation Department for each grade
• NEW CLUBS! STEM Building activities, cooking opportunities, BINGO, Jumbo board games, Minute to Win it challenges, and more!

Each day the children have the opportunity to choose which activity or club they would like to participate in.

This year we will be using our GET HEALTHY WITH CLUBHOUSE initiative to focus a bit more on mental health. We will be beginning programs with partners throughout the city to allow the children to have different ways of expressing themselves, whether it is through art, music, chess, physical activity, STEM, and much, much more!

A little bit more about the programs:

Kids of Steel- We have partnered with the Pittsburgh Marathon’s program to promote healthy activity and eating. With a handbook of lessons, games, and running logs the kids have the opportunity to track their fitness.

Little Medical School – This is a STEM focused program that offers kids of all ages education about medicine, science, and the importance of health in a fun, hands-on way. Through demonstrations, crafts, and games the kids will be able to learn about their bodies in a whole new way.
Maplewood Shop Woodworking-  This program allows the Clubhouse staff to teach STEM and art in an interesting and engaging way! Maplewoodshop primarily teaches life skills such as confidence, teamwork, problem-solving, patience, and create lifelong memories. The students will have the opportunity to create projects such as bird houses, simple wood crafts, and gradually design larger project throughout the year.

Wesley Family Services – Music therapy is a program that uses music to stimulate the senses and actively engage a child on many levels. This program allows the children to choose the songs they want to listen to and learn to play while using games and activities to make the time meaningful and fun. Music stimulates all the senses and actively engages and involves a child on many levels. Music-related experiences provide an endless array of opportunities to combine and integrate the senses and the development of self-regulation, which is a skill vital to all children.

  • Colfax K-8
  • Community Day School
  • Environmental Charter School
  • Falk School
  • Ellis School
  • Linden Elementary
  • St. Bede
  • St. Edmund’s Academy
  • Winchester Thurston

Check availability with your children’s school for more information about transportation. JCC membership is required to become a “member” of Clubhouse. Scholarships also are available for those who qualify.

For information about becoming a JCC member, please contact the Membership Office
at 412-697-3520.

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