The Eastern Christian After School program is open to all Eastern Christian students in preschool through sixth grade. The program is located at the ECES campus. Middle School students ride a shuttle bus to ECES at no extra charge.
The After School program runs daily from 3:00-6:00 pm. The cost is $7.00 per child hour and $10.00 per hour for 2 or more children from the same family. Families are billed by ECSA. Students may attend on a regular scheduled basis or as a “drop in” as the need arises. The After School program is divided up into half hour segments including: outdoor or gymnasium activities, snack and homework, free choice and group activities.
The After School Program offers enrichment activities at an additional cost. Piano and guitar lessons are available on a weekly or bi-weekly basis for $40/session. Enrichment activities vary throughout the school year and have included such things as Sports Club, Cooking Club and Art Lessons.
Enrichment Program Activities:
After School Golf Club
TGA Premier Junior Golf is a youth development program for PK-5th grade students. TGA conducts a five level after school golf enrichment program that takes place primarily at the Eastern Christian Elementary School. The curriculum was created by golf professionals and education experts to include lesson plans that are fun, safe and educational. TGA’s program can be conducted indoors or out, on concrete or grass, year-round by utilizing fields, blacktops, gyms and even hallways. As students matriculate through the five level program, TGA provides opportunities for them to apply the skills they’re learning at their schools to the golf course through transition programs such as TGA camps, tournaments and clinics at partner golf facilities.
Where: Eastern Christian Elementary School
When: Thursdays: 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18
Who: K – 5
Cost: $150 (Includes: All Equipment, Professional Golf Instruction, Snack & Homework Help)
After School Tennis Club
TGA Premier Youth Tennis brings tennis instruction to Eastern Christian Elementary school, making it convenient and affordable. The kid-friendly instructors help students develop their tennis skills, get active, and build self confidence as they advance through the multi-level programs.
Where: Eastern Christian Elementary School
When: Thursdays: 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5, 6/12
Who: K – 5
Cost: $150 (Includes: All Equipment, Professional Tennis Instruction, Snack & Homework Help)
Weekly Piano, Violin & Voice Lessons
Bring out the musician inside your child! The Eagles After School program is pleased to announce the launch of Piano & Violin lessons taught by well qualified instructors. Piano lessons will lay the foundation for all further music study. Violin students can get a head start on the Violin program at their school, or add that one-on-one attention needed to take their playing to the next level! All school-age students welcome. Come and start a musical journey that will last a lifetime!
Where: Eastern Christian Elementary School, 25 Baldin Drive, Midland Park, NJ
When: Piano – Monday, Wednesday
Violin - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Voice – Tuesday
Who: K to 8th Grade
Time: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM (30 Minute Lessons)
(ECMS students will be bused to ECES at no extra charge)
Cost: $40 – Includes: Piano/Violin Instruction, Snack & Homework Time
After School Director: Mike McKinney
After School Cell Phone: 973-432-4187
Meet our Instructors
Melissa Macy (Piano & Violin Teacher)
has a Bachelor’s of Music from the Eastman School of music in Music Education and Violin Performance. She also holds a Master’s degree in Violin Performance from the Conservatory at SUNY Purchase. Since graduating, she has spent five years teaching orchestra in the Bergenfield public school system, as well as private violin and piano individual lessons. Melissa continues to perform in orchestras and chamber music groups throughout the area. As an educator, Melissa hopes to instill a love and deep appreciation for music in her students as she teaches them the skills necessary for lifelong participation in musical performance.
Rebecca Karle (Violin Teacher)
received her degree in music education from The College of New Jersey where she specialized in violin. During her studies, she served as concertmaster of The College of New Jersey orchestra. Since college, she has been teaching strings in the Basking Ridge school system as well as teaching private violin lessons. She is a proud member of the American String Teachers Association and currently performs with the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed in many chamber ensembles and various other summer programs. Mrs. Karle is married and has a baby boy.
Hannah Faye Zarate (Voice Teacher)
has her Bachelor’s of Music from Messiah College in Vocal Performance. While at Messiah, she sang with the Messiah College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers under the direction of Linda Tedford. Since graduating, Hannah Faye has performed in several theater companies in Northern New Jersey and New York City including the Bergen Performing Arts Center, where she is also a vocal and choral teaching artist. Aside from teaching, she is actively involved in the music ministry and youth ministry at Grace Church in Ridgewood. Hannah Faye is currently teaching Choral and General Music at Eastern Christian Middle School.
Joyce Breur (Piano Teacher)
has been a teacher at Eastern Christian Middle School for seventeen years. During her first year at ECMS, she taught chorus and music appreciation. Along with teaching, Joyce has taught piano lessons to all ages, directed children’s choir and senior choir at her church, and has been playing the organ since the age of sixteen. She is currently the organist at Living Word Reformed Church in North Haledon and also co-accompanies choir rehearsals. Joyce has a deep love for music and enjoys teaching future pianists so that they will also develop a love and appreciation for music.