Enrichment Program Coordinator: Ryan Cummings




The Enrichment program has multiple sessions in various formats. Fall & winter sessions are Saturday classes that are held from 10a- 12 noon for 5 weeks at a school based site. Students get an opportunity to take two one-hour classes each Saturday. We also offer a summer Sports & Recreation class for 2 weeks, twice a week in the evening, in a similar format as the fall & winter sessions. 

Throughout the rest of the year, we offer classes over 5 week segments at various locations sponsored by local experts in the community that specialize in the modality we are offering.

Some examples of classes we offer at both the school based program  and at the various community sites throughout the rest of the year are yoga, gymnastics, crochet, lacrosse, tae kwon do, ninja lab and cooking. The offerings vary with each session. The fee for this program is $20 per five week one hour class in the winter session (or $40 if you take both hours of the school based sessions). Off-site 5 week programs throughout the rest of the year are $30-60 for the entire five week session.


Registration Info:

Registration for fall site based sessions starts in the beginning of September and classes begin in early October.  Registration for Winter Enrichment typically starts in January and classes begin in late February. The rest of the site based sessions occur at various times from November to April. Registrations typically occur a month prior to the start of the program.

2023  Enrichment Session Registrations

Winter Enrichment 2023

Who: Students grades K-5 who reside in the Towns of Milton, Malta, Ballston, or the Village of Ballston Spa.

When and Where:

Days: Saturdays  2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 3/4, & 3/11/23  *No class 2/25/23

Time: 10am-12pm (Two one hour classes)

Location: Wood Road Elementary

COST: $20 per 5 week, 1 hour class. If you register for both 10am & 11am classes, the total fee will be $40 for the full 5 weeks. (Scholarships are available.)

HOW TO REGISTERLog onto www.ballstonarearec.org and go to our online registration by clicking “Register/Log In” or click https://ballstonarearec.sportngin.com/register/form/158321318  If you have already created an online account, you will be able to access the information from your last registration. If any of your personal information has changed, please update it to ensure that you receive program updates. All correspondence for this program is sent to the email listed in your registration account. If you have not previously registered online for a BARC program, you will need to create an account and register.

Online registration will open December 22nd, 2022 and will close on January 22nd  .  Space is limited for this program, and registration is ‘first come, first serve’. Email confirmation of registration from the Sports Engine site is not a confirmation of the classes your child is registered for. A separate email will be sent at least 5 days prior to the start of the program with confirmation of class assignments. If you need help registering or need a scholarship, please email Nora Osuchowski at ballstonarearec@gmail.com. If you have program questions, please contact Ryan Cummings, Program Coordinator at cummings.ryan38@gmail.com .

Class Descriptions

Winter Enrichment is a low-cost recreation program from 10am-12pm on Saturdays. Each class is for one hour which gives students the option to sign up for two classes each day. You must register your child for both classes 10am & 11am) if you would like him/her to participate in both classes. The classes this Winter are as follows:

Sports & Recreation (10am: Grades K-5  11am: Grades K-5)- Our sports and recreation class will focus on learning the fundamentals of various sports. Our primary sports this fall are: soccer, outdoor games, handball, and a family kickball game to complete the summer season. Alex Chandler, Lead Instructor is a certified teacher in New York State who admires and loves all sports.

Yoga and Mindfulness (10am: Grades 3-5  11am: Grades K-2)-  Our Yoga and Mindfulness class will focus on learning and practicing the fundamentals of various Yoga and Mindfulness techniques at an introductory level, no experience required. Jennifer Skaczkowski, Lead Instructor, is a certified school counselor in New York State who has actively participated in yoga courses at the collegiate level and personal level. “As a school counselor, I strongly feel that yoga and mindfulness aids to support the development of the whole child and can be used as a tool for both academic and social/emotional learning.”

Crochet and Weaving (10am: Grades K-5  11am: Grades K-5)-  In Beginner’s Crochet, kids in grades K-5 with no experience required will get to learn the basics of how to crochet! This includes the use of proper materials such as yarn and hooks, and understanding necessary stitches. Each child also has the opportunity to bring home a creation of their very own. Avery Padula, lead instructor, has a bachelor’s of the arts from SUNY Geneseo and has worked with kids for the past 6 years in various areas of study. She is “extremely excited to see crafters of all ages learn a new way to see and create art!”.

Tae Kwon Do (10am: Grades K-2  11am: Grades 3-5)-  The Torres Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts program will help your child improve many character development traits. You will see an improvement in fitness, focus, self-control and self-esteem. We strive to incorporate the tenants of Tae Kwon Do which includes Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit in every class, all while having fun! Master Torres (Lead Instructor) is the owner of Torres Ultimate Fitness in Malta and an experienced teacher of over 20 years.

Jewelry Making (10am: Grades K-2  11am: Grades 3-5)-  Our jewelry making class will teach students how to make wearable gifts and express their creativity through crafting. Each week, students ill work on a project that they will take home and enjoy for years to come.

Gymnastics (10am: Grades 3-5  11am: Grades K-2)-  Recreational gymnastics is a beginner’s friendly program, taught in a safe and fun environment utilizing proper progression and skill technique. Classes will emphasize strength, balance, flexibility and coordination along with positive encouragement from coaches. Some of the skills we will be working on include forward rolls, hand stands, bridges, cart wheels, and low balance beam walks to name a few. Lead Instructor Coach Brittany is a certified group fitness instructor with over 6years of experience coaching recreational gymnastics and fitness for kids and adults. Her mission is to empower the community through movement and fitness classes

Spanish for Beginners (10am: Grades K-2  11am: Grades 3-5)-  In this class students will learn conversational Spanish focusing on practical everyday use of the language. The class entails learning basic Spanish along with doing hands on activities that relate to each topic. Shadey Mercado-Perez, Lead Instructor has her Bachelors of Arts in Spanish and has been teaching for many years.