B.A.S.E. Course Catalog (Winter 2024)

B.A.S.E. (Brunswick After-School Experience) is Brunswick's in-house after-school program, which consists of Encore enrichment activities as well as an Extended-Day group. In addition to offering enriching after-school clubs, the primary goal of B.A.S.E. is to provide safe childcare for children of working parents or families in need of care beyond the traditional school day. 
  • The Winter term of B.A.S.E. begins when we return from Holiday Break on Tuesday, January 2, and ends on Friday, March 8.
  • Encore activities meet once/week (Monday-Thursday) and are structured enrichment activities run by Brunswick teachers or outside experts, offered at grade levels Pre-K & K, grades 1 & 2, and grades 3 & 4. Registration for all B.A.S.E. programs takes place in the fall, winter, and spring terms so families have the chance to adjust their schedule each season. Any outside instructors go through required background checks.
  • The Encore schedule for each grade, Monday-Thursday, is as follows:
      • Pre-K & K  3:00-3:45 p.m.
      • Grades 1 & 2  3:35-4:20 p.m.
      • Grades 3 & 4  3:45-4:30 p.m.
  • Each Encore activity has a minimum number of sign-ups required to run. Most Encore activities have an enrollment capacity, and we will do our best to ensure that all students get to participate in an activity that they are interested in at least once throughout the year. Registrations may not always be first come, first served.
  • Extended Day is offered daily as an opportunity for boys in Pre-K-4 to enjoy our facilities and resources and spend time in an unstructured (but supervised) environment at the conclusion of the formal school day.
  • Extended Day pick-up times are 3:45 p.m. (Pre School only), 4:30 p.m., or 5:30 p.m. (you may pick up your son at any time before your registered pick-up time). You may add Extended Day on top of an Encore activity if you need a later pick-up. You will not be charged for Extended Day during the time your son is in an Encore activity.
  • Pick-up for all B.A.S.E. activities (Encore and Extended Day) is at the Pre School building, unless otherwise noted. Please do not line up in the pick-up line early. There are many events happening on campus and the front of the building cannot be blocked to traffic. For example, if you are picking up for grades 3 & 4 early, you will delay and congest the dismissal for grades 1 & 2.
Registration will occur on a different evening at 6 p.m. for each grade level:
    • Pre-K & K  Monday, December 4, at 6 p.m.
    • Grades 1 & 2  Tuesday, December 5, at 6 p.m.
    • Grades 3 & 4  Wednesday, December 6, at 6 p.m.

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    Joey Zannino 

    Counseling Services, Pre, Lower, and Middle School; After School Program Director; Assistant Director of Sports Camps

Mondays

Books & Bruins ( $175 )
Grade: PK, K     Time: 3:00-3:45p
Instructor: Kristen Ingarra     Class Size: 8
Description: Calling all book lovers! If you enjoy listening to stories and creating, then this is the club for you! Join us each week as we hear a story from a popular children's author. Afterward, we will do a fun book-related craft.

Cooking Club ( $175 )
Grade: PK, K     Time: 3-3:45p
Instructor: Deb Schwartz     Class Size: 8
Description: If you like to be creative in the kitchen, join the cooking club! Our young chefs will measure, mix, and of course enjoy their creations each week!

Soccer Shots at Wick! ( $175 )
Grade: 1, 2     Time: 3:35-4:20p
Instructor: Joey Zannino     Class Size: 10
Description: Soccer Shots is an intro to soccer enrichment program with a focus on character development. We teach the fundamentals of the game of soccer through new skills, character words, fun games, and scrimmaging. Our curriculum aligns with the Early Education Standards in the state of Connecticut and is designed to meet each child where they are developmentally based on their age bracket. Join us on Soccer Island, where we learn a lot and have fun doing it! This activity will take place in the Lower School Gym this winter, and dismissal will be from the Lower School.

Chess 1/2 ( $175 )
Grade: 1, 2     Time: 3:35-4:20
Instructor: Joey Zannino     Class Size: 25
Description: For decades, Brunswick has enjoyed a successful partnership with the National Scholastic Chess Foundation. We are once again excited to bring the organization and their expert instructors back to campus to work with our Lower School students. If you love games of strategy, then Chess is the activity for you. Boys in grades 1-4 will participate in this activity together to better facilitate instruction for both begginers new to the game and players with experience at any Lower School age.

Chess 3/4 ( $175 )
Grade: 3, 4     Time: 3:45-4:30
Instructor: Joey Zannino     Class Size: 8
Description: For decades, Brunswick has enjoyed a successful partnership with the National Scholastic Chess Foundation. We are once again excited to bring the organization and their expert instructors back to campus to work with our Lower School students. If you love games of strategy, then Chess is the activity for you. Boys in grades 1-4 will participate in this activity together to better facilitate instruction for both begginers new to the game and players with experience at any Lower School age.

Homework Help ( $175 )
Grade: 3, 4     Time: 3:45-4:30p
Instructor: Suzanne Godard     Class Size: 8
Description: Sign up for our Homework Help activity on Monday afternoons and get your week started off on the right foot! We will organize our binders, review assignments, prepare for tests and quizzes, as well as get our homework done in this club designed to help keep you organized and on track. Dismissal for this activity takes place at the Lower School.

Drones ( $175 )
Grade: 3. 4     Time: 3:45-4:30p
Instructor: Tim Coupe     Class Size: 12
Description: Have you always wanted to learn to fly? Want to try loops and fly through challenging courses? How about improving your coding skills? You’ll do all three and have fun with Mr. Coupe in our after-school Drone Club.

Extended Day Monday ( 140, 280, 420 )
Grade: PK-4     Time: 3-5:30p
Instructor: Rejina Pirtle
Description: Extended Day is a supervised, unstructured program at the end of the school day that is an opportunity for the boys to participate in free play, arts & crafts, homework help, puzzles and games, and much more while providing families in need with additional coverage beyond the school day and B.A.S.E. Encore enrichment activities. Extended Day may be "added on" following the conclusion of your son's enrichment activity. Due to space restrictions, please consider that space in Extended Day is limited and if necessary priority will be given to those families with no alternate childcare. You may register for an Extended Day pickup time of 3:45p (PK/K only), 4:30p, or 5:30p. You will not be “double charged” if you are adding Extended Day to an Encore activity. Price shown is for PK/K. Extended Day charges will be adjusted before posting if necessary, based on grade-level and participation in Encore activity.

Tuesdays

Dino Discovery ( $250 )
Grade: PK, K     Time: 3-3:45p
Instructor: Connie Snetzko     Class Size: 18
Description: Calling all paleontologists! If you love studying dinosaurs then this is the club for you! Join us each week as we learn about these prehistoric animals and engage in hands-on crafts and activities.

Chess PK/K ( $250 )
Grade: PK, K     Time: 3-3:45p
Instructor: Joey Zannino     Class Size: 24
Description: For decades, Brunswick has enjoyed a successful partnership with the National Scholastic Chess Foundation. We are once again excited to bring the organization and their expert instructors back to campus to work with our Pre School students. If you love games of strategy, then Chess is for you. This activity is designed to accomodate begginers new to the game as well as any Preschoolers that already have experience playing Chess.

Family Game Club ( $250 )
Grade: PK, K     Time: 3:35-4:20p
Instructor: Tierney Minion     Class Size: 8
Description: Does your child like playing games? This is the perfect club for him! In this club our youngest Bruins will experience group play by exploring classic "family" style games including: Memory, Go Fish!, UNO, Charades, Bingo, and so much more!

Lego Robotics 1/2 ( $250 )
Grade: 1, 2     Time: 3:35-4:20p
Instructor: Audrey Onsdorff     Class Size: 8
Description: Come learn the fundamentals of engineering and computational thinking with Lego robotics with our Middle School Media Specialist! Each class explores the fundamentals of engineering through a real-world problem, learns to design and code, and creates unique solutions made with LEGO® bricks and powered by LEGO® WeDo 2.0 set.

Italian Club ( $250 )
Grade: 1, 2     Time: 3:35-4:20p
Instructor: Lucy Noel     Class Size: 8
Description: Italian Club will offer students a learning experience that focuses on language, food and culture. Students will explore the many regions of Italy, engage with beautiful art and architecture, and of course make and eat a delicious Italian dish. The club will teach students beginner Italian vocabulary and give them the tools to introduce themselves, order their favorite italian dishes, and ask essential questions.

Learn to Play Sports ( $250 )
Grade: 1, 2     Time:
Instructor: Jack Morrill     Class Size: 10
Description: This activity is for our beginner athletes that are interested in learning rules and strategies for organized team sports. Each week we’ll learn the rules and basic skills of a new sport and have the chance to participate in drills and play in a scrimmage. We’ll cover football, soccer, basketball, and so much more!

Newspaper Club ( $250 )
Grade: 3, 4     Time: 3:45-4:30p
Instructor: Claire Goldstein     Class Size: 8
Description: Calling all journalists! Each week we will learn about journalism, photography, writing, and so much more. Our student reporters get to brainstorm topics, interview community members, research, take photographs, and write articles. Students will also have the opportunity to express their creativity through the creation of comic strips, artwork, jokes, and puzzles. At the end of our winter session the boys will have created their very own newspaper, sent out at school and home!

Lego Robotics 3/4 ( $250 )
Grade: 3, 4     Time: 3:45-4:30p
Instructor: Tim Coupe 10
Description: This isn't your typical robotics or science club, as we truly embrace fun and creativity as much as learning. Using motors, sensors and a programmable brain, you can make your model do almost anything. Dismissal for this activity takes place at the Lower School.

After School Clay 3/4 ( $275 )
Grade: 3, 4     Time: 3:45-4:30p
Instructor: Gabby Sia     Class Size: 12
Description: Artists will explore all the amazing features of clay by rolling, pinching and building incredible and imaginative sculptures with one of our Upper School Art teachers! Some classes will be dedicated glaze days and all projects will be fired in our kiln and the boys will have the chance to bring each of their creations home. Price includes $25 material fee.

Extended Day Tuesday ( 200, 400, 600 )
Grade: PK-4     Time: 3-5:30p
Instructor: Rejina Pirtle     Class Size:
Description: Extended Day is a supervised, unstructured program at the end of the school day that is an opportunity for the boys to participate in free play, arts & crafts, homework help, puzzles and games, and much more while providing families in need with additional coverage beyond the school day and B.A.S.E. Encore enrichment activities. Extended Day may be "added on" following the conclusion of your son's enrichment activity. Due to space restrictions, please consider that space in Extended Day is limited and if necessary priority will be given to those families with no alternate childcare. You may register for an Extended Day pickup time of 3:45p (PK/K only), 4:30p, or 5:30p. You will not be “double charged” if you are adding Extended Day to an Encore activity. Price shown is for PK/K. Extended Day charges will be adjusted before posting if necessary, based on grade-level and participation in Encore activity.

Wednesdays

Fun with Textures! ( $250 )
Grade: PK, K     Time: 3-3:45p
Instructor: Dani Clarke     Class Size: 8
Description: Does your son like getting messy and doing hands-on activities? Then he just might enjoy the Fun with Textures club! In this activity, preschoolers will get to have some tactile fun. We make and explore things that are gooey, slimy, sticky, or other sensations (and get some fine motor practice as a result!).

Broadway Bruins ( $250 )
Grade: PK, K     Time: 3-3:45p
Instructor: Deb Schwartz     Class Size: 18
Description: Calling all actors! Broadway Bruins is a club designed to inspire creativity! We will be playing theater games, designing sets and costumes, and even acting in our own small play.

Brunswick Builders ( $250 )
Grade: PK, K     Time: 3-3:45p
Instructor: Tierney Minion     Class Size: 18
Description: Does your child enjoy building? This is the club for him! In this club we will work on building different structures with different materials (LEGO's, Magna-Tiles, Blocks, Blue Blocks, etc.) each week!

After School Clay 1/2 ( $275 )
Grade: 1, 2     Time: 3:35-4:20p
Instructor: Gabby Sia     Class Size: 12
Description: Artists will explore all the amazing features of clay by rolling, pinching and building incredible and imaginative sculptures with one of our Upper School Art teachers! Some classes will be dedicated glaze days and all projects will be fired in our kiln and the boys will have the chance to bring each of their creations home. Price includes $25 material fee.

Kempo Karate at BASE 1/2 ( $250 )
Grade: 1, 2     Time: 3:35-4:35p
Instructor: Joey Zannino 20
Description: Kempo Karate is an excellent activity to start at an early age, and moreover the martial arts help to develop self-confidence, focus, discipline, respect and benevolence for others. In a fun and controlled environment students will build motor skills by learning a series of punches, kicks and blocks. Throughout the course important character building lessons are incorporated. Our pre-school/kindergarten classes focus on developing gross motor skills and self-control, whereas classes with older children emphasize fine motor skills, balance, strength, conditioning and mastery of oneself. Participants will have no physical contact during the session. Students should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. All new students will receive a white Karate belt at start of program. Throughout the course of the program, all eligible students will be invited to earn their next colored belt at a belt rank testing, hosted at the Greenwich Kempo dojo. Please note this activity is 60-minutes and has a pickup time of 4:35p.

Story Maker Club ( $265 )
Grade: 3, 4     Time: 3:45-4:30p
Instructor: Beth Barsanti     Class Size: 8
Description: Calling all authors! Bring your imagination to our winter writing club. At this club you will have the chance to work with other writers to write and illustrate your own book. We will share a special snack each week to keep our creative juices flowing and at the end of the term each boy will be able to take the hardcover book that they create home with them. Join us this winter! Price includes $15 materials fee.

Shop 3/4 ( $275 )
Grade: 3, 4     Time: 3:45-4:30p
Instructor: Tim Coupe     Class Size: 15
Description: Do you like working with your hands? Using tools to create and build? Interested in whittling and tinkering? If you are, join us for Shop class and learn how to use hand tools and build some cool stuff! Dismissal for this activity takes place at the Lower School. Price includes $25 materials fee.

Extended Day Wednesday ( 200, 400, 600 )
Grade: PK-4     Time: 3-5:30p
Instructor: Rejina Pirtle     Class Size:
Description: Extended Day is a supervised, unstructured program at the end of the school day that is an opportunity for the boys to participate in free play, arts & crafts, homework help, puzzles and games, and much more while providing families in need with additional coverage beyond the school day and B.A.S.E. Encore enrichment activities. Extended Day may be "added on" following the conclusion of your son's enrichment activity. Due to space restrictions, please consider that space in Extended Day is limited and if necessary priority will be given to those families with no alternate childcare. You may register for an Extended Day pickup time of 3:45p (PK/K only), 4:30p, or 5:30p.

Thursdays

Specials Club ( $225 )
Grade: PK, K     Time: 3:00-3:45p
Instructor: Tierney Minion     Class Size: 8
Description: In this club your child will get the chance to "visit" a beloved special each week! Whether it be Science, Art, Music, Library, or Gym, they will be sure to have fun!

Move those Muscles! ( $225 )
Grade: PK, K     Time: 3:00-3:45p
Instructor: Kristen Ingarra     Class Size: 18
Description: Activities like Lite Brite, Play-Doh, and Operation are not only fun, but they strengthen our small motor skills! Join us each week as we use these materials and many others to build muscles in our hands. We will also be practicing our self-help skills like zipping, lacing, and opening containers. Let's move those muscles!

Kempo Karate at BASE PK/K ( $225 )
Grade: PK, K     Time: 3:00-3:45p
Instructor: Joey Zannino     Class Size: 15
Description: Kempo Karate is an excellent activity to start at an early age, and moreover the martial arts help to develop self-confidence, focus, discipline, respect and benevolence for others. In a fun and controlled environment students will build motor skills by learning a series of punches, kicks and blocks. Throughout the course important character building lessons are incorporated. Our pre-school/kindergarten classes focus on developing gross motor skills and self-control, whereas classes with older children emphasize fine motor skills, balance, strength, conditioning and mastery of oneself. Participants will have no physical contact during the session. Students should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. All new students will receive a white Karate belt at start of program. Throughout the course of the program, all eligible students will be invited to earn their next colored belt at a belt rank testing, hosted at the Greenwich Kempo dojo.

Shop 1/2 ( $250 )
Grade: 1, 2     Time: 3:35-4:20p
Instructor: Tim Coupe     Class Size: 14
Description: Do you like working with your hands? Using tools to create and build? Interested in whittling and tinkering? If you are, join us for Shop class and learn how to use hand tools and build some cool stuff! Dismissal for this activity takes place at the Lower School. Price includes $25 materials fee.

Stop Motion Animation ( $225 )
Grade: 1, 2     Time: 3:35-4:20p
Instructor: Audrey Onsdorff     Class Size: 8
Description: Come learn the basic skills to create your very own of stop-motion animated film with our Middle School Media Specialist! You will envision your story, map out a storyboard and write a script. Next, you will learn basic software skills while filming your story. Finally, basic editing techniques will be applied to your film to give it it's very own finishing touches.

Social Studies Club ( $225 )
Grade: 3, 4     Time: 3:45-4:30p
Instructor: Emily Beinkampen     Class Size: 8
Description: Social Studies club will be an exciting time for students to learn more about our world. We will foster students curiosity and love for the world around them by learning about a wide range of topics from countries and cultures around the world, different time periods, and influential people throughout our history. Activities will be hands-on and engaging so the boys get to experience the joy of learning about our world!

Kempo Karate at BASE 3/4 ( $225 )
Grade: 3, 4     Time: 3:45-4:45p
Instructor: Joey Zannino     Class Size: 18
Description: Kempo Karate is an excellent activity to start at an early age, and moreover the martial arts help to develop self-confidence, focus, discipline, respect and benevolence for others. In a fun and controlled environment students will build motor skills by learning a series of punches, kicks and blocks. Throughout the course important character building lessons are incorporated. Our pre-school/kindergarten classes focus on developing gross motor skills and self-control, whereas classes with older children emphasize fine motor skills, balance, strength, conditioning and mastery of oneself. Participants will have no physical contact during the session. Students should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. All new students will receive a white Karate belt at start of program. Throughout the course of the program, all eligible students will be invited to earn their next colored belt at a belt rank testing, hosted at the Greenwich Kempo dojo.

Extended Day Thursday ( 180, 360, 540 )
Grade: PK-4     Time: 3-5:30p
Instructor: Rejina Pirtle     Class Size:
Description: Extended Day is a supervised, unstructured program at the end of the school day that is an opportunity for the boys to participate in free play, arts & crafts, homework help, puzzles and games, and much more while providing families in need with additional coverage beyond the school day and B.A.S.E. Encore enrichment activities. Extended Day may be "added on" following the conclusion of your son's enrichment activity. Due to space restrictions, please consider that space in Extended Day is limited and if necessary priority will be given to those families with no alternate childcare. You may register for an Extended Day pickup time of 3:45p (PK/K only), 4:30p, or 5:30p. You will not be “double charged” if you are adding Extended Day to an Encore activity. Price shown is for PK/K. Extended Day charges will be adjusted before posting if necessary, based on grade-level and participation in Encore activity.

Fridays

Extended Day Friday ( 270, 540 )
Grade: PK-4     Time: 12-3:30p
Instructor: Rejina Pirtle     Class Size:
Description: Extended Day is a supervised, unstructured program at the end of the school day that is an opportunity for the boys to participate in free play, arts & crafts, homework help, puzzles and games, and much more while providing families in need with additional coverage beyond the school day. Due to space restrictions, please consider that space in Extended Day is limited and if necessary priority will be given to those families with no alternate childcare. Boys must pack their own nut-free lunch on Fridays. Pickup times are 1:30p or 3:30p. You may pick your son up anytime before your registered pickup time.

Brunswick School Greenwich, CT

  • Upper School
    100 Maher Avenue
    Office: 203.625.5856

    Lower School
    1252 King Street
    Office: 203.485.3670
  • Middle School
    1275 King Street
    Office: 203.242.1202

    Pre School
    1252 King Street
    Office: 203.485.3652

Main Phone: 203.625.5800
Business: 203.242.1220 
Alumni: 203.242.1223