After School Programs

After School Programs | Winter 2020

The Toronto Heschel School is pleased to notify you that the following After School Programs will be offered starting Monday, January 13, 2020 until Thursday, March 26, 2020.


We will not be accepting any late applications.

To register, please complete the form at the bottom of this page.


Chess Club

Open to students in Grades SK – Grade 8

Mondays from 4:20 – 5:20 pm

Dates: January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23 (No classes February 17) 

Cost:$265 for 10 sessions

Location: TBD

Chess Institute of Canada (CIC) is bringing its popular and rewarding after school chess club back to The Toronto Heschel School this fall! All levels of chess players are welcome. Beginners will be gifted with the universal language of chess knowledge, while advanced players will be challenged and raised to new levels. While learning or expanding their chess knowledge, students also gain important values and life skills such as:

  • goal setting
  • creative analysis
  • resilience
  • respect for others
  • responsibility for decisions

These skills are gained through our approach to chess as a mental martial art, where choosing a move means:

  • taking wise, calculated risks
  • dealing with unexpected and disappointing outcomes
  • reflecting critically on changing situations
  • looking deeper to find more viable options than may at first appear
  • valuing diverse abilities and skill sets
  • realizing there are choices in every situation

As this strong, respectful and resilient mindset is nourished, players will have a lot of fun with our experienced and engaging instructors, who will appeal to and elevate their natural abilities. Chess is an amazing activity for children of all ages, where focus and skills are gained with surprising speed. Please feel free to reach out to Chess Institute of Canada at if you have any questions and we will be happy to help you.


Creative Drama with The Heschel Players

Open to students in Grades JK – Grade 1

Mondays from 4:00 – 4:50 pm 

Dates: January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23 (No classes February 17) 

Cost:$250 for 10 sessions

Location: TBD

Here it is, back by popular demand, a ‘pint sized’ Heschel Drama Program designed specifically for our youngest students. Each week our JK and SK participants will be kept busy exploring a new and exciting theme through role-playing, storytelling, music, movement and creative exploration. Along the way they’ll gain confidence and learn to work collaboratively and independently. Most importantly, they’ll have lots of fun! Join us!


Masterchef Kids: Baking Edition

Open to students in Grades JK – Grade 6

Tuesdays from 4:05 – 5:05 pm

Dates: January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 17, 24 (No classes March 10) 

Cost:$255 for 10 sessions

Location: TBD

In this class, participants will be initiated into the exciting and creative world of baking. Masterchefs will learn to mix, whisk and measure while learning to make delicious cakes, cookies, breads and desserts. Our experienced instructor will teach your child how to make delicious and nutritious dishes that they will be begging to recreate at home! All ingredients are kosher and nut-free.

Kids will be competing in a Masterchef competition at the end of the session where they will create their own recipes and put their creativity to the test!

Wanda’s Creative Clay

Open to students in Grades JK – Grade 5

Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Dates: January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 17, 24 (No classes March 10) 

Cost:$180 for 10 sessions

Location: TBD

Wanda’s Creative Clay is a team of caring clay instructors who value and love children and has been in business for over 20 years. Our classes consist of gentle step-by-step, no fail instruction, creating new and exciting oven baked clay projects each week. We create a fun, safe and enriched environment that allows your child to express themselves, work on their fine motor skills, math & colour recognition, team work and build their confidence all while having fun!




FULL – NO SPACE – Open to students in Grades JK – Grade 3  – MAXIMUM # OF STUDENTS IS 14

Wednesdays from 3:50-4:50 pm

Dates: January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25 (No classes February 12) 

Cost:$275 for 10 sessions

Additional Cost:$65 for uniform, children’s manual and crest.

Additional Materials:a white t shirt to wear under their gi and a water bottle

Location: TBD 

Introduce young bodies and minds to fitness, focus, discipline, goal setting.

Students are taught the principles of respect, compassion and gratitude. The classes instill and develop self-esteem, confidence, improve focus, concentration….

The children will be introduced to basic blocks, rolls and falls, self-defence techniques all taught in an enjoyable yet disciplined environment.


Little Fingers Keyboard Class

Open to students in Grades JK – Grade 2

Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Dates: January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25 (No classes February 12) 

Cost:$225 for 10 sessions

Additional Materials:It is recommended that they have a keyboard to practise on at home.

Location: TBD 

Little Fingers Music Keyboard Classes are a fun introduction to learning the fundamentals of keyboard and music theory through practical playing, writing exercises and the use of Song Games.  These classes prepare students for one on one keyboard lessons.


The Junior Play

Open to students in Grades 1 – Grade 2

Wednesdays: 4:00 pm – 4:50 pm

Dates: January 8, 15, 22 29, February 5, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25 April 1, 22, 29 (No classes on February 12)
Performance dates: either April 27th OR April 30th, 2020 at Fairview Library Theatre.

Cost: $385 for 14 sessions

This price includes materials and costumes but not play tickets for family members.

Location: TBD

Calling all Junior theatre enthusiasts!! The Heschel “Junior Play” was introduced by popular demand as an introduction to stage performance for our younger Heschel Players drama students. Over the course of four months (14 sessions) students who have previously studied drama fundamentals will be led through the process of creating a short, original theatre performance and present it on one of the evenings of the 2020 Mainstage Play. Please ensure your child is able and willing to commit to the entire program as full participation is essential.


The Heschel Musical

Open to students in Grades 3 – Grade 8  

Wednesdays: 4:20 pm – 5:35 pm 

To register for The Heschel Musical, please go to

Registration closes on Friday, November 15, 2019.

By popular demand, the Heschel Players team behind such musical theatre hits as Alice in Wonderland Jr. (2019), Seussical Jr. (2018), Peter Pan Jr. (2017), The Lion King Experience (2016), and many more return to lead a skill building workshop on the “fun”damentals of musical theatre performance! Rotating through the three disciplines (Acting, Singing, Dancing) we’ll take on repertoire from a variety of popular contemporary and classic musicals while improving everyone’s range, confidence and audition technique along the way. Its “GLEE” meets Broadway and it’s only at Heschel! No previous experience required. Note: Classes are 75 minutes long and culminate in a free workshop performance for family and friends on the final day.


In The Mix

Open to students from Grades 1 – Grade 3

Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Dates: January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26 (No classes February 13) 

Cost:$200 for 10 sessions

Location: TBD

In the Mix is an innovative program that provides a unique opportunity for children to explore what’s new in dance, music and Internet technology. This experience is very much about developing mind and body, and gaining confidence and social skills. Students will learn a brief hip-hop dance to share with parents at the last class. They will also work collaboratively in small groups to create one-of-a-kind music-videos, using iPads supplied by In the Mix. Kids get to be Directors, DJs, and Choreographers while producing their own custom HipHop music-videos! Students have full creative freedom yet are guided appropriately to help them progress and spice up their videos and dancing. At the end of the session, students can securely view their videos at the In the Mix website. To learn more about this program


Clapboard Kids Film Workshops

Open to students in Grades 1 – Grade 5

Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Dates: January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26 (No classes February 13) 

Cost:$285 for 10 sessions


Learn professional filmmaking skills from an award-winning filmmaker who has worked with Disney, Touchstone Films, Columbia Pictures, Alliance Atlantis Communications, the CBC and the National Film Board of Canada!

Various filmmaking techniques (live action, stop motion animation, claymation and basic special effects) are explored as students work together through the different stages of filmmaking – from the creation of an original film idea – through to the planning, shooting and editing of their films. The workshops cover both the creative and technical aspects of filmmaking.

Educational Benefits: Our workshops give students the opportunity to learn a wide range of unique skills, some of which include:

  • Media literacy skills
  • Technical filmmaking knowledge
  • Self-expression and presentation skills
  • Creative thought processes
  • Storytelling skills
  • The opportunity to work collaboratively on a truly original project!
  • Team building skills
  • Over the years, we have seen several students blossom as they gain confidence and make new friends in the classes.
  • Due to the collaborative nature of the workshops, each session of Clapboard Kids is truly unique!
  • All technical equipment, costumes and props are supplied. At the end of the session, students receive a copy of their finished films to share with family and friends.

Our goal at Clapboard Kids is to inspire and guide the next generation of digital storytellers and filmmakers! For more info, visit:


Completed payment before the deadline of December 13, 2019 is required in order to participate in the programs. Payment is only being accepted via Paypal.

After School Programs – Winter 2020