Wednesday, February 24, 2016

2015 -16 Programming at the West Orange Community House BGC

It's been quite a year! If you didn't know, The West Orange Community House Boys & Girls Club operates 5 after-school programs within West Orange serving at the Washington, Hazel, Gregory, Pleasantdale, and Mount Pleasant Elementary Schools.    

Our daily programming at each site entails Homework Hour, Snack Time, Board Games, Arts/Crafts, and Gym Games facilitated mostly by certified PE Teachers.   Each site offers enrichment activities which are planned and programmed by the site staff.   Some of the programs include; Fun Foods, Special Arts/Craft Projects, Public Speaking, Robotics, Board Game Tournaments, DJ Dance Fitness, and Bucket Percussion!

We are currently facilitating an Asthma Awareness Program called "BEAM" (Breathe Easier with Asthma Management) made possible by the partnership between the BGCNJ and Horizon! 75 of our children will be educated on this prevalent disease.  Another important piece of this program involves educating asthmatic children how to better manage their asthma.  

If you have any questions about our program, feel free to email us at or visit our website at

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Special Visitors Coming Up!

DJ Dance and Musical Races:  John Peterson

Gregory School: March 19th
Pleasantdale Elementary: March 23
Hazel Elementary March 24th
Washington Elementary:  April 1st

Minds In Motion: 

Monday,  March 30th
Tuesday,  March 31st
Wednesday, April 1st
1:30pm Gregory
(45 kids)
Chemical Creations
1:30pm Pleasantdale
(45 kids)
Chemical Creations
1:30pm Hazel
(45 kids)

3:00pm Washington
(45 kids)
Chemical Creations
3:00pm Gregory
(40 kids)
Chemical Creations

Gregory After-School Enrichment

After-Care Enrichment Registration

The West Orange Community House is proud to offer an Enrichment Program which will provide different opportunities for our children to continue to learn and grow! Children will meet once a week, starting (the week of) February 2, 2015 from 4:00pm-5:00pm for a six week session.   Each class can occupy 8 to 12 participants.  If the minimum registration is not reached, that particular class will not run.  This is…..FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE.

Building Fun: with Ms. Alyssa
Mondays (Grades 3-5)- Work with a new type of material each week (EX: Straw connectors, clay, paper, wooden sticks, Legos, and food) and build your own small creative structures. 

All Sports: with Mr. Tommy
Tuesdays (Grades: K-2)- Students will be introduced to new sports skills each week and apply those skills to a live game each session.
Thursdays (Grades: 3-5) - Students will be introduced to a new sport and learn important fundamental skills each week.  Competitive games are played during each session.

Arts ~n~ Crafts: with Ms. Alyssa
Thursdays (Grades K-2)- Explore your creative side and work on different art projects each week. (EX: Perler beads, fashion headbands, paper airplanes, key chains, jewelry, puppets, and shell crafts)

Connect Four and More with Ms. LuAnne & Mr. Jerry
Tuesdays (Grades 3-5)- Learn new strategies for Connect Four and other logic games, tournaments will be held as well!
Wednesdays (Grades K-2)- Enjoy some good old-fashioned fun by playing different board games and working in groups with friends.

Book Club with Ms. Brandi
Mondays (K-2) - Explore a new book theme every week!
Wednesdays (3-5) – Explore and discuss a selection of educational and fun books each week!

Trek Across America with Ms. Dawn
Fridays (K-5) – Build your physical endurance while trekking across America one step at a time!   Win Prizes for reaching certain milestones!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

After School Programs Flourish in West Orange

We are already in November! They say time flies by when we are busy and we have been pretty busy at the after school programs. Since September, each site has had a magician visit, DJ dance parties, The fire department visit, a Shoprite nutritionist come every month to make healthy snacks with our kids, Gale Richter run workshops on anti-bullying and drug prevention, numerous sports competitions, and things are only going to move faster!

Coming Up Soon:
Thanksgiving Parties on Wednesday, November 26
Police Departments Visit in December
Robotics TBD
DJ Dance Parties (Balloon Races)- Join us!
December Holiday Parties

Thursday, July 3, 2014

DJ Music Party at the Summer Camp

This is the first full week of the the first session of the West Orange Summer camp!  It's been a HOT week but the kids have been doing some really cool things.  On Wednesday,  Program Supervisor for the BGCWO (John Peterson) ran a DJ Music Party for grades 3, 5, 6, and 7. Next Tuesday we will be back to include grades k, 1, 2, and 4 so don't feel left out.  Here are some clips of the event.