Church Street School for Music & Art Announces Exclusive Partnership with Arolla Piano Co.

Church Street School for Music & Art is thrilled to announce an exclusive partnership with Brooklyn’s Arolla Piano Co.

Arolla’s team of piano tuners will be tasked with the regular care and maintenance of  CSSMA’s instruments. You will likely see them around the school moving forward. When you do, be sure to give a warm welcome!

Since 2015, Arolla Piano Co has grown exponentially from a one man operation, to a team of technicians who have earned a 5-star reputation for the excellent technical and customer service their friendly, talented technicians offer.  Arolla also has an apprenticeship program for those looking to learn how to maintain pianos.

As part of Church Street School’s partnership with Arolla Piano Co, all CSSMA students and staff receive a special 10% on piano tunings. Interested parties can  book instantly online at arollapianoco.com!

Sing-a-Long Lyrics for 12/8/21 Bogardus Plaza Holiday Sing!

I Have a Little Dreidel

I have a little dreidel
I made it out of clay
And when it’s dry and ready Then, dreidel I shall play.

Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel I made it out of clay
And when it’s dry and ready Then, dreidel I will play.

It has a lovely body
With legs so short and thin And when it gets all tired
It drops and I will win.

Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel I made it out of clay
And when it’s dry and ready Then, dreidel I will play.

My dreidel is so playful
It loves to dance and spin A happy game of dreidel Come play now, let’s begin.

Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel I made it out of clay
And when it’s dry and ready Then, dreidel I will play.

 

Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow On a one horse open sleigh O’er the fields we go, Laughing all the way

Bells on bob tail ring,
making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing A sleighing song tonight

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh

A day or two ago,
I thought I’d take a ride, And soon Miss Fanny Bright Was seated by my side;
The horse was lean and lank Misfortune seemed his lot We got into a drifted bank, And then we got upsot.

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh

2021- 2022 Church Street School Schedule

Fall 2021

  • Fall semester begins — Monday Sept 13
  • Yom Kippur (closed) — Sundown Sept 15 to Sundown Sept 16 (closed Thursday)
  • Indigenous People’s Day (closed) — Monday Oct 11
  • Election Day (closed) — Tuesday Nov 2
  • Veterans Day (closed) — Thursday Nov 11
  • Thanksgiving (closed) — Wednesday Nov 24 to Sunday Nov 28 (wed-sun)
  • Winter Recess (closed) — Fri Dec 24- Sunday Jan 2
  • Fall Classes Resume — Monday Jan 3
  • M.L.K. Jr Day (closed) — Monday Jan 17
  • Fall semester ends — Sunday Jan 30

Spring 2022

  • Spring semester begins — Monday Jan 31
  • Lunar New Year — Tues Feb 1
  • Midwinter Recess (closed) — Sat Feb 21 to  Sunday Feb 27
  • Spring Recess (closed) — Friday April 15 -Sun Apr 24
  • Eid Al-Fitr (closed) — Monday, May 2
  • Memorial Day Weekend (closed) — Sat May 28 to Monday May 30
  • Spring semester ends — Sunday, June 19
  • Make up week/summer begins — Tuesday, June 21

COVID-19 Protocols

CSSMA COVID-19 Reopening Safety Plan
Updated September 2021

Church Street School for Music and Art’s (CSSMA) policies comply with New York State and City
guidelines and with CDC recommendations, and will be updated as information develops.
All policies will apply to CSSMA programs, held at 41 White Street and at any off-site location.
Additional policies may apply when programs are held in off-site locations.

ORGANIZATION-WIDE NEW POLICIES:

  • All CSSMA employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19
    before teaching or working in-person unless they have a medical
    exemption. In the case of a medical exemption, CSSMA requires the
    employee to produce a negative COVID test weekly.
  • Everyone age 2 years and up will be required to wear a mask while in the
    school. Masks will be provided if needed.
  • Everyone will be asked to remain at least a 6 foot distance from each
    other.
  • Everyone will have their temperature checked upon entering the
    building. No-one will be admitted with a temperature over 100°F.
  • All employees, and renters will be required to sign a COVID-19 safety
    plan agreement.
  • All Program participants will sign a code of conduct agreement acknowledging understanding
    of CSSMA’s new COVID-19 procedures, agreeing to abide by them or risk losing the privilege of
    visiting our facilities, and agreeing not to visit the facility if experiencing any of the outlined
    COVID-19 symptoms (temp over 100° F, cough, chills, shortness of breath, runny nose, new loss
    of taste or smell, muscle pain, sore throat, diarrhea or nausea or vomiting), and agreeing to
    alert us if they or any member of their household tests positive for COVID-19.
  •  Only Employees, registered program users and rental clients are allowed in the facility. No
    guests, drop-in users or non-pre-registered customers will be permitted into the facility.
    – Prospective students must be arranged by appointment
    – Vendor deliveries can be left just inside the facility without contact
    – If necessary, parent/caregiver limited to one per program participant for children under
    age 14 years.

 

FACILITY UPDATES:

  • Front desk has a new acrylic barrier to protect front desk staff while having conversations.
    Lobby seating is spaced to easily adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • Signage throughout the space has information on safe procedures for staying healthy through
    social distancing, wearing masks and cleaning hands.
  • New HVAC system filtration and cleaning. Our central air system has been fully serviced and we have installed new hospital grade filters. This system can be used throughout the year to
    improve overall air quality throughout the school.
  • Windows will also be opened to let in outside air whenever possible.
  • No-touch hand sanitizing stations are located in all lobby areas.
  • Traffic in stairwell is directed by floor markings to organize movement and allow for social
    distancing.

 

CLEANING:

Daily Cleaning Protocols:

  • Sweep, mop, vacuum and clean the space daily or more as needed.
    Remove garbage and add new lining to cans daily or more as needed.
  • Supply a hand washing stations with soap, and paper towels or hand
    sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol – check supplies throughout the day.
  • Clean common areas with guest access including bathrooms and
    entrances daily and additionally as needed.
  • Wipe railings with disinfecting spray prior to classes and between classes
    throughout the day.

Additional precautions we will take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in addition to the standard
cleaning protocol:

  • Limit guest count based on state and local capacity guidelines: Ask parents to drop off and pick
    up at front door.
  • Space out classes and rentals to allow for cleaning between activities.
  • Disinfect high touch surfaces and shared amenities such as light switches, door knobs and
    railings throughout the day.
  • Properly clean pianos and other instruments between use with the appropriate supplies which
    will be provided in each classroom and teaching studio.
  • Provide a hand sanitizer and disposable masks for guests and employees if needed.
  • Capacity will be monitored at the front desk, and lobby areas are configured to adhere to social
    distancing guidelines.
  • A cleaning log will be kept in the front desk and supervised by Betsy Kerlin, Associate Director to ensure compliance with cleaning regulations.

 

COMMUNICATION:

Prior to opening, CSSMA will provide a clear safety plan to our community through email as well as
making it accessible on our website and posted inside the school. This information will be updated
regularly to reflect state and city guidelines.

  • Signage: Social distancing, face mask requirements, and appropriate hand cleaning procedure
    guidelines will be posted throughout the school.
  • All registered program participants will receive and be asked to sign a COVID-19 code of
    conduct agreement prior to attending in-person programs.
  • All Employees will receive and be asked to sign a COVID-19 safety plan agreement prior to
    attending the facility.

 

SCREENING:

Only scheduled employees, renters and students will be admitted into the facility, and an attendance
log will be kept in the front desk if needed for contact tracing.

Everyone will have their temperature checked upon entering the building. Individuals with
temperature equal to or higher than 100° will not be permitted to enter the facility.

All CSSMA employees are required to take a digital survey, answering the following questions
prior to coming into the school each day:
a) Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days;
b) Have you experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days; and/or
c) Have you knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with
anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19;
d) Have you traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community
transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days?

ANY INDIVIDUAL ANSWERING YES TO ANY OF THE ABOVE QUESTIONS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE FACILTY.

CSSMA has developed protocols for caring for students, faculty or staff who may develop
COVID-19 symptoms while in the school. Staff and Faculty will be trained to follow these
protocols as well as sign a safety agreement prior to commencing in-person work with CSSMA.

Spotlight on Church Street School

Take a look at this Spotlight on Church Street School by Tribeca Citizen! Learn about our beginnings, our unique philosophy and programs, and what the future has in store.

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“We had 150 students when we were starting out, and this year we’re pushing a thousand,” says Lisa Ecklund-Flores, who co-founded the school back in 1990. “We’re the only non-profit school for the arts below Canal Street, and I’ve always felt like the school is a vessel for the community to use any way they want.”

 

 

Photo by Claudine Williams.

Creating & Sharing Church Street School’s Vision for the Future

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A Series of Town Hall Meetings

Church Street School, an anchor for cultural arts and education in the Downtown community for the last 25 years, is at a crossroads.

Join us to hear about the state of the school and the challenges before us, and share your thoughts and ideas about what we could and should be in the future.

We want to hear your voice and your dreams for this community as we embark on the next 25 years and beyond!

RSVP for April Town Hall Meetings:

Thursday, April 7th 6:30-7:30pm

Wednesday, April 13th 9-10am

Monday, April 18th 6:30-7:30pm

RSVP for May Town Hall Meetings:

Wed, May 11th 9-10am

Thurs, May 19th 9-10am

Wed, May 25th 6:30-7:30pm

Meetings will be informal and limited to adults.

Creativity Workshop with Brewster Smith

Church Street School is excited to host former CSS Faculty Member, Brewster Smith, and this unique workshop. Space is limited, to register call 212.571.7290 or email info@churchstreetschool.org.

Your Creative Self: the Philosophy of Impact

Learn how to increase your creative impact.

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 When: April 11& 12, 7pm – 10pm

Who: Open to anyone who communicates

About the workshop: Whether you are in the board room, the classroom or the school of life this course will introduce you to the tools that will improve the way you communicate and expand the boundaries of your personal expression in an interactive and experiential way. Two 3-hour classes.

About Brewster: Brewster Smith has been an Executive coach since 2009. In his private practice, Brewster has helped many individual clients through the years to achieve their personal goals and led numerous workshops as a freelance coach through the TAI Group. Individual leadership and communications coaching clients include executives from Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte, Monsanto, and Cognizant Technology Solutions to name a few. He has also helped presenters prepare for Tedx conferences at Columbia Teachers College.

Certified with the ICF as an associate coach, Brewster has been a performer, a professional musician and songwriter since the age of 12. He spent 15 years running Doggy Daycares in New York City and has been a consultant in the creation of Doggy Daycares internationally. After 6 years as President there, his expertise in pack mentality led him to make connections about leadership with both dogs and people. “Working with packs of dogs as an alpha was surprisingly relevant to my work as a coach with people”.

Summer Highlight: Creative Arts Workshop

Summer is on the horizon and we are excited to highlight different summer programs on the blog in the coming weeks. First up, Creative Arts Workshop!

For many kids growing up in TriBeCa, Creative Arts Workshop is a staple part of their summer year after year. This six week camp is an immersive arts experience full of creativity, fun and self-expression. Every day campers delve into all manners of creative projects, from studio art and design, to piano lessons and improv. The summer culminates with a final exhibition and performance. Plus, we take weekly field trips to the coolest NYC arts locations!

“I love Creative Arts Workshop because it is a fully immersive program. Many kids return year after year, building on skill sets previously developed and maintaining friendships that span multiple summers. It is unlike any other program I have taught.” – CSS Teaching Artist Azikiwe Mohammed

We hope you’ll join us this year!

Creative Arts Workshop – 6-12 years
10am – 4pm / Tuesday – Thursday / June 28 – August 4 (six-weeks)

Learn more and register!

All Summer Programs

 

The Event 2016 Highlights

Our Annual Benefit 2016, The Event, was a huge success! Thank you to all our sponsors, supporters, and donors. You helped raise crucial funds to support scholarships and music and art education for thousands of students in NYC.

It was a magical evening reaffirming the importance of the arts in the Downtown Community, with a special guest performance by JOHNNYSWIM and the honoring of longtime supporter Michael Connolly, Manhattan Community Board 1. See below for photo highlights and join us next year!

 

All photos by Ana Schechter.