Before school care consists of supervised free play from 7:45am to 8:30am, with a 15-minute no-charge window from 8:15am until classes start at 8:30. In the supervised after school program, (offered from 3:00pm to 5:15pm for PreK-3rd, and 3:30pm to 5:15 for 4th-8th) students engage in free play on our awesome playground, or may choose to do their homework. The no-charge window for aftercare runs the first fifteen minutes following dismissal, 3:00pm to 3:15pm for PreK-3rd, and 3:30pm to 3:45pm for 4th on up.
Playground staff is encouraged to learn the methods of the school's child management philosophy Love and Logic®, as well as First Aid and CPR. Our staff members are also very familiar with the school rules. Staff members are on duty before school, during snack recess, lunch recess and after school. Our goal is to keep our children safe, to help them realize they can solve their problems, and to let them experience the outdoors.
...allowing the child to freely play in nature has a huge impact over later social capacities and aggression, and having a set of supportive caregivers beyond the mother can predict levels of IQ and ego resilience as well as empathy.
Our playground has numerous swings, lots of trees, a large field, a slide, one large sandbox, a tree-house, which accommodates children of all ages, monkey bars, parallel bars, a dirt hill (which is a hoot when it is wet) and a fort-building area. Grades 6-8 have a special area in front of the school, where they may hang out. We have lots of across age groups play, and we encourage this. Children are encouraged to get dirty; preferably they wear rain-boots and bring a change of clothes when it is muddy and wet. School policy brings kids inside if the wind-chill is below 25 degrees or heat-index over 95. We do consider the age and size of the student and the wind chill. Appropriate outdoor wear is a must, but our kids love to play outside with their friends! And our teachers will often let them throw snowballs, but only under their teacher's supervision!