After School Program

Dear Parents,

            The beginning of school is right around the corner, which means that it is also time to begin the afterschool program. The first day for afterschool will be Monday, August  8.  If your child is enrolled in grades K5-6 and you are interested in him/her being a part of the afterschool program, please carefully read the important information listed below.

         Because of the liability and the fact that I will need to be able to get in contact with you, all students are required to have the proper paperwork on file. The first day of afterschool is Monday, August 8.  You may pick up a copy of the paperwork I have to have in the office before school starts, or a copy will be given to you at your parent/teacher meeting on THURSDAY, AUGUST 4.  Other copies will be sent home with your child MONDAY, AUGUST 8. This paperwork MUST be filled out and returned to your child's homeroom teacher by THURSDAY, AUGUST 11.  If your child's paperwork has not been turned in to me, he/she will not be allowed to attend.  EVERYONE must have paperwork for afterschool.  You never know when an emergency will come up and your child will need to attend.

         The cost of attending afterschool is $6.00 per day. The hours are from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. You have until 5:15 to pick up your child. Students who are not picked up by 5:15 will be charged $1.00 per minute for every minute you are late.  If you see that you will not be able to pick your child up by 5:15, please make arrangements for someone else to do so.

         Because of the number of students and varying age ranges, the afterschool program is not designed for tutoring sessions. All students who attend will be given an opportunity to complete homework assignments. I WILL be available to answer questions, but I WILL NOT check homework for correctness, and I WILL NOT  be able to help students prepare for tests.  Please keep in mind that I have anywhere from 10 - 35 students most days. All of these students are in different grades, therefore, making it impossible to grade that much homework and study for that many tests. Students are usually finished with written homework assignments between 3:30 and 4:00, and the remainder of the time is spent playing outside or inside, depending on the weather. It is also important that you keep in mind students have been in school since 8:00 a.m., some even earlier than that. They, too, are ready for a break!!

         As mentioned previously, the cost of attendance is $6.00 per day. All payments are to be turned in to me. All checks should be made payable to PATRICIAN ACADEMY, but payments should be given directly to me. Students are allowed to bring payments to school, but please make sure these payments are in a sealed envelope labeled Lauren Lewis or AFTERSCHOOL. Homeroom teachers have a difficult time keeping up with all money that is turned in. Please help your child's homeroom teacher by labeling his/her afterschool payment. Payments may be made daily, weekly, biweekly, or monthly. I do not allow students' bills to advance past the two week mark. If you let your child's balance go beyond two weeks, I will message you that the bill must be paid before I will allow your child to return. If you would like to pay in advance, that is perfectly fine. I will keep a running tally and will let you know when your child is running low. Reminders are sent home every Monday. Please look for these reminders in your child's Monday  folder.

         When all students have completed their written homework, there will be a snack time. Snacks and drinks are available each day, or you may send an extra snack and drink in your child's lunchbox. Students are allowed to purchase one drink, one snack, or one of each daily. The cost is $1.00 per drink, and $1.00 per snack. It is up to you to tell your child what he/she is allowed to purchase. You do not have to pay for snacks, drinks, and afterschool charges separately. All payments may be included in one check. Again, your child's balance will be sent home every Monday.

         There may be days when your child does not have homework. All students remain in the classroom until everyone is finished. If your child does not have homework, he/she will spend homework time reading an Accelerated Reading book. Make sure that you remind your child to keep a library book in his/her backpack.

         Students will need an afterschool pouch that is to be left in their backpack at all times. This pouch is for AFTERSCHOOL ONLY!  It should contain pencils, a 16 count box of crayons, and a small ruler. All of these items are used on various homework assignments.

         Each morning it is VERY IMPORTANT that you know whether your child is to attend afterschool or not. We have an excessive amount of phone calls each afternoon telling us that students are or are not supposed to go to afterschool. When you call the office, the office then has to alert us over the intercom, which interrupts instructional time. There are days when we teachers are interrupted up to 5 to 10 times, and this takes away from classes. Another thing that we ask is that you not use texting as a convenience to you. When you text a teacher during the school day, your text requires a response. This also takes away from instructional time. Teachers are advised to use cell phones only during emergencies and when students are not in the classroom. Please be courteous to your child's teacher and to the other students by instructing your child of daily plans BEFORE sending him/her to school. 

- Lauren Lewis