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After-School Fall 2020 Wheeler School Auxiliary Programs

Auxiliary Programs has been working hard to develop a new model for after-school programs for Fall 2020, one that aligns with the Wheeler Community Guide to Responsible Reopening and ensures a safe, healthy, and fun after-school environment. Our plan is to operate WOW! for Grades 1-5 in Providence and WOW! for Grades N-K at the Seekonk Farm Campus and to offer Virtual Enrichment opportunities to include private, one-on-one music lessons!

WOW! After-School In-Person Care

New and Updated Information, Please Read

Registration

Enrollment for WOW will be required in advance and for the entirety of the Fall Term (September 10-December 17). We are unable to accommodate daily drop-ins this fall.

Bundle Program

Available until the start of the school year as it is an add-on to your school year agreement. The Bundle Program is a full-year commitment priced at $2,500. ($15/a day) This guarantees your child’s space in after-school, Monday-Friday, starting at the end of the school day until 5:30 pm for the 20-21 school year.

Fall Program (September 10 - December 17)

If you decide that you do not want to commit to the Bundle, you can enroll in the Fall Program at a daily cost of $20 until 4:30 pm, or $30 until 5:30. A Fall Term commitment is $1,340 until 4:30 and $2,010 until 5:30.

(Contact the Auxiliary Programs Office to enroll in either the Bundle or Fall Program)

Grade Level WOW Groups (**Updated information**)

Thank you for your questions and suggestions that have helped us to modify the structure of the program. Students will be grouped by grade level and assigned a designated space. While this will limit opportunities for social interactions between grade levels, it will better mitigate the risk of virus transmission. At all times, students will be expected to follow layered risk mitigation strategies, such as 6 ft distance, hand hygiene, mask-wearing (except for planned mask breaks outside), and cleaning.

To register for either Bundle Program OR Fall Program please contact Bob Rojee and Heather Santoro.

@ Seekonk Farm Campus

Nursery - Kindergarten

ARRIVAL + DESIGNATED SPACES / Before starting WOW students will be directed by their classroom teachers to wash their hands and use the restroom. Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten students will gather by grade level under the guidance of their Group Leaders at Columbine Hill House (CHH). CHH will be organized into (3) distinct zones, one for each group. In addition, each group will be assigned to its own open-air pavilion and when playing in the outdoors each group will maintain a 14 ft. distance from each other.

SNACK / Wheeler’s Food Service will provide pre-packaged snacks. Students can bring snacks from home. Please be aware there are students on our campus with food allergies. No student should share food with another student. Whenever possible snacks will be eaten outdoors in designated areas.

OUTDOOR PLAY / Students will participate in outdoor activities including nature walks, outdoor games, and visits to the garden far from any athletic program activities.

MASKS / All members of the after-school community will be required to wear a mask during their time at WOW. Wearing a mask for specific age groups may be challenging, but the staff will support students in managing this task as appropriate. Planned mask breaks will be taken when outside and when properly distanced

SUPPLY KITS / Each WOW student will have their own supply kit. Group Leaders will store the kits and each kit will be cleaned daily. Pencils, crayons, markers, plain paper, construction paper, scissors. Any additional supplies added at the start of the week which may be needed for the week by their group leader.

IN THE EVENT A STUDENT GETS SICK / In the event, a student gets sick or is experiencing any symptoms, they will be taken to see a member of the Health Center team. The same protocols followed during the regular school day will apply. The student’s parent will be called immediately to pick up their child.

HAND HYGIENE / Regular hand washing will be required at various times during WOW. Hand sanitizer will be placed inside each building entry door and in each classroom.

  • Students must wash their hands when they enter or exit the classroom, including at the start and end of the school day; before and after going outdoors, snack, and lunch; after using the restroom; or any other time they leave the room.
  • Students must wash their hands with soap and water thoroughly for 20 seconds.
  • Faculty and staff will help students avoid clusters at these points during the day.

PICK-UP+SAFETY / If registered for 4:30 end time, pick-up will be held from 4:20-4:40. If registered for 5:30 end time, pick-up will be held from 5:10-5:30. If the parent or guardian is unable to make their scheduled pick-up time, please let us know well in advance so that your child is not waiting around. We appreciate your support and cooperation with this new practice.

Since parents will not be able to enter Columbine Hill House, for your convenience we are establishing a pick-up point at the Walker Street entrance gate near the parking lot just below the House. Group Leaders will bring students in their groups to the gate where they will be dismissed to parents, guardians, or approved individuals.

Safety is of the utmost importance so when picking up your child for the first few weeks, we ask that you also bring a form of identification. We have a consistent team working, and we will get to know you (we are very excited to get to know you!). With that being said we want to make sure everyone on our team is familiar with each of our families and with those who are approved for pick up. We encourage the same person to pick-up from school each day. In the event that it is someone new, we ask that you notify the Auxiliary Office in advance with their name, and please be sure they bring a form of identification.

@ Providence Main Campus

Grade 1 - Grade 5

ARRIVAL + DESIGNATED SPACE / Before leaving for WOW, students will be directed by their classroom teachers to wash their hands and use the restroom. Under the guidance of their Group Leader, each group will make their way to the Student Union, WOW’s designated home-base, located in the lower level of Hope Building. Groups will be released in a staggered dismissal to minimize traffic flow and avoid mixing of groups. The Union is divided into zones for each grade level group. These zones are spaced 14 ft. apart. Students will be seated at tables 6 ft. apart. The tables and chairs will have been cleaned before students arrive.

When students arrive at the Student Union they will be seated at their assigned tables and attendance will be taken by their Group Leader. Backpacks and belongings will be placed against the wall in the group’s designated area.

SNACK / Snack will be served immediately following their arrival in the Student Union. Each group will be seated and the leaders will distribute snacks. Students will use hand sanitizer before eating. There are plexiglass dividers at each of the tables.

Wheeler’s Food Service will provide pre-packaged snacks. Students can bring snacks from home. Please be aware there are students on our campus with food allergies. No student should share food with another student.

Students will take turns cleaning hands immediately after snack, prepare to go outside, or prepare for indoor activities if there is inclement weather. Leaders will wipe down tables either with disinfectant wipes or disinfectant sprays.

OUTDOOR PLAY/ Outdoor spaces will also be broken up into zones (turf 2 zones, basketball court 2 zones, and structure area). Each grade level group will rotate the spaces used on a daily basis.

  • 14 ft. will be maintained between different grade level groups.
  • Activities will be geared towards maintaining 6 ft. between students in each grade level group.
  • Certain types of high touch playground items may be closed.
  • If open, routine cleaning of the structure will be done per CDC guidelines.

MASKS / All members of the afterschool community will be required to wear a mask during their time at WOW. Wearing a mask for specific age groups may be challenging, but the staff will support students in managing this task as appropriate. Planned mask breaks will be taken when outside and when properly distanced.

SPORTS EQUIPMENT / We will have designated outdoor equipment for each grade level group. Equipment will be cleaned after each use and stored in their designated bags.

SUPPLY KITS / Each WOW student will have their own supply kit. Group Leaders will store the kits and each kit will be cleaned daily. Pencils, crayons, markers, plain paper, construction paper, scissors. Any additional supplies added at the start of the week which may be needed for the week by their group leader.

IN THE EVENT A STUDENT GETS SICK / In the event, a student gets sick or is experiencing any symptoms, they will be taken to see a member of the Health Center team. The same protocols followed during the regular school day will apply. The student’s parent will be called immediately to pick up their child.

HAND HYGIENE / Regular hand washing will be required at various times during WOW. Hand sanitizer will be placed inside each building entry door and in each classroom.

  • Students must wash their hands when they enter or exit the classroom, including at the start and end of the school day; before and after going outdoors, snack, and lunch; after using the restroom; or any other time they leave the room.
  • Students must wash their hands with soap and water thoroughly for 20 seconds.
  • Faculty and staff will help students avoid clusters at these points during the day.

PICK-UP + SAFETY / If registered for 4:30 end time, pick-up will be held from 4:20-4:40. If registered for 5:30 end time, pick-up will be held from 5:10-5:30. If the parent or guardian is unable to make their scheduled pick-up time, please let us know well in advance so that your child is not waiting around. We appreciate your support and cooperation with this new practice.

Since parents will not be able to enter the campus, for your convenience we are establishing a drive-up pick-up line on Meeting Street. Please pull your car up no further than the glass building door and we will escort your child to the car.

Safety is of the utmost importance so when picking up your child for the first few weeks, we ask that you also bring a form of identification. We have a consistent team working, and we will get to know you (we are very excited to get to know you!). With that being said we want to make sure everyone on our team is familiar with each of our families and with those who are approved for pick up. We encourage the same person to pick-up from school each day. In the event that it is someone new, we ask that you notify the Auxiliary Office in advance with their name, and please be sure they bring a form of identification.

Virtual Enrichment

VIRTUAL

Enrichment Classes

All Enrichment Classes will be held virtually, from home. Virtual enrichments are unable to be accessed by anyone staying for WOW. But there are programs that take place later in the evening if interested.

These programs are available to all Lower School & Hamilton Lower School students (Nursery-Gr.5). Children have an opportunity to join an organized, curriculum-based elective class that will deeply engage students in a variety of age-appropriate subject matters, interests, skills, and passions. Classes will meet once per week for 45 min. - 1 hour. Classes will begin the week of September 21.

To access the .pdf file in it's entirety; CLICK HERE.

To register for Virtual Enrichments; CLICK HERE.

Once a class is scheduled to run, charges for these classes will be uploaded to your student billing statement. These charges will appear approx. 1-2 months after registration.

VIRTUAL

One-on-One Music Lessons

Private, one-on-one music lessons in guitar, piano, voice, brass, drums and/or violin that meet once a week. This option is offered to all Wheeler/Hamilton students, grades K-12.

Lessons are taught by qualified, well-respected, local music instructors. Music lessons are scheduled based on the availability of the instructor and are typically half-hour lessons. Registration is completed by term (Fall/Winter/Spring).

Upon request, longer lessons may be offered. Scheduling is done on a first-come, first-served basis and at the discretion of the instructor's schedule and availability.

Lessons will begin the week of September 21.

To register please contact Heather Santoro.

Once scheduled for a lesson, charges for lessons will be uploaded to your student billing statement. These charges will appear approx. 1-2 months after registration.

More Info to Come

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Wheeler Community Guide to Responsible Reopening

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After-School Photo Album

Contact Information

Heather Santoro, Auxiliary Programs Associate: heathersantoro@wheelerschool.org

Bob Rojee, Director of Auxiliary Programs: bobrojee@wheelerschool.org

Created By
Heather Santoro
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Created with an image by Sincerely Media - "My sister is the musician Sharon Anne, I'm always taking photos of her working on music and such things."