I am writing to provide you with some updates and information about our after school programming.
Since our opening in 2015, we have offered a comprehensive after school program and tried hard to fulfill the interests of students and the needs of parents. After completing and reflecting on two years of the program, we have come to the conclusion that while there are many positive aspects of the program, it is too costly to continue to operate as-is. With the current program's wide breadth of offerings and multiple vendors, it has become unsustainable, in terms of cost, management, and staffing.
It is easy, and common, for new organizations to take on too much and to inadvertently stray from the work of their core mission. One of our goals for this school year is to streamline operations so that we can stay laser-focused on our academic program. As a result, we have decided to outsource the after school program to an organization called TAPS Education and Sports Academy. The TAPS program will be our primary after school provider, and each day they will provide a snack, tutoring/reading/math time, and a bundle of extracurricular activities including sports and crafts. You can find out more at www.tapseducationandsportsacademy.com and see our 2017-18 After School Program Info below.
As with all initiatives at Lab, this change in after school programming is one that we will monitor and reassess. We will continue to include after school program feedback in our surveys and ask that you let us know about your and your child's experiences with the new program. Your feedback will help us make decisions about after school programming in future years.
We hope you enjoy the final weeks of summer and appreciate your ongoing partnership and support.
Mary Moss Brown
Head of School
2017-18 AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
All after school programming will take place at the lower school campus located at 301 E. 9th Street. Middle school students who wish to participate in after school will ride the bus from the middle school to the lower school, and parents will pick up all children from the lower school. Note all after school programs run from the first week of school through the final week, unless otherwise noted (for example, Soccer Shots).
TAPS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
The TAPS program runs daily until 5:45 pm and costs $55/week or $220/month. You may also choose drop-in care for $15 per day. At this time, students who wish to attend TAPS after school semi-regularly (for example, every Monday) should register using the drop-in care method.
OTHER AFTER SCHOOL VENDORS
In addition to the TAPS program, we are pleased that several other vendors will be offering classes. See below for the additional program options. Please make note of the specific start and stop times of these programs. You are expected to pick your child up on time at the end of the class. If your child needs extended day coverage, you must also register and pay for the TAPS program. Parents applying for financial aid should contact these vendors directly.
Young Master Chess Club (K-6th grade)
Register at www.youngmasterchess.com (Registration Forms)
Master Watson / The Kind Ninja
Register at www.TheKindNinja.com (Enroll)
Thinker's Lab (Formerly Tech All Stars)
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