Depending on a child's class and schedule, optional programs are available as extended day options.
Take a look at the programs below to see if they fit with your child's and your family's schedule.
- Early Birds (open to all students)
- Lunch Bunch (open to Rainbow students)
- Later Gators (open to PM students, Explorer & Treetop)
- Mi Casa Uno (open to Sunshine & Rainbow students)
- Mi Casa Dos (open to Explorer & Treetop students)
The Early Bird program begins at 8:00 a.m. for those families that need an early drop-off. Early Birds continues until the beginning of morning classes at 8:30 a.m. The curriculum includes activities such as games, stories, snacks, and outdoor play. If space is available, Early Birds is available on a drop-in basis. Arrangements must be made through the front office at least one day in advance.
The Lunch Bunch program is open to children in the AM or PM Rainbow Class (4 year-olds) and meets between morning and afternoon classes (11:30 am- 12:30 pm). Children are encouraged to share experiences with each other as they eat a lunch brought from home. After lunch, both indoor and outdoor planned activities round out the hour. Lunch Bunch is also available for urgent care and to other students not already enrolled if space is available and placement is appropriate.
Later Gators offers after-school activities until 5:00 p.m. The curriculum is designed to be relaxed and creative, thoughtfully balanced between physical activities and quiet pastimes. If space is available, Later Gators is available on a drop-in basis. Arrangements must be made through the front office at least one day in advance.
The Mi Casa Uno program is open to Sunshine and Rainbow children and meets two days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the afternoon students and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the morning students.
Mi Casa Uno offers the children a warm nurturing environment in which they feel safe and confident to explore a foreign language through introductory language exposure. In the class the teachers speak mostly in Spanish and revert to English as needed to offer explanations or provide instruction. Teachers use varied themes, songs, games, and art activities. The program is play-based and offers a low student to teacher ratio, which allows for a more personalized instruction.
The Sunshine and Rainbow children from both sessions have lunch (brought from home) together at 11:30 a.m., while they continue Spanish instruction concentrating on foods, eating and Spanish culture.
The Mi Casa Dos program is a partnership with Language Stars open to Explorer and Treetop children meets two days a week after school from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
The Language Stars' curriculum aligns with the thematic unit structure of our school and is designed to facilitate practice of key vocabulary and fictional language structure. Their teaching method, known as FunImmersion, takes fun themes and supports the learning of language through play, engaging activities, songs, and repetition in fun and differentiating ways, always with positive reinforcement. The curriculum includes crafts, music, stories, games, and projects presented in a Spanish immersion model.