K-8 extension PROGRAM
St. Luke School k-8 Extension Program supports families by offering a safe and caring atmosphere for St. Luke School students before and after the school day. Under qualified supervision, we provide free-play time, directed activities, and supervised study time to foster creative abilities, learning skills, and social relationships.
The mission of the K-8 Extension Program is to provide safe, affordable, quality childcare for the families of our K-8th grade students. In doing so, we support families in their efforts to work and/or attend school. St. Luke K-8 Extension provides a safe place for children ages five to twelve years. We provide a safe, clean environment where children are encouraged to socialize with peers of different ages and create meaningful relationships as part of the St. Luke community. St. Luke K-8 Extension staff is committed to the families we serve, providing support and encouragement.
Our main goal is to help students have a place to finish homework, play, and get to know other students outside of their classroom by implementing creative activities, discussions, and socialization. Many families will use Extension as a study hall where they know their child can get their work done, and also for play dates with other children.
While it is not our job to make students get their homework done it is our main focus so that parents have the opportunity to spend quality time with their students after working all day. What it means is that the child is a participant, not just an observer, and is involved in a variety of different socialization activities.
While there is no formal curriculum as we are an after-school program we do try to pull education and curriculum into our activities in a fun and playful way. Children should be learning something with the majority of the activities we do. Our goals encourage children to be enthusiastic, self-confident, independent learners and we believe that play is the primary mode of learning. Our Extension program also respects cultural differences and ever-changing interests. Through our interactions, we promote growth in all areas of development including:
social: to help children learn from adults and one another by observation, imitation, and interaction.
emotional: to provide a safe and secure environment where children can develop pride, self-confidence, independence, self-control, and a positive attitude toward life.
cognitive: to promote curiosity and to help children acquire learning skills, such as the ability to solve problems, make choices, ask questions, and express their ideas, observations, and feelings.
physical: to help children develop and enhance their small and large muscle skills and feel confident and comfortable with their own bodies.
Our K-8 Extension classroom goals are achieved through integrated, theme-based activities and conversations with adults and children. Opportunities also exist for the child to engage in one-on-one activities with the teacher, small group and large group activities, solitary and independent play allowing for opportunities to experiment and explore. Whole group activities are for short periods of time and are suited to the age and ability of the children. Supervised free play and small groups predominate as a means of encouraging social interaction.
Subject to change without notice
7:00a-8:20a: Check-in, games, free art and coloring
NOTE: No computer usage time for homework due to the short extension session.
8:20am-8:30am: Dismissal to class
3:00 – 3:30: Check-In, Daily Video, Spanish Bingo Word
Each month we explore a different country through our daily videos and arts and crafts activity. (refer to the newsletter for a list of each month's theme)
3:30 – 4:15: *Study time is provided for all students. Extension staff and/or student volunteers are available during this time if a student needs help
3:30 – 4:15 Snack time. Snacks ARE NOT provided as a part of the K-8 Extension program. Please pack an extra snack and drink for the afternoon Extension. It may be helpful to mark the snack "Extension" or keep it in a special place in your child's backpack. Please note: on early dismissal days no lunch is provided. Please pack your child a lunch and snack. Half days can be taxing on students without a lunch/snack.
3:30 - 6:00 Reading in the loft, games, art/coloring/drawing, and free play
4:00 - 5:00 Monday - Thursday planned arts and crafts activity.
4:00 – 5:00 Outside (weather permitting)
5:00 - 6:00 Clean up and quiet activities. Students are responsible to put away all materials, equipment, and games after use.
*Tuesday: dismissal is at 2:00 PM, everything will be moved up one hour with a longer freeplay and outside block.
Twice a week interactive language classes that keep students engaged with games, music, and crafts. It is held during Extension hours. Fees can be found on the Extension contract form.
NO AFTERNOON EXTENSION ON:
Friday before Christmas break
Friday before Memorial Day weekend
NO K-8 EXTENSION on the last day of school
LATE PICK-UP CHARGES
Our K-8 Extension Program ends for the day promptly at 6:00 p.m. Parents who have not picked up their children by 6:00 p.m. will be charged $5.00 for the first five minutes after 6:00 pm and $5.00 per minute thereafter. This is strictly enforced. We ask for your consideration of our staff’s time.
Parents may communicate with the Director or Extension staff by written notes, emails, telephone, or in person. Parents cannot expect a staff member’s full attention if children are present but may make a private appointment with the K-8 Extension Director, Terese Higgins.
To authorize or revoke authorization pick-ups for your child we must receive this by email to the K-8 Extension email, email@example.com, with a CC to the Extension Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXTENSION & DIRECTOR PHONE: 206-542-9333
Telephone use is for emergencies only. Arrangements to go home with others need to be made ahead of time. Child cell phone use is not permitted at school. To contact your child while at K-8 Extension please call the K-8 Extension Program phone at
Our program is an extension of the St. Luke School day. As such, it conforms to the policies and procedures of the school as outlined in the Parent/Student Handbook. Our program is designed according to guidelines outlined by the National Catholic Education Association. If a child’s behavior is unacceptable, he or she may be asked to leave the Extension Program for a period of time or indefinitely.
Every child attending St. Luke K-8 Extension must have a completed emergency card on file.
Your child is welcome to bring breakfast during Morning Extension. Please pack an extra snack for Afternoon Extension. Drinks are not allowed, except for water. Please note: On half days students need to bring a lunch and snacks to Extension.
NO SERVICE DAYS
Afternoon Extension will be closed on the following days, even though school is in service.
December: The school day before Christmas Break
Good Friday (The Friday before Easter)
Friday before Memorial Day weekend
Morning and Afternoon K-8 Extension will be closed on the last day of school.
The K-8 Extension follows school procedures. If school is closed, Extension is closed. Exception: If school is on “late start” schedule, K-8 Extension will be open if road conditions permit Extension staff to safely get to campus. We will communicate this through email and text; it is important we have your current email and cell phone number with who your carrier is.
Please note: In the event of inclement weather please stay tuned to your radio for updates. If early dismissal is due to inclement weather there will be no evening K-8 Extension. Children will never be left unattended but also for the safety of our staff and their families please make every effort to pick up your child(ren) early.
Our payment method has been designed to accommodate the different before and after school care needs of all our parents. Payments are made on a prepayment method. Parents will receive a statement each month reflecting hours used and credit remaining or balance due. You can pay your bill online here. Your email address must be current to pay online.
Morning Sign-In: Parents must walk their children into the K-8 Extension classroom and sign-in children on the check-in computer. Grades 5-8 may check-in themselves and their siblings for Morning Extension ONLY.
Afternoon Sign-Out: Parents must sign-out children on the check-in computer.
Students, regardless of their age, cannot sign themselves out.
PERSONS OTHER THAN PARENTS PICKING UP CHILDREN MUST EITHER BE AUTHORIZED ON THE EMERGENCY CARD OR PARENTS MUST SEND WRITTEN NOTICE FOR CHILDREN TO BE RELEASED.
It is the parent's responsibility to make sure that the sign-out process is completed. We cannot monitor the exact time your child is picked up. At 6 pm, extension staff checks to make sure all students have been signed out. If your child was not signed out, extension staff uses their best estimate to sign them out for you, which could potentially incur additional charges. We appreciate your diligence in signing your child out of extension.
PHONE: K-8 Extension During Before and After School hours only 206-542-9333
HOURS: 7:00 - 8:30 AM (morning session) 2:45 - 6:00 PM (afternoon session); 1:45-6:00 PM on Tuesday
DAYS: K-8 Extension Program follows the St. Luke School calendar with the exception of the school day before
Christmas Break, Good Friday, Friday before Memorial Day, and the last day of school.