Hello Genesee Hill Families! Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about the GH After School Programs:
What is Study Club?
Study Club provides extended care in a fun and safe environment where students can unwind after the school day. Students are provided with a healthy snack followed by supervised time on the playground. Students are then given time to read, play board games, do crafts, and work independently on homework assignments. Please note that Study Club staff are not able to provide one-on-one tutoring. Enrollment is open to all Genesee Hill students (K-5). Scholarships and/or alternate payment schedules are available by request.
Study Club is offered as three back-to-back sessions during the school year: Fall* (September – December), Winter (January – March), and Spring (Apr/May/June). No classes are held on holidays and school closures. For the 2017-18 school year, Study Club is from 2:30 – 3:45 PM; on early release Wednesdays, Study Club is offered as two back-to-back classes from 1:15 – 2:30 PM and 2:30 – 3:45 PM.
What is Enrichment and what kinds of classes are offered?
The Genesee Hill Enrichment Program offers a wide variety of after school classes including art, music, dance, foreign languages, chess, technology, sports, plus many more unusual offerings! Classes are offered over three 10-week sessions during the school year: Fall* (September – December), Winter (January – March), and Spring (April/ May/ June). No classes are held on holidays and school closures. A detailed list of classes will be available right before registration opens each session on the Course Descriptions page.
How long are classes?
For the 2017-18 school year, enrichment classes run from 2:30 – 3:30 PM; on early release Wednesdays, enrichment is offered in two back-to-back 75-minute classes from 1:15 – 2:30 PM and 2:30 – 3:45 PM, unless otherwise noted. A few classes may end early/late. Specific class times will be noted on the course descriptions and the registration information.
Are there age requirements?
In the fall session, any 1st-5th grader may participate in the program. We ask that kindergartners wait until winter. In winter and spring, classes are open to all grades, however not all classes are appropriate for all ages. Also, many of our younger students (K-1) find it challenging to stay focused after a full day of school so we ask that you limit their after school enrichment activities. <u>Please read the descriptions, grade levels and class dates/times carefully. </u>
Can my child participate in enrichment classes if s/he attends Hiawatha Aftercare at the Schmitz Park site?
Yes! Aftercare kids assigned to the Genesee Hill site will be escorted to the cafeteria by their instructor. Hiawatha staff will pick up Aftercare students who attend enrichment classes at 3:30 PM* and walk them to the Schmitz Park site. *There will be only one pick up at 2:30 PM on early release Wednesdays. Aftercare students assigned to the Schmitz Park site should not enroll in classes that end after the scheduled pick up time(s).
What does it cost?
There is a wide range in tuition for our classes. We have three different categories of classes: those taught by Genesee Hill staff, those led by volunteers, and those led by individual providers/businesses who set their own tuition. Class fees range from $60 – $250/session depending on the category. Please check the Course Descriptions page for individual tuition information.
Are scholarships available?
Yes! Partial and full scholarships are available (Note: Students on Free & Reduced Lunch automatically qualify for one full scholarship per session). We also offer alternate payment plans. Please contact the Enrichment Coordinator to apply.
How does my child get to class?
Classroom teachers are provided with a list of their students participating in enrichment. They remind students of which class they have that day and the location. Teachers with younger students may even drop off their students in the Gym/enrichment classroom as they walk them out of the building. Enrichment staff will collect and walk kindergartners to the Gym where they will be met by their instructor and escorted to class.
Where do I pick my child up?
Your child must be picked up and signed out in the lobby at the front of the school. Classes end promptly at 3:30 PM (unless otherwise noted) and there is a late pickup charge of $1/minute assessed after the first 10 minutes.
What if my child forgets?
Enrichment instructors take attendance at the beginning of each class. The Attendance Coordinator checks those attendance sheets and follow up to locate missing students who were not absent from school that day. It is incredibly important that you let us know if your child will not be coming to class so we do not search the school top to bottom and follow up with urgent phone calls to parents and emergency contacts.
How do I register & pay?
You may register online or via paper forms. Registration for Study Club is online only. Registration usually takes place in September (Fall session), December (Winter session) and March (Spring session)
Online: The online link will be made available on the Enrichment page. You may pay via credit/debit card if you use the online registration path. Payment can also be made after registration via the Online Payment link.
Hard copies: Once regsitration opens, paper forms will be available for download on the Enrichment page and in the front office at school. Completed forms should be turned into the front office along with payment by cash/check (payable to “Genesee Hill PTA”) – please do not use the PTA dropbox outside the office. Paper forms are collected at 2:30 pm each day during the registration window and processed that evening.
<u>Registration is first come, first served, so using the online registration link is highly encouraged.</>
What if I register for a class that has filled?
Some classes are very popular and do fill up quickly (some within minutes after registration opens!). For online registrations, classes will automatically close when they reach capacity so that it will be very clear which classes still have space available and which are running a waitlist. One minor drawback to our online registration process is that classes may not be able to close fast enough once they reach capacity if there are too many registrations being submitted at once. In some rare cases, you may register successfully for a class as it is closing. In that event, your student will be placed on a waitlist by order of the date/time stamp your registration was submitted. The enrichment coordinator will notify you as soon as possible so we can explore other class options.
How can I be placed on a waitlist?
If the class that you wish to register for is full, you can request to be placed on the waitlist. The Waitlist link is updated for each enrichment session and is available both at the time you register and on the Enrichment Registration page of the PTA blog. Waitlists allow us to place students in classes that might have additional space open up, either through someone else dropping the class or additional spaces being added by the instructor.