AFTER SCHOOL FAQS
Can my child do both Extended day and Enrichment clubs?
Yes! Your child can sign up for extended day plus a club on the same day. Or you can mix and match–some days can be Extended Day only, others can be one or two Enrichment Clubs without Extended Day. It’s totally up to you. There’s no minimum or maximum of Extended Day or Enrichment Clubs you can sign up for.
Can I change the days my child attends the extended day program?
Yes. Extended Day services are billed monthly. If you need to increase, decrease, or change the days your child joins us for Extended Day, you may do so at the beginning of any month as long as there is space available to accommodate your needs. Please email Susan with any Extended Day change requests.
Do Extended Day students receive a discount on Enrichment Clubs prices?
Yes, depending on the number of days you enroll for Extended Day, you may receive a discount on enrichment clubs. Please check out our Extended Day page for details.
When will my club discounts be applied to my bill?
Unfortunately our online system, Jack Rabbit, cannot calculate the club discounts applied to families who have an Extended Day package. If you choose to pay your clubs in full at registration, your discounts will be applied to your October Extended Day bill. If you don’t pay for your clubs during the registration period, we will add the adjusted fees to your first bill after Enrichment Club registration.
Families who are registered for 4 or 5 days of Extended Day care may pre-register for one club of their child’s choice in the week prior to general registration by emailing their club choice to Susan Dominguez. Please note: Lottery clubs are excluded from pre-registration.
I thought After School ran until 6:30. What gives?
The PS 154 After School extended day program has always ended at 6:00 pm, except for a few years ago when the pick up time was extended as a courtesy during F/G subway construction to accommodate families who needed more time to commute from work. We still offer a 6:30 pm late pick up for an additional fee for those families who need more time.
What time do Enrichment Clubs take place?
Enrichment Clubs run on two sessions each day:
Session 1: 3:00 – 4:15pm*
Session 2: 4:30 – 5:45 pm
*NOTE: YMCA clubs run for one hour and end at 4:00pm
How do Lottery Clubs work?
We run a limited number of very popular clubs via a lottery system. These clubs are clearly marked in the catalog and in JackRabbit. At the time of registration, we will compile the class list by randomly sorting all of the registrants and taking the first 14 or 15 students (depending on the number of slots available in the class.) After that, families will be notified via email whether their child has a spot in a lottery class. General registration will open subsequently.
If we sign up for a session 1 (3:00-4:15pm) Enrichment Club but not for Extended Day, do I have to pick up my child from school at 2:40 and wait with them until their club starts?
No, session 1 enrichment club students will be dismissed by their teachers to the MMR where they will enjoy a snack and 20-minute indoor/outdoor recess with our extended day students. Then, at 3:00 their club instructors will gather students for their clubs. Session 1 clubs will be dismissed in front of the school promptly at 4:15 pm unless otherwise noted.
What if we sign up for a session 2 enrichment club? Do I have to pick up my child from school at 2:40?
Yes. If your child is signed up only for a session 2 (4:30-5:45pm) enrichment club, you must pick up your child from school at dismissal and then return to school for the 4:30 club start time. If you’d like care for your child from 2:40 – 4:30, you may sign up for Extended Day as well. Then your child would join the Extended Day students for snack, recess, and homework help before attending the session 2 club. Session 2 clubs are dismissed in front of the school at 5:45pm (unless otherwise noted.) Imagine—they come home with homework complete and a fun club over and done!
Can I sign my child up for two enrichment clubs in one day?
Absolutely! Students who participate in both a Session 1 and Session 2 club on the same day will join the Extended Day students for snack & recess then attend their clubs—no extended day needed.
Why aren’t there more clubs on Monday and Tuesday?
Due to the DOE teacher contract, teachers must have access to their classrooms from 2:40-4:30pm on Mondays for staff development and planning meetings and on Tuesdays for parent meetings, which leaves us with very little space to offer all our awesome clubs. If you need care for your child on Monday or Tuesday and don’t see a club, please consider our Extended Day program! We offer a short recess & snack, homework help grouped by grade, and programmed and unprogrammed indoor/outdoor play after 4:30.
Why aren’t their more Session 1 options for Kindergarteners?
If your child is in Kindergarten, please check out our WONDERFUL extended day program for K kids which includes a “playdate everyday”! To accommodate that program, we schedule some of our clubs that include Kindergarteners in session 1 and some in session 2 so that K kids in our extended day program have clubs to choose from after 4:30.
Do you offer private music lessons?
Yes! We have several excellent professional musicians who offer 30-minute private music lessons on a variety of instruments (piano, brass, woodwinds, percussion, and rock band instruments.) For details, please visit our Private Music Lesson page.
Where are Enrichment Club students dismissed?
All students who participate only in enrichment clubs are dismissed by their club instructors outside in front of the school. Session 1 dismissal is at 4:15pm (except for YMCA clubs which end at 4:00pm); session 2 dismissal is at 5:45pm–unless otherwise noted. Extended day students may be signed out in the MMR anytime between 2:40 – 6:00 pm (late pick up is available until 6:30 pm.)
What if my child is put on a wait list?
For some clubs we can open additional spots if we reach a pre-determined number of wait-listed students (e.g. we can add an additional coach to many of sports clubs once we have 5 additional students.) If you are on a wait-list for one of these classes, we will let you know via email if additional spots open up.
Other clubs with only one instructor are capped in order to maintain the optimum teacher/student ratio (e.g. Jewelry Making with Ms. Annette.) In that case, students on the wait list will be able to join the club only if another student drops the class.
How do I register?
All enrichment club registration takes place through JackRabbit. The link will be available via the PS154.org After School web page. Lottery Club registration happens first, then other clubs. Some clubs fill up fast so don’t delay if your child has a strong interest.
What can I expect from Homework Help during Extended Day?
We provide a quiet environment in which students can complete their homework. If a student is having trouble understanding their assignment they can ask the teacher for assistance. Family members should check over homework at home to make sure it is complete and correct. If you would like extra assistance for homework help, please register your child for private tutoring.
Does the After School still offer one-on-one tutoring?
Yes! Lauren Thompson and Malikah Province offer half hour, one-on-one private tutoring for PS 154 students.. Please check JackRabbit or email Heather Swain (firstname.lastname@example.org) for availability.
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
For questions about Extended Day, please contact Barbara McGouran.
For questions about Enrichment Clubs, please contact Heather Swain.
For questions about billing, please contact Susan Dominguez.
Or call the school and ask to speak to anyone in the After School office after 2:00pm on school days.