Before School C.A.R.E.S.
The before school program is from 6:45-7:55. Please use the front door. Our sign-in sheet will be in the cafeteria.
An option of bagels, french toast sticks, cereal, milk and juice will be served. Any child wanting to order a HOT breakfast must do so by 7:20am. The program opens at 6:45pm. COLD breakfast will be served to any children arriving after the 7:20am deadline. All children wanting breakfast must receive breakfast by 7:35am. If you arrive after 7:35am, breakfast will not be available to your child. Only 1 HOT or COLD breakfast will be served per child.
If you are here after 7:50, please drop your child off as a car rider at the gym entrance. Do NOT block the front of the school at this time due to buses arriving. Thank you!
After School C.A.R.E.S.
2:50-5:15 On a rotating schedule, your child will be able to participate in different offerings: outside time if possible, gym, computer lab, homework, games, or crafts. Snack will also be served by 4:00.
5:15-5:45 Cafeteria time
**Notes about our Daily Schedule:
Homework: There will be staff member available to assist with questions during homework. We do not provide tutors. We will offer a time and a quiet place to do homework. If you would like your child to take advantage of the time given please remind him/her . Please note that if your child forgets his/her homework in their classroom, we are not allowed to allow them to go to their room and get it, so please encourage your child to remember their homework every day before they get dismissed. We do not regularly check all of the children’s work nor do we check their backpacks to see if they have homework. You will still need to check their work at home.
Game of the Day: Each afternoon a different organized team game is offered to the children.
Planned Activity: Each afternoon there is also a different planned activity offered. It may be a craft, club, or a new game.
Cafeteria: In the cafeteria, the kids can color, play board games, do a craft, build with Lego, or just hang out with friends.
Kids' Choice: Friday is our Kids' Choice Day. In the gym, the activity is decided by a kids' vote. In the cafeteria the kids enjoy working on fuse beads, unfinished art projects, or an activity that they enjoyed earlier in the week.
Absences/ Transportation/Pickup Changes
If your child will be absent from C.A.R.E.S., you must contact the C.A.R.E.S. Program directly by email or phone call or text to report the absence. Phone calls/texts can be made to our cell phone (978) 815-1507 and you can leave a message at any time. Notes provided to the teacher do not get forwarded to C.A.R.E.S. so please call or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any schedule changes or absences. For the safety of your child, if Mrs. Combs is not made aware of a change to your child's schedule, your child will be kept at C.A.R.E.S. as usual.
Please be reminded that in addition to your child's school, you must make the C.A.R.E.S. Program aware if you have any legal documentation regarding parental discretion. If you have a concern in this regard, please see Mrs. Combs to be sure that she has all the information needed to keep your child safe.
Snow days/ Cancellations:
In Case of Snow Days/Inclement Weather Cancellations:
*When school has been cancelled for the Wilmington Public Schools, C.A.R.E.S. will also be cancelled.
*In the event of a delay, BEFORE SCHOOL C.A.R.E.S. will be cancelled. AFTER SCHOOL C.A.R.E.S. will be business as usual.
*In the event of an emergency early dismissal, C.A.R.E.S. will be cancelled.
Afternoon Pick-Up Procedures
All doors will be locked during after school hours as they are during the day.
When picking your child up in the afternoon please use the FRONT door entrance. There will be a pin code pad outside the front door. You can sign your child out in the cafeteria. Unless you have an appointment with the teacher, it is asked that parents do not visit their child’s classroom after-school or use your code for re-entry once you have picked up your child.
Please have identification with you in the event that you are asked to present it at pick-up. It is extremely important that you have your ID every time that you pick-up. Likewise, if you send anyone else to pick up your child, let the staff know ahead of time and please be certain that you inform that person that they must have a picture ID with them.
Pick-up time is by 5:45. We ask that if for some reason you cannot make it before 5:45, please try to secure an alternate pick-up for your child and make C.A.R.E.S. aware of the situation. There is a late fee that goes into effect at 5:46. The charge is $15 for the first 1-10 minutes and $1.00 per minute thereafter.
We also ask that you do not come to pick up before 2:45. We will still be in the process of doing check-in and you may also be disturbing the bus dismissals. If you must pick-up your child after 2:15 and before 2:45, we ask that you send in a note that dismisses them as a car rider. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.