Five Ws and One H: What, Where, When, Who, Why, and How

Weigand, Head of our After Care Program, by Sadie Glass Photography


What: AfterCare is the after school program at BMS. It is open to all BMS students in the 6-9 and 9-12 classrooms.

Where: AfterCare utilizes four main areas in the Main building at BMS: The Commons, the Hickory lunchroom, the Spanish/Music room, and the lower playground.

When: AfterCare is held on all days when school is in session. It begins at 3:30 pm and ends at 5:30 pm. Children may be picked up at any time during this period.

Who: Aftercare is supervised by David Weigand and staffed by a total of 3 people.

Why: AfterCare serves two primary purposes: 1) It enriches the education of BMS students through a variety of activities and 2) It provides an invaluable service to parents who rely – either regularly or occasionally – on an extended “school day” for their child(ren).

How: Participation in AfterCare requires prior registration and payment. Details about how to register and pay are available on the BMS website.

Daily Schedule

3:25 – 3:30 pm: A supervisor picks up students in the 6-9 classrooms and escorts them to the small lunchroom. Students in the 9-12 classroom walk directly from their classroom to the small lunchroom.

3:30 – 3:40 pm: Students put away their belongings and eat snack in the small lunchroom. Students are asked to provide their own snack daily. If a student happens to forget a snack on a particular day, a snack will be provided by BMS. Attendance is taken while the students are eating snack.

3:40 – 3:45 pm: A short meeting is conducted with the students to let them know about the planned activities for the given day. This meeting also provides an opportunity to address particular questions and concerns.

3:45 – 5:15 pm: Students participate in one or more activities. In general, three options are provided to the students: Option 1 – Arts & Crafts (Hickory lunchroom and Spanish/Music Room); Option 2 – Board Games/Reading/Homework/Etc. (Commons); and Option 3 – Sports & Games (Lower Playground). If the weather is especially nice (i.e. not raining, not too cold, etc.) all students may be asked to play outdoors for at least part of the afternoon. Conversely, if it is especially cold or raining all students may be asked to play indoors for at least part of the afternoon. Assuming the above point of emphasis is not in effect, students are free to rotate through the different activities/areas upon approval from a supervisor.

5:15 – 5:30 pm: Students on the lower playground are asked to retrieve outdoor items used on the given day and are escorted indoors to join the other students. Students work together to clean up all three indoor areas.

5:30 pm: Students who have yet to be picked up will be escorted to the main office. A late pickup fee of $1/minute will be charged. You will be asked to sign-out all students. Identification will be required for all pick-ups. Please make sure that anyone picking up your student is also listed in your Enrollment Agreement.

Rules and Expectations

In general, the same rules and expectations for students while they are in school are in effect while they are in AfterCare. A few modifications to these rules and expectations were implemented last semester (by design the program differs quite a bit from school) and others may be implemented in the future, but the starting point for all discussion of rules and expectations begins with the following premise: “How it goes in school is how it goes in AfterCare.”