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

Matt Metzler --- AfterCare Director

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 at BMS: The Commons, the Hickory lunchroom, the Spanish/Music room, and the lower playground. During the summer, when weather permits, all students play on 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 Matt Metzler and staffed by him and two to three others. Currently, other staff members include Melanie Breeden, Matt Lundquist, and Cheyenne Woods.

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, and a TableTopic card is read aloud to prompt discussion of an imagination-based question that changes every day (for instance: “What would you like to happen after taking a magic pill?” or “How would you improve your shoes?”).

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 of their choice. Beginning in August 2017, each day of the week will offer a different activity or program; details will be shared as the new school year approaches. Basic arts and crafts supplies are always available, and as long as the weather permits, outdoor free play is always offered. If the weather is nice, all students may be asked to play outside 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.

5:15 – 5:30 pm: Students on the lower playground are asked to retrieve outdoor items and are escorted indoors to join the other students, unless pickup is designated as being outdoors that day (look for a sign on the front door of the main building). Indoors, students work together to clean up their activities.

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. While small exceptions may be made, generally all discussion of rules and expectations begins with the following premise: “How it goes in school is how it goes in AfterCare.”