Aftercare Program Staff
Lead Teacher, Aftercare
Assistant Teacher, Sweet Gum 3 to 6
Lyndsey Taylor joined the BMS faculty in 2017 and is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Library Sciences at Ivy Tech. Providing access to information and services is an invaluable aspect of learning, and she hopes to help guide those who are curious to their answers. Prior to becoming the Lead Teacher for the Aftercare program, she supported the lower and upper elementary Spanish classes and assisted in Aftercare. Her previous position allowed her to build relationships with the Hickory, Maple, Walnut, and Sycamore classes on a daily basis. She is excited to continue to build upon those friendships and get to know even more of the wonderful BMS community. In her free time, she is striving to improve her baking and gardening skills. She can usually be found reading, doing yoga, playing games with friends, and listening to music.
Kayla Clemons has been a BMS faculty member since the summer of 2016, helping to expand and encourage young minds through play, crafts and other activities. She graduated from Pekin Community High School with a primary focus in child development. Since then she has worked with children of all ages and levels of development. Kayla also works at Batchelor Middle School as a Special Education Paraprofessional. She holds additional certifications in CPR/AED/First Aid, Crisis Prevention Intervention, Well-Managed Classroom, Chances & Services for Youth and Suicide Prevention. Having the ability to directly engage and impact young minds has brought her a sense of professional pride and accomplishment. During her free time Kayla loves spending time with her family and being outdoors. On most weekends she can been found hiking, biking or paddling with her husband, daughter and two dogs. Her outlook on life can best be summed up by one of her favorite quotes: “While we try to teach our children about life, our children teach us what LIFE IS ALL ABOUT.” –Angela Schwind
Amy Oelsner is thrilled to join the Aftercare team at BMS. She has over a decade of experience working with kids and teens in visual arts, creative writing, music, dance and theater. Amy was the Visual Arts and Creative Writing Program Director at Rhino’s Youth Center from 2013-2015 and the Assistant Director from 2016-2018. Before working at Rhino’s, Amy worked at the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls in Brooklyn, NY, and she is currently planning a Girls Rock Camp for Bloomington in Summer 2019. She plays music locally and nationally with her band Amy O, and is excited to be teaching a songwriting course at Ivy Tech this year. Amy also facilitates Contemplative Movement Practice at Ekah Yoga and works with Young Women Writing for a Change. In her free time, she loves hiking, spending time with friends and reading.
Aftercare Program at BMS
Aftercare is the after-school program at BMS. Aftercare enriches the education of BMS students through a variety of activities, guided by Montessori philosophy, and provides an invaluable service to parents who rely on an extended “school day” for their child(ren). Aftercare provides children with a valuable and needed time to play and refresh their minds and bodies after a day of work in the classroom.
The Aftercare Program is open to all BMS students in the 6 to 9 and 9 to 12 classrooms. Aftercare is held on all days when school is in session, and children may be enrolled every day after school or just occasionally. The Aftercare Program takes place in the Annex Multipurpose Room, the Annex hallway and the Lower Playground. It begins at 3:30 pm and ends at 5:30 pm. Children may be picked up at any time during this period. Pick-up is in the Annex.
3:25 – 3:30 pm: An Aftercare teacher picks up students in the 6 to 9 classrooms and escorts them to Aftercare. Students in the 9 to 12 classroom walk directly from their classroom to Aftercare.
3:30 – 3:40 pm: Students put away their belongings and eat a snack. Students bring their own snack daily, following the school’s guidelines as outlined in the Parent Handbook. Please remember that our school is nut-free, including peanut butter, and that we discourage sugary snacks. Attendance is taken while the students are eating snack, and a TableTopic card is read aloud to prompt discussion of an imagination-based question, which 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 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. Each day, students will be able to choose between three options of how to spend their time. The first two options will always be available: unstructured free play on the lower playground, and free choice work in the Multipurpose Room or Annex hallway (such as reading, drawing, homework, and board games). Please note that Aftercare teachers, following the Montessori philosophy, will not require a student to complete homework while at Aftercare. This is a time of free choice for the children after a day of work.
The third option varies depending on the day of the week, and we refer to this option as the “daily activity.” Below are the daily activities that we are offering during the Fall 2018 semester:
Monday: Extra P.E.
Tuesday: Guided Arts & Crafts or Rock Band*
Wednesday: Free Build Arts & Crafts or Guitar Class*
Thursday: Chess Club or Games (on alternating weeks)
Friday: Lego Club or Construction Activity (on alternating weeks)
*Requires additional registration and fees and begins the week of Aug. 27. More information is sent out to elementary families prior to the program start.
Activities end between 4:45 and 5:00 pm, at which time any remaining students will help clean up from the activities. After cleaning up, students will choose to join one of the two free play areas (the Lower Playground or the half-day lunchroom) until they are picked up.
5:15 – 5:30 pm: Students on the Lower Playground retrieve outdoor items and are escorted indoors to join the other students. 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.
When you arrive to pick up your child from Aftercare, please come into the Annex and find one of the Aftercare staff members in the hallway or inside the Multipurpose Room. The staff member will direct you to the sign-out sheet and let your child know that it is time to leave. Please allow up to 5 minutes after you arrive for your child to clean up his or her materials, particularly if he or she is outdoors.
Every day your child attends Aftercare, he or she should bring a snack (nut-free, and no candy). We spend the first 10-15 minutes of the program every day allowing students to eat a snack. If you plan to pack this snack in your child’s lunchbox, please make sure he or she knows that it should not be eaten at lunchtime and instead should be saved for after school. You might consider packing your child’s Aftercare snack in a different compartment of his or her bag or writing “Aftercare” on the wrapper or container. We maintain a small supply of extra snack food for emergencies, but we cannot supply your child with food on a regular basis. If your child does not need or want a snack at this time of the day, that is fine; but if you decide not to send a snack with your child intentionally, please make sure that he or she knows not to ask for a snack from Aftercare staff on that day.
If the weather is warm, please also send a water bottle with your child.
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.”
Aftercare Fees and Registration
$12/Day with Pre-Registration (links below)
$24/Day for Day-of Walk-In
To register for Aftercare, please login to the BMS website Parent Portal. Under the Parents section, click on Resources, where you will find a link for Aftercare Sign-ups for 2018-2019. There is a link for each month of the school year. Select the relevant month and register your child for the days needed. Use the link, do not go directly to signup.com. You will need to complete this task for each month you are interested in using the Aftercare program. There are 30 spots daily, which will be available on a first come, first served basis.
Just like the lunch program, you will have until the end of the day on the 25th of the month prior to make any selections or changes to your current selections. After the 25th, the roster closes and you can no longer make selections, and no refunds will be given. Thank you for being attentive to these deadlines!
If you decide you need Aftercare for a day of the month after the online sign up has passed, you are welcome to call the office to see if there is still space available for a specific day. If we have space, we will be happy to sign your child up until we have hit capacity. You will be charged on your statement the following month.
Questions or Concerns?
If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Lyndsey Taylor, our Aftercare Program Lead, by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Billing or registration questions can be directed to the main office (812)336-2800.