Monthly Newsletter

Pittaway Extended Day Program

WELCOME!


Dear Parents:

It is with great pleasure and joy that we welcome you to the Kindergarten Extended Day Program.  We have included some general information to help make the transition to EDP as smooth as possible.  If you haven’t already done so, please familiarize yourself with the Parent Handbook as it contains our policies concerning our program.  If you have not received a handbook, please let us know and we will provide you one.


The following address should be used for any correspondence, including tuition checks.


Ashland Extended Day Program

Pittaway School

75 Central St.

Ashland, MA 01721


Our phone number is 508-532-8042.  You may also email at kbrissenden@ashland.k12.ma.us   



Open House:  Be on the lookout for a SignUp Genius for our Open House.  We have two days (8/31 & 9/1) dedicated to visiting the classroom and meeting the teachers.  There are many time slots, with a half hour for each slot.  If you have pressing questions, please contact me ahead of time.


Transportation:  In order to provide the best possible afterschool experience, Kindergarten EDP students will be bussed to the Pittaway School at the end of their school day.  This will allow them to have a program specifically designed for them and will prevent them from being overwhelmed by the much larger group of first and second graders.  It also means they will not have to share classroom, gym, or cafeteria space.  The program and their experiences here will not be compromised.


At Warren’s dismissal, an EDP teacher will take attendance and will then place the students on the bus for Pittaway EDP.  Another teacher will greet the students when they arrive at Pittaway and we will immediately begin our day.  The children typically arrive to EDP at 3:30.  Please refer to our schedule below to see what a typical day at EDP is like.


Attendance:  If your child is going to be absent, late, dismissed, or going home on the bus, PLEASE EMAIL AND LET US KNOW!  We would appreciate your cooperation in this matter as we become concerned for your child’s safety when not notified.  Your child’s classroom teacher at Warren also needs to be notified of any changes in your child’s schedule with a separate note.  Since students are coming to Pittaway at dismissal time, it is imperative we know of absences or dismissals.  


Pick Up:

We are open until 6:00pm.  There is a $1.00/minute late charge for every minute after 6:00.  This money goes directly to the teacher who stayed late with your child.  Please call us if you are running late.  This will enable us to make our own arrangements for our own children who are in daycare.  If someone other than a parent will be picking up your child, please let us know.  Your child will not be released to that person unless we have been notified or if that person is on the “Authorization to Release” form.  This person will also have to produce a form of identification when picking up.


Tuition:  Tuition is due on or before the 25th of every month. There is a grace period of five school days, and after five school days a $5.00 late fee is charged. Please make checks payable to: APS-Pittaway EDP. If you have another child attending the Warren or Mindess programs, a separate check must be filled out. 


Birthdays: We will be celebrating birthdays on a monthly basis. A bulletin board in the classroom is set aside for our monthly birthdays. If your child has a birthday during the month and you would like to send in something special for a snack, please let us know prior to the celebration. Please note: Any birthday snacks must not contain nuts nor be processed on equipment that may contain traces of nuts.


Snack: EDP provides a daily snack and drink for your child.  All snacks and drinks meet the guidelines of the Wellness Policy for the Ashland Public Schools.


Extra clothes: Please send in an extra set of clothes for your child.  They will be left in the cubbies.


Dates To Remember


August 31 & September 1 Open House, Rm 12, Pittaway School


September 6  First day of school/EDP



What To Bring To Open House

  1. If your child is taking medication (Epi-Pen, inhaler, etc.) during EDP hours, a form will be emailed to you in the upcoming weeks. Fill it out and bring that, along with the medication, to Open House.

  2. September tuition

  3. Extra clothes



We look forward to an exciting year!


Kim Brissenden & Abbie Kane, Courtney Ryan, Andrea Ball

Head Teacher & Co-Teachers




Daily Schedule---Pittaway Extended Day



3:30 Children arrive from Warren School, attendance taken 


3:30-3:40 Get settled, story time, share time 


3:40-4:00 Wash up, snack (provided)


4:00-4.30 Recess


4:35-5:00 Sessions (gym, project, cooking, music)


5:00-5:45 Free Choice (dramatic play, blocks, Legos, coloring, writing, games, etc.)


5:45-6:00 Clean up, pack up


This schedule is simply a guideline to ensure organization and structure. We follow it as much as possible. Some days may have longer/shorter time frames depending on the children’s needs, the weather, a special event, etc.

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