Students in Early Childhood through Grade 8 may enroll in Waynflete’s Afterschool program, which offers daily care for the following age levels:
EC3-4 in the EC classroom and upper playground
K-1 in the K-1 kitchen and outdoor ‘mud kitchen’
Grades 2-3 in the Innovation Lab and outdoor play spaces
Grades 4-5 in the Innovation Lab and outdoor play spaces
MS Hive for Grades 6-8 in the MS Forum and courtyard
Fall 2021 programs begin on the following dates:
August 31 – MS Hive opens for LEAP Week (Tuesday, 3:00–6:00 p.m.)
September 2 – EC3-4, K-1, 2-3, 4-5 opens (Thursday, 3:00–6:00 p.m.)
Payment for Afterschool programs is required for registration and can be made annually or quarterly for full-time and one-day-per-week packages. We also welcome drop-in visits; 10-day drop-in passes are available. Contact the Lower School Office for same-day drop-ins.
Questions? Contact Director of Enrichment Tessa Anable by email or at 207.774.7863 x1379.
Early Childhood–Grade 1
Our Sandpiper Program is now divided into two age groups: Early Childhood and K-1. The curriculum for each of our youngest age groups includes a focus on nature and art, with a focus on community building in K-1. Children enjoy science and art projects, with plenty of outdoor exploration and free play.
EC-Grade 1 students enrolled in the Full-Time Afterschool program 2021-22 may attend four Full Fun Days during scheduled school closures: 10/22, 1/14, 2/28, 5/20.
The Owls Afterschool program is now divided into two age groups: Gr 2-3 and Gr 4-5. Students will spend part of each afternoon outdoors, participating in outdoor games, sports and free play, unless weather prohibits. Indoors in the LS Innovation Lab, students will enjoy hands-on art and science projects, as well as Lego building, reading and board games. Afterschool sessions start with a brief community meeting and then snack; on Wednesday our meeting is followed by lunch (please bring your own). The Afterschool programs provide opportunities for socializing and building friendships in a nurturing environment.
Students in 2-3 and 4-5 enrolled in the Full-Time Afterschool program 2021-22 may attend three Full Fun Days during scheduled school closures: 10/22, 2/28, 5/20.
Grades 6–8 (The Hive)
The MS Hive offers a mix of engaging activities, student-planned events, walking field trips, Cornhole competitions, fun authentic conversations, board/card games and homework assistance. Afterschool provides a daily afternoon snack. Please bring your own lunch on Wednesdays.
The Hive gathers outside the MS Forum at dismissal, or inside the Forum in wet weather.
To reach the Afterschool Team from 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.:
- Call Enrichment Assistant Penny Prior at 774-7863, ext. 1355.
To reach the Afterschool Team after 5:00 p.m. (or until the last student leaves Afterschool), in the case that you have an emergency or a time-sensitive issue that cannot wait until the next business day:
- Call 774-7863, ext. 1355 to speak with the Afterschool teacher on duty.
Other ways to reach individuals at the school who can help:
- Contact Tessa Anable, Director of Enrichment, at extension at 774-7863, ext. 1379 from 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
- For Lower School Afterschool attendance, contact Lower School Assistant Diane Godsoe at 274-5211(direct line) or 774-7863, ext. 1288 from 8:00 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
- For MS Hive attendance, contact Middle School Assistant Carrie Chamberlain at 274-5212 (direct line) or 774-7863, ext. 1240 from 7:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 3:00–6:00 p.m.
Wednesday (half day): noon–6:00 p.m.
All students must be picked up by 6:00 p.m.
Note; the Orchard Street gate will be open only during Lower School drop off and pick up hours. This gate will be locked after 3:30 p.m.
Rates and discounts
Students in full-time Afterschool receive 20 percent off the cost of most Enrichment workshops (one exception is MS Ski).
Afterschool/Music Instruction Combo discount: Enrichment music students who take lessons after school may enroll for one day per week of Afterschool at a discount. When on campus, students must be supervised by an adult; students may attend Afterschool while waiting to attend a scheduled after school music lesson.
Afterschool Quarters and Full Fun Days
MS Hive: August 31–November 6
EC3–Grade 5: September 2–November 6
Quarter 2 (all ages/divisions)
November 9–January 29
Quarter 3 (all ages/divisions)
February 1–April 9
Quarter 4 (all ages/divisions)
April 12–June 9
Full Fun Days
October 22, February 28, May 20 (also January 14 for EC-Grade 1 only)
Full Fun Days provide full-day care, 8:00 a.m.–3:15 p.m. for students in EC through Grade 5 on days when school is closed due to school events, such as parent conferences and faculty professional development. Full Fun Days may be purchased separately or as part of a Full-time Afterschool package.
Afterschool teachers provide a healthy snack and age-appropriate outdoor activities, including a balance of structured games, science/art projects and free-play.
The Afterschool team is made up of the Enrichment Director, Enrichment Assistant and 6 to 8 experienced teachers, who bring a high level of teaching experience and/or higher education and training.
Afterschool teachers bring demonstrated skills in classroom management, lesson planning, and social and emotional Learning concepts (SEL). Each teacher communicates and works closely with Lower and Middle School faculty and the School counselor to address individual student needs.
The Enrichment Office
Waynflete’s Enrichment department oversees the daily Afterschool program, weekly enrichment workshops/classes, private music lessons and Waynflete SUMMER camp programs. The Enrichment Director designs and runs age-appropriate learning opportunities for Lower and Middle School students, bringing local teaching artists, musicians and specialized instructors to campus to share their experience, talent and inspiration after school. We invite you to share your ideas for engaging enrichment activities.
The Enrichment department is focused primarily and intentionally on social and emotional learning (SEL), and creating opportunities for our students to learn life-long skills and lessons. We provide a nurturing environment, friends, athletic and social opportunities, organized games and supervised free play, space to make a few mistakes, an atmosphere conducive to learning.
Participants discover new interests and talents, and build skills that enrich life. The Enrichment staff, teachers and workshop instructors facilitate team-building to foster an inclusive community where every voice matters and students can share their unique contributions and points of view.
Afterschool teachers maintain consistency between the Afterschool program and Waynflete’s Lower and Middle School programs, including “Responsive Classroom” teaching priniciples. Students are encouraged to develop and share a point of view, to be risk-takers in an environment that is emotionally and physically safe and nurtures individual expression. The Afterschool Standards inform our approach to social interactions and relationships, community building, programming and activities, our daily environment, and safety, health and nutrition.
Responsive Classroom and Consistent Core Values
Each day, Afterschool students make the transition to out-of-school-time programs through a brief circle time or community meeting to establish the student-teacher connection and provide time for each student to be seen and heard. Daily jobs provide opportunities for students to practice responsibility. Each program creates a charter in which students decide on a few important rules to live by. Waynflete’s core values create the foundation for Afterschool decision-making and rules: 1) Take care of yourself, 2) Take care of others, 3) Take care of the environment.
Standards and Operating Guidelines
Nutritious Daily Snacks
Daily snacks provided in Afterschool are wholesome and nutritious, high in vegetable, fruit, and natural grains content; and low in sugar content. When possible (as health protocols allow), snacks are homemade on campus by the Afterschool teaching team. Afterschool can accommodate most medical and allergy restrictions. Our staff is trained to maintain a high standard of allergy awareness and an environment that enables accommodation of various allergies.