Dear Extended Day Family,
I am happy to welcome you and your family as part of our "extended day
family" as we welcome 27 new children into our program. As I write
this note in the 11th hour, I am happy to announce some of the changes
that have been made to HEDP during the 2011-2012 school year. With
much planning, reorganizing and preparing for the fall well underway,
here are some important dates, policies and information for your
Our 2011-2012 teaching team is composed of many wonderful teachers who
are extremely excited about the upcoming year and look forward to
working with your child.
The lower level of Extended Day (next to the gym) will be home to our
Pre-K and Kindergarten through grade one program. We welcome back
Alyssa Davis to
lead this fantastic teaching team with Jackie Latucca in this room.
Alyssa and Jackie will continue
to work in this room with our 1st and 2nd (1/2) teaching team to create an
excellent curriculum. They have many hands on activities and projects
planned for the first few weeks.
Our Kindergarten (KP) will be lead by Sofia Hamula who has extensive
experience with early childhood, families and holds her masters degree
in Language Arts and Literacy. She is looking forward to working with
your child and family. Our Kindergarten (KP) group will be held in Min
Jens Pre-K classroom from 2:20 on and is located across from the
Our third through six-grade program will continue to meet in the Heath
School cafeteria from 2:20-5:45pm with Malaina LeSage and Ellie
Edraos. Malaina has been leading the way in our older kids programming
and is looking forward to meeting some new families and seeing our
returning 3rd-6th graders. Ellie comes to us from Baker School an
brings an amazing amount of education, experience, and love for
children. She holds degrees in Psychology & School Guidance. We are
looking forward to having her share her skills and training with us to
help become a stronger teaching team to all children and families.
We will continue to use the upper level of extended day on an as
needed basis to help create small group
activities on a daily basis with Jared Mael. Jared will also help
create a meaningful curriculum that encourages and supports
friendship, self-confidence and leadership with our entire program
(K-6). Please look for notices and announcements regarding this
wonderful addition to our program.
Two fantastic Wheelock Interns, Molly and Angelica who will also be
working at Extended Day to enhance and help design an
engaging and enjoyable program in our KP, 1/2 and 3-6 classrooms.
We are also in the process of hiring two more amazing teachers for our
Kindergarten and 3-6 classrooms. Please look for future notices and
announcements as we proceed with completing our teaching team.
Our dedicated teachers are enthusiastic and will teach
through pleasurable hands-on activities that help enhance and bridge
the learning from that is happening during the school day. We are
happy to have such good natured and experienced teachers. All are
committed to great afternoon programming that supports and encourages
We are currently at full capacity on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
afternoons in K-6. I encourage all families who are interesting in
making a schedule change out of ones of those days to contact me
immediately. HEDP will waive the $150.00 change of schedule fee
should we be able to fill your slot within the first 10 days of
school. We continue to have space on Mondays and Friday afternoons
and have several openings in our Pre-K program.
I am also happy to announce that HEDP will be continuing our one of a
kind older kids program called Tripping Out (for 5th-8th graders).
Malaina LeSage will lead this program and has already planned
many fantastic activities for this group. Please email
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the HEDP office for more information
before September 10th should you have any questions or concerns.
Space is limited for this one of a kind program.
As our first day of school quickly approaches please feel free to give
us a call should you have any questions or concerns. You may also
reach us by email at email@example.com. We welcome you to
Heath Extended Day and wish your child a wonderful first day.
Noelle Ahearn, Director
*Our program is nut free. Please keep this in mind when sending
special snacks or food for your child.*
Because HEDP is becoming more of a cooperative program please look for
ways to volunteer in each classroom. These needs will be posted on
the information station bulletin board. There is a mandatory 5 hours
volunteer commitment for each family.
**Families who are applying for tuition assistance need to have all
forms mailed to Noelle by ASAP. Please note that HEDP has changed our
format and now award on a semester only basis. All families must
reapply during our second semester.
On Monday, September 12th and Tuesday, September 13th you may pop into
HEDP with your child to get acquainted with Alyssa, Jackie, and our classroom
between 12:15-2:00pm. Please bring a lunch and explore our learning
centers with your child.
Pre-K Extended Day will officially begin on Wednesday, September 14th
at 12:15pm. Alyssa will pick the Pre-K children up from Min Jen’s
classroom on a daily basis. Please send your child with:
~ A packed lunch
~ A change of clothes in a labeled bag
~ A king size pillowcase with his/her name on it
~ A picture of your child with his/her family.
On Tuesday, September 6th (Families with last letters A-M) and
Wednesday September 7th (L-Z), Kindergarten will have an early
release. We welcome your child to come to extended day only on the
day your child attends his/her first day of Kindergarten with a
parent, family member or sitter.
Please pack yourself and child a lunch we can enjoy a bite
to eat in our space.
We encourage you to use this day to visit with our Kindergarten
Teacher, Sofia and for your
child to help him/her begin to feel comfortable and confident within
Kindergarten Extended Day will officially begin on Thursday, September
8h at 2:20pm. Sofia will pick up the Kindergartner's at
2:20pm and walk them to HEDP (in Min Jens PreK classroom) each day.
Please provide your child with
A) Change of clothes in a zip-lock bag with his/her name on it.
B) family photo.
This may be a challenging day for a kindergarten that does not feel
confident due to the unpredictable schedule. Please contact us before
2:00pm should you have any concerns.
All are welcome to begin attending HEDP on Tuesday, September 6th at
2:20pm. Please remind your children to look for HEDP teachers in the
hall to guide them to
the Heath School Classroom or Cafeteria. Please call or email the HEDP office
should your child not be attending on the first day.
1st and 2nd graders will be picked up at 2:20 from each classroom
by Noelle for the month of September. They will walk down to HEDP in
pairs beginning in October.
3nd-6th graders should walk directly to the Heath School cafeteria at
2:20pm. We have encouraged teachers to have HEDP kids walk together
Please note that there will be homework and reading time (DEAR) each
day. So remember to bring your favorite reading materials (books,
magazines, newspapers, comics…). We are always looking for good
reading material so please feel free to donate.
The first official trip is set for Thursday, September 22nd. Please
meet Malaina LeSage outside of Min Jen Taylor Wu’s classroom. From
there she will led the T.O. group to the gym where they will learn
more about the program, go over the rules and expectations, then walk
over to Eliot Field before heading to Cleveland Circle for a scavenger
Tripping Out has additional forms that MUST be complete before your
child can attend. Please phone Noelle should your family be
interested in this program.
Children with Allergies or Medical Limitations
PLEASE contact Noelle ASAP for the required forms. Your child cannot
attend HEDP without signed medical forms and medication from a
certified practitioner. We also need a full container of medication
when applicable (epi pen, prescription…). Please see Noelle ASAP for
more information. The MA Department of Early Education and Care has
mandated us to call a parent immediately for pickup should we not have
the appropriate forms and medications.
We are still missing many registration packets. Please complete them
and return them ASAP. All documents are needed before your child
begins attending HEDP. This helps ensure that we will be prepared for
your child. I will be in the office each day and would be more than
willing to meet should that be easier for you.
The annual meeting date has yet to be announced. Please look for
notices regarding this mandatory meeting.
Please remember to phone HEDP at 617-879-4565 or email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org should your child be late or absent from
HEDP. Please let us know as soon as possible.
Please note that HEDP closes at 5:45. We encourage you to make
necessary arrangements should you not be able to make that time. Late
fees will go into effect Monday, September 26th.
**Be prepared to sign your child out at the end of each day with YOUR
signature or initials and the PICK UP TIME. This is a mandatory
policy set forth by the MA Department of Early Education and Care.
It is essential that you make a habit of this. Please make an effort
to make contact with a teacher and sign your child out each day. If a
nanny or babysitter will be picking up your child, please be sure they
have a picture ID for the first few weeks.
We have made the switch to green communication and encourage you to
check out our BLOG at the beginning of each month to read about our
updates and happenings. It is essential that you notify us
immediately should want a hard copy of all handouts. We will try our
best to keep you up to date and well informed.
Please check us out at
As of today , each family should have made a first month, last month
(deposit) and registration payment. All pavements are due no later
than the 1st of each month. Please contact Noelle or our Bookkeeper,
Linda at < email@example.com > should you have any questions
regarding your account.
We hope that you are ready for a terrific year and are happy that you
have joined our Extended family!
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