Extended Learning Program

  Where learning meets fun...

The after-school hours provide a uniquely creative and entrepreneurial time in the field of public education. 1

We believe and follow a similar philosophy to the Responsive Classroom that "Children's developmental needs should be the foundation for every choice we make in the Extended Learning Program."1

Online registration for the 2017 - 2018 school year is CLOSED. Please refer to our WAITLIST.

Change of Schedule Waitlist
Parent Welcome Letter
NRSD Extracurricular Activity Registration Form
District Calendar 2017 - 2018

2017 - 2018 Program Brochure
H.A.L.F. TIME Parent Letter

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To establish a program that creates an extended learning community by providing social, physical, artistic and intellectual enrichment opportunities.

To provide diverse enrichment opportunities that expand the social, physical, creative and intellectual growth of our students through school, community and family collaborations.

Student artist painting.
"The world is but a canvas to the imagination."   ~Henry David Thoreau

The Extended Learning Program runs concurrently with the Nashoba Regional School District calendar and operates from 3:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. with pickup time no later than 6:00 P.M. All pickups after 6:00 P.M. will be assessed a charge of $1.00 per minute. We are closed on all Nashoba Regional School District holidays, vacations (February, December, April), summers, and snow days. The Before School Program (all three locations) are closed when there is a DELAYED OPENING.

NEW! To better serve our students all SCHEDULE REQUESTS will be placed on a CHANGE OF SCHEDULE WAITLIST pending the Extended Learning Program Coordinator's approval. Parents will be notified within three business days of the status of their request. There will be a $15.00 CHANGE OF SCHEDULE FEE for all APPROVED schedule requests. This fee DOES NOT apply to ADD DAY requests. Extended Learning and Before School Program requests should be submitted on separate forms.

3:00 – 3:15    Arrival/ Attendance/Organize Backpacks
3:15 – 4:00    Outdoor Recess (weather permitting)
3:30 - 4:30     Snack/Enrichment Activities (activities or opportunities that require pre-registration)
4:00 - 4:15     Snack/Afternoon Meeting
4:15 - 5:15     Homework, Enrichment Activities (activities or opportunities that do not require pre-registration), and Free Play
5:15 – 5:45     Free Play/Gym Time/Outdoor Recess (weather permitting)
5:45 - 6:00     Cleanup and Departure

If your child is absent from school or there is a change in his/her schedule that will impact his/her Extended Learning Program schedule please email your Site Coordinator before 2:00 P.M. to notify her/him of these changes. 

Need to add a day? Occasionally the need arises to add a day to your child's schedule. Add days are an option for all registered participants. The cost to add a day is $37.50. Parents simply complete and submit the Change of Schedule/Add Day online form and email Leah Botko at lbotko@nrsd.net to activate the schedule change. A $15.00 fee will be charged for requests that do not provide one month notice.

The Extended Learning Program is open at all locations from 12:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. on district half days. If the day is not a scheduled Extended Learning day for the student, the day may be added using the Change of Schedule/Add Day online form for $37.50. There is no additional charge if this day falls on a day that is part of the student's regular schedule. Please email lkymalainen@nrsd.net to activate the schedule request. 
Program Coordinator 
Laura Dwyer (ldwyer@nrsd.net)
Phone Number (978) 779 - 0539
Extension 3356

Bolton Site Coordinator
Location: Emerson School Gym
Site Coordinator: Tina Rumsey  (krumsey@nrsd.net
Site Phone Number: (978) 779 - 9875 

Lancaster Site Coordinator

Location:  Mary Rowlandson School Cafeteria
Site Coordinator: Rita Scirpoli  (mscirpoli@nrsd.net
Site Phone Number: (978) 368 - 8482
Extension 1034

Stow Site Coordinator - Center School (K - 3)
Location:  Center School Gym
Site Coordinator: Susan Ormond (sormond@nrsd.net)
Site Phone Number: (978) 897 - 0531

Stow Site Coordinator - Hale School (4 - 5)
Location: Home Economics Room
Site Coordinator: Dorcas Sefton (dsefton@nrsd.net)
Site Phone Number: (978) 897 - 4788 Extension 2104
5 Days Per Week =  $360.00
4 Days Per Week =  $288.00
3 Days Per Week =  $216.00
2 Days Per Week =  $144.00
1 Day Per Week =    $72.00

The yearly tuition is divided into ten monthly payments (September - June). Monthly tuition payments are due one month in advance on or before the 28th of each month. There is a non-refundable $35.00 registration fee due with the the first monthly payment. All payments received after the 28th will be assessed a $20.00 late fee. The first monthly payment is due August 28th and the last monthly payment is due May 28th. Extra charges such as add days, late pickups, and enrichment activities will appear on the monthly billing statement for your convenience.

The Extended Learning Program respects the environment and in an effort to conserve paper all monthly invoices are emailed the third week of each month. Also, all newsletters, parent letters and parent correspondence are emailed. Therefore it is important that parent emails are current and correct, please email ldwyer@nrsd.net if there are changes to your email address. 

We understand the financial difficulty imposed by having several children in the program and offer sibling discounts. We offer a 10% sibling discount per child. We accept a limited amount of vouchers for families that qualify. Please email Cyndie Maxifield at cmaxfield@nrsd.net for additional information regarding vouchers.

The suggested pickup time is 6:00 P.M. After 6:00pm accounts will be charged $1.00 for each minute after 6:00 P.M. Excessive lateness (more than four late pickups) will result in termination from the program.

If your child is going to be picked up by someone other than a parent the following steps must be followed:

1) an email must be sent to your Site Coordinator stating the person's name and permission for him/her to pick up your child

2) this individual will also be required to show a valid ID upon pickup

3) all listed pickup individuals must be at least 18 years of age.

To ensure the safety of our children there will be no exceptions to this protocol.

The Extended Learning Program has revised its Behavior Policy to reflect the Responsive Classroom model. "The Responsive Classroom is an approach to elementary teaching that emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe school community. The approach consists of classroom and school wide practices for deliberately helping children build academic and social-emotional competencies."2

The five most important skills in the Responsive Classroom model include: Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self Respect....C.A.R.E.S.. These five skills are reinforced throughout the morning and afternoon in every activity our students enjoy. Additional information can be found on the Responsive Classroom website.

The Extended Learning Program supports a safe environment for all students. Students who cannot maintain personal and social boundaries and jeopardize the safety of other students will be temporarily suspended from the program for a time period determined by the Program Coordinator. Students who continuously jeopardize student safety may be suspended from the program by the Program Coordinator.

NOTE: All Extended Learning Program students must be completely toilet proficient to attend.

1 http://www.afterschoolallstars.org/programs/need-for-after-school/
2 Durlak, J. A., & Weissberg, R. P. (2007).