Please make sure that you have alternate arrangements for May 10 if you would otherwise rely on ASP until 6 PM.
Before & After School
The Before and After School Programs at Aidan (BSP and ASP) are designed to provide a safe, comfortable, and engaging environment for Primary (BSP & ASP) and Elementary (ASP only) students before and/or after their Montessori work.
In the morning, Primary children enrolled in BSP go straight away to their own rooms and are greeted by their classroom Assistant. They take down chairs, fold laundry, wet sponges, organize the food for snack and otherwise prepare their community for their soon-to-arrive classmates. They can read, socialize, and begin their work for the day.
In the afternoon, our Director of the After School Program prepares an after school environment in the Toddler classrooms so that Primary and Elementary children can be independent and enjoy choosing age-appropriate materials, games, art media, etc. Students can take a nap, eat a snack, and enjoy each other’s company in play. Parents supply snack on a rotating basis similar to the classroom. When the playground is available, children go to the outdoor environment for supervised outdoor play. Children may also go for a walk to the Zoo, the library, and parks in our area. ASP personnel are sensitive to the needs of children at all ages and stages of development in creating activities. They guide and encourage independence, positive choices, and collaborative play that fosters positive social relationships.
Additionally, Aidan offers opportunities for learning and fun with friends in our after school Discovery Programs.
Ms. Messick is back in ASP, and delighted to promise monthly updates and photos - starting right now. Also, ASP parents: please heed her request for warm clothing to be left at school.
Especially important for Primary and Elementary Families: starting in 2018, because we know there are families who need it from their ASP Drop In signup history, we're adding an option for a Two Day ASP Contract, which might save your family a lot of money. Also new in January, to help us keep accurate records without taking our attention away from the children, parents will be asked to sign up for all Drop In ASP via our web form, and to pay to drop in as they sign up.
In January, 2018, Joy returned to Aidan's After School Program as its director. Prior to that, she served Aidan as a Lower Elementary Assistant, Lead Montessori Substitute Teacher, and Co-Director of After School Programs. Before coming to Aidan, Joy worked at Northwoods Montessori in Georgia as director of their extended day program. Before Joy discovered Montessori, she worked in New York and Atlanta as a photographer.
In her free time, Joy knits and reads a great deal. She loves playing tennis and basketball, too. She spends her summers on Delaware beaches where she loves to go on long bike rides through state park land and go paddle boarding. She and her wife are expecting a baby girl in December and are looking forward to becoming parents.
Before & After School Program Hours
Before School Program:
Starts at 8:00am
After School Program:
Ends at 6:00pm
Contact Admissions for further details on schedule options.
Please note that B/ASP does not serve Toddlers
Meet Our Before & After School Staff