Our very own Director of Auxiliary Programs Phillip Katinas discusses the benefits of Aidan's after-school Discovery classes.
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 Auxiliary Programs 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.
Phillip is Aidan's Director of Auxiliary Services, a new position established for the 2018-19 school year. Phillip’s work in education began at the Sheridan School in DC, where he served as camp teacher at their Creative Arts and Summer Adventure Camp (CASA) while home from college during the summer. After several years as camp teacher, Phillip accepted a full-time role as the Program Manager for CASA and was ultimately promoted to the Assistant Director of Auxiliary Programs at Sheridan. As Sheridan's Assistant Director of Auxiliary Programs, Philip oversaw all after school and summer programs. He brings a wealth of knowledge to his new role at Aidan.
Phillip and his family are DC-natives and all still reside in the area. Phillip loves playing sports, especially ice hockey. He also enjoys exploring the great outdoors, biking, camping, and hiking. Philip spends his free time training his two Newfoundland dogs, who not only love to swim but are water-rescue certified.
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