After School Program
Program Questions & Answers
PURPOSE: The purpose of the Calais After-School Program is to support classified students in grades K-12 and their parents by providing quality academic, creative, and recreational time beyond the school day in order to enhance the learning experience and social/life skills of the students in a safe, healthy, non-judgmental environment.
WHO: Classified students currently attending The Calais School as well as students from surrounding districts and communities may attend the Calais After-School Program. Parents of students not currently attending The Calais School must provide a copy of the student’s IEP with the Registration Form and must be willing to attend an interview with the student and After-School Program Supervisor prior to entering the program.
WHAT: The After-School Program provides classified students with a safe, supportive environment while parents are at work. Supervised by an LDTC, the program is staffed with experienced educational personnel and mature, trained aides. The program is also supported by a school social worker and/or a school psychologist.
WHERE: The Calais School Campus, 45 Highland Avenue, Whippany, NJ 07981 Here for Directions
WHEN: To be announced.
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After School Program Components
The following activities are part of the daily program schedule for our after-school program:
- Students will arrive for a light food snack and beverage.
- Those students who require time for completing or starting their homework will have staff available to assist them in all subject areas. Research on the internet may be available to students in order to complete or continue special projects required by their regular classroom program once they have agreed to the school’s internet usage policies.
- Planned and supervised recreational activities that will teach social skills are provided including physical exercise, dance, and interactive group games. Non-competitive, low impact activities are presented as recreational to encourage participation.
- Arts and crafts for enjoyment, relaxation, and creative development are presented as short-term projects. Activities such as free-style drawing, mixed media, and kit-type projects offer students the opportunity for free expression.
- Reading and writing is encouraged through participation that is focused on classic and contemporary literature. Students are encouraged to discuss the aspects of characters, themes, and content.
- Music appreciation is part of the program fabric. Short sessions expose students to the many styles, periods and cultural influences in music history.
- Social skills development is integrated throughout the program in a skillful manner that allows each student to express and demonstrate appropriate peer, and adult interactions.
Counseling Services also supports our staff as they work to meet the needs of the students, individually and collectively. Students, teachers, specialists, and supervisors all become team players in order to establish and maintain a safe and productive learning environment. The Counseling Services Team coordinates and oversees all of the intervention strategies required to assist students and their families.
A number of students have a history of mental and/or behavioral problems that have resulted in hospitalization or, more often, specialized treatments, therapies, and medications.
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