After School Program

Jessica Palermo | Extended Learning Coordinator | 704.864.7744 ext. 122

Jpalermo@gastonday.org

The Gaston Day After School Program offers a safe nurturing environment for students PS-8th grade. Click here to register.

The weekly fee is $90 and  you will be billed monthly by the Finance Office. 
This year we will resume our drop-in service which will allow students to attend After School care on an as-needed basis. The drop-in fee is $30 per day and will be billed monthly by the Finance Office.
Students must be picked up no later than 5:30pm from the carpool line at the front of the school.  If a student is picked up after 5:30pm, the cost is $10.00 for the first 5 minutes and $5.00 for each five-minute increment thereafter per child.  This amount will be billed through the Finance Office in addition to your weekly/drop-in charge.  

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The weekly fee is $50 and you will be billed monthly by the Finance Office. 
This year we will continue our drop-in service which will allow students to attend After School care on an as-needed basis. The drop-in fee is $14 per day and will be billed monthly by the Finance Office.  These fees will help to cover activity materials and snacks for students. Students who are waiting on music lessons or afternoon practice may work on homework at no charge. 
Students must be picked up no later than 5:30pm from the carpool line at the front of the school. If a student is picked up after 5:30pm, the cost is $10.00 for the first 5 minutes and $5.00 for each five-minute increment thereafter per child. This amount will be billed through the Finance Office in addition to your weekly/drop-in charge. 

Click here to register

After School Daily Schedule Outline:

3:15-4:00: Relax/Choice Time

  • This time will be reserved for students to get their energy out after a long school day. During this time they can socialize with peers, relax, play on the playground, enjoy a game of gaga ball, and unwind for a bit before settling down for homework time. Students who choose to get a head start on homework during this time are welcome to do so! 
  • Students who bring their own snack, or an additional snack, are welcome to eat it during this time. 
  

4:00-4:25: Snack/Homework Time

  • Students are split by grade level for snack/homework time. Our preschool-kindergarten students will be enjoying a read-aloud story and their snack in one location while the first-fourth graders work on homework while eating snacks in another room. 
  • Snacks are typically passed out around 4:15 to give students enough time to wash hands, get water, and settle down. 

4:25-4:55: Whole Group Activity

  • Whole group activities can include games, maker spaces, and STEAM challenges that require students to work together. These activities reinforce critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, and leadership skills.

4:55-5:30: Choice Time

  • Choice time allows students another opportunity to socialize and think creatively with their peers. Students typically get to choose to go outside or to play inside. 
  • Technology is not an option during this time, with the exception of Fridays. Friday we will have “tech-day” and students may use their Chromebooks/tablets during choice time. 

ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

We will be offering After School Enrichment/Club opportunities this school year as well as many enrichment activities woven into our daily After School Program! 

 There is no charge to sign your child up and registration only takes 5 minutes or less. Click here to register.

  • Grades: K-8th
  • Time: 3:30-5:00
  • Dates: Monday and Wednesday: 9/12, 9/14, 9/19, 9/21, SKIP 9/26, 9/28, 10/3, SKIP 10/5, 10/10, SKIP 10/12, 10/19 (Make-up Dates: 10/24, 10/26) 
  • Program Length: 8 Lessons
  • About the Instructors: Hank and Sharon Avants met while playing tennis when they were 12 years old. They have now been married for 40 years with 1 daughter, Cory Ann, who played tennis professionally and now owns her own tennis facility in Charlotte. Hank and Sharon have enjoyed Gastonia for over 35 years and love making the players of yesterday, today and tomorrow!  They have placed over 200 students into College Scholarship opportunities and many more that played Club Tennis. Both are USPTA Certified teaching professionals, USTA High Performance Coaches and love teaching tennis at all levels.
  • Program Description: This is the ideal activity for the future Tennis Player of Gaston Day! Learn the in’s and out’s of tennis with Hank and Sharon Avants. Develop your tennis skills with different drills and games while also working on your coordination, self-confidence, and problem solving skills. 
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  • Grades: K-8th
  • Time: 3:30-5:00
  • Dates: Monday and Wednesday: 11/7, 11/9, 11/14, 11/16, SKIP 11/21, SKIP 11/23, 11/28, 11/30, 12/5, 12/7 (Make-Up Dates: 12/12 and 12/14) 
  • Program Length: 8 Lessons
  • About the Instructors: Hank and Sharon Avants met while playing tennis when they were 12 years old. They have now been married for 40 years with 1 daughter, Cory Ann, who played tennis professionally and now owns her own tennis facility in Charlotte. Hank and Sharon have enjoyed Gastonia for over 35 years and love making the players of yesterday, today and tomorrow!  They have placed over 200 students into College Scholarship opportunities and many more that played Club Tennis. Both are USPTA Certified teaching professionals, USTA High Performance Coaches and love teaching tennis at all levels.
  • Program Description: This is the ideal activity for the future Tennis Player of Gaston Day! Learn the in’s and out’s of tennis with Hank and Sharon Avants. Develop your tennis skills with different drills and games while also working on your coordination, self-confidence, and problem solving skills.
Click here to register
  • Price: $160
  • Grades: 2nd-8th
  • Time: 3:30-4:30
  • Dates: Wednesday: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, SKIP 10/5, SKIP 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, SKIP 11/23, 11/30, 12/7 
  • Program Length: 10 Weeks
  • About the Instructor: Spencer Singleton is a retired teacher from Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. He has been a chess instructor for 29 years and has helped hundreds of young people learn to play this wonderful game. Spencer was introduced to chess in 1972 while attending UNC Charlotte, the same year that Bobby Fischer become World Chess Champion. He fell in love with the game and has been playing ever since. In addition to teaching chess, Spencer has coached Middle and High School chess teams in multiple locations and brought many of his teams to local, state, and national championships. 
  • Program Description: Research shows that chess can improve academic performance and critical thinking skills. Chess teaches discipline, increases self-confidence, improves decision making abilities, and enhances organizational skills. Chess Club is for all levels of chess players. Players are divided by age and ability. 
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  • Price: $220
  • Grades: K-4th 
  • Time: 3:30-4:30
  • Dates: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, SKIP 11/24, 12/1, 12/8
  • Program Length: 12 Weeks 
  • About the Instructor: Candra Davis is the Founder/Program director for Leaps ‘N’ Bounds Dance. She has been a dance educator for over 20 years and has over 40 years of dance training. In addition, Candra owned a Dance business for 17 years in the Charlotte area and has had the pleasure of impacting the lives of many youth through the art of dance, fitness and cheer. 
  • Program Description: After a long school day, students are ready to unwind and move. With the After School Enrichment Program of Leaps ‘N’ Bounds Dance Kidz, their learning will continue as they leap into a world of movement, dance, fitness and cheer.  Our program provides students in Kindergarten- 4th grade, a fun-filled, age-appropriate and challenging experience while maintaining a well-structured and nurturing environment for its participants. 
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  • Price: $280
  • Grades: 3rd-8th
  • Time: 3:30-4:30
  • Dates: Friday: 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, SKIP 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, SKIP 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16
  • Program Length: 12 Weeks
  • About the Instructor: Spencer Bang is a multidisciplinary artist that has worked professionally as an actor, writer and director for the past 10 years. His first feature film “A Great Lamp” which he wrote and starred in, premiered at Slamdance, and won the grand jury prize and Mammoth Lake Film Festival. His play “The Mourning Bird” will premier in New York at the New York play festival in September. He made his television debut as an actor in “FBI” as Lyle Porter, and will soon be on an episode of “Power Book 2, Ghost”. Not only does he actively and consistently work in many different fields of the entertainment industry, he has worked as a private teacher in some of the most reputable schools in the country, and has spent 6 years developing original and engaging curriculum. He has a profound love of teaching and the arts, and has the skills, passion and experience to equip your children with tools to excel not only in the arts, but any area of their life. If you’d like to learn more, please visit his website at www.spencerbang.art
  • Program Description: In Devised Filmmaking students write a short film in collaboration with each other in the first six weeks of class, and film it in the next six weeks of class. At the end of the semester, their original film is distributed to parents, with the option of a film screening that parents and friends are invited to attend. This class teaches students a host of skills beyond filmmaking including but not limited to: teamwork, critical thinking, acting, film aesthetic, writing, patience and grit.
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  • Price: $160
  • Grades: K-2nd 
  • Time: 3:30-4:30
  • Dates: Thursday: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, SKIP 11/24, 12/1, 12/8
  • Program Length: 12 Weeks
  • About the Instructor: Spencer Bang is a multidisciplinary artist that has worked professionally as an actor, writer and director for the past 10 years. His first feature film “A Great Lamp” which he wrote and starred in, premiered at Slamdance, and won the grand jury prize and Mammoth Lake Film Festival. His play “The Mourning Bird” will premier in New York at the New York play festival in September. He made his television debut as an actor in “FBI” as Lyle Porter, and will soon be on an episode of “Power Book 2, Ghost”. Not only does he actively and consistently work in many different fields of the entertainment industry, he has worked as a private teacher in some of the most reputable schools in the country, and has spent 6 years developing original and engaging curriculum. He has a profound love of teaching and the arts, and has the skills, passion and experience to equip your children with tools to excel not only in the arts, but any area of their life. If you’d like to learn more, please visit his website at www.spencerbang.art
  • Program Description: Dreamworld is an interactive story rendered with music and shadow that teaches students how to work with others and process their emotions by challenging them to articulate their feelings in a group setting while working together to uncover the location of the missing “candy town villagers”, stolen by a great and ancient villain known only as “The Shadow”.  
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  • Price: $155
  • Grades: 3rd-6th
  • Time: 3:45-4:45
  • Dates: Tuesday: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, SKIP 10/18, 10/25
  • Program Length: 6 Weeks
  • About the Vendor: This program is created by SPARK Business Academy, an international program that creates engaging and exciting classes that help students learn life skills while also enjoying different themes related to business and money. All of the SPARK programs emphasize project-based, experiential learning where students “learn by doing” and work towards a deliverable in a fun environment. In addition, students gain soft skills like collaboration, public speaking and presentation skills. A SPARK Business Academy instructor will lead this program in person at Gaston Day.
  • Program Description: Are you ready to innovate? Get your creative juices flowing in this project-based program, where you will identify the need for an invention, think on your feet, and create real structures and solutions. Students will complete group challenges each week including tasks such as the following: Build the highest free-standing structure, create a bridge that sustains the most weight, create boats out of tinfoil, and more.
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  • Price: $155
  • Grades: K-2nd
  • Time: 3:45-4:45
  • Dates: Tuesday: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, SKIP 10/18, 10/25
  • Program Length: 6 Weeks
  • About the Vendor: This program is created by SPARK Business Academy, an international program that creates engaging and exciting classes that help students learn life skills while also enjoying different themes related to business and money. All of the SPARK programs emphasize project-based, experiential learning where students “learn by doing” and work towards a deliverable in a fun environment. In addition, students gain soft skills like collaboration, public speaking and presentation skills. A SPARK Business Academy instructor will lead this program in person at Gaston Day.
  • Program Description: Earn, save, spend, donate! Let’s learn about money! This innovative program provides a solid foundation on financial literacy for kids in a fun setting. Games and hands-on activities help students internalize key concepts (like money, budgeting and saving) in an engaging and supportive environment fostering teamwork. Students use their arts & crafts skills to make their own piggy bank!
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  • Price: $170
  • Grades: 3rd-5th
  • Time: 3:30-4:30
  • Dates: Tuesday and Thursday: 9/13, 9/15, 9/20, 9/22, 9/27, 9/29, 10/4, 10/6 10/11, 10/13, SKIP 10/18, 10/20, 10/25, 10/27, SKIP 11/1, 11/3, 11/8, 11/10, 11/15, 11/17, SKIP 11/22, SKIP 11/24, 11/29, 12/1, 12/6, 12/8
  • 5K Dates: Sunday 12/4 and Saturday 12/10
  • Program Length: 12 Weeks
  • About Girls on the Run: The Girls on the Run website describes this program as a program that “…reaches girls at a critical stage, strengthening their confidence at a time when society begins to tell them they can’t. Underscoring the important connection between physical and emotional health, our program addresses the whole girl when she needs it the most.” 
  • About the Coaches: There are two coaches for this year’s program: Che Hooks and Rachel High. Rachel High is a middle school teacher at GDS and loves running. She is really looking forward to working with the girls and helping them build confidence while having fun. Che Hooks taught at Gaston Day for 13 years and first heard of the Girls on the Run program when her daughter Maggie (GDS class of 2017) was in 4th grade and was a participant. Mrs. Hooks is mom to Maggie and her five brothers, and wife to David. She comes from a family of runners, and while she ran cross country for Appalachian State and two half marathons, her 5Ks these days are more walk and less run. She’s excited to get to work with Spartan ladies while getting moving, gaining confidence and building friendships in a lifelong sport.
  • Parents, if you are interested in volunteering, please let Jessica Palermo, or one of the coaches, know! 
  • Please register through Girls on the Run Website – click here to register
  • Price: $210
  • Grades: Preschool-Pre-Kindergarten (2:00-3:00) | Kindergarten-2nd grade (3:30-4:30)
  • Program Length: 8 Weeks
  • Dates: Monday: 9/19, SKIP 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, SKIP 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, SKIP 11/21, 11/28
  • About the Instructor: Shannon Joyce is a licensed occupational therapist with T.O.T.S. who has a passion for integrating skilled therapy into the natural outdoor environment to provide the best outcomes for growing kids.  Guided by Laura Park Figueroa’s ConTiGO Approach, she aims to provide occupational therapy interventions in a small group setting outdoors to promote cognitive, physical, and social-emotional skills in kids. 
  • Program Description: What is one factor that is most lacking in the daily routine of today’s children? Nature. Nature is a driving force for holistic development, as it offers an immersive experience that calms the regulatory centers of the brain and challenges the whole body in physical movement. Due to changes over time in the way we prioritize our time, increasing screentime, and environmental safety, children are being exposed less and less to nature. Currently, the average American child spends between 6-8 hours per day on screens and only 4-7 minutes per day engaged in unstructured outdoor play. Experts recommend a minimum of 2 hours per day of outdoor play to promote healthy brain and body development. There are countless benefits to engagement in nature when strategically utilized including: modulating the sensory systems, improving body strength and coordination, increasing attention span and alertness, expanding cognitive skills, eliciting imaginary play schemes, promoting emotion regulation, and supporting better communication with others. 
    • Schedule Outline:
  • 10 minutes: gathering and snack time
  • 10 minutes: connection circle
  • 20 minutes: Structured therapy activity
  • 20 minutes: Supported Play
    • Example Activities:
  • Natural Obstacle courses 
  • Targeting motor planning, body coordination, and sensory processing
  • Constructing birdseed birdhouses
  • Targeting tactile sensory processing, bilateral coordination, fine motor control
  • Downhill bowling
  • Targeting communication, problem-solving, and visual-motor integration
  • Fort building
  • Targeting cooperative play, coordination, and problem-solving
  • Giant Rope Spider Web
  • Targeting communication, motor planning, balance, and coordination
  • Fresh-Squeezed Orange Juice
  • Sensory processing, bilateral coordination, upper-extremity strengthening
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  • Price: $150
  • Time: 3:20-4:20
  • Dates: Monday: 10/3, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12
  • Program Length: 8 Lessons
  • About the Coach: Chris Carrara is a former All-American second baseman from Winthrop University, where he was selected by the New York Yankees in 2007. He went on to play professional baseball for 6 years before retiring in 2012. Coach Carrara is in his 8th year at Gaston Day, and spends his free time with his wife and three children.
  • Program Description: Come out and be a part of our ball club, as Spartan baseball head coach and former Yankee farmhand, Chris Carrara, teaches the fundamentals of catching, throwing, and hitting. Our younger Spartans, ages Kindergarten through 5th Grade, are welcome to sign up. There will be middle school and Varsity players coaching the young Spartans as well, so we hope you can join us, learn the game of baseball, and have fun playing ball!
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  • Only able to make a few of the dates? Email Jessica Palermo (jpalermo@gastonday.org) to ask about pricing for individual sessions. 

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