After School Adventurers
After School Adventurers (ASA) is Country Day's unique after-school program. Students receive an all-inclusive experience to fit their individual needs and interests, without ever having to leave the CDS campus! Each day has one class (except Friday), homework help if needed, snack time, unstructured play, organized games and more! Rates are offered one to five days a week per term, or daily drop-in.
After School Director
- ASA is available from 3:30-6 p.m. every day Country Day is in session.
- Snack Included
- Programming also offered for in-service days
2019-2020 Dates and Rates
Term I (12 weeks): Aug. 27–Nov. 15
Term II (12 weeks): Nov. 18–Feb. 21
Term III (12 weeks): Feb. 24–June 1
5 days/week (per term): $1,250
4 days/week (per term): $1,040
3 days/week (per term): $830
2 days/week (per term): $570
1 day/week (per term): $310
Daily Drop-In Rate: $35/day
Please note: There is no longer a "Full Year" enrollment option. Students must enroll PER TERM. When a student enrolls in three consecutive terms, they will receive the "Full Year" discount, which will be reflected on the payment balance of Term III enrollment.
Each day includes the choice of attending the daily class, as well as snack, recess, games, sports and activities at play time, and access to homework help, if needed.
Late pick-up policy: After 6 p.m., a late pick-up fee of $10/child will be added for the first 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, the late fee increases to $10/child per minute. Families who are late more than three times in one term will be charged $10/minute/child on subsequent late pick ups. Charges will be added to the end of term bill.
3:30-4:00 p.m. Recess and Snack
4:00-5:15 p.m. Enrichment Classes and/or Homework Help
5:15-6:00 p.m. Structured Play
Play time includes the gymnasium and playground. Students begin each afternoon with recess and a snack before transitioning to the afternoon programming. Adventurers can enjoy play time for the entire afternoon or join in the daily class. In addition to unstructured play time, a staff member may lead a variety of daily games and intramural sports.
A wide variety of enrichment classes are available Monday through Thursday, from sports to art to cooking to science. Adventurers have access to one enrichment class each day that they are registered in After School Adventurers, excluding Fridays. See tab for more information! Enrichment classes are not available for Drop-Ins. Most classes do have maximums and can sell out.
Be Kind Days!
Once a month our ASA students will have the opportunity to give back to others! A non-profit organization will be chosen to benefit from our students’ kindness and creativity.
For the 2019-2020 school year, ASA will offer in-service day and school break programming on all days CDS is not in session (excluding the holidays listed below). These exciting day- and week-long camps are much more than six hours of day care. Each affordable program is centered on a theme; over the course of the year, students will have a variety of learning opportunities and adventures both on and off campus!
Rates & Details
In-Service Day Programs
Open to SSA CDS students only.
Full-day programs: $65
Lunch NOT provided
Snack provided during After Care
*See schedule to the right for in-service dates*
School Break Camps
Hosted at the SSA Jr. School in Point Breeze
Open to students from any school
Weekly rate: $375; Daily rate: $80
Families must provide lunches and snacks daily.
- Break Camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the SSA Junior School unless otherwise noted.
- FREE before care begins at 8 a.m.
- After care is available until 6 p.m. at an additional cost of $20 per child (free on in-service days for attendees who are enrolled in ASA the day the program occurs).
- A shuttle between the Junior and Senior School campuses is available for a fee of $5/child for Break Camps. Bus departs the Senior School at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 3:30 p.m.
- All activities included in program cost.
- Late registrations are subject to a $20 fee. Some programs may not accept late registrations.
No programming is available on the following holidays:
- Sept. 2 – Labor Day
- Sept. 30 – Rosh Hashanah
- Oct. 9 – Yom Kippur
- Nov. 27, 28, 29 – Thanksgiving Break
- Dec. 20 - Jan. 5 – Winter Break
- Jan. 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Feb. 17 – Presidents' Day
- April 10 – Good Friday
- May 25 – Memorial Day
In-Service Day Programs
Sept. 12 - Hopes & Dreams Conferences
Oct. 14-Faculty In-Service
Nov. 15 - Evaluation Day
Dec. 2 - Faculty In-Service Day
Dec. 6 - Parent Conferences
Feb. 21 - Optional Parent Conferences
March 30 - Faculty In-Service Day
May 18 - Evaluation Day
May 29 - Parent Conferences
Spring Break Camp Week #1-Sports & Games: March 16-20, 2020
Registration closes on Friday, March 6.
Monday, March 16-Field Trip to Children's Museum
Tuesday, March 17-Stay and Play at JS
Wednesday, March 18-Field Trip to PNC Park
Thursday, March 19-Stay and Play at JS
Friday, March 20-Field Trip to Urban Air
Spring Break Camp Week # 2 Paint, Play, Pretend!: March 23-27, 2020
Registration closes on Friday, March 13.
Monday, March 23-Field Trip to CMOA
Tuesday, March 24-Stay and Play at JS
Wednesday, March 25-Field Trip to Pittsburgh Glass Center
Thursday, March 26-Stay and Play at JS
Friday, March 27-Field Trip to Benedum Theater for Backstage Tour
Spring TERM CLASSES
February 24, 2020- June 1, 2020
Grades PK-5: 3:45-4:45
Want to learn more about how you can care for the environment? This class created by science teacher, Margie Heintzleman, and Director of Farms, Anna Sekine, is for all ages. Students will spend time growing and tending to plants for our U-shaped garden bed, cooking and eating healthy foods, watching inspirational documentaries, and helping the earth directly at Country Day. Other opportunities include but are not limited to picking up trash in the woods, planting trees, taking nature hikes, and caring for wildlife. Let’s go green together!
LAB RATZ SCIENCE CLUB
Grades: PK-K: 3:45-4:15
Grades 1-5: 4:15-5:00
8 classes only! (No classes in May)
Fun, safe, and educational, Lab Ratz Science Club addresses flagging interest in the sciences among students nationwide. By catering to the natural curiosity of children, Lab Ratz Science Club creates a learning environment where students are led to answers through questioning and hands-on experimentation, rather than with lectures. In addition, the individual creativity of each participant is stimulated to promote problem solving and to apply concepts.
Grades PK-K: 3:45-4:15
Grades 1-5: 4:15-5:00
Coach Steve Berger from North Hills High School is here to teach our future NBA and WNBA players how to properly dribble a basketball and work on other ball-handling skills. Players will also work on stamina and endurance through running drills and shooting practice. For older students, the session ends with an opportunity to apply their skills in a friendly game!
WEE WEAVERS & WONDROUS WEAVERS
Wee Weavers,Grades PK-K: 3:45-4:15
Wondrous Weavers, Grades 1-5: 4:30-5:15
Spring Term-No class on Feb. 27
SSA After School crafts maven, Ms. Chris, will lead this class that’s an introduction to weaving using various techniques and materials for children! Older students will also have the opportunity to work and learn on a variety of looms to create usable handmade projects!
- How do I register?
- Do I need to send payment with my registration?
- If I'm running late, can my child stay after school?
- How do I pick my child up from ASA?
- Who can I contact with questions?
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If you encounter an unexpected delay, the After School Adventurers program is available for a $35 daily drop-in rate per child. Students will have access to play time, snack, and homework help. Daily classes MAY be sold out and therefore unavailable. Drop-ins should be emailed to Kristen Link, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the safety of your child, all doors to CDS are locked. You can reach us by calling or texting 724-594-2053 when you arrive, and we will open the doors for you to enter the building. If you need to arrange for your child to be ready to be picked up when you arrive, we ask that you call 5-10 minutes in advance of your arrival to allow sufficient time for your child to wrap up an activity and to retrieve their belongings.
Kristen Link, After School Director
Kristen Link is excited to meet the SSA students and families this fall as the After School Director! For the past 11 years, she served as the director of Eeducation and accessibility for City Theatre, overseeing the growth of the company’s Young Playwrights and Arts Access Programs. Prior to her work at City, she spent several years working in various arts administration offices, schools, and classrooms across Pittsburgh and Boston. Ms. Link holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from Bethany College and a master’s degree in theatre education K-12 from Emerson College.
After School Adventurers Registration
After School Adventurers registration for Spring 2020 will open on February 4th at 10:00 a.m. at the link below.
Note: After School Adventurers is only available to currently enrolled SSA CDS families.
In-Service Day & Break Camps Registration
Registration for in-service day programs and spring break camp is open at the link below. Future programs will be added throughout the year.
Note: Break camps are open to students in grades PK-5 from any school. In-service day programs are only available to currently enrolled SSA CDS families.