After School Explorers

After School Explorers (ASE) is the Junior School’s unique after-school program. Students receive an all-inclusive experience that can be customized to fit their individual needs and interests, without ever having to leave the Junior School campus! Options include enrichment classes, music lessons, study center, unstructured play, organized games and more! Rates are offered for a full year, one to five days a week per term, or daily drop-in. Families enrolled in ASE and daily drop-in attendees can take advantage of the Fox Chapel shuttle that transports students to the Senior School campus at the end of each day for a small fee.

General Info

Melanie Smith
Director of Explorers Programs

412-254-4772
explorers@shadysideacademy.org

  • ASE is available from 3:10-6 p.m. every day the Junior School is in session.
  • Schedules can be customized daily for each child.
  • Fox Chapel Shuttle available daily for an additional fee.
  • Programming also offered for in-service days and school breaks.

2018-2019 Dates and Rates

Full Year: Aug. 28–June 3 (PK/K start date Aug. 29)
Term I (12 weeks): Aug. 28–Nov. 15 (PK/K start date Aug. 29)
Term II (12 weeks): Nov. 19–Feb. 21
Term III (12 weeks): Feb. 25–June 3

Full Year (36 weeks): $3,425
5 days/week (per term): $1,205
4 days/week (per term): $1,050
3 days/week (per term): $845
2 days/week (per term): $600
1 day/week (per term): $335
Daily Drop-In Rate: $35/day
Fox Chapel Shuttle: $7.50 for enrolled Explorers, $10 for daily drop-ins, $5/child for two or more siblings enrolled in ASE

Full-year and term rates include the choice of one enrichment class each day and one 30-minute music lesson each week (based upon availability), as well as snack, recess, games, sports and activities at play time, and access to the quiet, supervised Study Center (grades 1-5).

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.

Program Features

Play Time!
Play time includes the gymnasium, field and playground. Students begin each afternoon with recess and a snack before beginning their individual schedules. Explorers can enjoy play time for the entire afternoon or return there after their enrichment classes, music lessons or Study Center time. In addition to unstructured play time, a staff member may lead a variety of daily games and intramural sports.

Enrichment Classes
A wide variety of enrichment classes are available Monday through Thursday, from sports to art to cooking to science. Explorers have access to one enrichment class each day that they are registered in After School Explorers, excluding Fridays. See the Enrichment Classes tab for class information.

Music Lessons
Three skilled music teachers lead enrolled Explorers in one 30-minute music lesson per week. Instruments include piano, violin and guitar. Based upon availability. Note: Students enrolled in music lessons are enrolled for the year and are expected to practice at home each day. The year will culminate with a recital at the end of the school year.

Study Center
The Study Center is run by a teacher who communicates frequently with the school’s learning specialist and classroom teachers. Families may request that a report be sent home after each visit to the Study Center. Study Center is not available on Fridays.

Fox Chapel Shuttle
The Fox Chapel Shuttle departs each day from the Junior School at 5:15 p.m. and transports students to the Senior School Curry Gym patio. All students enrolled in After School Explorers have access to the shuttle, based on availability and subject to an additional fee.

Enrichment Classes

spring Enrichment Classes

February 25- June 3, 2019

Monday

Dek Hockey

Grades PK- 1: 3:45- 4:15 p.m.
Grades 2- 5: 4:15- 5:00 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes March 18, 25; April 1; May 20, 27

This is the perfect way to introduce and enhance your skills as a hockey player without the hassle of the skates and ice. Boys and girls can learn the fundamentals and improve on stick handling, passing, shooting, and all around team play. Sticks will be provided. Families who already have a stick can feel free to send one but please make sure there is NO tape on the blade.

Hatch Art Studio

Grades PK- 1: 3:45- 4:30
Grades 2- 5: 4:30- 5:15
Spring Term
No classes March 18, 25; April 1; May 20, 27

Hatch Art Studio is a neighborhood treasure located right down the street from the Junior School. If your child has ever been there for a class or an in-service day program, you know how much fun they have! Hatch will bring all of the supplies and creativity to an after school class at the Junior School for the spring! Projects will include a mini unit on clay and mixed media collages and sculptures.

Interactive Story Books

Grades 3- 5: 4:45- 5:15 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes March 18, 25; April 1; May 20, 27

Why do storybooks become less interactive the older we get? In this class we will examine different types of story books that engage readers with pull tabs, pop ups, textiles, and tactile pages. Students will then write their own story, or adapt a favorite and create dynamic pages bound together for a final project.

Need to Read

Grades 2- 5: 3:45- 4:30 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes March 18, 25; April 1; May 20, 27

Looking for a quiet place for your child to read for pleasure, complete their required reading, thoughtfully and thoroughly log their reading, and post or note their thinking about their books? Students will meet in the library with Junior School librarian, Phyllis Guering, for sustained silent reading and related reading work. The benefits of daily reading are clear: it increases a student’s vocabulary, builds reading comprehension, adds to their general knowledge of the world, helps to develop both empathy and imagination, and most importantly – it is fun!

Origami

Grades 2-5: 4:15- 5:15
Spring Term
No classes March 18, 25; April 1; May 6, 13, 20, 27

Oh boy, for those origami enthusiasts who have been asking for this class....here it is! Students will learn new models during each session, but also have time to peruse origami books and have free fold time. Lessons may focus on different themes, like animals or flowers. Throughout the term, students will also work on a collaborative 3D modular piece that they will assemble at the end!

Robotics

Grades 2- 4: 3:45-4:45 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes March 18, 25; April 1; May 20, 27

Jeff McCarroll, Junior School science teacher, will lead a beginning robotics class for students in grades 2- 4. Participants will use Lego's NXT hardware and software to learn icon-driven programming. Students will begin with pre-constructed robots that so programming will be the emphasis of the early classes. Programming will cover everything from movement to infra-red sensors. Already have some experience with NXT? This class will give you the opportunity to practice and improve upon your skills. Students are highly encouraged to enroll in this class if they are interested in joining the robotics team in the fall.

The Wheel Mill

Ages 8 & up: 3:45- 5:15 p.m.
Spring Term

No classes March 18, 25; April 1; May 20, 27

The Wheel Mill is an 80,000 square foot indoor bike park that is equipped with all the space and variety of obstacles needed to help your rider build confidence on the bike through progressive instruction. All of their professional instructors have years of experience and are ready to help your child ride to their fullest potential. Students in this class will have 2 weeks of private lessons before exploring different areas of the facility. Bikes will be provided, students are strongly encouraged to bring their own helmet, but not required since they can be provided as well.

The Land of Fairy Tales

Grades K-2: 4:15- 4:45 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes March 18, 25; April 1; May 20, 27

Once upon a time in an after school program far, far away…students will listen to fairy tales and retell them through inventive play, puppetry, and reenactments. Once they've got some experience under their belts, they will become the storytellers of their own creations!

SSA Jr. Chef

Grades 2- 5: 3:45- 5:00 p.m.
Spring Term

No classes March 18, 25; April 1; May 20, 27

Parents, how about a little help in the kitchen? Let former home economics teacher, Sheila Juliane, teach your child the skills to be turned into a junior chef. The focus for this class will be on baking and desserts as part of a cooperative-learning group. A cookbook will be made so recipes can be prepared at home as well. Bon appetit!

World of Color!

Grades PK-K: 3:45- 4:15 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes March 18, 25; April 1; May 20, 27

In this class students will explore the world of color. We will color mystery pictures, go on a color scavenger hunt, collaborate on group murals, and experiment with color mixing by making spinning tops. Color us happy!

Yearbook Committee

Grades 4-5: 3:45-5:00 p.m.
Fall, Winter and Spring Terms
No classes March 18, 25; April 1; May 20, 27

This is a class you don't want to miss! Students in fourth and fifth grade will work alongside Junior School computer science teacher Karen Sandora to create the Junior School yearbook for the 2018-2019 school year. Participants will take photos during school events and learn how to lay them out using provided yearbook software. What a great way for our Junior School leaders to create a lasting memory! Note: This is a yearlong class, and enrolled students should plan to attend all sessions. Class is limited to 12 so enroll now!

Tuesday

Beading

Grade PK- 1: 3:45- 4:15 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes Feb. 26; March 19, 26; May 28 (make up class, if necessary)

This class was a huge hit during the winter term, so we're bringing it back for the spring time! Our friends will work on perler bead projects, their favorite activity from the winter, which can be ironed and cherished forever. Students will also give input on what other beading projects they would like to accomplish as well.

Board Game Club with Mr. McCarroll

Grades 2- 5: 3:45- 4:45 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes Feb. 26; March 19, 26; May 28 (make up class, if necessary)

When most people think of board games, Monopoly, Sorry or maybe Clue come to mind. The drudgery of unending games of Monopoly haunt many of our memories. Modern board games share very little with these American stalwarts. The board games Mr. McCarroll will be introducing encourage: communication, cooperation, critical thinking, strategy and a ton of fun. Games like Machi Koro and My Little Scythe lay out long term goals at the start of the game that encourage divergent thinking as there are many potentials paths to victory. Each week one or two new games will be introduced. After play is completed group reflections on strategy and game play will be discussed.

Dance

Ballet – Grades PK-K: 3:45-4:15 p.m.
Broadway Jazz – Grades 1-5: 4:15-5:00 p.m.
Fall, Winter and Spring Terms
No classes Feb. 26; March 19, 26; May 28 (make up class, if necessary)

After School Explorers welcomes Bodiography to our program for a fourth year! Ms. Kaylin Treese will help to establish solid dance foundations with our younger friends in ballet and build on those steps in Broadway Jazz with our older students. We recommend that families purchase ballet shoes for PK and K students. Note: This is a yearlong class which will culminate in a dance recital on May 30 beginning at 4:45 p.m.

Little Medical School

Grades K- 3: 3:45- 4:45 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes Feb. 26; March 19, 26; May 28 (make up class, if necessary)

Little Medical School returns with part 2 of their program AND Little Vet School! Using interactive demonstrations, crafts and games, kids learn how to take care of a pet and use instruments that real veterinarians use. Each student will take home their own stuffed animal dog that they will adopt along with tape measures, dog journal, dog bone cookie cutter and so much more!

Need to Read

Grades 2- 5: 3:45- 4:30 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes Feb. 26; March 19, 26; May 28 (make up class, if necessary)

Looking for a quiet place for your child to read for pleasure, complete their required reading, thoughtfully and thoroughly log their reading, and post or note their thinking about their books? Students will meet in the library with Junior School librarian, Phyllis Guering, for sustained silent reading and related reading work. The benefits of daily reading are clear: it increases a student’s vocabulary, builds reading comprehension, adds to their general knowledge of the world, helps to develop both empathy and imagination, and most importantly – it is fun!

Play-Doh

Grades PK- 1: 3:45- 4:15 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes Feb. 26; March 19, 26; May 28 (make up class, if necessary)

Another huge hit from the winter is returning! Join the ASE staff as they put out cans of play-doh and different tools each week for students to roll, pound, squeeze, and sculpt. Playing with the dough is great for fine motor skills, and our sculptors were getting very creative. Let's see where their imaginations take them this time!

3D Plastic Canvas

Grades 1- 5: 3:45- 4:30 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes Feb. 26; March 19, 26; May 28 (make up class, if necessary)

Since Ms. Chris joined the ASE team a few months ago, she's been showing our friends how to do different stitches and sewing techniques during our play times. Now, she's organizing her skills into a formal class where students will create 3D projects using various Plastic Canvas techniques and stitches, and using graph paper to create colorful designs for these 3D projects.

Run SSA

Grades 3- 5, Boys Only!: 3:45- 5:00 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes Feb. 26; March 19, 26; May 28 (make up class, if necessary)

Gentlemen, lace up those sneakers and let the running begin! Boys in grades 3- 5 will gradually increase their running stamina over the course of the trimester. Students will run on a variety of surfaces, including the trails at Frick Park. Running games will be played to keep the atmosphere fun while strengthening the boys both inside and out. The class will culminate with a run in the Kids' Marathon on Saturday, May 4th.

Wednesday

Creative Crafting & Storytelling

Grades PK- 1: 3:45- 4:30 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes on February 27; March 20 , 27; May 29 (make up date, if necessary)

Spend Wednesday afternoons creating and imagining! Each class will begin with a story and then we will use a wide range of art materials to bring some aspect of the story to life. We will take time to create characters, scenes and props and use them to re-tell stories and make up new ones of our own. Students will have opportunities to sew, collage, paint, draw and pretend. This is an open-ended art workshop focused on process, creativity and fun.

Artful Accessories!

Grades 2- 5: 4:30- 5:15 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes on February 27; March 20 , 27; May 29 (make up date, if necessary)

Spend Wednesday afternoons making fabulous Spring accessories to wear and share. We will use a variety of techniques and materials to create original accessories they will be proud to wear. Students will learn specific techniques for sewing, embroidery, quilling, beading and fiber arts and how to innovate with diverse art materials to create awesome artful accessories!

GarageBand

Grades 3- 5: 3:45- 4:45 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes on February 27; March 20 , 27; May 29 (make up date, if necessary)

Using today’s technology to inspire, this course is designed to help students create music and develop appreciation for different cultures and instruments. While utilizing the tools provided with the GarageBand app on iPads, we will be learning about programming as well as recording, and we will be having fun while learning. Creating meaningful music and experiences is as easy as having the right idea coupled with the right guidance.

Hip Hop

Grades PK-1: 4:15- 4:45 p.m.
Grades 2-5: 4:45-5:15 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes on February 27; March 20 , 27; May 29 (make up date, if necessary)

Come join Heidi Murr, of MURRDance, on the stage for some high-energy dancing! Once the music starts, the beats will compel dancers to move in time to the rhythm and learn new moves too. Performers will increase stamina, flexibility and balance while also developing more strength and coordination throughout the term. Expect to hear a wide-variety of musical genres from the past and today, and to have some rockin' good fun! This class will culminate with a recital on Thursday, May 30, beginning at 4:45 p.m.

Improv

Ages 8 & up: 3:45- 4:30
Spring Term
No classes on February 27; March 20 , 27; May 29 (make up date, if necessary)

Do you have a future stand up comedian in your midst? Send them to this Improv class! Join teacher, Amanda Averell, as she introduces children to the world of improvisation and theater games. Improvisation teaches children myriad skills that are applicable in everyday life such as: Listening, Cooperation, Agreement, Story telling, Creative expression, and failure without fear. Ms. Averell is a comedian from Pittsburgh, PA. You can find her at Arcade Comedy Theater where she works as a House Manager, a Producer for “Beta Stage” and “That Time of the Month”, and is a performer on the short form improv team Game Shark. Amanda has also been a special guest performer with the kid friendly improv team, Penny Arcade. Additionally, Amanda is the Marketing Director for the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival, coaches improv, teaches improv and comedy writing workshops, and produces independent stand up and improv shows.

Martial Arts

Grades K- 1: 3:45- 4:15 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes on February 27; March 20 , 27; May 29 (make up date, if necessary)

Young martial artists will have the chance to learn from Master Steve Nakamura, Chief Instructor, and Sensei Greg Sinn, from Shaolin Studios in Regent Square. The class will include age-appropriate self-defense techniques, evasive movements for escaping from grabs and holds (jiu jitsu) and forms patterned after animals. Predicated on three guiding principles of self-control, respect and discipline, classes include a combination of warm-ups and stretches, kicks/punches/blocks, techniques and strength exercises. The benefits of martial arts are increased confidence, improved focus, strength and discipline.

Tennis

Grade PK-K: 3:45-4:05 p.m.
Grades 1- 2: 4:05-4:35 p.m.
Grades 3-5: 4:35-5:15 p.m.
Fall, Winter and Spring Terms
No classes on February 27; March 20 , 27; May 29 (make up date, if necessary)

With 14 years of experience, Coach Mark Haffner combines exercises, positive encouragement and skilled training to help students advance to the next level as tennis pros. With an emphasis on agility and fun, Coach Mark pairs students of similar ability and age level. Tennis rackets are provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own.


Thursday

Chess

Grades K-1: 3:45-4:15 p.m.
Grades 1-5: 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Fall, Winter and Spring Terms
No classes February 28; March 21, 28; May 30

Joining us since 2008, John Young, a chess expert and instructor at a number of local schools, teaches everything from the basics of the game to winning strategies. His calm and supportive teaching style provides a comfortable environment for beginner and advanced players to develop their game. Note: Returning first grade students may sign up for the hour-long class. New students should sign up for the 30-minute class to learn the basics.

Color Your World!

Grades 1- 2: 3:45- 4:30 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes February 28; March 21, 28; May 30

Do you love to color inside and outside the lines? Love to draw, color, and be creative? Then, this is the class for you! During this class, students will color their own world by using various coloring materials to let your inner artist come out. One afternoon will include using modeling clay and another will be painting or drawing. It’s a great way to end your day with a calm and creative outlet. This class will be taught by Prekindergarten teacher, Claire Pilarski. Note: All projects will be sent home at the end of the term.

Cooking

Grades PK- 1: 3:45- 4:30 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes February 28; March 21, 28; May 30

Why should our 2nd- 5th grade friends get to have all of the cooking fun?! Join PK teachers, Jazmine Scales & Ashley Abdulovic, for some messy, yummy fun! Mini chefs should be prepared to sample what they make so come hungry! Maybe they'll even be willing to bring some home to share with the rest of the family!

Creative Movement

Grades PK- 2: 3:45- 4:15 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes February 28; March 21, 28; May 30

Join MURRdance in this Creative Movement class! In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of movement and engage in creative play through dance. Students will have fun while building movement knowledge and increasing strength, flexibility, and coordination

Need to Read

Grades 2- 5: 3:45- 4:30 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes Feb. 28; March 21, 28; May 30

Looking for a quiet place for your child to read for pleasure, complete their required reading, thoughtfully and thoroughly log their reading, and post or note their thinking about their books? Students will meet in the library with Junior School librarian, Phyllis Guering, for sustained silent reading and related reading work. The benefits of daily reading are clear: it increases a student’s vocabulary, builds reading comprehension, adds to their general knowledge of the world, helps to develop both empathy and imagination, and most importantly – it is fun!

Rhythm & Tap

Grades 2- 5: 4:15- 5:00 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes Feb. 28; March 21, 28; May 30

Get ready to move your feet and join MURRdance for this introduction to Tap class! This class will introduce students to the basics of Tap Dance and build students’ rhythm, coordination, and balance. Families should purchase tap shoes for students taking this class. No previous Tap experience is required!

Scavenger Hunts & Geocaching

Grades 1- 5: 3:45- 5:00 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes Feb. 28; March 21, 28; May 30

Explorers will learn navigation techniques as well as use their problem solving and collaborative skills in order to complete in-school scavenger hunts and learn how to identify and hunt for nearby geocaches. As the students become more familiar with these processes, they will have the opportunity to work in teams to create their own original concept for a cache. At the end of the term, the teams will then have the opportunity to register their project online. The final class will be a race to be the first to find the other team's caches. For more information on geocaching go to www.geocaching.com.

Soccer Shots

Grades PK: 3:45- 4:15 p.m.
Grades K- 3: 4:15- 5:00 p.m.
Spring Term
No classes February 28; March 21, 28; May 30

Soccer Shots is a program designed to introduce your child to soccer! Coach Matt is an enthusiastic and energetic instructor who loves working with children. He teaches student basics of the game like dribbling, passing, and shooting. And each week, concepts such as teamwork, sharing, and respect are focused on and discussed.

In-Service Days/Break Camps

For the 2018-2019 school year, ASE will offer in-service day and school break programming on all days the Junior School 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 travel through time, bake, learn new sports skills, explore our communities and parks, get techy and go on a field trip to a secret location!

Rates & Details

In-Service Day Programs

Open to SSA Junior School students only, 40 participant maximum
Full-day programs: $70
Lunch provided

School Break Camps

Open to students from any school.
Weekly rate: $375
Daily rate: $80
Families must provide lunches and snacks daily.

All Programs

  • Programs run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 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 ASE the day the program occurs).
  • A shuttle between the Junior and Senior School campuses is available for a fee of $5/child. 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. 3 – Labor Day
  • Sept. 10 – Rosh Hashanah
  • Sept. 19 – Yom Kippur
  • Nov. 21, 22, 23 – Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 24-Jan. 4 – Winter Break
  • Jan. 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Feb. 18 – Presidents' Day
  • April 19 – Good Friday
  • May 27 – Memorial Day

In-Service Day Programs

Sept. 13 - Hopes & Dreams Conferences
The Frick Art & Historical Center

Oct. 8 - Columbus Day
Maker Day!

Nov. 16 - Evaluation Day
Fall Festival

Nov. 26 - Faculty In-Service Day
Hatch- Fall

Dec. 7 - Parent Conferences
Carnegie Science Center

Feb. 22 - Optional Parent Conferences
Children's Museum

April 1 - Faculty In-Service Day
Hatch- Spring

May 20 - Evaluation Day
PNC Park

May 31 - Parent Conferences
Blue Slide Park

Break Camps

Spring Break Camp, March 18-22

Field trips:
March 18- Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium
March 20- Fun Slides
March 22- Urban Air

On days when we are not on field trips, we will remain at the Jr. School campus and do an art/craft project and play organized games and sports each day.

Spring Break Camp, March 25-29

Field trips:
March 25- ASCEND Pittsburgh
March 27- Sky Zone Monroeville
March 29-
Scene 75

On days when we are not on field trips, we will remain at the Jr. School campus and do an art/craft project and play organized games and sports each day.

FAQ

Can my child take enrichment classes and music lessons?

Absolutely! That is the benefit of an all-inclusive program. The full year and term rates include the choice of one enrichment class each day and one 30-minute music lesson each week (based upon availability) as well as snack, recess, games, sports and activities at play time, and access to a quiet, supervised Study Center and the Fox Chapel Shuttle.

How do I register?

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Some enrichment classes fill up quickly! At the beginning of each term, you will receive an email to let you know that registration is open. Full year Explorers will have the opportunity to choose new enrichment classes each term. Visit the Register Now! tab above to find the link to our online registration site when registration is open.

Do I need to send payment with my registration?

No. You have the option of being billed by the school at the end of each term (the charge will appear on your statement from SSA) or paying by credit card through our registration site.

Are enrichment classes or music lessons ever canceled?

Very infrequently! Because we have a stable set of teachers in the program, we are able to deal with the ebb and flow of registrations. Though SSA reserves the right to cancel a class for insufficient enrollment, we will have additional daily activities in which all enrolled children can participate. Play time and the Study Center will never be canceled if the Junior School is open.

If I'm running late, can my child stay after school?

If you encounter an unexpected delay, the After School Explorers program is available for a $35 daily drop-in rate per child. Students will have access to play time, the Study Center and the Fox Chapel Shuttle (based on availability and an additional fee) until 6 p.m. Changes to your child's transportation must be emailed to your child's teacher and jstransportation@shadysideacademy.org.

How do I pick my child up from After School Explorers?

For the safety of your child, all doors to the Junior School are locked. You can reach us by texting 412-254-4772 when you arrive, and we will open the doors nearest to the gym for you to enter the building. An ASE staff member will radio for your child to meet you near the gym doors. 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 his or her belongings.

How many enrichment classes can my child take each day?

Your child will have access to one enrichment class for every day that he or she is enrolled in After School Explorers. This rate includes recess and snack, access to the Study Center, music lessons and Fox Chapel Shuttle (based on availability and an additional fee).

Who are the instructors for the program? Are students properly supervised?

A consistent group of qualified and experienced staff supervise students during music lessons, time in the Study Center and during unstructured play times. Enrichment classes are taught by SSA teachers and reputable members of the Pittsburgh community. Most enrichment classes are capped at 16 students.

Who can I contact with questions?

We welcome any and all questions regarding registration, billing and suggestions about future enrichment classes. Please contact Melanie Smith at msmith@shadysideacademy.org or 412-473-4194.

What is the Tax ID number for tax purposes?

Shady Side Academy's Tax ID number is 25-0965561.

Staff

Melanie Smith, Director of After School Explorers

Melanie Smith

Melanie Smith joined the Shady Side Academy community in 2007. Prior to becoming director of the After School Explorers programs in 2013, she taught pre-kindergarten for six years and was director of the East End Explorers summer camp at the Junior School.

In addition to her roles at the Junior School, Mrs. Smith was also involved in the Residential Life program at the Senior School. She lived on campus for four years and was the head dorm parent in Morewood House (girls' dormitory) for three years.

Prior to Shady Side, Mrs. Smith was living in Quito, Ecuador, teaching kindergarten in an international school setting at Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito. She attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in applied developmental psychology and her early childhood teaching certification, as well as a master's degree in early childhood education.

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After School Explorers Registration

After School Explorers registration for Spring 2019 will open on January 23rd at 10:00 a.m. at the link below.

Note: After School Explorers is only available to currently enrolled SSA Junior School families.

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In-Service Day & Break Camps Registration

Registration for in-service day programs and spring break camp is open at the link below. Families may register for all programs offered during the 2018-2019 school 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 Junior School families.

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