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Welcome to the 2022-2023 Extended Day Blog!

August 17, 2022 | Nancy Aberg

We hope you will find this blog a useful, and an enjoyable, communication resource.  It is designed to provide important information about Extended Day and a place where we will document and share our time together throughout the school year.

Typical Daily Schedule

3:00 – 3:15 PM  |  Arrivals

Homeroom teachers escort students to our classroom on the 2nd floor.

3:00 – 3:30 PM  |  Snack Time

Please be sure to provide an additional nutritious snack for after school.  It may be helpful to keep it separate from the school day snack and lunch.  

3:30 – 4:15 PM  |  Park Time  |  Gym if inclement weather

4:15 – 5:45 PM  |  Homework/Group & Independent Activity Time

5:45 –  5:55 PM |  Closing Meeting

                   6:00 PM |  Dismissal | Pick-up at Glass Doors on Willow    

You are probably already aware, but in case you missed it, below please find the other grade specific after school programs we are offering this year.

After School Enrichment Programs [Grades 2-5]

Second through fifth grade students enrolled in the Extended Day program have the option, at no additional fee, to join the following  after school programs:

  •     Fall  | Actor’s Toolkit | Registration Open Now
  • Winter | Yoga | Registration notification in mid-November
  • Spring | Bricks 4 Kidz | Registration notification in late-January 

FALL:  Mile Square Theater:  The Actor’s Toolkit: Playmaking Class 

Students will collaborate and strengthen skills while focusing on the fundamentals of acting. Students work together to devise a play based on a subject matter of their choice. Classmates will share their work in a simple performance at the end of the term.  This class is the fall offering of the new Mustard Seed School enrichment program. 

  • 2nd-5th graders
  • There is a $340 fee for the fall class.  Your fee will be added to your next Blackbaud Tuition Management payment. 
  • Wednesdays 3:30-4:30
  • 9-weeks | September 21 through November 16
  • MSS Extended Day teachers will provide a supervised snack time for students between dismissal from classroom and the beginning of the drama class
  • Extended Day students will be escorted to and from this class
  • Policies are available here.

Here is more information and the sign-up to register.  

Please contact Ms. Aberg with any questions at [email protected].

Other Grade Specific After School Programs to Consider

Private Music Lessons (Grades 1-8)

At Mustard Seed School, we offer after-school private instrumental lessons to students in grades 1 to 8. Mustard Seed facilitates these music lessons for its students. These lessons are a private agreement between the teacher and the family. Mustard Seed provides the space, secures the teachers, and requires background checks. 

  • Lesson slots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis and do fill up quickly.
  • Lessons cost $35 per 30 minute session and the fee is paid monthly directly to the music teachers.
  • Schedules are set in late August. Ms. Mauldin will contact interested families to arrange the schedules.
  • Teacher and instruments offered: 
    • Tuesday – William Hobbs (piano), Phil Newman (guitar, ukulele)
    • Wednesday – Tony Huany (violin, viola, piano)
    • Thursday – Yukiko Tanaka (piano) & Grace Lin (percussions, flute, piano)
    • Extended Day Staff will escort students to and from their lesson

Here is more information about lessons and the sign-up to register your interest. Please contact Ms. Mauldin with any questions at [email protected].

Boost Learning Tutoring and Test Prep (Grades K-8)

Looking to reinforce and enhance your child’s learning this year? Ms. Li (previously Ms. Wu, whom many of you know as the former 4th-8th Learning Specialist at MSS) has started an enrichment company called Boost Learning with her colleague Ms. Anne Zhang.  Whether it be reviewing old concepts, introducing new ones, or building fluency, Boost Learning targets academic support in a goal-centered, personalized, and engaging way using both traditional approaches and active learning/gamification.  Email [email protected] to learn more and schedule a free trial and for information about special Back to School rates.  Classes happen at Mustard Seed School.  Extended Day staff will escort students to and from their session.

If you have any questions related to Extended Day, or our After School Programs, please email [email protected].  We will collect and respond to your questions and share answers in our blog post next week.


Nancy Aberg

Extended Day Coordinator

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