Services

WASC opens when the school day ends and closes at 6:00 PM daily, Monday through Friday. WASC maintains the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care licensing requirement of one educator to thirteen children. However, we strive to maintain lower ratios at all possible times.

Daily Schedule of Activities

WASC educators plan and implement Standard Program Activities to meet the social and emotional needs of every child. Our daily schedule of activities vary day to day, but includes a choice of Free Time, Art, Dance, Drama, Engineering, History, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education and Science.

At the beginning of each day, we offer a sensible nutritional snack for your child.

At the end of each day, we have a structured Homework Session with an educator available to assist your child. Naturally, your child can do homework at any point in the day, but an educator will not be dedicated to help outside of the prearranged daily timeframe.

WASC uses several areas of the Williams Elementary School, including the Art Room, Auditorium, Cafeteria, Gymnasium, Library, Playground, and our dedicated Home Room Number 115. There are a minimum of two educators assigned to each area. When it is appropriate, educators move to accommodate the children's interest.

Kindergarten (Group A/B) Program:

KindergartenThe WASC Kindergarten Program is a perfect opportunity for the enrichment for your Kindergartener. Our Kindergarten Program runs on Mondays through Fridays from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM, 12:30 PM to 6:00 PM, or 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, depending which Grouping your child is designated to. During this time, we have low educator-to-child ratios (1:4) which contributes to this special program. Your Kindergartener will enjoy a thematic unit every day, as described within our daily schedule of activities. More basic information may be found in our printable K Program Brochure.

First through Fifth Grade Program:

ElementaryThe WASC Elementary Program is a perfect opportunity for the enrichment for your Elementary Child. Our First through Fifth Grade Program runs on Mondays through Fridays from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, depending which days are chosen for afterschool scheduling. During this time, we maintain state mandated educator-to-child ratios (1:13) or better. Your Elementary Child will enjoy a thematic unit every day, as described within our daily schedule of activities.

Standard Program Activities

The following is a sampling selection of thematic units of program activities which are offered, but not limited, to each child as standard programming developed by our educators and included in each child's tuition:

Art Around the World:

WASC has many different cultures and to celebrate all of them, and more, we embark on a trip artistically around the world. After the children of WASC learn about a geographical area's culture, they participate in a common art project thematic to that area of interest.

Art Gallery Exhibit:

"The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection." – Michelangelo. The children of WASC learn how to express their thoughts through creative hand painted canvas art, inspired by a given theme. Upon completion of each collection, each unique work of art is exhibited at a local art gallery for all to admire.

Book Worms:

A chapter book is read to the children of WASC by an educator or a child. Each week a different chapter is read and discussed, followed by a project related to the chapter most recently read.

Brain Teasers:

Before there were video games, there were crossword puzzles to occupy our minds. The children of WASC have an assortment of word scrambles, brain teasers and other word games, and we get together once a week and put the mind to work. We make this class so much fun that children often ask us for puzzles to take on long car trips because Nintendo is boring.

Carnival:

Once a year the Carnival rolls into WASC. There are games, prizes and specialty foods. Each child plays their tokens at the games and redeems their winning tickets for prizes. Some of our famous games are Darts, Giant BINGO, Plinko, and Under the Sea, to name a few.

Comedy Hour:

An hour dedicated to catch a rising star and being silly! The children of WASC make skits and perform for one another. This activity is one big laugh for all the children who participate.

Creative Writing:

The children of WASC read many short stories, then brainstorm storylines of their own. Once a storyline is chosen, each child is responsible for writing or illustrating a chapter to add to the overall story. When the book is complete, it is printed and presented to the rest of the program.

Decade Days:

What was life like in the 1950's, 1960's, 1970's or 1980's? Well, we answer that question during a day of traveling back in time and experiencing the fashion, history, music, sports, and all that came with the decade we land in. To finish the day, the children of WASC have a group game of Jeopardy to recap all that was learned.

Drama:

The children of WASC create their own dance movements and actions. Every year there is a new skit that the children will rehearse and perform. This year the children of WASC are working on "Blackbeard the Pirate", "Night Time" and "The Big Bad".

End of the Year Party - School's Out (For The Summer):

"No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers' dirty looks." – Alice Cooper. At the end of every school year we have our summer send off. This afternoon is filled with ice cream, pizza and soda, along with a variety of activities, music and dancing. For entertainment, we have Stephen Brennan the Deejay, Tattoo Artist & Magician, which turns out to be an amazing afternoon for all the children of WASC.

End of the Year Show - Spring Fling:

The biggest event WASC produces each year. Starting in February the children and educators start practicing dance routines. They create the dances together and decide on costumes. They also practice a finale song which every child of WASC performs in as the last number. After months of rehearsals, we meet one night in June and present our End of the Year Show to friends, parents and teachers. In the past, some of our themes have been as wide-ranging as "American Bandstand", "Broadway", "Las Vegas", and "U.S.O."

Fabulous Fridays:

Every Friday is a new adventure at WASC. The children of WASC are entertained with a variety of unique activities. Each week a new and exciting planned activity will add a unique experience to end the long scholastic week on a positive note.

Fashion Show:

First there was Paris, London, Milan, New York and Tokyo – and now Auburndale! The children of WASC work to put together an ensemble of their own designer collection, construct the runway and walk the runway to strut their hand-made outfits.

Fit Fun Time:

The children of WASC hit the gymnasium. Gym class is an hour dedicated to burning excess energy! The children vote on a game to play together, or are introduced to a new game. In gym time, we encourage good sportsmanship, teamwork, and being healthy and active.

Friendship Soup:

Each November the children of WASC make centerpieces and decorations to beautify our School Cafeteria. We all then gather together with parents and friends and share what we are thankful for. We then enjoy some delicious Soup & Dessert.

Games:

Before video games, we had classic board games. We give those games another lifeline by introducing them to a whole new generation of youth. The children of WASC choose between a whole array of classics, such as Bananagrams, Candyland, Checkers, Chess, Chutes and Ladders, Connect Four, Dominoes, Dora the Explorer, Family Feud, Guess Who?, Hi Ho! Cherry-O, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Let's Make a Deal, Monopoly, Risk, Scrabble, Sorry, Stratego, Top Trumps, Trivial Pursuit, UNO and Yahtzee, to name a few.

Halloween Party:

Get ready for the Monster Mash. The children of WASC and educators dress up in their halloween costumes and spend the day playing games, such as Wrap the Mummy, and move on to the Time Warp Freeze Dance. The day ends with a bag of treats for every child.

Haunted House:

A fan favorite event for the children of WASC. A children's themed Haunted House that is age appropriate for all kindergarten and elementary grade levels, including thematic crafts and games to make this day frighteningly special.

Holiday Craft Fair:

For months the children of WASC make a variety of crafts, gift wrapping paper, mittens, ornaments, scarves and much more. We then display all of the items for purchase and donate any money collected to a local charity.

I.C.E. School:

The children of WASC participate in the Bruins I.C.E. School, which incorporates the game of hockey and the Bruins into lesson plans that fall within the MA Framework Guidelines, such as curriculum materials for French, Geography, Math, Reading and Science. Participating in the Bruins I.C.E. School makes WASC eligible for fun Bruins prizes, including the opportunity to win Bruins autographed merchandise and a visit to our classroom from the Bruins Mascot, Blades! Each student that participates in the Bruins I.C.E. School receives a certificate of completion, signed by a Boston Bruins player!

Inventors:

The children of WASC are given a brief biography about a famous inventor and then craft replicas of the subject taught inventions.

Kids Care Club:

The children of WASC are taught earth awareness, green ways and social consciousness of the environment with our Go Green curriculum. Throughout the months of April and May, our Kids Care Club runs several Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Care About Others awareness programs.

LEGO Mania:

The children of WASC are taught an engineering lesson and then use the knowledge gained to design and build their own version of the structure using good old fashion LEGOs.

Make A Movie Day:

Lights, Camera, Action! WASC makes a movie. The children will take part in all aspects of a movie production, such as film concept, script writing, storyboard writing, cast & crew casting, script shooting, scheduling, carrying out call sheets, equipment handling, and editing. Upon completion, the children of WASC roll out the red carpet for the WASC Movie Premiere.

Mardi Gras:

Grove Street celebrates "Fat Tuesday". Mardi Gras is traditionally a time of colorful celebration – and the children of WASC get involved with our Mardi Gras crafts, costumes, snacks and other fun activities specific for kids! The children participate in creating mini floats for our Mardi Gras parade, jewelry and craft making activities, and also indulging in some delicious snacks.

Math Mania:

The children of WASC participate in fun arithmetic activities. We play BINGO, Jeopardy, Puzzles, and many more fun and interactive activities. Math Mania gives the children a hands-on experience with everyday mathematical situations.

Messy Club:

Each and every activity consists of "one big creative mess". The activities you don't want done in your home, we do here and the children of WASC enjoy every minute of it.

Musical Theater:

The children of WASC learn how to perform in a creative way through a combination of acting, dance and singing. This is where our stars go to shine, and our shy children break out of their shells.

Mysteries in History:

The children of WASC explore important events which shaped history to develop higher-level thinking skills. Each class uses evidence from primary-source materials, such as diary entries and newspaper articles, from which students find clues and make informed decisions about each event. Activities target relationships and patterns in history, historical perspectives, map skills, the functions of law in society, and presentation skills.

Opening Day:

Red Sox Opening Day is our traditional kick-off party to the baseball season. There are chips and soda, games and raffles all day long. You don't have to be a Red Sox fan to enjoy this day, but as we all know our beloved hometown heroes are the best.

Pajama Party:

The children of WASC are entitled to a day of relaxation in their PJs. They are offered a variety of free-time activities throughout the day or the opportunity to just relax, capped off with a full-feature film in the auditorium.

Science Fair:

The children take part in learning all about the fundamental basics of science, such as measuring and mixing techniques, success and failure, and the ability to patiently wait for results. After completing their experiments, these young scientists display all of the results from their hard work. Formulations and scientific theories are put to the test in this show-and-tell, including demonstrations, displaying of project results, or in some cases where some projects did not survive, and photos explaining the experiment.

Simultaneous Chess Game:

The children of WASC learn the basic fundamentals of the classic game of Chess and join in on a giant simultaneous Chess match to show their skills. Everyone who participates receives a certificate of participation.

Soccer:

The children of WASC learn the fundamentals of soccer from our own certified coaching instructor. Skills, such as defending, passing and shooting, are demonstrated and taught to all. Every soccer session ends with an organized game with four to five children on each team.

Spelling Bee:

It doesn't matter what level word recognition the children have, Spelling Bee is designed for all. The children of WASC have a chance to learn new words and practice their current words by being challenged by a WASC educator. The children are given a word to which they have two minutes to spell or write out. This is an individual accomplishment for the children.

Star Wars:

The educators of WASC and planet Naboo are taken over by "the Empire" and all the children must be trained how to be a Jedi Knight to bring the educators back from the dark side and restore freedom to the galaxy. Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker, Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo have been known to make an appearance.

Walking Club:

Physical activity is one of the cornerstones for good health, and walking is one of the easiest ways to be physically active. All you need is a good pair of shoes, and you can do it almost anywhere and at any time. Three times a week, our Walking Club treks a different route with various exercise stations throughout the course of the walk. Each participating child is given the opportunity to lead in an exercise itinerary of their choice involving ten to twelve repetitions.

WASC Olympics:

The children of WASC team up for two weeks of team and individual competitions. Each day the children sign up for an event to compete in to earn points for their team, such as Airplane (Design) Toss, Basketball (Shoot-Out), Charades, Dictionary Wars, Math Mania, (Soccer) Penalty Shoot-Out, and the Spelling Bee. The team with the most points at the end of the two weeks wins. Team and individual medals are given to every child who participates in the WASC Olympics.

WASC TV:

The children of WASC team up to express their thoughts and ideas through different types of TV media. Each session we focus on a new type of media, where the children create and act out their own production skits.