Welcome back to Ancona Auxiliary Programs!  The Auxiliary Program team just wrapped up a fantastic summer of camp and we’re looking forward to After School, Before School, and Ancona Extra!

Auxiliary Programs provide meaningful activities for 1st – 8th graders beyond the classroom. Blending rich community partnerships with dedicated Ancona staff and faculty, our Auxiliary Programs extend the mission of the school through student-centered activities and experiential learning.

After School program highlights for the 2016-2017 school  year include building robots with Robot City, learning jazz, modern, ballet, and West African dance with Hyde Park School of Dance, and chess instruction from the Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation. 

Changes in Auxiliary Programs: 

Chess class will be held at Ancona on Friday afternoons from 3:30-4:30pm. Parents will register their child directly through Renaissance Knights Chess using a link on Ancona’s website. A Renaissance Knights instructor will be at Ancona to teach a high quality program on Fridays from 3:30-4:30pm each week. For students who enjoy chess but who aren’t seeking a formal program like this, our After School instructors are available to play and guide students in an informal setting using Ancona’s chess boards and pieces. Informal chess pick up games are included in the After School fee. Students who seek a rigorous, high quality chess program should register with Renaissance Knights. Students who are not registered for After School but who attend Renaissance Knights chess class will not be charged for After School unless they’re not picked up when class ends at 4:30pm. The drop in rate for After School is $35/day. If students want to stay past 4:30pm, parents should register their child for After School by purchasing tickets online.

Makers class will be led by staff from Robot City Workshop. Makers class will be offered on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-4:30pm and this class is included in the cost for After School. Students must sign up for Makers class at the beginning of each session and students should plan to attend each class for that session since each week will be building on the next.

  •  RCW Fall Session dates 14 weeks: Wednesday, 09/7/16 to 12/21/16 (no school – 11/23, 12/14)
  •  RCW Winter Session dates 12 weeks:  Wednesday, 01/11/17 to 03/29/17
  •  RCW Spring Session dates 9 weeks:  Wednesday, 04/05/17 to 06/07/17 (no school – 04/12)

Music Classes (Piano and Guitar) Functioning similarly to chess, parents will register their child and pay for music lessons on the Ancona website.

Children who are not registered for After School but who attend music lessons will not be charged for After School unless they are not picked up following a lesson. If students want to stay after their music lesson ends, they will be charged a $35 drop in fee for After School.

After School Drop In Form Students who drop in to the After School program will be charged $35/day and their parents will be presented with a form to sign at pick up acknowledging the drop in date and fee. A copy will go home with parents and a copy will be retained at school for our records. Parents may pay at pick up using a check or credit card. Parents will be encouraged to purchase After School drop in tickets online.

Sign Out Sheet Each day when an adult picks a child up from After School, that adult will sign the child out on a form that will stay at school for our records. Similar to the guest sign in/sign out sheets in the front office, this paper form will ask for the date, the time of pick up, the child’s name, and the adult’s name. This form will help the Auxiliary staff to  track a child’s attendance in After School while also capturing the name of the adult picking up.

Ancona Extra will only be offered on Parent Teacher Conference days (9/30, 11/18, 11/28, 3/24, and 4/7). We are not offering Ancona Extra on any other school days off. Ancona Extra will include improv, science, and theater workshops held at the school. More information will be available soon. 

Before School is a calm, multi-age atmosphere in the morning overseen by pre-primary faculty where students prepare their own breakfast in the auxiliary program kitchen. To participate in Before School, 1st-8th graders must arrive between 7:15 a.m. and 7:45 a.m.

Before School Schedule

7:15 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.Breakfast Preparations – everyone helps!

7:45 a.m. – 8:05 a.m. Family Style Breakfast

8:05 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. Clean up and go to classrooms

We hope you’ll join us in Auxiliary Programs this year! To sign up for After School, Before School, or to purchase drop-in tickets, please visit our page on the Ancona website. 

Amy McFadden

Director of Auxiliary Programs