Tuesday, December 2, 2008

After School: What are the options in Chestnut Hill?

On days I am “parent pick-up” there is always lots of activity at the Jenks Playground (The Children’s Park). Moms, Dads, Grandparents, care givers all watching their kids expend some energy. This is a nice time to connect with others at the school and create a sense of community. Those parent pick-up days are very special for me, but our daily requirements are typically a need for care after school hours. For us, it was an easy choice to send our daughter to Christ Lutheran Child Care Center after-school program, our son is in preschool there. I love that our daughter gets to play in the playground for at least 45 minutes to an hour after school. Then they head over to the center for some “homework” time. An easy “one stop shop” solution for our family.

But there are other options in the neighborhood. Many kindergarteners head to the Water Tower Recreation Center but below are even more options. One not mentioned below are the new clubs that are offered to the Jenks’ students. The following link details the extracurricular offerings at the school for the Primary, Intermediate and Middle School Academies.


Primary Academy

_____ After School Art _____ Homework Club

_____ Green Club _____ Sing Out Loud

Intermediate Academy

_____ After School Art _____ Homework Club

_____ Chess Club _____ International

_____ Charm Club _____ Jr. Fire Patrol

_____ Community Service _____ Math 24

_____ Design w/ K’NEX _____ Think Green

_____ Garden

Middle School Academy

_____ After School Art _____ Marketplace

_____ Girls Career Club _____ Math 24

_____ Charm School _____ Stock Market

_____ Hip Hop Dance _____ Tech Club

_____ Jenks Newspaper _____ Yearbook

Chestnut Hill After School Programs:

Chestnut Hill Branch Free Library, 8711 Germantown Ave. LEAP. M-F. 3-5 p.m. Drop-in. Homework help, computers, library skills, enrichment activities. 3-6 p.m. M&W. Contact: Children's Librarian, 215-248-0977. ASAP Chess.

Christ Lutheran Child Center, 8300 Germantown Ave. Child Care & After School. M-F. 3-6 p.m. $239/mo. Homework, drama, art, character building and snack. Contact: Melissa Delaney, 215-247-1330.

J.S. Jenks School, 8301 Germantown Ave. M-F. Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis. 215-248-6604. ASAP Chess.

Our Mother of Consolation, 17 E. Chestnut Hill Ave. C.A.R.E.S. After School. M-F. Snack, homework help, prayer time and organized activities. 215-247-1060.

Water Tower Recreation Center, 209 E. Hartwell Lane. M-F. 3-6 p.m. $30/wk. Recreation Dept. supervises homework, sports, games, visual and performing arts. 215-685-9296.

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