Beyond School Time Programming 2016/17

21st Century Community Learning Centers:
The purpose of the federally-funded Massachusetts 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant is to support additional learning time for students in grades K-12 before and/or after school and during the summer that provides creative and engaging academic enrichment opportunities that will help to address college and workforce readiness and success. Wareham Public Schools has 21st Century Community Learning Centers, known as the CARE program at Wareham Middle School, Decas Elementary, Minot Forest Elementary and Wareham High School. The CARE and WHS programs offer two, sixteen-week after school sessions and a five-week summer program. An example of classes are: Robotics, Marine Science, Environmental Art, Wood Shop, Hands in the Dirt, Stepping, SCRATCH, Fit Math, Origami and Drama. For more information, email fondulis@wareham.k12.ma.us

Fee-Based Programs: Various fee-based programs and clubs are offered throughout the school year and are advertised within the schools and online. Some examples are: Lego Builders Club, Foreign Language Club, BoksKids, Builders Club, Kkids etc. For more information, please contact fondulis@wareham.k12.ma.us

Extended Day Program:
This fee-based program offers before and after school care for students at Minot, Decas and WMS from 6:30 a.m. through 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students are offered a wide variety of activities, such as music, foreign language, sports, Legos and more. These students are then blended in to the CARE program during the two CARE sessions and they are able to choose from a vast array of academic and enrichment offerings. There are also February and April vacation and summer fee-based camps available. For more information, email fondulis@wareham.k12.ma.us

Playgroups:
Playgroups are held at the Wareham Free Library at 59 Marion Road in Wareham. “Brain Builders Playgroup” will be held on Saturdays from 10:00 -11:00 a.m. and is a drop-in format. For more information, please contact Bethany Gay at 508-291-3500 ext. 3556. For more information, email bgay@wareham.k12.ma.us

Community Coalition:
The BST Directors sit on the board of the Wareham Community Collaborative, which is a group of representatives from local agencies and community members, who work together to share resources and ideas for community improvement. For more information, email mmanning@wareham.k12.ma.us

CFCE Council:
The Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant focuses on offering resources such as books, literacy nights, playgroups and STEM activities to children aged birth-age 8. The council meetings are held in the Multiservice Center, Room 227, every other month, schedule TBD. For more information, email mmanning@wareham.k12.ma.us

Coat Drive:
Each year, WPS organizes a coat drive and gives hundreds of new or gently used coats away to those in need. For the past several years, BST has been running this much-needed program that has been in the district for well over a decade. This year, on Thursdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., between November 1- February 1, those in need of a coat will be able to “shop” for one from the vast collection of donated ones. Have a coat you don’t need anymore? Looking for a new one? Contact Patricia Gagnon at pgagnon@wareham.k12.ma.us or 508-291-3500 ext 3556

Grandparents Group:
This group is open to all “non-traditional” caregivers. It meets in the Multiservice Center Room 227 from 5:30-7 p.m. on the following dates: 9/20/2016 10/18/2016 11/15/2016 12/13/2016 1/17/17 2/14/2017 3/21/2017 4/11/2017 5/16/2017 6/13/2017 Topics of interest that are specific to this group are discussed. Guest speakers discuss concerns raised by the group. Free dinner and childcare is offered. For more information, email pgagnon@wareham.k12.ma.us

Teen Mom Support Group:
This group will meet monthly at the Multiservice Center. Participants are new or expecting teen mothers. Guest speakers will work with the facilitator to discuss topics of interest and participants will receive dinner & new books for their baby’s library. For more information, email mmanning@wareham.k12.ma.us

Community Cafés:
Community Cafés are a series of free, structured, small group gatherings that focus on conversations or activities and bring parents together to discuss issues or to enjoy hobbies that are important to them. The goal is to directly engage parents in building relationships in the school and community in order to promote and support healthy outcomes for all families. BST offers 1-2 Community Cafés/month. For more information, email mmanning@wareham.k12.ma.us

Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Programs (CFCE):
BST offers programs through the CFCE grant that serves families with children ages birth through 8. The main goal of CFCE is to provide families access to:
• transition information and supports;
• assistance with meeting basic needs;
• family literacy and school readiness activities;
• family and community events;
• parent leadership opportunities; and
• information about early education and community resources that support parents in their role as their child’s first teacher.
Under the CFCE grant is also the Parent Child Home Program (PCHP) which provides home visits twice a week for 23 weeks to 20 eligible families in Wareham and 2 Center based day-cares. The home visitors bring free books, toys and games to the family to keep for a growing collection of age appropriate school readiness materials. To get on the wait list for PCHP, contact mmanning@wareham.k12.ma.us. For more information about PCHP, please contact Marianne Murphy at mmurphy@wareham.k12.ma.us

Cultural Proficiency Task Force/Global Education:
This task force of Wareham Educators committed to working toward cultural proficiency and social justice in our schools. Cultural proficiency, also known as cultural competence, is understanding the cultural lenses, or perspectives, through which we view the world and working to mitigate the biases implicit to those perspectives. We have participated in sister school activities with students around the globe and seek to enhance and broaden students’ perspectives of living in a global community. We are always looking for interested educators, parents and community members to join. For more information, email mmanning@wareham.k12.ma.us

Pathways to Academic Student Success (PASS): PASS is a program of studies for students who wish complete their high school education and receive a full high school diploma from the Wareham Public Schools. Students who choose to enroll in the PASS Program do so because they are committed to their education. Consistency is the key to commitment. The PASS Program is a work and competency-based program that operates with the same high academic expectations as Wareham High School. For more information, contact PASS Program Coordinator, Joe Marcus at jmarcus@wareham.k12.ma.us, or Principal of the Wareham Cooperative School, Jane Fondulis, at fondulis@wareham.k12.ma.us