Campus Life

Important Dates

Monday215

Presidents’ Day - No Classes K-12 - No ASP

Friday311

LS After School Program Open (Pre-registration Needed)

Friday318

Spring Break Begins at the end of the day (after sports)/ ASP open until 6:00

Monday44

Classes Resume- ASP resumes

Monday530

Memorial Day - No Classes Preschool-12th grade - No ASP

Thursday69

Last Day of ASP - open until 6:00 pm

After School Programming

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In the After School Program (ASP) at Germantown Friends School the focus is on fun and exploration. Each day, students have the opportunity to select among a variety of engaging activities, including the daily, theme-based cooking and art projects, independent play in the construction and imaginative play areas, quiet reading, outdoor games and activities, and supervised homework time in the Friends Free Library.

In addition to creating numerous options for discovery and fun, ASP’s dedicated and experienced staff is committed to upholding the school’s mission and philosophy through their unwavering efforts to nurture each student’s mind, body, and spirit. In addition, every effort is made to create programing designed to reinforce the rich lessons and essential values GFS students are taught during the school day.

MSAS

The Middle School After School (MSAS) program is available for students in grades 6-8, from 3:10-6 p.m. There are After Sports Practice and drop-in options as well.

Click here to register for ASP or MSAS. 

ASP Camps

The ASP also offers programs on specific days when school is not in session (Please note: These special days are noted with an asterisk on the GFS School Calendar). During the Special ASP Camps, participants (who must enroll separately) enjoy field trips, as well as special activities. ASP students can be found visiting museums, exploring caves, or running through a sprinkler and lying on the grass finding shapes in the clouds. Parents are asked to send camp children with weather-appropriate clothing and lunch. We supply snacks and fun.

Please note that pre-registration and payment one week in advance is required for all Special ASP Camp days. 

Click here to register for ASP Camps.

Clubs

GFS offers a wide range of clubs for students in grades K-8. Most clubs meet after school, with one club meeting during lunch. Among the clubs offered are All-Star Sports, Amazing ZoomDance, Ballet, Basketball, Ceramics, Chess, Creative Writing, Dance Scottish with Geoffrey Selling, Karate, Mandarin, Stage Left with Jenny Hutchison and You Go Girls. Click here to see detailed descriptions of the Winter Clubs; click here for the complete Winter 2016 Clubs Roster. Click here to register!

Please note: As a rule, after-school club fees are not eligible expenses under most Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plans. If you have further questions about covered expenses, please contact your plan administrator directly. 

Policies and General Information

Hours:
GFS’s After School Program (ASP) is offered daily from 3:10 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Parents have the option of enrolling their child(ren) in the program until either 4:45 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.

Start Dates:
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - ASP available from 12-6 p.m. for an additional fee
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - first day of ASP
Monday, September 14, 2015 – first day of private and group music lessons
Monday, September 21 - Friday, September 25, 2015 - first week of most After School Clubs

Drop-ins:
Once ASP Emergency Information is on file, drop-in care is always available to families at $30 per day for coverage until 4:45 p.m. and $35 per day for coverage until 6:00 p.m. Parents may call the Lower School Office (215-951-2318) at any time and leave a message if there is any change regarding a child's attendance or dismissal plans. To enroll your child for Drop-in coverage in the Early Childhood Program, ASP or MSAS, click here.

Late Pick-up Fees:
For children being picked up at 4:45 p.m., the charge for late pick up is $20 per child from 4:45-5 p.m., $30 per child from 5-5:15 p.m. and $40 per child thereafter. For children being picked up at 6 p.m., the late fee is $20 per child from 6-6:15 p.m., $30 per child from 6:15-6:30 p.m., and $40 per child thereafter. Payment is made to the ASP Book Fund.

Changing ASP Days:
In order to provide adequate staffing, we ask that parents commit to the day(s) of the week for which their child will be enrolled. In other words, Students enrolled in ASP or MSAS on Tuesdays, can only attend on Tuesdays unless a parent submits a written request to the Director of Auxiliary Programming requesting a change of day or days.

ASP Withdrawals:
Parents who wish to withdraw or to reduce the number of days per week for which their child is registered must notify Betsy Neiva, Director of Auxiliary Programming, in writing on or before October 15, 2015. If the Auxiliary Programming Director does not receive written notice by October 15, the parents will be responsible for the entire annual tuition amount for which they have registered their child regardless of whether or not their child attends the After School Program.

Adding ASP Days:
Additional ASP days may be added for a pro-rated fee. If you wish to add ASP days, please contact Betsy Neiva, the Director of Auxiliary Programming at bneiva@germantownfriends.org. The number of days a child attends ASP can be increased at any time, but not decreased, after the October 1, 2015 deadline.

Past-due Balances:
The After School Program reserves the right to refuse admittance to families who are frequently late or who have an outstanding GFS balance.

School Break/Vacation Coverage

  • Vacation Camp will not be offered during the upcoming Winter Break 2015 (December 19, 2015-January 3, 2016).
  • Spring Break Vacation Camp will be offered for students in kindergarten through eighth grade during both weeks of vacation—March 21-25, 2016; and March 28-April 1, 2016. Parents are welcome to enroll their child(ren) either in Week 1 or Week 2 free of charge. It will not be possible to split weeks. Registration for both weeks of camp will begin in January.
  • Transportation during both weeks of vacation camp will be provided for a fee if a sufficient number of families are willing to divide the cost. If you are interested in signing up for bus service during Spring Break Camp, please email Stacey Cromley at scromley@germantownfriends.org before January 11, 2016 and let her know the week(s) you will need transportation.
  • Additional information about the Spring Break Vacation Camps will be available in January.


A Glimpse of After School

  • SUMMER CAMP OPEN HOUSE and FREE ASP on JAN 21

    Posted January 15, 2016

    Come meet camp directors and coaches on Thursday, January 21 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. A full afternoon of childcare in ASP will be provided FREE of CHARGE from 3:10 to 6:30 p.m. to parents who pre-register using this link. Refreshments will be served!

  • Winter Clubs Start on Monday, January 11

    Posted January 6, 2016

    Although clubs are filling, there is still time to enroll! To register, click here.

  • Celebrating Thanksgiving in ASP

    Posted November 23, 2015

    Today, ASP participants feasted on such traditional Pilgrim fare as turkey, stuffing, gravey, mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, collard greens, and sweet potato cobbler. The traditional games of touch football and freeze tag followed in the Commons until dusk.

  • Bowls to Fight Homelessness

    Posted November 23, 2015

    Ceramics Club participants make bowls for fundraiser to benefit the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network.

  • Chopped in ASP

    Posted November 6, 2015

    Chopped in ASP!

    Today was "Conference Day" in ASP. During the food-related conference modeled after the reality television show, "Chopped," teams created culinary delights using such ingredients as mint jelly, olive loaf, and chocolate chips. Yum!