Stone After-School Program Overview
The Stone Middle School “Prowlin’ Panthers” After-School Program is committed to promoting active participation in extracurricular activities to support the academic mission and enrich the lives of Stone students.
Our shared philosophy is that students who engage in these programs are more likely to develop positive attitudes towards school, achieve full academic potential, and become productive citizens. Students are encouraged to maintain a balance between their instructional studies, after-school activities, and other outside interests. Throughout the course of this school year, your child will have an opportunity to get involved in an array of clubs, volunteer opportunities and recreational activities.
The After School Program begins Monday, October 1, 2018 and continues through the last full week of school in May. The weekly schedule is as follows:
|Monday||Parent Pick-Up 4:30pm|
|Tuesday||Late Bus 4:30pm / Parent Pick-Up 4:30pm|
|Wednesday||Late Bus 4:30pm / Parent Pick-Up 4:30pm|
|Thursday||Late Bus 4:30pm / Parent Pick-Up 4:30pm|
|Friday||Parent Pick-Up 4:30pm|
Late buses will begin the third week of school. Late Bus Routes will be available in the cafeteria for students as soon as we receive them from Transportation. Late bus transportation is only available for those students who are eligible for bus transportation and buses are not available Mondays and Fridays. Late bus stops are not always the same as your child’s regular bus stop. Bus departures from Stone around 4:30pm and please be aware that some routes take over an hour to complete.
Students who stay after school may walk home no earlier or later than 3:30pm. This rule is in place as a safety precaution. This helps students avoid walking alone, crossing streets alone, walking in the dark and walking during high-traffic times. Please advise your child to cross at the lights when they walk home. We will not have crossing guards for After School hours, so students must use pedestrian safety rules and stoplights to cross safely.
Students may be picked up by parents at any time. Students participating in activities beyond 3:30pm must be picked-up by a parent. However, if a student is being picked up early from an activity, the parent must come into the main office, show proper identification and sign their child out. This can be disruptive to an activity, so please keep early check-outs to a minimum. Leaving early with a friend also requires a note from the parent.
When? Sign-ups begin the second week of school and continue throughout the school year. Sign-up forms can be found in the main office, online here, and in the After-School room (room 141).
Registration forms NEED to submitted for students to participate in the Program. Students are welcome to talk to club sponsors or Mr. Anderson at anytime during the year about joining a club.
Starting a New Club
The Stone Prowlin’ Panthers After School Program strives to meet the needs of students. Therefore, students are encouraged to bring new ideas for clubs, activities and improvements to the After School Program to our attention Students with an idea for a new club or activity will need speak directly to Mr. Anderson. Many factors must be considered when starting a new club, so not all requests are honored but those that are do take some time to implement. Any other suggestions or comments can be discussed directly with Mr. Anderson in person, via phone or through email at NMAnderson@fcps.edu.
Students should contact the activity sponsor to discuss club details. Students are reminded to make prior arrangements with their teacher and notify parents (24 hours) before staying after school for academic assistance. Students are not permitted to exit the building prior to reporting for an after school activity. If students are present on the bus ramp or in the kiss and ride area at the regular departure time, they will be expected to proceed home in the established timely manner. Participants should report to the activity sponsor by 2:20 p.m. when attendance is taken and submitted to the office staff. Only these students will receive late bus transportation. Students attempting to board late buses without such approval will be subject to disciplinary action.
After school programs have been expanded to a five day schedule to help alleviate potential conflicts and allow students an opportunity to access a broader range of offerings. If a conflict exists, students should honor their commitment for academic assistance in their core or high school credited subjects (math, science, social studies, English, or foreign language) followed by assigned detentions, assistance in other subject areas, and then enrichment programs. If conflicts regarding assigned detention cannot be resolved within a two week period, teachers should contact their grade level administrator for assistance.
After Hours Emergency Contacts
For questions specific to after school activities, please contact Nick Anderson at (703) 631-5941 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For immediate assistance during the After School Program hours of 2:15-5:00pm Monday through Friday, please call (703) 631-5941. If your child is considerably late returning home on a late bus from an after school activity, please contact the Office of Transportation Services at (571) 423-2000. After 5:00pm, please direct your emergencies to School Security Services at (703) 764-2400.
The After-School Program is made possible by funds from the School Board, the Board of Supervisors and the Dept. of Neighborhood and Community Services, along with support from the FCPS After-School Program Office, Sully-area community partners, and Stone teachers, administrators, parents and staff.