FALL 2017 EXPLORATIONS
Registration for the Fall 2017 Explorations & Extended Care will open on July 12 at 11:00pm. New programs this year included Video Producer, Drone Discovery, Super Sleuths, Magic, Nike Marathon, Saturday dance classes and much more. Once open, you may register via your ParishEXTEND account. Please note this account is different than your MyParish portal.
Should you have any ideas or questions related to programming, please let us know.
- arts (performing & visual)
- ParishEXTEND Dance Academy
- Global STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects
- language classes and academic courses
- private music lessons
- PARISHkicks, sports & fitness, and much more
- payment plans available
Before your child's Exploration class starts, please make sure to review your confirmation letter located in the Document Center of your ParishEXTEND account. This letter will detail pick up procedures, attire, snacks and more. If you need help finding the Document Center in your ParishEXTEND account, please reference this quick how-to guide.
Extended Care is available both before and after Explorations classes. We have many different ways to enroll in Extended Care to better suit the needs of our varied families as well as payment plans so that you can sign up just once for extended care and make monthly automatic payments. If your child requires care after a class concludes, please enroll in Extended Care and use the discount code provided to reduce the cost. If your class begins later and your child will stay in Extended Care until it begins, there is no need to enroll in care, it is complementary
Q. What are your Extended Care hours?
A. Extended Care runs from dismissal time until 6:00pm each school day.
Q. How do I register for Extended Care?
A. Register for Extended Care through your ParishEXTEND account. You may enroll the following ways: all fall days, by the day of the week for fall during classes or all school days, or individual days. If you do not have a ParishEXTEND account, please create one at http://bit.do/ultracamp. Please note that your ParishEXTEND account, login and password are unique to ParishEXTEND and are not the same as your myPARISH portal login.
Q. How do I add additional extended care days?
A. Extended Care by the Day is a single session to select, followed by options of specific days. When you sign up initially the session is easy to find. However, when you return later to add more days, the session does not appear with the other options. To add additional care please edit your Extended Care enrollment session listed under your current reservations and add the new days needed, then proceed to payment and completion. Click here to view a step by step tutorial.
Q. What is the late fee policy?
A. If a child is not picked up by 6:00pm from extended care or at the conclusion of Explorations carpool, you will be assessed a late fee according to our late fee scale. Repeated or excessive late arrivals will result in the implementation of an accelerated fee structure.
Q. Who do I contact with schedule changes?
A. Please email EXTEND@parishepiscopal.org with schedule changes.
Q. Is there an advantage to registering for extended care by the season or day of week as opposed to daily?
A. Yes, day of the week and seasonal Extended Care offer savings compared to daily enrollment. We offer payment plans for long term commitments. To better understand all of your options, please visit the Extended Care section of our website.
Q. What will my child do in Extended Care?
A. We supervise snack time, oversee homework and then allow time for play. Snacks are not provided and must be brought from home. Please note that Hillcrest is a nut-free campus. Midway students have the option to purchase snacks from the PAWS store.
Q. Do you offer payment plans?
A. We offer payment plans via your ParishEXTEND account. Follow the prompts in the system to set up your plan. Discounts for students taking multiple dance classes will automatically apply to your cart during checkout. For more information on dance discounts, please see the dance section on page 24.
Q. What is your payment policy?
A. Payment(s) must be made or scheduled at the time of registration. You are financially responsible for all days for which you are registered, whether or not your student attends or if school is unexpectedly canceled (for instance, due to inclement weather). If you have outstanding debts in a given program, your child may not participate until you have settled your account. You may pay online through your account or by check to the EXTEND Office.
Q. What is your cancelation policy?
A. Should you wish to withdraw or change your student from a ParishEXTEND program, you must do so in writing by 9:00am on the day following the first class. Please send your written notice to EXTEND@parishepiscopal.org. Should your child's withdrawal or absence from a class bring the total number of students below the minimum number needed for the class to proceed, you will not be refunded or permitted to transfer your tuition to another class. If your child’s withdrawal does not impact the ability of the class to run and is received on time, you will only be responsible for the cost of the class/lesson taken, and the remainder of your payment will be refunded or applied to another class.
Q. How do I add an authorized pick-up name?
A. You can add an authorized pick-up name through your account. We will check their driver's license against this information should they arrive to pick up your child.
Q.What grade do I select for my Primer child?
A. Please select 1st Grade for your Primer student's grade level in your account.
Q. Do you cover in-service and early dismissal days?
A. We offer care during most in-service and early dismissal days. You can sign up for these through your account. To view specific dates, please see the Extended Care section for Hillcrest (pg. 14) and/or Midway (pg. 21). New this year, add an in-service camp to your child’s reservation (Hillcrest pg. 14, Midway pg. 21).
Q. Where do I pick up my child from Extended Care and/or Explorations at Hillcrest?
Please enter the designated building (listed below), and a member of our staff will assist you.
• PreK – Snyder Building (Spring Valley lot)
3:15-5:15pm—Youth Center (Hillcrest lot)
5:15–6:00pm—Snyder Building (Spring Valley lot)
We run carpools for Explorations as classes are released at the Snyder Building. Please enter from the Hillcrest lot and pull around to the Spring Valley lot as you do for normal 3:00pm carpool. We will load children on the driver’s side (curb side) of the vehicle. We cannot load children from the passenger side (parking lot/driveway side) of the vehicle. You may pull forward to an empty parking space to secure them in their seats.
Q. Where do I pick up my child from Extended Care and/or Explorations at Midway?
A. Students who are in Explorations and/or Extended Care are signed out at the Lower School library by an authorized adult. Students in 5th-6th grade may sign themselves out with written permission from their parent. Please send permission to EXTEND@parishepiscopal.org. Students in 7th grade and above may sign themselves out.
Q. How do I register for Explorations?
A. Register for Explorations through your ParishEXTEND account. If you do not have a ParishEXTEND account, please create one here: http://bit.do/ultracamp. Please note that your ParishEXTEND account, login and password are unique to ParishEXTEND and are not the same as your myPARISH portal login.
Q. How do I register for private music lessons?
A. To schedule a private music lesson, please fill out our Private Music Request form:
Q. If I register for an Exploration, do I need to register for Extended Care as well?
A. If you are signing up for an Exploration and need care beyond that class time, please also register for Extended Care for the same day. Please use the following discount codes at checkout that correlate to your desired day: MON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI. These will give you 20% off of Extended Care for that day. You can use as many codes as apply. If an Exploration is selected for each day of the week, you may use the code EXP to reduce the price of by the season care. For questions about extended care or discounts, please email EXTEND@parishepiscopal.org .
Q. What is your inclement weather policy?
A. If inclement weather occurs during Extended Care or Explorations, the Head of School will make the cancelation decision, and you will be contacted through the Parish communication system with further information.
Q. Will outdoor sports classes continue if it rains or is too cold?
A. If your child has opted for a sports class taking place outside, please ensure that s/he brings appropriate clothing and a water bottle for outside play. Should the weather be too cold, wet or hot, we will move indoors for alternative athletic activities (teamwork games, cooperative activities, strength training, etc.). You will not receive a refund or credit if we are unable to play outdoors.
Q. Does dance last the full school year?
A. Yes, ParishEXTEND Dance Academy courses are a fall and spring commitment. If you enroll in the fall, you do not need to re-enroll for the spring. Select classes do not fall into this category and are designated as such in their description.
Q. Will there be a dance informational meeting?
A. There is a dance informational meeting on September 6 at 5pm at Midway. Please contact Jessica Robinson with any questions.
Q. What does my child need to wear to dance?
A. Dance attire varies by class and by age group. Those in PreK and Kindergarten do not change and will wear their uniforms to class. All other dancers will need to reference the dance handbook for specific attire requirements. Handbooks will be distributed at the dance informational meeting on September 6 and will be available via the web for download. For your convenience approved dance apparel can now be purchased at the PAWS store. To order, go to http://bit.do/extenddance. For questions regarding Parish branded dance apparel, please contact the PAWS store at 972-852-8855.
Q. Is there an end of year performance?
A. There is an end of year performance on Saturday, May 5 in the GPAC at 10:00am. Rehearsal will be held the day before the performance. Year-round classes that will participate in the performance have a costume fee factored into their class price. Classes that will not perform are designated as such in their description.
Q. Is it mandatory that my child participate in the recital? A. The dance performance is optional. Please communicate with Jessica Robinson should your child choose not to participate.
Q. Dance is a yearlong program, do I need to pay all at once?
A. Most dance classes are a yearlong commitment, but you can pay for classes month to month with a recurring payment plan setup through your ParishEXTEND account. Volume discounts are available for dance classes and will factor into your purchase automatically. These discounts range from 7.5% when your dance total exceeds $1250 to 20% when your total exceeds $4250.
Q. Which classes should I enroll in? A. Please reference the dance evaluation that was given to your child at the end of the school year. If you are new to Parish or have questions, please email Jessica Robinson.
Q. What if the level I select is not challenging enough or is too advanced? A. Contact Jessica Robinson to make adjustments before the end of the Fall season.
Q. Do you offer private lessons? A. Yes, please contact Jessica Robinson for more information.