Even under COVID precautions, Gordon continues to be committed to providing families with safe, well-supervised, engaging options for all ages that begin at 7:15am and continue to 5:30pm.
Before school and after school care are available through the Gators and YAP (Young Adult Place) programs.
Other programs that have historically happened after school, like athletics, theater, Common Ground, music lessons and more, have continued.
This year, providing a safe and fun after school program within the new house and neighborhood structure put new demands on staffing, facilities, and planning. So, these programs will need to be simplified in a few key ways:
1. Parents will need to register for Gators and YAP care in advance. After the deadline, the roster will be frozen, and additions and drop-ins will not be permitted.
2. Families will sign up for Gators and YAP care by indicating which days of the week they will need care over the course of the season. Morning care will be free of charge. Afternoon care will be priced according to the number of days each week that are needed, with a maximum of $700 for the entire season - fall, winter or spring - for all five days.
3. Enrichments—small after school classes offered for an additional fee—will not be offered.
4. Common Ground and Heritage Language will be conducted over Zoom during the school day.
5. Music lessons will be conducted over Zoom, and students will need to be off campus.
6. The G-Notes a cappella group and other sixth, seventh and eighth grade music ensembles will rehearse between 5:30 and 6:30pm, with students Zooming in from home.
7. To maintain stable cohorts and allow for deep cleaning of the school building, Gator Days—care on days when school is not in session—will not be offered.
8. Math Club and Girls on the Run will not meet at Gordon.
Gators and YAP provide care for students from 7:15am to the start of the school day and from dismissal to 5:30pm every day that school is in session.
Early Gators and YAP is available every morning between 7:15 and 7:55am. To allow staff to safely dismiss these students to their houses, students cannot be dropped off to Early Gators after 7:55am. If a family arrives after 7:55am, they will need to wait until 8am—when classrooms, outdoor entrances, and pathways are supervised—to drop off their child.
For the winter trimester, YAP registration will happen in two sessions: March 29th to April 29th and May 3rd to June 3rd, to match the athletics sessions.
Registration for the first spring session of YAP is now open at www.gordonschool.org/gators
After school music lessons will be offered with students using Zoom to connect with teachers. Students will need to Zoom into their lessons from home. Details on scheduling lessons are at www.gordonschool.org/musiclessons
The special circumstances of this year open up several unique opportunities to optimize health and safety while giving Gordon athletes a fun and challenging experience.
With interscholastic competition on hold, Gordon's student athletes will be able to shift their focus to sports-specific skill development and conditioning.
All athletics will be outdoors, separated by house, with students and coaches masked and distanced using the same protocols in place during the school day. Send your child to school with plenty of warm gear!
The days will be structured similarly to past seasons. All students in fifth to eighth grade can participate, Monday to Thursday from 3:20-5:00pm.
All activities are open to all genders.
Like the fall and winter, the spring will be split into two sessions: March 29th to April 29th and May 3rd to June 3rd.
Students can sign up for all four days, or just a day or two. This flexibility will allow all students to participate in a variety of sports while also participating in theater. Students can also register for YAP child care on days when they are not in athletics.
Students are expected to commit to an activity for the full five week session.
Questions on athletics can go to Gordon's Athletic Director, Kristen Fraza, at email@example.com
The deadline for registering for the second session of the winter trimester is Sunday, March 14th. After the deadline, the roster will be frozen, and additions and drop-ins will not be permitted.
Sign up below and don't forget to sign up for YAP if you need it, at www.gordonschool.org/gators
Families of athletes should also sign up for the athletics mailing list at www.gordonschool.org/mailinglists
This winter, there will be a fourth grade production that will be rehearsed and performed using the same safety protocols in place during the school day. Students will be separated by house, masked, socially distanced, using the outdoors and appropriate indoors spaces.
There will also be after school workshops offered for fifth, seventh and eighth grades. Sixth graders will have theater during the school day.
Winter theater runs every day from January 6th to spring break. The weekly schedule will have different grades called on different days of the week, from dismissal to 5pm:
Fourth grade production: Mondays and Wednesdays
Fifth grade theater workshop: Thursdays
Seventh grade theater workshop: Tuesdays
Eighth grade theater workshop: Fridays
This schedule will help parents consistently plan after school care and allow Middle School students to participate in athletics on the days they are not in rehearsal. Students can also register for Gators and YAP child care for days when their child is not in rehearsal.
The deadline to register is January 6th
This year opens up some new possibilities for the sixth, seventh and eighth grade music ensembles. G-Notes, Percussion Ensemble, Choruses, and Band have historically met before 3:30pm. This year, students in grades six, seven, and eight can participate by Zooming in from home, and rehearsals will begin at 5:30pm. This scheduling will allow the maximum number of students to participate safely.
Families of students in grades six through eight will receive information on registering for these ensembles during the first week back from winter break.
Gordon has a number of affinity groups and interest groups for students, including Common Ground, Latinos Unidos for Latinx students, two programs for students who speak Spanish at home, and a Gender and Sexuality Alliance for LGBTQ students and allies. The Middle School has also launched a new group for white students to discuss topics of race, privilege and systemic inequality.
Heritage Language and Common Ground met after school in the past, but this fall, these affinity groups will meet weekly during the school day.