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 structure put new demands on staffing, facilities, and planning. So, these programs were simplified in a few key ways:
1. Parents need to register for Gators and YAP care in advance. After the deadline for each trimester, 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.
Like the winter session, the afternoon child care session in the spring is broken down into two sub-sessions to mirror the Middle School athletic schedule:
For Early Childhood and Lower School, those dates are March 29th to April 29th and May 3rd to June 15th.
For Middle School, those dates are March 29th to April 30th and May 3rd to June 4th. There will be an option for Middle School after school care from June 4th to 15th, which will be communicated later in the spring.
Registration for the first spring session of after school care closed on Friday, March 19th. Please email Jenny Alario at email@example.com with any questions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Registering for the first session of the spring trimester closed Sunday, March 14th. After the deadline, the roster will be frozen, and additions and drop-ins will not be permitted. Email Kristen Fraza at email@example.com with any questions.
Families of athletes should also sign up for the athletics mailing list at www.gordonschool.org/mailinglists
This spring, a creatively-staged musical is offered for middle schoolers that will be rehearsed and performed using the same safety protocols in place during the school day. Singing will be safely pre-recorded. Students will be separated by house, masked, socially distanced, using the outdoors and appropriate indoor spaces.
Films of much of the theater work created by grades so far in the after school program will be available after spring break. March 12th will mark the end of the current theater sessions.
Auditions for the spring musical will be scheduled via Zoom during the week of March 29th. Rehearsals will run until June 4th. The weekly schedule will have different grades called on different days of the week, from dismissal to 5pm:
Eighth grade: Mondays and Fridays (Hodgin)
Seventh grade: Tuesdays and Fridays (Massey)
Sixth grade: Wednesdays
Fifth grade: Thursdays
To register for the musical, email Milly Massey at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.