Extended Care is More Than Care
Children will have time each day to complete homework, read, and participate in a variety of activities. Extended Care is a fun, safe, and caring environment for children provided by staff who demonstrate enthusiasm, warmth and respect for our students.
Extended Care is offered for students in PreK – 6th grade from dismissal time to 6:00 p.m. each school day. Additionally, we offer all-day care (7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) on parent-teacher conference days and most faculty workdays.
Spring 2023 Hillcrest Themes
Animal Adventures Mondays
Each Monday students will learn fun facts centered around Earth’s diverse animal world. Students will dive into the five animal types: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and fish! They will learn which mammal has the densest fur, and why a giraffe and a human have the same number of bones in their necks. All activities, crafts and games are in a structured environment and managed by Extend staff.
Each Tuesday students will explore the world of storybooks through a read aloud, games and crafts. From The Wonky Donkey, Dragons Love Tacos, to Pete the Cat Adventures, students will have fun participating in crafts and games that correspond with the book of the day! All activities, crafts and games are in a structured environment and managed by Extend staff.
Simply Science Wednesdays
Each Wednesday, students will participate in an experiment with invisible ink, racing water and other zany STEM activities. All activities, projects and games will be in a structured environment and managed by the Extend staff.
Spring Fever Thursdays
Each Thursday students will explore the changing of the seasons from winter to spring through crafts, activities and games. Students will learn about the seasonal weather patterns, make cloud art, and grow their own beanstalk! All activities, crafts and games are in a structured environment and managed by Extend staff.
Art Madness Friday
Each Friday students will create their own art and let their imagination go wild! Students will create their own watercolor resists and a paint drip and use a variety of tools from sponges, q-tips, popsicle sticks, and their palms to create their art! All activities, crafts and games will be in a structured environment and managed by the Extend staff.
Meet the Extended Care Team
Alejandro Garcia is an alumnus of Parish Episcopal School. He attended Parish from 6th to 12th grade and graduated in 2020. He was a member of the soccer and lacrosse teams and was also a part of the 2019 state champion football team. He has worked with Parish Extend since Spring 2019 and enjoys entertaining his students in the Parish Extend and Parish Summer programs. He is currently a junior at The University of Texas at Dallas pursuing a bachelor’s in finance.
Melanie Ware is an alumni parent with a number of ties to Parish. Parish holds a special place in her heart as her twin daughters, Lauren and Ashleigh, started at Parish in kindergarten and were part of the first graduating class in 2007. Lauren is now Parish’s Director of Alumni Relations. Melanie cherishes Parish’s close knit, loving community which she credits for keeping her connected. Melanie has worked with the Extend program since Fall 2017. Prior to joining the Extend team, Melanie was an avid volunteer with the Parents’ Association where she worked with students in a variety of capacities, and she currently assists with her church’s Sunday school program. In her free time she enjoys needlepoint, reading, cooking, traveling
and spending time with her children and their spouses.
“The students teach ME! I love watching them grow and mature and feel that I have an opportunity to help nurture them for the few hours that I’m there.”– Melanie Ware
Merci Evans graduated from Paul Quinn College with a B.S. in Biology. She loves working with kids in Parish Extend and looks forward to engaging in fun activities with the Hillcrest students. She has worked with a variety of ages of children ranging from 10 months to Middle School. Merci’s hobbies include reading, basketball and volunteer work at her church. She is looking forward to a great year!
“I chose to work at Parish because I like the values the school teaches the students, and the values the school is based upon.”– Merci Evans
Molly grew up in Indiana and moved to Texas in 1992. She is a graduate of the University of Houston with a B.A. in English. Molly enjoys reading, gardening and hanging out with her husband and dog.
Riley graduated from Parish in 2019 as a Parish “Lifer”. In addition to working with the Extend program, she also serves as a Substitute teacher at both campuses. She is currently finishing her B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Texas and hopes to become a teacher or school counselor. In her spare time, Riley enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her eight dogs.
“My favorite thing about working in Extend is seeing the students everyday and their excitement to see me. I enjoy my time with them! Although I am typically with students in grades 3rd-6th, I love my time with the Hillcrest friends as well.”– Riley Coleman
Savannah was born and raised in Dallas. She is currently pursuing her B.S. in Psychology at the University of North Texas and plans to work in the child psychology field. Savannah became a Sunday School teacher while in high school and became more involved in the Children’s Ministry after graduation. When she is not serving at church, Savannah enjoys going to boba shops and hanging out with her family and friends.
Susan is an alumni parent who held many board and volunteer positions during the 10 years her two sons, Austin and Parker, attended Parish Day. She attributes Parish with the great educational foundations that her sons received and have led them to a successful life both professionally and personally. During her tenure at Parish, she served as room mother, auction chairman, and headed up the capital campaign. She has wonderful memories of the excellent teachers and the many dear friendships she made along the way. Prior to joining Extend, Susan was a consultant for The Carlisle Collection, a ladies upscale clothing line from New York, for 25 years. Most recently she was an administrative assistant for Providence Energy, a local oil and gas company. Susan enjoys spending time with her three granddaughters in Houston where her son, Austin is an oil and gas attorney, and with her three grandsons in Rye, New York, where Parker is a merger and acquisitions attorney. In her spare time, she enjoys organizing events for friends and special occasions and is an avid Kentucky Wildcat basketball fan. She loves visiting her Old Kentucky Home as much as possible. She is very excited to be part of the Extend program and working with the wonderful children of Parish.
Extended Care FAQs
What are your Extended Care hours?
Extended Care begins at dismissal time until 6:00 p.m. each school day.
How do I register for Extended Care?
You may register for Extended Care through the Parish Extend registration site. Extended care is offered the following ways: all days, by the day of the week, or individual days. Extended Care reservations are non-refundable, but the credit may be transferred to another date.
If you do not have a Parish Extend account, please create one here. Please note that your Parish Extend account, login and password are unique to Parish Extend and are not the same as your myPARISH portal login.
What is the late fee policy?
Families will be charged a $2 per minute late fee if arriving after the designated pick-up time. If there are more than 5 occurrences, the fee is $5 per minute. After the 10th late pick up, the student will not be able to stay after school.
Who do I contact with schedule changes?
Please email Extend@Parish.org with future schedule changes. If you have a same-day carpool change, please email before 2:00 p.m.
What options do I have for Extended Care enrollment?
To better understand all of your options, please view the detailed pricing sheet.
Please note, By the Day price increases at 10:00 a.m. each day for day of registration.
What will my child do in Extended Care?
We supervise snack time, oversee homework and then allow time for play. Those participating in Extended Care have a snack included in their registration. Children are welcome to bring snacks from home if they so choose. Please remember that Hillcrest is a nut-free campus. Midway students may bring snacks from home or purchase snacks from the PAWS store after school.
Do you offer payment plans?
We offer payment plans via your Parish Extend account. Follow the prompts in the system to set up your plan.
How do I add the name of someone who may pick up my child?
You can add an authorized adult to pick up your child through your Parish Extend account. They will be required to present their driver’s license upon pickup.
What grade do I select for my Primer child?
Please select Kindergarten for your Primer student’s grade level in your account.
Do you provide care for in-service and early dismissal days?
If I register for an Exploration, do I need to register for Extended Care as well?
If you are registering for an Exploration class 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. This will apply a 20% discount to Extended Care for that day. You can use as many codes as apply. If an Exploration is selected for every day of the week, you may use the code EXP for the discount. For questions about extended care or discounts, please email Extend@Parish.org.
What is your inclement weather policy?
If inclement weather impacts Extended Care, we will make every effort to make a cancellation decision in a timely manner. In the event of a cancellation, we will notify the primary and secondary contact on the student account. If the school announces closure which includes Extend programs, we will not provide additional notification. If a class must be cancelled for weather or other unforeseen circumstances, we will not refund class fees for missed sessions.
How will you handle snacks?
- Hillcrest – Those participating in Extended Care have a snack included in their registration. Children are welcome to bring snacks from home if they so choose. Please remember that Hillcrest is a nut-free campus.
- Midway – Students may bring snacks from home. At the Midway Campus snacks may also be purchased at the PAWS store which is open daily.
How do I access my forms?
To complete the Registration Form, Homework Completion Form, or student sign out permission, please access your forms. To access your forms view this step by step tutorial.
How do I register by the day?
By-the-day registration can sometimes be a bit tricky. Follow this tutorial, and you’ll be a pro before you know it.
Extended Care by the Day or by the Month is a single session to select, followed by options of specific days or months. Due to this setup, when you sign up initially the session is easy to find. However, when you return later to add more days or months, the session doesn’t appear with the other options. To add additional care, please edit your Extended Care enrollment session listed on your Current Reservations and add the new days or months you need, then proceed to payment and completion.
Please note, By the Day price increases at 10:00 a.m. each day for day of registration.
What is your refund policy?
Fees paid for Extended Care by-the-day, All Day Care and Early Release Care are not refundable. Fees paid for All School Days, or Day of the Week Extended Care are transferable but not refundable.