Extended Care is more than care
We feature day-of-the-week thematic programming, exposing students to a variety of activities and subjects. Activities include games, crafts, experiments and fun, all following a daily theme. 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 (7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) care on parent-teacher conference days and most faculty workdays.
How fortunate am I that I found this little gem of a place! It is such a joy working with the other Extend staff and building relationships with those students who participate in after school activities.
Spring 2022 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.
Art Madness Wednesdays
Each Wednesday students will dive into the world of art and let their imagination go wild. Students will create paintings, dance and perform short skits. The possibilities are endless! All activities, crafts and games are in a structured environment and managed by 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 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.
Creation Station Fridays
Each Friday students will have the freedom to be creative and work together to create a project in class of their choice, using LEGOs, building blocks, art supplies and more! All activities, crafts and games are in a structured environment and managed by Extend staff.
Meet the Extended Care Team
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
Merci Evans is currently attending Paul Quinn College where she is majoring 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
Rosa Gaona is a Paul Quinn College student who is pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Arts: EC-6. Her experience working with children includes a youth leadership position at her church, substitute teaching and working as a VBS counselor, an opportunity she calls an “absolute blessing.” She believes in Parish’s mission and vision and is enjoying getting to work with the youngest students. Her hobbies include volleyball, coffee tasting and word puzzles.
Angela Marks is the Lower School Teaching and Extend assistant. Throughout her teaching career she has worked with all age groups including those in college. As a Reading Specialist, she enjoys sharing her love for books and teaching strategies to make life-long readers. Angela is married and has one son, Matthew, who attends The University of Oklahoma.
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
Extended Care FAQs
What are your Extended Care hours?
Extended Care begins at dismissal time until 6:00pm 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. 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?
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 which can be viewed below.
Who do I contact with schedule changes?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with future schedule changes. If you have a same-day carpool change, please email before 2:00pm.
Is there an advantage to registering for extended care by the season or day of week as opposed to daily?
To better understand all of your options, please view the detailed pricing sheet.
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?
We offer care during most in-service and early dismissal days. You can sign up for these through your Parish Extend account.
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 email@example.com.
What is your inclement weather policy?
If inclement weather occurs during Extended Care or Explorations, the Head of School will make the cancellation decision, and you will be contacted through the Parish communications system with further information.
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 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.