GEO - Greatness Energizing Oasis Jewish After School 

MISSION STATEMENT and OBJECTIVES

Greatness Energizing Oasis Jewish After School provides a safe and happy space where working parents can send their children after a full morning of school.  Our mission is to make life easy and seamless for the working parents providing a one-stop place which includes the typical components of a quality after school with fun and enriching outlets, homework support, and simultaneously serve as a Hebrew School.  No need to send for a separate Hebrew School.  No synagogue membership is required. You get it all here and more.  

Our educational philosophy is based upon the Nurtured Heart Approach module which recognizes the greatness of each child.  The faculty is trained with the tools and mindfulness to help each student access his or her inner wealth.  

GENERAL INFORMATION

HOURS AND DAYS OF OPERATION

After School Track - Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 PM

Runs according to Natick Public School school days (see calendar here) although students from other locations in the Metrowest are accepted as well.

BUSSING

Bussing from the Brown School may possibly be arranged by request to the NPS Transportation department.  The location is at an established bus stop (bus #11).  Once the arrangement is set up, a teacher will be waiting at the stop to greet your child(ren) and to bring them in.  Patricia Paine, Transportation Coordinator at Natick Public Schools, is the contact person for bussing at Brown School.  You may reach her at [email protected]

It is our longer term goal to try to arrange bussing and provide transportation from other Public Schools as well.

SNACK and DINNER

Kosher healthy snacks and dinner are served every day to the children!

TUITION

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A SAMPLE DAY AT GEO 

(At a later date - currently not an option... 2:00 - early arrival for those who need - relax in reading room, additional homework support}

3:00 Check-In/Free Play

3:30 Snack

3:50 Activity Period 1 (Includes Homework Time)

4:40 Activity Period 2

5:15 Dinner

5:35 Wind Down and Clean Up

6:00 Program Closes

PROGRAMMING

Activities include arts and crafts, sports, science, cooking, drama, music, dance,  cooperative games, literacy, community service, indoor and outdoor free play, and more!  See our Activity Calendar tab for past calendars by site.

Specials at GEO, they may not all be happening at the same time...

- Exercise activities building strength and flexibility with a teacher who specializes in Yoga.

- Drama, film and production with a teacher who specializes in production.

- Highly Acclaimed Aleph Champ Hebrew Reading Curriculum

- Homework support

Additional Activities offered... some of these are offered with Hebrew language infusion with our Israeli staff

- Arts and crafts

- Science activities

- Cooking

- Dance and movement

- Cooperative games

- Community service

- Indoor and outdoor free play

And more...

- Transportation to Martial Arts (Martial Arts Fitness is around the corner from us and we provide staffing to bring your child there.  Registration and financial arrangements for this would need to be made separately with MAF and we will do the rest so that parent don't have to stop in middle of a busy work day.)

REGISTRATION

Click here for registration dates and registration directions 

EARLY RELEASE DAYS

Currently GEO is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Typically Wednesdays are the early release days.  The longer term plan (school year 2022-23 and beyond) is to be open full week at which time, the program will open earlier on early release days.

VACATION DAYS

Currently we are closed on vacation days.  The longer term plan is to have vacation week camp built into the program as well as providing programming on other non-school days.

SNOW DAYS

If Natick Public Schools are closed due to weather, GEO is closed. 

SOME POSSIBLE QUESTIONS

What happens if Public School is canceled due to weather?

We are automatically closed whenever the Natick Public Schools are closed.  In the event that a storm develops during the school day, we will follow the decision made by the Superintendent regarding cancelation or earlier closings of Natick School's after school activities.   In that case, we will notify parents via email, text, and What's App.

Who are the GEO staff?

Director of GEO is Chanie Fogelman, Director and Lead Teacher certified by EEC, as well as a certified trainer of the Nurtured Heart Approach, with many years in the field of education.   Our supporting staff includes experienced teachers and individuals with expertise in special areas of enrichment.  

All adult staff are First Aid and CPR certified, trained in the use of Epi-Pens, have passed a CORI background check, and have previous experience working with children.

We provide staff development opportunities to remain current on trends, mandates and procedures in the field. Feel free to ask the director, Chanie Fogelman, about any staff member and their education and experience.

What if my child will be absent from GEO?

Dismissal changes must be reported directly to GEO by phone or email. Please contact us in advance if there is be any change on any particular day with your child’s arrival or dismissal!

Who can pick up my child from GEO and how can I add someone to my child’s pick-up list?

Only the primary and secondary account holders, emergency contacts, and authorized pick-up individuals listed in your child's enrollment may sign out your child from GEO..  

What happens if I can’t pick up by 6pm?

Late pick-ups should happen only in the case of emergencies. If you will be late, you must call GEO. If we have not heard from you by 6:15, we will begin calling emergency contacts. After more than one late pick up, late fees will apply. See our full policy in our Family Handbook.

My child has asthma, an allergy, or another medical condition. What do I need to know and do to be sure he/she is safe at GEO?

If your child has an allergy, dietary restriction, or an existing medical condition, it is essential that we have all of the details on your registration form and/or through an asthma or allergy plan. If your child uses an epi-pen or inhaler, we must have one to be kept at GEO and must receive it before his/her first day with us. 

Please arrange your child's medication schedule so that he/she can receive his/her medication by the school nurse before the end of the Public School day, before coming to GEO.  If needed we can arrange for a responsible adult from our staff who was trained in Medicine administering to give your child his/her medication.  A medication form would need to be filled out and signed in advance for this purpose.  

Staff are certified in First Aid and CPR and trained to administer Epi-pens. If your child is subject to anaphylactic reactions due to bee stings or other allergies you must deliver two Epi-Pens, with the child’s photo attached, to GEO to be kept with us, along with an allergy plan with special instructions by the attending physician for its administration.

Should I pack a snack?

We provide a kosher snack and dinner each afternoon. We really doubt your children will be hungry between the foods that GEO provides.  However, you may feel free to pack an additional snack for your child. It it's a packaged item, it must be certified kosher, meat-free and nut-free.

Will my child do homework at GEO?

GEO will provide a quiet space where students can focus on their homework.  Staff will be provided for homework support.

How much notice is required for schedule changes?

Enrollment is a commitment for the school year. Schedule change requests made by the 20th of the month will go into effect on the 1st of the next month. If you need to reduce the number of days or withdraw from the program completely, your deposit will be forfeited. If you withdraw before the end of the school year, we cannot hold your space for the following year.

REGISTRATION

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How will the program communicate with me?

GEO sends a bi-monthly newsletter via email. When there is program news or an activity sign-up, it will be posted on our bulletin and shared via email. Please check the sign-out area regularly for notices or sign-up sheets and read GEO emails thoroughly. 

What if I have questions not answered here?

Email us at [email protected] Email is the most efficient way to get your questions answered. We can set up a phone appointment for questions or concerns that require discussion, but email is your best first step. Contact us anytime!

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