After School Program
2018-19 AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Schools we plan to pick-up from include (call if your school is not listed):
Elementary–Ashburn, Cedar Lane, Creighton’s Corner, Discovery, Dominion Trail, Hillside, Legacy, Madison’s Trust, Mill Run, Moorefield Station, Newton Lee and Sanders Corner.
Middle–Brambleton, Eagle Ridge, Farmwell Station and Trailside.
Where Academics, Fitness, Nutrition & Fun Come Together
The Fitwize After School Program (ASP) is where academics, fitness, nutrition and fun come together. We provide transportation in our safe, clean, seat-belted vans, driven by experienced, licensed drivers. Our program is available Monday-Friday from the end of the school day until 6:30pm. As an extension to our program, we are open on teacher work days and most holidays.
Our fitness program is coordinated by our ACE, CPR, AED and First Aid certified fitness instructor, and our nutrition program is implemented by our registered dietitian. We hire the best to ensure the highest quality care in the area.
We look forward to rolling out our newest module in the 2018-19 school year: Life Skills classes. We plan to incorporate hands-on, interactive lessons on the following topics: home economics (teaching kids about money and budgeting), safety skills (at home, outside, cyber), general clothing care and maintenance (sewing a button), putting together healthy meals, table and general manners, social skills and interaction with people, time management and goal setting, and coping with emotions and stress.
Hands-on STEM Activity Center was introduced this past spring in our homework room. There are several choices of different activities to choose from. STEM is an approach of using critical understanding to explore and engage with the world, then has the capability to change it. It’s a curriculum-based education that includes four disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. STEM integrates these four areas into a learning standard based on real-world applications.
The ASP also provides a healthy snack and is designed to meet the needs and interests of our school-age children.
Our Program is Comprised of Our Five Pillars of Healthy Living
- Fitness Program: Children will participate in a daily one-hour fitness activity, which includes warm-up, strength training, core/functional and cardio training, obstacle course and cool down, developed and led by our Certified Fitness Instructor. Our daily themes include Muscle Monday, X2 Tuesday, Way Back Wednesday, TRI Hard Thursday and Fun Fridays. In addition, children get to participate in our popular Jump Fitness!
- Nutrition Program: Our hands-on program, developed by our Registered Dietitian and Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, makes learning about nutrition simple and fun. Children explore the importance of healthy eating habits through our interactive activities and monthly seminars.
- Academic Support & Technology Center: We make academics a priority as we allocate 45-minutes toward homework, Monday-Thursday. If homework is completed early, we offer our STEM center and technology center, which includes internet access to county-approved educational websites the LCPS use.
- Character Education: We teach children the importance of character traits, such as kindness, integrity, compassion, respect, responsibility, caring, courage and citizenship.
- INSPIRE Community Service: Children will participate in a variety of community service projects throughout the year. These opportunities will give them the satisfaction and pride that come from helping others, and provide them with the sense of community, and being a part of a family.
Enrichment Classes & Clubs
Classes and clubs are built to enhance our children’s experience while attending our programs. Our Fall program will include the following:
Classes – Tumbling
Clubs – Garden
lndoor Activities & Free Time
Board and card games, arts and crafts, cup stacking and group fitness activities are provided daily to encourage children to use their teamwork skills, creativity and to challenge themselves. This will help to balance academic and non-academic opportunities as we believe children need time to just be kids.
Outdoor Sport Court
Our sport court provides kids with the opportunity to play basketball, volleyball, soccer, four-square and many other games and activities.
We set Friday aside as a day to participate in special activities, such as science and nutrition activities, cup stacking tournaments, team sport activities, nutrition seminars, backpack program to assist those less fortunate, annual Toys for Tots drive and more!
This year we are happy to implement our INSPIRE Community Service program where we’ll highlight a different theme each month, and offer corresponding activities to coincide with the theme.
Benefits of our program include increased self-esteem; enhanced academic performance; low-intensity, highly-achievable exercise experience; life-long benefits of learning about healthy eating; and new friendships.
For more information and a tour, contact us via email or phone. Come see why our program has been waitlisted since our first full school-year. Feel free to complete our registration form to enroll you child(ren) into our program.
WHAT THE RESEARCH SHOWS
Why 60 minutes of daily physical activity and why teach nutrition education? According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention, 60 minutes of exercise each day, can help maintain health and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
- Studies have shown that regular physical activity can reduce the risk of depression, anxiety, can improve sleep and increase test scores.
- Studies have shown that children are more likely to lead a healthier lifestyle later in life if they learn about, and live, a healthy lifestyle as a child.