The After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) at TPS is available for students in preschool through 5th grade from dismissal until pick up every afternoon. ASEP offers a wide range of fun and creative theme-based activities, which integrate visual arts, drama, science, cooking, and music, as well as homework supervision in our Junior Unit Study Hall. Students also enjoy indoor and outdoor games and physical activities in the schoolyard and the gym.
A typical day in ASEP begins with director Diane Pepe’s daily overview of the many options from which students can choose, including the daily theme-related art or science project, the daily cooking project, free-choice art, building in our designated ASEP Construction Zone room, make-believe in our designated Imagination Station, board games, and the ASEP book corner. In addition, students can choose to participate in weekly workshops in such topics as knitting, yoga, music, cartooning, and drama. At 4:20 p.m., students regroup for the theme-related second snack, which might include such delicacies as homemade ravioli, sushi, peach cobbler, sweet potato fries, pea soup, or yogurt parfaits.
Themes are at the core of the After School Enrichment Program. Each term an overall theme is featured, which ASEP participants explore in depth through weekly mini themes taught by ASEP staff members. Last fall, in conjunction with TPS’s all-school theme, Mad Science, ASEP students learned all about inventions. They started off with the invention of Braille and students learned all about the life of Louis Braille and about the alphabet he invented. They also created personalized boards with raised Braille units, which spelled out their names and also discussed how sightless people perceive colors. Because Louis Braille was from France, ASEP students’ helped prepare French foods for second snack such as crepes, French toast, quiche, and sable (French) cookies. The read-aloud book of the week was a biography of Helen Keller. This is simply one example of the ways ASEP intricately explores different themes.
Click to meet our dedicated ASEP staff and read Director Diane Pepe’s past newsletters to learn what ASEP students do:
ASEP Special Programs
Each year ASEP also offers nine day-long Special Programs for students in preschool through 5th grade when TPS is closed for teacher conferences, in-service, and national holidays. Each year features an all-new roster of exciting programs, which, in the past, have included trips to such places as the restaurant Distrito for a cooking demonstration from Jose Garces, tours of Citizens Bank Park, Herr’s Snack Factory, WXPN Radio Station, and the Helicopter Museum, and outings to Hyland Orchard, The Philadelphia Zoo, and the Franklin Institute.
Programs take place from 9:00 to 3:00 p.m., with extended day available for an additional fee from 3:00-5:30 p.m. Early drop-off is available beginning at 8:30 a.m. for no additional fee.
Please note that Special Program days for preschool and kindergarten students do not involve “off-campus” trips. Instead, the program features age-appropriate, theme-related activities that take place at TPS.
Prior to each special trip and program, a detailed description with a registration form is sent home digitally to families.
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