Lower School Programs - Spring 2018

We are excited to offer the following programs for students in our Lower School:

  • Afterschool activities, intramurals, and library
  • Aftercare, providing supervision and activities until 6:00 p.m.

Several new classes have been added: Krav Maga, Drone Pilot Course, Zumba and Mad Science!, and many of last session's biggest hits return. 

The spring programs will run from Monday, March 19 through Monday, June 18, 2018.

For specific spring afterschool dates, please click here.

Our easy registration system will allow you, in one online form, to register your child/ren for some or all of the elective Lower School programs and to sign up as a lunch volunteer with just a few clicks. Detailed information can be found below.

Families are expected to communicate all dismissal information electronically no later than 1:00 p.m. on the day of the change. Please submit your requests reflecting standing notes and/or daily dismissal changes either:

Registration for the spring session will open on Monday, February 26 at 10:00 a.m. Please note: in order to assure that the programs are in place at the start of the spring session, registration will close on Sunday, March 4 at 11:00 p.m. After this time, the online form will no longer be available for registration. 

Questions regarding afterschool and aftercare programs should be directed to Diane Coppola at 914-948-3111, ext. 4318. Questions about the lunch program should be directed to Sue McVeigh at ext. 4400.

  Detailed Program

Hot Lunch Program

It is our goal to provide a healthy program that includes a wide selection of foods including salads, soups, fruit smoothies, and hot main dishes. 

Please review the menu with your child/ren and decide together which days they like would like to receive lunch. After the session has started, no changes to days selected will be approved. There will be no refunds for any reason, including student absences, school closings, snow days, etc.

What's for Lunch?

Each day will feature an assortment of kid-friendly, healthy choices for our students organized around the day's theme:

  • Monday: Pasta
  • Tuesday: Breakfast for Lunch
  • Wednesday: Food Detective
  • Thursday: Cheese Feast
  • Friday: Pizza

To see sample menus, click here.

Lunch Volunteers

The success of the Lower School lunch program relies heavily on volunteers. The school’s catering company, Sage, provides three chefs who are responsible for food preparation. For the past 15 years, the school has partnered with the parent body to maintain an affordable lunch program by utilizing parent volunteers as servers. Volunteers are needed from 11:50 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. They serve lunch alongside the kitchen staff and will, on occasion, help prepare some of the food.

We have three hot food stations, a soup station, a salad bar, and a sandwich and fruit station. In order to give the students enough time to get their food, sit down, and enjoy their meal, we need the support of at least six volunteers per day.

We ask that all parents consider signing up to support the program as a volunteer, whether once a week, once a month, or another frequency that works for your schedule. If your child is registered for lunch, please sign up as a volunteer to serve at least two or three lunch periods each session. Grandparents, caregivers, family members, and family friends are also welcome to help. Even if your child is not registered for the school lunch program, you are welcome to volunteer; it will give you the opportunity to see your child during lunch!

Click here to signup to volunteer on different days throughout the spring session.

Afterschool Course Offerings

Our afterschool program is part of a larger effort to extend the Schechter Westchester experience beyond the school day and the spring lineup of afterschool classes is full of fun and innovative offerings. Several new classes have been added and many of last year’s biggest hits return, including the aftercare program.

Review the offerings, make your choices, and plan to register when online registration opens at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 26. Note that online registration will close at 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 4. All classes have minimum and maximum size constraints in order to keep them financially viable. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and many fill on the first day of registration. We will let you know if a class is cancelled due to under-enrollment. 

Course descriptions are available in Session Details.

Day of Week  
MondayStitch Wizardry    
 Kids Cookery: Spring  
  Galaxy Far Away! Lego Robotics
 Your Artistic Self!      
Krav Maga      
 Team Up & Play Ball
 TGA -Junior Tennis      
 Extended Care      
TuesdayArts and Crafts      
 Beginners' Chess      
 Drone Pilots Course      
 Dynamo Girl - Sports for Girls!      
 Team Sports      
 Karate - Beginners      
 Stitch Wizardry      
 Extended Care      
WednesdayStitch Wizardry      
 Airplanes Specialists! Model Airplanes
 Musical Theater      
 Phreaky Physics      
 Team Sports and Backyard Activities      
 Tournament Chess Team      
 TGA Golf      
 Extended Care      
ThursdayExploring the World of Arts & Crafts      
 Karate! Advanced Class      
 Lego Stop Motion Animation      
 Stitch Wizardry      
 Amazing Magicians!
 Whiz Kids - Science Exploratorium      
 Zumba Kids      
 Neighborhood Games      
 Extended Care      

  • Please remind your child on mornings that s/he is to attend an afterschool activity. Be sure to send dismissal instructions, as needed, to the school as noted below.
  • Afterschool enrichment, intramural classes, and aftercare will not be held whenever school is closed, or if early dismissal should occur for any reason. 
  • Children participating in afterschool programs will receive a snack before their activity begins.

Afterschool Library

The Irene Schwebel Library/Media Center will be open after school Monday through Thursday until 4:40 p.m. Two teachers will provide student supervision. We are pleased to offer the Library as a free option. It can be a valuable resource for:

  • Parents who need an extended day for their children
  • Students who benefit from assistance with general and/or Judaic studies
  • Completing homework at school
  • Children to socialize with friends or work on team projects

If you would like your child to go to the Library after school on an “occasional” or “as-needed” basis, you must send a note or notify the office in the morning on the day you need this service. Please indicate the proper dismissal instructions and state the name of the person picking up your child in your note.

If you would like your child to go to the Library on a regular basis (i.e., same day of the week, every week), please send a note at the start of the session and include dismissal instructions. Be sure to include the start and end dates of this plan.

Please submit your requests reflecting standing notes either:

Students are expected to sign in as they enter the Library and must stay in the Library until they are picked up or take the White Plains late bus. All parents picking up students from the Library between 3:40 and 4:25 p.m. should go directly to the Library and sign out their child(ren). A pass will be issued for you by the Library teacher to provide to the security guard at the booth. Parents picking up after this time must remain in their cars and join the regular afterschool dismissal process.

Aftercare Program

We offer an aftercare program on Monday through Thursdays from 4:45 until 6:00 p.m. with supervision provided by Lower School teachers. The spring aftercare program runs from March 19 through June 18, 2018 and in coordination with the other voluntary Lower School programs - hot lunch and afterschool program. Parents can register their children to participate one or more days per week for the winter or can have their children attend on an ad-hoc basis. To participate on an ad-hoc basis, e-mail Diane Coppola no later than 1:00 p.m. with your request.

The program will include:

  • supervised homework time
  • supervised outdoor play (weather permitting)
  • quiet games and crafts
  • snacks

A security guard will be on site until 6:00 p.m. A school cell phone number will be provided in the confirmation e-mail to reach the teachers after the switchboard closes at 5:00 p.m.

Please remember to pick up your child no later than 6:00 p.m. The charge $20 per student per day.

  • Please remind your child on mornings that s/he is to attend an afterschool activity.
  • Be sure to send dismissal instructions no later than 1:00 p.m. on the day of the change. Please submit your requests reflecting standing notes and/or daily dismissal changes either:
  • Children participating in afterschool programs will receive a snack before their activity.


By submitting the afterschool enrollment form, you agree that the full program amount will be charged to your student account and deducted by FACTS in full from your bank account on April 12, 2018. The FACTS system will send you an email reminder 5 days before the payment is withdrawn from your account. The payment will be a single deduction and will not be spread over multiple months.

Cancellations or Refunds

  • Cancellations after the registration deadline will not be refundable.
  • If school is closed or dismissed early for any reason, there will be no afterschool or aftercare programs, and there will be no refunds or make-ups for lunch, afterschool, or aftercare.

White Plains School District Late Bus

The White Plains School District provides a late bus for its students who are residents of White Plains and are located within the White Plains school districtThe White Plains late bus will leave school at approximately 4:50 p.m. each day.

The White Plains Transportation Department requires advance notice to use the late bus. If your child is eligible and you would like your child to take the White Plains late bus home after using the Library or participating in an afterschool activity, you must register by Monday, March 5. It is necessary to register even if your child rode the late bus during a previous session.

Afterschool Dismissal - Car Pickups

Afterschool program pickup begins at 4:40 p.m. Parents will be directed by the guard to line up in their cars along the Dr. Spiegel Pathway. As the line starts moving, a teacher will approach your car and ask which child(ren) you will be picking up. Please stay in your car in the pickup line and your child will be brought to you.

Alternate Arrangements

If you plan to have someone else pick up your child, a note to that effect must be sent to the main office on that day. Only people whose names are listed will be able to pick up your child. Please see Communication of Changes to Student Dismissal (below).

Early or Late Pickups

If you need to pick up your child during an afterschool class, you must first get a pass from the Main Office. If there is an emergency and you will be late, please call the office by 4:30 p.m. to let us know when you will be arriving. 

All parents picking up students from the Library between 3:40 and 4:25 p.m. should go directly to the Library and sign out their child(ren). A pass will be issued for you by the Library teacher to provide to the security guard at the booth.

Afterschool Pickup Delays

The Lower School Main Office closes at 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. If you are unable to pick up your child on time (4:45 p.m.) or meet your child at the White Plains late bus, please contact the Lower School Office at 914-948-3111 as soon as you know and before the office closes. The Lower School Main Office phone is switched to voicemail for the night at 5:00 p.m. and messages are not checked after hours. 

After 5:00 p.m.

  • You may call the Upper School 914-948-8333, option 6, regarding emergency situations. You will be directed to the emergency service line and a service representative will connect you with the Schechter Westchester administrator on call.
  • White Plains late bus situations after 5:00 p.m.: If you are going to be late getting to your bus stop to meet your child from the late bus, you may try reaching the White Plains Bus Company Dispatch Office at 914-328-0284. This telephone number is used for emergency situations only. Please do not use this number for routine transportation questions.

Aftercare Program Participants - Reaching the School after 5:00 p.m.

  • If you have enrolled a child in the aftercare program, please note this after-hours phone number: 914-281-3313. The supervising teacher will answer calls to this phone number after the switchboard closes at 5:00 p.m. until the last child has left the campus. This telephone number should only be used if you are unable to pick up your child by the designated time.

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