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South Connection Enrichment program

Provides supervised activities for K-6 students from 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. throughout the school year and during the summer.

Contact us at South Connection:
Lange School
219 W. Dorothy Lane
Dayton, Ohio 45429
937-643-9314

Contact hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Operating hours: 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Email: smith.christy@oakwoodschools.org
Tax ID# 31-6000910

2020 Fall Information

Parents are responsible for informing South Connection directly any day their child will not be at South Connection.  The school district does not inform South Connection when children are absent or leave early. 

Please call South Connection (937) 643-9314, no later than 2:00 p.m. or leave a message on our answering machine 24/7.  If you email, smith.christy@oakwoodschools.org be sure your message is clear.  If it is not answered, follow it up with a phone call. 

  • Please understand last minute changes often result in confusion.  There is not always enough time to notify everyone who needs to be aware of this information.  If you cannot contact South Connection earlier than 2:00 p.m., please let us know any changes as soon as possible so your child will be accounted for at school dismissal time.  If you are unable to contact us prior to picking up your child at Harman or Smith, please inform the South Connection teacher at the school before you take them.
  • Please check your phones around 3:15 p.m., in case we need to clarify your child’s dismissal plans.

All Harman and Smith students should exit the school no later than 3:15 p.m.  They are not allowed to participate in afterschool activities.

Harman Pick-Up
Harman students are asked to exit the 6th grade doors and meet the South Connection teacher at the top of the stairs that lead down to the playground.  After all students have arrived and checked in with the South Connection teacher, they will be led down to the bus as a group.

Smith Pick-Up
Smith students are asked to exit out the doors by the office and will be checked in by the South Connection teacher at the bus, which is parked in front of the school. 

We also request that you reinforce the following information with your child, since younger students sometimes get confused.

1.     All students must report directly after school to the South Connection teacher so buses can stay on schedule.  The buses need to be on time to Lange to transport kindergarten students to Harman and Smith. 

2.     Be sure your children’s teachers know they cannot stay after school if they need to ride the bus.

3.     If a student misses the bus or has any other difficulties, they must report to the school office so an Oakwood Staff Member can help them.  If children decide to walk home or leave with neighbors, it is much more difficult to locate them.

4.     Children need to practice being responsible for their own book bags, Chromebooks, water bottles, face coverings, etc.  Please help us reinforce they should always look back to be sure they have not left behind anything. 

Morning South Connection
Anyone signed up for our morning program, has the opportunity to arrive at 6:30 a.m.  Parents will bring children to the back South Connection door (#5) at Lange where the daily health screen will take place.  If you do not see a South Connection staff member, ring the doorbell.  Be sure to observe 6-foot distancing by standing on one of the marks along the windows.  Parents must wear a face covering and will not enter the building.  Children must also wear a face covering and bring a filled water bottle each day.  Each child’s temperature will be taken with an Infrared Thermometer and will not be allowed in if it reads 100.0*F or higher.  Oakwood School’s policy for the child and any siblings will be followed.  Payments and attendance issues can be attended to at drop off.  Harman and Smith students will load the bus at 7:55 a.m., so they can be at school on time for classes to begin at 8:15 a.m.  Students will be spread out, in assigned seats, and required to wear face coverings while riding the bus.  It is not unusual for us to experience delays the first few days of school since there are many new routes and drivers.  Oakwood and Kettering work together to solve these issues as soon as possible.  If buses cause children to arrive at school late, students must check in at the office.  They will never be counted tardy when using school transportation.  We will walk kindergarteners to their classrooms at 8:30 a.m.

PM South Connection
South Connection staff will coordinate pick-up at the back double doors of Lange (#6).  Drivers should never cross through the orange cones since children may be outside on the playground.  Cars may park behind the cones or in the marked parking spaces.  Please socially distance from others as you approach the building.  While waiting for your child, be sure to observe 6-foot distancing by standing on one of the blue marks beside the porch.  Parents must wear a face covering and will not enter the building, but should use the doorbell to get our attention.  A South Connection staff member will bring your child to you at the door.  Due to Lange’s congested parking lot, children can be picked up no earlier than 3:45 p.m.  The 6:00 p.m. closing time will be strictly enforced.  The $1 per minute late penalty fee will be assessed for late pick-ups. 

Reminders:

  • If Oakwood Schools is on off-site learning or is closed, South Connection is closed, except for school breaks or PD days. 
  • Charges for AM South Connection are $40 a week per child.
  • Charges for PM South Connection are $80 a week per child. 
  • Payment is required by Friday of each week.  Receipts will be sent home in children’s school folders. 
  • We accept checks or cash.  Checks should be made out to South Connection and cash must be in a sealed envelope with the child’s name and amount written on it.
  • If Oakwood Schools go back to full days, South Connection students need to stay on the same South Connection schedule they were on during half-day school. 
  • We will not be able to offer vacation weeks.  When school is not in session (ie. full PD days or snow days) and a child does not attend South Connection, no payment is due for that day.  We cannot accept doctor excuses.  Anyone who has been mandated to quarantine by the health department will not be charged for the days missed due to COVID-19.

All of the following could result in dismissal from the summer program:

  • Parents leave before child is checked in.
  • Parents fail to pick up sick children in a timely manner.
  • Parents pick up children past 6:00 p.m.
  • Parents or children fail to follow daily procedures and disrupt the program.
  • Or any other action that goes against COVID-19 safety practices.

Over time, as new information becomes available, some restrictions may be added or relaxed.  Thank you for understanding this is a challenging venture for everyone involved.  Let’s all work together to make it as safe and enjoyable as possible.

Many of our policies and procedures have changed due to COVID-19.  If you have questions about the changes or have any additional questions, please contact Christy Smith at smith.christy@oakwoodschools.org 

Registration Procedures

Any kindergarten or other elementary students wanting to enroll in our before or after school programs need to begin the registration process online by visiting https://forms.gle/dVzerdUe6Ug8kn2P9 

Each entry will be time stamped and programs will be filled by the data collected. 

If the program becomes full, new names will be placed on a waitlist using the link.  In March 2021, the list will be reset and the process will begin again.  Anyone currently on the South Connection waitlist who is still interested in attending South Connection will need to re-register. 

If indeterminate situations arise, decisions will be at the discretion of the South Connection Program Manager and the Oakwood Board of Education.  If you have any questions, please contact Christy Smith at 937-643-9314.

Staff

Christy Smith, Program Manager
Katie Jolliff-Smith, Team Leader
Mary Lanthorn
Olivia Butcher
Ali Bowers
Jean Berry
Sara Hagan

Contact Information

Christy Smith
937-643-9314
smith.christy@oakwoodschools.org

Emergency Closings

Oakwood closed............South Connection closed
 

Other Helpful Information

Days of Operation
Open Monday through Friday except:

  • Sept. 7, 2020
  • Nov. 26 and 27, 2020
  • Dec. 24, 25, and 31, 2020
  • Jan. 1 and 18, 2021  (We will not be open on MLK day.)
  • May 31, 2021

We will be open for the following:

  • Staff PD days: Sign up required
  • School scheduled holidays: You must sign-up and follow the posted procedure.

Medication
Oakwood forms must be completed by both parent and physician and returned before over-the-counter or prescription drugs are given to students. These forms may be obtained online or from S.C.  All meds must be kept in the S.C. office.

Photos and Videos
The children enjoy seeing their photos displayed at S.C. and occasionally making videos of our activities. If you prefer your child not be included, please notify Christy. 

Use of Electronic Device
Personal Electronic Devices may not be used at South Connection EXCEPT Chromebooks or tablets for homework using approved sites.

Students who are picked up later than 4:30 p.m. will be allowed to bring a simple snack to eat at 4:30 p.m.

Philosophy
South Connection believes:

  • That each child is unique
  • That elementary school-age children should have a healthy and safe after-school experience
  • That a structured, enriched environment enhances a child’s emotional and developmental growth
  • That parent-school-community cooperation is essential for healthy child development
  • That children need opportunities to explore and learn in a variety of settings
  • That a child’s sense of security is enhanced by adult attention and supervision
  • That a child’s self-esteem develops through positive experiences with adults and other children
  • That each child needs age appropriate opportunities to develop problem solving and decision-making skills
  • That children learn in varied ways from many life experiences and that exposure to a wide age range of people, multi-generational, is actually beneficial

Goals and Objectives

1.     To provide a safe, nurturing environment for elementary-age children

2.     To give children a chance to relax and renew their energies by means of exercises and activities designed toward this end

3.     To provide a wide variety of activities in which children can be involved

4.     To provide opportunities for children to make choices about activities, practice being responsible, and use problem solving skills

5.     To provide appropriate physical activities to channel children’s energies and strengthen their bodies

6.     To introduce children to experiences in arts, crafts, music, drama, and nature and help them develop their own creativity

7.     To enhance the child’s feeling of self-esteem

8.     To facilitate the development of each child’s social skills and encourage treating everyone with kindness and respect

9.     To provide opportunities for children to develop relationships with adults and other children