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South Connection Enrichment program

Provides supervised activities for K-6 students throughout the school year and during the summer.

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

Contact hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tax ID# 31-6000910


South Connection Summer Program

Week of June 27 - July 1, 2022
  • Be sure to tell us when you plan to use your summer vacation week.
  • You may send your child in with a Coast Guard approved life vest for the Adventure Reef trip on Monday and Tuesday, if you like. 
  • Some children with memberships will swim at the OCC any afternoons that scheduling, weather, and transportation permit. Children could be at the pool from 11:45-2:00 or 2:00-4:15 p.m.  Make sure your child brings pool things every day, since we also do water play at South Connection.  

  • If you would like to bring a skateboard, roller skates, or roller blades, Mrs. Goulet will be having lessons on Monday mornings. Students must also bring a helmet, wrist guards, knee guards, and elbow pads.  

  • Sometimes activities are listed multiple times in the week, since all children cannot go on the same day.   All staff and children go at once on bus trips. 
  • The OCC DOES NOT provide us with swim team, swim lessons and tennis lessons lists. It is the parents’ responsibility to email a copy of their OCC receipt or portal info, which contains child’s name, time, level, and session date of the lesson, no later than midnight of the Thursday before the lesson that starts Monday. If you sign up for a lesson or swim team over the weekend, transportation will not be guaranteed on Monday since there may not be a seat available for your child.  Transportation to OCC lessons is guaranteed for the FIRST THREE SESSIONS ONLY that end by noon.  Please confirm your child is on the correct South Connection transportation list no later than the first day of lessons. 
    • Confirm transportation for the second session of tennis lessons, which starts June 27, on Monday-Thursday and ends on July 8. 
  • Remember we will be providing only round trip transportation to lessons and reading.
  • Please make sure to have your child at South Connection at least 30 minutes before their scheduled lesson or reading program.  If your child is attending the Oakwood Reading Immersion program, please allow 30 minutes between any lesson times and the start of reading.  Lange Reading is from 9:45-11:45 AM.  Harman/Smith Readers must be at S.C. by 9:00 a.m. on T/W/Th to be transported to Smith School.  They will return to S.C. by 11:45 a.m.
  • Parents need to apply sunscreen before dropping children off each morning.
  • Field trip transportation and attendance is not guaranteed if you do not tell us by 9:00 AM that your child will be late.
  • Scheduling requests must be kept at a minimum and communicated to us in advance. Making last minute changes jeopardizes the safety of the group and causes us to be late for trips.
  • All children must bring every day:
    • Filled water bottle
    • Lunch with drink
    • Tennis shoes
    • Towel
    • Swim suit
    • Tee shirt/rash guard (recommended anytime swim suit is on)
  • Pizza and drinks will be provided on Thursdays.  Children will have the choice of pepperoni or cheese pizza.  Milk and a fruit will also be provided.  Your child will not need to pack a lunch this day unless they do not want pizza.  
  • Children are not allowed to bring money to the pool or any other field trip unless specified on weekly calendar.
  • Please read the emailed newsletters and send your child prepared to participate in the planned activities.  Note field trip times. There will be times when all staff is out.
  • Children participating in field trips must ride the bus or van to and from the trip. Parents will still be allowed to pick up children from the pool, if they notify a staff member they are leaving for the day.
  • Please place your payments in the box on the office door and collect receipts from student’s mailboxes. 
  • Purple award winners were Timmy L. and Charlotte M.
  • Ellie C. and Caleb S. correctly guessed the What am I question. The answer was lawn mower. 


Summer Information


  • Operating hours are 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. We will be closed July 4, 2022.

  • We appreciate knowing information such as OCC lessons schedules, swim team, Reading Immersion, vacations and early arrivals and departures before the summer program begins.  Out first week will be even more challenging than usual since Reading Immersion and Kindergarten Screening will also be taking place at Lange.  

  • We will be using the Oakwood Schools vans for morning swim lessons, tennis lessons, swim team and Reading Immersion.  S.C. will provide transportation only for children who leave from S.C. and return to S.C.  We do not provide one-way transportation.  Please be here 30 minutes before lesson times. Children arriving late will miss their lessons. If parents wish to provide their own transportation to morning activities, they must do so round trip.  

  • We realize requiring only two-way transportation is an inconvenience for some people; we had to stop doing one-way transportation to ensure we can drop off and return all students safely to South Connection.  Weather conditions change and parents do not always know lessons are cancelled or cut short.  People have also failed to tell us their child is absent.  Since only six children can ride in each van, a change in one person’s schedule could mean the difference in how many vans and drivers are needed.  The vans run on a tight schedule to make sure drop offs and pick ups are on time.  Tracking down missing students makes everyone else late.  

  • Parents must inform us if children are signed up for Oakwood Reading Immersion so that we can get everyone where they need to go.  

  • The OCC DOES NOT provide us with swim team, swim lessons and tennis lessons lists. It is the parents’ responsibility to email a copy of their OCC receipt or portal info, which contains child’s name, time, level, and session date of the lesson, no later than midnight of the Thursday before the lesson that starts Monday. All Dolphins’ receipts must be in by Thursday, June 9, which is the last day of school.  Transportation to OCC lessons is guaranteed for the FIRST THREE SESSIONS ONLY that end by noon.  Note that swim and tennis sessions do not always happen on the same schedule. 

  •  Dolphins’ swim team members need to let us know what swim meets they will be participating in so we don’t send them on a field trip that day.  

  • We transport students to morning OCC lessons, but rely on OCC staff to supervise and instruct the students. Children should only be signed up for lessons if they are mature enough to follow directions, participate in group classes, and be able to report to the pickup staff member on time.  

  • Arrive at South Connection already sunscreened for the morning lessons and activities.  We provide sunscreen and monitor the students as they apply it starting at 10 a.m.  Make sure your child has the following items each day: tee shirt or rash guard for sun protection, tennis shoes, swimsuit, towel (even children not going to the pool need swimsuits and towels), lunch, snack, and filled water bottle.  A change of clothing is mandatory after swimming.  Whenever children wear swimsuits, either at S.C. or the pool, we strongly recommend they also wear a tee shirt or rash guard.  This will protect their backs and shoulders from the sun, since hard to reach areas may not be adequately sunscreened.  Children who do not have the extra shirt, may not be able to wear swimsuits if deemed at risk for sunburn.  

  • Parents need to send a packed lunch including a drink for your child each day, except on Thursday, if your child will eat the pizza provided.

  • The fees for students attending 5 days a week are $175 per week per child. The fees for students attending 3 days a week are $105 per week per child and the scheduled days should remain the same throughout the entire summer. Payment is due no later than Friday each of the 9 weeks unless you tell us ahead of time you are using your summer vacation week. 

  • Please read the emailed newsletters and note field trip times.  There will be times when all staff is out. Other times a few children may take a van somewhere to play offsite (i.e. parks or playgrounds). 

  • Inform us of absences, late arrivals, and appointments BEFORE 9 a.m. so we will know whether to save a seat for your child.  Field trip transportation and S.C. attendance is not guaranteed if you do not tell us by 9:00 a.m. that your child will be late. You may leave messages on the answering machine 24 hours a day. (937-643-9314)

  • Children will ride buses or Oakwood vans to and from the field trips. Parents are not permitted to drop students off at trip locations or pick them up early. Please do not ask us to make exceptions. We have learned that too many variables negatively affect the program. 

  • Parents are allowed to pick children up from the pool, if they notify a staff member the student is leaving for the rest of the day.  This opportunity would only be available to those that have Oakwood pool passes.  Other activities and field trips will be planned for those students that do not go to the pool. Anyone that is not prepared for swimming or other trips will most likely remain at S.C. Children will not need to take money to the pool since we will not be using the snack bar.  We will provide snack at S.C. after they return from the pool.  

  • Please feel free to remind us of important information.  We do have to keep track of many details. 



Christy Smith, Program Manager
Katie Jolliff-Smith, Team Leader
Mary Lanthorn
Ryan Borsini

Jessie Cervantes-Babin
Nolan Frisk
Lily Knorr

Clara Minardi
Alisa Scott
Zoe Sulfridge
Billie Sue Williams


Contact Information

Christy Smith

Emergency Closings

  • Oakwood Schools closed ----------------- South Connection closed
  • Oakwood Schools on a 1-hour delay --------- South Connection opens at 8 a.m.
  • Oakwood Schools on a 2-hour delay --------- South Connection opens at 9 a.m.

South Connection 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