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Instructor: Ms. Church-Smith   
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Burlington-Winooski Summer Program Brochure Available!
Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful April vacation! Over the break you should have received a brochure for the Burlington-Winooski Summer Program! We have a lot of amazing enrichment classes as well as academic classes to offer this summer, and would love to have you join in the fun!

This program is completely free to all rising 6th through rising 9th graders in Burlington and Winooski School Districts! For more information please check out the brochure that has been sent home and is also available on our website!

Feel free to contact me or Rebecca Reese (rreese@bsdvt.org) with any questions!

Looking forward to awesome summer with you all!

Reminder: No Afterschool on Friday April 21st!
Hi Everyone!

Just a reminder that there will be no afterschool on tomorrow, Friday, April 21st. We hope you all enjoy a relaxing and fun April Vacation, and we will see you back at Afterschool on Monday May 1st!

Session 4 Brochure Available!
Hi Everyone!

Session 3 activities are wrapping up this week and next week we will dive into focusing on HW Help as we wrap up the 3rd academic quarter!

Session 4 will begin on Monday April 10th and we have some great activities lined up for this Spring!

We will be offering Rock Climbing for the second time this year to give more students the opportunity to try it (Students who have not done Rock Climbing this year will be given preference over students who had the opportunity in Session 3. Session 3 Rock Climbers are welcome to sign up and join the waiting list)

We also are piloting a brand new program with the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center where students will be doing some work learning about the science of sailing for the first three weeks before they head out onto the water for the rest of the year!

Another new offering will be Vermont Adventures where a few students will explore different attractions of Chittenden County! Please note that the above activities are limited to a number of students and sign ups are first come, first serve.

Feel free to contact me with any questions!

Ms. C-S
2016-2017 Middle School Afterschool Family Survey- Please fill out!
Hi EMS Families!

Parent feedback is critical to the success of Burlington School District's afterschool programs. We ask that you please take time to complete this survey to tell us what is important to you and how well we are meeting your needs. Your responses will be kept confidential and assist us in the ongoing management of the afterschool programs. Thank you in advance for your support!

Please click on the link below to fill out this survey!


Wishing you all the best!

-Ms. Church-Smith
Correct File Format for Brochure Available
Hi Everyone,

My apologies if you found that the document for the Session 3 Brochure did not open for you. The correct file format in a PDF has been added and should download and print well. Thank you all for your understanding! Looking forward to our new activities with you all!

Ms. C-S
Session 3 Brochure Available & Session 2 Updates
Hi Everyone!

Session 3 of Afterschool will be starting on January 23rd and brochures have mailed home, made available online, and at school!

Please review that activities with your student and get the registration form in as soon as possible as activities are filled on a first come, first serve basis. If your student was not able to join a class due participation limit, you will be contacted.

Session 2 ends this week and next week will be focused on HW Help!

Please feel free to call or email me with any questions!

Ms. C-S
Reminder: No Afterschool on Thursday December 22nd & Important Upcoming Dates
Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder that we will not be having afterschool on Thursday, December 22nd. We will return to regular afterschool programming on January 3rd.

Important Upcoming Dates:
  • Session 3 Brochures and Sign Ups will be sent home during the second week in January
    • Brochures will also be available outside of the main office and on this page
  • Session 2 will end on January 13th
  • January 17th - January 20th will be a week focused on HW Help with minimal activities
  • Session 3 begins on January 23rd and goes until March 29th
We hope you all have a lovely winter break!

Ms. Church-Smith
Session 2 Brochure Available!
Hi Everyone!

We are in our final week of Session 1 Activities and will move into a week of HW Help next week to make sure our students finish their first quarter on a strong note!

Session 2 activities will start on November 7th and go until January 13th. The new brochure has gone home to all families and should arrive in your mailboxes this week. The Session 2 Brochure is also now available on this page under files in the right column.

Please have your students turn in their registrations by the end of next week. Some activities are first come first serve and you will be contacted if an activity is full and your student cannot participate.

Looking forward to another great session with our EMS community!

Thank you all so much!!
EMS After School Welcomes You Back for the 2016-2017 School Year!
Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a great summer full of adventures, where you got to try something new and relax!

We are looking forward to a great beginning to school year and our after school team can't wait for another great year! Below you will find some important information about the start of EMS After School and Session 1 activities!

We will be sending home Session 1 registration packets in the folders that our students receive on their first day of school. All of the need to know information can be found there. The registration form will also be available online to download. On September 6th, we will be offering a week where only homework help is offered, as an opportunity for students to get their homework done, meet our After School team, and ask questions about Session 1 activities before they register. On September 12th, Session 1 activities begin and continue until October 28th. Session 1 will have some of our most popular After School classes returning, along with some new activities that we can't wait to share with you!

Just as in past years, our program is drop-in friendly for most activities where all students are welcome to join at any time, with the exception of the activities that require continued participation or have a participation limit, which is indicated in the activity description.*

*We do require a registration form to be submitted within the first week of a students participation if they are joining activities partially through , so that we have necessary contact and emergency information on every student in our program.

Important Dates:
  • No After School- August 31st through September 2nd
  • ​HW Help Only Week- September 6th through September 9th
  • ​Session 1 Activities Begin- September 12th
  • No After School- October 12th and 21st
  • ​Session 1 Activities End- October 28th
  • HW Help Only Week- October 31st through November 4th
  • Session 2 Activities Begin- November 7th

We are looking forward to the start of a brand new school year and can't wait to see your students smiling faces on their first day!

Wishing you all a lovely end to your summer vacation and glorious start to your year,
Ms. Church-Smith
Thursday June 2nd is the Last Day of After School
Hi Everyone!

Our final session of After School at EMS is coming to a close on Thursday afternoon! Thank you all for an amazing first year with EMS! I have loved being a part of this wonderful community and look forward to returning in the fall with new activities for all of our returning and incoming students! I hope you all have a wonderful summer and I hope to see a bunch of our students in our summer program over at Hunt Middle School, starting on June 20th.

Reminder: There is no After School on Friday June 3rd, and all next week.

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions!

Wishing you all a sunny and fun filled summer!

Alyssa Church-Smith
No After School Tomorrow 4/15/16
Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder that there will be no After School programming tomorrow afternoon, 4/15/16 as it is the Friday before April Vacation. Regular After School programming will start back up on Monday April 25th.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Babysitting Class Schedule Change
Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to let you know that do scheduling difficulties, we will now be offering the SafeSitters Babysitting class on Tuesdays from 3-4:30, instead of on Thursdays. Our apologies for any inconvenience. We will be sending an email to students who have signed up for the class to make them aware, as well as making an announcement at school today and Monday.

Thank you all for your flexibility and understanding!

No After School Tomorrow 3/1/16
Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to remind everyone that there will be no after school tomorrow on Friday April 1st.

Session 4 starts on Monday April 4th, don't forget to turn in your sign up forms! We have new programs including a babysitting class, a graphic novel club, and a gardening class!

Happy Spring to you all!!
End of Session 3 This Week & Session 4 Sign Up Forms Available
Hi Everyone!

Hope you are all are having a great first week of Spring!
A few important program updates:
  • Session 3 Activities will end this week on Wednesday March 23rd
  • ​Only HW Help will be offered March 28th-April 1st
  • ​Session 4 starts on April 4 with some great new activities
  • Sign Up Forms for Session 4 are now available here online, and will be available in homerooms this week
  • Please have Session 4 Sign Up Forms turned into the main office or my office by Thursday March 31st
​​If you have any questions feel free to contact me by email at acsmith@bsdvt.org or by phone at 774-270-2628.

Looking forward to another great session with you all!!
End of Session 2 Next Week & Session 3 Sign Up Forms
Hi Everyone!

Hope you all are having a happy and healthy start to the New Year!
A few important program updates:
  • Session 2 activities will end next week on January 15th
  • Only HW Help will be offered January 19th - 22nd
  • Session 3 starts January 25th with some great new activities
  • Sign Up Forms for Session 3 are now available here online, and will be sent to homes next week
  • Please have Session 3 Sign Up Forms turned into the main office by Weds, January 20th

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by email at acsmith@bsdvt.org or by phone at 774-270-2628.

Looking forward to another great session with you all!

TODAY: After School Ending at 4:30, Students Must Leave Building by 4:30
Hi EMS After School Families,

We will be closing the EMS After School Program at
4:30. Edmunds Middle School will be closed at 4:30, and students will not be allowed to stay in the building. The Burlington Police Department has issued a traffic and parking advisory for Burlington this afternoon in light of the visit by Donald Trump and planned protests. Parts of Main St. and side streets will be closed. It is imperative that you make plans to pick up your students no later than 4:30 and we encourage families to carpool to pick up students to reduce the impact on traffic.

Please feel free to call me with any questions at (774)-270-2628.

Don't forget to turn in sign up forms before break!
Hi Everyone,

Hope you all have had a chance to look over the sign up forms that went home in the mail last week! If not please download one from this page, on the right hand side column.

  • No after school tomorrow, Tuesday Nov. 24th
  • New activities start Nov. 30th
  • After School starts at the end of the school day, and students must be leaving or picked up by 5pm everyday
  • All activities start right at the end of the school day unless otherwise specified on the sign-up sheet
  • Locations for classes are posted on the After School Bulletin Board on the first floor, and daily on the white board in the main lobby

Please as always contact me with any questions, by email at acsmith@bsdvt.org or by phone at (774)-270-2628.

Hope you all enjoy the school break!

End of Session 1.2 Next Week
Hi Everyone!

A few important program updates:
  • Session 1.2 activities will end on November 13th
  • HW Help only will be offered November 16th-23rd
  • There will be no after school November 24th
  • Session 2 starts November 30th with some great new activities (keep an eye out for new sign-up sheets the week before Thanksgiving)

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at acsmith@bsdvt.org or by phone at 774-270-2628.

Looking forward to another great session with you all!
EMS After School Brochure & Sign-Up Form
Hi Everyone!

Make sure to fill out the sign-up forms in your take home folders, pick one up from the office, or download one here under "Files"! The schedule of activities for this session are in the packets as well as descriptions for each.
Please turn in your sign-up forms before the end of next week to the office or the in folder on the door to my office in the chorus lab.

Can't wait to have some fun with you all this year, and good luck with your first days!
New Site Director!
Alyssa Church-Smith is a UVM alumni with bachelors of science degree and a background in sustainability education. In her spare time she loves to cook, go rock climbing, and crafting about, always looking for new projects. She has worked with students of all ages and can't wait to become a part of the EMS community! She is looking forward to bringing a staff team together that will help foster a program where all students and staff feel comfortable to explore themselves and grow both in their learning communities and in the larger global community. If you have any questions you can email her at acsmith@bsdvt.org or call her at 802-355-4062.
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