Hale After School Program – Treetoppers
Hale’s After School Program, Treetoppers, addresses the lack of outdoor free play by getting children outside, active and exploring the natural environment that Hale provides, all in an accepting and welcoming community. Treetoppers:
- introduces students to outdoor recreation and education activities
- encourages a healthy lifestyle
- provides time to keep up with the steady increase in homework as well as homework help from middle school leaders in training
- allows a student to discover hidden talents, develop new skills, and gain confidence and higher self-esteem
The program is open to students in grades 4–5 from Westwood, Dover, Dedham, Norwood, and Needham. The program follows the Westwood School calendar in regard to holidays and school vacations..
As we are an outdoor, active program, we will spend time outside every day (rain or shine). Participants should pack appropriate clothing and footwear (i.e. raincoats, sneakers/hiking boots, sweatshirts, etc.).
3 PM: Start Time / Snack
3 – 3:15 PM: Challenge of the Week – Students are challenged to “minute to win it” like challenges to warm them up for the afternoon.
3:15 – 5 PM: Main Activity – Activities include but are not limited to wilderness survival skills, ropes course challenges, archery, aquatics, hiking, environmental education, arts and crafts, and science and engineering.
5 – 6 PM: Homework / Pick Up
Patrick Francois – Patrick is joining the After School Program after working at Hale over the summer at Hale’s Outdoor Learning Adventure (HOLA) camp and stepping into his new role as HOLA Administrator for the coming summer. Patrick knew from an early age that he wanted to work with children and help people in general. He holds a Bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Fitchburg State College and as well as a minor in English Literature. He has also studied early childhood education and is a certified director in early education. Patrick has over 12 years of experience teaching and working with children of all ages and for the past five years he has been a child care director. In college Patrick performed practicums with fourth and fifth graders and has been a director of his own children’s fitness program at MIT.
Shannon Obey – Shannon started overseeing the After School Program in January 2016 and has been with Hale full time since 2011, however, her history with Hale started much earlier than that. At the early age of six months, Shannon would explore the outdoors at Hale, taking hikes with her family, and attend Hale’s Membership Beach. She worked as a lifeguard, swim instructor and now, Director of Membership Beach. She has since taken over Events & Rentals, Vacation Camp and, most recently, Hale’s After School Program.
The program takes place at the Trading Post at Hale – roughly 0.7 miles from the main entrance at 80 Carby Street, Westwood MA.
Pick Up occurs between 5:30 and 6 PM.
Parent Drop Off: $150; Wednesdays: $175. Discount is given for all five days.
One Day Drop Ins: With Transportation: $35; Without Transportation: $30.
For One Day Drop Ins, we must have payment and paperwork at the time of registration. To schedule a One Day and check availability, please contact Hale at least one day in advance. To register for One Day Drop Ins, please email Emily Rivard.
Please see our cancellation policy.
2017 Session Dates:
Fall Session 1: Sept. 5 – Oct. 13
Fall Session 2: Oct. 16 – Nov. 22
Winter Session 1: Nov. 27 – Jan. 12
Winter Session 2: Jan. 15 – Mar. 2
Spring Session 1: Mar. 5 – Apr. 13
Spring Session 2: Apr. 23 – June 1
After you click on the link below and create an account or log in, click on the link at the bottom of the page (“Treetoppers”) or search for Activity Number: 220301 (Fall Session 1); 220302 (Fall Session 2); etc.
“We were so excited to hear about the extended day program at Hale. In the few months that our daughter has been attending, she has had the opportunity to swim, canoe, learn archery, tackle the ropes course and many other outdoor adventures that we cannot recreate at home. She comes home full of stories and often smelling of campfires. Staff members go out of their way to capture all the kids interests and are there to also lend a hand with homework if necessary. Hale is such a gift to the residents of Westwood. We feel so fortunate that we can take advantage of everything it has to offer.”
-Parent of child currently enrolled in the program.