After School Programs

Pop-Up Programs 2021

PIE After School Pop-ups replace Perspectives After School for 2021-22

For the 2021-22 school year PIE is offering bi-weekly after school pop-ups for grades K-1. This is the largest elementary group, and most in need of after school activities, and we don’t have the capacity to run a full elementary program at this time. We began this fall focusing on the bounties of the season, using local apples to make cider and sauce, and cranberries to make relish. Moving into the holidays, we’ll make gingerbread cookies and tree ornaments. Each session features hands-on activities and exploration, along with play and a healthy snack.

We know the school might go remote at any moment due to a Covid outbreak, so we are staying flexible, and planning week-by-week. So far, we’ve been having a great time and hope to keep it up throughout the year. Many thanks to PIE board member, Kelly Richards, our community and parent volunteers, and helpers Tekla Webster and Emma Van Dyne for making this such a success!

Holiday Ornaments

It was a busy, happy time making holiday ornaments yesterday (December 16). The kids were so excited for the music concert later, they could barely stand still. One child, while jumping up and down: “We’re going to sing RUDOLPH!!!”

They made some really beautiful ornaments, and drawings, and stacked a lot of cups. We hope the ornaments made it onto your trees!
It’s been a great fall at PIE Pop-ups. Thanks for all the help from our fantastic volunteers. We’ll be back January 6 for another pop-up. Until then, Merry Christmas, everyone!

PS. The Winter Concert was FABULOUS!

Gingerbread Cookies

A great group of Gr. K-1 bakers made Gingerbread Cookies at our afterschool pop-up on December 2nd! They carefully rolled out the dough, cut out shapes, decorated them with toothpick designs, baked them, and finally…they got to taste one and take some home. While the cookies baked and cooled, Sue read some Gingerbread stories. The Life Skills room smelled deliciously of spices, and the cookies were delicious, too!

Many thanks to Sue Dempster for leading this session, and to Kelly Richards and Samantha Thompson for supporting. All are previous elementary teachers! Tekla Webster, was our very able young adult helper.

Fun with Cranberries!

Fun with Cranberries: another fall food exploration. We learned all about cranberries, then each child ground cranberries together with oranges (and a spoonful of sugar!), then took the relish home for Thanksgiving.

Apples to Applesauce!

Apples to Applesauce: from start to finish. On November 4th, children peeled, cut, cooked and milled apples into sauce, then had a delicious snack. Some said it was the best applesauce they’d ever tasted!

Cider making with Jim and Colleen Conlan

Cider Pressing with the Conlans. On October 24th, Jim and Colleen involved kids in the entire process of making cider, from gathering apples to grinding, pressing, and finally, tasting cider – YUM!

A May visit to Roberts Harbor Farm

We were very lucky to have a return visit in May. The whole farm was flourishing: with greenhouses full of flowers and tomato plants, fields of early greens, and baby lambs cavorting in the pasture. Students transplanted marigolds to take home and fed the sheep dandelions and juicy grass. Owner Dana Webster gave a tour of the huge barn and gardens and shared the history of the Farm. Thank you Roberts Harbor Farm for great visits!

A visit to Roberts Harbor Farm with Kate Ritz

During the second week of March vacation, we were lucky enough to be able to visit Roberts Harbor Farm with Kate. We were able to hold and feed the chickens, pet and feed the sheep, check out new seedlings and even plant some seeds to take home! Thank you to Kate and Roberts Harbor Farm – it was super fun and we hope to do it again!

Maple Sugaring with Jim and Colleen Conlan

During the first week of March vacation, Jim and Colleen again welcomed students to see how maple syrup is made from sap. We were able to help drill and tap the maple trees, collect the sap and then see how it is boiled down to syrup. At the end of the visit, we were able to sample the yummy syrup on vanilla ice cream! Thank you Colleen and Jime – it was such “sweet” fun!