Dropping off at GDS before 7:40am? Register for our new, free, Early Grasshopper Program! Students will have the opportunity to engage in exciting, low-key, and hands-on classes each morning before classes start. (Pilot program for the 2019-20 school year.)
The program will run from 7:00am-7:50am daily*
* In the case of a delayed start, only drop-in supervision will be offered, starting 1 hour prior to the start of school. Students may not be dropped off earlier than the Early Grasshopper start time.
The GDS Lower Middle School
How much does it cost?
This program is totally free
for the 2019-20 school year. Students do need to register
Who should participate?
- Lower Middle School families who need to drop their children off before 7:40am
- Children interested in the daily class offerings
- Starting in fall of 2020, families who would like to drive their children on campus outside of a carpool or school shuttle will need to drop off before 7:20am.
There are several reasons to participate in this program!
- It will be a great way to start each morning!
- Yummy breakfast snacks will be provided to students who arrive by 7:30am.
- In order to unify, we promised the Tenleytown neighborhood we would offer an early morning program to help minimize and spread out morning traffic to campus.
- Starting in fall of 2020, all families choosing to drive on campus will be required to have at least 2 students in their cars unless their children are in PK or K or their children are dropped off before 7:20 as part of our Early Grasshopper Program. Read more about other ways to get to school at gds.org/transportation.
Which adults are involved?
The Early Grasshopper Program is part of the GDS Auxiliary and Extended Learning Programs and will be supervised by Carol Garaby. 4-5 other GDS staff members and teachers will be involved on any given day, depending on the activity of the day. Starting with our unified campus in fall of 2020, we hope to also have a few high school students involved as mentors.
What is being offered?
- Preferred Activities: When you register, you will select a preferred activity for your child. You will have an option between a daily class and down time or free play. We call these preferred activities because we know students are tired in the mornings and may not be up for classes each week. Please note that in case of large classes, students who are not registered for a class as their preferred activity may not be permitted to drop-in.
- Down Time/FreePlay: Students who are not registered for a class will be able to opt into either supervised down time or free play in the lobby, library, big toy, field, or gym (depending on weather and season). Middle school students will have a separate gathering space designated for them.
- Class Times: Classes will generally run from 7:15am-7:50am and will include a series of low-key and engaging activities.
- Snack: A light morning snack will also be offered each morning from 7am-7:20am in the multipurpose room for registered students.
The specific class schedule for the first semester of the Early Grasshopper program will be as follows:
Mondays: Movement, Mindfulness, and Meditation (Teacher TBD)
Start your week off with some calm. Classes will include yoga, creative movement, mindfulness activities, and some meditation practice at an age-appropriate level.
Tuesdays: Morning Math Games with GDS Math Teachers Bryan Williams and Susie Loutoo
Join Bryan and Susie for morning math games to get your mind moving and support math skill development!
Coding Bootcamp with GDS Technology Educator Elvin Peprah
Join Elvin for a range of weekly morning coding activities! The morning program will provide an open-ended coding space where students will have time to explore the world of coding with the help of an instructor. There will be daily challenges, instruction, and open explore time for students of all levels and we'll use a range of programs including Scratch, Hopscotch, Hour of Code and Robotics Programming Systems (Vex Robotics, Ozobots).
Thursdays: Morning Sports with Coach Pete Robinson
Participate in a variety of indoor or outdoor sports activities with Coach Pete! Depending on the weather, activities may range from tag to basketball to t-ball to soccer to flag football and more!
Fridays: Friday Fundays with Coach Pete Robinson
Each Friday, participate in a seasonal activity based on the season and occasionally inspired by the National Day of calendar (for instance, Friday, September 6 is National Read A Book day and Friday, September 13 is National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day so look for book and cooking themed activities respectively).
Please note: In some cases, a teacher of an enrichment class may be unable to attend or may become ill. When possible, we will let you know or find a substitute. When a substitute is not available, students will join drop-in programming.
How do I register?
Go online to gds360.campbrainregistration.com
will open on August 5 for first semester and will continue on a rolling basis throughout the year. Because students will opt into the various classes based on their own interest level, parents will indicate a preference for class so that we can encourage students to attend. We will not require students to attend if they are not feeling up to participating for the day.