Early Arrival & Extended Day
Wilson After-School Activities
Early Arrival – Complementary before school care is available from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. every morning. Students who arrive during this time go outside to the upper playground for free play or inside the gymnasium, as weather dictates. Pre-kindergarten and junior kindergarten students go to the pre-kindergarten classroom. Reservations are not required for this service.
Extended Day – The Extended Day program is available for children staying beyond the school day. Extended Day services are available until 6 p.m. and may be contracted by the year, or used as a “drop-in” basis. Our Student Services Coordinator and second grade teacher, Miguel Figueras, manages an exceptional staff. Counselors form personal relationships with students continuing to fostering Wilson’s mission of providing a nurturing environment throughout the afternoon.
Students participating in extended day receive a snack before engaging in creative play in the school’s most popular areas including the upper and lower playgrounds, as well as the gymnasium. Students also enjoy participating in a wide variety of card and board games during the after school hours. This lightly structured “down time” is important to a child’s social and physical development.
Extended Day’s Study Hall – Study Hall is available for students in Extended Day who are in grades first through sixth. Third grade teacher Mara Goldschmidt oversees and monitors study hall, a quiet place for those who are completing homework assignments, or simply seeking peaceful reading time. Mrs. Goldschmidt is available to assist students in study hall with questions about school work.
Each year, students can campaign for The Wilson School Student Council. The Student Council is responsible for facilitating recycling drives, sponsoring assemblies for the Wilson Community, and organizing fundraisers for local charities. Over the years, Student Council has donated thousands of dollars to various charitable organizations.
Destination Imagination (DI) inspires and equips students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Annually, DI offers seven new standards-based Challenges in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning, and Early Learning. Each Challenge enables student teams to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation. At The Wilson School, Destination Imagination Competition Teams are available to students in third through sixth grades and the Rising Stars Program is available to students in first and second grades.
Girls on the Run
Each spring, Wilson offers Girls on the Run (GOTR), a national program for third- through sixth-grade girls. The purpose of the 10-week program is to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.
The Wilson After-School Activities Program (WASA) offers students the opportunity to participate in a range of activities including athletics, fine and performing arts, technology, and language arts classes. The courses are taught by Wilson faculty members and professional instructors to students in all grade levels. Recent courses have included: Chess, Art of Math – Math Circle, Mad Science, Yoga, Fencing, Floor Hockey and Beginning Guitar.
All students in third through sixth grades are invited to join the Wilson-Forsyth Schools Concert Band. No previous experience is necessary and all students are accepted into the program. The Concert Band is an ensemble of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Students may choose flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone horn, or percussion-drums and xylophone. The Concert Band performs twice a year in the winter and the spring.
Private Music Lessons
Through Lessons Unlimited, students can take private music lessons on a variety of instruments, including piano, violin, cello, trumpet, guitar, clarinet, and flute. Lessons are taught by former members of the St. Louis Symphony Music School and take place at Wilson after school.
The Wilson Team Sports Program offers students the opportunity to participate in team sports, including soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and softball.
The Wilson School Robotics Club
Each year, the Wilson Wolves Robotics Team, consisting of students in fourth through sixth grades, tackles a challenge from the FIRST Lego League (FLL). The challenge is related to a specific real world problem and is the theme for the robot game, the project and the core values of the challenge. The Wilson Wolves team uses NXT robots from Lego and programs them to accomplish specific and complex tasks, all while learning about the yearly challenge and using math, science and creativity skills.
Read, Right, and Run Marathon
Wilson students from Senior Kindergarten to Sixth Grade have the opportunity to participate the in Read, Right, and Run Marathon, a seven-month running program in the St. Louis-area including more than 50 participating schools. This program offers Wilson students the opportunity to set long term goals, to incorporate reading and running in their daily lives, and to perform good deeds.
Let Me Run
Let Me Run is a seven-week running program for pre-teen boys led by trained coaches in the Wilson community. The team meets twice a week for an hour and fifteen minutes, and the boys exercise and participate in fun activities. They learn how to express themselves, reach personal goal and improve their overall wellness. At the end of the program, the boys celebrate their hard work with a 5K road race.