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Explore and Extend After-School Program

At St. Francis, we believe that learning shouldn’t end with the last bell of the school day. That’s why our Explore and Extend after-school enrichment program features a varying array of small group classes each semester. From art to martial arts, dance, and foreign language study to gymnastics, robotics, cooking, and chess, there’s a class to pique the interest of every student.

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If you are a current parent, please sign in to your My BackPack account and select Program Registration to register for fall Explore and Extend classes. If you are a new parent, please create an account.

After-School Schedule - Spring 2020


2:30–3:15 p.m. Yoga (Primary I and II)
2:30–3:15 p.m. Pre-Ballet (Primary I)
3:15–4:15 p.m. Woodworking–Level II (Grades K–2)
3:15–4:15 p.m. Soccer Shots (Grades K–2)
3:00–3:45 p.m. Group Guitar through the School of Music (Grades 3–5)
3:30–4:30 p.m. Manners with the VoomRoom (Grades 2-4)
3:45–4:30 p.m. Ballet/Jazz (Grades K–1)
4:30–5:30 p.m. Woodworking–Level II (Grades K–2)

2:30–3:15 p.m. Tae Kwon Do (Primary I and II)
2:30–3:15 p.m. Early Ballet/Jazz (Primary II)
3:30–4:30 p.m. Chess (Grades K–4)
3:30–4:30 p.m. Coding Trailblazers (Grades K–3)

3:45–4:30 p.m. Tae Kwon Do (Grades K–4)


2:30–3:15 p.m. Mini-Stars All Sport (Primary I and II)
2:30–3:15 p.m. Constructions, Concoctions and Contraptions — Oh My! (Primary II)
3:30–4:30 p.m. Gymnastics (Grades K–4) 
3:30–4:30 p.m. Archery (Grades 1–4)
3:45–4:30 p.m. Group Percussion through the School of Music
 (Grades 2–5)

2:00–2:45 p.m. Mommy and Me Violin through the School of Music (Primary II)
2:30–3:15 p.m. Tae Kwon Do (Primary I and II)
3:30–4:30 p.m. Theatre Magic (Grades K–3)
3:45–4:45 p.m. Financial Readiness, Vision Board, and Social Skills (Grades 4-5)

3:45–4:45 p.m. Cooking Sessions (Grades 1–5)
3:45–4:30 p.m. Tae Kwon Do (Grades K–5)
3:45–4:30 p.m. Wolf Cub Wrestling (Grades 1-3)

2:30–3:15 p.m. Gymnastics (Primary I and II)
2:30–3:15 p.m. Tae Kwon Do (Primary I and II)
3:15–4:15 p.m. Woodworking–Advanced
(Must have taken Level 2 and received instructor permission)
3:15–4:15 p.m. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Grades K–3)
3:30–4:30 p.m. Yoga (Grades K–2)
4:30–5:30 p.m. Woodworking (Must have taken Level 2 and received instructor permission)

Explore and Extend After-School Program | St. Francis Episcopal Private Religious School Houston

Explore and Extend After-School Care begins at dismissal and runs until 6:00 p.m., providing students with structured daily activities and a healthy snack. Students are encouraged to develop self-help, social problem solving, and creative creative critical thinking skills within a developmentally appropriate environment.

Time is provided for Lower and Middle School students to independently pursue homework. While teachers are available to assist as needed, Explore and Extend is not a tutorial service and cannot provide one-on-one tutoring during this homework time.






St Francis Reading Program

St. Francis Episcopal School is pleased to offer a reading program in partnership with the Children's Learning Institute. The St Francis Reading Program (SFRP) offers individualized tutoring sessions in evidence-based reading methods. SFRP sessions occur immediately after school. These sessions do not provide homework assistance, but rather are designed to build skills that students can use to succeed in academics and in personal language growth. Each child follows a personalized curriculum, based on assessment needs.

Offered through the Dan L. Duncan Children's Neurodevelopmental Clinic at the Children's Learning Institute–part of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston–SFRP targets both struggling students and students seeking enrichment activities. Classes build skills in the following areas: phonemic awareness, word attack skills and spelling, listening and reading comprehension, vocabulary and fluency, phonics, and–for third and fourth graders–breaking down word problems.


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Parents’ Night Out Events

Mark your calendars and enjoy a series of Parents’ Night Out events offered by Explore and Extend! On the dates listed below, students in Primary II–grade 5 can join us from 6:00–10:00 p.m., with pick-up at any time and a carpool running at 9:45 p.m.  

Students will have opportunities for board games, sports in the gym, arts and crafts, and a movie on the big screen in our Fine Arts Center. Older children will have opportunities to play video games on the large screen.  We will also be partnering with Just Play Sports, Olympia Tae Kwon Do, Mini–Star All Sports, City Art Works, and more to amp up the fun. Students attending will be given dinner as well as a snack for the end of evening movie.  

Don’t miss out on your night out—watch for the registration announcement in Wolf Watch.

December 6, 2019

January 24, 2019

February 21, 2019

March 27, 2019

April 24, 2019


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Margaret Newsom

Margaret Newsom
Director of Explore and Extend
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