Before/After School Program (BASK)
The school district offers this before/after school day care program at each of the four elementary schools. Childcare is provided from 7:30 to 8:35 a.m. and again from 3:35 to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, following the same school calendar as the Ladue School District. The program is self-supporting and is paid for on a fee basis. A variety of nonacademic activities are provided for the children each day.
Conway teachers in grades 2-5 provide skills groups for students who may need more time and practice with a specific skill the class has learned and they have not yet mastered. Some past objectives that have been strengthened through these groups include basic math facts, telling time, paragraph writing, and vocabulary. Skills groups meet once or twice weekly either before or after school. As new groups are formed, a letter providing specific dates and times is sent home with all students who qualify.
After School Clubs
There are a number of elective programs available to interested students on a tuition basis after school. Examples of these have been COCA, art, and computer clubs. Information about registration for these offerings, in addition to the after school clubs listed below, is supplied to all students in a timely fashion.
After School Second Grade Science Club
Conway staff offer this after school club as an additional opportunity for students from a specific grade to explore hands-on science. The class meets in the spring. Any student may participate, although enrollment is limited to twelve students per club. The goal of the club is to foster a sense of curiosity within students while developing critical thinking skills. Activities such as discovering the basics of electrical charges, constructing bridges, and experimenting with physical and chemical changes are just a few of the exciting lessons students experience.
The Junior Great Books Program is designed to help students develop habits of reflective thinking through the reading and discussion of literary works that present a special challenge to understanding and appreciating good writing. Groups of third, fourth, and fifth graders who have the desire and commitment meet after school for an hour each week for six to eight weeks. This enrichment program is organized and implemented by Conway's librarian.
Older Adult Service and Information System (OASIS)
The goal of the OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program is to promote motivation, success, and enjoyment of reading and writing, and to enhance oral communication skills in primary grade students. Specially trained senior citizens volunteer an hour each week to be a friendly role model while working one-on-one with students to reinforce language arts skills.
Conway School has a most supportive group of more than 140 parents who volunteer their time to expand the services of the school. Many parents assist students on an individual basis. Often, these parents share the reading experience with an assigned student. Discussion of the books read helps to enhance vocabulary development and the general language skills of students. In addition, some parents function as library assistants by helping with the selection and checking out of books to students, organizing and reshelving books, and completing other activities assigned by the librarian. Each regular classroom also has a least two room parents who volunteer to assist in organizing and chaperoning field trips, class parties, and any other activities requested by the individual teacher. The multitude of services provided by these parents and the Conway School Parent Association are far too extensive to list. Suffice it to say that whenever there is a need for some extra help, these parent volunteers see that the job is done.
Home and School Connection
Conway offers evening programs throughout the year for parents. These evenings are devoted to addressing parent needs identified by surveys and follow a workshop format. Some past topics included "Who's Running This House?", "Developing A Family Discipline Plan", and "Helping Your Children Develop Social Skills", featuring local and national presenters.
Another way Conway's home and school connection strengthens is through our parent volunteers. Parents help in classrooms, with special projects, and facilitate and organize CSA activities. Contact any CSA member, teacher, or call the office at 993-2878 to volunteer.