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Wonders Extended Day at

GESHER JEWISH DAY SCHOOL

Wonders Extended Day at 
Gesher Jewish Day School
5 - 12 Years 
After Care: Monday - Thursday dismissal 6:00 pm + Friday*
Full-Day Care: 7:45 am - 6:00 pm*
*Varied Schedule due to Shabbat 
4800 Mattie Moore Court
Fairfax, VA 22030
Contacts
Program Director: Michele Knight 
Phone: (703) 397-6552
  • Grab and go Kosher snacks provided.
  • Outdoor play is promoted as much as possible, incorporating cooperative play, group games, and free play.
  • Continued mask-wearing, social distancing, and frequent hand washing will be enforced.
Program Overview
Wonders Extended Day at Gesher Jewish Day School
Gesher is a welcoming, pluralistic community where children of varied practices and approaches to Judaism come together to learn and where responsibility for self, caring for others, and stewardship of the environment are core values. Gesher JDS prepares students to live meaningful lives. In partnership with committed parents, they provide an outstanding education anchored in Jewish values that enables children to grow into adults engaged in healthy relationships, creative work, ethical leadership, and communal involvement. Gesher inspires their students to be passionate about learning, practice justice, kindness, and respect, and aspire to a life guided by Jewish values, Torah, and community. 
Extended Day teachers and children enjoy afternoons of indoor and outdoor active games that allow them to develop skills and practice teamwork, making music together and experimenting with art and science. Time is set aside each day for homework and and a healthy kosher snack.
The primary goal of our school-age program is to create communities for children and their families that are fun, nurturing, and enriching. Children are active learners.

Wonders Extended Day at Gesher Jewish Day School provides an environment where children can safely grow through self-guided and structured play. In addition to fostering imagination, play challenges children to expand social, emotional, and intellectual tools. School-age teachers carefully plan the program to balance homework with exercise and promote healthy eating habits.
Wonders at Gesher Curriculum
The before-school program is designed as a gentle transition time from home to school. Children have the opportunity to read, finish homework, play board games or create artwork. Outside time and active games are also offered.
Wonders’ after-school program curriculum is built around the concepts of friendship and being a good sport. Activities are designed to create opportunities for all children to explore and experience in ways that are meaningful to them. 
Activities incorporate seven learning areas:
  • language and literacy
  • mathematical thinking
  • scientific thinking
  • social studies
  • personal and social development
  • physical development
  • the arts
The afternoon is a blend of child-initiated and teacher-initiated activities including outdoor play, afternoon snack, group time, choice times, homework, and reading time.
On days when schools have scheduled early dismissal or are closed, we provide a half or full-day program. These longer days give us the opportunity to enhance our programming by planning special events, inviting specialists in to share their expertise, or exploring the larger community on field trips.
Wonders believes in programming that offers an array of opportunities and resources to children and families. In addition to our engaging curriculum, a variety of valuable services are included in our monthly tuition, including:
  • field trips
  • full and half-day programming if your child's regular schedule falls on a day when schools are closed
  • intramural sports
  • clubs
  • supervised homework time
  • family fun events
  • parent workshops
  • consultation and support from Child Development Consultants, Inc.
  • daily healthy snacks
This inclusive philosophy ensures that enrolled children can fully participate in all activities that are offered.