Dear parents –
You should have all received the below email several weeks ago. For now, we are considering Monday transportation to the Morgan Family YMCA beginning in two weeks – students would need a YMCA membership and the extra Seabury school bus run would have a small fee attached. We have had a few students express interest but would need at least two more before this is feasible. Please let Sandi or Halley know ASAP if you are interested in this after school option.
We have been working on expanding after school options open to Seabury’s middle school students. As you know, we currently only offer after school care to students at our lower school campus, which typically isn’t convenient for families in Tacoma or UP. While some middle school students are ready to take public transportation home after school and to stay home alone if parents are not at work, not all are ready for that, so we have been looking for other options that we can offer on a regular basis.
We have found two possible options for you to consider, and are writing to see how much interest there is in having us set up transportation for them. Please read the following carefully, and let us know as soon as possible whether or not you are interested.
1. Morgan Family YMCA on Pearl Street: The Morgan Y has two options for our students. They can either check in with their membership card when they arrive and participate in open gym, do homework, get a snack at Subway, etc. Or students can check in to the Ys teen drop in program and participate in directly supervised activities there. If we had enough students interested in going there one or more days a week after school, we could provide bus transportation for a small fee. We would have them leave the MS at 2:55 and arrive at the Morgan Y at 3:10 in order for the bus to return and take the remaining students to the lower school campus.
2. Downtown Tacoma Public Library Story Lab: Our tech teacher, Adam Brock, runs the Story Lab at the Tacoma Public Library (http://storylabtacoma.org/?page_id=321). The lab is a great resource for our community and something our middle school students use from time to time during the school day. After school, it is open for any teen in the community who wants to drop in and use their top end technology to make a video, record a song, draw a comic book, etc. If there was enough interest, we could have the bus drop kids off at the library on the way to the lower school as part of the regular run. Our recommendation is that you talk with Adam about Story Lab and about the library if you are not familiar with it. As a downtown library, there are a wide variety of people who use their facilities. The bathrooms are monitored by a security guard at all times, and if our students were to stay in the Story Lab, they would be under Adam’s supervision. He has said that students use the Story Lab to do everything from record songs (including some with lyrics that are quite coarse), make videos, etc. We do not recommend our students spend their afterschool hours at the downtown library unless they stay in the teen area or in the Story Lab (adjacent to the teen area). *** It is important to note that Adam is not on Seabury time while he is at Story Lab. While some parents choose to send their children to Story Lab after school because Adam is there, he is not on the Seabury clock and cannot be held responsible for more than are his duties through the library during that time.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you are:
1. Interested in having us transport your child one or more days a week to the Y or Story Lab.
2. Not sure and would like more information
3. Not anticipating using either option.
Thanks so much!