Afterschool & Fun Camps

Afterschool Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Afterschool Program is to provide an afternoon experience for students that supports and complements the overall mission of the Shady Hill School.

We aim to be a relaxed, safe, nurturing setting that supports:
  • Creative Exploration: We offer opportunities that encourage creativity, exploration, independence, cooperation, and collaboration with attention to the appropriate balance of structure and freedom.
  • Connections: We help to reinforce the essential link between students’ parents and school.
  • Emphasis on Childhood: We pay rigorous attention to protecting the childhoods of our Shady Hill students.
  • Nurturing Relaxed Environment: We provide a relaxed, informal, comfortable, and nurturing atmosphere that takes into account the unique end-of-the-day needs of our students
  • Safety: We provide a safe, age-appropriate setting for children from the end of school until 6:00 PM for SHS families who have this need.
Shady Hill will be offering a variety of summer programs this summer!

Click here for more information and to register. 

Program Goals

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  • Goal of the Program

    The Afterschool Program maintains a focus on the mission of Shady Hill School in the planning and implementation of our curriculum. We aim to provide a stimulating and fun environment in which children can explore their own unique imaginations, develop friendships, and test their abilities. Afterschool offers a variety of enrichment opportunities for our students including gardening, cooking, yoga, engineering, studio arts, music, and dance. Our program also places an emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) based curriculum. We frequently welcome visiting instructors to help support the development of new curriculum.
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Grades B & K 

Gertrude St Helene was born and raised in the Caribbean island of St. Lucia where she worked as a school teacher, social worker, and administrator in the public service. She has been living in Dorchester, MA  since she immigrated to the United States twelve years ago. She is married with three sons. Gertrude has her Bachelors of Science in Social Work and her Masters in Business Administration. Gertrude enjoys arts and crafts, folk music, dancing, and singing.

Jenny Payette will be working with our grades B & K group along side Ms. St Helene. Ms. Payette has a background in architecture and has previously worked at Shady Hill as a substitute teacher and parent volunteer. She is also a Shady Hill graduate!  

Grades 1 - 3 

Kelsey Higbie, a recent graduate from Northeastern University with a Massachusetts Teaching Certificate, is organizing and leading Afterschool programming for our 1st through 3rd grade students, while also occasionally substituting for teachers during the day.

Grades 4 & 5 

Seth Stultz will be working with Grades IV and V. Seth recently found his passion for teaching while working with middle school and high school students through a program called Math Power. Seth will be graduating from Emerson College this December with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Communication.

Grades 6 - 8

Keith Mascoll is returning for his 4th year in the Afterschool Program. As a Shady Hill alum, Keith has been a leadership mentor at Shady Hill and other local schools. Keith also works as a professional actor and has a love of games and sneakers! He’s looking forward to working with Grades VI-VIII this year in Study Hall. 

Francesco Cupolo, Afterschool Programs Coordinator

Betsy Kelly, Director of Co-Curricular Programs

617.520.5260        178 Coolidge Hill    Cambridge MA 02138