The After School Activity Program (ASAP)
Welcome to ASAP!
ASAP is a fun, home-like environment where school-age kids spend the hours after school while their parents are at work. Our highly-qualified staff provides daily homework support, unique enrichment activities and opportunities for free choice in safe and nurturing surroundings. Each day the children arrive with smiles on their faces ready for their after school time to be filled with STEM activities,fun literacy workshops, multi-cultural art activities and outside play, to name a few. Parents arriving early for the 6 pm pick up often meet with resistance from their children: “Why did you come so early?”
ASAP enters its fifteenth year with the 2018-2019 school year. We are proud of the reputation we have established in the community, which has been built on the positive feedback from our ASAP parents and students: they are our best PR tools! Our return rate from year to year exceeds 85% and, when our fifth graders “graduate,” they hate to leave! We are looking forward to continued growth, expanding our commitment to providing superior after school programming.
Family Focus Highland Park's, formerly Family Network, After School Activity Program, or ASAP, originated at the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year in collaboration with North Shore School District 112 to meet the needs of working parents. District 112 allocated one classroom at Wayne Thomas School for ASAP's first school year. A measure of our success was increased demand for the subsequent year when a classroom was added at Indian Trail School. A second classroom was added at Wayne Thomas during the '07-'08 school year followed by a move to Oak Terrace School.
ASAP served over 70 children each year until the 2012-13 school year when our attendance jumped to over 100. Our registration for 2017-2018 reached over 150 students with a waiting list at each ASAP site.
At Oak Terrace School - students in kindergarten through fifth grade attending Wayne Thomas and Oak Terrace Schools
At Indian Trail School - students in kindergarten through fifth grade attending Indian Trail, Ravinia, Sherwood, and Red Oak Schools
Oak Terrace School, 240 Prairie Ave., Highwood (VIEW MAP)
A shared classroom, Room #123, in the north corridor of the first floor. Program also uses the Multi-purpose room for snack time and table work, and open space for active play. There is also a separate classroom for homework time, a gym, library, computer lab, outdoor playground and grassy area. Enter at the double doors in the back of the building in the middle of the bus lane.
Indian Trail School, 2075 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park (VIEW MAP)
The “small gym” located at the southwest corner of the building. Additional space used includes the library, big gym, an empty classroom, and outdoor playgrounds and fields. Enter door directly to the small gym at the right of the main entrance at the front of the school.
ASAP Hours for 2018-2019
August 21, 2018- June 5, 2019
3:17 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
To pay your ASAP invoice online, please go here.
Payment is also accepted at the Family Focus (FFHP) office located in the lower level of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church at 330 Laurel Avenue in Highland Park. If no ASAP personnel are on site, there is a locked ASAP mailbox on the wall by the coat rack outside the office. NO PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT ASAP SITES.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, American Express.
• 5 days/ week: $336 per month
• 4 days/ week: $284 per month
• 3 days/week: $220 per month
Policies and Procedures
Additional ASAP Information
ASAP offers full day care, 8am to 6pm, on select school holidays (see calendar). These days are optional and take place at Oak Terrace for any K-5 students attending District 112 schools. Special plans and activities, a fun lunch (Buffo’s, Subway, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, etc.) and snacks, and an opportunity to meet children from the other schools make full days especially exciting.
On the full days, our kids have the opportunity to relax with their friends, play games and do art projects, play outside and in the gym. The possibilities are endless! The teachers plan activities they’re unable to fit into the normal daily schedule including treasure hunts, science experiments, and knock hockey tournaments, to name just a few.
An artist from Urban Gateways in Chicago always comes on full days to do a workshop with us and no two artists are ever the same. We have been treated to workshops from painters, sculptors, graffiti artists, actors, dancers, percussionists and poets.
Join us for the fun! Bring your friends…even if they don’t usually come to ASAP. Check the calendar below and sign up for the next full day.
Full Day Info
Time: 8am to 6pm
Cost: $50 per day includes two snacks and lunch.
Transportation: Must be provided by parents or guardians. No transportation will be provided by District 112.
Full Days: 9/10, 9/19, 11/12, 11/20, 2/19, 3/4, 3/22, 4/22
Place: All full days take place at Oak Terrace in the multi-purpose room. Enter at double doors at the back of Oak Terrace (the bus lane). Oak Terrace School, 240 Prairie Avenue, Highwood.
Open to: Any student attending District 112 schools.
Current ASAP families can sign up at their ASAP sites, or by e-mail. If you are not a current ASAP family, but would like to attend a Full Day, please call 847-433-0377 x 303 to register.
Full Day Registration must occur at least 24 hours in advance of the date.
Cancellation Policy: To avoid charges, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the date.
Early Dismissal Dates: 8/31, 9/7, 10/5, 1/18, 2/14, 3/1, 3/21, 4/18, 5/24, 6/4, 6/5
Early dismissals are usually at 1 pm. ASAP children who normally attend on any of the above dates are automatically expected to attend the extended ASAP day, at no extra charge.
NO ASAP Programming on:
1st Day of School Monday, August 20
Labor Day Monday, September 3
Thanksgiving Wednesday, November 21 - Friday, November 23
Winter Break Monday, December 24 - Friday, January 4
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January 21
No School Friday, February 15th
Presidents Day Monday, February 18th
Spring Break Monday, March 25th - Friday, March 29th
Good Friday Friday, April 19th
Memorial Day Monday, May 27th
Before School Program
Our Before School Program was established at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year. It takes place at Oak Terrace School, serving students from Oak Terrace and Wayne Thomas. Teachers supervise an hour of homework completion and quiet activities including game playing, simple arts and crafts and reading. Weather permitting, they may spend time outside. Children are welcome to bring breakfast to the program.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 7am to 8:15 (Begins Monday, August 20)
Where: Oak Terrace multi-purpose room - Please enter the building at the door marked Exit 11, at the East end of the bus lane, before the playground. Parents must enter the building with their children and sign them in.
Fee: $10 per day, billed one month in advance (i.e. the invoice for October was sent out on September 1st, due September 15th).
Registration: Please complete the registration form. There is a $25 registration fee.
ASAP Contact Information
Bobbie Hinden, Center Co-Director
Phone: 847-433-0377 ext. 303
Christy O'Brien, ASAP Coordinator
ASAP Administration Office
Located at Family Network 330 Laurel Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035
District 112 Administration Office
Oak Terrace School
ASAP cell phone: 847-636-3632
Indian Trail School
ASAP cell phone: 847-613-0682
Meet the Staff
Family Focus Highland Park Co-Director and ASAP Director
Bobbie Hinden, M.Ed. joined Family Network in 2007 as the ASAP Director, and is now also Co-Director of Family Network. She received a Masters in Special Education from American University and taught children with autism until starting her own family. During her children’s early childhood, she worked in both the retail and wholesale ends of children’s books, designed jewelry and served on boards and as a volunteer with local schools and community organizations. Bobbie's ten years with Family Network have been challenging and fulfilling. She is always looking forward to new and creative additions to ASAP in the future.
Jessica Cowin joined our Oak Terrace ASAP team in February 2013. She is a great asset, using her experience as a leader for groups of adults with special needs when planning creative, enriching activities for the ASAP children. Her warmth and ability to connect makes her an instant favorite with the kids.
Juana Dominguez, in her sixth year with us, has been a valued member of the District 112 staff for more than 20 years. For most of her District 112 career, Juana has worked at the Green Bay Early Childhood Center as a teaching assistant. She brings a wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm, and creativity to ASAP.
Theo Savini joined the Oak Terrace team in January of 2017. He quickly became a respected member bringing great ideas and an instant connection with the children. Theo recently moved to Highland Park following his graduation from Occidental College in Pasadena, CA. Theo majored in Socail Justice and Spanish Studies. During the day, Theo is an Instructional AIde at a middle school in Buffalo Grove.
Miriam Vergara, new to the Oak Terrace team, for the 2015-2016 school year has been a valuable addition. Miriam is currently a student at Lake Forest College, studying Spanish and Latin American Studies. She is bi-lingual brings a wealth of knowledge about the Latino community to the program. The children would certainly agree that Miriam is a great asset to the program.
Anne Dietrich, our current Site Coordinator, is a respected member of our Indian Trail staff. She has her Masters in Social Work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work and taught preschool in the area for eight years. Anne’s positive approach and calm demeanor is a welcome addition to the Indian Trail staff. She provides encouragement and support to the ASAP children, and has become an important member of the team.
Jovana Novakovic has a love for young children and provides nurturing and warmth to the ASAP kids. She has worked for many years alongside her mother, who has a home childcare program. We are happy to have Jovana back for a second year, this time in the capacity of a full-time ASAP teacher.
Cathleen Hamili joined the Indian Trail team after Winter Break of 2017. Cathleen has year of experience working with children. She currently works at Family Network's Parent-Child Center in the mornings. She is in charge of the Baby Room welcoming new parents with their infants. Cathleen is very creative and nurturing, and will add much warmth to our well-rounded team.
Maria Sorrentino joined our team as the Before School teacher when it began in 2009. Maria has a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and an extensive background in education. For seven years, Maria has worked as a bi-lingual teacher assistant at Oak Terrace. Prior to that, Maria taught high school Spanish and was the administrative director of a Chicago not-for-profit. We’re lucky to have Maria as the “early bird” of the team.
Highland Park High School Supports ASAP!
Since 2006, the After School Activity Program has been fortunate to partner with a wonderful group of volunteers from Highland Park High School. The Educators of Tomorrow club (EOT), sponsored by Ellen Grindel and Stacy Chambers, donate their time to help our ASAP students at both of our sites with their homework. Students from HPHS who aspire to join the teaching profession provide invaluable support to some of our children who struggle with schoolwork.
Each week, the ASAP students look forward to the arrival of their “helpers.” Often, a throng of kindergarten through fifth graders surrounds the EOT’s when they enter the room. Even the ASAP teachers are thrilled when EOT’s arrive; the high school kids are much better at fifth grade math than they are!
During each of the past few years, the EOT's have planned an indoor Field Day for each ASAP site, complete with sack races, three-legged races, trivia games, dance parties and a special treat at the end.
ASAP thanks to the Educators of Tomorrow for their commitment to ASAP; we are grateful for this relationship.