Marie Reed Elementary School

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After School Program

Marie Reed offers after school programming through the DCPS Out of School Time Program (OSTP) for preschool through 5th grade, and strives to provide a combination of learning, enrichments and free play to each of our students in a safe and nurturing environment. DCPS afterschool programs allow students to participate in academic and extracurricular enrichment activities and to develop new hobbies and skills. DCPS teachers, paraprofessionals, and community-based organizations provide a variety of unique programming options to students. Participation in high-quality afterschool programming has been proven to improve school attendance, academic achievement, graduation rates, and attitudes toward learning. Students attending two and a half hours of afterschool programs each day gain the equivalent of nearly two months of learning time. OSTP at Marie Reed is overseen by Walter Castillo, Afterschool Coordinator, who can be reached with questions at


Enrollment is online only at and must be done on a computer, not a device. If you do not have access to a computer, DC Public Libraries have computers available to the public. Space in OSTP at Marie Reed is limited, and slots are filled on a first come, first served basis. Please enroll by DCPS deadlines to secure your slot.


The OSTP at Marie Reed is offered daily from 3:15-6:00pm. However, no OSTP is offered on the school day immediately before Thanksgiving break, Winter break and Spring break.


For 2018-2019, the cost of aftercare is $94.50 per month ($945 total), but is subject to change.  The latest cost information for OSTP will be available on their website.

ECE Schedule and Enrichments

The daily schedule for ECE students consists roughly of:

3:15-3:25 Snack Time in classrooms Healthy options including apples, yogurt, crackers, cheese, etc.
3:30-4:30 Power Hour During Power Hour, teachers remain in classrooms providing high quality instruction.  Teachers commonly read books to students and then lead activities based on the books.
4:30-6:00 Enrichment / Free Play Enrichments include Jump Start, a reading program staffed by college-age volunteers that typically starts in October and occurs 2 days per week and yoga/stretching taught by the Marie Reed athletic staff. Other enrichments are dependent on PTA funding but have included Creativity First, an empathetic drama-based program with a focus on caring.
5:45-6:00 Dismissal Pickup is either on the ECE playground or in the Living Room but parents must use the 18th Street entrance for pick-up. These last 15 minutes are not programmed to ensure that staff, as well as students, can leave on time at 6:00pm


K-5 Schedule and Enrichments

The daily schedule for K-5 consists of:

3:15-3:25 Snack time in the cafeteria Healthy options including apples, yogurt, crackers, cheese, etc.
3:30-4:30 Power Hour Power Hour is used for a combination of supplemental instruction, academic support, and homework time with teachers still in class for high quality instruction.
4:30-5:45 Enrichments See program detail below.
5:45-6:00 Dismissal Pickup is either on the 18th Street playground or in the Living Room but parents must use the 18th Street entrance for pick-up. These last 15 minutes are not programmed to ensure that staff, as well as students, can leave on time at 6:00pm

The programs below are all incorporated into the Marie Reed afterschool programming over the course of the 2017-2018 year. They do not require individual sign-up unless otherwise noted below.

Grades Enrichment Description
K-1st Common Thread Common Thread is a healthy eating series of workshops with a curriculum provided through DCPS.
K-1st Piano lab Weekly 30-40 minute group piano lessons taught by Ms. Granobles.
K-2nd City Soccer City Soccer is an extension of DC Scores (described below) but for younger participants.
K-5th Yoga Club 3rd-5th graders meet in the library once a week with Ms. Anderson for yoga. PK-K students have yoga/stretching once a week with Mr. Burdick.
1st Volo City Weekly athletics taught by local volunteers.
1st-5th Sitar Arts Center Through our partnership with the Sitar Arts Center, students have the opportunity to take a variety of music and arts classes at one of the District’s premier art studios, located in Adams Morgan. This program requires sign-up with the Aftercare Coordinator and is only free with income qualification.
2nd-4th PAL (People, Animal, Love) PAL is a program sponsored by Ms. Beasley to enrich lives through the human-animal bond. Requires sign-up.
2nd-4th Best Friend Anti-bullying workshops, once per month.
2nd-5th Cheerleading A new program through Ms. Hall. Eleven participants perform at basketball & soccer games. Requires sign-up.
2nd-5th Robotics and Coding Robotics and coding with science teacher, Ms. Fisk.  Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4:30-5:30pm.
2nd-5th Mut-i-grees Social-emotional curriculum sponsored by Ms. Beasley involving shelter animals. Requires sign-up.
2nd 5th Dance Institute of Washington Contemporary dance classes 3 times per week through a program called Positive Directions Through Dance.
3rd-5th Basketball, girls and boys Basketball is THE sport at Marie Reed. The game schedule is published on the Marie Reed website calendar and the program is run by Mr. Brown each winter. In 2017, Marie Reed made it to the state championship!
3rd-5th DC Improv Volunteers from DC improv come 2 times per week year-round teach the kids stand-up comedy and make them laugh!
3rd-5th Georgetown Tutors Georgetown University DC Schools Project works one-on-one with many English as a Second Language (ESL) students twice a week and concentrates on reading and math skills. Georgetown Tutors ran a school newspaper initiative with 3-5th graders (published in the green folders every other month), and hosts a “Save the Environment” workshop with 4th graders every Friday.
3rd- 5th Chess Club An intermittent program through long-time Marie Reed volunteer, Mr. Pete.
3rd-5th DC Scores The DC Scores program was founded at Marie Reed Elementary School! Students join a soccer team that focuses on self-expression through literature (fall season) or volunteering, and helping the community (spring season). Students prepare for an end-of-the-season Poetry Slam competition through writing and speaking tutorials conducted by the writing coordinator. In addition to exploring the writing process, students develop a deeper understanding of themselves through written expression. Poetry coaches include Ms. Kenny and Ms. Miranda. Soccer coaches include Mr. Lenaghan, Ms. Higden, and Ms. Rebeca. Requires sign-up.
4th-5th Pulitzer Center Starting in March 2018, Pulitzer Center is hosting a “Photo Journey” program to further Marie Reed’s art focus. The Pulitzer Center promotes engagement on global issues through support of quality journalism.
4th-5th Higher Achievement Program Higher Achievement is an independent, application-based program that provides accelerated learning opportunities for high-achieving students in grades 5-8. Marie Reed is the host site for the Higher Achievement Program (HAP) serving students in Ward 1, including Marie Reed Elementary School students. Participants must apply directly to Higher Achievement.

Other After School Options

  • In addition to OSTP, The DC JCC offers pickup from Marie Reed on Tuesdays and transportation to the JCC for their aftercare and various enrichment programs, including ballet, swimming, Spanish, and cooking, among others.
  • Sitar Arts Center offers after school art and other classes for grades K and up.
  • The Marie Reed Recreation Center operated by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) offers after school programming, including outdoor play and enrichment.  Register at the DPR office at the Marie Reed Rec Center.