Extended Programs » Chums Program

Chums Program

The Chums program is available before and after school on days that school is in session. While there is some flexibility, the Chums option is for students needing an extended school schedule on an ongoing basis. Options are from 7:30-8:30 a.m., 1:00 – 3 p.m., and 3 – 6 p.m..

While the schedule remains flexible to take advantage of weather and special events, Chums program components include:
  • center activities and projects that are age-appropriate
  • playtime in the Funroom or on the playground in the morning and afternoon
  • lunch brought from home with organic milk or water provided by the school
  • snack with organic milk or water provided by the school
  • rest time for preschoolers during afternoon programs, allowing for sleepers to nap and non-sleepers to play quietly on mats for this designated period
  • assistance with homework for elementary students, although many families prefer being involved with such assignments at home
Chums preschool participants

For the early-morning option, preschoolers join elementary students in the Funroom, with quiet or active play. For the 1:00 – 3 p.m. option, the grouping of preschoolers is age-specific according to enrollment. During the 3 – 6 p.m. option, preschool students are blended in multi-age groups of 2s, 3s and 4s.

Chums elementary students

For the early-morning option, elementary students join preschoolers in the Funroom, with quiet or active play. For the 3 – 6 p.m. session, students are in multi-age, elementary groups.

Chums begins on the first day of school and continues until the last day of the fall and spring semesters. Chums is not available on days when classes are not in session due to holidays, school breaks, conferences or professional development days. Fees are incurred according to a child’s Chums schedule. Payments are made on a monthly basis.
Time Offerings:
A great way to start the day! Come to the Funroom for basketball with friends or work a puzzle, play cards, or create a masterpiece.
Join us for rest or nap and some extra time to explore your favorite activities.
Have a snack, work on homework, relax and play with friends, and enjoy some special science projects, art activities and games.
Rates Charged, seen below, in total cost monthly increments:
2018-19 monthly rate 1 Day a week- month rate 2 Days a week- month rate 3 Days a week- month rate 4 Days a week- month rate Full Week- month rate
7:30am - 8:30am $46  $92 $138 $184 $230
1:00pm - 3:00pm $92 $184 $276 $368 $460
3:00pm - 6:00pm $138 $276 $414 $552 $690




Emily Rixman, Chums Teacher
I have a Bachelor in English from the University of Louisville. I have been teaching school-age children various types of dance classes for ten years. I have always loved working with children and engaging with them in their learning and discovery. What drew me to Virginia Chance School is their belief in promoting creativity and teaching children through experience and play. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, taking my dog for walks, dancing, and reading. I am very excited to be a part of the team at Chance and look forward to the year ahead with your children!

Belinda Irvin, Chums Teacher
I have a BS in Nursing from the University of Kentucky. Before taking a break to raise three boys, I worked at the Louisville General Hospital (now University Hospital). My first two boys attended Chance before us moving to Charleston, SC. I went to every kindergarten in Charleston hoping to find one with a philosophy like Chance School that I had grown to love. I found none. I was so impressed with the creative learning environment that it truly was very difficult to leave. Chance School set a standard so high that nothing could compare. Fast forward 40 years and I still remember my first visit. This is why I have returned. It still has the charm and philosophy I loved then. It has grown, yet it is still the same. It is an honor to be part of the wonderful environment here at Virginia Chance School. To be around these smiling (children and adult) faces every day is a gift. I now have three grandsons who would be attending VCS if they didn’t live in Camillus, NY. Since they live far away, the children here are fast becoming part of my family. I have retired from nursing and spend time traveling to see my children and grandkids. When I’m home, I love following the Wildcats and always the Cardinals. I’m a Louisvillian, so I wear blue and red. I walk, am painting again, and I spend numerous hours laughing with my life-long friends.

Susan Abbott, Chums Teacher
My interest in VCS is through my Daughter Sara Queen, who teaches a two-year-old class here at VCS. I taught two and three-year-old children in the early 1980’s at a local preschool for six years. My daughter enticed me to apply for a Chums position. I’m so happy that I did. Being with a variety of ages is a delightful challenge. Chance school not only renewed my love for being with children but has also given me the opportunity to work with many loving and caring adults whose primary goal is to nurture all the children attending Virginia Chance School. In addition to being with my daughter Sara, I also have a wonderful Granddaughter, Mia who has attended VCS since she was three. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this school. In addition to Chums, I also substitute for preschool when needed. Home time is reserved for reading, walking, and gardening.