SAM Frequently Asked Questions
SAM stands for Students After-school in Millburn. It is a fun, comfortable place to go after school to enjoy a good time, great food, friends, hobbies, sports and to do homework. SAM, Inc., a private, non-profit corporation, runs SAM, a safe, supervised, organized and nurturing after school care program for Millburn Township elementary and middle school students. The SAM program is licensed by the State of New Jersey and is insured. The SAM programs began in 1995 and were the result of a cooperative effort among parents, the PTOs, the middle and elementary schools and the Millburn Township Board of Education.
Students: Millburn Townships school students from kindergarten through middle school. The program is run family style, though everyone usually makes their closest friends with others near to their age. Most activities are done in smaller groups of children similar in age and interest.
Staff: SAM is staffed by a director, certified teachers and teacher assistants with guest instructors for special activities. There is approximately one adult for every 5-8 children.
Schedule: Flexible scheduling is offered. While most students attend on a regular ongoing basis, short-term and occasional attendance is permitted. The program runs until 6:30 pm and extended care is available.
SAM is held for all township students at Glenwood Elementary School. The program has use of this fine building, including the gym, multipurpose room, playground, playing fields, computer lab and library. On different occasions SAM students may venture into the neighborhood for an outing or a treat.
Transportation after school from Millburn Middle School, and Deerfield, Hartshorn, South Mountain and Wyoming Elementary Schools to Glenwood School is provided on school buses.
School day afternoons: Afternoons begin with recess to relax after the school day. This is followed by a generous, tasty and healthy “mini-meal” snack. After the snack buffet, homework time is conducted each afternoon Monday – Thursday. Children do their daily homework with help available from the teachers and company from their friends. Having no work left to do in the evening is wonderful for students and their parents. Activities following homework include sports, outdoor play, sophisticated arts and crafts classes, chess, computers, many toys and games and weekly fun events. Friday afternoons are less structured with sports, fun, movies and video games. There are also many special occasions during the year. We have events like trips, parties, movies, game tournaments, game show days, trick-or-treating and performing community service. As middle schoolers, the sixth, seventh and eighth graders also have an opportunity to work at SAM, and acquire skills and responsibility as teachers’ helpers.
Early Dismissal (Half Days): On these days, we meet at the end of school (before lunch) and go out in the local area for lunch like pizza, burgers or Chinese food, and an activity like movies, bowling or Funplex. School Vacation Days: We meet in the morning at Bauer Center in Taylor Park. We have breakfast, play in the rec center and park and then go out for lunch and a trip. In the past, for example, we have gone to amusement parks, farms, snow tubing, eco/nature outings, boat rides, and the circus.