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Dragon's Den

About Our Program

The Dragon’s Den program is designed to meet the needs of the older youth in our community. The program will work to provide unique experiences tailored to interests of youth ages 9-12 to include social support, community involvement, active participation, homework assistance and creative expression.

The Dragon’s Den offers youth a setting for trying new things, expressing their creativity, practicing good decision making skills, and working to become independent and responsible citizens. The program is designed to grow with the youth and be driven by their interests and ambition.

Our professional, creative, and educated staff serve as positive role-models and work to provide care that is supportive, nurturing, and responsive to each participating youth.

We have a capacity for 24 youth each day. Our actual day to day numbers may vary. Our ratio requirement is 1:15 by state law.


Family Involvement

We respect the family as the primary and most important care provider and believe that families, school and Afterschool are all partners in each youth’s care, education and success.

We aim to create a partnership between parents/guardians and program staff for the benefit of every youth in our program, and we promote and encourage daily communication. Our doors are open to parents/guardians at all times and we welcome families to drop in and hang out with their youth.


Our Staff

We believe the strength of the Dragon’s Den program is in the dedication of our caring teaching staff. We support our afterschool teachers with continued professional development opportunities, resources, and the freedom to create unique learning experiences for the youth in our program.

All our program staff are registered with the State of Oregon as required by law and go through the state-required background checks. Program staff at the PJA Dragon’s Den are also equipped with certifications in First Aid, CPR, Food Handling, and Recognizing/Reporting Youth Abuse and Neglect.


Hours of Operation

We are open from the first to final day of school, Monday through Friday from 2:15 to 6:00pm, excepting holiday closures and vacation day program hours.

We do not offer morning care at this time


Healthy and Nutritious Snacks

We are committed to serving food that is both appealing to youth and supportive of their growth and development. We follow nutritional guidelines for school-age youth established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the National Afterschool Association (NAA).

Dragon’s Den snacks include 100% juice or milk; fruits or vegetables; a dairy option: generally cheese, milk or yogurt, and a grains portion of crackers, pasta or other breads. All snacks served are Kosher. Water is always available.


School's Served by Dragon's Den

Dragon’s Den serves youth from PPS & PJA.
We provide Transportation services using a rented school bus from a local school bus company. PPS Schools that we currently provide daily transportation from include the following: Maplewood, Reike and East Sylvan Elementary.

Robert Gray students can also attend the program taking the PPS bus route 131 which drops off at the top of our campus parking lot.

PJA students come direct from their classrooms at the end of their school day.

Youth from other schools are always welcome to attend the Dragon’s Den program providing there is space available and they are able to acquire transportation to our program.

Enrolling

Enrollment at Dragon’s Den remains open throughout the school year providing there is space available in the program.

To begin the enrollment process you can:

  • 1. Call or email the Director of PJA Afterschool Programs to have enrollment forms mailed to you.
  • 2. Download our enrollment paperwork from below, then complete and return via fax, email or mail.

Dragon's Den 2016-17 Program Handbook

Dragon's Den 2016-17 Enrollment Application

Dragon's Den 2016-17 Program Calendar

Automatic Payment Form (optional)

E-Statement Enrollment (optional)

Please note:

  • Signatures are REQUIRED to complete forms.
  • Completed enrollment means agreeing to our program policies and parent/guardian expectations.
  • A 10% Sibling Discount is awarded for 3 days a week or greater enrollment of at least 1 child.

Space availability depends upon our daily attendance numbers. Dragon's Den strives to maintain a low teacher to child ratio, and is limited by available space afterschool. Please contact the Department Director for current availability.

2016-17 Tuition Assistance

We are able to offer Tuition Assistance. Our goal at PJA-Dragon's Den is to provide quality, enriching Afterschool care to every school-age child.

2016-17 Tuition Assistance Application

IRS 4506 Form

If you have specific Tuition Assistance application questions, please call or email Beth Germain, 503.535.3593.

*We do accept DHS Subsidy and other forms of Tuition Assistance. Please contact us with any questions you might have.

Contact Dragon's Den

PJA Afterschool Department Director, Natalie Haskins
Phone: 503.535.3546, Fax: 503.452.7001

Dragon's Den Site Director
Phone: 503.535.3637, Email Dragon's Den

Physical & Mailing Address:
Dragon's Den Afterschool Program
c/o Portland Jewish Academy
6651 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219

Mail Tuition Payments to:

Portland Jewish Academy
Attn: Billing Department, RE: Dragon’s Den Tuition
6651 SW Capitol Hwy.,
Portland, OR 97219

Afterschool Forms and Handouts

Vacation and Late Opening Care Programs

Our Vacation care program includes care on PJA and PPS No-School Days as well as PPS monthly 2-hr Late Starts

In addition to our afternoon program on regular school days, the PJA-Dragon’s Den will partner with Kidscorner and the 3 other PJA-Afterschool Programs to offer Full-Day and Half-Day Care Programs for Dragon Den participants on holiday breaks, school conference breaks, teacher in-service breaks and more. These are called Vacation Care Programs and will be held at PJA either in the Kidscorner or Dragon’s Den programs.

Please refer to the 2016-17 Dragon’s Den Calendar for specific Vacation Care Programs.

Dragon's Den will partner with Kidscorner and be open for all PPS 2-hr Late Starts in the 2016-17 school year.

Separate registration is required in advance for participation in the Late Opening Programs offered. Please find the Late Opening registration form on our Vacation Care Program page, complete and return at least one week prior to the Late Start. Please note that this one form is good for all 8 during the 2016-17 school year!

If there is inclement weather at the PPS Schools - Kidscorner and Dragon's Den both follow the PJA Inclement Weather Policy specifically which may not always match with PPS. If PJA is open but PPS is closed then our Late Opening Program will be offered, however if PJA is closed due to inclement weather then our program will not be open. Stay Up to date on the PJA Inclement Weather closures by following PJA on Flashalert.net or by checking the PJA website.


Vacation Care Hours

Full-Day Care Programs – 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, unless otherwise noted
Half-Day Care Programs – 12:15 - 6:00 pm (for PJA students only and only on specifically marked days) Early closures at 5: 00 pm may occur and will be listed on the form.
PPS 2-hour Late Opening Care - Open at 7:00 am and goes until 2 hours past school's regular start time (varies by school.)


Vacation Care Fees

  • Vacation Care Programs
    Vacation Care Tuition Members - fees are included in your monthly tuition (except days in June)
    Regular Care Tuition Members - $50/day/child (unless otherwise noted)
    General Public - $60/day/child (unless otherwise noted)

A 10% Sibling Discount to the 2nd child of equal or lesser value is applicable to both Members and General Public

  • Half-Day Care (Only on specifically marked days for PJA students)
    Vacation Care Tuition Members - fees are included in your monthly tuition (except days in June)
    Regular Care Tuition Members - $30/day/child
    General Public - $40/day/child
  • PPS 2-Hr Late Openings
    Vacation Care Tuition Members - fees are included in your monthly tuition
    Regular Care Tuition Members - $20/Late Opening/child
    General Public - $25/Late Opening/child


Registration Deadlines

The deadline to get your completed Participation Authorization Form returned to the Director of PJA-Afterschool Department is at least one week prior to the Vacation Day unless otherwise noted on the Participation Authorization Form.


Terms of Participation

  • Participation Authorization Forms must be accompanied by any/all necessary the fees in full.
  • Participation Authorization Forms must be received by the listed deadline date (generally one business week prior).
  • Participation Authorization Forms received after the listed deadline will be accepted only if there is space available. Please call, 503.535.3546 to find out if we have space available for your child. Please note that a $15 Late Registration fee may be applicable.
  • Vacation Care Tuition Members are subject to cancellation fees and loss of spot without refund if Participation Form is not submitted by the registration deadline.
  • Cancellation must be made in writing to the Director of the PJA-Afterschool Department (email is acceptable). Note that 10% of the Participation Fee is Non-Refundable.
  • Cancellations made prior to the Listed Deadline, 90% of paid Participation Fees will be refunded. No refunds are applicable to Vacation Care Tuition participants.
  • Cancellations made after the Listed Deadline, only 50% of paid Participation Fees will be refunded. No refunds are applicable to Vacation Care Tuition participants.
  • PJA-Afterschool Department reserves the right to dismiss a child whose behavior is deemed inappropriate, in which case, no refunds will be given.
  • Vacation Day Programs offered in June are not included in any Tuition package and do require separate registration as well as payment upon registration.


Vacation Program Emergency Card

The Vacation Program Emergency card is for non-program members only and is required for Vacation Care participation.

You can contact your Program Site Director or the Director of PJA-Afterschool Department for further details.

2016-17 VDP Emergency Card


Registration Confirmation

Once we receive and process your form, we will email you a participation confirmation.


Vacation Program and Late Opening Forms:

  • PJA Students
    PJA Winter Term 2016 Vacation Programs

    PPS Students
    PPS Late Openings 2016-17
    PPS Winter Term 2016 Vacation Programs
    2016-17 VDP Emergency Card (non-members only)

    The PJA-Afterschool Department Director must receive a completed and signed Participation Form and the required Vacation Program Emergency Form before any child is eligible to participate in any Vacation Day Programs or Late Openings. This form acts as your legal permission slip for your child to be in our program's care for the extended hours as well as participate in all planned activities and field trips. Incomplete and/or unsigned forms will be returned unprocessed.

    Please send participation forms to:
    Postal Mail ATTN: PJA-Afterschool, 6651 SW Capitol; Hwy, Portland, OR 97219;
    Fax ATTN: PJA-Afterschool at 503.452.7001;
    Email to Afterschool@pjaproud.org
    Hand Deliver to PJA Office to put in the Afterschool Inbox

    **Forms are considered incomplete without your signature. Please do not return incomplete forms as they will be returned to you unprocessed which may result in losing your space in the program.
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