After School Programs
Year-Round Care & Enrichment
Bancroft is committed to meeting our community’s need for quality, student-centered services all year round. Our Auxiliary Programs Team offers extended-day and after-school enrichment options, as well as a variety of vacation and summer programs to engage and inspire every type of curious mind.
Extended Day Programs for 2020-21
Adult-supervised care Monday-Friday from 2:45 pm. through 5:00 p.m.
Bancroft is pleased to be able to offer childcare services on campus until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Aftercare is available for students in grades PreK-8 during the school year when school is in session on campus. The program's mission for the 2020-21 school year is to provide a safe space for students until parents or guardians can pick up their children.
The 2020-21 Lower and Middle School Aftercare Program includes several key changes to systems and procedures from previous years. These changes were made in order to continue providing a safe, structured, after school environment.
Pre-registration is required by August 28th.
Do I need to register my children if I pick up before 4PM?
Yes- please register for "Drop-in" care to add your child to our digital attendance list.
Am I charged if I pick my child up before 4PM?
No- the service is free of charge until 4PM. After 4PM there is a $20/day charge. Registration is required to participate in Aftercare program for any length of time.
How do I register?
Please register at bancroftschool.
Will my child have an after school snack?
Yes- After 4PM, a healthy snack is provided for children participating in the Aftercare program.
Other LS Aftercare questions?
Please contact Carrie Whitney (email@example.com)
Music Lessons for Fall 2020 will be conducted at home via Zoom.
For more information please email Carrie Whitney.
- Strings: Stefani Torode
- Violin: Susan Torode
- Piano: Peter Melo
- Guitar: David Mancevice
- Cello: Renae Renihan
Stefani Torode is a Suzuki-certified teacher and an accomplished violinist who came to Bancroft from Wachusett Regional High School where, as the Artist-in-Residence private violin instructor since 2009, she taught students aged 4 to 18. Stefani pursued a B.A. in Music Performance at UMass Lowell and is currently completing a math degree at Fitchburg State University.
Peter Petrika Melo is experienced as music & piano teacher and concert pianist. He has performed at prestigious venues such as Mechanics Hall, Worcester Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center, and has collaborated with great artists including Luciano Pavarotti. Mr. Melo teaches all levels of students, and styles of music from classical to jazz and more, giving students an opportunity to learn quickly with a high level of piano technique while still being able to enjoy a professional way of performing in recitals and concerts. Many of his former students are now professional musician-performers and teachers.
In addition to their musical skills, Mr. Melo helps students develop:
- Attention and concentration
- Visual and aural memory
- Time management
- Goal-setting and task completion
- Problem solving
- Confidence in facing new challenges.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree & Pianist Diploma, Mr. Melo studied conditioning at The Juilliard School with Prof. Judith Clurman; music theory and jazz composition at Mannes College School of Music with Prof. LeeAnn Ledgerwood; and orchestration with Prof. Peter Bellino.
In addition to teaching piano at Bancroft School, he is the pianist and organist at First Congregational Church in Holden, MA.
David Mancevice studied at E.U. Wurlitzer Music with Michael Herzog before attending Berklee College of Music from 2002-2005. Studying privately with Boston-based guitarists Jon Damian and Bruce Bartlett, David began teaching in 2012 at Kurlan Music and currently teaches at E.L Music. He has been teaching at Bancroft School since 2014. All styles and ages are welcome!!
Renae Renihan has had a passion for music since she was a little girl but it wasn’t until she was 11 that she picked up the cello. She has since been the first cellist for the Worcester Youth Orchestra’s (WYO) Sinfonia and Baroque Orchestras, performing in music halls from New Hampshire to New Jersey. In her senior year of high school, Renae performed for the Worcester Cultural Council as a member of the WYO’s Honor Quartet. Renae is currently enrolled at Worcester State University as a Visual and Performing Arts Major with a concentration in Music. At Worcester State she is involved in the Unplugged Orchestra, the Strings Camerata, and is a regular at the end-of-semester recital for students. She has been teaching cello privately since 2014, and enjoys mentoring the next generation of cellists. Renae likes playing board games and performing music with her five siblings and her pet tortoise Norbert. (Norbert doesn’t play music but he does like a game of Scrabble.)
Instrument Rental Information
For Band instruments only:
David French Music Co.
76 Otis Street
Westborough, MA 01581
Kurlan Music Center, Inc.
17 East Mountain Street
Worcester, MA 01606
The only two shops recommended for Strings rental:
Johnson String Instrument
11 John Street
(Just after the Chestnut Hill Mall, Route 9 West)
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Northbridge Violin Shop
2121 Quaker Street
Northbridge, MA 01534
Please do not try other music stores without checking with the instructors first, as our experience suggests you may receive inferior products at high prices.
Dates and rates for 2020-21 will be updated soon.
Led by Bancroft teachers Michelle Lessard & Kim Rogers, the Wachusett Mountain Ski/Ride Club is a very popular winter activity for Bancroft students. Adult chaperones accompany the children to every session. They are there to help with equipment, offer guidance to find lessons and rentals, manage the mountain lift tickets, and monitor the suite.
- Club meets Fridays for 6 sessions: 2020-21 dates TBD
- Motor coach transportation departs Bancroft right after school, returns 8:45 pm.
- Ski club is open to all, but students younger than 5th grade must provide their own transportation and be accompanied by an adult at the mountain.
- Suitable for all levels of experience—many children have had their first skiing experience and learned through this program.
- Adult chaperones accompany students each week.
- Significant discounts on lift tickets, lessons, and season passes.
- Private, Bancroft-only suite in lodge for suiting up, storing gear, relaxing
This is truly a great program that allows skiers and riders of all levels to have great fun. We hope you’ll join us this winter season!
- Cost of $126.00 includes all lift tickets for the program ($140 if purchased after 12/4).
- Cost of $140.00 includes round-trip transportation and the suite fee.
- Cost of $30.00 suite fee for any students NOT taking the bus ($5 per visit).
- Optional equipment rentals and lessons are additional and can be paid for at the mountain.
In order to register, first purchase your lift ticket on the Wachusett Mountain website using our school code (BCFT).
Then, register your child on our auxiliary website for transportation / suite and select ski program. Once you've completed both steps, you will have completed your registration. If you have any questions, please Michelle Lessard (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kim Rogers (email@example.com).
Director of Summer and Auxiliary Programs