Frequently Asked Questions

The Pike School, 34 Sunset Rock Road, Andover, MA 01810. For directions,click here.

If your child is registered for both a morning and an afternoon class, you should pack a lunch that does not require refrigeration.

Popcorn (popped with sunflower oil)

Water bottles and juice boxes

Slush (Fridays only) watermelon and lemon

Early Care students can be signed in at the Dining Room (cafeteria) beginning at 8:00 AM. Early Bird dropoff is at 7:45 AM.

You should park in the first lot on your right when you enter the school grounds. Go behind the building. (You will see basketball nets in this area.) There is a door behind the building that leads to the dining room, where the Extended Day Program is located. Sign your child out with the Director.

Note: All other doors to the building, including the main doors, will be locked at this time.

If at all possible, please let us know in advance, as classes sometimes go outside and/or to other areas of the building for activities. If we know you are coming early, we will be sure to have your child ready and waiting for you. Teachers may not dismiss children from the classroom without notice from the office, so please let front desk staff know if you intend to pick up early.

There are many parking spaces in several lots on the school grounds. You may park in any spot while you pick up or drop off your child. In addition, short-term parking (in a single line only) in front of the building is permitted. There are also temporary parking spaces on both sides of the driveway as you exit the school grounds.

Drive-through drop-off is available from 8:40-9:00 AM on Tuesdays through Fridays only for students entering Grades 2 and higher. Drive as far up to the front door as possible; our staff will be holding signs and will take your child to his/her class. DO NOT drop your child offbefore you reach the front doors, as our staff may not see them.

Please see our cancellation policy.

T-shirts are usually sold in front of the building or at the front desk at arrival and pick-up times. In addition, they are also available in the Kaleidoscope office.

Our administrative office is located in the Multi-Purpose Room, across from thelibrary. To reach our office, you should enter the main doors and turn left.

We recommend leaving the classroom as soon as possible, assuring your child that he/she will have a good time and that you will be returning as soon as the class is over. Our staff is very experienced with these issues and will do everything possible to make your child comfortable. You can wait in the lobby for a short while if you are more comfortable doing so, and we can check to see how your child is adjusting. (If you return to the classroom and he/she sees you, the situation usually worsens.) You can also ask us to call you a little later and let you know what is happening at that point. Please be sure that we will not leave your child in distress for more than a very short time; we will contact you if we feel that things are not improving. Please believe that you are leaving your child with professionals who will respect and nurture him/her in your absence. We take very seriously the trust that you have placed in us.

Our staff of sixty-five (65) aides includes outstanding middle school, high school, and college students, most of whom have been coming to Kaleidoscope since they were very young. Most have taken our Aide Internship course as well. All are exceptional students and very caring and responsible assistants to our teaching staff.

Absolutely. Jan Chetelat, our program nurse for the past five years, is a Registered Nurse with many years of experience in the public schools. In addition, Dr. Robert Nelken of Andover acts as our Health Care Consultant. Many of our staff members have been trained in CPR and First Aid. Your child’s health and safety is our first priority.