Beyond the Bell

Beyond the Bell

Providing children a solid foundation for future school success.

Before and After School

“Beyond the Bell” is a quality recreational before and after school program offering activities within a safe, structured, and encouraging environment at Carpenter, Field, Roosevelt, Franklin, and Washington Schools.

Children explore a variety of activity centers daily such as arts & crafts, indoor and outdoor play, homework time, and light snacks. The Park District collects all registration fees, hires, trains, and supervises staff and is responsible for the daily administration of the program. The site coordinator and assistants are all certified in CPR/AED and first aid. In addition, staff is trained in behavior management, mandated reporting, and customer service, and  they have passed required background checks.

Beyond the Bell Virtual Open House

Learn more about Beyond the Bell at our Virtual Information Meeting! Our staff will cover a snapshot of our program, how to register, registration dates, and more.

This meeting was held on March 19, 2024. A recording is available for your convenience. 
Please note, National Let's Laugh Day was March 19. While we waited for more people to join, staff shared jokes. If you would like to skip the jokes, advance the video to 4:45 minutes. 


If you have any questions about Beyond the Bell, please contact Robin Battaglia at

2024/2025 Beyond the Bell Registration:

Current BTB Participant Registration: Monday, April 1, 2024 at 9:00am

Open Registration: Monday, April 8, 2024 at 9:00am

  • Availability on the registration site in the link below will show as unavailable until registration opens.
  • Space is limited in this very popular program.
  • A $5 service fee per schedule change per participant will be charged to your credit card on file.
  • Registration closes for any available space on August 1, 2024 at noon. If a school site is full, registration will close prior to August 1.
  • Any registration received after noon on August 1 will be waitlisted. The waitlist will be opened at each school, depending on availability, starting on September 9, 2024.
  • Enrollment is limited, but continues throughout the school year if space is available.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I add a person to my authorized pick-up list?

In an emergency, an immediate authorization of a pick-up person may be directed by text or email to the site coordinator and/or Robin Battaglia at Ongoing additions to your pick-up list need to be updated in your child's ePact account.

What is ePACT?

ePACT provides a private, online site for emergency records. Families enter all their critical health and emergency data online. This information only needs to be entered once and then ePACT shares it between programs. If families update information, authorized staff are alerted.

When should I call Beyond the Bell?

Please text or call if your child will be absent, has been diagnosed with a contagious condition, or needs to be picked up early.

Site Contact Information

What if school closes due to inclement weather or other reasons?

If District 64 schools switch to eLearning due to snow/inclement weather for the entire school day, Beyond the Bell will be closed. 

Can I send a snack with my child for dietary or allergy concerns?

Yes, as long as it is nut-free.

Can my child bring toys or electronic devices from home?

No. Please do not let your child bring personal belongings from home. We know how important and expensive some items can be. The Park Ridge Park District is not responsible for anything lost, stolen, or broken.

Will my child complete homework while at Beyond the Bell?

Beyond the Bell does provide time and supervision to encourage children to complete their homework; however, we do not proof your student's work or require them to work on/complete their homework.

Can I take my child to their locker if they leave something behind?

District 64's secure building policy prohibits us from going to lockers and rooms after the end of the school day.

Will I be charged if I pick up late?

There is a late fee for repeated late pick-ups not associated with an emergency situation.

What should I do if I need to change the days of the week my child attends?

Please email Robin Battaglia, Youth Coordinator at with schedule adjustments. Due to the high demand of the program, we may not be able to accommodate your request to switch days. Five business days are required to process any changes. A $5 service fee per schedule change will be charged to your account.

Payment Plan

The registration fees are listed on the Park District website and in the program brochure. For participants that elected to establish a monthly payment plan by credit card, (VISA, MasterCard or Discover), the monthly payment cycle will begin on August 15th, and continue the 15th of every month thereafter till final payment on May 15th.

Beyond the Bell Program Supervisor

Robin Battaglia, Youth Coordinator

Washington School

Location: 1500 Stewart, Door #4
Beyond the Bell Phone: 847-951-4704
Site Coordinator: Angelica Avina Site Coordinator
Assistant Site Coordinator: Charlize Roshanski

Pick Up:
Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready, as we check them until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person.

Field School

Location: 707 N. Wisner
Beyond the Bell Phone: 847-951-8604
Site Coordinator: Stacey Carvatta

Pick Up:
Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready, as we check them until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person.

Franklin School

Location: 2401 Manor, Door #3 at the circle drive
Beyond the Bell Phone: 847-951-8518
Site Coordinator: Cathy Blachut
Assistant Site Coordinator: Kathy Laudano

Pick Up:
Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready, as we check them until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person.

Roosevelt School

Location: 1001 S. Fairview, Door #5 (main entrance)
Beyond the Bell Phone: 847-951-7896
Site Coordinator:  Sara Schumacher
Assistant Site Coordinators: Isabella Masini & Mary Mahler

Pick Up:
Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready, as we check them until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person.

Carpenter School

Location: 300 N. Hamlin,  Door #16, drop off on Cherry Street
Beyond the Bell Phone: 847-951-9684
Site Coordinator:  Louise Wacker

Pick Up:
Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready, as we check them until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person.​

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