Reston Association Starting After-School Care at Lake House

Former Tetra buildingReston Association is gearing up for its first programming at the Lake House, formerly known as the Tetra Building.

RA will open registration next week for “RA Fit Kids” after-school care for the 2016-17 school year. RA spokesman Mike Leone says there are spots for 50 elementary and middle school students.

The structure of the program will be “fit minds, fit bodies and building a fit community,” said Leone.

That means programming will include art, sports and fitness, homework club, nature and cooking, as well as service learning projects.

Here is what you need to know:

Programs for K-sixth graders will be held at the Lake House; middle schoolers will meet next door at Brown’s Chapel.

Hours are 2-6:30 p.m. on school days; 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on teacher workdays and other student holidays.

There will be bus transportation from these Reston schools: Buzz Aldrin, Forest Edge, Hunters Woods, Lake Anne, Terraset, Langston Hughes and Herndon Middle.

Other schools may be added to he list, but initial research showed these schools have the longest waiting lists for Fairfax County-sponsored School Age Child Care (SACC) programs.

If you don’t see your school listed above and would like to inquire about how to be added, please contact Senior Program Manager Dan Merenick at 703-435-6567, or [email protected].


  • Daily afternoon care, RA Members – $395/month; Non-members, $420/month.
  • Daily drop-in care (May be used at any time for school day/school day out camp and inclement weather days. Must be used during the 2016-2017 school year. Non-refundable and non-transferable) $245/members (10 days a month); $270, non members

Registration opens on Monday, May 2. Visit RA’s website for a sign up link beginning Monday.

RA purchased the building on the shores of Lake Newport for $2.6 million in July 2015.

Buying the building protects the property — which sits next to Brown’s Chapel Park — from commercial development, as well as adds a recreational and community space, RA has said.

Renovations are currently underway while a working group discusses other usage plans for the 3.47-are property. The 15-member group is expected to give a report to the RA Board at the board’s May meeting.

In addition to after school care, which is expected to bring in more than $100,000 to the association annually, the Lake House is expected to also eventually be used for corporate/nonprofit and homeowners’ association meetings; adult classes such as wine tasting or fitness; and nature programs.

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