Summer Connections

Learn Boldly with D-E 360° Summer Connections this Summer 2017!

Summer 2017 Dates: Monday, June 26 – Friday, August 4, 2017

Dear Families,

D-E 360° Summer Connections (SC) at Dwight-Englewood School has developed a reputation as a leader in summer programming for over 15 years. We believe that learning should tap into students’ multiple intelligences. With us, young people develop a wide array of skills and interests from learning about the techniques of working in a particular medium to transforming ideas about life in their community. What better time than Summer for young people to be explorative in these ways! Our American Camp Association (ACA) accreditation is also a testament to the time and commitment we have invested in ensuring the health, safety and highest quality experiences of all of our campers.

For 2017, we have an exciting theme for our youngest campers: Habitats. Students enrolled in the Discoveries, Adventures & Junior Summer Day Camp programs will learn about biology and explore why certain animals live in their chosen habitats.

Add to that the multitude of fun Enrichment offerings for Grades 5-12, our Academic Enrichment and Scholars programs for students who want academic advancement, and Immersives as an elevated option for those who want to pursue their passions, at D-E 360° SC, there is something for everyone. Our Immersive program is an opportunity for campers to delve into topics for self exploration and development. Master-level teachers engage students in a collaborative environment to provide experiential learning that will lay the foundation for further exploration beyond summer. Last summer, we introduced STEM Challenge and Entrepreneurs Academy, both of which will continue this season due to popular demand. String Society, now in its tenth year, will expand and offer students the opportunity to take private lessons and to have an extended day for musical growth. On a different note, a few new offerings including Hip Hop Academy, Chess, Fencing, and Musical Theater will get students’ strategic and creative flow moving toward developing a depth of knowledge and skill through meaningful process and positive outcomes.

Join us, and learn boldly with us this Summer 2017! Try out our online D-E 360° SC Scheduling Tool to build a schedule that meets your interests and available times. 

To learn more beyond the information provided here, Email de360info@de.org, or call 201-227-3144.

Warmly,

Michele Wright

Director of Summer Programs
D-E 360*
Dwight-Englewood School

GENERAL INFORMATION

Registration & Enrollment

Registration for all D-E 360° SC programs is available online through our D-E 360° Campsite online registration page: click here or go to: https://de360.campmanagement.com/p/request_for_info.php?action=enroll

All D-E 360° SC offerings must meet minimum enrollment numbers by June 1, 2017 for the classes to proceed. Early registration is encouraged and allows us to guarantee D-E 360° SC offerings at earlier dates, as soon as enrollment is sufficient. A $100 non-refundable deposit must be submitted at the time of registration. Note: grade levels refer to the grade the child will enter in September 2017. Please complete all sections of the registration in their entirety. Complete registrations also include a non-refundable $75 family application fee. Payment for the courses/programs for which you are registering must be paid in full ten days prior to the start date. You will be set up with a username and password so you can return to the online registration form at any time. Families that register more than one camper from their immediate family (e.g. brother, sister) will receive a discount of 5% per additional camper* and will be applied at registration check out. (*The sibling who has the highest tuition fee will pay full price and the other sibling(s) will receive the 5% discount. This discount is limited to 3 siblings.)

Enrollments are limited and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If an offering does not meet the minimum enrollment, it may be canceled. Registrants will be contacted via email and asked to select another offering or refund will be given. Payment can be made by credit card or electronic check through the online registration system, Campsite. Checks or cash payment will be accepted in the D-E 360° SC Office; however registration will not be complete until full payment is received. Checks are made payable to Dwight-Englewood School. Note that there are additional textbook costs for academic courses offered through the Academic Enrichment and Scholars Programs. Textbooks are sold on site, but they also may be purchased from any vendor. The textbook title, ISBN and author/publisher will be provided at the time of registration for academic courses. In the cases where there are fees for other course materials or special field trips, the fee amount is provided along with the cost of the course/program in the course descriptions provided. Confirmation of registration will be emailed when payment is processed. Any additional information about D-E 360° SC including confirmation of schedules, camp procedures and policies will be sent one week prior to the start of the program.

Enrollment will close one week prior to the first day of a scheduled class/program or once maximum enrollment is reached; early registration is encouraged because availability for every class/program is not guaranteed. Once the maximum enrollment in a class/program is reached, it will be closed to new registrants. In addition, completed medical forms are due before a student can be admitted into any classroom. Those students who do not have all their paperwork on file will not be able to start any classes/programs. Upon request, I-20s for D-E 360° SC Programs will be issued to non-US citizens when full payment of tuition and fees is made. The school reserves the right to cancel or change the time of any course; students will not be penalized if the course is canceled. In the event of cancellation, the D-E 360° SC staff will work to ensure placement into alternate courses. Tuition and fee refunds will only be issued in the event that a class/program is canceled by Dwight-Englewood School.

Enrollment for the D-E 360° SC program is open to all students.  D-E 360° SC provides a variety of opportunities for students grades Pre-K through Grade 12 from public, parochial, and independent schools. A combination of introductory, enrichment, and advancement courses in a number of academic disciplines, the arts, and athletics, allows for diversity of study. The D-E 360° SC faculty is comprised of Dwight-Englewood School teachers and carefully selected educators from other schools. Small class sizes ensure opportunities for personal attention and the academic progress of each student. At D-E 360° SC, a part of the experience provided by the school is to set behavioral expectations clearly and to help students learn to follow these expectations. Disciplinary actions are seen as educational rather than simply punitive. Therefore, participants must abide by the rules and regulations outlined in all current Dwight-Englewood School Divisional Handbooks. Hard copies of the School’s Divisional Handbooks will be made available upon request.

Accreditation

Accreditation of the Dwight-Englewood School is provided by the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. D-E 360° SC is a member of the American Camp Association (ACA) and is accredited by the ACA.

BYOD Designated Courses

Technology has become part of our program’s culture in all classrooms. Over the years, we have had an ever-increasing number of requests for students to bring their own devices to D-E 360° SC. Since our goal is for all teachers to integrate authentic use of technology in classrooms, we are encouraging students to bring technology to D-E 360° SC for educational purposes.

Students in classes designated as BYOD will be allowed to bring any laptop that meets minimum requirements or any brand Chromebook. A tablet with keyboard is also acceptable, but we find that the mobile platforms of these devices limit the functionality in some learning activities. Students who enroll in courses designated BYOD must identify during the registration process whether they commit to bringing a personal device to Summer Connections or whether they would need to have the program supply a device for the course.

Students may bring any brand Chromebook. The Chromebook MUST have wireless internet to function. They may also bring a PC laptop with Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating system, and minimum 4 GB RAM of memory. Antivirus protection is the owner’s responsibility. We currently allow Apple laptops purchased within the last three years. Although iPads and other model tablets are convenient for most purposes, the mobile apps do not provide some of the features needed in class.

Campus Access / Closed Campus Policy

The Closed Campus policy means that visitors are not permitted during our summer programs. Any exception to this policy must be arranged in advance. Students are not permitted to leave the campus for any reason other than program-sponsored activities while attending D-E 360° SC. Students leaving the campus without permission from the Director will be expelled.

Course Credit

Credit is awarded by Dwight-Englewood School in terms of units. Six units are the equivalent of one Carnegie credit and are awarded to major courses that meet five days a week during the regular academic year. Three units are the equivalent of ½ Carnegie credit and are awarded to minor courses that meet two or three times a week during the regular academic year. If a student wishes to receive credit for summer work, prior approval by that student’s principal or guidance counselor is necessary. Course descriptions and syllabi for advancement courses are available upon request.

Food / FLIK Dining Services

Food is provided on campus through FLIK Dining Services. NEW this year! We have two dining halls: one in Drapkin Hall for younger campers that will serve hot food and provide snacks and the other in the Wharton Lessin Dining Hall for Scholars, Enrichment, and Immersive participants. Hot lunch as well as bag lunches are included in the price for those students in the Discoveries, Adventures and full-day Immersive Programs. All other students as well as faculty and staff must either purchase their meals for a few dollars a day or bring their own lunch. For families’ convenience, D-E 360° SC offers a pre-paid account option for campers to purchase lunch and snacks through the online registration process. The average cost of meals and snacks over the course of one week is $50. The minimum deposit in a pre-paid account is $25. For more information, please contact the D-E 360° SC Office.

Health & Safety

Summer is a great time for our campers, especially those in Grades 5-12, to explore their passions and interests beyond the norm of the classroom experience. Our programs, which include everything from gardening to crafts to electronics, provide direct hands-on learning for our D-E 360° Summer Connections (SC) participants. The safety and security of all our campers is of the utmost concern. We hope you can help us by speaking with your child(ren) about what they might encounter while they are with us.

Tools, Equipment & Materials
Many of our offerings involve working with tools, equipment, and materials that may be new to some students. Our D-E 360° SC faculty/teaching assistants provide instruction and supervision to ensure students are using this equipment and materials as safely as possible. In the event of injury, our D-E 360° SC Director of Health is available to assist.

Heat
With historically high heat indexes (related to high temperatures/humidity), our D-E 360° SC faculty and teaching assistants are especially focused on ensuring that students stay cool. Please talk with your child about the impact of heat. Should he/she experience any of the following heat related symptoms, the student should reach out to our Health Director immediately: Confusion; Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration); Dizziness; Fainting; Fatigue; Headache; Muscle or abdominal cramps; Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; Pale skin; profuse sweating; Rapid pulse/heartbeat.

Hydration
High heat indexes over the weeks of summer can also cause dehydration. Students are strongly encouraged to arrive at camp with water canteens and to refill them often. We also have re-usable D-E 360° SC water bottles available for purchase.

Water fountains are located in various locations around the D-E campus. In addition, there is a water station above Leggett Field.

In addition to staying hydrated, students are encouraged to wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in light colors.

D-E 360° SC faculty and teaching assistants are also focused on reminding students to stay hydrated and be attentive to signs of dehydration, including excessively dry lips and tongue, sunken eyes, dizziness and/or loss of energy.

Sunscreen
We strongly urge D-E 360° SC parents to apply sunscreen on their children before bringing them to camp. Older students should consider bringing sunscreen to re-apply during the course of the day.

Photography

Photos (images) become the property of Dwight-Englewood School upon signing the application. Permission is granted for images to be taken of all students and used for promotional materials.

Refund Policy

There are no prorated fees or refunds for campers arriving after the start of the session, leaving before its completion, or missing any time during camp. D-E 360° SC fees are non-transferable. Refunds will be made only with the presentation of a medical rejection slip or a doctor’s certificate before the camper is scheduled to attend camp.

Schedule

The schedule for D-E 360° SC runs from June 26 through August 4. For specific dates and times, please use our online Scheduling Tool or look in the the specific sections of our website by the Program and/or grade level indicate.

Hours for the Dwight-Englewood School Middle and Upper School campus (for students enrolled in Academic Enrichment, Enrichment, Scholars, and/or Immersive Programs) begin at 8:00 AM and on the Lower School campus (for students enrolled in the Discoveries and Adventures Programs) at 8:15 AM.

To ensure supervision, students should not arrive earlier than this time. The library and cafeteria will open at 7:45 AM for all Middle and Upper School students arriving before class begins. After class, students may wait to be picked up at the Library Circle or inside of the Imperatore Library. Please inform the D-E 360° SC Office if your child cannot be picked up by 3:45 PM and needs to register for AfterCare, which is open to children in any age group. Repeated lateness when picking up students will result in an additional $45 late fee or dismissal from D-E 360° SC.

Transportation

Transportation is offered as a weekly service. The cost per student per week for pick up and drop off is $195 per student. There will be bus routes in both New Jersey and New York, including Manhattan in the following communities:

Ridgewood/Glen Rock

River Edge

Englewood

Door-to-Door

Closter

Cresskill

Tenafly

Door-to-Door

Woodcliff Lake

Old Tappan

Door-to-Door

Regional Service:

Hoboken

Weehawken

Pick Up & Drop Off at the following locations:

1st stop Washington & 15th, Hoboken

2nd stop Port Imperial Blvd & Harbor Blvd., Weehawken

NYC

Students can elect to take public transportation. From New York City, students can take the A subway line to 175th Street and transfer to the GWB Bus Station located at 4211 Broadway, between 178th & 179th Streets and Fort Washington Avenue. NJ Transit Bus 186 provides access to the Dwight-Englewood School campus.

For more information about transportation or pick-up times, contact a D-E 360° SC Team Member in the D-E 360° SC Office at 201-227-3144 or e-mail us at summerprograms@d-e.org.