Discoveries and Adventures (Preschool – Grade 4)

Habitats of the World
Summer Fun!

D-E 360° Summer Connections’ Junior Summer Day Camp, Discoveries & Adventures Day Camp programs are for students entering Preschool (age 3) through Grade 4 in Fall 2017.

Our programs offer age-appropriate activities that are carefully designed so that every child has a chance for observation and discovery. Academic courses include Math, Language Arts, and Science. We also believe that creative endeavors should be a part of a young child’s life. As a result, performing and visual arts like music, dancing, painting, and storytelling constantly find themselves in the curriculum. To balance these activities, physical exercise in the form of physical education and recess are also included in the schedule. Dedicated faculty and an animated staff complete the picture by providing the children with a safe and fun atmosphere where children of all ages can grow. Be sure to sign up for Aftercare when registering for camps, if it is needed. If you have an emergency drop-in to Aftercare, it will be charged with a higher rate of $45 per day.

This Summer 2017 we are excited to offer our Junior Summer Day Camp, Discoveries & Adventures campers new explorations into “Habitats of the World”! See below for more details.

Welcome to Week 6 (July 31 – August 4, 2017)!

WEEK 6 WELCOME: JUNIOR SUMMER DAY CAMP

Welcome to Week 6! We’ve reached the “PEAK” of Summer 2017! This week campers will “take a hike” and learn all about mountains. Below are some things to keep in mind to help make Week 6 an enjoyable experience! 

Click here for the weekly schedule for Junior Summer Day Camp.

Helpful Reminders for Junior Summer Day Camp

Drop-Off and Dismissal:

  • Drop-Off begins at 9:00 a.m. Dismissal for Junior Summer Camp is at 1:00 p.m.
  • Stay in your cars at all times; the children will be delivered to your vehicle.

Family Fun Day:  Wednesday, August 2, 2017 (Graham Field)

  • All families are invited to join us for Family Fun Day starting at 1:00 PM!
  • Campers should wear their blue D-E 360° Summer Connections T-shirt.

Theme Thursday & Bridge Parade – Drapkin Hall:

  • Dress up as your favorite character/superhero!
  • Parents, park your cars and have your cameras ready at Dismissal to capture some fun memories.

Snack/Lunch:

  • Snack and lunch will be provided each day to Junior Summer Day Camp campers.
  • Please inform teachers of any food allergies/also please be sure to list food allergies in your health information.
  • If there are dietary restrictions, please email us at: adventures@d-e.org

What Campers Will Need:

  • Extra tops, bottoms, socks, underwear, shoes.
  • Bathing suit, sun block, water shoes, towel.
  • Each child will be given a locker, where he/she may keep any of these items.

Summer Birthdays:

  • Families are welcome to send in a treat with children if they celebrate a summer birthday. Please let a teacher know ahead of time.

Contact Information:

  • Stacy Carela- carels@d-e.org
  • Lower School Office- 201.569.9500 (Ext. 7608)

WEEK 6 WELCOME: DISCOVERIES

Welcome to Week 6 of D-E 360° Summer Connections! We’ve reached the “PEAK” of Summer 2017! This week our Discoveries campers will “take a hike” and learn all about mountains. Here are some things to keep in mind to help make Week 6 an enjoyable experience! 

Click here for the weekly schedule for Discoveries.

Helpful Reminders for DIscoveries

Cubbies are provided for Discoveries campers. They may store their Rest items, Water Play items, and any other personal items in their cubbies. They must be cleaned out each Friday, even is a Discoveries camper is returning the following week.

Discoveries Group Teachers:

  • Red Group:  Mrs. Rachel Shin
  • Yellow Group: Mr. Timothy Coyne
  • Blue Group: Mr. Matt McQuillen

Drop-Off and Dismissal:

  • Drop-Off begins at 8:15 a.m. Dismissal for Discoveries is from 3:00-3:10 p.m.
  • Place the neon sign on the dashboard of your car when you are picking up to expedite dismissal.
  • Stay in your cars at all times; the children will be delivered to your vehicle.

Family Fun Day: Wednesday, August 2 (Graham Field)

  • All families are invited to join us for Family Fun Day starting at 1:00 PM!
  • Campers should wear their blue D-E 360° Summer Connections T-shirt.

Theme Thursday

  • Dress up as your favorite character/superhero!

Snack/Lunch:

  • Snack and lunch will be provided each day to Discoveries campers.
  • Please inform teachers of any food allergies/also please be sure to list food allergies in your health information.
  • If there are dietary restrictions, please email us at: adventures@d-e.org

What Campers Will Need:

  • Extra tops, bottoms, socks, underwear, shoes.
  • Bathing suit, sun block, water shoes, towel.
  • Each child will be given a locker, where he/she may keep any of these items.
  • Blanket and pillow for rest time.

Summer Birthdays:

  • Families are welcome to send in a treat with children if they celebrate a summer birthday. Please let a teacher know ahead of time.

Key Contact Information:

  • Stacy Carela- carels@d-e.org
  • Lower School Office- 201.569.9500 (Ext. 7608)

WEEK 6 WELCOME: ADVENTURES

Dear Adventures Families,

Welcome to Week 6 of Summer Connections 2017!  This week’s focus is Mountains!  We are excited for our Adventures campers to learn about the world’s largest peaks and the animals and vegetation that roam and grow in this habitat. In addition to our exploration of the Mountains theme, the week will be filled with time dedicated to art, music, movement, sports, culture, and making memories for years to come!  We can’t wait to get started!

Below you will find important information to help make your child’s transition into Week 6 an easy one.

Click here for the weekly schedule for Adventures.

Helpful Reminders for Adventures

Adventures Group Teachers:

Group Name Teacher
Group 1 Mrs. Tricia Fiore
Group 2 Ms. Jill Brave
Group 3 Ms. Saran Sinnette
Group 4 Miss Melanie Markarian
Group 5 Mrs. Meg Muller
Group 6 Mr. Dave Pomeroy

Access to Lower School:

For the safety of all of our campers and staff, we ask families and friends of families to refrain from entering the school building during the camp day. We will regularly host events for families to join us on campus.

If access to Lower School is necessary, please park your car in a regular parking spot and walk down to the Lower School. Enter the Lower School by crossing the bridge and sign in at the Lower School Main Office. Visitors must wait in the “Parent Waiting Area.”

Drop-Off and Pick-Up:

Morning:

  • Supervised care begins at 8:15 AM.
  • Our camp day begins at 8:30 AM.
  • Drop-off and pick-up take place in front of the Lower School.
  • Please do not drop off before 8:15 AM.

Afternoon:

  • Carpool dismissal begins at 3:10 PM.
  • Adventures dismissal begins at 3:20 PM.
  • Students not picked up by 3:30 PM will be assigned to After-Care in the Dining Hall. (Charges will apply.)
  • To keep everything flowing, please come at your designated time.

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures:

  • Maintain a single file car line to the
  • A faculty or staff member will escort your child to your car and assist him/her in and out of your car from the passenger side. (Please arrange seating in your vehicle to accommodate these procedures.)
  • If your child is able to buckle the seatbelt, do not exit your car.
  • If your child can not buckle the seatbelt, you will need to buckle it for your child. This might require you to exit your car.
  • The left lane must be kept clear for vehicles exiting campus.
  • A car tag will be provided during the first day of camp. Please indicate the child’s family name and group number on the car tag and display it in the windshield of passenger side.
  • Vehicular traffic flows one way in the driveway.
  • Leaving your car unattended in the driveway is prohibited.
  • Please review all procedures with the person who is responsible for picking up and dropping off your child.
  • Thank you, in advance, for your patience and understanding as families get adjusted to our pick-up and drop-off procedures. 

Medical/Physical Forms:

  • Forms must be up to date, completed, and submitted to the SC Office the week before your child arrives on campus.
  • All forms are necessary, even if you child attends D-E during the school year.
  • If your child requires medication during the day, please indicate that on the medical forms and hand medicine in its original packaging directly to our Lower School Nurse, Ms. Nateka Brewton. Do not send any medication to camp with your child.

What to Bring:

  • Every day: Sunscreen, closed toe shoes (sneakers), water bottle, extra set of clothing, a book for Siesta.
  • Water Play Days (Tuesdays): Beach towel, bathing suit, water shoes, extra set of clothing.
  • Trip Days (Wednesdays): Blue D-E 360° Summer Connections T-shirts must be worn.
  • Do not bring electronics, money, valuables, or toys to camp. We will not be held responsible for lost or damaged personal property.

Lunch:

  • Snack and lunch are provided daily for all Adventures campers.
  • Please inform teachers of any food allergies or dietary needs. A list of all food allergies should be included in your child’s health information.
  • On Adventures field trip days, a bag lunch is provided. If you choose to send a lunch from home, please use disposable containers on trip days.
  • All campers are welcome to bring lunch and/or snack from home but please refrain from sending nuts and nut-based products with your child.

Lockers:

  • Lockers are provided in the Lower School for Adventures campers. They may store their Water Play items, Siesta book, sunscreen, and other personal items in their lockers. They must be cleaned out each Friday, even if a camper is returning the following week.

Communication:

Program Phone Number
Summer Connections 201-227-3144, option 2
After-Care 201-290-0287
Director of Health 201-227-3144, option 2

Week 6 in Review: July 31 – August 4, 2017

“Just Another Great Day @ the Discoveries & Adventures ‘Beach’ on Mr. Rocky’s Field!”

It’s hard to believe this is our last week of camp.  This summer, we’ve reacquainted with old friends and even made some new ones.  Additionally, campers gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about various habitats — the last  week of this year’s program being focused on “Mountains.”  The faculty and staff would like to thank you for another wonderful summer season in the Discoveries and Adventures program!  This summer had many memorable moments, and we are grateful we got to share and create them with your children.

Below are Group-Specific updates for Junior Summer Day Camp, Adventures and Discoveries.  

  • See our Gallery or click here for video vignettes and more scenes of our campers enjoying themselves!

JUNIOR SUMMER DAY CAMP WEEK 6 HIGHLIGHTS

Week 6 was all about the animals that live in mountainous regions.  Our Jr. Discoveries campers enjoyed learning about the Mountain Goat, The Great Grey Owl and The Grizzly Bear.  We truly had a fun-filled 3 days! It’s hard to believe that our time together has come to an end. And now a special message for our youngest campers:

I’m glad I was your Jr. Discoveries teacher, I’ve come to love you so. I can’t believe the end is here. I’m sad to see you go!

Remember all the fun we had, in all the things we did.

But most of all remember…you’re a very special kid!

Enjoy the rest of your summer and have an AMAZING school year!

DISCOVERIES WEEK 6 GROUP HIGHLIGHTS

Red Group:  Discoveries campers explored the mountains this week as they learned about the animals that live in this habitat! Some of the mountain climbers that we talked about were different species of bears, mountain lions, and mountain goats. As we discovered some interesting facts about these mountain climbers, we crafted a mountain goat and learned a song about bears to celebrate our learning. The Red Group also shared our favorite memories and activities from camp to show our appreciation for the exciting and fun times we had with one another during our weeks at Discoveries. We are extremely grateful for all of the friends that we made and the experiences that we had together this summer! We hope everyone enjoys the rest of summer and we wish them the best for the start of the next school year.

Yellow Group: It has been an awesome summer here with the Yellow Group at Discoveries.  Campers have shown how much they know about animals in different habitats around the world, and got the opportunity to learn even more.  Perhaps more importantly though, they got the chance to hone their social skills as they met new people, as well as developed and navigated their way through some really nice friendships.  We hope all of our campers and families enjoyed the experience and we can’t wait to see you next summer!  Good luck this school year!

Blue Group: This week in Discoveries, the Blue Group trekked into our “Mountains” theme to learn about the animals who call the mountains their home. These awesome campers learned a wide range of facts about mountain animals, from the nocturnal nature of owls to the different colors of different species of squirrels. In art, each child created his or her own bear using only paper! We’ve done a variety of activities and played numerous games, their favorite being “What’s the Difference?”, which they are excited to take home and teach to their families. It’s been an awesome last week of camp!

ADVENTURES WEEK 6 GROUP HIGHLIGHTS

Adventures Group 1 Highlights:  Group 1 had fun learning about the mountain habitat. We made mountain goats along with headbands displaying the mountain goat horns after we read the classic Norwegian Folktale The Three Billy Goats Gruff! The campers enjoyed reading along, matching their voices to each billy goat.  We explored various types of snakes and the campers created their own snakes that are very colorful.  We enjoyed our visiting zoologist as we learned about insects and hissing cockroaches from Madagascar! These campers are full of animal knowledge. It was a pleasure being their teacher this summer.

Adventures Group 2 Highlights: Group 2 reached the peak of fun this week at camp! We learned the basics of how mountains are formed and about the animals and plants that live in mountain regions.  A little bit of rain didn’t stop us from having a blast at Family Fun Day on Wednesday. “It’s like a field trip!” one of our kids said. As camp comes to a close this week, I’d like to say thank you to all of our “Blue Shirts” who worked with Group 2 kids throughout the past six weeks: Aubreanna, Anna, Sophie, and Hannah were full of pep and patience and gave lots of hugs and smiles every day! Group 2 kids are the best! I hope that all of you enjoy the rest of the summer. See you next year at D-E!

Adventures Group 3 Highlights: This week campers in Group 3 took a “hike” through the mountain ranges. Together they explored animals that live in the mountains as well as mountain areas in the US and other countries. Children read both non-fiction and fiction literature to support this week’s theme. They created both group and individual mountain displays. Wednesday was a highlight for most campers. They enjoyed Family Fun Day, where they were able to explore many activities and games with their families and friends. Thank you so much for coming out and spending time with us. Overall the final week with Group 3 was amazing. I’m so proud of all your hard work and dedication this summer!

Adventures Group 4 Highlights: We have reached the top of Mt. Everest! Group 4 was busy this week learning about mountains from Mt. Everest to Machu Picchu and Mt. Rushmore! We had a great time creating a mountain range mural. After a lot of hard work and determination we conquered our fears and climbed to the top of Mt. Everest!

Adventures Group 5  Highlights:  This week Group 5 learned about earth’s most extreme places this week.  Through reading Earth’s Highest Places by Mary Griffin, Extreme Places The Highest and Lowest by Katie Marsico and Up on Denali Alaskas’s Wild Mountain by Shelley Gill we learned about the amazing features of this biome.  Everyone created their own unique mountain artwork and designed mountains in a fun “yummy” science activity.

Adventures Group 6 Highlights: Group Six campers spent the week learning about mountains through maps and graphs. The highest peak of each continent was researched, measured  and labeled on their graphs. In a separate map, the major mountain ranges in the US were illustrated and labeled on an original relief map of the country. Students also had the opportunity to create their own physical topographical map made out of construction paper and tissue paper.  Group 6 truly reached new heights with their study of mountains!

Science Highlights Working and collaborating is always lot of fun in the Exploratorium (aka our Science room)! In the Exploratorium, campers may choose to explore magnets and electricity, make colorful slime, chase butterflies, look for worms, and/or build with Lego and Knex. Most recently campers have enjoyed taking on new challenges including building foil boats, participating in an egg drop challenge, making parachutes for gummy worms, growing crystals from alum, and/or building a car that is propelled by air escaping a balloon!

Art Highlights This week campers enjoyed making panda bears collages, using vivid colors and shapes, and they learned about how pandas thrive in the mountains of China. See below for a sample of this beautiful artwork!

Music Highlights  During Week 6, Discoveries campers enjoyed “the sounds of summer” — including moving to music, singing, and exploring different instruments, and our Adventures campers enjoyed preparing for our Friday celebration showcase for our family members and friends!

Yoga Highlights Namaste… time to wind down. Yoga was such a blast we learned a new story about a talking tree and practiced our balance. We played with feathers and used our breathing techniques to race down the yoga mat. Kids loved Freckleface Strawberry and pretending to wear a mask and liking ourselves to shine bright. We danced, sang, and most kids really lovvvvvved it.  Thank you kids – thank you families – it’s always a great pleasure to share this practice!

Learn More about our 2017 Theme: Habitats of the World!

From bees in the tree to frogs in a bog to polar bears in their arctic lair, animal habitats are just plain fun. For Summer Connections 2017, children in our Discoveries and Adventures programs will learn about biology and explore why certain animals live in their chosen habitats. With an abundance of hands-on learning activities, our campers will also explore weather, earth science, and nature. Equally important, our campers will master important life lessons from their time here with us: 1) the meaning of cooperative work – how animals in colonies take on roles and responsibilities; 2) the act of persistence – how busy animals bring order to their worlds; and 3) environmental stewardship – how creatures on earth are interdependent.

Discoveries Sub-Themes

  • Week 1 (June 26–June 30) Secret Lives of Bees
  • Week 2 (July 5–July 7) Wetland Inhabitants
  • Week 3 (July 10–July 14) Oceanic Wildlife
  • Week 4 (July 17–July 21)Residents of the Rain Forest
  • Week 5 (July 24–July 28) Polar Plungers
  • Week 6 (July 31–August 4) Mountain Climbers

Adventures Sub-Themes

  • Week 1 (June 26–June 30) High Fives for Beehives: Exploring the Secret Lives of Bees
  • Week 2 (July 5–July 7) Wetlands: A March through the Marshes of our Planet’s Wetlands
  • Week 3 (July 10–July 14) Oceans: An Offshore Study of Oceans and Oceanic Wildlife
  • Week 4 (July 17–July 21)The Rainforest: A Tropical Adventure of the Rainforest and Its Inhabitants
  • Week 5 (July 24–July 28) Polar Regions: An Excursion to Our Lands of Most Extreme Temperatures
  • Week 6 (July 31–August 4) Mountains: A Peek into the World’s Highest Peaks