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.

The Week Ahead: Looking Forward to Week 5 (July 24-28, 2017)!

WEEK 5 WELCOME: JUNIOR SUMMER DAY CAMP

Welcome to Week 5 of Summer Connections 2017! BRRR! It’s time to learn about some arctic animals. This week campers will be PLUNGING into the Polar Region. Below are some things to keep in mind to help make Week 5 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.

Wednesday Water Play:

  • On Water Play days, send children already dressed in their bathing suits and covered with sun block.
  • Please remember to wear water shoes and bring a towel.
  • Send a change of dry clothes for them to change into afterwards.
  • Wear your blue D-E 360° Summer Connections T-shirt.

Thursday Bridge Parade – Drapkin Hall:

  • 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 5 WELCOME: DISCOVERIES

Welcome to Week 5! BRRR! It’s time to learn about some arctic animals. This week campers will be PLUNGING into the Polar Region. Below are some things to keep in mind to help make Week 5 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.

Wednesday Water Play:

  • On Water Play days, send children already dressed in their bathing suits and covered with sun block.
  • Please remember to wear water shoes and bring a towel.
  • Send a change of dry clothes for them to change into afterwards.
  • Wear your blue D-E 360° Summer Connections T-shirt.

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 5 WELCOME: ADVENTURES

Dear Adventures Families,

Welcome to Week 5 of Summer Connections 2017!  This week’s focus is The Polar Regions: An Excursion.  We are excited to learn about the areas of the world the experience the most extreme temperatures and the types of living creatures found in these frigid habitats. In addition to our exploration of the Polar Regions 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 5 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, 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 4 in Review: July 17-21, 2017

“Rainforests are super hot & humid but our Sloth Puppets are super cute & cool!”

Junior Summer Day Camp, Discoveries and Adventures explored the world’s Rainforests and its Inhabitants this week!  Campers learned all about the colorful and extraordinary plants and animals that dwell in all four layers of the rainforest.  As the rainforest is home to more than half of the world’s animals, the Discoveries campers collaboratively created a mural with all types of creatures represented, from tiny insects to large mammals.  The campers also had an opportunity to work with a visiting artist, Mr. Washington Young, to create a toucan, chameleon, and monkey using various art materials. The Adventures campers had a wonderful time at the Museum of Natural History in New York City where they went to the CUBA! Exhibition and learned about the culture and biodiversity of the island.  They also spent time in the Biodiversity and the Oceanic Life Halls.  We concluded the week with our Discoveries & Adventures parade in the courtyard playground where campers transformed into one of their favorite rainforest animals!

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

  • See the Week 4 Gallery or click here for scenes of our campers enjoying themselves during this past week!

JUNIOR SUMMER DAY CAMP WEEK 4 HIGHLIGHTS

The Jr. Discoveries Campers were able to experience the heat and humidity of the Tropical Rainforest this week right in Englewood. Many of the campers remembered the Rainforest from the movie Rio. We learned that there are rainforests all over the world and there are four layers where animals live. It was a lot of fun making sloth puppets with our class helper Cecilia. We went to Spanish, Science and had water play as we tried to beat the heat. It’s hard to believe there are only two weeks left! We had a great week!

DISCOVERIES WEEK 4 GROUP HIGHLIGHTS

Red Group: This week in Discoveries, the Red Group experienced an exciting adventure learning all about the rainforest! Our friends listened to read-alouds and watched videos that explained the different layers of the tropical rainforest and the plants and animals that live in each section of this beautiful and amazing biome. We learned that the rainforest is characterized by very high rainfall, high temperatures, a diverse population of animals, and tall trees. The Red Group also created monkeys using paint and parrots to represent two animals that live in the rainforest canopy. We are looking forward to next week as we plunge into a week of exploring and learning about the polar regions.

Yellow Group: This week, our theme in Discoveries was the rainforest, so we have been focusing a lot of our attention on the plants and animals that live in that habitat, and some of the cool characteristics they have. Yellow Group campers have also been creating some of those animals during our art classes.

In our Yellow Group, specifically, we have been learning more about each other by continuing to play some “What’s your favorite…?” games, which allow the kids to see what they have in common with their friends.  We have also been practicing the art of asking a really good question through certain guessing games that require campers to ask for clues.  During our read-aloud time we have been focusing on having conversations about books – retelling stories, making predictions, talking about how characters feel and why, etc.  It has become pretty clear that Mo Willems is a favorite author of many of our campers.

Have a great weekend and we will see you next week!

Blue Group: Did you know that rainforests cover only 2% of the Earth’s surface but are home to about 50% of all the plants and animals on the planet? This fact, any many others, have been part of our new learning this week as we explore all this special biome. Our young campers learned about the different layers in the rainforest and then created their own forest sample complete with trees and labels. Then, after studying each layer, students found pictures of animals and categorized each one according to the part of the forest in which they live. Our songs, poems, and story books all helped our concepts come to life!

ADVENTURES WEEK 4 GROUP HIGHLIGHTS

Adventures Group 1 – Week 4 Highlights: Our Adventures Group 1 campers learned about the special parrots that live in the El Yunque rain forest. Campers learned that “Iguaca! Iguaca! ” is the parrots’ special call as they looking for nesting holes or fruit to eat. We created  beautiful green and blue parrots after reading the book “Parrots Over Puerto Rico.” We then assembled our parrots to our hats for the rainforest parade. We also enjoyed making macaws, the largest type of parrot and assembled these colorful birds to our hats as well. Campers learned about the layers of the rain forest and the various animals that call the rain forest their home. We then collaged the layers and added animals to solidify their understanding of this amazing habitat.

Adventures Group 2 – Week 4 Highlights: Group 2 thinks rainforests are really great! From sloths to macaws, blue butterflies to green tree frogs, we learned all about life in the different layers of this amazing and precious habitat. This week’s trip to the Museum of Natural History was perfectly timed, as we were able to see a model of a rainforest as well as animals and plants from some of our earlier units of study. We loved lying under the giant blue whale and being amazed by its size! On a separate note, we are saying goodbye to several friends from our group this week–we will miss you! For those friends returning, get ready for another week of awesome Adventures!

Adventures Group 3 – Week 4 Highlights: This week Group 3 has enjoyed exploring rainforests. Campers created a rainforest together by labeling each layer, then identifying and creating the animals that live there. By working in small groups, children were able to research animals and amazing facts about this natural resource. In discussion, campers analyzed why rainforests are needed including its use for current medicines and how half of the earths plant and animal species exists there. These discussions allowed campers to understand why many organizations support and protect rainforests preservation. During the trip to the Museum of Natural History, children were able to visit the Hall of Biodiversity. Here campers entered a replica of the Dzanga-Sangha Rainforest which is home to some of the highest concentrations of forest elephants and lowland gorillas in Africa. This experience supported information learned within the classroom.  We look forward to slithering through Friday’s rainforest parade as snakes!

Adventures Group 4 – Week 4 Highlights: “In the Jungle the Mighty Jungle the Lion Sleeps tonight…In the Jungle the Quiet Jungle the Lion Sleeps tonight…” Group 4 has had a wonderful week learning about rainforests around the world. Campers enjoyed making handcrafted macaws and handmade masks.

Adventures Group 5 – Week 4 Highlights:  Group 5 explored the five layers of the rainforest which include emergent, canopy, understory, floor and river.  A few of the informative picture books we read are The Umbrella by Jan Brett, The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry, Welcome to the Green House by Jane Yolen and Rainforest Wildlife by Jinny Johnson.  Together we completed scavenger hunts for mammals, birds, frogs and reptiles and tropical treasure hunts.  We designed our own rainforest with a few of the wonderful and unique wildlife.   As we rest and relax during siesta, we are learning how to respect all the amazing individuals around us through the different character’s perspective in Wonder.

Adventures Group 6 – Week 4 Highlights: As part of their study of rainforests this week, Group 6 campers  researched the many different types of animals found in the four different levels of the rain forest.  The class modeled a multi-layered “bulletin board rain forest” which classified the animals in their proper rain forest layers, based on their findings. Students also discovered and discussed the many reasons rain forests are so important to us and the rest of the world.  Now we all have a good appreciation of why we should protect the rain forests!

Art Week 4 Highlights: Toucans, monkeys and butterflies– OH MY!  This week in Art, our Discoveries campers chose a rainforest resident that they liked best.  They created a mask using paper plates, paint, and several other materials to add their own original detail.  They are very excited to march on Fridayś parade wearing their masks.  From butterflies to jaguars, the parade will be filled with animals from the amazon.   To decorate the bridge for the parade, the children painted pool noodles for tree trunks and used forks to paint the leaves.  Adventures campers in Art created tropical birds in the rainforest. They learned about warm and cool colors using painting and collage, and added details including crocodiles and butterflies in oil pastels.

Music Week 4 Highlights:  This week campers in both Discoveries and Adventures programs created and learned to make music with rainsticks, as they celebrated the many cultures found in the rainforest!

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