29 Jun

Adventures in Art

Campers made art journals with collage on Monday. They are encouraged to draw whatever they wish inside and practice drawing animals. They will take their journals home on their last day of camp.

We also created hands across America in watercolor resist. Campers partnered with their new and old friends to draw each other’s hands. They learned about warm and cool colors using lines and patterns.

On Friday, they made papel picados from

Mexico. These are cut paper flags to celebrate different holidays.

29 Jun

Group 6

This week Group, 6 asked the question, “What is America?” They came up with hundreds of answers and responses.  Those answers were used to create a GIANT map that formed The United States.  Our “word-map” hangs proudly on the bulletin board outside our room.

Students also worked alone and in groups to create their own original iPad slideshows about what makes up The United States of America.  Students then presented their slideshows within the group, showing off their images, writing, and creativity. The results were amazing!

29 Jun

Group 5

Week 1 – Group 5

Group 5 student learned about the symbols that represent America: the American flag, the bald eagle, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, and the White House.   Together we read the picture books: A True Book  North America by LIbby Koponen, I Am America by Charles R. Smith Jr., and Off We Go To Mexico: An Adventure in the Sun by Laurie Krebs & Christopher Corr.  Each student made a picture graph of the American Flag, a heart-filled handprint, and a bald eagle.   During siesta we are reading Wonder and learning the importance of always choosing to be kind!  

29 Jun

Group 4

Group 4:

What an exciting week!

What is American about America?

Cars!!! In group 4 we are learning about one of America’s greatest inventions the Model T car created by Henry Ford.

With the help of Mo Rocca we are exploring the Henry Ford Innovation Nation through a virtual field trip!

Please stop by to see some of the great American Cars we are studying in our “Abandon Cars Exhibit”

Thank You,
Group 4

29 Jun

Group 3

The children in Group 3 had an amazing start to their trip around the world! Receiving their first passport stamp in North America, included gaining fun new facts about some of the 23 countries in the continent. Students learned about many patriotic symbols and created a hand-stamped Statue of Liberty. Group 3 also investigated rocks and minerals. They sorted their collections by size, shape, color, and texture. This hands-on in class activity had them prepared to explore Sterling Mineral Mine. Students enjoyed the tour of the mine and collecting ore. It was wonderful to see what they have studied come to life. Using the globe and reading text during Interdisciplinary Themed Instruction also made Group 3’s North America visit so excited. We can’t wait to travel again next week!

29 Jun

Group 2

Red, White, Blue…and Group Two!

We kicked off our worldwide tour this week close to home, in the good ol’ U.S. of A. Students learned about our nation’s symbols and we’ve started getting to know one another, discovering that although we are all different, we have many things in common. Now, THAT is what makes

America great!

29 Jun

Group 1

Group 1 campers engaged in fun greetings with one another as we began to learn each other’s names. We had a blast getting to know each other and the children were smiling as they moved from class to class.

We learned about national landmarks through a Time For Kids magazine. Each child received their very own magazine and were encouraged to explore the U.S.A. through colorful illustrations. We watched a Let’s Find Out video about American symbols which helped connect the information discussed with the campers.

Group 1 campers were fascinated by facts about the bald eagle. We read non-fiction books and created eagles by tracing each child’s foot for the body and hands for the wings.

05 Aug

Adventures: Group 1

by Ms. Kate Augustus

Team USA!

  • During the week of August 8, Adventures Group 1 campers will learn more about the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio that will start this weekend! We will watch clips from the Opening Ceremony and discuss which countries are participating.
  • In addition, campers will explore the sporting events that will take place and the athletes that will compete for the gold for Team USA!
05 Aug

Adventures: Group 2

by Ms. Jenevieve Chimento

Summer Athletes

  • During the week of August 8, Adventures Group 2 campers will learn about the training, dedication, and resources needed to participate in the Olympics and the summer games in particular!  Campers will also  use their creativity to design a “new” event named “The Olympic Challenge” including creating a name, rules, and qualifications!
  • In addition, campers will learn about various summer Olympic events and design a course route for the summer event of their choosing. They will also be finishing up their “Olympic Park” projects – using various materials (small boxes/construction paper/paper towel holders/etc.) to build a 3D replica of an Olympic park.
05 Aug

Adventures: Group 4

by Ms. Melanie Markarian

Olympians in Training!

  • During the week of August 8, Adventures Group 4 campers will enjoy being “Olympians in training” when they participate in “mini” Olympic athletics events, and prepare a summer Olympics-inspired Friday Showcase!
  • We will also enjoy live viewing of some of the Olympics taking place in Rio.
05 Aug

Adventures: Group 5

by Mrs. Meg Muller 

“Mini” Olympic Games!

  • During the week of August 8, Adventures Group 5 campers will read the books Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of The Summer Olympics by Sue Macy,Summer Olympics by Clive Gifford, Olympia – Warrior Athletes of Ancient Greece by David Kennett, and The Olympics by Matt Christopher.
  • Throughout the week, we will compete in our own mini Olympics including jumping, stretching, and rolling different objects.
  • We will also look forward to using the art of pointillism to create unique Olympic watercolors!
05 Aug

Adventures: Art

by Ms. Amanda Wilson

Artistic Pop-Ups & Autograph Books!

  • During the week of August 8, Adventures campers will make popups of the summer Olympics, as well as geometric and organic shapes using warm and cool colors with tissue paper!
  • After completing their artwork, Adventurers will create autograph books so we will remember all of our friends made this Summer 2016 at Summer Connections!
05 Aug

Adventures: Group 6

by Mr. Dave Pomeroy

Greek Gods and Goddesses!

  • During the week of August 8, Adventures Group 6 campers will be researching Greek Gods and Goddesses on  iPads.  After an overview of the Greek gods,  each camper will be assigned a specific god to research, then will use the findings of their research to create a Greek god family tree for a bulletin board display!
  • We’ll also continue to view videos of inspirational Olympic moments.
05 Aug

Adventures: Spanish/Drama/Cooking

by Ms. Sandra Buritica

¡Hola Amigos!

  • This week Adventures campers in Spanish will learn how to say and read the numbers 0-20 in Spanish, skip count to 50 “cincuenta” and learn the numbers 100 “cien” and 1,000 “mil”.
  • In Drama we’ll play charades with the vocabulary theme words for Animals in the farm “Los Animales de la Granja” and common places and careers in the community “La comunidad”.
  • In Cooking,  we will make mini pizzas and continue learning words associated with baking, cooking and being courteous in Spanish (mezcla, echar, maza, chocolate, vainilla, queso, limonada, agua, por favor y gracias – mix, pour, dough, chocolate, vanilla, cheese, lemonade, water, please and thank you).  We will also create Tasty Torches made from rice crispies and sugar cones!
05 Aug

Adventures: Exploratorium

by Ms. Doran Muus

A Final Week, Filled with Fun!

During the week of August 8, Adventures campers will choose from a collection of activities and simple experiments that they complete independently. Campers can measure and collect the materials and enjoy the following experimental explorations:

  • How to grow mold
  • How to make a mini volcano erupt
  • How to make Slime
  • How to create Outrageous Ooze
  • How to make a bubble burst
05 Aug

Adventures: Yoga

by Ms. Nicole Henry

Mandalas and Mantras!

  • During the week of August 8, Adventures campers will explore some show tunes to open the voice and create a fun and active yoga class! The high energy songs will then be in contrast to our end-of-class, relaxing songs where the body learns to slow itself down . We will exaggerate the slowness to teach the body how to rejuvenate the nervous system and discuss other calming methods to bring the body into a relaxation state / mind control method.
  • Adventurers will also learn the difference between mandalas and mantras. Campers will make their own mantras to make room for some new and expansive thoughts of how they see themselves!
05 Aug


by Mrs. Simone Aynilian

During the week of August 8, our Adventures campers can look forward to a (final) week of fun!


  • Water Play Day is Tuesday, August 9: Campers should bring bathing suit, towel, water shoes, sunblock, and a change of clothes.
  • Field Day is Wednesday, August 10
  • Theme Thursday is Thursday, August 11: Pajama Day! Wear your comfy PJs to camp! Face Painting is (also) taking place on Thursday, August 11.
  • Farewell Showcase is Friday, August 12 from 2:15 to 3:15 PM, in the Lower School Gym, Drapkin Hall.
04 Aug

Adventures: Group 3

by Ms. Suhna Pi

Medals, Mascots, and More!

  • During the week of August 8, Adventures Group 3 campers will work on projects and activities that relate to the Olympics summer games and events  taking place right now in Rio!
  • Additionally, we will discuss and learn about medal counts, countries, sporting events, mascots, and the tradition of the Olympics’ opening ceremony events.
29 Jul


by Mrs. Simone Aynilian

Week of August 1, A Week of Fun!

  • During the week of August 1, our Adventures campers can look forward to a week of fun!
  • Reminders: 
    • Water Play Day is Tuesday, August 2: Campers should bring bathing suit, towel, water shoes, sunblock, and a change of clothes.
    • Field Trip Day is Wednesday, August 3: Campers will be enjoying an outing to Bowler City in Hackensack, NJ!
    • Theme Thursday is Thursday, August 4: Mis-Match Day! Wear your favorite mismatched articles of clothing. Plaids, polka-dots, and stripes, oh my!
    • Choice Activity is (also) Thursday, August 4:  Campers will choose from the following offerings: Construction Challenge, Jewelry Making, Traditional Greek and Not-So-Traditional Hip-Hop Dancing, Bilingual BINGO, Karaoke, Tie-Dye Tshirt Making, and Awesome Party Game
    •  Cinema Showcase is Friday, August 5:  Campers will enjoy watching Hercules!