05 Aug

Discoveries: Red Group

by Ms. Rachel Shin

Winter Olympics & Rhyming Words

  • During the week of August 8, Discoveries Red Group campers will learn about and explore about the winter Olympics, as we play our own version of ‘the Games’!
  • We also look forward to studying onomatopoeias ,  identifying rhyming words, naming shapes and counting with manipulatives!
05 Aug

Discoveries: Blue Group

by Ms. Kristen Schott

Learning to become an Olympian!

  • During the week of August 8, Discoveries Blue Group campers will learn about how  athletes train to become Olympians by doing a little training ourselves!
  • We will also discuss together healthy eating habits, explore age appropriate exercises, and prepare for our final Friday showcase!
05 Aug

Discoveries: Yellow Group

by Mr. Tim Coyne

Summer vs. Winter Olympics!

  • During the week of August 8, Discoveries Yellow Group campers will be talking about the events in the upcoming summer Olympics, including comparing the number of events that take place at this time as compared to the winter Olympics.
  • In addition, our campers will do some of their own Olympics-inspired physical activities, going outside to run, jump and throw!
05 Aug

Discoveries: Spanish/Drama/Cooking

by Ms. Sandra Buritica 

¡Hola Amigos!

  • During the week of August 8, Discoveries campers will sing the chants:  “La araña pequeñita” and “El Osito” (The Itsy Bitsy Spider and Little Bear). They will also decorate their “ositos” faces (little bear faces) to use during retelling the story “Ricitos de Oro y los tres ositos” (Goldilocks and the Three Bears).
  • In addition, campers will learn the color “anaranjado” (orange) and review the other colors by playing “Pescando” (Going Fishing). They will also say and sing the numbers 1-20 in Spanish and the month “Agosto” (August)!
29 Jul

Discoveries: Red Group

by Ms. Rachel Shin 

Olympic Onomatopoeias!

  • During the week of August 1, our Discoveries Red Group campers will learn about and explore the winter Olympics, enjoying our own version of this seasonal athletic event.
  • We also will focus on onomatopoeias and continue to identify rhyming words through our read-aloud time together.
  • Additionally, we will practice naming shapes and counting!


29 Jul

Discoveries: Yellow Group

by Mr. Tim Coyne

A Focus on Paralympics !

  • During the week of August 1, Discoveries Yellow Group campers will compare and contrast the events of the winter and summer Olympics.  We will also learn why certain sporting events take place during specific seasons!
  • In addition, campers will discuss  the Paralympics, and why  it is important for athletes of all abilities to be able to compete. To help us talk about the importance of being inclusive we will read Don’t Laugh at Me by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin.
  • Campers will also enjoy viewing some videos of Paralympic athletes in action!
29 Jul

Discoveries: Blue Group

by Mr. Matt McQuillen 

A Week of Winter (Olympics)!

  • Even though we’re in the middle of the summer, during the week of August 1 our Discoveries Blue Group campers will have cold weather on their minds as we explore the winter Olympics!
  • Campers will also be exploring elements of winter weather, winter Olympic locations, and games that are unique to this time of year.
29 Jul

Discoveries: Spanish/Drama/Cooking

by Ms. Sandra Buritica 

Semana de Diversión

  • During the week of August 1, Discoveries campers will act out the story Ricitos de Oro y los Tres Ositos (Goldilocks and the Three Bears). Then campers will play a “fishing game” with the vocabulary words they’ve learned in the both stories: Llama Llama Rojo Pijama and Ricitos de Oro y  los tres Ositios.  
  • Campers will also continue learning the Spanish children’s song A la Rueda, Rueda. While campers sing, they will take each other by the hands, forming a circle and at the end all the kids fall down (carefully) and pretend to be sleeping!
  • Additionally campers will continue learning their Spanish numbers up to 10 and learn some more colors  including azul , café, negro, rojo, y amarillo (blue, brown, black red and yellow)!
29 Jul


by Mrs. Stacy Carela

Let the Winter Olympics Begin!

  • During the week of August 1, our Discoveries campers will enjoy creating sporty crafts and playing games/activities similar to those in the winter Olympics.
  • Reminders:  
    • WaterPlay is Wednesday, August 3: Nothing is more fun on a hot day than some water play!  Please send your child(ren) already dressed in their bathing suit and covered with sunblock.  Bring towels, water shoes, hats, etc., and a change of dry clothes to change into afterwards.
    • Theme Thursday: Mis-Match Day is Thursday, August 4! Wear your favorite mis-matched articles of clothing! Plaids, polka-dots, and stripes, oh my!


21 Jul


by Ms. Stacy Carela 

Get Ready for a Week of Fun!

  • During the week of July 25 our Discoveries campers should get ready for a week of fun! With only two weeks left in this year’s Discoveries program we look forward to going on a scavenger hunt!  We’ll be using clues and searching high and low, to find the five “Olympic rings”!
  • Don’t forget that next Thursday, July 28, is Theme Thursday:  “Super Hero Day”! All Discoveries campers are encouraged to come to camp in apparel and/or accessories inspired by their favorite super hero/oes!
21 Jul

Discoveries: Yellow Group

by Mr. Tim Coyne 

(Olympic) Rings and Ties, to All Parts of our World!

  • For the week of July 25, our Discoveries: Yellow Group campers will focus on the meaning of the five Olympic rings, how they represent the five inhabited continents of the world (Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe) — continents united by the Olympic Games — and how the rings can inspire various projects and crafts. In addition, campers will learn about finding the five continents on maps and globes, and discussing and learning about which of our fellow campers have family ties to these other parts of our world.
  • We will also read books together, including Whoever You Are by Mem Fox and Same, Same, but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw, to help us understand and recognize that although we all may have some differences, we also have many similarities which unite all of us!
21 Jul

Discoveries: Blue Group

by Mr. Matt McQuillen 

Geography Week!

  • For the week of July 25, our Discoveries: Blue Group campers are going to be recognizing that they are part of a local community as well as a larger state, country, and world community, which will be evident throughout the Olympics Opening Ceremonies on August 5!
  • We look forward to painting watercolors of the five main continents represented at the Summer 2016 Olympics. In addition, we are going to be exploring flags from various nations and  playing concentration with country flag cards.
21 Jul

Discoveries: Art

by Ms. Robin Lehovitis 

Discoveries Campers, Budding Art Critics!

  • For the week of July 25, our Discoveries campers will be introduced to great artists Pablo Picasso, Barnett Newman, Robert Motherwell and Jackson Pollack, to name a few, and they will be encouraged to appreciate art through the perspective of an art critic.
  • In addition, campers will work on self portraits as they study vertical and horizontal lines in their artwork!


21 Jul

Discoveries: Cooking/Spanish/Drama

by Ms. Sandra Buritica

¡Semana de Diversión !

  • For the week of July 25th, our Discoveries campers will hear the story The Three Little Bears as they learn the vocabulary words for the story: Ricitos de Oro, Los Ositos, La Sopita, Una Camita, and Caliente y Frío. 
  • In addition, Discoveries campers will learn to count up to 20 in Spanish! Then, they will learn the following colors: azul, amarillo, blanco, y verde (Blue, yellow, white, and green).
  • Campers will also learn the children’s rhyme: “A la Rueda, Rueda” ( “Let’s go around and around.”)


14 Jul

Popular STEM Challenge Sessions Added; Eddie Ballas Soccer for Youngest Kickers!

7.14.16SCSummerNotesSTEM Challenge “Deep Dive” Sparks Learning; Popularity Sparks New Sessions!

By Fadila Addaouki, D-E 360° Summer Connections (SC)  – Communications Intern 

D-E 360° Summer Connections (SC) is excited to explore the resources of the newly-built Hajjar STEM Center at Dwight-Englewood School. The Hajjar STEM Center is a $20 million, architectural award-winning building that opened on the Dwight-Englewood campus less than a year ago, in Fall 2015.  This summer, many SC Enrichment and Scholars campers are clearly enjoying and making the most of this beautiful new learning space.

STEM Challenge, held in the Hajjar STEM Center and offered as a D-E 360° SC “Deep Dive: Immersive” program, challenges campers in grades 5-9 to spark learning and strengthen skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  And best of all, due to popular demand, additional sessions for STEM Challenge have now been added by the D-E 360° SC team!

The week-long STEM Challenge session focuses on problem solving, logical reasoning, and collaboration skills. In STEM Challenge, our campers ‘dive deep’ into an all-day immersive experience with Computer Science, Art, and Electronics teachers to design and original robotic creation that can execute a mission to collect scattered supplies on the surface of Mars. Each student learns the electronics, coding and design skills to create a robotic vehicle that can sense its surroundings and move the lost supplies to a safe storage area on our mock-up of the red planet.

Lead teacher Trevor Shaw is Director of Technology for Dwight-Englewood School (D-E) and also President and Founder of Genesis Learning. Shaw has been helping schools to leverage the power of technology as a learning tool since 1992. His experience has included designing the technology infrastructures for D-E and other independent schools, and he has championed plans for integrating technology into curriculum. He has also worked as a classroom English and technology teacher and has consulted for dozens of other institutions and served on the Board of Education of a New Jersey school district.

Shaw explains, “STEM Challenge [sparks] an authentic experience,  with real tools for making real electronic inventions. We cut wires, saw wood and solder components with the coaching and supervision of trained staff. The students learn to design circuits and write programs as they literally imagine something into existence. When they are finished, they have an electronic creation that they brought into the world. No one bought it for them or gave it to them. They own it because they BUILT it. They know how every part of it operates. Beyond the skills of coding and using tools, students learn to think deeply about how to solve a problem using technology. They apply strategies of design thinking, collaboration, and creativity to find the best of many possible paths to a solution.”

Shaw continues: “Prepping and planning for this immersive experience has been a huge amount of work, but it is work that I find incredibly rewarding. Very few things make me happier than seeing a kid’s face light up when he has struggled with a problem for a long, long time and the motor finally turns, or the light finally goes on. I love seeing kids come up with new and creative solutions to a design problem. To be able to stand with a student as she works and struggle and then show her that you are genuinely impressed and excited by what she invented is a powerful thing. I am privileged to be able to teach a class like this.”

STEM Challenge participant Helen George (Grade 6) enthusiastically commented, “I like how STEM Challenge shows everyone [how they can be creative]!” Fellow student/camper Andrew Tandler echoed this sentiment, noting: “I love the teamwork and the amount of dedication we all put in!”

Space is very limited for the new STEM Challenge “Deep Dive:Immersive” Program sessions recently added!  Hurry, click here to register online today or go to:  http://de360.d-e.org/deep-dive-immersives/deep-dive-immersive-technology/

Eddie Ballas Soccer: A Kick for Youngest Campers!

D-E 360 SC is also excited to offer once again this summer not just one but two super soccer offerings that have proven to be extremely popular for our youngest campers. These Discoveries & Adventures (D&A) Special Programs are led by expert instructor and D-E coach Eddie Ballas.  

On Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5, “Eddie Ballas First Kick” and “Eddie Ballas Soccer Mini Camp”, are available as Discoveries & Adventures Special Program offerings. These soccer clinics provide personalized instruction, skill centers, and exciting competitive games designed to enhance individual skills. “First Kick” is for campers entering preschool in Fall 2016  (ages 3 & 4 years old) and is in session from 3:30 – 4:30 PM; the “Mini Camp”, from 3:30 – 5:30 PM,  is for campers entering kindergarten through Grade 5 in Fall 2016. Sessions will take place on Graham Field (grass) and Leggett Field (turf) on the beautiful D-E School campus.

Eddie Ballas, who is also the Head Coach for D-E Varsity Girls’ Soccer team, explains, “To maximize fun and development, children will always be grouped according to age and skill level. Each child will not only improve their level of play, but will have a better understanding and love for the game!” 

To register your child for Discoveries & Adventures Special Programs’ Eddie Ballas Soccer offerings, click here or visit http://de360.d-e.org/summer-connections/adventures-discoveries-special-programs/

Enriching Experiences with D-E 360° SC! 

Enrichment camper athletes had fun in the sun this week (with an eye toward their safety in the heat of course!), as they learned how to improve their techniques and courage in the New! “Intro to Hurdles Camp”. They also began to develop effective warm-up and dynamic stretching routines!

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In a cooler (air-conditioned) indoor setting, Enrichment campers designed their own video games in “Game Design 1”,  learning both the basics and some more advanced skills to create an amazing arcade or platform game!

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Newly-Added Enrichment STEM, Sports Sessions! 

In addition to the new STEM Challenge sessions that have just been added to the D-E 360°  (Deep Dive: Immersive) Program offerings this summer (see above) —  there are also newly-added Enrichment Program sessions for campers interested in STEM and/or sports.  Hurry, space is  limited. For the complete list of all 2016 D-E 360° Summer Connections offerings and to register online, visit http://de360.d-e.org/summer-connections/

Balloon Rocket Car STEM Competition

  • Experience how real engineers would work together to design, build, and test balloon powered rocket cars! Teams will compete to determine which car can transport the most weight from one point to another. After discussing the scientific principals behind the process, students will have the opportunity to research, brainstorm, and work with various materials throughout the design process. In the end, competition points will be decided on both the materials used and the amount of weight the balloon cars can carry.
  • Dates:  NEW –JUST ADDED! JULY 18-22,  10:40 AM – 12:50 PM; JULY 25-29 (SORRY, FULL)
  • Cost:  $175; Additional Materials Fee:  $30

Lawn Sports

  • Lawn sports are a great way to get outside without getting too sweaty or dirty. They are an opportunity for the game lover, the athlete, and the book-worm to all compete on a level playing field. Students will learn and get a chance to play several lawn sports including bocce, croquet, and Frisbee golf.
  • Dates: NEW – JUST ADDED!  August 1-5, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Cost: $ 175

Flag Football

  • This co-ed class is for boys and girls! Students will learn how to play flag football.  For some kids, this may be their first experience with football or with any organized sport. The experienced teachers on staff will make the learning fun for all students.
  • Dates: NEW – JUST ADDED!  August 8-12,  1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Cost: $ 175

LIVE!  Summer Showcase Events Tomorrow, Friday, July 15! 

 Families and friends are invited and encouraged to attend the following end-of-session “Summer Showcase” events from our Enrichment campers, tomorrow, Friday, July 15!

  • Campers enrolled in “The Debate” will be presenting beginning at 11:00 AM in the Hajjar Auditorium. 
  • “The Verdict” will be performed at 2 PM in the Hajjar Auditorium.

July Food Drive Still Underway! 

Food Drive is still underway through Monday, July 25! D-E 360° Summer Connections (SC) is holding its annual July Food Drive. We are working with Englewood’s Center for Food Action, to help those for whom summers have been more difficult.  We are asking all our SC families to help by donating nonperishables (e.g., canned goods) as well as baby products and toiletries, and to drop off these donations at the Discoveries & Adventures program desk in the D-E Lower School (Drapkin Hall).  The drive is underway through Monday, July 25. Thank you for your support of this worthwhile cause!

To download our July Food Drive info. flyer (PDF) please click here. 


Listed below are the featured dining menu items for the upcoming week, available to all our Enrichment, Scholars, and “Deep Dive: Immersives” campers.  Additional dining menu options available include sushi trays, prepared sandwiches, wraps, salads, and more.  Chef Luke also typically prepares for our campers a variety of tasty side dishes ranging from rice, potatoes, and french fries…  to broccoli, squash, and carrots.

In addition to lunch offerings, BREAKFAST items (including bagels, muffins, yogurt) and SNACKS (eg., chips, sweets and healthy treats) are also available to campers before the first morning session each day, beginning at 8:00 AM, and during session breaks. 

Campers can pay for their dining selections through a pre-paid or cash-payment basis.Lunch is typically included in the cost of our “Deep Dive: Immersive” offerings.    Click here or visit our General Information page at http://de360.d-e.org/summer-connections/ for more details.

Dining for our youngest campers in the Discoveries and Adventures (D&A) Program is handled separately, and information is available in the D&A information located at right / below.

Questions?  Call the D-E 360° Summer Connections Main Office at: 201-227-3144.

Featured Menu Items for the Week of July 18, 2016 

Monday, July 18: Cheese Quesadillas

Tuesday, July 19: Fried Chicken

Wednesday, July 20:  Bagged Lunches

Thursday, July 21: French Bread Pizza

Friday, July 22: Pasta with Alfredo Sauce

14 Jul


by Mrs. Stacy Carela 

A Wonderful Week Ahead for Discoveries Campers!

  • During the week of July 18 our Discoveries campers will have a wonderful time. Reminders for the upcoming week include the following:
    • Our July Food Drive is underway now through next Monday, July 25.  Once again this year, D-E 360° Summer Connections is partnering with Englewood’s Center for Food Action. Please help out and contribute nonperishable food items, baby products and/or toiletries for families in need this summer; donations can be dropped off at the Discoveries & Adventures program desk.  If you have already donated to the July Food Drive, thank you!  To download a July Food Drive info. flyer (PDF) click here. 
    • Water-Play Wednesdays:  Water Play will be held next Wednesday, July 20. On Water Play days, please send your child(ren) already dressed in their bathing suits and covered with sun block.  Please remember to send a towel and a change of dry clothes for them to change into afterward.
    • “Theme Thursday” is Team Spirit Day! Show your team spirit by wearing a jersey of your favorite sports team this Thursday, July 21!
    • Friday, July 22 is our first “Showcase”! Please join us next Friday, July 22, 2016 at 2:15pm in the Drapkin Hall Lower School gym for some Olympic-inspired, preschool-style entertainment! Our young campers have been practicing two very special songs that focus on the fun and friendship associated with the summer games.
14 Jul

Discoveries: Red Group

by Ms. Rachel Shin: 

Medals, Sportsmanship & Friendship!

  • During the week of July 18 our Discoveries: Red Group campers will continue exploring and learning about the Olympics, including creating our very own Olympic medals.
  • We will also be practicing our group songs about friendship and sportsmanship, so we will be ready  to present to our family and friends at our very first Showcase on Friday, July 22, 2016! (For more about the Showcase click here for this week’s D&A Funcast flyer.)
14 Jul

Discoveries: Yellow Group

by Mr. Tim Coyne

Record-Breaking Campers!

  • During the week of July 18 our Discoveries: Yellow Group campers will be discussing what a world record is and what it means,  in certain types of sports including running, jumping, throwing, swimming, etc. — as well as talking about some of those athletes who hold those records.
  • We will also enjoy recording, setting, and breaking our own personal records in various activities!