Summer Connections

D-E 360° Summer Connections (SC) 2019 is now confirmed for Monday, June 24 through Friday, August 2, 2019! Learn more about our program at our upcoming Spring 2019 Open House Events, including Saturday, April 27, from 1 – 3 PM!  Click here or go to https://summerconnectionsparentdashboard.campbrainregistration.com/.  If you’re already a part of our SC community, you should have received our print catalog for SC 2019. To be added to our Mailing List, send us an Email with your name and home address to: summer@d-e.org. In the meantime, take a look at the SC 2019 e-catalog; click here or see below. NOTE: A $150 deposit saves your seat(s) for SC 2019. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to give your children the gift of LEARNING BOLDLY this summer! 

WELCOME

We welcome you to “Learn Boldly” with D-E 360° Summer Connections this Summer! Here is where you will find all general information about Summer Connections (SC) 2019 and our programs for campers/students in Preschool (age 3) through Grade 12. 

This year, we have an exciting theme for our youngest campers: Keys: Opening Doorways to New Worlds. Campers in Preschool through Grade 4 in the Discoveries, Adventures, and Junior Summer Day Camp programs will  ‘open doorways’ to experience and explore different worlds… including fantasy worlds, our natural world, our world beyond in outer space, and more.

For middle school-aged children we offer a multitude of fun ‘a la carte’ Enrichment opportunities. We are the only program in the region that allows campers through our Enrichment program (for Grades 5-9) to build a summer schedule that uniquely taps into their personal interests.  Each week, Enrichment campers may select from a catalog of offerings that cover a myriad of fun topics from athletics and cooking to debate and engineering. 

We also offer Academic Enrichment and Scholars programs for older middle school-aged and high school students who want academic advancement and college test prep — courses designed for earning credits,  building confidence, and bolstering skills for when students go back to school in Fall 2019. 

Finally our Immersive programs are an opportunity for campers of all ages to delve into topics for self exploration and leadership development.  Master-level teachers engage students in a collaborative environment to provide experiential learning that will lay the foundation for further exploration beyond summer. Immersives are  1-, 2- and 3-week courses — for those who want to ‘dive deep’ and pursue their passions. Over past summers, we introduced Immersive offerings in STEM Challenge, Entrepreneurs Academy, Explosive Science and Young Visionaries for budding artists, all of which will continue this season. String Society, now in its 12th year, offers 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 Community Service/Leadership, “Wall Street & U”, as well as Express Course in Coding, will all get students’ strategic and creative juices flowing while developing a depth of knowledge and skill.

For a quick snapshot of Schedules for our Enrichment, Academic Enrichment, Scholars, and Immersive offerings, reference our D-E 360° Summer Connections 2019 Schedule Grid: click here. Important, please note that this Schedule Grid is subject to change. For a schedule of all our most current offerings use our handy online Scheduling Tool: click here.

Fill out a quick inquiry (http://de360.d-e.org/summer/) form and we’ll send you specific information for SC 2019.

And if you want to get more of a sense of what SC 2019 offers, click here to view Summer Notes (http://de360.d-e.org/category/summer-connections/featured-posts/) , our weekly e-newsletter!

Sincerely,

Sherronda Brown, Ed.D.

Director of D-E 360°

Dwight-Englewood School

GENERAL INFORMATION

D-E 360° Summer Connections is ACA Accredited!

Accreditation of Dwight-Englewood School is provided by the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. 

D-E 360° Summer Connections is also very proud to be a member of and accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA)!  This means we have met more than 300 standards for health, safety and programming quality.  Accreditation by the ACA is a voluntary yet rigorous process. To learn more visit www.acacamps.org.

Registration & Enrollment

Registration for D-E ° Summer Connections (SC) 2019 is available through here on our website or go directly to:

https://summerconnectionsparentdashboard.campbrainregistration.com/

Students can also be registered by phone during business hours at (201) 227-3144, or in person during business hours at the SC 2019 office in Leggett Hall, Room 001. Business hours are: Monday – Friday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

All SC 2019 offerings must meet minimum enrollment numbers by June 1, 2019 for the classes to proceed.  Early registration is encouraged and allows us to guarantee SC 2019 offerings at earlier dates, as soon as enrollment is sufficient. A $150 non-refundable deposit must be submitted at the time of registration.  Note: grade levels refer to the grade the child will enter in September 2019. Please complete all sections of the registration in their entirety. Complete registrations also include a non-refundable $75 application fee per camper. Application fees will be waived for registrations made between January 15 and March 15, 2019.  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 registration form at any time. Families registering 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. Sibling discount begins March 16, 2019.

*(limited to 3 siblings/discount applied to the lowest tuition)

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 through the online registration system, Campsite. Checks or cash payment will be accepted in the D-E 360° Summer Connections Office, located on the Dwight-Englewood School campus; 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 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 SC 2019 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. 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 SC 2019 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 SC 2019 program is open to all students. SC 2019 provides a variety of opportunities for students in Preschool (age 3) 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. Our SC 2019 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 SC 2019, a part of the experience provided by the school is to set behavioral expectations clearly and to help students learn to follow these expectations.

What You Can Expect from SC 2019

When your child attends SC 2019 (and any of our D-E 360° programs), you can expect a safe, caring, supportive, educational environment that fosters independence and a desire to learn in all participants. Knowing that all children need support to be successful, we do our best to accommodate all children who are interested in our programs.

While we offer top-notch programs, we may not be the best program or have the right supports in place for all children, especially those requiring special medical, behavioral, or social support. Please contact us with questions about whether SC 2019 programs offer the right experience and supports for your child. Email us at summerprograms@d-e.org.

What SC 2019 Expects from Campers / Students

We expect that all SC 2019 participants will demonstrate care, respect, and responsibility at all times while with us. We expect participants to exhibit self-control, to be nice to others, and to follow simple instructions.  Disciplinary actions are seen as educational rather than simply punitive. In the event of inappropriate actions by a participant at camp, a warning will be issued. If the action continues, the child will sit out of the ongoing activity and a parent/guardian will be notified.  Fighting; swearing; disrespect to a director, faculty, staff member, or another child; abusive language; physical abuse; stealing, etc., are actions contrary to SC 2019 behavior goals and will be looked upon as cause for termination with no refund of fees. All participants are expected to abide by the rules and regulations outlined in the current handbooks for the Dwight-Englewood Lower, Middle & Upper School divisions. Hard copies of these handbooks will be made available upon request.

Food 

Food is provided on campus for SC 2019 through FLIK Dining Services.  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, SC 2019 offers a prepaid 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 $65. The minimum deposit in a pre-paid account is $30. Lunch fee is non-refundable. For more information, please contact the D-E 360° Summer Connections Office.

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.

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. Summer Connections 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 Changes

For Enrichment students, once a class has begun, schedule changes may only be made by the end of the first day.  Our Operations Team is available to help students make different selections.

“Bring Your Own Device” (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 Summer Connections.  Since our goal is for all teachers to integrate authentic use of technology in classrooms, we are encouraging students to bring technology to Summer Connections for educational purposes.

Students in classes designated as BYOD will be expected to bring a 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.

Medical Forms

The SC 2019 Team seeks to ensure that the children enrolled in every class, program and camp are happy, safe and well looked after while they are in our charge. In this vein, we require parents to provide us with their child(ren)’s medical history, specific health needs, and permission to administer emergency treatment.

The State of New Jersey requires the following information and forms for each child attending our programs:

  • Permission to Treat form. Parental consent to administer emergency medical treatment. This is completed during the online registration process.
  • Written health history. This is completed during the online registration process.
  • Immunization form. All SC 2019 registrants must submit an immunization form. This must be a form from your doctor’s office OR a copy of a letter stating your exemption from immunization. Forms must have the doctor’s office official letterhead and address. Forms or letters should be scanned (preferably as PDF files) and uploaded to the registration portal. See directions below for uploading forms.
  • Medication Authorization Form. Children who require medication during the camp day – including an inhaler and/or emergency EpiPen – must have a Medication Permission Form on file with D-E 360° Summer Connections.
    • Download Medical Authorization Form.
    • Upload completed form to registration portal. See directions below for uploading forms.
  • Medical Action Plan. Children who require a medical action plan for food allergies, seizures, diabetes, asthma, or any other medical condition will need to have a copy of their action plan signed by a doctor. Parents can submit the action plan provided to the child’s school or can complete one the templates provided and upload to the registration portal. See directions below for uploading forms.

International student participants: Our programs are day programs and do not offer any residential options. However, some international students have chosen to travel with a group with local accommodations or stay with a relative and enroll in our programs. All international students are required to meet the same standards for immunizations and other information. In particular, international immunization records need to include an up to date Mantoux test (TB test). Contact our SC 2019 Health Director with any questions you might have by calling 201-227-3144.

All submitted forms – immunization records medication authorization and action plan forms must be scanned (preferably as a PDF) and uploaded to the online registration portal. ALL REQUIRED MEDICAL FORMS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BUT NO LATER THAN June 10, 2019. The earlier we have them the better for our medical staff.

SC 2019 Medical Forms:

Camper Health History Form 1

Camper Health History Form 2

Medication Permission Form

International Student Health Form

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 SC 2019  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 SC 2019 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 SC 2019 Director of Health is available to assist.

Heat

With recent high heat indexes (related to high temperatures/humidity), our 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 the instructor and/or counselor 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 some re-usable D-E 360° Summer Connections water bottles 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.
  • SC 2019 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 parents/guardians 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.

Schedule

The schedule for SC 2019 runs from June 24 through August 2, 2019. 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 indicated.

Hours for the Dwight-Englewood School Middle and Upper School campus (for students enrolled in Enrichment, Academic 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, campers  should not arrive earlier than this time. The Library and Dining Hall will open at 7:45 AM for all middle school- and high school-aged campers/students (Grades 5-12) arriving before class begins. We provide PreCare for Discoveries and Adventures campers (Preschoolers age 3 – Grade 4) from 7:45 to 8:30 AM. After classes end, campers in Grades 5-12 may wait to be picked up at Umpleby Hall or inside of the Imperatore Library. Please inform the D-E 360° Summer Connections 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 $55 late fee or dismissal from D-E 360° SC.

Campus Access / Closed Campus Policy

The D-E 360° Summer Connections program’s Closed Campus Policy means that visitors are not permitted during our summer programs. Any exception to this policy must be arranged in advance. Campers/students are not permitted to leave the campus for any reason other than program-sponsored activities while attending SC 2019.

Photography & Videography

Photo and video images/clips become the property of Dwight-Englewood School upon signing the application. Permission is granted for images/videos to be taken of all students and used for promotional materials.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Dwight-Englewood School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in its admissions, employment, or the administration of any of its programs. For additional information about Dwight-Englewood School visit www.d-e.org.