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Virtual Summer Connections 2020

WELCOME!

Due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, D-E 360° Summer Connections has pivoted to all ‘virtual’ (online) programs for Summer 2020!  Providing high-caliber interactive instruction, Virtual Summer Connections 2020 offers programs in a full range of disciplines for students in Preschool through Grade 12.

We can’t cancel fun! Below is general information and highlights for all our programs; learn more by visiting each of the links in the Program Descriptions below or by accessing the menu above. We can’t wait to “see” you soon with D-E 360°  Virtual Summer Connections 2020!

For all Registered Families: Let’s Get Virtual! Click here to access our Private D-E 360° Virtual Summer Connections Website Page!
 Password required; Registered families will receive this information by Email.

Registration is OPEN NOW. Register through CampBrain: summerconnectionsparentdashboard.campbrainregistration.com

Six Weeks of Programs!

  • July 6 – July 10   (Week 1)
  • July 13 – July 17 (Week 2)
  • July 20 – July 24 (Week 3)
  • July 27 – July 31 (Week 4)
  • August 3 – August 7 (Week 5)
  • August 10 – August 14 (Week 6)

Sign Up for One Week, Two Weeks, Five Weeks or ALL Six Weeks! 

Not sure of your schedule?  Subscriptions are available for “Any-Time Classes” for PreSchool through Grade 5.

To register now for any of our programs: https://summerconnectionsparentdashboard.campbrainregistration.com/

Weekly Program Highlights

  • Courses for enrichment or advancement
  • Live instruction in academic courses
  • Private instruction in music and academic skills classes
  • Immersives/MasterClasses/Seminars with coders, researchers, writers, thinkers and artists
  • Synchronous performances
  • Virtual events
  • Elective Class Subscriptions
  • “AnyTime” Activities
  • D-E 360° Virtual Summer Connections 2020 Supply Kits: Supplies available through our weekly Campus Drive-Thru Pick-Up for All Classes or mailed to homes (mailing fee, additional).

 

General Information

 With D-E 360° Virtual Summer Connections 2020, there is something for everyone.  We are the only camp in the region that designs programs for learners of all ages to build a summer schedule that uniquely taps into their personal interests.  Each week, students may select from a catalog of offerings (see below) that cover a myriad of fun topics from coding and writing to social justice and dance.  With our moving to a digital platform for Summer 2020, we’re enjoying the opportunity to partner with our phenomenal DE and Summer Connections faculty as well as community members to bring to students a summer of real memory making.   We will be using our campus for weekly “Drive-Thrus” — not only for families to pick up supplies *see next paragraph —  but also as a reminder that we are a summer community connected with a singular purpose: to LEARN BOLDLY.  We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

*Weekly “Drive-Thru” Supply Pickup Details:

Families registered for Discoveries, Adventures, as well as AnyTime Activities may pick up their camp supply kits for the next week’s activities,  on the D-E School campus. Enter D-E School’s 81 Lincoln Street Gate by the Guard House. Follow the driveway down towards Drapkin Hall where our Summer Connections Team will greet you and provide you with your fun kit. See campus map for details. Note that for the health and safety of everyone, masks must be worn on campus at all times. Families will also be required to remain in their vehicles. We have some fun activities planned for kids to be able to do from the comfort of the backseat, so please bring the whole family along for the ride! For families that arranged for shipping, we will mail your packets to arrive at your home in time for Monday.

Registration

Registration is open online NOW through June 25, 2020.

All who wish to enroll must register through CampBrain: summerconnectionsparentdashboard.campbrainregistration.com

Registrations are on a rolling basis: first come, first serve. Each group session is limited to a small number of participants. Take these steps:

  1. Choose program(s) PLEASE NOTE: If you are choosing an Advancement science or math course (and intend to use it for credit) you must check with your school/school district regarding rules and policies about earning credit for online classes taken through D-E 360° Summer Connections.
  2. Make payment. Apply discount: Early Bird: Waive $55 application fee until June 1 (no discount code needed); Sibling: 5% off program cost for each additional child in family (no discount code needed). (discount applied to the lowest cost tuition bundle in the cart).  Sibling discount begins June 2.
  3. For current and incoming DE Students, tuition rates are adjusted in alignment student financial aid awarded by DE.  Some limits may apply.  Contact Dr. Sherronda Brown for more information.
  4. We require a $150 deposit to hold a seat for all programs. Deposits are non-refundable. Registrants have the option to pay in full or pay in installments (Deposit upon registration, payment #1 due June 15, payment #2 due June 25). After June 15, all payments that have been made are non-refundable. Registrations after June 15 must be paid in full and are non-refundable.
  5. Fill out medical history information in CampBrain.
  6. Congratulations – you’re enrolled!

Tuition

Tuition is based on Program(s) selected.  (Note: Special pricing is available for Dwight-Englewood School current & incoming students.)

Refund Policy

D-E 360° Virtual Summer Connections 2020 will offer full, 100% refunds for this summer if:

  • D-E 360° is unable to offer the course advertised

A full refund will be available until June 10.  We will give families a chance to look at their final plan and decide about attendance before June 10. After June 10, we will be moving forward with your selected plan and will not be offering refunds.

Questions, concerns and requests for refunds should be directed to S. Brown at Browns@d-e.org.

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: please contact the Operations Team by Email at: DE360info@d-e.org

Accreditation

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

D-E 360° Virtual Summer Connections 2020 is also proud to be 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.

Enrollment Details

All offerings must meet minimum enrollment numbers by June 25, 2020 for the classes to proceed.  Early registration is encouraged and allows us to guarantee Summer Connections 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 2020. Please complete all sections of the registration in their entirety. Complete registrations also include a non-refundable $55 application fee per camper. Application fees will be waived for registrations made between May 25 and June 1.  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 June 1, 2020.

*(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, CampBrain. Registration will not be complete until full payment is received.  Note that there are additional textbook costs for academic courses offered through the Junior Scholars 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, 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 Summer Connections including confirmation of schedules, camp procedures and policies will be sent one week prior to the start of the program.

Enrollment will close on June 25. 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 information must be entered in CampBrain before a student can be admitted into any session online. 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 D-E 360° Virtual Summer Connections 2020 team 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 is open to all students. The Dwight-Englewood Summer Connections program 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 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 D-E 360° Virtual Summer Connections 2020, a part of the experience provided by the program is to set behavioral expectations clearly and to help students learn to follow these expectations.

What to Expect from Us Once You’ve Enrolled: 

 When your child attends any D-E 360° program at Dwight-Englewood School, 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 our programs offer the right experience and supports for your child. Email us at summerprograms@d-e.org.

What we Expect from Enrolled Participants: 

We expect that all 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, 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.  Swearing; disrespect to a director, faculty, staff member, or another child; abusive language, etc., are actions contrary to D-E 360° Virtual Summer Connections 2020 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 Dwight-Englewood School Handbook. A hard copy of this handbook will be made available upon request.

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.

Online Devices

All participants will be required to have a device that allows them to access Zoom and Google resources online.  Students enrolled in Scholars classes will be expected to use a laptop that meets minimum requirements or any brand Chromebook. A tablet with a keyboard is also acceptable, but we find that the mobile platforms of these devices limit the functionality in some learning activities, such as coding classes.  Students may use 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.

Health History

Our 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. See directions in CampBrain for filling out forms online.

ALL REQUIRED MEDICAL HISTORY SHOULD BE SUBMITTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BUT NO LATER THAN June 25, 2020. The earlier we have them the better for our medical staff to support students – even online.

Photography/Videos

Photos/videos (images) taken of D-E 360° Virtual Summer Connections 2020 courses / classes become the property of Dwight-Englewood School upon enrollment. Permission is automatically granted for images to be taken of all students enrolled in D-E 360° Virtual Summer Connections 2020, and used for promotional materials, unless you choose to opt out on behalf of your child(ren). To opt out, you must notify us in writing by Email to Liz Tausner, Director of Communications & Publications, at tausne@d-e.org.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Dwight-Englewood School is a nonprofit corporation and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. 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.

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