No Camp June 29 – July 3
The New School strives to provide a safe environment for our entire school community. At no time is that focus more relevant than it is right now. The safety and health of our students, faculty, staff, and families will lead how, when, and where we operate. So what does that mean for you and your child?
Summer Camp will open on June 8th. Staffers and administrators will be operating according to our health and safety plan developed in accordance with the Johns Hopkins University, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the CDC’s guidance for Youth and Summer Camps. It will be revisited and revised as additional information and guidance become available. Using this modified hierarchy of controls, Covid-19 mitigation at the New School’s measures will look like:
- Check-in and temperature checks
You will be met in our “Drop off” area by a previously identified New School teacher. There will be no need to get out of the car, for your child will be escorted safely into the building. All campers, as staff will have done upon arrival, will have their temperature checked before entering the facility by a no-contact thermometer kiosk. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or above will be sent home immediately. Upon entry, campers will be led to a handwashing station to wash hands.
- Physical Distancing
We are creating physical barriers between students and adults and adding visual reminders for students to remember physical distancing. We are reconfiguring classroom spaces to accommodate pods, limit communal use, allow for physical distancing, and accommodate frequent surface cleaning.
All students (age two and up) and staff are required to wear nonmedical cloth masks.
- Outdoor activity
In line with our established pedagogy, we will prioritize outdoor programming to afford the lowest risk of transmission.
- Engineering controls
Shared and frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, light switches, and faucets will be prioritized. Additionally, tabletops will be disinfected between classroom rotations. Hand washing breaks and extra hand sanitizer will be available at all times.
- Administrative controls
We are capping classrooms or pods at ten students to reduce contact between groups of students and staff and students and students. Wherever possible, we will be staggering staff and administrative hours and workspaces to minimize contacts between pods.
- Any suspected COVID 19 cases will be immediately isolated, and all families will be notified of possible exposure.
In such a case, we will seek additional guidance from local health officials to determine the course of action.
Our traditional summer enrollments will allow us to accommodate physical distancing requirements. We can provide an incredible, developmentally appropriate space for your child to engage socially in a safe way.
Now enrolling children ages 18 months – 35 months
Summer is a great time for children to explore the world around them, experience the joy of self-discovery and enjoy a variety of age-appropriate activities geared for their individual needs and interests. Your child will experience our outdoor environment and all it has to offer!
We combine the best of Montessori—love of learning, free choice, independence, mutual respect, and hands on learning—with the charms that only the summer can afford—plenty of sprinkler and water fun, outdoor games, nature walks, gardening, fantasy play, arts and crafts, cooking and science experiments. Your child will develop real life skills through play, improve motor, language, and socialization skills, and continue their personal path of growth.
New School Summer Camp provides stimulating activities guided by our experienced teachers. Students will enjoy a day filled with meaningful work and joyous exploration.
A developmentally staged Montessori environment featuring summer activities focusing on gardening, science, Spanish and water play. There will be a special focus this summer on outdoor life science and ecology.
Join the New School Montessori for an engaging fun filled summer camp with a unique focus on Kindergarten readiness. This three week session is specially designed for students entering kindergarten in the fall (age 5 by 9/1). Students will focus on basic skills for reading, writing and math, literature and science exploration. Fundamental skills will be taught and assessed while having fun in a specially prepared environment for their unique developmental stage.
- Phonemic awareness (hearing the sounds in words)
- Phonics (learning the sounds and the letter names)
- Introduction to journal writing
- Fine motor skills (pencil grip, scissor skills, art)
- Gross motor skills (scale the terrain on our natural playground and have some water fun)
- Oral language (songs, rhymes, group discussion)
- Math skills (identifying numerals, rote counting, simple equations, shapes)
Science exploration may include units in plants and animals, gardening, geology and the weather.
Literature will be interwoven throughout the day and will include books related to daily topics as well as the children’s interests.
Cost: $315 Per Week
This class will target students entering kindergarten through 2nd grade. Instruction will center around language arts and mathematics, and be designed to meet individual student needs identified on initial assessments. Lessons will be given to small groups of students with similar needs. Students will engage in creative, hands-on, multi-sensory activities and lessons, crafted to simulate an in school experience that involves immediate teacher feedback, peer collaboration, and targeted instruction.
Schedule & Time Frame
Students will attend classes for 2 weeks, Monday–Thursday from 8:30am–11:45am beginning Monday, July 20th and ending Thursday, July 30th. Assuming 2 separate instructional groups, the schedule would be as follows:
8:30am – 10:00am
Group A | Literacy
Group B | Math
10:00am – 10:15am
10:15am – 11:45am
Group A | Math
Group B | Literacy
Students will attend one “classroom” and the teachers will switch back and forth so that students do not need to navigate different links on the computer without teacher assistance. Snack breaks and “brain breaks” will be embedded in instructional times.
Each student will be individually assessed prior to, and at the end of, instruction. Acadience Reading and Math will be used as base assessments. Follow-up assessments, dependent upon need, could include, but are not limited to: CORE Phonics Survey, Developmental Reading Inventory (DRA) and Math Facts Assessments.
Families will receive a written report at the beginning and end of instruction. The first report will give initial assessment results along with instructional recommendations and goals for the 4 week program. This report will be followed by a parent/teacher virtual meeting to answer any questions parents may have regarding the report and/or instruction. The final report will include post-assessment results along with a narrative regarding instructional time and suggested future instructional recommendations and goals.
In order to gain a better understanding of parent goals, student backgrounds, and access to materials, parents would complete a questionnaire/application as part of the enrollment process. Information collected would include:
- Student name, birthdate, recent grade completed, child’s current school
- Why are you interested in this program?
- What do you hope is accomplished during this program?
- What should we know about your child?
Literacy Box provided by us
- Alphabet Letter Tiles
- Sandpaper or Sand in a Tray
- White Board and Markers
- Number Line
Students Entering Grades 1–6
We are pleased to announce that we will be offering enriching Summer Camp experiences for our Elementary students. Our exciting weekly themes will include:
- The Circus School (June 8–12)
- Nature Camp (June 15–19)
- Sports with Steele (June 22–26)
- Makers Tech (July 6–10)
- Animal Exploration (July 13–17)
- Art Camp (July 20–24)
- Splash Camp (July 27–31)
Each week will be staffed by our experienced New School teachers and sure to be fun experience.