The Valley School

Valley Summer Camps

 
 
Valley Summer Camps
 
June 11-29, 2018

The Valley School is excited to be offering three weeks of engaging, enriching, and entertaining summer programing. Half and full day camps and workshops will be offered June 11-29. 

Valley summer programing is open to all children entering pre-kindergarten (age 4) through 6th Grade. Child care options are available from 1-3 pm, 3-5 pm or 1-5 pm each week at an additional cost.

Please read through our camp descriptions listed by week and click below to register. We look forward to seeing familiar and new faces for a wonderful summer of playful learning.

 
Friday, May 25th is the last day to register for Valley Summer Camps.
 

Week One

June 11-15, 2018

 

Science Exploration

Jill Rufsvold, Valley Pre-K Teacher

Entering Pre-K through Kindergarten

 9am-1pm - $350 

Come join us in the Pre-K Laboratory for a week of hands-on learning!  We'll explore all manner of science concepts as we wonder aloud, "What happens if . . . ?"  Testing cause and effect, creating solutions to observe their reactions, playing with gravity and motion, it will sure to be an action-packed science adventure!

 

Pirate Camp

Erica Simonds,Valley 1st Grade Teacher &

Lindsay Eicher, Valley Kindergarten Teacher

Kindergarten through 3rd Grade

9am-1pm - $350

Ahoy! Join Cap’n Erica and Cap’n Lindsay on a week-long journey at sea to discover lost islands in search of buried booty. Young buccaneers will learn the ins and outs of daily pirate life through hands on activities such as treasure maps, decoding secret messages, learning how to navigate open waters through compass exploration, and so much more!  Buccaneers will engage in movement, literacy, mathematics, music, and science activities all week long.  It will be swashbuckling fun!  If you miss the boat, you will walk the plank.  Aargh! 

 

Math Camp

Gillian Toledo, Valley Curriculum Coordinator

3rd through 6th Grade
9am-1pm - $350

Join us for a week-long, fun-filled investigation of all things math! Campers will engage in open-ended, creative problems and activities and explore math visually, kinesthetically, musically, and artistically. Campers will learn about a positive math mindset and best ways for learning math: be a skeptic, make conjectures and learn from mistakes! We will play math puzzles and games, write and illustrate number stories, create math videos, and equations and much more. We will take a field trip to Math-n-stuff at the end of the week to celebrate our learning and play. Much of the curriculum comes from Jo Boaler’s math research and investigations and the YouCubed Summer Camp Curriculum at Stanford University. Let’s play with numbers! 

Story Theater Camp

Sofia Piel, Valley Art Teacher and 3rd Grade Assistant Teacher

Tanya Coon, Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

1st through 4th Grade

9am-3pm - $350

Throughout this camp students will build their confidence and strengthen their voice and presence through the magic of story theatre. We will use stories and poems adapted into short plays while having the opportunity to participate in exciting dramatic games, variations of movement, voice projection, and sound. We will also explore set design and creation, instrumental play, narration, sound effects and beyond. All of which will be combined for our final performance. This is a safe, warm, welcoming and highly expressive start to summer, so stage fright and might are equally welcome! 

 

Handicraft Camp

Laura Maier, Valley 5th Grade Teacher

4th through 6th Grade

9am-1pm - $350

Crafty kids unite! In this camp, campers will get to experience a variety of handiwork skills using natural and unique materials. We'll do some woodworking, learn weaving techniques, use felt and fabric, and enjoy some freedom to choose whether to create items that are functional, artistic, or both! Be prepared to get a little messy and have a fun, artistic experience!

 

 

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Week Two

June 18-22

 

Nature Camp

Elizabeth Sokol, Community Nature Programs

Kindergarten through 3rd Grade

9am-1pm - $250

Nature camp provides an exciting opportunity for kids to learn about the natural world through games, exploration, hands-on activities, art and stories.  Some activities we enjoy are: going on scavenger hunts, creating nature art, doing experiments, climbing trees, and playing games that allow kids to experience what it's like to be different animals. Each day has a new pre-planned curriculum that also allows space for the campers' individual interests and curiosity. We'll take advantage of Valley School's amazing campus and go on walks through the neighborhood and visit local parks where there's lots of room to run. The days are filled with fun, creativity, teamwork, learning, and laughter. It is sure to be an exciting experience that your children will love! 

 

Songwriting

Havilah Rand, Singer-Songwriter

1st through 5th Grade

9am-1pm - $325

Let’s fire up our creativity as we write and record songs! We’ll engage in a variety of activities such theater games, word and picture collaging, listening sessions, journaling and outdoor adventures in both natural and urban settings to find inspiration for song topics and lyrics. As our songs take shape, we will record them using a basic recording unit and high-quality microphones. Those who play instruments are encouraged to use them, but no musical skills or past experience are required. Our work will culminate with a full-length CD and an informal celebration the last day of camp.

 

Chess

Bill Schill, Chess Master

1st through 6th Grade

(must know chess moves)

9am-3pm - $270

A great camp for all levels to play from complete beginners to active tournament players. Start each day learning and playing the greatest alternate chess games such as Bughouse, Fischer Random and Giveaway. Learn how to create your own games based on chess and compete with your classmates. Finally test yourself at “Maneuvering Speed” the chess game without checks or captures! This camp will feature a great mix of fun and serious chess. Players will have plenty of time outdoors during frequent recess breaks.

 

Parkour

KONG Academy

2nd through 5th Grade

9am-3pm - $325

Parkour and the Art of Movement is the ability to move fluidly through your environment from one place to another. In this camp, children will safely learn to progress through the basic parkour movements of jumping, vaulting, climbing, swinging, balancing, and rolling. The movements build strength, balance, and coordination. Your child will acquire the ability to engage with their environment while overcoming obstacles, both physically and mentally. Practicing parkour skills fosters creativity and boosts confidence. Accomplishing challenges that seemed impossible at one point will give your child the confidence to achieve whatever they set their mind to. 

 

“I’m a City Kid!”

Mary Louise, Valley 4th Grade Teacher

3rd through 5th Grade

9am-3pm -  $400*

During this week we will celebrate living in our beautiful city of Seattle! Each day we will visit a different neighborhood by public transit, learn about its history and visit notable landmarks, museums, and parks. We will celebrate each neighborhood's unique characteristics and features. We will explore Pike Place Market, The International District, Pioneer Square, Capitol Hill, and Fremont/Wallingford. To celebrate our learning and excursions each kid will make Seattle's Neighborhood Guide Book.

*”I’m a City Kid” price includes transportation cost and entry to multiple Seattle museums and exhibits (approximately $80).

 

Coding: Edison Robotics

Computing Kids

3rd through 5th Grade

9am-3pm - $350

Enter the world of robotics with Computing Kids and our little friend, the Edison Robot! The Edison robot is a powerful, engaging tool for teaching students computer programming in a hands-on way. With built-in sensors for lights, sounds, and independant behavior capabilities, Edison makes true robotics education accessible to students of all ages. Students will begin this camp with simple barcode programs to learn all of Edison’s capabilities before moving on to a block based coding platform where students can unleash their imagination and creativity. Come join us for this fun and educational coding with robotics class!

 

Connection Wizards Social Skills Workshop

Karrin Grutz, Wally’s Club

Entering Pre-K through First Grade

1:30pm-3:30pm - $350

Connection Wizards engages in collaboration and the language of friendship. Children make magic happen by creating connections with their peers. We envision our kids here in Seattle to be the ones who will innovate to make the World a better place.  Innovative ideas in this age typically come from radical collaboration.  Design thinking can put the human at the center of the design process and allows for development of some key skills - empathy, reciprocation, compromise, and value in human participation and connection - all essential ingredients for healthy, productive, collaboration. While your child will have fun designing a cool contraption or application with a team - they will get to learn and practice some fundamental collaboration skills that are directly relevant to school projects and their future. Let’s start them early!

*CONNECTION WIZARDS IS A 2-HOUR STAND-ALONE SOCIAL SKILLS WORKSHOP.

**Note to Families: Connection Wizards Social Skills Workshop can be taken in two consecutive weeks.

Families are advised to register for two weeks upfront

 

Design Wizards Social Skills Workshop

Karrin Grutz, Wally’s Club

2nd through 5th Grade

9am-1pm - $450

Design Wizards introduces children to basic design thinking concepts while teaching them the human connection and collaboration that spark the design engine through hands-on, experiential learning and lots of fun! We envision our kids here in Seattle to be the ones who will innovate to make the World a better place.  Innovative ideas in this age typically come from radical collaboration.  Design thinking can put the human at the center of the design process and allows for development of some key skills - empathy, reciprocation, compromise, and value in human participation and connection - all essential ingredients for healthy, productive, collaboration. While your child will have fun designing a cool contraption or application with a team - they will get to learn and practice some fundamental collaboration skills that are directly relevant to school projects and their future. Let’s start them early! 

*Design Wizards is a two-hour social skills workshop led by Karrin Grutz,

paired with a two-hour movement & art camp led by Erica Simonds, Valley School faculty.

**Note to Families: Design Wizards Social Skills Workshop can be taken in two consecutive weeks.

Families are advised to register for two weeks upfront.

 

 

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Week Three

June 25-29

 

Creative Campers

Elyssa Conn, Valley Pre-K Assistant Teacher

Pre-K through 1st Grade

9am-1pm - $350

Join us for a week of artistic creation and imaginative play. Creative Campers will use the natural world for their inspiration as they create art and explore the world around them. We will spend time outside each day to collect materials for our masterpieces. Campers will sew aprons, make wood stamps, build bird houses, and spend plenty of time engaged in imaginative play. 

 

Yoga Camp

Kara-Lee Ruotolo, Colibri Kids Yoga

Entering Pre-K through 2nd grade

9am-1pm - $350

Colibri Kids Yoga Camp with Kara-Lee offers yoga and mindfulness sessions that are inspired by the creative imaginations of children. Based on the most recent research from Mindful Schools on the benefits of mindfulness for children, and lesson plans from Next Generation Yoga, these classes incorporate music, breathing, gratitude journaling, sensory exploration, craft projects, and educational themes to create a unique learning experience. Yoga/mindfulness related projects may include creating nature mandalas, making eye pillows for yoga relaxation, mindfulness glitter jars, breathing sticks and decorating gratitude journals. Parents, please plan on joining us during the last hour of class on Friday for a Family Yoga class. 

A testimonial from one parent: 
"Yoga camp has given my children a centering, confidence-building, fun week-long experience together. The family yoga time was very special."

 

Nature Camp

Elizabeth Sokol, Community Nature Programs

Kindergarten through 3rd Grade

9am-1pm - $250

Nature camp provides an exciting opportunity for kids to learn about the natural world through games, exploration, hands-on activities, art and stories.  Some activities we enjoy are: going on scavenger hunts, creating nature art, doing experiments, climbing trees, and playing games that allow kids to experience what it's like to be different animals. Each day has a new pre-planned curriculum that also allows space for the campers' individual interests and curiosity. We'll take advantage of Valley School's amazing campus and go on walks through the neighborhood and visit local parks where there's lots of room to run. The days are filled with fun, creativity, teamwork, learning, and laughter. It is sure to be an exciting experience that your children will love! 

 

Advanced Chess

Bill Schill, Chess Master

1st through 6th Grade

(must know chess moves)

9am-3pm - $270

This camp is for students that have already played in at least one chess tournament OR have taken the previous weeks Valley Chess Camp. This camp requires knowledge of the rules of chess. This camp is for players who love to have fun and play lots of chess, but also who want to seriously improve their skills for the coming scholastic tournament season. Players will compete in a week-long tournament with an award ceremony on the last day of camp. Parents should plan on competing in the Friday ROCK PAPER SCISSORS tournament at the conclusion of the camp on Friday! 

 

Parkour

KONG Academy

2nd through 5th Grade

9am-3pm - $325

Parkour and the Art of Movement is the ability to move fluidly through your environment from one place to another. In this camp, children will safely learn to progress through the basic parkour movements of jumping, vaulting, climbing, swinging, balancing, and rolling. The movements build strength, balance, and coordination. Your child will acquire the ability to engage with their environment while overcoming obstacles, both physically and mentally. Practicing parkour skills fosters creativity and boosts confidence. Accomplishing challenges that seemed impossible at one point will give your child the confidence to achieve whatever they set their mind to. 

 

Coding: Beginning Scratch and Minecraft

Computing Kids

2nd through 3rd Grade

9am-3pm - $350

In Creative Computing Camp, students design their own world and bring it to life with Scratch and Minecraft. Students will start their journey into coding with Scratch, a block-based drag and drop programming language developed at MIT. Through creating interactive scenes, character animation, and original games, instructors introduce and support students as they learn both a variety of advanced gaming and animation techniques and the fundamentals of programming. Next students will dive into the educational realm of Minecraft. By creating and exploring in this blocky world, aspiring game designers learn problem-solving, level design, and so much more. Instructors provide personalized instruction to engage students of all learning styles, provide challenges, and foster creativity as they progress at their own pace. No computing experience is required to partake in this engaging and creative camp. 

 

Connection Wizards Social Skills Workshop

Karrin Grutz, Wally’s Club

Entering Pre-K through First Grade

1:30pm-3:30pm - $350

Connection Wizards engages in collaboration and the language of friendship. Children make magic happen by creating connections with their peers. We envision our kids here in Seattle to be the ones who will innovate to make the World a better place.  Innovative ideas in this age typically come from radical collaboration.  Design thinking can put the human at the center of the design process and allows for development of some key skills - empathy, reciprocation, compromise, and value in human participation and connection - all essential ingredients for healthy, productive, collaboration. While your child will have fun designing a cool contraption or application with a team - they will get to learn and practice some fundamental collaboration skills that are directly relevant to school projects and their future. Let’s start them early!

*CONNECTION WIZARDS IS A 2-HOUR STAND-ALONE SOCIAL SKILLS WORKSHOP.

**Note to Families: Connection Wizards Social Skills Workshop can be taken in two consecutive weeks.

Families are advised to register for two weeks upfront.

 

Design Wizards Social Skills Workshop

Karrin Grutz, Wally’s Club

2nd through 5th Grade

9am-1pm - $450

Design Wizards introduces children to basic design thinking concepts while teaching them the human connection and collaboration that spark the design engine through hands-on, experiential learning and lots of fun! We envision our kids here in Seattle to be the ones who will innovate to make the World a better place.  Innovative ideas in this age typically come from radical collaboration.  Design thinking can put the human at the center of the design process and allows for development of some key skills - empathy, reciprocation, compromise, and value in human participation and connection - all essential ingredients for healthy, productive, collaboration. While your child will have fun designing a cool contraption or application with a team - they will get to learn and practice some fundamental collaboration skills that are directly relevant to school projects and their future. Let’s start them early! 

*Design Wizards is a two-hour social skills workshop led by Karrin Grutz,

paired with a two-hour movement & art camp led by Mary Louise, Valley School faculty.

**Note to Families: Design Wizards Social Skills Workshop can be taken in two consecutive weeks.

Families are advised to register for two weeks upfront.

 
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For general information including registration, payment, and cancelling or adding weeks please email:

Katie Rose Taulbee,
 Valley Summer Camps Coordinator