Head of School Blog

Vacation Care

Jill Singleton Volume: 4 Issue: 20 February 11, 2015
For the past few years I have enjoyed the practice of having one-on-one meetings with Kindergarten families as a way to get to know them better, to keep my finger on the pulse of the joys and challenges parents of young children are facing, and to receive feedback and input as to how to make our school even stronger. Several years ago one parent mentioned how difficult the February and April breaks are for her family, as both parents in her household work and it was very challenging to find a babysitter to fill in for those weeks. As a result of that meeting, the idea of Vacation Care Camps was born at All Saints! Ironically enough, it was in one of my one-on-one Kindergarten meetings this year that I learned that not everyone knows that Vacation Care exists, so I thought I would use my blog this week to make sure everyone knows about this special program that is open to students in Grades K- 8.
 
Vacation Care runs during February and April breaks, from 8:00am to 3:30pm, with an option for extended care to 6:00pm. Students can come for the full week, or register for specific days. Each day is designed to create a camp-like atmosphere, and includes a variety of engaging activities, including organized group games in the gym, outdoor play, cooking and arts and crafts. Vacation care is so much fun that some students choose to come for some or all of the days even if they have someone to care for them at home. Many see the opportunity as a playdate and as a chance to be with friends and teachers in a more relaxed environment at school.

Registration Form

Here is a snapshot of next week’s camp.
 


Monday: Sailboat and P.E Day
8:00-8:10              Arrival/Coloring
8:10-8:30              Morning greeting and Game
8:30-9:30              Popsicle stick Sailboats – Sailable
9:30-10:00            Wake up /Stretches & Calisthenics
10:00-10:30          Snack
10:30-11:00          Break time in the gym
11:00-12:00          Cheerio Art
12:00-12:30          Lunch
12:30-1:30            Organized P.E. Games: teal the Bacon, Duck Duck Goose, Simon Says
1:30-2:45              Hip Hop Dance
3:00-3:15              Closing Circle Game / 21 Questions / What are You Doing?
3:15-3:30              Preparation for Dismissal
 
Tuesday: Mix-it-Up
8:00-8:10             Arrival/Coloring
8:10-8:30             Morning greeting and Game/Energizer
8:30-9:30             Making Bird feeders
9:30-10:00           Zentangle
10:00-10:30         Snack
10:30-11:30         Making Zucchini & Carrot muffins
11:30-12:00         Free Play/ Kapla/ Puzzles
12:00-12:30         Lunch
12:30-1:30           Park Play & Hang Bird feeders
1:30-2:30             Cha-Cha Slide Dance
2:30--3:15            Minecraft Masks and Creations
3:15-3:30             Preparation for Dismissal
 
Wednesday: Pizza Party & Homemade “Flubber”
8:00-8:10              Arrival/Coloring
8:10-8:30              Morning greeting and share
8:30-9:30              Building with Kapla blocks with “museum tour” of creations
9:30-10:00            Write pizza recipe cards
10:00-10:30          Snack
10:30-11:00          Break in gym or outside (weather permitting)
11:00-12:00          Decorate recipe cards and create your own individual pizza (two stations)
12:00-12:30          Enjoy homemade pizza lunch
12:30-1:00            Recess in gym or outside weather permitting
1:00-2:45              Make and manipulate “Flubber”
3:00-3:15              Freeze Dance
3:15-3:30              Preparation for Dismissal
 
Thursday: Arts & Crafts Day
8:00-8:10             Arrival/Playing with manipulatives
8:10-8:30             Morning greeting and share
8:30-9:15             Making paper plate fish
9:15-10:00           Q-Tip painting
10:00-10:30         Snack
10:30-11:00         Break in gym or outside (weather permitting)
11:00-12:30         Rotating Centers: 15 minutes each center (1. Will it sink or will it float? 2. Paper Plate Tic-Tac-Toe 3. Kapla Build 4.Tissue Dance 5.Cheerio's necklace or Cheerio's picture 6. Board Game)
12:30-1:00           Recess in gym or outside (weather permitting)
1:00-2:45              Making Coffee Filter Butterflies
3:00-3:15              Brain Breaks on SmartBoard (The Learning Station songs and dances)
3:15-3:30              Preparation for Dismissal
 
Friday: Sport Events Team /P.E. Day
8:00-8:10              Arrival/Coloring
8:10-8:30              Morning greeting and Game
8:30-9:30              Creating Signs for Sports Team w/ Mascot
9:30-10:00            Wake up /Stretches & Calisthenics
10:00-10:30          Snack
10:30-11:00          Break time takes place in the gym
11:00-12:00          Making Fruit / Cheese n Sunflower Butter Skewers
12:00-12:30          Lunch
12:30-1:30            Sports Events – Javelin, Relay Races, Bowling, Cart Race, Bocce Ball, Discus
1:30-2:30              Blocks/ Building / Manipulatives
2:30-3:00              Free Drawing / Reading
3:00-3:15              Closing Circle Game / 21 Questions / What are You Doing?
3:15-3:30              Preparation for Dismissal
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