RCS Summer 2018

Rippowam Cisqua School’s Summer Program is open to all school-aged children in the New York/Connecticut area. Our one and two-week programs are led by experienced educators and caring, responsible counselors. Students have fun in our innovative programs that challenge and excite them.

School-aged children are divided into three groups: middle school (for students entering Grades 5-9), elementary school (for students entering Kindergarten through Grade 4), and early childhood (for students in PreKindergarten ages three and four).

Week One (June 11-15)

Early Childhood (Ages 3 & 4)

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  • Slime Time Chefs

    We are getting our hands dirty! Students will be making slime, puffy paint, flubber, and everything else parents don’t want happening in their own kitchens. Next, students will be rolling up their sleeves again and heading to the kitchen where they will cook up their own yummy snacks. At the end of the morning, it will be time to clean up on the playground with water fun!

    June 11-15 | 
    9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Junior PreKindergarten & Senior PreKindergarten
    Instructor: Jill Summer
    Cost: $400 
    Maximum 12 students
     

Elementary (Kindergarten - Grade 4)

List of 8 items.

  • Adventures in the Garden

    Students will spend five, fun-filled days exploring the world inside our Lower Campus garden, learning about the intricate systems that allow plants to flourish and experiencing this amazing world through hands-on learning and plant cultivation. They’ll get the garden beds ready for planting, tend the plants diligently, and grow a bountiful harvest they can eat! Students won’t only be gardening – games, habitat exploration, and animal searches will keep them fully engaged and having fun.
     
    June 11-15 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Kindergarten - Grade 4
    Instructor: Joe Karr
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students
  • Dinosaur Fun: For the Child Who Loves Dinosaurs!

    Do you love dinosaurs? Then you will love Dinosaur Camp! Together we will read books, play games, and learn all about dinosaurs. Some activities will include making dinosaur bones, building a dinosaur, planting dinosaur gourds, and going on a fossil dig. Please dress for messy indoor/outdoor play. 

    June 11-15 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Kindergarten - Grade 1
    Instructor: Nicole Levy
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students
  • Discovery: Interactive Literacy in the Sciences

    Students will read fiction and nonfiction texts and participate in hands-on activities and experiments. Topics will include colors, floating structures, volcanoes, exploring water and volume, and magnets.

    June 11-15 | 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Kindergarten - Grade 1
    Instructor: Nicole Putorti
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students
  • Mini-Makers

    Calling all mini-makers! This creative summer program features a variety of hands-on activities for students entering Kindergarten - Grade 4 to construct, model, craft, tape, paint, and glue! We will play a few games, explore the outdoors, and use natural and "up-cycled" materials in our crafts. We will talk about how to be a good friend, and, most of all, have fun! We will do some weaving, stamping, paper crafting, book making, make pine cone pals, and more with Mrs. Hiller. All you'll need to bring is your imagination!
     
    June 11-15 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Kindergarten - Grade 4
    Instructor: Lara Hiller
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students
  • Read That Movie

    Each day, students in the Read that Movie summer program will focus on a quality children's book that has been recently turned into a movie, with associated crafts and other fun activities, reading of the book or sections of that book if longer, and viewing of snippets of the film and/or trailers. Recent and upcoming films such as Peter Rabbit, A Wrinkle in Time, Paddington 2, Christopher Robin, Mowgli, Mary Poppins Returns, Wonder, and Wonderstruck will be considered, as well as favorites such as The Tale of Despereaux, Fantastic Mr. Fox, or The BFG.

    June 11-15 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Kindergarten - Grade 4
    Instructor: Susan Steinman
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students
  • Sports & Games

    Students will enjoy a variety of sports and activities during this week-long program including soccer, baseball, floor hockey, and basketball. Other activities include scooters, parachute, and aerobic games, as well as team-building and cooperative games. 

    June 11-15 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Kindergarten - Grade 4
    Instructor: Cheryl Coyle, Mike Kubera, and Dane Sannicandro
    Cost: $400
  • Summer Art Enrichment

    Let’s get our hands dirty and do some arts & crafts! We’ll draw, paint, collage, sculpt, and create many awesome projects. Get ready to have fun and express yourself in countless, imaginative ways! Snack will be provided each day and we have a small "recess" time outside. Artists should dress for a mess!

    June 11-15 | 
    9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Kindergarten - Grade 4
    Instructor: Sara Malekzadeh
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students
  • Yoga

    This class is brought to you by Jessica Knopke, Founder of Lily Pad Yoga, LLC. Jessica will combine yoga with music, stories, art, and games to provide a super fun way for children to experience all the movement that is so beneficial for their bodies and minds. Through yoga and mindfulness activities children will begin to see how they can use their breath and their movement to affect how they feel; learning strategies to calm and self-regulate. Yoga is a wonderful way to connect, express yourself, build confidence, strengthen focus, build strength and flexibility, learn how to navigate big emotions…and, most of all, have a ton of fun!!

    June 11-15 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Kindergarten - Grade 4
    Instructor: Jessica Knopke
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students

Middle School (Grades 5 - 9)

List of 10 items.

  • Basketball Clinic

    Coached by Mr. Morrissey and Mr. Moise, the summer basketball clinic is an opportunity for students to work on their basketball skills, and spend some quality, relaxing time with their friends. Fun and hard work lead the way in this program that includes daily stretching techniques and fundamentals work around dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding, defense, and scrimmaging. Each week culminates in a championship tournament on Friday, followed by a pizza party.

    June 11-15 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 pm.
    Open to students entering Grades 5-9
    Instructors: Tom Morrissey and Max Moise
    Cost: $400
     
  • BattleBots

    For the first half of the week students will design and build their own remote-controlled BattleBots using LEGO MINDSTORM EV3 robotic kits. They will use the Robot Commander app to connect via Bluetooth to their robots. This easy-to-use app allows students to interact with their robots. They will prepare robots to fight in the arena and do their best to destroy the enemy bot in an elimination tournament. May the best bot win! In the second half of the week students will design a second robot and will explore the EV3 software, learning how to program motors and sensors. Students will then be prepared to complete several challenges.

    June 11-15 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Grades 5-9
    Instructor: Barbara DiVenuto
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students
  • Create Diversity Artwork

    Work with Señorita Machado to learn how to illustrate, shade, and blend colors using a grid. Students will be working as a group to create a Diversity Stamp to promote awareness and conversation in the community. The students will have an active role in selecting, integrating, and combining words as well as images into a piece of art that will be displayed on the Upper Campus. 

    June 11-15 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Grades 5-9
    Instructor: Isadora Machado
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students
     
  • Creative Writing Workshop

    Mrs. Pena will guide students to explore various methods of creative writing such as spoken word poetry, writing from art, writing cycles, nonfiction character writing, and drafting from imagination. The experience will be hands-on and collaborative. Each student will keep an informal portfolio of their work samples to build upon. The class will be designed to expose students to fun, creative ways to explore writing.
     
    June 11-15 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Grades 5-9
    Instructor: Marie Pena
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students
     
  • Design Your Own 3D Video Game

    Design adventure in your very own interactive 3D world with Mr. Tepper. Students will create their own pathways, platforms, gates, bridges, ladders, and landscapes. Insert hazards and enemies for your hero to fight and conquer along the way.

    June 11-15 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Grades 5-9
    Instructor: Dan Tepper
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students
  • Innovators Workshop and Gravity Race Challenge

    With the guidance of Mr. Cameron, students will learn the skills needed to design and build a spectacular Gravity Racer! Each day students will be taught how to safely use a new piece of equipment including the laser cutter, CNC router, Mig welding and more. Students will work in teams to design an original vehicle. The rules are simple, have fun, work together, make something original and make sure the steering and brakes work! Starting with a collection of old bikes, spare parts and extra wheels, students will brainstorm ideas, prototype unique designs, collaborate and engineer their own solutions. At the end of the week all the vehicles will be tested on the track and driven in a grand ceremony. Awards will be given for originality , creative decoration, team spirit and the ultimate prize for distinguished achievements in engineering.  

    June 11-15 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Grades 5-9
    Instructor: Miles Cameron
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students
     
  • Jewelry Making

    Work with Ms. Farina to create beautiful jewelry. During the course of a week, students will be introduced to designing jewelry, beading, working with wires, bead looming, making closures, attaching closures, and in general everything needed to make a piece of jewelry from beginning to end.
     
    June 11-15 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Grades 5-9
    Instructor: Ivana Farina
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students
     
  • Museum Mash-Up

    Students will explore museums in the area with Mrs. Conde and seven of their schoolmates. We will be travelling to museums in NYC and beyond.  Planned excursions include: The Frick, National Museum of Math, Hayden Planetarium, Morgan Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Have fun discovering art, science, history, and math through engaging museum activities.  

    June 11-15 | 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
    Open to students entering Grades 5-9
    Instructor: Katrina Conde
    Cost: $500
    Maximum 8 students
  • Premier Soccer Experience

    Take your game to the next level! Come for an action packed week with Coach Vincent Kwarula, a former Kenya National team Captain, two time All American, and two time NAIA champ. Athletes will be grouped by age and trained by one of the best. Each day will be filled with fun drills, skill building, and practice games.
     
    June 11-15 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Grades 5-9
    Instructor: Vincent Kwarula
    Cost: $400
     
  • Print Shop

    Mrs. McLaughlin invites you to create exciting graphics to print on posters, T-shirts, bags, and fabric. Experiment with hands-on processes such as linoleum block printing, screen-printing, solar plate, and marbleizing. Learn how to turn your doodles into interesting repeating patterns to create your own, original textiles.

    June 11-15 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Grades 5-9
    Instructor: Marnie McLaughlin
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students

Week Two (June 18-22)

Early Childhood (Ages 3 & 4)

List of 1 items.

  • Slime Time Chefs

    We are getting our hands dirty! Students will be making slime, puffy paint, flubber and everything else parents don’t want happening in their own kitchen! Next, students will be rolling up their sleeves again and heading to the kitchen where they will cook up their own yummy snacks! At the end of the morning, it will be time to clean up on the playground with water fun!

    June 18-22 |9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Junior PreKindergarten & Senior PreKindergarten
    Instructor: Jill Summer
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students

Elementary (Kindergarten - Grade 4)

List of 5 items.

  • LEGO Robotics!

    This LEGO Robotics club is specially designed for older students who want to have fun while being challenged. Each day we will be using engineering, creativity, problem solving, and collaboration to design, build, code, and test many projects. A few include: finding how fast a LEGO car can go, testing the strength of structures after an earthquake, and creating a rover that could go on Mars. The final day of the program will be spent designing, building, coding, and testing our very own creations.

    June 18-22 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Grades 2-4
    Instructor: Joe Karr
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students
  • Mini-Makers

    Calling all mini-makers! This creative summer program features a variety of hands-on activities for students entering Kindergarten - Grade 4 to construct, model, craft, tape, paint, and glue! We will play a few games, explore the outdoors, and use natural and "up-cycled" materials in our crafts. We will talk about how to be a good friend, and most of all, have fun! We will make pine cone pals, and we will do some weaving, stamping, paper crafting, book making, and more with Mrs. Hiller. All you'll need to bring is your imagination!

    June 18-22 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Kindergarten - Grade 4
    Instructor: Lara Hiller
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students
  • Sports & Games

    Students will enjoy a variety of sports and activities during this week-long program including soccer, baseball, floor hockey, and basketball. Other activities include scooters, parachute, and aerobic games, as well as team-building and cooperative games. 

    June 18-22 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Kindergarten - Grade 4
    Instructor: Mike Kubera and Dane Sannicandro
    Cost: $400
  • Summer Art Enrichment

    Let’s get our hands dirty and do some arts & crafts! We’ll draw, paint, collage, sculpt, and create many awesome projects. Get ready to have fun and express yourself in countless, imaginative ways! Snack will be provided each day and we have a small "recess" time outside. Artists should dress for a mess!

    June 18-22 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Kindergarten - Grade 4
    Instructor: Sara Malekzadeh
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students
  • Yoga

    This class is brought to you by Jessica Knopke, Founder of Lily Pad Yoga, LLC.  Jessica will combine yoga with music, stories, art, and games to provide a super fun way for children to experience all the movement that is so beneficial for their bodies and minds. Through yoga and mindfulness activities children will begin to see how they can use their breath and their movement to affect how they feel, and they will learn strategies to calm and self-regulate. Yoga is a wonderful way to connect, express yourself, build confidence, strengthen focus, build strength and flexibility, learn how to navigate big emotions… and, most of all, have a ton of fun!!

    June 18-22 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Kindergarten - Grade 4
    Instructor: Jessica Knopke
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students

Middle School (Grades 5 - 9)

List of 9 items.

  • Basketball Clinic

    Coached by Mr. Morrissey and Mr. Moise, the summer basketball clinic is an opportunity for students to work on their basketball skills, and spend some quality, relaxing time with their friends. Fun and hard work lead the way in this program that includes daily stretching techniques and fundamental work around dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding, defense, and scrimmaging. Each week culminates in a championship tournament on Friday, followed by a pizza party.

    June 18-22 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm.
    Open to students entering Grades 5-9
    Instructors: Tom Morrissey and Max Moise
    Cost: $400
     
     
  • Beyond Game Design: The Art of Physical Computing

    Working with Mr. Cameron and Mrs. DiVenuto, students will code games and build physical controls to manipulate those games. Using Nintendo Labo as their inspiration, students will use Scratch to code and MaKey MaKey to prototype original gaming controls.
     
    June 18-22 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Grades 5-9
    Instructors: Miles Cameron and Barbara DiVenuto
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students
  • Create Diversity Artwork

    Work with Señorita Machado to learn how to illustrate, shade, and blend colors using a grid. Students will be working as a group to create a Diversity Stamp to promote awareness and conversation in the community. The students will have an active role in selecting, integrating and combining words as well as images into a piece of art which will be displayed in the Upper School.

    June 18-22 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Grades 5-9
    Instructor: Isadora Machado
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students
  • Create Your Own Virtual Reality

    Create your own interactive 3D virtual reality world with Mr. Tepper.  Import images, objects, structures, and landscapes. Create your own historical scene or futuristic world. Access your project on your iPhone. Use 3D headsets for the full virtual reality experience.

    June 18-22 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Grades 5-9
    Instructor: Dan Tepper
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students
     
  • Creative Writing Workshop

    Mrs. Pena will guide students to explore various methods of creative writing such as spoken word poetry, writing from art, writing cycles, non-fiction character writing, and drafting from imagination. The experience will be hands-on and collaborative. Each student will keep an informal portfolio of their work samples to build upon. The class will be designed to expose students to fun, creative ways to explore writing.

    June 18-22 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Grades 5-9
    Instructor: Marie Pena
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students
     
  • Drawing and Painting

    Mrs. McLaughlin invites you to explore traditional and contemporary drawing and painting media, and learn the foundations of strong design using line, color, scale, and composition. Learn tips from the masters by looking at works by Edward Hopper, Paul Cezanne, and Mary Cassatt. Take your materials outdoors to create landscape paintings en plein air, or paint a still life in the studio. Practice drawing portraits in charcoal and make digital paintings on iPads using Procreate.

    June 18-22 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Grades 5-9
    Instructor: Marnie McLaughlin
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students
  • Jewelry Making

    Work with Ms. Farina to create beautiful jewelry. During the course of a week, students will be introduced to designing jewelry, beading, working with wires, bead looming, making closures, attaching closures, and in general everything needed to make a piece of jewelry from beginning to end.

    June 18-22 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Open to students entering Grades 5-9
    Instructor: Ivana Farina
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 12 students
  • Museum Mash-Up

    Students will explore museums in the area with Mrs. Conde and seven of their schoolmates. We will be travelling to museums in NYC and beyond. Planned excursions include: The Frick, National Museum of Math, Hayden Planetarium, Morgan Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Have fun discovering art, science, history, and math through engaging museum activities.

    June 18-22 | 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
    Open to students entering Grades 5-9
    Instructor: Katrina Conde
    Cost: $500
    Maximum 8 students
     
  • Premier Soccer Experience

    Take your game to the next level! Come for an action packed week with Coach Vincent Kwarula, a former Kenya National team Captain, two time All American, and two time NAIA champ. Athletes will be grouped by age and trained by one of the best. Each day will be filled with fun drills, skill building, and practice games.

    June 18-22 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 pm.
    Open to students entering Grades 5-9
    Instructor: Vincent Kwarula
    Cost: $400
     

Weeks One & Two (June 11-22)

Elementary (Kindergarten - Grade 4)

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  • Once Upon a Time: Rethought and Performed

    In this two-week program, students will work together to write and perform their own fractured fairy tale. After reading some original tales, they will choose one and change some elements to create a new tale. They will then craft their story and begin to prepare for their culminating performance. Children will be responsible for creating the scenery, planning the costumes, and rehearsing their parts. On the last day, we invite you to join us and celebrate their hard work, as it will be presented on stage for you!

    June 11-22 *Two-week program
    9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
    Open to students entering Grades 1-4
    Instructor: Jean Pincus
    Cost: $800
    Maximum 6 students

Meet our Program Directors

Miles Cameron is the Director of RCS Summer Programs. During the school year, Mr. Cameron is Rippowam Cisqua School’s Director of Innovation and the co-founder of the Creativity Cohort. Mr. Cameron earned his B.A. in fine arts from Middlebury College. Prior to RCS, he worked as a teacher in the art department at Riverdale Country School where he proposed and implemented various programs such as Maker Club, 3D by Design class, and Boatbuilding class. Contact Miles Cameron at cameron@rcsny.org.

For More Information Contact:

Katrina Conde
Middle School Summer Programs
conde@rcsny.org

Jill Summer
Early Childhood & Elementary Summer Programs
summer@rcsny.org