School Life
Summer@RCS

Junior Explorers

For children ages 6 - 9 years old (entering Grades 1 - 4)
Summer@RCS amps up the activity with half and full-day options that focus on discovery, experimentation, and adventure. Don't miss this chance to have your child try something new like dancing, hiking, sports, and creative activities that range from crafts to coding. Our morning activities are all about exploration of the mind, their talents, and the environment. When junior explorers stay and play during the afternoon, they will enjoy a traditional “camp-like” experience with sports, games, and water play.

All classes take place Monday through Friday. Please note the varied start and end times for full-day classes.

Week One | June 17 - 21

Morning Session (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

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  • Dinosaur Dig

    Senior PreKindergarten - Grade 1

    Calling all dinosaur lovers! Do you love dinosaurs? Then you will LOVE Dinosaur Dig! Let’s travel back in time and discover what life was like when dinosaurs ruled the earth! Together we will read books, play games, and learn all about dinosaurs. Some activities will include building a model dinosaur, making dinosaur bones, and going on a fossil dig. Please dress for messy play.
     
    Instructor: Nicole Levy
    Cost: $450
    Maximum: 12 explorers
  • Hip Hop - CLOSED

    Grades 1 - 4

    Get ready to step, stomp, and shake it out this summer! Popular among children of all ages, Hip Hop class will begin by connecting each dancer’s mind and body in preparation for this fast-paced form of artistic expression. With an emphasis placed on developing the confidence to perform, children will cultivate their strength, coordination, and flexibility through choreography and movement.  Join Ms. Barr as she partners with dancers in actively exploring their creativity, musicality, and rhythm! No dance experience necessary!

    Instructor: Meghan Barr
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 14 explorers
     
  • LEGO Robotics

    Grades 1 - 4

    Build, program, and command your own robots! Using LEGO WeDo core sets, this class introduces young students to simple engineering concepts and block-based coding languages. By working in small groups, children will learn how to program their robotic inventions to embark on a variety of missions.

    Instructor: Barbara DiVenuto
    Cost: $450
    Maximum: 14 explorers
     
  • Mad Science

    Kindergarten - Grade 4

    Mad Science focuses on hands-on learning, outdoor exploration, and creativity. Mad Science makes science fun by fostering a sense of community, building vital STEM skills, and inspiring young minds to take an interest in the scientific world around them. These scientists will use the scientific method as they conduct several experiments and share what they notice. Kids will get excited about the wonderful world around them as they experiment, make a mess, and get their hands dirty with science! Some experiments include: Fizzing Colors, Elephant Toothpaste, Lego Excavations, Color Changing Milk, Shaving Cream Rain Clouds, and much more!

    Instructor: Nicole Putorti
    Cost: $450
    Maximum 14 students
  • Read That Movie - CLOSED

    Kindergarten - Grade 4

    Read that Movie is a fun summer library class exploring books that have been turned into movies! We’ll read portions of books like Mary Poppins, Jungle Book, Peter Rabbit, A Wrinkle in Time, Alexander the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day, The Tale of Despereaux, Alice in Wonderland, Paddington, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and more. Then we’ll view highlights of the movies and pair crafts and activities that go along with each book and movie.

    Instructor: Susan Steinman
    Cost: $350
    Maximum 14 explorers
  • Sports

    Grades 1 - 4

    The swish of a ball in the hoop! The crack of the bat! A score on goal! Your little athlete will try their hand at a variety of sports and recreational activities! Although junior explorers will try a new activity each day, the one thing will remain constant is the level of fun wrapped up in exercise, teamwork, and sportsmanship. 
     
    The activities that will be offered to junior explorers throughout the week include: soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, tee-ball, floor hockey, balloons, Gaga, parachute games, scooters... the list goes on! The children will be split into age-appropriate groups to ensure they get the most out of the instruction from trained coaches and staff with over 50 years of combined coaching experience. This class is the perfect cure for those who claim, "I'm bored" the first week of summer vacation and for children of all abilities. Join the RCS team.


    Instructors: Cheryl Coyle and Lou Tocco
    Cost: $450
    Maximum: 30 students
     
  • Take a Hike

    Grades 1 - 4

    Embark on a  different adventure each day. We’ll travel to parks, preserves, farms, and sanctuaries that are only a short drive from our school. Junior explorers will spend each morning hiking and learning about the captivating environment that is surprisingly close to home. Wear your hiking shoes and pack your backpack with water, lunch, extra clothes, towel, and bathing suit — you’re going to get dirty!

    Instructor: Dane Sannicandro
    Cost: $550
    Maximum 14 explorers
     

Afternoon Session (12:30 - 3:30 p.m.)

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  • Creation Station - CLOSED

    Grades 1 - 4

    Time to let your imagination take over! The Creation Station offers exciting, hands-on building experiences with Legos and building materials of all shapes and sizes. Children will be able to create Lego masterpieces such as mazes, bridges, vehicles, games and much more!

    Instructor: Alison Seedorf
    Cost: $450
    Maximum 14 students
  • Stay & Play

    Junior PreKindergarten - Grade 4

    Stay for the afternoon for a traditional, fun, “camp-like” experience. Cool down with a variety of water activities, play outdoor games or go on the playground, have fun with arts and crafts, or let your creativity flow in the Imagination Space. On Mondays, explorers will have a blast with the RCS bouncy house and a 15-foot slide. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the Dual Lane Big Kahuna water slide will be onsite for extra special fun! 

    Cost: $300
    No Maximum

  • Super Heroes - CLOSED

    Grades 2 - 4

    LOOK! It’s a bird; it’s a plane, it’s RCS Super Hero time! Your child will have a blast creating their own superhero projects such as a mask, cape or sneaker wings inspired from a comic book or their imagination. As part of the fun, they will also make and eat delicious, super snacks like the Green Arrow’s Super Fruit Arrows or Supergirl/Superman Frozen Fortress Pops. Is your child ready to have a super good time? It will be almost as fun as saving the world!

    Instructor: Penny Cataldo
    Cost: $450
    Maximum 14 explorers

Full-Day Session

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  • Hudson Valley Adventures

    Grades 3 - 7

    Young adventure seekers will embark on a new journey to many thrilling sites in our backyard each day! Where will we go?
     
    The choices are plentiful. Young explorers can go hiking to the top of Bear Mountain, spend the day zip lining at the Bronx Zoo, hit the ropes at Spins, get soaked at Lake Compounce, or go rock climbing at The Cliffs. Each unique excursion will be action-packed and full of fun. Some trips will give us the opportunity to explore the rich local history of our area. Pack your bags adventure seekers, and let's go!

    9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Instructors: Beth Smith and Ken Jordan
    Cost: $850
    Maximum 20 explorers

    *Adventures are subject to change. A final itinerary will be distributed before the program begins.
     
  • Summer Art Enrichment

    Grades 2 - 4

    Let’s get our hands dirty and make some art! We’ll draw, paint, collage, sculpt, photograph, and print to create many awesome works of art. Get ready to have fun and express yourself in countless, imaginative ways! For part of each day, we'll become traveling artists exploring museums, animal sanctuaries, and the natural world around us. Artists should dress for a mess!

    Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. -  3:00 p.m.
    Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Instructor: Sara Malekzadeh
    Cost: $600
    Maximum 10 explorers
     

Week Two | June 24 - 28

Morning Session (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

List of 6 items.

  • Dinosaur Dig

    Senior PreKindergarten - Grade 1

    Calling all dinosaur lovers! Do you love dinosaurs? Then you will LOVE Dinosaur Dig! Let’s travel back in time and discover what life was like when dinosaurs ruled the earth! Together we will read books, play games, and learn all about dinosaurs. Some activities will include building a model dinosaur, making dinosaur bones, and going on a fossil dig. Please dress for messy play.
     
    Instructor: Nicole Levy
    Cost: $450
    Maximum: 12 explorers
  • Hip Hop - CLOSED

    Grades 1 - 4

    Get ready to step, stomp, and shake it out this summer! Popular among children of all ages, Hip Hop class will begin by connecting each dancer’s mind and body in preparation for this fast-paced form of artistic expression. With an emphasis placed on developing the confidence to perform, children will cultivate their strength, coordination, and flexibility through choreography and movement.  Join Ms. Barr as she partners with dancers in actively exploring their creativity, musicality, and rhythm! No dance experience necessary!

    Instructor: Meghan Barr
    Cost: $400
    Maximum 14 explorers
     
  • LEGO Robotics

    Grades 1 - 4

    Build, program and command your own robots! Using LEGO WeDo core sets, this class introduces junior explorers to simple engineering concepts and block-based coding languages. By working in small groups, children will learn how to program their robotic inventions to embark on a variety of missions.

    Instructor: Barbara DiVenuto
    Cost: $450
    Maximum: 14 explorers
  • Read That Movie - CLOSED

    Kindergarten - Grade 4

    Read that Movie is a fun summer library class exploring books that have been turned into movies! We’ll read portions of books like Mary Poppins, Jungle Book, Peter Rabbit, A Wrinkle in Time, Alexander the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day, The Tale of Despereaux, Alice in Wonderland, Paddington, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and more. Then we’ll view highlights of the movies and pair crafts and activities that go along with each book and movie.

    Instructor: Susan Steinman
    Cost: $350
    Maximum 14 explorers
  • Sports & Games

    Kindergarten - Grade 4

    We'll introduce junior explorers to a dynamic selection of games from the classics to new favorites. Together we will learn skills, be active, and most importantly have fun! Your child will see familiar faces and also meet new friends. Throughout the week, our games will offer plentiful opportunities to practice teamwork and sportsmanship.

    Instructors: Dane Sannicandro and Tina Boudreau
    Cost: $450
    Maximum 30 explorers
     
     
  • Take a Hike!

    Grades 1 - 4

    Embark on a  different adventure each day. We’ll travel to parks, preserves, farms, and sanctuaries that are only a short drive from our school. Junior explorers will spend each morning hiking and learning about the captivating environment that is surprisingly close to home. Wear your hiking shoes and pack your backpack with water, lunch, extra clothes, towel, and bathing suit — you’re going to get dirty!

    Instructors: Dane Sannicandro and Tina Boudreau
    Cost: $550
    Maximum 14 explorers

Afternoon Session (12:30 - 3:30 p.m.)

List of 3 items.

  • Creation Station - CLOSED

    Grades 1 - 4

    Time to let your imagination take over! The Creation Station offers exciting, hands-on building experiences with Legos and building materials of all shapes and sizes. Children will be able to create Lego masterpieces such as mazes, bridges, vehicles, games and much more!

    Instructor: Alison Seedorf
    Cost: $450
    Maximum 14 students
     
  • Stay & Play

    Junior PreKindergarten - Grade 4

    Stay for the afternoon for a traditional, fun, “camp-like” experience. Cool down with a variety of water activities, play outdoor games or go on the playground, have fun with arts and crafts, or let your creativity flow in the Imagination Space. On Mondays, explorers will have a blast with the RCS bouncy house and a 15-foot slide. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the Dual Lane Big Kahuna water slide will be onsite for extra special fun! 

    Cost: $300
    No Maximum
  • Super Heroes - CLOSED

    Grades 2 - 4

    LOOK! It’s a bird; it’s a plane, it’s RCS Super Hero time! Your child will have a blast creating their own superhero projects such as a mask, cape or sneaker wings inspired from a comic book or their imagination. As part of the fun, they will also make and eat delicious, super snacks like the Green Arrow’s Super Fruit Arrows or Supergirl/Superman Frozen Fortress Pops. Is your child ready to have a super good time? It will be almost as fun as saving the world!

    Instructor: Penny Cataldo
    Cost: $450
    Maximum 14 explorers
     

Full-Day Session

List of 1 items.

  • Hudson Valley Adventures

    Grades 3 - 7

    Young adventure seekers will embark on a new journey to many thrilling sites in our backyard each day! Where will we go?
     
    The choices are plentiful. Young explorers can go hiking to the top of Bear Mountain, spend the day zip lining at the Bronx Zoo, hit the ropes at Spins, get soaked at Lake Compounce, or go rock climbing at The Cliffs. Each unique excursion will be action-packed and full of fun. Some trips will give us the opportunity to explore the rich local history of our area. Pack your bags adventure seekers, and let's go!
     
    9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Instructors: Beth Smith and Ken Jordan
    Cost: $850
    Maximum 20 explorers

    *Adventures are subject to change. A final itinerary will be distributed before the program begins.
     

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Class Schedule

    When do classes take place?
    Morning and afternoon classes are three hours long and take place Monday through Friday.

    PreK-Grade 4: Morning classes start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 p.m. Afternoon classes start at 12:30 p.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.

    Grades 5-9: Morning classes start at 8:45 a.m. and end at 11:45 a.m. Afternoon classes start at 12:15 p.m. and end at 3:15 p.m.

    All grades: Full day classes have varying start and end times.

    Can I sign up for just an afternoon class?
    Yes! You can sign up for morning classes, afternoon classes, or both.

    Do you offer extended day?
    Yes! Register for Sunrise or Sunset Club. Extended day starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. for all grades. Extended day ends when the first morning class begins and begins again when the afternoon classes end. Extended day drop-off and pick-up is on the Lower Campus located at 325 West Patent Road, Mount Kisco, NY.
     
  • Locations

    Where do the classes take place?

    PreK-Grade 4
    classes take place on the Rippowam CIsqua School Lower Campus located at 325 West Patent Road in Mount Kisco, NY.

    Grade 5-9 classes take place on the Rippowam Cisqua School Upper Campus located at 439 Cantitoe Street in Bedford, NY.

    Off-campus classes such as Hudson Valley Adventures and Museum Mash-Up take place at a variety of locations but will leave from the Rippowam Cisqua School campus. Drop-off and pick-up location details will be communicated before the start of the program.
  • Medical Care

    Is there medical care on site?
    Your child’s health and safety are our priority. A nurse will be available and our Program Director is a Certified EMT. For off-campus excursions, a nurse will have a first aid backpack and medications for emergencies.

    What if my child needs medication?
    If you are a current Rippowam Cisqua School parent, we already have your information on file. If you are a new student, you will need to complete medical forms and waivers when you register.
  • Food and Allergies

    Is lunch provided?
    Students staying for the full day are asked to bring a nut-free lunch each day except Friday. On Friday, all campers will enjoy a special lunch provided by the Pizza Station. Explorers embarking on off-campus excursions should bring their lunch each day; they can also purchase food at some venues.

    What is your policy regarding food allergies?
    Rippowam Cisqua School is nut-free.
  • Registration & Payment

    Is there a deadline for registration?
    Yes. The deadline is May 31, 2019. Classes are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Classes will be closed once we reach the maximum number of participants.

    How do I pay for classes?
    Online registration will open in early March. A 50% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. The remainder is due on May 31, 2019.

    What forms/waivers do I need to complete?
    The forms will be available upon registration. 

    My family is receiving tuition assistance. Am I eligible for aid for Summer@RCS?
    Yes! Please contact Assistant Head of School and Director of Finance Debbie Hurrell at hurrell@rcsny.org for more information.

    What is the refund policy?
    Your 50% deposit is non-refundable. No discounts, credits, or refunds will be granted for missed classes. You may withdraw from a class before it begins by notifying summer@rcsny.org at least ten business days before the first class meets. June 3 is the deadline to withdraw for week one classes. June 10 is the deadline to withdraw for week two classes. If you have paid in full and submitted your withdrawal notification by the deadline, we will issue a 50% refund. There are no refunds after the withdrawal deadline. A full refund will be issued if your class is canceled due to low enrollment.
  • Clothing & Gear

    What should my child wear?
    Children will receive one Summer@RCS t-shirt. They must wear securely fastened closed-toe shoes and socks appropriate for outdoor play. Children enrolled in Hudson Valley Adventures or Take a Hike! should wear hiking shoes and pack a backpack with water, lunch, extra clothes, a towel, and a bathing suit.
  • Communication & Contacts

    What if I need to pick up my child early or drop off my child late?
    If you are going to be late or need to pick up your child early, please call Summer Program Director Leslie Thivierge at (914) 244-1226 or email thivierge@rcsny.org.

    How will I know what is going on at camp?
    Current families will continue to receive photos directly to their mobile phone via the Waldo app. New families will receive instructions on how to sign up to receive photos of their children by text.

    Who do I contact with questions?
    Leslie Thivierge
    Summer Program Director
    Tel: (914) 244-1226
    Email: thivierge@rcsny.org

    Diane Belkevich
    Assistant Summer Program Director
    Tel: (914) 244-1200
    Email: belkevich@rcsny.org

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Lower Campus (PreK-Grade 4)
325 West Patent Road
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
phone: (914) 244-1200
Upper Campus (Grades 5-9)
439 Cantitoe Street 
Bedford, NY 10506
phone: (914) 244-1250
Rippowam Cisqua School is a PreK-Grade 9 independent day school in Westchester County, New York. RCS offers challenging academics built on innovation, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, wellness, leadership, service learning, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.
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