School Life
Summer@RCS

Senior Explorers

For children ages 10 - 14 years old (entering Grades 5 - 9)
Summer@RCS challenges children in new and innovative ways with full and half-day options that help them discover new interests and do more of what they already love. Senior explorers can hone their musical, writing, and artistic talents, improve their athletic skills, accept a series of STEM challenges, advance their coding skills, and explore the great outdoors.

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 (8:45 - 11:45 a.m.)

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  • Creative Writing Workshop

    Grades 5 - 9

    When writers create universes with imaginary characters and settings, they must also imagine possibilities, personalities, emotions, places, and walks of life outside of their own lives. The Creative Writing Workshop will provide senior explorers with a good amount of empathy and understanding for others who are not like themselves or part of their everyday experiences. Children will develop their creative writing skills and look at innovative ways to publish their artistic expressions that include poetry, short stories, blogging, artwork, and discussion.

    Instructor: Marie Pena
    Cost: $450
    Maximum 12 explorers
  • Design Your Own 3D Video Game - CLOSED

    Grades 5 - 9
     
    Rather than play a video game, why don’t you make one? Design adventure in your very own interactive 3D world. Create pathways, platforms, gates, bridges, ladders, and landscapes. Insert hazards and enemies for your hero to fight and conquer along the way.

    Instructor: Dan Tepper
    Cost: $450
    Maximum 12 explorers
     
  • Innovators Workshop and Gravity Race Challenge

    Grades 5 - 9

    Design and build a spectacular Gravity Racer! By working in teams, children will design an original vehicle and learn how to safely use a new piece of equipment every day including the laser cutter, CNC router, MIG welder and more. 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, senior explorers 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, and team spirit. We will award the ultimate prize for distinguished achievements in engineering.  

    Instructor: Miles Cameron
    Cost: $500
    Maximum 14 explorers
     
  • Pottery and Beyond - CLOSED

    Grades 5 - 7

    TWO-WEEK COURSE

    Spend your mornings exploring the many possibilities of clay! During this two-week art intensive, we will investigate the multiple uses of ceramics in history and today. Students will review and identify the many stages of clay, and the process of taking clay from the Earth and transforming it to tabletop, pedestal, or wall ready ceramic art. We will practice hand-building techniques, and try the pottery wheel to create functional and sculptural works. Pottery and Beyond is a great way to get into the creative mindset, learn new skills, and have messy, hands-on fun with mud!

    Instructor: Jade Giorgi-Vincent
    Cost: $700 for BOTH weeks
    Maximum: 12 explorers
     
  • Sports & Games

    Grades 5 - 9

    Senior explorers will be introduced 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.

    Instructor: Vincent Kwarula
    Cost: $450
    Maximum: 30 explorers
  • Wanted: Forensic Experts

    Grades 5 - 9

    We need your help solving a cold case! This class will dive into the collection, identification, and analysis of crime scene evidence. Emphasis is placed on the methods that link the suspect, victim, and crime scene. Laboratory exercises will include fingerprinting, shoe print identification, handwriting analysis, and fiber examination. If you’ve ever wanted to be a member of a CSI team, now is your chance.

    Instructor: Katie Wrinn
    Cost: $450
    Maximum: 12 explorers

Afternoon Session (12:15 - 3:15 p.m.)

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  • Basketball Clinic

    Grades 5 - 9

    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.

    Instructor: Max Moise
    Cost: $250
    Maximum: 20 explorers
  • Garden Club - CLOSED

    Grades 5 - 9

    Join the RCS Summer Garden Club where every day is an adventure! Activities will include harvesting late spring vegetables to make a fabulous salad, constructing teepees and arches for climbing plants, and planting a Sunflower House with a morning glory roof. Each week we will travel to one local garden where we will explore, learn, and gather ideas. We will also design plant labels, dig for worms, mulch/water plants, talk, laugh, and have fun gardening together.  

    “Garden club is the best club I’ve ever been in.”- Hazel C.
    “Garden club is outdoor fun in the summer sun!”–Paige E.

    Instructor: Nicole Levy
    Cost: $400
    Maximum: 14 explorers
  • Premier Soccer Experience

    Grades 5 - 9

    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.
     
    Instructor: Vincent Kwarula
    Cost: $450
    Maximum: 30 explorers
  • Stay & Play

    Grades 5 - 9

    Supersize your summer fun with a 27-foot super water slide called “The Plunge." It promises big splashes and even bigger memories. What a great way to cool off on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons! On the other days, senior explorers will play outdoor games, get creative with arts and crafts in the art studio, and let their imaginations flow in the Innovation Center. Senior explorers get all this and more if they stay and play!

    Cost: $300
    No Maximum

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.
  • Museum Mash-Up - CLOSED

    Grades 5 - 9

    Museum Mash-Up shows senior explorers how to have fun discovering art, science, history, and math through engaging museum activities. Students will travel to the National Museum of Math, Liberty Science Center, Hayden Planetarium, Morgan Library, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Katrina Harriman
    Cost: $600
    Maximum 10 explorers
     
  • Strings - CLOSED

    Grades 5 - 9

    Do you play the violin, viola, cello, or double bass? Join us this week-long class and increase both your individual skills and your skills playing in a string ensemble. We will work on note reading, solo playing/technique, music theory and appreciation, and learning string ensemble music. We will also work on interactive music games to increase our skills in a fun way.  The program will culminate in a concert where we will showcase the music that we learned. All skill levels are welcome.

    8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
    Instructor: Carrie Brandt
    Cost: $500
    Maximum 12 explorers
     

Week Two | June 24 - 28

Morning Session (8:45 - 11:45 a.m.)

List of 3 items.

  • Pottery and Beyond - CLOSED

    Grades 5 - 7

    TWO-WEEK COURSE

    Spend your mornings exploring the many possibilities of clay! During this two-week art intensive, we will investigate the multiple uses of ceramics in history and today. Students will review and identify the many stages of clay, and the process of taking clay from the Earth and transforming it to tabletop, pedestal, or wall ready ceramic art. We will practice hand-building techniques, and try the pottery wheel to create functional and sculptural works. Pottery and Beyond is a great way to get into the creative mindset, learn new skills, and have messy, hands-on fun with mud!

    Instructor: Jade Giorgi-Vincent
    Cost: $700 for BOTH weeks
    Maximum: 12 explorers
  • Sports & Games

    Grades 5 - 9

    Senior explorers will be introduced 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.

    Instructor: Vincent Kwarula
    Cost: $450
    Maximum: 30 explorers
  • Wanted: Forensic Experts

    Grades 5 - 9

    We need your help solving a cold case! This class will dive into the collection, identification, and analysis of crime scene evidence. Emphasis is placed on the methods that link the suspect, victim, and crime scene. Laboratory exercises will include fingerprinting, shoe print identification, handwriting analysis, and fiber examination. If you’ve ever wanted to be a member of a CSI team, now is your chance.

    Instructor: Katie Wrinn
    Cost: $450
    Maximum: 12 explorers

Afternoon Session (12:15 - 3:15 p.m.)

List of 4 items.

  • Basketball Clinic

    Grades 5 - 9

    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.

    Instructor: Max Moise
    Cost: $250
    Maximum: 20 explorers
  • Garden Club - CLOSED

    Grades 5 - 9

    Join the RCS Summer Garden Club where every day is an adventure! Activities will include harvesting late spring vegetables to make a fabulous salad, constructing teepees and arches for climbing plants, and planting a Sunflower House with a morning glory roof. Each week we will travel to one local garden where we will explore, learn, and gather ideas. We will also design plant labels, dig for worms, mulch/water plants, talk, laugh, and have fun gardening together.  

    “Garden club is the best club I’ve ever been in.”- Hazel C.
    “Garden club is outdoor fun in the summer sun!”–Paige E.

    Instructor: Nicole Levy
    Cost: $400
    Maximum: 14 explorers
  • Premier Soccer Experience

    Grades 5 - 9

    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.
     
    Instructor: Vincent Kwarula
    Cost: $450
    Maximum: 30 explorers
  • Stay & Play

    Grades 5 - 9

    Supersize your summer fun with a 27-foot super water slide called “The Plunge." It promises big splashes and even bigger memories. What a great way to cool off on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons! On the other days, senior explorers will play outdoor games, get creative with arts and crafts in the art studio, and let their imaginations flow in the Innovation Center. Senior explorers get all this and more if they stay and play!

    Cost: $300
    No Maximum

Full-Day Session

List of 2 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.
  • Museum Mash-Up - CLOSED

    Grades 5 - 9

    Museum Mash-Up shows senior explorers how to have fun discovering art, science, history, and math through engaging museum activities. Students will travel to the National Museum of Math, Liberty Science Center, Hayden Planetarium, Morgan Library, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Katrina Harriman
    Cost: $600
    Maximum 10 explorers
     

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-shirts and a reusable water bottle. 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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