Programs
PolySummer 2017

Second Grade

List of 76 items.

  • After Hours Care K-8

    Grades: K-8
    Duration: 4 pm to 6 pm /Session 1 and 2
    Cost: $150
  • All Hands on Deck! 1-2 - Critical Thinking and Survival Skills

    Faculty: Bordeaux Martin & Julita Penido
    Grades: 1-2
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks / Session 1 and 2
    Periods: D
    Cost: $260
    Did you know that you can make one of the world’s strongest materials out of common plants? Or open a tin can without a can opener? Or make a pulley system using nothing but rope? All Hands on Deck! is a class that steps outside the pervasive technological landscape to help young learners hone fine motor, critical thinking, and survival skills. Each day, students will be faced with a new task in which they will have nothing but their own knowledge, newly acquired critical thinking skills and group collaboration efforts to help reach an end goal. Along the way they will develop self-confidence, independence, and an increased awareness of their surroundings while learning how to engage with the world in new, exciting and practical ways. Among other activities, students will be building, braiding, cultivating, fixing, foraging, navigating, orienteering and tinkering, all while learning practical and gratifying new skills to navigate life’s twists and turns more thoughtfully, gracefully and thoroughly.
  • Artistic and Number Sense 1-2

    Faculty: Lauren McAlister
    Grades: 1-2
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C (Session 2) and F (Session 1)
    Cost: $260
    By the end of this 3 week course, students will have explored math through play and created art projects to increase mathematical thinking. Topics include composing and decomposing numbers, shapes, patterns, place value, equal groups, and more. Students will leave this course with a math/art portfolio and a better understanding of what numbers are.
  • Basketball Camp

    Faculty: Brad Hall
    Grades 2-7
    Duration: June 12-16
    Time: 1 to 4 p.m. (Note: This class takes place prior to the regular summer session.)
    Cost: $200
    Basketball Camp is specifically designed for players who want to have fun and improve their skills in basketball. We will have daily contests and games. All activities will take place in the gym. Camp will stress basic individual offensive skills and all campers will be taught the proper way to shoot a basketball. Camp will include instruction in passing, ball handling, and scoring moves. We will play full court games every day.
     
  • Batters Up! - Baseball Clinic 1-3

    Faculty: Joe Cotti
    Grades: 1-3
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $260
    Do you want to hit the ball harder and more consistently? Do you want to be able to field ground balls and fly balls easier and with more confidence? Then this is the session for you. Open to boys and girls in grades 1 through 3 who want to improve and have more fun playing baseball or softball by improving their hitting and fielding. During this three week session we will improve the skill level through different drills and games.
  • Beyond the Book

    Faculty: Raleigh Young
    Grades: K-2
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 Only
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $260
    This class will foster a love of reading and develop comprehension skills through creative expression. We will bring reading to life through creative art projects based on favorite Children's stories both contemporary and classic.In connecting text to self we will use various media to extend meaning through drawing, painting, recycled art, sculpture, print making and collage.
  • Build a Village

    Faculty: Dante Barsotti
    Grades: 2-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $260
    If you designed the perfect city, what would it look like? Would it be filled with toy stores, sports stadiums, and playgrounds? What would you need to make it a wonderful place to live? Constructing buildings from boxes and found objects, students in this course will brainstorm what the perfect city needs then decide how the city should be designed. As they build, students will make decisions on land use, facilities and design.
  • Camp Cookies 2-3

    Faculty: Raleigh Young
    Grades: 2-3
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): BC
    Cost: $520
    Are you Crazy for Cookies, Koo Koo for Cupcakes, or Mad for Muffins? Well, if you are...this is the class for you. We will feature and bake a new cookie, cupcake, or muffin daily. Our culinary adventures will be complemented with cookie, cupcake or muffin related stories and inspired art. By the end of the session we will publish our own Cookbook filled with artwork and baker's comments. Please note, if allergies are an issue, nuts and dairy products may be in some of the recipes.
  • Coding and Logic Games 2-4

    Faculty: Sarah Nua
    Grades: 2-4
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks / Session 2 only
    Period: D or E
    Cost: $260
    Explore the world of logic and code through fun, interactive challenges on the iPad. Students will put their brains to the test while solving puzzles, creating programs with block code, and thinking critically with engaging games such as Osmo and Puzzlets. Students learn to collaborate with others meaningfully, investigate different problem-solving techniques, and persist in the face of difficult tasks. This class is for beginners.
  • Computer Skills - Learning through BrainPop Jr. 2-4

    Faculty: Bordeaux Martin
    Grades 2-4
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Sessions 1 and 2
    Periods: B
    Cost: $260
    Students will learn and review basic research skills by playing games and completing various projects using the Pebble Go databases: animals, biographies and earth/space. Designed for emerging and practiced readers, this database provides visual search buttons, fully narrated text, audio and video clips, and citation support.
  • Creation Station K-2

    Faculty: Maria Fleming
    Grades: K-2
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $260
    The Creation Station is a place for young artists and craftspeople to explore and create. Each day will be an opportunity to create something new! Some projects will focus on free expression and other will focus more on process and technique. We will get inspiration from storybooks, fellow artists and the world around us. 
  • Creative Crusaders 2-3

    Faculty: Tiffany LaBarbera
    Grades: 2-3
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $260
    Designed to nurture the creative problem solver in your child, Creative Crusaders asks students to apply the skills they’ve learned throughout the school year to both practical problems and super silly scenarios.  Scientists will perform plays, athletes will build structures with moving parts and musicians will rewrite classic literature, all in the name of stretching their brains to creative capacity.  In three weeks, your Brain Crusader will learn the importance of independent and out-of-the box thinking as well as cooperation and collaboration firsthand, as they work in groups to achieve common goals. Sometimes spur-of-the-moment, sometimes prepared in-advance, but always having fun, Brain Crusaders are ready to explore the many different ways they can approach finding a solution.
  • Dance It Out

    Faculty: Jenine Almahdi
    Grades: 2-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $260
    What better way to spend your summer than to "Dance it Out!" Dance it Out is a total body, high energy, cardio dance workout that is infused with 20 plus styles of dance including Hip Hop, Bollywood, Line Dancing, Disco, 80’s, Broadway, African, Irish, Hula, and so much more. Dance it Out is all about having fun, being active, and learning about different cultures and styles along the way. Each class we will learn new songs as well as practice other favorites. From the Japanese fishermen's dance to the pop music of today, each class will end with lots of smiling, sweaty faces!
  • Drawing Fun with Pastels K-2

    Faculty: Patty Nelson & Rachel Venezia
    Grades: K-2
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2 
    Period: B or E
    Cost: $260
    In this course, students will explore and develop their artistic side through the use of chalk pastels. They will learn drawing, blending and shading techniques to achieve life-like results. A variety of subject matter will be explored, from animals to landscapes and even animated characters.
  • Enameling 2-5

    Faculty: Allan Schaefer
    Grades 2-5
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Sessions 1 and 2
    Periods: A or D 
    Cost: $260
    Copper enameling (melting glass on metal) is a fun class in which students will make small projects of amazing beauty out of sparkling colors of glass. Students will create small projects of animals and pendants for wearable art. Small plates will become the format for designing cloisonné animals, landscapes, or whatever their imagination can conjure. 
  • Etiquette

    Faculty: Maria Flemming
    Grades: K-2
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $260
    Students will learn how to be positive, polite, respectful and well-mannered young children. This course offers students opportunities to learn proper ways of addressing adults, good table manners, and telephone etiquette. Students will learn social skills in fun and creative ways that they will use the rest of their lives.
  • Fems with Pens: Artistic Expression Through Words 2-5

    Faculty: Tatianna Massaro
    Grades: 2-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: B
    Cost: $260
    Fems with Pens is a writing club that empowers girls of all ages to grow into confident and fearless females.  The sooner girls learn the value and power of their voices, the faster they will want to put their pens to the paper and express themselves.  Through writing and art, girls find ways to better understand themselves, as well as to express their feelings, their dreams, and their hopes and goals for the future.  Girls are motivated to express themselves and create art with words with their favorite pen.
  • Football I

    Faculty: Antonio Harrison
    Grades: 2-5
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Periods: C
    Cost: $260
    Students will be introduced to many facets of the game on an introductory to intermediate level. Students will start each day with a brief warm up and a motivational talk from the coach. Students will then work on individual skill development at both an offensive and defensive position. While the course will NOT be a full contact course, players will learn skills which can be translated into tackle football. The last part of practice will include 7 on 7 games, skill competitions and combine tests. The main goal of the course is to have fun and teach skills in a safe and supervised environment.
  • Fun in the Imagination Playground K-2

    Faculty: Megan Lee Pyle - Period B, Tonita Fernandez - Period C
    Grades: K-2
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B & C
    Cost: $260
    Children will explore, create, imagine and engineer using the "big blue blocks" in the imagination playground. Design thinking will be inspired by by storybooks and once a week, we'll put the blue blocks away and engineer, design, create, explore and imagine with other unconventional items. Fun in the imagination playground will promote and reinforce important social and emotional learning skills like collaboration, communication, active listening, teamwork, problem solving and resilience.
  • Fun with American Girls K-2

    Faculty: Hallie Rosenblum
    Grades: K-2
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $260
    Get ready to dive into the world of American Girl Dolls! In this class students will come with their doll for a fun filled hour of crafts and more. Students will have the chance to share their dolls with the peers and learn about all of the different dolls from different times and places. In addition, students will complete crafts for themselves and their dolls. Each week will have a different theme in which the projects will be centered around. Themes include tea party, sleep over, and luau! It is not necessary for students to have an American Girl doll; all dolls and stuffed animals are welcomed!
  • Games of All Sorts K-2

    Faculty: Grace Birkenbeuel
    Grades: K-2
    Duration: 3 Weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): E
    Cost: $260
    In this course students will enjoy various games with their classmates. Students will play normal team sports such as soccer, basketball, football, softball, volleyball and more. In addition, students will play fun and exciting games like capture the flag, Ultimate Frisbee, Frisbee golf, kickball, team handball, and more. This class is geared for fun so come out and have some fun.
  • Handwriting

    Faculty: Seraya Avila-Mott
    Grades: 1-4
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $260

    Drawing and connecting letters allows children to better memorize words and phrases. The movement of the hand stimulates the muscles involved in writing as well as the process of thinking. Handwriting, especially with Cursive, structures thought and creativity in a way keyboard typing can't. The successive construction of letters and words is more fluid and allows children to remember words and bridge ideas. It is a proven fact that Cursive writing improves cognition.
    In this class, we will review the basics of Print writing and explore the beauty and importance of Cursive handwriting. The goal is to improve each student's hand-eye coordination, hand muscle building and, most importantly, allow them to construct words, phrases and sentences with beautiful penmanship.

    I invite you to read the New York Times and The Guardian articles on the importance of Cursive:

    The Benefits of Cursive Go Beyond Writing

    Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard?
  • Hip Hippo Fun with George and Martha K-2

    Faculty: Zena Yamamoto
    Grades K-2
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks /Sessions 1 and 2 
    Periods: A
    Cost: $260
    Explore the hilarious, heartwarming world of George and Martha, the beloved hippopotamus pair created by award-winning author James Marshall. Through reading, writing, arts and crafts, role-playing, and discussion, children will not only fall in love with these tons of fun friends, but explore the meaning of friendship and learn how to be a good friend.
  • iDance Minis K-2

    Faculty: Danielle Pigneri & Ericalynn Priolo
    Grades: K-2
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 (Pigneri) and 2 (Priolo)
    Period: B or C
    Cost: $260
    This class will introduce movement and dance fundamentals for the young dancer. Jazz, hip hop, and ballet techniques will be learned using age-appropriate music. Students will increase coordination, strength, flexibility, and performance skills while learning fun dance routines.
  • Italian through Fairy Tales (Pinocchio) K-2

    Faculty: Patrizia Zambetta
    Grades: K-2
    Duration: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $260
    This class provides exposure to the Italian language through listening, reading and performing the story of “Pinocchio”, the Italian fairy tale known throughout the world . Students will learn Italian basic vocabulary for kids such us the names of family members, colors, the numbers up to 20, animals, the parts of the body, food, and clothing. Poems, songs, and the creation of their favorite character puppet will enhance their learning of the language. On the last Friday, children will perform an Italian song. Join in on a fun and educational class!
  • Keyboarding Games for Kids K-2

    Faculty: Aquita Winslow
    Grades K-2
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $260
    Typing is a basic skill that needs time and practice to develop. Young kids have a great capacity to learn. When they start learning the position of characters on the keyboard at an early age, they have a much better chance of building up high-accuracy for the future. In this entry level class, students play fun keyboarding games as they become familiar with the keyboard!
  • Koding Kids 2-3

    Faculty: Lauren McAlister
    Grades: 2-3
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period:  B (Session 2) or E (Session 1)
    Cost: $260

    Get ready to explore the world through coding! Similar to Steam Thinkers, this course will focus on block coding, critical thinking, and problem analysis. Students will be introduced to Ozobots, Scratch, Code.org, and more! Students will also work in cooperative teams in unplugged STEAM activities.
  • Learning through the Interactive Encyclopedia BrainPop Jr. K-2

    Faculty: Bordeaux Martin
    Grades: K-2
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Session 1 and 2
    Periods: A
    Cost: $260
    Students will be given guidance to research specific topics under general subjects such as Arts & Technology, Reading & Writing, Math & Science in Brainpop Jr., an animated educational resource database. They will then self select specific videos to watch and learn through cartoons featuring Moby, the hilarious Robot. Quizzes and games are associated with each video to reinforce and assess knowledge. It's learning under the guise of watching cartoons and having fun!
  • Learning with Osmo 1-2

    Faculty: Suzie Arther
    Grades: 1-2
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $260
    Come and experience a new way to learn. Osmo's "groundbreaking system fosters social intelligence and creative thinking by opening up the iPad to the endless possibilities of physical play". We will explore the world of Osmo together, building problem solving strategies, working cooperatively, and even maybe designing our own Osmo lesson.
  • Little chefs 1-3

    Faculty: Veronica Covarrubias
    Grades: 1-3
    Duration/ Sessions: Session 2 ONLY
    Period: C
    Cost: $260
    In this course students will expand their cultural competency through cooking delicious dishes from the Americas. Science, math, health, social skills and cultural awareness will be reinforced through this hands-on class as students measure, mix and learn the origin of guacamole, arepas, quesadillas, Cuban rice pudding and more.
    They will explore the history of food and how climate and geography affect food preferences.

  • Little STEAM Thinkers- 1-2

    Faculty: Lauren McAlister & Jamie Tibajia
    Grades: 1-2
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 (McAlister) and 2 (Tibajia)
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $260
     
    Come join the STEAM Team and get ready to have some fun! By the end of this 3-week course, students will have worked collaboratively on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) tasks to develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills. Tasks are hands-on, require teamwork, and allow opportunities for creativity and reasoning. Students will leave the course with an inspiration to try new things and think beyond what has already been done. Full STEAM ahead!
  • Math Facts Boot Camp Grade 2

    Math Facts Boot Camp Grade 2
    Faculty: Mark Munoz
    Grades: 2
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Periods: A
    Cost: $260
    “Left, left, left, right, left. We're the best, we're number one. Now let’s have some math fact fun!” Math Facts Boot Camp focuses on engaging each student in grade specific strategies to build on and further strengthen math fact skills. Second grade students will focus on addition, subtraction and a review of multiplication. This course is designed to reinforce math facts through a variety of math activities. Students will use math worksheets, iPads, computer games, cards, dice, and flashcards to assess their mastery of basic math facts. This course will provide them extra practice with essential math skills to develop the automaticity of math facts. Some games will include Double Trouble, Half as Much, Baseball Math, Defensive Struggle, Number Maker, Knock-Off Numbers, Pyramid Math, Dollar Race, Murb, Crazy Cone and many more.
  • Math Workshop - Introduce, Reinforce, and Challenge Grade 2

    Faculty: Jenine Almahdi
    Grade(s): 2
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $260
    This course is designed to introduce, reinforce, and challenge students in math concepts based on the Singapore Math curriculum. Students will solve problems and work with manipulatives to assist with introducing and reinforcing math concepts that frequently appear in Second Grade. There will be a strong emphasis on hands-on activities and solving word problems. To help support lessons, students will use iPads to enhance their learning and to increase student engagement. Session 1 will focus on money, fractions, and linear measurement. Session 2 will focus on weight, time, and 3D geometry.
  • Mermaids and Sea Kings K-2

    Faculty: Seraya Avila-Mott & Melissa Valdez
    Grades: K-2
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $260
    Do you hear the call of the sea? Enjoy making crafts that become treasures, love animals and tales from the deep? Then grab your tale and jump on in. We'll have ocean story time, mermaid crafts, and learn ways we can help protect our ocean friends so we can treasure them for years to come.
     
  • Multiplication & Division Boot Camp

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grades 2-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $260
    In this class, the students will learn how to memorize their basic math facts to prepare them for upper-grade math. The students will be taught concept lessons, play games, and do work sheets and timed-test to chart their progress.
  • Musical Theater - Cinderella 2-4

    Faculty: Jean Gaskill & Lisa Joffrey
    Grades: 2-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: E
    Cost: $260
    Calling all young actors for a mini musical production of “Cinderella”. Over the three week course this elementary school ensemble will rehearse acting, choreography, and singing to tell the story of this classic tale.There are great roles for boys and girls and the show includes some wonderful production numbers! With simple costuming and choreography you are certain to develop as a young performer and make some great new friends in the process. This class is directed by Jean Gaskill and Lisa Joffrey. At the end of the three weeks parents and friends will be invited to see our culminating performance during the final class.
  • Musical Theater - Sleeping Beauty 2-4

    Faculty: Jean Gaskill & Lisa Joffrey
    Grades: 2-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: E
    Cost: $260

    Calling all young actors for a mini musical production of “Sleeping Beauty”. Over the three week course this elementary school ensemble will rehearse acting, choreography, and singing to tell the story of this classic tale.There are great roles for boys and girls and the show includes some wonderful production numbers! With simple costuming and choreography you are certain to develop as a young performer and make some great new friends in the process. This class is directed by Jean Gaskill and Lisa Joffrey. At the end of the three weeks parents and friends will be invited to see our culminating performance during the final class.
  • Musical Theater - Tiny Tots, A Star is Born 1-3

    Faculty: Kay Bowen
    Grades: 1-3
    Duration: 3 weeks/Session 1
    Period: B
    Cost: $260
    In this class students will sing and dance daily and will learn different songs and movement for their "Broadway Review", featuring a song from our rehearsal each day. The culmination will be a performance of a selected piece for family and friends.
  • Number Games for Mathematicians 2-3

    Faculty: Lauren McAlister & Jamie Tibajia
    Grades: 2-3
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 (McAlister) and 2 (Tibajia)
    Period(s): D
    Cost: $260
    Get ready to enhance your number sense skills while playing games! Mastering number sense is crucial for student success in math. By the end of this 3-week course, students will have enhanced their number sense through math games and engaging activities. Topics covered in the course include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, balancing equations, decomposing numbers, place value, and more. This interactive course will allow students the opportunity to enhance their number sense while playing games. 
  • Number Sense Grade 2

    Faculty: Jaclyn Ryan
    Grades: 2
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: C
    Cost: $260
    Number sense is the intuitive feel for numbers and their relationships. The course is designed to help the young student, entering second grade in the fall of 2014, achieve a better sense of numbers and their relationships through fun games, puzzles, and projects. Students who achieve a strong understanding of how numbers relate to each other are better equipped to understand and utilize all the basic mathematical operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, as well as a conceptual understanding of fractions.
  • On-Broadway - A Musical Theatre Experience for K-2

    Faculty: Mary Mather
    Grades K-2
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks /Session 1 and 2 
    Periods: A or E
    Cost: $260
    Get ready to sing and dance! Students will explore the world of musical theatre through theatre games, dance technique, and music fundamentals. Additionally, students will learn music and choreography for 2 Broadway songs. Class will culminate in a presentation of these songs and an interactive drama activity.
  • Our planet, Our home 1-2

    Faculty: Veronica Covarrubias
    Grades: 1-2
    Duration/ Sessions: Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $260
    Students will have the opportunity to explore the concept of conservation by teaching it to extra-terrestrials that have just landed and don't quite understand the concept. They students will take their visitors on an expedition through the Americas to show these friendly aliens about habitats, foods, and scenes from the wide plains to the rainforest jungles to the Andes mountains while teaching them about the earth and nature. The students will work together to protect endangered species and learn ways to live on earth sustainably.
  • Painting Fun with Watercolors K-2

    Faculty: Patty Nelson & Rachel Venezia
    Grades: K-2
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $260
    Students will explore the basics of watercolor: choosing the right brushes, paint and paper, mixing colors and learning about the different types of washes. Students will create several finished paintings from a variety of subject matter while learning and increasing their confidence in this medium. 
  • Painting with Picasso and Friends 2-5

    Faculty: Tricia Marrs
    Grades: 2-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D or E
    Cost: $260
    "Painting with Picasso and Friends" is a class where students will learn about the style and techniques of important international artists while painting and drawing in the manner of these famous artists from around the world. Each day students will create a piece of art in the style of a different artist. ""Who is Claude Monet?" Students will learn about the personal history of the artists and what inspired them to create in their unique style. Students will be using water color, tempera paint, oil pastels, chalk, acrylic, colored sand and collage materials to create art work in the style of Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse, Rousseau, Calder, O'Keeffe, Jim Dine, George Rodrigue, Franz Marc, Jasper Johns, Brian Wildsmith, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Japanese brush painting, and Native American sand painting. Students are asked to bring a backpack every day to Painting with Picasso and Friends art class.
  • Paper Mache Sculpture Grades K-2

    Faculty: Leah Bieltvedt
    Grades: K-2
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $260
    In this class students will experience the hands-on, messy, tactile world of paper mache. Students will sculpt animals, imaginary creatures, pretend foods, and other fantastic objects through the process of creating a base, covering it with newspaper dipped in paper mache paste ( the messy, fun part) and finishing with a dazzling array of paint and colors.
  • Pirates, Ahoy! 2-3

    Faculty: Kathy Ford
    Grades: 2-3
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $260
    Pirates are the bomb! Pirates used Grenadoes in their “work.” Facts such as these abound in Pirates, Ahoy! a class where students engage in various pirate-related activities ranging from the more serious (reading, writing) to the silly (pirate art and talk).
  • Poly Science Academy - Exploring Science Through Experiments 1-2

    Faculty: Suzie Kim & Science Staff
    Grades: 1-2
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Periods: A, B or E
    Cost: $260
    The Exploring Science through Experiments course is intended to provide young kids the opportunity to perform experiments through which they learn basic science principles. Just to name a few, experiments they will conduct in this age group includes ice cream making, density layered columns in eppendorf tubes, use of basic medical instruments (stethoscope, reflex hammer, tuning fork) to understand how the human body works, and learning the principles of conservation using Newton's cradle. The second session of this course will cover different material, so the second session is not a repeat of the first.
  • Poly Science Academy - Waves of Facts, Fun and Oceanography 1-2

    Faculty: Sheryln Burns and Mark Munoz
    Grades: 1-2
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Periods: D
    Cost: $260
    Shorely you will want to dive into learning about life under the sea! From dolphins and sharks to seahorses and sea turtles (and otters and octopuses, oh my!), we will fish for knowledge while discovering the wonders of ocean life. From under the sea, we will adventure ashore to explore tide pool creatures such as anemones, urchins and sea stars. Awareness of habitats, environmentally safe practices and endangered ocean species will be discovered along the way. And since we can’t explore at the ocean, the ocean will come to us in tanks and touch pools for a hands-on culmination of our oceanography adventure.

    But beware, matey and scallywag, o’ scurvy Pirate Fridays, as treasure hunts abound and pirate tales and booty provide swashbuckling fun. Who knows wha’ may ensue when th’ Jolly Roger be a’ flyin’! Savvy? 
  • Portrait and Landscape Collage 2-4

    Faculty: Zena Yamamoto
    Grades: 2-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks / Session 1 and 2
    Periods: C
    Cost: $260
    Students will engage in the relaxing art of collage, creating magnificent landscapes and portraits, using various types of cut and torn paper. You will be amazed at the heirloom quality art your child will be able to create. Fun, easy, unique, and gorgeous!
  • Rainforest Fun! K-2

    Faculty: Sherlyn Burns
    Grades: K-2
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 or 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $260

    Come explore the rainforests of Central and South America. From the floor to the canopy and beyond, discover the animals, insects and reptiles that make the forest their home. And don't forget about the rivers teeming with wildlife like piranhas and pink river dolphins. We will learn about the conservation and sustainability our rainforests and what we can do to ensure they last for generations. We will culminate by inviting a reptile wrangler to visit and show us creatures that live in the rainforest.
  • Read - Color - Draw Grades 1-3

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grades: 1-3
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $260
    This class is 1st through 3rd grade students who enjoy art and reading in a low stress environment. The students will be exposed to a variety of literary genres in magazines, chapter books, and short stories. Also, we will sketch, color, trace, and draw about the stories we read and other high interest topics.
  • Reader’s Theater I: Lights…Cameras…Read 2-3

    Faculty: Kathy Ford
    Grades: 2-3
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $260

    Reader’s Theater is a research based instructional strategy that has been shown to improve reading fluency, comprehension and word choice. Each day, students engage in games targeting select skills such as phrasing, expression, pacing, interpretation, listening and presenting in front of a group and then study and prepare text by reading and rereading plays, poems, narrative fiction, and/or non-dramatic literature until they are performance ready. In addition, students may choose to express their creativity and connection to the text by adding theater elements when performing to the class (e.g., minimal props, costume items and staging). Each student will perform at least one time weekly. No memorization is necessary.
  • Reading Fluency & Fun 1-2

    Faculty: Jaclyn Ryan & Tonita Fernandez (Session 1) , Tonita Fernandez (Session 2)
    Grades: 1-2
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ 
    Period: B or E
    Cost: $260

    In this class, first and second grade students will boost their reading fluency- rate, expression, and phrasing- through reader's theater. Through repeated practice and performance, students will become more confident in their oral reading. Each session will include drama warmups and games as well as guided instruction in fluency skills. We will also incorporate technology in recording and presenting our plays.
  • Reading Strategies - Word Study

    Faculty: Jenine Almahdi
    Grades: 2
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): C
    Cost: $260
    Got the phonics blues? Does sounding out words to read or spell feel like an uphill battle? Then this may be the class for you! In this class, students will develop strategies for sounding out and identifying features of words. Students will also work with word patterns and sight words, focusing on beginning and ending sounds, short vowels, blends, digraphs, and possibly some long vowel patterns. Through hands-on activities and games, word study can be lots of fun! Please note, classes in both sessions will cover the same content.
  • Ready, Set, Go! Speed, Coordination and Performance Clinic 1-4

    Faculty: Joe Cotti
    Grades: 1-4
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $260
    Do you want to improve your speed, coordination and performance on the athletic field? Then this is the session for you. Open to boys and girls in grades 1-4 who want to have fun and improve their athletic sports performance. This session will prepare you for the unique demands of your sport. Defining moments in sports occur at full speed in a chaotic and unpredictable environment. We will teach agility, change in direction and more through fun individual and team exercises.
  • Sew Like you Mean It- Hand Sewn Animal Masks

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grades: 2-4
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $260
    In this fun and creative class, students will learn essential hand sewing techniques as they design, customize and hand-sew their own wearable animal mask! Together we'll practice pinning and cutting, stitching and embellishing, as we create expressive animal faces from fabric, thread, and trimmings. Daily teacher demonstrations and personal guided instruction are designed to develop eye-hand coordination, patience and accuracy, and a sense of accomplishment, while completing a fun sewn project. The skills & concepts learned in this class create a solid foundation for progressing to machine sewing.
  • Skills & Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension 1-3

    Faculty: Tatianna Massaro
    Grades: 1-3
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: A
    Cost: $260
    Students learn how to increase their speed of reading while also improving their retention of the information read. Students will learn how to approach both fiction and nonfiction in a manner that enables them to organize the content in their minds for improved comprehension. These skills and strategies will enable students to complete homework assignments faster and with better accuracy, as well as be able to remember reading content with more precise detail.
  • Soccer Camp

    Faculty: Doug Jolly
    Grades: 2-8
    Duration/ Session: Poly Summer Sports Camp June 12-16
    Time: 9 - noon
    Cost: $200
    Come join us for an exciting, educational, fun week of soccer. Whether students have never played soccer before or are experienced team players, they will have a place at Poly’s week-long soccer camp. Through skills training, small-sided games, futsal and much more, each player will get individualized attention in an effort to develop touch, confidence, and game sense. Poly’s own varsity coach Pat Gray and his staff will share their expertise in working with kids of all ages and ultimately, hope to instill a love for the game of soccer in every child they work with. Each participant will receive a soccer ball and t-shirt.
  • Soccer Fundamentals 2-5

    Faculty: Doug Jolly
    Grades 2-5
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Sessions 1 and 2
    Periods: B
    Cost: $260
    This class offers students an opportunity to enjoy soccer and develop their skills at the same time. Students can improve their skills in dribbling, shooting, passing, and defending in a positive and fun environment. Each day will include a chance to play games and learn from experienced coaches. Students should bring their own cleats and shin guards; water, soccer balls, and a fun time will be provided!
  • Spanish Adventures K - 2

    Faculty: Martha Reyes
    Grades K-2
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Session 1 and 2
    Periods: A
    Cost: $260
    This class provides students exposure to Spanish language and culture following the adventures of different animated characters. Through games, videos, songs, stories, role playing, and food, students will learn everyday Spanish vocabulary. The class’ fun atmosphere will be conducive to learning for our young students. 
  • Spanish through Fables and Legends

    Faculty: Martha Reyes
    Grades: 1-3
    Duration/Sessions: 3 week/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $260
    Students will learn Spanish vocabulary and culture as they listen to, reconstruct, illustrate, narrate and perform the content of some popular fables from the Spanish speaking world. There will be one fable and/or legend per week from three different Spanish speaking countries.
  • Summer Clay 2-4

    Faculty: Tricia Marrs
    Grades: 2-4
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A or B
    Cost: $260
    Students will create a variety of handbuilt ceramics using slab, pinch, and coil methods. A variety of surface textures and glazing techniques will be explored and utilized. Students will glaze their creations before kiln firing. Projects for 2017 Summer Clay include bowls, pinch pot baskets, animals, dogs, dinosaurs, tile trivet, votive candle holder, and more. Students are asked to bring a backpack each day to Summer Clay class.
  • Summer Sing! Grades 1-4

    Faculty: Amy Hwang
    Grades: 1-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: A
    Cost: $260
    You got a voice to talk, mimic different sounds, cry, laugh, sometimes even yell? Come join the Summer Choir and use your precious voice to sing with new friends! In this Choir, all voices are welcome. Our theme of Summer 2017 is “Children’s Songs Around the World.” Children will learn to sing properly and beautifully and have so much fun exploring different countries through songs, instruments, dances, and games. Not to mention, some songs we will sing in their original language! There are so many researched and proved benefits of group singing, it is difficult to list them in this limited space. For your information, here are a couple articles out of thousands:

    https://www.chorusamerica.org/publications/research-reports/chorus-impact-study

    http://www.cmuse.org/psychological-and-physical-benefits-of-choral-singing/
  • Summertime Crafts

    Faculty: Susan Marchant
    Grades K-2
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks / Session 1 and 2
    Periods: F
    Cost: $260
    This is a traditional camp-craft based course in which our younger students can explore their more creative and artistic abilities. This is a great way for them to unwind after a full day of summer classes. Students will be encouraged to use their imagination and work with all sorts of craft materials. Some activities include making seashore wind chimes, stone planters, kites, bottle cap jewelry, tie dye, lanterns and lots of projects from nature and recycled items. Students will also be water coloring and working with clay. Crafts will be different for both sessions.
  • Swim, Swim, Swim!

    Faculty: Charlene Beerman, Rob Mikels, Elizabeth Shdo & Heather Sweet
    Grades 1-5
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Sessions 1 and 2
    Periods: A, B, or C
    Cost: $260
    The goal of this class is to have fun and gain a love of swimming. Students will be put into groups according to their ability; some students are learning to swim while others will be improving technique and learning new strokes. Daily, students will do a warm-up activity, a swim lesson, and finish the class with free time to play or practice new skills. Swimsuit, towel, and shoes are necessary.
  • Teddy Bears 2-4

    Faculty: Jenine Almahdi
    Grades 2-4
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks /Sessions 1 and 2 
    Periods: D
    Cost: $260
    Who needs Build-a-Bear when you can sew your own? In this class, we will sew our own teddy bears! We will follow a sewing pattern and put our bears together by hand, with fabric, needle and thread. We will even design and sew some clothes for our bears. While we're sewing, write our own stories inspired by our creations. At the end of the course, we will take home our teddy bears to proudly share and treasure!
  • The Art of the Story K-2

    Faculty: Mandy Madnikoff
    Grades: K-2
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $260
    It's the end of the day, and you want to start winding down, while still having fun? In this story telling class, kids will be read stories in engaging ways, whether it be through puppets, storyboards, or acting it out, we will make these stories come to life!
  • The Summer Express K-3

    Faculty: Amy Hwang
    Grades: K-3
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: B
    Cost: $260
    This class exposes the ears of children to the world that is beyond Western music history. Listening to pieces in various genres from different parts of the world, children think outside of their box, learn to embrace the culture, and express their emotions and thoughts in creative methods. Self-expression will be performed including but not limited to body movements, art works, and writing.
  • The Wonderful World of Lanyard Making 2-5

    Faculty: Seraya Avila-Mott
    Grades: 2-5
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $260
    Are you interested in learning the art of Lanyard making? Come join us in this exciting new summer class where we will start at the basic stitches and discover how those simple weaves can transform into incredible creations! We will learn how to add and subtract stitches, weave with beads and even come up with patterns never before seen, the only limit is your creativity. No experience needed.
  • The Writer in Me 2-3

    Instructor: Marie Munoz
    Grades 2-3
    Duration/Sessions: 6 weeks
    Periods: B
    Cost: $520
    Permission to get weird! This course is designed to encourage students to be weird, happy and creative while writing. The students will have the opportunity and learn to be more thorough, descriptive and comfortable in their writing. Students will explore two writing genres, which include fiction and fairy tale writing. Students will work through the writing process as they brainstorm ideas, sketch, draft, revise, edit and publish. This course is also designed to promote and develop the social and ethical values of a responsible person through structured group work. As a culminating activity, the writers will act as directors and actors to bring their stories to life!
  • Theatre Games 2-4

    Faculty: Mary Mather
    Grades: 2-4
    Session/Duration: 3 weeks/ Sessions 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $260
    Come and join this active class and develop your sense of play, storytelling, performance, and comic timing. By learning to improvise you will develop your imagination and intuition even more than before. Not only will you have an entertaining time, but these skills are also useful in every aspect of learning and life. You will be quick to think and play, and you will learn to expect the unexpected!
  • Water Play of All Sorts K-2

    Faculty: Grace Birkenbeuel
    Grades K-2
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks / Session 1 and 2
    Periods: D
    Cost: $260
    What better way for your child to relax and exercise then an hour of water play on a sunny afternoon? They will be playing a wide range of water themed games such as sponge tag, slip & slide, beach towel volleyball, sponge relay, wet and wild kick ball, splish-splish-splash, and water balloon toss amongst a range of other water based games. This class is designed to invigorate your child after a busy morning in the Poly Summer program. Children are required to bring their bathing suits to this class. This class may be repeated in the second session.
  • We'll Be in Stitches!

    Faculty: Sherlyn Burns
    Grades 1-3
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks /Sessions 1 and 2 
    Periods: B
    Cost: $260
    Needlepoint is a terrific way to unwind and relax while creating something handmade and beautiful. Students, little stitchers, will learn the basics of needlepoint and such stitches like Cross stitch, Half Cross stitch, Basketweave, Box stitch, Diamond stitch and more. Students will start out with a small canvas and, with practice and proficiency, move on to designing their own idea. Students will first sketch projects on paper then on canvas and finish their project by bringing it to life with beautiful threads and yarns. Needlepoint is a creative hobby that can be done anywhere (think waiting rooms and airports). With so many stitches to learn and projects to make it can be a lifetime hobby. Stitchers can continue on at their own pace and level in session two if desired.
  • When in Rome 2-5

    Faculty: Alice Lyons
    Grades: 2-5
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $260
    In this class, students will gain an understanding of Ancient Rome through hands-on activities based on Roman mythology and culture. The students will begin to familiarize themselves with the Latin language through brief lessons and class discussions. They will learn about Roman counting and numbers, Roman myths, Roman foods, soldiers, games, and clothing. The class will make togas and crowns for the Triumph
    Celebration on the last day of class.
  • Yoga "en Francais" K-3

    Faculty: Audrey Tumoine
    Grades: K-3
    Duration/Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $260
    This yoga class is presented in a playful and educational way. Each session incorporates energetic and soothing yoga positions, meditation, breathing exercises, group games and reading. Children stretch, laugh and participate actively to the class by creating yoga positions, making up stories with yoga poses, and building warm up sequences. Each session ends with a calming story or a creative relaxation, inviting rest and awakening of the imagination. Students will be taught partly in French which is also a great way to learn another language while having fun. This course is taught by a French-native experienced yoga teacher who has taught yoga to kids for many years in France.
  • You Do WeDo - Beginning Robotics for the Younger Ages

    Faculty: Jason Rose
    Grades 2-3
    Duration/Sessions: 3 weeks/Sessions 1 and 2
    Periods: C or D
    Cost: $260
    Using LEGO bricks, students will make science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and coding come to life. The unique combination of the LEGO brick and computer software allows your student to engage in projects while building confidence to ask questions, define problems and design their own solutions. Students will have the opportunity to have a hands-on experience, improve their teamwork and communication and, most importantly, have fun!

Course planning grids

The following downloadable files are schematics showing the courses that will be offered during PolySummer 2017. Download the file that corresponds to your child's grade in September 2017. Please note: This information is tentative and subject to change.
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