Programs
PolySummer 2019

Fourth Grade

List of 125 items.

  • A Climate of Change - Temporary Public Sculpture 3-8

    Faculty: Adam Feldmeth
    Grade(s): 3-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $275
    This class will explore the exciting ways sculpture is affected by the outdoors. Art experiments will be made in the physical landscape, which will in turn take effect on the sculptural objects themselves. Working independently and in groups, students will develop temporary, non-intrusive public sculptures in a variety of materials on the Poly campus and explore ideas of non-permanence in relation to art making and creativity. How is a pile of fallen leaves like a sculpture? How long does it last? Historical examples of artworks made in the landscape will be introduced and reacted to through new creations in the courtyards, lawns and public spaces of the school. Some sculptures will lasts for one minute, some for a day, a week and more. Students will observe, record and consider changes taking place to their installed artworks due to environmental factors like weather, sprinkler systems, and community interaction. This class will provide the campus with many intimate and expansive public artworks, which will enliven the school grounds. Students will gain a greater sensitivity for their surroundings and respect for the environment in the process.
  • All Hands on Deck! Critical Thinking and Survival Skills 3-4

    Faculty: Julita Penido & Bordeaux Martin
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    Did you know that you can make a compass using a paperclip and a magnet? Or open a tin can without a can opener? Do you like searching for treasure? All Hands on Deck! is a class that steps outside the pervasive technological landscape to help young learners hone 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 skills, and group collaboration efforts to help reach an end goal. Along the way they will develop self-confidence, independence, cooperation, 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, fixing, foraging, navigating, and orienteering all while learning practical and gratifying new skills to navigate life’s twists and turns more thoughtfully, gracefully and thoroughly.
  • Aloha, Ukulele! 3-5

    Faculty: Megan Foley Session 1, Alan Wellman Session 2
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    Learn to play the Ukulele. This class will cover tuning, holding the instrument, strumming, and how to read basic notation. From breezy island jams to all the way to Somewhere over the Rainbow, the students will learn how to play basic melodies and chords for a variety of tunes. If you have a ukulele, bring it and come play along! If you don't have a ukulele we have enough in class for you to come and learn with everyone else.
  • Basketball Fun 3-5

    Faculty: Mike Teller (Session 1) and Matthew Nolan (Session 2)
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    This basketball activity class focuses on having fun while learning the basic skills of basketball. A large portion of each class will be spent competing in contests and playing fun basketball games.
  • Basketball Fun 4-6

    Faculty: Mike Teller (Sesison 1) and Matthew Nolan (Session 2)
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    This basketball activity class focuses on having fun while learning the basic skills of basketball. A large portion of each class will be spent competing in contests and playing fun basketball games.
  • Basketball FUNdamentals for Girls 4-7

    Faculty: Dana Huley
    Grade(s): 4-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    This course is intended for beginner to intermediate basketball players. The goal of this course is to use games to develop skills such as shooting, dribbling, passing, and scoring. The fundamentals of the game will be taught in addition to the skills. There will be contests, half court and full court games every day. This class is for those who are looking a fun way to learn the basics of basketball.
  • Batter's Up! Baseball Clinic 3-7

    Faculty: Joe Cotti
    Grade(s): 3-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    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 3 through 7 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.
  • Becoming Writers 3-4

    Faculty: Marie Munoz
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    Learning how to write as well as finding what to write is essential in becoming effective writers. Students will practice and apply the necessary skills and techniques to develop a strong thesis, support their thesis with evidence and include a powerful ending. Each student will have the opportunity to learn how to structure and share their opinions about an important topic. Voicing our opinion in a safe and powerful way can be a cause for change and students in this class will walk away with the tools required to do so.
  • Beginning Archery 4-6

    Faculty: Jeffrey Gin
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    Cultivate your inner Robinhood, Merida or Katness Everdeen—join the adventure! Archery has a history dating back to the Stone Age. Practiced in nearly all cultures of the world, references to archery appears in Greek and Roman mythology as well as more recently in books and movies. Anyone capable of understanding and following instructions can learn to shoot a bow. In this 3 week course, students will be introduced to basic techniques of outdoor archery. The instruction will emphasize the care and use of equipment, range safety, stance and shooting techniques. This course is meant for beginners with no prior archery experience. All equipment will be provided and instruction will be given by a certified instructor. Come and experience the ancient sport of archery!
  • Beginning Fencing 4-6

    Faculty: Eric Holmgren
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C or E
    Cost: $275
    Fencing is an Olympic sport that develops both coordination and concentration, providing exercise for the body and the mind. Through group activities, students will learn the fundamentals of foil fencing: footwork, handwork, offense, and defense. Fencing is growing in popularity in the United States and on college campuses; this class gives students the opportunity to experience the challenges and excitement of modern fencing in a safe, relaxed atmosphere.
  • Beginning Water Polo 4-8

    Faculty: Ryan Katsuyama
    Grade(s): 4-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $275
    This class is designed to introduce students to the sport of water polo through various exercises and drills that will help develop their basic skills. Session 1 will focus on skill development while session 2 will incorporate team play and strategy (though session 2 only students may focus more of their time on skills developed in session 1). Prerequisite - students should be comfortable with basic swimming skills and be able to tread water for up to 5 minutes.
  • Board Gaming is More than Just Fun 4-12

    Faculty: Dante Barsotti
    Grade(s): 4-12
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    Research shows that board games can teach critical thinking skills as well as important social skills, such as communicating verbally, sharing, taking turns, and enjoying interaction with others. Board games can foster the ability to focus and lengthen one’s attention span and patience level. They can sharpen your logic, reasoning, and spatial abilities as well as improve manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Join us in exploring challenging strategy games such as Settlers of Catan, Axis and Allies, Illuminati and many more.
  • Book Lover's Book Club 4-8

    Faculty: Aquita Winslow
    Grade(s): 4-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    This is a class for students who love reading and what to talk about great books and spend a lot of time reading. In this class, we will learn about great books from various genres. Including Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Classics, and non-fiction. Students will have a chance to create book-logs, share with their peers about their favorite books. This class is for students who love to read and want sustained reading time during the day. While we will talk about books, we spend most of our time reading.
  • Boom Whackers and Xylophone Symphony 3-8

    Faculty: Alan Wellman
    Grade(s): 3-8
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    A kaleidoscope of fun, BoomWhackers are long tubes that are pitched and students are able to play music with them.  Combining the BoomWhackers with our collection of Orff instruments (xylophones, percussion instruments, and singing) students will be practicing and performing arrangements of songs specially for these instruments.
  • Bringing Books to Life - Little House in the Big Woods 3-4

    Faculty: Nicole Taylor
    Grade(s): 3-4 Session 1 ONLY
    Period: F
    Cost: $275
    Students will read and explore what life was like for the Wilder family. We will make butter and maple sugar candy. Students will make corn husk dolls and use Calico fabrics to decorate journals that we will use to interact with this rich text. Bringing books to life will instill a passion for reading and deepen students’ comprehension as they participate in hands-on activities.
  • Build a Village 2-4

    Faculty: Dante Barsotti
    Grade(s): 2-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Chop, Chop, Chop 2-5

    Faculty: Raleigh Young
    Grade(s): 2-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: DE (2 period course)
    Cost: $550
    In this two block hands-on cooking class we will learn essential cooking skills like chopping, sauteeing, and simmering along with organizational skills, teamwork and math skills. We will use seasonal ingredients and explore the importance of keeping a low carbon footprint by eating healthy and sustainable foods. Each class will also have a culinary related art project like plate decorating, apron designing and cookbook creating.

    Please note: Poly Summer recognizes the importance of keeping allergic students safe and preventing both the ingestion of allergens and cross-contamination when using shared facilities and utensils. If you have an allergic child enrolled in the cooking class, please note that the school cannot guarantee that recipes, facilities, and utensils will be free of gluten, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, and legumes. If you have a child with known food allergies, we ask that you please give careful consideration before enrolling in the class and contact the Director of Health Services, Marcy Kwitny, for further guidance.
  • Classical Greek and Roman Mythology 4-6

    Faculty: Alexander Lessie
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: B or C
    Cost: $275
    Have you ever wondered whether the Percy Jackson novels are accurate? Or how to tell the difference between a statue of Zeus and one of Poseidon? Or where is Mt. Olympus exactly? In this age-appropriate introduction to Classical Mythology, we will be learning everything you ever wanted to know about the gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines of ancient Greece and Rome. We will read a few classic tales, look at some masterpieces of ancientand modern art, and learn about some of the geography and history of the ancient Mediterranean world. We will learn what people mean when they use the term “myth”, and we will even have the opportunity to do some creative writing and illustrate a few myths of our own!
  • Co-ed Basketball 2-7

    Faculty: Brad Hall
    Grade(s): 2-7
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    Basketball Camp is specifically designed for all 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.
  • Coding and Logic Games 2-4

    Faculty: Joseph Bacon (Session 1) and Sarah Nua (Session 2)
    Grade(s): 2-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C, D or E 
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Coding for Kids 3-5

    Faculty: Marie Munoz
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Coding for Kids is an intermediate course designed to reinforce and extend the skills of future computer scientists. Student will explore different programming languages and databases to apply their knowledge of fundamental skills in order to make their own drawings and games.
  • Computer Skills - Processing, Presentations and Collaboration Tools 3-4

    Faculty: Melissa Aquilar
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    This exciting course will assist students in developing their research, processing and presentation skills, using various types of media such as Google Drive, Microsoft Office, and other online creation presentation tools such as Padlet, Prezi, Powtoons etc. We will explore how to conduct basic searches for research and determine trustworthy sites and learn how to save and locate documents correctly on internal and external drives. This course will advance and showcase work skills that will help students succeed in the classroom all while having fun.

    Please note: This is not a keyboarding or typing class.
  • Cooking for Kids 3-5

    Faculty: Alessandra McBride
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E or F (Session 1); C or F (Session 2)
    Cost: $275
    Cooking For Kids is a fun approach to teaching our young students culinary fundamentals. This course teaches beginning cooking techniques, using universal kitchen equipment, nutritional basics, and preparing everyday meals from recipes. Students will learn independence in the kitchen and how to whip up family meals with their parents. Specific coursework ranges from making the perfect egg to preparing classic French onion soup to table-ready guacamole to Julia Child’s favorite roasted chicken recipe. When they finish Cooking For Kids, the students will be set up for a lifetime of confidence and fun in the kitchen.

    Please note: Poly Summer recognizes the importance of keeping allergic students safe and preventing both the ingestion of allergens and cross-contamination when using shared facilities and utensils. If you have an allergic child enrolled in the cooking class, please note that the school cannot guarantee that recipes, facilities, and utensils will be free of gluten, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, and legumes. If you have a child with known food allergies, we ask that you please give careful consideration before enrolling in the class and contact the Director of Health Services, Marcy Kwitny, for further guidance.
     
  • Creative Writing 4-6

    Faculty: Nicole Taylor
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    Learn about different genres of writing including fantasy, realistic fiction, poetry, and graphic novels. Students will begin each class with free writing and then let their inner writer free by using strategies that involve music, nature walks, drawing, and doodling.
  • Critical Thinking 3-4

    Faculty: Suzie Arther
    Grades: 3-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only
    Period(s): A or C
    Cost: $275
     
    Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally. It includes the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking. Come join us as we work to understand the logical connections between ideas. Students will apply their math know-how to solve problems, communicate ideas and thinking process, evaluate solutions, and reflect on their problem solving process. Through literature, art, and puzzles we will stretch our basic understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division and become critical thinkers!
  • Cursive Handwriting 3-5

    Faculty: Seraya Avila-Mott
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    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 and tablet 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 build confidence while improving each student's hand-eye coordination, hand muscle building and, most importantly, allow them to construct words, phrases and sentences with beautiful penmanship.
  • Enameling 2-5

    Faculty: Allan Schaefer
    Grade(s): 2-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A or D
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Expecto Patronum! and other Harry Potter Spells 3-5

    Faculty: Sarah Aspinall
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    Using the magic of our imaginations we will conjure up fantastic works of art inspired by spells performed in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. The emphasis of this class will be on creative thinking, as well as developing drawing, painting and mixed media skills, with a little bit of science thrown in for some extra pizzazz!
  • Exploring Science Through Experiments 3-4

    Faculty: Nishat Alikhan
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E or F
    Cost: $275
    This class provides students hands-on opportunity to engage in different types of experiments that span the physical, chemical, and life sciences as well as engineering. Active participation will enhance their acquisition of knowledge of the basic scientific concepts. To create an enriching experience exploring the various branches of science, classes will include investigating magnetism, engineering ice cream, and learning about slime, to name a few. In addition to experiments, students also will learn to reflect on their science experiences through daily journal entries chronicling their Science investigations. Note: The first and second sessions will be identical in the material they cover.
  • Exploring Spanish Culture 2-4

    Faculty: Martha Reyes
    Grade(s): 2-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $275
     
    This course will provide opportunities to introduce the Spanish culture through a variety of activities and materials while exploring different cultures and learning more about Spanish speaking countries. A program designed specifically for this age group will be used along with supporting hands-on activities such as crafts, games, songs, and storytelling. Three to four Spanish Speaking countries will be explored through arts, music, geography, history, dancing, food, and craft making.
  • Extreme Crafts 4-7

    Faculty: Maria Fleming
    Grade(s): 4-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    Extreme Crafts are a giant step up and away from Fuse beads, pot holders and woven lanyards. We will make our own hula-hoops, summer " snow" globes, DIY "neon" signs, plaster masks, patriotic wreaths, jewelry making and other hands-on projects for those students who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get creative.
  • Fine Art Trio! 3-5

    Faculty: Sarah Aspinall
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    Students will be introduced to art created by some of the worlds most renowned painters, sculptors, assemblage artists, and illustrators! Inspired by their work, we will create three jaw dropping masterpieces which will include a portrait, landscape and sculpture. During our time together, students will be honing drawing, painting and making skills, experimenting with color, technique & materials, and most importantly- having a great time doing it!
  • Folk Art Jewelry Design 4-6

    Faculty: Marissa Reece-Jackson
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Students will create a variety of projects using materials related to string, yarn, and fabric. This will include jewelry, weaving and sewing. Projects for 2019 may include: Handmade bead and charm making, woven pouches, mini rug weaving, sewn pizza pillows, and string art.
  • Football 2-5

    Faculty: Antonio H arrison
    Grade(s): 2-5
    Duratin/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    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.
  • Friendship Bracelets 3-6

    Faculty: Jenine Almahdi
    Grade(s): 3-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $275
    Friendship bracelets have been made and exchanged throughout history around the world. We will learn about many different types of friendship bracelets and make them using many different materials, including Rainbow bands, embroidery thread, lanyard, and beads. We will learn about craft techniques and practices from cultures around the world. Here's to long-lasting friendships!
  • Fun with Collage 2-4

    Faculty: Zena Yamamoto
    Grade(s): 2-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    Students will engage in the relaxing art of collage, creating magnificent pictures, including landscapes, 3-D art, and a personalized family tree, using various types of cut and torn paper. You will be amazed at the heirloom quality art your child will create. Fun, easy, unique, and gorgeous!
  • Fun With Cubelets and Legos! 2-5

    Faculty: Matthew Goldin & Thomas Kentzin
    Grade(s): 2-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B or C
    Cost: $275
    In this course students will play fun games and complete challenging puzzles through the use of cublets and legos. Cubelets are magnetic blocks that can be snapped together to make an endless variety of robots with no programming and no wires. This course will that valuable critical reasoning, beginnng programming and mathematical thinking skills. Students have so much fun they don’t even realize they’re learning!
  • Fun with Geometry through Building 3-5

    Faculty: Zena Yamamoto
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    Construction is a natural and hands-on way to learn about geometry. Beginning with building simple geometric shapes, students will use a variety of materials such as paper, craft sticks, card board, and even candy, to develop an understanding of geometric properties. Then, students will have fun constructing polyhedra, or solid figures with many faces, while learning to problem-solve and collaborate.
  • Genius Hour 3-5

    Faculty: Jenine Almahdi
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    Ever had a wondering you wanted to learn more about? Is there a problem in your life that you would like to try to solve with something you create or invent? Is there a cause or concern about the world you would like to address? Then Genius Hour is the class for you. During Genius Hour, students will research, plan, develop, and carry out projects of their own choosing, based on their unique interests. We build skills as communicators, collaborators, critical thinkers, and creators. In Genius Hour, you are in charge of your own learning! So, what are you waiting for? Let's get started!
  • Girl Power! Coding for Girls 3-4

    Faculty: Jamie Ceralde
    Grades: 3-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): B
    Cost: $275
     
    Close the gender gap in the tech industry, one girl at a time! Empower young girls to learn basic to advanced coding skills in this all-girl coding class. Girls will have fun with plugged and unplugged coding games, robotics, and using technology to solve problems.
  • Graphic Organizers - The Ultimate Brain Strengthening Tool 3-5

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    This class will focus on using graphic organizers to become a more effective thinker, writer, and life learner. Graphic organizers are powerful tools that can be used at all levels across many disciplines. We will focus our learning on the circle map (used to brainstorm topics), the bubble-map (for describing in detail), the double bubble map (to compare/contrast), the bridge-map (for analogies), the flow map (to sequence), the tree map (for categorizing) the multi-flow map (used to analyze cause-effect relationships), and the brace map (used to break a physical object into its components). Students will apply these organizers to topics of high interest making the learning process fun, informative, and educational.
  • Greek Mythology - A Study of the Gods 3-4

    Faculty: Megan Pyle
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    Students will explore Greek Mythology, learning about the history of a variety of gods and goddesses, the many names they go by, what they stand for, and how they are applicable today. We will begin with an introduction of two opposing characters, read stories or view short videos about them, and complete quick write journals focusing on a learning goal. Learning goals could include compare and contrast, identify main ideas and details, analyze different problems in stories, etc. We will relate these beings to superheroes, book characters and cultural icons.
  • Handmade Crafts from Around the World 2-5

    Faculty: Seraya Avila-Mott
    Grade(s): 2-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    We express our love and friendship in different ways but one thing we all have in common is art. Students will travel the world together and through cultural exploration, will learn the ways of craftsman and artisans and how different cultures express friendship. We will bead, build, sculpt, weave and paint our way around the globe. By learning more about the world around us and those who occupy it, we gain a deeper level of compassion and begin to recognize our grand interconnection through friendship and symbolism.
  • I Just Wanna Dance! 2-4

    Faculty: Stepahnie Evans
    Grade(s): 2-4
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $275
    What better way to end your summer day than to "Just Dance!" In this total body cardio dance workout in which we will incorperate styles of dance including Hip Hop, Bollywood, Line Dancing, Disco, 80’s, Broadway, African, Irish, Hula, and so much more. This dance class is all about having fun, being active, and learning about different cultures and styles along the way. 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!
  • iDance 3-5

    Faculty: Danielle Pigneri and Douglas Locke
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and Session 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    This class offers the opportunity to learn jazz, hip hop, and ballet techniques using age-appropriate music. Students will increase coordination, strength, flexibility, and performance skills while learning fun dance routines.
  • Intermediate/Advanced Level Theatrical and Special Effects Makeup Design 3-8

    Faculty: Lisa Joffrey
    Grade(s): 3-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $275
    This is an invitation for theatrical makeup students to take their skills to the next level. We will be using professional Mehron makeup kits for more detailed looks. Taking the basics of classic traditional stage makeup designs and adding special effects with latex. This class will be an opportunity to explore characters through visual creativity.
     
  • Intro to Escape Rooms 3-4

    Faculty: Mandy Madnikoff
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    Do you like the idea of being able to quickly solve or create puzzles, riddles, and clues? If so, you'd love our Intro to Escape Rooms class. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to solve and create a variety of puzzles and riddles that can be found in Escape Rooms. This is a great precursor for students who plan to eventually sign up for our Escape Rooms class in the future.
  • Intro to Indoor/ Outdoor Volleyball 3-5

    Faculty: Jack Prater
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    Students will learn the physical skills, techniques, and strategies used in volleyball. Using a variety of drills and activities, students will practice the basic footwork and techniques used in both indoor and outdoor volleyball. They will practice passing, setting, hitting, blocking, and service skills, as well as basic offensive and defensive strategies. Students will learn the rules of play, service rotation, court coverage, and tandem play strategies in various game situations and scrimmages.
  • Introduction to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 4-6

    Faculty: Ankarino Lara
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 Weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: EF (Double period class)
    Cost: $550
    Introduction to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (Intro to AD&D) is a unique Poly Summer experience. A decided departure from modern computer and mobile video gaming, Intro to AD&D will require a group of young adventures to tap into their own imagination while conjuring up complex and exciting worlds with little more than a pencil and some graph paper.

    In the late 1970’s tradition invented by Gary Gygax, Intro to AD&D features character role-playing (yes, voices are encouraged), actions and reactions decided entirely by your child, with success and failure decided by the rolling of multi-sided dice. The scenarios faced by our fearless party-members will challenge them at every turn. From logic puzzles to group problem solving, fearsome monsters to ruthless traps, and everything in between will threaten their survival. Only the most brave and cunning souls will be rewarded with dazzling treasures! So it has been told that silver, gold, precious gems and magical items abound... if you dare enter The Lost City; a classic Dungeon exploration adventure set in an ancient Egyptian pyramid.
  • Introduction to Golf 3-5

    Faculty: Michael Babcock
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    So, you want to play golf? This introductory course is designed specifically for the novice player. What is a birdie and/or bogey? Golf etiquette - what's that? What are the fundamentals of a proper swing? In this three week course you will learn the basic rules of golf along with the basics of play. We will design and build our own miniature golf course on which to practice our putting. Come for an hour of play and discover the joy of golf!
  • Introduction to Space Exploration 3-4

    Faculty: Jack Prater
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    In this class, students will learn about the outer world around them and explore it with the Southern California space science community. Students will explore the basics of space exploration. They will study basic space science to learn what, why, and how scientists explore space. Students will engage in hands-on experiments to understand the basic physics and engineering of getting to space. Guests from the Southern California space science community will discuss basic tools used in everyday space exploration.
  • ISEE Test Prep Math Focus 4-5

    Faculty: Julia DiCicco and Michael Jaffe
    Grade(s): 4-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    This course is for students seeking admission to grades 5 and 6. We will be covering the mathematical aspects of the ISEE exam, which includes mathematics (arithmetic, basic algebra, and geometry) and quantitative reasoning (word problems, graphs, charts, etc). Students will cover relevant material for test preparation, learn study techniques, and take timed exams in-class.
  • ISEE Test Prep Verbal Focus 4-5

    Faculty: Julia DiCicco and Michael Jaffe
    Grade(s): 4-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    This course is for students seeking admission to grades 5 and 6. We will be covering the verbal aspects of the ISEE exam, which includes essay writing, reading comprehension, and verbal reasoning. Students will cover relevant material for test preparation, learn about study techniques, and take timed exams in-class.
  • Journaling through Smash Books 4-5

    Faculty: Nicole Taylor
    Grade(s): 4-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Students will love writing and journaling when it involves artistic expression and creativity. Each student will create her/his own Smash book where they will get to “SMASH” artifacts like photographs, movie or concert tickets, or sports ribbons in their book. Each week will focus on a different theme. Students will write everyday and gain a love of journaling in this unique way that they will be able to carry on long after the class is over.
  • Junior Journalism 3-4

    Faculty: Aquita Winslow, Amy Jaffe and Katie Currin
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    This just in! Poly Summer School is starting its very own summer newspaper. Students will learn the basics of writing a news article, along with interview skills, and revision and editing techniques to put together a summer newspaper. This class offers writers of all levels a chance to sharpen their writing skills over the summer in a fun, engaging way. Students will also get to take pictures and learn some basic concepts of newspaper design and layout.
  • Keyboarding

    Faculty: Linda Breen
    Grade(s): 3-12
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B, C, D, E, or F
    Cost: $275
    In this course, students will learn keyboarding, the gateway to using technology and computers. Students will have fun while learning the basics and increasing their skill level from intermediate to expert. The class will combine games, contests, music, and exercises with basic skill, increasing workouts to increase students' accuracy, competence, and speed. By the end of the class, students should be able to use word processing for stories, compositions, reports and homework. A variety of keyboarding programs and games will be used. The small class size provides for individualized instructiona and support. Keyboarding is essential to successful computer use, and this class is a great opportunity to gain these skills. This course can be taken as a continuation of any of the Keyboarding classes from the first session of summer school. Students who do so will pick up where they left off in the previous Keyboarding course.
  • Kitchen Chemistry 3-4

    Faculty: Maria D'Amato & Nishat Alikhan
    Grades: 3-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $275
     
    Let’s combine a love of food with some really fun chemistry experiments! Explore the science behind cinnamon rolls and learn about how the presence or lack of yeast can affect the overall density of a delicious breakfast treat, what it takes to make some of your favorite candy or how Bunsen burners can be used to bake delicious desserts! Our hands-on experiments will challenge students to take on the roles of scientist and chef as they boil, bake, and toast their way to a better understanding of science concepts. This class is just as tasty as it is fascinating.

    Please note: Poly Summer recognizes the importance of keeping allergic students safe and preventing both the ingestion of allergens and cross-contamination when using shared facilities and utensils. If you have an allergic child enrolled in the cooking class, please note that the school cannot guarantee that recipes, facilities, and utensils will be free of gluten, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, and legumes. If you have a child with known food allergies, we ask that you please give careful consideration before enrolling in the class and contact the Director of Health Services, Marcy Kwitny, for further guidance.
  • Knit One, Purl One - Beginning Knitting grades 3-9

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grade(s): 3-9
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: F
    Cost: $275
    Cool, cozy, and creative, knitting is a great skill, a life-long hobby, and a fun way to keep your hands busy while watching TV, at sporting events, and during long car and plane rides. In the process of creating one or more knitting projects to take home, each student will learn basic knitting terminology, casting on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, simple ribbing, and binding off. Students will be able to choose from a variety of projects including headbands, cowls, mini purses, scarves, hats, and others. All supplies will be provided.
  • Learning Spanish through Fun Apps & More 2-5

    Faculty: Martha Reyes
    Grade(s): 2-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Students will be able to expand their Spanish vocabulary, develop their grammar skills, and learn cultural facts about Spanish-speaking countries through a variety of fun computer programs and apps, as well as through interactive games and animated stories on the smart board. Open to students of all levels, as each student advances as his/her own pace.
  • Learning Spanish through Games 3-6

    Faculty: Marcela vonBreymann
    Grade(s): 3-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    Students will be able to develop their comprehension and their confidence with the language, expand their vocabulary, and learn cultural facts about Spanish-speaking countries through a variety of fun games. From old-fashioned backyard games, to board games and games that use technology, this class is fun, educational, and engaging.
  • Learning to Play Chess - Beginner 3-7

    Faculty: Michael Babcock
    Grade(s): 3-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    This class will teach beginner players how to play chess and to better acquaint them with this great game. Students will learn about the pieces, their movements, and basic strategies. There will be many opportunities for games against fellow players, as well as chess puzzles to help students become better players. As their knowledge of chess improves, they will learn more complex beginning, middle and end game tactics. Fun variations of the game, such as speed chess and team chess, will also be explored.
  • Learning to Play Chess - Intermediate 3-7

    Faculty: Michael Babcock
    Grade(s): 3-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $275
    This class will teach an intermediate level of chess and allow players to become better acquainted with this great game. Students will be briefly re-introduced to the basic game but will quickly move on to more complex beginning, middle and end game tactics. Fun variations of the game, such as speed chess and team chess, will also be provided. There will be many opportunities for games against fellow players, as well as chess puzzles to help students become better players.
  • Lego Mindstorm Robotics 4-5

    Faculty: Michael Minto
    Grade(s): 4-5
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A or C
    Cost: $275
    Lego Mindstorms are programmable sensors and motors that young students can assemble into a range of lego robots. These robots are then programmed to carry out a variety of tasks. In the process of doing so, this fun and interactive course teaches our young engineers a wide range of skills from programing and a better intuitive understanding of basic physics, to problem solving techniques and collaborative teamwork. This class is designed for students with little to no experience with the Lego Mindstorm system. Students may elect to continue this course in the second session and build upon their experience.
  • Literature Circle 4-5

    Faculty: Nicole Taylor
    Grade(s): 4-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    Discover that magic that is Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. We will read together and independently and learn to have rich discussions about a book. Students will complete jobs such as Creative Connector, Discussion Director, Amazing Artist, and Super Summarizer to help bring this wonderful book to life.
  • Math Facts Boot Camp 3-4

    Faculty: Marie Munoz
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    There is more to just practicing and mastering multiplication and division facts. In this Math Fact Boot Camp, students will think about and discuss how to select the most appropriate strategy, reinforce how to solve each problem efficiently, accurately, and flexibly. While this course is designed for students to practice and potentially master multiplication and division facts by means of games, drills, oral and written practice, the students will also learn how to identify and apply tips and tricks related to fact fluency. This course is suitable for both third and fourth-grade students seeking to improve their math fact recall.
  • Math Games for Problem Solving 3-4

    Faculty: Kara Ramirez
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Students will use interactive hands-on math games, solve problems of the day and share their mathematical thinking. Students will build upon skills like problem solving, number sense, visual and spatial reasoning as well as logical reasoning skills. The class will have fun with tangrams, unifix cubes, cuisenaire rods and many other puzzles and games!
  • Math Games for Problem Solving 4-5

    Faculty: Alice Cherry
    Grade(s): 4-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    Students will use interactive hands-on math games, solve problems of the day and share their mathematical thinking. Students will build upon skills like problem solving, number sense, visual and spatial reasoning as well as logical reasoning skills. The class will have fun with tangrams, unifix cubes, cuisenaire rods and many other puzzles and games!
  • Math Journaling 3-5

    Faculty: Nicole Taylor
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    Deepen your understanding of math concepts by exploring, discussing, and journaling about math. Students will have an opportunity to explore concepts with use of various manipulatives, they will learn to discuss their mathematical thinking, and express their thinking by using a variety of journal writing.
  • Memory and Logic Development Through Games 3-5

    Faculty: Ira Madnikoff
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    Boost memory skills and strategic thinking through fun, interactive games. Learn about the amazing human brain and train your mind to have better memory recall and reasoning while having fun!
  • Mindset of an Engineer 3-5

    Faculty: Susie Kim
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    How tall can you stack a tower of Legos before it falls? Can you design and build a bridge made of plastic that is strong enough to support two pounds of weight? This course is for students who enjoy tinkering with ideas and employing hands-on activities to gain a better understanding of the laws that govern our physical world. It will enhance their creative thinking skills through collaborative work, and students will obtain a sense of how engineers solve problems through design thinking.
  • Minecraft Free Play 3-5

    Faculty: Joseph Bacon
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A (Session 1)/ E (Session 2)
    Cost: $275
    Minecraft lovers unite! If you are an experienced Minecrafter,this is a great chance for you to meet and get to know other Minecrafters as you enjoy playing in the same world and the same room! If you're a beginner interested in learning and exploring the world of Minecraft, you're also welcome! Students are encouraged to collaborate and share in the experience as they move through the game. Students will be able to create their own worlds, work together in those worlds and experience both creative and survival modes as they build to their hearts content. The teacher will serve as the facilitator.
  • Minecraft Free Play 4-7

    Faculty: Joseph Bacon
    Grade(s): 4-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B or F (Session 1); A or F (Session 2)
    Cost: $275
    Minecraft lovers unite! If you are an experienced Minecrafter,this is a great chance for you to meet and get to know other Minecrafters as you enjoy playing in the same world and the same room! If you're a beginner interested in learning and exploring the world of Minecraft, you're also welcome! Students are encouraged to collaborate and share in the experience as they move through the game. Students will be able to create their own worlds, work together in those worlds and experience both creative and survival modes as they build to their hearts content. The teacher will serve as the facilitator.
  • Multiplication & Division Boot Camp 2-4

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grade(s): 2-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $275
    Multiplication Bootcamp Multiplication and division are the building blocks of Mathematics. 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 worksheets and timed-tests to chart their progress.
  • Musical Theater - Cinderella 3-5

    Faculty: Jean Gaskill and Lisa Joffrey
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    Calling all young actors for a mini musical production of “Cinderella”. Over the three week course this 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 3-5

    Faculty: Jean Gaskill and Lisa Joffrey
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    Calling all young actors for a mini musical production of “Sleeping Beauty”. Over the three week course this 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.
  • Mystery Science Animal Adventures 3-5

    Faculty: Lauren McAlister
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Let the animal adventures begin! In this class, students will engage in hands-on activities to investigate Earth’s animal diversity. While collaborating, creating, and thinking critically, students will develop a sense of wonder for the amazing world of animals. Come curious and get ready to adventure through the mysteries of Earth’s biodiversity!
  • Origami 3-4

    Faculty: Cole Hoffman
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Origami is where math and art intersect. It is a hands-on learning skill that helps students improve their spacial visualization, their problem solving skills, and it is just plain fun! The students will deepen their understanding of geometry through the folding of pinwheels, cranes, infinitely rotating tetrahedron flexagons, and so much more! Every creation the students' make will be saved and placed into a diorama that will be taken home on the last day of class.
  • Painting Exploration with Watercolors 4-7

    Faculty: Patty Nelson and Rachel Venezia
    Grade(s): 4-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    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, Silk Screen & Collage

    Faculty: Jamie Barry
    Grade(s): 4-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B or D
    Cost: $275
    In this class, students will be introduced to basic drawing and painting concepts, such as perspective, composition, and color through a variety of different painting mediums. The goal of the class is to encourage students to take inspiration from a wide variety of different artists and cultures. Students will learn skills such as perspective, shading, and composition, as well as lessons in painting including shading techniques and layering. Students will also delve into acrylic projects, Japanese, and Western-style water prints (marbleized paper) and silk paintings.
  • Paper Mache 3-5

    Faculty: Kristin Schmoke (Session 1) & Leah Bieltvedt (Session 2)
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: A (Session 1) D (Session 2)
    Cost: $275
    Revisit the fun and messy art of Paper Mache. We will get our hands gooey while wecreate animals, decorations, lanterns and other things from our imagination withnewspaper, glue and paint. No experience needed. Bring your imagination and let the fun begin!
  • Parkour for the Pint Sized 2-4

    Faculty: Kaelyn Silva
    Grade(s): 2-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    Kids have a natural instinct to run, jump, and climb over any and every obstacle in their path. This course will tap into that natural instinct by teaching safe skills for using the natural and man-made environment to move through space. This class will improve self-awareness, movement confidence, and physical literacy using team-building and problem-solving. All skill levels welcome.
  • Parodies and Music Videos 3-5

    Faculty: Mandy Madnikoff
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    Do you ever find yourself humming to your favorite songs and making up your own words? Have you ever wanted to star in your own music video? Well, now we can make that a reality! You'll be able to write your own parodies and direct and star in your own music video using an iPad! No need to be tech savvy, you just need to bring your creativity and love of music. Every week, you will choose a tune, write your own lyrics, plan for and/or create your own props, and create your own music video! You can be a solo artist, a duo, or a group - it's your choice! Join this class, and make yourself a STAR!
  • Pasadena Idol 3-5

    Faculty: Anne Walsh
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C (Session 1) or A (Session 2) 
    Cost: $275
    The Ultimate music experience for kids who love to sing! Do you want to be the next Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson? Be ready to get your voice in gear in a camp that teaches you about harmony, pitch, and tone without the harsh Simon-style criticism.
  • Photography Fun with your Smartphone 4-8

    Faculty: Michelle Feynman
    Grade(s): 4-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D (Session 1) or C (Session 2)
    Cost: $275
    Calling all photographers grades 4-8! Bring your smartphone and learn the craft behind the fun. Students will learn to appreciate aspects of light, incorporate a point of view, take risks with composition, and experiment with various apps and techniques.
  • Poly Globetrotters - Exploring World Geography & Cultures 3-6

    Faculty: Ugonna Onyekwe
    Grade(s): 3-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Students will widen their world-view by learning about different cultures in the seven continents and by sharpening their geography skills. The students will utilize two major educational resource databases that are available through the Poly Library: CultureGrams and Maps101, which provide a variety of media such as fun facts buttons, audio and video clips, interactive maps, geography games, stories, and animations. The students will also have the chance to explore the lives of children around the world and their families, through the award-winning educational video series “Families of the World” by Arden Media LLC.
  • Poly Globetrotters - Exploring World Geography & Cultures 4-7

    Faculty: Marcela vonBreymann
    Grade(s): 4-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    Students will widen their world-view by learning about different cultures in the five continents and by sharpening their geography skills. The students will use interactive maps, geography games, trivia games and animations to help them learn about world geography. They will also explore how families live in different countries through a video series. Finally, the students will have a chance to develop their research and presentational skills by creating an infographic of a country or city of interest using Canva on the computer.
  • Poly Summer Olympics 3-8

    Faculty: Rob Mikels and Jamie Bell
    Grade(s): 3-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D or E
    Cost: $275
    In this fun, active course students will be placed in teams at the beginning of the session. Students will compete as Olympic-style teams and create their team names. Each day students will engage in an activity, challenge, game or sport such as wacky relay races, capture the flag, dodgeball competitions, flag football, soccer and even some water fun activities. At the end of the session, all students will receive a small prize.
  • Poly Summer Springboard Diving 3-7

    Faculty: Tracey Peterson
    Grade(s): 3-7
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A or D
    Cost: $275
    Dive into Poly Summer! The main objective of this class is to teach a progression of basic diving skills that promote body balance and spatial awareness. We will include dry land skills that will include flexibility and strength which are critical for proper and safe diving technique. The skills for line-ups and proper body position will also be reinforced for safety and building confidence. The divers will learn proper diving techniques on a one meter springboard, improve physical fitness, and build self-esteem through the sport of diving. This summer class is for students who have no experience and ends with one that focuses on the basics of proper form and technique while having so much fun!
  • Poly Summer Swim 3-6

    Faculty: Heather Sweet
    Grade(s): 3-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    This swim class will expose your child to a non-competitive swim team program in a fun and playful atmosphere. Student’s stamina and swimming ability will consistently improve over the three weeks of the course. Besides a swim team type workout, the students will participate in relays and other aquatic fun designed to enhance their love for swimming.
  • Print Making 4-8

    Faculty: Jamie Barry
    Grade(s): 4-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C or E
    Cost: $275
    In this class, students will be introduced to different types of printmaking by making art projects, including silk screening, collographs, styrofoam prints, and femo clay beads
  • Quidditch for the Muggle-Born 4-7

    Faculty: Floriane Siegel
    Grade(s): 4-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to play Quidditch? Do you actually fly on brooms? How does the snitch work? Do you wear capes? Well, now is your chance to learn all about it! In this class you will learn the origins of Muggle Quidditch and how to play it: how to ride a broom, how to score, how to catch the ever elusive snitch and so much more! (You will also get the chance to make your very own broom!) You will learn how each position works: chaser, beater, keeper, and seeker and will get a chance to try all of them in scrimmages every day. So bring your Nimbus 2000 and come learn the sport of the Magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Brooms up!
  • Ready, Set, Go! Speed, Coordination and Performance Clinic 1-4

    Faculy: Joe Cotti
    Grade(s): 1-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    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 1-3 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.
  • Ready, Set, Van Gogh! 3-4

    Faculty: Jamie Ceralde
    Grades: 3-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period(s): F
    Cost: $275
     
    Students will be taken through time as they discover famous artists. Ranging from Vincent Van Gogh to Yayoi Kusama, students will study artists’ biographies, where they lived, and, of course, explore their most notable artwork. We will observe their art to identify their unique styles, then use it as inspiration to create our own artwork. Students will also tour virtual museums to see the famed artwork come alive in their classroom!
  • Road Trip! A Geographical Journey Across America 3-4

    Faculty: Katie Currin
    Grades: 3-4
    Duration/ Sessions: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period(s): A
    Cost: $275
     
    Pack your bags and grab a seat! In this course, students will explore our country by "traveling" to the five geographic regions of the United States. Students will learn how to read and analyze various maps as they learn the location of the 50 states. They will practice reading comprehension and critical thinking skills while researching the climate, products and natural resources and landmarks of each region. Students will discover how the geography of our country shapes our culture through hands-on art, music and cooking activities. Students will be able to take the skills they learn in this course to their classrooms next fall. Hitch a ride on a fun, all-American summer road trip!
  • Sew Like You Mean It - Beginning Machine Sewing 4-6

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    Sew your own cross-body bag! This introductory sewing course is designed to be fun and inspirational while allowing for students to express themselves creatively. Students will learn the ins-and-outs of how to use specialized tools, choose and shop for their own fabrics, and use a sewing machine. We'll practice pinning, cutting, machine stitching, and hand sewing as we complete our projects.
  • Sew Like You Mean It - Hand Sewn Menagerie 1-5

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grade(s): 1-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    In this fun and creative class, students will learn essential hand sewing techniques as they design, customize and hand-sew their own menagerie! Together we'll practice pinning and cutting, stitching and embellishing, as we create expressive animals 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.
  • Shakespeare for Kids! 4-6

    Faculty: Zena Yamamoto
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Knowing some Shakespeare early in life provides immeasurable benefits. In this class, students will explore the beauty, wisdom, and humor of some of the finest writing in history. Students will be introduced to the Bard by learning to read and memorize accessible passages, while adding dramatic flair and building reading fluency. Together, we will delve a bit into the historical context and do creative arts to accompany some of the verses. Reciting passages from Shakespeare will increase your child’s confidence level, verbal ability, and understanding of our rich literary history, all while having fun in a warm, friendly environment. Please note that while we will emphasize expressiveness and encourage physical movement, this is not a drama or theatre class.
  • Sketching Fun with Pastels 4-7

    Faculty: Patty Nelson and Rachel Venezia
    Grade(s): 4-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    In this course, students will explore and develop their artistic side through the use of chalk and oil pastels. They will learn the fundamentals of sketching, blending and shading techniques to achieve life-like results. A variety of subject matter will be explored, from animals to landscapes and animated characters.
  • Soccer Fundamentals 2-5

    Faculty: Cesar Rodriguez
    Grade(s): 2-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    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!
  • Socrates Cafe and the Love of Questions 4-6

    Faculty: Martha Reyes
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    Get a taste of Philosophy in 15 days! Kids grab a snack and a drink and gather to talk about their thoughts and concepts of the world through an inclusive and participatory setting and a method of questioning inspired by the philosopher, Socrates.
  • STEAM Thinkers 3-4

    Faculty: Lauren McAlister & Kimberly Justiniani
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A or C
    Cost: $275
    Come join the STEAM Team and get ready to have some fun! Students will work collaboratively on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) tasks to develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as enhance their creativity and reasoning. Virtual field trips will provide an opportunity for students to learn about important inventors and see STEAM in action worldwide. Students will leave the course with an inspiration to try new things and think beyond what has already been done. Full STEAM ahead!
  • Summer Clay Class 3-4

    Faculty: Marissa Reece-Jackson
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    Students will create a variety of hand built ceramics using slab, pinch, and coil methods. A variety of surface textures and glazing techniques will be explored and utilized. Projects for 2019 include: Fairy House, Tropical Fish, Name design, functional bowls and cups.
  • Sweet, Sweet Summer Culinary Skills 4-8

    Faculty: Maria Fleming
    Grade(s): 4-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E or F
    Cost: $275
    In this course students will learn dessert inspired culinary skills by preparing delicious microwave cakes and pies. We will feast on the yummiest homemade ice creams, sorbets and Popsicles made right in the classroom. Love anything chocolate? We will be melting, pouring and molding unique chocolate-lollipops and novelty candies perfect for your summertime taste buds for delectable treats.

    Please note: Poly Summer recognizes the importance of keeping allergic students safe and preventing both the ingestion of allergens and cross-contamination when using shared facilities and utensils. If you have an allergic child enrolled in the cooking class, please note that the school cannot guarantee that recipes, facilities, and utensils will be free of gluten, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, and legumes. If you have a child with known food allergies, we ask that you please give careful consideration before enrolling in the class and contact the Director of Health Services, Marcy Kwitny, for further guidance.
  • Swim, Swim, Swim 1-5

    Faculty: Charlene Beerman, Rob Mikels and Heather Sweet
    Grade(s):1-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A, B, or C
    Cost: $275
    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

    Faculty: Jenine Almahdi
    Grade(s): 2-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D or E
    Cost: $275
    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 7 Wonders of the World 3-5

    Faculty: Dante Barsotti
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Throughout history there has been countless buildings and monuments created all over the world. Of all these incredible places only 7 have the honor of being called a Wonder of the World. Why? What makes a place worthy of being called a wonder? Students will find out what it takes to earn this honor as we learn all about the 7 wonders of the world and even try to recreate some ourselves.
  • The Art of French Cooking 3-7

    Faculty: Audrey Tumoine
    Grade(s): 3-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    From authentic French to California-French fusion, discover a large variety of simple and healthy recipes concocted from age-old Bordeaux recipes. A variety of lunch, dinner and dessert options will be made available to suit every taste. Students will learn how to appreciate new flavors, develop their imagination and their palates to spur creativity through food. They will develop their recipe collection to share with their loved ones and enjoy the pleasures and satisfaction of a homemade French-inspired meal.

    Please note: Poly Summer recognizes the importance of keeping allergic students safe and preventing both the ingestion of allergens and cross-contamination when using shared facilities and utensils. If you have an allergic child enrolled in the cooking class, please note that the school cannot guarantee that recipes, facilities, and utensils will be free of gluten, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, and legumes. If you have a child with known food allergies, we ask that you please give careful consideration before enrolling in the class and contact the Director of Health Services, Marcy Kwitny, for further guidance.
  • The Art of Lettering 4-6

    Faculty: Kimberly Justiniani
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    Have you ever wanted to add a personal spark and beautiful look to everyday objects? Come join us this summer as we transform basic letters into art. In this 3 week class we will learn at least 5 different alphabet styles, upper and lower case letters, practice connections and numbers with clear and practical instruction on basic modern lettering and calligraphy. We will create beautiful projects using markers, watercolors, brush pens! Why modern lettering? Putting pen to paper can improve memory and brain function, hand-eye coordination, and helps to teach design principles such as composition and balance. No experience needed!
  • The Meaning of Fractions & Percents 4-5

    Faculty: Melissa Aguilar
    Grade(s): 4-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    This course is designed for meaningful learning through activities and practice that will assist in understanding the concept of parts of whole numbers. This course will introduce, review and test student's skills to prepare and become confident in their upcoming grade level coursework. We will go over concepts such as diagramming, ordering and comparing parts of whole numbers. Students will learn various procedures of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. These skills are essential and are part of the 4th and 5th grade curriculum and its grading process.
  • The Money Management Game 4-6

    Faculty: Cole Hoffman
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    In this course students will learn all about introductory money management and life skills. They will apply, interview, and perform the duties of different classroom jobs such as banker, auditor, and police officer. Based off of their jobs they will earn a fixed salary of classroom currency with which to pay bills such as the weekly rent for their desk with options to pay extra for health and renters insurance. Should one take the oopportunity to spend excess currency on various class prizes presented along the way? Should one try and build same savings for a rainy day? It may be very important to budget well because no one can predict when "disaster" may strike.
  • The Reluctant Reader 4-6

    Faculty: Aquita Winslow
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    This class is for students who “Hate to Read” students who consistently start but do not finish books and students have difficulty finding reading material that they enjoy. The goal of this class is to help reluctant readers develop the skills to find books that they would like to read, and finishing books. This class will look at various types of reading material including: Newspapers, Ebooks, Audio books, websites, short stories and fiction books. We will also look at various authors that will appeal to reluctant readers. Through games, class discussion, and one on one time with the teachers, students will understand their reluctance to read, and develop skills that will ultimately support their consistent reading.
  • The Science of Myth Busting 4-8

    Faculty: Maria D'Amato
    Grade(s): 4-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    Testing myths just like in the real MythBuster's show, this class will require you to use not only your academic skills, but also your imagination and creativity. Let’s figure out how to design our experiments in order to prove or disprove some popular myths in a variety of imaginative ways. We will inspire each other to wonder, design, test, and calculate in order to arrive at scientific conclusions. You will learn to use skills and develop processes to solve problems and ultimately, you will learn to think like a scientist. This will definitely be a fun and challenging class!
  • Theater Games 2-4

    Faculty: Jean Gaskill and Lisa Joffrey
    Grade(s): 2-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    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!
  • Theatrical & Fantasy Make-Up Design 3-8

    Faculty: Lisa Joffrey
    Grade(s): 3-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    Turn into a Zombie or Dracula! How about being a Kabuki or Opera star? Everyday we will create new characters to bring to life in this exciting design class.
  • TinkerCAD + 3D Printing 4-5

    Faculty: Catharine Stebbins
    Grade(s): 4-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Students will learn the HOW of 3D printing by working with and monitoring a 3D printer in the classroom. We'll have lively discussions around the WHY of 3D printing while applying practical skills to creative invention. Each student will take home the object they have printed during the session.
  • We'll Be in Stitches 2-8

    Faculty: Sherlyn Burns
    Grade(s): 2-8
    Session/ Duration: 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    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 at their own pace and level in session two, if desired.
  • Welcome to the Wizarding World 4-6

    Faculty: Floriane Siegel
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $275
    Have you ever wondered what Hogwarts would be like: would you be an expert potion maker or a master of transfiguration? Would you wear Gryffindor scarlet or Ravenclaw blue? Would your wand be made of elm, willow, or vine? It’s time to hop on the Hogwarts Express and begin your experience through the wizarding world! Win points for your House, learn how to pot Mandrakes, and maybe even foresee the future (if you have the Inner Eye!). Experience Harry Potter like never before through multi-disciplinary literature appreciation. Class focuses on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and the wider Potter universe. Get ready for some magic!
  • Wit and Wordplay with Greek and Latin Roots 3-6

    Faculty: Alexander Lessi
    Grade(s): 3-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    This class is a fun introduction to the Greek and Latin roots of the English language. Through games, puzzles, skits, and other fun activities, students will learn many common Greek and Latin words along with the English words that have been formed from them. Along the way, we will explore the influence of the Latin and Greek languages on the vocabulary of science, law, and medicine, and we will learn a little bit about daily life and culture in ancient Rome and ancient Athens. A great way to build English vocabulary!
  • Write - Re-Write - Pitch! 4-6

    Faculty: Anne Walsh
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 Weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    Got ideas?? Love to write?! Explore what it's like to be a staff writer in the Writer's Room for a Network TV show. Here we will brainstorm ideas, develop our favorites individually/within groups, write a scene or episode, then "pitch it" to Network to see if they'd like it to get air time and be a new network original worthy of binge-watching!
  • Writer's Workshop - "Life Journaling" 3-5

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $275
    Children have captivating lives. In this class, students will author and illustrate a life journal that document their “life highlights.” The students will learn to improve their writing through the writing process and learn the importance of enriching their stories with sensory details and figurative language.
  • Writer's Workshop - Animal Research and Investigation 4-6

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grade(s): 4-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    Animals are fascinating and children love them. In this class, students will use technology to research animals that are of high interest to them. They will author, and illustrate, their own animal encyclopedia for keepsake. This popular class is perfect for computer savvy nine and ten year olds interested in delving deeper into the captivating animal kingdom.
  • Writer's Workshop - Campfire Stories 3-5

    Faculty: Zena Yamamoto
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: E
    Cost: $275
    Students will explore various genres that make for a good campfire story, and then craft a polished work of fiction. Together we will learn about what makes a compelling story through the use of mentor texts, graphic organizers, and supportive sharing. Students will have fun expanding their vocabulary by engaging their five senses and developing a love for words. Our finished pieces will be celebrated around a campfire with a Weenie roast and S'Mores!
  • Writer's Workshop - Opinion Writing 3-5

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 and 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    Students will form opinions about an array of high interest topics. They will use the writing process to bolster these opinions with valid reasons and examples. This thinking process will prepare students for persuasive writing and debate. Finally, the students will create a book of their writings for keepsake.
  • Writing Workshop - Rebel Researchers 3-4

    Faculty: Bordeaux Martin
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session: 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only
    Period: C
    Cost: $275
    Pirates, warriors, queens, astronauts, spies, sports stars, artists, models and so much more! In this class, students will do research using the Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls books, which will be used to create interactive non-fiction books. Students will strengthen their research and writing skills through the biographies in the stories, which will be used to write about one historical figure from the books.
  • Yoga "en Francais" 3-7

    Faculty: Audrey Tumoine
    Grade(s): 3-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $275
    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. Students will 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.

Course planning grids

The following downloadable files are schematics showing the courses that will be offered during PolySummer 2019. Download the file that corresponds to your child's grade in September 2019. Please note: This information is tentative and subject to change.
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