Programs
PolySummer 2020

Third Grade

List of 124 items.

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

    Faculty: Adam Feldmeth
    Grade(s): 3-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $280
    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.
  • Act, Explore, Invent! 3-4

    Faculty: Megan Pyle
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $280
    This theatre games class is designed to find the fun in every moment, build confidence, and create quick thinking skills for your child. Students will use their imaginations to create scenes and work with other classmates to develop teamwork skills!
  • 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 or 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $280
    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.
  • All Things Disney! 3-4

    Faculty: Mandy Madnikoff
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $280
    Are you obsessed with all things Disney - theme parks, music, movies, trivia, and more? In is All Things Disney class, we will celebrate Disney through karaoke, ride design, movie/series ideas, history, and so much more. And if you like to dress up in your favorite Disney apparel or bring in toys, that's welcome too! Get ready to geek out on all things Disney!
  • Aloha, Ukulele! 3-5

    Faculty: Megan Foley (Session 1) & Alan Wellman (Session 2)
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $280
    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.
  • American Culture 101 Grades 3-8

    Faculty: Mimi Chiu
    Grades: 3-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only
    Period: C
    Cost: $280
    This is class is offered to international students who desire to deepen their understanding of American culture and basic conversational English. We might be going off campus to experience and enjoy what Pasadena area has to offer.
  • Asian Fusion Cooking 3-8

    Faculty: Mimi Chiu
    Grade(s): 3-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: DE (2 period class) 
    Cost: $560
    Love food? Enjoy cooking? This might be the class for you. In this Asian fusion cooking class, we will be learning how to make different appetizer, dessert, entrée, drinks, snacks and salads.
  • Basketball Fun 3-5

    Faculty: Mike Teller & Matthew Nolan
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $280
    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.
  • Batter's Up - Baseball Clinic 1-3

    Faculty: Joe Cotti
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $280
    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.
  • Batter's Up! Baseball Clinic 3-7

    Faculty: Joe Cotti
    Grade(s): 3-7
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $280
    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 or 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $280
    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 Makeup 3-6

    Faculty: Lisa Joffrey
    Grade(s): 3-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $280
    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.
  • Book, Breathe 'n Balance 1-5

    Faculty: Kristin Schmoke
    Grade(s): 1-2
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only
    Period: C
    Cost: $280
    Learn the foundations of mindfulness in a playful way. Students will have the opportunity to learn various mindfulness activities that they can incorporate into their daily lives. We will be growing our awareness of our actions, thoughts, and emotions while making connections in the brain. There will be some yoga, breathing techniques, and stories. We will create our own calming kits too!
  • Boom Whackers and Xylophone Symphony 3-8

    Faculty: Allan Wellman
    Grade(s): 3-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 only
    Period: C
    Cost: $280
    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
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: D
    Cost: $280

    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 or 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $280
    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.
  • Build Your Own Video Game with Bloxels! 3-4

    Faculty: Thomas Krentzin
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Perod: A
    Cost: $280
    Learn to think like a game designer and animator!  Students will use their creative skills to create and customize their own video game.  They will design and animate characters, decide what the game looks like and how elements interact and behave, and create dynamic stories for their game.  Bloxels are a great way to start learning video game design while having fun and working with friends.
  • Bullet Journaling 101 (3-12)

    Faculty: Patty Nelson and Rachel Venezia
    Grade(s): 3-12
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: E
    Cost: $280
    Welcome to the wonderful world of bullet journaling! In this class you will learn the fundamentals of bullet journaling, lettering styles, decorating, organizing, visualizing and more. Students will get to explore creative ways to help organize their schedules and put value on the things they love. Each student will take home their own unique journal.
  • Calling all Human Body Systems 2-3

    Faculty: Melissa Aguilar
    Grade(s): 2-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $280
    Come on over because we are learning all about YOU! In this course we will be learning about our vital organs and how our body systems (digestive, circulatory, nervous, respiratory, muscular, urinary, endocrine, and skeletal systems) work together to form you. We will explore these systems through various media activities, and focus on introducing and mastering skills such as research, collaboration and presentation skills. In addition we will discuss how to take care of our body systems so they remain healthy and allow us to do all the things we love to do.
  • Cheer and Dance Camp, Grades 1-8

    Faculty: Bobbie Jo Dobbs and Danielle Pigneri
    Grade(s):1-8
    Duration/ Session: Poly Summer Sports Camp, June 8-12
    Period/time: 1-3 pm
    Cost: $140
    Join us as we jump into dance choreography and sideline cheers. Students will learn energetic dance moves as well as cheerleading basics to keep them moving! This is a camp for all levels, whether you are a more vocal sports enthusiast or a bit of a wallflower!
  • Chinese Culture and Language 1-6

    Faculty: Mimi Chiu
    Grade(s): 1-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $280
    This introductory class offers the opportunity for the non-native speakers to explore culture and language through music, story, games, craft and food.
  • Chinese Culture and Language for the Native or Near-Native Speaker 1-6

    Faculty: Mimi Chiu
    Grade(s): 1-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks Session 1 or 2
    Period: Session 1: C period, Session 2: A period
    Cost: $280
    This class is designed for native or near native speakers who seek to improve their overall language proficiency, especially in reading and writing. We will be reading stories, singing songs, writing character and learning radicals In addition, we will also be playing games, watching movies and making food. 
  • Chop, Chop, Chop 2-5

    Faculty: Raleigh Young
    Grade(s): 2-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1
    Period: DE
    Cost: $560
    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.
  • Co-ed Basketball Camp, Grades 2-7

    Faculty: Brad Hall
    Grade(s): 2-7
    Duration/Session: Poly Summer Sports Camp, June 8-12
    Period: 1-4 pm
    Cost: $210
    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
    Grade(s): 2-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: C, D or E
    Cost: $280
    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 2-3

    Faculty: Marie Munoz
    Grade(s): 2-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $280
    Coding for Kids is a beginner course for students who would like to explore the world of computer science and learn fundamental programming skills. Each computer scientist will engage in hands-on and collaborative experiences to understand and apply the basic fundamentals of programming to design and create simple drawings and games.
  • Coding for Kids 3-5

    Faculty: Marie Munoz
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $280
    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 Aguilar
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $280
    "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."
  • Creative Coders - Video Game Design 3-4

    Faculty: Lauren McAlister
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $280
    Jump, race, escape! Let’s code video games! Students will be guided through foundational coding concepts in Scratch to create different types of video games, including racing, platform, and launching. Through communication, collaboration, and critically thinking, students will create a portfolio of personalized video games as they gain an understanding of basic video game coding. Their knowledge will be put to the test as they are challenged to make their own video game.
  • Creative Thinking and Design 3-4

    Faculty: Lauren McAlister
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $280
    Think, collaborate, design! After learning about designers from a variety of fields including animation, technology, and architecture, students will be inspired to think like a designer. They will put their design thinking to the test as they are challenged to a variety of hands-on “Design It Yourself” projects. It’s time to think outside of the box and get creative!
  • Creative Writing 2-3

    Faculty: Nicole Taylor
    Grade(s): 2-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only
    Period: A
    Cost: $280
    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.
  • Creature Creation Workshop 1-3

    Faculty: Sarah Aspinall
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $280
    This summer, Poly students will dive into character design, creature creation, storytelling and world building! Whilst honing drawing, painting and building skills, we will be using our imaginations to invent monsters, animals and things relating to them! This is a project-based class, and students will have at least two to three well developed final pieces to be proud of!
  • Creature Creation Workshop 3 -5

    Faculty: Sarah Aspinall
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $280
    This summer, Poly students will dive into character design, creature creation, storytelling and world building! Whilst honing drawing, painting and building skills, we will be using our imaginations to invent monsters, animals and things relating to them! This is a project-based class, and students will have at least two to three well developed final pieces to be proud of!
  • Critical Thinking 3-4

    Faculty: Suzie Arther
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only
    Period: A or C
    Cost: $280
    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 or 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $280
    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.
  • Design Thinking for Kids 2-3

    Faculty: Jessica Jackley
    Grade(s): 2-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only
    Period: A
    Cost: $280
    Design thinking is a process for creative problem solving, centered on empathy and entrepreneurial thinking. There are five basic steps: observation/empathy, defining the problem, ideation, prototyping/building, testing. Students will work in groups to tackle a social problem they care about, then come up with and design their best solutions.
  • Draw, Paint, Build! 1-4

    Faculty: Patty Nelson and Rachel Venezia
    Grade(s): 1-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: B or C
    Cost: $280
    This class is for budding artists who want to do it all! Each week students will be exploring a new exciting medium. We will start off week 1 drawing with chalk pastels, week 2 exploring with paints and ending week 3 with a clay project. With each medium, students will learn the fundamentals of shape, color theory, rhythm and form all while having fun!
  • Enameling 2-5

    Faculty: Allan Schaefer
    Grade(s): 2-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: A or D
    Cost: $280
    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 2-3

    Faculty: Maria Fleming
    Grade(s): 2-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $280
    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.
  • Exploring Science Through Experiments 3-4

    Faculty: Nishat Alikhan
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: A or E
    Cost: $280

    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 or 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $280
    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, cooking, games, songs, and storytelling. Three to five Spanish Speaking countries will be explored through arts, music, geography, history, dancing, food, and craft making.

    Please note: This class is in English.
     
  • Exploring the Magic of Paint! 1-5

    Faculty: Patty Nelson and Rachel Venezia 
    Grade(s): 1-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $280
    This class is for those students who love to explore various ways to use paint! Each week, students will create a project that tests out the effects of paint mixed with different mediums and elements to create stunning visual effects in the art world. Subjects explored include planets and space, rainbows, food art and more.
  • Fantastic Fairy Gardens 3-5

    Faculty: Zena Yamamoto
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $280
    Students will love getting their hands dirty, while learning principles of gardening design, by creating small fairy gardens.  Using real plants, we will build decorative gardens complete with ornaments and fanciful elements, both purchased and hand-crafted.  Students will love this relaxing and artistic way to get in touch with nature.
  • Football 2-5

    Faculty: Antonio Harrison
    Grade(s): 2-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $280
    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 with American Girls 1-3

    Faculty: Seraya Avila-Mott
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $280
    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!
  • Fun With Cubelets and Legos! 2-5

    Faculty: Matthew Goldin & Thomas Kentzin
    Grade(s): 2-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: B or C
    Cost: $280
    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 or 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $280
    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 or 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $280

    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
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: B
    Cost: $280
    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.
  • Goin on a Lion Hunt! 3-5

    Faculty: Katherine Warner
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 ONLY
    Period: C
    Cost: $280
    Every day is full of surprise as the students create and participate in theme-based scavenger hunts around campus. Working in collaborative teams they will develop their independence on various "hunt" tasks. Scavenger hunts develop students' math, reasoning, reading, analysis, research skills, and creativity along with fostering teamwork and leadership, all while having a "whole lotta fun!"
  • Graphic Organizers - The Ultimate Brain Strengthening Tool 3-5

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $280
    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.
  • How to Be a Princess 1-3

    Faculty: Kate Austin and Lindsay Morales
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only
    Period: B
    Cost: $280
    Tea, crowns, dresses oh my! We'll talk about what it means to a be a princess besides pretty clothes and crowns: confidence, kindness, and taking care of others; and we'll practice those qualities while having tea parties, games, and even a royal ball!
  • I Just Wanna Dance! 2-5

    Faculty: Danielle Pigneri & Douglas Locke
    Grade(s): 2-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $280
    What better way to end your summer day than to "Just Dance!" In this dance class, we will incorporate styles of dance including Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, and Broadway dance. Dancers will be taken through the elements of dance, gaining a better understanding of movement, rhythm, body isolations, and vocabulary while learning various dance combinations. This dance class is all about having fun, being creative, and exploring different styles along the way.
  • iDance 3-5

    Faculty: Danielle Pigneri & Douglas Locke
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $280
    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.
  • IKEA Doll House 1-3

    Faculty: Seraya Avila-Mott
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $280
    TBD
  • Intro to Escape Rooms 3-4

    Faculty: Mandy Madnikoff
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $280
    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 or 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $280
    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 Golf 3-5

    Faculty: Michael Babcock
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $280
    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: $280
    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.
  • Junior Journalism 3-4

    Faculty: Aquita Winslow and Amy Jaffe
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $280
    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 or 2
    Period: B or C or D or E or F
    Cost: $280
    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.
  • Kid Kraft 2-8

    Faculty: Beverly Goldin
    Grade(s): 2-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $280
    Do you love making bracelets out of a rainbow loom? Or creating duck tape wallets? Or making your own beads and lanyards? If you do, then this class is for you! Each week we will create a project and learn a little history about the craft and understand how to put things together with basic supplies that might be lying around your house. This is a perfect class to make holiday gifts or just make some special for you and your friends.
     
  • Kidventures Financial Literacy Course K-4

    Faculty: Tonita Fernandez
    Grade(s): K-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $280
    Inspiring ordinary children to do extraordinary things is what this class is all about. Not every child will be an entrepreneur when he or she grows up, but through this course we can inspire every child to have an entrepreneurial spirit.

    Have you ever thought about creating your own business in a real-world environment? Ever wished you knew the wonders of how to create products that will make others happy? Developing a business, earning cash, saving, and donating to worthy causes are key components to our Financial Literacy class. The Financial Literacy class will be filled with an abundance of activities that will take you on a journey to be remembered!! Each child will work on a team and create a business that they can develop and share with others. In this course, students will get into small groups, according to the businesses of interest, come up with a plan of what they would like to sell and create a budget. They will fill out an application, elect Vice Presidents (of marketing, finance, publicity), and elect their CEO. In addition, students will also work with a Graphic Designer and create their own company logo. Some of the companies they could develop might be a Beverage Bar, Bakery Business, T-Shirt Company, and other creative possibilities. Join us for a session of fun and adventure.

    Educational Benefits and Objectives ~ The skills students can develop through this course is to lead with confidence, use good critical thinking skills, understand and value teamwork, and to become financially responsible. Each company will work with a banker from Wells Fargo and also local business owners to assist with business plans and strategies on how to run a successful business.
  • 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: $280
    Cool, cozy, and creative, knitting is a great skill, a life-long hobby, and a fun way to keep your hands busy during travel, while watching TV, and at sporting events. While creating a project 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. All supplies will be provided.
  • Language Lab 1-3

    Faculty: Veronica Covarrubias
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $280
    From French to German to Dutch to Japanese, students will learn at their own pace. They will choose any language they have an interest to explore each every week. They will practice their listening and pronunciation skills as well as their spelling and writing skills. Research shows that by exposing children to more than one language early on, they can acquire more than one language later in life. It's never too early to raise a linguist!
  • Language Lab 3-5

    Faculty: Veronica Covarrubias
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $280From French to German to Dutch to Japanese, students will learn at their own pace. They will choose any language they have an interest to explore each every week. They will practice their listening and pronunciation skills as well as their spelling and writing skills. Research shows that by exposing children to more than one language early on, they can acquire more than one language later in life. It's never too early to raise a linguist!
  • 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: $280
    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: $280
    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 or 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $280
    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 or 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $280
    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.
  • Make Your Own Beads and Jewelry! Grades 3-6

    Faculty: Marissa Reece-Jackson
    Grade(s): 3-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only
    Period: D
    Cost: $280
    In this class, students will have the opportunity to explore creating handmade jewelry. We will discuss various jewelry making techniques, including designing and creating your own beads, making charms for jewelry or keychains, creating woven and braided jewelry, and fashioning earrings out of wire. Students will also have the opportunity to create their own ceramic jewelry dishes and holders!
  • Math Fact Busters - Sum Kool Math 4 Kids! K-3

    Faculty: Tonita Fernandez
    Grade(s): K-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $280
    Math Busters to the rescue!! Amuse yourself through the number one roller coaster ride of math!! If your journey in math has been too fast, slow, up and down, or new this is the ride for you. A Strong math foundation is the key to grasping higher-level math concepts. This course is designed to help develop mathematical strengths as it introduces numbers and enforces instant recall of math facts. Through the journey of this course, students will gain an understanding of the addition and subtraction families, gain an understanding of multiplication as repeated addition and identify division facts and its relationship to multiplication. We will also increase speed and accuracy of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. Join us in a math fact lab created by our own math team. Yes, that is each of you! We will design the space to help bring math facts to life in an exciting and creative way. Come hone in on your myth busting skills through a variety of action-packed activities using I-pads, flashcards, board games, game shows, water balloons and much more! With math facts galore you will for sure enter the next grade well prepared with facts. Join us for weeks of wonder, as you become a mathematical myth math fact buster! Learn the secret behind learning math facts and becoming a whiz by using number bonds, creating your own math fact book full of interesting ways of learning, become a math artist by building art projects using geometric shapes, and learning how to develop a better understanding of math facts from addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

    Educational Benefits and Objectives ~ The skills students can develop through this course is to lead with confidence, use good critical thinking skills, understand and value teamwork, and to become financially responsible. Each company will work with a banker from Wells Fargo and also local business owners to assist with business plans and strategies on how to run a successful business.
  • Math Facts Boot Camp 2-3

    Faculty: Mark Munoz
    Grade(s): 2-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $280
    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 second and third grade students seeking to improve their math fact recall.
  • Math Facts Boot Camp 3-4

    Faculty: Marie Munoz
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $280
    Math Fact Boot Camp is a course designed to practice facts and also an opportunity to discuss strategies that will help students think flexibly and make good choices about which strategies are most appropriate for solving problems accurately and efficiently. Students will also have multiple opportunities to practice multiplication and division facts in fun and engaging ways. In addition to engaging in a variety of activities, games, drills, oral and written practice to develop fluency, students will complete a daily drill using a math fact fluency program. This program is designed to provide individualized practice, provide immediate feedback about progress and set new goals for students as they master facts. Consistent and ongoing practice with immediate feedback is critical to the mastery of this fundamental skill, which is the building block for solving more complex math problems. This course is suitable for students entering third and fourth grade.   
  • Math Games for Problem Solving 3-4

    Faculty: Kara Ramirez
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: C or E
    Cost: $280
    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!
  • Memory and Logic Development Through Games 3-5

    Faculty: Ira Madnikoff
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $280
    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: David Herman
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $280
    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 or 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $280
    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 or 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $280
    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 - Disney’s Annie KIDS 3-5

    Faculty: Jean Gaskill 
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only
    Period: E
    Cost: $280
    Calling all young actors for a mini musical production of “Annie”. 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. She is a classically trained actress and has been the Performing Arts Coordinator and Theatre Director at St. Matthew’s Parish School in the Pacific Palisades for the past 20 years. At the end of three weeks parents and friends will be invited to see our culminating performance.
  • Musical Theater- Disney’s Cinderella KIDS 3-5

    Faculty: Jean Gaskill
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only
    Period: E
    Cost: $280
    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. 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 1-3

    Faculty: Lauren McAlister 
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $280
    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 or 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $280
    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 and Sculpting for Kids: Pop Art! 1-3

    Faculty: Sarah Aspinall
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $280
    Giant lollipops, permanent-balloon animals and who knows what else! Students will engage in art making through super fun and tactile creative projects inspired by the Pop Art movement. This is a project-based class and over three weeks, artists will develop important artistic skills by working with materials such as: paint, paper mache, clay, plaster, collage and found objects. By the end of the session, students will bring home three beautiful final pieces to be proud of!
  • Painting and Sculpting for Kids: Pop Art! 3-5

    Faculty: Sarah Aspinall
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $280
    Giant lollipops, permanent-balloon animals and who knows what else! Students will engage in art making through super fun and tactile creative projects inspired by the Pop Art movement. This is a project-based class and over three weeks, artists will develop important artistic skills by working with materials such as: paint, paper mache, clay, plaster, collage and found objects. By the end of the session, students will bring home three beautiful final pieces to be proud of!
  • Paper Mache 3-5

    Faculty: Kristin Schmoke
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only
    Period: A
    Cost: $280
    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/ Sessio(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $280
    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 or 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $280
    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 or 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $280
    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.
  • Poly Coding Club - Python 3-5

    Faculty: Aidyn Kulick
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $280
    This course provides an introduction to Python programming language. Python is an easy-to-learn programming language that has great features for a beginning programmer. The code is easy to read compared to many other programming languages, and the programs run in an interactive shell that is fun to experiment with. Students will use Python to learn fundamental programming concepts such as variables, loops, and conditional statements. Using Python, students will begin to learn how to use math and computer code to think creatively. This is a 3-week course that repeats in the second session.
  • Poly Summer Olympics 3-8

    Faculty: Rob Mikels & Jamie Bell
    Grade(s): 3-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: D or E
    Cost: $280
    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(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: A or D
    Cost: $280
    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 or 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $280
    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.
  • Read, Color, Draw

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $280
    This is class is for 6-8 year old 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 Theatre: Reading for Confidence, Fluency, and Fun 2-3

    Faculty: Zena Yamamoto
    Grade(s): 2-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $280
    Readers’ Theater offers a unique way to build reading fluency while having fun. Students will build their skills in expression, sight word recognition and develop a love for reading. Although this is not a drama class, we will incorporate some prop use, scenery, and video to increase the excitement and motivation. Great for reluctant readers and those who love to read aloud as well.
  • Ready, Set, Go! Speed, Coordination and Performance Clinic 1-4

    Faculty: Joe Cotti
    Grade(s): 1-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $280
    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
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only
    Period: C
    Cost: $280
    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 The World 3-4

    Faculty: Aidyn Kulick
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $280
    Pack your bags and grab a seat! In this course, students will explore our world by "traveling" to a variety of geographic regions across the globe. Students will learn how to read and analyze various maps to learn about various locations around the world. They will practice reading comprehension and critical thinking skills while researching the climate, products and natural resources and landmarks of various regions across the globe. Students will discover how the geography of countries shapes culture through various games, art, and activities. Students will be able to take the skills they learn in this course to their classrooms next fall.
  • 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: $280
    Do you love animals and cute animal faces? In this fun and creative class, students will learn essential techniques as they design, customize and hand-sew their own menagerie! Class projects are designed to be expressive and fun while developing eye-hand coordination, patience and accuracy, and a sense of accomplishment. The skills & concepts learned in this class create a solid foundation for progressing to machine sewing.
  • Soccer Camp, Grades 2-8

    Faculty: Heidi Strauss
    Grade(s): 2-8
    Duration/ Session: Poly Summer Sports Camp, June 8-12
    Period: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
    Cost: $210
    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 coaches and 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 their own Poly Summer soccer ball! 
  • Soccer Fundamentals 2-5

    Faculty: Cesar Rodriguez
    Grade(s): 2-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $280
    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 through Classic Tales (New Stories!) 1-3

    Faculty: Martha Reyes
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 Only
    Period: D
    Cost: $280
    Students will learn Spanish vocabulary as they listen to, re-construct, illustrate, narrate and perform the content in Spanish of some of the Classic stories from the most well known Classic authors: Charles Perrault, Lewis Carroll, Grimm Brothers, Hans Christian Anderson, Carlo Collodi, Alexander Afanasyev. There will be one to three stories per week from different authors.
  • Spanish: Aesop’s Fables in Spanish 1-3

    Faculty: Martha Reyes
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: B
    Cost: $280
    Students will gain exposure to the language while they learn Spanish vocabulary through the famous tales of Aesop. The students will re-construct, illustrate, narrate and perform the content of some of Aesop’s fables. There will be one to two fables per day. (Session 2 will have new fables.)
  • STEAM Thinkers 3-4

    Faculty: Lauren McAlister & Kimberly Justiani
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: A or C
    Cost: $280
    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!
  • STEM Construction Engineering 1-3

    Faculty: Veronica Covarrubias
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: D or E
    Cost: $280
    This class is designed to enhance students' Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math skills. Participants will use their imagination and creativity by being challenged to build their own cars, animals, robots and anything you can imagine! These activities will help to build their problem solving skills and reinforce the importance of teamwork & collaboration, build social skills, support creativity, and improve imagination through interactive play.
  • Storybook STEAM 1-3

    Faculty: Jamie Ceralde
    Grade(s): 1-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 only 
    Period: A
    Cost: $280
    Come join the STEAM Team and get ready to have some fun! Students will listen to stories and complete a collaborative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) project connected to the story. Students will develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as enhance their creativity and reasoning, through collaborative projects and hands on learning. They will leave the course with an inspiration to try new things and think outside the box. Full STEAM ahead!
  • Summer Clay Class 3-4

    Faculty: Marissa Reece-Jackson
    Grade(s): 3-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only
    Period: A
    Cost: $280
    Join summer clay class for fun with clay all summer long! Students will explore a variety of ceramics handbuilding techniques including slab, pinch, and coil methods as they create exciting handmade pieces. They will also learn about how to glaze and decorate their art using a range of methods. Projects for 2020 may include clay monsters, design your own ceramic game, and clay self portraits.
  • Swim, Swim, Swim 1-5

    Faculty: Charlene Beerman, Rob Mikels & Heather Sweet
    Grade(s): 1-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: A or B or C
    Cost: $280
    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
    Grade(s): 2-4
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: D
    Cost: $280
    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 or 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $280
    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 Story Book Writing 2-3

    Faculty: Zena Yamamoto
    Grade(s): 2-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $280
    If You Give a Pig a Pancake, The Runaway Bunny, The Napping House, Goodnight Moon ....We will read and explore some of the best and most fun of children's picture books, examining what makes them compelling. Then, inspired by these mentor texts, students will write and illustrate prequels, sequels, or companion books. Your children will learn what good authors do to craft memorable fiction and have fun becoming picture book authors in their own right!
  • The Art of the Picture Book - Eric Carle 2-3

    Faculty: April Ballinger
    Grade(s): 2-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: F
    Cost: $280
    This summer, join Ms. Ballinger while we follow the steps of the wonderful Eric Carle and make our own Picture Book. Eric Carle's passion for creating picture books and the message that we can all be creative artists comes through. ""I can do it, you can do it"", he says.

    Copy the following link to your browser to watch a great video about Eric Carle.
    https://vimeo.com/36111308"
  • The Craft of Knitting 2-8

    Faculty: Beverely Goldin
    Grade(s): 2-8
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 2 ONLY
    Period: F
    Cost: $280
    This course is designed to teach beginners the basics of knitting but it is also useful to those knitters that might need a refresher class. Whether you have just a little or no knowledge of knitting – this course is for you. We will also dive into a little history of the craft, discussion of the tools, how to read and understand patterns and color charts, and of course how to start knitting. This course will finish up with some simple knitting projects to practice and complete.
  • The Literacy Club 2-3

    Faculty: Molly Wiebe
    Grade(s): 2-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only
    Period: D or E or F
    Cost: $280
    This class will focus on strengthening your child’s literacy development by focusing on four main areas:  (a) reading; (b) writing; (c) listening; and (d) speaking skills.  The learning day will begin with a community building circle to practice speaking skills.  Next, we will read aloud together to practice reading and listening skills.  Finally, we will work on personal story books to practice writing skills.
  • Volleyball Camp, Grades 3-8

    Faculty: Steve Beerman
    Grade(s): 3-8
    Duration/ Session: Poly Summer Sports Camp, June 8-12
    Period: 10-12 pm
    Cost: $140
    Join coach Steve Beerman for Volleyball Camp! Volleyball camp will stress fundamentals and personal improvement while striving for each camper to have a fun and enriching experience.
  • 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: $280
    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!


  • Wizarding Art Academy- The Magic of Making! 3-5

    Faculty: Sarah Aspinall
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $280
    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!
  • Writer's Workshop - "Life Journaling" 3-5

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $280
    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 - Campfire Stories 3-5

    Faculty: Zena Yamamoto
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: E
    Cost: $280
    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 - Character Study of Heroes & Heroines 2-3

    Faculty: Katherine Warner
    Grade(s): 2-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks Session 2 ONLY
    Period: E
    Cost: $280
    From the magical powers of Matilda Wormwood to the twisting journey of The Lion King's Simba, students will examine popular heroes and heroines in children’s literature. Students will read excerpts from popular fiction novels and examine film clips to compare and contrast characters in children’s literature and film. Students will then examine their favorite story character and what determine what qualities they possess that makes them a hero.
  • Writer's Workshop - Opinion Writing 3-5

    Faculty: Remus Thorsen
    Grade(s): 3-5
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: C
    Cost: $280
    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(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 Only
    Period: C
    Cost: $280
    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 for the Young Set 3-6

    Faculty: Kyle Murray
    Grade(s): 3-6
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or Session 2
    Period: A
    Cost: $280
    Yoga is an old discipline from India that it is both spiritual and physical and helps to improve health and happiness. This class is presented in a playful and educational way. Each session incorporates energetic and soothing yoga positions, meditation, breathing exercises, and group games. 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 relaxation exercise, inviting rest and the awakening of one's imagination.
  • You Do WeDo - Beginning Robotics 2-3

    Faculty: Janelle Futa & Yolanda Quezada
    Grade(s): 2-3
    Duration/ Session(s): 3 weeks/ Session 1 or 2
    Period: A or B
    Cost: $280
    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 2020. Download the file that corresponds to your child's grade in September 2020. Please note: This information is tentative and subject to change.
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