STEAM Summer Camp

June 8 - August 7, 2020

Thank you for supporting DPIE this summer with our new online distance learning format for Elementary Students.

NEW!! Getting Back in the Groove for Writers

Instructor:        Jennifer Moraio, Amador Teacher
Grade Level:     3 – 5
Dates:                7/20, 7/21, 7/22, 7/23, 7/27, 7/28, 7/29, 7/30, 8/3 & 8/4 
Time:                  3:30pm – 4:30pm
Location:           Online
Tuition:              $165 for 10 sessions                       

Has your child taken a break from writing over the summer? Do you want a quick refresher before your child jumps back into school? Getting Back in the Groove for Writers is a fun and interactive way for students to put their educational writing caps back on. Over the ten day course we will spend 3 classes on each of the 3 genres of writing, narrative, informational, and persuasive. The final class will be a virtual presentation of each child’s book/portfolio. 

The format of the online course will be 40 minutes of  writing, which will culminate in 3 writing pieces. Embedded in the course will be 20 minutes of language/grammar work. 60 minutes in length.

While engaged in this program your child will learn new and different ways to express their thinking and their ideas.  Meanwhile, they will learn the power of words, the proper use of grammar and the technical skills necessary to be a successful communicator in written form. These skills will advance their abilities for the next grade level and launch them on a successful journey in written communication. In this course your child will have the unique opportunity to take on these three challenges in writing. Get ready to engage your child’s inner writer through an online writing course. 

NEW!! Public Speaking, Writing & Creativity Skills: Nature is Beautiful!

Instructor:        Licensed Instructor from Gurus Education
Grade Level:    1 – 5
Dates:                 July 20 – July 24
Time:                  1:00 – 3:00pm
Duration:           2 hours
Location:           Online
Tuition:              $165

Being able to communicate effectively and confidently has immeasurable benefits in students’ professional and persona lives.  This camp helps student structure their thoughts to express their opinions effectively while understanding the growth and development in living things, like weather, organisms, landforms (all part of nature) through online visuals.  We use fun projects and activities inspired by nature, including creating stories from pictures, writing rhyming poems, doing creative debates, and virtual presentations to ensure that your kids learn various writing and debating strategies.  We make learning exciting and effective with this I love Nature Camp!

List of Summer Elementary Courses

We are delighted to offer a variety of STEAM courses for our summer elementary program this year.  We have streamlined our elementary summer camps, so all camps will be held at Amador Elementary.  One, two and three week courses are available.  Please select your preferred week to see courses available.

Summer Camp Dates and Times

June 8 to June 26, 2020
Monday through Friday
8.45am to 12.45pm

Instructor:         Licensed Instructor from Code to the Future
Grade Level:      2 – 5
Dates:                 July 27 - August 7   
Time:                  11:00 AM – 12:20 PM
Duration:           1 hour 20 minutes
Location:            Online
Tuition:               $240 

Feel like you’ve mastered the art of coding? You want to be challenged? Join our advanced camp where your skills will be put to the test!  Those who are experienced in Scratch and have been in our coding classes for more than one year, this camp is just for you! Students will use the familiar characters of their favorite heroes to develop various exciting and  interactive games that challenge students to think outside the box.  

Experience Level: Has 2+ years in experience with Scratch (or been in our coding classes more than a year).

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Instructor:        Licensed Instructor from Gurus Education
Grade Level:     2 – 5
Dates:                 July 27 – July 31
Time:                  1:00 – 3:00pm
Duration:          2 hours
Location:           Online
Tuition:              $165 

Have you ever wondered what is the #1 fear in this world?  YES, it’s Public Speaking and our goal is to prepare your child for SUCCESS!! They will learn to present impressively and write effectively in 6 easy steps.  In this advance course, kids will learn various formats of writing such as persuasive, narrative, descriptive etc.  Students will learn to manage public speaking anxiety and present them self with confidence, and make strong arguments by providing reasoning and evidence on thought provoking debatable topics, and campaigns speeches.  We make learning Fun and Entertaining!

Enrollment OPEN

Instructor:        Angelina Jennaro, Amador Teacher
Grade Level:     3 – 5
Dates:                 July 27 - 31
Time:                  9:00 – 10:00 am
Location:           Online
Tuition:              $85/week                       

This book club style course is based on the Common Core Standards, driven to create an engaging and educational way to promote reading and create lifelong readers with great books to read and keep. Through reading, students will hone-in and perfect comprehension skills which will positively impact their reading and writing skills along with enhancing their career and college readiness. Students will focus on comprehension through main and key ideas and details, text structure, context clues, along with text development and integration of their knowledge and ideas; all to strengthen and build their presentation of knowledge.  This course encourages students who love reading (or haven't discovered they do just yet) to engage in meaningful discussions while sharing thoughts, feelings and higher order thinking in small group, whole group and individual discussions.

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Instructor:         Licensed Instructor from Code to the Future
Grade Level:      2 – 5
Dates:                 June 29 – July 10
                              
July 13 – July 24
                              July 27 – August 7

Time:                   10:00 – 11:20 AM
Duration:           1 hour 20 minutes
Location:            Online
Tuition:               $240

Welcome to the world of coding! Students who have never done a coding class before are welcome to join us on our journey through understanding the fun and interesting world of game design! Campers will learn the basics of computer programming through block-based learning. Using the program ‘Scratch’, students will use the familiar characters of Minecraft while developing various exciting and interactive projects.

Experience Level: No Experience with Scratch (or have not been part of coding classes).

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Instructor:           Pacific Chess Academy
Grade Level:         K- 5
Dates:                     June 29 – July 10
                                 July 13 – 24
                                 July 27 – August 7
Time:   
                   Beginners - Daily @ 10 - 11am
                                 Intermediate - Daily @ 12 - 1pm
                                 Advanced - Daily @ 2 - 3pm
Tuition:                 $185 per level for 2 weeks

BEGINNERS CLASS

The beginner class is designed for students who have not played chess before. The course will teach students the fundamental principles of the game. Kids will learn how to move pieces, capture, attack, and deliver checkmate. Lessons will include fun interactive activity with Dr. Dinosaur ( a popular chess application for young players) as well as puzzles and simultaneous games against the teacher.

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INTERMEDIATE CLASS

The class is designed for young players who have basic knowledge of chess. Tactics (forks, pins, skewers, discovered attack). Students will continue with more sophisticated techniques as well as chess strategy. Lessons are followed by tournament games (kids play against each other), and include simultaneous games vs. instructors (one instructors plays against 3-4 students at the same time).

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ADVANCED CLASS

The class is designed for students with  good understanding of chess tactics and some tournament experience. Lessons are based on famous games played by World champions, and include puzzles, analysis, tournament games, and simultaneous games vs. instructors.

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Instructor:        Licensed Instructor from Code to the Future
Grade Level:      2 – 5
Dates:                  July 13 - 24
                               July 27 – August 7

Time:                   12:00 – 1:20 PM
Duration:           1 hour 20 minutes
Location:            Online
Tuition:               $240

 Do you know how Scratch works but don’t think you’re ready for intense projects yet? No problem!  Through this camp, you will be utilizing the program of Scratch for more fun projects for those who have taken coding classes in the past but want to learn more to become an advanced student! Through the use of familiar space themed characters, students will develop exciting and unique projects. With Scratch, the possibilities to create are endless!  

Experience Level:1 year, or less, experience with Scratch (or has been in our coding classes for this year only).

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Instructor:         Licensed Instructor from Synergy Theater
Grade Level:      2 – 5
Dates:                 July 13 – July 24 - CANCELLED
                              July 27 – August 7

Time:                   2:00pm – 3:00pm
Duration:           1 hour
Location:            Online
Tuition:               $240

A fun-filled, action-packed exploration of theater and the art of acting! During the first half-hour of each class, students use the three tools of the actor – voice, body and imagination – to learn about theater, create characters, analyze text, and work as an ensemble. Plus, we’ll make up silly stories and play fun theater games! Then, for the second half-hour of each class, the students get to work on a full-length play. Each day, one scene in the play is read, rehearsed, workshopped and acted out. By the end of the 10 sessions, we’ll have worked our way through the entire play! The study and practice of live theater sparks creativity, inspires the imagination, and builds reading, writing and public speaking skills.

Each 2-week session of the Actor’s Workshop will focus on a different play, so come on back and take it all three times!

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Instructor:           Licensed Instructor from Challenge Island®
Grade Level:        1- 5
Dates:                    7/6/20 - 7/10/20 
Time:                      9:00am – 11:00am
Location:              Online
Tuition:                  $135 per week 

Calling all creature-loving kids to Challenge Island’s® Animal Island™ adventure!  You and a tribeful of friends will engineer your way through the Animal Kingdom exploring life in diverse habitats - from oceans to rainforests to deserts to ice to the pets that live in our homes.  A  wildly exciting time awaits every boy and girl on Challenge Island's® Animal Island.

Challenge Island is an interdisciplinary approach that teaches kids to be innovators, leaders and critical thinkers through project based learning and cross curricular problem-solving.  The courses align with common core and next generation science standards through the use of low-tech materials. Camps are taught live by certified Challenge Island instructors that engage students in a creative journey of learning

After you register, you will receive the Zoom links to join the classes and the list of materials to gather before each class.

Proprietary material: In registering for this online class you acknowledge that all curriculum, lesson plans, know-how, trade secrets, methodologies, techniques, procedures, and materials, in whatever form, shall remain the sole property of Challenge Island Global LLC. Duplication of Challenge Island materials in any form is not allowed under any circumstances.

Enrollment - OPEN

Instructor:           Licensed Instructor from Challenge Island®
Dates:                   7/13/20 – 7/17/20
Grade Level:        1 - 5
Sessions:              1 week
Time:                     9:00am – 11:00am
Location:              Online
Tuition:                 $135

What do you want to be when you grow up? Challenge Island's® all new Cool Careers Island© will give you a taste of some of the world's most exciting jobs from veterinarian to marine biologist to professional basketball player! Start engineering your future today with this STEAMtastic Challenge Island adventure!

Challenge Island is an interdisciplinary approach that teaches kids to be innovators, leaders and critical thinkers through project based learning and cross curricular problem-solving.  The courses align with common core and next generation science standards through the use of low-tech materials. Camps are taught live by certified Challenge Island instructors that engage students in a creative journey of learning

After you register, you will receive the Zoom links to join the classes and the list of materials to gather before each class.

Proprietary material: In registering for this online class you acknowledge that all curriculum, lesson plans, know-how, trade secrets, methodologies, techniques, procedures, and materials, in whatever form, shall remain the sole property of Challenge Island Global LLC. Duplication of Challenge Island materials in any form is not allowed under any circumstances.

Enrollment OPEN

Instructor:           Licensed Instructor from Challenge Island®
Grade Level:        1 - 5
Dates:                   7/20/20 – 7/24/20
Sessions:   
         1 week
Time:                    9:00am – 11:00am
Location:             Online
Tuition:                $135

This original bestselling Wizardry Camp takes broom-riding tribes on a fantastical journey through sorcerous challenges: From Transfiguration to Flying Broomsticks to Charms and Potions to Magical Beasts. This epically popular camp is every bit as magical as it sounds – a must for every Wizard fan!

Challenge Island is an interdisciplinary approach that teaches kids to be innovators, leaders and critical thinkers through project based learning and cross curricular problem-solving.  The courses align with common core and next generation science standards through the use of low-tech materials. Camps are taught live by certified Challenge Island instructors that engage students in a creative journey of learning

After you register, you will receive the Zoom links to join the classes and the list of materials to gather before each class.

Proprietary material: In registering for this online class you acknowledge that all curriculum, lesson plans, know-how, trade secrets, methodologies, techniques, procedures, and materials, in whatever form, shall remain the sole property of Challenge Island Global LLC. Duplication of Challenge Island materials in any form is not allowed under any circumstances.

Enrollment OPEN

Instructor:        Licensed Instructor from Monkey Bear Yoga
Grade Level:     1 – 5
Days/Dates:     Monday – Thursday (8 sessions)
                             07/20, 07/21, 07/22, 0/23 and 07/27, 07/28, 07/29, 07/30       
Time:                  3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Duration:          1 hour
Location:           Online
Tuition:              $135

This Yoga session we will be exploring the elements in nature: Earth, Wind, Fire and Air as they relate to our yoga practice. Yoga asanas (poses) are derived mostly from the natural world. The poses are named after natural elements like tree pose or mountain pose to animals such as frog pose or downward facing dog. Yoga is the practice of bringing together the mind, body and breath. Yoga is also a playful practice that imitates the natural world. Most of the poses are named after animals or things we find in nature. Combining yoga and imaginative play is a wonderful way to awaken curiosity and movement in children. We will use our imaginations to explore movement and stillness through yoga poses and mindful breathing techniques. Feel free to join your yogis on the mat to help you awaken your inner child too!

  • Yoga is all encompassing- anyone at any physical ability can practice. 
  • Yoga fosters a sense of self and community. 
  • Yoga will teach our children to stop and think before reacting.  
  • Yoga increases focus and concentration
  • Yoga will reduce overall stress
  • Yoga sparks joy!

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Instructor:        Angelina Jennaro, Amador Teacher
Grade Level:     4 – 5
Dates:                 Week 1 -  6/8, 6/9, 6/10, 6/11, 6/12 
                             Week 2 - 6/15, 6/16, 6/17, 6/18, 6/19
Time:                  9:00 – 10:00 am
Location:           Online
Tuition:              $85/week                       

This book club style course is based on the Common Core Standards, driven to create an engaging and educational way to promote reading and create lifelong readers with great books to read and keep. Through reading, students will hone-in and perfect comprehension skills which will positively impact their reading and writing skills along with enhancing their career and college readiness. Students will focus on comprehension through main and key ideas and details, text structure, context clues, along with text development and integration of their knowledge and ideas; all to strengthen and build their presentation of knowledge.  This course encourages students who love reading (or haven't discovered they do just yet) to engage in meaningful discussions while sharing thoughts, feelings and higher order thinking in small group, whole group and individual discussions.

Enrollment OPEN

Instructor:        Licensed Instructor from Gurus Education
Grade Level:     1 – 5
Dates:                 6/15, 6/16, 6/17, 6/18, 6/19
Time:                  1:00 – 3:00pm
Duration:           2 hours
Location:           Online
Tuition:              $165

Bring out the confidence in your children with this week’s theme: “Around the World in 5 Days”. Each day kids will present concept-based speeches while learning the facts and cultures of different parts of the world through watching videos and having discussions. They will participate in various activities, debates and give persuasive presentations, using props and visuals virtually. They will get digital and hands on experience with  creative writing and expressing their opinions effectively!!

Learning becomes FUN & EXCITING!

Enrollment OPEN

Week 1

Instructor:           Julie Coching, Owner Cafe Art
Grade Level:        K- 5
Sessions:             1 week
Time:                    8.45am - 12.45pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition                 Enroll 1 week                                 Enroll in all 3 Cafe Art Courses (3 wks) & SAVE
                             $325 Early Bird                               $915
                             $340 After March 31                     $930 After March 31
                             $355 After May 17                         $945 After May 17 
                             $370 After June 8                           $960 After June 8 

In this week-long, multi-media class we will explore art in the rainforest. Chamelions, Parrots, Sloths, Rain sticks, Rainforest in a Jar, Pythons and so much more.

Media Examples:  Watercolor, Acrylic Painting of Canvas, Ceramic Painting, String Art, Oil Pastel, Chalk Pastel, Paper, Sharpie, Marker, colored Pencils, fused glass, Tempura and Woodburning. (we will cover most but possibly not all media)

Enroll in all 3 Cafe Art Courses and save money  - Rainforest Art, Succulent Garden and Seven Wonders of the World.

Enroll - Waitlsit*      All 3 Cafe Art Courses - Waitlist*

Week 2

Instructor:           Julie Coching, Owner Cafe Art
Grade Level:        K- 5
Sessions:             1 week
Time:                    8.45am - 12.45pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition                 Enroll 1 week                               Enroll in all 3 Cafe Art Courses (3 wks) & SAVE
                             $325 Early Bird                            $915
                             $340 After March 31                  $930 After March 31
                             $355 After May 17                      $945 After May 17 
                             $370 After June 8                        $960 After June 8 

In this week-long class students will design and make their own succulent Garden/potted planter, Ceramic Gnome or Fairy, popsicle stick furniture, melted bead stepstones, Air-Dry clay critters, we will put them all together to make a planter and plant succulents in the planter, as well as a garden related project or two, including a wood burn project, canvas painting and fused Glass.

Enroll in all 3 Cafe Art Courses and save money  - Rainforest Art, Succulent Garden and Seven Wonders of the World.

Enroll -  Waitlist*      All 3 Cafe Art Courses - Waitlist*

2 week course

Instructor:           Molly McCrory and Monica Chinn, Amador Elementary Teachers
Grade Level:        K-1
Sessions:             Weeks 1 & 2
Time:                    8.45am - 12.45pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition                  $630 Early Bird
                              $645 After March 31 
                              $660 After May 17 
                              $675 After June 8 

When summer is o-fish-ally here, join Ms. McCrory and Miss Chinn in this awesome ocean STEAM course! We will explore the 7 seas and learn about this unique habitat and the captivating creatures that inhabit it. We will study sharks, dolphins, sting rays, sea horses, starfish, sea turtles, octopi, jellyfish, and many more. Grab your sunblock, your snorkel, and let's dive in! Students will take away "Ocean Adventure Book" full of facts and a craft or art piece with each animal they learn about. We plan on transforming our classroom into an ocean and want to invite all families to come explore our fin-tastic transformation with their child as their scuba guide on the last day of this two-week summer course. We hope your child leaves this course as happy as a clam.

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Week 1

Please note this course can be either a 1, 2 or 3 week course

Instructor:           Elizabeth Littlejohn and Angelina Jennaro, Amador Elementary Teachers
Grade Level:        K - 5
Time:                    8.45am - 12.45pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                Enroll 1 week                                                        Enroll in all 3 Weeks AND SAVE
                             $325 Early Bird                                                     $915
                             $340 After March 31                                            $930 After March 31
                             $355 After May 17                                                $945 After May 17 
                             $370 After June 8                                                  $960 After June 8 

A healthy body helps create a healthy mind. In this course, your child will learn how to integrate cooking, nutrition, and exercise into their lives in order to be the healthiest they can be. Immerse your children in one, two, or three weeks of hands-on fun. Each day, kids will put on an apron and get cooking, making foods they love, discovering new ones, and making new friends too. We can’t wait to get young chefs rolling, baking, cutting, discovering foods, and more unforgettable activities. The best part—they’ll get to eat everything they make! Plus, in our final class, kids get a chance to show off all the skills they’ve learned with a friendly Mystery Box team competition. Designed for grades K-5, our all-new summer series will boost your child’s kitchen confidence, all while having fun trying something new.

Young chefs will enjoy generous samples of each delicious dish and take home a packet of recipes. Share your love of cooking and boost your child’s confidence in the kitchen with a culinary experience they’ll never forget.

Aside from cooking, to build healthy humans, it's important we teach them nutritional education and how to enjoy exercise. We will spend time doing activities to promote healthy nutrition such as learning how to read food labels so they have the skills to make healthy choices at home, discussing which nutrients their bodies need to function at their highest potential, and exploring the food pyramid to maintain good health. Additionally, we will play fun sports to teach the balance between food, nutrients, and exercise emphasizing the importance of a well-balanced lifestyle.

Enroll Week 1 - Waitlist*   All 3 Weeks - Waitlist*

Week 3

Please note this course can be either a 1, 2 or 3 week course

Instructor:           Elizabeth Littlejohn and Angelina Jennaro, Amador Elementary Teachers
Grade Level:        K - 5
Sessions:             1 week
Time:                    8.45am - 12.45pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                Enroll 1 week                                                        Enroll in all 3 Weeks AND SAVE
                             $325 Early Bird                                                     $915
                             $340 After March 31                                            $930 After March 31
                             $355 After May 17                                                $945 After May 17 
                             $370 After June 8                                                  $960 After June 8 

A healthy body helps create a healthy mind. In this course, your child will learn how to integrate cooking, nutrition, and exercise into their lives in order to be the healthiest they can be. Immerse your children in one, two, or three weeks of hands-on fun. Each day, kids will put on an apron and get cooking, making foods they love, discovering new ones, and making new friends too. We can’t wait to get young chefs rolling, baking, cutting, discovering foods, and more unforgettable activities. The best part—they’ll get to eat everything they make! Plus, in our final class, kids get a chance to show off all the skills they’ve learned with a friendly Mystery Box team competition. Designed for grades K-5, our all-new summer series will boost your child’s kitchen confidence, all while having fun trying something new.

Young chefs will enjoy generous samples of each delicious dish and take home a packet of recipes. Share your love of cooking and boost your child’s confidence in the kitchen with a culinary experience they’ll never forget.

Aside from cooking, to build healthy humans, it's important we teach them nutritional education and how to enjoy exercise. We will spend time doing activities to promote healthy nutrition such as learning how to read food labels so they have the skills to make healthy choices at home, discussing which nutrients their bodies need to function at their highest potential, and exploring the food pyramid to maintain good health. Additionally, we will play fun sports to teach the balance between food, nutrients, and exercise emphasizing the importance of a well-balanced lifestyle.

Enroll - Waitlist*       All 3 Weeks - Waitlist*

Week 2

Please note this course can be either a 1, 2 or 3 week course

Instructor:           Elizabeth Littlejohn and Angelina Jennaro, Amador Elementary Teachers
Grade Level:        K - 5
Sessions:             1 week
Time:                    8.45am - 12.45pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                Enroll 1 week                                                        Enroll in all 3 Weeks AND SAVE
                             $325 Early Bird                                                     $915
                             $340 After March 31                                            $930 After March 31
                             $355 After May 17                                                $945 After May 17 
                             $370 After June 8                                                  $960 After June 8 

A healthy body helps create a healthy mind. In this course, your child will learn how to integrate cooking, nutrition, and exercise into their lives in order to be the healthiest they can be. Immerse your children in one, two, or three weeks of hands-on fun. Each day, kids will put on an apron and get cooking, making foods they love, discovering new ones, and making new friends too. We can’t wait to get young chefs rolling, baking, cutting, discovering foods, and more unforgettable activities. The best part—they’ll get to eat everything they make! Plus, in our final class, kids get a chance to show off all the skills they’ve learned with a friendly Mystery Box team competition. Designed for grades K-5, our all-new summer series will boost your child’s kitchen confidence, all while having fun trying something new.

Young chefs will enjoy generous samples of each delicious dish and take home a packet of recipes. Share your love of cooking and boost your child’s confidence in the kitchen with a culinary experience they’ll never forget.

Aside from cooking, to build healthy humans, it's important we teach them nutritional education and how to enjoy exercise. We will spend time doing activities to promote healthy nutrition such as learning how to read food labels so they have the skills to make healthy choices at home, discussing which nutrients their bodies need to function at their highest potential, and exploring the food pyramid to maintain good health. Additionally, we will play fun sports to teach the balance between food, nutrients, and exercise emphasizing the importance of a well-balanced lifestyle.

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Week 3

Instructor:           Ms Felicia Suminski, Frederiksen Teacher
Grade Level:        2 - 5
Sessions:             1 week
Time:                    8.30am - 12.30pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                $370

Students will have the opportunity to produce visual projects utilizing stop motion and green screen technology. Students will use clay, paper, and props as well as their own live action skills to create visual projects, art for screen-casts, and short films. Content for projects will be student driven and teacher facilitated. Students will be able to save their projects in a digital portfolio to share with their families and friends.

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