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a directory of summer fun & island preschools
spring summer vashon-maury island beachcomber 2012
As Island families welcome longer days and the beginning of spring, thoughts of summer come calling. To help with planning for the lazy days ahead, The Beachcomber is pleased to oﬀer the community this issue of Island Child, which includes a multitude of summer camps for a variety of adventures: soccer, sailing, theater (even in French), dance, rowing and more. And, because summer is ﬂeeting and fall arrives quickly, we have included a preschool guide here, too, so that families with the young students can plan ahead and ﬁnd the school that best suits their needs. Come August, The Beachcomber will publish the fall issue of Island Child, with information about the public and private schools on the Island. But for now, we wish you a good summer and encourage families to partake of some of the many oﬀerings you’ll ﬁnd in the pages to come. — Susan Riemer, section editor
From the sponsor What sets Vashon apart, what truly makes this a special place, are the many people who work diligently to make it so. At John L. Scott Vashon, we count ourselves fortunate to live and work in this special place. The ability to give back to the community, especially our children and those individuals and organizations who support them, is truly a pleasure. Please join us in the support of our Island kids. — John L. Scott
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On the cover Island children enjoy a variety of summer camps oﬀered on Vashon each summer.
Gus Holmes, Moses Trundle-Strachan and Freja Holmes pretend to be creatures of the deep as they crawl through the grass as part of a Vashon Allied Arts art camp.
Art Camps Aruba Clay Camp Ages: 3 to 12 Dates: June 25 to 29, June 16 to 20, Aug. 6 to 10 Time: 3 to 5 p.m. for kids ages 3 to 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for kids ages 6 to 12 Location: 11930 S.W. Cemetery Rd. Cost: $90 for younger kids and $180 for the older kids Registration deadline: June 25 Contact: Steve Roache at 463-0048 or steve@ arubatileworks.com Campers begin each week of creative play by making clay with their feet. Steve Roache will begin each day with a demonstration of a new hand-building and sculpting technique as a foundation for work on the wheel. The group will collaborate on a group sculpture using a variety of nature materials. Each child will do a tile mosaic project with Roache’s tumbled tile and will explore their dreams in clay. Snacks are provided; all children should dress for mess.
Glass Intensive for Teens — VAA Ages: 13 to 19 Dates: June 25 to 28 and July 23 to 26 Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Brian Brenno’s studio at 9850 S.W. 148th Street Cost: VAA members $200, non-members $225 plus $50 materials Contact: VAA at 463-5131 or see www.Vashon AlliedArts.com for more information. Projects include glass blowing, glass casting, glass fusing and mosaics. Students will leave with many small projects and a good foundation for future projects. Instructors are Brian and Tara Brenno.
Teen Photography Camp — VAA Ages: 13 to 18 Dates: Aug. 20, 22 and 24 Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Locations: Downtown Tacoma, Pike Place Market, Point Deﬁance Zoo & Gardens Cost: VAA members $185, non-members $205 plus $25 materials and zoo admission Contact: VAA at 463-5131 or see www.Vashon AlliedArts.com for more information. Profesional photographer Ray Pfortner, with Chris Beck and Sy Bean, will lead teens in experimenting with creative techniques and developing their eye for photography.
Art Camps — VAA Kids spend a fun-ﬁlled week trying out a variety of arts with a focus on design and technique. Each art camp culminates in a student art show for family and friends. Camps meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Blue Heron. The cost is $165 for members, $180 for non-members plus $35 for materials. Contact VAA at 463-5131 or see www.VashonAllied Arts.com for more information. Session 1: Mosaics, clay, book making, mask making and weaving baskets Ages: 10 to 15 Dates: July 9 to 13 Session 2: Paper mache heads, sumi painting, pop-up books, animal sculptures and more Ages: 8 to 12 Dates: July 23 to 27 Session 3: Tie dye, solar dye, oil pastel, book making, puppets and weaving baskets Ages: 7 to 10 Dates: July 30 to Aug. 3
Clay Camps — VAA All clay camps are held at Liz Lewis’s studio located at 12714 S.W. Cemetery Road. These classes ﬁll quickly. Early registration is encouraged. Call VAA at 463-5131 or see www.VashonAlliedArts.com.
Get Wild! Ages: 4 to 6 Dates: June 19 to 22 Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: VAA members $80, non-members $90 plus $12 lab fee Kids will pinch, pat and roll wild animal sculptures, zebra plates and coiled snake cups.
explore various media. Art therapists Kayla Helenske and Gretchen Burkholder will lead the camp.
The Art of Physics & Comedy — Simple Machines & Kids in Motion
Ages: 6 to 10 Dates: June 25 to 29 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: VAA members $175, non-members $190 plus $35 lab fee Campers will design and make a songbird sculpture, feathers and all, make bird houses and create stenciled and painted shorebird plates.
Humor, Irony and Wit Ages: 10 to 15 Dates: July 2 to 6 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: VAA members $180, non-member $200 plus $40 lab fee Through clay, students will see the power of surprise to get a rise. They will spend time on the wheel, hand building and raku.
Decorated Pottery Ages: 10 to 15 Dates: Aug. 13 to 17 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: VAA members $180, non-members $200 plus $40 lab fee Students will learn basic and continuing wheel throwing, slab construction and coil building. They will also make a texture stamp or roulette and enrich their surfaces with resist techniques, colored slips and glazes.
Rainforest Ages: 6 to 10 Dates: Aug. 20 to 24 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: VAA members $175, non-members $190 plus $35 lab fee Colorful parrots and toucans will inspire a painted plate design. Kids will make poison arrow frogs, chameleons, ferns and ﬂowers.
Yellowstone Ages: 6 to 10 Dates: Aug 27 to 30 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: VAA members $145, non-member $160 plus $30 lab fee Campers will make an animal mask, paint and sculpt a scene of new life after a forest ﬁre and make coil pots for the pit ﬁre.
VYFS Art Camp Ages: 6 to 12 Dates: Five Tuesdays beginning July 10 Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: VYFS PlaySpace Cost: $100 with a sliding scale available Registration deadline: Registration is preferred by June 30, but registration can take place up to the beginning of camp. Contact: Jeﬀrey Zeutlin at 463-5511 or see www.vyfs.org Kids will get to create projects each week and
Creativity Camps Ages: 8 to adult Dates: July 16 to 20 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $200 if registering before June 30, $225 after June 30 Location: Open Space for Arts & Community Registration deadline: July 9 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-7241 An all-family event with Barbara Gustafson and Island artists, this camp explores the physics of simple machines and comedy. Inspired by the classic clowns Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, the group will build interactive ramps, pulleys, levers and more — and then use them to make comedy scenes come alive. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to participate. Each morning students will learn basic physical science principles while designing, building and testing models of simple machines and pendulums. They will learn about the forms of energy, the Law of Conservation of Energy, forces, momentum and Newton’s Three Laws of Motion. In the afternoon, participants will work with physical comedy professionals and use the machines to create and perform classic comedy scenes.
French Music Camp Ages: 3 and up Dates: July 9 to 12 Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: La Petite Etoile at Bethel Church Cost: $120 Contact: Aristy Gill at 304-4903, email@example.com or www. vashonfrenchschool.blogspot.com Kids will spend the week learning French through songs and stories. The group will sing and dance their way through the morning and will create musical instruments for the children to take home. Kids will also record the songs that they learn and go home with a music disc. This camp is appropriate for all ages and levels of French. Younger students are blended with the older students for a French experience.
Midwest Cooking Camp Ages: Entering grades 3 to 9 Dates: July 30 to Aug. 2 Time: 3:30 to 7 p.m. Location: Private residence Cost: $65 Contact: Deborah Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 853-2388 The kids cook dinner! Participants will prepare dinner each evening, and parents will come to enjoy it. Everyone will take turns cleaning up. Jello molds and scalloped corn will be introduced along with meatless meals and healthy desserts. Oldfashioned family conversation included.
Olympics of the Mind – A Making Camp — VAA Ages: 8 to 12 Dates: June 25 to 29 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: The Blue Heron Cost: VAA members $195, non-members $210 plus $8 for materials Contact: VAA at 463-5131 or www.Vashon AlliedArts.org Ela Lamblin and Leah Mann of Lelavision will lead this camp of invention-making, solution-making, improv-making and music-making.
Preschool Art & Spanish Camp — VAA Ages: 3 to 5 Dates: Aug. 20 to 23 Time: 10 a.m. to noon Location: The Blue Heron Cost: VAA members $80, non-members $90 plus $10 materials Contact: VAA at 463-5131 or www.Vashon AlliedArts.org Victoria Clayton will lead the camp, which oﬀers the Spanish language, culture and creative play. Parents are welcome.
What I Did on My Summer Vacation Ages: Kindergarten though grade 12 Dates: Aug. 13 to 16 Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Location: Call to inquire Cost: $85 Registration deadline: Open until class begins Contact: Deborah Anderson at email@example.com or 853-2388 This is an intergenerational storytelling camp. Making their own books, plays and videos, participants will record their memories of the summer of 2012. A ﬁnal sharing time for friends and family will be included.
Dance Camps Bound for Broadway Musical Theatre Dance Intensive — VAA Ages: 12 to17 Dates: July 9 to 13 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: The Blue Heron Cost: VAA members $300, non-members $345 Contact: VAA at 463-5131 or www.Vashon AlliedArts.org Guest faculty will lead students in training in ballet, jazz, acting and voice with a focus on building stronger skills and working on scenes. Prior dance experience is necessary; singing experience is helpful but not required.
Creative Dance and Imagination Theatre — VAA Ages: 3 to 5 Session 1: Alice in Wonderland and the Magic Flower
Pre-Teen Dance Intensive — VAA Ages: 8 to 11 Dates: July 30 to Aug. 3 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: VAA members $300, non-members $345 Contact: VAA at 463-5131 or www.Vashon AlliedArts.org VAA faculty and guest faculty will oﬀer training in ballet, modern, jazz and choreography and will include lectures in ballet vocabulary and basic anatomy. The class is recommended for dancers at a level 2 or 3 with some dance experience.
Tumbling — VPD
Hanging out in the woods provides plenty of summer entertainment at Camp Terra, which holds camps for a variety of ages on five acres of forest land on Vashon.
Dates: Aug. 13 to 15 Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Instructor: Christine Juarez Session 2: The Wizard, Princess and Frog Dates: Aug. 16 to 18 Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Instructor: Vanesa Wylie Cost: VAA members $150, non-members $170 Contact: VAA at 463-5131 or www.Vashon AlliedArts.org Mornings begin with creative movement followed by a short snack. Afternoons include guided theater experience combining props, movement and storytelling.
Intermediate/Advanced Ballet and Pointe — VAA Dancer Level: 5-6 (level 4 accepted with instructor permission) Dates: Tuesdays, July 17 to Aug. 14 Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Location: The Blue Heron Cost: VAA members $100, non-members $115 Contact: VAA at 463-5131 or www.Vashon AlliedArts.org Guest faculty will teach this technique class in classical ballet at an intermediate/advanced level. Pointe work is included but not mandatory.
Intermediate Dance Intensive — VAA Ages: 12 to 16 Dates: Aug. 20 to 24 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: The Blue Heron Cost: VAA members $300, non-members $345 Contact: VAA at 463-5131 or www.Vashon AlliedArts.org Teens can enjoy classes in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, conditioning and choreography. The camp is recommended for dancers who study dance three times a week and have started pointe work. VAA faculty and guest faculty will lead the camp.
Open Ballet — VPD Ages: Intermediate and advanced students Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays June 11 to Aug. 29 Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays Location: Ober Park Cost: $220 or $10 per class Contact: Vashon Park District at 463-9602 or see www.vashonparkdistrict.org Island Dance Theatre oﬀers this camp, which places emphasis on strength, technique and injury prevention. Music and choreography will be student/teacher collaborations.
Intermediate/Advanced Modern — VAA Performance Prep — VPD
Dancer Level: 5-6 (level 4 accepted with instructor permission) Dates: Thursdays July 19 to Aug. 16 Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Location: The Blue Heron Cost: VAA members $100, non-members $115 Contact: VAA at 463-5131 or www.Vashon AlliedArts.org This is a technique class in modern dance and will include ﬂoor work, turns and combinations.
Ages: Advanced-intermediate students Dates: Fridays, June 8 to July 27 Time: 2 to 4 p.m. Location: Ober Park Cost: $60 or $8 per class Contact: Vashon Park District at 463-9602 or see www.vashonparkdistrict.org Performance Prep, oﬀered by Island Dance Theatre, is for the advanced-intermediate and/or performing students, who will ﬁne tune solo and group dances for upcoming performances.
Ages: 3 and older Dates: Tuesdays, June 12 to Aug. 28 Time: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Location: Ober Park Cost: $60 per session or $8 per class Contact: Vashon Park District at 463-9602 or see www.vashonparkdistrict.org Island Dance Theatre will host this camp, which accelerates natural movements and moves young dancers toward improved grace, ﬂexibility and strength. The class will be conducted in two 45-minute sessions at two levels.
General Camps Camp Burton Ages: Grades 3 to 9 Dates: July 8 to 12 for grades 3 to 5 and July 15 to 20 for grades 6 to 9 Time: Overnight camp Location: Camp Burton Cost: $180 and $245, depending on age Contact: Call 463-6738 or see www. campburton.com Camp Burton features the best of Christian summer camp, including information on God, singing, games, campﬁres, crafts, swimming, canoeing, sleeping in cabins and leadership opportunities for older youth.
Camp Sealth Ages: Kindergarten through grade 12 Dates: Weekly camps throughout the summer Time: Day camp and overnight camps are available Location: Camp Sealth Cost: Varies according to camp Contact: See www.campﬁre-usa.org Camp Sealth has 400 acres of forest and beach, and campers at Camp Sealth spend time having fun in the water and woods. Day camps are structured loosely around a theme. Overnight camps include classic overnight camps as well as camps that focus on horses, archery, adventures in Puget Sound and more.
Heartstone Center Early Childhood Summer Program Ages: 3 1/2 to 7 Dates: June 19 to Aug. 23 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost: $75 per week
Starbreak Summer Village Ages: 5 to 9 Dates: June 18 to 28 and July 16 to Aug. 23 Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday Location: Starbreak school in the Ellisport area Cost: $170 Contact: Starbreak at 463-6277 or see www. starbreak.org Days will be ﬁlled with stories of magic, fairies, goblins, elves, knights, princesses, magicians and jesters. The children, under supervision, run the village; they have a parcel service, lookout tower, bank, magic shop, fairie tree, trails and some new surprises yet to be revealed. There will also be various arts and crafts, face painting, a costume shop, treasure hunts, a performance stage, plays and more.
Dates: July 9 to 13 and Aug. 6 to 10 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. After care is available for an additional fee. Cost: $295 Location: Fish Bowl Farm, 20622 Vashon Hwy. S.W. Registration deadline: June 15. Contact information: Emily Wigley at 463-5473 or WigleyEmily@gmail.com Kids will ride in the arena and on the trails, learn about grooming and horse care and enjoy arts and crafts and outdoor games. Emily Wigley is a certiﬁed ARIA instructor and provides safe horses and ponies for kids of all riding levels, beginning through advanced. The instruction is positive; teen helpers assist.
Horse Camp at Vashon Kids Summer Enrichment Bay Breeze Farm Ci Ci Carson Photo
Guy Stricherz enjoys a moment with Christmas Pony at Westside Stables.
Location: Vashon Cohousing on Bank Road Registration deadline: May 31 Contact: Heather Carrie at 372-6720 or firstname.lastname@example.org The program is Waldorf-inspired and nature infused. The early childhood education program is designed to give children the opportunity for creative play, engaging them in activities through which their power of imagination is strengthened while providing a warm, protective environment, rhythmically repetitive and secure, in which a child can conﬁdently make the transition from home to school. The summer program takes place outside in the forest, on the farm and playground at Vashon Cohousing.
Huckleberry Kids Ages: 4 to 7 Dates: Call to inquire Time: Most sessions are ﬁve days a week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Huckleberry Kids preschool Cost: Call to inquire Contact: Lori Lane Kimmel at 463-4825 Details of this camp were not ﬁnalized at press time, but it is an outdoor summer camp. A threeday camp for 3 to 6 year olds is also oﬀered.
Kids Are People Too Ages: 4 to 9 Dates: Weekly sessions through July Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Meets at Kids Are People Too on Bank Road and takes frequent ﬁeld trips Cost: Call to inquire Contact: Danielle York at 463-2610 Kids who attend this summer camp engage in arts and crafts, go to all the Island beaches, attend story time at the Vashon Library, take a trip to the Odyssey in Tacoma, go to the Point Deﬁance Zoo, take swimming lessons at the Vashon Athletic Club and more.
Ages: Entering kindergarten (must be 5 years of age) through entering 6th grade Dates: Weekly summer camps from June 25 through Aug. 28 Time: 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Chautauqua Elementary School Cost: Full time is $190 per week; four days per week is $175, and three days per week is $160. The week of Aug. 27 and 28, the cost is $100. Closed July 4. Families with siblings in the program receive a 10 percent discount, and VISD staﬀ receive a 25 percent discount; ﬁnancial assistance is available, and DSHS is accepted. Contact: Dalinda Vivero at 930-2592 or email@example.com; see also www.vyfs.org Instructors engage children to learn, play and grow with activities in science, art, sports and humanities. The staﬀ focus on encouraging children’s spirits while teaching them to play cooperatively, accept diﬀerences and resolve conﬂicts respectfully. Weekly themes provide creativity and structure. Daily outdoor activities, swimming, biking and ﬁeld trips ensure full use of the summer sun. .
¡El Verano! at El Gato con Botas Ages: 3 to 5 Dates: June 18 to 29 and and July 9 to 27 Time: 9 a.m. to noon Cost: $30/day, $120/week, $450/month Location: El Gato con Botas preschoo (northend) Contact: Sarah Bunch at 473-0445 or firstname.lastname@example.org, see also www. elgatopreschool.blogspot.com Children will be immersed in a Spanish-speaking environment while engaging in free play. They can play in the sun, splash in the water, care for the garden, build in the sand, make muddies, paint with watercolors or just cozy up with a book and a buddy and relax. The school is also available for drop-ins.
Horse Camps Fish Bowl Farm Horse & Pony Camp Ages: 7 to 10
Ages: 7 and up Dates: July 9 to 13, 16 to 20, 23 to 27, Aug. 6 to 10, 13 to 17 and 20 to 24 Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $450 Location: Bay Breeze Farm on Wax Orchard Road Contact: Joe Cunningham at 459-5343 The camp is open to all levels of riders and places an emphasis on safety. Instuctor Joe Cunningham has more than 50 years of experience with horses. Students will have lessons, learn games, go on trail rides and more. They can use the farm horses or ride their own.
Horse Camp at Westside Stables Ages: 6 to 14 Dates: July 9 to 12, July 30 and 31 and Aug. 1 and 2; Aug. 20 to 23 Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $495 Location: Westside Stables, 21200 Westside Hwy. S.W. Contact: CiCi Carson 463-9828 or see www.WestsideStables.com This year Westside Stables is celebrating 25 years in business. Camp will be ﬁlled with long trail rides through the woods on gentle horses/ponies, swimming, jumping on a trampoline and visiting a local wildlife refuge. The camper/counselor ratio is two campers for every qualiﬁed counselor. A shuttle is provided from the north end Vashon ferry terminal.
Nature Camps Camp Colvos Ages: 4 to 8 Dates: July 23 to 27 Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Location: Paradise Cove Cost: $215 Contact: Linnea Hattery at 463-2248, linnea. email@example.com or sbhattery@comcast. net Camp Colvos is a nature day camp on the beach of Paradise Cove. During the week, kids will enjoy arts and crafts, games, cooking, beach explora-
tions and fun times with new friends. Counselors are Linnea Hattery, age 19; Frances Hattery, age 16, and Brian and Bradley Gylland, age 18 and 16, with adult supervision.
Camp Terra Ages: 4 to 13 Dates: Boys and girls ages 9 to 13, July 16 to 19; girls only ages 9 to 13, Aug. 6 to 9; boys and girls ages 5 to 8, Aug. 13 to 16 Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with one late night or overnight included Location: Five acres of woods on Old Mill Road, the site of Cedarsong Nature School Cost: $225 Contact: See www.CedarsongNatureSchool.org or call 708-5945 Camp Terra provides an opportunity for children to immerse themselves in nature and oﬀers a stimulating, hands-on approach to environmental education. Kids will learn the names of many native plants and animals and how Vashon plants can be used for food and healing. The camp atmosphere is non-competitive, allowing group bonding and encouraging individual empowerment. Camp Terra activities are designed and taught by early childhood and nature educator Erin Kenny.
Hikes and Habitats Ages: 7 to 11 Dates: July 2, 3, 5 and 6 Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Fern Cove, Point Robinson and Fisher Pond Cost: $160 Registration deadline: June 28 Contact: For more information about the camp, call Barbara Gustafson at 463-1638; to register, call the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust at 463-2644. Each morning participants will join Barbara Gustafson in exploring a diﬀerent Vashon park, beach or preserve. Group members will run scientiﬁc investigations and experiments, test water quality, map land features and vegetation, identify and count fauna, create artwork using natural materials and use their senses to increase their knowledge of and appreciation for the richness of the Island’s varied habitats. Participants should be prepared for 1 to 2 miles of walking daily.
Wilderness Camp — VPD Ages: 4 to 6 and 6 to 10 Dates: July 9 to 13 and July 16 to 20 for 6 to 10-year-olds and July 23 to 27 for 4- to 6-year olds Time: Older kids 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and younger kids 9 a.m. to noon Location: Paradise Ridge Park Cost: $250 per week for older kids and $195 for younger kids Contact: Vashon Park District at 463-9602 or see www.vashonparkdistrict.org Vashon Wilderness Program’s camps encourage children to connect deeply with nature while having fun learning the mysteries and magic of the local ecology. Instructors unveil the secrets
to tracking local mammals, foraging the woods for food and medicine, staying found in unknown territory, decoding bird language and more.
Sports Camps Beach Volleyball Camp — VPD Ages: 8 to adult Dates: July 23 to 26 Time: Ages 8 to 11, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; ages 12 to 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m; ages 15 to 18, 4 to 6 p.m. and ages 18 and older, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Location: BARC’s alternative beach Cost: $120 to $150, depending on age Contact: Vashon Park District at 463-9602 or see www.vashonparkdistrict.org This camp features the drills and training techniques to build skills for the next level. There will be lots of contests and games. The camp focuses on passing, setting, serving and spiking.
Bruce Haulman Junior Sailing Program — VPD
Dates: July 9 to 12, 16 to 19, Aug. 6 to 9 and Aug. 13 to 16 Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for beginners, 11 a.m. to noon for intermediates Location: Vashon Island Golf & Swim Club Cost: $70, with a discount for club members Contact: 463-9410 Vashon High School tennis coach Jake Dillon will teach tennis fundamentals.
Kids Kayak Camp — VPD Ages: 11 to 17 Dates: July 9 to 11 and 16 to 18 Time:10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Location: Jensen Point Cost: $110 Contact: Vashon Park District at 463-9602 or see www.vashonparkdistrict.org This popular camp teaches safety, rescue, navigation and superior paddling techniques.
Kids Triathlon Camp — VPD
Ages: 8 to 10 beginning sailors and 10 to 14 junior sailors Dates: Weekly from July 9 to Aug. 16 Time: Beginners meet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and juniors meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Quartermaster Yacht Club Cost: $220 per session before June 1 and $245 after that Contact: Vashon Park District at 463-9602 or see www.vashonparkdistrict.org Beginning sailors learn the basics in a two-toone student-instructor ratio. Junior sailors build their racing and maneuvering skills.
Ages: 10 to 15 Dates: July 30 to Aug. 3 Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Location: Various Island locations Cost: $135, which includes the HOTS entry fee Contact: Vashon Park District at 463-9602 or see www.vashonparkdistrict.org Kids learn how to succeed in Vashon’s Heart of the Sound (HOTS) Kids Triathlon. They learn to swim and sight in open water; shift, pedal and control a bike; practice good running form; understand transition needs and techniques, how to pace for the entire triathlon and learn about good nutrition for athletes.
Junior Crew Camp — VPD
SkyHawks Mini-Hawks — VPD
Ages: 13 to 18 Dates: Three four-day sessions from July 16 to Aug. 2 Time: Returning rowers start at 9 a.m.; novice rowers start at 10 a.m. Location: Jensen Point Cost: $100 per week for returning rowers and $250 per session for novices. The regatta fee is $40; the regatta is optional. Contact: Vashon Park District at 463-9602 or see www.vashonparkdistrict.org Novice rowers get a taste of this challenging sport with mentoring from Vashon’s champion crew team. Returning rowers maintain conditioning and skills.
Junior Golf Camps Ages: 6 through high school Dates: June 25 to 27, July 9 to 11, Aug. 6 to 8 Time: 10 a.m. to noon Location: Vashon Golf & Swim Club Cost: $100 with a discount for club members Contact: 463-9410 Local golf professional Gregg Bernheisel will lead the camp, which will include fundamentals of the golf swing, short game, course etiquette and more.
Junior Tennis Camps Ages: 6 through high school
Ages: 4 to 7 Dates: June 25 to 29 and Aug. 6 to 10 Time: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Location: Chautauqua Elementary School Cost: $99 Contact: Vashon Park District at 463-9602 or see www.vashonparkdistrict.org. To register, see www.skyhawks.com. Kids will learn the basics of three sports: basketball, baseball and soccer.
Vashon Island Junior Basketball Camp — VPD Ages: Second through eighth grade Dates: June 25 to 27 Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: The public school gymnasiums Cost: $45 Contact: Vashon Park District at 463-9602 or see www.vashonparkdistrict.org Young ball players get coaching and scrimmaging at age-appropriate skill levels.
Vashon Island Soccer Camp — VPD Ages: 5 to 14 Dates: July 23 to 27 Time: 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. depending on age Location: Agren Park Cost: $85 to $110 depending on age Contact: Vashon Park District at 463-9602 or
Contact: Aristy Gill at 304-4903, firstname.lastname@example.org or see www. vashonfrenchschool.blogspot.com This camp will be ﬁlled with all things theater — just all in French. Stories, skits and songs will morph into a play. Set design, set building and costume preparation will round out the fun. The week will conclude with a performance on Friday for guests.
see www.vashonparkdistrict.org. Kids will play to their skill levels with coaches Sergei Sebrayakov and Paul Beytebiere. Each ession is two and half hours long.
VolleyKidz Camp — VPD Ages: 4 to 7 Dates: July 23 to 26 Time: 8 to 9 a.m. Location: BARC Cost: $70 Contact: Vashon Park District at 463-9602 or see www.vashonparkdistrict.org VolleyKidz is an introductory volleyball class that introduces the pass, set and spike using a light-weight volleyball. VolleyKidz improves hand/eye coordination and left/right distinction through the use of drills and games.
Puppet Universe Camp — VAA Ages: 7 to 12 Dates: July 16 to 20 Time: 9 a.m. to noon Location: The Blue Heron Cost: VAA members $160, non-members $180 plus $20 materials Contact: VAA at 463-5131 or see www. VashonAlliedArts.com Island artist Steﬀon Moody will lead the kids in making foam puppets, Sculpey puppets and shadow puppets; kids will collaborate to make a giant puppet for the Strawberry Festival parade and perform in a ﬁnal show.
VYFS Kayak Camp Ages: 11 to 15 Dates: July 19 to 21 and Aug. 9 to 11 Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, one hour on Saturday with a parent Location: Dockton Park Cost: $120 with a sliding scale available Contact: Jeﬀrey Zheutlin at 463-5511 Kids will learn about kayaking, tour the inner harbor and visit places accesible only by kayak.
Theater Arts Camps Camp Mik Ages and Dates: Kids 6 to 9, June 25 to 29 and July 23 to 27; kids 9 to 14, July 2 to July 6 and July 30 to Aug. 3 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an open showing/performance on Fridays at 1 p.m. Cost: $250, with a $25 discount if registered before May 1 and a discount for siblings registered at the same time Contact: email@example.com Mik Kuhlman works with the inherent uniqueness in each child. She teaches physical acting by recognizing and celebrating diﬀerences and channels each child’s individuality into a positive creative force. Her camps build conﬁdence and curiosity through theatre games, improvisations, mime, mask, clown and good physical fun. The camp is located at Hanna Barn studios on the north end of Maury Island and oﬀers a waterfront setting with a large indoor studio for classes, a variety of outdoor areas for exploratory play and a beach for lunch, nature and fresh air.
Circus Arts Camp — VPD Ages: 8 to 14 Dates: Aug. 6 to 10 Time: 9 a.m. to noon for kids ages 8 to 10, 1 to 4 p.m. for kids ages 10 to 14 Location: Ober Park Cost: $110 Contact: Vashon Park District at 463-9602 or see www.vashonparkdistrict.org The camp introduces kids to activities inspired by circus artists. Juggling, trapeze, tightrope, unicycle, stilt-walking, tumbling, balance, cloud swing, Lyra (aerial hoop) and clowning are the
Special FX Camp — VAA Courtesy Photo
Emmanuel Pereyda explores the beach as part of the Vashon Kids Summer Enrichment Program. most prominent skills taught. Stretching and conditioning are also part of the daily routine.
Commedia dell’arte: The Roots of Comedy — VAA Ages: 11 to 18 Dates: Aug 6 to 10 Time: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Location: The Blue Heron Cost: VAA members $175, non-members $195 plus $5 materials Contact: VAA at 463-5131 or see www. VashonAlliedArts.com Explore the roots of comedy with the zany, halfmasked characters of the Commedia dell’arte tradition with instructor Steﬀon Moody.
Clowning Around Circus Camp — VAA Ages: 7 to12 Dates: Aug. 6 to 10 Time: 9 a.m. to noon Location: The Blue Heron Cost: VAA members $160, non-member $180 plus $10 for materials Contact: VAA at 463-5131 or see www. VashonAlliedArts.com Learn fun and simple clowning skills like scarf juggling, feather balancing, bubble tricks, mime, make-up and pratfalls with Steﬀon Moody.
French Theatre Camp Ages: 6 to 11 Dates: Aug. 6 to 10 Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: La Petite Etoile at Bethel Church Cost: $165
Ages: 11 to 18 Dates: July 16 to 20 Time: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Location: The Blue Heron Cost: VAA members $175, non-members $195 + $30 materials Contact: VAA at 463-5131 or see www. VashonAlliedArts.com Steﬀon Moody will lead the group. Kids will make face casts, design, sculpt, create molds, cast latex prosthetics and apply makeup forthe ﬁnal showing.
Story Stage — VAA Ages: 4 to 6 Dates: July 2 to 6 Time: 10 a.m. to noon Location: The Blue Heron Cost: VAA members $100, non-members $115 plus $7 materials Contact: VAA at 463-5131 or see www. VashonAlliedArts.com Christi Collins and Tami Brockway-Joyce lead a week of storytelling, drama games, masks, costumes and music.
Summer Musical Theatre — VAA Ages: 6 to 13 Dates: Aug. 13 to 17 Time: Ages 6 to 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and ages 9 to 13, 1 to 4 p.m. Location: The Blue Heron Cost: VAA members $150, non-members $170 plus $20 materials Marita Ericksen will lead singers, actors, dancers and stage crew as they produce two 20-minute musicals ending in a performance for family and friends.
Turn Up the Heat on Summer Fun!
Summer Camps & Classes, 2012 â€“ Plan to Play â€“ Registration is Open NOW! (Register at Ober Park or online at www.vashonparkdistrict.org)
FOR KIDSâ€Ś Beginner Skate Board Lessons Learn to use your skateboard in a safe atmosphere. Emphasis is on fun, safe conduct, courtesy and encouragement. 90-minute classes cover the basics â€“ falling correctly, safety gear, how to kick, turn, pump, drop in. Thereâ€™s time for instruction, personal skill building, mentoring among friendsâ€Ś and lots of fun. No rigid assessments or requirements. Bring your board, safety gear, and skate style shoes with toes covered. Mondays at B.A.R.C., 4-5:30PM. Drop in or sign up online. With a Skate Park membership, classes are just $3 each â€˜til the session ends June 25. SkyHawks Mini-Hawks â€“ One week camps for kids ages 4-7 to learn the basics of three sports â€“ basketball, baseball and soccer. June 25-29 or August 6-10. Register online at www.skyhawks.com $99 V.I. Junior Basketball Camp â€“ Kids in grades 2-8 get coaching and scrimmaging at age-appropriate skill levels. June 25, 26, 27, 9AM2PM in the School Gyms $45 Bruce Haulman Junior Sailing Programâ€“ Beginning sailors (age 8-10) learn the basics in a 2:1 student-instructor ratio. Junior sailors (age 11-14) build their racing and maneuvering skills. Beginners meet 11AM-3PM; Juniors 10AM-4PM. Six four-day sessions, July 9-August 16, Quartermaster Yacht Club. Register before June 1 for $220/session. After June 1 the cost is $245. Repeat sailers $175. Wilderness Camp Doubled!â€“ This year the Vashon Wilderness Program will host TWO weeks of camp for kids age 6-10 and one week just for little woods nymphs age 4-6. VWPâ€™s camps encourage children to connect deeply with nature while having fun learning the mysteries and magic of the local ecology. Paradise Ridge Park, July 9-13 & July 16-20 for 6-10-year-olds, 9AM-3PM. $250/week. July 23-27 for 4-6-year-olds, 9AM â€“ Noon. $195 Kids Kayak Camp â€“ This popular camp returns with safety, rescue, navigation and superior paddling techniques for campers age 11-17. July 9-11 or 16-18, 10AM-2:30PM, Jensen Point $110 VolleyKidz Camp â€“VolleyKidz is an introductory volleyball class for children age 4-7. It introduces the pass, set and spike using a light weight volleyball. VolleyKidz improves hand/eye coordination and left/right distinction through the use of drills and games. July 23-26, 8-9AM, at B.A.R.C. $70 â€œBeachâ€? Volleyball Camp â€“This camp features the latest drills and training techniques to build your skills for the next level. Lots of contests and games too! The camp focuses on passing, setting, serving and spiking. Be the star of your next beach adventure. July 23-26, B.A.R.C.â€™s Alternative Beach, Kids age 8-Adult, Age 8-11, 9 - 10:30 AM $120; Age 12-15, 11AM- 1PM $150; Age 15-18 (high school + Spiking 101), 4-6PM $150; Age 18+, 6-7:30PM $120 Junior Crew Camp â€“ Novice rowers get a taste of this challenging sport with mentoring from Vashonâ€™s champion crew team. Returning rowers maintain conditioning and skills. Three four-day sessions run July 16 â€“ August 2. Returning rowers start at 9AM; Novice rowers at 10AM. Camp ends at 1PM. Ages 13-18. Jensen Point. $250/session for novices. $100/week for returning rowers. Includes an optional regatta August 4. Regatta fee is $40.
V.I. Soccer Camp â€“Kids age 5-14 play to their skill levels with coaches Sergei Sebrayakov and Paul Beytebiere. Start times 9:30AM and 12:30PM by age group. July 23-27, Agren Park. $85-$110 depending on age. Kids Triathlon Camp â€“ Everything a kid (age 10-15) needs to know to succeed in Vashonâ€™s own Heart of the Sound (HOTS) Kids Triathlon. Learn to swim and sight in open water; shift, pedal and control the bike; good running form; transition needs and techniques; pacing for the entire triathlon; and good nutrition. July 30-August 3, Monday thru Friday, 10:30AM-1:30PM, various Island locations. $135 includes the HOTS entry fee. Circus Arts Camp â€“The Camp introduces kids to activities inspired by circus artists from around the world. Juggling, trapeze, tightrope, unicycle, stilt-walking, tumbling, acro-balance, cloud swing, Lyra (aerial hoop), and clowning. Stretching and conditioning are also part of the daily routine. And, kids donâ€™t have to run away to join! August 6-10, Ober Park, Kids age 8-14. 8-10 year-olds, 9AM-12PM; 1014 year-olds, 1-4PM. $110 Island Dance Theatre Hosts 3 Summer Specials â€“ Tumbling for kids age 3 and older accelerates natural movements and moves toward improved grace, ďŹ‚exibility and strength. Class will be conducted in two 45-minute sessions at 2 levels. Tuesdays, June 12 to August 28, 3-4:30PM, Ober Park. $60/session or $8/class Open Ballet is for intermediate & advanced students who are serious and/or performance bound dancers. Emphasis is on strength, technique, and injury prevention. Music and choreography will be student/teacher collaborations. June 11-August 29, Mondays 4-5:30PM; Wednesdays 3-4:30PM. $220 or $10/class Performance Prep is for the advanced-intermediate and/or performing students. Fine tune solo and group dances for upcoming performances. June 8 â€“ July 27, Fridays 2-4PM. $60 or $8/class Families Team Up to Meet the Presidentâ€™s Fitness Challenge 2012 â€“ Co-sponsored with Shape Up Vashon (SUV) the Presidentâ€™s Challenge for Families 2012 will team up one parent and one child, 1st to 12th grade, to work toward earning the Presidentâ€™s Challenge Fitness award. Families will work individually and as a team with trainer Chris Davis on a ďŹ tness course aimed at passing the Presidentâ€™s Challenge Fitness test. July 28-August 25, Saturdays, 9-10:30AM, Burton Adventure Recreation Center (B.A.R.C.). The $10 registration fee includes a family membership in Shape up Vashon or a membership renewal.
FOR ADULTSâ€Ś Adult Sailing Lessons â€“ CertiďŹ ed Sailing instructors teach adults 18 and older the basics of sailing. Lessons are available by appointment for a minimum of four people. Call to schedule your preferred lesson dates any two consecutive weekend days (Saturdays or Sundays), or any whole weekend after June 1. Call the Park District at 206-463-9602 to reserve your dates. Fee is $200/person. 12 Weeks to A Triâ€“Athlon â€“ For those who want to get out there and try a tri in our great spring/summer weather, Lu-Ann Branch invites you to learn the tricks of triathlons and transitions in a fun and supportive group. Then complete in our own Island â€œHeart of the
Vashon Pool Opens Saturday, May 26
Soundâ€? (HOTS) Triathlon or other race of your choice. All ďŹ tness levels are welcome. The program includes a personalized training plan and weekend group workouts. May 13-August 5, start at Ober Park, Saturdays 8-9:30AM. $195 Sea Kayak Fundamentals â€“ 2-Day â€“A lively, dynamic program with controlled challenges. You will build a foundation of solid skills needed to enjoy sea kayaking: proper paddling strokes, effective rescues, navigation, currents, safety and awareness of sea and weather conditions. Second day is navigation and touring to Blake Island. August 4-5, 9AM-4PM, Jensen Point, Ages 17 & older, $225. Second day only, $100, Instructor approval required. Knowledge of rescues is a prerequisite. NEW! Private Kayak Lessons â€“ Reserve your four-hour class for up to four people by calling the Park District at 206-463-9602 after April 13 or the Kayak Center after May 26 at 206-463-YAKS (9257). $160/person Ongoing Fitness Programs Aikido â€“ Tuesday-Thursday, 7-8:30PM, VHS Wrestling Room Cycling from Inside Out â€“ Monday & Friday, 11AM â€“ 12Noon, Ober World Step Aerobics â€“ Tuesday-Thursday, 9-10AM, Ober Core Stability â€“ Tuesday-Thursday, 7:45-8:45AM, Ober Fitness Beyond Fifty â€“ Wednesday, 11AM â€“ 12:15PM, Ober Zumba Gold â€“ Wednesday, 10:20-10:50AM & Saturday, 10:30-11AM, Ober Straight on Strength â€“ Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9-9:50AM, Ober Advanced Tang Soo Do â€“ Tuesday-Thursday, 6PM, Ober NEW! Yoga4Men â€“ Tuesday- Thursday, 11AM, Ober Kundalini Yoga â€“ Tuesday-Thursday, 12Noon, Ober Yoga 101 â€“ Tuesday-Thursday, 1:15PM, Ober
Special Events Island Dance Theatre Spring Performance May 24, 25, 26 and 27, VHS Theater Kite Day â€“ May 19, Pt. Robinson Park, 12- 4PM FREE Kayak Center Opens â€“ May 26, 10AM-5PM, Jensen Pt. Opening Pool Party â€“ May 28, 1-4PM, Vashon Pool FREE Park District Water Daze â€“ June 16, Jensen Pt., 1PM-4PM, Try Kayaking & Rowing, FREE Skate Park Concert & Family Carnival â€“ June 30, B.A.R.C. Shakespeare in the Park, July 5, 6 & 7, Ober Park, 7PM, Merchant of Venice, FREE
Ober Park Concert Series 7-9PM â€“ FREE BIG Solstice Opener â€“ Vashonâ€™s own Avaaza & Seattleâ€™s Manooghihi (tumultuous Middle Eastern Rock) â€“ SATURDAY, June 23 Adrian Xavier Reggae! â€“ Thursday, July 26 Alma Villegas Sultry Latin Rhythms â€“ Thursday, August 2 Global Heat Hip-Hop! â€“Thursday, August 16 Vashon Folk Dancers bring LIVE International rhythms to Ober Park Mondays 7-9PM â€“ FREE ALL SUMMER OfďŹ ces are in Ober Park OfďŹ ce Hours M- F, 8 AM to 4 PM 1IPOFt'BY Website: www.vashonparkdistrict.org .BJMJOH"EESFTT10#PY 7BTIPO 8" Park District OfďŹ ces will be closed: .FNPSJBM%BZ.BZt*OEFQFOEFODF%BZ +VMZ Labor Day, September 3
Vashon Kayak Center Opens May 26, 10AM
Free Pool Party! May 28, 1-4PM EVERYONE IS INVITED! FREE SWIMMING, games (Anyone for a Ducky Dive?), music and food Come to your pool for Swim Lessons, Special Events and to host your private swim parties. For details, visit our website at www.vashonparkdistrict.org NEW to the pool this year Scuba Lessons â€“ Aqua Aerobics Underwater Soccer Tourneys Pay Last Yearâ€™s prices Now â€˜til 7PM May 28 And save 15%!!!
2011 Prices good thru May 28 Daily Admission
2012 Prices $5 Youth & Seniors $6 Adults
Items below available online at www.vashonparkdistrict.org Punch Cards Individual Season Pass Family Season Pass Group Lessons Private Lessons Rent the Pool
10 visits $45 20 visit card $90 $175 $300 $6.50/person $15/person $150/hour
20 visit card $100 $200 $350 $7.50/person $20/person $150/hour $112/hour non-proďŹ ts
The Vashon Park District is pleased to offer ďŹ nancial assistance for Park programs. Simply complete and submit a Reduced Fee Application form at the Ober Park ofďŹ ce.
Kayak Rentals â€“ Friday through Sunday, 10AM-5PM Guided Tours â€“ Any day by appointment Moonlight Paddles â€“ May 3-8; June 2-6; July 1-3; July 30-August 3; August 29-September 2, reservations required Day Trips to Blake Island â€“ Any day by appointment. Call Ober Park at 463-9602 before May 26 to reserve your special tour Call the Kayak Center at 463-YAKS after May 26 to reserve in advanceâ€Ś or just drop by on the weekend.
Summer Fun 2012 on Vashon-Maury Island
Play based learning with education for the whole family. Join us in the downstairs of the VYFS building (AKA The Playspace) on the corner of SW Gorsuch Rd and Vashon Highway.
Class Schedules Toddler Class: Mondays 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. (child must be walking by August 31) 2-3 Class: Mondays & Tuesdays 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (child must be 2 by August 31) 3-4 Class: Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (child must be 3 by August 31) 4-5 Pre-K Class: Tuesdays through Fridays 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. (child must be 4 by August 31)
New student registration will begin May 1st for the 2012-2013 Preschool Session.
Visits welcome! For more information call 463-2779 or visit our website at VMCP.ORG
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Preschools, Daycares and After-School Programs Type of program: Preschool/kindergarten Contact: Zoe Cheroke at 463-3135 Openings: A few Ages: 4 and 5 Program: The Barbie School has a multi-age program for 4- to 6-year-olds. Zoe Cheroke has taught all ages, and this will be the 37th year for the preschool. The school emphasizes science, art, the outdoors and making learning fun. There is a large orchard for children to explore and play in. The program encourages children to enjoy learning and develop the social skills needed to communicate with others. The school focuses on developing empathy and working out problems peacefully. The curriculum is a mixture of activities taught in a way to engage the “whole brain.” This includes pre-reading and math skills presented in a variety of ways. The program also includes six weeks of working in a poetry studio with Liz Lewis, a music program with Carolyn Candy, the Second Step Program and a variety of ﬁeld trips. Student-to-teacher ratio: 11 to 1 Meals: Children bring their own lunch. Holidays: Follows the public school calendar with a few exceptions Buses: No
Cedarsong Nature School Type of program: Forest Kindergarten (outdoor preschool) Contact: www.cedarsongnatureschool.org Openings: All classes in the fall Ages: 3 to 6, must be toilet proﬁcient Program: Cedarsong Nature School’s Forest Kindergarten is a nature-immersion, completely outdoor, year-round preschool based on the German waldkindergarten model. Cedarsong’s Forest Kindergarten was founded and developed by naturalist and child education specialist Erin Kenny. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:15 to 3:15 p.m. Financial aid is available. Student-to-teacher ratio: 4 to 1, class size limit is 8 Meals: Organic and wild-foraged snacks are served. Holidays: Open year-round, does not follow the public school calendar Buses: No
Chautauqua Early Childhood Program Type of program: Preschool Contact: Gillian Callison, Chautauqua registrar, at 463-2882, ext. 401 Openings: Wait list
Dalinda Vivero Photo
Moses Kilpatrick, Sam Profit and Max Profit enjoy playing outside at VYFS Kids. Ages: 3 to 6 Program: The current program oﬀers a morning class for younger students from 9 to 11:50 a.m. Monday through Wednesday. There is also an afternoon class for students preparing to enter kindergarten the next year from 12:50 to 3:40 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The goal of the program is to provide an inclusive preschool setting for children with developmental delays with their typically developing peers, where diﬀerent rates and styles of learning are honored and accommodated. The program’s focus is on the social, communication and pre-academic skills that will contribute to later school success. The program also oﬀers opportunities for developmental screening through Child Find. Parents who have questions or concerns about their child’s development may call the district oﬃce at 463-2121, ext. 8121, to reach the Child Find coordinator. Special Needs: Yes Student-to-teacher ratio: 4 to 1 Meals: Children bring a snack Holidays: Follows the public school calendar Buses: Yes (for special needs students only)
A Child’s Garden Montessori Type of program: Montessori preschool/kindergarten Ages: 2 1/2 to 6 Contact: Heather Baldwin at 753-9924 and firstname.lastname@example.org; see also
www.achildsgardenmontessori.com Openings: Enrolling children for 2012-2013 school year Program: A Child’s Garden Montessori is a small multi-age classroom. The school focuses on fostering independence, creativity and the development of a lifelong love of learning. The school cottage is located on a mini-farm, where the children enjoy caring for the sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and bunny. The school meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Children may attend three or ﬁve mornings per week. An afternoon session is dependent upon interest Special needs: Yes, call or email to discuss Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1 Meals: Children bring their own lunch. A healthy organic snack is provided. Holidays: Follows the public school calendar Buses: No
Creative Preschool Type of program: Nonproﬁt, child-centered preschool Contact: School message phone at 463-2166 Openings: Call to ﬁnd out Ages: 2 to 5 Program: Creative Preschool has served Island families for more than 35 years and has one of the Island’s most experienced teachers in early childhood education, Sharon Farrell. The program is designed to provide a nurturing and exciting
learning environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of young children through age-appropriate creative play and learning activities. Creative Preschool teachers believe children learn through play and that play is the basis for learning at the school. The program provides experiences in art, drama, music, movement, science and language. Parents do not participate in the classroom on a regular basis; however, Creative Preschool values the involvement of parents through the board of directors, special projects, ﬁeld trips and sharing talents or interests whenever possible. Creative Preschool is located in town at the Presbyterian Church but is not aﬃliated with the church. Call for class times and tuition. Some scholarships are available. Special needs: Yes Student to teacher ratio: 12 to 2 in 2-3 yearold class and 14 to 2 in pre-kindergarten class Meals: Snacks are provided by parents. Holidays: Follows the public school calendar Buses: No
El Gato con Botas Type of program: Play-based Spanish immersion preschool Ages: 3 to 5 Contact: Sarah Bunch at 473-0445 or email@example.com or see elgatopreschool.blogspot.com Openings: Yes, Mondays and Tuesdays Program: The best time for a child to learn a language is between birth and age 7, the earlier the better. At El Gato con Botas, children are immersed in an enriching Spanish-speaking environment while they play and create. Free play is an integral part of childhood that promotes healthy brain development, imagination and creativity. El Gato con Botas emphasizes the need to play and create, all in Spanish. A drop-in program is available. Special needs: No Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1 Meals: No. Children bring snacks. Holidays: Follows the public school calendar Buses: No
Heartstone Center Type of program: Early childhood education Ages: 3 1/2 to 6 1/2 Contact: Heather Carrie at 372-6720 or firstname.lastname@example.org Openings: Openings for 5- and 6-year-olds Program: The program is Waldorf-inspired and nature infused. The early childhood education program is designed to give children the opportunity for creative play, engaging them in activities through which their power of imagination is strengthened while providing a warm, protective environment, rhythmically repetitive and secure, in which a child can conﬁdently make the transition from home to school. The school oﬀers a balanced day of outdoor and indoor activities, the
At left, Sage Sweet plays with Opal, one of the animals at A Child’s Garden Montessori. At right, Hunter Browne and Joseph Shirk tromp through the woods at Huckleberry Kids.
ﬁrst half of the day outside in the forest, on the farm and at the playground, and the second half of the day inside the coziness of the cohousing common house. Special needs: It depends on the need. Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1 Meals: Children bring a snack and lunch. Holidays: Follows the public school calendar Buses: No
Homestead School Type of program: Multi-age learning community Contact: 463-0WLS or starlight@homestead school.org Openings: Yes Ages: Hawk Program for ages 5 to 7 and the Owl and Owlet Program for ages 8 to 12 Program: On seven diverse acres of farm and forest, the Hawk and Owl programs blend naturebased mentoring with an arts-based, Waldorfinspired curriculum. Hawks and Owls come together for singing, gratitude, eating and playing, and gather separately for lessons and activities. The entire community of families gathers for seasonal celebrations based on the wheel of the year. Homestead integrates a peer learning environment with support for each family’s educational journey through a parent council as well as curricular support that provides continuity between Homestead and home studies. Homestead oﬀers a hands-on curriculum rooted in practices that promote social intelligence and connection to the natural world. Instructors seek to provide children with tools and support for living a full, balanced and creative life by giving equal value to each of the four windows of knowing: feeling, imagining, sensing and thinking. Curriculum draws from the Eight Shields Mentoring Model/ Core Routines of Nature Connection, Rudolf Steiner (Waldorf), non-violent communication and a variety of somatic practices. The school meets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Special Needs: Yes Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1 Meals: A warm organic grain is served as a mid-morning snack each day. Holidays: Follows the public school calendar Buses: No, but willing to help coordinate carpooling
Huckleberry Kids Type of program: Early childhood program designed for preschool and kindergarten children Contact: Lori Lane Kimmel at 463-4825 Openings: Call to inquire Ages: 3 to 6 Program: In a setting including a forest, garden and playground, Huckleberry Kids emphasizes social awareness and the development of each child’s natural intelligence and unique characteristics through child-directed, teacher-guided activities and connections with the natural world. The school provides developmentally appropriate early learning activities for the development of cognitive, emotional and social skills, music and artistic expression. Morning and afternoon sessions are available, including a half-day for children who are also attending kindergarten or other programs. Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1 Meals: Kids bring their own lunch. Holidays: Follows the public school calendar
Kids Are People Too Type of program: Preschool and extended care Openings: Call to inquire Contact: Danielle York at 463-2610 Ages: 3 to 9 Program: The school has a multi-age program for 3- to 5-year-olds, with extended care oﬀered in the afternoon. It provides a loving environment for children through curriculum that consists of creative play, hands-on math, nature, sharing and reading while nurturing children’s self esteem. Each day time is dedicated to being outdoors, which owner Danielle York feels is essential in the
mersion experience as they play, play, play. Music and fun stories, snack time and child-guided play indoors and outdoors provides little learners with a natural language learning environment. Special needs: No Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1 Meals: Snack provided Holidays: Follows the public school calendar Buses: Yes
Little Tree Montessori
This young kids learn about the thrill of a swing at Klahanie Nursery School.
childhood experience. York has been teaching and running a childcare facility for more than 20 years. The program is located on Bank Road and has a big playground. She is one of two licensed daycare providers on the Island. The school takes weekly trips to the Vashon Athletic Club, where York and certiﬁed swimming instructor Dayna Rogers give the kids a group swimming lesson. The school takes three to ﬁve on-Island ﬁeld trips each year. Preschool hours are 9:30 a.m. to noon, with lunch provided. Extended hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Special needs: Serves subsidized clients Student-to-teacher ratio: 10 to 2 Meals: Yes Holidays: Mostly follows the public school calendar and is closed in August Buses: No
Klahanie Nursery School Type of program: Year-round, Montessoriinspired nursery/preschool program oﬀering age appropriate educational environment and curriculum Openings: Yes, contact the school for information. Ages: Infants to 4 years Contact: Emily Graham at 491-9465, info@ klahanieschool.org or see klahanienurseryschool. blogspot.com or www.klahanieschool.org Program: The infant class, for children 9 months to 2 years, meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon Mon-
days to Thursdays, and the preschool class, for children 2 1/2 to 4, meets from 12:45 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays. Klahanie Nursery School is a year-round nursery/preschool. The Klahanie program is focused on expanding the child’s love of self, others, Earth and learning while also supporting parents during child development transitions and parenting experiences. Children are encouraged in a nurturing method to actively explore the school environment inside and outside at their own pace. Klahanie Nursery School’s intention is to instill a love of life and the conﬁdence necessary to explore our ever-changing world. This intimate program supports children and families during potty-training transitions. Special Needs: Possibly Student-to-teacher ratio: 4 to 1 for ages 2 and older, 2 to 1 for children under age 2 Meals: Infant Class — parents provide snack on a rotation basis. Preschool Class — parents provide a box/sack lunch for their child. Holidays: Follows the public school calendar, with small variances in summers (refer to Klahanie Nursery School blog for additional information) Buses: No
La Petite Etoile Type of program: French language school Contact: Aristy Gill at 304-4903, see school’s blog at www.vashonfrenchschool.blogspot.com Openings: Call to inquire Ages: 2 1/2 to 6 Program: La Petite Etoile French School oﬀers preschoolers and kindergartners a French im-
Type of program: Multi-age class (3 to 6 years), preschool through kindergarten Contact: Teri Tipton at 463-9249 or see littletreemontessori.com. Openings: Yes Program: This will be Little Tree’s 14th year, but Montessori education was established more than 100 years ago. The principles, methods and materials used in Montessori education are scientiﬁcally supported, researched and time tested. A Montessori environment feeds the child’s curiosity about the real world, respects the child’s interests and preferences and protects the child’s concentration. Emerging social skills are supported with a modiﬁed style of compassionate communication. Little Tree has two trained Montessori guides, a spacious and well-equipped classroom and play yard and lovely forest trails. Spanish class is oﬀered once a week with Victoria Clayton. Hours: are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additional hours are available by request. Meals: Daily snack is provided; children bring their own lunch. Special Needs: Possibly Student to teacher ratio: 6 to 1 Holidays: Follows the public school calendar with an optional summer session during the month of July Buses: No
Love and Laughter Drop-in Preschool Type of program: Preschool/licensed daycare Contact: Jenny Mickelson at 529-5124, jendeﬁg@yahoo.com and www.loveandlaughterpreschool.com Openings: Limited openings available Ages: 1 to 5 Program: This is Vashon’s ﬁrst drop-in preschool The school has a large yard with woods to explore, a dry area for riding bikes on really wet days and an engaging classroom with diﬀerent learning centers. A theme-based curriculum that incorporates art, music and literature is also oﬀered. As one of only two licensed daycares on the Island, children can be under 2 1/2 years and can stay all day. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parents choose their time slots and pay by the hour at $6/hour (minimum 3 1/2 hours for a half-day slot morning or afternoon, and 7 hours for a full day). Parents can also be put on a drop-in email list to know when extra spots are available to use on an as-needed basis.
Nathan Davidson, left, hangs out at Kids Are People Too; Lyra Shannon colors in a quiet moment at Starbreak, and Rafael Escoveda gets ready to fly to the moon at Vashon-Maury Island Cooperative Preschool.
Special needs: Yes Student-to-teacher ratio: 12 children to 2 or 3 teachers, all are experienced and educated in early childhood education. Meals: Children bring their own lunch, but a morning and afternoon snack are provided. Holidays: Contact the school for break dates.
Starbreak Adventure School Type of program: Preschool, kindergarten and summer camps Contact: Directors Kathy Zbryk and Dan Cullinan at 463-6277 or see www.starbreak.org Openings: Filling up fast for next year Ages: 3 1/2 to 6 Program: The program includes art, practical life, outdoor nature activities, science, animal care, gardening, tree climbing and stilt walking, as well as many academic materials. Everything is individualized; children make their own choices and work at their own pace. The teachers believe emotional and social support is the foundation out of which the learning process grows. They use Montessori and Waldorf methods with their own creative touch. The camp is also signing up 11- to 14-year-old “elders” for the summer season. Special needs: Case-by-case basis Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1 Meals: Vegetarian snack Holidays: Follows the public school calendar Buses: No
Vashon-Maury Cooperative Preschool Type of program: Preschool Contact: Visit VMCP’s website at www.vmcp.org, email email@example.com or call the school at 463-2779
Openings: Call to check, no drop-ins Ages: Walking toddlers through age 5 Program: The Vashon Maury Cooperative Preschool has been part of the Vashon community since 1970. The co-op oﬀers play-based preschool classes for four age groups: toddlers, 2/3year olds, 3/4-year olds and 4/5-year olds. The classroom is a hands-on laboratory where kids are invited to discover and explore. Children are encouraged to learn at their own pace and interest level. Emotional growth and socialization are important components of this age-appropriate curriculum. Families beneﬁt from the co-op’s unique approach of educating both child and parent. Parents participate in the classroom once a week as assistant teachers, where they get to see their kids in action and learn as teachers model positive communication and problem solving with the children. Monthly parent education meetings with parent instructors oﬀer insight into age-speciﬁc developmental stages and help parents navigate these wonderful and challenging early years. The non-proﬁt co-op is run by a volunteer board of parents, and all co-op families work together to raise funds and complete the many tasks that are involved in operating a school. Special needs: All special needs children are accepted, and scholarships are available. Student-to-teacher ratio: Varies by group Meals: Snacks provided by parents on a rotating basis Holidays: Follows the public school calendar Buses: No
VYFS Vashon Kids School-Age Child Care Type of program: Before and after school childcare and enrichment activities at Chautauqua Elementary School Contact: Dalinda Vivero at 930-2592 Ages: Kindergarten through 5th grade Program: During the school year, Vashon Kids runs daily from 6 a.m. until school starts and after school until 6:30 p.m. The location in the Chautauqua multipurpose room provides safety, convenience and familiarity for children and parents. There are ﬂexible enrollment options for full or part-time, as well as for school breaks and late arrival days. The program’s philosophy includes teaching children to play cooperatively, accept diﬀerences and resolve conﬂicts respectfully. Academic and enrichment activities focus on science, art, humanities, literacy and sports. Monday through Thursday Vashon Kids has a designated homework time where staﬀ are available to assist children with their homework. Field trips and special projects are arranged for school breaks. Program director Dalinda Vivero has been with the program for 13 years, with over 20 years’ of experience working with children in classroom and program contexts. Jean Murphy, program supervisor, has been with Vashon Kids for 10 years and has an elementary education degree. Special Needs: Yes Meals: Breakfast and nutritious afternoon snacks are provided. Student-to teacher ratio: 15 to 1 Holidays: Open all school breaks and late arrival days. Closed for federal holidays. Buses: No
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