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About Island Child With flowers blooming and trees budding, thoughts turn to summer vacation. Again this year, The Beachcomber is pleased to offer this issue of Island Child, which includes a multitude of summer camps for a variety of adventures: soccer, theater, dance, rowing and more. And, because summer is fleeting and fall arrives quickly, we have included a preschool guide here, so that families with the youngest 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, Island Child editor

Summer Fun 2013

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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. — The Vashon John L. Scott Family

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Island children and teens enjoy the multitude of pleasures Vashon offers each summer.

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Summertime means summer fun with friends at the Vashon Kids program.

Art Camps Art and Spanish Camp — VAA Ages: 3 to 5 from 10 a.m. to noon Ages: 5 to 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. Dates: July 8 to 11 Location: Blue Heron Cost: $80 members/$95 non-members + $10 materials Contact: Vashon Allied Arts at or 463-5131 Sing, dance, create and learn with kindergarten teacher Victoria Clayton. Each day includes art projects, Spanish songs and movement. Parents are welcome.

Art Camp — VYFS Ages: 7 to 12 Dates: Begins July 8 and meets for six Mondays Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: VYFS PlaySpace Cost: $100, with a sliding scale available Contact: Gretchen Burkholder at 463-5571 Two art therapists will lead this camp in a variety of creative explorations.

Aruba Clay Camp

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Ages: 3 to 5 and 6 to 12 Dates: June 24 to 28, July 15 to 19 and Aug. 5 to 9 Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 6 to 12 and 3 to 5 p.m. for ages 3 to 5 Cost: 6 to 12 — $180; 3 to 5 — $90 Location: 11930 S.W. Cemetery Rd.

Registration deadline: June 21 Contact: Steve Roache at 571-8869 or steve@ The camps begin each week of creative play by making clay with their feet. Throughout the week, a foundation of hand building, sculpting, tile-making and wheel-throwing techniques will be demonstrated. Roache will also offer raku firing this summer. The emphasis is about the creative imagination and empowering this innate gift. The group will make individual projects and collaborate on a group sculpture. Snacks are provided; dress for a mess.

Clay Camps — VAA Island potter Liz Lewis has taught VAA clay classes for more than 15 years and is a visiting artist in Vashon schools. All clay camps are held at Lewis’ studio, 12714 S.W. Cemetery Rd. Early registration is encouraged; call VAA at 463-5131 or see

Rattlesnake Ages: 6 to 10 Dates: June 24 to 28 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $175 members/$190 non-members + $35 lab fee Kids make stories and storyteller figures, cliff dwellings and pit-fired pottery, animal sculptures and a rattlesnake rattle. They will explore the rich clay tradition of the native people of the Southwest.

Fired Up! Ages: 10 to17 Dates: July 8 to 12

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 pm Cost: $180 members/$200 non-members + $40 lab fee Kids use slips and oxides, even a banana peel to create a mark on their piece. They will also spend time on the wheel and on raku, too.

sive week of photography in Seattle and on Vashon. The camp will include day trips to the mainland and two overnights at Camp Burton. Participants will shoot from pre-dawn to after dusk, share meals and critique their photographs. A juried show of results will open at the Two Wall Gallery Nov. 1. A digital camera of any kind is necessary.

Bugs and Bowls Ages: 4 to 6 Dates: July 24 to 26 Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $60 members/$70 non-members + $12 lab fee Students will make bugs and birds and a butterfly plate, too.

Renaissance Art Camp — VAA Ages: 7 to 12 Dates: July 15 to 19 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Blue Heron Cost: $165 member/$180 non-member + $35 materials Contact: Vashon Allied Arts at or 463-5131 Young artists explore the Renaissance era through creative crafts and a different instructor and art form each day. Camp culminates with an opportunity to march in the Strawberry Festival parade.

Snowy Ages: 6 to 10 Dates: Aug 19 to 23 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $175 members/$190 non-members + $35 lab fee Kids will make puffins on plates, whale rattles and owl cups or an arctic fox, wolverine or an ice house.

Soaring Spirit Art Camp — VAA

Huckleberry Ages: 6 to 10 Dates: Aug. 26 to 29 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $145 members/$160 non-members Coutesy Photo + $30 lab fee Brian Brenno teaches the art of glass blowing Kids will celebrate summer with berry bowls each summer. and nursery logs, fern stencil plates and border collies. fusing and mosaics. Students will leave with They will experiment with local Vashon clay and slip and create a studio totem pole project many small projects and a good foundation for future projects. for a forest trail.

Family Art Camp — VAA Ages: 6 and older Dates: Aug. 12 to 15 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Blue Heron Cost: Members $265 per pair/non-members $285 per pair + $40 materials Contact: Vashon Allied Arts at or 463-5131 Created especially for families (kids, grandparents, uncles, cousins), this art camp encourages everyone to participate. Projects are designed to inspire artists of different ages and abilities. Kids are welcome to come with a friend or family member.

Glass Intensive for Teens — VAA Ages: 13 to 19 Dates: July 15 to 18 and Aug. 5 to 8 Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Brian Brenno’s studio, 9850 S.W. 148th St. Cost: Members $200/non-members $225 + $50 materials Contact: Vashon Allied Arts at or 463-5131 With Brian and Tara Brenno, teens can experience the wonders of glass by making works of art. Projects will include glass blowing, casting,

Painting — VAA Families with kids 8 and older can enjoy an afternoon of creativity and painting at Vashon Golf and Swim Club. Each session offers a unique style of painting with a different instructor. Check out for more details. Mom & Kid Canvas: Celebrate Mother’s Day with Art: May 12, 3 to 5 p.m. — $65 member/$75 non-members + $40 materials Dad & Kid Canvas: Celebrate Father’s Day with Art June 16, 3 to 5 p.m. — $65 member/$75 non-members + $40 materials Kids Plein Air Paint: July 14, 1 to 3 p.m. — $35 member/$45 non-member + $20 materials

Teen Photo Intensive — VAA Ages: 13 to 18 Dates: July 29 to Aug. 2 Time: Monday and Tuesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Friday overnight Location: Seattle and Camp Burton Cost: $215 member/$235 non-member, plus $90 lodging and $65 materials, food and admission fees Contact: Vashon Allied Arts at or 463-5131 Respected island photographers Ray Pfortner and Chris Beck will teach this class. Teens can join other like-minded teens for an inten-

Ages: 9 to 15 Dates: July 22 to 26 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Blue Heron Cost: $165 member/$180 non-member + $35 materials Contact: Vashon Allied Arts at or 463-5131 Kids can express their creativity and imagination with some of Vashon’s finest artists. They will work with a different instructor and art form each day. There will be a student art show for family and friends on Friday.

Creativity Camps Olympics of Mind – Make Way for Your Imagination — VAA Ages: 8 to 12 Dates: June 24 to 28 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Blue Heron Cost: $195 member $210 non-member + $10 materials Contact: Vashon Allied Arts at or 463-5131 Leah Mann and Ela Lamblin will lead kids in this invention-making, solution-making, improvmaking, music-making camp. Inventions will be shared in a Friday night show-and-tell at Lelavision Studio.

Once Upon a Time Puppet Camp — VAA Ages: 7 to 12 Dates: July 29 to Aug. 2 Time: 9 a.m. to noon Location: Blue Heron Cost: $160 members/$180 non-members + $15 materials Steffon and Louisa Moody will lead this camp,

Choreography Workshop Ages: 13 to adult Dates: Aug. 26 to 30 Time: 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: $150 member/$165 non-member Teens and adults will learn choreographic concepts and perform their pieces. The instructor is open to any movement style, and students can work with a solo, duet, trio or group arrangement. Choreographers will produce an informal showing of their work in the studio.

Foreign Language Art and Spanish Camp See Art Camps.

Camping at French Camp Ages: 3 and up Dates: June 24 to 28 Courtesy Photo Time: 9 a.m. to noon and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Island teens will have a chance to learn how to row or practice their skills this summer with crew camps Location: La Petite Etoile school at Bethel meeting each week from June 24 to Aug. 1. Church Cost: $125 for half day and $175 for full day where participants create a different pupTeen/Adult Tap Contact: Aristy Gill at (206) 304-4903 or see pet each day. Shadow, hand, finger and stick Ages: 12 to adult puppets will transform into characters for Dates: July 25 to Aug. 22, Thursdays This multi-age adventure into camping in puppet shows kids will create around a fairy Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m. French will include camp songs, silly skits, tale theme. Family and friends will be invited to Cost: $130 member/$145 non-member nature crafts, camping snacks, tents and a finale performance Aug 2. This is an introductory class for ages preoutdoor exploration. Kids ages 3 and 4 may teen to adults. Students will learn fundamenattend the half-day session, while children 5 tals of Vaudevillian tap and explore rhythm and up may attend the full-day session. steps and musicality.

Dance Camps

Dance — VAA

Vashon Center for Dance instructors and Cornish guest instructors will teach summer dance camps. Register by calling 463-5131 or see All classes meet at the Blue Heron dance studio. Wish upon a Star Dance Camp Ages: 3 to 5 Dates: July 16, 18 and 20 Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $150 member/$165 non-member Creative movement, craft-making and movement are combined in this camp for preschoolers.

Beginner Dance Sampler Ages: 6 to 10 Dates: July 22 to 26 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $200 member/$215 non-member Kids will learn the fundamental dance skills of ballet, modern, tap and jazz in a fun, imaginative environment. Intermediate/Advanced Ballet Levels: 4, 5 and 6 Dates: July 23 to Aug. 20, Tuesdays Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: $150 member/$165 non-member The camp will focus on basic barre, center and allegro work. Pointe work will also be included but will not be mandatory.

Put on those Dancing Shoes — Intermediate Sampler Ages: 8 to 12 Dates: Aug. 5 to 9 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $300 member/$315 non-member Youth are invited to explore ballet, modern, jazz, tap and choreography. Dancers are encouraged to get creative and try new forms of dance.

Musical Theatre Triple Threat Ages: 9 to16 Dates: Aug. 12 to 16 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $300 member/$315 non-member ‘Tweens and teens can explore dancing, acting and singing. The class is designed for any musical theater performer or those interested in exploring the performing arts. The focus is on building stronger dance, voice and acting skills.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall — Creative Dance Camp Ages: 4 to 6 Dates: Aug. 19 to 23 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $200 member/$215 non-member Young kids will learn a new concept each day, with crafts in the morning followed by imagination theater, movement and storytelling in the afternoon. An informal performance of an original story created during the week will be shared on Friday.

French Theater Camp

Ages: 5 and up Dates: July 15 to 19 Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: La Petite Etoile school at Bethel Church Cost: $175 Contact: Aristy Gill at (206) 304-4903 or see This popular week at La Petite Etoile is back. With the guidance of French teacher Aristy Gill, students will create a play, learn songs, build a set, assemble costumes and put on a show all in French.

General Camps The Art & Physics of Comedy Ages: 8 to 18 Dates: Aug. 5 to 9 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Open Space for Arts & Community Cost: $200 until July 21, $225 after July 22 Registration deadline: July 30 Contact: Maria Glanz at maria@ or 408-7241 Students will build simple machines with Barb Gustafson and bring physical comedy to life with Kajsa Ingemansson.

Camp Burton Ages: Grades 3 to 12 and families Dates: July 7 to 11, July 14 to 19, July 28 to

Aug. 1 and family camp Aug. 4 to 10 Time: Overnight camp Location: Camp Burton Cost: Varies according to camp Contact: Call 463-6738 or see Camp Burton features the best of Christian summer camp, including information about God, singing, games, campfires, crafts, swimming, canoeing, sleeping in cabins and leadership opportunities for youth.

Camp Sealth Ages: Kindergarten though grade 12 Dates: Weekly camps throughout the summer Time: Day camps and overnight camps are available Location: Camp Sealth Cost: Varies according to camp Contact: See 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 those that focus on horses, boating, adventure and leadership.

Cub Scouts

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Noelle Hume swings through the air with the greatest of ease at the Vashon Wilderness Program, which will include a camp for children and grandparents this summer.

Ages: Boys entering 1st through 5th grades Dates: June 21, July 19 and Aug. 16 Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Location: Varies Cost: $20 per day Contact: Kirsten Proffit at 567-4331 or see Enjoy an afternoon of outdoor fun and programs: hiking, water activities, outdoor skills, crafts and games. There will be an optional overnight camp out with family on Aug. 16. Sign up for one afternoon or all of them.

The school’s woods will be enchanted by the imaginations of the children who bring summer to life. The days will be filled with stories of magic, fairies, goblins, elves, knights, princesses, magicians, jesters and more. Each week is different. 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 be arts and crafts, face painting, costume shop, treasure hunts, plays and more.

Little Tree Summer Session

Ages: Entering kindergarten (must be 5 years of age) through entering 6th grade Dates: Weekly summer camps from June 24 through Aug. 23 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. 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; see also 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.

Ages: 3 to 6 years Dates: July 1 to 25 Time: Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Little Tree Montessori school Registration deadline: Current and new students enrolling for the fall have first choice of available openings. Space is limited to 10 children. Contact: Teri Tipton at 463-9249 or see www. Mostly outdoors with lots of fun summer activities and messy art projects.

Starbreak’s Summer Village Ages: 5 to 9 Dates: June 24 to 27 and July 8 to Aug. 22 Time: Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Starbreak Adventure School near KVI beach Cost: $160 per week Contact: Registration deadline: As soon as possible

Vashon Kids Summer Enrichment

Horse Camps Bay Breeze Farm Horse Camp Ages: 7 and up Dates: July 15 to 19, July 22 to 26, July 29 to Aug. 2 and Aug. 5 to 9 Time: 10 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. Instructor 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 farm horses or bring their own.

Camp Sealth See General Camps.

Horse Camp at Westside Stables Ages: 6 to 14 Dates: July 15 to 18, Aug. 5 to 8 and Aug. 26 to 29 Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Westside Stables, 21200 Westside Hwy. SW Cost: $480 Contact: CiCi Carson at 463-9828 or see Camp will be filled with long rides through the woods on gentle horses/ponies, swimming and jumping on a trampoline. The camper/counselor ratio is three to one. A shuttle is provided from the north-end Vashon ferry terminal to camp.

Music Camps Vashon String Camp Ages: 5 years through 15 years (a starter camp will be offered for students from 5 to 7 years) Dates: July 15 to July 18 Time: Full camp — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Starter camp — 9 to 10 a.m. Location: Vashon United Methodist Church Cost: Full camp — $160 for VAA members, $175 non-members, Starter camp — $50 members, $60 non-members Registration deadline: July 1 Contact: Vashon Allied Arts at Gaye Detzer, Sarah Perlman, Kim Thal and Annie Roberts will offer beginning guitar as well as violin, viola and cello. All participants will enjoy a variety of playing experiences, including orchestra, fiddling, improvisation, theory games and other enrichment activities to enhance musical learning. A final concert will be presented on the last day of camp for the students’ parents and friends.

Nature Camps Camp Terra Ages: 4 to 14 Dates: A variety of weeks throughout the summer Time: l0 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 Registration deadline: Register early; camps fill quickly Contact: See or call the school at 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 for group bonding and individual empowerment. Erin Kenny, early childhood and nature educator, leads the camp.

Hikes and Habitats Ages: 7 to 11 Dates: July 22 to 26 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Varies Cost: $200 Contact: For more information, call Barbara Gustafson at 463-1638; to register, contact the land trust at 463-2644. Each morning participants will join Barbara Gustafson in exploring a different Vashon habitat. During the four hours on-site, the group will run scientific investigations and experiments, test water quality, map land features and vegetation, identify and count fauna, cre-

ate artwork using natural materials and use their senses to increase the knowledge of and appreciation for the richness of the island’s varied habitats. The Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust is sponsoring this camp.

Vashon Wilderness Program Summer Camp Ages: 7-to 12-year-olds meet July 8 to 12 and July 15 to 19, and 4- to 6-year-olds meet from July 22 to 26 Time: Older kids meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; younger kids meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Island Center Forest and other wild places on Vashon Cost: $275 for older kids and $235 for younger kids (includes free T-shirt and nature journal) Contact: Stacey Hinden at stacey@vashon The Vashon Wilderness Program’s summer day camps are a place for children to make real and deep connections with nature while having a great time learning about the mystery and magic of the local ecology. VWP’s instructors spark kids’ curiosity and unveil the secrets they need to discover the tracks and trails of local mammals, forage safely for food and medicine from the forest, stay found while traveling in totally unknown territory, build the best debris shelter for sleeping outside, decode the language of the birds and more.

Vashon Wilderness Program Summer Camp — With Grandparents Ages: 4- to 6-year-olds and their grandparents Dates: July 29 to Aug. 2 Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Island Center Forest and other wild places on Vashon Cost: $250 per pair Contact: Stacey Hinden at Grandparents and their young grandchildren will learn fun nature awareness games, activities and crafts to make real and deep connections with nature and each other, while having a great time learning about the mystery and magic of the local ecology. Each day will include time together and a brief time apart so the grandparents can learn some of the Coyote Mentoring tools to carry forward into their families’ lives.

Religious Camps Camp Burton See General Camps.

Vashon Island Vacation Bible School Ages: 3 to 5 years and grades 1 to 6 Dates: Aug. 5 to 9 Time: Pre-schoolers will meet at the Presbyterian Church from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m.; 1stthrough 6th-graders will meet at the Method-

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Max Profit celebrates low tide on a field trip with Vashon Kids. ist Church from 9:30 a.m. to noon Cost: The suggested donation is $15 for one child or $25 for an entire family. Scholarships are available. Contact: Call 463-2010 (Presbyterian church), 463-9804 (Methodist church) or 463-3940 (Vashon Island Community Church) This program is supported by most island churches. All island young people are invited.

Sports Camps Junior Crew Summer Season Ages: 13 to 18 Dates: Monday through Thursday, starting June 24 and ending Aug. 1, optional regatta at Green Lake on Aug. 3 (additional $50 fee for regatta participation) Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Jensen Point Boathouse Cost: $100 per week or $500 for all six weeks (plus a one-time fee of $15 for a parks usage fee) Contact: To sign up, see and click on the Junior tab. For more information, contact Conditioning and hands-on rowing for novice and experienced rowers will culminate with an optional summer regatta at Green Lake. Experienced rowers will improve their fitness level and rowing expertise in preparation for the upcoming fall crew season. Novices will learn the basics of rowing and get a well-rounded introduction to this challenging sport. To participate in the Green Lake regatta novice rowers must attend three weeks of camp, including the final week.

Kayak Camp — VYFS Ages: 6 to 11 Dates: July 18 to 20 and Aug. 8 to 10 Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and one hour on Saturday Location: Dockton Park

Cost: $100 with a sliding scale available Contact: Jeffrey Zheutlin at 463-5511 Kids will learn about kayaking, tour the inner harbor and visit places accessible only by kayak.

Peter Fewing Soccer Camp Ages: 5 to 13 Dates: Aug. 5 to 9 Time: 9 a.m. to noon Location: Agren Park Cost: $145 Contact: Kids will learn and improve their skills and tactical awareness each day by staff demonstrations, practicing and playing. Each day ends with a World Cup game.

Soccer Spring Academy Ages: 8 to 14 Dates: Friday evenings May 3 to 31 Time: To be determined Location: McMurray fields (probably) Cost: $50 Vashon Island Soccer Club will offer this program with an emphasis on technical skills and scrimmaging by age group.

Vashon Island Junior Basketball Camp Ages: Entering kindergarten to grade 7 Dates: June 24 to 26 Time: Boys grades 3 and 4 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Chautauqua gym, boys grades 5 to 7 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the McMurray gym, girls grades 3 to 7 from noon to 2 p.m. in the McMurray gym and girls in kindergarten through grade 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Chautauqua gym Cost: K to grade 2 — $35, grades 3 to 7 — $45 (T-shirts included) Registration deadline: June 21 Contact: Sandy Tillman at 567-4070 (New VIJB website available mid-April) Basketball fundamentals are taught by coach Sandy Tillman and members from both VHS Pirate teams. Skills, drills, games and shooting competitions will be implemented throughout the three-day camp.

VHS Youth Soccer Clinic Ages: 6 to 15 Dates: June 24 to 29 Time: 9 a.m. to noon Location: Harbor School fields (probably) Cost: $90 Contact: This camp will offer high performance training led by Coach Sergi and his star players.

Theatre Arts Camps Camp Mik Ages: 6 to 9 and 9 to 15 Dates: June 24 to 28 for ages 6 to 9, July 1 to

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Hikes and Habitats offers kids many places on the island to explore and appreciate. 5 for ages 9 to 15 (full — waiting list) and possibly July 22 to 26 if other camps fill Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday Location: Hanna Barn, Point Robinson Road Cost: $250 Contact: Camp Mik offers a physical approach to acting, building creativity, confidence and curiosity through active theatre games, improvisation, mime, mask and clown, with three hours of physical work in the studio and a one-hour lunch break on the beach.

Under the Sea Story Stage — VAA Ages: 5 to 8 Dates: July 1 to 3 Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $60 member/ $75 non-member + $10 materials Contact: Vashon Allied Arts at or 463-5131 Tami Brockway Joyce will lead kids in playing drama games, exploring characters, creating costumes and making music. Kids will become whales, dolphins and even tiny nudibranchs. Walruses and mermaids are sure to make an appearance.

Magic of Mime — VAA Ages: 8 to 14 Dates: July 29 to Aug. 2 Time: 1 to 4 p.m.

Location: Blue Heron Cost: $160 member/$180 non-member + $10 materials Contact: Vashon Allied Arts at or 463-5131 Kids will create physical illusions: trapped in a box, the robot, climb a rope, running into a wall, slow motion and transform imaginary objects. Mime makeup and white gloves will be provided. Family and friends will be invited to finale performance Aug. 2.

Summer Musical Theatre — VAA Dates: Aug 5 to 9 Time: Ages 6 to 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and ages 9 to 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. Location: Blue Heron Cost: $150 member/$170 non-member + $20 materials Contact: Vashon Allied Arts at or 463-5131 Marita Ericksen will lead singers, actors, dancers and stage crew in producing a 20-minute musical ending in a performance for family and friends. Younger kids will enjoy Little Bit of Showbiz about kids who find a trunk full of costumes, props and memorabilia from their grandparents’ Broadway careers. Older kids will celebrate musical theatre with Broadway Beat, including hits from Hairspray, The Music Man, The King and I, Wicked, Rent, Grease and a medley of George M. Cohan favorites.

Vashon Island Shakespeare Camp

Class Scholarships available year-round.

Toddler-3 Class: Mondays, Tuesdays 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (child must be walking by August 31st) 3-4 Class: Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (child must be 3 by August 31st) 4-5 Pre-K Class: Tuesdays through Fridays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. (child must be 4 by August 31st) Parent Education Night: Open to Everyone, May 15th, 7:30 p.m. at The Playspace. School Tours, May 15th – May 31st, call for information.

New student registration will begin May 1st for the 2013-2014 Preschool Session.

Now Offering Summer Art Camps Fall After-School Art Classes & Adult Art Classes Check offerings online at

Arts for Everyone!

or visit us at 17630 Vashon Hwy SW


Summer Is A Good Time To Get Your Physical! Well Child Checks - Comprehensive exam covered by most insurance plans. Includes developmental screening, immunizations and sports form if needed. College Physicals - Full exam and college immunizations. Bring your college forms for completion at appointment. Camp & Sports Physicals - A brief exam focused on completion of sports physical forms (not usually covered by insurance). Adult Physicals - A comprehensive exam for adults including preventive care and screening for cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Neighbors Caring for Neighbors Serving Vashon since 1972

Call to Schedule Your Appointment 206-463-3671

Registration begins May 1st


Vashon Health Center

June 24th – July 20th Ober Park

Gary A Koch, MD Michael Kappelman, MD Jeffrey HansPetersen, MD Stephanie Lee, PA-C

P.O. Box 529 t 10030 SW 210th Street, Vashon WA 98070 t (206) 463-3671 t Fax (206) 463-3613


Preschools, Daycares After-School Programs

The Barbie School 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 38th 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 pottery 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: Openings: All classes in the fall Ages: 2 to 6 Program: Cedarsong Nature School’s forest kindergarten is a completely outdoor, yearround preschool based on the German waldkindergarten early childhood model featuring a child-driven, interest-led emergent curriculum and inquiry-based teaching style. Cedarsong’s forest kindergarten was founded and developed by early childhood and nature immersion specialist Erin Kenny. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:30 to 3:30 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

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Children circle up, ready to enjoy fresh air and sunshine at the Klahanie School.

Chautauqua Early Childhood Program Type of program: Preschool Contact: Gillian Callison, Chautauqua registrar, at 463-2882, ext. 401 Openings: Wait list 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 5 Contact: Heather Baldwin at 753-9924 and; see also Openings: Enrolling children for the 2013-2014 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 a 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 for 4 1/2 years and older 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

Erin Kenny Photo, left, and Zoe Cherokee Photo, right

Climbing trees is a favorite pastime at Cedarsong Nature School, left, and The Barbie School students pause for a photo in the zinnias, right.

Creative Preschool

El Gato con Botas

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 ageappropriate 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

Type of program: Full-day, state-licensed Spanish bilingual daycare Ages: 1 to 5 Contact: Sarah Bunch at 473-0445 or or see Openings: Yes, call or email to inquire 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 and gives children a fun-filled, loving atmosphere to learn valuable social skills and healthy methods of conflict resolution, while getting exposure to the Spanish language at the same time. A drop-in program and half days are available, depending on space Special needs: Possible Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1 Meals: Two snacks. Holidays: Most public holidays Buses: No

Homestead School Type of program: Multi-age learning community Ages: 5 to 10 Contact: Dana Schuerholz at 463-0WLS or Openings: Yes Program: On seven diverse acres of farm and forest, the program blends nature-infused

mentoring with an arts-based curriculum. The community of families gathers for seasonal celebrations. Homestead integrates a peer learning environment and support for each family’s educational journey through curricular support that provides continuity between Homestead and home studies. Homestead offers a handson 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) and non-violent communication. The school meets from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Families may choose to enroll for one or three days a week as well. Special Needs: Yes Student to teacher ratio: 7 to 1 Meals: A warm organic grain is served midmorning. 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,

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

Dan Cullinan Photo

Students at Starbreak relish the pleasures of having a lamb at school. 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 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 three 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 8:30 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

Tuesdays, Wedensdays and Thursdays. The afternoon class, for children 2 1/2 to 4 1/2, meets from 12:45 to 3:30 p.m. those same days. Klahanie Nursery School is a year-round school. Using the Montessori foundation of “Follow the Child,” 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 family experiences. Children are encouraged in a nurturing method to actively explore the school environment inside and outside at their own pace. Klahanie 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, call with inquiries Student to teacher ratio: 4 to 1 Meals: Parents provide snack or lunch Holidays: Follows the public school calendar, with small breaks during summer months Buses: No

Klahanie School

Type of program: French language school Contact: Aristy Gill at 304-4903, see school’s blog at Openings: Call to inquire Ages: 2 1/2 to 6 Program: La Petite Etoile French School offers preschoolers and kindergartners a French immersion experience as they play, play, play. Music and fun stories, snack time and child-guided play indoors and outdoors provides little learners

Type of program: Year-round Montessori Preschool program Openings: Very few, contact the school for information Ages: 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 Contact: 491-9465, and Program: The morning class, for children ages 2 1/2 to 4 1/2, meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon

La Petite Etoile

Type of program: Montessori, multi-age class (3 to 6 years), preschool through kindergarten Contact: Teri Tipton at 463-9249 Website: Openings: Yes Program: This will be Little Tree’s 15th 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, wellequipped classroom and play yard (the play yard is lead and arsenic free), and lovely forest trails. Hours: 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

Starbreak Adventure School Type of program: Preschool, kindergarten and summer camps Contact: Director Dan Cullinan at 463-6277 or see Openings: Filling up fast for next year Ages: 3 1/2 to 6 Program: The program includes art, practical life, outdoor nature activities, regular beach walks, 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 Holidays: Follows the public school calendar Buses: No

Vashon Maury Cooperative Preschool Type of program: Preschool Contact: Visit, email or call the school at 463-2779 Openings: Call to check Ages: Walking toddlers through pre-K Program: The Vashon Maury Cooperative Preschool has been part of the Vashon community since 1970. The co-op offers high-quality, playbased education for toddlers up to pre-kindergarten. The classroom is a dynamic, 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 headed up by a volunteer board of parents, and all co-op families work together to run the school. Special needs: All special needs children are accepted, and scholarships are available. Student-to-teacher ratio: Varies by group,

from 1 to 1 with the youngest class to 4 to 1 for the pre-K class Meals: Snacks provided by parents on a rotating basis Holidays: Follows the public school calendar Buses: No

VYFS Vashon Kids 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 14 years, with over 20

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Isaac Chasan shines at the Vashon-Maury Cooperative Preschool. years of experience working with children in classroom and program contexts. Special Needs: Yes Meals: Breakfast and nutritious afternoon snacks are provided. Student-to teacher ratio: 12 to 1 Holidays: Open all school breaks and late arrival days. Closed for federal holidays. Buses: No

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