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Vashon Island, WA

a directory of summer fun and island preschools

spring and summer

Supplement of The Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

About Island Child Though spring is a recent arrival in the Northwest, summer will soon be here. To help island families prepare for those much-anticipated days, The Beachcomber is pleased to offer this issue of Island Child, which includes a multitude of summer camps: soccer, theater, dance, rowing and more. And, because summer is fleeting and fall arrives quickly, we have included a preschool guide 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 in the pages to come. — Susan Riemer, Island Child editor

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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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Children in the Vashon Kids program enjoy a day at the beach.

Art and Creativity Camps All About Me Art Camp — VAA

Ages: 6 to 10 Dates: July 14 to 18 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Blue Heron Cost: $180 VAA member/$195 general + $30 materials Contact: Kids will work with a different Vashon artist each day to create art all about themselves: mosaics, book-making, acrylic self-portraits, collage boxes, rain sticks and more. Camp will conclude with a student art show on Friday for family and friends.

Aruba Clay Camp

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

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Ages: 3 to 5 and 6 to 12 Dates: Kids 3 to 5 — July 7 to 11 and 21 to 25; kids 6 to 12 — June 23 to 27, July 14 to 18 and Aug. 4 to 8 Time: Younger kids meet from 10 a.m. to noon, older kids meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Aruba Tileworks and Pottery, 11930 Cemetery Rd. SW Cost: $95 for younger kids and $185 for older kids Registration deadline: June 1 Contact: Steve Roache at 571-8869 or Classes are designed to give personal instruction and a foundation to freely explore one’s individual creativity. During the week, each child will have the opportunity to make cups, bowls, plates and vases. Camp will also include tile making and mosaic proj-

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ects for home and garden. Instructor Steve Roache says his intent is to amplify the imaginal world of children and nature to create a space for the embodied wildness of the children in the clay.

Art and Spanish Camp — VAA

Ages: 3 to 5 — 10 a.m. to noon; 5 to 7 — 1 to 3 p.m. Dates: June 30 to July 3 Location: Blue Heron Cost: $80 member/$90 general + $10 materials Contact: Kids will sing, dance, create and learn with kindergarten teacher Victoria Clayton. Each day will include art projects, Spanish songs and movement. Parents are welcome.

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 Liz’s studio, 12714 SW Cemetery Rd. Puget Sound Friends, Beach and Below! Ages: 4 to 6 Dates: June 24 to 26 Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $65 VAA member/$75 general + $15 lab fee Marla Smith will be the guest instructor for this camp, where kids will create sea stars, octopi, salmon and whales. Fired Up! Ages: 10 to 17

Dates: July 14 to 18 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $200 VAA member/$220 general + $50 lab fee Kids will design a complex vessel with their choice of multiple components and TCMWĆ‚TKPI People and Pets Ages: 6 to 10 Dates: July 21 to 25 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $190 VAA member/$210 general +$45 lab fee This camp will include human and animal modeling, as well as lively painted pet face plates and cups and food bowls for animal friends. Clay Camp Down Under Ages: 6 to 10 Dates: Aug. 5 to 8 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $150 VAA member/$165 general + $35 lab fee Campers will make marsupial sculptures: kangaroos, koalas and more. Sea, Sea, Sea! Ages: 6 to 10 Dates: Aug. 18 to 22 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $190 VAA member/$210 general + $45 lab fee Campers will design a boat and build a NKIJVJQWUGRCKPVCPFUITCHĆ‚VQCYCNTWU Ć‚UJQTOGTOCKF

Color Crazy — VAA

Ages: 7 to 12 Dates: June 24 to 26 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: The Blue Heron Cost: $110 VAA member/$125 general + $20 materials Contact: Julie Shannon and Sooze Bloom de Leon Grossman will help kids learn to identify, appreciate and explore color. They will use mixed media, from paints CPFKPMVQRCRGTĆ‚DGTDGCFUCPFINCUU

tion for future projects.

Harbor School Summer Art Camp 2014

Ages: 9 to 14 Dates: July 14 to 18 Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: The Harbor School Cost: $250, $225 if registered by June 1 Contact: Harbor School at 567-5955 or Alisara Martin at alisara@harborschool. org Harbor School art teacher and coordinator Alisara Martin will lead the camp with assistance from alumni students. The week will feature printmaking, take-home pop-ups, animal sculptures and personal art journals. The week will end in the culmination of student work displayed at the school’s Strawberry Festival booth.

Nature of Art Camp

Dance — VAA

To register for any of VAA’s summer dance programs, see Intermediate Ballet Technique Ages: 11 to adult (levels 4,5 and 6) Dates: Wednesdays, July 9 to Aug. 13 Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $145 VAA member/$160 general Registration Deadline: July 1 Camille Kappelman will teach traditional barre, centre and jumps. Pointe shoes can be worn at barre and in centre work. Stretching and light conditioning included.

Olympics of Mind — VAA

Teen/Adult Tap Ages: 13 to adult Dates: Thursdays July 10 to Aug. 14 Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: $70 VAA member/$80 general Crissy Baker will teach traditional tap technique at a beginner level with emphasis on rhythm, style and sequencing.

Once Upon a Time Puppet Camp — VAA

The Magic Kingdom: Creative Movement Intensive Ages: 3 to 5 Dates: July 15 to 17 Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuition: $140 VAA member/ $155 general + $10 materials With instructors Vanesa Wylie and Leah Mann, young dancers will take a trip to the magical kingdom and explore the creatures that live there. Classes will include a craft session, snack and a guided improvisation through the magic kingdom.

See Nature Camps.

Ages: 8 to 12 Dates: June 30 to July 3 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $160 VAA member/$175 general + $10 materials Leah Mann and Ela Lamblin will lead kids in this invention-making, solutionmaking, improv-making, music-making camp.

Ages: 7 to 12 Dates: July 28 to Aug. 1 Time: 9 a.m. to noon Cost: $160 VAA member/$175 general + $15 materials Contact: Kids will Create a different puppet each day. Shadow, hand, finger and stick puppets will transform into characters for puppet shows. Kids will create shows based on a favorite book, movie, fairy tale or their own imagination! Steffon Moody will teach the class.

Glass Intensive for Teens — VAA Ages: 13 to 19 Dates: July 7 to 10 and Aug. 18 to 21 Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $200 VAA members /$225 general + $50 materials Contact: With instructors Brian and Tara Brenno, teens will experience glass by making great works of art. Projects will include glass blowing, casting, fusing and mosaic. Students will leave with many small projects and a good founda-

Reitz-Green and Terri Fletcher. They will explore different mediums, including mosaics, watercolor, textural print-making and Shibori dyeing.

Studio Tour Art Camp — VAA

Ages: 10 to 17 Dates: July 21 to 25 Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Artists’ studios Cost: $240 VAA members/$260 general + $35 materials Contact: Students will make art in the studios of some of Vashon’s most talented artists: Suzanne Moore, Ilse Reimnitz, Kristen

Triple Threat Intensive: Dance, Vocals and Acting for Performing Artists Ages: 9 to 16 Dates: Aug. 11 to 15 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $325 VAA member/$350 general Vanesa Wylie, Crissy Baker, Leah Mann, Elizabeth Shaw and a Cornish guest faculty member will lead the camp, which will include training in ballet, jazz and tap along with acting and vocal training for performing artists and those interested in musical theater. Previous dance training is suggested. Dance classes will be taught at a beginner/intermediate level. Group acting, improvisation and vocal training will round out the afternoon. This is a skill-building intensive not focused on a production.

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Space Traveler — Creative Movement Ages: 3 to 5 Dates: Aug. 18 to 21 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $250 VAA member/$265 general + $10 materials Vanesa Wylie, Leah Mann and a Cornish guest faculty member will teach. Mornings will start with dance, and afternoons will include a craft session, snack and an interactive story-telling experience. Kids will explore the effects of gravity on their bodies while learning about the energy and movement of the planets, stars and sun.

General Camps The Art of Physics & Comedy: Simple Machines and Kids in Motion, Session 1 Ages: 8 and up Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dates: Aug. 4 to 8 Location: Open Space for Arts & Community Cost: $200 Registration Deadline: July 14 Contact: or 408-7241 This is an all-family camp that 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.

The Art of Physics & Comedy: Simple Machines and Kids in Motion, Session II Ages: 11 and up Time: TBA Dates: A 3-day camp, August dates TBA Location: Open Space for Arts & Community Cost: $180 Registration Deadline: July 14 Contact: or 408-7241 Organizers invite all robotics fans to join the group for an extraordinary

4 or 567-4023 Join poet-magician Thomas Pruiksma for a four-day summer intensive in the art of magic. Explore sleight-of-hand with everyday objects, build your own KNNWUKQPUCPFNGCTPEQPƂFGPEGCPFGCUG in front of other people. The camp concludes with a mini-festival of magic for family and friends.

Little Tree Summer Session

Ages: 3 to 6 years Dates: July 7 to 31 Time: Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Little Tree Montessori school Registration Deadline: Current and new UVWFGPVUGPTQNNKPIHQTVJGHCNNJCXGƂTUV choice of available openings. Space is limited to 10 children. Contact: Teri Tipton at 463-9249 or see The camp meets mostly outdoors with lots of fun summer activities and messy Vince Klimek Photo art projects. Two Vashon Wilderness Program students enjoy conversation after Klahanie School Summer Camp building a fire they made with a bow Ages: 3 1/2 to 6 drill. Dates: July 14 to 17, July 18 to 31 and Aug. 11 to 14 new indoor/outdoor camp. Instructor Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bruce Johns will guide students through Location: Klahanie Scool activities inspired by the Google Moon Cost: $140 X Prize. Students will build and launch Contact: 491-9465 stomp-style air rockets and remote-conKlahanie School’s summer camps are trol Lego robots as well as design and intimate and based on the school’s build a mission robot to inspire an actual foundations along with fun summer zest. moonscape. These camps are themed around nature and self expression. Camps are encouraged for newly enrolled, current and Camp Sealth alumni Klahanie students. Ages: Kindergarten through grade 12 Dates: Weekly camps throughout the summer Starbreak Summer Village Time: Day camps and overnight camps Ages: 4 to 9 Location: Camp Sealth Dates: Weekly camps from June 30 to Cost: Varies according to camp Aug. 23 except for the week of July 7 Contact: Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Camp Sealth has 400 acres of forest Thursdays and beach, and campers at Camp Sealth Location: Starbreak Preschool near KVI spend time having fun in the water and Cost: $160 woods. Day camps are structured looseContact:, 463ly around a theme. Overnight camps 6277 or see include classic overnight camp activities %CORFC[UYKNNDGƂNNGFYKVJUVQTKGU as well as those that focus on horses, of magic, fairies, goblins, elves, knights, boating, adventure and leadership. princesses, magicians and jesters. Each week is different. The children under supervision run the village; they have Illusion and Confidence: a parcel service, lookout tower, bank, A Four-Day Magic Camp magic shop, performance stage, fairie Ages: 8 and up tree, trails, etc. and some new surprises Dates: July/August TBA yet to be revealed. Camp will include Location: Open Space for Arts & arts and crafts, face painting, costume Community shop, treasure hunts, plays and much Cost: $180 for tuition and supplies more. This summer’s offerings include a Contact: Thomas Pruiksma at thomas@ stilt camp, beach adventures and a week

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of camp for just boys and one for just girls.

Vashon Kids Summer Enrichment

Ages: Entering kindergarten (must be 5 years of age) through entering 6th grade Dates: Weekly summer camps from June 23 through Aug. 22 Time: 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Chautauqua Elementary School Cost: Full time is $195 per week; four days per week is $180, and three days per week is $165. Closed July 4. Families with siblings in the program receive a 10 percent discount, and VISD staff receive a 25 RGTEGPVFKUEQWPVĆ‚PCPEKCNCUUKUVCPEGKU 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 EQPĆƒKEVUTGURGEVHWNN[ Weekly themes provide creativity and structure. Daily outdoor activities, swimOKPIDKMKPICPFĆ‚GNFVTKRUGPUWTGHWNN use of the summer sun.

Horse Camps Camp Sealth

See General Camps.

Horse Camp at Westside Stables

Ages: 6 to 14 Dates: July 28 to 31 and Aug. 11 to 14 Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Westside Stables, 21200 Westside Hwy. SW Cost: $525 Contact: CiCi Carson at 463-9828 or see %CORYKNNDGĆ‚NNGFYKVJNQPITKFGU 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 — VAA

Ages: 8 to 15 (starter camp ages 5 to 7) Dates: Aug. 19 to 22 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (starter camp

from 9 to 10 a.m.) Location: St. John Vianney Catholic Church Cost: $160 VAA member/$180 general, starter camp tuition: $50 VAA member/$60 general Registration Deadline: June 27 Contact: Gaye Detzer, Sarah Perlman, Kim Thal and Annie Roberts will lead the camp and provide experiences with the violin, viola, cello and beginning guitar. A variety of musical experiences will be QHHGTGFKPENWFKPIQTEJGUVTCĆ‚FFNKPI improvisation, theory games and other enrichment activities to enhance musical NGCTPKPI%CORGTUYKNNRGTHQTOCĆ‚PCN concert on the last day for parents and friends. Younger musicians can join the fun with Starter String Camp (basic skills and an understanding of instrument required; sight reading not required).

Nature Camps Camp Terra

Ages: 7 to 11 Dates: June 23 to June 26, Aug. 11 to 14 and Aug. 18 to 21 Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. plus one late night or overnight Location: Five acres of woods on Old Mill Road Cost: $300, campout is an additional $100 Registration Deadline: Register early; ECORUĆ‚NNSWKEMN[ Contact: See www.cedarsongnature or call the school at 708-5945 Camp Terra provides an opportunity for children to immerse themselves in nature and offers a stimulating, handson approach to environmental education. 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.

Junior Naturalist Day Camp

Ages: 7 to 11 Dates: July 28 to Aug. 1 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Location: Jensen Point Boathouse Cost: $200 for the public and $180 for members of the land trust Contact: To register, contact the land trust at 463-2644 or; for more information on the camp, contact Maria Metler at 612-3034 or Kids will explore the island, play games, go for hikes, make art and tell stories.

Nature of Art Camp — VAA

Ages: 8 to 12 Dates: Aug. 11 to 15 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Island parks Cost: $180 VAA member/$195 general + $30 materials Contact: Kids will learn about Vashon from environmental educators Allison Trundle, Derek Churchill, Maria Metler, Kathryn True, Amy Holmes and Barbara Gustafson and make art in nature at a different island park each day. They will explore Point Robinson with a marine biologist and Island Center Forest with a forester. They will also make leaf bowls, crab shell candles, bird houses and more.

Secrets of the Greenwood: Herbal Magic Camp for Girls — Vashon Wilderness Program Ages: Girls 7 to 10 Dates: July 21 to 25 Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Private land, register for details Cost: $275 Contact: nathan@vashonwilderness Island children are invited to enter the hidden world of the greenwood. In this farm and forest adventure, the group will learn the secret language of plants and discover their healing power. They will make fairy feasts, forest folk remGFKGUĆƒQYGTGUUGPEGUCPFOQTG%CORers will make friends with plants and each other, play fun nature games, share stories, sing, follow mysteries, journal, adventure in the greenwood, and more. Girls are invited to discover the magic of the herbal world around us and our unique relationship with these green beings.

Vashon Wilderness Program Summer Camp

Ages: Ages 7 to 12 meet July 7 to 11, ages 4 to 6 meet July 14 to 18 Time: Session 1 — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. session 2 — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Island Center Forest, 188th street entrance Cost: $275 for session 1, $235 for session 2 Contact: nathan@vashonwilderness Vashon Wilderness Program’s (VWP) 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

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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 shelters, decode the language of the birds and more.

Photography Teen Photo Intensive — VAA

Ages: 13 to 18 Dates: July 28 to Aug. 1 Cost: $220 VAA member/$245 general; $135 lodging + $80 materials, food and admission fees Contact: Photographers Christine Beck and Ray Pfortner will lead this camp — an intensive week of photography — in Seattle, Tacoma and on Vashon. The camp KPENWFGUFC[VTKRUVQVJG2QKPV&GƂCPEG Zoo and Chihuly Sculpture Garden and three overnights at Camp Burton. (Day camp options are available.) Teens will shoot from pre-dawn to after dusk, share meals and critique their photographs. A juried show of photos from the camp will open at the Two Wall Gallery in November. Students must have a digital camera (any kind will do).

Religious Camps Camp Burton

Ages: Grades 3 to 12 and families Dates: July 6 to 10, 13 to 18, 28 to 30 and family camp Aug. 3 to 9 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, ECORĆ‚TGUETCHVUUYKOOKPIECPQGKPI sleeping in cabins and leadership opportunities for youth.

Sports Camps Learn to swim

Kids can learn to swim at all three of the Vashon pools this summer. The Vashon Pool and the Vashon Golf and Swim Club will offer twoweek sessions of classes to the public throughout the summer. The Vashon Athletic Club offers lessons to members and non-members alike throughout the year. Call the pools for more information.


British Challenger Camp — Soccer

Ages: 4 to 10 Dates: Aug. 18 to 22 Time: 9 a.m. to noon Location:/E/WTTC[Ć‚GNF Cost: $118 with scholarships available Contact: Register at www.challenger British trainers lead fun and advanced soccer skills development.


Ages: 6 to 11 and 12 to 17 Dates: July 8 to 10 for kids ages 6 to 11, July 21 and 22 for all ages with at least intermediate skill and Aug. 4 to 6 for ages 12 to 17 Time:VQCOHQTĆ‚TUVUGUUKQPQVJGT session are 9 a.m. to noon Location: Vashon Golf & Swim Club Cost: $80 for members and $100 for nonmembers Registration Deadline: One week prior Contact: Zoe at 463-9410 Children and teens will learn the basics of golf from Craig Wilcox, PGA professional.

Junior Crew Summer Camp

Ages: 13 to 18 (entering 8th-through 12th-grade next fall) Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dates: Mondays through Thursdays, June 23 to July 10 and July 14 to July 31 For those taking the second session, there is an optional regatta at Green Lake on Aug. 2 (additional $50 fee for regatta participation) Location: Jensen Point Boathouse Cost: $300 per session, teens can register for either or both sessions Contact: or see and click on the Junior tab Conditioning and hands-on rowing for novice and experienced rowers will culminate in an optional summer regatta at Green Lake. Experienced rowers will KORTQXGVJGKTĆ‚VPGUUNGXGNCPFTQYKPI expertise in preparation for the upcoming fall crew season. Novices will learn the basics of rowing and get a wellrounded introduction to this challenging sport. To participate in the Green Lake regatta, rowers must attend the second camp session.

Vashon Watersports Summer Paddling Camp Ages: 10 to 16 Dates: June 16 to 19, July 14 to 17 and Aug. 4 to 7

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Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Jensen Point boathouse Cost: $250 Contact: Island naturalist and kayak guide Maria Metler will host this kayaking and stand up paddle board camp.

Peter Fewing Soccer Camp

Ages: 5 to 13 Dates: July 28 to Aug. 1 Time: 9 a.m. to noon Location: Agren Park Cost: $150 with scholarships available Contact: Register at peterfewingsoccer Seattle University Head Coach Peter Fewing will direct this camp, where players will learn and improve their skills and tactical awareness through staff demonstrations, practicing and playing.


Ages: 6 through high school Dates: June 24 to 26, July 1 to 3, July 15 to 17, July 22 to 24, Aug. 5 to 7 and Aug. 12 to 14 Time: 10 a.m. to noon Location: Vashon Golf & Swim Club tennis courts Cost: $50 for members, $70 non-members Registration Deadline: One week before camp Contact: Zoe at 463-9410 Kids will learn the basics of tennis in a fun environment with tennis professional Preston Washington.

Tetra Brazil Camp — Soccer

Ages: 11 to 18 Dates: Aug. 12 to 16 TIme: Camp runs for three hours, times vary according to age group Location:/E/WTTC[Ć‚GNF Cost: $118 with scholarships available Contact: Register at www.challenger Brazilian trainers lead skill development.

Tetra Brazil Goalie Camp— Soccer

Ages: 11 to 18 Dates: Aug. 18 to 22 Time: 9 a.m. to noon Location:/E/WTTC[Ć‚GNF Cost: $118 or $177 in combination with Tetra Brazil camps in the afternoons, scholarships available Contact: Register at www.challengersports. com Brazilian coaches offer intensive, pro-

studio for classes, a variety of outdoor areas for exploratory play and a beach for lunch, nature and fresh air.

Magic of Mime — VAA

Ages: 8 to 14 Dates: July 28 to Aug. 1 Time: 1 to 4 p.m. Location: Blue Heron Cost: $160 VAA member/$175 general + $25 materials Contact: With instructor Steffon Moody, kids will create physical illusions: trapped in a box, the robot, climb a rope, running into a wall, slow motion, transform imaginary objects and throwing lights. Mime makeup, white gloves and D’Lite thumbtip will provided. Family and HTKGPFUKPXKVGFVQCƂPCNRGTHQTOCPEG

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Musical theater has been a popular VAA offering for many years. Above, young performers star in “How to be a Pirate.” fessional goalie training.

Vashon Island Junior Basketball Camp

Ages: Entering kindergarten through grade 7 Dates: June 23 to 25 Time and Location: Boys in grades 3 and 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at McMurray Gym; boys in grades 5 through 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. at McMurray; boys and girls entering kindergarten through 2nd grade from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Chautauaqua and girls in grades 3 through 7 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Chautauqua Cost: $35 for kids in kindergarten through second-grade; $40 for kids in grades 3 through 7 Registration Deadline: June 20 Contact: Sandy Tillman at 567-4070 Fundamental skills will be taught by Vashon Island Junior Basketball coaches and Vashon High School Pirate basketball players. A Pirate T-shirt is included in the registration fee.

World Cup Fridays

Ages: 6 to 15 Dates: Fridays, June 6 to 27 Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Location:8*5RTCEVKEGƂGNF Cost: Free Contact: Coach Scott Rice will lead International skills and scrimmages for the cup.

Theatre Arts Camps Advanced Camp Mik: Performance Ages: 9 and older, with instructor permission Date: July 21 to 25 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: Cost: $300 ($50 discount if registered in full before May 1) Location: Hanna Barn Studios Contact: Mik Kuhlman at campmik@ The group will write a show and perform it for the public July 26 and/or 27. Camp Mik

Ages: Kids 6 to 9 meet June 23 to 27 (a possible additional camp will be July 28 to Aug. 1); Kids 9 to 14 meet June 30 to July 4 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $300 ($50 discount if paid in full before May 1) Location: Hanna Barn Studios Contact: Mik Kuhlman at campmik@ Mik Kuhlman is back from New York City with a lot of new games from her work in theater, circus, dance and improv to bring a delightful summer camp to island kids. She inspires and celebrates individuality and fosters curiosity and UGNHEQPƂFGPEGVJTQWIJVGCEJKPIRJ[UKcal and creative expression. Hanna Barn studios is located on the north end of Maury Island and offers a waterfront setting with a large indoor

Ages: 5 to 7 Dates: Aug 26 to 29, Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Blue Heron Cost: $110 VAA member/$120 general + $5 materials Contact: to register. With instructor Kate Davidson, kids will take an imaginary adventure and explore characters from familiar and new stories, play drama games, create costumes and props.

Summer Musical Theatre: Pirates! The Musical — VAA Ages: 7 to 14 Dates: July 7 to 11 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Blue Heron Tuition: $180 VAA member/$195 general + $20 materials Contact: Marita Ericksen will lead a salty crew of colorful scallywags when Bluebeard, Yellowbeard, Whitebeard, Purplebeard (along with the No Beards) set sail for a mighty adventure. The camp is seeking singers, actors, dancers and stage crew to produce a 20-minute musical ending in a performance for family and friends.

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Junior Naturalist Day Camp

Summer Fun for Vashon Kids!


Celebrating the children of Vashon.

Your children will enjoy taking lessons this summer at one of Vashon Island’s most beautiful recreation facilities!

SWIMMING We will offer two-week sessions of classes to the public throughout the summer. Please check our website for more information on dates and times.

GOLF Registration deadline: One week prior to camp.

Stock up for Summer Fun!

Multi-Year Winner

TENNIS Registration deadline: One week prior to camp. Ages 6 through High School 10 a.m. to noon June 24-26; July 1-3; July 15-17 July 22-24; August 5-7; August 12-14

(206) 463-9282 Physical Address: 17425 Vashon Hwy SW Mailing Address: PO Box 673, Vashon Island WA 98070



Because our Vashon kids deserve the best we can do for them.


$80 members / $100 non-members

Marc O. Langland, DDS



 Salt Water Sandals  Geodes & Cool Rocks  Wooden toy sets  Dover coloring books  Educational toys & games  Rainy day fun kits  Puzzles  Surprises and goodies galore!




Dr. Langland


July 8-10 Ages 6-11 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. July 21-22 All Ages Intermediate 9 a.m. – noon Aug 4-6 Ages 12-17 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Ages 7-11 Explore the Island! It’s why we live here. Play Games! Go for Hikes! Make art! Tell stories! To Register: Land Trust 206.463.2644 For more Info: Maria Metler 206.612.3034

“It’s never too soon to start good dental care!”


July 28 - Aug 1 10:00am - 2:00pm $200.00/$180.00


Golf • Outdoor Pool • Tennis

RY S O R E & T

Vashon Community

Vacation Bible School Monday- Friday • August 4th – 8th, 2014

– Susan

$50 members / $70 non-members



Zoe Officer

206-463-9410 • 24615 SW 75th Ave., Vashon, WA 98070

(206) 999-6470


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Class Scholarships available year-round.

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3 year olds - Kindergarten will be meeting at the Presbyterian Church from 9:45-11:45 each morning. A suggested donation of $15/child or $25/family (whichever is less)

Scholarships available upon request. (206) 465-0160 Register at:

Toddler-3 Class: Mondays, Tuesdays 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. (child must be walking by August 31st) 3-4 Class: Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. (child must be 3 by August 31st) 4-5 Pre-K Class: Tuesdays through Fridays, 12:45 to 3:45 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 2014-2015 Preschool Session. 206.463.5131

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Island Child • Spring / Summer 2014


Preschools, Daycares After-School Programs

Cedarsong Nature School

Type of program: Forest Kindergarten Contact: Openings: All classes in the fall Ages: 2 to 6 Program: Cedarsong Nature School’s forest kindergarten is a completely outdoor, year-round preschool based on the German waldkindergarten early childhood model, distinguished by its 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 2 p.m. Financial aid is available. Student-to-teacher ratio: 4 to 1, class size limit is 8 to 12 students 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. 4401 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 OC[ECNNVJGFKUVTKEVQHƂEGCV ext. 8638, to reach the Child Find coordinator.


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Leo Ralston and Ben Matt find plenty of time for friendship and fun at Vashon Kids. 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)

Creative Preschool Type of program:0QPRTQĆ‚VEJKNFEGPVGTGF preschool Contact: Teachers Sharon Farrell and Allison Trundle at 463-2166, vashon or see Openings: Currently enrolling for 2014-15 school year Ages: 2 to 5 Program: Creative Preschool has served island families for 40 years and is led by one of the island’s most experienced teachers in early childhood education, Sharon Farrell. The programs at Creative Preschool are designed to provide a nurturing and exciting learning environment and promote the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of young children through age-appropriate creative play and learning activities. Teachers feel play is the “workâ€? of young children and is therefore the basis of learning. The school’s programs provide experi-

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ences in art, drama, music, movement, science and language. Its goals are to help facilitate the development of creative thinkers, problem solvers, selfEQPĆ‚FGPVCPFKPFGRGPFGPVDGKPIUYJQ will grow up to be caring, happy and productive adults. Parents do not participate in the classroom on a regular basis; however, the school values the involvement of parents on the board of directors, for special RTQLGEVUCPFQPĆ‚GNFVTKRU+VGPEQWTCIGU parents to share their own talents and interests whenever possible. Check the website 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: Parents provide snacks Holidays: Follows public school calendar Buses: No

El Gato con Botas

Type of program: Full-day, state-licensed Spanish bilingual daycare Contact: Sarah Bunch at 473-0445 or or see Ages: 1 to 5 Openings: Yes, call or email to inquire Program: The best time for a child to

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Children at Kids Are People Too enjoy plenty of time outside, above left, and at right, Desmond Shea-Peloquin and Lily Burke Cobarr celebrate King’s Day at La Petite Etoile. 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 chilFTGPCHWPĆ‚NNGFNQXKPICVOQURJGTGVQ learn valuable social skills and healthy OGVJQFUQHEQPĆƒKEVTGUQNWVKQPYJKNG 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

Kids Are People Too

Type of program: Preschool and extended care Contact: Danielle York at 463-2610 Ages: 2 1/2 to 6 years for preschool and 2 1/2 to 9 years for extended care Program: The school has a multi-age program for 2 1/2 to 6-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 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 EGTVKĆ‚GFUYKOOKPIKPUVTWEVQT&C[PC Rogers give the kids a group swimming NGUUQP6JGUEJQQNVCMGUVJTGGVQĆ‚XG QPKUNCPFĆ‚GNFVTKRUGCEJ[GCT Preschool hours are 9:30 a.m. to noon, with lunch provided. Extended hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Special needs: Serves subsidized clients Student-to-teacher ratio: 8 to 2 Meals: Yes Holidays: Mostly follows the public school calendar and is closed in August Buses: No, but transports students to afternoon kindergarten

Klahanie School

Type of program: Montessori Preschool Program Openings: Very few, contact the school for information and to schedule a visit Ages: 30 months to 5 years Contact: Emily (Emmy) Graham at 4919465,, klahanie Program: The school meets Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for kids ages 30 months to 3 1/2 years from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for kids ages 3 1/2 to 5. The program runs from September through June. Using the Montessori foundation of “Follow the Child,â€? as well as nurturing the development of empathy, the Klahanie School program is focused on expanding the child’s love of earth, self, others and learning. Each school year the Klahanie School seeks talented elders from the island community to visit the class monthly as specialists, sharing their skills with the Klahanie students. Children are encouraged in a nurturing method to explore the school environment inside and outside at their own pace, with Montessori lessons, nature walks, dramatic play and circle times supporting the monthly class themes for the child’s cognitive, emotional, social and physical growth. Klahanie School’s intention is to instill a love of life and VJGEQPĆ‚FGPEGPGEGUUCT[VQGZRNQTG the ever-changing world and preparedness for future school experiences. This intimate program supports children and families during potty-training transitions. Special Needs: Call with inquiries Student to teacher ratio: To be determined Meals: Parents provide snack and lunch Holidays: Follows the public school calendar Buses: No

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or see Openings: Filling up fast for next year Ages: 3 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

VYFS Vashon Kids

Type of program: Before- and after-schoolchildcare and enrichment activities at Chautauqua Elementary School Contact: Dalinda Vivero at 930-2592 or, Ages: Kindergarten through 5th grade Program: During the school year, Vashon Erin Kenney Photo Kids runs daily from 6 a.m. until school starts and after school until 6:30 p.m. The At Cedarsong Nature School, children spend all their time outdoors. location in the Chautauqua multipurpose room provides safety, convenience and La Petite Etoile more than 100 years ago. The principles, familiarity for children and parents. Type of program: French language school methods and materials used in Montes6JGTGCTGĆƒGZKDNGGPTQNNOGPVQRVKQPU Contact: Aristy Gill at 304-4903, see www. UQTKGFWECVKQPCTGUEKGPVKĆ‚ECNN[UWRRQTVGF for full- or part-time, as well as for school researched and time tested. A Montessori breaks and late arrival days. The program’s philosophy includes teaching Openings: Call to inquire environment feeds the child’s curiosity children to play cooperatively, accept Ages: 2 1/2 to 6 about the real world, respects the child’s FKHHGTGPEGUCPFTGUQNXGEQPĆƒKEVUTGProgram: La Petite Etoile French School interests and preferences and protects offers preschoolers and kindergartners the child’s concentration. Emerging social spectfully. Academic and enrichment activities foa French immersion experience as they UMKNNUCTGUWRRQTVGFYKVJCOQFKĆ‚GFUV[NG cus on science, art, humanities, literacy play, play, play. Music and fun stories, of compassionate communication. Little and sports. Monday through Thursday snack time and child-guided play indoors Tree has two trained Montessori guides, Vashon Kids has a designated homework and outdoors provide little learners with a a spacious, well-equipped classroom and time where staff are available to assist natural language learning environment. play yard (the play yard is lead and arsenic children with their homework. Special needs: No free) and forest trails. Field trips and special projects are arStudent-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1 Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. ranged for school breaks. Meals: Snack provided to 1 p.m. Program director Dalinda Vivero has Holidays: Follows the public Meals: Children bring their own snack and been with the program for 15 years, with school calendar lunch. over 20 years of experience working Buses: Yes Special Needs: Possibly with children in classroom and program Student to teacher ratio: 6 to 1 contexts. Holidays: Follows the public school calSpecial Needs: Yes Little Tree Montessori School endar with an optional summer session Meals: Breakfast and nutritious afternoon Type of program: Montessori, multi-age during the month of July snacks are provided class, preschool through kindergarten Buses: No Student-to teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Contact: Teri Tipton at 463-9249 or see Holidays: Open all school breaks and late arrival days. Closed for federal holidays. Starbreak Openings:+PSWKTGVQĆ‚PFQWV Buses: No Type of program: Preschool, kindergarten Ages: 3 to 6 Program: This will be Little Tree’s 16th year, and summer camps but Montessori education was established Contact: Director Dan Cullinan at 463-6277


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4-Day Summer Paddling Camp June 16-19 July 14-17 August 4-7 Kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, water safety and navigation with Maria Metler. Ages 10 - 16. (10am-2pm daily) 206.463.YAKS (9257) Jensen Point Boathouse

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