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About Island Child The winter’s rain has recently given way to glorious spring days and the promise that 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 focusing on art, theater, dance, rowing, nature 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

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.

— The Vashon John L. Scott Family

Island Child staff Publisher .......................Daralyn Anderson Editor ............................Anneli Fogt Section Editor ..............Susan Riemer Marketing......................Daralyn Anderson Design, production and cover design Nance Scott Dennis Clouse

On the cover Clockwise from the top, two girls take part in a VAA photography camp; youth can participate in a night camp for teens through the Vashon Wilderness Program; preschoolers enjoy beach play at Starbreak, and a child takes to the trees at Cedarsong Nature School.

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Island potter Liz Lewis works with a young student at a pottery camp.

Art and Creativity Camps All About Me Art Camp Ages: 7 to 10 Dates: Aug. 15 to 19 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Vashon Center for the Arts Cost: $190 VAA members, $210 General + $30 materials Contact: or call 463-5131 Projects include book-making, plaster masks, selfportraits in acrylic and mixed media, weaving, collage boxes and soft-sculpture portraits.

Art and Spanish Camp Ages: 3 to 5 from 10 a.m. to noon and ages 5 to 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Dates: June 27 to 30 Location: Vashon Center for the Arts Cost: $85 VAA members, $100 general + $10 materials Contact: or call 463-5131 Kids will sing, dance, create and learn. Each day includes art projects, Spanish songs and movement. Join in for fun with Spanish language, culture and creative play. Parents are welcome.

Aruba Clay Camps Ages: 3 to 5 and 6 to 12 Dates: July 11 to 15 and Aug. 8 to 12 for the younger kids; June 20 to 24, July 11 to 15 and Aug. 8 to 12 for older kids Time: 3 to 5 p.m. for younger kids, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for older kids Location: Aruba Tileworks & Pottery on Cemetery Road Cost: $100 for kids 3 to 5; $200 for kids 6 to 12 Contact: or 571-8896

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Each morning the group will gather around a fire while a story is offered and dreams shared to begin the day’s work with clay. The students will make clay with their feet and learn a variety of hand-building and sculpting techniques as well as work with the wheel. The emphasis is to support the creative imagination of each child. Snacks are provided for all camps. Kids 6 to 12 years old need to bring a lunch.

Clay Camps Island potter Liz Lewis has taught VAA clay classes for over 17 years and is a visiting artist in Vashon schools. All clay camps will be held at her studio, 12714 SW Cemetery Rd. Register at

Hands On! Ages: 5 to 6 Dates: July 6 to 8 Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $65 VAA members, $75 general + $15 materials Kids will make a fancy flower and a scaly alligator.

Bird Lovers Ages: 6 to 10 Dates: July 11 to 15 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $190 VAA members, $210 general + $50 materials Kids will design and make a songbird sculpture and build and decorate a birdhouse. A stenciled shorebird plate will evoke the smell and spray of the sea.

Desert Ages: 6 to 10 Dates: July 25 to 29 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $190 VAA member, $210 general + $50 materials

Be inspired by the plants, animals and people that survive under the desert sun.

Get Centered! Ages: 10 to 14 Dates: Aug. 8 to 12 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $200 VAA members, $220 general + $50 materials Kids will create hand-built vessels and work on the wheel.

Rainforest Ages: 6 to 10 Dates: Aug. 29 to Sept. 2 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $190 VAA members, $210 general + $50 materials Colorful parrots and toucans will inspire a painted plate design as will poison arrow frogs, chameleons, ferns and flowers.

Clay Intensive for Teens Ages: 14 to 19 Dates: July 24 to 29 Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Dockton Pottery Cost: $200 + $50 materials and firing fee Contact: Gale Lurie at 567-0511 Registration deadline: July 1 Gale Lurie, a former pottery teacher at the Northwest School, will provide individualized instruction based on students’ interests. Classes will be small; beginner through advanced students are welcome.

Coastal Creatures Art Camp Ages: 8 to 11 Dates: Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday for field trip) Location: Point Robinson and field trip Cost: $220 VAA members, $240 general + $50 materials, admission fee, transportation Contact: or call 463-5131 With instructor Maria Metler, kids will explore the beaches of Point Robinson, making beach-inspired art and learning about creatures of the intertidal zone, including moon snails, crabs and other softand hard-bodied animals. There will also be a field trip to the Seattle Aquarium.

Empower Diversity Art Camp Ages: 8 to 13 Dates: July 11 to 15 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Vashon Center for the Arts Cost: $200 VAA members, $220 general + $20

Dates: July 11 to 14 or Aug. 1 to 4 Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $200 VAA members/$225 general + $50 materials Location: Brian Brenno Studio, 9850 SW 148th St. Contact: or call 463-5131 With instructors Brian and Tara Brenno, teens will experience the wonders of glass by making works of art. Projects include glass blowing, casting, fusing and mosaic. Students leave with many small projects and a good foundation for future projects.

Movement & Music Camp Ages: 6 to 8 Dates: June 20 to 24 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $200, scholarships available Contact: Lelavision will offer this camp, featuring creative movement, yoga, tumbling, aerial, brain gym, brain dance and movement puzzles, all combined with instrument making and physical music for a week of kinetic and aural fun. Contact the organizers for location and registration information.

Mural Painting Camp Ages: 10 to 16 Dates: Aug. 8 to 11 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Vashon Center for the Arts Cost: $170 VAA members, $190 General + $15 materials

Contact: or call 463-5131 This camp invites youth to come paint on VAA’s walls. Express yourself, gain drawing and painting skills and have your artwork displayed at the Blue Heron for six months. Steffon Moody, who will teach the class, is a master scenic artist and teaches drawing at DigiPen Institute of Technology.

Science of Art Camp Ages: 8 to 12 Dates: July 19 to 22 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Vashon Center for the Arts Cost: $170 VAA members, $190 general + $30 materials

Contact: or call 463-5131 Kids will combine science and art in this fun camp, with a different instructor and unique project each day. They will build potato launchers, stomp rockets, catapults, floaters and flyers; create scribble bots; design simple electronics projects on flexible materials and perform bubble experiments.

Teen Girls Yoga & Art Overnight Retreat


Contact: or call 463-5131


Location: The Yoga Nest Studio on the north end This art and personal development camp will allow participants to proudly explore the statement Cost: $145 per person “I am …” through writing, spoken word, theater Contact: Gretchen Burkholder at 940-7754 games, movement, improvisation, mask making Registration deadline: July 1

Glass Intensive for Teens Ages: 13 to 19

Ages: 10 to 16 Dates: Aug. 1 to 4 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Vashon Center for the Arts Cost: $170 VAA members, $190 general + $40 materials

Contact: or call 463-5131 Get ready to wear your art and show off your style. Learn how to print your own colorful designs on provided T-shirts, tote bags and much more. Practice relief and photo screen-printing techniques and put your hand-drawn designs and text on many types of fabric. Explore new drawing, photo and transfer processes.

Dance Camps

Ages: 13 to 18 Dates: July 9 and 10 Time: Drop-off 1 p.m. Saturday, pickup 2 p.m.

and graffiti-style art.

Wear Your Art Camp

In this creative, fun and relaxing retreat weekend, teens will practice yoga, do art projects, play games, have a campfire and enjoy delicious meals and snacks.

Vashon Center for Dance will offer several camps and classes this summer at the new Vashon Center for the Arts. See or call 4635131 for registration information.

Around the World in Four Dance Days Ages: 6 to 9 Dates: July 25 to 28 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $240 VAA members, $260 general + $10 materials First stop Paris to learn the origins of ballet at the Eiffel Tower then off to Spain for some Flamenco and salsa dancing. Then back across the Atlantic to the bright lights of Broadway in New York City and on to Chicago — jazz dance capital of the world — and then to the West Coast for the contemporary grooves of pop dance.

Beginner Hip Hop Ages: 8 to 12 Dates: Mondays, July 11 to Aug. 29 Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: $120 VAA members, $140 general The class will be a dynamic experience, including a whole-body warm up, body isolations and strengtheners. It will include the latest hip hop moves and group improvisation.

Create a Dance Solo in Five Days Ages: 12 to 20 Dates: Aug. 22 to 26 Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $300 VAA members, $320 general Dancers of various technical backgrounds and styles are invited to explore their own movement style and create a solo in five days. This will be an intense experience with practice required outside of the workshop time. Studio space will be available in the evenings. Students will show work each day to gain positive feedback and progress. Movement styles from hip hop, ballet, jazz, modern or individual movement will be encouraged.

Fairy Tale Characters Dance Camp Ages: 3 to 5 Dates: July 11 to 14  Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $180 VAA members, $200 general + $10 materials

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Each day will present a new adventure in a new land. Crafts and props will help create a wonderland of stories.

themselves as leaders. Girls should plan to be inspired, laugh and get dirty (think glitter and mud).

Camp Sealth

Favorite Ballets Dance Camp

Ages: Kindergarten through age 12 Dates: Weekly camps throughout the summer Time: Day camps and overnight camps Location: Camp Sealth with some trips to other

Ages: 4 to 6 Dates: Aug. 22 to 25 Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $180 VAA members, $200

areas in the Northwest Cost: Varies according to camp Contact: Camp Sealth has camp programs geared for kids of all ages, including Day Camp; Classic Camp; Horse Camp; Speciality Camp, which focuses on one main activity such as kayaking, arts and crafts or outdoor skills; Adventure Camp, which lets youth explore the Pacific Northwest, and Leadership Camps for teens seeking new skills and opportunities to earn service hours.

general + $10 materials Become the characters in the stories we love: Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Coppelia. Learn the stories of the dance classics and create props to help tell the stories.

Intermediate Ballet/Pointe Ages: For levels 4, 5 and 6 Dates: Wednesdays, July 13 to Aug. 31 Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $200 VAA members, $220 general

Plum Forest Farming and Adventure Camp

Traditional barre and jumps will be taught at an intermediate level. Pointe shoes can be worn at the barre and in centre work. Stretching and light conditioning will be included.

Teen Hip Hop Ages: 13 to 20 Dates: Mondays, July 11 to Aug. 29 Time: 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Cost: $120 VAA members, $140 general This class will be taught at the intermediate level. Students will be expected to work at a high energy level, including a whole body warm up, body isolations and strengtheners. The class will include the latest hip hop moves and group improvisation. Some dance experience is suggested.

Triple Threat Musical Theatre Dance Intensive Ages: 9 to 12 Dates: Aug. 8 to 12 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $340 VAA members, general $360 An invitation to five days of dance, acting and singing. Students will explore different styles of dance (tap, jazz, ballet) and explore acting for the stage and basic vocals throughout the week. Minimal dance experience desired, no vocal experience required.

Ultimate Dance Camp Adventure Ages: 3 to 5 Dates: Aug. 15 to 18 Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $180 VAA member,s $200 general + $10 materials Dance with ocean creatures under the sea; be a tightrope walker or acrobat at the circus; float with astronauts and aliens in outer space and more. Each day will be filled with themed games, story adventures and creative dances using props and costumes. 

Foreign Language Camps Art and Spanish Camp See Art and Creativity Camps.


Vashon Kids Photo

Seleana, a Vashon Kids’ Pirate, joins the Strawberry Festival Parade.

Le Ouistiti French Summer Camp Ages: 3 to 7

Dates: July 11 to 29 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: The Land Trust Building, 10014 SW Bank Rd. Cost: $175/week per child Contact: Coco Banks at 613-9243 or cocobanks@

Registration deadline: July 1 With French teacher Coco Banks, young children will discover the French language through play, art, theater, song and cooking. Join Auzou the silly wolf in his adventures with favorite fairy tale characters as he searches for the perfect recipe for “une tarte aux pommes” (apple pie).

General Camps Empowerment Camp for Girls Ages: 7 to 10 (entering second through fifth grade) Dates: July 25 to 29, Aug. 1 to 5 and Aug. 8 to 12 Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Various locations on Vashon with plans for daily adventures. Central/easy drop-off location to be determined Cost: $250 Contact: Patty Gregorich at vashonpatty@gmail. com or 463-1843 Registration deadline: June 1, but camps may fill early This camp is facilitated by a certified island teacher, but campers will also be guided and inspired by high school girls whom they can look to as role models. The group will explore the many ways girls can be strong, compassionate, creative, intelligent and happy. They will do this through a variety of creative art projects, games, drama, service, writing and exploration. Girls will also hear from Vashon’s own female leaders, who will share their stories, experience and wisdom, allowing girls to envision

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Ages: 6 to 11 Dates: July 5 to 8 Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Plum Forest Farm, Paradise Valley Cost: $195 Contact: Joanne Jewell at heartstone@

Registration deadline: July 2 Children will spend the whole day outdoors starting with morning chores at Plum Forest Farm caring for the animals then move on to the specific farm tasks of the season. Activities include harvesting, planting, preparing food and eating farm crops. After farm work, the group will pack up and hike to a different natural area each day, including Island Center Forest and Land Trust properties at Matsuda Farm, Judd Creek and Singer Farm, where they will explore the wild beauty, life and abundance of summer on Vashon. Expect games, singing and adventurous wandering. Parents will pick up their children at these different sites, all within 2 miles of the farm, at the end of the day. Joanne Jewell and Mira Peterson will lead the camp.

Starbreak Summer Village Ages: 4 to 9 Dates: Six weekly camps from July 11 through Aug. 18 Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Starbreak Preschool near KVI beach Cost: $160 Contact:, 463-6277 or see The school’s woods will be enchanted by the imaginations of the children, who bring summer and the Kids’ Village to life. Days will be filled with stories of magic, fairies, goblins, elves, knights, princesses, magicians and jesters. Each week is different. The children under supervision run the village; they have a parcel service, lookout tower, bank, magic shop, performance stage, fairie tree, trails and some new surprises yet to be revealed. Camp will include arts and crafts, face painting, costume shop, treasure hunts, plays and much more. Summer camps this year include stilts, beach adventures, a boy camp and a girl camp.

Vashon Kids Summer Enrichment Ages: Entering kindergarten (must be 5 years of age) through entering 6th grade Dates: Weekly summer camps from June 27 through Aug. 26 Time: 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Chautauqua Elementary School Cost: Full time is $200 per week; four days per week is $185, and three days per week is $170. Closed July 4. Multiple 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 or Megan Dinsmore at 930-2592 or; see also Vashon Kids is a safe, supportive place for kids to discover, build skills and fuel their potential. Staff engage children to learn, play and grow with activities in science, art, drama, literacy, sports and humanities. Weekly themes provide creativity and structure. Daily outdoor activities, swimming, biking and field trips ensure full use of the summer sun.

Horse Camps Camp Sealth See General Camps.

Horse Camp at Westside Stables Ages: 7 to 11 Dates: July 22 to 25, Aug. 8 to 11 and Aug. 22 to 25 Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Westside Stables, 21200 Westside Hwy. Cost: $580, a 50 percent non-refundable deposit holds a spot Contact: Cici Carson at or Students will ride through the woods, learn the care and feeding of horses and enjoy a variety other activities. The camper to counselor ratio is 3:1. Camps fill quickly.

Music Camp Young Songwriter Camp Ages: 7 to 12 Dates: July 5 to 8 Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Vashon Center for the Arts Cost: $200 VAA members, $220 general + $5 materials

Contact: or call 463-5131 Kids will find inspiration for songs and lyrics through theater games, word and picture collaging, listening sessions, journaling and outdoor adventures. As their songs take shape, students will record them using a basic recording unit and high quality-microphones. Those who play instruments are encouraged to use them, but no musical skills or past experience is required. There will be opportunities for those who are interested in sound engineering to learn more about the use of microphones and basic recording gear. Camp will culminate with the production of a full-length CD and CD-release celebration.

Nature Camps Advanced Camp Ages: 7 to 12 (Prerequisite: one year experience in Vashon Wilderness Program’s Fire Tenders or Forest Tracker program) Dates: June 27 to July 1 Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., including one overnight on Thursday and pickup Friday at noon Location: Island Center Forest Cost: $385 Contact: or 651-5715 Registration deadline: First come, first served The camp includes everything kids know and love about VWP and a whole lot more. The group will create a primitive living village for the week and deepen their earth-based skills, share epic stories and have adventures.

Camp Terra Ages: 8 to 12 and 4 to 8 Dates: June 27 to 30 (for kids 8 to 12) and July 4 to 7 (for kids 4 to 8) Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with one later day for a cookout or optional overnight Location: Cedarsong Nature School, five acres of woods on Old Mill Road Cost: $300 plus $100 for optional overnight, scholarships available Contact: or call 7085945 Registration deadline: As soon as possible, camps fill quickly Camp Terra provides an opportunity for children to immerse themselves in nature and offers opportunities for a stimulating, hands-on approach to environmental education. The camp atmosphere is non-competitive, allowing group bonding and encouraging individual empowerment. The program is designed and taught by forest schools expert Erin Kenny. Camp Terra has the same interest-led flow programming as the Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten. The camp accepts up to two high-functioning autism spectrum or ADHD-diagnosed children in each of its camps.

Cedars and Saplings: Forest Family Adventure Camp Ages: 4 to 6 and their special grown-up Dates: Aug. 1 to 5 Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Island Center Forest Cost: $295 per child/grown-up pair Contact: or 651-5715

Registration deadline: First come, first served Bring your mom, dad, aunt, uncle, grandparent or other special grown-up for this unique week of nature connection — together. Magic, mystery and adventure await as group members uncover their special relationship with the birds, plants, animals and each other through gentle nature wanders, sensory awareness games, stories, songs, nature art and more.

Earth Walkers Teen Night Camp Ages: 13 to 17 Dates: Aug. 8 to 12 Time: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., including a Thursday overnight and pickup Friday at noon Location: Island Center Forest and private surrounding land for the overnight Cost: $385 Contact: or 651-5715 Registration deadline: First come, first served Nighttime. When much of the human world is asleep, the natural world is alive and awake — full of mystery, intrigue and a call to adventure. In the darkness is also a time to open to the wild inside you — your authentic self — inspired by nature’s rhythms, songs and stories.

Greenwood Secrets Herbal Magic Camp for Girls Ages: 7 to 10 (girls only) Dates: July 25 to 29 Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Island Center Forest Cost: $295* Contact: or 651-5715

Registration deadline: First come, first served In this farm and forest adventure, campers will learn the secret language of plants and discover their healing power. Kids will make fairy feasts, forest folk remedies, flower essences and more. Come discover the magic of the herbal world around us and our relationship with these green beings. * Sign up for another week of camp for your 7 to 10 year old and pay $570 for both weeks.

The Land Trust Jr. Naturalist Summer Day Camp Ages: 7 to 11 Dates: July 11 to 15 Times: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: A different island park/preserve each day: Dockton Forest, Point Robinson, Island Center Forest, Shinglemill Creek/Fern Cove and Fisher Pond with a possible kayaking day Cost: $250 per child/$230 for Land Trust members Contact: Julie Grunwald at the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust, or 463-2644, or, for questions about the camp, contact Maria Metler, instructor, at 612-3034 or maria. Maria Metler, education specialist with Vashon Nature Center, camp director with Vashon Watersports, instructor with Vashon Allied Arts, community volunteer and mother will introduce the natural history and human ecology of island parks and preserves to junior naturalists. Kids will be outside all day long, exploring the preserves and beaches of Vashon-Maury Island, observing native plants and animals, making discoveries, creating art and more. The group walks 1 to 2 miles each day; children should dress for outdoor adventuring.

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Nourishing Nature Summer Camp for Girls Cost: $240 VAA members, $260 general + $80 Ages: 11 to 14 Dates: Aug. 8 to 12 Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Island Center Forest Cost: $295 Contact: or 651-5715

Registration deadline: First come, first served Traveling through diverse landscapes on this beautiful island, girls will learn practices to deepen connections with the natural world outside and within themselves. Through sensory awareness games, nature-based meditations, wildcrafting, exploring trails, quiet mind, nature journaling, singing, stories and more, these young women will learn to trust themselves and the land to nourish and heal their bodies and minds, all while having incredible adventures.

Pathfinder’s Apprentice: Nature Adventure Camp Ages: 7 to 12 Dates: July 11 to 15 and July 25 to 29 Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Island Center Forest Cost: $295/week or $570/two weeks* Contact: or 651-5715

Registration deadline: first come, first served Join in for a fun-filled week as campers build primitive shelters, harvest food and make medicine from the plants, adventure off-trail, learn to stay found, tune-up their senses, hear stories, sing songs, spark their imaginations and more. * Discount applies when campers sign up for two weeks of the same camp or mix and match with another camp for 7 to 12 year olds.

Questing Coyotes - Nature Journey Camp Ages: 7 to 12 Dates: July 18 to 22 and Aug. 1 to 5 Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Island Center Forest Cost: $295/week or $570/two weeks* Contact: or 651-5715

Registration deadline: First come, first served This week campers’ mission will be to find the hidden treasures of nature. To prepare for their journey, they will receive training in Coyote Medicine, the art of invisibility, tracking animals, understanding the language of the birds, storytelling and acute sensory awareness. * Discount applies when you sign up for two weeks of the same camp, or mix and match with another camp for 7-12 year olds.

Photography Camps Crazy about Photography! Ages: 10 to 13 Dates: Aug. 22 to 26 Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on offisland days) Location: Variable


transportation, admission fees and materials Contact: or call 463-5131 Ray Pfortner with teen assistant Rhiannon Simmonds will lead the group in exploring Seattle, Tacoma and Vashon with their cameras. Day trips include the Seattle Center, Point Defiance Zoo and KVI Beach. The group will end camp by making greeting cards with their photographs for gifts or to sell. A show of the results will open at Blue Heron Gallery on Nov. 4. Participants must have their own digital camera of any kind.

Teen Photo Intensive Ages: 14 to 19 Dates: July 25 to 29 Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for day trips + overnights on Wednesday and Thursday Location: Variable Cost: $270 VAA members, $295 general + $100 materials, food, admission fees + $95 lodging Contact: or call 463-5131 Island photographers Ray Pfortner and Christine Beck will lead this camp — an intensive week of photography in Seattle and on Vashon. There will be day trips to Seattle Center, Pike Place Market and Volunteer Park Conservatory as well as Vashon’s Quartermaster Yacht Club and Jensen Point. The camp includes two overnights at Camp Burton, including shooting from pre-dawn to after dusk, movie night, shared meals and photo critiques. A juried show of results will open at the Blue Heron Gallery on Nov. 4. Students must have a digital camera of any kind. A day camp option without overnights is available.

Religious Camps Camp Burton Ages: Entering grades 3 to 12 and families Dates: July 10 to 15, July 23 to 28 and July 24 to 28 Time: Overnight camp Location: Camp Burton Cost: $225 to $315 Contact: Camp Burton offers the best of Christian summer camping, including information about God, singing, games, campfires, crafts, swimming, sleeping in cabins and leadership opportunities for youth.

New Horizons at Camp Burton Ages: 16 and up with special needs Dates: July 10 to 15 Time: Overnight camp Location: Camp Burton Cost: $335 Contact: New Horizons Camp provides a welcoming Christian camping environment for youth who are developmentally disabled and/or who are mildly physically disabled. Campers learn they are important creations of God and explore the beauty of the world. Campers must be able to care for their own personal needs (eating, dressing and restroom use) with minimal assistance and be able to participate in most camp activities. Camp activities include swimming at the local pool, canoeing, carnival games, archery, a talent show and campfires.

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Sports Camps Bruce Haulman Junior Sailing Program Ages: Beginners, 8 to 11, and juniors, 12 to 18 Dates: Monday through Thursday programs from July 11 to Aug. 15 Time: Beginners — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and juniors — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Quartermaster Yacht Club Cost: $280, discount offered if paid by May 31 Contact: For help with online accounts, call the park office at 463-9602. For information about the program, call Scott Bonney at 240-7721. Kids learn the basics of water safety and small boat sailing in the sheltered waters of Quartermaster Harbor. This camp is offered through a partnership between the Vashon Park District and the Quartermaster Yacht Club. Classes for adults are also available.

Challenger British and Tetra Brazil Soccer Camps Ages: 4 to 18 Dates: Aug. 15 to 19 Time: Half and full-day options are available Location: McMurray Middle School Cost: $95 to $195, depending on age and camp Contact: Soccer instructors from Britain and Brazil will teach soccer skills and understanding of the game. The camp’s philosophy encourages children to become independent learners and to better understand the meaning of respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and leadership. The Challenger’s British Soccer and TetraBrazil programs include a free ball, T-shirt, poster and online learning subscription.

Junior Crew Camp Ages: 13 to 18 or entering grades 8 to 12 in the fall Dates: Monday through Thursday, July 11 to 21 and July 25 to Aug. 4, (plus Friday, Aug. 5, practice for Green Lake Regatta participants.) Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Jensen Point Boathouse Cost: $290 Contact/Registration: Register online at starting June 1. Registration closes July 8. Summer Crew Camp is a fun opportunity for beginners to learn the basics of rowing and experienced rowers to stay in shape. Both groups have the opportunity to compete at an optional regatta at Green Lake in Seattle on Aug. 6. Summer is a good time for novices to learn about crew and for returning rowers to improve their fitness and skills in preparation for the fall season.

Junior Golf Camp Ages: 6 to 12 Dates: June 28 and 29 Time: 9 to 11 a.m. Location: Vashon Golf & Swim Club, 24615 75th Ave. SW Cost: $60 per child for members; $80 for nonmembers Contact: 463-9410 or Registration deadline: One week before camp

Lethal Shakespeare! Ages: 8 to 17 (parents welcome, too) Dates: Aug. 1 to 5 Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Vashon Center for the Arts Cost: $250 VAA members, $270 general + $15 materials

Contact: or call 463-5131 Aimee van Roekel will lead this camp. Students will have fun while learning improvisational games to free up inhibitions, then apply those to Shakespeare’s more accessible language in his great, gory parade of deaths. Students will learn basic stage combat, voice and speech, acting, iambic pentameter, character development and more, all while building an ensemble of players who support each other’s exploration. The camp culminates with a performance on Aug. 5.

Magic of Mime Vashon Allied Arts Photo

Vashon Allied Arts offers several ways for kids to take to the stage each summer. Golf lessons for beginners to intermediates will be offered.

Junior Tennis Camp Ages: 6 through High School Dates: Six three-day camps from June 28 to Aug. 18 Time: 10 a.m. to noon Location: Vashon Golf & Swim Club tennis courts, 24615 75th Ave. SW Cost: $50 per child for members, $70 for nonmembers Contact: 463-9410 or Registration deadline: One week before camp starts Tennis lessons for beginning to intermediate students will be offered.

Vashon Watersports Summer Paddling Camp Ages: 10 to 16 Dates: July 19 to 21 and July 26 to 28 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Jensen Point boathouse Cost: $360 Contact: The camp is designed to inspire confidence both on the water and off. Participants will engage in team-building activities, become familiar with the different parts of a kayak and the gear, learn the basic strokes required to operate a kayak, develop map and compass skills and read nautical charts and tide tables and plan routes.

Theater Camps

Peter Fewing Soccer Camp Ages: 5 to 13 Dates: July 25 to 29 Time: 9 a.m. to noon Location: Agren Park Cost: $160 Contact: Kids will learn and improve their skills and tactical awareness each day through staff demonstrations, practicing and playing. Each day ends with a World Cup game.

Vashon Island Junior Basketball Camp Ages: Entering kindergarten through 8th grade Dates: June 27 to 29 Time and Location: K-2nd grade CES gym from 9:30 to 11 a.m.; girls 3rd to 8th grade CES gym from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; boys 3rd to 8th grade McMurray Gym from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $35 for kids K-2nd; $40 for kids 3rd-8th grade Contact: Register@ Registration deadline: June 23 Fundamental skills will be taught by VHS coaches and Vashon High School Pirate basketball players. A Pirate T-shirt is included in the registration fee.

Camp Mik Ages and Dates: June 27 to July 1 advanced camp for teens or by permission; July 12 to July 15 campers 6 to 9 years (note: four days, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.); July 18 to 22 campers 9 to 14 years, and July 25 to 29 campers 6 to 9 years Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted, with a show at 1 p.m. Fridays Location: Hanna Barn Studios Cost: $300 per week; $250 if paid in full by May 15 Contact: Registration deadline: As early as possible, openings are limited International performing and teaching artist Mik Kuhlman returns to Vashon from New York City for her popular, fun physical theatre camp now in its ninth year. Students will learn the fundamentals of theater, circus, dance and improvisation through physical activities in clown, mime, mask and games. They will also learn confidence, team work and spatial and body awareness. The camp will be indoors and outdoors with lunch on the beach.

Ages: 8 to 14 Dates: Aug. 15 to 18 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Vashon Center for the Arts Cost: $170 VAA members, $190 general + $25 materials With instructors Steffon and Louisa Moody, students will tell stories without saying a word. They will create a variety of physical illusions: trapped in a box, the robot, climb a rope, running into a wall, slow motion and transforming imaginary objects. Mime makeup, white gloves and D’Light thumbtip provided. There will be a finale performance Aug. 18.

Story Stage! Ages: 4 to 6 Dates: July 19 to 22 Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Vashon Maury Cooperative Preschool, 22100 Vashon Hwy. SW Cost: $130 VAA members, $145 General + $10 materials Contact: or call 463-5131 Molly Wilson, the teacher at the Vashon-Maury Cooperative Preschool, will teach the class. Students will take an imaginary adventure, exploring characters from familiar and new stories. Students will play drama games and create costumes and props.

Summer Musical Theatre – Pirates! The Hidden Treasure Ages: 7 to 14 Dates: July 25 to 29 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Vashon Center for the Arts Cost: $190 VAA members, $210 General + $20 materials

Contact: or call 463-5131 Marita Ericksen will lead a merry band of pirates seeking adventure and treasure on the high seas. A mighty storm rolls in and the pirates find themselves shipwrecked on a deserted island ... or is it?! Seeking singers, actors, dancers and stage crew to produce a 20-minute musical ending in a performance on the stage for family and friends.

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Preschools, Daycares and Before and After-School Programs scholarships are available.

Cedarsong Nature School

Special Needs: Yes Student-to-teacher ratio: 12 to 2 in 2/3-year-old

Type of program: Forest kindergarten Contact: Openings: All classes in the fall Ages: 2 to 6 Program: Cedarsong Nature School’s forest kinder-

class and 15 to 2 in pre-kindergarten class Meals: Parents provide snacks Holidays: Follows public school calendar Buses: No

garten is a completely outdoor preschool based on the German waldkindergarten early childhood model, distinguished by its child-driven flow learning, child-inspired emergent curriculum and inquiry-based teaching style. Now in its 10th year, Cedarsong’s Forest Kindergarten was founded and developed by internationally-recognized early childhood educator and nature immersion specialist Erin Kenny. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Financial aid is available. Special needs: Yes, please inquire Student-to-teacher ratio: 4 to 1, class size limit is eight students Meals: Organic and wild-foraged snacks are served Holidays: Open September through June, does not follow the public school calendar Buses: No

CES Preschool (Chautauqua Early Childhood Program) Type of program: Preschool Contact: Gillian Callison, registrar, 463-2882 Openings: Waiting list Ages: 3 and 4, must turn 3 by Aug. 31 Program: The school offers a morning class for younger students from 9:05 to 11:55 a.m. Monday through Wednesday. There is also an afternoon class for students preparing to enter kindergarten the next year from 12:55 to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The goal of the program is to provide an inclusive preschool setting for children with developmental delays and 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. 8638, 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)


El Gato Nursery School Type of program: Full-day, state-licensed nursery school

Sarah Bunch Photo

Noa enjoys the balls at El Gato Nursery School.

Creative Preschool Type of program: Nonprofit, child-centered preschool Contact: or 463-2166 Openings: Currently enrolling for 2016-17 school year Ages: 2 to 5 Program: Creative Preschool has served island families for over 40 years. Its programs 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 “work” of young children and is therefore the basis of learning. The school’s programs provide experiences in art, drama, music, movement, science and language. Its goals are to help facilitate the development of creative thinkers, problem solvers, self-confident and independent beings who 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 projects and on field trips. It encourages parents to share their own talents and interests whenever possible. Sara Bennett and Christin Becerra are the program’s teachers. Check the website for class times and tuition. Some

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Contact: Sarah Bunch at 473-0445 or or see elgatopreschool. Openings: Summer openings starting in July, email to inquire Ages: 18 months to 4 years Program: El Gato Nursery School is a full-day play and discovery-based program located on the north end of Vashon Island and is available one to five days per week. The school emphasizes the need to play, to problem solve independently and to create and get messy. The school embraces messmaking (but also teaches the beauty of cleaning up) and provides a fun-filled, loving atmosphere to learn valuable social, sensorial and cognitive skills. El Gato Nursery School also offers an indoor gross motor/playroom with three swings, soft crash mats and a large ball pit, among other things. Email to schedule a visit. There will be a few openings during the summer and at the beginning of the school year. School hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Special needs: Call to inquire Student-to-teacher ratio: 7 to 1 Meals: Two snacks provided Holidays: Follows the public school calendar with the exception of summer, when the school is also open Buses: No

Heartstone School at Plum Forest Farm Type of Program: Preschool/kindergarten Contact: Joanne Jewell, director, plumforestfarm. com, or call 463-3518 Openings: Enrolling for 2015-16 and July 5-8 summer camp Ages: 3 1/2 to 6 Program: Heartstone School curriculum is inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s Waldorf kindergarten and is infused with wild nature and the working organic farm that is the school’s home. Children spend about half of their day, year round, at work and play outdoors on the farm and in the woods, then come inside for lunch, art, cooking, baking and storytelling. Children get to know and help care for the farm animals and school garden, learn the rhythm

Emmy Graham Photo left, and Jennifer Mickelson Photo, right

At left, expanding children’s love of the earth is important at the Klahanie School with good times shared outside. At right, Eli plays in the rain at Love and Laughter Drop-in Preschool. of the seasons and farm tasks and sample the food that is coming from the earth throughout the year. Seasonal festivals are celebrated as a community. The school is a gentle first step away from home and a safe place for a child to learn to communicate clearly and compassionately with other children, parents and teachers. Special Needs: Please inquire Student to teacher ratio: 4-6 to 1 Meals: Children bring own lunch and snack Holidays: Follows the public school calendar for the most part Buses: No

Honeybee Play School Type of program: Preschool and kindergarten Contact: Anna Sander at 650-2594 or Openings: A few spaces are available for Fall 2016 Ages: 4 to 6 Program: Honeybee Play School is a play-based preschool. Its curriculum is heavily enriched with the arts and focuses on the social and emotional skills children need in order to feel ready for kindergarten. Field trips, music, dance, Vashon guest artists and daily unstructured indoor and outdoor playtime round out the Honeybee Play School experience. The school is open from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Thursday. The owner is exploring the possibility of an afternoon session for families who choose half day, morning kindergarten. Special needs: Case-by-case basis Student-to-teacher ratio: 8 to 1 Meals: Children bring their own snack or lunch Holidays: Follows public school calendar Buses: No

Kids Are People Too Type of program: Preschool and extended care Contact: Danielle York at 463-2610 Openings: Call to inquire 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 a 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 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 5:15 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Special needs: Serves subsidized clients Student-to-teacher ratio: 8 to 2 Meals: Yes, provided 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 Peace Development Program

Contact: Emily (Emmy) Graham at 491-9465,, klahanienurseryschool. and Facebook Openings: A few, contact the school for information and to schedule a class visit Ages: 2 1/2 to 6 years/Kindergarten Program: The school meets September through June, Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 or 1:30 p.m. Using the Montessori foundation of “follow the child” as well as nurturing the development of empathy and compassionate listening, the Klahanie School program is focused on expanding the child’s love of earth, self, others and learning. Each school year the Klahanie School welcomes talented island elders/mentors from the 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, daily time for free imaginative play and circle times supporting the monthly class themes for the child’s emotional, social, cognitive and physical growth. Klahanie School’s intention is to instill a love of life and the confidence necessary to explore 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

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Love and Laughter Drop-in Preschool Type of program: Preschool/licensed daycare Contact: Jenny Mickelson at 529-5124, jendefig@

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Being a student at Starbreak means good times with friends at the beach.

Student-to-teacher ratio: Determined each school year based on needs of children enrolled Meals: Parents provide snack and lunch Holidays: Follows the public school calendar Buses: No

Holidays: Inquire (some of public schools’ calendar is followed) Buses: No

Little Tree Montessori School Type of program: Montessori, multi-age class,

Little Islanders Preschool Type of program: Multi-age preschool-kindergarten Contact: Lisa Moe at 463-9797 or littleislanders@ Openings: Yes Ages: 18 months to 6 years (will take older children during summer) Program: Children should be allowed to grow at their own pace and to learn in ways that help them become confident in themselves as learners. Little Islanders’ goal is to provide all of the children with a clean, safe, comfortable and nurturing environment. Respect toward self, others and the environment will be emphasized. The school believes in play-based learning. Some activities are a little more structured, such as regular reading times, circle times, arts and crafts and musical activities. These activities also tend to be flexible so that children may embrace what they are interested in and where their imagination takes them. The school spends a lot of time outside even when it’s raining, running, jumping and playing in puddles. The school owner Lisa Moe says her goal is to create an environment and program where the child’s natural desire to learn is stimulated through meaningful, appropriate and playful learning experiences, ones that meet the needs of each child as an individual. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday year round. Within the next year, all-day care may be offered. Special Needs: Not at this time Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1 Meals: Children bring snack/lunch


preschool through kindergarten Contact: Teri Tipton at 463-9249 or see Openings: Inquire to find out Ages: 3 to 6 (children need to be completely out of diapers and pull-ups) Program: This will be Little Tree’s 18th 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, well-equipped classroom and play yard (the play yard is lead and arsenic free) and forest trails. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Special Needs: No Student to teacher ratio: 6 to 1 Meals: Children bring their own snack and lunch Holidays: Follows the public school calendar with an optional summer session during the month of July Buses: No

Island Child • Spring / Summer 2016 and Openings: None (Email to get on the waiting list) Ages: 18 months to 5 years Program: Nestled on two acres on the west side of the island, just five minutes from town, Love and Laughter welcomes children 18 months to 5 years old. The world is opened up to them as they learn and explore in nature, rain or shine. Inside the cozy classroom, magic and discovery await in every corner. Children can climb or hide out on the wooden play structure, pretend to be anything in the world in the dramatic play center or explore the world around them through science and social studies. They have access to a wide variety of art materials for creative exploration, as well as music and dance. Early literacy, math, reasoning, cognitive thinking skills, along with positive social skills, are supported in the classroom by loving role models who treat the children with love and respect. Love and Laughter is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parents choose their time slot and pay $6.50/hour (minimum 7 hours) with tuition due weekly. The daily rate varies from $45.50 to $58.50 depending on the length of the day (the school accepts DSHS). Special needs: No Student-to-teacher ratio: 12 children to 2 or 3 teachers (depending on the age of the children in care). Meals: Children bring their own lunch, but morning and afternoon snacks are provided Holidays: Feb. 15, March 25, May 30, July 4 to 8, Aug. 15 to 19, Sept. 5, Nov. 24 and 25, Dec. 23 to Jan. 2 Buses: No.

Le Ouistiti Type of program: French immersion preschool Contact: Coco Banks at 613-9243 or cocobanks@ Openings: Yes Ages: 3 to 6 years Program: Le Ouistiti is a French immersion preschool with a focus on exploring the world through physical and artistic expression. Owner and lead teacher Coco Banks immerses young students in the French language through her daily rituals, French children’s books, songs and lots of play. The curriculum is largely based on the French National Maternelle (preschool) curriculum along with child-driven activities. The school’s goal is to instill a love of the French language and world cultures that will last beyond the preschool years for the students there. Special needs: Yes (trained in teaching special needs children, specifically children with autism) Student to teacher ratio: 6 to 2 Meals: A healthy snack provided daily; the children bring their lunches. Holidays: Follows the public school calendar Buses: No

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 the teachers model positive communication and problem solving with the children. Monthly parent education classes with expert 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 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

Starbreak 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 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 11to 14-year-old “elders” for the summer season. Special needs: Case-by-case basis Student-to-teacher ratio: 6 to 1 Meals: Students bring their own lunches Holidays: Follows the public school calendar Buses: No

Vashon Children’s Center Type of Program: Licensed child care center for ages 11 months to 5 years Contact: Isabelle Porter or Amanda Lawson at 463-3233 Openings: Currently have openings in all age groups. Ages: 11 months to 5 years Program: Vashon Children’s Center is a full-time early-learning center with a toddler and preschool classroom. The center offers a unique child-directed curriculum that envelops the idea that every child has different needs and abilities. Staff members use positive behavior support to teach social emotional coping strategies. Special needs: Staff meets with parents and children to determine if they can serve the child with special needs Student-to-teacher ratio: Pre-school 10 to 1; Toddler 7 to 1 Meals: Healthy home-cooked breakfast, lunch and three snacks are provided each day Holidays: Closed New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the following Friday, Christmas Eve and Christmas day — open all other weekdays. Buses: No

Vashon ECEAP Preschool (Also known as Mi Escuelita) Type of program: Dual-language preschool Contact: Gillian Callison, Chautauqua registrar, at 463-2882 or Sally Adam, family advocate, at 463-8594 Openings: Yes Ages: 3 to 5, must be 3 years old by Aug. 31 Program: This preschool is an all-day, four-day per week program dedicated to exploration and socialization for children ages 3 to 5. It meets from 9:05 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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Zea shares her artwork at the Vashon Kids program at Chautauqua. This program fosters imagination, play and curiosity; gives fun exposure to the Spanish language and includes meals, family support and health and developmental screenings. Children graduate from this program ready for kindergarten and success in school and life. The school is free for incomeeligible families. Mi Escuelita 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. 8638, to reach the Child Find coordinator. Special Needs: Yes, if recommended by IEP team Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 10 to 1 Meals: Breakfast, lunch and snack every day provided by program Holidays: Follows public school calendar except on PDD/Late Arrival Days when class will be in session for regular times Buses: Yes

Vashon Maury Cooperative Preschool Type of program: Preschool Contact: Visit, email registration@ vmcp. org or call the school at 463-2779 Openings: Call or email Ages: 1 through kindergarten Program: The Vashon Maury Cooperative Preschool has been part of the Vashon community since 1970. The co-op offers high-quality, play-based education for toddlers up to 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. Social emotional growth is a key element of this age-appropriate curriculum. Families benefit from the co-op’s unique approach

Type of program: Before- and after-school extended learning program at Chautauqua Elementary School Contact: Dalinda Vivero or Megan Dinsmore at 930-2592 or, Openings: Contact to inquire Ages: Kindergarten through fifth grade Program: During the school year, Vashon Kids runs daily from 6:30 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 latearrival 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, drama, humanities, literacy and sports. Monday through Thursday Vashon Kids has a designated homework time, when 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 17 years and has more than 22 years of experience working with children in classroom and program contexts. Site Supervisor Francesca Buitenkant has been with the program for four years and has more than 20 years of experience teaching art, science and outdoor education. Special needs: Yes Meals: Breakfast and nutritious afternoon snacks are provided Student-to teacher ratio: 10 to 1 Holidays: Open all school breaks and late arrival days. Closed for federal holidays. Buses: None needed

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