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About Island Child Every year in spring, The Beachcomber publishes this guide, a directory of summer camps and classes, as well as child care programs and preschools. We hope it helps island families plan for the long days of summer ahead. We are big believers in the value of lying in the green grass and watching the clouds float by. But we are also big believers in summer adventures — whether they involve creating with clay, taking to the stage in a musical or perfecting moves on the soccer field. Vashon offers opportunities for all those activities and a multitude of others. All too soon summer will pass, and many families are already looking ahead to fall and opportunities for their youngest children. We hope the information here will help people chart their course as summer approaches — and fall follows swiftly on its heels. — 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 Dennis Clouse

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Dude Ranch - Girls’ Empowerment Camp Ages: Girls entering grades 5, 6, or 7 in September Dates: July 30 to Aug. 5 Location: Flying Horseshoe Ranch – Cle Elum, Washington Cost: $750 Contact: Patty Gregorich at or 463-1843, or through Registration deadline: June 1 Join this group at the Flying Horseshoe Ranch (check out their website: for a week of horseback riding, swimming and celebrating the power of girls. This camp is facilitated by a certified middle school teacher, and campers will also be guided and inspired by high school girls who they can look to as role models. Plan on music, art projects, drama, writing, cooking, community service, exploration, evening outdoor movies and s’mores. (Note: This camp is for those who have absolutely no experience with horses and for those that do have experience.)

Ages: 7 to 10 Dates: Aug. 8 to 11 Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Location: Forest Farm, Pardise Valley Cost: $195 Contact: Joanne Jewell at home@PlumForestFarm. com Starting with morning chores caring for the animals, children will spend the morning at Plum Forest Farm, participating with the farmers in the specific activities of the season, including planting, harvesting, preparing

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Animal Camps

Farm Adventure Camp

An island girl runs through the woods while participating in the Vashon Wilderness program (top left); two friends enjoy time together at the Vashon Kids program (top right), and a young swimmer enjoys a dip in a pool.


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Children at Aruba Clay Camp enjoy a big mound of clay.

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food and eating farm crops. After farm work, the group will pack up lunches and hike to a different natural area each day. Expect games, singing, harvesting wild edibles and adventurous wandering. Parents will pick up their children at different natural areas, all within 2 miles of the farm, at the end of the day.

Farm Preschool Camp Ages: 4 to 6 Dates: July 5 to 7 Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Location: Plum Forest Farm, Paradise Valley area of Vashon Cost: $125 Contact: Joanne Jewell at home@PlumForestFarm. com Waldorf inspired, nature infused. At this camp, children get to know and help care for the farm animals, learn the summer farm tasks, harvest and eat the food that is coming from the land in summer. Singing, stories and nature art are woven throughout the day.

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Horse Camp at Westside Stables Ages: 7 to 11 Dates: July 24 to 27, Aug. 14 to 17 and Aug. 28 to 31 Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Westside Stables, 21200 Westside Hwy. Cost: $580, a 50% deposit holds your spot Contact: Cici Carson at and see Campers will ride through the woods and learn the care and feeding of horses. They will also take part in

arts and crafts, bounce on a trampoline, swim, play tetherball and more. The camper/counselor ratio is 3 to 1 with just 14 campers. A healthy lunch is included.

Llama Camp Ages: 6 to 12 Dates: Monday through Friday, June 12 to Aug. 4 Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m Location: 26607 Wax Orchard Rd. SW Cost: $100/week Contact: Kelly Hubbell at vashonllamas@gmail. com or 794-1252 Llamas are amazing animals, and over the course of a week, children will learn just how amazing they are. Campers help feed and groom llamas; learn how to halter and lead llamas around the grounds; learn the process involved in turning llama fiber into yarn and have an opportunity to weave, draw and create stories about the llamas. With only three campers per week, activities are customized to individual interests.

Art and Creativity Camps

birds flying together in a whirling, ever-changing pattern. Students will examine migration and flocking behaviors of birds as inspiration for movement, theater and puppet making. The will also build moveable bird puppets and perform in the Strawberry Festival parade on Saturday, July 22.

Japanese Immersion Art Camp Ages: 8 to 11 Dates: July 31 to Aug. 4 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Mukai House and Garden, 18017 107th Ave SW Cost: $200 Member, $220 General + $30 materials Contact: or call 463-5131 Campers will learn about traditional Japanese culture, seasonal celebrations and festivals. Camp includes beginning vocabulary, folktales, haiku writing, zen gardens, ikebana (flower arrangement), kokedama (moss balls) and more. Origami, sumi-e (ink painting) and games will be enjoyed along with snacks and tea.

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Blue Heron Education Center Cost: $190 Member, $210 General + $15 materials Contact: or call 463-5131 This camp invites kids to paint on walls. They will express themselves, gain drawing and painting skills and have their artwork displayed at the Blue Heron for three months.

Camp Wacky, Gooey, Messy! Ages: 6 to 9 Dates: July 17 to 21 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Blue Heron Art Center Cost: $190 Member, $210 General + $30 materials Contact: or call 463-5131 Kids who join this camp will make their own clay, paint, slime and more as they explore the tactile and sensory side of art. They will tap their inner mad scientists and create 2D and 3D mixed-media projects.

Game On!

Aruba Clay Camps

Science of Art Camp

Each morning the young campers 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 techniques, as well as working with the wheel. The emphasis is to support the creative imagination of each child.

with different instructors and unique projects each day. They will also build kinetic sculptures inspired by Theo Jansen and Arthur Ganson and explore gears, pulleys and hydraulics, solar science art and more.

games, then design and build one of their own to take home. From the ancient (Go, Pachisi) to the modern (Catan, Carcassonne) and lots of things in between, the group will study game dynamics and have lots of fun along the way.

Art and Spanish Camp

Glass Intensive for Teens

Ages: 9 to 13 Ages: 3 to 5 and 6 to 12 Dates: July 31 to Aug. 4 Ages: 8 to 12 Dates: June 26 to 30, July 17 to 21 and Aug. 7 to 11 Dates: Aug 14 to 18 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for older kids, 3 to 5 p.m. Location: Blue Heron Education Center Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for younger kids Cost: $190 Member, $210 General + $20 materials Location: Blue Heron Education Center Location: Aruba Tileworks and Pottery on Cem- Cost: $190 Member, $210 General + $30 materials Contact: or call etery Road 463-5131 Contact: or call Cost: $100 for younger kids, $200 for older kids Love to play games? Wanna make games? Youth 463-5131 Contact: or 571-8896 Kids will combine science and art in this fun camp, will spend the week playing and learning tabletop

Exploring Identity Art Camp

Ages: 3 to 5, 10 a.m. to noon; ages 5 to 7, 1 to 3

Ages: 8 to 13 Dates: June 26 to 30 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Blue Heron Education Center Cost: $200 Member, $220 General + $20

Dates: Aug 21 to 25 Location: Blue Heron Education Center Cost: $100 Member, $115 General + $15 materials Contact: or call


Contact: or call 463-5131 This art and personal development camp will allow kids to proudly explore their racial and cultural identities through writing, storytelling, song, theater games, movement, improvisation and mask making. Visit website for instructor information.

Murmuration Performance Art Camp Ages: 7 to 12 Dates: July 17 to 21 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Blue Heron Education Center Cost: $190 Member, $210 General + $10 materials Contact: or call 463-5131 Murmuration - noun mur·mur·a·tion: hundreds of


463-5131 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 welcome.

Mural Painting Camp Ages: 10 to 16 Dates: Aug 21 to 25

Ages: 13 to 19 Dates: July 17 to 20 and July 31 to Aug. 3 Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Brian Brenno Studio, 9850 SW 148th Street Cost: $210 Member, $235 General + $50 materials Contact: or call 463-5131 Instructors Brian and Tara Brenno will teach this camp, where teens will experience the wonders of glass by making great works of art. Projects include glass blowing, casting, fusing and mosaic. Students will leave with many small projects and a good foundation for future exploration.

Picnics in the Park This popular program provides nutritious free lunch and activities for all children and youth on summer weekdays. Activities include storytimes, physical games, special performances and a visit from the fire department. Volunteers assist with lunch preparation, serving and activities. The goal in 2017 is to provide 3,000 lunches. Meals will begin being offered on June 26 and will continue to be served from noon to 1:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at Ober Park until Sept. 1. The Vashon-Maury Community Food Bank partners with the Vashon Park District and the King County Library System to make this program happen.

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Clay Camps

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $215 Member, $240 General + $10 materials

Island potter Liz Lewis has taught VAA clay classes for nearly 20 years and is a much-loved visiting artist in Vashon schools. All clay camps are held at Liz’s studio, 12714 SW Cemetery Rd. Register at or call 463-5131.

This camp provides an opportunity to try tap, jazz, ballet and hip hop, one dance style per day.

Around the World Dance Camp Ages: 7 to 10 Dates: July 24 to 27 Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $215 Member, $240 General + $10 materials

Snowy Ages: 6 to 10 Dates: June 26 to 30 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $190 Member, $210 General + $50 materials

Students will dance as they travel the world. First stop, Paris, to learn the origins of ballet at the Eiffel Tower. Then off to Spain for some Flamenco and Salsa dancing. Next they’ll hop back across the Atlantic to the bright lights of Broadway in NYC, to Chicago, jazz dance capital of the world, and on to the West Coast for the contemporary grooves of pop dance.

Life in the colder regions. Puffin plates and owl face mugs. Arctic fox, polar bear … how about an ice house? Penguins!

Life on the Rock Ages: 6 to 10 Dates: July 10 to 14 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $190 Member, $210 General + $50 materials Berry bowls and fern stencil plates. Year of the Rooster sculptures! Experiment with local Vashon clay and slip. Let’s make ferry boats!

Get Wild! Ages: 5 to 6 Dates: Aug. 1 to 3 Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $60 Member, $75 General + $15 materials Pinch, pat and roll! Wild animal sculptures, zebra stripe plates and coiled snake cups!

Favorite Ballets Dance Camp Ages: 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 Dates: Aug. 7 to 10 Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. younger kids and Dalinda Vivero Photo

Vashon Kids explore the beach choreography, and the older dancers will learn ballet, hip hop, jazz, choreography, dance history and more.

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Summer Dance Classes

The following camps are offered by Vashon Center for the Arts and will meet at the Blue Heron Education Center. See or call 463-5131 for more information.

A variety of summer dance classes are also offered through Vashon Center for the Arts: hip hop, power barre, adult ballet, adult tap and intermediate pointe. See for complete information.

The Fun and the Functional Ages: 11 to 15 Dates: Aug 7 to 11 Fairy Tales Dance Camp Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $200 Member, $220 General + $50 materials Ages: 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 Develop your wheel-throwing and hand-building Dates: June 26 to 29 skills as you design and execute a wacky or elegant Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the younger teapot with a mug to match. Build an animal jar reminiscent of old Egyptian canopic jars (guess how these were used.) Raku firing!

Sea, Sea, Sea Ages: 6 to 10 Dates: Aug. 21 to 25 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $190 Member, $210 General + $50 materials We can almost smell the salty air while sharing stories of our time on and in the water! Boats and lighthouses, water birds and tide pools.

Dance Camps Summer Dance Camp Ages: 6 to 8 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., ages 9 through teens from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dates: Aug. 21 to 25 Location: Vashon Dance Academy and Spoke Cost: $150 for younger kids, $325 for older students; save $10 if registered by June 1 Contact: Vashon Dance Academy at 463-1895 Registration deadline: July 1 Students will have fun dancing all day and sample different dance styles. Teachers will include Randy Ford, Cheryl Krown, Julie Gibson and other guests. The younger dancers will learn ballet, modern and


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12:30 to 3:30 p.m. older kids Cost: $110 Member, $135 General + $10 materials and for younger kids and $160 Member, $185 General + $10 materials for older kids Kids will become the characters in the ballets we love: Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Coppelia. They will learn the stories of the dance classics and create props to help tell the tales.

kids and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. for the older kids Cost: $110 Member, $135 General + $10 materials for younger kids, $160 Member, $185 General + $10 materials for older kids Each day will present a new adventure in a new land. Little Bo Peep, Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland and Genie from Aladdin are only a few characters young dancers will dive into with body and mind. Crafts and props will help create a wonderland of stories.

Vamos a Bailar (Let’s Dance!) Ages: 5 to 7 and 8 to 12 Dates: July 10 to 13 Time: 9 to 11 a.m. for the younger kids and 1 to 3 p.m for the older kids Cost: $80 Member, $100 General + $20 materials Students will learn bailes folklorikos de Mexico (folkloric Mexican dances) and perform them for family and friends at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13. Songs include La Raspa, Los Machetes, El Jarabe Tapatio and La Bamba. The performance will be followed by a potluck fiesta!

Four-Day Dance Sampler- Tap/Jazz/Ballet/ Hip Hop Ages: 9 to 13 Dates: July 17 to 20

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General Camps Empowerment Camp for Girls Ages: Girls entering grades 2 through 5 Dates: Camp 1 — July 17 to 21; Camp 2 — Aug. 7 to 11

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (extended care available before or after camp) Location: Central/easy drop-off location on Vashon Island with time at island beach(es) Cost: $275 Contact: Patty Gregorich at vashongirls@gmail. com or 463-1843, or through empowervashon Registration deadline: June 1 (however these are small camps and space may fill early) This camp is facilitated by a certified island teacher. Campers will also be guided and inspired by high school girls who they can look to as role models. The camps will explore the many ways girls can be strong, compassionate (to self and others), creative and happy. Girls will celebrate their own intelligence, talents and uniqueness. The girls will do this through a variety of creative art projects, games, drama, service, song, writing and exploration. Plan to be inspired, laugh, play, and get dirty (think glitter and mud).

Bracelets and Braids Ages: 6 to 9

Dates: July 17 to 21 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: 12225 SW 164th Street Cost: $100 Contact: Erin Bennett at erin.d.bennett@gmail.

As part of her year-round child care program, Danielle York will offer camp activities for kids in her care this summer, including trips to nearby beaches, parks and the zoo.

The Quest - Boys Rite of Passage


Ages: Boys 13 to 19 Dates: 9 a.m. July 7 to 5 p.m. July 16 Mother-daughter team Erin and Ella Bennett will Location: AYH Ranch, Vashon Island teach friendship-bracelet making and hair braiding, from basics to more advanced techniques. There will Cost: $1,500 to $2,500 sliding scale, includes full Registration deadline: June 15

also be free time for lavender picking and playing with goat kids.

Kinetic Arts Camp at Open Space Ages: 7 to 11 Dates: July 17 to 21 and Aug. 7 to 11 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Open Space for Arts & Community Cost: $225 Contact: Julia Anderson at Julia@OpenSpace or 408-7241 Taught by zoologist, naturalist and artist Barbara Dusty Gustafson, this camp will be held under tent tops tucked around the Open Space meadow. Kids will experiment with scientific processes such as momentum and acceleration, make their own rockets (and launch them), build and test towers, create catapults and canons and play with gravity and balloon power.

Camp Burton Christian Camp Ages: Entering grades 3 to 12 Dates: July 23 to 28 and July 30 to Aug. 5 Time: Overnight camp Location: Camp Burton Cost: $250 to $350 Contact: Camp Burton offers the best of Christian summer camp, including games, campfires, singing, swimming, sleeping in cabins, canoeing and information about faith and God.

Camp Sealth Ages: Kindergarten though grade 12 Dates: Weekly camps throughout the summer Time: Daycamps and overnight camps Location: Camp Sealth Cost: Varies according to camp Contact: Camp Sealth has 400 acres of forest and beach, and campers spend time having fun in the water and woods. Day camps are structured loosely around a theme. Overnight camps include classic overnight camp activities as well as those that focus on games, archery, water activities, creative projects, leadership and horses.

Kids Are People Too Ages: 3 to 9 Dates: Weekly sessions until mid-August Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Kids Are People Too on Bank Road, plus field trips Cost: Call to inquire Contact: Danielle York at 459-4754

year of ongoing mentorship and support. Financial aid is available. Contact: Registration deadline: Friday, June 16 Ten days in length, The Quest (rite of passage) is a highly intensive experience designed to welcome participants into a new story of life. Outside the influence of modern media, peers, teachers and the traditional systems of authority, boys will be given opportunities to dive into their past, cultivate the power of presence and create a vision for their future. This course is not your typical summer camp. Recognizing the importance of integrating the experience, Journeymen staff and mentors are committed to supporting participants through the year after The Quest. Fees for the course include monthly council sessions and community service outings, while some optional recreational activities may require an additional fee. Activities will be hosted primarily on Vashon Island and, on occasion, its surrounding areas.

Starbreak Summer Camp Ages: 4 to 9 Dates: Weekly sessions beginning July 10 to Aug. 7 Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays

Location: Starbreak, near KVI beach Cost: $160 Contact: The school’s woods will soon be enchanted by the magical imaginations of the children who bring summer and Kids’ Village to life. Days will be filled with stories of magic, fairies, goblins, elves, knights, princesses, magicians and jesters. Each week is different and wonderful. Camps this summer include a boys’ camp with beach adventures, a girls’ camp and a camp featuring stilt walking.

Vashon Kids Summer Enrichment Ages: Entering kindergarten (must be 5 years of age) through entering 6th grade

Dates: Weekly summer camps from June 26 through Aug. 25 Time: 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Chautauqua Elementary School Cost: Full time is $205 per week; four days per week is $190, and three days per week is $175. 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 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

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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.

Music Young Songwriter Camp Ages: 7 to 12 Dates: July 10 to 13 Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Blue Heron Education Center Cost: $220 Member, $240 General + $10 materials Contact: or call 463-5131 Fire up your creativity to write and record songs. Participants will find inspiration for songs and lyrics through theater games, word and picture collaging, listening sessions, journaling and outdoor adventures. As songs take shape, the group will record them using a basic recording unit and high quality microphones. Camp will culminate with a full length CD and CD release celebration.

Summer Suzuki Lessons Ages: 4 to 18 Location: United Methodist Church classroom Cost: Inquire Contact: to register, instructor to schedule lessons The Suzuki approach is based on the philosophy that young children learn music just as they learn to speak their native language: through regular listening, developmentally appropriate instruction and frequent opportunities to play alone and with others. Once registered, contact instructor Gaye Detzer directly to schedule lessons.

Nature Camp Terra Ages: 4 to 8 and 8 to 12 Dates: Six sessions in June, July and August; see website Time: Begins at 10 a.m. variable closing times Location: Cedarsong Nature School, 5 acres of woods off Old Mill Road Cost: $300 per camp plus $100 for campout Contact: Camp Terra is located on 5 acres of private undeveloped native forest land in the Paradise Ridge area. The summer camp provides an opportunity for children to immerse themselves in nature and provides opportunities for a stimulating, hands-on approach to environmental education. Kids will make herbal medicine and magic potions, learn about native plants and animals, make nature crafts and more.

Greenwood Secrets: Herbal Magic Camp for Girls Ages: 7 to 10 girls only Dates: June 26 to 30 Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Location: Island Center Forest and Sister Sage Farm

Cost: $295 (Sign up for another week of camp for your 7 to 10 year old and pay $570 for both weeks.) Contact: or 651-5715 In this farm and forest adventure, girls will learn the secret language of plants and discover their healing power. They’ll make fairy feasts, forest folk remedies, flower essences and more.

Forest Dwellers: Nature Adventure Camp Ages: 7 to 10 Dates: July 10 to 14 and July 24 to 28 Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Island Center Forest Cost: $295/week or $570/2 weeks (Discount applies when you sign up for two weeks of the same camp, or mix and match with another camp for 7 to 10 year olds.) Contact: or 651-5715 The lore of the land tells us that people living in harmony with nature hold the key to wonder, magic, peace, survival, and adventure. Join us for a funfilled week as we play games to tune up our senses, track and solve real mysteries of the forest, forage for our own food and medicine, practice ancient earth-based skills, experience group challenges, get muddy, adventure off-trail, hear stories, sing songs, spark our imaginations and so much more.

Pathfinder’s Apprentice - Day Camp Ages: 10 to 12 Dates: June 26 to 30 Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Island Center Forest Cost: $295 Contact: or 651-5715 The mission this week will be to learn the ways of the Pathfinder and discover how to build primitive shelters, create fire by hand, harvest food and make medicine from the plants, purify water, adventure off-trail, learn to stay found, hear stories, sing songs, play games and more.

Questing Coyotes: Overnight Camp Ages: 10 to 12 Dates: July 31 to Aug. 4 Time: 9 a.m. Monday to noon Friday Location: Island Center Forest Cost: $765, includes all food Contact: or 651-5715 To prepare for the journey, participants will receive training in Coyote Medicine — the art of invisibility, tracking animals, understanding the language of the birds, acute sensory awareness and storytelling. They will be challenged to maintain the mind of a scout and develop peacekeeping leadership skills. This camp is for mature 10 to 12 year olds looking to develop serious nature skills while co-creating healthy community with peers and mentors.


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Olympic Coast Wilderness Teen Expedition Ages: 14 to 17 Dates: July 9 to 15 Time: 1 p.m. Sunday July 9 to 1 pm. Saturday, July 15

Location: Olympic National Park, Olympic Coast Wilderness Cost: $865 includes all meals and roundtrip transportation to the Olympic Coast Contact: or 651-5715 Hike rugged terrain using topos and tidal charts, track and trail animals, taste wild edible plants and seaweed, explore tidal pools, practice primitive skills, feast on communal meals, relax, share stories and songs, and sleep under the stars on the edge of the vast Pacific Ocean.

Family Camp Ages: Families with children 4+ Dates: Aug. 4 to 6 Time: 7 p.m. Aug. 4 to noon Aug. 6 Location: Maury Marine Park Cost: $500 per family, meals not included Contact:

Location: Blue Heron Education Center plus field trips

Cost: $320 Member, $340 General + $100 materials, food, admission fees + $105 lodging Contact: or call 463-5131 Christine Beck and Ray Pfortner lead this intensive week of photography — in Seattle and on Vashon. There will be day trips to the Wing-Luke Museum, Seattle Center (Butterfly House), Pike Place Market and Volunteer Park and Conservatory as well as Vashon’s Quartermaster Yacht Club and Jensen Point. Camp includes two overnights at Camp Burton: shooting from pre-dawn to after dusk, movie night, shared meals and photo critiques. A juried show of results will open at Blue Heron Gallery Nov 3. Participants must have digital camera (any kind will do). A day camp option without overnights is available.

Sports Challenger British and Tetra Brazil Soccer Camps Ages: 3 to 17 Dates: Aug. 14 to 18 Time: Morning, afternoon and evening sessions available depending on age and camp

Location: VES Fields or 651-5715 The camp will be two days and two nights, guided Cost: $99 to $211, depending on camp Contact: by seasoned VWP Coyote mentors to explore our natural surroundings, track animals, share rich storytelling and soulful singing all deeply connected to ourselves, each other and the Earth. Camp in exclusive primitive sites overlooking Mount Rainier and enjoy fun, meaningful experiences for the whole family.

Photography Crazy about Photography! Ages: 10 to 13 Dates: Aug. 7 to 11, Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on offisland days)

Location: Blue Heron Education Center plus field trips

Cost: $275 Member, $300 General + $90 transportation, admission fees, materials Contact: or call 463-5131 Ray Pfortner with teen assistant Rhiannon Simmonds will teach this class. Participants will explore Seattle, Tacoma and Vashon with their cameras. Day trips include Pike Place Market, Volunteer Park Conservatory, Seattle Center, Point Defiance Zoo and Vashon beaches and farms. Students will end camp by making photo transfers into beeswax with their photographs for gifts or to sell. They will be part of a show of photo transfers that will open at Blue Heron Gallery Nov 3. All that is needed is a digital camera (any kind will do).

Teen Photo Intensive Ages: 14 to 19 Dates: Aug 14 to 18 Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for day trips + overnights on Wednesday and Thursday

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International instructors lead the camps, focusing on skills and understanding of the game. The camp’s philosophy encourages children and teens to become independent learners and to better understand the meaning of respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and leadership.

Bruce Haulman Sailing Camp Ages: Beginners-8 to 11, juniors-12 to 19 Dates: Monday through Thursday beginning July 10, running through mid-August Time: Beginners 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and juniors 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Quartermaster Yacht Club Cost: $295 Contact: Register at; with questions about the camp, contact Tom Kaufer at or 412-5628. Young sailors learn the basics of sailing on the protected waters of Quatermaster Harbor.

Peter Fewing Soccer Camp Ages: 5 to 13 Dates: July 24 to 28 Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location: Agren Park Cost: $160, with a discount for multiple kids from one family 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.

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series of story kits they make to re-tell their stories at home. Camp culminates with a big performance for the parents complete with tickets and snacks..

Ages: 6 to 12 Dates: June 27 and 28, another camp will be

Bilingual Art and Drama Camp: El Taxi Pirata/The Pirate Taxi

added if there is enough interest

Time: 9 to 11 a.m. Location: Vashon Golf & Swim Club Cost: $60 for members, $80 for non-members Contact: 463-9410

Ages: 8 to 13 Dates: July 24 to 28 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Blue Heron Art Center Cost: $190 Member, $210 General + $25 materials Contact: Marita Ericksen and Elise Ericksen

PGA golf professional Craig Wilcox will teach the fundamentals of golf.

Junior Multi-Sport Camp Ages: 6 to 12 Dates: Weekly camps beginning June 26 to Aug. 21 Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Vashon Golf & Swim Club Cost: $150/week for members, $175 for nonmembers Contact: 463-9410 Activities will include tennis, soccer, swimming, badminton, hikes, games and more. Lunch will be supplied by the Greenside Grill for an extra $7.

Intermediate & Advanced Competition Tennis Camp Ages: 12 to 18 Dates: Weekly camps beginning June 26 to Aug. 21 Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Location: Vashon Golf & Swim Club Cost: $100 per week for members, $125 for non-members, discounts for subsequent weeks available Contact: 463-9410 to register; with questions about camp, contact Coach Marcus Gautesen at The emphasis will be on developing powerful strokes and serves, defensive strategies and mental focus. The club encourages multi-week participation so that participants can compete as a team against other clubs and work together with an eye to the upcoming high school season.

The Danny Salonen Lacrosse Camp Ages: Boys entering third to ninth grades Dates: July 19, 20 and 21 Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Vashon High School practice field Cost: $130 with rental gear available for $10 if needed; scholarships are available

Contact: Danny Salonen at 963-6165 or The Danny Salonen Lacrosse Camp will provide players of all positions and skill levels an opportunity to learn from some of the best coaches and players in the game today on Vashon Island, and there will be T-shirts and prizes. Organizers say it is an amazing opportunity to get great coaching, improve skills and have fun.

Recess Lab Climbing Camp Ages: 5 to 6 and 7 to 9 Dates: July 3, 5,6 and 7, July 10 to 13 Time: 10 a.m. to noon for younger kids, 1 to 3 p.m. for older kids

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Taking in the wonders of summer is part of each day at Kids Are People Too.

Summer Musical Theatre – Jukebox Time Machine

Location: Vashon Recess Lab Cost: $100 Contact: Zabette Macomber at zabmac@ Kids will learn basic climbing skills or become advanced climbers. The group will climb as well as play games, hula hoop, walk on the slack line and generally have a great time. Limited to 8 per class.

Theater Camps Camp Mik 2017 Ages: 6 to 10 and 8 and up Dates: June 27 to 30, July 11 to 14, July 17 to 21 and July 24 to 28

Times: Variable, see below Location: Hanna Barn Studios Cost: $200 and $300, with some partial scholarships available

Contact: See A half-day physical theater camp will meet for 6 to 10 year olds from 9 a.m. to noon June 27 to 30. Physical theater will also meet for the same age group from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 11 to 14. For ages 8 and up, she will offer All Boy Clowns from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 17 to 21 and All Girl Clowns at the same time from July 24 to 28. Mik Kuhlman has taught in over 500 schools and in several countries. 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.

Story Stage! Ages: 4 to 7 Dates: July 24 to 28 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Vashon-Maury Cooperative Preschool, 19001 Vashon Hwy SW Cost: $190 Member, $210 General + $10 materials Contact: or call 4635131 Instructors Molly Wilson and Gerie Wilson will bring stories to life through a wide variety of art mediums and theatrics. Each child will take home a

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Prepare, rehearse and perform the story of Pata de Pino, a.k.a. Pirate McPeggy, an out-of-work pirate who starts a taxi service and saves a princess from getting married. Kids will learn language as they develop and rehearse their roles, learn songs, make masks and puppets, and build a simple set. Four days of intensive art, language and drama activities culminate in a final public performance on the fifth day.

Ages: 7 to 13 Dates: Aug. 7 to 11 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: VCA theater Cost: $190 Member, $210 General + $20 materials Contact: or call 4635131 Just insert a quarter to travel to a past decade when Roxie, the time machine tour guide, will share a few nostalgic facts before dropping the needle on some of the greatest pop hits of all time. Seeking singers, actors, dancers and stage crew to produce a 20-minute musical ending in a performance on the VCA stage for family and friends. Instructors are Marita Ericksen and Elise Ericksen.

Shakespeare Scenes Worth Fighting For! Ages: 8 to 18 Dates: Aug 14 to 18 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and final day noon to 8 p.m.

Location: VCA theater Cost: $310 Member, $330 General + $15 materials Contact: or call 463-5131 Aimee van Roekel will lead the camp. Kids will have fun while learning improvisational games to free up inhibitions, then apply those to Shakespeare’s more accessible language in his dramatic fight scenes. 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. Wednesday class will be held at an outdoor stage on Aimee’s land. Camp culminates in a performance at 7 p p.m. on the VCA stage.

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2017 island Child,,CAMPS, CLASSES AND MORE! “It’s never too early to start building a beautiful smile!”

In our 47th year, Co-op builds community through volunteerism, parent education, and weekly classroom participation.

New Extended Hours 2017-2018 Schedule Toddler Class: 2-3 Year Old Class: 3-4 Year Old Class: 4-5 Pre-K Class:

Island Nest Nanny and


Parties • Camps • Lessons Carolyn Kinsler Steen (206)851.9805 Serving families over 25 years

Marc O. Langland, DDS

Wednesdays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (child must be 1 by August 31st) Mondays & Tuesdays 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. (child must be 2 by August 31st) Wednesdays - Fridays, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. (child must be 3 by August 31st) Tuesdays - Fridays, 12:45 to 3:45 p.m. (child must be 4 by August 31st,

(206) 463-9282 17425 Vashon Hwy SW 98070

(also open to children enrolled in morning kindergarten)

Located at Courthouse Square.

New student registration is open now for the 2017-2018 Preschool Session. Register now at







DR. JESSIKA SATORI 206.463.3377

EST. 1985 • 206-913-8791

W W W. FA C E B O O K . C O M / S AT O R I S E C O N D E Y E S

Golf • Outdoor Pool • Tennis

Summer Fun for Vashon Kids! Le Ouistiti’s French immersion program puts a strong emphasis on the emotional well-being of the child and the important role the preschool plays in a child’s life. We believe that preschool is the first step in guaranteeing the success of all students in an educational environment that is just and holds high expectations of all its students. Our students, who come from English-speaking households, are being introduced to a second language for the first time. Our goal is for them to gain all the benefits of a bilingual education and enjoy a stimulating learning environment where each day offers a new discovery!


Wangui “Coco” Banks, Lead Teacher at Le Ouistiti


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Summer Program

Preschool Program

After School Program

3-6 year olds Weekly Programs 10:00-2:00

3-6 year olds 5-Day Program 9:00-1:00

3-6 year olds Daily and Weekly Programs 1:00-3:00

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Your children will enjoy taking lessons this summer at one of Vashon Island’s most beautiful recreation facilities! Please visit our website for more information on dates and times. SWIMMING Beginning July 10th through August 31st, we will offer

Leif Rasmussen DDS, PLLC

four 2-week class sessions for all skill levels from Star Fish to Orcas! Morning and evening group classes available.

Committed to providing personalized treatment for the whole family in a gentle relaxed atmosphere. University of Washington School of Dentistry graduate 1998 15 years practicing dentistry 8 years living and practicing on Vashon Experienced staff has a combined total of over 100 years in dentistry Now welcoming new patients.

$60 Members/$80 Non-members

GOLF One 2-day camp on June 27th and 28th, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., for junior golfers ages 6-12. A second camp may be added based on demand. $60 Members/$80 Non-members

TENNIS Intermediate & Advanced Competition Camps Beginning June 26th through August 25th, we will offer nine weekly class sessions for ages 12-18. Class daily 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. $100 Members/$125 Non-members

MULTI-SPORT Beginning June 26th through August 25th, we will offer nine weekly class sessions for ages 6-12. Class daily 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

$150 Members/$175 Non-members

Zoe Officer


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

19715 Vashon Hwy SW • Vashon, WA •

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Preschools, Daycares and Before and 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 preschool based on the German waldkindergarten early childhood model, distinguished by its commitment to complete nature immersion, child-led flow learning, child-inspired emergent curriculum and inquiry-based teaching style. Now in its 11th year, Cedarsong’s Forest Kindergarten was founded and developed by internationally-recognized forest kindergarten expert 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. The school accepts up to two high functioning autistic, SPD or ADHD-diagnosed children into all of its classes and camps. Student-to-teacher ratio: 4 to 1, class size limit is eight students Meals: Children bring their own snacks, which are supplemented with in-season, wild-foraged foods 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


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Children at Cedarsong Nature School “fish” while they spend their school day in the great outdoors.

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: Nonprofit, child-centered preschool

Contact: or 463-2166 Openings: Currently enrolling for 2017-18 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.

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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 Christina Becerra are the program’s teachers. 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-year-old class and 15 to 2 in pre-kindergarten class Meals: Parents provide snacks Holidays: Follows public school calendar Buses: No

Heartstone School at Plum Forest Farm Type of Program: Preschool/kindergarten Contact: Joanne Jewell, director, heartstone@, or call 463-3518 Openings: Enrolling for 2017-18 school year and July 5 to 7 and Aug. 8 to11 summer camps. 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 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: 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 2017 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 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. 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 459-4754 Openings: Two openings for fall, call for further

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The Klahanie School uses the Montessori foundation of “follow the child.” These young students enjoy time together outside at the school. 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 for two weeks in August Buses: No

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Type of program: Montessori Peace Develop-

Ages: 2 1/2 to 6 years for preschool and

ment Program Contact: Emily (Emmy) Graham at 491-9465,, klahanienurseryschool. and Facebook Openings: Full. A wait-list has started. Please 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, Mondays through Thursdays 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.

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 25 years. The program is located on Bank Road and has a big playground. She is one of two licensed daycare providers on the island.

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Each school year the Klahanie School welcomes talented island 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. Using Montessori lessons, nature walks, daily time for free imaginative play inside and outside, as well as circle times supporting the monthly class themes, the child’s emotional, social, cognitive and physical needs are filled. 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 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

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

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Taking the trikes out for a spin makes for a good time at the ECEAP Preschool at Chautauqua. 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’s students spend 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-Friday year round. Within the next year, all-day care may be offered. The school offers drop-in opportunities when space is available, for all ages and year round. Special Needs: Not at this time Student-to-teacher ratio: 8 to 2 Meals: Children bring snack/lunch Holidays: Inquire (some of public schools’ calendar is followed) Buses: No

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

Contact: Teri Tipton at 463-9249 or see

Le Ouistiti 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 19th 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 and protects the child’s interests, preferences, concentration and, most importantly, their childhood. Little Tree has two experienced Montessori teachers, 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. Fridays are optional. Special Needs: No Student to teacher ratio: 5 to 1 Meals: Children bring their own snack and lunch Holidays: Follows the public school calendar Buses: No

Type of program: French immersion preschool Contact: Coco Banks at 613-9243 or cocobanks@

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


Island Child and Openings: None (Email to get on the waiting list). Ages: 2 to 5 years Program: Nestled on 2 acres on the west side of the island, just five minutes from town, Love and Laughter welcomes children 2 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: 9 or 10 children to 2 to 3 teachers (depending on age of children) Meals: Children bring their own lunch, but morning and afternoon snacks are provided Holidays: Feb. 20, May 29, July 3 to 7, Aug. 17 and 18, Sept. 4 to 8, Nov. 23 and 24, Dec. 22 to Jan. 1. Buses: No.

Spring / Summer 2017 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

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 11- to 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

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Friends at Starbreak take a break together during a trip to the beach.

Vashon ECEAP Preschool Type of program: Full-day preschool Contact: Gillian Callison, Chautauqua registrar, at 463-2882 or Sally Adam, family support worker, at 463-8594 Openings: Yes Ages: 3 to 5, must be 3 years old by Aug. 31 Program: This preschool is an all-day, fourday-per-week program focused on physical, cognitive, social and emotional development for children ages 3 to 5. It meets from 9:05 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Monday through Thursday. This program fosters imagination, play and curiosity; gives fun exposure to the Spanish language and includes meals, bus to and from school, family support, health, dental and developmental screenings. Children graduate from this program ready for kindergarten and success in school and life. The program is free for families with the greatest need. The ECEAP Preschool 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: 7 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

Openings: Call or email Ages: 1 year old through kindergarten Program: The Vashon-Maury Cooperative Preschool has been part of the Vashon community since 1970. The co-op offers high-quality, playbased education for toddlers up to 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 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 up by a volunteer board of parents, and all co-op families work together to run the school. Special needs: All special needs children are accepted, and scholarships are available. Student-to-teacher ratio: Varies by group, from 1 to 1 with the youngest class to 4 to 1 for the pre-k class. Meals: Snacks provided by parents on a rotating basis Holidays: Follows the public school calendar Buses: No

Type of program: Preschool Contact: Visit, email registration@

VYFS Vashon Kids or call the school at 463-2779

extended learning program at Chautauqua

Type of program: Before- and after-school

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Elementary School Contact: Dalinda Vivero 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 late-arrival days. The program’s philosophy includes teaching children s 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 18 years and has more than 23 years of experience working with children in classroom and program contexts. Site Supervisor Francesca Buitenkant has been with the program for five 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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2017 summeR fun Guide TRY LESSONS THIS SUMMER!

Annie Roberts’

Heartstone school at Plum Forest Farm

Cello & Piano Studio


Waldorf InspiredNature Infused Early childhood program for 31/2-6 year olds on a working organic farm.

Ready… Set… Swim into Summer with us!

Enrolling now for 2017-18 preschool & July/August Summer Camps

Swiming Suits for the entire family, masks, goggles & more! Adidas Warm-Ups • Sambas Keen Sandals • Running Shoes Soccer Shoes, Balls, Supporters & more!

Located in Thriftway Plaza

Llama Camp Designed for children 6 – 12 yrs. old Only 3 campers per week

June 12 to Aug 4 M-F 9:30 – 11:30 $100/child/week Call, text, or e-mail Kelly: 206-794-1252


M–F 10–6pm • Sat. 10–5pm • Sun. 11–3pm •

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Teaching . . . Academic Writing • Note Taking • Time Management • Study Skills

What Can Your Child Learn This Summer? Devon Atkins • 206-353-9227 • Grade 5 through College Level Planning • Work Ethic • Good-Student Skills • Prioritizing • Test Taking •Organization

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Study Skills • Self-Advocating • Planning • Confidence

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BEST PEOPLE. BEST RESULTS.™ Susan Lofland: (206) 999-6470 David Knight: (206) 388-9670 Heidi Grimsley: (206) 660-6871 Ashley Lisenby: (206) 290-7106

Deb Cain: (206) 930-5650 Diane Stoffer: (206) 650-6210 Crist Granum: (206) 419-3661 Leslie Ferriel: (206) 235-3731 Marjon McDermott: (206) 817-7437

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Summer Fun - Vashon Island Child-Summer 2017