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Guide for K-7 Parents For parents who are new to The New School or even just new to our Summer Day Camp, we’ve made this quick Guide for K-7 Parents to fill you in on a few details about how summer day camp operates. Below, you’ll find some basic information for parents of campers in our Elementary (K-7) Summer Day Camp program. Class-specific schedules and other important information will be available on the bulletin board in front of the main office.

Summer Basics Dates: June 4th - July 27th, 2012 HOURS: 7:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Who’s who? Summer Camp Director: Brynn Wright

Office Manager: Sonya Whisenant

Head of School: Sara Stephenson

Office Assistant: Kaci Pool



E-mail: E-mail:

Our Campus and Buildings The New School Campus consists of three buildings: The Main Building, The Walker Annex, and the Baledge Arts Annex. (See Campus Map for visual reference) The Main Building is often called the “Lower Building.” This is the building you enter at 2514 New School Place It includes Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, Lower Elementary (K-2), the Gym, the Dining Hall, and the Main Office. Behind the main building we have three different playgrounds, the largest of which we call the “Lower Playground.” All summer field trips will depart from and return to the Main Building. The majority of our parents will drop off and pick up their children at the Main Building. The Walker Annex is often called the “Upper Building.” To reach this building by car, you’ll continue East on Sunbridge, past New School Place, and turn right at a paved driveway. This building includes all our Upper Elementary (3rd-5th) and Middle School (6th-7th) classrooms. Next to this building is a large playground that we call the “Upper Playground” with a football field and basketball court. The Walker Annex is where most of the 3rd-7th grade summer activities will take place. The Baledge Arts Annex lies North of the Walker Annex and is often simply called the “Arts Annex.” This building is where our upper elementary and middle school students have art, music, and dance classes during the school year. The Arts Annex is also used for a number of school gatherings including parent meetings, administrative meetings, and board meetings.

Campus Security: Summer Door Code is 9812# For the safety of our campers, all doors to all buildings remain locked at all times. The entrance to the main building and a few other entrances are equipped key pads that allows students and parents to enter a code to unlock the door. Our regular New School students and parents all have personal door entry codes. For new summer families, we have created a general summer door code for use this summer only: 9812#. Enter these 5 digits in the key pad, and the door will open. If you have any trouble entering this code, you can simply ring the doorbell at the main entrance, and someone will greet you at the door.

Age Groups During the summer, we have students ranging from two year olds to 7th graders. Campers are grouped by the grade they just completed. Example: If Sally just finished 2nd grade this year (2011-2012), she will be considered a 2nd grade summer camper. The entire Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs operate separately from our K-7 Summer Day Camp, and occupy all the class rooms South of the gym in the Main Building. K-7 Summer Day Camp is split up into four main groups: Kindergarten, 1st-2nd Grade, and 3rd-4th Grade, and 5th-7th Grade. Each of these four groups participates in their own specific units and field trips. Kindergarten - 2nd grade activities take place in the Main Building or on the Lower Playground. 3rd - 7th grade activities will take place across the entire campus.

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Summer Guide for K-7 Parents

Drop-In Days All elementary campers can take advantage of our Drop-In Days, which allow parents to drop off their child on any day for which he or she is not scheduled to attend, and pay by the day. We cannot guarantee space availability for drop-in days, but there is usually ample space. Drop in days will be billed to parents once per week. Parents participating in Drop-In Days are encouraged to set up a bank draft with our accountant, Susan Oliver. Full Day: To drop in for a full day, the cost is $55. Half Day: To drop in for a half day (11:30 a.m. arrival, lunch, field trip, and afternoon recess), the cost is $35.

Field Trips Elementary summer campers go on field trips almost every day in our own, seat-belt-equipped New School Buses. We have two bus drivers, Mr. Chuck, and Mr. Vaden; Your children will get to know them well! Field trip dates are available online at www. On the door to the main building, you’ll see a poster for Today’s Field Trip on your way in, and a poster for Tomorrow’s Field Trip on your way out. With the exception of special trips, daily field trip times are as follows: Kindergarten:

Depart: 12:15 p.m. Return: 2:30 p.m.

3rd-4th Grade:

Depart: 11:30 a.m. Return: 2:00 p.m.

1st-2nd Grade:

Depart: 1:00 p.m.

5th-7th Grade:

Depart: 12:00 p.m. Return: 3:15 p.m.

Return: 3:15 p.m.

Some field trips require that campers bring a few personal items along (swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, socks, money for snacks, etc.). Please check the front door or the calendar online for specific field trip needs:

Drop Off Parents may drop off their child as early as 7:15 a.m., but planned activities don’t begin until around 8:00 a.m., depending on age group. Before 8:00 a.m., all children should be dropped off at the Main Building. After 8:00 a.m., 3rd-4th grade students should be dropped off at the upper building. After 8:30 a.m., 5th-7th grade students should be dropped off at the upper building. If you don’t know where to drop your child off, please come to the office in the main building. There you can consult the schedules on the bulletin board and ask the office manager for help.

Pick Up Parents may pick up their child any time from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Parents of campers in Kindergarten through 2nd grade should always pick up their child from the main building. Parents of 3rd-7th graders should pick up at the Walker Annex before 5:30 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., all campers will be brought down to the Main Building to await pick up. If you plan on picking up at 5:30 p.m., come to the Main Building.

Eating at School New School provides three meals–breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack–each day. Meal times vary by age group. You may consult the bulletin board outside the main office to find your child’s meal times. The daily dining hall menu can be found on our website at

Parent Communications: The Summer Weekly Each Friday, we send out a Summer Weekly full of weekly information and reminders for our parents. All parents should automatically receive an e-mail of the Summer Weekly (if you’re not getting it, let us know and we’ll add you to the list!).

Thanks, and Welcome! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Call 479-521-7037 or e-mail

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