School Life

Summer

The San Francisco School’s summer camps in arts, music, language, and play-based learning engage students in a world of imagination and creativity.

Registration for Summer 2019 starts February 1, 2019, at 10:00am  

 

GENERAL CAMP INFORMATION

Camp Hours: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm with morning (8:00-9:00 am) and afternoon (3:00-5:00 pm) extended day care for preschool, elementary, and middle school students.

Please note this system is separate from the Extended Day registration portal and new users will need to create a username and password to access the list of camps.  In the event camps are under enrolled, families who have registered will be informed via email on April 1, 2019.  Over enrolled camps will automatically generate a waitlist through the online registration site. 

  • Campers should wear clothing and shoes suitable for active and creative play!
  • Lunch and snacks are not provided. Pack a nut-free lunch with a water bottle and strive to pack in re-usable containers so we can reach our goal of Zero Waste! No candy, cookies, cake, or soda please. 
  • Prepare for San Francisco summer weather by applying sunscreen to your child and packing extra layers in a backpack
  • Preschool/K students should also pack a change of clothes that can remain at camp

REFUND POLICY

  • Up until May 1: Receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee per session cancelled.   
  • May 2 until June 1: Receive a refund minus a cancellation of $100 per session.
  • After June 1: No refunds
  • Policy applies to all cancellations, regardless of sign-up date
  • All refunds will be credited via original payment method.  

PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN CAMPS 

Preschool four-year-old through first-grade students

SPLAT! JUNIOR ART CAMP

Week of June 17- June 21

Week of June 24- June 28

Week of July 8- July 12

Isn’t it amazing to see what kids will create when they are given the freedom to explore? In this week-long camp, kids reach beyond the basics and tap into their imaginations to create unique pieces while having a blast and getting messy. Media can include paint, clay, chalk, recycled materials, mosaics, and found art, i.e. turning everyday objects into magnificent masterpieces. Each week features different projects, so register for multiple weeks to maximize the fun!  This art camp will be full of art techniques, new twists and fun ways to use art materials to create amazing projects, and free choice time in our indoor and outdoor spaces. 

You may have noticed we said “messy,” so please leave your formalwear at home, wear something you don’t mind getting splattered with paint, or bring a large t-shirt smock to wear over your clothes.

SUCCULENTS AND SPORTS

Week of July 1- July 5 (No Camp 7/4)

Students will fill their days with a mix of crafting creative succulent holders and playing a variety of games and sports with our Lower School Head Maggie Weis.  Succulent options will range from simple jar creations to found art holders to ceramic wall hanging versions.  Games will range from Snake in the Grass to Floor Hockey.  Sports will include Soccer, Basketball and a summertime favorite - whiffleball!  Basic skill development and rules will certainly be covered in addition to a love of the game!  When not engaged in projects and sports, students will play and learn together as they navigate our school’s Adventure Playground and expansive preschool/kindergarten yards. 

SENSATIONAL SUMMER

Week of July 15- 19

Week of July 22 - 26

Week of July 29- August 2

Week of August 5- August 9

It is going to be a Sensational Summer!  Taught by SFS staff and experienced preschool/k teachers, students fill their days digging in the dirt, experimenting with science and technology, exploring music and movement, and creating a variety of arts and crafts, all the while challenging their minds to become innovative thinkers.  Camps take place in our expansive multi-age Preschool/Kindergarten classrooms, our Adventure Playground, outdoor yard spaces, school library, and community center, along with opportunities to explore the Portola neighborhood’s Palega Park, Portola Library, St. Mary’s Park, and more! 

ELEMENTARY CAMPS

RIVER CAMP: ESCAPE FROM ATLANTIS!

Students entering 3rd through 6th grade

Session 1: June 17 - June 28                                    Grand Tour Thursday June 27th 3:30-4:30

Session 2: July 1 - July 12 (No Camp 7/4)            Grand Tour Thursday July 11th 3:30-4:30  

This year we will immerse ourselves in the mythical land of Atlantis! We will explore historical ideas of the lost continent through slides, videos, student drawing exercises, and even Atlantis-inspired music!  Young architects and storytellers will work individually and collaboratively to design and construct an ancient island village society as it might have existed as part of the legendary continent. In addition to creating village habitats along our 35-foot river, each young architect will also design an elaborate, tall mast sailing vessel or outlandish airship. These airships will be installed along the river “at-the-ready” for Atlantis inhabitants to escape when the continent starts to sink below the angry waters of the Atlantic Ocean.  Our creative process involves art, craft, design and plenty of social play, culminating in a Grand Tour where students share their work with parents and friends!

NOTE: This camp presumes an interest in developing craft-skill and demands periods of collaboration, creative focus, and self-direction.

SPLAT! ART CAMP

Students entering 1st through 4th grade

Week of July 15 - 19

Week of July 22 – 26

Isn’t it amazing to see what kids will create when they are given the freedom to explore? In this week-long camp, kids reach beyond the basics and tap into their imaginations to create unique pieces while having a blast and getting messy. Media can include paint, clay, chalk, recycled materials, mosaics, and found art, i.e. turning everyday objects into magnificent masterpieces. Each week features different projects, so register for multiple weeks to maximize the fun! 

You may have noticed we said “messy,” so please leave your formalwear at home, wear something you don’t mind getting messy, or bring a large t-shirt to wear over your clothes.

PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD COOKING CAMP

Students entering 1st through 4th grade

Week of July 29 - Aug 2

Mix a pinch of science, a dash of cooking, a splash of art and what do you get?  A recipe for fun!  In “Play With Your Food” we explore food in all its forms and flavors, as we get creative in the kitchen and classroom.  Common ingredients like flour, sugar, salt, and legumes are ingredients for cooking, as well as raw materials for artwork and science projects.  We knead flour and water for bread and stir it up to make a paste for papier-mâché, simmer dried peas and beans for a savory soup, and glue them to cardboard to make a mosaic.  We compare freezing times for salted and unsalted water, and watch as sugar crystallizes into rock candy.  After exploring the school library for food-related picture books, we write and illustrate our own story, and round out the days with board games in the classroom and recess in the Adventure Playground.  And last, but certainly not least, we eat! 

Please let us know of any food allergies so we can do our best to accommodate!

INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS

Students entering 4th through 9th grade

Week of August 5- August 9

Come to learn the ins-and-outs of EV3 LEGO Robotics through a summer camp LEGO League.  Students form teams to compete in challenges using a robot of their design and construction. You will learn to program and creatively solve problems in “outer space,” seeing how many of the challenges you can accomplish with your team.  All projects are hands-on, engaging, and focus on the engineering design process of Think-Do-Test.  In addition to robotics design and programming, campers will explore the outdoors, have some downtime to relax and be creative, and socialize with team-building activities. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMPS

CREATIVE WRITING CAMP

Students entering 6th through 9th grade

Week of June 17- June 21

Week of June 24- June 28

This camp offers curious, creative students an opportunity to develop their ideas into finished pieces of creative writing, with an emphasis on crafting a short story. Each week will begin with story generation, looking to art, architecture, history, nature and our own lives for inspiration. Week one will include a field trip to the De Young Museum and Golden Gate Park. Week two will include a field trip to North Beach and Chinatown. On these trips, campers will take notes that will inspire their writing. This camp will cover writing compelling characters, realistic dialogue and engaging descriptions, as well as story arc and pacing. Campers will come away with finished stories, which they can then submit to contests (such as those offered by Scholastic) or to the Bearly Literate, and which we will share at a reading for friends and parents at the end of the camp.

Campers can attend only one week, but it is recommended to attend both. During the second week, campers from the first week will go deeper into their craft, choosing to write a second story or revise their first. They will also act as resources for any campers joining for the second week only.

This class is taught by Laura Belyavski. SFS students know her as a teacher of elementary extended day, as well as a substitute teacher. She graduated from UCLA in 2011 with a degree in English with a focus in creative writing. In addition to teaching, she writes fiction and is currently seeking representation for her first novel. 

JUNIOR COUNSELOR

Students entering 7th through 9th grade

Limited Junior Counselor opportunities are available for students entering 7th through entering 9th grade.  The deadline to submit an application is Monday, February 11, 2019.  To learn more and apply to serve as a Junior Counselor this summer, please contact Sarah Wood, swood@sfschool.org 

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Legarza Sports will be hosting K-8th All Sports Camps at SFS the following weeks: June 17-21, June 24-28, July 22-26, July 29-August 2, and August 5-9.  To register for their camps visit: https://www.legarzasports.org/

SFS families can use the code SFS50OFF to save $50 off any Legarza camp.  The code is valid through 8/31/19 and can be used one time per family.