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Summer at Independent

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  • Learning & Fun

    Open to the community, the Summer at Independent program offers students an opportunity to engage in learning and fun throughout the summer. We are thrilled to provide a wide variety of classes and camps for all ages. From drama and fine arts to academics, sports, and all-day camps, we provide options for all of your family’s summer needs.

    We are excited about our Summer 2021 Panther Enrichment Programs (P.E.P.).  Registration is now open!  Choose from half day and full day options between June 1 - August 6. Details available at the CampBrain site linked above.



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    Panther Adventure Camp
    May 31 - Aug 6
    Instructors: Mrs. Marti Dougherty, Mrs. Cathy Jensen, and Mr. Shane Walck
    Grades:  K - 6th
    Dates: June 1 - August 6  (Closed Week of July 5th)
    Regular Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. with extended day charge (see below)
    Location: Middle School
    Cost: $222.50 per week Full Day
              $112.50 per week Half Day
              $62.50 Daily Rate (Billed per day used at the end of each week)**                 
    Extended Day Cost:  Extended care billed at $6 per hour until 5:00. $1 per minute after 5:00 p.m.
    Supply Fee: One time $27.50
    Safe fun begins with Panther Adventures! This summer the Lower School gymnasium will be transformed into a summer oasis with games and activities.  Campers will be divided into groups of no more than 9 students with 1 adult staff member and rotate through various fun activities including art projects, science experiments and much more!  
    Please send your student is clothing suitable for indoor and outdoor play, wearing sunscreen and a refillable water bottle,
    **Please select the Day Rate option below to complete your child’s registration.  You will be billed $62.50 at checkout and any additional days will be billed at the end of each week.
    Independent Strength and Conditioning Summer 2021
    June 1 - Aug 6
    Faculty: Eric Swenson and Janelle Stallbaumer
    Dates:
    June 1 - Aug 6
    Days:
    Mondays-Thursdays
    Time:
    7:30 - 9:30 AM
    Location:
    US Weight room and gym
    Grades:
    6-12th
    Cost:
    $152.50
    The goal of our summer strength and conditioning program is to improve athletic performance, decrease the likelihood of injuries, and increase mental and physical preparedness. Providing a safe, positive, yet challenging training environment, we will continue to build the culture of Independent Athletics. Athletes will be broken into groups based upon their age, training experience and abilities. With a developmentally appropriate, individualized program, the athletes will utilize, with appropriate instruction, barbell lifts, Olympic lifts, bodyweight movements, and various functional strength and conditioning methods.
    Fairy Houses
    June 1-4
    Teachers: Mrs. Sky Hendricks
    Dates: June 1 - June 4
    Days: Tuesday - Friday
    Time: 10:00 - 12:00
    Location: MS 104
    Grades: Incoming Jr.K - 1st
    Cost: $102.50
    "The Fairy House Series," by Tracy Kane, will be our guide as we learn the difference between artificial and natural materials.  The children will be encouraged to cherish and respect wildlife and their habitats and to create their own fairy houses...anywhere!
    A bag of natural materials (twigs, smooth rocks, pine cones, etc.) might be fun to collect and bring to class and add to our large building basket.  We'll dress up each and every day from clothing in our fairy house room or the children may wear favorite items from home.
    Beginning Guitar (no experience needed)
    June 7-11
    Teacher:  Mr. Patton
    Dates:  June 7 - 11 
    Days:  Monday - Friday
    Time:  10:00 - 10:45
    Grades 3rd - 5th
    Cost:  $102.50
    Location:  MS 300
    This class aims to build on concepts and literature found in your child's music class in such a way that not only sets them on the path of classical musicianship, but also begins to lay foundational support for creativity on the instrument. Lessons are presented in fun and engaging ways that allow children a great deal of "hands on" time with musical & instrumental concepts. Students will need to bring an acoustic guitar, preferably with nylon strings, or rent one for $40/semester. Rental supplies are limited.
    Kitchen Chemistry and Beyond
    June 7 - 11
    Teachers: Mrs. Cathy Jensen
    Dates: June 7 - 11
    Days: Monday - Friday
    Time: 9:00 - 10:00
    Location: MS Kitchen
    Grades: K-5
    Cost: $127.50 plus $27.50 supply fee
    Welcome all scientists! This class will show you how to use household items to create chemical reactions.  Each class your budding chemist will be able to concoct 3 to 4 exciting experiments.
    Write Your Own Children's Book
    June 7 - 11
    Teacher: Mrs. Lindsey Ralston
    Dates: June 7 - 11
    Days: Monday - Friday
    Time: 9:00 - 10:15
    Location: MS 204
    Grades: Incoming 1st-5th grade
    Cost: $127.50 plus $17.50 supply fee
    Calling all budding authors and illustrators! Students will be writing and illustrating their own children's books. We will go through the process of creating a high quality hardcover book. This class will help reinforce creativity, writing skills, and a love for great children's books! Students will receive a "writer's kit" and bring home their book at the end of the week!
    Zentangle Animals
    June 7 -11
    Teacher:  Mrs. Pepper
    Dates:  June 7 - 11 
    Days:  Monday - Friday
    Time:  9:00 - 11:30
    Grades: 1st - 5th
    Cost:  $207.50
    Location:  MS 302
    Students will enjoy making animals with zentangle patterns, optical illusions and cool patterns. We will focus on craftsmanship and slowing down the process to achieve excellent results. Take home a dozen works of art! 
    Little House on the Prairie
    June 7 - 11
    Teacher:  Erin Harter
    Dates: June 7 - 11
    Days: Monday - Friday
    Time: 9:00 - 11:00
    Grades: 1st - 5th
    Cost:  $127.50
    Location:  MS 303
    Want to learn about the old frontier and experience it as if you are there? This class will do just that. Come and see how things were done and how things have changed from back then to today.  In this class the children will learn how to make butter, bake bread, make mini pies, sew a doll, and many more activities that took place during the pioneer times. We will also learn about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, her family, and the settlers of Kansas.
    Cupcake Decorating
    June 14 - 18
    Teacher:  Erin Harter
    Dates: June 14 - 18
    Days: Monday - Friday
    Time:  9:00 - 11:00
    Grades: 1st - 5th
    Cost:  $127.50 plus $27.50 supply fee
    Location:  MS Kitchen
    We will have so much fun decorating cupcakes! Some of our fun cupcakes will be unicorns, rainbow fish, mini monsters, mermaids, and much more! We will learn how to use fondant and decorating bags. Then everyone will get to eat their masterpieces!
    Tippi Toes Hip Hop and Jazz Camp
    (5 day)
    June 14 - 18
    Teacher:  Tippi Toes Instructor
    Dates:  June 14-18
    Days:  Monday - Friday
    Time:  9:00 - 12:00
    Grades:  K - 5th
    Cost:  $152.50
    Location:  MS 204
    Do you love music and love to dance? Our teachers will have you dancin’ to the Tippi Toes® beat in no time! Students at Hip Hop Camp will learn kid-friendly choreography to upbeat, age-appropriate music, and they will work on various crafts and learn fun movement games throughout the week. Tippi Toes® Hip Hop Camp is sure to be an awesome time for your dancer! Parents are invited to a mini-performance on the last day of camp. Attire: Shorts or leggings and a t-shirt, tank top or leotard with tennis shoes or jazz shoes works best!
    5-day camp
    Tippi Toes Hip Hop and Jazz Camp
    (6 week)
    June 14 - July 30
    Teacher:  Tippi Toes Instructor
    Dates:  June 14 through July 30th (no class the week of July 5th)
    Days:  Mondays
    Time:  9:00 - 9:45
    Grades:  K- 5th
    Cost:  $102.50
    Location:  MS 204
    Elementary Hip Hop and Jazz dance classes created especially for children 5-10 years of age (kinder-5th). Using popular and current music the students start learning choreography quickly as well as learning various dance elements including isolations, leaps, turns, and current Hip Hop techniques. Our version of Hip Hop Jazz dance is extremely tasteful and clean and our priority is offering age-appropriate material. A small in class performance will be held the last week of summer class!
    Class meets once a week for 45 minutes
    6-week session
    Clay Camp
    June 21 - 25
    Teacher:  Mrs. Pepper
    Dates:  June 21 - 25 
    Days:  Monday - Friday
    Time:  9:00 - 11:30
    Grades: 1st - 5th
    Cost:  $207.50
    Location:  MS 304
    Students will make clay food items good enough to eat including a cupcake container, a melting
    ice cream cone, hamburger and a donut with frosting. Several different types of air-dry clay
    will be used. Take home a dozen works of art!
    Board Games and Playground Games
    June 21 - 25
    Teacher:  Erin Harter
    Dates: June 21 - 25
    Days: Monday - Friday
    Time: 9:00 - 11:00
    Grades: 1st - 5th
    Cost: $127.50
    Location:  MS 104
    We will explore a variety of strategy games that get your brain thinking while having a ton of fun with your friends! We will play some fun indoor and  outdoor games including many board games, Red Rover, Mother May I, Freeze Tag, Heads Up 7-Up, jump rope, Sharks and Minnows, and many more.
    Drop Everything and Read
    June 28 - July 2
    Teacher:  Erin Harter
    Dates: June 28 - July 2
    Days: Monday - Friday
    Time: 9:00 - 11:00
    Grades: 1st - 5th
    Cost: $102.50
    Location:  MS 302
    D.E.A.R - Drop Everything and Read.  Your child will get the opportunity to listen to stories being read aloud. The children will also read out loud and have silent reading time. We will work on the Summer Reading Bingo Boards and also have fun themed reading days. 
    Enchanted Forest
    July 12 - 16
    Teacher:  Mrs. Pepper
    Dates:  July 12 - 16 
    Days:  Monday - Friday
    Time:  9:00 - 11:30
    Grades: 1st - 5th
    Cost:  $207.50
    Location:  MS 302
    If you like unicorns, fairies, gnomes, pixies and other mystical creatures then this is the camp for you! Use vintage jewelry to make sculptures and use glittery paper, pens and glue to accent your drawings/paintings. Make fairy dough and secret potions! Take home a dozen works of art! 
    Beginning Guitar (no experience needed)
    July 12-16
    Teacher:  Mr. Patton
    Dates:  July 12-16 
    Days:  Monday - Friday
    Time:  10:00 - 10:45
    Grades 3rd - 5th
    Cost:  $102.50
    Location:  MS 300
    This class aims to build on concepts and literature found in your child's music class in such a way that not only sets them on the path of classical musicianship, but also begins to lay foundational support for creativity on the instrument. Lessons are presented in fun and engaging ways that allow children a great deal of "hands on" time with musical & instrumental concepts. Students will need to bring an acoustic guitar, preferably with nylon strings, or rent one for $40/semester. Rental supplies are limited.
    Dream it, Build it!
    July 19-23
    Teachers: Darren Couch and Julie Couch (Hasfjord)
    Time: 9am-12
    Days: Monday-Friday
    Grades: 4th-6th grade
    Dates: July 19-23
    Cost: $150 plus $40 material fee
    Location: MRC
    Each day we will use the engineering design process to build something new. You will create projects using high tech equipment like a laser engraver and 3D printer, as well as low-tech materials like duct tape and cardboard. Projects may include laser-engraved marshmallows, a wooden picture frame, a solar oven, a custom backpack tag, an electronic greeting card, and a life-size cardboard boat that we will race in the swimming pool! 


    Christmas in July
    July 26 - 30
    Teacher:  Mrs. Pepper
    Dates:  July 26 - 30 
    Days:  Monday - Friday
    Time:  9:00 - 11:30
    Grades: 1st - 5th
    Cost:  $207.50
    Location:  MS 304
     
    • Cool off with us inside little elves! In this super fun camp students will make a miniature winter
    scene shadow box, ornaments, clay snow-people and a uniquely decorated wooden Christmas
    tree sculpture. Make a dozen works of art!
    Jump Start - Junior Kindergarten
    August 2 - 6
    Teacher: JK Teachers
    Dates:
    Aug 2 - 6
    Days:
    Monday - Friday
    Time:
    9:00 - 11:00
    Grades:
    Junior Kindergarten
    Cost:
    $102.50 and $7.50 Supply Fee
    Location: 
    LS Classroom
    Jumpstart is a great way to introduce your child to the Junior Kindergarten (JK) teachers and their classmates. The student will be exposed to a week in the life of JK and have an opportunity to become familiar with their new space. We will sing songs, read books, play games, create artwork, and much more!  Plan on joining us on August 2-6 from 9 to 11 am.  If you need your student escorted to and from the ELC, just let us know - we are happy to help! We encourage participation by all students to ensure a positive transition into our Jr. Kindergarten school family.  
     
    As your child's JK teachers, we want the first few days of school to run smoothly, and propose that attending Jumpstart for two hours a day over the span of a week will ease the transition.  Interactions between students during this week will allow Mrs. Hendricks and Mrs. Marklevits an opportunity to see connections within the school family.  Therefore, it is important for all JK students to be present during Jumpstart. At the conclusion of Jumpstart, the JK teachers will offer classroom placement recommendations to Dr. Boyer.  Teacher assignments will be finalized once Jumpstart has concluded, and then parents will be notified.     

    If you have any questions regarding Jumpstart, please don't hesitate to contact Mrs. Hendricks at sky.hendricks@theindependentschool.com or Mrs. Marklevits at debie.marklevits@theindependentschool.com. We look forward to seeing your child on August 2nd!  
    Jump Start -  Kindergarten
    August 2 - 6
    Teacher: Kindergarten Teachers
    Dates:
    Aug 2 - 6
    Days:
    Monday - Friday
    Time:
    9:00 - 11:00
    Grades:
    Kindergarten
    Cost:
    $102.50 and $7.50 Supply Fee
    Location:
    LS Classroom
    You've finished Junior Kindergarten but are you ready to start Kindergarten? Join us for hands on learning activities that include writing, science and reading.
    Jump Start - First Grade
    August 2 - 6
    Teacher:  1st Grade Teachers
    Dates: Aug 2 - 6
    Days:  Monday - Friday
    Time:  9:00 - 11:00
    Grades:  1st
    Cost:  $102.50 and $7.50 Supply Fee
    Location:  LS Classrooms
    During this week we will have hands on learning activities, brain builders and activities that incorporate math, reading and science.
    Jump Start - Second Grade
    August 2 - 6
    Teacher:  2nd Grade Teachers
    Dates: Aug 2 - 6
    Days:  Monday - Friday
    Time:  9:00 - 11:00
    Grades:  2nd
    Cost:  $102.50 and $7.50 Supply Fee
    Location:  Lower School Classroom
    We will focus on math, reading, phonics and science.  We will also have guided silent reading.
    Jump Start - Third Grade
    August 2 - 6
    Teacher:  3rd Grade Teachers
    Dates: Aug 2 - 6
    Days:  Monday - Friday
    Time:  9:00 - 11:00
    Grades:  3rd
    Cost:  $102.50 and $7.50 Supply Fee
    Location:  Lower School Classroom
    From math to reading we will prepare for the first day of class! Be ready for multiplication, novel studies, narrative writing, cursive and a whole bunch of fun.
    Jump Start - Fourth Grade
    August 2 - 6
    Teacher:  4th Grade Teachers
    Dates: Aug 2 - 6
    Days:  Monday - Friday
    Time:  9:00 - 11:00
    Grades:  4th
    Cost:  $102.50 and $7.50 Supply Fee
    Location:  Lower School Classroom
    Experience a little taste of 4th grade with amazing hands on science explorations like making your own slime, mathematics challenges and creative language arts activities.
    Jump Start - Fifth Grade
    August 2 - 6
    Teacher:  5th Grade Teachers
    Dates: Aug 2 - 6
    Days:  Monday - Friday
    Time:  9:00 - 11:00
    Grades:  5th
    Cost:  $102.50 and $7.50 Supply Fee
    Location:  Middle School Room 300
    Calling all incoming 5th graders!  We are ready to review with some of the most important skills you need to have mastered in order to be ready for 5th grade.  There will be games, technology and videos.  Come review your skills and have fun!

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