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Summer Programs 2024
K-8 Non-Credit Class Schedule

Session 1: June 3 - June 14
Session 2: June 17 - June 28
 
Classes meet Monday – Thursday
Friday K-8 attendees will choose from a variety of camp activities

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8:00 am - Noon

1 2    Art of Play (K)
1 2    STEAMing Ahead! (1-2)
1 2    Surf's Up! (1-2)

8:00 - 9:15 am

1 2    AZ Wilderness (6-9)
1 2    Basketball (2-4)
  2    Basketball (4-9)
1 2    Batter Up! (2-4)
1 2    Chess Match (2-8)
1 2    Cooking with Robyn (4-6)
1 2    Crochet Creations (6-9)
1 2    CSI (5-8)
  2    Dance Dance Dance (3-4)
1      Dance Dance Dance (7-8)
  2    Dino Diggers (2-3)
1 2    Don't Lose Your STEAM (4-6)
1 2    Frisbee Fun (7-9)
1 2    Gaga Ball (4-9)
1      Games Ancients Played (4-6)
1      Games for the Mind and Body (6-9)
  2    Hands-On Ancient History (4-6)
1      Hooray for Clay (2-4)
  2    Indoor Team Sports (2-4)
1      Indoor Team Sports (4-9)
1 2    Intro to eSports: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (6-9)
1      Journey to Japan (2-4)
1 2    Kickball (2-4)
1 2    LEGO City (3-5)
  2    Let's Paint with Bob Ross! (6-9)
1 2    Math: Add It Up! (2-3)
1 2    Minecraft Challenge (4-6)
1 2    Multiplication Mania (3-5)
  2    Racquet Sports (4-6)
1      Reading is Fun(damental) (2-3)
  2    Skateboard Deck Design (6-9)
1 2    Spanish Ninos (2-5)
  2    Story Writing Comes to Life (4-6)
  2    Strike a Pose: Yoga (5-9)
1 2    Swim and Pool Games (2-8)
1   Urban Matters: A History of Cities (4-5)
What makes cities work and why do we live in cities? This course will look at the institutions and infrastructures that have allowed human societies to live in urban enclaves throughout history. We will examine 2-3 case studies or urban planning through movies, mini-lectures, and discussions. Throughout the course, students will design a city using software and build models of important pieces of city infrastructure.
Instructor: Sean Harvey
1   Volleyball (4-9)
Boys and girls have the opportunity to focus on improving skills, game strategies, and teamwork. Instruction is organized and managed by experienced coaches who utilize drills, small group activities, and scrimmages in order to make classes educational and fun. Each class takes place in the air-conditioned gym.
Instructor: Molly Creagh
 2  Wild Weaving (3-5)
Campers will learn to weave, knot, and manipulate materials to create bracelets and other fun creations! We will be using different types of beads, embroidery thread, yarn, and string. Not only is it a unique craft but the concentration needed for creating bracelets is used for meditation and stress relief. Making bracelets is a fun DIY craft that's easy to learn and easy to take with you anywhere. Campers will be documenting new weaving styles and techniques in a booklet to take home after camp.
Instructor: Lexi Gagner
 2  Wood Shop! (7-9)
Students will learn the basics of wood-working, safety protocols, use of tools, and construction as they create their own take-home piece of craftsmanship.
Materials fee: $15
Instructor: Keith Burns

9:20 - 10:45 am

1   Babysitter's Training with CPR and First Aid (5-8)
This course will provide boys and girls who are planning to babysit the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. This training will help participants to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe and help children behave; and learn about basic child care. The course also includes CPR and First Aid certification.
Materials fee: $25
Instructor: Katie Charles
12  Basketball (2-4)
Boys and girls have the opportunity to focus on improving skills, game strategies, and teamwork. Instruction is organized and managed by experienced coaches who utilize drills, small group activities, and scrimmages in order to make classes educational and fun. Each class takes place in the air-conditioned gym.
Instructor: Nikki Gomez
12  Basketball (4-9)
Boys and girls have the opportunity to focus on improving skills, game strategies, and teamwork. Instruction is organized and managed by experienced coaches who utilize drills, small group activities, and scrimmages in order to make classes educational and fun. Each class takes place in the air-conditioned gym.
Instructor: Andre Gibson-Starks
12  Chess Match (2-8)
The historically fun game of chess incorporates knowledge, skill and determination. Devised in the 5th century, chess is the domain where the specialties of art, science and communication collide. This summer, experience the fantastic game of chess through gobs of games and using our latest technology. Beginner to advanced skill levels are welcome.
Instructor: Ryan Coffelt
12  Cooking with Robyn (4-6)
Learn how to cook and bake everyday items that you can make by yourself for your family. Taught in the PCDS kitchen by a professional chef, students cook and enjoy eating what they make each day--and sometimes even take yummy dishes home to share!
Materials fee: $20
Instructor: Robyn Kunze
12  Dance Dance Dance (5-6)
Dance brings out the best in children, exploring new ways of expression, creative problem solving, rhythm and fun. Our first week we will explore different dance styles including: ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, musical theater and choreography, learning technique and the essential distinctives of each style. For the second week, the dancers will help choose two styles for our focus, all building toward a fantastic, final "number!" The class will challenge dancers to explore new motor, creative and thinking skills crucial for both dance and life. Join us and... get your Dance on!
Instructor: Tracy Puddy
12  Fractured Fairy Tales (2-4)
Fractured Fairy Tales is a writing class for students who love writing and enjoy reading fairy tales. Campers will take various fairy tales and change certain aspects of each story. Some changes may include: telling the fairy tale from another point of view, re-working the language to update it, changing some of the events, switching good and evil characters around, changing the setting to modernize the story, mentioning and incorporating characters from other fairy tales and other fun and unique changes. This is a highly creative workshop and will include illustrating each fairy tale. Campers will create a book over the 2 week session to take home.
Instructor: Remi Braca
12  Games Ancients Played (4-6)
Let's play the ancient way! Build strong mental strategies to logically defeat your . . . friends! GO! Senet. Owari/Mancala. Patolli. Backgammon. All over the world, since prehistory, maneuvering, plotting, and proper scheming on simple and elaborate boards or even the earth itself have been the pastime of many. We will "tour" games of strategy from China, Mesopotamia, West Africa, the Middle East, and Mesoamerica. In reverse, we will also play modern, detailed board games that mimic the ancient building of civilizations. Catan. 7 Wonders. Civilizations. (All games will be board based.)
Instructor: Amy Blakeney
12  Healthy Habits (2-4)
Learn how to create healthy habits that can easily be added into your everyday life! This class will include a combination learning how to make tasty and nutritious recipes, as well as getting in your daily exercise through upbeat workouts. Making healthy choices can be simple and fun!
Instructor: Travis Thomas
1   Hooray for Clay (5-9)
Let's dive in and explore 3-D art! In this class, we will create sculptures large and small, using air dry and polymer clay. It will be a fun, messy way to express ourselves! Due to the nature of sculptures often needing time to dry, week one of the class will focus on building our pieces, and week two will focus on decorating and painting/glazing them. All will be sent home carefully packaged at the end of the session.
Materials fee: $10
Instructor: Maria Roman-Monge
12  Indoor Soccer (5-8)
Summer Soccer class will improve fundamental skills through drills and games. The class will focus on playing soccer in a fun, stress-free environment. The class will be indoors, and tennis shoes are required.
Instructor: Carlos Vicuna
 2  Intro to eSports: Rocket League (6-9)
Competitive eSports, or "electronic sports", is an AIA-sanctioned sport and is growing nationwide. In this class, students of any skill level will learn the basics of competitive Rocket League including digital citizenship, communication, team-work skills, goal setting, time management, sportsmanship and health promotion.
Instructor: Jalen Montgomery
1   Intro to eSports: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (4-6)
Are you interested in the virtual world of gaming? Competitive eSports, or "electronic sports", is an AIA-sanctioned sport and is growing nationwide. In this class, students of any skill level will learn the basics of competitive Super Smash Bros Ultimate including tournament rule-sets, character-specific skills, shoutcasting, general gamesense and strategy, and healthy sportsmanship.
Instructor: Jalen Montgomery
12  Intro to Strength Training (7-9)
An introduction to the world of barbells and dumbbells! The primary focus of this class is to become comfortable with a loaded bar for the first time. Namely, we will be introducing the 3 "Power Lifts" - aka the Back Squat, the Bench Press, and the Dead Lift. These 3 movements are widely considered the foundational "Strength" movements. Not only will learning them be directly beneficial to health and performance through the development of baseline, full-body strength, they will also serve as a great jumping off point for the rest of our weight room movements. Students will learn the movements very gradually, progressing from empty bars, to lightly loaded work, before coming to and recording a baseline "max" in each of the major lifts. This will help direct training within more advanced programs down the road. Additionally, students will learn a host of accessory strength movements using the widely versatile dumbbell, as well as continue to develop core strength and stability!
Instructor: Daniel Gomez
 2  Journey to Japan (2-4)
Have you ever thought about traveling to Japan? Or what might it be like to be able to read a Japanese manga? Students will take a once in a lifetime tour of Japanese culture and learn some fundamental reading, writing, and speaking of the Japanese language. Students will have the opportunity to learn some of the three different alphabets that their Japanese peers learn, travel by train to different places in Japan, and learn what schooling is like for their peers over in East Asia.
Instructor: Ian Hodor
1      Journey to Japan (5-8)
  2    Kids Yoga and Fun (2-5)
1      LEGO Robotics - Spike Prime (5-8)
1      Let's Paint with Bob Ross! (6-9)
1 2    Marine Biology (6-9)
1 2    Math: Add It Up! (2-3)
1 2    Math: Manipulations (4-6)
  2    Metalsmithing Introduction (7-9)
  2    Mini Masterpiece (5-8)
1      Mock Trial (7-9)
1 2    Petit Francaise (2-3)
1 2    Photoshop 101 (4-6)
1      Racquet Sports (2-4)
  2    Reading is Fun(damental) (2-3)
1 2    Rhythms with Ridge (4-6)
  2    Skateboard Deck Design (3-6)
1 2    Swim and Pool Games (2-8)
1 2    The Amazing READING Race (2-3)
1 2    The Ocean and What Lies Beneath (4-6)
  2    Urban Matters: A History of Cities (7-8)
 2  Volleyball (4-9)
Boys and girls have the opportunity to focus on improving skills, game strategies, and teamwork. Instruction is organized and managed by experienced coaches who utilize drills, small group activities, and scrimmages in order to make classes educational and fun. Each class takes place in the air-conditioned gym.
Instructor: Molly Creagh
12  Wood Shop! (7-9)
Students will learn the basics of wood-working, safety protocols, use of tools, and construction as they create their own take-home piece of craftsmanship.
Materials fee: $15
Instructor: Keith Burns
1   Writing Wonders (2-3)
Students will write in a variety of genres to help foster a love of writing. Daily prompts will facilitate brainstorming, and students will work alone and with partners to generate writing ideas, identify important parts of a story, learn to use colorful words, develop good story beginnings and endings, and improve their spelling skills. Daily writing and illustrating activities will culminate in a booklet to go home at the end of the session.
Instructor: Lexi Gagner

10:50 am - 12:05 pm

1   Babysitter's Training with CPR and First Aid (5-8)
This course will provide boys and girls who are planning to babysit the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. This training will help participants to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe and help children behave; and learn about basic child care. The course also includes CPR and First Aid certification.
Materials fee: $25
Instructor: Katie Charles
12  Basketball (2-4)
Boys and girls have the opportunity to focus on improving skills, game strategies, and teamwork. Instruction is organized and managed by experienced coaches who utilize drills, small group activities, and scrimmages in order to make classes educational and fun. Each class takes place in the air-conditioned gym.
Instructor: Nikki Gomez
12  Basketball (4-9)
Boys and girls have the opportunity to focus on improving skills, game strategies, and teamwork. Instruction is organized and managed by experienced coaches who utilize drills, small group activities, and scrimmages in order to make classes educational and fun. Each class takes place in the air-conditioned gym.
Instructor: Andre Gibson-Starks
12  Chess Match (2-8)
The historically fun game of chess incorporates knowledge, skill and determination. Devised in the 5th century, chess is the domain where the specialties of art, science and communication collide. This summer, experience the fantastic game of chess through gobs of games and using our latest technology. Beginner to advanced skill levels are welcome.
Instructor: Ryan Coffelt
12  Cooperative Games and Challenges (2-4)
Learn new classroom games that require a little teamwork and cooperation. Challenge your mind and body to solve problems, and find success with new teammates each time. Can you work with others following directions or taking the lead to help your team be successful?
Instructor: Travis Thomas
12  Crafts Galore (2-4)
Do you have a love of crafts? Then this is the class for you! In this class, campers will be introduced to different crafts based on a book read aloud to the child or a book they read independently. The instructor will model the craft for campers and they will use their creative skills to make the craft come to life!
Instructor: Sarah Prado
 2  Crochet Creations (6-9)
Whether you are a beginner or advanced, you'll have fun with the projects in this class. Students that are new to crochet will start with small stuffed yarn creatures, and move on to more advanced projects that include making flower squares. You'll be proud of the special keepsake created with your new skills!
Instructor: Johana Bautista
1   Dance Dance Dance (3-4)
Dance brings out the best in children, exploring new ways of expression, creative problem solving, rhythm and fun. Our first week we will explore different dance styles including: ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, musical theater and choreography, learning technique and the essential distinctives of each style. For the second week, the dancers will help choose two styles for our focus, all building toward a fantastic, final "number!" The class will challenge dancers to explore new motor, creative and thinking skills crucial for both dance and life. Join us and... get your Dance on!
Instructor: Tracy Puddy
 2  Dance Dance Dance (7-8)
Dance brings out the best in children, exploring new ways of expression, creative problem solving, rhythm and fun. Our first week we will explore different dance styles including: ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, musical theater and choreography, learning technique and the essential distinctives of each style. For the second week, the dancers will help choose two styles for our focus, all building toward a fantastic, final "number!" The class will challenge dancers to explore new motor, creative and thinking skills crucial for both dance and life. Join us and... get your Dance on!
Instructor: Tracy Puddy
12  Digital Art (4-6)
Do you Like to draw but don't want to use paper? This just might be the class for you. Or, take your drawings and recreate them digitally make them pop of the screen and into an exciting digital image. Digital art focuses not on photography but your artistic talents into a digital form.
Instructor: Peter Pagnotta
1   Dino Diggers (2-3)
Explore the world of dinosaurs through art and science. Participants will be able to do dino-mite crafts and experiments as they learn about prehistoric life.
Instructor: Sean Harvey
 2  Games Ancients Played (4-6)
Let's play the ancient way! Build strong mental strategies to logically defeat your . . . friends! GO! Senet. Owari/Mancala. Patolli. Backgammon. All over the world, since prehistory, maneuvering, plotting, and proper scheming on simple and elaborate boards or even the earth itself have been the pastime of many. We will "tour" games of strategy from China, Mesopotamia, West Africa, the Middle East, and Mesoamerica. In reverse, we will also play modern, detailed board games that mimic the ancient building of civilizations. Catan. 7 Wonders. Civilizations. (All games will be board based.)
Instructor: Amy Blakeney
 2  Games for the Mind and Body (6-9)
Fun with a purpose! Class time is used primarily to play games such as Taboo, Charades, Word Association, and other games of expression and quick thought to help students develop confidence, problem-solving abilities, verbal and physical expression, humor skills, social interactions, and more. Explore the importance of taking "safe risks," accepting and celebrating mistakes, and expanding avenues of communication, all of which can be valuable life skills. It sounds serious, but is centered on fun and a lot of healthy game playing.
Instructor: Keith Burns
1   Hands-On Ancient History (4-6)
Are you creative and intrigued by the mysteries of the ancient world? Then this course is for you! Ancient artifacts will be recreated into the modern and into students' homes! With short videos, readings, and discussion, students will survey a variety of artifacts such as Egyptian hieroglyphs, mummies, and cartouches. or cuneiform, pottery, and the ancient game of Ur from Mesopotamia.
Instructor: Amy Blakeney
12  Hispanic Cultural Fun! (2-3)
Hispanic culture revealed! Spanish art, language, music, and dance are explored with a critical mind! Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world. Why not enjoy a very practical language and cultural class? Students will listen to short stories, create their own spanish story, cultural festivity souvenirs, play language development games such as "Loteria" with daily prizes, participate in group songs such as "Chequi Morena Chequi", "De Colores", and have fun with a little touch of dancing! Yes, students will learn the basic steps to dance La Cumbia (Colombia), La Salsa (Puerto Rico), and El Merengue (Republica Dominicana). We will also study "La Casa" vocabulary, recreating a room in a shoe box! You do not want to miss this opportunity! Si se puede!
Instructor: Jessie Clemente
1   Hooray for Clay (5-9)
Let's dive in and explore 3-D art! In this class, we will create sculptures large and small, using air dry and polymer clay. It will be a fun, messy way to express ourselves! Due to the nature of sculptures often needing time to dry, week one of the class will focus on building our pieces, and week two will focus on decorating and painting/glazing them. All will be sent home carefully packaged at the end of the session.
Materials fee: $10
Instructor: Maria Roman-Monge
1 2    Indoor Soccer (2-4)
1      Intro to eSports: Rocket League (6-9)
  2    Intro to eSports: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (4-6)
1 2    Intro to Strength Training (7-9)
  2    Journey to Japan (5-8)
1      LEGO Robotics - Spike Prime (5-8)
1 2    Math Measurement Madness (4-6)
1      Mini Masterpiece (5-8)
1      Racquet Sports (4-6)
1 2    Rhythms with Ridge (2-3)
  2    Sewing for Beginners (5-9)
1 2    Space Camp (6-9)
1 2    Spanish Ninos (2-5)
1      Story Writing Comes to Life (4-6)
1 2    Swim and Pool Games (2-8)
1 2    The Art of Nature (3-5)
  2    The Art of Snail Mail (5-8)
1 2    The Eras of Taylor Swift (5-8)
 2  Volleyball (2-4)
Boys and girls have the opportunity to focus on improving skills, game strategies, and teamwork. Instruction is organized and managed by experienced coaches who utilize drills, small group activities, and scrimmages in order to make classes educational and fun. Each class takes place in the air-conditioned gym.
Instructor: Molly Creagh
1   Wild Weaving (3-5)
Campers will learn to weave, knot, and manipulate materials to create bracelets and other fun creations! We will be using different types of beads, embroidery thread, yarn, and string. Not only is it a unique craft but the concentration needed for creating bracelets is used for meditation and stress relief. Making bracelets is a fun DIY craft that's easy to learn and easy to take with you anywhere. Campers will be documenting new weaving styles and techniques in a booklet to take home after camp.
Instructor: Lexi Gagner
1   Wood Shop! (7-9)
Students will learn the basics of wood-working, safety protocols, use of tools, and construction as they create their own take-home piece of craftsmanship.
Materials fee: $15
Instructor: Keith Burns
 2  Writing Wonders (2-3)
Students will write in a variety of genres to help foster a love of writing. Daily prompts will facilitate brainstorming, and students will work alone and with partners to generate writing ideas, identify important parts of a story, learn to use colorful words, develop good story beginnings and endings, and improve their spelling skills. Daily writing and illustrating activities will culminate in a booklet to go home at the end of the session.
Instructor: Lexi Gagner
 2  Yo Ho, Yo Ho! The History of Piracy and Buccaneering (4-6)
Weigh anchor and set sail for a course on the Golden Age of Piracy. Through mini-lectures, readings, and discussions, we will explore the economy, politics, and culture of pirates and scallywags. Students will produce maps, build ships and forts, and create a historically-informed pirate persona and biography.
Instructor: Sean Harvey

 
Class offerings and instructors are subject to change.