AC Summer Programs

Allendale Columbia School is committed to the health and safety of all our campers and families.

To ensure the safety of our community, all on-site camps during the months of June and July have been cancelled, but we hope to host camps back on campus during the month of August. A finalized decision for on-site camps will be announced by July 15th. For those who had already registered for a program during June and July (AC Day Camp, Camp Cobblestone, and/or our Nursery & Pre-k Summer Program) you will be receiving a full refund via your method of payment.

For June and July, we are excited to share with you some truly AC awesome summer programs that campers can participate in from the safety of their homes! Our virtual summer program offerings will continue to grow, so be sure to check back often!

June and July
Online Summer Programs

The NOT So Secret Life of Pets! [Online]
June 22nd – June 26th

$120
Grades: K-5th (Fall 2020)
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Julie Barrett

Calling all animal lovers! Join us as we create several projects and participate in activities designed around our pets! We will share stories of our own pets and what makes them so special and unique! We will also hear stories, unleash some creativity, try our hand at some acting, create some persuasive writing, and most importantly, have fun! Don’t have a pet yet? How about a class pet? Don’t worry! I will help you learn ways to persuade your parents/teachers to say yes to a pet! (Just kidding! Maybe?) Sign up today to find out!

What Will a Sample Day Look Like for a Participating Camper?

The first and last days of class (Monday and Friday) we will meet at 10 a.m. and do various activities until 11 a.m. through Zoom. Tuesday – Thursday classes, we will meet at 10 a.m. for 30 minutes, and then meet again in the afternoon to share our special projects that we worked on that day!

Will the Program Run Through Zoom or Video Recordings or something similar? We will be using Zoom all week.

What Supplies Will Campers Need to Participate in Your Program? Prior to the week of camp, Mrs. Barrett will send a list of supplies needed so families have time to gather items. Supplies will generally be simple and easily accessible, such as paper, crayons, markers, glue, scissors, washable paint etc.

World Music Explorers [Online]
June 29th – July 27th
Mondays (June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27)

$180
Grades: 1st-4th (Fall 2020)
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
1 hour of group instruction (synchronous) + 1 hour of extras (asynchronous: videos, projects, etc.)
Instructors: Lynn Grossman & Amanda Meldrum-Stevenson

Campers, be sure to pack your passports and your curiosity for this adventure! Come explore the world while connecting with friends both old and new! Campers will travel around the globe to explore how culture shapes us and helps us express who we are. We will “visit” several countries to experience a range of music, art, dance, stories, language, and even food! Through these experiences, we will discover that despite our unique culture differences, we all have much in common.

What Will a Sample Day Look Like for a Participating Camper?

Students will join our Zoom meeting each Monday. First we will study our map to determine the route and mode of travel. Then, we will embark on the day’s adventure, where creative cultural activities will await us at every stop! At the end of each group session, additional resources and activities will be shared with campers, allowing them to create their own solo adventure for the day’s destination. Students will have opportunities to share what they’ve learned and created with other camp travelers.

Will the Program Run Through Zoom or Video Recordings or something similar?

This program will be done through Zoom. You can download Zoom for free: https://zoom.us/Zoom camp links will be communicated by Ms. Grossman and Ms. Meldrum.

What Supplies Will Campers Need to Participate in Your Program? Computer with access to the internet. A list of optional supplies will be provided to purchase at grocery stores or on Amazon.

 

AC Paint Nights with Pinot’s Palette: Van Gogh’s Starry AC [Online]
June 30th

$35
Ages: 5 -12 years-old (Fall 2020)
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Instructors: Michele Juzwiak & Josie Viccaro

Allendale Columbia School and locally-owned Pinot’s Palette (Rochester, N.Y.) have partnered together to offer the AC and Rochester community AC Paint Nights with Pinot’s Palette: Van Gogh’s Starry AC. This painting is a fun and simplified version of the classic masterpiece “Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh with an AC twist. The painting is easy for all ages but is specifically designed for younger artists to enjoy creating a masterpiece of their own!

What Will a Sample Day Look Like for a Participating Camper?

Led by New York State certified teacher Michele Juzwiak of Pinot’s Palette, campers will paint an ‘AC version’ of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night or participants are encouraged to paint their own version. A dedicated Pinot’s Palette staff member will monitor and help participants individually in the Zoom chat.

Will the Program Run Through Zoom or Video Recordings or something similar?

This program will be done through Zoom. You can download Zoom for free at https://zoom.us/

What Supplies Will Campers Need to Participate in Your Program? All supplies will need to be picked up at Pinot’s Palette (2544 B Ridgeway Ave, Rochester, NY 14626) and can be picked up by appointment. Call Pinot’s Palette (585) 730-5147 to schedule your pick up time! All supplies are yours to keep!

 

Unforgettable Movie Themes [Online]
June 30th – August 6th
Tuesdays and Thursdays

$180
Grades: 5th-8th (Fall 2020)
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Instructor: Gabriel Costanzo

What would a movie be without great music? Some of the best, most memorable melodies have been written for the “silver screen.” In Unforgettable Movie Themes, beginner and intermediate-level musicians will have the opportunity to explore, and ultimately learn how to play, some of their favorite movie music on their instruments.

What Will a Sample Day Look Like for a Participating Camper?

The time we are together will be broken down into exploration time, instruction time, practice time, and performance or share-out time. Campers will be guided through the process of identifying the music they like to hear in movies and advised on the steps they can take toward actually being able to play this music on their instruments. This program will be done through Zoom. Outside of camp time, students may check out instructional videos or listen to different versions of the movie themes they are learning to play. Zoom camp links will be communicated by Mr. Costanzo.

Will the Program Run Through Zoom or Video Recordings or something similar?

This program will be done through Zoom. You can download Zoom for free at https://zoom.us/

What Supplies Will Campers Need to Participate in Your Program? Campers will need an internet-connected device and their own instrument. Zoom camp links will be communicated by Mr. Costanzo.

 

Music Composition and Songwriting [Online]
June 30th – August 6th
Tuesdays and  Thursdays

$180
Grades: 4th-8th (Fall 2020)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Gabriel Costanzo

This camp is for people who like to be creative with sound. This could mean creating melodies and harmonies in the traditional sense, being creative with rhythm to “make beats,” arranging non-musical sounds from the environment in sound compositions, and creating electronic music compositions. Tools for capturing the products of our imaginations will range from modern technology to pencil and paper.

What Will a Sample Day Look Like for a Participating Camper?

Our meeting times will be seminar-style. Campers will share what they are working on, give and receive feedback, and learn new techniques in mini-lessons. A lot of the creative work will happen outside of the meetings, so while this camp only runs in two 1 hour-long sessions each week, a lot of time outside of camp could be devoted to the exploration of our imaginations.

Will the Program Run Through Zoom or Video Recordings or something similar? Zoom will be our preferred way to connect.

What Supplies Will Campers Need to Participate in Your Program? Campers will need an internet-connected device, preferably one that allows them to record sound.

 

Advancing Musicianship [Online]
June 30th – August 6th
Tuesdays and  Thursdays

$425
Grades: 5th – Adult Learner (Fall 2020)
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Instructor: Gabriel Costanzo

Advancing Musicianship will focus on music learning, the improvement of instrumental skills, and the development of musicianship. In 45-minute one-on-one lessons with an experienced band teacher, beginners (on any woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument) and more advanced players (on trumpet only) will have a private lesson twice each week, for 6 weeks.

What Will a Sample Day Look Like for a Participating Camper?

Each 45-minute lesson will devote about 15 minutes to warm-ups and technique building, with the remaining 30 minutes focused on musical studies.

Will the Program Run Through Zoom or Video Recordings or something similar?

Zoom or Facetime are possibilities, and the instructor is willing to learn other video conference methods to meet the needs of the students/participants.

What Supplies Will Campers Need to Participate in Your Program? Participants will need an instrument and an internet-connected device.

 

Be U: Spilling Your Guts [Online]
July 6th – July 9th

$65
Grades: 3rd Grade – 5th Grade (Fall 2020)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Tracy Nemecek

In this virtual book club, we will discuss the graphic novel “Guts” by Raina Telegmeier. Along with book discussion, we will learn about stressors and relaxation strategies, and create expressive arts projects to assist with communicating worries and managing anxiety.

What Will a Sample Day Look Like for a Participating Camper?

Each meeting will include an icebreaker activity, psychoeducational discussion of the book, creation of expressive arts projects (themed around stress, worry, or expression of emotion, and the learning and practice of a relaxation exercise (to include deep breathing, mindfulness, progressive muscle relaxation, or meditation).

Will the Program Run Through Zoom or Video Recordings or something similar?

This program will be done through a combination of zoom calls and pre-recorded content for students to access both during camp and after it has ended. You can download Zoom for free: https://zoom.us/

What Supplies Will Campers Need to Participate in Your Program? An internet connected device with Zoom, a copy of the book “Guts“, blank paper/sketchbook and notebook (both lined and unlined), pen, pencil, and coloring materials (markers or colored pencils.) 

 

Camp Crayon [Online]
One-on-one art classes
Available dates (a la carte) – Tuesdays: July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28 and/or
Thursdays: July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30

$20 per session
Ages: 3-4 year-olds (current)
Each session is determined by a time slot. Time slots (below) are available for each date while space lasts. One student per time slot.

  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
  • 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • 3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
  • 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Shari Ellmaker

At Camp Crayon campers will create and discover new things by drawing, painting, cutting, gluing, building, rolling, and manipulating common household items all while getting those fine motor muscles moving! Crayon Campers will be able to create their colorful creations with 1-on-1 guidance with AC lower school art teacher Shari Ellmaker! Each session lasts 30 minutes.

Will the Program Run Through Zoom or Video Recordings or something similar?

This program will be run through Zoom. You can download Zoom for free at: https://zoom.us/.

What Supplies Will Campers Need to Participate in Your Program? Parents will be emailed ahead of time to know what supplies are needed for each session. Most supplies will be ordinary items found in most homes.

 

Be U: Your Story [Online]
July 13th – July 18th

$130
Grades: 9th Grade – 12th Grade (Fall 2020)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Tracy Nemecek

An understanding of history helps us to know and learn from the past. An understanding of your story can help you to know yourself better and feel empowered to create your best work of nonfiction—your life story! In Your Story, you’ll learn techniques for journaling with words, images, or both, all focused on themes related to enhancing self-awareness, expanding creative self-expression, and fostering well-being and resiliency. Together, we will consider patterns that emerge from the journaling exercises and learn to frame setbacks and obstacles as opportunities to learn and grow into a stronger future.

What Will a Sample Day Look Like for a Participating Camper?

Each class day will employ a combination of facilitated group discussion, psychoeducation, independent work (journaling and expressive arts projects assigned with prompts/directions), and presentation/sharing of individual work (always optional).

Will the Program Run Through Zoom or Video Recordings or something similar?

This program will be done through a combination of zoom calls and pre-recorded content for students to access both during camp and after it has ended. You can download Zoom for free: https://zoom.us/

What Supplies Will Campers Need to Participate in Your Program? A device for participating on Zoom, blank paper (both lined and unlined) or sketchbook/notebook, pen, pencil, drawing/coloring materials (markers, colored pencils), old magazines, scissors, glue, yarn, fabric scraps. Pre-made “kits” of old magazines, yarn and fabric scraps can be provided by instructor for advance pick-up upon request.

 

Be U: Social Emotional Learning [Online]
July 13th – July 18th

$80
Grades: Kindergarten – 2nd Grade (Fall 2020)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Tracy Nemecek

Social emotional learning is how children and adults learn to understand and manage emotions, relate positively to others, and solve problems responsibly. Through stories, crafts, writing activities, and games, students will learn to appreciate their own uniqueness, respond more effectively to emotions, practice listening skills and learn to solve problems creatively and flexibly.

What Will a Sample Day Look Like for a Participating Camper?

Each meeting will include an icebreaker activity, psychoeducational presentation of the day’s theme, creation of expressive arts projects, group story time, games and reflection through writing and/or drawing. 

Will the Program Run Through Zoom or Video Recordings or something similar?

This program will be done through a combination of zoom calls and pre-recorded content for students to access both during camp and after it has ended. You can download Zoom for free: https://zoom.us/

What Supplies Will Campers Need to Participate in Your Program? An internet connected device with Zoom, blank paper/sketchbook and notebook (both lined and unlined), a printer to print pages emailed by Mrs. Nemecek.

 

Fairies and Pixie Dust [Online]
July 27th – July 31st

$125
Ages: 6-8 years-old (Fall 2020)
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Instructor: Tammy Crowe

Come and explore the enchanting and magical land of fairies. This week will be filled with music, dance, art projects, dress-up, and pixie dust. All campers will receive a personalized Fairy Kit with supplies to make their own fairy houses, fairy wands, and various other magical creations. We will have so much fun trying to uncover the mystical world of fairies. Fairy wings are welcome!

Our final class will lead us to an exciting Fairy Scavenger Hunt Adventure! (Parents, this is where I will need your help!) Additional information will be included in the Fairy Kits and a letter from Ms. Crowe will be sent to all those who registered prior to camp starting.

Fairy supply kits can be picked up from in front of the Columbia circle on either Thursday, July 23rd between 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. or on Friday, July 24th between 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. by the front desk.

 

Will the Program Run Through Zoom or Video Recordings or something similar?

This program will be done through a combination of zoom calls and pre-recorded content for students to access both during camp and after it has ended. You can download Zoom for free: https://zoom.us/

What Supplies Will Campers Need to Participate in Your Program? Computer with access to the internet and a fairy supply kit which can be picked up from in front of the Columbia circle on either Thursday, July 23rd between 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. or on Friday, July 24th between 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. by the front desk.

 

Little Art Explorers [Online]
July 20th – July 24th

$150
Grades: Nursery – Kindergarten (Fall 2020)
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Instructor: Amy Oliveri

Each day we will explore a different part of your world through nature, art, poetry, music, and movement. We will use a lot of sensory-based activities using easily accessible items. I will send a checklist two weeks in advance to help you collect supplies. 

  • Nature Explorers invites students to look outside to nature for inspiration. 
  • Modeling Explorers explores sculptural forms while exercising your finger muscles. 
  • Collage Explorers teaches students to build 2-dimensional creations with paper.
  • Sidewalk Explorers will create fun murals on their driveways or sidewalks. 
  • Paint Explorers will get messy as they try out different sensory-based painting experiences. 

All projects are designed for little hands and meant to help with developmental milestones.

What Will a Sample Day Look Like for a Participating Camper?

We will login in for a morning meeting, demonstration, and/or instruction. Participants will make art together in our zoom calls. You will make friends both near and far in our breakout groups as we get to know each other.

Will the Program Run Through Zoom or Video Recordings or something similar?

This program will be done through a combination of zoom calls and pre-recorded content for students to access both during camp and after it has ended. You can download Zoom for free: https://zoom.us/.

What Supplies Will Campers Need to Participate in Your Program? Computer with access to the internet. A list of supplies that can easily found on Amazon, Target, and/or your local grocery store will be provided two weeks in advance.

 

Creative Expression and Meditation: Journaling and Sketchbooks [Online]
July 27th – July 31st

$220, includes supplies
Grades: 6th-12th (Fall 2020)
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., then 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Amy Oliveri

Campers will receive a box of art supplies that they will use throughout the week as the learn how to use mindfulness and meditation to get centered and creative. This low-stress art making experience will provide participants with time to explore a variety of mark-making techniques. We will use daily journaling prompts to activate whole-brain thinking. Campers will be able to create expressive journal pages in order to understand and observe their inner thoughts and feelings reflectively.

What Will a Sample Day Look Like for a Participating Camper?

We will login in for a morning meeting, demonstrations, and/or instruction. Participants will be given assignments to make art throughout the day. We will meet again after lunch to discuss progress, critique shots, and play games.

Will the Program Run Through Zoom or Video Recordings or something similar? This program will be done through a combination of zoom calls and pre-recorded content for students to access both during camp and after it has ended. You can download Zoom for free: https://zoom.us/

What Supplies Will Campers Need to Participate in Your Program? Computer with access to the internet.

 

Ukulele Camp with Mrs. Sanguinetti [Online]
July 27th – July 31st

$225 – Student provides own ukulele
$285 – Ukulele will be mailed to student prior to camp starting
Grades: 4th-8th (Fall 2020)
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Instructor: Rachel Sanguinetti

Ukulele fun for all! Join us for five days of ukulele playing! We will learn or review basic skills on the instruments, learn popular songs by your favorite artists, and write and record music of your own! No previous experience on the ukulele required to participate. Each camp participant will receive group instruction as well as individual ukulele lessons to improve their skills.

What Will a Sample Day Look Like for a Participating Camper?

9:00: First meeting of the day: Check in with campers, learn new skills, group playing time
9:30-10:15: Practice time and individual lessons
10:15-10:30: Break
10:30-11: Second meeting of the day: Group playing, learning new skills, and preparation for songwriting
11:00-11:45: Songwriting time, individual coaching sessions
11:45-12:15: Share out what you’ve created, plan for next day!

Will the Program Run Through Zoom or Video Recordings or something similar?

All meetings will be held using Zoom. All camp materials will be posted on a website for campers use.

What Supplies Will Campers Need to Participate in Your Program? Campers will need a way to access the Zoom and a website (tablet, computer). Additionally, campers will either need to provide their own ukulele or request that one be sent to them for an additional fee (see above).

 

August
On Campus Programs

All August camps are tentatively scheduled to be on campus.
A finalized decision will be announced by July 15th.

Be U: It’s All in Your Head [Online]
August 3rd – August 7th

$165
Grades: 6th Grade – 8th Grade (Fall 2020)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Tracy Nemecek

Learning about how your brain works can help you to understand yourself better and allow you to maximize your creativity, memory, problem-solving abilities, and perceptions. Guided by the book “It’s All in Your Head” by Susan Barrett, we will read, write, reflect, and engage in experiments designed to deepen our awareness of our body’s most important tool. We will examine the nature/nurture debate, compare the teenage and the adult brain, emphasize the importance of sleep and dreams, and use what we learn to enhance our ability to think critically and learn more effectively. Boost your brain power!

What Will a Sample Day Look Like for a Participating Camper?

Each day will include a combination of an icebreaker game/activity, group discussion and psychoeducation about the day’s theme, engagement in one or more experiments, written reflection and optional sharing of reflections.

Will the Program Run Through Zoom or Video Recordings or something similar?

This program will be done through a combination of zoom calls and pre-recorded content for students to access both during camp and after it has ended. You can download Zoom for free: https://zoom.us/

What Supplies Will Campers Need to Participate in Your Program? Campers will need a device for participating on Zoom and watching assigned videos; book “It’s All in Your Head”(optional); paper, pencils, pens; printer for receiving emailed documents to print out prior to class. If you do not have access to a printer, copies can be made available for pick-up prior to class!

 

Ukuleles, Recorders, and Voices [Tentative – On Campus]
August 3rd – August 7th

In this camp campers will learn songs, dances, and musical games while building musicianship skills, like reading and creating music. This year’s program will explore music from around the world, and we will examine how to collaborate together to perform multi-part arrangements of our songs.

$250
Grades: 3rd-6th (Fall 2020)
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Lynn Grossman

Ladybug Girl: Awesome Sight Words [Tentative – On campus]
August 3rd – August 7th

Campers will use strategies to read and learn sight words through games, manipulatives, books and technology.

$150
Ages: 4-7
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Amy Mealey

 

Harry Potter Camp [Tentative – On Campus]
August 10th – August 14th

This camp is for all young witches and wizards who have enjoyed the Harry Potter series and want to experience it for themselves. Witches and wizards will spend the week in classes such as Charms, Transfiguration and Potions, and they will learn skills such as potion making, casting spells, and “dueling”. Witches and wizards will make their own wands, go on magical adventures, enjoy themed snacks from The Leaky Cauldron and learn to cast spells.

$300
Ages: 7-12
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Instructors: Rachael Sanguinetti Hayes, Amanda Meldrum-Stevenson

 

 

Harry Potter Camp – Middle School [Tentative – On campus]
August 24th – August 28th

This camp is for all witches and wizards who have enjoyed the Harry Potter series and want to experience it for themselves. We will play quidditch, visit the planetarium, meet some owls, analyze the books that started it all, and do team building activities centered around art and drama.

$350
Ages: 12 and up
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Instructors: Rachael Sanguinetti Hayes, Amanda Meldrum-Stevenson