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Beecher Happenings: Welcome To Summer Enrichment & Excitement at Beecher Road School

News from Bob Gilbert, Superintendent of the Woodbridge School District

If you are looking for a wonderful summer experience for your children, then you need look no further than Beecher Road School in Woodbridge, Connecticut.  The 2018 Summer Enrichment Program invites incoming K-6 residents, non-residents and recent elementary school graduates to join us for any combination of one- and two- week courses from June 25th through July 27th, 2018.

Each Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is built around a central theme and is facilitated by highly skilled staff.  This summer, there are over 50 programs – in cooking, baking, two- and three- dimensional arts, sports, science, crafts, theater, language arts and technology, among others – to challenge and stimulate your children.  All classes are taught on the grounds of Beecher Road School in an environment that is well supervised and safe.

One series of SEP programs is designed to transition incoming kindergarten students to the school environment in a stress free and fun way.  Children will learn to work independently and cooperatively in language arts, math, science, arts and crafts, games and songs.  Each week a new theme, such as insects or colors, is explored, so the class may be taken multiple times.  These classes will be of value even if your child will not be attending Beecher Road School in the fall.

Every summer, we mount two plays during SEP.  This summer, “Goldie and the Three Bears,” and “Three Nanny Goats Gruff” will be produced.  Children learn the songs and dances, and they create the costumes and sets for each production.  On the last day of each class, family and friends are invited to a gala performance.

A series of drawing classes as well as studio classes allow students to learn to draw, improve their skill in the visual arts, work with mixed media or sculpt with a variety of materials.  In another class, students will design and build dwellings for magical creatures from natural and recycled materials.

Science classes, general in nature for younger students and more specific for older students, are also highly popular.  In one class students will investigate and make “goo-ey” things, such as slime, Oobleck and Silly Putty.  In another, the plastic soda bottle will become the perfect miniature science lab.  And, in still another, children will learn how exciting science can be as they make lava lamps, ice cream and volcanoes in jars.

Sports and activities programs also abound in SEP.  Learn the basics of basketball, floor hockey or baseball/softball, and work with others in team building challenges.  In one class, budding athletes will play a different sport each day!

If your child likes to create with food, there are eight classes this summer to choose from.  A series of three classes is modeled on the popular television program “Cup Cake Wars.”  Three other classes allow students to become entrepreneurs, designing their own lemonade stand or pastry shop.  In “Restaurant Week,” students design a restaurant, develop the menu, and then prepare the food for patrons to taste.  “Everything Italian” is a new addition to the food line-up this summer.  During this week, groups of students will make a full Italian meal from scratch consisting of pasta, sauce, salad, bread and dessert.  By Friday, groups will join in a gustatory celebration, sampling the creations of the other groups.

Technology is a growing interest for children.  Classes during the summer, such as “Lego Robotics,” “Summer Coding,” “Introduction to 3D Printing” and “Digital Authors” will challenge your children to think both logically and creatively.  However, if you wish your child to “unplug” this summer, there are many offerings in SEP – how about theme-based programs such as, “Calling All Firefighters, Moana’s Island Adventure, Fantastic Beasts, Flower Power, Fun with Paper, Heroes and Villains, Paper Dolls, Jewelry Making, Staycation, Lego Builders, or Introduction to Sewing?”

Classes meet from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday.  In addition to exploring areas of interest, children will have snack and recess time outside as weather permits, for socializing, playing and making new friends.  If parents seek full day coverage for their children, the Extended Day Summer Program wraps around SEP, with the two programs providing supervised activities at BRS from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and noon. to 5:30 p.m. daily.

To access these programs, please go to the Woodbridge School District website at www.woodbridge.k12.ct.us, then follow the parent links to summer programs.  If you have further questions, please contact SEP Director Sandra Simowitz at sep@woodbridgeps.org.  We look forward to meeting you this summer!

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