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Pre-K and Kindergarten Summer Camps

Summer Camp Adventure

 

Everyone deserves a great summer, so ACDS has an exciting Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten summer camp program for younger children. 

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For any questions, please contact our Summer Camp Director, Catie Weston.

Our youngest campers who will be entering Pre-Kindergarten (3 years, 8 month old as of the start of camp) or Kindergarten in Fall 2024 can enjoy mornings and/or afternoons at ACDS Summer Camp with fun themed camps. Make it a full day of Summer Camp and get ready for the Pre-K and Kindergarten routines!

See the full schedule and read our camp descriptions below.

Summer Camp girl blowing bubbles
Summer Camp boy with lemons
Summer Camp girl showing artwork
Summer Camp child making crafts

LUNCH

  • For campers that register for both the Morning AND Afternoon sessions, they will be automatically registered for our supervised Lunch session daily from 12 - 12:45 pm at no charge. Campers can bring their own lunch or order lunch online via our Lunch provider.
  • For those campers only attending Morning OR Afternoon sessions, they can register to attend the supervised Lunch session on our registration site for a small fee. Campers can bring their own lunch or order lunch online via our Lunch provider.

Pre-K - Kindergarten Camps

Week 1 | June 17 - 21 | 9 am - 12 pm

Wonder Camp (Entering Pre-K - Kindergarten) [FULL]

Camp Leaders: Elizabeth Lasher and Melinda Hammond
Cost: $350
Campers must be at least 3 years, 8 months old by the start of this camp to attend.

Join us this summer as we play and explore our five senses in Wonder Camp. Each day, campers will explore their five senses: hearing, touch, sight, smell, and taste. We focus on one of our senses daily through stories, games, arts and experiments. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience the wonder of our senses!!

Week 1 | June 17 - 21 | 12:45 - 3:45 pm

Stay and Play (Entering Pre-K - Kindergarten)

Camp Leader: Sarai Leandro
Cost: $350
Campers must be at least 3 years, 8 months old by the start of this camp to attend.

This camp is designed for our PreK and Kindergarten campers who attend the morning session and need to stay all day. After lunch and rest time, Stay and Play will give campers an opportunity to explore outdoor activities such as scavenger hunts, water play, and create process based art! Children will also practice collaboration and building fine motor skills. Each week will offer different opportunities to make friends, gain confidence, and build independence.

Week 2 | June 24 - 28 | 9 am - 12 pm

SPLAT! Fun Art Camp (Entering Pre-K - Kindergarten) [FULL]

Camp Leaders: Hollie Thayer and Christina Baum
Cost: $350
Campers must be at least 3 years, 8 months old by the start of this camp to attend.

Join us as we explore and learn about famous artists and the different ways they create art. We will be making splatter art like Jackson Pollock, using dots in creative ways like Yayoi Kusama, creating animal portraits in the style of Eric Carle, watercolor self-portraits inspired by Andy Warhol, and cut-out collages like Henri Matisse. We'll get messy, use our imaginations, and bring out the inner artists in us all!

Week 2 | June 24 - 28 | 12:45 - 3:45 pm

Stay and Play (Entering Pre-K - Kindergarten)

Camp Leader: Sarai Leandro
Cost: $350
Campers must be at least 3 years, 8 months old by the start of this camp to attend.

This camp is designed for our Pre-K and Kindergarten campers who attend the morning session and need to stay all day. After lunch and rest time, Stay and Play will give campers an opportunity to explore outdoor activities such as scavenger hunts, water play, and create process based art! Children will also practice collaboration and building fine motor skills. Each week will offer different opportunities to make friends, gain confidence, and build independence.

Week 3 | July 8 - 12 | 9 am - 12 pm

The Deep Blue Sea (Entering Pre-K & K)

Camp Leaders: Alison Comerford and Yaskara Newcomb
Cost: $350
Campers must be at least 3 years, 8 months old by the start of this camp to attend.

Dive into the wonders of our Deep Blue Sea Camp specially designed for curious minds in pre-kindergarten. Get ready for a splashing good time as we embark on an underwater journey filled with science, art, and fascinating ocean animals! Campers will engage in hands-on experiments, discovering the buoyancy of saltwater, creating mini ocean currents, and even exploring the unique habitats of marine life. They will express their creativity through a variety of ocean-themed art activities. From crafting colorful fish to painting underwater scenes, the camp will be a canvas for imagination.

Ocean Explorers - Kinder Cougar Camp (Entering Kindergarten)

Camp Leader: Marie Goodman
Cost: $350

Ahoy, Mateys! Ready for the big jump into kindergarten? Marie Goodman is excited for another week of kinder camp for our current Pre-Kindergartners and rising Kindergarteners! Campers will have daily practice of early kinder concepts in thematic, hands-on and game-based activities. The early literacy concepts that will be practiced include upper and lower case letter writing, letter sounds, early reading concepts, writing stories in shared writing and individual books, and math concepts including counting, cardinality and number sense. Campers will work on process-based art, listen to stories, have daily morning meetings, and do a lot of community building as they get ready for ACDS kindergarten! Kinder Cougar Camp is a great opportunity to explore early kindergarten concepts in a fun, play-based format. This week's thematic focus will be sailing the seven seas as pirates! Campers may enroll in one or two weeks of kinder camp.

Week 3 | July 8 - 12 | 12:45 - 3:45 pm

Stay and Play (Entering Pre-K - Kindergarten)

Camp Leader: Sarai Leandro
Cost: $350
Campers must be at least 3 years, 8 months old by the start of this camp to attend.

This camp is designed for our Pre-K and Kindergarten campers who attend the morning session and need to stay all day. After lunch and rest time, Stay and Play will give campers an opportunity to explore outdoor activities such as scavenger hunts, water play, and create process based art! Children will also practice collaboration and building fine motor skills. Each week will offer different opportunities to make friends, gain confidence, and build independence.

Week 4 | July 15 - 19 | 9 am - 12 pm

Garden Ecosystems (Entering Pre-K & K)

Camp Leaders: Alison Comerford and Brittany Ruiz
Cost: $350
Campers must be at least 3 years, 8 months old by the start of this camp to attend.

Embark on a magical journey into the heart of nature with our Garden Ecosystems Camp! This immersive experience is a delightful blend of fun, exploration, and hands-on learning in our little Pre-K Garden. Get ready to enter the enchanting realm of buzzing bees, fluttering butterflies, and wiggly worms. From bountiful produce to towering trees, our campers will become nature detectives, exploring the wonders of the garden. Engaging activities like nature walks, tending the worm farm, and scavenger hunts will foster a deep connection with the natural world. Through simple experiments and creative play, campers will understand the importance of sun, rain, and wind in nurturing our garden ecosystems. We will plant the seeds of curiosity as we engage in gardening activities.

Jungle Bugs - Kinder Cougar Camp (Entering Kindergarten) [FULL]

Camp Leader: Marie Goodman
Cost: $350

Ready for the big jump into kindergarten? Marie Goodman is excited for another week of kinder camp for our current Pre-Kindergartners and rising Kindergarteners! Campers will have daily practice of early kinder concepts in thematic, hands-on and game-based activities. The early literacy concepts that will be practiced include upper and lower case letter writing, letter sounds, early reading concepts, writing stories in shared writing and individual books, and math concepts including counting, cardinality and number sense. Campers will work on process-based art, listen to stories, have daily morning meetings, and do a lot of community building as they get ready for ACDS kindergarten! Kinder Cougar Camp is a great opportunity to explore early kindergarten concepts in a fun, play-based format. This week's thematic focus will be jungle animals, bugs, and exploration! Campers may enroll in one or two weeks of kinder camp.

Week 4 | July 15 - 19 | 12:45 - 3:45 pm

Stay and Play (Entering Pre-K - Kindergarten)

Camp Leader: Sarai Leandro
Cost: $350
Campers must be at least 3 years, 8 months old by the start of this camp to attend.

This camp is designed for our Pre-K and Kindergarten campers who attend the morning session and need to stay all day. After lunch and rest time, Stay and Play will give campers an opportunity to explore outdoor activities such as scavenger hunts, water play, and create process based art! Children will also practice collaboration and building fine motor skills. Each week will offer different opportunities to make friends, gain confidence, and build independence.

Week 5 | July 22 - 26 | 9 am - 12 pm

Sense-ational Summer Science (Entering Pre-K - Kindergarten) [FULL]

Camp Leaders: Alison Comerford and Karla Arroyo
Cost: $350
Campers must be at least 3 years, 8 months old by the start of this camp to attend.

Join us for a week of summer fun with Science! We will think like scientists as we explore the outdoor world while also deepening our learning through fun experiments. This exciting week of camp for budding scientists will also include the following as it relates to science: art, storytime, water play, and free play so our little scientists’ imaginations can soar!

Week 5 | July 22 - 26 | 12:45 - 3:45 pm

Stay and Play (Entering Pre-K - Kindergarten)

Camp Leader: Sarai Leandro
Cost: $350
Campers must be at least 3 years, 8 months old by the start of this camp to attend.

This camp is designed for our Pre-K and Kindergarten campers who attend the morning session and need to stay all day. After lunch and rest time, Stay and Play will give campers an opportunity to explore outdoor activities such as scavenger hunts, water play, and create process based art! Children will also practice collaboration and building fine motor skills. Each week will offer different opportunities to make friends, gain confidence, and build independence.

Our Pre-K and Kindergarten Camp Leaders

Karla Arroyo

Señorita Karla has been part of the ACDS team for three years. "It has been amazing to be part of such a loving and kind community," according to Señorita Karla. She has been teaching for 9 years for the Early Childhood Education programs. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach for the second time a summer camp at ACDS, and enhance Spanish language along the way. Spanish is her native language. Señorita Karla is excited to make new memories along the way.

Christina Baum

Christina Baum has been teaching preschool with joy for the last 16 years, joining the ACDS staff as a Pre-K teacher in August 2023. Outside of school, she enjoys playing board games, hiking, and spending quality time with friends and family. Christina looks forward to inspiring creativity in the preschoolers as they create unique works of art, learn about various artists and art styles, and have fun in the process! Like Picasso, she believes that every child is an artist and is excited to see their imagination and creative thoughts come to life.

Alison Comerford

Alison Comerford currently serves as a TK Teacher in Los Altos. Over the past few years, she has been a camp leader in ACDS's Summer Camp Program, finding immense joy in the experience. Alison has over eight years of teaching experience, primarily focusing on Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten. Her roles also include serving as an Aide for Kindergarten and 1st Grade, along with contributing to afterschool programs spanning students from Preschool through 8th Grade. A particular passion of hers is teaching science, reveling in the vibrancy and excitement it brings to the classroom. Residing in Gilroy with her husband, Alison's family includes a son who is graduating from Monte Vista Christian School in Watsonville, soon to embark on studies at Santa Clara University in the Fall. Her free time is cherished with family moments, watching her son engage in Field and Box Lacrosse, and enjoying outdoor activities. Alison eagerly anticipates meeting all the campers and having a great summer camp experience.

Marie Goodman

Marie Goodman is excited to return for her third summer of ACDS camp! Marie has taught elementary school for the past 13 years, and currently teaches first grade at ACDS. Her education passion is fostering a love of learning and a supportive classroom community by developing relationships and creating opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning experiences. She particularly enjoys the transition period of welcoming new kindergartners to elementary school! Outside of school, Mrs. Goodman stays busy as a mom to two young children, reading books, keeping active, and hanging out at the beach.

Melinda Hammond

Melinda Hammond is a Pre-K teacher at ACDS and has been an early childhood teacher for over 15 years. Outside of school, she loves to draw, paint, and cook. Melinda is excited to teach PreK summer camp this year and eager to share this experience. She looks forward to teaching and interacting with the kids and igniting the inner child in herself! There’s something magical about the atmosphere at summer camp and she can’t wait to create memorable memories with all the kids and the staff this summer at ACDS!

Elizabeth Lasher

An Early Childhood Specialist teacher with over 30 years of experience who is committed to the truth of play as the most profound and rich curriculum we can offer young children. Creating learning environments that say YES to a child so they can experiment, test ideas, make messes and mistakes are brilliant spaces for children. Creating wonder-filled, hands-on, process oriented activities is a passion of mine. George Bernard Shaw said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.” And I believe that what we learn with joy we never forget.

Sarai Leandro

Sarai brings two years of experience as a substitute teacher at ACDS, having previously contributed her skills in two other educational institutions over the past three years. With a passion for the piano that spans the past 16 years, Sarai has cultivated a love for sports, particularly excelling in volleyball, soccer, and dodgeball. Beyond her professional and recreational pursuits, she finds joy in camping alongside her family and friends, reveling in the serenity of nature.

Bonnie Potenza

Bonnie has spent over 18 years in Early Childhood Education both as a teacher and Director. She currently serves as ACDS’s ECE Director of Licensing and Supervision. She has a passion for building trusting relationships with teachers, children and families alike, supporting teachers and creating strong team environments. Bonnie values the tenets of Positive Discipline, where children and adults have a mutual respect and understanding for each other. Outside of school, you can usually find her at the soccer field, ice hockey rink or basketball court watching her three children in their various sporting events.

Brittany Ruiz

Ms. Ruiz has worked in the field on early childhood education for over 5 years. This is her first year at ACDS and her first year teaching summer camp. During her free time, she loves gardening, worm farming, and sewing. This past year Ms. Ruiz has taken dive into what she calls her "homesteading dream" of gardening and sewing. She is excited to share her passions of growing your own food and sewing your own accessories and clothes with her campers.

Hollie Thayer

Hollie Thayer has been teaching preschool for over 35 years. She joined the ACDS staff serving as a PreK teacher in August of 2023. Outside of school, Hollie enjoys spending time at the beach, playing frisbee, bocce ball, taking walks and spending time with family and friends. She has 2 grown children, 1 granddaughter, and 1 on the way! Hollie is passionate about fostering a nurturing and engaging learning environment for children. She is excited to offer an art camp that will provide enriching and memorable experiences that spark imagination and creativity for all.