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Renbrook School Summer Adventure

RSSA Online

Welcome to RSSA Online

After reviewing the State of Connecticut and Centers for Disease Control guidelines for operating camps, it has become clear that we will be unable to run our large, traditional in-person camps this summer. While we are sad that we aren’t going to be together this summer in person, we know this is the right decision. 
RSSA is excited to announce our new, online programs that have been thoughtfully crafted by our faculty, staff, and academic leadership team to meet the needs of your children following the recent months of distance learning. They are fun and enriching, and they are sure to keep your child engaged this summer. We’re excited to open registration for these new programs and can’t wait to return to campus for RSSA in summer 2021!

RSSA June Online Sessions

During these uncertain times, RSSA is here to provide online specialty weeks that will allow your child to continue to Explore, Excite, and Engage with an online community of peers.  Each course will feature daily live instruction, as well as an opportunity to engage in a small group or one-on-one regularly with the teacher.

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  • Advanced Creative Writing - Grades 5-10

    June 22-26
    $329
    Instructor: Melissa Ranks

    Hello writers and fellow introverts! While we will miss sharing laughter and really great writing with you in person, we know of all people, you are the ones who can pull off a meaningful and fun digital camp. We will start each day together and will share the day's writing prompt and a writing lesson. Then, you will have time to go off on your own and write. During this time, we'll schedule individual meetings where we can chat about your writing and troubleshoot problem areas. At the end of the camp day, we'll reconvene to share our writing, get feedback from the group, and enjoy each other's company. We look forward to another summer full of inspiration and literary adventure! A person can travel anywhere with a fertile imagination; let the adventure begin!

    Schedule
    9:00 - 9:45 morning meeting with daily assignments
    10:00 - 12:00 one-on-one sessions scheduled by the teacher
    1:00 - 2:00 discussion/share session and wrap up
  • Algebra - Grades 7-8

    June 29 - July 1
    $299
    Instructor: Matt Fleming
    Enrollment Min: 3 Max: 10

    This course will be a blend of traditional lecture, guided and independent practice for students. Each day will begin with an hour long, full class lesson taking place on Zoom at 9 am. From there, the students will use Khan Academy to complete assigned topics related to the content of that morning’s lesson. Khan is an excellent resource for the students while completing the work as there are supplemental videos that can be accessed when needed as well as detailed explanations on how to solve a problem they were incorrect on. In addition to the lecture, students will have two, 30-minute small-group or private tutoring sessions in the early afternoon with the instructor during the week. Students will need a notebook as notes will be given during each lecture and should be referred to while working on the assignments.
    This course has been designed to cover select topics in Algebra I that are accessible to students. The focus of the course are topics that are computational in nature and pull on skills that have already been presented to students in previous math courses. Tentative topics that will be examined are: Review of variables, substitution and evaluating expressions, combining like terms, one-step and two step equations, one-step and two-step inequalities, multi-step equations, introduction to functions, evaluating functions, input and output, domain and range, function notation, recognizing functions from a graph and a table, intro to linear equations, slope, and x and y-intercepts.

    Schedule
    9:00 - 9:45  Daily Instruction
    Individual/Small Group Instruction Scheduled by Instructor

  • Lego Simple Machines - Grades 2-6

    June 29 - July 3
    $399
    Instructor: Maggie Madore

    Join this LEGO team to build fully functioning machines. Using LEGO designs, this week will have your camper creating simple machines and testing their functions. Campers will also be given time to design, create, and test their own machines. Each camper will be given a set of LEGO Simple Machines to use for the week and keep!

    Parents will be contacted prior to the start of the couse to pick up activity kit.

    Schedule:
    9-9:45 morning meeting with daily assignments
    10-12:00 one-on-one sessions scheduled by the teacher
    1-2:00 discussion/share session and wrap up
  • Solar Science - Grades 2-5

    June 22-26
    $249
    Instructor: Jess Wawzyniecki
    Enrollment Min: 3 Max: 8

    Summer is here-and it wouldn’t be the same without our beautiful sun! Join Ms. W., STEAM teacher at Renbrook School, as we learn all about the giant orb of light in the sky. We will explore and learn about the sun’s energy through daily science experiments, build a solar powered car, create beautiful artwork, and even make some yummy treats! We’ll find out what scientists know about the sun today, ask scientific questions based on what we want to know more about, and use the power of the sun to build, create, and have fun!

    Parents will be contacted prior to the start of the couse to pick up activity kit.

    Schedule
    9:00-10:30 Daily lesson
  • SSAT Prep - Grades 7-8

    June 22 - 26 - Reading
    July 6 - 10 - Math
    July 20 - 24 - Verbal

    $359
    Instructor (Reading and Verbal): Beverly Fitzsousa
    Instructor (Math): Marianne Michailow

    This series of SSAT Prep classes will train students in test-taking strategies specifically for the SSAT. Each week in the series will focus on a different subject area covered in the SSAT. Students use software from Test Innovators, which contains six full-length practice tests, to diagnose areas of strength and weakness in a student's knowledge. Students will learn how to use the software most effectively to improve their results. Each class will include one session with Test Innovators trainers, streamed live from Seattle, Washington.

    Please note: Prices are per one-week session. Enrollment in this program requires a one-time software purchase not included in the fees
    below.


    Schedule
    9-10 full group zoom lesson
    10-11 self-paced work with teacher check-ins 
    11-11:30 wrap up
  • Vex IQ Robotics - Grades 3-6

    June 22-26
    $399
    Instructor: Olivia Delaney Goodrich

    Learn how to remotely program a robot for real-world applications through autonomous programming and simulation games. During this week you will program your robot to maneuver it's way through underwater ruins, explore new planets, and accomplish methodical tasks to help with an event. You will learn how the basic parts of your robot work and how to manipulate processes to accomplish a specific real-world task. Campers develop their acuity for mechanics, engineering, and logical thinking. We will provide a VEX IQ robotics kit prior to the week. Campers will meet every morning to receive their daily assignments, have one-on-one sessions with the teacher, and wrap up with an afternoon share session.

    Schedule:
    9-9:45 morning meeting with daily assignments
    10-12:00 one-on-one sessions scheduled by the teacher
    1-2:00 discussion/share session and wrap up

    *The robotics kits will need to be returned by July 3rd. Failure to do so could result in a replacement charge.

RSSA July Online Sessions

Throughout the month of July, RSSA will continue to provide online specialty weeks that will allow your child to Explore, Excite, and Engage with an online community of peers. These courses are intended to provide academic enrichment and will feature daily live instruction, as well as an opportunity to engage in a small group or one-on-one regularly with the teacher.

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  • Bubble Biology - Grades 2-5

    July 6-10
    $249
    Instructor: Jess Wawzyniecki
    Enrollment Min: 3 Max: 8

    Summer fun isn’t complete without good old fashioned bubble making! Join Ms. W. as we learn the science behind what makes a bubble. We will experiment with different types of bubble solution, learn about surface tension, discover where bubbles are found in nature, create artwork using bubbles, engineer our own bubble machine, and of course make plenty of bubbles big and small!

    Parents will be contacted prior to the start of the couse to pick up activity kit.

    Schedule
    9:00-10:30 Daily lesson
  • Jump Into Kindergarten - Grade K

    July 6-31
    $349
    Instructor: Robin Ellef
    Enrollment Min: 5 Max: 10

    The Jump into Kindergarten program will focus on the foundational skills needed in both math and literacy to help set up your child for a great start to the new school year. The Math program will cover: Numeral identification to 12, Rote counting by 1’s, beginning numeral formation to 10, identifying simple patterns, sorting by simple attributes (color), basic shape identification, and beginning to articulate basic shape attributes. The Literacy program will focus on: letter identification, rhyming words, small group read a-louds with discussion, poems, songs, and sharing personal events/objects along with answering student’s questions. Fine motor skills will be supported through finger plays, recommendations for activities to enjoy at home, and direct instruction.


    Schedule
    9:00-9:15        Morning Meeting / Daily Lesson
    9:30-11:00      Small Group or One-to-One Instruction
  • Jump Into First Grade - Grade 1

    July 6-31
    $349
    Instructor: Claire Rafala
    Enrollment Min: 5 Max: 10

    The Jump into First Grade program will focus on the foundational skills needed in both Math and Literacy to help set your child up for a great start to their new school year. The Math program will cover: Numbers and Operations including counting, composing and decomposing numbers, and addition and subtraction; Geometry including size and position, and two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes; Measurement; and Data Analysis. The Literacy program will focus on: Phonemic Awareness, High Frequency (Sight) Words, Fluency and Expression in Reading; and the foundations for written composition - Handwriting, Spelling and Punctuation.

    Schedule
    15-minute daily lesson M-F with 30-minutes of either one-to-one or small group instruction based on the needs of your child.

    9:30-9:45        Morning Meeting / Daily Lesson
    10-11:30         Small Group or One-to-One
  • Jump Into Second Grade - Grade 2

    July 6-31
    $449
    Instructor:  Carrie LaSpada
    Enrollment Min: 5 Max: 10

    Does the summer slide have you concerned? Would you like to reinforce skills, keep your brand new second grader engaged and academically active over the break? Then, please join us for a fun adventure as we slide into grade two.

    Reading and Writing
    Your child will practice:
    · Read grade-specific material confidently and for fun
    · Read with expression
    · Demonstrate comprehension by predicting outcomes
    · Identify main ideas and supporting details
    · Decode words using cues from phonics, word order, and context
    · Self-select a variety of fiction and nonfiction book
    · Use capitalization and punctuation correctly
    · Compose in poetic, narrative, and creative forms
    · Write a basic paragraph
    · Recognize spelling patterns and spell high-frequency words correctly

    Math
    Your child will practice:
    · Read, write, count, and sequence numbers up to 100
    · Identify place value to the hundreds
    · Represent quantities in multiple ways (e.g., 36 = 18 + 18 = 14 + 14 + 8)
    · Review addition and subtraction facts to 20
    · Mentally add or subtract any two-digit numbers
    · Add and subtract two digit numbers
    · Identify, describe, and extend repeating numeric patterns
    · Tell time to the half-hour; be able to calculate the elapsed time (e.g., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
    · Count, add, and subtract money using dollar and cent symbols and decimal point
    · Collect, sort, and interpret data in various graphs

    Schedule
    20-minute daily lesson (M-F) with two, 30-minute small group sessions with the teacher.

    9:00-9:20        Morning Meeting / Daily Lesson
    9:45-11:00      Small Group - TBT
  • Jump Into Third Grade - Grade 3

    July 6-31
    $449
    Instructor:  Ross McLay
    Enrollment Min: 5 Max: 10

    The Jump into Third Grade program will focus on the foundational skills needed in both math and literacy to help set your child up for a great start to their new school year. The math program will cover a range of concepts, including whole numbers (place value up to 10,000, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), area and perimeter, 2D shapes, and a focus on mental math. The literacy program will focus on developing children’s abilities to connect with the stories they read, make confident predictions, and understand character traits.

    Schedule
    20-minute daily lesson (M-F) with two, 30-minute small group sessions with the teacher.

    9:00 - 9:20       Morning Meeting/Daily Lesson
    9:30-10:30       Small Group

    10:30-11:00     Office Hours for Students
  • Jump Into Fourth Grade - Grade 4

    July 6-31
    $449
    Instructor:  Katie Bunel
    Enrollment Min: 5 Max: 10

    The Jump into Fourth Grade program will review concepts in math and language arts to get your child ready for an awesome fourth grade year. In math we will review topics such as place value, addition and subtraction, and a review of multiplication concepts. The language arts component of this program will include reading comprehension with book discussions and answering comprehension questions as well as identifying character traits and themes in stories.

    Schedule
    30-minute daily lesson (M-F) with two, 30-minute small group sessions with the teacher.

    9:00-9:30        Morning Meeting / Daily Lesson
    9:30-10:30      Small Group
    10:30-11:00    Office Hours for Students

  • Jump Into Fifth Grade - Grade 5

    July 6-31
    $449
    Instructor:  Jane Johansen
    Enrollment Min: 5 Max: 10

    The jump into fifth grade program will focus on the foundational skills needed in both math and literacy to help set your child up for a great start to their new school year. The math program will cover- whole numbers: place value, addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Decimals: place values, addition and subtraction. Geometry: angle review and area and perimeter. The literacy program will focus on oral and written reading comprehension, how to be a strong reading partner, as well as understanding character traits.

    Schedule
    30-minute daily lesson (M-F) with two, 30-minute small group sessions with the teacher.

    9:00-9:30        Morning Meeting / Daily Lesson
    9:30-10:30      Small Group
    10:30-11:00    Office Hours for Students

  • Middle School Math Foundations - Grades 5-6

    July 6-31
    $600
    Enrollment Min: 6 Max: 12

    Course Description Coming Soon!
  • Pre-Algebra - Grades 6-7

    July 6-31
    $600
    Instructor: Joseth Da Costa
    Enrollment Min: 6 Max: 12

    This course will begin each day at 9:00 am with a 45 minute lecture and guided practice of the topic being covered. Students will then work independently on assignments which will be posted on Google Classroom. In addition to the lecture, students will have two, 30-minute small group or private tutoring sessions with the instructor each week. Students should keep a notebook designated for this course to take notes. 
     
    Concepts to cover may include: integer operation, fraction operation, percent, solving one-step equations, solving two-step equations, ratios and proportions, geometry, and expressions and equations. Students will have the opportunity to apply their learning to real world examples.

    Schedule
    9:00 - 9:45  Daily Instruction
    Individual/Small Group Instruction Scheduled by Instructor

  • Algebra - Grades 7-8

    July 6-31
    $600
    Instructor: Matt Fleming
    Enrollment Min: 6 Max: 12

    This course will begin each day at 9 am with a 45 minute lecture and guided practice of the topic being covered in the lesson on Zoom. From there, the students will begin working independently on assignments that will be posted on Google Classroom, consisting of practice sets on Khan Academy and instructor created Google Forms. In addition to the lecture, students will have two, 30-minute small-group or private tutoring sessions with the instructor during each week. Students will need a notebook as notes will be given during each lecture and should be referred to while working on the assignments.

    The four-week course will take a deeper look at some of these topics from the one-week course (solving multi-step equations, evaluating functions, inputs and outputs) but would put a heavier focus on linear equations. They would be reintroduced to slope, learn about the three forms of linear equations, how to identify and transform between the types, how to graph them in any of the forms, graphing a linear equation given a table, systems of equations, solutions to a system, and practical applications.

    Schedule
    9:00 - 9:45  Daily Instruction
    Individual/Small Group Instruction Scheduled by Instructor
  • Summer Reading Clubs - Grades 6, 7 and 8

    July 6-31
    $149.00/session
    Enrollment Min: 7 Max: 15

    We are offering three book clubs.  Each club will have two, 45-minute weekly meetings to review reading assignments. Students participate in a discussion about assigned chapters and review their self-paced work.

    6th grade:
    Book: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley 
    Instructor: Jessica Wawzyniecki
    Tuesdays & Thursdays
    4:00-4:45 PM
     
    7th Grade:
    Book: Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
    Instructor: Linda Wood
    Tuesdays & Thursdays
    3:00-3:45 PM
     
    8th Grade:
    Book: Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
    Instructor: Linda Wood
    Tuesdays & Thursdays
    4:00-4:45 PM

FAQs

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  • Student Expectations

    Students should do their best to establish a daily routine for class time and school work. Here are some helpful recommendations:

    1. You should treat online learning just as you would a normal academic day. Find a comfortable and distraction-free place that you can work from. Teachers will communicate with you via email and post assignments to myRenbrook. If clarification is needed about an assignment, you should communicate with your teacher before the assignment is due.
    2. When joining live meetings, you should be respectful of your teachers and your fellow classmates. It is best practice to have your microphone on mute and ask questions when they arise. Always put forth your best effort and communicate with your teachers whenever you have academic questions or if you believe you are not meeting class expectations.
    3. We will employ a relaxed dress code for our live sessions.
    4. We are extremely proud of our community of trust. There will be new challenges and temptations to adhering to the expectations of our Honor Code. We believe in the moral compass that we have developed together. Please ask your teacher if you have any questions about the expectations of individual vs. collaborative work.
  • Technology and Our Learning Management System

    As with any distance learning program, we will require devices and software to communicate assignments, to deliver live lessons, and to execute some assignments. We’ve also made an effort to assignment work and create projects disconnected from a device. 
    • Students will need access to a device equipped with a camera, microphone, and internet access.
    • Our Learning Management System will be the primary mode of communication and distribution of assignments. We will also use the Microsoft Suite of software and Zoom for some video conferencing.
    • If students need any help with technology, please reach out to the tech department (helpdesk@renbrook.org). We are ready to provide full remote support to all students and families so students can continue to learn and maintain the continuity of our program.

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Phone 860-232-8410
Fax 860-231-8206
camp@renbrook.org

Renbrook School Summer Adventure is a day camp open to three-year-old children through Grade 10, and a Counselor in Training Program for Grades 11 and 12 in West Hartford, CT.
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