¡Bienvenidos a Aventureros I, MICDS Spanish Immersion Camp! (June 11-15, 9:00 -3:00)
June is rapidly approaching and with it comes ¡Aventureros, MICDS Spanish Immersion Camp! We are so excited to have your child join us for this summer! Since our camp days are nearing, we want to provide you with a few reminders and some additional information so that we can assure that the camp is a FUN, SAFE and LEARNING experience for all of our campers this year.
Aventureros counselors will be waiting for you at drop off to help your children out of your car, greet them and take them to their first meeting place. Please stay in your cars. This is both an issue of safety and we find it helps you child make the transition more easily.
Drop off begins at 9 a.m. at the Tschudy Plaza off of Warson Road. You will enter in our northern most entrance,Entrance # 6, turn left on Carpe Diem drive and, then, leave through Entrance # 4. Although you may see us setting up the carpool area before 8:50 a.m., please be aware that we will NOT be able to receive your child before this time. Also, we ask that you keep in mind that the first day always takes a little longer as we get to know your children and bring them to the correct counselor group.
Any camper arriving after the morning carpool line should be walked by an authorized adult to the Upper School main office and should notify us so we can make arrangements to have one of the counselors meet your child in the office.
All of our campers are placed in groups based on their age and/or experience with the language. The campers will travel around in these groups throughout the day but will have the opportunity to be with ALL of the children at different points throughout the week.
WHAT TO WEAR:
Athletic Shoes. Please do NOT wear backless shoes or sandals. Athletic shoes allow all children to run around safely.
Camp-Friendly clothing. Campers may be painting, digging, sitting on the ground, or engaging in other activities that may soil clothes.
Swim suit and towel. Campers will have water time everyday (at least three days in the pool-hopefully more!). The children will be able to change in and out of clothes in shared locker rooms but many parents prefer to send the children dressed in a dry swimsuit so that it is easier for the younger children to change. Half day campers do not participate in water activities.
Sun block. Please remember to apply sunblock prior to sending child to camp in the morning.
WHAT TO BRING
-A small easy-to-carry water bottle with the child’s name written with permanent marker.
-A small bag labeled with the campers name to carry swimsuits and towels.
-A change of clothes in a ziplock bag to be kept in their locker throughout the week for younger campers (clearly marked)
-A rain coat and-or small umbrella that fits in the back pack (We learned this the hard way two years ago when in rained through most of our camp week. Our new location on the Upper School campus does not provide a covered area for pick up on the north campus and we really don’t want their art projects to get wet!!)
DO NOT BRING OUTSIDE FOOD. Lunch and snacks are provided. We have many children with food allergies and do not permit food brought in from the outside.
This is a full immersion camp. Counselors and teachers will be adhering exclusively to Spanish throughout the camp. In addition, we will be encouraging children to use as much Spanish as possible throughout the week. We ask that you talk to your children about what this means before the start of the camp. Older children will be offered a contract to sign at the start of a session saying they will stick to Spanish for the entire 45 minute session.
All campers will have opportunities to receive stars or stickers for a card at the times we observe that they are trying to use Spanish and trying NOT to use English! This will help parents know how much their child has tried to use Spanish that day.
We are also attaching a list of the “basics” for our beginners in case families would like to start learning together.
Camp ends at 12:00 for half day campers and at 3:00 pm. for older children. Again, please do not get out of your cars. The pickup area is the same as the drop off area in the morning. You will need to display the Aventureros Camp Carpool sign we have provided with your child’s name in LARGE BLACK letters in the front of your windshield. In addition, to helping run the carpool line more efficiently, the sign ensures the safety of all of the children. If you do not have the sign, our staff will be asking to see some form of identification. If you have children also enrolled in other MICDS camps on the same day, we recommend that you pick up your child from Aventureros FIRST.We are a very small camp and our carpool line runs very quickly. You will have plenty of time to move to the other line before those carpool lines end.
Caregivers arriving after carpool. Any camper who has not been picked up by the end of carpool and is not enrolled in extended care will automatically be charged $5. An additional fee of $5 will be charged for every 15 minutes the caregiver is late. Caregivers MUST pay the fee BEFORE their child is able to return to camp the following day.
Extended Day Campers can be picked up in Room May
MEDICINE and MEDICAL EMERGENCIES
A registered nurse will be on duty during the regular camp hours each day of camp in case of illness, injury, or other emergencies. Medications MUST be delivered to the Upper School Nurse’s office LOCATED ON MAY HALL on the week prior to the start of the camp, on June 8th or June 10th between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. Be sure your child's name and dosage instructions are clearly marked on the Medical Authorization form.
Cooking is one component of this camp. We will be contacting all families who have indicated that their child has a food allergy to clear the ingredients for our recipes. In the event that a child has an allergy to one of our ingredients, we will offer the family two possibilities: 1. To opt out of the activity and join another group at that time. 2. To provide us with a suitable substitute ingredient to ensure the well-being of the child.
There will be NO tree nuts or peanuts used in our recipes but we may need to buy ingredients that have been processed in facilities that also process peanuts or tree nuts or on shared equipment.
Do not send campers who have fevers or may be afflicted with any contagious illnesses. Campers must be fever-free without the aid of fever suppressing medication for at least 24 hours before returning to camp. If your child has a fever while at camp, he/she will be sent home.
Our priorities at Aventureros are camper safety and fun for all campers. We work to foster an environment that encourages personal responsibility and respect for living things and property. Behavior which compromises the safety of others or negatively impacts others will be addressed. Inability or unwillingness to follow directions or stay within the expectations as communicated by the staff is considered a safety issue.
Aventureros does not allow campers to resolve problems or vent anger through bullying, threats or physical confrontation. Nor do we tolerate inappropriate language, name-calling, insults or mean-spirited teasing from our campers, staff or campus visitors (parents, families or friends).
When an incident is referred to the core teachers, we will work with the parties to help determine the consequences and further expectations for the camper(s) involved. All campers will be expected to maintain behavior that is consistent with our expectations for the program in which they are enrolled. If a camper is struggling to follow the expectations, we will contact a parent or guardian with information and to seek support for the child.
One-time acts that directly pose a threat to the safety of self or others may result in the immediate suspension or expulsion from the program. Multiple issues or incidents may lead to expulsion as well. This determination will be made by the teachers of Aventureros.
EXPECTATIONS OF PARENTS AND ADULT CONSTITUENTS
Parents and staff are expected to interact with respect and in a way that models positive behavior and language for our campers. Behavior on the part of a parent or family member of a camper that uncooperative may lead to the termination of that family’s participation in our program. This determination will be made by the teachers.
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS OR ASSISTANCE
Please contact Rene Iannotti Ashman email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s camp experience. We recommend that you give us a heads-up sooner rather than later, and our hope is that we can involve our counselors and teaching staff in resolving any concerns to make this the best possible experience for all of our families.
All staff members attend training meetings and agree to adhere to the policies and goals outlined for them in the employee handbook. Given the range of ages and experiences of our counselors, we are constantly monitoring and offering feedback for our counselors. As supervisors, it is very helpful for us to hear your feedback (positive feedback as well as concerns). For this reason, we ask that you bring matters of concern to us if it involves a counselor’s handling of a situation.
Before the start of camp. Please email any questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions in the evening. Please email any general questions you have in the evening. We will check our emails every morning before the start of camp.
Communication with us during the days of the camp:
Because of the intimate size of this camp, the core teachers spend a great deal of time with the campers both in leading activities and supervising counselor led activities. Therefore, while we carry walkie-talkies with us wherever we go, there is no ONE place where you will always be able to reach us. However, you will definitely be able to get in touch with us if you:
For non- urgent messages for the director- Send an email to email@example.com or leave a message for the director, Rene Iannotti Ashman at 995-7450-7530 (our preference is email)
For health related questions or concern, Call our registered nurse: 314-995-7472 (before camp starts) 314-995-7437 (during the camp days)
For messages needing immediate attention-
1st- Call Bradley Calise, Administrative assistant: 995-7324
2nd- Call Samantha White, Administrative assistant: 995-7329
3rd – Call Rene Ashman’s cell 314-616-9379 (I will be carrying my cell phone with me, but please keep in mind that some of the classrooms do not get cell service.)