Summer Camp

South Loop Summer Camp

 


 *the below information was for the 2016 summer. Dates for teh 2017 Summer Camp will be updated in the Spring*

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Youth Guidance Summer Camp

South Loop School 2016

 

WHO: Students aged Pre-K (must be 3 years old and potty trained by the start of camp) through 8th grade.  Grade level is reflective of grade entering in fall of 2016. Students from all schools are welcome. 

WHEN: The 8 week camp begins Monday, June 27th and ends Friday, August 19th. Campers register by the week and can choose between two enrollment options: part-time from 8:00am-3:30pm or full-time from 8:00am-6:00pm There will be no camp on Monday, July 4th. Children can be dropped off no earlier 8:00am and picked up no later than 6:00pm. No child supervision is available before or after these times. 

WHERE: South Loop Elementary School – 1212 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60605.

***Please note that the 8th week of camp (August 15-19) may be located at the South Loop Early Childhood Center building on 1915 S. Federal Street due to building maintenance and cleaning at the main building located on Plymouth. Parents will be updated once we know for sure where camp will take place on the 8th week. 

CAMP DESCRIPTION:  The Youth Guidance program at South Loop is designed to meet the social, academic, physical, and emotional needs of students through a diverse collection of engaging and thought-provoking activities.  The Youth Guidance Summer Camp provides a safe and supportive environment in which students are free to learn, create, share and grow along with their peers. Our staff members have extensive childcare experience and are committed to ensuring that each child has a positive, safe, and fun Summer Camp experience.

Staff The Extended Day staff is comprised of dedicated, caring individuals who have had extensive training and experience inchild-care and development. All of our staff members hold or are working towards a college degree, and are committed toproviding a safe, constructive environment for their students to learn and grow. 

Pre-K – Kindergarten – The Pre-K and K Summer Camp is a full day that is designed for the development and growth of young children, with an emphasis on social development.  Activities include: music, dance, drama, phonics, science, team sports, story time, arts and crafts, rest time, games, field trips, and outdoor play.  The Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten classes are kept at a 2:15 teacher to student ratio.

1st-4th Grade – The 1st-4thgrade Summer Camp focuses on “Character and Citizenship” through a variety of engaging and fun classes/activities such as: team sports, music, global volunteerism, yoga, creative writing, meditation, drama, dance, science, service learning and more. Campers will be grouped by grade level. In addition to their daily activities, campers will have the opportunity to go on weekly field trips, conduct service learning projects, and go swimming at an off-site pool each week. 

5th-8th Grade  The 5th-8th grade students partake in a Leadership Summer Camp that focuses on building social awareness skills that help to create confident adults who can contribute as active and informed members of society.  The core Leadership curriculum revolves around community service projects, self-exploration exercises, team building activities, and reflective journaling.  In addition to all the amazing Leadership activities, campers will have the opportunity to take part in the usual array of elective courses such as art, dance, yoga and drama, as well as participate in weekly field trips and swimming at the 12th Street Beach.

ELECTIVES: Students in grades 2nd-8th will have the opportunity to take two special elective classes taught by the very talented Summer Camp staff. Students will take the same class for 8 weeks on Monday and Wednesday mornings and a different class for 8 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Each class will target a certain age range.

Examples of Electives from prior summers include: Gardening, Creative Writing, Fitness and Nutrition, Mural Arts, Poetry, Team Sports, Softball, Computer Programming, Civic Responsibility, Knitting, Spanish, Drama and Movement, Yoga-nastics, Book Club, Comic Books, Journalism, and Bio-Chemistry.  Registration for Electives will be sent out early June via google docs.  Students/parents will be able to rank the top three classes they want to take in the morning and afternoon.

SCHEDULE: To see a prior summer schedule, please visit: https://goo.gl/U634Z9. This year’s Summer Camp schedule will be available online early June.  


 

OTHER CAMP NOTES:

§  A cold breakfast and lunch is provided each day. South Loop is a nut, candy, and gum free school.

§  Students must bring their own afternoon snack.

§  It is suggested that students bring a labeled water bottle and sunscreen each day

§  Pre-K and K students should bring a blanket/pillow for nap time and an extra change of clothes to be kept in the classroom. Cots for afternoon nap time will be provided.

§  Students who require a personal aid during the school day are also required to have an aid (provided by the student's family) during Summer Camp.

§  It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to provide information on any relevant medical conditions to the Youth Guidance program office, if accommodations are needed.

§  Youth Guidance is not responsible for lost or stolen items.


 

FIELD TRIPS: 

All campers will go on weekly field trips. Students will be required to wear their camp T-shirt on field trip days.  Field trips will be on Fridays, unless otherwise noted.                                            

Proposed Field Trip Schedule

Weeks

PK-1

2nd-4th

5th-8th

Week 1 (6/27-7/1)

Lincoln Park Zoo

Week 2 (7/5-7/8)

Shedd Aquarium

Federal Reserve Money Museum and Food Truck Picnic

Week 3 (7/11-7/15)

Kohl Children’s Museum

Martin Luther King Skating & Bowling Center

Week 4 (7/18-7/22)

Chicago Sky Basketball

Week 5 (7/25-7/29)

Naper Settlement

Week 6 (8/1-8/5)

Traveling World of Reptiles

Shakespeare Theater

Student Planned Field Trip

Week 7 (8/8-8/12)

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Chicago Cubs

Week 8 (8/15-8/19)

Windy City Fieldhouse

         

    *Dates and locations of the field trips may be subject to change. 

Field trip dates, times, and other details will be emailed out to parents at the beginning of each week. No care is available at the school while campers are on their trips. If students miss the bus, they may not be dropped off at the field trip site.

SWIMMING:

1st-4th Grade: Students in grades 1st-4th will have weekly swimming trips.  Students must have a swim cap and proper swimming attire.  If your child cannot or does not want to swim, they will have the option to sit out.

5th-8th Grade: 5th-8th grade students will have weekly swimming field trips scheduled throughout the summer. These will be walking field trips to the 12th Street Beach. Exact dates will be set by the beginning of June.

CAMP T-SHIRTS: Students will receive a camp T-shirt at the beginning of Summer Camp.  Campers are required to wear their T-shirt on all field trip days (not including swimming trips). 


 

DISMISSAL PROCEDURES AND POLICIES:

Drop-Off – If students arrive between 8:00am and 8:30am, they can report to the Cafeteria for breakfast. Parents may bring their students back to the Cafeteria.  Breakfast will not be offered after 8:30am.  If students arrive after 8:30am, the front desk attendant will help them find the location of their class.

Pick-Up

§  Students will be dismissed through our walkie talkie system.  When picking up your student, please tell the front desk attendant your student’s name and grade.

§  Your child’s safety is paramount and therefore they will not be released to any non-­guardian unless their name is on the list of approved pickups. Anyone on that list must present a photo I.D. to the attendant at the front desk before they will be allowed to pick up your child. Approved pick-up lists are not transferred from previous school years/camps, so please make sure to include all approved pick-ups on your registration form.

§  Changes to student release information (i.e. adding additional approved pick-ups) must be emailed to the Resource Coordinators.

§  Students must be signed out of programming daily.

§  For safety reasons, parents are not allowed past the front desk during pick-up.

§  It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to provide copies of any relevant court documents regarding custody to the YG program office. 

LATE PICK-UP FEES: A $1 late fee is charged every minute for pick-ups after 6:05pm per family. For example, if a child is picked up at 6:06, the family is charged $1.  If a child is picked up at 6:21, the family is charged a $16 fee, and so on.  If a child is picked up at or before 6:05, there is no charge to the family. Extenuating circumstances will be taken into consideration for late pick-ups. 


 

CAMP BEHAVIORAL POLICIES AND EXPECTATIONS:

Students are expected to follow South Loop School’s behavioral expectations at all times.  This includes being safe, responsible and respectful to all students, staff, and administrators.

Students must uphold the following expectations:

1)       Students are NOT permitted to use electronic devices during programming, including but not limited to: portable music players, smart watches, cell phones, hand-held gaming devices, personal computers, iPads, etc. Cell phones must remain off during programming hours.  Calls must be made to/from the program office line.

2)       Unauthorized items that are out during program hours will be confiscated by program staff and returned only to a parent/guardian. More than one violation will result in a write-up and a conference with parents/guardians.

3)       At no point should students be wandering the hallways unsupervised.

4)       Students may not leave the school building for any reason while in attendance at Summer Camp, except when accompanied by an instructor on a field trip. If a student leaves the school grounds and returns to Summer Camp without proper permissions, they will receive an automatic two day suspension from Summer Camp.

5)       Students may not leave the school building to buy lunch or order lunch to be delivered.

6)       If a student is signed out of Summer Camp, they may only return with parent/guardian permission.

7)       For safety reasons, once a student leaves the school building they cannot remain on school grounds (playground, outside building) without adult supervision. 

8)       Students must wait inside the school building to be picked up.

For a more comprehensive list of expected behaviors, please refer to the CPS student code of conduct available on the CPS website: http://cps.edu/Pages/StudentCodeofConduct.aspx.

Should students not follow through with the set expectations, they will receive a write-up. Once a student receives four write-ups they will be suspended from the Summer Camp program for two days.  A fifth write up will result in expulsion from the Summer Camp program for the remainder of the summer. Please note that tuition is non-refundable.


 

PROGRAM FEES:  

The cost of Summer Camp is indicated in the tables below. Cost is dependant on how many weeks are selected, the grade of the camper, and which enrollment option selected. Grade level is reflective of grade entering in fall of 2016. A sibling discount is offered for each additional child at 25% off the weekly price (field trip fees are not discounted). 

Full Time Enrollment (8:00-6:00) PK-K Camp Fees

# of Weeks Enrolled

PK-K Full Time Camp Fee Per Week

SummerCamp Field Trip Fee

Total Cost Per # ofWeeks Enrolled

1 Week

$325/week

$35

$360

2 Weeks

$320/week

$45

$685

3 Weeks

$315/week

$55

$1,000

4 Weeks

$310/week

$65

$1,305

5 Weeks

$305/week

$75

$1,600

6 Weeks

$300/week

$85

$1,885

7 Weeks

$295/week

$95

$2,160

8 Weeks

$290/week

$100

$2,420

 

Full Time Enrollment (8:00-6:00) 1st-8th Camp Fees

# of Weeks Enrolled

1st-8th Full Time Camp Fee Per Week

SummerCamp Field Trip Fee

Total Cost Per # ofWeeks Enrolled

1 Week

$305/week

$35

$340

2 Weeks

$300/week

$45

$645

3 Weeks

$295/week

$55

$940

4 Weeks

$290/week

$65

$1,225

5 Weeks

$285/week

$75

$1,500

6 Weeks

$280/week

$85

$1,765

7 Weeks

$275/week

$95

$2,020

8 Weeks

$270/week

$100

$2,260

 

Part Time Enrollment (8:00-3:30) PK-K Camp Fees

# of Weeks Enrolled

PK-K Part Time Camp Fee Per Week

SummerCamp Field Trip Fee

Total Cost Per # ofWeeks Enrolled

1 Week

$280/week

$35

$315

2 Weeks

$275/week

$45

$595

3 Weeks

$270/week

$55

$865

4 Weeks

$265/week

$65

$1,125

5 Weeks

$260/week

$75

$1,375

6 Weeks

$255/week

$85

$1,615

7 Weeks

$250/week

$95

$1,845

8 Weeks

$245/week

$100

$2,060

 

Part Time Enrollment (8:00-3:30) 1st-8th Camp Fees

# of Weeks Enrolled

1st-8th Part Time Camp Fee Per Week

SummerCamp Field Trip Fee

Total Cost Per # ofWeeks Enrolled

1 Week

$260/week

$35

$295

2 Weeks

$255/week

$45

$555

3 Weeks

$250/week

$55

$805

4 Weeks

$245/week

$65

$1,045

5 Weeks

$240/week

$75

$1,275

6 Weeks

$235/week

$85

$1,495

7 Weeks

$230/week

$95

$1,705

8 Weeks

$225/week

$100

$1,900

 

§  A separate, non-refundable registration fee of $100 (per student) is due at time of registration. The registration fee does not count towards the tuition fee. Register before April 1st and receive $25 off your registration fee!

§  Camp fees are due in two installments on July 1st and August 1st. Invoices will be sent out via email or snail mail a week before each due date.  See "Payments" below on how to pay.

§  Any changes to number of weeks needed must be emailed at least 3 weeks in advance to the Resource Coordinators.  If proper notice is not given when dropping weeks, families will be charged for those weeks.  

PAYMENTS: Payments can be made online or sent to the downtown Youth Guidance office.  Payments will not be accepted at the school.

§  Pay by Mail: Youth Guidance, ATTN: Tuition Department, 1 N. La Salle Street, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60602. Please include your child’s name and South Loop Summer Camp in the memo section of each check.

§  Pay Online: https://www.youth-guidance.org/afterschool/.

If you have any questions regarding payments or balances please contact Krystle Strange at kstrange@youth-guidance.org


 

FINANCIAL AID:

Financial assistance can be arranged through Illinois Action for Children, a state funded assistance program. Once you are approved for Child Care Action (CCA) your monthly payments will only be a fraction of the cost of the full tuition.  Should you qualify for assistance, you will still be responsible for paying the registration fee and field trip fee and submitting the regular registration to be eligible for Summer Camp.  

CCA Applications specific for South Loop Youth Guidance can be found online at https://goo.gl/AMHKgL. For more general information on CCA, please visit the Illinois Action for Children website. To see if you are eligible to apply based on financial need, please visit the Paying for Child Care section of the website.

All CCA applications must be signed by the Resource Coordinator and sent in by May 16th.  Proof of submission must be given to the Resource Coordinator.  


 

CONTACT INFORMATION: 

Krystle Strange – Assistant Resource Coordinator:        kstrange@youth-guidance.org                 


 

 

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