After a school year and a half that was uncertain and often distant from the classroom due to the COVID-19 pandemic, kindergarten through eighth grade students in Newberg and Dundee have a number of activities and events to look forward to this summer.
"This summer the Newberg public schools have an opportunity to continue to engage students in unfinished learning, as well as to provide enrichment and extension opportunities for students in K–8," district communications coordinator Gregg Koskela wrote in a message to the community. "We will be offering a wide variety of academic tutoring sessions, enrichment and extension opportunities through the summer. Families will have the opportunity to access programs free of charge in a variety of ways, such as participating in community camps, participating in Camp Invention and Chess Wizards, and participating in enrichment activities offered by staff."
Mabel Rush Elementary School will host Camp Invention, for kindergartners through sixth grade students from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 12 through 16. The camp is for students curious about or interested in inventing things and provides a unique enrichment opportunity. Registration is located at forms.gle/HQPdB72nbcN8W66u9.
Wayside Learning Camp, for kindergartners through seventh grade students, began July 5 and continue through Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1716 Villa Road in Newberg. The day camp for kids seeks to "help foster curiosity and learning while experiencing field trips, parks, new friends and more," Koskela said. Register at waysidefriends.org/campwayside.
Kids interested in horses can register for Horse Camp at Fitzgerald Farms in Yamhill. The camp has an overnight experience from July 29-30 and a day camp Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.
"This camp is recommended for riders of all abilities," the description of the overnight camp says. "Campers arrive Thursday at 10 a.m. for horsemanship, games, friends and s'mores around the campfire. A fun summer experience for your kids. Camp ends on Friday at 3 p.m."
The day camp is for "day campers ages 7 and up. Campers arrive daily at 9 a.m. to enjoy horsemanship lessons, riding and games until 4 p.m. No previous experience necessary." For registration to either horse camp, visit forms.gle/wTZhyfafLP5utXTU6.
Kindergartners and first grade students have a unique learning opportunity on tap from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. Aug. 23-26, with a program called Jumpstart.
"Jumpstart promotes a more seamless transition to school in the fall by providing three days of practice for kindergarten and first grade students," Koskela wrote. "Students will be able to familiarize themselves with the building, meet their principal and other school personnel, and practice school and classroom routines. Transportation will be provided."
Sixth grade students can get some help transitioning into middle school as well, given the fact that many of them didn't have much in-person learning opportunities in the last year, either. Sixth Grade Rising will take place from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 23-26.
"Sixth Grade Rising is a program for any incoming sixth grader attending middle school in the fall," Koskela wrote. "It is designed to give incoming sixth graders a smoother transition to the next level. Students will familiarize themselves with the building, build relationships with other 6th grade students, meet their principals and other staff and have fun! If your student wants to meet students from the other feeder schools, learn more about middle school classes and routines and get comfortable with middle school then this is the week for you!"
Further information on additional camps and summer opportunities is available at www.Newberg.k12.or.us.
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