The Spark! – August 2017

A Note From The Director

Dear Parents,

Summer Camp is quickly coming to an end. As it winds down, we are asking the children about their favorite camp experiences and you can read those cute anecdotes below. Here are some of my favorite things from this summer at Discovery: 
  • This is the first summer we had a full day gymnastics camp and it was energizing to see older campers with us during the day. I had the pleasure of teaching dance to them one day this week and it reminded me how much I miss teaching in the summer.
  • Afternoon gym campers filled our afternoons with flips, forward rolls, leaps, and smiling faces! Last year we only had two groups and this year the program grew to four groups. 
  • We offered a morning camp for 4/5-year olds for the first time this year and it was a hit!
  • Our morning campers had a special field trip to the Fire Station on 100th Street. The firefighters educated the children, let the campers go on the truck and helped them slide down the pole. 
It was an amazing summer and we made wonderful memories!  We hope to see our campers again next Summer or even for a Fall class. Enjoy the final weeks of Summer. 
Warm Wishes,

Katie Kheel
Summer Blurbs
What do you love about camp at Discovery?
“…making (play) food! I tell my mom all about camp.” Peyton, Turtles
“…when we clean up” –Jonah, Dolphins
“…singing ‘The Wheels on the Bus'” Alisiah, Turtles
“…playing in the water on the roof” –Idan, Seahorses
“…messy art projects” –Hadley, Dolphins
“…the arts and crafts, especially using the Perler beads” –Maeve, Gym Camp
“the gym because I like to go on the monkey bars, and the stamps because we get to play with paint and make handprints” –Maddie, Seahorses
“…running really fast in the gym” –Avery, Turtles
“…when we make butterflies” –Mia, Seahorses
“…dance class, and learning a different dance routine each week” –Rose, Gym Camp
“…cooking food in the kitchen” –Lila, Seahorses
“…jumping on the trampoline!” –Ryan, Dolphins
“…the across-the-floor work in dance and also the floor work in the gym” –Billie, Gym Camp
“the dance parties!” –Violet, Dolphins
“…jumping jacks, and when we pretend to play in the jungle in the gym” –Olivia, Seahorses
“…playing on the gym bars and swinging like a monkey on the rings” –Clara, Dolphins
“I like camp because we bake cookies. I like to eat them.” –Vincent, Seahorses
“I love everyday!” –Max, Dolphins


From the parents:
“This camp has been the perfect blend of gymnastics and dance, and Rose has been here with a friend…Rose feels at home here.”
Liz, Gym Camp Parent
“The ‘Squiggly Fish’ song (and art project) is our favorite! Justin’s delight at the ‘surprise’ ending each time he sings the song is the best thing ever.”
Cate, Junior Camper Parent


August Camp Photo Highlights


August in NYC!

Annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest (Saturday, August 19th from 12:00pm-4:00pm) 
FlyNYC Kite Flying Festival at Pier 1, Riverside Park South (Saturday, August 19th from 12:00pm-5:00pm)
Farmhouse Family Day at Wyckhoff House Museum in Brooklyn (Saturday, August 19th from 11:00am-3:00pm)
NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam on Governors Island (Sunday, August 20th at 10:00am)
Honey Weekend at Wave Hill Garden & Cultural Center (Saturday, August 19th and Sunday, August 20th from 10:00am-3:00pm both days)
241st Commemoration of the Battle of Brooklyn at Green-Wood Cemetery (Sunday, August 27th from 11:00am-3:00pm)
Gruff! The Musical  at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre on the UWS (playing through the end of August, Fridays at 7:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00pm)
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Discovery Announcements!

Fall 2017 Classes
*Register ASAP!*
– Registration is now open for Fall 1017 classes. Ballet and gym classes are already filling up, so sign up now to secure your child’s spot!
Early Childhood Programming 
– Call soon to register for openings in On My Own and Almost On My Own classes this Fall!
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