Summer 2023: Land and Sea
Monday, July 3 - Friday, July 28
ISB Summer celebrates the season by learning about the interwovenness of land and sea. Through arts and crafts and hands-on nature projects with conversations led in French or Spanish, outdoor play, visiting experts, and field trips, participants are in for an enriching experience.
Our program is suited for beginners and native speakers alike. The target language (French or Spanish) is incorporated into the routine of the day, and many new words and expressions are introduced based on the theme of the week. At the end of each week, families will receive a newsletter and photo album sharing the week’s adventures and highlighting the target vocabulary. We welcome a weekly residency with the Brooklyn Seeds Gardening program, as well as a weekly residency with the music-filled fitness program with Zing! For Kids.
Participants get their hands in the dirt and learn about native plants and animals (as well invasive ones) with Brooklyn Seeds!
Zing! For Kids
Zing! fuses functional exercise and high energy with athletic drills, positive affirmations, breathwork, and creative play to channel a child’s inner rock star. Kids can expect to get moving, feel strong, and have FUN!
Session 1: Sand, Rocks, and Sparkles
(Monday, July 3-Friday, July 7; Closed July 4)
In this shortened holiday week, we open summer with sand and seashell globes, slime and volcano-making, water games, and science fun with metal detectors and minerals! Grades 1 and up will take a field trip via chartered bus to the American Museum of Natural History to visit the Hall of Gems and Minerals.
Session 2: Sharks, Starfish, and Otters
(Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14)
What do sharks, otters, and starfish have in common? They are all keystone species that play a vital role in maintaining healthy ecosystems. We will learn in French and Spanish about these cool creatures and take an all-grades trip via chartered bus to the New York Aquarium. Do you know what else is a keystone species? Honey bees. All children will explore the importance of bees and native plants with Brooklyn Seeds' onsite visit.
Session 3: Raptors and Rodents
(Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 21)
Delve into the world of prey and predator and examine the fascinating life of animals that are right here in our midst. With target vocabulary in French or Spanish naming different birds and yes, rodents, we will learn about the comeback of raptors in New York City and how these mighty predators can help reduce our rat population. We will also learn about what smart creatures rats are. The week will be filled with amazing on-campus assembly visits from wildlife rescuers of raptors, rodents, and probably a few other creatures who will make appearances!
Session 4: Voyage Around the World
(Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28)
This week, we will celebrate the human species by celebrating culture through song, story, and food from Spanish and French-speaking countries around the world. Our talented counselors will bring their own diverse cultural heritages into our space to share and enjoy.
Health and Safety Plan
Children are required to be fully vaccinated in order to attend ISB’s summer session. This includes all vaccinations required for school entry and both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 5 years and up. A standard health form and proof of vaccination against Covid-19 (if age appropriate) will be required to attend our summer session. Currently, at ISB, mask-wearing is optional unless someone has been a close contact. This requirement is subject to change according to guidance from the Department of Health. If your student requires any medications, including over-the-counter, their pediatrician will need to complete a required form. Please contact our School Nurse, Kali Gerber, at email@example.com for any questions regarding health forms or your child’s health needs.