June 2021

Dear St. Stephen’s Summer Camp Families,

We are delighted that you have selected St. Stephen’s Episcopal School – Houston (School) for your child’s summer camp. Here are a few things that we will need you to do to help us prepare for a safe and engaging summer camp.

Register for Seesaw. IT has created classes in the Seesaw Family app for our summer camp cohorts of Orientation, Primary, and Elementary. Please join your child’s class when you receive an email invitation. It is most important that all summer camp families, including emergency contacts, join Seesaw. All Summer Camp communications, including emergency messages, will be sent through the Seesaw app. If you have more than one student in Seesaw, click on your initials (circle located at top right) to toggle between students.

Register with Magnus (new students and alumni only). Magnus Health is an online portal for the completion of required School forms, including health forms. New students and alumni will receive an email containing login information from Buddy Verneuil from the email address service@magnushealthportal.com. Please contact admission@ssesh.org if you have questions or concerns regarding Magnus registration.

Complete the Insect Repellent Form. As we are currently experiencing a few mosquitos on campus, please take 2 minutes to complete the Parent/Guardian Permission to Apply Insect Repellent to Child (St. Stephen’s Episcopal School – Houston).

Review the Summer Camp Policies and Procedures. Please take a moment to review our Summer Camp Policies and Procedures.

Order Lunch. We are pleased to offer a catered lunch program by The Simply Fresh Kitchen. The Simply Fresh Kitchen specializes in school lunch catering using only the freshest and most wholesome ingredients. The Simply Fresh Kitchen has made ordering very convenient with their online system.

Our Head of School, Penny Barker, is the primary point of contact for any COVID-19 questions or concerns. Penny may be reached at pbarker@ssesh.org or 713-821-9183 (mobile phone).

We are looking forward to welcoming your child to Summer Camp! For more information, please contact your undersigned Summer Camp Coordinator.

Sincerely,

Orientation Camp Coordinator, Courtney Schaffner (cschaffner@ssesh.org)
Primary Camp Coordinator, Alyssa Brown (abrown@ssesh.org)
Elementary Summer Camp Coordinator, Flora Larrabee (flarrabee@ssesh.org)

Need IT support?
IT is available to assist by email (mzuniga@ssesh.org) or phone (713-821-9100).

Orientation Summer Camp

15 months – 3 years 

Orientation Camp Coordinator: Courtney Schaffner (cschaffner@ssesh.org)

Orientation Camp is the ideal option for children entering school in the fall. Children discover the joys of connecting with people outside their families, allowing them to build new relationships with teachers and friends. In our nurturing environment, children are provided the consistency needed to adjust to separation, to feel safe, and to develop trust.

The goal of our Summer Camp is to provide a relaxed and interesting environment while providing individualized attention to each child. Each session has a special focus taught within the Montessori class environment.

Daily Schedule

7:30-8:00 a.m. – Before Care
8:00-8:15 a.m. – Arrival
8:30-9:30 a.m. – Outdoor Exploration
9:30-11:00 a.m. – Individual Snack; Work time
11:30 a.m – Dismissal (Half Day)
11:30 a.m.-noon – Lunch (Full Day)
noon-12:15 p.m. – Circle Time
12:15-2:30 p.m. – Nap
2:30 p.m. – Dismissal (Full Day)
2:30-5:00 p.m. – After Care

Summer Camp Themes

Week 1: June 7-11 — Aquatic Adventures
Week 2: June 14-18 — Aquatic Adventures
Week 3: June 21-25 — Dinosaur Discovery
Week 4: June 28-July 2 — Dinosaur Discovery
Week 5: July 6-9 — Backyard Fun: Gardening + All Things Bugs
Week 6: July 12-16 — Backyard Fun: Gardening + All Things Bugs
Week 7: July 19-23 — Construction Zone

Fees

All Weeks Except Week of July 6
Before Care $50.00
Half Day $275.00
Full Day $375.00
After Care $100.00

Week 5 (week of July 6)
Before Care $40.00
Half Day $220.00
Full Day $300.00
After Care $80.00

Primary Summer Camp

3 – 6 years, including rising 1st graders

Primary Camp Coordinator: Alyssa Brown (abrown@ssesh.org)

Primary Camp is designed to foster an appreciation of the natural world and to encourage interest and wonder. Each session will involve outside academic and creative opportunities. Games, crafts, experiments, stories, dance, and practical life lessons are included in our camp experience. Basic reading and math lessons continue during the summer session to curb skill regression and to build new skills for the school year.

New students moving up into our Primary Programs in the fall have a special head start at camp by getting to know their new classmates and teachers. The first day of school may be less intimidating for new students who participate in camp.

Daily Schedule

7:30-8:00 a.m. – Before Care
8:00-8:15 a.m. – Arrival on playground
8:30 a.m. – Circle Time
9:00-11:00 a.m. – Session Theme; Self-served snack
11:00 a.m. – Recess
11:30 a.m. – Dismissal (Half Day)
noon – Lunch (Full Day)
1:00 p.m. – Afternoon work (math, language, handwork)
2:15 p.m. – Restore
2:30 p.m. – Dismissal (Full Day)
2:30-5:00 p.m. – After Care

Summer Camp Themes

Week 1: June 7-11 — Wildly Creative Art
Week 2: June 14-18 — Wildly Creative Art
Week 3: June 21-25 — Nature & the Outdoors
Week 4: June 28-July 2 — Nature & the Outdoors
Week 5: July 6-9 — STEAM
Week 6: July 12-16 — STEAM
Week 7: July 19-23 — Let’s Make Music

Fees

All Weeks Except Week of July 6
Before Care $50.00
Half Day $225.00
Full Day $325.00
After Care $100.00

Week 5 (week of July 6)
Before Care $40.00
Half Day $180.00
Full Day $260.00
After Care $80.00

Elementary Summer Camp

Rising 1st – Rising 6th graders

Elementary Camp Coordinator: Flora Larrabee (flarrabee@ssesh.org)

Week 1: June 21-25

STEAM into Elementary Summer Camp with Mr. Charlie. In Week 1, students will build, code, discover, and enjoy an All-Access Pass (supervised) in the da Vinci Lab. We simply cannot wait to see what the students create in this week of applied science.

Week 2: June 28-July 2

PHOTOGRAPHY for all with Ms. Sasha. In Week 2, students will learn how to use a professional camera (not attached to a phone) to document, express, and communicate via the medium of photography. Art meets tech in this week where students find their place behind the lens.

Week 3: July 6-9

GLOBAL discoveries await with tour guide Ms. Neda. In Week 3, students will explore Persian culture without leaving Texas. Also featuring the Farsi language, students will earn a virtual passport stamp from this beautiful and long-lived culture.

Week 4: July 12-16

JOIN THE BAND with guest teacher Mr. Steve Bachicha. In Week 4, students will embark upon a musical journey with Mr. Steve, who will appear via Zoom with supervision provided by on-campus teachers. Parents will be invited to a Zoom music performance at the end of Week 4. SSESH Will Rock You!

Week 5: July 19-23

UNLEASH CREATIVITY with guest teacher Ms. Panacea Theriac. In Week 5, students will combine storytelling with art while they learn puppetry from Ms. Panacea Theriac, who will appear via Zoom with supervision provided by on-campus teachers. The capstone of an epic Summer Camp, parents will be invited to a Zoom puppet performance at the end of Week 5.

Daily Schedule

7:30-8:00 am: Before Care
8:00-8:15 am: Arrival
8:15-8:40 am: Morning Meeting
8:40-10:00 am: Theme Activity
10:00-10:30 am: Snack
10:30 am-noon: Theme Activity
noon-1:00 pm: Lunch/Playground
1:00-2:00 pm: Theme Activity
2:00-2:30 pm: Restore
2:30 pm: Dismissal
2:30-5:00 pm: After Care

Fees

All Weeks Except Week of July 6
Before Care: $50 / week
Full Day: $325 / week
After Care: $100 / week

Week of July 6
Before Care: $40 / week
Full Day: $260 / week
After Care: $80 / week