K-8 Summer Academy


Each year, District 401 offers summer classes for students who will be entering kindergarten through 8th grade.

Our K-8 Summer Academy is designed to provide students with opportunities to explore their learning through reading, math and enrichment programs.


Who May Attend?


All rising K-8 students who are District 401 residents may enroll. Out-of-district students may also attend these classes.

Some students have been given recommendations by their grade-level teachers as to which classes would benefit them. If a recommendation was not received, please read the class descriptions listed below.


About This Year's K-8 Program


Classes begin in early June and conclude by mid-July or sooner. All classes are held at Elmwood Park High School. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

For more information about this year's summer program, including a link to the official 2018 Summer Academy brochure and registration form, please visit the sections below.
 

The brochure for the District's 2018 K-8 Summer Academy is now available. For information about classes and registration, please click the link below. The registration form is located on the final page of the document.

► 2018 K-8 Summer Academy Brochure & Registration Form

A link to the brochure and registration form is also available in the left-hand column of this page.


JUMPSTART TO 1ST GRADE

DATES

TIMES

GRADES

INSTRUCTOR

COST

June 4 to July 13

8 a.m. to noon

Incoming
1st graders

TBD

Register by May 11: $275

Late registration: $325

Out of District: $375

Get ready for 1st grade! Students will concentrate on the "Put Reading First" five areas of reading: comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, phonetic awareness and phonics. Students will work on comprehension and vocabulary through a variety of stories.


JUMPSTART TO 2ND GRADE

DATES

TIMES

GRADES

INSTRUCTOR

COST

June 4 to July 13

8 a.m. to noon

Incoming
2nd graders

Ms. Guidice &
Mrs. DiSilvio

Register by May 11: $275

Late registration: $325

Out of District: $375

Are you concerned that your child was having difficulty in math and/or reading this year? Is your child making progress in math and/or reading now, but you are concerned that without consistent practice during those long summer months, skills could become rusty? Research has shown that students who do not continue to read, write and do math over the summer months lose much of their newly acquired skills. To lay the best foundation for your child's jump to second grade, take advantage of signing up for this class. Using exciting themes that children enjoy, such as dinosaurs, ocean life and the planets, this class will address all "big five" areas of reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Math skills will be reinforced and extended. Computer activities will be included to enhance our curriculum. Do not miss this affordable opportunity to make summer both educational and fun.


JUMPSTART TO 3RD GRADE

DATES

TIMES

GRADES

INSTRUCTOR

COST

June 4 to July 13

8 a.m. to noon

Incoming
3rd graders

Ms. Kruzienga
& Ms.
Makropoulos

Register by May 11: $275

Late registration: $325

Out of District: $375

This class will concentrate on reviewing 2nd-grade skills and making sure students are ready for 3rd grade. Each week students will participate in fun and creative activities focused around academic subjects. The objective is for students to strengthen their reading and comprehension skills, boost math computation and problem solving, and reinforce their writing strategies.


JUMPSTART TO 4TH GRADE

DATES

TIMES

GRADES

INSTRUCTOR

COST

June 4 to July 13

8 a.m. to noon

Incoming
4th graders

Mrs. Ricchio,
Ms. Jerzyk &
Mrs. Caputo

Register by May 11: $275

Late registration: $325

Out of District: $375

This class will review 3rd-grade skills and prepare students for 4th grade. Each week the students will take part in fun and creative learning activities focused on the academic core. Students will strengthen their reading and comprehension skills while also working on math computation and problem solving. They will also focus on writing strategies and building these skills.


READING AND WRITING CONNECTIONS

DATES

TIMES

GRADES

INSTRUCTOR

COST

June 4 to July 13

8 a.m. to noon

Incoming
2nd, 3rd &
4th graders

Ms. Dean &
Mrs. Marzillo

Register by May 11: $275

Late registration: $325

Out of District: $375

Sail into summer with a fun, theme-based reading and writing workshop. This will be an individualized program tailored to the needs and interests of each student. We will develop skills in reading and writing that will build and enhance each child's potential. The program will include support and learning in literature (poetry, fiction, nonfiction), comprehension, phonics and fluency. Both composition and creative writing will give each student an opportunity to enhance skills. With the rigor of Common Core Standards, we want our students to feel confident when they begin their new grade level come August.


READER'S THEATER

DATES

TIMES

GRADES

INSTRUCTOR

COST

June 4 to June 22

8 a.m. to noon

Incoming
2nd & 3rd
graders

Mrs. Forner

Register by May 11: $138

Late registration: $165

Out of District: $19

Reader's theater is an exciting way for your child to perform scripts out loud! There is no need for memorization, because they are holding their scripts the entire time (even during the performance). Reader's theater builds fluency, expression and confidence all at the same time. Re-reading is the key to knowing the script well enough to expand on oral expression. Not only will your child get a part in the play, they will also be able to create their own sets, props and costumes — and at the end of the three weeks, they will perform for you! They are not just reading the script, they are living it!


SUMMER TIME ACTIVITIES

DATES

TIMES

GRADES

INSTRUCTOR

COST

June 4 to June 22

8 a.m. to noon

Incoming
3rd, 4th, 
5th, 6th &
7th graders

Mr. Fryer

Register by May 11: $138

Late registration: $165

Out of District: $195

What to do with a summer vacation? Kids can spend each day inside playing video games, or they can get out and experience all that summer has to offer! Running a Lemonade Stand fundraiser, exploring the community, going for walks to visit local parks the pool and library, participating in social activities and learning new outdoor games/skills are just some of the things that students in this class will partake in to help prepare them for a full and active summer.


AROUND THE WORLD IN 30 DAYS

DATES

TIMES

GRADES

INSTRUCTOR

COST

June 4 to June 29

8 a.m. to noon

Incoming
5th, 6th &
7th graders

Ms. Tobey

Register by May 11: $138

Late registration: $165

Out of District: $195

Do you want to discover new places around the world while reading, writing and creating art? Pack your backpack, grab your passport: It’s time to travel! Students will learn about different places around the world by reading nonfiction articles, creating interactive art projects and strengthening their informational writing skills. Students will be immersed in cultures ranging from Egypt and Greece to Mexico and Rome — and more!


FUN WITH MATH GAMES AND READER'S THEATER

DATES

TIMES

GRADES

INSTRUCTOR

COST

June 4 to July 13

8 a.m. to noon

Incoming
4th, 5th &
6th graders

Mr. Bolin

Register by May 11: $275

Late registration: $325

Out of District: $375

Do you like playing games? Come join our class and learn how to make multiplication, division, fractions, geometry and other math operations fun! In our class we will learn about and play a variety of math games through technology and other hands-on activities. Put away your math book, pencils and calculators for a little while and see math from a new angle!

Reader's Theater involves children in oral reading through the reading of parts in scripts. Unlike traditional theater, the emphasis is mainly on oral expression. Reader's Theater is "theater of the imagination." It involves children in understanding their world, creating their own scripts, reading aloud, performing with a purpose and bringing enjoyment to both themselves and their audiences. Reader's Theater gives children a purpose for writing, reading and sharing their learning by bringing others into the joyful "imagination space" they create. It is a simple, effective and risk-free way to get children to enjoy reading. As children write, read, perform and interpret their roles, they acquire a better understanding of the literature.


STEM CAMP

DATES

TIMES

GRADES

INSTRUCTOR

COST

June 4 to July 13

8 a.m. to noon

Incoming
4th, 5th &
6th graders

Mr. Uhler

Register by May 11: $275

Late registration: $325

Out of District: $375

Do you love to be challenged? STEM Camp is the place for you! In this exciting class, you will build your knowledge and interest about STEM through teamwork, scientific investigations, engineering tasks and STEM challenges! Students will participate in digital breakouts in which they need to solve different problems or puzzles to open the different locks to complete the breakout activity. In this class, students will get a chance to use hands-on invention kits like Little Bit’s and Makey Makey’s that allow students to invent anything from a remote-controlled car to an art machine or a banana piano. The possibilities are endless with these hands-on kits! Bring your creativity, imagination and inventive mind to this class.


 


Friday, May 11: Early registration deadline


Friday, June 1: Refund requests due


Friday, June 1: Final registration deadline


Monday, June 4: Summer Academy begins


Wednesday, July 4: NO SCHOOL


Friday, July 13: Summer Academy ends


 


Attendance Policy


A parent or legal guardian is required to phone the Attendance Voicemail every day the student is absent from school.

Attendance Voicemail: 708-583-2212


Behavioral Expectations


District 401 policies in effect during the regular school year also apply in summer school. Rules are enforced strictly, quickly and consistently to maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning. Severe or continued misconduct will result in dismissal from summer school with no refund of tuition.


Course Availability


All courses will be offered on the basis of sufficient enrollment and staff availability.

Preference will be given to students who reside within District 401 boundaries over registrants who live outside the District.

If there is not sufficient enrollment, the course may be canceled.


Course Location and Transportation


All courses offered during the D401 Summer Academy program for grades K-8 will be held at Elmwood Park High School.

Students are responsible for their own transportation to Summer Academy.


Elmwood Park Summer Camp


The Village of Elmwood Park offers a summer camp program through its Parks & Recreation Department.

Students enrolled in the D401 Summer Academy have an opportunity to participate in the Elmwood Park camp once summer school classes are dismissed for the day. Please note that the EP summer camp program has a separate fee.

For more information, please contact Donna at 708-452-3935.


 

To register for Summer Academy classes, fill out the Registration Form that is included as the final page in the 2018 Brochure.

Once you have filled out the form, submit it to District 401 along with your payment. You may do this in one of two ways: 

By Mail

Please send your form and payment to:

Attn: Summer Academy 2018 Registration
8201 W. Fullerton Ave. 
Elmwood Park, IL 60707

In Person

You may also drop off your form and payment at your child's school office.

Remember, register early and save money!

District 401's K-8 Summer Academy director is Ms. AmyLynn Vero.

For more information about our summer offerings, she can be contacted by email at this address.