With our first session a few weeks away, we are so excited to welcome you to Spark Arts Studio! We are thrilled to begin the second year of our program, and we hope that you’re looking forward to it as much as we are.
This welcome packet contains a few reminders and updates about the program ahead. Our days will be full of art, music, outdoor adventure, global travel, creative movement, and more. If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to reach out to us!
Gigi and Angus
|Gigi Chew, Director
|Angus Davidson, Assistant Director
Welcome Packet Contents
What to Bring
- Sunscreen (labelled with your child’s name)
- A healthy snack and lunch
- A full water bottle
- Comfortable shoes for walking
- Suitable clothing for arts projects and nature exploration
- An extra set of clothing in a labeled bag to be kept at our home base for the week
- A comfortable backpack which the children will be responsible for carrying to the park
Note: We want to make sure your child has the energy to enjoy full days and trips out to the park. We ask that families pack full, healthy snack and lunch portions and avoid sugary products. Because of allergy concerns, we ask that parents do not send peanut butter products to Spark Arts Studio.
We will apply sunscreen during the day, but we recommend that you send your child with sunscreen applied at the start of the day. If you have any concerns about Spark Arts Studio staff applying sunscreen, please let us know. You may also send your child in with insect repellant if you wish us to apply this before park outings.
Drop-off and Pick-up
Drop-Off – 9:00 am
We will welcome families each program day to our home base at 53 Prospect Park West (between 1st and 2nd St. at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture building). Our rooms will be situated on the 3rd floor of the building, in classrooms used by the Roberts Field School and Studio Creative Play during the school year.
We begin each day with free-play activities centered around the day’s curriculum. For the most successful transition into our day, we recommend that parents prepare their children for drop off by speaking with them about what to expect ahead of time. If your child has anxieties about drop-off in the first day, we suggest introducing, and even practicing, drop-off in the days before Spark Arts. You can remind him/her that there will be lots of activities to start the day, and that you or a caregiver will be picking up at the end of the day.
At drop off, parents and caregivers may stay to help their children get settled into the environment. However, as we have full days planned, we kindly ask that that the stay be kept short so that we can dive into our planned activities. This will also allow your child to be fully present with [his/her] peers during morning free-play, which is a great time for students to develop friendships.
Pick-up – 2:00 pm
Pick-up will occur at our classroom on in the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture building at 53 Prospect Park West. If we plan to hold pickup at a central location in Prospect Park, we will notify families by email the evening before.
We will be photographing many of the activities during the camp session. We’ll share pictures except in an instance where they contain a child whose family has not given consent to share their photographs. We’ll never share identifying details about your child.
9:00am–9:30am: Free Play Indoors
Discussion, book, and movement relating to topic of the day
Project relating to topic of the day
10:40am–11:15am: Snack, Free Play, Bathrooms
11:15am–12:00pm: Outdoor Time (weather permitting)
Trekking, observing nature
Art, science, movement, meditation, music, or building activity relating to topic of the day
12:00pm–12:40pm: Outdoor Lunch, Free Play, Bathrooms (weather permitting)
12:40pm–1:40pm: Outdoor Activity (weather permitting)
Art, science, movement, meditation, music or building activity relating to topic of the day.
During our second week, this time will be spent with visiting teacher Kyle Anthony, who will be using art and science to teach about the habitats and landscapes of each of the cultures that we are covering.
Safety and Behavior Expectations
We are looking to have a fun and adventurous summer program with safety as a priority. We ask that you review these safety guidelines and expectations with [ChildFN] before the program:
- Students will be expected to refrain from any behaviors that will put themselves and their friends at risk of injury.
- During the day, students should be with teachers at all times, except when using the bathroom.
- When leaving our campus for the park, students are expected to stay with the group at all times.
- When traveling to the park, all students will carry a tag with Spark Arts Studio’s contact information at all times.
- We show respect to our friends and teachers by listening, sharing, and including others.