Important Information for Spark Arts 2021 Families

Updated July 13, 2021

Dear Families,

We are so excited to welcome you to Spark Arts! We are thrilled to begin the fourth 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!

Best,
Gigi and Angus

Gigi Chew, Director
gigi@sparkartsbk.org
(646) 409-8268
Angus Davidson, Assistant Director
angus@sparkartsbk.org
(845) 705-0918

Preparing for a day at Spark Arts

We want to make sure your child has the energy to enjoy full days outdoors. Please make sure your child eats a hearty breakfast in order to be energized for our outdoor time together

Ask your child to use the bathroom ahead of time to limit the number of times needed to use public restroom facilities during our time together.  

Please apply sunscreen on your child.  We will be using organic and natural sunscreen SPF 50 sunscreen if more is needed during our day.  If you have a preferred sunscreen, please pack it with your child’s belongings.

Fill out our COVID-19 safety survey. It’s a short form that helps us verify that your child isn’t experiencing any symptoms that are putting our community at risk. You’ll receive a link to the survey each morning, but you can also bookmark it for easy, repeated access.

What to Pack

  • A comfortable backpack 
  • A full and healthy snack and lunch.  Because of allergy concerns, we ask that parents do not send peanut products 
  • Two full water bottles– our days have been very hot. 
  • Comfortable shoes for walking, as well as socks, since we will be exploring forested areas of the park.
  • Rain jacket, pants, and/or waterproof shoes if rain is forecasted
  • Mosquito repellent if needed. We will also have deet-free and organic mosquito repellant on hand.  
  • Suitable clothing for arts projects and nature exploration
  • An extra mask

Drop-Off – 9:00am

We will welcome families on the grass to the right of Litchfield Villa at Prospect Park West and 5th St.

You can to find our spot in Google Maps or Apple Maps

Pick-Up – 2:00pm

Pickup will occur right next to the same location as drop-off (Litchfield Villa) at 2:00pm, on the north side of the 5th St. driveway directly in front of the flower garden by the large sign for Litchfield Villa. We will only be able to release your child to a parent, guardian, or person you’ve authorized in your registration forms. If necessary, you can authorize an additional person by emailing us at info@sparkartsbk.org.

You can to find our spot in Google Maps or Apple Maps

Rainy Day Plans

We will closely monitor the weather forecast before each session. In the case that there’s rain, we’ll run our program under sheltered areas in the park wherever possible. However, we will cancel our programs if there are thunderstorms and heavy persistent rain or other unsafe conditions projected for the day. 

If weather forecasts suggest the possibility of cancellation for the next day, we’ll let families know our plan by 7:00pm. Because forecasting models change regularly, we will send a final confirmation at 7:00am after checking for any significant weather changes that could affect the safety of our program. In the event of unexpected unsafe weather conditions during our day, we will contact families by text message to arrange for an early pick up.

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 discuss them with your child before the program:

  • Students will need to follow Spark Arts’ COVID-19 camp regulations such as wearing masks within 6 feet of one another and sanitizing hands on a regular basis.  Please read more about our COVID regulations here.
  • Students will be expected to refrain from any behaviors that will put themselves and their friends at risk of injury.  
  • Students are expected to stay with the group at all times.
  • Students will wear a tag with Spark Arts contact information at all times.
  • We practice kindness and respect to friends and teachers by listening, sharing, and including others.