About Peck

2020 Summer Program

The Peck School Summer Program

Summer Program courses offer a range of activities designed for students entering grades K–8 in the fall of 2020. (PreK Express is offered for children aged 3-4 the week of June 22-26). Program courses are grouped by grade level and offered weekly.

Students may enroll in courses that are offered full-day, or morning or afternoon only, on a weekly basis. Snacks will be provided, and lunch is included in the price for most full-day classes. Half-day students have the option to purchase lunch if needed and off-campus day trips require students to bring a bag lunch.

Early Morning Care is available from 8 to 9 a.m., and Afternoon Care is available from 3:30  to 4:30 p.m. (Each are offered for an additional fee of $50 per student per week.)

Please read the details below, and register for courses with the grade your child will be entering in the fall of 2020.

 

 

List of 4 items.

  • Description


    The Peck School Summer Program offers courses in academic enrichment, sports, and fun summer activities—all of which are taught by highly experienced Peck teachers.

    The Peck campus is highlighted by the state-of-the-art academic buildings and a spacious athletic center, all fully equipped and air-conditioned for summer use. These facilities house the Higgins Library, the Idea & Design Lab, multimedia centers, technology labs, large classrooms, two full-size indoor gyms, and art and woodworking studios. Our 15-acre campus also includes a standalone Kindergarten building, as well as regulation-sized fields for field hockey, soccer, lacrosse and outdoor play.
  • General Information

    The Peck School's Summer Program runs from June 10 to June 12*, the week of June 15, and the week of June 22. Children may sign up for one, two, or all three weeks, for either or both morning and afternoon classes. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided.

    Courses are arranged according to the grade a child will be entering in the fall of 2020, from Kindergarten through eighth grade. (**Pre-K Express is intended for children not yet eligible for kindergarten ages 3-4).
     
    • Morning classes run from 9 a.m. to Noon.  
    • Afternoon classes run from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

    Early Morning Care (8 to 9 a.m.) and Afternoon Care (3:30 to 4:30 p.m.) are also available for an additional fee each, per student per week.

    Please read through our course descriptions, and you can find a registration link on this page.  Call or email The Peck School Summer Program at 973-539-8660 or summer@peckschool.org with any questions.


    *June 10-12 is a three-day program offered full-day only (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), at a reduced fee of $400 for all three days. Lunch is included.

    **Pre-K Express (ages 3-4) is offered morning-only for three hours during the week of June 22.
     
  • Tuition and Payment Information

    General tuition for our Summer Program classes is on a per-week basis, by session. Children may enroll in one, two, or all three weeks for either or both morning and afternoon sessions.

    Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided.

    Early Morning Care and Afternoon Care are also available for an additional fee each, per student per week.

    Week 1: June 12 - June 14

    • On-campus Programs - $400, includes lunch
      • Jump Start into Lower School (Grade 1)
      • Downy Redhead Camp (Grades 1-8)
      • Visual Arts Academy (Grades 4-8)
    • Off-campus programs - $600
      • Adrenaline Camp (Grades 4-8) Runs from 9-4 pm. Participants must bring their own nut-free lunch and beverages
    • Overnight Programs - $550
      • Backpacking Adventures (Grades 5-8) 

    Week 2: June 17-21

    • Morning or Afternoon Session (Grade 1-8) $350
    • Full-day (Grade 1-8) $700 + $50 for lunch
    • Musical Theater 2-Week Intensive (Grades 5-8) $1400 + $100 for lunch 
    • Off campus program - $450
      • Little Adventures (Grades 1-3) Afternoon Only

    Week 3: June 24-28

    • Pre-K Express (ages 3-4) $350
    • Morning or Afternoon Session (Grade 1-8) $350
    • Full-day (Grade 1-8) $700 + $50 for lunch
    • Musical Theater 2-Week (Sign up week 2)
    • Off-campus Program - $850
      • Out & About Adventures (ages 4-8) Includes admissions to parks. Runs from 9-4 pm. Participants must bring their own nut-free lunch and beverages
    Extras
    • Early Morning Care - $50
      • Per student, per week
      • 8 to 9 a.m.
    • Afternoon Care - $50
      • Per student, per week
      • 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
    • Lunch - $50
      • Students attending for 1/2 day sessions can add lunch as an option
  • Pre-K Express, Ages 3-4 (June 22 - June 26)

    Calling all playful preschoolers! Our special morning summer class is carefully crafted and taught by our master Peck teachers to help children develop necessary social and emotional skills, explore and use their imaginations, and make new friends.

    Activities range from painting masterpieces, to inventing in the Kindergarten Idea & Design Lab (K.I.D. Lab), to fun sports and active play.

    This program is morning-only (9 a.m. to Noon). The fee is $350 for the week, and includes a daily healthy snack and beverage. All children will also receive a Peck Summer Program t-shirt.

    Please note that early morning care is not available for Pre-K Express.

    Children must be potty-trained to attend the class.

    Please drop off and pick up from the Peck Kindergarten Circle.

Course Descriptions

Week 1: June 10-12 (3 Days)

List of 5 items.

  • Jump Start into Lower School (Grade 1) All Day

    Get a jump start into Lower School with first-grade teacher Mrs. Ruark. Students will play mathematical games, practice sight words, dive deep into creative writing topics, make crafts, learn a variety of new games, as well as participate in Camp Downy/Redhead activities.
  • Camp Downy Redhead (Grades 2-8) All Day

    Whether your child is a Downy or a Redhead, this camp guarantees three days of action-packed games, challenges, and fun. We welcome all rising first to eighth-graders to the very first Camp Downy Redhead. Students will participate in team building, enjoy traditional camp games, make new friends, and play sports.
  • Adrenaline Camp (Grades 4-8) All Day

    Get ready for three days of high adrenaline fun as students attend three theme parks including Six Flags Great Adventure, Dorney Park, and the new Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream. This outing encourages curiosity, enhances confidence, promotes personal growth, and enhances connections to other participants.

    NOTE: This camp runs from 9-4 pm. Participants must bring their own nut-free lunch and beverages.
  • Visual Arts Academy (Grades 4-8) All Day

    Be a part of Peck’s first visual arts academy. Spend three days with Mr. Beil enhancing your skills In drawing, painting, and printmaking. Projects may include block printing, acrylic painting, pencil sketching, charcoal drawing, monotypes, and a passion project. At the end of this fun-filled experience, students will collect an exciting portfolio of original artwork.
  • Backpacking Adventures (Grades 5-8) All Day

    Students can join their peers on a three-day backpacking adventure led by Coach Carlo, Ms. Belasic, and other Peck faculty. Backpackers will experience the natural beauty of NY/NJ/PA while gaining valuable skills in orientation, first aid, outdoor cooking, camping, and essential survival kills.

Week 2: June 15 - 19

List of 4 items.

  • Kindergarten Express (Rising K) All Day

    NOTE: Participants must bring their own nut-free lunch and beverages. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided.

    Hop aboard the “K” Express with Kindergarten teachers Maribel Mohr and Kristin Young!

    Join us for a fun week of multi-sensory, themed days in the Kindergarten building at Peck. You will be able to meet Peck teachers and staff, take a tour of the campus, and become very familiar with the "K."

    You'll make new friends throughout the week—and you also might talk like a pirate, search for bugs on campus, be a superhero for a day, cook like a chef, or, weather permitting, enjoy a water play day!
  • Musical Theater 2-Week Intensive (Grades 5-8) All Day

    Students that love participating in the school musical and want to get a jump start on techniques to becoming a better stage performer are encouraged to participate in the inaugural season of Peck’s Summer Musical Theater 2-Week Intensive with Mr. Lyman, Ms. Mosley, and Ms. Emily Frank from South Street DanceIn this two week program, students will learn foundational acting techniques, auditioning techniques, character development, dance technique, and enhance their vocal skills while working on a musical production. Students will perform their musical at the end of camp for family, friends, and the Peck community.
  • AM Only Class Options

    Masterpiece (Grades 1-3)

    As Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist.” Join Mrs. D to create some one-of-a-kind works of art. Students will experience a variety of materials including acrylic paints on canvas, watercolor, and more. All work comes home ready to be framed so get ready to clear your walls to make some space for masterpieces.

    Little Builders (Grades 1-2)

    Does your child love to build things? Students will work with Ms. MacVicar to build structures and complete architectural challenges with Legos.

    Ooey-Gooey Slimey Stuff (Grades 1-2)

    It’s ooey. It’s gooey. It’s everything slime. With more than 50 different types of slime, the possibilities are endless. Each day students will join Mrs. Ruark to make new slime recipes and experiment with a variety of ooey-gooey slimy stuff.

    Sports Experience (Grades 1-4)

    This course will provide instruction, skills development, team strategies, and rules for various sports including soccer, basketball, football, floor hockey, and various bombardment games led by Coaches Caruso and Spadafora. 

    Invent with Code (Grades 3-5)
     
    Students can take their coding skills further with Scratch programming and similar platforms. Mrs. Garvey and Mr. Schwartz will help students get creative and identify real-world applications and use coding in engineering, design, and art to produce products and solutions. See what your code can become with tools like Makey Makes and our embroidery machine.

    Laser Cutting (Grade 4-8)

    Mr. Beil will be your guide as you bring your art to life in exciting new ways using the Epilog Laser Cutter. Transform a sketch into a 3D sculpture, make a piece of 3D wall art for your room, or even turn your idea into a piece of jewelry. Let your creativity soar as you explore the limitless possibilities of art and technology.

    Shark Tank (Grades 5-8)

    Welcome to The Peck School Shark Tank! Inside, students will learn what it takes to guide an idea past conception and develop it into a full-fledged business model. Students can enter the tank with already-developed ideas or products, or come with a blank slate and a desire to solve a problem. They'll begin by learning core business concepts in order to understand what differentiates a strong sustainable business from a susceptible one. Throughout the week students will work with Mr. Colik and Mr. Schneider to develop business plans and product demonstrations, culminating with a business pitch to a surprise panel of "sharks" on the final day of the course.

    Intramural Sports (Grades 5-8)

    Coach Carlo will provide instruction, skills development, team strategies, and rules for various sports including soccer, basketball, football, floor hockey, and various bombardment games.

    Invent with Code (Grade 6-8)

    Discover the world of programming, electronics, machine learning and artificial intelligence with Mr. Greishaber and Mr. Schwartz. Come and learn how emerging technologies are rapidly shaping our world. Get creative and identify real-world application and use coding in engineering, design and art to produce products and solutions.
     
    SSAT Prep (Grade 8)

    This course is designed to review the concepts and exercises that are covered on the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test). The course will be divided between the math and verbal sections. Instruction time will include formal lessons on test concepts, test-taking strategies, and practice tests. The course is led by Mr. Wilkinson and is
    suited for students who have not yet taken the test and for students needing a review.
  • PM Only Class Options

    Little Adventures (Grades 1-3)

    Students will join Coaches Caruso and Spadafora on five days of off-campus adventures such as roller skating, bowling, and Monster Golf. Students will be challenged in new environments, while developing confidence and making new friends.

    Crazy About Crafts (Grades 1-4)

    Is your child just crazy about crafts? In this class, they will work with various media to create fun and imaginative craft projects with Mrs. Ruark.

    Floor Hockey (Grades 1-4)

    Mr. Bucchino’s fun and competitive floor hockey clinic will introduce players to the basic skills of the game. Instruction includes puck and stick handling, proper passing and shooting techniques, and correct defensive positioning. Students will practice drills during the first half of the class followed by a fun scrimmage during the second half.

    Masterpiece (Grades 3-5)

    As Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist.” Join Mrs. D to create some one-of-a-kind works of art. Students will experience a variety of materials including acrylic paints on canvas, watercolor, and more. All work comes home ready to be framed so get ready to clear your walls to make some space for masterpieces.

    Digital Painting (Grades 3-8)

    Students will spend the week on the cutting edge of art and design as they learn how to paint on the computer using Wacom drawing tablets and Sketchbook Pro digital art software. Mr. Beil will guide students through a series of projects that will excite their imagination and boost art skills. They will experience thrilling new creative possibilities bringing art into the digital realm.

    Spartan SGX Kids (Grades 5-8)

    Students who love the playground, parkour, running, or obstacle courses will love Spartan SGX. In this course students will run, climb, jump, and challenge themselves both physically and mentally. The course is developed by Dominic Deli Paoli, CSCS, NASM-CPT, SGX, an avid ultra-marathon runner, world ranking Spartan racer, and one of the country’s most experienced and respected SPARTAN SGX coaches.

    Escape Room Challenge (Grades 5-8)

    Escape rooms are physical adventure games with immersive storylines. Each room holds secrets which participants must decipher in the form of riddles and puzzles to escape in an allowed time. Students will learn the tricks and techniques used in escape rooms and work as a team with Mrs. Reder to design one! Collaborate with team members to design, test, redesign, and present the final escape room challenge to students and staff.

    Writing the Secondary School Essay (Grade 8)

    Need to prepare for secondary school application essays? Then this is the class for you! This workshop empowers students to creatively express themselves. All writers explore the personal narrative and work on developing “voice.” Students will write about themselves, their memories, goals, and achievements. By giving students the opportunity to shape their own personal narratives, this workshop aims to help students entering Grade 8 to get a jumpstart on writing essays for their high school applications. The workshop leader will provide practical advice, give constructive feedback on writing style, and conference one-on-one with each student in a small workshop setting. 

Week 3: June 22 - June 26

List of 5 items.

  • Musical Theater 2-Week Intensive (Grades 5-8) All Day

    Students that love participating in the school musical and want to get a jump start on techniques to becoming a better stage performer are encouraged to participate in the inaugural season of Peck’s Summer Musical Theater 2-Week Intensive. In this two week program, students will learn foundational acting techniques, auditioning techniques, character development, dance technique, and enhance their vocal skills while working on a musical production. Students will perform their musical at the end of camp for family, friends, and the Peck community.
  • Out and About Adventures (Grades 4-8) All Day

    Grab your sunscreen and bring your sense of adventure as you spend the week enjoying exciting outings! The Out & About Adventures group will board a bus and venture out for the entire day. Activities may include riding a wild roller coaster, slipping down water- slides, coming face to face with a shark, climbing a 5 story structure, trying your luck at arcade games and checking out the creatures of the rainforest. Come join the fun!!

    NOTE: This camp runs from 9-3 pm. Participants must bring their own nut-free lunch and beverages.
  • * Pre-K Express (Ages 3-5) AM Only

    NOTE: This course is for young learners not yet in kindergarten in September (ages 3-5).

    Calling all playful preschoolers! Do you like to create, build, imagine, explore, and make new friends? Then this is the camp for you!

    Whether you’re digging in the garden, creating a masterpiece, or designing and building your own invention, you’re sure to enjoy the Peck Pre-K Summer Adventures in our cheerful kindergarten building.

    In this course, children will experience Peck’s warm and caring environment while building on necessary social and emotional skills. They are sure to have a blast!
  • AM Only Class Options

    Music and Drama (Grades 1-2)

    A jam-packed week of musical and dramatic fun awaits you! The first half of the class, students will make music with percussion instruments, play favorite singing games, and move to music - indoors and outdoors - using a parachute, stretchy band, beanbags, and more! Campers will explore music and movement through a variety of activities, crafts, games and songs.For the second half of the class students will transition to drama. They will play drama and improvisation games, prepare skits, create characters and learn to use their imaginations. This course is taught by Mrs. Wichman and a professional acting instructor.

    Music and Drama (Grade 3 & 4)

    A jam-packed week of musical and dramatic fun awaits you! The first half of the class students will play drama and improvisation games, prepare scenes, create characters and learn to use their imaginations. In the second half of the class, students wiill make music with hand chimes and percussion instruments, play favorite singing games, and move to music - indoors and outdoors - using a parachute, cups, stretchy band, beanbags, and more! Campers will explore music and movement through a variety of activities, crafts, games and songs.This course is taught by Mrs. Wichman and a professional acting instructor.

    Flight School (Grades 1-4)

    Calling all aviators! In this class, students will be studying the science, technology, engineering, and math of aviation and aeronautics with Mr. BucchinoFrom paper airplanes to rocket launching, students will design and test various forms of flight and receive a special mission from a United States Air Force pilot.

    Baseball Clinic (Grades 1-4)

    Learn to hit and throw like a pro. Spad’s Baseball Clinic teaches students all areas of the game – hitting, fielding, throwing, pitching, catching, conditioning, and base running. All abilities welcome.

    Claymation (Grades 2-6)

    Plan a storyboard, draw and sculpt characters, use cameras to film, and computer software to add sound effects to your movie. After a fun week of creating, students will see their imaginations come to life on the big screen at Mr. Beil's 4th Annual Film Festival during our last day of camp.

    Geocaching (Grades 3-8)

    Looking for a fun way to exercise both your mind and body? Then join Upper School teachers Mr. Wilkinson and Mrs. Reder for Geocaching—a modern-day treasure hunt! Instead of a pirate map marked with an "X," you will wander through local parks, hiking trails, and town using a cell phone app to search for a set of coordinates and clues.

    CSI (grades 5-8)

    Explore the exciting world of Forensic Science and criminal investigations with Officer Tim. Students will investigate a crime scene and discover evidence to solve the mystery and meet real life detectives who will guide them through the process. Not for the faint of heart.
  • PM Only Class Options

    Knitting (Grades 1-4)

    Make a friendship bracelet, a hat, or follow your whim. The possibilities are endless as students learn to turn knots into knits with Mrs. Reder.

    Wonka's Candy Factory (Grades 1-4)

    Willy Wonka is at it again on the quest to create a super-duper candy creation like no other. He’s accepting just a few students to help him but they will first need to explore the science behind candy making. With the help of Mrs. O'keefe, students will make a variety of candies and see how chemicals and ingredients interact then design a candy creation of their own. Who will be heir to Wonka Enterprises? Secure your golden ticket to Wonka’s Candy Factory to find out.

    Soccer Stars (Grades 1-4)

    Whether you are a first-time soccer player or have been playing for years, we want you to join us for some soccer fun! Coach Spadafora is ready to teach you new skills, or bring your old skills to a new level. Scrimmages, skill-based games, tournament play, soccer trivia, and making new friends are all part of this soccer camp.

    Engineering Challenge (Grades 3-4)

    Come discover the Five C’s of engineering: curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. In this course, your child will embrace many different engineering challenges with Mrs. Atkins. Materials will include Keva Planks, uncooked spaghetti, and marshmallows, cards, plastic cups. Each day they will be given new challenges and new materials. All they need is an open mind and a willingness to take risks!

    Sculpture (Grades 2-6)

    Dive into the world of sculpture. Mr. Beil will guide you through a series of projects that explore a number of exciting sculptural materials. You will learn new skills and techniques as you sculpt with wire, plaster, found-objects, and clay. Bring your ideas into stunning 3D reality as you enjoy a fun and creative week building, constructing, and sculpting.

    Interior Design (Grades 5-8)

    Do you dream of one day owning your own design business? In this class, students will learn the skills necessary to become a designer from an industry professional. Jason Kelly, the owner of SIMPLICITY DESIGN SERVICES, holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Design from Pratt and was an on-air designer for HGTV’s Real Estate Intervention. Students will learn the basics of design from theory to measuring. They will learn how to create a mood board, floor plans, and present their design concept.

    Scriptwriting & Filmmaking (Grades 5-8)
     
    Period For the Hollywood bound student or those who simply love the medium of film to express themselves, scriptwriting is the place to start. In this course, students will learn the basics of a screen story, how to develop a storyline and character outlines, the construction of scenes and the role of dialogue, workflow for writing the first draft, and screenplay formatting. From scriptwriting to filmmaking, students can delve deeper into this expressive art form as they use iPads and movie editing software to create short films. Students will learn visual storytelling, camera angles, lighting and sound, titles, sound effects, editing, and exporting a movie. Students have the opportunity to showcase their work in a final presentation.

 

THE PECK SCHOOL

247 South Street  |  Morristown, NJ
973-539-8660  
Northern New Jersey's timeless and transformative co-ed independent elementary and middle school education for grades K-8.