2019 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 2019. Program courses are grouped by grade level and offered weekly, each having two sessions: a morning session (9 a.m. to Noon) and an afternoon session (12:30 to 3:30 p.m.).

Each three-hour session is $350, and a discount is offered for full-day enrollment. Students may enroll in courses for either or both sessions on a weekly basis and a snack will be provided.  

Students registered for the full day should bring their own nut-free lunch, with a beverage (no glass bottles) or a refillable water bottle. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided.

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 details below, and register for courses with the grade your child will be entering in the fall of 2019.

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  • 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 12 to June 14*, the week of June 17, and the week of June 24. Children may sign up for one, two, or all three weeks, for either or both morning and afternoon classes. 

    Students registered for the full day should bring their own nut-free lunch, with a beverage (no glass bottles) or a refillable water bottle. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided.

    Courses are arranged according to the grade a child will be entering in the fall of 2019, from Kindergarten through eighth grade. (Pre-K Summer Adventures** is intended for children 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 enjoy reading 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 12-14 is "Jump Start" Week, which includes a varity of classes.  The three-day program is offered full-day only (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), at a reduced fee of $375 for all three days. Students must provide their own nut-free lunch and beverages.

    **Pre-K Summer Adventures (Ages 3-4) is offered morning only during the week of June 24.
     
  • 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, and a discount is offered for full-day enrollment.

    Students registered for the full day should bring their own nut-free lunch, with a beverage (no glass bottles) or a refillable water bottle. 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.

    June 12 - June 14 ("Jump Start" Week)
    • This three day program is offered full day only and offered at a reduced fee of $375 for all three days.
    Week of June 17-21
    • Morning or Afternoon Session: $350
    • Full-day: $600 

    Week of June 24-28
    • Morning or Afternoon Session: $350
    • Full-day: $600
    • Out & About Adventures Class (full day, and includes admission to parks): $700

    Early Morning Care (8 to 9 a.m.): $50 per student, per week

    Afternoon Care (3:30 to 4:30 p.m.): $50 per student, per week

    Lunch: Students registered for the full day should bring their own nut-free lunch, with a beverage (no glass bottles) or a refillable water bottle. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided.
  • Pre-K Summer Adventure, Ages 3-4 (June 24 - June 28)

    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 Summer Adventures.

    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 12-14 (3 Days)

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  • Jump Start Session (Gr. 1-8, FULL DAY)

    Jump start your summer with an "old-fashioned" summer camp experience! For three full days (June 12-14), students sample a variety of engaging activities with arts and design, robotics and engineering, sports and play, and much more!

    This is a full day program only, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The program fee is offered at a reduced rate of $375, and students must bring their own nut-free lunch.

Week 2: June 17 - 21

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  • Design and Build/K.I.D. Lab (Gr. 1-4)

    AM Session: Grades 1-2
    PM Session: Grades 3-4

    Calling all architects and engineers! Join us for some hands-on building. A variety of materials, including Legos, will be used for smaller scale building, and Think-EEZ for Master Fort BuilderZ will be used for large-scale structures. This open-ended activity promotes critical thinking and problem-solving. Have fun building forts and other structures with your friends!
     
  • Digital Painting (Gr. 4-8)

    PM Session Only
    NOTE: There is a 12 student maximum for this course.

     

    Spend the week on the cutting edge of art and design as you learn how to paint on the computer using Wacom drawing tablets and Sketchbook Pro digital art software. Art teacher Mr. Beil will guide you through a series of projects that will excite your imagination, boost your art skills, and enhance your experience with these professional digital art tools.
  • Fabric and Fashion (Gr. 4-7)

    PM Session Only
    Love fashion? Enjoy creating? Lower School Teacher Mrs. Brown will show you how to sew a simple design by hand and teach you to use a sewing machine for more detail.  Show off your creations as you walk the runway in a fashion show. You become the designer and the model in this start-to-finish class!
  • Fantastical Creatures (Gr. 1-4)

    AM Session Only
    Explore the world of magical creatures from mythology, books, and movies—with dragons, unicorns, giants, fairies, and more! Join Librarian Mrs. MacVicar for exciting adventures as we learn about different creatures, play games, cook tasty treats, and create fantasy creature crafts.
  • Geocache Hunters (Gr. 3-8)

    AM Session Only
    NOTE: There is a 14 student maximum for this course.

    Looking for a fun way to exercise both your mind and body? Then join Upper School teachers Ms. Moseley and Ms. Longenecker 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.

    Instead of a buried chest of gold coins, you're looking for a cache of goodies hidden in an eco-friendly site above ground. Caches are hidden all over the world by fellow geocachers who put together a hodgepodge of trinkets. Join us for a morning of hiking, fun, and adventure!

    Students do not need to bring a cell phone (though they may bring their own as an option.) Instructors will be equipped with the necessary devices.
  • Kindergarten Express (FULL DAY)

    FULL DAY ONLY

    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!
     
  • Lacrosse (Gr. 1-8)

    AM Session: Grades 5-8
    PM Session: Grades 1-4

    Join Coach David Bucchino for a week of fun, competitive Girls and Boys Lacrosse!

    Grades 1-4: This camp will cover both offensive and defensive fundamentals through engaging drills and games. Campers will participate in developmentally-appropriate training activities. We will provide a positive experience that expands beyond the lacrosse field and continues to build athletes' love for the game. Lacrosse sticks will be provided for those who do not have their own.

    Grades 5-8: This camp will cover both offensive and defensive individualized drills, games, and systems. Campers will be introduced to new lacrosse techniques and skill-sets. Players will be in a positive experience that will expand their lacrosse knowledge and love for the game. Lacrosse sticks will be provided for those who do not have their own.

    All players need necessary safety equipment required in boys or girls lacrosse such as: mouth guard, helmet/goggles, elbow pads, shoulder pads, gloves, protective cup, and sneakers/cleats.
     
  • Laser-Cutting Creations (Gr. 4-8)

    AM Session Only
    NOTE: There is a maximum of 10 students for this course.

    Experience the awesome possibilities of combining art, imagination, and lasers. Art Teacher Mr. Beil will be your guide as you bring your art to life in exciting new ways using our Epilog Laser Cutter.  Transform a sketch into a 3D sculpture, turn your artwork into a fully etched and functional wooden puzzle, or make a piece of 3D wall art for your room. Let your creativity soar as you explore these and other possibilities during this exciting week of art and technology.
  • Lego Creations (Gr. 1-2)

    PM Session Only
    Come join us for a week of adventures by writing and directing your own Lego iMovie about friendships. You will create your own Lego Minifigures as the characters and, along with your team, will write and direct your own story using Lego bricks. Each day will be filled with friendship and team-building activities, along with a mini Lego take-home creation!
  • Make Your Own Masterpiece (Gr. 1-4) - CLASS IS NOW FULL

    AM Session: Grades 1-3
    PM Session: Grades 2-4
    NOTE: There is a 12 student maximum for each course.

    Have fun in an enjoyable and relaxed environment creating several paintings (suitable for framing!) using various techniques and paint media—including watercolors, acrylic, and tempera paint. This class, led by Art Teacher Karen Dispenziere, is one of the most popular offerings in Peck’s summer program!
  • Out and About Little Adventures (Gr. 1-3)

    PM Session Only
    Coach Laura Caruso wants you to grab your sunscreen and bring your sense of adventure as you spend the week enjoying exciting outings!

    The Out and About Little Adventures camp will board a fun bus headed for adventures around the greater Morristown area for afternoon activities. Trips may include ice-skating, mini-golf, roller-skating, 3D movies, bowling, Turtle Back Zoo, and much more!

    Park admission fees are included with registration for this course.
  • Robotics (Gr. 3-4)

    PM Session Only

    Love building? Love robots? The fun begins when Technology Teacher Jen Garvey helps you combine the two. You will learn the basics of computer programming while doing creative robotics projects. Your imagination will soar as you program robots to do anything from walk the runway, to dance, and to navigate games or mazes you've created.  
  • Shark Tank (Gr. 5-8)

    AM Session Only
    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 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.
  • Sports Experience (Gr. 1-6)

    AM Session Only

    Sports Experience provides instruction, skill development, and team strategies in various sports such as flag football, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, floor hockey, or softball.

    Students will be divided by age and ability. Join Coach Laura Caruso for a week of athletic fun!
  • SSAT Prep (Gr. 8)

    AM Session Only
    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 suited for both students who have not yet taken the test, and for students needing a review.
  • Upcycling (Gr. 2-5)

    PM Session Only
    Upcycled crafts show kids how to make unique pieces of art by thinking outside of the box. Each eco-friendly upcycled art piece can be made with materials found around the house, or items that are usually thrown away. Sweaters, old t-shirts and broken jewelry can all turn into works of art with a little effort and imagination. The possibilities are endless!

    Projects include but not limited to: fingerless gloves from sweaters, earrings and bracelets from found jewelry, flower vases from recycled bottles, picture frames with upcycled buttons, pillows from favorite t shirts, and the list goes on!
     
  • Writing the Secondary School Essay (Gr. 8)

    PM Session Only
    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 helps students entering Grade 8 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 24 - June 28

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  • American Girl History (Gr. 1-4)

    AM Session Only
    NOTE: It is not necessary to have an American Girl Doll to participate.

    Based on the popular American Girl Dolls, students will be transported back in time as they experience what life was like during important eras in American History. Lower School Teacher Mrs. Schreiner leads the way with crafts, games, and cooking activities.
  • Claymation and Animation (Gr. 2-5)

    AM Session Only
    NOTE: There is a 12 student maximum for this course

    Enjoy a fun-filled week exploring the art of Claymation with Art Teacher Mr. Beil. In this session, you will plan a storyboard, draw and sculpt characters, use cameras to film, and computer software to edit your films.  After a fun week of creating you will be able to see your imagination come to life on the big screen at our second annual Claymation film festival on the last day of the course.
  • Design and Build/K.I.D. Lab (Gr. 1-2)

    PM Session Only
    Calling all architects and engineers! Join us for some hands-on building. A variety of materials, including Legos, will be used for smaller scale building, and Think-EEZ for Master Fort BuilderZ will be used for large-scale structures. This open-ended activity promotes critical thinking and problem-solving. Have fun building forts and other structures with your friends!
  • Fantastic Fiber (Gr. 3-7)

    AM Session Only
    Calling all new and veteran Nifty Knitters!  Wondering what welt felting is? Join us and find out.  We will also be making beach bags, friendship bracelets, and summer hats. (Yes, you can knit in the summer without sweating under wool!)
  • Idea & Design Passion Projects (Gr. 3-6)

    PM Session Only
    What excites or inspires you?  Explore the tools and materials available in Peck's Idea & Design Lab, and follow your passion to create a project of your choosing. Using Peck's design-thinking process, you'll develop the agency to craft your own experience in this course—taking your idea further than you ever thought before!
  • Lights, Camera, Legos (Gr. 2-5)

    PM Session
    NOTE: Class size is limited to 10 students.

    Bring your favorite Lego characters to life as they star in your very own movie! In this class, Art Teacher Mr. Beil will guide you in the art of stop motion animation and film editing. You will learn how to storyboard, use green screen effects, add voice-over, and incorporate sound effects to bring your Legos to life.

    After a fun week of filming and building you will premiere your Lego movie on the big screen at our third annual Film Festival during our last day of this course.
  • Look and Cook (Gr. 3-8)

    PM Session Only
    Wake up your taste buds while making different kinds of fun recipes.  You might eat the rainbow, build Lincoln’s cabin, make creepy claws, and much more!
  • Out and About Adventures (Gr. 4-8; FULL DAY)

    THIS IS A FULL DAY COURSE: 9 am to 4 p.m.

    NOTE: Students should bring a nut-free lunch and beverages (no glass.)

    Registration for this course is $700, and includes park admission fees.

    Coach Laura Caruso hopes you will grab your sunscreen, your lunch, and  your sense of adventure as you spend the week enjoying exciting outings!

    The Out and About Adventures group will board a bus and venture across New Jersey and New York. Activities may include riding a wild roller coaster, slipping down water slides, coming face-to-face with a shark, catching an IMAX movie, trying your luck at arcade games, lacing up your skates for laps around the rink, or checking out the creatures of the rainforest.


     
  • Pre-K Adventures (Ages 3-4)

    AM Session Only
    NOTE: This course is for young learners not yet in Kindergarten.

    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!
  • Robotics (Gr. 1-2)

    AM Session Only
    Love building? Love robots? The fun begins when Lower School Teacher Ms. Keenan helps you combine the two. You will learn the basics of computer programming while doing creative robotics projects. Your imagination will soar as you program robots to do anything from walk the runway, to dance, or to navigate games or mazes you've created.
  • Robotics/Lego EV3 (Gr. 3-4)

    PM Session Only
    Using the Lego EV3 Mindstorms brick, students will learn a basic build and the fundamentals of programming. From there, students can allow their creativity to shine as they will be challenged to build different models to perform a variety of tasks and some just for plain fun.
  • School of Rock (Gr. 4-8)

    AM Session Only
    Calling all rock stars and music lovers! Join us for a week of fun while we dive into present-day music. Students will experiment with modern instruments such as drum pads, music production software, guitars, ukuleles, vocals, and many more. They'll will also have the opportunity to showcase their voice and/or their musical instrument.

    This is a creative-based learning camp where all campers will be introduced to a whole new world of music creation. As a group, we will create a song and/or cover a popular song of the group's choice. This song will then be recorded and presented.  We encourage all students who have a passion for music to attend!
  • Soccer Stars (Gr. 1-5)

    AM Session Only
    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 current skills to a new level. Scrimmages, skill-based games, tournament play, soccer trivia, and making new friends are all part of this soccer course.
  • Winter Holidays in June (Gr. 1-4)

    PM Session Only
    Who said that the winter holiday season can come only once a year? Join us for a week of wintery activities in the heat of the summer! Together we will make holiday cookies, create a winter snowstorm in a jar, and decorate a gingerbread house. You’ll be feeling the winter holiday spirit as we make ornaments, learn how winter holidays are celebrated around the world, and even sing some seasonal songs!
     
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