Vacation & Summer Programs

SPARK 2017
2017 SPARK Summer Program - Complete Information Packet for Download


Register Early! (Register for classes based on grade level completed in 2016-2017 school year)

Return application, payment and medical information to: Hollis School, SPARK, 482 Washington Street, Braintree, MA 02184

Questions – please email – mconnell@braintreema.gov


For the Younger Child (Ages 3 – 5)
Monday – Friday 8:45 to 11:45

If your child has not yet attended kindergarten, SPARK has two options for you!

Pre-K Program

For children who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall, we have a Pre-K four week program. Come and get ready for Kindergarten! The pre-kindergarten program focuses on the necessary literacy and math skills to help your child become successful in kindergarten. Children are exposed to literature through means of books, poems, rhymes, and songs. They will participate in various hands-on math activities.

Pre-K is a 5 day a week program for four weeks.

Pre-School Program

The preschool program is open to three, four and five year olds. It is designed to promote socialization and learning readiness skills in young children. Activities include arts and crafts, singing, play, story hour, and group interaction. All students must be toilet trained.

The pre-school program is four weeks. Children have a choice in attending for four weeks: for 5 days per week, two days per week, or three days per week.

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Tuesday and Thursday
  • Monday thru Friday
  • For Kindergarten to 6th graders
    Monday – Friday 8:00 to 12:00

    Looking for summer fun and activities for your child this summer? SPARK offers many programs for kids of all ages. Pick from a variety of four week classes that keep academic skills sharp, keep the students interested, and keep the students active!

    Each course is 1 hour.

    Courses start at 8:00, but you can create your own schedule by choosing one, two, three, or four classes!

    For families traveling or trying to coordinate around other camps we offer mini-courses that run for a shorter time!

    Academic support/tutoring for reading, writing, and math is also available. This course will be designed around the needs of the participants. Students will have fun while practicing their skills. There will be a maximum of 6 students per group. Choose from two week sessions.

    Mini Courses being offered this year:

    • Drama
    • Mad Scientist


    Schedule of Classes for Summer of 2017
    (Register for classes based on grade level completed in 2016-2017 school year)

    Period 1
    8:00 – 9:00

    Digital Photography
    (3-6)

    Computer Fun
    (K-6)

    Secret Gardening
    (K-6)

    Art
    (3-6)

    Magic School Bus
    (1-3)

    Karate
    (K-6)

    Mini Sports Camp
    (2-6)

    Math
    (K-2)

    Going Buggy
    (K-3)





    Academic Support/Tutoring
    (K-2)

    Period 2
    9:00-10:00

    Computer Fun
    (K-6)

    I Spy
    (3-6)

    Art
    (K-2)

    Karate
    (K-6)

    Music and Movement
    (K-6)

    Outdoor Sports
    (K-3)

    Dog Days Math
    (3-6)

    Reading
    (K-2)

    Science Explorer
    (2-6)


    Under the Sea
    (K-2)

    Drama
    (1-6)
    Mini-Course




    Academic Support/Tutoring
    (3-6)

    Period 3
    10:00-11:00

    Digital Photography
    (3-6)

    Computer Fun
    (K-6)

    Art
    (3-6)

    Karate
    (K-6)

    Fenway
    (2-6)

    Elementary Math Games
    (K-6)

    ELL
    (K-6)

    Spanish is Fun
    (2-6)

    Whimsical World of Dr. Seuss
    (K-2)

    Cooking up the Alphabet
    (K-1)

    Games, Games, Games
    (1-6)

    Construction Zone
    (K-2)

    Mad Scientist
    (3-6)
    Mini-Course

    Academic Support/Tutoring
    (K-2)

    Period 4
    11:00-12:00

    Garage Band
    (3-6)

    Computer Fun
    (K-6)

    Art
    (K-2)

    Open Gym
    (1-6)

    Have a Hoop of a Time
    (3-6)

    Yoga for Kids
    (K-6)

    Inside Sports
    (2-6)

    Developing Language Skills
    (K-6)

    Animals Around the World
    (K-2)

    World Wanderers
    (2-6)

    No Bake Cooking Activities and More
    (2-6)




    Academic Support/Tutoring
    (3-6)

    8:00-9:00 Classes

    Digital Photography (gr. 3-6) Learn how to take pictures using a digital camera. You will create impressive slide shows. It’s one of the most creative classes ever to come out of an elementary school! A digital camera is not required, but you may bring your own if so desired.

    Computer Fun (gr. K-6) Have fun surfing the web, playing educational games, practice coding by creating animations and games, and visiting approved websites (Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies).

    Art (gr 3-6) will provide opportunities to use a variety of media and techniques in creative expression. Is art class your favorite part of school? This course gives you art class every day!

    Karate (gr. K -6) will be teaching simple techniques to develop confidence. The martial arts are a great way to develop fitness, and self- confidence, as well as self-defense skills.

    Math (gr. K-2) will review and reinforce those areas in which students may have had difficulty during the school year. Math skills will be presented in a relaxed and enjoyable manner.

    Going Buggy (gr. K-3) Explore the world of bugs and insects through observation, activities, and reading! We will read fiction and nonfiction books to build reading skills, search for insects, and complete craft activities for a fun filled summer.

    Magic School Bus Adventures (gr. 1-3) Ever had a teacher like Ms. Frizzle? I hope so! Come join the fun while the Magic School Bus gets into all kinds of adventures. Love of learning and creativity is a must!

    Mini Sports Camp (gr. 2-6) involves students in game play while teaching rules and skills in team sports. Team building and leadership skills will be stressed.

    Secret Gardening (gr. K-6) Learn all the secrets to growing some fascinating plants! Students will mix science and fun as they learn about plants, their life cycles and habitats. Activities will include creating strange plant creatures, growing your own miniature garden, composting with worms and learning about meat-eating plants. Prepare to get dirty with a total sensory experience.

    Academic Support-Tutoring (gr. K-2)

    • Session 1 – June 29 – July 14
    • Session 2 – July 17 to July 28

    9:00-10:00 Classes

    Computer Fun (gr. K-6) Have fun surfing the web, playing educational games, practice coding by creating animations and games, and visiting approved websites (Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies).

    Art (gr.K-2) will provide opportunities to use a variety of media and techniques in creative expression. Is art class your favorite part of school? This course gives you art class every day!

    Karate (gr. K -6) will be teaching simple techniques to develop confidence. The martial arts are a great way to develop fitness, and self- confidence, as well as self-defense skills.

    Music and Movement (gr. K-6) Let the rhythm move you! Have fun and workout as we explore a variety of dance styles such as Zumba, Hip Hop and Jazz.

    Outdoor Sports (gr. K-3) Capture the flag, kickball, ultimate Frisbee football and Frisbee golf are some of the activities. Come join the fun!

    Dog Days Math (gr. 3-6) This course will help students strengthen their skills and have fun at the same time. This course is open to students of all math levels. It will get your brain back in gear for the beginning of the school year.

    Reading (gr. K-2) will help your child review and maintain important reading skills in an enjoyable manner and relaxed atmosphere. This is a fun way to reinforce basic skills.

    Science Explorer (gr 2-6) Science is a way of looking at the world, a way of experimenting to figure out how things work. Are you a science explorer? Have a great time experimenting with science through daily hands-on activities.

    Under the Sea (gr. K -2) Jump aboard as we set sail through the ocean and learn about the sea creatures below. Through the use of literature and fun crafts, students will learn about many different sea animals.

    I Spy (gr. 3-6) Be your own detective by solving mysteries, creating and designing your own disguises, develop your own clues, secret codes and fingerprinting techniques 101. We will take our own fingerprints and discover that no two prints are alike! Come join the fun to see if you have what it takes to be a good detective. Enjoy mystery stories, puzzles and games along the way!

    Drama – MINI COURSE (gr. 1-6) Students will learn what goes into the production of live theater such as High School Musical and the classics with a twist, maybe Cinderella Goes Disco. This will include acting, singing, dancing, set designing and costume making. It will culminate in a live performance for parents and guests. This will be a three hour course each day from 9-12.

    • Session 1 –June 29 to July 14
    • Session 2 – July 17 to July 28

    Academic Support -Tutoring (3-6)

    • Session 1 –June 29 to July 14
    • Session 2 – July 17 to July 28

    10:00-11:00 Classes

    Digital Photography (gr. 3-6) Learn how to take pictures using a digital camera. You will create impressive slide shows. It’s one of the most creative classes ever to come out of an elementary school! A digital camera is not required, but you may bring your own if so desired.

    Computer Fun (K-6) Have fun surfing the web, playing educational games, practice coding by creating animations and games, and visiting approved websites (Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies).

    Art (gr. 3-6) will provide opportunities to use a variety of media and techniques in creative expression. Is art class your favorite part of school? This course gives you art class every day!

    English Language Learners (ELL) (gr. K-6) will teach useful conversational words and phrases to help students learn the English language. Students will work to expand vocabulary and improve their reading skills.

    Elementary Math Games (gr. K-6) This course is designed to sharpen skills learned in the current grade and to advance into the next year’s math. Special focus will be placed on the fundamentals of each grade, ensuring that the students can build on the past year’s math while extending into the next year.

    Whimsical World of Dr. Seuss (gr. K-2) “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss - Come and explore Whoville, the Jungle of Nool, McElligot’s pool, Mulberry Street and many whimsical lands brought to us by one of the most beloved authors! This course focuses on the literature written by Dr. Seuss and provides activities, games, and crafts to further the reading experience.

    Spanish is Fun! (gr. 2-6) Students will participate in a variety of fun activities as they learn some basic Spanish vocabulary and explore the language.

    Cooking Up the Alphabet (gr. K-1) gives a simpler cooking experience to younger students while reinforcing math and reading concepts. The daily cooking project is connected to an alphabet letter and sound. Making the recipe builds students’ measuring and counting ability. There is a $30.00 ingredients fee, which will be collected at the first class for each cooking course.

    Games, Games and More Games! (gr. 1-6)
    Does your child love playing board games? In this course, students will learn strategy and tactics as they play Battleship, Backgammon, Cribbage and other traditional games. They will also design, make and play their own board game.

    Construction Zone (gr. K-2) Come play with your peers as we build different creations using block, Legos, Kinex, just to name a few. Students will use their creativity along with cooperative learning strategies to design unique structures. At the end of each session there will be a discussion of building methods, designs and outcomes for group projects as well as time for “Show and Tell”.

    Fenway (gr. 2-6) Fenway is baseball using a tennis ball and tennis racquet. No experience necessary.

    Karate (gr. K -6) will be teaching simple techniques to develop confidence. The martial arts are a great way to develop fitness, and self-confidence, as well as self-defense skills.

    Mad Scientist– MINI COURSE (gr. 3-6) Let your inner mad scientist loose! Conduct hands-on activities and learn some cool science tricks that will amaze and impress your friends. Guaranteed to be slimy, smelly, and always fun! Different activities each week so you can enroll for one, two, three or all four weeks.

    • Session 1– June 29 –July 7
    • Session 2 – July 10 -14
    • Session 3 – July 17- 21
    • Session 4 – July 24 -28

    Academic Support - Tutoring
    (gr. K-2)

    • Session 1 – June 29-July 14
    • Session 2 – July 17–July 28

    11:00-12:00 Classes

    Garage Band (gr. 3-6) This is a class you’ll just have to hear to believe! Garage Band on the iPad contains spectacular sounding instruments for students to create any type of music from hip-hop to rock to symphony. You don’t even have to read music or know how to play an instrument to have a complete blast. If you like music, you’ll love having your own Garage Band!

    Computer Fun (gr. K-6) Have fun surfing the web, playing educational games, practice coding by creating animations and games, and visiting approved websites (Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies).

    Art (gr. K-2) will provide opportunities to use a variety of media and techniques in creative expression. Is art class your favorite part of school? This course gives you art class every day!

    Open Gym (gr. 1-6) makes every day a gym day! Students will participate in organized physical education activities to develop physical fitness skills. Activities will be conducted both indoors and outdoors.

    Inside Sports (gr. 2-6) Try your luck at cups, egg roll, and many different inside games.

    Have a Hoop of a Time (gr. 3-6) A fun competitive day playing basketball. Learn skills and proper techniques to become a great basketball player. There will be different types of games, warm up drills and activities. Have fun exercising and playing basketball with your friends.

    Yoga for Kids (gr. K-6) Fun, easy to learn yoga routines. Children will experience improved flexibility, strength, balance and coordination. We’ll learn to express energy in a positive way while learning to relax and focus. Bring a yoga mat and water.

    Developing Language Skills (gr. K-6) This class will focus on developing language skills, useful conversational words and phrases, practicing valuable social skills, vocabulary expansion, and improving reading skills through academic centers and engaging lessons and activities.

    World Wanderer (gr. 2-6) Get your suitcase packed, passport ready and let’s set sail for a journey around the world. We will take a virtual tour of 4 different countries. We will visit historical sites and learn about the languages and people of each country.

    No Bake Cooking Activities and More (gr. 2-6) From nutrition to the preparation of no-bake culinary delights, students will perform age-appropriate tasks in a hands-on setting. Books, projects and activities will accompany food preparations. There is a $30.00 ingredients fee, which will be collected at the first class for each cooking course.

    Animals Around the World (gr. K-2) Come and explore animals from around the world. Each week we will travel around a new continent searching for some of the animals that inhabit that land. Discover where they live on the continent and why they live there. Explore what they eat, how they play, who their friends are and who may be their enemies. Children will be encouraged to bring in books of their favorite animals as they discover Animals Around the World!

    Academic Support - Tutoring (gr. 3-6)

    • Session 1 – June 29-July 14
    • Session 2 – July 17–July 28

    Parking and Picking Up Your Student:

    • The Driveway of the school is for LIVE parking only on the right side, please DO NOT leave your car.
    • K -6 Students will be dismissed from the last door located to the left of the main entrance doors. Staff will accompany the students and line up under the tree to be picked up. You can then pull up in the driveway and your students will be put in your car.
    • Pre-K and Preschool pick up is at 11:45 a.m.
    • Pre-K and Preschool students will be dismissed from the side door on the left of the building.
    • If you are late picking up your student, a $5.00 late fee will be assessed for every 15 minutes past the ending time of the student’s class.

    Snacks:

  • The SPARK Program is Peanut Free.
  • Students will be offered a snack break before the start of the 10:00 classes.
  • Water bottles are suggested to keep the children hydrated.