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Summer Fun

Summer is a great time to try out a new skill, explore a new passion, or simply savor the company of friends while doing something enjoyable. Take a look through the many choices below and choose the ones that appeal to your children. When learning is fun, children will want to keep learning new things. You can depend on James River to help keep your child engaged this summer! To sign your children up, use the "Sign up for Summer Fun" button in the left column or at the bottom. If signing up more than one child, please complete a separate web form for each child. If you have further questions about these fun classes, please contact John Gillum (gillum_j@jamesriverdayschool.org).
Did you know that JRDS used to have a nature trail? It’s time to bring it back better than ever. Our goal is to rebuild the nature trail through the woods next to the athletic fields. Depending on time and interest, projects may include bridge building, trail clearing, tree identification, and installation of signs, plus map making, bird-house making, rock painting, as well as planting native trees or flowers. Students will be closely supervised in the use of any tools. This camp will be kept small, giving campers lots of input on the direction of this project. Students will build something truly useful for our community and gain hands-on experience. This is a great opportunity for a small group of people to do something big.
Instructor: Coach John Gillum
Ages: Rising 5th - 8th
Dates/Time: June 21-25, 9:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Cost: $75
Minimum class size: 2          Maximum class size: 6
Digital Photography
Students will learn about the "rules" of photography (and how to break them!). Students will learn the basics of using a digital camera: lighting and how to make adjustments to ISO, aperture and shutter speed for various environments, composition, and editing. After each lesson, students will have a chance to try out what they learned with various subjects. Students will also learn to speak about their work and critique others' work in a respectful and useful way.
Instructor: Mrs. Ashley Cecchetti
Ages: Rising 5th through rising 8th graders
Dates/Time: June 21-25, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $150, cameras are available for rent for a separate fee. Contact the instructor to reserve a camera (cecchetti_a@jamesriverdayschool.org). Or, students may use their own digital camera (with memory card).
Minimum class size: 5          Maximum class size: 10
Summer STEAM Challenges
Join Mrs. Wright, Mrs. Owen, and Mrs. Heishman on an engineering adventure. Each day, students will be presented with a new STEAM challenge requiring students to work creatively and collaboratively.
Instructors: Grades K-1 - Promising Engineers led by Gessi Wright
Grades 2-3 - Emerging Engineers led by Elizabeth Owen
Grades 4-5 - Rising Engineers led by Jeannie Heishman
Ages: rising 1st through rising 5th graders
Dates/Times: June 21-25, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $150
Minimum class size: 12        Maximum class size: 24
Consider pairing this enrichment program with Explore Art, and your child will be engaged from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. A supervised lunch and recess time is available for a $25 fee. Sign up for this when signing your child up for the two camps. Students will need to bring their own lunch.

Explore Art
Come join Dr. Hellewell and Mrs. Wright for a week of fun with art. Explore painting, sculpture with air-dried clay and mixed media. Learn about the elements of art and influential artists. In addition to instructional time, there will be time for independent exploration and creation. 
Instructors: Mrs. Gessi Wright (grades 1-2) and Dr. Sarah Hellewell (grades 3-5). May be adjusted depending on final numbers.
Ages: Rising 1st through rising 5th
Dates/Time: June 21-25, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $150
Minimum class size: 8         Maximum class size: 20
Consider pairing this enrichment program with Summer STEAM Challenges and your child will be engaged from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. A supervised lunch and recess time is available for a $25 fee. Sign up for this when signing your child up for the two camps. Students will need to bring their own lunch.
Basketball Open Gym
During each session, players will work on individual skill development for 30 minutes, followed by an hour of full-court scrimmaging. Open Gym is for boys and girls of all abilities. Two sign-up options are available to suit summer travel plans. Pay for the whole summer (8 sessions) for the best deal. Or, purchase a 4-session pass if you can only attend 4 or fewer sessions. Remember, players, are made in the off-season!
Instructor: Coach John Gillum
Ages: Rising 5th through rising 8th graders
Dates/Times: Wednesdays, June 23-August 11, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $50 for all eight sessions, or $35 for four sessions
Minimum class size: 8         Maximum class size: 20

LEGO® WeDo: Build. Code. Learn. (This camp is FULL.)
This hands-on experience ignites students' curiosity, while enhancing their skills in science, engineering, technology, and coding. WeDo combines the LEGO® brick with child-friendly software to encourage collaboration while teaching engineering principles. Students will design and build robots with motors, sensors, and Bluetooth smart hubs. After each build, the students will program their creations using basic code blocks on the LEGO®; WeDo app. Our youngest learners will build basic models with step-by-step instructions, while more advanced students will participate in open-ended challenges.
Instructor: Mrs. Lindsay Klein
Ages: Rising 1st through rising 4th graders
Dates/Time: June 28-July 2nd, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $150
Minimum class size: 5         Maximum class size: 8
Outdoor Ramblers 
It’s time to unplug and get outside with nature enthusiasts Grace Aguilera and John Gillum. Campers will embark on a different adventure each day. To give you a glimpse into what they have planned, students may hike the Appalachian Trail, play in creeks, visit a local farm, adventure in Lynchburg's parks, and/or climb at a local gym on any given day. This is the way summer should be! All transportation between the school and each day’s adventure is provided. Drop-off and pick-up will be at James River Day School. Parents will receive an email with a detailed schedule one week prior to the start of the program.
Instructors: Mrs. Grace Aguilera and Coach John Gillum
Ages: rising 3rd through 5th graders
Dates/Times: July 19-July 23, 9 a.m. to approximately 2:45 p.m.
Pick-up times may vary, dependent upon activity.
Cost: $230
Minimum class size: 4         Maximum class size: 8
Celebrate Good Times
This week is all about festive fun and the holidays we celebrate all year long. Five days of celebrating Un-birthdays, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, and more! You’ll be surrounded by Birthday surprises, snowflakes, Jack-O-Lanterns, and even Leprechauns!
Instructor: Mrs. Grace Aguilera
Ages: rising 1st through 3rd graders
Cost: $150
Dates/Time: August 2-6, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Minimum class size: 6         Maximum class size: 10

Storybook Art
Embark on a week of creativity in the camp that combines children's literature with visual art. Each morning will begin with a children’s book that we read together. Your child will create their very own masterpiece inspired by each day’s chosen story.
Instructor: Mrs. Gessi Wright
Ages: rising Kindergarten and First Grade
Cost: $150
Dates/Time: August 9-13, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Minimum class size: 4        Maximum class size: 10

Crazy 8s -- Summer Edition
We’re excited to announce that Crazy 8s is back for summer 2021. This program is designed with a unique blend of play and math to help kids reconnect in a meaningful way. Both first timers and returning Crazy 8s campers will get fired up about new hands-on fun. They'll jump over laser beams, chase pirates, and more. Students will have a blast with activities like Ninjas on the Run, Let’s Get Loud, Pixel-palooza, Stuffed Animal Swing, and Crayon Craze.
Instructor: Mrs. Anissa Umberger
Ages: rising 1st through 4th graders
Dates/Times: August 9-13, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. (rising 1st/2nd), 12:30-3:00 p.m. (rising 3rd/4th)
Cost: $150
Minimum class size: 8        Maximum class size: 12
Pre-season Sports Conditioning (This camp is FULL.)
Get a jumpstart on the competition with a week of conditioning for soccer, volleyball, and cross country athletes. Sessions are designed to enhance the campers’ overall athletic ability. Strength, endurance, speed, flexibility, agility, power, reaction time, and balance will be developed through the use of body-weight exercises as well as medicine balls, TRX straps, bands, reaction balls, agility ladders, and other equipment. Each session will contain a fast-paced mix of functional training exercises and games that elicit fun and fitness. We will primarily be outside. Coach Gillum is a certified Performance Enhancement Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Instructor: Coach John Gillum
Ages: Rising 5th through rising 8th graders
Dates/Time: August 9-13, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $80
Minimum class size: 6          Maximum class size: 14

One-Room Schoolhouse
One of the most popular programs at James River Day School is back again this summer – and better than ever! The nostalgic one-room schoolhouse, which once offered students a unique and specialized education, has disappeared from our fast-paced culture, but James River has successfully brought back the concept of the one-room schoolhouse to ease the transition into the next school year. We offer specialized instruction in math, grammar, and Spanish or French. This program furnishes students with a head start by providing them with individualized lessons and differentiated instruction in the school’s core curriculum areas, plus organizational assistance for students who need a little help getting it all together. Students will transition smoothly into a new school year at James River Day School by getting set up and ready to go ahead of time!
Instructors: A talented team of James River Day School’s expert educators
Ages: Rising 1st through rising 8th graders (James River Day School students only)
Dates/Time: Monday-Wednesday, August 16-18, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $145
Click the button below to be taken to the Summer Fun order form!
James River Summer Day Camp
Open to the public, this summer-long day camp provides state-licensed childcare for for rising first graders through 12-year-olds. Campers will spend a fun-filled summer taking field trips to local destinations such as Amazement Square, FunQuest, and the movies (as feasible with pandemic restrictions). Kids can swim or just float around to cool off each week in a nearby swimming pool. In addition, children will enjoy creating crafts, reading books, and playing outside. Each day, children need to bring a lunch, morning and afternoon snacks, and drinks. Children will be supervised by our certified staff. If space is available, children may enroll by the week.
Director: Valerie Daigle
Ages: rising 1st graders to 12-year-olds
Dates/Times: Monday-Friday, June 14-August 13, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $1,255 for the full 9 weeks or $187 per week (for prearranged weeks) -- Activities & field trips included.
Contact Valerie Daigle (daigle_v@jamesriverdayschool.org) to apply or for more information, use the button below to go to the Children's Center form.
After you find your child's favorites in the list at right, click the red button below to order Summer Fun for your child!