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Summer Arts Camp - 2013
For over thirty years now the Parkside Summer Arts Camp has provided quality arts education programming for children aged 5-11 year olds during their summer vacations. This year we will be exploring the theme of “The Camp Community.” Under new direction from a team of educators who believe in the value of real-world experience, the Parkside Summer Arts Camp will continue our long tradition of providing quality arts education with some exciting new opportunities. Under this year’s theme, campers will take part in enrichment activities that connect with the vibrant resources available in the Parkside Neighborhood. Campers will experience their surrounding community through activities that stretch their creative minds and feed their academic growth.
We will offer a network of instructors skilled in a wide variety of topics with a focus on direct experience, including topics ranging from:
Session Dates & Times/Location
Session I - July 8 - 26
Session II - July 29 - Aug 16
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: St. Mary's School for the Deaf - 2253 Main Street
The cost of attending one three week session is as follows:
$100/child if your child qualifies for free/reduced school lunch
$225/child for all other children
A limited number of scholarships are available. Please call the Parkside Community Association in the event of financial hardship.
Parkside Community Association
c/o Summer Arts Program
2318 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14214
Registration fee is non-refundable for those accepted into the program.
Prior to April 29, 2013 applications will only be accepted by mail. Space is limited. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis by age and income. Due to great interest in the program we encourage you to register as soon as possible.
Please call the Parkside Community Association (838-1240) if additional registration forms are required for a child in your family who did not attend last year’s program.
You will be notified by mail if your child has been accepted or placed on a waiting list.
Parkside Summer Arts Registration Form
Download a printable PDF registration form - Mail or bring in to the PCA office.
Summer Arts Information Packet
Counselor and Counselor in Training Employment
New in 2013
The Parkside Summer Arts camp has enjoyed a long partnership with the Olmsted Conservancy, with our location in Delaware Park and all the facilities it offers. However this year we will be moving the camp from the Park to St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, located three blocks away at 2253 Main Street.
St. Mary’s had served as our rain site in 2012, offering the use of their outdoor athletic fields, classrooms, storage spaces, and indoor gym. After the 2012 season, the PCA reviewed a number of factors and have decided to make this change, based on the following:
1. The variety of spaces available to us at St. Mary’s allows for a greater variety of educational offerings, in settings that are more conducive to learning than the tents located in the park.
2. Having one location for both rainy and sunny days will simplify the morning drop off and afternoon pick up times. In addition it allows staff to better prepare materials for each days schedule regardless of the weather if it doesn’t need to be moved between two locations.
The St. Mary’s facilities offers greater security for our campers, in terms of wasps/bees, available first aid facilities, and communication among staff. Given recent events related to school security, we believe that St. Mary’s offers a greater degree of protection to both staff and campers than otherwise available in a public park.
Early Drop off / Late Pick up options:
We’ve heard from a number of you that need to be at work by 9:00 or stay a little later and would benefit from the option of an earlier drop off or late pick up times. This year then we will be offering 2 new options in that direction for an additional optional fee at the start and end of each day, $5 for each morning session, and an additional $5 for each afternoon session.
From 8:00am to 8:45am, campers may be dropped off at the school for chaperoned free time prior to the start of the normal camp day. We will not be offering additional programming during these times, but our youth staff will be on hand to supervise free time in which campers from all age groups get to play together. Likewise, at the end of each day from 3:15pm to 4:00pm we are offering a limited extended day option, again with youth staff on hand to chaperone additional free time.
Parents interested in participating in either early Drop-off or Extended Days should notify the camp at least one day in advance if not earlier. The Camp will assess an additional $5 fee per child for each optional time they attend outside of normal camp hours. Should children be dropped off earlier than 8:45 or picked up after 3:15 they will be considered part of the Early Drop-off or Extended Day group.
We will ask parents to settle their accounts each day. Should outstanding balances remain at the end of each week we will ask that they be settled the following Monday morning. Outstanding unpaid balances may prevent campers from participating in the field trip at the end of each session.
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Children must be signed in and out by a parent/guardian when they are dropped off and picked up. If someone other than a parent is signing a child in and out we must have prior written permission. Sign-in books will be located inside the lobby of St. Mary's School for the Deaf, 2253 Main Street. Only children in the 9-11 age group will be allowed to sign themselves in/out with written permission from a parent/guardian prior to the start of the program. Walkers must be in the 9 – 11 age group and have written permission from a parent/guardian. Pick-up is between 2:30 – 3 PM and children must be picked up by 3:00 pm, or they will be considered part of that days 'Extended Day' program.
Your child will need a lunch each day. Please mark your child’s name clearly on the container. Please do not send lunches in large backpacks. Lunches are stored in large plastic bins and space is limited so please be considerate when selecting your child’s container.
Wednesday is Pizza day. Pizza is $1.50 per slice (beverage included). If your child is participating, please put money in an envelope with the number of slices and your child’s name and age indicated on the envelope. Pizza money will be collected at the sign-in table in the morning.
Field Trips/Class Schedule & Permission Slips
Three classes per day are provided on a variety of topics including Art, Creative Writing and Dance. Specifics regarding class schedule/field trips will be provided at the beginning of each session.
Rain days will be held at the same location, St. Mary's School for the Deaf, 2253 Main Street.
Proper Attire & Personal Property
Children should wear clothes suitable for outdoor play. Shoes should also be appropriate for sports such as softball and basketball (no sandals). Water bottles (clearly marked), hats & sunscreen are also encouraged. Participants are discouraged from bringing cell phones, game boys and playing cards. Parkside Summer Arts cannot take responsibility for the loss of such items.