3rd & 4th Grade Catalog

Due to COVID-19, there are changes to this year’s Summer Program. Registered families will receive email updates about program information as we prepare for Summer 2020

 

Overlake offers camps for students entering 3rd and 4th grades in the 2020-21 school year. Our interdisciplinary, theme-based camps provide engaging and substantive learning opportunities in a fun and relaxed environment.

Overlake’s summer camps reflect the school’s values and approach to learning. Most of the camps will be led by Overlake faculty members who are eager to work with this age group. Students are welcome to come for a half-day or stay with us for the full-day experience.

Overlake guarantees to run all 3rd and 4th grade camps at the times and dates listed on the website. Each half-day camp costs $225 and will have a maximum of 16 students. Take 5% off each camp if you sign up for two or more half-day camps, and take an additional 5% off if you register before March 1. Come join the fun!

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Camps

Due to COVID-19 changes the July camp pairings are as follows:

July 6 to 10

  • Technology Challenge with Multi-Sport Camp
  • Outdoor Exploration with Creative Writing and Bookbinding 

July 13 to 17

  • Superhero Science with 5 Days of Art!
  • Non-Traditional Sports Camp with Building and Design Camp

July 20 to 24

  • Storytelling and Art​​​​​​​ with Games Galore
  • Houston, We Have a Problem​​​​​​​ with Math is Fun! Stories, Games, and Art

July 2 to 31

  • Outdoor Challenge​​​​​​​ and Adventure with Video Game Production
  • Young Authors with Outdoor Art 
June 22-26 AM

virtual Beginner Embroidery

Grades
3
4
Faculty
Mindy McGrath

Let’s learn a new skill together! In Beginner Embroidery, we will use a stamped embroidery kit that will provide our materials for the week. We will create fun pictures of animals, flowers, and other unique designs. The kit will include step-by-step instructions to support your projects throughout the week, and we’ll connect each day to celebrate our work and brainstorm ideas. By the end of the week we will have a nice piece of embroidery to give as a gift or hang on our own wall.

virtual Outdoor Exploration

Grades
3
4

Students will get to know the natural world right outside their backdoor! Through games, experiments, scavenger hunts, nature bingo, photography, and more, students will learn to recognize plants and animals that they are likely to see in their own backyard or local park. They will also learn historic uses of these plants and animals by indigenous people as well as fun facts about the role these plants and animals play in the ecosystem. We will share our discoveries from our projects in a collaborative blog, and get to know the natural world better in this hands-on camp!

June 22-26 PM

virtual Outdoor Art Adventure

Grades
3
4

Outdoor Art will take students on a creative adventure of exploration in their backyard or local park! Campers will receive a materials kit for sketching, painting, photography, and sculpting, and they will also find their own fun art supplies out in nature. Each day of the camp students will learn the basics of how to play with each medium while they go out and discover the natural world right at their backdoor. We will share our creations and stories of our adventures in making them by collaborating on a photo blog.

virtual Scrapbooks 101

Grades
3
4
Faculty
Alicia Gold

Discover fun ways to use all your digital photos plus the ones in the box under your bed. We'll create multiple layouts to get you started in the journey to capture all those great memories into one book. At the end of the week, we’ll share our work to celebrate the different personalities within the group!

June 29-July 3 AM

virtual Outdoor Arts and Crafts

Grades
3
4
Faculty
Mindy McGrath

This camp starts your creativity off with rock painting 101 and storytelling with rocks. Then we will move into using other pieces of nature as the inspiration for daily craft projects. Campers will find materials around their homes and learn different ways to turn them into craft projects that they can share with others. Each day we’ll brainstorm ways to use nature as the inspiration for our creativity and share our work with the group.

June 29-July 3 PM

virtual Creative Paper Projects

Grades
3
4
Faculty
Alicia Gold

This camp is for students who love to create paper gifts that they can share with others. We’ll create calendars, tags, birthday and holiday cards, and bookmarks, and we’ll chat about ways to personalize gifts to share with family and friends. Campers will also have space to design their own projects. We’ll use our daily check-ins to brainstorm ideas and showcase our creations!

virtual Rube Goldberg

Grades
3
4
Faculty
Joey Pauley

Students will learn about Rube Goldberg, an engineer artist tinkerer who always was trying to invent a better "mouse trap." The idea behind this project is for students to use their vivid imaginations and come up with a way to move one object to another or to cause an object to do something by a series of events. Throughout the week, we’ll brainstorm ideas, tackle different challenges, and see what kinds of tasks we can accomplish around our homes!

July 6-10 AM

Outdoor Exploration: Plants, Trees, and Animals

Grades
3
4
Faculty
Rebecca Flora
Aime Ngandu

Outdoor activities + science = a wonderful opportunity to learn about the amazing Overlake campus. We will explore the campus as scientists and naturalists, discovering Overlake’s plants, animals, and trees. There will be experiments and projects, both indoors and out, where the participants will utilize their general knowledge and learn new facts and information in a hands-on and interactive way.

Note: The full day program pairs Outdoor Exploration with Creative Writing and Bookbinding.

Technology Challenge

Grades
3
4
Faculty
Michael Hufstader

Do you enjoy using technology? Do you like competing against friends to see who can use technology most effectively? Then Technology Challenge is for you! During this one-week camp, students will compete in 4-5 different competitions that will test your ability to use and understand technology. The challenges all come from the Technology Student Association: Some challenges will focus on engineering (building the strongest bridge), some on talking about technology (promotional marketing) and some on multi-media technology (website design).

Note: The full day program pairs Technology Challenge with Multi-Sport Camp.

July 6-10 PM

Creative Writing and Bookbinding

Grades
3
4
Faculty
Damithia Nieves

Are you a young, creative writer ready to break the rules in a stress-free, nonjudgmental, and open environment? In this workshop, campers will learn different types of creative writing exercises and craft poems, stories, and character sketches in light of their individual passions. In addition to creative writing, students will make a hand-crafted, miniature book to fill with their writing throughout the week. On the final day, we will share our favorite pieces with parents and Overlake summer staff.

Note: The full day program pairs Outdoor Exploration with Creative Writing and Bookbinding.

Multi-Sport Camp

Grades
3
4
Faculty
Michael Hufstader

For the young athlete, students will play a variety of sports, with a focus on important athletic skills that cross all of them. There will be a focus on how to be a good teammate and how to apply skills and concepts to different settings. Students will be encouraged to pursue sports they already enjoy and try new ones too.

Note: The full day program pairs Technology Challenge with Multi-Sport Camp. 

July 13-17 AM

Non-Traditional Sports Camp

Grades
3
4
Faculty
Mindy McGrath

The Non-Traditional Sports Camp is an activity- and movement-based program. The emphasis is less on competition and more on participating, learning, and having fun. Each day, campers have the opportunity to play a variety of activities. Participants can ride around on ripsticks and razors. They will play badminton, archery, table tennis, floor hockey, circus arts, fistball, four square, GOLA, international games and gym games. Campers learn through a demonstration and explanation of the activities and then get to try out the equipment as they move and explore throughout our space.

Note: The full day program pairs Non-Traditional Sports Camp with Building and Design Camp.

new Superhero Science

Grades
3
4
Faculty
Rebecca Flora

Have you ever thought about why superheroes have such superpowers? Let’s spend a week together investigating some of those questions. We can investigate how Spiderman walks on walls or practice throwing a batarang as accurately as Batman. What is special about The Flash that he can move so fast? Could your hearing be as good as Superman or Supergirl? By the end of camp, you will have created your own superhero name and identified your superhero powers.

Note: The full day program pairs Superhero Science with 5 Days of Art!

July 13-17 PM

5 Days of Art!

Grades
3
4

This camp exposes students to a wide range of mediums, including photography, painting, drawing, 3-dimensional art, and mixed media. Campers will experiment with the different mediums, as they all allow for different types of expression. As the week goes along, we will consider new possibilities that emerge as we mix mediums. Students will leave with a collection of their art at the end of our week, which we will showcase on the final day of camp. No experience necessary, come join the fun!

Note: The full day program pairs Superhero Science with 5 Days of Art!

Building and Design Camp

Grades
3
4
Faculty
Mindy McGrath

Do you like to build, code, and solve complex problems? If so, this camp is for you! In this camp, students will learn how to collaborate and tackle fun problems with a variety of tasks and challenges. Throughout the week, we will work together to solve different building challenges using a variety of materials and strategies, including building and animating creations with Legos.

Note: The full day program pairs Non-Traditional Sports Camp with Building and Design​​​​​​​ Camp.

July 20-24 AM

Houston, We Have a Problem (Problem-Solving)

Grades
3
4
Faculty
Rebecca Flora

Participants will work together to learn skills and use tools to help them solve problems in a fun and creative way. Solutions can involve both science and technology, critical and creative thinking, building and making, and even performance based role-playing situations. This is an activity based camp where the kids will be thinking for themselves rather than being told what to think. They will develop leadership skills and utilize knowledge from a variety of curriculum content areas.

Note: The full day program pairs Houston, We Have a Problem with Math is Fun! Stories, Games, and Art.

Storytelling and Art

Grades
3
4

Centaurs and nymphs. Griffins and gorgons. Heroes and epic journeys. Gods and goddesses. Do you love reading about or watching myths? Do you want to create your own? Then this camp is for you! During this week, we will explore myths in a variety of mediums and learn about the essential elements of any mythological story. Students will then write and illustrate their own myth in the medium of their choice – painting, photo stories, or video creation; whichever way the Muse strikes!

Note: The full day program pairs Storytelling and Art with Games Galore.

July 20-24 PM

Games Galore

Grades
3
4
Faculty
Mindy McGrath

Looking for a way to have fun this summer? Join us for a week full of games, activities, and challenges! Explore Overlake’s 75-acre campus through games such as capture the flag, sharks and minnows, and hide and seek. There will also be group games like spikeball, disc golf, bocce, GOLA, quidditch, and so much more. These games are a great way to get outside, exercise, and make new friends. No experience required!

Note: The full day program pairs Storytelling and Art with Games Galore.

Math is Fun! Stories, Games, and Art

Grades
3
4
Faculty
Rebecca Flora

This interdisciplinary camp celebrates where math, storytelling, and art converge. Using storybooks to channel our imagination, we will complete a variety of math games and art projects to tap into our creativity. Each day there will be a new collection of mathematical principles and artistic possibilities that students can explore through hands-on activities. Come join the fun!

Note: The full day program pairs Houston, We Have a Problem with Math is Fun! Stories, Games, and Art.

July 27-31 AM

Outdoor Challenge and Adventure

Grades
3
4
Faculty
Rebecca Flora
Janet Jones

This camp provides a variety of experiences and activities that are core to Overlake’s outdoor program. Students will explore the hiking trails in the area and on campus, including Farrel McWhirter, the Redmond Watershed, and Snoqualmie River. We will also spend time on campus setting up tents and conquering Overlake’s challenge course. The camp encourages students to reflect on group process and collaboration skills that are essential to enjoying the outdoors.

Note: The full day program Outdoor Challenge and Adventure with Video Game Production. 

Young Authors

Grades
3
4
Faculty
Nicole Balin

Do you love reading and writing? Are you ready to ignite your imagination while sharpening your writing skills? Whether you're already an incredible wordsmith or looking for inspiration, join us for a fantastic week of all-things creative writing. Together we'll consider what we love so much about our favorite stories, play word games, examine family photos as we write about special memories, go on a scavenger hunt to collect rich details from all our senses, and much, much more--all while crafting the next literary masterpieces! At the end of the week, campers will celebrate all the writing they’ve done by compiling their pieces into a hand-sewn book to take home.

Note: The full day program pairs Young Authors with Outdoor Art. 

July 27-31 PM

Outdoor Art

Grades
3
4

Outdoor Art Camp is an active and fun camp that teaches students how to create art in the outdoors. Campers will practice a variety of visual arts in outdoor settings: photography, sketching, painting, sculpting with natural materials. Campers will learn basic functions of a camera, simple sketching and painting techniques, and explore artistic uses with natural materials. We will create photo blogs to document our work to celebrate our adventures and creations. No artistic or outdoor experience necessary: come join the fun!

Note: The full day program pairs Young Authors with Outdoor Art. 

Video Game Production

Grades
3
4
Faculty
Janet Jones

Do you like playing video games? Have you ever thought “I could make a game better than this one!”? Would you like to design your own video game? Then this is the camp for you!  We will explore what makes video games great and plan and create our own games using Bloxels and other video game design tools. 

Note: The full day program Outdoor Challenge and Adventure with Video Game Production. ​​​​​​​

Contact

Nate Edmunds
Summer Program Director

nedmunds@overlake.org
425-868-6191 x424

Jennifer Pan
Summer Program Assistant Director

jpan@overlake.org
425-868-6191 x651