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Write the Story You’ve Already Lived!

Teacher: Lauren Kibbe & Dave Younkin
Dates: July 20-  July 24 (10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
Cost: $150; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For students finishing third or fourth grade

During this week of writing, we will do what many great writers do. We’ll study the writing of some authors we admire so they can mentor us in making our own writing even better. We’ll reflect on our own lived experiences and choose to write about those memories that we’ve stored deep inside our hearts. We’ll then write about some of those small (but important!) moments within our own lives. And, as we do so, we will explore and play around with writing craft by trying on some of the techniques we’ve noticed and appreciated in our mentor authors. 

Materials: Writers will need a writer’s notebook with lined pages and access to a Zoom account. 

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Reading Deeply and Having Awesome Book Talks!

Teacher: Lauren Kibbe & Dave Younkin
Dates: July 6 -  July 17 (10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
Cost: $150; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For students who will be in 4th or 5th grade in September 2020

Reading is awesome when you are reading a book with others and are having rich discussions about what you’ve read. Talking with other readers can help you become a reader who digs deep into a story to really understand it--getting the most out of a book by squeezing every juicy drop out of the story you’ve read. Book club members will read each day, jot down some ideas on sticky notes to prepare for the next day’s book talk, and then share their awesome ideas with the club when we meet virtually!

What are we reading? 
Students who have finished 3rd grade (and are going into 4th grade) will read The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.

Students who have finished 4th grade (and are going into 5th grade) will read Locomotion by Jacquline Woodson.

Materials: 1) a paper copy (not electronic) of the book  2) a stack of sticky notes and a pencil  3) access to a Zoom account

Note: Parents should order a copy of their child’s book ASAP. 

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Summer Circle Time with Tr. Kelly

Teacher: Kelly Meade 
Dates: All Summer Circle meetings happen on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

  • Dates for Session 1: July 20, 22, and 24 
  • Dates for Session 2: July 27, 29, and 31 
  • Dates for Session 3: Aug. 3, 5, and 7
  • Dates for Session 4: Aug. 10, 12, and 14

Cost: $60 per session; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For students rising into kindergarten

Small group gatherings for rising kindergartners that simulate some of the community building and academic activities that typically happen in the classroom during Circle Time gatherings together on the rug. Summer Circle Time will provide interactive instruction in the areas of phonemic awareness, number sense, and calendar/weather, as well as a read aloud. There will be songs, movement, games, and fun. In addition, these sessions will give returning students the opportunity to maintain friendships from the previous school year, and will offer new students a chance to create relationships with fellow peers before the school year begins. 

Requirements: A Zoom account, and common materials from around the house (pencil, paper, crayons). Students will need to be in a space where they can be seated for portions of the Circle Time and also have the space to move around while on screen.

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Ball With Purpose (Basketball, Conditioning and Character)

Teacher: Maurice Williams
Dates:  July 6 -  July 17 No class on Tuesdays and Thursdays (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Cost: $120; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For students in lower school and middle school. 

In the Ball With Purpose camp we will primarily focus on improving our basketball skills. Participants will be working on dribbling, defense, conditioning and more. The camp will also have a character building component as we will have engaging and interactive sessions on leadership.

A basketball and space to dribble is needed for this class. 

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Youth Entrepreneurship

Teacher: Maurice Williams
Dates:  July 20 -  July 24 No  class on Tuesdays and Fridays (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Cost: $30; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For students in lower school starting in third grade

The program will introduce start-up business concepts for youth to easily implement right now. From this class, participants will be able to identify their passions and understand simple strategies to transition those passions into profit.  

Students will learn the essentials of being a successful entrepreneur while building the confidence necessary to pursue those dreams dear to them. Students will learn what an entrepreneur is, how to select and develop your business idea, the essentials of marketing & branding, the importance of customer service, professionalism and presentation skills.  Each session will include writing activities to help demonstrate the lessons being delivered. The writing prompts will allow students to easily implement the strategies that are shared.
 

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Creative Writing and Poetry

Teacher: Bryan Skelly
Dates:  July 20 -  August 3 No  class on Tuesdays and Thursdays (9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
Cost: $300 for all three weeks or $100 per week; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For students in middle school. 

This course will explore forms of poetry to help creative writers find their voice. By using model texts and the city as inspiration, time will be devoted to developing pre-existing ideas and shaping new ones.

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What If? - Serious Math Answers to Absurd Questions

Teacher: Patrick Cassidy
Dates:  June 29 -  July 3 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Cost: $50; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For students in middle school. 

Inspired by Randal Munroe's famous book What If? and the accompanying website (https://what-if.xkcd.com/), we will look at and attempt to mathematically examine questions like "What if you tried to print out Wikipedia, how long would it be?  And would you be able to keep up with its growth?" and "What if there was one soulmate for every person on earth - how likely would you be to find that person?" and others.  We hope to also illustrate our solutions (like the author) and to generate and answer a few absurd questions of our own.

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Algebra II Readiness

Teacher: Herb Kerns
Dates: July 6  -  July 17 (1:00 p.m. -  3:00 p.m.)
Cost: $200
Prerequisite: For students in upper school

This two-week course will review the key Algebra I topics needed for students to enter an Algebra II course in the fall.  It will be a review of important topics including systems of equations, rules of exponents, linear and quadratic functions, and the completed square form of a parabola.  

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Algebra II

Teacher: Sarah Kelly
Dates: June 15 -  July 24 (8:30 a.m. -  12:30 p.m.)
Cost: $975
Prerequisite: For students entering Algebra II

This six-week intensive course focuses on strengthening students' computational skills in solving equations and graphing linear equations. Topics include: simplifying expressions (polynomial, exponents, roots, rational), solving linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, solving systems of linear equations, and graphing linear functions. Because of the intense nature of this course, students must have a strong Algebra I background (end-of-year average of A- or higher). Additionally, Friends Select students must earn a B or higher in this course to move on to Pre-Calculus. 

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Ear Training for Musicians

Teacher: Heather Fortune
Dates:  July 6 -  July 17, No  class on Fridays (11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Cost: $160; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For students in grades ninth through twelfth grade. 

In this course, students will utilize online tools to work on ear training. Singers and instrumentalists who are interested in building their musicianship will learn how to identify intervals, chord qualities, and to transcribe (write down by ear) simple melodies. Some prior musical experience would be helpful but is not required.

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Lundini Magic School - REGISTRATION CLOSED

CLASS IS AT CAPACITY 

Teacher: Jack Lundquist
Dates:  August 3 -  August 21, Class on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
Cost: $150; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For students in lower school.

Lundini Magic School will teach students how to perform impromptu card and coin tricks and small tabletop miracles. Zoom meetings will include instruction, troubleshooting, student performance, and for kids who want to stay late...geeky, magic conversation. In addition to zoom time instruction, Lundini will create and curate magic tutorial videos for students to watch and practice on their own time. The videos will be posted to a class Padlet that the kids can comment questions on and post their own magic performance videos to.

Supplies: Deck of cards, loose change, common household objects
Tech: Computer for accessing and/or posting to Padlet, optional: (phone) camera to film themselves perform tricks
 

Making Comics

Teacher: Jack Lundquist
Dates:  June 22 -  July 10, Class on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
Cost: $90; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For students in grades five through twelfth grade. 

Comics aren't just superheroes and Sunday strips! In Making Comics, students will see and practice a variety of ways to make comics through short, creative assignments. Students will share images of their comics and inspirations on a class Padlet, where the teacher and students will comment initial feedback to get discussion rolling. The discussion will continue in Zoom video chats 2-3 times per week.

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White Privilege and Antiracist Activism

Teacher: Sarah Kelly & Ian Lockey
Dates:  June 22 -  July 3, No class on Tuesday and Thursday (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Cost: $60; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For students in grades nine through twelfth grade. 

This course is for white students to explore their white privilege and to work together to take actionable steps for change within our city and country. Over our six meetings, we will examine white privilege and how it manifests in our lives and contributes to systems of oppression, run a book club discussion of Robin D’Angelo’s White Fragility, and come up with one action we can all take each class to fight for equity and social justice. This work is so crucial for people who identify as white to do but can seem overwhelming and difficult given how deeply racism and white supremacy are embedded in our country. By working together we can share the burden of using our voices to fight for change and create habits for building our own racial equity and helping those around us to do the same. This is just the beginning of the work we need to do as white allies, and participants will leave with action plans that can be implemented in their own school communities.

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FSS Composers Forum

Teacher: Dan Capecchi
Dates:  June 17 -  July 29, Class on Wednesday (2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)
Cost: $20; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For students in grades six through twelfth grade. 

Students will have weekly composition assignments in various online and collaborative platforms including but not limited to bandlab.com and flat.io. Students will also listen to appreciate and critique one another's work in our meeting sessions and also in forums in between class. This will be a super fun and laid back time to make music, share music, and broaden your experiences.


Dan Capecchi has taught Music, Percussion Ensemble, and Latin at Friends Select School since 2005. He has been an active member Philadelphia music scene since moving here in 2002. He loves to play and compose music and to share this process with others.  He also loves to read and play Quizbowl!

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Quizbowl

Teacher: Dan Capecchi
Dates:  June 16 -  July 28, Class on Tuesdays (2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)
Cost: $70; FREE TO FSS STUDENTS 
Prerequisite: For students in grades six through ninth grade. 

QUIZBOWL  is an exciting game in which two teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all areas of knowledge, including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, popular culture, sports, and more. Sessions will be run via zoom. 


Dan Capecchi has taught Music, Percussion Ensemble, and Latin at Friends Select School since 2005. He has been an active member Philadelphia music scene since moving here in 2002. He loves to play and compose music and to share this process with others.  He also loves to read and play Quizbowl!

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