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Summer Programs

Welcome to Bush Summer Programs!

The goal of the Summer Programs is to offer classes, activities, and camps that provide a healthy, active, engaging, and safe environment for Bush students as well as for students from the broader community. The Summer Programs operate under the same guiding principles as The Bush School's academic-year programs.
The Summer Programs are dedicated to providing quality experiences for students of all ages.
Contact summer.programs@bush.edu with questions.
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Summer Sports Camps

Lower School Camps

TECH Camp

TECH Camp runs June 12–16 for K–6
Classes are set up as two half-day camps—one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Free Supervision from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 pm. when registered for AM and PM class (you provide the lunch, we provide the recess).

Before Care opens at 7:30 a.m., After Care closes at 6 p.m.


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  • TECH Camp AM Classes

    Maker Space: Michael Adams is a veteran teacher, a published game designer, and an avid engineer. In the Maker Space we will all be independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. We will experiment with a number of different materials including clay, wood, yarn and glue. Lots of glue. Each day we will focus on a different medium and project and will hold our very own Maker Fair at the end of the week to show off our creations. Have fun with your hands!

    Animation: Brick Animation brings LEGOs to life (using Apple's istop-motion) and produce their own digital films.

    Minecraft Mania: Think Minecraft is just a video game? Think again. Create, explore, and put your problem-solving skills to the test by building an adventure map and resource packs at this exciting week of tech focused camp. Take control of your world with command blocks and redstone. Many schools, even universities, are adopting the minecraft platform to help with reading writing, math and science but let's tell our kids it's a video game, okay?

    STEM Challenge with LEGO: Power on your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO®! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as Catapults, Pneumatic Cranes, Arch Bridges, and Battletracks! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level.
  • TECH Camp PM Classes

    Intro to STEM with LEGO: Tap into your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO®! Build engineer designed projects such as Boats, Snowmobiles, Catapults, and Merry-Go-Rounds. Then use special pieces to create your own unique design! New and returning students can explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor.

    Animation: Brick Animation brings LEGOs to life (using Apple's istop-motion) and produce their own digital films.

    Maker Space: Michael Adams is a veteran teacher, a published game designer, and an avid engineer. In the Maker Space we will all be independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. We will experiment with a number of different materials including clay, wood, yarn and glue. Lots of glue. Each day we will focus on a different medium and project and will hold our very own Maker Fair at the end of the week to show off our creations. Have fun with your hands!

    3D Modeling Taught by Smart with Art. 3-D Printing offers students a chance to realize their digital designs as 3-D creations they can hold in their hands. The future is here and you have the opportunity to learn the basics of 3D modeling. This week long camp is designed around learning the basics of 3D shapes, combining objects to create new and unique structures. In addition, you will learn how to develop 3D models to be printed using the latest 3D printers. Attendees will also have the opportunity to create their own 3D model that will get printed and serve as an exciting keepsake.

Summer Experience

Summer Experience offers four separate weeks of enrichment for K–5
Register by the week for the week(s) you need! Then rank class selections for those weeks. Your child will have four classes that meet each day (two in the morning, two in the afternoon).

Before Care opens at 7:30 a.m., After Care closes at 6 p.m.


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  • Summer Experience Week 1: June 19–23

    Creating Comics: Comics are fun to read right? Well guess what, it’s even more exciting creating them! Join this fun class to learn how to use Kid Pix 3D and Comic Life 3 to create illustrations and write your own fun comic book. Teacher: Jeffery Adjei

    Dinosaurs: Each day we’ll focus on a different dinosaur; learn what they ate, and how they interacted as a population. Students will complete Jurassic themed art projects and make a dinosaur fact book to take home at the end of the week. Teacher: Emily Halley

    Ghanaian Culture: Ghana is a west African country a little north of the equator. In this class we’d look at photos from Ghana, talk about the over 17 languages Ghanaians speak, look at what they eat, some of their traditions and customs, their celebrations, and learn some of their dance moves. Teacher: Jeffery Adjei

    Kid Architect: Let your imagination soar sky high! Draw, paint and build your dream design. Young architects will learn to create three dimensional structures, building their original miniature houses out of clay. Projects we will create together are My Fantastic City, and Clay Mars Solar House. Teacher: Li-Ting Hung

    Science Fun! Calling all scientists! Do you like to mix things together to see what new creations you can make? Do you enjoy getting a little messy and creating chemical reactions? Then this class is for you! Come join us as we learn about the scientific method and create elephant toothpaste, bouncing eggs and a whole lot more! Teacher: Cecily Metzger

    Space Explorers Club: Each day we’ll learn about different aspects of space; from the solar system, to black holes and space travel. Classes will include videos, models and art projects for all topics. Students will earn explorer stamps in their Space passports. Teacher: Emily Halley

    Summer DIY: Engage the creative imagination of your budding artist by exploring a variety of do-it-yourself art techniques and art projects. Students will use watercolor paint, air dry clay, fun wire, and tie-dye to create their own masterpieces, all inspired by the theme of summer. Teacher: Li-Ting Hung

    Wizardry: Did you miss the Hogwarts enrollment deadline? Don’t worry! Come join us as we learn how to cast spells, make edible wands, and create your own potions! We’ll learn about various Harry Potter characters and create our own flavor Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Bean! Wizards and Muggles are welcome! Teacher: Cecily Metzger
  • Summer Experience Week 2: June 26–30

    3D Designs: During this class we’d use the 3D design programs Tinkercad and Sketchup to create 3D models. We’d also use a 3D printer to print out our designs. This will be a lot of fun! Teacher: Jeffery Adjei

    Candy Science: M&M’s, Pop Rocks and gummy bears are just a few kinds of candy we’ll be using in our experiments. Everyday we’ll create new experiments using common candies found in grocery stores. At the end of the week each student will return home with their own science notebook so they can replicate the experiments at home! Teacher: Cecily Metzger

    Contraptions: What could you make with some marbles, toilet paper tubes, craft sticks, toy cars, and dominoes? An amazing contraption, that’s what! If you like to invent and build new things, then this is the class for you! We will create new contraptions using ordinary items in new ways through the engineering design process. What new contraptions will you invent? Teacher: Dana Zulauf

    Fun with Food: Do your parents often tell you to stop play with your food at the dinner table? Then this class is for you! We’ll race fruit race cars down race tracks, make rainbow grilled cheese and create animals out of fruits and vegetables! Everyday we’ll play with our food and eat what we make! Teacher: Cecily Metzger

    Graphic Novels: It’s a book, it’s a series of drawings, no it’s a graphic novel! And this looks like a job for…. you! In this class we will delve into the worlds of super heroes, explorers, and ordinary people that may not be so ordinary to inspire our own graphic novels and bring characters to life. We will work on cartoon drawing, creating dialogue, and special effects like flip-o-ramas (a la Captain Underpants) and playing with perspective. All you need is a sharp pencil and a sharp wit! Teacher: Annie Tempest

    Make Your Own Board Game: Do you want to roll the dice, choose a card, or take a spin? You get to decide when you design your very own board game! To start, we will spend some time exploring and playing a variety of board games for ideas and inspiration. Then, you will use your creativity to design your own! On the last day, we will have a game-a-thon where we will play each other’s games. Join the fun and come play with us! Teacher: Dana Zulauf

    Outdoor Adventurers: Have you ever wanted to be an explorer, navigating across stormy seas, climbing high peaks or discovering ancient ruins in a faraway jungle? Have you ever wanted to follow an ancient treasure map or lash down a sail on a ship or tell the difference between an edible plant and a poisonous one? This class will cover all of the necessary basics to be a first class adventurer, including orienteering, knot tying, plant and animal identification and much more! Teacher: Annie Tempest

    Scrabble/Chess: Do you like word games? Do you want to improve your spelling? Would you like to know all the two letter words in Scrabble? Come join this fun scrabble class. Are you interested in learning to play chess? Do you love to play chess? This class is for all levels. Join in the fun. Teacher: Jeffery Adjei
  • Summer Experience Week 3: July 5–7

    Art and Stories of the Salish Sea: Join us as we read folktales and study the art of the Coast Salish peoples. We will learn about the trickster Coyote, the powerful Thunderbird, and the fearsome Orca. We will create our own artistic and written responses to the stories we read, including our own animal prints. Teacher: Anna Belknap

    Icescapes: We will combine science and art to learn more about the frozen world. Snowglobes, sugar ice crystals (edible!), popsicles, and sparkling snowflakes will be some of our projects, while we learn about Antarctica, penguins, the Northern Lights, and more! A chance to cool down in the hot summer sun! Teacher: Kirsten Nelte

    Make Your Own Stuffies: Work on your hand sewing skills while making fun, original stuffies! You will get to design your own patterns, get creative with your fabric selections and have fun accessorizing and adding details to your stuffies to make them your own! Teacher: Annie Tempest

    Mythology: Natural Disasters: Do you love reading about exciting adventures? Are you fascinated by monsters? Do you love hearing stories about heroes who save the day? Are you interested in gods and goddesses? Come explore the world of mythology and learn how past cultures used these stories to explain why natural disasters, like earthquakes or volcanoes, happened. We will dive into these ancient worlds and stories and use them to create our own modern myths to explain why natural disasters sometimes happen in our world. Teacher: Annie Tempest

    Sound Explorers! In this class, we will learn about different musical instruments and how they make sound and we will also build our own instruments using a variety of found items including boxes, string, bands, tubes, beads and tape. Teacher: Celeste Eustis

    Story Theatre: Let’s read our favorite stories and turn them into original plays. We’ll do lots of process-oriented theatre games and learn to use our bodies as storytelling tools. Due to the short week, there will not be a final performance, so our emphasis will be on acting out as many stories as possible! Teacher: Anna Belknap

    To Be A Princess: We will learn about real princesses throughout history, from all over the world, including England, Hawaii, India, and Russia. Each day we will make a princess item, and have a grand princess party on the final day of camp! Teacher: Kirsten Nelte

    Yoga—Traveling Around the World: During this class your child might roar like a lion, pedal an imaginary bicycle, count in a foreign language and “visit” the Amazon Rainforest all while increasing coordination, releasing stress and building communication skills. Every class begins with a warm-up and ends with traditional yoga savasana where your child will relax and calm his or her body and be encouraged to calm the mind. Each class also includes music and creative movement. Even the most rambunctious children find yoga to be a way to exert energy yet find a sense of inner peace all within the time allotted. Each class will also include a craft/activity. The theme for this class will be traveling around the world and each class we will have a passport stamped for the country that we visited. Teacher: Celeste Eustis
  • Summer Experience Week 4: July 10–14

    Bugs Galore: We’ll look at lots of different bugs, read about bugs, and make all sorts of bug art! Each day we’ll study a different type of bug, from social insects like ants, to leggy millipedes and centipedes, and even creepy crawly arachnids! We’ll also take walks to Mud Park to look for local varieties for our personal terrariums. Teacher: Anna Belknap

    Crafts: Yarn, popsicle sticks and glitter pens are just a few items we’ll use in this crafts class! Come make paperbag ninjas, rock garden ladybugs, and marshmallow shooters. Write on paper you made yourself and make your own ball maze! Teacher: Cecily Metzger

    Drama: Beauty and the Beast Choose your favorite scene from this “tale as old as time” to enact with your classmates! Costumes and props await your dramatic flair. Prepare to enchant your friends and family after classes on the last day! Teacher: Kirsten Nelte

    Elephant and Piggie: Elephant and Piggie are two friends created by author and illustrator Mo Willems. Join us as we read and partake in their adventures from book such as Watch Me Throw a Ball and I am Invited to a Party. Learn how to write stories and draw just like Mo! Teacher: Cecily Metzger

    Grossology: Learn the science behind some “really gross things.” We will create and eat brains, learn about and make snot, and generally explore the less enticing aspects of our own bodies. Get ready to get totally grossed out! Teacher: Kirsten Nelte

    South African Safari: Let’s take a trip to South Africa’s Kruger National Park! We’ll learn about the habitats, the animals, and lots of fun facts about this amazing place. Our focus will be the “Big Five”: lions, elephants, cape buffalo, rhinoceros, and leopards, but we’ll also have time to learn about some of the other animals, such as the fierce honey badger and the graceful Kudu antelope. Teacher: Anna Belknap

    Spy School: Do you think you have what it takes to become a spy? Test your skills by successfully navigating through spy challenges such as make it through a "laser beam" security system. Activities will include invisible ink, coming up with an alter ego and making a fake ID, fingerprinting and using deductive reasoning to solve problems. Teacher: Emily Halley

    Why Washington is Wonderful: Learn about the beauty Washington has to offer focus on 4 regions (Olympics/ Hoh rain forest, Cascades, Mt. St Helen's eruption, eastern Washington or Mt. Rainier). Learn about environmental education and stewardship and go on a nature walk to Mud Park. Teacher: Emily Halley

Summer Day Camp

Summer Day offers four separate weeks of enrichment for K–6
Register by the week for the week(s) you need by choosing the classes you want! Classes are set up as two half-day camps — one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Free Supervision from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. when registered for AM and PM class (you provide the lunch, we provide the recess).

Before Care opens at 7:30 a.m., After Care closes at 6 p.m.


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  • Summer Day Camp Week 1: July 17–21

    AM Classes
    Fit and Fun: Fit and Fun is a series of active and fun group games and activities for kids utilizing state of the art turf field and gym facilities. Taught by lead Bush School Extended Day teacher, Sean McNally

    Computer Art: Taught by Bush School Lower School Technology Teacher Jeffery Adjei. Do you like drawing programs on the computer that give you lots and lots of stamps to mess about with? Join us create art for fun using computers!

    Maker Space: Michael Adams is a veteran teacher, a published game designer, and an avid engineer. In the Maker Space we will all be independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. We will experiment with a number of different materials including clay, wood, yarn and glue. Lots of glue. Each day we will focus on a different medium and project and will hold our very own Maker Fair at the end of the week to show off our creations. Have fun with your hands!

    Machine Sewing: Taught by Little Hands Creations. Students are invited to learn a skill they will use for a lifetime and a hobby they will forever enjoy…sewing! No experience is necessary. Beginning students will learn the basics of safety and how to operate a sewing machine while the advanced students can expand on skills they already have. The class will begin with a simple project, then students will advance at their own pace to more exciting and challenging projects throughout the session. This class is designed to teach children with both beginning and advanced skills.

    Minecraft Mania: Think Minecraft is just a video game? Think again. Create, explore, and put your problem-solving skills to the test by building an adventure map and resource packs at this exciting week of tech focused camp. Take control of your world with command blocks and redstone. Many schools, even universities, are adopting the minecraft platform to help with reading writing, math and science but let's tell our kids it's a video game, okay?

    Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Drop off at the Bush School where our Summer Programs Director will bus the crew to different Lake Washington water spots to meet up with a professional SUP outfitter for some great paddle boarding fun! Learn some paddle skills that will last a lifetime and serve you well in Paddle Boarding, kayaking, or canoeing.


    PM Classes
    Sewing Crafts: Taught by Little Hands Creations. This is an introduction to hand sewing and fabric crafts with lots of fun project to make and take home. A youngster's hands-on, confidence building exploration of fiber arts.

    Construction Crew: Explore construction principles in a fun hands-on way! Build original large-scale contraptions with Rigamajig planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and ropes; create a personalized miniature golf course; build wood bird houses and other creations to take home. You will even ride a homemade hovercraft! Crew led by the infamous Ann Fasano and Morgan Dicus.

    Smart with Art—Washington All Stars: Break out your foam finger and your 12th man jersey while we celebrate our Home State sport stars! Get ready to cheer on the Sounders while we learn how to draw a soccer ball. We’ll root for the Mariners as we collage a multimedia piece of art and don’t forget to yell for the Seahawks when painting a special hawk with some of our favorite colors; blue, green and silver. Sports fanatics come and checkout this artistic week all about your favorite teams.

    Fit and Fun: Fit and Fun is a series of active and fun group games and activities for kids utilizing state of the art turf field and gym facilities. Taught by lead Bush School Extended Day teacher, Sean McNally

    Garage Band: Taught by Bush School Lower School Technology Teacher Jeffery Adjei. Would you like to be able to create your own music mixes on a computer like a real DJ? Record a poem or your song? Well, waste no time then! Sign up for this fun adventure!

    Art of the Book: In the Art of the Book, every student will compose, edit, illustrate and publish their very own picture book. We will share and explore our favorite stories and books, then find a narrative from our own lives to turn into a treasure.
  • Summer Day Camp Week 2: July 24–28

    AM Classes
    Fit and Fun: Fit and Fun is a series of active and fun group games and activities for kids utilizing state of the art turf field and gym facilities. Taught by lead Bush School Extended Day teacher, Sean McNally

    Computer Art: Taught by Bush School Lower School Technology Teacher Jeffery Adjei. Do you like drawing programs on the computer that give you lots and lots of stamps to mess about with? Join us create art for fun using computers!

    Chess Camp: Taught by our school-year chess coach Steven Ryan: Experience a week of chess that will delight any young chess player. Puzzles and challenges will be available for all levels of play. Packed full of fun puzzles, serious challenges and with plenty of time for bughouse and other fun games too! This is not a camp for absolute beginners; however all we ask is that the very basics of chess are known (such as: how to set up the chess board, the names of all the pieces, how they move and capture, as well as what checkmate and stalemate are).

    Maker Space: Michael Adams is a veteran teacher, a published game designer, and an avid engineer. In the Maker Space we will all be independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. We will experiment with a number of different materials including clay, wood, yarn and glue. Lots of glue. Each day we will focus on a different medium and project and will hold our very own Maker Fair at the end of the week to show off our creations. Have fun with your hands!

    Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Drop off at the Bush School where our Summer Programs Director will bus the crew to different Lake Washington water spots to meet up with a professional SUP outfitter for some great paddle boarding fun! Learn some paddle skills that will last a lifetime and serve you well in Paddle Boarding, kayaking, or canoeing.


    PM Classes
    Maker Space: Michael Adams is a veteran teacher, a published game designer, and an avid engineer. In the Maker Space we will all be independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. We will experiment with a number of different materials including clay, wood, yarn and glue. Lots of glue. Each day we will focus on a different medium and project and will hold our very own Maker Fair at the end of the week to show off our creations. Have fun with your hands!

    Chess Camp: Taught by our school-year chess coach Steven Ryan: Experience a week of chess that will delight any young chess player. Puzzles and challenges will be available for all levels of play. Packed full of fun puzzles, serious challenges and with plenty of time for bughouse and other fun games too! This is not a camp for absolute beginners; however all we ask is that the very basics of chess are known (such as: how to set up the chess board, the names of all the pieces, how they move and capture, as well as what checkmate and stalemate are).

    Smart with Art—Where the Wild Thing Art: Join us as we learn about endangered animals around the world and use these animals as inspiration in our artwork. From killer whales to tigers and even tree frogs, we will explore the many regions that are home to these magnificent creatures. We’ll practice our drawings skills and play with paint, watercolors, oil pastels and chalk pastels! It's going to be a wild week all about animals and art.

    Fit and Fun: Fit and Fun is a series of active and fun group games and activities for kids utilizing state of the art turf field and gym facilities. Taught by lead Bush School Extended Day teacher, Sean McNally

    Garage Band: Taught by Bush School Lower School Technology Teacher Jeffery Adjei. Would you like to be able to create your own music mixes on a computer like a real DJ? Record a poem or your song? Well, waste no time then! Sign up for this fun adventure!
  • Summer Day Camp Week 3: July 31–August 4

    AM Classes
    Karate: Join Karate-X this summer for one exciting and challenging week of sweat, discipline, determination, and fun! Students will learn and practice Karate skills with punching bags, breaking boards, blocking drills, kicking targets and more.Each day will include cardio, strength and agility training to keep bodies primed for mobility, action, and good health. Our professional instructors know how to challenge and motivate kids while building self-confidence and discipline.For beginners who have never tried Karate, to athletes of any sport, Karate-X Summer Camp will challenge and grow bodies and minds. Train with Karate-X and have awesome fun!

    Jedi Engineering w/ LEGO: Young Jedi will explore worlds far, far away and engineering principles right in front of them. Defeat the Empire by designing and refining LEGO® X-Wings, R2-units, and settlements on far- flung edges of the galaxy. Imagination and engineering combine to create motorized and architectural projects such as energy catapults, shield generators and defense turrets.

    Maker Space: Michael Adams is a veteran teacher, a published game designer, and an avid engineer. In the Maker Space we will all be independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. We will experiment with a number of different materials including clay, wood, yarn and glue. Lots of glue. Each day we will focus on a different medium and project and will hold our very own Maker Fair at the end of the week to show off our creations. Have fun with your hands!

    Machine Sewing: Taught by Little Hands Creations. Students are invited to learn a skill they will use for a lifetime and a hobby they will forever enjoy…sewing! No experience is necessary. Beginning students will learn the basics of safety and how to operate a sewing machine while the advanced students can expand on skills they already have. The class will begin with a simple project, then students will advance at their own pace to more exciting and challenging projects throughout the session. This class is designed to teach children with both beginning and advanced skills.

    Acting: Robin Hood, musical. Flexible gender casting will make this fun for all kids. The Legend of Robin Hood is a new and fun adaptation of the story of the English hero who robbed the rich to help the poor. It features many of the familiar characters of the traditional story including Friar Tuck, Maid Marion, and villains, Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Complete with rap music and a surprise ending, this musical makes for perfect summer fun.


    PM Classes
    Sewing Crafts: Taught by Little Hands Creations. This is an introduction to hand sewing and fabric crafts with lots of fun project to make and take home. A youngster's hands-on, confidence building exploration of fiber arts.

    Maker Space: Michael Adams is a veteran teacher, a published game designer, and an avid engineer. In the Maker Space we will all be independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. We will experiment with a number of different materials including clay, wood, yarn and glue. Lots of glue. Each day we will focus on a different medium and project and will hold our very own Maker Fair at the end of the week to show off our creations. Have fun with your hands!

    Smart with Art—pARTy in the USA: Are you ready for an epic road trip? Well...grab your favorite snacks and hop aboard as we cruise around the United States. We’ll take detours along the way, stopping at historical and quirky locations to inspire our art. We will learn about lighthouses that dot the coastline of Maine and study southwestern patterns as we zip through New Mexico. We might even dip our toes in the sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean as we follow our map of unique and exciting destinations on this artful road trip!

    STEM Challenge w/ LEGO: Power on your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO®! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as Catapults, Pneumatic Cranes, Arch Bridges, and Battletracks! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level.

    Magician Camp: Taught by professional magician Ruben Barron. Learn magic with coins, cards, silks, ropes, mind reading and yes, levitation. Discover the secrets of Houdini, Blackstone, and Copperfield and others. You'll pick up performing skills as you practice with your classmates and create your own magic persona with tricks you'll get to make and keep. Amaze and amuse your family and friends.
  • Summer Day Camp Week 3: Hike and Climb Club

    July 31–August 4
    Hike and Climb Club is lead by American Mountain Guide Association climbing instructor Sean McNally. Sean and another instructor will take kids to various locations around Seattle and the I–90 corridor. Kids will get the opportunity to visit some of the most scenic places in the Seattle area. Hikes will range from two to four miles round trip. Kids will also get a chance to try Outdoor Rock Climbing on some days.
  • Summer Day Camp Week 4: August 7–11

    AM Classes
    Kindergarten, Here We Come!: Let’s get ready for Kindergarten! Taught by current Bush Kindergarten teacher, Claire Wilson: This is a readiness review for incoming Kindergarten students to prepare socially and academically for the upcoming school year. Practice being an involved member of the group, learning new games, and forming friendships! Students will participate in story time, explore number sense, and review early literacy skills through music, movement, and multi-sensory learning experiences each morning.

    Acting: Aesops Non-Stop Fables, musical. A musical anthology of several of Aesop’s most popular and familiar fables. With catchy songs and whimsical creatures, it brings to life these ancient stories. Clever mice, sinister wolves, a Greek chorus of sheep, a bored shepherd, an egotistical lion, and other characters both entertain and teach us life’s lessons of friendship, trust, cooperation, and kindness.

    Maker Space: Michael Adams is a veteran teacher, a published game designer, and an avid engineer. In the Maker Space we will all be independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. We will experiment with a number of different materials including clay, wood, yarn and glue. Lots of glue. Each day we will focus on a different medium and project and will hold our very own Maker Fair at the end of the week to show off our creations. Have fun with your hands!

    STEM Challenge w/ LEGO: Power on your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO®! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projectssuch as Catapults, Pneumatic Cranes, Arch Bridges, and Battletracks! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level.

    Karate: Join Karate-X this summer for one exciting and challenging week of sweat, discipline, determination, and fun! Students will learn and practice Karate skills with punching bags, breaking boards, blocking drills, kicking targets and more.Each day will include cardio, strength and agility training to keep bodies primed for mobility, action, and good health. Our professional instructors know how to challenge and motivate kids while building self-confidence and discipline.For beginners who have never tried Karate, to athletes of any sport, Karate-X Summer Camp will challenge and grow bodies and minds. Train with Karate-X and have awesome fun!


    PM Classes
    Jedi Engineering w/ LEGO: Jedi Engineering using LEGO®. Young Jedi will explore worlds far, far away and engineering principles right in front of them. Defeat the Empire by designingand refining LEGO® X-Wings, R2-units, and settlements on far- flung edges of the galaxy. Imagination and engineering combine to create motorized and architectural projects such as energy catapults, shield generators and defense turrets.

    Smart with Art—Aloha Art: Jump onboard and sail away with us on an ART ADVENTURE to a sandy beach with swaying palm trees. We will spend the week learning about the tropics while creating fun projects that involve the sea, sun and surfing. We will even learn about the state flower of Hawaii and Tiki masks as we relax and create beautiful projects inspired by the Aloha State

    The Chill Zone: Have you been over-programed all summer? Too much structure? Parents need an affordable alternative? Come to the Chill Zone. This is where you do what you want when you want. You provide the child, we provide the fun! We have lots of cool things to play and create with.

    Art of the Book: In the Art of the Book, every student will compose, edit, illustrate and publish their very own picture book. We will share and explore our favorite stories and books, then find a narrative from our own lives to turn into a treasure.

    Clay Sculpture:Learn to sculpt and paint beautifully detailed people and animals with Sculpey clay. Using armatures, fine tools, clay and mixed media, each student will create an original furnished scene on his or her theme of choice, and desktop characters to treasure for years to come! With teaching artist Ann Fasano.
  • Summer Day Camp Week 4: Hike and Climb Club

    August 7–11
    Hike and Climb Club is lead by American Mountain Guide Association climbing instructor Sean McNally. Sean and another instructor will take kids to various locations around Seattle and the I–90 corridor. Kids will get the opportunity to visit some of the most scenic places in the Seattle area. Hikes will range from two to four miles round trip. Kids will also get a chance to try Outdoor Rock Climbing on some days.

Middle School Summer Classes

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  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding

    June 19–23, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
    Drop off at the Bush School where our Summer Programs Director will bus the crew to different water spots to meet up with a professional SUP outfitter for some great paddle boarding fun! Learn some advanced paddle skills that will last a lifetime and serve you well in Paddle boarding, kayaking, or canoeing.
  • Self Defense for Girls

    August 16, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    Taught by Joanne Factor of Strategic Living, LLC. Girls on the verge of their teen years are beginning to seek independence. They may be staying home alone (or with younger siblings) for longer periods of time, babysit, walking to a friend’s house or to school, or riding the bus with buddies. They are exploring the world, at times without direct adult supervision. On top of that, you may be concerned about peer pressure and a cultural environment that romanticizes unhealthy relationship behavior and tends to denigrate girls’ abilities and sense of self. They could use some skills to help make up for the experience they don’t yet have. In this class, tween girl will learn to recognize “red flags” that someone may mean harm, plan safe exits from iffy situations, practice physical moves (just in case), and learn to find supportive self-care. All in age-appropriate language and concepts.

Upper School Summer Classes

List of 11 items.

  • Ashland Theatre

    Oregon Shakespeare Festival: June 14–18
    Board the bus with Jeremy Bryan, Bush Upper School Drama teacher, and Julie Bryan, Bush technology department and part-time stage manager/set designer, for their annual road trip to Ashland, Oregon. The group will watch seven plays at the world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival! Summer 2017 shows include: Julius Caesar, Merry Wives of Windsor, Medea, Shakespeare in Love, and more! Ashland is famous for hosting one of the oldest and most well regarded repertory theater companies in the world, with plays performed on a replica of the Globe Theater in London as well as two modern theaters. We will take tours of the backstage areas of the theater, walk around the town and learn its history, and of course, watch the amazing plays. It is an immersive and extraordinary experience to stay in this unique town. Come be a part, because it’s going to be an amazing experience! All transportation, hotel, food and play tickets are included in the cost.

    • Board the Bus: Wednesday June 14th at 8:00 a.m.
    • Return To Bush: Sunday June 18th at 8:00 p.m. (depending on traffic)

    PLEASE NOTE: This trip tends to fill up quickly since there are a limited number of seats on the bus. Avoid disappointment and sign up early if you are interested!
  • Summer Play Production

    The Complete History of America, Abridged
    July 5–29, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., M–F
    Another amazing comedy from the troupe that brought us Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged and Complete World of Sports, Abridged. Complete History of America hilariously explores this great continent from geologic times, thru the revolution, and on to modern day. This is an ensemble show where every actor involved will have a meaningful role and a great chance to perform and build their skills. Technicians will get the chance to design sound and lights, build an amazing set, stage manage, and even do some costume design. Come join the fun!

    Final Performance Saturday July 29th
  • Geometry

    June 19–July 10
    Age ranges or grade levels of students: Current High School students or students who have completed Algebra

    This is an intensive course designed to present the major topics of a geometry course with practice problems that lead to fluency. Emphasis is on relationships among spatial constructs, algebraic applications and using deductive reasoning for proof. This course can serve as a student’s comprehensive study of geometry at the high school level or prepare students for a more in-depth examination of a full-year geometry class. Enrollment in this class does not imply placement in Advanced Algebra in the coming academic year. This decision is made through a placement test at the conclusion of the summer course.

    Special supplies needed/Items students need to bring to class: binder with lined paper and graph paper, regular pencils (w/ erasers), colored pencils, index cards (flash cards), compass, and protractor.
  • Pre-Calculus

    June 19–July 10, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    Age ranges or grade levels of students: Current High School students

    This course synthesizes a wide array of previous math experiences. Among other topics, this class introduces polar and parametric equations, vectors, difference equations, and logistic functions. Concepts introduced in Math Analysis are refined, broadened, and extended. Through graphic, numerical, and algebraic points of view, the groundwork is laid for a formal development of rates of change and limits of infinite sums. Enrollment in this class does not imply placement in Advanced Calculus in the coming academic year. This decision is made through a placement test at the conclusion of the course and in consultation with the Department Chair.
  • Math Analysis

    June 19–July 10, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    Prerequisite: Advanced Algebra and Geometry

    This course integrates an analysis of data with a formal development of functions encompassed by real-world applications. The students’ study of data motivates the need to develop an understanding of functions in order to model variable relationships. Many families of functions are investigated including exponential, inverse, logarithmic, and trigonometric. In addition, the students continue their study of sequences by examining series. The students are introduced to probability concepts and data analysis tools as well. Graphing calculators and other technology are heavily utilized to allow students to make connections between graphical and analytical approaches. Enrollment in this class does not imply placement in Introductory Calculus in the coming academic year. This decision is made through a placement test and in consultation with the Department Chair at the conclusion of the summer course.
  • Math Art

    June 11–July 21, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    Math art will focus on art that is mathematical: geometric art produced with just a straight edge and compass, string art, fractal art, and art made by placing lines with equations. The last three will be made with computer assistance in either Geogebra or Desmos. Geometric influences in art and architecture will be explored as students create their own geometric art. The golden ratio will be explored and discussed in the context of art and design, with discussion of its use in the composition of renaissance paintings. Connections will be made between shapes that arise in string art and those arising in other graphings, including the Mandelbrot Set which will be explored as fractal art. Art works in Desmos will include a thorough discussion of function transformations and some introduction to conic sections. After discussing relevant art works, students will learn and explore each of the methods in order to create original small art works of their own in each style. Each student will then select a method and create a longer, more involved work for display at the end of semester showcase. Students should have a solid Algebra 1 background in order to appreciate mathematical aspects of the course.
  • Writing the College Essay 1

    July 31–August 4, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
    This one-week, intensive course tackles the writing portions of the college application process. Hands-on and fast-paced, the College Essay class will help you tell your best story, presenting to colleges an engaging portrait of who you are. By the end of the course you will:

    • Understand the components of a strong college admissions essay,
    • Analyze the nuances of the common application topics and supplement questions,
    • Be able to edit your own and others’ work for topic, form, and voice;
    • Complete a final draft of a common app essay,
    • Have an edited draft of an additional common app essay,
    • Finish edited responses to supplement questions from the colleges of your choice.

    You should expect to write both in class and at home and complete about 30 minutes of homework each night. Please bring paper and writing utensils as well as a laptop. It is also helpful to have a narrowed list of colleges to which you will apply. Please note that given the intensive nature of this course, it is imperative that you attend all five days.
  • Writing the College Essay 2

    August 7–11, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
    This one-week, intensive course tackles the writing portions of the college application process. Hands-on and fast-paced, the College Essay class will help you tell your best story, presenting to colleges an engaging portrait of who you are. By the end of the course you will:

    • Understand the components of a strong college admissions essay,
    • Analyze the nuances of the common application topics and supplement questions,
    • Be able to edit your own and others’ work for topic, form, and voice;
    • Complete a final draft of a common app essay,
    • Have an edited draft of an additional common app essay,
    • Finish edited responses to supplement questions from the colleges of your choice.

    You should expect to write both in class and at home and complete about 30 minutes of homework each night. Please bring paper and writing utensils as well as a laptop. It is also helpful to have a narrowed list of colleges to which you will apply. Please note that given the intensive nature of this course, it is imperative that you attend all five days.
  • Pre-Season Writing

    August 14–25, 9–11 a.m.
    The transition form Eighth Grade into Ninth Grade is an important one. This class will help students manage this transition by preparing them to write at the High School level. Students in the Pre-Season Writing course will have a chance to brush brush up on techniques they may not have used much during the summer. Drafting and gathering feedback on writing in a helpful workshop atmosphere will allow students to combine the serious purpose of building stronger skills with the fun of working together. The goal is to have students enter their high school year with a sharpened sense of how to write well at this level. This course will focus on three areas of preparation: approaching writing assignments, generating ideas, and reviewing the basics.

    Approaching writing assignments: How to "receive" an assignment, understand what is being asked, break it down into manageable chunks, and do the assignment in an efficient, timely, and effective manner.

    Generating ideas, or brainstorming: How to develop a simple idea into a complex nuanced argument, how to narrow a broad idea into a focused topic, and how to write a strong thesis statement.

    Reviewing the basics: writing strong, varied sentences; focused, complete, and concise paragraphs; and logical, tightly organized essays. Attention will be given to grammar, mechanics, spelling, and vocabulary in context.
  • Self Defense for Upper School Girls

    August 16, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
    Taught by Joanne Factor of Strategic Living, LLC. Teen girls are looking to increase their independence. Increasingly, they will need to take care of themselves while exploring and engaging in rich, fulfilling lives. They are out more with friends, teams, bands. They (or their friends) are beginning to drive. They are beginning to date. They are exploring the world, at times without direct adult supervision. On top of that, you may be concerned about social pressure and a cultural environment that romanticizes unhealthy relationship behavior and tends to denigrate girls’ abilities and sense of self. They could use some skills to help augment the experience they are acquiring.

    In this class, your emerging young adult will learn to recognize “red flags” that someone may mean harm, plan safe exits from iffy situations, practice physical moves (just in case), and learn to find supportive self-care. All in age-appropriate language and concepts.
  • Self Defense for Girls Off to College

    August 17, 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
    She’s off to college! For the first time, she’ll be living with peers rather than parents, responsible for her own food and schedule, and having to make more judgements about balancing risk and safety. All while making new friends, finding how she fits in, and thriving in a college environment. Give her tools to increase her chances of the next four years being some of her best. Ones she will later remember fondly. In this class she will learn simple and effective ways to stay out of harm's way on and around campus while still enjoying the full college experience. In this short seminar, we will address 2 ways to identify possible evil-doers, 3 strategies to evade them, and 4 techniques to neutralize their ill intent. Some of this class will be physical, some verbal, and all aimed at increasing her choices. EmPOWERment doesn't get more fun!