Summer Camp

Welcome to Capitol Hill Day School Summer Camp 2017!

We offer seven one-week sessions, each with a variety of programs for children ages four to fourteen. The day begins at 9:00am and ends at 4:00pm. For an additional fee, extended care is available from 8:00 to 9:00am and from 4:00 to 6:00pm.

Many Summer Camp instructors are CHDS teachers and members of the School’s After School Program staff, as well as other invited professionals. The number of campers in each group ranges from 20 to 30, depending on the program. At least two adults are always with each group.

Campers are grouped by age:
  • Early Childhood: PreK – 1st Grade
  • Elementary: 2nd – 4th Grade
  • Upper: 5th – 8th Grade
Questions? Please contact Njonjo Smith, Director of Auxiliary Programs, by email (nsmith@chds.org) or at (202) 386-9928.

Summer Camp 2017

Early Childhood and 1st Grade

Session 1 (June 26 - June 30)

1-A: Yoga (FULL)

Did you know that yoga improves physical and mental flexibility, and develops physical strength and emotional resilience? Campers will learn and practice yoga postures as well as relaxation and breath awareness. We will also explore what DC has to offer the curious young yogi! We will be inspired by some of the animals that yoga poses are named after at the National Zoo. We will go on walks and explore the beauty of nature. We will experience the serenity of a yoga studio and we will enjoy some healthy and delicious snacks that support a yogic lifestyle.

Instructor: Kate MacDonnell
Cost: $380

1-B: Yaddies of Jamaica

Wha a gwaan yaadies?! Come one, come all! Let’s get our groove on by learning about the exciting culture and practices of one of the most fun-filled Caribbean islands - JAMAICA! Are you ready to learn about the Jamaican vibes, real Jamaican cuisine, Jamaican arts and crafts, and great Jamaican musicians? If you are, then yah mon "Yaadies of Jamaica" is the camp to be!

Instructor: Aisha Smith
Cost: $380

1-C: Art Around the World (FULL)

Each day, campers will select a different country and explore its culture through its food, music, and art. Campers will make creative projects tailored to each country, using papier mâché, carbon sketching, painting and drawing. We will also make delicious foods corresponding to letters of the alphabet, and play music from various genres. Each day will have a theme tying together the art, food, and music components. On the last day, campers will present an original performance that may include a dance, a play, or a puppet show. Field trips include Hirshhorn Museum Sculpture Garden, American History Museum, Art in the Park (a day on the National Mall for an art project), and a pool day.

Instructor: Mattie Sandler
Cost: $380

Session 2 (July 3 - July 7) - no camp July 4

2-A: Tropical Paradise

Students will explore the cultural aspects of various Caribbean islands through music, art and craft, food, customs and practices, along with adventurous trips.

Instructor: Aisha Smith
Cost: $305

2-B: Lego Camp (FULL)

If you love putting things together, this is the right camp for you! Campers will construct bridges, buildings, and other wonderful creations with Legos.

Instructor: Niomi Reed
Cost: $305

2-C: Farm to Table (FULL)

Let’s go to the farm! We’ll do some farm work then gather some food and create healthy snacks. We’ll visit working farms and farmers’ markets to see how sustainable agriculture works and make healthy snacks from the fresh foods we’ve gathered. We’ll go to a restaurant that sources food from local sustainable sources and learn how that process changes the ways a restaurant operates. We’ll learn about contributions farms and restaurants make to their communities to support those in need.

Instructor: Kate MacDonnell
Cost: $305

Session 3 (July 10 - July 14)

3-A: Holiday Camp

Every day we will learn about and celebrate a different holiday – July 4th, St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, and a Happy Birthday celebration! We will play games, make decorations, and bake and eat treats that are associated with each holiday.

Instructor: Stacey Price
Cost: $380

3-B: Creativity Camp (FULL)

School’s out and it’s time for fun! In Creativity Camp we’ll let our creative genius flow and try our hands at painting murals, tie dyeing, beadwork, and other art projects. We will explore and enjoy nature’s beauty at the Botanical Gardens, National Arboretum, and much more.

Instructor: Tina Jean Pierre
Cost: $380

3-C: Amazing Animals (FULL)

Our week will be all about animals! We will create art projects based on animals, and explore animals in literature. We will deepen our knowledge of animals through trips to the Zoo, and to farms. Run, jump, scurry, and gallop along with us for an Amazing Animal Adventure!

Instructor: Adrienne Jones
Cost: $380

Session 4 (July 17 - July 21)

4-A: Chefs on the Hill (FULL)

Have fun cooking with Niomi! We will mix, stir, chop, pour, bake, decorate, and, of course, taste all week long. If you heard about the concoctions made in last year’s camp, then you know what a “treat” this camp will be! Come join the fun.

Instructor: Niomi Reed
Cost: $385

4-B: Camp Dinosaurs (FULL)

Campers will search for dinosaurs on a Dinosaur Hunt, and create their own fossils. We will visit the Natural History Museum in DC, and Dinosaur Park in Laurel, MD.

Instructor: Stacey Price
Cost: $380

4-C: Little Scientists (FULL)

Campers will become little scientists for the week as they discover how chemistry works by conducting hands on experiments to see how matter can be transformed into various forms. We will identify objects, make observations, mix and measure non-toxic chemicals, and visit the Maryland Science Center to expand our scientific knowledge.

Instructor: Tina Jean-Pierre
Cost: $380

Session 5 (July 24 - July 28)

5-A: Camp Blast Off (FULL)

Campers will learn about the air we breathe and venture into space by visiting NASA (Goddard Space Flight Center), College Park Aviation, and the Air and Space Museum at Dulles. We will learn about space ships, the solar system, and aviation, and create our own solar systems, airplane runways, and rockets.

Instructor: Niomi Reed
Cost: $380

5-B: Playtime Adventures (FULL)

Campers will enjoy an abundance of fun activities for the entire week. We will explore different play centers and swimming pools around the Washington, DC metropolitan area, including Port Discovery, Magic Ground, Pump it Up, Watermine, and Harbor Spray Park.

Instructor: Emily Prigg
Cost: $380

5-C: Puppet Camp (FULL)

Campers will explore different puppet making techniques and make their own puppets. Inspiration will come from a visit to a performance of the Glen Echo Puppet Company.

Instructor: Stacey Price
Cost: $380

Session 6 (July 31 - August 4)

6-A: Storytelling (FULL)

Every day, campers will journey through an exciting story. Whether it’s becoming our favorite character and acting out a story, playing story-related games, watching a live performance or puppet show, or making a storybook snack, we will have an enriching and fun experience!

Instructor: Nyame-Kye Kondo
Cost: $380

6-B: Music Makers (FULL)

Campers will explore different musical styles and instruments throughout the world. We will have fun with hands on experiences to discover music from different regions of the world. Along with performance viewings, we will develop a basic knowledge of how instruments are made. Campers will also enjoy excursions to local attractions to complement the country and instrument of the day.

Instructor: Ashley Parham
Cost: $380

6-C: Mimicking the Master Artist

Campers will examine art by Picasso, Magritte, and Dali, as well as graffiti art and lettering samples. There will be daily projects and one or two major projects that we will take 5 days to complete. Campers will research different artists, and then draw self-portraits in the style of an artist they choose. They will learn techniques of drawing portraits before committing their work to a canvas, and create their own sketchbooks.

Instructor: Irene Kokkales
Cost: $380

Session 7 (August 7 - 11)

7-A: Water Works (FULL)

Back by popular demand! Swimming in the Washington area’s water parks will help you beat the heat this summer. Campers will enjoy splash venues like the Watermine, Cameron Run, Chesapeake Water Park, Splash Down Water Park, and Six Flags Paradise.

Instructor: CHDS Staff
Cost: $385

Elementary Grades (2nd - 4th)

Session 1 (June 26 - June 30)

1-D: Up, Up, and Away

There is so much to discover above the clouds at Capitol Hill Day School! Planes fly overhead, birds soar on wind currents, weather patterns change, tree trunks stretch high into the sky…and we want to know all about it! Campers will design, create, and fly their own kites and hot air balloons, learn about air and space aviation, climb up into the trees to get a bird’s eye view, and much more! Campers will build their communication and team-building skills, advance their knowledge, and explore some of the most interesting things. Additionally, we will discover weather socks, windmills, and how airplanes fly. The wind, however, won’t be the only thing in motion this week! Each trip will be action packed and full of fun and learning!

Instructor: Michael Jones
Cost: $380

1-E: Artist Adventures En Plein Air

En plein air or plein air painting, a phrase meaning “open (in full) air,” is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Campers will discover the beauty of nature and make artwork outside like real artists! In the afternoon, we will cool off with games and trips to the pool.

Instructor: Megan Smith
Cost: $380

Session 2 (July 3 - July 7) - no camp July 4

2-D: Wearable Art

Campers will create their own works of art that they can wear, using their own designs and original fabrics. We will make masks, costumes, bracelets, and tie-dye t-shirts. We will end the week by doing a color run around camp!

Instructor: Megan Smith
Cost: $305

2-E: Around the World in 5 Days

Campers will explore the world...in 5 days! Don't worry - you can pack light for this week of study and play. We will experience the music, dance, art, food, clothing, and culture of different countries, while collecting and creating souvenirs. We will even venture to a few places that provide a real-life experience! Enter a world of fun as grand and creative as each camper's imagination!

Instructor: Michael Jones
Cost: $305

Session 3 (July 10 - July 14)

3-D: Mad Scientist

Campers will don lab coats and conduct research, execute exciting experiments, build amazing inventions, launch rockets, and solve problems as a team and individually. We will visit the American History Museum, Sparklab, and the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore.

Instructor: Megan Smith
Cost: $380

3-E: Tennis Camp

Whether you want to learn how to play tennis, or improve your performance, this camp is for you. Learn the fundamentals, including how to hold the racket correctly, and develop your serve, backhand, and forehand. Campers will have tennis instruction in the mornings at the Garfield Park Tennis Center, and go swimming in the afternoon at a local pool.

Instructor: Niomi Reed
Cost: $380

Session 4 (July 17 - July 21)

4-D: Kicks for Kids

Campers will learn how to optimize tactics such as ball control, dribbling, shooting, and passing. The Soccer Pros instructors emphasize proper technique on the field, and will provide your child with fun and creative ways to play both individually and within a team environment. Instructors will conduct small sided games, tournaments, and other fun activities.

Instructor: Khary Stockton Soccer
Cost: $380

4-E: Take a Hike

Let’s go for a walk in the woods! We’ll go on walks in and around DC to explore the natural world, learning about the plants and animals we see. We’ll have fun in the sun (and shade, too!) and then relax and make nature-inspired arts and crafts related to what we saw and learned on our hikes.

Instructor: Kate MacDonnell
Cost: $380

Session 5 (July 24 - July 28)

5-D: Basketball Camp

Learn about and practice the fundamentals of basketball through various drills and games. Stations in the morning include ball handling, dribbling, passing, shooting, and agility. Campers will put these skills to use in small sided games and activities. In the afternoons, we’ll take trips to the pool and enjoy a day of mini golf.

Instructor: CHDS Staff
Cost: $380

5-E: Fossil Finders

Let’s learn from archaeologists at one of the most important fossil sites in the U.S., and search for fossils ourselves! We’ll learn about the work of archaeologists and do some work ourselves developing a keen eye. We will visit Calvert Cliffs to search for shark teeth on the beach. We will learn about animals that lived on the land we live on now and in the waters surrounding it thousands of years before us. We will also visit the Q?rius lab at the National Museum History to explore and ask experts about our findings.

Instructor: Kate MacDonnell
Cost: $380

Session 6 (July 31 - August 4)

6-D: Flag Football

Flag football offers opportunities for lots of fun, as well as the chance to improve individual skills and teamwork. We will work on running with the ball, throwing, catching, and the basics of defense. Lots of play plus developing valuable skills add up to a great time! In the afternoons, we will go swimming and bowling.

Instructor: Robert Robinson
Cost: $380

6-E: Monsters & Aliens

Explore mythological monsters and stories about aliens, then create your own monsters and aliens.

Instructor: Megan Smith
Cost: $380

Session 7 (August 7 - 11)

7-D: Water Works (FULL)

Back by popular demand! Swimming in the Washington area’s water parks will help you beat the heat this summer. Campers will enjoy splash venues like the Watermine, Cameron Run, Chesapeake Water Park, Splash Down Water Park, and Six Flags Paradise.

Instructor: CHDS Staff
Cost: $385

Upper Grades (5th - 8th)

Session 1 (June 26 - June 30)

1-F: Server Design Camp

Create your own Minecraft® server! Campers will learn professional Java™ programming as they design and build their own customized Minecraft® server that they can share and play with friends after camp! They will write the code to create custom servers, such as Capture the Flag, Mini Game, or an all-out Team Survival server. Kids design their map, levels and arena, and code their own custom rules and gameplay mechanics to make the ultimate multiplayer server! Campers will learn to code in Java™, the most widely used programming language in the world. After camp, kids will have access to the online version of the course, including video tutorials, interactive quizzes, and new challenges so they can keep using their new skills!

Instructor: Youth Digital
Cost: $425

1-G: Introduction to Illustration

Campers will use digital and analog processes to create visual narratives. We will explore idea generation, character design, environment design and narrative illustration. We will work in the studio and outdoors. On outdoor excursions, we will draw from observation, and find ideas and inspiration in the natural world. We will use these sketches to inform our work in the studio. This camp is limited to 10 participants.

Instructor: Nikko Custodio
Cost: $380

Session 2 (July 3 - July 7) - no camp July 4

2-F: Basic Sailing

Campers will set sail from Belle Haven Marina in Alexandria, VA (off of the George Washington Parkway), and learn about points of sail, navigational markers, right-of-way rules, man-overboard drills, capsizing and recovery, mooring and docking drills, and rigging on a 14’ Sunfish. After lunch, campers will enjoy outdoor activities before returning to school.

Instructor: CHDS Staff
Cost: $305

2-G: World Music Camp

Through exploring folk music and dance from different countries, we will learn about the cultures and traditions of those countries. We will travel the world via the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and its interactive website.

Instructor: Hayli Altman
Cost: $305

Session 3 (July 10 - July 14)

3-F: Fun Fashion Camp

This camp is for young designers who want to explore the fascinating world of fashion design. Fashion themed field trips will provide inspiration to sketch your own designs. By the end of the week, you will have learned something about your own style and you will have created your own outfit using a sewing machine. A fashion show at the end of the week will give you the opportunity to show off your creation.

Instructor: Tianette Simpson
Cost: $380

3-G: The Science of Games

Campers will focus on games that develop math and science skills, including games based on logic, spatial skills, and deductive reasoning. We will also focus on lots of puzzles, like Pentominos and Soma Cube, exploring the math behind their solutions. Children will work on their own math- or science-focused games. Campers will also explore game design and the varying mechanics that are used in designing games, such as luck versus strategy.

Instructor: Labyrinth Games and Puzzles
Cost: $380

Session 4 (July 17 - July 21)

4-F: Room to Grow

Campers will dive deep into gardening, including social issues surrounding the environment concerning food, water, and industry. We will encourage a personal connection to nature, and emphasize self-care and mindfulness.

Instructor: Hayli Altman
Cost: $380

4-G: Art from Around the World

Learn about cultures around the world through stories, games, pictures, and art; create your own drawings, paintings, headpieces and more. Campers will explore the National Gallery of Art, and the African and Asia Museums.

Instructor: Megan Smith
Cost: $380

Session 5 (July 24 - July 28)

5-F: Video Game Development

Learn to code your own 3D Game with Unity®! Campers will learn to code in C# to program their game in Unity®, one of the most widely used tools in the game design industry. Kids will also learn industry-standard game design concepts and gameplay mechanics, such as checkpoints, pickups, and powerups, to make their game both challenging and fun to play! At the end of camp, kids will walk away with an awesome 3D game they will be proud to share with friends and family! They will also have access to the online version of the course, including video tutorials, interactive quizzes, and new challenges so they can keep using their new skills!

Instructor: Youth Digital
Cost: $425

5-G: Basketball Camp

Learn about and practice the fundamentals of basketball through various drills and games. Stations in the morning include ball handling, dribbling, passing, shooting, and agility. Campers will put these skills to use in small sided games and activities. In the afternoons, we’ll take trips to the pool and enjoy a day of mini golf.

Instructor: CHDS Staff
Cost: $380

Session 6 (July 31 - August 4)

6-F: Flag Football

Flag football offers opportunities for lots of fun, as well as the chance to improve individual skills and teamwork. We will work on running with the ball, throwing, catching, and the basics of defense. Lots of play plus developing valuable skills add up to a great time! In the afternoons, we will go swimming and bowling.

Instructor: Robert Robinson
Cost: $380

6-G: Mod Design Camp

Create Your Own Minecraft® mod! Campers will learn real Java™ programming as they design and code their own Minecraft mod from start to finish. Kids can use all their craziest ideas to create their own blocks, items, mobs, and more! A sword made out of Pizza? How about a mob of marshmallow minions? Make it all happen in Mod Design Camp. Kids learn the foundations of Java™ to create their own totally custom mod! Java™ is one of the most widely used programming languages in the world and kids will use pro development software Eclipse to learn all the fundamentals of coding. At the end of camp, kids will walk away with an awesome Minecraft mod that they can download and share with friends! They will also have access to the online version of the course, including video tutorials, interactive quizzes, and new challenges so they can keep using their new skills!

Instructor: Youth Digital
Cost: $425

Session 7 (August 7 - 11)

7-F Water Works

Back by popular demand! Swimming in the Washington area’s water parks will help you beat the heat this summer. Campers will enjoy splash venues like the Watermine, Cameron Run, Chesapeake Water Park, Splash Down Water Park, and Six Flags Paradise.

Instructor: CHDS Staff
Cost: $385

Meet Our Counselors

Meet our 2017 Summer Camp Staff!

Hayli Altman

is a graduate of Queen's University with bachelor degrees in Music and Education, and is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. She currently works as an ASP Counselor and Substitute teacher at Capitol Hill Day School, and gives private vocal music lesson. Hayli taught woodworking and gardening to all age groups at Camp Green Acres in Markham, Ontario and Camp Coleman in Cleveland, Georgia.

Veronica Chapman

serves as an assistant to the Director of Auxiliary Services and is an ASP Counselor. She is a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) in Prince Georges County, MD, and a certified CPR Instructor for the American Heart Association and the National Safety Council. She also provides basic first aid to the students and staff at Capitol Hill Day School.

Nicholas "Nikko" Custodio

teaches art at Capitol Hill Day School, and is a working artist. Nikko is originally from California, relocating to Washington, DC in 2012. Prior to moving to DC, he taught abroad in Japan. Nikko graduated from the California College of the Arts in 2007 with a BFA in Illustration.

Tina Jean-Pierre

is a graduate of Florida A&M University and holds a degree in English/Public Relations, as well as a Master’s degree in early education from American University. She has worked in the School’s After School and Summer Camp Programs for several years.

Adreienne Jones

is a Washington native, and attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where she focused on instrumental music and cultivated her passion for culture and the arts. She earned a Bachelors in Science (Biology) from Morgan State University.

Michael Jones

is a graduate of Paine College with a degree in English. He is an ASP counselor and is returning for a second year as a Summer Camp Counselor. Michael also assists in Admissions. He enjoys working with kids and helping them use their creative and critical skills to reach their fullest potential.

Irene Kokkales

went to Eastern Michigan University and majored in English language and Literature. She has lived on Capitol Hill for 25 years, and worked in DC public schools for about 20 years. After she had children, she switched from real estate to early childhood education, and Irene still finds “these little people delightful!”

Nyame-Kye Kondo

is an international artist and creative educator from Washington, DC. A graduate of both the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and Morgan State University, Nyame-Kye has been teaching for the last ten years, and credits her educator parents for inspiring her to do so.

Kate MacDonnell

is a yoga teacher and artist who has worked with children at CHDS for over 10 years. She is inspired by the natural world and loves to share and foster wonder and curiosity in children. She loves the CHDS community and looks forward to a fun and relaxing summer camp!

Ashley Parham

is a graduate of University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music (violin), and an alumna of CHDS. She currently teaches at Forestdale Elementary School in Springfield, VA. Ashley has been an ASP and Summer Camp Counselor for several years, and she looks forward to working with campers again!

Stacey Price

currently teaches first grade at Capitol Hill Day School. She has been teaching early childhood and elementary school in Washington, DC since 2005. Her favorite children's book is Pinkalicious. She loves pizza and anything that is pink!

Emily Prigg

graduated from the College of Wooster in 2016 with a degree in Communications with a minor in Education. Throughout her collegiate career, she worked in a variety of school settings in Ohio and Maryland. Emily currently works as the Communications Associate at CHDS and is an ASP Counselor in the Early Childhood group. She is passionate about education and enjoys spending time with children, watching them grow and develop into confident and curious lovers of learning.

Niomi Reed

has several years of experience as a Summer Camp Coordinator and part-time After School Program Counselor. She has a Bachelor’s in Social Work and was a Special Education Resource Teacher and Case Worker at Green Valley Alternative Academy in Prince George’s County. Niomi teaches 7th and 8th grade math and science at Maya Angelou Public Charter School.

Robert Robinson

is a graduate of Howard University, where he played football. He has over ten years’ experience working with children. Robert is a Physical Education teacher and Athletic Director at Meridian Public Charter School. He is the founder and CEO of Explosive Sports, a youth program dedicated to helping children develop academically, socially, and physically. Through Explosive Sports, Robert runs an All State Summer Flag Football League.

Mattie Sandler

hales from Coeur D'Alene, Idaho and has a B.A. in Public Relations and Philosophy from Gonzaga University. She worked on Capitol Hill in press/communications before realizing her passion was teaching and working with children. Her teaching experience is focused on social skills development with students on the autism spectrum and anxiety/sensory processing disorders. She is currently doing graduate work in mental health and child psychology.

Tianette Simpson

is a designer who enjoys helping everyone get a little fashion in their lives. Tianette studied fashion design at New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology, specializing in illustration. She also studied fashion in France and Italy. Tianette has been a design assistant to a local designer, has mentored many new designers, and has had her own fashion collections and lines.

Aisha Smith

is an elementary teacher at Eagle Academy. She has over 14 years’ experience working as an elementary teacher here in the US and in her native country of Jamaica. Aisha is passionate about helping children learn about different cultures and countries around the world.

Megan Smith

is a graduate of Corcoran College of Art + Design with a degree in Photography, as well as a Master’s degree in Teaching from Frostburg State University. During the school year she teaches elementary art in Maryland. She recently led a session at Capitol Hill Day School in partnership with the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and has taught summer programs in Washington, DC for several years.

Njonjo Smith

is the Director of Auxiliary Services at Capitol Hill Day School. He is a graduate of Columbia Union College with a degree in Organizational Management. He has worked with the After School Program and Summer Camp for more than ten years.

Barbara Starchia

has worked at Capitol Hill Day School for more than twenty years. She is the School Receptionist and assists the After School Program.