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Pegasus Summer Program

January  2014

 

Enroll in Pegasus by January 31st for 5% Tuition Discount

Enrollment is now open for the Pegasus Summer Program – to be held at Wayland Middle School – and all families registering by January 31, 2014, will receive a 5% tuition discount. Registration is online through www.pegasussummerexperience.com.

Pegasus has been operating continuously since 1994, and is a Wayland Public School district summer enrichment program. It is for preschool through entering Grade Eight children. At the program’s core is a belief that providing children with the right supports enhances self-esteem and encourages children to take healthy risks.  To accomplish this, Pegasus has excellent staff:child ratios, provides a rich variety of materials and activities, and values giving children choices.

The Pegasus staff is highly qualified and experienced, and includes many Wayland Public School district staff.  Preschool and kindergarten programs are led by several teachers from The Children’s Way, the school district’s early childhood program. Seasoned staff return year after year to the six-week program, which last summer enrolled close to 200 children.

There are two three-week sessions. Dates this year are: Tuesday, June 24 – Friday, July 11, for Session One, and Monday, July 14 – Friday, August 1, for Session Two.  The program is closed Friday, July 4, 2014. The start date could change if there are additional snow days.

Distinct programming is offered for Preschool, Entering Kindergarten, Entering Grades 1 – 5, and Entering Grades 6 – 8. Standard program is 9 am – 1 pm with extended hours available from 8 am – 9 am and from 3 pm – 5:30 pm. Preschool and Kindergarteners may attend three, four, or five days while all other age groups attend Monday through Friday.  There is a one-session minimum, but additional weeks may be added by contacting Pegasus Coordinator Julie Potter at 508-655-8146 or emailing her at Julie_Potter@wayland.k12.ma.us.

Preschool and Kindergarten. Highlights for 2014 include a return of Tumblebus Gym on Wheels, a gymnastics studio that comes to the Pegasus site in a retrofitted, air-conditioned school bus.  The activity is geared for Preschool and Kindergarten.  The children also enjoy enrichment activities such as music, dance, games, technology, story time, arts and crafts, and culinary arts.  Kindergarteners take a field trip each session.

School Age Programming.  Participants entering Grades One through Five choose a specialty area each session. These special activities are on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings. Children are immersed in an activity that interests them. Choices in 2014 will include:  Games Galore, Performing Arts, Rockin’ Robotics, Sizzlin’ Science, Studio Art, and TV Production/WPKN (Grades 3 -5). In addition, during a daily elective block on those three mornings, children engage in sports, technology, culinary arts, or dance.  As an example, a child interested in the arts and enrolled in Performing Arts could sign up for dance each morning, thus fashioning a program tailored to his or her specific interests. Likewise, in the past, some children have chosen Games Galore as a specialty area and Games as a daily elective, meeting their need for a high energy program.

On Wednesdays, children explore area destinations with field trips. Tentative trips for this summer are:   Monster Mini-Golf, Discovery Museum, Wayland Town Beach Picnic, Jay Gees Fun Center, Southwick’s Zoo, Coco Key Water Resort, Davis Farmland, Wards Berry Farm, Christa McAuliffe Planetarium and Launch Trampoline Park. Trips vary by age group.

Every Friday is a special event day, with the last Friday of each session showcasing the Performing Arts production, dance performances, and other session highlights. The tentative plan for the remaining three Fridays includes:  Color Day Games with Mr. John Berry, well known Happy Hollow and Loker School physical education teacher, Animal Adventures Wild Animal Show and Pegasus Theatre Production, Caribbean Festival with Waterslides and a Steel Drum Band, and a Cowboy Bonanza with line dancing, horseshoes, gold rush and “cowboy grub.” On the final Friday of the summer program, there will be the Pegasus Theatre Production and a magic show.

Middle School. For this age group, activities are as varied as twice weekly field trips, Advanced Television Production, Studio Art workshops, community service projects, culinary arts, and indoor and outdoor challenges. This year a new program is being offered on Thursdays at the site.  On the Mark Archery will bring its Level II safety-certified program to the middle school students for one-hour classes each week.

Tentative field trip destinations include: the Challenge Course at the Hopkinton YMCA, New York/Beantown Trapeze School, Amesbury Sports Park for tubing,  Southwick’s Zoo,  Coco Key Water Resort, Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Jay Gees Fun Center, Rock On Adventure Rock Climbing, 5 Wits Espionage, Foxboro, and Launch Trampoline Park.

For information about Pegasus, call Julie Potter, Pegasus coordinator, at 508-655-8146 or email her at Julie_Potter@wayland.k12.ma.us. Additional details are available at www.pegasussummerexperience.com.

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