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Outback Summer Program


Licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).

1st-6th Grade Outback Summer Program

Kindergarten Outback Summer Program

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1st-6th Grade Outback Summer Program Children entering 1st-6th Grade in the fall of 2018 are eligible for this program. Outback Summer Program provides a high-quality summer experience for families who value creativity, culture and community. We specialize in building community through creative explorations.

Our neighborhood location and large backyard are the perfect setting for children to build friendships and express their individuality, and our teachers strive to make every child feel welcome. Through daily activities in drama, sports, visual arts, science, dance, gardening, cooking, music, and more, we inspire children to let their imaginations guide them! We strive to strike the perfect balance of structure of freedom for a safe yet fun summer.

Our Staff Outback celebrates and honors the diversity of interests, curiosities and talents that children bring with them to our program by offering a diverse array of activities presented by a diverse staff.

At Agassiz Baldwin Community we have been educating and nurturing children for over three decades. Our staff is a made up of artists, dancers, athletes, musicians and childcare specialists with skills in everything from printmaking to cartooning to soccer. Many summer teachers are recruited from our afterschool program. Morning specialists, who are professionals in their fields, will guide students in deepening their appreciation and skill level in dance, sports, drama, ceramics and other visual arts.

The staff is trained every year in both first aid and CPR. Teachers are assisted by youth from the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program and the Cambridge Mayor’s Youth Program. These CIT and Mayor’s Youth teens are never responsible for groups of children, but rather there as an extra pair of hands to assist teaching staff, and are great role models for Outbackers!

Our Space We are located at 20 Sacramento Street, off Massachusetts Ave between Harvard and Porter Squares. Outback takes place in the tree-shaded backyard of the historic ABC building. Our backyard includes a sandbox with water component, children’s garden, play structure, and bocce ball court. For our sports lovers, the backyard offers an adjustable basketball hoop, cement four-square court and a dedicated wall ball board.

Outback also uses Sacramento Field (across the street) and Alden Park (Tot Lot, down the block) for sports and play. The Maria L. Baldwin school is our location during rainy or hot weather, where we have use of the community room (includes a kitchen), gym, several classrooms, and cafeteria. Outback will continue the use of the 3D and ceramics studios in the state of the art Maud Morgan Arts Center.

Daily Schedule at Outback

Choices, Choices, Choices! Outback is a choice-based program allowing children to pursue their interests and make decisions about how they want to spend their day. Teachers present their activities, called “choices” during community meetings and children can then decide which choice most inspires them.

Morning choices are “Clubs” which children choose on Monday and continue to do for the week. Clubs give more time for teachers and Outbackers to delve deeper into the chosen focus and work on ongoing projects. Afternoon  choices aren’t clubs so children can try something new  and not commit to the full week. Some choices are based on weekly themes that present art and physical activities within a multicultural, multidisciplinary context. Participating in these stimulating activities helps children set the stage for learning in the fall, while exercising their minds and bodies.

Past choices and clubs have included cooperative games, sports, science, exploration, visual arts, ceramics, stories and books, music, drama, cooking, gardening, yoga, dance, jewelry making, improv comedy, origami, fashion and costume design, mapmaking, scavenger hunts, free swim* and more! Everyone is sure to find something that sparks his or her curiosity! We aim to have the right balance of structure and freedom so that children are empowered to enjoy the activities they love…and try something new!

* Free swim is an choice that happens twice/week during the regular day schedule after lunch. Due to popularity it occasionally does fill up. We do our very best to give each child an opportunity to swim at least once per week, and twice if at all possible. We follow the schedule of the pool, so if the pool is closed we will not have the swimming option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specialist Clubs (9:00 am-12:00 pm):

  • Drama: character development, improv, play writing, performances
  • Visual Arts: cartooning, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation
  • Ceramics: clay projects that will be fired in our kiln
  • Dance: creative modern, jazz, hip hop, international
  • Science: experiments, nature exploration, inventions
  • Sports (full day): Baseball, Soccer, Basketball, Capture the flag, Four Square, Wall ball, Cooperative games, and many more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dates for Summer 2018 Program 
Week 1:  July 2nd-6th (Closed 7/4 for Independence Day) Myths, Legends, Fables and Fairytales

Week 2:  July 9th-13th “Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead!

Week 3:  July 16th-20th Around the World

Week 4:  July 23rd-27th Going Green

Week 5:  July 30th-August 3rd Time Traveler

Week 6:  August 6th-10th Out of this World

Week 7:  August 13th-17th Outback’s Got Talent!

Week 8: August 20th-24th “Oh The Places You’ll Go”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Field Trips and Special Events Each week, several buses of Outbackers, teachers, parents chaperones and CITs wearing bright t-shirts, travel to a different local beach to spend the day swimming, building sandcastles, playing soccer, sea shell hunting, going on nature walks and simply enjoying the sun and the sand. These trips are highly organized to ensure safety and fun for everyone and are a favorite part of Outback for many! Beach trips are usually on Thursdays.

There are also a variety of other field trips to Boston area museums, parks and other destinations throughout the summer. Many of these trips are for specific age groups. Outbackers may also have the opportunity to go on many local walking field trips to Farmer’s Markets, the Cambridge Public Library, The Harvard Natural History Museum, the Harvard Yard Sprinklers, the War Memorial Pool and other destinations in our neighborhood.

We also bring guests, shows, and exhibits to Outback.

Contact the Outback Summer Program Questions? Contact Andrea Breen, Director of Children’s Programs, at (617) 349-6287 x11 or abreen@agassiz.org.


Kindergarten (K) Outback Summer Program Children who are 4 years old by March 31st, 2018 are eligible to attend Kindergarten Outback. Kindergarten Outback are part of the larger Outback but have a dedicated staff and age-appropriate activities. Our staff is sensitive to the fact that this may be your child’s first summer program experience. Activity times are age-appropriate and rest time is built into the day to allow children a comfortable daily schedule. Our priority is to make all incoming children feel welcome in this new setting by grouping children into smaller cohorts and minimizing transitions throughout the day.

Our Staff The K Program is led by our Early Education Director in collaboration with Outback teaching staff and Mayor’s Youth. Our staff is a group of creative, caring, and engaging educators, many of whom are recruited from our Kindergarten Afterschool program. Each staff member is certified in first aid and CPR and exceeds the qualifications of an EEC verified teacher.

Our Space The K Program shares the backyard at 20 Sacramento with the 1st-6th grade program. The indoor classroom space in our building is also dedicated for the Kindergartens so they have a quiet, separated  space, air-conditioned space.

Choices, Choices, Choices! Choices include creative movement/dance, drama, music, sports/cooperative games, outdoor play and the visual arts. The Kindergarten Outback Program will follow the weekly themes as seen above. The programming is focused on creative self-expression, with opportunities for cooking, cooperative games, nature discovery, and water play on hot days.

Field Trips We will go on outings around the neighborhood and will also have several Kindergarten Field Trips to Boston area destinations. Past year’s trips have included the Boston Children’s Museum, Boston Nature Center and The Puppet Showplace Theater. Kindergarteners also attend the weekly beach trips with the older group. We have many staff, helpers and chaperones to keep the Kindergarten group safe, hydrated, sun-screened and happy at the beach!

Schedule & Registration Please see the registration process for the 1st-6th Grade Outback Program above.

Contact the Kindergarten Outback Summer Program Contact Samantha Eaton, Early Education Site Director, at (617) 349-6287 x14 or seaton@agassiz.org.

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