Summer FAQs & Expectations

FAQs

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • What are the hours for camp?

    Summer@Annie Wright Day Camp is 8:00 am-5:00 pm with an extended day option, 7:00 am-6:00 pm.
  • What should my child bring to camp?

    • sunscreen 
    • water attire and accessories and floating devices if needed
    • towel
    • extra set of clothes
    • comfortable walking shoes (No open-toed shoes or flip flops are allowed for safety reasons. Water shoes are allowed for water play only)
    • snacks (w/out nuts preferred - see peanut policy below)
    • Lunch catered by FLIK is provided daily for all full-day camps (excluding specialties) for Grades 1-8. 
     
    Campers may not bring:
    • personal items from home not on the daily packing list above
    • games or toys from home
    • Any weapon or replica of a weapon, or any item intended to be used as a weapon. These are all prohibited and against the law
    • Cell phones and other technology are discouraged. See below.

    Technology policy
    Cell phones and other technology devices and accessories are discouraged. If they are brought they must remain in the backpack and can only be retrieved after permission from an adult. Technology provides powerful tools for learning and communication, but for campers, it also presents the possibility for distraction and diminishing students’ emerging skills of attentiveness and ability to focus. In order to use technology, including laptops, cell phones, wearable technology, and any other devices - students must seek permission and use it under supervision, and it must be Summer@Annie Wright related. Campers who are found using their cell phones during the day will be reminded to put their phones away, and campers who repeatedly use their phones without permission risk confiscation and the loss of other privileges.
  • What will my camper's schedule look like?

    Note: This is an EXAMPLE of only. Every week every camper could experience a different schedule. Weekly schedules will be determined for every grade level based on the specified areas of study and the number of campers enrolled.
    *Reading & Language Arts, Campfire, Art & Expression include DIME, SEL, Civics, History, Social Studies
    DAY CAMP PS-KMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
    7:00 AMChoice TimeChoice TimeChoice TimeChoice TimeChoice Time
    8:00 AMChoice TimeChoice TimeChoice TimeChoice TimeChoice Time
    Bamford Commons 8:30:00 AMEC Community Building ActivityEC Community Building ActivityEC Community Building ActivityEC Community Building ActivityEC Community Building Activity
    9:00 AMCampfire Talking Circle (Morning Meeting)Campfire Talking Circle (Morning Meeting)Campfire Talking Circle (Morning Meeting)Campfire Talking Circle (Morning Meeting)Campfire Talking Circle (Morning Meeting)
    9:30 AMSwimImaginative & Sensory Play OutsideRock Wall & GymGarfield ParkPE
    10:30 AMCampfire & SnackCampfire & SnackCampfire & SnackCampfire & SnackCampfire & Snack
    11:15 AMReading & Language ArtsSTEMArt & ExpressionSTEMReading & Language Arts
    12:00 PMImaginative & Sensory Play OutsidePEReading & Language ArtsPEImaginative & Sensory Play Outside
    12:30 PMLunch SocialLunch SocialLunch SocialLunch SocialLunch Social
    1:00 PMRestRestRestRestRest
    2:00 PMImaginative & Sensory Play OutsideArt & ExpressionImaginative & Sensory Play OutsideArt & ExpressionImaginative & Sensory Play Outside
    3:00 PMArt & ExpressionImaginative & Sensory Play OutsidePEImaginative & Sensory Play OutsideArt & Expression
    4:00 PMCommunity Building ActivityCommunity Building ActivityCommunity Building ActivityCommunity Building ActivityCommunity Building Activity
    5:00 PMTable GamesTable GamesTable GamesTable GamesTable Games
    DAY CAMP 1st-8thMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
    7:00 AMChoice TimeChoice TimeChoice TimeChoice TimeChoice Time
    8:00 AMChoice TimeChoice TimeChoice TimeChoice TimeChoice Time
    Front Lawn 8:30:00 AMCamp Community Building ActivityCamp Community Building ActivityCamp Community Building ActivityCamp Community Building ActivityCamp Community Building Activity
    9:00 AMCampfire Talking Circle (Morning Meeting)Campfire Talking Circle (Morning Meeting)Campfire Talking Circle (Morning Meeting)Campfire Talking Circle (Morning Meeting)Campfire Talking Circle (Morning Meeting)
    9:40 AMImaginative & Sensory Play OutsideReading & Language ArtsSTEMGarfield ParkReading & Language Arts
    10:20 AMCampfire & SnackCampfire & SnackCampfire & SnackCampfire & SnackCampfire & Snack
    10:40 AMReading & Language ArtsSTEMImaginative & Sensory Play OutsideReading & Language ArtsSTEM
    11:20 AMSTEMImaginative & Sensory Play OutsideReading & Language ArtsSTEMImaginative & Sensory Play Outside
    11:50 AMCampfire Check InCampfire Check InCampfire Check InCampfire Check InCampfire Check In
    12:00 PMLunch SocialLunch SocialLunch SocialLunch SocialLunch Social
    1:00 PMArt & ExpressionArt & ExpressionField TripArt & ExpressionArt & Expression
    2:00 PMSwimRock Wall & GymField TripPEPE
    3:00 PMCampfire & SELCampfire & SELCampfire & SELCampfire & SELCampfire & SEL
    4:00 PMCommunity Building ActivityCommunity Building ActivityCommunity Building ActivityCommunity Building ActivityCommunity Building Activity
    5:00 PMTable GamesTable GamesTable GamesTable GamesTable Games
    CIT DAY CAMP 6th-9thMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
    7:00 AMChoice TimeChoice TimeChoice TimeChoice TimeChoice Time
    8:00 AMChoice TimeChoice TimeChoice TimeChoice TimeChoice Time
    Front Lawn 8:30:00 AMCamp Community Building ActivityCamp Community Building ActivityCamp Community Building ActivityCamp Community Building ActivityCamp Community Building Activity
    9:00 AMCampfire Talking Circle (Morning Meeting)Campfire Talking Circle (Morning Meeting)Campfire Talking Circle (Morning Meeting)Campfire Talking Circle (Morning Meeting)Campfire Talking Circle (Morning Meeting)
    9:40 AMReading & Language ArtsSTEMCITReading & Language ArtsCIT
    10:20 AMSnackSnackSnackSnackSnack
    10:40 AMSTEMCITReading & Language ArtsSTEMReading & Language Arts
    11:20 AMCITReading & Language ArtsSTEMCITSTEM
    11:50 AMCampfire Check InCampfire Check InCampfire Check InCampfire Check InCampfire Check In
    12:00 PMLunch SocialLunch SocialLunch SocialLunch SocialLunch Social
    1:00 PMCITField TripCITPECIT
    2:00 PMRock Wall & GymField TripPECITSwim
    3:00 PMCampfire & SELCampfire & SELCampfire & SELCampfire & SELCampfire & SEL
    4:00 PMCommunity Building ActivityCommunity Building ActivityCommunity Building ActivityCommunity Building ActivityCommunity Building Activity
    5:00 PMTable GamesTable GamesTable GamesTable GamesTable Games


  • Is food provided?

    Lunch catered by FLIK is provided daily for ALL day camps (including morning day camps) for Grades 1-8, excluding specialties. 
    Campers are encouraged to bring snacks (w/out nuts preferred).

    Peanut policy
    AWS is not a peanut free environment. Due to student allergies, however, parents should check with counselors before bringing food for parties and other camp events. Campers can bring anything from home for their personal lunch that they desire, but food containing peanuts or peanut oil cannot be shared with other students. Some individual camps will opt to not have nut-based snacks to support students who are at high risk for an allergic reaction.
  • What should my camper wear?

    Your camper should wear appropriate, comfortable active wear, and hats are fine. There is no uniform for our summer programs. Please wear athletic shoes with a closed toe and heel. For special occasions, campers may be encouraged to wear spirit dress that is in theme with the camp.

    The following items are not permitted:
    • pajamas or pajama-type clothing
    • strapless tops or dresses; tops must have straps at least three fingers wide
    • clothing with holes, fraying, or tears
    • open-healed or open-toed shoes, sandals or flip flips (Water shoes are allowed for water play.)
    • apparel depicting or referring to alcohol, tobacco, drugs, political messaging, inappropriate language, or sexually suggestive behavior
    • short shorts/skirts
    • low-cut or midriff-showing shirts
  • What is the student to teacher ratio?
     

    The average student to teacher ratio is 10:1. It varies by age, from 6:1 to 14:1.
  • What does swimming at Summer@Annie Wright look like?

    As part of their activity rotation, campers will have the opportunity to swim in our indoor, heated pool, which begins at 3 feet and ends at 8 feet. Campers do not have to swim, but will have the option. We have safety stands and floaties for campers who are working on building their confidence and skills in the water. The swim rotation is supervised by our camp lifeguard as well as your child’s group counselor and assistant counselor.

    We provide safety floaties to our campers, but you are welcome to bring your own. We provide pool towels, but campers are welcome to bring their own. Please label your camper’s towel and include a plastic bag to place the wet towel in.
  • What is your refund policy?

    We do not offer refunds, but full day camps are eligible for exchanges for a fee of $25 on a space-available basis. No exchanges for specialty camps. 
  • What is your visitor policy?

    In order to ensure the safety of all members of the Annie Wright Schools community, all visitors (anyone who is not a student or employee of the School) must register at the Front Desk (Tacoma Ave Entrance) and wear a visitor’s badge, and sign out before leaving campus. Please refrain from visiting your child at camp. Parent visits disrupt the flow, as well as make other students feel sad if it is not their own parent coming. Please email summer@aw.org for questions or concerns.
  • Are scholarships available?

    We aim to price summer programs fairly and do not offer scholarships at this time. Payment plans are available to families who register before May 31.
  • Where do I go for other questions?

    Alicia Mathurin, our Director of Auxiliary Programs, looks forward to working with you. Please email summer@aw.org or call 253-284-8634.

EXPECTATIONS

List of 3 items.

  • Rules & Regulations

    Rules and regulations are deliberately kept to a minimum so that actions may spring from general principles of positive behavior. There are, however, certain areas in which we specify and outline certain expectations for behavior in and out of the classroom. Every effort is made to support children in positive choices through modeling, previewing expectations and reminding. Consequences for misbehavior include:
    • Exclusion from camp, recess, field trip or event
    • Individualized behavior plan
    • Repeated disregard for community expectations results in referral to the Director of Auxiliary Programs, and ultimately suspension.
  • Behavior & Discipline

    Self-discipline is a characteristic of Summer@Annie Wright. The school expects that students conduct themselves in ways that are conducive to maintaining high moral standards and academic, athletic, and social achievement. The foundation of the system is respect: respect for learning, respect for others, and respect for the place in which one learns. Self-discipline and the ability to distinguish right from wrong are challenges that each student will meet during his/her life as a citizen. Annie Wright Schools does not tolerate behavior that is disruptive, destructive, or illegal, and works with children and their families to promote positive social interactions and appropriate behaviors.
  • Medicines & Health

    Medications
    It is necessary for the Health Center to supervise the dispensing of all medication at school. Therefore, student medicine will be stored and locked away. If a student requires continued medication, the school must have on file written authorization from the prescribing physician.

    • Give medications to camp director only. Do not give to the counselors, coaches or instructors.

    Illness, Injuries & Emergencies

    • In case of injury or serious illness, parents will be notified immediately. Students who become ill during the school day will be seen initially by the Nurse and will return to class if they are able to do so. Students who are not able to return to class will be asked to rest in the Health Center until their parents are notified and arrangements are made to take them home. For the wellbeing of your children and those around them, please do not send your children to school if they are running a fever or vomiting. Students should remain at home for 24 hours after symptoms subside and be fever free without Tylenol-type medication before returning to school.
    • Students who are too ill to participate in regular school activities such as PHE and recess should remain at home to recover. We strongly discourage requests for healthy students to be absent from PHE for the sole reason of reducing their risk of catching a cold. MS students are required to be at school for the entire day in order to participate in after school sports or activities (Physician appointments with note and authorized school visits are permitted).

Contact

Annie Wright Schools
Main Campus:
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403
253.272.2216

Downtown Campus:
936 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402
253.272.2216

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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower  and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls  and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.