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30 06, 2015

This Week at Journeys: Raging Waves & Parents’ Afternoon

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With there being no camp Friday, July 3, our field trip to Raging Waves takes place TOMORROW! The bus leaves at 9 a.m, so please arrive to camp on time. Don’t forget to pack a change of clothes, lunch, towel, sunscreen and water bottle. Also, have the camper arrive to camp in his or her swimsuit.

On Thursday, July 2, we invite all parents and friends, from 12:45 p.m to 2:45 p.m, to visit Journeys on our last day of Making in the City. Come check out the campers in action as they put on the last touches to their final projects. We hope to see you there!



26 06, 2015

Making the City: Week 1

By |2018-12-17T11:34:41-06:00June 26th, 2015|Journeys|0 Comments

As our first week comes to a close, we can confidently say that Making the City took off with a bang. From the moment campers arrived at Ancona, their days have been jam-packed with tons of activities. From tye-dying to the movement alphabet and from Museum of Science and Industry to swimming, the campers are well into their first Journey. As the week went by, the campers began to get closer with one another, making new friends and bonding with their instructors. Campers were divided into three groups and named themselves the following: the 10 Awesome Kitty Cats, Team Turtle and Cool Coca-Cola Cats! Here are our specialists to give you the play-by-play of the week.

26 06, 2015

Making with Will McShane

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Everyone did an AMAZING job on their tye-dye shirts! I can’t believe how well everyone took to the project with an eagerness to try something new. Everyone looked great wearing their shirts. Our City Quest to the Museum of Science and Industry was an education opportunity for the campers to experience the forefront of Making. Next week, we will begin to build a trebuchet and make wood sculptures. I can’t wait to see what they will make!

26 06, 2015

Arts Integration with Ellyzabeth Adler

By |2018-12-17T11:34:42-06:00June 26th, 2015|Journeys|1 Comment

In art, campers focused on defining making from an art perspective (visual and movement-based). This week, campers learned a movement alphabet that corresponds with a different dance concept and step.The kids will then take a spelling word or their name and use the code of the alphabet to come up with a dance. Check out our Journeys instagram page to see how Allen spelled his name (@anconajourneys)! This first week we are reading the book DANCE by Bill T. Jones, which teaches kids how dance is made through shapes, levels, tempos and emotions. Campers also finger painted sunsets of the Chicago skyline. They learned how to mix primary colors to achieve secondary colors to create a more detailed sunset. Campers also learned how to combine shapes to make their skyline.

26 06, 2015

Swim Instruction with Coach Taye

By |2018-12-17T11:34:43-06:00June 26th, 2015|Journeys|0 Comments

This week Ancona swim class kicked off with a splash. Students quickly got the hang of the swim day routine and settled into their learning groups. The flow of Summer Journeys swim sessions is divided into three parts: we begin with a safety topic (this week was “the pool rules”), followed by an instruction period (at least a half hour) and end with free time (for kids to just relax, play and enjoy the water). Students are encouraged to progress at their own pace in the company of campers at a similar level in a supportive environment. Please remind campers to have their swim gear ready on Tuesdays and Thursday for swim days.

26 06, 2015

Reminders for Week 2

By |2015-06-26T14:19:54-06:00June 26th, 2015|Journeys|0 Comments


Next week is a short camp. There will be no camp on July 3rd. Our field trip will take place on Wednesday, July 1 instead. We will travel to Raging Waves. Please make sure to pack a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, a water bottle and lunch.

If you haven’t done so already or have extras to spare, please bring an old shoebox. Also, we are willing to take your recyclables!

  • Mason Jars
  • Packaging materials (i.e: bubble wrap, foam peanuts)
  • Toilet or paper towel rolls
  • Wood scraps
  • Plastic bottles
26 06, 2015

Keep in touch with Journeys!

By |2015-06-26T14:20:16-06:00June 26th, 2015|Journeys|0 Comments

Please follow us on Ancona’s twitter feed and our new Journeys instagram at @anconajourneys for updates on your camper’s day. Also, check us out at Look there for more information about the upcoming Journeys, updates and reminders. If you have any questions, call or email us at and/or .

12 06, 2015

Ancona Welcomes Keya Graves

By |2018-12-17T11:34:44-06:00June 12th, 2015|Parent News, Public News|0 Comments

K_graves_webAncona welcomes Keya Graves to the External Affairs office as the new Enrollment and Outreach Manager. Keya is no stranger to independent schools as she spent the last six years working in Admissions and Information Management at Sacred Heart. Keya will be joining the staff in July and is excited to work with the committed families who support everything Ancona!

Outside of Admissions, Keya loves spending time with her two daughters, cross-fit training, baking, reading and watching really scary movies. She enjoys photography and is committed to empowering women and girls. She is a lifelong member of Girl Scouts and has been an active member for 30 years.  She maintains that she is excited to a part of a school that is committed to all children.

12 06, 2015

Ancona Welcomes Amy McFadden

By |2018-12-17T11:34:45-06:00June 12th, 2015|Parent News, Public News|0 Comments

IMG_0001We are thrilled to welcome Amy McFadden to our dynamic and diverse learning community. Amy will be filling the shoes of Allen Makere as the Director of Auxiliary Programs. She will be working alongside Allen this summer, so please stop by to say hello and extend a warm Ancona welcome.
More about Amy…
Amy’s current role is Lead Instructor for the Eco session at Ancona Summer along with helping develop ideas for the school garden and Phase III of the Outdoor Learning Space.

An Illinois native, Amy returned to Chicago in 2012 after serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and managing outdoor-based youth development programs in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for six years. Amy discovered her love of farming and community ecology in the mountains of Colorado and the rolling hills of the east coast where she spent two seasons working on family owned farms. Amy has a bachelors degree in Sociology and Art from Valparaiso University in Indiana, and a masters degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Colorado.

As Director of Auxiliary Programs at Ancona, Amy looks forward to blending her excitement for place-based learning with her commitment to environmental education through active sustainability and civic engagement.