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31 07, 2015

Reporting the City: Week 2

By |2018-12-17T11:34:29-06:00July 31st, 2015|Journeys|0 Comments

That’s a wrap! Reporting the City has come to a close. We are all very impressed with each and every camper. Everyone took their jobs as investigative journalists very seriously. Can you believe that papa Bear tried to frame Goldilocks? Well done to the reporters of Fairy Tale World News for solving and reporting the truth. W.A.M. News is now my new favorite podcast. I am looking forward to their next post. Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend Parents’ Afternoon. The campers worked hard all these past two weeks to put on a to impress you all. Also, special thank you to all the guests who stopped by at Ancona or who allowed our campers to visit them. You inspired so many of them.


Next week, our fourth and final journey begins. Leading Spanish in the City is Claudia Hernandez of Lango, Foreign Language for Kids. Claudia will immerse the campers in Spanish language through visual arts, culinary arts, and music. She will also help campers to discover the Spanish culture that currently exists within Chicago. Next week, Wednesday’s City Quest (8/5) will take place at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Friday’s Field Trip (8/7) will take place at 12th Street Beach. Please have your camper come appropriately prepared for each trip.


“So long, Farewell, We hate to Say Goodbye…” to all those campers moving on from Journeys. We hope you had a blast and that you enjoy the rest of your summer.  We hoped you had a blast. Welcome to all the new campers joining us for our final Journey. Please email or call us with any questions and concerns you may have. New campers should note that Tuesday and Thursdays are our designated swim days. Have a great weekend!!



27 07, 2015

This Week at Journeys: Parents’ Afternoon

By |2018-12-17T11:34:29-06:00July 27th, 2015|Journeys|0 Comments

It’s the last week of Reporting the City. The campers are hard at work to prepare for Parents’ Afternoon this Thursday, 7/30. Join us at 1:30 p.m. for the campers’ final news presentations and share stories around the campfire. Snacks will be provided.

If you cannot attend we will make sure to document projects and presentations to share with you online, on paper and through pictures. Please contact us with any questions you may have. Hope to see you Thursday!



17 07, 2015

Looking Forward to Reporting the City

By |2018-12-17T11:34:30-06:00July 17th, 2015|Journeys|0 Comments

We welcome back existing and new campers to Journeys. Our next two weeks will turn campers into investigative journalists. Next week, our Wednesday City Quest (7/22) takes us to the Oriental Institute Museum and Friday’s field trip takes us to Vertical Endeavors (7/24). We will be sending campers home Monday with a waiver from Vertical Endeavors, which will allow them to climb. We ask you to complete this waiver and return it to your counselor by Thursday, 7/23. New campers, please come to camp each day with lunch, water, sunscreen, bug spray, and gym shoes. If you have any other questions regarding your camper’s first day, please call or email us.

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17 07, 2015

Swim Instruction with Coach Taye

By |2018-12-17T11:34:30-06:00July 17th, 2015|Journeys|0 Comments

This week’s swim lessons focused on ways you can be on your back in the water: backstroke, elementary backstroke, finning (small arm and leg movements) and floating. Beginning students practiced their explorations with hands-on teacher support. Intermediate students used a combination of independent kick board work, while advanced students continued to practice their skills independently in the deep end.

“Don’t Just Pack It, Wear Your Jacket” was one of the week’s water safety topics. Students learned that life jackets not only keep you afloat, their bright colors make you easy to spot so help can get to you quickly if you’re in trouble.



17 07, 2015

Arts Integration with Ellyzabeth Adler

By |2018-12-17T11:34:31-06:00July 17th, 2015|Journeys|0 Comments

Thank you parents for a wonderful week of Eco Camp creating and exploring. Our younger campers performed an amazing dance inspired by the book Giraffes Can’t Dance and the older group made puppets for an adaptation of Down by the Cool of the Pool. If you haven’t seen the colorful windows as you walk by the school, take a moment to do so. They were created out of old lighting gels. We cut them into shapes and made some very beautiful art!


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17 07, 2015

Greening with Amy McFadden

By |2018-12-17T11:34:32-06:00July 17th, 2015|Journeys|0 Comments

During the second week of Eco Camp students continued to explore The Big Four: water, sun, soil, and air. The week concluded with our Wind Turbine lesson. We discussed power vs. energy and we discussed concepts such as voltage, current, and resistance. Students engineered and designed blades for our wind turbine and they tested the blades by measuring the rotations with a multimeter without resistance. Earlier in the week students explored the impact of oil spills on wildlife. We also compared stages of compost and continued to use the solar ovens on both sunny and cloudy days. Eco camp wraps up this afternoon with a final comparison of the seeds that students planted on July 6th.


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17 07, 2015

Greening the City: Week 2

By |2018-12-17T11:34:32-06:00July 17th, 2015|Journeys|0 Comments

Greeting Journeys Families! Can you believe that our second Journey, Greening the City, is coming to a close? Our last week focused on completing our final projects. Wednesday’ City Quest to Chicago Wisdom Project’s Food Forest was fascinating. The campers were able to get their hands dirty and participate with the community there. It was great opportunity to learn about giving back. Thank you to all the parents who were able to make it to Parents’ Afternoon. We were so impressed with how the campers worked together to assemble their Eco Science Fair. Not to mention how well the groups performed their puppet show and dance. It really has been a fabulous two weeks and we’re sad to see some campers move on for the rest of their summers. We hope that you’ve enjoyed your summer at camp so far! Here are our specialists with extra words about the week:



15 07, 2015

Parents’ Afternoon Thursday & Odyssey Fun World Friday

By |2018-12-17T11:34:33-06:00July 15th, 2015|Journeys|0 Comments

Only a couple days left of Greening the City. Tomorrow, July 16, from 12:45pm to 2:45pm, we are hosting our second Parents’ Afternoon. Come take tour and explore our Eco Science Fair. We will finish off the afternoon with a dance and puppet show performed by the campers. Snacks will be provided. We hope you can make it!

Friday, July 17, we will be traveling to Odyssey Fun World in Tinley Park. We will be leaving Ancona at 9 a.m. Please make sure you arrive on time for camp wearing sneakers.



10 07, 2015

Heads up! Week 2 Reminders

By |2018-12-17T11:34:33-06:00July 10th, 2015|Journeys|0 Comments

Next Wednesday (7/15), our City Quest will take us to Food Forest. This is a local food garden that will be walking to. Friday’s field trip (7/17) will take place at Odyssey Fun World in Tinley Park. Please make sure your camper is wearing the gym shoes for both these trips.

Thursday, 7/16, from 12:45 p.m to 2:45 p.m, please join us for Parents’ Afternoon. Come check out the Ancona Eco Zoo and then view and interact with campers’ final projects.


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10 07, 2015

Swimming with Coach Taye

By |2018-12-17T11:34:34-06:00July 10th, 2015|Journeys|0 Comments

Though the weather wasn’t ideal this week, the swim program continued with some adjustments. Swim times were pushed back to give the day time to warm up a bit, which had a positive impact. Students are working hard and having fun as they continue to make significant progress toward the benchmarks for their individual levels.

This week’s water safety topics were: look before you leap and reach or throw, don’t go. Please do ask your camper for more info on the weekly water safety topics and about the skills they are working on in the pool with their coaches.


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