Continuous summer programming at Sacred Heart Nativity Schools students is one way to combat the summer slide. For six weeks, students attend summer classes at Bellarmine College Preparatory taking classes in English Language Arts, Math and enrichment. This provides students an opportunity to continue to work on their reading, writing and math skills on a larger campus while making new friends too.
In addition to summer school, all rising seventh and eighth grade students welcome the incoming sixth grade class at Nativity Summer Camp. As is tradition at Nativity, an outdoor education experience is provided to students with nature hikes, games, songs and fun! On a sun-filled weekend in June, students along with Nativity staff and parent volunteers camped at Little Basin in Boulder Creek. It was a fun time for all with students learning to pitch tents, work in teams and bond with their classmates.
Outdoor education was provided by staff from Latino Outdoors and Web of Life School (WOLF). Parent volunteers made the delicious food and joined the campers and staff on the hikes too! “Volunteer parents woke up between 4-5 a.m. in order to have breakfast ready for students and staff. Parent involvement is key in our school community and we are grateful that parents collaborated with our school in order to make summer camp unforgettable.” Thelma Valdadez, Nativity staff member.
Highlights of the camp included a dance under the stars on Saturday night and a community day in which campers were joined by their families to celebrate Mass with presider, Father Tom Allender, S.J. whose message of “Be a Giver,” resonated throughout our community! A delicious potluck followed the outdoor liturgy bringing the entire community together. Summer is never boring at Nativity!