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Beth El PinkIt’s one of the coldest winters on record, making it hard to imagine June, when school will be out, and your kids will be ready for summer fun and enrichment. Despite the thermometer, directors of summer programs and camps are busy planning for the summer of 2019 now – and invite you to see what they offer.

We reached out to a range of summer camps and programs for kids from 2 to 17, and here's information from some programs sure to be enjoyed by Scarsdale kids. Contact them by phone or email and be sure to mention

Beth El Day Camp in New Rochelle is the place to be for children ages 2-8! Widely recognized as the best-in-class day camp in Westchester, Beth El continues to be the most fun, most trusted choice for young campers and their parents, year after year. Join us Thursday, June 27 through Wednesday, August 21, 2019. We offer before and after camp care 7am-7pm. Campers love the sports, especially tennis, swimming twice a day in the pool, music, arts and crafts, cooking, dancing, nature, STEM, yoga, karate, and much more! Proudly accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), we are also known for our nurturing environment, cutting-edge programming, and commitment to safety. We have the county's finest, best-trained professional staff and a very favorable child to staff ratio. Whether this is your child's first camp experience or not, at Beth El everything begins with love and ends in fun.

Beth El Day Camp
1324 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10804
(914) 235-2700 ext. 256

Inchworm at the Scarsdale Congregational Church Nursery School summer program has been running in the community forInchworm 300x233 over 30 years. Inchworm is a four-day per week, morning-only program open to children who will be entering Three's classes, Four's classes, or Kindergarten for the 2018/2019 school year. Inchworm staff are all experienced preschool teachers. Each day at Inchworm includes indoor play, arts and crafts, stories, games and snack. There is also a special activity every day, such as a visit from our Nature Specialist, music, or a gym/fitness class - outdoor playground and sprinkler play too! Each week at Inchworm features a different theme, and daily activities and crafts are geared toward that week's theme. Inchworm runs M-Th each week from 9:15 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Summer 2018 program dates are June 25th to August 2nd, and tuition is $210.00 per week (3 week minimum required); Registration will open to the public on February 26th. For more information and to download our application, please visit our website or call 914-723-2440.

Inchworm Summer Program
Scarsdale Congregational Church
One Heathcote Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583

SummerStars2Scarsdale Synagogue's Summer Stars Summer Program is the perfect summer experience for young children. This warm and nurturing seven-week summer program is for children 18 months to 5 years old. The children are engaged in activities such as sports, music, art, story time, daily water play and much, much more. There are special theme days each week such as Circus Day, Hawaiian Day or Carnival Day. At Summer Stars, friendships are formed and children grow socially, emotionally and intellectually as they engage in fun, stimulating summer activities. There is a three-day option for toddlers ages 18 to 30 months. Two year olds may choose a three-day option or attend five mornings a week. Three to 5 year olds may choose a half-day, 9am -12 noon option or a full day option from 9am - 2pm. Your child will sparkle and shine at Summer Stars!

Scarsdale Synagogue Summer Stars
2 Ogden Road
Scarsdale, NY

stjamesthelessSt. James The Less Fun In The Sun Summer Program is a morning program for children aged 2, 3, 4 or 5 year-old program or those entering kindergarten in the fall. Staffed by experienced nursery school teachers, Fun in the Sun Summer Program offers outdoor playgrounds, water tables and sprinklers plus music and movement, gym and yoga classes, arts and crafts and fun weekly themes. Directed by Cheryl Smith, the program runs from 9- 11:45 am, Monday through Thursday from June 24 to August 1. For the two's program, there is one counselor for every five campers and for the 3,4,5's, there is a 1 to 7 counselor camper ratio. Fees are $200 per week and incoming 2's have the option of 2 or 4 days at $100 or $200 per week. For more information, contact Cheryl Smith, Director 914-723-1018 or

Fun In The Sun Summer Program
St. James the Less
Crane Road and Church Lane
Scarsdale, NY 10583

wrtkidsWestchester Reform Temple's "Summer Play Place Camp" offers young children a unique 7 week summer experience. The professional certified staff provides arts and crafts, water-play, stories, games, sports and snack within a nurturing and loving environment. The 3's and 4's program is enhanced by specialists in music, movement and nature and special theme days. There are separation classes and classes with a loved one to stay as options for children who will be entering a 2's program in September. The little ones also enjoy crafts, water-play and music. Your children will learn, laugh and flourish. Click here to register.

Summer Play Place Camp
255 Mamaroneck Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583

Camp Ramaquois
: "A day camp as complete as sleep-away camp", situated on 44 magnificent acres in nearby Rockland ramaquoisCounty. From adventurous activities to creative arts to athletic activities, boys and girls, ages 3-15 experience a traditional day camp program filled with a variety of stimulating activities including instructional and general swim in nine heated pools and boating on a five-acre lake. Seven period programs planned for each age group include a splash park, aerial adventure park, climbing wall, flying squirrel with zip lines, tennis, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, hockey, softball, soccer, recycling bin, ceramics, nature facility with petting zoo, dance, drama, yoga, special events and much more. Facilities include an air-conditioned indoor gym and group bunks with bathroom facilities. Hot lunch is served in an air-conditioned dining room by waiters and waitresses. Junior Camp for 3-6 year olds has a separate campus with age-appropriate activities and facilities. Ramaquois offers pre-teens and teens a regular camp program in combination with an optional Trail Blazers trip program. Day trips planned for 3rd–10th graders; overnight trips planned for 5th-10th graders; Leadership Program for 10th graders. Door to door air-conditioned mini-bus transportation is provided using professional CDL licensed school bus drivers and a bus counselor, who provides safety, as well as planned activities on the bus. Ramaquois is a magical camp where children experience a sense of adventure, meet new challenges, create wonderful memories and make lasting friendships.

Camp Ramaquois
30 Mountain Rd
Pomona, NY 10970

challengecampChallenge Camp: Open the door to a delightful and meaningful summer of fun and learning for your bright, curious child. Challenge Camp is an ACA accredited camp celebrating its 39th summer. Join them at their fully air conditioned facility in Hartsdale, NY. Challenge is dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities for children aged 4-15 to realize their intellectual and personal potential. They offer over 100 STEM and Arts based enrichment courses ranging from 3DPrinting, Coding, Cooking, DJ-ing, Drones, Escape Room, Filmmaking, Fortnite, Minecraft, Photography, Robotics, Theater and more. Sports options include Swimming, Fencing, Hip-Hop Dance, Ninja Warrior and Tae Kwon Do. Challenge campers customize a program of selections based on their interests and follow their courses for an entire session, enabling their knowledge and interest to grow throughout the session. Bus transportation and early/extended day options available. Please join them for an Open House on Sunday February 10th, from 2-4PM at their location.

Challenge Camp
Schechter Westchester
555 West Hartsdale Avenue
Hartsdale, NY 10530

HouseofSportsThe House of Sports is your one stop shopping for weekly sports camps this summer! From ages 3 years old through high school, the House of Sports offers programming for children of all ages and ability level. For our younger campers, we offer a multi-sport camp that incorporates both learning and playing a variety of sports each day. For children in 3rd grade and older, they also offer sport specific camps in lacrosse, basketball, soccer and baseball. All camps take place in a 100,000 square foot climate controlled facility in Ardsley, and all camps are staffed by professional coaches and instructors.

House of Sports
1 Elm Street
Ardsley, NY

JCCMWCampAd2019For over 40 years, the JCC of Mid-Westchester has introduced children to the joy of summer camping. They now have 6 camps on 1 campus and an innovative One WEEK camp registration options. They will be adding towel services and extended days. They continue to offer seven weeks of camps, with a five day per week or three day per week option, which is ideal for young campers. The day camp introduces campers to a variety of professionally led activities and weekly special events including instructional and recreational swim in their heated indoor pool (beginning with 3 year olds), gymnastics, a variety of different sports activities, arts and crafts, and nature. Based on many conversations with parents JCCMW now offers innovative ONE WEEK registration options suitable for the summer offering with the exception of Dance Intensive and CIT/LIT. They offer low staff to camper ratio and early drop off/late pick up. Unique to the JCC is its renowned Summer Arts Center (SAC) for the creative and independent child who is interested in the arts. Campers create a custom schedule of up to 20 different classes/week (4/day), all taught by professionals in the field. For campers grades 6 and up who are serious and experienced dance students, there is a comprehensive curriculum of dance and dance-related classes taught by professionals in the state of the art dance studios. The JCC also offers STEM robotics program as part of its summer offerings. The CIT/LIT programs offer teens the opportunity to gain hands-on counselor training and leadership experience with social action initiatives and weekly trips. LITs that successfully complete the program may be asked back for the following summer as junior counselors.

JCC of Mid-Westchester
999 Wilmot Rd
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Caryn Symons, Director of Camping 914-472-3300

squirecamps18Squire Advantage and Squire Sports Camps at Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale is celebrating its 46th year and is the proud recipient of the first ever Westchester Country Inspector Choice Award! An OPEN HOUSE and CARNIVAL is scheduled for Saturday March 9th from 1-4pm. There will be door prizes, bouncy houses, carnival games and food! Instructors and coaches will showcase their courses and tours will be given. Courses are taught in air-conditioned classrooms by certified teachers. Hot lunch is included and transportation is available. Squire Advantage Primary (grades K-3) and Advantage Choice (grades 4-9) is created for campers who wish to custom design their own schedule by choosing courses in the fields of swimming, computers, sports, fine arts, science, cooking, music and more. There are more than 50 different activities to choose from! Squire Sports Camps are divided into two different sports programs. Squire All Sports Academy (ages 6-15) allows for instructing and playing of many different types of sports throughout the day. Sports include tennis, basketball, soccer, baseball, football, etc. Squire Tennis Academy (ages 6-15) is a fun and challenging tennis experience designed for beginners to experienced players. Squire Camps programs run from July 1st until August 16th, 2019.

Squire Camps
Maria Regina High School
Hartsdale, NY

WSACampWestchester Skating Academy: Weekly camps for all ages and abilities. Mini Camp, designed for preschool through eight-year-olds, includes two daily skating lessons, plus nature, science, magic, soccer, and crafts from June 10- 28 and August 12-30. Figure Skating Camp with Olympic coaches runs for 11 weeks beginning June 17 – August 30. Hockey Camp runs for nine weeks beginning July 1 to August 30 and offers excellent player development.

Westchester Skating Academy
91 Fairview Park Drive
Elmsford, NY 10523
(914) 347-8232

Music and Dance

HBMSTrumpetsHoff-Barthelson Music School’s Summer Arts Program (SAP) provides a joyous, transformative opportunity for artistic exploration for students in grades 1-10. Each participant’s program is individually tailored to his or her needs and interests. Through the SAP, students often form lasting friendships that help catalyze and reinforce learning.

Taught by top-flight faculty, offerings include Instrumental Classes, Orchestra, Chamber Music, Visual Arts, World Drumming, Music Technology, Chimes, Chorus, Piano for Non-Pianists, Jazz, Rock, Musical Theater, and HBMSLogomore!

Unfettered by schoolwork and the scheduling challenges often faced during the school year, SAP students have the latitude to try additional instruments, experiment musically, take lessons every day, and perform each week. Consequently, they’re able to make tremendous progress over the program’s five weeks (July 1 – August 2).

Morning Only, Extended Day and Afternoon Only options available. Early bird discounts available through March 29. Open House on Thursday, January 31 from 7-9 pm; snow date February 7.

Hoff-Barthelson Music School
25 School Lane
Scarsdale NY 10583
Phone: (914) 723-1169

musicconservatoryCome play an instrument, sing, act, dance, and create your own masterpiece! Summer Music Programs at the Music Conservatory of Westchester are fun and engaging for children in grades K-8, while providing the highest quality arts instruction. Flexible drop-off and pick-up hours are available for all programs with full- or half-day schedule options, with various sessions running between June 27th and August 23rd. Learn more at our upcoming Open Houses on Saturday, February 9th and Saturday, February 23rd from 10am – 12pm, and take advantage of our Early-Bird Rate!

Music Conservatory of Westchester
216 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

Steffi Nossen School of Dance offers a wide array of Summer Dance Camps and Intensives for a variety of ages, levels and interests. Preschoolers to pre-professional dancers can participate in 1 to 2 Week offerings giving participants both a diverse dance experience and enhancing their technical and artistic growth. Camps and Intensives areBallet1 28 resized offered in Creative Movement, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater and Adaptive Dance for children and adults with physical or developmental disabilities. New camps this summer are Hip-Hop Camp, for the 1st to 5th grader who loves Kidz Bop Music Videos or is hooked on Fortnite and Composition Camp giving your rising choreographer the basic tools to create their own masterpieces - exploring time, space, shapes, dynamics and relationships in dance while finding their own voices as story tellers. Dance Camp is a great opportunity to build communication skills and self-assurance while exploring their creativity in a small intimate group setting. A Summer Experience you do not want your dancer to miss! Extended care available. Register before April 1st for a 10% discount.

Steffi Nossen School of Dance
216 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

scarsdalepoolThe Scarsdale Recreation Summer Day Camp offers four day camps for children from Kindergarten through eighth grade, including recreational and educational programs and daily swimming at the Scarsdale Pool. The camp accommodates about 900 children in grades K-8. Camp Sagamore is for children entering kindergarten, Camp Lenape for first graders, Camp Wapetuck for second graders and Camp Patthunke is for kids in third through eighth grades. The season runs from Monday, July 1-Friday, August 2 (no camp July 4) from 9am - 3:30pm. Transportation is provided from Scarsdale Pool, Quaker Ridge, Greenacres, Heathcote, Fox Meadow, and Edgewood. There are also combination camps for third-eighth graders who can choose soccer or sports camp in the morning and regular day camp in the afternoon. The Village offers two sessions of Teen Travel Camp for sixth through ninth graders, who go on a different trip each day.

Scarsdale Recreation Camp
Phone: (914) 722-1160

schoolsafetyThis letter was sent to Scarsdale10583 by Roger Neustadt on behalf of the Scarsdale Coalition for Safer Schools:

I have attached comments that we intended to read at the Community Safety and Security Forum on January 23. Unfortunately, the District Administration chose not to allow any community members to speak, despite it being billed as an open forum. It also changed from the last forum at which residents had such an opportunity. This is right in line with our position that the District Administration is primarily concerned with controlling the narrative and avoiding public criticism, wherever possible. While we understand that this is not an unusual format, it was a departure from what had been expected and ensured total control.

Unfortunately we hold little hope that a true conversation can be had with this administration as they seem totally unwilling to engage. That is a problem.

Here are my comments:

I’m Roger Neustadt from the Scarsdale Coalition for Safer Schools. We have over 650 parent and family members representing over 1,000 individuals who are concerned about the state of security in the schools, the lack of transparency on the part of the District Administration and the lack of expertise among those responsible for making the decisions regarding the security of our children. Hopefully after tonight we will have more members after tonight! As you may be aware, we have promulgated a list of 21 items entirely focused on security (I have copies for anyone that would like to see it). We call upon the District and the Board to review and institute all of these items, many of which have been endorsed at the Federal level. We believe that one item, in particular, can alleviate most of our concerns and allow us to step back from this discussion with confidence.

There are numerous Scarsdale residents who have offered their assistance to the process of improving security for our kids. These are people who have backgrounds, expertise and experience in various aspect of building security, personal security, emergency response, interaction with state and federal security officials and emergency response planning. These people perform such tasks for a living. The response that these parents have received from the District has been regrettable at best. They have been ignored, patronized and rejected. Why? We have still not received a legitimate answer despite multiple requests. The only answer we have received is that the information is too critical to be revealed to anyone other than District employees. As these security experts would really jeopardize their own children be releasing critical information to the public.

We ask, no we demand, that the District, or the Board appoint a committee of Scarsdale residents, who are experts in various areas of security, to provide meaningful oversight to the District’s security efforts. There is simply no valid reason not to take the vital step. We would like this commitment to be made here, today, by the Board and the District. If not, please tell us why this is a bad idea.

BallTeamHuddleSHS Boys’ Varsity Basketball has had an energizing start to their season under first-year coach Joe Amelio.

Over the summer, Coach Joe Amelio of St. Raymonds High School For Boys in the Bronx was hired has the new head coach and immediately started holding open gyms and weight lifting sessions for the players. When the season started, Coach Amelio was not the only new member of the team; in fact, only six out of the 13 members were returning players.

While the team was mostly new, the boys were optimistic as they entered the regular season. “At theBallJJayshenSaigalCaptain Jayshen Saigal '20 driving up the court. start of the season, we all thought we would be capable of going really far… When we first met the coach, we got more and more confident because we all really like him and had good workouts with him before the season. As for the new players, we've played with these guys a lot growing up and had confidence in them from what we had seen,” said Captain and shooting guard Cole Kattan ‘19.

The players and coaches wanted to bring the newly minted team together quickly to become a cohesive unit; to accomplish this, they practice for two hours six days a week, dissect game film twice a week and work out in groups of three once a week. They also spend plenty of time bonding outside of practice. “The team is really close-knit this year, players and coaches. We go out for lunch and dinner as a team multiple times a week,” said center Gus Thompson ‘19.

This chemistry immediately showed itself on the court when the team won their first eight games in a row. After losing the ninth game to Marshall Academy by eight points, they recovered and won the next two games. They then lost to basketball powerhouse Mt. Vernon on January 9th, making their record 10-2. They are now ranked 5th in the Section behind Briarcliff, Rye, Ardsley, and Mt. Vernon, and they’re a contender for the Section 1 championship.

BallDennisAlterDennis Alter '20 taking a jumpshot While the team’s cohesion plays a large role in their success, Coach Amelio is also a primary reason for the team’s impressive record. “Our new coach brings a lot of intensity day in and day out, but most importantly, he has a brilliant understanding of the game,” said Thompson. In the practices leading up to their games, the team specifically prepares for their upcoming opponent, which helps the Raiders anticipate the other team’s style of play. Assistant coaches Jordan Griffith, Jason Villalobos and David Zenon also help the boys dissect film from the games and develop as players.

As close as they are, teammates also attribute their success to each other. “Joey [Lane ‘19] and Mike [Callahan ‘20] are vocal leaders in practice, always pushing everyone to get after it” noted Thompson. The boys’ motivation and deep respect for one another carries them through their many hours of grueling training.

The Raiders are happy with the way their season has progressed, but they are only about midway through it and there is still a lot they would like to accomplish together. “My goal is the same as the team’s goal: we want to win the Section. We are all working towards the common goal and want to do it in any way possible,” said Kattan. The Raiders will continue to intensify their training so that they remain a contender for the championship title and hopefully continue upward progress in the rankings.  Photos by Jon Thaler, see more here:

BallEvanHuoEvan Huo '19 taking a shot and Connor McCarthy '19 looking for the rebound


The Scarsdale School District offers online Kindergarten registration. Current residents who expect to have a child attend Kindergarten during the 2019-2020 school year are encouraged to complete this process by January 31, 2019. Although prospective Kindergarteners may register at anytime prior to the start of the school year, completing registration early ensures a smooth screening and placement process. Children whose fifth birthday falls on or before December 31, 2019, may be registered for the 2019-2020 school year.

Please visit for instructions on how to register online.

Enrollment in one of the five elementary schools (Edgewood, Fox Meadow, Greenacres, Heathcote, and Quaker Ridge) is determined by the neighborhood in which you reside. If you do not know which elementary school serves your neighborhood, please call the District Registrar, Nunzia Mauro, at (914) 721-2444, or send an email to

GradFieldAs virtually every parent of a Scarsdale High School senior knows, December is the month each year when students learn whether they have been accepted to the college to which they’ve applied for admission under early decision. It is a time of exhilaration for some and heightened anxiety and disappointment for others. More than ever these days, students apply “ED” to their first choice schools, for two primary reasons. First, they believe that applying ED maximizes the chance for admission at their first choice school and second, they hope to complete their college application process early, avoiding the need to apply regular decision to multiple colleges and in most cases, having to wait until the spring to learn where they have been accepted. Most people who have been through the college application process know that it is stressful for all involved. Make that very stressful. The high achieving, competitive environment in which we raise our kids in Scarsdale only makes things worse.

I’m here to pronounce that those Scarsdale students and their parents who are experiencing the anxiety associated with the college application process should exhale. As counter-intuitive as it may seem, recent studies show that a student’s future career success, measured by earnings, is only marginally, if at all, tied to the prestige of the institution of higher learning that he or she attends. This premise is supported out by a recent study that was recently reported on by the well-respected publication, The Atlantic.

I’ll start with a disclaimer. For purposes of this column, career success is equated with earnings. I fully recognize and appreciate that far more goes into defining career success than income, including personal satisfaction and fulfillment and the benefits the work confers upon society.

We can all acknowledge that top tier schools in the United States, defined by those schools that admit students with the strongest academic credentials and have the lowest acceptance rates, not only provide high quality instruction. They provide a lifetime network of well-connected alumni and send a message to future employers that the student is bright and motivated. And there’s no avoiding that top tier schools seem disproportionately responsible for turning out America’s highest achievers. About 45 percent of America’s billionaires attended schools where incoming freshmen average in the top first percentile of standardized test scores.

So where’s the rub? According to a 2002 study by the well-known economist Alan Krueger, the increase in earnings from going to a top school is “generally indistinguishable from zero” after adjusting for student characteristics, such as standardized test scores. Translated, this means that if two students have the same standardized test scores and apply to the same colleges, but one gets into Harvard or another elite school and the other attends a state university with relatively high acceptance rates, they can expect to earn the same income throughout their careers. The study further showed that the average standardized scores of all the schools a student applies to is a better predictor of future success, measured by income, than the school that the student actually attends. This “non-Harvard effect” is most pronounced for white males. It is less pronounced for women, but according to a recent study by economists at Virginia Tech, Tulane and the University of Virginia, the reason why women who attend elite schools tend to earn more than women who don’t is not because women who attend elite schools earn higher hourly wages. Rather, it’s because they tend to get married later in life and delay having children, and therefore stay in the workforce longer and work more hours. The reasons for this phenomenon can be debated. The “Harvard effect” has been shown to be most apparent among lower income students, many of whom are minorities. Why? The most likely theory I’ve seen is that the networks created at elite institutions have proportionately the greatest impact on less affluent students who tend to be less well-connected than students who have grown up in wealthy areas where established, professional networks already exist among friends and family.

For the majority of Scarsdale High School students, the best indicator of career success, measured by earnings, is the student’s academic performance and achievements at age 18, rather than which college the student attends. Yes, attending an elite institution can open doors when a student is applying for her first job, and there’s certainly a lifetime prestige factor in attending a college that is equated with having the brightest students and the highest quality education. But to the extent Scarsdale students and their parents believe that where the student attends college is going to dictate the students’ career outcome as measured by earning power, it’s time to chill out. It’s less about where the person goes to college than it is about what that person accomplishes once he or she is in college. And then, perhaps the biggest factor is how the person performs once he or she is a member of the workforce. In the aggregate, a person’s individual qualities overwhelm institutional characteristics and it’s more important to be hardworking, industrious and curious than to have “Harvard” on one’s college diploma.

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