Oakland Hills | 06/17/2019-06/28/2019

Aurora School

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PRICING (2-WEEKS)

Note: All prices shown are for TWO-WEEKS of camp.

$ Tuition

Tuition includes all instruction, activities and materials. It also includes two camp t-shirts, which should be worn daily. Lunch is NOT included.

Add-Ons

$6 – Extra camp t-shirt (2 shirts are included with your registration)
$6 – Extra camp CD (1 CD is included for each child registered)

Discounts

Family Discount:

  • $20 off per camper for 2 members of the same family
  • $30 off per camper for 3 members of the same family
  • $40 off per camper for 4 members of the same family – please contact us to register 4 or more members of the same immediate family

40 Dulwich Road, Oakland, CA 94618

06/17/2019 – 06/28/2019 (M-F, 9am – 3pm)

Adventures in Writing Camp is excited to return to Aurora School this summer with all new curriculum! This location will have first grade, elementary, and middle school programs! Our team of credentialed teachers, musicians and college students is ready to help new campers build confidence and fall in love with writing, and help returning campers continue to develop as writers!

As a note, we group campers by grade level. If your child is attending with a friend and they are entering the same grade, they will be grouped together.

Space available in 1st grade!
Space available in 2nd grade!
Space available in 3rd grade!
Space available in 4th grade!
Space available in 5th grade!
6th Grade is FULL for this camp!
     Click HERE to be added to the waitlist.
Only 5 spaces remaining in 7th grade!
Only 5 spaces remaining in 8th grade!

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Camp Staff

MEET THE TEAM

Siena Meeks, Site Administrator

Siena is a camper at heart, but happy to be returning to camp as a site administrator this summer!! With lots of experience at different types of camps herself, both as a camper, counselor, and director, she can't wait to bring the excitement and good vibes into one of her favorite places... the classroom!! She currently works at Aurora Elementary School as a Teaching Assistant and has plans to pursue a teaching credential. She looks forward to thinking creatively together and to inspiring one another through writing and fun!!

Regina Sorey, Site Administrator

Regina is a 2/3 teacher at Aurora School and has been teaching for over 10 years. She is also a mom of two awesome kids. Writing is one of her favorite things to teach and as her students say, "Writing is fun because I get to get my ideas out!" She is excited to be joining Adventures in Writing Camp again this summer and seeing what ideas get to come out 🙂

Fordy Shoor, Writing Ranger (Middle School)

Fordy is excited to bring a fourth summer of shenanigans back to AIW Camp. He is a double English degree holder, with a B.A. from UC Berkeley and an M.A. from CSU East Bay. He works at Black Pine Circle School in Berkeley as a Teaching Assistant. As a writer, he finds the small stuff most challenging, such as the finding the right word and drafting (I mean revising. No, changing. Actually, I meant drafting. Yes, that's it! Drafting); his interests lie in short fiction, poetry, and essays. He has facilitated writing workshops and acted as an editor on literary magazines. In his free time, Fordy adores being with his cats, his bass guitars, friends, garden, kitchen, concerts and books. He's passionate about both creative writing and literacy, and proud to be contributing to the summer retention rate for young learners.

Marjorie Boggs Vazquez, Writing Ranger

Marjorie is super excited to be working with Adventures in Writing Camp for the third year! She has been in education for 11 years, and a teacher for 8 of those years. When she's not teaching, she spends her time cuddling her kitties, doing yoga, and sitting by Lake Merritt with friends. She is really looking forward to meeting her newest crew of campers and families this spring!

Angelina Little, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Hi! My name is Angelina and I'm a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan, where I'm studying political science with a minor in writing. Writing has always been a passion of mine, and I'm excited to share it with campers this summer. During the school year, I work as a staff reporter for The Michigan Daily newspaper, and in high school, I was the Editor-in-Chief of my high school newspaper. I also currently have a tutoring position at Bold ABC Tutoring, a program through which tutors assist elementary school age kids from China hoping to pursue education in America with reading, speaking, and writing about English literature. When I was in high school, I also used to volunteer at my local middle school as a tutor in all subjects, including writing. I love working with kids of all ages and helping them channel their imaginations and personalities into words. When I'm not tutoring, babysitting, or writing, I love to spend my time exploring the Bay Area, hiking, or visiting art museums. I can't wait to get creative with the campers this summer!

Mark Gravador, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

My name is Mark Gravador and I'm from San Leandro, California. I currently attend the University of San Francisco as a Politics major and Legal Studies minor with a concentration in Law and Justice. I hope to pursue a career in law as an immigration attorney defending the basic human rights of underrepresented, minority communities. Fun fact -- I am a complete movie buff! The Fast and Furious franchise has to be one of my all time favorite series but if we're talking about an individual movie, Good Will Hunting reigns supreme. I also love the Marvel Cinematic Universe... but I mean who doesn't (I love it 3000).

Sierra Bashful, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

When I was younger I knew I had always had a different outlook on life and other people. Growing up an only child and the only child in my close family I was always very independent and had to have a very active imagination. At the time I began to realize I was different because instead of putting toys in fantasy situations I would make them do real things like go to the bank or grocery shopping. As I grew older I noticed I was always the more mature critical thinking one out of my friends trying to keep everyone safe and making sure everyone was okay. I developed a liking for helping younger children when my auntie had a baby when I was about 13. I had always liked helping kids younger than me and being a friend but having the first one in my family that wasn?t myself really made me like them even more. She had another child a year later and as they get older I was the one who was making sure they were taught things and that?s what lead me into my first job as a summer camp counselor with younger kids because I enjoyed helping them that much. Now as I am graduating high school I want to help everyone so I chose to become a dental hygienist because it is in the medical field and I feel like I am doing something for others.

Isabel Hinchliff, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Isabel Hinchliff will be an incoming college freshman this summer planning to major in English and Creative Writing. She is a lifelong bookworm, and loves to spread the joy of reading and writing to the children in her community by volunteering at her local library and leading her school book club. She took college and creative writing classes at UC Berkeley with the Bay Area Writing Project last summer. She regularly babysits and helps out at summer camps, so she has a lot of experience planning, supervising, and participating in all sorts of fun and games!
She is Dungeon Master of a Dungeons and Dragons group, where she practices channeling her inner eight-year-old by acting out all of her non-player characters with crazy voices and occasional laps around the table. She is also a singer with Cantabella Children’s Chorus (formerly Contra Costa Children’s Chorus) and a lifelong Girl Scout, so singing camp songs comes naturally to her. Her other pursuits include lanyarding, playing oboe and english horn, and convincing her shy cat Pippin to spend at least part of the day outside of her bed!

Alexis Miller, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Hello everyone! My name is Alexis Miller and I am currently a college student at Santa Clara University. There I study, English Literature, French, and Linguistics. I have been tutoring for the past 6 years. I am so excited to spend the summer with all of you!

Florencia Chavez, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

I graduated from Cal State Long Beach last year and got my Bachelor of Arts in Human Development. My last year of college I volunteered at an after school day program with children with special needs and focused on their likes and dislikes. The team I worked with was amazing and we did all sorts of games, outings, arts, and outdoor yoga with the children. I fell in love with the environment and it was a significant event in my educational career because I realized I want to work with children. After graduating, I moved back to the East Bay and worked for a non-profit organization called A Better Chance School. I became an educational specialist and worked with children ranging from the ages 8-22 with special needs and focused on teaching appropriate replacement behaviors to avoid negative behaviors. Now I am currently working at Yu Ming Charter School as a behavior technician and believe in creating a fun and learning environment to develop and achieve success in a student?s life. I?ve worked with children for about two years and it?s enough to say I love being around them. I?m furthering my education by attending graduate school at Touro University California to become a behavior analyst. My goals consist of making a difference in the lives of students by supporting their goals and dreams.

Sharaya Wiley, eBook Ranger

Hi! My name is Sharaya Wiley and I am a funny, energetic, sneaker-loving 5th grade teacher from Oakland, CA. I am a graduate of Hampton University where I majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in Cinema Studies. I am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree in Urban Education from Holy Names University. In my free time I enjoy writing poetry, listening to music, watching the Golden State Warriors, binge watching crime docuseries on Netflix, eating chocolate chip ice cream and shooting short films with my friends!

Jessica Johnson, eBook Ranger

Hi campers! I'll be your Writing Ranger this summer and I can't wait to get started! I graduated from Cal Poly SLO with my Bachelors in Liberal Studies. I went on to get my teaching credential and Masters at San Jose State University. I will be getting my PhD from UCLA this coming Fall in Special Education with a focus in Autism. I have been able to observe and teach in various grade level classrooms. From a young age I have always had a passion for writing. I think writing can take you far and it's important to teach campers that their writing skills are of strong value. I can't wait to show campers the fun and creative ways they can write this summer! 🙂

Carly Muir, Secretary of Shenanigans

This is my first summer at Adventures in Writing Camp. I am going to be a second year Special Education teacher at Oakland Unity Middle School, in East Oakland. I have been working with kids for the last 14 years and have loved every minute of it. I love to read and write. I majored in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Saint Mary's College of California. I received my Masters in Education with two teaching credentials: Special Education and Multiple Subjects from the University of San Diego. One day, I hope I can go back to school to get my Masters in Writing.I also love to dance and listen to music.

MEET THE TEAM

Siena Meeks, Site Administrator

Siena is a camper at heart, but happy to be returning to camp as a site administrator this summer!! With lots of experience at different types of camps herself, both as a camper, counselor, and director, she can't wait to bring the excitement and good vibes into one of her favorite places... the classroom!! She currently works at Aurora Elementary School as a Teaching Assistant and has plans to pursue a teaching credential. She looks forward to thinking creatively together and to inspiring one another through writing and fun!!

Regina Sorey, Site Administrator

Regina is a 2/3 teacher at Aurora School and has been teaching for over 10 years. She is also a mom of two awesome kids. Writing is one of her favorite things to teach and as her students say, "Writing is fun because I get to get my ideas out!" She is excited to be joining Adventures in Writing Camp again this summer and seeing what ideas get to come out 🙂

Fordy Shoor, Writing Ranger (Middle School)

Fordy is excited to bring a fourth summer of shenanigans back to AIW Camp. He is a double English degree holder, with a B.A. from UC Berkeley and an M.A. from CSU East Bay. He works at Black Pine Circle School in Berkeley as a Teaching Assistant. As a writer, he finds the small stuff most challenging, such as the finding the right word and drafting (I mean revising. No, changing. Actually, I meant drafting. Yes, that's it! Drafting); his interests lie in short fiction, poetry, and essays. He has facilitated writing workshops and acted as an editor on literary magazines. In his free time, Fordy adores being with his cats, his bass guitars, friends, garden, kitchen, concerts and books. He's passionate about both creative writing and literacy, and proud to be contributing to the summer retention rate for young learners.

Marjorie Boggs Vazquez, Writing Ranger

Marjorie is super excited to be working with Adventures in Writing Camp for the third year! She has been in education for 11 years, and a teacher for 8 of those years. When she's not teaching, she spends her time cuddling her kitties, doing yoga, and sitting by Lake Merritt with friends. She is really looking forward to meeting her newest crew of campers and families this spring!

Angelina Little, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Hi! My name is Angelina and I'm a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan, where I'm studying political science with a minor in writing. Writing has always been a passion of mine, and I'm excited to share it with campers this summer. During the school year, I work as a staff reporter for The Michigan Daily newspaper, and in high school, I was the Editor-in-Chief of my high school newspaper. I also currently have a tutoring position at Bold ABC Tutoring, a program through which tutors assist elementary school age kids from China hoping to pursue education in America with reading, speaking, and writing about English literature. When I was in high school, I also used to volunteer at my local middle school as a tutor in all subjects, including writing. I love working with kids of all ages and helping them channel their imaginations and personalities into words. When I'm not tutoring, babysitting, or writing, I love to spend my time exploring the Bay Area, hiking, or visiting art museums. I can't wait to get creative with the campers this summer!

Mark Gravador, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

My name is Mark Gravador and I'm from San Leandro, California. I currently attend the University of San Francisco as a Politics major and Legal Studies minor with a concentration in Law and Justice. I hope to pursue a career in law as an immigration attorney defending the basic human rights of underrepresented, minority communities. Fun fact -- I am a complete movie buff! The Fast and Furious franchise has to be one of my all time favorite series but if we're talking about an individual movie, Good Will Hunting reigns supreme. I also love the Marvel Cinematic Universe... but I mean who doesn't (I love it 3000).

Sierra Bashful, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

When I was younger I knew I had always had a different outlook on life and other people. Growing up an only child and the only child in my close family I was always very independent and had to have a very active imagination. At the time I began to realize I was different because instead of putting toys in fantasy situations I would make them do real things like go to the bank or grocery shopping. As I grew older I noticed I was always the more mature critical thinking one out of my friends trying to keep everyone safe and making sure everyone was okay. I developed a liking for helping younger children when my auntie had a baby when I was about 13. I had always liked helping kids younger than me and being a friend but having the first one in my family that wasn?t myself really made me like them even more. She had another child a year later and as they get older I was the one who was making sure they were taught things and that?s what lead me into my first job as a summer camp counselor with younger kids because I enjoyed helping them that much. Now as I am graduating high school I want to help everyone so I chose to become a dental hygienist because it is in the medical field and I feel like I am doing something for others.

Isabel Hinchliff, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Isabel Hinchliff will be an incoming college freshman this summer planning to major in English and Creative Writing. She is a lifelong bookworm, and loves to spread the joy of reading and writing to the children in her community by volunteering at her local library and leading her school book club. She took college and creative writing classes at UC Berkeley with the Bay Area Writing Project last summer. She regularly babysits and helps out at summer camps, so she has a lot of experience planning, supervising, and participating in all sorts of fun and games!
She is Dungeon Master of a Dungeons and Dragons group, where she practices channeling her inner eight-year-old by acting out all of her non-player characters with crazy voices and occasional laps around the table. She is also a singer with Cantabella Children’s Chorus (formerly Contra Costa Children’s Chorus) and a lifelong Girl Scout, so singing camp songs comes naturally to her. Her other pursuits include lanyarding, playing oboe and english horn, and convincing her shy cat Pippin to spend at least part of the day outside of her bed!

Alexis Miller, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

Hello everyone! My name is Alexis Miller and I am currently a college student at Santa Clara University. There I study, English Literature, French, and Linguistics. I have been tutoring for the past 6 years. I am so excited to spend the summer with all of you!

Florencia Chavez, Adventure Guide (Counselor)

I graduated from Cal State Long Beach last year and got my Bachelor of Arts in Human Development. My last year of college I volunteered at an after school day program with children with special needs and focused on their likes and dislikes. The team I worked with was amazing and we did all sorts of games, outings, arts, and outdoor yoga with the children. I fell in love with the environment and it was a significant event in my educational career because I realized I want to work with children. After graduating, I moved back to the East Bay and worked for a non-profit organization called A Better Chance School. I became an educational specialist and worked with children ranging from the ages 8-22 with special needs and focused on teaching appropriate replacement behaviors to avoid negative behaviors. Now I am currently working at Yu Ming Charter School as a behavior technician and believe in creating a fun and learning environment to develop and achieve success in a student?s life. I?ve worked with children for about two years and it?s enough to say I love being around them. I?m furthering my education by attending graduate school at Touro University California to become a behavior analyst. My goals consist of making a difference in the lives of students by supporting their goals and dreams.

Sharaya Wiley, eBook Ranger

Hi! My name is Sharaya Wiley and I am a funny, energetic, sneaker-loving 5th grade teacher from Oakland, CA. I am a graduate of Hampton University where I majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in Cinema Studies. I am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree in Urban Education from Holy Names University. In my free time I enjoy writing poetry, listening to music, watching the Golden State Warriors, binge watching crime docuseries on Netflix, eating chocolate chip ice cream and shooting short films with my friends!

Jessica Johnson, eBook Ranger

Hi campers! I'll be your Writing Ranger this summer and I can't wait to get started! I graduated from Cal Poly SLO with my Bachelors in Liberal Studies. I went on to get my teaching credential and Masters at San Jose State University. I will be getting my PhD from UCLA this coming Fall in Special Education with a focus in Autism. I have been able to observe and teach in various grade level classrooms. From a young age I have always had a passion for writing. I think writing can take you far and it's important to teach campers that their writing skills are of strong value. I can't wait to show campers the fun and creative ways they can write this summer! 🙂

Carly Muir, Secretary of Shenanigans

This is my first summer at Adventures in Writing Camp. I am going to be a second year Special Education teacher at Oakland Unity Middle School, in East Oakland. I have been working with kids for the last 14 years and have loved every minute of it. I love to read and write. I majored in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Saint Mary's College of California. I received my Masters in Education with two teaching credentials: Special Education and Multiple Subjects from the University of San Diego. One day, I hope I can go back to school to get my Masters in Writing.I also love to dance and listen to music.