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School Offers Summer Sessions For First Time

Our Lady of Guadalupe School is taking signups for summer classes and camps.

For the first time in its history, Our Lady of Guadalupe School (OLG) is offering summer classes and camps.

Geared for kindergarten through eighth grade, OLG administrators said the offerings are varied and structured.

"They can go from solid academics to creative enrichment academics," said Kristine Xifo, summer school co-director and fourth-grade teacher.

Academics offered include basic math, language arts, pre-algebra and sciences. Enrichment courses include storytelling, writers workshops, sports camp and digital photography.

Remediation courses and classes for special-needs children will also be offered. OLG has recruited some teachers from Valley and Jefferson elementary schools to help teach the courses this summer.

"They can really focus on the skills they need to develop and bring them along during the month of July," said co-director Kathe Barnes, who also serves as vice principal and a second-grade teacher.

"This is about our children," said Xifo. "We're very passionate about our children."

Planning for this year's first-ever summer programs began last July. The directors credited St. Lawrence Martyr School in Torrance for help in planning their own program in Hermosa Beach.

"We are standing on their shoulders," said Xifo. "We give them kudos for being so generous in sharing their information."

Carina Neal, currently a kindergarten aide at OLG School, is the summer camp director. The Cal State Long Beach graduate has experience as a recreation leader for the City of Manhattan Beach and a teen leadership director for the YMCA.

Offerings at the summer camps—which last through the afternoon—include field trips to local destinations and visits from The Nature Guy, Mad Science and Color Me Mine.

About 70 students are already enrolled in the school; 30 are in the camps.

OLG offers families discounts and early drop-off times for children in July, starting at 7:30 a.m.

Rates for summer school (July only) are as follows: $350 for the first child, $297.50 for the second, and $245 for the third or more.

Rates for summer camp (July only): $380 for the first child, $323 for the second and $266 for the third child or more.

For more information, contact the school at 310-372-7486 or visit the school website.

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