Ruby Bridges School Year Program
Ruby Bridges Elementary
351 Jack London Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
The first of its kind, the Ruby Bridges Comprehensive After School Program, brings EDMO®’s experiential camp learning environment to the daily after school arena. The Ruby Bridges EDMO program serves youth in grades K-5th at Ruby Bridges Elementary and encompasses a broad range of focus areas including: STEAM, Social/Emotional Learning, academic support, youth development, and sports and recreation. This program runs daily from the end of school until 6pm each school day.
EDMO® Comprehensive After School Program @ Ruby Bridges: EDMO is on campus providing a high-quality after school program until 6pm for 180 days of the school year. This program serves youth in grades K-5 and encompasses a broad range of focus areas including: STEAM, Social/Emotional Learning, academic support, youth development, and sports and recreation. The program is partially funded by a district-administered 21st Century state grant. Families also contribute on a sliding scale to supplement the cost of the program. Participation is limited to Ruby Bridges Elementary students only.
Apply for Financial Assistance: To apply for our financial assistance program please fill out the 2020-2021 School Year Form. Applications will be reviewed and you will receive an email mid-March with your pricing for the next school year. Open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year will begin in early April. Special qualifying rules apply, please see the “Program Info” tab above for more details.
Please note we are currently developing a contingency plan for keeping kids engaged via online programming should there be any required camp closures. We will also revisit our refund policy as needed as updates regarding the Coronavirus unfold in the coming weeks.
Students in the Camp EDMO® Comprehensive After School Program receive 60 minutes of Camp EDMO STEAM enrichment curriculum on full school days and 90 minutes on early release or minimum days. All curriculum is geared towards K-1, 2-3, and 4-5 grade level groupings so that curriculum is developmentally appropriate.
Take a look at the curriculum that this program will be covering in Spring 2020:
Code your own animated cartoons! In Cartoon Coders, sttudents will use ScratchJr., a kid-friendly, “drag and drop” coding software for tablets, to design and build fun cartoon scenes and skits; complete with custom art and sound effects. As they complete their projects, students will be introduced to the basics of computer programming and explore concepts like functions, loops, events, and more.
Connect to nature through science, as we identify trees and plants in our local communities. Students will walk through the life cycles of trees and see how their seasons are not only beautiful scenery, but are a part of our eminent ecosystem. Students will document and describe the wonders of trees and their importance to us by participating in nature walks, collecting samples, crafting art projects, and performing science experiments! Get rooted in science with Trees & Me!
Dive deep into our planet’s wildlife as we examine its many different critters. Each day we will explore a different class of animal, from awesome amphibians to magnificent mammals to radiant reptiles. Students will uncover the wonders of flight by examining a bird’s wing, see how fish are able to retain oxygen using their gills, and learn about the life cycles of other animals and how they form a part of a larger kingdom of captivating critters! Leap into the world of wildlife with Critter Kingdom!
Explore the incredible world that is right in our own backyards! Students will discover the geology, biology and ecology all around us. See what makes the Golden State shine as we learn what causes those spooky earthquakes, build our own biomes and meet some of the amazing animals that live here!
Design, code, and perfect your very own video game! Students in the Game Design Lab will plan and develop a video game, including the code used to define the rules and mechanics of the game, as well as the artwork for their game’s characters, objects, and environments.
Travel back in time and visit the OMG’s (Original Maker Greats!) of the Renaissance period. Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Galileo all intersected art, science and a maker mindset to create inventions and artwork that still impact our world today. Students will create gyroscope art, test a homemade submarine and apply the design process to prototype their own inventions using math, engineering and their imaginations!
Using the knowledge they gained through DIY da Vinci and their knowledge of STEAM learning and making, students will plan and execute an entrepreneurial endeavor in which they design, build and market an invention, a gadget, or a product that meets the needs of their community. Students will learn how to prototype an idea, design a marketing and sales plan, and learn how to pitch their ideas in order to bring their product to the marketplace. Students will showcase their designs at an end of season Maker Faire showcase.
The Ruby Bridges Comprehensive After School Program brings Camp EDMO’s experiential camp learning environment to the daily after school arena. This program runs daily from the end of school until 6pm each school day.
To enroll in the Ruby Bridges After School Program:
- Students must attend Ruby Bridges Elementary
- Contact Helena at Ruby Bridges Elementary School to apply. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Camp EDMO portable on-site. Parents need to enroll online or through a paper application. Should families need a little extra help paying for the program, they may click here to complete our 2020-2021 Financial Aid Application. The Kindergarten program is $250 a month/$2500 total for the year. The 1st – 5th grade program is $200 a month/$2000 total for the year.
Please note: the application process for School Year 2020-2021 will begin again in April 2020.
Students may have up to three unexcused absences. Upon the fourth unexcused absence, the student will be removed from the program. The parent will be refunded an amount equal to the remaining days of the program for which they had already paid, if any. Parents must provide a note or other document for the absence to be considered “excused”, unless the student was absent during the day school, in which case we automatically consider the absence excused.
New students may apply to enroll at any time during the school year. Paper applications are available at the Camp EDMO Ruby Bridges portable office, as well as the school’s front office. Digital applications are not available at this time. The site director (Helena) may accept or reject the application based on space available. If the student is accepted, the site director will reach out to the parent by phone to confirm their enrollment and collect any information necessary for enrollment processing. If the student’s first day is after Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, the total cost of the program will be reduced by the number of days “missed” at the start of the program, multiplied by the daily rate ($11.30).
A “partial enrollment” — as in, requesting to pay a prorated rate to attend a specific portion of the 10-month program — is NOT allowed, in any way.
Parents may cancel their enrollment at any time. We will refund an amount equal to the number of remaining days in the total program, multiplied by the daily rate ($11.30). There is no additional cancellation fee. Due to space restrictions, we cannot guarantee that the student will be able to re-enroll at a later date.
My name is Helena Ortiz and I have been working with the youth for over 11 years. I am a mother to a 7-year-old girl who I love to spend time with. Besides spending time with my daughter I love to shop, eat and enjoy the outdoors. This will be my second school year with Camp EDMO and I am very excited to have fun with the students and be able to provide a safe, engaging and eventful program. I look forward to having your child attend our program and continue to expand their learning!
Azhar DahriRuby Bridges Staff Member
Vashala SimsRuby Bridges Staff Member
Marcos MedinaRuby Bridges Staff Member
Jaylan WilsonRuby Bridges Staff Member
Jasmine MartinRuby Bridges Staff Member
Anthony JacksonRuby Bridges Staff Member
My name is Azhar and I am a freshman in college. I recently attend the College of Alameda but plan on transferring to a 4-year university and getting my Bachelors’s in nursing. In my free time I enjoy going out with friends or going on a walk at the beach. I have volunteered with students at Ruby Bridges during most of my high school years which has allowed me to better understand what children need in order to succeed socially and academically. Now working with them, I am really excited to see students grow and gain the knowledge needed to go onto the next school year!
My name is Vashala and I am a mother to a 2-year-old girl. I am the oldest of my family, I enjoy spending quality with my daughter and I proudly work with 4th grade at Camp EDMO. This year for 2020 I have set aside multiple goals for my future. One of my goals are to go back to school and further my education, and another one of my goals are to continue working with the youth and opening their minds to a positive outlook on making dreams come true.
My name is Marcos I’m currently attending San Francisco State University, I’ve been working in EDMO for 5 years now. I love playing sports (any) and love hiking around the Bay Area. I love working with kids and hope to do something in my career path that involves working with kids in the East Bay.
Hi my name is Jaylan and I am a sibling of six. I am the second oldest out of four sisters and one brother. I enjoy activities like sports, video games, and hanging with friends. I was born in San Francisco and lived in several places in the Bay Area. Then ultimately residing in Alameda. This is my second year working at Camp Edmo and I am looking forward to a fun and exciting school year. I believe that every student should have the right to an equal opportunity to succeed.
My name is Jasmine and I’m a mother of 3 and some of my passions are cooking, reading, and writing poetry. I recently completed culinary training and worked at a senior home living facility working beside a chef as a cook as well at a vegan catering company. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and just enjoying life. I am excited about creating our performance for our end of the year show.
My name is Anthony but sometimes I go by AJ. I’m originally from Oakland California and I live here in Alameda. I am the oldest out of 5 siblings, so I am always looked up too and I really stand out from a crowd like a true influencer. Some of my talents that I enjoy are singing, writing music, and dancing, growing up I was put in so many programs like circus arts, Spirit Team, and African drum dance where I won 3 competitions here in the bay area. I performed at the house of blues and was included in parades throughout California. My whole life I have been inspired to share my talent. I have worked with kids for about 6 years in Alameda and its always been a happy place for me to see the smiles on kid’s faces. I am proud to work with Camp EDMO and to share my leadership and talents with all kids in the program.
Academic Time & Homework Help
Camp EDMO® offers students a full hour of academic time every day. During this time, we have local high school tutors who support students along with the instructor to help students complete their homework. During this time, it is the responsibility of students to focus on their homework and complete their assignments. It is also the responsibility of the students to turn in their homework to their classroom teacher the following day. For students who are not assigned homework, we suggest sending a book if possible. We will also have other academic activities available.
Background Checks: Background checks are performed on all camp staff through Sterling Talent Solutions using CourtDirect™ technology. Their search is based on social security number, name and address and provides instant access to the criminal records located in county court jurisdictions, state criminal records and the Sex Offender Registry. We also do fingerprinting electronically on new camp staff through the DOJ’s Live Scan Program that takes and transmits fingerprints to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
CPR/First Aid: CPR/First Aid certified staff members are present on-site at all times.
If your child gets an unfortunate bump, scrape or hurt feelings, you will receive an Ouch Slip at the end of the day with a staff member’s report of the incident. In the event of any head injury or serious bodily injury, you or your Emergency Contacts will receive a call within 15 minutes of the injury and a full written Incident Report will be provided to you within 48 hours.
If your child is having a hard time adjusting to camp, we will work with you to develop an Action Plan. Unfortunately, if he or she repeatedly detracts from the camp experience of kids and staff or compromises the safety of others, we will notify the district so that they may speak with you regarding next steps.
What if my child takes medication during the day?
If your child will need to take medication while at camp, please check it in with the Camp Director on Monday and out at the end of camp with us. Please make sure any medication is in the original bottle with both your child’s name and the dosage clearly legible on the bottle.
My child has allergies, how do you handle this?
Please use our health form to fully describe any allergies your child has. Use the FAAP (Food Allergy Action Plan) available at camp to list foods to which the camper is allergic and the specific symptoms of the child’s typical allergic reaction. Please allow time at Monday drop-off to complete this form if you have not done so already.
Please be sure to inform your Camp Director of the allergy when you arrive at camp so the appropriate person can be instructed on how to deal with any allergic reactions.
You must provide us with a recent photo of your child, attached to instructions, medical documentation, and medications as prescribed by the physician for managing an allergic reaction.
Campers must be aware of their specific allergies and be instructed not to trade food with others to avoid any types of reaction, and to tell a counselor if a reaction seems to be starting.
My camper is ill today, what should I do?
Please contact your Camp Director if your child is not feeling well and cannot come to camp. If he/she does not answer, they may be at rally or assisting another camper family. In that case, please leave a message.
Please note that weekly rates are not prorated or fees refunded should your child be absent.
In order to ensure the safety of all our campers, all our camp’s sites are designated as “Nut-Free Campuses.” Please DO NOT BRING ANY NUT PRODUCTS (trail mix, peanut butter, granola bars, etc.). We apologize for any inconvenience, but our policy ensures the safety of our campers with life-threatening allergies.
We have strict safety guidelines at camp and do not allow any unattended scooters, bikes or skateboards. If your child is coming to camp with one of these, they will be asked to store them securely in the Camp Director’s office or lock to a bike rack for the duration of the camp day.
Age & Groupings
Each group is separated by grade (e.g. K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Pick up for all age groups will occur from 5:45 pm-6:00 pm in the cafeteria.
- Hour of academic time (can include homework)
- Hour of enrichment time (Camp EDMO curriculum)
- Remaining time is rec time
- We begin at the end of the normal school day and go until 6:00 pm.
- Pickup happens between 5:50 pm and 6:00 pm in the cafeteria.
- We run every day that school runs, including minimum days.
Yes, we provide a snack, though you’re welcome to pack your own snack for your student to bring if you wish.
When you next return to the program, please bring the site director (Helena) a note or document of some kind to excuse your student’s absence(s).
The school strongly encourages families to bring nut-free lunches and snacks as some students have severe allergies. (Though bringing nuts is technically allowed.)