How to Reach Us
To reach our onsite staff while SummerFun is in session, please call or text us at 617-800-4245. For registration or other issues, please call our main office at 781-316-3568. You can email us at CommunityEd@Arlington.k12.ma.us. SummerFun information is also posted on our website at ArlingtonCommunityEd.org. Follow us on Facebook (ArlingtonCommunityEd) and Twitter (@ArlingtonCommEd).
Who Can Enroll?
Both residents of Arlington and non-residents are welcome to enroll in our classes at the same low tuition. Registration opens as soon as the classes are posted online and continues until the first meeting of any class, as space permits. There are no waitlists for half day classes. Under-enrolled classes are cancelled, so register early.
All grade levels listed represent the grade your child will be in the Fall 2016. Please make sure you enroll your child in the appropriate class for his/her grade level.
Classes meet at Ottoson Middle School, 63 Acton St., Arlington, EXCEPT the following:
- Computer Aided Drafting: Arlington High, Room 403 (follow signs from main lobby)
- Television Workshop: ACMI Studio, 85 Park Ave., Arlington Heights
- Spy Ponders Volleyball: Arlington High Red Gym
- Spy Ponders Strength & Agility Clinics: Peirce Field Turf (behind AHS )
- Voyages in Marine Engineering Field Trip: Thorndike Field, 99 Margaret St. (off Lake St.)
Week 1: July 5-8 (Field Trips, LARP, Insider’s Guide to Ottoson; Sports: grades 4+ only)
Week 2: July 11-15 (grades 1-9)
Week 3: July 18-22 (grades 1-9)
Week 4: July 25-29 (grades 1-9)
Week 5: August 1-5 (grades 1-9)
Week 6: August 8-12 (grades 1-9)
Week 7: August 15-19 (Field Trips, LARP, Insider’s Guide to Ottoson; Sports: grades 6+ only)
AM classes run from 8:30-11:30 am; doors open at 8:25 am, no early drop-off
PM classes run from 12:30-3:30 pm
Full-day classes run from 8:30 am-3:30 pm
* Insiders Guide to Ottoson runs 9am-1pm; LARP runs 9am-4pm; Television Workshop runs 10am-3pm; Babysitting Basics runs 10am-12pm; Field trip times vary, instructor will email details.
Children must be picked up promptly at end of class unless other arrangements have been made with program staff. A late fee of $1 per minute is charged for students remaining at the school beginning five minutes after class (or extended day) ends.
Late or Absent
Call or text 617-800-4245 prior to 8:15 am if you child will be absent or late. Text is preferred. Please include child’s name and all classes. Or, you can email us before 8am at CommunityEd@arlington.k12.ma.us.
There is limited parking in the school parking lot along with several handicap spots. The lot gets very crowded at drop off so if you are in a hurry, we highly recommend you park on side streets. You may not park your vehicle directly in front of the school entrance–this area is for active drop-off only on the school side of the street. Parking is allowed on Acton St. (before entering school driveway) and Quincy St. If you park on Quincy, enter school via footpath at the end of Benjamin Rd.
See parking map. Please note the ‘no parking’ areas.
There is NO EARLY DROP-OFF; students will be allowed in the building 5 minutes prior to the start of each class. Upon entering the building, class locations will be listed on the board. Students should follow signs directly to their classes and staff will be there to help direct you. On the first day, children entering grades 5 and below must be escorted to their classrooms. For the remainder of the week, children entering grades 3 and up may check themselves in. Children entering grades 6-9 may check themselves in and out each day.
We assume children entering grade 6 or above can be released without an adult. If you have not authorized your child entering grade 5 or below to walk home alone (on registration form), meet your child in his/her classroom at the end of your child’s day. You or an authorized adult are required to sign your child in and out daily and provide your FAMILY CODE (details provided through confirmation email week prior to class). Children MUST be picked up on time! This means 11:30 am for morning classes; 3:30 pm for afternoon classes, or 5:30 pm for extended day. After a 5 minute grace period, you will be charged $1-per-minute, payable immediately to the staff member waiting with your child.
These are posted in the Main Lobby of Ottoson Middle School and staff will be there to help.
Supervised lunch runs from 11:30-12:30 pm and is FREE for students enrolled in both AM and PM classes; other students may stay for lunch @ $10 per day; see the Camp Director to make arrangements when classes are in session.
Note: Children bring their own NUT-FREE snacks, beverages and lunch. Supervised lunch is available at Ottoson, only.
Extended Day offers supervised activities and free-play from 3:30-5:30 pm (MONDAY–THURSDAY only, July 11-August 11). Children bring their own beverages and nut-free snacks. Extended day is offered at Ottoson, only.
What to wear
Children should wear comfortable, casual clothes and shoes. In some classes they get messy!
What to bring
All items brought to camp should be clearly marked with your child’s name; we cannot be responsible for lost items. Each day, children must bring a nut-free snack and water bottle. Children remaining for lunch must also bring a packed nut-free lunch, water bottle and afternoon nut-free snack.
It is extremely important that you list any medical/special needs on your registration form. There is no nurse or other medical staff on duty during these VacationFun! classes. Arlington Community Ed employees are not permitted to administer medication. If your child needs to take medication and cannot self-medicate, a parent or guardian may come to the program site to administer medication. If your child has an EpiPen, please send two: one to stay in your child’s backpack with the location clearly labeled, and a second to give to the director. In the event of emergency, VacationFun! staff will administer EpiPens.
Please be aware that most of our teachers are not trained in special education. If your child receives special attention during the school year, we may not be able to provide the same level of attention during our programs.
We have a “3 strikes and you’re out” policy. We expect students in our programs to follow their teacher’s instructions and treat each other and staff with respect. If your child does not meet these expectations, we will bring this to your attention. If your child’s behavior continues to be inappropriate, you will receive a call from our staff and be asked to remove your child from the program for the day. If after that there is still no change, we will ask you to withdraw your child from the class and no refund will be given. We have a zero-tolerance policy for inappropriate physical behavior. If a child inappropriately touches or harms others, he or she will be withdrawn iwth no further warnings, and no refund will be given.
You are officially enrolled as soon as we receive your registration form and payment. If you provide us with your email address, you will receive a confirmation.
A $6 registration fee is charged once per person per term.
How Credit Card Charges Work
Credit card charges appear on statements as charges from “Town of Arlington”.
Changes & Withdrawals (Please note our new policy)
- No refunds will be made for classes missed or dropped.
- A $25 switch fee is assessed for each requested change in a child’s registration.
- Withdrawals minus a $50 fee per class per student must be made in writing and received by ACE by May 27; after that date, no refunds will be issued.
- All money is returned if ACE cancels a class.
Partial tuition scholarships are available for some classes for students who receive free and reduced lunch and can be applied to 1 week of classes (or 2 weeks of half-day) per summer per child. Please contact Food Services to obtain your official letter before contacting us. Registration must be done over the phone or in person. Scholarships vary by class. Please call 781-316-3568 for more information.
Discounts of 15% are given when three or more children from the same family are registered during the same week. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-316-3568 AFTER registering to have discount applied.
ACE occasionally takes photos of classes for use in catalogs, advertising and other promotional materials. If you do not wish to have your child photographed by ACE, please notify the office before your child’s program begins.
How to Reach Us
SummerFun! staff will be situated at Ottoson during camps. To reach staff by phone for any urgent matters, please call 617-800-4245. You can also email staff at CommunityEd@arlington.k12.ma.us or speak to us in person at our table in the lobby.
Arlington VacationFun! is a program of the Arlington Public Schools and Arlington Community Education.