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Curriculum now in use across 4 elementary schools to teach 2000 students

Sponge is pleased to announce that it has been chosen by Mercer Island School District (MISD) to provide Spanish language curriculum for use across all MISD elementary schools as part of the district’s new World Languages Program.

Well-known for being innovative and ahead of the curve, MISD’s elementary school World Languages Program has been in the works for several years and received an overwhelming 90% support in a December 2014 community survey. It was formally approved by the district board earlier this year and officially launched in the 2016-17 academic year across all Mercer Island elementary schools.

“When we set out to find resources to support our elementary Spanish program we wanted materials that offered structure to help guide our teachers and flexibility to let them create. The unit themes, pacing, and games offered by Sponge have made it the perfect fit for our model”, said Fred Rundle, Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services, Mercer Island School District.

Sponge’s in-house curriculum is based on current research and an immersion approach with emphasis on learning and communication via games, songs, and drama. To meet MISD requirements, Sponge enhanced it by creating flexible weekly lesson plans, adding new elements such as activity sheets, self-assessment capabilities, and stronger alignment with American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. MISD solicited and evaluated several provider proposals from across the US and ultimately judged Sponge to be the provider best able to meet its needs.

As part of the Sponge-MISD agreement, Sponge is:

  • Delivering lesson plans for all K-5 Spanish classes for an initial period of 3 years
  • Providing teacher classroom material and associated learning material such as activity sheets, language journals, and self-assessments
  • Delivering professional development and curriculum training for MISD teachers for the initial year and future years as needed.

Sponge has already begun using its learnings from the MISD collaboration by incorporating elements of its refined approach into classes at its centers and enrichment programs at other elementary schools in the greater Seattle area.

WHAT: Fall Celebration Event presented by Sponge

WHEN: October 16th 2016, Sunday

WHERE: 3107 S. Day St., Seattle, WA 98144

Join us for a free cultural event to celebrate Chinese Moon Festival and enjoy a Latin dance performance of Zouk!

Enjoy moon cakes and take part in arts and crafts!

Watch a performance of Zouk or take part in a mini lesson!

Attend a mini-language class, try face painting, and more!

Help us spread the word!

RSVP using the form below:

We are pleased to offer language classes this fall, using our engaging, research-driven curricula, taught completely in language. For the 6th year in a row, your trust and support has gotten us a spot as a finalist in this year’s Golden Teddy Award by ParentMap. Sponge is the only language provider finalist in the Infant-Toddler class and the After-School – Learning Enrichment Programs categories.

This year, it only gets better as we add new components to our curricula that will be sure to supplement language and cultural learning inside and outside the classroom.

  • In-Center (IC) and Elementary Language (EL) Program students will now have free access to our new, interactive Online Portal to help parents and students with language learning, including pronunciation.
  • Students in Just Kids (JK) and EL classes will have Activity Sheets/Books to help practice language in class and at home.
  • There will be two weeks of Cultural Classes at the end of the IC session, in place of the Grand Review.
  • Each unit for both IC and EL classes will feature a Final Project based on a fun cultural theme to incorporate and reinforce the language learned in the unit.

Sponge is also pleased to offer one, 50% off needs-based Scholarship for each EL class that meets the minimum enrollment. This year, we also offer a special Parent Coordinator Rate (one per EL class) for parents who are interested in volunteering to help with a class.

Register Now and experience the Sponge difference this Fall!

 

We’re excited to announce that Sponge is a 2016 Parent Map Golden Teddy Finalist in multiple categories! Many thanks to all of you for nominating us and voting for us to make this possible!

Sponge is the only language provider finalist in the Infant-Toddler class and the After-School – Learning Enrichment Programs categories. We are honored to be recognized as a Golden Teddy finalist/winner six years in a row!

2016 – Finalist (infant & Toddler classes, After school enrichment)
2015 – Finalist (After school enrichment)
2014 – Winner (After school), Finalist (Infant & Toddler classes)
2013 – Finalist (Infant & Toddler classes)
2012 – Winner (Infant & Toddler classes)
2011 – Finalist (Infant & Toddler classes)

Thank YOU again and a BIG teddy hug from us for your trust and support!

We are pleased to announce Sponge classes are now available via Microsoft Prime and Passport Corporate programs!

Get special Passport member pricing on New Registrations for in-center classes and Summer camps by doing these 2 simple steps:

1) Register via Microsoft Prime, and other Passport Corporate program participant sites. You can find us under Education and Training > Classes & Training;

2) Send a copy of your Passport card to info@spongeschool.com for verification.

Have questions? Email us at info@spongeschool.com or call us at (206) 227-7138.

We’re offering nine weeks of language immersion camp this summer, from June 20 through the end of August. Help your student keep up their Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Hindi skills over the summer months through games, cooking, science and art! Explore the schedule to find the right week and location for your summer plans.

Camp Schedule & Registration

Summer Camps

Each camp has an engaging theme for the week. Spanish campers can dive into the art of bargaining, as they explore the traditional bazaars of Latin America in Flea Market Fun: Exploring El Mercado Latino. Or maybe your student loves to learn about food around the world. We’re taking a linguistic and culinary tour of the Spanish-speaking world in Cooking with Sabor: A Tasty Tour of Latin America. Looking for a week of exploration and wildlife? Discovery in the Amazon campers will learn all about animals and geography throughout the Amazon region, all immersed in language!

Interested in China? Learn about it in Mandarin. Take a tour of one of China’s most culturally important cities with our travel-themed 5 Days in Beijing: Exploring the Majestic Chinese Capital. Summer is a time for festivities all around the world, and China is no exception. Join us at the starting line in Dragon Boat Festival: Celebrating Summer in China, and let the races begin! Curious about China’s favorite superhero? Get immersed in the Tales of the Monkey King. There’s culture to be found in every corner!

 

Art Camps

In partnership with Young Rembrandts, Sponge is pleased to offer language-specific art camps for K-5 and Preschool kids alike, taught by native-speaking Art teachers for additional immersive experience.

Explore the world of Anime and create your own original Anime characters, draw a variety of wide-eyed facial expressions, and illustrate dynamic movement to pack action into your scenes with our Anime Style Art Camps offered in Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, and Hindi. Travel back in time to the Middle Ages and learn how to illustrate period-specific characters and scenes while strengthening your drawing and coloring skills in our Medieval Castle Art Camps taught in Mandarin and Spanish. Enter the Enchanted Academy, where young wizards learn that nothing is as it seems! Recreate the majesty of the great dining hall in a beautiful graphic, and amuse yourself in the not-so-ordinary life of witches and wizards with a plethora of cartoon drawings, taught in Mandarin, Spanish and Hindi.

POW! BANG! WOW! Become a comic book artist by learning to draw your own muscular superhero characters in a variety of action-packed poses and dramatic scenes in our Superhero Cartooning Art Camps offered in Japanese. If you’re an animal lover, the hilarious Cartoon Zoo Art Camp is for you! You will create several expressive cartoon drawings each day that tell fun stories about life in the zoo. All lessons taught in English.

For every girl who dreams of being a princess, Fashion Runway: Royal Princesses Art Camp, offers a special week of drawing and designing beautiful fashions, fit for royalty. Learn basic portrait and figure drawing, and illustrate medieval-themed dresses and accessories. Join us for five days of fashion design and drawing, layering and styling, and dozens of dazzling accessories in the Fashion Runway: Tween Style Art Camp. The perfect workshop for the young fashionistas, you will learn to draw portraits, figures and tons of the latest fashion trends.

In one of our special Preschool art camps, offered in Japanese and Hindi, kids will learn how to draw pictures inspired by favorite summer places and things to do — like warm beaches, cool treats, toys and cuddly animals in our Summer Fun Art Camp. We will draw pictures of a barn, a tractor, and a variety of animals that live and play on a farm in the Down on the Farm Art Camp. Grab your goggles as we take you on a sea-faring voyage in the Under the Sea Art Camp, where children will learn how to draw expressive sea characters with bold colors and patterns. Want to learn how to draw animals found in our local zoo, including giraffes, lions, tigers and birds? Join our Zoo Animals Art Camp in Parkside.

The teacher will use English as needed to provide artistic guidance and ensure children are able to get the most out of the camp.

Join us to celebrate our 10th anniversary on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 1:30 PM-4:00 PM at our Seattle location. We’re planning a big Global Gala with international performances, activities, and language learning!

Kids will delight in Thistle Theater’s “Dance Around the World with Jennifer.” Dressing in an array of costumes, dance teacher Jennifer Carrol takes her audience on an interactive adventure with cultural dances and intriguing stories from different countries. Seattle’s Melody Dance Group will captivate with a spectacular Chinese folk dance performance.  This centuries old art form features stirring music, magnificent costumes and graceful ribbon wands.

There’s more! Arlette Aranibar of Cakes and More will host a children’s cupcake decorating class. Kids will also learn to prepare crepes, the popular French pancake.  Rounding out the day are make and take crafts from around the world, refreshments, and free, fun-filled Spanish, Mandarin, French, Japanese, Hindi and German classes taught by Sponge’s native-speaking teachers.

Curious about travel? Jennifer from Global Family Travels will be on hand to answer your questions about traveling to places near and far!

This event is geared toward children ages 10 and younger and their families.

Please RSVP to events@spongeschool.com or call (206) 227-7138.

 

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be supporting Treehouse for Kids this December. Treehouse is a great local organization that provides lots of services to foster kids in our community, including academic support! Learn more about Treehouse and what they do.

For every Spring session registration we receive during the month of December, we’ll donate $20 to Treehouse. Planning to sign up? Now’s the time to do it! Help us reach our $500 goal. Sign up here.

You can also help us give back to the community by purchasing a Sponge gift certificate this holiday season. Give the gift of language to a loved one, and 5% will go to Treehouse all through December. Happy holidays!

Questions? Let us know at info@spongeschool.com.

We’re enrolling now now for our Spring 2016 session. For the first time, we’re offering Advanced Mandarin Chinese classes with reading and writing introduced! Learn more here.

Classes run from February 8-June 19, with a spring break from April 4-10.  We’ve got a full schedule with lots of weekday and weekend options in Seattle, Kirkland, and Lynnwood!

Our Fall Session runs through the end of January, and it’s a great way to trial class and get a jump on Spring learning.