Abbii’s Winter Break Program

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When your kids are out of school for Winter Break, the J is the place to be. We have lots of new and exciting programs that all kids will take part in over the break as we Party in the USA. Each day will explore a different state through art work, games, and food.

First Week

Monday – Texas
We will kick off the week with two awesome field trips. K-2nd graders will be going to Going Bonkers to climb around and play arcade games, while 3rd-6th graders will be heading to Pinstack for bowling as well as two hours of unlimited play on go carts, video games, ropes course, and laser tag. Kids in grades 3rd-6th will take time to give back by working with some of our Seniors to make dolls that will be donated to sick children at Parkland Hospital. When we return to the J kids will be taking part in rodeo training as well as making some Texas themed art.

Tuesday – Hawaii
Kids of all ages will enjoy an awesome day at the J. Kids will be taking part in a new Hawaiian Pound the wave fitness class. Kids will enjoy free swim and relay races in the pool. We are also lucky to have Matt Rowland, the J’s Sports Camp Director, coming to run and teach the kids some sports skills. Also on Tuesday, all kids will be taking part in a Lip Sync battle; be sure to check out our website for videos following the battle.

Wednesday – California
First thing in the morning all kids will be enjoying a fun filled field trip to Lil Ninjas. Kids will be able to test their ninja skills and enjoy a great field trip. Once we return to the J kids will be tie-dying, taking part in a Disney trivia contest, creating a surprise snack, and dressing up their counselors for a celebrity fashion show.

Thursday – Florida
All kids will be taking part in an inter-generational art class with our Seniors. Kids will again take part in Hawaiian Pound the Wave fitness class, swimming, as well as some Florida themed art projects. Matt will be returning for some more sports skill development.

Second Week

Monday – Arizona
Week two will kick off with another fun field trip. Kids in grades K-2nd will be heading to the movies, while kids in 3rd-6th will be heading off to enjoy an afternoon of ice skating. Our oldest campers will again have the opportunity to take part in community service and work with our Seniors on making dolls to be donated to Parkland Hospital. Kids will also be creating Arizona themed artwork and a very special snack.

Tuesday – Louisiana
Today we will spend the day exploring the Big Easy by creating our own paper mache art projects. Kids in 3rd-6th will help plan the New Year’s Part that will take place on Thursday. All kids will have the opportunity to take a yoga class with one of our awesome instructors.

Wednesday – Alaska
On our final field trip day we will first enjoy mining for gold before we load the bus to picnic at Klyde Warren Park and then head to the Dallas Museum of Art. When we return kids will be taking part in an outdoor survival obstacle course.

Thursday – New Years
We will be celebrating New Years with a party for the campers as well as the Seniors here at the J. There will be line dancing and a reverse New Year’s count down. All kids will enjoy free swim, as well as a New York scavenger hunt at the J, and some more New York themed activities.

Monday – Outer Space
After a week of exploring the US we will venture up into outer space, where we will be hunting aliens, making a special outer space snack, making space gack, as well as swimming, and enjoying sports in the gym.

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Are you Ready for our Next Musical Production?

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We are so excited to have recently been recognized in Dallas Child Magazine as one of the “best performing arts programs in Dallas”.

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In planning our Fall classes and workshops, we mindfully developed a program that would give children of various interests and skill levels a taste of the performing arts, both behind the scenes and for the those who want to be on stage or in front of the camera.

Our Fall curriculum was designed to also better prepare your child for our upcoming musical theater production (announcement will be made soon) by honing key skills, stage-presence, character development, and movement to name a few, so that confidently they are prepared to bring their A-game when auditioning and performing in front of an audience.

By working with some of the best instructors in the Dallas area, you can be sure your child is learning and being challenged to be the best they can be in an inspiring, safe, nurturing environment. Joe Trifiletti, Director our junior cast and Linda Leonard, Director of our senior cast for our upcoming Spring production, will both be teaching several classes this fall.

With the school year just starting, please keep in mind the performing arts improves academic performance as well. Numerous studies have demonstrated a correlation between drama involvement and academic achievement. In addition to having higher standardized test scores than their peers who do not experience the arts, students who participate in the arts often experience improved reading comprehension, maintain better attendance records, and stay generally more engaged in school than their non-arts counterparts. This is just one of the many ways the gift of the performing arts keeps on giving.

If you have any questions about classes, workshops, or our program in general, please don’t hesitate to contact me at Also, I kindly ask that you continue to spread the word about J Performing Arts Space (JPAS). You help us make a difference.


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Pool News – 7/29

Our final swim lesson week is here for Camp Chai and Simchah which means testing week is again upon us! Final progress reports will be going home at the end of this week so please be on the lookout for those. If you do not receive a form and your child attended Session 2 of Camp Chai or 3 for Simchah, please contact me directly at 214-239-7141 or

Summer camp lessons may be coming to an end but swimming fortunately can be a year-round activity! If your child enjoys swimming and had a great time this summer at camp we are ready for them at the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy or the Devil Rays Swim Team! Adults, we have lessons and programs for you too!

To schedule your free evaluation, please call Jenny Ingram at 214-239-7196 or e-mail Provide code: JCAMP2015 to receive one free lesson to the LKSA. (Offer valid with minimum two-month commitment to the LKSA and does not include registration fee. Offer is not redeemable for cash or is transferable to any other JCC program).

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Pool News – 7/20

Week 6 is here! Only two weeks until the JCC Maccabi Games®! Camp swim lessons will wrap up for the season next week. We will have a special offer to all camp participants in next week’s pool news who wish to continue swimming in the fall with the LKSA!

Progress sheets have gone home from Session 1 for Camp Chai and Simchah. Camp Chai progress sheets have been mailed so look for those in your mailboxes. If you do not receive one by the end of this week please reach out to us directly.

Please see some highlights from Boat Day for Camp Simchah below! The kids had a lot of fun meeting the dolphins and mermaids and taking a boat trip around the Simchah Seas!

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If you have questions about your child’s swim level or individual progress please contact Daniel Taylor, Aquatics Director at 214-239-7141 or

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Pool News 7/13 – 7/17


Whew! Four weeks has flown by quickly! Week 5 has begun and for Camp Chai this means we are evaluating again this week! Camp Simchah evaluated last week and progress sheets from the Session 1 have gone home directly for Camp Simchah.

Camp Chai progress sheets will be going home via mail later this week so keep an eye out for those!

This week is a very special week for Camp Simchah where we will have Boat Day on Friday from 10 am – 11 am! This is a very fun day and an annual camp event at the pool!

If you have questions about your child’s swim level or individual progress please contact Daniel Taylor, Aquatics Director at 214-239-7141 or

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Pool News – Week 3

swimmingSummer is zooming by and our swimmers are flourishing in lessons each day! Part of our success is the wonderful curriculum we have with the Swim Right™ method developed by four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Lenny Krayzelburg. We also owe credit to our fantastic instructors who spent over forty hours in training before the summer and who work hard each week to provide excellent instruction.

We want to ensure that our campers are getting the most out of our swim program. Therefore we increased the number of instructors so our ratios have dropped for Camp Simchah to 4:1 and for Camp Chai to 6:1 & 8:1 max. Lower ratios for camp lessons allow for each child to get more one on one attention each day.

Camp Simchah and Chai students are going to be tested over this week and next and progress sheets will be going home. If you have specific questions on your child’s progress please contact me directly at 214-239-7141 or


Camp Swim Lesson FAQ

Q: Why does my child say they are only floating or not swimming a lot at camp lessons?

A: The Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy focuses primarily on water safety first for the first three levels of the program but continues all the way through level seven. While we do back float a lot, we also swim though we do not utilize arm movements until level four, Streamliners.

Q: My child swims across the pool at home, why do they need to learn how to float?

A: Most children tend to “doggy paddle,” or even may have the ability to swim a freestyle stroke across the pool. In a state of panic neither of these abilities are particularly helpful since they do not support an open airway and require a lot of energy to perform. A back float is requires the least amount of energy and can be maintained for a long period of time while leaving the airway open for effective breathing.

Q: Why is my child is in “x” level at “x” swim program but a lower level in the LKSA?

A: The Swim Right™ curriculum has a specific set of skills and drills many unique to our program that must be mastered before moving onto the next level or to be evaluated in a particular level. Many programs only teach children strokes while we teach water safety and correct body position first.

Q: Will my child master a level or the program by the end of the session/summer?

A: Varies. Each child works at their own pace and we encourage that rather than trying to fit each child into a mold. Some skills or drills will take longer to master but that does not indicate a lack of progress.

Q: If I have my children enrolled into lessons elsewhere or the LKSA do they have to take camp lessons?

A: No, you may choose to have your children not swim during their lesson time. Please contact the camp director and make this request. We do encourage that your children take lessons especially if they are not able to swim.

Q: What is the ratio of swimmers to instructors at Camp?

A: Camp Simchah we strive for a 4:1 ratio and for Camp Chai we strive for a 6:1 ratio.

Q: My child was a Floater last year, why are they a Floater again this year?

A: They either have regressed in between summers or did not fully master the skills required last summer. It could also be that they showed a lack of ability at evaluation time but can actually do more. In that case, we are open to re-evaluating children by request. Particular levels, Floaters for instance, may take longer to complete.

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Pool News 6/22 – 6/26

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Week two has begun and after evaluation week and the rain we are now on a roll with lessons! This week we are working on the first set of skills and drills for each level of the Swim Right™ curriculum. For a quick review the swim levels have been listed below with the skills we are working on for this week.

Splashers (Level 1): Comfort in the water, submersion and assisted back float

Floaters (Level 2): Independent Launch, Independent Back Float and Launch, Kick Kick Kick

Kickers (Level 3): Kick Float Kick, Kick Roll Kick and Streamline Arms on Front and Back

Streamliners (Level 4): Streamline Roll to Streamline, Side Kick, 1-Big Arm Roll to Side Kick

Freestylers (Level 5): 6 count switch, Superman Catch-up stroke (freestyle), Backstroke

Gliders (Level 6): Freestyle review, Backstroke, Breaststroke Kicks

Flyers (Level 7): Freestyle & Backstroke review, Breaststroke, Butterfly Kicks

We do emphasize that for level placement or graduation requires a mastery of skills. Many skills in our program are unique and patented therefore if a child has not been exposed to them they will typically assess lower. It is also true that children who do not regularly practice skills then to lose said skills or regress some in between summers. The Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy does offer year round classes to anyone who would like to continue instruction in the fall. Consistent instruction weekly is the key to continued success in swimming and water safety.

If you have questions about your child’s swim level or individual progress please contact Daniel Taylor, Aquatics Director at 214-239-7141 or

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