Specialty Courses

Several additional courses for students in grades K-2 are scheduled outside our traditional semester format and have unique registration processes.

The Reading / Writing Connection – August 7-11 (Grades 1-2)

Time: 8:30 -11:30 a.m.

Cost: $300

Entering grades: 1 and 2

Get a head start on the new school year! Join us for a week long workshop designed to improve critical reading concepts. Students will focus on the areas of phonemic awareness, sound/spelling relationships, sight words, comprehension and composition. Emergent readers will develop fluency through games, oral reading, and activities. Writing tasks will be organized around an author study. Students will be given an individualized early literacy assessment using the DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills)

If you choose to enroll your child in both the Reading/Writing Connection and Math Workshops, he/she may bring a lunch and spend the hour in between workshops with the teachers.

To learn more and/or register, please email Robin Smith at rsmith@pinepoint.org or Nicola Newbery at nnewbery@pinepoint.org

Math Literacy Workshop – August 7-11 (Grades 1-2)

Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $300

Entering grades: 1-2

Math is all around us! This workshop uses literature as a vehicle for building mathematical skills and concepts. Students will focus on numeration, addition, subtraction, patterns, geometry, estimation, measurement and money. Emphasis will be placed on building understanding through the use of manipulatives, cooperative group work and the development of number sense. Students will be encouraged to share ideas and solve problems using different strategies. Activities will be based on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards.

If you choose to enroll your child in both the Reading/Writing Connection and Math Workshops, he/she may bring a lunch and spend the hour in between workshops with the teachers.

To learn more and/or register, please email Robin Smith at rsmith@pinepoint.org or Nicola Newbery at nnewbery@pinepoint.org

Kindergarten Readiness – August 7-11

Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Cost: $300

Entering grade: Kindergarten

This workshop will introduce incoming Kindergarten students to important classroom routines that will get them off to a good start as they begin their Kindergarten year. Circle time, morning meeting, show and tell, learning to initiate play, and developing the skills of conversation are foundations of a successful school year. In this workshop, social skills, such as speaking in a clear voice, making eye contact, listening without interrupting, and following simple spoken directions will be emphasized. This workshop will also focus on developing self confidence and responsibility by participation in games and activities designed to build a sense of teamwork and community, a very important part of the Kindergarten experience. Through music, art, games, and literature, children will build self‐confidence and a sense of community as they develop new friendships. A healthy snack is included.

To learn more and/or register, please email Lou Toscano at ltoscano@pinepoint.org

Intensive Reading Tutoring

Individualized explicit instruction provided by an Orton Gillingham-certified reading specialist who will use a proven approach to reading and writing instruction that especially benefits struggling readers.

The six week summer intensive is available Monday through Thursday from June 19 to July 28. Participants must register for a minimum of 12 lessons. Full attendance of 24 lessons is recommended.

To learn more email Kelsey Capalbo at kcapalbo@pinepoint.org or call 860-535-0606 ext 134

College Application Writing Workshop

One of the most intimidating aspects of a college application is the personal statement. From choosing a memorable topic to telling a story effectively, the entire writing process can be challenging and frustrating. This workshop will provide students with the information, the skills, and the confidence that they need in order to write a distinctive college essay.

First, we will discuss the role that the essay plays in an application and what admissions officers look for in college essays. Next, students will engage in advanced brainstorming methods to help them identify strong potential narratives. Finally, the majority of the workshop's duration will involve outlining, drafting, and revising actual college essays, with plenty of individualized support and feedback. By the end of the workshop, students will have a working draft of their college essay -- as well as one less item on the to-do list during the school year.

Tom Owen '08, the workshop facilitator, is a Pine Point alumnus and teaches high school English at an independent school in Fairfield County, Connecticut. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 2015.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, Summer Semester Term 1 (June 19 – July 7), 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. for students entering grade 12

Tuition: $900 for the 3-week course

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