Evergreen

Pine Point School is a year-round center of engaged learners: a place where people of all ages are inspired to explore ideas, build deep understanding, and work ethically for the common good. Our Evergreen programs support our traditional academic curriculum and foster our mission of actively engaging our students in reaching solutions creatively, collaboratively, and compassionately.

We offer Evergreen courses throughout the school year and during the summer for preschoolers through adults in academics, the arts, athletics, nature, service learning, and technology. Anyone can be a learner at Pine Point. Whether you are a child or an adult you are sure to find an Evergreen program that will inspire life-long learning in you.

Weekly Courses

Mondays

Pre-Ballet/Modern Dance with Maggie Lipton, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., preschool, K, 1

This class will introduce young dancers to the art of ballet and modern dance. Classes will include exercises to develop strength, flexibility and posture. Dancers will also explore dance fundamentals through storytelling and play. Dancers may wear ballet slippers or dance in bare feet. A t-shirt and leggings or a leotard and tights are recommended.

Pine Point Change Makers with Gillian Crawford, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., grades 2-5

The dictionary defines empathy as the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Are there things happening in our world, or in your life, that you would like others to be aware of? What message would you like to send to our community? Is there something you feel passionate about and would like others to think about so change can occur? Maybe you've got ideas of how people can better work together on the playground or on projects, remembering to recycle and not litter. In our sessions you will conduct interviews, write scripts, and learn how to use iMovie to create a public service announcement (PSA) that may inspire and move people to action.


Tuesdays

The Great Mini-Sphero Challenge with Rebecca Graebner, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., grades K-2, 11/27 - 1/22

Take your coding skills to a whole new level! Come learn to program a Mini Sphero for a race, to run through an obstacle course, and much more. Learn how to code using the Sphero blockly platform. Students will expand their coding skills and engage in fun, inventive play with robots!

Rigamajig Fun with Rebecca Graebner, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., grades 1-3, 1/29 - 2/26

Ever want to build a flying machine, a racing car, a space tower or even a bridge? Come explore the Rigamajig and build all this and so much more. Using the wooden planks, pulleys, and gears of the Rigamajig students will work together and let their imaginations soar. A variety of building challenges will prompt students to problem solve with this inventive and fun building kit.

Dungeons and Dragons with Sheila Reagan, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., grades 4-6

Calling all bards, druids, wizards, and curious humans who seek to embark on a journey into the unknown! Along the way there will be puzzles, adventure, and some unusual beasts, but if we face them together, surely we will succeed. Join this Evergreen and explore your way through a Dungeons and Dragons campaign. You'll have a great time stretching the limits of your imagination, honing your decision making skills, and embellishing your acting bravado! Along the way you also might brush up on your character development and learn more about group dynamics and cooperation.

Adult Art Open Studio with Maria Iacoi, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., ages 18+

This course is designed for beginner or experienced artists ages 18 and older, who want to explore a variety of mediums and want to have the time and space to create independent imaginative or representational works of art with support and guidance. A medium of the day will be introduced and instruction on effective uses and specific techniques will be demonstrated. A still life will be set up, and/or tools for elements of design will be available for exploration. Class critiques will be offered to gain feedback on individual works. A sharing of artwork produced will be shown in the Campbell Gallery. This class is ongoing and students may join at any time.


Wednesdays

Beginning Guitar with Lou Manzi, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., grades 1 - 5

This half hour beginning guitar class will have students strumming away like young rock and roll stars. They’ll learn easy songs in rock, blues and classical styles. Instructor Lou Manzi stresses good technique and learning “the right way” so students learn efficiently and avoid bad playing habits. The course will also include an intro to reading music and the first steps in guitar improvisation. Students will learn important ensemble skills as they play together and listen to each other as they “jam” with their band.

Lou Manzi has been a music educator since the 1970’s. He earned a BA in music and has written 11 guitar method books for Alfred Publishing. He was honored to develop a guitar curriculum for the Boys and Girls Club of America, has taught guitar and harmonica seminars across the U.S. and has appeared at the House of Blues, Boston, and B.B. King’s Blues Club, NYC.

Note that this is a half hour course, and that payment includes Learning Lab for the duration of time from dismissal through 4:30. Students will be placed with other students of similar abilities.

Introduction to Latin with Amy Hallberg, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., grades 6-7

This is a continuation of a course started in September. If you are interested in joining this course for the first time, you may submit a note of interest with any prior experience to Evergreen@pinepoint.org.

Thursdays

Mystery Bags with Lou Toscano, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., K-5

In this class, students will be given a technological or engineering problem to solve. They will be given a “mystery bag” filled with items that could be used to solve that problem. Working alone or with a partner, participants will use their creativity and building skills to create a structure designed to possibly save the world!

Art Studio with Maria Iacoi, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., grades 3-5

This course is designed for artists who want to explore a variety of mediums and want to have the time and space to create independent imaginative or representational works of art with support and guidance. A medium of the day will be introduced and instruction on effective uses and specific techniques will be demonstrated. A still life will be set up, and/or tools for elements of design will be available for exploration. Students will have both structure and freedom to experience, explore and create a variety of art forms and pieces.

Introduction to Strength Training Circuit for Adults with Judy Davis, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., 18+

Jump start your fitness this holiday season! This is an excellent opportunity to learn about strength circuit training for beginners. This workout utilizes the NASM OPT model for functional training movements and will introduce you to a strength training circuit which will help you to become stronger. The class will consist of a warmup, strength training circuit, cool-down and flexibility training. This ongoing program will focus on the stabilization phase of the OPT Model which will help improve the following: Muscle imbalances, Stabilization of the core musculature, Prevent tissue overload by preparing muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints for demands of training, and Establish proper movement patterns and exercise technique. Please join us for an excellent Thursday afternoon workout that is fun and rewarding!

Fridays

Loving the Ropes with Judy Davis, , 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., grades 2-7

Have fun learning skills using a single rope, partner skills, long rope, double dutch rope and speed skills. This class is designed for the beginner to advanced jump roper who wants to develop their skills to the next level and create routines. Come have a fun time learning the ropes and working together as a team. Students will make their own beaded jump rope to practice with and take home!

Music Lessons

Vocal Lessons

Vocal Lessons with Beth Bromley, 30 minute lessons on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays, ages 12 and older

Learn and practice vocal techniques with individualized instruction. Contact Beth Bromley for more information or to request lessons.

Private Piano Lessons

Private Piano Lessons with Glenn Hardy, 30 minute lessons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, Kindergarten through adult

Piano Lessons can be traditional or not! Children usually learn to speak before they learn to read and write. Learning to play music before learning to read music notation works the same way. Some children are early readers, and it's the same with music. Teaching books for young children are designed to be at their level, and advance as new skills are learned. All modern teaching books emphasize playing first, then learning note recognition.

For older students, their input is sought, both in the approach to lessons as well as the actual material. Sometimes, playing songs of a student's choosing makes it more interesting for them.

Glenn Hardy was born and raised in Ventura, California, where he began studying piano at 4 ½ years of age. He is a pianist, organist, piano teacher and composer whose work has included music for piano, organ, concert band, chorus, video, solo voice, and small ensembles. He has been on the faculty of the Calvary Music School for fourteen years, and has also taught privately in Southeastern Connecticut for over twenty years. Glenn and his wife, Maggie, a poet, have collaborated on many projects. Their choral, vocal, and chamber music has been performed in concerts and churches, both locally and in New York City.

Contact Evergreen for more information or to request lessons.

Beginning Guitar

Beginning Guitar with Evergreen Music Instructor Lou Manzi, 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. (grades 2-4); 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. (grades 5-7)

This beginning guitar class will have students strumming away like young rock and roll stars. From Smoke on the Water, which they’ll learn at their first class, they’ll move on to other easy songs in rock, blues and classical styles. Instructor Lou Manzi stresses good technique and learning “the right way” so students learn efficiently and avoid bad playing habits. The course will also include an intro to reading music and the first steps in guitar improvisation. Students will learn important ensemble skills as they play together and listen to each other as they “jam” with their band.

Lou Manzi has been a music educator since the 1970’s. He earned a BA in music and has written 11 guitar method books for Alfred Publishing. He was honored to develop a guitar curriculum for the Boys and Girls Club of America, has taught guitar and harmonica seminars across the U.S. and has appeared at the House of Blues, Boston, and B.B. King’s Blues Club, NYC.

Contact Evergreen for more information or to request lessons.

Tutoring Sessions

Tutoring at Pine Point School is offered in a variety of formats to fit your student’s needs, from ongoing subject and study skills to short term test preparation or essay writing. Evergreen employs experienced professionals in a variety of subjects and specialties, from beginning letter recognition to SSAT preparation. Please fill out this inquiry form to begin the process of finding a tutoring match for your student.

Additional support services are offered through Pine Point’s Center for Assessment and Learning (CAL). The CAL team supports Pine Point School’s mission and vision as a resource for students, teachers, parents, and the larger community and provides individuals with assessment, instruction, and an optimal environment for learning and exploration.

Tutoring rates range from $80/hour for ongoing general subject and study skills to $120 for short term specialty services like speech therapy or Orton-Gillingham.

To begin the process of finding a tutor for your child, please fill out our tutor request form.

SSAT Flex Testing

Pine Point School is a member of The Enrollment Management Association and is an official test site for the SSAT. We offer a calm, pressure-free setting for both Middle and Upper SSAT testing for all students, including those who have approved accommodations.

We offer the SSAT on select standard administration test dates. In addition, we offer flex testing, available on most dates throughout the year. To inquire about and schedule a flex test for your student, you may submit a request. Please note that a student may only take the SSAT on a flex date once per academic year, and that it may not occur on a designated SSAT testing date. Flex testing must be scheduled with Pine Point School prior to registering through SSAT. Pine Point School's administration fee is $200 for flex testing, or $250 for a rush request. Additional information about the SSAT may be found at https://ssat.org/.

Request SSAT Flex Testing.

Classes Offered Every School Day for Pine Point Students

Learning Lab

Lower School and Middle School Learning Labs, grades 2-5 and 6-9, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. and/or 4:30-5:30 p.m.

The Evergreen Learning Lab augments the classroom experience. Pine Point faculty will be on hand to provide individualized and small group homework and project support for students. Students will develop a stronger sense of how to use independent learning time effectively, have an opportunity to work collaboratively with peers on projects, and hone self-advocacy skills. We recognize the desire of parents to create balance for their families. Students who take advantage of this opportunity at school may be able to make regular progress on projects and get much or all of their independent work done before heading home for the evening. Having more time to reconnect as a family at the end of the day is good for everyone, and the Learning Lab can help!

Creative Play

Lower School Creative Play, grades 2-5, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. and/or 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Creative Play is the perfect opportunity for friends to meet after school! Students in grades 2-5 get to play with their classmates as well as those in different grades in a safe, supervised environment. Lead by Pine Point’s teachers, Creative Play provides supervision while allowing students the freedom of choice that fosters creative explorations.

Early Childhood

Early Childhood Creative Play, preschool through grade 1, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. and/or 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Students in preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade can experience a fun afternoon from 3:10 – 5:30 p.m. with the teachers students love from our early childhood program. Program includes independent play, snack, circle time, and outdoor play.