Evergreen Spring

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.

Chart of Spring Evergreen courses for 2019.

Weekly Courses

Mondays

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

Mad Science with Sheila Reagan
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
grades 2 - 4

If you like science and experiments, mad science is for you! We will be using science to answer some BIG questions. What happens if you leave an ingredient out of cookies? How do you make toothpaste for an elephant? What’s the best design for an escape pod?! We will be doing lots of colorful, delicious, hands-on activities that will leave you simply MAD for science!

Adult Gentle Yoga and Meditation with Laurie Mortrude
8:45-10:00 a.m. beginning April 15
4/15 - 5/13, ages 18+ 

Would you like to explore some ways of making yoga a part of your daily routine of self care? Join Laurie Mortrude in a 75 minute class of gentle stretches, slow movements and poses ending with a 10-15 minute meditation. Given time and interest, we will also explore chair yoga and Tai chi. Classes offered to adults five consecutive Mondays after All School Morning Meeting from April 15 - May 13. 

Please bring: a yoga mat, blanket and/or towel, blocks if you have them, strap, meditation cushion (or you can use blanket), and a water bottle

Tuesdays

Youth Golf Lessons with Lou Toscano and Chris Hedden
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. 
begins April 9 , grades K-9

Learn and practice golf this spring. Lessons in all parts of the game, including driving, irons, chipping, and putting will be taught by certified golf instructors Mr. T. and Chris Hedden at Great Brook Driving Range in Groton, CT. Transportation to and from Pine Point School is available (students go to Learning Lab at dismissal for a snack, leave campus at 3:30 p.m. and return by 5:30 p.m. for pickup from Learning Lab.)

Lower School Basketball with Chris Hurtgen
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
grades 1 - 4

Basketball is a team game built on individual skills. While we learn and practice proper techniques for dribbling, passing and shooting we will emphasize unselfish, team-oriented offense and how all five players can work together to to apply pressure defense, switching and helping when needed. We will use balls and basket heights that are appropriate for player ages to encourage proper skill development. We will enjoy fun, competitive scrimmage games during each session. This Evergreen program is excellent preparation for playing on your town’s local recreation or travel teams as well as in Pine Point’s popular 5th grade basketball program.

The Amazing World of Gumball - Build and Code class with Rush Hambleton
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Note: this is a 4 week class running 4/2 - 4/23, grades 3 - 5

Learn how to keep out pesky intruders! Based on Cartoon-network/Adafruit project kit, students will use second-generation microcontrollers equipped with sound sensors and infrared capabilities to make a burglar alarm for their bedrooms. Adapted from this Cartoon-Network/Adafruit STEM project. Project will use Playground Express Microcontroller, available for use during the class periods at no cost, or for purchase for $15, (50% off retail).

Adult Art Open Studio with Maria Iacoi
3:30 – 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. 

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.

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.

Introduction to Latin with Amy Hallberg
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
grade 6

This is a continuation of an ongoing course. If you are interested in joining this course, you may submit a note of interest with any prior experience to evergreen@pinepoint.org.

Thursdays

Lego challenge with Gillian Crawford
3:30-4:30 p.m.
grades 1 - 3

Can you build a boat out of Legos that won’t sink and can carry Lego characters?  What about an amusement park, a monster, or your very own dream home?  If this sounds like a challenge you are up for, join Ms. Crawford as we explore the wonders of Legos through the use of engineering, science, and lots of creativity.

Design, Carve, Print with Maria Iacoi
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
grades 3 - 5

Did you know... printmaking can be done with a variety of mediums and objects! Learn to design, carve and print on paper and fabric in this mixed media course. We will use potatoes, corks, foam and more, to make prints of real and imagined ideas and imagery.

Fridays

Jump & Tumble with Judy Davis
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
grades 2 - 7

Have fun learning the ropes and basic gymnastics tumbling skills. Students will work on single rope skills creating a freestyle routine. They will learn how to jump Chinese wheel, travelers, long rope, double dutch and basic gymnastics skills.

Lacrosse Fundamentals with Melissa Bennett
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
grades 3 - 5

Lacrosse is a fast-paced sport that requires coordination and agility. Join us as we practice the basics of girls' and boys' lacrosse with conditioning and fun lessons in cradling, throwing, catching, scooping, and shooting the ball. 

4-Week Concussions for Dummies - Build, Smack, and Study a model brain with Rush Hambleton
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. beginning May 3
grades 5 - 9

What happens when the brain collides with the skull? How might we design methods to protect and mitigate the effects of collisions? Join Mr. Hambleton to investigate the physics and impacts of brain injury by building a “dummy” brain, assembling impact sensors, and coding our own microcontroller to measure the forces. Adapted from this Microsoft STEM project. We will use the BBC Micro-bit Microcontroller, available for use during the class periods at no cost, or for purchase for $10. 
 

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.

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.

Looking for balance after school? Sign your child up for Learning Lab and you will have more time to reconnect as a family at the end of the day. Pine Point teachers are 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. 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.

 

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.