Evergreen Spring

Spring Term

The learning doesn't stop at dismissal time! At the core of Evergreen is our weekday, afternoon courses available Monday through Friday from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Our courses are open to the public and designed for students in preschool through 9th grade. Taught by talented Pine Point teachers and other experienced professionals the courses are designed to encourage and enrich students’ various interests, foster an appreciation of lifelong learning, and complement our rigorous academic program. Spring courses began on March 26 and run through June 4.

Learning labs, Creative Play, and Early Childhood are available daily through the last full day of school, Wednesday, June 6, in 1-hour blocks from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Use the yellow drop in registration button below to register.

NEW! Spring Mini-Courses for Lower School starting May 1!

Spring is a great time for new experiences. Check out the descriptions below for our new service learning and empathy offering, Sharing Smiles, and a fan favorite, Jump and Tumble and Intermediate Jump Rope Skills.

Contact evergreen@pinepoint.org with any questions or to request further information.

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Evergreen Spring Term course offerings

Spring Mini Courses

Sharing Smiles: Wednesdays, May 2 – 30

Simple gestures can do a lot to brighten someone’s day! During the month of May we’ll share ideas for random acts of kindness, learn about communities in need of smiles (hospitals, retirement homes, refugee children, etc), and put together craft-based care packages. We’ll send smiles from Stonington far and wide!

Sharing Smiles

Time: Wednesdays in May, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Grades: K-5, maximum enrollment = 12
Teacher: Deirdre Swanson
Cost: $100

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Pine Point Evergreen teachers Deirdre and Everett Swanson

Ms. Swanson (shown with Mr. Swanson) is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education, Sociology, and Psychology.

Jump and Tumble, Intermediate Jump Rope Skills: Fridays, May 4 - June 1

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. At our first session students will make their own beaded jump rope to practice with and take home!

Jump and Tumble

Time: Fridays, May 4 - June 1, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Grades: 2-6, maximum enrollment = 10
Teacher: Judy Davis
Cost: $115

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Pine Point physical education teacher and coach Judy Davis

Early Childhood

Early Childhood: Daily, March 26 - June 6

preschoolers reading

Students in preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade can experience a fun afternoon with the teachers students love from our early childhood program.

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Grades: preschool and kindergarten, 1st Grade
Core Teachers: Chelsea Lipp, Robin Smith, Cathy Taylor, Nicky Newbery and Leslie Dameron

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Green is My Garden: Mondays, March 26 – May 28

Let’s get our hands dirty! Beginning gardeners will learn about soil as we make creative, environmentally friendly seedling planters. We will also clean out and reorganize Pine Point’s greenhouse and create a raised bed as a start to a school garden.


Green Is My Garden

Time: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Grades: K-5, maximum enrollment = 12
Teacher: Lou Toscano
Cost: $160

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Sharing Smiles: May 2 - May 30

Simple gestures can do a lot to brighten someone’s day! During the month of May we’ll share ideas for random acts of kindness, learn about communities in need of smiles (hospitals, retirement homes, refugee children, etc), and put together craft-based care packages. We’ll send smiles from Stonington far and wide!

Sharing Smiles

Time: Wednesdays in May, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Grades: K-5, maximum enrollment = 12
Teacher: Deirdre Shea
Cost: $100

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Ms. Shea (shown with Mr. Swanson) is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education, Sociology, and Psychology.

Lower School

Learning Lab: Daily, March 26 - June 6

Learning Lab is a quiet space to study and wrap up independent work before heading home. Students will develop a stronger sense of how to use independent learning time effectively and hone self-advocacy skills as they receive individual support as needed from Pine Point teachers. 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!

Learning Lab

Time: Daily, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Grades: 2-5
Core Teachers: Casey Payne, Beth Abbiati

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Students learning together

Creative Play: Daily, March 26 - June 6

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 early childhood teachers, Creative Play provides supervision while allowing students the freedom of choice that fosters creative explorations.

Creative Play

Time: Daily, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Grades: 2-5
Core Teachers: Judy Davis, Suki Fader, Gay Long, Laurie Mortrude

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students playing game

Green is My Garden: Mondays, March 26 - May 21

Let’s get our hands dirty! Beginning gardeners will learn about soil as we make creative, environmentally friendly seedling planters. We will also clean out and reorganize Pine Point’s greenhouse and create a raised bed as a start to a school garden.


Green Is My Garden

Time: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Grades: K-5, maximum enrollment = 12
Teacher: Lou Toscano
Cost: $160

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Basketball Players' Clinic: COURSE FULL

Pine Point basketball jersey

Basketball is a team game that depends on players' individual skills, and so we will work together to establish proper form for shooting, passing and dribbling. Establishing the right habits at a young age can eliminate the need to fix fundamentals as players grow into middle school athletes. Players will practice with properly-sized balls and shoot on hoops set at the right height to develop shooting form. We'll emphasize pivoting and cutting, proper defensive stance, basic principles of play and also rules of the game. We will play games during each session to apply skills as well as for fun! Players will receive a numbered, reversible jersey top that is theirs to keep and which should be worn each week.


Basketball: Players' Clinic

Time: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Grades: 2-5, maximum enrollment = 12
Teacher: Chris Hurtgen
Cost: $180

This course is full.

Performing with Puppets: Tuesdays, March 27 - May 29

In this course we will be using stories from cultures around the world as inspiration for writing scripts in small groups. We will be using our imaginations as we create puppets to bring these scripts to life.


Performing with Puppets

Time: Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Grades: 2-5, maximum enrollment = 16
Teachers: Gillian Crawford, Maria Iacoi
Cost: $180

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Sharing Smiles: May 2 - May 30

Simple gestures can do a lot to brighten someone’s day! During the month of May we’ll share ideas for random acts of kindness, learn about communities in need of smiles (hospitals, retirement homes, refugee children, etc), and put together craft-based care packages. We’ll send smiles from Stonington far and wide!


Sharing Smiles

Time: Wednesdays in May, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Grades: K-5, maximum enrollment = 12
Teacher: Deirdre Shea
Cost: $100

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Ms. Shea (shown with Mr. Swanson) is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education, Sociology, and Psychology.

The Storytellers' Club: Wednesdays, March 28 - May 30

Have you ever read a book and thought, "I wish I wrote that."? Now you can! If you have interest in writing, being an author, or simply telling stories, join "Mr. Jason" Serra for The Storytellers’ Club. This program, offered to students in third, fourth, and fifth grade, will take you on your first steps into creating characters, settings, and plots for all to enjoy. Where will your imagination take you?


The Storytellers' Club

Time: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Grades: 3-5, maximum enrollment = 10
Teacher: Jason Serra
Cost: $200

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You Make It Robotics - COURSE FULL

We had so much fun last season, we’re spinning up an encore of the Wearable/Robotics class Mr. Hambleton offered during the winter term. Students get their own battery-powered microcontroller and together we’ll make a burglar alarm, a wireless game and lots of all-new creations you won’t find anywhere in any store. New and returning students are welcome, and students get to keep and take their Microbits home.

You Make It Robotics

Time: Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Grades: 3-5, maximum enrollment = 10
Teacher: Rush Hambleton
Cost: $200

This course is FULL.

Rush Hambleton

Fiber Arts: Thursdays, March 29 - May 31

Come explore the fiber arts as we learn to knit, weave, and sew. We’ll be using recycled materials, objects from nature, and items found around the school! Students will also learn basic mending skills including how to sew a button and how to repair a ripped seam.


Fiber Arts

Time: Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Grades: 3-5, maximum enrollment = 6
Teacher: Lisa Scott
Cost: $200

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Lacrosse Fundamentals: COURSE FULL

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.


Lacrosse Fundamentals

Time: Fridays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Grades: 2-5, maximum enrollment = 12
Teacher: Melissa Bennett
Cost: $160

This course is full.

Jump and Tumble, Intermediate Jump Rope Skills: Fridays, May 4 - June 1

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. At our first session students will make their own beaded jump rope to practice with and take home!

Jump and Tumble

Time: Fridays, May 4 - June 1, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Grades: 2-6, maximum enrollment = 10
Teacher: Judy Davis
Cost: $115

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Middle School

Learning Lab: Daily, March 26 - June 6

Learning Lab, offered daily in 1-hour blocks from 3:30-5:30 p.m., is a quiet space to study and wrap up independent work before heading home. Students receive individual support as needed from Pine Point teachers.

The Evergreen Learning Lab augments the classroom experience. Pine Point faculty will be on hand to provide individualized and small group support for students to:

  • Organize and plan for independent work
  • Discuss projects
  • Research and explore
  • Study and complete assignments
  • Ask questions

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!

Learning Lab

Time: Daily, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Grades: 6-9
Core Teachers: Rush Hambleton, Erin Call, Amy Hallberg, Lara Dolphin, Steve Brown, Carol Roper

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middle school students studying

Outdoor Adventures: Wednesdays, March 28 – May 30

Outdoor adventures await! Pine Point has a wealth of woods, fields and natural spaces available to explore on our 67-acre campus. Through the Outdoor Adventurers Club, we will discover and further understand the wild spaces around us along with our neighboring flora and fauna.

Outdoor Adventures

Time: Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Grades: 6-9, maximum enrollment = 12
Teacher: Everett Swanson, trained and certified Forest School teacher
Cost: $200

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hiking on trails

Mr. Swanson (shown with Ms. Shea) graduated from University of Rhode Island and holds a Bachelors of Science in wildlife conservation biology, and is certified in Forest School through Archimedes Earth, based in the UK.

Join the Design Squad: Fridays, April 6 - May 4 (no class April 27)

Join an elite crew for just four weeks to save Pine Point’s teachers, students and others from daily nuisances, broken items and poorly designed equipment. The ‘Squad will use Design Thinking to solve problems around our campus and build and install working solutions to help our community. Armed with hand and power tools, the 3D Printer, and the school’s brand new automated 2D cutter, the Design Squad is destined to make its mark on the campus.


Join the Design Squad

Time: Fridays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Grades: 6-9, maximum enrollment = 8
Teacher: Rush Hambleton
Cost: $80

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Registration and Payment

Payment is due at the time of registration. Requests for cancellation must be made no later than March 7 and refunds will be credited minus a 10% charge for processing.

Please note that a current Connecticut state physical form needs to be on file prior to the start of a course. Physicals expire 12 months from the examination date.