Evergreen Summer

Explore it. Learn it. Love it!

Summer is the perfect time to pick up that new skill or hobby you’ve been daydreaming about! Engage your mind as you create, innovate, explore, perform, and learn new life-enriching skills from one of our 27 courses taught by Pine Point teachers. Music lessons and 1:1 tutoring will be available throughout the summer. Browse our courses for the full listing of offerings for all ages. Additional courses are being added throughout the winter so check back for new opportunities to learn.

Sign up for a morning and afternoon course and receive a supervised lunch/recess at no additional charge.

Registration is open now!

June 10-14: Our First Week of Summer!

Creative Explorations: Rock Band, Painting, and Exploring the Outdoors

Entering grades 2-8 
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Come explore with us! Throughout the day students in Creative Explorations will spend time making music, creating art, and exploring the outdoors. In small groups students will rotate through activities, picking up valuable skills along the way. In Rock Band, beginner and experienced musicians will learn important ensemble skills as they play together and listen to each other as they “jam” with their band. In art class students will explore painting with acrylics with a focus on celebrating color. When not in art or music class your child will explore the outdoors with daily hikes and active outdoor games. 

Please have your students bring sunscreen, snacks, lunch, and a water bottle. 

Creative Play: Fun & Friends

Entering preschool, kindergarten and grade 1
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. with an addon to create a full day

Get ready for summer fun with animals, musical instruments, and ooey gooey experiences! Join us in a small group setting for a blend of free play, teacher-directed activities, and outdoor fun. Each day will include: new toys & activities to explore, circle time with book-reading, songs, and discussion about a daily topic, snack time, outdoor play and exploration, and lunch.

If your child stays for the afternoon they will have rest time as well as in and outdoor play time.
Please send your child with a water bottle, snack, and lunch.

June 17-21, Mornings, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Mundo de Animales (World of Animals)

Entering pre-4, K, 1
Course fee: $300

Does your child love animals and books? If so, they will love exploring the animal kingdom through the literature of Eric Carle. In this course, students will read a unique Eric Carle book in English and Spanish every day and have fun with animals and language using rhyming, rhythm and repetition. 

Taught by Pine Point teachers Alli Lathrop, Lara Dolphin, Leslie Dameron, Maggie Lipton, Judy Davis, Rebecca Graebner, and Maria Iacoi

Un Viaje Alrededor del Mundo (A Trip Around the World)

Entering 2, 3, 4, 5
Course fee: $300

Evergreen Summer Un Vlaje Alrededor de Mundo A Trip Around the World
  • Are you interested in learning more about Spanish speaking countries?
  • Do you like cooking, baking and eating?
  • Would you like to know more about the culture, types of dances and music kids your age enjoy?
  • How about games and sports they like to play?

If you said “yes” to any of these questions, then Un Viaje Alrededor del Mundo, A Trip Around the World, is the perfect summer course for you! Come explore Hispanic culture through food, dance, music, sports, games and language.

Taught by Pine Point teachers Alli Lathrop, Lara Dolphin, Maggie Lipton, Judy Davis, Rebecca Graebner, and Maria Iacoi

Swing, Aim, Play! A 4-Day Golf Clinic with Mr. T

Entering grades 1-9
Monday, June 17 - Thursday, June 20, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (also offered June 24-27)
Location: Elmridge Golf Course in Pawcatuck, CT
Course fee: $350

Golfers will enjoy 12-hours of instruction in all facets of the game of golf and participate in “playing lessons” and a mini tournament on the golf course. In the event of inclement weather, lessons may be moved to the covered Great Brook Driving Range on Route 184 in Groton.

Special notes: drop-off and pick-up is at Elmridge Golf Course. If you would like to be put on a request list for transportation from or to Pine Point School, contact evergreen@pinepoint.org.

Taught by golf Instructors Lou Toscano, Pine Point teacher and Certified Teaching Professional, and Chris Hedden, Certified Teaching Professional with over 30 years of experience

Off-road Adventures in Mountain Biking

Entering grades 5, 6, 7
Location: On and off campus on local biking trails
Course fee: $350

Mountain biking is a great way to explore nature and discover new places while getting some exercise. In this course bikers will learn riding skills such as balancing, wheelies and bunny hops. We will talk about what things they should take with us while we ride through the trails. Of course bikers will learn the parts of a bike and how to do some basic maintenance. Nutrition is critical for a good bike ride so we will talk about eating before, during and after a ride as well as going over the best liquids to drink to stay hydrated and happy. The first day will be spent on the grounds of PPS while we explore the trails in the back and improve our bike handling skills. Throughout the rest of the week we will explore Barn Island, Woody Hill, Bluff Point and Haley Farm to put some of our new skills to the test. 

Special notes: Participants will need to be in good physical condition, have some previous biking experience, and be ready to do lots of biking. Mountain bikes should be in good working order; getting a tune-up prior to the camp is recommended. The bike should fit the child so they can ride safely and have a positive experience. Of course a helmet is mandatory and a hydration pack or a water bottle cage and water bottle will also be necessary. In case we get any flats we will need 1-2 spare tubes. Gloves are good for hand protection but are optional.

Taught by: Douglas DeLapp, Pine Point teacher

June 17-21, Afternoons, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Art in Motion

Entering grades K, 1, 2
Course fee: $300

Dancers and artists unite in this exciting and imaginative week-long program! Children will find connections between visual arts and dance by exploring both as separate studies as well as experiencing how dance and art can come together to create something new. 

Taught by: Maggie Lipton, Pine Point teacher

Fun with Sports: Badminton, Volleyball & Pickleball

Entering grades 3, 4, 5, 6
Course fee: $300

Join us for a week of learning Badminton, Volleyball and Pickleball skills while enjoying some of our favorite PE games! Working as a team, students will gain an understanding of the basic rules of these sports as they learn, practice, and improve their serve and volley skills. Each day students will also have fun playing their favorite PE games such as castleball, a variety of tag games, scooter tag and more! 

Taught by: Judy Davis, Pine Point teacher

Art and the Ocean

Entering grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Course fee: $325
Location: On campus with field trips to local shorelines

This course explores the nature of the ocean including its many living creatures, plants, organisms, and even found objects discovered along our local beaches. Students will work both on and off campus, and inside the art studio as we collect, study, render and create using a variety of methods, mediums and techniques to record our findings. We will have guest scientist, Mr. Mitchell take us out on our new school boat Quest II to find and observe a variety of organisms and plant life in the ocean, salt marsh and on the beach. Our class time will focus on learning to draw what we see, paint, collage and assemble two- and three- dimensional works of art inspired by the ocean.

Taught by Maria Iacoi, Pine Point teacher

Sew Much Fun!

Entering grades 7 - adult
Course fee: $300

Further your sewing skills by making projects of your choice! Options include shorts, pants or skirt with an elastic waist, apron, pillow cases for a bed, vest with a snap closure, tote bag with a pocket, or lined laptop case. You will learn to use a paper pattern, follow pattern directions and create your own items. Other pattern choices can be pre-arranged. 

Special notes: Student will provide their own fabric which can be selected from several local stores. Students should have a working sewing machine (or request in advance to borrow one) and a simple sewing kit containing sewing scissors, thread, pins, seam ripper, and extra needles for their sewing machine.

Taught by: Erin Call, Pine Point teacher 

June 24-28, Mornings, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Gymnastics: Early Childhood

Entering pre-4, K, 1
Course fee: $300

Learn basic gymnastics skills to improve flexibility and strength as we practice rolling, balancing, and jumping on the tumbling mats, balance beam, and vault. We will have fun playing games with hula hoops, balls, balloons, parachute, scooters and jump ropes. Each day will be filled with gymnastics as well as a variety of active and fun games and activities to develop gross motor skills.

Taught by: Judy Davis, Pine Point teacher

Creative Movement

Entering 2, 3, 4, 5
Course fee: $300

Calling all budding choreographers! This class provides you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the art of making dances. We will explore different themes and ideas through dance, learn improvisational techniques, and collaborate to create an original dance to be performed at the end of the week.

Taught by: Maggie Lipton, Pine Point teacher

Merry Band of Adventurers, Part 1: D&D and Cartography

Entering 5, 6, 7, 8
Course fee: $300

The following is a message for all adventure seeking inhabitants of the realm:
Ugh, are you sick and tired of running into the SAME dragons, giants, and members of the undead while you are adventuring for gold and glory? Are you struggling to communicate just how amazing your adventures are to people who aren’t there? Well, we’ve got a solution for you! Unleash your imagination this summer at Pine Point while playing Dungeons and Dragons. Take on monsters of unimaginable preposterousness and solve your way out of tricky puzzle rooms, but this time there’s a twist! We will also be sharing our adventures through cartography, or mapmaking, and produce some beautiful maps to show our progress and help us tell our tales. 

Taught by Sheila Reagan, Pine Point teacher, and Andrew Zielinski, Evergreen Instructor

Swing, Aim, Play! A 4-Day Golf Clinic with Mr. T

Entering grades 1-9
Monday, June 24 - Thursday, June 27, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (also offered June 17-20)
Location: Elmridge Golf Course in Stonington, CT
Course fee: $350

Golfers will enjoy 12-hours of instruction in all facets of the game of golf and participate in “playing lessons” and a mini tournament on the golf course. In the event of inclement weather, lessons may be moved to the covered Great Brook Driving Range on Route 184 in Groton. 

Special notes: drop-off and pick-up is at Elmridge. If you would like to be put on a request list for transportation from or to Pine Point School, contact Evergreen@pinepoint.org.

Taught by golf Instructors Lou Toscano, Pine Point teacher and Certified Teaching Professional, and Chris Hedden, Certified Teaching Professional with over 30 years of experience

(Not) Getting Lost! Part 1: The Skills & Tools (full day course)

Entering 7, 8, 9
Full day course: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: On and off campus
Taught by: Jon Mitchell, Pine Point Teacher
Course fee: $600

Special notes: bring sturdy walking shoes; water bottle; day pack, portable lunch (to eat in the outdoors), clothing to hike in; optional but encouraged is a rain jacket.

Not Getting Lost Hiking in the Woods

If you’re interested in being outside and don’t mind the weather (properly prepared, of course), join Mr. Mitchell for a week of learning about how to safely and comfortably care for yourself, others, and the wilderness while hiking in New England. Part of each day will cover some of the essential skills related to hiking and backpacking including using a map & compass, an introduction to basic first aid, healthy food & clean water, selecting and using equipment, and planning a trip. We will spend most of the day hiking somewhere in eastern Connecticut or Rhode Island as we explore unique areas and apply what we’ve been learning. The week will culminate with an optional overnight on Pine Point’s property. This week will also serve as a prerequisite to (Not) Getting Lost! Part 2 which takes place July 8-12. That week we plan to complete a 3-night backpacking trip in northern New England. You are welcome to complete Part 1 without participating in Part 2!

This 3-part series is taught by Jon Mitchell, science teacher and Director of Social and Environmental Responsibility at Pine Point School. Mr. Mitchell has been backpacking and spending as much time outdoors as he can for several decades. His years canoeing, backpacking, and camping began with his family as a kid and continued as he earned his Eagle Scout Award. Since then, he has completed the Long Trail in Vermont and the John Muir Trail in California as well as many other shorter overnight trips throughout the Northeast. Joining Mr. Mitchell for Part 2, Five Days In the Woods, is Sheila Reagan, science and math teacher at Pine Point School and former environmental educator.

June 24-28, Afternoons, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Creative Dramatics

Entering K, 1, 2, 3
Course fee: $300

Do you love performing? Join us to act, sing, and dance! This course is designed to introduce theatre to younger students. Each day, we will warm-up with fun improvisational theater games. Next, we will focus on learning one song and dance number, and act out a short scene to introduce each song. The week will culminate in a theatrical performance for families and friends.

Taught by Pine Point teachers Maggie Lipton and Jean Martin

Fun with Sports: Jump & Tumble

Entering 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Course fee $300

Join us and have fun learning the amazing sport of jump rope! Students will learn single rope skills which include rope manipulations, travelers, and partner skills. They will also learn fun and exciting ways to jump a long rope and double dutch. In addition to learning jump rope skills, students will learn basic gymnastics skills to learn proper handstands, cartwheels and round-offs while helping to improve their flexibility, coordination and strength for jump rope. Students will enjoy games to enhance their learning and have fun while developing overall fitness.

Taught by Judy Davis, Pine Point teacher

Merry Band of Adventurers, Part 2: Geocache and 3-D printing

Entering 5, 6, 7, 8
Course fee: $300

The following is a message for all adventure seeking inhabitants of the realm:
Ah, the outdoors. So peaceful. So serene. So full of beasts! In this session, students will take the action and adventure outside in search of real hidden treasure aka geocaches! We will explore the surrounding area searching for where X marks the spot and where the coordinates tell us to go. During our travels, we may face many creatures be them real or imagined, but if we stick together, surely we will triumph. We will then return to the Design Lab and work on creating some creatures of our own with the 3-D printer.

Taught by Sheila Reagan, Pine Point teacher, and Andrew Zielinski, Evergreen Instructor

July 8-12, Mornings, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Stories and Movement: It’s a Jungle Out There!

Entering pre-4, K, 1, 2
Course fee: $300

There’s a rumble in the jungle! In this course, we will make jungle stories come alive with movement, music and props. Each day, we will focus on a different storybook and explore the individual elements of the stories with our bodies. Children will develop collaborative, self-expressive, and problem-solving skills through a variety of movement activities.

Taught by Maggie Lipton, Pine Point teacher

Gymnastics Grades 2-7

Entering 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Course fee: $300

Learn basic gymnastics skills to improve flexibility and strength as we practice rolling, balancing, and jumping on the tumbling mats, balance beam, and vault. We will have fun playing games with hula hoops, balls, balloons, parachute, scooters and jump ropes. Each day will be filled with gymnastics as well as a variety of active and fun games and activities to develop gross motor skills.

Taught by Judy Davis, Pine Point teacher

The Artful Chef

Entering 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Course fee: $325

Feeling hungry? Wish you knew how to make dinner for yourself or your family? Learning how to cook a simple meal is empowering—and tasty! In this unique class, you’ll whip up a healthy pasta, bake a half-sheet supper for four, devise delicious desserts, and more. Best of all, you’ll create a cookbook that uses painting, drawing, and collage to chronicle the techniques, tools, ingredients, and recipes you explore, from an illustration of the perfect dice to a portrait of a red bell pepper. Grab an apron and get ready to take the reins at dinnertime!

Taught by Gretchen Federici and Maria Iacoi, Pine Point teachers

(Not) Getting Lost! Part 2 - Five Days in the Woods (full day course)

Entering 7, 8, 9
Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Pine Point School
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - Friday 3:30 p.m., Northern New England
Taught by: Jon Mitchell and Sheila Reagan, Pine Point Teachers
Prerequisite: (Not) Getting Lost! Part 1
Course fee: $1100

Special notes: In order to participate in this course students need to be in good health and have completed the prerequisite: (Not) Getting Lost! Part 1. Students will leave campus on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. and not return until Friday at 3:30 p.m. 

The goal of our week is to return healthy and happy after having enjoyed a few nights in the wilderness. We will plan the details of our adventure as a group on our first day. We will figure out our hiking routes, planning (and purchasing) our food and supplies, and becoming familiar with our equipment. Tuesday morning we will drive to northern New England for a 3-night backpacking trip, returning to Pine Point by 3:30 on Friday. We anticipate hiking 5-12 miles each day on the trail with full packs, regardless of weather.  
This 3-part series is taught by Jon Mitchell, science teacher and Director of Social and Environmental Responsibility at Pine Point School. Mr. Mitchell has been backpacking and spending as much time outdoors as he can for several decades. His years canoeing, backpacking, and camping began with his family as a kid and continued as he earned his Eagle Scout Award. Since then, he has completed the Long Trail in Vermont and the John Muir Trail in California as well as many other shorter overnight trips throughout the Northeast. Joining Mr. Mitchell for Part 2, Five Days In the Woods, is Sheila Reagan, science and math teacher at Pine Point School and former environmental educator.

July 8-12, Afternoons, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Fun with Sports: P.E. Edition! 

Entering K, 1, 2
Course fee: $300

Join us for a week having fun with Physical Education! Children will develop their locomotor skills, throwing, catching, dribbling, kicking, volleying, striking, rolling, balancing and jumping. We will have fun exploring movement while we practice skills through a variety of games and play. We will enjoy many of our favorite games in P.E such as Oscar’s Garbage Can, Clean Up Your Yard, scooter play, parachute and so much more!

Taught by Judy Davis, Pine Point teacher

Broadway Stars 

Entering 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (students will be placed in groups according to grade level)
Course fee: $300

Learn what it takes to put on a dazzling Broadway production through art and movement! In this two part class, students will be introduced to the basics of theater jazz dance through several popular Broadway shows. When not dancing, we will create a marquee for our own show, and design costumes and props to accentuate our performance or musical number. Each group will pull it all together for small performances at the end of the week!

Taught by Maggie Lipton and Maria Iacoi, Pine Point teachers

July 15-19, Mornings, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Storytelling Through Movement: Down by the Seashore

Entering Pre-4, K, 1, 2
Course fee: $300

Roll like the waves, scurry like a crab, and feel the sand beneath your feet! In this course, we will make stories about the beach come alive with movement, music and props. Each day, we will focus on a different storybook and explore the individual elements of the stories with our bodies. Children will develop collaborative, self-expressive, and problem-solving skills through a variety of movement activities.

Taught by Maggie Lipton, Pine Point teacher

Detective Agency

Entering 3, 4, 5, 6
Course fee: $300

Do you love to read mysteries? Are you convinced that your sibling has stolen your favorite toy, but are in need of proof? Do you want to be as cool and sleuth-like as Sherlock Holmes? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join the Pine Point Detective Agency. We will be solving mysteries and puzzles of all kinds and in the process develop our critical thinking, logic, and powers of deduction! We will also learn about some of the cool tricks and tools detectives use to do their work, like dusting for fingerprints and the art of disguise!

Taught by Sheila Reagan, Pine Point teacher

(Not) Getting Lost! Part 3: Helping Others to (Not) Get Lost

Entering 7, 8, 9
Location: On and off campus
Half-day course: 8:30am-11:30am
Taught by Jon Mitchell, Pine Point Teacher

Special notes: In the spirit of serving others, Pine Point School is waiving this course fee. Students will receive a certificate for 10 hours of service learning for full participation in this course. To apply: students may submit a paragraph of interest to evergreen@pinepoint.org

Not Getting Lost Hiking in the Woods

This is the third in a series of outdoor hiking and trail programs. Participation in Part 1 and Part 2 is not necessary, but might lend a greater appreciation to our work with local conservation organizations and trail maintenance. The goal of our week is to contribute to the efforts of local conservation organizations through our volunteer work. After learning about the organization and the unique areas we will work in, we will dedicate ourselves to whatever project best suits their needs. This will likely include trail maintenance, invasive species removal, and other outdoor physical labor. Over the previous two weeks we enjoyed several trails in different state, national, and private areas. At each one, someone cleared the trail for us and this is a week to begin to return the favor so others (and us!) can continue to enjoy the trails as we have.

This 3-part series is taught by Jon Mitchell, science teacher and Director of Social and Environmental Responsibility at Pine Point School. Mr. Mitchell has been backpacking and spending as much time outdoors as he can for several decades. His years canoeing, backpacking, and camping began with his family as a kid and continued as he earned his Eagle Scout Award. Since then, he has completed the Long Trail in Vermont and the John Muir Trail in California as well as many other shorter overnight trips throughout the Northeast. Joining Mr. Mitchell for Part 2, Five Days In the Woods, is Sheila Reagan, science and math teacher at Pine Point School and former environmental educator.

July 15-19, Afternoons, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Fun with Sports: Jump & Tumble

Entering K, 1, 2
Course fee $300

Join us and have fun learning the amazing sport of jump rope! Students will learn single rope skills which include rope manipulations, travelers, and partner skills. They will also learn fun and exciting ways to jump a long rope and double dutch. In addition to learning jump rope skills, students will learn basic gymnastics skills to learn proper handstands, cartwheels and round-offs while helping to improve their flexibility, coordination and strength for jump rope. Students will enjoy games to enhance their learning and have fun while developing overall fitness.

Taught by Judy Davis, Pine Point teacher

Art in Motion

Entering 3, 4, 5, 6
Course fee: $300

Dancers and artists unite in this exciting and imaginative week-long program! Children will find connections between visual arts and dance by exploring both as separate studies as well as experiencing simultaneous art and dance activities. 

Taught by Maggie Lipton, Pine Point teacher

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