Evergreen Summer

Courses in the arts, athletics, technology, service learning, NATURE, and academics

Explore Evergreen Summer term

Learners come to Pine Point's Stonington, Connecticut campus from many backgrounds and study at all times of the year, but summer offers a chance to spend extended time in specialized courses. Our Evergreen programs support our traditional academic curriculum and foster our mission of actively engaging our students in reaching solutions creatively, collaboratively, and compassionately. 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.

During Evergreen Summer Term we offer an array of enriching courses in the arts, athletics, technology, service learning, nature, and academics. Explore our course descriptions below.

Evergreen extends your child's social time at school.

Full-day discount for 2-week courses

If you sign up for both a 2-week morning and afternoon course in the same session you will receive a $200 discount, plus the lunch/recess hour at no charge!

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

Evergreen Summer Courses

June 25 - 29, Morning: Zen Gardens & Yoga (entering grades 1 - 4)

Zen Garden

Zen Gardens & Yoga

Taught by: Pine Point Teacher Laurie Mortrude

Entering Grades: 1-4

Course Description: This course is designed to help children express themselves emotionally, physically and socially, and learn ways to self-regulate in healthy, joyous ways. Using yoga, movement and mindful practices we will explore focus, being in the present moment, relaxation, drawing/coloring and breathing techniques to help quiet our minds, open our hearts and relate to others. Activities will include creating Zen gardens, journaling, mindful walks, yoga and movement.

Maximum Class Size: 10

Cost: $300 to join week 2 of this already in session course, June 25-29, M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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June 25 - 29, Morning: Mountain Biking (entering grades 4 - 7)

Drawing of a Mountain Bike

Mountain Biking

Taught by: Pine Point Teacher Douglas Delapp

Entering Grades: 4-7

Course Description: 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. Don’t worry, we will not be hopping over bunnies, not unless they run out in front of us! The first week will be spent on the grounds of Pine Point while we explore the trails in the back and improve our bike handling skills. Students will learn the parts of a bike and how to do some basic maintenance, as well as what items to take with us as we ride through the trails. Nutrition is critical for a good bike ride, so we will learn about eating before, during and after a ride, as well as what the best liquids are to drink to stay hydrated and happy. During the second week we will explore Barn Island, Bluff Point and Haley Farm to put some of our new skills to the test!

Required items: Participants will need their own mountain bike that is in good working order and a helmet. 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.

Maximum Class Size: 6

Cost: $300 for week 2 of this already in session course, June 25-29, M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Contact evergreen@pinepoint.org to inquire about joining week 2.

June 25 - 29, Morning: Art Open Studio (for ages 18 and older)

Art Open Studio

Art Open Studio

Taught by: Pine Point Teacher Maria Iacoi

Open to adults ages 18 and over

Course Description: Designed for either beginner or experienced artists age 18 or older, this 1-week Evergreen course offers you the opportunity to explore a variety of mediums, and time and space to create independent, imaginative, or representational art with support and guidance. You'll work with a medium of the day (acrylic, watercolors, pencil or ink) and learn specific techniques and effective uses of that medium. You'll have access to materials for exploration, and participate in class critiques to gain and give feedback about individual work. All artwork produced will be shared through an exhibit in Pine Point’s Campbell Gallery at the end of the session.

Maximum Class Size: 8

Cost: $300 for 1-week, June 25-29, M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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June 25 - 29, Afternoon: Animal Illustration and Forest Exploration (entering grades 2-6)

Animal and Nature Illustration

Animal Illustration and Forest Exploration

Taught by: Pine Point teacher Maria Iacoi and trained and certified Forest School teacher Everett Swanson

Entering Grades: 2-6

Course Description: In the world of science you learn to observe very carefully and to measure accurately. Those same skills apply to the visual art experience of scientific illustration. Exploring nature and its many living creatures and plants can be a meaningful and natural way to connect to the world. All living things are unique and interesting to identify and draw.

Exploring Nature

This course takes the students and their sketchbooks outdoors for hands on learning and creative expression through exploring, observing and collecting both living and nonliving specimens. Through developmentally appropriate activities, children will learn to identify local flora and fauna, develop a sense of place and build teamwork skills while exploring the natural land around Pine Point School's 67-acre campus.

We will work both in the field and inside the art studio to do more observing, rendering and coloring of our findings. Students will spend time learning to draw what they see accurately and shade and color with dimension and purpose. Time will also be spent looking at artists who use an expressionistic or modern approach to rendering nature. We will explore a variety of ways to create what we have seen and studied. Our class time will focus on learning to draw and express the “feeling” of our collected findings as well as the landscapes, trees, plants and animals our campus offers.

perched owl

Maximum Class Size: 20

Cost: $300 to join week 2 of this already in session course, June 25-29, M-F, 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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June 25 - 29, Afternoon: Sports and Games Clinic (entering grades 5 - 9)

basketball player catching ball

Sports Clinic

Taught by: Coach Jake Mortrude

Entering Grades: 5 - 9

Course Description: Polish your basketball skills during week 1 with Coach Jake, who got his basketball start in Pine Point's gymnasium! Students will work on spacing, communication, and sportsmanship as they learn and practice shooting, dribbling, rebounding, and defensive moves. Daily scrimmages will enable players to practice and refine their new skills. By the end of the first week Coach Jake will develop checklists unique to each player of the drills and skills players may work on to continue to improve before their next basketball season begins.
During week 2 have fun with sports and games (soccer, corn hole, croquet!) while continuing to work on communication, sportsmanship, and teamwork.

Maximum Clinic Size: 20

Cost: $300 for week 2: Fun with Sports and Games, June 25-29, M-F, 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Registration Closed for week 1: Basketball Clinic, June 18-22, M-F, 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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July 9 - 13, Morning: Sprouts! (entering pre-3 - K)

Sprouts Early Childhood

Sprouts! (PRE-3 - K)

Taught by: Leslie Dameron, Chelsea Lipp

Entering Grades: preschool - kindergarten

Available: M-F, July 9-13, half-day (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Course Description: Build confidence and independence! Pine Point's Evergreen summer term offers early childhood programming for students entering preschool and kindergarten. The program facilitates individual learning with a particular emphasis on play, as we explore nature, art, cooking, and science, while practicing social skills.

To participate, children must be turning three years old by September and potty-trained. Classes are held in the preschool in the DeMovick Early Childhood Center, which includes a dedicated playground directly connected to the classrooms.

Week 1, June 18-22: Bugging Out! Join us as we explore and investigate the secret lives of bugs! We’ll be studying the life cycle of bugs, taking walks and looking for evidence of bugs around campus, and even cooking up a buggy treat!

Week 3, July 9-13: Invention Convention We’ll be putting on our maker hats this week as we use found objects to create vehicles and Things that Go. We’ll be making slime, exploring magnets, and conducting cooking experiments!

Sample schedule:
8:30 a.m. Arrival
8:45 a.m. Circle time
9:00 a.m. Outdoor Exploration - theme-based activities
10:15 a.m. Snack
10:30 a.m. Theme exploration
11:00 a.m. Independent choice time
11:30 a.m. Lunch and outdoor play
12:30 p.m. Pick-up

Maximum Class Size: 12

Cost: $300 weekly for half-day (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

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July 9 - 20, Morning: Mini Musical (entering grades 1 - 4)

Grade 3 students in Willie Wonka

Mini Musical

Taught by: Pine Point Teacher Jean Martin

Entering Grades: 1 - 4

Course Description: Does your child enjoy singing and acting? Do they love to be on stage? Musical theater has benefits not only for the development of artistic expression but also to develop and practice basic life skills. Students are actively involved in creative problem solving, decision making and working towards a common goal. They will also have the opportunity to create sets, props and costumes. Social skills including respect, poise, confidence, resilience and interpersonal skills are developed through cooperation and collaboration. The concluding program, a mini musical that students prepare and perform, is a wonderfully entertaining exhibition of these skills. The children love it!

Class Size: 8 - 20

Cost: $600 for 2-week course, July 9-20, M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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July 9 - 20 Afternoon: Robot Mission Dash & Dot (entering grades 3 - 6)

Dash and Dot

Robot Mission Dash & Dot

Taught by: Rebecca Graebner

Entering Grades: 3-6

Course Description: Want to learn to code a robot to play a xylophone? Hit targets with a robotic launcher? Navigate challenging obstacle course? Take your coding skills to a whole new level! Learn to code Dash & Dot, engaging robots, to do all this and more. Students will exhibit their new and expanded skills with a showcase of their coding talents in a surprise final challenge!

Maximum Class Size: 10

When: July 9-20, 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This course is full.

Geometry Full-Credit Course


Geometry, Full-Credit High School Course

Taught by: Chris Hurtgen and Sheila Reagan

Prerequisite: Algebra 1

Course Description: This course meets for 3 hours each weekday over six weeks starting June 18, and offers a full year’s high school credit in Euclidean geometry including proofs. It covers transformations of figures, symmetry, properties of angles and rays, congruence, similarity, triangles, an introduction to trigonometry, area and perimeter of polygons, surface area and volume of 3D figures, area and circumference of circles and an introduction to non-Euclidean geometries. Students take periodic tests and a final exam. Practical, hands-on projects allow students to apply concepts including studies of building mechanics, art and literature. Traditional compass and straight-edge constructions are supplemented with digital software equivalents.

Students must be mathematically talented, highly-motivated and intrinsically driven to successfully complete the course.

Minimum Class Size: 2

Tuition: $1800 for the 6 week course, starting June 18

Contact evergreen@pinepoint.org to request more information or to register.

Reading Instruction

The Alicia Z. Russell Center for Assessment and Learning (CAL) offers individualized reading instruction through the Orton-Gillingham approach.

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Speech and Language Services

Pine Point School offers speech and language evaluation and treatment of:

Articulation/Phonological processes/Speech Sound Production
Receptive Language
Expressive Language
Social Language

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Registration and Payment

Payment is due at the time of registration. Requests for cancellation must be made no later than May 15 and refunds will be credited minus a 10% charge for processing. Students enrolling in a two-week morning course can add an afternoon course on the same day at a discounted rate.

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.