Labor’s Fruits: water polo mural from Conor and Camp Faison

Banner, fit for a parade, a Labor Day Parade, with the PPS Teachers, Learn & Earn Staff, BGC and the ENEC.

Last Day, …. not so much. We’ve got more summer to go.

Consider these new recreational activities for area kids, for grades 4 and older.

We hope the Water Polo players at Langley, Faison and South Hills can join with other area youngsters to sustain and grow the Swim & Water Polo experiences in the days to come.

Let’s wrap-up the Digital Badges, make new friends, compete, and play well with others beyond school days. Older swimmers and athletes are invited to water polo practices every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 am to noon at Citiparks’ Sheraden outdoor pool, weather permitting. We play tomorrow, Aug 6, 2015.

For more info, contact Coach, Mark Rauterkus, 412-298-3432.
Just show up.

Next week, we practice M, T, W, Th. at either West Penn (M&W) or Sheridan (T&Th). Practices organized with the help of Mark Rauterkus, head swim & water polo coach with Pgh Obama Academy and recent water polo coach with CMU women’s team.\

Adults get to play water polo every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 7:30 pm at Citiparks’ Ream pool in Mt. Washington. or
call coach’s cell: 412-298-3432.

Summer Dreamers invite for students and families of Camp South Hills’ Mindful Eating, Yoga, Multimedia

The fun learning of mindfulness skills at Summer Dreamers should continue. All are invited to a follow-up picnic at the end of the summer.

Plan to attend a picnic for Mindful Eating, Yoga and Media students and families on Wednesday, August 26, from 6:30-8:30 pm at South Hills Middle School. Bring your family and friends to visit our garden, share a picnic pot luck dinner, practice some mindful eating, and share your mindfulness goals for the coming school year.

We’ll invite the sound of the bowl to practice mindful listening.  We’ll teach parents and guardians how to increase awareness of our our breathing with the breathing ball. Plus, let’s show off our computer programs to show parents and guardians how breathing mindfully changes our heart’s rhythms. Finally, we’ll also have some herbs to take home.

Please RSVP to Richard King at

Also, a new Facebook Group  is open for you to “Like” and “Follow” for ongoing mindful updates, videos and exercises.
Mindful Eating, Yoga, and Media on Facebook =
Richard King, PhD

GNC Liberty Mile recap


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Pre-Race excitement:

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Post race with Coach Mark and Goda, volunteer and ex-staffer:

If you have photos to share, please send them to me, I know we’ve got some additional images from other sources.

Finally, one Hello Kitty backpack was left in my car. It will be taken to camp on Monday. But I’m not so certain if it should go to Langley or South Hills.

Trip home after GNC Liberty Mile

Thanks for all the parents and guardians who are going to go to the GNC Liberty Mile and cheer for and support your kids in the race on their big day.  Also, thanks for giving them a ride home when we’re all done.

Do stick around and watch the professional runners. That is fun.

Meet us in the Triangle Park at the corner of Liberty and Market. You won’t be able to drive there as the streets are closed for the race, of course. You might want to park by Market Square.

For the others who are going to pick up their athletes at the Summer Dreamers camp sites, (Faison, Brashear / South Hills, and Langley), please be present about 9 pm, or a tad sooner.  We expect to depart Downtown at 8:30 pm in buses.

The bus departure map is below. Screenshot (18)See the big circle? It is on Stanwix between Liberty and Penn Ave.

The race ends on Liberty Ave, about 2 blocks away. We, Swim & Water Polo athletes and staff meet in that green triangle in the middle of the map, corner of Market and Liberty. That’s where the parents pick-up their kids.

Look for me! Last year we were giving high fives to race victor, Jordan!

Jordan wins Liberty Mile and gives high five to Coach Mark
Jordan wins and gives high five to Coach Mark

Aquatic Test

This on-line test is used for certification levels for SKWIM and Digital Badges that begin at Digital Badges/SKWIM/Level 1.

The access code is, SKWIM (in all CAPS).

Tips for the test

  • Test URL:
  • Access code: SKWIM
  • Questions #1 to #25 are for Level 1.
  • Questions #26 to #50 are for Level 2.
  • This is an open book test. You may do research with any of the questions throughout.
  • When FINISHED, there are some bonus questions.
  • The green button that says Finish is on the review page and when using a 7-inch Android tablet, you need to scroll the page to the far right side to locate the button as it resides off the side of the screen. Drag to the corner of the page and locate it.
  • Take a screen capture of the final results for your records as that will be proof for the test’s completion and allow for the coaches to award you the digital badge.
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    Coach Ivy and Summer Dreamers in Swim & Water Polo working on the tablets to take the SKWIM aquatic knowledge test.

Some swimming and exercises at Camp Langley and Sheraden pool

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Images from Summer Dreamers at South Hills with Swim & Water Polo Camp

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