Brick!

We have been doing some “money dives” too — where a hand-full of pennies are tossed in the pool and the kids race to get them back into their team’s bank. Rules change. On day one, only one coin per person at any given time. Then the other day it was everyone for themselves. Still one had to deliver the coins into the bank before it closed — generally open only for 90-seconds.

Treading too

Navigation of the deep end

Wayne

Heaven

Update from Week 5 from Heaven

At first when I went in the pool I was scared to go in the deep. I am good at SKWIM. Now I swim in the deep with a noodle.

Donovan and Zaria do a freestyle race across the pool

Cross pool race with Damian and

Nahyao

Donavan’s solo crossing of deep end

Santino

Zaria

Damian in deep

Z

Video show off from Camp King, Squads Voyageurs and Wind Cave

Parade

Includes: Mia, Terrance, Terry, Imani, William, Donovan, Brooke.

Imani

Nahayo

Winning a swim race!

N swimming with underwater view

Abrahem

Cameron and some others

Damian doing butterfly

Damien getting a pull on his underwater pushoff in the streamline by coach.

Surf around and see some other swimmers at CLOH.org.

Ideas from Summer Dreamers, SDA17

Delayshia, 10

Delayshia

I like when I score and learn how to use a noddle. I like when some people dive in. Another thing I like about swimming is SKWIM and playing other games, doing butterfly, going under water. I’m starting to learn have to swim in the deep, in 18 foot. I know how to swim in the shuffle, and I can go under water for 10.

Brooke, 8

Brooke

What I like about Swim & Water Polo this week is that there is always something new and that makes me happy. For example the Thunderbirds are hosting SKWIM and Water Polo – special event on Saturday, July 15, at South Side. I also like how I learned to dive in the deep. I really liked the SKWIM game we played today.

Update from Week 5 from Brooke
Swim & Water Polo, this week, is fun so far, but it is disappointing. Today, the others went to the Sue Murry pool while me, Dyamond, Laura, Mia, Abrahem, Mariam, Jeannine, Elliott, Nahayo and Nevaeh stayed back. But yesterday was fun we got to practice with the diving bricks, and it’s kind of slippery and some times heavy and makes my knees touch the ground. Ps 🤗

Abrahem from week 3

Abrahem

I like everything in the water polo program. This week they teach us in water polo how to do diving into the water and the frog and to swim in the shallow water. They teach us how to swim in the deep.

Ramere

Ramere

I like to dive. I like to play SKWIM. My favorite part of summer was using the snorkel and diving for the brick in the deep.

Update for Guardians of Summer Dreamers in Swim & Water Polo

Dear Parents / Guardians of Youngsters in Summer Dreamers Swim & Water Polo:

Lots of the students are making fine improvements in their swimming abilities in the past week. We have much more to do in the days and weeks to come. Here are some updates:

1. Please take a couple of minutes to fill in this info for me:

http://Play.CLOH.org/rsvp

This would be a GREAT TIME to sit with your youngsters and be certain that specific, important information such as phone numbers, home addresses and email contacts is understood and can be communicated to the right people at the right times.

2. Try not to miss practices. We review but also build upon the skills day-by-day. New strokes and new games are blended into a pathway with the activities and missing days slows down our progress.

3. We invite you to join us in our quest for knowledge, safety awareness and fitness understanding in Swim & Water Polo. A great collection of videos can be watched at home. See our lesson plans:

http://Play.CLOH.org/sda-lessons/

4. Students get to do reflective writing. Lots of those clever insights, cute and adorable too, are posted at http://CLOH.org.

5. Students can WRITE outside of camp time too. Encourage your youngsters to reflect upon their swimming adventures. Help all you can. http://Play.CLOH.org/input/

6. We have an online class called, “Get Your Feet Wet – Swimming,” that everyone should be able to visit and complete. Students need a username and password to log into the course. First names are the usernames, (except for Jaylen_J and Jaylen_S), and passwords are set to SDA17. Give it a whirl. We are replacing the generic illustrations in the course with our own photos and videos.

7. Quiz time. We have four main tests, each with 25 questions. These tests can are online and offer the correct answers after each question. You can repeat the quizzes. They teach about aquatics and elements like SURF conditions, something that is not often experienced in Pittsburgh. A future vacation should not be spoiled with a tragic water event.

8. Are we Facebook friends yet? Community efforts are discussed and announced on Facebook. Send me, Mark Rauterkus, a friend request. This week Pittsburgh City Council is voting on a new change that would allow CITY EMPLOYEES to become sports coaches in Pittsburgh Public Schools.

9. Every Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm, weather permitting, all are invited to join us at Citiparks Ammon Rec Center Pool, Bedford Ave and Memory Lane, The Hill District, for water polo and SKWIM. Hope to see you there soon.

10. We expect to send home PERMISSION SLIPS for our Summer Dreamers so that we can go on a field trip to swim at local outdoor pools a couple of days in camp times. Stay tuned.

Mark Rauterkus, Executive Head Coach, 412-298-3432, Mark@Rauterkus.com

August 21 event, #WeArePPS, at Langley to feature SKWIM & Water Polo

Pittsburgh Public Schools will be hosting its annual back to school event, #WeArePPS, starting at 1 pm on August 21, 2017 — and this year’s event at Langley K-8 is going to include SKWIM and Water Polo.

Every year, families of Pittsburgh flock to an event designed to equip the kids with the resources necessary to achieve a healthy start to the 2017-2018 school year. #WeArePPS is open to all current Pittsburgh Public School students and it takes place at Pittsburgh Langley (2940 Sheraden Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15204) on Monday, August 21, 2017, from 1-5 p.m.

The events in the swim pool are going to happen from 1 to 3 pm. Advance sign-up on a web form is coming.

The event happens on a Monday as barbers are freely available to administer haircuts. This event includes a parent resource fair with information in alignment with districts beliefs. PPS aims to serve students and schools and create effective family and community partnerships in every school.

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Other organizations, companies, and/or PPS departments can be a part of this event by hosting a table in our Parent Resource Fair. Or, you can offer to help us out at the swim pool by leaving a note below in the comment section of this posting. Follow up is expected. In addition to hosting a table, PPS is accepting donations (refreshments, books, school supplies, etc.) to distribute to families. If you’d like to host a table at the resource fair, please respond to Merecedes Howze, mhowze1 – at – pghboe.net by email by Friday, July 21, 2017.

Good News! PPS has already received 98 stuffed book bags from Pittsburgh Moms Blog! There are dire needs for book bags and school supplies.

Game demonstration and competitions with students from Summer Dreamers Swim & Water Polo as well as The Pittsburgh Project are being scheduled.

PPS Langley is one of the five schools designated for the new project, “PPS Community Schools.” Read more insights in efforts to include aquatics as a feature of this venture.