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:
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:
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
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.
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.
All are invited to play water polo, again, from 6 to 7:45 pm on Tuesday night, July 11, 2017, at Citiparks Ammon Outdoor Pool.
Cheer after the SKWIM game from the squad.
Content with updates from some of the kids of from our program for creating literate Olympians here!
I LIKE THE WATER POLO PROGRAM BECAUSE THEY TEACH ME HOW TO SWIM. THEY TEACH ME HOW TO PLAY IN THE WATER. I LIKE HOW THEY CATCH THE BALL WITH 1 HAND. I LIKE HOW THEY DO THE EXERCISE FIRST.
Week 3 update from Mariam:
Update from Week 4 from Mariam:
Week 5 Update from Mariam:
I like this week because yesterday we threw something – a hard and heavy weight into the pool. I dove in and I got it. And next, the coach threw one again, I got that too. But I can’t always deliver it it to the some without somebody helping me, but he drops too.
I like the water polo program because I like playing SKWIM because I like when it skwims across the water. I also like when we have to catch it with one hand and throw with the other. I like when we have to shoot it into the goal. I like when we exercise on the water and back float. The last thing that I like about water polo is that we have to work as a team and we have fun.
Update on week 3:
I like when when we play SKWIM because I keep scoring goals. I like that we have to where our head bands during SKWIM. I like learning how to dive in the deep. I like leading Coach Curtis exercise drills. I also like how I play with my friends. I am enjoying swimming very much!!!!
Last week we got to play water polo. The thing that I liked about water polo was when we really got to play water polo. The thing that I did not like about it was when we had to put the hats on our heads. Before we did all that we did a little swim exercise. We did a little exercise with a board when we had to swim on our back. We also did an exercise without the board.
Week 3 update from Imani
THIS IS MY FIRST TIME HERE. I HOPE IT GOES WELL, I HOPE TO HAVE LOTS OF FUN IN THE POOL. WE WILL PLAY WATER POLO AND IT WILL BE LOTS OF FUN AND I MIGHT BE IN THE DEEP END. THE FREIZBEE GAME WILL BE FUN AND I MIGHT SCORE ON PEOPLE IN MY GROUP. THEY WILL GET MAD IF I SCORE ON THEM AND WHEN I MIGHT DO A ONE HAND CATCH AND WHEN I JUMP IN THE POLL IT WILL BE COLD AND WELL BE FREEZING AND HE WILL GIVE US TO PUT SOMETHING TO PUT ON ARE HEAD.
Last week at swim and water polo I liked everything we did at the pool. We get to swim and do exercises and swim sports like water polo and SKWIM. After swimming we did normal exercises and stretches and played other games at Swim and Water Polo. They also provide us with things we need to swim like flippers, borrowed swim trunks, kick boards. We get head gear and different exercises each time. We swim to build up our strength.
Week 2 update:
This week in Swim & Water Polo I learned some new water exercises, and I learned how to do a front stroke. I went in the deep water for the first time. I used flippers and life jackets to swim in the deep to help me swim and float.
Week 3 update from Cameron:
This week in Swim and Water Polo I learned how to swim with my face underwater and how many strokes I should do until I bring my face above the water. I also learned how to swim in the deep water with my face in the water. I used my flippers to help me swim this week. We got to dive in the water. We had a new coach and new lifeguards too. They broke us up into groups. In the shallow we did freestyle stroke back and forth. In the deep water we learned treading water, and we got to jump and dive in the deep water. After jumping and diving in the deep water we swam back and forth, then we went to the shallow again and splash our lifeguard. We played SKWIM and ULTIMATE SKWIM, then we had free time for a little bit, and we got to do more diving and jumping in the deep water when all swam from the deep water to the shallow water. I HAD A LOT OF FUN IN SWIM AND WATER POLO THIS WEEK AT SUMMER DREAMERS.
Week 5 update from Cameron:
I had fun this week because….. We got to kickboard kicking starting from the deep to shallow. We did the 25 25s race from wall to wall. We also played against Voyagers. Its like the finals! Windcave won Game 1. We were going to play again some day. We played find the penny. I found 4 pennies and some more. I got to dive and swim to the wall. I am happy I got a medal and won something.
Week 6 update from Cameron:
Last week at Summer Dreamers I passed my deep water swimming test. I passes it at the outdoor pool.
I like to swim. I liked to play the games. The exercises were fun! It was fun playing SKWIM with my teammates because we had to try to put the frisbee in the goal.
I love the program because I like our exercises. I also like when we play water polo. I also love when we get done early and get to free swim. We also get to play skwim. In water polo you have to catch the ball with one hand. In skwim you have to slide the the smooth yellow frisbee on the water. That is why I love Water Polo and SKWIM.
Week 3 update from Mia
This week was the best week ever because we did new, fun exercises. The best exercise was the treading exercise. When we learned how to tread, it was so exciting and fun. I also learned how to swim in the deep. On Friday, July 14, we learned how to play ULTIMATE SKWIM. This is how fun it was this week.
Update from Mia on Week 4:
Week 5 update from Mia
This week I had fun because we did something different. This week we exercised with medicine balls. We also used medicine balls like kickboards. After that we used diving blocks. Coach threw the diving blocks in the water. First, I got the diving blocks in the shallow water. Then, coach threw diving blocks in the deep water. Last, we played water polo.
I like to dive in the pool. I like to do flips. I had fun playing water polo. The slippers helped me swim better. I loved playing skiwm!
I LIKE THE WATER POLO. IT IS FUN. WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT IS YOU NEED TO WORK AS A TEAM. I LIKE WHEN WE EXERCISE FIRST. ALSO, I LIKE WHEN WE HAVE TO PASS IT WITH ONE HAND AND CATCH IT WITH ONE HAND. AND I LIKE WHAT WE HAVE TO WEAR ON OUR HEADS. I ALSO LIKE WHEN WE CAN GO UNDER WATER AND SNEAK UP ON THEM.
Week 3 update from Damian
This is what I liked about SKWIM this week. I like when I passed it to my teammate and we scored some goals. And, I also like when I got to swim in the deep. I also like when we treaded. The best part was jumping and diving in the deep end of the pool. I liked when I kept blocking it. When we got to play ULTIMATE SKWIM, even though we lost, it was fun.
Week 6 update from Damian:
Last week was fun. We went to the Sue Murray Swim Pool, and I pasted my deep test and I got a metal. When we were at the outdoor pool, I dove in the deep end. We went down the slide, and it was fun. Mr. Mark told us to do our best and have fun any we did.
Updates from July 5
TODAY is my first day to Swim & Water Polo. I LIKE it. ABOUT Swimming is that I learned how to swim, to kick and the game SKWIM.
Week 5 update from Kencraveyon:
Before I could not go in the deep and swim in the deep water, but now I could swim. I want to achieve my goal, and I could. I can swim. I love to swim, and I can achieve my goal in SKWIM and Water Polo. I learned to swim and play awesome and cool games, and I learned how to float on my back.
I love how we are playing games.
I love Summer Dreamers because I get to swim and do water pool, and I love the teacher.
Week 5 update from David:
On Friday I passed my deep water test, and I learned how to swim.
I look forward to learning how to swim in the deep and be able to save somebody in danger or drowning.
Week 3 update from Wayne
The flippers help me swim faster. Sometimes we swim with the board and without the board. I Like to swim like a mermaid. And swim on my back and on my stomach. What I like about water polo is I get to catch with one hand and I don’t like about water polo is we have to wear the hats.
Skwim. We get to shot it into the goal and be in a group. What I don’t like is we can’t do air to air.
I LIKE SUMMER DREAMERS because I get to swim and get to have a good and nice Coach and nice good team. That’s what I like about Summer Dreamers and Swim & Water Polo Camp.
Week 3 update:
What I learned at Summer Dreamers is we did exercising to get strong. We have free time and we do back floating. We did a little of Water Polo. When we go swim, they let us go to the deep end. And, I like shooting goals in ULTIMATE SKWIM.
Terry, Age 10
I LIKE SWIM AND WATER POLO BECAUSE I CAN BE WITH MY FRIENDS and like to swim and it teaches me how to swim backwards.
Week 4 update from Terry:
Week 5 update from Terrance:
Week 6 update from Terrance:
I want to be able to swim in the deep so I can be able to swim in a lake, and so I can be a swim coach. I will able to teach Adrian.
Week 3 update:
I liked that we can play SKWIM. We get to play together. And, we can go to see a team play. I like that I can swim in the deep part of the pool. I like that I swim at all — it can help me stay alive. I like that I can hold my breathe in the pool so I can hold my breathe in a lake. (Week 3 update.)
The water is very cold. My goal is to go to the deep water, finish the deep water test and learn to swim. I finally swam with a floaty and went under water. I had fun doing it and trying something new. I need to remember my trunks every day.
Water polo is a game I have played before and it was fun. The rules to the sport are simple. The rules of the game are have to slide the Frisbee on the water. Another rule is you can’t stick it in the water. Those are the basics of the game.
We played a game called Mr./Mrs. Wolf. I like playing the wolf game because if I was the wolf and I tagged someone they would be it. In swimming I passed my deep test, and I was so happy and my teacher was happy too. In the shallow water is so much fun to me I like to go under water with goggles. Under water I can see my friends playing in the water. We have these flippers. They have lots of colors and I like to where purple, but its not my size. THE END……..
I like swimming because is is fun. We play a lot of stuff. I passed my deep test. We played Mister Wolf and Four Corners. The first time I got in a pool was when I was 1 year old.
I like when I swim in the deep. It makes you have confidence. I like looking under water with goggles.
We play 4 square. I was the queen a couple times. We had a lot of fun. We played Mr. Wolf. I got caught 4 or 5 times. We played ske!!!!!!!!!!!!bo. I missed a couple times. We had a lot of fun. We played cowboy. We had fun. All of these games!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love swimming. Playing in the water. I love writing and playing Mr. Wolf. I love skiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiibo even four corners and 4s square and swim water polo. I gorilla, cowboy, and ninja.
Week 5 update from Jaliya:
Jeannine posted in week 5, on her last day of camp before moving:
I just love to swim. It my last day of camp, but I’m sad I’m leaving.
We played 4 square, then we go swimming, and we play in the water. The teacher tells us how swim. We go swim in the deep.
I like to swim because I have fun.
4 Square is really fun. But Skwim is really really fun. Sceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeball is really Awesome. I like the superman swimming technique. But my Favorite FAVORITE IS Learning how to face my fears of the water. And how to do it in the deep water.
Week 5 update from Corey
SWIMMING IS AMAZING, but I’m now perfect at swimming in the deep end. BUT now the deep end is still terrifying, but you should go with the flow.
Signed, Corey, 10.
This is still the first week of camp and we are playing our second type of SKWIM game and have also played a little bit of water polo too.
SKWIM, Ultimate style, is played with an “end zone.” A point is scored after the offensive team passes the disk into the opponent’s end zone and another player on the offensive team gets to the disk first, keeping it above the surface of the water.
Unlike football and rugby, one can not swim nor carry the disk across the goal line by yourself. There must be a pass over the goal line to a teammate. When the pass happens, like all passes in SKWIM, the disk must touch the surface of the water. No air-to-air passes nor air-to-air passes for a score.
Other rules to note:
When a person has the disk, it can be held for up to three seconds. Not four seconds. Hold onto the disk too long and it is a turnover and the other team gets the disk.
When a person has the disk, the disk can not be taken out of his or her hands. The defense can block the pass. But stealing the disk within the three-seconds of possession is not permitted. No body contact too!
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