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 kinggaines@comcast.net.

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 = http://tinyurl.com/q8nzjfk
Appreciatively,
Richard King, PhD

GNC Liberty Mile recap

Heather:

Watch more videos on Flotrack

Jordan:

Watch more videos on Flotrack His interview gets cut a bit at the end.

Pre-Race excitement:
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Post race with Coach Mark and Goda, volunteer and ex-staffer:
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If you have photos to share, please send them to me, Mark@Rauterkus.com. 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: http://www.classroomclipboard.com/500512/Test/D92C2F4ABE6A4200AF7D3275D1A8AE31
  • 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.

GNC Liberty Mile, here we come!

This is the entry for the GNC Liberty Mile in 2015 from our Swim & Water Polo Camp, showing kids and staff, organized by first name. We’ve done a lot of running this year, especially at Camp South Hills and with the King’s Canyon at Camp Langley and even at Camp Faison after the bus ride or on days when there wasn’t a bus. With the 90-degree heat expected in the next two days, the running is put on the back burner. We have an advantage however, as we can run in the swim pool!

A

Aayron Issaiah Law
Achante Myles
Aeva Miglioretti
Alexis Deacon
Amire Freeman
Andre Jefferson
Andrea Palmer
Arnav Kumar
Aryelle Myles

B

Brae Lynn Branch
Breonna Maddox

C

Camron Siler McCallister
Celine Lakandula
Chantal Brown
Charlotte Hensel
Cloe Joos
Conor Coleman
Courtney Kelley
Courtney Patton

D

Da Jion Devers
Da Quan Devers
Daiquon Boleky
Dalasia Weaver
Deraile Barron
Destiny King
Devan Fedorowich
Diyora Ahmedova
Dondre Watson Ellis
Donovan Hayden
Dylan Dowdy

E

Ed Cygnarwicz
Edith Perry
Edward Cygnarowicz
Erin Benjamin
Eugene Hall Jr

F

Frayne Poeting

G

Gerson David Calderon
Goda Tarcijonas
Grant Rauterkus

H

Hannah Castro
Hayley Shelton
Huynh Nguyen

I

Ivy Ryan
Iyonae Moore

J

Jaquan Prysock
Jasmine Murrell
Jesse Baker
Jordan Kyles
JT Nelson

K

Kamren Mitchell
Kamya Kelly
Keheng Zhang
Keliyah Washington
Kiarah Green

L

Laurel McMahon
Lawrence Thompson
Lerrick Williams
Lex Glickman
Lydia Harper

M

Madison Boehm
Malayjia Chestnut
Mark Rauterkus
Maurice McClain Jr
Maurizio Longo
Milcahzayn Bozeman Wallace
Mohamed Adballa

N

Nadia Johnson
Nevaughn Page

O

Owen Baillie
Owen Mediate

R

Raoul Legrande
Reona Grant
Rimon Toto

S

Sam Murrell
Samson Olabode
Sanketh Kolli
Sonnie Watts

T

Tanyla Green
Tara Pennix
Tehilah Spencer
Tiara Roberson
Tim Krupar
Timiya Eggleton
Toby Junker
Trajon Jeter

W

Wayne Lee

Z

Zack Oplako
Zuriel Bozeman Wallace

Heather, Jordan and a few of the professional runners are on our team too. This year, our friends with Kids of STEEL also join in the fun with the race.

Heather and Coach Mark
Heather K, Liberty Mile Champion, and Coach Mark

Race Day Start Times for 2015

  1. 7:00 pm – One for Fun, Pup Trot, Team Challenge
  2. 7:25 – Kids of Steel, Run 1 for Lucas — This is where Summer Dreamers compete.
  3. 7:50 – Masters
  4. 8:00 – Unstoppable
  5. 8:10 – Women’s Pro
  6. 8:20 – Men’s Pro
Summer Dreamers at Liberty Mile
Summer Dreamers at Liberty Mile

Call to Summer Dreamers from Coach Mark

Tomorrow night, Friday evening, July 24, all the Summer Dreamers in Swim & Water Polo are invited to a special swim session at the Hill District’s, indoor, Thelma Lovette YMCA. The new YMCA is on Centre Avenue, just up the hill five or six blocks from the Consol Energy Center – home of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Adults are encouraged to accompany their youngsters. Everyone is going to need to find their own transportation to and from the Y – as this is an extra, optional show off session. But adults are encouraged to join us in the swim pool too. Bring your suits. Join in on the fun and fitness.

You can come any time after 5 pm. The building closes at 8 pm so we need to exit the pool before 7:40.

There is free parking on the streets around the Y and in a lot behind the building too. Plus, there is no charge for admission to the Y swim pool. The Y has been generous with pool time for the Friday night practices for our program on a year-round basis.

Next Friday is the Liberty Mile and getting together in town no a Friday night is good practice for the Liberty Mile too. Press #2 on your phone now for more on the Liberty Mile. Friday night will be our deadline for entering the Liberty Mile. So, come to the YMCA and bring your forms or fill them out while you are there.

The Thelma Lovette YMCA is at 2114 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. The Y’s phone # is (412) 315-0990.

The YMCA has a full fitness center, gym and 5-lane swim pool with a year-round age-group swim team that competes in the YMCA league. Getting your kids onto the Y’s swim team is something to explore.

If we get a good turnout to the YMCA, I could continue to host some monthly gatherings and swim practices at the YMCA a regular basis throughout the year. We’ll go to the YMCA this Friday, and again in two weeks, after Summer Dreamers ends – again on Fridays for the rest of the summer. Of course, on Friday, July 31, when we are doing the Liberty Mile, there will not be any swimming at the YMCA that week.

The YMCA has free wifi and we generally take some time on Fridays to use the tablets, take some photos, share our web sites info and digital badge efforts there too.

The GNC Liberty Mile is a one-mile running race that happens on the streets of Downtown on Friday night, July 31. We have about 100 of our Summer Dreamers and staff compete in the race and we’ve been doing this for the past four years. The Liberty Mile is an OPTIONAL event and everyone isn’t able to do the race. You have to sign up, have good behavior, of course, and have transportation HOME after the event. The kids that go to the event depart from school after lunch on a school bus.

Staff and athletes go to the Citiparks swim pool on the Northside, the Sue Murray Pool. We play aquatic games, get a pizza party at the pool, get our race numbers and gear up for the race.

If any guardians want to join us on the bus and throughout the day, talk to me, Coach Mark. We can reserve a space for you on the bus and you can accompany us to the events. Perhaps we can talk at the YMCA on Friday night.

We have a big team meeting and then hike in groups from the pool on the Northside to the starting line of the race around 6 pm. We run as fast as we can and after our race, we gather again to share our experiences and then turn to watch the professional runners. The women and men professional runners are lightening fast and it is a treat to cheer for them – and a couple of those professional runners generally come by our Summer Dreamers camp a day or two before the race to visit with our kids too.

After the professional race, we depart downtown in 2 ways. It is best to have our adults from home meet us at the swim pool in the afternoon or else meet us DOWNTOWN at the race, cheer us on, and then go home with your guardians. Traffic is always bad as the streets are closed for the race.

Summer Dreamers at Liberty Mile
Summer Dreamers at Liberty Mile

Our meeting place is at “TRIANGLE PARK” a tiny park that is just past the finish line of the race on the left side. It is on Liberty Ave and it is about a block away from Market Square. So, find us on the Liberty Avenue, closer to the end of town by the Point.

The Race Entry and the Homecoming Contract is has to be documented and with us before we can the student out of school on an early dismissal for the activities. We need to know who is going to pick-up the kids and how they’ll get home – otherwise, it is better to have them finish the school day like regular and take the normal school bus home at 4 pm. We do NOT want anyone stuck downtown without a ride. This has never happened. Thank you for planning ahead and communicating those plans with us.

Sheraden hosts Summer Dreamers Swim & Water Polo

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To be honest, we play with a SKWIM disk. It is a blast. But it isn’t an ‘official SKWIM game.’ We shoot the disk into the gutter as we don’t have the official goals. Plus, real SKWIM should be played with fins and in deeper water.

Newsletter #2, July 20, 2015, Swim & Water Polo Camp with PPS Summer Dreamers

Status for the entry for the GNC Liberty Mile on Friday, July 31, 2015. If you hope to attend and if you know you are NOT going to attend, we would still appreciate a completed HOMECOMING Contract. ENTRIES are DUE, as soon as possible. Regrets are due too.

Find your name, by camp, on this list. If it is not present, please complete the paperwork and get it back to camp, URGENTLY.

If you have questions, and wish to talk in person, please come with your child to swim at the Citiparks’ Northside’s Sue Murray swim pool on Monday or Wednesday, 6-7:30 pm or the Mt. Washington’s Ream swim pool on Tuesday or Thursday, 6-7:30 pm, or Friday, 5-8 pm at Thelma Lovette YMCA in the Hill District.

Also, Mark@Bloomfield-Garfield.org, 412-298-3432 = cell phone of Coach Mark Rauterkus.

Watch this page for the lastest list as per the wiki: http://aforathlete.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Running_GNC_Liberty_Mile_2015

Langley:

Achante Myles, entered

Dylan Dowdy, entered, 7-20-2015 (form located in folder)

Nevaughn Page, entered, 7-20-2015

Andrea Palmer, entered, 7-20-2015

Lydia Harper, entered, 7-20-2015

Da’Quan Devers, entered

DaJion Devers, entered

Deraile Barron, entered

Madison Boehm, entered

Eugene R. Hall, entered

Dondre Watson-Ellis, entered

Diyora Ahmedova, entered

A’Niyah Everett, NOT ENTERED, Regrets

Kamren Mitchell, entered

Erin Banjamin, entered

Isaac Lapp, NOT ENTERED, Regrets

Edith Perry, entered

Brealynn Branch, entered

Kiarah Green, entered

Nadia Johnson, entered

Camron McCallister, entered

Andre Jeffersno, entered

Wayne Lee, entered

Aryelle Myles, entered

Rimon Toto, entered

Courtney Kelley, entered

Elizha Hutchinson, entered

South Hills / Brashear, LM status

Kamya Kelly, NO FORM, NOT entered

Chantal Brown, entered

Celine Lakandula, entered

Hannah Castro, entered

Keliyah Washington, entered

Aeva Miglioretti, entered

Hayley Shelton, entered

Reona Grant, entered

Kenny Michel, NO FORM, NOT entered

Breanna Layburn, NO FORM, NOT entered

Diangelo Paez, NOT Entered – Regrets,Regrets

Jy-Juan Bryant, NO FORM, NOT entered

Destiny King, entered

Charlotte Hensel, entered

Cloe Joos, entered

Arnav Kumar, NO FORM, NOT entered

Malayjia Chestnut, entered

Maurice McClain Jr, entered

Faison, LM status

Owen Mediate, NO FORM, NOT entered

Kelteng Zhang, entered

Jaleaha Scott-Pryor, NO FORM, NOT entered

Maurizio Longo, entered, 7-20-15

Amire Freeman, entered, 7-20-15

Iyonae Moore, entered, 7-20-15

Owen Mediate, entered, 7-20-15

Perhaps five additional forms are with Coach Sam at Faison and not on this list.

Staff:

Alexis Decon, entered

Sonnie W, entered

Mark Rauterkus, entered

Grant Rauterkus, entered

Edward Cygnarowicz, entered, 7-20-15

If you have sent in paperwork and still do not see your name on the list, the best approach is to re-do the paperwork and re-submit. Papers could have fallen between the cracks. A box marked “water polo” is in the office at every camp site. That might be the safest place to return completed papers.

As updates are made to this list, see https://CLOH.org for updates.

Pro Runners at Liberty Mile include our favorites, Jordan and Heather!

Defending GNC Live Well Liberty Mile champions Jordan McNamara  and Gabriele Grunewald will return to Pittsburgh to defend their titles in the Liberty Mile on Friday, July 31, 2015. The 4th edition features a prize purse of $25,000, the third largest for U.S. road miles.

Heather and Coach Mark
Heather K, Liberty Mile Champion, and Coach Mark
A two-time event runner-up in 2012 and 2013, Jordan McNamara edged out 2012 Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano in the 2014 race with a time of 4 minutes, 3 seconds.

Grunewald took the women’s crown last year clocking 4:33. She outkicked her Team USA Minnesota teammate and two-time defending race champion Heather Kampf. The event record holder Kampf again looks to be Grunewald’s biggest challenger at the 2015 race.

The American Development Pro Mile features $20,000 in guaranteed prize money. The GNC Live Well Liberty Mile is the third stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2015.

For more information, visit LibertyMile.org.

http://aforathlete.wikia.com/wiki/Heather_Kampf

http://aforathlete.wikia.com/wiki/Jordan_McNamara

Water Polo happens in the evenings at Citiparks pools

Summer Dreamers who want to swim better and who want to have some fun, come out to the pool in the evenings. Bring your friends, family and guardians too.

Extra Evening Practices and the CLOH.org Google Calendar

Five times a week, Coach Mark or staff with Swim & Water Polo, are going to local swim pools for extra practices. All are invited. Let’s master a lifetime skill this summer and let’s play community water polo and SKWIM games all summer and all year. Check out and subsribe to the Google Calendar for dates, times, locations of these sessions. See it at CLOH.org. We want to host an All-City Sports Camp in August 2015.

  • Mondays & Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm, Northside, Citiparks’ Sue Murray swim pool.
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-7:30 pm, Mt. Washington, Citiparks’ Ream swim pool.
  • Fridays (but not July 3rd), 5 to 8 pm, Hill District, Thelma Lovette YMCA on Centre Ave.

Pool admission at Citiparks is required. However, all 15-and-under can get a FREE Citiparks Pool Pass by going to any of the Citiparks Rec Centers and signing up. Family pool tags cost $60, on average.

Sessions at the YMCA are no charge. Kids need to be signed into the facility by an adult on their first visit. College players / Masters play water polo on Tuesdays, so watching them is an experience too.