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It's a Hit: 19th Annual Wifflefest was a Big Win!

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Our 19th annual Wifflefest was the best tournament to date! Reports of stormy weather were highly exaggerated. Luckily, there was no lightning, which would have stopped play. Instead, there was a warm rain in the morning, which couldn't dampen our spirits. 

There were teams of all ages, ranging from our elder statesmen running for the world series trophy to mixed teams of parents and kids, initiating the next generation of wifflers. Balls curved and dipped. Soggy and happy fielders snagged some hits, while other shots sailed far into the bleachers.
 
The sun came out for our pot luck lunch and the post season games as we ended the day with two champion teams. First, "The Young Guns" won the Major League world series yet again, and then a new winner, the "Giants," took the Minor League title in an upset over perennial powerhouse, the "Beaneaters", who have played in all 19 Wifflefest tournaments!
 
This event is such an awesome way to close out the summer! We love playing and having fun with our extended Wiffle "family." Thanks to everyone who contributed to this event and raised $2,900.00 to benefit Rock Point School.
 
For more pictures from the event, visit our Flickr album. Thanks to Fritz Senftleber for taking photos!
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Upcoming Event: Wiffle Fest in August!

9154773694_8e46712562_z.jpgThe 19th Annual Wiffle Fest is coming ... it's just a little later than usual. This year, the day long tournament will take place on August 13th starting at 9am sharp. Wiffle ball players of all ages and skills are welcome! Join us for wiffle ball with our very own "Green Monster", a potluck lunch, and lots of fun.

For more information and to add or join a team (2 players minimum), see this page. Entry fees are $40/ team and the proceeds go to Rock Point School.

Check out this video from Stuck in Vermont to see all the fun!

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Marylen Grigas Book Launch Party Aug. 13

13690729_609114662600176_4939380535690236772_n-1.jpgOur beloved former English teacher, Marylen Grigas, has published a new book of poems called SHIFT. To celebrate her new book, there will be a poetry reading, book signing, drinks and light fare in the library on Saturday, August 13 from 5:30-7:30.

Marylen's poetry has been published in the New Yorker and Poetry East. Kerrin McCadden, winner of the Vermont Book Award, said of this book:
"Marylen Grigas’s formally rich poems cast a wide gaze — sea squirts, the body, planets, graffiti, fate, Clytemnestra, the neighborhood. Grounded in specificity, Grigas' imagination dances throughout to find order. In this shrewd and lovely collection, Grigas offers an uncluttered wish that 'regrets become egrets.' These are poems to live by, even as they face death — finding grace, calling the wind the 'breath of some large creature who loves us.'" 

To get a sense of her work, here is a video of Marylen reading her poem "About Muscle" at the Fletcher Free Library.

Please join us to celebrate Marylen!

All Star Ultimate Documentary Screening August 1st

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Join us for a free screening of All-Star Ultimate Tour, a documentary about a team of frisbee players on a mission to promote women in ultimate.

When: 7:30 pm, August 1st

Where: Rock Point School Library

The movie will make you laugh, cry, and think more critically about gender in sports. Following the film we will have a casual discussion. For more about the film, go here.

Questions? Please contact: Kate or C.J.

Kate Desrochers - kate.desrochers@gmail.com or

C.J. Spirito – cspirito@rockpoint.org

 

 

 

Pick Up Ultimate Frisbee Mondays at 6pm!

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Come one, come all – We invite all ages and all skill levels to play Ultimate Frisbee 6-7:30 Mondays at Rock Point School this August.

We play in sneakers or bare feet – no cleats, please.

Bring a dark shirt, a light shirt, and be ready for fun!

Questions? Please contact C.J. Spirito – cspirito@rockpoint.org

Reading Our History

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Guest post by Cultivations instructor, Alex Gemme:

As part of our Cultivations class, we are exploring the history of Rock Point and learning about how the land has been used through the years. This week, we met the research specialist, Prudence, in the special collections section of the UVM Bailey Howe Library. We felt like we were entering the 'restricted' section of the library at Hogwarts, but more heavily guarded.  

Once inside, we all sat down around a table as Prudence pulled out endless maps, pictures and documents about Rock Point (or should we say Sharp Shin Point!) dating back to the 1830's!  We learned about the Episcopal Institute, the origins of Bishop Hopkins Hall, the 'playground' and much much more!  We spent an 1 1/2 hours passing photos around and digging into the history of this magical place.  Time flew and by the time we had to leave we really had only scratched the surface of all that has happened here on this land.  With invitations from Prudence, we have hopes to return and dig deeper, whether on our own or as a group!
 
The next morning we took a walk through the property, comparing photos from the collection to what we see on the land now.

Inch by Inch: Summer Session Week 2

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In week two of summer session, we have spent a lot of time in the garden! Kara Buchanan, our resident herbalist, helped students learn about the various herbs and plants in and around our garden. Students tried various herbs, learning about their properties and some plant biology. Students made a healing salve by mixing olive oil infused with comfrey, plantain, St. John's wort and calendula with beeswax and essential oils. The salve can be used to soothe bug bites, burns, and dry skin.

Our field trips this week took us to the McNeil Generating Plant in Burlington, as well as Winooski Hydro One. Students learned about these two different energy plants and discussed the benefits and costs of each one. On Wednesday, students traveled to Middlebury, where they went to the Middlebury College Art Museum and toured an exhibit on Japanese tattoos and took in some historic sites around town. Students also enjoyed the free concert in Battery Park in Burlington on Thursday night.

Last weekend's trip to Lake George was a blast, despite rainy weather. While students didn't get to do much swimming, they spent some time perfecting their air hockey and skee-ball skills at the arcade. This weekend, students and staff are traveling to New Hampshire where they will get to take in some gorgeous sites, including some good swimming spots!

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School's IN for Summer

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We are wrapping up our first week of Summer Session 2016 and it has been a full one! Students have spent time getting to know one another, playing, and learning together. On the first morning of Cultivations Class, students took a "fox walk" around the property. Fox walking is a mindfulness practice that helps you tune into the sounds of the woods and be present in the moment. We've also been working on our carving skills in Cultivations, making eating utensils from sumac wood.

On Wednesdays during Summer Session, Gus (history teacher), will be taking students on field trips around the state to learn about history, culture, agriculture, and geography. This week, students toured the Burlington area, exploring various architectural styles from Victorian houses to Greek columns.

This weekend, students are taking off to Lake George and to Six Flags. It should be a fun weekend of swimming and roller coasters!

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Lake Monsters Game Fundraiser July 14th

19736428703_6d61963f4a_z.jpgJoin us for a night at historic Centennial Field on Thursday, July 14th at 7:05 as Burlington's minor league baseball team, the Vermont Lake Monsters take on the Williamsport Crosscutters! 

Tickets are just $6 each with a $1.50 convenience fee and half of the net proceeds will go back to Rock Point School. Additionally, the first 400 kids under 12 eat free at the ballpark thanks to Heritage Automotive group!

Lake Monsters' games are a great way to celebrate summer in Burlington. Our summer session students and staff hope to see you there!

Use the following link to purchse tickets:

 http://bit.ly/rockpointschool


 

A Little Magic ...

Fairyhouse2016.jpgAfter the art show this May, the Core 1 class collectively decided to create a fairy house as their final project in Art. This was inspired by the artwork of Andy Goldsworthy, who mostly does installations outdoors with natural materials. The students were excited to use what they could find in the natural world to create beautiful art. Jeannie, our art teacher, provided the perfect stump as a base for the house. After one look at the stump, it was easy for the students to see its potential. After some initial brainstorming and sketches, students began to stockpile things they found interesting - acorns, moss, bark, and even morel mushrooms.

The final product, in addition to the actual “house," includes a stone pathway (complete with gourd mailbox at the beginning) that leads to a slate patio reading “RPS 2016 Core 1 Art Class.” The fairy house is located in the center of the memorial garden, the first garden seen on the left after you enter the property gates. Come visit us and find a little magic!