Fort River School historic East Amherst Village
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Fort River School Monday 8:35 AM
Email sent to parents November 18th
Dear Families and Guardians,
At Fort River Elementary School, we will implement a before school walking program, beginning December 2nd (the Monday after Thanksgiving). This is a successful program at Wildwood, and we are modeling our system after theirs (thanks, Wildwood!).
This program is designed to provide an effective and safe method of increasing physical activity by taking advantage of time not in use for academics. Currently, our students arrive between 8:30 & 8:45 and have 3 choices: eat breakfast in the 1st cafeteria, socialize in the 2nd cafeteria, or socialize in the gymnasium. We seek to change this morning supervised time to offer more productivity for the students.
This program, to be implemented at Fort River Elementary School, will hopefully allow for two things to occur:
- Increase academic engagement and success. School aged children who started their morning off with vigorous physical activity while waiting for classes to start showed results of improved focus and attentiveness, and decreased overall behavioral problems (Quick, 2008).
- Improve overall health of our students. An increase in physical activity will be used to aid in the battle of childhood obesity and support students to develop a routine for daily exercise.
Students who need to eat breakfast will still come in the building after 8:30 and have a supervised meal in the cafeteria. All other students will drop off items in the lobby (if necessary) and go back outside to begin walking around our building, supervised by adults stationed outside. We will follow the guidelines set forth by the district regarding outside activities in relation to cold weather, and offer an inside walk on days that are too extreme. All students will conclude their walk at 8:45 so that they may begin class at 8:50.
We anticipate that the students will need support for this transition, so we will have many adults on hand outside as we begin implementation (and continued supervision as the program proceeds). We will also discuss this with them in class in the days ahead so that they may ask questions and be prepared to begin! Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Fort River Administration