Greetings Willow Families! November 2013
Exercise directly impacts the behavior and development of the brain. There is a myriad of research to suggest that students need adequate amounts of physical activity throughout the day; such activity may positively effect mood and academic performance as well as prevent obesity and obesity-related issues. “It is likely that the effects of physical activity on cognition would be particularly important in the highly plastic developing brains of youth,” according to a 2010 essay penned by Charles Basch of Columbia University. With this in mind, we will begin providing an option for morning play four days per week, following our fall break. While the number of minutes weekly may not be significant, they may provide participating students the opportunity to get their blood flowing, allowing for more oxygen to the brain. See below for expectations for this play period.
Willow Morning Play Procedures for Grades 1-5
(Monday through Thursday)
Willow Elementary has been proud to participate in the world’s largest environmental club for students, Kids F.A.C.E. (www.kidsface.org), for over ten years. There are 2,000 club chapters, in 15 countries, with over 300,000 members.
For the first time, this year Willow has opened Kids F.A.C.E. to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. The club’s mission is to promote recycling at Willow, and to plant organic gardens in planters around the school. Kids F.A.C.E. funds the annual visit of the Cabrillo Marine Museum for 5th graders. This year, club funds will be used to provide recycling containers to every classroom. In addition, under the guidance of Ben Darin of Hello Harvest (www.helloharvest.com), our club members will be planting organic vegetable gardens in planters around the school. Through Hello Harvest, Willow families can also subscribe to weekly deliveries of organic, pesticide-free, locally grown fruits and vegetables, right here at Willow! Hello Harvest will donate $1.00 to Kids F.A.C.E. for every produce “box” delivered to Willow.
Kids F.A.C.E. is open top all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. The club is free. Just come to our meetings.