Dec 10

Great Information about Recess

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As recess in schools continues to be a debated topic, Brookshire PTA offers two resources. One is a statement from National PTA below:

Whereas, Children’s physical fitness and children’s engagement in physical activity are associated with greater academic achievement and cognitive functioning; and

Whereas, Elementary school children who have more recess ti me have been found to have better classroom behavior; and

Whereas, Recess is important for children’s socialization, school adjustment, and overall social development; and

Whereas, Recess provides unstructured play opportunities that allow children to engage in physical activity and should not replace physical education classes that provide sequential instruction to enhance the development of motor skills, movement concepts, and physical fitness; and

Whereas, Increased physical activity time during th e school day does not adversely affect student academic achievement; and

Whereas, Children who engage in more physical activity have better physical and mental health; and

Whereas, Physical activity can provide other benefits to children’s positive dev elopment such as physical competence and a sense of personal responsibility; and

Whereas, Establishment of an active lifestyle in childhood leads to a more active lifestyle in adulthood; therefore be it

Resolved, That National PTA and its constituent a ssociations support at least one period of recess for at least 20 minutes for each elementary student every school day; and be it further

Resolved, That National PTA and its constituent associations oppose denial of school recess as a disciplinary measure for academic reasons or inappropriate classroom behavior ; and be it further

Resolved, That National PTA and its constituent associations recommend that school districts develop and implement policies for school recess that include unstructured outdoor play and unstructured indoor play for inclement weather days, educate students on safe playground rules, ensure the safety of playground equipment and develop an adequate adult to student ratio; and be it further

Resolved, That National PTA and its con stituent associations support both adequate recess and physical education classes.

Another great resource is a PDF titled, “The Crucial Role of Recess in School,” released by the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. You can download the PDF below:

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Dec 08

Sign up for Valentines Day 5K

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Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015

Time: 7:30 am: 5k

8:30 am: 5k to $500 Check Presentation

8:45 am: Healthy 100 Kids’ Run

9:00 am: Awards Presentation

 

Run, walk, or skip around our very own neighborhood this Valentine’s Day! Do something good for your heart to start the day off right! This 3.1 mile race starts by Brookshire! Grab a group of friends and sign up together.

Our School can earn $100, $200, or even $500 if we have a lot of participation! 

To earn money for the school, you must register for the 5k race online, at http://www.trackshack.com/events-detail.php?id=20.

Select Brookshire as your school of choice for each adult or child registered. Feel free to have your friends and family members who like to run or walk enter for Brookshire as well. Spread the word! 

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Entry Fees: Through Feb. 7: $25, Feb. 8 – Feb. 13: $29

Children under 17 are $10 off thru Feb 13th with a code online.

We won the $500 last year and the money went to support our wonderful Physical Education program. Since we are the closest school, there is no reason for us not to win it again!

If you are not sure you and/or your kids are up for a 5k, we will be having practice sessions starting in late January. Or you can come and cheer on your Brookshire friends and have your kids do the Free Healthy Kids Run at 8:45am. This ties in really well with Coach Topps working on track running during P.E. after Winter Break. We hope to see you there!

*note: If you have already signed up for the Fanatic Running Series, you can call Track Shack and ask them to count you towards a Brookshire registration.

Nov 02

Brookshire Carnival is coming!

Saturday, November 15th from 10am to 3pm.

Two easy ways to pre-order tickets for games and attractions and lunch!

Order online with a credit/debit card – Click Here for the link

Print out and submit a paper form to the office – Click Here to download the form.

ALL pre-orders must be submitted by 3pm on Tuesday, November 11th.

Tickets, armbands, and carnival food will be available for purchase at Will Call in the lobby of the school on the day of the event.

The lobby will also showcase our Class Basket and Staff Gifts from the Heart Silent Auction! Come find some awesome items for the holidays!

Oct 31

PLEASE HELP US GET A CYCLE TRACK IN FRONT OF BROOKSHIRE!

One of our Brookshire Dads, Rick Geller, has spent more than a year working behind the scenes with the City of Winter Park to build what is called a “cycle track” in front of our school on the park side. Sometimes called a “protected bike lane,” these facilities are intended to make bicycling safer and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities. 

Rick raised $10,000.00 from the Keep Winter Park Beautiful citizens advisory board and more than $17,000.00 from the Winter Park Health Foundation towards construction. The Winter Park Bicycle Pedestrian Board voted unanimously to fund the remaining portion of the project out of unspent dollars budgeted for bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

After all this progress, we were disappointed to learn that the City’s public works department decided to not support the project. Therefore, we will need strong citizen support—especially from Brookshire families—to persuade the City Commission to build the cycle track.

The Facebook page, “Imagine Winter Park,” will post regular updates and more information. Please link to and click “Like” at:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Imagine-Winter-Park/302380836634990.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to improve the health and safety of Brookshire children.cycletrack1 cycletrack2

Oct 02

OCPS District 1 Roundtable Notes September 2014

Joie Cadle, our School Board member, holds a Roundtable meeting with representatives from the schools in her district to help pass along information about current events affecting our students’ education and the school systems. Below is a link for the meeting notes from September. There will be another meeting on November 3rd. Look for updated meeting notes after that date. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Schaefer at schaefer.momma@gmail.com. Please see the link below for a power point presentation referenced in the meeting notes.

http://www.boarddocs.com/fla/orcpsfl/Board.nsf/files/9NKRDG67BFA0/$file/ARA%20September%202nd%20Board%20Work%20Session%20%5BRead-Only%5D.pdf

OCPS District 1 Roundtable Meeting September 2014

Sep 16

OCPS Roundtable Meeting notes – August 2014

Joie Cadle, our School Board member, holds a Roundtable meeting with representatives from the schools in her district to help pass along information about current events affecting our students’ education and the school systems. Below is a link for the meeting notes from August. There will be another meeting on September 29th. Look for updated meeting notes after that date. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Schaefer at schaefer.momma@gmail.com.

OCPS District 1 Roundtable Meeting August 2014

Jun 02

Birthday Marquee Messages

The Birthday Marquee sales will benefit the 2014-2015 5th grade party. Please see the attached flier for information on how to get your special Bulldog’s name on the big sign!

Please click here for a flier with more information.

Jul 30

Bricks for Brookshire!

To raise money for the Brookshire Elementary Fund, we encourage parents and community to purchase bricks that will be custom-engraved and used to create a parent waiting area at the school near the Green Drive bike racks. The pavers will be sold for $50 each and can be given as gifts.

The paver order form can be downloaded below. Both pages of the form should be filled out and given to Shannon MacDonald (twins@tazman.net) or you can mail or drop them off to the front office at Brookshire (2500 Cady Way, WP, FL 32792). We will be selling and installing these bricks for years to come!

Details about the Installation Party will be available in the Fall of 2013, but if you come out to help create the waiting area, you can decide where to place your brick!

 

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