QUOTE OF THE MONTH
Dear Community of ACS,
During this semester we are going to be spending a majority of our time concentrating on fitness, spatial awareness (moving safely in space), gymnastics, swimming, climbing and dancing.
Each of these skills are crucial to student’s development for basic strength building and flexibility.
We will inform you constantly of any activity that we will develop during this semester, we hope counting on you during this time for the develop and learning of our kids.
Think fit! Stay Fit!
KG3-KG5 Fun Fitness
1st-5th Physical Fitness Test
Physical Fitness Test - March 6th to March 15th
First to fifth grade students at ACS will participate in physical fitness testing. These assessments will take course during March 6th to March 15th. For health-related fitness, this test includes five events that measure muscular strength/endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance, speed, agility, and flexibility. At the end of each testing cycle, recognition is given to the student who has earned the highest score in each specific fitness test.
Please take into consideration that we put great importance in safety every day during physical education. That safety starts with you, and that is why I'm asking for your help. Please make sure that during these important dates for P.E. kids are equipped with tennis shoes that will allow them to move safely in class.
Our elementary children have been practicing curl-ups, push-ups, pull-ups and running for this test, but we would love if you helped your kids improve in each test area by encouraging them to become more physically active!
Engage in activities with your kids and have FUN!
The President's Challenge not only helps you stay active - it also gives you a little extra motivation while you're at it. That's because you can earn special Presidential awards recognizing your accomplishments.
Visit www.PresidentsChallenge.org to learn more
Extracurricular activities site at ACS includes all after school Academic, Athletic and Fine Arts programming. The site was designed to provide current information to families about all the wonderful things happening in Athletics and Fine Arts.
To visit the Extra-Curricular site, click here.
WHY DO CHILDREN NEED TO BE ACTIVE?
Today a sedentary lifestyle dominates our children’s lives. The average child spends numerous hours in front of TVs and computers; not developing his perceptual motor skills. Simply put those skills that enable him to act on and respond to information received.
Many children have low muscle tone and poor concentration. This in turn, may impact social and emotional skills. Intellectual skills may even be affected.
So, get outside and play with your child! Need some ideas?
Here are some websites worth checking out:
- Get Kids in Action http://www.getkidsinaction.org/kids/#home
- 8 Good Old-Fashioned Outdoor Games http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Be-Out-There/Activities/Play/Good-Old-Fashioned-Outdoor-Games.aspx
- Games Kids Play www.gameskidsplay.net/
- Physical Fitness Standards-The President's Challenge is a program that encourages all Americans to make being active a part of their everyday lives. No matter what your activity and fitness level, the President's Challenge can help motivate you to improve.
- Swimming-Kids Health - Swimming is a lot of fun, but drowning is a real danger. Even kids who know how to swim can drown, so let's find out how to stay safe in the water.
Sites & Links
Kidnetic.com is a Web site that communicates healthy eating and active living information in meaningful and relevant ways to kids aged 9-12 and their families. Kidnetic.com is intended to encourage kids and their families to begin the process of behavior change toward healthy lifestyles. Kidnetic.com is the first component of ACTIVATE, a healthy eating and active living initiative. ACTIVATE is committed to promoting healthy family lifestyles to help prevent kids from becoming significantly overweight and to reduce their risk of suffering from obesity-related chronic diseases as adults.
Learn how different sports really work from the scientific point of view. Included are baseball, surfing, skateboarding, etc. Lots of really cool stuff located at the Exploratorium Site. Have fun!
This colorful Centers for Disease Control site encourages young girls to take steps to promotes skeletal health. The site helps young girls understand the important contribution weight bearing physical activity makes to their health. Facts about bones and the importance of calcium to their development are given. There are interactive activities, such as a skeleton that shows the names of bones when the mouse is rolled over the words. Quizzes, interactive games, and relevant web sites are given to help girls learn the facts and test their ability to use the information to make informed decisions.
This site helps parents, children, and professionals find answers to commonly asked health questions. Topics include the benefits of different types of vitamins, the food pyramid, healthy children's recipes, how to read food labels, and keeping fit. Children can also submit their own questions. Check out the "Childhood Infections" section under "Parents" for information about appendicitis, meningitis, mumps, and more. For a good laugh, be sure to read the entry for that most common of all childhood afflictions, cooties. A great site but be patient this site may take a little longer to download.
Based on the popular Dole 5 a Day CD Rom, this Web site, appropriate for elementary age children, uses fruit and vegetable characters to help children learn about the importance of eating at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day.