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Miss Smiths

Weekly
Newsletter
2015-2016

Friday, October 23rd

Upcoming Classroom Events


Half Day of School- Wednesday, October 28th
Halloween Party- Friday, October 30th

Unique Ways to Get


Children Moving

Community Event
Spotlight
Winter Parks and
Recreation Sign Up
Deadline to enroll is
November 15th.
Call (734) 866-1212 for more
information.

Halloween Corn Maze


Uncle Joes Cider Mill
$3 per person
Open Mon-Thurs 4 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Fri-Sun 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Children love to try new things, which is why the


physical education program at our school is making an
enormous change. Now, your student will have the
opportunity to engage in several new physical activities.
Some of these activities include:
Tae-Bo
Swing Dancing
Badminton
Juggling
Ultimate Frisbee
Our school district is implementing this change in order
to encourage students more active participation in
physical education. This new change helps those who are
intimidated by team sports to become more interested in
being active. One main benefit of this change is that it
helps promote lifetime fitness, opposed to simply
completing a gym class.

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Friday, October 30th


Friday, October 23rd

Upcoming Classroom Events

Parent Teacher Conferences- Wednesday, November


4th 6-8 p.m.
Museum Field Trip- Friday, November 6th

What Physical Activity Can


Do for Children

Community Event
Spotlight
Winter Parks and
Recreation Sign Up
Deadline to enroll is
November 15th.
Call (734) 866-1212 for more
information.

Family Fun Game Night


School Gymnasium
Friday, November 6th 7-9 p.m.
Wear gym shoes and comfortable
clothes.

Physical activity has several benefits that will


improve the overall wellness of your child. Since
childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions, with
greater numbers of people becoming affected earlier in
their lives, (Howard-Barr) physical activity is becoming
increasingly important for children. Staying active helps
lower your childs risk of:
Obesity
Cardiovascular Disease
Type 2 Diabetes
Other aspects of fitness that can be improved through
physical activity are:
Muscle Strength
Increased Energy
Flexibility
Bone Mass
Improving these things helps reduce the risk of injury,
which helps keep your child happy and healthy.

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2015-2016

Friday, November 6th


Friday, October 23rd

Upcoming Classroom Events


Book Fair- November 11th

Promoting Academics
Through Physical Activity

Community Event
Spotlight
Winter Parks and
Recreation Sign Up
Deadline to enroll is
November 15th.
Call (734) 866-1212 for more
information.

Family Fun Run/Walk


5K
Saturday, November 15th
Begins at 9 a.m.

To further your childs learning, we have been


working to incorporate curriculum into physical activity.
This allows students to receive more time that they are
active, because they are learning their material while also
getting exercise. We have done this by:
Posting vocabulary lists on gym walls
Discussing Newtons Laws of Motion while tossing
balls back and forth
Counting by twos, threes, and fours while
stretching
Using maps and compasses to go on walks
By adding curriculum to gym activities, students who
learn through activity are more likely to become engaged
in the content. ''Some children just learn better through
more movement than they do sitting at a desk. Some kids
are going to have that 'aha' moment not in the classroom,
but the light bulb is going to finally go on outside (Rich).

$25 per person to register


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Friday, November 13th


Friday, October 23rd

Upcoming Classroom Events

Canned Food Drive- Accepting donations from


November 15th- November 20th

Encouraging Physical
Activity at Home

Community Event
Spotlight
Winter Parks and
Recreation Sign Up
Deadline to enroll is
November 15th.
Call (734) 866-1212 for more
information.

Thanksgiving Craft
Night
Saturday, November 14th
12 p.m.- 4 p.m. at the Civic
Center
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While your child participates physical activity each


day at school, it is important that they also stay active
outside of school. There are several ways to get your child
moving at home. A few ways include:
Running a Smile Mile after school
Playing in your front yard
Visiting a park
Participating in a Fun Run
As a way to encourage students to stay active outside of
school, we will post a photo of your child participating in
their favorite activity on our Fitness Wall. This will help
your child feel proud of their exercise, and also encourage
other students to stay active.
As for birthday and party treats, we recommend
that you do not bring in cupcakes, or other fattening
snacks. Instead, we prefer for you to bring in gifts of
pencils or erasers (Mieszkowski). By not providing
unhealthy treats, this allows us to model healthy choices
as class.

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Friday, November 20th


Friday, October 23rd

Upcoming Classroom Events

Class Thanksgiving Performance and PartyTuesday, November 24th at 10 a.m.

Activity Spotlight: Hiking

Community Event
Spotlight
Turkey Trot Fun Run
Thursday, November
Begins at 9 a.m.
$20 per person
Thanksgiving Day
Parade
Deadline to sign up your
child to walk in it is
November 24th.

Hiking is an activity that will allow your child to be


active, while also gaining exposure to the science concepts
of nature. A lot can be learned from observing the
wildlife, plant life, landforms, and bodies of water that
you may encounter on a hike. While you are hiking, it is
beneficial for students to bring a journal, so that they can
record observations of their surroundings. Make sure that
when youre hiking you:
Wear comfortable, closed toe shoes
Wear a hat and sunscreen
Bring food and water
Bring a trail map
Contacting the local parks and recreation departments is
the best way to find the closest hiking areas (Physical
Fitness and Exercise). Once you find these hiking areas,
you will be able to receive a hiking map, so that you can
plan your adventure.

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