Recess Advocacy Team - January 2019 Newsletter

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Recess helps students reach their full potential

Are you new to the Recess Advocacy Team? Check out the January blog post from Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative all about recess written by Trying Together.

Recess Tips & Resources

Playing and staying active in the winter

Outdoor Play
Children should play outside every day -  even during the cold, winter months. The Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality position statement holds the expectation that children need to play outside when the forecast temperature and wind chill is above 25 degrees Fahrenheit and there is no precipitation falling. Of course, safety is always important. Check out tips and guidelines below for staying warm and safe during winter outdoor play:

  • Tips - Dress warm and have a plan to stay active!
  • Guidelines for Winter Outdoor Play - Green Zone (30 degrees and above), Yellow Zone (20-30 degrees), and Red Zone (below 20 degrees)!
  • Benefits to playing outside in snowy weather - why kids should play outside during the winter!

Indoor Play
While going outside for recess is recommended and preferred when possible, the weather may not always allow. Here are some ideas for indoor physical activities that can be done in a classroom or indoor play space.

Partner Spotlight

fitUnited works to improve the health and wellness of children. They bring their expertise and resources to the Recess Advocacy Team to support more opportunities for physical activity during the school day.
This past October, more than 500 young professionals joined nearly 800 local kids for United Way’s Games for Good, sponsored by First National Bank. The annual volunteer event is an afternoon of fun and games focused on encouraging kids to be active and eat healthy. The event is part of United Way’s fitUnited initiative, which works to inspire local kids to adopt and maintain healthy habits.
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Our school guidelines suggest that  if it is storming we do not go out, but a light rain/drizzle is ok for outdoor play. We ask parents at the beginning of the year to send their child in with an additional pair of shoes and a change of clothes in case they get wet. If weather does not permit for outdoor play, our message to staff is that we do not use electronics or watch movies when they are inside for recess.  Instead we offer games, art supplies and time to socialize with friends.
-Environmental Charter School

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