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School Wellness Weekly

03.12.20


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Stop the Spread of Coronavirus-Related Misinformation, Stigma, and Discrimination

Educators have an important role to play in keeping our students safe and healthy during the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus outbreak in New York City. Stay up to date on DOE guidance, share accurate information from trusted sources, and work with your school community to create environments that are free of fear, stigma, and discrimination. But don’t wait for a crisis to provide mandated health education to your students: From K to 12, every year and in every school, teaching our young people the skills they need to be healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally will help prevent disease and build respect now and for a generation to come.
 
Here are some tips to use in your classrooms and school communities:
 

Remain focused on the safety and well-being of our students during this time and provide them with the opportunities to learn from you, our trusted educators. Model good behavior and keep yourself safe and healthy.

Health Education class at IS 230 in Queens. Photo credit: Kirsten Luce
Wellness Highlights
Two student-athletes from the David Marquis School of the Arts (75R037) in Staten Island placed first and second in the individual snowshoe competition at the Special Olympics New York State Winter Games. Photo credit: Courtesy of the Special Olympics

Students Compete in Special Olympics New York State Winter Games
Congratulations to the 55 student-athletes and the 16 teacher-coaches who represented DOE schools at the Special Olympics New York State Winter Games held February 21-23 in Rochester, NY. Students competed in floor hockey and individual snowshoeing events. 
Physical Education
PE teacher, Rosalind Anderson with students in a PE class at PS 85 The Judge Charles J. Vallone School in Queens. Photo credit: Kirsten Luce

Last Chance: Apply for $2,500 PE Equipment Grants by March 13
Are you interested in offering a wider variety of PE activities–like educational gymnastics or tchoukball–but lacking the basic equipment to make that happen? The Office of School Wellness Programs is offering $2,500 PE equipment grants for the first time this year to schools looking to improve and diversify the quality of their PE instruction while supporting the implementation of the New York City K-12 Physical Education Scope and Sequences. Review the grant expectations and scoring rubric and then apply by filling out the grant application by March 13 . Questions? Email PEWorks@schools.nyc.gov .

Register for the PE Professional Learning Community Meeting
Join PE colleagues in your borough to discuss instructional problems of practice at the   PE Professional Learning Communities meeting on April 6 .  

Application Deadline Extended: Spartan Kids Foundation $1,000 Fitness Grants
Apply for a $1,000 school fitness grant from the Spartan Kids Foundation by March 20 . Winning schools can use the grant funds to support physical education activities at their schools. 

Upcoming Professional Learning

  • March 17: IEP Writing and Co-Teaching Strategies for Physical Education Teachers: Grades K-12 physical education teachers, sign up for this session in Manhattan.
  • March 24: PE Basics 2: Planning for Skill Acquisition: Grades K-5/6 physical education teachers, sign up for this session in the Queens.
  • March 24: IEP Writing and Co-Teaching Strategies for Physical Education Teachers: Grades K-12 physical education teachers, sign up for this session in Staten Island.
  • March 24: Strong and Fit: Grades 6-12 physical education teachers, sign up for this session in Manhattan.
Health Education
School garden at PS 373 Brooklyn Transition Center produces beautiful greens.. Photo credit: Kirsten Luce

Join the Inaugural Grades 6-12 Health Education Professional Learning Community (PLC) Session
Share successes and challenges with fellow secondary health education teachers at the first PLC meeting in Queens on March 23 . Participants will come away with resources to improve their practice and student learning.  

Still Time to Register for the Webinar on Student Vaping on March 16
To ensure that schools have the information and strategies that they need to educate and talk to our students about the health risks of e-cigarettes and vaping products, the NYC DOE’s Office of School Wellness Programs and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will host a one-hour webinar for health education teachers, school staff, and school administrators on March 16 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

Upcoming Professional Learning

Building the Wellness Community
Register for Rising New York Road Runners
Sign up through March 31 for Rising New York Road Runners , partnering with schools through running and fitness. This free program provides tools, resources, and support and is flexible and inclusive - use it in addition to your regular PE class, as an after-school program, or as active classroom breaks. Designed for youth in grades PreK - 12.   Enroll   today; enrollment includes:

  • Rewards for your students and your school as they reach milestones;
  • Digital PLAYbuilder for customizable pre-made activities and plans aligned to SHAPE America national PE standards;
  • Dedicated program support;
  • Robust training and resources;
  • Great events – and even the busing is free!
 
Questions? Visit  www.nyrr.org/youth/faq   or email   risingnyrr@nyrr.org.

Grade 10 Students: Apply for Paid Positions with Gowanus Green Team
High school sophomores looking for paid environmental work can apply to be part of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy Green Team in Brooklyn. Team members engage in green infrastructure, urban conservation, and design from May to August. The deadline to apply is March 20 .