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Equity Matters in Education – Low income schools receive recess less often.

Equity Matters: Recess Equity matters in public education. When you do some searching you’ll find that there is a disparity between wealthy and low-income public schools who receive recess. According to the Center for Public Education, the more low-income a school the less recess they are likely to have. This statistic is both sad and [...]

By |2018-10-11T15:44:37+00:00October 11th, 2018|Announcement, Recess|Comments Off on Equity Matters in Education – Low income schools receive recess less often.

Impact Schools Grant Program

Deadline Approaching: SHAPE America Impact Schools Grant Program Apply by October 6     As part of our commitment to 50 Million Strong, SHAPE America is dedicated to giving back to communities in high-need areas across the country. Our new SHAPE America Impact Schools grant program will provide much-needed funds and professional development opportunities to [...]

By |2018-10-02T09:17:20+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Announcement|Comments Off on Impact Schools Grant Program

Alternatives to withholding recess for discipline issues

Discipline Alternatives to Withholding Recess  I received this question from a parent.  Regarding her child's school withholding recess games for discipline reasons. "My child’s school has started using Peaceful Playgrounds and the children have been prohibited from playing soccer, basketball, kickball, or making up their own games.  My kids are very upset by [...]

By |2018-09-21T10:38:45+00:00September 21st, 2018|Announcement, playground|Comments Off on Alternatives to withholding recess for discipline issues

Apply today for a SHAPE/Skillastics Grant Opportunity

Apply Today: $10,000 Physical Activity Grant Program Skillastics® and SHAPE America are partnering for the second annual Skillastics Physical Activity Grant Program. Skillastics will award five grants to elementary, middle and/or secondary health and physical educators totaling $10,000. Each grant will provide up to $1,000 of Skillastics products and up to $1,000 for the educator [...]

By |2018-09-20T12:01:09+00:00September 20th, 2018|Announcement, Grants|Comments Off on Apply today for a SHAPE/Skillastics Grant Opportunity

School Grant Announcement: Project Learning Tree Greenworks Grants

Project Learning Tree Greenworks Grants Closing Date: September 30th 2018 Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their [...]

By |2018-09-14T14:25:31+00:00September 14th, 2018|Announcement, Grants|Comments Off on School Grant Announcement: Project Learning Tree Greenworks Grants

Play Nice Newsletter on Playground Discipline

Discipline on the Playground Guidance for Playgrounds Supervisors & Staff Discipline on the playground is a challenge at most school sites.   Most schools, however,  strictly enforce classroom rules and procedures in order to maintain a safe classroom environment for students. When students go to the playground for recess, the classroom rules are not adequate for [...]

By |2018-09-13T09:30:29+00:00September 13th, 2018|Announcement, Playground Supervision|Comments Off on Play Nice Newsletter on Playground Discipline

SHAPE America’s Impact Grants Apply Now.

SHAPE America’s Impact Schools grant program will provide much-needed funds and professional development opportunities to schools to enhance health and physical education programs in high-need areas across the nation while helping teachers continue their studies and build expertise that improves student outcomes. More........

By |2018-09-13T09:27:55+00:00September 13th, 2018|Announcement, Grants|Comments Off on SHAPE America’s Impact Grants Apply Now.

WA PTA Resolution in Support of Recess

Washington PTA: 11.27 BEST PRACTICES – RECESS AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY Resolution passed 2018 Whereas, children’s physical fitness and children’s engagement in physical activity are associated with greater academic achievement and cognitive functioning, and increased physical activity during the school day does not adversely affect student academic achievement; and Whereas, elementary school children who have more [...]

By |2018-09-04T09:41:52+00:00September 5th, 2018|Announcement, Featured Articles, Recess|Comments Off on WA PTA Resolution in Support of Recess

National PTA Resolution in Support of Recess

School Recess Whereas, Children’s physical fitness and children’s engagement in physical activity are associated with greater academic achievement and cognitive functioning; andWhereas, Elementary school children who have more recess time 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 [...]

By |2018-09-13T09:36:56+00:00September 4th, 2018|Announcement, Featured Articles, Recess|Comments Off on National PTA Resolution in Support of Recess

Peaceful Playgrounds Back to School Sale Ending Soon

Back to School Sale Take advantage of the Back to School Sale Savings.   Sale ends Aug. 31, 2018.  Items include Recess Program, Recess Equipment Package, Recess Roll Out Stencil Set, 2-Go Game Rugs, U.S. Map Stencil, Physical Activity Court, and Fitness Fun Zone Trail.

By |2018-08-15T10:45:43+00:00August 15th, 2018|Announcement|Comments Off on Peaceful Playgrounds Back to School Sale Ending Soon

Recess is Important according to a variety of experts and professional organizations.

“We need more recess, ” announced a second grader. The CDC, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree with him! When Catherine Ramstetter, who researches health promotion in schools, started studying recess nearly a decade ago, she expected that the recreational time would help kids get some [...]

By |2018-08-08T20:07:46+00:00August 8th, 2018|Announcement|Comments Off on Recess is Important according to a variety of experts and professional organizations.

Do your students look dazed after recess? It could be the heat.

As the school year begins, it is important to remember that some children may be mildly dehydrated after playing outside.  Children do not have the same cooling system as adults so they can overheat pretty easily on a hot day on the blacktop.    To make matters worse,  most children are so busy playing their [...]

By |2018-08-06T11:00:14+00:00August 6th, 2018|Announcement|Comments Off on Do your students look dazed after recess? It could be the heat.

Monthly Peaceful Playgrounds Tip : Play Nice!

Monthly Peaceful Playgrounds Tip: Play Nice! Redwood Institutes a Freeze Signal For this month we introduce the  Peaceful Playgrounds Tip on using a freeze bell.   Most students will benefit from a clear transition from recess to the classroom. Requiring students to freeze at the sound of the whistle has many benefits: Reduction in playground injuries. [...]

By |2018-07-15T09:42:10+00:00July 15th, 2018|Announcement, Recess|Comments Off on Monthly Peaceful Playgrounds Tip : Play Nice!

Should principals fight for recess?

Zia Bossenmeyer, VP of marketing at Peaceful Playgrounds stands with Daniel Pink after Keynote presentation at the National Elementary School Principals Conference 2018. "Fight for recess, it is not a nicety but a necessity,"  was the message take-a-way contained within Daniel Pink's presentation to the National Elementary School Principals at the annual Conference.  [...]

By |2018-07-10T10:28:54+00:00July 10th, 2018|BLOG, Recess|Comments Off on Should principals fight for recess?

Study: Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Program increase vigorous physical activity at recess

Study: Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Program increases vigorous physical activity at recess.   A recently released study on Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Program, documents that the proportion of students involved in vigorous activities during recess and lunch recess, increased significantly from 15% to 25% during a 12-month research project conducted in 2016 by Australian researchers in metropolitan [...]

By |2018-06-27T11:59:08+00:00June 27th, 2018|Research|Comments Off on Study: Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Program increase vigorous physical activity at recess

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