As most schools and summer camps remain closed or only available online, many parents have to find new ways to keep their children entertained and busy over the summer.

With the county just reinstating some restrictions affecting recreational spaces and other sports clubs and organizations, families with children are finding it hard to stay active and practice outdoor activities while also remaining safe and practicing social distancing. One solution is online classes! We have compiled a list of physical activity resources -that also include our personal age recommendations- for our families to use to encourage physical activity amongst their children.

1. GoNoodle provides great videos that encourage physical movement through the usage of catchy phrases, songs, and silly dance moves. Recommended for preschoolers through 5th grade.

2. Cosmic Kids provides exceptional short (and long) video clips where children can learn yoga. Recommended for preschool through 2nd grade.

3. Kidz Bop has dance-along videos posted on their YouTube channel. Viewers can choose to subscribe to their channel but, it is not necessary. This is a helpful resource to use if your child enjoys singing to pop music, and dancing! Recommended for kinder through 5th grade.

4. Glenn Higgins is a personal trainer and health coach who has a YouTube channel called Get

Kids Moving. If your child loves superheroes they may love these videos! Recommended for 2nd grade or older (some exercises are a little intense for younger audiences).

5. Joe Wicks is a popular body coach on YouTube. In response to the current health pandemic he has launched a 30 minute online P.E. class, called PE with Joe, for students. Viewers do not need to subscribe to his YouTube channel to view his daily videos. Recommended for 5 rd through 8th grade. Note: Even parents can join in on the action with Joe Wicks’ P.E. class!

6. DAREBEE is a great option for parents who don’t want their child to have any more screen time! It’s a fitness resource website where you can find tons for posters, fitness plans, exercise diagrams, and so much more! Recommended for middle school and parents.

If nothing else, the current campus closure has made us rethink and reimagine the way we see and implement our learning on a daily basis. When our e-Learning plan was first unveiled, the priority was for our students to experience no interruption in their learning path and for our faculty to continue teaching our full bilingual curriculum. As the days went by, the importance of what happens outside of the classroom in creating a unique school environment became even more evident in these unprecedented times.

With the help of our campus assistants, we were able to offer fun and creative daily classes using each of their unique talents, such as creative writing, origami, PE, song and dance, storytime, and Spanish. While it was important to break up our students’ routine with enriching activities, it was just as essential for them to interact with staff members they love and could no longer see in person. Our students in 1st grade and up were even able to connect and chat with Alphonse, our IT Specialist and Operations Manager, in a special “Take a Break with Alphonse” class. Though recent events turned our students’ lives upside down in a matter of days, ensuring our students’ well-being as they navigate these challenging times has always guided our vision of what remote learning should be. Hopefully, keeping these human connections alive within our community – even virtually – has also contributed to maintaining a sense of normalcy for them all.

Updated: May 19

In the current context of school closure and online learning, our Parents’ Association was challenged with celebrating our faculty in a very unique way this year. Event Chair and parent Kathleen Kincade certainly did not scare away from the challenge! During a week-long celebration, she planned a thoughtful series of events meant to honor our faculty, allowing our students and their families to fully express their gratitude.

Every day of the week, our staff and faculty members, from preschool to 8th grade, received touching messages from the community. With daily themes such as Thankful Tuesday, Whimsical Wednesday or Throwback Thursday, our teachers were surprised every morning with plenty of photos, letters, drawings, slideshows or even videos, demonstrating our students’ creativity and eagerness to celebrate their teachers’ hard work and dedication.The most beautiful messages certainly came on Floral Friday when students across all grades sent virtual bouquets to their beloved teachers.

If anything, this week has shown once more how tight-knit our community is despite the safe-at-home orders and remote learning implemented for the past two months. Seeing our teachers’ efforts being recognized in such a heartfelt way will remain an emotional moment all of us shared during this unique health crisis.

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