Wellness Poster Contest Deadline Extended
There’s still time for your students to showcase their creativity and champion healthy bodies and minds in school by submitting a design to the 2016 School Wellness Poster Contest. We’ve extended the deadline to Friday, March 11 to give more schools a chance to participate. Schools with winning entries will receive wellness materials valued up to $500, and winning designs will be displayed in schools Citywide, on the DOE website, and in our ever-popular Wellness Calendar. One winner and three runners-up will be selected from each grade level (elementary, middle, and high school), and all winners and runners-up will be recognized at an awards ceremony in June. Encourage your students to think about creative messages to promote the benefits of eating nutritious food, being physically active, and getting adequate sleep. Full details and a slideshow of last year’s winning designs are here.
- Curriculum Mapping Workshops for K-5 PE Teachers: Register for workshops on 3/17 and 3/18 in Manhattan to work with a SHAPE America expert and other teachers to deepen your knowledge of Physical Education learning standards in elementary school. Leave the session with a year-long sample curriculum map and a free copy of National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education.
- Submit NYC FITNESSGRAM Assessments by April 8: Make sure your school completes students’ assessments and enters all scores in the NYC FITNESSGRAM portal by the 4/8 deadline so your students receive their NYC FITNESSGRAM reports in May. PE teachers can register here for a free hands-on workshop on 3/9 to learn how to conduct the fitness assessments. For technical assistance, complete a help desk ticket.
- Making Health Referrals for High Schools (Webinar): Condom Availability Program (CAP) trained staff can register for this webinar on 3/14 to learn how to identify resources in and around the school community, promote sexual health services available to students, and provide students with referrals to services. Participants receive a guidance document on tracking resources and strengthening referrals.
- Public Radio Opportunity for LGBTQ High School Students and Allies: OutCasting, an LGBTQ youth program broadcast on 45 public radio stations nationwide, seeks high school applicants to join its NYC Bureau. Students gain media experience and contribute to the public’s understanding of LGBTQ issues. Interested high school students can get more information here.
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Physical Activity and Fitness
- Sign up For Mighty Milers and Use Miles for Books in March: Get your grade K-8 students moving more and earn books for your school at the same time! This month, New York Road Runners’ Mighty Milers program converts students’ laps into credit at First Book and Barnes & Noble. Last year, 245 schools received $26,000 worth of books. Learn more and sign up here.
- National Shout-out for Bronx PS 1 Courtlandt PE and Wellness Programs: In its online Success Story “Active School Sets Kids Up for Success in the South Bronx,” Let’s Move! Active Schools showcased PS1, its PE teacher and MTI Champion, Dan Marascia, and how they use Move-to-Improve and NYC FITNESSGRAM in PE class, and family engagement activities to champion 60 minutes of physical activity daily for their students.
- Reminder: NYC Excellence in School Wellness Award: Apply here by 4/1 for a chance to have your elementary School Wellness Council recognized for its hard work promoting healthier environments for students, grades K-5/6. Win gold or platinum status, or a new Innovation in School Wellness Award for creative, sustainable, impactful projects. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Free After-School Family Cooking Classes: Empower your families to cook healthy meals together! Common Threads is offering a limited number of after-school chef-led family cooking classes to elementary and middle schools with 80% or more students qualifying for free/reduced lunch. Pricing is also available. For more information, contact email@example.com before 3/15.
- Free Kids Food Festival March 5-6: Bring the family to Bryant Park in Manhattan this weekend, 3/5 and 3/6, for kid-friendly cooking demos, live entertainment, a “balanced plate scavenger hunt” and more activities that teach children to make healthy food choices—and have fun doing it! Free general admission; details and daily schedule here.
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- School Grants for Fitness, Nutrition, and Wellness Initiatives: Help your wellness council fund its ideas for increasing physical activity, access to school breakfast programs, and nutrition education in 2016-17: Apply by 4/1 for School Breakfast Grants up to $2,500 and Game On Grants up to $5,000 from Action for Healthy Kids. See the grants page for details and applications.
- Student Scholarships to Bullying Prevention Conference: Know a high school senior who’s made a different in preventing bullying and boosting inclusivity in your school or community? Encourage him or her to apply for a $500 scholarship to attend the International Bullying Prevention Association’s annual conference in New Orleans in November. Details and application available here.
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- Parent Event: How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex in the Digital Age: Join a panel of nationally recognized experts for a discussion and Q&A on 3/9 in Manhattan about how to have easier, ongoing conversations about puberty, sex, and sexuality with your kids. Recommended for parents of children from elementary through teenage years. Get details and buy tickets here; use code TALK15 for $15 tickets (normally $25).
- Mental Health Conference and Community Resource Fair: Learn more about depression, the link between physical and mental health, and coping skills at this free one-day event in Brooklyn on 4/16 hosted by Brooklyn Generation School. Participate in discussion groups and workshops, including sessions for teens, and access services and referrals from local organizations. Registration on Eventbrite is required; open to anyone aged 14 and up.
- Free Major League Baseball Competition for Kids and Teens: Spring training is here! Community organizations and volunteer groups can sign up for Major League Baseball’s Pitch Hit & Run competition for youth aged 7-14 to give local teams a chance to advance to championships at Major League ballparks and the National League Finals at the MLB All-Star Game. Contact Kelly Peterson with questions.
- Food Banks Need Volunteers: One in five children in New York City live in food-insecure homes, and food pantries are in dire need of volunteers. See Food Bank for New York City’s website for many ways you can help feed your fellow citizens – including organizing a group volunteer activity, and opportunities for kids 13 and up.
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