Field Day Committee

  THANK YOU NOTE AND INVITATION TO JOIN

The Field Day Team wants to thanks the PS20 FAMILY (wonderful staff, teachers, students & parents) who made the 2019 Field Day an amazing celebration for all! So many smiles and a shared collective joy made the event a true PS20 SUMMER KICK OFF ! We invite everyone, specially who loved to volunteer this year, to JOIN THE FIELD DAY COMMITTEE via Konstella or by email analourdes@gmail.com .  Visit the 2019 Field Day photo album to leave comments and/or share photos of the event with us.

 

- THE FIELD DAY HISTORY AND FUTURE

 

The Field Day Celebration has been happening in PS 20 for several years, as a moment of congregation and enjoyment to the roughly 500 members of PS20 family. 

 

On 2019 the Field Day Team started to introduce the “color flag/ team” concept and “carnival” competitions to students and teachers. Points were assigned for the winner flags/teams on each competition without a clear score system or prizes given. Nevertheless, the seeds planted flourished and we had an amazing engagement turn out, with most children & teachers cross age and grade super enthusiastic to compete!

 

Our goal for 2020 is to make the Field Day the closing event of “PS20 Arts - Sciences - Sports Olympics Games”, when the teams (Red, Blue, Yellow, Green) will participate on their last competitions of the year to climb the podiums and receive their prizes.  

 During 2019-2020 school year, selected educational activities (art/ science/ community service/ recycling/ dance/ green arts/ student of the month, etc), will be counted in a cumulative scoring system  to engage and  motivate students cross grade and ages. We aim to increase student/parents participation in such events, promoting peer/community achievement support, fostering teamwork and leadership in diverse fields of  knowledge.

The Field Day Committee will work close to the “PS20 Arts-Sciences-Sports Olympics Games Committee" to help training, student leaders, teams and volunteers on the rules, objectives and scoring of specific activities, fundraising and promoting a new Field Day program each year, since the beginning of that school year. 

 

- EARLY SPORTS EDUCATION

 

 Introducing real sports and sportsmanship to the PS20 Curriculum is also among our objectives. Only recently PS20 was able to fund one physical Ed teacher, but funds for more teachers, better facilities, equipment and volunteers are needed to make sports education a reality in our school.

 

If you are a parent who can help the PTA to find sponsorships (financial or in-kind) to help developing the PS20 Physical Ed Dept., the “PS20 Arts- Sciences-Sports Olympics Games” initiative or the PS20 Field Day Celebration  please contact Ana Lourdes via Konstella or e-mail analourdes@gmail.com.

 

Everything is possible with your help ! 

 

 

- UNICEF & SPORT IN EARLY EDUCATION

 

According to UNICEF, early childhood marks a critical period in the life of a child, and can set the foundation for healthy development and life-long learning. Research shows that early childhood is the most critical period for brain development, and that experiences in the first years of life have more lasting impact on mental health and development than any others.

Throughout the life of a child, sport and play can be valuable tools to promote health and prevent disease, both through sport itself, and through the participatory act of watching others play, with the associated communication, education and social interaction that games can produce.

 

  • Sport is a powerful social tool, bringing together people from different ethnic, cultural, religious, linguistic and socio-economic backgrounds,  playing an important role in improving physical and mental health, and fostering active citizenship and social inclusion.
  • Sport is a good entry-point for the promotion of life skills-based education and healthy lifestyles, including the values of physical fitness, proper nutrition and how to make choices that positively impact health.There is evidence that sport and play enhance child development and learning and encourage better academic performance.
  • Sport encourages and improves physical fitness and reduction of childhood obesity: Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. Evidence shows that regular participation in appropriate physical activity and sport provides all people, regardless of ability, with a wide range of physical, social and mental health benefits.
  • Sport offers opportunities for the development of peer leaders. Sport increases self-esteem among adolescent girls and provides opportunities for the advancement of girls in the face of gender-related barriers.
  • Sport can build community, aid conflict resolution and foster mutual understanding and peer support among groups in past or present conflict and can be used to promote a safe and protective environment for children and to teach young people how to solve conflict in a non-violent manner.
  • Sport activities can be low-cost and utilize locally-available resources.

 

- WHY CHILDREN NEED PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

Physical education is an integral part of the total education of every child in kindergarten through high school. Quality physical education programs are needed to increase the physical competence, health-related fitness, self-responsibility and enjoyment of physical activity for all students so that they can be physically active for a lifetime. Physical education programs can only provide these benefits if they are well-planned and well-implemented. Here’s what quality physical education programs can do for students, according to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education:

Improved physical fitness
Improves children's muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, body composition and cardiovascular endurance.

Skill development
Develops motor skills, which allow for safe, successful and satisfying participation in physical activities.

Regular, healthful physical activity
Provides a wide-range of developmentally appropriate activities for all children.

Support of other subject areas
Reinforces knowledge learned across the curriculum.
Serves as a lab for application of content in science, math and social studies.

Self-discipline
Facilitates development of student responsibility for health and fitness.

Improved judgment
Quality physical education can influence moral development. Students have the opportunity to assume leadership, cooperate with others, question actions and regulations, and accept responsibility for their own behavior.

Stress reduction
Physical activity becomes an outlet for releasing tension and anxiety, and facilitates emotional stability and resilience.

Strengthened peer relationships
Physical education can be a major force in helping children socialize with others successfully and provides opportunities to learn positive people skills. Especially during late childhood and adolescence, being able to participate in dances, games and sports is an important part of peer culture.

Improved self-confidence and self-esteem
Physical education instills a stronger sense of self-worth in children based on their mastery of skills and concepts in physical activity. They can become more confident, assertive, independent and self-controlled.

Experience setting goals
Gives children the opportunity to set and strive for personal, achievable goals.


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