Park Brook Elementary is focused on fitness for two specific reasons: it is good for physical health and research indicates that increasing fitness increases academic growth.
Students at Park Brook Elementary can participate in the following fitness activities:
Brain Boost: Each morning the entire school participates in a Brain Boost to prepare all students for learning. Throughout the day classes have Brain Boosts to increase academic learning and keep students ready for learning. Instead of calling them brain breaks, we call the Brain Boosts because we are not taking a break, but rather energizing our brains for learning.
Morning Move: This is a before-school fun-filled exercise program to get students moving before academic instruction.
Boot Camp: Boot Camp is held three times during the school year. The Fall and Spring Boot Camps are focused on preparing the students to run in the Twin Cities 5K and a Fun Run, respectively. The Winter Boot Camp is on snow shoes and will end with a trip to Lake of the Isles to participate in the Luminary Loppet. The culminating activities are not requirements to participate in the Boot Camps; a number of students choose to only participate in the Boot Camp. Boot Camp began on Wednesday, September 9 and is being held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Cross-Country Skiing: During the Winter months leading up to the Minne-Loppet and Luminary Loppet students in grades 3, 4 and 5 will learn how to cross-country ski during physical education classes. The Loppet Foundation provides a coach to support this learning opportunity.
Salad Bar Lunch Entrée: Park Brook is the only school in the district to offer a salad bar as a lunch entrée. This is an option for students in grade 3-5.
Wellness Committee: This is a committee consisting of students, staff and parents. Please contact the school if you would like to serve on the committee.
PALA: Park Brook Elementary is participating in the Physical Active Lifestyle Award program which is part of the Presidential Physical Fitness Awards Program. There will be several opportunities for students to participate in this during the school year. While many students may be active outside of school, Park Brook Elementary is keeping track of what students do during the school day. The goal for elementary students is to be active for 60 minutes per day, five days per week, for six weeks.
Double Dutch: Students in grades 4 and 5 will have the opportunity to try-out for the Double Dutch Team. The Double Dutch team practices twice-a-week and then performs at various schools across the Twin Cities as the kick-off assembly for the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart Fundraising Campaign.
Focus on Fitness Field Trips: Throughout the year the following field trips will be offered: Twin Cities 5K, Fun Run at the U of M, Fun Run at Como Park, YMCA, Kidarod, Luminary Loppet and Minne-Loppet, and a Kids Triathlon. These field trips are possible with the generous support of Twin Cities in Motion, Coon Rapids YMCA, CycleHealth and The Loppet Foundation.
Please click on the green runner to see an overview of Focus on Fitness activities at Park Brook Elementary.
Focus on Fitness Air-pop Popcorn Popper
Thanks to a grant from Fuel Up to Play 60 and a substantial discount from Cretor Corporation, Park Brook is the only school in the Osseo Area Schools to have a hot-air popcorn popper which is used for a number of events.
Focus on Fitness Seats
Stability Seats: In a number of classes stability balls are used as seats. Research indicates that using core muscles during instruction helps students to focus during instruction.
Hokki Stools: Thanks to a generous grant from Allina Health Care, Hokki Stools are used in both kindergarten classrooms as a means to increase movement and focus during the school day.
The fitness stations located on the east side of the school are for student use when school is in session. The community is welcome and encouraged to use the stations at all other times. The stations are designed for sit-ups, push-ups, back extensions, dips, and so on. The bars are not designed nor is it safe to do flips on these pieces of equipment.
NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 and the Midwest Dairy Association
On the right side of the website there is a link to sign-up for Fuel Up to Play 60. Fuel Up to Play 60 and the Midwest Dairy Association have provided tremendous support to Park Brook Elementary. We encourage you to register to show your support!