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 each class participates in a Brain Boost to prepare 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. This program will be held in both the fall and the spring, with the first session beginning in October.
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 Loppet Foundation events held in early February. The culminating activities are not requirements to participate in the Boot Camps; a number of students choose to only participate in the Boot Camp.
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 offers a salad bar as a lunch entrée for all students. Please encourage your child to try the salad bar.
On a side note, we are trying to discourage students from bringing additional food with them when they are ordering a lunch from the cafeteria. Healthy food is good for both their bodies and for learning; if students are purchasing a lunch from the cafeteria they need not bring additional food to supplement the lunch.
Click HERE to try some new recipes we created as part of the Wellness Committee!
Wellness Committee: This is a committee consisting of 4th and 5th grade students, staff and parents. Please contact the school if you would like to serve on the committee. The purpose of this committee is to ensure we have parent and student voice included as we move our Focus on Fitness initiative forward.
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. In addition, we do not want families burdened with a chart to document time students are active, we prefer families to just have fun and be active. Students receive this award if they are active for 60 minutes per day, five days per week, for six weeks.
Double Dutch: Students in grades 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th 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 various field trips will be offered either after school or on weekend. 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.
Kore Stools: Thanks to another generous grant from Allina Health Care, Kore Stools (stools that provide movement and are adjustable in height) are used for reading tables and other areas in the building.
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.
Teens and Depression: Research indicates that increasing exercise (movement) is important for teens to assist with depression. Please click here to read more information regarding teens and depression. While this article focuses on teens, the findings can be applied to other age groups as well.
Stress/mood and exercise: Exercise is one way to manage stress. Click here to read more information on ways to reduce stress through exercise.