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sme11082013 4November 18, 2013

Last week I woke up to a light blanket of snow covering the ground and frost on my car windows. Ah yes...winter is here. When the weather turns cold it always brings up questions about dressing for outdoor recess.

Recess is an important part of our school day and our students need healthy playtime outdoors. Recess is a rich place for the teaching and learning of many social skills for our students. Students must learn how to negotiate, how to include others, how to be kind and how to be good sports at games.

To enjoy recess they must be properly dressed for the weather. Please make sure your child is sme11082013 3dressed appropriately for this cold weather. I am still seeing boys and girls in shorts and no jackets. All children will go outside for recess. Also, please remember that if your child is well enough to attend school, they will go outside at recess time unless it is an injury such as broken leg or arm.

If we are experiencing unusually cold weather where the temperature is in the single digits or it is raining, we will usually not go out for morning or afternoon recess. However, students do go out for recess when the temperature is above 10 degrees. Please make sure your child has hat and gloves and other appropriate clothing so they may enjoy this fun part of their day. When snow is on the ground, students must have boots to walk around in the snow and snow pants if they want to roll around or slide down the hill.

We do not like to use recess as a consequence for inappropriate behavior at school or for missing homework, but children need to learn responsibility and sometimes it is necessary. If a child stays in for missing homework, teachers try to send the student outside for half of the recess time. If a child misses recess for inappropriate behavior such as disrupting learning of others in the class, we try to send them out another time to run around. However, this is not always possible.