This Week’s News

As we near the end of the school year, here is a list of upcoming dates to remember:

  • Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day holiday
  • Monday, June 1 – sixth grade day of service to beautify school gardens–parent volunteers needed–if you can help, please contact Kate Googins
  • Tuesday, June 2 – district-wide sixth grade Petaluma Swim Center swim party; lunch will be provided
  • Wednesday, June 3 – 10:00 a.m. sixth grade promotion
  • Thursday, June 4 – this is a regular school day for sixth graders
  • Friday, June 5 – field day–parent volunteers needed–if you can help, please let me know; last day of school, 11:50 dismissal

This Week’s News

This week, students transitioned back to class after their fun-filled camp week at camp.  The students were tired, but were able to return to their studies without too much difficulty.  Students began their Smarter Balanced comprehensive testing, reviewed coordinate plane graphing and other math concepts, continued their daily poetry discussions, continued to learn about ancient Greece, and worked on their narratives or the final District writing assessment.

Next week will be an exciting one, filled with new learning adventures.  On May 18th, Petaluma Animal Services will present a veterinary science/social studies lesson, entitled Dogs with Jobs. Two service dogs will be part of the lesson, teaching students about some of the ways dogs serve people and our community.  The demonstration dogs are child-friendly, certified Canine Good Citizen animals.  There will be an opportunity for the children to interact with the dogs if the children are not fearful or allergic and if the children maintain a calm state around the dogs.  The dogs will be under the constant supervision of the handler and the instructors.

On Tuesday, May 19th, the Eastside Relays will be held at Casa Grande’s track.  Student athletes will ride the bus to Casa Grande, leaving school at 9:30 a.m.  Students participating in the Eastside Relays will NOT return to Old Adobe before the end of the school day, but rather should be picked up by a parent at Casa Grande promptly at 3:30 p.m. Students who have finished all of their track events before 3:30 p.m. may walk home at the regular school dismissal time or be picked up by a parent before the end of the track meet.  Students who are not participating in the Eastside Relays will not attend the track meet, but will remain at Old Adobe Elementary, working in another classroom.  Every student will be given a green Old Adobe Roadrunner track shirt to wear the day of the Eastside Relays.  These shirts must be laundered and returned to school no later than Wednesday, May 27th.  This year, Corona Creek and Waugh will again join the schools of OAUSD to participate in the relays.  To accommodate the increased participants and spectators, some schools, including Old Adobe, have been assigned to sit in the visitor’s bleachers.

The day of the Eastside Relays, students should wear clothing that is comfortable for running, including running shoes.  They should also bring the following items:

  • Sun screen
  • One to two bottles of water
  • A bag lunch
  • A healthy snack
  • Layered clothing
  • Good sportsmanship
  • Money for the snack shack if so desired, but only if all of their events have been completed

Students may not bring the following:

  • Electronic devices (cell phones may be with students at the students’ own risk)
  • Cleats
  • Spray-on hair color
  • Face paint


This Week’s News

Healthy for Life Tip of the Week

The American Academy of Pediatrics has stressed the importance of limiting screen time to less than two hours/day.  This week’s tip of the week will highlight how food advertising to children affects what they want to eat and how often they want to eat it.  By minimizing screen time to less than two hours/day our children instead can receive healthy food messages from parents, teachers and the Healthy for Life team. It takes a village to create healthy change and a healthy lifestyle.

Reducing sedentary behavior (such as television watching and video game playing) is important to reducing obesity. Children’s weight increases with daily TV viewing time.

The food industry knows that when they advertise a food during a TV program or online it will increase consumption of that food during and immediately after viewing the program. The foods most frequently advertised are highly processed with added sugars and fats.

Let’s outsmart advertisers by remembering to limit all types of screen time to less than 2 hours/day. This will help all of us stay more physically active, decrease exposure to unhealthy food advertising, save money and create more family time.

Health Affairs March 2010

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