Dear Vaughn Families:
We would like to share with you the good news that several schools in PSD have decided to partner with Playworks, a national non-profit, to ensure that we are doing our best to incorporate healthy, inclusive play into our school day – every day, for every kid.
Playworks will help equip our staff and community with the tools needed to create a positive recess experience for every one of our students. By shifting behavior on the playground, we expect to see more positive student engagement, more fun play opportunities and reduced negative incidences so that our students can return to the classroom ready to learn. Students are not required to participate in the Playworks games and can just have free time on their own, but if they are looking for something to join this model should make that easier.
Our Recess Team, composed of Lori Aliment, Glen Milligan, Andrea Enge,Dustin Wiyrick and Martha Arneson, will use a brand of games designed to promote inclusion. Additionally our team will apply new group management techniques to teach students how to play well together, resolve conflicts, and develop leadership skills. Playworks trainers will return to our school to observe recess and give us feedback so that we can have the best possible recess for our students.
We invite you to come join us for recess. * Come share some High Five’s and offer positive encouragement * Jump into a game of 4 Square, Switch or Jump Ropes * Learn a NEW game of tag * Have FUN!!
If you are interested please contact Martha Arneson or Dustin Wiyrick so we know when to expect you. Please remember to check in at the office first.
To read more about Playworks, research on play, and stories from playgrounds across the country, visit www.playworks.org.
Lillian Page- Principal
Martha Arneson- Dean of Students