BOKS Update

To: Thoreau Elementary School Community
From: Adrienne Principe, BOKS Program Leader for Thoreau
Re: BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success)
Date: September 13, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are pleased to announce the launch of BOKS, a before school physical activity program, at Thoreau Elementary School this fall. BOKS prepares children for a day of learning and is an important step in helping children gain an appreciation of the benefits of exercise and healthy choices that will last a lifetime. BOKS was inspired by Dr. John Ratey’s book “Spark”. Dr. Ratey, of Harvard Medical School, states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains.” Classes are filled with team-oriented games and provide plenty of opportunity for play, since the program focuses on fun!  For more information on the program, please visit www.bokskids.org.  If you are interested in enrolling your child in this program, we kindly ask that you read this letter in it’s entirety as it contains important information about our pilot program.

Typical BOKS Class

  • 40 minutes long
  • Fun warm-up game or movement drills
  • Running activity, relay races, obstacle courses and strength movements
  • Fun game
  • Cool down and a BOKS Bit- a nutrition component of the program

When is BOKS?

Our first BOKS pilot will run every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8am to 8:45am. Our goal is for the pilot session to start the week of October 6, 2015 and end November 24, 2015, with an option to run the program for additional weeks based on how well the pilot goes.  Your child is expected to attend all classes as long as they are well and physically able to participate.  We are unable to accommodate early drop-offs so if you have to drop your child off before 8am, please make arrangements with the before school program.

How do I sign up?

Complete the registration form for each child and make sure to sign the waiver and the BOKS pledge. Approximately 40 children may participate in this session.  The participants will be chosen based on a family lottery should more than 40 children register.  If one sibling gets chosen from a family, any other siblings who have registered will automatically be eligible as well.

PLEASE RETURN COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO DONNA MACONE. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 AT 3:15PM. NO EXCEPTIONS PLEASE.  PLEASE DO NOT RELY ON YOUR CLASSROOM TEACHER TO RETURN THE COMPLETED FORM FOR YOU.  AS A LAST RESORT, YOU CAN MAIL YOUR REGISTRATION FORM TO THE SCHOOL, BUT PLEASE PROVIDE AMPLE TIME FOR IT TO ARRIVE BY THE DEADLINE. ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THEIR STATUS PRIOR TO THE START OF THE PROGRAM.
 

Is there transportation for BOKS?

Parents will be responsible for transporting their children to BOKS. Children who attend the before school program are eligible to enroll and participate.  A BOKS volunteer will collect these children from the before school program and escort them to BOKS.  All other children must be escorted into the school or to the field by a responsible adult and signed in with a BOKS volunteer.

Will the nurse be available during BOKS?

No.  At least one trainer who is CPR/AED certified will be present at all times.  A first aid kit will be on-site.  Any medication stored in the nurses office will be unavailable during the program.  Students who carry medication, including epi pens and inhalers, in their backpacks must be able to administer those medications themselves.  BOKS volunteers are unable to administer any type of medication.  If you think your child may need medication during the program and is unable to administer it themselves, including epi pens and/or inhalers, please plan to stay with your child.

Is there a charge?

No!  BOKS is a free program.  All the trainers have graciously volunteered their time and should be treated with the utmost respect and appreciation. Program materials are free and equipment has been purchased by the PTG.

Please note that this is a Pilot program and as such we are all still learning and testing how the program will run most successfully for our school. Please bear with us as we may need to make changes and adjustments as the program proceeds.

BOKS is designed to involve the whole community. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at adrienne.principe@gmail.com. You can also visit the BOKS website at www.bokskids.org for more program details.

We hope that you will share our enthusiasm for this program and you will, in turn, see a positive impact on your children.

Here is that registration form again: https://www.thoreauptg.org/documents/2016/BOKS%20Program.pdf

Sincerely,

Adrienne Principe
BOKS Program Leader
Nikki Morrissey
BOKS Lead Trainer
Kim Hodder
Thoreau Health and Wellness Committee, Co-Chair