REGISTRATION OPEN: After school programs & BOKS

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS- Registration OPEN  The Thoreau Spring After School Program registration is now open. Classes start as early as next week!!! Please go to the Thoreau PTG Website https://www.thoreauptg.org, under PTG Programs, to check out the classes being offered and to register. There are some great new classes such as a Creative Dance class for grades K-2, as well as Learning Code for 3rd-5th Graders. We are also offering a Japanese Craft and Culture class, several different art classes, as well as a before school Bird Watching class. If you have any questions please contact Stefanie Sim stefaniesim1@hotmail.com or Jen Keegan Jiganti meljiganti@aol.com.

BOKS registration is now OPEN!  We are pleased to announce our second session of BOKS, a before school physical activity program, at Thoreau Elementary School. 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.
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 spring BOKS program will run every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8am to 8:45am. Our goal is for the spring session to start the week of March 28, 2016 and end June 2, 2016.  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 need to drop your child off before 8am, please make arrangements with the before school program.
How do I sign up? Complete the attached registration form for each child and make sure to sign both the waiver and the BOKS pledge. Approximately 50 children may participate in this session.  The participants will be chosen based on a family lottery should more than 50 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 MONDAY, MARCH 14 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 AROUND MARCH 18.
https://www.thoreauptg.org/documents/2016/BOKS.pdf 

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 lower playground by a responsible adult and signed in with a BOKS volunteer.
Will the nurse be available during BOKS? No.  The school nurse will not arrive at school until BOKS is well underway. The Lead Trainer is certified in CPR/AED and has a first aid kit and ice packs at all times.  Any medication stored in the nurses office will be unavailable during the program.  School policy prohibits students from carrying medication, including epi pens and inhalers, in their backpacks.  BOKS volunteers are unable to administer any type of medication.  If you think your child may need medication during the program, 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 program varies depending on the make-up of the kids participating and as such we are constantly making changes to improve the program.  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. The more volunteers, the more kids we can enroll in the program.  Volunteer trainers’ children are automatically enrolled in the program. 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.
Again, here is the form: https://www.thoreauptg.org/documents/2016/BOKS.pdf We hope that you will share our enthusiasm for this program and you will, in turn, see a positive impact on your children.
~Adrienne Principe, BOKS Program Leader, Nikki Morrissey, BOKS Lead Trainer, Kim Hodder, Thoreau Health and Wellness Committee, Co-Chair