Davis Street School has been nationally recognized for its outstanding efforts and commitment to helping students learn, focus and grow through the integration of at least 60 minutes of physical activity before, during and after the school day. Let’s Move! Active Schools, part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, recently honored Davis with the coveted 2016 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award. To earn a Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award, a school must have met significant benchmarks in five areas: physical education; physical activity before and after school; physical activity during school; staff involvement; and family and community engagement. We are proud to be an Active School because we know that physical activity translates to student success both in the classroom and in life. Please join us in celebrating this achievement. Talk with your kids about the importance of physical activity, and ask them how they move during the school day.
Davis Street students received a visit from Ellie the Elephant this week. Ellie spoke to K-4 students about how they can help animals suffering in captivity at places like circuses and marine parks and teaches students to have empathy and respect for all living beings. They were all quite impressed to meet a talking elephant!
School officials and volunteers got the school year started early, with the hope of giving kids a good early start to their academic careers.
The crew spent Saturday knocking doors during an annual canvas of city neighborhoods to speak with families of kindergarteners about the importance of attending school regularly, of setting aside family “talk time” each day, of making time to read as well.
In addition to talking to (“engaging” with) parents, the canvassers left packets with families. The packets included an English-language and Spanish-language children’s book, an “Art of School Success” bookmark along with a New Haven Youth Map bookmark, and a public-library-card application.
This was the fifth year of the canvas, organized by the public schools and United Way of Greater New Haven with the help of Comcast. (read about a prior year’s canvas here.)
Two hundred volunteers signed up this year, according to United Way’s Peter Schaller. Half hit the streets on Saturday; the other half plan to conduct another canvas Monday afternoon.
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