Commit to Be Fit Newsletter
April 18th, 2022
12 August 2022/ Issue No. 213
Commit to Be Fit is excited to announce our Year 6 theme, "Reboot & Reimagine Wellness." For the past two years, we have had to pivot due to the pandemic and necessary safety mitigation procedures. Now that we are starting SY22-23 we are REBOOTING some of our previous offerings. OUR FREE CLASSES/WORKSHOPS WILL BE RETURNING IN SEPTEMBER! Currently, we are working to put together a great schedule for our staff and community. Stay tuned for more information to be released shortly. We are also REIMAGINING (thank you, Principal Seward for the inspiration) some of our programming to better reach the needs of our students, staff, and community. For starters, the weekly newsletter is now in an electronic format, which we believe will be much more user friendly moving forward. Of course, that's not all. There are several new things coming soon!
We invite you to consider our theme as being especially relevant to YOU. How can you reboot and reimagine your own wellness practices? We are all a work in progress and on this wellness journey together! As always, the C2BF team is here to help you reach your goals. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
Let's make Year 6 the best year yet!
Holly Jenkins- firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Tederick- email@example.com
Jermey Gates- firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE POP Bucks Market Bags for RCPS Students
Pictured Above: We love our local farmers! Jermey (second from right) poses with a few of the farmers that contribute to the POP Bucks program.
POP Bucks Market Bags have been a hit this season! Thanks to the generosity of the PATH Foundation, EVERY RCPS student can redeem a free market bag filled with local produce, protein, bread, and more!
RCPS Families-- Redeem your free bag! Pick up is at the Rappahannock County Farmers' Market at Pen Druid Brewery (3863 Sperryville Pike, Sperryville) on Saturdays between 10 am - 12 pm. SIGN-UP IS REQUIRED at www.rappc2bf.com/pop-bucks
Once you have signed up, you will receive a confirmation email with the first available farmer's market date and pick-up time.
Pictured Left: Check out some of the market bag contents from last month. Yummy!
Pictured Right: Lily helps to pack and distribute bags to families each week.
Brain STAR Action Based Learning (ABL) Lab
We are thrilled to have our students return to school and the ABL Lab! This year, the lab will see PreK- 4th grade classes on a weekly rotation. Additionally the lab will be used for curriculum integration activities for all RCES grade levels. The lab, which is run by our awesome ABL Facilitator, Jermey Gates, helps to fill developmental movement gaps in ten key areas: balance, gross motor, vestibular development, proprioception, strength, cross lateralization, visual tracking, cardio, rhythm & beat, and fine motor. The students complete each station for roughly three minutes before switching to a new station. Combined with fun music and social engagement, the students have a blast while engaging in additional physical activity in a purposeful, structured way to enhance the brain/body connection.
Pictured above: Students engage in a visual tracking station to help strengthen eye muscles which help with reading.
Pictured above: Balance stepping stones are always a hit in the lab!
The RCHS Neuronasium is Back!
The Neuronasium classroom will be available for high school classes in SY22-23. This alternative seating classroom provides purposeful movement for students in order to increase attention and engagement. Our brains and bodies are interconnected; when we move, our brain is at its highest level of alertness. Therefore, by engaging in slight movement, we are able to focus more clearly. The Neuronasium is equipped with glider desks, standing desks, pedal desks, balance desks, wobble stools, and more!
RCHS Teachers-- We will be sharing a sign-up link shortly to reserve the Neuronasium.
Ms. Lowe-Barton's students tried out a pedal desk during math class on the first day of school.
Before leaving for summer break, ABL students planted a variety of seeds in the ABL garden. Look how large the sunflowers have grown over the summer!
Recently, staff had an opportunity to compete in a reflex competition using BlazePods. Colton Ball and Kayla Robey tied with 64 hits in 30 seconds. They will be competing in the championship round shortly.
Fit Kids Clinic Video
RCPS recently released a helpful video introducing the Fit Kids Clinic. To learn more about school-based telehealth visit at RCPS, visit the Parent U page by CLICKING HERE.
Tips from the Team
As summer winds down, excuses for not exercising are easy to find. I’m juggling after school activities, I don’t need that “beach bod” anymore, it’s too hot, or I need to rest from a busy summer are all pretty good ones, yet are still what they are. Excuses. Don’t forget the importance to take care of ourselves doesn’t end. Create a new plan, set a new goal, get new workout clothes, or get new shoes. Use this season as a time to start fresh. Hit the reset button. Dig deep within and find your motivation, whatever it is.
Self Care Routine
Welcome back to school! I don't know about you, but I am ready to be back to a consistent routine. This school year, aim to make self care habits part of your weekly routine. This may look different for everyone; the trick is to find what is realistic and beneficial for YOU. For me, I make sure I am to bed at a consistent time each night so that I am able to wake up early to get in a 30-minute workout before work. While this has many physical benefits, my personal motivation is the mental aspect. Trust me, if I don't get enough sleep or miss my workout, I can't bring my "A game". What self care activities do you need to focus on? Make a list and label in order of importance. Find your top 2 and make it a routine. You deserve to make time for yourself.
RCPS Families- Redeem Your Free POP Bucks Market Bags
Start your child's school year off with fresh, local foods from the Rappahannock County Farmer's Market through the RCPS POP Bucks program. EVERY Rappahannock County Public Schools student has the opportunity to redeem a free POP Bucks Market Bag, which will include local produce, protein, bread, and more! This amazing opportunity, provided by a PATH Foundation grant, enables all enrolled '22-'23 RCPS students to eat fresh from our local farmers!
Pick up is at the Rappahannock County Farmers' Market at Pen Druid Brewery (3863 Sperryville Pike, Sperryville) on Saturdays between 10 am - 12 pm. SIGN-UP IS REQUIRED. CLICK HERE to sign-up your student. Once you have signed up, you will receive a confirmation email with the first available farmer's market date and pick-up time.
Commit to Be Fit is a school sponsored, grant funded program in Rappahannock County, Virginia. Through the generosity of the PATH Foundation, Commit to Be Fit was created to promote a culture of wellness in Rappahannock County Public Schools and the Rappahannock community.