Kegonsa Elementary recognizes the importance of wellness in our school, as well as the positive relationship between a healthy environment and the learning and behaviors that take place throughout the school day. In part to this, we are making wellness a priority and putting forth great effort to provide our students with opportunities to make healthy choices and be more physically active during and outside of school. Our objective is to expose our students to wellness opportunities that will encourage them to lead healthy lifestyles now and throughout their lifetime. Please continue reading to learn more about what Kegonsa is doing to create a healthy learning environment for our students, as well as champion the Stoughton Area School District’s Wellness Policy.
After School Physical Activity Clubs
Kegonsa Elementary is offering some unique activities after school that students may choose to participate in. Each program will last about 4 weeks and occur 1-2 times per week. Some of the programs are directed towards Kindergarten-2nd grade, while others are intended for grades 3rd-5th. Programs include: Fairy house building, unicycling, cardboard city, board games, crafts, minecraft, nature photography, theater, basketball, cooking, Mo Willems club, kickball, running club, and more!
The Kegonsa Track-a-thon was a huge success where our entire school came together to walk and run in effort to fundraise money for our school. Following a 20 minute run/walk, students were rewarded with a medal, healthy snack, and water. Not only did our students get to participate in the excitement of the Track-a-thon, but we also welcomed many parent volunteers, a parent cheering section, and community members as well. Our parent volunteer group, Working For Kids, did a tremendous job organizing the event.
We kicked off our Watchdog program on the right foot by offering students a chance to bring their Watchdog to the field and playground for some physical activity. Students, families, and Kegonsa staff all partook in a variety of games and sports. An active and fun time was had by all!
Mindfulness in the Classroom
At Kegonsa we incorporate mindfulness into our guidance lessons. It is our hope that teaching students to stay and focus on the present moment they will be better apt to handle the various ups and downs of their day. The MindUp curriculum, which focuses on learning various parts of the brain along with calming strategies, is taught in all classrooms grades 1-5. There are also additional mindfulness lessons using MindYeti and Headspace websites to further our work of brain education and relaxation techniques. Each quarter one class from each grade will get additional lessons. Kegonsa is at the forefront of mindfulness in schools and it is our hope that our students will gain appropriate skills and techniques that are useful not only as children but also as they grow.