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    Recess REIMAGINED!

    Playworks @ Alki Elementary

    With support from our incredible PTA and our amazing school community, we were able to bring in Playworks ( to help us reimagine our recess! Coach Karen from Playworks was here last week training students and staff around building an inclusive and positive recess environment. She helped us to:

    1. Establish consistent rules for the most popular recess games that are inclusive and keep game play moving quickly. Game rules are now posted at each station.

    2. Learn new games that give students more options for play at recess.

    3. Train 4th and 5th grade leaders, Alki Heroes, to play and model positive recess behavior at K-1 and 2-3 recesses.

    4. Bring our recess supervision team together to align our practices to better support all students.

    This work is just the beginning! We will be building upon this foundation over the course of the year and Coach Karen will be back in September to help us kick of the next school year right!

    rules  4square

    What are the basics you need to know?

    1. We give high-fives as often as we can! We say positive phrases like, “nice try” “you can do it!”

    2. We play by the rules (rules posted at each game)!

    3. If there is an argument, we ROCK IT OUT! (play one game of rock-paper-scissors)

    Want to join us in this effort? Here are 3 ways you can be a part of this important work!

    1. Be knowledgeable about the rules and expectations so you can reinforce these skills with your child!  Visit our website for a list of all the game rules and expectations.

    2. March’s Principal Coffee will be held out on the playground (weather permitting) on March 30th at 8 a.m. Come hear about our new recess program, give us feedback, and maybe play a game or two!

    3. Come play at recess! What a better way to reinforce our work than to have adults come and be role models on the playground! Sign up for a spot at a game station and come and play! Click link below to sign up.

    Recess Terminology

    "Rock it out" - Students may shout this, suggesting that it might be a good idea to do Rock-Paper-Scissors to solve the problem. We do this just once and say, ROCK....IT....OUT(show your choice on the word out)

    "Recycle" - When a player leaves play and returns to the back of the waiting line. We give high-fives and say, "good job, nice try!"

    "The Wild West"- Some of our students like to make up their own rules for 4square. Everyday, we designate a court for students to do this. We call it the Wild West Court. If students choose to play at this court, they understand that they will be making up their own rules. Students are still expected to follow recess expectations at this court and must still give each other high-fives and rock-it-out when necessary.

    Recess Game Rules

    *More games will be added as we learn them!

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