Teacher Contact: Tina Reres Parent Contact: Brett Klein
Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.
– The National Wellness Institute
The Wellness Committee promotes healthy eating, environmental sustainability and overall wellness in the school. The seven-year-old committee, formerly called Food and Farming, has been a driving force behind such initiatives as the annual Harvest Week, the school garden, recycling in the cafeteria, and Super Science Saturday. The committee has also supported our healthy lunch program and food labs in partnership with WITS (Wellness in the Schools).
The Wellness Committee’s activities are rooted in the following tenets: Wellness is a conscious, self-directed yet community-supported process; wellness is holistic, encompassing physical, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment; wellness is positive and affirming. The committee includes the following subcommittees:
Be Here Now!
Be Here Now! is what mindfulness is all about, and the Parents Meditation Group of P.S. 29 invites you to join us every Thursday morning after drop-off in the Pre-K Family Room. Mindfulness is a practice of cultivating one’s attention to remain present in the moment, and focusing our awareness on the effects of stress and our thoughts on our bodies. In the near future, we’d like to bring mindfulness and breath awareness into the school for the students and teachers, giving them a valuable tool that will serve them for a lifetime. Chair: Please contact parent coordinator, Monica Gutierrez-Kirwan.
Eat Up! focuses on the promotion of healthy eating by partnering with the cafeteria staff to support them in efforts to provide nourishing, well-balanced meals in the cafeteria, incorporating cooking and nutrition in the classroom, organizing the egg CSA, and helping to organize and promote Harvest Week. Chair: Jessica Delaney.
Farm On! focuses on the growth and sustainability of the school garden, food production as a hands-on tool for teachers, and Harvest Week, which aims to help students get rooted in our region’s agricultural cycle. Teacher contact: Tina Reres.
Go Green! will continue to solidify recycling initiatives within the school day for students, teachers and staff, as well as during school events for parents. We helped organize a Green Team of students from 1st through 5th grade to mentor their classmates and teachers in building good recycling habits. We have been using compostable trays one day a week since 2012 to support the kids as they continue their successful waste-sorting efforts in the cafeteria and classrooms. In February of 2014, we joined the city-wide cafeteria organics collection pilot, and can now compost the 190 pounds of food waste our kids separate daily. Recognizing the school as part of the larger community, we offer opportunities for the P.S. 29 community and neighbors to re-use, re-purpose and recycle household items by holding regular recycling events. We hope to be able to host panel discussions for the community about such topics as carbon sequestration around the BQE, greening our neighborhood’s roofs, and passive house renovation. Chair: Anya Sacharow
Move It! focuses on fitness. Move it!Move It! works to encourage children and their families to participate in physical activities with a goal of educating them on the importance of daily exercise–all while having fun with their friends! According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, more than 20% of students in NYC public schools are obese; the obesity rate in NYC is higher than that of the rest of the nation. Move It! aims to get our kids moving more in fun and imaginative ways.
Chair: Victoria Baluk, Teacher contact: Kathy Nobles.
2016 Move It! In the Morning Events
Everyone–parents and their children–please join us at 7:45 a.m. on these days to get moving before the bell rings and the workday starts. There will music pumping to wake you up, along with a series of motivating activity stations to appeal to all, including, but not limited to, jump ropes, hula hoops, football skills, volleyball and basketball.