At P.S. 10, we think that fresh air and moving freely are important to students. Free play fosters growth and development of minds and bodies. For these reasons, please prepare your student to go outside for recess either before or after lunch. Recess is about 25 minutes. Our children go outside for recess at all times of year (weather permitting) so it’s important that they are dressed appropriately for the weather.
Our schoolyard is gated and has space for running, basketball, kickball, hopscotch, four-square and a separate playground area. Most of the children LOVE recess and find that it helps them “loosen up” and focus for the rest of the day.
During inclement weather, the children will have indoor recess. They may spend time in the cafeteria drawing, playing active games and/or playing board games.
Since safety is our foremost concern, the administration and staff pays particular attention to the conditions outside when the weather turns freezing. Several factors are looked at when deciding to send the children outside. These include actual temperature and wind chill, snow accumulation, and ground conditions in the yard.
Appropriate Clothing for Outdoor Play
Please check your child before he or she leaves for school to make sure your student is dressed appropriately for the season and the daily weather. In the winter, this means hats, gloves, boots or closed shoes, and a scarf. In spring, this means avoiding open-toe shoes, backless shoes, and flip-flops. In all seasons, the schoolyard is sunny. Please apply sunblock daily throughout the school year.
Recent budget cuts have forced P.S.10 to reduce the number of staff available to work in the cafeteria and in the schoolyard during recess. As a result, our children’s ability to go outside and get some fresh air during the lunch period is in jeopardy. The cafeteria/recess staff and our children need our help! Please join the Recess Committee on Konstella! Or contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to volunteer.