Last Wednesday in practice we talked about different ways to live a healthy life. During our warm-up we played a game of "baseball." There were two teams, each team received a question, if the team answered the question correctly they got to send a teammate to a base.
Each practice we count laps. It's been fun watching the girls encourage each other as they run past. It's also been great seeing the motivation in the girls. They are always trying to get more laps then the last practice. Last week, the girls counted laps by ranking various healthy living habits in the order in which they think are the most important.
Although we would LOVE to be outside, it's not so bad inside. While we run laps in the gym we get to listen to fun, inspirational songs. Running to music and talking with friends is the best! The coaches run with the girls too!
I wanted to be sure all parents received this information, so I sent it through email. I also wanted to be sure the information was in an easy to find spot to refer back to, I know sometimes emails can get lost in the mix, which makes it difficulty to find when you need it.
Email sent to parents on Sunday, March 30th.
Hi Girls on the Run Parents!
This email is a bit long, but it has A LOT of important information and dates. Please read through it all. Thank you!
Below is the March Newsletter from the Girls on the Run - KC organization. Please specifically read about the Season Ending 5k Event on Sunday, May 18th, race starting at 8:00am, we need to arrive by 7:00am. Your girls are already registered, but we want to be sure each girl has a running partner, so the running partner will need to register (the link to register is below). This is the big celebration of all the girl's hard work through the season, we would love it for every girl to participate. If you are having difficulty finding a running partner for your daughter OR transportation is a problem, PLEASE contact me to let me know. I have various ways we can support you and your family!
Exciting news! Mark your calendars for Monday, April 28th - 5:15 - 5:45. Parents and their Girls on the Run daughter are invited to attend a 30 minute presentation: "The Confidence Counts Movement" given by Samantha Jo Bowers. We will have practice as usual this day, if you RSVP to attend, the girls will meet their parent(s) in the library for the presentation to start at 5:15. The RSVP form will be coming home in the next few weeks.
"Samantha Jo Bowers is the reigning Miss Missouri Teen USA. She enjoys volunteering her time with charities like Hope House, the Ronald McDonald House, and Warriors for Ross. She travels to schools and other groups of youth, where she speaks on the importance of healthy relationships, self respect, and self esteem through her campaign called "The Confidence Counts Movement". Samantha hopes to inspire young people to dream big, feel confident with themselves, and to never doubt their abilities. She will be traveling to the Bahamas this August to compete for the title of Miss Teen USA."
Also, be sure your calendars are marked for Friday, May 2. This date is important for two reasons. First, this is a make-up practice from when we missed due to the snow day, so we will have practice from 3:45 - 5:00. Second, this is also our Practice 5k starting at 5:30. The Practice 5k will start at Memorial Park behind our school. The 5k route will be provided as we get closer to the event. Our goal is to have every Girls on the Run girl participate as it will prepare them for the end of the season 5k. We are working on a way to get Shull's Girls on the Run team to participate with us for the practice 5k as well. We would love as many family and friends to come support the girls. The RSVP for this event will also be coming in the next few weeks.
I know the coaches have been having fun and we hope your daughter has been too! Don't forget you have the parent guides with discussion questions that relate to each of our lessons at practice. This is a great way to carry on the conversations at home. If you didn't receive a parent guide and would like one, please let me know.
I hope your girls are enjoying being a part of this program. I would love your feedback, if you have any questions or concerns, comments or suggestions, please feel free to email me back and let me know. This is our first year participating and I would love to hear your opinion.
I hope everyone had a great Spring Break! It was crazy to see the snow coming down today. I loved the GOTR lesson today. It was all about getting rid of negative self talk and replacing it with positive self talk. We discussed how sometimes we get stuck in negative self talk and we need to shift our thinking. We had fun with this today by coming up with a sound in our group, whenever we heard someone in GOTR using negative self talk we made our sound. The girls shared negative self talk they have used before or heard someone else say. We then took turns putting our negative talk in the mouth of our "No Nonsense Nelly" monster, so he could eat them up. The girls also shared ways to turn negative self talk into a positive way to look at a situation. During our workout, the girls received positive affirmation cards for their lap counters. We ran inside today, so every 5 laps around the gym earned them a lap counter.
Our first practice of the season was so much fun! We started by having a snack together, making up our GOTR names, preparing our lap counter graphs, and getting our GOTR water bottle. We also learned about Molly Barker, the founder of GOTR. It was still too cold to go outside, so we practiced in the gym. We separated into two groups, which we will do every practice. These groups will be comprised of both 3rd and 4th graders and will change every practice. It was great getting to know each other. We made lots of connections, we found things we have in common with others and found some things that make us unique. We will always end the practice with an energy award, which is a fun cheer, movement, or dance that is done to honor positive actions or behavior. This practice all the girls received the energy award for joining our team! We can't wait for practice number two tomorrow!
Unfortunately, the weather had a different plan for our first practice today. Just a reminder, since school is cancelled today our Girls on the Run practice is also cancelled. We are working on updating the calendar and finding the best day to make up this practice. I will let you know once the final decision has been made. Our first practice is now this Wednesday, March 5th. We will also still be offering two parent meetings. You can either attend this Wednesday or Monday, March 10th from 5:00-5:15 in the RE library. Please plan on attending one of the two meetings.
I encourage you to take a few minutes to be active today with your daughter – maybe some jumping jacks or some sit ups? What about crab-walking or high-knees for 30 seconds? You choose! Even though we are inside, we can still be active! Also, you can help your daughter get ready for our first practice. Help her think about an adjective that describes her and that starts with the same letter of her first name (ex: Smart Sarah or Laughing Laura). We will share these on Wednesday. We are so excited to see the girls Wednesday!
We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
GOTR Core Values
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I am so excited to start our very first Girls on the Run program at Raymore Elementary. This program was offered to our 3rd and 4th grade girls. We had 32 spots available and all 32 spots have been filled! I am very lucky to work with amazing people, we were able to have 32 spots open because we have 5 coaches. I simply asked for volunteers to help coach and these wonderful ladies very willingly offered their time for 1 hour and 15 minutes, twice a week, for 10 weeks. A huge thanks to Marriah Willis (2nd grade teacher), Trisha Morris (Occupational Therapist), Kristin Alford (Nurse), and Jennifer Lowe (4th grade parent).