Category Archives: Health and wellness

Disability & Inclusion Awareness Week

Forest View teachers and students participated in the second annual Together We Soar Disability and Inclusion Awareness Week March 20-24. Teachers read books about people of all abilities and how students can make everyone feel included in the classroom, on the playground and at lunch. There were also games created, poems written and other in-class activities that explained differences and similarities. Classes also created posters that were displayed all around school that show how much everyone is valued at Forest View.

The Accessible Icon Project of Durham  came out and helped us update our handicapped parking icons.  Note the active energy of the new symbol and make sure to ask your student why it needed to be changed!

Check out this video to learn more:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H31puUbjBhgThank you also to Mr. Flippen and Ms Smith’s classes, Falcon Patrol, and Ms Johnson’s 4th grade class for decorating the parking spots and letting everyone know how important the spots are.

Week at the Creek: March 21-24

FV weekatcreek_k   In the annual Week at the Creek, Forest View teachers and students trekked into the woods to study ecosystems and local habitats, and children had the opportunity to explore nature from different perspectives- including  art, music, writing, and field observation. Forest View does its part to give children a good dose of vitamin N (“nature”).  Want to learn more about how your family can cultivate a nature-rich life?  Check out Richard Louv’s latest book Vitamin N: 500 Ways to Enrich the Health and Happiness of Your Family & Community.

Building confidence, life skills, and healthy habits: Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-5th grades. Our Forest View team meets twice a week after school, and together learn life skills through interactive lessons and running games. At the end of the spring season, participants will run a 5K with teams from elementary schools in Durham, Wake and Orange counties. Want to cheer them on? Mark these dates on your calendars:
  • Mock 5K at Forest View – March 17th, 4pm. 
  • End-of-season 5K at American Tobacco Campus – April 16th, 10am

To find out more information about Girls on the Run, visit gotrtriangle.org

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Community Garden Volunteers Work the Dirt

Families are working and learning together this summer in our Forest View Courtyard Garden. Ms. Flowers teaches how to plant beans (“3 inches apart, which is about the size of a capital C”), sustainable gardening practices, and the joys of hard work on a hot day. Forest View alums, rising kindergarteners, and current students and their families pick garlic, chard, and beans, weed pathways, plant pumpkin seeds, clear flower beds, and talk about the upcoming school year. Our garden is lookin’ good! Want to volunteer for a few hours to help maintain our garden during summer break? Contact marylu.flowers-schoen@dpsnc.net or jaherndodson@gmail.com the Thursday before you’d like to work the dirt. Sat/Sun mornings work best.

Second Annual Forest View Family Marathon

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Falcons can run!  Forest View held its second annual Falcon Family Marathon today.  Since September, families have been logging their running/walking miles to reach 25 this week and run the last 1.2 miles together around our school.  We had 70 Forest View children participate, as well as teachers, parents, grandparents, brothers, and sisters. Classmates came outside on this chilly day to cheer on their friends all throughout the course.  They banged drums, waved flags and banners, and shouted “Go, Falcons, Go!”  Thank you Coach T for helping us make exercise a part of our family routines and creating such a great community event.

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