Friendship Elementary School has received the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Bronze award for making changes that promote healthier eating and physical activity for students and staff. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation was founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. This award was granted by the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program, an effort to combat childhood obesity through the implementation of healthy changes within the school environment. Berry Walton, Principal attended the annual Healthy Schools Program Forum in Little Rock, Arkansas to accept the award on behalf of the school.
The award demonstrates our school’s commitment to preventing childhood obesity and to fostering the health of our students and staff. Specifically, our school has implemented energy breaks, morning workouts, after school wellness activities, provided resources for parents, and limited competitive foods.
Every day in the United States, 53 million people go to a school to work or to learn, making America’s schools one of the most important environments in the struggle to reduce childhood obesity. Schools are powerful places to not only teach young people the academic skills they need to succeed, but also healthy life skills. Healthy students learn better, are better able to concentrate on their work, attend school on a regular basis and perform better in class. Because of this, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation launched its Healthy Schools Program in February of 2006 with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Program promotes a comprehensive approach by helping schools improve access to healthier foods, increase physical activity opportunities before, during and after the school day, enhance nutrition education and establish staff wellness programs.
The Healthy Schools Program recognizes schools that succeed in meeting a set of research-based standards that address these areas at the Bronze, Silver and Gold level. To learn more about the Healthy Schools Program and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, visit www.HealthierGeneration.org. Any school – public, private or charter – can sign up to receive the support of the Healthy Schools Program at no cost.
Thank you for volunteering to help the students and teachers at Friendship Elementary! We really appreciate that you have offered your time to assist us in this way.
We need to inform you about some new changes in the Georgia law about reporting suspected child abuse. Anyone who volunteers at an organization that serves children is now mandated to report suspected child abuse to a designated person. It is important that you know the proper protocol in case you encounter this situation.
Per Hall County Schools policy, this training is required before you can continue to volunteer at school. A portion of the training will be completed online and will take approximately 45 minutes. Mr. Walton and Kristi Logan will be training volunteers on two occasions about this new law and how it impacts school volunteers:
- Fri, Sept 21 at 8:00 am - FES Research Lab (Room 257)
- Wed, Sept 26 at 4:00 pm - FES Computer Lab (Room 171)
Please do your best to attend one of these training sessions. We will keep a record of volunteers that complete the training so you will not have to attend another training session at a different Hall County school.
Berry Walton, Principal
Kristi Logan, Counselor
Friendship Elementary School
The Muddy Duck Dash is an obstacle race that incorporates multiple barriers that contestants must overcome. The course will twist in and out of the Gainesville State Campus. It is a fun family fitness activity, combining natural obstacles in addition to man made obstacles. This year's Muddy Duck Dash is being held on April 28, 2012 with all proceeds benefitting Friendship Elementary School. Please see the link below for more information and registration.
Lt. Governor Casey Cagle would like to welcome everyone to Be Healthy Georgia Day on Saturday, March 10. This event will kickoff the 2012 Healthy Kids Georgia Week, a week creating awareness to encourage Georgia’s families and kids to live healthier lifestyles. Be Healthy Georgia Day will begin at 8 am with the Kilometer Kids Fun Run and includes special guest appearances from Georgia’s team mascots in the Nike+ Mascot Trot! There will be tons of activities for all ages so be sure to register for this FREE event at www.healthykidsgeorgia.org.
Congratulations to Cassidy and Skylar, two Friendship Elementary 5th grade students, who were voted runners up in the annual Arbor Day Essay Writing Contest at the Frances Meadows Aquatic & Community Center held on Friday, February 17th. They each received a ribbon as well as a cash prize of $50. Way to go Falcons!
This is a link to a fantastic resource for teachers, students, and parents too! It is an interactive Bloom's Taxonomy pyramid that contains various web 2.0 tools at each level of learning. Click the link below to access this wealth of information.
4-H County Project Achievement was held January 24th at McEver Arts Academy. A total 96 students competed at the annual speech and performance contest. I am proud to announce these participants from our school.
Friendship Elementary results......
Tristan, 1st Place, Fruits, Nuts & Vegetables Project (4th Graders)
Katie, 1st Place, Health Project
Andrew, 1st Place, Human Development Project
Kya, Participant, Horse Project
Shayla, 1st Place, Wildlife Project
Congratulations to these students for their hard work!