Children have supervised recess outdoors every day unless there is rain or the temperature is below 20 degrees.
Other opportunities for physical activity during the day
Brown School students benefit from collaboration with IGNITE and Wellness educators to set their own health and wellness goals. Classes are arranged in a way that considers a student’s developmental abilities.
Physical education at Brown School is comprised of three programs: Wellness, Movement, and Physical Education.
Movement is a program for the preschool through fourth grade. Movement class meets once a week for 30 minutes (preschool through second grade) and 45 minutes (third and fourth grade). Students develop gross motor skills while exploring locomotor and non-locomotor movements as well as concepts such as spatial awareness, timing, pathways, levels, shapes, and direction. Through movement stories, games and traditional and creative dancing, students have the opportunity to express their unique interpretation of ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
Wellness is a program for the upper school that meets once each week. Students are given the choice between an in-season sport and a second activity such as yoga, fitness, or fitness walking.
Physical Education is a program for every Brown School student. Preschool classes meet once per week, kindergarten through high school classes (except for fifth grade) meet twice per week. The fifth grade meets three times per week. Classes are 30-45 minutes each. Students participate in various sports in addition to flexibility, strength, agility and speed building exercises. A Brown School favorite is the pacer test in which students strive to best their own personal speed.
We have a full time registered nurse at the school. She is available to assess and treat children who are not feeling well, or who have been injured. She also dispenses any medications that must be given during the school day.
Snack and Lunch
Mid-morning snack time offers a brief recess to all of our students. Students in kindergarten through eighth grades bring their own healthy morning snacks. Preschool children have a simple snack provided by the school.
Brown School is a “nut aware” school and we highly encourage all families to avoid snacks with nuts, as many children have severe nut allergies and may suffer serious consequences if exposed to them.
Students have lunch for 30 minutes each day in the cafeteria. The lunch program features healthy, kid-friendly foods, including sandwiches, pizza, soup and salad, and hot entrée options every day. The Brown School kitchen is nut-free.