Teamwork: Elementary F.O.C.U.S. Kick-Off
“This is an event that the children really look forward to participating in,” commented Stratford Avenue Principal Eileen Vota about the first F.O.C.U.S. activity of the school year. “All these amazing physical challenges are tailored to learning and working together as a team.”
F.O.C.U.S. (Fifth Grade, Outdoor Education, Community, Unity, Service) activities provide students in Garden City’s two elementary schools - Stratford and Stewart - the opportunity to share outdoor team-building experiences prior to moving up to the middle school as the district’s next “Class of,” in this case, the Class of 2020.
On a beautiful, sunny day during the second week of school, fifth-graders gathered in blended teams from both schools to rotate through games of “Noodle Hockey,” “Capture the Flag,” “Tug-O-War,” and other fun activities.
“This is such a nice grade,” reflected Stewart Principal Linda Norton after welcoming the students to the middle school playing fields. Sure enough, the spirit of cooperation was evident all round (in between the many moments of uncontrollable laughter and cheers for teammates, of course).
Thanks to all the teachers who made the day such a safe and fun experience for the Class of 2020!