2012-10-11 / School

Teamwork: Elementary F.O.C.U.S. Kick-Off


So far to run, so little time! These teammates successfully ran the relay without dropping their hoop! So far to run, so little time! These teammates successfully ran the relay without dropping their hoop! “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.


Getting the ball to the goal was difficult when tied to a teammate, but these students learned to work together successfully in “3-Legged Soccer.” Getting the ball to the goal was difficult when tied to a teammate, but these students learned to work together successfully in “3-Legged Soccer.” “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!



Clutching the baton, this student raced around a down-field cone to keep her team in the lead during the relay races Clutching the baton, this student raced around a down-field cone to keep her team in the lead during the relay races

In a rousing game of “Keep It Up,” fifth-graders volleyed to keep a giant ball in the air In a rousing game of “Keep It Up,” fifth-graders volleyed to keep a giant ball in the air

Fast as lightning, this fifth-grader ran to keep others away from her pocketed flag during a spirited game of “Capture the Flag.” Fast as lightning, this fifth-grader ran to keep others away from her pocketed flag during a spirited game of “Capture the Flag.”

Ready for a team-building experience, the Class of 2020 sported special tee shirts provided by the PTA for the first F.O.C.U.S. activity of the school year Ready for a team-building experience, the Class of 2020 sported special tee shirts provided by the PTA for the first F.O.C.U.S. activity of the school year

Always a challenge, this boys v. girls “Tug of War” ended quickly (the boys won)! Always a challenge, this boys v. girls “Tug of War” ended quickly (the boys won)!

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