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that if you practice multiple things, you actually get better at all of them. In its “Secrets of Greatness” series, Fortune magazine says science is proving what some have felt for a long time—the benefits of cross training.

Developing Multiple Skills Makes You Better at All of Them The description “Cross Training” is often associated closely with fitness and athletics. Fitness experts and premier athletes realize the benefit of implementing a variety of activities and exercises during training. The linemen of the New York Giants will surely lift weights to build up muscle and strength, but in today’s fitness world it would not be rare to see these large, powerful athletes involved in yoga, Pilates or even ballet to enhance their flexibility, balance and endurance. This form of training through multiple activities make these athletes more fit and better at all they do.

To strengthen pathways that aid thinking, a person has to do something repeatedly. The more varied your skills, the more varied the pathways. This allows you to reach back for insights and apply them to something totally dissimilar. The more reservoirs of knowledge you have, the easier it can be to make decisions. For instance, if your primary skills are in a “typical” office job, you might consider taking up an activity involving a motor skill. University of Michigan researchers found that using joysticks effectively resulted in transferable knowledge in other areas. Playing video games may not be that bad after all?

Cross training is good for much more than building muscles and getting fit. It also helps the brain find new pathways between previously isolated regions. Doctors at Harvard Medical School have found

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in a variety of experiences. Embracing the value of cross training in all areas, we introduce the children to so many different activities. From the Language Arts to the Performing Arts, Math and Science to Physical Education, our children are cross training on a daily basis. Now your child may not be the next world renowned cello player YoYo Ma, or become the next swimming phenom Michael Phelps, but through their involvement in the variety of programs provided here at school and in the community they gain so much. And science is finding how this cross training approach strengthens pathways that aid thinking and increase reservoirs of knowledge making it easier to think creatively, solve problems and make important decisions.

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tor, painter, inventor) and Thomas Jefferson (President, violinist, architect). Never forget the power you possess as a model for your child. Point out for them how you cross train. Be sure to let them see you trying new things and being willing to attempt something that you may not be so good at or may even fail doing. Adapted from information found in Cut & Paste Elementary Edition

Coaches Corner By Mr. Crowley and Mr. Katz

Miler’s Club Update: The total mileage for the school is 4493 through December. Class : 2RK – 281 miles Grade: 2ND – 940 miles Miles are still being recorded even in bad weather. If it is an indoor day, the classes that use the gymnasium at recess are able to log miles. If we are outside on the multi-purpose court, the children can run or walk the court to log miles.

Cross training requires a willingness to attempt something new. Children can at times be reluctant to try new activities. There is a natural apprehension to something we are unfamiliar with and this can be compounded by a fear of failing. As adults we need to support our children to continually accept these new challenges and “give it a try”. Impress upon them the benefits of learning new things and knowing a variety of skills. Point out to them the many famous, successful people who have benefitted from cross training in their own lives. Examples of people with expertise in contrasting areas include Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (concert pianist) and Yankee outfielder Bernie Williams (recording jazz guitarist). Examples from history include Leonardo da Vinci (sculp-

Physical Education Classes are learning and playing “Pillow Polo” and Floor Hockey in the month of January. Function, not Fashion for Phys. Ed. Fashionable footwear does not necessarily provide functional footwear for exercise. 2

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“Crocs” are not good for exercise. They provide no support. “UGGS”, the soft furry boots are arriving in class again. It is not just rubber soles that are needed, but support in the foot, heel, and ankle. If the weather requires boots, please have your children pack their sneakers and this will allow them to get exercise in P.E. and at lunch recess.

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their violins to help them study geography- we are beginning an adventure in the Sahara desert. Ask a first grader what the word “Sahara” means in Bedouin- they will be glad to tell you all about it. The second grade is working on string crossing (the most difficult procedure on the violin) and they are very good, they have amazing coordination. The third grade is working on their new year’s resolutions with a twist on Beethoven’s fifth. The orchestra is already gearing up for the spring concert. We are sticking with the big classics. The orchestra will perform “Ode to Joy”, Pachelbel’s Canon, and a Mozart air. They are going to throw in a surprise piece to spice things up. I want to thank Tim Megna , Christopher Beroes (Pierson students) , Leo and Maxfield Panish (East Hampton students) for playing beautiful Holiday tunes at morning program. They will also be performing at Carnegie Hall this summer- Bravo! I hope to have more string performers at Morning Program soon.

Strings by Mr. Fox Happy New Year everyone! What an exciting new year ahead for strings. Mrs. Rice and the kindergarten violin players are already playing on 2 different strings (A and E) and they even know the notes on both of them! The kindergartners are great spellers and they use their letter prowess to understand all the patterns that you can form when they play songs on their fiddles. The first grade is now using

Media Center By Ms. McGuirk The New Year is off to a very busy start with many classroom requests. We are de3

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lighted to see many students doing research and spending time finding that just right reading book! There’s nothing like a good book after all! We expect to see this trend continue throughout the remainder of the year.

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Health Hints By Ms. Pulkingham R.N.

Our kindergarten students are now checking out books to bring home. They are so excited. Look inside their backpacks, there’s probably a picture book there! Books are to be returned each week on library day.

Last November vision screenings were conducted at the elementary school. In November or December I contacted families of those students who needed to see an eye specialist for further evaluation. I have seen a couple of children with new spectacles. How handsome they look! I was surprised to find out that several of the children who had been prescribed glasses in previous years were not wearing them at school. This amazed me because when I was their age I wanted to get a less than perfect score on my screening so I could wear glasses. I thought they were so cool. Things change. The primary reason the children gave was concern that other children would make fun of them for wearing glasses. I acknowledged their feelings and explored the issue with them. In many situations I think the children were afraid of being made fun of rather than actually experiencing ridicule from other students. Students in the 3rd through 5th grades seemed more worried about this issue than the younger students. I stressed that wearing the corrective lenses is important to their health and educational needs. One set of eyes is all we get and it is so crucial that we take good care of them. Eyestrain can also lead to headaches, which can affect mood, learning

Thank you to all our school family members who purchased books from the PTA Book Fair and donated them to the Media Center. We are grateful for these new additions to our collection. On a final note, if you wish to access the virtual reference collection from home, the web address is: h"p://
 All 5th graders have been encouraged to bring the website home with the passwords. Information about their wax museum subjects can be researched on this site. The passwords are available to all students.



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and school attendance. We also spoke of how trendy glasses are these days and what amazing colors and styles of glasses are available.


This month in Morning Program the quality of respect will be the theme. Mrs. Grant, others and myself will be presenting on the topic in different ways. We will touch on the idea that our personal style and beauty shine through us independent of wearing glasses, braces, having birthmarks, growing faster or slower than others, etc. Noticing that something is different about a friend (such as wearing glasses) can be dealt with sensitively without offending another’s self esteem. These issues may seem small but can be a challenge to young hearts and minds. Join us in supporting healthy differences.

DID YOU KNOW? •As much fun as wrapping paper can be during the holiday season, it is also a wasteful part of gift-giving. •As much as half of the 85 million tons of paper products Americans consume each year goes towards packaging, wrapping and decorating. •Wrapping paper and shopping bags alone account for about four million tons of trash each year. •It is difficult to find a place to recycle wrapping paper because of the materials used to make it. It is often dyed and laminated, and contains things like glitter and plastic that are not recyclable.

Thanks to all who contributed to our Mitten Line. It was a great success thanks to you! You truly made a difference in a child’s life.

WHAT CAN WE DO? •We can use other materials to wrap our gifts, like paper grocery bags, comics from the newspaper and kid’s art. •You could also buy recycled and recyclable gift wrap. When paper is made from recycled materials, it results in 74% less air pollution than paper made from new materials. •If every American family wrapped just three presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields! 5

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Community Bulletin Board

SHES has installed Hand Sanitizers in all classrooms without sinks. The foam used in the sanitizers is alcohol free. We are encouraging the students at Morning Program to use the sanitizers whenever needed. If you have any questions regarding the new sanitizers, please don’t hesitate to call the school.

CMEE What Are Your “Hopes & Dreams” For the New Year? CMEE invites you to put your hopes and dreams on paper (18x24 to be exact!) but the skies the limit in terms of medium - crayon, pen, marker, paint, watercolor or collage - let your dreams take flight! Judging will be done by age category: 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 A fun project for the winter break! Feel free to pick up 18x24 sheets of paper at CMEE to use.


All entries will be displayed at a special exhibition at CMEE.

Week of December 12th

All submissions must be delivered to CMEE no later than January 15th. Judging and opening Friday, January 23rd, 4-5 p.m. For more info please call 537-8250.

Mr. Reed’s Class Mrs. Sloane/Mrs. Landry’s class

The John Jermain Library Presents Jan. 9th

PTA Bingo Night 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 12th-16th

NYS ELA Test for

Parent/Child Breakfast Book Club the third Saturday of each month from 9:30 to 10:30. January 17th City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau; February 21, Skellig by David Almond. Ages 8 and up. Please call 725-0049 x2 for more information, to reserve the book, and to register for the program.

3rd, 4th & 5th grades Jan. 12th-16th

Hearing Screenings

Jan. 15th

PTA Meeting 3:30 p.m.

Jan. 19th

NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday


Spout the Spirit - January 9, 2009  

Spout the Spirit - January 9, 2009