District Announcements

  • 2017-2018 school budget review sessions begin March 9

    In preparation for the May 16 school budget vote, the City School District of New Rochelle Board of Education will be holding its 2017-2018 school budget review sessions. The district welcomes the community's input.

    The district's finance staff is working on crafting a proposed budget to present to the board for adoption at its April 19 meeting. Final numbers for the proposed budget will not be available until April. 

    Meetings will take place on March 9, 14 and 21 at 7 p.m. at the New Rochelle High School Library. All meetings will be broadcast live on the district's website and rebroadcast on Cablevision Channel 70 and Verizon FiOS Channel 30.

    Putting together a school budget in New York State is complex. The district continues to follow zero-based budgeting development practices, meaning all expenses must be justified for each new period, starting from a "zero base," with every function analyzed for its needs and costs.

    "We stay focused on what's most important, and that is providing the best educational programs and services to our students, while making sure everyone's needs are met in a healthy and safe environment," said Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne.  "We prioritize continuing approaches that are working, and then we look at what enhancements we can make to better support all our students."

    Questions about any aspect of the proposed budget can be emailed to the district at budgetquestions@nredlearn.org.

    Osborne stressed that the community's involvement is important. "The input that we receive matters, and we appreciate the engagement of the community."

     

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  • Rent the Runway making prom magic for seniors

    New Rochelle High School seniors will have the opportunity to walk into their prom in June dressed in free high-end designer clothes, courtesy of Jennifer Hyman, a NRHS alum and CEO of Rent the Runway.

    Hyman, Class of 1998, made the generous offer in October when she was inducted into the New Rochelle High School Wall of Fame. She said the gift was her way of giving back to her alma mater, where she developed the confidence to face the world.

    Rent the Runway is a successful New York City-based online service that provides designer dresses and accessories for rent at a fraction of the retail price. The company also has a handful of stores in major U.S. cities, including New York City.

    On Friday, March 24, starting at 8 p.m., Rent the Runway's flagship store at 30 W. 15th Street will be open exclusively to NRHS seniors. Students can visit the store to select dresses and accessories.

    Students who are unable to go to the store will receive a free promo code that will allow them to rent their dresses and accessories entirely online. Their selections will then be mailed to their homes.

    "That will be a lot of pressure off parents because it's very expensive to dress for the prom," said NRHS Principal Reggie Richardson. "With Rent the Runway, every girl can dress in high quality designer clothes. Jen is giving our students the opportunity to experience a rite of passage that isn't affordable to everyone in our community."

    This is the second time that Hyman has provided prom dresses to NRHS seniors. She made the offer last year as well, but because the announcement came in May, most students had already made arrangements for their prom dresses. Only 80 students availed themselves of the opportunity.

    Richardson said details of the Rent the Runway offer came early enough this year to greatly increase the likelihood of participation. 

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  • Jefferson teachers moving beyond traditional methods

    At a recent meeting, teachers and administrators from Jefferson Elementary School shared with the Board of Education how professional learning strategies are impacting classroom instruction. The instructional practices they discussed were student-driven and focused on the application of acquired information, as well as problem solving.

    When discussing literacy instruction, Principal Kimmerly Nieves shared that teachers at Jefferson are going beyond traditional methods. She was particularly excited about the success students are having when they use an instructional practice called accountable talk.  Accountable talk involves collaborative discussion among students and includes repeating what was read, clarifying the meaning, making connections and revising understanding upon further reflection.

    Teacher Stefanie Syken shared how Jefferson teachers are supporting their students in mathematical investigations that are leading to higher understandings. The guiding principle of these investigations is that students come to school with existing ideas about numbers and then build upon those ideas when provided with the proper environment, interaction and support.

    Regardless of the subject, the students at Jefferson are being provided with valuable opportunities to talk with their peers about their ideas, discuss different viewpoints and continually add to their prior knowledge. And through ongoing professional development and colleague support, educators are learning how to better support their students in their investigations and discoveries.

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  • New Rochelle schools host immigration workshops

    Hundreds of local residents packed New Rochelle High School and Columbus Elementary School last month to attend immigration rights workshops held just days after the Trump administration announced measures that would greatly expand the deportation of illegal immigrants. The workshops were planned in response to anxiety expressed by residents who were hearing rumors about immigration raids.

    At NRHS, three student groups - Hispanic Culture Club, United Cultures Club and Newcomer Ambassadors - asked the school to host a workshop. Columbus Elementary opened its doors after Councilman Louis Trangucci reached out to Principal Michael Galland and voiced the need to come together to squash rumors and reassure residents that New Rochelle is a welcoming and caring community that values all law-abiding people and families.

    "Many families are terrified. There is uncertainty, fear and confusion about what the authorities will or will not do, and that stress is being absorbed by children," said Galland. "As educators, our duty is to nurture children emotionally, socially and intellectually."

    More than 500 people attended the Feb. 16 immigration forum at Columbus Elementary, which included a presentation by The Westchester Hispanic Coalition that addressed issues related to immigration laws. Graciela Heyman, the executive director, spoke about the rights of immigrants and offered advice on how to respond when face-to-face with immigration officials.

    Commissioner Patrick Carroll and Captain Adrian Navarrete of the New Rochelle Police Department were present to reassure residents that police officers would continue to focus on the safety of the community.

    More than 200 people attended the workshop at NRHS on Feb. 15. It included a presentation on scholarship opportunities for undocumented students, including those who were brought to the United States as children, currently covered under the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

     The discussion was led by representatives of the CUNY Becas scholarship program and The Guidance Center of Westchester. The Hudson Valley Community Coalition also provided information on DACA and undocumented immigrants.

     Officer Edward Martinez of the New Rochelle Police Department addressed the gathered families and told them that officers would not pursue immigrants or ask them to produce documents. Rather, he said, the focus would continue to be on fighting crime.

     Gustavo Barbosa, house principal at NRHS, said the evening was successful because of the support by Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne and other district officials.

     "Not many school districts are willing to provide this level of support to immigrant families," said Barbosa. "In New Rochelle, we really understand that what happens in our community has a direct impact on our students' academic performance and how they feel when they come to school. That's why it was important to reach out."

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  • School Budget Community Input Forum and School Budget Review Sessions

    Please see attached letter to New Rochelle Neighbors from Ms. Rachel Relkin, President, Board of Education

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  • Nicolas Cracco named new principal at Henry Barnard

    The City School District of New Rochelle has appointed Dr. Nicolas Cracco as the new principal of the Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center. The Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Cracco at its meeting last week.

    Dr. Cracco was the assistant principal of the Early Childhood Discovery and Design Magnet School, P.S. 185, in New York. He previously taught mathematics at Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy in the Bronx.

    "His experience as an educator and administrator will be a great asset as we continue to provide an excellent early childhood education for students at Henry Barnard," said Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne.

    Dr. Cracco received a bachelor's degree in psychology from C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, a master's degree in mathematics from the City University of New York, and a doctorate of education in instructional leadership from St. John's University. He also earned an advanced certificate in school building and school district leadership from St. John's University.

    "It is an honor to come lead a prestigious school such as Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center as its next principal," Dr. Cracco said. "I look forward to building on the programs that are in place and can't wait to begin working with the parents, students, teachers and staff."

    He will join Henry Barnard as principal on Jan. 3, 2017.

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  • Board of Education Appoints Supervisor of Physical Education and Health

    Please see attached announcement.

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  • Thanksgiving Message from the Superintendent of Schools - Español Abaja

    This Thanksgiving and every Thanksgiving, we, as members of The City School District of New Rochelle, are thankful for and embrace our rich diversity. Please read this message from our Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Osborne shared at the November 22 Board of Education meeting:

    Since our last meeting on November 1st there was an election for President of the United States.  In the wake of this Presidential election, many voices have been heard throughout the country and here in New Rochelle. Some of those voices have expressed concern about divisions among us; some have expressed hope that we will be able to come together as one country; and some have expressed messages of hate and contempt for others which are deeply troubling.

    At least for the moment, we are seeing an escalated national level of intolerance, incivility and intimidation.  Our students are well aware of current events, and many have articulated to me that there is fear among some that they will not be afforded the protections they deserve, or will be treated as non-participants in the American dream.

    The success of public education in New Rochelle and the meaning of our mission statement is more important than ever.   As the leader of this school district, I am confident that I speak for our faculty, our administrators, our support staff and our community when I say that our schools will and must be a place of welcome and support for all of our students.  All means All.  Our mission statement says that we embrace our rich diversity.  We are intentional in this language.  It is not our mission to tolerate difference or accept those unlike ourselves. We embrace our rich diversity.

    This means that we actively welcome, celebrate, support, and serve all our students and families, and that the differences among us add value for all of us.  All means all - all ethnicities, all religions, all races, all family structures, all sexual identities, all sexual orientations, all learning challenges, all differences in physical abilities, all places of birth, all immigrants, all income levels, all walks of life.  

    In the presidential campaign and the aftermath of the election, the rhetoric of our national political discourse at the highest levels has stereotyped, targeted and blamed many groups by name, provoking fear and doubt.  In response to that rhetoric, let us be clear that embracing our rich diversity means that here in the City School District of New Rochelle, we honor, embrace and celebrate those who are Muslim, Jewish, Christian, or searching; those that are of African descent, who are Latino or Asian or Indian or Native American, or European; those that are biracial or multiracial; those who are undocumented or documented or citizen, born in the US or anywhere else; those who are differently abled or who learn differently; those whose native language is Spanish or Creole or English or any other language; those who are female, transgendered, cisgendered or male; those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transexual, or questioning - and all who are rich and complex intersections.  And we mean this about each one of our children and staff and parents and community members, taking our individual differences not as something to tolerate but as something to celebrate, something that adds value, to be supported and protected.    

    Accordingly, in this time of uncertainty, we reaffirm our commitment to the dignity of each person and the values that reflect the strength of our democracy, and the continuing vitality of our national founding documents:

     

    ♦    Our schools will remain places of civility and respect, and we will not accept abusive conduct towards any student.

    ♦    Our schools will remain havens of safety for all students where differences in race, ethnicity or religion will be respected and appreciated

    ♦    Our schools will remain havens of safety for students of all gender identities or sexual orientation.

    ♦    Our schools will remain havens of safety for all students of all national origins and without regard to immigration status.

     

    I’ll end the superintendent's update by quoting from Principal Richardson’s powerful letter to students the day after the election: “I want you to know that you are loved and supported by your family,  all of the adults here at school as well as those in the community. We are so fortunate to be a part of such a diverse, vibrant and inclusive community as New Rochelle.  I ask that you never take this for granted and take full advantage of the opportunities presented by living and learning in a community as diverse as this one.”

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    Desde nuestra última reunión el día 1 de noviembre hubo elecciones para Presidente de los Estados Unidos. A raíz de esta elección presidencial, muchas voces se han escuchado en todo el país y aquí en New Rochelle. Algunas de esas voces han expresado su preocupación por las divisiones entre nosotros; algunos han expresado la esperanza de que podamos unirnos como un solo país; y algunos han expresado mensajes de odio y desprecio hacia otros que son profundamente preocupantes.

    Por el momento, estamos viendo un escalado a nivel nacional de intolerancia, incivilidad e intimidación. Nuestros estudiantes están muy conscientes de los acontecimientos actuales, y muchos me han expresado  que hay miedo entre algunos que no se les dará las protecciones que se merecen, o serán tratados como no participantes en el sueño americano.

    El éxito de la educación pública en New Rochelle y el significado de nuestra declaración de misión es más importante que nunca.  Como líder de este distrito escolar, estoy seguro de que hablo por nuestra facultad, nuestros administradores, nuestro personal de apoyo y nuestra comunidad cuando digo que nuestras escuelas serán y deben ser un lugar de bienvenida y apoyo para todos nuestros estudiantes. Todos, significa, Todos. Nuestra declaración de misión dice que abrazamos nuestra rica diversidad. Somos intencionales en este lenguaje. No es nuestra misión simplemente  tolerar la diferencia o aceptar a aquellos que no son como nosotros. Nosotros abrazamos nuestra rica diversidad.

    Esto significa que acogemos activamente, celebramos, apoyamos y servimos a todos nuestros estudiantes y familias, y que las diferencias entre nosotros agregan valor a todos nosotros. Todos significa Todos - todas las etnias, todas las religiones, todas las razas, todas las estructuras familiares, todas las identidades sexuales, todas las orientaciones sexuales, todos los desafíos de aprendizaje, todas las diferencias en las capacidades físicas, todos los lugares de nacimiento, todos los inmigrantes, todos los niveles de ingresos y diferentes facetas de la vida.

    En la campaña presidencial y las secuelas de las elecciones, la retórica de nuestro discurso político nacional a los niveles más altos ha estereotipado, apuntado y culpado a muchos grupos por su nombre, provocando temor y duda. En respuesta a esa retórica, seamos claros que abrazar nuestra rica diversidad significa que aquí, en el Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de New Rochelle, honramos, abrazamos y celebramos a aquellos que son musulmanes, judíos, cristianos o los que andan en busca de  creencia religiosa; Aquellos que son de ascendencia africana, que son latinos o asiáticos o indios o nativos americanos o europeos; Aquellos que son birraciales o multirraciales; Aquellos que están indocumentados o documentados o ciudadanos, nacidos en los Estados Unidos o en cualquier otro lugar; Aquellos que tienen diferentes habilidades o que aprenden de otra manera; Aquellos cuya lengua materna es el español o criollo o el inglés o cualquier otro idioma; Los que son mujeres, transgénico, cisgendered o varón; Aquellos que son homosexuales, lesbianas, bisexuales, transexuales, o que cuestionan su sexualidad- y todos aquellos ricos en complejas intercesiones. Y queremos decir esto sobre cada uno de nuestros hijos y el personal y los padres y miembros de la comunidad, teniendo nuestras diferencias individuales no como algo que tolerar sino como algo para celebrar, algo que agrega valor, para ser apoyado y protegido.

    En este momento de incertidumbre, reafirmamos nuestro compromiso con la dignidad de cada persona y los valores que reflejan la fuerza de nuestra democracia y la continua vitalidad de nuestros documentos fundacionales nacionales:

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas seguirán siendo lugares de civilidad y respeto, y no ceptaremos conductas abusivas hacia ningún estudiante.

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas seguirán siendo refugios de seguridad para todos los estudiantes             donde las diferencias en raza, etnia o religión serán respetadas y apreciadas

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas permanecerán como refugio de seguridad para los estudiantes    de todas las identidades de género u orientación sexual.

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas seguirán siendo un refugio de seguridad para todos los estudiantes de todos los orígenes nacionales y sin tener en cuenta el estatus migratorio.

    Terminaré la actualización del superintendente citando la carta del director Richardson a los estudiantes el día después de las elecciones: "Quiero que sepas que eres amado y apoyado por tu familia, todos los adultos aquí en la escuela, la comunidad. Somos tan afortunados de ser parte de una comunidad tan diversa, vibrante e inclusiva como New Rochelle. Les pido que nunca tomen esto por sentado y aprovechen al máximo las oportunidades que ofrece vivir y aprender en una comunidad tan diversa como esta.”

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  • Update on School District Water Testing

    Dear Families,

    Please see attached letter from Dr. Osborne outlining the latest water testing results for district schools.  

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  • Spend an Evening Under the Stars

    Please join us to find out when and where to look for the star Betelgeuse!

    November 30, 2016

    Doors open at 6:45 p.m., show starts at 7:00 p.m.

    For further information: bzeller@nredlearn.org or mheywood@nredlearn.org

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All Hands on Deck

In this video, the teacher and students will be involved in a moderate cardio activity called All Hands on Deck. In this activity break, you will performing stationary exercises such as lunges, squats, jumping jacks, and mountain climbers. This activity lasts for about 6 minutes and can be followed by a 1 to 2 minute cool down activity break.

 

Balance

Students will be able to balance on different body parts.

Basic Upper/Lower Body Movements & Cool down

In this video, the teacher and students will be involved in light cardio movement for the beginning of the activity then transitions into basic upper/lower body movements and ending with stretching and breathing techniques for a calm cool down. This is a great activity for a short 5-10 minute break to get the students refocused. This activity lasts for 8 minutes. Enjoy!

Body Shapes

Students will be able to identify the letters of the alphabet and manipulate their bodies into these shapes.

Activity Flow:

  • Warm up- Students will take out their imaginary jump rope and jump for 20 seconds behind their desk.
  • Cool Down- Students will stand behind their desk and complete different stretches. 1. "Skyscraper- Reach up to the sky with both hands" 2."Blowing in the wind"- Make your body as light as you can and make believe you are a piece of grass blowing in the wind. 3. "Petting Dog/Cat"- Stretch down and make believe you are petting your dog or cat with both hands, try not to bend your knees.

Calf Raises & Weights

Activity Flow:

  • Jog in place for a warm up.
  • Calf raises- up and down on toes (slowly)
  • Imagine you’re holding weights in each hand. 

                      1. With palms facing up, tuck elbows at waits and lift hands to shoulders.

                      2. Arms up and stretch out away from body, bring hands up and down from your waist.

  • Stretch

Calf Raises, Jumping Jacks & Weights

Activity Flow:

  • Jog in place for a warm up.
  • Calf raises- up and down on toes (slowly)
  • Imaginary jump rope
  • Imagine you’re holding weights in each hand. 

                   1. With palms facing up, tuck elbows at waits and lift hands to shoulders.

  • Stretch

Cardio Movement

In this video, the teacher and the students will be demonstrating a moderate cardio movement activity break. This video includes a warm up, cardio movement and then a cool down. It includes music, however, if you have your own music you'd like to include over the video and mimic the movements, that works just as well. This video is about 10 minutes.

Chair Exercise

Activity Flow
Warm Up/ Cool Down:  Sitting in chairs perform shoulder shrugs up and down, forward, backward, cross arm stretches, modified butterfly stretch, hip flexor stretch.

 

Chair Workout: Core

Students will participate in a chair workout with a series of exercises targeting the core.

Activity Flow:

Warm up:
Seated helicopters: Arms straight out to the side to and rotate side to side
 
Exercises:
Bicycle: Slide to edge of chair, hold back of chair, lift feet, and pedal (with speed changes)
Leg hold: Hold legs straight out for 30 seconds
In & outs: Slide to edge of chair, hold feet straight out, bring knees to chest, repeat
Knees to elbows: Right knee to left elbow, left knee to right elbow
Incline plank: Face chair, push up position, straight line from head to toes, hold for 60 seconds
Mountain Climbers: Face chair, push up position, alternate knees towards chest
 
Cool down:
Side bends: Lift arm up, lean to side, switch
 
 

Chair Workout: Lower Body

Students will participate in a chair workout with a series of exercises targeting the lower body.

Activity Flow

Warm up: 
Walk and jog in chair lifting knees and pumping arms
 
Exercises:
Leg lift: Slide to back of chair, sit up tall, heels straight out, lift legs up, lower legs
Stand up & down: Slide to edge of chair, stand up, sit down
Lateral leg raise: Stand on side of chair, hand on chair, hand on waist, raise and lower leg
Glute leg lift: Face back of chair, lift leg straight up
In & outs: Face chair, knee to chest, extend out
 
Cool down:
Toe touch: Feet together, touch toes
Calf stretch: Cross one foot over the other, stretch down.
 
 

Chair Workout: Upper Body

Students will participate in a chair workout with a series of exercises targeting the upper body, specifically arms.
 
Activity Flow:
Warm-up:
Arm circles forward ? smaller ? faster ? bigger ? slower
Arm circles backward ? slower ? smaller ? faster ? bigger
 
Exercises:
Biceps curl: arms at side, palms facing away, pretend to hold weights, curl arms up
Front & lateral raise: Arms at side, palms facing towards you, pretend to hold weights, lift arms up in front, down, out to the side, down
Triceps dip: Slide to edge of chair, hold on to chair, slide off, dip down and up bending only arms
Incline push-ups: Face chair, push up position, straight line from head to toes, lower, then push up
 
Cool Down:
Biceps stretch: arm up, across chest, gently pull elbow with opposite arm
Triceps stretch: arm up, behind head, gently pull elbow with opposite arm
 
 

Drum Stick Aerobics

Using 2 pencils, craft sticks or drum sticks kids explore rhythm, creating patterns, counting , side stepping, etc.

Activity Flow

Warm Up/Cool Down;  Stretching Exercises working on Flexibility;  Reaching above the head; Bend to Right and Bend to Left.  Balance sticks on Toes stretching calf muscles with slow roll up to neutral position.

Aerobic Exercise:  Tap above head, above childs desk, squat below desk.  Marching and Grapevine while tapping.

 

Fast Break

In this video, the teacher and students will be demonstrating a basic warm up and cool down. This is a total body activity break where the students will be using both upper & lower body movements, body weight exercises and stretching their muscles. This video is about 10 minutes long which is the perfect amount of activity to re boost their energy, attention and involvement in class.

 

Hopping & Squats

Activity Flow:

  • Jog in place for a warm up.
  • Hop on both feet and progress to single footed hops (alternate feet). 
  • Stand with feet shoulder with apart. Squat body down half way and stand back up. (Pretend to sit in a chair)
  • Stretch

 

Hopping & Weights

Activity Flow:

  • Jog in place for a warm up. 
  • Hop on both feet and progress to single footed hops (alternate feet). 
  • Imagine you’re holding weights in each hand. 

                       1. With palms facing up, tuck elbows at waits and lift hands to shoulders.

                       2. With hands down at sides, lift arms up and away from body.

  • Stretch

 

Hopping & Weights 2

Activity Flow:

  • Jog in place for a warm up. 
  • Hop on both feet and progress to single footed hops (alternate feet). 
  • Imagine you’re holding weights in each hand. 

                       1. With palms facing up, tuck elbows at waits and lift hands to shoulders.

                        2. Arms up and stretch out away from body, bring hands up and down from your waist.

  • Stretch

 

Jump Rope & Weights

Activity Flow:

  • Jog in place for a warm up.
  • Imaginary jump rope 
  • Imagine you’re holding weights in each hand. 

               1. With palms facing up, tuck elbows at waits and lift hands to shoulders.

                2. Arms up and stretch out away from body, bring hands up and down from your waist.

  • Stretch

 

Lunges & Hopping

Activity Flow:

  • Jog in place for a warm up.
  • Lunges (alternate each leg) 
  • Hop on both feet and progress to single footed hops (alternate feet). 
  • Stretch

 

Lunges & Weights

Activity Flow:

  • Jog in place for a warm up.
  • Lunges (alternate each leg) 
  • Imagine you’re holding weights in each hand. 

                     1. With palms facing up, tuck elbows at waits and lift hands to shoulders.

                     2. With hands down at sides, lift arms up and away from body.

  • Stretch

 

Manipulation of body parts

Students will be able to manipulate their finger and make shapes with different body parts.

 

Rock, Paper Scissors

Kids will engage their mind and body in some competitive play while performing calisthenics.

 

Scarves Shapes / Tossing and Catching

Students will be able to use manipulate their scarves using both of their hands and draw different shapes with their scarf.

 

Squats & Weights

Activity Flow:

  • Jog in place for a warm up.
  • Stand with feet shoulder with apart. Squat body down half way and stand back up. (Pretend to sit in a chair)
  • Imagine you’re holding weights in each hand. 

                         1. With palms facing up, tuck elbows at waits and lift hands to shoulders.

                         2. With hands down at sides, lift arms up and away from body.

  • Stretch

 

Weights & Jumping Jacks

Activity Flow:

  • Jog in place for a warm up.
  • Imagine you’re holding weights in each hand. 

                 1. With palms facing up, tuck elbows at waits and lift hands to shoulders.

                 2. With hands down at sides, lift arms up and away from body.

  • Split jacks- while hopping, alternate feet one foot forward and the other foot behind.
  • Jumping jacks (pyramid/pencil)
  • Stretch