Bacon Elementary School

5844 South Timberline Road Fort Collins CO 80528
Phone: 970-488-5300 Fax: 970-488-5306 Attendance: 970-488-5310


Specials News ~ PE

It’s been an active couple of months in the physical education world. First, I wanted to thank all the Bacon parents for their support with the 5210/Schools on the Move challenge. This has been a great one month program (sponsored by the Healthy Kids Club at UC Health) to encourage students, teachers, school staff and families to adopt the following healthy habits every day.

* 5 servings of fruits and veggies * 2 hours or less of screen time * 1 hour or more of physical activity * 0 sugary drinks

Much time was spent discussing the importance of creating healthy habits with all of our students here at Bacon. These habits seem particularly relevant as video games and technology increase in popularity. We had almost 200 students participate in the challenge this year. The t-shirts (dark green) should be arriving in early May and will be awarded to those students and adults who completed 60 checks or more.

Making healthy choices with our diets can be difficult. Here are some healthy suggestions for improving your diet as a family.

 Opt to make your own lunch. Plan lunches for the week and assemble some of these items ahead of time. Not able to pack a lunch every day? Keep an eye on the monthly school menu and pick and choose when it might be better for your child to take a lunch.

 Encourage healthy drinks. Water is the best drink for children. Juices and sports drinks are loaded with sugar and can make children feel hungrier faster. Add some flavor and fun to the water by dropping some fresh fruit inside. Low-fat milk is also a great option for children because it provides calcium needed for healthy bone development.

 Choose whole wheat bread for sandwiches. Whole grain breads have more protein and less sugar, so they keep your child’s energy levels up longer. For peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, use fruit preserves instead of jelly. Preserves are lower in sugar, but taste just as good.

 Instead of potato chips, opt for whole grain alternatives. Seek out whole grain chips, whole wheat crackers, air-popped popcorn, or rice cakes. Combine sources of lean protein like nuts, peanut butter, yogurt or cheese with snacks to avoid afternoon low energy episodes.

 Pack in some fruits and vegetables. It goes without saying that fruits and vegetables pack nutrients that can help children grow. To make them kid-friendly, chop them into tiny bite sizes or fun shapes.

 Instead of pudding, try Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt has more protein than normal yogurt, and you can sneak in some fresh fruit as a topping.

Thanks again for consistently making wellness a high priority for our students.

4 th and 5th grade students have been working hard for the track and field qualifications.

The District Track Meet will be:

• Saturday May 11th from 8-10 a.m. for 5th graders and 10-12 noon for 4th graders.

• The Distance events: ½ mile for 4th grade and 1 mile run for 5th grade will be: Wednesday, May 8th from 5:30-7:00pm.

This is a great opportunity for the students that qualified to compete against other 4th and 5th graders from all over the district as well as experience a track meet. Both events are at Rocky Mountain High School’s French field. Your son/daughter will be receiving information in late April notifying them if they qualified for the meet.

Field day will be Thursday May 16th this year. K-2 nd grade will be in the morning from 9:15-11:15. 3rd -5 th grade will be in the afternoon from 1:15- 3:15. Primary field day will be facilitated by select 5th grade students, while Intermediate field day will be run by Otterbox volunteers and parent helpers. If you’d like to help at this year’s field day, please call me at 970 488-5338 or via e-mail: .

Thank you for supporting physical education here at Bacon.

Aaron Crawford